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Vol. No. 136, No. 20


Jefferson Junior High School learns about bullying through performance art

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Smith Field murals to spark change in the city, one stroke at a time BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The City of Ashtabula has approved a set of murals to be drawn on Smith Field’s two dugouts by local artist Chris Raab. “I, as an artist, wanted to do something for the city,” Raab said. “The whole thing is based on education.” Raab is an accomplished artist who was chosen to design a guitar entitled “Sunset Lotus” for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum’s Cleveland Rocks event, which featured 50 guitars across the city, painted and designed by a variety of artists. The two murals will span 72 feet and are around six- to six-andhalf feet tall. Rabb has designed a picture depicting puzzle pieces and connecting the concept with words and other symbols of education. “Where the puzzle pieces are will be blue skies and white clouds. Where they are not, things will come out like a pencil, stack of books with an apple [and a] skeleton key,” Rabb said. There will also be a yellow block figure by a tree with the leaves of the tree forming the seven continents. “It was my way of doing geography, and I wanted to be as diverse as I could with what I was drawing because to me education is about progression,” Raab said. Raab sees the murals as a way to beautify the city as well as send a positive message to the community. “The whole process was basically to put it back out there with the children and adults that education is key,” Raab said. “Even as adults we cannot stop learning.” Raab got the idea of creating murals from the City of Geneva and its mural project. “Geneva was doing low cost murals to boost their tourism, so I ran the idea by parks and recreation,” Raab said. Raab has already gotten a lot of support from the city and its administrators but said he understands not everyone will like the murals.

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JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Junior High School held a special assembly on Monday with a focus on bullying and how to prevent it. Jeremy Clark, Misty Weick, Sarah Jane Toy and Sara Moore acted in the performance piece, “I Have a Secret,” which has been touring Ohio, stopping at 80 different schools, corporations and towns. “I Have a Secret” is a one-act play developed by Diversity Initiatives located in Cleveland, Ohio. “I Have a Secret” started out with just one performance scheduled, but word got out of the value of the 30-minute piece, which follows four different students as they are bullied in different manners, including through the internet, at home and in school. “We have put together three individual casts to keep up with the demands of this piece,” Michael Douglas, executive director of Diversity Initiatives, said. The piece also shows the different ways people are bullied, whether it is due to weight issues, learning disabilities, sexual orien-


Residents, school officials engage in community conversation BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers


Sara Moore’s character reacts to girls in her dance class writing derogatory words on her dance uniform and in the end decides to talk to her mother for answers on how to get help during a presentation on bullying at Jefferson Area Junior High School. tation or just looking different. “We do a night time show and it includes parents in the community and we invite the school also, with the whole goal of starting conversations about bullying,” Douglas said. Douglas has taken the casts around Ohio and has opened up the conversation on bullying. “Most of you know somebody or might be in these types of situa-

tions [yourself], and we want to encourage you to reach out to an adult and know there is help here,” Douglas said. One of the situations played through Sarah Jane is a girl who is bullied through Facebook and a friend finally reaches out and gives her a compliment through the taunts. It’s this one compliment that shows her the light.

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JEFFERSON - About 30 to 40 people attended a Community Conversation/Engagement with Jefferson Area Local School District officials on Wednesday, May 9, at Jefferson Area High School. Through the community conversation, the school district’s leaders hoped to engage the community in a series of discussions about the future direction of the schools. “Our purpose really is to have conversations,” Superintendent Doug Hladek said. Right now is an unprecedented time in the school district’s history, Hladek said. Part of this is because of the financial struggle for school districts across the state, he said. “We have $1.5 million that we’ve cut out of the district next year,” Hladek said. “Nobody likes these kinds of decisions.” With the community conversation, the school officials wanted to hear the residents’ thoughts and concerns about the cuts and upcoming levy.


Austinburg and Cork Elementary Schools to host Farewell Open Houses BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP The venerable old Austinburg and Cork Elementary School buildings in the Geneva School district are slated to close their doors forever at the end of this school year, but alumni and friends will be afforded a chance to say their final goodbyes. Staffs at both schools have planned farewell open houses for this Sunday, May 20, to commemorate the rich heritage of the buildings, integral to Geneva Schools’ history, and to celebrate the dawn of a new era for students. Alumni and friends are invited to walk hallways steeped in history, peruse vintage photos, scrapbooks and other ephemera and share memories of the old schools and the people who made them so memorable. The old buildings will close, but the doors of opportunity will swing open for a new generation of students who will begin the next school year in new, technologically equipped buildings now nearing completion in the backyards of the old schools. And, former students who attended classes in the historic buildings say that the spirit of old schools will live on in their memories. “Some might see Cork school as just an old building, but I will re-

member the character and charm in the tall brick and stone framed entranceway with those graceful arched windows above,” said Denise Echerd Weinmann. “I also see a place that my family grew up in – a huge piece of our own personal family history since so many of the Echerd family members have passed through those doors. We learned not only about academics, but also how to care for and respect one another. It’s where we, and other families like ours, learned about helping our neighbors and treating them like family. It’s time now, though, to look to the future. “My youngest child will be starting kindergarten this fall in the ‘new’ Cork school. He will be the 17th person from three generations of our family to have the privilege of going to Cork. I know that he will learn his ABCs and 123s, but he will learn so much more there. He might be sitting at a new desk with new brick walls around hi,m but he’ll learn the same lessons that my uncle, my Dad and others in this community have learned throughout the years. “The brick and mortar walls may crumble but the spirit of Cork will live on in each person who has passed through the doors at Cork.

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Three generations of Harpersfield Township’s Echerd family, seventeen in all, attended classes in the venerable, brick, 1920’s era Cork Elementary building. Jim Echerd (pictured back) was a student at the school in the mid 1940s and little Evan Weinmann (front) will usher in the future when he begins kindergarten next fall in the new Cork Elementary building in the final stages of construction behind its precursor on Route 534. The Echerd family will be on hand to share memories and celebrate new beginnings at the “Farewell to Cork” open house on Sunday, May 20, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Pictured front from left: Denise Echerd Weinmann, Kyle Madden, Evan Weinmann and Kaylee Madden. In back: Elora Russell, Connie Echerd Brubaker, Jim Echerd, Morgan Brubaker, Tia Russell March See CORK page 12A and little Kylee March, who will follow in their footsteps.

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Cunningham gives final service before move to Arizona BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

Cunningham is still an avid Indians baseball fan and hopes to catch a few spring training games of the Tribe in Goodyear, Arizona. Cunningham said he will miss many things, but one thing he won’t miss is the two Ohio driving seasons, winter and construction. “I will miss the sun and the rain, but I won’t miss the driving,” Cunningham said. Cunningham did not expect to leave so soon, but after 42 years of marriage he has decided to move to Arizona to help his wife with

GENEVA – The Rev. Bob Cunningham of The United Church of Geneva will be moving to Arizona after almost 11 years at the church. Last Tuesday, Cunningham gave his last service at the Sanctuary of Geneva. The 10 a.m. service is something he has shared with residents for eight years. The Sanctuary of Geneva residents gather for the Rev. “The best advice I can Bob Cunningham’s last Tuesday service at the home. give is first of all, pray, her health. funerals outside of here bepray, pray,” Cunningham “I’m going out on top,” cause he built a relationsaid. “I can’t emphasize the Cunningham said. “I am ship with these folks at the importance of prayer going a little sooner end of their lives.” enough.” than I had planned, Schroeder said the resiCunningham still but my wife’s health dents understand his move remembers praying comes first.” and are hoping to keep in to get the job as pasThe Sanctuary of touch with Cunningham. tor of the church. Geneva was happy “They’re happy for him “I think I nagged to share his final and for his wife, but it’s God to the point that service with him be- very bittersweet,” he said, all right, I’ll fore he moves on. Schroeder said. “They’ll give it to you,” “He definitely is probably do letter writing Cunningham said. going to be hard to and cards.” “But in reality I was replace,” Melissa Schroeder said she, too, called, and I know I Schroeder said. is going to miss seeing was called.” “The residents look Cunningham every TuesCunningham told forward to him ev- day. the residents to conery week and he will “I’m just wishing them tinue their worship, definitely be many blessings and happiwhether if it’s tomissed.” ness in their retirement begether or when they Cunningham is cause they certainly deare alone. not just known as serve it,” Schroeder said. “Worship God as a the pastor, but as a Many of the residents group and, more imfriend to the resi- have sat and listened to his portantly, as an indidents and staff and service for years now. vidual,” Cunningham he has participated “I’ve been coming to his said. “When you in many stages of services for two and a half wake up to that beautheir lives. years, and I really enjoy tiful sun, thank God “He’s built rela- him. He will be missed,” for another day.” tionships here. He Phyllis Morosco said. Cunningham grew married me. He Morosco said she up in Cleveland and Nita Mountjoy plays piano while Bob married my sister,” watched as a few residents has lived with his Carlton sings as a tribute to the Rev. Bob Schroeder said. turned into a whole group wife in Mentor for Cunningham’s eight years of giving a “He’s done multiple wanting to share in wormany years. worship service at the facility. ship with Cunningham.

Garden Club helps beautify village BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Brightly colored flowers filled the area once occupied by the Jefferson Elementary School last week, as the Jefferson Garden Club hosted its annual plant sale. The Garden Club started holding its flower sale on Mother’s Day weekend about 30 years ago, and it has become an annual tradition. For the second year in a

Carl Greathouse shows some of the plants he planned to purchase at the Jefferson Garden Club’s annual plant sale.

row, the sale had been moved to the village park across the street from the Jefferson Fire Department from its usual spot at the gazebo in downtown Jefferson. The move was because of the sale’s increase in popularity every year. The new location has the benefits of more parking spots, better lighting, restrooms and security cameras, Jefferson Garden Club member Shirley Howley said. Garden Club member Nancy Hodge said they’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from the community about the location. Because of the new location, more flowers also were for sale this year, as the club had more room. A variety of hanging baskets, annuals, vegetables and shrubs were for sale, with Tree Tyme, Middle Ridge of Madison, Northcoast Perennials of Madison and Urban Growers of Burton acting as the suppliers for the Garden Club. “They have such a variety, and they’re so healthy,” Jefferson resident Roberta Hubbard said as she browsed the plants. “It’s such a hard decision to make.” Carl Greathouse, who recently moved to a home in the village, was looking for plants and vegetables to help spruce up his yard. He was planning to plant an English garden at his home. The Garden Club uses the

“Each Tuesday more and more people began to show up,” Morosco said. Cunningham was very appreciative of all the years he has shared with the Geneva community. Cunningham will miss everyone and will keep everyone close to his heart and in his prayers. “Thank you for allowing me to come here and lead the worship,” Cunningham said. “You’ve made it fun for me. I’ve enjoyed it.” Cunningham said being a pastor and aiding people in their worship doesn’t feel like a job. “It’s been a labor of love,” Cunningham said.


Phyllis Mororsco gives a hug to the Rev. Bob Cunningham and wishes him all the luck on his move.

The Rev. Bob Cunningham gives his final words before moving to Arizona for his wife’s health. Cunningham calls his worship services for the residents “a labor of love.”

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Roberta Hubbard, of Jefferson, looks over the plants for sale during the Jefferson Garden Club’s annual plant sale. funds raised through the plant sale for various beautification projects in Jefferson, as well as for scholarships to local students. The Jefferson Garden Club last year received the Lifetime of Service Award from the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce. The club formed in the village in 1964, and since then, club members have worked diligently to beautify the village. The club has helped with landscaping projects throughout the community, including projects at the gazebo, community center and a Habitat for Humanity House, as well as the Jefferson Elementary and Jefferson Area High schools. Trees for the tree lawns in the village and Village

Park also were provided by the group. They also help beautify the log cabin at the county fairgrounds, Henderson Memorial Public Library, the Helicopter Memorial on East Beech Street and the Jefferson Historical Society. Members also maintain the Oakdale Cemetery gardens, flag poles and Angel statue. Each year, the club also provides a local scholarship to a deserving individual. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. People interested in joining can contact any club members. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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Ashtabula County honors GED students and graduates

ABLE Supervisor Jeffery Seth talks to GED students and graduates at the 38th annual Recognition Program and GED Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday.

Current student and 81year-old greatgrandmother Thelma Perry talks about going back for her GED after dropping out of school in the eighth grade.

Cierra Johnson, one of the youngest students in the ABLE Program, speaks as a current student and gives her testimonial on how the program has changed her life.

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ter of time,” Seth said. The Outstanding ESOL Student went to Rosa Maldonado, who is originally from Peru and who just completed her first semester in the GED program. “She wants to learn the language of her new home and makes a lot of effort to do so,” Seth said. The GED Highest Honors went to Nicholas Smith, who was not at the ceremony to receive the award. The 2012 Post Secondary Scholarship went to Brianna Plats. “[Plats] would assist the instructors while helping other students gain the knowledge to succeed in their academic studies,” Seth said. Plats is set to go to Kent for the fall of 2012, where she will begin pursuing a degree in the nursing field. Thelma Perry at 81 years old began her schooling toward her GED in September of 2011 and received the Outstanding Student Award. “Thelma [Perry] is an energetic and ambitious woman who is working to-

wards getting her GED, and I am sure that she is making her family even prouder,” Seth said. Perry was very humbled by the honor. “I was so happy and surprised that they chose me, but I thank you,” Perry said. Perry only has an eighth-grade education but has her own life lessons that cannot be learned by reading a textbook. “I dropped out of school in eighth [grade] and had a baby when I was 15 years old,” Perry said. Perry offered up advice she has learned during her days working for the Cleveland public transportation system and other lessons she has learned during her life. “Forget the critics,” Perry said. “Learn from your gut and your heart.” Perry said never be afraid to try something new because you never know where the road will lead you. “Do what you are afraid to do. Step out of your comfort zone,” Perry said. Perry said she joined the GED program to en-

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - Ashtabula County’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education held its 38th annual recognition program and GED Graduation Ceremony last Wednesday, May 9. Graduates were offered a chance to loan out a cap and gown and get pictures with families and friends. ABLE Supervisor Jeffery Seth said they were proud of the graduates who made the commitment to further their education and everyone who helped them complete the program. “I would like to extend a congratulations also to the family, relatives and friends here tonight who have helped those receiving their diploma,” Seth said. The ceremony also included student awards for both graduates and students still making their way toward their GED. “While they may have not yet earned their GED, [with] the spirit they have shown that it is only a mat-

Tap-In permit applications available for Austinburg residents Austinburg residents may begin applying for permits to connect to the new sanitary sewer system deemed complete by the Ashtabula County Commissioners at their May 8 meeting, according to a press release issued by the commissioners. The $2.3 million sanitary sewer project was initiated when a 1989 Ashtabula County Health Department study, sparked by several sewage nuisance complaints in the 1980s, showed at least 55 of 84 homes in the Austinburg village area had non-functioning septic systems. An extension was granted by the EPA, and the project moved forward. Mr. Excavator, Inc. of Kirtland, was awarded the bid and work began in the spring of 2010. Federal and state repre-

sentatives and countyelected officials helped acquire state and federal funding for the project. “We want to thank all the people who worked together on this very important project,” said Board President Peggy Carlo. “Without the cooperation of state public officials, Austinburg Township Trustees, and the residents, this project wouldn’t have been successful.” “We are fortunate to have received additional funds for the affected residents of Austinburg which helped to relieve the financial burden,” said Commissioner Joe Moroski. “Congressman Steve LaTourette’s office helped immensely in obtaining funding for this project.” The project includes the construction of about 9,700 linear feet of PVC gravity

pipe, about 5,000 linear feet of force main, one pre-cast pump station, and other auxiliary improvements in the project area, which includes the intersection of state routes 307 and 45, Industrial Drive and Mill, Chestnut, Betts and Maple Streets. “This project will not only bring positive future economic growth to the Austinburg area, but will eliminate an inherent health hazard for the people in Austinburg,” said Dan Claypool, County Commissioner. Though the Board has accepted the project as substantially complete, the contractor has agreed to complete a “punch list” of items before final payment will be made. A two-year maintenance bond would commence for that date.


George Onion is emotional after he gave his testimonial and is proud to be on his way to finally receiving his GED. courage her own family to continue their education. “I’m back in school. I’m back to prove to myself and my children, grand and great grand[children] that you are never too old to learn new things,” Perry said. Perry is even taking math advice from her 15year-old great grandson. “Everything is so different than it was 65 years ago,” Perry said. “I have a lot of help, though, and encouragement.” Perry said she once learned from her elders, but now she is learning from the younger generations and she hopes they, too, are learning from her. Perry suggested to never worry about who does or does not like you. She suggested to do things for your own self-respect not others. “If you do your job well, you will get respect. They can like you later,” Perry said. Seth wished all the current and now graduated students luck as they continued learning with their GED in hand. “I wish you the best luck in your future endeavors. You have a foundation to build a great future,” Seth said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman @gazette

4-H Foundation teeing up for annual fundraiser BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The 4-H Foundation is teeing up for its Fourth Annual 4-H Foundation Golf Outing on Saturday, June 9. Every year, the community comes out to support the 4-H Foundation during its two fundraisers: the golf outing and the annual Pig Roast and Auction, always held the third Saturday in September at the Expo Building on the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds. Started in 1997, the Ashtabula County 4-H Foundation supports and enhances new and existing 4-H programs in the county; serves the youth of Ashtabula County by providing financial assistance for college, camps and conferences; and promotes the ideals of youth. The 4-H Foundation supports youth programming, Bernie Kranauer, one of the founding members, said. To accomplish these goals, the 4-H Foundation relies on donations. Two ways the organization raises these funds are through the Pig Roast and Live Auction and a golf outing in June at Hickory Grove Golf Course in Jefferson, Kranauer said. “The foundation was set up so we would be able to earn interest on funds that we would save,” Kranauer said. Kranauer explained that the 4-H Foundation invests this money raised through the fundraisers, using the interest to fund its projects. The 4-H Foundation uses these funds in a variety of ways. Although the foundation cannot use the money for capitol improvements, it can use it to purchase equipment for 4-H organizations that submit grant requests. Earlier this year, the 4-H Foundation approved a request from the Saddle Horse Committee to purchase testing equipment for its hippology program, Kranauer said. She said these buzzers will be used by the Horse and Dog Bowl teams. In the past, the 4-H Foundation also has donated to the OSU Extension Office when its funding was cut, Kranauer said. The funds also help support: 4-H learning aids, slide sets, videotapes, demonstration mod-

els and audio-visual equipment; 4-H school-enrichment programs; additional urban 4-H program development; 4-H awareness and expansion funding for 4-H promotion and recruitment of new members; and more. Recently, the 4-H Foundation gave $2,000 to the Extension Office to help send underprivileged children to Camp Whitewood, Kranauer said. The 4-H Foundation also can help fund field trips and other activities. The 4-H Foundation also typically awards five $1,000 scholarships to Ashtabula County 4-H members every year for college, Kranauer said. This year’s scholarship winners will be announced soon. To help hold the fundraisers, the 4-H Foundation also relies on donations from the community. Ever year, residents and businesses donate items to be auctioned off or make a monetary donation. People wanting to participate in the golf outing must register by Wednesday, June 5. Tickets can be purchased from Joe Bodnar, (440) 6453920, Jim Trisket, (440) 6960302 and Earl Tucker, (440) 536-5536. The event will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and the format is a four-person scramble. The cost is $60 per golfer and will take place at Hickory Grove Golf Course in Jefferson. The entry includes: continental breakfast, entry packet, door prize, refreshments, lunch at the turn, closest to the pin, longest and shortest drives, longest putts and a pulled pork dinner with awards after the game. There will be first, second and third prize. The prize money will be $400 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. There will also be side games including skins, double your money shot, putt competition and a 50/50 raffle. The 4-H Foundation is also looking for hole sponsors for $50, where the company name and number is posted on the hole at the golf course. For more information on the 4-H Foundation, visit topics/4-h-youth-development/ashtabula-county-4-hfoundation or call OSU Extension at (440) 576-9008.

County, Ashtabula City receive funds for drug-prevention programs BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department and the City of Ashtabula Police Department were among the groups that received funding through the Drug Use Prevention Grants. Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that 190 law enforcement agencies will share several million dollars in grant money to keep antidrug programs in Ohio’s schools.

The $3.8 million Drug Use Prevention Grants will help pay to keep school resource officers and DARE officers on school grounds. The money will also expand the focus of the anti-drug campaign to include the dangers of prescription drugs, as well as drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin. “Prescription drugs are leaving the medicine cabinets and are ending up in school hallways,” said DeWine. ”This is a serious problem, and we must do everything we can to teach students that prescription

drugs are just as deadly as street drugs.” Funding for the grants comes from driver’s license reinstatement fees collected from convicted drunk drivers when their driving privileges are restored. In Ashtabula County, the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department will receive a $15,200 grant. The Ashtabula City Police Department will receive a $20,47.50 grant. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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County commissioners sign off on Austinburg Sewer Project BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - After casting the final “yes” vote on a resolution declaring “substantially complete” a sewer project in Austinburg Township, Ashtabula County Commissioner Joe Moroski remarked, “This will make almost everyone happy.” With that, the Ashtabula County Commissioners at their 20minute May 8 meeting at Conneaut City Hall signed off on a $2 million-dollar project that brought an end to the township’s septic woes. “It’s been a long time coming, and all in all, it went well,” Commissioner Peggy Carlo said of the project that began in Sept., 2009. Commissioner Dan Claypool said the project completion eliminates a health risk. “This had a residual effect on Grand River Academy,” he said. Now comes the arduous task of tapping in, which Resolution #2012-24SEWA states must occur by 2013. “I came to witness your accepting of our long sewer project,” Austinburg Township Clerk Barbara Schaab told the Commissioners. “The trustees want to know if you are able and willing to come to Austinburg to meet with us and answer questions.” Commissioners assured Schaab that they are, but no date has been set. They are not yet able to tell township residents and businesses the cost of tapping into the new system. But federal stimulus funds, an Army Corps of Engineers grant and Ohio Public Works Commission money will reduce the cost to property and business owners. Carlo delicately explained to Schaab that businesses would be charged a “capacity” fee depending on the number of “flushes.” “I hate to get down and dirty, but that’s what it is,” she said, adding that the formula will have to use “common sense.” “Some businesses, such as churches, have high volume just one or two days, and others have high volume just six or eight days a month,” she explained. Aware that numerous residents will need financial assistance with an expenditure that commissioners had set earlier at $43 per foot, commissioners hinted at a 5 percent interest rate on borrowed money. Commissioners also passed six other resolutions. One accepted two bids for the Ashtabula County jail upgrades and repairs project. McMahon Masonry Restoration, Ltd., of Cleveland, bid $355,605 and Grunwell-Gachero Co., of Detroit, bid $264,000. A second resolution received bids for Neighborhood Stabilization Project demolitions in Geneva from Janson Trucking & Demolition, Rock Creek,


Ashtabula County Commissioners Joe Moroski (left), Peggy Carlo (third left) and Dan Claypool (right) held their weekly meeting in Conneaut City Council Chambers May 8. Also attending were clerk Lisa Hawkins (second left) and County Administrator Janet Discher (right). for $29,026; NorthCoast Construction, Conneaut, $35,575; Polchosky Excavating LLC, Conneaut, $36,498; Baumann Enterprises, Inc., Garfield Heights, $41,800; B&B Wrecking, Cleveland, $43,270; and RLC Worldwide, Inc., of Cleveland, $43,456. A third resolution approved a subordination agreement for $73,000 under the Home Program for $73,000 Nichelle CaudillNewell, 2205 E. 42nd St., Ashtabula, to obtain a lower interest rate, while a fourth resolution authorized County Engineer Timothy Martin to purchase treated rock salt for the county’s roads and bridges for the 2012-13 winter season through the Ohio Department of Transportation bulk purchasing program. Commissioners also approved sewer and water builders’ licenses for Adams Services of Austinburg and Hallmark Excavating, Inc., of Painesville, effective through Dec. 31. Licenses authorize contractors to construct sanitary sewer and water mains and appurtenances, sanitary laterals and water services in the Ashtabula County Sewer and Water District. Bond is $10,000.. The commissioners also accepted longevity wage increases through the Ashtabula County Department of Jobs and Family Services. Office Worker Katrina Beitz received a 24-cent-per-hour increase, while a seven-cents-anhour raise went to Social S e r v i c e Wo r k e r J u l i e Tenney and a six-cents-anhour increase was given to CSEA Service Representative Jacqueline Wilson. At the Ashtabula County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (ACNRC), raises were approved for MDS Nurses Diana Furman ($25.50), Amy Saxion ($24) and FSW Michelle Olekshuk ($8.98). New employees hired from April 8 through May 5 include Miranda Myers, Sheila Pyles, Janice Ganoe, Gwen Spencer, Kelsey Fisher and Judy Lewis (part-time). Tammy Toikkanen was transferred to Accounts Receivables Manager at an hourly $16.71 salary. Resignations were accepted from ACNRC employees Terry Poole, medical reasons; Eileen Crudele, who took a new position; and temporary employee

Kaitlin Pestello. Resignations were accepted from Nettie Turner, who walked off the job; Stephanie Wilson, who resigned over the phone; and Janell Blenman, who did not show up for work. At a 6 p.m. work session, Claypool noted that the county Economic Development Committee research shows that Ashabula County tax rates are among the lowest in northeast Ohio.

“ I t ’s a m y t h t h a t Ashtabula County is one of the highest taxing, or that we’re not competitive, when in fact we’re lower,” he said. He also said that unlike years past, when the county offered generic job training, its training consortium with Geauga and Portage Counties now focuses on specific jobs. “In the last few years, we’d gotten nowhere [with training people for jobs] so

we have used the Cuyahoga County model to meet specific demand,” he said. Job trainers have contracted with Growth Partnership Ashtabula County and business service representatives are working with businesses to offer specific training to help grow area businesses. “They have met with 10 businesses in the last three weeks to assess their needs. It’s important to re-

tain businesses,” Claypool added. Community Services and Planning Department Manager Janice Switzer told the commissioners that office renovations in Building D of the County Courthouse are allowing easy public access to her office. The county web site is also being updated, she said, with forms formerly available only in Jefferson now accessible on the Internet.

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Jefferson Subway welcomes new owner Jefferson enters into escrow agreement for lottery winnings BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Village of Jefferson Council passed the third reading of a resolution authorizing the village administrator and village clerk/treasurer to enter into a retainage escrow agreement for the deposit of municipal income-tax revenues received from nonresidents on lottery winnings during its meeting on Monday, May 7. The village already imposes a municipal income tax on lottery winnings of nonresidents if the lottery ticket was purchased within the village, but uncertainty exists under the current law regarding the validity of this tax on non-residents. Because of this uncertainty, Jefferson officials decided that it was necessary for the village to enter into a retainage escrow agreement with a bank for the purpose of holding municipal income-tax receipts PHOTO BY STEFANIE WESSELL from non-residents of the vilSubway of Jefferson former owner Pat Bradek officially handed over ownership of the restaurant to new owner lage paid on lottery winnings Dave Blashinsky on Tuesday, May 15. Blashinky also owns Lantern Beverage and Car Wash located across the from lottery tickets purchased street from Subway. Pictured are Bradek, Subway employees Joanna Bryner, Jessica Dietrich, Tiffany Dutton and within the village until the lemanager Laura Hayes and Blashinsky. The employees will remain in place, and Blashinsky looks forward to working with them and continuing to provide good service to the village.

Council approves purchase of new van for senior center BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

nance in order to hold a finance committee meeting to discuss the village’s budget JEFFERSON - Jefferson further. Village Council passed the “During the budget work third reading of an ordinance sessions, we had discussed to purchase a new van for the purchasing a new senior van Jefferson Senior Center dur- and financing the purchase ing its meeting on Monday, price,” Village Administrator May 7. Terry Finger said in his report. Before passing the third “The second scenario was to reading of the ordinance, buy the van and pay cash.” though, council had to take the Finger said the revised apordinance off of the table to propriations ordinance convote on it. Back in March, tains the dollars to purchase council had tabled the ordi- the new van and finance the

MURALS “Doing public art, you’re only going to make 70 percent of people happy,” Raab said. “If I can make 70 percent of the people happy, then I’ll be happy.” The city council is been behind the mural project and City Council President J.P. Ducro said he was looking forward to seeing the murals completed by the heart of summer. “We can enjoy it this summer,” Ducro said. Raab pointed out that many cities big and small have murals and used the example of the Ohio city of Stubenville, which is called the city of murals. “Public arts is instrumental to me in the growth

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of any city,” Raab said. “It’s a way to beautify the city and have an attraction, not a distraction.” Raab is still collecting donations of materials and paints before he can start the murals but expects to start the murals sometime in June. “All paints and supplies will be donated by private entities,” Raab said. “We really need donations to come in.” All the paints Raab will be using are Environmental Protection Agency approved, and he will be maintaining the upkeep of the murals once they are completed. “I am expecting it to last 15 to 20 years plus,” Raab





gal uncertainty regarding the imposition of this tax is clarified, according to the resolution. A $99 million Mega Millions lottery ticket winner was sold at a Speedway gas station in Jefferson last summer. A group of employees at KraftMaid purchased the winning ticket, with the majority of them living outside the village. In other village news, Village Clerk/Treasurer Patty Fisher gave a report on the village’s finances through the end of March. Fisher said income tax is up $14,423.12 in regular collections compared to last year. Additionally, the lottery winnings total for the year is $340,480. Other departments also are up. Fisher said the sewer department fees are up $11,661.69 compared to last year. Additionally, the recreation department is up $2,038.75 compared to last year, and the senior center is up $36.67 compared to last year.

Platt R. Spencer monument set to be placed in front of Western County Courthouse

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

and we thought it’d be nice to put them somewhere,” Caranci said. “The city offered GENEVA - The City of the space in front of the WestGeneva has given permission ern County Courthouse, which to place a monument honoring used to be the Geneva Public Platt R. Spencer in front of the Library.” Western County Courthouse. A rock with a small plaque “The Platt R. Spencer His- about Spencer has also been torical Society is working on moved from Myers Road, bringing the monument to where Spencer’s house still Geneva, and it will consist of stands, and will be placed next four plaques which have been to the monument. The plaques are ready to Stefanie Wessell, senior donated by Michael Sull,” go, but now the Platt R. Speneditor for Gazette Newspa- Debra Caranci said. Spencer is renowned for cer Historical Society needs to pers, may be reached at developing the Spencerian raise money for the monuScript, a form of cursive which ment. gives an oval like quality to all “Behm Funeral Memorial From page 1A of the letters. will be doing the monument Sull, who is from Kansas, once we’ve raised the money,” said. “I will be using a clear Manager Jim] Timonoere, has conducted classes in Caranci said. “The funeral coat to protect the mural the city council, parks and Geneva-on-the-Lake teaching home is donating their labor and painting with acrylics.” recs and [Ward 3 Councilor] the Spencerian penmanship costs and are just going to Raab said this is not for Ann Stranman,” Raab said. and is donating four plaques charge us for the monument himself and is an act of love Raab hopes small acts of to Geneva in a memorial to itself.” for the city. city pride such as the mu- Platt R. Spencer. The society already has “This is not to glorify me. rals can start creating more “The plaques will come some donations, including the I plan to be behind the positive changes in the city. from Kansas and be presented cement where the monument scenes the whole time,” “Regardless of what to Geneva and the township will sit, and now just need Raab said. people think of Ashtabula, and Geneva-on-the-Lake,” funds for the monument. Raab wants the credit for I see a ton of potential,” Caranci said. “Osbourne Incorporated is the murals to go to those Raab said. “I have pride in Spencer not only developed donating the cement to us, who helped him get all the where I reside.” an efficient and unique script, which will be placed across the necessary city approvals. To make material dona- but he also gave Geneva its front of the Western County “The main people who tions, contact Raab at (440) first public library. Courthouse. It’s on the way to made this happen are [City 228-2939. “Spencer did a lot for get it started,” Caranci said. Geneva and really the world,” “It’s just getting the money so Caranci said. “His handwrit- we can have the monument ing was used all over the built.” United States and the world Everyone who donates will up until the 1920s.” have a permanent place on the Spencer also organized the monument itself. first business college in Ohio, “On the back of the monuThis year on Clean-Up Township Garage next to which is known today as ment we will have the names Day, Dorset Township will the Dorset Volunteer Fire Bryant and Stratton College. of anyone who donated,” provide residents, again, a Department on Route 193. “The Platt R. Spencer Caranci said. dumpster for collections, as TV’s, computers and ap- School alumni wanted to keep A Chinese auction is in the well as accepting metal pliances will be accepted the history of Spencer alive works but the details have yet items. Clean-Up Day is also. No household gar- and they wanted the residents to be set. Their goal is to have scheduled Saturday, June 9, bage. Anyone needing fur- of Geneva to know what he did the monument in place by the from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Items ther information can con- for the town and they are help- beginning of August, since can be dropped off at a col- tact Chm. Herb Dean at ing us with the monument,” Aug. 24 will be the dedication lection point in front of the 858-2727. Caranci said. ceremony. Sull already has the “Michael [Sull] has already plaques designed, with one given out invitations to prior being the story of Spencer. presidents and people in his Another is all on the penman- classes from Europe and all ship. One will also be dedi- over the United States,” On May 1, the two flowering crab apple trees docated as a thank you to the Caranci said. “It should be a nated from Andover Bank were planted in front of the Geneva area and the last will pretty big event.” Ashtabula County Courthouse on West Jefferson be all about the Spencerian Anyone who wants to doStreet, not South Chestnut as was mistakenly listed. Script. nate can contact Caranci at Andover Bank donated the trees as part of its beauti“Sull offered to bring these (440) 466-1288 or the Geneva fication efforts in the Village of Jefferson. The Gazette plaques in and they are prob- Community Center at (440) apologizes for the error. ably about $10,000 a plaque, 466-5695. amount. The ordinance authorizes Finger to enter into a contract with Tesco for the purchase of a light transit, wide-body vehicle. The van would be used for the Jefferson Community and Recreation Center, including the senior center. Originally the village was considering purchasing a van without the wheelchair lift, but after some concerns from council members, the village will now get the van with the

lift. The price for the van with the lift is not to exceed $52,000. It will be purchased through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperative Purchasing Program. By using the state program, the village is getting the best price possible for the purchase.

Dorset Township to hold Clean-Up Day on June 9




Butterflies abound this spring in Ashtabula County



Have you noticed all the great butterflies this year in Northeast, Ohio? If so, it is probably the Red Admiral Butterfly.

by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent


outreach efforts. To help, twenty AmeriCorps volunEconomically vulnerable teers will be placed in Ohio Hello, Ashtabula County! residents in Ashtabula State University Extension As we quickly move through County will benefit from a offices in eleven counties the month of May, I would new OSU Extension and around the state to support like to update you about the AmeriCorps program de- loss mitigation programs. Housing Corps is curmultitude of butterflies, a signed to help struggling new AmeriCorps program homeowners with our rently taking applications which will help with the country’s mortgage crisis. I from college graduates for 20 housing crisis, and the nomi- am pleased to announce the AmeriCorps members who nation process for the new Ashtabula County Exten- will be employed from AuOhio Women in Agriculture sion office has been selected gust 15, 2012 until June 7, as one of the host sites for 2013; two of these will be loAward Program. two AmeriCorps volunteers cated in Ashtabula County. The AmeriCorps memHave you noticed all the who will provide community great butterflies this year in outreach and family-based bers will serve 1,700 hours northeast Ohio? The coaching beginning in Au- during their 10.5 months of Ashtabula County Master gust 2012. The goal of the service and will be provided Gardeners have received program is to help improve a living allowance of $1,152 multiple inquiries about the the long-term security of eco- per month and will receive vulnerable a federal education award up large number butterflies, nomically especially the Red Admiral homeowners in rural, Ohio. to $5,550 to repay qualified Ohio is one of the “hard- student loans and to pay Butterfly. So why are there est hit” states in the coun- education costs at qualified so many this spring? No one knows for sure, try for mortgage delinquen- institutions of higher educabut the mild winter com- cies and foreclosures: one in tion and training programs bined with early warm-up every six Ohio mortgage for successful completion of has allowed for earlier flower holders is either 30 days de- the service term. More information about blooms. Since their host linquent or in foreclosure. plants—the nettles—also The fastest growth in fore- this program or to apply for had a high survivorship over closure rates is found in one of the positions can be at: http:// the winter, there has been Ohio’s rural areas. However, found plenty of food for their cat- these counties lack the ca- erpillars. Thus the explosion pacity and financial re- a m e r i c o r p s - a i d s of Red Admiral Butterflies! sources to engage in mean- homeowners.php or at Enjoy the beauty of these ingful foreclosure prevention

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has announced the development of a new award; this being the “The Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.” Do you know a woman who has made a tremendous impact in Ohio agriculture? Whether it’s over the course of her career, or over the course of the past year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture wants to hear from you. Applicants should meet the following criteria: At least 25 years of age; a current Ohio resident and has resided in Ohio for a minimum of ten cumulative years; active in the agriculture industry with a minimum of five years’ experience; has served her community in some professional and or civic capacity; and demonstrates leadership and significant impact on agricultural industry as a whole, whether a producer, processor, advocate, etc. Nominations are requested online at by June 1, 2012. Recipients will be announced July 27, 2012 at the inaugural Ohio Women in Agriculture Breakfast during The Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio. For more information contact Janelle Mead at (614) 387-0911. To close, I would like to leave you with a quote from Carl Jung who stated, “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” Have a good and safe day. David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or

OSU Extension to host RTRP Exam Preparatory Classes OSU Extension and the OSU Income Tax School Program are pleased to announce that we will be offering assistance for individuals who are preparing to take the new Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) competency test in 2012. We will be offering two educational options to help tax practitioners prepare for these tests. The first available option is a study at home option. Through a partnership with Fast Forward Academy, participants can study at home and access an on-line test bank of questions. The cost of the at home materials is $99 for the study guide and access to a 200 question test bank or $179 for the study guide and access to a 700 question test bank and unlimited practice exams. The second option is to attend one of four one-day preparatory workshops across Ohio in June, 2012. These workshops will be held in Xenia, Burton, Powell, and Bowling Green, Ohio. Learn from our great OSU and IRS Instructors at these workshops and get the study materials and on-line test bank as a bonus. There

4-H Club to host rigatoni dinner and Chinese auction Pierpont Mix-n-Match PACS 4-H Club will be hosting a Rigatoni Dinner and Chinese Auction on Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pierpont Fire Hall – Red Building. Along with a delicious rigatoni dinner, there will be a Chinese Auction with many wonderful items! Also the club will be raffling off a T.V., Keurig and more! The club will be also having a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to charity in memory of Dylan Christen, a seventh-grade classmate who passed away in April. The club will use the proceeds of the dinner and raffles for supplies, gifts for their market animal buyers, medallions for junior fair and buyers plaques. The club also purchases gift baskets to donate to the Chinese Auctions at the 4-H Foundation Pig Roast, The Market Animal Committee Reverse Raffle and the Senior Fairboard Reverse Raffle. Pierpont Mix-n-Match PACS has 45 members with a wide variety of 4-H projects. Their advisors are Bart and Kelly Kanicki and Rosmarie Eldred.

Golden Thimbles 4-H Club met Five members and two advisors of the Golden Thimbles 4-H Club met on May 12. Roll call was, “What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?” Bria Robinson gave a safety report on safety at the gym. Taylor Wolf gave her health report on preventing the flu. A demonstration by Courtney Taylor was done on how to do a tailor tack. For a community service project, the group is going to plant flowers in Dorset. Members discussed what they will do for the Hunger Challenge to collect food for the Manna Food Pantry. The next meeting is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13. — Bria Robinson, News Reporter

OSU Extension and AmeriCorps partner to help rural homeowners in financial distress Economically vulnerable residents in Ashtabula County will benefit from a new OSU Extension and AmeriCorps program designed help struggling homeowners with our country’s mortgage crisis. The Ashtabula County Extension office is pleased to be selected as one of the host sites for two AmeriCorps volunteers who will provide community outreach and family-based coaching beginning in August 2012. The goal of the program is to help improve the long-term security of economically vulnerable homeowners in rural, Ohio. Ohio is one of the “hardest hit” states in the country for mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures: one in every six Ohio mortgage holders is either 30 days delinquent or in foreclosure. The fastest growth in foreclosure rates is found in Ohio’s rural areas. However, these counties lack the capacity and financial resources to engage in meaningful foreclosure prevention outreach efforts. To help, twenty AmeriCorps volunteers will be placed in Ohio State University Extension offices in eleven counties around the state to support loss mitigation programs. David Marrison, County Extension director for Ashtabula County stated, “We are very excited for Ashtabula County to be select as a host for two AmeriCorps volunteers-it is the shot in the arm that we need!” He continued by stating, “We understand times have been tough for our residents. The counseling and education focus of this program will help Ashtabula County residents meet their financial challenges in a direct and positive way.” Housing Corps is currently taking applications from college graduates for 20 AmeriCorps members who will be employed from Aug. 15, 2012 until June 7, 2013. The AmeriCorps members will serve 1,700 hours during their 10.5 months of service and will be provided a living allowance and a federal education award up to $5,550 to repay qualified student loans and to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education and training programs for successful completion of the service term. More information about this program or to apply for one of the positions can be found at: americorps-aids-homeowners.php or at http://

are two registrations options for the workshop. The first option is $199 which includes the day long preparatory workshop, study guide and access to the 200 question test bank. The second option is $279 which includes the day long preparatory workshop, study guide, access to a 700 question test bank and unlimited practice exams. The workshops are approved by the IRS Return Preparer Office for 8 hours of CE credit in the category of “RTRP Test Preparation.” Lunch, program handouts, FastForward Study Guide, on-line test bank, and refreshments are included. Registration must be completed (postmarked or via web) by midnight May 25. There is an additional $20 late registration fee. Registration is available on-line OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio is pleased to be offerat: More information can be obtained by contacting ing a workshop to help landowners understand the finanDavid Marrison or Chris cial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties. This workshop titled “Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Bruynis at Leases/Royalties in Northeast Ohio” will feature OSU Extension Associate Professor David Marrison, who will discuss the financial and tax implications of Marcellus Shale Leases. This meeting will help participants become more aware of the potential tax implications of leases and royalty payments. Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes which will be due. Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes versus capital gain; about the percentage depletion deduction; and how signing a lease may affect your CAUV status. Learn how the IRS handles oil and gas payments. Learn what questions to ask and receive financial planning tips for managing the potential income from these wells. Four meetings have been scheduled. The available meetings are May 18 or June 6 at the Ashtabula County Extension office from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 24, at the Trumbull County Extension office from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., or July 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Trumbull County Extension office. The registration fee for this program is $5 per person. Registration fee is to help defray the cost of program handouts. Pre-registration is require and space is limited. Complete registration details can be obtained SUBMITTED PHOTO by calling 440-576-9008 or at

Financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties workshops to be held across northeast Ohio


Seniors learn about aging gracefully at annual conference BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

With the topic of aging gracefully, Ashtabula County Department of Job and FamASHTABULA - Hundreds ily Services Program Adminof senior citizens attended istrator Martha Gillespie the 5th Annual Ashtabula said the conference was deCounty Senior Conference on signed to show seniors there’s Friday, May 11. still many things for them to The Ashtabula County do. Department of Job and FamThe conference featured a ily Services and its commu- variety of activities for senity sponsors hosted the Se- niors, including the airing of nior Conference, entitled the documentary “Age of “Aging Gracefully: Mind, Champions,” sponsored by Body and Spirit” this year, at The Villa at the Lake. The the Kent State University at documentary is about seniors Ashtabula Campus. participating in the Senior “This is such a nice affair Olympics. for the older people, the older There also was a special generation,” Commissioner Wii demonstration available Peggy Carlo said. for conference participants to

try out. Seniors - and even State Rep. Casey Kozlowski - were invited to challenge Wii bowler Rodney Young of Conneaut, who suffered a severe struck about a decade ago but has undergone physical therapy and rehabilitation and now can bowl a 300 game on the Wii system. The conference also include lunch, vendors and speaker presentations. The seniors learned about what services are available in their community. Speakers spoke on topics such as mind, Sue Curtis Ducro, PhD; body, Chris Kettunen, PhD; and spirit, Joan Steidl, MA PCCS. Some of the services the seniors learned about aren’t just available to seniors but to other Ashtabula County residents as well. Ashtabula County Treasurer Dawn Cragon was there sharing information about a monthly tax repayment program ideal for senior citizens or new

homeowners not used to having the expense in their budget. Real-estate taxes are typically collected twice a year, in January and June. Many taxpayers have found that smaller, monthly payments are easier to budget than much large bi-annual tax payments. The Tax Pre-payment Program makes it easier for people to pay their property taxes in regular amounts and intervals. For info on the program, call (440) 576-1421 to request an agreement form. Cragon also was sharing literature on behalf of County Auditor Roger Corlett about the homestead exemption program for senior citizens, disabled persons and surviving spouses. The homestead exemption provides a reduction in property taxes to the qualifying persons, regardless of income, on the dwelling that is the individual’s principal place of residence and up to one acre of land.


State Rep. Casey Kozlowski was invited to challenge Wii bowler Rodney Young of Conneaut, who suffered a severe struck about a decade ago but has undergone physical therapy and rehabilitation and now can bowl a 300 game on the Wii system, during the 5th Annual Ashtabula County Senior Conference.

Joanne Newhart of Ashtabula tries her aim on Wii Lise Lessard of Geneva-on-the-Lake browses the vendor tables during the Senior Conference. bowling.

Dawn Gates, a grant specialist with Ashtabula County Community Services, also was on hand to let people know about the Save Our Homes Task Force, which is composed of a variety of different organizations in Ashtabula County that help people facing foreclosures of their home. For info, people can call any of the participating agencies, which include Ashtabula County Fair Housing, 576-3853, and Catholic Charities, 992-2121.

On the legislative front, State Rep. Kozlowski discussed some recent legislation that may affect senior citizens. He said recent legislation deals with telecommunication fraud, where the perpetrators often target senior citizens. The legislation is designed to help police agencies go after the perpetrators making the calls trying to fraud people out of their money and track them down to be fined and prosecuted.

Dawson’s Bear Cave has trapped the attention of the Ashtabula area BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA Dawson’s Bear Cave opened on March 15 with its location right on Bridge Street in Ashtabula. The shop specializes in 25 flavors of beef jerky, along with other flavors of exotic meets such as elk and alligator. Candy, an array of cheeses, bison burgers, hot dogs and a variety of hot sauces are also on the shelves. “The jerky was the husband’s idea, and I basically told him if you find a building to buy, you can pick the product we sell,” Dawson said. “So I went with the jerky and then I get to do all the fillers myself.” Dawson opened the store with her husband Daniel, and either Dawson or her family and friends have sampled everything in the store. “I have six or eight dif-

ferent companies that we go through,” Dawson said. “It’s through companies that we had their products prior to opening or we have had an opportunity to sample their products prior to buying them.” A majority of Dawson’s products are under $7 and there is nothing priced above $20. “I add one to two products a week. Most of them are suggested by customers who come in, and I will continue to add the one to two products a week until I am completely full,” Dawson said. Dawson said she and her husband have gone through many different ideas through the years, including a shop of crafts and hobbies. “For the last 20 years we’ve looked for different locations and went through different ideas,” Dawson said. In the end, whatever was sold in her shop,

Dawson wanted more control, which meant owning the building and not being a renter. “I can be my own boss, call my own hours and call my own prices,” Dawson said. “Ownership gives you that ability.” When the building on Bridge Street opened up and included a parking lot, Dawson said she knew it was time to open up shop. Dawson is pleased with the location and the support she has received from other businesses on the street. “Everybody has offered to help and give assistance,” Dawson said. “You can tell right away that i t ’s a l i t t l e c o m m u n i t y down here and you feel welcomed.” Even though they’ve been opened for about a month and a half, Dawson said they have been receiving more traffic than they anticipated. There have

even been repeat customers coming back for more. “It’s been extremely, extremely fun, and I am totally overwhelmed with the number of people who have come and gone through our shop,” Dawson said. Dawson said the popularity of her shop is a welcomed surprise, and she is now getting ready for the summer months when more tourists will begin coming through. “Things are really starting to pick up in here,” Dawson said. “It’s growing faster than I thought it would.” Dawson may have waited 20 years to finally open her own store, but she said it was worth the wait. “I am super pleased,” Dawson said. “It’s definitely the right move at the right time.” PHOTO BY SADIE PORTMAN

Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Sheri Dawson stands next to the bear mascot outside her newly opened shop that specializes in jerky and hot sauces. Dawson has been seeing a lot of foot traffic come through since opening on March 15.

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Long-time Gazette Newspapers employee retires BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - After approximately 17 years of service, Lee Randolph is retiring from Gazette Newspapers on Friday, May 18. Randolph is a familiar face to many in the community, as he served as the distribution manager for Gazette Newspapers. “It involves getting all of our products delivered on time, and who is going to get it delivered where,” Randolph said. For those customers who purchase their newspapers from the newsstands, Randolph is the one responsible for making sure those red boxes are stocked with a new paper every week. Randolph also was involved in a variety of other duties, including commercial delivery. “When I started here, I just started as a driver,” Randolph said. Randolph eventually moved into a management position, but he could still be found driving the van and interacting with customers and other community members. Born and raised in the Ashtabula area, Randolph sold cars before becoming

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After 17 years of service, Lee Randolph is retiring from Gazette Newspapers on Friday, May 18. employed at the Gazette. Both Randolph and his wife, who have three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, are retiring this week. His wife, Sandy, is retiring from the Ashtabula Rite-Aid on Lake Avenue after 30 years of service. They are glad for the opportunity to retire together. “We’re going to go spend the summer in Canada,” Randolph said. Randolph looks forward to his retirement, but he’ll

miss the people he’s met during his employment at the Gazette, including fellow Gazette employees and the people he met while out on the job. “I enjoyed the people. There’s a lot of good people that work here,” Randolph said. Randolph’s duties will be split among several other employees at the Gazette. “A job is what you make it. You go out there and have fun with it, and it doesn’t seem like a job,” Randolph

said. “I got along good with everybody.” On Friday, a retirement party is being held at the Gazette in Randolph’s honor. “For over 15 years, Lee’s hard work, knowledge and dedication to the job has made him a real asset to Gazette Newspapers,” Gazette Newspapers President/ Publisher William Creed said. “While we are very happy for Lee and his retirement, he will be missed. We would like to wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Pass the Napkins to play at Peabodys BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ORWELL - There will now be two Grand Valley bands playing at the Battle of the Bands at Peabody’s. The Battle of the Bands will take place on 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The winner receives $500 and 22 hours of studio time. The first band is Green Tea, which is now made up of Zach Gage, Zak Thomas and Nate Dedek. The second newly formed band will be Pass the Napkins. Both bands will be competing in the final round of the battle of the bands at Peabody’s. Pass the Napkins is made up of Kevin Cedar, Shawn Davis, Juan Lopez and Dakota Darrin. Shawn Davis has been playing guitar for four years and also does most of the singing. Kevin Cedar will once again play drums. Juan Lopez has probably been playing guitar the longest out of the group and was previously in a band called 15 Years Away. Dakota Darrin has also been playing guitar for about four years. “The band started mostly because Shawn and myself are best friends. We would do anything for each other and we wanted to be part of a band that was fun and about playing music we love to people. Shawn and I found out that we could start our own band because we have the passion for it. Later on we found our former high school classmate Juan Lopez. He sounded so good

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Pass the Napkins consists of, left to right, Shawn Davis, Kevin Cedar and Juan Lopez. Missing is Dakota Darrin. the first time we practiced, we decided to make a band right then. Later on we realized we needed another guitarist. Dakota Darrin turned out to be the perfect guy with his great sound on the guitar,” Kevin Cedar said. Pass the Napkins has been influenced by bands such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Green Day, Bon Jovi and more. “We love playing music in front of people. Entertaining a crowd is just an amazing feeling. We love a lot of different genres. We don’t really fit perfectly into one category. But I would have to say that we are an alternative rock/punk rock band,”

Cedar said on what style of music the band plays. Pass the Napkins will be playing alternative rock songs and orginal songs. Pass the Napkins is working hard on getting ticket sales up for the show. The more people who show up and cheer, the better the band’s chance of winning. “We want sound great, of course, but the thing about a battle of the bands is crowd reaction. Green Tea will be playing against us, and we really want beat them,” Cedar said on how the band is getting ready for their upcoming show. “We are really excited for the chance to play at the Battle of the Bands again. A

lot of people are usually in attendance and it’s such a great experience to be up on stage. I think that all of us would want to be up on stage the rest of our lives, so being up there is such an important thing for us. Peabody’s is a pretty cool venue for us and we are thankful for them letting us have a chance to play there,” Cedar said on what it means for the band to play at Peabody’s. For more information and tickets, interested parties can contact Kevin at 440994-9907. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. There will also be a $3 added at the door if you are under 21.

“Our fire chief has ordered the various parties known or believed to have ASHTABULA - AIM Re- responsibility or control cycling and Demolition over this property to do Center located in their engineering and subAshtabula may have shut- mit their plans to alleviate down, but the facility and this problem,” Franklin other items have been left said. behind, according to The company now has Ashtabula City Solicitor 45 days to come up with a Michael Franklin. feasible plan and within “On April 27, [Fire] the plan, it will detail how Chief [Ron] Pristera and I many days they have to applied to the local Munici- clean up the area. pal Court to obtain an adThe tires were not the ministrative search war- only problems found as on rant authorizing entry on the property. Franklin rethe premises specifically to ported there being 55 galsearch for fire code viola- lon drums of an unidentitions,” Franklin said. fied chemicals, another 55 Franklin and Pristera gallon drums of an oil type patrolled the property af- liquid and piles of scrape ter receiving the warrant metal and wire cables on the very same day. “The property is secured “Unfortunately, there in that it has fences, it has are some conditions there electronic surveillance. that were found to be a There are private security nuisance to the commu- patrols that check it from nity,” Franklin said. time to time,” Franklin According to Franklin, a said. large quantity of tires were Franklin warns citizens found all over the place. to not go near the site as it “We’re talking about is not safe. something of an excess of “I am well aware of the about 100,000 tires,” kind of attractive quality Franklin said. these sorts of sites for variFranklin said the tires ous sorts of people, includwere not found in a specific ing young people, includspot but scattered through- ing children,” Franklin out the gated facility. said. “I urge everyone to “Chief Pristera said it’s stay away from this site.” not so much a tire mounFranklin is worried tain [as] it’ s a tire glacier about people trying to salthat sort of wanders across vage the metal for money the landscape,” Franklin but said they will only end said. up hurt or arrested for Franklin and Pristera trespassing. are both concerned about “I also am aware of a not only the fire risk but a certain segment of our health risk as well. population that will be “They can fill up with tempted to jump the fence water and breed mosqui- and help themselves to the toes. That’s a concern be- scrap metal,” Franklin cause mosquitoes carry said. “I am pointing out to disease,” Franklin said. them two things. One is Franklin said it is not a that the property is secure question of throwing all and secondly, think about the tires away but it is an the cost.” Franklin said he will issue of how to store them. “Not all the tires need to update the city on the be removed. They just need property clean-up plan as to be stored properly and it is made available to him. “We will continue to in proper piles on the propmonitor the situation,” erty,” Franklin said. Franklin gave notice to Franklin said. AIM Recycling and DemoSadie Portman, reporter lition and others and they now are charged to come for the Gazette, may be up with a plan to properly reached at sportman@gazette dispose of the problem.

Ashtabula Township awards bid for tire removal The Ashtabula Township trustees awarded the contract bid at the last regular Ashtabula Township trustees’ meeting held on Wednesday, May 9, to Liberty Tire Recycling of Minerva, Ohio, to conduct the removal and disposal of approximately 45,000 tires that remain at 2007 State Road, formerly known as the Accurate Iron and Metal. The clean up on the property began Monday, May 14, and should be completed by Friday, May 25, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The board would like to thank the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for awarding the grant to Ashtabula Township and also the Ohio EPA and Ashtabula County Health Department for all their help in facilitating the clean up of the property. The board’s ultimate goal regarding the clean up of this property was to decrease the present nuisances and health hazards created from the potential for fires, West Nile Virus and the breeding of mosquitoes on the property and surrounding areas.

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A-Tech’s Spring Plant Sale in full bloom BY JAN PERALA A-Tech

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - The greenhouses on ASHTABULA – Great up. If the school sells 900 the grounds at the Lakes Auto Group and tickets, Superintendent Ashtabula County Technical Ashtabula County school Alex Geordan will also par- and Career Campus (Asystems are excited to con- ticipate in the lock-up. The Tech) are in full bloom and tinue efforts for the 2012 administrators of overflowing with a profusion Educar raffle campaign Pymatuning Valley have of colorful flowering plants which began Monday, Sept. also been given the oppor- and greenery ranging from 1, 2011. tunity to drive Educars - an- Aloe Vera to Zinnia. As a non-profit initiative, other way they’re showing Students in the school’s this is a collaborative effort their support for this raffle Horticulture and Landscapcomprised of Great Lakes contest. ing Program have cultivated Auto Group and Ashtabula At the end of the raffle, a wide array of annuals and County school systems Great Lakes will draw and perennials, as well as herbs along with the participating notify six participants from and vegetables, and are schools of Buckeye Local every school who have a opening the greenhouse Schools, Lakeside Local chance at winning a 2012 doors to the public for their Schools, Jefferson Area Lo- Chevy Cruze or GMC Si- popular Spring Plant Sale cal Schools, Pymatuning erra. where flowering baskets, foValley Local Schools, Ss. Each district has desig- liage and bedding plants will John and Paul Catholic nated a school representa- be among the offerings. School, Assumption School tive to oversee the fund“We’ve grown some really and Conneaut Area City raiser and will be respon- beautiful flowers this year,” Schools. The fundraiser is sible for allocating internal A-Tech student Peyton quite simple. During the resources. Great Lakes Auto Dodge said. “We have petu2011-2012 academic school Group is donating the ve- nias, begonias, pansies, year, participating schools hicle and no money will be snapdragons and impatiens sold $5 raffle tickets. Simi- retained by the dealership. for sale in flats, geraniums lar to a traditional raffle, Beneficiaries have been in pots and lots of hanging tickets will be collected for pre-selected by each school baskets.” a grand drawing to be held to receive funds throughout Annuals are $10 per flat, July 14, 2012. 100 percent the campaign. For example, geraniums are $2 for a 4-inch of monies collected will sup- some schools have elected pot and 10-icnh hanging basport the individual selling their sports boosters, PTA or kets are priced at $10 each. school. other class groups as the Vegetables, including an arThe Pymatuning Valley beneficiaries. ray of varieties of tomatoes, school district has given its Various sporting and students extra incentives school events showcased the for selling their raffle tick- donated vehicle throughout ets. If the school sells 600 the year. tickets, principals Traci For more information or Hostetler, Andrew Kuthy to learn how to get involved, and Van McWreath will par- please contact Kristal ticipate in a building lock- Dimon at (330) 869-5052.


Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) students Cindie Galloway, Andrew Lespernace, Kendra Carney and Peyton Dodge display colorful annuals which are among the profusion of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables available at the school’s popular Spring Plant Sale. The students, pictured with instructor Ken Noble, are juniors in A-Tech’s Horticulture and Landscaping Program. peppers and squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and egg plant are $10 per flat. Chives, parsley, oregano and lemon balm are among the herbs available at the sale.

The A-Tech greenhouses will be open for business on school days throughout the month of May from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 26, from 9

a.m. until noon. For additional information about ATech’s Spring Plant Sale, call 440-576-6015, ext. 1128. ATech is located at 1565 State Route 167 in Jefferson.

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Upcoming SSJP Reunions The Saint John Class of 1962 will hold its 50-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Elks Lodge in Ashtabula. Contact Karen Pizzi Millberg at or 440-969-1061 or Mary Lou Ray Atzemiz at 440-964-2866 for more information. The Saint John Class of 1970 will celebrate their 60th birthdays together on Saturday, June 1, at the Elks Lodge in Ashtabula. For more information, please contact Betsy Pataky Gacek at or 440-7967534. The Saint John Class of 1972 is planning its 40-year reunion for Saturday, July 21, at Laurello Vineyards in Geneva. Contact Bill Bodnar at or 440-228-1085 for more information. The Saint John Class of 1975 plans to celebrate their 55th birthdays in July. Classmates may contact Mark Kahanca for more info at or 216-4708361. The Saint John Class of 1977 will hold its 35-year reunion the weekend of July 13 and 14. There will be a mixer Friday at Martini’s. They will gather for dinner Saturday at Laurello Vineyards in Geneva. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Nora Gillen Boothby at or 440-964-7643 or Lori Giannell Mackey at The Saint John Class of 1982 will celebrate its 30year reunion the weekend of July 6 and 7. They will meet Friday at Laurello Vineyards and Saturday at the Elks Lodge. Contact Rick Pugliese at or Gary McClure at or more information. The Saint John Class of 1992 will hold its 20-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 11. Classmates may contact Ticey Cafaro Czup at if they have updated information on anyone or would like to help with the planning. All Saint John/Saints John & Paul alumni are invited to a Herald Milestone Reunion on Saturday, June 23, at the high school, 541 West 34th Street, Ashtabula, Ohio. Spouses/partners are welcome. Cost is $25 per person for appetizers, drinks, and desserts. There will be a Vigil Mass at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria followed by festivities at 6:30 pm in the gym. Reservations with payment are required by June 11 to or by calling 440-997-5531. There will also be a reunion golf outing at 9 am at Harbor Golf Club. Cost is $22 for 18 holes with a cart. Contact Mark Timonere at 440-813-5877 to register.

By Tom Milligan Community Relations Coordinator Ashtabula County District Library If you’ve been thinking for awhile now that you really need to learn how to use a computer, we can help with that. If you’ve been wishing you could find someone to explain how to download free library books to your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device, we can help with that. If you’ve found yourself confused by the newest version of Microsoft Office, we can help with that. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new business or expanding your existing business, and you’re looking for reliable information about a whole host of business and economic questions, we can help with that. And if you’re someone who works for a non-profit agency and you’ve been wondering how to get started researching grant possibilities for a great new program you want to offer… we can help with that, too. The State Library of Ohio’s Mobile Computer Lab arrived at ACDL’s main library on West 44th Street yesterday (May 15) for a week of programs on all those topics plus a few more, and this is by way of inviting you to join us for one or more of them. Complete details are available through our new web page,, through the link in the lead item. The air-conditioned vehicle, a free service of the state library, is equipped with nine computer workstations, plus one more for the instructor, and a screen that descends right behind the driver’s seat so program participants can both see what the instructor is doing, and practice themselves. Which of course brings us to the only problem with this project: there are only nine seats for participants, and so sign-ups (997-9341, ext. 229) are a necessity. There are also “open labs” scattered throughout the schedule each day, opportunities for visitors to browse the Internet, check e-mail, or use the programs already installed on the Mobile Lab’s computers for work on their own projects. Sign-ups for the open Labs are optional, though it would be a good idea if you need a particular time or day; because otherwise, it’s just “firstcome-first-served.”

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And if you are planning to work on projects of your own, it’s probably also a good idea to being a “jump drive” on which you can save your work, though if the file size of the project is not too large e-mailing it to yourself is also an option. All the programs will be presented by ACDL staffers with demonstrated expertise. The sessions on securing grants for non-profits will be presented by Reference Librarian Tammy Hiltz, Supervisor of ACDL’s Cooperating Collection from the Foundation Center of New York, the Intro to Word and Excel 2010 by Administrative Secretary Karen Bertholf, who’s also an Adult Workforce Development instructor at ATech, and the basic classes on Microsoft Publisher 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 by yours truly, more-or-less selftaught, with years of experience now. I’ll also be offering a session on an online resource called the Job and Career Accelerator, which can be a great help for people juggling a large number of job searches, or who need help developing their resume and/ or cover letter, or who have decided they need to investigate new ways of making a living. Our Technology Coordinator Morgan Paul will present the programs on downloading free e-books among several others, Reference Coordinator Doug Anderson will present programs on the business databases, and Gary Cartner, who builds computers and has offered many introductory computer classes when he’s not driving ACDL’s Bookmobile, will do a couple of those, including one especially designed for seniors. We cannot, of course, promise to turn you into an instant expert. After all, the longest of these sessions is scheduled for about 90 minutes. But we will get you well started, and in most cases will provide some time for you to practice on your own… which is really the only way one gets to be expert at anything anyway. The programs are all free, and you don’t even need to have a ACDL Library card… except for the ones about downloading e-books from the Library… because, after all, you’ll be borrowing books from the Library just as if they had covers and stacks of pages. We hope to see you sometime over the next few days… but please… don’t forget to register ahead of time? 9979341, ext. 229.

College News Zack graduates from Bowling Green Tracy Zack of Jefferson, OH received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Aviation Management from Bowling Green State University. Tracy graduated with Cum Laude honors. She is the daughter of Rick and Pam Zack of Jefferson. Tracy is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson Area High School.


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on the ballet “The Nutcracker.” Kohlman has been a part of that show every year. JEFFERSON - Jefferson “I started out as one of Area High School students the little boys in the party have a chance to do many scene. It was fun. This year things outside of their textI played the lead role of the books: play a sport, sing in Nutcracker Prince,” he the choir, play an instrusaid. ment, be a part of an art exThe last two years he hibit or star in a school prowas given a scholarship to duction. Occasionally, the Interochen Arts Camp in opportunity to go beyond the Michigan. For three weeks textbook takes students behe trained with teachers yond the high school walls. and students from more In the case of JAHS juniors than 40 countries and all 50 Tim Kohlman and Justin US states. Brown, it took them to the “Bruce Loomis paid for PHOTOS BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME it. He really helped me a Ashtabula Arts Center Jef ferson Area High School lot,” Kohlman said. (AAC). Kohlman has been danc- student Justin Brown was recently This summer he has ing since he was 10 years seen on stage in “The Importance been given many scholarof Being Ernest” at the Ashtabula ship offers for study at sevold. “I used to play football, Arts Center. eral prestigious dance but I was really little. My schools. “I love Pittsburg, and I hope sister (Melissa) was in dance to dance with the Pittsburg “I really want to spend five and knew that ballet could Ballet Theatre Company,” weeks in Pittsburgh. I really make me strong,” Kohlman Kohlman said. like the teachers there and explained. In the meantime, Kohlman they offered a lot more for their At first he didn’t want to do keeps busy with classes. scholarship,” Kohlman exit but soon began to like it. He “I go to the Arts Center five plained. now plans to dance profession- days a week,” he explained. This past weekend, ally after high school. Every December AAC puts Kohlman was one of the featured dancers in the Ashtabula Arts center’s Ballet Theatre’s “DreamScape.” He danced From page 1A with Sarah Mudd in the classic “Don Quixote” pas de Deux. The Spirit of Cork is in the schools as I was growing up “Dreamscape” opened May 11 hearts of the people,” and I have good memories and runs through May 20. Weinmann said. from all three,” said Wilms. Friday and Saturday show Mary Ann Wilms can “But it’s the people and times are at 7:30 p.m. Suntrace her lineage back to events I remember. The good day is a matinee at 2 p.m.


Austinburg’s earliest settler, Judge Eliphalet Austin, but her more recent family tree includes three generations of students who have walked the halls of the Austinburg Elementary building on Route 307. Wilms attended first and second grade in the old grade school, which stood at the south end of the Austinburg Township Park. When the grade school was demolished in 1954, Wilms continued her education in the current Austinburg Elementary building, attending the third through tenth grades there. With consolidation in 1961, the building became an elementary school and Wilms and her classmates transferred to Geneva High School where she graduated in 1963. “I went to three different

times always stay. They stay in your heart forever. And my grandsons Daniel and Jackson will be making their own memories in the new school next fall.” All are invited to come back to school to share their memories of Cork and Austinburg Elementaries at the open houses scheduled for this Sunday, May 20. Cork Elementary will welcome alumni and friends from 1– 2:30 p.m. Student Council will hold a bake sale and commemorative tshirts will be on sale. Austinburg Elementary will be open from 2–3:30 p.m. Archival materials will be available for viewing and refreshGirl Scout Troops along with Cub Scout Pack 41 await challenge results SUBMITTEDPHOTO ments will be served. Anyone having old photos A month ago, local Girl Scout Troops #232 from Jefferson and mittee Chair, Rachel Peer, the gathered Scouts and their families or memorabilia they are willing to share at the open houses #277 from Rock Creek challenged Jefferson Cub Scout Pack 41 to found out the “winner.” The MANNA food pantry and the local a challenge. The contest was to see which organization could raise residents of the Jefferson community were the winners! may contact the schools. the most “weight” of non-perishable food items for the MANNA Over 600 pounds of donations were made. Much congratulafood pantry. tions to all who donated and made this a great success. Both girls The details of the challenge included the opportunity to spray and boys enjoyed the “silly string battle” at the end of the evening. each other with silly string as a reward for their efforts. What a great opportunity for young folks to provide a needed serOn April 18, both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts gathered to find vice to the Jefferson community at the same time that they enjoy out the results. During the announcement made by Pack 41 Com- a friendly competition.

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“Each one of you has the ability to be kind to one another and help each other out. You can be that person that stops the bullying,” Douglas said. Douglas did not expect to see the response they have, but he is happy to see the piece gaining attention. “I have gotten calls as far away as Chicago and Washington D.C., and they are looking at this piece and right now we are looking at sources to get some grant funding to help the different schools pay for it,” Douglas said. Douglas is looking to get funding through such sources

From page 1A as Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey and Anderson Cooper, who each have grants available for anti-bullying programs. Actor Jeremy Clark played the high school jock who is having issues and is being bullied by fellow teammates. Clark said he read the script and took his own personal experience in his role and was excited to perform the piece. “I had a friend who committed suicide due to bullying, so this script really affected me personally,” Clark said. “I tried to relate the script to

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ASHTABULA - A special visitor to Lakeside Intermediate School recently passed along the thanks of the Japanese people for the help given by the world community (including L.I.) at the time of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Satoko Azami, of Tokyo, spoke with several groups including the fourth-grade Gifted and Talented program and the ESL classes. She showed a short video of work in the disaster area. She shared her personal experiences of assisting school students to find healthy places to learn and play after so much tragedy. She helped L.I. students see inside of a Japanese school and home, with pictures and items to pass around the classroom. The dishes she made to share

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Saybrook says goodbye to public schooling at the elementary school BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - Saybrook Township is saying goodbye to its elementary school as the school district prepares to move students to the elementary campus on Wade Avenue. Last Sunday, community members of all ages and backgrounds came together to commemorate its days of serving the public school

system. “Back in the day, we didn’t have yearbooks with fancy pictures,” Marian Douglas said. “Instead, we had these little books that everyone would sign. I remember the day I had everyone in my class sign it and looking at it now, I see that I am the only one living today.” Douglas is now 92 and was a part of the 1926 class at Saybrook School back when it held grade first

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through 12th. Douglas is the oldest alumni of the building and she brought her yearbook as a history lesson as she could still remember names and stories. Others came forward with their memories as well. “In the 1950s, [Principal] Ken Weir kept bottles of soda in the refrigerator and some kid used to go in there and steal them,” School custodian Dick Bessant said. “No one could figure out who was taking the soda bottles.” Weir was not going to put up with the theft and devised a plan to catch the soda pop-nappers. “So one day, Principal Weir comes in and he has this little ultraviolet light. He has everyone put their hands under the light and lo and behold, he had put something on the soda bottles and the thief was caught red-handed,” Bessant said.

Emily Fisher was a teacher and administrator at Saybrook and is part of a second generation to serve the school, as her mother was the first kindergarten teacher at Saybrook Elementary. “I have wonderful memories of the students, parents and staff of Saybrook Elementary,” Fishcer said. Ashtabula Area City Schools recently sold the property to Saints John and Paul, and the private school district has plans to convert the now elementary school back to a elementary through high school building. “The educational mission of this school will continue,” AACS Superintendent Joseph Donatone said. “Clearly, it will change from public education to private education, but the integrity of this place will be upheld.” SSJP are planning to move into the school come

fall 2012. Jim Hudson, an AACS school board member, sent all of his children to the school and he, too, is happy of the board’s decision to sell the school to SSJP. “This building still has a lot of life in it,” Hudson said. “To be able to save this important piece of the community is a real win.” Douglas, too, was excited to hear her alumni would remain a staple of the community. “I’m telling you, I wouldn’t have stood for it if they tore this building down. I would have found the man who tore it down and hit him with my cane,” Douglas said. The time capsule to be buried at the new Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary campus was also brought into the celebration by current Saybrook Principal Jim Beitel, who encouraged people to continue to bring


Marian Douglas is the oldest alumni of Saybrook School still alive and she shared stories of her days at the school during last Sunday’s goodbye party to the school. items for the capsule to Depot Road until the end of the school year.

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Rachel Moyer was crowned Prom Queen at the Jefferson Area High School prom. Her date for the evening was Ashtabula County Fair King Cody Fetters. BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Juniors and seniors from Jefferson Area High School took a quick trip to Paris last weekend. Surprisingly, the round trip cost less than $100. This wasn’t some great deal from some website. It was the Junior/

Senior prom at the Spire in Geneva: “A Night in Paris.” Junior class advisor Teri Parma was very pleased with the event. “I haven’t heard one negative thing from the kids. I think everyone had a good time,” she said. Joe Gillespie and Rachel Moyer were crowned King and Queen.

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Poetry Contest winners show they have verse BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Henderson Memorial Public Library announced the winners to its Annual Poetry Contest held in the month of April to commemorate National Poetry Month. “I wanted to thank everyone who did enter into the contest,” DeeAnna Culbertson, director of Children’s Programing and contest organizer, said. “This was my first poetry contest.” There were four categories, adult, grades seventh through 12th, grades fourth through sixth and grades kindergarten to third. “We didn’t get as many entries as we have in the past, but the contest was a little later than usual,” Culbertson said. Culbertson said there were 15 teen entries, 12 adult entries and six entries from the elementary. “I know a lot of the schoolage kids were busy,” Culbertson said. “The teachers told me the students were busy doing all the OAA prep and testing.” This is the latest the poetry contest has been held. “Next year I hope to do it

row that I’ve won this contest,” Quickle said. Laura Cole won the seventh- through 12th-grade category for her poem “Dreaming Afar.” For the fourth through sixth graders, Hailey Shep won for her poem “I Need You Back” and Ezekiel Heran won the youngest category for his poem “The Sad Little Boy.” Heran was the youngest

again but back in the beginning of April,” Culberson said. Even with a short list of participants, Culbertson said many quality poems were entered. “There were a lot of good poems,” Culbertson said. Six judges were chosen from the Jefferson area. “We had the judges do their first-, second- and thirdplace choices for each category and then from there if some of them were the same, which a lot of them were, it was between the director and

CONVERSATION The district wishes to raise $2,850,000 per year for 10 years, which is why it is seeking an 11.9-mills levy. Board members said they decided to pursue the levy after listening to school district residents during a meeting in April. During this meeting, the JALS Board of Education began to implement cuts to reduce expenses by $1.5 million for the 2012-13 school year. Many of these cuts involved the cutting of teachers and extracurricular programs at the school. Hladek said that the intention of the board is to have other levies expire in the school district, that way the school district isn’t asking voters to approve and renew levies every year. For example, school district officials said that a 2mill levy that is expiring this year will not be renewed, which will reduce the effective millage by .91. Additionally, they said that a 4.50-mill levy that is expiring next year will not be renewed, which will reduce the millage by an additional 1.10 mills. The meeting on Wednesday further explored how the school system is grappling with the difficult reality of school funding in Ohio. “In order to address the district’s budget, set priorities and maintain our school improvement efforts as developed as a part of our Ohio Improvement Process, Race to the Top and Title I program, we must engage the entire community in a discussion about our future,” Hladek said. During the meeting, the residents and school officials broke out into groups,

with a school district official and board member joining each group. In these groups, they discussed the pros and cons of open enrollment, the impact of the program and staff cuts, the August levy and expiration of existing levies, suggestions for other areas of savings, facilities and other topics. After meeting in groups, each group shared with everyone what their group had discussed. One of the main issues coming from the meeting is the question of how the district shares information. Although information about the cuts is up on the district’s website, located at http://, the community members were interested in the district communicating better. It was suggested that the district post information in multiple ways, because not everyone receives their information the same way. Community members suggested giving the information about the cuts its own, more prominent web page, as well as sharing info through media outlets, e-mails and other streams of information. Another main topic was about what the 11.9-mill levy would accomplish, as people felt they were getting different answers from different people. In the info given to people at the meeting, it was stated that the 11.9 mills was chosen because it was the amount needed to preserve the programming as it exists today. The 11.9-mills levy would allow the district to restore a majority of the cuts that have been made and avoid the

Adult winner Listening By Sue Quickle

I to decide,” Culbertson said. Sue Quickle won the adult I heard what you said every time when you category for a poem she wrote about her father entitled thought I didn’t hear I’m sure it seem I wasn’t listening when you “Listening.” tried to make it clear “It was a unanimous vote You said put your money in the bank for the adult poem,” You said always keep your word Culbertson said. You said respect your elders Quickle said she has alYou see I really heard ways enjoyed writing poems. You said to always tell the truth “I’ve got boxes of poems. To take responsibility I’ve been writing since I was You said be honest all the time 11,” Quickle said. I heard all you said to me Quickle said the poem is You said work out your problems something dear to her heart Don’t give up without a fight and she was glad to win the If you do a wrong to someone contest once again. Always try to make it right “This the fourth year in a You said do your best in everything

From page 1A $1,000,000 in cuts that are projected to be needed in the 2013-2014 school year. Still, some residents were concerned that the district would be out of money in 2015, even with the levy. “Other things are going to have to change,” resident Philip Pawlowski said. The groups also discussed whether some positions could be filled with volunteers, and that answer depends on whether it’s a union position. Groups also discussed whether there was a way to make the sports conference local again, so teams aren’t traveling so far out of the local area. Some groups also suggested holding fundraisers and seeking donations from alumni as a way to raise money for the district, which is allowed. Not every question could be answered that night, and the school district likely will hold other community engagements in the future. Answers to questions will continue to be posted on the district’s website.

Hard work will earn your way You see I really listened And heard all you had to say I hear you say believe in God And trust him with your soul Pray for those less fortunate Your prayers can make you whole It wasn’t only what you said that taught me to heed your words It was by the example of your life And that is what I heard

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For the Record Conneaut Police • At 1:20 a.m. May 3, a Madison Street resident reported harassment. • At 3:54 p.m. May 3, a Park Place juvenile was cited into Juvenile Court after his mother reported he was unruly. resident reported her juvenile son was unruly. He was cited into Juvenile Court. • At 8:15 p.m. May 3, a Madison Street resident reported the theft of a bicycle. • At 9:36 p.m. May 3, a Marshall Street resident reported harassment. • At 4:28 p.m. May 4, a Whitney Street resident reported the theft of a dog. • At 12:56 a.m. May 5, a fight was reported in the parking lot near the Golden Anchor Bar. • At 4:15 p.m. May 5, a 45-year-old Florida resident was transported to UHConneaut Medical Center after crashing his ATV in the wooded area known as “The Arches” on Woodworth Road. • At 6:11 p.m. May 5, a non-injury traffic accident was reported on Main Street. • At 8:38 p.m. May 5, a

disturbance was reported on Harbor Street. • At 9:52 p.m. May 5, an injury traffic crash was reported on I-90, near Route 7. • At 9:58 p.m. May 5, a Bessmer Ave. resident reported that her front picture window was broken out, and her tires on her vehicle were slashed. • At 2:50 p.m. May 6, a Sandusky Street resident reported threats. • At 5:18 p.m. May 6, an Evergreen Street resident reported harassment. • At 9:27 p.m. May 6, a Main Street resident reported that his juvenile stepson was unruly. • At 10:25 p.m. May 6, Brian Lynch was arrested for domestic violence after wrapping his bed-ridden mother up in a phone cord after a confrontation at their Main St. residence. • At 4:45 a.m. May 7, a Madison Street resident reported that unknown persons scattered furniture and yard ornaments into the middle of Madison Street. • At 9:16 a.m. May 7, Randall Rexroad was arrested for public indecency


after masturbating while on his bicycle on Harbor Street near Lake Road. • At 5:45 p.m. May 7, a 16-yea- old female juvenile was transported to the Youth Detention Center after being arrested on Chestnut Street after striking and threatening her aunt following an argument. • At 6:17 p.m. May 7, a male juvenile was cited into Juvenile Court after allegedly throwing medications at another juvenile during an argument. • At 10:55 a.m. May 8, an assault between juveniles was reported outside the Digital Academy on Mill St. The suspect juvenile was cited into Juvenile Court. • At 1:51 p.m. May 8, scrap metals were reported stolen from a property in the area of Maple Ave, and Fifield Avenue. • At 9:56 p.m. May 8, an assault was reported at the Bottom Line Bar on Park Ave.

neighbor’s garbage, which keeps ending up in her yard. Her neighbor told police his garbage did get out but he cleaned up the mess. 3:33 p.m. Threats and harassment were cited by Ptl. J. Ericksen after the complainaint said he was harassed by the suspect.

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10:49 a.m. - block of 5900 West Ave. An unwanted person was reported. 12:02 p.m. - block of 4100 Thayer Ave. A domestic threats was reported. 03:10 p.m. - block of 4900 Main Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 05:47 p.m. - block of 4200 W. 34th St. Caller reports a burglary. 06:27 p.m. - block of 5100 E. 16th St. An attempted suicide was reported. 08:48 p.m. - block of 1900 E. Prospect. ACSO requesting back up for a fight. 09:32 p.m. - block of 7200 E. 16th St. Vehicle immobilization. 10:40 p.m. - block of 1700 Blue Jay Cir. A disturbance was reported.

8:42 p.m. A resident called police after he suspected a theft and reported missing money from his dresser drawer and a white gold diamond ring. The complainant said there were only two people in the house besides himself. 1:54 a.m. A noise complaint was made from an anonymous call on two subjects. When police arrived, the bonfire was still going on April 29 02:05 a.m. - W. 8th St./ but the music had been turned down. Police advised Coyne Ave. Shots fired. 03:24 a.m. - W. 19th St./ them to keep the noise down. Michigan Ave. A traffic stop May 8 resulted in a warrant arrest. 7:30 p.m. Threats and 04:06 a.m. - block of 4600 harassment was cited after Main Ave. Caller reports Jefferson Police a complainant called. He damage to his vehicle. said sometime on the night 04:33 a.m. - block of 8300 May 10 8:12 p.m. A resident was of May 7, someone put W. Prospect Rd. Caller reconcerned about her grease or petroleum jelly on ports a disturbance. his front steps. The mailman 07:02 a.m. - block of 1000 also reported finding the Westshore Dr. A caller resubstance on the steps. ported a domestic dispute. There are no known sus12:39 p.m. - block of 6200 pects. W. 38th St. Caller reported disturbance. May 4 01:01 p.m. - W. 53rd St./ • 8:13 p.m. Ptl. Anothy Main Ave. Caller reported Wood arrested a man for pos- disturbance. session of marijuana when 01:55 p.m. - block of 4300 he found a small bag of mari- W. prospect Rd. A welfare juana and a black bag with check was requested. Suspipipe inside after pulling the cious activity was discovered suspect over for not having and one warrant was made. a front license plate and he 03:21 p.m. - block of 2200 smelled a marijuana odor Progress Pl. Caller reported from the vehicle. domestic dispute. • 9:16 p.m. Ptl. Nelson re08:48 p.m. - block of 3800 ceived an anonymous call Lake Ave. Caller reported an about three intoxicated per- assault in progress. sons inside of a truck while May 4 12:20 a.m. - block of 1200 at the Wall Street Bar. When Nelson arrived everyone in- W. Prospect Rd. A counterfeit bill was reported. side the truck had left. 01:32 a.m. - block of 5100 • 8:20 p.m. Ptl. Nelson responded to a call for a loose Jefferson Ave. A report of a horse on the fairgrounds. disorderly male was reWhen Nelson arrived, the ceived. One arrest was owner had returned the made. 05:55 a.m. - block of 1000 horse to stall. W. 37th St. Caller reports a May 3 disturbance. • 10:07 p.m. A suspicious 06:51 a.m. - block of 3800 The Veterans hospitals are full of heroes. These are men and women who vehicle was reported by a Spencer Ave. Caller reports were injured while serving in the U.S. military. They served to keep America Hardees manager after the an open door, and theft of free so that you and I can enjoy all the wonderful privileges we have. blue car had been parked in copper. the Hardees’ parking lot for 11:38 a.m. - block of 2200 These are military veterans, many of them so very young, who have given about an hour. The two oc- W. 55th St. A neighbor disso much and fight now to survive on the home front. They are proud of cupants in the car met the pute was reported. their service to America, but feel lost and alone and hopeless. They need officer to talk. Ptl. Nelson 12:02 p.m. - block of 5400 told them about the call. The Main Ave. Nassief Car dealour help to get them on their way to a full, honorable, productive life. two said they understood ership reports damage to a Therefore, we are asking Ashtabula County residents to take the lead and left the premises. new vehicle. • 6:25 p.m. A business 12:29 p.m. - block of 5700 and show the rest of Ohio and the country that we care about our owner called Ptl. Nelson reMadison Ave. A report of veterans. “Pay It Back” is an effort to collect supplies for our military garding threats and harass- shots fired was received. personnel who are in need. This will be the first of an annual commitments made toward her from 02:07 p.m. - West Ave/Rt. ment to our veterans. a man who will be renting 20. Officer flagged over by the facility she is currently ambulance. using for her business when 03:05 p.m. - block of 3000 they vacate the building. W. Prospect up. An intoxiThe man threatened to re- cated male was arrested. We will donate $5.00 for every subscription move her property if she 03:35 p.m. - block of 2300 to this very special and worthwhile cause! wasn’t moved out by the Wade Ave. Complaints – juweekend even though she venile. has until May 14 to move 05:07 p.m. - block of 3100 Please Check the Newspaper of Your Choice out. W. 58th St. A report of threats was received. ❏ Jefferson/Ashtabula/Geneva .... Gazette NAME ____________________________ Ashtabula Police 06:09 p.m. - W. 6th St./JoApril 28 seph Ave. A fight was re❏ Andover/Orwell ..................... The News ADDRESS _________________________ 01:08 a.m. - block of 5900 ported. 07:25 p.m. - block of 4200 West Ave. Caller reports a ❏ Conneaut ................................... Courier CITY ____________________________ disturbance. State Rd. A custody issue 02:24 a.m. - Rt. 20/Conley was reported. ❏ Albion ................................. Albion News STATE____________ZIP _____________ 07:50 p.m. - block of 4300 Rd. 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neighborhood disturbance. 08:55 p.m. - block of 1400 W. 6th St. A report of a disturbance was received. 09:34 p.m. - W 10th St. / Lake Ave. A suffering animal was killed. 10:23 p.m. - block of 5700 Main Ave. Suspicious vehicle.

May 5 12:37 a.m. - block of 1900 Lambros Ln. A request was received to assist another agency. 02:47 a.m. - block of 1000 Bridge St. Suspicious person. 10:05 a.m. - block of 1100 W. 44th St. Caller reports a theft. 10:45 a.m. - block of 1200 Prospect Rd. A disturbance was reported. 12:02 p.m. - block of 5000 E. 17th St. Caller reports a male passed out on the road. 01:42 p.m. - block of 4800 W. Prospect Rd. Caller reports a suspicious person. 02:24 p.m. - block of 4800 Mckinley Ave. Caller reports the front door to his home open. 03:00 p.m. - block of 9500 W. Prospect Rd. Property was recovered. 04:50 p.m. - block of 4200 W. 52nd St. Caller reports a theft from his home. 06:54 p.m. - block of 4100 Cleveland Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 07:47 p.m. - block of 5700 Main Ave. A report of a fight between two men was received. One male was issued a summons for carrying a prohibited weapon. 10:09 p.m. - block of 5700 Woodman Ave. A report of theft of money was received.

May 6 01:36 a.m. - Lake Ave./ W. 28th St. A male was cited for speeding and OVI. 03:47 a.m. - block of 1500 W. 54th St. Disturbance. 11:15 a.m. - block of 3100 W. 9th St. A burglary was reported. 01:33 p.m. - block of 1300 Thayer Ave. Unauthorized use of a vehicle was reported. 03:41 p.m. - block of 3700 Station Ave. A request for assistance was received. 03:59 p.m. - block of 8300 Lake Ave. Suspicious person. 04:08 p.m. - block of 1500 W. 54th St. A burglary was reported. 05:07 p.m. - block of 1500 W. 8th St. A disturbance was reported, one female was arrested for violation of a temporary protection order. 08:24 p.m. - W. 32nd St./ Ann Ave. A man was arrested with outstanding warrants. 09:33 p.m. - block of 2400 Lake Ave. Assault. 08:58 p.m. - block of 1100 Bunker Hill Rd. a report of a subject removing scrap from the demolition site of McKinsey School was received. 11:40 p.m. - block of 1500 W. 47th St. A burglary was reported.

May 7 01:01 a.m. - block of 2900 Glover Dr. 2 men were arrested for multiple drug charges. 02:19 a.m. - block of 1100 W. 58th St. A report of a burglary was received. 04:46 a.m. - block of 9200 W. 39th St. A report of domestic violence was reported at the station.

See POLICE page 19A

For the Record Marriages Matthew Thompson and Paula K. Kolsky, both of Ashtabula

David Chozinske and Lenia M. Stack, both of Conneaut

Shawn R. Webster and Kelly E. Norcini, both of Ashtabula

Noah R. Allen and Dara L. Zamboldi, both of Conneaut

Samuel J. Sturgill and Crystal M. Sircelj, both of Jefferson

Michael D. Ferguson and Amanda J. Sury, both of Ashtabula

Michael J. Lawrence G. Barnes, of Ashtabula, and Markielowski and Charline C. Damron, of Mary I. Faidley, both of Conneaut Jefferson Emanuel B. Singleton III and Choni L. Neal, both of Ashtabula

Levi J. Shetler and Viola M. Miller, both of Pierpont

Randolph W. Schultz, of Geneva, and June E. Green, of Ashtabula

Andrew E. Huggins and Kathryn E. Thiery, both of Ashtabula

Jefferson EMS Date Dispatched Medical Category Outcome 05/06 03:45 Back Pain (Non-Traumatic) Transported 05/06 14:41 Medical (General) Transported 05/07 08:43 Chest Pain Transported 05/07 16:25 Diabetic Problem Treatment / No Transport 05/08 10:03 Chest Pain Transported 05/08 15:55 Medical (General) No Treatment Required 05/08 19:27 MVA (NO INJURY) No Treatment Required 05/08 19:27 MVA (NO INJURY) Patient Refused Care 05/09 17:00 Medical (General) Transported 05/09 17:11 Medical (General) Transported 05/09 17:45 Pain Transported 05/09 23:42 Psychiatric/Behavioral Transported 05/10 12:41 Dizziness Transported 05/11 14:47 Medical (General) Transported 05/11 16:00 Fall Victim (Injury) Transported 05/12 09:53 Fall Victim (Injury) Transported 05/12 13:17 Abdominal Pain (non-Traumatic) Transported 05/12 20:02 Abdominal Pain (non-Traumatic) Treatment / No Transport Note: A board meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. May 16.

Common Pleas April 20, Charles Lowitz The defendant was charged with one count of illegal manufacture or cultivation of marijuana, a felony of the third degree. The defendant was found to be indigent. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

April 20, Gary Whitney, Sr. The defendant was charged with one count of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $10,000.

April 20, Brian K. Culbertson The defendant was charged with one count of deception to obtain dangerous drugs. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $10,000.

April 20, Keith D. Green The defendant was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of complicity to trafficking in marijuana, one count of conspiracy to trafficking in marijuana, one count of theft, one count of vandalism and one count of burglary. The defendant was found to be indigent. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $150,000.

April 18, Tommy Hamilton The defendant moved to withdraw the former plea of not guilty to the charge in the indictment and entered a plea of guilty, to one count of theft. The State of Ohio agreed to dismiss count two. The court finds the defendant has been convicted of count one, a felony of the fifth degree.

April 20, Lawanda D. Brown The defendant was charged with one count of grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree. The court found the defendant to be indigent. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $10,000.


Chestnut Street - Theft of bicycle 05-13 - 2:45 PM - Gates From page 18A Street - Suspicious Activity 05-13 - 7:12 PM - West 01:01 a.m. - block of 2900 Main Street - Found Drug Glover Dr. 2 men were ar- Paraphernalia rested for multiple drug Geneva Police charges. 02:19 a.m. - block of 1100 Monday, April 30 9:11 a.m. Railroad gate W. 58th St. A report of a burmalfunction on North glary was received. 04:46 a.m. - block of 9200 Broadway 7:48 am. Unwanted subW. 39th St. A report of a domestic violence was reported ject on East Main Street at the station. 08:38 a.m. - block of 1500 Sunday, April 29 6:02 p.m. Possible intoxiW 19th St. An attempted breaking and entering was cated driver eastbound on Route 20 reported. 4:22 p.m. Suspicious ve10:22 a.m. - block of 1900 Lambros Ln. Harbor Ridge hicle in Kiwanis Park 4:18 p.m. Dark smoke on Apartments report an unwanted person. One arrest Myers 11:24 a.m Loose dog on was made. 11:29 a.m. - block of 6100 Austin and Route 20 10:22 a.m. Vehicle in Joseph Ave. A caller reports domestic violence. One war- woods by Roosevelt Drive culdesac rant arrest was made. 12:48 a.m. Unruly juve12:25 p.m. - block of 3100 W. Prospect Rd. Report of a nile on 400 block of East Main Street suspicious person. 04:25 p.m. - block of 1700 W. 19th St. Report of a sus- Saturday, April 28 3:33 p.m. Damage to picious person. light pole on 200 block of East Main Street May 8 2:13 p.m. Neighbor dis01:21 a.m. - Glover Dr./ Johnson Ct. Caller reports a pute on 500 block of North Broadway fight. 10:59 a.m. Open burn 07:00 a.m. - block of 1200 W. 6th St. A domestic was re- complaint on 200 block of Elm Street ported. 9:43 a.m. Criminal Mis07:02 a.m. - block of 1700 E. 48th St. juvenile com- chief on 100 block of West Main Street plaint was received. 3:59 a.m. Suspicious perOrwell Police son and vehicle on 300 block of Centennial Street • May 6 3:26 a.m. Hypodermic 5:35 pm - Assist Roaming needles near road on Cedar Shores Police Department Court and Route 20 • May 7 1:40 pm - Robbery at Friday, April 27 Huntington Bank 11:52 p.m. Unwanted 8:38 pm - Suspicious ac- person on 100 block of tivity on S Maple Ave South Ridge West 4:39 p.m. Kids on tracks • May 8 9:06 pm - Drug arrest on on North Broadway 2:49 p.m Threats on 700 W Main St block of North Broadway • May 9 2:21 p.m. Fight in 6:25 am - Theft of Motor progress/ assault on 800 Vehicle on Leffingwell Dr block of Sherman Street 2:12 p.m. Crash without • May 10 9:00 pm - Information re- injury on 1300 block of S.R.E. port taken on E Main St 12:25 p.m. Assault on • May 11 200 block of D-Termination 1:00 am - Underage con- Way sumption/possession on S Maple Ave Thursday, April 26 11:01 am - Animal com5:32 p.m. Unwanted perplaint on E Main St


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Andover Police 05-07 - 11:49 AM - West Main Street - Theft of Property 05-07 - 4:05 PM - Chestnut Street - Disorderly Conduct 05-09 - 10:45 AM - South Main Street - Suspicious Activity 05-10 - 3:10 PM - Chestnut Street - Domestic 05-11 - 6:48 AM - Parker Drive - Alarm Drop 05-11 - 10:58 AM - Gates Street - Assist ACSO 05-11 - 11:11 AM - Mill Street - Dog Bite 05-12 - 1:45 PM - Public Square - Found ATM Card 05-13 - 7:22 PM - SR 7 North - Assist OSHP 05-12 - 8:32 PM - Higley Ave. - Assist Orwell PD 05-13 - 12:54 AM - Noe Ave. - Assist Orwell PD 05-13 - 9:29 AM - Chestnut Street - Theft of bicycle 05-13 - 9:45 AM - Hickory Street - Found Wallet 05-13 - 12:20 PM -

son on 100 block of South Ridge Road 4:59 p.m. Threats 4:14 p.m. Loose dogs on Roosevelt Drive 3:13 p.m. Crash with a hit and run on 200 block of North Eagle Street 12:39 p.m. Dog complaint on 200 block of South Eagle 10:46 a.m. Graffiti on 100 block of West Main Street 10:04 a.m. Graffiti in Eagle Park 9:38 a.m. Graffiti on West Main Street 7:52 a.m. Graffiti on 100 block of West Main Street 7:30 a.m. Female trying to get into window on West Tibbitts Street 5:22 a.m. Yelling and screaming on 400 block of Third Street 3:36 a.m. Runaway juveniles on 200 block of North Avenue

6:06 p.m. Suspicious group of kids on North Eagle Street 4:41 p.m. Trespassing on 500 block of South Broadway 2:13 p.m. Crash without injury on South Ridge West 11:45 a.m. Trouble with student on 800 block of Sherman Street 9:40 a.m. Suspicious person on Eastwood 9:02 a.m. Criminal damaging on 200 block of North Cedar

Tuesday April 24 6:08 p.m. Theft on 200 block of Eastwood Street 5:14 p.m. Theft on 300 block of Britton Drive 3:44 p.m. Suspicious vehicle on 700 block of West Main Street 8:30 a.m. Hit and run on Route 20

Tuesday, May 1

9:14 p.m. Possible missing family members on 400 11:54 p.m. Possible in- block of South Broadway toxicated driver north9:14 p.m. Suspicious vebound on Route 534 hicle and person on GHS 10:11 p.m. Light flicker- Baseball field ing in vacant home on 300 5:55 p.m. Unattended block of Eastwood Street juvenile on West Main 8:17 p.m. Loud music on Street North Broadway 10:22 a.m. Unruly child 7:23 p.m. Loud stereo on 100 block of Walnut and bass in Skate Park Street 6:48 p.m. Theft on 7:13 a.m. Trespassing on Sherman Street 100 block of Vine Street 6:40 p.m. Crash with 12:01 a.m. Unstable fepossible injury on North male on 800 block of West Eagle and Route 20 Main Street

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Cancer Support Group Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. It is open to anyone whose life has been affected by the painful circumstances of cancer. Meetings are a time of encouragement, fellowship, and prayer. The Cancer Support Group desires to reach out to our church family and community by creating a confidential environment that merges biblical, emotional, social and practical support.

Memory Loss Support Group Memory Loss Support Group, meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor. This group is for anyone affected by a memory loss disease, whether it’s your own or that of a loved one. There are resources available for you through the Alzheimer’s Association, and also through this support group! Come meet others in the same situation as you and gather strength and hope together.

Next Step Bereavement Support Group Next Step Bereavement Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. Whether your loss of a loved one is recent or not, this group is here to encourage you to take the next step in coping with your grief. You’ll will be watching video clips from an excellent grief-coping curriculum and engaging in meaningful discussions about it.

National Day of Prayer service held in Geneva BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA – The Geneva area honored the National Day of Prayer at the community center on Thursday, May 3, starting off by reading a letter written by President Barack Obama who officially declared May 3, 2012 as the National Day of Prayer. “Let us be humble in our convictions and courageous in our virtue,” the Rev. Bob Cunningham read from Obama’s letter. Pastors from churches across the area united to give thanks and praise to people of the community, such as the farmers, public officials and the military men and women. “We pray that those who live here might prosper in mind, body and soul,” Bruce Hitchcock of Geneva United Methodist Church said. Farmers were given special attention as they are preparing their gardens, and for Geneva they gave extra praise for the grape crop. “We had a winter that

didn’t produce a lot of snow so one of the things I’d like to pray for is that when our crops grow and our grapes grow that we don’t go into a drought,” Matthew Thompson, pastor of the Geneva Church of Christ, said. Thompson prayed for a good harvest to all the area farmers. “We pray for those farmers out harvesting that they will blessed this year,” Thompson said. The National Day of Prayer was also a time to pray for the United States’ future and for all the leaders at the local, state and national levels. “If there ever is a time to pray for our nation, it’s today,” the Rev. Ray Baker of Faith Christian Fellowship said. With the economy still a big factor to the country, area businesses were prayed for as they try to stay opened and grow to hire new employees. “We thank you for the City of Geneva and the businesses here and for the people who have come here to live and love this great area,” Baker

Harry Pishcura, pastor of New Life Assembly of God, reminded everyone that the churches of Geneva are all one.

Father Melvin Rusnak said a prayer for the Geneva community during a service on the National Day of Prayer.

said. Harry Pishcura, pastor of New Life Assembly of God, wanted to recognize the importance of all the churches in Geneva and shared a story about his first church service.

“When I came to Geneva 19 years ago, I posed a question to those in my church and I asked them, how many churches are in Geneva?” Pishcura said. Pishcura said he let his parishioners think about the exact number of churches in the area and then gave them an unexpected answer. “I said, folks, there’s only one church in Geneva,” Pishcura said. “You see the men and women around here who make up that church and we’re not in competition. We’re here to complement one another.” Pishcura said the National Day of Prayer was a day to recognize the united churches and to show they truly are one.

Fearfully and wonderfully made! PASTOR’S COLUMN BY REV. JIM BREHLER First Congregational United Church of Christ Jefferson, OH Although my undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering, one of my favorite engineering classes was introduction to metallurgy. I found the material fascinating because it involved thinking about materials at the microscopic level. When you look at metals, they are essentially a type of crystalline structure with molecules lining themselves up in very specific patterns.

Some metals can become stronger when you introduce additional materials into them either when they are being made in the foundry (e.g., steel is made primarily of iron that has had carbon, manganese, phosphorous, sulfur and some other elements added to it) or in processing them during heating or cooling. Some metals can be strengthened by working them (bending, folding, pounding, etc) which helps reorient the molecules such that gaps are closed or filled with other molecules strengthening the link between them. Work hardening is caused by introducing irregularities in the structure and then

moving the irregularities around so that the molecules become more tightly intermeshed. Irregularities, disruptions in the crystalline structure, can actually increase the strength and hardness of a metal—but only up to a point! If you work a metal too hard, it can become brittle and crack. This is what happens when you take a paper clip and bend it back and forth very quickly. It occurred to me that people are like metal. In one way, the stresses and challenges we face in life strengthen us for the future through experience and reorientation of ourselves—but only to a point! Sometimes,

the stress can fatigue us even to the point of breaking just like the paperclip. Looking at groups of people, strength can be achieved by increasing diversity of the group, by introducing new elements into the structure that bring people closer together and less uniform. Ok, maybe the analogies seem a little farfetched or simply too complex if you haven’t had a class in metallurgy, but one thing that is simply clear: God is amazing! The complexity of materials and the way molecular structure affects the strength of things is too incredible to believe. How awesome is this place and life that God created!

Religious Briefs Ongoing Ashtabula: Bible Study

day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.

A Bible study will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Remnant of Israel, non-denominational group. Come join them and have a coffee as they study the Bible from a non-denominational point of view. The group meets at the McDonald’s located at 2424 N. Ridge Road East, just east off Route 11. For more info, visit or call 228-6157.

May 21 Rock Creek: Dinner

May 16 Conneaut: Soup Lunch Amboy United Methodist Church, 554 W. Main Road, Soup Lunch 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crackers, homemade dessert, beverage. Donation only.

May 17 Geneva: Salad luncheon The United Church, located at 75 South Broadway, Geneva, will hold its annual Salad Luncheon on noon Thursday, May 17. Over 30 kinds of salads, meat, vegetables fruit and dessert, along with muffins and beverage for $8. Off Our Rockers Band will be the entertainment. Tickets at the office or at the door.

May 18-19 Denmark: Rummage and Bake Sale

There will be a homemade cabbage roll and meatloaf dinner at the Sacred Heart Church, Rt. 45, just North of Rock Creek, on Monday, May 21, from 4:30-7 p.m. Adults $8, children under 10 $4, age 3 and under are free. The dinner is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society.

May 30 Ashtabula: Free community dinner The Ashtabula Baptist Church will hold a free community dinner from 5-6:15 p.m. at its location at 5909 Shepard Rd. in Ashtabula. Dinner includes sloppy joes, potato salad, dessert and beverage. Gospel singer Sherry Cornell to follow. For more info, call (440) 228-9423.

May 31 Saybrook Township: Free community dinner

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, May 31, from 5-6 p.m. in the Church Social Hall. Come enjoy a free dinner, dessert and drink, served to you by members of Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 S. Depot Rd., The Bulah Calvary United Methodist Church, located Saybrook. (across from Saybrook Elementary School). All at 2070 Route 193, will hold a rummage and bake sale Fri- are welcome!

I recently told someone that it seems like the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I also find that the more I learn, the more amazed I am at the complexity of the things around me. Science and knowledge do not lead to a loss of faith, but actually strengthen it by exposing me to the intricacies of life. The more I learn, the stronger my faith becomes as I contemplate the immensity of creation and behold the beauty that is both within us and all around us. Science and faith are not impediments to each other. They compliment, support and build each other. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:14 Peace be with you, Pastor Jim

Our Lady of Peace Parish to host Blessing of the Fleet ASHTABULA - Our Lady of Peace Parish of Ashtabula will host the 63rd annual Blessing of the Fleet and Harbor this Saturday, May 19, at the public dock next to the lift bridge. A prayer service, off i c i a t e d b y t h e R e v. Raymond Thomas, will be held at 5:30 p.m. asking God’s blessings and protection upon all who will venture out onto the Great Lakes for recreation or commerce during this boating season. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Cheerleaders throughout Ashtabula County welcome BY JAN PERALA For Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - Aspiring cheerleaders throughout Ashtabula County will be doing cartwheels over the news that a new summer camp will be getting off the ground for the first time this summer. According to camp coordinator Karen Cordova, the Geneva Youth Cheer Camp to be held June 11-14 at the Geneva Middle School gymnasium is designed to be more than just a cheerleading camp. Although the entry level camp, geared to children in grades K-6, will provide instruction in fundamental skills including cheer lyrics, proper hand and body movements and jumping techniques, campers will also learn essential team building and leadership PHOTO BY JAN PERALA skills. “The focus will be on Three Cheers for the New Geneva Youth Cheer Camp. Young cheerleaders Cari Downie, Nia Gribbons and Bella Cordova demonstrate their pom pom technique. The having fun while learning trio will be among the group registering for the new Geneva Cheer Camp to be held proper technique,” Cordova in June at Geneva Middle School for aspiring cheerleaders throughout Ashtabula said. County in kindergarten through sixth grade.

According to Cordova, cheerleading is a physically demanding sport requiring fitness, athleticism and precision of movement. “A cheer might utilize as many as 48 moves and a dance 72 moves in 45 seconds and in an average season cheerleaders perform at least 10 cheers and 40 chants, each requiring unique motions and words. It is important to learn the proper skills to execute these moves and when cheerleaders practice them at an early age, the skills stay with them for life,” explained Cordova. The Geneva Youth Cheer Camp is open to aspiring cheerleaders in kindergarten through sixth grade throughout Ashtabula County. The camp will conclude with a choreographed performance for families and friends and a mini competition among campers with prizes awarded. Each camper will receive a special Geneva Youth Cheer Camp T-Shirt.

Early registration for the new Geneva Youth Cheer Camp will be held at Geneva City Recreation Department at 81 East Main Street this Saturday, May 19, from 2– 4 p.m., on Wednesday, May 30, from 5–7 p.m., and Wednesday, June 6, from 5–7 p.m.

Geneva Youth Cheer Camp When: June 11 -14 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Geneva Middle School Gym Cost: $60 per camper (sibling discount - $10 per additional child) Checks payable to Geneva Midget League Football may be mailed to Karen Cordova, 840 Chestnut St. Geneva, Ohio 44041 Medical Waiver is required for participation. For information or registration, please contact camp coordinator Karen Cordova at 440-319-4268 or by email at Karen_crdv

In The Unveiling and dedication of Military Vietnam War Memorial to be held Bittner graduates from basic training Air Force Airman Trevor W. Bittner graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bittner is the son of Monica Bittner of Windsor, and Michael Bittner of Ashtabula. He is a 2011 graduate of Grand Valley High School, Orwell.

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The unveiling and the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial by the Jefferson Historical Society will take place at the site of the Cobra Vietnam era helicopter on East Beech Street. Last November, the society and veterans held a service at the helicopter before the opening of the three-day Vietnam War exhibit held over Veterans Day 2011. JEFFERSON - Following the Jefferson Memorial Day parade (at approximately 12:30 p.m.), the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial by the Jefferson Historical

Society will take place at the Cobra helicopter across from Oakdale Cemetery and on Beech Street (Route 167). Vietnam veterans will participate in the reading of

the 29 names of Ashtabula County men who died in Vietnam, color guard, 21gun salute and taps. Parking is available in the cemetery and in the drive leading to Hayslett

Park. If you had a loved one that died in Vietnam, or need more information, please call Barbara Hamilton, 576-9691, or Norma Waters, 576-2681.

Actors needed for Jefferson Depot Village BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

can relive the 1890s as they tour the quaint, preserved Living History MuJEFFERSON - Want to seum at the historic 19th test out your acting skills century Jefferson Depot and learn a bit of history? Village. The historic Jefferson While at the Depot, Depot Village is looking for people can visit the 1872 people to help give historic L.S. and M.S. Railroad tours this summer. Station, 1848 Church in Ongoing all summer, the Wildwood, 1849 the Jefferson Depot will be Church Barn, 1838 Oneopened for tours from June Room Schoolhouse, Hohn’s through October. Guests General Store, 1845 Post

Office, 1860 Pharmacy, 1888 Victorian House and 1918 PRR Caboose. But the Depot needs people to help give those tours. Jefferson Depot President Jean Dutton said they are looking for men, women and children to participate. Costumes will be provided. To help people get ready for the tours, the Depot

will hold free 1890 tour guide classes on 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1819. For more information, contact Dutton at (440) 576-0496. The Jefferson Depot Village is located at 147 E. Jefferson St. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at



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The Jefferson Reds warm-up in the out field prior to their game against the Jefferson Braves.

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Anthony DeVivo plays first base for the Jef ferson Braves, while Austin Schmidt plays second base.

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Harding 9, Lakeside 2 Euclid 2, Riverside 1 Jefferson 3, Poland 1 Edgewood 9, Lake Catholic 4 South 15, Geneva 1 Edgewood 8, Fairport 5 Riverside 13, Lakeside 3 Conneaut 4, Harvey 2 NDCL 4, Geneva 0 West Geauga 12, Perry 0 Grand Valley 4, Berkshire 3 Champion 7, PV 4 Jefferson 10, Conneaut 9 NDCL 15, Edgewod 4 Lakeside 6, Geneva 2 GRA 12, SSJP 6 SSJP 12, GRA 1

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Falcons come back to win again BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers


Conneaut’s Geoffrey Johnson takes the handoff from Tommy Manning in the 4 x400 relay, Conneaut was second in the event.

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cons were: Adam Chase, 800; Aaron Painter, shot put; and the 4 x 200 relay JEFFERSON - The team of Chase, Hamilton, AACS held it conference Jerry Scott and Jacob meet Tuesday at Falcon Dengg. stadium. The Falcons boys Kaydee DeVivo won the finished fourth and the la- pole vault for the host Faldies were sixth. cons. Their 4 x 800 relay Victors for the men were was third: Colleen David Chase in the high O’Connor, Natasha jump and Jacob Hamilton LeGrange, Summer in the pole vault. The 4 x Pacholke and Hannah Cole. 800 relay team won their O’Connor earned two event. They were: Adam fourths in the 800 and Chase, Daran Woodin, 1600 and the realyn team Andy Picard and Branden of DeVivo, Paige Clark, Scribben. Shannen Bartone and Jes- Jacob Hamilton, of Jefferson, clears 11’6 in the pole vault. Runners-up for the Fal- sica Becker was fourth. Hamilton won the event with a jump of 12 foot.

Spirit of America Boating Camp Deadline May 18 BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The Spirit of America Program offers girls and boys in the seventh grade the opportunity to develop self-confidence, set goals, build social skills, practice self-control, and demonstrate responsible behavior – all while having a great time learning to operate and maintain power craft, paddle craft and sail craft! This summer education program will be offered at no charge to interested seventh graders from Ashtabula County Schools. Applicants in seventh grade who are interested in taking this boating class should turn in applications to their school office by the May 18 deadline. The Spirit of America Boating Camp will begin June 2 at Lakeshore Park.


Seventh Graders participate in the Spirit of America Boating Camp. If chosen, students must commit to the following important mandatory dates: Application deadline: May 18, 2012 Acceptance letters will be mailed on or about May 18, 2012 Parent Orientation Meeting –Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9AM Ohio Boating Education Session I Saturday, June 2

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CHESTERLAND - All shoots are the second weekend of the month, and are open to the public. Registration is 8 BY BYRON C. WESSELL a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Gazette Newspapers Adult are $10 and Cubs $5. Call Mike Ballash for directions or membership inforJEFFERSON - Greg Del mation at (440) 227-6756. Prince will be holding his annual Junior Golf Clinic for May 12-13: Target 3-D Swap Meet the 15th straight year at June 9-10: Native American 30 3-D Hickory Grove Golf Course. July 14-15: Cookout & 3- Target 3-D The program is for chilAug. 11-12: 3-D African Safari dren ages 8-16. Del Prince, Sept. 8: 3-D Deer Shoot along with Mark Whitsitt Sept. 9: Pig Roast (100 Tickets Available). (Texas U.S. Junior Champion) and Scott Treen (former Jefferson Area High School girls’ golf couch), team up to instruct the youth golf clinic that starts June 12 and runs for six weeks. The program takes Personal Service is Our Policy place every Tuesday staring at 10:30AM . The deadline • Life • Auto • Business • Farm • IRAs to register is June 10. The cost of the program is $75. • Home • Boat • RVs The first two weeks fo6265 State Route 45, Bristolville, OH 44402 cuses on an instructional portion that lasts 30-40 minutes. New participants learn

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JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Falcons softball team went down early in their game against West Geauga, but recovered to win 12-9. The Wolverines went up 9-2, but the Falcons battled back thanks to a strong hitting from the entire team. West Geauga started the game with the first three batters reaching. Taylor Tercek walked and Bri Sexton bunted for another hit. After an infield fly West Geauga scored two runs on an error to take an early lead. The Falcons had baserunners of their own in the bottom of the first, but failed to score. Kailey Reinke singled, Megan Hussing Walked and Molly Robinson singled. However, Allie Delooze pitched out of the jam for the Wolverines. Bailey Beckwith relived McKenzie Wilber on the mound for the Falcons in the second inning. The Wolverines added a run in the second inning as Allie Delooze hit a lead off single. Sasha Carter and Komar walked to load the bases with one out. Tercek drove in a run on a sac-fly, making it 3-0. Beckwith helped herself with a lead off single in the second inning and Wilber reached on an error. Sarah Busch cut the lead to one with a two-run double, making it 3-2. West Geauga had a big third inning as they scored six runs. Nicky Luciano started the inning after being hit by a pitch and was bunted over by Kaylie Doll. Marley Praprost singled and the Wolverines then bunted in a pair of runs. Allie Delooze and Meghan Dayringer each bunted in a run and was safe at first after the Falcons were late on the attempted outs at home. Sasha Carter loaded the bases after drawing a walk and West Geauga added a pair of runs on an error. Bri Sexton capped the inning with a two run single, upping the lead to 9-2. Bree Zalar doubled and Beckwith singled for the Falcons in the third inning, but they were unable to plate a run. The Falcons cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth after loaded the bases

Bailey Beckwith pitches for the Jefferson Falcons during a recent game against West Geagua. with three straight walks with no outs. Megan Hussing hit an RBI single, making it 9-3. Molly Robinson followed with her own RBI single, making it 9-4. The Falcons made a dramatic come backing the fifth inning as Busch singled and Rachel Francis doubled her over to third. Kailey Reinke walked and Deanna Comp picked up an RBI single. Hussing kept things going as she walked in a run. Molly Robinson put the Falcons within one run with a tworun single. Jefferson would continue its scoring surge as Beckwith picked up an RBI ground out. Wilber picked up a walk and Busch picked up her second two-run double of the game to give the Falcons an 11-9 lead. Rachel Francis capped the inning with an RBI triple, making it 12-9. Beckwith pitched a onetwo-three sixth inning and went on to strike out the side in the seventh for the win. The Falcons were able to take advantage of an illegal substation as Meghan Dayringer re-entered the game in a different spot after coming into pitch. Dayringer who helped the Wolverines pitch out of a jam in the third inning was unable to play the rest of the game.

proper golf etiquette, such sa bal makring, repaing divots and raking bunkers. The first week will also focus on the art of putting; the following weeks focus on the following: chipping, short irons, mid-irons and the full swing, fairway woods and hybrids. Finally, in the sixth week the instructors concentrate on the driver. Starting the third week, the participants start playing rounds of golf. The program usually includes four rounds of golf on holes three through nine, depending on age. On the final day there will be a cookout of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and ice-cream There willalso be some type of Junior Golf Participation gift such as a PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL medal or a trophy and a cer- The Jefferson Falcons softball team huddles up during a game against West Geauga. tificate of achievement.



Imbrogno continues catching tradition BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Jeff Imbrongo the son of Jeff and Leanne Imbrogno has logged an impressive career as the backstop of the Edgewood Warriors baseball team. During his Sophomore season Jeff was the Team MVP and an All County Selection after batting .449 with 29 RBI’s and six homeruns. Jeff followed that up with an All County Selection his junior year after batting .438 with 28 RBI’s and three homeruns. In his senior season, Jeff is batting an impressive .571 with 29 RBI’s and three homeruns. Jeff Imbrogno has been playing the game of baseball since he was five years old as T-ball was his first experience. Imbrogno had a great experience in little league as he played for Sean Coz in minor leagues and George Dragon and the Indians in major league. “There was a time when the Indians only lost four games in three years. I think we were like 53-4,” Imbrogno said. Jeff also played travel league ball for the CLP Lightening and the Kingsville Renegades American Legion Team. “I like the camaraderie of the team and playing with friends,” Imbrogno said on what he likes best about playing baseball. Imbrogno has mostly played the catcher position during his high school years of baseball, but has also played shortstop and third base. He has come to enjoy playing the position, but it started off not being his choice. His TBall coach Sean Cox initial made the call as he told Jeff’s parents he was moving him to the catcher position. It turned out to be a good move as Jeff has followed in the footsteps of some great catchers at Edgewood. Jeff followed after Mike Schupska and Josh Bilbie just to name a couple of the previous catchers at Edgewood. Imbrogno has learned a lot from Schupska and Bilbie. Schupska graduated before Imbrogno started playing at Edgewood, but he was able to play with and learn from Bilbie. When, Imbrogno was 14 years old he had the opportunity to play on the Kingsville Renegades with both Mike and Josh. “They took me under their wing and taught me a lot that summer; whether it was catching, hitting, or even the mental situations that occur during a game. It’s been a real pleasure and an honor to continue the catching legacy here at Edgewood,” Imbrogno said. Even the local umpires understand how good the tradition of Edgewood catchers has been in recent past. “The local umpires who have been around for awhile, tell me how good the Edgewood catchers have been. I never had a chance to see him play, but from what I understand it all started with Tim Spencer. I’m just happy to be included in that group,” Imbrogno said. Imbrogno is one of the few baseball players to have a four

Warriors Mathis Qualifies for state meet top Cougars BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers MENTOR - The Edgewood Warriors baseball team picked up a 9-4 win over the Lake Catholic Cougars on Wednesday, May 9. Both teams used several pitchers in preparation of their upcoming tournament games. Zach Popely, Joe PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL Zappitelli, Tony Magda, Alex Jeff Imbrogno continues Vencil and Tyler Wawroski the tradition of great all pitched for the Warriors. Tom Mulig, Zack Frate, catches at Edgewood. year experience at the high David Johnson, Lou Peterlin school level. He started on the and Ryan Miller all pitched team as a freshman and for the Cougars. Edgewood scored two worked hard to remain there. “Being able to start as a 14 runs in the opening inning year old freshmen was a very to take a 2-0 lead. Lake Catholic cut the good experience. I’ve always had to work hard for what I lead to one by plating a run got, because I have always in their half of the first inbeen younger than most of the ning. The Cougars scored a run guys I played with. It really humbles you when you have in each of the first four into work and struggle for every- nings as they lead 3-2 and thing you get,” Imbrogno said then 4-3. Edgewood briefly tied the on being a four year letter wingame with a run in the top ner at Edgewood. “We’ve had some quality of the fourth inning with a teams in my four years here run, tying the game at 3-3. Zach Popely led the Warat Edgewood, but this year’s team could be the best. I guess riors with four hits and three my favorite memory would runs. Jeff Imbrogno added have to be the trip we took to three hits including a double Florida over spring break last and two runs scored. Bobby year,” Imbrogno said on some Dragon added two hits inof his favorite memories play- cluding a double and drove in three runs. Tyler ing for the Warriors. It has always been a goal Wawroski added two hits of Jeff’s to play baseball at the including a double and two college level. He has had sev- RBIs. Jimmy Wilson also eral offers to play at the next had two hits for the Warlevel, including Seton Hill and riors. Andrew Graeb scored Cleveland State. However, he two runs for the Warriors, has not found the right fit yet. while Kevin Joslin doubled. Zack Frate and Zack Cleveland State seemed to be a good fit, but unfortunately Hawkins each doubled for the school had to cut the base- Lake Catholic in the game. ball program. As of now Jeff is Don Koller and Billy Salem still undecided of where he will collected two hits a piece for be in the fall, but continues to the Cougars in the loss. Edgewood improved to 15talk to coaches and schools. One thing he does know is 6 with the win, while Lake he plans on majoring in Engi- Catholic dropped to 14-9. Tony Magda was credited neering or Civil Engineering with the win for Edgewood while at school. Right During the off-season Jeff and David Johnson took the also plans on playing summer loss for Lake Catholic. baseball, having a summer job and spending time with friends. Jeff currently volun- Jefferson Wrestling teers for Catholic Charities Club to hold and has been a participant in wrestling camp “Men Who Cook” for the past few years. Like a lot of area athletes, BY BYRON C. WESSELL Jeff’s parents played a big role Gazette Newspapers in his success. “I’ve always had a lot of supJEFFERSON - The port from my family over the Jefferson Wrestling Club years. Not just for baseball or will be having a three-day sports, but for anything I’ve wrestling camp June 19, 20 done. My parents never missed and 21 at the Jefferson High a school activity. My mother School. The camp is open to never even missed a practice, all ages and will cover Neubaseball or football; she’s al- tral/Top/Bottom Techniques ways been there to cart me and and Freestyle. Instruction my friends around,” Jeff said will be giving by the coachon the dedication of his family ing staff of Gannon Univeron his high school career. sity, Cleveland State UniverSome of his teammates sity and Lake Erie College have even grown accustomed programs. Jefferson’s own to considering his mom their MMA fighter Branden “Iron mom as well. They even look Lion” Hinkle will also be givforward to road trips for base- ing instructions. There will ball because of all the snacks be two sessions daily with inJeff’s mom would bring. tense drilling and live wres“My sister Amanda, who tling. Lunch will be proisn’t a big sports fan, has al- vided. The cost of the wresways been a big supporter of tling camp is $100 and a $25 mine. I know I will appreciate pre-registration payment is it even more as I get older,” Jeff due by June 1. For more inadded on the impact his fam- formation contact Doug ily has had on him. Cleveland at 440-813-5101.

ORWELL - Kaleb Mathis an eighth grader at Grand Valley will be participating in the Middle School Track and Field state meet at Reynoldsburg High School on May 27th in Columbus, Ohio. Kaleb Mathis became the first Grand Valley middle school to qualify for state after qualifying in the shot putt. Mathis routinely throws an average of 43 feet and two inches and hit that number again to qualify. Mathis is currently ranked third in the state in the shot putt event. Kaleb Mathis has been participating in track for two years now as he first went out in seventh grade. “Some of my friends told me it would be really cool to do so I tried out and I was good at it so I stuck with it,” Kaleb said on why he went out for track. His throwing coach at


Kaleb Mathis will be competing at the Middle School Track state meet in the shot put. Grand Valley is Chris Doran. Most track stars think “He teaches me good tech- about going to State at the niques to throw and encour- high school level but not in ages me. He’s an all-around Middle School. good coach,” Mathis said on “I like the fact that it’s his throwing coach. competitive,” Mathis said on “It’s an hour and unreal. why he likes shot putt. I never thought I’d do anyMathis also participates thing like this,” Mathis said in discus and in the 200on what it means to him to meter dash. go to state. “It’s a nice way to hang out with friends and meet new shot putters from other schools and show off our talThe Larry Packe Youth Memorial Hunt will take ents,” Mathis said on why he place on Saturday, June 2 at the Ashtabula County likes track. Coon Hutners Club Grounds on Griggs Road in “I want to win. I want to Jefferson, Ohio. be first in state,” Kaleb said Games and other activities will start at 2pm. The on his goals at the state licensed bench show deadline is at 4pm and the limeet. censed nite hunt deadline is 8pm. Trophies will be Kaleb Mathis and his awarded to bench show winners and top three nite family plans to stay down in hunt winners will receive gas cards and lights.For Columbus for two days and more information contact Red Anthony 440-577-1290 would like the community to or Kim Breden at 440-577-1178 or 440 813-0463. come out and support him.

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Sports BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The Ohio DII softball playoffs came to town Thursday. Jefferson had defeated West Geauga Wednesday to earn the right to face the Spartans. In a previous contest, the Falcons had come from a seventh inning deficit to hand the Spartans their only defeat this season. In an offensive battle featuring four home runs, the Spartans held off the Falcons for a 10-7 triumph and a sectional championship win. “In the postgame (talk), I said to the girls that they were sectional champions. They thought I was kidding. They had no idea what they were playing for today. They thought it was just a tournament game. They asked if we could put that on the (gym) banner but I said we only put district champs or runners-up on the banner, so we still have some work to do,” Conneaut coach Joey Taylor commented.


Spartans Repel Falcons The game started slowly on offense. The Falcons threatened in their first two innings, with the lead-off runners reaching base. But Conneaut hurler Lexi Zappitelli caught her breath and struck out the side in both innings. Jefferson scored in their third inning. Rachel Francis, who was a thorn in the Spartans’ side all game, reached first on a infield hit. She promptly stole second and third and crossed the plate when the throw to third dribbled away from the fielder. 1-0, Falcons. The Spartans immediately answered in their third. Emily Bucci walked and Kayla Brennan moved her up with a bunt. Lydia Coccito doubled to send home Bucci but Lydia was out at third trying to advance. Tori Simek then doubled and scored on a Texas leaguer single by Lexi

Zappitelli, making it 2-1, Spartans. “It takes a long time for us to get the bats going,” Falcon coach Nikki Rose said. Now in the Falcon fifth the bats were warm. Francis reached base on a walk, Kaylee Reinke doubled and freshman Deanna Comp sent a drive over the right center fence for a three run homer. 42 Falcons. “That was beautiful. For her to be that young and have that impact was just great,” Coach Rose added. That lead was short-lived for the Falcons. In the Spartan fifth, Coccitto reached on an error, Simek again doubled, Lexi doubled and Angie Zappitelli homered over the left field fence. 6-4, Conneaut. As coach Taylor said, “Jefferson wouldn’t go away.” Bree Zalar led off the Fal-

con sixth with a home run to cut the Spartans lead to 6-5, But Lexi stiffened and set down the next three hitters. “Lexi was in some tough spots but you have to remember she is just a freshman, she’s fourteen years old and she’s getting better every day.A good indication of how much she has improved, she gave up that leadoff homer but came back and got the next three hitters. She didn’t hang her head, she dug down and got the outs, that’s what winners do,” Coach Taylor complimented his young pitcher. Again, the Spartans struck back. In their sixth, Kayla Brennan singled, and Tori Simek banged out her third double, sending home Brennan. Lexi singled and sister Angie again sent a drive over the left field fence, 10-6, Conneaut. “I love a good adrenaline

Falcons eliminates Spartans BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons hosted the Conneaut Spartans in a recent Division II sectional championship baseball game. The Spartans struck big with five runs in the third inning and they lead 8-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Falcons scored six runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Both teams would score a run in the eighth to send the game into another inning. Brice Comp pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning as Mike Teed singled, Derek Frazee reached on an error and the Falcons intentionally walked Justin Blood. Comp would get a short fly out and a strikeout to end the inning. The Falcons would go on to win 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mike Mirando and Jared Walker each singled for Conneaut in the third inning.

Joey Borgerding walked to load the bases and Christian Williams walked in a run, making it 1-0. Mike Teed bunted in a run on a squeeze play, making it 20. Derek Freeze added to the lead with a two-run triple. Justin Blood made it 5-0 with an RBI single. Scott Davidson got the Falcons jump started in the fifth inning with a walk. Ethan Pawlowski dropped in a hit which went for a double. Chase Stowe drew a walk and Davidson was able to score on a passed ball, making it 5-1. Pawlowski later scored on another passed ball, cutting the Spartan lead to 5-2. A pair of walks to start the sixth inning hurt the Falcons. Justin Blood and Cody Martin walked and Jared Walker hit a two-out RBI single to give the Spartans a four run cushion. Borgerding made the Falcons pay more with a two-run double, upping the score to 8-2.

Jefferson had their own pair of walks in the seventh inning as Pawlowski and Stowe each walked. Joey Piscsalko worked a full count and hit an RBI single. Ryan Hayes followed with his own RBI single as the Falcons started to pick up steam. Johnny Knight put the Falcons within three runs with an RBI double. Nick Stranman inched Jefferson even closer with a two-run single. Scott Davidson extended the inning with a two-out single and purposely got caught up in a pickle to allow pinch runner Brett Powers to tie the game. Cody Martin was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and later scored on a triple by Jared Walker to put the Spartans ahead 9-8. The Falcons got a lead off single from Piscsalko in the eighth inning. Ryan Hayes singled him over to third base. Nick Stranman later reached on an error that allowed the Fal-


Brice Comp pitches for the Jefferson Falcons during a game against the Conneaut Spartans. cons to once again tie the game. Davidson reached on an error to start the bottom of the ninth for the Falcons. Ethan Pawlowksi reached on a bunt single as the Falcons had runners on first and second with no outs. Joey Borgerding who pitched the entire game for the Spartans picked up a fielders


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rush. I try not to think of it (pressure situation) I just try to manufacture as many runs as I can.” “I like to feel in control of certain situations, but I trust my teammates too,” Angie Zappitelli commented after the game. “I just look for my pitch, Angie added. “ If I get something I PHOTO BY JORDAN WISER don’t want, I just try to foul it off until I get Deanna Comp bats for the Jefferson my pitch. On the first Falcons during a game against the one (homer) I was Conneaut Spartans. just trying to hit the ball. On the second one , I knew all we fourth time, then Deanna Comp was hit by a an errant needed were runs.” pitch. Megan Hussing then “The girls have a saying of playing with heart. Every one singled in Francis and Comp scored on a Spartan error, 10of these girls have heart but 7. none of them is bigger than But Lexi set down the last Angie’s. She handles big motwo hitters to hold onto the 10ments and pressure situations 7 victory. very well,” Coach Taylor said. “We got those runs back, The Falcons battled back in (Comp’s homer) we just didn’t their seventh. Rachel Francis get back as much as Conneaut singled to reach base for the did. The girls didn’t quit and battled back in pressure situations,” Falcons coach Rose choice and a fly-out, but hit summed up. Andy Santiago to load the bases. Conneaut freshman Lexi Brice Comp then came to the Zappitelli earned the win, she plate for the Falcons and ripped is now 11-1. Falcon freshman an RBI single to win the game. Mckenzie Wilber took the loss, “I’m like I can hit the ball. I 7-4. went up there and relaxed. I Offensively, Rachel Francis didn’t have much to lose,” Brice ended her high school career Comp said on what he was with a fine game: three hits thinking before his plate ap- and three runs.Comp had pearance. three RBI and two runs scored. “I was on time with the pitch. Bree Zalar added two hits. It was bound to happen. I alFor the Spartans Angie had ready conquered it. I just re- an outstanding outing with laxed and got the job done,” two homers and six RBI. Lexi Comp added. had three hits, three RBI* and Comp was also the winning two runs. The sisters acpitcher on the mound. counted for nine of the Spar“My team pulled through. tans ten runs scored. Lydia That’s team work right there. Coccitto banged out three hits A team effort. I love my team and Tori Simek knocked out and will never play with any- three doubles with one RBI one else,” Comp said after the and scored three times. game. The tournament trail ends Brice Comp who usually is for the Falcons, they had a fine only used as a pitcher had lim- season with a 15-9 record and ited at bats this year, but got won a tourney contest. the job done when it mattered. Fourth seeded Conneaut Baseball is full of superstitious advances to face topseed and the team credits a lot of NDCL Tuesday at the their recent success to a lucky Jefferson JAGS complex. rabbit’s foot found in Canfield.

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employment physicals, workers’ compensation and drug screenings. Corporate health ASHTABULA - University services provide assessments Hospitals is making good on aimed at preventing and reits commitment to bringing ducing workplace injuries, as expert, personalized care to well as treatment and rehaevery community by expandbilitation for injured workers. ing the services it offers in the The community outreach City of Ashtabula. services include services like University Hospitals in health screenings out in the Ashtabula will now offer comcommunity, the Safe Sitter prehensive care for a range of Program, diabetes education, outpatient services, including skin cancer screenings, stroke consultations with specialists assessment services and from University Hospitals other services. Harrington Heart & Vascular Some of the physicians at Institute and University Hosthe UH Ashtabula Health pitals Ear, Nose & Throat InCenter include surgeon Dr. stitute. Patients also have acAmitabh Goel, cardiologist cess to a full-service laboraDr. Najeeb Osman and ENT tory for fast and convenient specialist Dr. Steve Hunyadi, diagnostics. Jr. On 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, June Dr. Hunyadi is pleased 5, University Hospitals will with the new services for the celebrate the opening and expatients, as he said ENT serpansion of its UH Ashtabula vices are limited in Ashtabula Health Center with an open County. house. It’s very helpful for the paLocated at 2131 Lake Ave. tients to have access to ENT care so close to home, in Ashtabula, the UH Ashtabula Health Center Some of the physicians at the UH Ashtabula Health Center Hunyadi said. Board certified in otolarynused to be referred to as the include surgeon ENT specialist Dr. Steve Hunyadi, Jr., gology, Hunyadi received his Ashtabula Medical Arts pictured here with Office Coordinator Tina Keller. medical degree from the Case Building in the Ashtabula nose and throat services (also care as close to home as we Western Reserve University Plaza. School of Medicine in CleveAs new services are now referred to as otolaryngology) can.” Although University Hos- land. housed at the building, the and audiology services. These audiology services pitals is adding services to the He has special medical inname has changed to represent the new role of the build- are for people who need hear- building, the UH Ashtabula terests in general and pediating tests, like for their pre- Health Center will continue ric otolaryngology, sinus dising. University Hospitals employment physicals, hear- to house its existing depart- ease, allergies, snoring and Geneva and Conneaut Medi- ing aids and other care op- ments and services of labora- sleep apnea. UH Ashtabula Health tory services, corporate cal Centers President Rob tions, David said. “In a nutshell, it’s a conve- health, surgical physician and Center will provide compreDavid said some of the new services at the UH Ashtabula nience for our patients,” community outreach services. hensive, personalized care for The corporate health ser- both adult and pediatric paHealth Center include cardio- David said of the expanded vascular consultations, ear, services. “We’d like to keep vices included things like pre- tients with a variety of ENT

conditions. Available treatments range from simple, non-surgical options to advanced surgical procedures. Another physician at the facility, Goel is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, and he offers general surgical excellence, including all aspects of breast, abdominal and critical care surgery. The community will get to meet some of the physicians during the open house on Tuesday, June 5, as they will be able to meet and speak with UH physicians. “We wanted to do something nice for the community,” David said. David said the open house will include activities for children, including Jungle Terry from 4-5 p.m., health screenings for the adults and cooking demonstrations with samples. Some of the free health screenings will include:

—Pulmonary function. —Hearing. —Mouth cancer. —Carotid artery blockage. —Blood pressure. —Body mass index. Other children’s activities will include a stuffed animal clinic and fire truck, squad and ambulance tours. To schedule an appointment, please contact the UH Ashtabula Health Center using the following numbers: —UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, (440) 9931144. —UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, (440) 998-0011. —Audiology, (440) 4150162, option #1. —Laboratory services, (440) 992-0168 (walk-ins welcome). —Corporate Health, (440) 415-0280. More information about UH Ashtabula Health Center can be found online at w w w. U H h o s p i t a l s . o r g / Ashtabula.


University Hospitals will celebrate the opening and expansion of its UH Ashtabula Health Center with an open house on June 5. Located at 2131 Lake Ave. in Ashtabula, the UH Ashtabula Health Center used to be referred to as the Ashtabula Medical Arts Building in the Ashtabula Plaza.

A greater scope of care. Closer to home. University Hospitals Ashtabula Health Center provides local access to expert care: t UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute: 440-993-1144 t UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute: 440-998-0011 t Audiology services: 440-415-0162 t Laboratory services: 440-992-0168 (walk-ins welcome)

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