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Saluting the sacrifice of fallen servicemen and women BY BARBARA J. HAMILTON Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - As the local service groups, bands, troops and vehicles gathered at the Jefferson

New Vietnam War Memorial unveiled in Jefferson

Area High School for the annual Memorial Day parade, there was not a cloud in the sky to stop the rain. But, in Monday’s heat, a little rain would have been welcome. Marching in record temperatures and led by band director Fred Burazer, the Jefferson Area High School band performed selections that could be heard all over town. As the parade reached the center Several groups of Cub Scouts of Jefferson wait of town, they Vietnam War Memorial ceremony to begin. stopped for speeches at the courthouse and was able to follow its usual route at the war monuments on the vil- down East Jefferson Street and lage green at Chestnut and turning onto North Market Jefferson Streets. Due to some Street. The ceremony in Oakdale road work changes, the parade Cemetery was led by a procession of Durwood Newhard, Phil


patiently after the parade for the Dietrich, Fred Grimm and Elliot Rice and others, They Young Marines stood at attention as well as local Cub Scout groups and others.

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Joyce Kren, former Vietnam War nurse, read some of the names of those who died from Ashtabula County during the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial at the site of the Cobra helicopter. In a tragic twist, speaker at the ceremony and Vietnam veteran Gary Pratt, 63, suffered a heart attack during his speech and died en route to the Ashtabula County Medical Center. For the full story, see inside this week’s Gazette.

Lakeside sends forth its graduates

GHS senior receives appointment to the United States Naval Academy BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools GENEVA - The United States Naval Academy Class of 2016, which will come together for the first time to begin Plebe Summer on Induction Day on June 28, is an elite and accomplished group of students from public and private high schools across the country and one in their midst will be from Geneva, Ohio. Lindsey Adams will be tossing her mortarboard high

into the air with her Geneva High School classmates at their commencement ceremony next Sunday, and when she does, she will be celebrating both a stellar high school career and an auspicious future. Adams is one of 1,200 students and 200 young women who have gained admission to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis this year, selected from an applicant pool of more than 15,000 students

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GHS Senior Lindsey Adams has received a coveted appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. She is pictured with U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer Brad Strong who presented Adams with her official appointment folder at a recent awards assembly at Geneva High School, and Geneva Area City Schools Superintendent Mary D. Zappitelli.

Lakeside High School graduates look into the stands to find their Thursday evening ceremony. Donatone said the graduates BY SADIE PORTMAN have reached one of many mileGazette Newspapers stones. “You have reached the first of SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP The Ashtabula Area City Schools many plateaus that lie ahead of gave the Lakeside High School you,” Donatone said. Donatone was proud of the 2012 graduates a send off during a commencement ceremony graduates and wished them the best of luck. last Thursday evening. “I wish for each and every one “We are gathered here to honor them for their achieve- of you the...fulfillment of a producment and to wish them much tive life,” Donatone said. Class President Luke Versaw success and prosperity in the years to come,” AACS Superin- presented the class gift of two tendent Joseph Donatone said. drawings by fellow classmate

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family and friends during the Kevin Rodriguez of teachers Amy Stamp and Anthony Leonelli, who both passed away during their four years at the school. Versaw said both teachers were prime examples of class acts who cared about their students and everyone around them. “We learn how to speak, ride bikes, makes friends and make a living, but not everyone is able to live life to the fullest,” Versaw said.

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JPD keeps drivers pumped about seatbelts BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Those pumping gas at the Jefferson Speedway Wednesday morning had an expected surprise as the Jefferson Deputy Chief of Police David Wassie and the Ashtabula County Safe Communities’ Rescue Squad were handing out informational bags about the importance of wearing a seatbelt while driving. “This is the National Safety Council’s Click It or Ticket campaign,” Wassie said. “We belong to the Jefferson Police Department and the rescue squad belongs to the Ashtabula County Safe Communities.” Throughout the year, the National Safety Council will hold events to keep drivers safe on the road. “As an opening event, we hand out some information and just some free stuff from the government, which you don’t get very often, to remind people to wear their seatbelts and to drive safely,” Wassie said. Wassie was happy to see that many of the people pulling into the station had their


Jefferson Deputy Chief of Police David Wassie and the Ashtabula County Safe Communities’ Rescue Squad hands out Click It or Ticket informational bags to drivers coming into Speedway on Wednesday morning. belts clicked in place. “I would say 90 percent of the people stopping by have had their seatbelts on,” Wassie said. “It’s been pretty

good.” Wassie was not there to scold people who may not have been wearing belts, but rather to inform them of the importance of wearing one. “It just serves as a friendly reminder to everybody to use their seatbelts,” Wassie said. Beside talking about the importance of safety belts, Wassie also wanted to remind people to stay focused on the road while driving. “We also have information in the packets on distractive driving such as texting while driving and so on,” Wassie said. Wassie said even talking on the phone can create a distraction while driving. “We discourage any cellphone use at all unless they’re blue-tooth enabled,” Wassie said. In any case, whether an accident is caused by a texting driver or some other distraction, Wassie said the number one way to prevent fatalities is wearing a seatbelt. “Regardless of the naysayers who say that people die because of wearing their seatbelts, the vast

majority of people die because they’re not,” Wassie said. “In the cases where people were wearing their seatbelt and died, the chances are they probably would have died anyway.” Wassie was out for most of the morning until around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and said it was a fun event to be a part of. “I will be here until I run out,” Wassie said. “We started at 10 o’clock this morning.” Wassie was grateful for Speedway’s support of the event. “Speedway has sponsored this event for the last four years,” Wassie said. “Although corporate didn’t this year, our local Speedway said that we could come here today, which was good.” Wassie hopes campaigns such as the Click It or Ticket can help save lives. “Basically a seatbelt is always a safety belt,” Wassie said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Reality Day at Lakeside Junior High School The eighth-grade students at Lakeside Junior High School had real-life experiences of the financial responsibilities adults face by participating in “Reality Day.” The students were assigned a variety of occupations with coordinating salaries. The library was set up with different stations that began with paying federal and state taxes out of their first pay checks. They were given checking accounts and instructed how to write checks for payments on mortgages, insurance, utilities, groceries, and childcare. Some students were given real life unexpected situations, for example a medical situation, where unexpected expenses occur. The winners were the students that were able to successfully balance their budget. This activity is intended to begin the preparation of financial decisions and responsibilities that all SUBMITTED PHOTO students will encounter as Pictured learning how to write checks are (left to right) Estevan Maldonado, Jesus they become adults. Otero, Michael Terrell, and Roberto Varga.

Grand River clean up scheduled for Saturday BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - The Friends of the Harperfield Covered Bridge Park are planning their annual Grand River Clean Up at the park for this Saturday, June 3, at 9 a.m. They will meet on the south side of the bridge. “We are preparing for our annual spring spruce up at the park,” Denise Weinmann wrote in her blog. Weinmann said they are not cleaning up on their own this year, as they are joining forces with a state-run entity. “This year, we are partnering with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for their annual Grand River Cleanup day,” Weinmann said. The Friends have a few

items in mind they would like to achieve by the end of Saturday. “This year we will be focusing on some trimming and removal of overgrown bushes and saplings at the base of trees,” Weinmann said. The Friends hope to ready the park for the summer season when more people will visit and are open to any donation of supplies and materials one might be able to bring. “We would also like to plant some flowers if someone is generous enough to donate them,” Weinmann said. The Friends have already received donations from the community and are grateful for everyone who is able to better the park through their donation of time or materials. “We have a couple families

who have volunteered to hang baskets on the bridge and plant flowers by the brick building (bait shop) on the north side of the park, but we would love to see flowers spread throughout the park,” Weinmann said. Beside the greenery, the Friends will also be painting the park’s storage building. “We also have a few painting projects for those who enjoy this type of work,” Weinmann said. “Our white storage building needs a fresh coat of paint and the interior of the north side restrooms need to be painted to fully cover some very foul language that was left there last October.” Weinmann and the other Friends are looking forward to Saturday as they start their summertime preparations.

“As you see, there are many projects that can be done at the park to help beautify our place along the river,” Weinmann said. “If you have any questions, please let me know. We appreciate any help you can give us.” Weinmann can be contacted by phone at (440) 4775001 or through the Friends of the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Park Facebook page. “Hope you can join us Sunday, June 3, for a little work, a lot of fun and share some lunch with us afterwards,” Weinmann said. “Please pass this information along to your friends and family. We need your help to continue caring for our park.” Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Correction The Jefferson Senior Center director was misidentified in an article about a luncheon at the senior center that appeared in the May 23rd edition of the Gazette. Christina Blair is the senior coordinator. Additionally, 20 to 30 people were expected to attend the luncheon in Jefferson, with 100 people expected to attend the Senior Prom on Thursday, June 7. The Gazette apologizes for the error.

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County News Election board approves issues for August election BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County Board of Elections recently approved four issues to appear on the special election on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Three of the four issues involve levies for local school districts. The issues include: —Ashtabula Area City Schools is asking voters to approve an additional 6.4 mills for five years. The levy would raise $2.75 million for the district per year. —Geneva Area City Schools is seeking an addition 4.9 mills for 10 years. This levy would raise $1.6 million per year. —Jefferson Area Local Schools is seeking an additional 11.9 mills for 10 years. This levy would raise $2.85 million per year. —The Village of Genevaon-the-Lake once again will try to raise its municipal income tax from 1 percent to 1.5 percent. The levies, as well as the tax increase, are all being sought to raise money for operating expenses. According to Ashtabula County Board of Elections, 81 precincts in Ashtabula County will be affected by the special election, out of a total of 127. The subdivisions seeking the election will pay for the costs, which including poll workers and set up of tabulating machines. Because GOTL village residents will also vote on the school issue, GOTL and GACS will share the cost, according to board officials.

Happy Hearts graduates five students BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP - Five students at the Happy Hearts School graduated on Wednesday, May 23. Despite there being only five graduates, the ceremony still had everything typical of a large graduating class: speakers, music from the Edgewood Senior High School band, the singing of the Happy Hearts School Alma Mater and a reception afterward with cake and beverages provided by the Arc of Ashtabula County. As family, friends, teachers and even Ashtabula County officials watched, Herman Eugene Bratton, Phillip John Carlo III, Shari Ann Nagle, Johnathon Lee Peterson and Corrine LeAnne Wellbaum all received their diplomas with pride. Peterson delivered the student address. “Today marks the end of our school years and a new beginning for each of us,” Peterson said. Peterson talked faith, sharing what the letters in the word mean to him and his classmates. The letter “f,” he said, stands for families, first bus rides, the first

The Annual Ashtabula County Genealogical Society Memorial Tea was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Geneva Public Library. President Troy Bailey welcomed members and guests followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. He then presented Vera Sommers with an An-

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Herman Eugene Bratton and Phillip John Carlo III walk Corrine LeAnne Wellbaum walks into the Happy Hearts into the Happy Hearts gymnasium to the tune of “Pomp gymnasium to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” and Circumstance.” day of school and their fu- well as their tears. The let- ates, sharing tidbits such as the diploma. The Arc of Ashtabula tures. “A” stands for atti- ter “h” stands for helping Corrine Wellbaum enjoying tude, how they were never hands and hugs, as well as line dancing, WrestleMania County representatives also gave each of the graduates a alone and their abilities. “I” humor and the honor of ev- and swimming. stands for the many I.E.P.s, eryone being at the comAfter the speeches, Board special gift. of Developmental Disabiliand how their experience mencement ceremony. Also speaking was ties President Janet Neville Stefanie Wessell, senior has allowed the students to become independent. “T” Peterson’s mother, Melissa and Happy Hearts School editor for Gazette Newspastands for the hours of time Townsend. She spoke a little Director of Education pers, may be reached at their families gave them, as bit about each of the gradu- Michael DeMarino conferred

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cestor Certificate for her ancestor Caleb Holcomb who was an early pioneer of Ashtabula County. After introductions of current officers, board members, and trustees, an Induction Ceremony was held for Phyllis Willis as Treasurer and Ruth Pugel as Trustee. Books were presented to the library in memory of Edith Smith, “Roane County Births, West Virginia” by the Roane County Historical Society; Wilma M . K i t s o n, “ M a h o n i n g County, Ohio Marriage Records: January 2, 1870May 27, 1893-Vol 2;” Margaret C. Ticknor, “Mayflower Marriages” from the files of George Ernest Bowman; Calvin Hutchings, “Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americans” by Cristina K. Schaefer; Agnes McConnell Shellhammer, “Little Compton FamiliesVol. 1” compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour; Beverly J. Burdick, “Little Compton Families-Vol. 2” from records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour; Walter F. G e r m a c k, “Plymouth C o u n t y R e c o r d s - Vo l . 1 , Wills and Inventories 1633-1669” by C. H. Simmons, Jr.: Richard P. McFeaters, “Revolutionary War Pensions Awarded by State Government 17751874, The General & Federal Governments Prior to 1814 and by Private Acts of Congress to 1905” by Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck; Ann Grant, “Botetourt County Marriages 1770-1853, Vol. 1” by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr.; Scott H. Cunningham, “New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Vol. II: H-S” by Clarence Almon Torrey; and Raymond Crane,


Donald Miller portrayed Ulysses S. Grant, “Memoirs of U.S. Grant, The Unknown Warrior” at the Annual Tea of the Ashtabula County Genealogical Society on Sunday, May 20. “ West Virginia Estate Settlements-An Index to Wills, Inventories, Appraisements, Land Grants, and Surveys to 1850” by Ross B. Johnson. Don Miller, who has worked with Lake View Cemetery (Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel), the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and is also well-versed in history of the Civil War and the Gilded Age, presented the program as Ulysses S. Grant. Mr. Miller appeared in costume and very closely resembles President Grant in his sixties. He discussed Grant’s life up to the presidency as he would have remembered it during his retirement in 1885 when he wrote his memoirs. President Grant smoked twenty to thirty cigars each day for many years and suffered with throat problems during his later life. Grant

met his future wife Julia Dent Grant during his time at West Point; she was his roommate’s sister. After many proposals of marriage were declined, she finally accepted him and later stated that she did not regret that decision. He traveled throughout the country and attempted many businesses without success to supplement his army pay since it was insufficient to support a growing family. By 1860, he was working at his father’s leather goods store where he was the lowest paid employee. In 1861 when the Civil War began he served with the Illinois volunteers. He found success in the Army and rose through the ranks. The well-known story of Grant’s excessive drinking was true, however he never failed to report for duty with no apparent signs of having over-indulged. In 1864

when he took command of the Army of the Potomac, he found it in a state of confusion without a clear chain of command. This was soon rectified. Grant did not wish to humiliate the defeated South and tried to be as accommodating as possible to them at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered. Grant became President in 1869 and served for eight years. The ACGS is assisting in the purchase of two Digital Microfilm Reader/ Printers for use in the Genealogy Research Room at the Geneva Library. Donations toward this purchase are needed and appreciated. Anyone interested should contact ACGS at the library. The next program will be held on June 27 at 1 p.m. at the library with the topic “Using Tax Records to Trace Your Ancestors.” – Submitted by Judy Wareham

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Pictured are Dave Carr, left, and Logan Fogus, right. Fogus was given the Community Service Award. PIERPONT TOWNSHIP - On May 25, 2012, the Relief Lodge #284 F&AM of Pierpont presented a Community Service Award to Logan A. Fogus. Logan is a 2005 graduate of Edgewood Senior High School. He joined the Army in November of 2005 and in November of 2006 left for a 14-month tour of duty ith the calvary division from El Paso, Texas, in Iraq. In 2008, he served with the 10th Mountain division from Fort Drum, New York, in Afghanistan for one year and again in 2011 for nine months. He left the Army with an honorable discharge and the rank of sergeant on April 24, 2012. During the six years and five months serving our country, he did not forget about home. He stayed in

touch with one of the teachers at Pierpont Elementary School and corresponded with the students in her classes. When he was home on leave, he would go to her class in uniform and with his gear and talk to the students about life in the miltiary. He would show the students artifacts and tell them about people and customs from the other side of the world. He sent a letter to Edinboro State University nominating Donna Paskey for the Golden Apple Award. She received that award on Feb. 29, 2012, because of Logan’s efforts to see that someone else’s good work did not go unnoticed. On behalf of Relief Lodge, we would like to thank him for his service to our country and our community.

Obituary Wray L. Henderson February 6, 1923 - May 2, 2012 Wray L. Henderson, 89 formerly of Williamsfield, Ohio, died May 2, 2012 at his home in Clearwater, Florida, of natural causes. Born February 6, 1923 in Waynesburgh, Pa., he was the son of Inez (Chrile) and John Henderson. Wray worked in construction before becoming a meat cutter for the A&P grocery stores and finally starting his own business, a convenience store, Cozy Corner, in 1974. He will be long remembered for his smile and joyful greeting to each of his many customers as they walked in. He is survived by his wife, Pearl (Emrick), whom he married on August 24, 1948, his children, Edward Henderson and wife Linda of Conneaut,

OH, Wray W. Henderson and wife Vetra of Deltaville, VA, Judy Davis and husband Harry of Greenville, PA , Susan McAndrew and husband Clifford, of Williamsfield, OH, 13 grandchildren, 24 greatgrandchildren, a great-greatgrandchild, and a brother James Earlwood Henderson of Jenson Beach Fl. Family, friends, and neighbors are invited to attend a Celebration of Life supper to be held Sunday, June 3, from 3-6 p.m. at the Vernon Methodist Church, Vernon, OH. In lieu of flowers any Memorial contributions are being made to to fund a kidney transplant for his granddaughter, Rachel Henderson.

Waste Management announces Saturday hours Waste Management Geneva Landfill, which services residents throughout Ashtabula County, has announced its Saturday schedule for the rest of this year. Normally, Geneva Landfill is closed on Saturdays, but will be open on several Saturdays due to area clean-up events or because of a holiday, including being open this Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Waste Management Geneva Landfill will be open on the following Saturdays for the remainder of 2012: June 2 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), June 23 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.), July 7 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.), September 8 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), October 6 (8 a.m. – Noon), November 24 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and December 29 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.). If anyone has questions about the Saturday schedule, they can call Waste Management Geneva Landfill at 440466-8804.

The rifle squad participated in a ceremony for Armed Forces Day. BY WILLIAM A. WEST Gazette Newspapers

the Republic” and “God Bless America”. “This is a wonderful opportunity to honor our veterans and represent the school and community,” Sommers said. “The kids are always happy to this.” American Legion Assistant Chaplain Jim Campbell, Department of Ohio, was the keynote speaker and told the story behind the tradition of playing “Taps” and “Silver Taps” before a crowd of more than 70 people. Sara Wetzel read “The Bugle Speaks” by renown bugler H.D. “Marty” Martinez. Following a rifle salute, Martinez started the “Echo Taps”; followed by Jacob Crislip of Edgewood, Boy Scout Nick Rose of Troop 11, Stephen Long, Troop 11 Assistant Boy Scout Master Allan Richards, Logan Mueller, of Conneaut, Richard Sesko of Molded Fiber Glass, Charles Kizina, of Girard, Pa., Erik Braun, of Geneva, and Barb Taft on pocket trumpet. The retiring of the Colors concluded the ceremony. Echo Taps Worldwide was hosted by North Kingsville American Legion Post 743 and Greenlawn Memory Gardens. The Veterans Administration, National Cemetery Association and Bugles Across America, Inc. sponsored the event. Flag Avenue was donated by Scott@Admiral of Houston, Texas.

American Legion Assistant Chaplain Jim Campbell, Department of Ohio, was the keynote speaker and told the story behind the tradition of playing “Taps” and “Silver Taps” before a crowd of more than 70 people.

NORTH KINGSVILLE A crystal blue sky and cooling breeze created perfect weather for the Sixth Annual Echo Taps Worldwide ceremony during Armed Forces Day last Saturday at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville. American Legion Neal Post 743 Adjutant Dean Luce started the ceremony by introducing bagpiper Gary Quine and the Posting of Colors by Neal Post 743 members. “I believe the event started in Ithaca, N.Y., and line of buglers was about 80 miles long,” Luce said. “I started Echo Taps here six years ago after reading PHOTOS BY WILLIAM A. WEST an article in the American Sara Wetzel sings the National Anthem. Legion magazine.” Emily Kline sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Post 743 Chaplain Duane Hatch delivered a prayer for veterans and families. “We pray today for those who have suffered such life-changing wounds, injuries, that have changed the way they live for the rest of their lives,” Hatch said. “We pray for their families and the problems that come from that too. Lord, we pray today for our many veterans and their families who are present today.” Hatch lamented about the decreasing roll of God in schools and the White House. Boy Scout Nick Rose of Troop 11 played “Echo Taps” “God we would ask you, during the ceremony. our God, for your blessing on our nation. But we have removed you from our courts, from our laws, from our schools and even from our White House,” Hatch said. “And how dare we ask you to bless our nation when we have done this. And Father, as your people here today, we do ask for your blessing on our country.” Boy Scout Troop 11 m e m b e r Ty l e r P e w, o f North Kingsville, recited the Pledge of Allegiance “I think it’s nice I get to come to the ceremony,” Pew said. “It is good that I get to do something for the veterans.” Post 743 member Jack Ranney detailed the history of Armed Forces Day. The Edgewood Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Connie Sommers, played the “Battle Hymn of Dean Luce salutes the rifle squad.


Geneva remembers during Memorial Day services BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Geneva area celebrated Memorial Day on Monday with its annual ceremony in the Evergreen Cemetery with special guest speaker Commissioner Peggy Carlo. “On Memorial Day, we commemorate and celebrate our veterans, the memory of absent comrades, all of whom gave their lives and give true meaning to the words valor, sacrifice, loyalty, perseverance,” Carlo said. Carlo said Memorial Day is about the servicemen and women of past and present. “We are reminded to do everything in our power to support the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard,” Carlo said. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Blue Star Mothers all came in support of the troops and participated in the parade, which began on Eagle Street as tribute to the fallen heroes who have served the United States of America. “Equal tribute needs to be given to all who are serving courageously around the world, during one of the most challenging times in American history,” Carlo said. Carlo thanked Geneva for inviting her as the guest speaker and was even more grateful for the military members she had the privilege of honoring. “We pause to honor all generations of brave Americans, service people who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Carlo said. Memorial Day to Carlo is more than barbecues and picnics. Many understand the importance of remembering, she said. “Each year in towns and villages across our great land, thankful citizens set aside a small portion of this day to publicly honor the best and the noblest of us all, those who no longer walk among us,” Carlo said. Carlo said it’s hard to pinpoint one emotion on Memorial Day as there are so many feelings she has at once. “Memorial Day is a day of conflicting emotions for each of us, a blend of pride, mournfulness, gratitude and loss and the deep abiding sense of patriotism,” Carlo said. Wreaths were placed on the memorial at the cemetery as those in attendance paused and saluted those who had not come back home. “Today we share a common sorrow, but we are also united in thanks for those who gave their last full measure of devotion to a cause,” Carlo said. Carlo is proud of the history of the country’s military service and holds hope for its future. “Let us make our offering to the ever-living soul. Let us build our benefactions in the ever-growing heart that they shall live and rise and spread in blessing,” Carlo said. Carlo said she looks


The American Legion hand out American Flags to those attending Geneva’s Memorial Day service on Monday. The local boy scouts salute as Taps is played for the all those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice to the United States of America.

Salutes and hands over hearts are given as a sign of respect for the Color Guard’s entrance into the cemetery.

The local Color Guard marches into the Geneva Cemetery, leading the Geneva High School Marching Band for the start of the Memorial Day Service.

County Commissioner President Peggy Carlo was the guest speaker for Geneva’s Memorial Day service. Carlo spoke about remembering all veterans.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women’s Auxiliary sing God Bless America at the beginning of the service. RIGHT: Geneva’s Veterans of Foreign Wars, Men’s Auxiliary prepare to place their wreath beneath the veterans’ memorial. upon the fallen as inspiration and admiration for the future of the country. “As we measure the countless examples of the noble dead, in the way of selflessness devotion of our fallen and what they have given, we are obligated to look hard at who we are and aspire to become the best that we can be,” Carlo said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

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Gary gave his all ‘Guardian of the Veterans’ will never be forgotten BY BARBARA J. HAMILTON Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Memorial Day broke hot and humid, but that did not deter Gary Pratt from putting on his serviceman’s long sleeve jacket to wear in Jefferson’s annual parade and the ceremony at the unveiling of the Vietnam War Memorial. When his wife, Pam, mentioned the heat and perhaps wearing something cooler, he told her it was 20 degrees hotter when the guys fought in

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Gary Pratt drove his “Mule” in the Jefferson Memorial Day parade just before speaking at the Vietnam War Memorial dedication.

founded by Gary. Although he was a man of many friends, according to those who knew him, he was truly a “Guardian of the Veterans.” His home and the land behind was a safe haven for veterans where they came for reunions. Gary added a pavilion, picnic and campfire area and a long wall bearing the round symbols of all the branches of U.S. forces. This reporter asked Gary to speak at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial bearing the names of the 29 Ashtabula County men who died in Vietnam. He agreed because he wanted to share the story of one of the men on the monument. As Gary stood in his serviceman’s jacket, veteran’s hat and shirt and combat boots, he opened up his heart to tell the story he had lived with most of his life. It was a moving and emotional story of the day his good friend, Ron Brown, a Lenox Township man, died just before Gary was to meet up with him. He told of hearing heavy radio traffic from the area where Ron was and knew there was trouble. He talked of the long night of wondering if Ron would be on one of the rescue choppers and then finally being told they could not get to him. They were able to recover his body the next day. The great loss of his

Gary Pratt told the story of Ron Brown, his good friend who joined him in fighting in Vietnam. Gary was waiting for Ron to return to camp, but Ron died in Vietnam on Oct. 1, 1968. While telling the emotional story, Gary collapsed and did not recover. friend never left him, and surely caused him to identify with other veterans and to have such a caring attitude for them. He made a difference in many veterans’ lives and let them know someone really cared about them, sometimes when no one else seemed to. Near the end of sharing his story, Gary collapsed and his heart gave out. He had spent his whole life giving his heart, according to those who knew him best, and now, at the moment of his death, he was giving his heart in honor the memory of a friend. Above the names on the monument is the saying, “You Will Never Be Forgotten.” Gary Pratt, “Guardian of the Veterans,” will never be forgotten for his unselfish work and concern for his fellow veterans.

Honoring their sacrifice and paying a debt Dedication and unveiling of the Vietnam War Memorial in Jefferson BY BARBARA J. HAMILTON Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - More than 150 people came to see the Vietnam War monument unveiled and to be a part of the ceremony activities. A permanent walkway with steps and handicap ramp leading to the monument will be constructed later, but the veterans had built a temporary one out of pavers, sand and landscape stones.

Obituary Gary A. Pratt May 17, 1949 - May 28, 2012 Gary A. Pratt, age 63, Lenox-New Lyme Rd., Lenox Twp., died unexpectedly Monday afternoon after collapsing giving the Memorial Day address at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Cobra Helicopter at Oakdale Cemetery. He was born May 17, 1949 in Ashtabula, the son of Harry G. & Madge (Oliver) Pratt and has lived in the Jefferson area all of his life. Gary was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving with the Americal Unit during the Vietnam War. He was a senior executive sales representative with AmeriGas, where he has been employed the past 40 years. Gary was the commander of the In-Country Vietnam Veterans, was a member of the American Legion Post #103, the VFW Post #943, the DAV Chpt. #39, the Ohio Valley Military Collectors Assoc., Tuscan Lodge #342, F. & A. M. Gary hosted the annual In-Country Vietnam Vets reunion every year. He was a military history buff, loved the outdoors, was a

great cook and also raced stock cars in his younger days. Survivors include his wife, Pamela J. (Lloyd) Pratt whom he married on May 20, 2006 in Ashtabula, two step-children, Kyle M. Simon, currently on deployment with the U. S. Navy & Brittany S. Simon of Newport News, VA, three grandchildren Xavier & Selena Vera & Kylee Simon and a sister Judy A. O’Toole of Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sherry Hugert. Funeral arrangements will be announced after conformation of arrival of family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1240 E. 9th St., Rm. 1015, Cleveland, OH 44199. The Jefferson Home of the Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson is handling arrangements.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Rain or Shine) The black granite monument listing the 29 names of Ashtabula County men who died in Vietnam was dedicated in Monday after the parade. Four Vietnam veterans read the names of the 29 PHOTOS BY BARBARA J. Ashtabula County men HAMILTON who died in Vietnam and Anna Allshouse, of the after each name, a bell Veterans Commission, was rung in their honor. Anna Allshouse, of the gives opening remarks before leading the crowd in Veterans Commission, led the Pledge of Allegiance. the crowd in the Pledge of Gary Pratt and Barbara Allegiance along with sevHamilton wait their turn to eral Vietnam veterans. The presidents of the two speak.

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Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ Chapter A-Tech seniors receive awards of National Honor Society welcomes new members


Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus seniors walk to their seats prior to the awards ceremony. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers


Seated from left: Karly Wisnyai, Bridget Suing, Kristaly Montalvo, Annesha Willis, Tiffany Busch, Kristy Anderson, Alyssa Rhodes, Brandon Suchala, Pamela Brown and Brenda Ambriz Ornelas. Standing: Katrina Suing, Melissa Conrad, Terissa Payne, Makayla Powell, Spencer Lee, Tyler Gillette, Melanie Martinez, Mitchelle Martinez, Teila Gagat, Kasey Fogarty and Tim Janczylik. BY JAN PERALA A-Tech

were honored at the traditional congratulatory luncheon held in A-Tech’s HarJEFFERSON TOWN- bor Room. The meal, catered SHIP - Ashtabula County by A-Tech culinary arts stuTechnical and Career Cam- dents, included turkey BLT’s pus paid tribute to its most stacked high with meats and accomplished students at a cheeses and condiments formal National Honor Soci- complemented by a savory ety Induction Ceremony on pasta salad. May 11. National Honor SoNew A-Tech National ciety (NHS) is the nation’s most venerable and elite rec- Honor Society members are: Senior Inductees ognition society for secondTyler James Gillette – ary school students. It was a morning of celebration, of Power Equipment Technolpride and of reflection as ogy – Geneva High School Spencer Lee – Electricity beaming parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and – Lakeside High School Melanie Martinez – Comschool administrators gathered to honor the new in- puter Information Systems – ductees. The ceremony feted Geneva High School Mitchelle Martinez fourteen students who personify the four tenets of Na- Computer Information Systional Honor Society: charac- tems – Geneva High School Terrisa Payne – Health ter, scholarship, leadership and service. “You are the Care Technologies Conneaut whole package,” keynote High School Makayla Powell – Cosmespeaker for the event Steven Hall, an English instructor tology – Grand Valley High School at the school remarked. A-Tech Principal Jon Junior Inductees Whipple introduced second Kristy Anderson – Cosyear National Honor Society members Katrina Suing, metology – Conneaut High Karly Wisnyai, Brenda School Pamela Brown- Graphic Ambriz Ornelas, Tim Janczylik and Teila Gagat Communications - Conneaut who offered commentary High School Tiffany Busch – Cosmeand conducted the formal induction process for the tology – Jefferson High new members. As the induct- School Kristaly Montalvo – ees participated in the traditional candle lighting cer- Early Childhood Education emony, A-Tech Instructional – Lakeside High School Alyssa Rhodes – ComCoordinator Brian Kimmel introduced them as full- puter Information Systems fledged members of the or- Lakeside High School Brandon Suchala - Comganization. NHS Advisor Tiffanee Seames provided puter Information Systems congratulatory closing re- Lakeside High School Bridget Suing - Computer marks. Following the ceremony, Information Systems the newly minted NHS Grand Valley High School Annesha Willis - Health members and their families

Students in A-Tech’s Culinary Arts Program prepared and catered the traditional congratulatory luncheon for newly minted National Honor Society members and their families following a formal induction ceremony on May 11th. A-Tech chefs (clockwise from left) Andrew Buydos, Mercedes Millbrandt and Heather Mullin begin serving turkey BLT’s stacked high with meats and cheeses and condiments complemented by a savory pasta salad. Care Technologies –Saints High School John and Paul Teila Gagat – Cosmetology - Lakeside High School Second Year A-Tech NHS Timothy Janczylik - DeMembers sign Drafting – Grand ValBrenda Ambriz Ornelas - ley High School Health Care Technologies Katrina Suing - Design Lakeside High School Drafting – Grand Valley Melissa Conrad - Health High School Care Technologies- Geneva Karly Wisnyai – Early High School Childhood Education Kasey Fogarty – Design Edgewood Senior High Drafting – Grand Valley School

2012 graduate Karly Wisnyai was one of three student speakers at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ Senior Awards Ceremony on Friday evening at Lakeside High School. Wisnyai, who was named the school’s Outstanding Early Childhood Education Program student, will attend Edinboro University in the fall and plans to become an elementary school teacher.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 25. With students from so many schools participating in the ceremony, it was held in the gymnasium at Lakeside High School. Participating school districts included Ashtabula Area City Schools, Buckeye Local Schools, Conneaut Area City Schools, Geneva Area City Schools, Grand Valley Local Schools, Howland Local Schools, Jefferson Area Local Schools, Ledgement Local Schools, Pymatuning Valley Local Schools and Saints John and Paul High School. The ceremony was a way to honor the hundreds of students who completed their courses at A-Tech this past year, from students in automotive collision repair, carpentry, graphic communications, welding and everything in between. Student speakers this year were Karly Wisnyai, Kristen Hommes and Katrina Suing. “These have been the best two years of my life,” Wisnyai said. Wisnyai completed the early childhood education program through A-Tech, and she talked about her experiences with the young children she helped teach. “I’ve experienced their struggles and accomplish-

ments,” Wisnyai said. “Some days I believe the kids have taught me more than I could ever teach them.” As for her peers, Wisnyai encouraged them to continue striving for excellence. “If a risk pays off, you’ll be happier,” Wisnyai said. “If it doesn’t, you’ll be wiser.” In her speech, Hommes said her experience at A-Tech has taught her that everyone has something interesting about them. “Don’t ever doubt yourself,” Hommes advised. “With dedication and hard work, you can get anywhere you want to go.” In her speech, Suing recounted a little parable about imaging you have a bank account with $86,400 in it. She said imagine you must spend all of that money in one day, and if you don’t, it disappears at the end of the day and does not accumulate. She said a new gift of money returns the next day, but you never know when you’re going to stop getting that gift. “There are 86,400 seconds in a day, ladies and gentlemen. You can’t hold on to time for later. No saving. No transfers. No cheating physics. And life isn’t a gift that lasts forever. What I’d like to make clear today is this: life is short. Make each minute count. Do something that makes you happy every day,” Suing said. She told the audience to never waste a single day. “Don’t have regrets. Don’t clutter yourself with ‘if only’s. And never waste a single day,” Suing said.

A-Tech Culinary Arts program graduate Brianna Knapp will continue her education at Hocking Technical College this fall and has plans to pursue a career in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. She is pictured with her mom Brenda Knapp at A-Tech’s Senior Awards Ceremony Friday evening. PHOTOS BY JAN PERALA FOR A-TECH 2012 graduate Katrina Suing was one of three student speakers at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ (A-Tech) Senior Awards Ceremony on Friday evening at Lakeside High School. Suing, who was named the school’s Outstanding Design/Drafting program student, will attend Kent State University in the fall where she will study architecture. Suing’s home school is Grand Valley High School.

Aleigha Warton was named the Outstanding Graphics Communications program student in A-Tech’s Class of 2012 and was a National Contestant in the SkillsUSA competition. In this photo, Warton celebrates receiving her Career Passport at the Senior Awards Assembly Friday evening with A-Tech Graphic Communications instructor Suzanne Pratt.



JAHS Choirs say goodbye BY CAROYLN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The choirs of Jefferson Area High School said goodbye May 15: goodbye to the seniors, goodbye to the 2011-2012 school year and goodbye to their beloved choir director, Kelli Olesky. Olesky is one of many who will not be back next year due to budget cuts. “I knew this was going to be really difficult tonight,” Olesky told the audience during the final choir concert of the year. “I am the luckiest kind of teacher. Unlike other teachers, I don’t get a batch of new students every year. Instead, I work with the same ones from their seventhgrade year to graduation. The class of 2012 was in seventh grade my first year at Jefferson, so I’ve gotten to watch them grow musically, physically and emotionally,” she beamed. That same group of students showed their appreciation for Olesky with flowers, cards, picture frames and a scrapbook of their time together. The audience followed suit with a standing ovation. The Treble Choir made started off the concert with three selections: “Bel Piacere,” “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” and “Jar of Hearts.” The boys from Showstoppers performed “I’m a Believer” followed by the girls who sang a medley of “Halo/Walkin’ on Sunshine.” The group then combined to the delight of the audience and performed “Dance Evolution.” Before the Concert Choir concluded the evening, the music was paused for Senior Recognition. With this annual tradition all seniors addressed the audience and

Save the Date! Geneva High School Class of 2012 Graduation Practice Geneva High School willmandatory hold graduation practice for the Class of 2012 on Thursday, May 31, and on Friday, June 1. Commencement Practice will be held in the Track and Field Building at SPIRE Institute and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on both days.

Geneva High School Instrumentalists bring home top awards from Festivals of Music Competition Jefferson graduates pose with their former choir director (left to right) Cameron Hartley, Duncan Ryan, Shalaun Pompey, Kelli Olesky, and Tyler Edge


Showing off the trophies awarded at the competition are (from left) Lindsey Varckette, Amanda Steele, Emily Orris, Bobby Hayes and GHS Band Director Mrs. Uhlir.

Senior Becca Banks performs her solo and ensemble piece for the audience. told who they were and what they were doing after graduation. The seniors then made their heartfelt presentation to Olesky. Rachel Edge wrapped up the time performing “I’m Not Gonna Cry” specifically to the seniors. The Concert Choir concluded the evening with choral selections from “Ragtime,” “Kyrie,” and “Neighbor’s Chorus.” “I am sad to be leaving JAHS and am a little ner-


Alex Simon and Dylan Dean pose for a picture before the concert. vous about not having a job next year,” Olesky said before the concert. “After the initial shock, my husband and I sat down and looked at our finances. We’ll be okay. We’ll just have to cut out some of the extras, but we can manage,” she explained. Olesky plans to give mu-

sic lessons while finishing her master’s degree in special education from Youngstown State University. She also plans to spend more time with her husband and son. Assistant Principal Jeremy Huber was at the concert and said Olesky really connects with her students. “She is more than a choir director. JAHS will miss her,” he said. In the program for the audience Olesky wrote that she has tried to remain positive. “I have always told the students that no matter what is going on in your lives, you can put it into your music. I thank you (parents, families, and friends) for your continued support of the choral program here at Jefferson and I am so incredibly thankful to have been a part of it. Always keep a SUBMITTED PHOTO A sea of red: JAHS choir director Kelli Olesky (blue) is embraced by the senior choir song in your heart!” she said. members (all in red) during the final choir concert of the school year.

Talented instrumental musicians from Geneva High School Marching Band earned accolades, blue ribbons and trophies for their performances at the Festivals of Music Competition in Washington, DC in late April. Marching Geneva took first place in the Parade category, GHS musicians earned first place in the Jazz Ensemble and judges awarded the Concert Band a second-place trophy.

Geneva High School junior Cody Brown’s tombone solo won the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award at the Festivals of Music Competition in Washington, D.C. on April 22. Brown is pictured with GHS Band Director Mrs. Alexandria Uhlir.

Rock Creek first grader is final Roadrunner BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers


Erik Deary stands next to his speech teacher, Dona Borsukoff. Erik was rewarded for being an exceptional student who unexpectedly hugged Borsukoff after she received bad news.

ROCK CREEK - Erik Deary, a first grader at Rock Creek Elementary School, was the last recipient of the Roadrunner Award for the 2011-2012 school year. Erik’s speech teacher, Mrs. [Dona] Borsukoff, nominated him for being a very thoughtful and caring young man. Borsukoff nominated Erik after an incident which occurred during class time. “Erik was there one day that I got a telephone call, and you were in the group

and I was kind of sad,” Borsukoff explained to Erik on why she nominated him for the award. Borsukoff said it was a personal phone call and she had received unexpected news about a family member. “All of the students just sat there and waited for me to finish my phone call. They were very respectful and very patient,” Borsukoff said. “It was some bad news about somebody in my family.” Borsukoff did not want to alarm her class and continued with her lesson, but she said Erik and the other classmates

knew something was wrong because of the way the news had affected her. “I continued with class and then we got ready to leave and Erik came up and gave me a great big hug,” Borsukoff said. Borsukoff is happy to have such a sensitive and caring student in her class and said that Erik was one of a kind. “It was just a really nice and wonderful thing to do,” Borsukoff said. As a reward for his surprising and thoughtful actions, Erik received the last award of the school year. Erik received a Roadrun-

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AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent Hello, Ashtabula County! What a difference a year has made. Last year we were in the middle of one of the wettest spring planting seasons on record. Now, this year’s spring is making a run for the record books as one of our all-time best! Most producers have finished corn and soybean planting and a lot of nice haylage has been made. An incredible amount of dry hay has also been made across the region which is good due to our hay deficit from our weather a year ago. Let’s hope our great growing season continues. The Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to announce that Jason Krulic, son of Tony and Karla Krulic of Cherry Valley, has been selected to receive the 2012 Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association Youth Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2011 to award a deserving Ashtabula County Senior student for their involve-


Jason Krulic of Cherry Valley is the 2012 recipient of the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association Youth Scholarship. This meeting will help ment in the beef industry in participants become more Ashtabula County. Jason will graduate from aware of the potential tax Pymatuning Valley High implications of leases and School this spring and will royalty payments. Don’t get be attending The Ohio State caught blindsided by the University Agricultural taxes which will be due. Technical Institute (ATI) Learn which payments are next fall majoring in Dairy subject to ordinary income and Crop Production Man- taxes versus capital gain; agement. Jason has exhib- about the percentage depleited both dairy feeders and tion deduction; and stratedairy steers at the Ashtabula gies for reducing your tax liCounty fair and has been ability. Learn what questions to very active in both 4-H and FFA. He is 13 year member ask and receive financial of the Prime Bovine 4-H planning tips for managing Club and has been very ac- the potential income from tive in the PV FFA Chapter. these wells. The registration We wish Jason congratula- fee for this program is $5.00 tions and the best of luck at per person. This fee is to help defray the cost of program OSU-ATI next fall! handouts. Pre-registration is A reminder I will be required and space is limteaching another “Financial ited. Complete registration & Tax Implications of Oil & details can be obtained by Gas Leases/Royalties in calling 440-576-9008 or by http:// Northeast Ohio” workshop accessing next Wednesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the I am pleased to report the Ashtabula County Extension office. I have taught ten 2012 Ohio Farm Custom of these workshops over the Rates have been posted on past five months and will the Ohio Ag Manager web continue to offer a class site. A large number of area monthly for the remainder of farmers hire machinery operations and other farm rethe year.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director honors top Ohio wines REYNOLDSBURG, OH – Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored four Ohio Quality Wines as Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners. More than 25 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Daniels, for the highly coveted award. The 2012 award recipients are: • White Wine : Vinoklet Traminette Vinoklet Winery of Cincinnati, Ohio • Red Wine (tie): 2010 Valley Vineyards Syrah Valley Vineyards of Morrow, Ohio 2010 Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Valley Vineyards of Morrow, Ohio • Specialty Wine: 2010 Ferrante Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Ferrante Winery & Ristorante of Geneva, Ohio All of the Director’s Choice award recipients have already received the Ohio Quality Wine designation. It was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes. These wines must also achieve at least 15 of 20 points on a sensory evaluation and pass a chemical analysis before receiving the quality seal. By focusing on wines made from Ohio grapes, the Ohio Quality Wine program is spurring the expansion and renovation of Ohio’s vineyards to meet the needs of Ohio winemakers. The program provides four judgings per year to include all possible wine releases. Chemical analysis also sets this quality program apart from others by identifying flaws that can be missed when only sensory testing is used. The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and provides wineries a means to market their top-quality wines against wellknown California and European wines. To learn more about the program or for a complete list of Ohio Quality Wines, visit Ohio’s grape and wine production is an integral component of Ohio’s agriculture industry. It contributes nearly a half billion dollars to Ohio’s economy and accounts for more than 4,100 full-time jobs.

lated work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider. OSU Extension surveys Ohio farmers on a bi-annual basis to help determine the cost of hiring for different farm activities. So if you are looking for the going rate to plow or brush hog a field or to cut an acre of hay, this publication provides you with guidance. Producers can access this document at: ohioag m a n a g e r. o s u . e d u / f a r m rents/ohio-farm-customrates-2012/ or can receive a copy by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. In honor of Memorial Day, I would close with a quote from Joseph Campbell who stated, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Thank you to all our Veterans and current Military personnel for all they have done for our country! 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 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: or at

production ASHTABULA AGRICULTURE by JOHN PARKER Ashtabula Farm Bureau A recent study from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University found that the growth in ethanol production in the United Stated reduced wholesale gasoline prices by $1.09 a gallon last year. That is a significant amount, especially if that amount were added to our gasoline prices. Another $1.09 a gallon would have hurt all of us. Two economists, Professors Dermont J. Hayes at Iowa State and Xiaodong Du at the University of WisconsinMadison, examined the impact of increased ethanol production going back to year 2000. From January 2000 to December 2011, this ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by 29 cents a gallon across all of the U. S. By regions, the Midwest had the biggest reduction of 45 cents while the East and West Coasts had a reduction of about 20 cents a gallon. In 2011 the impact on gasoline prices was found to be substantially higher because of more ethanol produced and higher crude oil prices. The average reduction was $1:09 across all regions and ranged from 73 cents a gallon in the Gulf Coast to $1.69 in the Midwest. According to the study, average crude oil price went from about $80 a barrel to $95 in 2011. Average wholesale gasoline prices increased 30 percent. This wider than normal price difference between ethanol and gasoline provided further economic incentive for more ethanol production. This study suggests to us that ethanol production benefits our economy in several ways. The impact of lower gasoline prices is a huge one. Think of what another $1.09 added to gasoline prices would have done to our pocket books. An improved market for corn, helping farmer incomes, is another benefit. Higher corn prices have helped farmers pay down debt, buy new equipment and generally improve their family living. Every gallon of ethanol we produce and use as fuel in our cars, trucks and other equipment is one less gallon of fuel we have to import from foreign sources. It helps us become energy self-sufficient. Also, the production of ethanol takes about one-third of the corn. Another more than one-third is fed to livestock as distillers grain , either wet or dried. So very little of the grain is lost but used in by-products. Some groups are rightfully concerned that, with the hunger in the world, we should be feeding the corn to people rather than using it for fuel. We can and do produce enough corn for both. The problem we have in the world is getting the food to where it is badly needed. Some governments are not willing to let outside food supplies come into their country. As we look around our area this spring, we see field after field planted to corn and soybeans. Dan Keep, Agronomist for Western Reserve Farm Cooperative says that more corn than usual has been planted and he says “more of everything has been planted because it has been great planting weather”. Drive around the area and see the large fields that have been planted. And earlier you would have seen some goodsized equipment tilling the ground and planting the crops. But at this writing, we are really needing a good rain. A nice, gentle, soaking rain with warm weather and farmers could sit on their back porch and watch the crops grow. Maybe that’s too much to expect. And, unfortunately the weeds would grow too! (Parker is an independent agricultural writer.)

Financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties workshops to be held across northeast Ohio OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio is pleased to be offering a workshop to help landowners understand the financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties. This workshop titled “Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Leases/ Royalties in Northeast Ohio” will feature 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 June 6 at the Ashtabula County Extension office from 10 to 11:30 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 by calling 440-576-9008 or at http://


LHS From page 1A Versaw said both Stamp and Leonelli knew how to live life to the fullest. “These outstanding individuals loved what they did and their untimely deaths have affected the lives of many here,” Versaw said. The portraits will be hung in the school as a constant reminder of excellence at Lakeside. “These portraits are going to be hung in the media center. If you get a chance, stop in and see them,” LHS Principal Donald Rapose said. “These were just two phenomenal staff members.” Lakeside’s graduating class has three valedictorians this year, Paige Upole, Khail Chatman and Michael Gasaway, all of whom wished

Khalil Chatman thanks his family, friends and teachers who have supported him throughout his academic career.

their classmates the best of luck. Upole talked about receiving a letter she had written to herself as an eighth grader as part of an assignment and the letter was given back to her just last week. “‘Don’t screw up.’ That is literally what I wrote,” Upole said. Upole said she has made her fair share of mistakes but in the end has learned and stepped forward a better person for attending Lakeside. “The beautiful thing about high school is you’ll be presented with many, many opportunities to screw up,’ Upole said. Upole wanted her classmates to know the future is full of hiccups and mistakes, but they can move past those and reach their ultimate goals. “If you know what you want, you have to reach your goals no matter how impossible they may seem,” Upole said. Chatman wanted to take an opportunity to thank his family, friends and teachers who supported him throughout his high school career. “To the teachers and students who started this path with us but whose journey was tragically cut short, your contributions to this school will not soon be forgotten,” Chatman said. Chatman sees a bright future for his classmates and knows they will achieve many great things. Gasaway said he does not know what is ahead for him and his classmates but is willing to go forth with strength and courage.

“Keep in mind that this new chapter has yet to be written,” Gasaway said. Gasaway used his younger brother who was diagnoses with leukemia at age four and persevered and beat the cancer as an example of how to take on life’s challenges. “I ask you today to encounter challenges with the same strength and courage that he did,” Gasaway said. “I wish you all the best of luck.” The class of 2012 also heard the City of Ashtabula’s newly elected City Manager James Timonere as their guest speaker. Timonere spoke to them about leaving home and his journey back to Ashtabula. “Being away from home made me realize the potential our area had and rather than sit back and complain, I wanted to help,” Timonere said. Timonere said Ashtabula is a place of dreams and opportunities. “I am proud to say I am from Ashtabula and in time you will realize what a great place you have to come home to,” Timonere said. Timonere gave his best wishes to the graduates and said not to believe the people who say high school are the best years of your life. “I have to be honest with you through my life of experiences, the best days of your life still lie ahead,” Timonere said. Timonere encouraged the graduates to use their talents to better the world and to remember life is what you make it. “You are in control of what your best days will be,” Timonere said.

Graduates place their hands on their hearts as the National Anthem is performed before they received their high school diplomas.

Class President Luke Versaw and valedictorians, Paige Upole, Khalil Chatman and Michael Gasaway wait to give speeches to their fellow classmates.

ADAMS U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer Brad Strong, who presented Adams with her official appointment folder at a recent awards assembly at Geneva High School, said, “The U.S. Naval Academy’s admission process is among the top ten most rigorous. Many apply, but only the best and brightest are selected to attend. The U.S. Naval Academy education that Lindsey Adams will receive is worth more than $400,000.00 and opens doors that most high school students can’t even begin to imagine.” “I’ve always known I wanted to go to the best school,” Adams said. “I’ve never been one to do what everyone else is doing. After qualifying for the Ohio State Track Meet in the pole vault event as a sophomore, I re-

From page 1A ceived a letter of interest from the Naval Academy...I was intrigued and last year when Zac Depp was admitted to West Point, I really began to think seriously about it and showed the letter to my AP Chemistry teacher, Mr. Lundin. Mr. Lundin helped me to sort out the long and complicated application process.” Applying to the Naval Academy is a daunting and lengthy, eighteen month long process which involves an application to U.S. Senators, a congressman in the student’s district and to the academy itself. Aspirants’ qualifications are assessed in three key areas: academic competency, demonstrated leadership potential and physical fitness. “I knew the application process would be difficult,” Adams

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Lindsey Adams will soon be perfecting her salute as an incoming midshipman at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, but she still needs a hug from her very proud mom, Tammy Sheppard. “I know how much I am going to miss Lindsey, but I am so very proud of her”, said Sheppard. “And I know Lindsey is ready to take on all challenges.” is a perfect fit for the Naval Academy. I am very excited for her and believe she has a bright future ahead of her.” The US Naval Academy provides a world class education, free in exchange for a tour of duty to our country. Midshipmen earn a stipend during their four years as undergraduates. When they graduate as officers they claim a competitive salary and benefits. The tab for the Naval Academy’s tuition and fees is picked up by the Navy in exchange for at least five years of active duty. Midshipmen pursue a bachelor’s degree while enrolled in a core curriculum where small classes and one on one student/professor interactions are the norm and where the focus is on un-

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meeting, the board approved allowing the Green Team to adopt a local highway from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the purpose of litter control. “I think they’re a wonderfully active group, and I’m proud of them,” Inman said. Inman also praised the Adopt-A-Highway program itself, noting that any nonprofit group can apply for the program. Through the program, Adopt-A-Highway groups clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-AHighway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving the department $280,000 each year, according to information from ODOT. Groups interested in more information can visit a n c e / P a g e s / AdoptAHighway.aspx or contact their local district coordinator for more information. Ashtabula County falls in District 4, with Robert Pallo as its coordinator at (330) 786-2218.

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education took a few moments during its meeting on Tuesday, May 22, to praise the students in the school district. A portion to discuss student achievement occurs in every meeting, and at this meeting, the board members talked about how the students have conducted themselves at recent assemblies, including a senior awards ceremony and a Loyalty Day ceremony. “We just need to compliment our students for how they behave during the assemblies,” Jefferson BOE Vice President Patricia Inman said. Inman recalled how during the assembly for Loyalty Day, Patrick Martin, a student, was asked to perform the National Anthem on his violin. She praised the performance, but also noted how attentive the students were to his performance as a fellow student. The board also discussed some of the projects Stefanie Wessell, senior students have undertaken recently, including a new editor for Gazette Newspaproject by the Falcon pers, may be reached at Green Team. During the

Lift Bridge Community Association celebrates history with new building plaques BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The Lift Bridge Community Association celebrated on Saturday a momentous milestone as after years of planning, members have placed building plaques on every building on Bridge Street in Ashtabula. “It’s taken four years to complete this historic building plaque project,” Ren Carlisle said. The plaques are unique to each building as they give detail to the history behind the storefronts. “The plaques on each building trace the earliest history that research could find in the records up until 1975, when the buildings were put on the National Register for Historic Places,” Carlisle said. LBCA members hope to make the Ashtabula Harbor area a tourist destination and see the plaques as a way to bring in people to the area. “The plaques represent another step in our journey to become a regional destination for tourism, recreation and entertainment, and we hope that local and out-of-town visitors will enjoy the plaques,” Carlisle said. LBCA members said the rich history of the area is


The Lift Bridge Community Association proudly displays its new plaques that can now be seen on all the buildings on Bridge Street. something to be proud of and is another way to feature this unique area of Ashtabula. “Today we celebrate our American heritage of rising again to the challenge of rebuilding our economic base,” Glen Warner said. Warner sees the LBCA as another community organization that is bringing economic life back to Ashtabula. “Clearly the Lift Bridge Association is busy living and bringing new hope again to our community,” Warner said. Warner said many people

drive by the lift bridge area everyday but take for granted the rich history and beauty of the Harbor. “As I look at the lift bridge today, it seems such a part of our lives that, like the sun which rises every morning, we may take it for granted and forget its great importance,” Warner said. Warner sees the plaques as never forgetting the progress of Ashtabula. “Let us never forget our history and how it has brought us to where we are now,” Warner said. “Let us always remember the lives and decisions and risks and

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The crowd listened as Scott A veteran’s firing squad give the gun salute while Ken Sundburg, far right, salutes the memory of fallen Treen played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. servicemen.

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JAHS students perform at piano recital BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON Several Jefferson Area High School students participated in a piano recital on Mother’s Day. Under the direction of instructor Sherry Martin, each student played a selection that they have been working on during lessons. The recital is an annual event and also included performances by elementary and junior high students. Megan Brooke and Kevin Ford were the only seniors in the group and received special recognition from Martin. Other performers were Delany Giantonio, Andi Eddy, Sarah Brooke, Sarah PHOTO BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Jeppeson, Vincent Delany Giantonio, standing, Andi Eddy, seated at the piano, Sarah Charles and Ben Brooke, Megan Brooke, Sarah Jeppeson, front, Vincent Charles, Pickard. Ben Pickard and Kevin Ford performed at a piano recital.f

Jefferson BOE looks at ways to save money BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Facing a budget issues like most school districts across the State of Ohio next year, the Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education continues to look at ways to save money. During the board of education meeting on Tuesday, May 22, board members passed an action they believe will save taxpayers’ money. The board voted to appoint Robert W. Biard and Company, Inc., as its underwriter to purchase and resell bonds on behalf of the board. The board passed the action based on a recommendation from JALS Treasurer

Bonnie Brockway. “Interest rates are at an all-time low now,” Brockway said. Brockway believes taking this step will save taxpayers’ money, as the school district will be lowering its interest rates by approximately two percent. Brockway said the school district still owes money in bonds through its participation in the Ohio School Facilities Commission project to build the new schools. If the amount is split into two smaller increments, both under $10 million, it will lead to the savings on the lower interest rate for the bonds, Brockway said. She said the first amount will be done now, with the remaining, lesser portion being done in 2013.

City of Ashtabula agrees to dredging of river BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The dredging of another portion of the Ashtabula River in the City of Ashtabula was discussed at last week’s city council meeting. “There are proposed additional dredging activities to take place this summer,” Ashtabula City Solicitor Michael Franklin said. The dredging will be to create a better area of navigation for ships and boats going in and out of the river. “This additional dredging activity, kind of like what was recently completed, is not environmental dredging; it’s not designed to clean anything up. Rather it’s designed to open up some areas for safe navigation,” Franklin said. There will be two areas the county engineers are looking to dredge. “One area is north of the Lift Bridge getting out towards the mouth of the river that stretches there by the pole dock,” Franklin said. The second area is by

Franklin said the Ashtabula Port Authority is very familiar with the dredging and he has the confidence in them to continue with the project. “The lead agency that has been working on this and for this for quite some period of time is the Ashtabula Port Authority,” Franklin said. The port authority has been the city’s lead role in the Local Cooperation Role between the county engineers. “It does involve granting easement over public property so that the crews can reach the barges and the barges can load and off load and any necessary equipment could be transferred,” Franklin said. The dredging would also include putting in new barges and some slight cleaning of the river where seen fit. “Our part of it is that we would permit our port authority to act on our behalf if the local cooperation needed to make this dredging happen,” Franlkin said. The city council unanimously passed the ordinance.

Jack’s Marina. “The other portion is further upstream. It’s south of the area we know as the turning basin,” Franklin said. “Basically it’s the portion of the river between Jack’s Marina and Brockway [Northcoast Marina].” The city council had an ordinance on its agenda that would make the process of the dredging approval move quicker by letting the city’s port authority speak on behalf of the city. “In order to do this with as little bureaucratic delay as possible, the [U.S. Army] Corps of Engineers is working off of an old 1977 agreement between the City of Ashtabula and the Corps of Engineers for improvement of the Harbor,” Franklin said. The new agreement would simply be an extension of the 1977 agreement already on the books. “What they are proposing is that we simply amend that agreement to take into account the additional dredging,” Franklin said. “This could shave some months out of the bureaucratic process.”

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At 8:39 p.m. May 17, a May 21 Washington Street resident 4:20 pm - Civil dispute on At 12:33 a.m. May 16, a reported that his juvenile S Maple Ave traffic crash was reported in son was unruly. The juvenile the area of Route 7 and I-90. was cited into Juvenile May 22 Court. 12:35 pm - Disturbance At 9:11 a.m. May 16, a on S Maple Ave non-injury traffic accident At 1:54 a.m. May 18, a 9:02 pm - Traffic comwas reported in the area of domestic incident was re- plaint on E Main St Mill and State Street.s ported to have occurred at the Golden Anchor Bar. May 23 At 3:55 p.m. May 16, a 1:23 am - OVI arrest on fight between two juveniles At 2:56 p.m. May 18, van- E Main St and 20-year-old Hosea dalism to a Poplar Street 11:06 pm - Welfare check Robinson was reported in residence was reported. on E Main St the area of 326 Buffalo Street. Robinson and the At 3:53 p.m. May 18, a May 24 juveniles were cited for dis- fraud was reported on Lake 9:37 am - Disturbance on orderly conduct by fighting. Erie Street. S Maple Ave

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Route 534 05-21 2:17 p.m. Vehicle on fire 7:23 PM - State Park Foot pursuit of wanted per- on Route 84 8:47 a.m. Damaged cable son wire on Woodlawn 4:57 a.m. Stray dog on 05-22 10:47 AM - Leon Road - 1100 block of South Broadway Assist ACSO - Domestic 11:15 AM - Gates Street Friday, May 25 Suspicious Activity 7:13 PM - Maple Street 8:20 p.m. Suspicious perOpen Burning complaint sons on 300 block of West Main Street 05-25 5:50 p.m. Theft from resi3:00 AM - SR 193 - Assist dence on 200 block of Lawn OSP – Traffic Stop Street 9:48 AM - South Main 5:20 p.m. Hole in roadway Street - Petty Theft on South Broadway 12:50 PM - Mill Street 4:41 p.m. Theft from bank Assist County Dog Warden account on South Broadway 4:00 p.m. Custody dispute 05-26 on 900 block of East Main 7:00 PM - West Main Street Street - Civil Dispute 10:59 a.m. Beehive on 3:45 AM - Holiday 100 block of West Liberty Camplands - Assist ACSO – 3:28 a.m. Suspicious perDomestic son on 700 block of South 2:40 PM - West Main Broadway Street - Assist Health De2:15 a.m. Male sleeping partment behind the wheel on 1100 block of South Broadway 05-27 1:50 a.m. Suspicious per4:05 AM - Public Square - son and vehicle on Corner of Alarm Drop Union and Broadway

At 4:04 p.m. May 16, an At 6:09 p.m. May 18, Edassault was reported at Or- ward L. Becker was arrested lando Brother ’s Golden for domestic violence after Dawn. allegedly striking his ex-wife in the leg with a brick at her At 4:55 p.m. May 16, a 13- Chestnut St. residence. year-old juvenile was arrested for domestic violence At 8:06 p.m. May 18, a and transported to Youth Janet Dr. resident reported Detention Center for strik- that her son was unwanted ing his mother during an at her home. The adult son argument at their Park fled the area prior to our arPlace home. rival.

May 25 2:35 am - OVI arrest on Parker Rd

At 9:34 p.m. May 16, a At 11:05 a.m. May 19, computer was reported sto- Brian C. Haley was arrested len from a Janet Drive resi- for Aggravated Disorderly dence. conduct on Mill Street after a non-violent domestic inciAt 6:44 a.m. May 17, dent between him and his David J. Simon was stopped wife. in the area of 16th and Wrights Avenue for failing to At 3:25 p.m. May 19, a stop for a stop sign and was Madison Street resident recited after his license was ported damage that had found to be under suspen- been done to his yard. sion.

05-14 12:56 PM - East Main 05-28 Thursday, May 24 Street - Shoplifter 5:14 PM - North Main 9:04 p.m. Guy with gun 7:36 PM - Maple Street - Street - Disorderly Conduct on 700 block of Millwood Reported child abuse – un6:30 PM - Public Square 7:27 p.m. Dog locked in founded Check on the Welfare car on 700 block of South Broadway 05-16 2:55 p.m. Stray dog on Geneva Police 8:40 AM - Public Square 300 block of Lawn Street Alarm Drop Monday, May 28 2:47 p.m. Erratic driver 9:20 PM - Pyma-Lake 8:14 p.m. Guy with a on Route 534 Road - Assist State Park knife on 400 block of 10:23 a.m. Unwanted 11:30 PM - Gates Street - Eastwood Street subject on SouthBroadway OVI Arrest 7:31 p.m. Problems with neighbor on 400 block of Wednesday, May 23 05-17 South Broadway 9:29 p.m. Unruly juvenile 4:35 PM - Roaming 6:44 p.m. Harassment on 400 block of East Main Shores - Assist – Felony Ar- and threats on South Broad- Street rest way 8:42 p.m. Suspicious 6:03 p.m. Trailer with tire people and vehicle on East 05-18 on fire on North Avenue Tibbitts 1:49 PM - Crabapple 4:49 p.m. Car ran into 6:48 p.m. Barrels fell out Drive - Assist ACSO – Sui- handicap pole on 700 block of truck on Route 20 cidal Male of South Broadway 5:10 p.m. Possible intoxi2:05 PM - North Main 3:15 p.m. Loose dog on cated driver on Route 20 Street - Suspicious Activity Grant Street 4:57 p.m. Dispute on 200 1:43 p.m. Dog left in car block of South Ridge East 05-19 on North Broadway 3:37 a.m. Smoke smell 1:48 AM - East Main 10:28 a.m. Suspicious complaint on 4300 block of Street - OVI Arrest odor on 100 block of New London Road Eastwood 1:27 a.m. Suspicious ve05-19 8:09 a.m. Unwanted male hicle in Key Bank parking 3:20 PM - Public Square - on Maplelane Drive lot Children unattended in ve1:21 a.m. Noise complaint hicle and harassment on 700 Tuesday, May 22 block of Millwood Street 10:55 p.m. Possible in05-20 toxicated drivers on South 9:28 PM - Gates Street - Sunday, May 27 Broadway Reported Theft 11:18 p.m. Accident with 8:58 p.m. Theft on 200 injury on North Broadway block of North Avenue 10:43 p.m. Possible in6:55 p.m. Possible intoxitoxicated motorist east- cated driver on Route 534 bound on Countyline Road 6:31 p.m. Suspicious per10:18 p.m. Firework on son at Geneva Vet Clinic Ruth Street 3:12 p.m. Dog attack on 9:42 p.m. Accident with 100 block of East Tibbitts injury on Route 534 2:52 p.m. Crash with in9:06 p.m. Problem with juries on Bennett neighbors on 100 block of 2:37 p.m. Possible fight Woodlawn Street by library 6:16 p.m. Accident with 2:13 p.m. Possible fight injury on North Broadway on Woodridge 4:34 p.m. Intoxicated 11:13 a.m. 911 hang up driver on Austin Road and dog bite on 300 block of 1:38 p.m. Dog left in car North Broadway on 700 block of South Broad9:57 a.m. Crash without way injury on Colony Court 1:11 p.m. Dispute on 100 9:39 a.m. Snakes in creek block of Woodlawn on Nantucket 10:23 a.m. Sick opossum 3:58 a.m. Vehicles on Cummings bumper to bumper on Eagle 4:44 a.m. Juvenile run- and Vine Street ning around Tibbitts Street

At 4:51 p.m. May 19, the K-Mart manager reported that a fired employee was refusing to leave the store. Officers arrived to find that he had left. He was located near Burger King and advised not to return to the At 9:48 a.m. May 17, store. brass hand rails were reported stolen from At 5:27 p.m. May 19, a Conneaut Telephone Com- non-injury traffic accident pany property. was reported on Buffalo At 9:15 a.m. May 17, a juvenile male was cited into Juvenile Court for assault after assaulting another student at Conneaut High School.

Street. At 1:09 p.m. May 17, electronics were reported stolen At 6:03 p.m. May 19, a from a Jackson Street resi- Keefus Road resident redence. ported harassment. At 2:02 p.m. May 17, a Orwell Police non-injury traffic accident May 20 was reported nearf I-90 near 10:57 am - Warrant arthe 241 mile post. rest on E Main St 4:24 pm Animal At 2:57 p.m. May 17, a complaint on N Maple Ave Center Road resident re10:26 pm - OVI / drug ported a fraud. abuse arrest on E Main St

May 26 1:49 am - OVI arrest on E Main St 3:16 pm - Custody dispute on N Maple Ave 4:42 pm - Traffic complaint in Asbury Park

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Saturday, May 26 11:24 p.m. Possible fireworks on Lockwood Street 9:59 p.m. Transformer on fire on 4200 block of New London 7:30 p.m. Problem with resident on North Broadway 6:13 p.m. Possible stolen four wheeler on North Broadway 2:25 p.m. Hit and run on

dent. May 22 10:12 p.m. A burglary was reported by the complainant at her apartment on South Market Street. She had left the front door open but found the door deadbolt locked when she arrived home. She stated she suspected her exhusband might have been the perpetrator. 5:42 p.m. Possible theft of an iPod was reported on Market Street by the complainant. She could not find her iPod. After trying to find it on her own, she reported the stolen item to police. 3:30 p.m. A bad check was made to Golden Dawn by a male suspect. The suspect contacted the police and stated he was unaware of writing bad checks and said he would pay back Golden Dawn in 30 days.

Ashtabula Police May 17 06:26 a.m. - block of 1900 Thistlewood Ct. A disturbance was reported. 08:01 a.m. - block of 2200 W. 55th St. A report of a domestic. 08:01 a.m. - block of 2200 W. 55th St. A report of aggravated menacing. 10:54 a.m. - block of 9300 W. 38th St. A report of a burglary was received. 11:13 a.m. - block of 1200 W. Prospect Rd. A report of menacing was received. 03:31 p.m. - block of 1200 W. Prospect Rd. Caller reports a man passed out in his vehicle. 06:43 p.m. - W. 19th St./ Ohio Ave. A traffic violation was observed and driver arrested. 06:59 p.m. - block of 1909 Lambros Ln. Harassment was reported. 07:00 p.m. - block of 4100 Cleveland Ave. A report of a possible stabbing was received. Both the victim and suspect were arrested. 09:43 p.m. - block of 9100 W. 58th St. Caller reports a disturbance. 09:46 p.m. - block of 2100 Norman Ave. Caller reports her daughter to be unruly. 10:55 p.m. - block of 4300 Coleman Ave. Caller reports a domestic incident. One arrest was made. May 18 01:43 a.m. - block of 1400 Lake Ave. A traffic stop was conducted. One marijuana pipe was recovered. 02:40 a.m. - block of 1900 Thistlewood Ct. Disturbance, unwanted guest.

May 21 09:58 a.m. - block of 8200 Ohio Ave. A report of harassment was received. 10:13 a.m. - block of 4000 W. 44th St. A weapons complaint was received. 11:40 a.m. - block of 3000 Glover Ave. A caller reports a domestic dispute. 12:00 p.m. - block of 1000 Lake Ave. A civil matter was reported. 12:30 p.m. - block of 1700 W. Prospect Rd. An assault Jefferson Police was reported. One arrest was made. May 23 01:08 p.m. - block of 1500 8:30 p.m. The victim’s family member reported W. 54th St. A domestic was vandalism with damage to reported. 03:29 p.m. - block of 4200 the siding on the north side of their house. The damage Ann Ave. Caller reports a was noted and pictures were theft of copper. 06:39 p.m. - block of 1803 taken. 8:13 a.m. Door was left W. 9th St. Report of a buropen under announcer ’s glary. booth. The door was secured See POLICE page 19A and cleared without inci-

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Ashtabula area honors Memorial Day

From page 18A 07:48 p.m. - block of 2400 N. Ridge Rd. A warrant arrest was made. 09:38 p.m. - block of 4700 Park Ave. A suspicious female was stopped. One arrest was made. 11:06 p.m. - block of 1200 W. 6th Ave. A report of a theft from auto.

April 18, Barnett Jordan III: The defendant was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the first degree, one count of complicity to trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the second degree, and one count of conspiracy to trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the third degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $10,000.

April 18, Shante Baker:

May 22 12:42 a.m. - block of 1900 W. Prospect Rd. Report of a suspicious person. May 23 12:01 a.m. - block of 5600 Woodman Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 11:52 a.m. - Glover Ave. An assault was reported. 02:17 p.m. - block of 5200 Kain Ave. A burglary was reported. 04:00 p.m. - block of 9100 W. 38th St. An assault was reported. 08:16 p.m. - block of 9500 W. Prospect Rd. Motor vehicle accident. 09:30 p.m. - block of 1100 W. Prospect Rd. A female ju-


Cub Pack 52 participated in the Memorial Day parade in Saybrook Township.

ASHTABULA Ashtabula-area communities honored Memorial Day with parades and other activities on Monday, May 28. In the City of Ashtabula, the annual Ashtabula Memorial Day festivities begin

Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce aspires for more business with expo BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

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in our expo, my goal is to have them make a return on those investments,” Forsythe said. So far 55 vendors and 10 sponsors have been registered for the expo. Forsythe sees the expo as a prime opportunity for local businesses to meet the public. “It gives our businesses an opportunity to put their best foot forward to get more business,” Forsythe said. Forsythe said the expo will also provide a way for the community to get to know their local businesses as well. “You can open up a phone book, but it’s hard to put a name with a face. At the expo, people can meet with the business and talk face to face and really make a connection,” Forsythe said. For at least 10 years, the Chamber has made the expo a yearly tradition. Although this is Forsythe’s first year with the Chamber, she is no strange to organizing expos. “We want our members to get quality leads,” Forsythe said. “Traditionally you get quantity at an expo, but we want to make sure they have a quality leads that will lead to new business for our vendors.” Forsythe wants the public to benefit from the expo just as much as the businesses do. “We want the public to really use our vendors in their day-to-day experiences,” Forsythe said. The registration deadline for vendors, both for Chamber and non-Chamber members, is June 8. For more information or to register online, go to the website at

ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual business expo on Thursday, June 14, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and there are still openings for more vendors. Chamber President Jessica Forsythe is excited for the expo, as it is in a new location this year. “We’re expecting to have a good turnout because it is at SPIRE, and many people haven’t seen the complex since it’s added on its new addition,” Forsythe said. SPIRE is a an active member of the Chamber, and Forsythe said the Chamber has made a great connection with the facility, using it for other events it’s held. “SPIRE is a gorgeous facility, and they have been very accommodating with the Chamber as we have held prior events at their facility,” Forsythe said. Forsythe said events like the expo also give local businesses a chance to showcase their amenities. “We traditionally rotated our location between our vendors with different outings we do throughout the year, and we wanted to rotate with our expo as well,” Forsythe said. Forsythe hopes to draw the attention of people who might not normally attend the expo and said SPIRE is even giving tours of its facility to anyone interested. “Tours of SPIRE will be available every half hour,” Forsythe said. Along with having SPIRE as a host, the Chamber is also welcoming new sponsors this year with James Sadie Portman, reporter Mayor Investments and Apple Heating and Cooling. for the Gazette, may be “To have these new enti- reached at sportman@gazette ties make these investments

The defendant was charged with one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant was found to be indigent and entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $5,000.

April 20, Lisa M. Hall:

The defendant was charged with one count of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, a felony of the third degree, one LEFT: Jacob and Robert Williams, Hayden count of illegal processing of drug document, a felony of the fourth degree, one count of deception to obtain dangerous Tackett and Torie Tackett represent Cub drugs, a felony of the third degree, one count of illegal proScout Pack 52 at the Saybrook Township cessing of drug document, a felony of the fourth degree, Memorial Day festivities. one count of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, a felony of the third degree, one count of illegal processing of drug document, a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant was at 10:45 a.m. in Memorial Memorial Day parade and found to be indigent and entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $10,000. Park with a prayer service festivities in Saybrook and the playing of Taps. Township, including Cub April 20, Christopher Grubbs: The parade then marched Scout Pack 52. The defendant was charged with one count of receiving The parade marched down Main Avenue at noon. One of the guest speak- down from Ziegler Heating stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty, bond is set at $5,000. ers at the ceremony was on North Ridge West to State Rep. Casey Saybrook Township CemApril 20, Tricia A. Lewis: Kozlowski, who said he is etery on Route 45. The defendant was charged with one count of deception Speaking at the ceralways impressed by the stories shared by the veter- emony was Daniel C. to obtain dangerous drugs, a felony of the second degree, and one count of illegal processing of drug document, a ans. These events are what Dorsten, a U.S. Navy Gulf felony of the fourth degree. The defendant was found to be have shaped America, he War veteran. Dorsten indigent and entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at works for the Ashtabula $5,000. said. “America, while it is not County Veterans Service perfect, is and always will Commission. April 23, Lamar Young: In his speech, Dorsten be the greatest country in The defendant was convicted of one count of aggravated the world,” Kozlowski said. spoke about the bond that robbery, a felony of the first degree. The defendant was senOver in Plymouth Town- forms between service tenced on count one to five years incarceration in prison. The defendant is granted 264 days jail credit as of this date, ship, parade marchers members. “We, as veterans, have a April 23, 2012 along with further custody days while degathered at the fire hall at fendant awaits transportation to the appropriate state in8:30 a.m., and marched fraternal bond. It doesn’t stitution. down State Road to Maple matter what branch we Road Cemetery, where a were in. We feel that bond April 20, Michael David Dixon: and sense we are part of service was held. The defendant was charged with one count of illegal A variety of local organi- something bigger than ourmanufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The zations participated in the selves,” Dorsten said. defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set at $10,000.

Marriages Nicki D. Roskelly and April Beaver, both of Ashtabula

Jon C. McMannes and Elizabeth A. Goats, both of Jefferson

Jonathon Dodge and Jessica A. Turk, both of Conneaut

Justin W. Call of Orwell and Bryana L. Weakland of Ashtabula

Jack B. Schweitzer II of Cortland and Jenna M. Adams of Rome

Arthur D. McCarthy Jr. and Tiffany E. Agardi, both of Andover

Jacob M. Bolt and Jamie L. Kantola, both of Harrisburg, Pa.

Antonio D. Jackson and Laura B. Hood, both of Ashtabula

Kurt D. Pudder and Catherine L. Eckonen, both of Conneaut

Zachary C. Durbin of Jefferson and Nia C. Abbinanti, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Shaun A. Gonzalez and Brooke J. Clemens, both of Ashtabula Raymond M. Miller and Betty M. Miller, both of Middlefield Michael J. Fox and Shelly E. Eschweiler, both of Kingsville John T. Stepp and Kerry G. Urbano, both of Ashtabula Charles M. Tubbs, Jr. and Amanda M. Starcher, both of Ashtabula

David Q. Traves of Ashtabula and Courtney E. Raymond of Geneva Christopher E. Horwood and Doreen M. Taylor, both of Conneaut David D. Fogle Jr. of Ashtabula and Melissa R. King of Madison Clarke G. Wolfe of Madison and Kathleen A. Spellman of Rome

Harrison G. Brown Jr. and Saundra K. Williams, Sergio A. Perez and Maria both of Ashtabula L. Gonzalez, both of Ashtabula

April 20, Jeffrey K. Reeder: The defendant was charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The defendant was found to be indigent. The defendant pleas not guilty. Bond is set at $70,000.

April 19, Domonic D. Johnson: The defendant has been previously found guilty of one count of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, one count of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree. Counts one and two are merged for purposes of sentencing. The defendant shall serve a term of three years in prison, no fine is imposed. The court costs are assessed against the defendant, bond canceled. The Ashtabula County Sheriff shall convey the defendant to the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction forthwith. Credit is granted for 64 days, because of time spent in custody prior to the sentence and for any future days spent in the Ashtabula County jail awaiting transport to the correctional institution. Temporary restraining order was is dismissed.

April 19, Dennis L. Hadlock: The defendant has previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft as charged in count two of the indictment, a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant shall serve two years under basic supervision of the probation department of the Ashtabula County Common Pleas court. The defendant shall submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation. The defendant shall submit to testing for drug/alcohol use as determined by the supervising probation officer. The defendant shall comply with all other terms of supervision set fourth in the standard “Conditions of Supervision” of the Ashtabula County Probation Department. The defendant shall pay restitution in the amount of $440.00. No fine is imposed. The court costs are assessed against the defendant. The bond is cancelled. The defendant is granted credit for nine days because of time spent in custody in this case prior to sentence.

April 19, Joseph M. Hadlock: The defendant has previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant shall serve two years under basic supervision of the probation department of the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. The defendant shall submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation. The defendant shall comply with all other terms of supervision set fourth in the standard “Conditions of Supervision” of the Ashtabula County Probation Department. The defendant shall pay restitution in the amount of $440.00. No fine is imposed. The court costs are assessed against the defendant. The bond is canceled. The defendant is granted credit for nine days because of time spent in custody in this case prior to sentence.


BradBury family celeBrates Meet Your Neighbors three generations of service

Donald Bradbury, known as Becke Schindler, then still Wayne to his family, served under her maiden name of in the United States Air Bradbury, joined the United Force and is a Vietnam States Army at 17, following veteran. He currently in all six of her siblings’ steps resides in Lancaster, Ohio. of joining the Armed Forces. She has three children.

Jeffrey Schindler is the son of Becke Schindler and he will leave for Lackland Air Ronald Bradbury joined the Force Base in Texas for United States Army and is basic training in early 2013. now a Jefferson resident. He will graduate from He has two children, Jarrod Jefferson Area High School Sunday, June 3. and Amy.

Robert Wight is the stepson of Gary Bradbury and is currently serving in the Air Force, stationed in Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Kenneth Bradbury retired from the U.S. Marines. He has two children and six grandchildren and resides in North Bloomfield, Ohio. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

Gary Bradbury was in the United States Marines and now resides in Jefferson and has three children, two stepsons and two grandchildren.

Donald Bradbury is the son of Kenneth Bradbury and Diane Olson, formerly Diane has served three tours in Robert Bradbury joined the Bradbury, served the United Afghanistan as a Marine. Army in 1986. He passed States Army as a MP and He is currently stationed in away in 2011. He has three was Soldier of the Year. She Camp LeJeune in North resides in Mantorville, MN. Carolina. children.

JEFFERSON - The Bradbury family of Harpersfield Township raised seven children with 22 years in between the oldest and youngest child: Donald, Kenneth, Diane, Gary, Ronald, Robert and Becke. The Bradbury siblings all have one thing in common: they each have served in the Armed Forces. Becke Schindler, the youngest of the seven, joined the Army while she was still in high school at the age of 17. “When you’ve got six siblings all in the military, you don’t want to be the one who breaks the chain,” Schindler said. Schindler is very proud of her family and their time served. Even her children honor their family’s history of service. “We are a very patriotic family. My daughter Jessica had my dog tags tattooed on her arm,” Schindler said. “It was a shocker there.” Schindler is a proud veteran and said the Army taught her many important life lessons. “The Army definitely taught me self-discipline and that you can work with anyone whether you like them or not,” Schindler said. During Schindler’s time in basic training, she learned

the importance of working together and finishing tasks as a team. “You are forced to work as a team,” Schindler said. The Bradburys have left their mark all over the world. “I stayed state side, but my siblings have served all over the world. Wayne was in Vietnam. Kenneth went to Japan and Cuba and the Philippines. My sister was in Korea. My brother Gary was in Japan and Philippines and my brother Ronnie was in Germany,” Schindler said. The Bradbury’s service does not stop with one generation, as they now have children who also have joined a branch of the service. “My nephew’s been in Afghanistan for three tours,” Schindler said. “He is still in the Marines and is stationed in Camp Lejeune.” Although Schindler’s father wanted to join, he was unable to join and was very proud of his children when they decided to join. “Neither one of my parents were in the military,” Schindler said. “My dad had a heart murmur; I believe was the story that kept him from going.” Schindler’s father had five brothers and some of them did serve, including one in World War II who has since passed away. World War II may have started the Bradbury name in participation during wartime, but Schindler’s brother continued that legacy. “My brother Wayne, he talked to me about Vietnam,” Schindler said. “He has a whole album of pictures.” Schindler said they have been blessed, as all of her siblings and nephews have returned home. “It’s really amazing to have this many of us serve and none of us give the ultimate sacrifice while serving,” Schindler said. Schindler is pleased with all her siblings, but said she really looks up to her only sister, Diane Olson, who is also married to a service veteran. Olson not only joined the Army but was a part of the Military Police and was

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named Soldier of the Year. “She’s everything I wish I could be. She is a heck of a woman,” Schindler said. Schindler still remembers the day Olson left for the Army and still gets emotional when she thinks of having to say goodbye. “I can remember my brother Robert and I sitting on the back steps sobbing when my sister left because she took us everywhere with her and when she left it was really hard,” Schindler said. “It even bothers me to this day.” Nov. 30, 1987, is a date Schindler will never forget, as that is the day she followed in Olson’s footsteps and became the final member of the Bradbury household to not only join the Armed Forces but join the Army. “I sobbed the entire time because it’s so intense what you’re pledging to do,” Schindler said. “It’s very intense and you know exactly what you are signing up for.” Two years later, Schindler was two names away from being called to serve in Desert Storm at the same time she was also pregnant with her first daughter. “That’s scary. Pregnant or not, you go,” Schindler said. “When you take that oath and you sign up, you know there is a chance that you might not come back.” Now Schindler is getting ready to expand the history of service in her own family as her son Jeffrey has decided to join the Air Force once he graduates from Jefferson Area High School this year. He will leave for Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in early 2013. “I couldn’t be prouder of my son,” Schindler said. “I think it’s a great decision he’s made. I think he’s going to do very well.” Jeffrey’s influence to join the Air Force goes back to his cousin who he is very close to. “My nephew Robert Wight has influenced Jeffrey’s decision because he is also in the Air Force and stationed in Nebraska,” Schindler said. Schindler is preparing her son for the years ahead of him. “I talk to him about basic training a lot and I tell him he has no idea what he is in for,” Schindler said. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders and a heart of gold so he’ll be fine.” Schindler understands the importance of remembering the troops both serving state side and overseas. “Getting care packages when I was gone was the greatest thing,” Schindler said. “Throughout the whole year they could use just simple things like shaving cream, soap, razors, things we take for granted.” Schindler said days like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are great times to remember the armed forces but every day of the year our military is protecting our country’s strong history and freedoms we enjoy every day. “I think that we are patriotic 365 days year. I think about our troops daily because without them we couldn’t do what we do every day,” Schindler said.

Religion Fresh Eyes: Exodus 18:13-27 PASTOR’S COLUMN By Pastor Rodney Kincaid (Senior Pastor) Jefferson Church of the Nazarene The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-inlaw said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. 27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went away to his own country. (ESV) As I stood at the bathroom sink removing my contacts my son Lucas (five years old) was standing beside me watching intently in the mirror. He said, “Dad, what are you doing?” I instantly replied, “I am taking my eyes out. Every night I take them out and when I get up in the morning I put them back in. After a few weeks of doing this I throw them away and put a set of fresh eyes in.” As you can imagine the look on the face of this five year old, I knew I had to further explain myself. Today, I want to share with you the concept of “Fresh Eyes.” This is dealing with the idea of seeking fresh eyes for your church. As we have read the story about Moses and his father-in-law we can see that Jethro was fresh eyes for Moses and the Israelites. Every church needs fresh eyes every once in a while. You can accomplish this on a weekly basis by getting some feedback that day from visitors who attended the Sunday morning worship service. You can get feedback from guest speakers, evangelist, visiting pastors, visiting members of your family, and the list could go on and on. Whatever the case is it’s vital for your church to get the perspective from fresh eyes. A “Fresh eyes” perspective does not always result in good advice. As we know Satan is still at work and won’t retire. We need to be able to sift through those “Fresh Eyes” perspectives so that we may get great advice. How do we do this? The story of Moses and Jethro points out three things: mutual love for one another, mutual respect for one another, and mutual purpose. Moses loved his father-in-law and Jethro loved him. Moses knew his father-in-law had respect for him as he did for Jethro. And finally, Moses and Jethro both had a similar purpose. These are the fresh eyes you need to seek out and gather advice from. Let’s look at two benefits we can receive from “Fresh Eyes:” 1. Be able to give resolution to present problems. (Vs 19) “Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you.” When we are in the middle of the action it can cause tunnel vision. We don’t see the forest because of all the trees. Fresh eyes helps you see and resolve the present problems that you have. I have found that fresh eyes help point out problems that I didn’t even see. Once they are pointed out to us we can start to solve them. One of the blessings we can receive from fresh eyes Fresh eyes helps to resolve present problems. 2. Be able to see future problems. (Vs 17-18) Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. “You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. In the course of our day, week, month, or year, without fresh eyes we may miss the future problems that will arise. Jethro saw a future problem (wearing out) and was able to point this out to Moses. We may not be able to see these problems due to the routine of everyday life. With fresh eyes Moses was able to make adjustments and save himself, as well as his people, from future problems. Fresh Eyes are important to the success of your ministry, the churches ministry, as well as to the success at reaching the lost in your community. Seek out fresh eyes! Take advantage of those opportunities that you do have today to gather opinions (Visitors, Evangelist). Create opportunities for fresh eyes to come in and give feed back to what is going on in your church. You might just like the results. Blessings Pastor Rodney Kincaid (Senior Pastor) Jefferson Church of the Nazarene


First Baptist Church to Hunter brings healing miracles screen ‘Courageous’ to Faith Freedom Fellowship JEFFERSON - The First Baptist Church in Jefferson will air a special screening of the film “Courageous” on Friday, June 1, and Sunday, June 3. A special seminar for men also will be part of the upcoming programming. “Courageous” is a 2011 independent Christian drama film produced by Sherwood Pictures and was released to theaters on Sept. 30, 2011. It is the fourth film by Sherwood Pictures, the creators of “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants,” and “Fireproof.” “Courageous” is a movie that helps provide men with some insight about how to behave like men from a Biblical standpoint, First Baptist Church Pastor Jerry Bentley said. The synopsis for the film reads: “Honor begins at home. Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. “While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. “When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears,

their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God...and to their children?” By screening the film, the First Baptist Church hopes to reach out to men in the church and in the community, as the screening is open to all. The church purchased a license to show the film, and the license is good for a year, meaning if people miss the screening and would like to see it, they can contact the church about future screenings. The film will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, as a “drive-in” movie. The movie will be shown again on 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, inside the church. After the screenings, the church will host a men’s free breakfast and “Courageous Living Seminar” during four Saturdays in June. All men ages 16 and up are invited. The seminar will be held on 8-9:30 a.m. Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30. At the end of the seminar, the men will be able to sign a contract declaring that they will live their life upholding what they learned during the seminar, Bentley said. He said a ceremony will be held for the men on July 1. The First Baptist Church is located at 85 W. Jefferson St. in Jefferson. For more information about the movie screenings and seminar, contact the church at (440) 5761631.

Religious Briefs Ongoing Ashtabula: Bible Study 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 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) 2289423.

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., Saybrook. (across from Saybrook Elementary School). All are welcome!

June 2 Harpersfield: Open house at Harpersfield UMC Harpersfield United Methodist Church invites the community to an Open House on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the new church location at 224 Garford Rd. Following three years of planning, this beautiful new building was dedicated to God during morning worship on May 20. Guests at the service included Harpersfield Township trustees Ed Demshar, Jim Pristov and Cliff Henry. Also present were county commissioner Dan Claypool and District 99 State Representative Casey Kozlowski. Congressman Steven LaTourette sent a public proclamation acknowledging the achievement and the dedication of the new building. Come and wander through the new church and experience the excitement of the congregation as you visit with the folks at the Open House on June 2. Refreshments will be available. We’ll be looking for you!

June 3 Jefferson: Blessing of the Bikes Jefferson Church of the Nazarene Motorcycle Outreach would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes Service on Sunday, June, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. Join us at 55 East Satin Street in Jefferson for Sunday service, a picnic lunch, and weather permitting, a ride. This group rides most Sunday afternoons during the summer months. For questions contact Roger Braden at 330-442-4661 or Dan Hines at 440-645-8889. All bikers welcome! Hope to see you there!

June 9 Saybrook: Strawberry Festival Come join us at Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 Depot Rd. in Saybrook for our annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9, from 4-7 p.m. We have strawberry shortcake, pies, chocolate covered strawberries and plenty of other scrumptious foods. Carry out is available.

June 11-15 Geneva: VBS Peoples Church invites all incredikids to join us for an incredible week of incrediworld VBS! Come learn about the Creator and His Creation! If you are age four through sixth grade, have your parents call or stop by the church office to pre-register you. VBS will be June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to noon at 300 S. Ridge Rd. E. Geneva. For more info, call 440-466-2020.

June 16 Jefferson: Rummage sale St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at its location at 89 E. Satin St. in Jefferson.

The daughter of the “HAPPY HUNTERS” - Joan Hunter will be the guest speaker at Faith Freedom Fellowship, 205 West Liberty Street, on Wednesday and Thursday, June 6-7 at 7 p.m. for Miracle Healing services. Charles and Frances Hunter, known as the Happy Hunters, legendary figures in the body of Christ, were known around the world as two of the most anointed and energetic evangelists on earth! They ministered in 49 nations around the world and in every one they saw awesome healings. In the United States they saw exactly the same thing. They were known for teaching people how to minister healing to the sick. They were authors of over 72 very powerful and best-selling books, including, How to Heal the Sick. Committing her life to Christ at the tender age of 12, Joan faithfully served alongside her parents around the globe ministering in Healing Schools, Miracle Services, and Healing Explosions for over 30 years. Commissioned to pursue her own international healing ministry, God uses Joan mightily in the gift of healing, laced with the evidence of signs, wonders, and miracles. One of the hallmarks of her ministry is her commitment to train believers to fulfill the commission of Jesus to “…lay hands on the sick,” according to Mark 16:18, by demonstrating the God given authority over sickness and disease that is available to all believers. However, tragic circumstances came and wreaked havoc in Joan’s personal life and attempted to obliterate the ministry she had sown so much in. Joan’s challenging testimony tells of how she overcame rejection and the worst betrayal imaginable. Specifically, she discusses her personal struggles with obesity, breast cancer, depression and the heart-breaking divorce of a twenty-five year marriage. Today however, Joan Hunter, stands before us in the beauty of holiness as a shining example of total healing and wholeness in Christ Jesus. Subsequently, she has personally experienced the miraculous healing of God in every area of her life, enabling her to minister a message of hope and restoration to the broken hearted, deliverance and freedom to the bound, and healing and wholeness to the diseased. Joan shares with us how she experienced her personal process of “healing the heart.” Joan Hunter, has taken over the leadership of Hunter Ministries since the


Joan Hunter passing of her parents. She flows in a greater anointing than her parents and has authored three books: Healing the Whole Man, Healing the Heart and Power to Heal. Recently, Joan has ministered in Miracle Services and conducted Healing Schools in numerous countries including the United States, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Republic of the Philippines, and countless other countries. As of late, she just returned from Japan where God used her in the administration of over 200 healings. Joan has also appeared on numerous television and radio networks around the world, such as Daystar, The Church Channel, Christian Television Network, Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural,” Steve Shultz’s “Prophetic TV”, amid many others. Joan Hunter Ministries’ mission statement is to equip the believers to take the healing power of God beyond the 4 walls of the church to the 4 corners of the earth. Joan has a main thrust of dealing with the root causes of sickness stress, unforgiveness, generational curses, etc. - so all sickness has to leave and cannot come back. It would be absolutely difficult to depict Joan Hunter in one word. So, we’ll just say this; behind the mighty anointing of God stands a woman of immense mercy and grace, with a servant motivated character, jovial demeanor, observing the office of an outstanding mother to four beautiful daughters, one grandson, Luke, and wife to her cherished source of wisdom and strength given to her by God, Kelley Murrell. Ultimately, Joan Hunter loves God and it is her passion and desire to see people totally healed and whole. Joan and her husband currently live in Pinehurst, TX, where her ministry is located. Pastor Raymond Baker states, “We are excited, believing that God is preparing hearts and He desires to bless people’s lives. It is a new season…if you need some answers…a miracle healing touch from God...please attend!” The public is invited, and an offering will be taken each service for the Joan Hunter Ministry.

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Indians hold off Mustangs BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA – The Ashtabula Indians and the Grand Valley Mustangs team battled it out on Thursday, May 24 in a junior league baseball team. The Indians looked to be in control most of the game as they took an 11-1 lead into the top

of the fifth inning. The Mustangs battled back to tie the game at 11-11 as they scored ten runs in the top of the fifth. The Indians would recover and win 15-12. RaeShaun Johnston started on the hill for the Indians and worked around a single to Josh Cunningham and a walk to Jake Kocab in the opening

Paul Caloway bats for the Ashtabula Indians during a junior league game.

inning. Lucas Quadros started on the mound for Grand Valley as Zach Erb drew a lead off walk. Erb would make it to third on a pair of passed balls before Todd Hackathron ripped a shot past the shortstop to bring in the first run of the game. Ty Sichko hit a two-out RBI single to up the score to 2-0. The Indians added a pair of runs on an error to go up 40. The Indians scored one more run on an overthrow to lead 5-0 after one inning of play. Johnston gave up a lead off single to Lukas Quadros in the second inning, but went on to strike out the side. The Indians would tack on a run in the second inning as Todd Hackathorn reached on an error and made it to third on passed balls. Derek Melendez made it 6-0 with an RBI single. Grand Valley scored a run in the top of the third inning due to a pair of errors. Josh Cunningham reached on an error and stole a base before scoring when Jake Kocab reached on an error. Matt Stuper walked in the third inning, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Stuper later scored on an overthrow after a pitch where Erb walked. Erb made his way to third and eventually scored on a passed ball, making it 8-1. Lukas Quadros reached on an error for Grand Valley in the fourth inning; however the Indians were able to erase him on a double play. Josh Weaver singled for the Mustangs, but Johnston ended the inning with a strike out. The Indians added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Todd Hackathron and Isaiah Whysong each drew walks.

Jared Kingston later hit a two-out RBI double. RaeShaun Johnston gave the Indians a ten run lead with a two-run double. Peyton Boggs entered to pitch for the Indians in the fifth inning. Grand Valley kept their heads in the game and rallied in the fifth as Jake Reichek started the inning with a single. Brandon Mihalov and Trevor Louk each reached on errors. Reichek and Mihalov each scored closing the gap to 113. Lukas Quadros later hit an RBI single and Josh Weaver walked in a run. The Mustangs started to gain momentum as Jake Enderton was hit by a pitch to bring in another run. Jake Reichek kept the inning going with a two-run single as the Mustangs were within PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL three runs. Mihalov beat out RaeShaun Johnston pitches for the Ashtabula Indians an infield RBI single, mak- junior league team during a game against Grand Valley. ing it 11-9. Reichek scored on an overthrow and Grand Valley tied the game on a passed ball at 11-11. Peyton Boggs and Todd Hackathorn hit back to back singles in the fifth inning for the Indians. Derek Melendez ripped an RBI single to give the Indians back the lead. Ashtabula tacked on a run on a passed ball before Jared Kingston brought in another run on an RBI single. Jared Kingston entered to pitch for the Indians in the sixth inning as he worked around a walk to Austin Eubank. Hackathorn gave the Indians an insurance run in the sixth inning as he drove in a run on an RBI ground out. Brandon Mihalov singled and stole two bases for the Mustangs in the seventh inning. Jake Kocab made it 1512 with an RBI ground out, but Kingston ended the game with a strike out. Todd Hackathorn bats for the Ashtabula Indians during a game against Grand Valley.

Mustangs advance to State BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers MASSILLON - The Grand Ty Sichko bats for the Ashtabula Indians during a game Mustangs advanced in the Diagainst Grand Valley. vision III Regional baseball tournament with a 7-4 win over Orrville. The Mustangs improved to 29-1 on the season, while Orrville dropped to 18-10. Grand Valley started the game with two runs in the opening inning. Mason Berkey Jefferson. Chase jumped 6- drove in a pair of runs with a BY BYRON C. WESSELL 5 in the Division II regional double, which scored Jeromy Gazette Newspapers championship high jump Rockafellow and Adam Moodt. BEDFORDDavid event. Chase hit his perOrville answered with Chase, of Jefferson, and sonal best with a jump of 6- three runs in the bottom of the Quintin Ratliff, of 5 as he won the event and second inning. Alex Samson Pymatuning Valley, were moved on to the State Track hit a two-out two-run double the two local track athletes meet held at Ohio State’s to bring in Kyle Ritche and who qualified at regionals Jesse Owens Memorial Sta- Layne Scheufler. Wes Stauffer to advance to the state dium. later scored on a throwing erOther area competitors ror as Orrville 3-2. meet in Columbus. Quintin Ratliff of who came close to qualifyThe Mustangs scored three Pymatuning Valley placed ing for state include Brit- runs of their own in the top of third in the long jump at tany Johnson of Conneaut the third inning to go back up the recent Division II Re- as she finished fifth in the 5-2. Jeromy Rockafellow hit a gional track meet held in high jump at 5-3. Geena sac-fly to score Mitchell Lake Bedford. Ratliff jumped 21 Gabriel, of Pymatuning and tied the game at 3-3. feet, 10.25 inches at the Valley, finished fifth in the Adam Moodt gave the Musmeet. Ratliff also finished long jump with a jump of tangs the lead with a double ninth in the high jump with 17-3.75 and Kayla Cool, of to drive in A.J. Henson. Moodt Perry, finished fifth in the later scored on a fielder’s a jump of 6-0. Also qualifying for state pole vault with a vault of choice and a fielding error to meet was David Chase, of 10-0. go up 5-3.

Pair of local track athletes’ advance to state

Orrville added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning as A.J. Perex singled and Trevor Kerr was able to score on a fielding error. Orrville climbed back to within one run, but that was as close as they would get. Grand Valley added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 7-4 lead. Kyle Hodge and Joe Satterfield each scored on a triple by Mitchell Lake. Mitchell Lake improved to 7-0 on the season with the win. Lake pitched four and twothirds innings giving up seven hits and three earned runs. Lake struck out five and walked one batter. A.J. Henson picked up the save as he entered in the fifth inning. Henson pitched two and onethirds innings of perfect baseball and struck out three batters. Moot scored two runs for the Mustangs, while Berkey drove in two runs. The Mustangs would win the Regional Championship game 12-11 over Ursuline. Ursuline scored the first run of the game as Paul Pegues scored on a double play induced by Grand Valley start-

ing pitcher Adam Moodt. The Mustangs answered in their half of the first inning as A.J. Henson doubled to bring in Mitchell Lake to tie the game at 1-1. The Mustangs took the lead on an RBI single by Mason Berkey to go up 2-1. Grand Valley added to their lead in the third inning as Jeromy Rockafellow eventually scored on an error, making it 3-1. The Mustangs seemed to take control in the fourth inning as they scored three runs to go up 6-1. Henson, Rockafellow and Berkey each had RBI hits in the inning. Ursuline battled back in the fifth inning with six runs to take the lead at 7-6. Paul Pegues had a two-run single to score Dion Felger and Joel Hake to cut the lead in half. Tannor Berry later scored on a fielders choice by Anthony Rohan as Ursuline climbed back to within two runs. Harrison Finelli made it a one run ball game with an RBI single. Matt Lacko and Dion Felger then brought in a run apiece on bases loaded walks to take the lead. The Mustangs stormed back in the bottom of the fifth

with four runs. Nate Wengerd brought in the first run of the inning with a sac-fly to score Joe Satterfield. Mitchell Lake gave the Mustangs back the lead with an RBI double to score Stanley Sirrine. Lake later scored on an error to give Grand Valley a 9-7 lead. Mason Berkey capped the inning with an RBI single to give the Mustangs a three run lead. Ursuline scrapped away at the lead again in the sixth inning as Anthony Rohan eventually scored on an error, making it 10-8. Ursuline gave themselves a chance to win in the seven inning as they scored three runs to go up 11-10. Joel Hake drove in a run on a single and Michael Montalbano later scored on a wild pitch. Ursuline took the lead on sac fly by Paul Pegues to give them a 11-10 lead going into the bottom half of the seventh inning. The Mustangs loaded the bases with no outs in the final inning. Joe Satterfield then walked in a run to tie the game at 11-11. Stanley Sirrine joined the recent club of game winning hits by Mustangs with an RBI single to give Grand Valley a 12--11 win.



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Thompson Raceway holds Media Day BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers Members of the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation were on hand as the CKRA held their media day. Some of the team there were President Terry Mowery, Vice President Mike Horton, Secretary Traci Burrington, Education Director Chrissy Clair, Location Site Manager Mike Gelhausen and volunteer Megan Clair. Some upcoming events for the NOJDRF starting in soon they will be at the Bike Night at Harry Buffalo starting at 5pm on Sundays. On Mondays they will be at Texas Roadhouse Car show in Willoughby starting at 5pm. The walk family will also be back at Harry Buffalo on Tuesdays for a car show at 5pm. On Thursdays the NOJDRF will be at Quaker State for bike night. “We need to raise awareness because it’s the fastest growing disease around awe we really need to find the cure. One of the biggest things people need to realize is with summer approaching the heat affects diabetes in a major way”, president of NOJDRF Terry Mowery said on the importance of raising awareness. The NOJDRF has teamed up with the CKRA before to help raise money for juvenile diabetes. “On June 9th we will be here (Thompson Kart Park) and get all the gate proceeds that night. The CKRA also take karts to shows that we have. We sometimes call it racing for a cure,” Mowery said on teaming up with CKRA. “The number one reason s that it’s an extremely growing disease and there are more juvenile diabetes cases found than any other disease. Also I like being with this organization because the team is great, the volunteers and the sponsors,” Traci Burrington said on why she joined the NOJDRF team. “Families in Lake County are our number one goal. It’s more reason for people in Lake County to come out and support our events because we are supporting them,” Burrington


Shane Slattman and Robert Saunders race go-karts at Thompson Raceway Park.

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Christian Marsh (front) and Doug Marsh come in after racing their karts. added “My whole family has had diabetes so it was something that was important to me,” Mike Horton said on becoming involved with NOJDRF. The NOJDRF would like to thank the CKRA for becoming involved and would like to encourage more young people to help out. The CKRA is made up of about 50% of kids so it makes sense for the organization to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. “For us it’s a great cause and we have so many kids that race with us at Thompson. It’s affected the lives of some of our members and its just one more way CKRA can give back to the community,” CKRA president Doug Marsh said on why CKRA joined up with the NOJDRF. The CKRA points race on June 9 to help raise money will be sponsored by Penske Cleve-

land Auto Group as they play an important role in helping raise money that night. The CKRA encourages anyone with kids interested in racing or those interested in volunteering to come out and get involved. Volunteers are needed for things such as commentating a race or becoming a track official. Rick McCreary is one of the NOJDRF sponsors as he owns Lake County Customs. Like most people McCreary has had family members affected by diabetes. “I just want to help find a cure and raise money for studies,” McCreary said on his involvement with NOJDRF. Another big sponsor for the NOJDRF team is Atlas Cinemas. “We have the space at the theatre so we wanted to utilize the tools we already had to help bring awareness to juvenile diabetes” Director of

Operations Chris Baxter said. The theatre has been involved with Theatre walks and even had a diabetic Halloween party with sugar free goodies. The Sorbie Company helped out with the candy last year. Texas Road House and 97.1 also helped put on events at Atlas Cinemas. There will be another Theatre walk in November where participants can walk the theatre and have cards stamped to earn free movie tickets. It’s important for people to know what they can do to help raise awareness for juvenile diabetes as well as where they can go to get help. Another important aspect is to learn about the warning signs. Upcoming points races at CKRA are Saturday, June 9 ( a night race), Sunday, June 17, Saturday June 23 (CKRA Grand Prix) and Sunday, June Rick McCreary gets ready to ride in a go-kart on Media 24. Day at Thompson Raceway Park.

Blackshear continues domination at Raceway 7 Cunningham, Sergeff, squeak out wins before the rains hit

and two-time winner Sergeff second until Boyd slid high on lap five, allowby Jay Pees from the first lap through rain in the area arrived at first three weeks, grabbed ing Sergeff to gain the to the checkers. Smoking the track, beginning as a the lead before one lap was lead. Sergeff went on to his CONNEAUT- The hot- badly, Bill Cunningham Sr, steady sprinkle but in- in the books after starting third win of the season test evening of the young a former E-Mod and Street creasing to the point that third row inside. By lap with Boyd Jr second and season greeted racefans at Stock Champion, managed the track became too slick seven Blackshear had a Aponte third. Heat winrace time after a quick to hang on long enough to to race, forcing the decision half-straight lead over ners Tim Gillette and Brad summer shower had damp- win his second-ever Race- to postpone the remainder Jace Ferringer when Brad Cole finished fourth and ened the ground earlier. way 7 FASTRAK feature of events. Double features Blackshear spun coming fifth. Bill Cunningham Sr The first holiday weekend race. Bud Sergeff got by will be run for the Street out of turn four, bringing and Jamie Brown paced of the summer produced 2010-11 champion Jonny Stocks next week with the caution over the field. After a second caution the Evergreen Lake Park exciting racing with Bran- Boyd at lap five to win his line-up for the rained out don Blackshear continuing third feature of the season. feature already set. With one lap past halfway, Campground FASTRAK Models with his domination of the Just after the fireworks the E-Mod special next Blackshear again opened a Late Economod class, leading display had finished the week, it was decided to lead with Eric Paulus and Cunningham Sr leading hold the make-up feature Ferringer running side by the way and caution flying in two weeks, with the side for second. Paulus before the end of lap one line-up already set. With eventually won the battle for the spun car of Randy at least one feature com- for second behind the now Wilson in turn two. Wilson winner with again spun after one lap of plete, rain checks will not 4-time be honored but there will Ferringer third and Bland green, again in turn two, be no increase in the ad- fourth. Brad Blackshear with Breyton Santee spinPersonal Service is Our Policy vertised gate fees for the fought his way back to fifth ning as well. After green again was after his mid-race spin. make-up nights. • Life • Auto • Business • Farm • IRAs Cunningham Carlos Aponte led the shown, The Economod class was the first feature on the Specialty Products Mini opened a sizable lead im• Home • Boat • RVs track with Bob Bland and Stocks from the people mediately over Salisbury. 6265 State Route 45, Bristolville, OH 44402 Jace Ferringer on the front with defending champion Chad Wright, looking for row. Brandon Blackshear, Jonny Boyd taking over on his third win of the season undefeated through the lap three with point leader was in third after starting

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seventh at lap four. Yellow flew again at lap seven, again for Wilson, who was sent to the pits. Wright took over second at the restart with Salisbury now third over Kyle Zimmerman. Cunningham lengthened his lead as Mike Mitchell and Wright fought for the runner-up honors with Max Blair coming to fourth at lap 13. Blair, winless at Raceway 7 thus far in 2012, had started eleventh and came by Mitchell for third at the end of 15. One lap later Matt Latta spun in turn four, erasing Cunningham’s substantial lead. Cunningham was smoking heavily with Wright and Blair now right behind with four laps remaining. Blair immediately dispatched Wright for second at the green with Cunningham opening his lead again. Cunningham’s mount held See RACEWAY 7 page 25A



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together for the win with Blair second, Wright third, Kyle Zimmerman fourth, and Mitchell fifth. Dan McDonald and Kyle Inman were on the front row for the Zimmer Service Center E-Mod feature but rain was falling. After several laps under caution, the decision was made to postpone the two remaining features. Street Stocks: Heat 1: Rusty Wheeler, Paul Schreckengost, Tommy Fox, Joe Rohrer, Ed Bolyard, Art Gilchrist, Shawn Fawcett, Heat 2: Ryan Blood, Rush Firestone, Chris Withers, Dave Ferringer, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Art Edwards, Dillon Kineston, Jeff Wick Feature: RAIN Zimmer Service Center E-Mods: Heat 1: Russ Dunn, Joel Watson, Kyle Inman, Percy McDonald, Gary Eicher, Chuck Steinle, Wendell Pinckney, John Boardman, Gary Murphy, Ken Zimmer Heat 2: Rich Michael Jr, Dan McDonald, Shane Crotty, Bill Taylor, Rick Pratschler, Gerry Kielar, John Schenker, Josh McDonald, Brandon Porter (DNS) Feature: RAIN Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models: Heat 1: Jamie Brown, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Bryan Salisbury, Bill Cunningham Sr, Billy Cunningham Jr, Justin Kreider, Shane Bambarger, Joe DeFazio, Ken Chernik, Randy Wilson Heat 2: Max Blair, Matt Latta Michael Mitchell, Bob Craig, Kyle Zimmerman, Chad Wright, Billy Henry, Breyton Santee, Bob Pifer Feature: Bill Cunningham, Max Blair, Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Mike Mitchell, Bryan Salisbury, Billy Henry, Bob Craig, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Jamie Brown, Matt Latta, Billy Cunningham Jr, Joe DeFazio, Ken Chernik, Justin Kreider, Shane Bambarger, Breyton Santee, Randy Wilson, Bob Pifer (DNS) Economods: Heat: Jace Ferringer, Eric Paulus, Brandon Blackshear, Bob Bland, Steve Samuelson, Jeff Christy, Alan Atkinson, Jodi Woodworth Sr, Brad Blackshear, Ryan Fraley (DNS) Feature: Brandon Blackshear, Eric Paulus, Jace Ferringer, Bob Bland, Brad Blackshear, Ryan Fraley, Jeff Christy, Jodi Woodworth Sr, Steven Samuelson, Alan Atkinson Specialty Products Mini-Stocks: Heat 1: Brad Cole, Jonny Boyd, Bud Sergeff, Mitch Stokes, Joe Keney, Ed Huge Heat 2: Tim Gillette, Carlos Aponte, Joe Longenecker, John Boyd Sr, Scott Gill, Kevin Sergeff Feature :Bud Sergeff, Jonny Boyd, Carlos Aponte, Tim Gillette, Brad Cole, John Boyd Sr, Mitch Stokes, Ed Huge, Joe Keney, Kevin Sergeff, Scott Gill, Joe Longenecker

By Mike Leone Sharon Speedway kicked off the two-day Bill Emig Memorial on Saturday night on a sunny and hot 90degree day as part of the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. After losing three straight events to end April, Saturday marked the fourth straight completed show to begin the month of May. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Max Blair-FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series, Joel WatsonUnited E-Mod Series, Chris Schneider-Open Stock Cars, Brandon Blackshear-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Jim Haefke, Jr.-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. It’s hard to imagine, but the 2012 season for three-time FASTRAK National Weekly and three-time Northeast Touring Champion Max Blair has gotten off to a better start than any of his prior four. On Saturday night, Blair performed a clean sweep of his heat race, the $100 John Buzzard Memorial K&N Dash, and the 25-lap Barris Supply $1,500 to-win feature for his unprecedented third straight Tour win and fourth in five races this season. Blair also received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate. “I really struggle here- this feels great to be able to get a big win at Sharon,” acknowledged the 22-yearold Centerville, Pa. winner. “We won the Gary Knollinger Memorial race last year, but the planets or something were aligned perfect that night. You could race on the track tonight. It was a little rough on the bottom, but sometimes you have to give and take a little bit. I was right in the middle all night long, but you start on the front row and you don’t know any different so you run where you’ve run all night then he (Pegher) goes blowing on by you on the bottom so I knew I had to move down.” Blair raced to the early lead with Pegher, Billy Henry, Jr., Clay Ruffo, and Andrew Satterlee filling the top five after one lap. Pegher got under Blair in turns one and two on lap two and the standouts raced side-by-side with Pegher getting by coming off of turn four for the lead. Satterlee passed Ruffo for fourth on lap two as 11th starting Dan Angelicchio followed in fifth one lap later. The first caution occurred when John Garvin, Jr., Lauren Longbrake, and Michael Mitchell tangled in turn four with four laps scored. On the ensuing restart, Angelicchio made a great move to pass both Satterlee and Henry for third. Another driver on the move was two-time Sharon winner Will Thomas III. Thomas started 10th and made his way to the top five by lap eight getting around Henry. Back up front, Pegher continued to set the pace, while Angelicchio caught Blair on lap nine. Angelicchio drove under and past Blair in turn four for runner-up on lap nine, but two laps later Blair returned the favor with an identical move. Thomas was able to gain the fourth position on lap 12 dropping Satterlee back another position. By now Thomas was a half-straightaway back of the front three, but slowly cut into the lead until the caution was displayed for a spin by Shane Bambarger. When green replaced yellow, Blair made his winning pass driving around Pegher off the topside of turn two to lead lap 20. Pegher wasn’t about to go away as he stuck right with Blair, and the duo made contact on lap 21, but Blair continued to lead. Pegher’s night would come to an unfortunate end with a flat tire with 22 laps scored. Joe Martin had raced just outside of the lead pack for most of the night, but was able to work his way into the top five then inherited fourth following the flat by Pegher. On the restart, Martin then overtook Thomas for third. Up front, Angelicchio tried ev-

erything, but wasn’t able to get by as Blair would go on for his all-time leading 16th career Tour win. It was Blair’s first Sharon win of the season and fourth of his career in his Specialty Products/Rohrer Trucking/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks-sponsored #111. Angelicchio, Martin, and Thomas turned in their season best performances in second through fourth. Steve Dixon, who has really struggled at Sharon over the years turned in a solid fifth after starting 17th in just his second Tour start of the season. Sixth through 10th were John Over, 21st starting John Garvin, Jr., last week’s winner Bobby Whitling, last year’s champion Josh Double, and 22nd starting Chad Ruhlman. Olean, New York’s Junior Peters ended the night winning his first ever six-lap FASTRAK non-qualifier event. Peters led every lap over Brad Kling, Jason Stanke, and Bud Watson completed the field of eight possible entrants. Heat winners over the seasonhigh 34-car field were Henry, Satterlee, Blair, and Pegher, while Dalton and Garvin captured the B mains. Max Blair captured the $100 to-win K&N Filter John Buzzard Memorial Dash. Buzzard was a former Bill Emig racer, who lost his life in an accident at Expo Speedway in 1975. John’s wife Diane, daughters Denise and Cheryl, brothers Larry and Rich, along with his grandchildren were in attendance. Last year’s top winner Joel Watson picked a good night to get his season’s first win. The five-time 2011 winner captured the $1,000 to-win United EMod Series 25-lap Summit Racing Equipment feature event to become the fifth different winner in as many races. “The front of the field was just awesome,” stated the 33-year-old Conneaut, Ohio racer. “Half of the field up there were my idols six years ago, now I’m up there with them!” Opening night winner Brent Rhebergen grabbed the early lead from pole-sitter Jack Young. Fifth and sixth starting Alan Dellinger and Watson overtook second and third respectively from Young on lap six. One lap later, Watson made his winning move passing both Dellinger and Rhebergen for the lead. A caution slowed action for the final time with 14 laps completed. When racing resumed, Watson began to pull away, while the battle raged

for second between Dellinger and Rhebergen. The duo raced hard sideby-side for second on laps 16 through 19. With five laps to go, Watson stretched his lead to a straightaway. On lap 21, Dellinger finally made the pass for runner-up. Watson though was too much in his Northwest Restoration/Zimmer’s Service Center/ Racecar Fabrication/Hoosier Tiresponsored #92 as he raced on for his seventh career win. Dellinger edged out Rhebergen for second. Young dropped to fourth over 11th starting Vic Vena. Sixth through 10th were Dan Davies, Carl McKinney, Randy Hall, Mike Potosky, and Howard Fraley. Heat winners over the season high 37-car field were Hall, Watson, Young, and Shawn Shingledecker. Andy Buckley and Russ Dunn won the two B mains. Making his first start of the season, Stock Car veteran Chris Schneider invaded Sharon and came away with his first career win at the track in the $500 to-win 20-lap Gibson Insurance Agency feature, which were under the “open” rules. “You get some of the best guys for these open shows,” stated the 33-yearold Springdale, Pa. racer. “It’s really cool the tracks put these special shows on for the Stock Cars and the other divisions. I wish more people would come and support them, but this wasn’t a bad night. I saw the other divisions running good on the bottom even though it’s generally a middle to outside track. I figured they would have to pass me on the outside so it worked out.” Rusty Wheeler took off in the lead over track regulars Brian Carothers and Mike Clark. Schneider started in fifth and passed Clark for third on lap two then took over second from Carothers on lap four. Shaun Hooks had started alongside Schneider in sixth and worked his way to third on lap five passing Carothers. Schneider made a daring, winning three-wide pass on lap six. Schneider had pulled even with Wheeler on lap six. The duo was side-by-side on the backstretch. Entering turn three they approached the lapped car of Jamie Gibbs. Schneider ducked under her as Wheeler went high. Schneider came out with the lead. Hooks then would get by Wheeler for second on lap eight. After 10 non-stop laps the caution was displayed for a spin by Gibbs. Two

more cautions slowed action on laps 12 and 13 before the final seven went caution-free. Hooks was all over Schneider trying every move possible, but Schneider had just enough to hold on in his S&S Chassis #55. Hooks was runner-up for the second time in the past three weeks. Clark and last week’s winner, Rod Laskey, went at it for third with Clark getting the nod. Tim Burns was fifth. Wheeler and Clark were the heat winners over the 18-car field. Brandon Blackshear became the first Econo Mod repeat winner of the season with a wire-to-wire victory in the $350 to-win 15-lap HTMA/Precise Racing Products feature. “Tubby (Tessean) has this thing going good,” acknowledged the 21year-old Brookfield, Ohio driver. “We are just having a blast. When they came up to me and told me I was starting on the pole, I couldn’t believe it. There are a lot of good cars out there. They are stepping up the program.” Blackshear was never seriously challenged in the Don Blackshearowned, Tub’s Automotive/Blackshear Racing Engines-sponsored #10 as four cautions were all that slowed him to his division all-time leading seventh career win. Jackson Humanic raced from the 16th starting spot to finish second for the second time in three starts this season. Humanic and Brad Blackshear passed Jeremy Double for the second and third positions on laps 10 and 11 respectively. Double was fourth ahead over last week’s winner Jim Dellinger. Dellinger and Brandon Blackshear were heat winners. Opening night winner, Jim Haefke, Jr., returned to victory lane in the Mini Stocks leading all 12 laps of the $200 to-win Deforest Used Parts feature. It was just the second career win for the second-year racer. “I’ll tell you, once I got out front there was no stopping me,” expressed the 30-year-old Austintown, Ohio resident. “I never lifted. Once the track gets in, it’s good for us. I knew they were coming.” Haefke’s run to the checkered flag was slowed by only one caution in his Diver Steel/AAMCO Transmissionsponsored #421. Scott Gilliland came from fifth to second on the opening lap, but that was as far as he would get. Bill Fuchs passed Jamie Wrightsman on lap six to finish third. Wrightsman was fourth over Lucas Sprouse, who made his first start of 2012. Heat wins went to Wrightsman and Fuchs.

Running to Change Lives: Lake County YMCA Board Member prepares to run 400 miles to benefit children PAINESVILLE, OH – Twenty-four years ago, entrepreneur and Lake County YMCA West End Board Member Kevin Tenkku’s body encouraged him to put on a pair of jogging shoes. “My metabolism was slowing down,” Tenkku said. “I started running because I wanted a good outlet for myself mentally and, especially, physically. Running made me feel good.” A year ago, Kevin used his passion to give back to the Lake County YMCA community by running in his first 100mile race at the Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run. His commitment and efforts were completed with his personal finish line of raising funds for the Lake County YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign which provides membership assistance to children and families that otherwise would not be able to afford to participate in programs at the Y. But what began as a simple way to maintain a good physical shape transformed into a lifelong passion for running—a passion he is now utilizing to tackle 4 trails, including last year’s Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run along with the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run, and the Hallucination 100 Mile Run. By running these endurance trails Kevin’s goal is to send 50 children to YMCA summer camps that would otherwise not be able to afford to attend. These races, known as The Midwest

Grand Slam, will be held in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin between June 2nd and September 8th, 2012. Kevin’s first race on June 2, 2012 will take place at the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run. Participants will begin the first leg at the Nordic loop and turn around at the Scuppernong campground continuing to the Nordic loop. From there, participants will return to the course, but take a different leg to Rice Lake. Only a few weeks after completing the first of four trails, Kevin will endure the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run on June 16, 2012. The second stop of the 2012 Midwest Grand Slam will have participants running through beautiful scenery and narrowing trails within the 5000-acre Mohican Memorial State Forest in Ohio. Once again, Kevin will take on the grueling course at The Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run. It begins at Squire’s Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks, zigzags southwest through Northeast Ohio trails and roads and ends at Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls. The fourth race on September 7, 2012 will mark the last stop in the Inaugural Midwest Grand Slam of running. Participants who take part in the Hallucination 100 Mile Run will begin their journey through Michigan wilderness and continue their 6-loop course (each 16.6 miles long) on gravel

roads, single tracks, horse trails, and rail trials until crossing the finishing line. Tenkku said a speech by YMCA Board Member Aaron Campbell inspired him to dedicate his running to raising funds for the Lake County YMCA. “Aaron Campbell asked board members to be active in serving and not just add the title to our resumes,” Tenkku said. “Driving home, that statement stuck with me and, from there, this idea of using my passion to raise money for the Y was born.” “I know and trust the life-changing quality programs the YMCA continues to provide year after year,” Tenkku added. “I know they’ll use the money [I raise] for kids to attend programs at the Y, specifically kids whose parents can’t afford such programs.” “We’re grateful for board members like Kevin,” said Dick Bennett, Executive Director and CEO of the Lake County YMCA. “He’ll affect the lives of countless kids in the area by running these races.” “This year, my race commitments are more special because it’s for something I believe in,” Tenkku added. Visit www.runningtochange to follow Tenkku’s progress during each of the four races and aid him in his efforts to raise money for children at the YMCA by clicking “Donate Today.”



Senior Softball Classic ends in tie BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

a collision in the outfield. Kailey Reinke, of Jefferson, brought in the JEFFERSON – Seniors first run of the game on an from Ashtabula and Lake RBI groundout, making it County gathered to play in 1-0 in favor of the Crew. Brianna Elliott, of a senior classic softball game on Sunday, May 27 at Lakeside, started on the the JAGS Complex. The mound for the Squad and Crew was coached by Steve was later relieved by JesCunha of Edgewood and sica Simko of Madison. Sonia Leishman, of Eleshia Pitcher of Geneva, while the Squad was Geneva, helped add to the coached by Mike Houser of Squads lead with a lead off SSJP and Paul and Dan single in the second inning. Amanda Rodenbucher, of Fertig of Madison. Sarah Urchek, of PV, Edgewood, later drove in started on the mound for Leishman with an RBI the Crew as she helped her single as she went to second cause in the first inning on the throw home. After a with a lead off triple after ground out by Rosie

Kailey Reinke, of Jefferson, gets ready to bat for the Crew during the senior classic softball game.

Messner, of Lakeside, Megan Reichey, of Lakeside, hit an RBI single to increase the lead to 3-0. Monica Scharf, of Geneva, made it 40 with an RBI single after Tayler Schimley, of Grand Valley, reached on an error. Chantel Smithberger, of Madison, gave the Squad their first run of the game in the third inning with a solo homerun. Smithberger had previously doubled in the first inning but the Squad was unable to score. Jess Simko, of Madison, reached on an error for the Squad in the fourth inning and Sam Szwejbka, or Riverside, followed with a single. A Rachel Francis, of Jefferson, RBI double cut the deficit in half at 4-2. The Squad battled back to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning thanks to a throwing error, a single by Jess Simko, of Madison, and a grounder by Sam Szwejbka, of Riverside. The Crew took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Rosie Messner, of Lakeside, beat out an infield single and went to second on a wild pitch. Messner later scored on an RBI hit from Molly Robinson, of Jefferson, to give the Crew a 5-4 lead. The Squad were not to be out done as they tied the game once more as Brianna Elliott, of Lakeside, led off with a double. Jess Simko, of Madison, later drove in Elliott on a sac-fly to tie the game at 5-5. The game would eventually be called because of rain as the two teams remained knotted at five runs apiece. Chantel Smithberger was named player of the game for the Squad, while Sarah Urchek was named player of the game for the Crew.

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Tickets still on sale Cub Scout Webelos earn the World Conservation Award for Senior Prom

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Senior Center will be the host location for the 2012 Senior Citizen Prom on Thursday, June 7. Tickets are on sale now for $10 per person. This tickets includes a meal choice of chicken or roast beef, potato, green beans, salad and roll. Dennis Ford will sing and entertain. Social time begins at 5 p.m., with picture sign-in. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. Catering by Tony’s Catering. Doors prizes also will be awarded. The prom is for residents 55 and over. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Glamour.” Tickets are on sale now at the Jefferson, Ashtabula, Geneva and Conneaut Senior Centers, as well as the Kingsville Library. The Jefferson Senior Center is located at 11 E. Jefferson St. in Jefferson. In other upcoming senior activities, Jefferson Senior Center Director Christina Blair said the center is planning a trip to Playhouse Square to see Il Divo. “This event is open to the public of any age, but proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Senior Center,” Blair said. The trip will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, with a 7 p.m. show at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. The van will leave the Jefferson Community Recreation Center at 5 p.m. The cost is $95 per ticket. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to reserve their seats now. The show will feature the Il Divo band and famed orchestra and promises to incorporate a stunning visual and musical mix of fan favorites as well as premiering songs from their eagerly anticipated new album Wicked Game. For more info, contact Blair at (440) 576-9052. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

ASHTABULA - In preparation for Earth Day and to obtain their World Conservation Award, six Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 52 made bird houses and hung them at the Ashtabula Rod and Gun Club. The boys that earned this award are Josiah Stoll, Tommy Stokes, Levi Dubah, Travis Stright, Owen Wilms and Joe Dewey. Parents, leaders and the club officers Dan Wyatt and Paul Calendar helped the boys pick out spots around the pond that would make a good home for local birds. After the bird houses were hung, the boys got to learn about and then take part in some archery shooting at the gun clubs 20-yard indoor range. Cub Scout Pack 52 meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Saybrook United Method- Zachary Millard won the Pack 52 Pinewood Derby, taking ist Church. Stop in and visit if him to the district competition to compete against 61 you are interested. other packs. Zachary got second place with a speed of SUBMITTED PHOTOS 250.9 with the first place winning by a mere .6 mph.

Pictured, front row, left to right, Josiah Stoll, Tommy Stokes, Levi Dubah, Travis Stright. back row L to R, Barry Palmer, Dan Wyatt, Paul Callender and Bryan Stright. Not pictured: Owen Wilms and Joe Dewey.

St. Joseph Church to hold rummage sale St. Joseph Church will hold a rummage sale June 79. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday is a $1 bag day.

Saybrook Township trustees to meet June 5 Saybrook Township trustees will hold their special open monthly meeting on 7 p.m. June 5 to discuss the following items: job descriptions, fences around pools, vehicle policy, yard waste disposal, water rescue and sidewalks. The meeting will be held at the township administrative offices, 7247 Center Road, Ashtabula, Ohio. Please call 9691106 for any questions.

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Fun children’s activities Stuffed animal clinic Fire truck, squad and ambulance tours t Jungle Terry, 4 – 5 p.m. t t

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