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Vol. No. 137, No. 28

Periodical’s Postage Paid


Jefferson Depot to dedicate historic tavern

A bird’s-eye view


A pair of sea gulls keeps watch at the duck pond at Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula Township.

Zombie houses cost Ashtabula thousands


Jim Dutton, left, and Bud Wheattall put some finishing touches on the 1816 Jonathan Warner Tavern. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Depot Village will officially unveil a new building in the village during the 1890 Early America Live re-enactment festival on Saturday to Sunday, July 13-14. The dedication of the 1816 Jonathan Warner Tavern will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, inside the 19th century village. After the dedication, there will be a Dixieland Band performance in the 1864 Lenox Cornet Bandwagon. For some history of the man, Mr. Warner moved to Jefferson in 1805 and expected a paradise village. However, when he arrived, there was wilderness filled with trees and wild animals, according to Depot Secretary Lynette Seith.

This sign marks the entrance to the 1816 Jonathan

See TAVERN page 2A Warner Tavern.

Austinburg Elementary fourth graders rub shoulders with celebrities at Living Wax Museum PHOTO BY MELINDA FRANCIS

One of the abandoned houses in the City of Ashtabula. BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA – During a recent Council meeting, City Manager James M. Timonere referred to some houses in the city that are in direct violation of city codes as “zombie houses.” He said this is a relatively new term coined for properties that have entered foreclosure, but are still in the owner’s name and no longer occupied as the owner thinks the bank has taken the home back. “The auditor still has the owner listed, but the foreclosure process was never completed as the banks don’t want to take responsibility for the property,” says Timonere. Nationally, this is a huge problem for municipalities. Ashtabula is no exception. “The time and money spent on these properties is ridiculous,” says Timonere. The City of Ashtabula has one full-time employee whose sole job for nine months of the year is to cut the grass on these properties. Timonere says when all is said and done, the city probably spends close to $100,000 yearly. “The banks really need to take

responsibility and complete the foreclosure process in a timely manner,” he added. The term “zombie” is applied as the home owner is haunted by accruing property taxes, fines for building code violations, and in other areas, homeowners association fees. A zombie house can be plagued with other problems as well, such as squatters, vermin infestation, natural gas leaks and mosquito-infested swimming pools. There is no question about the legal responsibility as it falls to the owner. However, finding them is another story. “The first thing we do is an extensive title search to see who the lien holders are. We notify as many as we can,” says Timonere. “We also post on the property.” Everything that is done to track down the property owner is documented, says Timonere, so that the City can show “due diligence” was taken. “From the moment it’s condemned, we give at least 30 days notice, but nine times out of ten, the property can’t be brought up to code,” Timonere said.


BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City School AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP Austinburg Elementary fourth graders put together a spring gathering with a guest list that included some of the most fascinating and famous people throughout Ohio history: actresses and astronauts, country western singers, movie producers, baseball stars, gymnasts, writers, inventors, aviators and Olympic Gold Medalists. With the guidance of teachers Jennifer Nappi and Tiffanie Capo, the fourth garders staged a panoply of portrayals of noteworthy Ohioans creating a living wax museum in their school cafeteria.


See WAX MUSEUM page 4A Skyra Brown portrayed painter Lilly Martin Spencer at Austinburg Elementary’s living wax museum.

Dragons Defeat Warriors – Page 10A

Bella Teresina Inn open for business — Page 7A


Brown Bag ‘Mafia Concert Series begins Mayhem’ July 10 and 11 to feature author Allan May

Elliot Allotment continues Fourth of July tradition

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

J E F F E R S O N / ASHTABULA - Want to enjoy some music while on your lunch break? The Ashtabula Arts Center’s Brown Bag Concert Series will begin its annual summer run on July 10 and 11 in Jefferson and Ashtabula. Brown Bag concerts are held at noon and feature a different performer or musical group each week. Admission is always free, but guests should provide their own lawn chair or blanket and feel free to bring their lunch to enjoy during the show. Brown Bag Concerts feature a varied group of artists that include folk, pop, oldies, Broadway tunes and more. The first of this year’s featured performers is Dennis Ford. Ford will be performing in downtown Ashtabula’s North Park Gazebo at noon on Wednesday, July 10. The Ashtabula show is sponsored by St. John School. Sponsored by Gazette Publications, Ford’s Jefferson show will be held at noon in Jefferson’s Village Park on July 11. Dennis Ford has been playing in bands since the


Dennis Ford is playing the first Brown Bag concerts on July 10 and 11. age of 12 including “Soul Expressions,” “Good Question” and “Quiana.” He has performed with top entertainers, including Tommy James and the Shondells, Chubby Checker and more. Dennis also has written and recorded four patriotic songs, three of which have been published by Hilltop Records on CD. He continues to play many local venues and has become an area favorite.

Future performers of the Ashtabula series include: • Wednesday, July 17, Cathleen Lilly, sponsored by Great Lakes Auto Network. • Wednesday, July 24, James Fuller, sponsored by Outdoor Army Navy Store. • Wednesday, July 31, Fred Barringer, sponsored by The Ashtabula Star Beacon. • Wednesday, Aug. 7, Emily Kline, sponsored by Wells Fargo. • Wednesday, Aug 14, to be announced. Future performers of the Jefferson series include • Thursday, July 18, Cathleen Lilly. • Thursday, July 25, James Fuller. • Thursday, Aug. 1, Fred Barringer. • Thursday, Aug. 8, Emily Kline. • Thursday, Aug 15, Linda Fundis. All Jefferson series concerts are sponsored by Gazette Publications For more information, contact the Ashtabula Arts Center at (440) 964-3396. The Ashtabula Arts Center is funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

ASHTABULA - Wellknown organized crime author Allan May will discuss the Mafia in Trumbull County and his lat- est book, “Welcome to the Jungle Inn: the Story of the Mafia’s Most Infamous Gambling Den,” on Monday, July 15, at the Ashtabula Library. The program begins at 6 p.m. His characters are real - straight from the records of organized crime fighters across the United States - people like Elliot Ness, whom he holds in highest regard. May’s current book covers the Jungle Inn, the multiple trials of Jimmy Munsene, and how and why Munsene hired Ashtabula County’s own Clarence Darrow to defend him. May has penned many articles for American and Crime In the early 2000’s, he was the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website CrimeLibrary .com. Three of May’s works have been published – Mob Stories (2001), Gangland Gotham (2009), and Welcome to the Jungle Inn (2011). He is currently under contract for a three-book series with Praeger Publishers. The event will include a discussion, free light refreshments, book signings and book sales. Admission is free; reservations are encouraged. The Ashtabula Library is located at 335 West 44th Street, in Ashtabula, Ohio. For more information or to register for this event, call the Ashtabula Library at 440-997-9341.


For the 18th year in a row, the residents of the Hillyer-Beverly block of the Elliot Allotment line the street to take part in its annual Fourth of July parade. This is the scene at the starting line last Saturday, July 6.

Morgan Township completes dust control BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers MORGAN TOWNSHIP – During its last regular meeting Wednesday, July 3, Morgan Township trustees took no action, although they did discuss the yearly dust control project that was completed last week, said Jean Brand, Morgan Township

fiscal officer. “Dust control was applied to all secondary roads,” Brand said. “Russell Standard did the work for us.” At the cost of $1.807 per gallon for E1 primer, Morgan Township spent $39,754 for roughly 15 miles of road surface. After the E1 was sprayed a top coat of gravel was spread says Brand.

“We applied about 900 tons of gravel that cost almost $19,000 for the number 8 stone,” said Brand. Up next for the trustees will be a work session to set up the 2014 budget. The date is yet to be determined, Brand said. “We have to have it submitted to the county by Aug. 1,” Brand said.

Saybrook Township plans meeting The Saybrook Township trustees will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, and go into executive session to discuss a bargaining agreement issue. This meeting will be held at the Township Administrative Office, 7247 Center Rd., Ashtabula.


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“No wonder he opened a tavern in 1816!” Seith said. The Jefferson Depot volunteer workers have restored this replica and invite the community to join in the celebration of this historic tavern’s dedication and reopening. The dedication takes place during Early America Live, when costumed kinfolk recreate the period in all the restored buildings. Early America Live takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-

urday, July 13, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Follow the Circuit-Rider Minister as he arrives at the 1848 Church in the Wildwood, on horseback, for the Saturday morning worship at 11 a.m. Attend school classes in the 1838 Spafford One-Room Schoolhouse. Other activities include recess, make and take crafts, skills demonstrated, pie-eating contests, fashion show, herb tours, organ concert,

horseshoe contest and 1890 food by donation. See the 1860 Ashtabula Pharmacy with the Jackson Drug Store collection and pharmacy items from Case’s Drug Store. Hohn’s General Store is overloaded with goods, and the Basket factory is working overtime for visitors’ enjoyment. Lastly, stroll through the 1888 Victorian House, the 1845 Sheffield Post Office and the 1872 Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Station. A $5 donation is asked for From page 1A to attend Early America Live. Children under six are Two months is the least amount of time the process takes free. or, “it can go one and one.” The Jefferson Depot Village With the Moving Ohio Forward grant money, Ashtabula is located at 147 E. Jefferson has demolished 84 properties and is set to take down an- St., with parking on East Walother 12 to 15. nut Street. For more informa“We have $200,000, but we still have another 50 to 100 tion, visit www.jefferson properties that need to come down,” he said.



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Off to the Zucchini 500

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Farmers’ Market will have a special treat for visitors on Saturday, July 20. The 8th annual Zucchini 500 returns to the Jefferson Farmers’ Market at 11 a.m. July 20. This yearly running of the gourds will take advantage of the smooth surface of the St, Joseph’s Church parking lot. Racers will attempt to break the current

distance record of more than 46 feet. Racers may bring an over-sized zucchini with them or buy one at the Market. The Market Committee will supply the wheels as well as decorations to turn the squash into a thing of beauty that can race down the ramp. Mounted on the wheels, the veggie will be launched down a ramp in an attempt to set more new distance records. Mounted on the wheels, the veggie will be launched

down a ramp in an attempt to set new distance records. The longest run and a runner-up in each of six age categories will be awarded Farmers’ Market cash vouchers. The overall longest and shortest runs will also receive special recognition, officials said. The Jefferson Farmers’ Market is held each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 32 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson.

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Ashtabula City gets new website BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA – After several months of effort, the city has a new website. Beginning last week, the new site – – was up and running and will offer residents a few perks unavailable on the old site. City Manager James M. Timonere said residents are now able to download and print all of the city’s various forms that were formerly accessed only by

making a trip to City Hall. After they are downloaded, printed, and filled out, they can be scanned back in and emailed; however, they may also be dropped off or mailed through the postal service, Timonere said. Another perk is that residents will be able to access real time information. With the old site, new information was uploaded by sending it to a company that handles uploads or by using specific computer programs. Now, under the new site, each department can access its own informa-

tion via the web at any time. “The new site offers instant access through the web,” Timonere said. This means that if there is an emergency over the weekend, a press release can be issued immediately via the site, keeping residents informed in a more timely manner. “Most of the information we were getting asked about is now available at the site,” he said. The city is now working on web integration so that residents will be able to pay

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ACDL gets a lift and room to grow

WAX MUSEUM From page 1A

BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA – In 1903, Industri al i s t An d r e w Carnegie gave the community of Ashtabula $15,000 to build a library. Today, Ashtabula County District Library (ACDL) is the only one of three Carnegie libraries in the county still used for its intended purpose. And now, it is getting a fresh look via extensive exterior renovations. “We are repointing the bricks. This will involve removing old mortar, cleaning the joints and adding new mortar,” says Debra Laveck, ACDL community rela tions c o o r d i n at o r. “There are some lintels missing. The windows are not supported adequately and new lintels must be installed. Finally, initial repairs will include painting and scraping the trim. The good news is that the underlying structure is solid and the bricks are in very good condition, as they have a hard-glazed surface. The restoration will include applying a sealant after the repointing is completed.” The work started midJune and has an expected completion date of early fall if the weather cooperates, Laveck said. The total project is costing roughly $600,000. “It’s the only Carnegie


Ashtabula County District Library undergoes exterior renovations. Library in the county still being used as a library, and our patrons told us they wanted the ‘old girl’ saved,” said Director Bill Tokarczyk. “This work offers the chance to expand the building in the future without losing the character of the past.” The renovation is not the only thing going on at the ACDL, Laveck said. The Ashtabula Area City School Board sold the land surrounding the building to ACDL. This purchase will give the library green space and room to expand in the future, she added. The

board is considering an addition of more than 10,000 square feet, Laveck said. The initial library system began as a subscription service in 1813. Patrons would pay a small annual fee in order to borrow books. Over the past two centuries, and because serving the community is foremost, Laveck said, as requests for improved services have been made, the library has tried to provide them. But the current structure limits what ACDL can do. “The library is unable to add wider aisles to allow for

easier wheelchair access,” said Laveck. “The library’s meeting room allows public forums to discuss citizens’ concerns and opportunities for folks to learn about all manner of subjects, but there is a need for multiple rooms in order to offer more programs.” All the work going into the library will benefit the community. “The Ashtabula Library will become the jewel of the downtown area, offering the perfect place for folks to gather and use the many services we offer her at ACDL,” said Tokarczyk.

Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce launches ‘Save Local Now’ program GENEVA - Effective now, the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is introducing a new marketing advantage for local businesses — Save Local Now — a deal and event application for iPhone and Android. The Save Local Now platform provides local businesses with the mobile marketing tools they need to reach today’s consumer, and creates incentives for consumers to shop locally. Save Local Now is unlike any daily deal service on the market. For the consumer, there are no minimum purchase requirements and no minimum group participation requirements. For merchants, there are no delays in uploading or changing deals and, most importantly, there are no fees to businesses and organizations in the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce. All member businesses have been automatically uploaded onto the Save Local Now platform. Those that choose to offer a deal, event, or special promotion can upload it themselves and change it as frequently as they wish to match up with peak and non-peak business times. Unlike other savings applications, Save Local Now provides total control to the merchants. They can access their business profile and change their deals, events, or promotions without needing to wait for a third-party administrator. The offers are immediately made available through the Save Local Now iPhone and Android applications, mobile website and According to Sue Ellen Foote, executive director at the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, the chamber contracted with Save Local Now after spending the past year t researching shop local and daily deals programs.

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“We felt it was important to find a program that would change consumer behavior by rewarding them for shopping at our local member businesses. Save Local Now provides that incentive and gives total control to t the members businesses. Each business decides what deal or incentive to offer and for how long. They are not required to offer discounts of 50-75 percent as is the case with some well-known daily deal programs. Save Local Now is a win-win for our members and their customers,” said Foote. “Community organizations are looking for creative ways to market themselves and be an asset to the businesses they serve,” said Keith Latore. Save Local Now’s co-founder and CEO. “That’s why we created Save Local Now exclusively for chambers of commerce and community organizations. Save Local Now benefits everyone. The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce now has a tool to help promote local businesses and organizations while encouraging people to shop local. Business members have access to an iPhone and Android application they might not otherwise be able to afford. Consumers have a convenient source for finding local businesses, deals, events, and promotions.” Save Local Now utilizes GPS functionality in order to draw residents and visitors alike to Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce members. Download the free Save Local Now application today by visiting, iTunes or Google Play. If you would like to learn more about Save Local Now for your business, please contact the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at (440) 466-8694. A training date has been scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Scribblers Coffee, 388 S. Broadway, Geneva.

Austinburg Elementary fourth-grader Eddie Gof f portrayed Orville Wright as a fully costumed re-enactor at the living wax museum presented by his classmates. Wright (Goff) is pictured with Austinburg teacher Jennifer Nappi who originated the project several years ago. Each student researched a famous Ohioan, created a display showcasing the individual’s biographical information and accomplishments and portrayed them as a fully costumed re enactor. Among the notables in attendance at the living wax museum were Orville Wright, portrayed by Eddie Goff, artist Lilly Martin Spencer portrayed by Skyra Brown and director Steven Spielberg portrayed by Max Drees. “I’ve thought about becoming a pilot, so I was really interested in knowing more about Orville Wright,” Goff said. “This project was a wonderful way to bring a long running tradition to our new building,” Austinburg fourthgrade teacher and wax museum originator Jennifer Nappi said. “Every year the student projects get better and better. They get to see the class ahead of them, and they set their minds to topping those. I usually can’t get through the first day of school without a student telling me who they want to be for our famous wax museum. Hav-

ing our computer lab was very beneficial to research. In fact, two students were able to find an email address and make contact with their person for interviews.” Nappi said students have portrayed a wide array of Ohioans through the years. Household names such as Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison and Phyllis Diller have been on the guest list, as well as homegrown heroes like baseball player Brian Anderson, country western singer Tammy Cochran and Betsy Cowles, the nationally famous innovator in early childhood education who once taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Austinburg and still has descendents living in the area. “The wax museum was really fun and just one of those things you always remember,” 2011 Geneva High School grad Jessica Coggins said. Coggins, now a junior at Wittenberg University, portrayed aviator Amelia Earhart in the first Austinburg Elementary Wax Museum twelve years ago.

Max Drees is considering a career in Hollywood as a movie director, and portrayed one of the professions greats, Ohio native Steven Spielberg, at Austinburg Elementary’s living wax museum.

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Have you seen this Site Solver? No one guessed last week’s photo, which was the back drop at Memorial Field in Jefferson. Guesses for this week can be sent in after 5 p.m. July 10 to (440) 576-9125 ext. 107.

Fourth-grader Austin Berkowitz assumed the role of Cy Young at Austinburg Elementary’s living wax museum.


Students keep Geneva history alive by Rae Ann gets five stars for service participating in Spencerian Penmanship Contest BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers

least 20 years of service.” Of the 84 patients Rae Ann Geneva has, roughly 30 percent are long term with the rest being skilled rehabilitation patients. Griffiths also believes that their firm commitment to helping residents achieve independence is another factor in the success they’ve earned and maintained over the years. “I’m the owner and I walk through the door’s an advantage we have over corporate facilities,” he said. The Griffiths family has owned Rae Ann Geneva since 1979 while John Griffiths has been the administrator since 1985, but for him it all comes down to the high-quality staff. “They know the job they have to do and they do it every single day and that’s what’s brought us to this point,” he said.

BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools

GENEVA - When it comes to the celebrating the importance of keeping history alive at Geneva-Platt R. Spencer Elementary School (GPS), the writing is literally on the wall. The building’s main entrance is adorned with hand carved sandstone signage depicting its name in Spencerian script. The decorative lintel was created using a template designed by internationally renowned Spencerian Master Penman Michael Sull to commemorate the building’s heritage. The building is named for Platt Rogers Spencer, the internationally renowned Geneva resident who created the flowing script which bears his name. GPS students, who walk beneath the iconic signage each day when they enter their school building, also do their parts to preserve the history of their building through their participation in the annual Spencerian Penmanship Contest. This year Joanna Reynoso Valadez, Kathy Cole and Caleb Frady were named grade level winners in the competition. Reynoso Valadez is the Grade 5 winner, Cole is the Grade 3 and 4 winner and Frady is the Grade 1 and 2 winner. GPS Principal Michael Penzenik explained that students entering the contest are provided with a PHOTO BY JAN PERALA FOR GENEVA SCHOOLS brief passage to copy using the cursive writing style Geneva Platt R. Spencer Elementary (GPS) School students pioneered by Platt Rogers Spencer. Winning entries Joanna Reynoso Valadez, Kathy Cole and Jacob Frady are exhibit the best execution of the cursive writing grade level winners in the annual Spencerian Penmanship technique. Contest. The contest requires entrants to copy a brief passage “Our students look forward to participating in using the flowing cursive writing style pioneered by Platt Rogers the Spencerian Penmanship Contest every year,” Spencer, often referred to as the father of American ASHTABULA - The City of Ashtabula has received nu- Penzenik said. “It takes patience along with smooth penmanship. Reynoso Valadez is the Grade 5 winner, Cole is merous reports of flooded streets and basements throughout motions of the hand to submit an entry of their cur- the Grade 3 and 4 winner and Frady is the Grade 1 and 2 our area. We have been working with the County and State of sive writing with no mistakes.” winner. They are pictured with GPS Principal Michael Penzenik. Ohio EMA to assess what funding, if any could be available. The damage is not significant or widespread enough to seek a federal declaration, leaving only the State Disaster Assistance Programs to apply for. There are two; one for individuals and the other for governments. The triggering threshold for the Individuals Assistance Program (IA) is 25+ structures with 40% or more major or deThe Ashtabula County Jazz Festival featuring solo piastroyed levels of damage. The types of damage in these levels include substantial damage to the home requiring more than nist Bill Dobbins playing the music of Bill Evans will occur 30 days to repair, roof elements such as trusses, decking or on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets at First Congregaframing to be damaged or missing and/or complete failure of Church in downtown Ashtabula. Bassist Dave Morgan, tional UCC, 41 E. Jefferson St., in Jefferson on Monday saxophonist Ed Michaels, and pianist Dr. Timothy Kalil nights at 8 p.m. two or more major structural components to name a few. Though the Ohio EMA (OEMA) is sensitive to the incon- will also perform at the Reception. The concert is free and venience and potential financial burden of basement water open to the public and a free and open ”Meet-theback-up, it is not considered major damage. Therefore, based Artists” Reception follows the recital. Sponsored by the Fine on the damage assessments done by the Ashtabula Fire De- Arts Concert Committee of the Church. FMI phone 440partment on June 27 and 28 along with other information 992-8100 or visit Address for we’ve been able to collect, we do not have enough damage to GPS/MapQuest: 4901 Main Ave., zip 44004. Weight Watchers meets at the First Congregational homes to qualify. UCC, 41 E. Jefferson St., in Jefferson, on Tuesday nights The City is still assessing damage to our infrastructure at 5:30 p.m. and the cost of debris removal to determine if the City can The Kiwanis Club of Geneva will hold a pancake breakqualify for the Public Assistance Program (PA). The triggering threshold is half of 1 percent of the City’s operating bud- fast at the Geneva Methodist Church on Saturday, July get; about $135,000.00. The City will continue to collect de- 27, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be two choices bris from the flooding at the Transfer Station until Thursday, on the menu: all the pancakes you can eat served with two The Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson July 11, 2013. Residents who still have damaged material sausage links or a large serving of sausage gravy served must be weighted at the station before dumping. Your ad- with biscuits. Prices are: adults, $6; seniors, $5; elemen- St., will be providing a free, family-style, hearty homedress will be collected and there is no charge for this if your tary children, $3; and children under five, free. There will cooked meal the first and third Tuesday of each month from also be a Chinese Auction including a bicycle, and a 50/50 4-6 p.m. All persons in the area are welcome to come enjoy home experienced flooding. Please call the Manager’s office at (440) 992-7103 between drawing. All proceeds will go directly to the completion of a good food, and share conversations in the warmth of Christhe hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for further information or if walkway, bike path, roller blading area, and wheelchair tian love. walk to be installed at Kiwanis Park. This walkway will you have any other questions. greatly benefit the community. GENEVA – Rae Ann Geneva Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has just been awarded the five star rating by the Ohio Department of Health and recently received a deficiency free survey this year. Only ten percent of the skilled nursing facilities in Ohio receive this special designation based upon a health inspection history and staffing and quality measures. Owner/Administrator John Griffiths believes the longevity of his staff has everything to do with his facility’s success. “I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve had staff with me such a long time,” said Griffiths. “I believe the average length of time for department heads is about 15 years, with several having at

Update on Ashtabula flooding

Religious Briefs

July 26 Ashtabula: Jazz Festival Alcoholics Anonymous meets

in Jefferson

Weight Watchers meets in Jefferson

July 27 Geneva: Pancake breakfast

Jefferson United Methodist Church invites public to Christian Cafe

Next produce giveaway Aug. 2-3 Kingsville: to be held July 25 Rummage Sale

Upcoming VBS

• Austinburg First United Church of Christ, located at 2870 Rt. 307, Austinburg, invites Children to Kingdom Saint Andrew’s Church, located at 3700 St. Rt. 193, will Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God. Registration forms JEFFERSON - The next produce giveaway will return to hold a rummage sale in the church hall from 9 a.m. to 6 available at The VBS will be held St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson on July 25. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 89 E. Satin St., will p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Light refreshments from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, through July 12. Cost is be giving away free produce to residents on the third Thurs- will be served. All proceeds benefit the St. Andrew’s Church $10 per child. days of the month in May, June, July, August and September. Driveway Fund. The remaining dates will be July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 26. • Jefferson United Methodist Church will sponsor a The church is holding the giveaway as part of its partnerVacation Bible School from Monday, July 15, to Friday, July ship with the Cleveland Food Bank, Manna Food Pantry Di19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 125 E. Jefferson St. rector Sharon Piper said. Piper said the food pantry is open to All children Pre-K through sixth grade are welcome to only Jefferson-area residents, but the produce giveaway is spend the week with us, as we learn, grow together, share open to any low-income family in Ashtabula County. experiences and God’s love. Please call the church office to On the produce giveaway days, the Cleveland Food Bank register your child. Registrations will be taken that first will bring a truck full of food to the church, Piper said. The A Bible study group meets every Thursday in day, but we’d appreciate advance notice if possible. truck arrives at about 9 a.m., giving the volunteers about an Ashtabula. Open to the public - not affiliated with or proPlease call the church office at 576-4561 for more info hour to set up before opening up the giveaway to the public at moting any particular church denomination. Grab a coffee or to get a registration form. 10 a.m. and join the group at McDonald’s, 918 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, The giveaway lasts until noon, but usually the food is gone OH. Bring your Bible and any questions you might have. • The Bulah Calvary United Methodist Church, located before then, Piper said. She said if any produce remains after View the website at or call (440) at 2070 Rt. 193, will hold a Vacation Bible School from 9:30everyone goes through the line, people who remained can go 228-6157. 11:30 a.m. July 22-25. Come to have fun and learn. All are through again. welcome. Although the produce is free, people will be asked to fill out paperwork with their name, address, phone number and • Orwell United Methodist Church, located at 80 South number of family members. Maple St., will hold the SonWest Roundup Vacation Bible The produce given away can range from bags of potatoes, School from 6-8:15 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. for all chilvarious fruits and vegetables and sometimes even bread. Much Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the summer months dren ages three through sixth grade. For more informaof the food is grown in Ohio, Piper said. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 933 Michigan Avenue, tion, call: 440-437-8225. The program will include games, People are encouraged to bring their own bags to carry the Ashtabula, OH. All are welcome to worship with us. crafts, music, skits, snacks and Bible stories. This is a joint produce in, but bags also will be available at the site. VBS involving several area churches.

Ongoing Bible Study group continues to meet

Bethany Lutheran Church announces summer worship hours


Commissioners approve easement agreement

Park life

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers


A family of Muscovy ducks search for food at the Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula Township.

property is owned by the board of commissioners. Harpersfield Township H A R P E R S F I E L D officials requested the easeTOWNSHIP The ment because they wish to Ashtabula County commis- expand the driveway to acsioners authorized the ex- commodate fire trucks enecution of an easement tering and leaving the gaagreement for property in rage, for personal and comHarpersfield Township dur- mercial vehicles to access ing their meeting on Tues- the building and grounds day, July 2. and to allow for vehicle Harpersfield Township parking at the Harpersfield Board of Trustees Chair Township Building. Clifford Henry had reThe Ashtabula County quested that the commis- Engineer’s Office completed sioners grant an easement a survey of the area and of 30 feet on the south side found the easement meets of the Ashtabula County the Ohio State Minimum property at 1501 standards, so the commisHarpersfield Road. The sioners granted the request.

From the superintendent’s desk BY MARY D. ZAPPITELLI Superintendent Geneva Area City Schools

Take a visit to one of Ashtabula County’s parks this summer, as wildlife is on display, such as this duck taking a swim at the duck pond at Lake Shore Park.

Majestic swans also can be viewed at the duck pond at Lake Shore Park.

A Muscovy duck waits for someone to come along and feed it.

Last week I sent an email in response to some questions recently raised about the board of education meetings using my Key Communicator mass email distribution list. This list was created about four years ago as a way to communicate with people who had A goose takes a nap Friday afternoon at Lake Shore Park. an interest in the Geneva Schools but perhaps did not have a direct link with the district, such as a student in school. If you would like to be included on this list, please email me at Regarding the Board of Education Meetings: Board minutes are posted on the website after they are approved at the board meeting. The Five-Year Forecast and other financial reports are also on the website, Minutes are sometimes 15 pages in length and are not typically read aloud due to time constraints. Agendas, agenda modifications, and financial reports are available at the meetings for those in attendance. At the June 6, 2013 special meeting, Board Policy 0169.1Dozens of ducks can be seen resting or taking a dip in Public Participation at Board the water at Lake Shore Park. Meetings was also distributed since the purpose of the meeting was to hear discussion regarding the re-employment of the superintendent. This is also done periodically to remind participants of the appropriate procedure when addressing the board. Written responses are sent to those asking specific questions to allow time for research of the facts and figures that may be requested and to ensure that nothing is lost in the translation. Regarding Memorial Field: Memorial Field is owned by the school district. After the fire, and after the agreements with SPIRE (Building Usage Agreement and Land Usage Agreement) were terminated, meetings were held with the City to discuss the remediation and future uses for Memorial Field. Discussions concerning options and future plans also took place at board meetings with positive responses and feedback from those in attendance. The district received three insurance checks totaling $298,565. The site was evaluated by engineers, and it was determined that the replacement cost for the grandstands far exceeded the insurThis duck waits by the water’s edge. ance money. Current insur-

ance climates create difficulties and limitations insuring older structures. Insuring older facilities for current replacement figures is almost impossible, forcing entities to insure such structures for the actual cash value. With the goal of seeing Memorial Field being used by the public again, it was determined by the full board, the City of Geneva and several other interested groups such as Little League Football and Soccer Programs, that the liability of the stands necessitated the need for remediation. We understand that this has not been a popular decision with a segment of our community. However, this was necessary so public use of Memorial Field could begin as soon as possible. The question was asked about who owns the steel from the bleachers. It belongs to the company performing the demo work, and is figured into the price when making a quote. To date, steel from the bleachers has been valued at approximately $7,300, which does not include hauling it to the scrap site. Regarding SPIRE: The agreements were terminated between the district and SPIRE because of a “change in circumstances,” meaning SPIRE’s Academy went in a different direction and they no longer needed the building lease for the high school or the land lease to develop the fields around the high school The Sports Usage Agreement with SPIRE was amended and is still in place. In this agreement, the board pays SPIRE $20,000/year to use their facilities for all football and track, and control of Memorial Field was returned to the district. Other district events, such as graduation and some soccer matches, take place at SPIRE at no cost to the district. School Boards are faced with decisions that impact the community as well as students. Some of those decisions will be popular and some will be unpopular. Ultimately, these decisions must be made in the best interest of the district and the education of our students. The decisions cannot be based on emotions and/or personal opinion or in succumbing to the influence of individuals or special interest groups as indicated in the board code of ethics. Written responses to those who spoke during the public portion of the meeting have been mailed.


Bench dedicated Bella Teresina Inn open for business in Metcalf’s honor


Cee Jay Metcalf thanks supporters during a dedication ceremony Tuesday at Peleg Sweet Park in Ashtabula Township. Cee Jay Metcalf had a bench made to honor his slain son, U.S. Army Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf, who was killed April 22, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Friends and family came out for the ribbon cutting last month for the new Bella Teresina Inn, located at 6544 North River Road West in Geneva BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers GENEVA – Bella Teresina Inn is open for business. The 1950’s farmhouse was comA Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart Medal are pletely renovated and is now placed on the bench honoring slain U.S. Army Pfc. a quaint luxury style bed and Michael J. Metcalf following a dedication ceremony breakfast that opened June 1. Innkeepers Jeff and Tuesday at Peleg Sweet Park in Ashtabula Township. Michael’s father Cee Jay Metcalf had the bench built to Danielle DiDonato searched for three years before finding honor his only son. the 17-acre property situated in the middle of the Grand River Valley Wine Region, at 6544 North River Road West. After having worked together for several years in the funeral business, the DiDonatos

found themselves ready for a change. “We’re service minded. We’re all about taking care of people. When we decided to open the inn it came natural to us,” Danielle said. Named after Jeff ’s grandmother, “Bella Teresina” means “Beautiful Theresa” in Italian. “The name is intended to pay homage to our wonderful grandmothers by paying forward all of the kindness, beauty, and gentleness, and lest we forget - the wonderful food that Grandma Theresa shared with us for 88 years,

with our guests,” she said. The four guest rooms are all well appointed with iPod/ alarm clock/radio combinations; ironing board and iron; a hair dryer; TV/DVD with a movie library; and a refrigerator while high speed wireless internet is available throughout the Inn. There is also an outdoor hot tub for guests. When it comes to knowing the area and being able to recommend activities, the inn keepers are up for the job as both were raised in Ashtabula County. “We were both born and raised here and are knowl-

edgeable of the area,” she said. “We can make recommendations for specialized experiences from wine tasting to canoeing to the metroparks to the covered bridges.” Having been open just a little over a month, the business is going very well. “We’ve had guests from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Warren, and Akron. Other local inns have referred guests to us if they have no availability. It’s been an awesome welcome we’ve received,” she said. For reservations, call 3614044 or book online at www.

Dorset Township working on summer projects BY MELINDA FRANCIS Gazette Newspapers DORSET TOWNSHIP – During its last regular meeting Monday, July 1, Dorset Township trustees discussed the summer paving project, said Fiscal Officer Caroline Lockwood. Patti Metcalf takes a picture of the bench honoring slain The county is set to do the U.S. Army Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf. Abbie Metcalf, 8, arranges a Bronze Medal, a Purple Heart Medal and an American flag.

overlay and seal coating for one mile of Kyle Road and onehalf mile of Russell Road, Lockwood added. “No date has been set. We have to get in line with the county,” she said. The project cost is $54,000. Also being done this summer is two miles of sealcoating on various townhsip roads.

“The total cost for that is $17,200,” she said. In other business: • Trustees discuss the sale of the Ford 5000 tractor, which as a formality was declared obsolete. No price has been set yet, Lockwood said. “We’re downsizing with some of our machinery. We still have another tractor for

mowing.” • Discussed the sale of township property at 2734 State Route 193, which houses restaurant Chili Piaz. “Ed Curie was hired to appraise the property for us,” Lockwood said. The trustees should have the report for their next meeting.

VBS at Austinburg First United Church of Christ PHOTOS BY MELINDA FRANCIS

Emma Lynn ReyBack plays hide and seek right after snack time during Autinburg First United Church of Christ’s Vacation Bible School Monday, July 8. Delaney Paxton and Daniel Freeman, both of Austinburg, enjoy snack time. Alex Montgomery, 7, came all the way from Concord to attend Vacation Bible School this week at Austinburg First United Church of Christ. Cee Jay Metcalf has a moment of silence after uncovering the bench he had made to honor slain U.S. Army Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf.

Janessa Kosik (left), Shayla Baker, Amelia Armington, and Yemahri Stallworth practice a dance during Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School Monday night.


Vacant land parcel zoned for light industrial use sold near Shores Village BY DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

Kiko explained before the bidding started that the 60-plus acres zoned light ROAMING SHORES-A industrial has water and 60.4-acre land parcel on sewer available from Rome Rock Creek Road was Roaming Shores Village. It sold at auction June 27 to was to be bid out for sale in Bruner Land Co. of Guern- two parcels, first the land sey County. Randall Car- only, then just the mineral penter, representing rights for gas and oil. After Bruner Land Co., one or those successful bids were two other unidentified buy- in, then Kiko started the ers plus some two dozen bidding for both the land Shores Village residents at- and mineral rights totended the Kiko Auction gether. Co. sale of the land owned But none of the bidding by local contractor Dennis parties chose to bid on both Crandall and wife Kathy of parcels. Bruner Lane Co. Roaming Shores. bought the land only. An Russell Kiko with Kiko unidentified person, acAssociates, Inc. in Canton cording to Kiko, took the and his son, Randall, led mineral rights bid for the the bidding process, which $2,365 per acre. began about 6 p.m. All the parties involved Bruner Land Co. repre- in the sale were required to sentative bought only the pay by check that evening land for $1,375 an acre. An- 10 percent of the total cost other unidentified bidder of their purchase to Kiko purchased separately the Associates, Inc., said Kiko Crandall family’s gas and Sr. oil mineral rights only for The entire sale of the $2,365 per acre. two separate parcel totaled

$225,896, said Randall Kiko, who accompanied his father to run the land auction sale. “We thought it would bring in more. We do a lot of land and auction sales up here in Ashtabula County and elsewhere. Bruner Lane Co. is usually at some of our land auctions,” said Kiko. The 60.4 acres is an oddshaped parcel and abuts the Western Reserve Greenway Trail, a recreation trail owned by Ashtabula County Metroparks stretching from up near Ashtabula city all the way south to and into Trumbull County. The zoning designation of light industrial use for this parcel was established a number of years ago by Roaming Shores Village officials. There are two access points to Rome Rock Creek Road for the land landowner. Owner Dennis Crandall said the parcel had been

timbered out about 35 to 40 years ago before he acquired it. Interest in who was going to purchase the 60.4acre tract of mostly woods with a small pond brought a few neighboring property owners living along Oriole and Cardinal Drives, which is close to the entrance to the 60.4 acres parcel. Vonnie Hayden, a Shores Village resident, said afterwards, “I came to see who is going to develop this land. It has several designated wetlands area on it according to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers maps. Some of us (residents) are concerned about the buffer distance in the village zoning code from adjacent property lines.” Carpenter, when asked what Bruner Land Co. will do with the land, replied, “We will put the land back up for sale. We have other Dennis Crandall and wife Kathy of Roaming Shores listen land for sale in Ashtabula as the bidding starts on their 60.4-acres parcel located County with out listings.” on Rome Rock Creek Road.

Neighbors along Oriole Drive and other bystanders chat before the land auction sale begins on June 27 in the Morgan Township portion of Roaming Shores Village.


Randall Carpenter, representative of Bruner Land Co., talks with Shores Village resident Vonnie Hayden about the company’s plans for selling or developing the 60.4-acres parcel purchased June 27 near the village on Rome Rock Creek Road.

This group of interested bystanders and possible buyers attended the June 27 auction Russell Kiko with Kiko Associates Inc. of Canton (at table) conducts the auction of the sale of a 60.4-acre light industrial zoned land located on Rome Rock Creek Road in 60.4 acres parcel last week and gets a nod from bidder Randall Carpenter with Bruner Shores Village and Morgan Township. Land Co. of Guernsey County in Ohio, who put in the last bid to acquire the property.

Post 152 hits past Post 111 BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

game. Teddy Williams later scored on passed ball and Justin Foister who walked JEFFERSON – Jefferson on the play was thrown out Post 152 hosted the trying to take second. Meadville Shockers Post 111 Post 152 answered in in a recent Legion baseball their half of the first inning game. Jared Dean started on as Steven Houser reached on the mound for Post 152, an error and was bunted while Zach Darling toed the over to second by Travis rubber for Post 111. Kiser. Brett Powers reached Darling singled to start on a walk to make it first and the game and was moved second with one out. over to second on a bunt by House later stole third Trevor Miller. Teddy Will- and scored on an overthrow. iams and Zach Grill loaded Powers who made it to third the bases with walks. Dar- on the play also scored on a ling was then able to steal wild pitch to tie the game at home for the first run of the 2-2.

Post 111 looked to retake the lead in the second inning as Matt Keenan reached on a dropped third strike. Dane Stokes walked as the first two batters reached in the inning. Dean was able to catch a break as he induced a double play on a bunt by Jason Reaugh. Dean threw it to third for the first out and Ryan Zindash threw it to first for the second out of the inning. Darling later grounded out in the inning to keep the game at 2-2.

See BASEBALL page 11A


Jared Dean pitches for Jefferson Post 152 during a game against Post 111.

Travis Kiser bats for Jefferson Post 152 during a Legion match-up against the Meadville Shockers Post 111.


John Brown and Ashtabula County Harper’s Ferry, Mr. Howells gave the incident about two inches of space. BUT the next week, and for several weeks thereafter, the paper BY MELINDA FRANCIS Dangerfield P. Newby was replete with stories and Gazette Newspapers worked as a blacksmith for alarms. The discovery of a numSmith Edwards on the ber of letters at the Kennedy This is the second part of Jefferson-Dorset Road. Chapter Five of John Brown In 1858 and 1859, mail farm in Maryland, where the And Ashtabula County. The intended for John Brown expedition had headquaralarmed many first part appeared last and his son, John Brown , ters, week, but originally ran in Jr., came addressed to J. Ashtbaula County people. Many of them had unwitThe Jefferson Gazette dur- Smith & Son, care of Horace ing the fall of 1954. This Lindsley, whose home tingly penned evidence that piece is part of a series stands on the Creek Road in might involve them as conauthored by the editor, Chet West Andover. This fact can spirators, although none of Lampson. be proven by a letter signed them had been told of by J. Brown and sent to J. Brown’s mad plan to attack Brown’s Men Worked Henri (Kagy), which read, the United States arsenal. on Farms Here “Write often, directing to J. Capt. John Brown, Jr., freDuring the summer of Smith, under cover to quently stated that his fa1859, twelve of the men who Horace Lindsley, as before.” ther never mentioned any went to Harper’s Ferry were In the Ashtabula County such plan to him. He, and employed on farms in Sentinel published the same many here knew that Cherry Valley, Andover, week in October of 1859 that Brown’s scheme was to disWayne and Williamsfield. the attack was made on tribute arms shipped to

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Maryland in places in the Virginia mountains, making them available to escaping slaves to aid them to get north to freedom. There is no evidence that Congressman Giddings knew that the arsenal attack was in Brown’s mind. Giddings became the target for all manner of charges, since his position against slavery was common knowledge. In May of 1859, Giddings led some 2,000 Ashtabula County people to a big rally in Cleveland, where it had been proposed that the mob gathered there would storm the county jail and release the men who had been arrested for aiding a runaway slave boy in escaping his captors in Wellington, Ohio. At Cleveland, tempers cooled. Mr. Giddings did not

make any inflammatory address. The county sheriff invited any who desired to visit the prisoners in jail. On that day, the little steamer Michigan, the only armed craft on the Lakes, was held broadside near the shore of the lake at Cleveland, ready to fire, if and when its captain felt he should intervene in any disorder.

famous Marquis Lafayette. John Brown invited Charles Garlick, an escaped slave, to join him. Garlick declined. He lived in the back room of Giddings’s law office. I knew him very well. Shortly after Mr. perry knew he had a valuable relic, he sent it back to Col. Lewis Washington at Harper’s Ferry. I don not know who brought this pistol to Andover. It was taken by J.E. Cook, who was at Harper’s Ferry on December 16, 1859, but who escaped. He was captured in Pennsylvania and hung at Charlestown, Virginia. Probably the pistol came through Francis J. Merriman, whose name does not appear on the list of 19 names cited in the Senate report, page 44. It is known that Merriman came to Andover about the time James Redpath, historian and biographer of James Brown, appeared seeking protection, as each was wanted by the Senate Committee and by the State of Virginia. Five men, three of whom were at or near Harper’s Ferry on the night of Dec. 16, 1859, came to Ashtabula County as soon as they were able to escape pursuers. Those were Owen Brown, O.P. Anderson, Barclay Coppic, Francis Merrimen and James Redpath. Ten of the whites and two Negroes in Brown’s company were killed in the battle. Brown and Aaron C. Stevens were seriously wounded. Only one white man escaped without a wound. Edwin Coppic, brother of Barclay, one of the men not in the battle to escape. Cook and Anderson were under fire but neither was injured.

The Committee of One Hundred Prior to the excursion of anti-slavery men and women to Cleveland, Congressman Giddings held a meeting in the common pleas court room of trusted men, leading anti-slavery men, at which plans were made for the Cleveland trip, and some heated discussion about secession of the State of Ohio from the Union. Aside from the meeting and its general purpose, little is known about it. The name later used was “Committee of 100” Mr. A.C. Hawkes and other sources of evidence prove that John Brown seGENEVA – Af te r 2 0 cured the aid of Grotius years of roasting specialty Giddings, son of the concoffees, the owners of gressman, to organize Scribblers Coffee Company camps of the Sons of Freeopen their doors to offer so dom, and that some of these much more than great cofcamp members became fee. members of the Black String On Monday, a dream organization, founded first two decades in the making at West Andover by Bencame to reality as a new jamin Perry. John Brown family owned and operated spent his last night in coffeehouse opened. Ashtabula County as a The business is made guest of the perry family at complete with on-site West Andover. roasting, a full made-fromI was not able to obtain scratch-daily food menu, a any special information free private meeting room from Mr. perry himself. I that holds up to 40 and free know that he had a flintlock wi-fi. pistol taken from Lewis W. In 1993 during the time Washington, a resident of of the gourmet coffee craze Harper’s Ferry, by one of of the west coast U.S, Ed Brown’s men and brought to SUBMITTED PHOTOS Andover. This pistol had and Judy Fleisher traveled Scribblers Coffee Co. recently opened in the City of Geneva. to Seattle, WA, to get a been given to President (To be continued) taste of what the hype was Scribblers Coffee Company beans and specialty gift CHET LAMPSON The same original George Washington by the all about. as a side venture while baskets on its website: roaster from 1993 and per“We were amazed by the still maintaining their ca- fected recipes are still used coffee carts on every corner reers. In 2007, Ed retired But the biggest venture today. Customers are enserving espresso drinks as from Ashtabula County of their lives began two couraged to watch the you walk by. We thought it Jobs and Family Services years ago when they de- roasting process during would be wonderful to and Judy retired from the cided to purchase a build- business hours to get the bring gourmet coffee to Conneaut School system. ing in downtown Geneva full experience of the cofGeneva,” Ed explained During those years they on South Broadway. Day feehouse. The Fleishers, who live sold Scribblers coffee to after day they renovated Judy leads the baking in southern Geneva, re- small business retails the building, which housed crew in the kitchen to put turned to their home in stores throughout the the original Geneva Com- out freshly baked breads 1993 and decided to pur- area, such as Better n munity Hospital until for the sandwiches, along chase a 25-pound capacity Bulk, Spring Hill Winery, 1951, then a nursing home, with endless pastries, roaster. They began experi- Orlando’s Golden Dawn, and most recently, a cakes, muffins, brownies, menting on roast profiles Madison Country Store, beauty salon. quiches, pies and cinnamon and over time learned all Brandt’s Orchard, Basic “The support and antici- rolls just to name a few. about coffee beans, their Ingredients, Chapman’s pation in the community “I have been working on origins, and how to turn Food Service and many has been overwhelming. recipes for two years to get them into an excellent cup more. Everywhere I would go the food just right,” Judy of coffee. In 2008, Scribblers ex- people were asking when explained. “I believe in usFor 15 years the panded by offering coffee we were going to open,” Ed ing fresh, quality ingrediFleishers had operated products including bagged mused. ents that complement our specialty coffees and teas.” In addition to the desserts, Scribblers serves Panini-style sandwiches, hearty salads and fresh fruits. All are made-fromscratch every day. Scribblers is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week and offers breakfast and lunch/dinner items along with fresh brewed coffee and teas. There is also a full espresso bar menu including cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, iced drinks and so much more. “Our biggest hope is that we are viewed as a warm, inviting gathering place where people feel at **Item must be $1,000 or less. Scribblers Coffee Co. is now serving customers. home,” Judy added.

Geneva-based coffee roasting company opens new café downtown



Dragons overcome slow start for big win over Warriors BY BYRON C.WESSELL Gazette NEWSPAPERS

Lakeside was forced to punt once again. Amas Gildersleeve ASHTABULA – The helped the Dragons out on Lakeside Dragons alumni defense with the first of his football team made up two interceptions in the plays from Ashtabula High game. School, Harbor High School The Dragons went on a and Lakeside High School roll offensively as Patrick hosted the Edgewood War- Haywood, Herdy Christian riors alumni football team and Derrell McCaleb all on Friday, June 28. ran the ball for the DragDefense ruled the game ons. Cooper connected with early on as Edgewood Tyrone Barnes for 15 yards forced Lakeside to punt the before a 14-yard run by ball twice. Shane Styzej, McCaleb. The Dragons kept Justin Rodriquez and Josh the momentum going as Bilbie helped Edgewood Cooper was able to find stop Lakeside on their first Shahee Siler for a 40-yard drive. pass to set up a touchdown A block in the back ne- run by Derrell McCaleb. gated a nice return by Edgewood looked to anDevin McCaleb on the War- swer as Devin McCaleb riors first drive. Lakeside picked up nine yards on the was also able to force ground. However, an intenEdgewood to punt on their tional grounding put the opening drive. Warriors in a tough spot as Stephen Ball and Cole Adrian Matthers picked up Baldwin helped Edgewood an interception. force another Lakeside Lakeside kept running punt. the ball behind Derrell The Warriors most of the McCaleb and Herdy Chrisremaining first quarter tian, but eventually turned clock to score the first the ball over on downs. touchdown of the game. Edgewood looked to Peter Mackey had three big score before halftime as completions on the drive. Evan Hamilton and Devin Ricky Kaydo had a 16 yard McCaleb each had a nice catch and Devin McCaleb run. The Warriors looked to had two catches for 16 have run out of time before yards and 22 yards. After a a pair of penalties gave pair of short runs by Evan them one final play before Hamilton the Lakeside de- the half. Peter Mackey apfense looked to stiffen up peared to score on a rollbehind Mitch Malasky. out, but the touchdown was Lakeside forced a fumble erased due to a holding as on Hamilton’s next carry, the half ended. however Mackey scooped Devin McCaleb started the ball up and ran it in for the second half with ana touchdown. other long run for the WarOlajuwon Cooper just riors, but some of the yardmissed Shahee Silver on a age was canceled out due to pair of long passes as holding. The Lakeside de-

fense then stepped up as Shawn Dell and Christopher Bednarski picked up sacks to force a punt. The Lakeside offense then turned things up as Derrell McCaleb returned the punt 55-yards before Cole Baldwin made a touchdown saving tackle. The Dragons didn’t have far to go after Siler picked up a first down run and Herdy Christian picked up five more yards. Olajuwon Cooper made it 12-6 with a twoyard touchdown run. Derrell McCaleb scored the two point conversion to make it 14-6. The Dragons would get the ball right back after a turnover on downs. Patrick Haywood picked up a 14yard gain. McCaleb and Haywood would combine for another first down to put the Dragons on the sixyard line. Cooper went on to score his second rushing touchdown of the game and McCaleb again ran in the two point conversion. Devin McCaleb kept tacking on yards for the Warriors with another first down run. Evan Hamilton picked up his own first down after three carries. Josh Laveck then came away with a sack for Lakeside as the drive stalled. Matt Lockwood and Aaron Lawrence helped the Warriors get the ball back on defense. However, Amas Gildersleeve picked up his second interception of t he gam e. Der r el l McCaleb gained 35-yards on the ground before he and Haywood combined for

another first down. Christian Severino would get the ball back for the Warriors after a lateral behind the line of scrimmage was scooped up for a fumble recovery. The Warriors eventually turned the ball over on downs as Lakeside continued to go for the score. A 67-yard pass from Cooper to Tyrone Barnes did most of the damage. Patrick Haywood picked up a first down before a 14-yard touchdown run by Tyler Scalise. The Dragons went up 30-6 after a two point conversion by Haywood. The game would come to an end after an interception by Shahee Siler. Derrell McCaleb was named player of the game PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL for Lakeside, while Devin Olajuwon Cooper gets ready for the snap as the Lakeside McCaleb was named player Dragons alumni football team hosted the Edgewood of the game for Edgewood. Warriors.

The Lakeside Dragons huddle up on offense during an alumni football game against Edgewood.

Herdy Christian carries the ball for Lakeside as they played Edgewood in a recent alumni football game. The Edgewood Warriors get ready to run a play in an alumni football game against Lakeside.

Peter Mackey runs a play for the Edgewood Warriors alumni football team.

The Edgewood Warriors set up on defense during an alumni football game against Lakeside.



BASEBALL Post 152 had their own base runner reach on a dropped third strike in the second inning. Dean reached on a dropped third strike and David Smalley walked. Dean went on to steal third and scored on a balk. Steve Jewell made it first and third with another walk. Smalley went on to score on a throw down to second on a stolen base by Jewell to make it 4-2. The Shockers cut into the lead in the third inning as Trevor Miller was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Teddy Williams singled Miller over to third base. Justin Foister picked up an RBI groundout, making it 4-3. After Corey Stainbrock and Matt Keenan drew walks, Dean was able to pitch out of the jam with an inning ending strikeout. Jefferson had a big fiverun third inning to take a 93 lead. Brett Powers started the inning with a walk and stole second base. Hayford moved Powers to third on a groundout. Ryan Zindash reached on a bunt RBI single, making it 5-3. Zindash stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Jared Dean. Trevor Miller relieved Darling with one out and one on in the third inning. David Smalley then ripped a single up the middle off the pitcher to score Dean. Steve Jewell kept the hits coming with a single and Smalley was able to score on an overthrow. Jewell made it all the way to third on the throw and scored on an RBI groundout by Thomas

David Smalley plays first base for Jefferson Post 152 during a recent game agaisnt Meadville.

Falcons fall behind early in loss

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BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

Jefferson set itself up for disaster on their first play of the game on a bad snap to set them up for second and long. Kurtis Marsh picked up a short gain before a 15-yard pass from Michael Tobie to Dustin Romanowski. The Falcons were still forced to punt and another bad snap gave the Cardinals the ball at the oneyard line. Jared Irwin was able to capitalize with a one-yard touchdown to make it 12-0. Regis Burns gained the only positive yards on the Falcons next possession before another punt. Hart started the Cardinals next drive with a first down pass to Alex Spahn. Jared Irwin followed with a first down run before the quarter ended. Daniel VanDyke picked up his second sack of the game to help

the Falcons force a fourth and long. However, the Cardinals had no worries with a 12 point lead and elected to go for it. The boldness paid off as Hart was able to scamper in for a 33-yard touchdown run. The extra point by Chuck Schultz made it 19-0. The Falcons then ate up most of the second quarter with their drive which resulted in a touchdown reception to Ryan Banks. The drive started with a seven yard run by Michael Tobie and a first down reception by Banks. The Falcons then were set back by a bad snap, but a 23-yard pass to Dustin Romanowski gave the Falcons a first down. Tobie ran for another first down before an 18-yard connection to Romanowski. Tobie ran for nine-more yards before hook-

JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons alumni team hosted the Cochranton Cardinals on Saturday, June 29 at Falcon Pride Stadium. The Falcons started slow both on defense and offense as the Cardinals were able to run away with a 35-8 victory. Ryan Hart started the game with a long quarter Steve Jewell plays second back scramble after initially base for Jefferson Post 152 fumbling the snap. Jared during a game against Post Irwin followed with a nine111. yard run. Daniel VanDyke Bevins. momentarily sparked some Tristan Hayford relieved life into the Falcons with a Dean in the fourth inning. sack However, Hart was able Zach Darling picked up a one to convert on a pass to Alex out singled, stole a pair of Spahn for a first down. Ausbases and scored on an overthrow. Hayford was able to tin Andrews then came up pick up the next two outs as with a big 40-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. Post 152 led 9-4. Zach Grill walked to lead off the fifth inning, stole second and scored on an error. Dane Stokes also singled in the inning, but Matt Keenan was caught stealing to end the inning. Miller was able to pick up a one-two-three inning in the fifth as Jefferson went down in order. Meadville loaded the bases in the sixth inning as Kyle Lynch reached on an error, Teddy Williams singled and Zach Grill was hit by a pitch. Hayford was able to get the final out on a fielder’s Michael Tobie sets up in shotgun formation as the Jefferson Falcons alumni football choice to keep the score at 9- team hosted Cochranton. Jacob Girdler is at tackle, while Dustin Romanowski lines 5. PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL up in the slot. Post 152 added three runs in the sixth inning as Thomas Bevins and Steven Houser both singled to start eh inning. Miller was able to pick up two pop-ups for the next two outs, but Tristan Hayfrod came through with a two-run double. Zindash kept the inning going with an RBI single, making it 12-5. Ryan Zindash closed out the game for Jefferson as he struggled with his command early on. Corey Stainbrock and Matt Keenan each drew walks to start the inning. Zindash then picked up a fielder’s choice and ended the The Jefferson Falcons alumni football team gets ready on defense during a game game with two strikeouts. against Cochranton.


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ing up with Banks in the back of the end zone to make it 196. Michael Tobie would also run in the two point conversion after first taking heavy punishment at the goal line. The Cardinals looked to answer with another touchdown as they drove down the field. Hart had completions to both Alex Spahn and Mark Woge. Colton Slater came away with a big interception at the goal line to end the half for the Falcons. The Falcons were unable to take advantage of receiving the ball at halftime as another bad snap on the punt resulted in a safety. Hart then directed another drive down the field connecting with Irwin for a 35-yard gain. Hart ran the ball in the rest of the way to make it 28-8 after the extra point by Schultz. The Cardinals went on to win the game 35-8 as Ryan Hart picked up another touchdown. Casey Adams ended the game with an interception as the Cardinals ran out the ball. Jared Irwin was named player of the game for the Cardinals, while Dustin Romanowski was named player of the game for the Falcons.

Ryan Banks lines up for the Jefferson Falcons alumni football team during a game against Cochranton.

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