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(Nearly) back in session instructional day for students, with permission from the Ohio Department of Education, so teachers can focus on a day of professional development During this Waiver Day, teachers from other county schools will BY STEFANIE WESSELL meet at Jefferson Area High School Gazette Newspapers for professional meetings to develop knowledge and understandJEFFERSON - Students in the ing about the new Ohio academic Jefferson Area Local Schools Dis- teaching standards, Hladek said. trict likely are finishing up their Another similar county-wide back-to-school shopping this week, Waiver Day will be held Jan. 3. as they head back to school on Although they aren’t back to Tuesday, Aug. 30. school yet, there is one event stuAlthough the students won’t be dents can attend this week. If stusitting in class until next week, the dents are new to the Jefferson Area teachers and staff are returning Junior/Senior High School, they this Friday, Aug. 26. can attend orientation on 1:30 p.m. Friday is a county-wide Waiver Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Day that was agreed upon by all Jefferson Area Senior High School the county superintendents, JALS Auditorium. Superintendent Doug Hladek said. A Waiver Day involves waiving an See BACK TO SCHOOL page 6A

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Campus-style elementary schools dedicated in Ashtabula

Geneva Schools Memory Keepers preserve EAGLE Pride PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN

Ashtabula Area City Schools Board of Education member Steve Candela, AACS Treasurer William Hill and Project Manager Benjamin Pintabona say the Pledge of Allegiance along with future students of the new primary schools. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Ashtabula Area City Schools opened three of the elementary schools on the new campus on Wade Avenue on Saturday. The Huron, Ontario and Michigan buildings were dedicated and will be housing kindergarten through third-grade students at PHOTO AND ARTICLE BY JAN PERALA FOR GENEVA SCHOOLS the facilities. One time Geneva Eagles basketball stars (from left) Jennifer Crossley, The theme of the dedication was Larry Cumpston, Brad Ellis and Dale Arkenburg each have their seen on banners as background for enduring memories of practices and games played on the old the stage. The theme was, “All the Sherman Street high school’s gym floor. Central to the court and their recollections is the iconic Eagle emblem which was hand painted on the floor by teacher Carl Ludwigsen. The former hoops stars are pictured with the “Tuffy Eagle” logo which lives in memories shared by hundreds of GHS alumni. The portion of the floor emblazoned with the Eagle has been removed and preserved for posterity and will soon be on display at the new high school building on Rt. 84.

flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today,” which is from a Native American proverb. “This is truly a victory for all of us. This is our reward,” Janine Trebuchon-Wertz, president of the AACS school board, said. The dedication ceremony was held in the auditorium at the Huron building and was attended by future students, teachers and staff, as well as those who worked on the campus’ construction and the City of Ashtabula council members. “This is a spectacular achievement for all of us and this belongs

to all of us,” Trebuchon-Wertz said. Trebuchon-Wertz was very proud of what had been accomplished and in the continuing moving forward of the district. “This is a treasure that all of our children from this day and every day forward will benefit from,” Trebuchon-Wertz said. The design and building of the campus was a combined effort of the architect and contractors collaborating with those who would utilize the building to ensure a quality and effective environment.


Award-winning novelist Chris Crutcher visits Geneva High School

BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools GENEVA - Some memories are just meant for keeping and sharing and so it is with Geneva High School’s iconic “Tuffy Eagle” emblem which anchored the gym floor at the Sherman Street High School/ Junior High building for more than forty years. With the construction of the Geneva district’s new secondary and middle school structures and the scheduled demolition of the Sherman Street building, proud Geneva Eagles, determined to preserve their memories, arranged to have the Eagle emblem painstakingly removed and preserved. According to GHS Athletic Director Jennifer Crossley, the Eagle will soon have a new nest at the high school building on Rt. 84. “I played basketball on that floor,” said Crossley, “and I am just one of so many, many alumni who have their own unique memories of

the old gym and its Eagle. We are going to find a prominent place to display the Eagle at the new high school. It really is a symbol of Eagle Pride.” The Eagle has been the mascot for Geneva High School sports teams since the mid 1930s, but the “Tuffy Eagle” logo was not introduced until 1970 when legendary Geneva football coach Bob Herpy adapted the design from a similar Eagle: the team symbol at Ashland College, his alma mater. The cover of the 1975 Geneva High School yearbook, The Aquila, boasts a color depiction of the “Tuffy Eagle” created by long time industrial arts teacher Carl Ludwigsen. The yearbook staff paid tribute to Ludwigsen’s talents that year writing, “Did you ever wonder where those distinctive PHOTO BY JAN PERALA Eagles prominently placed all around the school - in the gym, on Geneva High School Library Club members welcomed acclaimed young adult author Chris Crutcher to their school for a day filled with large and small group discussions of his novels and insight into the creative See EAGLE PRIDE page 6A process. Pictured in the GHS Media Center are (from left) GHS English teacher John Marhefka, Stephanie Bowling, Crutcher, GHS Library Media Specialst Barbara Roth, Maryssa Pallant and Shana Spade.

Jefferson Historical Society Corn Fest crops up this Saturday BY CRAIG L. HOFIUS AND STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - With corn being ripe for the pickin’ these days, the Jefferson Historical Society will celebrate the summer crop this Saturday, Aug. 27. Corn will reign as king at the annual Jefferson Historical Society’s Corn Fest this Saturday as food and activities round out the day for Ashtabula County residents visiting the Village of Jefferson. The society’s Corn Fest will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Historical Society, located at 42 East Jefferson St. in the

former Trinity Episcopal Church. The Historical Society purchased the property from Henderson Memorial Public Library in 2006. Corn (what else!) will be featured as it is cooked outside on an open fire. It will also be featured in displays of ceramic glass, metal and plastic corn utensils. Games for children and adults will take on a corn theme. And, of course, in the kitchen there will be corn fritters, creamed chicken on corn bread, corn dogs and many other delicacies. Everything will, indeed, be coming up corn! “The society’s executive board tried to think of many ways to appeal to people of all ages. In the former sanctuary of the church, we will have a free quilt show. For children, there will be free games and crafts,” Jefferson Historical Society President Norma Waters said.

Visitors to the Corn Fest that Saturday also will learn about a particular type of doll. Area resident Jan Baber will demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls at 12 p.m. (noon). Children can make crafts from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will be games on the Jefferson Historical Society’s lawn (weather permitting) for the kids to play and win prizes. Other activities will be going on near the historical society, providing visitors the opportunity to make it a day in Jefferson Village. Additionally, the Farmers’ Market will be in progress behind the society’s headquarters. The First Congregational United Church of Christ will have rummage sales tables available. The Jefferson Rotary will be selling wheels of cheese.

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Barbara Hamilton (left) and Ron Watson taste an entry in the corn muffin contest held last year during the annual Jefferson Historical Society Corn Fest.



5.9 earthquake in Virginia felt in Ashtabula County BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

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JEFFERSON - Some Ashtabula County residents reported feeling an earthquake Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23, around 2 p.m. Officials with the Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency said they had received many reports of the earthquake being felt throughout the county. “At this time, no damages or injuries have been

reported,” officials said. At this point, officials believe residents were likely feeling the effects of an earthquake that struck in Virginia. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 (originally reported as 5.8) struck near Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was in Virginia. Besides northeast Ohio, the quake also was felt in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and even Illinois.

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Geneva residents Ray and Linda Riedel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26, 2011. They were guests of honor at a surprise picnic on July 2nd hosted by family and close friends. Ray and Linda are the parents of Kelly (Tatiana) Riedel of Chesterland, Jay Riedel of Geneva, and Loreen (Jason) Hobel of Geneva. The Riedels have four grandchildren: Sara and Adam Riedel of Chesterland and Cody and Tyler Hobel of Geneva. Congratulations, Ray and Linda!

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BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers G E N E VA - O N - T H E LAKE - The Old Firehouse Winery is preparing for its 23rd annual Celtic Festival for this weekend, Aug. 26-28. The festival is the largest Scottish and Irish Festival in northeast Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. The festival is featuring a “Free-Admission Friday” to start the festival off, and music will be playing throughout the weekend starting with West Side Steve’s Irish Show on Friday from 8 p.m. until midnight. Those who would like to enjoy the whole weekend will only be charged a one time admission fee of $7. The Old Firehouse Winery is also featuring Celticstyle food, such as corn beer and cabbage, haggus-on-astick and forfar bridies, a type of Scottish meat pie. For desserts they will offer irish coffee, Bailey’s Irish Creme and Coffee, Irish Scones and Bailey’s Irish Cheesecake. “As always, we’ll have both our regular menu and our special Celtic food available,” Dave Otto said. “With the fabulous food from the Firehouse, the vendors, the musicians, step dancers, bagpipers, you’ll surely be impressed with Ohio’s biggest combined Irish and Scottish festival.” Saturday’s events will begin with Sons of Gaels at noon and will run until 3 p.m. and will end with One

More Pint from 7 p.m. until midnight. Through the day other performances will be done, such as Donal O’Shaughnessy, Royal Scottish Dancers and Jenny May Highland Dance School, Forsythe Special with John Hoyle, Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance and Plaid Sabbath. Sunday will begin with another round of Donal O’Shaughnessy from noon to 4 p.m. and will be followed by Loch Erie, Burke School of Irish Dance, Gleann Mor Pipe Band, Brady-Campbell School of Irish Dance and Skully. Sunday will end with the performance of Mar’s Lane Band from 8 p.m. until midnight. The music ranges from the tradition Irish step dancing to a more modern Celtic twist of Celtic rock. “We are particularly excited about closing out Sunday night with Mary’s Lane, a Celtic rock band,” Otto said. The festival will also be accompanied by the Old Firehouse’s Art and Craft Show, which has taken place every Saturday this past summer. However, for the Celtic affair, many new vendors will participate, offering Irish and Scottish items. Full festival details are available at the Old Firehouse Winery’s website, located www.oldfirehouse Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@

Dining to Donate to benefit Habitat for Humanity The local Habitat for Humanity is gearing up to build its 16th house - it will be built in Ashtabula Township on Columbus Avenue. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of your check to Habitat for Humanity in Ashtabula County. Join us at this delicious fund raiser and invite a friend! We will also be raffling off a Family Movie and Game Night Basket. Raffle tickets can be purchased during the “Dining to Donate” event. You must bring the “Dining to Donate” flyer with you, anytime from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. To receive a flyer, contact Habitat for Humanity at 998-0400.




Plymouth Township spends Saturday with neighbors BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers P LY M O U T H T O W N SHIP - The Plymouth Township Meet Your Neighbor Day kicked off Saturday with the annual Brick Run. The run is a mile run on Brick Road. Those who placed received a brick to commemorate their achievement. “They win these beautiful bricks with their place in gold in the middle,” Trustee Debbie Friedstrom said. The Brick Run is separated by age, with adults being ages 18 and over and youth with the ages of 17 and younger. The top three of the adult race were Richard Palo, 20 years old, in first, and in second place was Traci Kitinja, 37 years old. In the youth category, Dane Frustatson, age eight, came in first, and Kristen van’tVeer, age 16, came in second. Although the race is separated by age, everyone runs at the same time. Both

Frustatson and van’tVeer beat some of their adult counterparts. The Meet Your Neighbor Day continued with registration of all the Plymouth Township neighbors. Games and food were provided. The children who attended the Vacation Bible School at Plymouth United Methodist Church performed the songs they had learned as a form of entertainment for those coming in during registration. A flag-raising ceremony was held, and all those who had passed away in the year were remembered with a prayer led by the Reverend Johnnie Swann and a moment of silence. “We ask that you give us the comfort and the peace we need to go day by day with their memories in our hearts but their physical presence no longer with us,” Swann said. Also at the event, the Plymouth Township Fire Department were reminding the residents of the importance of address signs being visible no matter what direction a vehicle is

coming down the road. The Fire Department is in the process of ordering signs with the number on both sides. “They are available any time,” Plymouth Township Fire Chief Bill Strubbe said. Many times people think of putting the number on the side where the mailman can see it, but in the case of an emergency, a safety vehicle needs to see the number no matter what direction they are coming from. “The number is not just there for the mailman,” Strubbe said. “The address needs to be identified on both directions.” Strubbe said the fire department has passed houses because they could not see the number, which therefore delayed response time. “If you want a fast response then we need to be able to find you real quick,” Strubbe said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@


Casey Lilac raises the flag to start Plymouth Township’s Meet Your Neighbor Day on Saturday.

Reverend Johnnie Swann says a prayer for all those who have passed away in the year since the last Meet Your Neighbor Day. Cookie Painter gives hugs to Thelma and Wallie Morris as she says hello to her friends and neighbors.

As the Star Spangled Banner is played on the trumpet, the residents of Plymouth Township put their hand on their hearts and remove their caps.

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Jodi Bugensky looks at her bag of free gifts after she registered herself and her family for Meet Your Neighbor Day.

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A group of seniors played a game of Bingo at the Jefferson Senior Center Tuesday morning, Aug. 23. Pictured, from left, are Artie House, Mary Jane Camp, Kathy Baboi, Betty Burlingame and volunteer Ralph Benetka. RIGHT: Durward A. Newhard signs in at the Jefferson Senior Center before playing a game of Bingo. Volunteer Ralph Benetka calls out Bingo numbers during a game at the Jefferson Senior Center. The seniors said they appreciate all of Benetka’s help throughout the years.

BELOW: Kathy Baboi looks for a number on her Bingo sheet.

Artie House and Mary Jane Camp play a game of Bingo on Tuesday morning at the Jefferson Senior Center.

Betty Burlingame listens to the number being called during a game of Bingo at the Jefferson Senior Center. “It’s like a second family,” Burlingame said of her friends at the senior center.

Leon UM Church celebrating 150th anniversary on Sunday Leon United Methodist Church is celebrating its Sesquicentennial 1861-2011. The church, located at the east end of Leon Rd on Stanhope Kellogsville Rd., will be the location of a major celebration on Sunday, Aug. 28. The Leon Church located in a rural cross section of Ashtabula has stood the test of time, survived and is ready to move forward in its efforts to share the gospel to all people and in all ways possible. Described in Ashtabula County historical records, “Leon is a Typical ‘Ghost Town’ of the East.” In 1830 the town started to grow, The first post office in Richmond Township was in Leon, the first store was called, “The Hodges and Carpenter.” Later on the same site became one of the most extensive mercantile establishments of all Ashtabula County. In 1852 the first of two school house was built and a grist mill. Not long after the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad, recently known as the Penn Central Railroad, was built. A full dance hall with rooms above, a butter factory, a large hotel was built near the depot. A cider and Jelly factory are just a few of the many businesses that once marked a bustling community. A general store was owned and operated in the mid 1800s by a Arthur A. Moore, who was also instrumental in the building of the church. Having a house of worship in the growing community the records show that Moore gave quite a bit of money and work in the building of the church. The church was originally called the Richmond

United Brethren in Christ (German). That church was organized in 1861 and constructed on its original site. The original building is still very much in use today with several additions or upgrades over the years. Shortly after its beginnings the name was changed to the Leon United Brethren in Christ. Decades later the name changed in the 1940s when the Brethren merged with the Evangelicals to become the Leon Evangelical United Brethren. Later in 1968 the EUB denomination merged with the Methodist becoming the Leon United Methodist Church. Today the Leon United Methodist Church is the only remaining structure in Leon being used for its original purpose. In 1899, Leon hit its peak. It was the largest shipping center in Ashtabula County. Then people left Leon for more money and the advantages of the big city. Leon was the natural junction between the Youngstown and Oil City branches of the Railroad. Rail lines changed for various interest and the town started its decline. Today Leon is a residential and farming area with the Leon United Methodist Church being the last organization to survive. It is alive today and for years and decades yet to come with the determined efforts and faithfulness of its members. Today the church is in connectional relationship with the Andover and Richmond churches. The church is served by a quadrant of four pastors each preaching roughly one Sunday a month. The pastors include Rev. Vernon Palo, Pat Fischer, Pastor Jason Hockran, and Rev. Gwen Young. Rev. David Scavuzzo, District Superintendent of the

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Western Reserve District of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church will be the featured speaker for this Sunday service. A full day of celebration will commence at 10 a.m. with a worship service which will include in addition to Rev. Scavuzzo special music by Debbie Vendley of Jefferson and Joe and Carrie Martin of Columbus. A re-consecration of the structure will be led by Rev. Scavuzzo. Former pastors returning for the celebration include Rev. James Bloom 1957-60, Rev. Ken Anderson 196872, Rev. Bige Combs 1990-91, Rev. Shirley Stoops 199094, Rev. Sandra Payette 1995-00, Pastor Rev. Quincy Wheeler 2006-08. Following the morning worship a 150th Anniversary balloon launch will take place with 150 multi colored balloons. A 40 x 60 tent donated by H & H Enterprises, erected in the side yard, will be the location for an afternoon meal provided by the ladies of the Leon, Richmond and Andover churches. At 1 p.m. well know county vocalist Sherry Cornell will be leading in song followed at 2 p.m. by the music of the “Cross Country Shoreliners.” All community members and friends are invited to attend part or all of the days activities. Leon United Methodist is a member of Council for Dynamic Rural Ministry, Common Cup, and Outreach Ministry of the five UM churches of the Pymatuning Valley School District, as well as a member of the Pymatuning Valley Ministerial Association. For more information persons may contact Rev. Vernon Palo at (440) 293-6290 or Pastor Jason Hockran at (440) 293-8911.

Jefferson BOE looking to hire a part-time band instructor

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New nominations are collected every year, according to Foundation members. Therefore, if you previously nominated someone and they were not seJEFFERSON - This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the lected, you must nominate them again if you want deadline for submitting nominations for the them to still be considered. Jefferson Area High School Alumni of the Year. The Jefferson Area Education Foundation first Every year during the Jefferson Area High created the award in 1996. Every year, the person School Homecoming football game, the Jefferson chosen as Alumni of the Year receives a plaque, and Area Education Foundation presents a plaque to their name is added to a collective plaque that will the selected Alumni Hall of Fame. be on display in the new board office. This year, Homecoming will be on Sept. 16, 2011, when the Jefferson Falcons take on the Grand Valley Mustangs. Members of the community are invited to nominate alumni who have contributed significantly to 1996 - Stewart Case their profession, their school or their community. 1997 - Millie Stutzman The nominees should be considered a positive role 1998 - John Glazier model for present or future students. 1999 - Lawrence Anderson, Jr. To be considered for Alumni of the Year, the ap2000 - Herbert Housel plication for the nomination must be postmarked 2001 - Betty Mae Shear by Saturday, Aug. 27. 2002 - Larry and Carol Bragga The information needed to nominate a former 2003 - Dr. Richard L. Waters graduate is as follows: name, complete address, 2004 - James Martin phone number and his/her year of graduation. 2005 - Pat Inman Additionally, the person making the nomination 2006 - Mary Hostetler must include their own name, address and phone 2007 - Marcia Park number, as well as include an explanation of why 2008 - Dave Keep they believe the person they’re nominating deserves 2009 - Jim Baker the award. 2010 - Dr. John R. Patterson Nominations can be sent to the Jefferson Area Education Foundation, JALS Board of Education, Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspa45 E. Satin Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047. pers, may be reached at

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BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education is hoping to make at least one more personnel addition by the start of the new school year. The elementaryschool principals and new Band Director Fred Burazer are actively trying to find a half-time band instructor, JALS Superintendent Doug Hladek said. This part-time band instructor would teach students at the elementary schools, Hladek said. If parents recall, the school district had to cut elementary-school band because of budget con-

cerns. With the passing of the levy in August, the school district is now in a position to bring that program back, Hladek said. (In August, voters approved the renewal of a 6-mill levy for five years by a vote of 725 to 470.) “We are grateful to the parents and community for your continued support,” Hladek said. The school district hopes to find a person to fill the position by Tuesday, Aug. 30, when board members will approve the new hire during a special board meeting. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at



Roarin’ Lenox

All-County Senior Picnic to be held this Friday

Annual Lenox Homecoming to celebrate alumni, 1920s

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BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers LENOX TOWNSHIP It’s good to go home again. Alumni of the former Lenox School will practice that old adage when they return to Lenox Township for the annual Lenox Homecoming next Saturday, Sept. 3. Even though it has been years since the Lenox School welcomed its last student, the alumni still preserve its legacy with an annual Homecoming. Every year on the Saturday before Labor Day, alumni gather at what is now the Lenox Community Center on Lenox-New Lyme Road to recall their years at the school. On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Lenox Homecoming Committee will host the 87th annual Lenox Homecoming. Doors open at 10 a.m., with a dinner at noon. The menu this year is Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, Harvard beets, green beans, roll and butter, tossed salad, coleslaw, assorted fruit cobblers and ice cream, cheese and crackers and fruit juice. This year, the theme is an “Old Time Homecoming.” Visitors are welcome to dress in 1920’s style clothing, and there will be a special 1920’s-themed entertainment from some of the alumni. Additionally, there will be a Chinese auction, with the proceeds to benefit the Homecoming committee.

Upcoming Events Aug. 25 Ashtabula: FOP Annual Fish Fry The Fraternal Order of Police Ashtabula Lodge #26 will hold their 75th Annual Fish Fry on Thursday, Aug 25, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Elk’s Lakefront Lodge #208, 3115 Lake Rd. W. Ashtabula. $15 donation per person. All paid tickets entered in prize drawing. 1st prize $100, 2nd and 3rd prize $50, 4th and 5th prize $25. 21 and over only. Tickets available at the door. For more info, contact Ptl. Adam Simons, FOP #26 president, at 440-992-7172 ext. 532, Capt. Jeff Bradley, FOP #26 Sec/ Treas, 440-992-7151, Ashtabula Police Department.

Aug. 27 Rock Creek: Rummage Sale The Rock Creek Area Community Center will hold a rummage sale on Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a back-to-school sale, with many items from Justice, Aero, Aber and Hollister. All new items since the last sale. Also summer clearance items will be available. For more information, call 563-5545.

Aug. 27 Ashtabula Township: Single Hearts Club The Single Hearts Club for area singles 18 and up will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the lower pavilion of Lakeshore Park, Ashtabula Township. Contact Linda Yankie at (440) 9971982 for information.

Event takes place at Ashtabula County Fairgrounds JEFFERSON - Once again, it’s time for the “AllCounty Senior Picnic,” which will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Jefferson. Like in recent years, the picnic will be held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. The FILE PHOTO Expo Building is air condiLenox Township 2009 Citizen of the Year Keith Camp passed the honor onto Lenox tioned with tables, kitchen, Township 2010 Citizen of the Year Dolores Hinger during last year’s Lenox Homecoming. indoor restrooms and plenty of parking spaces. A special presentation and served on the Missions membrance.” As in the years past, Valnaming Lenox Township’s Committee and the If you have any ques- ley Foods will provide the hot “Citizen of the Year” also Women’s Association. She tions, call Lenox Homecom- dogs, buns, potato salad, will be held. also was a charter member ing Committee member baked beans, beverages and Last year’s Citizen of the of the Ashtabula County Ge- Connie Wessell at 294-3806. cake. Stefanie Wessell, senior ediYear was Dolores Hinger. A nealogical Society and the Donations for the picnic tor for Gazette Newspapers, long-time member of the Lenox Historical Society. Stefanie Wessell, senior are greatly appreciated, orga- may be reached at Lenox Federated Church, Guests are asked to re- editor of Gazette Newspa- nizers said. Hinger has served there as member their donation at pers, may be reached at a Sunday School teacher the table for “Names in Re-


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Diabetes Management Nancy Hutchens, RN, CDE Three sessions Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday September 27, 28, 30 1 – 3 p.m. UH Conneaut Medical Center Board Room 158 West Main Road, Conneaut Call 440-593-0364

Geneva Bereavement Support Group Monday, September 12 5 – 6 p.m. UH Geneva Medical Center Private Dining Room 870 West Main Street, Geneva Call 440-428-4401 Sponsored by Behm Family Funeral Homes & Crematory

Aug. 28 Ashtabula: Big Bands on the Beach Big Bands on the Beach, on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 from 4-6 p.m., at Walnut Beach, Ashtabula, will feature the Tony Esposito Big Band performing swing tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, Eric Slayton singing the National Anthem, and the Ashtabula VFW Post 943 raising the flag. Swing Dance Competition with audience participants. Free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs, parasols. Restrooms and Concession available. Rain or Shine. Sponsored by the City of Ashtabula.


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Senior Health Forum & Luncheon – The Effects of Gout on Activities of Daily Living Vincent Cibella, DPM Wednesday, September 21 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Geneva Community Center 72 West Main Street, Geneva RSVP 440-998-0680

Get Tough on Angina Lori Ann Slimmer, RN Thursday, September 22 2 – 4 p.m. UH Geneva Medical Center Private Dining Room 870 West Main Street, Geneva RSVP 440-415-0180 Program developed by Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and provided by educational grant by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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There will be games of Bingo and musical entertainment from singer Dennis Ford. Door prizes will be given away. All seniors in Ashtabula County are welcome to attend and reservations can be made by calling Tina Dales at 9975957; Judy Witt at 998-6750; Marilyn or Molly at 593-5273; Christina Blair at 576-9052; or Joanne at 466-3048. Jefferson Senior Center Coordinator Christina Blair said they’re expecting a good turn out for the picnic, noting that at least 30 seniors from the Jefferson Senior Center alone are expected to attend.

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Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is Oct. 8-9 BY CRAIG L. HOFIUS Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – Covered Bridge enthusiasts from the United States will converge upon the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds the second weekend in October for the festival that celebrates the unique nature of covered bridges. The 28th annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival will be held Oct. 8-9 at the fairgrounds and will feature food, crafts, entertainment and materials available for self-guided tours of the 18 covered bridges in the county. Admission will be $4 for adults. Children under 12 will be free. This year’s theme is 200 Years of History and the 150 th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War. Ashtabula County has the Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge, which is the longest covered bridge in the United States. There is also the West Liberty Street Covered Bridge in Geneva, which is the shortest traffic-bearing covered bridge in the United States. The West Liberty Street Covered Bridge will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in Geneva. Cory Jones, Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Committee Board president, said they have booked several entertainers for the festival. “We will have God’s Country gospel music and the Red Dust Mountain Boys

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Chainsaw carver demonstration on the midway 1 p.m. – Jungle Terry at Barnard Entertainment Pavilion 2 p.m. – Dedication of the West Liberty Street Bridge in Geneva City 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Chainsaw carver demonstration on the midway 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – God’s Country gospel music in the 4-H Expo building 4 to 5 p.m. – Red Dust Mountain Boys 5 p.m. – Gates closed Sunday, Oct. 9 8 a.m. – Gates open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Pancake breakfast, Ashtabula Kiwanis, Expo Center 10 a.m. – Craft buildings open 10 to 11 a.m. – God’s Country gospel music in the 4-H Expo building 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Moo train 10 to 11 a.m. – Chainsaw carver demonstration on the FILE PHOTO midway 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Visit Ashtabula County’s 18 covered bridges in October during the Covered Bridge Festival. Pictured is the Giddings Chainsaw carver demonRoad Covered Bridge. stration on the midway 1 p.m. – Larry the Magion both days. Jungle Terry the tour will have a bridge parking lot cian at the Barnard Enterwill be here on Saturday. chairman to welcome visiThe 2011 Ashtabula 10 a.m. – Gates open and tainment Pavilion Larry the Magician will per- tors and answer questions. County Covered Bridge craft buildings open 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – form on Sunday,” Jones said. Various non-profit orga- Festival schedule includes: 11 a.m. – Parade arrives Chainsaw carver demonCraftsmen and women nizations will be at the at Ashtabula County Fair- stration on the midway will set up their wares at the bridges selling food to visi- Saturday, Oct. 8 grounds 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Red fairgrounds for visitors to tors. Some bridges may have 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Pancake 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Moo Dust Mountain Boys browse or perhaps buy some- small craft bazaars. breakfast, Ashtabula train 5 p.m. – Gates closed thing that catches their Residents who live near Kiwanis, Expo Center 10 to 11 a.m. – Chainsaw There will be hay maze in fancy. covered bridges make the 9 a.m. - Parade line up, carver demonstration on the the MAC Arena all day both Each covered bridge on festival a reality every year. Jefferson Area High School midway days

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A City of Geneva fire truck is one of the first vehicles to cross the shortest covered bridge. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

was held on Monday as the road-block signs were removed and all of the City of GENEVA - The City of Geneva council members Geneva gave the shortest gathered for the historic covered bridge in the U.S. a opening. small but mighty dedication The bridge has been unby testing its strength with der construction for three a parade of safety vehicles, years now, and with the including an ambulance simple snip of a ribbon, all and fire truck. the hard work done by stuThese vehicles were the dents at the Ashtabula first to cross the new bridge. County Technical and Ca“We aren’t starting off reer Campus (formerly light,” Geneva City Man- known as the Ashtabula ager Jim Pearson said. “We County Joint Vocational) are taking the heaviest ve- came to an end. hicles in the city over the Although there will be bridge to really show that another opening for the it can handle anything bridge during the Covered that can travel on a high- Bridge Festival in the fall, way.” City of Geneva officials The bridge’s dedication wanted to open the road up

and decided to go for a smaller opening before the festival. “We wanted to get the street open, even if it means opening it before the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival,” Pearson said. There will be the addition of a toll booth to house tourism information. It will be set in place by the time of the festival. “The toll booths are built and at the vocational school,” Pearson said. “We were happy to work with the school all the way through this project, from bridge work to toll-booth construction.” Pearson was proud to see

the bridge finally opened and was happy to see the support from the community. “I appreciate all of council coming to the bridge’s opening,” Pearson said at Monday night’s city council meeting. “It was a great opening and a historic moment for us.” The city is also planning on making a sign for the bridge so the public will know where to find it. “We’ll be getting a sign up down on 84,” Pearson said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Hair cuts for a cause BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

Friday, Aug. 26, between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. During this time, Valerie’s JEFFERSON - Want to hair stylists will be washing get your hair cut and support and cutting hair for donaa good cause at the same tions that will be given to the time? Jefferson Senior Center. Then stop in at Valerie’s “One-hundred percent of Hair Design, located at 14 E. the donations will go to the Jefferson St. in Jefferson, on senior center,” owner Valerie

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Fisher said. No appointments will be taken, but customers are asked to sign in as walk-in customers. Three stylists will be volunteering their time to cut hair that day: Fisher, Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School grad and Valerie’s Hair Design employee Charlene Cole and ATech (formerly the ACJVS) student and intern Rob Bates. This is the second time Valerie’s Hair Design has held a day dedicated to raising funds for the senior center. Fisher said she chose to raise funds for the Jefferson Senior Center because of the time she’s spent getting to know the seniors there. “I just fell in love with

each and every one of them,” Fisher said. The senior center has faced some budget cuts in the past, so Fisher said she wants to do her part to help keep programs active at the center. “They deserve to have those things,” Fisher said. Jefferson Community Center Recreation Director Allison Brown and Senior Coordinator Christina Blair are both very thankful for Fisher’s donations. “She’s been so supportive of us,” Brown said. For more information, contact Fisher at 624-4028. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

now moves up to become a second-grade teacher. Over at Jefferson ElJEFFERSON - Some new ementary School, Cindy faces will be roaming the Locy has been promoted halls at Jefferson Area Lo- from a tutor to a first-grade cal Schools this school year, teacher. Laura Sullivan, who and some familiar faces will also had been a tutor, is now take up new roles at the a kindergarten teacher. schools. Another former tutor, With some teachers retir- Scott Vacca, now has become ing, there have been some a sixth-grade teacher. staffing changes in the These staff members school district, JALS Super- have done a good job as tuintendent Doug Hladek said. tors, and now they’re moving Jefferson Area High onto the teaching ranks, School will welcome a new Hladek said. teacher in Erin Adame, who As the tutors move into will teach Spanish. Adame, teaching positions, other a graduate of JAHS, previ- people have been hired to ously had taught at Saints replace them as tutors, John and Paul High School. Hladek said. Carla Haines will be an New tutors at Jefferson intervention specialist at the Elementary include Heather Jefferson Area Junior High Eaton and Shauna Tucker as School. Haines had been a Title I tutors and Amber long-term substitute teacher Magda as an LD tutor. last year. Lastly, Jason Hagerdon is Rock Creek Elementary a new LD tutor at Jefferson will welcome two new teach- Area Junior/Senior High ers. Casey Greene and School. Amanda Somppi both will teach fifth grade at the elStefanie Wessell, senior ementary school. editor for Gazette NewspaMeredith Buck, who had pers, may be reached at been a tutor at Rock Creek,

EAGLE PRIDE From page 1A varsity coats and on this yearbook cover – come from? A few years ago, the design was borrowed from Ashland College and put to use as our school emblem. The man responsible for transferring the emblem from paper into use is Mr. Carl Ludwigsen. He uses a projector to put the outline into the desired position and then hand paints the design.” The burly, button popping “Tuffy Eagle” today remains the symbol of Eagle Pride bursting with school spirit on yard signs, apparel and in publications throughout the district. “I think it is wonderful that “The Eagle” from the

old gym floor is being preserved for posterity,” said Kathy Depp of Geneva High School’s Athletic Boosters organization. “So many people have fond memories of that gym and the Boosters Club realized that many would like a piece of the old floor for a memento. We helped with removal of the floor and have retained the pieces. We are in the process of having the pieces engraved with meaningful wording and will soon be offering them for sale.” For information about purchasing a piece of the floor, contact Depp at 4662267 or Cindy Kovach at 344-4104.

BACK TO SCHOOL From page 1A Orientation is open to seventh graders and any new students. Just like the students, the teachers and staff have their own orientation to go through. Hladek said the Orientation Day for teachers is Monday, beginning first thing in the morning. The day will involve speakers and staff meeting together to review the start of the school year. Although school doesn’t officially start until next Tuesday, Hladek said the buildings have been very active since Aug. 1, with the athletes and band musicians preparing for the upcoming

school year. “We’re back to the routine after the building projects,” Hladek said. This will be the fourth year in the new elementary schools, and the third year in the new junior/senior high school building, Hladek said. “The new facilities are beautiful,” Hladek said. “They’re working out great. We’re excited to have the kids coming back and making the changes in their new classrooms.” Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at



Wine and Walleye Festival to cast off another year of fun “We’re really blessed for fantastic walleye and fish in the Ashtabula Harbor.” Chairmen of the tournament, Tom Hogan

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Aug. 27 marks the start of the annual Wine and Walleye Festival in the Ashtabula Harbor. Although the wine-tasting portion of the festival is very popular, the festival also is filled with family fun activities such as the 5K run and a boat parade on Saturday night. The 5K run is sponsored by First Merit Bank and even includes a Guppy Run for children 10 and under which costs only $1 per participating child. Both races will take place on Aug. 27. The adult race will begin at 9 a.m. and the Guppy Run will start a half hour earlier at 8:30 a.m. Another big part of the Wine and Walleye Festival is the walleye tournament. The walleye tournament is separated into two categories, amateur and Pro division. There are also three tournaments to participate in, the biggest walleye caught, the biggest steelhead caught and the longest string of walleye. “There is a total of $10,000 in cash and prizes,” Tom Hogan, the chairmen of the tournament, said. Those participating in the tournament can leave their docks at 6:15 a.m. but must return to the Ashtabula dock by 2 p.m. “They can leave from their designated ports, which are any of the following ports, Geneva State Park, Ashtabula, Conneaut or Red Brook, but they have to end in the Ashtabula dock in order to qualify for the win,” Hogan said A captains’ meeting will also be held the Friday before the tournament is to be held. All captains registered must attend. In the many years that Hogan has taken part in the tournament, two out of the three biggest catches were caught by 12-year-old boys. “Two years ago, a 21-and-

a-half inch walleye was caught that exceeded 10 pounds. That was caught by a 12-year-old boy who won $2,000 that year,” Hogan said. “The largest steelhead that I’ve ever seen caught was by another 12-year-old boy who one $500.” Last year, the record was set for the longest string of walleye caught. “The largest string of walleye was 146 inches PHOTOS BY STEFANIE WESSELL caught last year,” Hogan Lakeside High School students Bruce Cox and Ryan Applebee help prepare the fish at last year’s Wine and Walleye said. “The average was close Festival. to 31 inches per fish.” The awards for the tourFrom page 1A nament will be given out on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the transit dock on the “It was truly a team effort mouth elementaries will Ashtabula Harbor. to give the children of your then close permanently.” “We’re really blessed for State Road Elementary community a very, very good fantastic walleye and fish in product,” Raymond J. will not close but will instead the Ashtabula Harbor,” Jaminet, architect of the be in use as a special educaHogan said. tion unit of the district. campus, said. Ashtabula encourages The remaining two buildSuperintendent Joseph everyone to attend the Wine Donatone talked about the ings of the Wade Avenue eland Walleye Festival, change of the district, not ementary campus, Erie Inwhether it is to taste your only in the past few years, termediate and Superior Infavorite glass of wine, have but starting in the 1960s termediate schools, will be a go in the walleye tournawith the formation of the opened next year for grade ment or enjoy the boat pafourth through sixth. AACS district. rade. “When you contemplate “For about 40 years Friday night will begin things were pretty much as all of these changes that the weekend’s festivities they were when the district have occurred during this with the Ashtabula Rotary consolidated,” Donatone transition, it seems incredparty with live music by ible that we have survived it said. Second String at 4 p.m. However, the district be- all,” Donatone said. “But we Saturday is filled with gan the constructing of a have not just survived it, we the walleye fishing tournanew high school and junior have flourished.” ment, the 5K run, wine Donatone said students’ high school and fueled the tasting, live music and project to create a new el- tests scores have improved even a visit from Olympic ementary campus, which and continue to climb. Gold Medalist Diane “It thrills me to contemwould consolidate all the elMunz. ementary satellite build- plate the possibilities that Saturday will end with lie ahead for the children of ings. the traditional Lighted Boat school district,” “On Monday, Aug. 29, the our Parade at 9:15 p.m. doors of Huron Primary, Donatone said. The last day of festivities Ontario Primary and Michiwill begin at noon on SunSadie Portman, reporter gan Primary will open to all day with the opening of the district students grades K for the Gazette, may be Rotary Beer Tent and will through three,” Donatone reached at sportman@ continue through the aftersaid. “McKinsey and Ply- noon, offering awards for the Lighted Boat Parade at LEFT: The Boy Scouts presented the flag at the 12:30 p.m., wine tasting bebeginning of the dedication ceremony for the ginning at 1 p.m. and a opening of the three primary school buildings on the Classic Car Parade on new elementary campus. Bridge Street at 3 p.m. The last performance of the weekend will be by Ernest T. Band at 3:30 p.m. For a full schedule of the weekend, go to or contact the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce at (440) 998-6998.



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Admission to all activities is free to the public. There is plenty of free off-street parking as well. “All of our society activities help in the preservation of the former Trinity Episcopal Church, which serves now to preserve Janine Trebuchon-Wertz, president of the AACS school history. We have received such wonderful support from area board, gives her welcome to all those who attended the Neroy Carter, pastor emeritus of Ridgeview Terrace, gives citizens. Our thanks go out to all,” Waters said. schools’ dedication. an invocation at Saturday’s dedication ceremony.


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All Youth 18 and Under Admitted Free Geauga Learn: A cooperative day of learning at The Great Geauga County Fair for sixth graders of West Geauga and Kenston Schools Reduced Ride Price: 12:00 p.m. (noon) – 10:00 p.m. Demolition Derby: 8:30 p.m. in the Main Grandstand Chicken Flying Contest: Hosted by Dick Goddard of TV 8 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Fair Souvenirs: Available in the Domestic Arts Building 8:30 a.m. Pack Goat Show – Jr. Fair ...... Natural Resource Area Jr. Fair Horse Show .......................... East Show Ring 9:00 a.m. Sheep Show – Jr. Fair ............................ Small Arena Swine Show – Jr. Fair ..................................... Arena 9:15 a.m. Hitch/Harness Goat Show – Jr. Fair .. Small Grandstand 11:00 a.m. Dairy Goat Show – Jr. Fair .................... Auction Tent 11:30 a.m. Woodcarver .............. Across from Bill Plants Pavilion 12 Noon Heel’ N Time Dog Show ............... Main Grandstand Chicken Flying Contest ................. Small Grandstand 2nd Chance - Variety ......................... Midway Stage Sue Oravec ........................................ Jr. Fair Pavilion Don Heath – Country ................... Bill Plants Pavilion 1:00 p.m. Garden Produce Judging – Jr. Fair .... Jr. Fair Building Woodcarver .............. Across from Bill Plants Pavilion 1:30 p.m. Federal Rebels ...................... Domestic Arts Building Tom Evancheck - Country .................. Midway Stage The X-Chromatones – Instrumental Rock . Bill Plants Pavilion 2:00 p.m. Market Poultry Show – Jr. Fair ........................ Arena Beavers-Natures Engineer & Mysterious Coyote ........... Natural Resources Area Kids Buck$ Show ............................ Midway by rides Open Miniature Horse Show ........ Small Grandstand Face Painters ................................ Main Grandstand 3:00 p.m. Rabbit Breed Show – Jr. Fair .................. Rabbit Barn Bats Incredible-Gail .............. Natural Resources Area Alpaca Show – Jr. Fair .......................... Auction Tent Diaper Dash ................................. Main Grandstand 2nd Chance - Variety ......................... Midway Stage Great Geauga Fair Band ...... Vernon Howard Pavilion 4-H Cloverleafs ................................. Jr. Fair Building 3:30 p.m. Woodcarver .............. Across from Bill Plants Pavilion 4:00 p.m. Pygmy Goat Show – Jr. Fair ................... Small Arena Monarchs on the Move ....... Natural Resources Area 4:30 p.m. No Money Down - Blues/Country ....... Midway Stage Archery Demonstration ....... Natural Resources Area Woodcarver .............. Across from Bill Plants Pavilion 5:00 p.m. Rae DeBevits - Country ................. Bill Plants Pavilion Live Birds of Prey & Friends .. Natural Resources Area 6:00 p.m. Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash ............. Natural Resources Area Kids Buck$ Show ............................ Midway by rides 6:30 p.m. Water Battle ................................. Main Grandstand 4-H Cloverleafs ................................. Jr. Fair Building Woodcarver .............. Across from Bill Plants Pavilion 7:00 p.m. Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation ... Jr. Fair Pavilion Hot Air Balloon ............................. Main Grandstand Open Swine Show .......................................... Arena 8:00 p.m. Flag Drop/ Anthem by Rae DeBevits .. Main Grandstand The Great Geauga Fair Band .. Vernon Howard Pavilion Swamp Rattlers – Blues/Pop/Folk ....... Midway Stage Maple Town Square Dancers ........ Bill Plants Pavilion 8:30 p.m. Demolition Derby ......................... Main Grandstand

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Award-winning author Chris Crutcher visits GHS BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools

in Crutcher’s characters and their problems and situations is clearly part of the appeal of GENEVA - To say that his hugely popular novels for award-winning author Chris high school students. Crutcher’s novels resonate “Yes, we all read to learn,” with young adult readers is commented Library Club like saying that a two ton member Shana Spade, “but boulder tossed into a swim- when you read a good novel ming pool makes a splash. like the one’s Chris Crutcher Crutcher’s gift for connect- writes and see that a characing the dots with his readers ter has some of the same comcreated a virtual tsunami of mon problems as you do it questions and discussion helps you to deal with day to when the author visited day things in your life.” Geneva High School hosted by Asked how he gets his the Library Club. In a time ideas, Crutcher, who has when high school students worked as a director of an alseem more connected to smart ternative school and as a famphones, Facebook pages and ily therapist, said his novels twitter feeds than to turning stem from real life experience. “I often write about the pages of a paperback book, Crutcher packed the GHS au- troubled adolescents,” said ditorium with hundreds of Crutcher, “but well adjusted devoted readers as well as as- teens with few problems seem piring writers eager to gain to relate to my books not beinsight into the creative pro- cause they have the same cess involved in composing a large problems as some of my characters, but because most novel. “I knew that Chris share smaller problems and Crutcher’s novels were popu- when they see themselves relar with kids but I had no idea flected there, they know they so many Geneva students aren’t alone.” Crutcher, 64, pulled out his were interested in writing too,” said senior James Clisby. iPad during a small group disClisby, who won the cov- cussion in the media center to eted Academic Boosters Club read excerpts from several of Outstanding Writer Award, his books as students listened said, “This was just amazing. in rapt attention. Crutcher said “I may be an The opportunity to meet a famous author and talk to him old guy, but I still remember face to face about how he gets what it was like to be a teenhis ideas is something I’ll ager.” Five of Crutcher’s books never forget.” Pulitzer Prize winning have appeared on the Ameriwriter Anna Quindlen wrote, can Library Association’s “Part of the great wonder of (ALA) list of best books for reading is that it makes hu- young adults and the popuman beings feel more con- larity of Crutcher’s descriptive, often humorous novels nected to each other.” Quindlen cites author written in an easily readable Roald Dahl’s description of style has translated into nuthe experience of his always merous accolades and reading character Matilda, awards. Crutcher is the winwriting. From reading “she ner of the National Council learned something comfort- of Teachers of English Naing. That we are not alone.” tional Intellectual Freedom Seeing themselves reflected Award, the Assembly on Lit-

erature for Adolescents prestigious ALAN Award, the ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, the Catholic Library Association’s St. Katherine Drexel Award and Writer Magazine’s Writers Who Make a Difference Award. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Crutcher is a native Ohioan who now makes his home in Spokane, Washington. Crutcher ’s visit was sponsored by the GHS Library Club and included small and large group discussions of his novels and the creative process. Crutcher lunched in the Media Center with Library Club members and club advisor and Library Media Specialist Barbara Roth. Students in teacher John Marhefka’s English classes read and discussed Crutcher’s books to prepare for his visit to Geneva High School, and the Library Club selected his books for their month book group discussions. “I feel the students were so fortunate to meet in person an author whose books they really liked reading,” said Roth. “They were awed by Chris but felt comfortable picking his brain about characters, story line, character situations, and why he wrote the books as he did. Then they thought about his responses, and talked about the responses to us and to each other. Mr. Marhefka and I felt that Chris’s books were a catalyst encouraging students in their reading, writing, and classroom discussions.” What advice did Crutcher have for aspiring writers at GHS? “Read a lot. Read everything! And never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it,” he said.

GHS grads receive U.S Marine Corps Scholastic Awards

Author Chris Crutcher inscibes a copy of his novel Deadline for GHS seniors Shana Spade and Maryssa Pallant.


Award-winning young adult author Chris Crutcher autographs GHS senior Kamie Gill’s copy of his popular novel Deadline as Carlin Kern waits her turn.

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2011 Geneva High School grads Jeff Swanson and Courtney Johnson received U.S. Marines Scholastic Awards presented by Sgt. Bradford Dunn. Swanson enter Thiel College this fall where he plans to study Physical Therapy. Johnson will be attending Kent State Ashtabula and will study Ultrasound Technology.

GHS seniors receive Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Peter Michelini, 95, of Conneaut, was escorted to the Veterans Lunch at Conneaut’s D-Day Event on Aug. 19 by two of his children, Michael Michelini, of Conneaut, and Rosemary Guerriero (right) of Ashtabula. Serving three years in southern Europe during World War II as a senior railroad inspector with the U.S. Army, Michelini carried with him a photo of Rosemary, who was nine months old when he left for the war and four when he returned. Michael was born after his father returned. A picture of Rosemary painted by a European artist from the photo has become a family treasure. The siblings said their father was determined to attend the first D-Day Event World War II Veterans lunch at Conneaut Township Park.

GHS Grads Ashley Meaney and Kanen Coffey win Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Awards


A.J. Dawes (left) and Mitchell Kibler are the 2011 recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership award presented by Geneva Rotarian Richard Arndt.

2011 Geneva High School graduates Ashley Meaney and Kanen Coffey are recipients of the Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award presented by Sgt. Flick and Sgt. Callahan.


Conneaut Telephone Company prepares to service Geneva


Students recognized for seat belt knowledge by Geneva City Council BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The Conneaut Telephone Company will be obtaining a partnership with the City of Geneva. “We are now moving into a phase where we think we can do a lot of different things so I’ve been given the permission to pursue the expansion of our network,” Ken Johnson of the Conneaut Telephone Company said. Johnson said they would file paper work with the State of Ohio by this Tuesday to be authorized as a competitive telephone company. “[Being declared a competitive telephone company] will give us the right to offer telephone service and, more specifically, to [Geneva] and anyone located in the area,” Johnson said. Getting prepared to service Geneva will take some time because they will be starting from the ground up. “We don’t want to lease wire from anyone else. We want to be able to control the experience, so really the phone service will only be available as we build out our fiber optic cables,” Johnson said. Because of a high demand, businesses might be installed with the fiber optic services first. “For businesses, it could be as soon as 120 days, and for residential I think it’s realistic to expect six to eight months,” Johnson said. The Conneaut Telephone Company’s goal is to take home phone services to the next level. “We want to go to the next generation, which is called fiber-to-the-home,” Johnson said. “It involves us building a fiber cable down the main roads and then we split off, eventually running a single cable in onto the side of your house.” The wire would be connected to a box on the side of your house with a DSL or cable modem built into the box, along with basic phone services, and with most of the wires coming from underground and straight into your home. It is not as susceptible to lightning strikes or ice storm outages. “We’re pretty excited. It does not exist anywhere outside of greater Cleveland,

Youngstown and greater Erie, so we would be the first to do it,” Johnson said. The network the company could provide would be a faster internet service as well. “With cable modems or DSL, typically you’re signing up at about two megabits and then go up to about 15 before it gets outrageously expensive. With the new network, we can actually authorize 150 to 200 megabit without having to change any electronics,” Johnson said. The Conneaut Telephone Company has already put in services for the Geneva Area City Schools and looks forward to building on that network. They would like to provide services for around 60 to 80 homes per square mile or about 40 percent. “We’re targeting right now North Avenue and the new development by the school and the other development on Maple,” Johnson said. Johnson said the company is looking to start with a base and grow. “If we get a foothold, we will just continue to add to that,” Johnson said. The Conneaut Telephone Company is also looking at being certified to provide cable services as well. Johnson said it’s hard to compare their company with other companies’ prices. “You could walk down the street and no two people pay the same thing,” Johnson said. The basic pricing of the Conneaut Telephone company would be $49.95 for basic cable and $10 more for digital. “The telephone rate we anticipate to be less expensive by a couple of dollars than what Windstream is today, and that’s largely because our rates compared to other companies are drastically lower,” Johnson said. A bundle plan would also be available for unlimited long-distance home phone, internet and basic cable for around $109 a month. “We don’t do a lot of funny business with pricing. We’re pretty much straight forward with our pricing,” Johnson said. Johnson asked the Geneva City Council to draft a letter or resolution endorsing their services.

KSU Geauga campus hosts Smithsonian music roots exhibit BURTON - The Kent State University Geauga Campus in cooperation with The Ohio Humanities Council continues its exploration of our musical heritage as it hosts the local showing of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. New Harmonies will be on view through Sept. 6. Kent State Geauga and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Ohio Humanities Council to host New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music as part of the Museum on Main Street project a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Burton in September, the exhibition will travel to three more communities in Ohio before it returns to the Smithsonian; the Auglaize County Library, The rural Life Center/Mount Vernon Public Library, and Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. New Harmonies tells the American musical story through photographs, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles. Although “roots music” is a relatively new term that generally applies to forms of folk music, its influences run deep throughout American culture and can be heard in today’s commercial country, gospel, pop and hip-hop genres. The exhibition not only describes the work of well-

known folk, gospel, country and blues artists like Ma Rainey, B.B. King, Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, and Joan Baez that have inspired generations of musicians, but also captures the spirit of musical styles that are at the heart of our local heritage - Tejano, zydeco, polka, Cajun, conjunto, and klezmer. New Harmonies focuses on how roots music gives Americans a soundtrack and a voice for their stories. “We are very pleased with the community’s reaction thus far to New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” said Carol Gardner. “More than 100 people attended the dedication of the new William and Margaret Clark Commons and our opening event and our visitor count so far has been wonderful. People are coming from as far away as Columbus to see the exhibition and visit our community. It’s great exposure for the campus and the community. And our public programs have been fascinating and well-received.” Upcoming program events included Gordon and Louise Keller on Aug. 23, and One Dollar Hat this Friday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of related programs, visit The list of free Coffee House concerts are: Aug. 26, Sept. 6; Free Blues Concert on Aug. 31.

GENEVA - The City of Geneva Municipal Building had a full house at Monday night’s city council meeting, with family, friends and the children who received awards for their excellence in the third- grade seat belt poster contest packing the room. The contest was open to third graders in the Geneva Area City School District, who were to display the importance of wearing a seat belt. Council members look forward to this meeting as the community comes to celebrate the elementary students’ creativity and knowledge. “This is one of our favorite meetings of the year,” Council President William Buskirk said. Even the beginning prayer said by Reverend Robert Cunningham of the United Church gave thanksgiving to the proud parents and their children. The poster contest was held during the school year, with the results coming out before the summer. “Once again we did our third-grade seat belt program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety,” Geneva Police Department Officer Joe Carroll said. However, council scheduled the recognition to be received before the start of the new school year.


Austinburg Elementary School third-grader Alexandria Day receives a third-place trophy for her poster on the importance of wearing a seat belt. “Our third graders’ showed their knowledge in the importance of wearing seat belts,” Carroll said. Carroll was grateful for the support of not only the school district but the surrounding community as well. “Once again, the Rotary Club of Geneva has sponsored the poster contest and provided the trophies for them,” Carroll said. Each child received a trophy for placing in the contest as their friends, family and the city council gave a round of applause for not just their display of knowledge but for their imagination and creativity

as well. The contest winners were separated by school. In Austinburg Elementary, the first-place trophy went to Jordan Pensley, second place to Brandon Thomas and third place to Alexandria Day. The Cork Elementary School winners were Stephanie Reinaldo in first place, Rebecca Burke in second and third place went to Zeeann Swanson. The final school that participated was the Platt R Spencer Elementary School. Sarah Bradoon received the first-place trophy, second place went to Makayla Currents and in

third place was J.C. Martello. Carroll has been a part of the Seat-Belt Safety Program for about 14 years and the council thought he should receive recognition for his many years of helping the Geneva elementary schools with the Seat-Belt Safety Program. “The participation level is always great for this program, and we really want to thank Officer Carroll for doing this for us every year,” Buskirk said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@

Geneva BOE passes last list of personnel issues before the new school year BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education met for its regular scheduled meeting last Wednesday. During the meeting, Superintendent Mary Zappitelli recommended the board pass a series of personnel issues. A leave of absence beginning Aug. 26 and ending Jan. 12, 2012, was suggested for teacher Sienna Clemens. The first 12 weeks of this absence will be under the Family Medical Leave Act. Another leave of absence was granted for teacher Bobbi Dillworth for one year effective Aug. 26. This absence will not be classified under the Family Medical Leave Act. A resignation for teacher Elizabeth Marhefka, effective July 27, also was requested. The hiring of certain personnel for a one-year contact also was on the table. According to the meeting’s agenda, the personnel are “to be paid according to the adopted wage guidelines,

subject to meeting certification requirements of the State of Ohio, as well as a satisfactory physical examination, background check and/or other training if applicable.” Those who were considered for the one-year contract are the following: • Richard Belconis, for assistant principal, effective Aug. 1, 2011. • Teachers Amber Sheppard, effective Aug. 26, David Shymanski, effective Aug. 26, and Carli Urcheck, effective Aug. 26. • Title I Tutors, with hours to be indicated later and all effective Aug. 26, Anne Corlew, Jessica Kirk, Raydquel Myers and Julie Neuman. • SLD Tutors with hours to be assigned at a later date and all effective Aug. 26, Elizabeth Gurley, Jeffrey Hull, Julie Simmons, Brenda Unsinger and Jennifer Williams. • Extracurricular positions for Jowl Dixon as the assistant varsity boys basketball and Elishia Pitcher for head softball coach. • Bus and Route Supervisor Charlotte Leonard for

eight hours a day, effective Aug. 1. • Substitute teachers Brian Belconis, Moly Carney, Dennis Harvey, Julie Obert, Jennifer Pocza, Joy Tersigni and Christine Vilcheck. • Marcia Scafuro was suggested to be hired as a substitute secretary and educational assistant and Marie Desmarais as a substitute cafeteria worker. The following activity workers were up for hire: • Craig Austin • John Barbo • Patty Bielech • Joe Carroll • Julie Crossley • Joel Dixon • Brad Ellis • Elizabeth Ellis • Kim Ellis • Amy Irving • Walt Lininger • Deb Maukonen • Joanne O’Conner • Brian O’Dell • Kanda O’Dell • Rebecca Retallick • Vern Thompson • Debbie Torok • Scott Torok • Candi Urcheck • Carli Urcheck • Keith Webb

• Jeanna Webb • Randy Woodworth • Louis Wortman • Dave Yost • Kristen Yost The following volunteer coaches were to have a oneyear contract with Geneva as well: • Russell Brown for football • Tim Irving for girls’ soccer • Natasha Loveridge for cross country • Rob Lundi for football There was one no vote from BOE member Jessecca Wilt, who felt the assistant principal position was not needed at this time. “I would like the board to know that I will not be accepting this proposal because I feel it is not the right time to be asking for an assistant principal at the middle school [when we’re] going to the public for a levy,” Wilt said. All personnel items were passed regardless, with Wilt being the only no vote. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Saybrook Township trustees hold regular monthly meeting BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – The Saybrook Township trustees held their latest meeting on July 29. During the meeting they discussed and passed a variety of legislation. The Road Department report was given by Road Superintendent Marc Pope and a motion was made to pave several township roads. “Jane Hawn-Jackson moved (the) resolution, seconded by Robert Brobst, to have the County Engineer prepare a bid package for the paving of the following roads: Greenbriar Drive, Wintergreen Drive, Q u a i l C o u r t , Wa r r i c k Drive, Bristol Avenue and Briarwood Court,” the minutes read. A fire report was also given by Chief John Jyurovat, and a pay raise was given to firefighter Aaron Gilmer.

“Jane Hawn-Jackson moved (the) resolution, seconded by Robert Brobst, to raise Part-time Firefighter Aaron Gilmer from EMT-B regular status rate of $9.60 per hour to Paramedic regular status rate of $9.80 per hour, effective July 15, 2011, because he completed the Paramedic Class and has passed the National Registry Tests,” the minutes said. Several people of the public spoke their concerns about issues. Bill Davis asked if the trustees could get someone to mow Route 84 and Depot Road behind the guardrail. Trustee Brobst will contact the Ohio Department of Transportation about this. Brobst is also working on a flooding issue on Dunbar Road. Saybrook Township will be sending a letter to Congressmen Steven LaTourette to hopefully solve the problem. A left-turn signal was indicated as possibly being needed by Giant Eagle.

“A letter was sent to ODOT to do a traffic study and to install left-turn signals,” the minutes said. “We have received several more calls from residents about this.” There also was a discussion about the random drug testing for the township employees. Both the IAFF Union and Part-time Fire Department Union wrote letters in favor of the drug-testing program. “Jane Hawn-Jackson moved (the) resolution, seconded by Robert Brobst, to have salary continuation and random drug testing in the Township Drug Free Work Place regardless of not getting double or stacked discounts from BWC,” the minutes read. A resolution was approved to sign the county engineer’s drawings for a Tuttle Road cul-de-sac. The cul-de-sac will be constructed by Waste Management. There is no word on when the project will start. All liquor permits in

Saybrook Township will expire on Oct. 1, 2011 but the trustees passed a resolution to renew all permits. Hawn-Jackson moved the resolution, seconded by Brobst, to not object to current liquor permits of businesses in Saybrook Township who want to renew their permits that will expire on Oct. 1. The township also approved a resolution of automatic aid to the City of Geneva. “Jane Hawn-Jackson (the) moved resolution, seconded by Robert Brobst, to enter into an Automatic Aid Agreement with the City of Geneva Fire Department to respond automatically with Saybrook Fire Department to any structure fire west of State Route 45 between Route 531 to Interstate 90,” the minutes said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@



The Rev. Ray Thomas ready to lead Ashtabula’s Catholics by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

raiser in Ashtabula that he was being considered as pastor of the merged parCONNEAUT - The Rev. ishes. Ray Thomas jokes that his “I was on the Personnel transfer from Conneaut’s Board and even I had not Catholic Community of St. heard that rumor,” he Mary/St. Frances Cabrini laughed. to the new merged parish But as the idea grew, and in Ashtabula can be blamed aware that dioceses prefer on Marianne’s Candies. merged parishes to start off Thomas recalls weighwith new pastors, Thomas ing a similar decision 13 began to consider how he years ago when the bishop could help the Ashtabula asked that he accept his parishes through the recommendation to transmerger process. fer from St. Mary Church in “The adrenaline began Orwell to St. Mary of the to flow,” he said, “and I did Immaculate Conception write to the bishop and tell and St. Frances Cabrini him that if he felt so inChurches in Conneaut. spired, I would be willing to “I really enjoyed go, to bring three communiOrwell,” Thomas began. “It ties together, their Parish was delightful. It was rural, Councils, finance commitwith a nice flow of families tees. With my experience in and a nice, pastoral setting. Conneaut, at least I could I’d been there for three help with the transition.” years, had just gotten ‘rollEven before transferring, ing,’ and I was asked to conThomas met with the Parsider coming to Conneaut.” ish Councils and suggested Mulling the pros and a change to the Ashtabula cons, Thomas went to his parish daily Mass schedule. kitchen and pulled out a The change was accepted. PHOTO BY MARTHA SOROHAN box of his favorite With his 15-year-old lab, “Pepe,” at his side, the Rev. Ray “We used to have daily Marianne’s Candies. Thomas talks about his transfer to Ashtabula’s Roman Mass at St. Mary in “I’d pull out a piece of Catholic community. Thomas led a successful merger of Conneaut on Monday and chocolate, and say, ‘Orwell St. Mary and St. Frances Cabrini parishes in Conneaut, Friday, and at Cabrini on has this, but Conneaut has where he served for 13 years. Tuesday and Thursday,” he Marianne’s Candies.’ And began, “and I would wake Only once did Thomas up some days wondering then another piece. ‘Orwell mas said. Turning serious, Tho- turn down a “recommenda- what day it was and where has that, but Conneaut has Marianne’s Candies,” he mas says he accepted the tion” for a new assignment, I was supposed to be. In said, laughing. “Marianne’s pastorate because he be- and he has regretted it ever Ashtabula, they were talklieves that his experience since. Candies won out.” ing about having Mass at merging “I was asked to teach at one church two days, anWith Thomas’ transfer successfully to Ashtabula, Marianne’s Conneaut’s two parishes a high school in Young- other church two other has won out again. Among will help Mother of Sor- stown, and I said no because days, and the third church the changes that occurred rows, St. Joseph and Our I wanted to continue to do another day. Since I knew during Thomas’ 13 years in Lady of Mount Carmel Par- parish work. Later on, I rec- how mixed up it could be, I Conneaut is the sale and ishes come together as Our ognized that I enjoy teach- suggested daily Mass at one ing. I’d missed that oppor- church for four months, anrelocation of Marianne’s Lady of Peace Parish. The official merger date tunity. So I learned that I other church the next four Candies from Main Street need to be open when the months, and the third in Conneaut to Bridge is Oct. 7. “Whenever you make a bishop and [Priests’] Per- church the other four Street in Ashtabula Harbor — a short walk down the decision like this, you have sonnel Board make recom- months of the year.” hill from Mother of Sorrows to weigh the recommenda- mendations. Making a recThe Rev. Ernesto Church, one of the three tion of the bishop, and [Di- ommendation is not a light Rodriquez, a Peruvian naparishes Thomas now ocesan Priests’] Personnel matter for them. They may tive and former Jesuit orserves in Ashtabula Board and my own,” he said. see things that you don’t al- dained for the Diocese of Co“And in this case, though it ways recognize, maybe due lumbus in June, assists County’s largest city. “This time, when mak- would have been easy to to a false humility. It’s part Thomas. The priests share ing the decision, it was sort stay in Conneaut the five or of the call,” he said. living quarters at the Our Six months ago, a sur- Lady of Mt. Carmel Rectory. of the same thing. six years until retirement, Conneaut has ‘this,’ but I sense that God calls me ac- prised Thomas heard a ruCompared to his Ashtabula now has cording to my gifts, and I mor at the Catholic Chari- Conneaut assignment, ties’ “Men Who Cook” fund- which when he arrived had Marianne’s Candies,” Tho- should play out the call.”

two parishes and a K-to-8 school that closed three years later, Ashtabula’s parish has a K-to-12 high school, and Beatitude House, opening in the fall for single mothers. Both are run by their own boards and administrators. Thomas supports community outreach. His Conneaut parishioners organized the St. Vincent dePaul Society and he offered the closed St. Mary School as headquarters of Conneaut’s week-long ecumenical home repair project, “LEAF.” “ I love doing community projects,” he said. “Maybe we’ll be able to bring over a LEAF work crew from Ashtabula next year.” Thomas also loves to travel. In Conneaut, he introduced parish pilgrimages to New York City and Italy. He plans a fall trip to the Carey, Ohio, shrine and next year, hopes to celebrate his 40th ordination anniversary with a trip for Conneaut and Ashtabula parishes. At the top of the list, however, is keeping forward momentum at the new parish. Even before arriving, Thomas was beginning to think of himself as one of the parishioners. “I had already sat down and talked with Frs. Joe Ruggieri and Phil Miller to get a sense of what the needs are, but really, most parishes operate in a similar manner, with a lot of the same ministries. We plan to come together, officially, in October, so that will give us a little more than a month to get it all together.” Thomas said the question about the need for three church buildings in Ashtabula will have to be answered by the people, just as it was in Conneaut. “Do we really need three spaces? Probably not. Can we keep three spaces? Hopefully. But even here, you can put money into buildings or into ministry.

Or you can ask what sacrifices do we need to make, or find ways to generate more money. The economy is tight,” he said. Thomas said that he envisioned one parish when he came to Conneaut, but waited until the two parishes recognized the futility of drawing up two nearly identical budgets each year, and other duplicated tasks, councils, and ministries. “It came together in a very gradual way,” he said. “I could see it a long time before it happened,. Seven years later, the people said yes.” And speaking of coming together, Thomas is planning on an evening prayer service, rather than a Sunday Mass, for his installation in Ashtabula. “That way, people from all faith traditions in the community can come,” he said. The first Sunday in his new parish, Thomas introduced himself, saying he was looking out over a sea of strangers, then asked parishioners to share good experiences of the week. He also talked about dreams. “My concern is for the people, to serve them, to honor their histories and traditions to bring them all together as much as we can, and to recognize the goal is to work to come together as one. We have to go slowly. It can’t be done all at one time,” he said. Most important, the Youngstown native is glad to be remaining in Ashtabula County. “I love being in Ashtabula County. I enjoy it. And you know what they say about the lure of the lake? It’s got me. I love being able to see it, to watch the sunsets and be nearby. I love the wineries. And you can’t beat Marianne’s Candies. For me, that will be an easy afternoon’s walk,” he said.

Historical Society invites residents to view, learn about quilts


Jefferson Historical Society President Norma Waters is pictured with quilts that will be on display during the Cornfest this Saturday, Aug. 27. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Have you ever wondered how to sew a quilt but never knew where to begin, or what materials you would need? The Jefferson Historical Society wants to help people

learn the ways of quilting. The Historical Society will have a free display of quilts, along with instructions on how to make them, set up during the Cornfest that will be held this Saturday, Aug. 27, in Jefferson. The display will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the quilt patterns that will be featured is the intricate “cathedral windows.” According to Historical Society members, it takes 14 steps to create a window in this design. It thens takes hundreds of windows to make a quilt that does not need to be

Jefferson Historical Society President Norma Waters shows the steps involved with making a quilt. quilted. “If this sounds confusing, come to the quilt show at the Cornfest and see for yourself,” Jefferson Historical Society President Norma Waters said. The steps to create a “Dresden Plate” pattern also will be on display.

“This is a very old pattern, and my mother ’s ‘Dresden Plate’ top made in the 1930s will be on display,” Waters said. “Mother said she quilted because in the Depression there was not money to afford blankets.” Additionally, Society member Mary Morton will

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demonstrate how to make “yo yos” that can be turned into a quilt. Quilt raffle tickets will be on sale, with the drawing to be held during the annual dinner meeting of the Jefferson Historical Society on 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Besides the quilt show, there will be a rummage sale, free games, a corn husk doll demonstration and free crafts for children. In the kitchen, food will be for sale, including corn dogs, corn fritters, creamed chicken over corn bread, sloppy joes and beverages. Outside, fresh corn cooked over a fire pit will be sold. Besides the events put on by the Historical Society, the Congregational Church will have rummage sale tables. The Jefferson Rotary will be selling wheels of cheese, and the Farmers’ Market will be featured behind the former Trinity Church at 42 E. Jefferson St., with music to enliven the event. “There will be a lot happening on the 27th. Mark your calendars to see quilts, play games, watch Jan Baber craft dolls, browse the gently-used treasures and feast on everything corn,” Chief Corn Fritter Cook Jean Carlson said. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at



Ohio EMS advises motorists to stay alert around school zones

AACS BOE passes Trauma season closes with personnel items pedestrian safety message BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

(COLUMBUS) – With Trauma Season winding down and thousands of Ohio children heading back to school, the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reminds motorists to stay alert in residential areas, near schools and in school zones. Tr a u m a S e a son refers to the summer months where unintentional injuries peak for children ages 14 and under, but even as Trauma Season winds down, it’s important to stay vigilant to keep children safe. “Schools, families and students are changing from summer to school-year routines, so this is a good time to remind motorists to be prepared to see children walking to school and bus stops in the early morning hours,” said Ohio Division of EMS Director Jeffrey Leaming. “Parents and teachers can help by reminding students to be aware of their surroundings to keep themselves safe while traveling to and from school.” According to preliminary data from Ohio’s Trauma Acute Care Registry, there were 70 child pedestrians between the ages of 5 to 15 years of age severely injured in the state last school year (August 2010 through June 2011). Drivers are reminded to observe the law and use caution when driving near school buses. There is no passing on either side of the road when a school bus has its red lights flashing. The flashing lights mean a child is leaving or entering the school bus. Motorists should be vigilant near schools and slow down to obey all posted school speed limits as well. The following are tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for motorists to help keep

children safe while traveling to and from school: Pay attention t o y o u r s u rroundings: when backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Know y o u r n e i g h b o rhood school zones and watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be paying attention to their surroundings. Slow down: Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. In addition, watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops. Be alert: Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic. Learn and obey the school bus laws: Learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions: Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles. Red flashing lightsand extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again. The Ohio Department of Public Safety, through the Division of EMS, oversees the certification of emergency medical technicians and firefighters and ensures that the professionals in these lifesaving roles are properly trained, educated and prepared for emergency situations.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The Ashtabula Area City Schools Board of Education met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17. During the meeting, the board approved several personnel issues, including the hiring of three substitutes, Linda Bader, William Baily and Leo Caruso. Other substitutes were hired under certified personnel and they included: • Diane Ashley • Rachael Brent • Paula Crews • Aimee Dieffenbacher-Gilbert • Dan Harclerode • Meghan Henry • Diane Hord • Lauren Johnston • Kathryn Miller • Amber Nowakowski • Gary Schaeman • Patricia Warner The employment of two new administrative assistants was also suggested. They included: • Jill Applebee, administrative assistant, at $13.54 per hour, eight hours per day and five days per week for a 12month position, effective Aug. 15, 2011. • Betty Osbourne, administrative assistant for the Switchboard and Food Service, at $13.54 per hour, six hours per day and five days per week for a 10-month position, effective Aug. 11, 2011. • Everett Rand was approved for retirement as a Crossing Guard for McKinsey Elementary, effective Aug. 1, 2011. Rand has been employed with the Ashtabula Area City Schools since Oct. 4, 1999. Other employees hired were: • Angela Brady as a Special Education Interventions Specialist Teacher at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for 185 days at a salary of $37,605 a year. • Elizabeth Coughlin as a Read 180 Tutor at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 at seven hours per day for185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Eric Elmore as a Student Management Room Tutor at Lakeside High; effective Aug. 24, 2011 at seven hours per day for 185 days at the tutor hour rate of pay. • Stephanie Fenton as an Intervention Tutor at Michigan Primary; effective Aug. 24, 2011 at seven hours per day for 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Heather Gardner as a Special Education Interventions Specialist Teacher at Lakeside Intermediate; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for 185 days at a salary of $30,084 per year. • Alyssa Hill as a Study Island Tutor at Lakeside Intermediate; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • James Hood as the Student Management Room Tutor at Lakeside Jr. High; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Mary Kobelt as a Special Education Intervention Tutor (VLA) at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Amanda Morse as a Special Education Interventions Specialist Tutor at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Lana Olinek as a Special Education Intervention Specialist Teacher at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for a total of 185 days, at a salary of $30,084 per year. • Jennifer Pocza as a Intervention Tutor at Lakeside Intermediate; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Jessica Schillace as a Intervention Tutor at Saybrook Elementary; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for 4.5 hours per day for a total 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Gisela Schilling as a Special Education Intervention Specialist Tutor at Lakeside High School; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Megan Schweingruber as an Intervention Tutor at Ontario Primary; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Amarlyss Sernik as a Intervention Tutor at Huron Primary; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Meghan Stec as an Academic Tutor at Lakeside InterSUBMITTED PHOTO mediate; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Joshua Williams as a Math 180 Tutor at Lakeside Jr. named player of the game af- High; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for a ter going 3-for-3. She also total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. • Laura Zawicki as a Read 180 Tutor at Lakeside Junwon the accuracy throw conior High; effective Aug. 24, 2011 for seven hours per day for test. The B.B. Classic was a total of 185 days at the tutor hourly rate of pay. sponsored by The Star BeaSadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached con and raised $500 for the at JAGS Complex.

B.B. Classic held at JAGS Complex

Members of the Green Team pose for a picture prior to the B.B. Classic. BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The second annual B.B. Classic was held at the JAGS Complex on Sunday, Aug. 21. The B.B. Classic started last year as a Celebrity Softball game with 21 former area softball players. The inspiration came from then 13-year-old Bailey Beckwith, who needed a plan to earn her a Silver Award for her Girl Scout Troop 369. The B.B. Classic alumni softball game also featured a home-run derby contest. Players who participated in the game last year were Rachel Mansfield, Rhona Carter, Annie Evans, Sara Frain, Courtney Francis, Hannah Francis, Heather Stoltz, Jackie Baird, Alexi Cash, Kathy Douglas, Jennifer Obershaw, Lynne Millard, Tammy McTrusty, Suzette Garvey, Mindy Marino, Becky DeGeorge, Laura Pollander, Trisha Dreslinksi,

Kim Triskett, Kelly Hneson, Krystal Force and Beth Hooser. Last year the players were divided into two teams, the Orange and the Blue team. This year the colors chosen were Green and Purple. The Green team consisted of Charity Riffle (Jefferson ’99), Becky Malinowski DeGeorge (St. John ’90), Amy Shelatz Durkovic (Jefferson ’93), Kim Burch Hamilton (Harbor ‘90), Tracie DeGeorge (St. John ’94), Sherri Wittenmyer Britton (St. John ’86), Trisha Dreslinski (Edgewood ’07), Beth Rubosky Hooser (Grand Valley ’01), Tammy Wludyga McTrusty (Jefferson ’82), Carolyn Behr-Jerome (Jefferson ’88) and Mindy Marino (Harbor ’98). The Purple team consisted of Sara Febel (Jefferson ’07), Alexi Cash (Edgewood ’07), Stacy Wurgler Hamilton (Jefferson ’92), Debbie Baird

Geneva High School grad Jessica Coggins wins Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Award 2010 Geneva High School graduate Jessica Coggins is one of four Wittenberg University women’s tennis standouts to garner 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Awards. Recipients of the prestigious ITA Awards are scholar athletes who maintain a 3.5 grade pint average while earning a varsity letter. In her freshman season Coggins complied a 4-0 record in singles play for the Tigers. -Submitted by Jan Perala

Camp (Jefferson ’90), Darylynn Cole Howland (Jefferson ’84), Ashley Febel (Jefferson ’02), Stephanie Ward Marcy (Edgewood ’91), Stacey Febel (Jefferson ’05), Deanna Dietrich Cole (Jefferson ’87), Jenny Jerman (Harbor ’99), Shannon Mellin (Jefferson ’98) and Michelle White Rawlins (Conneaut ’00). The Green team was able to come out on top with a 52 win over the Purple team. Three of the Green team’s runs came straight away in the first inning when Tracie DeGeorge hit a three-run shot to left field. Stacey Febel was able to keep the game close for the Purple team with a two-run homer in the third inning. However, the Green team was able to pull away for a 52 win. Carolynn Behr-Jerome pitched for the Green team, while Darlynn Cole Howland pitched for the Pruple team. Trisha Dreslinksi was



Are Clergy men and women weird? Pastor’s Column Pastor Fred Grimm St. Paul’s Lutheran church I spent fifty years attending churches before being called to St. Paul’s and ordained into the Lutheran ministry. In that time, I met a lot of pastors, priests, and rabbis. Some of them would have to be described as a little odd. After all, our society tends to frown on people who claim that God has “spoken” to them. Yet, as one tries to determine if their future is to be as a shepherd for Christ, a very real question is, “Has God called me to do this?” If you take your faith seriously, as lay people, it’s a challenge in all aspects of life as well. What is God calling us to do? For clergy members, it’s the question that triggers years of seminary education, and then being sent to wherever the Church decides you are needed. For me, it’s been a blessing. I started thinking about some of the pastors that have made an impression on my life. In my youth, the pastors all seemed so wise and good. I never could have imagined them making mistakes. One of the pastors that confirmed me had a shock of white hair, and reminded me of the painting of God in the Sistene Chapel. When I was home on leave from the Marines, he invited me to breakfast at a local restaurant. After we were done eating, I asked if he minded if I smoked. (That was a more common event in 1967!) To my surprise, he asked if HE could have one of mine, since his were in the car. THE PASTOR SMOKED! Another very dignified pastor of the huge church I attended in Columbus came down the aisle one Easter Morning beating on a drum and dressed as the “Energizer Bunny!” Everyone really got the point, that Christ goes on forever and ever. However, there were criticisms. Since most of us who attend church have had clergy leaders who were great, it’s a little intimidating to consider, as a new seminarian, that you will be observed, tested, and questioned. And it’s not just the seminary challenges, but those you encounter out in the real world of the parish. Every new pastor or

priest wants to be a great shepherd to their congregation, to bring them the Word and Sacraments, to be there for them during the tough times of their lives, to bring them inspiring sermons every Sunday. It’s a challenge that needs the presence of the Holy Spirit, for we surely would make a mess of it on our own. Having spent twenty-eight years in the military, I was used to wearing a uniform. So, I was not afraid to don black clothes and wear a collar, significant of being yoked to Christ. I don’t think I was ready for the reaction that a collar brings! I was surprised to have people just stare, as I entered a restaurant. Sometimes, men start using foul language to get a reaction. On the other side, people will often start talking about how religious they are. One Lutheran woman from Ashtabula said, “I recognize you! You’re the crazy one!” I still haven’t figured out how I should’ve responded to that one! When you’re wearing a collar, you will always be pan-handled. That’s another “odd” trait of clergy. We do our best to help those in need. It’s what Christ called all of us to do. Sometimes, we get used. During my first year in Jefferson, a man came into St. Paul’s looking for help to get to Erie. He saw my Marine Corps mug and exclaimed, “I was a Marine!” I gave that guy $60 out of my wallet, and he promised to pay me back. My secretary points out that it’s been fourteen years, but I still have hope! Responding to need, and extending the grace of God is what clergy members do. It’s another “odd” thing about them. Recently, Father Steve Wassie got taken in by a person he was trying to help. It cost him his ministry in Jefferson. Here’s a man, called by God, who was loved by so many, including the members of our Jefferson Ministerium. Steve is a pastor who never was interested in personal gain, nor fame. He served St. Joseph’s and St. Andrew’s in this quiet corner of God’s world, doing the very best he could for his flock. Father Steve will eventually be heading to another parish, and Father Poore has had a wonderful start, here in Ashtabula County. I’ll be looking forward to getting to know him as a partner in Christ. But I will miss Father Steve. Fair winds, my Christian shipmate! May you be a blessing to many, and may you continue to be one of those “odd’ people that God has chosen to lead His flock.

Religious Briefs Aug. 25 Saybrook Township: Free community dinner

Stanhope-Kellogsville Rd, Dorset. 3 miles north of U.S. Route 6.

Our free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-6 p.m. in our 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!

Sept. 11 Ashtabula: Chicken dinner

Aug. 28 Dorset: Leon United Methodist Church Sesquicentennial Celebration Leon United Methodist Church Sesquicentennial Celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 28. Service at 10 a.m., lunch at noon, open House 1 - 4 p.m. Memorabilia will be on display. Guest speaker at the morning service will be Rev. Dave Scavuzzo, D.S., musical guests: Debbie Vendely and Joe and Carrie Martin. Special music at the Open House by Sherry Cornell at 1 p.m. and the Cross Country Shoreliners at 2 p.m. Buffet style lunch and 150 balloon release at noon. Join us for a memorable day, at 3599

Mother of Sorrows, located at 1464 W. 6th St., will hold its famous chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Adults, $8; seniors, $7; and children, $5. Carry out is available. Dinner includes chicken (roasted or BBQ), mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll and butter, coffee and punch. There also will be a fantastic dessert table.

Sept. 21 Ashtabula: Swiss steak or chicken and dumpling dinner Your choice of homemade Swiss steak or chicken and dumpling dinner includes potatoes, veggies, rolls and butter, dessert and beverages. Sponsored by the United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Road, Ashtabula. The dinner will be held Sept. 21, 4-7 p.m. Adults $8, child (4-10), $4.

Pastors Daniel and Mary Wilson bring their ministry to Faith Freedom Fellowship


Pastors Daniel and Mary Wilson. GENEVA - Pastors Daniel and Mary Wilson, Pastors of Restoration Worship Center in Bandon, Oregon, will be guest speakers at Faith Freedom Fellowship, 205 West Liberty St., on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. Daniel Wilson, born and raised in the Ashtabula County area, will be ministering in the area with his wife, Mary. They have pioneered and have pastored Restoration Worship Center for eight years. They are visionaries and have been self-employed, working in the Bandon area for 25 years. Daniel has been retired for two years from building homes (Daniel Wilson Construction) in Bandon. They also own and still operate an 18- bed care facility for the elderly. In 2004, both Daniel and Mary were licensed and ordained through Faith Christian Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are also Relational Representatives, creating and maintaining a support system and relationships with other FCF pastors. They have ministered to several churches both in the states and international. Often they are used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit: in tongues and interpretation, prophetically bringing the word of the Lord, ministering healing in many areas of life and preaching and teaching the word in a powerful way. In their services, they have witnessed many healings and deliverances, relationships restored, supernatural financial increase and renewed vision and hope in the lives of many people for the glory of God. “We are excited, believing that God is preparing hearts and He desires to bless people’s lives with increase in every situation they face. If you need some answers, a word from God, please attend,” Pastor Raymond Baker said. The public is invited, and a love offering for Daniel and Mary Wilson will be taken.

Church Directory ASSEMBLY OF GOD First Assembly of God 2300 Austinburg Rd., 275-7720 Pastors Don and Debra Hammer 9:30 Sunday School 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship Faith Community A/G Church 5835 Route 166, Rock Creek, 474-1851 Senior Pastor: Rev. Brian L. Wright Sr. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Services New Life Assembly of God 1961 La Fever Rd., Geneva Pastor Harry Pishcura, 466-6093 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday Services BAPTIST Central Missionary Baptist Church 930 Clay Road, Dorset, 858-2460 The Rev. Dave Chappell, Pastor 10 a.m. Sun School 11:30 a.m. Worship KIngsville First Baptist Church (Am.) 6003 St. Rt. 193, Kingsville 224-1081 The Rev. David Hines 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Worship First Baptist Church (American) 4353 Park Ave., Ashtabula, 992-9836 Rev. Doug Wright 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship First Baptist Church of Jefferson 85 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson 576-1631 Rev. Jerry Bentley, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship

Fellowship Bible Church EVCA 417 West 46th, Ashtabula, 992-2500 Pastor Ed Christian, Pastor Duke DiPofi 9:15 Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

West Avenue Church of Christ 5901 West Ave., Ashtabula, 992-0737 Michael D. Williams, Minister 9:30 a.m. BIble Class 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Worship

First Grace Gospel Church 5730 Adams Ave., Ashtabula 997-8191 David Adams, pastor 9:30 a.m. Sun. School, Informal Service 10:45 a.m. Bible Hour 7 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer Time



Austinburg First United Church of Christ Rts 45 & 307, Austinburg, 275-5125 Rev. Allison Milligan, Pastor, 275-1129(H) 11 a.m. Worship and Sunday School

Assumption Church 594 West Main, Geneva, 466-3427 Father Melvin Rusnak 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 9 & 11 a.m. Sunday Mass

First Congregational United Church of Christ 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, 576-4531 Pastor James E. Brehler Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 3049 St. Rt. 45, Rock Creek, 563-3010 Pastor, Rev. David Weikart Mass times: 6 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. Sun (Sept. - May) 8 a.m. Sun (June-Aug.) 12 Noon Wed &Fri

Unionville United Church of Christ 6870 S. Ridge Rd., 428-2235 On Rt. 84 east of County Line Rd. Rev. Robert Cunningham 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship

Mother of Sorrows 1464 W. 6th St., Ashtabula, 964-3277 Father Joseph Ruggieri 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 10 am Sun Mass (11:45 am Spanish) 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday Mass Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church 1200 E. 21st St., Ashtabula, 998-4111 Father Joseph Ruggieri 5 p.m. Saturday Mass 8 a.m. & 12 noon Sunday Mass 8 a.m. Wednesday Mass St. Andrews Church 3700 St. Rt. 193, Kingsville, 224-0987 Rev. Stephen M. Wassie 9 a.m. Sunday Mass

First Baptist Church of Dorset 2471 Route 193 N., Dorset 858-9623 Ed Pickard, Pastor 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service

St. Joseph Church 32 East Jefferson St., Jefferson 576-3651 Rev. Stephen M. Wassie 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday Mass Sat. 4:30 p.m. Mass

Fundamental Baptist Church (Ind.) 2219 Allen-Comp Rd., Dorset 858-2609 Pastor Michael Allen 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Worship Services

St. Joseph Church 3330 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, 992-0330 Father Philip Miller 4 p.m. Saturday Mass 9 a.m. Sunday Mass 8 a.m. Monday & Friday Mass

Geneva Baptist Church - SBC 903 West Main St., 466-1481 Pastor Richard L. Thompson 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Worship Services Lighthouse Baptist Church 2929 Carpenter Rd., 964-0222 Senior Pastor John Jones 10, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday Worship People’s Baptist Church 3837 West Ave., Ashtabula 992-9582 Rev. Louis F. Grandberry 11:00 Morning Service The United Church 75 South Broadway, Geneva, 4662824 Pastor Bob Cunningham 11:00 a.m. Worship BIBLE Bethel Bible Church 877 E. Beech, Jefferson, 576-5949 Pasot Joseph Laing Sundays at Jefferson Comm. Center, 11 E. Jefferson Street 9 a.m. Bible School, 10 a.m. Worship Chapel on the Ridge 9582 North Ridge E., Geneva 993-7502 Pastor: Ronald Wright 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Sunday Services Eagleville Bible Church 1981 Rt. 45 North, Rock Creek 563-3407 Pastors Bill McMinn, Chris Christian and Josh Wood 8:30; 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship

St. Joseph Mission - Our Lady of Miracles 4317 West Ave., Ashtabula, 997-7121 Father Philip Miller 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church 1104 E. 15th St., Ashtabula, 964-3536 Father Andrew Gretchko 4:30 p.m. Divine Litergy CHRISTIAN CHURCH First Christian Church 6920 Austinburg Rd., Ashtabula 993-7056 Rev. Richard L. Well 9 a.m. Contemp Service & Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Traditional Service CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY ALLIANCES People’s Church 300 S. Ridge Rd. E., Geneva 466-2020 Rev. Jim Walker 10:45 a.m. Worship CHURCH OF CHRIST Geneva Church of Christ 1007 S. Broadway, Geneva, 466-7689 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Rock Creek Church of Christ 2965 High St., Rock Creek 563-9528 9:30 a.m. Bible Study, all ages 10:30 a.m. Cont. Worship & Children’s Church

Unionville United Church 6970 S. Ridge Rd., Unionville 466-2824 Pastor Bob Cunningham 9:30 a.m. Worship CHURCH OF GOD Ashtabula Church of God 2244 Harbor Ave., 997-3410 Rev. Jay Rock 10 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. worship Church of God in Christ 3417 Hiawatha Ave., Ashtabula 997-3922 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Ceremony & Worship Jefferson Church of God 2701 St. Rt. 46, Jefferson, 992-6267 Rev. Leon J. Alexander 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship EPISCOPAL Christ Episcopal Church 65 S. Eagle St., Geneva, 466-3706 10:30 a.m. Worship Holy Cross Charismatic Episcopal Church 341 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, 964-8089 Pastor Nicholas Rizzo 10 a.m. Adult BIble Study 10:30 a.m. Worship St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 4901 Main Ave., Ashtabula, 992-8100 Rev. David Evans, Interim Pastor 8 & 10 a.m. Sunday Worship INDEPENDENT

LUTHERAN Bethany Lutheran Church 933 Michigan Ave., Ashtabula, 964-3157 Pastor Larry Mackey 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:15 Sunday School Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church-LCMS 4896 N. Ridge W. Ashtabula, 466-4554 10:30 a.m. Worship & Children’s Church Faith Lutheran Church-ELCA 504 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, 964-9087 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship Messiah Lutheran Church - ELCA 615 Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, 992-9392 Rev. Dr. Michael Meranda 4 p.m. Saturday Holy Communion 9 & 11 a.m. Sunday Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Adult Forum 11 a.m. Sunday School St. John’s Lutheran Church - LCMS P.O. Box 500, Geneva, 466-2473 9:30 a.m. Sun. School & Adult Bible Class 10:30 a.m Service St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 89 East Satin St., Jefferson, 576-4671 Rev. Fred Grimm 8 & 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Zion Lutheran Church - LCMS 2310 W. 9th St., Ashtabula, 964-9483 Pastor Mark Berg 9:15 a.m. Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Worship 10:45 Children’s Church METHODIST Ashtabula First United Methodist Church 4506 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, 993-3806 Rev. John M. Germaine, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship (10:45 in winter) Bulah Calvary United Methodist 2070 Route 193 N., Jefferson 858-2651 Pastor Aletta Burkholder 10 a.m. Sunday School 11:15 a.m. worship Dorset United Methodist Church 2800 St. Rt. 193, 858-2831 Rev. David Miller, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Gageville United Methodist Church 4063 St. Rt. 193, Kingsville, 224-0165 Rev. David L. Blood, pastor 11 a.m. Worship

Ashtabula Baptist Church 5909 Sheppard Rd., Ashtabula, 228-9423 Pastor Dan Evans 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Geneva First United Methodist Church 89 South Broadway, 466-2817 Rev. David & Rev. Suzanne Hill 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School

Park Street Christian Church 97 Park St., Geneva, 466-4601 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 7:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study

Harbor United Methodist Church 322 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, 964-9240 Rev. Sandra Dennis 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) 11 a.m.Worship

Second Congregational Church of Christ 319 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, 964-9640 Rev. Peter Pritchard 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Worship

Jefferson United Methodist 125 East Jefferson St., Jefferson, 576-4561 Pastor - Meredith Coleman 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Worship 9:40 a.m. Sunday School for all ages

Well of Hope Chapel 4254 E. Center St., N. Kingsville 593-3159 The Rev. Tim Ranyak, pastor 10:45 a.m. Sunday Services

Leon United Methodist Church 3599 Stanhope-Kelloggsville Rd, Dorset Pastors Jason Hockran & Quincy Wheeler 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Sunday school

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS East Ashtabula Congregation 5614 Poplar Ave., 992-3637 10 a.m. Public Meeting & Watchtower

Rock Creek Community United Methodist Church 3210 N. Main, 563-3291 Rev. David Miller, Pastor 9 a.m. Worship, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School

Saybrook United Methodist Church 7900 South Depot Rd., Ash. 969-1562 Rev. Jeff Stoll 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Worship Services South Harpersfield United Methodist Church 5524 Cork-Cold Springs Rd., Geneva 466-4778 Pastor Shirley A Stoops-Frantz 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship

Peoples Church The Christian & Missionary Alliance 300 S Ridge E, Geneva, 466-2020 Senior Pastor Rev. Alex Zell Youth Pastor Stan Heeren 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship Open Door Community Church 5802 Cemetery Rd, Kingsville 224-2675 The Rev. Greg Evans, pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship

MORMON Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 571 W. Seven Hills Rd., Ashtabula 993-3616 9:30 a.m. Sacrement 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Priesthood & Relief Society NAZARENE Ashtabula First Church of the Nazarene 1820 S. Ridge Rd W., Ashtabula 992-0246 Rev. Michael Legg 9-10 a.m. Sunday School 10:10 a.m. Morning Services Edgewood Church of the Nazarene 3025 N. Ridge E., Ashtabula 997-5645 Pastor Kevin Ellis 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship Geneva Church of the Nazarene 710 Centennial, Geneva, 466-4711 9:30 Sunday School 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship Jefferson Church of the Nazarene 55 E. Satin St., Jefferson, 576-6556 Pastor Rodney Kincaid 8:30, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Sunday School

Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Ashtabula County Ash Senior Citizens Center, 4632 Main St., Ashtabula, 964-5432 11 a.m. Service PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Faith Body of Jesus Christ of the Newborn Assemblies 772 Griggs Rd., Ashtabula 993-8339 Bishop Charles D. Keyes Sr. Faith Freedom Fellowship 205 West Liberty St., Geneva 466-8282 Pastors Raymond & Edith Baker 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Praise and Worship Grace Christian Assembly 906 Joseph Ave., Ashtabula 964-8592 Elder Gerome Sing 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Worship Pentecostal Community Church 5348 Peck Rd., New Lyme 576-0384 Pastor Scott C. Ardary 10 a.m. Sunday School/Worship 6 p.m. - 1st & 3rd Sun., Evening Service PRESBYTERIAN

Kelloggsville Church of the Nazarene 4841 St. Rt. 84, Kingsville, 224-1136 Pastor Jerry Webb 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Worship

East Side Presbyterian Church 3440 Edgewood Dr., Ashtabula 993-7546 Reverend S. Shane Nanney 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship

NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH New Apostolic Church 2305 W. 19th St., Ashtabula The Rev. William McNutt 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 8 p.m. Wed Worship NONDENOMINATIONAL Alive Community Church 4527 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, 992-7684 Pastor Darren Gollon Fellowship 9:30 a.m., Service 10 a.m. Bread of Life Ministries Ashtabula Plaza, 2257 Lake Ave. 998-BOLM Pastor Karen Bales, 858-9484 10 a.m. Sunday & 7 p.m Tuesday Breaking Thru at the Crossroads 3277 St. Rt. 167, Jefferson, 293-4421 Pastor Enos Ali, Co-Pastor Launa Ali 10-11 a.m. Sunday School 11-11:25 Sunday Brunch 11:30 Sunday Service Edgewood Alliance Church 3137 E. Center St., N. Kingsville 224-2111 Senior Pastor Gary Russell 9 a.m. Sunday School, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Worship 6 p.m Wed. Bible Study Int. Gen. Assmbly Of Spiritualists 5403 S. Ridge W., Ashtabula 969-1724 Classes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 11 a.m. worship - Guest speaker every Sun. Lenox Federated Church 2610 Lenox-New Lyme Rd, Jefferson 576-9932 Pastor: Ken Zaebst 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship & Teaching

The First Presbyterian Church 4317 Park Ave., Ashtabula 993-3731 Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Long, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sun. School 10:45 a.m. Worship Kingsville Presbyterian Church 3056 W. Main St., Kingsville 224-1023 Rev. Bonnie Habbersett 10 a.m. Worship and Sunday School North Kingsville Presbyterian Church 6546 Church St., Kingsville 224-1491 Ken Ayers, CLP, pastor 10:30 a.m. Worship Pierpont Presbyterian Church 71 St. Rt. 7 S., Pierpont, 577-1218 Pastor Ed Diehl 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Rome Presbyterian Route 45, Rome Township Mary Jo Foust, Commissioned Lay Pastor 11:10 a.m. Worship (May-Sept) Trinity Presbyterian Church 1342 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula 993-7111 Rev. Arvid Whitmore 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Berean Seventh Day Adventist 874 Center St., Ashtabula 992-8796 Pastor Gregory Jackson Sat. 9:30 a.m. Bible Study Sat. 11 a.m. Divine Worship




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Ashtabula County Driving Tour Map now available: The Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau's popular visitor driving tour map has been upgraded and is HERE! They have 50,000 copies in stock. Stop by and pick up yours or contact them and they will deliver them. Thank you to the Covered Bridge Festival for partnering with the ACCVB to combine their covered bridge tour map with the visitor map. The map now contains the facts of each of our 18 covered bridges in the county along with a photo. The tourists are very happy to have this new, all-inclusive driving tour map for their use.


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Apple Fest: at Jefferson Historical Society, Sep. 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Get some apple fritters, see a display of apple items & play apple bingo using the Old Exchange Bingo apparatus. They will also have free games for children. They are also looking for vintage cars for a car show. Call Norma at 576-2681.

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College Knowledge: Sep. 25 at 2:00 pm at Jefferson HisAshtabula torical Society. Pat Inman will speak to parents who have County children in grades 9th through 12th on getting ready for life after high school.

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Friday, August 26th 4:00 p.m. Ashtabula Rotary party at the beer tent with live music by Second String starting at 6:30 p.m. Located on the east side of the river, south of the Lift Bridge at Sutherland Marine. 7:00 p.m. Mandatory Captains Meeting for Walleye Tournament at "Walleye Headquarters" on the transient dock. (West side of the river, north of the Lift Bridge.) 12:30 a.m. Last call at Ashtabula Rotary Beer Tent.

Saturday, August 27th 6:15 a.m. Walleye Fishing Tournament begins. 8:30 a.m. Wine & Walleye Guppy Run on Walnut Blvd. 9:00 a.m. Wine & Walleye 5K Run - Winds through the Ashtabula Harbor with the finish line in the sand at Walnut Beach. 10:00 a.m. Mandatory Captain's meeting for participants in the Lighted Boat Parade at Walleye Headquarters on the transient dock. 12:00 p.m. Rotary Beer Tent open until 1:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Wine Tasting Area and vendors open until dusk. Located in the lower Bridge Street area. 1:00 p.m. Live music with Miles Beyond. 4:00 p.m. Walleye Tournament awards held at "Walleye Headquarters."

4:00 p.m. Stop by the Spire Institue booth to visit with and receive an autograph from Diana Munz, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist until 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Live music with Andy's Last Band. 8:15 p.m. Wine Tasting area gate closes; last call at 8:45 p.m. for wine. 9:00 p.m. Rotary Beer tent live music by Second String. 9:15 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade on the Ashtabula River. Spectators can watch from the Transient/Public dock. Rotary Beer Tent will remain open with food. 12:30 p.m. Last call in Rotary Beer Tent for beer and food.

Sunday, August 28th 12:00 p.m. Rotary Beer Tent open until 6:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade Awards Ceremony in Rotary Beer Tent. 1:00 p.m. Wine Tasting Area and vendors open until 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Live music with Good Question. 3:00 p.m. Classic Car Parade on Bridge Street. Spectators may enjoy the parade on the sidewalks of Bridge Street. 3:30 p.m. Live music with Ernest T. Band. 5:15 p.m. Wine gate closes; last call 5:45 p.m. for wine.

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