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Inside this week: Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

MARCS tower installed in Geneva

— See 44-page special section

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Local Girl Scout goes for the gold — See page 9A


Vol. No. 135, No. 39


Jefferson council moves forward with purchase of site of former school BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

motion, while Rick Hoyson and Jerry March abstained from voting. According to council rules, the JEFFERSON - Despite reserva- abstentions go with the majority. tions from one council member, Village Administrator Terry Jefferson Village Council has Finger said that council worked moved forward in its pursuit to out the deal with Jefferson Area purchase property and a former Local Schools Superintendent cafeteria building at the site of the Doug Hladek and other school offormer Jefferson Elementary ficials. As part of the proposed agreeSchool building, located 108 E. Jefferson St., during its meeting ment, the village will offer $300,000 for the remaining parcel last Monday, Sept. 19. During this meeting, council of land and building at the old elauthorized Village Administrator ementary school site. The offer conTerry Finger and Village Clerk/ sists of $150,000 in cash and an Treasurer Patty Fisher to enter additional $150,000 credit package into a purchase agreement with for in-kind labor and improveJefferson Area Local Schools for ments spread over an unspecified the purchase of the remaining por- period of time. The property primarily will be tion of the former Jefferson Elused by the police department, who ementary School property. Voting in favor of the motion need the additional room, Finger were Brian Diehl, Kay Ann said. Brabender and Lon Damon. CounSee COUNCIL page 8A cilor Ken Fertig voted against the

Ashtabula Committee advocating on behalf of traffic cameras forms BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

retary; Gus Powell; and Scott Furman,” officials said. The committee will support the Ashtabula Police Department and their view of keeping citizens safe with the use of the traffic cameras. “We wish to show the citizens of Ashtabula that the use of traffic cameras in law enforcement is a beneficial thing,” officials said. “We will seek to dispel the myths and misinformation currently being spread by opponents to the use of traffic cameras and work for the defeat the Ashtabula City Charter change amendment that is on the November ballot.” The committee is still open for new members. All those interested in keeping the traffic cameras in place or who would like to receive more information on the committee are encouraged to come to their next meeting. “Anyone interested in joining or supporting this committee may contact Earl Tucker for additional information,” officials said. As the committee is formed, more information will be released. The committee hopes to provide citizens with education on the traffic cameras and the useful ways they aid in keeping the City of Ashtabula safe. “We will be providing additional information and education on these issues over the next several weeks,” officials said.

ASHTBULA - An announcement was made last week of a new committee forming in the City of Ashtabula. The new committee is entitled “Citizens for Safer Streets” and will be active in advocating for the city’s traffic cameras. “On Sept. 18, 2011, a new Political Action Committee (PAC), Citizens for Safer Streets, was formed. Our primary goal is to show support for the Ashtabula Police Department and the use of traffic cameras within the city of Ashtabula as an adjunct to law enforcement,” the Citizens for Safer Streets officials said. Over the last few months, several protests have been conducted against the traffic cameras, which ultimately led to the gathering of enough signatures on a petition to put the traffic camera issue on the November ballot. Citizens for Safer Streets is the counter action to these protests and petitions. As November approaches, Citizens for Safer Streets will reach out to the community and campaign on the camera’s and police department’s behalf. Being that they are newly formed, so far the committee has five members. “The committee currently conSadie Portman, reporter for the sists of five individuals: Mary Church, treasurer; Earl Tucker, Gazette, may be reached at spokesperson; Meghann Orr, sec-

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Ashtabula Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting


A memorial has been set up in memory of Damon Derricoatte outside the L.A. Cafe where Derricoatte was killed early Sunday morning. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Ashtabula City Police arrested Earnest Dyer at around 11:15 a.m. Monday morning after conducting a manhunt for the suspect who fatally shot

Damon Derricoatte, who was only 26 years old. Ashtabula City Police Department officials said that the suspect is an African American male. Dyer was found in Maple Heights, Ohio. According to police officials,

Derricoatte left the L.A. Cafe, located on Bridge Street in Ashtabula, at around 1:30 in the morning Sunday when he was shot in the neck. The suspect, allegedly Dyer, then fled the scene

See DYER page 8A

New library director chosen in Jefferson BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - A new library director has been chosen at the Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson. “Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson, Ohio is proud to announce that Edward Worso has been hired as the new library director,” Henderson Memorial Public Library Board President Beth Baker said. Worso replaces Kathleen Jozwiak, who left on Sept. 9 to accept the position of library director at the Orrville Public Library in Orrville, Ohio, which is located in Wayne County. Jozwiak had served patrons at Henderson Memorial Public Library for over seven years. Worso comes to Henderson Memorial Public Library from

Willowick, Ohio, where he has been the circulation manager for the past year and a half. He has a wealth of library experience, as over the past 20 years, Worso has also worked for libraries in the Columbus area, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University. Although he worked in Willowick, Worso has ties to Ashtabula County. As a resident of Pierpont, Ohio, Worso may be a familiar face to Ashtabula County residents, Baker said. “He speaks of the Ashtabula County Fair, the various restaurants and points of interest and the many libraries that make up the county,” Baker said. “He is interested in keeping up to date with the latest technology, increasing library usage and addressing marketing concerns. Most importantly,

Ed Worso is a person who cares most about customer service.” Worso will begin his position as library director at Henderson Memorial Public Library on Monday, Oct. 17. The library also recently welcomed a new children’s librarian. Dee Culbertson is now the new children’s librarian at Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson. In other library news, with September winding down, readers are reminded that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. People are invited to stop into Henderson Memorial Public Library to sign up for “the smartest card of all — a library card.” Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at swessell@gazette

GHS honored with Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education

Ashtabula Area City Schools collect more than 2,000 cans for local charity

BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools BY RAENA SIDBECK Ashtabula Area City Schools ASHTABULA - During the Ashtabula Area City Schools’ Spirit Week, students completed a variety of fun, spiritbuilding activities. How-

ever, none was more special than helping others. For the fourth year in a row, the Ashtabula Area City Schools collected canned green and gold fruit / vegetables to donate to charity. This year, over 2,000 cans were collected and given to GO Ministries. Pictured is AACS thirdgrade teacher Bill Ricker and student Laurelle Herron.

GENEVA - Geneva High School’s teachers and students have demonstrated a flair for solving the equation for excellence in science education through awards and accolades garnered in science-related competitions and this month the school and its science department have received yet another state level award.

See AWARDS on page 5A


Writing the Equation for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. Celebrating Geneva High School’s selection as one of two Cleveland area public high schools to receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education are GHS Science Department teachers, who also garnered individual honors and members of the school’s State Science team, and Envirothon and Science Olympiad teams. Pictured are front from left: Morgan Nazor - Envirohon team, State Science Team members Abby Williams, Katie Peck, Mary Wessell, Alyx Lynham, Matt Seeds and Lindsey Varckette and Emily O’Dell and Cassidy Pristov of the Envirothon team. In back are Geneva Schools Superintendent Mary D. Zappitelli and science teachers Wendy Booth (Science Fair coordinator), Jessica George, Jarrod Burgard, Dale Johnston, Department Chairman John Barbo, Robert Lundin and Eileen Dragon.


WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2011

Ashtabula Township Who dunnit? receives new truck History Society to host murder-mystery dinner BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

There are no lines to memorize, and four men and four women are needed to play the parts of the characters in the game, Historical Society members said. Even if you just want a good meal, there is a place for you at the dinner. Cost of a ticket is $15 for the play, Pasta, Passion and Pistols, the meal and a chance to win two tickets for an Anderson bus day trip. Chef for the evening is Chef Anthony Verona Get your tickets soon, as seating is limited to 24 guests. For more information or to secure a ticket, call Marlene Laidley at 5767430. The Jefferson Historical Society is located inside the old church at 42 East Jefferson St. in Jefferson.

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Historical Society will offer an unusual dining experience for guests in midOctober, when they find that dinner can be “murder.” On 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, the Jefferson Historical Society will serve up a fivecourse meal and a mystery. This is the Society’s third annual gathering to solve a “who did it?” murder mystery. “Aromas of succulent pasta will drift through an Italian New York City eatery, but in the kitchen there is cold-blooded murder,” the description reads. The murder-mystery dinner will involve some audience participation. Are you good at collecting clues and coming up with solutions? Stefanie Wessell, senior Do you like to act? Then the editor for Gazette NewspaSUBMITTED PHOTO Historical Society invites pers, may be reached at Pictured is the of third of five road department trucks being replaced over a five-year period of time in Ashtabula you to participate. Township. This two-and-a-half ton dump truck is another vehicle that will help keep the streets clean this coming winter. Officials pictured are, from left, Vice Chair Bambi Paulchel, Chair Steve McClure, Fiscal Officer Robert Dille and Trustee Joe Pete.

Senior Center hosts golf tournament dogs, buns, condiKINGSVILLE ments and chips The Annual after each outing. Ashtabula Senior Hole sponsors Center “Senior for the 2011 year Masters Golf Tourwere Commisnament” took place sioner Peggy on Thursday, Sept. Carlo, Commis15, at the Village sioner Dan Green Golf Course, Claypool, Ann Kingsville. Tee off Wiley LUTC, Covtime was for 8:30 ered Bridge Festia.m. and even val, CAREtenders though it was Home Care, Conwindy and raining, SUBMITTED PHOTO Home there were 38 true The winners of the “Senior Masters” Golf Outing were (pictured, left to right) tinuum Health Care, dedicated golfers Lewis Kermetz, Jim Brahos, Dave Lake and Dave Irons. Allstate Insurout on the green. anc e, Andov er Bank, At the end of “Senior nated by Betty Morrison, made by Sharon Platt. Starting in May the se- Allstate Insurance, Masters,” the golfers were Sharon Platt, Carington served lunch, hot dogs, Health Services, Bill niors would golf at a differ- Ashtabula County Nursing buns, chips, baked beans, Bruehl and the Senior ent golf course each month, & Rehabilitation, Chad C. potato salad and cake, with Center. Betty Morrison do- starting at: Andover Golf Vavpetic, Representative nated the caps with “Se- Course, Hickory Grove Casey Kozlowski, Mile a beverage. Continuum Home nior Masters,” 2011 em- Golf Course, Maple Ridge Fedler AAMS, Outdoor Health donated the cake broider on them. Stan and Harbor Golf Course. Army/Navy Store, and Rev. while other items were do- Mericka won an Apple Pie The courses provided hot William Burhel SUBMITTED PHOTO

Chef Anthony Verona will serve up the meal at the Jefferson Historical Society’s murder-mystery dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22.

ACMC Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Boo Wow Walk looking for sponsors

Saturday, October 22, 2011 The Elks Club 3115 Lake Road West (Across from Kent State) • Doors open at 10:30 am for shopping • Luncheon and entertainment at 11:30 am • Presentations at 12:30 pm

Presentation by: Mohammad Varghai, MD Oncologist Linda Heglund, RN ACMC Oncology Nurse Menu:

$15 per person, $25 for you and your guest Join us in a show of female solidarity in support of one another, our families, friends and neighbors and learn about innovations and strides in cancer treatment. Call 440-997-6555 to RSVP and prepay by October 14. Seating is limited to 175.

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The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League Boo Wow Walk is just around the corner, but the biggest fundraiser of the year for the shelter needs more sponsors by the end of the week, event organizer Irene Fiala said. The Boo Wow Walk committee has extended the deadline for business and large individual walk sponsorships by one week. Fiala said the walk is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the struggling animal shelter and every dollar is necessary for shelter operations. “It is an essential event for the shelter and it brings in crucial funding that we can’t make up anywhere else. In many ways, the success of the shelter rests on the Boo Wow,” she said. The new deadline for corporate and individual sponsors, which are listed on the event T-shirt, is Saturday. The event offers three levels of sponsorship — the $500 Great Dane level, the $250 Beagle level and the $100 Chihuahua level. Each level offers listing on the walk Tshirts and all promotional literature, complimentary walk registrations, and the opportunity to advertise to each walker. The Boo Wow Walk is an opportunity for pet owners and their dogs to trick-or-treat through a two-mile trail. This year the walk will be held on Oct. 15 at Maple Ridge Golf Course in Austinburg Township. Registered walkers gather sponsorships to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the APL. This year the walk is presented by Nassief Toyota. To become a sponsor, call 813-6211 or visit http:// and click on the Boo Wow Walk link at the top of the page. Sponsors can also email walk organizer Catherine Colgan at The walk will feature a grand prize of Disney theme park tickets to the person who raises the most sponsorships. The walk also needs walkers. “The walk is limited to 500 dogs,” Fiala said. “We always encourage people to register their dogs early to guarantee their spots at the walk.” Registration forms are available at Ashtabula County libraries and online at Pre-registration is $18 per dog if received by Saturday. After Saturday, the cost is $20 per dog. “The more money our individual walker raise in pledges, the more money we have for the care and feeding of the shelter cats and dogs,” Fiala said. “If every walker commits to getting 10 pledges of $10 or more, the walk would be an overwhelming success for the shelter. Please commit to raising $10 from10 people and bring your pooch to the Boo Wow Walk.” Walker registration forms are available at http://, at the Ashtabula and Geneva and Jefferson public libraries, Geneva Veterinary Clinic, Nassief Motors in Jefferson and Ashtabula, the APL shelter on Green Road in Kingsville, and on Saturdays at the APL shelter at the Ashtabula Towne Square.

WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2011



Toddler Time at Henderson Memorial Public Library BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

“We’re going to get messy today,” Culbertson told the children. Their morning was complete with two stories on the new season as they discussed the falling of leaves and the winds blowing in. The children show their comfort with Culbertson as they openly discuss the sto-

ries with her. Culbertson said she is enjoying her new position and is happy to share her joy of books and learning with a new generation.

JEFFERSON - The toddlers of the Jefferson area are enjoying their new librarian, Dee Culbertson, Sadie Portman, reporter who just recently took over for the Gazette, may be as the children’s librarian at reached at sportman@gazette Henderson Memorial Public Library. During Toddler Time at the library, they get to enjoy crafts along with stories and songs during a full half hour. On Tuesday, Culbertson, or Miss Dee as the children have come to known her, prepared the kids for the months of autumn. “It is fall time. It is autumn,” Culbertson said. “We’re getting closer to colder weather and shorter days.” Culbertson began the time with a poem about autumn as the children mimicked her hand motions and body motions for the poem. Afterward they took an unusual route of starting crafts, since in most sessions they have story then crafts. This day the crafts involved paint so Culbertson wanted Marlo Clark has picked out her leaf and prepares to dip to ensure their art would it in paint for her artwork. have time to dry.


The toddlers in Miss Dee’s Toddler Time session mimic her motions as they recite a poem written on the washboard.

Evan Campbell demonstrates the craft Miss Dee has taught them, dipping leaves in paint and creating an imprint on the piece of paper in front of them.

Brooklynn Wiles waits as her dad, Lyle J. Heath, signs her into the class.

Ainslee Scribben receives help on her leaf art work which Miss Dee warns might be little messy.

Zaphine Nague gets her turn at the leaf art project as those who are done wash their hands.

Ben Feulson gets help from his mom as the Toddler Time students learn how to make leaf and fall art work.

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Miss Dee reads the book, Who Loves the Fall, to her Toddler Time students as they learn about the leaves changing colors.

South Sycamore Street project begins in Jefferson BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Crews in the Vi l l a g e of Jefferson intend to finish up a few more projects before cold weather hits. On Sept. 19, the village began phase one of the South Sycamore Street project, Village Administrator Terry Finger said. This project involves the rehabilitation of the truck route at South Sycamore Street from Route 307 to Cedar Street. Finger said the road is currently a truck route, but it is unpaved and in

need of repairs. T h e r e ’s a b a d s p o t about 60 feet off of Route 307, Finger said. He said there’s water under the road surface, which creates pot holes and needs to be rehabbed. This year, the road will be widened by two feet and drainage put in, Finger said. In 2012, the road will be paved. “We’re about to start laying storm-drain pipe,” Finger said. Finger said the waterline replacement on West Erie Street also has begun. In finished projects, Finger said the brush

pick-up for September has been completed, and the sidewalk repair replacement project has been completed for 2011. The final touches in the project to remove an old culvert at the intersection of Jefferson-Eagleville Road and North Poplar Street also have been completed, Finger said. The project involved replacing a culvert that was more than 30 years old. Fifty-six feet of new, 54inch elliptical culvert, concrete pipe was installed, Finger said. Next the village will start on the project to repair the roof at the Village

Hall, Finger said. This project is expected to begin Oct. 10, Finger said. “That’s the latest date the contractor gave us,” Finger said. Several spots in the village hall leak, with portions of the ceiling experiencing damage from the leaks. Finger said until the hall gets rid of its flat roof, the leaks will continue. A peaked roof will be put on, Finger said. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at


WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2011

Boy Scouts’ busy summer comes to an end JEFFERSON - This past summer has been a busy time for Jefferson Boy Scout Troop 41. The summer began with a campout at the Ashtabula County Relay for Life. The scouts were invited to come and provide a helping hand to the many exhibitors and the organizers that stayed at the event all weekend. The troop arrived on Friday night and set up camp by the historic log cabin at the fairgrounds and stayed until Sunday morning. They spent their time helping exhibitors unload their trailers, set up their booths and campsites, creating the luminaries and placing them around the track, and many other odd jobs. The organizers were extremely grateful for their willingness to help. As organizer Chris Rainsberg said in her thank you note, “We loved and appreciated your begin there and hope you’re able to come back in future years!” The troop definitely plans on going again next year. The other June event was for older scouts only. Three scouts from the troop attended National Youth Leadership Training at Stigwandish Scout Reservation in Madison. NYLT is a leadership curriculum that is used by the Boy Scouts of America to train youth leaders across the country. The scouts had to be at least 14 years old and of First Class Rank or higher. They also had to complete basic Troop Leader Leadership training before attending. Alva Corron, Ben Pickard and Mark Reinke attended the week-long camp, sleeping in tents and helping to cook many of their own meals. Mornings were spent indoors in a class setting but the rest of the day was spent on outdoor training activities as they learned skills related to setting goals, planning and organizing, and teamwork. They were split into different patrols and spent most of their time with scouts from other troops that they had never met before. All three young men have returned to the troop with a better idea of what it means to be a leader.

Before June was over, the troop joined the festivities at Jefferson Village Days for their summer fundraiser. The scouts sold freshly made dutch oven fruit cobblers, cooked on site. They were stationed between Henderson Library and the Jefferson Historical Society and plan to be back next year. They also assisted costumers at the library book sale throughout the day. The big event in July was Boy Scout Summer Camp at Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek. The troop had a record attendance this year with at least 20 scouts attending camp. Individually they worked on a variety of merit badges including climbing, small boat sailing, canoeing, shot gun, reptile and amphibian study, archery, wood carving, orienteering, geocaching and many more. Older scouts had an opportunity to rappel off of a bridge over the Grand River and also take First Aid CPR training. First year scouts were able to complete several rank requirements on their way to becoming First Class scouts. The week after camp a small group from the troop ventured down the Grand River on a short canoe trip. The scouts and their dads paddled about 5 miles, stopping once for lunch on the river bank. All of the scouts had to pass the BSA swimmer test to be qualified to go on the trip. In August the troop camped at Stigwandish again and worked on their

Pioneering skills. Together they built a catapult from limbs and rope and enjoyed propelling any chunks of wood they could find a distance of at least 20 feet away. They also hiked the creek and had a great time the whole weekend. The last event of the summer was a day hike at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland Hills. On the 17th of September the boys hiked the Pierson Creek Loop and spent time exploring the creek, observing the wildlife, and eating lunch before moving on and completing the trail. They wandered through the beautiful butterfly garden and enjoyed the end-of-summer weather. The trip to Holden was made possible by Mr. Bruce Loomis who shared 4 guest passes with the troop. The scouts look forward to using the other passes and visiting

Holden again in the near future. Though summer has ended the troop has many more events planned for the fall and winter. They have two district campouts coming up in October, done jointly with the Cub scouts. October 8th and 9th will be their biggest fundraiser of the year, hosting the Doyle Road bridge as part of the annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival. Every year the scouts offer a variety of hot food, all for a donation. This year they will be joined at the bridge by the “Jelly Ladies” of Gatherings Ashtabula County, selling a variety of wine jellies and preserves. Come and visit the scouts and ask them about all their summer adventures and plans for the future. — Submitted by The troop poses by the luminaries they set up. Left to right, Kim Pickard front row: James Miller, Dalton Reese, Jared Gianantonio, Andy Pickard, Charlie Deary and Chris Buzzard; back Row-Deanna Thompson, Scott Thompson, Les Reese, Tom Beck, Mark Reinke and Brandon Thompson.

Scoutmaster Steve Beck prepares hot dutch over cobblers at Jefferson Village SUBMITTED PHOTOS Days. Dalton Reese, Chris Buzzard and James Miller have their hair painted at the Ashtabula County Relay for Life. LEFT: The canoeing group, front row, left to right, Andy Pickard, Ben Pickard, Dalton Reese, Stephen Colucci, Steve Beck and Tom Beck; back row, Nathan Steadman, Jared Gianantonio, Les Reese, Mark Reinke, Mark Pickard, John Steadman and Kevin Babcock.

Ben Pickard, Alva Corron and Andy PIckard learn CPR at summer camp.

Tom Beck, Dalton Reese, Jared Gianantonio wait for customers at Village Days.

There was record troop attendance at summer camp this year.

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WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2011

AWARDS Geneva High School is one of only two greater Cleveland public secondary schools to be honored with the Governor ’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. Geneva Schools’ science teachers John Barbo, Jessica George, Eileen Dragon, Wendy Booth, Jarrod Burgard, Robert Lundin and Dale Johnston also have received special recognition honoring their individual achievements. The coveted awards are granted by the Ohio Academy of Science, the Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Technology Division of The Ohio Department of Development. Geneva High School is one of 48 Ohio Schools honored with the award. To be considered for the Thomas Edison Award, schools must host a local science fair involving 20 or more students, send students on to district level competition, and provide and encourage participation in activities which extend science education beyond the walls of the classroom such as Envirothon, Botany Club, Women in Science and Science Olympiad. Finally, schools must prove to external reviewers from business and industry, government and academia how and to what extent the school’s science program met the Ohio Academy of Science’s definition of STEM education. “These schools are engaged in project-based curricula, the central element of any STEM education program,” said Dr. Lynn E. Elfner, the Academy’s CEO. The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as both the mastery and integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Geneva Schools State Science Teams have helped the district accomplish what only one other school system in the state has been able to achieve by bringing home eight Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Awards. A burgeoning number of Geneva students have earned individual awards, internships and substantial college scholarships. Katie Peck is only a sophomore at GHS, but already she has parlayed her scientific research into a perfect score from judges at State Science Day, publication of her research abstract in The Ohio Journal of Science, an invitation to present her research at an Ohio Academy of Science Poster Session, a $15,000 per year renewable science scholarship worth $60,000 to Ohio Wesleyan University and just this past summer into two selective science internship opportunities. Classmate Mary Wessell also won a $60,000 science scholarship to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. “Receiving a Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these schools and teachers value studentoriginated, inquiry-based science and technology education as envisioned for the Next-Generation Science Education Standards being developed nationally,” said Elfner. “Whole new worlds of opportunities open up to students when they complete research or technological design projects.” The Ohio Academy of Science initiated The Edison Awards educational partnership program in cooperation with The Office of The Governor and The Technology Division of The Ohio Department of Development to recognize schools and teachers who stimulate student scientific and technological research and extend STEM education opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. The Technology Division of The Ohio Department of Development has supported this program since 1985 through grants to The


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Man’s best friend to be celebrated at Harpersfield Covered Bridge BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP The Harpersfield Covered Bridge will be hosting its first annual Bark at the Bridge this Saturday. “Next up on the calendar is the Bark at the Bridge event on Oct. 1. If you love dogs and would like to lend a hand to bring this first annual dog event to the park, speak now,” Denise Weinmann, chair of the Friends of the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Park, said in a recent blog. Marsha Vandervort of The Green Leash began planning the event after joining the Friends of the Bridge. Vandervort would like to see a dog park in the area and has asked the friends to help her with her mission. Since the park is owned by the Metroparks,

they must take it up with the Metroparks first, but Friends of the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Park member Jim Pristov suggested promoting dogs in another way, too. “Jim Pristov said, ‘you have a business, why don’t you promote a doggy day,’ so I said, ‘ o k a y , ’ ” Va n d e r v o r t said. The day will be filled with fun for all who attend, with a dog blessing being the kick off of the event at 11 a.m. Games and a mile walk will also be conducted for both the owners’ and dogs’ amusement. “We’re starting at 11 a.m. because dogs are like kids in

a stroller - their attention span goes only so far,” Vandervort said. There is a $3 entry fee for those who participate in the mile walk, but a doggy treat bag will be given to all those who cross the finish line. All proceeds will go back to the park. Dr. Rebecca Salinger of the Austinburg Veterinary Clinic will be providing games and a frisbee event for the Bark at the Bridge, and the Ashtabula Humane Society and possibly the Lake County Humane Society will be bringing dogs who are currently available for adoption. The Friends of the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Park are looking forward to

the event’s inaugural year and hope the event becomes a time-honored tradition at the park. “The event will provide dogs and their humans an opportunity to socialize and play around in the park,” Weinmann said. “We always have dogs showing their support by attending our events, so we thought we would throw a pooch party just for them (oh, and their owners, too!).” Vandervort said she is not sure how many will come out for the event, but she hopes for a good crowd and decent weather. “I’m thankful that they’re letting me do this,” Vandervort said. “It’s something that I can do every year.” Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette



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Bread of Life meeting to be held An informational program about the Lutheran and Roman Catholic understandings of the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper) will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 85 E. Satin St., Jefferson, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner. A follow up session will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. The program is the fifth in a series that began in 2009 to locally implement a covenant relationship entered into in 2000 by the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. St. Paul’s Lutheran and St. Joseph Calasanctius Catholic churches sponsor the Ashtabula County Covenant programs. The Bread of Life program is open to the public with specific invitations going out to all Lutheran and Catholic parishes in Ashtabula County. The purpose of the Lutheran Catholic Covenant is to dedicate ourselves to prayer, study, and action based on the Confession that we share in the name and unity of Christ. It is hoped that programs such as these provide not only a better understanding of other faiths but a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our own. Meat and beverage and music will be provided at the pot luck dinner following the Oct. 9th program. RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 5, with approximate numbers so we can plan the food: St. Paul’s Lutheran, 5764671; and St. Joseph Calasanctius, 576-3651.


Guests sampled raspberry- and cranberry-inspired recipes.

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said. Because the fruit wines are infusions made with fruit concentrates, the winery is able to keep the price down while still maintaining a strong fruit flavor. Ferrante emphasized that the rising popularity and demand for fruit wines was a strong contributing factor in their choosing to produce the beverage. First to be sampled was the Raspberry Blanc. The wine is considered very sweet. There are no preservatives, and the wine carries a high acidity; therefore, lots of sugar is added to produce flavor balance. The wine has 8.5-percent residual sugar. Ferrante also informed

are finding new ways to branch out, including these fruit-infused wines at H A R P E R S F I E L D Ferrante and other local TOWNSHIP - A twist of the wineries. cork, a pour and swivel of the The evening started off in glass, followed by the sweet the outdoor pavilion aroma of fresh fruit. amongst the grapevines and This was the experience sunshine. open to the public Thursday, “We wanted to have this Sept. 22, at Ferrante Winery release party to promote and Ristorante, located at these wines,” Ferrante said. 5585 State Route 307 in The two wines to be preHarpersfield Township. miered and sampled were From 6 to 7 p.m. under the the Raspberry Blanc and direction of winemaker Nick Cranberry Blanc fruit-inFerrante, the winery held a fused wines. The wines are release party to promote two a blend of 100-percent fruit of its new fruit-infused wines. concentrate, with the base As wine drinking and wine of Vidal Blanc. making continue to grow in “We decided to make popularity in Ashtabula fruit-infused wines for an County, wineries in the area affordable price,” Ferrante

Guests sampled new fruit-infused wines at Ferrante Winery last Thursday.

guests that the concentrate was the key to the wine’s bright red color. The second sample, the Cranberry Blanc, was tougher to work with due to the fact that it is sweeter than the Raspberry Blanc, Ferrante said. “Balancing the acidity and sugar was more of a task,” Ferrante said. The Cranberry has a 10.5-percent residual sugar level and a more tart taste. As the evening continued, guests were treated to a free buffet-style banquet of appetizer-sized food pairings. An introduction to the specially prepared dishes was presented by one of the restaurants chefs. Among the list of food pairings were raspberry fig meatballs, raspberry Blanc cheesecake puff pastries, cranberry Blanc cider and cranberry Blanc risotto. Guests were also encouraged to duplicate the pairings themselves later at home, with the recipes freely available in print. Ferrante said that the Raspberry Blanc wine will be available yearly, but the Cranberry Blanc will be offered solely in the fall. Also to premiere in the near future will be the Blueberry Blanc, with a Strawberry Blanc in the works.

COUNCIL “With the addition, they’d be at roughly 2,000 feet,” Finger said. For the price, the village will receive a 12,000square-foot building on nearly four acres of land, Finger said. The police department would occupy the front 3,500 square feet of the building. The existing police department building would then be given to the fire department. The back part of the building would be used for something not yet determined, Finger said. Finger said there’s also an advantage to the village owning the land, because it would connect two parks. The village would be able to hold events there in the future like Village Days, flea markets and other activities because of the ample room and parking. The annual budgeted in-kind work will not exceed $25,000 per year, which means the shortest period the agreement could be is six years, Finger said. Finger said the majority of council members believe this is the best choice for the village. Another option had been to expand the current police department building for $150,000, but only 980 square feet could have been added that way.

Woman’s Club met for first meeting of 91st year DYER

ASHTABULA – The Woman’s Club of Ashtabula started off its 91st year on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Toastmistress Pat Nemeth introduced our delightful entertainment of the night “The Show-Offs,” singing Broadway tunes. The group included Julia Hines, a senior at Edgewood High School, Olivia Johnson, a senior at Lakeside High School, and Emily Kline, a senior at Edgewood High School. President Elect Susan Hogle welcomed back our 66members strong group of women, including our newest and returning Woman’s Club members: Harriet Goodman, Sonja Corlew and Annette Giddings; Barbara Clayman, Elgie Ring, Laura Lee McCarthy, Janet Renard, Ruth Ann Falcione, and Pat Brace. Absent was Marilyn Beckett, Emily Fisher, Bertha Louden, Judy Witt and Marie


The group The Show-Offs included Julia Hines, a senior at Edgewood High School, Olivia Johnson, a senior at Lakeside High School, and Emily Kline, a senior at Edgewood High School. Oxley. Guests were: Catharine McKibbin, Pat Gaggiano, Pat Brace, Mary Ann Hollingsworth, Mary Ann Kline, Adelaide Eurez, Beryl Dinner and Dawn Bechtel Sandy D’Jute.

The programs for the rest of our season are as follows: —Oct. 4 - The future of tourism in Ashtabula City and County presented by Norah Anderson and Mark Winchell —Nov. 1 - Portrayal of Civil

War General John Morgan. Presented by Daryl Metcalf —Dec. 6 - Christmas Program Presented by Ashtabula Arts Center Linda Fundis —January and February No meetings —March 13 - Disaster Preparedness. Presented by Renee Palagyi, executive director of Ashtabula County Chapter of the American Red Cross —April 3 - You Only Get Old Once Presented by Stacy Weaver —May 8 Oleg Kruglyakov is from Siberia, Russia. Entertainment with folk songs and Balalaika soloist Guests and new members are always welcome from Ashtabula County, over the age of 18. Please contact any member of Woman’s Club or Linda Callahan. — Submitted by Suzanne Kist, Publicity & Historian

on foot. According to witnesses, a woman on the scene performed CPR on Derricoatte and did get a pulse back as well as a few short breaths before emergency vehicles arrived on scene. Witnesses stated the ambulance could not have come faster as time seemed to come to a stand still. “We are following up on every lead and on every potential suspect,” Police Chief Robert Stell said at the start of the investigation. The name of the suspect was not released until after his capture. Stell stated it is believed both Derricoatte and Dyer knew each other and the crime was not a random act of violence. “We believe the victim was targeted by the suspect,” Stell said. According to Stell, there is still no confirmation on why the shooting occurred. Derricoatte’s body was taken to the Cuyahoga County Coroner ’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted. Once completed, an official cause of death will be released. As of Sunday,

From page 1A Fertig remains opposed to the purchase, however, citing several concerns with the purchase itself and the building. Fertig feels that village residents are paying twice in the agreement, because they pay taxes toward the school and to the village. With the agreement, the taxes they pay toward the village will instead be used on school matters instead of projects in the village, he said. He also believes that there are more than $25,000 worth of repairs needed for the building, which was the estimate provided to council. He is concerned that the roof leaks in the building, and about the costs of remodeling the building to suit the police department. Finger doesn’t agree that the roof leaks. “Three of us toured the elementary-school building today (after yesterday’s heavy rains) and could not find a drop of water anywhere,” Finger said on Tuesday. With the village moving forward on the matter, the school board will vote this week on whether to accept the purchase offer. After the board approves the offer, it will return to village council for three readings.

From page 1A Derricoatte’s girlfriend, Christina Corliss, has made a makeshift memorial outside of the L.A. Cafe where memorabilia has been placed to commemorate the late father of six daughters. Stell said it is unknown why the shooting occurred and there was fear of retaliation toward the suspect before his arrest. “What we do know is that we don’t want there to be more blood shed over this,” Stell said after the shooting and before Dyer’s arrest. “We want to get to the bottom of this before anyone else gets hurt. We do fear there could be retaliation as a result of this shooting and we know that it is the best thing for everyone’s safety if the suspect turns himself in. Hopefully this individual will realize the best thing to do is give himself up.” Stell said the investigation was taken of utmost importance with every lead and tip being followed up on. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

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Girl Scout Vanessa Burlingame planted pinwheels to earn her Girl Scout Girl Award and honor the victims of 9-11. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - One young student at Jefferson Area High School is on her way to earning the Girl Scouts Gold Award. If you drove by the park in Jefferson on Sunday, Sept. 11, you would have seen hundreds of red and blue pinwheels spinning in the wind. This display was part of 17-year-old Vanessa Burlingame’s Girl Scout project dedicated to the victims of 9-11. Vanessa, a member of Girl Scout Troop 80848, undertook the project as a way to earn her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within

the Girl Scouts, much like the distinguished Eagle Scout award for Boy Scouts. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the award. One requirement involves the girls using their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the girls’ larger community. “I made pinwheels for the people who died in the twin towers,” Vanessa said. Vanessa handmade the pinwheels using colored paper, straws and paint sticks. She made about 500 pinwheels, with about four names representing the victims of 9-11 on each one. “I went to the Ground

Zero Museum and it moved me,” Vanessa said of why she chose to focus her Gold Award project on 9-11. Vanessa visited the museum in 2008, and she remembers it being about the size of a one-room apartment. “It has a big impact on the world, but it’s the smallest museum ever,” Vanessa said. Vanessa was only in the second grade when terrorists hijacked the planes that flew into the twin towers in New York City, so she doesn’t have a clear memory of it. “I remember our school locked down,” Vanessa said. “I think I was too little to understand it.” Vanessa spent more than

Ashtabula County District Library is participating in the American Library Association’s annual observance of Banned Books Week next week with displays in both libraries of books that have been challenged by censors over the years, and YouTube postings of brief readings by library staff members of three books that have been challenged in recent years. It’s the first time in several years the Library has taken part in the annual observance, Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, which is designed to emphasize the role of libraries in “safeguarding citizens’ right to discover whatever it is they want to know,” according to Tom Milligan, the library’s community relations coordinator. Though there have been no challenges to materials in ACDL’s collection in recent years, there are such challenges every year at libraries and bookstores all around the country, and in some cases books have been restricted or even removed from bookshelves as a result. The ALA ( maintains year-by-year lists of books that have been challenged for alleged indecency, for their political or ideological positions and for other causes. Some of those materials will be on display at the ACDL buildings in both Ashtabula and Geneva as part of the observance. The short YouTube videos are part of the “Banned Books Week Virtual Read-out,” in which challenged books—or short sections of challenged books—are read aloud by library and book store staff members from around the country. ACDL’s contribution consists of Reference Coordinator Doug Anderson reading Maurice Sendak’s “In the Night Kitchen,” which has provoked some outrage because of its illustrations, Geneva Branch Coordinator Mary Stokes reading from John Irving’s novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” attacked for “indecent language, sexuality and anti-government views,” and Milligan reading from Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed,” which has come under fire for its implicit critique of American capitalism. The ACDL videos, along with hundreds of others, are available at YouTube, says Milligan. “Just enter ‘Banned Books Week YouTube Channel’ into a search engine, then search for Ashtabula County District Library.”


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100 hours on her project, which is more than the required 65 hours, and she got help from mom Daisy Asmus, stepdad Louis Asmus and sisters Valarie and Spring Burlingame, who also are Girl Scouts. She spent nearly a year on the project, beginning when she first presented the idea to the Girl Scouts organization for approval last September. Although the display is finished, there is still some paperwork she must complete before officially receiving the Gold Award.

“There were a lot of people that thanked me when they showed up (at the park on Sept. 11), so it really meant a lot to me,” Vanessa said. A variety of businesses helped Vanessa with her project by donating materials. They included: Lowe’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Western Reserve, Lake City Paint and Supply, Circle K and Jeff ’s Flowers. Vanessa has spent about 10 years in Girl Scouts, under the leadership of her troop leader and grand-

mother Debbie Burlingame. “I like to go camping and meet new people,” Vanessa said. “We do a lot of community service.” A senior at Jefferson Area High School, Vanessa plans on majoring in criminal justice when she heads off to college. “I like to help people,” Vanessa said. “I might even go on to be a lawyer.” Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

Girl Scout Vanessa Burlingame had help from her friends and family when she planted the hundreds of pinwheels.

The pinwheel display honored the victims of 9-11.

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This informational display accompanied the pinwheel display at the park in Jefferson on Sept. 11.

Ashtabula native’s book released after winning national competition BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

gained much of his inspiration from the people and places where he grew up, ASHTABULA - Ashtabula with one of his greatest ennative Jason Schossler is couragements coming from now an author and poet with his grandfather who would his first book Mud Cakes now tell a young Schossler to tell available to the public. him a story as he recorded Bona Fide Books rethem on tape. cently announced the reNow Schossler is a mullease of Mud Cakes by Jatiple award winner for his son Schossler, winner of the many works of poetry and 2010 Melisa Lanitis Greshort stories. gory Poetry Prize. Schossler, He is a Pushcart Prize an Ashtabula native, drew nominee and the recipient of heavily on his Ohio childthe 2010 Emerging Writer hood for the poems in his award from Grist: A Journal first collection. for Writers. His stories and The book features many poems have appeared in The memories from Schossler Sun, North American Regrowing up in the Ashtabula view, Rattle, and The Antioch area. From the flea market Review, where his poem, “Beat Shea’s Theater to his tween Jobs,” was nominated back yard on Amelia Avby the editors for the Best enue, this book features loNew Poets 2010 anthology. cal landmarks through the Schossler has even been eyes of a child in the 1970s. recognized on an internaMany entries were retional level. He has been viewed by Bona Fide Books awarded fellowships from as they decided on who the Ragdale Foundation, the would win the grand prize Virginia Center for the Creof a published book for the ative Arts, and Oberpfälzer Melisa Lanitis Gregory PoKünstlerhaus in Germany. etry Contest. Schossler now is a profes“We received fabulous sor at Temple University, submissions,” Kim Wyatt, located in Philadelphia, SUBMITTED PHOTO Pennsylvania. owner and publisher of Bona Fide Books, said. “But Ashtabula native Jason Schossler’s book Mud Cakes Schossler has stated I found myself returning to was just published and will be available on Oct. 7. that, as a professor, he learns as much from his stu‘Mud Cakes’ and the little dents as he teaches them boy in these poems.” and encourages all his stuSchossler ’s talent can dents to reach for their Wilda Spencer’s children invite you now be shared with the dreams. people and places he grew Mud Cakes can be purto join them as they help their mother up with as Bona Fide Books chased through Bona Fide releases his book on Oct. 7. Books as well as Wyatt received over 100 and other local Sunday, October 2, 2011, 2:00-5:00pm. contest submissions, and stores to be announced. For chose Schossler as the win- more information, visit 1st Congregational United Church of Christ ner. The prize includes pub- lication, $500, and a readSadie Portman, reporter 41 E. Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio ing Oct. 7 in South Lake for the Gazette, may be No gifts, please. Tahoe, California. reached at sportman@gazette Schossler said he had

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The Jefferson Falcon Volleyball Team will “Volley for the Cure.” Pictured are Rachel Moyer (holding a basket for auction), Raquel Mook, and LeeAnn Farr (modeling this year’s shirt).


JEFFERSON - On Monday, Oct. 3, the gymnasium at Jefferson Area High School will be filled with pink. In this special game, the Jefferson Falcon Volleyball Team will take on two opponents: the Conneaut Spartans and breast cancer. “Each year we dedicate a volleyball match to raising money to help


find a cure for breast cancer and to educate our young women about selfexams and being more aware,” Varsity coach Nancy Champlin said. This year ’s match is Monday against Conneaut, beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds from that game will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, according to Champlin.

Money is raised by selling special “Volley for the Cure” t-shirts and sweatshirts. People attending Monday’s game can also purchase tickets for a Chinese gift basket raffle and homemade treats from a bake sale. Items for these are donated by area businesses, parents and the players.


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New fifth-grade teacher ready to teach as well as learn Mini-Cheerleading Camp BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ROCK CREEK - Amanda Sompii is joining Casey Greene as not only a firstyear teacher, but also as a fifth-grade teacher at Rock Creek Elementary School. “I graduated from Edinboro in 2010 and was a substitute teacher throughout Ashtabula County as well as in Pennsylvania. This is my first year with my own classroom,” Sompii said. Sompii is excited to have the chance to work in the school and looks forward to teaching new lessons to her students. “I plan on bringing my up-to-date knowledge of the latest teaching practices, as

well as the enthusiasm of a new teacher,” Sompii said. “I have a very positive outlook when it comes to education and I plan to display that through my lessons and interactions with students and their families.” Sompii believes that although she is a teacher, her students will also teach her many valuable lessons. “Even though the word ‘teach’ is in my job title, I still consider myself a student. Every day I’m learning,” Sompii said. “I learn new ways to do things, new information and meet new people.” Sompii said she has a passion to keep on learning along with her students. “My goal is to pass this

love of learning on to my students,” Sompii said. Sompii said she is still working out lessons and projects for her students this year, but having Greene as another first-year teacher she can go to is really helpful. “Since this is my first year teaching, I am still in the stage of figuring out what we will be doing this year. The other fifth-grade teacher, Ms. Greene, and I work very close together in our planning,” Sompii said. Sompii said field trips are in the works but nothing is set in stone just yet. “We do have many ideas we would like to implement, but as of now we are not sure what we will be able to do,”

Sompii said. “We are planning some field trips for the year.” Sompii said she is proud to be a teacher in the Jefferson Area School District and hopes this is the beginning of a long and fulfilling career. “My goal is to focus on cooperative and student-directed learning, which means I expect the students to discover their own ideas through discussions with their peers and hands-on educational activities as I guide them along,” Sompii said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

An adult Sunday School Alternative to be offered at First Congregational United Church of Christ of Jefferson JEFFERSON - Have you ever struggled with reading and understanding the Bible? Does taking the stories and messages literally sometimes turn you off or seem to you to be in conflict with the way Jesus lived and what he taught? If so, then First Congregational United Church of Christ of Jefferson may have something to offer to help you understand the Bible and what it means in your life today. The Adult Education Team is studying Marcus Borg’s book, “Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally” for the 2011-2012 school year. The publisher HarperCollins notes, “This unique book in-

vites everyone—whatever one’s religious background—to engage the Bible, wrestle with its meaning, explore its mysteries, and understand its relevance. Borg shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up rich possibilities for our lives.” Books will be provided at no charge (free will donations will be accepted). The team meets at 11:15 a.m. every Sunday following the Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend! Contact First Congregational United Church of Christ at 440-576-4531 for more information.


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to be held Thursday A mini-cheerleading camp will be held at the Jefferson Area Senior High School cafeteria on 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. For more info, call Brenda Unsinger at (440) 242-8911.

Benefit dinner for Hannah Propst to be held A Benefit Dinner for Hannah Propst, a victim of domestic violence, will be held from 1-3 p.m. and 68 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds Expo Building. Hannah’s mother, Paulette Propst, was killed during a horrible act of domestic violence on Aug. 31, 2011. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, and those that have come to know her through her daughter, Hannah. The event includes a rigatoni dinner, 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Monetary donations should be made out to the Hannah Propst Fund and can be dropped off at any Andover Bank or the OSU Extension Office in Jefferson. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 years old and free for children under three. For info, contact the OSU Extension Office at 576-9008 or any member of the Saddle Horse Committee. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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MARCS tower installed in Geneva BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

Geneva City Manager Jim Pearson talks about the benefits of the MARCS tower.

GENEVA - The City of Geneva and neighboring communities will benefit from the installation of a Multi-Agency Radio Communication System at the John McCroden Memorial Training Center located on Austin Road. City, county and state officials celebrated the dedication of the tower on Friday, Sept. 23. “This tower will enhance communications throughout the State of Ohio,” Geneva Fire Department Chief Doug Starkey said. The intent of MARCS is to provide communication between different agencies throughout the State of Ohio. For example, someone in Cincinnati would be able to talk to someone in Geneva through the hand-held radio using MARCS. Many departments and communities in Ashtabula County regularly use MARCS, including the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the state park and the Village of Geneva-on-theLake, among others. Putting a tower in Geneva will help fill in some of the dead spots in the

“This is a tremendous day for a lot of people,” Ohio MARCS Program Manager Darryl Anderson said. Anderson said the $475,000 tower was largely paid for through federal funds. The MARCS radio system was first developed in 1995 primarily for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, with eight state agencies participating in it, Anderson said. Now, 700 agencies are on the MARCS system, using 8,500 radios, Anderson said. Since the tower in Geneva went up three weeks ago, there already have been a million “touches” to it, Anderson said. He said it was important to being the tower to Geneva because of some dead spots in the area. There already are plans PHOTOS BY STEFANIE WESSELL Geneva Fire Department Chief Doug Starkey and Ohio to upgrade the tower, once MARCS Program Manager Darryl Anderson cut the cake again using federal funds, to celebrate the dedication of the new MARCS tower in Anderson said. Several safety forces offiGeneva. cials spoke about the use of emergency radio system, of- nance authorizing Pearson the MARCS system in other ficials said. to enter into a lease agree- parts of the county, includPutting a MARCS tower ment with the Ohio Depart- ing how it has improved up at the training center was ment of Administrative Ser- communication in southern a great opportunity for the vices to install the MARCS parts of Ashtabula County. City of Geneva, Geneva City tower. In return for allowing “The MARCS radio, to Manager Jim Pearson said. the Ohio Department of Ad- me, has been a God send,” He said the tower was just ministrative Services to in- Ashtabula County Sheriff another example of commu- stall the tower on Geneva William Johnson said. nities and organizations property, the city will be able He said the system has working together. to use a number of the ra- made a big difference in Last year, Geneva City dios for free, among other other parts of the county, Council approved an ordi- benefits. and he expects the new

A new Multi-Agency Radio Communication System tower has been installed at the John McCroden Memorial Training Center located on Austin Road. tower to be an asset to the Geneva area as well. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

Workouts offered in the Candidates’ Night offers a chance to inform the voters of Ashtabula comfort of the Senior Center BY SADIE PORTMAN James Timonere. tion on a piece of paper as they candidates night that they deRunning for city solicitor walk into the auditorium. Gazette Newspapers cided to continue on with a


Christina Blair shows the seniors in attendance how to do their leg lifts. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Community Center sponsors senior exercise classes every Tuesday and Thursday from one in the afternoon until two. The hour classes keep seniors healthy. Senior Center Coordinator Christina Blair is the instructor and she keeps the class active without leaving a chair by making the classes friendly to those who may have health problems restraining them from too

much physical activity. Blair starts out the class with a few basic stretches, including one that requires funny faces to be made. Although Tuesday’s class was considered small with only seven seniors in attendance, the center officials said they usually have a large group of seniors coming to the classes as they are happy to remain active no matter what their age. Blair teaches the class with a smile on her face, keeping the environment comfortable and fun.

ASHTABULA - A candidates night will be held in the auditorium of the Kent State University Ashtabula Campus on Oct. 6. The night will feature all the candidates running for office in the City of Ashtabula. “The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association and the Lift Bridge Community Association are hosting a Candidate’s Night on Oct. 6,” Lynda Annick said. The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Ashtabula County and offers a chance to see the candidates and their views firsthand. “This event will feature the General Election candidates for all City of Ashtabula contested races, and it will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Ashtabula County,” Annick said. The night will begin at 7 p.m. and end around 9:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Each candidate running for office has been invited to the forum. The candidates up for office this year are the following: For city manager running as independents are Anthony Cantagallo, Kevin Grippi and Charlie Hauff. For city manager running under the Republican ticket is Jason Strong and running as a Democrat is

are Michael Franklin as an independent and Thomas Simon as a Democrat. Running for the two seats under council at large are Republicans J.P. Ducro and Chris McClue and Democrats Betty Kist and John Roskovics. The Ward I seat candidates are Democrat Rick Balog and Republican Tina Stasiewski. “All of the candidates but one has at least said they are going to try to be there as long as work or an emergency doesn’t interfere,” Annick said. Those who attend will have a chance to write down a ques-

“They will write down their questions and then they are screened by the League of Women Voters,” Annick said. “This way it’s fair and it’s not a free for all.” A similar event was held during this year’s primaries and many people showed up to hear what the candidates had to say. The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association and the Lift Bridge Community Association, along with the League of Women Voters of Ashtabula County, received great feedback from the first

general election night as well. “We really want the voters to know who the candidates are and make an informed decision,” Annick said. The organizations hosting the candidates night feel it is an important opportunity for the citizens of Ashtabula to listen to the candidates in order to make an informed decision come election time. “We’re hoping for people to go out there and vote. We are inviting everyone to come to the candidates’ night,” Annick said.

Truck fire backs up I-90 traffic

Traffic was backed up for miles Friday morning, Sept. 23, after a truck caught fire in the westbound lane of Interstate 90 around 7:34 a.m. about three miles west of Route 45, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Amrit Ahuja, 49, of California, noticed a fire in the SUBMITTED PHOTO engine area of his truck and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful, according to OSHP officials. Firefighters from Harpersfield, Geneva, Saybrook and Austinburg townships responded, and Harpersfield Volunteer Firefighter Steve Ozbolt snapped this photo of the activity. No one was injured.


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Christina Blair instructs the class to reach from their head to their toes. The seniors are fortunate to be able to work out while still sitting.

Theme set for Jefferson Christmas parade BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

lage of Jefferson Clerk/Treasurer Patty Fisher about filling out an application. JEFFERSON - The She can be reached at 576Jefferson Area Chamber of 3941 or by stopping in at Commerce has begun to plan Village Hall at 27 E. for its annual Christmas pa- Jefferson St. rade, a night when floats, baOther activities also will ton groups, bands and more be going on the night of the march down the streets in parade, including a windowthe Village of Jefferson to cel- decorating contest for the ebrate the holiday season. merchants, Briggs said. This year, the parade will The other activities are begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, still in the planning stages, Dec. 3. Briggs said. “The theme is ‘Snow AnIn the past the merchants gel Christmas,’” Jefferson have organized special sales Area Chamber of Commerce for the night of the holiday member Rick Briggs said. festivities, and the Jefferson People and organizations Community Center also wanting to participate in likely will have events going the parade can talk to Vil- on.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. Casa Capelli Restaurant 4641 Main Ave., Ashtabula

You’re invited to join pediatrician Jude Cauwenbergh, DO, for an evening of dinner and conversation relating to back-to-school health issues, fall sports safety and seasonal childhood illnesses. The $15 cost per person includes dinner, soft drinks and dessert. Reservations and advance payment are required. Reserve your spot at the table by calling (440) 997-6555 by Oct. 10. Gratuity not included.

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Ashtabula County’s Covered Bridge Festival will be October 8th & 9th, centered at the Fairgrounds. Gates open each day at 8am with the Ashtabula Kiwanis preparing breakfast. Saturday’s parade lines up at 9am and arrives at the Fairgrounds at 11am. Music and demonstrations go on throughout the day at the Fairgrounds and Bridges. Daily displays in the Expo Center include:


• The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Souvenir Booth • The Mini-Bridge Contest • The Scarecrow Contest • The Ashtabula County Bicentennial Bell • The Civil War Medical Instrument Exhibit • The Covered Bridge Historical Display

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The Ashtabula County Bicentennial Heritage Celebration will be held Saturday, October 22nd at Jefferson High School. A Heritage Exhibition will open at 4:00 with booths, displays, artifacts, photo shows and more. At 7:00pm a celebration program will begin with music, civic recognitions, the ringing of the Bicentennial Bell and audience participation. The event is FREE and open to the public and is sponsored in part by The Ashtabula County, The Ashtabula County Choral Music Society and The Ohio Arts Council.

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