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Vol. No. 136, No. 51

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Jefferson sixth graders reach out to family in need

Letters to Santa Edward Strout of Jefferson Elementary School shakes hands with Santa at the Ashtabula Towne Square. Gazette Newspapers held its annual Letters to Santa event this past Saturday. For the full story and more photos, see inside this week’s newspaper.



JALS superintendent to retire in June BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Jefferson Area Local Schools Superintendent Doug Hladek announced his intention to retire during a JALS Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 17. It was with regret that the board unanimously approved accepting the resignation of Hladek for the purpose of retirement, effective June 30, 2013. “On behalf of the Jefferson Area Local School District Board of Education, we would like to thank Mr. Hladek for his outstanding service and leadership as superintendent. He has been a wonderful superintendent for the Jefferson Area Local School District and has touched the lives of the children, parents, staff, and the entire Jefferson Area Local School District community. We congratulate Mr Hladek on his retirement and wish him all the best,” Dr. Patricia Hoyson, president of the board, said in a statement the next day. Hladek has served the Jefferson Area Local Schools as superintendent since August 2006. He has served 35 years of service in public education. Before the board voted to accept his resignation, Hladek read a letter announcing his decision. “The Jefferson Area Local Schools are filled with wonderful, well-behaved, hard-working students raised by caring parents who understand that quality education includes a vital program of academics, the arts, sports, and other meaningful extracurricular activities. It has been a pleasure and privilege to watch the amazing accomplishments of our students as they grow from kindergarten to graduates and become successful, productive citizens. “I want to acknowledge and en-

courage the many caring parents I have had the honor to meet through booster groups and other school activities to continue their loyal support of their children and the school district. “I have been proud to work with our dedicated, professional teachers and administrators who care deeply for our students and perform their duties with competence and consideration for the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. They set high expectations as they attend to the complex duties of developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help our students realize their full potential. “I have observed with equal admiration the devoted work of our classified staff, Board Office employees, and supervisors in furnishing outstanding service, both directly and indirectly, to our students. Their care and concern is evident as they assist the professional staff. “Finally, I appreciate the confidence, respect, and support from the Board of Education for allowing me the opportunity to serve the students, staff, parents, and citizens of this outstanding school district. “Thank you to everyone for making my tenure in the Jefferson Area Local Schools a very rewarding and satisfying part of my career, and for providing me with many enjoyable memories,” Hladek said. JALS Board of Education Vice President Patricia Inman said it was “definitely with regret” that the board accepts the resignation. She said she’s worked with many different superintendents, but she has never seen a gentleman more interested in the students than Hladek. His first words are always about considering what the students need, she said.

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Chase’s mom, Heather Guysinger, sits in the middle (gold shirt) surrounded by the generosity of the Jefferson sixth graders. BY KIM PICKARD the paper detailing the tragic diffi- boy he used to be, he has been in and culties of an Andover family. The out of the hospital since the summer. Gazette Newspapers teachers shared the article with their Then in September, while spending JEFFERSON - When Jefferson students and the idea for their ser- time with Chase at the hospital, his Elementary school sixth-grade teach- vice project, “Operation Chase,” was mother Heather received a phone call informing her that a faulty electrical ers Brenda Sandella, Tina Yeager born. Five-year-old Chase Guysinger outlet had caught fire in their rented and Stacy Talcott, and sixth-grade Intervention Specialist Esther has been plagued by health problems home and their home had burned Oehlenschlager wanted to find a ser- his entire life. In July his health took down. Everything was lost. Heather, vice project for their students to par- a turn for the worse and it was dis- Chase and her two daughters Ariana, ticipate in, they did not have to look covered that he had Chiari (pro- 8, and Alyssa, 6, were now homeless. nounced key-are-ee) malformation of too far. See REACH OUT Page 2A On Nov. 4, an article appeared in the brain. No longer the active little

Geneva Rotarians bring the gift of language to area third graders

BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools GENEVA - The English language vocabulary contains by some estimates as many as two million words, and Cork Elementary third-grader Ethan Yost, who is already the author of notebooks full of short stories, said he will need to know quite a few of them.



As part of a nationwide program, The Dictionary Project, Geneva Rotary has presented each third grader in the Geneva school district with a special reference book. The volume, filled with information, is theirs to keep, to help grow their vocabularies and to bolster their success as better readers and writers for a lifetime. Geneva Rotary President Evan Jahn (back right) visited his daughter Raegan’s school and talked with her classmates about the dictionaries and their many uses. Displaying their new dictionaries are Geneva Platt R. Spencer Elementary (GPS) third graders (from left) Stella Ellis, Amara Moran, Raegan Jahn and Desiree Booth. In back are GPS Principal Michael Penzenik, third-grade teacher Patrick Tannish and Jahn.

Grapettes deliver Christmas Cheer — Page 2A

Holiday shopping at Jefferson Elementary — Page 5A


Jefferson BOE passes personnel items REACH OUT BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education passed a slate of personnel items during its meeting on Monday, Dec. 17. All hires and volunteers are contingent upon proper certification and successful background checks, where applicable. One action involved the board approving a recall for Darlene Ford from the Reduction in Force List for the 2012/2013 school year, as a six-hour Paraprofessional at Rock Creek Elementary, effective Nov. 30, 2012. In another action, the board approved Lisa Sigler as a classified substitute for the 2012/2013 school year. The board also approved Kathleen Sandercock as a classified substitute for the Central Office for the 2012/ 2013 school year. In contract modifications,

the board modified Diana Dickson-Sowry’s employee contract as a bus driver from five hours to 5.25 hours, effective Nov. 5, 2012, as per master contract. Additionally, the board approved Don Palm as a Home Tutor for the 2012/ 2013 school year and summer. In sports personnel, the board approved the following supplemental contract renewals for the 2013/2014 school year, contingent upon meeting the Athletic Department guidelines for fielding a team: • Jim Henson, head football coach. • Lou Murphy, head girls’ tennis coach. • Scott Barber, head boys’ golf coach. • Robert Mead, assistant varsity football coach. • Steve Locy, head cross country coach. • Terry Furman, assistant cross country coach. The board also approved

a Pupil Activity Supervisor Contract for Katie Carter, a licensed, non-employee, as Head Girls’ Soccer Coach for the 2013/2014 school year, contingent upon meeting the Athletic Department Guidelines for fielding a team. For boys’ soccer, the board approved a Pupil Activity Supervisor Contract for Bill McMinn, a non-licensed individual, as Head Boys’ Soccer Coach for the 2013/2014 school year, contingent upon meeting the Athletic Department Guidelines for fielding a team. Paul Curie was approved as a volunteer junior high Class representatives share their thoughts with Chase’s mom. wrestling assistant. Lastly in personnel matters, the board approved a memorandum of understanding for an unpaid leave of absence for Casey Tomlinson, effective Dec. 7, 2012 for the remainder of the 2012/2013 school year. Stefanie Wessell, senior The Jefferson sixth graders students to purchase. Parents editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at were very upset by the story were asked to encourage their child to do extra chores or find of this family’s difficulties. “It made me very sad and other ways to earn the money tear up,” shared Sarah to purchase the needed items . The students and their famiNewland. Billy Beckwith said, “We lies purchased the necessities, were all crying when we heard wrapped the Christmas gifts are owned by Pasquale about it.” and brought everything into Martuccio. The land used to Grady Wessollek won- school during the first week of be home to the old Little dered, “Why did this not hap- the project. League baseball fields called pen to me? I’d rather it hap“We want them to have the David Fields on Route 307 pen to me because I’m 11 and best Christmas,” Samantha West, near Market Street. Bouck explained. he is five.” The owner of the property Knowing the family needed Some students started is seeking annexation be- thinking immediately of what so much more, the classes also cause he plans to add a they could do to help. held a “Penny War” during the Heather Guysinger shares a Planned Unit Development “When I first read the ar- second week of the project to Thank You card made by with single-level homes for ticle my mind started racing. raise money to give to the fam- her daughters. the elderly on the property. Then I started thinking about ily. Each class had it’s own jar Council will vote again on what they need and I hope that for collecting pennies and stu- make Chase well, Heather the matter. everything starts to come dents were encouraged to was still grateful for the outthrough,” stated Tanner bring in as many pennies as pouring of love and support Stefanie Wessell, senior Sackett. After hearing the they could. The classes com- from a room full of sixth gradeditor for Gazette Newspa- story, Kylie Snyder explained peted to see who could raise ers. After Heather shared a pers, may be reached at she was, “devastated and de- the most money in, but not thank you card made by her limited to, pennies. They could two daughters and how much termined to help.” That determination was also have fun swapping other she appreciated their generosshared by all the students of coins for pennies from other ity, representatives from the the three sixth-grade classes classes’ jars. By collecting loose sixth grade shared their at Jefferson Elementary. change, the three sixth grade thoughts and feelings about Knowing that the family’s classes raised over $1,000 to what the family was going through. needs were many, they divided give to the family. One student shared that, On Dec. 12, Heather the task up between the three classes. Each class was given Guysinger was invited to the “What we learned is that you materials fine free, HMPL a list of specific items that the school to meet the students must care for one another Director Ed Worso said. family needed. These items in- and receive their gifts. She had when they are in a bad situaIn return for the library cluded everyday health and been told what the students tion and to never lose hope.” At that point the students waiving the fines, patrons hygiene items, non-perishable were doing but was not aware must bring donations of non- food, and other things needed of how much they been able to led Chase’s mom to a room full perishable food items. for a household. Items such as collect for the family. Even of bags and boxes of the muchFor each non-perishable clothing, toys, and gift ideas for though they could not pur- needed items and a big pile of food item brought to Christmas, were open to all chase a home for the family or presents. Heather was overwhelmed and in tears as she Henderson Library, the lisurveyed the stacks around brary will waive $1 in fines, her. Many of the students and up to a maximum of $20 per the teachers were moved to person. tears as well. “The food will be donated The sixth grade students of to our local Manna Food Jefferson Elementary learned Pantry,” Worso said. a lot that day about the blessPatrons may bring food ing of helping others and givitems to the front desk at the ing hope to someone in need. library. One food item equals Though this community ser$1 in fines. vice opportunity is linked to Food will be accepted for the Character Education Stanoverdue fines and for lost or dards set by the State of Ohio damaged items. If you have and fulfills that requirement, lost your library card, the liit is likely this experience will brary will also accept a food stay in the hearts and minds item to replace it. of these students and teachers Library officials ask that a lot longer than any typical patrons follow the following educational experience they guidelines: will ever have. • The actual cost of food will not be considered in waiving fines. From page 1A • Only unopened, prepackaged food will be accepted. BOE member Larry Divine joked that “I don’t know how anybody will be able • Please do not bring food to replace him. He truly loves the students,” they didn’t always agree, but that didn’t in damaged packaging, in- BOE member Marianne Sowry said. “He mean he didn’t like Hladek. BOE member cluding dented cans. Ron Watson said he was impressed by how gives 110 percent, and I’ll really miss him.” • No perishable or exmany student activities Hladek goes to. At the meeting, Hoyson said she underpired food will be accepted. stands retirement and why he’s doing it, but After hearing the board members say how they would miss Hladek, Hoyson joked, “So that doesn’t mean she has to like it. She said Stefanie Wessell, senior she’s never seen a superintendent more indo we vote not to accept it?” editor for Gazette Newspa- volved. But the board unanimously voted to acpers, may be reached at cept his resignation, with it effective June “You were Jefferson. You will be missed,” 30, 2013. Hoyson said.

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Council deals with zoning, annexation matters BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

After reviewing the matter, the Jefferson Planning Commission and village JEFFERSON - Jefferson council found the request to Village Council dealt with be appropriate and in the zoning and annexation mat- best interests of the village ters during its meeting on residents. The ordinance takes efMonday, Dec. 17. In one action, council fect at the earliest time alpassed the third reading of lowed by law. In other matters, council an ordinance designating that the zoning district of 45 passed the first reading of an E. Satin St. be changed from ordinance accepting the anRS residential to B2 com- nexation of 11.4097 acres of land owned by Pasquale mercial. The Jefferson Church of Martuccio from Jefferson the Nazarene had requested Township into the Village of the zoning change so offices Jefferson. The 11.4097 acres of land could be put in at the address.

Food for Fines returns at HMPL Drive to benefit Manna Food Pantry BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

little gift for the holidays. During the month of December, the library is bringJEFFERSON - ing back its Food for Fines Henderson Memorial Public program. During this month, paLibrary wants to give its patrons and the community a trons can return overdue

In Memory Of My Late Husband

Chester Price The world speaks of closure. For me, there is no closure. He dwells in my heart still. We had more than seventy years of marriage that shines like jewels in the watch of time. Though miles kept us apart in the end of our journey, I lay mourning aside, for I shall see him again in God’s great kingdom of eternity.

Gladys Price

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JAHS students create spectacular Christmas ornaments BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers

student was to design and create a Christmas ornament with only paper, wire, JEFFERSON - The stu- glue and glitter. “The results were amazdents in Valorie Curie’s art classes at Jefferson Area ing,” Curie said. Curie plans to buy artiHigh School were given a special project much like ficial Christmas trees after one might see on a reality the holidays and decorate TV show like “Project Run- them with the ornaments. She then hopes to donate way.” PHOTOS BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME In on class period, each them to those in need. Jefferson Area High School senior Sarah Dotson stands next to the handmade ornament tree.

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BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce voted in a new president, Bill Widlits, at its recent annual chamber diner. The chamber made the choice as Widlits is a wellknown dedicated member of the chamber’s board. “He has served on the board since 2000,” Tim Lenart, current chamber president, said. Widlits is owner of Chestnut Homes and although he grew up in Madison, he now calls Geneva his home. “My roots are in Geneva now. They’ve been in Geneva for quite a long time,” Widlits said. Widlits is proud of the Geneva area and the community which has supported him throughout his career. “I see a lot of good coming from this area,” Widlits said. “I see a lot of positive things happening now and positive things happening in the future.” Widlits is looking forward to filling Lenart’s shoes and enhancing the economic growth of Geneva. “I hopefully can help that out and see Geneva continue to grow,” Widlits said. Widlits was humbled by being named for the position and is grateful for the opportunity to support his

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East Plymouth Grange organization donates dictionaries to AACS third graders

Upcoming meetings Nature Conservancy presents Dec. 19 Geneva: BOE meeting check to Morgan Township The Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education will start its Dec. 19, 2012, regular board meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Geneva High School in room 817 at 1301 South Ridge East, Geneva Ohio 44041.

Dec. 19 Ashtabula: BOE meeting There will be a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Ashtabula Area City Schools on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. at Lakeside High School. There will be consideration and/or action on items. 5 p.m., Executive Session, personnel, negotiations; 7 p.m., regular meeting. The meeting will be held in the Lakeside High School large group instruction room.

Dec. 31 Dorset Township: Trustees’ meeting The regular meeting of the Dorset Township Board of Trustees for Monday, Dec. 17, has been canceled. A regular/end-of-the-year meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. The organizational meeting for 2013 and regular business meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held at the Dorset Community Center, 2681 St. Rt. 193. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Paul and Sharon Kohta of the East Plymouth Grange Organization visited the AACS Elementary Campus to distribute dictionaries to all third graders. 280 dictionaries were donated. “It is always humbling when local organizations show such generosity,” said Rebecca Evanson, principal of Ontario Primary. “The Ashtabula Area City School family is extremely appreciative. These dictionaries will be used continuously in our classrooms to enhance the learning of our students.” Pictured are Paul and Sharon Kohta and AACS students (left to right, front) Kyler Sabatine and Mia Milano; and (left to right, back) Michael Brian and Christopher Bartone.

Dec. 27 Saybrook Township: Records Committee The Saybrook Township Records Committee will hold its annual special open meeting to discuss the retention of Township Records on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 6:10 p.m. The last regular meeting of Saybrook Township trustees for 2012 will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6:15 p.m. The Saybrook Township Trustees Re-organizational meeting will be held immediately following. These meetings will be held at the township’s administrative offices, 7247 Center Road, Ashtabula Ohio. Please call 969-1106 for any questions.

Dec. 28 Lenox Township: Year-end meeting Lenox Township trustees will have their year-end and reorganization meeting on 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Lenox Community Center. There will not be a meeting on Jan. 1. The only meeting in January will be the 15th.

Jefferson United Methodist Church sings ‘Hallelujah’ for Christmas with Handel’s Messiah BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson United Methodist Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a rendition of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. “The concert will be Christmas Eve and it will be one of three services we will hold,” Pat Cramer, the church’s administrative assistant, said. The church sees the performance as a great way to ring in the Christmas holiday. “We’ll celebrate Jesus’ birth with a choral presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ Under the direction of Jodi Bishop, this community choir will feature soloists, as well as the choruses of the well-loved sacred work. They will be accompanied by Sherry Martin,” Cramer said. The choir is formed from people throughout Jefferson and not just parishioners at the church. “It’s a community choir there are

folks not from our church particularly but from all around the Jefferson area,” Cramer said. Everyone who joined the choir had a deep appreciation for Handel’s work and are ready to share their enthusiasm with their community. “They enjoy the Messiah piece and want to perform it for one of our Christmas Eve services,” Cramer said. Handel wrote the Messiah as homage to Jesus’ life and wrote a section for the different stages Jesus lived through. The whole Messiah will not be performed only the parts Handel specifically wrote for the birth of Jesus. “They will only be performing the Christmas portion of the Messiah, so it will not be the whole thing,” Cramer said. Candles will be lit as the music fills the church in preparation for Christmas. “There will be a candle light service with it,” Cramer said. “We have soloists and an excellent accompanist.”

The whole community is invited to the concert. “It should be a great program for everyone to enjoy on Christmas Eve,” Cramer said. Jefferson United Methodist Church says no matter who you are, you are welcome to attend any of their Christmas Eve services and are hoping for a nice crowd in particular for their 9 p.m. service since many community members will play a role in choir. “Please join us in a joyous time of celebration and worship. We will sing all the beautiful carols, laugh together, pray together, and listen to the Bible story retold as we open our hearts to allow Jesus to be born into our lives,” Cramer said. For more information on the concert and all of JUMC’s Christmas Eve services you can contact the church at (440) 576-4561. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman

Children’s Christmas lists show changes through the years

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

With Christmas less than a week away, the season of wrapping paper and carefully crafted bows is in full swing. People will be rushing the malls, little local shops and paying the extra overnight mailing fees to send that special someone the perfect gift. Many can recall pushing through crowds to fight for the Cabbage Patch Doll craze of the 1980s or the Tickle Me Elmo of 1996. In 1975, the first video game made the list of number one gifts of the season with the introduction of Pong. “That bouncing white ball and those digital paddles are finding their place under many trees this Christmas,” a December 13, 1975, article in a local newspaper read. The thought of finding

R emember W hen the perfect gift has been going through minds for generations as the 1950s show the hula-hoop as the “it” gift. The hula-hoop not only swung its way into children’s hearts of the 1950s but was also one of the first toys inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. Then 1960 hit with the coming of a new kind of plastic doll known with just one name, Barbie. “The Barbie doll looks to be the gift of the season,” a December 10, 1960 article in the newspaper reports. The hit boy’s action figure, G.I. Joe would pop up as the number gift of 1963 and 1966. However, the number one holiday gift can go back even farther with the yo-yo of 1928.

“Versions of the yo-yo date back thousands of years, but this year Duncan has bounced into Christmas,” a Jefferson Gazette article reads on the date of Dec. 14, 1928. Sometimes Christmas gifts can show the signs of the times. In 1936, the number one gift for boys was army figures entitled Gmen. Although Europe would not break into World War II until 1939 and then America in 1941, tensions were brewing. A newspaper article entitled “’G-Men’ Invade Toyland! Santa Claus Goes Modern to Thrill Children at Ashtabula Stores” ran on Dec. 10, 1936. “Boys once were Indians and cowboys,” the article read. “They even passed

through a period of being gangsters but now the whole effect of the G-men is being reflected in Ashtabula toy departments.” The G-men collection included badges, automatic pistols, machine guns and pursuit cars and, to complete the set, one could also buy a fingerprinting kit. As for the girls of 1936, the stores were stocking up on Dy-Dee and Bottletot dolls. “Out of all the big dolls, little dolls and dolls built for endurance more than beauty she selected one that requires feeding from a tiny bottle and immediately after feeding needs a fresh diaper,” the same 1936 article said. Whether it is a Cabbage Patch Doll, G.I. Joe, yo-yo or Barbie doll nestled beneath your tree, the memories of holiday cheer and family togetherness still remain dear to many and that is truly timeless.

BY SUE LUTZ Gazette Newspapers MORGAN TOWNSHIP — While tax bases and budgets are shrinking, Morgan Township officials recently recognized several area non-profits organizations for donations to the township in lieu of property taxes on exempted land. Karen Adair, Northeast Ohio Projects Manager of the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, presented the Board a check for almost $3,000 during the Dec. 5 meeting. “Some have expressed we should be more concerned with the township,” said Adair. “Therefore we are presenting a check for $2,873 for the amount of property taxes we would have paid.” Adair said maintaining a good relationship with the public has always been important to the Nature Conservancy and the communities in which they invest and operate. As part of their relationship building goals, she encouraged the public to take advantage of public lands. During the November meeting Adair reminded Trustees that while the property the organization owns is tax exempt, it’s available for public use. “As I said last year we have deer hunting in Morgan Township swamp – we give preference for permits – if you live in Morgan Township and you haven’t broken any laws, you’re pretty much guaranteed a permit,” she said. Adair also presented the Board of Trustees with a second check for $1,000 earmarked specifically for the purchase of an all-terrain vehicle by Morgan Hose Volunteer Fire Department. The sixwheel drive Polaris Ranger was purchased specifically for wild land fire fighting. Equipped with a stokes basket, the unit will be used for extinguishing grass fires and also during search and rescues. Adair said the ATV would be a great asset, especially if firefighters and emergency personnel have to search for sportsmen and sportswomen

that may get lost while on their lands. Adair also sought support from Trustees for the Nature Conservancy plans to purchase a parcel of land that spans across multiple townships including Morgan. In November the Nature Conservancy requested and received support through resolutions by Morgan Township and Ashtabula County, which allowed the organization to seek matching funds for land purchase through the Clean Ohio Grant. During the public comment period during the Nov. 21 meeting, Morgan Township resident Paul Kinzel expressed concern on how the Nature Conservancy purchase might affect his oil and gas rights. Kinzel, who owns property adjacent to the parcel of property that the Nature Conservancy may be purchasing, requested the Board hold off on giving its approval until he was able to confer with legal counsel. The Board then held a special meeting Nov. 23, where Kinzel reported to Trustees that he had been assured that property and mineral rights would not be impacted. Trustees then gave the Nature Conservancy its approval. Board of Trustees President Brett Bellas also acknowledged appreciation for a $2,000 check Morgan Township received from Cleveland Museum in lieu of property taxes. Bellas said more non-profit property owners may be willing to make contributions in lieu of their property taxes, but it may take a little bit of “cage rattling.” In the spirit of giving, Board of Trustees voted unanimously to share $200 with Rock Creek Village for its beautification plans for the village square. Bellas said the money would be combined with more donations from other organizations and businesses “to decorate and spruce up the town.” Morgan Township Board of Trustees resolved to reschedule its second December meeting for Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

LJHS students learn about FEMA


Mr. Mark Camplese, employed by Ashtabula Community Care Ambulance, spent several hours at Lakeside Junior High School, sharing his experience of his involvement with FEMA, Federal Emergency Medical Agency. FEMA provides support to the states affected by disasters. Mr. Camplese recently came home from the East coast where he worked to aid the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He explained to Amy Nagle’s eighth-grade science classes what MRE foods are. MRE, Meals Ready to Eat, are freeze dried food packages that provide nutrition and survival, and can be prepared without many resources. Pictured left to right are Mark Camplese, his daughter Brianna (an eighth-grade LJHS student), and Mrs. Nagle sharing MRE food with the students.



School Safety News BY DOUG HLADEK Superintendent Jefferson Area Local Schools The students and staff of the Jefferson Area Local Schools extend heartfelt sympathy to the students, staff, parents, and community of Newtown, Connecticut for the terrible tragedy that occurred in their schools. They deserve our thoughts and prayers for the senseless shooting incident and painful grief they must endure. On Monday morning our school administrators reviewed the district safety plan that addresses procedures such as lockdown, bomb threats, unwanted intruders, fire, tornado, and other crisis events. Jefferson village police were present at the beginning of the school day at the Jr/Sr High and Jefferson Elementary to help allay worries. Staff was asked to be extra vigilant of unusual circumstances in our schools and to be aware of any impact the event has had on the emotional needs of our students, especially during this last week before Christmas vacation. Our schools have an excellent rapport with police and safety forces. Their response has been swift whenever the schools have requested service. Safety professionals have been very willing to conduct drills and presentations for students about emergency situations and personal safety. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, the district will continue to review our policies and procedures to address our emergency response, and to react to changing needs such as the use of electronic social media and technology. Our students and staff

Huron Primary students celebrate Swedish tradition

from kindergarten to seniors have participated in many benevolent activities during this Holiday Season. Students at Jefferson Elementary have donated food, clothing, money, and gifts to needy families, military personnel, and local nursing homes. Rock Creek Elementary students have collected food for local church Christmas baskets and participated in a “Penny War” with the amount collected matched by PTO to provide gift certificates for needy families. Our Junior High students for their 2012 Holiday Service Project have collected money, food, personal items, and more to help a family in need because of a recent house fire. The Senior High School Green Team donated money to purchase two oxen and one plow to Active Blessings of Uganda. Senior Leadership donated bags of toiletries and served lunch to 100 clients of Catholic Charities. Each class decorated a tree with hats and mittens to give away and proceeds from a holiday band concert were donated to HALO foundation. We are proud of the sincere effort our students and staff make at this time of year to help others in need. It is an important part of our student’s affective education and teaches important values. School will recess from December 24 to January 1 and will resume January 2. Happy Holidays to our community and thank you for supporting our schools. Please check our calendar of events on the district website at, or visit your schools. For more information about your schools contact me at the Board of Education office (5769180).

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Children Services representatives visited the school to collect the gifts purchased by the fifth graders, pictured here.

Jefferson Elementary students adopt children for Christmas BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

The children collected sponsorships for the spell-athon, Etling said. Their sponJEFFERSON - The fifth- sors pledged to donate a cergrade classrooms at tain amount for however Jefferson Elementary School many words the students used their knowledge to spelled correctly in the spellmake sure there will be a-thon. The fifth graders raised Christmas gifts under the tree for 11 local children this more than $2,800. With this money, the students were holiday season. The fifth-grade class- able to purchase Christmas rooms of Jodi Bishop, Devon gifts for the children. The stuEtling, Nancy Hamper and dents shopped for the chilSusan Wilber recently par- dren themselves, with participated in a 100-word Spell- ents and school staff helping. a-Thon to raise funds toward They also wrapped them. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the “adoption” of 11 children with ties to Ashtabula Children Services representatives visited the school to County Children Services.

collect the gifts. “It’s awesome,” Children Services Community Service Coordinator Kathryn Whittington said. “These kids have been doing this for years. I know our children in care greatly appreciate what they’re doing.” Whittington said there are just over 160 children in the care of Children Services, and projects like this one are what help them have gifts for Christmas. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor of the Gazette, may be reached at swessell@gazette PHOTOS BY STEFANIE WESSELL

Jefferson Elementary School fifth-graders Dominic Novak, Bryson Brewer, Tristin Griffith, Robert Shelton, Jacob Toth and Ethan Weber pose for a photo.

Mickenzie Wheeler raised $160 for a 100-word Spell-aThon to raise funds toward the “adoption” of 11 children with ties to the Ashtabula County Children Services.


Students in Mrs. Mary Schroeder’s third-grade Social Studies classes at Huron Primary have been studying a variety of cultures. Students took part in their teacher’s heritage by celebrating the Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia. Santa Lucia is a national holiday in Sweden celebrated on Dec. 13. In Sweden, Santa Lucia is known to bring light to the country on the darkest days of winter. On Dec. 13, the oldest daughter in each family wears a white robe with a red ribbon sash and a wreath of candles on her head. She wakes up her parents and serves them sweet rolls and coffee. Students got to taste traditional Swedish Pepparkakors (gingersnap cookies) as a treat. Pictured here are Carolena Orrenmaa as Santa Lucia and teacher Mary Schroeder.

Jefferson Elementary School students help load the gifts into the van.

Site Solver Have you seen this Site Solver? Taking a page from sister-paper the Conneaut Courier, each week the Gazette will run a photo from some place and/or thing in one of the three school districts it PHOTO BY SADIE PORTMAN covers, Jefferson, Geneva and Ashtabula. The first few people to guess where the photo is from will have their names printed in the next issue. No one correctly guessed last week’s photo, which was from the Wade Avenue elementary campus. This week’s photo is in Jefferson. Guesses can be sent in after 5 p.m. Dec. 19 to (440) 576-9125 ext. 107.

Jefferson Elementary School fifth graders helped raise funds through a 100-word Spell-a-Thon to purchase gifts for children through Ashtabula County Children Services.



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Bill Hazelton, left, and Ron Gilbert are the 2012 Harpersfield Ruritans of the Year. HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - The Harpersfield Ruritans celebrated another successful year of community service with their annual Christmas Dinner at Chops Grille and Tap House on Dec. 6. President Gary Somnitz reported that through the membership’s fund raising efforts, the club was able to give back to the community well over $9,000 in scholarships, donations and events. Ruritan Jim Pristov announced that there are two Ruritan-of-the-Year awards this year. Jim presented the 2012 Ruritan of the Year awards to Bill Hazelton and Ron Gilbert. Bill and Ron worked at all the Ruritan events and spent countless

hours upgrading the Ruritan Grape JAMboree booth and working on the Ruritan antique grape press as well as all the equipment that goes with it. Because of the work that Bill and Ron have put in, future Ruritan events will be somewhat easier and allow the Ruritans to continue a 40-year tradition of giving back to their community. Established in 1970, the Harpersfield Ruritans are always looking for community minded members to help them give back to the Harpersfield community. Anyone interested in joining should visit or contact Gary Somnitz at 440-466-9210.

Kindergarten-enrichment program enrolling again at Jefferson Church of the Nazarene BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, located at 55 E. Satin St. in Jefferson, is now enrolling for the second semester of its kindergartenenrichment program for the 2012/2013 school year. “The goal of our program is to serve as an extension of the [Jefferson Area Local Schools’] current half-time kindergarten program,” certified elementary teachers Shauna Tucker and Heather Eaton said. “We mirror the experiences and enhance the curriculum to assist in providing a well-rounded, full-time kindergarten experience for your child.” The teachers said their small class sizes and low student-teacher ratio make their program a great intervention for students who are experiencing difficulties with learning. “We are also accepting kinder-ready four year olds at this time so that we may provide the necessary experiences and exposure for your


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their fellow Grapettes. “We got to see each other’s creativity. It was fun,” Peck said. “It was bonding time for us.” The center was also excited to invite the girls into their home as Linda Silvaggio, the center’s Activities Assistan,t prepared the residents for the visit. “They’re going to love having all these queens and princesses,” Linda Silvaggio said. “They’re excited. “ Silavaggio said the residents were waiting in their doorways for the girls in their dresses and crowns to arrive. “I’ve gone around and told them all to be in their doorways for caroling,” Silvaggio said. Chrissy Jeppe, the Miss Grapette advisor, was proud of her Grapettes as they give back to those around them. Jeppe said the girls always want to do more for the community. “They want to do everything as a group. When there’s one idea, they all want to build on it,” Jeppe said. “They all want to be equal parts.” Jeppe said each year a new service project is done and each Miss Grapettes brings with her new ideas and moments for the Miss Grapette legacy. “I’m very excited,” Jeppe said. “It’s something Taylor Bruinsma helps a younger the girls haven’t done before, something new Grapette read Christmas carols. and different.”

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP - The Grapettes came together last Thursday evening at Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to sing Christmas carols and give residents ornaments and cards. “This was one of my ideas,” Miss Grapette Katie Peck said. Peck organized the event with each Grapette participating in the event. “We got different songs together so we can sing for Christmas and we made all different kinds of cards for the residents,” Peck said. The Grapettes hand made the cards and ornaments. “We got together one night and we worked on them from probably around five in the evening to 8:30 at night,” Peck said. To Peck, Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is more than just another nursing home, as even as a Girl Scout she has constantly given back to the center. Peck also lives right down the road from the center. “I live across the street. This is my backyard pretty much,” Peck said. “I call this my nursing home because it’s right next to me.” Peck wants to bring holiday cheer to those who may not be able to go home for the holidays. “They can hang up the ornaments and cards so they can have something to look at,” Peck said. Peck did an Easter project for the home when she was crowned Junior PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN The Grapettes surround a resident and smile for the camera. Miss Grapette. “Two years ago, I was Junior Miss and I did a service project where I colored Easter Eggs for the residents,” Peck said. “I wrote each of their names on it and they each got their own Easter eggs.” Peck said this will not be the last time she will spend time at the center. “Whenever I can, I like to do stuff for them,” Peck said. The project was also a great bonding experience for the Grapettes as they crafted reindeer and Christmas Trees ornaments. “It was definitely funny and as you can see not a single one turned out the same,” Peck said. The Grapettes smile as they pose with Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Peck said it was an opporresident Rodney Young. tunity to see another side of

Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, Miss Grapette Katie Peck may be reached at swessell@ smiles after singing Christmas carols in the Alzheimer’s Unit.

Geneva Adams smiles while the Grapettes finish singing Christmas carols to her and hand her ornaments and a card.


JAHS students visit healthcare center BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - School has become more than what happens between the walls of the classrooms. Much of what the students in Sally Campbell’s classes use is more than pencil and paper. Campbell and counselor Sarah Drenik have worked hard to create curriculum Students made Christmas cards for the residents. that helps students understand the world around them. “We want the students to learn empathy for their fellow man and going to the Jefferson Healthcare Center is a way to do that,” Drenik explained. Just before Thanksgiving, Campell, Drenik and their students spent the day at the Health Care Center. Transportation was provided by the Healthcare Center to help ease the financial burden of the outing. The big attraction of this visit, the third for some of the students, was Turkey Teacher Sally Campbell looks on as students help with a Bowling. The residents set Christmas craft. up around the make-shift bowling alley while students “bowled” with a frozen

Aerick McCollough helps with the crafts.



Jefferson Area High School students try their luck at Turkey Bowling during a recent visit to the Jefferson Healthcare Center

bowl a real ball as well as I did that turkey!” “The residents just cheered us on this year,” Josh Gall said. “Maybe next year they can bowl, too.” Besides bowling, students were assigned various duties. “They watered plants and visited with the residents, and decorated their rooms,” Drenik explained. Ninth-grader Olivia Case painted fingernails. “I didn’t do any feet,” she smiled. Sophomore Mitch Watters was able to go into the physical therapy room. “He was able to see what residents have to go through,” Drenik explained. George Dubik, director of The students participated in a game of bingo during their Jefferson Healthcare, supvisit.

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turkey, explained ninthgrader Tasha Stiver. Top bowlers for the day were Cambell and aide Lyn Leary. “My arm was sore the next day,” Campbell admitted. “I just wish I could

plied the students with pizza, which eighth-grader Aerick McCaullogh thought was very good. Josh Gall said they also spent time making Christmas Cards and envelopes to give to the residents. “Everyone made one,” he said. “Some of us made multiple cards,” Sam Hartman, a freshman, added. Stiver explained that each resident would then receive a card to feel special. Drenik and Campbell hope to go to the Healthcare center in the Spring. “We like to go around holidays or something special,” Drenik said. “They’d like us to come every month,” Campbell added.

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The 150th annual installation of officers for the Tuscan Lodge #342 in Jefferson was held earlier this month. The lodge was chartered on Oct. 21, 1862. Pictured are, left to right, 60-year Mason Robert Adair, Thomas Otto, Ronald Moore, Sr. Master, Daniel Rice, Christopher Rice, Jon Schmid, Ed Hall, Clyde McIntyre and Ronald Moore, Jr.

Students support G.O. Ministries Two new vocabulary words in Ms. Catano’s eighthgrade Language Arts classes at Lakeside Junior Cork Elementary third-grader Ethan Yost said the new dictionary he received as a gift High School are hunger from Geneva Rotarians “will come in handy as I continue to become a writer.” Yost and philanthropist. After said he enjoys writing short stories. He is pictured with Educational Assistant Judy much discussion on the meaning of these words, Mitchell. the students agreed to Yost said he is thinking meaning of new words they en- Ford Behm. The Dictionary participate in a service about becoming a veterinarian counter as they read. Geneva Project is only one aspect of the project, a food drive to when he grows up but enjoys Rotarians Gerald Kujala, club’s long tradition of support benefit the G.O. Ministries. writing stories about animals. Bruce Gresham and Robert for the students of Geneva Pastor John Salters and First “I really like the dictionary Sheldon made the rounds of Area City Schools. Geneva Ro- Lady Mae Salters, founders that Geneva Rotary gave us,” third grade classrooms re- tary, through the J. Edward and directors of G.O. Yost said. “This will come in cently bringing with them Gilliland Rotary Foundation, Ministries, recently spent SUBMITTED PHOTO handy as I continue to become boxes of new dictionaries, con- grants thousands of dollars in most of their day at the a writer.” taining one for each third scholarships to college bound junior high explaining their organization, and the different ways students can volunteer seniors, fetes the top 25 stu- their time to serve others. Ms. Catano elaborated during class discussion the difference Thanks to Geneva Rotary, grader. Yost and the other third gradGeneva Rotary has distrib- dents at each grade level at of global hunger compared to community hunger. She also emphasized the difference ers throughout the Geneva uted thousands of dictionaries GHS at the Breakfast of between wants and needs. Ms. Catano explained to her students that everyone has School district now own an es- to area third graders since the Champions each spring and something to give whether it is their time, their talent, or a purchased item. Pictured sential tool which will help service project was initiated in sponsors the annual Four Way speaking to the Lakeside Junior High School eighth-grade Social Studies students are them to spell and decipher the 2004 by then Rotary President Speech Contest. (left to right) Pastor John Salters and First Lady Mae Salters.



Blue Streaks dump Eagles BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers GENEVA – The varsity basketball game between the Madison Blue Streaks and Geneva Eagles seemed to be over in the first quarter as Stephon Ortiz put on a show for the crowd. Ortiz seemed unstoppable in the first half as he scored early and often to help the Blue Streaks take a 20-5 first quarter lead. The Blue Streaks then went into halftime up 41-14. Ortiz scored 12 points in the opening quarter, including three, three-pointers as he was in the zone from outside the arc. Brandon Burkholder added four points for Madison, including a basket as time was running out in the first period. Brett Monty added a three pointer for Madison in the first quarter and Brandon Smith added a free throw as the Blue Streaks were up 15. Jordan McClure and Brandon Smith each had two assists in the quarter, while John Dahlhausen helped out with three rebounds. Geneva answered a threepointer by Ortiz with a bucket by Vern Thompson early in the first quarter, but it would be all the scoring they would get until a late three by David Smalley in the opening quarter. Eric Juncker hauled in three rebounds, but the Eagles were already down double digits. Ortiz continued his hot start in the second quarter as he scored 15 more points, including another one from downtown. Monty added four more points and Burkholder put in another basket as the Blue Streaks went up 41-14. The Eagles got a little bit of offense going in the second quarter as Matt Mackynen and Ronnie Varckette scored down low. Mackynen had four points in the quarter and Varckette added three points. Vern Thompson added another basket to go with two rebounds and an assist, but the Eagles faced a huge climb go-

The Madison Blue Streaks guard an inbounds pass during a game against Geneva. ing into halftime. Stephon Ortiz kept up his big game in the third quarter as he added eight more points to finish with a game high 35 points. Brett Monty also had a big quarter for Madison with seven more points, including a three-pointer. Brandon Burkholder and Aaron Petruccelli each added four points in the quarter. Kurt Smith, Jordan McClure and John Dahlhausen also scored in the quarter for Madison as they were up 70-30 going into the final quarter. Geneva had their best scoring quarter so far with 16 points in the third quarter led by five points from Vern Thompson. Brandon Kovach added four points and Eric Juncker hit a three-pointer. Zach Sweat contributed two points, two rebounds and a steal in the quarter and Matt Mackynen added two points. The Blue Streaks went on to win the game 86-46. John Dahlhausen led the Blue Streaks with five points in the final quarter, including a three-pointer. Aaron Petruccelli added four points, while Kurt Smith and Brett Monty each hit a three-pointer. Jack Holl rounded out the scoring with a free throw late in

the gae for Madison. Vern Thompson led the Eagles with six points in the fourth quarter as Geneva again scored 16 points to match the Blue Streaks in the final quarter. Thompson led the Eagles in scoring on the

night with 15 points. David Smalley hit his second threepointer as he scored five points in the quarter. Ryan Nappi and Brandon Kovach each added two points for the Eagles, while Steve Jewell hit a free throw in the loss.

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Falcons youth basketball program is taking strides this year as Coach Steve French enters his second season with the team. The 6th grade team is made up of Jefferson and Rock Creek Elementary and consists of: 00 Owen Blanchette, 44 Nathan Jacobs, 25 Brandon Strang, 42 Jacob Butler,23 Zach Bean, 34 Andrew Vance, 33 Tyler Messenger and 55 Dillon Lister. “We have kids that really play hard and they listen really well. They want to get better and that’s always important at this level,” Coach Steve French said. The team runs the same plays as the Jefferson varsity basketball team and they also do some of the same drills in practice. “We’re trying to get continuity throughout the entire program,” French said. The team tries to practice three times a week, but mostly on Monday and

Jack Holl, (33) of Madison, guards Paul Hitchcock, of Geneva, during a recent junior varsity game. BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

Ben Damm and Tyler Drought play for the Geneva Eagles junior varsity basketball team.

GENEVA – The Madison Blue Streaks streaked to a 7-0 lead in their junior var- quarter. Alex Fistek scored sity basketball game the only other two points for against the Geneva Eagles, Geneva in the quarter. Geneva would outscore which aided them in their 57-35 win. The Blue Streaks the Blue Streaks 12-10 in doubled up the Eagles 15-7 the third quarter, but still trailed by double digits in the opening quarter. Nick Law led the charge down 41-27. Ryan Nappi led the for Madison early on with eight points, including a Eagles in the quarter with three pointer in the first six points. Jason Downie, quarter. Law also picked up Tyler Drought and Cody two steals, which helped Brunsma all scored two him score a pair of fast points for Geneva in the break buckets. Jack Holl third quarter. Zach Ferra hit a threeadded four points and two rebounds for Madison, pointer for the Blue Streaks while Adam Elly hit a three- in the third period to help them maintain their lead. pointer. Geneva was led by Tyler Jack Holl, Nick Law and Drought with five points, in- Chase Petti all added two cluding his own three- points, while Hunter Drzik pointer. Ryan Nappi scored hit a free throw. Madison put up 16 in the the other Geneva basket in the quarter and grabbed fourth quarter to win the game 57-35. Jack Holl two boards. Madison kept up their added to his scoring total scoring pace in the second with five points. Chase Petti PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL quarter as they went into and Drzik each added four Vern Thompson dribbles the ball for the Geneva Eagles halftime up 31-15. Adam points and David Albert hit Elly had a big quarter with a three-pointer. during a recent game against Madison. Cody Brunsma scored six points for Madison. Hunter Drzik had a pair of four points for the Eagles in put-backs for four points. the final quarter. Aiden Nick Law, Jack Holl and Hennessy and Drought each Connor Bachmann also added a bucket, but the over Badger. The 6th grade scored in the quarter for Eagles fell in the game. Tyler Drought led all teams only loss was a 22-17 Madison. Tyler Drought tried to scorers with 15 points for defeat by the hands of spark the Eagles with six the Eagles. Jack Holl led the Maplewood. Scoring for Jefferson in more points, two steals and Blue Streaks with 13 points the win over Badger were: two rebounds in the second in the game. Owen Blanchette (4), Andrew Vance (4), Jacob Butler (4), Nathan Jacobs (4) and Brandon Strang (3).Andrew Vance led Jefferson in the loss to Maplewood with six points. Owen Blanchette added four points and Jacob Butler scored three. Zach Bean and Brandon Strang also added a basket for Jefferson. The 4th and 5th grade team consists of: fourth graders Seve Cantini, Brayden Throop, Howie Cambpell, Donovan Leininger and fifth graders John Montanero, PHOTOS BY BYRON C.WESSELL Ethan Butcher, Colin Jacob Butler(front), Owen Blanchette, and Dillon Lister Priestap, Tyler Alexander, get ready to run a play during a 5th and 6th grade Spencer Roberts, Nick Diehl and Jordan Campbell. The basketball practice. fifth grade team is coached by “We’re trying to get them John Montanero. Thursday. Some of the upcoming In practice the team ready to play varsity that games for the 5th and 6th works a lot on passing, ball way too,” French said. The 6th grade team is cur- grade teams are Dec. 22 at handling and getting the players on the team to play rently 2-1 on the season af- Badger starting at 9:50am PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL hard. They also work on a ter a 27 to 22 win over and Dec. 29 at Badger start- The Geneva Eagles junior varsity basketball team gets ing at 9:50am. shell defense and not a zone. Mathews and a 19-15 win ready to inbound the ball against Madison.

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Lady Spartans stop Heralds BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The Conneaut Lady Spartans hosted the Lady Heralds of Saint John in an afternoon contest. Conneaut silenced the Heralds 54-33. Conneaut had lost a turnover-ridden contest to Perry Wednesday. Saturday, the Spartans regrouped, handled the ball better, took control in the first quarter and went on to the win. After the visitors sank the opening basket, Lexi Zappitelli swished a three pointer. Lexi added two more baskets as the Spartans ran out to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter. Lexi added seven additional points in the second period enroute to her game high 24 points. She rebounded from scoring only three points versus Perry. “Lexi is only a sophomore and she sometimes gets down on herself when she thinks she doesn’t have a good game. But she can score in many diferent ways, inside, outside,” Conneaut Coach Tony Pasenen praised his player. Conneaut entered the halftime break with a 24-14 advantage but that was the

closest that the Heralds would come. After a cold shooting SJ third quarter, the Spartans extended their lead to 34-16 at the end of three periods. With the reserves playing much of the final quarter, the Spartans continued on to the eventual 54-33 final. “Their defense gave us fits,” said Heralds coach Nick Iarocci. “They kept us from doing what we wanted. We need to start games fast, today we didn’t do it. We kept dribbling into trouble and they pressured us at the top and then sagged into the middle so we couldn’t get the ball inside. It was a great game plan for coach Pasanen and they executed well.” “We didn’t have a great record last year but this is a great group of girls who are getting better every time out. I love our new league but I think it’s important to keep playing Ashtabula County teams. It’s important to keep those relationships going,” Iarocci added. “We’ve been working on a bunch of different things this week. At times we’ve been too timid. We need to attack more. We need bet-

ter reads of the defense and we need to be more aggressive. Dani Heinonen did a nice job today. At times she is too unselfish. Natalie Bertalasio also was solid at both ends of the floor. It was a total team effort,” PHOTOS BY ALLAN MONONEN Pasanen summed up his Jessie DiSalvatore, of Saint John, dribbles at the top of the key, guarded by Natalie teams effort. Bertolasio, of Conneaut. Saint John slips to 4-2, 40 in the Lake Effect Conference. Conneaut improves to 3-4. On the stat sheet, Mackenzie Stenroos led the visitors with 12 points.Alex Ferrante added five while Emily Powers, Liv Cimorelli, Rae Ann Benedict and Brenna Powers all had four points. Lexi Zappitelli had an outstanding game with 24 points six rebounds and four steals. Brooke Bennett and Angie Zappitelli had seven points. Dani Heinonen added six. Shae Brink had four. Natalie Bertolasio, Carly Schrieber and Tori Simek sank a basket apiece. There was no JV game. Conneaut will host Horizon Science Academy SaturThe Saint John Heraldsget together for a time out during a game against Conneaut. day in a doubleheader with the guys team. The JV girls game begins at 10 am , the gilrs varsity and the guys games will immediately follow.

Jefferson junior high wrestling starts well BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

Their only loss came from a tough Howland team. Recently the team placed 2nd JEFFERSON - The at the Liberty Dual TournaJefferson junior high ment, which also qualified wrestling team has a them for the OAC state dual dual meet record of 5-1 tournament. Some of the nogoing into their dual table wrestlers far on the meets against Grand team are: Josh Baitt - 80lbs Valley and Conneaut. - 4 wins-0 losses; Christian

Marte - 98lbs - 4 wins-1 loss; Clay Smock 122lbs - 5 wins-1 loss; Austin Blankenship 172lbs - 4 wins-1 loss; and Austin Norris 245lbs - 2 wins-0 losses. The Junior High wrestling team is coached by Nate Meyer. Conneaut’s Natalie Bertolasio, in white tries to steal the ball from Alex Ferrante, of St. John.


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Hoffman’s Pharmacy prescribes over 70 years of service BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Hoffman’s Pharmacy is a staple of Ashtabula as it has been in business for 71 years. “We’re locally owned and we have been here for over 70 years, since 1941,” Maria Fowler, head pharmacist, said. All your prescription and non-prescription needs can be found at the store located at 2323 Lake Ave. in Ashtabula. The location of Hoffman’s is also very convenient for anyone leaving the hospital as it is almost across the street from the Ashtabula County Medical Center. Along with medication, Hoffman’s also offers things such as cards, walkers, candy, small gifts, puzzles and stuffed animals, as well as mobility needs such as walkers, canes, crutches and wheelchairs. “We have very competitive pricing,” Fowler said. “We have lots of hard-tofind items.” For those prescription medications which are not commercially available, Fowler will mix up the concoction right in her own compounding room. “We offer compounding,” Fowler said. “That’s where you mix medications up that you have to have special ingredients for or that aren’t commercially available.” Fowler will compound medication for people and pets. “We do compounding for people and animals,” Fowler said. “It’s great for babies that can’t swallow pills or animals that need flavoring added to something so they’ll take it.” There are five pharmacists on board ready to fill all your prescription needs. While waiting for your prescription to be filled, Hoffman’s provides a waiting area surrounded with pictures of old time Ashtabula. Another service offered is prescription delivering for those who cannot drive.

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