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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012 Andover police arrest shoplifter on return visit to town By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER - A shoplifter suspect, who allegedly stole a purse at the Romano Sparkle Market on March 24, was apprehended on March 31 by Andover Police Department officials when she was seen shopping in another local business. The 30-year-old female suspect from Cortland was spotted at the Family Dollar store by the manager, said Police Chief Randy Gentry. “The manager recognized the woman because she was wearing the same shirt when caught on camera at the grocery on March 24. He called our department and an officer came over to make the arrest. We had surveillance tapes of her and the local paper, The News ran the photo and article a week ago,” Gentry said. The suspect was taken to Andover police station for questioning. Gentry said the woman admitted taking a purse from a shopping cart on March 24 at the Romano Sparkle Market. The woman is charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Andover police uncovered a crack pipe after taking the suspect to the police station, the chief said. “Because there was no room at Ashtabula County jail in Jefferson last weekend, we had to issue a summons for her to appear in Eastern County Court on the charges,” Gentry said. The woman, whose address is listed at 4800 E. Main St., Cortland, was to appear today (Thursday) in Eastern County Court for an arraignment hearing related to the Andover PD charges. Chief Gentry advised people to not leave purses or other valuables in shopping carts while in any type of store. “Having the security tapes and getting it published helped in this case being solved,” he added.


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Hartsgrove’s Easter Egg Hunt draws hundreds of kids

GV School Board offers cash incentives for early staff retirees By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

ORWELL - A one-time cash incentive for retiring employees was approved by the Grand Valley Board of Education at a special meeting on March 29. Superintendent Bill Nye and board members had previously discussed the proposals in executive sessions last month. The $3,500 cash incentive is part of two memorandums adopted by the school board for the Grand Valley teachers and support staff employee union members, who may wish to take advantage of the offer. The employees severance plans were presented to all school employees on March 30 before the school spring break this week, Nye said. “Any employees wanting to take PHOTOS BY DORIS COOK the early retirement cash incentive And they were off! Youngsters from toddlers to age 12 scrambled onto the Hartsgrove Township park last will have to be signed up and respond to my office by Friday, April weekend taking in the annual Easter egg hunt trying to scoop up as many eggs and they could hold. 15. I have no idea how many are BY DORIS COOK rail fence surrounding the circle the huge crowd. interested. I have to say I’m mixed Gazette Newspapers grassy lawn in the center of The Reid’s friends, Joyce and on making these offers. We are Jim O’Connor of Hartsgrove had Routes 534 and 6. See BOE page 6A Don Reid and wife Teresa along wrapped homemade candies and HARTSGROVE TOWNSHIP Everybody was anxious as they with other volunteers in town other treats in gaily decorated waited for the GO signal last have hosted this spring event for baskets to give away with other Sunday at the annual Hartsgrove about 10 years. The afternoon plush toys for kids, who found a Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of event drew families from not just prize ticket in the plastic eggs. kids, parents, and grandparents Hartsgrove, but communities See HUNT page 19A patiently waited behind the split nearby, Reid said as he surveyed

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ANDOVER - The ugly and sometimes tragic consequences of bullying have been on the minds of many in recent years. Pymatuning Valley Middle School fifth through eighth grade students spent a few hours last Friday afternoon learning anti-bullying strategy from three successful professional athletes. Two of Ohio’s most popular and successful Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters paid a visit to Andover from their Independence, Ohio based Strong Style Martial Arts training location. Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye spoke to two different groups of students for about an hour each session. Neither fighter is a stranger to public speaking as Eye regularly speaks to fans across the nation at events in Ohio and Texas and Students from Pymatuning Valley Middle School sit on the cafeteria Rogers is a teacher by day in Kent, floor as they listen to an anti-bullying strategy session from three Ohio. See BULLIES page 7A professional athletes.

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Macie Payne enjoys a ride on a pink elephant at the 2011 edition of the Andover Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored carnival. The carnival comes back to Andover Village over the Memorial Day weekend. BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER - Thrilling rides, mouth-watering foods, colorful games and live music will soon kick-off the summer season in the Pymatuning Lake community of Andover Village. The Andover Area Chamber of Commerce is once again planning an exciting carnival for Memorial Day weekend.

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Fire damages Gibbs Rd. resident’s workshop By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

stroy part of the building contents. When we got there smoke and flames were comANDOVER TOWNSHIP - ing out of the building,” Three fire departments re- Dewey said. Within about 15 minutes sponded on Monday afternoon to extinguish a blaze the firefighters had put out confined to a workshop the fire. Department personbuilding at 5521 Gibbs Road. nel stayed on the scene Andover Fire Chief Jim about 45 minutes. The call Dewey said North Shenango came into the Andover fire and Wayne fire departments station at 3:21 p.m. “No one was injured forassisted on the scene with tunately,” Dewey said. mutual aid units. “The (female) resident “There was no damage to apparently tried to start a any nearby buildings, eifire in a wood burner by us- ther.” No damage estimate was ing an accelerant, then it ignited embers and flashed available at this time, the back causing flames to de- chief said.

JEFFERSON - Gazette Newspapers readers will notice changes to their newspapers this week. The company has introduced a new format designed to make the newspaper easier to read and handle, as well as increase the amount of community news provided to readers. All the community news from the old format is included in the newspaper, but perhaps in a new spot and different package. “It’s following nationwide newspaper trends,” Gazette Newspapers Publisher/President William Creed said. Most notably, the size of the newspaper is different. For some readers, such as those of the News and The Courier, this size is a return to what their newspapers

used to look like. The size change is designed to make the newspaper easier to handle and read, but has other benefits as well, such as ink no longer bleeding through to other pages. “It allows us to use a little heavier newsprint, which eliminates bleed-through,” Creed said. This new format also allows the Gazette Newspapers presses to configure the press differently. This new press configuration allows for more full-color pages, thereby meeting needs of advertisers and giving readers more color photos. “We didn’t have that capability under the old format,” Creed said. With the new format, Gazette Newspapers has expanded the scope of its community news. Readers will see more news from outside


Lots of smoke and some flames pour out of this outbuilding at 5521 Gibbs Road in Andover Township , which caught fire on Monday, April 2 in the midafternoon. Responding to the call were Andover Fire Department along with North Shenango and Wayne department firefighters for mutual aid.

of their communities that they haven’t seen in the past, news the Gazette writers feel may be of interest. The Gazette Newspapers’ new section “Our Community” section replaces the “Recorder” section. Focusing on lifestyles, it contains news from Ashtabula and Lake counties, including entertainment, columns, recipes, business and health topics. The community calendar also has been expanded, and the crossword puzzle is back by popular demand. The introduction of “Our Community” brings a shift in some “Recorder” features to the newspapers’ front sections, such as county news and sports. This change, initiated by some readers’ responses, accommodates those who like local, community news in one section, making the newspaper easier to handle and

read. “All of the changes are designed to give the readers an expanded, more modern, colorful community newspaper,” Creed said. With its main office at 46 W. Jefferson St. in Jefferson, Ohio, Gazette Newspapers publishes seven community newspapers in Lake and Ashtabula counties in Ohio and Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Albion News and The Edinboro News serve readers in Erie County, Pa.; Ashtabula County readers enjoy The Courier in Conneaut, The News in Andover and Orwell; The Gazette in Jefferson, Geneva and Ashtabula; and the Shores News in Roaming Shores. The Tribune is published for the Lake County communities from Madison to Wickliffe.

PV Athletic Boosters holding Comedy Night fundraiser By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER The Pymatuning Valley Athletic Boosters are hosting “Laughs for Lakers”, a night of top notch comedy show on Friday, April 13 at the Williamsfield Community Center. The venue was moved this year, said Laurie Inman, to accommodate a larger crowd expected. The event is presented by Slapsticks! Productions LLC

out of Pittsburgh. Show host is Lisa Dapprich from Date Night TV and will include feature act, Mike Conley who was voted “funniest man in Akron.” Headline act for the evening is David Kaye seen on Comedy Central and known in the Pittsburgh area as the King of Comedy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. with event open to persons 21 years and over. Tickets are $15 per person and include draft beer and mixers. It is a

The Spring Clean-Up Days for Cherry Valley township residents is April 13-13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Items can be brought to the township garage at Route 193 and Route 6. It is for Cherry Valley residents only. Not accepted at the site are garbage, construction debris, yard waste, chemical, batteries, tires and appliances with coolant still inside.

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BYOB event, said Inman. “There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and lots of door prizes. Space is limited so we recommend buying tickets in advance,” she added. “Come out for a night of fun and support our athletes with laughter.” Tickets can be purchased from Jeff Compan at the primary school, Andy Gray at the middle school, and Mel Nowakowski at the high school. They are also available from Cyudi Feydo at the PV

administration office or any Athletic Boosters member. The PV Athletic Boosters also hold a summer golf outing, reverse raffles during the year and run the concession stands at games as fundraising endeavors. For more information on the Comedy Night special event, persons can contact Inman at (440) 858-3800. The center is located at 5920 state Route 322, just west of the Route 7 intersection in Williamsfield Center.

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The combined second grade classes at PV Primary School sing out the names of each state capitol as part of the tunes sang a week ago at the Spring concert. They also sang about manners, friendship, and even a bit of history woven into their program. The concert drew a huge crowd to the school’s arts center.

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Commissioners choose wind-energy partner BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

from Carbon Vision did meet the requirements. The commissioners therefore accepted the proposal from Carbon Vision for the purpose of entering into negotiations for a contract. “This is just to enter into negotiations,” Commissioner Joseph Moroski said. “It does not mean we’ll do it.” The commissioners thanked the evaluation committee for its work and are looking forward to moving into negotiations with Carbon Vision. “I think wind energy is the next generation,” Commissioner Daniel Claypool said. “We need something on the horizon.” The commissioners are considering putting up one or more wind turbines at the facilities in Kingsville Township, and then selling the power generated by them to the county at a reduced rate.

JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County commissioners chose a wind-energy development partner for a project in the county during their meeting on Tuesday, March 27. Commissioners are looking into placing a wind turbine at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home and Board of Developmental Disabilities facilities in Kingsville Township. Last fall, the commissioners sent out a request for proposals (RPF). A group of volunteers on behalf of the commissioners reviewed these proposals, which were received and laid on the table on Nov. 29, 2011. SUBMITTED PHOTO This evaluation commitPictured, front row, left to right, Paul Fuller, Donald Chaplin, Phil Pawlowski, Chuck Lafferty and John Rubesich; back tee reviewed the proposals row, left to right, Glen Warner, Patricia Inman, Lori McLaughlin, LaVette Hennigan, Patricia Seymour, Patty Hoyson and determined that the and Laura Jones. Not pictured: Fred Leitert and Stephen Varckette. proposal received from Genesis Energy Systems did not Campus Dean and Chief uted hundreds of thousands meet the RFP specificaThe Ashtabula Area Col- Chaplin, Patricia Inman, lege Committee welcomed Chuck Lafferty, Fred Leitert Administrative Officer Dr. of dollars in scholarships tions. Based on the Susan Stocker said the Col- over its history and given committee’s recommendafive new members and and Glen Warner. The mission of the Col- lege Committee fills a criti- additional financial support tion, the commissioners reelected new officers at its Stefanie Wessell, senior for capital improvements jected that proposal. lege Committee is to pro- cal role on the campus. most recent meeting. editor for Gazette Newspa“The money they provide and special projects on the The committee added mote and support higher The committee also de- pers, may be reached at LaVette Hennigan, Patty education opportunities for for scholarships allows indi- Ashtabula Campus. Most termined that the proposal Hoyson, Laura Jones, Phil the community. Members viduals to attend college recently AACCI provided Pawlowski and John serve in an advisory capac- who otherwise wouldn’t leadership and financial Rubesich to its member- ity to the dean of Kent State have had the opportunity,” support during the camStocker said. “In addition to paign to raise funds for the ship. These members will University at Ashtabula. Seymour said this will be financial support, their role Robert S. Morrison Health serve a renewable threea year of growth for the com- as ambassadors and advi- and Science Building. year term. The Ashtabula Area Colsors is key to our continued The new officers are: mittee. COLUMBUS—State Representative Casey Kozlowski lege Committee is a 501(c) Patricia Seymour, presi“We have an excellent growth,” she said. Since 1957, AACCI has 3 nonprofit organization (R-Pierpont) applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ dent; Stephen Varckette, group of community reprevice-president; Paul Fuller sentatives who will serve supported campus projects and tax-exempt donations passage of Senate Bill 134, which designates March 30 as and Pawlowski, co-treasur- our College Committee, and funded scholarships for will support current and fu- “Vietnam Veterans’ Day” in honor of those who fought, died ers; and Lori McLaughlin, Kent State Ashtabula and students attending Kent ture efforts to support or are still unaccounted for in the Vietnam War. S.B. 134 passed as an emergency measure because many secretary. Other members of the greater community very State Ashtabula. The Col- higher education in our Vietnam veterans have not received their full share of reclege Committee has distrib- community. AACCI include: Donald well,” Seymour said. ognition for their service and sacrifices. Immediate enactment allows for commemorations on March 30, 2012 in recognition of the day when troops returned home to the United States from combat on March 30, 1973. “We need to honor those who have served and sacrificed ber election. JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County for their country, and this bill moves to commemorate their Willis Clay of Rock Creek intends to run Board of Elections certified the results of efforts to maintain the freedom we cherish today,” against Democrat Peggy Carlo and Repubthe March primary during its meeting on Kozlowski said. lican Ryan Bailey for Ashtabula County Tuesday, March 27. The legislation will now be sent to Governor Kasich for commissioner. Todd Brainard of Roaming No outcomes in either candidates or his signature. Shores will run against Republican Corrie levies were changed. The board officially G. Leehan and Democrat Barbara Schaab approved 1,958 absentee ballots and 115 for Ashtabula County recorder. provision ballots cast in the election. SevThe board rejected petitions submitted enteen provisional ballots were rejected. GENEVA, Ohio—State by Brian Marrison of Jefferson, who hoped Representative During the meeting, the board apCasey to run for sheriff, because they contained too Kozlowski (R-Pierpont) will proved the petitions of two candidates few valid signatures, officials said. running as Independents in the Novembe hosting a meet and greet

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for seniors as a way to discuss state issues with local seniors and learn about their thoughts and concerns. The meet and greet will be held at the Geneva Senior Center, located at 62 W. Main Street in Geneva, on April 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to the opportunity to meet with the seniors of our community and hear their views on state issues,” said Representative Kozlowski. Local seniors are invited to attend this event or contact Representative PHOTO BY STEFANIE WESSELL Kozlowski’s office at (614) The Ashtabula County Ashtabula County Depart466-1405 if they are unable commissioners honored two ment of Job and Family Serto attend. employees retiring from the vices during their meeting on Tuesday, March 27. The two employees were Maxine Bush, employed with the county since April of 1982, All In-Stock Monuments and Joann Jackson, employed with the county since November of 1981. Pictured, from left, are Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services Direc"A Tradition of Caring Since 1868" tor Patrick Arcaro, Joanna 208 Liberty Street, Conneaut, OH Jackson, Maxine Bush and Commissioners Joseph ENTS Moroski, Peggy Carlo and Offer Expires April 17, 2012 MONUM Daniel Claypool.

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JEFFERSON - On Thursday, March 29, Victim Advocate Bonnie Elliott was honored with a retirement luncheon after serving nearly 10 years with the Victims of Crime Office, a division of the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office. Elliott took the position in 2002, after working for three years as a victim/legal advocate with Homesafe, the county’s domestic violence shelter. She had also worked with the county’s help line, CONTACT. For her, helping others “comes naturally.” “The best part of the job is meeting people - such nice people - at the worst times of their lives, and helping them get through it,” Elliott said. “The worst part? Seeing how lives can be so disrupted by violence. It takes a lot out of you, but if I did help in any way, it was worth it.” Elliott’s supervisor, Cindy Moore, said a victim advocate works with people whose lives are affected by


Victim Advocate Bonnie Elliott was honored with a retirement luncheon after serving nearly 10 years with the Victims of Crime Office, a division of the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office. She is pictured with Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini. crime to “try to restore the victims as much as possible physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually.” Victim advocates provide support and guidance for victims from the earliest mo-

ments of a crime through the investigation, and then as the case makes its way through the justice system to completion. They must take continuing education courses and may be certified on a state and national level.

Elliott was certified as a victim advocate on both levels, Moore said. “It’s been an honor to work with Bonnie. It takes a special person to do what she did every day and to do it with compassion, respect, name it, she has it,” Moore added. Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini presented Elliott with a plaque on Thursday and spoke about his admiration for the way that she performed her duties. “We have been blessed in this office to have Bonnie,” Sartini said. “She epitomizes the type of person we need to take care of victims. She worked very hard. She deserves some time off.” Elliott said her retirement plans include traveling and “riding the Harley” with her boyfriend. Elliott’s replacement is Dawn Cochran, who has been training with Elliott and Moore for the past few weeks.

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Conneaut and the other three telephone companies serving ashtabula County. By the end of 1992, Ashtabula County residents and their families were enjoying the peace of mind of being served by an enhanced 911 emergency system, according to information provided by Growth Partnership. Recent years have seen service offerings including digital centrex and voice mail, as well as venturing onto the information superhighway with the introduction of internet accessing 1996 through its affiliate Suite224. In 1999 the company began construction of the most ambitious project in its history, an $18 million Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) system providing telephone, broadband, and

video services to core area customers over a single coaxial line, through its whollyowned subsidiary, CableSuite 541. Kent State University Ashtabula, LEADERship Ashtabula County, Gazette Newspapers and The Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County are sponsors of the 2011-2012 Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series. Remaining 2011-2012 Schedule May 2, 2012 “The Ashtabula County Economic Development Steering Committee 2012 Update” Brian Diehl, Chair, Economic Development Steering Committee

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***ONGOING*** State Route 11 in Denmark, Dorset, Jefferson & Plymouth Townships (Until further notice) - SR 11 has various lane restrictions in either or both directions from SR 307 to SR 46 for resurfacing work. This work is part of an $11.2 million project to resurface SR 11 from SR 307 to SR 46. The project also includes miscellaneous bridge work. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by mid – May 2012. State Route 11 in Plymouth and Ashtabula Townships (Until further notice) - SR 11 between US 20 and E. 21st. St. is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge repairs. This work is part of a $4.2 million project to repair six structures on SR 11 between State Rd. and SR 84. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by October 2012. Interstate 90 in Plymouth, Sheffield & Kingsville Townships (Until further notice) - I-90 eastbound and westbound from just east of SR 11 to just west of SR 193/84 has various lane restrictions for roadway resurfacing. This work is part of a $34.1 million project to resurface I-90 from just east of SR 11 to just west of SR 193/84. The project also includes bridge rehabilitation to four bridges on I-90 and three overhead bridges. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in July 2012. For more information on lane restrictions or closures due to ODOT construction projects, flooding, crashes, or other related traffic events throughout the year, visit the ODOT Transportation Information System (Buckeye Traffic) at For more information contact: Justin Chesnic at (330) 786-2209 or email

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ASHTABULA - The next featured speakers at the Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series will be Jim Supplee and Joel Prine of the Conneaut Telephone Company. Profiles of Ashtabula County, spearheaded by Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, features speakers from various sectors of the community who share ideas and experiences on trying to make the county a better place to live, work and play. The series is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Kent State University at Ashtabula in the Blue/Gold Room. The next session of the series will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, with Supplee and Prine, whose topic is “Next Generation Technology for your Home and Business.” Serving an area of 57 square miles, the Conneaut Telephone Company was organized in 1897 by J.G. Palmer, J. Blood and S. House of Conneaut, and E.L. Berber and J.S. Brailey of Toledo. Construction was completed, and operations began on Aug. 26, 1897. The first exchange served only 120 telephones and in the early years of this century was in competition with the Central Union Telephone Company. Following the acquisition of Central Unions Conneaut holdings in 1912, a new exchange known as an auto-manual was installed and underground cable construction was begun as early as 1915. In 1941, the automanual exchange was replaced with a full-dial system which made the company one of the earliest in the industry to provide 100-percent dial service to its subscribers. Several central office additions

and equipment upgrades have taken place over the years, the latest being the change to digital technology with the replacement of the analog equipment with a digital telecom switch in 1986 and a stand-alone satellite office serving the Bushnell exchange to the south. In the fall of 1990, customers began choosing their own long-distance carrier, making the company one of the first to be 100 percent digital and 100 percent equal across. The 1991 school year saw nine Ashtabula County high schools connected to the Ashtabula branch of Kent State University via an interactive fiber-optic network. This was the first such network in Ohio and was the result of the joint effort of

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Andover Idol contest down to six singers in Week 7

Kayla Sanislo of Andover bringing some stage presence on Oldies Night.

Idol finalist and chums Kenny Reynolds of Greenville PA, Brittany Powers of Geneva and Renee Blair of Roaming shores yuck it up on Oldies Night. ANDOVER TOWNSHIP - Elvis left the Inn at West Andover on “Oldies Night” a week ago and took another contestant Ashlee Summers with him. Summers’ proud mom and staunch supporter told inn owner, Jason Coder, “My daughter and expecting mom-to-be was somewhat relieved to depart per fatigue and all the excitement, but had a great time and plans to return next year to compete.” Jim Felix, last week’s guest judge and Elvis impersonator from Pittsburgh, performed a great half-time show. He is also coming back to the Andover area for the Andover


Inn owner Jason Coder (right) issues finalist Ashlee Summers her $25.00 consolation cash as she readies her farewell song. RIGHT: Local finalist Darlene Salo is hanging tough to keep the title at home.

Area Chamber of Commerce’s People in the Park concerts this summer and the chamber’s Lake Festival in early August at Pymatuning State Park’s main beach area. The six remaining contestants in the Andover Idol competition are Renee Blair, Whitney Martinez, Brittany Powers, Kenny Reynolds, Darlene Salo, and Kayla Sanislo. This week’s genre is “Rock” and it’s bound to be a rockin’ show . This week’s guest judge will be Buffalo Faust, lead singer of the Sunshine PA band, “Sage”, which won the inn’s Jam Inn Band-Off competition in 2010. Buffalo and brother/band mate Clyde are also slated to do an acoustic show this Thursday at half-time, said Jonathan Browning, contest emcee. “Final night of the top three with crowning and cash give-away prizes will be on Thursday, April 26,” Browning added. “As we boil down to the top three we’ll be having some special mid-show performances, and past Andover Idol winner cameos etc. So aside from the contest each Thursday,we are planning some great entertainment and surprises that folks won’t want to miss,” said Coder. All shows start around 8 p.m. and are open to the 21 and over public. For more information, visit the inn/s Facebook event at or call (440) 293-5714.


Jim Felix, Elvis impersonator and guest judge, performed a fantastic halftime show.

doing this to see if we can save and reduce more the deficit. If we have some people retiring such as long time teachers, then we could hire a younger less experienced person in at a lower salary,” Nye explained. The board split its vote 41 in approving the three separate resolutions with board member Betty Vins casting the negative vote. In addition to the two cash incentive resolutions, the board also passed legislation

From page 1A allowing for reemployment of retired teachers. This is again only applying for a oneyear period if a teacher retires, then the board would rehire that person for one year, Nye told the board. “They (teachers) would receive about half of their regular salary. Under the state law we do have to provide the reemployed teacher with our health care plan, but they would pay 10 percent like the other employees. Under this agreement


Buffalo Faust (left) will be this week’s Rock Genre guest judge and halftime acoustic performance with brother/ band mate Clyde.

The carnival will be held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday on May 25, 26, 27,and 28. Bill Sams of Sams Amusements will once again set up his popular carnival rides on the site of the Pymatuning Valley bus garage and former elementary school. “We are very excited to have him back, he brings a nice variety of things,” said Chamber secretary Susan Hill. In addition to the rides, games and food a Southern rock band will perform live one of the evenings of the carnival, Hill said. Hill said advance carnival tickets would soon be available for purchase at the Andover Public Library. Chairing the carnival event this year are Lara Reibold and Cherri Brenner assisted by Jennifer Kelly

reemployed teacher are not guaranteed a particular assignment,” Nye explained. All teachers reemployed after retirement would receive their State Teachers Retirement System pension and placed at the Step 0 on the salary schedule for the GV district. They also would not be eligible for continuing contract status either. Nye said the ultimate goal is to save jobs and programs for students in the district. He said the $3,500 cash

From page 1A and Susan Hill. Rounding out the committee are Chamber president Pam Harting, immediate past president Mike Creed and Myra Brown. Hill said the Chamber is planning to debut a sale of 30th anniversary Lake Fest T-shirts during the carnival. The shirts have been designed and produced by Andover area resident Jonathan Browning who is also publicizing the event on Facebook and other venues, Hill said. The Andover Area Chamber of Commerce also sponsors Lake Fest. The annual Memorial Day parade is also making the move to become bigger and better. The start will be moved from the bus garage area to the Western Reserve Co-op parking area.

incentive could be used by those persons accepting the offer to help pay their own insurance coverage costs. In other action, the board approved Nye’s recommendation to charge a $10 fee per child to the community sports athletic organizations such a pee wee football, wrestling, and basketball teams using the school buildings or grounds. “This fee would help pay the costs for a school custodian to clean up after these events and building use. It is a fairness issue. We charge our athletes to pay to participate in sports and for students in other extra-curricular activities now,” Nye said. He also discussed some of the warranty work to be done on the building and grounds of the campus school complex this summer. There are still defects in the roof sections, and parking pavement areas to be fixed. Nye said the district has not signed off on the Ohio School Facilities Commission agreement until all the defects are corrected. “OSFC and us had to sue the contractors to come back and fix these problems,” Nye said after the meeting.


Fishing, boating activities already underway at Pymatuning Reservoir lake By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER - While the month of March may have seemed like April or May, the fishing enthusiasts began to cast their lines early these past few weeks on Pymatuning Reservoir. Business is bustling at Gateway Bait & Tackle on Route 85 east, says Charlie Stevenson, shop employee for many years for owner Russ Williams. “People are coming in for their fishing licenses and bait. They are catching walleye, perch, crappie and blue gills now. We’re selling night crawlers for perch, Sonar lures for the walleye and for crappie, folks are using a jig or minnows mostly,” Stevenson said earlier this week. An Andover resident for

many years, Stevenson , 65, has been a regular fisherman at the lake for over 50 years. He likes to show photos of the big ones caught in past years. Even a few boats including pontoons and motorboats are the early watercraft out on the Ohio and PA. side of the reservoir so far. Espyville Marina and Causeway Boat Livery operator, Sarah Juracko has rental craft at the docks this month for the season’s early customers. “We are open for business on the PA. side here Mondays through Sundays, 7 days a week. Right now our hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and these will change with the sunrise and sunset each week. This is my tenth year here at the Espyville Marina as the concession operator,” said


Charlie Stevenson of Andover, avid fisherman and with Gateway Bait & Tackle store on Route 85 east, talks about some of the types of fishing lures on the market for catching species from crappie to perch to walleye or bass. Juracko, who also operates the concession at the Linesville Spillway, a famous spot where the “ducks walk on the carp” at a lake dam area. “We will be open this

weekend at the Spillway and weekends only until Memorial Day in May, then it’s every day,” she added. For information on watercraft rental and equipment at the Espyville Ma-

rina and boat livery call Juracko at 724-927-2003. For information on cabins and camping at the Ohio side of Pymatuning State Park, call the park office manager Craig Morton at (440) 293-6329 in Andover Township. To reach the Jamestown, PA. Pymatuning State Park office call 724-932-3971. If families and general public want to learn about fish species, the Linesville State Fish Hatchery is holding its annual open house this Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join folks who want to shake off those winter cabin fever days and learn about upcoming fishing and boating season information, fishing tourneys and related topics. There are numerous exhibits and displays at the hatchery for young and old

BULLY “Refuse to be bullied,” Ferguson told the students. “You don’t have to give in to the bully, you don’t have to sit there and take the behavior,” he said. Eye encouraged participation from the students as she identified the three major sources of bullying behavior: physical, emotional and cyber bullying. She said statistics show one in four students is bullied during their school years. Eye also explained to the students that bullies have no self-confidence, which leads to their need to pick on others. “The time to make better decisions starts today,” she said. Olympian Dr. Rhandi Ferguson paid a surprise visit to PV Eye told a personal story Middle School last Friday. of her entry into the male dominated sport of mixed martial arts and the difficulties she encountered as a female in the fighting sport. “I believed in myself, which made everyone else believe in me,” she said. In addition to Eye and Rogers, Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, Ph.D., CSCS paid a surprise visit to the school. Dr. Ferguson, a certified strength conditioning specialist, was in Independence helping Eye and Rogers train and came along for the lecture. Dr, Ferguson is from Tampa, Florida and competed for the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Kent school teacher and mixed martial arts champion the sport of Judo. Dr. Brian Rogers answers questions from PV Middle School students during an anti-bullying program.

visitors to enjoy. Kids will be able to make their own “fish prints” on paper or a t-shirt, talk with boat safety officials, see reptiles and amphibians . Visitors also can learn fly tying and how to rig a basic rod and reel. The Pymatuning Lake Association has announced its annual Crappie Tournament for May 5 with weighin and late registrations taken at the PLA Pavilion at the Espyville Boat Launch area on Saturday, May 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. For more information call the PLA at 724-927-9493. There is an entry fee per team of $40 for the Crappie Tournament and the Big Fish pool is $5 per team. Deadline for main-in registration is April 28 to Pymatuning Lake Association, P.O. Box 1737, Andover, OH 44003.

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Brian Rogers (center) speaks to PV Middle School students about ways to stop bullying. Also on the panel were Dr. Rhandi Ferguson (right) and Jessica Eye (left).

“Refuse to be bullied. You don’t have to give in to the bully, you don’t have to sit there and take the behavior.” – Olympian Dr. Rhandi Ferguson 5 Middleweight Tournament semifinalist, Rogers has received incredible attention in recent weeks since his highlight reel KO of Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 in mid-March that aired on MTV2 and has received over 400,000 views on YouTube. With the win Rogers advanced to

Bellator’s Season 6 Middleweight Tournament semifinals where he will face undefeated Bruno Santos on April 20th at Bellator 66 at the IX Center in Cleveland. Jessica Eye (6-1, 1-0 Bellator) fights in the Women’s 125 lb division who also fights out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence. The reigning Ring of Combat 130 lb Champion, Eye continues to be one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and will look to avenge the only loss of her career when she faces Aisling Daly of Ireland. Eye vs. Daly will also take place at Bellator 66 in Cleveland on April 20th. The anti-bullying sessions were facilitated by Luke Jernigan of Roaming Shores based Intimidation Clothing, LLC. Jernigan sponsors Eye and Rogers with his leading MMAthemed clothing line. Jernigan’s spouse, Katie Jernigan, is employed as guidance counselor at Pymatuning Valley Middle Mixed Martial Arts Champion Jessica Eye signs the shirt of Jessica Eye speaks to a large group of PV middle School students as they sit on the School and helped organize Pymatuning Valley senior media student Damien Cordwell, cafeteria floor. On the stage at left is Luke Jernigan of Roaming Shores based the event. who was filming the middle school anti bullying program. Intimidation Clothing LLC. Ferguson works as a motivational speaker and lecturer as well as coach. Brian Rogers (9-3, 2-1 Bellator) is a Middleweight fighter (185 lbs) out of Strong Style Martial Arts in Independence, Ohio, and has fought for the Northeast Ohio NAAFS and UCB promotions. A Bellator Season



Ashtabula County Church Briefs Ongoing April Ashtabula: Lenten services

from teens or at the door: 125 E. Jefferson Street, Jefferson, 576-4561.

Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 933 Michigan Ave. in Ashtabula, has announced the following Lenten services: April 5 - 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday worship service April 6 - 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae service April 8 - 9 a.m. Strata Breakfast April 8 - 10:30 a.m. Easter worship service All services are with Pastor Larry Mackey.

April 14 Saybrook: Luncheon

April 6-8 Geneva: Easter services

April 18 Ashtabula: Dinner

The Peoples Church of Geneva invites you to be our guest at three special services focused on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On 7 p.m. Friday, there is a Good Friday service; on 7 a.m. Sunday at Harpersfield Covered Bridge there will be a Sunrise Service and Bible Times Breakfast (will be held at the church in the event of bad weather); and on 10:45 a.m. Sunday there will be a resurrection worship service at 300 S. Ridge Rd. East in Geneva.

April 6 Jefferson: Cross Walk The crosswalk in Jefferson will begin at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

April 8 Ashtabula: Pancake and sausage breakfast The Ashtabula Baptist Church, located at 5909 Shepard Rd., will have an Easter service and free pancake and sausage breakfast from 910:15 a.m.

April 13 Jefferson: Salisbury steak dinner The Jefferson United Methodist Church Christo Mission Team will sponsor a salisbury steak dinner on 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 13. Homemade salisbury steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and drinks. $6.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Come support our teen-throughadult mission team as they prepare for a work week to help those in need in Rockford, Illinois. Tickets available through the church office,

Springtime in Saybrook! 1 p.m. April 14 at the Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 Depot Rd. Light luncheon, Mentor Follies dancers, door prizes, theme gift baskets sold by Chinese auction. Tickets are $15. Only 128 tickets available. Call 440-969-1562, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for more info.

Chicken and Dumpling or Swiss Steak dinner, including beverages and desserts. Also a craft sale. April 18 from 4-7 p.m. Adults $8, children $4. Carry outs available. Sponsored by the Plymouth United Methodist Women Society of Plymouth United Methodist Church 970 Plymouth Rd. 970 Plymouth Rd. Ashtabula. For more info, call 998-0260.

April 20-21 Geneva: Art of Marriage Video Conference All married and engaged couples are invited to the Art of Marriage Video Conference with Dennis and Barbara Rainey from 7-9:30 p.m. April 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. It will be held at the Peoples Church, 300 South Ridge Rd. East, Geneva. Come and renew your relationship with your spouse. The cost is $40 per couple and it includes two workbooks. Call the church office to register at (440) 466-2020.

from Saybrook Elementary School). All are welcome!

April 27 Geneva: Rummage sale The United Church, 75 Broadway, Geneva, will hold its annual rummage sale and bake sale April 27 from 9 a.m.4 p.m. $1 a bag sale from 3-4 p.m.

May 13 Ashtabula: Southern gospel musician Jerry Garcia The Ashtabula Baptist Church, located at 5909 Shepard Rd., will host Southern gospel musician Jerry Garcia and have a free breakfast and free gift for all mothers on May 13.

Lighthouse Baptist Church meets in Orwell ORWELL - The Lighthouse Baptist Church opened a satellite church in Orwell Village using space at the Country Neighbor Program Inc. center on S. Maple Street. The services are on Sunday with worship at 11a.m. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and there is also a Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. there is a Bible study meeting and the Master Club. For more information about the church, call (44) 964-0222.

Easter services at Beacon Baptist Church

The Ashtabula Baptist Church, located at 5909 Shepard Rd., will have a free community dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

WILLIAMSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Beacon Baptist Church will hold its Easter Sunday service at the Williamsfield Community Center with a 9 a.m. daybreak worship followed by a free breakfast for everyone at 9:30 a.m. The regular worship service is set for 10 a.m. with Pastor Tim Haidon. Following the worship service the church youth group is hosting a free Easter egg hunt for children.

April 26 Saybrook: Free community dinner

Andover Christian Church holds holy week services

April 25 Ashtabula: Free community dinner

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 5-6 p.m. in the Church Social Hall. Come enjoy a free dinner, dessert and drink, served to you by members of Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 S. Depot Rd, Saybrook (across

ANDOVER - The Andover Christian Church, located on Stillman Avenue in the village, invites area residents to join members for a Good Friday, April 6 service at 7 p.m. entitled “Take This Cup from Me.” On Easter Sunday, April 8, the congregation will cel-

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ebrate the resurrection of the Lord with two worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with special music and communion. Sunday school classes are at 9:15 a.m. and nursery care will be provided for all services.

Andover UM Church holding three services on Easter Sunday ANDOVER - The Andover United Methodist Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. on the public square with a breakfast to follow back at the Community room of the church. There will be two worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy communion will be observed at the 8:30 a.m. service only. Area residents are invited to attend any or all of the services. Choral director is Tina Teter leading the choir in Joyful Easter Alleluias. Pianists for the two services are Heather McCarty and Carol Loveland. There will be a staffed nursery for both services. Rev. Vernon Palo’s message is on “The Light of the World is Jesus” and he will also provide a special children’s message.

Pymatuning Community Church has food assistance days ANDOVER TOWNSHIP The Pymatuning Community Church will open its Tender Mercies Ministry for a free hot lunch serving for area residents and free grocery distribution on Monday, April 23 at noon or a free grocery distribution only on Wednesday, April 25. The grocery distribution is from 5 to 6 p.m. and household/resident information is required to receive the food assistance from the church, said Pastor Steven Mickels. For more information, call the church office at (440) 293-7878.

Pentecostal Community Church’s clothing center open in April NEW LYME TOWNSHIP The Pentecostal Community Church’s community clothing center located at 6000 State Route 46 in New Lyme will be open April 10, April 21, and April 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. There is clothing for men, women and all ages of children at $1 a bag. There are also coats, suits, formal dresses available at $1 each and also footwear. For more information call Traci at (440) 223-6567. The center also accepts clothing donations during open hours in the month.


Harpersfield United Methodist Church will have its first public worship service in its new church building on Easter Sunday. HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Harpersfield United Methodist Church will have its first public worship service in its new church building on Easter Sunday. The new church is located at 224 Garford Rd., at the corner of Cork Cold Springs Rd., and Garford Rd., about a mile east of the old church. Worship begins at 11 a.m. The church has been in a building campaign for the past several years. The church had outgrown its 166-year-old building at 5524 Cork Cold Springs Rd. and is pleased now to be able to expand its ministry in the Geneva area.

Dick Curtis and Dick Fisher were co-chairmen of the building team, which also consisted of Becky D’Angelo, John Felicijan and Denise Curtis. The building is 6,000 square feet and includes a multi-purpose sanctuary/ fellowship area. The building also contains two offices, four classrooms and a beautiful kitchen. It is handicapped accessible, with ample parking. An open house for the community and a formal dedication service is planned for the near future. Pastor Shirley Stoops-Frantz has been pastor of the church since 2006. Church phone is (440) 466-4778.

The building is 6,000 square feet and includes a multipurpose sanctuary/fellowship area. The building also contains two offices, four classrooms and a beautiful kitchen. It is handicapped accessible, with ample parking.

Youngstown Diocesan Council of Catholic Women The board of the Youngstown Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites Catholic women in the diocese to its next board meeting 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 21 at St. Agatha Church, 13523 Washington Street, West Point (Columbiana County). Reservations required by calling Jean Rhodes of Salem (330-222-1448) by April 14. Send e-mail reservations to Mary Jane Malich of Dalton at There is no charge.

Agriculture Upcoming Events Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship applications being taken OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the scholarship committee will be presenting a minimum of 10 scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year to Ashtabula County students enrolled in either an accredited full four-year college or an accredited two-year technical institute. Scholarships awarded this year will include the: $1,000 Ashtabula County Holstein Club, $1,000 Allan C. Jerome Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 W.H. & David W. Kellogg Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Lester C. Marrison Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Service-Jerome Scholarship, $1,000 Harold G. Springer Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, the $500 Lautanen Family 4H Scholarship and at least one scholarship worth $1,000 from the committee itself. Both graduate and undergraduate students who are studying agriculture, natural resources, home economics, and environmental sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. The scholarships are for a one-year period. Prior recipients of a scholarship may apply. Those receiving scholarships from this fund in any two previous years are not eligible. Application forms with complete instructions for applying are now available and can be received by stopping in at the Extension Office or by calling 440576-9008. The application deadline is May 1 and no late applications will be considered.

sider attending a workshop which will be hosted by OSU Extension and the OSU Woodlands Steward’s program on Monday, April 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 4H Camp Whitewood located at 7983 S Wiswell Road in Windsor, Ohio. During this workshop, participants will learn what steps to take in order to make the experience a good one for both you and your woodland. The marketing process will be covered along with tax considerations that need to be factored into the process. The deadline registration is April 19, 2012. Registration is $15 per person and includes a packet of timber marketing materials including the BMP Book for Logging in Ohio. This class is worth 2.5 hours of credit for the Ohio Forest Tax Law program. Online registration is available at http:// Payment can also be sent to the Ohio State University, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, 210 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey, Road, Columbus, OH 43210. A registration flyer can also be received by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440576-9008.


Impending changes to tax laws could affect farmers

AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent


The pending decrease in the Federal Estate Tax Exemption may jeopardize many of our family farms in 2013.

crease the Accelerated First Year Depreciation? Farmers should watch the actions of Hello, Ashtabula County! Congress and plan It has been a month since the accordingly. If these two proBonus Depreciation: Super Tuesday election. Boy, Over the past few years, visions are eliminated, some it has been peaceful these Congress has repeatedly al- farmers may be in-line for a past few weeks. Amazing lowed faster depreciation of larger tax burden in future how the barrage of robo-calls capital assets to stimulate years because they have used subsided after March 6. business investment. The these accelerated measures Northern Classic However, it won’t be long be- Tax Relief, Unemployment as an annual way to reduce fore we are once again inun- Insurance Reauthorization, taxable income. With these Steer & Heifer dated with campaign adver- and Job Creation Act of 2010 provisions gone, capital exciting the merits of extended two bonus depre- penditures would be back on Show to be held tisements each candidate as we move ciation measures through normal depreciation schedon Saturday, April closer to the November elec- 2012 to encourage new ules with less to deduct each tion. equipment purchasing. year. More information on 21 Many voters get all ex- Both the Section 179 Ex- these deduction limits can be The Ashtabula County cited during an election pensing and Accelerated found at; http:// Cattlemen’s Association will be year. We demand change; First Year Depreciation al- the 15th Annual Northern Classic Steer & Heifer but then once the election is lowances have allowed busi- management/section-179-acJackpot Show on Saturday, April over we rarely give a pass- nesses to write off capital celerated-depreciation-limit. 21, at the Ashtabula County Fair- ing moment to check how our expenditures in the purFederal Estate Tax Exgrounds in Jefferson, Ohio. This elected officials are doing on chase year instead of recapgood old fashion jackpot show will our behalf. I once had an turing their cost through a emption Limits start promptly at noon. elected official tell me that normal depreciation schedThe Tax Relief, UnemThe show is open to all youth voters never remember what ule which could be anywhere ployment Insurance Reauunder the age of 21 and will be- he did in the “off-election” from five to 20 years. thorization, and Job Cregin promptly at noon. An entry fee years. Under current law the ation Act of 2010 also had an of $25 per head if pre-registered Ashtabula County by April 13, 2012, and $30 per So are you watching your Section 179 expensing al- effect on the Federal Estate elected officials? For farm- lows $139,000 to be deducted Tax. And quite frankly, this Beef Scholarship head thereafter. Cash prizes will be awarded ers, this could be a very im- in 2012. This provision falls is the one area that concerns applications to individual class winners and to portant year; especially at to $25,000 each year there- me the most when I think of the Champion Steer, Reserve the federal level. I think it after. In 2012, the Acceler- many of our farms in Northavailable Champion Steer, Champion is no secret that little gets ated First Year Depreciation east, Ohio. OSU Extension and the Heifer, and Reserve Champion done in Washington D.C. is limited to 50 percent of the The estates of every U.S. Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Heifer. In addition to the open during a presidential elecpurchase price, whereas in citizen are subject to the fedAssociation are pleased to an- show, a Showmanship class and tion year because no one 2011 it was 100 percent. eral estate tax upon their nounce they will be awarding a an Ashtabula County Class will be beef scholarship to a deserving held. Local residents are encour- wants to make the other side This provision is scheduled death. However, a certain Ashtabula County Senior Student aged to come out and watch this look good. I hope this does to be eliminated after this potion is exempt from the not happen this year due to year. tax. In 2012, this exemption who will be attending an accred- show. The big question for 2012 is $5.12 million. Therefore, ited full four-year college or an acFor more information, contact the impending changes to credited two-year technical insti- the Ashtabula County Extension the Special Bonus Deprecia- is will Congress move to in- in 2012 if the value of the net tute in 2012-2013. Approximately Office at 440-576-9008 tion Limits and Federal Es- crease the Section 179 Ex- estate - meaning the gross $1,000 in scholarships will be tate Tax. Both of these could pensing and/or extend or in- estate reduced by allowable awarded this year. Applicants must be resident of Ashtabula County. The first preference by the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association is the scholarship be awarded to a deserving student who has been involved in the beef industry as a youth. Examples of this could include: working on a family beef operation; involved with a beef project through 4-H or FFA; or working on a local beef farm. The second preference for this scholarship recipient would be awarded to a student who will studying a beef-related field in accredited full four-year college or an accredited two-year technical institute. Applications must be received by the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association by May 1, 2012 for consideration for the scholarship. No late applications will be considered. The application can be obtained at the Ashtabula County Extension web page at Additional information can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440576-9008.

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estate tax credits and deductions - does not exceed $5.12 million, then the estate will pass to the heirs free from federal estate taxes. Any amount above $5.12 million is subject to a 35-percent tax. But this drastically changes, beginning next year, if Congress does not act. Under the provisions of the aforementioned 2010 act, the federal exemption will be reduced to $1 million and any excess will be taxed at a whopping rate of 55 percent. This could affect hundreds of farms, small businesses and recipients of oil and gas lease payments. It is not hard for many of our farms to be valued at over $1 million dollars. Can you afford to pay a 55-percent estate tax on the value above $1 million? This could be a nail in the coffin for many small farms trying to transition their farm to the next generation. Action Steps So what can I do? I think it is imperative that farmers exercise their right to talk to their elected officials. Let them know how the changes on the bonus depreciation measures and the federal estate tax could affect your farm. More importantly, schedule an appointment with your attorney to make sure your estate plan is up to date. Be proactive, not reactive! And remember, have a good and safe day! Contacting Your U.S. House of Representative Go to the House of Representatives website at: and search for your local congressman using the Zip code search engine and your State Senators at: and search by state. David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or

Garden chores: Garden Reflections by the Ashtabula County Master Gardeners Garden Reflections by Ash. Co. Master Gardeners Ohio State University Extension We are all excited about spring’s early arrival. Bulbs are sprouting, new buds are beginning to unfurl and splashes of color abound throughout the garden. The warm spell in March brought April early to Ashtabula County, and there are lots of garden chores to do. Even though spring has arrived, many lawns and garden beds for vegetables and flowers are still soggy. Try to stay off them. Wet soils compact easily and soil structure can be damaged if worked too early. Beds are ready for preparation when a small ball of soil is fairly crumbly in your hand. If it wads up and sticks together, it’s too wet. Once the ground has dried out, remove any remaining fallen branches and yard debris, then rake. Overseed and fertilize the lawn if needed. When working in beds, be careful not to be too rough while cleaning out last year’s debris. Emerging selfsown annual and biennial seedlings such as alyssum, sage, nicotinia, larkspur and impatiens may be uprooted if you are not careful. It’s much easier to trim back old growth before it becomes tangled in new foliage. Fragile new growth on perennials can easily be damaged and broken, especially the delicate foliage of ferns and old fashioned bleeding heart Some perennial plants and ground covers that don’t go completely dormant will still need tidying up. Plants like heuchera, hellebores, iris and epimedium that keep their leaves all winter, will need their tattered foliage removed to encourage new growth and show off those beautiful new blooms. Early spring is also the time to divide many perennials and grasses. Plants that have become crowded, have

floppy stems, fewer blooms, or have a dead spot in the center should be divided. Dig up plants and divide each clump into sections with a sharp knife or shovel. Each new section should contain a part of the root system and several new shoots. New divisions can be used to start new beds, fill in empty areas or shared with others. Keep these new plants well watered through summer. Ornamental grasses should be trimmed to within a few inches of the ground. You don’t need to wait for new growth to begin. As the first leaves of buttery fly bush and bluebeard begin to emerge, trim them back to spur new growth and bloom. Remember that here in Ashtabula County it’s still too early to even think about adding fresh mulch to garden beds. The soil needs to warm up and dry out, usually around early to mid June. Early April is about last call for planting peas to avoid the hot summer weather. Continue planting spinach and salad greens. Sow carrots, radishes, onions and dill. Cold season transplants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can still be sown indoors for transplanting into your garden at the end of the month. If it’s early April, you still have time to start tomatoes and peppers inside for planting out late May or early June. Annual flowers such as marigolds, impatiens, snapdragon, salvia, and petunia should be seeded now. Tender summer bulbs such as tuberous begonias, achimines, and caladium need to started indoors to be planted out later. Spring bulbs may be deadheaded now, but avoid removing their foliage. The foliage should be allowed to die on its own, as it provides nourishment to bulb and blooms for next year’s growth.

Remember to wait until after bloom to trim spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, azalea, beautybush, mock orange and lilacs. Early spring bloomers will set the flower buds in the fall. By pruning them early, you will lose blossoms. If, however, you have an overgrown shrub, it will be much easier to see the shape of the plant before the leaves emerge. You may thin these plants now, but you will lose some of their colorful blooms. Prune your roses just as buds start to swell. Remove all dead canes, and any canes that have been damaged or have disease. By opening up the plants, you allow in air and light and the plant will be more resistant to disease. Begin feeding now. Plant any new roses and shrubs, especially those that have come bare-root. Don’t forget to properly water any newly planted shrubs and trees. If you have finished compost, remember to screen it to remove any unfinished product, twigs and stones. Turn and moisten any remaining compost to aerate and get the pile cooking again. Your pile should be ready for all incoming garden debris. Don’t try to compost any weeds, they will certainly come back to haunt you. Remember some weed plants have the ability to bloom and set seed even after you’ve pulled them. Do not compost any plant material that is diseased or seed heads that could become a problem. Use your finished compost to top dress beds after the garden dries out. Add any mulch later. Remember it’s never too late to do a garden chore you missed earlier in the season. Most gardens and plants can be very forgiving. Keep on weeding!! And take time out to listen to spring peepers. The Ashtabula County Master Gardeners write a monthly horticulture column for this paper! The members of the group encourage you to send questions that you would like answered in this column to 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047.


GV High School National Honor Society inducts nine new members By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ORWELL VILLAGE Nine students were tapped as new members of the Grand Valley High School’s National Honor Society on March 30. NHS advisor Carrie Bruit welcomed parents, school students from all four grades and their teachers to the ceremony held in the gymnasium. The nine inductees this year were Miranda Ritter, Hannah Candow, Ashley Dillon, Jeremy Steen, Kristen Ellsworth, Frances Harrison, AJ Henson, Brady Nye, and Christina Godfrey. Introduced by current NHS members, background information was read on each of the inductees, who came forward to sign the official log member book and take a seat to receive member pins. At the same time as their names were announced family members of each inductee came in greeting them as a surprise, as Brumit explained the new society members do not know in advance if they made the cut. Brumit said the inductees worked hard compiling a cover letter, resume and essay regarding their value of and devotion to the cardinal traits of the NHS including scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Inductees must maintain high academic honors above a 3.2 grade point average, take advanced academic courses, and dedicate at least 30 hours of volunteer community work in a variety of areas. Current members of the NHS are Katherine Carlson, Susan Dalessandro, Veronica Flacke, Bailey Holmes, Jeni Kassay, Adam Moodt, Emily Nye, Chloe Olzszak, Olivia Ray, and Sarah Wilcom. These members participated in the ceremony by explaining the NHS cardinal traits, introducing the inductees, and helping in the lighting of candles symbolic ceremony during the program. The candle lighting portion represents the eternal light of knowledge woven in with the four traits of scholarship, service, leadership and character each NHS member exemplifies. Following the induction ceremony, the new members, their families attending along with the present NHS members were invited to the school library for refreshments and fellowship.


Newly inducted members in the Grand Valley High School’s National Honor Society hold their member certificates. The group includes (in front) Jeremy Steen, Ashley Dillon, Kristina Godfrey, AJ Henson, (in back) Brady Nye, Frances Harrison, Miranda Ritter, Hannah Candow, and Kristin Ellsworth. The ceremony was held March 30.

GV High National Honor Society member Sara Wilcom leads the new inductees in the organization’s pledge during the March 30 ceremony. New inductees in the Grand Valley High School National Honor Society wait as they light candles from current members finalizing the ceremony. This group of nine new inductees include AJ Henson, Brady Nye and Kristina Godfrey.

GV High School National New inductee in the Grand Valley High National Honor Honor Society member, Society is Hannah Candow signing the membership. Veronica Flacke reads the meaning of Scholarship as Looking on is NHS advisor, Carrie Brumit. it applies to new inductees tapped into the society.

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Helping out at the post-induction ceremony for National Honor Society new members are Jeni Kassay and Jenna Devault at the GV High School library.

GV High National Honor Society member Emily Nye (at podium) reads what leadership means for being a member of the society as Adam Moodt lights the candle at the March 30 induction ceremony.



Saints John and Paul prepares for transition into a new building BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - Saints John and Paul Schools will be moving to a new location next year, as Saybrook Elementary School will be purchased by a group of alumni and donated to the school. “Friends of the school have entered into an agreement with the [Ashtabula Area City Schools Board of Education] to purchase it, and it will be donated to the school,” Burke said. School officials have been looking at options for their students, as the current buildings are beginning to age. “Part of this current building is over 100 years old, and the other part is 50 years old,” Burke said. Burke said the high school alone needs a new roof, boiler and windows. None of the money going to the school’s aesthetics will go into the most important part, the education. “We had architects and engineers look at the high school over the last few months, and it needs $1 million worth of infrastructure,” Burke said. Although the school has been used as an elementary school, in the past it housed all grades. “At one point Saybrook Elementary held 400 stu-

dents, so it would hold enough for our kindergarten through 12th grades,” Burke said. The school is big enough to provide for immediate needs as well as future needs, Burke said. The Saybrook Elementary School does need some work, but Burke said the costs will be much less than the work needed on both the current high school and elementary school buildings. “There are some renovations that need to be done,” Burke said. “We want to put on some paint coats, carpet and tiles. Like moving into a new home, we want to make it our own.” The work needed at the Saybrook Elementary School will become a collaboration among current and former students, as well as staff and friends of the school. We want the students to have ownership in terms of helping make some of the decisions, Burke said. “It’ll be a team of alumni, family, students and friends of the school,” she said. The Ashtabula Area City Schools officials have been very helpful to Saints John and Paul (SSJP) School officials as they prepare for a transition, giving advice for the transition as they, too, have moved multiple times in the past few years.

“I think this shows a great working relationship with the public system, and we both can agree on something for the education of our children,” Burke said. “We can work together instead of an us-versus-them mentality.” Part of the building is currently not in use, and AACS officials gave SSJP permission to begin transitioning those sections with paint and other aesthetics. “They’ve offered their advice in terms of making it a smooth transition,” Burke said. SSJP will not immediately have a chapel on the school grounds, but Burke said a chapel could be in the future plans. Until then, daily chapel will be held in the gym or cafeteria and the students will attend church on special occasions. “We can still bus back to Saint Joe’s and Mt. Carmel on occasion,” Burke said. “We will have some sort of chapel area within the school building.” Mt. Carmel Priest Father Thomas has already agreed to continue to come to the school for weekly mass. “We certainly will still be a part of the parish, and the parish priests will still be active in our schools,” Burke said.

With the new school and the money they will save with all grades being in one building, Burke said they can now focus on improving their education such as offering Spanish at the middle school and more programs at the high school. “It will allow us to expand on our educational services and will allow for more interaction so students at the upper levels will be able to tutor younger students,” Burke said. Burke hopes the new school’s location will help with their enrollment and become less travel for students traveling from Madison and southern Ashtabula County. “It’s a little bit more centrally located,” Burke said. “Three or four miles make a difference.” Burke said SSJP is proud to start a new tradition at the school, which will be a labor of love for all involved. “We believe the bricks and mortar don’t make the school,” Burke said. “It’s the people. It’s the community spirit; it’s the involvement that really makes Saints John and Paul a tradition.”

Saints John & Paul School announces kindergarten and preschool registration


SJP Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Anna Thomas works with preschoolers and kindergarteners on a special celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. ASHTABULA - Saints John & Paul School has begun accepting applications for its preschool and kindergarten classes for the 2012-13 school year. The school will offer half-day morning and afternoon preschool classes for three to four year olds and a five-morning a week, pre-kindergarten program for five year olds. The twoday program is for three year olds and is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The three-day program meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for four year olds. A pre-kindergarten class will be offered for five year olds five mornings a week. The kindergarten classes are full day, Monday-Friday for children who will be five years old by Sept. 30. After completing the application process, parents will register for the screening day scheduled for Friday, May 4th. A parent information session was held on Monday, April 2, at the elementary campus, 2150 Columbus Ave. Please call 997-5821 for more information.

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Ashtabula Area City Schools and St. John and Paul work together


Student Ambassadors from the Ashtabula Campus deliver donated cans to G.O. Ministries after the Let’s Can Hunger Challenge. Students on the Kent State University at Ashtabula Campus were challenged by students from another regional campus to “can hunger.” Ashtabula students, faculty and staff responded with enthusiasm. The Let’s Can Hunger Challenge generated more than 200 canned goods for donation on the Ashtabula Campus. Students then created a sculpture from the cans in the Campus Library. The photo of the sculpture garnered nearly 90 votes. After the voting was complete, campus Student Ambassadors delivered the donated items to G.O. Ministries of


Pictured are Ashtabula Area City School Board members Dr. Al DeCato, Janine Trebuchon-Wertz and Christine Seuffert, St. John and Paul President Sister Maureen Burke (center) and AACS Superintendent Joseph Donatone SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The recent decision to move St. John and Paul Schools from Station and Columbus avenues to Saybrook Elementary was accomplished by two entities working together. “This is a partnership,” said Sister Maureen Burke. “It shows what is possible when people work together.” “I feel the collaboration has benefited both school systems,” said AACS Superintendent Joseph Donatone. “This is something our Board of Education wanted to do, and they worked diligently with St. John and Paul to make

this happen.” Sister Maureen Burke added, “The move further creates a vision for our future.” In exchange for the donation of the building to the Youngstown Diocese, the Ashtabula Area City School District was credited $60,000 for not having to demolish the building, $25,000 cash and five acres of land adjacent to its new elementary campus. All money received can only be used for permanent improvements.

Ashtabula. The challenge to create a sculpture out of the donated cans and then have people vote on the photos was issued to all regional campuses of Kent State University by a student organization on the Trumbull Campus. Voting was done via facebook early in March. The Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, is a comprehensive hunger challenge including: raising awareness, translating awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.



Master Gardeners share gardening tips for GV Library program ORWELL - Ashtabula County Master Gardeners Susan Masirovits and Cheryl Petro shared gardening tips and planting information this past week at Grand Valley Public Library. The program drew over a dozen area residents, said Andrew Davis, library director. The Master Gardeners have a hotline at the Ashtabula OSU Extension Service office in Jefferson. Area residents can call the extension service office or email the gardeners for information during the year. At the library program, the women suggested a safe date for planting in this area of Ohio is around Memorial Day weekend. The Master Gardeners provided information on “companion plantings”, which is planting vegetables that help each other thrive. For example corn is tall and benefit from shorter plants with large leaves that shade the ground and helps keep moisture in the soil around corn. Successive gardening is planting the whole season and planning for plants to mature at different times so the soil is never rested. Some veggies like lettuce can be planted and replanted through the whole growing

season of summer. Another tip given was to plant tomatoes in the same spot for three years, then switch to another location in the garden because nutrients are gone by the fourth year to plant tomatoes in the same spot. Petro and Masirovits also noted that soil need to be fertilized. They also provided “recipes” for organic sprays to use. The women also recommended planting lettuce at the beginning and end of summer. Tomatoes and

string beans need warm days to grow. Other tips covered washing gardening tools, garden boots and never bring dirt on veggies from the garden into the kitchen. A lot of interest was shown in topics of Planting by light of the Moon, and Square Foot Gardening suggestions. Lots of gardening books are available as seen on these shelves at the Grand Valley Public Library. They are available to library patrons to check out.


Pymatuning Garden Club to meet ANDOVER - If you love gardening the Pymatuning Garden Club invites you to join the group. Learn more about gardent, make friends and have fun. The club’s next meeting is Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Andover Public Library. Club co-presidents are Ben and Laura Lutz. There will be a seed exchange at the April 9 meeting. For more information about the club and events this year contact Rose Orlik at (440) 293-4347.

Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum plan spring events

County Master Gardener Cheryl Petro shared the podium with Susan Masirovits in a special gardening and planting program held a week ago at Grand Valley Public Library in Orwell Village.

MEADVILLE, PA. - Lots of spring events are planned for April and May at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum operated by the Crawford County Historical Society. This Saturday, April 7 there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn at 10 a.m. for children eight years and younger. This will be the first annual egg hunt, said Joshua Sherretts, museum curator. There is a $5 per child and kids will have an opportunity to find eggs full of candy or other prizes. Parents are invited free and must accompany children. Registration is required by calling the museum at 814-333-9882 or email at: museum@ On Saturday, April 28 at 12 noon is a Quilts with a Past featuring experts on hand to help discover old or vintage quilts and their history. Bring a quilt and spend a special day at the museum including lunch for the quilt discovery workshop hosted by the museum staff and led by current and former quilt appraisers and dealer. The day long program will end with a lucky participant winning a full size scrappy Log Cabin design quilt made by award winning quilter, Charlotte Newhard. Make reservations by calling Judith Stoll at 814-398-4365 or emailing the museum. Cost is $30 per person for the lunch and quilting party. A Dolls and Bears Tea Party is planned for Saturday, May 5 or persons interested in antique dolls and heirloom bears. Bring a friend or child and enjoy the first tea of the season at the BaldwinReynolds House Museum. Tickets are $20 per person for the exhibit of hundreds of heirloom dolls, bears and doll accessories dating back over a century. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with tea served at 1 p.m. Call the museum for reservations at 813-33339882. On Sunday, May 6 from noon to 4 p.m. the Dolls and Bears Exhibit will be open for the public, but no tea. The exhibit is from the Heirloom Doll Society’s private collection, said Sherretts. No reservations are needed for this Sunday exhibit only. There is a $5 charge for adults and $3 for children to see the exhibit. The museum is located at 639 Terrace Street in Meadville.


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LEADERship holds Fifth Friday Three juveniles charged for current and alumni members in Memorial Field fire BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA LEADERship Ashtabula County held its Fifth Friday event last Friday, inviting current and LEADERship alumni to Martinis!, located in Ashtabula. “We do this every month that there is a fifth Friday,” Debbi Waring, the associate director for LEADERship, said. “We get together with our alumni and our current members.” LEADERship is program that teaches around 30 people per class how to grow in their leadership skills while also learning about Ashtabula County. “We have over 670 graduates over 25 years,” Laura Jones, executive director of LEADERship, said. Fifth Friday is an event that many look forward to. “It’s not formal. It’s just an email invite, and it’s just a fun social gathering and get together,” Waring said. Waring said she loves coming every time there is a fifth Friday as she sees people she does not always get a chance to see. “It’s so great to connect with everyone in our LEADERship community,” Waring said. Waring said the event is not time consuming, as there is no set time on when to

ages was reported by the fire department, with $75,000 in damage to the bleachers and the storage unit and another $100,000 for the athletic equipment. When at the scene, Lenart said firefighters found the doors to the storage unit unlocked. “We are not sure if the doors were locked because of the extent of the fire. The structure was involved when we arrived at the scene,” Lenart said. Memorial Field served the Geneva High School for 70 years, and the high school just recently stopped playing on the field as it contracted with SPIRE Institute to have the use of its field. Many community members stopped by the field when they realized it was on fire last Wednesday. Now due to eyewitnesses, the police have identified three suspects between the ages of 12 and 16 who were charged with delinquency, City of Geneva Police Chief Daniel Dudik said. “If the suspects had been adults, they would have been tried with arson,” Dudik said. The suspects’ names will not be released due to them being under the age of 18. “One of the suspects is from Geneva Township, one is from Geneva City and one is from Harpersfield Township,” Dudik said. Dudik said two of the three suspects spent Wednesday night in Geneva’s Youth Development Detention Center while the third suspect’s whereabouts were still unknown. Now all three have been properly identified and charged.

BY SADIE PORTMAN “Looking around, you can Gazette Newspapers see someone from the first GENEVA - Fire was set to LEADERship and someone the bleachers at Memorial from the current Field in Geneva and the underLEADERship class,” Jones neath storage area Wednesday said. “It’s from the class of evening. 1989 all the way to the curNow three juveniles have been charged in connection rent class of 2012.” LEADERship members with the blaze. The Geneva Fire Departsaid they will continue to hold Fifth Friday, as it is an ment received a call about enjoyable and pleasant smoke coming from the field around 5:09 p.m. event for everyone involved. “The call came in as heavy “Everybody gets to know smoke and fire showing at the each other and it’s really grandstands at our Memorial nice,” Waring said. Field,” Geneva Fire Chief Doug For more information on Starkey said. “The nature of this structhe program, visit http:// ture – we think the bleachers Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN reached at sportman@gazette LEADERship holds the Fifth Friday event at Martinis! every time a month contains a fifth Friday. The event connects current and former students. come. The LEADERship community knows the bar is open to them starting at 5:30 p.m. “A lot of time people are so busy, and there is a lot on your calendar, but with the fifth Friday event, it’s easy. Just stop by on your way home from work,” Waring said. Jones said it is time to catch up with former classmates and friends. “It’s wonderful, though, to see our graduates,” Jones said. The event is also a time Debbi Waring, the associate director for LEADERship, talks to meet new people with a with former students. Waring said the informal gathering common connection. draws many of their alumni.

are made of old ship steel – and the items stored underneath made this a particularly difficult fire to bring under control,” Aaron Lenart said. The items in the storage unit consisted of Styrofoam and other foam-based athletic equipment, which Lenart said was quickly ignited with the combined high winds. “Part of the bleacher area was already burning, and we had a lot of fire coming from underneath the structure,” Starkey said. Along with the storage unit, the bleachers caught on fire due to the paint all of the combined items, which were in flames, creating a chemical fire, Lenart said. Lenart said the fire department suspected the fire was arson. “Basically the fire is suspicious because there is no other reason for the fire,” Lenart said. A total of $175,000 in dam-

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Henderson Library turns into an art gallery for annual show BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Annual Student Art Show is being showcased at the Henderson Memorial Public Library with pieces from across the county from Jefferson and Rock Creek to Christian Faith Academy in Ashtabula. “We had artwork come in from all over the county,” Children’s Programming Director Dee Culbertson said. “There are pieces from Grand Valley, Lakeside, Edgewood, Jefferson and Rock Creek. We even had a couple of home-school kids.” The only places from which artwork was not received were Pymatuning Valley, Conneaut or Kingsville. “The majority of the artwork is Rock Creek, Jefferson, Christian Faith Academy, Lakeside High School and Grand Valley,” Culbertson said. The artwork was judged in two categories, Best of Show and People’s Choice, where the top three pieces were announced on Tuesday in seven different age groups. “We had actual artists

judges come in and give their rankings for a best in show, and then we did a public judging, which I call the People’s Choice Award,” Culbertson said. The Best in Show winners are as follows, in order of first to third place: —Daniel Carrel, Alaynia Gwinn, Jacob Fenner for the five to six year olds. —Ryleigh Bish, Emma Leehan, Kaycee Saari for the seven to eight year olds. —Zachary Forristal, Jillian Hawkins, Andacy Dietrch for the nine to 10 year olds. —Candace Burkhammer, McKenzie Turley, Charles Deary in the 11 to 12 year olds. —Craig Anderson, Kaitlynn Davis, Michael Haskell for the 12 to 14 year olds. —Jessica Bluhm, Elizabeth Boch, Paige Balaz for the 15 to 16 year olds. —Tessa LeBaron, Kevin Rodriguez, Emmy Stowell for the 17 to 18 year olds. The People’s Choice winners are as follows in order of first to third place: —Daniel Carrel, Rebekah Dawson, Annalisa Ellsword

Jessica Bluhm of Grand Valley High School received first place in both Best in Show and the People’s Choice categories for the 15 to 16 year olds. for the five to six year olds. —Megan Brand, Ryleigh Bish, Gabe Paul in the seven to eight year olds. —Zachary Forristal, Nicholas Diehl, Andacy Dietrich in the nine to 10 year olds. —Alex Bill, McKenzie Turley, Levi Cole in the 11 to 12 year olds. —Brandon McDowell, Max Overberger, Jason Byler in the 13 to 14 year

olds. —Jessica Bluhm, Kirsten Jones, Elizabeth Boch in the 15 to 16 year olds. —Tessa LeBaron, Emily Nye, Lyndsay Wheeler in the 17 to 18 year olds. “Some of them ended up being the same, and others ended up being different,” Culbertson said. “It was kind of fun to see what the public chose and what the judges chose and to compare.”

Elizabeth Boch’s piece received a second-place award in the Best of Show category, as well as third place in the People’s Choice category. Boch is from Grand Valley High School. Culbertson will be placing ribbons on the winners so those looking through can tell which pieces won awards. “The ribbons will be put on and everyone will get their prizes,” Culbertson

said. Everyone who placed a piece in the show will be recognized by the library. “Everybody will get a certificate for being in it, second and third place will get ribbons and first place will get

Gardening is among Andover woman’s favorite things

Meet Your Neighbor By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER - Missing green trees, grass, native Ohio plants, and gardening brought Linda Marshall back some years ago to eastern Ashtabula County where she grew up. A 1966 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, Marshall said she got married after graduation, then along came three children. After a divorce, she moved to Arizona just outside of Phoenix to raise her three daughters, Karen Torgeson, Tricia Semai and Jennifer Dalton. Today she has come full circle to the community and area of her childhood and believes it was meant to be. “I grew up here before the district was consolidated into PV. By 1966 the school had consolidated bringing in Richmond, New Lyme and Williamsfield. Out in Phoenix I was a single mother and had two jobs to support my family. My girls and I lived out west for about 14 years. Then I missed the changing seasons and green trees and wanted to get back to this part of the country,” Marshall said as she potted tiny flower and vegetable seedlings at BS Acres Greenhouse where she shares a passion for gardening with friend, Sigrid Smith. The two women partnered up a few years ago to keep open the family greenhouse business. Gardening and digging in the soil, watching seeds grow into beautiful flowers is

Marshall’s therapy. “I’ve gone through four back surgeries since I was in a car accident. I love to garden and learned from my dad, Archie Buie all about how to garden. In the greenhouse here I can plant for awhile, then sit or stand to ease my back pain,” she said smiling. “My father was a wonderful gardener and he taught me a lot. He shared his gardening tips with his kids. I still do some old ways of planting things today like my dad did,” Marshall said. “Sigrid and I have taken classes in gardening for more tips. There are more young people gardening today and that’s good,” she added. Marshall brought her daughters back to the Andover area so they could enjoy country living again and not be in the city. “In Arizona we lived in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix. I worked for the Mesa schools doing clerical and purchasing supplies. Their school system is much different than here. They had six high schools, 15 or more junior high school and about 30 elementary schools. I would call them mega schools,” she said. One daughter, Karen still lives out west in Utah. Tricia and Jennifer live in the Andover area. Her eight grandchildren also keep her busy along with the greenhouse business with Sigrid, whom she’s known for years. Marshall said there is a certain therapy for her to be back in the plant raising

business. She and Sigrid learn through trial and error methods as they grow their flowers and vegetable plants for customers. The greenhouse is opening in about two weeks for the season, so the pair are very busy. “We try to stay away from using chemicals as much as we can. We have vegetables and flowers. Right now it’s time to replant tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers. I had one customer ask if we had red pepper plants and I said that almost any pepper will ripen to red. We do grow hot and sweet pepper variety plants,” she said. Marshall said when she gets busy in the greenhouse its her “peace and quiet time.” She’s also started teaching her grandchildren about the art of gardening. Marshall enjoys sharing gardening tips with anyone and everyone who is a customer at the BS Acres Greenhouse on StanhopeKelloggsville Road or the neighbor down her street in Andover Village. “After I had the back surgeries I made my mind up I was not going to end up in a wheelchair five years ago. So the secret is to keep going. Find something you like to do and do it,” Marshall related. “My mom, Alberta Buie is 85 and lives in a local skilled care facility, but she has a great mind and memory.” “At my house in town I decided to put in a raised bed garden high off the ground so I don’t have to bend over much. You do things differently when you get a little older,” she joked. Marshall is an advocate for putting veggies and plants in raised garden sites around a person’s home if they have difficulty plant-

ing or weeding gardens in traditional low areas. This coming Easter holiday weekend, Marshall said, “I’m looking forward to having all my family together at my house for dinner. The only one missing is my daughter in Utah. It will be a noisy, busy place with all the grandkids. I have two brothers who still live in this area.” Marshall said she loves being busy and her best advice for anyone nearing retirement is to “not sit around and do nothing.” “Find something you love PHOTO BY DORIS COOK to do or a hobby, just keep Linda Marshall, one half of a thriving tiny greenhouse active,” she said with a business shared with a friend, Sigrid Smith loves to work smile. in the dirt. Gardening is therapy for this Andover mom and grandmother.

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Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Feb. 13, Jamiee L. Blair The defendant is charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence, a felonies of the third degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. For plea, the defendant says that she is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has zero days of jail credit. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $5,000 is continued. The defendant is not to operate any motor vehicle.

Feb. 13, Cody Young The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. For plea the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has spent 11 days in jail pursuant to the charges. Bond as posted in the amount of $25,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Jarrod Harmon The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the reading of the indictment. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has six days of jail credit. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $25,000 is continued.

gent person. For plea, the defendant says that she is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. A time waiver was executed by the defendant. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $5,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Devin Ledlow The defendant is charged with one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree; and one count of petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the reading of the indictment. For plea, the defendant says that she is not guilty. The date of trial will be set within the time limits. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $5,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Derrek S. Fulton The defendant is charged with one count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date of trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has six days of jail credit. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

Feb. 13, Tyler Milam The defendant is charged with one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the twenty-four hour prior service rule and waived the reading of the indictment. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $5,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Patrick Fortney The defendant is charged with one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date of trial will be set within the time limits. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $7,5000 is continued.

Feb. 10, Russell W. Tackett The defendant is charged with one count of failure to appear, a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant waived the reading of the indictment and entered a plea of not guilty. The defendant believes he has spent 6 days in jail in this indictment. Bond is set in the amount of $10,000.

Feb. 13, Robert Shover The defendant is charged with two counts of burglary, felonies of the second degree; two counts of petty theft, misdemeanors of the first degree; and one count of attempted burglary, a felony of the third degree. The defendant was determined to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the reading of the indictment. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has 74 days of jail credit. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $10,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Emily Anne Chromik The defendant is charged with one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree; and one count of petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indi-

Feb. 13, Kristee Beeman The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the reading of the indictment. For plea, the defendant says that she is not guilty. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $15,000 is continued.

Feb. 13, Angela Longnecker The defendant is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. The court determined the defendant to be an indigent person. The defendant waived the twentyfour hour prior service rule and waived the reading of the indictment. The defendant for plea says that she is not guilty. The date for trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has two days of jail credit. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

Feb. 13, Timothy R. Torok The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree; one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a felony of the third degree; and one count of obstruction of official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree. For plea, the defendant says that he is not guilty. The date of trial will be set within the time limits. The defendant has 41 days of jail credit. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $25,000 is continued.

Contraflow traffic pattern on I-90 Beginning on Thursday, March 29, 2012, motorists traveling on I-90 westbound from Erie, Pennsylvania will experience a new traffic pattern called Contraflow. Motorists will see both travel lanes heading from the Pennsylvania State line on I-90 westbound start to split and have one lane continue on the westbound side while the second lane will cross over onto the eastbound side of I-90 separated by a concrete barrier wall. There will be three lanes of traffic on the eastbound side of I-90, two lanes heading eastbound and one heading westbound. The one lane of traffic remaining on the westbound portion will be pushed onto the shoulder allowing the contractor to have full access to the I-90 westbound lanes for reconstruction. This traffic pattern will be in effect until early winter 2012. Motorist should be aware that westbound truck traffic must stay in the right lane to access the weigh station on I-90 westbound which will remain open throughout construction. This work is part of a $44.6 million project to replace the pavement on I-90 from just east of the Conneaut River Bridge to the Pennsylvania state line and includes the rehabilitation of six bridges on I-90 and six overhead bridges. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2013.

American Red Cross Blood Drives Wednesday, April 4 Chardon United Methodist Church 515 North Street Chardon 44024 1 PM to 7 PM Ashland University 401 College Avenue Ashland 44805 12 PM to 6 PM Summit Blood Donation Center 501 West Market Street Akron 44303 1 PM to 8 PM

Thursday, April 5 Lyndhurst Community Center 1341 Parkview Drive Lyndhurst 44124 1 PM to 7 PM Summit Blood Donation Cen-

Elections complaints filed against sheriff BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Two complaints alleging 56 total illegal campaign contributions to Sheriff William “Billy” Johnson have been filed with the Ohio Elections Commission by Jefferson resident Steve Magda. Magda filed the complaints last week, confirmed Ohio Elections Commission Executive Director Phil Richter. In the first complaint, filed Tuesday, March 27, Magda alleges that 13 illegal contributions were made to Sheriff Johnson, who is running for re-election, from various corporations in 2011. In his second complaint, filed March 29, Magda alleges that an additional 43 illegal contributions were made from corporate donors from 2004 to 2007. Magda believes these contributions violate Ohio Re-

vised Code, section 3599.03 (B)(1). Magda alleges that the majority of the corporate donors made their contributions at golf outings to the Sheriff ’s Committee. He alleges that there were no advertising expenditures associated to these golf outings, and if these corporate donors were not notified by advertisement, then they could have been directly solicited by the sheriff or one of his agents, which would be a violation of the Ohio Revised Code as well. Magda said he is in the process of collecting more information on the county’s elected officials and candidates’ campaign finance filings. When asked about the complaint, Johnson said he is aware that campaigns are not allowed to accept corporate donations, and he even returned two such donations last year.

He said it was possible that a contribution slipped through the cracks, such as if volunteers who sold the tickets to the golf outing were unaware of the campaign law. “I never solicited personally a corporate check,” Johnson said. Johnson said all of his campaign reports have been filed in a timely matter, and photocopies of every check he has received were included, proof he wasn’t trying to hide anything. “We are very transparent,” Johnson said. Richter said the Ohio Elections Commission will hold a hearing on the matter in Columbus on May 10. During the hearing, the complainant, Magda, will have to make his case on why he believes there is a violation, Richter said. He said Johnson also will have an opportunity to submit a written response or appear

in person. After the hearing, the commission can either make a decision about whether there is a violation or schedule another hearing if members need more information, Richter said. If there is a violation, Richter said the commission can decide the appropriate action based on the nature of the violation and the circumstances. He said the commission could decide not to implement a fine, implement a fine or send the matter on to further prosecution. Johnson said if the commission rules against him, he is prepared to pay back the money to the donors, as the money has not been spent and is still in his campaign fund.

JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County commissioners passed several ordinances dealing with the Engineer’s Department during a meeting last Tuesday. Commissioners approved a contract with the Union Industrial Contractors, Inc., for the Windsor Mechanicsville Bridge replacement project. The project involves the replacement of the existing deteriorated bridge on Windsor Mechanicsville Road. The cost is not to exceed $288,743, payable with motor vehicle and

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gas tax funds. The work is to be completed by Aug. 30, 2012. The commissioners also ordered the publication and bids for aggregate for use during the 2012 season, from a request by Chief Deputy Engineer Leroy McNeilly. (See sidebar.) The total of the engineer’s estimate comes to $346,425. The bids will be opened on

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Hellriegel’s Inn 1840 Mentor Avenue Painesville 44077 10 AM to 5 PM Warzel Blood Donation Center 3636 Euclid Avenue Cleveland 44115 7:30 AM to 2 PM Austintown Blood Donation Center 57 Westchester Drive Austintown 44515 9 AM to 3 PM Avon Blood Donation Center 2100 Center Road (Route 83/ Avon Belden Road) Lorain 44011 8 AM to 2 PM

April 4 Chardon: GAPP meeting The Geauga Ashtabula Portage Partnership Workforce Investment Board Area 19 Executive Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Geauga County Offices, 470 Center Street, Board of Health Meeting Room, Building #8, Chardon. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

April 12 Ashtabula: ACTS advisory committee The Ashtabula County Transportation System Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 12. The meeting will be held at the Ashtabula County Job Source location at 2247 Lake Avenue, in the Ashtabula Plaza, Room 114, starting at 8:15 am.

April 9 Jefferson: Airport Authority

The next regular meeting of the Ashtabula County Airport Authority will be held Monday, April 9, at noon at the Northeast Ohio Regional Airport, 2382 Airport Road, Jefferson. A Business and Marketing Plan meeting will be Stefanie Wessell, senior held at 4 p.m. at The Lodge & Conference Center, Genevaeditor for Gazette Newspa- On-The-Lake in the Covered Bridge Room. pers, may be reached at swessell@gazette

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April 18. In other road matters, the commissioners approved a contract with Russell Standard Corp. for asphalt emulsion for use by the Ashtabula County Engineer’s Office, Highway Department. The contract involves 95,000 gallons of CRS2 or RS2 at $1.756 per gallon, for a total cost of $166,820, and 200,000 gallons of CMs2 or

Friday, April 6

Local Government


Commissioners pass resolutions dealing with Engineer’s Department BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

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MS-2 at $2.117 per gallon, for a total of $423,400. The contract is not to exceed $590,220. Lastly, at the request of the trustees, the commissioners reduced the load limits on Hartsgrove Township roads for the thaw season. The load limits on the roads, both dirt and paved, will be reduced by 33 percent during the period of March 15 through May 15.

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For the Record Marriages Andrew T. Rogers, of Conneaut, to Kimberly A. Prochaska, of Rock Creek

Fernando Cotts to Janice L. Ganoe, both of Ashtabula

Bryan K. Hall to Dawn L. Kenyon, both of Geneva

Joseph R. Watts, of Ashtabula, to Christina M. Lantzer, of Conneaut

Lee E. Willms to Karen R. Campbell, both of Ashtabula

Cornelius J. Miller, of Pierpont, to Katie E. Shetler, of Kingsville

Ronald F. Zuchowski to Kalyn M. Thompson, both of Conneaut

Outhay Bouasy to Somphanh Khounthaphanith, both of Geneva

Joseph K. Burdette to Brittany M. Modic, both of Ashtabula Samuel J. Kempf, of Cass City, MI, to Ada J. Byler, of Middlefield

Joshua E. Capers, of Allentown, Pa., to Jaliah N. White, of Geneva Roadney C. Rojas to Iris M. Rivera, both of Ashtabula

Jefferson Emergency Rescue 03/25 03/26 03/26 03/26 03/27 03/27 03/28 03/28 03/28 03/28 03/29 03/29 03/29 03/30 03/30 03/30

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Commissioners to hold third evening agenda session in Roaming Shores village hall ROAMING SHORES - The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners has scheduled monthly night meetings for 2012 at various sites throughout the County in order to be more accessible to all citizens. The third such meeting will be held April 10 in Roaming Shores at the Roaming Shores Village Hall, 2500 Hayford Rd., Roaming Shores, OH 44084. Residents from all over the county are especially invited to attend. A pre-agenda meeting for public commentary will begin at 6 p.m. The regular session of the Board, in which the Commissioners address county business, will follow promptly at 6:30 p.m. “We are hoping to bring more of the public into the governmental process on the county level,” said President Peggy Carlo. “The Board is aware that, since we generally meet in our offices on Tuesdays at 1 p.m, some people who may want to attend our meetings are left out.” The Board is also interested in giving governmental officials in the cities, villages and townships a chance to bring their concerns and issues to the Commissioners through this forum, said Commissioner Dan Claypool. “We feel that coming out to the political subdivisions shows both the officials and the residents that we are interested in what they have to say,” Claypool said. “We have done this in the past, but the turnout is sometimes less than we would like,” Commissioner Joe Moroski added. “We will be announcing them to the press to let people know when and where they will be held. We would love to see a crowd at each and every meeting. We want to hear what people have to say.” A tentative schedule has been set by Lisa Hawkins, Clerk of the Board. Changes, however, may occur. Hawkins said reminders for individual meetings will be sent to local media outlets prior to the meetings. Flyers will also be provided to the local governments to post in their communities. Such sessions have been held by the Board of Commissioners since 1998, when the Ohio Revised Code was changed to allow County Commissioners to hold regular sessions of the Board at a location in the county other than the office provided for the Board in the county seat, which is Jefferson Village. “We appreciate the hospitality of our hosts for these meetings,” Carlo said. “The commissioners know that it is important to remain in touch with our constituents.”


Ashtabula County Police Activity Conneaut Police • At 10:41 a.m. March 22, a non-injury traffic accident was reported in the area of Main and Whitney Streets. • At 2:53 p.m. March 22, a non-injury traffic accident was reported in the area of Main Street and Grandview Avenue. • At 3:02 p.m. March 22, lug nuts were reported stolen off of a vehicle on Clinton Avenue. • At 11:20 p.m. March 22, an unwanted female was reported at a residence on Harbor Street She left prior to police arrival. • While Conneaut Police were investigating an assault on Harbor Street at 11:39 a.m. March 23, an intoxicated Johnny R. Gregory began to curse and scream at the alleged victim for calling police. After police warned him numerous times to cease his disorderly behavior, Gregory, who was not involved in the assault, was arrested. • At 1:16 p.m. March 23, a domestic situation was reported on Maple Avenue. • At 2:56 p.m. March 23, a Buffalo Street resident reported harassing phone calls. • At 5:41 p.m. Mach 23, a 15th Street resident reported a fraud. • At 11:50 p.m. March 23, while working security detail at UH-Conneaut Medical Center, officers were struck and kicked by an extremely intoxicated and combative patient in the Emergency Room. • At 4:12 a.m. March 24, an unruly juvenile was reported on Buffalo Street. • At 10:10 a.m. March 24, a Hiler Street resident reported that his vehicle had been struck by another vehicle overnight. • At 10:32 a.m. March 24, a Maple Avenue resident reported that his vehicle was stolen. Entered into LEADS, it was located by the Ohio Highway Patrol later that day, unoccupied, in Ashtabula. • At 3:54 p.m. March 24, a South Liberty Street resident reported threats. • At 4:26 p.m. March 24, a Main Street resident reported that someone broke into his residence while he was at work. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. • At 5 p.m. March 24, a domestic situation was reported on Main Street. • At 10:52 p.m. March 24, a Madison Street resident reported harassment. • At 2:03 a.m., March 25, A Broad St. resident reported the unauthorized use of her vehicle. • At 5:42 p.m. March 25, A domestic situation was reported on Mill St. • At 10:05 a.m. March 25, A Day St. resident reported that the tires on her vehicle were slashed overnight while it was parked at the Bottom Line Bar. • At 3:09 p.m. March 25, A non-injury traffic accident was reported on West Main Rd. • At 3:35 p.m. March 25, A domestic situation was reported on Sandusky St. • At 5:01 p.m. March 26, three juvenile females escaped with minor injury after their vehicle struck a ditch and overturned on Underridge Rd. The 17-year-old driver was cited for failure to control. • At 5:19 p.m. March 26, a Grant Street resident reported damage to her residence that was caused by a BB gun or similar device. • At 9:09 a.m. March 27, a Liberty Street resident reported that someone had been in his home, as various items had been strewn about. He did not believe that anything was missing. • At 10:46 a.m. March 27, Items were reported stolen from a Main Street residence. • At 12:22 p.m. March 27, a non-injury traffic accident was reported on State Street. • At 3:36 p.m. March 27, Jewelry was reported stolen from a Main Street residence. • At 8:02 p.m. March 27, items

were reported stolen from a Dorman Road residence. • At 9:01 p.m. March 27, a South Parrish Road resident reported an unruly juvenile. • At 9:12 p.m. March 27, a clerk at Circle K reported an irate customer in the store got upset and threw a pen. He left prior to Police arrival. Officers located him on Thomas Drive and he was warned regarding his actions at Circle K. • At 9:34 p.m. March 27, a Day Street resident reported harassment. • At 9:34 p.m. March 27, a non-injury traffic accident was reported in the area of State and Mill Streets. • At 11:16 p.m. March 27, a non-violent domestic situation was reported on Lakeview Avenue. • At 7:52 a.m. March 28, a woman whose husband was being transported by squad to UHConneaut Medical Center for medical reasons backed into the rear of Station 1 squad #219 at her Cricket Avenue residence. No one was injured and Squad 219 was not damaged. • At 11:37 a.m. March 28, an Ashtabula resident reported his medications had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked on Park Avenue. • At 2:55 p.m. March 28, an assault between juveniles was reported on Dorman Road. • At 4:08 p.m. March 28, a non-injury traffic accident was reported on Orange Street. • At 5:24 p.m. March 28, a fraud was reported on Mill Street by an elderly victim who sent over $7,000 overseas to suspects who posed as family members and claimed to have been jailed in a foreign land. • At 5:53 p.m. March 28, an assault as reported on Poplar Street. • At 7:13 p.m. March 28, a domestic situation was reported on Welton Road.

Orwell Police Mar 25 11:28 am 911 hang up on N Maple Ave 5:48 pm Domestic dispute on E Main St 9:30 pm Domestic standby on E Main St Mar 26 12:25 pm Suspicious activity on W Main St 4:40 pm Domestic dispute on S School St Mar 27 10:17 pm Underage consumption on E Main St Mar 28 9:00 pm Suspicious activity on Penniman Rd Mar 29 5:14 pm Domestic dispute on E Main St 6:00 pm Domestic dispute on E Main St 7:05 pm Animal complaint on Sunset St Mar 30 11:42 am Civil dispute on Grand Valley Ave W Mar 31 1:01 am Suspicious activity on S Maple Ave

Geneva Police Monday, April 2 7:52 a.m. Criminal damaging on East Main Street 2:04 a.m. Suspicious activity on 100 block of Woodlawn 12:51 a.m. Burglary on 100 block of Eastwood Street 12:04 a.m. Suspicious noise on 400 block of Vine Street Sunday, April 3 7:39 p.m. Arrest on North Forrest 5:09 p.m. Intoxicated male on 800 block of West Main Street 2:57 p.m. Attempted entry on 100 block of North Crowell 12:23 p.m. Violent patient on 800 block of West Main Street 7:50 a.m. Altercation on 100 block of Woodlawn 3:28 a.m. Noise/ breaking

glass on 600 block of North Nearing Circle Saturday, April 4 9:36 p.m. Kids by tracks on Cedar Court 7:32 p.m. Custody issue on 400 block of Centennial Saturday, March 31 12:18 p.m. Suspicious male on Centennial 10:34 a.m. Hit and run on 700 block of South Broadway 12:17 a.m. Unwanted male on 100 block of South Eagle Street Friday, March 30 11:30 p.m. Verbal argument on West Main Street 6:29 p.m. Suspicious items on 100 block of Cromwell 5:38 p.m. Assist children services on 100 block of Woodlawn Street 5:30 p.m. Suspicious male near the Cugel Farm area 3:21 p.m. Perceived threat on 600 block of West Main Street 12:55 p.m. Lawnmower fell off truck in front of First Merit Bank 11:26 a.m. Dog attack on 200 block of Lawn Street 9:47 a.m. Suspicious female on 100 block of Grant Street 7:15 a.m. Possible break in on South Broadway 12:20 a.m. Suspicious person on 400 block of Second Street Thursday, March 29 5:50 p.m. Theft of bicycle on 200 block of Woodlawn Street 5:33 p.m. Trouble with tenant on 100 block of South Ridge 2:20 p.m. Suspicious activity on 1300 block of South Ridge East 10:15 a.m. Bad check on 100 block of East Main Street Wednesday, March 28 5:07 p.m. Bleacher fire on 200 block of Eastwood Street 2:10 p.m. Found cell phone on North Broadway 2:15 p.m. Misuse of credit card on South Broadway 1:36 p.m. Threat on 800 block of Sherman Street 2:19 p.m. Scrap metal in road on Route 20 10:55 a.m. Loose dog on East Tibbits 7:14 a.m. Open garage door on 100 block of Roosevelt Street Tuesday, March 27 7:08 p.m. Reckless operation of vehicle on Route 20 4:21 p.m. Unfounded accident on 100 block of South Ridge Street 3:59 p.m. Theft of cell phone on 700 block of Austin Road 9:12 a.m. Male walking who is possibly intoxicated on Liberty Street 8:50 a.m. Male changing tire creating roadway hazard on Route 20 Monday, March 26 6:11 p.m. Harassing phone calls on 400 block of South Broadway 6:09 p.m. Found dog on 700 block of North Nearing Circle

Ashtabula Police March 14 01:37 a.m. - 5700 b lock of Madison Ave. Forced burglary. 01:53 a.m. - 2400 block of Michigan Ave. Call regarding shots fired received. 03:29 a.m. - 400 block of W 52nd St. Improper license plates. 06:04 a.m. - 500 block of W 46th St. Warrant. March 15 12:12 a.m. - 5400 block of Main Ave. Drunk male went to fight another drunk male over an ex-girlfriend and lost. 12:35 a.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. An inmate broke a piece of the cell door. 01:37 a.m. - 5700 block of Madison Ave. Report of burglary received. 01:53 a.m. - 2400 block of Michigan Ave. Call regarding shots fired received. 03:29 a.m. - 400 block of W 52nd St. Improper license plates. 06:04 a.m. - 500 block of W 46th St. Warrant. 08:15 a.m. - 5700 block of West Ave. Caller reports an attempted burglary. 09:16 a.m. - 3500 block of

Lake Ave. Caller reports attempted burglary. 09:18 a.m. - 500 block of W 46th St. Officer injury. 09:19 a.m. - 500 block of W 46th St. Warrant executed. 10:25 a.m. - 1700 block of W 4th St. Caller reports a vehicle driving through yards. 11:57 a.m. - 5100 block of Main Ave. Caller reports a person trying to kick his door. 01:03 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Warrant was executed. 01:39 p.m. - 2200 block of West Ave. Report of harassing communication. 04:08 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Found property. 04:09 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Report of found property. 05:19 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. An inmate needed assistance. 05:37 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Caller reports a theft. 08:01 p.m. - 3100 block of Johnson Ct. Subject arrested for drugs. March 16 01:28 a.m. - 800 block of W 58th St. Disturbance received. 06:32 a.m. - 5200 block of Cortland Ave. Report of burglary received. 06:55 a.m. - 5200 block of Jaycee Ave. Follow up investigation. 07:57 a.m. - 600 block of W 57th St. Disturbance reported. 08:00 a.m. - 5200 block of Jaycee Ave. Theft from motor vehicle. 09:37 a.m. - SR 84 / Austinburg Rd. Warrant served. 10:11 a.m. - 5300 block of Jaycee Ave. Assist other agency. 11:53 a.m. - 5200 bloc of Stark Ave. Domestic reported. 01:18 p.m. - 300 block of W 53rd St. Report of disturbance. 04:52 p.m. - 900 block of W 37th St. Animal complaint. 05:52 p.m. - W 15th St. / Ohio Ave. Traffic stop conducted and driver arrested on active warrant. 06:15 p.m. - 3200 block of Station Ave. Burglary reported. 07:16 p.m. - 400 block of W 51st St. Threat of suicide received. 07:21 p.m. - 600 block of W 58th St. Fight reported. 07:42 p.m. - 100 block of Manola Ave. Caller request assistance. 09:34 p.m. - 5100 block of Reed Ave. Report of criminal damaging received. 09:40 p.m. - 2900 block of W 13th St. Caller reports a burglary. 10:05 p.m. - West Ave. / W 34th St. Traffic stop conducted. 10:14 p.m. - 800 block of W 50th St. Burglary reported. March 17 12:34 a.m. - 1700 block of W Prospect Rd. Traffic stop conducted. One arrest made for OVI. 09:27 a.m. - 1200 block of W Prospect Rd. Caller reports a burglary. 01:11 p.m. - 1000 block of Alfred Dr. Caller reports marks on his child. 01:52 p.m. - 2700 block of Burlingham Dr. Caller reports a disturbance between father and son. 03:38 p.m. - 1100 block of W 58th St. Burglary.

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Maple Max announces winner of Geauga County Tourism contest MIDDLEFIELD - Maple Max had the honor of choosing the winner of Geauga County Tourism’s latest contest. To enter contestants had to scrutinize the 2012 Visitor Guide to see how many times they could spot Maple Max within its pages. Thw winner Janet Starr of Warren, who had a correct guess of 15 photos, said GCTC director Lynda Nemeth. “I went through the guide several times with a magnifying glass” said winner Janet Starr. “A couple of them were pretty small.” Her perseverance paid off, and her entry was randomly drawn from the correct guesses. Starr was thrilled and arrived shortly after being notified to collect her winnings. “It’s nice to get a phone call with good news!” said Starr. The Geauga County Basket included a gift certificate for an overnight stay at Red Maple Inn in Burton, dinner at Punderson Manor Lodge, a half gallon of syrup from Creekside Maple, maple candy and maple popcorn from Burton Log Cabin & Richards Maple Products, four4 theater tickets from Geauga

Lyric Theater, and assorted gifts from Country Arts & Jewelry, Maggie’s Donuts, Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack, Geauga Park District and Amish Home Craft & Bakery. The value of the basket was over $400. Geauga County Tourism thanks everyone who donated, said Nemeth. “We had great participation for this contest, with entries from seven counties” Nemeth said. “It’s a sure way to get people really taking their time to go through the guide, and hopefully spotting many things they want to do for the summer travel season.” How many times can you find Maple Max?? 2012 Geauga County Visitor Guides, can be picked up at many area businesses or by requesting one from the Tourism office 440632-1538 or visit You may also sign up to receive a monthly newsletter or become a fan on FaceBook to keep current on all the events in the county! The next chance to win great prizes will be Saturday May 5th for the Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Janet Starr, winner Tour.

Geauga County Maple Festival parade planners need marching units

CHARDON - To many people, the highlight of the annual Geauga County Maple Festival are the two huge parades. Lots of local and area groups participate each year and festival parade chairman Kathy Dufur is looking for marching units to sign up. Plans are underway for this year’s parades on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The parade theme for 2012 is “MAPLE - Our Sweetest Heritage” and units step off at 3 p.m. sharp both days for the 83rd year festival. The Sunday parade marshal is WKYC’s Amanda Barren. Saturday’s parade celebrity is Peter Chardon Brooks portrayed by Geauga Lyric Theater Guild actor, Mike Bollinger. It’s all part of this year’s Chardon Bicentennial celebration. The original Peter Chardon Brooks in the early 1800s gave land which today is the city’s square parkland SUBMITTED PHOTO section and his name to be

the county seat. Of course Brooks never did get to come to Chardon, according to early records. There is still plenty of time to get a float or group together to participate in the parade, says Dufur. Entries must tie in with the theme. Commercial entries pay a $25 fee, but there is no charge for non-profit groups. For more information on how to participate in the parades, contact Dufur, parade chairman, at (440) 286-6405. Those who participate both days will be eligible for judging. Prizes will be awarded for junior and adult float entries, junior and senior marching untis, antique and classic cars, and horse units. Entry forms must be submited to the festival parade committee by April 15. For complete information and forms, go to The festival opens on Thursday, April 26 and runs through Sunday, April 29 on Chardon city square.

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Don Reid of Hartsgrove chats with families and kids behind the Hartsgrove Township circle park fence just before last Sunday’s egg hunt began.

Helping give out prizes to kids at the Hartsgrove Easter Egg Hunt last weekend was MacKenzie Dalton of Wickliffe with her grandmother, Teresa Reid on the park gazebo.

Spearheading the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Hartsgrove are Joyce and Jim O’Connor and co-chairpersons, Teresa and Don Reid. The hunt event has been held for 10 years.

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Some 3,000 plastic eggs filled with candy or prize slips were scattered in three different locations in the park, Reid said, depending on the ages of children participating. After giving the GO signal, it took about less than a minute or two for youngsters to scoop up a collection of the thousands of gaily colored eggs on the park grass. Trustee Bruce Gottron said he used a stop watch to check out the time before it was all over. Children came armed with their own basket containers or plastic bags to retrieve the egg prizes. To receive any of the prizes donated children lined up in front of the park gazebo to get the decorated baskets or toys. Reid said he and Teresa scour the stores around the counties to buy the afterEaster plush toys at reduced prices to save for the following year. “We love doing this for the kids. It’s fun,” said Reid, who retired last December as the township’s road department supervisor.

Mia Contenza of Lenox Township stops to look as she gathers up plastic eggs filled with candy treats at last Sunday’s Easter Egg Hunt in Hartsgrove Township park.

Not be out done by her little sister, Ava Contenza of Lenox Township came over last Sunday for the Hartsgrove Township annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The furry Easter Bunny with his bright vest was all part of the fun last Sunday afternoon as Hartsgrove Township Easter Egg Hunt went of f without any raindrops. With the bunny at the park gazebo is Teresa Reid, who with hubby, Don Reid help host the event.

PV Middle School Book Fair opens April 11 ANDOVER TOWNSHIP The annual Pymatuning Valley Middle School Book Fair opens Wednesday, April 11 and rund through April 18. It’s is a buy one, get one affair for students and families. The fair will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Thursday, April 12 will be Family Night from 2:30 to 7 p.m. where families in the district can visit the book fair to buy books. The PTO is also holding a

fundraising dinner that same evening featuring pasta, salad, breads and beverages for sale. High school students at PV district are also invited and encouraged to stop by to visit the book fair. There will be a selection of young adult and adult novels available for sale. Book fair chairperson is Wanda Voelker. Another feature this year includes the PTO holding a Penny War to raise money for

“One for Books.” The grade levels are challenged to participate against each other and the staff. The winning grade level will have a popcorn and movie afternoon. However if the staff wins the students will receive homework for a week, said Barb Culp, spokesperson for the event. For more information persons may call Voelker at (440) 293-6053 or the middle school office.

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Warriors drop Falcons to 0-3 BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons hosted the Edgewood Warriors in a recent in County baseball game on Wednesday, March 27. The Jefferson Falcons who dropped a close game in extra innings to Niles Mckinley before losing a 61 contest to Austintown Fitch dropped to 0-3 on the season with the loss to Edgewood. Dominic Saturday started the game with a walk for the Warriors and went to second on a wild pitch by Ryan Zindash. Bobby Dragon would also draw a walk in the inning for Edgewood and Saturday eventually scored on a passed ball. Jimmy Wilson then hit a drifting fly ball then went off the outfielders glove for a double to put Edgewood up 2-0. Jefferson would quickly tie the game pack up in the bottom of the first inning as Joey Piscasalko and Andy Santiago picked up walks. Ryan Hayes then reached on an error to load the bases for the Falcons. Piscsalko and Santiago would both go on to score on a groundout by Scott Davidson, making it 2-2. Edgewood would take back the lead for good in the top of the second inning as they scored a pair of runs. Andrew Graeb and Saturday each walked in the inning. Graeb would eventually score on an over throw to first on a pick-off attempt by the catcher, making it 32. Saturday would eventually score when Zach Popely drew a walk and was later caught up in a pickle, making it 4-2. Tony Magda, who started


Ryan Zindash pitches for the Jefferson Falcons in a game against the Edgewood Warriors.

Bobby Dragon bats for the Edgewood Warriors in a game against the Jefferson Falcons.

on the hill for the Warriors, would pitch around a walk to Chase Stowe in the second inning. Zindash would pitch out of a jam in the third inning which started with a walk and a single. Zindash would strike out the next two batters before hitting a batter and then picking up another strike-out for the final out. Magda would pitch around walks to Santiago and Davidson in the bottom of the third inning to escape without any damage done. The Warriors would have a big inning in the fourth as they tacked on six runs to lead 10-2. Kevin Joslin started the inning with a walk for the Warriors and Saturday reached after being hit by a pitch. Kurt Fusco would come into pitch for the Falcons. Popely would bunt the ball back to the pitcher

to move the runners over, but an overthrow to first allowed Popley to reach and both runners to score. Bobby Dragon then singled Popely over to third. Jeff Imbrogno would then reach on an error allowing Popley to score. Jimmy Wilson would load the bases with a walk and Scott Davidson would come into pitch for the Falcons. The Warriors would score three more runs in the inning on a walk, an hit by pitch and on a passed ball, making it 10-2. The Falcons would try to get back in it in the fourth inning as Ethan Pawlowski and Nick Stranman each walked. Alex Vencill would relieve Magda with two runners on and two outs in the fourth inning. Chase Stowe then drove in a run on a single, making it 10-3. Joey Piscsalko capped the inning

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match-up between Steven Butcher-Robbie Wynn, of Jefferson, and Ryan Applebee-Chris Otto, of Lakeside. Butcher and Wynn picked up the second doubles win 63, 6-2.

SAYBROOK – The Lakeside Dragons and Jefferson Falcons squared off for their first tennis match of the season at Lakeside. The Falcons were able to win all five games as they shut-out the Dragons 5-0. Nick Bishop was able to pick up a first singles victory for the Falcons 6-0, 6-1 over Logan Stowell, of Lakeside. Zach Mucci, of Jefferson, defeated Kyle Downs, of Lakeside, in two sets 6-3, 6-0. The third singles match between Bruce Colby, of Jefferson, and Reno Dannels, of Lakeside, was a three hour battle. Colby was able to win in the third set tie breaker with the score of 6-4, 6-7 (97), 7-6 (7-1). Cody Magda and Alec Jimmy Wilson bats for the MacCartney, of Jefferson, Edgewood Warriors in a game against the Jefferson teamed up in first doubles to pick up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Falcons. Lakeside’s duo of Jake Reno Dannels plays for the Lakeside Dragons in a third by ripping a two-run triple, Campbell and Jake Cimorelli. singles match against The Falcons were also able cutting the deficit to 10-5. Bruce Colby, of Jefferson. Lou Wisnyai would pick to win the second doubles up a RBI on sac-fly in the fifth inning, making it 11-5. The Warriors would tack on another run on a passed ball. The Warriors would have another big inning in the sixth as they went on to score five runs. Popley doubled in a run, while Imbrogno and Lou Wisnyai each drove in runs on a singles. Dragon would drive in a run on a ground out and Graeb brought in a run after being hit by a pitch. Nick Stranman would hit the fence with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning and eventually score on a single by Stowe, makPHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL ing it 17-6. Vencill would then go on to get a pair of Nick Bishop warms-up for the Jefferson Falcons tennis fly-outs and a line-drive out team in a first singles match-up against Logan Stowell, of Lakeside. to end the game.

Hanusosky continues to ride BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers MADISON – Justin Hanusosky, 26, from Madison, Ohio has been racing quads for the past nine years. Justin started riding quads his junior year of high school, when he and some friend decided to buy some quads to play around on. “Not long after having my quad which at the time was a Honda 400ex, I heard there were motocross races at the Lake County Fair so I went there and entered in a race and have been hooked on racing ever since,” Hanusosky said on how he got into racing. Hanusosky now rides a 2006 Honda 450r and has the number 25. “The quad has been set-up to race by Baldwin

Motorsports out of Kingsville, Ohio,” Hanusosky said. Justin’s favorite place to ride is at a track called Red Bud located in Buchanan, Michigan. “Being out on the track is awesome, your adrenaline is pumping. I’m always focusing on figuring out the fastest way around the track and good places on the track to make a pass,” Hanusosky said on what it’s like out on the track. He also rides a lot at Pymatuning Hole Shot Raceway in Linesville, Pa and also at NEMX which is an indoor track located in Andover, Ohio. Hanusosky also rides at several other tracks including Malvern MX near Canton, Crow Canyon in Southern Ohio and other private tracks near him. “To me the best part of

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Justin Hanusosky catches some air while riding his Honda 450r. local championships and races in his career. He has worked his way up in the Nationals to the “A” and pro-am” classes. He also took second place overall in the “A” class in 2004. “My goals for my future in racing is just to focus on going out to the track and having fun and not to take it too seriously,” Hanusosky said. Justin has had several injuries while riding his quad, including a broken right wrist, a broken collar bone, a separated shoulder and being knocked out a few times. However, like most riders these injuries have only slowed him down for a brief time and he will continue to ride.

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apiece for Jefferson. Jenna Lower and Urchek each collected two hits for the ANDOVER – The Jefferson Lakers in the loss. Bailey Beckwith picked up Falcons softball team started the season off with a 7-2 win the win for the Falcons as she over the Pymatuning Valley pitched all seven innings, Lakers. The Falcons would while giving up two runs in the score all the runs they needed third. Jefferson would win their in the first inning as they scored all seven runs to open second game of the season 3-2 up the game. It would be a over Austintown Fitch. good thing too, because Sarah McKenzie Wilber picked up Urchek would shut the Fal- the win on the mound for the cons down for the rest of the Falcons as she went seven innings and stuck out eleven game. Deana Comp hit a pair of batters. Sarah Busch drove in doubles for the Falcons and two runs in the game for the drove in two runs. Rachel Falcons. Kailey Reinke and Francis and Amanda Krause Megan Hussing each had two would also drive in two runs hits in the game for Jefferson.



Eagles win first game of the season Thomas to play BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers GENEVA – The Geneva Eagles baseball team won their first game of the year with a 3-1 victory over the Lakeview Bulldogs. Derek Rose started on the hill for the Eagles and would get out of a pair of jams in the first two innings. Dave LeMasters would single for the Bulldogs with one out in the first. A.J. Hrsovski would then get hit by a pitch after a Rose recorded his second strike out of the game to get the second out. Kevin Arnold would collect the second hit of the inning for the Bulldogs, but no runners would score. Rose would eventually strike out the side to end the threat. The Eagles would go onetwo-three in the first inning as Kevin Arnold struck out the side for the Bulldogs. Rose would quickly record two outs to start the second inning, but then walked the

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next three batters to load the bases. Bill Martin,Jake Pischotti and Dave LeMasters all drew walks for the Bulldogs, but Rose would pick up his fifth strike out of the game to end the inning. Nick Pae would reach on an error for the Eagles in the second inning, but they would not be able to capitalize. Rose would strike out the side for the second time in the game in the third inning as he worked around a pair of singles by Hrosovski and Evan Olbrych. Cody Hobel would pick up the Eagles first hit with a single in the third inning, but he would be left stranded. Rose would get his first one-two-three inning in the fourth as he induced a pair of ground outs and picked up his ninth and final strikeout. Rose also got it done at the PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL plate as he hit the first of his Derek Rose warms-up for two line drive shots up the the Geneva Eagles in a middle in the fourth inning, game against the Lakeview but neither team would be Bulldogs. able to score through four in-

nings. Aaron Hough would come in to pitch for the Eagles in the fifth inning and give up a lone double to A.J. Hrosovski who picked up his second hit of the game. The Eagles would string together some hits in the fifth inning to take the lead as Jerry Runyan entered to pitch for the Bulldogs. Dan Camplese started the inning with an infield single, but was erased on a fielder’schoice by Cody Hobel. Hobel would attempt to steal second and would be able to third on an overthrow. Brandon Kovach would then make it first and third with a walk. Connor DiGiacomo then picked up the big hit of the game with a two-out,two-strike single to drive in a pair of runs. DiGiacomo would steal second and eventually score on an RBI single by Rose to increase the lead to 3-0. Elbrych would single off of Hough in the sixth inning, but was erased on a fielder’s

choice by Runyan. The Eagles would then go on to turn a double play to end the inning. Runyan would strike out the side in the sixth inning as the Eagles went down in order. Lakeview would make things interesting in the top of the seventh inning as Pischotti and LeMasters drew walks against Eagles pitcher Santos Robles. Anthony Franco would then drive in the first run of the game with an RBI single to chase Robles. Enter DiGiacomo who was put into his second pressure situation of the game with runners on first and second with no outs.DiGiacomo would get a shallow fly-out for the first out of the inning before giving up a walk to Arnold. DiGiacomo would then close out the game with astrike out and another fly out to pick up the save. Aaron Hough was credited with the win for the Eagles. “It definitely felt weird to be on the mound for a real game after pitching off of the fake mounds for weeks,” Rose said on pitching for the first time this season. “It’s something I’ve been through before and can deal with,”Rose said on pitching out of jams early on in the game. “I had two strikes on me so I knew I had to choke up and help my team by putting the ball in play,” DiGiacomo said on his two-run single in the fifth inning that gave the Eagles the lead. “I’m use to dealing with pressure and coming in and shutting them down,” DiGiacomo said on coming in for the save with runners on base. “Our team did a great job on defense and that was key for us,” DiGiacomo added.

GENEVA – The Geneva Eagles tennis team opened up with a win over the Riverside Beavers on Wednesday, March 27. The Eagles had little problems with the Beavers as they won 5-0. All three first singles picked up shut-outs in the win. Jacob Groce won at first singles for Geneva 6-0, 6-0 over Jacob Poyar, of Riverside. Ford Carlisle got the nod at second singles for the Eagles and he too won 6-0, 6-0 over Tommy Durra, of PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL Riverside. Jacob Groce plays first Joe Roney, Geneva, was not to be outdone at third singles for the Geneva singles as he pitched a 6-0, Eagles in a recent tennis match.


Ben Thomas plays in the backfield for the Saints Ben Thomas poses for one John and Paul Heralds of his senior pictures at SSJP. football team. BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

“My experience was absolutely vital to where I am now. If I didn’t play midget football, I wouldn’t be the football player I am now,” Thomas said on his midget football days. Thomas started off as a center because when he was younger he was the only one who could snap the ball. “As I got older I got faster and was able to display my ball carrying abilities in practice,” Thomas said. He has recently developed into a fullback and hopes to play that position in college. “I hope to play fullback in college, but if there is a need for a center I will go back on the line,” Thomas said. Ben has had many good memories playing at SSJP including all the great times with his teammates, especially his fellow senior class members. He also enjoyed playing for all of his coaches, especially Coach Rob Fortune. Another one of his favorite memories was being part of one of the winningest classes of recent SSJP history with 15 wins. “What I like most about playing football is the controlled madness, the pure physicality and the thrill of making a big hit,” Thomas said on what he likes about football. Thomas finished with 212 tackles and eleven sacks in his four year career at SSJP. He ran the ball his senior year at the fullback position 47 times for 200 yards. He also had four catches out of the backfield for 27 yards. Thomas also played basketball and baseball at SSJP. He will finish out his last baseball season as well as play in a summer league before he heads off to college. “I am staying on a lifting program and also consistently running,” Thomas said on how he is staying in shape.

ASHTABULA – Ben Thomas is the son of Brent and Katrina Thomas and he has lettered in football all four years at Saints John and Paul. Thomas who has been playing football for ten years now will continue to play in college at Wittenberg University. “My decision to play for Wittenberg was an easy choice. The family like atmosphere and how the coach is constantly in touch with me, truly showed I was wanted,” Thomas said on why he choice to play at Wittenberg. Thomas has received an athletic grant from Wittenberg because of the fact that there are no athletic scholarships given out in Division III. While attending Wittenberg Ben plans on majoring in marine biology. “Wittenberg doesn’t lower their standards for admission for athletes, so being accepted there is a great accomplishment and I would like to thank the staff and teachers of SSJP for helping me accomplish my goals,” Thomas said on Barszczewski picked attending Wittenberg. Thomas has visited the up a 6-0, 6-0 shut out campus in Springfield, over Josh Kolengowski and Ohio and keeps in touch Jacob Arn, of River- with head coach Joe Fitchman. side. “I was very impressed On Thursday, the Eagles moved on to with the beauty of the camface the Madison Blue pus and how nice everybody Streaks. Jacob Groce was to me,” Thomas said. Ben always hoped that once again held down he could make his vision of first singles for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-0 playing football at the next win over Brandon level a reality, but that didn’t come true until his Ortiz, of Madison. Brent McFarland junior season of football. “It was an amazing feeltook over second single duties for the ing to find out one of the Eagles as he won 6-0, most prestigious Division over Chris III schools in the country Brandon Ortiz plays first singles for 6-4 wanted me to play for the Madison Blue Streaks in a Waldron, of Madison. Ford Carlisle slid them,” Thomas said. match against the Geneva Eagles. Thomas started playing down to third singles for Geneva and he picked up for the Ashtabula Jets and 6-0 shut out over Jesse his second shut-out of the then the Buckeye Warriors Raines, of Riverside. season with a 6-0, 6-0 win in midget football. The first doubles combi- over Patrick Barton, of nation of Ryan Huang and Madison. Brock Ebersole, of Geneva, The doubles pairings cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 finish would stay the same for the over Jim Vacceriello and Eagles as Ryan Huang and Quentin Hollar, of Riverside. Brock Ebersole won in first Geneva also won the sec- doubles 6-2, 6-0 over Ryan ond doubles match-up with Ashby CAR • TRUCK • TRACTOR and Heath Adam Gruber and Ryan Richardson, of Madison. PARTS • BRAKE DRUMS AND Weisbarth pairing up to win Adam Gruber and Ryan ROTORS TURNED 6-1, 6-1 over Adam Nelson Weisbarth also won for the and Matt Shymske, of Riv- Eagles with a 6-2, 6-1 win in Hydraulic Hoses Made erside. second doubles over Billy 8 S. Maple Ave. In junior varsity action Gibson and Chris Campbell, Orwell, OH Dakota Craft and Anthony of Madison.

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Mustangs mercy Dragons BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – The Grand Valley Mustangs were able to start the season with the win, while dropping the Lakeside Dragons to 1-1 on the season. The Dragons picked up a 16-9 win over Harvey the day before, but Mitchell Lake and the Mustangs would quiet the Dragons bats with a 12-1 win. Lake would pick up the first hit of the game with a line-drive single. Lake would go on to steal second base and score on an RBI single by A.J. Henson to score the first run of the game. Henson would also pick up a steal as the Mustangs would be busy on the base paths. Jeromy Rockafellow would move Henson over to third on a groundout. Adam Moodt when then did his part in manufacturing another run with an RBI ground out, making it 2-0. Mason Berkey would reach on an error to extend the inning and he too picked up a stolen base. Austin Beal who started on the mound for the Dragons then gave up a pair of walks to


Mason Berkey bats for the Grand Valley Mustangs in a game against the Lakeside Dragons. Kyle Hodge and Joe Satterfield to load the bases before picking up a strike out to end the inning without anymore damage. The Mustangs would then add to their lead in the second as Nate Wengard got things started with a walk and a sto-


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len base. Lake proceeded with an RBI double to deep right field, making it 3-0. Lake would eventually score on an RBI ground out by Rockafellow. Moodt would get things started again for the Mustangs with a bloop single and a stolen base. Mason Berkey singled Moodt over to third and he would eventually score on a over throw to second, making it 5-0. Lake would pitch around singles to Beal and Adam Bahr in the second inning to hold the Dragons scoreless after two innings. Lake and Joe Satterfield would each pick up singles for the Mustangs in the third inning. A.J. Henson then picked up his second hit of the game with a two-run single, making it 7-0. Frankie Clayman would help the Dragons get on the board in the third inning as he led off with a triple. After a walk to Jereme Smith the Dragons would score on a base hit by Nick Meola, mak-

ing it 7-1. Lake would then induce a double play turned by Henson and strike out the final batter to get out of the inning without surrendering anymore runs. Adam Moodt would get on base in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch. Berkey picked up his second single of the game. Moodt would eventually score on a passed ball, bringing the score to 8-1. Lake would give up a oneout double to Adam Bahr in the bottom of the fourth inning before striking out the last two batters to end the threat. The Mustangs would score four runs in the top of the fifth inning to increase their lead to 12-1. Lake would reach on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning and steal a pair of bases. Henson would then drive in Lake as he reached on an error. Rockafellow, Moodt, and Berkey would then all drive in runs with base hits to increase the lead to 12-1. Adam Moodt would come into pitch for the Mustangs in the fifth inning and worked around a lead-off single to Clayman, which was misjudged by Grand Valley’s infield. “It’s nice to open up with a win and set the tone for the rest of the season,” Lake said on pitching the first game of the year for Grand Valley. “Our team hit the ball hard and put it in play,” Lake said on the teams offense. Berkey did his part for the Mustangs as he and Lake each collected three hits in the game. “I just wanted to make sure I kept my eye on the ball and told myself not to lean in,” Berkey said on his hits. “Every time I go up to bat I tell myself to just get base hits because that’s what wins games,” Berkey added.

Lakers rebound with win over Blue Streaks BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER The Pymatuning Valley Lakers would rebound with a win over the Madison Blue Streaks to improve to 1-1 on the season. The Lakers would go up 20 after three innings of play. The Blue Streaks would rally in the fourth inning as they put three runs on the board to lead 3-2. Pymatuning Valley would make a come back as they scored a run in each of the last three innings to give them a 54 win. The Lakers would first tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, before taking the lead back at4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. However, the Blue Streaks would tie the game back up in the top of the seventh inning at 4-4. Megan Stech then hit her third hit of

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“Fresh-Cut Flowers for All Occasions” 243 STALEY RD., ORWELL • 440-437-8955 We Deliver Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9am - 6pm • W ed. & Sat. 9am - 3pm

14 N. Maple Street Orwell, OH 44076


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Each room has its own bathroom with shower, a 32” wall-mounted TV and individually-controlled heat/AC source. One of our goals is to make Residents as comfortable as possible during their stay at Eagle Pointe.

• Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Restorative Nursing Services • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care • Bariatric Care • Hospice Services

87 Staley Road Orwell, Ohio


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OrwellGrand Valley Chamber of Commerce JJ Rose’s Gifts & Flowers owners offer floral expertise for customers

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Gazette Newspapers ORWELL VILLAGE-Tucked away on Staley Road at the east end of the village is JJ Rose’s Gifts & Flowers Shop. Owners John and Judy Rose are celebrating their 4th year in the location at 243 Staley Road after relocating from downtown in the village. When it comes to choosing floral arrangements or some type of plant for the holidays from Easter through the Christmas season, or Mother’s Day and for area high school proms, customers can look to the Roses for lots of ideas and years of experience. They will lend their expertise to help customers in choosing an arrangement or gift ideas with floral touches. John Rose said the shop offers its customer out-of-town orders by using Teleflora and Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) services. The move to Staley Road four years ago has given the couple more space to expanding the gift lines carried. This time of spring months, the Roses and their able staff are busy with special holidays and of course the Spring prom events at local and area community high schools. Easter this coming weekend is also a busy time for the shop owners as well. “We do arrangement for small and large weddings including weddings for the Amish community families in the area. From the spring months through November are the busiest for weddings,” said Rose. John Rose brings a lifetime of floral and greenhouse experience to his florist and gift shop. Just pick up the phone to call (440) 537-8955 or stop in at their shop on Staley Road to see fresh flowers, silk arrangements, plants, and many different gift items from which to choose. Rose said that anyone can pick up a bundle of flowers at the local Big Box stores, but for advice on flowers or for a custom designed arrangement, florists like Rose are the way to go. The Rose family location has more room for making arrangements and storing items, while offering lots of floral varieties in the showroom section. They offer full service to customers including special floral arrangements, and delivery in southern Ashtabula County, northern Trumbull County, and eastern Geauga County areas. While the florist keeps a supply of flowers on hand for calls or people who drop in for last minute buying, Rose said that people should consider ordering flowers early for busy times like upcoming holidays and special events. “This is the month to order for example flowers for Professional Secretary’s Day and even the high school proms coming up in May,” Rose said. Mother’s Day in May is one of the top flower-giving



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John Rose, owner of JJ Rose’s Gifts & Flowers, is ready to offer advice on custom designed floral arrangements to plants and more at the family business located at 243 Staley Road, east of Orwell Village. holidays of the year, and to ensure JJ Rose’s has lots of flowers a person is looking to buy or order for their moms. “It’s just good to place orders early now is what I tell our customers,” he added. Rose said that the most popular flowers people usually order for Mother’s Day are lilies, carnations, or roses for the more traditional choices. Then combinations are used with lavender, larkspur and snapdragons and several other varieties. Pastel colors are still the most popular in floral arrangements, but florists today are using and offering bright colors mixed with pastels for a lovely spring arrangement. When it comes to high school prom order, Rose said, teens should order early especially if they want to match the flowers to their date’s dress colors. “I’m not certain what the hot color is this year as it changes. It’s a choice for the customer to make,” he said. Ordering flowers does not have to be reserved for the holidays. JJ Rose’s store has flowers and gifts available year-round, and are ready to provide quick customer service for weddings, funerals, and other big events, or for those quiet moments in a person’s life. Throughout the year, the Orwell floral and gifts shop offers specials on its arrangements. John Rose said everyone should keep an eye on The News for the latest specials offered. JJ Rose’s Gifts & Flowers is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday, but available by appointment. The store accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. Stop in and see the variety of gifts and floral arrangements, plus lots of green plants and flowers for any occasion.

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