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Suspect arrested in Monday’s Orwell bank robbery

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sale signs GVHS youth philanthropic Yard must come down to be cited group gives money away Violators into Mayor’s Court BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers


Grand Valley Public Library director Andrew Davis (far right) and program activities coordinator, Cheryl Selby (in front) accepted the $250 donation last Friday from the GVHS Youth Philanthropy Group. The YPG group with their advisor, Annie Peters (far left) included Christina Godfrey, Nate Wengerd, Kyle Hodge, Bailey Holmes, Emily Nye, Kristen Ellsworth and Brady Nye. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY ORWELL PD

This is a bank surveillance camera photo of the Monday bank robber suspect, who held up Orwell Huntington National Bank branch. The man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon in the Youngstown area.

By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

ties of doling out the AF dollars, according to the group’s advisor, Annie Peters, GVHS art instructor. Four local recipients sent in applications to the youth group for consideration. Peters said the GVYPG then deliberated and discussed how to divide the dollars based on need. Grand Valley Public Library received $250 to purchase books on CD. The Grand Valley Ruritans got $750 designated for the group’s flower sales in the GV Elementary School for Mothers Day and to be used to fund the community Halloween Party hosted by the service organization.

Country Neighbor Program Center got a check for $2,500 to be used toward purchase of two light transit vehicles for elderly/disabled transportation. The Conversation Station youth center in Orwell received $1,500 to fund CREW, comprised of youth from 6th grade up doing service projects. This money will be used to purchase CREW apparel so they can be readily recognized and also for work supplies for their service projects. Peters said that any 501C3 organization in the Grand Valley area is welcome to apply through the grant process next year.

ORWELL - Checks totaling $5,000 were personally delivered to four Orwell area non-profit entities on May 4 courtesy of the Grand Valley High School Youth Philanthropic Group. This is the By DORIS COOK second year that the YPG has soGazette Newspapers licited applications for funding ORWELL VILLAGE - By late from the Grand Valley community Tuesday afternoon a suspect was non-profits. The program was given monarrested for the Monday robbery at Huntington National Bank etary support by the Ashtabula branch in the village, said Orwell Foundation to help the youth to experience the process of philanPolice Chief Chad Fernandez. The lone robber, a male believed thropy, grant writing and complexito be 20 to 30 years old, was arrested in Youngstown area by law enforcement officers.The arrest came 24 hours after the man allegedly pulled off the heist as the Orwell bank was near closing the doors on May 7. “We don’t know his name yet, but the suspect will be transported probably to Ashtabula County jail,” the chief said at press time Tuesday night. The suspect’s photo was caught on the bank’s surveillance cameras during the robbery, in which no By Doris cook person was hurt. The photo and de- Gazette Newspapers scription of the man along with deANDOVER - Over 20 sophoscription of the escape vehicle used mores at PV High School got a was immediately put on to all-state chance last week to work and colalert to Ohio law enforcement lect tips from customers at the loagencies, western Pennsylvania cal McDonald’s. The fast food resState Police, and Ohio State High- taurant, a popular hangout for way Patrol, said Fernandez. The families and people of all ages, robber was last seen heading east came for McSophomore Night not PHOTOS BY DORIS COOK on Route 322 in his vehicle after only for supper, but to help the PVHS Sophomore Class advisor, Pam Keep helps students Katelynn the robbery. class earn money. Obhof and Brandi Murphy at this cash register in the Andover See ROBBERY page 12A See PVHS page 15A McDonald’s last week for a fundraiser named McSophomore Night.

Andover’s McDonald’s spreads sales, tips for PVHS youth benefit

First Congregational Church Spring Burnch — Page 14A

30th Pymatuning Lake Fest plans jelling fast — Page 14A

ANDOVER - The Tuesday evening meeting of Andover Village Council was short on legislation and long on discussion of everyday issues that concern citizens of a small village. Mayor Bernard Baranowski reminded citizens of Andover Village that placement of yard sale signs or any public notices on electric poles is strictly prohibited. Signage on other posts and structures are considered temporary and must be removed immediately after the conclusion of the event. Mayor Baranowski said violators would either be sent a letter by Zoning Inspector Glenn Slusher or be cited into Mayor’s Court by the Andover Police Department. The discussion of illegal signage ensued after Slusher commented on the success of the Village wide community yard sale event held over the most recent weekend. Andover Village Police Department and Chief Randy Gentry helped facilitate the event and Village Council waived all yard sale permit fees. Slusher also reported sending four notice of violation letters for noxious weeds in the month of April. “It’s just amazing that so many people who used to take care of their lawns just aren’t mowing,” Slusher said. Slusher also reported eight zoning permits and three additional violations letters sent during the month of April. Andover Township Trustees Charles Rose, Matt Hockran, Mike Ogram and Fiscal Officer Karen Chapman were present at the meeting to fulfill the once per year requirement of a joint meeting between Village and Township. Members of Andover Village Council and Andover Trustees agreed to once again co-sponsor a summer swim program at Wildwood Acres. The two entities split the cost of salaries of certified swim instructors for a total of approximately $1,650. The cost to participants is just $10 per week or $2 per day for the four-week program. Interested children can sign up for the program at Andover Village Hall. Village Fiscal Officer Cathy Williams discussed trying to recoup some administration fees for the Village, which supplies staff to administer the program. No decisions were made.

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GV / Orwell Cub Scout Pack 72 hold camp-out — Page 15A


Commissioners award tax break

Woman’s Club met April 3 ASHTABULA - Woman’s Club was privileged to be graced on April 3 with The Story Weavers denoting a Suessical rendition of “You Only Get Old Once.” The line of business was the welcoming of the newest board members for the 20122013 business year: —President - Candy Brodski will be replacing Susan Hogle; Program Chair Emily Fisher will be replacing Barbel Baginski; —Membership - Bertha Louden will be replacing Linda Callahan; Publicity/Historian - Patricia Richards will be replacing Suzanne Kist; —Refreshments - Ruth Ann Falcione will be replacing Verna Howe; Civic Welfare Mary Ann Hollingsworth will be replacing Sally Branch; —Courtesy - Elgie Ring will replace Marge Coutts. Remaining board members will be: reception - Laura Johnson; yearbook - Doris Higley; decoration - Pat Nemeth, and will be shared by numerous members each

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County commissioners approved a five-year tax abatement for a Rock Creek welding shop on Tuesday, May 1. Weldfab, Inc., which does business as J&M Welding, plans to add a $50,000 addition to its existing building in Rock Creek Village. J&M Welding owner Joe Blaha said the abatement also will help SUBMITTED PHOTO the company purchase some new equipPictured are Alma Mandrake, Elsa Shepard, Bobbie ment. The value of the existing property is Eastman, Midge Anderson, Juanita Erikson, Sally Searl, $67,900. The project will begin immediAnna Bento and Ella Pizor (chair). ately and will be completed by Dec. 31, month; secretary - Pricilla is having a membership drive; 2012. The abatement is for 75 percent per Folmer; and treasurer - Donna any woman over the age 18 year for tax years 2013 to 2017. McLean. residing or working in J&M Welding will retain six jobs and The Woman Club’s final Ashtabula County may be- add one full-time permanent position. Admeeting was held on May 8. come a member. The Woman’s ditional payroll of $36,400 will be added, Our guest entertainer was Club goal is to promote an at- and the company’s existing annual payroll Oleg Kruglyakov from Siberia, mosphere of fellowship and of approximately $148,582 will be mainRussia. Mr. Kruglyakov enter- goodwill by providing pro- tained. tained the group with folk grams which will entertain, The Village of Rock Creek, Jefferson songs with a Balalaika soloist. inform and educate. If inter- Local School District and the Ashtabula Meetings will return Sept. 4, ested in becoming a member, County Technical and Career Campus 2012, at Kent State Ashtabula please contact membership co- Board of Education also have been notiin the Blue and Gold Room ordinator Bertha Louden or fied of the abatement. and are from 7:30-8:30 p.m. any member of Woman’s Club. “This is our 30th year,” Blaha said. Tea, coffee and a seasonal desSubmitted by Suzanne Kist “We’ve supported the community and emsert are included. Woman’s Club Publicity/ ploy local people.” Woman’s Club of Ashtabula Historian

Commissioner Daniel Claypool told Blaha that they appreciate him doing business in Ashtabula County. “This is another example of small business leading the way in Ashtabula County,” Commissioner Joseph Moroski said. In other actions, the commissioners: —Ordered publication and bids for the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office and Old Courthouse repair project. The bid opening is May 18. —Approved an agreement with Bleckman and Associates, Inc. of North Canton for professional consultant services for the Ohio Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), administered by the department of planning and community services. The fee is not to exceed $30,475. —Approved an agreement with Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc., of North East, Pa., for consultant services for the coastal management plan. The fee is not to exceed $25,000. —Awarded Shepp Electric Co. of Montville the water booster station generator upgrades project. The base bid from Shepp Electric was $297,261. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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Andover retiree still enjoys Meet Your quiltmaking stitch by stitch Neighbor By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER TOWNSHIP Even though she closed her quilt and yarn shop years ago, Jan Doing of Andover is still stitching and stitching tiny stitches in cloth patterns. Into custom designing quilts and doing quilting for customers, Doing still loves the feel of material and looks for new designs to make into a piece of art. “I’ve probably been quilting for more than 40 years plus. In the late 1980s I had a quilt shop in Middlefield and taught quilting classes. I also stocked yarn and did classes in crochet, then I closed the shop and took it back to my home in Burton for a few years,” Doing said as she recalled how the art of quilting has gone up and down in popularity. Doing said she first got into teaching adult education classes in the 1970s to show people how to crochet or knit. “The classes were held at Cardinal High School and it was part of a village recreation program put on. I still do crocheting by making bags to carry for example groceries or whatever,” she said. Prior to opening her own business with the quilting shop in Middlefield, Doing worked for a private corporation in Burton as secretary and office manager. “The partners split their business and one wanted me to move to Perrysburg where he started another business. I decided that was too far to be away from my family and grandchildren. So I turned the job down. Because people knew I was a quilter, I got a call to help with the Heritage Village artisans at the Great


Jan Doing of Andover is an experienced quilter, who Geauga County Fair. The fair secretary then was Richard Moss and Dick had this idea to start the Heritage Village in one of the buildings,” Doing said. Today she is still one of the veteran artisans who sets up at the fair in Burton over Labor Day weekend with her quilted items and frame. Doing said she took weaving lessons from Nancy Hart of Chardon, who was another Heritage Village artisan initially. “I have these two looms and would love to do some weaving, but they won’t fit in my house here,” she laughed. Doing has a lovely mobile home in Country Meadows

Mobile Home Park in east Andover. One room in her house is devoted to her quilt studio. Racks and shelves are filled with materials of every color and design, books of quilt designs, patterns, batting and of course the ironing board. “I still quilt by hand stitching. I used to do machine quilting, but got back to doing the old fashioned way my mom taught mehand stitching. I do a lot of memory quilts for people, who bring me material say from their mom or dad’s clothing and they want a keepsake quilt made from it,” Doing said. Diagnosed in 2011 with

On the ironing board in Jan Doing’s studio are some of the crochet and cloth carry-all bags she makes and sells to her customers.

ANDOVER The joint session also facilitated the election of Raymond French to a three-year term on the Union Cemetery Board. The term will begin in 2013. French serves until the end of 2012 in the seat vacated by Myra Brown. Village Administrator Joseph DiBell reminded everyone that Village clean up is scheduled for the next two Saturdays. Village residents are asked to bring trash to Village Hall on May 12 or May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The announcement of the clean-up Saturdays and a review of an overtime report submitted by DiBell prompted councilor Raymond French to revisit a somewhat contentious discussion of overtime and job responsibilities that was first raised in 2011. French suggested that those with generous salaries should bear some of the responsibility of manning the cleanup day instead of adding overtime to hourly workers. “I think there should be shared sacrifice,” French said.

Orwell Tea Party hosting informtion meeting ORWELL VILLAGE - If you are you concerned with the direction America is going or that your freedoms are being taken away you should come to the Orwell Tea Party meeting Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Conversation Station center on E. Main St. across from the Shell Station. State Rep. Casey Kozlowski will speak about the upcoming Article V Constitutional Convention and will be fielding Questions. Ken Kay will be talking about Thorium technology and how we can move forward with this in Ohio. Everyone is welcome to attend and for more information call (440) 681-0269.

colon cancer, Doing went through chemo drug and radiation treatment. Today she is cancer free and now is back after months of recuperating, doing only what had to be completed with orders. “Quilting is an art to be lost if young people do not take it up. I always tell people when I taught classes to learn to hand stitch quilts first. You can tie quilts or machine quilt them, it all depends what you want it to look like,” Doing said. Her customers mostly come from reference or word of mouth from friends who are past customers. She never seems to tire of picking out pattern material for new ideas and designs, Doing said. “I still have a camper and have camped at Pine Lakes Camp in Orwell for years. I take my camper there for the summer and my quilting projects. It’s so peaceful where I am and fun,” she said. Doing has a daughter, Paula Doing and two grown grandchildren. “The grandkids used to come camping with me when they were younger. Now we still get together,” she added. Before her cancer surgery, Doing was an active member of the Grand Valley Ruritans group, but now is just an associate. “I really have slowed down, but quilting will always keep me busy doing something new for customers, who come to my door or call me on the phone. I have a customer from down south, who just sent me scraps her mother collected for years and wants a quilt made out of the scraps. That is my project right now,” she said smiling.

From page 1A “It’s not like it’s a Monday to Friday, five day a week position,” French said. “I’m on call 24 hours a day,” Administrator DiBell said. The overtime report for the month of April showed 24 total hours of overtime, of which 22 were put into comp and only two were paid out as overtime. “I remember when overtime was a killer with 50 to 60 hours of overtime a month,” said councilor Curt Williams. Mayor Baranowski and council decided to sit down at a later date in committee meeting with department heads DiBell and Chief Gentry to discuss overtime and related issues. Village Council continues to penny pinch in part because of reduced revenues from Village income tax. A report submitted by Fiscal Officer Williams shows municipal income tax receipts in April 2010 of $38,501.42 in comparison to April 2012 receipts of $22,456.08, a reduction in income of a little over $16,000 for the month of April alone. Police Chief Gentry submitted a report for the month of April that detailed a total of 74 calls or complaints, including nine traffic violations. No arrests were made in April. Council passed an ordinance approving, adopting and enacting the 2012 edition of the Ohio Revised Code as the Andover Municipal Code and also passed an ordinance to revise the 2012 permanent appropriations. Council briefly discussed information concerning oil and gas leasing, which they referred to the utility committee to discuss and make recommendations. Councilwoman Myra Brown reminded everyone of the annual Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday, May 28. Line up will begin at 11 a.m. Brown said she is looking for all veteran’s to come out and join the parade and is also looking for the area’s oldest veteran to be specially honored. Anyone interested in joining the parade or needing additional information should contact Bob Hitchcock at the American Legion or Myra Brown.

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County News Korean War veterans to be honored by South Korean government BY BARBARA J. HAMILTON Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The South Korean Church would like to honor Korean War veterans by giving them a special crafted medallion and honor certificate. Several years ago, the South Korean government awarded medallions to as many veterans as they could locate through local channels but were not able to locate all of them. The Korean Church, Austinburg Road, will be the local connection distributing the honor medallions from the South Korean government to show their appreciation to American servicemen who served in the country of Korea during the war, 19501953. The Jefferson Historical

Society has been asked again to help locate Ashtabula County Korean War veterans to receive the medallions and to attend a dinner and cultural Korean program of dance, martial arts and music on Saturday evening, June 23, at 5 p.m. at the Korean Church. All Korean War veterans and their families or the families of a deceased veteran are encouraged to attend. More information on the dinner will be given later. Dr. Sam Lee, the Rev. Bob Leonard and Barbara Hamilton, of the Jefferson Historical Society, are in charge of helping locate Korean War Veterans or their family members. Please contact Barbara Hamilton, 576-9691, or the Rev. Bob Leonard, 997-7171, for more information.


Community gathers to pray BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Hundreds of community members gathered early Friday morning, May 4, for the annual Ashtabula County Concerts of Prayer 2012 breakfast. This year, the Concerts of Prayer was held at SPIRE Fuel in Harpersfield Township. The program kicked off at 7 a.m., as guests enjoyed breakfast and then heard prayers from a variety of speakers. The Concerts of Prayer celebrated its 22nd year. Concerts of Prayer President the Rev. Vernon Palo gave the opening prayer, while Sherry Cornell sang “Amazing Grace.” Also giving prayers were Mike Greenlief, for the Concerts of Prayer; Bruce Schlosser for the economy; Emily Miller for the

youth; and Laurie Divoky for families. Miller, who also is Miss Pymatuning, said Palo invited her to speak at the breakfast. Her speech included a poem about youth and the evolution of their relationship with God and church. A little over 500 people attended the Concerts of Prayer breakfast this year, Concerts of Prayer Board of Trustees member Byron Landolfi said. Landolfi said 150 youth also attended the program, which is up from last year. “It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Landolfi said. “Where else can you find 500 people gathered for prayer?” Palo also was pleased with the turnout. He also was excited for the guest speaker, Joel Penton. Penton is a 2006 graduate of Ohio State University and played five years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of three Big


Emily Miller gave a prayer for youth at the Ashtabula County Concerts of Prayer. She is pictured with her mother Carla Broughton and grandmother Marie Broughton.

Ten Championship teams and was a member of the 2002 National Championship team. He was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In his senior year, Penton received the prestigious Danny Wuerffel Trophy, also known as the “Humanitarian Heisman.” The trophy is a national award that recognizes the one college football player in the entire country who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and Gray awarded Aviation Battle Efficiency academic achievement. Penton is now an in-deNavy Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane C. Gray, son of mand speaker who travels the Valerie K. and James R. Gray of Rock Creek, Ohio, curcountry sharing his story with rently attached to the Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 homeported high school and middle school in Jacksonville, Fla., was recently awarded the 2011 Aviastudents. tion Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) from Commander, Naval Earlier in the week, Penton Air Forces (CNAF). High school students attended the Ashtabula County spoke at rallies at Geneva The aviation Battle “E” is the Navy’s top performance Concerts of Prayer on Friday, May 4, at SPIRE Fuel. High School and Lakeside award presented to the aircraft carrier and aviation squadron in each competitive category that achieves the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. The award recognizes a unit’s training and operational achievements while including a balance that incentivizes efficiency. In the aviation squadron competitions, each aviation Type-Commander selects a winner in every category, while CNAF selects the Navy-wide winners, resulting in three BY STEFANIE WESSELL sets of recipients. Gazette Newspapers The Battle “E” competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, ASHTABULA - The final and to recognize outstanding performance within the na- Profiles of Ashtabula val aviation force. County Breakfast Speaker Grading metrics for attaining the Battle “E” award in- series for the season was clude operational achievement, training, inspection accom- held Wednesday, May 2. plishments, material and personnel readiness, aviation The final featured speaker safety, weapon systems and tactics development, and con- was Brian Diehl, chair of the tributions to the aviation community. Ashtabula County Economic Each member attached to a winning ship or squadron Steering Committee, alearns the right to wear the Battle “E” ribbon on their uni- though he brought a few form, or if they already posses that ribbon, they can add an guests with him. additional “E” device to the ribbon. Profiles of Ashtabula Gray is a 2005 graduate of Jefferson High School of County, spearheaded by Jefferson, Ohio and joined the Navy in September 2005. Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, features speakers from various sectors of the community who share ideas and experiAir Force Airman Kyle M. Lingo graduated from basic mili- ences on trying to make the tary training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. county a better place to The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program live, work and play. The sePHOTO BY STEFANIE WESSELL that included training in military discipline and studies, Air ries is held at 8 a.m. on the The final featured speaker was Brian Diehl, chair of the Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles first Wednesday of the Ashtabula County Economic Steering Committee. and skills. month at Kent State UniAirmen who complete basic training earn four credits to- versity at Ashtabula in the Diehl said the commit- in northeast Ohio. ward an associate in applied science degree through the Com- Blue/Gold Room. tee has been in place for Additionally, Diehl refmunity College of the Air Force. Diehl’s topic was “Up- two years. Its vision is to erenced a Lingo is the son of Mike and Lori Lingo of Jefferson. date from the Ashtabula build upon the natural re- article from February that He is a 2010 graduate of Jefferson Area High School. County Economic Steering sources, strong agricultural showed the property tax Committee.” He also in- heritage and tireless work rates of northeast Ohio vited Commissioner Dan ethic in Ashtabula County counties per $100,000. He Claypool, Commissioner to build a thriving and di- said Ashtabula County had Peggy Carlo and committee verse economy that gener- one of the lowest rates at member Bonnie Warner to ates the jobs and resources $1,400 - but it wasn’t even speak during the presenta- the citizens require to pro- included in the article. vide for their families and In other news about the tion. In his presentation, enjoy a quality of life that committee, he said one of the committee’s goals is to Diehl described the is the envy of the region. Diehl said they have to streamline the permitting progress and plans that the committee has made, high- be able to advertise process. Carlo spoke on this lighted the Ashtabula Ashtabula County as a good topic, sharing how this project has already been County commissioners’ place to do business. “(We) have to consis- worked on by combining plans and recognized the hard work and dedication tently show the message the Community Services of the community volun- that you can be successful and Planning Department. here,” Diehl said. These steps have been teers involved. In something that streamlined in one place to “It’s a fairly unique concept,” Growth Partnership people might not know reduce fragmentation and Executive Director Brian about the county, Diehl said improve customer service. Warren spoke about the Anderson said of the com- the tax rates are lower here than in many other places beautification efforts, mittee.

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High School. “Young people, especially, are becoming fired up,” Palo said. In his speech, Penton encouraged people to live their life following the three “p’s”: live a life of passion; you must find passion through perseverance; and you must live a life of purpose. The week of prayer activities also included the Ashtabula County Prayer Walk on Saturday, May 5. Groups gathered at various spots in Ashtabula County and walked in prayer from 10 a.m. to noon. Landolfi said the committee is looking for speakers for next year. Ideas can be suggested to any Concerts of Prayer board member.

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Lingo graduates Basic Training

which will involve eliminating blight and working with those groups and individuals who are already helping to beautify the county. She said they need to work on a sustainable plan for future growth. Diehl said the future direction of the committee is to redesign the county website so it includes the permitting process, county information and links to critical organizations. He said branding efforts will begin in August 2012 through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy and LPK Partners. Local partners and organizations are going to be critical to the branding success, Diehl said. The mission of the Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series is to help raise awareness of projects that affect everyone and share strengths of the county, according to officials. The program started with breakfast, a brief introduction of the speaker and then a 25-30minute address by the speaker. Questions from the audience were welcome at the conclusion of the presentation. 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. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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KSUA holds spring commencement ceremony BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The Kent State University at Ashtabula Class of 2012 graduated Friday night, and the campus gymnasium was filled with proud families and friends of the graduates. “I want to be the first to congratulate you tonight. I know tonight has not come easy,” Dr. Susan Stocker, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the campus, said. Stocker shared the stories of the graduates who sacrificed their time to get an education. Some students had full- or part-time jobs, others had children, gave birth or dealt with personal family health issues. All the while they stuck with their dream of graduation. Stocker said the students have pride in the university and it shows by the time they spent in bettering the campus. “In spite of the other demands on your time, many of you have found the time to participate in student organizations and some of you have served the campus as student workers,” Stocker said. Graduate Tina Bihlaljama was chosen to give the student address, and said she started Kent State with the goal of getting a high paying job in radiology but decided to follow her dreams and graduated with the goal of becoming a costume designer. “This journey has given me the pride and self-confidence to follow my dreams, as I’m sure it has for all of you,” Bihlajama said. The graduates had the chance to hear Pulitzer Prize winner and 1979 Kent State University graduate Connie Schultz, who was excited to address the graduates. “It is so good to be home,” Schultz said. Schultz grew up in Ashtabula on Route 20, and her father would tell her of how their road could take you all the way across the country. “When I was a little girl, I would think, ‘why would anyone want to leave Ashtabula?’” Schultz said. Schultz grew up to work at the Plain Dealer with two Ivy League colleagues who once used their education at Brown and Yale against her. Schultz said she was not going to put up with their taunts. “I went to Kent State University and went away with $1,600 in debt, and yet we’re still working at the same place for the same amount of money,” Schultz told her colleagues. Schultz said to never be ashamed of your roots and specifically said Ashtabula is a place with a deep tradition of blue collar workers and military service. “You grew up in a tough county,” Schultz said. Schultz said the county’s military service surpasses generations. “We were fifth in the nation of number of men who served in Vietnam,” Schultz said. “We are fifth in the nation for the number of men and women who have served

Connie Schultz spoke to the 2012 graduates. She is a 1979 graduate of Kent State University and grew up in the Ashtabula area. in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and that is a legacy.” Schultz is proud of her family history and said the strong example set by her mother and father was the reason she never changed her last name after marrying Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown at age 46. Schultz said her father wanted all four of his children to go to college so they would not end up working in a blue collar job like he had. Schultz’s mother was small in size but mighty in voice as she always stood up for those around her. “How you treat those you’re allowed to mistreat is the measure of one’s character,” Schultz said. Schultz wants everyone to remember they have a story to tell, and that story is one worth hearing. Schultz said those coming from Ashtabula have seen some tough times, but they are the bread and butter of the United States of America and everyone is capable of achieving greatness. “One of the things I’ve learned coming from the working class is that there will be people making assumptions about what you can and cannot do, and they are so wrong, as you are so clearly evident of,” Schultz said.

Candidates for Bachelor Degrees for Spring 2012 Ashtabula Nicholas A. Billman, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management; Aaron W. Crowell, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Summa Cum Laude; Janis K. Dorsten, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; David Duane Fogle, Bachelor of Science in Technology; Adam T. Franley, Bachelor of General Studies; Nicholas E. Frye, Bachelor of Science in Technology; Jason D. Hornyak, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Charissa Lefik, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food; Shawn M. Lorelli, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Rebecca Anne Mason, Bachelor of General Studies; Shelby Lynn Meola, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food; Amanda Rose Miller, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Cum Laude; Meghann E. Orr (Stell), Bachelor of General Studies; Ann M. Piercy, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Kevin L. Shick, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, Ma-

Tina Bihlajama was chosen for the Student Address. The graduate is going on to pursue a career in costume design. gna Cum Laude

Austinburg Jeremy Robert Loveridge, Bachelor of Science in Technology and Jessica L. Tilton, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Magna Cum Laude

Conneaut Katelin M. Pabody, Bachelor of General Studies

Dorset Elizabeth J. Beckwith, Bachelor of General Studies

Geneva Katelyn M. Bittner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Kaitlyn C. Carrillo, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Kayla N. Tersigni, Bachelor of General Studies

Grand River Alicia Nicole Adams, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies

Jefferson Dedra M. Au, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management; Amy E. Douglass, Bachelor of Science in Education in Integrated Social Studies, Cum Laude; Hannah J. Falkenburg, Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Childhood Education and Christopher Scott Gray, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude;

Kingsville Melissa Lute, Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

Madison Rebecca F. Wilson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rome Clay M. Mader, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management

Stow Jessica N. Gabor, Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude

Candidates for Associate Degrees for Spring 2012 Ashtabula Erin K. Ahlstrom, Associate of Science; Tina Marie Bihlajama, Associate of Arts; Benjamin M. Blum, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology, with honors; Kelly J. Cartner, Associate of Applied Business in Accounting Technology, with honors; Lisa J. Cook, Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technol-

ogy; Kristy S. Cunningham, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Janis K. Dorsten, Associate of Science; Sarah Ann Durkin, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology; Ryan S. Fertig, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Kyle A. Hamilton, Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Tanya T. Helmbright, Associate of Applied Business in Accounting Technology; Ronald Joseph Kelly, Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Electronic Engineering Technology, with honors; Kevin W. Kinney, Associate of Science; Ryan P. Kinney, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology, with honors; Kaitlin Amanda Lambert, Associate of Science; Laura May Lang, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology, with honors; Kate Anne Lynch, Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology; Hannah E. Mahoney, Associate of Applied Business in Accounting Technology; Angela Marie Meaney, Associate of Applied Business in Accounting Technology AND Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Cali Lee Orlando, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Deepa Raghupathy, Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, with honors; Carmen E. Reyes, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Sarah Jean Salyer, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology, with honors; Maxwell W. Seymour, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology; Kayla M. Siekkinen, Associate of Science, with honors; Genero Tirado, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology; Michael J. Valentic, Associate of Science, with honors; Kylee C. Weger, Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, with honors; Carrie A. Wimer, Associate of Science, with honors; Sherry L. Zack, Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology and Daniel Jarrod Zetlaw, Associate of Arts in Justice Studies;


The Kent State University at Ashtabula Class of 2012 waits to march into the gymnasium for its commencement ceremony Friday evening. Associate of Applied Science Amy A. Wilber, Associate of in Radiologic Technology; Jill Applied Science in RadioMichaela McNutt, Associate logic Technology and of Applied Business in Infor- Lindsey J. Zaebst, Associate mation Technology for Ad- of Applied Science in Nursministrative Professionals; ing; Shannen Kathryn McRoberts, Associate of Ap- Kingsville Nicole A. Romano, Assoplied Science in Human Services Technology, with hon- ciate of Applied Science in ors; Alexandria Marie Miller, Nursing Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Gabrielle T. Leavittsburg Patti D. Anastasia, AssoOwens, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Jennifer ciate of Applied Science in L. Thomas, Associate of Ap- Nursing and Nikita L. plied Science in Radiologic Fortenbury, Associate of ApTechnology; Jonathan W. plied Science in Nursing Tuttle, Associate of Applied Business in Computer Tech- Madison Marijana Benedict, Assonology and Alexis C. Webster, Associate of Applied ciate of Applied Science in Science in Radiologic Tech- Nursing, with honors; Jason Blake, Associate of Applied nology Science in Nursing; April M. Dorset Fugate, Associate of Applied Kari M. Jacobs, Associate Science in Nursing; of Science Meaghan Anne Geraghty, Associate of Applied Science Geneva in Nursing; Robert L. Gibb, Scott E. Brenis, Associate Associate of Science; Kelly of Applied Science in Nurs- K. Hurst, Associate of Aping; Charles W. Deutsch, As- plied Science in Nursing and sociate of Applied Business Daniel R. Slepsky, Associate in Information Technology of Applied Business in Comfor Administrative Profes- puter Technology sionals; Michele L. Faulkner, Associate of Applied Science North Kingsville Jessica Ann Francis, Asin Nursing; Kristen J. Fortune, Associate of Arts in sociate of Science Justice Studies; Dara Marie Frango, Associate of Applied Orwell Peter G. Goranitis, AssoScience in Human Services Technology, with honors; ciate of Applied Science in Heather D. Hounshell, Asso- Nursing ciate of Applied Science in Nursing; Andrew R. King, Painesville Jennifer Lauren Sams, Associate of Arts; Tim E. Koschar, Associate of Sci- Associate of Science ence; Amy S. Kurt, Associate Austinburg Alison R. Davidson, Asso- of Applied Business in Busi- Pierpont Brianne A. Roebuck, Asciate of Applied Science in ness Management TechnolNursing, with honors and ogy; Heather S. Martin, As- sociate of Applied Science in Arla Jean Olsen, Associate of sociate of Arts; Candice Pol- Mechanical Engineering lard, Associate of Applied Technology, with honors Science, with honors Science in Nursing, with honors; Julie A. Sigg, Asso- Roaming Shores Chardon Renee E. Zele, Associate of Lisa Marie Allen- ciate of Science and Cardina, Associate of Ap- Katherine Gray Stehura, Applied Science in Nursing plied Science in Nursing and Associate of Arts Rock Creek Danielle Lynn Glaser, AssoAndrew David Bissell, ciate of Applied Science in Girard Christy L. Crown, Associ- Associate of Applied Science Nursing ate of Applied Science in in Nursing and Melissa Nursing Jean Lamar, Associate of Conneaut Applied Business in InforBrittnay E. Bradnan, Asmation Technology for Adsociate of Science; Karen A. Jefferson Dawn M. Allen, Associate ministrative Professionals, Dubinsky, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Ali- of Applied Science in Nurs- with honors cia Nicole Duris, Associate of ing, with honors; Rebecca C. Applied Science in Nursing; Cortright, Associate of Sci- Rome Unni M. Heineking, AssoDanielle Lynn Gay, Associ- ence; Amanda Fay DeRosa, ate of Applied Science in Associate of Applied Science ciate of Applied Science in Nursing; Kayla A. Glenn, As- in Nursing; Everett L. Hunt, Nursing, with honors sociate of Applied Science in Associate of Science; Jayne Nursing; Emily R. Henson, L. Lynch, Associate of Sci- Williamsfield Victoria L. Blascak, AssoAssociate of Science; Shan- ence; Keith R. Morris, Assonon J. Lines, Associate of ciate of Science; Michael P. ciate of Applied Science in Applied Science in Nursing; Roberts, Associate of Applied Radiologic Technology and Michael John Malys, Associ- Science in Nursing; Tiffany Jennifer R. Jordan, Associate of Applied Science in N. Tenney, Associate of Ap- ate of Applied Science in Nursing; Sheila Ann Martin, plied Science in Nursing; Nursing


GV Ruritans relocate their flower and plant sales site for May

Servants of Mary schedules annual fireworks show BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP It what has become a tradition for many residents of Windsor Township the Servants of Mary Center for Peace has scheduled their annual fireworks show for August 11. The Center is located at 6601 Ireland Road in Windsor Township. Each carload of people attending the extravaganza is asked to donate $5 to help defray the costs of the expensive production. Center founder Patricia Heinz said sponsors have also stepped up to help with the expense. Fireworks will begin at dark. Many more activities are planned for Aug. 11. Earlier in the day a special mass will be held to celebrate the blessing of a shrine to Saint Philomena. Anyone wanting dinner before the fireworks is invited to the beer and wine garden for Mexican food and live music. Tickets will be available for purPHOTO BY DORIS COOK chase on the grounds. Ready with their wagon of flowers and vegetable plants The Servants of Mary plus hanging flower baskets are Grand Valley Ruritans, Center for Peace is also B.J. Klingensmith and service group president, David marking the one-year anniStrong. The Ruritans moved to a new location at the versary of the opening of former Middle School lot on N. Maple Street this month their gift shop and banquet for their May sales on weekend.


Pat Heinz, co-founder with her husband Ed of the Servants of Mary Center for Peace in Windsor Township, talks about the gift shop and banquet center opening a year ago. The couple opened the center and the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine grounds in the mid-1990s for the public and pilgrimages by people of all faiths. hall. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. The gift shop is closed on Mondays. The banquet hall can accommodate 100 and features a complete commercial kitchen. The hall is available to rent, Heinz said. The hall recently hosted a public concert by the Erie Heights

Brass ensemble. The fireworks serve as a brilliant backdrop to the 50foot tall statute of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The statue was built entirely by volunteers and is adorned with nearly half a million mosaic tiles. It overlooks a reflecting pond and 15-decade illuminated rosary. The shrine was designed and built by Richard Hyslin,

a professor at the University of Texas Pan America, and eight volunteer students. It is made of coated rebar steel, concrete and 450 thousand one-inch mosaic tiles. Gold tiles were hand-made in McAllen, Texas. Work on the shrine began in October 1993 and was completed in August 1995. It is the largest shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the world. The shrine draws many families, individuals, and groups who seek to know God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit through Mary’s intercession. Heinz said tour groups come to visit the Center almost every Sunday. She said the group Rosary for Life has come every year for more than 15 years. The grounds are open each day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted. The Center is registered as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Mass, led by Father David Weikart, is held the first Saturday of each month The Servants of Mary Center for Peace banquet area is open for all occasions and at 9 a.m. Mass is preceded dinner groups. Local and area organizations are welcome to call about the facility for by confession at 8 a.m. and party and private gatherings. rosary at 8:30 a.m.

By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

end, the service organization will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. ORWELL VILLAGE - to 3 p.m. The group will For the first time in over also be selling hanging two decades the Grand Val- flower baskets as well as ley Ruritans are operating individual potted flowers their weekend flower and and vegetable plants for vegetable plant sales at a gardens. new site this month of May, “We’ve put flyers out says president David around the area to tell Strong. people we had to move and “We used to be down on direct them to the school. the corner of Routes 322 Really we hope this will be and 45, but this year we a plus for us as it is close to were given free space in the school ball fields and front of the old Middle activity,“ he said. School on N. Maple Street. The Ruritans can also We opened there last Sat- take special orders of hangurday, May 5. We will be ing baskets and other flowopen for Mother’s Day flow- ers or vegetables by calling ers and plants on this Fri- Strong at (440) 437-8536. day from 4 to 7 p.m., SatThe spring plant sales is urday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a big fundraiser for the serSunday from 10 a.m. to vice organization, he said, around 2 p.m. It is usually which puts the proceeds a big day of sales for us on back into the community Mother’s Day,” Strong said. for sponsoring events and Martin R. Cole, Andover Bancorp, Inc. President and After this holiday week- other projects. CEO, announces new corporate officers for Andover Bancorp, Inc. At the company’s annual Stockholder’s meeting held on April 13, 2012, Mr. Cole announced several new officers of the corporation. Mr. Stephen E. Varckette was promoted to Executive Vice President of Andover Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Varckette has been with Andover Bank since 1995 and also serves as Executive Vice President of the bank. Mrs. Kim Giddings was appointed Vice President of Andover Bancorp, Inc. and began her Andover Bank ca-

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A look at agricultural news

Upcoming Events Financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties workshops to be held OSU Extension in northeast Ohio is pleased to be offering a workshop to help landowners understand the financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/royalties. This workshop titled “Financial & Tax Implications of Oil and Gas Leases/Royalties in Northeast Ohio” will feature David Marrison, OSU Extension Associate Professor, who will discuss the financial and tax implications of Marcellus Shale Leases. This meeting will help participants become more aware of the potential tax implications of leases and royalty payments. Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes which will be due. Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes versus capital gain; about the percentage depletion deduction; and how signing a lease may affect your CAUV status. Learn how the IRS handles oil and gas payments. Learn what questions to ask and receive financial planning tips for managing the potential income from these wells. Four meetings have been scheduled. The available meetings are May 18 or June 6 at the Ashtabula County Extension office from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 24 at the Trumbull County Extension office from 9:30 to 11 a.m., or July 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Trumbull County Extension office. The registration fee for this program is $5 per person. Registration fee is to help defray the cost of program handouts. Pre-registration is require and space is limited. Complete registration details can be obtained by calling 440-576-9008 or at

Community Horticulture Class to be held on May 16 in Jefferson The OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Master Gardeners are pleased to be offering a Spring Community Class on Wednesday, May 16, from 7-9 p.m. at the Ashtabula County Extension office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson, Ohio. We invite you to join the Ashtabula County Master Gardeners as they offer this special spring class. Two topics will be presented at this workshop. The first presentation is titled, “More than Mums: Fall Color in the Perennial Bed.” During this presentation, the Master Gardeners will discuss in detail more than 20 lateblooming flowers that will keep your perennial beds in enticing color until well into October. Advice will also be offered on preparing a perennial bed for planting as well as special tips for inter planting in an established bed. The second presentation is titled, “Changing Zones: Microclimate Gardening.” During this presentation, the Master Gardeners will teach what, if any, impact the new hardiness zone changes will have in our county and find spots in your garden for plants you thought you couldn’t grow. There is a $3 per person registration fee and registrations are requested by May 10 as seating is limited. Mail registration and check payable to OSU Extension to: OSU Extension, 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047. More information about this workshop can be obtained at: http:// or by calling 440-576-9008.

Camp Whitewood Open House Bring the whole family to see Camp Whitewood! Our Spring Open House on Saturday, May 12, is the perfect opportunity for campers to come see our facilities, meet other campers, ask questions, talk with counselors and staff and get really excited for camp! Whether you’re already registered or still wondering if Camp Whitewood is the place for you, join us between 1-4 p.m. for free tours, snacks and camp fun. Our Camp Directors and staff will be ready to help answer your questions and even help you register! When you register for any of our camp programs at the Open House, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free campership. No RSVP is required. See you in May!!

Have questions? County Extension website offers answers JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County residents have questions. And the Ashtabula County office of Ohio State University Extension can provide the answers in a new online “Ask a County Expert” tool on its website, http:// The Ask an Expert tool is quick, easy and confidential, said David Marrison, Ashtabula County director of OSU Extension. Anyone can submit a question related to the educational programs Extension offers directly on the website using the feature. When someone submits a question, it goes first to four “wranglers” — personnel from around the state — who then route questions to an Extension professional with the appropriate subject-matter expertise. The goal is to provide an easy way for people to get unbiased, research-based responses to questions they might have on a broad range of topics, Marrison said. The questions answered will become part of the frequently asked questions on eXtension (pronounced “e-extension,” online at at, a national network of Extension experts from across the country. Nine counties in Ohio helped pilot the Ask an Expert program beginning in 2009, said Jerry Thomas, leader for Innovation and Change for OSU Extension. Thomas has been instrumental in developing the Ask an Expert tool. Ask an Expert offers Ohioans the chance to benefit from the expertise offered by a network of local, state and federal Extension professionals, Thomas said. To use Ask an Expert, just log on to and click on the “Ask a County Expert” icon.

AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent Hello, Ashtabula County! As we jump into May, I would like to share three current events which are making the agricultural news. A reprieve for minor labor on farms, a new wheat disease to be on the look-out, and oil and gas lease taxes are all on the front burner. Farm families can breathe a sigh of relief. The U.S. Department of Labor has backed off its intent to limit the type of activities youth under the ages of 18 could complete on farms. Last year, the Department of Labor proposed rules that would have prohibited youth under the age of 18 from handling most animals more than six months old. The rules would have also prohibited youth from operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower, completing tasks at elevations over six feet high, and working around grain and feed facilities. The

language of the proposed rule was so specific it would have even banned youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose. In short, it would have eliminated any minor from stepping foot on a farm. The decision to withdraw the new rules was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small familyowned farms. These rules would have also severely limited participation in 4-H and FFA activities. It has been stated that these regulations will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration. Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices. Finally, some common sense from Washington D.C. Yes, farms can be dangerous, but eliminating minors from working farm is not the answer. Could a new wheat disease be on its way to Ohio? Last week, a news release from University of Kentucky reported the discovery of wheat blast, a disease that has caused up to 40- to 100-percent crop loss in South America. The Kentucky find was the first documented occurrence of wheat blast in the United States. However, related fungi have been causing gray leaf spot on annual and perennial ryegrass and blast on rice in the US for years.

OSU Extension is asking wheat producers to be on the look-out for this new disease in 2012. As is often the case with most new diseases, we do not know how susceptible our varieties are to wheat blast. We encourage wheat producers to scout fields for bleached, discolored heads and send samples in for analysis. In particular, farmers should begin scouting fields shortly after heading, since wheat blast is believed to develop earlier than head scab, which typically develops about three weeks after flowering. Fusarium head blight can look similar to wheat blast, but is distinctly different. If producers find samples that they think may be wheat blast, please bring them to the Extension office and we will mail them to Dr. Pierce Paul our Wheat Disease Specialist. More information on wheat blast can be found on our agronomic crops website at: Late last week, site preparation for a new Marcellus Shale gas well began in Rome, Ohio. With leasing opportunities still available for landowners, I will be offering two more sessions to help landowners deal with the financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases. Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes which will be due. Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes versus capital gain, about the percentage depletion deduction and how the IRS handles oil & gas payments. The next available meetings are May 18 or June 6 at


Area farmers should be on the look-out this summer for wheat blast, a new disease found in Kentucky. the Ashtabula County Extension office from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee for this program is $5 per person. Registration fee is to help defray the cost of program handouts. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Complete registration details can be obtained by calling 440-576-9008. To close, I would like to leave you with a quote from Soren Kierkegaard who stated, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Have a good and safe day! 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

OSU Extension and AmeriCorps partner to help rural homeowners in financial distress Economically vulnerable residents in Ashtabula County will benefit from a new OSU Extension and AmeriCorps program designed help struggling homeowners with our country’s mortgage crisis. The Ashtabula County Extension office is pleased to be selected as one of the host sites for two AmeriCorps volunteers who will provide community outreach and family-based coaching beginning in August 2012. The goal of the program is to help improve the long-term security of economically vulnerable homeowners in rural, Ohio. Ohio is one of the “hardest hit” states in the country for mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures: one in every six Ohio mortgage holders is either 30 days delinquent or in foreclosure. The fastest growth in foreclosure rates is found

in Ohio’s rural areas. However, these counties lack the capacity and financial resources to engage in meaningful foreclosure prevention outreach efforts. To help, twenty AmeriCorps volunteers will be placed in Ohio State University Extension offices in eleven counties around the state to support loss mitigation programs. David Marrison, County Extension director for Ashtabula County stated, “We are very excited for Ashtabula County to be select as a host for two AmeriCorps volunteers-it is the shot in the arm that we need!” He continued by stating. “We understand times have been tough for our residents. The counseling and education focus of this program will help Ashtabula County residents meet their

financial challenges in a direct and positive way.” Housing Corps is currently taking applications from college graduates for 20 AmeriCorps members who will be employed from August 15, 2012 until June 7, 2013. The AmeriCorps members will serve 1,700 hours during their 10.5 months of service and will be provided a living allowance and a federal education award up to $5,550 to repay qualified student loans and to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education and training programs for successful completion of the service term. More information about this program or to apply for one of the positions can be found at: americorps-aids-homeowners.php or at

USDA announces milk-income loss contract program payment rate for February production The February payment rate for the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program has been announced. The February MILC payment rate is $0.3895043 per hundredweight. This is the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.

Silver Stirrups 4-H Club Report On May 1, the Silver Stirrups 4-H Club met at the Ashtabula Extension Office. Amanda Santana did a demonstration on the color and history of paint horses. Health and Safety Officer Hannah Hollingshead reported on Lyme disease and Dylan Busch did a demo on why recycling is important. Prior to these demonstrations, the club discussed the rigatoni dinner for Camp Whitewood and the date for the dinner at the Extension Office is May 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The dates for Camp Whitewood are June 24-30. Also discussed was the 4-H food challenge for Manna. All 4-H clubs collect food for Manna and bring it to the fairgrounds on these dates: May 25, June 16, and June 21. First prize for the food challenge is a pizza party and second prize is an ice cream party. The Next Silver Stirrups meeting will be held on June 5 at the Extension Office. — Dylan Busch

Dairy producers are affected by the market price for milk and the price of feed to sustain their herds. While milk prices have remained above the $16.94 base used in the MILC calculation, the increase in feed prices has triggered payments because of the feed ration component. MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month using the latest milk price and feed cost. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized MILC through Sept. 30, 2012. Producers must meet the Average Adjusted Gross Income requirement and provide marketing data to the FSA County Office in order to qualify. New dairy producers can apply for program benefits anytime through September 30, 2012. Additional information about the MILC program can be found at milc2011.pdf, or by calling the Ashtabula/Geauga/Lake FSA Service Center at (440) 437-6330. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).



Harpersfield United Methodist Church opens doors to place of worship BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Last year, the Harpersfield United Methodist Church broke ground for its new facility and now the church is opened and ready for Sunday worship. “Harpersfield United Methodist Church has moved into their new building located at 224 Garford Road at the corner of Cork Cold Springs Road and Garford Road,” church officials said. The church officials said they had support from throughout the Harpersfield and Geneva communities and are thankful for everyone who offered their aid. “Many thanks go out to the community, construction crews and supporters for the completion of this project,” officials said. The church officials said when they held their first service, they were very proud at their achievement as their previous facility was not even handicap accessible. “Palm Sunday marked the first worship service in the new site and what a joyous day it was. Just a year ago on May 11 we celebrated our ground breaking and this year on May 20 a dedication service is planned,” officials stated. When the church broke ground, people from around the area came to see them take the first dig in what is now their foundation.

The Harpersfield United Methodist Church broke ground about a year ago and has now opened the doors to the new church, with the first services being held on Palm Sunday.

Religious Briefs Ongoing Ashtabula: Bible Study A Bible study will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Remnant of Israel, non-denominational group. Come join them and have a coffee as they study the Bible from a non-denominational point of view. The group meets at the McDonald’s located at 2424 N. Ridge Road East, just east off Route 11. For more info, visit or call 228-6157.

May 11 Kingsville: Soup lunch “The community is again invited to attend this historymaking event and to celebrate with us as we begin our ministry and service to our neighbors and the world from this new location,” officials said. The church has been raising money to build the church since before 2008 and received the property as a gift. “In October 2008, a donor presented the church with an anonymous gift of 14-and-ahalf acres at the Garford Road location,” officials aid. “This property at one time contained a grape vineyard and much of the preparation for construction included clean up from that endeavor.” The church chose a theme for the campaign as a dedication to the anonymous gift and the property’s history. “The campaign theme ‘Chosen to Enrich God’s Vineyard’ resulted in the beautiful building that is being dedicated May 20 [2012],” officials said. By 2012, the church officials began planning what

their new facility would include, along with the architecture renderings. “A building team was instituted during 2010. Members of the team include Dick Fisher and Dick Curtis, cochairs; Becky D’Angelo, John Felicijan and Denise Curtis,” officials said. “The capital campaign was kicked off in the fall of 2010 with Bill Stone and Marilyn Garner-Legg leading the campaign finance team.” Harpersfield United Methodist Church invites people from all around to join in its worship and celebration of a new beginning. For more information, you can contact the church at 466-4778. “Each week Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. Pastor Shirley Stoops-Frantz has served the church for the past six years,” officials said. “As always, the community is invited to come and join the excitement of the church family at Harpersfield UMC.”

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May 12-13 Austinburg: Plant and Shrub Sale The Austinburg United Church of Christ will hold a plant and shrub sale at its location on Route 307 West on 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

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.

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May 18-19 Denmark: Rummage and Bake Sale The Bulah Calvary United Methodist Church, located at 2070 Route 193, will hold a rummage and bake sale Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.

May 21 Rock Creek: Dinner There will be a homemade cabbage roll and meatloaf dinner at the Sacred Heart Church, Rt. 45, just North of Rock Creek, on Monday, May 21, from 4:307 p.m. Adults - $8, children under 10 $4, age 3 and under are free. The dinner is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society.

May 31 Saybrook Township: Free community dinner A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, May 31, 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 from Saybrook Elementary School). All are welcome!

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Windsor Historical Society dinner draws large crowd By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers WINDSOR TOWNSHIP Grindstone Creek Lodge at the 4-H Camp Whitewood was the setting on May 5 for the annual Windsor Historical Society dinner. The dinner drew 100 plus people for the evening affair. The camp staff and food service department served a buffet style meal for the crowd seated at round tables. Camp director Brandon Mitchell along with a few historical society volunteers helped out with the serving and kitchen duty later. Society president Charlie Sarbach and wife Janelle welcomed the crowd along with member Brant Gebhart, who sold the 50/50 raffle tickets. More than a half dozen

gaily wrapped gift baskets were also given out in a drawing after the dinner. The camp has opened up the lodge for special occasions to hold events throughout the year, according to Mitchell. It a perfect place for a spring evening affair as the crowd gathered shortly before 6 p.m. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the One Dollar Hat trio of musicians from Geauga County,. Playing banjo was Gordon Keller and wife Louise was the guitarist. Fiddle player was Anthony Papaleo of Munson Township. The One Dollar Hat group has been together for a number of years performing at the county fair and Geauga Park District events as well. The Kellers said through the years other mu-

sicians have joined them. “We are missing our fourth (string) player tonight, but we’ll manage,“ said Louise Keller joking. She introduced Anthony as the group’s newest player. He played both fiddle and guitar beside doing vocal duets with Louise Keller. Providing a few laughs from the crowd with his jokes was Gordon Keller in between as the musicians tuned up or traded instruments. One number bringing down the house with laughs was their reindition of The Lost Boy Scout. The trio got a round of applause Windsor Township Trustee Robert Slusher, wife Carla and son Rob along with Joyce as they ended their perfor- Merritt and husband Trustee Jeff Merritt shared a table together at the May 5 Windsor mance with that tune. Historical Society annual winner. All are active members of the society.

PHOTOS BY DORIS COOK Helping Janelle Sarbach read the winning tickets for prize Windsor Historical Society member Brant Gebhart donned Windsor Historical Society members, Pat and Cindy baskets at the Windsor Historical Society dinner on May 5 are cousins Tahja Brown and Demarie Fairbanks, both this fancy straw hat as he made his rounds selling 50/50 Whitten chat with friends at their table for the group’s raffle tickets at last Saturday night’s annual dinner party. annual dinner last Saturday night. from Painesville.

AC Antique Engine Club adding an early school house at grounds By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers WAYNE TOWNSHIP - A small group of Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club members have been busy every week over past months building a replica of early district one-room school houses, says Hank Lipps, club president. On Wednesdays since late summer 2011 with only a break on snowy winter days, the four to five volunteers reassembled old timbers mixed with new wood siding for the school house structure. These past few weeks they’ve speeded up their work to get the building framed in, windows set, and interior dry-

wall installed. The club’s Spring Gas-Up takes place this weekend on Saturday, May 12 for a one-day show open to the public. Lipps said the school house won’t be quite done, but plans are to finish it by the big show on July 6-8 for the July 4th annual holiday celebration. The men had to put in a stone foundation last fall, then used some timbers from an old district school house. “We usually have two to four guys working here. We had an anonymous benefactor in Kinsman area provide the funds to do this building addition to our grounds. The rafters and studs of the old school house were reclaimed. The

windows and doors are new, but replicate what was originally in a school house,” David Hill said. A woodcrafter before retiring, Hill is an old hand at construction projects as are Lipps and Dave Hodge along with Larry Lipps, past club president. The old timbers are from the District 1 school house originally located on north Creek Road. It dates back to about 1840, Hill said. The new reclaimed school house will have a pot belly stove just like old school houses had years ago to keep every warm on fall and winter days. As they reclaimed the rafters and studs, Hill said the men found square nails were

Antique Engine Club member and volunteer helping build the school house replica is Dave Hill showing the notches in the original studs reassembled by the group.

used to build the original school house. Lap style siding will give the school house a finishing look when completed. For this weekend’s Gas-Up event the gates open at 9 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. There is also a two-day flea market Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $2 donation admission will get the public in to the antique engine club expansive site on Route 322 to tour the Agriculture Heritage Museum and Railroad Museum to be open. Members of the club, exhibitors and kids under 12 are admitted free, said Lipps. Food and soft drinks are available on the grounds both days. The club grounds are located east PHOTOS BY DORIS COOK of Route 11 and Route 322 inHauling in pieces of drywall for the new school house project are Dave Hodge, Dave terchange. For more informaHill and Hank Lipps, members of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club. Watching tion call Lipps at 330-8761482. is Larry Lipps, past president.

GV Public Library holding new logo design contest By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ORWELL VILLAGE Grand Valley Public Library officials are looking for a new logo design to encompass the library’s mission in the community. Library director Andrew Davis said the logo will be used for promotional ways such as on event banners, stationary or fliers to publicize events coming up for the public. A design contest is in the works inviting persons to use their creativity in coming up with a fresh new logo. Davis said all users of the local library are encouraged to participate and enter their design for the logo. The contest is on through the whole month of May. The creator of the winning logo design will receive a $50 cash prize plus a two-night stay at Quality Inn in Hermitage, PA. The inn stay includes breakfast and dinner at Bella Cena Italian Restaurant and in addition two rounds of golf with a cart to use. To enter the logo design contest, a contestant must have a valid Grand Valley Public Library card, use their

imagination and stay within the perimeter of the logo contest rules. A copy of the rules are available at the library circulation desk or go to the library’s website at or Facebook page. “People interested or if there are more questions they can call the library at 4376545. We hope to get a number of entries to judge. A panel of judges will be reviewing the entries and select the top ones,” Davis said. Library employees and library board trustees are not eligible to enter the contest. The entries should be done in black and white or color. It must be easy to reproduce on a white or transparent background. The entries can be either hand rendered or computer generated. They are to be submitted on a letter size paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches). Entries for the logo contest cannot be copyrighted art unless written permission is obtained from the original artist. The library also reserves the right to not to select a winning logo from the entries received.

PVES kindergarten orientation set for May 11 ANDOVER TOWNSHIP-Pymatuning Valley Primary School will hold a Kindergarten orientation on this Friday, May 11 If parents or guardians did not sign up for a session, please call the Primary School office at (440) 293 6206. If you signed up for a session and cannot remember your scheduled time, please also call the Primary School office. “We look forward to meeting you and adding your child to the PV Primary family,” said principal Traci Hostetler.


Students recognized for annual mentorship program BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - Growth Partnership and the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center have once again paired up to offer the mentorship program to Ashtabula County’s schools. Students in the program were assigned internships in careers they were interested in exploring. “They applied, they wrote an essay and put their information down. They were then accepted and placed with a mentor and they spent at least 30 hours with their mentor,” Debbie Quinn, of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center, said. The students had top three areas of interest in their applications. “They put down their choices, and then we try and place them where they want to be placed,” Quinn said. Quinn said the program is a great learning experience for the area students and has been a long-standing program in the county. “We have done this around 20 years or so,”

Breeanna Pawors, junior at Saints John and Paul High School, did a project on athletic training and received the $500 Ashtabula Rotary Foundation Mentorship Scholarship. Quinn said. Once the students have completed their internships, they put together a display that they are then judged on. The top students receive scholarships. “There’s a rubric that the judges use,” Quinn said. “We try to make it as uniformed as we can and all the judges use the same form.” Quinn said sometimes students go through the internship and find they do not want to continue with the career they initially wanted. “Even if they discover this is something they don’t want

to do, it’s still a good finding,” Quinn said. Breeanna Pawors, a junior at Saints John and Paul High School, wanted to experience working with athletic training. “I did my mentorship on athletic training here at Lakeside High School,” Pawors said. Pawors plays multiple sports at Saints John and Paul and says she can relate to athletes who are injured. “I am a very active athlete myself,” Pawors said. “I know the process is very important, and I want to help

other athletes who have been injured.” Pawors was very pleased with the mentorship program and plans to participate again next year. “I learned a lot about the different schooling it takes and the different exercise they can use to heal certain injuries,” Pawors said. Pawors plans on continuing her career path in the athletic training field. “I hope to go on and do this in the future. I really would like to continue with it,” Pawors said. Devon Diodadi is from the Grand Valley School District but attends A-Tech and did her mentorship at Midway Chevrolet in Orwell. “When I started working on my project at school, we had an old Crown Victoria in the back and it had been there for years completely untouched,” Diodadi said. Diodadi took apart the car and used the axle as a display for her project. “It took me two days to get the rear axle out of it to show the people how it works,” Diodadi said. The winners of the mentorship program were

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First place in the Botany Competition went to Edgewood High School. Pictured are Jacob Crislip, Sara Wilpula, Jessica Reed and Morgan Lilja with Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director of Conservation Jim Bissell, left. the leaves’ edges and other Morgan Lilja, Jon ceived a plaque and $200 for features. Pendleton, Jessica Reed, its school’s science departThe goal was to correctly Sara Wilpula and ment, as well as copies of identify as many of the alternate Antoinette Jack- “Newcomb’s Wildflower plants as possible. This year, son, with advisor Beth Guide” donated by the several plants stumped the Jeppesen. Cleveland Museum of Natustudents. No team correctly Second place went to ral History and passes to identified the bristly crow- Grand River Academy, rep- Pioneer Wet and Dry Park foot, the swamp buttercup or resented by captain Jeffrey donated by Gazette Publicathe northern blue violet. Mead, Brendan Horgan, tions. On the flip side, all teams Hatcher Pennington, Rayjon The second-place team correctly identified the gar- Regi, Sean Shih and alter- received a plaque as well as lic mustard, the large flow- nate Anthony Nahra, with $100 for its school. The ered trillium and the Vir- advisor Katy Studer. third-place team also reginia bluebells. Third place went to Team ceived $50. Co-coordinator Mary A of Pymatuning Valley Howe announced the win- High School, represented by ners of the Botany Competi- Kelcie Bell, Courtney Doing, tion and the Fall Tree ID Melany Somerville, Cole Competition on Thursday. Warren, Kerstin White and First place in the Botany alternate Nina StillwellCompetition went to Turner, with advisor Anne Edgewood High School, rep- Siembor. resented by Jacob Crislip, The first-place team re-

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From page 1A at the scene when the 9-1-1 call came to the Orwell PD.. Called in to assist in the investigation were three deputies with the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department, Ohio State Patrol troopers, and the FBI office in Painesville was alerted, said Fernandez. “I want to extend our thanks to all the agencies, sheriff ’s office, OHP and the FBI for helping us with gathering evidence at the bank. No one got injured is a good thing. Probably others in the bank at the time did not realize what was happening until he (robber) walked out,” the chief said. Fernandez said most banks have their own protocol when something like this happens. “Usually it’s best to do what the person wants, then turn over money as requested,” he said. “People

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Courtney Howland and Morgan Silvers on Saturday are all bundled on a chilly day as they sell baked goods in front of the Andover Bank on Andover Square. The sale is to raise funds to send the youth of Andover United Methodist Church to church camp this summer. There will also be a pancake breakfast fundraiser at United Methodist on May 12 from 7-11 a.m.

Things To See, Places To Go Square dancing set and opportunity for campers their own kayaks, binocufor N. Bloomfield Hall to see the facilities, meet lars, drinking water, head NORTH BLOOMFIELDThe Bloomfield Historical Society is hosting an evening of square and line dancing this Friday, May 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is at the N. Bloomfield Town Hall with tickets for $5 for anyone 10 years and older or $4 for kids under 10. The public is welcome and no experience is necessary to have fun learning with professional caller Gene Hammond. This evening’s theme is a Patriotic Dance so wear colors of red, white and blue to show pride of country. Refreshments will be served and all proceeds benefit the town hall restoration project.

other campers and the staff, says Brandon Mitchell, executive director. There will be free tours from 1 to 4 p.m., snacks and camp fun. Mitchell and the camp staff will be present to answer questions about upcoming programs, camps and persons can register on Saturday for the summer camping programs.

Pymatuning State Park-PA hosting spring programs

JAMESTOWN-A wildflowers and birds program at Pymatuning State Park is on Saturday, May 12 at the reservoir Spillway area from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with naturalist Linda 4-H Camp Whitewood Armstrong. Be prepared to holding open house walk the trails so wear on Saturday sturdy walking shoes, bring WINDSOR TOWNSHIP- binoculars, drinking water Area families are invited to and snacks. Meet at the visit and tour 4-H Camp Spillway parking lot and Whitewood at a Spring drive to various locations. Open House on Saturday, On Tuesday, May 15 perMay 12. It’s a perfect time sons can join the park and Crawford Conservation District for the season’s first kayak program on Crystal Lake, one the glacial lakes to view plants, songbirds and waterfowl. The kayak program is at 6 p.m. and • Transmissions • Clutches persons are to register at • Differentials • Transfer Cases the Park Office 724-932• Power Takeoffs 3142. Service All Makes & Models A limited number of kayOver-the-Counter Parts Sales aks are available to borrow Free Towing Available from the park, but person Mon. - Fri. 8-5; Sat. 8-1 must reserve by calling the Free Estimates office. Persons can bring



lamps and PFD’. Parking for this program is located at the launch behind the Crystal Lake Inn in Hartstown.

Sacred Heart Church hold a cabbage roll and meatloaf dinner for public ROCK CREEK-The Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society is holding home made cabbage roll and meatloaf dinner for the public on Monday, May 21 at the church from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10 years and youngsters age three and under get in free. The menu features choices of the entrees plus veggies, salad, dessert and beverages. Carry-outs are available, also.

Andover Public Library has Mother’s Day gift workshop ANDOVER-The Andover Public Library is holding a Mother’s Day gift workshop for kids today (Thursday) for third and fourth graders. It will be from 3:45 to 5 p.m. with the class limited for 22 children. Call the library at 293-6792 to reserve space for your child. The Library Friends groups is also having a drawing for a Kindle Fire on May 11. There is still time to buy two tickets for $5 for a chance to be a winner. Tickets are on sale at the library circulation desk.


Vendors needed for Strawberry Festival BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - With spring in full bloom, festivals are starting to sprout up as well. Coming up in June is the 25th annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Bazaar, which will be held at the Jefferson Depot Village, located at 147 E. Jefferson St. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17. The cost is a $3 donation. This festival, which also includes tours of the historic 19th

century Jefferson Depot Village, celebrates the strawberry - specifically, strawberry shortcake. Strawberry shortcake will be sold during the festival, and there also will be crafts sold and a quilt show. Musical entertainment will be a live bandstand both days, and there also will be a “Kid’s Corner” with free games and rides. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Jefferson Depot President Jean Dutton said they are looking for crafters to participate in the Strawberry Festival. For more information, e-mail

Dutton at or call her at (440) 576-0496 or (614) 507-5246. An Antique and Classic Car Show also will take place on June 17, from 1-4 p.m. Ongoing all summer, the Jefferson Depot also will be opened for tours from June through October. Relive the 1890s as you tour the quaint, preserved Living History Museum at the historic 19th century Jefferson Depot Village. While at the Depot, visit the 1872 L.S. and M.S. Railroad Station, 1848 Church in the

Wildwood, 1849 Church Barn, 1838 One-Room Schoolhouse, Hohn’s General Store, 1845 Post Office, 1860 Pharmacy, 1888 Victorian House and 1918 PRR Caboose. Guests also will be able to see restoration in process at the Old Blacksmith Shop and Tavern. Depot hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Groups and weddings are welcome any time by appointment. The cost is a $5 donation. Free parking is available on East Walnut Street.

Commissioners begin Linwood Drive Sanitary Sewer Project SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP The Linwood Drive Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project in Saybrook Township took one step closer to completion on Monday as construction began with a groundbreaking ceremony. A directive was received from the Ashtabula County Health District and the Ohio EPA stating the improvement project was necessary for the purpose of preserving and promoting the public health and welfare. Following the process outlined

in the Ohio Revised Code for Sewer Assessments, the process for the project began in October, 2011. A resolution was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on April 10, 2012, taking bids from the table, awarding and approving a contract with Hallmark Excavating, Inc. for the Linwood Drive Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project in Saybrook Township. “Although a smaller project, the county is pleased that this much-needed project is moving

forward and appreciates everyone’s efforts that helped get the project to this stage,” said Board President Peggy Carlo. The nearly $106,000 sanitary improvement project will install approximately 700 linear feet of sanitary sewer complete with pre-cast concrete manholes and service laterals, including restoration which involves the reconstruction of the roadway. “The board is thrilled and excited to begin this project to

guarantee the health and safety of both the residents and this important lakeshore area,” said Commissioner Joe Moroski. “Infrastructure development and economic development go hand in hand, even the smallest projects play an important role in the development of Ashtabula County,” said Commissioner Dan Claypool. The project is expected to be completed by late Summer, 2012.

South Sycamore re-opens BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - South Sycamore Street re-opened for through traffic on Friday, May 4, in the Village of Jefferson. The street was closed in early spring for a few weeks for a road project that involved the rehabilitation of the truck route at South Sycamore Street from Route 307 to Cedar Street. The road is currently a truck route, but it is unpaved and in need of repairs. The project involved taking out the old, crumbled parts and building the road from the ground up, Village of Jefferson Administrator Terry Finger has said. The project went well, and the village is going to pave the road much sooner than originally anticipated.

Originally the village wasn’t going to pave it until fall to allow the road to become “packed” down. “We’ve been watching the truck tracks,” Finger said. “The road bed is excellent and packed solid enough to allow paving ASAP.” Finger said legal notices are posted and advertised to enable bid opening on noon May 23. Also included in the paving bid package are optional street sections of West Walnut, Chestnut to Elm and Elm to Poplar, Finger said. “Engineer ’s estimate shows we should be able to do all streets in the bid within our budgeted amount,” Finger said. “If bids are too high, we can pick and choose options without having to re-advertise or re-bid the job.”

Jefferson Grange to sponsor Bingo Night The Jefferson Grange will sponsor a 25-cent Bingo Night to benefit the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League on 7-10 p.m. May 12. The Grange is located behind Jeff ’s Flowers and beside Auto Zone in Jefferson. Refreshments will be available.

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First Congregational Church Spring brunch aids Homesafe Inc. shelter By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

with lots of tips to successful gardening. “Maxine has been my WAYNE TOWNSHIP - mentor. So what I miss you Two Master Gardeners Dolly can ask her the questions,” Anderson of Williamsfield Anderson said smiling. and Maxine Painter of Rome The Master Gardeners teamed up last Saturday to program is part of the give a Gardening 101 pro- county’s OSU Extension Sergram at the Spring ladies vices programs offered sevbrunch hosted by First Con- eral times a year. Those who gregational Church. Brunch have taken the classes, then chairperson Janice Taylor like Anderson like to share said she was surprised by their learned knowledge the large turnout of moms, with others to enjoy gardendaughters, grandmothers ing by planting flowers, vegand friends attending. etables or even designing “I had been to one of these home garden plots. (events) before and decided Anderson said one tip to we would try having one remember when visiting a here in Wayne with our garden center is to go with a church missionary group as design of your own garden in sponsors. All the proceeds mind..what colors and are going to the Homesafe shapes and sizes of flowers Inc. shelter for domestic vio- to bloom all season. lence victims (women).We “Read the tags on plants wanted to help a group lo- before buying. You can save cally,” Taylor said. money by buying assorted All the church women flats of flowers to make your and other volunteers made own baskets,” she said. a delicious array of food from Anderson said if persons scrambled eggs, ham, bread wanted more information on pudding served with maple the Master Gardeners prosyrup, cheeses, fruits, des- gram and when classes are serts, salads and beverages held to call the OSU Extenplus more. The brunch was sion Service office in a donations only and the Jefferson. Gardening 101 talk given by The church mission sociAnderson went over big. ety also sold tickets for a Anderson said she signed drawing to win decorated up for the Master Gardeners baskets of all themes, classes three years ago to wooden bird house planters learn more about gardening and other gifts donated for in this Zone 5 area of the the brunch held in the U.S. She delighted the group Wayne Town Hall. Everyone with her tales of success and who attended also got to take failures with plants coupled home a new pair of gardening gloves.


This is part of the large crowd attending the Spring ladies Dolly Anderson of Williamsfield and Maxine Painter of brunch at Wayne Town Hall last Saturday. They are Rome, Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension Service, listening to gardening tips from several county Master take a break after giving a talk last Saturday at a Spring Gardeners. brunch in Wayne Town Hall.

Master Gardener Dolly Among those attending the May 5 Spring brunch last Saturday at Wayne Town Hall Anderson of Williamsfield were these visitors from Bainbridge and Hiram area, Lynn Arnold, Abbey Taylor, Jan checks her notes as she Taylor, Kelsey Taylor and Alice Taylor. Little friends talked about gardening tips Joanne and related planting ideas Postlethwait of for the May 5 brunch hosted Greene and by First Congregational Anastasia Martin Church of Wayne. of Cortland had fun drawing pictures as they waited to go to the buffet table at the Wayne Town Hall last Saturday. The girls came with their mothers for the brunch.

Andover Chamber’s 30th Pymatuning Lake Fest plans jelling fast


Wearing the new 30th anniversary Pymatuning Lake Festival tee shirts are Andover Area Chamber members Susan Hill, Lara Reibold, Jonathan Browning, Cheri Brenner, and Pamela Harting. The shirts are on sale now as a promotion piece for the Aug. 4 and 5 event held at the Ohio Pymatuning State Park main beach. By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER TOWNSHIP Andover Area Chamber of Commerce Pymatuning Lake Festival committee are in high gear as they work to finalize plans for this year’s 30th anniversary event coming up Aug. 4 and 5. Green and blue tee shirts emblazoned with the new festival logo are on sale now at Andover Public Library and Cranberry Station Restaurant in town.

The shirts are available for sale now with the logo designed by Jonathan Browning of Brown Ink Design. It is just one of several souvenir items promoting the Chamber of Commerce’s big summer event. The festival’s lineup of entertainment includes a talent show this year headed up by David Allen, local magician. For information on getting into the talent show persons can contact Allen at

(440)381-3209. “The talent show is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5,” says Cheri Brenner, festival chairperson. Chamber vice president, Lara Reibold is the tee shirt sales chairman. The shirts are starting to sell like hot cakes for $10 each. Extra larger sizes can be ordered and even youth sizes are available on special order, said Reibold.

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Grand Valley/Orwell Cub Scout Pack 72 hold camp-out


Heidi Tuscano promotes her den to the Webelos Program. ORWELL - The end of each Cub Scout year is full of excitement and reflection. The boys are excited to graduate to the next rank and to embark on new adventures. The parents and leaders reflect on the past year’s learning as the boys prepare to move on in their ranks. On Saturday, May 5 Cub Scout Pack 72 from Grand Valley area had the opportunity to celebrate Cubservation and Cross-

over at Camp Stigwandish in Madison. The highlight of the day was the presentation of the Arrow of Light Award to four Webelos 2 youth, Tyler St. Amand, Jack Waltenbaugh, Cameron Atwell, and Aaron Gortlitz. The Arrow of Light is the only uniform item that can cross over with the boys to the Boy Scout troop. The Arrow of Light awards are created specially for each scout as the markings on the Arrow represent the

boys path through scouting and each achievement that he earned. The Pack also had the opportunity to Cross the boys over to Troop 72 at a ceremony sponsored by the local council. The remainder of the day was spent celebrating the advancement of the younger scouts in rank. The parents presented their boys with their new uniform items— neckerchief, slide, and hat during a ceremony. The cer-

Tyler St. Amand, Kevin Lewandoski (Cub Master), Jack Waltenbaugh, Cameron Atwell, and Aaron Gorlitz with their Arrow of Light Awards. emony took place by the lake around a campfire symbolizing the flame of scouting. As boys learn more their passion for scouting grows. When a boy enters as a Tiger Cub in the first grade they begin to learn about the basic ideals of scouting, said Kim Pirnat, a den mother.

As a boy moves into the second grade and becomes a Wolf Scout he begins to learn more about world. As a boy grows into a Bear Cub and enters the third grade the program becomes more indepth—the boys begin doing more and demonstrating what they have learned. The Webelos program is a two-year program for

fourth and fifth grade boys and moves from adult led into a more scout led program. The Webelos program prepares the boys to become Boy Scouts as the boys earn pins. All the scouts and families should be congratulated on a job well done, said Pirnat.

The Webelos 2 den share their advice for the next year with the newly promoted Webelos 1 den.

Alyssa Lipps helps her son Devon Lipps to remove his Wolf Uniform items in Scott Pasche, den leader, shakes hands with Logan Martin preparation of becoming a and congratulates him on his promotion to a Wolf Cub. Bear Cub.



The festival site again this year unfolds at the main beach of Pymatuning State Park with the entrance to festival grounds off South. Pymatuning Lake Road. Over 50 crafters and vendors have signed up for the event, said chairperson Jen Kelley. Festival hours are Saturday starting at 10 a.m. to dark, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available at the park areas. “My goal is to have 100 crafters and artisans one of these years. We have room for more,” she said. Brenner said the whole town of Andover and area businesses are to be involved for this 30th anniversary especially. The chamber is incorporating a plan to have area businesses, shopkeepers spruce up their properties and even have sidewalk sales during the festival weekend. There will be continuous entertainment both days including area musical groups, appearances by Andover Idol

contest winners this year and past Idol contestants, car show cruise-in, midway rides, children’s games, lots of local and commercial food vendors and more. Local service organizations involved include the Laker Ruritans and Andover area churches. Coming back to perform on Saturday, Aug. 4 is popular Elvis tribute artist, Jim Felix of Pittsburgh. Tony Rio, a country music singer from Akron, is the Saturday night top entertainer appearing before the festival’s gigantic fireworks display takes place around 9:15 p.m. What would a festival be without a queen’s pageant? The 2012 Lake Festival pageant chairperson, Andrea Wonderling is already getting information out promoting the event. There are four age categories for the pageant as follows: Tiny Miss for girls in grades kindergarten-3rd grade; Little Miss-grades 4-6; Junior Miss-grades 7-9; and

From page 14A Miss Lake Festival-grades 1012. The pageant is held on Saturday morning at the main stage area. For a pageant application call Wonderling at 724-815-6967 or email: andrea.wonderling Early entry deadline is June 15 and the age level is based on the grade level of applicants this fall at school. Chamber president Pamela Harting and the committee expect last year’s attendance of 13,000 to be exceeded. Arrangements for the use of the park grounds is done in cooperation with ODNR park manager, Craig Morton and the state agency officials. The popular pontoon boat rides on the Pymatuning Lake Reservoir will be a hit again this summer. The boats and drivers are provided by Haines Marine Services of Andover. For more information about the festival go to

Pam Keep, sophomore class advisor, and Cody Hunt, high school English teacher helped out as well. Out front part of the class held up art painted signs and hollered for motorists to stop in during the three hour stint. A few of the students even got to learn by cooking up burgers and other treats for customers. A few manned the cash registers while others wiped and cleaned off tables and booths inside the eatery. A tip jar was set out for any generous donations the diners wanted to give to the class students during the work hours inside the McDonald’s. The students also got a percentage of the sales from 4 to 7 p.m. that evening. The money is being put aside for several projects including as the move up as juniors this fall, it will go toward the spring prom of 2013. For some of the students it was their first experience of working in a restaurant, said Hunt.

From page 1A This spirited trio of PV High School sophomores Dominic Wolf, Hannah Hnida and Cody Miller hold up signs to invite drivers passing Andover’s McDonald’s a week ago to stop in. It was a fundraiser for the school’s 10th graders.

Greeting folks as they came to dine at Andover’s McDonald’s last week were sophomore Candice Smith (left) and high school English teacher, Cody Hunt. They handed out special treats for customers.

Education Get started with computers, grant-seeking and more ASHTABULA - Basic instruction in the Microsoft Office 2010 suite, an introduction to grant-seeking resources for non-profit agencies and individuals, and an introduction to the Library’s business research resources are among the programs scheduled for May 15 through 21 as Ashtabula County District Library welcomes the return of the State Library of Ohio’s Mobile Computer Lab. The air-conditioned bookmobile-sized bus, equipped with nine computer workstations for students and one for an instructor, will be parked outside ACDL’s main library at 335 West 44th street, serving as the setting for a week-long series of programs designed to meet community needs, according to Library Director Bill Tokarczyk. The program series will also provide opportunities for learning how to download Library e-books on various devices, classes designed for seniors and beginning computer users, and several other resources available on-line through the Library’s website. ACDL staff members will serve as instructors, sharing knowledge of software, databases and other Library resources, Tokarczyk says, and visitors will have opportunities to expand skills and knowledge in a number of areas, starting with “a very basic introduction to the computer designed for the absolute beginner” as the first program in the series, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. ACDL Technology Coordinator Morgan Paul will present “Basic Computers and E-mail,” which will be repeated at 3 p.m. on Friday (May 18). Paul will also present programs demonstrating how to download Library e-books onto Kindles, Nooks and other similar devices starting Saturday (May 19) at 11 a.m., and another at 5 p.m. Wednesday (May 16) about the resources of the Ohio Web Library, an online resource rich in information on science, literature, language learning and many other subject areas. Introductory training in several of the individual software programs that make up the Microsoft Office 2010 “productivity suite” has also been scheduled. Karen Bertholf, the Library’s Administrative Secretary and also an Adult Workforce Development instructor at ATech, will present “Intro to Word and Excel” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (May 15) and again at 6 p.m. Monday (May 21), and Community Relations Coordinator Tom Milligan will present an introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2010 at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (May 16 and 17), along with an Intro to PowerPoint at 12 noon Thursday. Milligan will also present a program on the Learning Express Library’s Job and Career Accelerator, an online resource available from home through the Library’s website, which helps job-seekers develop their own resumes and cover letters, offers assessment tools and summaries of training and educational requirements for hundreds of occupations, provides links to thousands of jobs nationwide, and offers assistance in helping job-seekers keep track of the progress of their various applications. Staffers and board members of area non-profits will have an opportunity to discover the resources of ACDL’s Cooperating Collection form the Foundation Center of New York, which provides comprehensive information on more than 100,000 American foundations which award some $40 billion annually in grants to non-profit agencies. The heart of the Collection is a pair of searchable databases, one covering foundations which give to non-profit agencies, the other covering foundations that award grants to individuals. By entering various aspects of a proposed project or course of study, users can quickly identify the relatively few foundations which might be interested in funding such an endeavor. The demonstrations will be presented by ACDL Reference Librarian Tammy Hiltz, who serves as supervisor of the Library’s Cooperating Collection, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 (for non-profit agencies), and 1 p.m. Friday, May 18 (for individuals). And for the business community, ACDL Reference Coordinator Doug Anderson will demonstrate use of Business Source Premier, a subscription database whose information is unavailable through free search engines, which enables users to find company profiles, SWOT analyses, marketing information and more about businesses locally, regionally and world-wide. That presentation, “Good Information/Good Decisions,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17. A complete schedule of the week’s programs is available on flyers available from circulation desks at the main Library on West 44th, at the Geneva branch on Sherman Street, and at the Library’s new website, All the presentations are free and open to the public, but registration (997-9341, ext. 229) is required, since seating aboard the bus is limited to nine participants at a time. There will also be “open lab” periods daily, offering an opportunity for visitors to surf the web, check email, or make use of software installed on the Mobile Lab’s computers for their own projects. Advance registration is not required for the open labs, but seating will be on a first-come first-served basis. The Mobile Computer Lab, which makes week-long stops all around the state offering local libraries a chance to expand community outreach and training opportunities, is a free service of the State Library of Ohio.

AHS Band to perform one last time The Ashtabula High School Alumni Band will perform one last time for the Ashtabula High School Farewell Celebration on Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. The performance will be in the Auditorium of Lakeside Intermediate (Ashtabula High School) 401 W. 44th Street. Former AHS Band Director Hector Martinez will direct the band as they play a few selections for the community. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!


A-Tech students earn medals at Ohio SkillsUSA Championships COLUMBUS- Ashtabula County Technical and Center students earned medals in eight contests at the Ohio SkillsUSA Championships in Columbus Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th. About 1,400 students from career technical schools throughout Ohio competed in the two-day event at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. Students are challenged to complete a project in their area of training within a specified time period while being scoredby a panel of judges. Students work as individuals or in teams, depending on the contest. Winning gold medals and advancing to the national competition were: Celest Shalan, Leilany Pagan, Tiffany Bevins, Kristy Anderson, Nikki Dubecky, Trinity Lopez, Teila Gagat, Kristen Hommes and Elise Musacchio (Opening & Closing Ceremony); Jennifer Slezak, Andrea Wright and Aleigha Warton (Promotional Bulletin Board); Cody Byler and Kevin Cedar (TV

Technical and Career Campus also earned a silver medal for Outstanding Achievement. The award is given to schools that have demonstrated a high degree of leadership in chapter level activities, student involvement and program work. Several other students participated in the state conference as voting delegates:Tim Janczylik, Joe Robinson, Alexis Baker-Webb, Sierra Ford, and Nick Felt. Aleigha Warton, Nathaniel Pilarczyk and SUBMITTED PHOTO Anthony Longhitono made Cody Byler and Kevin Cedar admiring their gold medals the trip as Regional Officers for TV Video Production and were part of the SkillsUSA Courtesy Corp. Video Production). Win- and Miranda Madison Brittany Wenner and Krista ning silver medals were: (Chapter Display); Chris Courtney attended as ReKatrina Suing (Architec- Paine and Brian Santee (Ro- gional Officer candidates. tural Drafting); Alyssa botics & Automation). SkillsUSA is a national Rhodes, Brandon “We’ve always known organization for career Boomhower, Brandon we have quality programs. technical students training Suchala and Nick Leavitt We are proud to see our for careers in trade, indus(Entrepreneurship Team); students show Ohio they trial, technical and healthJenson Kassay, Dante are learning the skills to related occupations. For Gramuglia and Dylan build careers and prepare more information on Pentek (Tech Prep Show- for college at A-tech,” said SkillsUSA or the programs case). principal Jon Whipple, at Atech, call 576-6015 or Taking home bronze med- who accompanied the stu- visit where als were: Aaron Humensky, dents on the trip. you can sign up for the Tim Tuttle, Cullen McCoy Ashtabula County school’s email newsletter.

Former State Rep earns distinguished former student award Deborah Newcomb will receive the 2012 Roger T. Beitler Award for Former Distinguished students at the Kent State University at Ashtabula spring commencement. Newcomb has a long and distinguished career in public service; serving the Ohio House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010, as Ashtabula County Commissioner from 1999 to 2008 and on Conneaut City Council from 1996 to 1999. Beitler, the first director of the Ashtabula Academic Center from 19581963, laid the firm foundation upon which the Ashtabula Campus has continued to build. To honor his memory and dedication to faculty and students, the Ashtabula Campus Faculty Council established the Roger T. Beitler Distinguished Former Student Award. It


Deborah Newcomb has been given annually since 1980 to former students who have made notable contributions in their respective vocations. Newcomb built her professional life around helping to improve the quality of life in her community and standing up for the people of her community. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the

Conneaut Human Resources Center which provides social services to the community and also serves on Kent State University at Ashtabula’s Human Services Advisory Committee. During her time in the state legislature, Newcomb served as Chair for Aging & Disability Services and worked to expand Passport, Assisted Living and PACE services to older Ohioans through passage of HB398, signed by the Governor. She earned recognition from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association in 2001 for her commitment to educational programs and was selected as Geneva-on-the-Lake Citizen of the Year in 2005. In 2008 and 2010 Newcomb was named a Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau and in 2009, received the Muriel Bertsch Award from the Ohio Asso-

ciation of Senior Centers for her advocacy on behalf of senior citizens. She received the Elected Official Advocacy Award from Ohio Area Agency on Aging and the “Home Care and Hospice Hero” award from the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice. In 2011, Newcomb received the Professional Achievement Award from the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce. The Conneaut High School graduate also earned her Associate of Applied Business degree in Office Technology and Office Management from the Ashtabula Campus. She worked in the private sector for over 25 years and owned her own business. Newcomb resides in Conneaut with husband Jim. Their family includes two sons, Zachary and Cris, daughter-in-law Katie, and granddaughter Amelia.

Area residents receive degrees at Ashland University Commencement ASHLAND, OH — The following local residents re• Keenan Franley of Jefferson, OH received a Bachceived degrees from Ashland University at the Spring elor of Science degree with a major in Exercise Science. Commencement Ceremony on May 5: Franley graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. He is the son of Hal and Betsy Franley of Jefferson. Franley • Zachary Daniel Heffner of Jefferson, OH received is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson Area High School. a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and • Jennifer Beals of Hartsgrove, OH received a BachReligion. He is the son of Andrew and Natalie Heffner of Jefferson. Heffner is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson elor of Science in Education degree with a major in Early Childhood Education. She is the daughter of David and Area High School. Sandra Beals of Rome. Beals is a 2007 graduate of • Douglas C.W. Jessup of Geneva, OH received a Grand Valley High School. Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and Philosophy. Jessup graduated with Cum Laude • James Robert Schroeder of Austinburg, OH rehonors. He is the son of Christopher and Brenda Jessup ceived a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a of Geneva. Jessup is a 2007 graduate of Geneva Sec- major in Nursing. ondary School.

Local students recognized at Youngstown State University’s Student Awards Banquet YOUNGSTOWN - Area students were recently recognized at Youngstown State University’s 2012 student awards banquet. They include Adam Heavner of Geneva, Ohio, a senior student at

YSU. Heavner was recognized for Arby’s Student Leadership Scholarship. Others are Edward Horodyski of Kinsman Township, a senior student at YSU. Horodyski was recog-

nized for the Presidential Mentor. Holly Mate of Orwell, Ohio, a junior student at YSU, was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.


Local students graduate from Thiel College

for whom education is more than a job – it’s a calling. The Board of Education and Administration are grateful for the work they do and I encourage every Pymatuning Valley community member to take time this week to thank an educator for their commitment to our youths’ future. Recognizing those good efforts would be greatly appreciated by those staff giving their all to every youth walking through our hallways. The second group is our district bus drivers. Bus Driver Appreciation Week is set up to recognize the dedication our bus drivers have in their job transporting our By Alex G. Geordan youth to and from school, along with after school events. Safety is the number one goal we have each day with all Superintendent of our students and it should give every parent a safe mind each day they give the transportation responsibilPymatuning Valley ity to our drivers. These individuals care deeply for all of their passenLocal Schools gers and treat them as their own. Again, our Board of Education and Administration would like to recognize each member of our transportation department for their This week is a special week for recognitions through- efforts every day. out our school district. We should all take time out to As we head into our final month of school, please conshow appreciation to two special groups of individuals tinue to motivate our youth to push hard for the finish working for the betterment of our youth on a daily basis. line as positive things will happen in return. Have a First is our teaching staff in Pymatuning Valley. This great May and please be safe as the weather will conweek we recognize the dozens of outstanding teachers tinue to turn to more sun shiny days.

Appreciation Week

GREENVILLE, PA - The following area students graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., during the commencement ceremony held Sunday, May 6 in Thiel’s William A. Passavant Center. Rebecca Ann Betteridge of Conneaut, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and departmental honors. Scott Kenneth Hunkus, of Kinsman Township, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial studies and departmental honors and was a recipient of the Dean’s Key. He was named one of five valedictorians, having graduated with a perfect 4.0 average. Kasey Lynn Landis, of Williamsfield Township, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and departmental honors and was a recipient of the Dean’s Key. Michael Robert Magyar also of Williamsfield received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology . A member of the Thiel Honors Program, Zachary Clay Markley, of Orwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in media communication and departmental honors. Kristin Marie Perpar, of Andover received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology . Students who received the honor of Summa Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.8 - 4.0; students who received the honor of Magna Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.60-3.79; and students receiving the honor of Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.4-3.59. Dean’s Key is awarded to those students who were on the Dean’s List for all eight semesters while at Thiel.

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Area residents receive degrees at Ashland University Commencement ASHLAND - Area residents from Geauga and Ashtbula County have received degrees from Ashland University at the Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 5. The graduates include the following: Diana Alexis Beebe of Montville, OH received a Master of Education degree with a major in Educational Administration. Todd Allen Frank of Huntsburg, OH received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Business Management. Frank graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Gamma Alpha Kappa honors. He is the son of Thomas and Carol Frank of Huntsburg and is a 2008 graduate of Cardinal High School in Middlefield. Jennifer Beals of Hartsgrove, OH received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Early Childhood Education. She is the daughter of David and Sandra Beals of Rome and a 2007 graduate of Grand Valley High School in Orwell. Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

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For the Record Conneaut Police • At 2:14 p.m. April 26, an inmate at Lake Erie Correctional Institution reported identity fraud. • At 3:12 p.m. April 26, a Maple Avenue resident reported harassment. • At 8:35 p.m. April 26, shoplifting was reported at the Broad Street Mini-Mart. • At 7:37 a.m. April 27, a CSP Plastics employee reported that a tailgate was stolen off another employee’s vehicle in the lot. • Officers patrolling Harbor Street near Liberty Street 9:51 a.m. April 27 observed a large amount of noxious white smoke coming from the exhaust system of a maroon Dodge Caravan. They initiated a traffic stop and met with driver, Luke C. Todd, who was driving on an FRA suspension. He was cited. • At 1:03 p.m. April 27, a West Main Road resident reported theft of jewelry which allegedly occurred in January. • At 6:47 p.m. April 27, a Main Street resident reported harassment. • At 9:24 p.m. April 27, a domestic disturbance was reported on Buffalo Street. • At 10:10 p.m. April 27, an employee at True North Store reported the theft of alcoholic beverages. • At 10:44 p.m. April 27, a break-in was reported at a Harbor Street residence. Nothing was reported to have been taken. • At 12:10 a.m. April 28, a Harbor Street resident reported that an intoxicated man walked into his home and approached his wife. He held the man to the ground until police arrived and arrested Carlton Gonzales. He was transported and booked into jail. • At 2:18 p.m. April 28, an Orange Street resident reported the theft of a bicycle. • At 6:11 p.m. April 28, a ladder was reported stolen from a Clay Street residence. • At 3:45 p.m. April 29, a bench was reported stolen off of an Orange Street property. • At 4:30 p.m. April 29, a fight between two females was reported on State Street. • At 5:45 p.m. April 29, a Main Street resident reported that his juvenile step-son was unruly. • At 6:05 p.m. April 29, a theft of jewelry was reported on Broad Street. • At 8:09 a.m. April 30, a Broad Street resident reported the theft of a wallet. • At 10:14 a.m. April 30, a West Main Road resident reported the attempted break in of an abandoned residence. • At 3:35 p.m. April 30, a hitskip traffic accident was reported in the area of I-90 near Route 7. • At 10:55 p.m. April 30, a domestic disturbance was reported on East Main Road. • At 7:26 a.m. May 1, a noninjury traffic accident was reported in the area of I-90 near Route 7. • At 10:22 a.m. May 1, a noninjury traffic accident was reported in the area of I-90 near the 240 mile marker. • At 3:21 p.m. May 1, a noninjury traffic accident was reported in the area of State Street near Chestnut Street. • At 7:56 p.m. May 1, four juveniles were cited into Juvenile Court after a fight between them subjects on Madison Street. • At 10:37 p.m. May 2, Steven R. Kesseler was arrested for OVI, Dus, weaving lanes, open container in a motor vehicle, after he was stopped on Buffalo Street for weaving. • At 11:50 p.m. May 2, a West Main Road resident reported harassment.

Andover Police 04-30 2:45 PM Gates Street Disorderly Conduct 05-02 10:49 AM Gates Street - Suspicious Activity 05-02 11:02 AM Gates Street - Reported Theft – Unfounded 05-02 9:00 PM Gates Street Arrest on Warrant 05-04 12:09 PM Public Square - Menacing 05-04 4:09 PM Chestnut

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Jefferson Police May 4 8:13 p.m. Ptl. Anothy Wood arrested a man for possession of marijuana when he found a small bag of marijuana and a black bag with pipe inside after pulling the suspect over for not having a front license plate and he smelled a marijuana odor from the vehicle. 9:16 p.m. Ptl. Nelson received an anonymous call about three intoxicated persons inside of a truck while at the Wall Street Bar. When Nelson arrived everyone inside the truck had left. 8:20 p.m. Ptl. Nelson responded to a call for a loose horse on the fairgrounds. When Nelson arrived, the owner had returned the horse to stall.

May 3 10:07 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported by a Hardees manager after the blue car had been parked in the Hardees’ parking lot for about an hour. The two occupants in the car met the officer to talk. Ptl. Nelson told them about the call. The two said they understood and left the premises. 6:25 p.m. A business owner called Ptl. Nelson regarding threats and harassments made toward her from a man who will be renting the facility she is currently using for her business when they vacate the building. The man threatened to remove her property if she wasn’t moved out by the weekend even though she has until May 14 to move out.

Ashtabula Police April 23 03:27 a.m. - block of 5200 Norman Ave. A report of a burglary was received. 11:53 a.m. - block of 8300 Joseph Ave. Report of vandalism. 11:55 a.m. - block of 5700 Washington Ave. Report of a sick animal. 01:02 p.m. - block of 3500 Superior Ave. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle. One felony arrest was made. 03:12 p.m. - block of 5000 W. 38th Ave. Report of a disturbance. 04:51 p.m. - block of 5100 W. 38th Ave. Report of a juvenile runaway. 05:32 p.m. - block of 1700 E. 46th St. Report of a burglary. 05:33 p.m. - block of 5700 Woodman Ave. Report of a disturbance. 05:53 p.m. - block of 3200 W. 48th St. A caller reports criminal damage to a vehicle. 09:19 p.m. - block of 1900 W. Prospect Rd. Caller reports an attempted theft. 09:56 p.m. - block of 4900 Jefferson Ave. Assault. 10:15 p.m. - block of 1800 E. 46th St. Theft other. 11:57 p.m. - W. 19th St./Michigan Ave. A traffic stop was conducted. One arrest made for OVI.

April 24 01:24 a.m. - Wade Ave./Cemetery Rd. An assault was reported. 01:24 a.m. - Wade Ave. / Cemetary Rd. Assault reported. 08:14 a.m. - 1800 block of Willow Arms Dr. Report of fight received. 11:28 a.m. - 2100 block of Cemetary Rd. Man with baseball bat reported. Two arrests made. 7:21 p.m. - 1100 block of W 8th St. Report of possible lab discovery. 09:09 p.m. - 1900 block of W Prospect Rd. Victim in lobby reports being assaulted. 11:18 p.m. - W 38th St. / Ann Ave. Traffic stop conducted. One arrest made for OVI.


Apr. 25 12:23 a.m. - 3100 block of Glover Dr. Caller reports problem with neighbor. One cited for disorderly conduct. 12:55 a.m. - 4800 block of Kain Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 03:56 a.m. - 800 block of W Prospect Rd. Jaywalking male had an active warrant for his arrest. 12:23 a.m. - block of 3100 Glover Dr. Caller reports problem with neighbor. One cited for disorderly conduct. 12:55 a.m. - block of 4800 Kain Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 03:56 a.m. - block of 8000 W. Prospect Rd. A jaywalking male had an active warrant for his arrest. 01:05 p.m. - block of 4625 Foster Ave. A suicidal male was disarmed. 01:56 p.m. - Topper Ave. Juvenile assault, report for the record at this time. 04:20 p.m. - block of 1100 W. Prospect Rd. Caller reports an intoxicated male. 06:34 p.m. - block of 3200 Lake Ave. Caller reports an open door. 08:55 p.m. - block of 1300 Perryville Pl. A loose dog was reported. 09:03 p.m. - block of 5100 Center St. Robbery. 09:21 p.m. - block of 1600 W. 8th St. A report of a breaking and entering of a shed and theft from an auto were received. 09:50 p.m. - block of 1400 W. 8th St. A report of a domestic in progress was received. 10:44 p.m. - block of 1200 Prospect Rd. A female was arrested for OVI. 11:55 p.m. - block of 3000 Glover Dr. A request to assist CCAN with a male with kidney stones was received.

April 26 03:50 a.m. - block of 2400 W. Prospect Rd.A request to assist ACSO was received. 03:50 a.m. - 2400 block of W Prospect Rd. Request to assist ACSO received. 08:55 a.m. - 1100 block of Bunker Hill Rd. Criminal mischief. 10:50 a.m. - 1600 block of W 6th St. Vandalism. 12:15 p.m. - E 17th St. / Columbus Ave. Disturbance reported. Arrest made. 02:02 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Inmate incident. 02:20 p.m. - Griswold Rd. / Glover Dr. Caller reports a welfare check. 03:02 p.m. - 4200 block of Park Ave. Caller reports a suicidal male is making threats. 03:19 p.m. - 300 block of W 48th St. Request for assistance. 03:25 p.m. - 4200 block of Park Ave. Officer injury. 04:05 p.m. - 100 block of W 44th St. Caller reports car window had a brick thrown through it. 9:33 p.m. - 5700 block of Madison Ave. Report of a private property hit skip accident received. 11:42 p.m. - 1200 block of Michigan Ave. Burglary.

Apr. 27 01:39 a.m. - 700 block of W 33rd St. Suspicion. 01:39 a.m. - block of 7000 W. 33rd St. Suspicion. 07:49 a.m. - block of 4200 State Rd. Menacing. 12:19 p.m. - block of 9100 Lake Ave. An assault was reported. 12:52 p.m. - block of 1400 Lake Ave. Subject reporting that he lost his wallet. 01:32 p.m. - block of 3200 W. 48th St. A call for assistance was received. 02:18 p.m. - block of 1100 W. 44th St. Jail. 03:02 p.m. - block of 5100 W. 36th St. A report of a disturbance was received. 05:06 p.m. - block of 1300 Bridge St. Caller reporting theft from auto. 11:16 p.m. - block of 2200 West Ave. Caller reports an assault.

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Monday, May 7 10:41 a.m. Crash without injury on South Broadway 8:16 a.m. Crash without injury on Austin Road

Sunday, Mary 6 9:11 p.m. Erratic driver on West Main Street 8:25 p.m. Abandon vehicle on 200 block of Burrows Street 8:04 p.m. Guys arguing over drug deal on 100 block of Vine Street 5:02 p.m. Injury from wall falling on 300 block of East Main Street 10:33 a.m. Unruly juveniles on 100 block of West Tibbitts Street 6:24 a.m. Unwanted male on 800 block of West Main Street

Saturday, May 5 5:27 p.m. Problem with kids on Elm and Eagle Skate Park 4:02 p.m. Theft of property on 100 block of Eastwood Street 8:45 a.m. Suspicious male on 600 block of South Broadway 8:12 a.m. Broken glass on Elm and Fourth Street 6:50 a.m. Suspicious male on Eastwood and Van Epps

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May 2 9:30 am - Domestic violence complaint on Robert Ave 9:58 pm - Traffic complaint on W Main St

May 3 1:23 am - Domestic complaint on Carroll Ave

May 4 2:18 pm - Domestic complaint on Carroll Ave

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Epps 8:23 p.m. Problem with possum on Park Place 7:22 p.m. Male with possible gun on 700 block of South Broadway 6:50 p.m. Missing juvenile on 400 block of East Main Street 3:32 p.m. Stray dogs on 100 block of Burrows Street 3:17 a.m. Suspicious person on South Nearing

Thursday, May 3 8:59 p.m. Fight on 1300 block of South Ridge 3:49 p.m. Disabled vehicle on East Main Street 11:16 a.m. Disorderly conduct on West Main Street area 9:11 a.m. Suspicious person on 1000 block of South Broadway

Wednesday, May 2 5:56 p.m. Unsupervised children on Route 20 5:18 p.m. Kids on Go Cart on Millwood Allotment 3:53 p.m. Crash without injury on Route 20 and Eagle Street 3:29 p.m. Harassment on 400 block of East Main Street 2:57 p.m. Jeep on fire on 200 block of West Main Street 10:50 a.m. Sick looking dog on East Tibbitts 1:45 a.m. Suspicious person on South Broadway

April 20, Neil W. Gwinn The defendant was charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. The court determined the defendant was an indigent person. Bond is set in the amount of $4,000.

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Scott R. Russell and Heather M. Bates, both of Ashtabula

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RUSSELL TOWNSHIP - Amphibian activity continues this spring as Gray Treefrogs take their turn in the breeding pools of The West Woods. Witness this annual phenomenon in woodland pools – another of Nature’s Not to Be Missed programs. The program is Saturday, May 26 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township With their trills resounding from nearby bushes, participants delight in finding these camouflaged creatures by flashlight as a Park District naturalist guides them from one wetland to another.Green frogs and bullfrogs add to the “amphibery” of the evening with their calls. This evening adventure keeps participants on the trail. The naturalist will provide instructions for optimal viewing and frog safety, both of which require tight parental supervision. Registration is not required for this free all-ages, rain or shine program, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please bring flashlights to use and call the park office with questions.

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Geauga Park District holding Spring Birding Program MIDDLEFIELD TOWNSHIP - Have you ever been sitting in a chair with a cup of coffee enjoying the view of your bird feeder and said, “Geez, I wonder what kind of bird that is,” or, “How can I get more birds to come?” Well, now’s your chance to get those questions answered and still enjoy that cup of joe indoors. Join Naturalist Nora Sindelar for an “inside” look at bird watching at the Swine Creek Reservation Lodge on Hayes Road, south off Route 87 in Middlefield Townshiop on May 20. The program is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Swine Creek Lodge’s feeding station is located right outside its large windows and overlooks sunflower, thistle and suet feeders.Sindelar will have easy-to-use bird identification guides for you to take home and practice your identification skills, and 10 lucky participants will receive a CD of bird songs to go along with the guide. Stop in anytime during program hours to enjoy this free all-ages viewing, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call the park office at (440 286-9516 with questions.

Markwood graduates basic combat Army National Guard Pfc. Levi W. Markwood has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Markwood is the son of Vernon Markwood of Elbow Street, Sandy Lake, and Teresa Markwood of Highway 322, Hartstown. He is a 2001 graduate of Lakeview High School, Stoneboro.

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild gets grant from WR Junior Service League CHARDON The G e a u g a Ly r i c T h e a t e r Guild (GLTG) has a long history of community involvement. Regional families, as well as other nonprofit organizations, have benefited from programming, fundraising and a strong artistic presence provided by the Guild. The GLTG was recently rewarded by a well known service organization. The Western Reserve Junior Service League awarded a grant that helped replace much of the guild’s aging sound equipment. The money was used to purchase microphones and sound equipment that will be utilized in education programs, as well as main-stage productions. Earlier this year the check was presented to Christine Cipriani, Executive Director for GLTG, at the WRJSL awards ceremony. Cipriani used the

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Jefferson and Grand Valley split double-header Local Scoreboard BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons and Grand Valley Mustangs split their double header on Saturday, May 5. The Falcons gave the Mustangs their first loss of the season in the first game as Jefferson won 11-2. The Mustangs recovered to win their second game 63. Jeromy Rockafellow went the distance for Grand Valley with seven solid innings on the mound. Rockafellow and Kurt Fusco had a pitching dual for the majority of the game as

both pitchers for the most part shut the opposition down. The Falcons scored the first run of the game as Andy Santiago hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning. Grand Valley had a break out inning in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of walks, a pair of errors and three straight hits. Kyle Hodge drew a lead off walk for Grand Valley and went to second on a passed ball. Hodge later attempted to steal third base and tied the game on an overthrow. Kyle Orgovan drew another walk this time with two outs and

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A.J. Henson begins his lead off of third base for the Mustangs, as Scott Davidson plays third base for the Falcons. the Mustangs then took advantage of back-to-back errors. Mitchell Lake and A.J. Henson both reached on errors to load the bases. Rockafellow helped himself with a two-run single to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead. Grand Valley continued to add to their lead as Adam Moodt hit his own two-run single, making it 5-1. Mason PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL Berkey capped the inning Jeromy Rockafellow Kurtis Fusco pitches for the with an RBI single, upping picked up the win on the Jefferson Falcons during the lead to 6-1. It would be mound for the Mustangs in the second game of a all the runs Rockafellow their second game against double header against needed as the Mustangs won the Falcons. 6-3. Grand Valley.

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The Falcons tried to chip away at the lead in the sixth inning as Johnny Knight hit a two-out single. Nick Stranman drove in Knight on drifting fly ball that went for a double, making it 6-2. Jefferson cut the lead in half in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ethan Pawlowski singled and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Chase Stowe. However, the Mustangs picked up the final out and won 6-3 as they ended their regular season with a record of 25-1.

Individual Results Flight 1 Champions (Hudson) Ben Tieman and Alec Denny Finalists (Mentor) Adrian Miller and Victor Gheno Third Place (Chardon) Matt Morrissette and Evan Lach Flight II Champions (Hudson) Brendan Dagley and Jack Graham Finilists (Geneva) Joe Roney and Michael Ankrom Third Place (SSJP) Evelyn Anderson and Joe Ferrante Flight III Champions (Hudson) Jack Rauch and Joe Murphy Finilists (Geneva) Jacob Huang and Josh Roney Third Place (Mentor) Khaled Aboumerhi and Mark Reilly Team Champions score sheet 1. Hudson-24 points, 2. Geneva19 points, 3. Mentor-17 points, 4. Jefferson-14 points, 5. Chardon-eleven points, 6. SSJPnine points, .7 Madison-nine points, 8. Edgewood- five points

Tennis Lakeside 4, Edgewood 1 Jefferson 4, Conneaut 1 Lakeside 5, North 0 Erie McDowell 5, Jefferson 0 Geneva 4, Lakeside 1 Edgewood 3, Conneaut 2 Hawken 5, Geneva 0 Lakeside 5, Riverside 0 Jefferson 3, Edgewood 2

Softball Girard 2, PV 0 Riverside 4, Madison 2 Conneaut 10, Wickliffe 0 Conneaut 5, Wickliffe 1 Geneva 9, Madison 0 Chardon 4, Lakeside 0 Girard 6, Jefferson 3 Southington 3, PV 1 PV 8, GV 1 Girard 5, Jefferson 1

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Track-Girls Ashtabula County Meet Geneva 153, Conneaut 81, Lakeside 75, Edgewood 69, PV 68, Jefferson 42, GV 27 Conneaut 98, Jefferson 36 PV 72, Edgewood 65

Track-Boys Jefferson 115.5, Geneva 95, Lakeside 92, Edgewood 84.5, PV 82, Conneaut 51, GV 7 Jefferson 86, Conneaut 51 Edgewood 86, PV 51


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PV Holds Annual AC Track Meet BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers

Gill in the300 hurdles and meet record tying jumps in the pole vault by Laurisa ANDOVER TOWNSHIP - Rosado and Lindsay Adams. The annual Ashtabula Rosado and Adams tied the County track meet was con- pole vault record of 10 feet ducted Saturday on a set last year by Geneva’s beautIful day for running. Heather Combs. On a day of fine perforVeronica Clutter commances, Geneva won the pleted her fine day with wins girls title and Jefferson took in the 100 and 200.Emily the boys victory. O’Dell won the 800. Geneva was followed by The victorious relay Conneaut, Lakeside, teams were: 4 x 100: Emily Edgewood, PV, Jefferson and Deering, Lyndsey Grand Valley. Armstrong, Alyssa Scott and Geneva was paced by Laurisa Rosado. their victorious relay teams 4 x 200: Deering, Kamie and received record setting Gill, Scott and Clutter; 4 x performances from Kamie 400: Hailey van Hoy, Gill, Deering, O’Dell. 4 x 800: Kassi Santiago, Cami Dodge, O’Dell and van Hoy.


Hurdlers Marshall LaRiche, Geneva, in lane 5 and Connor Lynch, Edgewood, in lane 4 prepare to surmount the obstacle. Lynch won the event, LaRiche was third. Conneaut earned victories from Brittany Johnson in the high jump and 100 hurdles, Mikahla Passmore in the 400 and Angela Cole in the discus. Lorna Sand earned a first in the 1600 for Lakeside. Julianna Simmons of Edgewood won the 3200. Geena Gabriel of PV took the long jump and Megan Foy of GV won the shot put. In the boys meet, Jefferson

was first, Geneva second, then Lakeside, Edgewood, PV, Conneaut and GV. David Chase won the high jump and 40 for the Falcons. Adam Chase took the 800. Jacob Hamilton was first in the pole vault and the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400m relays also won. The 4 x 200 relay team: Jacob Dengg, Jacob Hamilton, Jerry Scott and David Chase. The 4 x400 relay team was

Connor Cleveland, David Chase, Dengg and Scott. Geneva was paced by their relay team, 4 x800: Mac Parker, Gabe McLeod, Erik Braun and Travis Blake. Marshall LaRiche won the 110 hurdles; Gabe McLeod won the 1600. Lakeside was led by their throwers. Bryce McMullen won the shot put and Reggie McHenry won the

discus.Brandon Lopez out ran the field in the 3200. Connor Lynch won the 300 hurdles for the Warriors. Quintin Ratliff had a nice day for PV, winning the 100 and long jump. The 4 x 100 relay of Nick Stasiak, Kyle Comanescu, Matt Silvers and Quintin Ratliff finished first. Many local teams will compete in the Jefferson Relays on Friday.

David Chase, of Jefferson, won the high jump at the Emily O’Dell, of Geneva, the recent Ashtabula leads the field in the 800, Mikahla Passmore of Conneaut edges out Hailey van Laurisa Rosado, left, and Lindsay Adams, of Geneva tied O’Dell won the event. County track meet. Joy of Geneva in the 400 the Ashtabula County record for the pole vault

Larry Packe Youth Memorial Hunt approaching BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

down to youth members. The Youth Organization had been disbanded in the JEFFERSON - The 9th past, but has been brought Annual Northeast Ohio Na- back over the last ten years. tional Redbone CHA Youth The Youth Memorial Championship will take Hunt will be held at the place on Saturday, June 2. Ashtabula County Coon Redbone helps sponsor the Hunters Club Grounds on event as the Larry Packe Griggs Road, Jefferson, Youth Memorial Hunt. Ohio. The GPS address is Packe was affiliated with 898 Griggs Road, Jefferosn, UKC (United Kennel Club) OH 44047. as a speaker and also volunThe Licensed bench show teered his time with Youth has a deadline of 4PM. ParHunters, so the Youth ticipates are asked to be on Championship hunt is dedi- the grounds between 2:30cated in his name. 3:00. The Ashtabula County The Bench show consists Coon Hunters Club has of participates ages 5-17, members ranging from the walking there dog down an oldest at 83 in Gene Brooks isle and then having them

stand in a pose on the bench. The judges will be looking at the dogs appearance, muscular structure and particular aspects of that type of breed. The judge has certain standards in which they are looking for and then he gives out points for the best dog. Trophies will be awarded to bench show winners. The top winners of this event along with the Licensed Nite Hunt will move on to Nationals. Last year around 17 youth participants took part in the Youth Memorial Hunt. “Our goal this year is to have more kids participate and have some kids qualify to go to Nationals,” Kim

Braden said. “We also want the kids to come out and have a fun time,” Braden added. The Licensed Nite Hunt deadline is at 8pm and costs $10. Participants are divided up into groups of four called casts. Each cast will go out with a judge and a guide to hunt in the woods for an hour and a half. Points will be given for striking their dogs and dogs also get points for treeing. The Top three Nite Hunt winners will receive gas cards and lights. Cash will also be given to winners going to nationals. A lot of donations have been given to help support

the Youth Memorial Hunt. There will be a Chinese auction and games for kids to play and win prizes. Spectators are welcome to come and experience the activities first hand. Another goal for the Ashtabula County Coon Hunters Club is to raise money to help send kids who win to nationals. There will also be a nonsanctioned 100 yard dash at 6:30 with a $2 entry fee. During this event a coon is let out of a cage on a pulley and it runs down a track and the dogs are then cut loose and whatever dog makes it down to the tree and barks first wins.

The Treeing contest which starts at 5:30 (also $2) is similar except a coon is let out of a cage and the dog is then timed for most barks in a minute. The Iron Dog Trophy will be given to the highest overall point winner who enters all four events with the same dog. No experience is needed for youth interested in becoming involved. Extra dogs will be on hand to practice with and experienced members can offer advice and give tips. For more information contact Kim Braden (440) 5771178 or (440) 813-0463 or Red Anthony at (440) 577-1290.

4-H Foundation to hold Fourth Annual Golf Outing BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

“We’re trying to get more golfers than that this year,” Joe Bodnar, who is one of the JEFFERSON - The contact persons for the golf Ashtabula County 4-H Foun- outing, said. dation is holding its Fourth Mr. Bodnar can be Annual 4-H Foundation Golf reached at 440-645-3920. Outing on Saturday, June 9. Other contacts are Jim The golf outing had be- Trisket, 440-696-0302, and tween 15-20 teams last year. Earl Tucker, 440-536-5536.

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The 4-H Foundation is a group trying to raise money each year to support local kids in 4-H. The organization has two functions a year including the Pig Roast and Auction in September, along with the golf outing. Businesses and organizations donate items for the Pig Roast and they are then auctioned off later in the night. The profits are then put into an investment company and the 4-H Foundation tries to live off of the interest made. The Foundation passes out five, $1,000 scholarships and donates another $1,000 to the extension office to help them conduct their business. “We (The 4-H Foundation) support 4-H in almost

every phase there is. We give out scholarships and a couple thousand dollars to the extension office for underprivileged kids who can’t afford to go to 4-H camp and things like that,” Bodnar said. The 4-H Foundation also helps both new and old 4-H clubs depending on different criteria’s and qualifications. The Foundation recently gave a $900 grant for a new horse grading mechanism. They also gave out $250 dollar for a girl to go on a Washington Focus trip. The event will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and the format is a four-person scramble. The cost is $60 per golfer and will take place at Hickory Grove Golf Course.

The entry includes: Continental Breakfast, entry packet, door prize, refreshments, lunch at the turn, closest to the pin, longest and shortest drives, longest putts and a pulled pork dinner with awards after the game. “It’s a good day at the golf course for golfers. The food is excellent and we try to have door prizes for everyone,” Bodnar said on the golf outing. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 5. There will be first, second and third prizes. The prize money will be $400 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. There will also be side games, including skins, double your

money shot, putt competition and a 50/50 raffle. The 4-H Foundation is also looking for hole sponsors for $50, where the company name and number is posted on the hole at the golf course. “It teaches children leadership, responsibility and things of that nature,” Bodnar said on one of the many reasons the 4-H program is good for the community. “All proceeds to benefit the Ashtabula County 4-H Foundation. The Ashtabula County 4-H Foundation is a tax nonprofit 501 c3 Corporation which allows your donation to be tax deductible,” according to the golf outing flier.



Dragons best Warriors

JAGS kicks off season

Kyle Downs, of Lakeside, and David Richards, of Edgewood, determine who serves first.

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Chris Otto changes the score for the Lakeside Dragons in a third singles match against Edgewood.

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as Griffin Degener singled to start the third inning. Moodt retired the next three hitters ORWELL – The Grand to keep the score at 2-0. Valley Mustangs remained Moodt drew a walk in the unbeaten and picked up third inning and later scored their 22nd win with a 10-0 on a double and an error by victory over the Ledgemont Berkey. Joe Satterfield Redskins. ripped an RBI single to inAdam Moodt started on crease the lead to 4-0. the mound for the Mustangs Kyle Hodge started a twoas he gave up a single to out rally in the fifth inning Brad Marsic in the first in- with a single for the Musning. The Mustangs turned tangs. Joe Satterfield drove a double play to erase the in his second run of the game runner and Moodt went on with an RBI double, increasto strike out the next hitter ing the lead to 5-0. to end the inning. Nate Wengerd and Mitchell Lake and A.J. Mitchell Lake singled to Henson set the table for the start the sixth inning for the Nate Wengerd bats for the Mustangs during a recent NAC Mustangs with back-to-back Mustangs as they looked to baseball game against the Redskins. singles in the bottom of the put the mercy rule into effirst inning. Both runners fect. Henson moved picked up a stolen base to Wengerd over to third base put runners on second and with a sac-fly and Lake imthird. Jeromy Rockafellow mediately took second on the drove in the first run of the next pitch. Rockafellow game with an RBI added to the lead with an groundout, making it 1-0. RBI single. After Moodt The Mustangs added an- walked to load the bases other run when Mason Berkey made it 8-0 with a Berkey reached on an error. two run single. Hodge kept The Redskins once again the hits coming with an RBI picked up a leadoff single single. Satterfield capped his this time from Zach Doerr. three-for-three day with a Doerr later was erased on a game winning RBI single, fielders choice before Ollie making the final score 10-0. Reynolds picked up an inBrad Marsic had an in the field single. Moodt would get park homerun taken away out of the inning with a for Ledgemont after missing strikeout and a ground out. third base in the fifth inning. The Mustangs loaded the The Redskins threatened bases in the second inning in the sixth inning with a with no outs. However, pair of baserunners as Tyler Ledgemont turned a double Kepes singled and Ollie play from home to first base Reynolds drew a walk. to get the first two outs. Moodt picked up the last out Derek Lang then saved two on a fly-ball to keep the shutruns with a great catch in out intact. center field to end the threat. A.J. Henson closed out The Redskins hit their the game for the Mustangs Adam Moodt helped pitch the Mustangs past the third straight lead off single as they won 10-0. Redskins in a recent NAC baseball match-up.

People pour in at Yankee Lake Truck Night BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers BROOKFIELD - The right combination of the amount of rain and the timing of the rain ending made the mudding conditions perfect at Yankee Lake for their opening Truck Night on Friday, May 4. It rained for about an hour at Yankee Lake in Brookfield, Ohio which added to the fun in the mud and the rain ended in time for participants and spectators to pour in themselves. “It was crazy,” Gary BowerPresident of Yankee Lake Truck Night Inc. said. “We got a whole bunch of rain for an hour and then everyone came after that. We had an overabundance of people come in and everyone was having fun slipping and sliding in the mud. We had to

ask them to go home at the end of the night because they didn’t want to.” Opening night at Yankee Lake featured 800 plus participants and even more spectators. “We had an unbelievable amount of people turnout for the weather we had. I want to thank everybody that did participant and who enjoyed the festivities,” Bower said. Opening night consisted of lots of trail riding through the woods along with splashing around in the mud. There were also numerous amounts of trips through the mud pits. Those who didn’t have their own truck could also ride in the big four-wheel drive Yankee Lake School Bus and experience some of the action. The upcoming Yankee Lake

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Wheeler, Dunn, Airgood, Blackshear, and Sergeff open 2012 season with Raceway 7 Victories CONNEAUT, OH - After threatening weather surrounded the raceway all day on May 4, fans were greeted with a beautiful and warm evening to start the 2012 racing season. Scoring big on opening night were Rusty Wheel in the Street Stocks, Russ Dunn in the Zimmer Service Center E-Mods, Dave Airgood in the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models, Brandon Blackshear in the new Econo Mods, and Bud Sergeff in the Mini-Stocks. The Street Stocks were the first feature of 2012 with Paul Schreckengost and Steve Horvath leading the way to the green flag for the scheduled 15lap distance. Schreckengost took the immediate lead with third starting Rusty Wheeler right behind. At the end of five laps the leaders were side by side at the stripe with Wheeler gaining the advantage heading down the back straight. At the halfway point Tommy Fox was challenging Schreckengost for the runner-up position. Fox took until lap twelve to complete the pass. Wheeler, a former Raceway 7 class champion, cruised to his first win of the season in a caution-free race over Fox, Schreckengost, Horvath, and 2011 champion Chris Withers. The veterans Bill Taylor and Chuck Steinle Jr lead the 21 Zimmmer Service Center EMods to Roger Osburn's green flag with third-row starter Russ Dunn moving to the lead heading out of turn two. Wendell Pinckney spun in turn one, bringing out the first feature race caution of the year at the conclusion of lap 2. When green again flew Dunn, the 2010

champion, stormed off to an ever-lengthening lead until lap 5 when Gary Murphy lost the handle and spun his mount in turn two. With the second and third place runners right on his rear bumper, Dunn wasted no time scooting away on this restart, which only lasted one lap before Murphy again spun in the same turn. Again Dunn sped away but all in vain as Rick Pratschler, Ed Wilson, and Joe Crawford got together in turn one and spun. The next green flag run had Dunn pulling away from Zimmer, who had assumed second on each of the restarts and was opening distance on Taylor, who had his hands full with Mike Kinney. By lap 13 Kinney had moved around Taylor and was battling Zimmer for second, finally getting by with five laps remaining. The run to the checkers was interrupted with two laps to go as Wendell Pinckney spun coming out of turn four. During the caution, Zimmer's fine run came to an end as he headed to the pits with mechanical problems, turning third over to Shane Crotty. Dunn cruised to his first win of the season over Kinney, Crotty, Taylor, and John Boardman. The Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK feature saw Bob Craig and Dave Airgood on the front row with Airgood taking over the top spot by the end of lap one. Airgood stretched his lead to half a straight-a-way by the time of the first caution, for a spin by Justin Kreider in turn four. Billy Henry came to second on the restart and Kyle Zimmerman to third. With five laps remaining

the front three had pulled away from the pack with Airgood firmly in command. Airgood went on to the win with Henry second, Zimmerman third, Bob Craig fourth, and Matt Latta completing the top five. The Econo Mods made their first-ever appearance at Raceway 7 with Eric Paulus and Jodi Woodworth Jr leading the seven car field to the green. Paulus grabbed the lead with Brandon Blackshear second. Blackshear caught the leader with five laps in and moved into the lead one lap later. Brad Blackshear caught Paulus a lap later and got by for second at the end of nine. The top three finished in that order with Chuck Steinle Sr and Jodi Woodworth Jr filling out the top five. Cale Sousa and Jamie Wrightsman led the sixteen Specialty Products Mini Stocks to the green flag with Wrightsman taking the immediate lead but Tim Gillette leading at the end of lap one. Gillette, an enduro specialist, led John Boyd Sr and Jason Easler until turn two of lap four when Boyd got by for the lead. Bud Sergeff came by Easler for third on lap five, then set his sights on the runner-up position, claiming that position the following lap. With three laps remaining Sergeff got by Boyd on the back straight but Boyd used traffic to regain the lead in turn four. Sergeff powered ahead again as the white flag flew, then went on to his first win of the season. Boyd got second over his son, 2012 champion Jonny Boyd, who had started 15th (last) after having mechanical problems in his heat.


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ANDOVER-When business partners John O’Connor and Joe Martello were looking for another site to expand their Village Tobacco Store in Orwell, the village of Andover looked promising. A year ago last month they consummated the deal to purchase and do some renovation on the former Andover News & Gifts shop, located on the north end of the public square. “We acquired some of the gift inventory when we bought the store building. Some we’ve kept and other items we’ve donated for example for the local Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt,” said Martello. The full service tobacco products store centers on a roll your own cigarettes machine, where customers can come in pick out their choice of tobacco, blends, tubes, then rent the machine. Then the RYO Filling Station machine does the rest, said O’Connor as he demonstrated how to use the large machine. “We specialize in the roll your own cigarettes products. It’s all American grown tobacco brands like Good Stuff, Smokin’ G, Silver, Menthol and five other blends. People are still smoking today. To roll your own cigarettes is about half the cost of buying package cigarettes at state minimum prices. We have certain rules we have to instruct our customers when they roll their own cigarettes,” O’Connor said. When the two men opened their first Village Tobacco store in Orwell Village two years ago, many of their customers were coming from the Andover area, western Pennsylvania and adjoining counties. That was one reason to consider opening another similar store, Martello said. Both men each worked in private food and beverages distribution industry for over 20 years, before partnering for the tobacco products store ownership. The store also sells manufactured cigarettes at state minimum prices, cigars sold in packages or singles for customers. A large wood humidor keeps the cigar supplies very fresh, which is an important factor. The owners are an Ohio Lottery ticket sales outlet and people can stop in to play Keno, another drawing card for customers to stop in. The also stock chewing tobacco products in the popular brands. They can also order other brands a customer prefers if not stocked. “We offer everyone who comes in a free cup of coffee. We have the daily and weekly newspapers for sale, so people can drop in for coffee and chat even if they don’t buy any tobacco products,” O’Connor said. Display cases hold other items such as pen knives, small tools, lighters, small gift items for sale. Two Andover women

, who design and make jewelry, have a display case full of their creations for sale in the store, said Martello. “We are glad to do it for them and they also make feather hair pieces to buy,” he added. The two partners said as a RYO Filling Station retailer they cannot advertise prices for the make your own tobacco cigarettes. The customer actually rents the machine to make their cigarette choices . The owners can offer specials on products. While their first store Orwell was fairly new to the area, Martello said, “The idea is catching on for roll your own cigarettes. There are probably many others opening in Ohio and thousands around the country. The RYO Filling Station machines are actually made in nearby Girard, Ohio. When a customer comes in to use the RYO station, they pick out their choice of tobacco or blends, then buy the tubes, rent the machine and in eight minutes that’s all it takes to make a large amount.” Martello and O’Connor are currently holding a special drawing in both stores at Andover and Orwell. For spending $5 on any type of lottery ticket, it entitles the person to sign up for a free all-inclusive trip for two to Cancun, Mexico in 2013. “We had to clear this with the Ohio Lottery Commission. We just wanted to increase our lottery ticket sales and came up with the trip idea. People don’t have to buy even the lottery tickets as they can drop off a postcard signed with their name, address and phone to enter the contest. We just felt it was a way to draw customers into our two stores,” Martello said. The owners will hold the trip drawing for the winner on Jan. 2, 2013. The prize includes round trip airfare to Cancun. The Village Tobacco stores also sell soft drinks and snacks for the public. Each store has a place to seat down for customers to enjoy the coffee or soft drinks. The Andover Store was recently voted Best of Ashtabula 2012 by listeners of five radio stations in the NE Ohio area, said Martello The owners are members of the Grand Valley Chamber of Commerce and Andover Area Chamber of Commerce helping both organizations as needed. Hours for the Andover Village Tobacco Store is 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. At the Orwell store the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call the Andover store at (440) 689-0062, or the Orwell store at (440) 437-2016.

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