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Friday, June 16, 2017

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An Environmentalist’s Journey through Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station Hiram – Starting this month environmentalist Carol Agnew will lead nature enthusiasts on a series of intimate journeys through the woodlands of the James H. Barrow Field Station. Agnew and other outdoor explorers will create nature journals with sketches and descriptions of their treks. Water fowl, trees, turtles, summer plants and their pollinators and other outdoor riches will provide intricate and often colorful content for the journal pages. Open to the public, the nature journaling workshops are held at the 550-acre field station located at 11305 Wheeler Road, Garrettsville. “Attendees don’t have to bring artistic talent, but rather

a love and curiosity for nature,” says Agnew, noting that journaling captures the treasures of the field station with a personal perspective and touch. Participants can join one, a few or all of the nature journaling outings, the next will be held June 18, July 9 and 16, August 6 and 13, and September 3 and 10. Outdoor enthusiasts, age 12 through adults, should bring a blank mixed-media journal and permanent fine point marker. The cost per workshop is $15. Those who register for six Sunday sessions will receive one free. To register, contact Agnew at canneagnew@gmail. com or 216-816-4305.

Duke’s K9 Dash N’ Splash Holds Grand Opening Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - You may have noticed a new pool and dock complex on State Route 82 near Roundup Lake in Mantua. But you won’t find any bikini-clad beauties lounging by the tranquil blue water. This is no ordinary swimming pool. The only bathing beauties you’ll find are fun-loving, dock-diving athletes -- local dogs and their owners practicing the sport of dock diving. The new business is a dock diving practice facility where people, along with their furry friends, can learn about the sport of dock jumping or dock diving, where dogs compete in jumping for distance or height. According to Wikipedia, dock jumping first appeared at the Incredible Dog Challenge, an event sponsored by pet food manufacturer Purina in 1997. Since 2000, dockjumping events have been held in the United States and around the world. Locally, Duke’s K9 Dash ‘N Splash is a dock diving practice facility for dogs and their owners to learn about the dog sport of dock diving at their 40 foot pool and dock. In addition, they also offer K9 swimming, workshops, and national competitions at their Mantua location. Duke’s K9 Dash ‘N Splash owner Michelle Filler explained, “After our son, Zakary, and our Belgian Malinois, Duke, (pictured) fell in love with dock diving we began to look for facilities where we could go to practice and learn more about dock diving.” Upon investigation, they learned that the closest facility was an hour and a half away, which

West Woods Wednesdays

Remember this name all summer long: West Woods Wednesdays. That’s because the last Wednesdays of June through September, 4 to 7 p.m., The West Woods will be your one-stop shop for all your mid-week, farm-fresh needs! Introducing Geauga Park District’s new West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market beneath the scenic shelters of The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Twp. Specific dates are June 28, July 26, August 30 and September 27. Approved vendors are already excited to provide honey items, herbal salves and teas, vegetables, maple syrup, bakery, hand-sewn market bags, handmade

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prompted them to open up a facility closer to home. In looking for potential areas for their fledgling facility, they thought about how the sport of dock diving fit in well with outdoor enthusiasts and camping. It made sense to partner with local campground Roundup Lake to provide local folks with a place to learn more about the sport while giving families, including their four legged kids, a new way to enjoy their time together. “Duke and dock diving have changed our lives,” Ms. Filler explained. “The bond Zak and Duke have formed is undeniable, and the time we spend enjoying this hobby together is priceless. Our hope is that countless other families will now have the opportunity to enjoy themselves as much as we are!” To find out more, visit them on Facebook, at dukesk9dashnsplash.com or by calling (330) 485-3624.

soaps, jams, self-watering plants and planters from recycling containers, and new vendors are still signing up to participate. No need to adjust your dinner schedule around these once-a-month markets, either. Treat yourself to an item from the Hunger Squad food truck, which will be on-site with a large variety of tasty meals, including their very popular maple pulled pork sandwiches. From after-work hiking to shopping local to a trendy food truck dinner, there will truly be something for everyone at these monthly farm markets. We hope you will join us!

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Garrettsville Summerfest is right around the corner and you’re all invited to jump in on all of the fun by signing up for one of our events. One of the earliest deadlines is the wine making contest. All wines must be delivered to Skylanes Bowling Alley by June 22, 2017 by 6 pm. Categories for wine are as follows: White grape, dry or semi-dry White grape, sweet Red Grape, dry or semi-dry Red Grape sweet Rose dry/sweet White or red non-grape, sweet White or red dessert wine, sweet Back by popular demand is our Frog Jumping Contest. Bring your own frog or use one of ours and see how far it goes in three jumps. This contest is in its second year and will be on Sunday at 4 pm. It is a hoppin’ good time. Boys and girls, who are 4 years old to 14 years old, will want to try their football skills at the Pass, Punt and Kick Contest that begins Saturday morning at 10am behind the fire station. Girls, don’t be shy, there are plenty of opportunities for you to shine here. Bakers, get your rolling pins ready as the Annual Garrettsville Summerfest Pie Baking Contest starts at 10 am Saturday June 24th. Pie can be either fruit or cream with a special category for most original pie. Let’s see who the best baker in the area is. Are you super hungry? I mean really hungry. You will want to enter the Hamburger Eating Contest. Eat three burgers from area restaurants the fastest and you will be named king (or queen) of the burgers. Sign up on the website www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com as there are only 10 slots available. This contest is Saturday 6pm, just in time for dinner! Kids cool off with the Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by DQ Grill and Chill. Eat an ice cream cone the fastest and be declared the ice cream eating king or queen. The contest is divided up into age brackets and there is a category for adults too. This contest takes place Saturday at 2pm. Cornhole contest is still on and will be held at Slim and Jumbos’ patio. Bring your lucky cornhole bags and get your team assembled and show us what you’ve got. There are two categories, professional and social. This event starts at noon on Saturday. Can you dance? Then, we have a contest for you, the So You Think You Can Dance Contest held at James A. Garfield High School on Sunday at 3pm. Registration can be done for all contests on line at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com. Don’t forget the parades. Enter your tractor in Saturday’s Tractor Parade. Line- up starts at J.A. Garfield High School at 10 am and the parade is at noon. If that’s not your thing, enter a float or march in the Grand Parade on Sunday. Line-up for the Grand Parade is at 11:30 and the parade steps off at 12:30 from the high school. Runners and walkers can lace up their sneakers and come out Sunday morning between 8am and 9 am and Run the 5K for children’s cancer. They also have a one mile walk/fun run for those who don’t want to tackle the 5K. All proceeds will benefit Children’s glioma cancer in memory of Garrettsville’s own Melana Matson who lost her battle when she was just nine years old. If you still want to be involved and not sure you want to enter a contest, how about volunteering some time in the information booth. Just a few hours helping folks find their way around, understanding the schedule, selling Summerfest T’s and 50/50 raffle tickets. If that’s not your thing, then maybe help with clean-up or setup, we always need extra hands for that. If you have the time, we will find something for you to do. Contact Aaron King for volunteer opportunities at 330-524-2646.

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Register Today! Camp Invention will take place at JAG Elementary School June 26th - 30th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for students entering grades K - 6th grade next school year. If you are interested in having your child attend, contact Mr. Hatcher by emailing him at dhatcher@ jagschools.org or calling the school at 330-527-2184.

Nature Camp at Hiram College

Register Today! Nature Camps are an exciting and enjoyable way for children ages 3-10 to explore and learn about nature. We get kids crawling, wading and sloshing through habitats in search of critters that live in hidden areas. Camps run June 26-30 or July 31-August 4 for all ages. To register, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ hiram.edu or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.

Youth Art at Hiram College

Register Today! Art Camp is an exciting way to learn interesting and unique techniques while creating wonderful works of art. Join local art teacher, Libby Frato-Sweeney, for a week of Summer Youth Art July 10-14. Programs for ages

3-14 are included. Register at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ hiram.edu or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.

Vendors Wanted

Auburn Community Church will host an outdoor flea market Aug 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.at the church. Persons selling new items as well as used items are encouraged to participate. Spaces are 25 ft. wide and deep enough to park two regular-sized vehicles as well as vendor tables. Cost per space is $25.00. Food will be available. In the event of rain, the event will be held Aug 12. To reserve space (s), send your check along with your name, address, email and/or phone # and whether selling new or used items to Auburn Community Church, 11076 Washington St. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. If any questions call Auburn Community Church 440-543-1402

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For more info call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

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Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/3263188 for info.

Men on Mondays

Mondays “Men on Mondays” a men’s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

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Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

TOPS Meetings

Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

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Women from any walk of life are invited to come and join us. There is no church affliation required. We meet at the Cellar Door Coffee house 9 am to noon. There will be refreshments and, of course, coffee! Music and inspirational messages will be shared.

Hiram Community Band Seeking Members

Hiram Community Band is seeking members for their annual July 4 (4 PM) concert. Rehearsals will be on June 12, June 21 and June 29 from 7-9PM at Frohring Hall on the Hiram College campus. All music-reading players of band instruments are welcome, but we can particularly use percussionists,French/alto horn, piccolo and low woodwind players. Contact Jeffrey Quick at jaq@case.edu or call 330-527-0144 evenings if interested.

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale

June 16 & 17 Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road (528 just north of 422), Parkman, OH is holding its Annual Trash & Treasure Sale on Fri. June 16, 9 to 6; Sat. June 17, 9 to noon items ½ price, 12:30 till close at 2:30 p.m. Items free. Donations welcomed June 12 through June 14. Doughnuts, coffee & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions? Call: 440-548-4829

Gott Fen Showy Lady’s Slipper Hike

June 17 Join ODNR staff on June 17th, from 10am – 12, as we offer a special opportunity to view state threatened Lady’s Slipper orchids at Gott Fen State Nature Preserve, State Rte 303, Streetsboro. Space is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register call Adam 330/5275118 or email adam.wohlever@ dnr.state.oh.us

Hiram Village Spring Clean-up & Tire Collection

June 17 The Hiram Village spring clean up is scheduled for Saturday June 17th. Pick up will be 7:00 a.m. to Noon. Guidelines for the curbside collection can be found on the Village website www.hiramvillage.org. The Hiram tire clean up is also scheduled for Saturday June

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ALL Area Seniors WELCOME! NEED A RIDE? Call PARTA at 330-678-7745 or 330-672-RIDE. For a nominal fee they can pick you up and get you back home! 17th 8:00 a.m. to Noon. The tire collection will take place at the Rosser Municipal Building public parking lot located at 11617 Garfield Road, Hiram. There will be no curbside collection of tires.

Newton Falls Reunion

June 17 The 98th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be held on Saturday June 17 at The DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors open at 9:30am with luncheon at 11:30am; $20 per plate. Class of 1967 will be the ‘honored’ class. Two $1000.00 scholarships awarded to Newton Falls seniors will be announced. Call Kathy at 330/872-7891 or Judi Gensburg 330/219-1762 for more info.

Signs and Wonders

June 18 Watoto Children’s Choir presents ‘Signs and Wonders’ A free concert presented on Sunday, June 18 at 6:30pm at Christian Life Center, 1972 East Summit Road Kent, OH. (Corner of Summit Road and SR 261) Doors open at 6:00pm Free-Will Offering will be taken

Free Community Meal

June 19 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will sponsor their Free Community Meal on Monday, June 19, July 17 and August 21. Serving time is 5 - 6:30 pm. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal. It is also a great opportunity to visit with friends and family or make new friends. See you then.

Vacation Bible School

June 19-23 Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Rd., Lordstown will have Vacation Bible School on June 19-23 from 9 a.m.noon, age 3 thru sixth grade.

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Film Review & Discussion

June 19 Monday, June 19th at 9:30am. Dr. J. Patella presents and reviews 45 minutes of the second half of a 90 minute film: “You Can Heal Your Life.” The movie gives penetrating insights into Louise L. Hay’s fascinating personal story and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 3rd Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Tree City Carvers Monthly Meeting

June 20 The Tree City Carvers will hold their monthly meeting on June 20 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd., Kent See great carvings, swap carving secrets! For more info: Larry Hurd, 330-297-7905

Gardens, Galore & More Gardeners Plant Sale

June 21 Wednesday, June 21 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burton Century Village, free admission and parking. Plant Sale, Garden Art, Desserts, Tool Sharpening for a small fee. Gift cards available for purchase at Burton Floral and Garden, 13020 Kinsman Rd. or The OSU Extension Patterson Center (440-8344656). Gift cards are valid on Master Gardener-created garden art and plants.

Dinner By Tommy

June 22 For everyone’s pleasure and delight, “The Renaissance Family Center” proudly presents Dinner by Tommy! Yes, folks, he’s back. So come join us June 22nd, 5-6:30 pm. Everyone welcome, it is a dinner for the COMMUNITY.

Friends of Melana 5k & 1mi Fun Run

June 25 The 7th Annual Friends of Melana Fun Run/Walk will be held in downtown Garrettsville Sunday morning of the Garrettsville Summerfest, June 25, starting at 9:00am. All proceeds go towards children’s brain cancer research, the number one cause of cancer death in young people. The race is in memory of Melana Matson who lost her battle with

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June 25 American Legion AtwoodMauck Post 459 Commanders Reception & Scholarship Awards 3pm Sunday, June 25th at Legion Home on Goodwin St., Burton. (Family members & Guests ONLY.) Contact Skip 440/313-2095 for further info.

Free Diabetic Classes

June 27 & 29 The Renaissance Family Center in Windham, in cooperation with UH Hospital, is offering free diabetic classes. June 27th and 29th 12-2 at the Renaissance Family Center. Everyone welcome.

Car Show & Motor Cycles

July 1 Show to benefit the Special Olympics, sponsored by Western Reserve Masonic Lodge #507 in West Farmington. The show is to be at the Village Park on 3rd Street, North of Rt 88. Registration from 10am to 12 noon. 10 Trophies. $10 per vehicle, Tickets drawn at 3:30pm, show till 4pm. Food, water and pop sold, 50/50, plus DJ and other prizes. For more info call Jim 330/240-3584 or George at 330/565-3860.

Vacation Bible School

July 10-14 You’re invited on an awesome adventure at Maplewood Christian Church for Hero Central VBS 2017! This adventure will include epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God. Held July 10 – 14 from 5:45 – 8:30 p.m. Children ages 3 – 14 are welcome. Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 S.R. 88 in Ravenna. For more information about our Vacation Bible School, call 330-297-6424 or email vbs.maplewood@ gmail.com. Register at www. maplewoodcc.org.

1967 – 50th. If questions, contact Maryan – 330-5697057, Barbara – 330-296-3732, Gary – 330-527-4457.

Godspell

July 21-23; 28&29 The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is proud to Present Godspell- July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7pm and July 23, 2017at 2pm. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children under 12 and seniors over $7.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.00 a piece. Godspell is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Ohio Health Benefits. All performances are held in the James A Garfield’s Iva Walker Auditorium. Tickets available at the door or by calling 216-3750709. Direction of Godspell is by Justin Steck and musical direction by Florence Janosik.

Vacation Bible School

July 24 - 28 Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 PritchardOhltown Rd., Newton Falls, will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 24 thru July 28, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship. This year’s Theme is: “HERO CENTRAL” DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH IN GOD. Youngsters (age 4 thru 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus. They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and our Country Store at the end of the week. Colors for the week: Monday - Red. Tuesday - Yellow. Wednesday - Orange. Thursday - Green. Friday - Blue. Please join us for a fantastic week! For more information: #330-872-3801

Motor Cycle Poker Run

Sept. 2 Gun Raffle 50/50, Chinese Auction, cost $20 per person and includes steak dinner and the run. Sponsored by 7 Masonic Lodges in the 25th District. ALL money’s go to children in the Special Olympics. Run starts at Western Reserve Lodge #507, 216 East Main St. in West Farmington. Registration starts at 8:30am. For more info call Cary 330/883-8176 or George 330/565-3860.

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Garrettsville, OH Michael W. Prasky, 67, of Garrettsville, passed away on June 9, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 24, 1949 to Wayne and Sanelma (Erickson) Prasky in Warren, Ohio. He was a proud Army Veteran and served during the Vietnam War. Mike was a member of the Windham American Legion Post #674. He was a master carpenter. Mike enjoyed fishing and tinkering in his garage. The garage was his office! He loved spending time and socializing with his family and friends. Mike is survived by his devoted wife, Natalie; children, Matthew Prasky of Garrettsville, Sarah Prasky of California and Moriah Prasky of Garrettsville and grandchildren, Alex, Evan and Noah Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carole Bonnett. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Service was held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 11AM at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors followed in Park Cemetery, Garrettsville, Ohio. Online condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com.

The Barn Treasures Annual Barn Sale Middlefield - Barney the Barn Rooster has been waiting all winter long for our Annual Barn Sale at The Barn Treasures in Middlefield on Thursday Friday and Saturday, June 22, 23 & 24. From 9am until 4 pm you can stop by and see the huge selection of items both inside and outside. Barney invites all treasure hunters to come and have a fun day rain or shine. He has been crowing about all the special deals for shoppers. Artisans will have special sales these three days, along with our consignors. On the Outside - A tent outside will be set up with a variety of items for you to choose from. While inside you’ll find the usual quality mix of consignor items and new hand-crafted artisan gifts. On the Inside - The Barn’s huge consignor variety ranges from farm tools to every day household items along with vintage and collectibles. Additionally, we have over 20 Ohio artisans making hand-crafted gift items including four jewelry designers, Amish poured soy candles, goats milk soap butterflies, 100% organic soaps and healing creams, repurposed glass garden art, wood inlaid Twisty Canes and walking sticks, hand blown glass, decorations, repurposed vintage wind chimes, pear tree and twig bird houses, vintage cigar box acoustical/electric guitars……they are amazing! What a great gift…….. just to name a few. Many inside items will have special one day deals or be discounted to make room for more consignor treasures just waiting to come through our doors. Many one of a kind items can be found that are unique and also very affordable. Now remember – and make plans to be at The Barn Treasures Annual Barn Sale on Thursday Friday and Saturday June 22, 23 & 24 from 9 - 4 - Rain or Shine! The Barn Treasures is located at 15264 Kinsman Rd., Middlefield Ohio, 44062. Check out our Facebook page - Facebook.com/thebarntreasures. The Barn Treasures is open Wed, Thurs. Fri. 10-5 & Sat. 10-4. Other days by chance or appointment 440-632-1858.

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Akron – The University of Akron will offer two one-day camps for softball players on Tuesday, June 20, and on Tuesday, July, 18, at UA’s Lee Jackson Field. The one-day camp on June 20 is designed for players aged 6 to 11 and is intended to enhance players’ skills– hitting, fielding, base running, pitching, and catching. Participants will be divided by age and skill level. The one-day camp on July 18 is designed for high school graduates in the Classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and is intended for experienced softball players who are interested in continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Campers will not only receive first-rate instruction from the staff at The University of Akron, but they will also have the opportunity to display their skills through drills and games. All campers must register in advance via mail or online at: www.ZipsSoftballCamps.com

High Water Fish Farm Tour On June 24th When Geauga Park District stocks the lakes and ponds for people to fish, where are all those fish coming from? Well, for many years it’s been High Water Fish Farm that has supplied those fish, and now we are also providing you an opportunity to visit the farm and see where they are raised! This exclusive High Water Fish Farm Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 1 to 4 p.m. Registration is required to participate, with the date subject to change based on the availability of the fish farmers. Activities will be partially wheelchair accessible and most appropriate for those school aged and up; please call 440-286-9516 with questions. Geauga Park District stocked six waterways at four parks this spring: The West Woods’ Affelder Pond (Largemouth Bass & Bluegill) Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve (Yellow Perch) Big Creek Park’s Wild Goose Pond & Chestnut Pond (Largemouth Bass) Beartown Lakes Reservation’s Lower Bear Lake & Middle Bear Lake (Largemouth Bass) Real-time stocking notifications are always posted on the Park District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Families are always welcome to catch and take fish from waterways in seven Park District parks as long as they have a current Ohio fishing license in accordance with state regulations. Location tips and the species of fish found there are posted at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Things to Do, then Fishing. Plans for later in the year also include the stocking this fall of Rainbow Trout at Beartown Lake Reservation’s Lower Bear Lake, as well as Largemouth Bass and Bluegill at Swine Creek Reservation’s Killdeer Pond.

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July 14 - 16 Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 5727 State Route 14, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 is hosting an outdoor flea market on July 14 - 9am to 5pm, July 15 - 9am to 5pm, July 16 - 10am to 3pm $40.00 for a spot (all 3 days) 12 x 12 space. Bring own table & chairs for set-up - You can bring a canopy - you will be in direct sunlight. OPEN TO PUBLIC. Questions? Make reservations? Contact - Mary at mtassone@kent.edu

July 16 For anyone who attended Hiram School, the 24th Annual Hiram School Reunion will be held, Sunday July 16, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market (St. Rt. 422), Welshfied, (Troy Twp.) Ohio 44021. Beverages, meat and table service will be provided. Those with last names A through R, please bring salad, fruit or vegetables. Last names S through Z, please bring a dessert. Classes celebrating milestones: 1942 – 75th, 1947 – 70th, 1952 – 65th, 1957 – 60th, 1962 – 55th,

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This summer, the James A. Garfield Local Schools will be updating three areas of technology in an effort to make communicating with our parents and community easier and more efficient. DIGITAL FORMS We are very excited to announce that the James A. Garfield Local Schools has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign enrollment, back-toschool, athletic and activity participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. You may review your data at any time to verify that it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update. We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms. On July 1, 2017 we will be importing information from our current system. This will trigger an email sent to the email addresses we have on file. This email will have a link with instructions on how to access your forms and review/complete your information. Opportunities will be available for parents to come in and complete their forms with assistance upon request. Kiosks will also be available in each of the school offices. If you do not receive an email by July 4, you may directly register at: https://garfield-oh.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms. If you need assistance, you can call the district office at 330.527.4336. Note: If your student is NEW to the district (kindergarteners and transfers), please be sure to click the “New to District” checkbox when registering your

Help the science community by taking pictures along The Maple Highlands Trail Calling all bikers who like to explore Nature! Hit The Maple Highlands Trail with your bicycle and cell phone or mobile device and help build a photographic inventory of plants and animals seen along the trail using the free iNaturalist crowdsourcing app. Geauga Park District’s iNaturalist Photographic Bicycle Blitz is scheduled for Sunday, June 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Headwaters Park. Our program will begin at the Crystal Lake Shelter with an introduction to the iNaturalist app and how to use it. Then we’ll ride out on the trail to find things to photograph. The iNaturalist app is available from the App Store (iPhone version) or Google Play (Android version). Please have the app loaded onto your phone or mobile device and create a free account before attending this program. Registration is not required. For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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student. NEW WEBSITE & MOBILE APP On July 1st we will also be releasing our new website and mobile app. The new site provides easier navigation, integration with our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a much-needed facelift! This website will integrate all of our communication. Information will follow soon on how to sign up for new phone calls, texts and emails through the new website as it will be replacing our Edline notifications. The new website will be located at http:// jagschools.org The JAG Mobile App will allow you to receive push notifications regarding school emergencies, messages or news. You can download the mobile app in the iTunes App or Google Play Stores by searching for JAG Mobile. In the settings you will be able to customize who you receive notifications from. NEW GRADEBOOK Finally, we are pleased to announce that we are moving to a new online gradebook called ProgressBook. This new gradebook allows for real-time viewing of your child’s academic progress online. Information on how to access this new program will come home with your child as we start the school year. Our community takes great pride in having an excellent school system. We want to take full advantage of all the opportunities technology affords us to communicate all of the excellent accomplishments of our students and staff. We know you will enjoy JAG 2.0! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly in my office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413). Go Gmen! Ted A. Lysiak Superintendent

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Summer is in full swing and what better way to relax than to go camping! Personally, I’ve been camping since I was a little girl. Mom, Dad, my middle brother and I set off to Gettysburg in a 13’ camper that the four us couldn’t be in at the same time – unless we were sleeping. Times being what they were, eating in restaurants was not much of an option, so Mom would cook our meals in the camper while we all waited outside. After our meal, we were out to discover every museum, historical site and battlefield in the area. On the way home, I remember Dad bragging that we hit every museum but one! What great memories! Camping has come a long way in 50 years. From campgrounds with swimming pools and modern shower houses to large campers with outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, it’s a far cry from the plot of camp land available when I was little. One thing hasn’t changed camping is a wonderful way to bring your family closer together. Leave the video games and TV behind and enjoy the many family-oriented activities available at a campground. Whether it’s walking, fishing, biking, swimming, bingo, putt-putt, or playing board games, camping is the best way to relax and forget the stress of our daily life. Being a seasonal camper at Ridge Ranch in Newton Falls for several years, I met so many great people who became lifelong friends. Sharing stories around the campfire, and watching our kids grow up together, was a great way to enjoy my home away from home. So the next time you’re planning a trip to Gettysburg, or anywhere else in the Continental United States, consider camping as an alternative to hotels. There’s nothing like the great outdoors during these short summer months!

Aurora High School Grad Studer Helps Build Electric Paraglider at Mount Union

Alliance - Hands-on learning experiences at the University of Mount Union can happen on campus, in the community, or in this case, a few hundred feet in the air. Ryan Studer, of Aurora, OH, was part of a team that built an electric-powered paraglider from scratch as a project in Dr. Chad Korach’s Product Design and Development course. Mount Union’s Product Design and Development course integrates business skills and creative design together through an established relationship between the Departments of Engineering and Economics, Accounting and Business Administration (EABA). Studer is an graduate of Aurora High School. The “pEgaSUS Electric Powered Paraglider” had a defined mission of “providing powered paragliding (PPG) pilots with a sustainable, portable and easy-to-use paraglider comparative to IC Engine counterparts.” Its differentiators included being electric, lightweight and portable. The group went farther than simply conceptualizing the idea, as the paraglider had a successful first flight before the end of the spring 2017 semester. “I want to be a design engineer after I earn my bachelor’s degree, so naturally, I was eager to take on this complicated design project and put what I have learned in and out if the classroom to the ultimate test,” team member Benjamin Kelley said. “When the paraglider took flight, and stayed in the air for that matter, it was one of the most fulfilling moments of my entire engineering career thus far.” “I think the most challenging aspect of the project was the time limit we had to work with,” team member

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Quinn Whitehead said. “This was a very involved and complicated project to bring to life in a single semester. Fortunately, I was able to work with an outstanding group and we were able to turn this idea into a working/flying prototype before our deadline.” Whitehead, a business management and geology double major, has flown paragliders before, but he had never built one from scratch and felt he learned a lot from collaborating with a group of engineers. “For me, the coolest part about this project was building it from the ground up and manning the first test flights,” Whitehead said. “It was a very rewarding process and the teamwork was exceptional.” “The coolest aspect of this project to me is seeing multiple undergrad disciplines working together with professors and outside resources to achieve the same innovative goal,” team member James Shaffer II said. “The ability for Mount Union engineers to be able to work closely with business students and apply business skills in an engineering project are one of the pillars of the Mount Union engineering experience,” Korach said. “These are life skills that the graduates will be able to take away to their careers, and all of this would not be possible without a continued collaboration with Professor Michael Kachilla in the Department of EABA.” The group presented its idea at the first Engineering Design Expo held on Mount Union’s campus on April 27. The event was sponsored by the Department of Engineering and the Center for Student Success and it featured 11 different group projects that were brand new ideas or successful continuations of ideas from previous years. For more information about Mount Union’s enginee ring programs, visit mountunion.edu/department-ofengineering.

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Join us at the Garrettsville Library for our next “Cookin’ up a Storm” meeting on Monday, June 26 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Food theme will be Japanese food and festivals, and this meeting will include a guest speaker, Haruhide Osugi. Osugi, the Japan Outreach Coordinator for Kent State University’s Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies, will be speaking about a variety of Japanese food and festivals. Call 330-527-4378 for registration to attend this interesting and informative meeting. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, e 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; FriTh day, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 Village Bookstore pm; and closed Thursday 8140 Main St. and Sunday. Garrettsville OH 44231 330-527-3010

Children’s Advantage developed a walk-in assessment clinic to be a convenient option for families in Portage County seeking behavior health services. Pictured at their office in Ravenna is Children’s Advantage Chief Executive Officer Kathy Regal. K aryn Hall | Contributing Reporter R avenna - Children’s Advantage, provider of family behavioral health services in Ravenna, opened a walk-in diagnostic assessment clinic on June 5. A diagnostic assessment is the first appointment to assess the problem and determine the appropriate plan of treatment. Children’s Advantage provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy and child and adolescent psychiatry. “Often the first phone call is the most difficult one for families to make, and when they call, they may need the service now, not days or weeks from now,” explained Kathy Regal, Children’s Advantage Chief Executive Officer. “Children’s Advantage is committed to responding to the needs of children and families of Portage County and developed the open access clinic as an easy and convenient option for these families. With funding from the Mental Health & Recovery Board, Children’s Advantage also has therapists consulting at each school district in Portage County. The importance of early detection and intervention is crucial. Adolescents with untreated mental illnesses are also more likely to drop out of school and have chronic physical health conditions in adulthood. “Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14,” commented Regal. “For some youth, the onset of symptoms can be scary and confusing, and for some parents, it can be unclear whether what they are seeing in their teen is typical adolescent behavior and personality changes or symptoms of a mental health condition. We can help.” The clinic will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-3pm and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm and is located at 520 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Families are also able to schedule appointments by calling their office at 330-296-5552.

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Christian Life Center to Host Free Concert Walk-in Diagnostic Clinic for K ent - The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of Children’s Behavioral Health Open 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in Kent on Sunday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Doors Open at 6:00pm.The children will present their new production, Signs & Wonders at Christian Life Center at 1972 East Summit Rd. in Kent, Ohio. For details call the church Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm. The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the hope they have because of God’s love. All performances are free and open to the public. A Free-Will Offering will be taken. Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution. Abandoned at a hospital in Kampala, Esther Kahangi was rescued by Watoto as a premature baby and spent her first weeks in critical care. Now, she is a healthy, joyful 8-year-old who is currently touring with the choir. “I am excited to be a part of Signs & Wonders,” said Esther. “I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as His child.” “What an extraordinary experience it is to see the Watoto Children’s Choir,” said Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. “It lights up the place to see these beautiful kids, and when you hear their stories and learn about where they have come from, you can’t help but think of all God has done.” About the Watoto Children’s Choir Since 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured the world annually as advocates for the 18 million African children currently orphaned by AIDS. The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace, the United Nations and many other national parliaments. The choir has also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the UK and is featured on Chris Tomlin’s album, “Hello, Love.” About Watoto Child Care Ministry In 1994, Watoto Church founded Watoto Child Care Ministry, Inc., an international holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation. The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education - formal and vocational, counseling and emotional wellbeing as well as moral and spiritual discipleship.

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James A. Garfield Historical Society The Journal published a n a r t icle i n 1950 describing Garrettsville’s Fourth of July as quite a splendid celebration in 1835. It commenced by the firing of cannon at sunrise. The singers met at Harvey White’s house and were escorted by a band of music to the meeting house. The procession was led by the band and directed by Chas. Walcott, marshal of the day, on horseback. The program that followed: Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Daniel R. Tilden; Oration by Dr. L.W. Trask; Poem written for the occasion and set to music by William Preston; Song, Voice of the Patriot; Poem by William Wolcott, and concluded by singing the 47th Psalm. An excellent dinner was served in a shady area on Mr. Quimby’s lot between his house and that of Mr. Wann (where the Buckeye Block stood). Tables were laid for one hundred twenty persons, and many partook at the second table. Title on the Journal’s front page on July 6, 1950 was “2000 Attend 4th Celebration”. The article described the crowd was beyond all expectations of officials. About 550 automobiles converged on the athletic field, most of them loaded to capacity and Rt. 88 and the surrounding roads were jam-packed with autos. At 7:30 a parade formed in front of the Town Hall and marched to the athletic field. Police Chief William Dexter led the parade in the police car followed by American Legion color guard and the High School Band. The Lucas sisters on horseback came next and were followed by Charley Barholt on a decorated bicycle. The village firetruck was next in line and was followed by a car filled with village officials and cars of the local car dealers. A large crowd of autos and pedestrians followed to the athletic field. Over three hundred baseball fans saw the Garrettsville Eagles nine take Nelson Silica 11-6. The high school band concert followed the ball game with sixteen selections played. Mayor Glenn Reynolds and Chamber of Commerce president W.J. Dickey expressed their thanks to a long list of names of people and organizations that contributed to the spur-of-the-moment affair that reflected community pride and spirit, having had only five days of planning preceding the event. The evening concluded with an assorted display of fireworks which lasted 35 minutes. The display ended by an American Flag made of red, white and blue lights.

Karen Mae Mellin June 12, 1943 - April 12, 2015 Today is your Birthday, Without candles & cake, But since you’re not with us, We won’t celebrate. On a sad day like this, There’s not much to say, But to ask God to bless you, In His own special way. & Grant us one wish, & make it come true. To have His choir of Angels, Sing Happy Birthday to You! Sadly Missed & Never Forgotten Tim, Todd, Sisters, Brothers & Friends

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J.A. Garfield High School Honor Roll Fourth Nine Weeks 12th Grade High Honor Roll - Elisha Bly, Hayley Bolton*, Francesca Bowman, Taylor Brown, Christian Crawford, Marissa Cremers, Joseph Emrick, Rose Englert, Brittany Gallagher, Lauren Jones, Cassidie Maur, Callie Pfile, Jane Rader, Grayson Rose, Savanna Sheer, Chandler Stefanek, Brenna Tabor, Riley Van Kirk, Mikhala West, Heidi Wickli 3.4 & Above - Thomas Bissler, Christopher Blewitt, Alexis Brooks, Dane Burrows, Emma Chinn, Corin Colton, Courtney Cressman*, Cole Dean, Faith Drabic*, Nicholas Ensinger, Mason Friess*, Travis Gibson, Alexander Good*, Tabatha Griggy*, Mary Hahn*, Kelly Hartman, Nicole Hood*, Nina Jurcevic ,Ashley Kaiser, Sarah Kernig, Jessica Lambert, Austin Mangeri, Hannah McBride*, Hope Miller, Cade Miskovch*, Seth Morgan, Haley Overdorf, Guy Peart, Trevor Putney*, Michael Quesenberry, Lara Shreve, Georgia Slaughter, Stella Stevens, Clare Workman 11th Grade High Honor Roll - Kiley Carey, William Criblez, Zachary Fergis, Samantha Guyette*, Casey Johnson, Carley Kerkhoven*, Daniel Kleinhen*, Makenna Lawrence, Mason Mayoros, Julia McGrew, Derek Miller, Jenna Montez, Andrew Morrissey, Jackson Neer, Theresa Paroff, Jason Riebe, Isaac Russell*, Madeline Scott, Kevin Splinter

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10th Grade High Honor Roll - Chad Angermeier, Jason Conley, Caillean Galayde, Matthew Glinski, Robert Haney, Eric Jackson, Lyndsey Johns, Max Kane, Tyler Klouda, Racquel Koleszar, Ryan Lance, Sarah Miller, Brooke Morgan, Erika Musgrove, Adam Norris, Evan Pawlus, Andrew Pemberton, Rachel Rader, Hunter Sopher, Zoe Swenson, Travis Synnestvedt, Lauren Walz, Lucas Wordell 3.4 & Above - Alissa Barton, Christopher Beasley, Karyssa Becker, Alexander Bell, Samuel Biltz, Olivia Brann, Madisan Brown, Samantha Brys, Benjamin Crawley, Travis Criblez, Robert Del Torto, Daniel Demma, Sarah Desalvo, Samantha Ensinger, Alexis Evans, Amanda Fisher, Joshua Forsythe, Christopher Gage, Abigayle Gembicki, Natalie Hall, Madalynn

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9th Grade High Honor Roll - Owen Cmunt, Lillian Oles 3.4 & Above - Mandolin Arnett, Ethan Baker, Joseph Ball, Hannah Bittence, Preston Brainard, Maya Brown, Kage Callahan, Mason Cebulla, Hannah Chartier, Talon Cline, Brooke-Lyn Collin, Jenna Conley, Gianna D’Amico, Cassandra Finney, Ilene Flaherty, Abigail Forsythe, Kya Fresch, Laina Galayde, Aryanna Gentles, Samantha Gilbert, Joe Golgosky, Ralph Grandizio, Kyleigh Grandon, Andreya Grunder, Karlee Huter, Mark Jones, Joshua Kent, Cameron King, Sara Kittle, Colton Klatik, Madison Knispel, Alexandria Konecek, Emma Lawrence, Kalon Maddox, Michael Martin, Zoe Masga, Ryan Matulewicz, Courtney Maur, Meghan McDougall, Jilleena Moore, Anna Morrissey, Jacob Nottingham, Nathan Phillips, Gracie Pignaloso, Eric Schaefer, Madelyn Scirocco, Hannah Smith, Taylor Soltis, Otto Trent, Bradley Valdman, Madison Van Kirk, Phillip West, John Zieleniewski * Maplewood Student

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Ox Roast Fair Tractor & Truck Pull Sponsorship St. Joseph Church marks its 54th Ox Roast Fair July 21, 22 and 23! Area businesses are invited to sponsor an individual truck or tractor pull at this year’s Ox Roast Fair. This year’s Ox Roast Fair promises to be more exciting than ever, with Friday night fireworks, Saturday morning’s “Run of the Ox” 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk, Sunday’s Blessing of Bikes, and plenty of other great events. One of the favorite attractions includes the Tractor & Truck Pulls held each day. Get your name out to more than 30,000 people during the 3-day event. Your business will be announced throughout the Fair and also acknowledged in the parish bulletin and on the parish website. If you have a banner or sign advertising your company, it will be displayed on the track fence all three days. Banners or signs may be dropped off at St. Joseph Church’s parish office. The tax-deductible sponsor’s donation is $75.00 for this year’s truck & tractor pull. For more information, please contact Ruth at St. Joseph’s parish office at 330-274-2253. Pulls are held all three days of the Ox Roast Fair. On Friday enjoy Antique Tractor Pulls (1959 or older) as the Geauga County Antique Tractor Pullers begin this sanctioned pull at 6:00 p.m. (weigh-in at 5:00 p.m.). Putting on quite a show on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Tractor & Semi Truck Pulls take place (weigh-in at 4:30 p.m.). The Garden Tractor Pulls take place on Saturday with weigh-in at 9:00 a.m. and pulls beginning at 9:30 a.m. (please note that fairgrounds open at 1:00 p.m. Saturday). You’ll want come out for the thrilling 4WD Pick-Up Pulls beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (registration at 3:30 p.m.). For a complete look at St. Joseph’s Annual Ox Roast Fair including classes and rules, visit www. stjosephmantua.com/stjosephox.html or find them on Facebook at St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair.

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FIRST GRADE Bailey Ann Bussey*, Cameron Armstrong*, Nathan Augusta*, Samantha Axiotis*, Robert Baker*, Michael Bennett*, Jerry Boone, Noah Brower*, Madelyn Bryner*, Clara Cahalin, Carter Drake*, Brooklynn Dugic, Braiden Engle, Diandra Evans-Uher, Melody Ford, Michael Gensburg, Sophia Ginter*, Aiven Hickman, Trevor Homa*, Alaric Howard*, Wyatt Hoy*, Michenzie Hrusovsky*, Olivia Hufnagel*, Evan Jenkins*, Peyton Kasbee*, Sophie Kendall, Preston Kline*, Aiden Knoske*, Keaten Kovach*, Carly Kwiecinski*, Aiden McCausland*, Draven McGarry, Benjamin Mitchell, Madison Monville, Dannika Pigg*, Nicholas Reynolds, Spencer Sabo*, Alyssa Sevy*, Zayne Shelton, Joslin Showers, Adrianna Silvis*, Colton Sipka, Landon Smith*, Jaden Stimpert, Dylan Valot, Wyatt Wheeler, Tru White, Graycie White*, Emma Wiley*, Hadley Winkleman* SECOND GRADE Natalya Adams-Romero*, Brynlee Blevins, Jada Blutcher, Wesley Bodnar *, Kianna Carlisle, Chace Clonch, Jaelin Collins, Charlie Culver*, Phillip Davis*, Dylan Davis*, Mia DeCesare*, Brooklyn Dickriede*, Rayna Duffy*, Connor Dunlap*, Izaya Edwards*, Peyton Estes*, Jack Foor, Kendall Ford, Sophia Gearhart, Mikalexa Glenn, Gracie Haines*, Kara Heckathorn, Parker Hillegas, James Hogue, Danica Koehrsen*, Hailey Kovarovic, Brady Lampman, Kylee Lance, Noah Lane*, Troy Lawson, Derek Montgomery*, Kade Morgan*, Ty Muncy*, Carlee Musser*, Hunter Persin*, Gavin Shirley, Alyia Slovinsky, Payton Starkey*, Tyler Stinson*, William Sweeney, Adam Swiger, Calleigh Swiger*, Autumn Willaman*, Brody Wirick, Jakob Zimmermann* THIRD GRADE Trent Blevins, Lillie Borowski*, Jolene Brower, Mara Brown, Chyenne Cieszenski, Caden Clonch, Bracin Clutter, Kendyl Coward, Madison Davis, Alexis Davis, Nevaeh Davis, Ellie Falb*, Torrie Fanton, Karsen Gazda*, Colbie Haines , Kate Holesko*, Isaac Hoy*, Amiya Keim, Madalyn Knight*, Leilani Lusane, Kristianna McFarland, Daniel McLaughlin, Raina Noel, Addison Phillips, Addison Pope*, Adysen Proctor, DeAndre Reed, Elvira Stachowiak*, Jakob Stiles, Vincentt’e Urdock, Noah Wright, Hanna Wright, Connor Wright

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Kent State Trumbull’s Frank Lindsay Looks for Ways to Help Families Affected by Cancer Warren - Frank Lindsay, Kent State Trumbull’s Manager of Information Technology, has always been looking for ways to help others. When his father, Frank Lindsay, Sr., was losing his battle with cancer in 2000, he began admiring the work of hospice organizations and noticed how they made a difficult time a little more tolerable. With help from Lindsay’s wife, Heather, and friends Jennifer and Matt Durno, Rock4Reason was established in July 2016. What began as a series of fundraisers for Hospice of the Valley and the American Cancer Society, became a full-fledged 501(c3) charitable organization in 2017. Rock4Reason now provides financial and therapeutic support through the power of music to families impacted by cancer and to community agencies providing care for cancer and/or terminally ill patients. Rock4Reason has raised more than $8,000. In January, the group partnered with Kent State Trumbull and its Jurisprudence Organization (composed of students with a collective interest in criminal justice) to host a benefit silent raffle auction and pasta dinner for a Kent State Trumbull student whose son was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. “We want to make one of the most difficult times in someone’s life a little more bearable” Lindsay said. “We are driven to help provide some relief to these families.”

Mantua Village News

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At their last meeting, council heard from a sizable contingent of the public regarding zoning issues. Complaints were raised regarding the a letter received by 29 residents about their property potentially being located within the flood plain or the flood way, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Garey sent the letter at the request of Mayor Linda Clark. At a recent council meeting, a similar issue arose after a landowner completed of a project near the river, and was later informed of the need for a permit to compete such work. Mayor Clark prompted what she called a ‘pre-emptive letter’, explaining, “We wanted to let anyone with property near the river know that if they plan any work projects, a permit may be required.” The discussion expanded to include other zoning issues when Matt Denzinger, owner of the NAPA store spoke to council. Since November of 2015, Mr. Denzinger has been working to build a new, larger NAPA store within the Village. He explained that instead of receiving a comprehensive list of steps to follow in regards to Village zoning regulations and permits, he received a trickle of information, which caused delays in the project. Phil Rath, co-owner of Compass Packaging, concurred, sharing that he encountered many delays over months of planning and construction, which ultimately delayed the opening of the Chilling Station ice cream shop. He urged council to work with their zoning inspector Jason Garey to “move at the speed of business, not the speed of government.” Local business owner Ellie Stamm echoed their sentiments, stating that working with Mr. Garey often feels like, “pushing a stone up a hill.” After much discussion by the mayor, council, and several other local business owners, councilwoman Paula Tubalkain summed up the issue by asking for better communication and guidance from the zoning inspector, adding, “Businesses need to receive the information up front, not trickled to them.” Council and the planning committee will work with Mr. Garey to create a comprehensive list to help streamline the process and encourage those who wish to do business in the village. In his police report, Chief Harry Buchert asked council to accept a donation of $2,700 for the K9

Rock4Reason founders (Left to right) Jennifer Durno, Matt Durno, Frank Lindsay, and Heather Lindsay. On Saturday, July 15, Rock4Reason will be featured at a River Rock at the Amp concert featuring Pink Floyd cover band, Wish You Were Here. Gates open at 5 p.m. and opening act, Time Traveller, Moody Blues cover band, begins at 5:30 p.m. “We are excited to be part of this event and hope we can get more people involved with our organization.” For more information visit www.rock4reason.org.

program. In his report, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger thanked Chelsea Gregor, village administrative assistant, for her work in bringing a Free Little Library to the village. The new lending library, which is located by the sidewalk, steps away from the village Police Department, was officially opened at the end of May. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a book or leave any they are finished with to share the love or reading with others. In other news, Mr. Rininger shared that the Service Department has been putting the new mini-excavator to good use, both in the cemetery, where it aided in facilitating two burials in as many weeks, to repair work on a storm sewer at Woodford Street. Lastly, Mr. Rininger shared that he received a letter from Hal Stamm asking the village to wave tie-in fees for two Pioneer residents to connect to the village’s sewer line. “As much as I’d like to,” explained Mr. Rininger, “it sets a poor precedent,” he explained. After much discussion, council voted in agreement with the village administrator’s recommendation to maintain the $5,770 tie-in fee. Regarding the project, Village Administrator Rich Iafelice noted that the plans for the sewer tie-ins have been approved on behalf of the Village, and that they are waiting for approval from the EPA. He recommends the village stay apprised of the construction process, since the village will own and maintain that portion of the sewer system upon project completion. Lastly, council approved the appointment of Clark Magdych to the Landmark Commission. The next Village Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 20th at 7 pm.

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From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table Strawberry Season Barry Vancura | Columnist

T h is t i me of yea r growing up always meant STRAWBERRIES! I was able to find these 3 recipes in my mother’s collection of some of our family’s favorites. I believe that nearly everyone back then had some sort of plot of their own berries, whether it was rows and rows down at the farm, or the old whisky barrels planted full in the side yards of Cleveland . We even had a 3 tiered fountain-looking contraption that was irrigated in our back yard assembled by my father (I’m sure it was in the anticipation of making some sort of wine with the fruit.) The berries seems to be around from Memorial Day to the last of them being enjoyed over the 4th of July holiday. But not to fear, there were many containers frozen in the big chest freezer in the basements that would make their reappearance throughout the year. Aunt Millie’s Muffins were said to be very “Healthy” and in the early 70’s the health rage was just in its infancy, I made them last week and really hit the spot ! Grandma Cooper’s Cobbler was also served with a scoop or two of ice cream freshly delivered from the Sanitary Dairy from Warren, Ohio. Back when milk and dairy products were delivered to your home twice a week. Yes, the precursor to Amazon Prime! Aunt Pat’s Torte was enjoyed on spring vacation years ago when my parents and I went to visit them in Arkansas (never did like the

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Gramdma Cooper’s Strawberry Cobbler 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and diced 1/2- and 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup sugar 1 cup milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 stick of melted butter (1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and ¾ cup sugar. Stir to coat strawberries in sugar and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ½ cup sugar. Add in milk, vanilla extract and melted butter. Stir until combined. A few lumps are ok. Butter a 9-inch casserole dish. Pour batter evenly into dish. Spoon strawberries evenly on top of batter. Do NOT stir. Baked for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown/

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2 large eggs, separated 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup whole milk 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced 1/2 teaspoon sugar Additional fresh strawberries (for garnish) Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating well. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pans. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add remaining sugar, beating on high until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Spread over batter in pans. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. (Cake layers

will be thin.) In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Loosen edges of cakes from pans with a knife. Carefully remove one cake to a serving plate, meringue side up. Arrange sliced strawberries over top; sprinkle with sugar. Gently spread with half of the whipped cream. Top with remaining cake layer, meringue side up; spread with remaining whipped cream. Top with whole strawberries, refrigerate till ready to serve.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Toss together strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar. Using a potato masher, lightly mash berries; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a glass 2-quart measuring cup or a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla; whisk to combine. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk mixture and the berry mixture (with juice). Fold just until combined. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with remaining sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely

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FR. James-Peter Trares, O.P. Celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving

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Fr. James-Peter Trares, O.P. with Fr. Edward Stafford, Pastor of St. Joseph Church Mantua - The Parish Community of St. Joseph was honored to celebrate a beautiful Mass with the newly ordained Fr. James-Peter on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the 8:30 a.m. liturgy. Our pastor, Fr. Ed Stafford, welcomed our St. Joseph Parish son as he concelebrated this Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of Pentecost. The chalice used was a gift to Fr. James-Peter from Bernice Heritage in memory of her late husband, Austin, a 4th Degree member with the Knights of Columbus (the Mass intention happened to be for him also). Many thanks to Fr. Ed, Deacon Gerry Scopilitti, Bill Davies, Director of Music, our Music Ministry, the Worship Committee, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766, and the Parish Staff for their help, guidance, and support. Fr. James-Peter graduated from Crestwood High School in Mantua in 2006, then earned a Bachelor of Music in Liturgical Music and a minor in Theology from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, in 2010. He entered the novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) in Denver in 2010 and made his first profession of vows in August, 2011. He received a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, on May 12. We congratulate Fr. James-Peter who was ordained a Catholic priest on May 20, at St. Pius V Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO. Fr. James-Peter will be assigned as a campus minister and theology professor at the University of St. Thomas based in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. He’ll reside with ten other Dominicans at St. Albert the Great Priory, 2833 32nd Ave., South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 .

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“How are essential oils made?� Aromatherapy and natural beauty have been popular recently, and so have essential oils, leading some of our patrons to wonder: where do they come from, exactly? Essential oils come from different plants, and there are several methods of extracting them, according to Essential Oils: Natural Remedies which is published by Althea Press. The method used can depend on the plant. Citrus oils are cold-pressed, which means the rind is put in a press at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Ginger, frankincense, and myrrh are some of the oils typically extracted through CO2 distillation. There are two methods of CO2 distillation: cold and supercritical. Both involve passing carbon dioxide through the plant matter, but in cold distillation, the CO2 is cooled to between 35-55 degrees Fahrenheit, and in supercritical, it’s heated to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam distillation is a common method and involves passing steam through the plant to collect the oils and then condensing the steam and separating the oil from the water. The water left over from this process is called hydrosol and can be used in scents and beauty products. Chemicals such as methylene chloride (which can also be used as a paint stripper, degreaser, and component in drinking bird toys and bubble lights, among other things) can be used in place of water or CO2. After the oil has been extracted, the remaining solvents are removed, but tiny traces may remain. Finally, there’s the very old method of enfleurage. Plants (typically flowers, as suggested by the name) rest in a bath of warm fat or fatty oil. The fatty oil absorbs the essential oils from the flowers. Once it’s saturated, alcohol is added, which absorbs the essential oils from the fat or fatty oil and then evaporates, leaving only the essential oils behind. Like hydrosol, the fat remains scented and can be used in other products. For more information on aromatherapy and essential oils, Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy by Julia Lawless are both available at the Newton Falls Public Library for checkout. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www. newtonfalls.org or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.

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It’s no secret that the quality of wine is really up to Mother Nature every year so it’s no surprise how many times I have been asked how the grapes are doing this year. In our 13 years in business we have seen some crazy weather patterns; hot and humid summers, record setting low temperatures in the winter, dry years, wet years, etc. We used to be able to estimate how wet, dry, hot, cold each year would be, but in the past 4 years our forecasts haven’t been that accurate. We’ve learned to quickly accommodate for whatever Mother Nature throws our way, even if it makes for a challenging growing season! Grapes grow the best when they are slightly stressed searching for water and cooler temperatures. The amount of sunlight allows the grapes to produce higher levels of sugar in the grape clusters. Given the limited amount of sunlight and the rain and high humidity this is causing a greater chance for disease in the grapevines. We combat this problem with a spray program that has been more frequent due to changing conditions. While I do not mind the cooler temperatures, it starts to make the perfect combination for the bugs to come out and weeds to grow around the base of the vines. We’ve already sprayed for ants who like to eat the baby grapes that are currently growing on the vines. The next pest we expect to see are the Japanese beetles who love to eat grape leaves. We are also currently spraying for diseases that love high humidity, such as powdery mildew. Also, another threat is the Asian lady beetles (a form of the ladybug), but they will not make an appearance till later in the year. All of this varies depending on the variety of grapes planted and their level of susceptibility to the diseases. If the summer continues to be as beautiful as it was in May and the first part of June we will continue to spray for diseases, bugs and weeds. However, we are monitoring the weather and the impact to the vineyard to maintain great quality grapes. I’m looking forward to finding out what future harvests will bring us.

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Dear Approaching, Deciding when to begin collecting your Social Security benefits could be one of the most important retirement-income decisions you’ll make. The difference between a good decision and a poor one could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your retirement, so doing your homework and weighing your options now is a wise move. What to Consider - As you may already know, you can claim Social Security any time between the ages of 62 and 70, but each year you wait increases your benefit by 5 to 8 percent. But there are other factors you need to take into account to help you make a good decision, like your health and family longevity, whether you plan to work in retirement, along with spousal and survivor benefits. To help you weigh your claiming strategies, you need to know that Social Security Administration claims specialists are not trained or authorized to give you personal advice on when you should start drawing your benefits. They can only provide you information on how the system works under different circumstances. To get advice you’ll need to turn to other sources. Web-Based Help - Your first step in getting Social Security claiming strategy advice is to go to SSA.gov/ myaccount to get your personalized statement that estimates what your retirement benefits will be at age 62, full retirement age or when you turn 70. These estimates are based on your yearly earnings that are also listed on your report. Once you get your estimates for both you and your wife, there are many online tools you can turn to that can compare your options so you can make an Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery informed decision. Some free sites that offer basic calculations include located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www. AARP’s Social Security Benefits Calculator (AARP. org/socialsecuritybenefits), the Consumer Financial candlelightwinery.com. Protection Bureau’s Planning for Retirement tool (ConsumerFinance.gov/retirement) and SSAnalyze Bigfoot is Coming to Bristol Public Library that’s offered by United Capital (BedrockCapital.com/ ssanalyze). The Bristol Public Library will host Doug Waller of But if you want a more thorough analysis check the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation out Maximize My Social Security (MaximizeMySoon Wednesday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Waller will cialSecurity.com) or Social Security Choices (SocialSepresent a slide show about Bigfoot investigation and curityChoices.com), which both charge $40. These share his experiences. services, which are particularly helpful to married Doug has been fascinated with the legends of couples as well as divorced or widowed persons, will Bigfoot for the past 30 years and over ten years ago run scenarios based on your circumstances and show began seriously researching and investigating evidence how different filing strategies affect the total payout and eyewitness reports. After receiving numerous over the same time frame. invitations to speak on the subject of Bigfoot at various Personal Advice - If you want human help, there venues and libraries, he found that many eyewitnesses are specialized firms and financial advisors that can are eager to share their stories but often don’t for fear advise you too. of ridicule. One such firm is Social Security Solutions (SoIn 2008 he founded the Southeastern Ohio Society cialSecuritySolutions.com, 866-762-7526). They offer for Bigfoot Investigation. The club was started to give several levels of web-based and personalized service everyone an opportunity to talk freely about their (ranging from $20 to $500) including their $125 investigations and experiences. “Advised� plan that runs multiple calculations and Doug is the author of three books: Standing in the comparisons, recommends a best course of action in Shadows, Hidden Encounters, Screams in the Night a detailed report, and gives you a one-on-one session Contact t h e with a Social Security specialist over the phone to Circulation Desk at 330- discuss the report and ask questions. 889-3651 to register, Or, you can get help through a financial planner. which is required. Look for someone who is a fee-only certified financial planner (CFP) that charges on an hourly basis and has experience in Social Security analysis. To find someone, use the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors online directory at NAPFA.org, Indoor or try the Garrett Planning Heated Network (GarrettPlanningNetwork.com), which Secure is a network of fee-only advisers that charge beStreetsboro Flea Market tween $150 and $300 per Rental 1513 St. Rt. 303 in Streetsboro Plaza hour. Information Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm 330 422-1380 Send your senior quesFurniture, Some Vendors Open Thurs & Fri tions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior� book.

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Iva Walker | Columnist Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist It was two o’clock in the morning when I first heard About 20% of Americans aged 65-74 are still it. I was just sort of hovering between being asleep and working. A 2016 Pew Research Center study put the being awake. This sometimes when a trip to the bathroom precise figure at 18.8%, and Pew estimates that it will seems like a wise move, but that wasn’t the case (although reach 31.9% in 2022. That estimate seems reasonable: I did get up and go to the bathroom anyway; no point people are living longer, and the labor force participation in passing up an opportunity) at this particular time. rate for Americans aged 65-74 has been rising since the There was a noise coming from what seemed to be the early 1990s.1,2 kitchen; it was an electronic sort of a noise. It was not a It may be unreasonable, though, for a pre-retiree to BAT sort of a noise, with which I am all too familiar. It blindly assume he or she will be working at that age. was a beeping sort of a noise—beep, beep, beep, beep, Census Bureau data indicates that the average retirement beep—five beeps, evenly spaced, then silence, only to age in this country is 63.3 resume again in some random, intermittent pattern—five When do the self-employed anticipate retiring? A beeps then silence, long or short. Weird. Even the most 2017 Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies survey modern of bats do not do that, as far as I know. So I got finds that 56% of U.S. solopreneurs think they will retire up to see where this was coming from. after 65 or not at all.4 Now I did have choices as to where this might be Are financial uncertainties promoting this view? Not emanating from, electronically speaking. There was a necessarily. Yes, the survey respondents had definite smart phone (way smarter than me, truth be told) plugged money concerns – 28% felt Social Security benefits in being charged. There was a lap-top being similarly might be reduced in the future; 22% were unsure that rejuvenated. There was a tablet (not the kind you took their retirement income and accumulated savings would to school in the first grade, lots more â€?nowâ€? than that) prove sufficient; and 26% suspected they were not saving at its own little electrical feeding trough( though it had enough for their tomorrows. On the other hand, 54% an idiosyncrasy of its own; more on that later). None of of these self-employed people said that they wanted them made a peep. The refrigerator was humming—not to work in retirement because they enjoyed their job beeping—and dropping ice cubes into their little bed. The stove and toaster oven were likewise silent, worn out from overwork, for sure. So what was beeping? Only one other major appliance was residing in the our trip to “see the elephantâ€? ( a nineteenth and early kitchen but I hadn’t used it for days. I checked anyway twentieth century expression referencing the wonders and—surprise!—the microwave over the range was all of the traveling circus) in Chicago. Whew! I’ll be able dark except for the code 5E showing on the screen in to thaw things again. the keypad and‌beep, beep, beep, beep, beep. I pushed AND—back to the idiosyncrasy of the tablet— every button on the keypad—nothing. Then I did it another mystery was solved. There had been, for again—nothing again, then—beep, beep, beep, beep, some time, a different electronic sound coming from beep. This was NOT going well. Nor did it get any somewhere in the kitchen. It wasn’t the fridge, it wasn’t better. I finally went back to bed; actually managed to the range, up until the early morning wake-up episode, sleep through the sound that night and each subsequent it wasn’t the microwave, it wasn’t the radio (either of night. Turned off my brain, I guess. But it IS annoying, them); I even checked the washer and dryer in the laundry not just at night but all during the day as well. room. Nothing. It was totally random, not real loud and Now I did not take this lying down. I went to Home it seemed to be coming out of nowhere, not something that Depot and to Lowe’s where the appliance had come one could track down or anticipate, day or night. I could from in the first place, some seven or so years ago and I hear it in the night‌not real scary, just puzzling. Then, consulted with a person who, one might assume, would one day as I was sitting at the counter for lunch, I was know more about microwave ovens than I. No such luck. checking out the plugged-in tablet and it sort of chimed, However, she did suggest that I “google itâ€?. Armed with in an electronic sort of way. Conundrum overcome! It the make and model number, I proceeded to try this line had been hiding under the counter—probably giving of attack and what I got was some all-purpose handyman it an echoing effect—getting recharged and getting my who thought that a key on the touchpad was probably goat for all this time. stuck and that I might try turning off the power, heating So as I was relating both of these mystery sounds and the touchpad with a hair dryer (Not too hot, not too cold, their origins to our peerless editor (Who doubles as one just right—the Goldilocks solution) while rubbing the of my electronica consultants), she tells me that the tablet buttons firmly to try loosening the one that was stuck. was probably updating itself and its programs. What? That was plan A; plan B was to replace the touch panel. These gizmos have datebooks and “to doâ€? lists that they Piece of cake! Except that hitting the breaker marked have to keep track of? They have date nights, family “microâ€? down in the fuse box (Do they still call them birthdays, library book due dates, hair appointments? that?) did absolutely nothing to stop the beep, beep, Apparently so. And they feel that they must let the rest beep, beep, beep. And I am NOT going to poke around of us know that they’re on top of it. So there. Nyaah-trying to find out anything electrical that I might take nyaah, nyaah—nyaah-nyaah. hold of to cut off the power; that often does not go well Brings to mind a line from Ralph Waldo Emerson, (And my experiences as a kid of running into electric “Web to weave, corn to grind, Things are in the saddle fencing have made me a tad hesitant to get involved with and ride mankind.â€? If we’re truly on the way to a totally anything that has current running through it). Time to computer-driven home, I’m doomed. seek alternative measures. I may be anyway. 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or profession, and 67% felt working would help them remain active.4 Is their retirement assumption realistic? Time will tell. The baby boom generation may rewrite the book on retirement. Social Security’s Life Expectancy Calculator tells us that today’s average 60-year-old woman will live to age 86. Today’s average 60-year-old man will live to age 83. Leaving work at 65 could mean a 20-year retirement for either of them, and they might live past 90 if their health holds up. Even if these Americans quit working at age 70, they could still need more than a dozen years of retirement money.5 You could argue that an affluent, self-employed individual is hardly the “average� American retiree. Many solopreneurs own businesses; doctors and lawyers may fully or partly own professional practices; real estate investors and developers may have passive income streams. These groups do not represent the entirety of the self-employed, however – and even these individuals can face the challenge of having to sell a business, a practice, or real property to boost their retirement savings. Successful, self-employed people over 50 need to approach the critical years of retirement planning with the same scrutiny and concerted effort of other pre-retirees. Look at the years after 50 as a time to intensify your retirement planning. This is the right time to determine how much retirement income you will need and how much more you need to save to generate it. This is the time to evaluate your level of investment risk and to think about when to collect Social Security. This is the time to examine your assumptions. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or cperme@financialguide.com www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. (www.SIPC.org) Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.

Citations

1 - nytimes.com/2017/03/02/business/retirement/workers-are-working-longer-andbetter.html [3/2/17] 2 - pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/07/number-of-older-americans-in-theworkforce-is-on-the-rise/ [1/7/14] 3 - thebalance.com/average-retirement-age-in-the-united-states-2388864 [12/24/16] 4 - transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/global-survey-2016/tcrs2017_pr_ retirement_preparations_of_self-employed.pdf [1/31/17] 5 - ssa.gov/OACT/population/longevity.html [3/9/17]

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