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Friday, July 28, 2017

Celebrating 60 Years of SkyLane Bowling

Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - The year was 1957 when a stateof-the-art bowling alley was constructed at the crest of the hill along Windham Street (Rt. 82) in Garrettsville, aptly named SkyLane Bowling. Sixty years later, it’s time for “Garrettsville’s Family Entertainment Center” to celebrate with a free concert by Chris Higbee, starting at 8pm Thursday, July 27. Co-owner and manager Aaron King invites the community to SkyLane for a fun evening of celebration at one of the village’s most enduring gathering places for all ages. “We have something for everybody,” King says.

Historic Inn to Re-Open Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram - When Ed and Jenny Backos from Newbury first pulled up to the historic Hiram Inn at the corner of State Routes 82 and 700 in Hiram, they realized that you can’t judge a book by its cover. You see, since the Inn closed in the fall of 2015, the exterior of the establishment had seen better days. Severe winter weather had taken its toll, leaving peeling paint, faded shutters, and a parking lot in disrepair. But once the couple ventured inside, they were, “blown away by how the inside looked,” shared Ed Backos, the Inn’s new operations manager. The updated interior featured a combination of warm furnishings and updated amenities, coupled with unique historic pieces, and only needed minor touch-ups. He and his wife are thrilled to help the Hiram Inn begin a new chapter when the historic establishment will once again open its doors to weary travelers. The Inn’s story began nearly 200 years ago, when the original structure was built. At that time, what was then known as the Young House was built on land given by Daniel Tilden to his daughter Lydia, who was married to Thomas Fitch Young. Their home was built in 1824, with additions built during later years. With that additional space, the Young family transformed their home into the original Inn at the site, which was known as Young’s Exchange. Young’s Exchange provided accommodations to visitors who came to attend commencement ceremonies. In addition, the post office was located there, since Thomas Young served as the village’s first postmaster as well as the town clerk. A central structure in college and village life, the house was also the site of the first Portage County Library. The house was also home to four generations of the Young family. The last owner, Clinton T.J. Young, expressed the wish that “…the Young house will have a growing place in the life of Hiram.” In 1992, Hiram College purchased the house from his estate. The Young house is the second oldest home in Hiram. The purchase of the house and its transformation into The Hiram Inn was made possible by the generosity of Robert F. Merwin and Betty MacKay Merwin of Erie, Pennsylvania. Both Mr. and Mrs. Merwin were 1936 graduates of Hiram College, and when Robert served on the Hiram College’s Board of Trustees, he lamented that

“We’re Garrettsville’s number one family fun center; a well-established hub of community activity. To gauge just how much things have changed since great place to get some exercise, build camaraderie and SkyLane opened its doors, consider these fun facts from hang out with friends.” Whether you’re a regular at the coffee club which meets 1957: • Average yearly wages: $4,550 at SkyLane Cafe every morning at 6am, league bowlers • Avg cost of new house: $12,220/Avg monthly rent: $90 who make the lanes their second home during competition • Average cost of a car: $2,749 season, a kid gaining skills in the sport during a field trip • Cost of a gallon of gas: 24 cents or birthday party, someone participating in the Queen of • Cost of bacon per pound: 60 cents Hearts/50-50 Raffle, an adult relaxing in SkyLane Lounge • Cost of eggs per dozen: 28 cents after work, a participant in a community fundraiser or • Popular toys: Slinkys and Hula Hoops reunion celebration, or someone picking their favorite Meanwhile, plans were afoot to bring the game of beverage at SkyLane Drive-Thru… after 60 years this is a bowling to the sleepy village of Garrettsville. Over time, SkyLane changed hands, developed new strategies, and adapted to changing times, as seen in the timeline of visitors to the college had to drive to Aurora in find overnight highlights below: • 1956 – Roy, Maurice and Murray Paul decide to build accommodations. In 1995, the Merwins gave a $1.2 million SkyLane with the agreement that Huber King operate it. gift to the college to renovate and expand the Young house, Huber operates the alley with his wife Lois and sons until creating what became known as the Hiram Inn. 1968. “People who stay here would love to know the unique • 1957 – SkyLane makes history by having the first history, acknowledged Ed Backos. “Every room is different.” ever 5-7-10 Split (Sour Apple) sanctioned by the American Returning the historic Inn back to its former glory has been a family affair, as Ed and Jenny enlisted the help Bowling Congress. • Early 1960s… Murray “RED” Paul showcases his of their college-age kids in the three antique cars inside the building (currently lanes 13-16). project. As the family worked, • 1962 – Culligan’s water softener store is built and they received visits from many opened where the Drive-Thru currently operates. curious neighbors. One such • June 1969 - SkyLane is sold to Bill White, who hires visitor commented, “This place Sue Wensel to manage. looks better now than in the 20 • 1970 – AMF 81/70 Pinsetters are installed. years I’ve lived here.” • Late 1970 – Don Laubert is brought in as a partner. “Every person we’ve met • Early 70s… After Culligan moves to Kent… the here has be a joy,” Ed marveled. SkyLane Drive-Thru is opened. For example, one of the rooms • 1974 – Don Laubert becomes sole owner of SkyLane in the old section of the Inn and Bill White moves on to TwinStar Lanes. Don would is named after Jesse Brown serve as owner for nine years and general manager for Pounds, an acclaimed hymn writer born in Hiram. Thanks over 30 years. In this time, Don established many leagues, to a neighbor and local history buff, a book of Ms. Pounds invented the Scotch Doubles Fundraiser, and was influential hymns is now among the unique furnishings of this room that guests will enjoy. Many residents have donated other in the forming of high school bowling in this area. • 1983 – The ownership group of Cal King and the historical artifacts to the Inn, including the Young family Paul Family own SkyLane until the mid 2000s. who donated an antique piano which sits in the library. • 2001 – Automatic scoring is installed. The grandchildren of another Hiram resident bequeathed a • 2007 – A new ownership group consisting of Aaron Regina Music Box, roughly the size of a grandfather clock, King, Matt and Brittan Paul, and Rob and Tracy Murray to the College, which owns the Inn. This unique antique take over. sits near the front desk, and features a treasure-trove of • October 2016 - SkyLane breaks the world record for songs printed on giant metal disks contained in its base. But the historic Inn isn’t a relic of the past. Rooms are having a $3.4 million Queen of Hearts Jackpot. King looks forward to league season starting up at equipped with private bathrooms, and some feature Jacuzzi the end of August and the return of the Queen of Hearts tubs. The Buckeye Home Suite overlooks a private balcony game and 50-50 drawing on September 17. Amidst that and features a fireplace as well. The Inn also boasts flat excitement, he places long-range focus on developing screen TVs and Wi-Fi, an outdoor deck and public balcony, a new generation of skilled bowlers among the region’s as well as ample conference space for small groups. youth. “We work to make every bowler better, because the And since the Inn holds a liquor license, the bar area better their score, the more they enjoy the game and the with its outdoor deck will provide guests and the community alike with a unique venue for an evening out. “We think the more often they’ll return to SkyLane,” he says. Acknowledging he loves being the King behind the Inn will be a nice addition to the community,” explained Ed. Queen of Hearts, he is proud to carry forward the tradition The website will be up soon, giving potential visitors begun by his grandfather, Huber. King says, “I always the opportunity to book rooms online at wanted this job, and finally was given the chance in 2007. For more information, call (330) 569-6000. I hope to keep things rolling around for many more years.”







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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. Camp runs July 31-August 4 for all ages. To register, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.

Hiram Village Community Garage Sale

The Hiram Recreation and Park Board is looking for vendors for the August 12th Hiram Community Garage Sale. 10’ x 10’ vendor space is $15 or reserve an advertising kit for your home garage sale for $10. Reservations must be made by Friday July 28th. For more information and to reserve your space contact Brian at 330-6473222 or email

Vendors Wanted

Auburn Community Church will host an outdoor flea market Aug 5 from 9 a.m.-4 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

Firedevils Seeking Vendors

Auburn Firedevils, auxiliary to the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its sixth annual arts, crafts and consultants fair November 18 at Adams Halls, 11455 Washington St, Auburn Township, from 10 am to 4 pm. We are seeking vendors for this fun event. Tables are $25 each. Tables and chairs are provided. There is plenty of parking for vendors and shoppers alike at this facility. For more info and a registration form, call Shelby DeCapite 440-543-7733 or email shelbydecapite@yahoo. com.

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.

Monday Breakfast at American Legion

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 330/326-3188 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.

Windham, Ohio is providing a Community Dinner on July 27th. Wendy is in the kitchen cooking up some fine food for everyone. Time is 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Come on down to chat and chew.

TOPS Meetings

CHS Alumni Soccer Game

BINGO At St Michael’s

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.

July 28 The Crestwood High School Boys Soccer Team will be hosting the annual Alumni Game on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. The cost this year is $10.00. There will be a picnic dinner for all alumni and their families immediately following the game. Please R.S.V.P. to Laurel at 216-406-1637.

Revival In The Country

July 28 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR. 305 on July 28, 4 to 6. Sloppy joes - baked beans - Cole slaw - dessert.

Third Sat. of Month We want to invite ladies who want to be inspired to our group. It is called “Revival in the Country”. It is a ladies group that meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. 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.


Sundays Join us at the Cellar Door Coffee Co to play Euchre on Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm. All are welcome!

Library Summer Book Sale

July 26 - 29 Please join us for the Geauga West Friends of the Library Summer book sale. There are thousands of new and gently used adult and children’s books, puzzles and games, and Audio/Video items. This years’ sale features an even larger selection of children’s books. The Book Sale begins Wednesday, July 26 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., followed by the Open Public Sale from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday, July 27, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., Friday July 28, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. and Saturday, July 29 is $3.00 Bag Day with hours from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School.

Community Dinner

July 27 The Renaissance Family Center at 9005 Wilverne Dr.

God Provides A Meal

Annual Rummage Sale

July 28 & 29 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be sponsoring their Annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 from 9 am - 1 pm. There will be a large selection of many items. Come and browse and you will probably find some wonderful treasures.


July 28&29 The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is proud to present “Godspell” - July 28 and 29 at 7pm. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children under 12 and seniors are $7.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.00 apiece. “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.

Friends and Family Annual Party & Bowling Alley Weekend

July 28, 29, 30 Hosted by the James A Garfield Class of 1975 the Big party starts 5pm, Friday July 28th at Skylane Bowling with Arrowhead taking the stage at 8pm. Saturday July 29th arrive at Black Iron Grille Steakhouse between 5:30-6pm for a casual dinner. Reservations are required, contact Sam McGarvey 330/469-8763. Sunday July 30th Pot Luck Picnic at the Village Park by the library. Set up at 11:00 and eat at Noon until dusk. Everyone is Welcome!

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Nelson-Garrettsville Senior Social Club EVERY THURSDAY - 9am - Noon Nelson Community House on the Circle, SR 305 in Nelson

July 27 – Games Aug. 3 - Bingo & Doughnuts Aug. 10 - Cupcakes Aug. 17 - Games Aug. 24 - Shirley’s Pancake Tacos

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!

Farm to Table Nibble & Sip

July 29 Please join us for our Farm to Table Nibble & Sip to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard on Saturday July 29th at 5:00pm at Candlelight Winery. Enjoy a menu designed to showcase a wide variety of locally sourced foods along with craft beers and wine. Pre-sale tickets (purchased before July 24th) are $25 each or $45 per couple. Tickets purchased after July 24th are $30 each or $55 per couple. Includes appetizers, desserts, five wine/beer tasting tickets and a souvenir wineglass. Extra wine/beer tasting tickets will be available for purchase. The evening will also include a themed Basket Auction. Take your chance at winning Indians tickets, a casino slot machine, restaurant gift cards and much more! Purchase tickets online at or in person at Candlelight Winery.

Garrettsville Eagles Steak Dinner & Entertainment

July 29 Garrettsville Eagles steak dinner & entertainment on Saturday, July 29th. Open to the public. 8149 Water Street Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Dinner serving steak or chicken breast from 4 - 7:30pm. Carryout is available. Call 330-527-2330. Live music with Steve Howell from 8pm - 11pm.

Purse Exchange & Wine Tasting

July 29 The Ladies Aux. Post 674 will be hosting a Purse Exchange and Wine tasting event July 29th at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 at door. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship fund. This is at the Windham Legion at 9960 E. Center street . Where the tank is. Call 330-326-3188 for details. See you there

Genealogy and Family Search Aug 2 Are you interested in learning about your family history or genealogy? Mike Talentino, of the Family History Center in Kirtland, is the Area Family History Advisor for Family Search. Talentino will be at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. to share a presentation on the Family Search site, the different materials it contains,

updates, and how to access and save information on A brief Question & Answer session will follow the presentation. Please call the library at 330-527-4378 to register for the Family Search program.

North Jackson Community Sales

Aug 4 & 5 North Jackson Citizens Association’s Community Wide Yard Sales Days will be on Friday, Aug 4th and Saturday Aug 5th starting at 9 am. There are 175+ addresses listed on a map locating sales throughout the entire township. Maps available at JM Football field, 10748 Mahoning Avenue, and at businesses Aug. 4th.

‘Sands of Time’ A History & Review of Lake Erie’s Coastal Region

August 5 Lake Erie is [presumably] one of Ohio’s most valuable resources. Join us at South Chagrin Reservation – Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Rd., Bentleyville, as we discuss its ecological attributes as well as its rich past from the time before European settlement to the present day. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330527-5118 or adam.wohlever@dnr.state.

Brittany Myers Poker Run

Aug 5 The 16th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 5th Registration starts at 10AM at Timeout Sports Bar 7160 SR 303 Windham OH. All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at J.A.G. For more info Contact: Jamie Cain @ 330-221-6338

Free School Supply Giveaway

Aug 6 Free school supply giveaway while supplies last -- Sunday, Aug 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Children must be present! Newton Falls American Legion 2025 East River Road. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in cooperation with Newton Falls American Legion

Huntsburg VBS

Aug 6-10 All children K-12 welcome to attend Vacation Bible School at Huntsburg Congregation Church 12435 Madison Road

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Friday, August 11


Depart at 8 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. from Skylane Bowling Alley Gateway Clipper Cruise (Boarding at 10:45 a.m. and cruise from 11 a.m. to Noon) – There is no better way to see one of America’s most livable cities than from the decks of a riverboat. Enjoy the Captain’s expert narration on all things Pittsburgh – past and present during this one hour cruise. You will be amazed by all the fascinating facts that you didn’t know about the three rivers, the city and its history. The Rivers Casino (12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. features over 3000 state-of-the-art slots, video poker, exciting progressives and also the latest virtual blackjack and roulette games. The current bonus is $20.

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Huntsburg Ohio 44046. The theme: Deep Sea Discovery; The date to remember is August 6-August 10- 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This year we will have interpretation for the deaf. You can register at www. So please join us and as always parents are welcome to attend with younger children… See you there

Book Review & Discussion Group

Aug 7 MONDAY, August 7th, 9:30am. Dr J Patella personally presents and reviews the book: THE A F T E R L I F E O F B I L LY FINGERS. Author Annie Kagan recounts the fascinating and true on-going communications with her deceased brother Billy in this, her debut book. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Rockin’ on the Ridge

Aug 11 & 12 Ridge Ranch Campground 5219 State Route 303 Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 is hosting Rockin’ on the Ridge, Aug 11 & 12. Please join us for 2 fun filled days of bands and camping. If you wish to camp, please call the office at 330898-8080 to book your site. If you wish to spend the day, admittance is $5.00 for the day Plus donations of pet toys, pet food, blankets and towels. We will have a food vendor. 50/50 raffle every 2 hours, T-shirt sales & more! All proceeds will go to Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

Corn Roast

Aug 12 A Corn Roast and Brat activity will be held by Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, on Saturday, August 12, from 5 to 8 pm. Please come and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship. The event is free and all are welcome to join us. The activity will be held rain or shine.

Rivers Casino Bus Trip

Aug 18 The Mantua K of C Women’s Auxiliary is hosting a bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, August 18. The cost is $40.00 per person and each attendee will receive $20.00 in free play. The group will depart

from the Sentinel Party Center (AKA the K of C Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255, at 9:00 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Please call 330-274-4982 and leave a message to reserve your seat.

Greyhound Benefit Yard Sale

Aug 18 & 19 Greyhound Benefit Yard Sale, 10555 South Street, Garrettsville. Fri & Sat August 18th & 19th 9:00 AM. All proceeds from the sale of these quality collectables, antiques, household and holiday items, etc. will be donated to Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., helping to save greyhounds.

Handbag Auction

Aug 30 HAND OVER YOUR PURSE! Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a non profit public charity, will hold its 4th Annual Retired Handbags for Retired Greyhounds Auction, hosted by Candlelight Winery, on August 30th and is in need of your NEW or GENTLY USED Designer handbags. All proceeds of this auction help surrendered greyhounds Nationwide receive immediate medical attention for injuries from their “last race.” Contact Diana DiLoreto at 239-4706429 or 330-527-2276. www.

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.

Second Annual Quilts in the Village

Sept 16 The second annual Quilts in the Village will be held on September 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 the Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 W. Prospect Street, Mantua, Ohio 44255. Questions or want to enter a quilt? Call Joy at 330.701.6992 Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits. SUBMISSIONS IN WRITING WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS OR FLYERS.




Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor On Saturday July 8, 2017 the JAG Middle School cheerleaders had a very successful car wash at Kepich Ford in Garrettsville Ohio. The JAG Middle School cheerleaders want to thank everyone that came and supported us! The proceeds are going towards new warm ups. We also want to give a big thank you to Mr. Kepich who let us use his dealership and bought new hoses and sprays for us to use. Mr. Kepich also gave a very generous donation that is very much appreciated. Sincerely, GMS Cheerleaders Dear Editor, We would like to thank the communities and businesses of Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua and surrounding area, all race planners, volunteers, participants and Summerfest visitors for the success of our seventh annual Friends of Melana 5k race and fun walk. This event is held in memory of our granddaughter, Melana Matson, who died of Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incurable brain tumor, at the age of nine. Our sole purpose is to raise awareness of this underfunded disease and to raise funds for medical research. Glioma research is primarily funded by grass-root organizations, such as ours. Special gratitude to our race directors, Diana Morris and Doug Paroff, our FOM team of volunteers, Jeff Van Oss’s Boy Scout Troop #4262 and parents, Marianne Morrissey’s Girl Scout Troop # 90555, and to our generous sponsors and all area businesses for their donations. We had over 200 participants and raised $12,700 for glioma research. This event would never happen if it were not for the Friends of Melana foundation team, who work diligently to carry on Melana’s spirit and to let her hope shine on for other children and their families. We will forever work to raise funds for research and to STOP KIDS CANCER! Did you know that a child with DIPG has no chance of survival? Wouldn’t you like to help change that fact? With your help, we can change this fact. At any time, we are happy to accept any donation. Please send to FOM, PO Box 204, Garrettsville, OH 44231. God bless you for your caring support, Norm and Joyce Fashing Heather and Dave Mazey Ben and Kendra Fashing The Friends of Melana Foundation

AARP Chapter 4527 News

submitted by Betty Franek

The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1 pm at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp., Ohio. (Behind the Fire Station) Our program this month is the “Chordials” an a-capella singing group; that will sing a variety of songs, like do-wop, etc. This is a fun group and should be very entertaining. After our program, we will hold a brief meeting and hear what AARP is trying to do for you. We are still collecting for the “Food For Friends” food pantry, and the Geauga Dog Shelter. These are 2 very important groups that depend on donations to support the needs in communities that are depending on support from us. Also, school starts this month, and the pantry needs school supplies to distribute to the students. We hope that our AARP members will remember those less fortunate, both 2 legged and 4 legged. Come and join us, meet with friends, make new friends, and enjoy some sweet treats. For further information, please call Betty Franek, at 440-5453-4767.

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Burton Public Library Events No registration is required unless otherwise noted: (440) 834-4466 or through The library is located at 14588 West Park St. Burton. Kids/Teens: Emily’s Music Extravaganza Wednesday August 2 at 1 pm Ages 4– 11. Emily from the Chardon Polka Band is back and she has some awesome music programs planned Thursday Movies at the Library August 3 at 2pm Join us for a family-friendly movie. Snacks and drinks provided. Lego Club Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm June 13—August 15 For ages 5+. Join us as we spend time building Lego creations. Storytime for babies-5 years of age Summer Session runs through August 18. Check the website for more details.

Adults: An Informative Evening on Spiritualism & Mediumship Tues., Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jenni Vinecourt will discuss Spiritualism, Mediumship and how they can enhance your own connection to those on the other side of life. She will complete the evening with a public demonstration of mediumship. Internet Basics Wed., Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Intimidated? Don’t be! Learn how to navigate and search the world wide web through hands-on, small group instruction in a supportive environment. Registration begins July 9. Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church Thurs., Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by author Sunny Morton: How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. Learn what various types of church records look like and how to access them for your genealogy research. Nature Spirit Dolls Sat., Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. Led by local artist Margaret Khairallah. Using found materials from nature, participants will craft a doll. Open to teens and adults. Registration required and begins July 10. 3D Printing Wed., Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Learn how to design a simple 3D object and submit it for the BPL 3D printing queue. Registration begins July 16. Garfield’s World Thurs., Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the man, the president, and his home in Mentor, Ohio. Speaker: Rebecca Hayward of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

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Being a teen and saying no to alcohol and drugs is never easy. The Portage County Substance Community Coalition has put together some tips for teens to use to stay safe. 1. Choose like-minded friends. Avoid peer pressure by hanging out with friends who also disagree with underage drinking and using drugs. 2. Make your parents the bad guys. Parents do not mind being labeled the bad guys when it comes to staying away from underage drinking. Tell classmates that your parents will ground you or take away your phone if you are caught drinking or using drugs. 3. Use sports as an excuse. Remind your friends that you will be kicked off the team for using drugs or alcohol. Plus, a healthy body is important to you. 4. Suggest better plans. What if your best friend wants to go to a party where you know everyone will be drinking? Come up with a different idea. Say, “I’d rather shoot hoops (or play Xbox or go shopping). Want to come?” 5. Bring your own drink. Keep a bottled drink like a soda or iced tea with you to drink at parties. People will be less likely to pressure you to drink alcohol if you’re


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already drinking something. 6. Street drugs can be fatal. Lethal doses of drugs are on the street and people are dying. Your life is too important. 7. Make an escape plan. If you end up in a dangerous situation, get out fast. Make up code words to text a parent or trusted adult. To them, your safety is always first priority. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to share these tips with their children. “Without a doubt, parents can have the greatest influence on their child’s decision about using alcohol and drugs,” said Joel Mowery, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. “In fact, children of parents who talk with them about alcohol and drugs are up to fifty percent less likely to use.” Adults can sign up for the Know! Parent Tips through the state of Ohio’s drug prevention website, Start Talking at The Portage County Substance Abuse Community Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing and treating substance use disorders. For more information visit

Final Greater Western Reserve Council Jamboree Troop Attending the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree 39 Individuals coming from the former Greater Western Reserve Council(GWRC), Boy Scouts of America, which served families in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Trumbull and eastern Portage counties, left from Camp Stambaugh in Canfield, OH for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree being held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reservation near Mt. Hope, WV on Wednesday July 19th and will return there on Friday July 28th. Held once every four years, the National Boy Scout Jamboree draws tens of thousands of Scouts, Ventures, volunteers, and staff from all over the country to celebrate Scouting. The 10-day event helps prepare our nation’s youth to face and overcome challenges, while providing them with the opportunity to camp out, meet new friends, try high-adventure activities, learn new skills, work on merit badges, and enjoy the outdoors. The first Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the Jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first Jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2013. In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement,



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There has been a recent report of bumper stickers being seen in Garretsville saying, “There’s a gold mine in Garretsville”! There are also small gold boxes with gold nuggets inside, being found in Garretsville which happen to be the tickets to the Gold mine! These tickets instruct the finder to go to Facebook and search “Gold Mine” for more information. The goldmine is an original story brought to life by Dianne Amon. It’s about old,old men, old men,and children! You will laugh cry and sing along with the cast -- all are ages 6-14years old! The gold mine will be open on August 4th at 7pm, and it is located at Faith Evangelical Church, 10585 Windham Parkman Rd in Garretsville. If you want more tickets, visit our Facebook page at gold mine or call us at 330 283 3821.


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adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new Jamboree experience in the summer of 2013. 2017 is the current National Jamboree and The Summit will also be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree representing the North American Continent countries of Canada, The United States and Mexico. The final GWRC Jamboree Troop is composed of 35 Boy Scouts from the five plus county area formerly served by the council with 4 adult leaders. Mr. Jeff Trumbull of Painesville, OH Troop 64, is serving as the Jamboree Troop 2425 Scoutmaster. The 1st Asst. Scoutmaster is Mr. Ray Deluga of McDonald Troop 4083. The 2nd Asst. Scoutmaster is Mr. Jeff Faulk of Warren Troop 4101 and the 3rd Asst. Scoutmaster is Mr. hunter Hykes of Canfield Troop 25. Leading the Jamboree Troop as Senior Patrol Leader is Connor Deluga of McDonald Troop 4083 with Riley Sullivan of Newton Falls Troop 8 as the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. There are four patrols of eight scouts, each patrol having a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol leader. Several Scouts are serving as Jamboree Troop Quartermasters, several as Jamboree Troop Historians and two Chaplain’s Aides.

Hiram, OH Age 88 of Hiram, passed away June 24, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bryson was born in Cleveland on November 25, 1928 to Howard F. and Elizabeth R. (nee: Farmer) Swanda. He spent his childhood in Maple Heights and moved to Hiram in 1941. Bryson enjoyed bowling, golfing, and gardening. He was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He and his father proudly created Harrison Machine & Plastic in Hiram in the early 1970’s, which has now been in operation within the family for 4 generations. Survivors include his beloved wife Jacqueline “Jacie” (nee: Bennett) Swanda, whom he married on August 18, 1951, children Pamela (Robert) Maynard, Timothy (Carolynne Sendry) Swanda, Lorraine (Anthony) Calapa, and Garth (Donna) Swanda, grandchildren Nathan (Amy) Calapa, Tyler (Lisa) Maynard, Cody (Carli) Calapa, Brenden Swanda, Whitney (Joe Knautz) Adams, Troy Calapa, and Travis (Ashley) Swanda and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister Evelyn Bott, and daughter-in-law Debra Swanda. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road, Hiram, 44234 at 10:00 am until the Memorial Service at 11:00am. Memorials may be made to Hiram Christian Church. Burr Funeral Home, Information and condolences online at

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Dr. Travis Thompson Joins Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics

Jean E. and the late Tom Russell of Garrettsville and the late Marge and Louis Merrill Beem II of Florida are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Robbin Jean Russell and Louis (Chip) Merrill Beem III. The couple was married on April 1, 2017. The newlyweds are living in Palm Harbor, Florida.

R av e n n a – A k r o n Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) welcomes Travis Thompson, MD, to its pediatric primary care office in Ravenna. The practice – located at 6847 N. Chestnut St., Suite 200 in the University Hospitals Portage Professional Center – accepts most insurance plans and Medicaid. Thompson, a Ravenna native, earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in May 2014. He recently completed his three-year pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dedicated to the community, Thompson has served as a “medical buddy” at Fresh Air Camp for kids who are tracheostomy or ventilator dependent. He also volunteered for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, while he completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at The Ohio State University. He has been a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Society since 2010. In his spare time, Thompson enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading and playing board games.

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Portage County Gardeners Flower/Photo Show July 18, 2017

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary met on Monday, July 24, 2017 to hear from Nate Adams of Energy Smart Home Performance, who spoke of steps to take for having healthy, balanced homes, An Easy Path to Zero Carbon. This boiled down to, basically, electrifying everything and specifically using renewably-produced electricity. The steps toward this goal included checking out the bill, Googling P.U.C.O. (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio), comparing “apples to apples”, and making the switch. Aspects to be dealt with included stand alone systems such as stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers and interconnected systems such as heating. Planning ahead for the planet does not have to be expensive. Planning ahead for the future has to be done if there is to be a future that we want to spend time in. Stu Buchanan stopped in with details on the Shoebox Project, sponsored by District 6630, and involving support of incentives for schooling of children in Nicaragua. Coordination of purchasing will streamline the process. Plans for the annual fund-raiser in November are beginning to ramp up, with date confirmation and catering choices. November 2 is the likely first choice. Caterers will be researched. The new Headwaters Trail entrance on St. Rte. 82, across from Sky Plaza is taking shape. Next comes placement of bike racks and benches, fix-it station and signage. More thoughts on a splash pad in the park. Dog park? Next meeting July 31, in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, at noon. Visitors always welcome. Come see what “Service Above Self” is all about.

The Portage County Gardeners recently held their annual Flower/Photography Show at the gardeners center in Rootstown. The judges for the show were Ron Snowberger and Judy Woudenberg who judged all the specimens entered wh i le Bon n ie Ba i ley Zuchniak judged the artistic arrangements, and Rick Strebler and Pat Thomas judged the photography section. The judges were taken to lunch and were Artistic category winners (left to right): Wilma Calland; Diane Jendrisak ; Judy given a gift card. Hendershot; Marge Conroy and Helena Parry The planning committee for the event included Mary Jo Ryan, Diane Jendrisak, Judy Conroy with a 3rd to Parry, and honorable mention to Lees Hendershot, Lee Hall, Leslie Geer, Pat Thomas and Helena and Ryan. In the Foliage Class Other than Hosta, Jendrisak had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd , and Lees and Hendershot had an Parry. During the reception event a chocolate truffle by Ryan, honorable mention. In Foliage Class of Hosta leaves, Lees a pineapple cherry truffle made by Jendrisak and home took 1st, Sharon Hunter took 2nd while Martha Heller and made cookies by Becky Kuchenbecker were served for Hunter took honorable mention. In the Herb Class, Parry refreshments along with coffee, tea and water. Garden gloves took 1st, 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions. In the were awarded to the 1st place winners in the Specimen Flowering Herbs Class, Lees took 1st, Thomas took 2nd, Section while garden snippers were given to the 1st place Rose Darling 3rd while Thomas and Conroy took honorable winners in the Artistic Section. Photo paper was given to mentions. In the Houseplants Class, Calland took 1st, the 1st place winners in the Photography Section. Those who Hall took 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions. In the won Best Of Show in each section were given a gift card. Perennials Class, Jendrisak took 1st, Heller 2nd and 3rd while Totally there were one-hundred entries for the whole Lee took two honorable mentions. In the Sunflowers Class, show. The judges were impressed with the quality of the Parry took 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Jendrisak took Best of Show items entered in all three sections which were Specimen, in the Specimen Secion with a beautiful pink hydrangea. In the Photography Section in Plants and Wildlife Class, Artistic and Photography. In the Specimen Section In the Annuals Class Judy Conroy took 1st, Kris Shamhart took 2nd , Beatrice Flarida Hendershot took 1st, Marge Conroy took 2nd, Lonnie Lees took 3rd and Jane Ramson took an honorable mention. In took 3rd and Lee Hall had an Honorable Mention. In the Plants with People Class, Becky Head took 1st, Carol Taylor Bulbs Class, Hendershot took a 1st with Mary Jo Ryan 2nd, and Conroy had an honorable mention. In Woodland/ taking a 1st in Rhyzome Class, and Pat Thomas took a 2nd Wildflowers Class, Flarida took 1st, Ramson 2nd, Head 3rd in the Tubers Class. In Day Lilies, a 1st and 2nd went to while Jendrisak took an honorable mention. In the Specimen Blooms Class, Kris Shamhart took 1st and 2nd and a honorable mention, Lees took 3rd and an honorable mention. In the Black and White Class, Ramson had a 1st, Flarida a 2nd. In the Garden Scenes from the Trust; the purpose of the fund is to fund projects Class, Ramson took 1st , Flarida 2nd , Conroy 3rd, Head to support community enrichment. an honorable mention. Ramson took Best of Show of the “I thought it would be easy -- basically handing out Photography Section with her garden scene. money for worthwhile projects -- but it’s really hard,” In the Artistic Section in the Front View Design Class explained Mr. Frato-Sweeney. “All the projects were Parry took 1st and Best of Show in the Artistic Section, all worthy,” he acknowledged. “We had some tough Conroy took a 2nd in Front View while an honorable choices to make.” The Trust received 20 requests this year mention was won by Hendershot. In the Design in the totaling over $66,000. They wholly or partially funded Round (Weeds) Class, Conroy took 1st, Hunter 2nd. In 13 projects, providing over $34,000 of funding. Those the L Shape Design Class, Hendershot took 1st, Parry 2nd, organizations who do not receive funding are encouraged Conroy 3rd. In the Five Foliage Class, Conroy took 1st, to apply the next year. Lees 2nd. In the Miniature Design Class, Jendrisak took Some projects have been grant recipients in previous 1st, Hendershot 2nd, and years, including Hiram’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Hunter 3rd. In the Larger Committee and the Hiram Park Board, which typically Fairy Garden Class, Wilma makes requests to offset the costs of new projects. The Calland took 1st, Jendrisak Hiram College School of Music was also a recipient; took 2nd. they’ll use the funds for their ‘Building Community Those interested in Through Music’ public concert series. joining one of the four This year, Crestwood Intermediate School was clubs under the umbrella awarded grants to subsidize field trips to Kent State of Portage County Gardens University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Hiram can call Mary Jo at 330-296College Writing Center received funds to help bring author 3633 or Diane Jendrisak Paisley Rekdal to campus for a public lecture. 330-923-0570. The application process begins each spring. This year, applications were due on May 15th, with award letters sent out in early June to fund projects for the fiscal year running July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. For more information on the Hiram Community Trust, please contact Ed Frato-Sweeney at SweeneyEA@

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Hiram - Although you may never have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Reign Hadsell, chances are, if you live in the area, you’ve benefitted from his generosity. That’s because since 1991, when he established the Hiram Community Trust with a gift of $100,000; he set in place an endowment that would support the community he loved long after his death. He created the fund to support projects that foster and promote a sense of community and civic pride -- projects like public lectures and musical performances, special events and field trips for local school students, and beautification projects in local parks and communities. But just who was Reign Hadsell? Reign Hadsell was a 1926 graduate of Hiram College, but his connection to the area went deeper than that. He was a long-time Hiram resident and a former principal of Hiram Public School. Mr. Hadsell’s generosity and civic-mindedness prompted him to create an endowment to fund projects that benefit the residents of Hiram Village and Township, as well as students in Crestwood and Garfield School Districts, as well as the surrounding community through cultural events at Hiram College. The Hiram College Board of Trustees administers the Trust, but a five-member Trust Board determines annual grant disbursements. That board consists of five members representing the communities the trust serves. Current board members include Mr. Ed Frato-Sweeney, who represents the College; Hiram Village resident, Mrs. Sharon Bertrand; Mr. Gary Bott from Hiram Township, Mr. David Toth from Crestwood Schools*, and Mrs. Christin Delaney, the member-at-large. (*Each year, a representative from either Crestwood Schools or J.A. Garfield Schools fills one spot, alternately.) The board reviews the applications and determines which projects to fund, and at what level. Any organization that serves these groups is welcome to apply for funding

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Freedom Township Trustee News

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman John Zizka called the regular township meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017. Present: Trustees Jeff Derthick, John Zizka and Roy Martin and the Fiscal Officer, Karen Martin. Present also were Road Supervisor Tony VanSteenberg, Zoning Inspector Rich Gano. Also present were residents: Mr. Charles Duffield and Mr. Rick Kruis. A budget workshop was held on June 30, 2017, for the trustees and fiscal officer to put together a 2018 budget. A motion was made by Trustee Martin and seconded by Trustee Derthick to approve the minutes of the June 15, 2017 regular meeting. During public comment, Mr. Rick Kruis commended the township for offering the Community Park for the Amateur Radio Field day events. They had a successful event and look forward to coming again next year. Mr. Kruis also presented to the township a check for the park from the PCARS Association in the amount of $500. Tony VanSteenberg gave the road report. Several roads were repaired with the hot patch. Two roadside brush pickups were done on Wednesday due to the holiday. The steel siding for the garage on S.R. 700 has been purchased and the repair will be done when possible. Also the roof for the shed at the rental house repair has been done with steel. Tony reported that the overhead garage door has broken cable, hinges and rollers. He has contacted American Renovations where the doors were purchased and they are to come and repair as soon as possible. Tony will be replacing a culvert on Asbury north between Streeter and Hankee. A notice will be forwarded to the newspaper. Tony has contacted Mr. Proya about re-spraying for weeds. Also report that a resident on Smalley Road put in a new concrete driveway and closed in the ditch and the resident paid for the job per our culvert and ditch enclosing policy. Tony noted that the portable sign that was used in front

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of the townhall was unrepairable. Prices will be obtained and possibly another portable will be obtained until an up -to-date LED sign can be purchased. Tony has measured Asbury Road for mileage (1.03 mi) to consider next year for Issue II funds. VanSteenberg reported that there was one burial this week; one cremation at West Cemetery and one burial at Drakesburg. Trustee Zizka gave information out on crack sealing. Consideration will also be given to any roads that may need chip and seal. Trustee Derthick discussed the benefit of keeping the old back-up backhoe/loader. The old one is still being used some and disposition, if any, will be discussed at another meeting. There was a discussion concerning a new commercial riding mower. Prices will be obtained by Tony for a 52” and a 42” mower. The subject will be reviewed at another meeting. Tony and the trustees will decide on chip and seal projects to get prices and specs. The Portage County Engineer’s department would work up the specs for the road(s) to consider. Park: Tony has prices for chain and “S” hooks to install the replacement swings from Menards priced at about $90 for 100’ chain plus the cost of the “S” hooks. A motion was made by Trustee Martin and seconded by Trustee Derthick to purchase chain and “S” hooks for the replacement swings from Menards and not to exceed $125. Trustee Zizka checked with Organic Roots about the Silver Maple that need replacements. They stated that planting should be done in the fall. Later this year we will discuss the issue again. Trustee Derthick noted that the Park Boosters have a bench to raffle off for a money project. The fiscal officer gave the following information: a. The Local Government committee met and selected a smaller committee to meet with the cities and villages, concerning the distribution of Local Government Funds. Another meeting will be held on July 31. More information will be shared as received. b. The Township budget hearing will be held on Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m., here in Townhall. c. The new UAN computer has been received and installed. At this time the old computer belongs to the township. The old computer will be cleaned to see if it is good to use. d. The State Auditor’s office has requested a special resolution to be signed by the trustees in order to establish a Veteran Memorial Fund. e. A reminder that the OTARMA MORE grant for $500 is available and receipts may be submitted before the end of the year.

f. Information will be obtained to see if the county is offering the “Celebrate Portage” grant this year. In unfinished business: a. The rental agreement for the property by the cemetery was sent to Mr. Bossow to sign. b. Questions on life insurance were discussed. Upon checking it was determined that Anthem has been not included for Butch but the application was submitted. Karen will check on the status of the life insurance. c. A discussion on liability insurance on the Drakesburg Square property. The prosecutor will be consulted about further information. d. Trustee Zizka noted that no new information on the Corpening property. He is waiting to hear more information. In new business: a. The Freedom Community picnic will be held on August 20. Further information on events of the day will be discussed at a later date. b. The Portage County Fair booth display theme is “Best You’ve seen in 2017”. Trustee Derthick is checking with the 4-H club about doing the Freedom display. c. Trustee Derthick noted that the records room is in need of organization. During the zoning portion of the meeting, there was a discussion on usage of the Zone Pro program. Since 2012 the program has not been used although the township has paid the annual fee of $255. Question of a backup on the Zone Pro revealed that it is unknown if there is a backup. The issue will be revisited at another meeting. Trustee Zizka made a motion that was seconded by Trustee Martin to go to Executive Session to discuss legal issues concerning a zoning issue at 9:50 p.m. Trustee Martin made a motion that was seconded by Trustee Derthick to return from Executive Session at 10:19 p.m. A motion was made by Trustee Martin and seconded by Trustee Derthick to notify the County Prosecutor to proceed with the court case against Trent Milano. Trustee Zizka will notify Prosecutor Chris Meduri. Rich Gano reported that he issued 2 permits; both for accessory buildings. He also stated that he has not had any response from Mr. Criblez or My Freedom LLC (on signage). Also no response was received from the high grass notification letters. He has talked with Mr. Dave Bonner concerning the trucking being done from his home and Mr. Bonner reported that he has not had the medical surgery at this time and reminded Rich that the Trustees had granted him time until after his surgery. During the meeting, warrants & EFTs, #8986-#9014 in the amount of $21,537.43 were presented to the trustees for approval and ordered paid by signature. A motion was made by Trustee Martin and seconded by Trustee Derthick to adjourn the Regular Township meeting at 10:33 p.m.

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Travelling With Skip... Hotter Than Hades In South Dakota Skip Schweitzer | Columnist

upon us, reminiscent of a catastrophe that befell the Donner Party, except it was heat, not snow! We were Dictionary trapped for days in Wall It is the week of the fourth of July and we Drug, Walmart, oh my! No, no, no, we did not reach the are in the Black Hills. point of considering eating The temperature is a each other, but the heat was suffocating 102 degrees cooking my brain. Note to t o d ay, 9 9 d e g r e e s self: next time visit this area yesterday, and forecast to in either May or September be 99 tomorrow. The rest when it is predictably cooler of the seven-day forecast and you might be more able calls for temperatures to to actually enjoy the area. be in the triple digits, an T he South Da kot a unusually hot weather pattern even for this area. This is the weather that climate is considered typically stalls out over Arizona and New Mexico. harsh with its temperature For some of us, this scorching-hot dry climate has and climate extremes, a profoundly crippling effect, as in-- it steam rolls whereas our Cleveland area you down flat. It takes your breath away, your body is considered moderate and movements become labored and slow. It addles your temperate. South Dakota brain! To conserve energy, you don’t feel like doing average annual rainfall is comparatively very low much. It forces you to isolate yourself in an air- and is downright desert-like east of the Black Hills conditioned structure, be it motel, store (Wall Drug, because the mountains intercept all the clouds Walmart), restaurant or government building—this causing it to rain on them. Another thing to consider: in a place where you came to enjoy the great outdoors. Thunder storms out west tend to be rather common but very isolated, small, and brief, affecting-- wetting This is not where you want to be. For those of you that don’t know what Wall down-- only a very small portion of the landscape. Then it immediately gets Drug is, it is simply a hot again, evaporating all The Homestake gold mine tourist trap extraordinaire the water. Consequently, situated in Wall, South yo u h ave t h e a r i d Dakota just a hundred Badlands just thirty miles yards off the main east/ east of the green Black west interstate freeway-Hills. Yesterday seemed I 80. Advertised on r ef r e s h i n g ly c o ole r billboards for 250 miles because we were in the either way touting free ice mountains for the better water and 5 cent coffee, part of the day. Each day it is the Gatlinburg of that we have been in the the West. Wall Drug is mountains it has rained the sole reason for this and even hailed, which town to exist. I don’t thankfully cooled the even think that there is atmosphere down into the 70s. a real pharmacy in the place. Yes, there are two We spent the day traveling up Spearfish Canyon, gas stations, a couple chain motels, and a couple a spectacular drive up into the mountains that mediocre restaurants that have built up around it, ends in the town of Lead (pronounce Leed) which but Wall drug is a city block of overpriced souvenir shops and hokey re-creations of the old west all built is connected to Deadwood, the famous red-light to get you to come inside, drink the free ice water, district cowboy town of yore. Both are now casino and by the way, spend your money. Having driven gambling meccas, half of which are located in the by it many times in the past, this is the first time I original 150-year-old buildings. The other half are have ever gone into it and now only because it was modern structures that you might see in Las Vegas so damned hot outside that we sought shelter inside. and are in stark contrast to the old Lead-Deadwood I did not spend a penny there! Now I feel guilty. architecture. The red-light district these days, I don’t Since we enjoyed their air conditioning, maybe I even want to hazard a guess‌... At Lead we spent time at the Homestake Gold should have bought a coke or something. mine which was one of the most productive and Who knew back in April when we planned deepest gold mines in the world, being over onethis that an unprecedented heat wave would fall mile deep. It is also high in the mountains so it was much cooler there. It was in production for nearly a hundred years. I have been to this site several times before, even down in it in the past. Out in front of the brand new visitor’s center is this ten-foot-tall circle of steel, a cross section of pipe really, prominently R avenna – On August 12, 2017, Portage APL and displayed outside the mine. I puzzled about this, the Paws for Golf Committee hope you will join them wondering what it had to do with the mine. I don’t for a fun filled day of golf. All proceeds benefit the APL remember it being there before. The focus in the and the nearly a thousand animals rescued and adopted past has always been on gold mining. It reminded each year. The outing will be held at Raccoon Hill Golf me of a mammoth hamster wheel. Could it be that Club in Kent from 12pm – 7pm. This 18-hole scramble includes a cart, lunch, free beverages, gifts, Dinner- BBQ ribs and chicken by Little City Grille as well as skill and door prizes. 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the mine was powered by hamsters running in a wheel? It’s the heat again isn’t it! Naaaaw, couldn’t be, could it? But what was this thing? I just assumed it had to do with mining equipment. However, the most recent advertising focus has changed, perhaps letting the cat out of the bag about a certain astrophysics experiment that took place during the 1960s and until recently apparently was either kept secret or downplayed. Perhaps it was felt that the general public was not ready or able to handle astrophysics information. I know I wasn’t. I’m still not. Because of its depth in solid rock the mine became the site of a scientific experiment during the 1960s that ultimately confirmed the existence of neutrinos, particles much smaller than atoms. Beyond that, this is about as far as I can go to explain what neutrinos are. If you read the intro to this article you can see why. What in the heck are muons and why have they been kept from us for 60 years? Is this Amelia Earhart all over again? It’s the heat again isn’t it? My daughter says that they are remnants of the “Big Bangâ€? that created our solar system and that they are supposedly buzzing around and through us even now. Silly me! I thought that they were some type of South American mammal akin to rats and chinchillas, and when I saw the big hamster wheel out front of the mine‌‌‌.well, you know‌.. What do I know? It turns out that those are Nutria—south American rats that I was thinking of. Suffice it to say that this astro-physics research was extremely ground breaking and important, and is now increasingly touted as such at the mine visitors center. The ten-foot cross section displayed outside the mine was a section of a large chamber that trapped “heavy waterâ€? in which the neutrinos were gathering. Neutrinos are small, but heavy I guess—fat little buggars! I wonder if they were buzzing in and out of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I had for lunch? And what does it all mean? I’ll tell you, this heat is getting to me. Where is that astrophysist that is often on TV now that we need him?

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

This has been one of the greatest summers so far. Hot temperatures, decent amount of rain, a few clouds in the sky – what more could I ask for? I know you are probably thinking that I have been sampling too much wine again, but for grape growers and winemakers, this summer has been ideal so far. Now for all of you that have been hiding out in air conditioned houses and offices, did you know that air conditioning was the first major development in wine making? Air conditioning allowed for large spaces to be cooled off and allowed for white wines to be produced in really hot places (yes – even hotter than Ohio). Places such as California, Spain and Chile started using air conditioning as a way to preserve their white wines during the bottling process and dedicated “cool” rooms to store white wine after it was bottled. With recent advances in air cooling technology, many stainless steel tanks are using an “air conditioning” system directly on the tank. Imagine sitting in your favorite chair or at your office with an air conditioner directly on you and one for each person in your family or office. Then imagine that each unit has separate temperature control that would make you the most comfortable. That is exactly how these tanks work – allowing the temperature to be controlled so that the wine is the most comfortable thus producing the best quality of wine. Where would the wine industry be if we didn’t have such hot temperatures and great air conditioning systems? Enjoy the heat – I am sure winter will be here before we know it. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

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So…the last episode of the odyssey took me to a family reunion—and the prelim for it, which was even more fun. See, family reunions are an old thing in my family. Growing up, in the summer we could always expect to attend two of them, the Whitney reunion (Grandma’s family) and the McConnell reunion(Grandpa’s family). This was on my mother’s side; I don’t know if the Walkers never had reunions or if they just didn’t want to acknowledge that we were any connection (That would be my guess). Ditto for the Cahoons. Anyhow, the Whitneys were, perhaps, a bit more reserved and I don’t remember very many of a younger set in attendance. The McConnells, on the other hand, included all of my first cousins—seventeen at last count, I believe—and since we saw each other nearly every week or so, it was our usual play group, so to speak. Both of these festive affairs were held in the basement of the Pittsfield Congregational Church (which was blown away in the Palm Sunday Tornado of 1965), with the township park and Civil War monument out front where we went to play while the adults talked (partly about things that we weren’t supposed to be hearing, no doubt). The highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of the ice cream—big deal! It came as Neapolitan—vanilla chocolate, strawberry—individually wrapped slices all bundled up in a canvas gizmo that contained dry ice


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Summer Escapes: Chocolate Heaven Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

If you, too, believe that all you need is love…and chocolate... then a quick trip to the Harry London chocolate factory in North Canton might be worth a quick trip. As summer dwindles and the thought of back-to-school shopping looms closer, why not treat yourself (and your kids) to a delicious escape. You can tour the Harry London Chocolate Factory at no charge. It’s a working chocolate production facility where you’ll have a birds’ eye view of whatever decadent treats they’re making that day. The tour begins with a short video and a walkthrough timeline about the history of the company. And -- spoiler alert -- you’ll get to sample some of their work, which according to my kids made the brief film about the company’s history totally worth it. Here are a few tour highlights, in case the delightful aromas wafting through the chocolatescented air distract you. Harry London learned the art of making confections from his father. He began giving his hand-crafted treats to friends as holiday gifts, and the demand grew from there. In 1922, he quit his job at a steel mill and made chocolate his life’s work. Similarly, the first Fannie May retail store was opened in Chicago in 1920. By 1935, there were nearly four- dozen retail stores in Illinois and neighboring states. Fannie May production moved to North Canton when the company was acquired in 2004. As the tour proceeds, you’ll head upstairs for a bird’s eye view of the production floor. You’ll see tanks and vats of chocolate, and a variety of treats, from truffles to bars, moving down conveyer belts to be wrapped and boxed by a small army of workers. Sadly, no Umpa-Lumpas were working the day we visited, but who knows -- you may get lucky and spot one. Near the end of the production area, you’ll be treated to a variety of samples. My girl’s favorite was the mint meltaway, but the dark chocolate lava truffle was pretty tasty, too. As the experience ends, you’ll be led into the retail store where you’ll receive a sample of gelato from their

(How cool is it to have your dessert arrive steaming?) to keep the stuff cold. No fancy-dancy, namby-pamby freezers for us! Nor air conditioning either. Is that retro or what? The McConnell great aunts were a trip too. Aunt Mary, Aunt Mildred, Aunt Florence, Aunt Sarah, Aunt Nellie (There was a pip!)—Aunt Alice never came, black sheep, you know—those were just the blood relations, the in-laws were there too; it was quite the gathering. The men(including Grandpa, Uncle Ed, Uncle Win, Uncle Bill, Uncle George, Uncle John…one of ‘em used to offer chewing tobacco to the younger set) were in their space talking about cows, crops or farm implements; their “better halves” discussed miscellaneous health issues, children and kitchen issues of one sort or another (Recipes were always big—as were the helpings on the plates). If one kept quiet and listened carefully, one could learn a whole lot about stuff that we probably weren’t supposed to know. So after the tornado destroyed the Congregational Church and the Methodist Church and the township hall and the Civil War monument and the older generation passed on and mine moved off (That is to say, more than twenty miles away) to greener pastures—at least we spotted what looked like bright green grass—the family reunion sort of fell by the wayside. And, wouldn’t you know, at some point, we started to miss the connections. Pittsfield Township rebuilt a spiffy new township hall—with air conditioning—my cousin was elected trustee and could make our reservations for every two years (No point in getting too connected), and we’re back at it. Lots of little ones to get passed around from lap to lap or to play indoors or out, plenty of catching up to do. Food is still a focal point; new recipes turn up with great regularity (You can follow the track of some “women’s magazines” specials), as do family favorites—gotta love the deviled eggs. There’s usually a freezer-ful of homemade Ice cream and lots of other desserts to pair it with. There are kids’ toys on ONLINE COURT ORDERED SALE

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the floor, there’s a bounce house out in the back lawn— those things are everywhere—thanks to Cousin Jim. Somebody this year brought a puppy—a puppy!—cute little French Bulldog that got “socialized” to within an inch of its life, carried everywhere, slept on laps, made everybody smile. My cats may have had a shiver of premonition; I really liked that puppy. Everyone got to give a short-form run-down of their current situation : Cousin Bob played a trump card with his fiftieth anniversary celebration (great cookies by my niece, of the Tiny Kitchen). New babies were anticipated. Arrived babies were admired. New jobs were revealed. Absent relations were chronicled by their close connections. Like they say at the ballgame, “Ya can’t tell the players without a program!” And there was a wedding picture of my grandparents (c. 1916) as well as a collection of Grandma’s journals/ cashbooks/account ledgers. What a window on life in the ‘30’s! Primary source material for historical research, I calls it. Some pictures often appear as well…whatever anyone feels might be of interest—and it usually is. An amateur league photo booth was set up so that we could all be electronically immortalized; those cell phone cameras were hard at it the whole time. They’re probably the talk of FaceBook right now. Plus, the three ninety-plus sisters who are Gen III( More tales of Gen I and II at another time) of this crowd were all there looking pretty good, all things considered. Hope to see them next time. A good time was had by all…or at least, no fights broke out…and we’ll be there again in two years… provided there are no more tornadoes. And BEFORE THAT, I journeyed home to Wellington, OH (ten miles south) on the Friday before all this to meet up with my siblings and their household from near and far (NM, AZ). That drive was rather longer than I had anticipated, seeing as how there was an event of some sort downtown in Cleveland that clogged up I-480 to a fare-the-well and messed up my time table. So I pulled in to Wellington for supper and found that I had got there just in time for the Cheese Festival! Bye-bye parking! After finding a space and walking to the one place in town with enough tables and chairs to seat the whole tribe, I found my place at the feast and dug into a great perch dinner while the little ones ran around the billiard table and inquired why I was sitting in their places. Food was good; family was as usual—explanation of that is worthy of another story. Wait for it. The trip back to Garrettsville was uneventful…and much faster…game must have run long


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“How long do fireflies live and where are they during the day?” One of our younger patrons wondered where fireflies spent most of their time, if she only saw them at night. “The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders” told us that fireflies are nocturnal and enjoy moist places, with some living under bark, decaying plants, or other debris. The website added that they also like long grass: it hides them during the day, but at night, they can climb up and get a good vantage point to signal with their lights. They mainly use their lights to attract mates, though the writers at hypothesize that they may also use them to warn away predators. Different species have different flashing patterns. Some female fireflies will mimic the patterns of other species to lure the males, which they will eat. However, some species of adult fireflies have not been observed eating at all – they likely only live long enough to lay eggs. According to the basic lifecycle on, a firefly spends more of its life in the larva stage – about one to two years. The larvae are carnivorous, feeding on snails and worms, and also often light up. They spend three weeks as pupas before maturing into adult fireflies, which only live for about a month. If they’re successful, the fireflies lay eggs which take approximately three weeks to hatch.


income, and may push retirees over the threshold – but a qualified distribution from a Roth IRA isn’t taxable income and doesn’t count toward it.4 You can direct Roth IRA assets into many different kinds of investments. Invest them as aggressively or as conservatively as you wish – but remember to practice diversification. Inheriting a Roth IRA means you don’t pay taxes on distributions. While you will need to take distributions from an inherited Roth IRA within 5 years of the original owner’s passing, those distributions won’t be taxed as long as the IRA is at least five years old (five tax years, that is).3 You have nearly 16 months to make a Roth IRA contribution for a given tax year. Roth and traditional IRA contributions for a tax year that has passed may be made up until the federal tax deadline of the succeeding year. The deadline for a 2016 Roth IRA contribution is April 18, 2017. Making your Roth IRA contribution as soon as a tax year begins, however, gives that money more time to potentially grow and compound with tax deferral.5 How much can you contribute to a Roth IRA annually? The 2017 contribution limit is $5,500, with an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution allowed for those 50 and older. (That $5,500 limit applies across all your IRAs, incidentally, should you happen to own more than one.)5 You can keep making annual Roth IRA contributions all your life. You can’t make annual contributions to a traditional IRA once you reach age 70½.2 Does a Roth IRA have any drawbacks? Actually, yes. One, you will generally be hit with a 10% penalty by the IRS if you withdraw Roth IRA funds before age 59½ or you haven’t owned the IRA for at least five years. (This is in addition to the regular income tax you will pay on funds withdrawn prior to age 59 1/2, of course.) Two, you can’t deduct Roth IRA contributions on your 1040 form as you can do with contributions to a traditional IRA or the typical workplace retirement plan. Three, you might not be able to contribute to a Roth IRA as a consequence of your filing status and income; if you earn a great deal of money, you may be able to make only a partial contribution or none at all.3,5 These asterisks aside, a Roth IRA has remarkable potential as a retirement savings vehicle. Now that you have read about all of a Roth IRA’s possible advantages, you may want to open up a Roth IRA or create one from existing traditional IRA assets. A chat with the financial professional you know and trust will help you evaluate whether a Roth IRA is right for you, given your particular tax situation and retirement horizon. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or 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. ( 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.


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TAKING APPLICATIONS for all positions. Also need a night cleaner for 4 nights a week. Apply in person at Cal’s Restaurant, 8301 Windham Street, Garrettsville. No phone calls please.

WINDHAM - Yard sale at 9558 Crestview Dr., Windham. Saturday, July 29. Moving and estate items. Oven, dishes, glassware and much more.

PIANO LESSONS in your home: Piano and keyboard teacher will give lessons in your home. All ages welcome. Stephen 330-296-2522 7/28


WA N T E D : P a r t - t i m e secretary 16 hrs/week. For full ad see Resumes must be received by the United Methodist Church of Garrettsville’s office by August 4, 2017. They may be submitted via email at garrettsvilleumc@frontier. com, or via USPS to: Garrettsville UMC ATTN: Job Resume 8223 Park Ave. Garrettsville, OH 44231





PETS BLUE MOON KENNEL: Modern, clean pet boarding & grooming facility. Heated/airconditioned. Indoor/Outdoor runs. We are on premises 24 hrs a day. Veterinarian recommended. (330) 8982208. RUFN

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SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE/ RECORDS RETENTION COMMITTEE Date: Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Orson E. Ott Administrative Offices Purpose: Annual Records Retention Meeting


PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545

GARRETTSVILLE Spacious 3 bedroom apt. close to downtown. Quiet street. Large yard, water front. $750/ month +sec. dep. Water paid.

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SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE Date: Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 Time: 7:15 p.m. Place: Professional Development Center/ Garfield Elementary School Purpose: Reschedule the August regular meeting from August 10 to August 8, 2017.

SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 9/8


TO THE NEWTON FALLS NURSE. We talked at Mantua Flea Market. The camper you are seeking is available at Pro RV in Alliance. Good dealer to work with.

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Chuckie became homeless after his owner passed away. He is a very cool cat and not shy in the least. If you’re looking for a caThis cat is super cool, not a shy bone in him. He is totally outgoing and affectionate. He is also good with other cats. Chuckie is about 4 years old, neutered, vaccinated and has tested negative for leukemia and FIV. He has 17 lb of love to share with his new family. Chuckie will be at Pet Supplies Plus in Mentor tomorrow from 11 to 2 please call Kathy deptola animal rescue 440-862-0610

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