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Mantua - Although he hates to be in the limelight, Dean Stebbins Sr. of Mantua, will be celebrating a pretty momentous event this week. That’s because the company he helped found, F&S Automotive, is celebrating a phenomenal 50 years in business. Although he is more comfortable celebrating the success of his family of employees, he shared how his company got its start. Stebbins is a proud Crestwood graduate from 1965. With his interest in towing and recovery, it wasn’t much of a surprise when, just two years later in 1967 he and Robert Fall founded a partnership called F & S Automotive. Back at that time, however, Dean’s mother, Hazel, was worried that her young son wouldn’t be able to pay the $55,000 he spent on that first truck. No doubt, His mother is proud, since fifty years later F & S Automotive is still going strong. Over the years, that initial investment of one truck has helped F & S grow exponentially, to a fleet of a dozen trucks and a dedicated staff of eight includes drivers and technicians and three office personnel. He values that his mother raised him to work hard and set goals for the future, which helped fuel his future success. In a nod to her inspiration, each F & S truck is lettered with the sentiment, ‘In honor of Hazel Stebbins’ as a reminder of where he came from. The fledgling business was originally located in the center of Mantua Village. They began operations by rigging that first truck with homemade booms to create their own unique tow truck. After creating that first wrecker, their love for the business inspired them to keep moving forward. Moving to their current location provided more visibility and the opportunity to expand their business. The expansion includes two buildings, which contain office space, bay areas, several lifts, and a parking area for a fleet of trucks. Stebbins became owner/operator of the venture in 1993. “Everyone has opportunities,” Stebbins explained, “Whether you take advantage of them is up to you.” He attributes his success in following his dreams to
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the support of family and friends. “In striving to better yourself, you have a responsibility to help others along. You want to help them look beyond what they have right now, to look for the next step,” he explained. He’s looking forward to the next steps for F & S in the coming years, as well. His grandson joined the team recently, although he’s been involved at F & S since he was four years old. Like his grandfather, he’s learning from the ground up. “When he became eligible to operate the big trucks at the age of 23, you’d think I gave him a million dollars,” Stebbins beamed. He also proudly noted that his granddaughter has joined F & S, working in the business office, helping the family business continue. Today, F & S serves all manner of needs, from light duty towing and recovery for automobiles and light trucks, rollback for 4-wheel drive cars and trucks, to medium duty for motor homes and delivery trucks, and heavy wreckers for tractor-trailers. If your vehicle requires towing or recovery, the folks at F & S can make it happen for you. Their mantra for towing services is, ‘If you go there, we go there.’ In addition, they also operate a full-service garage to help repair and maintain automobiles as well as light and heavy-duty trucks. The qualified staff of technicians is ASE certified and offer the latest technology and tools to diagnose and repair more than simply today’s cars and trucks. The team have serviced vehicles from Portage and Geauga County Sheriffs’ Departments, State Highway Patrol, as well as local Police and Fire Departments, including Mantua, Hiram, Garrettsville, and Aurora. They also service vintage cars from the 1920s and 30s. Although Stebbins tends to shy away from the limelight, he leads his family of employees by example. Noted by those who know him as being honest, fair and professional in his dealings, Stebbins and F & S are highly esteemed for their efforts in the industry. Stebbins’ common-sense practices and professionalism are evident, as quoted from a leading towing and recovery industry publication. “Sitting in his office, the guy who owns the truck has no idea what his truck was like before, during, and after the situation. That’s why we take photos before, during, and after the recovery. Once he sees the photos, he understands the charges; that’s how we can justify our figures.” One of the biggest challenges he’s noted, in recollecting on 50 years of business is advances in technology. For today’s repairs, everything is computerized; but the recovery side of the business has become more sophisticated, as well. The rules have changed with recovery certifications, drug testing, and ODOT programs like QuickClear, which helps local and state law enforcement, Fire, EMS, and towing and recovery services work together to safely and efficiently clear traffic incidents from roadways.
“People don’t realize how dangerous this industry can be,” Stebbins implored. “Every six days, a tow operator is killed in the U.S.” That’s why F & S is one of the towing and recovery companies who participate in the program, which includes specialized training and provides tools and guidelines to help keep motorists, first responders, and their operators safe. “Not a lot of tow companies go to that extreme”, he concluded. But F & S doesn’t just go above and beyond what is expected in the towing and recovery part of the business, they embrace this practice in the repair side of things, as well. After having repairs done, customers are often shocked to receive a follow up call checking on their vehicle and the service they received. Longtime employee Joann Vance shared, “I’m continually amazed at the thank yous we receive for our follow up calls. It’s that personal touch that sets F & S apart.” That philosophy is carried out through the thriving organization. For example, one technician recently attended a local event that gave children the opportunity to get up close and personal with a vehicle from the F & S fleet. He answered questions and talked with a slew of truck aficionados, representing F & S as he gave of his time to the local community. “We’re here as a family,” Stebbins explained, “doing what we can do to help one another. I’m the leader, but without my people behind me, I couldn’t do it.” “I have known Dean for many years and have the utmost respect for him and how he runs his business,” shared Mantua Village Mayor Linda Clark. “He is always willing to give a helping hand for those in need,” she continued. “He has been an asset to our community,” the mayor added. Case in point, two years ago, F & S coordinated with the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department to house some of their equipment and staff during a bridge replacement project that effectively split the fire district in half. “In addition, both the police and fire departments as well as the service Department have used F & S services countless times in emergency situations. Village Police Chief Harry Buchert concurred, sharing, “Dean has helped us a tremendous amount. He’s an asset to the Village, and to our community, “ he added. “Dean’s business has a reputation, both locally and state wide, for the excellent services he provides,” Mayor Clark continued. “With his well-maintained equipment and professional crew, Dean has built his business to be one of the best,” she beamed. “In our opinion he is the best of the best in towing and recovery services.” She continued, “If the Mantua/Shalersville area had a Hall of Fame, Dean would be a full-fledge charter member.“ The Mayor and Village Council will be presenting Stebbins with a Proclamation to commemorate fifty years of service to the community on August 19th, when the company will host an appreciation event for customers and business associates.
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Register Today! Come join our AWANA club held at Huntsburg Baptist Church located at 16401 Mayfield Road Huntsburg, OH. for fun, fellowship and lessons from God’s word on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Our AWANA clubs are for age 3 through grade 6. Our Word Of Life program is for grades 7 through 12. Both programs will start on September 6, 2017. We will be offering a 10% discount for all those who register for the Awana program on August 27, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. For more information or to download forms, visit our web site at www.huntsburgbaptist. net.
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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.
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Mondays Do you have a family member addicted to drugs or alcohol? Families Anonymous may help restore your serenity. We meet 7pm every Monday at Coleman Behavioral Services, Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For information call 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.
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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.
Revival In The Country
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!
Death At Pearl Harbor
Aug 11 Everyone is invited to attend our special program on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at the Nelson Community House starting at 6:30. This most interesting program is being presented by Lucille Van Alstine and is sponsored by the J. A. Garfield Historical Society. Everyone will learn something about this local
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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.
Aug 11 & 12 Newbury Community Church Corner of St Rt 87 and Auburn Rd on Friday August 11, 9-4 and Saturday, August 12 9-noon, $2.00 bag day. Bake sale, lunch and beverage available
Chicken Parmesan Dinner
Aug 12 Windham American Legion Post 674 is holding a chicken parmesan dinner on Aug 12 from 4-7 pm. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad & bread. $10 per dinner. Open to the public. Carryout available 330-3263188.
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.
Newton Falls Exempted Village School Dist
August 17 The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding its regular board meeting on August 17, 2017, at 6pm in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls.
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.
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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.
Garage Sale for League of Women Voters of Trumbull County
Aug 19 The League of Women Voters of Trumbull County will hold their first annual Garage Sale/Bake Sale on Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It will be held at 7985 Castlerock Drive in Howland. All proceeds will benefit the Educational Fund which also includes monies allocated towards the 2017 Voter Guide. The Voter Guide will be the 10th successive year for this guide to be printed and distributed. The League of Women’s Voter Guide is the only “NONPARTISAN” publication to record and distribute information on each candidates position and credentials in his or her own words. The voter guide will also contain information on all local and state issues that will appear on the ballot in Trumbull County.
Annual Church Service & Picnic
Aug 20 The First Congregational Church of Freedom would like to invite the community to the Annual Freedom Township church service and picnic on Sunday August 20th. The community church service will start at 10:30 a.m. with the American Legion Honoring the Veterans at the War Memorial at noon. A picnic will follow with chicken, soft drinks, coffee, paper products and utensils provided by Freedom Township. There will be a display by the Historical Society and the the Freedom Park Boosters will
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“Stuff The Bus” School Supply Collection
Aug 20 Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary #193 will sponsor the project to ‘Stuff The Bus’ with school supplies the afternoon and evening of Sunday, August 20 at Crestwood High School. Please be generous with your donation of school supplies.
Aug 21 Monday, August 21st, 9:30AM at Garrettsville YMCA: Dr J Patella presents LION, 6 Academy Awards nominee, 2017. Based on his true story, five year old Saroo is lost on a train taking him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He must learn to survive alone before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with a handful of memories, unwavering determination, and Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his first family and return home. Please join us for FREE Movie Monday the 3rd Monday each month at 9:30AM. Watch your Weekly Villager or contact Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, (330)469-2044.
Oak Branch Garden Club Tea
Aug 25 The Oak Branch Garden Club of Kent invites the public to join them for a “White Tea” in celebration of Weddings and Wedding Traditions on Friday Aug 25, 2017 at 1pm at the Portage County Garden Center in Rootstown. Please wear white attire. The cost is $12 and light refreshments will be served. You can arrange for your prepaid reservation by calling Martha Heller at 234-678-7638 or Becky Head at 330-296-5413. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Come join us for a fun afternoon and learn about the origins of some of our wedding traditions.
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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 239470-6429 or 330-527-2276. www.FreewaysGreytEscape. com One of our future programs will discuss Freedom’s 8 oneroom schools that served the township until the building of the Freedom School shortly before the US entered World War I. I would appreciate talking with anyone who has memories, pictures, or other memorabilia pertaining to any of these schools. I’d love to make copies of your pictures and information. Please call Judy at 330-527-7669 or talk to me at the Freedom Community Picnic. Thank you.
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Aug 26 Debbie Mountain Clark was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (a very rare type of cancer of the bile duct). A spaghetti benefit dinner will be held on August 26th at 4pm @ Shalersville town hall. Please come and show your support. There will
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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Celebrates More Than $83,000 in Lifesaving Equipment Grants
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Library’s Crafting with Marian: Magic Carpet Mouse Pad
Aug 19 Crafters are invited to the next Crafting with Marian program at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They’ll make an attractive and fully functioning Magic Carpet Mouse Pad. An easy project, everyone will take home a completed mouse pad. All supplies will be provided, though it is recommended that you bring your own good scissors if you have them. This is a free program open to all adults, but there is a $5 fee to hold your seat (which will be returned the day of the program). Seating is limited, so call 330-527-4378 to sign up today.
Aug 30 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 . All proceeds of this auction help surrendered greyhounds nationwide receive immediate medical attention for injuries from their “last race.” Contact Diana DiLoreto at 239470-6429 or 330-527-2276. www.FreewaysGreytEscape. com
Name Our Park
Due by Sept 1 The Hiram Park Board is inviting people to submit names for a new park being built on the former site of Hiram School. We are asking for a name and a brief explanation of why you think this is a name that should be selected. The board and village council will select the final name. Names and brief explanations should be sent to Park.board2.hvoh@Gmail. com All submissions are due by September 1, 2017.
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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 monies 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.
Chicken BBQ at Hilltop Christian Church
Sept 10 Hilltop Christian Church, located on the top of the Hill on West Prospect Street, In Mantua, is hosting its annual Chicken BBQ on Saturday Sept 10 (Potato Festival Weekend). The hours are from Noon until 6 P.M. For over 40 years we have been serving our famous BBQ half chicken, cooked over local hardwoods, in our very own BBQ pit. The chicken is served with homemade potato salad, Green Beans, Rolls and fresh-baked homemade pies. Adults 13 & up are $10.00; Children 4-12 are $6.00; Children 3 and under are free. Carry out is available. Come see us at 4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua
Reed Memorial Library Booksale
Sept 14-17 Friends of Reed Memeorial Libary will be holding a booksale on Thursday Sept. 14 from 4pm to 8pm ( Members Preview Night); Friday, Sept 15 from 10am to 5pm; Saturday Sept 16 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday Sept 17 from 1pm to 4pm. Hardbacks $1.00 / Paperbacks .50 cents
Bingo and Raffle for Scholarships
Sept 16 Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #459, 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, will host a Bingo and Raffle to help fund Scholarship Program and Buckeye Girls State.
Fairlawn – Continuing its mission of supporting hometown heroes, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated $83,928 worth of life-saving equipment grants awarded to four local public safety organizations during a press event at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant located at 3023 W. Market St. Fairlawn, Ohio 44333. “Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation aims to recognize and respond to needs in the community,” said Firehouse Subs Senior Manager of Foundation Programs Jackie Gubbins. “Through the Foundation, we’re able to provide public safety organizations with needed equipment that they might not be able to obtain if it weren’t for this program. It’s an honor to know we’re helping save lives.” Below is a brief description of each grant award including a brief description of equipment use and value: Twinsburg Fire Department received a BullEx digital fire training system with smoke generator valued at $23,734. The awarded portable system will allow firefighters to create realistic fire conditions in any setting, allowing firefighters to safely prepare for fire emergencies.
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Doors open at 5pm with raffle at 7pm. Admission: A nonperishable food, bath and personal hygiene items, or cash donations to be donated to local food bank. Raffles $2.00 each. Raffle Prizes: 1st - $200, 2nd $100 and 3rd - $50. No food for consumption to be brought in. Refreshments will be available through the Legion kitchen.
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 p.m.at the Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 W. Prospect Street, Mantua, Ohio 44255. Questions or want to enter a quilt? Call Joy at 330.701.6992
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Sept 30 We invite you to explore three of northeast Ohio’s unique glacially formed wetlands. Join us for one, two or all three hikes in celebration of National Public Lands Day: Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve, 10-10:45am, 3612 Sandy Lake Rd., Ravenna, Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, 11:15am – 12:30pm, 1028 Meloy Rd., Kent and Herrick Fen State Nature Preserve, 2 – 3:30pm, 8260 Seasons Rd, Streetsboro. Bogs and fens exhibit some of the rarest and most interesting plant and animal communities in Ohio. This one-day tour series will showcase three different areas, each with their own particular vegetative communities and unique attributes. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330527-5118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. oh.us
Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center received a fire extinguisher training system and RACE Station trainer’s package valued at $19,424. The awarded equipment, which incorporates all the elements of response to an actual fire, will allow firefighters to train the community on the safe and proper way to respond to fire emergencies through hands-on instruction and demonstrations. Windham Volunteer Fire Department Joint Fire District received a variety of rescue equipment valued at $21,240, including high-pressure rescue airbags, stabilization kits and cribbing. The awarded equipment will help stabilize motor vehicles involved in accidents, allowing firefighters to safely reach victims and provide medical assistance quickly and efficiently. North Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department received 14 thermal imaging masks valued at $19,530. The awarded masks will be used to detect hot spots in burning buildings, as well as during search and rescue missions where smoke is thick, allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims and provide life-saving assistance. A portion of every purchase made at any U.S. Firehouse Subs location in 2017 will go to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to be used to provide lifesaving equipment to first responders. This equipment was funded through the campaign. Event attendees included local firefighters, as well as Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Programs Jackie Gubbins, Firehouse Subs Franchise Business Manager Rick Highers, Firehouse Subs Manager of Real Estate Services Bob May, Firehouse Subs Regional Marketing Manager Ervin Hernandez, Firehouse Subs Area Representatives Paul and Sheryl Belle and the following Firehouse Subs franchisees: Matt Mikola, Chris Mikola, Diane and Bob Gregg, Carrie and Zoran Timic, Chris Compton and Nick Kalafatis. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $28 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.3 million in Ohio. Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors.
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Buy a ticket for your chance to win this wrought iron bench from the Freedom Community & Park Boosters. Drawing to be held on August 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. during the Freedom Community Picnic at the Freedom Townhall/Pavilion (at the triangle intersection of SR’s 700/88/303). There will also be a Chinese auction the day of the picnic with an assorted variety of baskets, gift certificates, etc. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Winner need not be present. All proceeds will be donated to the Freedom Community & Park Boosters Organization for continued improvement of our parks. Any questions please contact: Tom Mesaros at 330-245-6061; Matt West at 330-5541471 or Jennifer Derthick at 330-931-8227
James A. Garfield Historical Society
December 6, 1906 the Journal printed the following article titled “ TRAVELED OVER 28,000 MILES”. W.C. Sprague carrier for Rural Free Delivery Route No.1, entered the services April 1, 1903. His route covered 25 miles and up to Dec. 1, 1906 he had traveled a total of 28,091 miles in the service of his patrons. During that time he had missed but two trips and never missed serving a single one of his patrons because of the roads or weather condition. When he bega n carrying on the route his average monthly budgets were 3,500 pieces, in round numbers. For the month of October, 1906, the total was 9,500 pieces. He served 150 boxes on his route and made the round trip in six and one-half hours, returning to Ravenna at 4 o’clock p.m. The hour of departure from the Ravenna office was 9:30a.m. His route took him north to Shalersville center, then to southwest Freedom and west Charlestown, returning to Ravenna over Freedom Street. Mr. Sprague was born in Garrettsville November 25, 1854, and moved to Ravenna in July, 1878, and for several years held the office of village street commissioner.
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Mantua - The next meeting of the Mantua Village Garden Club (MVGC) will be Monday, August 14th. The August meeting will be held at the home of Carol Fenrich and the topic presented will be Birds that Migrate through Ohio, given by Joan Sturtevant. The meeting will begin at noon with a light lunch and short business meeting. Anyone interested in joining us for the meeting is welcome. Please call Paula Tubalkain at 330-274-2890 (H), or 440-785-3728 (C) for additional meeting details. The MVGC is diligently making plans for the English High Tea and Luncheon to be provided in conjunction with the Mantua Quilts in the Village. This is the second annual Quilts in the Village sponsored by the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC) and the second English High Tea hosted by the Garden Club. The events will take place on September 16th at the Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 W. Prospect St. from 10:00-5:00. Hope you can join us for an outing browsing quilts followed by an elegant English-style tea charmingly served on tablecloths and Havilland china, with small tea sandwiches and cookies (gluten-free and vegetarian options available). A great outing to bring your granddaughters to as an affair they will remember sharing with you!
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The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.* Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood. org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-31 Portage County Aurora 8/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 342 S. Chillicothe Rd. Kent 8/21/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 S. Water Street Ravenna 8/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, 6847 N. Chestnut Street Geauga County Burton 8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. Chardon 8/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chardon Library, 110 E. Park Street Chesterland 8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mayfield Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd. Parkman 8/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Rd. Rt. 422
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Beachwood, OH Martha Ann Knowlton, 91, of Beachwood, formerly of Nelson, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017. She was born on February 8, 1926 in Nelson, Ohio to Emerson and Lucile (Doud) Hahn. Martha married the love of her life, James B. Knowlton, on February 8, 1947. In February they celebrated their 70th Anniversary. Martha is survived by her children, Shirley Hofmeister of Shaker Heights, Donald Knowlton of Champion and Robert (Cheryl) Knowlton of Champion; brothers, Willard and Roy Hahn; sister, Mary Hecky; grandchildren, Julie, Kyle, Melissa, Michael, Mark, Cory and Amanda and great grandchildren, Chuckie, Eliana, Isabella, Patrick, Mackenzie, Cora, Alexis, Ryan, Leah and Andrew. Martha graduated from Cleveland Beauty School and worked as a beautician in Champion for many years. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She shared happy memories with friends and family at their cottage in Jamestown, PA. Her greatest joy was going on many adventures with her beloved husband. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; sister, Corolyn Randall and granddaughter, Susan Knowlton. Memorial Service will be held on August 18, 2017, 6:30 pm at Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 with Rev. Richard Thewlis officiating. Burial was held in Harrington Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Mallory-DeHavenCarlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Online Condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com.
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First-Ever Financial Wellness Fair On Deck
R avenna – Portage County residents looking to hone their money management skills will have a new opportunity to do so – for free – at the County’s firstever Financial Wellness Fair. The event, which takes place Saturday, August 19th from 9am – 1pm at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna, is a collaborative effort between the office of County Treasurer Brad Cromes and other local agencies and service providers concerned with giving residents the tools they need to make sound financial choices. “Currently, fewer than half of all adults in the U.S. even claim to keep a budget, and just 26% save any portion of their income for retirement,” Treasurer Cromes said. “Add to that rising student loan and other personal debt and stagnant wages, and it’s clear that there’s a need for us to offer our friends and neighbors solutions they can use.” The Financial Wellness Fair seeks to provide one such solution. Event attendees will have access to a slate of fifteen free half-hour classes taught by area experts on a wide range of financial topics, including budgeting, credit and debt management, buying a home, choosing the right insurance coverages, and more. The event will also feature an expo area where residents can interact with service providers one-on-one to get more personalized information about solutions that might work for them. Each person who attends the Fair will receive one entry for a pick-a-prize raffle, and an additional raffle entry for each class attended. “We want to provide a fun incentive for attending as many classes as possible,” Cromes explained. “The more you learn, the more chances you have to win.” Prizes include gift bags and gift cards donated by local businesses. The first one hundred attendees at the event will also be treated to breakfast and lunch, courtesy of Family & Community Services, Inc. and the Community Action Council of Portage County. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, including a full list of available classes, visit the Treasurer’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PortageTreasurer/events, or call the Treasurer’s Office at 330-297-3586.
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7th Annual Charming Quilt Shop Tour Begins August 17th Autumn beauty is bringing 12 quilt shops together along with hundreds of sewing enthusiasts for a celebration of quilting across northeast Ohio. The event, The 7th Annual Charming Quilt Shop Tour, runs from Aug 17 to Aug 26. Participants will be traveling across northeast Ohio to quilt shops from Cortland to Youngstown and Akron to Cleveland. The stitchers are going to the quilt shops to receive free autumn- themed quilt block patterns. Each shop will have the pattern used in a finished quilt project that will be revealed at the start of the The Charming Quilt Shop Tour. â€œShoppers will see an apple, pumpkin, acorn, sunflower, corn, basket and different fall leaf patterns that will be made into quilts and quilted items by the stores,â€? said Ronnie Rajkovich of Polka Dot Pincushion in Richfield. â€œIt is so delightful to see how each shop presents these patterns creatively in finished, sewn projects.â€? Passports are the key that has attracted almost 800 sewing enthusiasts to the Charming Tour in past years because part of the $5 passport entrance fee goes to local charities. â€œI like that when I purchase a passport I know a portion of that goes to benefit my local community food bank. Thatâ€™s why I always buy the passport and the bag. Of course, the bag gives me a discount at each of the storeâ€™s all year round, which I like also,â€? said Shirley Giesy of Cortland. The passport is a special document that each hopper, as the shoppers are called, gets stamped at each shop. Once the passport is stamped from a visit to each store, the passport also is the key for the hopper to be registered to win prize give-aways. â€œEvery hopper that goes to all 12 stores receives a three-dimensional silver pincushion charm as well as a chance to win our grand prizes. In addition there are 75 prize bags they can win,â€? said Rajkovich. Sewing manufacturers from around the world have donated bundles of fabric, quilt battings, patterns, thread and sewing tools for the event. The grand prize for this year is a new Bernina 330 Sewing Machine valued at $1400 donated in part by Bernina Store & Sew Much More in Boardman. Second prize is a Gidget2 sewing table and chair valued at $400. Third prize is a set of Omnigear sewing totes with iron and other sewing notions valued at $250. Each individual shop also donates two, $25 gift certificates, a $100 gift basket and a $150 gift basket. â€œIf hoppers do not make it to all 12 shops over the 9 days, they can register to win the $150 gift basket at each shop,â€? said Rajkovich. â€œI think the quilters love getting the 5-inch fabric squares and putting them together into a quilt. If you go to all 12 shops, you have 60 fabric squares to sew together,â€? Rajkovich said. â€œQuilters also love to travel to quilt stores because every store seems to have different fabrics, which makes it so much fun,â€? Rajkovich said. Participating shops include: Angelicâ€™s A Quilterâ€™s Haven in Canton, Anna Louisaâ€™s Quilt Shop in Louisville, Bernina Store & Sew Much More in Boardman, Craft Cupboard in Middlefield, Maraâ€™s Fabrics & Gifts in Eastlake, Polka Dot Pincushion in Richfield, Quilterâ€™s Fancy in Cortland, Serendipity Quilting in Hanoverton, Sew DĂŠjĂ Vu in Stow, The Quilted Thimble in Chesterland, Tiny Stitches in Middlefield and Village Quilts in Canfield. Tour hours are Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday August 19 from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday Aug 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. Two Anderson buses are available for interested quilters to the stores. The first bus runs on Thursday Aug 17 and travels to 6 quilt shops. The second bus runs on Thursday Aug 24 and runs to the 6 remaining quilt shops. Lunch and goodie bags are included in the cost per reserved seat. Early reservations are recommended and may be made at any of the 12 participating stores. More information on the tour and passports are available at any of the 12 participating quilt shops or by calling 330-637-3106. In addition, more information is available at www. acharmingquiltshoptour.com.
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Portage County Preparing For Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over Enforcement Campaign R avenna â€“ Portage County Safe Communities is increasing public awareness of the upcoming national aggressive enforcement â€œDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ€? Campaign. The high visibility enforcement runs from August 16 through September 4, 2017. During this period, law enforcement will have zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of drunk driving, increased local awareness of driving sober, and more officers on the road aim to drastically reduce drunk driving â€“ making roadways safer for everyone. Portage County Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Kickoff is Monday, August 14 at UH Portage Medical Center, Medical Arts Building Room #150 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Kickoff is designed to â€œrallyâ€? law enforcement, safety advocates, and public officials to support the campaign and recognize the collaborative efforts of Portage County agencies to reduce preventable crashes, injuries, and deaths. The Kickoff is open to the public. Speakers will include Lt. Antonio Matos, Ravenna Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Renee Klaric, UH Portage Medical Center, Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, and County Commissioner Vicki Kline. The Kickoff will also include appreciation to Ganley Chrysler, Classic Auto, and Sarchione Chevrolet for distributing â€œBuzzed Driving is Drunk Driving â€“ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over materials, recognition of officers receiving last yearâ€™s awards from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and a tribute to the eleven local
families who participate in the annual None 4 Under 21 and Choices Beyond â€œWalk of Remembrance,â€? who have lost family members in alcohol or drug-related traffic crashes. Impaired driving is not worth the consequences. Plan ahead: designate a sober driver before drinking ever begins, call for a ride, use public transportation, or download NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) SaferRide mobile app on Google Play for Android devices, and Appleâ€™s iTunes Store for IOS devices. NHTSAâ€™s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to identify their location and call a taxi or friend to get them home safely. The app has a very streamlined function, and only has three large buttons on the home screen: â€œGet Taxi,â€? â€œCall Friend,â€? and â€œWhere Am I?â€? SaferRide lets you: Choose from a list of available taxi services in your area, and call with the tap of a button - Call a pre-programmed contact â€“ or call up a map of your current location. â€œSafety is a shared responsibility â€“ taking someoneâ€™s keys, arranging for a safe ride home for them, or calling #677 to report an impaired driver or rider could save a life. Drunk or drugged driving is not acceptable â€“ and crashes involving alcohol or drugs are preventable. Every time someone drives or rides impaired, they are creating unnecessary risks for all of us,â€? said Lynette Blasiman, Project Director of Portage County Safe Communities. Safe Communities is a program of Portage County Health District.
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Newton Falls - Newton Falls Police, Chief Gene H. Fixler announces the creation of a "Safe Internet Exchange Zone", located both at the rear of the Police Department building at 19 North Canal Street, and also available during City Hall business hours, 8am to 4pm inside the front door of City Hall. This gives anyone the opportunity to conduct a transaction in a safer, video recorded environment. Chief Fixler stressed that officers will not get involved in any part of the transaction, nor check on any items being sold or bartered, so, as with any transaction, it remains "Buyer Beware". Chief Fixler stated that he is proud to be one of the first department's in the area to create the "Zone", which is open to anyone to use, day or night.
Iva Walker | Columnist The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met in Calâ€™s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville on August 7, 2017, for their regular business meeting, which consisted of â€Ś. Contribution sign-up for potluck participation at the annual steak fry, to be held on August 14 at 8289 Park Ave., Garrettsville, Party Center par excellence. Also a count of members and guests to be attending. Brief information on the arriving exchange student from Chile. Heâ€™s a soccer player. Acceptance, with regret, of the resignation of Carol Donley, who has served so ably in many club activities, including the youth exchange program and the 4-Way Speech competition. Health considerations required withdrawal from membership but appreciation for her service continues unabated. News that Mike Keas, of Geauga Vision, may be returning to active membershipâ€”much anticipated. Amy Crawford and Lisa Muldowney will be the designated shoppers for the Shoebox Project. The annual Reverse Raffle fundraiser will be held on November 2, in SugarBush Golf Club. Planning is underway; a caterer is being sought. Some changes to activities are being considered to make the proceedings more fun and more effective. Sponsorships, donations are welcome and much appreciated. Tickets will be available soon. Mark calendars! The Dictionary Projectâ€”giving dictionaries to all third graders at James A. Garfield Elementaryâ€”should be coming up in November. Grant money is still being spent on signage and other amenities for the Headwaters Trail development, making Garrettsville a more â€œbike-friendlyâ€? town and encouraging more use of the trail as well as more opportunities for bicyclists to discover Garrettsville. There is a meeting in Mantua concerning the Headwaters Trailâ€”the villages of Garrettsville and Mantua and the Portage County Park Districtâ€”to promote more co-operation between these governmental entities for the promotion, use and maintenance of the facility. Visitors are always welcome but the Monday of August 14 will be at 6:00 p.m. for the steak fry.
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9/11 survivor and bestselling author Michael Hingson visits GCPL to share how he escaped the World Trade Center with his seeing-eye dog
Geauga County – Michael Hingson visits GCPL at the Newbury Auditorium (14775 Auburn Road / Newbury) on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. to share his inspirational story of how he escaped from the World Trade Center on 9/11 with his seeing-eye dog Roselle. Their story inspired Hingson’s book Thunder Dog. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Hingson’s new seeing-eye dog, Africa, who will happily sign “pawtographs.” Come early to meet Geauga County’s first responders and service animals. Noon – 1:45 p.m.: Indoor / outdoor activities include live demonstrations: • Therapy dogs and Reading to Rover dogs • Guiding Eyes for the Blind dogs on site • Search-and-rescue dogs • Deputy Jim Fields with his working miniature horse Rick O’Shay • Local first responders (fire trucks, sheriff deputies) • Sidewalk chalk drawing areas • Club Ink tattoo station • Coloring station • Bookmobile Fun Bus • Chardon’s King Kone ice cream truck will be selling ice cream. • Kettle corn sales to benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind. • iSTEM Geauga Early College High School will be demonstrating its mobile 3D printer.
• Mac’s Backs Bookstore will be selling Hingson’s books. 2 p.m.: Hingson and his dog Africa tell the story of “Teamwork, trust, and vision – Surviving 9/11” inside Newbury Auditorium. Hingson’s book about his escape, Thunder Dog, is a New York Times bestseller. Mac’s Backs will be on site to sell books. This event is free and open to the public. Registration required at GeaugaLibrary.net. This event is made possible by the generosity of the Geauga County Library Foundation in partnership with the Cleveland Sight Center. Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author and global speaker. Blind since birth, Hingson defied expectations even in his early life, performing extremely well in high school and receiving both the Eagle Scout rank and the highest honor of Vigil in Boy Scouts. When he was 14 years old, Hingson was given his first guide dog, teaching him the important lessons of leadership, trust, teamwork, and adaptation, among others. This aided him in his sales career and beyond, most notably when Hingson trusted and worked with his guide dog Roselle to lead him down 78 flights of stairs during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Hingson is an international speaker who delivers more than 100 speeches annually to a variety of organizations and businesses. Not only does Hingson share his story,
he also teaches audience members how to be effective leaders in their own lives. Hingson works with the National Federation of the Blind as an Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign and was an Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards. He has appeared on Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, and many other stations and television shows. Hingson’s book about his escape, Thunder Dog, became a bestseller in its first week of publication. He has also written a children’s book, Running with Roselle. This program is free, but registration required at GeaugaLibrary.net
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Book Discussion Club To Meet At Library
The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Tuesday August 15, 2017, in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel. On May 5 1961 the first manned flight of the NASA program, Project Mercury, put seven American astronauts in space and put their wives and families in the limelight. The women formed a sisterhood that supported each other with the challenges and stress of being married to space heroes while a contract with Life magazine documented their lives, clothing, make-up, hairdos, and public outings. These women with the “right stuff ” endured separations, womanizing, and alcohol, and would later mentor the wives of future mission astronauts. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available. The Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231 is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, and closed Thursdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.
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Mantua Village News
Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua Mayor Linda Clark and Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Paul Jansen, effective immediately, as Mr. Jansen is no longer a resident of the village. Robert Gaglione was nominated and approved to take Jansen’s spot, he was sworn in by Village Solicitor Michele Stuck. As an aside, it was noted that four council seats will be open during the November election, if residents are interested in serving in this capacity. In her report, Mayor Clark reported that the Rotary proposed a project to place two 30 - 35 foot poles on either side of the roadway between the last drive and the second bridge leaving town. The poles would be used to hang banners of local events and activities. This viability of this project is currently under review due to buried utilities and water pipes in the vicinity. Similarly, the DMRC and Portage Parks District are proposing placements of bike racks within the village. The groups intend to apply for grants to cover the cost of the project. Council discussed the project, and determined the need for further information on the size of the proposed racks and installation requirements, since the Service Department would install the proposed racks. The request was referred to the Parks and Services Committees for further review. In his police report, Chief Buchert shared that the department is getting responses for the openings they currently have for more dispatchers and officers. He requested and received permission from council to move forward to replace the department’s outdated voice recorder. The upgrade was necessary to implement the new phone system that was previously approved. Chief Buchert noted that the cost would be split with the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department, since they share dispatch services. In his Service Department update, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger received permission to repave Mill Street to the East side of State Route 44 by Advanced Rehab. Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to take place the first week of August. In other
news, Reninger noted that his crew had poured six new footers in the cemetery and made repairs to seven others. They will notify the monument companies that they may bring the stones in. Lastly, he received council’s approval to conduct a corrosion analysis at the water break at Buckeye Pipeline; the cost will be around $4,500. In his Fire Board report, Councilman John Clark reported that the board accepted the resignation of Brooke Stamm and swore in Derrick Benner. After several weeks of review, the department purchased a new squad at a value of $195,481. The squad should be received within 90 days. Lastly, a question was raised regarding the safety of residents, should voters pass the proposed school issue. The concern was that any new construction would create flooding issues within the Village. Mayor Clark assured residents that those concerns were not valid. She explained, “If the levy passes, the new school design must come to the village for review. We’ll make sure the site has adequate storm water drainage and/or retention ponds in place before any construction takes place.” The next village council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.
The Summer Sky and the Solar Eclipse What are the highlights of the summer sky in our region? James Guilford, the Director of the Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College, will share a presentation on the summer sky and the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. Guilford will be at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Learn the times and best viewing options in our area for all that the summer sky offers. Solar viewing safety glasses will be distributed at the program. Please call the library at 330-527-4378 to register for the Family Search program. The Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231 is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, and closed Thursdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.
The Geauga Soil Conservation District (SWCD) is proud to roll out the barrels of their 2017 Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign! Through this creative community initiative, local artists transform 55-gallon recycled plastic barrels into beautiful, repurposed rain barrels! By collecting rooftop runoff for watering landscapes, lawns, and flower gardens, these decorated barrels help save water, alleviate flooding, and reduce stormwater. New this year to our Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign is a theme… Lake Erie Starts Here! Four talented Geauga County artists have each painted a barrel that uniquely reflects the theme. This year’s artists and their masterpieces include: Chordata by Byron Leffler, Lake Erie Reflections by Mary Samide, Sunset at Corning Lake by Yvonne Thomas, and A Healthy Watershed is a Happy Watershed by Taryn Zwolinski. These decorated rain barrels will be displayed at the Geauga SWCD office and the Geauga County Fair and are available for bidding at these locations or on our website until Friday, September 29th. Minimum bids start at $90, or for your convenience, you can also “Buy It Now!” for $200! You can view all the barrels and also place a bid online by visiting Geauga SWCD’s website at geaugaswcd.com. Like us on Facebook or visit our website to see updates on the barrels. Here’s your chance to finally get a unique rain barrel while helping to protect our water resources. All proceeds will go toward the district’s education programs. For more information visit the Geauga SWCD website at geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122. A special thanks to the artists for their generosity and to Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. in Troy Township for donating their time and materials to apply protective clear sealant to the barrels. Don’t delay, bid on a barrel today!
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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, August 11, 2017
54th Ox Roast Fair Wrap Up
Mantua - Mother Nature gave the 54th Ox Roast Fair a break with only a few showers and everyone had a wonderful time. Of course, this great event could not be put on with out the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers. Many go above and beyond, offering their time, talent, and treasure. Folks from the surrounding area and even out of state visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish Community of St. Joseph. St. Joe’s summer seminarian, Jerry Land, jumped right into the events of the Fair and was impressed with the physical and mental effort that went into the preparation and how the faith community welcomed all that came sharing whatever gifts they have. One example was the giving spirit that occurred during Sunday’s power outage when several electricians, set-up crew, and parish families came to the rescue bringing generators, their expertise, and connections to get the Fair up & running in short order. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported, volunteered, promoted, donated, and worked this year’s Ox Roast. This annual parish fundraiser directly supports the educational and sacramental ministries of St. Joseph Parish. The Fair’s raffle drawings were held at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Congratulations to Sam Puterek of Chagrin Falls who was our Main Raffle 1st prize winner of the Ford F150 4WD Pick-Up supplied by Kepich Ford of Garrettsville! Second prize of $1,500 went to Lisa Van Newal of Hudson. Third prize of the flat screen TV donated by Coldwell Banker Real Estate & Right Path Home Inspections went to Ellen Baird of Ravenna. $100 Hourly Drawings were won by Kathy Gray & Logan Zuponcik (others drawn were not present). Thank you to everyone who supported this part of the 54th Ox Roast Fair. The 50/50 raffle was held each day with the following prizes awarded: Friday: 8:00 p.m. - Paul Thompson ($248.00) 10:00 p.m. - Jack Haney ($328.00), Saturday: 8:00 p.m. - Sonya Smith ($438.50), 10:00 p.m. - Anthony Williams ($278.00), Sunday: 8:00 p.m. - Brian Perkins ($474.00), 9:30 p.m. - Larry Kotkowski ($217.00) The Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary held a raffle for a variety of themed baskets. Lucky winners were: Quilted Wall Hanging - Kayla Burkett, Corn Hole Set - Sr. Rose Anne Krantz, Ox Roast Basket - Mickey Rorabeck, Kitty Cat Basket - Sr. Rose Anne Krantz, Puppy Care Basket Leroy Kasunick, Family Game Night Basket - Pat Lunghoffer, Grilling Basket - Pat Myers, Summer Fun Basket - Jessica Oravetz, Clean Car Basket - Linda Litz. Proceeds go towards the group’s community-minded efforts. St. Joseph Church had a booth offering parish information and jewelry. Now in its sixth year, the “Run of the Ox” 5K Run/ Walk was held on Saturday morning had a nice showing of participants. Despite the rainy morning, the event had 85 people participating this year’s Run of the Ox 5K Run/Walk and a few more taking part in the 1M Fun Run/Walk. Congratulations to our top three finishers Nolan Wysong, 14 (18.10), Jacob Gerhardt, 16 (18.18), and Jason Kinnley, Jr., 15 (19.07). For a full list of racers published by HMA Promotions with times & places, visit http://hmapromotions.net (click on race results). We are grateful for Brian & Jen Hirsch for coordinating our race each year. Thank you to the following businesses who have offered to supported our 2017 race: Ellerhorst-Russell Insurance Agency, LLC, Carlton Harley Davidson, Women’s Auxiliary of Mantua K of C, The Village Tavern, University Dental of Garrettsville, Jake’s, CYC Mulch, Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel. Thank you to all those who came out to participate in this year’s Tractor, Truck & Semi Pulls. Unfortunately, the Garden Tractor Pulls had to be cancelled Saturday morning due to the rain & condition of the track. Thank you to our chairperson, Tim Rooth (& his wife, Sue) and crew along with Gerry DeYoung & the Geauga County Antique Tractor Pullers Association for running this event. For a list of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers in each class, please visit the Pulls Page of our parish website. We are also gratefully acknowledge our
2017 Pull Sponsors: Charles Auto Family (all pulls), Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency, LLC, The Weekly Villager, Ferrara Electric, University Dental of Garrettsville, F & S Automotive, T.L. Service Center, Inc., Auburn Pipe & Plumbers Supply Co., Citizens for Crestwood, Skala Insurance Agency LLC, Impressions Styling Studio, Kepich Ford of Garrettsville, TLX Mantua. Charles Auto Family also sponsored the printing expenses for the pull flyers. Another great crowd-pleaser was the Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Saturday. The Mantua Knights of Columbus donated their equipment for the little pullers and members helped run the event. Trophies were awarded to the following top winners. In the 4 & 5 year age category, Caden Krukowski, age 4, of Auburn placed 1st, Troy Brugmann, 5, of Shalersville, came in 2nd, and winding up 3rd was Trevor Harper, 5, of Mantua. Alexander Valdez, 6, of Mantua, topped out the 6 & 7 years olds with Kamden Silvis, 7, of Mantua, and Khloe Kuenzer, 7 of Cleveland, coming in 2nd & 3rd. For the 8 & 9 year olds, 1st place was awarded to Isabell Brugmann, 8, of Shalersville, 2nd wend to Seth Runewicz, 9, of Garrettsville, and rounding out the category was 3rd place finisher Bob Szyms, 9, from Middleburg Heights. Sunday’s Frog Jumping Contest was a hopping good time with cash prizes, stuffed frog toys & Ox Roast t-shirts awarded. This ever-popular event provided some old-fashioned fun for everyone. In addition to the cash prize, winners were awarded a stuffed frog & Ox T-Shirt. For chairing this event, we thank Lori & Joe Duriak, who say they are retiring after 40 years! Coming out on top with their “jumpers” in 2017 were the following winners: 1st ($10 & stuffed frog) - Ally Clayman (13), Mantua; 2nd ($5 & stuffed frog) - Ethan Palmer (10), Cincinnati; and 3rd ($3 & stuffed frog) - Leah Vojtko (6), Mantua. Thank you to all of our karaoke contest participants and DJ Chuck Casalicchio for running this event. Finalists included Dan Halansky, Eric Perrault, Liz Mays, Dale Laur, Pam Wenger, Lexie Smith, Krystin Gonzalez, Jake Stumm, Maureen O’Connor, Raymond Markward, Johnny, James Opole. Congratulations to the following singers who came out on top: 1st ($200) - Maureen O’Connor, North Royalton, OH; 2nd ($100) - Krsytin Gonzalez, Stow, OH; 3rd ($50) - Dan Halansky, Mercer, PA. Girl Scout Troops assisted in collecting non-perishable products for Mantua’s community cupboard, the 4C’s on Sunday. They delivered canned goods and other items to the 4C’s who were most appreciative on behalf of those in need. As in year’s past, St. Joseph’s donated leftover food items to the Center of Hope in Ravenna who were truly grateful. In addition to the Girl Scouts several of our Parish Groups and individuals need to be thanked for their efforts at this year’s Fair. Members of the Knights of Columbus Council #3766 volunteer a tremendous amount of time helping with maintenance, set-up, and take-down as well as working throughout the Fair. Boy Scout Troop #575 members and their families continued delicious fund raising efforts with their Sausage Sandwich booth. This hard-working group of young men put forth a tremendous effort in helping with Fair set-up, cleaning the grounds, and take-down of the Fair. Members of Cub Scout Pack #3575 manned the Pop Booth once again this year. Thanks, guys! The Crestwood Youth Wrestling group did a terrific job assisting with parking on the grounds to help raise funds for themselves and the parish, and with Aurora’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Knights of Columbus Council #14186 who provided delicious kettle corn. The Dunking Booth was manned by members of the Mantua-Shalersville Youth Baseball. Did you know that one of St. Jospeh’s own parishioners, Ken Zander, has designed many of the Ox Roast T-Shirts? It began in 2000 with the colorful Ox Battling a Tractor design. We are most grateful to him for offering his talents nearly every year since 2003 including an “Ox worker’s” design
(look for many of them on our website). We also use Ken’s design on the souvenir mugs and Run of the Ox shirts. He’s the same creative guy who came up with “The Legend of St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair” coloring book & coloring contest. Held for ages 2-12, this contest saw 20 participants competing for Ox Roast Fair T-Shirts, free coloring books, and the Grand Prize of two all day ride bracelets. Coming out on top for their artistic ability, creativity, and craftsmanship (neatness), we congratulate Airis Furner (4), Josh Kalman (6), Owen Bass (9), and Grand Prize winner Mikey Kalman (11). A huge thank you to St. Joseph parishioner Ken Zander for creating the coloring book and contest page. Trade booths at this year’s fair included: Universal Windows Direct, Champion Windows and Home Exteriors, Jazzy World, Scentsy, Renewal by Anderson, Devine Designs by MG, Cutco (Vector Marketing), Tupperware (Loretta’s Rainbow), Bath Fitter, Ohio State Waterproofing, Citizens for Crestwood, Stacy Harju - LuLaRoe, Marshall Power Equipment, United States Marine Corps, Tommy’s Old Fashioned Jerky, Ma & Pa’s (outside furniture & crafts), Buckeye Boilers, FRBR (For Rednecks By Rednecks), Kepich Ford, Hero’s Rock, Erin’s Home Decor & More, St. Joseph Church Info. Thank you to each of them for adding to the festivities. The Ox Roast Fair also wishes to thank several generous businesses who donated items for this year’s event: 7UP Bottling Group & Snapple Beverages; Sunrise Springs offered the bottled water used for making the Lemon Shake-Ups; Hermann’s Pickles of Garrettsville for several gallons of their delicious product, CYC Mulch for providing wood chips for the fair grounds & to Howard Stoddard Trucking for delivering mulch for the parish flower beds, Master Builders for the use of their benches; beer mug sponsors Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, Jake’s Eats, Quality Car Care/ Fishnet Motorsports; Mantua Station Drug Co. and Crooked River Adventures helped with flyer printing expenses; and, Acorn LPG of Ravenna provided propane used throughout the weekend. St. Joseph’s would also like to express appreciation to the Entertainment Main Stage sponsor, Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel, to CYC Mulch and Carlton Harley-Davidson for sponsoring the Talent/Ox Idol Stage, to the EMS Squad sponsor, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, to this year’s Blessing of Bikes sponsor, Mantua Corners Bar & Grille, and to anyone who donated or supported this year’s event in any way. The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s looks forward to entertaining and meeting the Mantua community and beyond in 2018. Mark your calendars for the third weekend in July, 2018 (that’s the 20th, 21st & 22nd) for St. Joseph’s 55th Annual Ox Roast Fair. Be sure to visit their website, www.stjosephmantua.com, for complete details. They also have a Facebook page, St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair, with lots of photos and news. Again, St. Joe’s thanks everyone who made this year’s Fair such a community success.
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Dave Herrington, son of Tom and Faith Herrington of Hiram, Ohio is engaged to Kristy Kurowski, daughter of Debi and Bob Kurowski of Hudson, Ohio. Dave Herrington graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 2013 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) from Kent State in 2015. Kristy Kurowski attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Public Relations. Dave Herrington graduated from Crestwood High School in 2009, and Kristy Kurowski graduated from Hudson High School in 2008. The couple got engaged earlier this year on a cruise, and will celebrate their marriage with friends and family on October 28, 2017 at Serenata Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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Champion To Champion
These young ladies are no strangers to team spirit and the taste of victory at their young age. True Champions in more than the sense of sport but also defined as advocates or crusaders of hometown pride. The SPC HOTSOX 04 and 05 Fast Pitch Travel Softball teams, based out of Highland Heights, have had a successful season with a combined record of 77 wins, 29 losses, 3 ties. This record afforded them a seat in the North American All Sanctioned World Series during the weekend of July 28 in Columbus, Ohio. The World Series tournament organizers encourage each team member to share a spirit gift bag with the first opposing team members. Caydence a nd Montana McGranahan, students at J.A. Garfield Schools, were excited to share the fun fact about their hometown of Garrettsville, Ohio and the connection of Lifesavers. Their gift bag included Lifesaver sampling and a brief tutorial stating, “Candy manufacturer Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio (father of the poet Hart Crane) invented the brand in 1912 as a ‘summer candy’ that
Shamrock Shakers’ News
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The Shamrock Shakers 4-H Club out of Mantua, Ohio, recently held a meeting on Sunday, July 30th, 2017. The meeting was held at the Mantua Historical Society. This was their first meeting since county judging for life skills, cooking, and sewing projects. The club did very well at judging. Cameron, Elise, Aspen, Cheyenne, and Emily qualified as State Fair Delegates. Addison, Jocelyn, and Stella qualified as State Fair Alternates. A county fair booth set up was also discussed at the meeting. A snack and drink were provided after the meeting for the members. Come see our booth and animals at the Portage County Fair in Randolph, Ohio. We will be in the Hubbard Building and Small Animal Barn August 22-27.
could withstand heat better than chocolate. The candy’s name is derived from its similarity to the shape of the life preservers used to save people who have fallen from boats.” Other team mates from Portage and Geauga counties also shared local attractions and products such as maple sugar candies and information regarding the Great Geauga County Fair. The teams both went 3-1 in pool play placing them with the top 52 teams out of 110 to battle it out in the Platinum bracket. Most importantly they left athletes from Indiana and of opposite corner of Ohio with fascinating history of their small town, perhaps sparking an interest to visit.
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Hiram High School Class of 1962 Meets for 55th Reunion
Sixteen members of the Hiram High School Class of 1962 – Ray Anielski – Sue; Sue (Beck) Reithman; Gene Bocskey; Dan Dyer; Lyn (Collier) Leiendecker – Larry; Ron Etling – Lucy; Carla (Geiger) Altiere; Ellen (houghs) – Don Dingus; Ralph (Green) Margaret Hammond – Green; Connie (Hoskins) Filler – Lenny, Nancy (Kaminski) Duquette, Patricia (McClain) Koltas – Carl; Tim Snyder; Sharon (Mullen) Steiner; and Robert Waller – Marianna, gathered at the home of Ron and Lucy Etling on July 15, 2017 for a 55th class reunion. Everyone who was able to attend had a great time telling stories of our Hiram High School days. We even had a class lesson - discussion on deer antlers. We learned that deer loose their antlers every year and that the antlers grow back usually starting in April of the following year, at a rate of ¼” per day. The new antlers grow to the size of last year’s, plus for the year. The class of 1962 started school in 1949, with 12 original students. In 1959, 40 students in the 9th grade came to Hiram from Streetsboro because Streetsboro did not have a high school at the time. (Streetsboro had grown too fast with the automotive factories in the area needing workers. A lot of families had moved there.) The students joined our 28 students 9th grade class. We had 41 graduating seniors in 1962 from Hiram High School. Several students had moved away and graduated from other schools. We have learned that eight members of the class have passed away; Charlotte Stergar, Diane Mlckowsky, Michael Sobwixk, Paul Misch (April 23, 2001), Roger Steiner (Nov. 17, 2006), Daniel Zielke (May 25, 2009), Raymond Taylor (Nov. 26, 2009), Joseph Nagy (April 22, 2016) and Clair Yoder. Several classmates who attended this year’s reunion live in the area – Akron, Chardon, Cuyahoga Falls, Grafton, Hudson, Lordstown, Mantua, Macedonia, Ravenna, Streetsboro and Stow. We even had a couple come from Hendersonville, N.C. The reunion planning committee was Ron Etling, Bob Waller, Sue Beck, Ellen Houghes and Sharon Steiner. If anyone has any information about other class members, please let us know.
Jean E. and the late Tom Russell of Garrettsville and Louis Merrill Beem II, the late Marge Beem of Florida are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Robbin Jean Russell and Louis (Chip) Merrill Beem III. The couple were married on April 1, 2017. The newlyweds are living in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The Garrettsville Eagles are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 scholarship awards. They are: Francesca “Frankie” Bowman, daughter of Patti Bowman. Frankie is a 2017 graduate of James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville and will be attending the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH. She will be majoring in Middle Childhood Education / Psychology and aspires to become a teacher and/or guidance counselor. While in high school, she participated in cross-country and track, marching band flagline, played flute, and was elected vice-president for the National Honor Society. James “JT” Vaughan, grandson of Jeanne Tancos, is a 2017 graduate of Crestwood High School in Mantua. JT will be attending Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH, to major in business administration. In high school, he played varsity tennis, was captain of the tennis team, and received the MVP and Scholar Athlete Awards. He also participated in the Bio-Med Science Academy and Drama Club. He hopes one day to become president of a small university. Both received $1,000 toward their college education. We, the members of Garrettsville Aerie 2705, congratulate you on a job well done, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors! In over 12 years, the Garrettsville Eagles has awarded over $23,000 to 36 recipients, and will continue to do so in the coming years. This program is in addition to the club’s support of several community services.
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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist
Last weekend was the annual Vintage Ohio Festival in Kirtland, Ohio. While we had other obligations and couldn’t participate in the two day wine tasting, we did reminisce with a number of winery guests about past festivals. Someone mentioned the time we were asked to cook onstage with Chef Tim from the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking stage at Vintage Ohio and asked about some of the recipes we made that year. After digging through my files, here are the recipes from the 2009 Vintage Ohio Festival! Since we had recently released our Riesling in 2009, one of my favorite summer foods we cooked was a side dish (or a dish to snack on throughout the day) of carrots with Riesling. 1 lb baby carrots 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup Riesling 1 teaspoon orange zest Bring the above ingredients to a boil. Cover and lower heat to medium, cook for another 3-5 minutes until carrots are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. For a summertime entrée, I am never a big fan of slaving over the hot stove so I usually do a lot of pulled pork crock pot meals to make sandwiches. We love this quick slow cooker recipe using our Afterglow wine (a delicious chilled concord grape wine). 1 lean chuck roast ½ bottle of Candlelight Winery’s Afterglow wine (or your favorite sweet red wine) Salt and pepper to season Cook on low for 8 hours. Of course, what meal would be complete without dessert? This red wine chocolate cake has become a staple for my birthday and is by far the best cake ever! 1 box of Betty Crocker’s chocolate cake mix (and required ingredients) 1 box of vanilla pudding 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup Candlelight Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder Follow directions on the Better Crocker mix. Add vanilla pudding, chocolate chips and red wine. Mix well, but not for too long. Add cocoa powder to taste. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour; let cool and decorate. Serve. Enjoy! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www. candlelightwinery.com.
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Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist When you see online ads or TV commercials about retirement planning, do they ever show baby boomer couples arguing? No. After all, retirement planning is about the pursuit of a happy outcome – a fun and emotionally rewarding “second act” that spouses and partners can share. Realizing that goal takes communication. As you approach retirement, you may not be who you were at 30 or 50. You and your significant other may want different daily lives once you retire. This is a frequently ignored reality in retirement planning. In preparing to retire, you might want to consider your individual preferences and differences when it comes to these factors: How you spend your days. What does a good day in retirement look like to you? What does it look like for your spouse or partner? Social engagement. How much time do each of you want to spend working, volunteering, or socializing? Your preferences may differ. Your health. If you contend with serious health issues, you may define a “good day” in retirement much differently than your spouse or partner does. Your spending. Where will your retirement income go? What will it be spent on besides basic living expenses? Your discretionary spending priorities and those of your spouse could vary. If they vary widely, this could be the source of some drama. Your time alone. Some couples build businesses together or work in the same office or practice for years; others spend just a few hours per day around each other for decades. In retirement, you will likely be around each other for more hours of the day than when you worked. You will need to decide how much “me time” you need. Your roles. Have you done most of the cleaning around the house? Or tackled most of the home improvement projects? Should it remain that way in retirement? To some extent, your spouse or partner’s vision of retirement will vary from yours. It could vary 1%, or it could vary 99%, but some variance is almost certain. It need not breed discord so long as you recognize the following three truths. Some of your shared retirement savings will be used to fulfill individual dreams. The money you have saved and invested will provide financial support for you as a couple, but you also must concede that some of those dollars will be spent relative to each other’s individual goals, passions, and pursuits. The same applies for your retirement income. You will not automatically see money the same way. Those online ads and TV commercials would have you believe that some kind of magic happens once retirement starts, leaving every retired couple to walk along the beach smiling, laughing, and in total agreement about their future. Yes, retired couples do disagree about money; they also learn to overcome those disagreements through understanding and compromise. Many things are more valuable than money in retirement. Time is probably your most valuable asset, and your health and relationships are close behind. So, whether your retirement savings falls short of or far exceeds the median baby boomer amount of $147,000 (as identified last year by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies), keep what matters most in mind.1 Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Finding Money for LongTerm Care Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for longterm care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, If your mother does not have a long-term care insurance policy, depending on her circumstances, here are several other sources you should check into that can help pay for her care. Medicaid: The first thing you need to understand is that Medicare (the government health insurance program for seniors 65 and older and those with disabilities) does not cover long-term care, which includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and home aide services, unless your mom is receiving skilled nursing or therapy services too. It only provides limited short-term coverage, up to 100 days for skilled nursing or rehabilitation services after a hospital stay. However, Medicaid (the joint federal and state program that covers health care for the poor) as it currently stands, does cover long-term care facilities and it covers in-home care too. But to be eligible for coverage, your mother must be very low-income. Her countable assets can’t be more than around $2,000, including investments. Note that most people who enter a nursing home don’t qualify for Medicaid at first, but pay for care out-of-pocket until they deplete their savings enough to qualify. Contact your state Medicaid office (see Medicaid.gov) for eligibility details. Veterans aid: If your mom is a wartime veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, there is a benefit called Aid and Attendance that can help pay between $1,153 and $2,127 a month toward her long-term care. To be eligible, your mom must need assistance with daily living activities like bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. And her yearly income must be under $13,836 as a surviving spouse, $21,531 for a single veteran, or $25,525 as a married veteran – after her medical and long-term care expenses. Her assets must also be less than $80,000 excluding her home and car. To learn more see Benefits.VA.gov/pension, or contact your regional VA office, or your local veterans service organization. Call 800-827-1000 for contact information. Life insurance: If your mom has a life insurance policy, find out if it offers an accelerated death benefit that would allow you to get a tax-free advance to help pay for her care. Or, consider selling her policy to a life settlement company. These are companies that buy life insurance policies for cash, continue to pay the premiums and collect the death benefit when she dies. Most sellers generally get four to eight times more than the policy cash surrender value. If you own a policy with a face value of $100,000 or more and are interested in this option, there are various companies you can turn to like GWG Life (GWGLife.com), which offers some of the highest cash payouts for life insurance policies. Tax breaks: If you’re helping out your mom financially, you may also be able to claim her as a dependent on your taxes and reduce your taxable income by $4,050, which you could use for her care. To qualify, you must pay at least half of your mom’s yearly expenses, and her annual income must be below $4,050, not counting Social Security. For more information, see IRS Publication 501 at IRS. gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf. If you can’t claim your mom as a dependent because her income is too high, you may still be able to get a tax break if you’re paying at least half her living expenses including her medical, dental and long-term care costs, and they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See the IRS publication 502 (IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502. pdf) for details. Send your senior questions 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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Who needs to watch Game of Thrones to see dragons, just go out to the nearest meadow, stream or pond and you will be amazed to see all sorts of d r agon s flying around… dragonflies that is. Worldwide there are more t h a n 5,0 0 0 known species of dragonflies, all of which, along with damselflies, belong to the order Odonata, which means “toothed one” in Greek and refers to the dragonfly’s serrated teeth. There are approximately 95 species of dragonflies broken down into seven families in Northeast Ohio and 45 species of damselfies, broken down into three families. However they are not flies. Flies belong to the order Diptra, meaning two wings. Odonate have four wings. As typical adult insects they have a head, thorax, abdomen, legs, wings, eyes, and antennae. The largest dragonfly is the Dragonunter and the smallest being the Elin Skimmer. The Great Spreadwing is the largest damselfly while the Citrine Forktail is the smallest in Northeast Ohio. Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet. To give this perspective, think pigeon size. Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve. Dragonflies catch their insect prey by grabbing it with their feet while flying. They form a basket with feet and swoop up unsuspecting prey. They can also eat while flying. They’re so efficient in their hunting that, in one Harvard University study, the dragonflies caught 90 to 95 percent of the prey released into their enclosure. Dragonflies are a great control on the mosquito population. A single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes per day, not to mention a butterfly, beetle, or other dragonflies. They hunt by movement and have excellent vision. They have a wraparound compound eye which gives them an almost 360 degrees field of vision so they can track almost any movement. Their eyes also play an important role in telling both groups apart. Most if not all Dragonflies eyes touch each other in the middle of their head, while Damselfies eyes are on the side of their head. As mentioned earlier, Dragonflies are expert fliers and can track down prey at speeds approaching 40 mph. Damselflies are not as adept in flight and are much slower, only reaching speeds of 6 mph. Both dragonflies and damselflies are classified as aquatic insects because they spend most of their lives as larvae underwater among plants or in silt. They are ferocious predators eating anything they can catch. They may spend five years or more in the larval stage, molting several times before emerging as adults. They go through incomplete metamorphosis, meaning no pupal stage, and go from larval stage into adult hood without any transformation. This process usually takes place during the early morning hours when birds and other predators are not as active. During this stage is when both group are exceptionally vulnerable to predation by their enemies. Dragonfly larva are large and chunky, while damselflies are much daintier, with three tails. Adults are relative short-lived. Dragonflies usually live for 2-6 weeks while damselflies live 2-3 days. Their sole mission as adults is to making more dragonflies or damselflies. Dragonflies have fascinated people for centuries. Their color pattern are unique as they are vibrant. Green, blues, oranges, and reds showcase these dazzling insects. Dragonflies have been a symbol of purity, activity, and swiftness for some Native Americans. The indication of purity comes from both the pure water in healthy aquatic habitats where dragonflies thrive. Dragonflies don’t bite, so go out on a hot summer day and enjoy these amazing creatures. It is well worth the time.
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And speaking of eclipses…. Isn’t everyone? It’s all over the place, and with pretty good reason, since it’s been quite some time—38 years isn’t it—since the last total eclipse of the sun was visible over significant portions of the United States. It’s also the first since 1918 to be visible from coast to coast, AND the first since 1776 to be seen only on American soil. See, there are eclipses happening somewhere on earth every 18 months or so, but since so much of the planet is covered by water or uninhabited ( Pacific Ocean or Antarctica, anyone?), any given spot on our “blue marble” (as the astronauts describe their view of it from space)will observe a total solar eclipse only once in 375 years. Now that’s a wait, even longer than Halley’s Comet. It’s being described by some as “the American eclipse” and will be seen, in totality, (the rest of us will have a partial look—about 80% in NE Ohio at 1:07 p.m.) in fourteen states, from Oregon(Government Point) to South Carolina(Charleston area). A number of population centers are in or near the path. Many are planning Eclipse Parties for the expected umbraphiles—“shadow lovers”, eclipse chasers—who will be coming just to see this celestial event. These folks go all over the world to see total eclipses, conducting scientific researches or just looking and saying, “Ooooh! Aaaah!” America’s first recognized female astronomer, Mariah Mitchell of Vassar College, trekked all the way out to Colorado to study a total eclipse in 1878. She and her feminine cohorts were there to make observations and to take a stand for women in science. They did not say, “Ooooh! Aaaah!” It was quite the event. Thomas Edison was there too. Clouds will make all the difference in what we will all see, which is why places like Casper, WY are being touted as some of the prime viewing spots—fewer clouds, less pollution, better chance to see the whole shebang. And it’s not something that one can just spend leisurely
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“How do you treat a chigger bite? What causes it?” It turns out that there is no one creature called a chigger – the word actually refers to the larval stage of a trombiculid mite. The mites are usually reddish in color and are also known as red bugs, harvest mites, and berry bugs. One of our patrons had heard that chiggers burrowed into the skin or laid eggs in the flesh. While this is true of certain parasites (ticks and botflies, respectively), it isn’t a problem with chiggers. What they’re actually doing is drilling tiny holes in the skin with their specialized mouthparts and injecting a fluid that breaks down skin cells and allows the chigger to digest them. The itchy red bump accompanying a chigger bite is the skin’s adverse reaction to all this abuse. Often, several chiggers will bite at once, causing a rash of red welts. They typically bite in folds of skin or where clothing is tight against the body (like waistbands or the tops of socks). Wear insect or tick repellent to minimize the chance of bites. Healthline recommends trying not to brush against vegetation, but that may not be feasible. Since chiggers usually take about an hour to attach to the skin, showering after spending time in wooded areas might be enough to avoid bites. If you have been bitten, it can take anywhere from one to three weeks for the bites to heal. While chiggers don’t carry diseases, the bites can get infected if they’re scratched too much. Keep them clean and relieve this itch with ice, hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or a baking soda and water paste. We found our information on boyslife.org, healthline. com and in “The Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival” by Vin T. Sparano. While it didn’t have anything on chiggers, “Wilderness Medicine” by William Forgey includes information on how to treat snake bites, stingray stings, and scorpion stings. 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, w w w.fa ce b ook .c om / NewtonFallsLibrary.
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