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School resource officer leads to
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RNC comes to Cleveland - 1B
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- The community once again came
out to support the Harpersfield
Volunteer Fire Department this
past weekend.
The Harpersfield Volunteer
Fire Department hosted its 42nd
Annual Beef Roast on Friday, July
15, through Sunday, July 17, at
the fire department’s Community
Recreation Center on Cork-Cold
Springs Road.
Volunteer Steve Brubaker, who
helped roast the beef over an open
fire during the festival, said they
typically roast 4,800 pounds during the festival.
They usually sell out by the end
of the festival, but if not, people
line up at the close of the festival
to purchase the beef in bags to
take home.
The beef roast is a major fundraiser for the fire department,
with all of the proceeds being used
to purchase equipment for the fire
department and to support the
building and operation of the Community Center and grounds.
Mayor names new Roaming Shores Police Chief in special meeting
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ROAMING SHORES – The Roaming Shores
Village Council met July 12 for a special session during which Mayor John Ball named
52-year-old Timothy DiPadova as his choice to
succeed retired Roaming Shores Village Police
Chief Randy Rasmussen.
“His credentials are as long as your arm,”
photos by stefanie wessell
Ball said. “He was a sergeant with the Lake
County Sheriff’s Department, then he was
a sergeant with the Hunting Valley Police
Department where he filled in for the chief
numerous times. He has extensive background,
he’s been through the training at the FBI academy, he was a SWAT commander in his past
where he dealt with 16 different communities
to get the money to purchase a SWAT vehicle
– so he has quite a bit of experience.”
DiPadova currently resides in Chesterland, Ohio, at the western extreme of Geauga
County, a point raised by Council Member
Marlene Hocevar.
“That was a concern, but we thought in this
day and age, we have officers on duty,” Ball
said. “If there’s a problem, they can call him
on the phone and he can come in.”
See SHORES page 5A
Ashtabula Lighthouse Restoration Society holds centennial celebration
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Located at 102 E. Jefferson St., on
the east end of Giddings Park in the
Village of Jefferson, the Giddings
Law Office has a place in history.
On Friday, July 15, the office was
dedicated following renovations.
For the full story, see page 1B.
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Austinburg Elementary School student Kendall Gildersleeve climbs the ladder at the Harpersfield Volunteer
See HVFD page 4A Fire Department’s 42nd Annual Beef Roast. In a few seconds, she honked the horn, winning a prize.
Lighthouse Restoration and Preservation Society
held its 15th annual fish fry fundraiser at Lakeshore Park’s main pavilion July 16 to celebrate
the lighthouse’s 100th birthday, as well as to
help restore and expand the historic building.
“It’s been 100 years since the lighthouse
was moved to its present location,” Lighthouse
Restoration Society member John Carpenter
said. “We have a lot of workers who are very
enthusiastic about our mission.”
The Society’s mission is to raise awareness
of the lighthouse’s place in the area’s history, to
preserve the historic landmark and to expand
it in the future for educational purposes, according to Carpenter.
“We want to restore the lighthouse to its
previous condition when it was inhabited by
the Coast Guard,” Carpenter said. “We want
to make it a historical building and an educational site.”
Carpenter pointed to the Ashtabula Lighthouse’s place in the area’s industry and history.
“The lighthouse is important to the area’s
history and heritage,” Carpenter said. “Ship-
ping has been and is vital to the area.”
The lighthouse was manned by the U.S.
Coast Guard until 1973, when it became automated, according to the preservation society.
The fact the now-automated lighthouse no
longer houses a keeper means that while the
U.S. Coast Guard does maintain the equipment
there, the Ashtabula Lighthouse Restoration
and Preservation Society does most of the
maintenance on the building and grounds.
“We maintain it because no one lives there
anymore,” Carpenter said. “The Coast Guard
has a key and we have a key.”
Ashtabula Township Trustees advance levy
process, defer on Veterans Corner Controversy
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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – The Ashtabula Township trustees met July 13 to discuss the
county auditor’s assessment of real property
in the township as part of an effort to renew
over $800,000 in levies for services. Trustees
declined to comment on the ongoing controversy stemming from a proposed land sale by
the township of a 1/3-acre parcel known as
Veterans Corner at the intersection of State
Road and East Prospect Road to Clevelandbased developer Visconsi, Inc. putatively for a
new Sheetz service station.
“We don’t even know what’s going on,”
Ashtabula County Historical Ashtabula Township Trustee Bambi Paulchel
Society board member Norma said. “I hate to keep putting it off like this. [The
Waters praises Dave Martin, who Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office] is reportrays Joshua Giddings, for all searching it through the county engineer’s office.”
Part of the outrage over the sale arose from
of the work he’s done in restoring
the trustee’s vacating the property for burial
the law office.
purposes. On further investigation, the deed
attached to court submissions as part of the
sale actually describes a section of Edgewood
Cemetery originally deeded to Ashtabula
Township by Revolutionary War veteran Peleg
Sweet – who also donated the use of the State
Road property up for sale for “public purposes”
in documents submitted to The Gazette.
“The vacated property was all taken care
of by the courts,” Paulchel said. “It was all
straightened out May 17 in the courts.”
Ashtabula Township business owner and
developer Carl Caylor took issue with that
statement – the vacated cemetery property has
been an ongoing bone of contention between
him and Board of Trustees.
“How is the public supposed to know about
any of this?” Caylor said. “People have loved
ones buried there. Don’t you think it’s kind of
a major thing un-vacating the cemetery and
now we’re sneaking things back through the
As part of vacating the property for sale,
by law, any remains there must be exhumed.
“It was never a consideration to remove a
grave,” Paulchel said. “I’m not going to argue
this with you. Honest to God, I didn’t know it
was already taken care of. [Ashtabula County
Prosecutor] Iarocci didn’t call us and tell us
The Veterans Corner sale is currently on
hold as Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas
Iarocci reviews documentation to determine
the sale’s legality. Paulchel said while Iarocci
had told a township employee the cemetery
property had been returned to burial status,
that employee had not told the trustees – fearing he’d violate instructions.
“We’re not going to say anything more about
this,” Ashtabula Township Trustee Joseph
Pete said. “We’re not going to get into this until
our attorney tells us it’s okay.”
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Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 84 • 866 East Main Street • Geneva, Ohio 44041
Phone: 440-466-8694 • Fax: 440-466-0823
Email: [email protected] • Website:
2016 Board
of Directors
& Officers
President: Kim Patrone,
Quail Hollow Resort
I-Vice President: Evan Jahn,
Waste Management
II-Vice President: Brett Horvath,
Geneva Area City Schools
Treasurer: Douglas Braun,
Lakeview Federal Credit Union
Executive Director: Sue Ellen Foote
Board of Directors
Jennifer Brown, Individual
Christopher Carraher,
Vector Security
Beth Cheney, Rae-Ann Geneva Skilled
Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Mike Goddard,
Crawford Insurance Agency
Cliff Henry, Harpersfield Township
Welcome New Chamber Members
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625 E. Main St.
Geneva, OH 44041
(440) 466-1894
OH Lic. #31067
Welcome the following businesses as new members of the Geneva Area Chamber of
Commerce. Please consider them for your personal and professional needs.
Ohio Lift Truck, Inc.
P. O. Box 190, (60 Williams St.) Grand River, OH 44045
President & Owner: Glen Cochran
Phone: (440) 354-1444, fax (440) 354-3400
Email: [email protected] • Web:
Ohio Lift Truck, Inc. is a national distributor/wholesaler of used and refurbished
forklifts and light industrial equipment. Serving the United States out of Grand River,
we have a strong presence and growing market in Northeast Ohio. We are customer
driven and stand behind our product. Contact us if your company needs a forklift, to
purchase or rent, or need new or used forklift parts (Yale, Hyster, Toyota, Cat, etc.).
In business for 42 years!
Maranatha Software
13134 Carter Rd., Painesville, OH 44077
Contact: Moses Smith
Phone: (440) 343-5188, fax (440) 398-0453
Email: [email protected] • Web:
Develop custom solutions that are tailor-made to a manufacturing company’s needs.
We don’t use pre-packaged computer systems for one-size fits-all solutions. Our
customized approach meets a company’s unique and specific needs. We can act as
your entire IT department or work with your existing team to build unique software.
Dinner on Broadway
The local people you
know & the American
brand you trust.
Farm Equipment, Inc.
4057 St. Rt. 307
Austinburg, Ohio
(440) 275-2200
Please See Us For
Your Tractor Parts
& Service Needs
2608 W. Prospect
8 N. State Street
34 S. Chestnut Street
Monday, August 15, 2016 • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
In celebration of Geneva, Ohio’s 150th Birthday this year, we are closing down North
Broadway and serving dinner in the street! The evening will feature a five course
dinner prepared by 3 local chefs: Chef Nate from Crosswinds Grille, Chef John from
Bascule Bridge Grille and Chef Nate from Briquette’s Smokehouse. Each course will
be paired with a local, Ohio wine. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Community
Improvement Corporation of Geneva, OH. Advance reservations required. $85/person
(plus tax) FMI or reservations call 440-466-8668 x1
Celebrating City of Geneva’s 150th and
Geneva Township’s 200th Birthdays
• July 23, Art Day, Mural Unveiling & Art Show
• Aug. 15. Dinner on Broadway
• Aug. 25, Football Pep Rally at Memorial Field
• Sept. 9-11, Christ Episcopal Church 150th—tours, carriage rides, and worship
• Oct. 29, Ghoulfest Cemetery Tour - Evergreen Cemetery
• Nov. 11-13, Veterans Photo Display - Downtown Shops
• Dec. 10, Bears Run - Kiwanis Park at 9 a.m.
For more information call City of Geneva at (440) 466-4675.
All Year - The Lodge at Geneva State Park Wine Shuttle. Let us drive you through
wine country! Guests $25 and non-guests $30. Sunday-Thursday departs noon and 1
p.m., every Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. FMI
or reservations 466-7100.
All Year - The Lodge at Geneva State Park, Come enjoy live entertainment and lounge
specials all year long for local residents every weekend. Visit www.theLodgeAtGeneva.
com/EventSearch.aspx or 466-7100.
Now to Aug. 17, every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Pavilion, bring your lunch
and a chair. One hour of musical entertainment.
Now to Aug. 18, every Thursday night, 7-9 p.m., Concerts at Geneva Pavilion, bring
your chair. Pass the hat for a donation.
All summer to Aug. 12, Geneva Community Summer Lunch Program for ages 1 to
18 years; at Geneva Eagle Street Park from noon to 12:30 p.m. every Monday through
Friday. FMI 466-9139.
July 29, Geneva Community at the Lake County Captains. Tickets $10 each; for
tickets and FMI 466-9139.
July 22-23, Geneva Downtown Sidewalk Sale, both days 4 to 8 p.m.
July 23, City of Geneva Art Walk/Show and unveiling of the Quilt.
July 27, Coffee Contacts at KeyBank Geneva, 21 S. Broadway, Geneva. 8 a.m., for
Chamber members. RSVP 466-8694.
City of Geneva Thursday Night Music Series
7 p.m. at Downtown Geneva Pavilion
• July 21, Madison Jazz Project • July 28, Madison Concert Band • Aug. 4, Taken II
Band • Aug. 11, Erie Heights Band • Aug. 18, Blues Project
Tire Amnesty Day: Two Days to Get Rid of Tires
You can start collecting those old tires that are laying around and get them stacked
Dave Katoch
147 W. Main Street
Geneva, Ohio 44041
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GHS Graduating Seniors are
Recipients of Geneva Area Chamber
of Commerce Scholarships
Congratulations and best wishes to the new 2016 Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship winners
Sydney VanHoy and Courtney Harriman. Photo center is
Clifford Henry, Geneva Area Chamber Board of Directors
who presented the scholarship awards. They each won a $1,000 scholarship that will
be awarded to the college of their choice after the completion of their first semester of
college. The scholarship recipients were announced at the Geneva High School Awards
Assembly on May19, 2016. The Chamber Board sends its congratulations to the entire
Geneva High School Class of 2016. Since 1988 the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
has granted more than $37,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Geneva High
School. Sydney VanHoy will continue her education at Malone University where she
plans to study nursing. She is the daughter of Edward and Cari VanHoy. Courtney
Harriman will study to become a secondary math educator at Thiel College. Courtney
is the daughter of Gary and Cindy Harriman.
Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23!
15th Annual Walk for the CureTM
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Geneva High School, 1301 South Ridge Road East (St. Rt. 84), Geneva
Join us for a relaxing 2-mile walk with family and friends to draw awareness to
breast cancer and to honor breast cancer survivors.
• Registration begins at 11:30 am
• Vendor & Craft Fair 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Survivor Ceremony 2 p.m.
• 2-Mile Fun Walk 2:15 p.m.
• Basket Raffle Drawing
Free registration for breast cancer survivors (includes T-shirt & gift bag)
Registration fee $20 for all other participants (commemorative T-shirt to the first 300
registrants). Door prizes, entertainment, basket raffle, refreshments, and carnival games
Presentation by Amitabh Goel, MD, FACS
Breast self-awareness education and breast cancer resource information
New fun walk
There are many opportunities to support this event such as registering to walk, volunteering at the walk, corporate sponsorship, donating basket items for the raffle, etc.
Make checks payable to: UH GMC Walk for the Cure™
Send registration and checks to: UH Geneva Medical Center
Attention: Lori Ann Slimmer, 870 West Main Street, Geneva, OH 44041
More information call: (440) 998-0680
All proceeds stay local and benefit breast cancer programs, tools, education, and research.
Geneva-Madison Clothing Bank
Geneva United Church of Geneva, 75 S. Broadway, Geneva
The Clothing Bank will be closed in July.
It will reopen on Mondays only starting August 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In August they will be getting ready for school distribution and need new socks and
other children’s clothing.
Starting in September it will open Monday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday 6 to 8 p.m.
Donations are accepted only during open hours.
They accept monetary donations and provide $10 shoe vouchers to families in need.
The Clothing Bank has helped families in need from both the Geneva and Madison
areas for 32 years since 1984. There are still families who need our help. Information
(440) 466-2824 or (440) 417-4874.
Jefferson 576-4382
Geneva 415-9900
“Serving the Area
Since 1947”
• Brick • Block • Stone • Cement • Liners • Pipe • Gravel & More!
4680 N. Ridge East
Geneva, Ohio
Reach For
The Stars
Carol’s Corner
Child Care &
Learning Center
Now enrolling children
6 weeks to 12 years
Preschool inclusive!
82 Eastwood Street
Geneva, OH
This institution
is an Equal
Opportunity Provider.
Comfort Supply
Do It Yourself. We’ll Tell You How.
Stop in or Phone Before You Buy...
Comfort Air Conditioning
& Heating
Provides Service & Installation
Financing Available
Rory and Jannette Wright
461 S. Broadway
Geneva, OH 44041
Ashtabula 998-2707
Stuff the Bus at LVFCU
Now until August 5, 2016 come “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies to benefit our
local children at all three Lakeview Federal Credit Union locations, Geneva at 583
S. Broadway; Ashtabula at 2909 State Road; and Jefferson at 345 S. Chestnut Street.
LVFCU is collecting new school supplies, crayons, back-packs, paper, tissues, sanitizers,
etc. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All supplies donated will be given to
the local school districts. Anyone interested in helping stuff the bus, contact Amanda
Tirotta at (440) 415-9900 or visit
Eileen Seiter, Andover Bank
Doug Starkey, City of Geneva
Amanda Tirotta,
Lakeview Federal Credit Union
Richard Trice,
UH Geneva Medical Center
Terri Vincent, Loudermilk Tractor & Cycle
Bill Widlits, Chestnut Homes
up to take on either August 12 or 13, at the Geneva Street Department Building on
North Avenue. The first five tires are free an additional tires only costs $1. There is
no limit the number of loads but each load can only have 10 tires. Service is available
to resident of Geneva, Geneva Township, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Saybrook Township,
and Austinburg Township. The Tire disposal is made possible through an Ohio EPA
grant. Questions call the City of Geneva at 440-466-4675.
Motors • Gas & Oil Controls
Myers Pumps
Zoeller Sump Pumps
Bradford White Water Heaters
Aprilaire Air Cleaners &
Towing Service
Available for
In-Shop Repairs
Renee Keener,
Keener Accounting & Tax Service
Shirley Lehmann,
Northwest Savings Bank
Tim Lenart, Individual
Tony Long, JLS Computer
& Accounting Service
Darrel Ramsey, HDT Expeditionary
Systems Group
Geneva Area
Chamber of
7 South Broadway, Geneva
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30-5 . Sat. 9-2
55 South Forest Street
Geneva, OH 44041
Jim Crawford
Betsy Deering
Mike Goddard
James Santiago
Doug Alvord
Fax: 440-466-4803 • 440-576-6015
1565 State Route 167
The Ashtabula County Technical &
Career Center does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, sex, disabilities,
or age in its programs and activities and
provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and
other designated youth groups.
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Flowers donated to Cornelius Park
Mary Lewis (second
from right) donated
numerous Spice Pink
flowers to Cornelius
Park for next season’s
bloom. Garden Club
volunteers (left to
right) Patti Anderson,
DiAnna Kondas, and
Cheryl Sheer (not
pictured) of Garden
Trails and Sue Ducro
(right) of Wayside
helped weed and plant
at the southwest corner
of Park Avenue and
44th Street.
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Two Ashtabula Schools administrative
personnel depart for Conneaut positions
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ASHTABULA – The Ashtabula
Area City School District is searching
for candidates to fill its now-vacant
treasurer and assistant superintendent positions following resignations
by Treasurer Jackie Miranda and
Assistant Superintendent Lori Riley
on July 8 and 9, respectively.
Both Riley and Miranda will serve
through July 31, when they will take
positions with Conneaut Area City
Schools – Riley will step in as superintendent there and Miranda will take
over as treasurer.
Ashtabula Area City Schools Board
of Education President Kimberly
George said the district will work with
the Ashtabula County Educational
Service Center (ACESC) to find a
replacement treasurer.
“[Superintendent John] Rubesich
from the ACESC will be conducting
our treasurer search,” George said.
“Our assistant superintendent position would be left up to [incoming
Ashtabula Area City Schools Superintendent] Dr. [Melissa] Watson to decide on that position – not the board.”
ACESC provided services locating,
screening and interviewing candidates
for the superintendent position following the announcement outgoing
Superintendent Patrick Colucci had
taken the vacant superintendent position with Buckeye Area Local Schools
in late March – eventually leading
to the hiring on of Dr. Watson as his
The board held an executive session
with ACESC Superintendent Rubesich
on July 13 to review the process to
locate and interview a replacement
for Miranda.
“We do not have any replacement
candidates for the treasurer’s position
as of yet,” George said on July 13. “We
will be having an executive meeting
with Mr. Rubesich tonight regarding
the treasurer search. The timeline [to
hire a replacement] would be as soon
as possible.”
Jefferson Village Council marks
Solicitor Lemire’s final meeting
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JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Council marked
Village Solicitor Jerome
Lemire’s final meeting on
Monday, July 18.
After 23 years of service,
Lemire is retiring as solicitor on Aug. 1. He has served
since 1993.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s
been good,” Lemire said.
Although Lemire is retiring as solicitor, he noted he’s
not really going anywhere, as
he still has his law office in
Jefferson - as well as a close
relationship with his replacement, Michael Hamper III.
Council hired Hamper
as Lemire’s replacement,
based on his recommendation. Hamper is Lemire’s
associate and has been doing
the bulk of the Village’s legal
work for the past year and a
half, under Lemire’s supervision. Lemire had noted in his
resignation letter in June
that he intends to keep practicing law on a limited basis
and hopes to keep Hamper
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Volunteer Steve Brubake helped roast the beef over an open fire during the festival.
About 4,800 pounds of beef were roasted during the festival.
Kenzi Gredence and Emily Rehija, of Mentor High School,
prepare lemonade.
Adilyn and Jen Willis, of Madison, enjoy pretzels and
roast-beef sandwiches at the festival.
Cameron May and Jesse May enjoy sweet treats at the
42nd Annual Beef Roast.
Autumn and Landon Leininger watch their father Scott
win a prize at the 42nd Annual Beef Roast.
Roast-beef sandwiches were the star of the show.
The Lost Sheep Band performs at the 42nd Annual Beef Roast.
Volunteer Christopher Drenik, of Rock Creek, served up
roast-beef sandwiches at the festival.
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University Hospitals Ashtabula Health Center
hosts Annual Family Health & Safety Day
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ASHTABULA - The University Hospitals Ashtabula
Health Center, 2131 Lake
Ave., hosted the 2016 Family Health & Safety Day on
Saturday, July 16.
“This is one of our annual Family and Safety Days,”
Manager of Business Development and Community Outreach Denise DiDonato said.
The Family Health &
Safety Day offered a variety
of family-friendly activities,
safety tips, wellness screenings and educational materials that support and promote
healthy lifestyles for people
of all ages. About 150 to 200
people were expected to attend.
“It’s a way that we can
give back to the community,”
DiDonato said.
Walk-up health screenings offered at no cost during
the event included balance
and grip strength; bone density; hearing; cholesterol and
glucose blood tests; stroke
risk assessments; pulse oximetry; body mass index
measurements, and diabetes
assessments. Free carotid
screenings, lower extremity
vascular assessments, as well
as skin and prostate cancer
screenings, also were available through pre-registration.
Besides the screenings and
education offered, the UH
Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Rehab Manager Dotti
Thompson gave grip tests.
Hospital Safety Squad hosted
activities that taught children
and adults how to have a safe
and fun summer.
“It’s a really great collaboration between UH Geneva,
Conneaut and our physicians,” DiDonato said.
UH also partnered with
Ashtabula County Safe Communities to offer free children’s bike helmets, with
proper fitting. UH donates
helmets to Safe Communities,
which will distribute them
throughout the year.
Safe Communities Coordinator Sandy Pulsifer said they
also were educating people
about car seats. A car-seat
check will be held from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at
the Geneva Giant Eagle.
The event also was an opportunity for UH to get the
word out about its other events,
such as Walk for the Cure.
UH Geneva & Conneaut
Medical Centers will be hosting the 15th Annual Walk for
the Cure™ on Sunday, Sept.
18, 2016, at Geneva High
School from 11:30 a.m. – 3
Walk for the Cure™ is
a two-mile non-competitive
walk to draw awareness to
breast cancer and to honor
breast cancer survivors. The
Survivor Ceremony begins
at 3 p.m. and the walk starts
at 2 p.m. The featured guest
Paula Covell demonstrates a glucose screening on
Nicole Waters.
speaker will be Dr. Amitabh
Goel, MD, FACS.
All proceeds raised from
this event remain within
ADDA holds second annual Chocolate Walk
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Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA)
held its second annual Chocolate Walk on July 15 from
noon until 6 p.m., during
which ticket holders traveled
from business to business,
receiving a sweet at each
firm as well as coupons or
other rewards in an effort
to attract trade and raise
awareness of Ashtabula’s
downtown enterprises.
“The merchant feedback
we’ve received is they love
the crowds of people who
come in during the walk,”
ADDA President Jane
Haines said. “It’s sort of an
adult trick-or-treat.”
Walkers bought fivedollar tickets from any of
several downtown Ashtabula
businesses. Each ticket had
a checklist of eighteen participating locations. Walkers
then traveled from one end
of downtown to the other,
gathering a sweet treat at
Amanda Amsdell, a student each stop.
at Edgewood Senior High
“We started this last
School, volunteered at the year,” Haines said. “It’s sort
event. She hopes to one of a copy and paste from the
day be an optometrist.
Main Street Program. Heritage Ohio has been doing
Ashtabula Township Resident Anthony Metcalf asked
why Iarocci couldn’t give an account of his progress to residents himself if the trustees couldn’t.
“If I was in your position and I knew someone was going
to ask about it – I’d have the county prosecutor come in and
explain it,” Metcalf said “Wouldn’t it be prudent to have him
in here and explain things?”
Ashtabula Township Trustee Stephen McClure said
when Iarocci has completed his review, the board will be
“When this is done next month or even if we have to call a
special meeting when he finalizes everything he’s researching, I’m sure he’s the kind of guy who’d come in here and
explain it,” McClure said.
Ashtabula Township Fiscal Officer Robert Dille gave a
report of County Auditor Roger Corlett’s findings after the
board requested a valuation of the dollar amount renewal
levies will raise if placed on the ballot in November.
Three renewal fire levies to fund the Ashtabula Township
Fire/Rescue Squad will raise a total of $558,568 if passed. A
roads and bridges levy will raise $139,642 and a cemetery
levy renewal will net $111,714. Dille said the renewals will
not include Ashtabula City residents, as the prospects for
passage should city residents be included are dim.
“This is without the city,” Dille said. “We don’t include
the city because while there are a lot more people in the city
than the township, they don’t see the value. Especially with
the cemetery – while a lot of people from the city use the
cemetery, if we put it on the ballot we get crushed.”
The board voted to place the renewal levies on the November ballot.
Pete also read a letter from the Ashtabula Township Parks
Commission asking the township to partner in a project to
bring a fireworks display to the September Lakeshore Park
Rib Burn-Off. The $6,000 price tag for the fireworks show
is too heavy for the parks commission to shoulder alone.
The board did not vote on the suggestion, instead deciding
to table the measure until its next meeting on August 10.
Ashtabula County and benefit breast cancer programs,
diagnostic tools, education Phlebotomist Debbie Kerwin paints a design on Vincent
photos by stefanie wessell
Jenne, of Ashtabula.
and research efforts.
my part, so I want to make
sure they’re included.”
Enthusiasm for the Chocolate Walk was building long
before the event, according
to Haines.
“We like this idea,” Haines
said. “We did festivals in the
past. But the feedback we’ve
gotten on this – one woman’s
daughter was asking her every day, ‘When is the walk?’”
Proceeds from the Chocolate Walk will go toward
the ADDA’s Flower Fund to
maintain the planters and
flowers the ADDA put in on
Main Avenue.
“[The ADDA] spent $4,000
Photo by Gabriel McVey for the flowers,” Haines said.
The Ashtabula Downtown Pageant Court was on hand “It’s also about $1,500 to
to help hand out chocolate to walkers. Pictured are, keep them up.”
from left to right, Young Miss Downtown Ashtabula Chloe
Each business will have
Davidson, Miss Downtown Ashtabula Kimberly Davidson its own chocolate or sweet
and First Attendant Kennedy Bales.
treat – either prepared there
or obtained locally.
something similar in Kent, to end up at the winery.”
“We also have our DownHaines also said B-Side town Pageant Court here to
but they charge $20 a ticket.”
The Chocolate Walk be- Records and Gage Furniture give out chocolates if they
gins at Nassief and ends at were not included in some can’t,” Haines said. “They’re
Main Street Pizza on the east of the tickets and wanted such terrific ambassadors.
end of Main Avenue. Haines to make sure they get their It’s important to get young
wanted to call special at- proper recognition.
people involved – I’m from
“This is a great idea the Baby Boomer generation
tention to two Park Avenue
business taking part as well. that gets people inside each and they just don’t have the
“Gage Furniture and store,” Haines said. “B-Side same sense of connection to
Park Avenue Winery are was a miscommunication on downtown areas we do.”
in this, too,” Haines said. “I
think most people are trying
Ball said he thinks DiPadova will be a good fit as chief
of the Roaming Shores Village Police Department.
“He has a wealth of experience,” Ball said. “He’s looking
forward to mending fences with the sheriff’s department
and working with them and other local agencies. He has
a lot of good ideas, he’s going to set up the schedule and
he’s going to work to bring the village 24/7 with the help of
part-time officers. He’s looking forward to spending some
time with our officers and getting to know them and so they
can get to know him.”
One officer who’s already spent some time with and gotten to know DiPadova is current acting Roaming Shores
Village Police Chief Dan Bennett.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with him, and I think
he’s going to be a good fit,” Bennett said. “He’s got my blessing from the short period of time I’ve gotten to know him.
I’m excited to get to start working with him.”
DiPadova will receive a vote from council at their July
19th regular session meeting to confirm Ball’s nomination of
DiPadova as chief. Ball said DiPadova will receive a $55,000
a year salary and be eligible for three weeks paid vacation
each year following a year in his new position.
The fish fry at Lakeshore Park has become something of a
local institution, with volunteers preparing fish, shrimp, cole
slaw, baked potato, salad and bread for guests who can enjoy
a cool lake breeze, buy memorabilia and take in live music.
Carpenter said the society ran a booth at the Harbor
Beach Glass Festival as well, but the fish fry is the main
event for them.
“This is a 100-percent volunteer group,” Carpenter said.
“And 100 percent of our profit goes toward the lighthouse.”
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Ashtabula City Council at standstill Geneva to celebrate
on Sunday sales for Walnut Beach unveiling of barn
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Ashtabula City Council met
July 18 in regular session
and during pre-council session held a discussion with
City Manager James Timonere during which he said
the move to place Sunday
liquor sales at Walnut Beach
Park could not take place
this year.
Several factors have led
to the impasse – the first
being Walnut Beach does not
have an assigned physical
address and one is required
to file for a permit or to
launch a petition to place
the “Sunday option” on the
November ballot, according
to Timonere.
Also of concern to Timonere and council was the fact
that – as it currently stands
– the only ballot option available would be a district-wide
vote for Ashtabula precinct
2D that, should it fail, would
render the entire district
“dry” on Sundays. Businesses that have grandfathered
permits from earlier elections would have to re-apply
for Sunday liquor sales in
future elections.
The state liquor board
also informed council that
they’d missed several deadlines to apply for a permit
this year and the best they
could do would be to apply
for a Sunday sales vote in
2017 – this is complicated
by the fact that ballot would
also have to include a candidate for office and/or other
issues per Ohio Revised
Code regulations.
Council held a first reading of an ordinance that will
lower the speed limit on 13th
Street from 35 miles per
hour to 25 from Union Street
to the western city limits.
Council will hold its next and
final vote on the change at
its regular session meeting
Aug. 1 after Ward 4 Councilor Josephine Misener said
she felt residents who might
want to speak on the issue
may not be aware council
could act on the measure
during its July 25th special
A pair of liquor permit
transfers for Ward 2 businesses was passed by council; one will be for the Purola Brothers Bridge Street
Pizza’s new location and the
second will be for the Lake
Avenue Circle K convenience
store. Ward 2 Councilor August Pugliese voiced no objections to the transfers and
both passed unanimously.
City Manager James
Timonere asked for and
received council’s endorsement of a pair of proposals;
one to approve a recreational
lease agreement with West
47th Street Properties, LLC
School-resource officer
leads to drop in complaints,
police chief says
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JEFFERSON - The presence of the school-resource
officer at the Jefferson Area
Junior High School and Jefferson Area High School led
to a decrease in complaints
during the 2015-2016 school
year, Jefferson Police Chief
Dave Wassie said.
Wassie recently presented stats comparing the 20142015 and 2015-2016 school
years to Superintendent
John Montanaro. He also
shared these stats with Jefferson Village Council during its meeting on Monday,
July 18.
“I tabulated all reportable
complaints for the junior and
senior high school during the
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for three years’ use of the
fenced-in area at the former
West Junior High basketball
courts. The lease is for one
dollar a year.
The s e cond m ea sure
sought by Timonere was
to approve an agreement
with the Ohio Public Works
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an improvement project at
the Water Pollution Control Plant. The Overflow
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actual hours that school is in
session,” Wassie wrote in his
report. “This excludes alarm
drops and any incidents that
occur after regular school
According to Wassie’s
figures, there were 30 reportable complaints during
the 2015-2016 school year,
compared to 59 in the 20142015 school year.
“As you can see, the obvious impact that was made by
the School Resource officer
was a 50-percent drop in reportable incidents,” Wassie
wrote. “What I also noticed
while going over the calls for
service was that the severity
of the complaints, by nature of the offense, was significantly reduced. We had
fewer fights, assaults and
sexual-related incidents in
the 2015-2016 school year.”
This school year was the
first year JAHS had the
resource officer. Prior to the
start of the school year, the
Jefferson Area Local Schools
Board of Education had approved an agreement with
Jefferson Village to provide
an officer seven hours per
day for 176 school days at the
cost of $29.91 per hour, for a
total of $36,849.12. The maximum cash reimbursement
from JALSD is $29,000. The
balance of $7,849.12 would
be deducted from the balance
due on acquired property
through in-kind services. It
was a one-year renewable
Officer Tim Blon served
as the school-resource officer
this past year.
“I am very pleased with
Officer Blon’s performance in
this position and have heard
nothing but good comments
from the general public and
staff at the junior and senior
high school,” Wassie said. “I
am looking forward to the
continuation of this program
in the years to come.”
Mayor Judy Maloney announced during the council
meeting that, this year, the
school is not going to do inkind work for the balance of
the resource officer.
“They’re going to pay for
all of it,” Maloney said.
Maloney said the school
district had approached the
village about paying for the
officer this way.
quilt, mural July 23
Photo by Gabriel McVey
The Geneva barn quilt – Geneva Zoning Assistant
Amanda White said each of the small squares at the
center of each tile will have the name of a person or
business who sponsored the quilt. The finished quilt will
be unveiled and dedicated at 12:30 p.m. on July 23.
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GENEVA – Geneva will
celebrate two long-awaited
unveilings July 23 at the
Geneva Rotary Pavilion
and the Geneva Recreation
Center on Main Street as
part of “Art Day” – the
Geneva barn quilt on West
Main Street and the Wheels
of Progress mural on East
Main Street. Art Day is
itself part of the yearlong
celebration of the City of
Geneva’s sesquicentennial.
“It’s not going to be some
huge event,” Geneva Zoning
Assistant Amanda White
said. “We’re doing it alongside the sidewalk sale. It’s
something nice to do after
you’re done shopping – you
can stop by and see some
Geneva Art Day will
run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, July 23, with
indoor and outdoor events
at the Geneva Rotary Pavilion and Geneva Recreation
Center on East Main Street.
“From eleven until noon,
it’s really just warming
up,” White said. “The event
won’t really get going until
At 12:30 p.m. the un-
veiling will take place for
both the barn quilt and the
Wheels of Progress Mural
– the mural having been a
long-stalled project begun
in 1996 by local artist Jean
Marie King until her passing and revived in 2007 by
Jennifer Brown and Renee
Nash, a former Geneva Area
High School art teacher.
The barn quilt and
Wheels of Progress are only
the largest art exhibits
available for viewing on Saturday – there will also be an
art show at the Rec Center
from noon until 5 p.m., a
craft show by the Ashtabula
County Barn Quilt Trail,
a community collage, face
painting for children, a
sidewalk chalk art contest,
wine bottle paintings and a
free hot dog lunch as well
as a musical presentation
by performers from the
Ashtabula Arts Center.
“People from their latest production are going to
come down,” White said.
“They’re going to sing for
people – a few numbers from
their latest production.”
All events are free to
the public and will be easy
to get to from the Geneva
Downtown Sidewalk sale
running the same weekend.
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was the memorial at the helicopter in Jefferson, across
from Oakdale Cemetery. Tina Carpenter and Linda Licate correctly guessed it. Guesses for this week’s photo
can be sent in after 5 p.m. July 20 to (440) 576-9125 ext.
107. Hint: A story in this week’s issue may give a clue.
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Religious Briefs
July 21 Austinburg: Community Picnic in the Park/Free Community Dinner
First United Church of Christ, Austinburg, 2870 Route 307, will hold a Community Picnic in the Park/
Free Community Dinner on 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 21 in the pavilion behind church. Join us for food and
fun. There will be games for the kids and face painting.
July 21 Plymouth: Food and Clothing Bank
From 5-7 p.m. July 21, the food and clothing bank will have Thursday evening hours at Plymouth
United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Rd., Ashtabula, at the southeast corner of State Road South
and Plymouth Road, about one mile south of Smolen Gulf Covered bridge on State Road South.
bottles) rinsed with the cap removed; rinsed aluminum cans; paper board (cereal boxes), remove and
discard liner, flatten box; and mixed paper – newspaper, magazines, office paper and junk mail. Sorry,
no glass or steel cans accepted.
Sept. 4-7 Rock Creek: Labor Day Weekend Indoor Yard Sale
The Sacred Heart Church, located at 3049 Route 45 North, Rock Creek, will hold a Labor Day Weekend
Indoor Yard Sale from Sept. 4-7. There will be a Friday pre-sale from 5-8 p.m. with a $5 admission.
The sale will also be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. to noon
Monday. A big assortment of a little bit of everything! Sponsored by and benefits the Sacred Heart
Altar and Rosary Society. Bake sale and food available.
Worship on Wednesday at Saybrook United Methodist Church
July 23 Austinburg: Yard sale to benefit the Dream Center
Worship on Wednesday (WOW) Services will be held outside at the church gazebo every Wednesday
A huge yard sale will be held at the Harvest Church, 8625 Center Rd. (Route 45) in Austinburg Town- except June 22, July 27 and Aug. 31. Services are held at Truesdell Park (Routes 45/20) on June 15
ship on 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 23 to benefit the Dream Center - Local Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. and Aug 24. WOW will be held at the Saybrook Tonwship Park (featuring the Jimmy Fuller Band &
There will be antiques, furniture, households and much more. There will also be aBaked Goods, a Car The Blues Project. All WOW services begin at 6 p.m.
Wash and a Hot Dog, Chips and Drink Sale.
July 24 Austinburg: Blessing of the Animals/Worship in The Park
First United Church of Christ, Austinburg, 2870 Route 307, will hold a Blessing of the Animals/
Worship in The Park on 10 a.m. Sunday, July 24. Bring your favorite pets and animals for All Things
Bright and Beautiful. No animal will be refused in God’s peaceable Kingdom. Coffee Hour included.
July 24 Plymouth Township: Parents’ Day
The Plymouth United Methodist Church will hold a service on Parents’ Day on Sunday, July 24.
Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 Message: “I’m a Mary Girl, in a Martha World.”
Summer worship at the 1st United Church of Christ Austinburg
The 1st United Church of Christ Austinburg announces Summer Worship hours on 10 a.m. June 5
through Labor Day. The church is located on Route 307 just west of Route 45.
Park services through Saybrook United Methodist Church
Beginning June 5 until Sept. 11, the Saybrook United Methodist Church service will be held at the
Saybrook Township at 8:30 a.m.
Community dinners at Saybrook United Methodist Church
The Saybrook United Methodist Church’s free community dinner is still the last Thursday of each
month at 5 p.m. at the church.
July 25 Dorset: Dorset Vacation Bible School
The First Baptist Church of Dorset, Rte. 193, next to the Post Office, will hold a Vacation Bible School
on 6-8:30 p.m. July 25-29 for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Come and learn how Table Talk Luncheon offered monthly at Jefferson United Methodist Church
powerful your God really is and how great it is to be on His team! God Always Wins! Hosted by the Once a month, a team of people gather to prepare a tasty lunch, decorate dining tables and provide a
Methodist and Baptist Churches of Dorset. Phone 440-293-7903 for more information.
special afternoon for those who are shut-ins or nursing home residents. This ministry is called Table
Talk, and it’s held at noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Jefferson United Methodist Church.
July 25-29 Gageville: VBS
Guests also enjoy a program of music and a time of prayer. Anyone interested in either attending Table
Gageville UM Church invites children ages 4-12 to Vacation Bible School on July 25-29 from 9 a.m. to Talk or helping with it is welcome to call the church at 576-4561.
12 p.m. The Church is located on the West side of State Route 193, three miles south of Interstate 90.
Brown Bag Bible Study meets at the Pierpont Presbyterian Church
July 25-29 Lenox Township: Vacation Bible School
Beginning July 25 - 29, at 6-8:30 p.m., there is going to be an “Ocean Commotion” at Vacation Bible
School at the Lenox Christian Fellowship Church, 2610 Lenox New Lyme Road, Jefferson. All children
going into pre-kindergarten through going into 6th grade are invited to attend. The children will enjoy
Bible stories about the life of noah, stories will begin with creation, the reason for the flood, the flood,
redemption and the rainbow. There will be a time for songs, crafts, games, and snacks. A program
will be presented on the last evening, beginning at 8 p.m. Parents and relatives invited to attend, and
all will be treated to the traditional ice cream sundae.
July 29 Plymouth Township: Drive-thru Chicken Dinner
From 4-7 p.m. July 29 will be a drive-thru chicken dinner for $8 at Plymouth United Methodist Church,
970 Plymouth Rd., Ashtabula, at the southeast corner of State Road South and Plymouth Road, about
one mile south of Smolen Gulf Covered bridge on State Road South.
The Pierpont Presbyterian Church holds a Brown Bag Bible Study every Thursday at noon. Bring a
brown bag lunch and enjoy Christian fellowship. After lunch, guests open their Bibles to study Romans.
Open to the public. Call the church at (440) 577-1218 for more info.
Bible Study group continues to meet
A Bible study group meets 7 p.m. every Thursday in Geneva. Open to the public - not affiliated with
or promoting any particular church denomination. Grab a coffee and join the group at McDonald’s in
Geneva, located on Route 534 north of I-90. Bring your Bible and any questions you might have. View
the website at or call (440) 228-6157.
The Grounds to hold Family Movie Nights
Family Movie Nights held the first Saturday of each month at The Grounds in Geneva feature a free
movie suitable for the whole family and free popcorn. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
Food items for the Geneva Food Pantry will be collected at each movie night. Inexpensive snacks
July 30 Plymouth Township: Revival with entertainment and Youth takeover are available for purchase. The Grounds, an after-school teen center supported by the community, is
From 1-9 p.m. July 30 will be a Revival with entertainment and Youth take over at 7 pm. at Plymouth located at 304 E. Main St.
United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Rd., Ashtabula, at the southeast corner of State Road South
and Plymouth Road, about one mile south of Smolen Gulf Covered bridge on State Road South.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Jefferson
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets at First Congregational UCC, 41 E. Jefferson St., in Jefferson on
July 30 Ashtabula: Jazz/Blues Concert with Low Country Boil
Monday nights at 8 p.m. Al-Anon also meets at the Lutheran Church at 89 E Satin St., Jefferson, on
A Jazz/Blues Concert with Low Country Boil featuring local artists the Blues Project will be held at Mondays at 8 p.m. They also have AA meetings on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the South Park, brought to you by the St. Peter Episcopal Church, 4901 Main Ave., Ashtabula. Guest chef Father Peter Nielsen will prepare the Low Country Boil. Ingredients Weight Watchers meets in Jefferson
include shrimp, chicken, corn, potatoes, Andouille sausage, with optional alligator meat and crawfish Weight Watchers meets at the First Congregational UCC, 41 E. Jefferson St., in Jefferson, on Tuesday
on the side. Iced tea and infused water for beverage. Watermelon for dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults; nights at 5:30 p.m.
$5 for children 5-10; and free for children under five years old. Tickets are available through the church office at (440) 992-8100 or [email protected]
Jefferson United Methodist Church invites public to Christian Cafe
The Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., will be providing a free, family-style,
Aug. 5-6 Jefferson: Super Giant Rummage Sale
hearty home-cooked meal the first and third Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m. All persons in the
A Super Giant Rummage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. area are welcome to come enjoy good food, and share conversations in the warmth of Christian love.
Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational UCC—41 E. Jefferson St. Come
early for the best selection! Proceeds to benefit Church Belles’ Mission Projects.
Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 Austinburg: Recycling event
First United Church of Christ, Austinburg, to hold recycling event
The First United Church of Christ, Austinburg, invites you to join them in a community recycling event
on every third Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, at the church,
2870 Route 307, Austinburg. Accepted items are #1 and #2 plastics (water, soda, milk and detergent
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First Baptist Church of Jefferson gets children ‘moovin’’ at VBS
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First Baptist Church of
Jefferson held its annual
Vacation Bible School on
July 11-15 with a barnyard
fun theme, including a petting zoo the final night in
cooperation with Ashtabula
County 4-H.
The VBS’ theme was “Get
Moovin’ to a Fun Time!” and
most of the activities involved a farm and animal
theme, with the Rev. Philip
Kachersky and his wife Erin
dressing the part for the
week of devotions, music,
crafts and games.
“This VBS he and
I picked, and it’s called
‘Barnyard Roundup,’” Erin
Kachersky said. “Back in
the spring, 4-H helped me
get the animals – which was
really cool. We’ve been doing
some neat things all week –
all with Psalm 23.”
A Psalm of David, Psalm
23 is well known to anyone
with a passing knowledge
of Scripture and the text is
often alluded to in popular
media, the beginning verse
being, “The Lord is my
shepherd, I shall not want.”
“We got a lot of kids out
here for the VBS,” Kachersky said. “I really wish we
could get them into Church
on Sunday.”
Photos submitted
During the final eveby
Erin Kachersky
ning after a pizza dinner,
children at the First Bap- Pictured are the Rev. Philip
tist VBS were treated to a and Erin Kachersky.
petting zoo with a miniature pony, goat, a hen and
rooster, a pair of rabbits
and several ducklings that
splashed in and out of a
donated kiddie pool for the
children’s amusement.
VBS students are pictured during devotional singing at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson.
Phyllis Hines portrays Mary, the Sister of Martha
Pictured are VBS co-directors Cathy Chah-Gillespie (left) (sometimes referred to as Mary of Bethany), from the Parents and children enjoy the petting zoo at the VBS’
final night.
Gospels of Luke and John.
and Erin Kachersky (right).
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Ashtabula Lions Club 2016/2017 officers named
Country Club Rehabilitation Campus marks
opening of new assisted-living suites
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2016/2017 officers for the Ashtabula Lions Club are from left to right: Richard
Fassett, Treasurer; Ed Searles, Lion Tamer; Lois Fassett, 2nd Vice President; Casey
Kozlowski, 1st Vice President; Ron DiDonato, Lion Tail Twister; Laura DiGiacomo,
Two-Year Board of Directors; Kathy Ray, President; Dale Fassett, Secretary; and
Sandy Maurer-Searles, One-Year Board of Directors. Lion President Kathy Ray
informed the Board Members on July 7, 2016, that she was honored to be the
President of the Ashtabula Lion’s Club. This role is very special to her since it is
the same Ashtabula Lion’s Club that her deceased father, Cosie Ray, held the
position of being the President for many years ago.
Bill Broughton is a resident The Country Club Rehabilitation Campus, located at 925
of the new assisted-living E. 26th St., in Ashtabula, marked the opening of a new
s u i t e s . H e ’ s p i c t u r e d section of assisted-living suites on Friday, July 15.
with Marketing Director in their own furniture and said.
Dominique Moncrief.
Already three people
items to personalize their
have moved into the new
“These units are for peo- units, Day said.
“We’re happy to be able to
ple who need more assistance than an independent offer this to the community
unit, but less assistance and the City of Ashtabula,”
than a long-term nursing Administrator Paul Mikulin
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unit,” Day said.
The Country Club ReThe rooms feature a
A S H T A B U L A - T h e walk-in shower with an h a b i l i t a t i o n C a m p u s
Country Club Rehabilita- emergency pull, so residents at Ashtabula is a senior
tion Campus, located at 925 can immediately notify staff healthcare community. The
E. 26th St. in Ashtabula, if they need help. A call-bell campus offers one- and twomarked the opening of a new system also is located near bedroom apartments, large
section of assisted-living the toilet.
private suites with private
suites on Friday, July 15.
When a resident uses an baths, 24-hour medical care,
There are eight new alert system, it goes out to personalized care plans, resassisted-living suites, Ac- all of the staff, so residents taurant-style dining, physitivities Director Mindy Day receive a quicker response in cal, occupational and speech
therapies, social events and
case of an emergency.
Day said the cost of the
Rooms also are equipped activities, skilled and reunits is all-inclusive, mean- with televisions that feature storative nursing, Sanctuing people don’t have to se- a special channel dedicated ary Home Health Care and
lect a tier and instead have to the Country Club Reha- more.
everything included with bilitation Campus. A daily
For more information and
their room, from laundry to schedule and menus rotate to schedule a tour, contact
their meals.
on the channel, as well as the the Country Club RehaThe rooms also come fully names and photos of staff, bilitation Campus at (440)
furnished, although resi- so residents can familiarize 992-0022 or visit countrydents are welcome to bring themselves with them, Day
Meet Your
Woman’s Fortnightly Club of Ashtabula met July 11
The Woman’s Fortnightly Club of Ashtabula met at Saybrook United Methodist Church
on July 11 with Myrna Osten acting as hostess and Co-President Mary Strawbridge running the meeting. Meghan Davis was introduced as a guest.
Charolette Lehto reviewed the book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill
Bryson. Mr. Bryson’s home, a historic church of England rectory, is the premise of his
story. He visits each room, revealing the specific history or each, entertaining his readers
with historical tidbits and reasons for the sayings we are familiar with today.
An example is found in his dining room tour where he explores the need for something
to place food on and something to eat with. Our ancestors had a board that was used for
this purpose. It was placed upon the laps of the diners and when the meal was finished
hung on a side wall - thus the sayings “things are above board,” and there is often furniture in the dining room referred to as a side board.
His keen mind brought up history for the how and why of each room in the house
including the entry hall. He is a writer who thrives on oddities and The Home gave him
a voluminous amount of material to explore.
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They are Eagle Pride Personified
Geneva Area City Schools
GENEVA - To celebrate
the history and heritage of
Geneva Area City Schools
and to inspire current students by highlighting and
archiving the stories and
pathways of graduates, staff,
and friends whose lives have
exemplified Eagle Pride, an
initial group of honorees has
been nominated for inclusion
on the Eagle Pride Personified roster.
They are Dale Arkenburg, James Bissell, Arnold
Bradshaw, Sheryl Kosicek
Figliano, Ron Kimmy, Morgan Martin, Thomas Martin,
Frank Ovnic, Eddie Sezon,
Wendy Snyder, Barbara
Stuetzer, Jeff Swanagan and
Susan Taft. The group includes distinguished graduates, educators and friends
of Geneva Schools. They are
Eagle Pride Personified.
The Eagle Pride Personified Committee which
includes representatives of
booster groups, local organizations, school officials
and interested community
members, seeks additional
nominations of individuals
whose accomplishments fit
the following categories.
Distinguished Graduates
– individuals who have made
significant achievements
in their lives, and whose
contributions have had community, state, national or
global impact.
Educators – teachers,
coaches, or other staff members who have demonstrated
exemplary service and dedication to the Geneva Schools
community and students.
Friends of Geneva Area
City Schools – persons who
have made outstanding contributions through volunteer
services or other significant
contributions to Geneva
Nominations may be
offered by any person or
group. Nomination forms
are available through Eagle
Pride Personified Committee members, at Geneva
High School and by emailing the committee at eagle.
[email protected]
Jeffrey Scott Swanagan
– In Memoriam
Jeff received a Masters
Degree in Technology and
Science Policy at Georgia
Institute of Technology.
He is survived by his wife,
Suzy Holley, children, Brian,
Jennifer Larson, Christina
Blizzard, David, Kevin, stepchildren, Holley and Christopher sisters, Patricia and
Ronald Kimmy
Jeffrey Scott Swanagan
was a 1976 Geneva High
School graduate. While in
school Jeff lettered in football and was an exchange
student to France (he spoke
French fluently).
Naturalist Jeffery Swanagan was changing wildlife
education nationwide before
his untimely death in June
2009 at the age of fifty one.
“Touch the heart to teach
the mind” was Swanagan’s
personal mantra. His experiential approach created special memories for zoo visitors
while they learned about
animals and conservation.
Jeff began his career at
the Columbus Zoo while
completing his bachelor’s
degree in science education
at Ohio State and quickly
moved up the ranks to direct and develop the zoo’s
education department. His
innovative all-night sleepovers allowed children and
adults to see and hear the
zoo after dark.
Jeff was Deputy Zoo Director at Zoo Atlanta and
CEO of the Florida Aquarium before taking the job as
founding Executive Director
for the Georgia Aquarium,
quickly acknowledged as
one of the world’s outstanding programs. He returned
to the Columbus Zoo and
Aquarium as Executive Director in 2008. In his year
there, he forged a strategic
plan, and began implementing it with the Animal Encounters Village and Animals on Safari with animals
rescued from shelters.
Ronald L. Kimmy Sr. is
a 1954 Geneva High School
graduate. Ron participated
in football, choir and Thespians at Geneva High School.
Ron and his wife, Laura S.
(Miller), who graduated from
Geneva High School in 1958,
reside in Geneva.
Ron began his career
working with his father in
the family owned business
Geneva Woodcraft. In 1963,
Ron transitioned to MidContinent Telephone Company as a lineman and after
many promotions, retired
from Alltel Telephone Company in 1994 as Supervisor
of Warehouse of Vehicles.
As a volunteer for the
Geneva Area City Schools,
Ron served on the Geneva
Athletic Boosters for ten
years and was president of
the organization in 1978.
For more than 25 years he
ran the time-clock and kept
statistics for every home
Eagles football game. He
is active in the Geneva Letterman’s Club and has been
instrumental in planning
the organization’s annual
golf outing and dinner. Ron
has also served on the Class
of 1954’s planning committee of monthly meetings,
communications and class
Ohio State Fair announces All Ohio State
Rock Creek
Fair Band & All Ohio State Fair Choir
Safety Town to
Lakeside student named to band
be held Aug. 1-5
COLUMBUS – The All-Ohio State Fair Band presented
by Buckeye Health Plan and All-Ohio State Fair Youth
Choir have announced their membership for the 2016 Ohio
State Fair.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925 and
the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963.
The Band and Choir, composed of a total of 390 superior
musicians (213 in band, 177 in choir) from 67 counties and
156 high schools all across Ohio, are a testament to the
musical talents of young Ohioans.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band, with students ranging
from grades 9 - 12, learns more than 50 pieces of concert
music to prepare for the Fair and their traditional performance of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!”
which closes each of their performances. Once the Fair
opens, the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir sings six to eight
concerts a day, marching up to ten miles a day to various
performance sites around the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center.
Dr. Jon C. Peterson has been directing the Choir since
2014, Brian Dodd will begin his first year as AOSFB Director this year. Members of both the Band and Choir are
selected based on a number of factors including student
ability and recommendation from choral or band directors.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir will also
be performing a free concert on July 31, 2016 at 1 p.m. in
the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to daily performances.
Below is a list of the 2016 All-Ohio State Fair Band and
Youth Choir members, listed by county:
Band: Jonathan Dunn, Percussion, Lakeside High School
ROCK CREEK - There’s
still time to register for the
Rock Creek Safety Town.
Safety Town will be held
from 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 1-5
at the Rock Creek Elementary School, with leader Mrs.
Please RSVP by July 28
with your child’s shirt size to
Mrs. Schillace at 813-5441.
Sponsored by Rock Creek
Elementary PTO for incoming Rock Creek kindergarteners.
Kids will learn Playground Safety, Fire Safety,
Bus Safety, Water Safety,
Stranger Danger. They will
also visit to the Morgan Fire
Hall, receive a visit from
the Jefferson Police, meet
the kindergarten teacher
and friends and celebrate on
Cost per child due Aug. 1.
The cost is $10, including the
t-shirt. Call with any other
questions or concerns. We
look forward to seeing you!
Ron dedicated 22years
to the Geneva Fire Department. During his last ten
years with the department
he was Assistant Fire Chief.
Ron served as a Geneva
City Councilman from 1984
to 1991.
He is a member of the
Geneva Masonic Lodge, Geneva Rotary Club, Coin Club
of Geneva, Safari Fishing
Club of Geneva, American
Legion Post of Geneva, Fraternal Order of Eagles and
Veterans of Foreign Wars of
Ron has two children,
Debra (Trice) and Ronald
Jr., both Geneva High School
graduates, and four grandchildren, two of whom graduated from Geneva High
Throughout his twenty
years of service to the community, he has been coordinator and representative of
multiple organizations including the IAFF President
(Secretary, Treasurer, also),
Geneva Firemen’s Club,
Cover Driving Training,
Aluminum Cans for Burned
Children (burn unit at Metro
Health), and Ice Rescue Specialist. His volunteer time
extends into the community
with Share A Christmas and
the GACS Levies.
He and his wife Patty
have been married since
1997. They have three boys:
Noah (14), and twins Kean
and Shea (9).
Since 2006, when his oldest son Noah was about 5,
Dale has coached basketball
and baseball teams for the
Geneva Recreation League
Dale Arkenburg
and Geneva Little League
(United Little League) at
multiple levels (bitty basketball, tee-ball, minors, majors, and now travel teams).
He developed and donates to the Geneva High
School scholarship that
bears his family’s name, The
Dale and Dianne Arkenburg
Dale is a 1994 Summa
Cum Laude graduate of
Hiram College where he majored in Elementary Education, earning Departmental
Geneva Fire Chief, Dale Honors and was inducted
Arkenburg is a 1990 Geneva into Kappa Delta Pi, the
High School graduate and International Honorary Solifelong resident of Geneva. ciety for Education majors.
In 1996, Dale became a
full-time firefighter for the
Susan Taft
Geneva Fire Department.
Susan Taft is a 1972 GHS
He has been responsible for
Fire Prevention initiatives
and the Juvenile Fire Setter Education Program. As
a Fire Engineer capable of
operating all firefighting apparatus, he also served as a
dispatcher. He was honored
as Firefighter of the Year in
1998, 2007 and 2012.
At Geneva High School,
Dale starred for the Eagles
on the golf, basketball, and graduate. She earned a B.S.
baseball teams. He also vol- in Chemistry (cum laude)
unteered his time to the Key from Kent State UniverClub and was a member of sity and has worked as a
the Fellowship of Christian research chemist, engineer,
and consultant.
She is the author of
The Riverchasers, a narrative history of American
Whitewater canoeing and
kayaking. The book is the
culmination of five years
or research and 130 interviews. The Riverchasers
was accepted for inclusion
in the Library of Congress
in 2002.
Susan is the inventor
of a fitness machine (U.S.
Patent No. 5,624,357) and is
an entrepreneur with more
than thirty-five years of
experience in business and
industry. Susan’s experience ranges from the highly
technical environment of
Westinghouse to the heavy
industrial setting of Bethlehem Steel to consumer foodproducts giant Frito-Lay.
She was founder and
owner of Englehart Moulding Corporation, a plastics
manufacturing company
specializing in custom rotational molding including kayaks for adults and
Susan has been a consultant for a Maryland-based
company where she utilized
her background in science
and technology to analyze
and develop solutions incorporating technology for
complex business problems.
Susan provides consulting
services through Flowing
Water Consulting, part
of Flowing Water Press
Corporation. She offers a
range of business services
including business planning
and development, technical consulting, market
research, project planning
and management, in-depth
analysis and problem solving, feasibility studies, and
technical writing.
Her clients include MIT
(Sloan School of Management), Adventure Sports
Center International and
International Whitewater
Hall of Fame, Hydropower
Reform Coalition, River
Management Society, Myers Motors and Ricerca
Registration to be held for
Jefferson Area Local Schools
Web and
JEFFERSON - The registration schedule for students
new in town has been set for the Jefferson Area Local
Schools district. This registration is for children at Jefferson
and Rock Creek Elementary schools.
Registration will be held at both Jefferson Elementary
School, 204 W. Mulberry St., and Rock Creek Elementary
School, 3134 N. Main St., on 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 3-5.
Only parents are permitted to register their child. In
cases of divorce or separation, only the custodial parent
can register the child.
Parents need to bring their child’s:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Immunization Record
3. Proof of Residency - Bring the most recent electric
or other utility bill – it must show the parent’s name and
address and the date on it.
4. Legal document showing proof of custody if a divorce
or separation is involved.
5. Name, address and phone number of previous school.
6. Social Security card
7. Parent’s drivers’ license
Parents must not wait until the week before school starts
to register their child. The school district needs preparation
time to be ready for the new students.
Students will not be permitted to attend the first day of
school if they are not registered ahead of time, school officials said. Registration will not be permitted on the first
day of school.
Class lists will be posted Friday, Aug. 12, after 4 p.m.
The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 17. For more info,
call Jefferson Elementary School at (440) 576-2646 or Rock
Creek Elementary School at (440) 563-3820.
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Summer Day trip to Rocky River Reservation
and Living Treasures Animal Park
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The children from the Jefferson
Community Center have been enjoying
a variety of educational-based field
trips to Rocky River Reservation and
Living Treasures Animal Park.
The rain held out long enough for us to view the Rocky River.
We fed a variety of animals like goats, giraffes, donkeys,
reindeer and many other animals.
We met face to face with a frog.
We went down the Rocky
River looking for fossils.
RIGHT: We recently visited
Living Treasures Animal
Park in New Castle, Pa.
LEFT: We were able
to hold a moth.
We investigated the shale next to the river.
submitted photos
We took a break to pose with Dunkleosteus, an extinct shark-eating fish.
12a • Gazette Newspapers • week of wednesday, July 20, 2016
Kids explore on a Science Safari
Geneva High School students
are Girls State Delegates
Photo by Jan Perala for Geneva Schools
Seniors Rebecca Cybulski and Kallee Gersin represented
Geneva High School at Buckeye Girls State this summer.
They are pictured with American Legion Jay Wilson Post
112 Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie Varga.
submitted photos
The children at the Jefferson Community Center have
been busy discovering many things at the science safari.
We have done many science experiments. We created
volcanos and then used baking soda and vinegar to
erupt our volcanos.
We mixed baking soda and vinegar in water bottles. The
chemical reaction made our balloons blow up.
We created ramps to watch our trucks in motion. Then
we made barriers to explore friction and gravity.
We each tried to crack a geode to see what was inside.
Geneva Area City Schools
GENEVA - Against the
backdrop of the national
presidential primary season,
Geneva High School seniors
Rebecca Cybulski and Kallee
Gersin said they have gained
a new understanding of the
workings of Ohio’s system
of government through total
immersion in the political
process as delegates to Buckeye Girls State. Their attendance was sponsored by
Madison’s American Legion
Jay Wilson Post 112 Ladies
American Legion Buckeye Girls State is a massive,
meticulous and completely
nonpartisan simulation of
local, county and state government that mirrors Ohio’s
governmental system from
the top down. As the 70th
annual Buckeye Girls State
program got underway,
The kids work on their volcanos.
nearly a thousand student
delegates from high schools
across the state converged
on the University of Mount
Union campus to take up
residence for a week long
hands-on experience in the
political campaign process
and the inner mechanisms
of state government.
Learning by doing is
the essence of the Buckeye
Girls State experience. As
the program commences,
dorm floors become cities,
each governed by elected
Girls State officials and the
Amanda and Karen visited us from the Henderson sidewalks become streets
Memorial Library and we explored hot and cold water, under the jurisdiction of the
melting crayons, chemical reactions, and mixtures.
officers of the Girls State
Highway Patrol. Classrooms
become venues for political
caucuses, conventions and
city, county and statewide
governmental meetings. Ballots are printed, candidates
wage spirited campaigns
and voters have their say.
Governors, senators,
county commissioners, city
council members and school
board members take office. Checking accounts
are opened, bankers make
loans and goods and services change hands. Motions
are made, bills are passed,
taxes are levied and budgets are balanced. Judges
preside over courts equipped
to handle disputes requiring
Girls State Supreme Court
opinions to matters easily resolved by small claims
courts. Traffic citations are
issued by Girls State Troopers and lawyers represent
the ticketed at court appearances. Daily newspapers
staffed by Girls Staters with
press passes, keep everyone
informed of current events
as day to day life at Buckeye
Girls State continues from
The kids explore chemical reactions.
dawn to dusk.
“I ran for city government
and was on the board of
education. It was definitely
a memorable week and I’m
so thankful the opportunity
to participate in Girls State,”
Gersin said. “Serving on the
BOE definitely gave me a
new appreciation for the
work that our Geneva Board
At Geneva High School,
Gersin is a member of National Honor Society and
Key Club and plays softball
and tennis for the Lady Eagles, She has her sights set
on a career as a pharmacist.
She is the daughter of Ron
and Heidi Gersin.
“Girls State was awesome!” Cybulski said. “The
Mount Union Campus was
beautiful and the atmosphere was really up beat.
I was a city reporter for the
Girls State Newspaper, The
Buckeye, and was on the
Board of Elections.”
Cybulski is a member
of Geneva High School’s
Youth Philanthropy Board
and National Honor Society.
She plays tennis for the Lady
Eagles and is on the Swim
Team. She plans to study
Education in college and has
her sights set on becoming
an English teacher. She is
the daughter of Joseph and
Beth Cybulski.
“I made so many new
friends during the week. I’d
encourage all girls to go to
Girls State if they have the
chance,” she said.
Girls State is staffed by
hundreds of volunteers who
offer their expertise to help
educate delegates about
our system of government.
Attorneys, judges, elected
officials from city and county
government, state highway
patrolmen and representatives of the American Legion
and its Ladies Auxiliary
give their time to make the
program a reality.
“We are so happy to be
able to help our young people
understand the American
political process,” Debbie
Varga, of Post 112 Ladies
Auxiliary said.
Attendance at nationally
recognized Girls State often
becomes the impetus for
auspicious future careers
for the delegates. Attendees
have become attorneys, astronauts, judges, congressmen and congresswomen,
governors, senators and high
ranking military personnel.
Former Texas Governor
Ann Richards, journalist
Jane Pauley, U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn and
Brigadier General Sharla
Cook are all alumni of the
Girls State experience.
County Education
Jefferson Garden Club presents
scholarship to 2015 A-tech grad
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Sheffield Target Masters 4-H Club to partner
with the Jefferson Police Department on
meth-lab awareness program
JEFFERSON - Are your kids active outside? Have you
thought about how they might react to finding a discarded
meth lab? Sheffield Target Masters 4-H Club along with
the Jefferson Police Department would like to teach them
how to keep themselves safe.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Jefferson Police
Department Community room, Officers Aaron Dumperth,
Aaron McCracken and Brandon Nelling will be presenting
a program on the potential hazard that drug activity in
our county poses to kids along roadways or in the woods.
The Health and Safety Officers from Sheffield Target
Masters 4-H Club have been working with the officers about
meth lab awareness. This program is open to the public and
those who attend will leave with an understanding of what
to look out for as well as what to do should they discover a
disposed meth lab or other drug paraphernalia. Those who
attend will be able to look, touch and even smell a mock lab.
Whether your kids are outdoor types, walk to a friends
house or are active with Pokémon Go, they could encounter
these dangers. Please call Kevin Bailey at 576-4008 if you
would like to attend.
Stuff the Bus for G.O. Community
Development Corporation
ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - G.O. Community Development Corporation has partnered with Wal-Mart Ashtabula
and Ashtabula County Community Action Head Start to
Stuff the Bus on July 20 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
School supplies collected will be distributed to children
in grades k-12 on Aug. 6, 2016 at the G.O. CDC Building
located at 3703 Station Ave., Ashtabula.
Westminster College celebrates
Spring Dean’s list recipients
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – More than 345 Westminster
College students earned Dean’s List recognition for the
2016 spring semester.
The Dean’s List recognizes students who attain a grade
point average of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0 with a
minimum of 12 course semester hours.
Local students include:
• Rome, OH: Jessica Grady, a sophomore environmental
science major, is a daughter of Patrick and Angela Grady
and a graduate of Grand Valley High School.
• Williamsfield, OH: James Riley, a junior accounting and
business administration major, is a son of Ronald and Wendy
Riley and a graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School.
RIT announces Spring 2016 Dean’s List
ROCHESTER, NY - The following local residents made
the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the
spring 2016 semester:
Joseph Cermak of Middlefield (44062), who is
studying mechanical engineering.
Ian Nanney of Ashtabula (44004), who is studying
mechanical engineering.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for
Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to
3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or
“F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least
12 credit hours.
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JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Garden Club presented
2015 A-Tech and Jefferson
Area High School graduate
Valarie Burlingame with a
$1,000 scholarship on Thursday, July 14.
Burlingame received the
scholarship after completing
her first year at The Ohio
State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where
she studies greenhouse management.
Garden Club member Iva
Herman said the Jefferson
Garden Club awards the
scholarship to students who
are studying horticulture or
agriculture. Burlingame is
the first recipient in several
years, and the Garden Club
encourages more students
to apply.
Burlingame studied horticulture and landscaping at ATech, and she also worked for
three years at the Something
Something Plants greenhouse in Jefferson.
While away at college,
Burlingame worked at the
Ohio Agricultural Research
and Development Center
in Wooster, working with
Now that she’s back home
for the summer, she’s working at the branch in Kingsville - this time with grapes.
“I grew up on a Christmas
photo by stefanie wessell
The Jefferson Garden Club presented 2015 Jefferson Area High School and A-Tech
graduate Valarie Burlingame with a $1,000 scholarship on Thursday. Burlingame,
second from left, is pictured with Jefferson Garden Club members Ann Knapp, Treasurer
Beth Cool and Iva Herman.
tree farm, [Sarna’s Tree
Farm],” Burlingame said of
her interest in horticulture.
“I can never see myself working in an office. I like being
The Jefferson Garden
Club raised the funds for its
scholarship through its annual Mother’s Day plant sale.
The club formed in the village
in 1964, and since then, club
members have worked diligently to beautify the village.
The club has helped
with landscaping projects
throughout the community,
including projects at the
gazebo, community center
and a Habitat for Humanity House, as well as the
Jefferson Elementary and
Jefferson Area High schools.
Trees for the tree lawns
in the village and Village
Park also were provided by
the group. They also help
beautify the log cabin at the
county fairgrounds, Henderson Memorial Public Library,
the Helicopter Memorial on
East Beech Street and the
Jefferson Historical Society.
Members also maintain
the Oakdale Cemetery gardens, flag poles and Angel
Each year, the club also
provides a local scholarship
to a deserving individual.
Meetings are held at 6:30
p.m. on the first Tuesday
of every month. For more
information, email [email protected]
Business Women’s Association holds
scholarship awards ceremony at Lakeshore Park
Upcoming reunions
July 22-24 Geneva Township: Class of ‘61 Platt R. Spencer
School, Geneva Township: A three-day celebration of the 55th
reunion of the class of ’61 will start with a Friday, July 22nd, picnic
at the home of a classmate, a banquet on Saturday, July 23, at The
Lodge at Geneva State Park (including members of the classes of ’60
and ’62), and a noon picnic before the Spencer School All-Classes
reunion Sunday, July 24, at Geneva Township Park. For more information, contact Phillip Schmidt ’61, 440-466-8033.
July 24 Geneva Township: Platt R. Spencer School All-Classes
Reunion: The reunion planning committee for the Platt R. Spencer
School All-Classes Reunion announces the annual 4th-Sunday-ofJuly event will be Sunday, July 24, from 1-4 p.m. at the lake front
pavilion of Geneva Township Park (north end of Austin Road). All
students who graduated from or attended Platt R. Spencer School,
Geneva Township from 1938-1961 are invited, as well as teachers, staff and guests. The bicentennial of Geneva Township will
be celebrated with a 200th birthday cake, introduction of notable
township citizens and sale of commemorative coins, a Carl Feather
DVD featuring the life of Spencer and history of Geneva City and
Township, and Spencer note cards. For more information, contact
Charlotte Tarantina Hunt, 440-466-8033.
Scholarship winners (from left to right) are Rebecca Dillon, Rachel Van’t Veer, Stephanie Criss, Kyle Braun, Katelyn
Celliti, Jordan Stills, Brenna Paanen, Sean Lynagh, Matthew Licate and Jared Kingston.
submitted photo
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in the scholarship program
then handed out certificates
to the awardees.
Two winners, Rebecca
ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – The American Busi- Dillon and Rachel Van’t
ness Women’s Association, Veer – both enrolled at Kent
Anchors Aweigh Charter State University’s main
Chapter #4312 – the local campus, are repeat scholarSept. 17 Ashtabula: Ashtabula High School Classes of 1951 and
Ashtabula County branch – ship awardees.
1952: The Ashtabula High School Classes of 1951 and 1952 will
held its annual scholarship
hold their annual reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Elks Lodge
New recipients are:
awards ceremony July 12
on Lake Road. Social hour will begin at 4 p.m. with a buffet dinStephanie Criss – a
at Lakeshore Park during
ner to follow. The invitations will be sent out in July. The reunion
Pymatuning Valley High
which 10 local high school
committee met with Jim Lindberg at Mariners Point to formulate
School graduate attending
students each received a
plans. Those on the committee are: ’51, Secretary and reservations,
Edinboro University in the
$1,000 college scholarship.
Jean DiAngelo Vendeti, Esther Anderson Northrup, Donna Volpone
Following a picnic-style
Capitena, Bob Hybert, Don Maginnis, Harold Mackey. Class of
Kyle Braun – a Kent
dinner, Chapter President
1952: Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Hurst Mackey, Shirley Kangas
Carla Broughton thanked State University main camJarvi, Joanie Sutherland Grey, Patti Bjerstedt, Jim Lindberg, Barrie
members, guests and appli- pus student
Bortorf and Jim Lindberg.
cants for their participation
Katelyn Celittie – a ferson High School graduate
Jefferson Area High School attending Edinboro Univergraduate attending Kent sity in the fall
State Ashtabula branch in
Jared Kingston – a
the fall
Lakeside High School gradJordan Stills – a Con- uate attending Miami Unineaut High School gradu- versity in the fall
ate attending Kent State
A reverse raffle and ChiAshtabula branch in the fall
nese auction will be held
Brenna Paanen – a Ge- by the Anchors Aweigh
neva High School graduate Charter chapter on March
attending the University of 4, 2017, to benefit the scholarship fund. The Ashtabula
Akron in the fall
County branch of the AmeriSean Lynagh – a Jefcan Business Women’s Asferson High School graduate
sociation has presented over
attending Cleveland State
$225,000 in scholarships to
University in the fall
Ashtabula County students
Matthew Licate – a Jef- in the past 36 years.
Community News
14a • Gazette Newspapers • week of wednesday, July 20, 2016
Dog days of summer
Music fills the air at
free summer concerts
Concerts in Peleg Sweet Park
The concerts are held each Tuesday through Aug. 9 at
Peleg Sweet Park, located on the corner of State Road and
U.S. Route 20. The concerts begin promptly at 7 p.m.
In the event of poor weather, the program will be inside
at the East Side Presbyterian Church across from the Gazebo. Refreshments will be available and restrooms will
be provided by the church. No chair will be furnished, so
please bring your own chairs if desired.
July 26 - Blues Project/James Fuller
Aug. 2 - Remember Then
Aug. 9 - Elvis
Lakefront Concert Series in GOTL
The Lakefront Concert Series returns to Geneva Township Park, Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, on 7 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair and stay to enjoy the beautiful Lake
Erie sunsets. There is no cost, but donations will be collected. Concerts are:
July 26 - Erie Heights Brass Ensemble. Terror on the
High C’s.
Aug. 2 - Madison Band. Concert Band Music.
Aug. 9 - Larry, Daryl, Daryl and Sheryl. Rock ’n’ Roll.
Aug. 16 - Linda Fundis.
Summer Brown Bag Music Series in Geneva
Geneva hold its Summer Brown Bag Music Series concerts at noon Wednesdays at the Rotary Pavilion next to
Capo’s Pizza in Geneva. Grab some lunch and listen to some
photos by barbara j. hamilton
Jackson, a trained therapy dog, laps up all the love and attention he received from the Wednesday Wonders Day great music all summer long.
July 20 - Tyrone Hornbuckle
Campers last week when the focus was on thunderstorms and how animals react.
July 27 - 21220 Project Classic Rock
Aug. 3 - Daryl, Daryl and Sheryl
BY Barbara J. Hamilton
Aug. 10 - Dan Wagner and Friends
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Aug. 17 - Dick Dana Solo Acoustic Folk
Lupin, a greyhound, enjoyed the hugs from the day campers and the
company of Jackson.
JEFFERSON - Kids, ages 5-12 got to
hug dogs and learn how they are calmed
during storms and other stresses when
two therapy dogs visited Wednesday
Wonders the second week of day camp.
Jackson, an award-winning therapy
dog, wears a thundershirt to calm him
during storms, but he did not need it
at day camp. His visit brought smiles
to the kids and a calming spirit to the
gentle canine.
Another guest for the day camp
focused on the weather and featuring
thunderstorms for the day was Lupin, a
greyhound brought by Melanie, a summer intern with the Country Doctor
Veterinary Clinic of Jefferson.
Wednesday Wonders is held every
Wednesday in July, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,
and is open to all children, 5-12. Call 5765949, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., for questions or to
attend. The camp is held at Bethel Bible
Church, 877 Beech Street, Jefferson.
Saybrook Township’s “Sounds on the Shore”
Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at Saybrook Township Park.
Special dinners available at the Snack Bar each week beginning at 6 pm. Bring a chair and enjoy!
July 20, Wowsers, ’60s Surf & Rock
July 27, Face Value, ‘70s – ‘90s Rock
August 3, Chardon Polka Band, Polka
Aug. 10, Geezecats Trio, ‘50s
Aug. 17, Loose Tooth Band, Country/Pop rock
Aug. 24, Blues Project, Blues
Concerts at the Rotary Pavilion in Geneva
Geneva is holding Concerts at the Rotary Pavilion next to
the Geneva Community Center on Thursday evenings at 7
p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy! Donations by passing
the hat. The concerts are sponsored by the City of Geneva.
Concerts include:
—July 21, Madison Jazz Project
—July 28, Madison Concert Band
—Aug. 4, Take II Band
—Aug. 11, Erie Heights Band
—Aug. 18, Blues Project 2016 (Community Social)
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Pictured is Phil’s Catering and Deli owner Phil Garcia.
Phil’s is the home of the $5 lunch special and on Mondays
you can get pasta and meatballs, salad and bread at
an unbeatable two for $6.
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– Phil’s Catering and Deli may
be at a new location – it moved
to West Prospect from its longtime Carpenter Road location
about a year ago – but it’s still
the same great, homemade
comfort food and still the place
to get a $5 lunch in town, care
of owner Phil Garcia.
“No one else in town has
that,” Garcia said. “We’re the
home of the $5 lunch special.
You can’t get that anywhere
else. We also have the two
for $6 on Mondays – pasta
and two meatballs, salad and
bread – you can’t get that
anyplace else.”
Everything at Phil’s is
made there, from scratch.
Garcia (pronounced GARsha) said that’s one if the
things that sets Phil’s apart
from other catering and deli
setups in the area.
“Quality, service, that’s
what sets us apart,” Garcia
said. “Other places may have
more items on their menu,
but we make everything here
from scratch. I’d rather focus
on doing a few things really
well than have things we have
to throw out.”
After 25 years in the
food-service business, Garcia
knows his stuff. Phil’s specializes in so-called “comfort
food,” meatloaf, chicken and
mashed potatoes, turkey and
stuffing and – of course –
the spaghetti and meatballs,
which have all become favorites for hungry customers.
“We’ve been trying to
lighten the menu up a little
bit lately,” Garcia said. “We
have more rice now, we have
some vegetarian options and
the chicken is gluten-free.”
Phil’s operates from a
small storefront, employing
a staff of four, but Garcia
delivers big taste at a huge
value. Garcia also works hard
and goes out of his way to
give the little extras that make
the difference.
“We catered an event at
a plant here locally,” Garcia
said. “It was 90 degrees, so
I brought bottled water and
Gatorade to drink. We usually bring punch, lemonade and
pop, but I did that. It went
over really well and they said,
‘I never thought of that,’ but
who wants to drink Pepsi in
that kind of heat?”
Phil’s is open from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m., so it’s a great place
to get a great, affordable,
made-from-scratch lunch or
dinner with a selection of
really excellent choices and
the location is convenient for
anyone living or working in
the Ashtabula area.
“It varies,” Garcia said.
“Some days the meatloaf or
whatever goes quick and
sometimes we have to send
some home with the kids
who work here. But usually
it’s gone.”
Phil’s also caters events,
nothing is too big or too small.
“We’ve been doing a lot of
graduation parties,” Garcia
said. “But I’ve done one event
for 4,000 people.”
Phil’s Catering and Deli is
located at 2610 W. Prospect
Rd. in Saybrook Township
and is open Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call
(440) 992-7445.
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