In politics,
nothing happens
by accident.
If it happens,
you can bet
it was planned
that way.

Franklin Roosevelti
October 2007 VOLUME 24 NUMBER 10



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PENINSULA VILLAGE
COUNCIL


October Peninsula Village Council Meeting Items of Note:

Amy Anderson, Boston Township Trustee, presented Council with the signed Police Contract for three additional years through January 1, 2011. This brings annual revenue of $172,234, with a 5% increase each year.

Financial considerations were discussed – money was appropriated for the repairs needed for the police vehicles, mandatory police officer training, telephone bills and brake repairs on the big dump truck. Council approved payment of the belated quarterly payroll and the payment of regular monthly bills.

Mayor Kaplan reported the FEMA flood map has been updated with no changes to the village flood zone.

Natalie Mitchell was welcomed as the new member of the Planning Commission. The Players Barn committee has not met yet, but when meetings are scheduled, it will be posted at least 24 hours prior in the village.

Mr. Robinson announced that although the truck will be repaired, the leaf machine, which is nine years old, needs repairs that we are unable to have done at this time. There will not be village leaf pickup done this year.

A reminder to residents who would like copies of minutes, please email me at peninsulavil@windstream.net and I’ll put your email on the list.

The Fence is at zinc this week and we will keep you updated on the progress. Hopefully it will be in place by Thanksgiving.

Last, but not least, the Zoning Ordinance amendment proposed earlier this year, which were heard by the public in September was passed by Council. If you have a current Zoning Ordinance, check with me to get the updated pages. If you’d like a new copy, they will be available at cost, approximately $20.

Meetings:
Regular Planning Commission: Friday, November 9, 2007 - 7:00 pm – NOTE DATE CHANGE
Regular Council Meeting: November 12, 2007 - 7:00 pm
Board of Zoning Appeals: November 8, 2007 - 7:00 pm
Village Hall hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily except holidays and weekends.
330-657-2151 – Mayor and administration
330-657-2714 – Clerk Treasurer and Zoning Inspector
330-657-2089 – Service Department
330-657-2995 – Police Department
330-657-2911 – Non-Emergency Police and Fire Dispatch


Pamela S. Burda, Clerk Treasurer





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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

POT LUCK DINNER: If you are reading this paper you are invited to our annual pot luck dinner that will be held November 10th at 5:00 PM. This event will be held at the Township Hall. Please bring a dish to share. Everything else will be provided by the Trustees including door prizes. This is our way to say thank you to our residents.

TOWNSHIP LEAF PICK-UP: If you live in the unincorporated part of Boston Township leaf pick-up continues. This service begins the third week in October and run through November. Leaves must be raked to the edge of the road, away from mailboxes, or they will not be picked up. Too many people do not put their leaves close enough to the road and we end up raking huge piles to the machine. Raking is difficult when leaves get wet.

SENIOR SNOWPLOWING: This service will once again be offered to our senior homeowners. If you received this service last year an application will automatically be sent to you. For more information or an application call Amy at 330-657-2439.

FREE SHREDDING DAYS: SASWMA will be at the Boston Township Hall (corner or Riverview and 303) on November 10th from 9:00AM until 1:00PM for shredding of your personal documents. This service is available to all residents. There is a limit of seven file boxes or shopping bags.

COMPLAINT FILED: On October 9th the Trustees filed a complaint in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas against Mark’s Akron Medina Trucks and Parts, Inc., All Ohio Landscaping, Inc., and Mark Malbin individually and as statutory agent for the previously mentioned companies. The complaint type is nuisance abatement; preliminary and permanent injunction; declaratory judgement. The case has been assigned to the Honorable Brenda Burnham Unruh.

The Township Trustees meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the old Township garage next to the Town Hall.

Contact numbers for the trustees:
Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439
Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5689
Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015





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VALLEY FIRE

Valley Fire District responded to the following during the month of September:
EMS 22
Fire 5
MVA 2
Please remember to vote for our operating levy. The monies collected are for daily operational expenses: payroll, gas, electric. etc.

Charlie Riedel, Chief





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VALLEY FIRE BOARD

Issue 19 on the November 6th ballot is the renewal levy for Valley Fire District. The levy is not an increase, but a continuation of the 6.3 mil rate. Funds generated by this levy are used to operate the fire and rescue department. The board members would appreciate your support on this levy. If you have any questions please contact Grover Miller at 330-620-6209, Amy Anderson at 330-657-2439, or John Puchalsky at 330-657-2626.

Department members are anxiously waiting for the delivery of our new rescue vehicle. This purchase was made possible though the capital improvement levy. Because we have such a small tax base it takes several years to accumulate enough money to make these large purchases. The new fire station is a good example of how long some of these purchases take.





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TOWPATH PRESCHOOL

Towpath Preschool is currently enrolling three and four- year-old students for the 2007-2008 school year. Three- year-olds meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30. Four-year-olds meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 with an optional extended day from 11:30 to 1:55 on Monday and Wednesday. For more information please call Kelly at 330-657-2071.

Towpath Preschool is located in the lower level of the Peninsula United Methodist Church at Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road in Peninsula. The school is non-sectarian and is licensed by the State of Ohio. Towpath is a developmental program oriented toward learning through a variety of hands-on experiences as well as through socialization and creative play.





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To our Friends and Neighbors,

We would like to express our sincere thanks for all your support during Paul’s illness and recent passing. The cards, words of support, hugs, phone calls, delicious food, hospital visits and attendance at his memorial service in celebration of his life, humbled us greatly. We feel privileged to live in this community and thank you all for your kindness.

Fondly,
Terry, Jodi, Matt and Sara Padrutt





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AROUND THE COMMUNITY

As an observer, one nice thing about the Akron Roadrunner Marathon is bumping into so many local people. In its fifth year, more and more participants enter each year. This year it was barely daylight when the race began. Watching so many runners as they head down Broadway is quite impressive. My next vantage point is the corner of Church and High Streets, with posters and camera in hand, ready to cheer on my favorite relay team. After five years I find old friends, still running, and more friends who are new to the event. Finally we are off to Canal Park Stadium and the finish line. It was really nice to see the Petrak boys sporting their Peninsula shirts cross the finish line. Dave and Dan were part of the Peninsula team in the Nike national competition where their team finished in seventh place. As individual runners in the Roadrunner, David finished second and Dan finished in sixth place.

The real star of this event is race director Jim Barnett. For the past five years, Jim, a Peninsula resident, has been standing at the finish line shaking hands with each participant. With over 7,000 participants in all categories, my guess it was around 1,000 hand shakes. Jim is already busy at work planning next year’s event. I’m sure it will be more spectacular than ever.

Jim Barnett
Jim Barnett at the finish line of the Roadrunner Marathon

Amy Anderson





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CROOKED RIVER HERB
FARM RELOCATION


The Crooked River herb Farm has relocated to 6050 Riverview Road at Heritage Farms. Hours of operation are Monday Through Friday Noon to 5:00PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM until 5:00PM.

Stop in and see Kathleen when you visit Pumpkin Pandemonium or buy your Christmas tree this year.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Halloween Trick or Treat on October 31st from 6-7pm. Don’t forget to stop by the library while making your trick or treat rounds! We’ll have treats to hand out as well as our traditional pile of books for you to select from to take home and keep!

Flu Shots on November 1st from 1:00-3:00pm
The Summit County Health Department will be here to administer flu shots. Summit County Health District is a Medicare Part B, Summa Secure, SummaCare Commercial, Unison, Buckeye, Caresource and Medicaid Provider. In lieu of the listed insurances, there is a $25.00 charge for the flu vaccine. No one will be denied services due to inability to pay.

Homework and Study Skill Tips to use at Home on November 8th at 7:00pm. Are your children having trouble with their studies? Here is an opportunity for you to learn ways to motivate your children to do homework. Toni Montague of KnowledgePoints of Hudson will be here to share tips on homework help. Please call to reserve a seat at 330-657-2291.

Friends of the Library Bizarre Bazaar from November 14-December 28, 2007. The table with everything you are looking for returns for the holiday season. Looking for a special gift? Shop at the Bizarre Bazaar where everything is priced just for you! Simply make a donation to the Friends unless the item is otherwise marked. If you have any gently used or new items you would like to donate for the Bizarre Bazaar table, drop them off at the library during open hours.





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Just the Facts

During the October 3, 2007 Planning Commission Meeting, an announcement was made that we feel needs clarification. The Mayor announced that the “Padrutt’s are suing the Village.” This announcement was made immediately after he angrily interrupted an otherwise reasonable discussion regarding zoning. What made this statement all the more inflammatory is that this is the same mayor who repeatedly corrected village residents when they referred last year to the Miller zoning appeal as a lawsuit. Just so there are no misunderstandings, we are not suing anyone, let alone our village. When one looks up the definition of “lawsuit,” one finds it is a term no longer used in describing legal actions—and rightly so. We are asking for a review of what our zoning ordinance says about commercial garages and parking in the Mixed Use district. Period. No nasty allegations. No claim for damages. No request for any compensation. Rather, an appeal—a review. A review that is not only very costly to us, but probably would not have been necessary if attempts to communicate with the village would have been responded to. A review requested after much deliberation and with a heavy heart. A review afforded by our Ordinance to any member of this Village. A review that could help inform our public debate on correcting our zoning language and help bring some clarity to our ordinance, one way or the other. We are all aware it is election time, so please, don’t mistake the actions surrounding our appeal, but rather have a clear understanding of what our intentions are.

Respectfully,
Terry and Jodi Padrutt





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To the Editors:

In three months we ring in 2008 and a new budget for the Village and needs addressed “now.” We must increase our revenue, but how?

We are an island surrounded by a beautiful park, an asset to us and many others coming to enjoy our rural, small town atmosphere. They require expenses that we 699 residents, 250 households, and 13 small businesses cannot afford. Therefore, we all must go after the Auditor, County Executive, and elected officials to increase the percentage of our real estate tax dollars returned to this Village. I have talked with them. They all agree we need and deserve more. They suggest local levies be readdressed and directed to the Village. Please write, call, or use whatever influence you can to help.

We certainly do not wish to sell out to developers nor should we and lose all. Our Planning Commission is effectively addressing these issues. They are doing a good job which takes time, study, and the National Park’s helping.

The first much needed change in the Zoning Ordinance comes before Council in November. Be there!

I and others are exploring cost cutting without losing our few services. Give us your ideas.

Some facts: Total real estate tax values: $20,600,000; taxes collected: $1,300,000 we receive 7.12%, $112,243; the Fire District with much needed support from others plus $200,000 surplus, receives $136,000, 1.75% more; Woodridge: 51.6%, $743,000 (Note how few students really come from the Village); Summit County: 14.6%, $255,000 and what do they do for us? These figures must be adjusted.

Send your comments and questions to rlhunker@alltel.net.

Robert Hunker





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GET WELL WISHES

Get well wishes to Bob Collins, Joan Flory, Gloria Ritch, Nancy Sue James Zvara, and Dave Mayer.





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SERVICES

Services will run continuously unless otherwise requested.

TYING UP LOOSE ENDS: Looking for the perfect gift…..Tying Up Loose Ends invites you to stop in on Saturday, November 17th and December 8th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Boston Township Hall for the First Annual “Wrap It Up…I’ll Take It” Gift Mart. Call Roberta Dusek, Personal Gift Buying, Concierge and Errand Service

330.801.2187 orwww.tyinguplooseends.org

SNOWPLOWING: Reserve your spot on the route now. Seasonal or per push contract. Senior discount. Call for free estimate. Township resident, Paul Baker 330-573-7575.

PAINTING: Interior painting, light exterior touch-up work. Please call Mark 216-849-8758.

SNOWPLOWING: Richfield resident Joe Kane is available for your snowplowing and excavating needs. Call him at 216-407-2066.

BEAUTY: I bring The Body Shop to you! All natural products. Great as gifts for family, friends, or yourself. Great specials! Call Renee Baker at 330-701-0981 for an appointment or a catalog.

THE NEEDLEWORKER: Creating tomorrow’s heirlooms with needle and thread. Reproduction and original samplers stitched from your pattern or mine. Over twenty years stitching experience. Private lessons also available, Call Susan Black at 330-922-0988.

TREE TRIMMING: No job too small. Call Tom Godlewski 330-650-9678.

LEGAL SERVICES: Local resident, Heather R. Dyer, is available to provide legal services. Call 330-657-2690.

CUSTOM RESTORATION: Custom wood trim, plaster and drywall repair, sash, door and hardware, century home restoration. Call Dan Torowski at 330-659-0055

LAWN CARE: Rob's lawn care, mowing, mulching, spring clean ups. Call Rob Blaha at 330-687-7293.

VILLAGE HANDY: Remodeling, carpentry, tile, general plumbing & electrical. Call Buddy Milhoan at 657-2699.

PERSONAL GIFT BUYING: Running in circles….trying to find the “perfect” gift, picking up supplies for a home project or organizing a dinner party? Call us today. We can help. Roberta Dusek with Tying Up Loose Ends Personal Gift Buying, Concierge and Errand Service 330-801-2187.

REALTOR: In the market to sell your home? Call Janet Shrader at Geneva Chervenic Realty office 330-686-1644. Cell 330-608-5341.

LICKITY-SPLIT: Tree cutting and wood splitting. Call Scott Ensign at 330-657-2462.

OUTDOOR STORAGE AND PARKING: Affordable, secure, and convenient for boats, recreational vehicles and automobiles. Now available at the Virginia Motel. Call today 330-342-0864.

WESTERN RESERVE RENOVATIONS: Home repairs, improvements and renovations. Peninsula local, insured and bonded. Call for free quote. Jason Klein 330-221-3461.

BIG FRANK’S STUMP GRINDING SERVICE: Prompt service, free onsite estimates, seven days a week. Portable unit fits through a 36” opening. Call Frank Grezlik at 330-281-1280.

SILHOUETTES: Children’s silhouettes from your photos or mine $15.00. Black paper cut on white background that fits an 8x10 frame. Samples available. Call Lois Unger at 657-2385.

FISHER FENCING AND DECKS: Add security and value to your property with wood or vinyl fences, gates, and decks. Local resident with years of experience. References. For a free estimate call Dale Fisher at 330-858-2026.

BABYSITTER: Responsible 14-year-old, with babysitter course training, good with kids. Please call Danielle 330-655-0734.

HOME CARE SERVICES: Providing trusted, reliable, affordable, courteous home care service for elderly. Bonded and insured. Richard Pivovar at 330-668-1051.

PLASTERING AND DRYWALL: Artistic Finish & Design Co. Plaster and drywall repair specialist with over thirty years experience. Free estimates, reasonable prices, bonded and insured. No job too small. Call Maxx at 330-626-1669.

HOMEBOUND? Haircuts, shampoo, and styles provided in your home by licensed cosmetologist. Call Peggy Buckshaw at 330-571-5282.





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A Word About Dick Fisher

Dick was like a Brother to me – growing up – As he did Farm Work for Dad – “Hook”.

I also served with Dick when He was our Mayor – I found Him To BE Smart – Efficient – Fair – Honest & Compassionate.

He always had His Finger on The Pulse of His Community.

In today’s World – Heart Is often left out of Politics & we all Need to get Back to Heart.

I offer a Heartfelt Example – When I was In Nursing School & Struggling with Bills – I got a Ticket from our Local Police – for a Loud Muffler – I showed up In Dicks’ Mayors’ Court – In Tears Dick didn’t fix The Ticket – He offered to fix My Car!

Dick has Contributed much to the Community – In His own quiet way.

For That I am Grateful! We are Lucky to Have Him As a Neighbor! And a Leader!

Theresa Cassidy Reinbolt





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WANT ADS

Want ads will be published for one month.

PENINSULA APARTMENT FOR RENT: One person unfurnished apartment available October 1st. This all-wood interior apartment is located close to downtown Peninsula and includes a stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, and air conditioner. It is located in a beautiful, quiet setting, with lots of wildlife in the yard. Sorry, no pets, no smoking. Monthly rent: $600.00. Call Jim Barnett at 330 657-2224

WANTED: Wood chips, old newspapers, and grass clippings. Please call Daniel at (330) 657-2924.

FOR RENT: Barn with electric for rent. Call Joanne Carey at 330-351-8458.

FOR SALE: Seven foot artificial blue spruce Christmas tree; prewired with multicolor lights, metal stand, no box. Asking $100. Call Shirley Duffy at 330-650-6716.





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REMEMBERING CHARLES WURZBACHER

Charles William Wurzbacher passed away September 24 and was laid to rest in Cedar Grove cemetery beside his parents. He was 73 years of age. His grandfather, Henry Wurzbacher, came to work at the Jaite paper mill around 1910. A decade later, Henry, with his wife Catherine and 8 of their eventual 9 children were recorded in the census as renting the Bronson house on Main Street. Henry’s oldest son, Charles, left school to join his father at the mill where he would meet his future wife, Helen Tesmer, of Brecksville. Shortly after his son’s birth in 1934, Charles H. Wurzbacher bought the house at 1749 Main Street. Charles W. and his sisters Carol and Dolly attended Boston Township schools. He graduated with the class of 1952, played basketball and was quarterback of the football team. After high school, Charles worked for the Cemetery Board and Peninsula Village before serving in the Army. He returned home to live with his father and became an accomplished machinist working at shops throughout the Akron and Greater Cleveland areas. He retired in 1999. His two passions in life were fishing and Labrador retrievers.

Ed Andros





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CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Chanah Spencer on the death of her father LeRoy Wendling of Richfield.



Condolences to the Padrutt family on the passing of Paul Padrutt on September 27th. Mr. Padrutt spent his entire academic career in the Boston and Woodridge School System before retiring in 1979 as the school system’s superintendent. Through his career he made many lifelong friendships, including many students who were honored with the privilege of having him as an educator. The Padrutt family moved to Peninsula and lived on Stine Road before moving to Northampton.

A humble man, Mr. Padrutt was a well-respected educator with unquestionable integrity. His family was most important in his life. Mr. Padrutt played an active role helping coach all of his sons’ various teams. He gave countless hours volunteering in his community, school and church.

Mr. Padrutt is survived by his wife, Annie, four sons, including Terry and his wife Jodi and their children Mark and Sara.





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To the Editors:

As to Cleveland School Shooting – again we are faced with a Psych Patient that was not monitored!

When are Judges going to send these offenders for Psych Evaluations & Court ordered Psych Meds?

Instead they are put on Probation with no Mental Health Care follow up.

Another Problem that is evident is that In Today’s School Systems – Administrators are on Floors or Buildings far removed from the Students. In My Day – The Administrators saw us everyday – at Times – being there as we stepped off The Bus. They were also a Presence In Our Hall ways & they were aware of Families & Kids In Trouble!

I re-call an Instance – when My Fathers’ Bank Account was moved from The Hudson Branch to The Large Bank in Akron – He & I went to see about His Account – When He wanted to see The Administrators of His Money – He was told that their offices were on The 12th Floor – He then withdrew His Money – Claiming That His Money was not safe at That Bank – because The Administrators needed to be Downstairs Counting The Money! Not on The 12th floor where they didn’t know what was going on! It may sound silly – but I agree with Dad!

Young Students were aware that The Cleveland Shooter was not acting Normal – perhaps if Administrators were Inter-acting on a Daily Basis with The Students They could have Interceded In The Tragedy. However they were on The first 3 floors away from the Students – who should be Their Main focus!

Let The System know how you feel!

Theresa Cassidy Reinbolt
Formerly Employed by Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Summit County Jail





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PENINSULA MIX

John and Polly Puchalsky and family are waiting to hear from grandson, J. D. Puchalsky, who has been serving with the United States Army in Iraq for a year. He is back in the country, still on duty, and all are looking forward to his home leave. Thank you, J. D., for serving our country…

Now here’s a bargain: I went to Chicago on the Big Blue Megabus: $8 from Tower City Cleveland to Chicago, Union Station, with a 20-minute stop in Toledo. It leaves Cleveland at 9:30 AM and arrives in Chicago at 2:30 PM. All times are local in that city. Reservations can only be made on-line at www.megabus.com. Charge it to a credit card and receive back a confirmation with complete information. This is also your ticket so take it with you. Buses are very clean, have a lavatory, and are without TV so it’s possible to do paperwork or other en route. You can even take the RTA 77 bus from Brecksville to downtown Cleveland.

And for those who like a little humor at the end: did you hear about the Miami Beach fashionista who committed suicide? She leaped off of her wedgies.

Lily Fleder





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PENINSULA LIBRARY CELEBRATION

On October 20th Randy Bergdorf hosted a wonderful afternoon celebration commemorating the beginning of the Peninsula Library sixty-five years ago. Photos from long ago decorated the walls and albums scattered throughout the display brought back tearful memories to “old” staff and board members. Staff members remembered roller-skating in the hallways, chair races, bar-coding books, staff Christmas parties, and the Reading Room dedication. Tears were shed as Carole Wright, Judy Ertel, and Thelma Wein were remembered with many humorous stories.

A party was held on Halloween in 1942 that was sponsored by a local Girl Scout troop. One hundred books and $40.00 later the Peninsula Library opened its doors on February 16, 1943.

Thiel family
Four generations of the Thiel family. Victoria, Tinka, Adela, and Gertrud.

Bob Kaczmarsk
Board member Bob Kaczmarski is flanked by daughters Debbie Suchan and Lisa Lastovka along with Jason Suchan.
Both Debbie and Lisa were pages at the library. Maybe Jason will follow in his mother’s footsteps.





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LIBERTY VALLEY CHURCH

Liberty Valley Church, formerly of Peninsula, has recently relocated to the City of Macedonia in anticipation of broadening their ministry and furthering the gospel message of Christ. LVC would like to welcome all who hunger for a deeper knowledge of Our Lord and Savior to join them in the excitement of this move to large facilities in order to accommodate a growing church family. Liberty Valley Church is now located near the corner of State Route 8 and Highland Road at 7772 Capital Boulevard. For more information or directions please call 330-554-7606 or visit the website at www.libertyvalleychurch.org.





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RELAY FOR LIFE

American Cancer Society, Richfield/Bath Relay for Life invites the Peninsula community to participate in the 2008 Relay for Life. The “Cruising for a Cure” KickOff meeting will be held on Monday, November 12, 2007 at the Richfield Fellowship Hall, 3909 Broadview Road from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. We are recruiting for committee members and team captains. At this meeting you will learn why we relay, what American Cancer Society does, and where the dollars go, and how to start your own relay team. Please join us and be a part of this important relay. For additional information please contact Penny Thomas, Staff Partner at 1-888-227-6446 extension 2206.





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From the Editors:
Candidates


This year we are deviating from our usual issues only statement policy. The only contested races this year are for Peninsula mayor and council. Two seats on council are open and running are Dee Holody, Grover Miller, Jodi Padrutt, and Jay Pedone. The race for mayor includes Dick Fisher, Bob Hrovat, and Mike Kaplan.



As submitted in alphabetical order, candidates for council:


I received a call from the YCN the other night letting me know that this year, they would be accepting political statements for the October publication. I have submitted “position papers” to both the Beacon and the West Side Leader and hopefully you have seen them. So instead of again telling you all about my education, degrees, experience, or issues at hand, I thought I would share with you, a poster I have hanging in my house.

HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY
Turn off your TV * Leave your House
Know your Neighbors
Look up when you are Walking
Greet People * Sit on your Stoop
Plant Flowers
Use your Library * Play Together
Buy from Local Merchants
Share What You Have
Help a lost Dog * Garden Together
Support your Neighborhood School
Fix it even if you didn’t break it
Have Pot Lucks * Honor Elders
Pick up Litter * Read Stories Aloud
Dance in the Street
Talk to the Mail Carrier
Listen to the Birds * Put up a Swing
Help Carry Something Heavy
Barter for your Goods
Start a Tradition * Ask a Question
Hire Young People for Odd Jobs
Organize a Block Party
Bake Extra and Share
Ask for Help when You need it
Open your Shades * Sing Together
Share your Skills
Take Back the Night
Turn up the Music * Turn Down the Music
Listen before you React to Anger
Mediate a Conflict * Seek to Understand
Learn from New and Uncomfortable Angles
*
Know that No One is Silent
though Many are not Heard
*
Work to Change This


A Vote for Dee is a Vote for Community
Submitted by Dee Holody



From a flyer provided by Grover Miler, incumbent for council:

During my term on council I initiated the new police station and the new fire station. The new police station was built with donations, community participation, and a lot of volunteered hard work. When completed the station was turned over to the Village AT NO COST. I negotiated a lease with the National Park for land to build a badly needed new Fire Station. As part of the agreement a house on the site was made available for offices, rest rooms, kitchen, day room and training space. We built the Fire Station ON BUDGET and SAVED over $100,000 by utilizing the house. I am a Peninsula resident for forty-six years, married to my wife, Nancy , for fifty years, father of seven children, business owner, Veteran of the Korean War, served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, served eight years on Fire Board, and eight years on Council.
Grover Miler



The beautiful weather of the past few weekends have drawn me outside to walk the community. Not so much to campaign, but to listen. Not to stand on a soapbox, but to learn. I’ve heard some great ideas, some concerning issues and some interesting thoughts. I’ve reflected on what each and every person has shared with me and thank you for your openness. What I hear the loudest is your pride and love for this unique community, which I also share. A community is the sum of all its residents. So, with that in mind, I urge you to get involved and share your voice. Join a committee, attend meetings, write letters, participate, vote. November 6th, is Election Day. I urge you to vote and share your voice.

Jodi Padrutt



Dear Residents of Peninsula:

It has been my privilege to have served you as councilman for the past twelve years. I have lived here for twenty years and I am still grateful for the opportunity. The people, the landscape, the community activities and close proximity keep us all as a family.

My function for the past twelve years has been your police liaison which has at times been very difficult. We currently are in a bit of a financial pinch. But let me remind you we will survive. The council has formed a financial committee consisting of Doug Anderson, Robert Hunker, and myself. Doug Anderson is the road superintendent of Hudson, who is responsible for millions of dollars of personnel and equipment. Robert Hunker has several properties and businesses and has been a successful businessman for several years. Personally I have owned my own business for the past thirty-one years. Most of the year’s the business has grown and prospered.

I would very much appreciate your support and vote on Election Day November 6, 2007.

Jay Pedone



As submitted for the office of mayor in alphabetical order:


Dear Residents of Peninsula,

There are many issues currently facing the Village of Peninsula. Village finances and services and the on going debate over what ideal zoning should be, just to name a few.

Previously having served as Peninsula Village Council President (1976-1980) and as your Mayor for 8 years (1980-1988). I believe my past experience and leadership will benefit the Village to overcome these obstacles if I am again elected to serve as your Mayor.

For a variety of reasons the Village of Peninsula is currently struggling financially, I firmly believe working closely with my neighbors on council as I have in the past, I can return the Village to the prosperity it experienced during my previous term as Mayor of Peninsula.

This was accomplished by practicing financial responsibility, adherence to budgets, the elimination of wasteful spending, and by using the power given to me in the Ohio revised Code Sec 733.33 which basically allows the Mayor to protest against excess expenditures which exceed the revenues of the Village. This was also done without a local income tax, which Village currently has in place.

As a lifelong resident of the Village, I genuinely care for both it’s past and am concerned for its future. I believe our zoning laws should reflect both views, preserving the past , while at the same time protecting the future.

We are a small community and I feel the need for new leadership in bringing both the new and the old residents together to keep the Village of Peninsula a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I feel so strongly about his I have decided to try to serve again as your Mayor, and ask once more for your support on Nov. 6th.

Sincerely,
Dick Fisher
Candidate Mayor of Peninsula



I’m a 16 year Peninsula resident running for mayor in this great community. The position of Mayor requires a strong businessperson with the ability to coordinate countless activities and successfully prioritize them into an order of practical solutions. My extraordinary experiences in business and my personal life have prepared me for the challenges facing Peninsula’s unique populace. I believe that I am the best candidate running for the position of mayor this coming election.

Surrounded by park settings and historical restoration, Village residents command a standard beyond the ordinary. I am a free moderate thinker with the skills to combine traditional mindsets and new technologies that will take our city gracefully into the future. My recent dossier includes creating businesses at local, regional and international levels; ownership of multiple retail service franchises; management of large employee staffs; design and implementation of company policies and procedures; researching green alternatives to building solutions; and local charity fundraising. These accomplishments encompass broad spectrum communications between staff, municipalities, city councils and companies at all levels - in multiple cities and states. As mayor, I will apply my experiences to best represent the current needs and the future dreams of the residents, protect our pristine historical environment, and stabilize our long term financial position. We need a new approach with fresh ideas that set high standards for responsibility and leadership. I envision Peninsula as “the historic city of the future” creating new examples for city management, worldwide. It would be my honor to join all of you in pursuit of these goals. Please cast your vote for Bob Hrovat for mayor on November 6th.

Bob Hrovat



For the last fourteen years I have had the honor to serve the Village on Council, as Council President, and for the last four years as your Mayor. During that time we have, as a community, braved many challenges, from battling Gypsy Moths and floods to restoring sidewalks; from “welcoming” three million visitors a year to maintaining services in a time of declining resources. Some challenges have been solved; others remain to be solved.

The basic challenge remains the same – to provide necessary services on a limited tax base, while preserving the heritage and traditions of the community.

The Mayor is the person who takes issues and opportunities to the Village Council for action, and encourages the Council to act in the best interest of all of the citizens. The Mayor has no vote, except in case of tie, and the Mayor has no veto. The Mayor works with all corners of the community to bring matters to the Council’s attention, and strives to find the consensus in their deliberations.

All of us, working together, can PRESERVE THE PAST AND PROTECT THE FUTURE. Working Together, we can find a way to provide vital services to all of our citizens, while we find a way to finance those services on a limited tax base. Working Together, we can find a way to preserve our unique community, regardless of the pressures to abandon our community and our values. Working Together, we can plan our future, and assure that our future is chosen by OUR COMMUNITY.

WE can solve our problems, and WE can protect the community for the generations that will come after us. WE are capable of deciding and protecting our future, as we respect and preserve the past. We should not settle for less.

PRESERVE THE PAST, PROTECT THE FUTURE
Mayor Mike Kaplan
1570 Stine Rd
peninsulamayor@aol.com