As America celebrates
Memorial Day, we pay
tribute to those who
have given their lives in
our nation's wars.

John M. McHugh
May 2012 VOLUME 29 NUMBER 5



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

RECENT BREAK-INS: The trustees would like to remind everyone to make sure to lock your doors, windows, and cars even when you are home. We all feel we are safe working in our yards or sitting on our back decks. We leave garages and front doors wide open thinking we are safe. Unfortunately, a burglar took this opportunity to enter the home of one of our residents. Please secure your doors.

ROAD VACATIONS: The trustees attended a public hearing at Summit County Council regarding a request to vacate Stanford, Wetmore, and a section of Oak Hill south of the Everett Road connector. The next public hearing will be held June 11, 2012. We thank Summit County Councilman, Nick Kostandaras, for his assistance at the hearing.

DONATION THANKS: The trustees would like to thank the members of the Akron Bicycle Club for their most generous donation of $500 to Valley Fire District. The group bicycles in the community on a regular basis and appreciated the assistance provided by the rescue squad.

BRUSH CHIPPING: Beginning in May, brush chipping for residents in the unincorporated part of the township will be the first Monday of each month. Please remember to place your branches at the curb and away from mailboxes. No root balls please.

PUBLIC HEARING: There will be a public hearing on June 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Boston Store Visitor Center, 1548 Boston Mills Road, regarding a request for a permit for discharges from the wetland treatment system into the Cuyahoga River.

WEBSITE: Visit our website at www.bostontownship.org to find up-to-date Township information.

Contact numbers for the trustees: Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439, Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5698, and Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015, Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon: 330-657-2059, Road Department Tim Tesmer and Doug Mayer: 330-657-2600, and Zoning inspector, Larry Sulzer: 330-657-2135.





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PENINSULA COUNCIL

The Village Council met in regular session on May 14, 2012. The Boston Township Trustees attended the meeting for a joint session with the Village Council. Items of a mutual concern, including the Cemetery, were discussed. Both the Council and the Trustees agreed to support the current funding for the Cemetery. The Mayor talked about the need for work on the guardrails on the Route 303 Bridge. More estimates will be obtained and the budget will be looked at to determine when the Village will be able to do the work. Council established a committee to establish the qualifications and the guidelines for hiring a new Chief of Police. The Council accepted the resignation of Officer John Petrovich as a full time Police Officer of the Village. The Council thanked him for his years of dedicated service. Councilperson Mary Booth set up a meeting for the Buildings and Grounds Committee to go over some issues with the Players Barn. The meeting will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7 at the Village Hall. Councilperson Dee Holody shared with the other members a proposal for a digital parking pay station in the Village. There would not be any parking meters and the residents could be exempt from paying. Council will review the information and discuss it at future meetings.

There will be a hearing at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on June 14th to consider a variance application for the construction of a garage forward on the property located at 1503 Dell Road. All interested parties will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to speak.

The Mayor would like to announce that the Village’s chipper has been repaired. Please see a separate article regarding this service.

Meetings coming up at the Village Hall:
Regular Meeting of Council June 11th at 7:00 P.M.
Board of Zoning Appeals June 14th at 7:00 P.M.
Check the Library, Post Office, Village Hall, Terry Lumber and the Woodridge Intermediate School for postings.

Police Department – Non emergency Police and Fire Department - 330-657-2911
Mayor and Court - 330-657-2151
Fiscal Office/Zoning - 330-657-2714
Service Department - 330-657-2089



John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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MEMORIAL DAY

It’s time for Memorial Day planning again. We have used all of the donated military funeral flags given to us in the past four or five years. We welcome your gifts of casket flags from any and all United States military actions. Please put a note with veteran’s name, service branch, and years served with the flag. You can call me at 330-657-2064 and we can arrange a pickup or drop off the flag.

If you are planning to be in the “Memorial Day Parades” or having a group march, you MUST call me and confirm your participation. 330-657-2064.

I also need the names of any of our residents past or present, Woodridge alumni included. Please call with your name, rank, branch of service, and where they are serving. 330-657-2064.

Join Valley Fire Department for coffee and doughnuts at the township’s service garage (corner of 303 and Riverview) before the parade. The parade steps off at 11:00 AM and heads toward Cedar Grove Cemetery for a brief service. Following this service head to Boston and the Cornerstone Church located at the corner of Boston Mills and Hines Hill. After a short break with refreshments provided by the church everyone heads to Boston Cemetery for a second service.

Patty Tesmer





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OHIO PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL

On May 3, 2012 Peninsula Police Officer Michael Phillips attended the 2012 Ohio Peace Officer Memorial service in London Ohio, just outside Columbus. The Ceremony honors those Officers who died in the line of duty, the past year, while remembering all those who have passed serving in the state of Ohio.

Officer Phillips
Officer Michael Phillips





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PENINSULA LIBRARY JUNE PROGRAMS

Fly Fishing! June 16, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.
Whether you’re after bass & bluegill at a local pond, or stalking brown trout on the Battenkill or Henry’s Fork, this class will give you the basic skills needed to be successful. Jim Sexton, a fly fisherman of over 30 years, teaches this introductory fly casting class that will enable you to master equipment and techniques that are useful for all species of fish, no matter where you wet a line. A brief classroom session focuses on fly fishing gear, terminology, knot tying, hook sizes, and the physics of the cast; the remainder of the class will be held outside for casting instruction where each student will learn at their own pace. You will quickly gain the confidence needed to excel in this great outdoor sport. Equipment provided if needed. Limited to 3 students. Reserve your place; the class will fill up quickly.

Getting ready for Social Security: June 18, 7:00 PM
When should I begin taking Social Security? At 62, At 66, or At 70? How much can my spouse get? If I’m divorced, do I qualify for Social Security benefits? How will Social Security income affect my retirement income? How will it affect my investment income? Learn the answers to these and many more questions at this important class with local retirement planner, James C. Sexton III, CFP®, CFS. Please call the library AT 330-657-book to sign up for this program!





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PENINSULA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHICKEN BBQ

The Chicken B-B-Q is back! Saturday, June 30, 2012, 1-4:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Peninsula UMC, at the corner of Main Street and Locust. Carlean Perez will be heading up our BBQ dinner with music provided by John Boston and The Better Way. Join us for Good Food, Good Music and Good Fellowship!





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PENINSULA MIX

At this time, I hope to introduce the possibility of a study of the serious (Does three to four hundred dollars a month for a water supply sound serious to you?) problem which nearby communities are dealing with. I will ask for input from members of the community, and anyone else who can be of help. We need to be aware of what to avoid and what to embrace. Fracking comes to mind. I am not an expert in this area, but there are others here who know more about it and we need to hear from them, too.

Lily Fleder





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ALEXANDER WATER SERVICE, INC.

First of All, Thank you to all of the customers for their loyalty and support after we lost our truck in the accident of November 5, 2011.

It’s been a long several months, but we are back up and delivering water again in this wonderful community. We are a locally owned and operated company that has been serving this community since 1988. We now have two trucks to better serve you, a red International that holds 4185 gallons and a white Freightliner that will have a 2000 gallon capacity. Kevin Taylor is the main driver and Jesse (JD) will help as needed. We all look forward to serving your water needs in the near future. Jill Urbank

Jill Urbank





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PENINSULA VALLEY HISTORIC & EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Our Civil War Lecture Series at the G.A.R. Hall returns for another season! Join us on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 PM when John Fazio presents Love & War, a true story so ironic that one would think it was scripted in Hollywood. Admission is free!

Join us for Open Mic Night at the G.A.R. Hall every third Thursday of the month from 7:00-11:00 PM. Admission is free!

Tony Ellis, Louise Adkins and Suzanne Thomas brought their traditional music to Bronson Church on a crispy April evening, warmed by voices in harmony and acoustic music. An appreciative audience enjoyed banjo, fiddle, guitar and pump organ along with vocals and impromptu a cappella chorus, continuing the new era of hosting at our historic venues. Musicians also included Peninsula resident Doug Unger and fiddler Liz Amos. The Foundation is most pleased to see such exciting responses to events hosted in our unique settings. We thank the musicians for such a fine concert and the audience for their support!

Call for local artists! If interested in renting a booth at the G.A.R. Hall on Saturday, June 30th for our “Artists Alley,” send an email to Karen@crookedrivercreative.com.





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BOB`S BP CELEBRATES SEVEN YEARS

Bob’s BP will be celebrating seven yeas of serving the community with a customer appreciation day on Saturday July 7, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Free hot dogs, pop, chips, and balloons for the kids are on the agenda.





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MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE

Congress in 2000 enacted legislation, asking Americans on Memorial Day at 3:00 PM to pause in silence for a moment to honor and remember all who have given their lives for the freedom and life we so dearly cherish. It is an opportunity for all to give back to those who so valiantly sacrificed so much for so many for generations past, present and future. It is a way to be sure memorial is still in Memorial Day. Since 1971, it is day set aside by the nation to honor all have served our country since its founding. It is has been since 1866 that a special day has been set aside for visiting the graves of the fallen. Today we on the fourth Monday in May we will again place flags in tribute to their love of country more than life. We will remember all who have gone before us. Not with stone or chisel, but with a more lasting memorial, unforgotten love in our hearts for all now laid to rest until the coming of the Lord in glory. Amen.

Memorial Day Mass at Mother of Sorrows…8:30am
Visit and prayers at Mater Dolorosa Cemetery 9:15am

Father John Terzano





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GET WELL WISHES

Please remember the following in your prayers: John Puchalsky, Dan Schneider, Joyce Jeric, Edna Ratner, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Larry Shrader, Gloria Ritch, Nancy Sue James Zvara, and Dave Mayer.





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CONDOLENCES

Clara A. Hartshorn passed away April 4, 2012 at the age of ninety-five. She was preceded in death by her husband C. Russell and is survived by children Jane Lemmo, Rose Mueller, and Tom and Don Hartshorn, eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Former village resident James E. “Jimmy” Jones passed away April 23, 2012.

Lenore M. Ritch passed away May 4, 2012. Preceded in death by her husband Tom, son Tommy, and brother Murph. She is survived by son Michael (Cindy) and grandchildren Matthew and Michael, and brother Bill.





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PENINSULA BRUSH & LEAF PICKUP

2012 Brush pickup for the Village will be on the first Monday of each Month beginning in May and ending in October. All brush should be place next to the road edge with the cut end facing the roadway. Any limbs shorter than 4 ft. must be bundled or put in containers to be dumped into the chipper or they will not be picked up. No root balls or scrap construction wood will be accepted. The Village of Peninsula would like to remind residents that the service is meant to handle only minor pruning or yard clean up of reasonable volumes. It is not intended to accommodate large tree removable or lot clearing. Leaf pickup will begin on October and end on November 30.





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SHALE DRILLING UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who attended last month's workshop for landowners on Oil and Gas Leases. We had over 150 people and learned a lot about leasing mineral rights and how to protect you and your land. Whether we are against shale development and hydraulic fracturing, or in favor of it, the fact is that it is moving through Ohio like a high speed train. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Minerals Division, is approving sometimes 20 new permits a week. As of 4/29/12, of the 211 Utica Shale permits issued in Ohio, none were in Summit County.

Seems comforting….but if you have traveled Rt. 303 through Peninsula this past week, you might have noticed the pink flag markers every 50ft along the south side of Rt. 303. Mayor Mayer was told by a private company placing the flags that permits were in place (by the Ohio Department of Transportation) and that seismic testing will take place over the next 3-6 weeks. Seismic testing is the initial sign of an oil & gas company’s potential interest to drill in an area. Area large lot landowners are being solicited by land men or oil & gas companies for access to mineral rights. As much as I would like to think that the Cuyahoga Valley will somehow be "drilled around", the reality of what is happening in other shale rich areas, tells me I am being blind to what will eventually make its way to our area.

We can, as residents and concerned citizens, pay attention to the shale development that is taking place not just in Ohio, but WV, NY and PA as well. Follow the laws as they change at the state and federal level, and how they will impact our community and others.

Some good sites that I follow regularly:

To follow the drill permits issued:
http://www.ohiodnr.com/oil/shale/tabid/23174/Default.aspx

Recent reliable shale news: www.shaleohio.com
Landowner and community concerns: www.lookbeforeyoulease.org

A recent article at Lookbeforeyoulease is "Couple denied mortgage because of gas drilling" - the story of a homeowner denied refinancing due to the uncertainty of his land value because there is "gas drilling on a next-door neighbor’s property". Well worth your time to read.

Monthly I will submit any recent information on the shale industry that is important to our community. Please, stay informed. Ask questions. And if you have concerns, voice them to our local, county and state representatives.


Dee Holody
dholody@yahoo.com





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LE SERAGLIO

A Community News welcome to a new business in town. Le Seraglio is located at 1595 Main Street in Peninsula. This is a unique clothing and gift shop featuring items from around the world including Turkish ceramics, clothing, textiles, organic cotton shirts, jewelry, and many other items.





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CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AT TERY LUMBER

Customer appreciation day will be Friday June 1, 2012 from 11 AM until 3:00 PM. They will have product representatives and demonstrations. Refreshments will be served.





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WANT ADS

WANTED: Free fill dirt wanted, Olde Eight, North, near Matthews Thomas Park. Call 330-657-2228.

WANTED: Large round grindstone to use in landscaping. Please call Lynne at 330-620-1673.

PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME: For all your pet sitting needs, contact Precious Pets Sitting Service at 330-528-0158. Providing visits, midday walks and overnight service since 1997. Rates start $15/day, fully insured, Veterinary Technician.

LOCAL HOUSEKEEPER AVAILABLE. Will work with your budget. 30 years experience. Honest & reliable. Will do regularly or for special occasion (one time). Call Ellen (330) 657-2836

AMAZING 13 YEAR OLD READY TO WORK FOR YOU! Possible tasks could include, babysitting or elder care/companion, dog walker/sitter, face painting for birthday parties, small household chores and, small cake pop orders personalized for any occasion. Red Cross babysitter certified. Please call Reilly or Holly at 330-459-2366

FREE FILL DIRT AVAILABLE: Fill dirt available in Peninsula area in early April. Email contact preferred to cliftowh@gci.net or call 907-349-2740.

FOR SALE: Size 10 wedding dress & veil: $100. Call Brenda at 330 467-6717

RECENT WOODRIDGE GRADUATE seeks clerical, domestic, and yard work. Experienced. References. Call: 216 -215-2859 or 330- 388-5939

PET PREFERRED CARE: Pet care services include pet sitting, dog walking, pet taxi, and pet massage. I live locally and can be reached at 216-219-2779 or on the web at petpreferredcare.com Senior discounts available as well as weekly and monthly rates. We're a lick above the rest!

FOR SALE: Old bentwood rocker $150, art deco vanity with seat (broken mirror) $70.00, hand crocheted American flag afghan $75.00. Call Carlene at 330-929-2074.





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SERVICES

The Pierogi Lady aka Autumn Johnston: Find ME on Facebook or email me at thepierogilady@gmail.com for a list of over 35 types of pierogies! Introducing bite size pierogies! Don't forget we cater! 330-690-2129

TOTAL BODY FITNESS: Let Total Body Fitness give you the gift of health and fitness. Call Carlean 216-470-4309 or Natalie 330-657-2963 for details. Total Body Fitness is located on the corner of Riverview & 303 6138 Riverview Road in the tall gray building on the third floor.

LOCAL HOUSEKEEPER AVAILABLE. Will work with your budget. 30 years experience. Honest and reliable. Will do regularly, or one time (holiday). Call Ellen (330) 657-2836.

FOR SALE: Beautiful dollhouse miniature furnishings. Most are 1” scale. I make: furniture, accessories, ceramics, wood, upholstered furniture, and outdoor embellishments including brick walkways. I do custom work to your specifications. You can view my work on- CreationsMAD.etsy.com Please call 330-657-2085 and avoid the shipping if you live close.

A PERFECT PLOW: Jesse Weitzel- general handyman-snow plowing-small concrete jobs-wood, tile, laminate & vinyl floor installation. Call (330)319-0469

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

GREEN CLEANING, DOG WALKING, AND MUCH MORE: Local company seeking new clients. We offer Personal Service, Green Cleaning, Pet Services, and a lot more. Call Neal @330.606.9498 or to learn more visit www.contemporarylivingservices.com

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Sant'Agata Photos www.santagataphotos.com OR santagataphotos@aol.com For all photography needs: newborns, graduates, weddings etc. Resident discount.

KEVIN STONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Offering quality services for families, couples, seniors and other events. Call 330687-4262 WWW.KWSTPHOTO.CO.NT

LICENSED ELECTRICIAN: Peninsula Resident offers high quality electrical work with a discount to Peninsula residents. Call Steve at 330-310-1061 www.missionelectricohio.com

PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL: Cemetery markers and monuments. Located at 5095 Akron-Cleveland Road. Call 330-650-1545.

Q-BALL WELDING & SONS: We will take care of all your fabrications and welding needs. Jeff Plymire 330-618-4255.

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.

VALLEY ROOF REPAIR & HOME MAINTENANCE: Bonded and insured. No job too small. Call Rick at 330 322- 7996.

CHAIR REPAIR: including cane, rush and splint seat weaving. 35 years experience. Call David Shankland at 330-467-6772.

LEGAL SERVICES: Local resident, Heather R. Johnston, is available to provide legal services. Call 330-657-2029.

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

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.

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.