OH JOY December 2012 VOLUME 30 NUMBER 1



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

EAD: Following a zoning public hearing on December 11, 2012 regarding the pending Economic Activity District, the trustees will have a public hearing on January 9, 2013 at 6:00PM.

ROAD CLOSURES: The trustees attended a hearing before Summit County Council on December 3, 2012 regarding the closure of Wetmore and Oak Hill Roads on December 3, 2012. The subject will be revisited in April. The trustees entered into an agreement with the City of Cuyahoga Falls whereby they will provide snow and ice control on Wetmore during this period and accept all liability in exchange for keeping the road open. Oak Hill remains closed due to a landslide issue.

NPS CONTRACT: The trustees negotiated with the CVNP to provide snow and ice removal for Stanford Road. We will receive $8,000 per year for this service.

SHARE-A-CHRISTMAS: The trustees would like to thank Norma Hammond and the students at Woodridge High School for the food donations for Share-A Christmas. Thanks to Terry Lumber and the library for allowing food drop-off locations in the community. Special thanks to Paul and Marsha Sergi for their most generous donation as well as Tony and Leda Flowers Brandt. Thank you to the members of Valley Fire for delivery services.

ZONING: The trustees would like to thank Kathy Mathies for her work on the BZA. Kathy recently moved to Stow. If you are interested in serving on the BZA or as an alternate to either the zoning commission or the BZA please contact one of the trustees.

JEDD: Due to a scheduling conflict Mayor Doug Mayer and his council representative have been invited to attend the January 23, 2013 Trustees meeting to discuss the possibility of a partnership in the new EAD JEDD area.

SENIOR SNOW PLOWING: Please call Amy at 330-657-2439 if you need an application. We have expanded this program to include families that have a serviceman or woman stationed overseas.

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 of Peninsula Council met in regular session on December 13, 2012. A resolution was passed honoring Judith Lahoski with the Lifetime Achievement Award for being one of the original members of the Boston Township Hall Committee and her assistance in the restoration of the Hall, for her efforts with the preservation of the green railings on the 303 bridge, for her dedication in promoting the Christmas spirit in the community among many other achievements. The Mayor reported that the auction was a success and raised over $1,200. The Council passed the temporary budget for 2013. The full permanent budget will be presented to them early next year. They also passed the 2013 contract with the Summit County Public Defender. The trash hauling contract with Republic Services was renewed for another year.

Upcoming meetings:
Regular Session of Council January 8th, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the Village Hall
Board of Zoning Appeals January 10th, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the Village Hall

Check the Library, Post Office, Village Hall, and Terry’s Lumber 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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PENINSULA VALLEY HISTORIC AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Peninsula Valley Foundation invites you to join us from 6-9pm on Friday nights this winter for Voices in the Valley. The Voices in the Valley series welcomes area musicians to the intimate stage of the historic G.A.R. Hall. Wine, Beer and Food available!

Don’t forget to join us every 3rd Thursday of the month for Open Mic Night.

Upcoming Performances:
December 21…Weniger and Simon ~ celebrate The End of the World as we know it party!
December 28….Paul Baumgardner and Anthony Papaleo
January 4….Mike Lenz
January 11…Boy=Girl
January 18…Jon Mosey
January 25…Sommerfugl
February 8….Zach
February 22….Paul Baumgardner and Anthony Papaleo





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GET WELL WISHES

Please remember the following in your prayers: Pastor Derek Kubilus, Joyce Jeric, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Larry Shrader, Gloria Ritch, and Dave Mayer.





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AKRON-CLEVELAND ROAD CORRIDOR

An open letter to property owners and businesses along Akron-Cleveland Road, Boston Township

For some time now, a major mission for Boston Township Trustees has been to encourage commercial development and job creation along this corridor. In the past, Summit County told us that any such improvements in your area would have to be “developer driven”. As a forty year veteran in commercial real estate, I knew this was unrealistic because developers I work with are profit driven and they only work where such improvements are already there. Without this improvement, Akron Cleveland Road will never develop properly. Why should you care one way or the other? You should care because new development activity in your area should increase your business and the value of your property. This new development will increase the tax base of Boston Township, and the high taxes you pay now are less likely to go up.

Most important, it is the right thing for us all to do.

Our Trustee's efforts have included:

1. More vigilant enforcement of our zoning regulations. No more burning tires or large outside grinders and fewer unsightly vehicles.

2 Formation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Cuyahoga Falls, and a JEDDZ agreement that also involves Stow and Hudson. They are already generating new tax revenue.

3. By virtue of a joint effort with Summit County and the City of Cuyahoga Falls, we now have working drawings for Phase I extension of sanitary sewer from Seasons Road North as far as Suncrest Gardens and Sunbelt Rentals. The cost was close to $100,000, and we were able to get the county and Cuyahoga Falls to pay it.

Extension of sewers further north would be included in a second phase to be done later, as could be extension of water lines. Whether you are in Phase I or Phase II, your business and property value should benefit from this important project.

We ask for your support and I welcome calls and e-mails.

Marty Griffith

Boston Township Economic Development
3634 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264
330-657-2345 or Griffithestate@aol.com





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HEAVEN GRADUATES

Congratulations to Heaven Carroll who recently graduated from the air Force Academy. She was in the top twenty of a class of over 600.





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AROUND THE COMMUNITY

I hope you all managed to attend the Live Nativity at Cornerstone Church in Boston Township. Each year more is added and the presentation is just wonderful. It was nice to see so many local families with their children. The Johnstons, Mayers, and Tuckers all have small children. It is nice to have the next generation in our community.

Thank you to everyone who helped themselves to the pine branches in our yard. We now have a lot less to clean up! A very unexpected surprise came from Jane Lemmo. We are really enjoying the beautiful centerpiece she dropped off.

If there is one thing I learned this past year it is to say thank you. Two years ago, just before Christmas, Nina Alvis sent her granddaughters, Heaven and K.C, along with Kathleen Slocum to our house with two large baskets filled with boxes and a card. I was told Nina was not feeling well at the time and could not make the trip herself. I was instructed to read the card and then open each box. A portion of the card reads as follows:

“ You are invited not to attend, but to tend to . . . the Boston (Township) Tea Party! As you open each gift you will better understand this invitation. Of course, if for any reason you find you do not have the time or space for this I expect you to pass it along to your daughter, whom I suspect will cherish it. She will remember each of these ladies. I believe by doing this I will have preserved a bit of Boston Township. When you pass it along add one of your Mother’s for me!”

Each box was elaborately wrapped with satin bows and tea related embellishments. Each one held a teacup that had belonged to a friend, some living and some passed. There was one from Lois Bergdorf, Bonnie Johnston, Mrs. Scobie, Pauline Tesmer (known as grandma to everyone), Tarja Kubinyi, Helen Conger, and the most beautiful floral teacup that Patty Tesmer had received as an Avon award. Nina included a festive Christmas one of her own as well as one from her old neighbor Margaret Chase Smith. All were beautiful in their own way. As tears streamed down my face I remembered each of these strong women and what they have all meant to me. I could not believe that someone could give me such a marvelous gift.

Nina has since added to the collection, first with one from Jan Bishop. Next she dropped off one from Edith Minns and Polly Puchalsky. I expect I will be receiving more as time goes on. This summer I decided I was no longer storing them in their boxes and I emptied out my curio cabinet, giving each one a proper home. As instructed by Nina, I have added a teacup with moss roses that was my mother’s and one my brother had given me over forty years ago.

I treasure this collection and know eventually my daughter, Gretchen, will also. I am grateful that Nina trusted it to my care. Thank you.

Amy Z. Anderson





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MOVING FORWARD 2013

With the coming of New Year’s Day also comes the opportunity of moving forward by the making of New Year’s resolutions. What went well this past year 2012? What should be or is hoped to be different? What can be done? Allow me to suggest one possible resolution for the New Year 2013. Consider making it a point not to label individuals or groups with whom you differ; in other words, for this coming year resolve that there will be no “name calling.” In its place resolve to have civil and honest discussions on the “named” issue or topics over which there are differing opinions or understandings. Who knows? 2013 could turn out to be a most fortunate year even with the number “13” attached to it! May any and all our New Year’s resolutions help in moving forward a blessed and peace-filled year 2013!

Fr. John Terzano,
Mother of Sorrows, Peninsula





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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS!

The community of Mother of Sorrows Parish extends Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the New Year 2013. We also invite YCN readership to participate in our Christmas Liturgies. Masses on Christmas Eve are at 4:00pm, 6:00pm and there will be Mass at Midnight. On Christmas morning Masses are 8:30am and 11:00am. Before each of these Christmas Masses there will be traditional Christmas music with participation of the congregation and the music ministry, beginning one half hour before each Mass. The Masses for the Christmas Sundays (Feast of the Holy Family; Feast of the Epiphany) will follow the usual weekend schedule of 5pm on Saturday, and on Sunday, 8:30am and 11:00am. For New Year’s, Feast of Mary, Mother of God, the Masses are Monday, December 31st at 5:00pm and Tuesday, January 1st at 8:30am and11:00am. Whatever our persuasion, this holy season is a perfect time to connect or reconnect with one another! Merry Christmas and New Year’s blessings!!!





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4-H

Deadline for 2013 4-H Projects is early March. Must be enrolled in a current club too. 4-H offers animal and non-animal projects. Some non-animal projects are, photography, robotics, sewing, cooking, rockets and shooting sports, just to name a few. Your child must be in the third grade and at least 8 years old. For Cloverbuds, your child must be in kindergarten and at least 5-years-old. Cloverbuds do not compete at Fair but there are plenty of fun activities and a summer camp at the fairgrounds. For more information visit (ohio4h.org) or call Mary Beth Schall 330-657-2256 of Marilyn Molchan Wotowiec 330-283-4512 (cell) The 4-H Motto is: To Make the Best Better !!! Hope to see you there.

Mary Beth Schall





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JAIPUR JUNCTION

Township resident and General Manager and Chef Mr. A. Hashem recently opened Jaipur Junction in the Acme Plaza 180 West Streetsboro road in Hudson. The restaurant features fine North Indian Cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Visit their website www.jaipurjunctionhudson.com. In addition to the regular menu there is a buffet Monday through Friday from 11:30 until 2:30 and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 3:00.





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VOICES IN THE VALLEY

"Weniger and Simon" will be performing (with their band) at the G.A.R. Hall for the "Voices in the Valley" series presented by the "Peninsula Valley Historic and Education Foundation" on December 21. Food and beverage are available. Free admission. Donations accepted. The band will play from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Stop by and join them as they usher in the Winter Solstice (and the End of the World,per the Myans)!

http://www.peninsulahistory.org/voices-in-the-valley/





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Preschool Story Hour for children ages 3-5 begins on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00AM. Miss Chris will have songs, stories and finger plays to share with the children. Please call for a list of dates and to register your child.

3rd Annual Snowman Photo Contest 2013:
If you like snow and like to build snowmen, take part in our snowman building contest during the months of January and February 2013. All you need to do is build your snowman, take a good photograph, and bring it to the library or email it to us at info@peninsulalibrary.org. We will have the photos on display so patrons can vote on their favorite. Submit your photo by February 28, 2013.





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CONDOLENCES

Former township resident Marie Korba passed away November 29, 2012. Mrs. Korba had been living in Boulder, Colorado.





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VALLEY FIRE

Valley Fire District entered into a contract with Sagamore Hills and Northfield Center to provide rescue services to Brandywine Ski Area. This contact will provide more manned station hours in the evenings, benefiting the residents of Boston and Peninsula.

The department recently took delivery on our new brush/grassfire truck. The truck was provided by FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (2011). The department received a grant of $112,000 with no cost to the community.

The SAFER Grant provided rope rescue classes I and II, fire inspector training for four members, fire officer training, basic arson training, EMT basic training, and college tuition reimbursement.

We give our thanks to grant writer, Lt. Nick Zamiska, for making this possible.

Valley Fire Board members recently met with representatives of Boston Heights to explore the possibility of providing fire and rescue services to Boston Heights. Our department is one of three being approached by Boston Heights. Many options are being considered and much work will need to be done before any proposal could be entertained.





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PENINSULA MIX

One of my Upper Michigan cousins, Jim Jaczkowski, has sent me a recipe for Kapusniak, a Polish traditional dish served at Christmas in Polish homes. He emphasizes that it must be served with rye bread, and that the rye bread has to be infused with caraway seed. . . . (In case you haven't figured this out yet for yourselves, Jim takes his Polish traditions very seriously). Jim's grandmother was my mother's sister. Both of them came from a small agricultural village in Poland called Yeveniki, in a region which was later claimed by Lithuania.

In the Nineties, my mother decided to go back to visit where she was born. All systems were "GO", until she got a letter from the U.S. State Department informing her that, while she was free to go and visit her homeland, there was a possibility that Lithuania would claim her as a citizen, and refuse an exit visa.

After giving this some careful thought, she gave up the idea of being uprooted again. Her children and grandchildren were well established in the United States, and she couldn't handle being uprooted again.

Now, back to the Kapusniak. The recipe, which is definitely not "Fast Food", will be available at Peninsula Library, in case you are interested in a copy of the recipe. Just ask at the desk.

Christmas trees always remind me of an old friend, a veteran of WWII Air Force. . . .Growing family. . . He would wait until Christmas Eve to shop for a tree, and looked for a lot with broken off branches here and there. Then he would pick out a bedraggled Charley Brown tree and offer a bargain price for it. Next he would pick up any broken off branches he could find, take the tree home, drill diagonal holes in the trunk and fill the holes with the broken off branches. . . .Merry Christmas Charley.

Lily Fleder





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MOMS Club

The MOMS Club will host an information session with area preschools Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Hudson Library Flood Meeting Room. This free event is open to the public. For more information email momsclubofhudson@hotmail.com.





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WANT ADS

FOR SALE: Paintings by Mardelle, K. Goldberg, Getz. Must see to appreciate. Please call 330-650-5503 (mornings).

MOBILE WELDING: Ornamental iron, tractor and machine repair, cast iron/aluminum and stainless steel. Don’t throw that old stuff away, we can repair almost anything. Senior discount. Call Rik-Tig at 440-552-5088.

SNOWPLOWING: Reserve your spot on the route now. Seasonal or per push contract. Senior discount. Call for free estimate. Paul Baker, Baker Snow and Ice Management 330-474-9069.

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

FOR SALE: Hot wheels, Matchbox, Majorett, Golden, Lesney, some older. $1.00 each. China/curio Cabinet 5’8” tall, 2’ wide, 1 ½ ‘ deep. Glass on three sides, with light. $75. Various antique collectibles, must see. Call 330-650-5503.

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





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SERVICES

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

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

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 pierogis! Introducing bite size pierogis! 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.

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.

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 330-687-4262 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.

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.