Our children live
in a nation where
terror attacks are
the new norm.

Phillip Morris
April 2013 VOLUME 30 NUMBER 4



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

NEW JEDD: The Trustees expect to have a final contract ready for the newly created EAD at their April 24 meeting.

ZONING: The Trustees accepted the resignation of Paul Baker from the zoning commission and thanked him for his years of service to the community. Todd Liebenauer was named as his replacement. Paul Kaczmarski has accepted a position on the BZA. Paul served as our zoning inspector for many years and we are very happy to have him back. There are still alternate positions available for both zoning boards. Please contact one of the Trustees if you are interested.

WETMORE ROAD AND OAK HILL ROADS: Summit County Council has given 60 more days for review of the Wetmore Road issue. Even though the Township cannot afford to repair Oak Hill Road, and it will probably never reopen, Summit County Council denied a request to vacate the road.

HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING: The hazardous waste recycling center located at 1201 Graham Road will be open Thursdays from June 6 to September 26 from 2:00PM until 8:00PM. For more information go to Summitreworks.com.

RECYCLING CONTAINERS: The Trustees approved a contract modification with Kimble that will provide 64 gallon single stream recycling containers for Township residents.

BRUSH PICKUP: Begins May 6 and continues the first Monday of the month.

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 meeting April 8, 2013:

Mr. Mayer announced the institution of a Village Vehicle Use Policy. Mr. Mayer reminded members of Council and visitors that the Mayor’s Court has been closed. Citations are now directed to the Stow Municipal Court. Mr. Mayer reported an update to Council regarding the proposed JEAD, Joint Economic Activity District. Council introduced legislation to place an income tax increase on the November ballot. Residents are strongly encouraged to attend future Council meetings to get an understanding of the income tax issue. Also, there was a first reading of legislation for the purchase of a parking pay station.

A Public Forum was scheduled prior to the next Council meeting for discussion related to the proposed Parking Stations for 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, May 13, 2013.

Chipping is scheduled May through October, the First Monday of each Month.

The Leaf Pick Up program begins the second Week of October and ends November 30.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings:
Regular Session of Council: May 13 at 7:00pm.
Public Forum for Parking Station: May 13, 2013 at 6:30pm.

Police Dispatch – Non emergency Police and Fire Department: 330-657-2911
Mayor’s Office: 330-657-2151
Fiscal Office/Zoning: 330-657-2714
Service (Road) Department: 330-657-2085

Check the Library, Post Office, Village Town Hall, Woodridge Intermediate School, and Terry Lumber for postings.

“Like” us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for the Village of Peninsula, OH.

John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO OUR ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

All the Pancakes You Can Eat

Including: Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice, Milk and Coffee.
When: Sunday May 5, 2013
Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Valley Fire Station
5287 Dogwood Drive
Peninsula Ohio, 44264

Cost is $6.00 for Adults and $4.00 for Kids 10 and under.
Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information call the station 330-657-2292

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Any checks must be made out to: Valley Firefighters Inc.





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To the Editors:

I would like to urge the residents of Peninsula to attend the next council meeting on May 13, 2013 and call for an immediate dismissal for the motion made by Brian Schall and approved by Councilmen Dan Schneider and Doug Anderson to reduce Road Dept. employee Skip Ausperk's hours from full time to part time. The motivation behind this sudden and random motion is questionable since it is clear that Mr. Ausperk's hours were approved as part of the Village's budget. Since his hiring in July 2012 his performance has been exemplary and the Village has NEVER LOOKED BETTER!

Call it as it really is, this action taken by these individuals of council is a deliberate undermining of village leadership, unprofessional and an embarrassment to read (in the West Side Leader) again and again, of their behavior. The use of profanity during these meetings is inexcusable.

We were all standing a little taller with Peninsula winning Best Hometown Ohio award. Don't let these members of Council demean it.

Catherine Mayer





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PENINSULA VALLEY HISTORIC
AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION


Attention Downton Abbey fans! You are cordially invited to join the ladies of “Downton Manor” (the G.A.R. Hall) for High Tea on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30pm. Tickets are $25.00 for non-members or $22.00 for Foundation members. Advance reservation is highly suggested as seating is limited. For tickets, call “Lady Cora” at 330-657-2528 or visit www.peninsulahistory.org/downton-tea.

Please join us on Saturday, May 18, 2013 (Armed Forces Day) as we recognize our local War of 1812 veterans buried in Peninsula and Boston Township. The ceremony will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery at 11:30am. The William Wetmore Chapter of the Daughters of 1812 will lead the ceremony. Visit www.peninsulahistory.org/1812dedication for the list of 1812 soldiers from Peninsula and Boston Township that will be honored.

There will also be a special War of 1812 lecture, The War of 1812 in Summit County on Thursday, May 9 at the G.A.R. Hall at 7:00pm. Free admission and refreshments!

The Civil War Lecture Series returns for its third season! Join us on Thursday, April 25 at the G.A.R. Hall at 7:00pm when John Fazio presents Intrepid Mariners: The USS Kearsarge & CSS Alabama, a compelling human interest story about two friends that were forced to fight to the death on the open seas. Admission is free!

From the bottoms of our soup crocks and bowls, we thank the community for all of their generous donations and support of our Soup’s On event!





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VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT DEDICATION

The Valley Fire District Board of Trustees invites you to attend the dedication of the meeting room and the apparatus building on May 5, 2013 at 11:00AM at the Firefighters annual pancake breakfast.

During the ceremony we will be dedicating the meeting room to John Lahoski and the apparatus building to John Puchalsky.





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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. Hoping for good weather!

Patty Tesmer





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GET WELL WISHES

Please remember the following in your prayers: Anne Meinke, Barb McCune, Patty Tesmer, Janice Schneider, Mike LaMarre, Eddie Westfall, Pastor Derek Kubilus, Joyce Jeric, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Larry Shrader, Gloria Ritch, and Dave Mayer





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AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Last month we reported on a 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk to help defray medical expenses for Mike LaMarre. You may remember Mike is the fiancé of Rachel Van, Jane Lemmo’s granddaughter. Our community, past and present, turned out in full force. Runners included Chic Gannon who finished first in his age group, Barb Gedeon who finished third in her age group, and Jim Hendryx who finished first in his age group and third overall.

Walkers and bystanders included Gloria Ritch, Polly Rutledge, Jean Wurzbacher, Kathy Scott, Natalie Mitchell, Elaine Krusinski, Joe and Anita James, Jurate Balas, Ed Andros, Pam Prusinski, Tom and Yvonne Hartshorn with daughter Jessica and granddaughter Suzanne, Liz Matusz, Annie Matusz, Stan Stammen, Jane Lemmo, Rich Fisher, Pat Donnely, and the gang from Fisher’s including Jodi, Stacey, Angela, and Jessica. Rachel assisted Mike in his wheelchair the length of the course.

Contact Mike at FIGHTLIKEMIKE@hotmail.com if you would like to make a donation.

Seeing the wall of forsythia at the offices of the Peninsula Valley Historic and Education Foundation always reminds me of Bob Hunker. Rebecca Urban was quick to point out that the only year it did not flourish was the year Bob passed.

Amy Anderson





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Pay Station Technology – May 13 at 6:30

In July 2012, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended the purchase of a Digital Systems Luke II Pay Station to be installed in downtown Peninsula to service the 50 parking spaces that line Rt. 303, Akron-Peninsula Rd, and Locust Street. Some interesting facts that helped form the recommendation:

 ·  We currently have 50 spaces located on Rt. 303, A/P Road, and Locust St.
 ·  ONE pay station will service all 50 parking spaces, instead of 50 individual parking meters
 ·  Revenue estimates were based on charging $1/hr for 12 billable hours per day, 6 days a week.
 ·  If spaces are used only 25% of the time, net revenues are estimated at $37k (after the first year)
 ·  If the spaces are used 50% of the time, net revenues are estimated to be $77k (after the first year)
 ·  For an example, let’s use an average - In order to generate $57k of revenue through our current 1% tax rate, we would need Peninsula residents to earn an extra $5,700,000 in income each year. That’s right….. $5.7 MILLION additional salaries! Do you see that happening any time soon? I don’t.
 · It’s a GREEN machine! – solar powered, no expense for hard wiring.
 ·  Residents park for free with a “Peninsula Resident” sticker.

At the April 8 Council meeting, legislation was introduced to purchase the Luke II system and will be voted on after the third reading at the June 2013 regular Council meeting. In addition to the purchase of the station, the Commission also proposed that Council reserve half of the net revenues from the Pay Station for future planning, infrastructure, and beautification. Half needs to go to the General Fund to help with our budgets, but half should be held for improvements. Projects to consider that the Pay Station could help fund:

 ·  Planning – No surprises here….we still have work to do on the entire parking, pedestrian movement, and traffic issues. First priority - Village Comprehensive Parking Plan.

 · Infrastructure – Extend our sidewalks to venues that matter to the residents. First priority - Heritage Farms, The Quarry, and Brandywine Golf Course and Wine Bar. Install “stone” crosswalks at our two intersections to help slow traffic.

 · Beautification – Let’s add to the beauty of the Village with artsy bike racks, resting benches, picnic tables and a picnic area, flowers, nicer signage, and the list goes on.

The Pay Station is one way for the Village to generate revenue from the visitors instead of always turning to the residents. J

Questions are always welcome - Dee Holody dholody@yahoo.com.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Book Sale and Bizarre Bazaar: The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale and Bizarre Bazaar will be May 18, 10am-4pm.





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BOSTON SCHOOL REUNION

A grand reunion is being planned on August 16 and 17 this year for anyone who attended Boston School in Peninsula, this would include years 1931 to 1961. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be at the Peninsula Library on Friday evening, August 16 and on Saturday, August 17 there will be a dinner, music, and cash bar at the Boston Township Hall. There will be lots of pictures, conversation, and reminiscing on both nights.

Letters have gone out to some classes, but we know how well word of mouth works in Peninsula. We are trying to reach as many as possible and invite one and all who ever attended Boston School. If you know any out of town people and can reach them that would be great. Help us get the word out. Everyone who ever attended Boston is welcome to come.

For information please contact Jane Hartshorn Lemmo at 330-657-2007, Mike Hill at 330-928-8280, Joe James at 330-923-7071, Betty Parker at 330-666-1763, Judy Bullis Kramer at 330-929-6423, or Janet Watson Augustus at 330-283-2908.

The cost is $65 per person for both nights. Make checks payable to Jane Lemmo, treasurer and mail them to Jane at 1456 Morris Dr, Peninsula, OH 44264. Include your name, phone number, number attending, which nights you will be coming, and years you attended Boston School. Please send reservations by June 1 if possible. We also have a patron list if anyone cares to donate a small amount to help with the costs. They will be listed in the program.

Let’s fill the village with Boston people and remind Woodridge where their roots started!





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BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER
LORI MARSILLO GRAHAM


Sunday, May 19, 2013
2pm - 6pm
$10.00 Per Plate

Come Anytime To Eat, Say Hello To Lori
Cuyahoga Falls Moose Family Center 918
4444 State Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
Lori Marsillo Graham

We will be doing a 50/50 raffle. The gift card tree goal is to have $500 - $1,000 in gift cards. Tickets will be sold for $20 each for this tree. Winner does not need to be present to win. The winner of each raffle will be pulled after dinner. If the winner is not present, they will be called.

MONETARY OR GIFT CARD DONATIONS ARE NEEDED



Contact Judy or Annette with any questions or donations. Judy Rice (330)256-3249 judyrice@serpentinichevy.com. Annette Miner (330)608-2372 MinerA@GOJO.com





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FOR ALL PEOPLE FOR ALL TIME

This was the name of Mark and Dan Jury's film that portrayed the arrogance and insensitivity of the National Park Service during the first twenty years here. During that period, about 400 families in the area lost their homes and Boston Twp lost around 70% of the land which constituted their tax base.

The title above was the Jurys’ tongue-in-cheek reference to the term that was initially used by park personnel and supporters to sell the park to the public.

My family and neighbors live across the street from the Environmental Education Center, (EEC), which is on Oak Hill Road, and we all know that at least that portion of the park is not "For All People For All Time".

A sign at the entrance states that this area is not open to the public. Interested people are told the area is closed and they should contact the National Park Service should they have questions. Interestingly enough, there is no telephone number listed. Get the message?

To make matters worse, Boston Township provides most of the park, and, more specifically, the EEC with free police, fire and rescue services as well as the road to get there. Our Federal tax dollars were used to purchase this property for recreational purposes.

This is in a Twp. where about 8% of the property owners pay all of the real estate taxes. The rest of the township is government owned, and the governments pay no taxes.

Those of us who attended the initial public information hearing prior to construction of the EEC were told by then- superintendent John Debo that neighbors would be welcome. That welcome has not survived Mr. Debo's retirement. We had not been informed of that. However, in recent weeks when my neighbors and I have walked over there as we have done since before it was NPS, one or more rangers and their cars have quickly appeared and accosted us aggressively. They fail to understand we are an asset, not a liability. We support the free services that the park enjoys and we provide additional security for the EEC when we walk park trails and watch park areas.

Our heavy tax burden continues to increase. I urge you to stay out of the EEC unless invited.

Marty Griffith





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CONDOLENCES

Former Township resident Helyn M. Toth passed away March 28, 2013 at the age 92. She is survived by sons Robert E. (Judie) and William J.(Gail); grandmother of Jill, Robert, Michelle and Melissa; step-grandmother of Trinity, Jason and Bradley; and sister of James D. Fiedler.





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PENINSULA HOME AND GARDEN CLUB

Bees are an important and vital part of our environment; they ensure healthy flowers and the harvest of fruits and vegetables. Providing patches of flowers is something we can all do to improve the environment for these important insects. One of the great things about creating a foraging habitat is not only does it help bees and other pollinators but it makes a beautiful place for people.

In that vein The Peninsula Home and Garden Club is offering FREE seeds to the Boston Community and Peninsula residents. To help bees and other pollinators, like butterflies, we are offering a range of plant seeds that will provide a succession of flowers and thus pollen and nectar throughout the whole growing season.

If you are interested in receiving these seeds for planting on your property please contact our coordinator for this project at 330-657-2252. This will help us know how many packages to prepare. They will be available for pick-up on April 30, 2013 at the Peninsula Library





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PENINSULA MIX

In going through old papers, I came across the following: It was hand printed, and titled “ Odds And End” and showed up in the 70’s. I use the original language and spelling, unless it interferes with understanding.

“ ODDS AND ENDS”

“ Before Peninsula had paved streets we had medison shows. An old Indian with his horse and wagon came to town selling his cures.. He parked in front of the Seeley Hotel. He was very sad to see people disstroying what we call weeds sush as Dandlion, Planton, etc. “ Some Day,” he said, “It will all be gone.” As I see it he was not too far from being right.

Later on we would have circuses. Visiting Peninsula, they set up at the old school across from Bigelow’s and where Helen Conger Home now stands. Boys got jobs watering horses and elephants for a pass to the show.

Peninsula had to be the first to have outdoor movies A fellow named McDogol would set up between Billings and the Old hotel. Later, next to to the old Jail House.

The G>A>R> Hall ( Stands for: Grand Army of the Republic) was a place of many things such as movies, basketball, dances, stage shows, revile (revival) meetings, Veteran meetings. “ Now a Dinning Hall.” (stet)

Lily Fleder





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WANT ADS

FOR SALE: 42" round dining table with two 12" leaves, $35.00. Call Jean at 57-2088.

FOR SALE: Magnavox DVD player and 4-head VCR combo with remote, new used twice $30. Curio cabinet 5’8” tall glass on three sides, lighted, mirror back, broken door glass replaced with Plexiglas $20. Call 330-650-5503.

HANDYMAN: NEED A HAND? CALL THE HANDYMAN! Bath resident, Joshua Kastelic. 15+ years experience. Honest, Quality, On-Time. 330-840-4351 thehandyman_can@rocketmail.com

NEED HELP WITH YARD WORK? Jonah and Jordan Wessel, experienced brother and sister team, trained by Mom, can help with spring garden chores. Call 657-2797.

FOR SALE: Hot Wheels 18” original packaging $25 all, 80+ year old iron door stop shaped like a frog $10, older gnome statue holding a pick axe behind back. 18” tall looks like one of the seven dwarfs $10, paintings and prints or original painting of Don Getz. Varying prices, curio cabinet $25. Call 330-650-5503 mornings.

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

FOR SALE: Vanity $35, rocker $35 or best offer. Call 330-929-2074.

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.

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

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

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: kelleyweitzelphotography … www.kelleyweitzelphotography.com and kelleyweitzel@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.

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.

BODY SCULPTING CLASSES: The new Richfield Recreation Center has opened and Body Sculpting is offering a variety of classes there. Check us out and register at www.flexcity.com or call 440-729-3463. Classes we are offering at Richfield Recreation Center at 3333 Brecksville Rd. include:
Body Sculpting, a results-oriented cardiovascular strength-training class, Tues & Thurs 5:45 - 6:45 PM.
Barre’ FX, the hottest new Ballet Barre Workout is here! Mon & Wed 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
Geri-Fit, a strength-training class geared toward seniors- class done in chair, Tues & Thurs 10:30 – 11:30AM.