The two most
common elements
in the universe
are hydrogen and
stupidity.

Heinrich Heine
May 2013 VOLUME 30 NUMBER 5



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

PUBLIC HEARING: There will be a public hearing on June 12, 2013 at 6:00PM at the township meeting room regarding the proposed JEDD with Peninsula.

ZONING: There are still alternate positions available for both zoning boards. Please contact one of the Trustees if you are interested.

WETMORE ROAD: The Trustees voted to proceed with the annexation of Wetmore Road to the City of Cuyahoga Falls.

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.

BRUSH PICKUP: Will continue on the first Monday of the month.

HINES HILL GUARDRAIL: The guardrail installation on Hine Hill Road has been completed. This project was completed through a grant from the NPS.

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 May 13, 2013 at the Town Hall. A well-attended public forum just prior to the Council meeting was held allowing residents to openly discuss the proposed parking pay station. Residents responded to Ms. Hoody’s presentation with several questions and suggestions.

Boston Township Trustees attended the Council meeting for discussion and approval of the Cemetery millage. Many citizens attended the Council meeting and expressed their concerns and opinions of actions of Council members. Council discussed the seismic testing; park foot patrol contract; and status of applied grants.

Council approved the Planning Commission meeting date change. The Planning Commission meetings will be scheduled the third Monday of every month beginning July, 2013. The next Planning Commission meetings: May 21, June 18, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16, 2013.

Mary Booth announced the next Players Barn Committee meeting June 19, 2013 at the Peninsula Library, at 7:00 pm.

Mr. Anderson reported to Council that the RAMP UP Peninsula was a success, with 468 attendees. Mr. Schneider reported that the Fire Board pancake breakfast was also a success. The pancake breakfast included a dedication ceremony for the Valley Fire District Apparatus Building, dedicated to John R. Puchalsky and the Meeting Room dedication to John Lahoski.

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

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings:
Regular Session of Council: June 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm with a public hearing at 6:30 regarding the JEDD with Boston Township.
The Valley celebration as scheduled Sunday May 26, 2013 for a Potluck Dinner at the Boston Township Hall, 4:00 pm. until 8:00 pm.

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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THANK YOU

I would like to thank Skip Ausperk for helping this community for the past year. He not only did his duties above and beyond but brought a sense of pride back into Peninsula. As Mayor, a goal of mine has been to bring a positive attitude back into our community. I would like to express to the community my disappointment in the negative publicity that we have received because of actions I did not support. I would like to apologize to the Ausperk family. I am sorry that this had to happen.

Zoning inspector, Chuck Hemming resigned at the last council meeting. I would like to thank him for his time and service. Anyone interested in this position please contact me at 330-657-2151.

Please remember this is your community. If you cannot attend council meetings you can contact me at peninsulamayor@windstream.net or 330-657-2151.

Mayor, Doug Mayer





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MORE GREEN IN THE TOWNSHIP

Single stream recycling soon will be easier in the township, and the convenience is coupled with a cost cap to residents’ quarterly service bills. We have negotiated an extended contract with Kimble that holds collection cost to $14.94 per month per household through January 31, 2018. Kimble may request a Consumer Price Index increase during the last three contract years.

Each household will receive a sixty-four gallon wheeled and covered recycle bin, green with the Kimble name. This bin holds all recyclables, and keeps them covered between pick up. Food and beverage cartons, plastics #1 through #7, paper, newspapers, magazines, phone books, cardboard (no tying or bundling!), glass bottles and jars, aluminum and other metal cans—right into the blue bin until pick up day.

Green bin delivery will begin June 3rd to residents who have service from Kimble.

Think Green—Pitch In.





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VOICES IN THE VALLEY

Kick back, relax and enjoy at the historic G.A.R. Hall at Voices in the Valley, as we feature some of the best local music talent N.E. Ohio has to offer. All shows begin at 6pm unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Performances:
June 1st - Johnny G opens for blues great Kristine Jackson $7.00 donation requested at the door ~ 7pm
June 7… Up till 4, John Weniger's "other band"
June 14…Avin Loki Baird and Jon Mosey
June 21…Brent Kirby! Brent Kirby was voted Scene Magazines Singer of the year and he is coming here!
June 28….Greg Workman/Brant Novak ~ Colin John
June 29…Laurie Michelle Caner and Brent Kirby, a rare duo appearance from two members of Hey Mavis. $7.00 donation requested at the door ~ 7pm
July 5…Stumpy Basin Volunteers- join us for a community party! We'll be grilling, bring your own side dish and join the fun with Peninsula's hometown band!





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HELP HALLOWEEN

It may seem too early to be thinking about it but the Halloween party needs your help. Someone should be looking throughout the year for bargains on prizes that can be given to the winners of the games. Many of us helpers have been regulars at this party since our children were young enough to attend and that was over twenty years ago. The children need someone with fresh ideas and more energy to continue this tradition. The custom in our community mean that most of the trick or treating occurs in the downtown areas. People who live outside of these areas donate money so that there can be a party each year. If you could take the time to coordinate the effort, you would have our help. To make sure the party happens this year, call Mayor Mayer’s office at 330-657-2151.

Polly Rutledge, President of the Board





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TOTAL BODY FITNESS

Total Body Fitness is celebrating & applauding new clients Cindy and Nicole and longtime client Barb for a tremendous weight and inches loss in the last months: Nicole 9 inches, Barb 17. Total Body Fitness clients are shedding pounds and inches, feeling healthy and looking great. Making You “A Better You” are our goals.

Don’t miss your opportunity NOW of making a lifestyle change. Have you noticed other communities around our area are challenging their residents to get fit? For the next 60 days we will be offering a Personal Training Special and also a new member special when you join with a friend.

Let us get you ready for that new summer wardrobe. Call Carlene @ 216-470-4309 or Natalie 330-657-2963 for details Total Body Fitness is located at 6138 Riverview Rd. in the gray building on the 3rd floor.





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MEMORIAL DAY AT MOTHER OF SORROWS PARISH

There will be a Memorial Day Mass said for all veterans and their families at 8:30 AM at Mother of Sorrows Church, Peninsula on Monday, May 27, 2013. Following the Mass there will be prayers at Mater Dolorosa Cemetery located next the Happy Days Visitor Center and Route 303 east of the Valley Fire Station. Prayers will begin about 9:15 AM. All are welcome and encouraged to begin this special holiday of remembrance by coming to Mass and joining us as we journey and pray at our parish cemetery. Some of the graves date back almost two hundred years. Lord grant rest and grant us peace.

Fr. John Terzano





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THANK YOU

I would like to thank my family, friends and the whole community for the love, support, meals and many other things you gave to me and my family after my accident in February. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to make a person well. Thank you.

Connie Morehouse





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PAY STATION INFO SESSION

On May 13, Council held an information session for the community to discuss the Signature Controls pay station technology under consideration for the Peninsula downtown area street parking. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend and offer up some great questions. We had a few questions on enforcement and concerns that if we do not enforce the pay-to-park from day one that the public will quickly learn to ignore the pay station. There were some comments regarding the personnel that will be required for enforcement and if this would add additional expenses. There will be no additional expense for the officers since they would monitor the pay station within their normal shift hours. I have floated the idea of a part time “Meter Maid”, but only if the eventual net revenue, and the police availability, warrants consideration.

But the main theme that emerged from Monday’s gathering was regarding collaboration with our neighbors in Boston Township. In many of my presentations on the pay station I have been indicating that Peninsula residents will “park for free” with a Peninsula Resident sticker. Our communities work, play, party, garden, and pray together……every day. We support the same issues, celebrate the same births, and morn the same funerals. It only makes sense that we consider the impact on Boston Township residents too as Council decides on the paid parking. The comments from the attendees on just how much our two communities are connected was well appreciated and a good reminder.

For the recent Ramp up Peninsula event, the Chamber charged visitors an entry fee of $3.00 per person. Over 450 visitors paid the entry fee and enjoyed the program. Boston Township has been at work for some time crafting a new JEDD that could provide them access to revenue from income generated within the Township. The Chamber is trying new ways to generate income, as is Boston Township. And the Village is also exploring new and different ways to generate much needed revenue. This fall, Village residents can vote to increase the tax rate, and we the residents can continue to pay for all improvements that serve the tourists ….or we can ask that they, the tourists, participate through paid parking. It is a change for us….but one I think we can try. Thanks again to those who took their time to attend Monday’s session. Third reading on the Pay Station will be June 10th at Council’s regular scheduled meeting. Still have questions? dholody@yahoo.com

Dee Holody





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THANK YOU

We would like to thank everyone in the community, and especially to those who attended the recent council meetings, for your support during what has been a very difficult time for our family. We completely understand why most residents do not want to attend, or get involved in Peninsula politics. It is a disgrace how certain council members in this community behave at these public meetings. They are fiscally, and morally irresponsible, and slanderous in their actions. It is a pattern of behavior. A pattern that recently cost the village an enormous amount of money it does not have to spare, at the tax payers’ expense. It’s an embarrassment to us, as well as to everyone in the community. Mayor Doug Mayer has done an exemplary job trying to clean up, this long time running mess, made by elected officials and Village employees and we thank him and support him. We hope you do as well.

Unfortunately, excuses are not acceptable. Due to the council’s current actions, and the stress that it caused me and my family, I have no choice but to terminate my position with the village. It has been my pleasure to serve you. Thank you again for all of your support.

Sincerely,
Skip Ausperk & Family





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SKIP`S PENINSULA JUNCTION

At Skip's Peninsula Junction, we are now offering available spaces for venders of Arts, Crafts, Antiques, Jewelry, Food etc…at 1639 Mill Street Ext. in downtown Peninsula. We will be holding this event Thursdays through Sundays beginning June 6th, 2013 through October. For more information and details call Skip (330) 697-5079.





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PENINSULA VALLEY HISTORIC AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

On Sunday, June 9th the Foundation will host a Bronson Church reunion open house from 1:00-4:00pm. We will be celebrating the nearly 800 weddings, baptisms, and other events held at the church in the past forty-five years since it was restored! Tea, cookies, and music will be provided. All residents and visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy this open house!

In addition to Voices in the Valley at the G.A.R. Hall every Friday from 6:00-9:00pm, the Foundation is sponsoring Small Hall Saturday Concerts as well! Join us on Saturday, June 1st at 7:00pm at the G.A.R.

Hall for the next Saturday concert when Johnny G opens for blues great Kristine Jackson! A $7.00 donation is requested for this special event.

Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at the G.A.R. Hall at 7:00pm when Dr. Deborah Abbott presents From the Voice of a Slave: The Underground Railroad in Ohio. Admission is free!





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MEMORIAL DAY

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.

Patty Tesmer





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GET WELL WISHES

It is good to see Peninsula Policeman Eddie Westfall up and around. He hopes to be back to work sometime next month.

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





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Summer Reading Club for age preschool and up will begin on Tuesday June 11 at 10:30am! We will start the summer off with "The Great Brad" who will treat us with a magic show! You can register starting on Thursday June 6, 10:00am-Noon. The Tween Summer Reading Club for ages 12 and up begins on Thursday June 13 at 11:00am!

Adult Summer Reading Club for ages 18 and over begins on Monday June 3! All you have to do is register, get a free gift, read, and turn in a book review for a chance to win a prize!

Toxic Home and Green Solutions June 10, 7:00-8:00 PM
Join Joy Wright, a toxicologist educator for an informative evening about toxic items in your life.

Getting Ready for Medicare June 17, 6:00-8:00pm. If you are thinking about Medicare and what you need to do to get ready, this is the program for you!

Financial Strategies: Families with special needs June 20, 6:30-8:30PM
Learn how to prepare for the financial well-being of your special needs loved ones.

Getting Ready for Social Security June 27, 7:00 pm
Learn what you need to prepare for signing up for Social Security.

Fly Fishing! June 29, 10:00am-Noon.
Learn the basics of fly fishing. Please bring your fly rod. Limited to 3 students.

“It All Started with a Trombone” June 24, 7:00 PM
Bill Nemoyten, a former resident of Peninsula who taught music in the Boston Township/Woodridge Schools from 1952 to 1968, will be presenting a reading from his memoir entitled "It All Started With a Trombone" at the Peninsula Library on Monday June 24 at 7pm. He recently published his three hundred page book which includes over one hundred photographs. Mr. Nemoyten, a graduate of Case Western Reserve and Kent State Universities, also holds a certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University. His book includes many stories about his life in Peninsula, about the Woodridge High School Band's trip to the 1965 New York World's Fair and information about many of his former students. It also covers his time as manager of the Akron Symphony, as director of America's oldest community arts council in Quincy, Illinois, and about his life in California, where he has lived since 1972.

Please call the library at 330-657-2291 to for more information or to register for all programs.





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FURRY COMPANION OWNERS

In today’s economy it is hard to find excellent pet care at affordable pricing but it is available at Primary Pet Care. I have adopted four cats and two dogs and started taking them there about a year ago and I couldn’t be happier. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and they give your pet their utmost attention and care. Their pricing is a fraction of what you are currently paying; I myself have literally saved hundreds of dollars. They require no appointment so it is easy and convenient. This may sound like a commercial but I am not associated with Primary Pet Care in any way, I am just a very satisfied customer. As an extreme animal lover it’s hard to find a facility like this and I am sharing my story so they may continue to offer their excellent care to our furry friends. Visit their website at: www.primarypetcare.net. You won’t be disappointed.

Diane Upp





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CONDOLENCES

Condolences to the Bertsch/Slocum family. Kathy’s brother Leonard passed away April 29, 2013.

Condolences to the James family on the May 4, 2013 passing of Sue James. Sue and her husband Mike were avid gardeners at their home on Boston Mills Road. She is survived by children: Carol McKeeman, Michael, Susan Masink, and Barbara Shumway.

Condolences to the Downey Family. Lee’s father, William A. Downey passed away May 11, 2013 at the age of ninety-one.





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PENINSULA MIX

In going through old papers I came across one of those stories of old time Peninsula. This one is titled " Dairy to Berries" by J.C. Conger.

Back in the early 1920's they found that cows were carriers of tuberculosis. So all people that had a lot of cows or just one, had to be tested. John Conger lost all his cows but one. John was not to be defeated. He loved farming, so he planted strawberries, raspberries, cherries and a peach orchard. For spring harvest he planted asparagus patches, green onions and radishes. That's when most kids that knew red from green had an afterschool job and most of the summer. Old people too!

As I close these pages, John had a song he would sing as he was hoeing, or some other job he was doing, it took most of my summers to hear the song from beginning to end and here it is:

“My charcoal charmer, my dusky belle, how much I love you no one can tell. When stars are shinning of you I dream, my charcoal charmer, my midnite queen."

I hope you approve, Mr. Conger.

Lily Fleder





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WANT ADS

CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING: Fine Art Services - Assisting artists, designers, corporate & residential clients in the selection, display and proper framing of Art. Offering award-winning custom picture framing since 1992, with framing consultations at your site, delivery and installation. Visit our showroom inside Peninsula Art Academy: a not-for-profit organization promoting the Arts in the Village of Peninsula and throughout Northeast Ohio.

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.

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.