The United States
is the only country
with a known birthday.

James G. Blaine
June 2014 VOLUME 31 NUMBER 6



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

TURNPIKE SOUND MITIGATION: Boston Township’s request for $85,000 for the funding of a study for sound mitigation was denied by the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

HINES HILL ROAD REMEDIATION: The trustees received two bids for Hines Hill remediation project. The project was awarded to Melway Paving of Holmesville. Their bid was $148,025 to pave the top section and $19,500 to pave the bottom section.

SALT INCREASE: Salt will be $49.72 a ton this season. This is a ten dollar increase from last year.

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 VILLAGE

The Village of Peninsula Council met in regular session on June 9, 2014. Council approved a renewal of the Village’s insurance policy with Wichert Insurance. Solicitor Hesske received approval to invite MS Consulting to the next Council meeting (July) for a presentation of potential services. Mayor Mayer announced his meeting with Russell Pry, County Executive, for an update to the Wastewater Initiative and the report funded by the County. Council reviewed the construction costs of the Akron Peninsula Road storm erosion.

Solicitor Hesske said that she will schedule a meeting with the JEDD Committee members of Council and Boston Township to discuss funding/distribution concerns.

Renewal of the Dispatch contract with the Village of Richfield was placed on hold. A Public Hearing was announced for June 12th to review a request for variance at 2474 Main Street.

Council approved an amendment to the Pay Ordinance for Auxiliary officers to increase their pay for task force assignments. These funds are reimbursed by the Sherriff’s office.

There will be a Public Auction on June 21, 2014, at the Village of Peninsula Service Garage at 10:00 am. For a list of items call the Village Hall.

Upcoming meetings at the Village Hall:
June 16, 2014 Planning Commission
July 10, 2014 Board of Zoning Appeals
July 14, 2014 Council regular session
July 21, 2014 Planning Commission

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 Hall, Terry Lumber, and the Fire Station for postings.

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

John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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REMEMBERING MILT

Milt Garrett

Our good friend and founder of Your Community News, Milt Garrett, passed away May 6, 2014 at the age of ninety- nine. Milt was born in Cleveland and earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Western Reserve University. He practiced law in Cleveland from 1938 until 1942 and was president of The Highland Group for over forty years. He and his wife Betty Kornhauser built their home on Stine Road and raised four children: Peter, Wendy, Robin, and Liza.

Sadly Liza passed away in 1974 and Betty ten years later. Milt married his wife Jane and moved to Shaker Heights. In 2000, following retirement, they moved to Kendal in Oberlin.

Locally Milt was active in Boston Township’s zoning. He served as a director at General Die Casters. He was active in the Peninsula Players, and served on Peninsula Library’s board of trustees.

Following a failed attempt at running for township trustee Milt began YCN. He stated that we had no newspaper coverage and the community needed to know what was going on. He and Betty rallied a hand full of friends and put out one of the ugliest, most mismatched newsletters ever to be published. With a few changes, we continue what Milt started thirty-one years ago.





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MISSING

On Friday, June 20th, in the evening after being in Peninsula you decided to visit Mother of Sorrows Church and when you left took me with you. I do not know why. Perhaps you are sad or lonely and need to know that your prayers and needs are important. They are! For generations, people have come to visit and pray at Mother of Sorrows and appreciate seeing me (an Infant of Prague statue). I remind them that Jesus was a child and yet He is the King, our Lord and Savior. Please be kind and return me to Mother of Sorrows Church. If someone else sees me or finds me, you can carry me very easily and return me (just leave me in a pew or in the vestibule). I am small, about 14 inches in height. In my hand is a tiny globe with a cross on it and there is a removable crown on my head. I am wearing white robes and I am made of plaster. Some might call me the infant king statue. If you look up “Infant of Prague” on Wikipedia or do a Google search you will see my picture and my story.





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GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT

On May16, 2014 Stephanie Cooper graduated from Rockhurst Jesuit University in Kansas City, Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Proud parents are Tom and Charlene Cooper





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FIRE BOARD CLERK

The Valley Fire District’s Board of Trustees regretfully has accepted the resignation of our current clerk, Nancy Orahosky. If you are interested in this position please contact one of the board members: Amy Anderson – 330-657-2439, Dan Schneider, 330- 657- 2331, or Dick Slocum, at 330-657-2530.





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A NOTE OF THANKS

To employers and employees in Boston’s new Economic Activity District, thank you. The new JEDD went into effect on January 1st; employee wages and employer business income are subject to the prevailing 2% income tax.

The roll-out has been relatively smooth; the few bumps have been resolved with the cooperation of employers. The township appreciates the revenue. It will plug some holes in our budgetary dike. We can continue to maintain our old equipment that plows roads in the winter and maintains them in the summer; we can keep safety forces at the current level.

The additional revenue is not the whole answer to the annual loss of thousands of dollars of real estate tax. It does permit the township to maintain our services to residents and business employees at the current level. Thank you for your help.

Joanne Noragon, Boston Fiscal Officer





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AROUND THE COMMUNITY

On Memorial Day, following the parade to Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peninsula a second parade takes place in Boston. Shortly after the Riverview Road relocation we were given permission to stage the second parade at the former Boston Community Church. Each year was a progression and eventually we ended up with hot dogs, lemonade, water and a bake sale for the mission trips. This was the Woodridge Band’s fourth parade and by the time noon hit they were hungry. More importantly this was a place for former community residents to visit.

Just before Palm Sunday this year we were informed that the church was closing its doors. This is the last time we would be able to use the parking lot. One of my reasons for this story is to say thank you to all who stepped up to the plate and made sure we had one more year that remained the same. Many thanks to Rob Conroy who contacted Northampton United Methodist Church whose pastor insisted on helping. He and his family provided hot dogs, lemonade, and water. Rob provided the bake sale that benefitted the Woodridge Band. Thank you to my family: Jim, Franca, little Julia, Gretchen, and my husband Tom for helping get everything set on the tables. Thank you to Valley Fire for providing all of the tables and chairs.

I’m not sure what we will do next year but I hope we will be able to find another location.

Happy retirement wishes to Mike Duff on his retirement from Old Trail School. May you enjoy many happy and healthy years.

On a personal note, on June 2, 2014 our family welcomed Vivian LaVerne Grambo. Her parents are my beautiful niece Nicki and her husband Bobby. Another reason to celebrate.

Amy Anderson





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TOTAL BODY FITNESS

We are excited to publish this testimonial from our client Gretchen. Until recently I have had ongoing problems with my weight. Last year I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on medication. On February first of 2014 I made the decision to get off the medication and start losing weight. Working with my personal trainer Carlean Perez at Total Body Fitness Studio the last 4 months has helped me achieve my goals. Regular exercise which includes twice a week at Total Body Fitness, plus a change in eating habits, I am now off the blood pressure medicine. To date I have lost 28 pounds. My personal trainer has been diligent with encouragement and support in allowing me to obtain my goals and feel more positive about myself. I highly recommend Total Body Fitness to anyone serious about losing weight, achieving a higher self-esteem and better overall health. Carlean & Natalie are committed in helping you in Becoming “A Better You! Total Body Fitness is located at 6138 Riverview Rd on the 3rd Fl. Give us a call or stop in Monday, Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00pm for a (1) FREE Class! Carlean 216-470-4309 Natalie 330-730-3355.





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The BUZZ BOOK

The Buzz Book is a great little resource guide available at many area retailers. The following article was written by former resident Tracy Bishop Haver and is reprinted with permission from publisher Mitch Crawford:

Summer is always a great time of year in Northeast Ohio and one of the best places a person could grow up in is Peninsula, Ohio.

Along with learning in the public school system, I received most of my education about life just by living every day “down in the valley.” Back then, there was no national park and we were free to just roam the Cuyahoga River valley.

My nature lessons included catching crayfish in the gully, swimming with occasional snakes and fish in the Quarry, walking along 303 while admiring the multitude of Tiger Lilies, and lying in the grass, looking up at the blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds and framed by green pine trees.

My history lessons came from wandering through the Cedar Grove Cemetery with all its stories to tell on headstones from hundreds of years ago, visiting the Peninsula Library with its depiction of the mysterious Python on its building, and talking with people who had lived there ‘forever’.

I am grateful for all those ‘forever’ people who remain faithful residents, keeping the old Peninsula and its memories alive and growing. --TH





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MEMORIAL DAY

Can you believe it? Twelve years of beautiful parade weather (2013 some rain for the last half hour in Boston).

I hope you liked the parades as much as I did. We get bigger every year.

Thank you everyone, it’s wonderful to have so many people helping us. Jack Mercer and the Boy Scouts leading us, the Woodridge band always great, all of the car and tractor divers, the clergy, the veterans, our beautiful and faithful Valley Fire Department, police department and Boston Church.

A most sincere that you to the folks from Northampton Methodist Church for stepping in and doing the job of hot dogs and drinks before we head to Boston Cemetery. It was a very big undertaking.

Hope you all enjoyed the surprise marchers. Paul Huff and the Civil War group from Cleveland.

As always thank you to our grounds keepers for both cemeteries. Russ Shaffer, Tammy Rodhe Shaffer, and Andrew Shaffer. Everything was beautifully manicured. I can’t fail to mention our other helpers Amy Anderson, Tim Tesmer, Debra Ragnovski, Marilyn Hansen, Gretchen Gallimore, and Jerry Ritch.

Thank you for your hard work and hope to see all of you next year.

Patty Tesmer





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PENINSULA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Python Day returns on Saturday, July 19th. We would like to invite residents and businesses to join in the festivities and make a python for your yard. Call Rebecca at 330-657-2528 if you have any questions.

Call for community volunteers! Would you like to help the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce? Your support will keep the Chamber events going strong and you’ll have fun too! Call Chanah at 330-657-2394 and leave a message.





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Letter to the Editor

This Letter to the Editor was inadvertently left out of the last issue. It was written by Judy Herbst a former resident of Bos

Having to deal with the injustice of the park many years ago I applaud Amy Anderson for spelling out the cost of responding to the fire at the Spicy Lamb Farm.

No one wants anyone to experience such a loss, but we the people, who pay taxes, have a real hard time with the cost that we must endure for the good of all as we were told when the government decided to take our one acre on Wheatley Road, just to tear it down and abandon the property.

I asked on Facebook if the park was going to help Laura DeYoung rebuild and she responded that she had to carry the insurance, no help from the park.

Thank you Amy for being our conscience and getting the facts to the people!

Judy Herbst





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CHURCH IN THE VALLEY

If you enjoy hiking, biking, or just being out in the valley during the summer, we have something you may find interesting. Beginning the first Sunday of June (June1) and continuing thru out the summer until the end of August, Church in the Valley will be hosting a brief half hour service from 8:30am until 9:00am. You can start your Sunday out being spiritually refreshed before you head out into the park for the day.

Weather permitting, the service will be held outdoors on our beautiful church grounds behind the church under a canopy tent. Services will be held indoors if the weather is inclement. Bottled water and energy snacks will also be provided (even if you are not a hiker/biker)!

Church in the Valley is a non-denominational, Bible-believing church with a desire to serve the community and help people draw closer to God. We are located at 2241 Everett Rd. just south of Szalay's Market, just a few hundred yards from the covered bridge.

The Hopewell Indians once lived in the area where the church was built in 1891. Our sanctuary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: If you are on the tow path, get off at Szalay's Markets. Turn right (South) on Riverview Rd. In 200 yards, turn left onto Everett Rd. The church is on the right, before you get to the covered bridge. For more information about our church, check us out online: www.churchinthevalley.org





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PENINSULA FOUNDATION

Upcoming Small Hall Concerts at the G.A.R. Hall include:
Saturday, July 19th: Willie Watson
Thursday, July 31st: Sarah Schaefer with Rebekah Jean

Join us on Sundays for Grillin’ & Chillin’ at the G.A.R. Hall beginning July 20th! Chef Brian from SOW Foods will be grilling out in front of the hall at 1:30pm. Music will be from 3:00-5:00pm. Wine and beer will be available.

We are excited to announce a new program at the G.A.R. Hall called Ten on Tuesdays! This is a planned open mic on every Third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Our host is Erik Urycki from The Speedbumps. Ten on Tuesday is a singer/songwriter/band showcase where each artist plays 2 originals, 1 cover. If you are interested in playing, email Karen at tenontuesdays@gmail.com.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Ice Cream Social July 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Peninsula Library and the Peninsula Library Foundation would like to invite everyone to join us on Story Book Terrace at the Library for our annual ice cream social. We’ll have ice cream and music for the whole family! The Rubber City Retreads will be performing their traditional Dixieland Jazz. Join us for an entertaining afternoon of music and ice cream.

Celebrate Christmas in July! Wednesday, July 16 Card making Make-n-Take 10:30am-2:30pm. Get a jump start on holiday cards! The library will provide cards and envelopes along with a limited supply of Christmas scrapbook paper. We have a nice selection of stamps, and other card making supplies. If you have supplies and are willing to share them, bring them with you. Registration is requested.

Peninsula Art Academy 11th Annual Fiber Art Show August 2 –29, 2014 The Fiber Art Show returns to the Peninsula Library this August. Visit the PAA website for registration and show information. www.peninsulaartacademy.org





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GET WELL WISHES

Peninsula Police officer Priscilla Allaman is recovering from knee surgery please keep Priscilla and the following friends in your prayers: Mike Philips, Bertha Jones, Dean Johnson, Ellen Jansen, Glenda Grezlik, Dave Morehouse, Ed Pullekins, Carla Scheall, Claire Rodhe, Anne Minke, Barb McCune, Pastor Derek Kubilus, Joyce Jeric, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Gloria Ritch, and Dave Mayer.





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JUNIOR RIGGINS

Just a note about “Junior” riggings: He was a GOOD man, A “Stand-up-Man”! One only had to know His Sons, to get that!

“Junior took care of His Home & His Family & with His Beloved, Wilma, by His side. raised 3 Sons, that were & are a Pleasure to know! Good People! He went about Life In His Quiet, unassuming, manner.

He worked for the Village for many years & did a Great Job! Men like Him are a Treasure & He will be missed!

Theresa Cassidy Reinbolt





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PLAQUE UNVEILING

Please join us as we recognize Grove Miller for the many contributions he made to Peninsula and Boston Township residents on Sunday July 6, 2014 at the Peninsula Police Station at 1:00pm.





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WANT ADS AND SERVICES

FOR SALE: Lawn and garden tools, shovels, picks, axes, pitch fork, and heavy chains $10.00. Heavy lawn roller $30.00. Long handled scythe, like new $60.00. Call 330-650-4355.

Former PENINSULA Resident: I want to come back to the Valley! Looking for a house (or part of a house) to rent in the CVNP area. 727-218-3327

SAWMILL SERVICE: From firewood to tree removal, all the way to decks, porches, & more. We do it all, give me a call! Wells Construction/S & S Sawmill, Seth, (330) 352-0210.

PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME: For all your pet sitting needs, contact Precious Pets Sitting Service at 216-701-4181. Providing visits, midday walks, and overnight service since 1997. Rates start $15/day, insured/bonded, Veterinary Technician.

WANTED: Junior and Teen Golf Academy: Youth golfers ages 7-16 looking to improve their golf skills, make new friends, and have fun! Six week program beginning in June. Contact Brandywine Country Club 330-657-2525 or golfbrandywine.com for more information.

ANTIQUE DOLL REPAIR: Local lady has been repairing antique dolls since 1992.Free written estimate. Bill never exceeds estimate. By Appointment: (330)907-5488
TheOhioDollCenter@gmail.com

NEED HELP WITH YARD WORK? Jonah and Jordan Wessel, experienced brother and sister team, trained by Mom, can help with spring garden chores. 330-657-2797

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

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: Organic carpet, area rug and upholstery cleaning. Unique system. "Don't steam your carpets, clean your carpets." 20% off all services. Visit our website at www.clevelandcleanpro.com or call 330-657-2113.

KAMPER CITY RV CENTER in Boston Township is an authorized Boy Scout supplier. We offer an huge assortment of outdoor fire rings, and carry over a dozen golf carts for sale, not to mention we have a huge selection of New and Pre-Owned travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop ups, and toy haulers, that will fit everyone’s own personal budgets. We are located at 5549 Akron Cleveland Road Peninsula Ohio our phone number is 330-650-1491 and visit our website at www.kampercity.com. We are also a propane refill center and have thousands of parts for camping and RV repair. We can fix any RV system and do odd jobs like bearings and hitch installation.

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

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.

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

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

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.