Every lie is two lies
- the lie we tell others
and the lie we tell
ourselves to justify it.

Robert Brault
September 2019 VOLUME 36 NUMBER 9



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

The township minutes are posted on our website at www.bostontownship.org and outside the fiscal office at the Boston Township Hall. Trustee meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Zoning commission meets the second Tuesday of the month and the Board of Zoning Appeals meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Condolences: The trustees express condolences to the family of Mary K. Feterle. Mary served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for many years and also worked as a librarian for both the Peninsula Library and the Woodridge Schools.

Road Department: As they have been doing since the catastrophic fire on January 24, the village and township road departments continue to work out of the township road garage and collaborate on road projects. After reviewing the village`s needs and goals based upon a document from the village solicitor, the trustees had a contract drafted for consideration. At present, the village is reviewing the contract.

Zoning Updates: The Zoning Commission finished up its work with Mark Majewski of NorthStar Planning regarding text amendments to the Business Corridor. After a hearing was held by the Zoning Commission on August 13, the trustees also held a hearing on September 11. The revisions to Chapter 7 were passed as well as a minor revision to the section on accessory buildings.

Brush Chipping & Leaf Removal: This is a reminder that residents should put brush out for chipping on the first Monday of the month. This program is for brush generated by routine trimming and pruning and not tree removal. Additionally, leaf pickup begins the third Monday in October.

Brush and leaves will be picked up until the weather prohibits.

Cuyahoga Falls JEDD: The trustees approved a $5,000 contribution for GBC Design to conduct a study on behalf of the township and Cuyahoga Falls regarding the first phase of the waterline extension project. Cuyahoga Falls will be paying $19,250 of the cost of the $24,250 study.

Garbage Contract: The township will be advertising for bids on a garbage contract with bids to be opened at the meeting on October 23 The when.

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 Bill Clifton: 330-657-4032. Fiscal Officer: Catherine Anson at 330-657-2059; Road Department: Dave Krusinski at 330-657-2600; and Zoning Inspector: Dan Schneider at 330-657-2601 or 234-900-9145.





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PENINSULA COUNCIL

      Village Bulk Trash Pickup Day

Twice a year Republic Services provides village residents with a bulk trash pickup day, one of which is always the Wednesday following Peddlers Day. This year the village bulk trash pickup will be on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Household bulk items typically include: couches, lamps, rugs, mattresses, and large appliances without freon. Please call Republic Services directly if you have questions on what you can place on the curb for bulk trash pickup.





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REMEMBERING MARY ELIZABETH BOOTH



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It was my great pleasure to sit and talk with Betty Reinhart recently and share stories about her daughter`s life and contributions. I was honored to write the following Proclamation which was presented to Mary`s family at the August 12, 2019 Village Council meeting. We will all miss so much about Mary. Her smile, her energy, her grace. A beautiful woman who made a difference in all that she did.
- Dee Holody

        VILLAGE OF PENINSULA PROCLAMATION
        HONORING MARY E. BOOTH


The Mayor, Council, and Community of the Village of Peninsula extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mary Elizabeth Booth, whose passing leaves us all in profound sadness.

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth was born to Elizabeth and Woodrow Johnston on February 18, 1958 in Boston Township, Ohio, graduated Woodridge Schools, Kent State University, and the University of Akron School of Law; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth who profoundly believed in fairness and justice for all, practiced law for over 30 years with the Akron Courts, the Fanelly and Montgomery Law Firm, in partnership with Ida MacDonald, and graciously provided pro bono legal assistance for many when needed; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth served with endless positive energy as a dedicated volunteer for many organizations and events in our community including the Peninsula Foundation, the Boston Township Community Service League Quarry fundraisers, the Peninsula United Methodist Church annual Election Day Dinner, the Peninsula Home and Garden Club (as President and Historian), Peddler`s Day, and the Art Academy`s Plein Air event; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth served as a colleague and friend on the Village Council for many years as Liaison for Building and Grounds, and contributed her time and expertise on several Council committees including the Village Wastewater Advisory Committee, the Sandstone and ADA Ramp Replacement Committee, and the Woodridge Intermediate School Future Use Committee; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth passed away on June 2, 2019 at the age of 61 and is survived by her husband David Booth, and her son David Woodrow Booth, and many extended family members and friends; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Booth dedicated her life, talents, and exuberance to the beauty and bounty of the Village of Peninsula and Boston Township.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Village of Peninsula hereby commend the exemplary life and service of Mary Elizabeth Booth and sincerely extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to her family and friends.





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THANK YOU FOR SHARING

Mother of Sorrows Parish thanks all in the community that participated in our Mother of Sorrows Back to School Supplies Drive announced in the YCN July edition. The generous response netted over 400 items for the students in need to help them be confident by having the necessary materials for learning. The items were donated to the Woodridge Schools. Thank you for sharing in this project!

Mother of Sorrows Back to School Supplies Drive


Fr. John Terzano





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Please call the library if you have any questions or if you would like register for one of these programs.
PHONE: 330-657-2665 or 330-467-7323

Getting Started with Medicare on Thursday, September 26, 6:00PM to 7:30PM.
This program, presented by Laura Mutsko, a Certified Senior Adviser and Medicare Supplement Accredited Adviser will highlight when and where to apply for Medicare, what decisions you will need to make, what Medicare covers, cost of Medicare, and the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. Reservations are required as we need a minimum of five people for this class.

A Crash Course in Retirement on Thursday, October 10, 6:30PM to 8:00PM.
If you are concerned about your retirement and realize there`s a lot you don`t know, this is the class for you! Topics will include: How to take income from your assets in the most tax-efficient manner, avoiding very costly IRA mistakes, and what type of investment might be best for a retiree and what might not be. This class is focused on critical retirement issues for anyone preparing for retirement, or those already in retirement. Learning materials will be provided. Please call the library to register. Presented by James C. Sexton III, CFP, CFS of Western Reserve Capital Management.

Preschool Story Hour on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00AM.
Join Miss Chris for a morning of stories, songs, dance and snacks. Preschool Story Hour is for ages 3 and up. To register, please call the library, stop in at the circulation desk, or email us at info@peninsulalibrary.org Halloween Crafts for Kids on Saturday, October 12, from10:30AM until Noon. Stop at the library for Halloween crafts that include painting pumpkins! This craft program is for ages five and up with a parent/care giver. Please call to register so we have enough pumpkins and art supplies for everyone.





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JOIN PENINSULA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AS WE HONOR OUR PETS IN OCTOBER

Did you know October is a significant month for animals and those who love them? All of October is ASPCA "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month and "National Animal Safety and Protection" month. October 4 is "World Pets Day".

The Peninsula United Methodist Church invites you to join us at two special October community events for our animals:

A Blessing of the Animals will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00PM. Bring your pet(s) to be blessed on the church lawn by Pastor Claudia Britton.

A donation drive called A.A.R.F. (Appreciation of Animal Rescue Facilities). Donations can be dropped off at the church throughout the month of October.

Ideal donations include: dry cat and dog food, hot dogs, peanut butter, household bleach, liquid laundry detergent, disposable latex gloves, paper towels, Mr. Clean antibacterial soap, anti-bacterial Clorox wipes, dog Treats, kitten milk replacement (KMR), scrub brushes, scoopable litter, office supplies (copy paper, pens, pencils, markers) and new or gently used space heaters/heating pads. Checks can be made out to Peninsula United Methodist Church - please add `pet shelter donation` in the memo line.

At the end of the month, all donations will be delivered to local no-kill shelters.

Visit our website Peninsula UMC.org to see photos from previous years` animal blessings. For questions or to volunteer, contact Loretta Harland at 330-289-7278 or at LHarland1@yahoo.com.





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TRANSPLANT TO BOSTON TOWNSHIP

We were sitting around at the 119th annual Oak Hill Picnic this year and someone told their story about how they came to buy the house they are living in with all of the details surrounding it. I thought it was interesting to hear how others came to live in the township. So I decided that I would share a little bit of my story, if others want to write about theirs that would be great.

It all started somewhere in the early 1970`s. I acquired my first motorcycle, a Honda 350 and I had to figure out where I would like to ride it. I lived in Garfield Heights at that time and never thought it was fun to ride in the city with all the traffic, stop signs, stop lights, pedestrians, etc., there always seemed to be too much to watch for. So I ventured off south on Canal Road and came upon Riverview (that section is now closed) which was on the right and it looked interesting. So I followed it to see where it went and ended up taking it all the way to where it changed its name to Merriman. I was not at all familiar with the area so rather than get really lost (which I have done), I headed back to Garfield Heights following the same route. After I got home at some point I looked at a map and figured out how to get back to Garfield Heights without following the same road. I created my "ride in the country" when I needed a break from the city or just wanted to enjoy a nice ride that did not take a lot of time. So my route was Canal to Riverview to Merriman to Akron-Peninsula to Boston Mills which took me back to Riverview. It was a ride I would take many times and still do though I start and end at a different location and can no longer get through on Akron-Peninsula to Boston Mills. During that time I took a lot of side roads to visit most of the areas which were along Riverview. As I looked around, I thought it was a nice area to live, but never really thought I could afford someplace in the area. At least I could dream & imagine what it would be like.

Only later was I to find out that what you see in front of you at the time may seem unreachable and you may possibly dismiss it, only to realize it happened later and you hardly noticed all the steps you went to get there.

I have exceeded my limit of words, more next month.

Ray Hach





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PEDDLER`S DAY IN PENINSULA OCTOBER 5

If you are looking for a bargain in used household goods, tools, or garden implements, come visit the rummage sale at Peninsula United Methodist Church, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. We will have a room full of usable household and garden items at very reasonable prices. Sometimes, there are even a few antiques. We don`t know what we will be selling until it arrives. Come at 9:00 and spend the day. There will be peddlers in front yards up and down Main Street. Spaces are available for vendors to rent in front of the church for $20. If you are interested in reserving a spot, contact the church at 330-657-2567 or Nancy Clifton at 330-657-4032.





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To the Editors:

I was awakened early on the morning of July 24 by a text from my mother asking if "everything was okay?". Bleary eyed, we`d just gotten in from a two-week family vacation at 3:00AM earlier that morning, I see a photo on my phone with the newspaper headline "`We`re in trouble:` Peninsula could run out of cash by 2023".

Well that was news to me.

Apparently, what had happened was Village leadership decided to hold a special meeting outlining Peninsula`s perceived dire financial situation, knowing that half of Council could not attend. And without a quorum, the meeting was still held; after all, the Beacon Journal was there. Mind you, not once have I ever heard of the Beacon Journal being invited to a Peninsula meeting, including all the heated wastewater meetings we had. Yet, conveniently, they were there. Otherwise I don`t know how else I would have known we were in peril. I mean, I guess I could have discerned it from the meeting agenda I received the week before that simply stated a meeting about "Finances and Contracts."

Long story short, the sky is not falling, and luckily cooler heads prevailed. Council, including the three of us who were on vacation, was able to meet on August 5 and get an update from the Fiscal Officer and ask a lot of questions. Based on the answers I heard and numbers I saw, the situation is not as dire as what I read in the paper. Yes, there was an accounting error that took place in 2014-18 that will be corrected. And there is the separate issue of conservative income estimates (rightfully so) coupled with potential spending going forward.

We have to watch expenses and encourage more income. Working with other communities to consolidate services will go a long way to saving taxpayers money while maintaining high quality services for all. Working with local stakeholders, businesses and residents to encourage an economically strong downtown and overall economic health is paramount as well. Surely no one wants to see our community become a service-less bedroom community devoid of any income other than residential taxes.

The real issue here though is the drama that accompanies our small-town politics. Our leaders need to understand that reckless words and theatrics do affect our community, often in a negative way. I read about how Boston Township officials reacted to the August 23 meeting.

Recklessly spouting off (in my opinion) in front of reporters puts real world negotiations and contracts in jeopardy. We need cool calm and collected leadership that puts community first. All communities face challenges and opportunities, and I`m not picking on anyone, we all get excited. But we need to focus on the issues and solutions. Enough with the theatrics. We need to be better leaders.

Chris Weigand





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PEDDLER DAY SALE

Saturday October 5, 2019 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Rummage Sale: Peninsula United Methodist Church. Tables to rent. Call 330-657-4032.

Antiques and Collectibles: Riverview and SR 303. Booth space available. Call 330-310-7929.

Yard and Garage Sales: At your location. Call 330-657-2252 to be on the map.

Maps will be printed on September 30, 2019. All information must be received before that date. Donation of items can be made to the Methodist Church or Library!





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COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS… WHO NEEDS THEM?

When Marilyn and I moved to Boston Township about 50 years ago, we soon discovered that the Cleveland and Akron newspapers paid little or no attention to our community. This was a disappointment to me because I had lived in a small town in Pennsylvania where almost everyone, including children, read our newspaper to find out what was happening. It reported our births, deaths, graduations, enlistments, promotions, sports, club meetings, and even where we went for vacations. Since you probably knew the owner of the paper, you could call him, and he would talk with you. This might seem pretty trivial to you, but it wasn`t to us because we were interested, and our newspaper was important to us. It was our newspaper, in much the same way that the Your Community News is your paper. It wasn`t always this way. When Milton Garrett, first publisher of the Community News, started publication, we finally had a voice, and it helped bring us together as a community. Democracy depends upon an informed public, and news sources should just tell us what happened, without telling us what to think. A great many large newspapers and communication networks are now owned by outside investors. I think CBS is owned by Sumner Redstone. It`s not too difficult to imagine that what these outside investors say counts. The same is true with The New York Times. This makes our Community News almost an anomaly. The generation we belong to, and our schools have been lax about teaching our children the importance of critically reading our newspapers, magazines, and books in order to separate fact and opinion. No wonder many of our children don`t even read a newspaper.

Marty and Marilyn Griffith





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CONDOLENCES

Catherine (Martin) Timko`s mother, Marie G. Martoff passed away on July 29, 2019.

On August 13, 2019 Gregory Blasé passed away. He is survived by his wife Marta.

On August 19, 2019 Mary Kay (Biz) Feterle passed away. Biz worked at the Peninsula Library for seven years and Woodridge Schools for twenty-eight years. She was an educational aide and library clerk. She was also a cheerleading advisor and served on Boston Township`s board of zoning appeals. Biz was preceded in death by her parents, Tim and Adeline Johnston, husband Ron and son Tim. She is survived by children James (Jo) Feterle, Kathryn (Sam) Estes, and Susan Post; grandchildren Jennifer (Ronnie) Gregg, Andrew Estes, and Jordaan and Colin Post; great-granddaughters Alyssa, McKenzie, and Jessalyn Gregg; and brother John (Pat) Johnston.





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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT ASSISTANT CHIEF MOREHOUSE

On Friday, August 30, 2019, after forty seven years of dedication, Valley Fire District Assistant Chief Dave Morehouse finished his final day of duty.

The Valley Fire District honored Assistant Chief Morehouse with a traditional "Radio Sign Off" Ceremony, where he signed off the radio for the last time. Following that, another fire service tradition took place in which Assistant Chief Morehouse took a final ride in a fire truck. The procession, which consisted of both Valley Fire District and Hudson Fire Department vehicles took a ride through town and ended up at the Morehouse residence where the Woodridge band was playing in the front yard. Valley Fire District, Hudson, Brecksville and Richfield Firefighters along with Peninsula Police officers and National Park Service Rangers lined both sides of the Morehouse driveway as Fire Chief Charlie Riedel and Captain Scott Duber escorted Chief Morehouse up the driveway and returned him safe and sound to his wife, Connie, who surrounded by family and friends, gladly took him back.

Assistant Chief Morehouse was one of the first three people on the Peninsula Fire Department and subsequently the Valley Fire District to go through Emergency Medical Technician training and assisted in refurbishing a used hearse ambulance, which became the first ambulance in Peninsula.

He was also, instrumental in starting a Valley Fire District rope rescue team to address rescue concerns in the National Park. This team merged with the Summit County Technical Rescue Team.

In 2000, Assistant Chief Morehouse received the Summit County Firefighter of the Year award.

The Valley Fire District would like to wish Assistant Chief Morehouse the best in retirement. You will be missed.

Assistant Chief Morehouse


Assistant Chief Morehouse ceremony
Escorted up his driveway as Valley Firefighters salute

Assistant Chief Morehouse ceremony
Saluted by Chief Riedel





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WANT ADS

FOR SALE: You have to see it to believe it. Nearly 200 rustic hand built stools, benches, small multi-purpose tables. Reasonably priced. Will show by appointment. 234-226-7141

FORSALE: Cuckoo clock from Black Forest, Germany. Needs minor repair. 6" x 10" $20 firm. Old ceramic doll. Original dress seven inches tall. Circa late 1800`s early 1920`s. Perfect condition. $20. Call 330-338-9211 or 234-281-1172.





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SERVICES

From the Editors: Have you used any of these services? We are asking for your feedback in rating them from one to five with five being excellent.

TREE TRIMMING: Tree trimming, storm clean-up, general clean-up. Call Tom the Tree Guy at 330-760-4105.

SONSHINE CLEANING SERVICE: Residential (including Apartments), Commercial, Offices, Floors, Walls, Windows, Bathrooms, etc. $10 off first cleaning and $10 off for every referral that uses us. Three hour minimum please. Please contact Claudia Norris at (440) 915-9957. Local references available.

LICENSED ELECTRICIAN- Peninsula resident. Great rates/Quick service. Call Steve at 330-310-1061. Ohio license #El22934.

COMPANION SERVICES: Are you a senior seeking senior companion services? Well, help is here. Call Kimberly for more details. 330-285-6962

LOCAL CERTIFIED MECHANIC, Peninsula (six years) Mechanical/ Electrical/ Lite Body Repair/ and Full Vehicle Detailing, Seven days a week, by appointment only. Very Professional with references if needed. All work comes with a one year warranty. Anthony Bruce 330-907-7287. Very text friendly.
YCN reader rating of 5 stars! Good work — Good Auto Mechanic!

REAL ESTATE SERVICES: Your hometown Real Estate agent, looking to buy or sell your home call us. Sylvia Tonhaeuser/ Robin Shrader Remax Trends 330-329-1851. No one knows Peninsula or Boston Township better.

PROJECT FEEDING KIDS: Find the best prices for every essential service, both residential and commercial while helping feed children in the community. We work with top brands, such as DirecTv, Dish, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, gas, electric, and merchant services. Call Kelly at 330-203- 9713.

CARPET, AREA RUG AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: We`re different! Citrus-based organic system using ion-exchange technology. Unbeatable results. Drying times average two hours and no dirt-attracting residue is left behind. 20% discount when you mention this ad. For additional information, questions or to schedule, call Sandy or Jim Sadens at 330-657-2113. clevelandcleanpro.com
YCN reader rating of 5, multiple community comments.

NEED A HAND? CALL THE HANDYMAN! Bath resident, Joshua Kastelic 15+ years experience. Honest, Quality, On-Time 330-289-8181 thehandyman_can@rocketmail.com
YCN reader rating of 5, reporter has used this service multiple times.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Your photographer neighbor. www.KelleyWeitzelPhotography.com For all photography needs.

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

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING: Award-winning custom picture framing since 1992, with framing consultations at your home or office, delivery and installation. Instruction with social media and marketing. Fine Art Services - Assisting artists, designers, corporate & residential clients in the selection, display and proper framing of art. 330-657-2228.
YCN reader rating of: 5 Star Rating! I have used Carolyn to frame, reframe, and repair all sorts of art for me and she does a professional job.
YCN reader rating of: 5 Star Rating! Wonderful work and very creative. Highly recommended.


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.
YCN reader rating of 5, reporter very pleased with services.

FOR SALE: Studio Joe, this century modern furniture. Small scale production, large scale unique. Visit us at STUDIOJOE.US or call (330) 212-3966.