Everyone you meet
is fighting a
battle you know
nothing about.
Be kind.
Always.

Robin Williams
March 2021 VOLUME 38 NUMBER 3



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IN RESPONSE TO THE ARTICLE "FAIRYTALE OR TRAGEDY" BY MARTY AND MARILYN GRIFFITH

     From one of the editors:
Last month I began a correspondence with Ruth Emily Bray. More often than not our emails and conversations ended in tears. As you will see, Ruth Emily`s mom was a sixth-grade teacher in Boston. She was a larger-than-life lady and was much admired by all of us. Everyone in the community always referred to Ruth Emily by her full name. The "Emily" part was given to her to honor my dearest aunt, Emily Fisher Ritch. I will continue using it. For those of you who are "from here" I am sure you will share in our tears. This was our history; one I feel that is no longer important to many of this community. The stories are part of what made us a community and who we are today. Each time I drive past that empty lot, I think of the Bray family and how their home was always open to the neighborhood kids. They were important to this community. I hope you will appreciate her story.
     - Amy Zorena Anderson


My name is Ruth Emily Bray Hilliard. My parents, Bill and Marion Bray, were told by the Park Service that their property had to be sold for the park through eminent domain. By that time, I was teaching in Denver, but my mom called me and told me what had happened. I knew it was heartbreaking for both of them. She was devastated. I asked if they were planning to fight this in court, but she said the few who had tried that got barely enough more to pay for the lawyers. They felt they had no power to change anything and no one was able to keep their home.

My mother was a long-time sixth grade teacher who had graduated from Peninsula High School. My dad had come from England in 1909 and was a machinist in Jaite. My brother graduated from Boston High School and I was in the first graduating class from Woodridge.

During the depression my parents purchased their land (what was 6621 Riverview Road), and together built a beautiful Tudor home on six beautiful acres between Riverview and the Cuyahoga River. They often talked about digging the foundation themselves and taking it in a wheelbarrow to put on different places on the property. My dad did most of the work on the house. It was more than a dream home; it was part of who they were. They eventually dug a gas well to heat the home, had a small barn where Mom raised chickens and I had my horse, and had a huge garden. When I was young, I imagined building a home on their property.

The last time I went to visit the property is when we went to my high school reunion, and it was so overgrown you couldn`t even walk on it. We rode the train past the property, and you couldn`t see any of the land because of a tall cliff. So, this land couldn`t be seen and was impossible to walk on. So, they took our history and it couldn`t be used for the park.

To make my parents feel better, the Park Ranger said the house would eventually be used as a Ranger Station. Of course, that became impossible when they demolished and

buried all the structures on the land and left it to the black berry bushes.

What could have been a monument to the hard work and ingenuity of the people during the depression was destroyed by misguided and self-serving individuals.

So, if you want to know if this episode in this area`s history is a fairytale or tragedy, you know how my family would vote!

Bray Tudor Home





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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. . Meetings are covered by the West Side Leader. 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 Tuesday of the month.

Road Department: Due to the early arrival of snow last fall, there are leaves from last year still needing to be vacuumed. For one week (April 5 through 9) the Road Department will be around to vacuum up any stray piles of leaves. As always, please do not place your leaves on the road, but pile them near the roadside allowing room for our machinery to operate safely. Please pile leaves away from signs, mailbox posts, and ditches. Brush pick up commences the first Monday in May and continues through October. Place cut ends toward the curb. Please no dirt, or dirt balls and no foreign material such as lumber, nails, or barbed wire. For more information, please call the Road Department at (330) 657-2600.

Property Reappraisals: Residents who have questions about their new home values are encouraged to contact the Summit County Board of Revision where property owners can request a hearing to discuss the new valuations. A completed DTE-1 form (Complaint Against the Valuation of Real Property) must be received by the Board of Revision by March 31, 2021. For more information, call the Board of Revision at (330) 926-2559 or visit the Fiscal Officer`s website.( (https://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/).

Welcome back, Al: The Trustees welcomed township solicitor, Al Schrader, back after his recent surgery. Welcome back, Al!

Get-Well Wishes: Speedy recovery wishes are extended to Peninsula Police Chief, Joe Varga, as he recovers from surgery. Get well soon, Joe!

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: Pam Schneider at 330–657–2059; Road Department: Dave Krusinski at 330–657–2600; and Zoning Inspector: John Schneider at 330–657–2601 or 234–900–9145.





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PENINSULA VILLAGE

Village Council met in an Electronic Meeting Format for the Regular Council Session Via Zoom Meeting March 8, 2021.

Council passed the February 8, 2021 Regular Council Meeting Minutes.

Mayor Schneider informed Council Police Chief Varga was admitted to the hospital on March 4 and released soon after. The Chief can return to work part-time light desk duty for the short-term. He remains under doctor`s care.

Council passed Ordinance No. 01-2021 An Ordinance Amending Section 139.10(g) of the Village`s Administrative Code Relating to Auxiliary Police Officers.

Council passed Resolution No, 02-2021 A Resolution Reappointing Bradric Bryan of Goodwin & Bryan, LLP as the Village`s Solicitor and Prosecutor for a Term Commencing on April 1, 2021 and Ending on March 31, 2022.

Council passed Resolution No. 05-2021 A Resolution Establishing the Annual Operating Budget and Setting Forth the Appropriations for 2021.

On second reading is Resolution No. 06-2021 A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into an Agreement with PayByPhone Technologies, Inc. to Provide a Paid Parking System to the Village.

On third reading is Resolution No. 03-2021 A Resolution Authorizing all Action Necessary to Accept Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) 2021 Energized Community Grant Funds.

On third reading is Ordinance No. 04-2021 An Ordinance Amending the Village Zoning Fee Schedule.

The Mayor would like to remind everyone the Village enacted Short-Term Rental and Short-Term Rental Tax Ordinances that became effective January 1, 2020. Those Ordinances require property owners that are renting their properties on a short-term basis to file a yearly application to obtain a Short-Term Rental Certificate prior to renting the property. In addition, the Short-Term Rental Tax Ordinance requires short-term rental property owners to collect a 3% tax from their renters and remit all taxes due to the Village on a quarterly basis. Failure to do so can subject the property owner to: conviction of a first-degree misdemeanor, a maximum fine of $1,000 per occurrence, up to 180 days in jail, and the assessment of interest and penalties in addition to any taxes due. If you are utilizing your property for short-term rentals, please remit a completed Short-Term Rental Certificate Application to the Village

Copies of the Village Short-Term Rental Regulations, Short-Term Rental Tax Ordinance, Short-Term Rental Certificate Application Form, and Short-Term Rental Quarterly Tax Remittal Forms can be found on the Village website under the ZONING tab.

Mayor Schneider reminds everyone brush pick-up starts the first Monday of May. Brush pickup will continue till the first Monday of October. If Monday is a holiday, it will be picked up on Tuesday. Brush only, cut ends to the road. No root balls or vines. This is for storm damage and minor property cleanup, NOT for major tree removal or clearing of property.

Mayor Schneider also reminds everyone that if you are planning to remodel your home, new roof, install a fence or retaining wall you will need a building permit. Please call 330-657-2151 for more information.

Reminder to our residents that it is your responsibility to keep your sidewalks, ditches, and driveway culverts clear.

Upcoming Meetings:
Planning Commission March 22, 2021 at 7:00PM Pending Electronic Meeting Via Zoom
Council Meeting April 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm Pending Electronic Meeting Via Zoom

Contact Phone Numbers:
Administrative Office 330-657-2151
Non-Emergency Police & Fire 330-657-2911

Check the Website: www.villageofpeninsula-oh.gov

Nancy Holdsworth, Administrative Assistant





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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

It is with regret that the Memorial Day Parade and activities have been cancelled for 2021. As always, flags will be placed on graves and flowers will be planted throughout the cemeteries. The Board of Trustees of the Union Cemetery Association of Boston Township encourages you to remember your loved ones on your own, using safe practices of distancing.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY NEWS

COVID Update: As vaccinations are increasing and cases are decreasing, the possibility of a more substantial reopening of the Peninsula Library is coming into focus. The Ohio Library Council, the professional organization for Ohio`s libraries, has asked the Governor`s office for clarification of "mass gatherings" in terms of library programs and to reevaluate mandatory quarantining of returned library materials. After the most recent update in eligibility for vaccination (those 50 and up), all staff who are eligible for the vaccine at this point have registered to receive it. We will keep you updated as we know more and greatly appreciate your patience with us as we all work through this most unusual situation.

Library Levy Renewal: In 1985, Peninsula Library and Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) reached an agreement that Peninsula Library will receive the levy proceeds collected in the Nordonia Hills, Revere and Woodridge school district areas of Boston Heights, Boston Township and Peninsula. The current levy expires this year and a renewal for the same millage will appear on the May 4, 2021 ballot as Issue 10. The levy is for 1.9 mills and will run for six years. The expiring 1.9 mill levy provided 27% ($127,730) of the Library`s total 2020 operating revenue ($471,601). For computation purposes, the cost of the renewal levy for the owner of a $100,000 house will be approximately $51.00 per year or $4.25 per month. Money generated by this levy can be used only for operating costs such as staff payroll, utilities, building and grounds maintenance, purchasing of library materials, and other operating costs. It cannot be used for capital improvements or building expansions. For any questions about the levy, please visit www.supportourlibrary.com or call Director Randy Bergdorf at (330) 657-2665.

The Peninsula Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM to 8:00PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. To reach the library, please call us at (330) 657-2665 or email us at info@peninsulalibrary.org . To make an appointment to visit our Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum, please call (330) 657-2892. Please look for us on Facebook or visit our website for updated information (peninsulalibrary.org).





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CONDOLENCES

Bob Rutledge
Bob Rutledge passed away February 21, 2021 following a brief illness. Bob and his wife, Polly moved to the community in the early 70`s and quickly became good friends to many of us. Bob retired from Sherwin Williams as a systems analyst. He also served on Peninsula`s zoning board.

In addition to his wife, Polly, Bob is survived by children Teri Mae (Kathleen Hern) and Eddie (Alexandra Wright), as well as grandchildren, Georgia Hern and Rex and Ivy Rutledge.



Ed Kube
Ed Kube passed away March 9, 2021 at the age of 93. Ed was owner of Kube Excavating and installed many of the septic systems and basements in our community. Ed and his wife, Maggie, lived on Whaley Road for over sixty years.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Maggie, who passed away in January, his son Tim, and son-i- law Dale Haggarty. He is survived by children Cindi Polovick (Michael) and Karen Haggarty, grandchildren Meghan Brooke (Max), Morgan May (Jeff), Kalie Haggarty, TJ Stevens, and great grand-daughter, Emory Brooke.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Library Programs for adults and children will continue to take place via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please email the library at info@peninsulalibrary.org and the day before the program you will receive an email from us with the link to join Zoom. Please call at 330-657-2291 with any questions.

Unsung Heroes of Rock-Early Pioneers of Rock 1929-1956 with Bill Brauning via Zoom on April 8, 2021 at 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Prior to the 1960
s, there were musicians playing a style of music that would become the precursor to what we know as Rock & Roll. These styles were varied-from Country-Western, to Blues and early R&B, Boogie Woogie and Texas Swing. These early pioneers had a voice of their own that would later be seen as Rock and Roll. Follow their interesting story and their great musical contributions. Some of the artists include Big Momma Thornton, Charley Ryan, Emma Mae Morse, Louis Jordan, Bill Haley, Big Joe Turner and of course Elvis, just to name a few.

April Preschool Story Hour via Zoom is on Mondays at 10:00AM and Thursdays at 1:00PM with April 29 being the last day. Email us at info@peninsulalibrary.org to register for the Zoom link.





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PENINSULA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The PACC is in early stages of planning for the following events:
A. Music on the Porches - Sept. 25, 2021
B. Candlelight Walk and Door Decorating - December 2, 2021
C. Christmas in Peninsula - December 11, 2021


We are hoping that with COVID vaccines and still following government guidelines, we can make these events happen! Please mark you calendars now — events to definitely look forward to!

A Welcome Box was delivered to new Boston resident, Aaron McHenry, on West Boston Mills Road.

Margo Snider





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PENINSULA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Easter blessings from The Peninsula United Methodist Church family to our Community. We wish you all a peaceful, safe and healthy Easter celebrating the victorious resurrection of our Lord.

Sunday Worship is taking place virtually via Zoom at 10:00 AM. Please join us! For meeting/service information, call Lynn at (330) 931-9662. All are welcome!

Updates about worship services during the Lent and Easter Seasons will be posted on the "upcoming events" tab on our website: www.PeninsulaUMC.org or contact the church at 330-657-2567.





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HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT MOTHER OF SORROWS

All are invited to share in the Holy Week services beginning with Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and continuing with Monday of Holy Week, Tuesday of Holy Week, Wednesday of Holy Week, Holy Thursday with Mass of the Lord`s Supper, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. The Masses with blessing of palms for Palm Sunday weekend: Saturday: 5:00PM. Sunday: 8:30AM and 11:00AM. Weekday Masses from Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week are 8:30AM. Mass of the Lord`s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:00PM followed by Adoration until 10:00PM. On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross (outside weather permitting) at 2:00PM. Good Friday Liturgy at 3:00PM. On Holy Saturday, Food Blessing at 1:00PM; Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30PM. Easter Sunday Masses are at 8:30AM and 11:00AM.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is scheduled for March 27 at 11:00AM and 4:00PM. Monday, March 29, Communal Penance Service at 7:00PM. On Good Friday, Confessions are at 4:15PM and 7:15PM. On Holy Saturday, Confessions are at 11:00AM. Go to www.motherofsorrowspeninsula.org for more information and Mother of Sorrows YouTube link for streamed services. Easter blessings to all!

Father John D. Terzano





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LIBRARY HERITAGE GARDENS

Surviving the move following the library renovations last summer, the winter aconite continues to bloom in several locations. These were donated by Helen Conger over thirty years ago. According to Lois Unger, Helen shared these with many of the residents on Main Street between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula.

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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.

FOR RENT: Two office spaces are available for rent on the garden level of the Boston Township Hall in Peninsula. For additional information, please email info@bostontownshiphall.org or call 330–657–BTHC.

FOR SALE: Handwoven cotton dish towels from local weaver Joanne Noragon. Towels are all cotton, machine wash and dry. Size 17x22", a variety of colors. Contact me: Everythingoldisnew2019@gmail.com. To see and order: cuponthebus.blogspot.com. Choose the towel tab. To visit my studio and browse my stock, email me for an appointment.

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. YCN Rating 5 Star. Very good work, timely and good communications during the job.

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

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, RUG, UPHOLSTERY & TILE CLEANING: Citrus-based green cleaning system. Safe for children and pets. No residue and dries in a few hours. Offer 20% discount includes moving couch and chairs. Contact Sandy or Jim Sadens at 330-657-2113 CitrusGreenClean.com Email us at sadens.jim@gmail.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: End Tables and Coffee Tables. Eye-Catching, Locally Sourced Hardwoods. Handmade in Boston Township. Visit StudioJoe.us.

DOG TRAINING/SERVICES: Whether you need help training your dog or help getting your dog out while you`re away, call Tim Dent 4 Dogs, LLC (330) 212–1181 or email timdent4dogs@gmail.com. Reasonable rates. YCN reader rating of 5.