Bergdorf Eagles
Sam, Abby, and Nate Bergdorf

On July 3, two members of the Bergdorf family were awarded the rank of Eagle in the Scouting program. Abby Bergdorf and Nate Bergdorf were presented with their awards in a joint ceremony in front of family and friends. Nate`s service project was to build a fire pit for the Peninsula United Methodist Church and Abby`s service project was to put a new roof on the restroom building at The Quarry. Prior Bergdorf family members to earn the rank of Eagle were Abby and Nate`s grandfather, Wesley; their uncles Lary, Chris, and Randy; their father, Tim; and their brother, Sam. Congratulations to Nate and Abby!


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: : Brush pick up commenced the first Monday in May and will continue 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. Should there be no one in the garage to answer, please leave a message. The road department team continues to mow the road berms and will be doing ditch work on Major Road. We received word that the delivery date for the township`s new truck, which was partially secured using Volkswagen settlement money, has been moved back to September.

Zoning Updates: The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request for the property at 5374 Akron-Cleveland Rd. regarding an application for a storage business.

NOPEC Grant: NOPEC awarded the township a grant in the amount of $250 to be used for a community event. NOPEC has accepted that it will be used for the Community Bazaar on December 4.

Restoration Work Commenced: As visible from the street, the restoration work on the front porch of the 1887 schoolhouse has commenced. More work should be forthcoming this summer.

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.


Village Council met in person for the Regular Council Session July 12, 2021.

Council passed the June 14, 2021 Regular Council Meeting Minutes.

Council passed Ordinance No. 07-2021 An Ordinance to Approve Current Replacement Pages to the Peninsula Codified Ordinances.

Council passed Resolution No. 11-2021 A Resolution Adopting the Tax Budget of the Village of Peninsula for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2022 and Submitting the same to the County Fiscal Officer. Mayor Schneider announced the termination of Executive Order 2020-01 Relating to Declaration of State of Emergency.

Mayor Schneider states Summit County Public Health now mandates properties served by a sewage treatment system and/or private water system are now subject to a Building and Zoning Evaluation Application through their department. You must have SCPH approval before applying for Village permits. For more information, please visit www.scph.org or call 330-926-5600.

The mayor stated both the Akron Peninsula Road project and the Sewer project are moving forward.

The mayor would like to remind everyone if you are utilizing your property for short-term rentals, please remit a completed Short-Term Rental Certificate Application to the Village. All Short-Term Rental related forms can be found on the Village website under the ZONING tab.

Mayor Schneider reminds everyone brush pick-up is the first Monday of each month. If the first Monday should fall on a holiday, then pick-up will be on the second Monday of that month. Brush pickup will continue till the first Monday of October. Brush only, cut ends to the road. No root balls or vines. This is for storm damage and minor property cleanup. No major tree removal or clearing of property. There will be NO leaf pick-up until November.

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

Upcoming Meetings:
Planning Commission July 26, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Village Hall
Council Meeting August 9, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Village Hall

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


We all know that Akron-Cleveland Road has never come close to realizing its potential. More problems than progress, but why?

An answer may be absence of available sewer and water.

Good news may finally be here.

Boston Township is a founding member of a JEDD, our Joint Economic Development District and Cuyahoga Falls are our partner. Bill Clifton, Boston Township trustee, is president of the JEDD.

As a result of efforts by our JEDD, it is now finally possible that sewer and water may soon be a reality.

The engineering plans for the project are now complete, and assessment costs have been determined

What remains now, is for the owners who will benefit from these improvements agree to pay assessments which will, over a period of twenty years, pay for at least a part of the cost of the improvements.

Ric Haury, owner of Suncrest Gardens, and also a member of the JEDD board, has formed an ad hoc committee that is trying to generate support of enough other property owners in that area who will benefit from these improvements.

The committee will soon be sending out brochures to these owners. The brochures will outline what will be involved, from the standpoint of their financial commitments. Support by a substantial number of owners will get these necessary improvements off the drawing board, and on to their properties.

Once these improvements have been installed, owners will be able to shut down their septic systems and wells.

Septic systems and wells are not only unreliable, but costly to operate, and extremely expensive to replace.

They also turn off potential home buyers, as well as businesses who might be interested in locating in that area.

The blossoming of our Akron -Cleveland Road corridor will benefit those who own properties in that area, but also contribute to our sadly depleted tax base. This should benefit all property owners in our township.

Marty and Marilyn Griffith



Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) will honor the late John Lahoski on Saturday, July 31 with a car-naming ceremony. Lahoski made many contributions to the historic railroad and helped shape it into what the community knows today. He was the driving force behind the growth of the North Pole, the destination for families on board CVSR`s Christmas Train Ride.

"We are excited that we can honor John by renaming one of our historic train cars in his name," said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. "John was the driving force behind the growth of the North Pole and his vision helped shape our Christmas Train Ride and make it an annual holiday tradition for families all over Northeast Ohio and beyond."

The ceremony is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, July 31 at 5:00PM. at Terry Lumber on the lawn next to the tracks located at 1710 Mill Street. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite elf costume. After the ceremony, guests are invited to take a one-hour train ride on CVSR`s historic train cars where they will enjoy drinks and light snacks. To claim your complimentary ticket for the train ride please visit https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6200255/john-lahoski-car-naming-dedication-ceremony-peninsula-peninsula-depot and type in the passcode NORTHPOLE (ALL CAPS). All tickets MUST be claimed by Monday, July 26 at 5:00PM. and all guests MUST have a ticket to ride the train.

Just as CVSR`s Christmas Train Ride has grown, the North Pole has come a long way, too. In the beginning, Santa came to the train on a horse-drawn sleigh and boarded the train in Peninsula [the "North Pole"] to give the children the "first gift of Christmas" on the return trip. Soon the folks at Terry Lumber & Supply Co. and Peninsula Hardwoods – companion family businesses headed by Lahoski and located along the tracks where Santa boarded in Peninsula – thought the North Pole should be better. Volunteering their time and providing their own costumes, John and his family and colleagues soon livened up the North Pole with toy soldiers, "Frosty," Christmas fairies, "Father & Mrs. Christmas" and elves of many types and sizes. The lumber warehouses and shops were decorated and, eventually, back-lighted shadow workshops had elves hammering away on toys and gifts.

From the beginning, John was the "Lead Elf" in a shirt with huge polka-dots, bilious-colored shorts and tights and a 3-bell tasseled jester`s hat, he used to say "You can`t miss me … I`m the ugliest elf here!" The crew as well as the kids loved him and his contribution to the North Pole; John and his team provided between ten and twenty elves each night!

In 2004, John wanted a bigger elf showing at the North Pole and set a goal of 100 elves on the last day. He invited his neighbors and other community members, and when the response was less than he wanted, he called, then knocked on doors to roust out the "elves." When the trains rolled into the North Pole on the final day, more than 130 elves spilled out from behind the buildings at the lumber yard to the delight of the kids as well as the train crew and volunteers on board.

John set a higher goal for the 2005 ride - 200 elves!! CVSR`s Trustees, community members and many others were planning to be there. The second-to-last evening, before the "200 Elf Night" [as it began to be known], John and his wife Judy, a leader of the Peninsula Garden Club, were lighting holiday luminaries on the Route 303 bridge in the center of Peninsula when John collapsed and passed away.

All the people in the community and at the railroad and the park, particularly those involved with the train ride, were stunned and heart-sick for Judy and her family and loved ones. That second-to-last night, the elves were not up to being at the North Pole, although Santa boarded the trains and rode with the children as planned. The morning of the final night in 2005 was somber. At the elf briefing later that evening at Terry Lumber`s hardware store – an old-fashioned set up with countless tools, nails by size in tin tubs, etc. people jammed the store aisles for the traditional briefing from one of John`s colleagues – "smile `n wave" … "don`t clump up" … "no sudden moves or sharp sounds so as not to spook the horse" … then "let`s do this one for John!"

When the trains came in that night, packed with kids wide-eyed at the wonder of the North Pole, close to 350 elves greeted them. They were spread out three and four deep along the trains` 600 feet or so, waving and cheering Santa. Members of the community, park supporters and fellow railroad board members and volunteers had turned out to honor John`s selfless contributions and inspiring character. For those who were privileged to know John and his contributions to this experience, being at the North Pole has a truly special meaning.

John`s tireless efforts to create a festive North Pole continue today. On most nights during the Christmas Train Ride more than 100 elves take part in the magical display at the North Pole. Terry Lumber continues to support CVSR`s efforts in providing a magical experience for thousands of families who take part in the holiday train ride.


Boston Township will again be holding our Christmas bazaar. The date will be December 4, 2021 and it will be held from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. Those attending in 2019 have already received an email advising them of the event. Vendors should let us know as soon as possible if they will be participating. Please call 330-657-2439 for information.


We welcome you to join us at our Sunday worship services taking place on the church lawn at 9:00AM throughout the summer, weather permitting. Please bring a lawn chair, if you are able. Masks are optional, but recommended for those who have not been vaccinated. Social distancing will be observed as an added safety precaution.

Services are also available via Zoom for those who are unable to attend in person. Please call Lynn at 330-931-9662 for the Zoom ID number and passcode. We hope to see you soon!


The Valley Fire District, serving Boston Township, Village of Peninsula, and Village of Boston Heights is looking for qualified applicants to join our team. Visit www.valleyfire.us/contact-us to fill out an online application.


Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Gene Kaczmarski who celebrated 85 years on July 2.

Happy Birthday George Fisher, Jr. who will be celebrating 94 years on July 28.


Peninsula Library www.peninsulalibrary.org 330-657-2665

A Celebration of Animation Presentation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time VIA ZOOM. Thursday, July 29 at 7:00PM

Award-winning author and pop culture historian Martin Gitlin hosts this fun and enlightening presentation for all ages based on his book, "A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History." He is the only author to actually rank the greatest cartoon characters ever, such as Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants. He will show funny cartoon snippets of characters from the past century, play trivia with patrons, discuss the criteria he used to rank the best of the best and speak about their impact on American pop culture. Adults, teens, kids … This program is fun for everyone! Marty will have autographed and personalized copies of his book available online for purchase after the event. Please call the library at 330-657-2291 or email info@peninsulalibrary.org to register for the Zoom link.


COVID Update: Since the beginning of July, we have been returning things back to pre-Covid status. Furniture will be moved back to its proper place, in-person programs will be phased in, and most things should return to "normal" by August. Because we are still monitoring the Delta strain, some Covid-related things may stay in place for now, such as the Plexiglas that was installed on the Circulation Desk. Of course, we will continue to encourage hand sanitizing and other common-sense things learned during Covid to keep us safe from many other types of germs as well. During this time, we want all patrons to feel comfortable in the library. If you are unvaccinated or should you still desire to wear a mask, please feel free to do so. Also, if you would like us to bring library materials to you curbside, please let us know.

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 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).


The Peninsula Flea is an upscale market, with booths spaced apart, featuring handmade, repurposed and vintage, high quality items from dedicated artists, crafts people and collectors. The 2021 remaining dates are August 7, August 21 and September 4 2021. Saturdays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. (330) 657-2330 heritagefarmsinpeninsula@gmail.com


Former township resident Carlene Steurer passed away July 8, 2021. Our condolences to her family.


Bridge Flowers

Each spring, the ladies of Peninsula Home and Garden Club purchase and plant the flowers for the fourteen boxes that grace the Route 303 bridge. These plantings serve as our memorial to friends, neighbors, and loved ones from our community who have passed. The Garden Club members invite you to take an evening stroll across the Main Street bridge, pause for a few minutes to admire the flowers, remembering and honoring all those we have lost.

Dee Holody


FOR SALE: Several 18` pews from the former Boston Community Church. Contact njanigian1460@gmail.com for further information.


HELP WANTED: The Peninsula Foundation is looking to hire a part-time Maintenance Tech. Visit our website for more information on this job posting: peninsulahistory.org/jobs


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.

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

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.

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.