Nobody`s free
until
everybody`s free.

Fannie Lou Hamer
June 2021 VOLUME 38 NUMBER 6



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To the Editors:

Have you ever owned something that was very special, that was beyond any price to you? Think about it, 10:30 at night, the park service calls, we`re coming to appraise your house tomorrow-be home. No negotiation $28,000. The government takes what they want. We fought, we all fought hard. NBC came to our house, we did a taped interview which was aired, but nothing would save our home. History/heritage of the Stanford family was gone. People ask why you "HATE" the park-you can`t understand unless you had to go through it. The pressure they put you through, older folks by the handful would die-neighbors/friends would have to move and the young kids would lose their classmates. They bought one house after another, boarding them up, tearing them down, or burning them. Some were moved. They created a monster of our little Boston Township town dating back to 1806 (oldest village in Summit County). We soon became known as Helltown.

Hatred will not be gone for two generations yet. Many of us received letters from John Seiberling, our congressman at the time. Just easements, we would be ok. I even received an invitation from the people the park put in my house after we were kicked out to come and have tea and cookies on your front porch and see what we did to your home. Kind of nervy – new people don`t understand. The roots of the township, the Stanford family were gone.

Our taxes are out of sight (the park owns roughly 87% of the township). The visitors to the park are wearing out our roads, fire/rescue, and police services are being used at no cost to the government.

For those of us that kept the valley more than 200 plus years, we get no thanks, just grief, pain and sorrow. They will be glad when we`re dead. I`ll speak for myself; the rest of the Stanford history will go with me to my grave on what was first Stanford land.

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The Stanford/Shrader home on Stanford Road

Nancy Stanford Shrader





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WOODRIDGE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM



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WOODRIDGE BOYS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

On June 5, 2021 the Division II Woodridge boys track team finished first in the state with 43 team points. The team returned to Woodridge amid lights and sirens. Our thanks to Chief Nagy and Chief Riedel for helping organize the police and fire escort. Thanks to Allan Jones and Kyle Allen of Peninsula Police and Jay Skolnik, Joe McVey, and Charlie Riedel from Valley Fire leading the parade. The welcome through town included Aaron, Lisa, Josephine, and Adeline Mayer, Dave Krusinski, Dan Schneider, Jr., Pam Schneider, Tom Germain, and Jenn and Jay Verbic.

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GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS
   Team finish:
eighth overall (out of 67 schools) with 22 team points
   All Ohioans:
4x800m Relay (Izzy Best, Eloise Willett, Evelyn Willett, Reese Reaman)- third place
Reese Reaman- third place- 1600m
Izzy Best- fourth place- 800m
Anna Rorrer- fourth place- 300m Hurdles

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS:
   Team finish:
First Overall- State Champions! (43 team points)
   All-Ohioans:
4x800m Relay: STATE CHAMPIONS (Zayd Elkurd, Caden Hibbs, Ryan Champa, Aaron Dutt)
Angelo Regec- Discus- fifth place
Ryan Champa- 1600m- fourth place
Zayd Elkurd- 800m- STATE CHAMPION
Ryan Champa- 3200m- STATE CHAMPION
4x400m Relay- fifth place (David Fritz, Kyle Carey, Aaron Dutt, Zayd Elkurd)

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CONGRATULATIONS

Joe Varga and Kathi Cole were married on May 22, 2021. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

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CONGRATULATIONS JOE

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At their regular Township meeting on May 26, the Boston Trustees congratulated Police Chief, Joe Varga, on his retirement. Memories were shared and tears were shed as Joe was presented with a plaque. Joe was surprised by many members of his family who were invited to the event. Lisa Petit, acting superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as well as Acting Chief Ranger Ivan Kassovic presented Joe with a plaque and appropriately, a book on the history of Bourbon.

Joe began his career in police work in 1981 with the Reminderville Police Department. He was chief in Boston Heights from 1983 to 2012 before joining Peninsula in August 2013. The Trustees thanked Joe for all of his efforts on behalf of their residents.

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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: : 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. Also, all of the township-maintained roads have received their first mowing of the summer. If all goes as expected, the township`s new truck, which was partially secured using Volkswagen settlement money, should arrive very soon.

Zoning Updates: There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals for the property at 5374 Akron-Cleveland Rd. regarding an application for a storage business. Board of Zoning Appeals member Paul Kaczmarski was reappointed to a five-year term expiring in 2026. We thank Paul and all of the members of the zoning boards for their many years of service to the community.

Thank you, Joe!: At the meeting held on May 26, the trustees recognized Joe Varga for his many years of service to the community as Chief of the Peninsula Police Department.

Welcome, Chief Nagy: At the meeting held on June 9, the trustees welcomed Jay Nagy, recently appointed Chief of the Peninsula Police Department.

Congratulations Woodridge Track and Field!: The trustees offered congratulations to the Woodridge boys track and field team for their first-place finish at the Division II State meet.

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 & Joint Cemetery Tax via Zoom Meeting June 14, 2021.

Council passed the May 10, 2021 Regular Council Meeting Minutes.

Council passed Resolution No. 10-2021 a Joint Resolution Authorizing the Continuance of the One Mill Cemetery Maintenance Tax for the Village of Peninsula and Boston Township to maintain the Union Cemetery Association of Boston Township.

Council passed Resolution No. 12-2021 A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and Fiscal Officer to Enter into an Agreement with Wichert Insurance to Provide Insurance Coverage for the Village from Selective Insurance Company and Insurance Indemnity of North America.

Moving to third reading is Ordinance No. 07-2021 An Ordinance to Approve Current Replacement Pages to the Peninsula Codified Ordinances.

Moving to second reading is 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 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 the Akron Peninsula Road project is moving forward. The new `Hot Box` purchased by the Village for road repair is working smoothly and they are underway repairing roads around the Village and Township.

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. 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.

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 until 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.

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

Upcoming Meetings:
Planning Commission June 28, 2021 at 7:00PM Pending Electronic Meeting Via Zoom
Council Meeting July 12, 2021 at 7:00PM 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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VALLEY FIRE

The picture below is of Assistant Chief Scott Duber and Medic John Gordon who are part of Valley Fire Dive Team.; Scott, Joe McVey, and Scott Reynolds participated in an underwater search pattern training. Richard Smith, John Gordon, and Lieutenant Sebastian were rope tenders. Both John Gordon and Richard Smith are former divers. The training took place at Wilson Gravel Pit AKA Indigo Lake.






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VALLEY FIRE IS HIRING

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.html to fill out an online application.





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PENINSULA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Sunday worship services are 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 a safety precaution.

Services are also available via Zoom for those who are unable to attend. Please call Lynn at 330-931-9662 for ID number and passcode.

All are welcome!





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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

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.





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BOSTON TOWNSHIP HALL COMMITTEE NEWS

As the directives regarding Covid-19 have been lifted, it has become possible for the Boston Township Hall Committee (BTHC) to plan for a reopening of the community rooms in the buildings. At a special meeting of the BTHC held on June 10, it was decided to reopen the community rooms as of July 5, 2021. Todd Clarke, who had been a trustee of BTHC, resigned from the committee to accept the position of Events Manager. Todd will be taking over from Kim Hammond who had done a truly remarkable job in that position until Covid shut the buildings down last year. In addition to Kim, much appreciation was also extended to Judy Lahoski, a member of BTHC since its inception in 1990. Judy, who completed her very long run as President of BTHC in May, has been succeeded by Chanah Spencer. Deep appreciation was also extended to Boston Township for the cooperation, assistance, and support during the difficult time last year. As the buildings are reopened, the BTHC can restart the maintenance program, including repairs to the siding and a new coat of paint. Other maintenance issues will be evaluated and a funding strategy for the needed tasks will be completed. We thank everyone for their patience during the past year and look forward to hosting community and family events in the months to come. To contact the BTHC, please leave a message at (330) 657-2842 or visit bostontownshiphall.org.





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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday wished to Marjorie Morgan who will be celebrating 99 years on July 17.





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THANKING OUR VETERANS



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The picture above is that of a young William Sneider who served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Our thanks for his service.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

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.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY NEWS

COVID Update: At the Zoom meeting held on June 15, the Library Board voted to move to the next phase in the library`s multi-phased reopening plan. Gradually through the month of July, we will be returning most things back to pre-Covid status. During this time, furniture will be moved back to its proper place, in-person programs will be phased in, and most things should return to "normal." 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 all free of many types of germs. The date chosen for a goal for this phase will be August 2, 2021. Our museum will return to normal "non-appointment" operation as of August 5. 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 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



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Former township resident Phillip W. Brotzman passed away on May 14 at the age of 84. Phillip graduated from Boston High School in 1955 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Ohio State University. Phillip married Joan Cresci in 1968 and they made their home in Kansas City, Missouri. Phillip retired from Kimberly Clark in 2005. Preceded in death by his parents Phillip H. and E. Oneita Brotzman and wife Joan, he is survived by children, Heather Sellers (Keith) and Christopher P. Brotzman (Christy); brother, Richard (Rosita); grandchildren, Andrew Wyckoff and Eston Brotzman; and two step-grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Sellers.


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Condolences to Mary Rickenbacher (Bill) on the passing of her father, Harold O. Ruggles. Mr. Ruggles was a 1943 graduate of Stow High School. He served in the United States Army serving in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Ruggles was employed by Shell Oil where his career sent him to several cities in Ohio and Florissant, Missouri. When he returned to Ohio, he owned and operated Plaza Shell in Kent. This location then became Ruggles Amoco. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Ruggles is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of over 72 years; five children, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Last month we reported on the passing of Chester Balinski. Mr. Balinski`s wife, Dorothy, passed away May 27 at the age of 98. Our condolences to the Balinski family.





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HERITAGE FARMS

Join us for the Peninsula Flea - an upscale market, now with booths spaced apart, featuring handmade, repurposed and vintage, high quality items from dedicated artists, crafts people and collectors. The 2021 remaining dates are June 26, July 3, August 7, August 21 and September 4 2021. Saturdays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. We have our vendors eight feet apart to allow for social distancing and encourage you to wear a mask if you need one. We`ve set up self-serve sanitizing stations in each area, and staff will be sanitizing consistently and wearing a mask if needed. If you want to avoid crowds, please come after 3:00PM when it`s not as busy. Sorry, no pets. No entry fee and plenty of free parking
Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula.
(330) 657-2330 heritagefarmsinpeninsula@gmail.com

Fairy Days at Heritage Farms
Join us for our 11th annual Fairy Days! This year, Fairy Days is Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18, 2021, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM each day. A socially distanced magical weekend of fairies, gnomes, unicorns, dragons and more, for children and fairy lovers of all ages and their friends and families. We do require a face covering to be worn and worn correctly over both the nose and the mouth while on our property. Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula. (330) 657-2330 heritagefarmsinpeninsula@gmail.com





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YARD SALE

Yard sale at 2343 Major Road and 2277 Major Road, Fourth of July weekend. July 3 and 4 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.





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WANT ADS

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





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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.

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.