Don`t it always seem
to go. That you don`t
know what you`ve got
Till it`s gone.
They paved paradise
And put up a
parking lot.

March 2024 VOLUME 41 NUMBER 3



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WOODRIDGE CHEER CROWNED STATE RUNNER UP



Once again, the Woodridge Cheerleaders made history, this time with their first state runner up title. On March 2 the Woodridge High School Varsity Competition Cheerleading team took the mat to compete in the State Cheerleading Championship conducted by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.

The team qualified to participate in the competition at the Northeast Regional Cheerleading Qualifier last month at Lake High School in Uniontown. The regional qualifying event was the largest in the state. The OASSA State Cheerleading Championship consisted of approximately 275 teams competing in a variety of categories. Woodridge was named state runner up of the Division 3 Small Game Day category.

The team has had their most successful competition season to date. Starting their season in November, the team brought home five first place finishes, two grand champion titles, multiple specialty awards, and won the Metro Athletic Conference Champions for the second year in a row. As a result, coaches Amy Rogers and Tetyana Bissell (pictured below) were named the inaugural MAC Cheerleading Coaches of the Year.

The team consists of twelve athletes, the largest competition team to date. The league champion and state runner up team consists of seniors Cadence Bragg and Rachael DeMangeont, juniors Faith Johnson and Breya Taylor, sophomores Samantha Baker, Kiley Mayner, Regan Palmer, Gracie Srpigner, and Alvinus Zabay, and freshmen Natalie Harsey, Elle Lynch, and Penelope Watts. Congratulations to the Varsity Competition Cheerleading team on their successful season and making school history.







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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 not covered by the West Side Leader.

Zoning Update: The Zoning Commission continues to work with Mark Majewski from NorthStar Planning to revise the zoning ordinance regarding home occupations and other issues. The Board of Zoning Appeals hearing scheduled for February 27 regarding the construction and placement of a hoop building at 5347 Akron-Cleveland Road was continued until March 26.

Welcome, Jerilyn! At a special meeting held March 4, the trustees hired Jerilyn McGuire as Zoning Secretary. She can be reached at (330) 657-2601 or at j.mcguire@bostontownship.org .

Road Department: Brush pick-up is scheduled for the first working Monday of each month starting with May 6 and ending on October 7. Place cut ends toward the road. Please, no dirt balls, no foreign materials such as lumber, nails, or any type of wire. This service is for limb trimming and storm clean-up. It is not for full tree removal. Please remember that it is the responsibility of the property owner to keep the ditch free of any material that can restrict the flow of storm water.

April 8 Eclipse: If you are planning to view the eclipse, be sure to do it properly to not damage your eyesight. In addition to the commonsense safety advice regarding the viewing of the eclipse, area residents would be well-advised to plan for the eclipse in the same vein as a major weather event. Make sure you have filled prescriptions and purchased food and drinking water. If you are on a cistern, securing a delivery of water would be on the safe side.

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: Mike Anderson at 234–900–9145.





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PENINSULA VILLAGE

The 2024 Peninsula Live is just around the corner! We are excited for you to join us Friday, June 7, July 12, and August 2! For any vendors who are interested in participating or any sponsors who would like to contribute, they can email admin@villageofpenninsula-oh.gov for an application.

A resolution authorizing all actions necessary to accept Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council 2024 Energized Community Grant Funds was passed in the March Regular Council Meeting.

The administrative offices and Council would like to thank everyone who has submitted their concerns on property violations, whether it be regarding short-term rentals or property maintenance violations. Please be sure to include the address and supporting documents for these violations for any more that you might see. All concerns can be emailed to admin@villageofpeninsula-oh.gov.

Upcoming Meetings:
Special Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 21 at 6:00 PM at the Town Hall.
Planning Commission Meeting is on schedule for March 26 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall.

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

Check the Website: www.villageofpeninsula-oh.gov

Faith Dorton, Administrative Assistant





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BOSTON TOWNSHIP ROAD DEPARTMENT

Brush pick-up is scheduled for the first working Monday of each month starting with May 6 and ending on October 7. Please: no dirt balls, no foreign materials such as lumber, nails, or any type of wire, this service is for limb trimming and storm clean-up. It is not for tree removal.

Please remember that it is the responsibility of the property owner to keep the ditch line free of any material that can restrict the flow of storm water.

If you have any questions, please call Dave Krusinski at 330-657-2600.





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VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT

The Valley Fire District Annual Financial Report for 2023 is available for review on the district`s website at http://www.valleyfire.us/. Catherine Anson, Clerk Valley Fire District

Catherine Anson, Clerk  Valley Fire District





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HOST YOUR FAMILY EVENTS AT THE BOSTON TOWNSHIP HALL!

Many people have discovered the benefits of holding their family events at the Boston Township Hall. With two historic community rooms to choose from and a beautiful catering kitchen, the Boston Township Hall is the smart choice for hosting family get togethers! The Hall has tables and chairs, available parking and Wi-Fi for guests. The Boston Township Hall is also a great location for holding corporate retreats and business meetings. To inquire about availability on the schedule, please contact events coordinator Todd Clarke at (330) 657-2842 or visit the website bostontownshiphall.org to submit a request. The website also features pictures of the rooms from prior events to give arrangement ideas.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Peninsula Library Programs, www.peninsulalibrary.org, 330-657-2291. Reservations are requested for these programs, please call the library to sign up.

Preschool Story Time is on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00AM. Please call the library to register your child. This program is for ages 2 and up.
Monday - March 25, April 1, 15, 22
Thursday - March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25

Classic Movie Night—First Thursday at 6:30PM
April 4—An Affair to Remember (1957, 115 minutes)—Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

Woodridge Local Schools Art Show 2024
March 23 to April 4
Woodridge Local Schools will be displaying artwork created by gifted students at the Peninsula Library March 23 to April 4. Come to the Peninsula Library to see what wonderful things are happening in the art rooms of Woodridge!

Friends of the Peninsula Library Meeting and Set up the Spring Bizarre Bazaar Table
Wednesday, April 10, 1:00PM

Wednesday Day Book Club—1:30PM on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
April 24— The heaven and earth grocery store By James McBride.

Are you ready for a new puppy? - Saturday, April 13 at 10:00AM
If you are thinking about bringing a new puppy home, do you think you`re ready? On April 13, Jacob Mayer, a canine specialist with American Caniner, LLC, will help you find the perfect match and make the puppy homecoming a breeze! He will highlight:
  • If your life is ready for a new dog
  • What kind of dog is right for you
  • Where to get a new dog
  • How to pick out a dog
  • How to inintroduce your new dog to your house
  • Present and Future: life with a dog
Reservations are requested, please call the library at 330-657-2291 or email info@peninsulalibrary.org.

First Bronson Home in Peninsula presented by Edward Andros
Thursday, April 18, at 7:00PM.

What Did Mary Bronson Know?
This question was the starting point for Peninsula resident and local historian Ed Andros in his quest to identify the place where the original Bronson family home was established within Boston Township 200 years ago this year. As different answers have been given by different authors at different times he plans to share his viewpoint at the Library at 7:00PM on the evening of April 18. The program is scheduled to last 60 minutes.

After sifting the historical record Ed believes he now knows the answer (thanks in large part to Hermon Bronson`s wife and partner) and is eager to share what he`s discovered. Long-time residents should be prepared to be surprised since he claims the answer has been standing in front of us-- without our knowing what we`ve been looking at. Reservations are requested.





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PENINSULA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

For more information about Peninsula United Methodist Church, visit our website: www.PeninsulaUMC.org.

Easter Egg Hunt - Calling kids of all ages for an Easter Egg Hunt at Peninsula United Methodist Church! Taking place on Saturday, March 30 at 1:00PM in the church yard located at 1575 Main Street. The Easter Bunny will lead us this year in the festivities.

Kids will be in three groups, according to age and there will be beverages and snacks. There will also be crafts and activities. Please "bring your own basket!" The event will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

Palm Sunday Service Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church and Peninsula United Methodist Church will be joining together on Palm Sunday morning, March 24, at 9:30AM at the corner parking lot next to Mother of Sorrows. We will gather to continue our long-running tradition of blessing palms to be shared with all. We invite all members of the community to join in this joyous celebration of unity.

Maundy Thursday Service commemorating Jesus` Last Supper is on March 28 at 7:00PM both in-person and via Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 734 940 8017 and the password is Pumc1575.

Sunrise Service on Easter, March 31 - We invite you to join us for Sunrise Service at 7:00AM at Pine Hollow, 5465 Quick Road. The service is outdoors (dress for the weather)! Following the service, join us for coffee, juice and donuts at the church.

Easter Morning Service will be at 10:00AM in-person at church and via Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID and password are the same as above. All are welcome!!

Check our website (PeninsulaUMC.org/upcoming-events/) for updates and the most recent information.





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To the Editor,

"It`s a done-deal." So many times this phrase has been used and carried out. The "proposed" centralized sewer system comes to mind. Despite the lack of community input, the lack of transparency from our local government towards its citizenry, the attempted bribery aimed at both Peninsula and Boston Township citizens by an ex-council member to reap approval, the sham meeting at the G.A.R. Hall, the useless participation at council and planning meetings by citizens seeking answers and voicing their concerns, it all culminated into the fulfillment of the very words of an ex-councilman: "Sewers are coming whether people like it or not. It`s a done-deal." It was a done-deal before any of the above ever happened.

There are very real concerns over all the rentals popping up around the Village with the possibility of more coming. How are the existing ones being monitored? How many are still in violation? How well are people being vetted? My personal experience was being told to install motion and video cameras around my property after sharing my concerns of having total strangers so close to my unfenced property/house/backyard. Can I assume that the Village is going to pay for it? The Village appears to want input, but violators keep violating and there was even a Village employee who said we should have more Airbnb`s. Is it already a done-deal that more will be coming?

As for the new Akron-Peninsula Road project. Complain all you want, especially about the three round-a-bouts, but I`ll get right to the point. It`s a done-deal.

Chanah Spencer





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To the Editors:

Look around you ˜
Where have your neighbors gone?
Do you know who your neighbors are?
Do you even have "neighbors" anymore?
Look around you ˜
Do you like the home you have and the ways in which it has become part of "you", love your yard and your garden, your "neighborhood"? and your community? proud of it?
Look around you
and be aware:
There are currently plus or minus twenty vacation rentals in the historic district of Peninsula…
Many of these are purchased and owned by LLC`s and investors who do not live in our community.
Do they send their kids to our schools or take them to story hour hoping one day they might be "pages" at their own unique town library, do you walk together with them, share baked goods and recipes? Rake or plow for them?
Do they pay income tax to our village and support our Valley Fire and Rescue team, pancake breakfasts, our schools. Do they pay resident, "senior" or business property taxes?…
Long ago a local friend commented on how a community feels when there is a funeral: "who amongst us is missing" she said…
Ask yourself now who amongst us is gone / what families… and who has gone missing in a new way?
Is it our community?
No reason we can`t have a few vacation rentals, in particular owned and hosted on site by local residents who were born here, lived here long term, raised families here, work here …

Development is coming with water and sewer but we can still be part of a community of people; don`t let it slip away because it`s not yet happening next door to you….

Let your thoughts be known to your representatives (adm@villageofpeninsula-oh.gov )

Many thanks to our village governing bodies who have come on board with addressing this issue!

Lois Unger





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PENINSULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The PACC is excited to present the eleventh annual Ramp UP on April 27, 2024.

This festival honors the ramp, the wild leek which is affectionately known as "little stinker." While the details are still being finalized, the following represents vendors that will participate: Champs Ramps, Gina and Carhops, Diner Dogs, Panzer Family Ramp, Wild Leeks, Kate`s Home baked goods, Pierogi Lady, Akron Pickle, Big Blue BBQ/Stray Dog, Breadheads Breadery, Bloody Mary`s at the GAR Hall, and an airstream with non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be handmade items by Angie`s Geegaws and Thanks Marge. Jon Mosey will provide music.

These vendors will be ready to go at 11:00AM and the festival is over at 4:00PM. As the vendors complete their setting up, NPS Ranger Rebecca Jones will lead a guided walk at 10:00AM from Trail Mix Peninsula. This will be a wildflower/plant identification walk.

During the day, there will also be a guided walk by Barb Gedeon.

This day is to celebrate the Ramp, enjoy our unique village, and visit our local businesses who will also be carrying out the Ramp theme in various ways.





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SWEETPEAS PAINTING LLC

Allow me to introduce myself. I`m Shannon Sneider, a native of Brookpark, Ohio who found a home in Peninsula where my husband grew up. Among us are my daughter, now a senior, and our fourth-grade son, both proud students of Woodridge. It`s been a joy to become part of this vibrant community and to share my business!

My journey into entrepreneurship began unexpectedly. I had been working for a business as the secretary and then there was the unexpected decision of a closure, meaning I wouldn`t have a job by the next week! The owners although owned a restoration business and wondered if I had any experience or skills in painting to work for them. Turns out I did! Fast forwarding a decade I now proudly stand as the owner of my own venture, Sweetpeas Painting LLC.



I have so much passion for the work I do! And I am so excited to welcome new customers. From the first estimate to the final brush stroke, I will be there every step of the way for you! We will have collaborative discussion making decisions, where I offer guidance on color selection, paint types, sheens, and quantity needed. Together we can craft a detailed plan tailored to your vision and any needed help from me, before embarking on the best part…the transformation! You can call or text me 216-970-8705 to set up your appointment for an estimate. I will cherish every opportunity to bring your ideas to life!

Sincerely, Your Neighbor

Shannon Sneider





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PENINSULA HOSTS EVENT CANCELLATION THROUGH MAY*

Unless you`ve visited the New Academy at 1741 Main Street in Peninsula, it`s not likely you`re acquainted with a certain fixture on the first floor of Peninsula`s 1851 secondary school.

Time permitting, the current owner will signal the arrival of a so-called Window of Opportunity involving the Total Eclipse of 2024 from April 8 to May 8, 2024 by erecting a replica of this indoor/outdoor in his front yard on April 1. Stay tuned for last-minute developments.

ALT NAME

Our local post office will be the only postal facility equipped with the unique cancellation design created by former Peninsula resident and chairperson of Akron University`s Art Department. It can be applied to mail originating from here under the following conditions:
(1) The piece must have the proper postage by weight and destination. For example: $0.68 for a one-ounce domestic letter or $0.53 for a postcard.
(2) Do not put the item in the outdoor box or inside receptacles but request counter service.
(3) Tell the clerk whether they should place the item in their non-machinable tray for further processing/delivery or ask for the item to be returned to you at the counter. Such items as leave with you cannot be put into the mail afterwards because the stamp(s) will have already been cancelled and therefore no longer valid.
(4) Clerks are forbidden to apply this dated cancellation stamp before April 8 but can do so afterwards until the device is destroyed per regulation.
(5) Items (together with an addressed/stamped return envelope) may be mailed to:
Postmaster
1921 Bronson St.
Peninsula, OH 44264


Special Cancel design contributed by artist Walt Herip

Few communities in the zone of totality here in Northeastern Ohio have made postal preparations. A tip of the hat goes to our Postmaster Taylor and her team.

*The Eclipse is not being cancelled. It will only be stamps.

Ed Andros





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ON APRIL 18 QUESTIONS MAY BE ANSWERED

Are you dying to ask when in-door toilets first came to Peninsula? While that won`t be our main focus on April 18 when I try to prove who built the house in this picture and when they did it, feel free to put me on the spot. Seating at the Library at 7 PM may become sketchy so call 330-657-BOOK and reserve your slot so we can fret about it in advance.

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Who Built Me and When Did it Really Happen?

Everyone should now be thoroughly confused as to what we might call this home. No one seems to remember the immediate prior owner so we are now sufficiently adrift.

While either Focazio, Klipfstuhl, Najeway or Stockslager are easy to say and remember I`m poised to argue we go alphabetical despite the difficulty of pronouncing, let alone spelling BRONSON. No decision taken at the conclusion of consideration shall be binding, and if it were, would likely be ignored on general principle.





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CONDOLENCES

Clarke

Theresa Clarke passed away March 1, 2024 at the age of 86. Theresa had worked at Parker-Hannifin in Cleveland and Mayfield Heights after she had raised her children. Theresa was the loving mother of Mary (John) Ostberg, Tess Clarke (Bill Brock), Ann (Dan) King, Brian (Debbie) Clarke, Peggy Clarke, John P. Clarke, and Jeanne Clarke (Todd Clarke); grandmother of Nicholas Ostberg, Lauren Ostberg, Dan Ostberg, Brendan King, Sean King, Megan Freshly, Matt Clarke, Monica Mulpur, Morgan Clarke, Liam Clarke and Emmet Clarke; great-grandmother of Clarke, Emerson, Emory, Gabriella, Kolton and McKenna. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Clarke; son, Patrick Clarke; parents, Joseph and Kathryn (nee Touschner) Logar; stepmother, Emily Logar; siblings, Donald Logar, Mary Steigerwald and Catherine Logar; and sister-in-law, Anna Clarke.

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Alexander

Boston Township resident Benjamin Alexander passed away March11, 2024 at the age of 94. Ben was born in Akron to F.G. and Pauline Alexander. He studied at Western Reserve College and then University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. A veteran of the United States Army, Ben served in the Korean War. He made a career with his family business, the Kraus – Alexander Construction Company. In 1960, Ben married Valeria and they built their home in Boston Township. Ben is preceded in death by wife, Valeria, and siblings Antoinette Loving, Frances Watson, and Theodore Alexander. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Catherine (Richard Opre) Alexander and Anne (Michael Hurray) Alexander.





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SUMMIT e-WASTE

Summit e-Waste: Ben Baker, vice-president of Summit e-Waste has informed us that in 2023, 2250 pounds of recycling materials was collected at our location. The bin is at the north end of the township property and is open to everyone. If you have questions, they may be reached through their website at Summitecycle.com or by calling 330-800-6657.

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WANT ADS AND SERVICES

BABYSITTER: Fifteen and half year old who is trustworthy, reliable, and responsible. Can make simple meals for kids. Flexible schedule. Please contact via text or call: (440)409-8053

HELP WANTED: Pierogies of Cleveland in Richfield. Cashiers and Cooks. Stop in between 10:00AM and 3:00PM, Monday through Friday for an interview. 330-659-4309 https://www.poconlinestore.com/careers

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

SWEETPEAS PAINTING LLC: Call local resident Shannon Sneider for all your painting needs. 216-970-8705

TRAVEL ADVISOR: I am a travel advisor specializing in Princess and Royal Caribbean cruises and Sandals, Beaches, and Apple resorts and I can help you plan your best vacation ever!!! Contact me at LindaFisher@InfiniteMomentsTravel.com or Facebook Linda at Infinite Moments Travel and we can get you traveling.

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.

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.
YCN rating 5. She was excellent as a real estate agent, very considerate, good communication and very caring of the property

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.

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: Precious Pets Sitting Service at 216-701-4181, precpetstr@aol.com, preciouspetsohio.square.site. Providing visits, midday walks.

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: Contemporary Furniture. Handmade in Boston Township. Bar Stools, Counter Stools, Side Tables, Coffee Tables, and more. Joe Griffith. (330) 701-9819. Visit www.bluedogmodern.com. Email joe@bluedogmodern.com or call 330-701-9819.

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.