IT IS OUR
CHOICES. . .
THAT SHOW WHAT
WE TRULY ARE,
FAR MORE THAN
OUR ABILITIES.

J.K. Rowling
September 2008 VOLUME 25 NUMBER 9



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PENINSULA VILLAGE COUNCIL

September 2008. Village Council passed a resolution supporting and endorsing the Peninsula Library Foundation Endowment Campaign.

John Debo, Superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was present and discussed the conservation easement with Brandywine Country Club. In short, the Park would be purchasing the future development rights of the property and ensuring that although the property could be bought and sold, it could never be operated as anything other than a golf course. At this time, C.V.N.P. is still negotiating with the owner of Brandywine Country Club on the easement.

Council passed a resolution to move funds for repair work necessary on the two mowers and the big plow truck.

The two new police cars are on the road! Thank you to Officer Westfall for his work getting them road ready.

Mr. Hunker has completed the applications to Ohio & Erie Canal Association for grant funding to do work on the village hall and the Players Barn. He has also applied to the Ohio E.P.A. for a Targeted Brownfield Assessment on the Players Barn.

Mayor Fisher reminds everyone that Absentee Voting has changed this year – In person voting beginning September 30 is at The Job Center at 1040 Tallmadge Avenue. There will NOT be absentee voting in person at the Board of Elections. The Board of Elections telephone number is 330-643-5200 or online at www.summitcountyboe.com. If you have not yet registered to vote, forms are available at the Village Hall.

A reminder to anyone who would like to receive the agendas and or minutes of meetings: please email me with your request, and I will add you to the list. peninsulavil@windstream.net .

Regular Meetings:
Planning Commission – October 7, 2008 - 7:00pm
Council Meeting – October 13, 2008 - 7:00pm
Board of Zoning Appeals – October 8, 2008 - 7:00pm
Check the Library, Post Office, Village Hall, or Terry Lumber for other meetings and postings.

Village Hall hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily except holidays and weekends.
330-657-2151 – Mayor and administration
330-657-2714 – Clerk Treasurer and Zoning Inspector
330-657-2089 – Service Department
330-657-2995 – Police Department
330-657-2911 – Non-Emergency Police and Fire Dispatch


Pamela S. Burda, Clerk Treasurer





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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

FINAL BRUSH CHIPPING: The last brush chipping for the season will be the first week of October.

TOWNSHIP LEAF PICK-UP: If you live in the unincorporated part of Boston Township leaf pick-up begins the third week in October and runs through November. Leaves must be raked to the edge of the road, away from mailboxes, or they will not be picked up. Too many people do not put their leaves close enough to the road and we end up raking huge piles to the machine. Raking is difficult when leaves get wet.

SHARE-A-CHRISTMAS: The Trustees will again be sponsoring Share-A-Christmas for our community. Last year we were no long allowed to put a collection box at the Peninsula Post Office and as a result our donations really suffered: community donations were down about 95%. Due to the economy we anticipate helping more people than last year and we really need your help. Collection boxes will be at the Library, Terry Lumber and the Police Department lobby. They should be in place the third week in November. We will continue to search for a drop off location with 24-hour access.

POT LUCK DINNER: We are hoping to have our annual pot luck dinner in the beginning of November. The date has not been finalized and will be announced in the October issue of YCN. If you are reading this paper you are invited. This event will be held at the Township Hall. Please bring a dish to share. Everything else will be provided by the Trustees, including door prizes. This is our way to say thank you to our residents.

ZONING: The Trustees are looking for an alternate member to serve on the Zoning Commission. If you are interested, please call one of the numbers listed below.

LIBRARY SUPPORT: The Trustees (Ritch and Anderson) passed a resolution in support of the Peninsula Library foundation endowment campaign. Trustee Bergdorf abstained from this vote due to his employment at the Library.

ROAD DEPARTMENT: At a chance encounter, Trustee Ritch was asked by a member of Peninsula’s council to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of combining or contracting road department services. Trustee Ritch said the Township would be interested in discussing these issues and said to call to set up a meeting. As of the last Trustee meeting on September 10 no meeting has transpired or been requested.



The Township Trustees meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the old township garage next to the Town Hall.

The zoning commission meets the second Tuesday of each month and the board of zoning appeals meets the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30PM (same location).



Contact numbers for the trustees: Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439, Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5698, and Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015.





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SPAGHETTI DINNER THANK YOU

We had a wonderful turn out for our Fourth Annual Senior Spaghetti Dinner. It was nice visiting so many of our seniors. Next year we will probably need the larger room at the town hall complex. Special thanks to Gloria Ritch for helping with the pie baking and serving. Also helping out with the serving were Glenda Grezlik and Abbey Morgan. Thank you to Barb Pedone for once again cooking all of the sauce, meatballs, and spaghetti, and the Winking Lizard for providing garlic bread. Conspicuously missing in serving duties this year was Peninsula Police Chief Jimmy McCue. Instead, we think he spent two solid hours behind-the-scenes in the kitchen serving all of the food.

Thank you to all who attended this event. We had a great time.

Amy Anderson, Jerry Ritch and Randy Bergdorf





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BECOME A PART OF THE STORY!

The Peninsula Library Foundation is conducting an endowment campaign! Your donations will be used to support the Foundation’s mission, which is solely to build and maintain an endowment fund for the benefit of the Peninsula Library & Historical Society. This endowment fund will be used to help the Library meet its future financial needs and ensure, as government funding diminishes, the ongoing viability of this valued community resource.

The Foundation has obtained a challenge grant from the GAR Foundation. In addition to an outright gift of $20,000, if we can raise $160,000 by December 1, 2008, we will receive an additional $80,000!

This is a great time to make a gift to the Peninsula Library Foundation! We have so far raised $66,000 toward the challenge grant. Please help us make our goal by contributing before December 1 (your contribution is tax deductible). Pledges over the next three years are also eligible for the matching grant. You will be billed annually for any pledge.

Many community organizations have enthusiastically supported and endorsed this effort. They include Boston Township Trustees, Friends of the Library, Peninsula Home & Garden Club and Peninsula Village Council.

You will be receiving a letter and contribution form in the mail from the Endowment Campaign in the next couple weeks. If you do not receive your letter or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Randy Bergdorf, Library Director, at 330-657-2291. Thank you for your generous support!





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FALL FEST

Cornerstone Family Church invites you to their 2nd Fall Festival Saturday, October 4th from 4-8pm at 1460 Hines Hill Road in Boston Township. Come join us for food, folk songs, fire, farm animals, and fun! For more information please call the church at 330-657-2111.





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CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Michael Matusz and Elizabethann (Liz) Hartshorn who were married on August 8, 2008. Best of luck to the happy couple as they start their new life together!





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ENGAGEMENT

Roger and Natalie Mitchell would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Alyssa to Christopher Sowerwine of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Alyssa and Chris have recently relocated from Washington, D.C. to Madison, Wisconsin where Alyssa is the Senior Editor of Cheese Market News. Cheese Market News is a weekly newspaper covering the cheese industry. The couple plans to be married on September 5th, 2009 in Peninsula.





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SERVICE SCHEDULE CHANGE

Peninsula United Methodist Church returns to its regular Sunday schedule on September 7, when Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. As always, all are welcome.

If you wish to make a contribution to the Steeple Fund kindly mail your donation to Peninsula United Methodist Church 1575 Main Street, Peninsula OH 44264.





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PENINSULA PYTHONS T-BALL

The 2008 Peninsula Pythons T-Ball team enjoyed a great season and learned many new baseball skills. The team was created by Head Coach John Johnston in an effort to bring back a local team for our littlest community members to learn to love the game of baseball. The 4 -6 year olds from Peninsula, Sagamore Hills, Northfield and Cuyahoga Falls played at the Woodridge Intermediate School all summer and capped the season with a pizza party at the Quarry.

2008 Peninsula Pythons T-Ball team
Bottom Row: Maya Gajic, Leah Olsen, Dawson Reinhart, Matthew Craig, Jett Johnston, Drake Cano, Thalia Johnston & Sofia Davis
Top Row: Leah Schoolcraft, Andrew Mayer, Chad Schoolcraft, Lindsey Olsen, Jake Logan, Jordan Hendrix & Mariah Hendrix
Not pictured: Mackenzie Kelbach, Darby Spencer-Trueman, Head Coach: John Johnston and Assistant Coaches: Lori and Ethan Mayer, Chris Schoolcraft


The team wishes to formally thank The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (www.explorepeninsula.com), Hx Engineering, Heather R. Dyer, Esq. and Tractor Supply Co. for their generous sponsorship to the revamping of the Peninsula Pythons of yesteryear. A special thanks to Sara Padrutt for her awesome graphic design for the team shirts and hats. The program was free to all participants and was great fun. Hope you will join us next season.





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CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations are in order! Miss Anne McCartney of Peninsula married Mr. John Tucker of Peninsula on July 12, 2008. It was a wonderful day filled with lots of love. We all wish them a wonderful long healthy life together.

Anne is a Woodridge High school graduate who has her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Akron. She is employed at Manchester schools as a Special Education Teacher. John is Hudson High School graduate who is pursuing his Bachelors Degree from the University of Akron. He owns his own business specializing in landscaping and snow removal.

Love, The Bridesmaids





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TOWPATH PRESCHOOL

Towpath Preschool wishes to thank David Rudd from Troop 575 Cuyahoga Valley who repaired and improved our classroom and playground for his Eagle Scout project. During the initial phase, 23 people put in over 90 hours of work. The project included the construction of a bookcase, sandbox, rock wall, and salt box. Under David's direction, those items were installed, the fence was painted, the playground was weeded and re-graveled and the swings and tire swing were repaired. David even shared his scouting experience with the class. Thanks David and Troop 575!

We are also pleased to announce that we have hired a new Director/Teacher, Mrs. Mary Hyde, a certified teacher in early childhood education and we are looking forward to an exciting year continuing the wonderful tradition of a great start in education. Like most non-profits, we continue to struggle financially and could use your support. Please consider a tax deductible donation (we are a 501(c)3 public benefit organization) and/or support our annual fundraisers: Garage Sale, Oct. 4, Poinsettia Sale beginning November 1, and Flower/Annual Sale in May. We are currently selling KidsStuff coupon books for $25 and we are also looking for donations of any of your unwanted items for our garage sale during Peddler's Day. Please call the school at 657-2071 for more information.





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LOG CABIN GALLERY

The Here & There 2008 Autumn Exhibit will run from October 3 through November 2. The Gallery is open from 11:00AM until 5:00PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There will be a meet the artist reception on Saturday October 11th from 5:00-7:00PM with Jon Mosey performing. Log Cabin Gallery will be participating in Peninsula’s Peddler Day on October 4th. There will also be artist demonstrations as follows: On October 11th from 2-4PM Diane Talmadge (oil painting), October 12th from 2-4PM Erika Laine Hansen (lampworking), and October 26th from noon to 4PM Joe Spencer-Trueman (blacksmithing). Log Cabin Gallery is located at 1671 Main Street (North Canal), 330-657-2670, www.thelogcabingallery.com.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Celebrate National Herb Day by attending Entertaining with Herbs on October 11th from 10:00 AM until Noon at the Library. Jan Becker from the Cottage Garden Herb Farm and Kathleen Varga from the Crooked River Herb Farm will be here to share ideas on using herbs for entertaining during the upcoming holiday season. Learn how to spice up your party with new ideas for appetizers, vinegars and much more. Reservations are required. Call 330-657-2291.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale and Bizarre Bazaar will be held October 4th from 10:00 AM until 4:00PM and October 5th from 12:30-4:30PM.





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CONDOLENCES

Walter “Butch” Cassidy passed away August 17. Butch was the son of Walter and Laura Cassidy and an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He is survived by wife Mary, children Debbie, Pam and April as well as four grandchildren and brothers Tom and Denny.

Bob Collins passed away August 21 after a lengthy illness. After thirty years Mr. C retired from the U. S. Postal Service where he served as mail carrier for our area. He was actively involved in the Peninsula United Methodist Church, a scout leader, and little league coach. Bob was an Air Force Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a friend to all and we will miss his ever-present smile. Preceded in death by his wife, Pat, Bob is survived by his companion Nancy James, children Bob Jr., Richard, Sharon, Randy, and Susan, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Former Township resident Bill Biro passed away September 17. Mr. Biro lived on the Biro Farm on Akron-Peninsula Road near Northampton Road before moving to Stow. He retired from the Lawson Milk Company. Mr. Biro was preceded in death by his sister Alice Carpenter and brothers Dan and Gays. He is survived by his wife Ruth.





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JAZZ IN THE VALLEY

The Peninsula Library will be hosting a jazz festival at Happy Days in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on October 12, 2008. The Peninsula United Methodist Church will have a Dixieland service that morning with music provided by the Rubber City Retreads at 10:45 AM to be followed by a soup lunch. All are welcome.





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BUY SOME FIREWOOD AND HELP THE QUARRY

Dewey Hansen is graciously donating the proceeds of the sale of firewood to help the Quarry. The wood is split and in fireplace size pieces. He is selling this by the pick-up truck and a six foot bed is going for $100 and an eight foot bed is $125. If you need some firewood and would like to help the Quarry, please call Dewey at 330-657-2363.





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GET WELL WISHES

Jodi Padrutt is recovering nicely from surgery on her ankle.

Please remember to keep Jodi and the following in your prayers: Freeda Johnson, Jim and Millie Lockert, Joan Flory, Gloria Ritch, Nancy Sue James Zvara, Jean Burda and Dave Mayer.





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PENINSULA MIX

This is a good time to clear out the attic and basement as Peddlers’ Day is Saturday, October 4, starting at 9:00 AM. To get on the schedule, call Nina Alvis at (330) 657-2252.

When you go to our library or to the library museum, say hello to our recently appointed assistant curator and archivist, Amanda Remster. She will be processing, cataloging and preserving documents and artifacts of local history.

She is from Northwestern Ohio near the city of Paulding. Her grandparents lived here on a farm they rented from Etta and Charley Keenan. Amanda visited them, loved the area and always wanted to live here. She came close to accepting another job elsewhere when the option here came through for her.

She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University.

*****

You can stretch your water supply by putting a jar of water in the tank top of a toilet. The toilet will still flush, but more thriftily.

*****

And finally, there is this: did you know about the topless and bottomless bar in Cleveland’s Fleet Avenue (Polish neighborhood)? No babushkas and no galoshes.

Lily Fleder





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COMMEMORATION

The Peninsula Home and Garden Club wishes to remind readers as they cross the bridge that the flowers we plant each summer season are in memory of all the loved ones whom our community has lost, as well as for the enjoyment of all our visitors during each holiday when we decorate.





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WANT ADS

FOR RENT: Lease office space 2,100 sq. ft. with handicap access. Entire floor with large decks and elevator. Bright and cheery - a creative space with 1.5 Baths and kitchen. Bike storage in the heart of Peninsula and CVNP, Adjacent to Towpath. Carlean Perez at 330-657-2633.

AVAILABLE: January 1, 2009: Old Blacksmith Shop in the Peninsula General Store Complex behind Yellow Creek Trading Co. Studio - Loft - Business - Residence $695 Contact Carlean Perez: 330-657-2633.

CARE GIVER NEEDED for quadriplegic. Three Saturdays per month. Call Jo at 330-657-2699.

FOR SALE: Boat Cover – Taylor Made for Cuddy Cabin. Center line length 21’4”, maximum beam 96”. Vivatex treated material, rustproof reinforced gammets, used once. $200. Call Jean at 330-606-7523.

FOR SALE: 2005 Cadillac Deville DHS, Northstar engine, loaded, excellent condition, 11,500 miles - $21,900. Call 330-329-4735.

FOR SALE: Small wood burner – Waterford, five or six years old, free standing, porcelain. Asking $60.00. Please call Carlene at 330-945-7293.

FREE: Upright freezer. Call Carlene at 330-945-7293.

HELP WANTED: Direct Mail Service in Stow needs production worker; day shift; heavy lifting; able to drive stick-shift box truck a plus. Call: (330)375-0066, Ext 262.

FOR SALE: Mobile home in Hudson Estates. Hudson Schools. Three bedrooms with 1½ bathrooms, 2002. Asking $22,500. Call owner, Bridget at 330-571-5282.

BODYGLIDE EXERCISER: $10, Call Lily at (330) 657-2284.

RED RASPBERRY BUSHES: berries in July and September. Free. Call Lily at (330) 657-2284.





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SERVICES

TREE/WOOD REMOVAL: If you have a tree to take down or wood to get rid of (no rotten wood) please give me a call. I need firewood. Call Matt at 330-657-2138.

VALLEY ROOF REPAIR & HOME MAINTENANCE: Bonded and insured. No job too small. Call Rick at 330- 322- 7996.

JEWELRY AND PENINSULA T-SHIRTS: Contact Sara Padrutt at dogwooddesign@etsy.com.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED HELP TYING UP THE LOOSE ENDS? I can help. I offer great rates for cleaning, organizing, and assisting with errands or dog walking. Flat rates, not hourly. References available upon request. Call Emily Holody at 330-256-6641.

INTERESTED IN HANDMADE CARDS, SCRAPBOOKS, OR HELP WITH PARTY INVITATIONS? I can help! Please visit my website at: www.eholody.etsy.com and feel free to contact me with any orders or questions. Call Emily Holody 330-256-6641.

TOTAL BODY FITNESS is not only improving you physically, but mentally as well. One of our clients reports that she lost 6 lbs. in a total of 3 months of Personal Training. All of her HDL cholesterol went up and her LDL went down and her glucose counts are normal. We also have clients that have lost a total of 30 lbs. from low impact cardio and personal training. We are thrilled to report that we have gained 1 to 2 clients every month. Let Total Body Fitness change your life! You are only moments away from "A Better You". Carleen 216-470-4309 and Natalie 330-730-3355 or 330-657-2963.

YARD SERVICES: Get on the list for a fall clean-up and get half-off on a mowing. Call Jeff 330-780-0745.

ODD JOBS: Local references, call Justin Krause at 330-657-2284.

PAINTING: Interior painting, light exterior touch-up work. Please call Mark 216-849-8758.

BEAUTY: I bring The Body Shop to you! All natural products. Great as gifts for family, friends, or yourself. Great specials! Call Renee Baker at 330-701-0981 for an appointment or a catalog.

THE NEEDLEWORKER: Creating tomorrow’s heirlooms with needle and thread. Reproduction and original samplers stitched from your pattern or mine. Over twenty years stitching experience. Private lessons also available, Call Susan Black at 330-922-0988.

TREE TRIMMING: No job too small. Call Tom Godlewski 330-650-9678.

LEGAL SERVICES: Local resident, Heather R. Dyer, is available to provide legal services. Call 330-657-2690.

CUSTOM RESTORATION: Custom wood trim, plaster and drywall repair, sash, door and hardware, century home restoration. Call Dan Torowski at 330-659-0055

LAWN CARE: Rob's lawn care, mowing and mulching. Call Rob Blaha at 330-687-7293.

VILLAGE HANDY: Remodeling, carpentry, tile, general plumbing & electrical. Call Buddy Milhoan at 657-2699.

REALTOR: In the market to sell your home? Call Janet Shrader at Geneva Chervenic Realty office 330-686-1644. Cell 330-608-5341.

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

OUTDOOR STORAGE AND PARKING: Affordable, secure, and convenient for boats, recreational vehicles and automobiles. Now available at the Virginia Motel. Call today 330-342-0864.

WESTERN RESERVE RENOVATIONS: Home repairs, improvements and renovations. Peninsula local, insured and bonded. Call for free quote. Jason Klein 330-221-3461.

BIG FRANK’S STUMP GRINDING SERVICE: Prompt service, free onsite estimates, seven days a week. Portable unit fits through a 36” opening. Call Frank Grezlik at 330-281-1280.

SILHOUETTES: Children’s silhouettes from your photos or mine $15.00. Black paper cut on white background that fits an 8x10 frame. Samples available. Call Lois Unger at 657-2385.

FISHER FENCING AND DECKS: Add security and value to your property with wood or vinyl fences, gates, and decks. Local resident with years of experience. References. For a free estimate call Dale Fisher at 330-858-2026.

BABYSITTER: Responsible 15-year-old, with babysitter course training, good with kids. Please call Danielle 330-655-0734.

HOME CARE SERVICES: Providing trusted, reliable, affordable, courteous home care service for elderly. Bonded and insured. Richard Pivovar at 330-668-1051.

PLASTERING AND DRYWALL: Artistic Finish & Design Co. Plaster and drywall repair specialist with over thirty years experience. Free estimates, reasonable prices, bonded and insured. No job too small. Call Maxx at 330-626-1669.

HOMEBOUND? Haircuts, shampoo, and styles provided in your home by licensed cosmetologist. Call Peggy Buckshaw at 330-571-5282.

FOR SALE: A Place in the Valley. 3-year old, 952 sq.ft. manufactured home with nice manageable size garden backing up to a hill in the National Park. 2 bedroom, 2 bath and an office/study. $36,900. Central air, most appliances, drapes and window blinds included. Broadband access-ready. Towpath and Indigo Lake trails a couple of minutes' walk from your door. 4341 Riverview Road # 5, Peninsula. 100% owner occupied community. For appointment call Judy Cartwright at Geneva Chervenick Realty 330-899-1644. Nature lovers' roost at affordable price.

FREE HORSE MANURE: Richfield - will load your truck. Balogh's Horse Boarding 330-659-4748.





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FRED THIEL

Fred Thiel (1910-2008) died on July 9 at age 97. He shared the era of Helen Conger and Honore Gilbeau, people whose long lives roughly paralleled the 20th century. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace, Fred moved to Peninsula with his wife Kathleen in 1939 and first lived at 1863 Stine Road, known at that time as the Pease Place. He purchased the 2.5 acres at 1563 Stine Road from Fred Kelly for $500. With his own hands and the help of “a couple of college boys,” he built the Cape Cod home still standing there in 1940. For a while he worked at Bigelow Motors. In the early 1940s he was invited to join B. F. Goodrich. When Goodrich opened its research center in Brecksville in 1948, Fred was chosen to be the purchasing agent. With expanded responsibilities, he remained there until retirement in 1975.

Kathleen Thiel (1909-1988) graduated from the conservatory of music at Baldwin Wallace and was active in Peninsula society of the 1940-60s. She was a member of the Garden Club and played piano for many performances of the Peninsula Players in the GAR Hall. In Akron, she taught at Old Trail, belonged to Tuesday Musical and performed at Stan Hywet. For more than thirty years she gave music lessons to local children In 1982 she suffered a stroke and died in 1988 after a six- year decline. Although not reclusive, Fred Thiel participated in community affairs to a lesser extent than his wife. After leaving the ministry, he occasionally preached in Akron-area Methodist churches. He taught Sunday school classes in Peninsula and led local Boy Scout troops. Not given to pretension in any way, Fred Thiel harbored an inherent sense of justice and fairness. After the Akron YMCA refused to admit Peninsula’s troop to swim because one boy (Joseph Byrd of Everett) was African American, Fred refused to patronize the YMCA and took the boys to the Akron Jewish Center, the only facility that would receive them. For twenty years he played a leading role in the Summit County Selective Service System, including during the divisive Vietnam area.

Fred Thiel
Fred Thiel (on Father's Day, June 15th)

We wish to thank the many people who aided Fred Thiel during his last years: Gary and Bonnie Banas, George and Sandy Cull, Beth Hagerty Dykes, Peggy Hauberg and Christina Stephens, Gary and Pam Jones, Mark Landis and Robin Gladys, Barbara Morehouse, Russ Morgan, Jane Lemmo, Terri and Jody Padrutt, Harlan Pritchard, Terry Lumber and Supply (Christmas poinsettias!), and above all caregivers Kim and Brett Babick and Kathy Rothman. There were certainly others whose names are not known to us. We thank all of you.

Fritz and Barbara Thiel
Jim and Lynn Cull Thiel