OH JOY

December 2014 VOLUME 31 NUMBER 12



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

THANK YOU: Many thanks to Paul and Marsha Sergi for their donation to Share-A-Christmas.

ALARM DROP FEES: Peninsula Police Chief Joe Varga sent out notifications to residences and businesses that utilize alarm services. Beginning in 2015 the Township will be charging a fee for excessive false alarm calls.

ZONING: The Trustees are continuing to work on changes in zoning where it applies to accessory buildings. Many thanks to all who serve on the zoning board and the board of zoning appeals. We appreciate your efforts.

FIRE BOARD: The Trustees reappointed Richard Slocum to the at-large position on the Valley Fire Board.

BOSTON CEMETERY: A request will be made for a Summit County prosecutor’s opinion regarding the Paul Hamerly-Boston Cemetery property line.

REMEMBERING: John Lahoski, December 19, 2005.

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 Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015; Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon: 330-657-2059; Road Department Tim Tesmer and Doug Mayer: 330-657-2600; and Zoning inspector, Doug Mayer at 330-657-2601.





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PENINSULA VILLAGE

The Village of Peninsula Council met on October 20. Members approved the Boston Township salt contract, Foot Patrol contract with the National Park Service, and, the OVI Task force agreement with the Summit County Sheriff’s office.

Council then met on November 10, 2014 at their regularly scheduled meeting. Council had several presentations: Simple Recycling, Regional Income Tax Agency, Joe Paradise from the Summit County Engineer’s Office, and Gary Diorio from MS Consulting, all addressed Council. Council considered and approved a grant from the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning Organization (NEFCO) to perform an evaluation of asbestos within the Player’s Barn. The evaluation is essential for a US EPA Brownfields clean up grant opportunity due in December. There is no cost to the Village for the initial grant.

Members approved legislation to renew the Summit County Public Defender’s contract, a contract with Simple Recycling, which would allow for residents to recycle textiles, a contract with Walter Drane to update the Village’s codified ordinances, and a contract with MS Consulting for Consulting Services.

Fliers will be mailed out to residents explaining the program with Simple Recycling.

Village of Peninsula administrative offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28.

Upcoming Meetings:
Board of Zoning Appeals January 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm
January 12, 2015 Regular meeting of Council at 7:00 pm.
January 27, 2015 Planning Commission at 5:30 pm.

Contact Phone Numbers:
Non-emergency Police and Fire Department: 330-657-2911
Mayor’s Office: 330-657-2151
Fiscal Office/Zoning: 330-657-2714
Service (Road) Department: 330-657-2089

Check the website www.villageofpeninsula-oh.gov, Library, Post Office, Village Hall, Terry Lumber, and the Valley Fire Station for postings.

John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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A TIME FOR THANKS

For the past seventeen years the Township Trustees have sponsored Share-A-Christmas. An enormous thank you to Paul and Marsha Sergi for their most generous monetary donation. Jim Christ of Western Reserve Racing, the Peninsula United Methodist Church, and Greg and Norma Preneta also provided financial assistance. We are grateful for your generosity.

Thank you to two divisions at Allstate in Hudson. The Helping Hands Team, under the direction of Natalie Kreptowski, and the Hudson Express office lead by Randy Emery provided many wonderful gifts and gift cards for the children. Thanks to Lisa Reidel who is our contact at Allstate. Thank you to the generous parishioners at Mother of Sorrows. Their Giving Tree provided many wonderful gifts. Thank you to Molly Wagner for coordinating this effort. Peninsula United Methodist Church members provided much needed food, gloves, hats, scarves, and mittens. Thank you to Charlene Cooper for coordinating these donations. Under the direction of Mrs. Vineyard, the students at Woodridge High School provided around 700 non-perishable food items. Thank you also to Saint Basil’s Catholic Church for a food donation.

Thank you to Terry Lumber and the Peninsula Library for once again allowing us to place drop off boxes for food. Thank you to all of the members of our community who so generously donated at these locations. Last but not least thank you to our elves, Charlene Cooper, Gloria Ritch, Linda Dyczkiewycz, Paul Kaczmarski, and Tom Germain for helping pack all of the gifts and food. As always thanks to Valley Fire for their delivery services.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015.

Amy Z. Anderson, Jerry Ritch, and Randy Bergdorf





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NEW BEGINNINGS 2015

When reflecting on the New Year 2015, it can mean new opportunities, new possibilities. Yet it will happen only one day at a time, one hour at a time, moment by moment. But every day, every hour, every moment of each day will be a new beginning. There will be new opportunities, new beginnings because that day, that hour, that moment never was before. If we say impossible, know that the present day, hour, moment will never be again. If what has happened in past is troubling, it is past. If we look to the future and it is troubling, it has not happened yet. In the moment all is possible. A kind word can be a response or not. What is thought can be appreciative or critical. Learning from past behaviors can make the present reality of hoped for possibilities a true opportunity for change that will make a difference. It is time for New Year’s resolutions. Why not take the time and reflect on what needs to change? What needs to be possible? What opportunities are waiting to be discovered each new day, each hour of the new day, each moment of the year 2015? Best wishes to YCN readers for great new beginnings New Year 2015!

Fr. John Terzano





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PENINSULA FOUNDATION

Upcoming Small Hall Concerts at the G.A.R. Hall include:

12/26: Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet – 7:00pm. $5 donation

12/27: Songwriters in the Round – 8:00pm. $7 donation

12/31: Hey Mavis New Year’s Eve Hootenanny–8:30pm. $35 pre-sale, $45 day of show. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight!

1/2: The Stumpy Basin Volunteers – 7:00pm. $5 donation

1/9: Boy=Girl CD Release Party! – 7:00pm. $5 donation

1/16: Up Til 4 – 7:00pm. $5 donation

1/23: Brent Kirby – 7:00pm. $5 donation

1/30: Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys – 7:00pm. $5 donation

2/6: Rebekah Jean and Demos Papadimos Band – 7:00pm. $5 donation

Join us at the G.A.R. Hall for Ten on Tuesdays! This is a planned open mic on every Third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Our host is Erik Urycki from The Speedbumps. Ten on Tuesday is a singer/songwriter/band showcase where each artist plays 2 originals, 1 cover. If you are interested in playing, email Karen at tenontuesdays@gmail.com.

The Designer’s Barn is available to rent for overnights, executive retreats, and private events! See peninsulahistory.org or call 330-657-2528 for rates and availability.





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CONDOLENCES

Condolences to the Blubaugh family on the recent passing of Patricia’s brother Michael Savol.

Township resident Barb McCune recently passed away. Our condolences to her family.





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SHANKLAND SCULPTURE DISPLAY

Peninsula resident David Shankland is featured at the Margaret Clark Morgan Gallery in their 3 Artists, 3 Mediums display. The gallery is located at 10 West Streetsboro Road Suite 200 in Hudson and it is open to the public. Dave’s sculpture will be on display until January 7. 2015.





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TOTAL BODY FITNESS

It’s that time of year again. We tend to put on our coat and hide our summer sins. This is the time of year where we eat those holiday meals and nestle in the comfort of laziness. We forget that summer comes again, those coats come off, and those extra pounds are still there. Total Body Fitness cannot only help you shed those extra pounds, it can aide in making you a better you. Give yourself the best gift ever – a healthier body – a happier you and the pleasure of knowing that you will feel better than ever. Happy Holidays! Call us for Holiday Specials: Carlean 216-470-4307 Natalie 330-730-3355. Total Body Fitness is located at 6138 Riverview in the tall gray building on the 3rd Fl.





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NEW ARRIVAL

Dave and Rita Johnson are pleased to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Evelyn Eileen Billings, on November 18, 2014. Parents Matthew and Rebecca Billings reside in Canton, Ohio. Grandparents Frank and Maureen Billings live in Whitehouse, Ohio.





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GET WELL WISHES

Please keep the following in your prayers: Bob Shaw, Mike Phillips, Bertha Jones, Ellen Jansen, Glenda Grezlik, Ed Pullekins, Carla Scheall, Claire Rodhe, Anne Minke, Joyce Jeric, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Gloria Ritch, and Dave Mayer.





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WHERE OUR MONUMENT MEN CAME TO REST

Time has eroded our ability to recall the boys who served during the Civil War. Worse still, it has erased markers placed on their graves. An effort is currently underway to verify a federal survey of veteran’s graves done in 1938. In Cedar Grove, 52 men were recorded as Union veterans. Forty-eight of those have headstones. Some of those identified are on our Monument. Some are not.

Considering only the 148 listed on the monument, 20 died while in military service, few of them near home. Seven of these died as a result of hostile action. They include: James Courtney, Richard Hickin, Robert McIlwain, Alvin Rose and Charles Scobie. Most of these lie buried near where they fell. Perkins Stanford was captured, died and was buried at Andersonville, a notorious southern prisoner of war camp. George Waterman was an exception. Shot in Dayton during pro-Southern disturbances, his family could afford to have his body returned to Peninsula for burial at their own expense.

Others who survived captivity attempted to return home by boarding a steamboat at Memphis. The boat exploded and sank April 27, 1865 in the greatest maritime disaster in American history. Seven Monument Men were aboard the Sultana that night. Four soldiers who died were Thomas Cody, James Dolan, John Garrison and Freeman Humes. Their remains were never identified. Survivor John Greenover lies in Cedar Grove. Where survivor Charles Napp is buried is not known. Bob Bishop’s ancestor, Levi Boodey, moved to Kansas after the war and was buried in Reno County in 1904.

A dinner party observing the 150th anniversary of Orlando Risdon’s promotion to General will be held Saturday March 14 at the GAR Hall. Seating is limited and tickets are expected to go quickly. A 150th anniversary presentation marking the award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to William Richardson will be on Saturday April 18 at the Boston Township Hall. More information will follow in January.

Ed Andros





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WANT ADS AND SERVICES

FOR SALE: Reproduction movie poster Casablanca 3’2” x 2’2” $30 and Old book 100 True Stories of WWII $10. Call 234-281-1172.

SNOWPLOWING: Reserve your spot on the route now. Seasonal or per push contract. Senior discount. Call for free estimate. Paul Baker, Baker Snow and Ice Management 330-474-9069.

WEBSITES|WRITING|ONLINE Marketing-Local Resident: Business owners: Please check out my website for testimonials and services offered. I love working with local businesses to help build an online presence, brand and traffic! 440-283-5275 http://denisegabbard.com.

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

SKYE PAINTING LLC: www.SkyePainting.com 330-322-8615 (Josh Blatt/Owner). Visit our website for before and after photos. For all your painting needs and more!

SMALL CONCRETE JOBS: free estimates call your neighbor Jesse 330-319-0469.

ODD JOB EXPERTS READY TO WORK!: Jordan and Jonah Wessel, experienced yard and odd job workers, are ready to assist. Trained by Dad and Mom, this reliable 19 and 17 year-old team can help mowing, weeding, raking, cleaning, pet-sitting, and much more. Call 330-657-2797.

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.

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.

ANTIQUE DOLL REPAIR: Local lady has been repairing antique dolls since 1992.Free written estimate. Bill never exceeds estimate. By Appointment: (330) 907-5488 TheOhioDollCenter@gmail.com

NEED HELP WITH YARD WORK? Jonah and Jordan Wessel, experienced brother and sister team, trained by Mom, can help with garden chores. 330-657-2797

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

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: Organic carpet, area rug and upholstery cleaning. Unique system. "Don't steam your carpets, clean your carpets." 20% off all services. Visit our website at www.clevelandcleanpro.com or call 330-657-2113.

KAMPER CITY RV CENTER in Boston Township is an authorized Boy Scout supplier. We offer a huge assortment of outdoor fire rings, and carry over a dozen golf carts for sale, not to mention we have a huge selection of New and Pre-Owned travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop ups, and toy haulers that will fit everyone’s own personal budgets. We are located at 5549 Akron Cleveland Road Peninsula Ohio our phone number is 330-650-1491 and visit our website at www.kampercity.com. We are also a propane refill center and have thousands of parts for camping and RV repair. We can fix any RV system and do odd jobs like bearings and hitch installation.

HANDYMAN: NEED A HAND? CALL THE HANDYMAN! Bath resident, Joshua Kastelic. 15+ years experience. Honest, Quality, On-Time. 330-840-4351 thehandyman_can@rocketmail.com

MOBILE WELDING: Ornamental iron, tractor and machine repair, cast iron/aluminum and stainless steel. Don’t throw that old stuff away, we can repair almost anything. Senior discount. Call Rik-Tig at 440-552-5088.

AMAZING 13-YEAR-OLD READY TO WORK FOR YOU! Possible tasks could include babysitting or elder care/companion, dog walker/sitter, face painting for birthday parties, small household chores and, small cake pop orders personalized for any occasion. Red Cross babysitter certified. Please call Reilly or Holly at 330-459-2366

THE PIEROGI LADY AKA AUTUMN JOHNSTON: Find ME on Facebook or email me at thepierogilady@gmail.com for a list of over 35 types of pierogis! Introducing bite size pierogis! Don't forget we cater! 330-690-2129

GREEN CLEANING, DOG WALKING, AND MUCH MORE: Local company seeking new clients. We offer Personal Service, Green Cleaning, Pet Services, and a lot more. Call Neal @330.606.9498 or to learn more visit www.contemporarylivingservices.com

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: kelleyweitzelphotography … www.kelleyweitzelphotography.com and kelleyweitzel@aol.com For all photography needs: newborns, graduates, weddings etc. Resident discount.

KEVIN STONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Offering quality services for families, couples, seniors and other events. Call 330687-4262 WWW.KWSTPHOTO.CO.NT

PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL: Cemetery markers and monuments. Located at 5095 Akron-Cleveland Road. Call 330-650-1545.

Q-BALL WELDING & SONS: We will take care of all your fabrications and welding needs. Jeff Plymire 330-618-4255.

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.

CHAIR REPAIR: including cane, rush and splint seat weaving. 35 years’ experience. Call David Shankland at 330-467-6772.

LEGAL SERVICES: Local resident, Heather R. Johnston, is available to provide legal services. Call 330-657-2029.

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

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.

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.