The willingness of
America's veterans
to sacrifice for our country
has earned them
our lasting gratitude.

Jeff Miller
May 2016 VOLUME 33 NUMBER 5



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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. Our meetings are covered by the Westside Leader.

ZONING: We still have an open position on the Zoning Commission as well as an open alternate position on the Zoning Commission. If you are interested, please contact one of the trustees.

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 Ron Adams: 330-657-2600; and Zoning Inspector, Doug Mayer at 330-657-2601.





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PENINSULA VILLAGE

The Village of Peninsula Council met in regular session on the following dates: February 8, 2016, March 21, 2016, April 11, 2016 & May 9, 2016.

February 8, 2016 meeting:

-Council voted to replace flooring in the Police Department Interrogation, File and Locker Rooms not to exceed $1450.
Passed unanimously

-Council voted to authorize the Mayor to advertise in the West Side Leader for position of Zoning Inspector.
Passed unanimously

-It was announced that Lawrence Milhoan resigned from Planning Commission. The Mayor and Council thanked "Buddy" for his years of service to the community.

-The Mayor appointed Joe Mazur to Planning Commission.

-Mr. Matusz announced that Planning Commission has formed two subcommittees 1. to look at the Long Range Plan and 2. The future use of Woodridge Intermediate School.

March 21, 2016 meeting:

-Council voted to accept the resignation of Mr. Anderson from Council.
Passed unanimously

-Council voted to appoint Mary Booth to fill Mr. Anderson's seat on Council.
Passed, votes: Dee Holody, Mike Matusz, Dan Schneider, Pam Schneider: YES; Carol Kramer: NO

-Solicitor Hesske announced her resignation effective March 31, 2016.

-Council voted to appoint Bradric Bryan of Goodwin & Bryan, as Village Solicitor effective April 1, 2016.
Passed unanimously

April 11, 2016 meeting:

-Council voted to replace the carpet in the Chief's Office at a cost of $450.
Passed unanimously

-The Mayor appointed Charles Uray as Village Engineer and Street Commissioner.

-Council voted to purchase ammunition at a cost of $3010. Passed unanimously

-Council voted to appoint Mary Booth to fill the vacant seat on the JEDD Board.
Passed unanimously

-The Mayor announced Kevin Kramer's resignation from BZA, and appointed him Village Zoning Inspector.



May 9, 2016 meeting:

-Council and Boston Township Trustees voted to renew the One Mil Agreement allowing Boston Township to operate the Boston and Cedar Grove Cemeteries in Peninsula.
Passed unanimously

-Council voted to publicly post on the Village website, the Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFQ) for professional consulting services for the planning, design and construction of a new wastewater collection and treatment system improvements, as well as email notice to the eight engineering firms that the Wastewater Advisory Committee has identified.
Passed unanimously

-Ms. Schneider announced her resignation from the JEDD Board.

-Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Matusz to the JEDD Board.
Passed unanimously

-Council voted to adopt the Village of Peninsula Council Rules and Guidelines for the establishment, appointment, and responsibilities of Council Liaisons.
Passed unanimously

Legislation:

      LEGISLATION - FEBRUARY 8TH MEETING:
RESOLUTION 4-2016
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO PLANNING COMMISSION TO CHANGE ITS MONTHLY MEETING DATE FROM THE 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 5:30 PM TO THE FOURTH MONDAY AT 7:00 PM OF EACH MONTH.
Passed unanimously

ORDINANCE 3-2016
AN ORDINANCE GRANTING THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO MAINTAIN STATE HIGHWAYS, APPLY STANDARD LONGITUDINAL PAVEMENT MARKINGS AND ERECT REGULATORY AND WARNING SIGNS ON STATE HIGHWAYS INSIDE THE VILLAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO AND GIVING CONSENT OF THE VILLAGE TO THE PLOWING OF SNOW AND USE OF ABRASIVES FOR ICE CONTROL UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE STATE OF OHIO.
Passed unanimously

      LEGISLATION - MARCH 21ST MEETING:
ORDINANCE 2-2016

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE PERMANENT OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 FOR THE VILLAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO.
Passed unanimously

      LEGISLATION - APRIL 11TH MEETING:
RESOLUTION 6-2016
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO THE AGREEMENT FOR ANNUAL CODIFICATION SUPPLEMENT WITH THE WALTER DRANE CO.
Passed unanimously

ORDINANCE 5-2016
AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE SETTING FORTH THE COMPENSATION OF THE ZONING INSPECTOR.
Passed unanimously

ORDINANCE 4-2016
AN ORDINANCE TO APPROVE THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Passed unanimously

RESOLUTION 3-2016
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE EXPECTED SIGN LIFE METHOD TO BE USED FOR MAINTAINING THE MINIMUM RETROREFLECTIVITIY OF STREET SIGNS WITHIN THE VILAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO.
Passed unanimously

      LEGISLATION - MAY 9TH MEETING:
ORDINANCE 6-2016

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 133.03 OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE RELATING TO THE MAYOR'S SPENDING AUTHORITY
Passed, votes: Dee Holody, Mike Matusz, Dan Schneider, Pam Schneider: YES; Mary Booth, Carol Kramer: NO

RESOLUTION 7-2016
AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT OF DAVID MOREHOUSE AS A SEASONAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE FOR THE LATE SPRING, SUMMER AND EARLY FALL 2016
Passed, votes: Mary Booth, Dee Holody, Carol Kramer, Mike Matusz: YES; Dan Schneider, Pam Schneider: NO

RESOLUTION 5-2016
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE VILLAGE OF PENINSULA, OHIO TO JOIN THE OHIO ONLINE CHECKBOOK INITIATIVE.
Passed unanimously

Upcoming Meetings:
Monday, June13, 2016 Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Contact Phone Numbers:
Non-emergency Police and Fire 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 Fire Station for postings.

John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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MEMORIAL DAY

It's time for Memorial Day planning again. Special thanks to Melody DeMarco for the donation of a casket flag. The flag honors Homer Edward Newton who was born in West Richfield Ohio. Mr. Newton served in the Army during World War II and was in the Battle of Kasserina Pass. The flag will be used in Cedar Gove Cemetery on Memorial Day.

If you are planning to be in the "Memorial Day Parades" or having a group march, you MUST call me and confirm your participation. 330-657-2064.

At 9:00AM in the Township's service garage (old fire station) Valley Fire will be providing doughnuts and coffee.

There will be a brief service at the Memorial Grove at the Peninsula Library at 10:00AM. This service commemorates the service of former staff, board members, and friends of the Peninsula Library who have passed away.

The parade will step off in Peninsula at the corner of Riverview and Main Street at 11:00AM. Following the service at Cedar Grove the next stop is Boston where we will reconvene at the old Boston Community Church before heading to the Boston Cemetery on Main Street. Light refreshments will be available at the church. This is a good time to take a brief break and visit with your friends and neighbors. If you are participating in the first parade, please plan on attending BOTH parades.

Please remember no dogs are allowed in either cemetery.

Patty Tesmer





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PENINSULA FOUNDATION

Upcoming Small Hall Concerts include:

5/27: Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys - $17 pre-sale/$22 day of show

6/1: Aoife O'Donovan - $22 pre-sale/$27 day of show





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COSTCO

Marie Morehouse (daughter of Dave and Connie) is now working for Costco. The new store is scheduled to open June 22, 2016 in Boston Heights. Marie is opening memberships for anyone interested and they have some great offers. Please call her at 330-468-4802 if you are interested.





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AUTHOR

Dean and Freeda Johnson of Keenan Road in Boston Township were founders and directors of the Friends Disaster Service. For thirty-two years they guided this outreach and service arm of the Friends Church (Quakers). Friends Disaster Service provided cleanup and rebuild assistance to needy victims of floods, tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes both nationally and internationally. A book titled It's About Restoration authored by Dean Johnson recounts interaction between disaster victims and the volunteer who rushed to their aid. This 362 page book is available through CREATESPACE.COM/6217320. It contains stories of heartbreak and tragedy restored by acts of love.





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PENINSULA LIBRARY

Peninsula Library Events, please call 330-657-2291 for more information and to register.

Memorial Grove Service, May 30-10 a.m. This memorial service commemorates the service of former staff, board members & Friends of the Peninsula Library. Please join us at 10:00 AM SHARP for a short memorial service to honor all those who have gone before us. To be remembered: Jan Spencer.

Adult Summer Reading Club Sign up Day! Exercise Your Mind...READ! On June 2-10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Stop in the library to register and receive a welcome kit for summer reading club for grown-ups (18+). Why let kids have all the summer reading fun? Join the reading club and pick up a Bingo Card and start reading! Take your reading game to the next level with categories such as "Read a book with a one word title" or "Read a book published the year you were born." Win Bingo and you could win a prize by submitting your name for one of our monthly drawings.

Summer Reading Club On Your Mark Get Set...READ! for ages preschool to 11.
Thursday June 2 - Sign up Day, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - register for summer reading club, get your welcome kit and read for prizes! Then join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am for the following fun programs:
June 7-Akron Zoo
June 14-Tess Shimko the "Balloon Lady"
June 21-We will meet at Trapp Farm on Rt. 303 for a tour of the farm!
June 28-A visit from the Armstrong Space Museum
July 5-Game Day Outside Weather permitting. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
July 12-Sam Sapp "Songs from the Woods" . Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
July 19-Peninsula's Got Talent Show & Pizza Party

Summer Reading Club Get in the game....READ! for young adults ages 12 and up.
June 2, 10:30 am - 12pm- Sign up for summer reading club, receive your welcome kit and start to read for prizes!
June 9, 11am - You get to decide. Join Miss Chris and help her plan activities on Thursdays at 11am for the summer.

Classic Movie Night-6:30 p.m.-- June 2-"The Shootist"

Adult Coloring June 4-10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.-- Coloring for Adults (18+) -

Financial Wellness Workshop: Retirement Planning, June 7-6:30 p.m.
This 90 minute class will explain how those risks impact how much money you will need in retirement, and how the right decisions will enable you to maintain a stable life-long standard of living-on your terms. You will learn: create a plan to retire early, manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, Make decisions about your company retirement plan and get a much better handle on your retirement options.
Presented by James C. Sexton III, CFP, CFS and Alan Shall, CPA, CFP, CFA of Western Reserve Capital Management. Please call to register for this program.

Yoga at the Library, June 16-6:30 p.m. Strengthen and Stretch at the library in this program lead by a Nirvana Yoga instructor. This class will include yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. Please wear comfortable clothes to work out in and bring a towel or yoga mat if possible. Learn about the benefits of yoga as you practice it. Reservations are requested because of limited space. Please call the library to register today! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library

The Other Side of the Beatles presented by Bill Brauning, June 27-7 p.m.
Early in their career, The Beatles became highly influenced by R&B music. The early Beatles albums reflect this influence by their Liverpool versions of these great songs like Roll Over Beethoven, Twist and Shout, Long Tall Sally and many more. Join us for an informative evening on the background of the Beatles and their music! Please call to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.





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BIRTHDAY WISHES

Happy Birthday wishes to Nancy James who will celebrate 80 years.





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CONDOLENCES

Fred Rodatt passed away May 11, 2016. A lifetime resident of Peninsula, Fred was the son of Norm and Judy Rodatt. In addition to his mother, Fred is survived by his brother Adam (Suzy) and nieces Alison and Marisa, nephew Andrew, uncle Ralph Reinhart, and many friends.

Please remember Michael Schmidt and his daughter Anabelle in your prayers. Michael's wife Stephanie passed away March 10, 2016 and their son Declan Parker passed away May 15, 2016. Michael grew up in Peninsula and is the son of Don and Donna Schmidt. Our condolences to the Schmidt family.





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SILVER FERN ANNIVERSARY

The Grady Miller Band is coming to the Silver Fern Bed and Breakfast on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in celebration of their one year anniversary.

The celebration is from 4:00PM until 6:00PM with the music beginning at 4:00PM.

Bring your picnic basket/beverage and a blanket to enjoy the music and the afternoon.





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OPINIONS

YCN is a forum for people in the community to voice their thoughts on local events and activities. Current issues include Village and Township finance restrictions because of reduced income from multiple sources, sewer in the Village, Woodridge school moving, the JEDD, and others. This space in the paper is to allow a place for pro and con opinions to be voiced. We encourage writers to express their views about the issues, not about the people. Articles that involve derogatory statements will be edited or returned to the writer. The opinions expressed here do not represent YCN.

Jack Harley


25 years ago, newcomers in this close-knit, bucolic community, my husband and I had difficulty finding our niche. That is, until I stumbled upon the Downtown Emporium and met a brazen shopkeeper with a generous gift for conversation. She welcomed me to the community and saturated my mind with the day-to-day follies of a cohesive yet divisive town. Following our happenstance, introductory meeting, I made regular stops into the store for the next eleven years, conversing about everything from the Civil War to the current availability of RS Prussia in Northeast Ohio, while admiring the merchant's wares. As observant as the shopkeeper was, it didn't take her long to recognize that I was a fool for all china with gilded edges and Flemish roses.

One day, many years later, my eight-year-old Cub Scout wandered into that very same store with high hopes of selling the two kind ladies and a spotted dog some popcorn. Struck by the shopkeeper's contagious chatty nature and amusing temperament, my son also began making regular visits to the store, whether it was to once again deliver his sales pitch, distribute the purchased goods, retrieve the annual Christmas ornament or simply shoot whatever breeze is customary between a second grader and two sixty-something adults.

Returning from one of these visits, I noticed a paper bag firmly tucked beneath the arm of my son and inquired as to its contents. Revealing a sly grin, and tightened grasp on the secret, he disappeared to stow away his undisclosed treasure. The following Christmas morning, I woke to an impeccably wrapped gift under the tree with my name on it. Inside was a butter dish, embellished with Flemish roses and a faint golden edge. My son beamed proudly; the secret safe behind the smile. This tradition continued for many years. It was not until much later that my son disclosed the story in its entirety. Each year, usually trapped under the guise of this year's handmade ornament retrieval, my son would receive a phone call beckoning him to the shopkeeper's store with instructions to bring this week's allowance with him and nothing more. My son would drain the measly coins from his piggy bank and meet the merchant for the "deal of the century." The Flemish rose decorated china could be purchased and wrapped (with his help) for the exact cost of the sparse coins dangling in his sandwich baggie. And the best part was, a free Civil War figurine came to all customers making purchases on that day.

It is now, years later, that each time I handle one of those precious antiques or stumble upon the perfectly preserved Civil War soldiers sleeping in the drawer, I am fondly reminded of the union between two unlikely comrades. If I close my eyes tight enough, I can envision my flaxen-haired, red-faced little boy running out the door with mad anticipation to see what the shopkeeper had in store for him. I can see the knuckles rapping at the screen door and feel the warmth and comfort that rushed him upon entrance. Transcended, I can see the expression he dons as he sinks into the chair after giving the spotted dog due acknowledgment. I can still picture the coy boy returning from his sojourn, bag in tow, donning the mischievous grin only a true ruse can produce.

I will never be certain of the precise contents or transpirations of those back room conversations but I can rest assured that my son is a better man because of them. It truly does "take a village."

Kim Hammond
 
I would like to thank Peninsula resident and Chamber of Commerce trustee Diane Seskes for taking the time to once again organize Ramp Up Peninsula. She has tirelessly volunteered her time and talent to coordinate this wonderful annual event for our community, for several years. Also, in addition to her volunteer work with Ramp Up and our Chamber of commerce, Diane's businesses help showcase local artists and contribute immensely to what makes Peninsula unique. Thank you, Diane, for everything you do for us. It is truly appreciated.

Chris Weigand





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WANT ADS AND SERVICES

FOR SALE: Art by Don Getz Adirondack series, Original water media 25 x 40 Tilted Anglers Paradise. $25 firm. Twelve pocket knives. Schrade, Barlow, Ideal, swan, Richlands, etc. $25 all. Call 330-338-9211 or 234-281- 1172.

CARPET, AREA RUG AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: Citrus-based organic cleaner, safe for kids and pets, dries fast, no residue - stays clean! 20% discount pricing (i.e., $45 per 200 sq ft area). 330-657-2113 - clevelandcleanpro.com

NEED HELP WITH SPRING CHORES?: The Wessel kid team is here to help with all your gardening or odd job needs. Call Jordan Wessel at 330-592-9222.

SEEKING HOUSE FOR RENT: Energetic oldsters want to live in the community and enjoy the valley. Previous resident of Peninsula. Raised kids here. Ready in April. non-smokers. Please call 216-978-5668

SPACE FOR LEASE: Unusual 1880's beautifully restored, total quarried stone space -1800 square feet - Lower level of the Boston Township Hall. $1200 per month plus utilities. Call (330)657-2842

PROJECT FEEDING KIDS: Find the best prices for every essential services, both residential and commercial while helping feed children in the community. We work with top brands, such as Directv, Dish, ATT, Verizion, Sprint, gas, electric, and merchant services. Call Kelly at 330-592-9222.

HOUSE FOR SALE: 3608 Northampton Rd- corner of Steels Corners and Northampton Roads totally redone beautiful three bed one bath vaulted ceilings, call 330-780-1116.

CARPET, AREA RUG AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: We're different! Citrus-based organic system using ion-exchange technology. Unbeatable results. Drying times average two hours and no dirt-attracting residue is left behind. 20% discount when you mention this ad. For additional information, questions or to schedule, call Sandy or Jim at 330-657-2113.

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

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.

COMPUTER HELP: Frustrated using your computer/iPad? One-on-one computer/iPad help. Email, documents, spreadsheets, Facebook, apps. Friendly and patient. Meet at library, coffee shop. $10/hr. Ellen 330.208.5447, ellen.computerhelp@gmail.com

FOR RENT: Half acre secure storage area in downtown Peninsula. Call Skip at330-697-5079.

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

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

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

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.

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