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Process begins for AACS permanent-improvement levy renewal

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP –The Ashtabula Area City Schools Board of Education took the first steps to placing the Permanent-Improvement Levy on the November ballot.
The Permanent-Improvement Levy is a five-year, 2.5-mills levy that raises between $850,000 to $900,000 a year. The current levy expires in July 2015.
The Textbook and Technology levy is for 1.25 mills and raises $440,000. That levy would expire in July 1, 2016 and would likely need to go before voters in November 2015. There is also a Classroom Facilities Maintenance levy that is .5 mills that raises about $200,000 a year. That levy expires in 2029.
“This levy would not collect any new money but extend the existing P.I. levy,” Treasurer Jackie Miranda said. “It last passed in November 2010, and at that time it was reduced from a 3 mill to a 2.5 mill. We have the opportunity to put it on the November ballot.”

Grants to restore freshmen sports at Lakeside High School

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – Freshmen sports are coming back to Lakeside High School. Budgets cuts had previously eliminated freshmen athletic teams.
The Lakeside High School Athletic Department applied for six Dick’s Sporting Goods “Sports Matter” grants for freshman sports team. Lakeside High School received five of those six grants for the upcoming school year.
The Sports Matter program asks for donations from the community, and if the community is able to raise half of the needed costs for the season, then Dick’s Sporting Goods will match and donate the other half.
So thanks to donations from the community and Dick’s Sporting Goods, the following sports programs will receive the following amounts for the 2014-2015 season: Freshmen Football, $9,940; Freshmen Volleyball, $7,254; Freshmen Girls’ Basketball, $7,347; Freshmen Softball, $7,638; and Freshmen Baseball, $9,789.50. In total, the Lakeside Athletic Department received $41,968.50.

Plymouth Township playground sold to campground, new playground coming soon

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PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP – When the old Plymouth Elementary School was demolished in January 2012, the playground remained.
The playground was special in the hearts of many Plymouth Township residents.
“A group of PTO parents worked really hard to raise $80,000 to build that playground about 18 years ago,” Plymouth Township Trustee Chair Debbie Friedstrom said. “They built a massive playground that was handicap-accessible, and that playground got used a lot. When there was talk about removing the playground and building a newer and smaller one, I understood why some would have concerns.”

Spire Institute hosted Valor Games Gold Medal Camp

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP – The members of the United States Military are the best the United States has to offer. Military units are built in part through camaraderie, athleticism and training.
When a veteran suffers a serious injury in combat, assimilating back into society can often be a challenge. Many wounded veterans have discovered that sports can help in that process.
Thanks to a grant from the United States Olympic Committee and the Veteran Admission, Spire Institute hosted the Valor Games Gold Medal Camp from July 18-20.
The United States Olympic Committee invited Gold Medal Paralympian winners from the last two years to receive training from USOC Paralympian coaches.

ADDA objects to Peace Stone installation after process is started

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ASHTABULA – Finding peace isn’t always that easy. In 2011 after the inaugural Multi-Cultural Festival, the International Center for Environmental Arts donated a Peace Stone to the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association.
David and Renate Jakupca founded the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) based in Berea, Ohio in 1987. The ICEA has donated Peace Stones to municipal parks nationwide to assist in promoting the reality of a sustainable global culture of peace and goodwill for all living things. According to the ICEA website, 22 municipalities have committed to the program. The Peace Stones are donated for free as long as the municipality to finds a suitable public location for the Peace Stone Sculpture.
According to the ICEA website, the stones are each handcrafted and are approximately three to four feet square and weight about 300 pounds. They are indestructible and vandal proof and erect in a few hours.