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Teen’s 4-H Fighting Hunger charity enters third year


JEFFERSON – Two years ago, Brad Kobernik wanted to make a difference. Kobernik will be entering his senior year at Jefferson Area High School in the fall. But in 2012, he was a sophomore.
“I wanted to start my own charity,” Kobernik said. “A long time ago, my brother had done a food drive and I briefly saw how bad a need there was for food collection in Ashtabula County. I called the OSU Extension Office and talked to them and they said they would be more than glad to help.”
Kobernik founded 4-H Fighting Hunger. The charity is now entering its third year.
“I asked all of the 4-H Clubs to help and we have a competition. The club that brings in the most food by weight I reward with a pizza party at the fair. I get ice cream cones for the second place club. In 2012, we collected about 2,000 pounds. Last year it was less, but I got a late start. This year I started very early and it looks good. I am putting more time and effort into it,” Kobernik said.

Volunteers unite along the way


MENTOR – “We are so excited to be hosting 75 United Way volunteers at agency programs and sending 14 individuals to work on a project at Fairport Senior Center,” said Lynnmarie Landwei-Phillips, director of Marketing Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood.
For the annual United Way Day of Caring, Wednesday June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., three organizations worked at the Deepwood campus

Lake ADAMHS Board begins with new officers, new budget, annual awards


 PAINESVILLE - The Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board officially transitioned to a new fiscal year June 16 during its annual meeting and dinner event held at Quail Hollow. Nearly 200 people attended.
Established by Ohio Statute, the ADAMHS Board is responsible for planning, funding, monitoring and evaluating Lake County’s community-based mental health

Lake County Council on Aging is seeking volunteers

MENTOR - The Lake County Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization that offers services to Lake County seniors.
Many of the services provided are available because of the agency’s dedicated volunteers. The Council on Aging is currently in need

Garden set to produce food for nonprofits again

PERRY TOWNSHIP - The Painesville Municipal Court Garden Project celebrated its 20th year with the initial planting of more than an acre behind the Perry Township Administration Building on Center Road May 21.
The Court Garden Project, initiated by Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti, provides a venue for persons to perform community service rather than spending time in jail. The result is, often bringing the gardening experience to people who have never done it before, and providing fresh produce

A Wilber family member attended same Rock Creek school building for 76 consecutive years

ROCK CREEK – Big families often are what make small towns special. Generations of the family members get interwoven in the history of a community.
The Wilber family is well known in Rock Creek. If you went to Rock Creek, you likely had a Wilber as a classmate. So when the old Rock Creek Elementary school building on High Street closed in 2008, it was the end of an era.
Bob Wilber would often talk about how many Wilbers attended that school. His granddaughter Danielle Locy was a member of the last graduating sixth-grade class when the building closed. One day, they wondered just how many consecutive years a Wilber was present in the building.

Footnotes: On lighthouses, a builder & roads

Rose Around Town

Footnotes are fun for me, and my readers are more than happy to provide plenty of them, particularly after a Rose Around Town column has dealt with history. Some recent footnotes generated by readers' questions include:


• MORE GOLDSMITH MYTHOLOGY.... In a recent column, I cleared up a myth about pioneer architect/builder Jonathan Goldsmith. (He was NOT the builder of the attractive Lake County Administration Building, but instead was the builder of the Geauga Bank which preceded that building and was destroyed

Bucket List #7: Ashtabula Arts Center Ballet

Zach knows Cleveland. He is however still learning Ashtabula County and needs your help. What is Ashtabula County to you? What local goodness does he need to eat? In what spot does he need to stand to experience the county’s beauty? Is there a local shop he needs to venture into? Is there a story he must be told? Complete this sentence, “Zach must _______________” and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tweet it to

This week Shelagh of Geneva-on-the-Lake stated, “Zach must watch the Spring Dance performance at the Ashtabula Arts Center.”

In my entire life I had attend one dance program. That was in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan when I was in college. I couldn’t tell you much about that night but I do remember leaving very confused and slightly embarrassed. That form of dance I am sure was classified as modern. I have seen snippets of classical ballet on TV but I also watched “Bunheads” so know dance can more than just tiptoes and pirouettes.
After interviewing Shelagh Dubsky, I admit I got fired up to see the opening night of “The edges in between…” so much so I had forgotten about the NFL draft night two and the Indians playing at the same time. So I will admit to second thoughts as I drove to the Ashtabula Arts Center for the performance. I also resisted my urge to constantly check my phone.

Meet your neighbor: Tayler Johnston

JEFFERSON – For the last four years, Jefferson Area High School student Tayler Johnston has acted local. Starting this fall, she’ll start to think global.
The senior will be attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall.
Johnston said the Naval Academy only entered her radar at the beginning of last school year. A close friend, Lindsey Adams, entered the academy and invited her for a visit.

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