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Calling all fashionistas

CHARDON - Fashionistas and “Ladies Who Lunch”… this event is for you. Please join WomenSafe and enjoy a fabulous afternoon that will include a luncheon and fashion show along with a Chinese and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and utilize the many services that WomenSafe provides.
Mark the calendars for Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon until about 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Acacia Reservation

AARP Smart Driver Course comes to Council on Aging

MENTOR – The course formerly known as AARP Driver Safety has a new name and a new program. Now titled Smart Driver, it features a new workbook and new videos, both based on a research-based curriculum. Now is really the best time for older drivers to sharpen their driving skills by updating their knowledge by participating in the Smart Driver program, presented through a partnership between AARP and the Lake County Council on Aging.
Smart Driver instructor Dr. Larry Ellick invites those Lake County residents age 50 and older to the workshop

Another success for the Village Peddler Festival

KIRTLAND - It was another successful turnout for the Village Peddler Festival in Kirtland, despite the cooler, soggy weather conditions. Festivalgoers trudged through muddy parking areas and rain-soaked grass to see what artisans from all over Ohio and other states had to offer at Lake Metroparks Farmpark Sept. 13 and 14.
The festival offered different craft styles such as: Americana, traditional, country, Victorian and primitive. Some items included folk art, baskets, pottery, candles, jewelry, copper art, garden art, photographs, paintings, bird houses and much more.
Crafters were on hand so that festivalgoers could meet and talk with them. Many designed and personalized crafts on site. Many crafters also offered the opportunity of ordering their crafts online.
Along with the crafts, there was also a harvest and gourmet market, filled with locally grown produce, plants, fresh and dried flowers, honey, maple syrup, jams, dips, cookies, fudge, breads and much more.
The festival also offered food vendors, outdoor picnic areas and live entertainment by The Silver String Band and Bev Newbold.
For the kids, there was the corn maze, horse drawn wagon rides and visiting with the farm animals. All of the daily Farmpark demonstrations and activities were open and included in the price of the festival admission.

Tickets on sale for Jefferson reverse raffle


JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Community Recreation Center has tickets available for its fourth annual reverse raffle in October.

Ashtabula Bucket List #12: Disc Golf


This week Larry from Ashtabula invited Zach to play Disc Golf.

When I was a schoolteacher, my car’s trunk could have passed for a small sporting goods store. Of course there were basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, baseballs, softballs, dodgeballs and footballs, but I also had bats, bases, jump ropes and pinnies. The one thing that did not fit in my trunk was a portable Frisbee catcher.
I bought it out of a catalog with my own money and used it as unit in gym class and sometimes at recess. I would set up a small course and move it around to pre-marked spots.
I have not taught for many years, and it started to take up dust in my parents’ basement until my nieces discovered it one summer and wanted to know what it was. We patched it up and it was fun for about a half hour until they lost interest.
So I was intrigued that there was a real Disc Golf Course at Lake Shore Park and is the home course of the Shoot the Breeze Disc Golf Club. If you visit www.shootthebreezediscgolf.com, you can read about the history of the sport and the course itself.  There is even a virtual tour of the course.
I contacted the club and the current president Larry Jennings invited me to join the members of their handicap league on a Wednesday evening.
Jennings told me at one point, the club would attract 15-20 on Sunday night and maybe half on a weeknight. The club now gets about four to six on Wednesday nights. While the average age of the sport across the county is a young, in Ashtabula the regulars are in their mid 40s.
On the day I stopped by the course, Jennings was joined by Bob Klinger, Reggy Woodworth and Kevin Smith. For their league, each hole is considered par 3. The rules are basically the same as golf. The holes range from 160 to 500 yards. The course is quite hilly and there are a lot of trees.

The Fighting 99th: The Battle for Ashtabula County’s future

JEFFERSON - If you are looking for a positive point of view, the Internet can often be a lonely place. It is much easier to ignore decorum and unleash a brutal retort when you don’t have to look someone in the eye as you say it.
It is not that hard to find places on the Internet where some people can share some pretty negative things about Ashtabula County. There is a lot of finger pointing, complaining and name calling to be found.
What these places don’t have a lot of is solutions - well, at least realistic solutions. There is no blank check or magic wand available. The problems facing Ashtabula County did not happen overnight and, frankly, fixes are not cheap or easy.
LeBron James concluded his Sports Illustrated essay detailing his return to Cleveland with the following:
“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

Ashtabula County Bucket List #10: Running with the Bulls

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 twitter.com/AshtabulaBL or post it at www.facebook.com/ashtabula.bucketlist where there is an archive of past columns.

This week Zach does something incredibly stupid but lived to tell about it.

This week’s the Bucket List ventured out of Ashtabula County. I actually traveled to just outside of Chicago where I risked my well being doing something dangerous that could have easily ended in the loss of human life. I also ran with the bulls.
Back in September I completed my Christmas shopping for my father and my brother by purchasing for all of us tickets to participate in the Great Bull Run. The event took place at Hawthorne Race Course, which is located in apparently both Stickney and Cicero, Illinois.  Included in our registration was participation in the Tomato Royale food fight. So two famous Spanish traditions condensed American-Style for the price of one.

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