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Rumors abound regarding Rock Creek Public Library and property next door

ROCK CREEK – A rumor involving the Rock Creek Public Library and a property next door has fueled public concern among residents in the Rock Creek area.
A post on the public Facebook group Rock Creek, Ohio- Past & Present, made on June 11 suggested that the Rock Creek Public Library is interested in purchasing a piece of property with a log cabin next door, with intentions to tear it down to make way for a library expansion.
The log cabin, which is located next to the library, holds a special place in the history of Rock Creek, having housed a Boy Scout Troop for the community for a number of years.
Rock Creek Fiscal Officer Pam Forristal did share that the library inquired about purchasing the property a year ago, but nothing has come of it.
“The council wanted to see plans, and told the library that the log cabin would have to be incorporated in some way, and we have not heard back since,” said Forristal.
Rock Creek Public Library officials cleared up rumors of purchasing the property, as well as rumors of tearing it down.
“While the library would love to expand, and I would love to see it grow, we have no plans to purchase the log cabin right now,” said Pat French, president of the Board at the Library.
French did state that the library uses the log cabin once a year for book sales, but that is the extent of their use of the building, which otherwise sits unused with a number of fixes needed.
French reiterated that the library has no plans to purchase the log cabin, and as a result it will not be torn down.
The log cabin property is currently owned by the Rock Creek Village, and village officials also engaged the Facebook post, sharing that council members are not in favor of tearing down the log cabin and are open to ideas and suggestions on what to do with it in the future, encouraging community members to come up with proposals to present to council.
The future of the historical log cabin is an ongoing endeavor, with one such proposal being using the log cabin for a revamped Rock Creek-Morgan Historical Society club for the community, which would focus on turning the log cabin into a museum.

Registrations continue for Summer Manufacturing Institute summer camps

One week already filled - seating is limited

JEFFERSON - Although one week has reached its registration limit and is now wait-list only, there are still two weeks with spots open for middle-school students to explore manufacturing opportunities in Ashtabula County when the Summer Manufacturing Institute holds three summer camps in July.

Bob Skufca and Son Auto Body

ASHTABULA – If your vehicle has a dink, scratch, buff or any sort of body damage that needs fixing in Ashtabula County, then look no further than Bob Skufca and Son Auto Body on Prospect Road in Ashtabula.
“The Skufca name has been associated with quality auto body repair since my grandfather, Bernie Skufca, started the business in 1948,” said Jason Skufca, co-owner of the shop. “In 1999, my father Bob and I opened our current location at 989 West Prospect Road in Ashtabula, and we have over 60 years of combined experience.”
At Bob Skufca and Son Auto Body, special care is taken to provide you with high-quality services personalized for unique needs with professional, courteous and efficient staff members.
The family-owned auto shop works with all insurance companies when it comes to collision repair, so you know you’re in good hands.
They also do all forms of refinishing and paint work, using only Akzo Nobel base coat and clear coat to ensure quality work.
Bob Skufca and Son is also one of the few shops in the area that still does touch-up work, which can include anything from dents to rust repair.  
Bob Skufca and Son feels that with people trying to keep their cars longer, it is still a viable service to offer touch-up work at a fair price.
“We love the small business aspect,” said both Jason and Bob. “We take pride in helping the customers.”
The best part of the quality and friendly service at Bob Skufca and Son is that all estimates are free, and you do not need an appointment.
Bob Skufca and Son Auto Body is located at 989 West Prospect Road in Ashtabula.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.
Anyone seeking additional information is encouraged to call 440-992-0220.
offer quality body repair service

Ashtabula County Metroparks makes plans to add a trail in the Andover area

Metroparks hopes to acquire land between the state line and Dorset

ANDOVER – In hopes of offering a place where people can bike and walk in the Andover area, Ashtabula County Metroparks is in the early stages of making plans to add a paved path which officials hope through a series of stages will eventually connect to the Western Reserve Greenway Trail in a couple of years.

Tour seven enchanting gardens

MADISON - View seven spellbinding gardens Sunday, June 23 on The Madison Garden Club’s aptly named ‘Garden Spells’ tour.

Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce makes plans for upcoming events

ANDOVER – Plans for the Pymatuning Lake Festival, Back to School Bash, as well as updates on their People in the Park concerts and flag collections were offered on Wednesday, June 12, during the Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting with Andover Public Library. (From June 21 edition).

Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center visits Kinsman

KINSMAN - An array of community members got a small dose of the different exhibits offered regularly at “Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology” of Youngstown thanks to a show offered on behalf of Kinsman Free Public Library on Thursday, June 13, within Kinsman Fire Hall.(From June 21 edition).

Civil Air Patrol to conduct open house

PAINESVILLE – To rise above competition from other family activities, the Civil Air Patrol 252 NE Ohio Frank H. Kettlewood Squadron will conduct an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Painesville Church of the Nazarene, 6235 Chestnut St.

City is behind in mowing


ASHTABULA - The wet weather has put a damper on work in the City of Ashtabula, so said City Manager Jim Timonere during an Ashtabula City Council meeting on Monday, June 3.

CDC-funded ramp at Lampson Reservoir now open

JEFFERSON – If you are an avid outdoor adventurer or just enjoy walking or biking along beautiful, accessible pathways, then you may want to head over to Lampson Reservoir in Jefferson.