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CHAGRIN FALLS — How village officials inform, engage and respond to residents and the business community is the task of Village Council’s new Communications Committee. The three panel members have until Dec. 31 to make their recommendations.

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Solon’s Service Department on Cochran Road officially re-opened last week to the public, with some modifications in place in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Geauga County Commissioners approved a grant agreement from the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Local Transportation Improvement Program and awarded a bid to Ronyak Paving Tuesday for the Caves Road resurfacing project in Chester and Russell townships.

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The playground at Chardon Township Park is once again open to the public after township trustees last week agreed to spend $2,240 on new specialty playground mulch.

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The Solon Board of Education named Fred Bolden as the interim superintendent in an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning after the death of Joseph Regano, the district’s superintendent of 33 years. Mr. Bolden has been the superintendent pro tempore of the Solon City Schools since November of 2019.

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GATES MILLS — From the beginning, Councilman Chip AuWerter, chairman of the shared services subcommittee of the Long Range Financial Planning Commission, has emphasized his goals. The committee was set up to understand the police, fire and service departments in the village and compare their…

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When a new coach takes over the varsity reins of a high school athletic team, perhaps too often he or she emphasizes the need for a change in culture or a clean slate in order to build a successful program.

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The Village of Glenwillow will be home next month to a $20 million Amazon distribution center, bringing in nearly 300 new jobs and occupying the largest available site left in the Diamond Business Park off of Pettibone Road.

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Longtime Solon City School District Superintendent Joseph V. Regano was a nurturer and an educator. A compassionate and humble leader, he influenced the lives of thousands of Solon school children over more than three decades.

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Ongoing talks between South Russell and residents of a private development ended in a stalemate, as officials announced that the village is unable to offer money to upgrade Paw Paw Lake Road to public street standards. Village officials, however, said at a Street Commission meeting on July 1…

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On June 30, the Ohio Senate voted to pass House Bill 606 adding protection for first responders, doctors, nurses, schools and private businesses and individuals alike from unwarranted COVID-19 litigation in Ohio.

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RUSSELL — Township trustees last week decided to keep the old fire station on Chillicothe Road rescinding a previous motion to raze the structure.

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As stores, restaurants and gyms in the Chagrin Valley gradually make their services available again during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, so too is the Geauga County Park District reopening its facilities.

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CHESTER — The resignations of two fire department employees had township trustees questioning last week how to retain firefighters that are being funded through a levy approved by voters last year to pay for six new full-time positions.

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Take two of the annual Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony will finally be in the spotlight after a last-minute cancellation four months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Longtime Solon City School District Superintendent Joseph Regano died Sunday (July 5) after a long battle with cancer, school officials announced.

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House Bill 253, which was introduced to the Senate on June 8 after passing with a 78-17 margin in the House, would revise Ohio fireworks laws to allow consumers to use fireworks in the state, but state and local level officials remind the public that the law still stands as is this year for …

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GATES MILLS — Members of the Village Council Long Range Financial Planning Commission are continuing to study ways to decrease the anticipated $450,000 yearly deficit. Councilwoman Ann Whitney chairs the subcommittee on taxes, which met last week to further discuss taxes that would bring mor…

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Independence Day is normally celebrated in Chester Township with a parade, but this year the pace will be slower for what event organizer and township Trustee Walter “Skip” Claypool called a walk for freedom.

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PEPPER PIKE — A roundabout and a connector road between Chagrin Boulevard and Lander Road would greatly ease the traffic issues at Lander Circle, according to a May 2020 traffic study. Axiom Development Group hired AECOM, a local engineering firm, to analyze the traffic conditions and offer …

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Summer road projects are under way in the City of Solon, although it is not as active of a season as initially planned, City Engineer John J. Busch said this week.

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The Geauga County Public Library will reopen its buildings for public access on July 7 for the first time since mid-March, when the library system closed its branches temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, the library has been offering contact free drop-off and pick-up…

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Now in its 14th year, the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services’ Help Me Learn Day will once again ensure a successful start to the upcoming school year for kids in need, no matter how that start may look.

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GATES MILLS — For at least the past 70 years, the Village of Gates Mills has celebrated Independence Day with a popular parade through the main drag of town, Chagrin River Road. Children scampered about picking up candy thrown from cars and floats while members of the Mayfield High School ba…

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With an increased online interaction due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Solon recently launched a new website.

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The majority of parents responding to a recent Solon City School District survey indicated that their children did well with remote learning put into play after the state closed school buildings in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Geauga Commissioners appear to have met their quota for criticism, at least regarding Ralph Spidalieri’s comments from the June 16 meeting when he referred to individuals involved in the Chagrin Falls Black Lives Matter protest as “punks.”

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A day shy of the end of the 2020 fiscal year, the Chardon Schools Board of Education approved a number of financial and administrative items during a board meeting broadcast via YouTube on Monday.

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.