Chili cook-off benefit set

The public is invited to take part in a tasty effort to prevent homelessness in Geauga County.

The Geauga County Housing Coalition is hosting a “Chili Cook-off” Nov. 8 at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road, in Chesterland. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person.

The housing coalition is a volunteer group of community members representing organizations and agencies committed to improving housing options for Geauga citizens. It promotes affordable, safe and decent housing and operates on donations, grants and fundraisers, such as the chili cook-off.

A raffle will also be part of the event.

If unable to attend, but still wishing to donate, residents are asked to call Teresa Slater at 440-285-2282.

Cost of fighting sewer plan

Residents of the Berkshire Estates subdivision in Chardon Township now know the cost of fighting central sewers for their neighborhood.

Geauga County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to set a $100 bond for those filing appeals of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 order to eliminate septic tanks for approximately 114 families in the subdivision after high levels of E. coli were found leaching from some septic systems.

Gerald Morgan, county administrator, explained that the bond is intended to cover the county legal costs in residents’ appeals filed in Geauga County Probate Court. He said residents will “technically be suing the county.”

Mr. Morgan said commissioners could set the bond at zero dollars or any amount they choose.

Commissioner Timothy Lennon initially suggested a $500 bond before deciding on the $100 cost.

Author Dave Lange to speak

Vietnam veteran and former Times editor Dave Lange will discuss freedom, patriotism and his coming-of-age memoir, “Virginity Lost in Vietnam,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Geauga West Library.

Mr. Lange served with the U.S. Navy’s riverine forces in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and then deployed on board aircraft carriers with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11.

He is the former editor of the Times newspapers. Prior to that, he was editor of the daily Geauga Times Leader in Chardon, Habitat, the Greater Cleveland Real Estate News and the Lake County Telegraph’s Sunday Paper. During his journalism career, Mr. Lange was named Ohio’s best columnist by the Cleveland Press Club in 2011 and by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2000.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing. The Geauga West Library is at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Call 440-729-4250 for more information.

Rep. Grendell sets regional meeting

State Reps. Diane V. Grendell, R-Chester, and Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, announced that the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Criminal Sentencing will be holding a regional hearing at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The committee plans to discuss protecting the public, making laws less complicated, reforming prisons and helping offenders who are looking for a second chance.

The discussions will be held with experts on each topic, Rep. Grendell said, who will provide a breadth of knowledge on these pressing questions. The committee plans to hear testimony from seven individuals including four professors from CWRU and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

For more information about the session call Rep. Grendell’s office at 614-644-5088 or email her at Rep76@ohiohouse.gov.

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