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James W. “Bill” Patterson of Chester Township is now the 25th president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and now holds the highest elected office in Ohio’s most influential and largest farm and food organization.

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Coach Dave Millilo was at a point in his coaching career where he was ready to hang it up. After coaching lacrosse for 23 years he said it felt like it was the right time to put down his clipboard. Then he received a phone call from Chagrin Falls. Outgoing girls lacrosse coach Chris Gellin w…

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CHESTER — Trustees last week approved a memorandum of understanding authorizing continued participation of the township Police Department with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.

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The Chester Zoning Commission last week discussed the need to update language in the Zoning Resolution Handbook that is contrary to the Ohio Revised Code.

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After months of dealing with a communitywide survey about the township’s future growth, Chester Planning Committee members last week questioned the continued need for the group.

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CHESTER — The most frequent call the township emergency medical squad receives involves someone falling at home. Though they may need immediate help, victims often decline a ride to the hospital emergency room. So, emergency squad involvement usually ends right there.

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The year 2020 started off on a positive note for Chester Township and for one of its residents, Elliott B. Weiss, who was a judge at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last February. Mr. Weiss moved to Chester about four years ago and was a judge for the 12th time in his caree…

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The Chester Township Planning Committee on Dec. 8 met for a third round of discussions regarding how to utilize the results of the community survey conducted by Cleveland State University.

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Members of the Chester Planning Committee last week confirmed that results of a community survey administered by Cleveland State University in May show residents like the country atmosphere of the township but would not mind more recreational activities.

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The Chester Zoning Commission last week discussed the rescheduling of the public hearing for the farm market zoning amendment.

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CHESTER—The Zoning Commission is one step closer in finalizing a new zoning amendment to the township’s zoning code related to the regulation of farm markets.

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CHESTER — Residents enjoy the rural nature of the township, especially its green landscape, parks and hiking trails. There is support for a new community center, and although commercial areas need to be spruced up, residents do not want more retail or other development.

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State Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chester Township, won another term of office after beating Democratic challenger Garrett Westhoven, a software engineer, in her re-election bid for Ohio’s 76th House District.

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CHESTER — A festive crowd was in attendance outside at the Chester Fire Department last week during a special swearing-in ceremony for six full-time firefighters.

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Former Newbury teachers now working in the West Geauga Local School District will retain their seniority, potentially sparing them from being first to the chopping block in the event of a reduction in force, according to a newly minted agreement.

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Despite their reopening plan in place, West Geauga addressed some primary concerns with the restart of schools this month amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. An established committee intends to investigate the matters further.

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The West Geauga Local School District is planning to implement two models for reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year this August, giving families the option to choose between entirely online or onsite.

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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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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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West Geauga Local Schools rolled out two new stakeholder committees to continue the discussion of Newbury school facilities and the reopening of the 2020-21 school year.

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CHESTER — The township could see an increase in insurance premium payments due to the number of claims filed this year, a representative from CareWorks told trustees last week.