Tribute to Tim Conway
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio,…. a fellow of infinite jest of most excellent fancy.”
William Shakespeare – Hamlet
I would like to give a shout-out to our “resident” jester, the late and great Tim Conway.
Here’s principally why: he always generated positive press. That is to say, he was never an embarrassment to his “hometown” of Chagrin Falls. No hint of scandal –how positively refreshing.
Oh, like any of us, I’m sure he had his flaws and shortcomings – things that needed more work than others – but gosh, I know I sound a bona fide square – but I make no apologies – Tim’s
brand of humor was such that I could share it with anyone – old and young, alike, those I knew well and those, mere acquaintances, and not be worried in the least, anything offensive. Indeed, Tim’s approach to comedywas infused with innocence and great joy, and that sure did translate into family-friendly entertainment.
He was an enthusiastic, generous friend to Chagrin Valley Little Theatre over the decades, and where I’ve been active. The theatre has been so grateful for his willingness to support our efforts at various times and in various ways.
I did not know Tim personally, but knew/know classmates of his and got to know well Miss Elsa Jane Carroll, legendary Chagrin Falls High School English teacher, who was so instrumental in the young comic’s life. In his developing years, she had a profound impact on him in the classroom and hallowed halls of the Philomethian Street school building, and he never forgot her for believing in and encouraging him. What a beautiful and enduring friendship to behold, to learn from and to be inspired by. And, while we’re at it, in generic terms, indeed, kudos to a teacher who positively influenced a student’s life.
I understand from various obituaries that Mr. Conway was involved in charitable works as well. That certainly says something about the man – not really knowing the extent of his philanthropy – until after he was gone.
I’m sure heaven’s angels are clutching their sides, gasping for air, and God Himself is in stitches.Your kind will be missed, Tim, especially by us, in your beloved Chagrin Falls. The world is richer, and I dare say better, for having known your delightfully funny “take” on so many characters of your invention and memorable, wacky sketches of your creating. God bless you.
No event coverage
How did we all miss the Times’ coverage of the 2019 Chagrin Falls Memorial Day Parade and Honor Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery?
We missed it because there was no coverage of this strong, old Chagrin tradition, what so ever. Really? Blossom Time, another time tested tradition in Chagrin, somehow appears to have been a more worthy subject matter upon which to report than the annual remembrance and recognition of our fallen heroes and our men and women in the armed services. Because of them, we have been celebrating Blossom Time for over 60 years. Think about it if you would. Freedom is not free.
We’ve read the Times two weeks in a row and see that you have not corrected this rather profound omission and on June 6 we as well as the many veterans and other patriotic citizens of this proud hometown, realized that we weren’t going to be reading and reflecting upon this honorable parade and unforgettable ceremony at the cemetery anywhere in the Times. This was arguably the best one any of us can remember, highlighting several locally born and raised Chagrin kids.
The parade excitingly started with a two-jet flyover, arranged by former Chagrin Falls police chief Jim Brosius right down the middle of South Franklin Street and over the cemetery. They came from Toledo and timed their flyover impeccably. Keynote speaker, Bob Stratton, CFHS Class of 1964, gave an absolutely terrific and moving speech, which many agree was the most genuine and heartfelt one ever. The Rev. Skip Regan, CFHS Class of 1969, offered thoughtful prayer and the benediction. As always, Chagrin Falls students participated in the speeches and music and as always, they were great! One of our sons, Cameron Small, CFHS Class of 2004, came from Maryland to march with our local Veterans and proudly took part in the Memorial Day Honor Salute. And John Bourisseau, CFHS Class of 1964, did an amazing job of putting the whole thing together. Kudos, Chagrin kids.
It is hard for us to believe that not only were Chagrin’s Memorial Day activities ignored, but all the hometown contributors from four generations were as well. Let us never forget our fallen heroes, our veterans, current armed forces and our very safe and free community because without them, life would be seriously different. Let us please remind the Times of its history, a weekly newspaper focused on its hometown.
Neil and joAnne Small
Legacy of Judge Henry
I had the pleasure of participating in the Caveman Crawl 5K Run/ 1 mile walk Sunday morning at the West Woods Nature Center. The race takes its name from the hilly terrain of the park and its natural cave feature called Ansel’s Cave. This event is a fundraiser for the Chip Henry Institute – a summer outdoor adventure camp/activity program for youth grades 5-10, put on by the Geauga Park District, established as a memorial to the late Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, former Geauga County probate and Juvenile court judge and avid outdoorsman. In my career as a social worker, working with students who exhibited challenging behaviors, I spent a significant amount of time in Judge Henry’s courtroom advocating for vulnerable students and appreciate that his legacy includes both his passion for caring about children and youth who appeared in his courtroom, as well as interest in their exposure to and understanding of our natural environment.
Thanks to the Geauga Park District for hosting this event and for all the volunteers and sponsors who make it happen and to the Henry family for continuing to support the values of environmental education and conservation and for sharing this legacy with us.
Switch to renewable energy
Last month I switched from 50 percent renewable electricity to 100 percent. NOPEC, the default electric supplier in Northern Ohio, now offers the 100 percent plan. Chagrin Falls, Solon, in fact most communities in our area are members of NOPEC and buy their electricity from NOPEC. This move will reduce the average household’s carbon emissions by about 2 tons a year.
It has not been widely reported that renewables, such as wind and solar, are competitive in price to fossil fuels. On my April 12 bill, I paid 6.33 cents per kwh on the Chagrin Falls default plan. In May, with the 100 percent plan, I paid 5.48 cents. If I had joined the plan in April my bill would have been $3.14 lower.
NOPEC’s 100 percent renewable plan, however, is not easy to compare to their default plan. The 100 percent plan is for two years with the 5.48 cent rate locked in. The default plan varies with the energy market from month to month. Some months the default plan can be a little lower. However, the two-year term of the 100 percent plan is an advantage. If the demand for renewables increases, I will still have my competitive rate.
I learned about the NOPEC plan from others who are interested in doing more to reduce carbon emissions. I joined a nonprofit citizens group to spread the word about the availability of green electricity at a competitive price. For more detailed information about comparing rates see its website: OhioGreenElectricityProject.org.
The switch does not involve changing suppliers. You will still be a NOPEC customer.