Adios Ms. Horvath

Dear Editor,

Madelon Horvath, soon to be ex-Chardon school board member because she was voted out in November, had a lengthy letter (Dec. 16) in the newspaper. She complained about lack of support from Chardon residents for the repeated failing school levies.

She notes that three different superintendents failed to pass a bond issue for a new (and unnecessary) school building. She neglects to mention that school attendance is dropping every year.

Horvath complained that students and teachers “swelter when it is hot.” When I was in school, we opened the windows. “Window walls are crumbling...and bus fumes” come into the rooms. Why doesn’t the school district use part of the $20 million slush fund it has to fix those things? 

The high school did manage new turf for the football field and a new scoreboard. Apparently, they have their priorities confused.

Anyone who pays attention will never vote for a new school levy. Sixty-three percent of my taxes already go to the school. They need to use the money they are hoarding to maintain the schools.

Adios, Madelon. I voted for the two new members of the board: Todd Albright and CJ Paterniti.

Susan Daniels

Chardon

Jaycees send thanks

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the support of the residents and businesses throughout the Chagrin Valley who have already supported the Chagrin Valley Jaycees with gifts in kind and contributions to make the Village of Chagrin Falls a beautiful Holiday wonderland.

We had great weather setting up the lights this year and appreciate the generosity of passersby who contributed to our Santas on the street corners and their boots. It is so heartwarming to have people walk up to many of the dozens of Jaycees as they decorate the Village and say “thanks.” This is truly our reward. We received a pair of toy soldiers that we have added to the Bandstand at the

Village Triangle Park that were donated from Town and Country Gifts.

One of the tallest trees ever was donated by Debbie and Terry Goldhamer of Chagrin Road in Bainbridge and was erected by VanCuren Tree Services.

Prior to the lighting, the Chagrin Falls Historical Society’s 1957 Chevy police car led a Santa parade throughout the Village. Hundreds of people came out to welcome Santa to the Village on the parade route. Special thanks to Santa and his elves from Santa’s Hideaway Hollow for making this new tradition special.

The annual holiday “Lighting of the Greens” ceremony on Friday after Thanksgiving was well attended and enjoyed by many. Our special thanks go to Mayor Bill Tomko and Santa for assisting in turning on the lights. We all really enjoyed hosting the members of the Chagrin Falls Girls Soccer Team who were recognized by the community for winning the State championship this year.

The special decorated tree display at Riverside Park is beautiful this year and we appreciate all the merchants and businesses that supported this display organized by the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Chagrin Valley Jaycees.

The Chagrin Valley Jaycees have been lighting the Village since 1956. It takes so many people in the community to make the Village a special place during the Holiday Season.

Thanks again for the support and efforts of the Chagrin Merchants Association, The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Village of Chagrin Falls, GIVE! of Chagrin and of course, so many of you who have already supported the Jaycees annual appeal to financially support the lighting and other community events that the Jaycees offer throughout the year.

If you would like to join hundreds of others throughout the Chagrin Valley, you can help by making a tax deductible contribution by visiting us online at CVJC.org or mailing a check to CVJC, P.O. Box 522 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022.

Enjoy the Holidays and Happy New Year from the Jaycees!

Sean McMillion

Chagrin Falls

McMillion is the president

of the Chagrin Valley Jaycees.

Remembering Grant

Dear Editor,

It was five years ago today, 12/23/16, that my family and the entire Chagrin Falls community suffered a tremendous loss.

That fateful night, my son, Grant Montgomery Wilson, then a 17-year-old senior at CFHS, was tragically killed in a car crash in Akron, Ohio.

Grant was a remarkable young man, and I admired him greatly. He was gentle, kind and a friend to all. He was smart, respectful, talented and funny.

He loved Chagrin Falls and often stated that his goal was to become an art teacher at the high school. Grant was the exact type of person this town (and, indeed, our world) needs more of. That’s why his death was so costly.

He was destined to be successful and would have made such a positive impact on his community at large. I have no doubt he would have become a sensational husband, father, citizen, and leader.

Five years is a long time, but for me, and those closest to me, it might as well be only five seconds. Unfortunately, we all still live in that terrible moment when the police officers came knocking on our door.

I’m sure those who have endured similar events will understand what I mean.

In the terrible aftermath of the accident, our Village rallied around and supported us. People I didn’t even know offered kindness in tangible and intangible ways. Cards and letters poured in. Dinners showed up at our house. People stopped by to offer help in whatever way was needed. We were overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and support.

Time marches on, however, and, in the intervening weeks and months and years, people naturally returned to their own routines, and focused their minds elsewhere and tended to their own lives, families, and responsibilities, and let’s face it, it’s a drag to keep thinking of negative things like people dying.

We hear of bad things, then quickly put them out of mind and soldier onward. That is human nature and the reality of our modern world. I understand that completely. It’s just that amid all the sadness, emptiness and sorrow that I still grapple with on a daily basis, I just don’t want Grant to be forgotten.

So much has changed in five years.

All the kids he attended school with have graduated, many of his teachers have moved on, the places where he worked have changed, and life has generally unfolded at a frantic pace.

Yet, I still expect to see him walk through the door and ask what’s for dinner.

When I gave the eulogy at Grant’s funeral, I asked those in attendance that day to go out and do something nice for someone in Grant’s honor and tell that person that they had just been “Granted.”

Today, five years after his passing, I’m asking that again. With Christmas upon us and a brand-new year approaching, perhaps you know someone who has gone through a difficult time, and you haven’t checked in with them in a while.

Maybe someone you know lost a loved one, or a job, or perhaps they are personally dealing with illness. Why not pick up the phone or stop by and let them know you care and they are not forgotten? Our society has gone off the rails lately. There is pain and suffering all around us, manifested in many ways, and whether that pain is new or five years old or 50 years old, it helps to know you aren’t facing it alone.

A little act of kindness can mean the world to someone who is struggling. Please take a few moments to be a light to someone’s darkness this holiday season, and tell them you’re doing it as a tribute to the spirit of young Grant Montgomery Wilson.

David Wilson

Chagrin Falls

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