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Hambden Township
December 19, 2013 by Nadine Pope | No Comments

Award Winner ResidentHambden resident Aggie Sojka-Sperry recently took the 2013 first place award for medium amber maple syrup along with the Gingerich Brothers at the…

Award Winner Resident
Hambden resident Aggie Sojka-Sperry recently took the 2013 first place award for medium amber maple syrup along with the Gingerich Brothers at the International Maple Syrup Institute annual meeting in October. The meeting was held in Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
The IMSE and North American Maple Syrup Council presents awards to recognize outstanding achievements in the maple syrup industry. There are 17 maple producer associations that belong to the organization. Four are in Canada and 13 in the United States. The competition is fierce and the quality of the syrup presented for judging is the highest in the world. Winning this award is an outstanding achievement.
Aggie was inducted into the Geauga County Maple Hall of Fame in 2011. Her late husband, Mark Sperry, was inducted in 1995. Aggie now operates a sugarhouse in Parkman with the Gingerich Brothers, who previously operated it with her husband Mark.
Congratulations go to Aggie for carrying on a family tradition of quality syrup making and, of course, making everyone so very proud of her accomplishments.
Winter Is Back
This past weekend was really proof that winter can start whenever it wants, even if the calendar says it’s still fall. Township residents can start plowing, shoveling and watching for school closings again.
Road Superintendent Dave Heald wishes to remind residents that when plowing their driveways to not plow out into the street. This practice makes it very dangerous for other drivers and also is against the law.
Also, do not plow snow and dump it across the street, which can block access to neighbors’ mailboxes.
When plowing driveways, residents are required to keep all snow removed on their property. It is not the easiest thing to do, but it is the safest. Thank you.
Xmas Trees At Hambden FD
It is the final week to get a Christmas tree from the Hambden Fire Department. Beautiful, fresh cut Fraser firs that range in price from $25 to $65 are still available.
The tree lot is located next to the fire station on Route 608 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is a beautiful selection this year and the fund-raiser is important to the department.
Call the station nonemergency number at 440-285-3329 with any questions.
Santa In The Fire Truck Dec. 22
Hambden Fire Department will be going around Hambden Township with Santa in the fire truck on Sunday beginning at noon. Santa will be handing out candy canes.
The truck will be stopping at most of the cul-de-sacs and trailer parks in the township.
Cemetery Decorations
The question has recently come up about removal of decorations from gravesites in Hambden Cemetery. Although it is posted at the cemetery that all decorations will be removed twice a year on March 15 and Nov. 15, it seems there has been a problem with residents referring to the sign.
When purchasing a gravesite, residents are given a copy of the rules and regulations and township trustees have made sure that the information is also included there.
All decorations will be removed from the gravesites twice a year on March 15 and Nov. 15 no matter when they were placed there. So, be sure if there is something one wants to save and put there again to remove it before the stated dates.
Because weather can be an issue in timely removal, it would be a good idea to wait a few days if one plans on replacing the decorations. We all want to honor our loved ones, but the cleanup is necessary for cemetery maintenance.
Thank you for understanding. Please call Nadine Pope at 440-286-3273 with any questions.
Happy Holidays
Everyone at the township hall would like to wish all residents a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. We hope everyone is able to spend time with family and friends and always take precautions to be safe on the roadways this time of year.
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