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Geauga County Tourism Director Lynda Nemeth has been named president of Adventures in Northeast Ohio, a regional tourism…

Nemeth Named President of Regional Tourism Group

Geauga County Tourism Director Lynda Nemeth has been named president of Adventures in Northeast Ohio, a regional tourism organization that brings tourism professionals together from 19 counties in the northeast corner of Ohio.

Nemeth becomes the first two-time president of the group, having served as president in 2008.

“It’s exciting and such an honor,” Nemeth said. “The diversity of this group really symbolizes the diversity of Northeast Ohio. Just as exciting is the way the group works together to work toward the common goal of promoting our area as a destination, this is what has kept me active with this group for the past 17 years.”

The group’s activities include attending trade shows, co-op advertising, networking and having educational speakers at its meetings.

Members meet monthly at locations within the 19 participating counties.

“We have met in hotels, restaurants, on boats, trains, in barns, wineries, museums, parks,” Nemeth said. “You name it, we are always ready to explore a new venue.”Patterson Seeks

Re-Election to House

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) filed petitions Jan. 13 at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. He is seeking re-election to represent the 99th District, which includes most of Ashtabula County and parts of Geauga County, including the City of Chardon, Aquilla Village and the townships of Claridon, Hambden, Huntsburg, Montville and Thompson.

“I have worked diligently to achieve the goals as outlined in our campaign,” Patterson said last week, “but there remains much work to be done.”

A former educator, Patterson serves on the Education Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Comittee and the Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee.

In addition, he has served on the Prescription Drug and Healthcare Reform Study Committee and recently was appointed to the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus.Grendell Named Presiding Judge

Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell has been elected presiding judge of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas for 2014.

“I am honored to be elected to this position by my fellow judges, Judge Forrest Burt and Judge David Fuhry,” Grendell said. “The Geauga County courts work hard and efficiently to meet the needs of our county’s citizens with the assistance of our great staffs and skilled attorneys.”

Grendell has served on the probate and juvenile court bench since September 2011.

Mary Samide Named NOACA President

The Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) has elected Geauga County Commissioner Mary E. Samide as board president for calendar year 2014. She previously served as NOACA board president in 2008.

“I am honored to serve as board president,” said Samide. “As I have done before, I would like to visit every board member in their own communities. It’s critical for the president to understand the local issues throughout the region because it’s not about just one, but about all of us in five counties.”

NOACA is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village and township officials. It addresses the transportation, air quality and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop plans to ensure travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.

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