According to H.E. Luccock, "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it." So it is with a community. When many are actively engaged, the better the community is as a whole.
In my opinion, Brimfield is one of the finest places on earth to live, go to school, work, retire, and live happily ever after.
We have well-managed and well-equipped police and fire departments with dedicated and caring police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. They provide first-class service when seconds count, and they give back to the community by volunteering their time for many programs and events.
Business and industry are thriving in Brimfield. The newly completed Rubbermaid Distribution Center is now in operation, bringing in additional JEDD revenue. The Cascades of Brimfield shopping plaza continues to grow, and the Schipper Group has resumed working on the Brimfield Crossings.
New homes are once again being built, and there is talk of extending the bike and hike trails through Brimfield and possibly connecting to the Mogadore Reservoir and Suffield's Wingfoot State Park.
Over the years, teachers, staff and students of Field schools have earned a reputation for outstanding academic and athletic achievements. Several years ago, our deteriorating school buildings were replaced with new or remodeled ones. A community volunteer group started "The Big Red Fund," which has donated money and labor to upgrade our sports complex.
The Falcon Academy of Creative Arts was opened in a vacant school building and has been a shining example of success, recognized as being one of the best conversion schools in Ohio, while at the same time adding more than $308,000 to the general fund of the Field School District. During this same time, all of our Field schools were rated as "Excellent with Distinction" by the state of Ohio due to academic scores.
Unfortunately, during the past few years, there has been growing turmoil within the current school board and with their relationship with the administration. Even though Superintendent Beth Coleman has led the district to achieving some of its greatest successes during this time, the majority of the board made it quite clear that she needed to resign. There are many questions that are not being answered. The next scheduled board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Monday. As community members, we are entitled to answers.
We just returned from Fort Benning, Ga., where we attended our youngest son's Army National Guard Basic Training graduation. Pvt. Benjamin Mars received the award for having the highest score on his PT test (physical fitness). It was explained that 300 was considered a perfect score, and Ben scored an impressive 357.
After Ben's marriage to Hannah Markle on March 22, they will both continue their college careers at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where Ben will be in the ROTC program. While in Georgia, we discovered a big, very bright orb in the sky, proving that the sun still exists and, hopefully, will find its way to Brimfield in the coming weeks.
Brimfield Township officials are soliciting ideas for a slogan that represents our community. Submissions can be turned in to Amy Arnold at the town hall. She can be reached at 330-678-0739.
The Brimfield Police Department is sponsoring a fundraising event to support their K-9 program from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 19 at the Brimfield Applebee's. Fliers can be picked up at the police station and must be presented to servers before ordering. K-9 T-shirts will be available; youth sizes are $10 and adult sizes are $20.
All proceeds will purchase supplies and equipment for K-9 Officers Havoc, Joker, Drogen and Nitro. Havoc, Joker and Drogen specialize in finding missing persons and drug and article searches, while Nitro is trained for bomb sniffing and explosives.
For anyone in need of fill dirt, the new Rubbermaid facility off Howe Avenue has a huge amount and is offering it for free. For more information, call 614-621-4500.
The Portage Patchers Quilt Guild will be holding its third annual Quilter's Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield, 1235 Tallmadge Road. Tables are available to rent. An 8-foot table is $12 and a 6-foot table is $10. There will be a variety of quilting and needlework supplies for sale. Contact Lynn Garver at 330-678-5151 or librarylady48@
yahoo.com for more information.
Once again, Swiss steak dinners are available from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church in Brimfield. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for youth. Children 5 and under eat free. For more information, contact Lisa Monk at 330-677-6516.
Contact Shirley Mars at 330-673-0241 or email@example.com.