Scouts saluted for pro­jects in Chardon

BOU­QUETS >> To Chardon High School stu­dents Mitchell Ewaska and Ja­cob Hougan, for com­plet­ing com­mu­nity im­prove­ment pro­jects in the city of Chardon as part of their re­quire­ments to be­come Ea­gle Scouts with the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica.

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Opinion -

Help­ing to tar­get ar­eas re­quir­ing work was Joe Ro­driguez, Chardon’s di­rec­tor of parks and re­cre­ation.

Ro­driguez was aware that a con­ces­sion stand built at Mel Harder Park in 2016 was bare bones and needed in­te­rior car­pen­try work to make it op­ti­mally func­tional.

Also, pic­nic ta­bles on Chardon Square that were show­ing their wear needed to be re­placed.

Mitchell took on the con­ces­sion stand project while Ja­cob assisted by build­ing new pic­nic ta­bles for the square.

For Mitchell, com­ing up with a basic plan was the first step in the process, fol­lowed by con­vinc­ing scout­ing lead­ers that the task was wor­thy of an Ea­gle Scout project.

For­mu­lat­ing a sup­ply list, ob­tain­ing fi­nan­cial es­ti­mates and send­ing let­ters to ob­tain do­na­tions to as­sist with the cost were next.

With the help of sev­eral donors, in­clud­ing $500 from the Fra­ter­nal Order of Eagles of Chardon, Mitchell raised more than $1,000 for sup­plies to build shelv­ing, in­stall cab­i­nets and more.

Com­plet­ing the project took about 100 hours and re­quired overcoming work­ing in the rain and other chal­lenges.

How­ever, Mitchell is pleased with the out­come.

“I felt like I ac­com­plished some­thing very big,” he said. “Ea­gle Scout pro­jects are ma­jor in scout­ing. They are meant to show lead­er­ship. They pre­pare you for lead­ing oth­ers.”

We salute Mitchell and Ja­cob for their hard work and com­mit­ment on th­ese ini­tia­tives.

BOU­QUETS » To Mex­i­can eatery Bur­rito Loco, on its plans to be­come the lat­est ad­di­tion to Great Lakes Mall’s food court.

Bur­rito Loco will open at the Men­tor des­ti­na­tion in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The lo­cally owned es­tab­lish­ment will join eight other restau­rants in the food court, en­hanc­ing the of­fer­ings avail­able, mall Gen­eral Man­ager Tony Pestyk said.

Bur­rito Loco will oc­cupy a 750-square-foot space be­tween Sarku Ja­pan and Fawaky Burst, an­other lo­cally owned restau­rant fea­tur­ing wraps, sal­ads, pani­nis and smooth­ies.

The quick-ser­vice Mex­i­can con­cept will fea­ture fresh­made bur­ri­tos, bowls, que­sadil­las, na­chos and more.

Own­ers Tr­ish and Jeff Spring pur­chased the orig­i­nal Bur­rito Loco — at 5899 An­drews Road in Men­tor-on-theLake — in De­cem­ber.

It was opened a few years prior by an­other owner.

“Af­ter a suc­cess­ful 3 ½ years in Men­tor-on-the-Lake, we are ex­cited to ex­pand Bur­rito Loco and join the great lineup of restau­rants and re­tail­ers at the Great Lakes Mall,” Tr­ish Spring said.

“We will con­tinue to grow our rep­u­ta­tion of fresh, fla­vor­ful Mex­i­can food at a great value.”

It sounds like Bur­rito Loco will be a de­li­cious new op­tion for din­ers in the Great Lakes Mall food court.

BRICK­BATS » To Daniel Gib­bons of Cleve­land, af­ter he was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison for rap­ing a 12-year-old girl two years ago.

Cleve­ re­ported that Gib­bons was sen­tenced Aug. 23 in Sum­mit County Com­mon Pleas Court in Akron im­me­di­ately af­ter plead­ing guilty to two counts of rape.

Po­lice say the rape hap­pened in 2015 in Norton, af­ter Gib­bons and an­other man met up with that man’s girl­friend and her 12-year-old friend. Gib­bons raped the friend, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Gib­bons will not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role and will be re­quired to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender ev­ery 90 days for the rest of his life once he is re­leased from prison.

We be­lieve that Gib­bons de­serves his fate.

BRICK­BATS » To Ni­cole Au­man of Can­ton, af­ter she was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison for cut­ting her daugh­ters’ necks with a box cut­ter.

Stark County court of­fi­cials said Au­man, 31, pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to at­tempted mur­der and felo­nious as­sault in con­nec­tion with the April 4 in­ci­dent.

She cut her two daugh­ters’ necks, then sliced her wrists and called 911, court records show.

Stark County pros­e­cu­tors say the girls had surgery for their cuts and are now do­ing well. They re­main in the cus­tody of county so­cial work­ers.

The Repos­i­tory in Can­ton re­ported that Au­man of­fered no state­ment at sen­tenc­ing ex­plain­ing her ac­tions.

One has to feel sorry for Au­man’s chil­dren and how they were trau­ma­tized by such a hor­rific act, com­mit­ted by their own mother.

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