Andy Codispoti, winemaker for Gervasi Vineyard, is still riding high from Gervasi wines' great showing at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in March. They won several gold medals, two double golds and, to top it all off, Gervasi's Cabernet Sauvignon won the Best Cabernet award. Andy credits the entire Gervasi team for the excellent showing among 900 wineries from 20 countries. You can taste the award-winning wines at Gervasi's 55-acre estate in Canton or at the Twisted Olive in Green. There's much more information on the website.
Nancy Sheeler helps senior citizens sort, pack and move when it's time for them to downsize. Nancy's business, Transitional Design, is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Nancy also has a 15,000-square-foot resale shop, Transitional Treasures, at 601 Towpath Trail in Broadview Heights (440.627.6390) and Auctions by Transitional Design, an online auction house that allows you to view and bid on vintage items, furniture, collectibles and more. For more information, visit Nancy's website.
Brett Haverlick and Jack Jeter of Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron talked about A Night for Preservation! featuring Helen Welch and Her Trio. The special one-night-only concert and fundraiser for PTP is taking place on Wednesday, June 22, in Barberton's newly renovated Magical Theatre. Tickets are $30 for regular seating and $60 for VIP seating, which includes admission to a VIP reception and live auction starting at 4:30 p.m. in the KAVE/Nine Muses Art Gallery across the street from the theater. One of the auction items is a private catered dinner for eight and tour of The Anchorage, a spacious and historic 1925 Tudor revival home owned and restored by Jack. For more information, contact Brett at 330.491.6453 or visit PTP's website.
Dave Binkley, Mike Mace, Alan Klesh and the rest of the gang from The Weirdness Really Bad Movie take public domain movies and intersperse comedy sketches into them in the style of the old Ghoulardi TV show. Dave is the manager of the Radio Reading Service for the Blind, where he met most of his cohorts. They all have acting and voiceover experience, and clearly they have a lot of fun doing the shows, which are shown on community channels and streamed on Roku. To find out more, visit the Weirdness website.
Louise Sturmi, owner of MTO Cleaning Services, says that she and her staff are "here to help," whether you want a one-time cleaning, regularly scheduled maid services or assistance with seasonal chores such as setting up and removing furniture from your patio. And whenever possible, she sends the same person on each visit to your home. Louise, a former home healthcare worker, particularly enjoys helping senior citizens clean and organize their homes. For more information: 330.971.7777 or visit her website.
Jane Ann Turzillo is an author of true crime and history books. Her sixth book, Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio, was nominated for an Agatha award (named in honor of Agatha Christie) in the nonfiction category, and it won the Ohio Professional Writers' first-place award in nonfiction history. Jane will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library. For more about Jane and her books, visit her website or read her blog, DarkHeartedWomen.wordpress.com.
Frank Rocco Satullo, the brains behind OhioTraveler.com, is an author as well. Earth Things, a novel set in Ohio, is a new release available on Amazon.com in paperback and digital formats. His memoir, Here I Thought I was Normal: Micro Memoirs of Mischief, was the No. 1 download this weekend among free memoirs on Amazon. After this weekend, both of his books are available for 99 cents per download. Ohio Traveler is a monthly e-newsletter that you can receive for free by signing up on the Ohio Traveler website, which also has a storehouse of information about attractions, festivals and cultural happenings across the state.
Tim Eberhardt, owner of the House of Eberhardt, in the Portage Lakes, says that advanced planning of your funeral is a must. You don't necessarily have to pay up front, but it's a great idea to get your wishes down in writing so that your family knows what to do. If you do want to pre-fund your funeral, it is full guaranateed through state regulated insurance policies. The prepayment insurance is totally controled by the customer. Tim is available for free consultations. Give him a call at 330.644.5005 or visit his website.
In honor of the official start of the grilling season, Dave Halaby from Heather's Heat & Flavor brought in several tasty items from the store. Heather's is the place to get all your grilling needs. They stock nearly 400 hot sauces, plus many rubs and barbecue sauces. Heather's is located in Hudson in the First & Main shopping area. For more information: Heather's Heat & Flavor or 330.653.5131
Bruce Miller, the Well Doctor can heal practically any well ailment. Bruce says that most wells aren't adequately maintained. Simple maintenance can reduce water odor and bad taste. Well Doctor has well cameras that allow Bruce the ability to go underground to see what is actually going on. For more information call Bruce at 330-815-2471 or visit website
Hillary Ash is the grand daughter of Garth Andrews. Her studio, Colorful Canvas, in located on the second floor of the Garth Andrews facility at 1969 N. Cleveland Massilon Rd. Hillary has art classes for children and adults. The really interesting thing is the art class event. Folks can have a painting class as part of a party or club activity. Hillary has painting classes for retired adults who want to add a new dimension to their retired life. For more information call Colorful Canvas at 330-351-0445 or visit the website
Steve Berry, the Sheriff of Summit County reminded listeners to be careful when working in their yards. If you have your garage open, keep the door into your home securely locked. Don't broadcast to the entire neighborhood your vacation plans, some bad guy or kid might be listening. The Summit County Sheriff' and the Rubber City Radio Group including WAKR on June 18 will sponsoring a free no questions asked, no drivers licences or car registrations or wants or warrants will be checked, just your car for safety. No citations will be issued. For more information call 330-643-2111 or visit the website. Also the Summit County Prosecutor office is have a Self Defense class on May 26. For more information visit the website.
Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Ave is having a celebration, a Cicada Celebration and a Cicada Hike. May 28, the naturalist at the store will give a presentation celebrating the emergence of Brood V of the 17 year cicadas. On June 11, join the naturalist for a tour and a talk at Chestnut Hill Park, 2613 Sackett Ave, Cuyahoga Falls. Chris also reminded us that the hummingbirds are coming back as well as the Baltimore Orioles. Visit the Wild Birds Unlimited store for feeder and advice on attracting both birds to your yard. For more information call 330-922-4990 or visit the website.