MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Does it generally appear as if we’ve too many selections? As an illustration, there are scores of shops and almost too many eateries to rely inside a brief drive from residence.
That bought me considering again to the early ’70s when, to my recollection, the one 24-hour eateries serving the communities of Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights have been Pizza King in Berea’s city middle and the Hospitality Motor Inn on West Bagley Highway at I-71 Middleburg Heights.
You’d most likely go to Pizza King, “PK” as we referred to it on the time, for, nicely, a late-night pizza and it was a preferred, close-to-campus late-night hangout for Baldwin Wallace School College students, as was the Hospitality Motor Inn, the place an all-night espresso served the evening owls.
Most late-night clients on the Inn have been a mixture of locals, BW college students, motorists who had arrived by means of Interstate 71 and in summer time, solid members from the Berea Summer time Theatre.
Every place had its personal secure of “characters,” (“The Grasp of Horror,” actor Vincent Value was as soon as an in a single day visitor at Middleburg’s motor inn), however the one that continues to be in reminiscence is a fellow often called “the cracked pie man,” a reasonably ordinary-appearing skinny, bald fellow with thick, black-rimmed glasses and an everyday on the Hospitality’ espresso store.
I by no means did know his identify and doubtless ought to have requested a server — often called a “waitress,” in these days. Each time this fellow got here in, he’d order a slice of apple or cherry pie and low.
He’d stare longingly at his pie for a minute or two, then slowly lifting a chunk to his lips, he’d take a chunk, and start to grimace as if he had simply tasted one thing so unpleasant as to be past description.
But it surely wasn’t the style. In any case, this was the Cracked Pie Man. “Waitress, this piecrust is cracked!” he’d bellow.
It appeared that this had been this man’s behavior for a very long time, as a result of a “waitress” would scurry over with a smile and a contemporary slice of pie whose crust had been scrutinized and located to be crackless, leading to a happy buyer, not less than till his subsequent go to.
Nicely, Hospitality Motor Inn, which made its debut in 1966, turned the Harley Resort in 1977 and The Clarion Resort in 1999. It was offered to Wald & Fisher in 2003 and was demolished a decade later.
The location the place the Motor Inn stood, is instantly throughout from the Bob Evans Restaurant at 17011 Bagley Highway. The parcel has remained void of exercise since.
Middleburg Heights Mayor Matt Castelli mentioned there continues to be curiosity in redevelopment of the parcel sooner or later and that the parcel is an space of focus for town’s complete grasp plan now being improvement.
Kellums named: Berea resident Charisse Kellums has been named Ohio Enterprise & Skilled Girls’s Lady of the Yr for 2019-2020.
Members for this honor have been have been judged on a 5-minute ready speech, a 2-minute impromptu and a 10-minute interview.
Kellums’ speech, based mostly on phrases from “I Am Lady,” carried out by Helen Reddy, emphasised the significance of voting.
Kellums, who’s lively within the Berea Enterprise & Skilled Girls’s group, its employed at PNC Financial institution as a digital product supervisor. She is lively in BPW on the native, regional and state ranges.
She was additionally honored because the Berea BPW Lady of the yr in 2006 and 2015.
BPW, based in 1920, promotes fairness for all girls within the work place by advocacy, training and knowledge. Membership is open to women and men who’re both working or unemployed.
For extra details about BPW, or to register for a seminar, contact bereabpw.org.
Digital Academy: Excited about understanding extra about how the wheels and gears flip in you native authorities?
Mayor Cyril Kleem is about to unveil a Residents’ Digital Academy, which can present on-line studying alternatives about native authorities.
Kleem mentioned he “got here up with the concept over the previous few months”, on account of speaking with residents about varied matters.
“I seen that many individuals would say issues like ‘Thanks, I by no means knew that.’ I started to appreciate that many in our neighborhood wish to study extra about their native authorities.”
Native authorities, Kleem mentioned, “is the extent of presidency that almost all instantly impacts your every day life, and but, research have proven that the common particular person know little or no about municipal operations.”
Kleem mentioned the Residents’ Digital Academy will start with a collection of interviews that he has carried out with metropolis workers over the previous few months.
“These interviews will likely be transient, maybe 10 minutes in size.” Kleem mentioned the Zoom interviews with Berea’s administrators of regulation, security, finance and town’s finances director, will likely be proven on Fb.
Kleem mentioned he’s “taking pictures for the week of Sept. 14” to get the Zoom interviews on-line.
The primary session will likely be with Regulation Director/Security Director Barb Jones, who will cowl the Metropolis of Berea Constitution and the Fundamentals of Native Authorities.
“I’ll attempt to create a web page for it as nicely, on our (metropolis’s) Web site and other people will have the ability to entry it there, as nicely,” Kleem mentioned.
Composting webinars set: Cuyahoga County residents are invited to study extra about residential composting and creating the proper soil modification for his or her yard with a collection of on-line webinars.
Upcoming Webinars are at 2 p.m. Sept. three, 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 12 p.m. Sept. 30, 12 p.m. Oct. 7,6 p.m. Oct. eight and a couple of p.m. Oct. 21.
Three forms of webinars are supplied: Yard Composting 101, Comporting with Worms: Vermicomposting 101 and Compositng Creatures for Children.
For extra dates, extra data, or to register, go to www.cuyahogarecycles.org/compost_workshops_and_bins.
SCAN pantry hours: The SCAN Starvation Pantry, 398 W. Bagley Highway, Suite 7, in Berea, has hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and from four to 7 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month.
Outreach Pantry hours: The Berea Neighborhood Outreach Meals Pantry, 535 Wyleswood Drive (at entrance of Smith College), is open from 11:30 a.m. to four p.m. Thursdays. For extra data, name 440-826-4891.
Middleburg Heights pantry: The Middleburg Heights Meals Pantry at 7000 Paula Drive is open to serve purchasers from 10 a.m. to midday Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.
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