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Richfield greets fall with community events

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Ken Crisafi
RICHFIELD — The arrival of autumn was marked in the village with two community events Sept. 22. First up was the dedication of the new Carter-Pedigo Trail. The trailhead is accessible at the parking lot of the Richfield Library.

Shown at right bottom are Barbara Starkey and Van Pedigo, who looked over the map that shows the trail and where their families’ properties were.

Village officials who attended the dedication were, shown at right middle, from left, Council President Mike Wheeler, former Mayor Mike Lyons, Mayor Bobbie Beshara, Parks and Recreation Director Ruth Jocek, Parks and Recreation Board Chair Ellen Daniels and Parks Board member Steve McPeake.

After the dedication, many attendees stopped by the Richfield Fire Department’s (RFD) Firefighter Chili Cook-off. The event pitted firefighters from communities including Bath, Copley, Fairlawn, Richfield and the Valley Fire District against each other to see whose firehouse chili is the best. Pictured at right top, from left, are chili servers Steve Kamp, of the Bath Fire Department; Tom Sullivan, of the RFD; Dan Elbert, of the RFD; Kevin Urban, of the Brecksville Fire Department; David Vance, of the Hinckley Fire Department; and Ron Boryk, of the RFD.

Alexis Mathis, 7, of Cuyahoga Falls, attended with her grandmothers, Sarah Schoolcraft and Thelma Watson, both of Richfield. While there, she had the chance to try her hand at firefighting at the “squirt house” with the help of RFD Lt. Bob Jones, as shown above left.

Proceeds from the Cook-off went toward fire safety education programs such as a smoke house and October’s Fire Prevention Week, organizers said.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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