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  1. kris on October 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Summa will pull out of Barberton in 6-10 years!

  2. Guyfawkes on October 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Very nice article on the Red Horse Winery. Great local business. It’s a shame Mr. Semansky is rude to a local company who makes a sales call to him.

    • Connie Dean on October 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      WARNING :This place is a horrible place to book a wedding reception… You may be cancelled at the last moment!
      Do NOT waste your time or money. A dear friend of mine had hers booked here, paid a deposit and was told a FEW DAYS BEFORE they could not accommodate! 10 THUMBS DOWN..before this I wanted to check the place out…but never did and never will!!

      • bertran on October 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        what place are you referring to?

        • Crockettman on October 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

          Looks to me like Red Horse Winery.

    • Sue on October 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Semansky is known to get address off of credit card and follow young ladies half his age home, he does not know the answer NO! I would never go to his winery. Need a beautiful place for a wedding use the winery on Eastern Rd. Gorgeous atmosphere, great wine and wonderful family owned business!

  3. HeatherM on October 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    So, when is the city ever going to fix the main roads in and around Barberton? Didn’t they increase our taxes so that we could have all of the roads repaired? They are a joke. Wonder where our tax money is actually going, because it sure is not to repair the roads.

    • VOTR on October 22, 2016 at 7:35 am

      To be fair, I have to say the city has been fairly proactive and productive with street repairs over the past 18 months.
      However, we need to stop subcontracting out majority of the street work and save money by doing some of the work with our well compensated city work force. We have all the equipment and we are already paying our workers. Let’s stop writing checks while out street dept is sipping on a polar pop, it’s time to go to work and budget every street dollar. God forbid we come in under budget and shift some extra dollars over to another project.

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  5. Tina savage on October 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I see the geese are back at lake Anna. Didn’t even make it a year.

    • bertran on October 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

      That is their home.

    • VOTR on October 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thought our local brain trust gave some dude $20,000 so he could take his dogs on an off leash run to help with the geese issue. Another great decision by Billy and his pal Joey. What should we expect when most city based decisions are made in 1 hour while eating on the tax payers dime at Angie’s or the Basement ?

  6. BMR on October 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I would like to make a suggestion for the Barberton Herald. It would be nice if there could be a monthly column in the paper where every Ward Councilman/Councilwoman wrote a brief paragraph about what is going on in their Ward. I have lived in Ward 1 for 17 years and we have NEVER had a Ward meeting. It would be nice to know what’s going on in our areas or what we need to be on alert about (if anything). Are there general city council meetings that the public can attend? I tried looking on the City’s website, but couldn’t locate anything specific. If these folks are being paid for these positions, it sure would be nice to have their attention and know what’s going on in our ward. If a meeting cannot be established for our Ward, a blurb in the Herald would be sufficient!

    • kris on October 14, 2016 at 7:27 am


    • VOTR on October 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

      I was drummed off this site 2 years ago for saying the exact same thing = accountability is lost here in B-Ton. OUTSTANDING comment on your behalf! I happen to be in ward 1 myself and Gary Endres set this ward back 10 years with his lack of interest and interaction with taxpayers. Now we have Wokojance collecting a nice part time check with very little change from previous years. WE NEED CITY COUNCIL ACCOUNTABILITY IN ALL WARDS! Get out and meet the people and interact with your neighbors. Civic pride has been lost here, sad fact for a once proud blue collar community. I pushed for Lysenko in the mayoral and he basically “phoned in” his campaign efforts. Who will stand tall for next term? I found Mr. Soyars to be very responsive and personable in the past. He was or is currently in an “at large position” position, he will help. Purple Pride to you and yours :)

  7. sheryl atkinson on October 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    just FYI: in case any Police Officers read this… someone has been going down Auburn (and who knows what other streets) with a BB gun, one neighbor’s windows did get holes, other just bounced off the houses, but they heard it… ( in talking to them) I don’t know if any cars were targeted or other damage, but seems my neighbors are just laughing it off and not reporting it, and since my house did not get hit, I can’t report it. it was last Tuesday at 1:30am. maybe a Patrol Car can cruise down about that time for a few nights to discourage this? Thanks. (anyone else having this trouble?)

    • Sheryl on October 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      neighbors reporting teens going down road with flashlights, looking into windows of houses and cars, LATE… looking for trouble, may be same teens, evidently we have a growing “gang” problem around Auburn/Douglas/Valley/28th streets. just sayin’….

  8. SARAH LECON on October 3, 2016 at 2:07 am


  9. SPD on September 25, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Funny how the Barberton Historical Society posts on their Facebook page about mature tree that may be cut down in Tuscora Park for the hospital plans but they were not too concerned about the Black Walnut trees that they allowed to be cut down up by the Wishing Well. Hypocrisy??? I would say so!

  10. David Jennings on September 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Has anybody seen 911 W. Tuscarawas Ave.? I just dont understand how the city of Barberton can allow a property to get so bad. This property has been empty for more than two years. The grass is so overgrown that even the sidewalk is a forest.We try to contact the city about it and they just ignore us. The house is being used as a place for drug dealers to make sales. Is it possible that the only reason the city is allowing this is because the bank is the title holder and they might be afraid to have a confrontation with them. I’m not asking anyone to take my word for it.I invite everybody to drive by and look for yourself. If the city can harass a homeowner for chipping paint then why dont they do something about a real eyesore.

    • SPD on September 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

      According to the Summit County Parcel Search, it is owned by Lauretta J. France. Parcel #0100134.

  11. Robin Thompson on September 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Can anyone tell me why the City of Barberton Utilities office Customer Service Department does not answer their phone nor do they return phone calls? Their hours are stated Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:15 on the city website and the recording that answers says 8:00 – 4:30. I called at 9:00am this morning and left a message for a return call. Nothing all day. Now it’s 3:50 pm Friday and I get the same message on the same answering machine. What kind of customer service is this? And what customers are they here to serve if they can’t return a phone within 6 hours? Is the Customer Service Department closed on Fridays? If so then the website and the recording need to reflect that information. Are we taxpayers paying for a full time person to work at the “Customer Service Department” of Barberton City Utilities and they don’t work full time? They expect my bill to be paid on time or they charge me a late fee. How about answering your phones and returning taxpayers messages? I have to work and take care of this business WHILE I work and they can’t do their job WHILE they are at work? Bad customer service.

    • Missy on October 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      lol, they never do, the key is to keep calling, as soon as the machine answers, hang up, and dial again, sooner or later they’ll get tired of the ringing and pick up. that’s what I do.

  12. Crystal Starcher on September 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    On Friday my 7 year old granddaughter was let out of school without been taking to the bus she then missed the bus with started walking home by herself she is 7 she walk all the way to 15th street and every nice lady named angie help her she called my daughter in law who was out trying to find her child I want to thank angie for been so nice and helping my granddaughter thank you for keeping her safe calling her mom thank you for been so nice to my granddaughter thank you just is not enough

    • bertran on September 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

      What were the circumstances? Did you notify the Board of Education? If so, what was the response?

  13. Jamie Johns on September 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Did anybody else notice the mayor of Norton was in the Barberton parade but not the mayor of Barberton?

  14. Doug on September 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Wht would Barberton city Schools wait until after school started to “upgrade” the flashing school zone lights? They had all summer to work on them. Now the kids of our city are supposed to rely on a poorly placed sign stating lights are not working. Brilliant planning

  15. Sue on September 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Can someone please tell me what happened by Dave’s Diner on Wooster Rd W? I went by there about 12 noon today, and the front of the building is all torn up. Was there a fire?

  16. Kevin Litton on August 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Parking is at a premium surrounding. St. Augustine church and it has just gotten worse with the start of school. As a homeowner in the area it is very frustrating that the faculty take a great deal of the spaces available. The church has a very large parking lot but does not use it. There is a large empty lot at the corner of 8th St.. & Lake Ave. which would be ideal for them and the church also owns a empty lot directly across the street from their property on 7th St. Would love to see the church and city work something out so homeowners and renters do not have to deal with this daily headache.

  17. bertran on August 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    right you are

  18. Mary Lou Sohn on July 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    This comment is for the people in last week’s ViewsLine who complained about several items that bothered them.
    Trash cans left out a little longer after being emptied: You could maybe offer to take them in for those folks. Or, better yet, just don’t look.
    Lots of little kids playthings in front yard, like Little Tykes: People are allowed to have whatever they want in their yards. Itsy bitsies having a good time in the yard. What’s wrong with that image?
    Finally, if this is all you have to complain about, you are one of the world’s luckiest people. And, again, if it bothers you that much, guess what, you don’t have to look.

    • Grace on August 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      AMEN. Some people are not able to push their trash bins. Some people do not have back yards.

  19. Sue on July 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I wish they would put the trees back on W. Tusc.

  20. DCJ on July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Why doesn’t someone do something about people who park their car on the side of the road that has a no parking sign. It is getting hard to drive down some of these side streets when there are cars parked on both sides of the road.

  21. CAROL LANARI on July 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I live on State Street just a few houses down from the triangle at Ninth and State and neither I nor my neighbors have ever had any flooding.

    • SPD on August 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      There is flooding down by Cassell Avenue and in that area. I know people who live over there.

  22. SPD on July 3, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Is the removal of the triangle at the corner of Ninth and State Streets an efficient use of the taxpayer’s money? Absolutely! Considering the plans that they have for it and the installation of a retention pond to help eliminate flooding in that area, I’d say this is the right decision. People up there are tired of the flooding.

  23. Lynn O'Neill on July 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Just wondering why the city decided to dig up curbs at the corner of 8th and Cassell Ave. The curbs weren’t crumbling and have been in less than 10 years. Seems like a waste of time and money.

    • Grace on July 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I noticed that. Try calling the Mayor and see if you can get a response.

  24. SPD on June 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    New layout looks nice!