BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AT HOME AND ON THE ROADS. A NOTE FROM YOUR DOVER TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

Our community is a great one because of the residents who live and work here. Homes are neatly kept, roads are well maintained, local businesses are supported, and children attend excellent schools. However, our community is not without disagreement or change, and that’s where we come in.

As your Township Trustees, we are always available to hear concerns or new ideas. In most cases, your neighbors are too. Get to know them. Have a friendly discord; so that when issues do arise (and they always do), you can have a polite discussion before bringing in the township officials.

Too often, people assume the intent of someone else’s actions. Before you do, ask. Consider your neighbors when making changes to your property or when using your property in a way that effects them (like adding fencing near property lines or firing guns). Before calling us with a grievance, let your neighbor know that something just doesn’t seem right to you. And if a compromise can’t be reached or concerns fall on deaf ears, call us. That’s what we’re here for.

One concern that we’ve heard from numerous residents is about reckless driving on township roads. Our roads are often traveled by slow-moving farm equipment, residents walking their dogs or running, and motorcyclists and tourists taking in our rural landscapes. These roads wind through hills and have loose gravel, small shoulders and often hidden drives.

Residents don’t feel safe pulling out of their driveways or walking their dogs because drivers are going too fast or are not paying attention (and too often at the same time). We would like to remind everyone to please consider their neighbors while driving, especially in winter weather. Slow down. Pay attention. Share the road. Drive like you live here. (Because we do.)

MAKING HOME IMPROVEMENTS? DO NOT BEGIN BUILDING PROJECTS WITHOUT A ZONING PERMIT

36% of Dover Township residents who modified the exterior of an existing structure or added an additional permanent structure (like a shed or fence) to their property in 2016 did so without a building permit. As a result, the Dover Township trustees and Zoning Inspector Dave Weber are considering implementing penalties against those who begin these projects in the future without the proper permits.

Dover Township is zoned, and changes or additions to properties must meet all zoning requirements. More information is available from Zoning Inspector Dave Weber. He is at the Township Office Mondays, 9a – 12p. Contact Dave with questions at the office at 330.343.6413 or on his cell phone 330.440.1944.

Visit dovertownship.us/zoning to review fees and complete forms before beginning these projects.

BREITENBACH WINERY HOSTS FIRST CRUSH 5-MILE RUN ON POPULAR TOWNSHIP ROUTE

On August 18, Breitenbach Winery hosted its first First Crush 5 Mile Run, beginning and ending at the winery.

The race took 127 runners and walkers East on Old Route 39, over Gordon Road, and around Broad Run Dairy Road. This 5-mile route is a popular walking and running route for residents who live along these roads.

Winners were Matt Hizer, 33, of New Philadelphia with a time of 33:34.7 and Bekah Zinkon, 24, of Dover with a time of 37:39.5.

Congratulations to all Dover finishers:
Jonathan Rohrer (41:41.9), Britney Dennison (48:56.7), Lauren Rainsburg (51:36.0), Cheryl Staley (52:15.7), Jan Scupp (54:08.9), Micah Dennison (54:09.9), Amy Zeger (54:11.2), Jennifer Moore (57:26.1), Marlene Aeling (58:52.6), Nancy Branch (1:01:26.5), Jennifer Sugalski (1:02:02.3), Beth Diklonato (1:15:52.3), and Laura Donaldson (1:20:50.7).

WINTER ROAD PREPAREDNESS

The Dover Township road crew is preparing equipment for winter snow removal, salting and de-icing. As always, we ask those traveling in and around Dover Township to practice extra caution when our road crew is working to clear all 48-miles of township roadways.

Dover Township has 400 tons of salt on stock and 500 additional tons available. Road crews intend to complete normal winter maintenance throughout the township and have replaced a four-wheel drive snow plow pick-up truck to assist in these duties.

This summer our road crews completed five miles of chip-and-seal and one mile of paving.

2018 road repair will be determined in the spring. We try to be proactive when we notice issues along our roadways, but ask residents to please call or email our road crew for hazardous road conditions.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

November 11-December 30, 1-7p
Guided Christmas Tours
Reeves Victorian Home
All rooms decorated for the holiday
$10 for adults, $5 children / No registration

December 2, 3-5p
Celebrate the Season and Luminary Walk
Norma Johnson Center
Santa and craft, walk through the pines
All ages / No registration

December 2, 330p
Philharmonic Children’s Choir
Dover Public Library
Holiday show songs followed by Christmas Parade downtown.
All ages / No registration

December 2, 10a-6p / Dec. 3, 12-5p
Christmas in Zoar
Historic Zoar Village
Music, craft show, wagon rides, tree lighting
$8, 13+ / Free for 12 and under

December 3, 9-11a
Sensitive Santa
New Towne Mall
Meet Santa in a calming environment
Register newtownemall.com

December 6, 530-730p
Visit with Santa
Dover Public Library
Story, songs, crafts, and Santa.
Through 5th grade / Register 330.343.6123

December 10, 2-4p
Moravian Lovefeast
Schoenbrunn Village
Traditional Moravian Lovefeast, hot cocoa, and sweets provided.
All ages / Free admission

December 14-17, 9a-9p
Craft and Home-Based Business Show
New Towne Mall
Shop local this holiday season
All ages / No registration

PRACTICE SAFETY FIRST WHILE HEATING YOUR HOME

Second to only cooking, home heating is the second leading cause of home fires. From 2013-2015, nearly 46,000 home heating fires occurred in the U.S. annually. These fires caused an annual average of approximately 205 deaths and $506 million in property loss.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, these fires peak in January and occur most frequently between the hours of 5-9p. Follow these tips to ensure safety in your home this winter:

– Never use an oven or stove top to heat your home.

– Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.

– Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace.

– Keep wood stove doors closed unless adding wood or pellets or stoking the fire.
– Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.

– Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off. If it tips over, it must shut off.

-Keep anything that can burn three feet away from all heating equipment, including fireplaces, wood stoves or space heaters.

People are at a greater risk of home fire in the winter season when they cook holiday meals, display decorations, and use unsafe heat sources. Stay safe this winter season.