The Way Paper Work Usta Was

Before I launch into a rant about how things were years ago, the above title is partially based upon the mangled diction that comedian Jeff Foxworthy often used. He has been referred to as  “The King of Redneck Jokesters,” and in many ways, he represents the way comedians usta was – politically incorrect, glib and masterful in his stage presentation. Paper work in all its forms has undergone huge transformations in past decades so that now there are few similarities to how it usta was done. Both the production and…

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A Painesville Legend Remembered

Ronald Balogh, 73, died August 13 following a two-month illness. He had been under hospice care near his snowbird home in Estero, Florida. Ron left behind a 50-year legacy of service to his hometown, especially to the Painesville City schools, that earned him the commonly used moniker of “Mr. Painesville.” Ron was a devoted teacher and administrator at Harvey High School, where he taught instrumental music and led the school’s band, then became a guidance counselor and served as assistant principal for several years before his retirement. Respected and loved…

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Farmer Leroy

Way back in time, not long after Leroy Elementary School was built, one of the farmers in Leroy Township happened to have a coincidental name: Leroy Furrow. He was so enterprising, ambitious and knowledgeable about agriculture and animal husbandry that he became a mentor to many successive residents. He could rightly be called the Father of Leroy Farming. Unfortunately, over time, students from the other townships in the Riverside School district took pleasure in teasing Leroy students, good-naturedly, of course, about Leroy Township’s  backward country ways. A bit of biographical…

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Leroy Grade School: Fred Searles ’62

Guest Author: Fred Searles ’62. The year was 1955 and I was in the 5th grade at Leroy Grade School, as we called it.  Mrs. Ruth Rowley was our principal, which seemed to be unusual at the time to have a woman principal.  She was also our English teacher as I recall. At lunch times, if you were in the 6th grad, you could play in the gym after you finished your lunch.  If you were in the 5th grade, which I was, you first had to raise your hand.  …

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Memories of Leroy Elementary School: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ’66

Guest Author: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ‘66  I attended Leroy Elementary School in 1953 through 6th grade.  I repeated first grade, therefore I had Mrs. Peck and she remarried 2nd year and was Mrs. Henry. I remember Mrs. Nelson who I believed lived at the corner of Proctor and Rt. 86. The old house is still there. I remember Mrs. Novak and principal Mrs. Raleigh who also taught 6th grade.  Her office was in a classroom in the lower section which had been added on. We ate lunch in the basement…

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President’s Message

Hello Fellow Beavers, Well, things are starting to feel a little more real. School has started although necessarily modified because of the virus. The school buses are rolling (please respect their signs and be patient, especially with the special needs kids), and our sports teams are playing. Attendance at the events is limited to family members, but fortunately for sports nuts like me, some of the games are being streamed. Check the teams’ Twitter/Facebook pages for links on game days. Of course, our board hasn’t met since March, and all…

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The Music Teacher Punning, Part One

Good morning, music- loving students. Today we will have a music history lesson that will instruct you in how music’s origin is not always straightforward. It is more complex than having a composer simply sit down and transfer lyrics and symbols onto a page. Many well-known musical compositions have a convoluted story behind them that one would hardly suspect. We will begin with some older compositions and work our way through to some wonderful music of the second half of the 20th century. Part I – Classics of America from…

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Leroy Elementary School: Christopher Joles

Guest Author: Christopher Joles I began first grade at LeRoy Elementary School in 1966 and attended it through sixth grade. It was very much a “country school” at that time and remained that way through its closure in 2019. My first- grade teacher was Miss Imke, a kindly lady and an excellent teacher. I remember her that way in spite of my figuring out that becoming a jokester, which I still am, was a way for me to gain friends. Not that I intended to turn my GI Joe lunchbox…

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President’s Message

Loyal Riverside Alumni, We hope all is well with all of you and that you are taking every precaution as we want to see all of you again when we can start our events back up. Fortunately, here in Lake County the infection rate is quite low and the numbers are pretty flat. But we are still interacting with the school and our graduating seniors. Jaime McIntyre, the Senior Class advisor, asked for our help with two initiatives. The first was supporting the development of congratulatory yard signs for each…

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2020 Scholarship Recipients from the Alumni Association

The Riverside Alumni Association is proud to announce the three recipients of its scholarship grants for 2020. These three outstanding Riverside High School 2020 graduates plan on attending college, and these grants of $1,000 each will help them achieve their goals. Jake Darida had two major interests throughout his years at Riverside High School: music and robotics. He is the son of John and Becky Darida. John is an RHS alumnus. Jake’s  love of music led him to the tuba, and he was a member of the RHS marching band. He…

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