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Bainbridge Area Food For Friends

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends continues its 26-year tradition of serving those in need locally. We remind local organizations, school groups and churches that the local pantry receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of local people and organizations. Currently, the most needed items at the pantry include: toiletries, such as toothpaste and bath soap, and paper products.

Monetary donations may be made to the Bainbridge Area Food For Friends account at PNC Bank on E. Washington Street in Bainbridge.

Non-perishable items may be dropped off at the pantry (lower level of Bainbridge Town Hall) or in the lobby bin at Bainbridge Library. If you or someone you know needs the confidential assistance please call 708-9829 (leave a message).

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends was founded in 1990 by Anne and John Bauswein. Now co-sponsored by Bainbridge Civic Club and Spirit of Bainbridge, it is a local entity supported totally by local donations and fundraising events.

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends is NOT affiliated with Geauga Hunger Task Force or Harvest for Hunger


  • If there is special senior in your life (and, no, we don’t mean final year of high school senior!), please check out our Spirit Senior Guide, beginning on page 21. What a tremendous resource piece of information we have assembled for you!
  • We also call your attention to our Auburn Spirit on page 10 for the latest information on the Auburn Bicentennial celebration!
  • And we have lots of interesting articles on our Spirited Pet pages, 32-33. Who knows? You might just find your new best friend waiting there!
  • As always, our Community Spirit section on page 6 highlights many events coming to our area. Check it out!

Our Sept. 22 edition will feature our
Autumn Health Guide and
Spirit Home Improvement Guide.
Editorial deadline is Sept. 8.  
Ad deadline is Sept. 13.
For information, call us at 440-543-4321.  
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Did you know that color is available on every page of the Spirit ? Make your ad stand out!

Contact us by phone 543-4321 or email at: spiritofbainbridge@yahoo.com. We are always accessible!


This Just In...

Foundation for Geauga Parks Fundraiser at Lowe's Sept. 16

Friends from the Foundation for Geauga Parks will be at Lowe’s Greenhouse on Saturday, September 16 to help kick off our native plant sale. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they will be cooking hot dogs, raffling prizes and sharing information about the work they do for our community. Nature lovers won’t want to miss this event!

Attendees who sign up to receive the Foundation newsletter during the kickoff event will be entered to win a $150 Lowe’s Greenhouse gift certificate for plants and products and a free Lowe’s landscape consultation, a $250 value. The Foundation will raffle off prizes every hour, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., they will be serving up free grilled hot dogs and sodas.

During the week of September 16 to 24, Lowe’s will be donating 20 percent of sales from the native plant collection to support the Foundation’s important work in our community. Also during this time all perennials, trees and shrubs will be on sale. Additional details about the event may be found at lowesgreenhouse.com. Lowe’s Greenhouse is located at 16540 Chillicothe Rd. in Chagrin Falls.The Foundation for Geauga Parks is an independent, non-profit organization made up of Geauga County residents dedicated to helping our community engage with nature through education, preservation, conservation, and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County. (www.foundationforgeaugaparks.org)

Pumpkin Fairy Garden Class Sept. 16

Create a Halloween-themed fairy garden at Lowe’s Greenhouse.  Create a pumpkin fairy garden from scratch with the helpful guidance of our staff on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lowe’s Greenhouse. The class is $40 and includes all tools and materials. It is open to all ages. Class size is limited and reservations are required. To register, please call the store at 440-543-5123.
Lowe’s Greenhouse is located at 16540 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH.

Book Study at Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge is a welcome place for families.  A new offering for parents is a free book study that will meet the third Thursday of each month beginning Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided during the morning session.
While reading the book Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup, participants will be encouraged to overcome an overstuffed home, out-of-control schedule, and an undernourished soul… and take back their life from “stuff.” The discussion will focus on decluttering three areas of life – home, mind, and soul.
Beginning Jan. 19, the group will be reading and discussing Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. Parents can connect with other parents and share the joys and occasional challenges of raising children in a comfortable, supportive environment. The studies can be joined any time and do not involve extensive homework. The only cost for the class is the book, both available in paperback and digital form.
All are welcome at these or any event at Lord of Life. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 17989 Chillicothe Rd. just south of Rt. 422. For more information regarding Family LIFE or any other ministry at Lord of Life, please contact the church office at (440) 543-5505 or visit their website, www.loloh.org.  

Geauga Dog Shelter Garage Sale Sept. 22-23

Come out and support the Geauga County Dog Shelter & Warden’s office during our 3rd Annual Giant Garage Sale.  On Sept. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., you can find treasures among the thousands of donated items, take your chance at one of our raffles, enjoy some refreshments, and meet our current adoptable dogs.
The Warden’s office is responsible for picking up and then caring for all of the stray dogs in Geauga County until they return home or are adopted.  No general tax dollars are received, so we are funded by license fees, adoption fees, and the generous donations of our neighbors.
If you aren’t able to stop by the sale, donations are always welcome.  We are  always in need of paper towels, bleach, leashes, soft treats and monetary donations.  We hope to see you at our Garage Sale fundraiser!
The warden’s office is located at 12513 Merritt Rd., Chardon.

Rescue Village Hopes to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Animals

 Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village is currently working to assist animals from shelters in Texas and Louisiana that are being flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

In the current situation, Rescue Village’s partner shelters are working to prepare animals for transport and are unsure of how long it will take for them to arrive. We are in touch with the Houston SPCA and others with our offers to assist.

“In response to the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Rescue Village is opening its doors to animals in need of life-saving support” said Hope Brustein, Executive Director of Rescue Village. “This is a complex situation on the ground, including the crucial efforts to reunite animals with their owners. There will no doubt be a large number of dogs and cats who need to find safe haven and new homes far outside the flood zones. We are in touch with the Houston SPCA and other shelters, including in Louisiana. Our hearts go out to the people and animals facing such dire circumstances,” said Brustein.

Last year, at around this same time, Rescue Village took in and rehomed dogs from shelters affected by the severe flooding in Louisiana. They hope to help in a similar way this year and take in and rehome both dogs and cats affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact Leah Backo, Marketing and PR Coordinator at marketing@geaugahumane.org.


Peruse our latest issue of Spirit of Bainbridge...

Pages 1-9




Community Spirit

Spirit & Faith

Pages 10-16

Auburn Spirit


Film Focus

Pages 17-20

Kenston Spirit

Education Spirit

Spirit Sports

Pages 21-29

Spirit Senior Guide

Pages 30-36

Book Reviews

Spirited Pets!

Spirit Classifieds

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The Spirit of Bainbridge is published every three weeks, and mailed to every home and business in Auburn and Bainbridge Townships (zip code 44023). Additional copies are distributed locally at Bainbridge Library, Lowe's Greenhouse, The Neighborhood Office, other locations in Auburn, Aurora, Bainbridge, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, Russell, Solon and South Russell. Approximately 7,500 copies of Spirit of Bainbridge are circulated.

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