Janet Podolak, The News-Herald

Janet Podolak

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Past articles by Janet:

Plan to picnic at Garfield National Historic Site concerts

A picnic planned around music played outdoors is a delightful way to spend a summer evening, especially when it’s on the grounds of Mentor’s own James A. Garfield National Historic Site. → Read More

Crossroads Health sets lofty goals of raising money, seting Guinness kite-flyingrecord with Soaring Hearts

Thousands of kite-flyers on May 21 are expected to descend on Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor to attempt to set a world record for Most Kites Flown Simultaneously. The event will be overseen b… → Read More

Event to feature free medical, vision, dental services in Ashtabula

Free dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis the weekend of April 2 and 3 at Lakeside High School in Ashtabula. The two-day clinic, which requires n… → Read More

Polka Hall of Fame Radio now fills Saturday’s airwaves with polka and news from Slovenia

Polka Hall of Fame Radio is a new chapter of polka history that has debuted on Willoughby-based WINT Radio (101.FM and 1330 AM) at noon each Saturday. → Read More

St. Patrick’s Day specials offered at Northeast Ohio restaurants

St. Patrick’s Day specials abound in the area for March 17. Among them is the fare served at the Rustic Grill at StoneWater, One Club Drive in Highland Heights, where dishes will be available dine … → Read More

Trader Joe’s Mentor opening draws pre-dawn crowd

A chilly dawn arrived an hour after Barb Wright and her friend, Jessica, got in line at 6:30 a.m. for the grand opening of the new Trader Joe’s at 9474 Mentor Ave. in Mentor. By the time the store … → Read More

Seniors in Perry’s Service Learning Program learn about community needs by filling them

Authentic learning by doing is the goal that’s being achieved by the 92 students who are part of Perry High School’s Service Learning program. The elective program for seniors places them as needed… → Read More

Hot meals have warmed hearts and souls for 38 years at St. James Episcopal Church Lunch Program in Painesville

No questions are asked of those who turn out at St. James Episcopal Church in Painesville for a free hot meal four days a week. “We average 50 to 60 people for each meal,” explained Alice Griffith,… → Read More

About 500 nativities comprise ‘Christmas in Kirtland Nativity’ at Historic Kirtland

It’s one of about 500 nativities — also known as creches — loaned to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the annual Christmas season display, “Christmas in Kirtland Nativity,” ñow i… → Read More

Mentor church hosting Treat Street event

Treat Street, set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16, is seeking “trunkers” to help provide a safe and memorable evening for kids and their families. Trunkers will decorate their car trunks (and themselves… → Read More

Zucchini a fast-growing, versatile summer squash that can be dinner, dessert or side dish – Morning Journal

The volunteer pickers swear the zucchini was hiding from them beneath its many leaves, but when my friend Cathy returned from a week away, one of the zucchinis in her garden was nearly the size of … → Read More

State-of-the-art Apex offers lovely cruise of Greek islands even in COVID-19 era – Morning Journal

Cruising in the time of COVID-19 requires courage and patience. But as ships again set sail for test cruises, some extraordinary experiences and bargains are part of the equation. It is said that t… → Read More

Sapphire Creek Winery in Bainbridge inspired by California’s Napa Valley

The seamless incorporation of indoor and outdoor spaces at California’s Napa Valley wineries was the inspiration for Kathleen and Andy Dangelo when they created what was to become their Sapphire Cr… → Read More

Celebrate John Glenn Centennial July 16-18

The life and accomplishments of John Glenn will be celebrated July 16-18 at the John Glenn Centennial Celebration in Cambridge and New Concord, where he was born and raised, respectively. → Read More

Family running Ashtabula’s Hil-Mak restaurant and market gets help from former longtime owners of Piero’s Pasta

Gianpiero and Cindy Piras have discovered that a laid-back life of retirement does not suit them. → Read More

Pick-your-own strawberry season at Lake, Geauga farms begins

There’s nothing I like more than a dish of Northeast Ohio strawberries. → Read More

Cleveland Field Kitchen’s outdoor NOMAD dinners landing with gathering-hungry folks

Now that many people are vaccinated and the weather is nice, everyone seems to want to have a party, says chef Kelli Hanley-Potts. → Read More

Dinner at SPIRE Institute in Geneva showcases fine Northeast Ohio wines with stylish food

It was a day or so after the momentous announcement by the Centers for Disease Control that fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear facemasks in most circumstances. → Read More

Mentor business Food for Thought has spent last of its 30 years catering to change

Systems already in place by Food for Thought, the Mentor-based catering company, helped it pivot when the pandemic shut things down last year. → Read More

Paganini School of Cooking will have socially distanced summer camps for kids, teens

Back in the day, I sent my grandson, then 11, to a four-day cooking camp at the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Chester Township. He learned some important knife → Read More