Happy Ending to Home Explosion
The Taylor’s, of Chesterland, heard what sounded like an explosion in their home. They hurried through their house to find the source of booming noise. As they approached the furnace they saw smoke rolling out the openings of the machine. Luckily, the coldest days of the season had passed, but the elderly couple, 80 and 81, wasn’t sure how they would replace the unit before cold weather returned. Living primarily on their monthly Social Security checks, the retired carpenter and caregiver didn’t have much expendable income.
The Taylor’s called their HVAC service company, DeBord’s One Hour Heating & Air, to find out their options. With repair out of picture, One Hour’s Mark Beldon, went to the home to give a replacement estimate. When he learned of the couple’s financial situation, he wanted to find a way to help. He returned to the shop and went straight to owner, Leona Kratochvil with the Taylors’ story. He volunteered his own time and resources, but Kratochvil quickly decided the company should help.
“When you see someone that is truly in need, and you have the ability and resources to help, it only seems natural to do so,” Kratochvil said of her decision. “I look at the Taylors’ background as a carpenter and caregiver, and have to believe that they have done their share of giving back to the community through the years. They have both worked very hard during their lives and this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ and paying it forward.”
As a business owner, Kratochvil believes it is the duty businesses to give back to the community whenever possible. “By assisting the Taylor’s we are lifting one of the burdens that they have and allowing them to concentrate on other more important things in their lives,” Kratochvil explained. “Figuring out how you are going to stay warm when the weather changes is something no one should have to worry about. It’s important for each of us to take a vested interest in our neighbors, friends and families.” Goodman provided the heating system to DeBord’s One Hour at a reduced cost.
The installation is scheduled for the morning of May 5, 2011. Staff from DeBord’s Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will also participate in the installation.
Local Business Walks for Fellow colleague
Cleveland, OH – (October 4, 2012) In June of 2010, Billie Jo Schuth noticed a white spot in the back of her throat with some minor pain. She was tested for strep repeatedly, but each time the results came back negative. Later that month, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML).
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood and is one of four main types of leukemia. Billie is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for her cancer and plans to participate in the Light The Night® Walk with her Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and DeBord’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning® colleagues this October.
The event, organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), helps raise funds for blood cancer research. "The entire office has been very supportive of Billie and is teaming up to help her through this challenge by participating in the walk and in other ways," said Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and DeBord’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning General Manager Leona Kratochvil. "We want to encourage other local businesses and the community to help support the research efforts or to help in any way they can."
The group to date has raised over $4,950 for the cause. The LLS Northern Ohio Chapter's goal is to raise over $750,000 at the Light the Night Walks in Cleveland, Akron and Toledo. The local business has also teamed up with the West Geauga High School and involved students in the Pennies for Patients school program. "The fundraiser is currently underway and the kids are excited to contribute for a worthy cause," said Kratochvil. Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for this event and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. Every Light the Night walker is encouraged to become a Champion For Cures by raising $100 or more to help fight blood cancer. "The survival rate for many blood cancer patients in North America has doubled, tripled or even quadrupled since the 1960s. This is a result of individuals, families and companies, like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning," said Daryl Rakosy, Northern Ohio Light the Night Walk Director.
In 2011, LLS’s Light the Night Walks raised over $51 million with a goal of $55.5 million for this year. According to the LLS, CML affects mostly adults. The chance of getting CML increases in people aged 65 years and older. However, people can develop CML at any age.
To find out more about forming a team or participating in Light The Night Walk visit www.lightthenight.org/noh or call 216.264.5691.
Volunteer Plumbers Pitch In At American Legion Post
And they honored the importance of local veterans with their
Several plumbers volunteered a day's worth of work to fix
assorted plumbing issues at the Burton American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459
headquarters on Goodwin Street last Saturday.
Many of the volunteers served in the military, said Post
Commander Frank McBride.
One of the plumbers, Ron Laurent of Middlefield Village, works
for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Chardon.
Recently, Laurent said he told Benjamin Franklin Operations
Manager Michael Kobella about the post's needs.
"Ron works for us and does well," Kobella said.
"So we thought we'd help the legion out."
Laurent said the post has had some issues for some time.
Coincidentally, Benjamin Franklin had been planning to offer a plumbing
services discount to veterans.
When Laurent mentioned the legion issue to Kobella, it was a
no-brainer for the operations manager: The company would chip in and offer to
get the job done.
"A ton of plumbers volunteered," Laurent said.
"It was great."
Initial analysis was estimated to take four to five hours, with
the entire job scheduled to be completed by the end of the day. Plumbers were
slated to inspect both inside and outside systems, McBride said.
"We're looking at footer tile work, outside and concrete
block work inside," McBride said of the repairs. "Basically, it's a
combination of a lot of things that we'll be doing."
The two-story, yellow-brick and frame structure contains several
meeting rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and workspaces.
The building, located in a valley on Goodwin Street, was built
in the early 1960s, several Legion officials estimated, calling the building
We are so grateful that Benjamin Franklin in doing this,"
said legion post president Mike Karlinsky.
Laurent said he loved being part of the post for its close-knit
feel over the past six years of his membership term.
"We do food drives, talk to sick and ill veterans, and even
have a scholarship," Laurent said. "But we are also promoting the
importance of honoring veterans to the public."
Karlinsky and McBride said several of the workers served in
different branches of the military, while one served at a nearby legion
"How many companies do you see do this?" Karlinsky
asked, adding Benjamin Franklin's service discount was set to begin
The Legion - currently sporting 130 members - began operations
in 1920, but moved to Burton on Feb. 13, 1933.
It was named after World War I veterans George Atwood, of
Middlefield Village, and Stanley Mauck, of Burton Village.
Respectively, Atwood passed away Sept. 6. 1918, while Mauck died
march 30, 1918, according to the post's charter.
In all, about seven Benjamin Franklin employees showed up, plus
several office staff members who cooked the workers food during last Saturday's
Other support systems, such as the legion's Women's Auxiliary,
chipped in their support by helping with lunch, said auxiliary member Jane
"We are here for whatever the men need," Koroshes
said. "We're here to stand beside them if they need anything."
For more information or to become a member of the post, contact
McBride at 440-834-8083 or Karlinsky at 440-286-1202. The American legion is located
at 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton Village.
Story By: Josh Echt