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Worker hurt in Cloverleaf construction accident will lose portion of his leg

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    An unidentified man is transported by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after an accident around 6:40 p.m. in a parking lot next to Cloverleaf Schools baseball fields in the 8300 block of Friendsville Road in Westfield Township. Superintendent Darryl Kubilus said the man will likely lose part of his leg.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE FILE

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WESTFIELD TWP. — A construction worker injured July 12 while working on a parking lot near Cloverleaf Schools’ baseball fields will have a portion of his leg amputated, Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said during Monday’s board of education meeting.

“Unfortunately, one of the workers, the day that they were pulling up the asphalt, did get his foot and lower leg run over by the asphalt machine,” Kubilus said.

He said the contractor was beginning the process of stripping the old asphalt off the parking lot when the accident occurred.

“He is going to lose that leg below the knee, but he is going to survive,” he said. “After 24 hours, he was in stable condition.”

Kubilus said he didn’t know the injured worker’s name. The superintendent said the district is spending $50,000 on the repaving work, which is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2018-19 school year in August.

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District spokesman John Gladden introduced members of the Cloverleaf High School alumni association and presented an update on what the group has been working on.

“As part of our district’s strategic plan in the area of pride and public relations, one of the objectives was to form an alumni association,” Gladden said.

He said the group, which formed about a year ago, has made strides in attracting members and becoming an active Cloverleaf organization.

“Folks in this association have a passion for Cloverleaf,” alumni association member Patrick Ploucha said. “Our goal is to act as the conduit between the school and the alumni.”

School board president Jeff Schreiber said he thinks the association’s mission statement is “excellent.”

The statement reads: “The mission of the Cloverleaf Alumni Association is to connect, communicate and promote a continuous feeling of identity with Cloverleaf High School while maintaining its traditions, assisting in the advancement of Cloverleaf Local Schools through its alumni.”

“I went to a high school that has a very strong alumni association,” Schreiber said. “In my earlier years here, I was a little bit confused why did Cloverleaf not have one similar to the school I came from because I just assumed every school was that way.”

Schreiber said he believes the alumni association’s popularity will continue to grow.

The association will host “The Annual Tailgate” 5-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the high school football field in partnership with Cloverleaf All Sports Boosters. Cost is $5 and includes hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, chips and beverages.

For information about the alumni association, visit the Cloverleaf High School Alumni Facebook page.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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