Rusty Nail restaurant

shut doors last week

At The Rusty Nail, everybody knew your name. But on June 24, the Twin Lakes answer to "Cheers" closed the final chapter on nearly five decades of business.

"We took a lot of pride in getting up every day for 47 years to make someone's wedding special, or to make our regulars their drink and bring them their crackers and bar cheese," said owner Wendy Fiebig, who began working at the family-run restaurant when she was 14 years old.

"This is what I've done all my life," she said, choking back tears. "There's lots of memories here. It's been my passion."

Fiebig, a third-generation owner of the Rusty Nail, operated the bar/restaurant/banquet hall with her husband, Steve. Their family, which includes two young children, lives in a home connected to the restaurant.

The business was founded by Wendy Fiebig's grandparents, the late Don and Barbara Bentley, in 1967. It has been run by family members ever since.

Fiebig said the "crazy" costs of doing business became overwhelming through the years with the continually rising prices of everything from meat, produce and utilities to delivery costs.

-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

Seniors, families can

get a safety checklist

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lake, Geauga, Portage and Ashtabula counties is offering a free home safety checklist for area seniors and their families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit the emergency room each year with almost a third of the visits related to injuries, many of which are sustained in the home.

"The home should be the safest and most comfortable place for aging seniors," said Therese Glorioso, owner of the area Home Instead Senior Care office. "It's critical for families and seniors to invest the time in identifying the necessary home safety modifications to ensure it stays that way."

Senior home safety experts recommend that adult children of seniors take at least one day each year to perform a thorough safety check of their parents' home.

To request a free home safety checklist, call the Home Instead Senior Care office at 330-995-1522 or 330-297-1700. For other resources including online safety assessment and recommendations for inexpensive modifications, visit