I spent the first 8 years of my life in Hinckley, Ohio. With a transfer of jobs for my dad, it was off to Breiningsville(near Allentown), Pennsylvania. A year later, it was a short time living with relatives in Brunswick, Ohio before we moved to Chatham, Ohio. Two years later my mother was diagnosed with tuberculosis and it was back with the relatives in Brunswick. Nine months later, back to Hinckley, where we lived for the next 8 years.
After two years living on the west side of Cleveland, I got married and moved to Medina where we lived for two years. We moved up the road to the Valley City side of Marks Rd. Lived there for a year and a half. After a year living in Chippewa Lake, we moved to Rittman, where we have called home for the past 24 Years.
Rittman, Ohio-Population according to the 2000 census 6,314, little change since. Normally a quiet town located off Ohio 57, about 15-20 minute drive to major shopping areas. Located about 5 miles south of I-76/US224, both I-71 and I-77 are easily accessible. All of our children went through the Rittman Exempted Village School system. All graduated from high school, and all have attended college. Yes we have a 100% rate at the Feightner home.
I have taken my children to all the Rittman parks while they were growing up and they all had a very good time, we have rode our bicycles through town, and have had a good time doing so. Rittman isn't Mayberry, but we have a small and dedicated police force. We had our Christmas lights messed with one year, we had a five minute response time. Compare that to where I work in Cleveland(the 'hood). Once my car got broken into in the parking lot of the shop. Cleveland's finest wouldn't even come and take a report.
The head of Rittman's government is the City Manager. The current City Manager is Larry Boggs, who before that served as Rittman's Chief of Police for many years. Larry Boggs was also the Rittman band announcer before me. We also have a mayor and council. Sometimes I think we are run by the good 'ole boys, but it always seems to be working.
Is Rittman perfect? No, but then neither are the people here. It makes a good match.
Do I plan on moving elsewhere? Well my next move will be in the presence of the Lord.
NEXT:My favorite bunch of high school students, the Rittman Indians Marching Band.