The deft hands of Jeff Heigl bring a shiny new look to St. Adalbert’s Church in Berea: Around The Town


BEREA, Ohio — After decades, the brick facing of the columns that tops the front entrance of St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 66 Adalbert St. in Berea, has begun to deteriorate.

“The brick started falling and cracking,” church facility manager Jeff Heigl said.

His solution was to use cast stone to replace the brick, which would mirror the use of stone on the nearby presbytery and other church structures.

Heigl got the materials he needed to complete the project and went to work in early August. He said it took about a month to transform the look of the columns from brick to stone.

“It’s a stone from Valley City Supply — what they call a faux stone — a man-made stone,” Heigl said, explaining that he had to cut pieces of stone-like material to fit.

“It was like a puzzle. I had to cut and shape the pieces to fit, and it’s a heavy material with a lot of weight.

Motorists passing the rear entrance of St. Adalbert’s Church on Fifth Avenue will see two decorative walls constructed from the same stone-like material. Attached to them are repurposed, old school doors.

“I modified the doors to create the entrance,” Heigl said, noting that he fashioned two gold crosses that serve as a decorative centerpiece for each of the doors.

“Everyone asks, where did you learn all this? The answer is that everything is self-taught. I’ve done this kind of work all my life,” says Heigl, who is from Nebraska.

“I was born and raised in Plattsmouth, where the Platt River meets the Missouri River.”

How he came to live in northern Ohio is another story: “I was in the Navy, and that’s how I ended up here. I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and I was coming to Ohio, and I met my future wife, Darlene, here.

Heigl also had his own business – Buckeye Pool Service. His son, Brad, now runs it.

And if anyone asks Heigl if he’s related to movie star Katherine Heigl, they won’t be surprised. “I’ve been asked that before. I guess we could be parents somewhere down the line.

Mental form: Baldwin Wallace University’s Center for Collaborative Problem Solving will host “Cross Fit For Your Mind: Forging Elite Mental Fitness,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the BW Center for Innovation & Growth, 340 Front St.

During the 90-minute problem-solving workshop, Dr. Edwin Meyer, Associate Professor of Physics at BW, will guide participants through new brain-boosting workouts as they work through problems designed to improve mental focus and physical fitness.

All materials will be provided * Problems will be solved in teams by everyone seated at the same table.

You are welcome to come as an individual and join a table, or bring your family and friends for a fun night of mental exercise.

This event is for everyone, whether you are 8 or 80 years old. The cost of the workshop is $5 for individuals and $10 for families or groups (up to five people).

For more information or to register, visit

School safety: Join a panel of administrators and school resource officers from the Berea City School District at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Berea-Midpark High School Auditorium, 165 E. Bagley Road in Berea, for a presentation on district safety and security.

Let us know what questions, ideas and concerns you would like the panel to address during this presentation by filling out the online form found here: Submit your safety and security questions, ideas and concerns.

Event postponed: The Baldwin Wallace University Faculty of Voice Recital “Sky Full of Song,” originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front St. in Berea, has been postponed until new order.

Invited speaker: “Funeral Rituals and Practices of the Past, Present, and Future,” sponsored by Baldwin Wallace University’s Ritter Library, will be held from 2-3 p.m. September 15 at the Berea Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 7 Berea Commons.

Memorial Advisor Russ Smith will provide an overview of Cleveland’s historic Lake View Cemetery, as well as an in-depth examination of various burial rituals and practices.

24 hour party: Baldwin Wallace University students will gather at 7:30 p.m. September 10 at the Black Box Theater, Kleist Center for Art & /drama, 95 E. Bagley Road, for a 24-hour theater festival.

Students will begin studio work, writing, pitching, rehearsing and eventually producing several short pieces for the public 24 hours later.

Free tickets for this event are required. For tickets, visit

Artistic duet: Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher will appear in a guest artist recital at 7 p.m. September 14 at Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front St. in Berea.

Pianist Tao and choreographer/dancer Teicher will explore the intersections between their artistic worlds. This event can be streamed live or visited in person.

For tickets or live stream, visit

Veterinary volunteers: The mayors of Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights recently met with Berea City School District Superintendent Tracy Wheeler about plans to provide school volunteer opportunities for veterans.

After serving in the Marines, Brook Park Mayor Ed Orcutt volunteered to be the first veteran in the program.

Ideas for how veterinarians could serve as student mentors, school crossing guards and sporting event monitors, and possibly share ideas with students in the classroom, were discussed.

Veterans interested in volunteering can contact Wheeler by email at [email protected] or by calling 216-898-8300 ext. 6241.

Autumn fun: Trick or Treat on the Trails returns to Harvest Festival 2022 at Coe Lake Park in Berea from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (begins October 15).

Tickets will be available beginning September 12 at the Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St. Tickets are free and limited to residents of Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 39 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza. 440-260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Friday of the month and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fourth Friday.

Church Street Ministries Pantry: 1480 Bagley Road, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Ride in love: Free hot meal from 2-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street. Eat in or take away. The next meal is Sunday, then September 18.

Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served 5-6 p.m. second and last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is September 14.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be Saturday, then September 17.

Pantry for animals: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.

Mini pantry: There are two small free food pantries located near the People’s Community Church, 628 Wesley Drive, and the Berea Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 7 Berea Commons. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.

Senior lunches: Monthly Elders Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Lunches are $5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. The next lunch will be on September 13. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.

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