Basket Festival

~A Berlin Heights Summer Festival~

In years past,, the Basket Festival Committee has chosen a resident of Berlin Township that we have felt has been a model citizen and does what they can to support or community.

This year, we have decided to open the voting to the township, as well. If you would like to take part in the voting process, please print the Nominee form and submit it to Berlin Heights Basket Festival Committee P.O. Box 378 Berlin Heights, Ohio 44814

2017 Citizen of the Year

John Hartman

Our honoree was born the 4th of 5 children on a farm in Berlin Township

Our honoree graduated from Berlin High School in 1954

The honoree has upheld the family farming tradition, being honored with a Century Farm designation from the State of Ohio in 2003

He met his future wife when she came to the farm to buy eggs

They married in 1960.

And on this farm, they raised:






Starting as a dairy herd, ending up as black Angus

Recognizable from their occasional escapes from their pastured environment


And now, he has the joy of sharing his love of farming with his 5 grandchildren

John Hartman has served his community on many levels:

As a public servant, working as a

School bus driver

Mail carrier

Guard at  NASA’s  Plum Brook Station

County water department employee

As a member of the agricultural community

As a high schooler in FFA

Ohio Farm Bureau

Numerous local, county, and state offices

An advocate for issues facing production agriculture

Ohio Corn Growers Association

Ohio Soybean Association

Top Farmers of Ohio

Traveled to many parts of the US and Great Britain, sharing practices and ideas with fellow farmers

Antique tractor club

As a member of the Berlin Heights community

Lifelong member of the First Congregational Church

Served in all aspects of lay leadership

Carrying the bass line in all the good old church hymns

Playing the family’s bass horn/tuba in school and county ensembles

Honing his acting skills with the Literary Society

Gracing the pages of Life Magazine as a towheaded young lad in a feature article about the 1940 presidential election

Instrumental in starting Berlin Heights’ Jaycees organization  in the late 1960s

Working with the Edison Music Boosters as he supported his daughters’ musical endeavors

Serving on the local zoning board

Active in the Berlin Heights High School Alumni gatherings

Active in the Berlin Heights Historical Society

Educated his daughters on the location of every street car line that ran through the township and surrounding areas

Active with the Berlin Heights Basket Festival committee

In charge of the Kiddie Tractor Pull and

The Big Old Parade

Frequently found in the company of friends enjoying a cup of coffee or lunch at the Main Street Café, and occasionally offering an opinion

His love of Berlin Heights is shared by his lovely wife, who has now been a resident of Berlin township for almost 60 years.