WADSWORTH: Former Mayor Caesar Carrino, long known for his achievements in education, politics and public speaking, has added another accomplishment to his list of achievements, that of local historian.
Carrino is presently researching the history of churches in Wadsworth from 1818 to the present as part of the city's bicentennial, which will be celebrated next year.
"I have tons and tons of information on this topic," Carrino noted. He said he expects to chronicle almost 100 different groups in his quest for this part of Wadsworth's history.
In addition, Carrino, 82, has resumed his oral history project in which he interviews those who have lived in Wadsworth for a considerable length of time and who have remembrances of yesterday.
Carrino, himself a life-long resident of Wadsworth, is a reservoir of information concerning the cultural, political and demographic aspects of the city.
Having begun his oral history project in 1992 by interviewing more than 300 people, Carrino has resumed that project in the new studios of Wadsworth Community Television housed in the city's new Community Center, which opened in December. His recent interviews run on WCTV and tapes of the older interviews are housed in the Wadsworth Library and stored in the WCTV vault.
Some can also be accessed at http://my.pegcentral.com/
In his original interviews, Carrino said he began interviewing the "oldest people first" beginning with those who were in the their 90s and then moving backwards to the 80 year-olds and a few in their 70s.
Other writings by Carrino concerning the history of Wadsworth include: Interesting Items of Historical Interest, Legendary Folk of Wadsworth, Ohio and Pioneers to Streetcars.
Carrino's Interesting Items work explores the business history of Wadsworth detailing the stores, which served the people of Wadsworth and the people who worked in those stores.
His Legendary Folks details the characteristics of 45 interesting personages, many of whom he personally knew from Wadsworth's past.
Carrino's Pioneers writing is a history of Wadsworth from 1814 to 1907.
Carrino's achievements in education are many. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace and earned a doctorate in administration, linguistics and curriculum design from Case Western Reserve. He began his teaching career in the United States Army teaching students ages 4-14, children of Army personnel. He said, "I almost lost my vocation with that position."
After the Army, Carrino began teaching in the Norton City Schools and soon became principal of Sherman Elementary School in the Norton system. He then moved to the Summit County Office of Education as supervisor for elementary education and to teaching at the University of Akron. At Akron, Carrino rose in the ranks to eventually become a dean and then executive assistant to the president of the university. His educational career also includes positions with the Holy Family School in Stow, Hoban High and Walsh College.
In politics, Carrino was elected to two terms on city council before being elected Mayor in 1999.
Lynda, Carrino's wife for more than 50 years, prefaces the books he writes. Carrino admits she "is my most comprehensive critic." Lynda taught history before marrying Caesar. She too served in Wadsworth politics by serving on council and as city auditor.