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John Frato sits on a park bench just outside the new glass pavilion on the grounds of the Western Reserve Historical Society. From here, Dan Jones and his team of Carousel Works experts can be seen putting the finishing touches on the restoration of 58 fantastically colored wooden horses. "Mention Euclid Beach Park to anyone in Cleveland, and they do exactly what you're doing right now," says Frato. "They smile." The long-gone amusement park on Lake Erie's southern shores welcomed 74 summers of

Most Interesting People 2015: Helen Turner-Thompson

Why she's interesting: Turner-Thompson knows African-American gospel like no other local. A lifelong Clevelander celebrating her 84th birthday this month, Turner-Thompson saw gospel transition from Sunday worship to a genre performed throughout the country. From her works in the Library of Congress such as "There is a Place on the Battlefield for Me" to her transcriptions of African-American sheet music found at Emory University, Turner-Thompson has played an instrumental role in preserving blac
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