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Local Children Go On the Hunt

| Published on April 16, 2014

Newton Falls – Fields soggy from the recent rains and sharp springtime winds didn’t dampen the day for hundreds of local children on the hunt for thousands of brightly-colored plastic spheres left behind by a big fluffy pink bunny on the grounds near the Community Center on Quarry Street. On …

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Say Yes to the Dress…and Other Goodies

| Published on April 16, 2014

For the second time this year, local folks had the opportunity to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories at a free clothing give-away event last Saturday. Although plentiful inventory rivaled many thrift stores, the free event was held at the Mantua Center Christian Church.

At the height of this spring event, a line of young ladies waited patiently to try on formal dresses they chose from the plethora of gowns that were available. In addition to fancy frocks, there was a supply of jewelry, nail polish and other accessories to choose from, all without spending a dime.

Over the course of the morning event, seventy-five shoppers browsed the well-stocked racks and tables that were piled high with clothing ranging from infants and kids sizes to men and women.  There was truly something for everyone, thanks to community donations left in the St. Pauly shed outside the south side of the building.

The program, which started in February, is aimed at distributing gently-used clothing to those in need, and helping the environment by keeping useful items out of a landfill. According to event organizers, the church plans to hold similar events on a quarterly basis, with the next event to be held in July. July’s event will focus on distributing fall clothing items.

For specific event information, watch for signs at the church in June, or check local newspapers. To make a tax-deductible donation, deposit your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, blankets, sheets or curtains in the donation shed at 4118 State Route 82 at your convenience. Receipts are available on the shed.

 

Retire at 65 … Or Not? Your assets matter more than your age.

| Published on April 16, 2014

Isn’t 65 the traditional retirement age? Perhaps, but baby boomers are modifying the definition of a traditional retirement (if not redefining it altogether). The Social Security Administration has subtly revised its definition of the traditional retirement age as well.
If you glance at the SSA website, the “full” retirement age for …

This is How We Roll

| Published on April 16, 2014

Paige Collins topped the scoreboard March 29 with a 147 game and 404 series.  Kyleigh Grandon was 46 pins over average with her 145 game.  Other nice games:  Brooke Collins, 108 (36 over), Emily Linamen, 111 (36 over), Adrianna Conway, 110 (35 over), Taylor Cressman, 99 (35 over), Sara Barker, …

The Business

| Published on April 16, 2014

If your summer travel plans usually include visiting far away wineries but the economic downturn is stopping this year’s excursion, I hope this article can provide some great alternatives this year. There are 3 new trends that we are starting to see in the wine industry which are great alternatives …

Spoiler Alert

| Published on April 16, 2014

This is about the Portage County Park District, first in what will probably be a series of rants.
Portage County DOES HAVE a park district. CATCH : Over 800 A of the land comprising the district are currently inaccessible because of a lack of funds.  The budget has been severely cut, …

“Which monks take a vow of silence?”

| Published on April 16, 2014

While we couldn’t find the answer in our copy of The Religions Book, nor by looking under “monasticism” and “vow” in Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions, searching online turned up a variety of resources.
As it turns out, the Christian monks most strongly associated with silence are the Trappists. However, according …

Beyond the Blue Ribbon: Tracey Garrett’s Top Tier Pastry Earns National Acclaim

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – Tracey Garrett is putting Garrettsville under the national spotlight… and it has nothing to do with the fact that she shares her last name with the village’s pioneer founder. Garrett — a pastry chef who owns and operates Top Tier Pastry from her home on Zupancic Drive — …

GIS Invention Convention

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville -  The 1st Annual Invention Convention was held at Garfield Intermediate School on  March 21st for any 5th or 6th grader who wanted to submit an invention that would “make life easier”

We had eighteen  6th graders and 26 5th graders participate. Using a rubric, Mr. Matt Sorrick (Hiram College), …

Garfield Hall of Fame

| Published on April 16, 2014

It’s that time again.  The Garfield Hall of Fame is coming up on April 26 and the Class of 2014 is being announced.   Ticket for the dinner and awards ceremony are available to the public.  Call Sheri Johnson 330-527-5384.
The honorees for 2014 are :
*Faber A. (Rusty) Kearney, ’76 –Varsity …

“Peter Pan” Captivates Crestwood Crowd

| Published on April 16, 2014

Mantua – This past weekend, there was no need to travel as far as, “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” to visit Neverland, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, or the Darling children’s nursery.  Audiences were easily transported there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Crestwood High …

Rotary Report

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians have continued discussions on the Great Buckeye Block Fire in Garrettsville, the effects and the future actions that could be taken by both the local group and  Rotarians across the district who wish to make contributions.  Any funds raised will likely be channeled through the 6630 District to …

Report is Back on Mantua Center School

| Published on April 16, 2014

The Portage County Regional Planning Commission was asked by the Township to solicit community wants and needs regarding the potential renovation of the Mantua Center School property. The school, which was build in 1914, operated in that capacity until its closure in the early 2000s, at which time Township Trustees …

Drug Task Force Speaks in Nelson Township on Area Drug Problems

| Published on April 16, 2014

Nelson Twp. – On Thursday, April 10, 2014 the Portage County Drug Task Force (PCDTF) visited the Nelson Community House for an educational forum on drug abuse in the region. Trustee Joe Leonard opened the forum and thanked folks for coming. He also explained why they were hosting the PCDTF. …

Breakneck Creek Preserve Hike

| Published on April 16, 2014

Ravenna Twp. – Several hikers took advantage of the spring weather to join Park District Executive Director Christine Craycroft on a tour of the Breakneck Creek Preserve in Ravenna Township.  This property is usually closed to the public because although it was acquired in 2002 with grants and donations, the …

Garrettsville village council discusses fire, water and rebuilding.

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – In their first council meeting since the fire on March 22 that destroyed a significant portion of downtown businesses, council was proactive in taking steps toward a rebuilding effort.  Upon the recommendation of the planning commission, council approved Ordinance 2014-18, which waives zoning fees that would be charged …

The Numbers Don’t Lie

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – On Monday night over sixteen concerned Portage County residents gathered for the first of many community meetings with the Portage County Drug Task Force. Led by Village Councilwoman Becky Harrington the meeting was a “barebones” version of the presentation delivered at a special meeting in Nelson Township on …

Resume & Cover Letter Class at the Windham Library

| Published on April 16, 2014

Windham -  On April 29 and May 1 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, the Windham Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will be having a two-part class on how to write a resume and cover letter. The class will walk the participants through writing a resume …

Mantua Township News

| Published on April 16, 2014

Mantua Twp. – At a recent meeting in Mantua Township, the trustees announced that Spring Clean Up will be held on May 3rd from 7 am to 4 pm. Dumpsters will be available across from the Township Garage on Mantua Center Road for township residents to dispose of any unwanted …

Mantua Historical Society News

| Published on April 16, 2014

Mantua – The Mantua Historical Society held its’ last meeting on March 17th, where we featured a Show and Tell session after our meeting. Pictured is Sandy  Engelhart who brought her family heirloom quilt, which was quilted with ten stitches to one inch, to show us. Among other items, Arlene …

Blossoms & Butterflies

| Published on April 16, 2014

Make your reservation today for the 15th annual Friends of WomenSafe Spring Luncheon, “Blossoms & Butterflies.” Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Banquet Room at St. Mary’s, 401 North Street in Chardon.  Hear guest speaker Natalie Saikaly Ronayne, Executive Director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, tell us about the interesting …

Crestwood Lions’ News

| Published on April 16, 2014

 Mantua -  The Crestwood Lions will begin their  busy season with their food trailer by placing it at the Akron Soap Box Derby Rally Race on April 26-27th.

Hiram College, Tri-C Partner to Create Seamless Degree Completion Programs

| Published on April 16, 2014

Hiram – Hiram College and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will offer seamless degree completion programs through a partnership on the Tri-C Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Tri-C students who meet admission requirements for Hiram College can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting and financial management or business management immediately after earning …

Upcoming Community Events

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.
 
Monday Breakfast
Mondays
American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning breakfasts, …

#GARRETTSVILLESTRONG FUNDRAISER SPOTLIGHT

| Published on April 16, 2014

Cana Valley Winery
April 16 & 17 – Visit Cana Valley Winery 5665 Waterloo Road, Atwater. A donation from each bottle of wine purchased on April 9, 10 and 16 & 17 will be donated to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund.
 
JA Garfield Pancake Breakfast
April 19 – James A. Garfield Student Council will be …

This is How We Roll

| Published on April 9, 2014

Alex Gage and Paige Collins topped the score board for the 9:00 Trio on March 22.  They each shot games of 154.  Alex also rolled a nice 414 series.  Isaac Trickett was 46 pins over average with his 130 game.  Kyle Lance was over his 75 average all three games, …

A Walk in The Park

| Published on April 9, 2014

If you are anything like Joe and me, we are big supporters of our county park systems. County parks provide us with beautiful natural places to hike, bike, canoe, picnic, sled ride, fish, bird watch and much more. They also help to preserve habitats for plants, animals and other living …

Puppy Tails

| Published on April 9, 2014

On a pile of soft, cozy picnic blankets the floppy-eared puppy snoozed, very nearly to the point of snoring, in a slumber soothed by the calm breeze blowing through the nearby trees. The patches of grass newly filled with budding bulbs circled in their wavy lines around and around him, …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on April 9, 2014

I know many of you are sick and tired of seeing the snow, the gray clouds and having to deal with the colder temperatures. But as I mentioned in last week’s column there are some sure signs that Spring is around the corner.
Need some fun events to bring you out …

Asset Location & Timing to Reduce Taxes in Retirement Read this if you want to preserve more of your nest egg & lower your tax bill

| Published on April 9, 2014

Location, location, location … It matters when it comes to real estate, and it also matters when it comes to the way you hold and invest your retirement savings.
You can’t control what happens with the tax code, but you can control how your savings are held. As various types of …

April Showers

| Published on April 9, 2014

April showers bring May flowers, eh?
Somebody alert the providers of floral items.  They’re either going to be left twiddling their thumbs because the general public is inundated by blooms of exotic sizes and descriptions springing up along every highway and by-way or their own backyards…or…there will be wholesalers of flowers …

Friends of Melana Foundation Makes an Impact in the Fight Against Children’s Brain Cancer

| Published on April 9, 2014

In 2009, the small community of Garrettsville, Ohio, lost a precious, bright young fourth grader named Melana Matson to a horrible disease called Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).  This disease is an incurable and inoperable brain stem tumor that is located in the pons section of the brain.  Prognosis is …

Rotary Report

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club will be moving its time and venue for meetings to Cal’s II at 12:00p.m. Yet to be decided is whether it will be on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday on a permanent basis.   Check it out and get involved with an active, community-oriented group seeking new members.  …

Hikers to Explore Unopened Parks

| Published on April 9, 2014

The Portage Park District will offer a special series of guided hikes at undeveloped parklands normally closed to the public.  These are properties that have been acquired with grants and donations to conserve important natural areas for wildlife habitat and water quality protection. They are not yet open to the …

Windham Township News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Windham  Twp. – Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday April 3, 2014 with all trustees in attendance, along with the fiscal officer, seven residents and two guests.
The first item on the agenda after approving March’s expenditures and the minutes, was roads. The Road Supervisor Brian …

Hiram Township News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Hiram Twp. – At the recent meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees, the trustees discussed a request the three trustees received to meet with the members of the Hiram Village Council to jointly meet and discuss Hiram Township Resolution 2014-3, regarding annexation of a parcel of village-situated property. This resolution …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 2, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

New Homestead Guidelines

| Published on April 9, 2014

Portage County – The Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the guidelines for homestead applications for the aged, disabled, or surviving spouse of an owner-occupied dwelling. People who were 6S in 2013 or was determined disabled as of January 1, 2013 can apply for this real estate tax reduction with …

Thank You

| Published on April 9, 2014

We, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Garrettsville Post 5067, would like to express our deepest and heartfelt appreciation for the well-written article regarding the National Vietnam Veteran’s Day in the March 28th edition of The Villager.
With all that occurred that week regarding the terrible loss in our village, it …

Thank You

| Published on April 9, 2014

The words “Thank You” do not seem adequate enough to express our gratitude to the hundreds of people who have helped the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard since the fire.  The outpouring of support we have received from all over northeastern Ohio has been nothing short of amazing.  From neighboring food …

An Outpouring of Support

| Published on April 9, 2014

After a couple of manic weeks of exciting highs, disappointing lows, small victories and exasperating stone walls, we have re-opened our law office 8108 Main Street in Garrettsville. As devastating as the fire was, we are grateful for what we have been able to recover from what was once our …

Together We Can Rebuild Main Street Garrettsville Strong

| Published on April 9, 2014

On  behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to address some of the rumors being spread in our community.
Absolutely NO payments/payouts/monies/etc. have been dispersed from either the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s account, or the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. NO disbursements of any kind will …

Upcoming Community Events

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.
 
Monday Breakfast
Mondays
American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning breakfasts, …

The Mishler Miracle

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – So that the Mishlers may gain a respite from questioning, here’s the skinny on the only structure left totally standing after the “Buckeye Block Fire” on March 22.

Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard Open For Business

| Published on April 9, 2014

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has resumed normal operations on Monday, April 7th at our their facility.  The Cupboard is located at 12157 State Route 88 near the intersection of Route 88 and Ely Rd.  Clients can visit the Cupboard anytime during regular hours; Monday 3:00pm-6:00pm or Wednesday 9:00am-12:00noon.

#GarrettsvilleStrong Fundraiser Spotlight

| Published on April 9, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville.
Fish Fry to Benefit Fire Victims
April 11th: Join us for a Friday Fish Fry with fresh-cut fries and coleslaw. All-You-Can-Eat is $11; Adults $8; Seniors $6; Kids (4-10) $4. The proceeds will help support #GarrettsvilleStrong and the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Food Bank.  April …

Garrettsville FD Press Release: Historic District Fire

| Published on April 9, 2014

At 1: 15 PM on Saturday, March 22nd, The Village of Garrettsville suffered a fire of catastrophic proportions involving the historical area known as the Buckeye Building, situated on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Garrettsville. Garrettsville’s ladder truck. one pumper/tanker, and one tanker were all on scene and …

“I’m writing a story about cowboys, and I’d like to incorporate authentic cowboy slang. Could you help?”

| Published on April 3, 2014

While we have “Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang” and “A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles” available in the reference section here at the Newton Falls Public Library, both are more useful for looking up the origins of specific words and phrases. Putting “cowboy slang” into an online search engine brings …

Wine & Cookies

| Published on April 3, 2014

By now you probably have seen the Girl Scout Cookie booths at your favorite grocery stores, banks, malls and Wal-Marts so if you didn’t pre-order your cookies, make sure you pick them up while you are at the winery as cookie booth season is over!
As the proud sponsor of Girl …

Tax Efficiency: What it means, why it counts

| Published on April 3, 2014

A little phrase that may mean a big difference. When you read about investing and other financial topics, you occasionally see the phrase “tax efficiency” or a reference to a “tax-sensitive” way of investing. What does that really mean?
* The after-tax return vs. the pre-tax return. Everyone wants their investment …

Out Like A Lamb?

| Published on April 3, 2014

Out like a lamb?  Maybe a drippy-wet lamb.  Maybe a lamb looking up at the occasional flurries and possible thunderstorms lurking in the wings next  week.  Baaaa! Enjoy it while you can.  Quoting The Old Farmer’s Almanac here, “Showers often; the earth softens.  Sunny and sweet.  Watch out for sleet!”
Sounds  …

Memories of Main Street

| Published on April 3, 2014

The tragic Main Street fire last weekend in Garrettsville, just took a big chunk of my childhood away. I guess you don’t really know the good foundations of life you’ve had, until they are suddenly taken away. Seeing the photos of the blaze brought back a flood of old memories, …