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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 …

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.

“A Night of Wishes” is theme for Hiram Farm Gala

| Published on April 3, 2014

Hiram – “A Night of Wishes…..Farmers with Autism Making Their Dreams Come True”…. will benefit the participants (farmers) attending Hiram Farm.   Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community (Hiram Farm), a non-profit agricultural community for adults with autism, is hosting its 5th annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 26, 2014 …

Upcoming Community Events

| Published on April 3, 2014

Praise and Worship Service
Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7 pm. The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! For more info call 330-898-2156.
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from …


| Published on April 2, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville. 
Candlelight Winery – Fundraising Event
April 4th – Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Representatives from 31 Gifts, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Perfectly Posh, Premier Jewelry and Velata will be set up at the winery for an Evening of Shopping and Reminiscing. We will have …

Donations Accepted for Food Pantry

| Published on March 23, 2014

The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard was among the businesses devastated by Saturday’s fire. Every week they serve hundreds of area families and help make ends meet.
Non-perishable food items, household supplies, or monetary donations for the food pantry will be accepted at The Weekly Villager building (8088 Main Street) beginning at 9am Monday morning.
Let’s …

Distracted Driving Awareness

| Published on March 13, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently held a “Distracted Driving” awareness program at Hiram College. The program consists of a high tech simulation unit that participants operate. “The participants are behind a steering wheel with a large monitor in front of them, they are directed to drive the simulator …

Why are shamrocks considered lucky?

| Published on March 9, 2014

Various symbols and imagery breathe life into St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In addition to Kelly green clothing, leprechauns and Irish flags, shamrocks are commonly seen decorating homes and people.

Rotary Report

| Published on March 9, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is still seeking contestants for the 4-Way Speech Contest ,  to be conducted locally  on March 10 at the McCumbers-Brady Realty on Main St. , Garrettsville.  Any students from Windham H.S. or James A. Garfield H.S., grades 9-12, are eligible to participate.  The local first-place prize winner …

Hiram College Presents a Concert of Traditional Chinese Music

| Published on February 26, 2014

Hiram  -  Hiram College is proud to present a showcase of traditional Chinese music, featuring internationally renowned artist Guo Yazhi, as he makes his Northeast Ohio debut.

2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale is here!

| Published on February 19, 2014
2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale is here!

Though winter is definitely here, think spring with the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale!  This year the District is offering both “Conifer Seedling Packets” and “Root Production Method” (RPM) trees and plants.  The Conifer Seedling Packets are tree seedlings in packs of …

This Is How We Roll

| Published on February 12, 2014

Star of the 9:00 League on January 25 was Ryleigh Gough.  Ryleigh was over her 81 average all three games, with 118, 120, and 92, for a 330 series, which was high for the day.  Zach Seebacher rolled the high game of 135, 43 pins over his average of 92.  …

Little Mermaid Ballet was a Hit

| Published on February 6, 2014

Garrettsville -  The 8th Count Dance Center presented their rendition of “The Little Mermaid” January 29, 2014 at the Iva  Walker Auditorium before a live audience. The show went on in spite of the bitter cold weather. 

Area Invaded by Snow Rollers

| Published on January 29, 2014

A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made. Often, snow rollers can …

Last Chance to Purchase 2014 Dog License

| Published on January 29, 2014

Portage County 2014 dog licenses are now on sale. At this time through February 15, 2014 dog license fees are $15.00 per dog and $75.00 per kennel. A dog license is not only required by State Law, but also acts as an identification for your dog if lost.
You may purchase …

Garfield’s Svonavec Sets Records

| Published on January 16, 2014

Garrettsville – This past weekend J.A. Garfield High School junior Edie Svonavec turned in big performances at two indoor track meets.
On Saturday she established a new meet record at the Jerome Field Open at Akron University in the shot put with a throw of 43’7″. She followed up that performance …

We’re All Invited

| Published on January 8, 2014

Praise and Worship Service
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Services are Saturdays at 7 pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Call 330-898-2156 with any questions.
Fish Dinner
Windham American Legion Post 674 Fish Fry – Friday …

Local Youths Participated In National Bible Bee Competition

| Published on November 27, 2013

For the third year in a row, local youths headed to Sevierville, Tennessee to take part in the 2013 National Bible Bee Competition sponsored by the Shelby Kennedy Foundation.

Think Outside The Box This Christmas

| Published on November 27, 2013

As the holidays approach, Christmas lists are compiled and the Black Friday Frenzy kicks into full gear, maybe it’s time to think outside the box.

Local businesses help make holiday gatherings festive

| Published on November 27, 2013

Time is in short supply during the holiday season. Between the shopping, cooking, baking and wrapping, there seems to be precious few hours to tackle anything else. Those who desire an old-fashioned, homemade holiday can still experience all of the seasonal magic by deferring some of the work to local …

Make the most of Black Friday shopping

| Published on November 27, 2013

Black Friday is one the biggest shopping days of the year, and is often the perfect time to begin holiday shopping and save money on incredible deals. Thousands of eager shoppers will leave their homes in the early morning hours and wait in lines at stores in order to grab …

Hiram Police Department Receives Award

| Published on November 21, 2013

Hiram – Last Wednesday in Independence, the Hiram Police Department received the prestigious American Automobile Association (AAA) Platinum Award for community safety programs and education. The national award is given annually to recognize police departments for their efforts toward improving roadway and pedestrian safety. The award was bestowed on the …

Impressive Record for Soccer Team

| Published on November 6, 2013

Garrettsville – The 8th Count Dance sponsored U-12 Girl’s soccer team completed another terrific season and winning the year end tournament held in Waterloo; compiling a total record of 10-2-1.

Century Village Museum’s Apple Butter Festival celebrates 65 years

| Published on October 9, 2013

Burton  – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum will host one of the region’s most beloved autumn traditions with the 65th annual Apple Butter Festival Oct. 12-13.
Since 1948, the old-fashioned harvest festival has welcomed visitors to spend the day on the grounds of Century Village with the smell of …

Garrettsville Hardware to be Purchased by E&H Hardware Neighborhood retailer to join Ace Hardware team of stores

| Published on September 23, 2013

Wooster –  Family owned E & H Hardware,  part of a team of more than 4,700 locally-owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe,  is in the process of purchasing the Garrettsville Hardware located at 8009 State Street, Garrettsville, Ohio.  Garrettsville Hardware, a Do It Best store, will be …

Big Brothers & Sisters Raffle Winner

| Published on September 11, 2013

Ravenna – The drawing for the Big Brothers & Sisters $10,000 Give Away was held on Saturday September 7, at the Kent State University football game. Because all 200 tickets were not sold, it was a 50/50 raffle with the winner and the agency each receiving $1850.
And the lucky winner …

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act

| Published on August 21, 2013

Small Businesspersons, is your head swimming with all of the details and requirements of the Affordable Care Act which is heading for us all like a locomotive on an express line?  Are you and your accountant scratching your heads over what it all means?  Are you wanting to do your …

Nelson Trustees Meeting

| Published on August 14, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Residents gathered at the Nelson Community House on Wednesday, August 7th for the first trustee meeting of the month. All trustees and officials were present and accounted for.
Dave Finney presented the board of trustees with the minutes from the budget meeting; the minutes were approved as presented.
Finney …

Appalachian Experience 2013

| Published on August 14, 2013

Mantua – The group from St. Joseph Parish in Mantua who participated in the Housing Repair Program based at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clintwood, Virginia, accomplished quite a bit the week of June 15-22. The group of 12 traveled the 400 miles to the western tip of Virginia and …

Have you spotted the Garrettsville Goblin?

| Published on July 29, 2013

The Garrettsville Goblin has returned and has brought good luck with him. It appears that this charming little fellow wandered into our village and decided he liked it so much he was going to stay.
Being a free spirit, he trades portraits of himself for goods and services from our area …

Garrettsville Summerfest Contest Winners

| Published on July 11, 2013

Lion’s Club Rubber Duck Race
Saturday (June 29, 2013)
1st Duck # 89 – $150 to Kimberly and Sarah Creamer.
2nd Duck # 3 – $75 to Lee Evitts.
3rd Duck # 158 – $50 to Tammi Peters.
Sunday (June 30, 2013)
1st Duck # 292 – $150 to Paul Etzler.
2nd Duck # 256 – $75 …

Crestwood District Sports News

| Published on July 1, 2013

Mantua – At the June School Board meeting, outgoing Crestwood All Sports Booster President Debbie Stephens presented a check to the School Board in the amount of $25,000 to cover part of the cost of resurfacing the track at Jack Lambert Stadium. The money was raised over the past seven …

Fuel Logs Topic of Township Meeting

| Published on July 1, 2013

Nelson Twp – Residents of Nelson Township gathered at the Community House on June 19th for the second trustee meeting of June. Present were Fiscal Officer David Finney, and Township Trustees Tom Matota, and Joe Leonard. Jim Turos was unable to attend the meeting due to the National International Harvester …

Goblin Arrives in Garrettsville Bringing Good Fortune

| Published on July 1, 2013

Have you heard the news?  The Garrettsville Goblin has returned and has brought good luck with him. It appears that this charming little fellow wandered into our village and decided he liked it so much he was going to stay.
I am told that he resides under the bridge in town …

Dr. Justin Yun joins Dental Associates of Newton Falls

| Published on June 24, 2013

Newton Falls – Dr. Charles Verbanic and Dr. Scott Werner are proud to welcome their new associate, Dr. Justin Yun.  Dr. Yun is looking forward to creating a comfortable environment for his patients and having them enjoy the experience of getting involved in their dental treatment.  He is excited about …

Nelson Trustee Educated on Definition of Slander

| Published on June 17, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. After approving the minutes and expenditures, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor for comments and discussion from the gallery. Present at the meeting was Jed Wise, President of Ravenna Oil …

Branch Manager Retiring from Libraries

| Published on June 17, 2013

Garrettsville – A friendly, familiar face will be leaving from the staff of the Garrettsville and Windham libraries. Kathleen Kozup, Branch Manager of both the Garrettsville and Windham Library will be retiring at the end of June. Kozup first began working for the Portage County District Library 19 years ago, …

Charles Auto Drives into the 21st Century

| Published on June 17, 2013

Garrettsville – The Charles Auto Family has been a Garrettsville institution for 56 years. Now, “The Little Guy for the Best Buy” is getting a major facelift that promises to transform the Chevy/Buick dealership from a traditional small-town establishment to a “sophisticated, 21st-century, world-class dealership,” according to owner Bruce Abraham.

D-Store & Deli… Delicious

| Published on June 9, 2013

Freedom Twp – D-Store & Deli, located next to Detour Drive-Thru at 6869 SR 303, is giving one lucky individual the chance to win a free sub. Simply present the coupon located on page 4 when purchasing one of their delicious sandwiches, to be entered into the drawing.
Not content to …

Farmers Market returns to Robinson Memorial Hospital

| Published on June 9, 2013

Ravenna  – The Auxiliary of Robinson Memorial Hospital will again sponsor a farmers market twice a month on Fridays from 11am – 1:30pm beginning June 14 through September 27.  The markets will be held outside in the parking lot of the hospital, located at 6847 N. Chestnut Street in Ravenna. …

UH Geauga Medical Center Tea Luncheon featuring “Bras For a Cause” to be held

| Published on May 29, 2013

Geauga County – The second annual University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center Tea Luncheon featuring “Bras For a Cause” will be held at Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North Street in Chardon on Saturday, June 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cancer awareness and fundraising event is presented …

Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at the Library

| Published on May 29, 2013

Garrettsville – Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it has just added Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at two of its five branch locations. The Garrettsville Library and the Windham Library have added the stations as a resource for early childhood learning. Each station features educational titles in …

Bigger and Better Than Ever…Windham’s PTO Carnival

| Published on May 15, 2013

This year the Windham PTO Carnival was bigger and better than ever.  We had our usual games set up in the gym with a huge prize selection for all of our winners as well as delicious treats and baskets for raffle in the cafeteria. 

The Small Business Development Center: Who we are and How We Can Help Your Business

| Published on May 15, 2013

Ravenna  – The Portage County Business Round Table offers seminars on useful topics to area business owners.  On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the featured topic for the morning event is the Ohio Small Business Development Center and how it can help existing business stay and grow in Portage County. The …

Portage County 4-H Pasta Fundraiser

| Published on May 15, 2013

The 2013 Portage County 4-H Camp Counselors invite you to their annual Pasta Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday May 19th, 11AM – 5PM at the OSU Extension Office Back meeting room at 6970 State Route 88 in Ravenna. Dinner includes Rigatoni, salad, bread sticks, dessert, coffee or punch. Cost is $8.00 …

“Diesel” the Dalmation Assists in NGCC Food Drive

| Published on May 1, 2013

Garrettsville – The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) held “Fill the Fire Truck” food drive this past Saturday at Sky Plaza IGA in Garrettsville.  Joe Leonard allowed the community food bank to use his antique 1935 Maxim truck and they even had a real live dalmatian, “Diesel”, for folks to pet …

Focus Group Meeting Scheduled for May 7

| Published on May 1, 2013

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield School District is looking for input on what the community wants in a new Superintendent of Schools. All community members are invited to a Focus Group meeting, which will provide the opportunity for residents to voice their opinions and tell the district and board …

RFC’s Alumni Games were a Slam Dunk!

| Published on April 24, 2013

Windham -  On Friday, April 19th area alumni from Windham, Garfield, Waterloo and Rootstown took to the basketball court in a four game contest to prove that  athletic skills don’t fade, but improve with age. 

Geauga Consumer Connection Show Offers Consumer Favorites

| Published on April 24, 2013

Middlefield -  Consumers can indulge in two of their favorite hobbies at the Geauga Consumer Connection show: eating and shopping. And all for FREE. This popular show, scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Market on Nauvoo Road, features scores of Geauga County businesses …

Berkshire Jr/Sr High School Honor/Merit Roll – Third Grading Period

| Published on April 24, 2013

Seventh Grade Honor Roll
Karsten Bergmeier, Aiden Burkley, Jeffrey Burnett, Logan Byler*, Alexis Caponi*, Alli Dingman, Natalie Girolamo, Catherine Lillibridge, Hailey Long*, Asya Martin, Samuel Martinjako, Max McClintock, Christopher Morgret, Amy Pfiester, Richard Reed*, Nicholas Romask*, Ian Semler, Jack Squire*, Amber Taraska, McKenna Tucek, Emily Young
Seventh Grade Merit Roll
Zachary Budin, Seth …