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Is there a threat of Ebola in Portage County?

• Stay calm. Portage County has NO cases of Ebola, and the threat of Ebola virus transmission in Portage County is extremely low.

• At this time, because the nurse who tested positive for Ebola visited Summit County on October 10-13, Summit County Public Health is conducting the communicable disease investigations with people she contacted during her visit.

• After preliminary investigation, SCPH has not identified any public events or large public gatherings attended by the affected healthcare worker in Summit County, Portage County, or any other surrounding counties.

• It appears as though the healthcare worker who has Ebola had limited social contact outside of a small number of family and friends.

• There is no need to close schools or cancel events.

Is there a threat of Ebola at Kent State University?

• Stay calm. There are NO cases of Ebola on KSU Campus.

• The nurse who tested positive for Ebola did not visit KSU during her visit.

• Three family members who had contact with the nurse who tested positive for Ebola work in administrative services at Kent State University, and staff members in those departments have been briefed. The three employees do not teach in the classroom and have little or no contact with students.

• The identity of the employees will remain confidential to protect their privacy.

• They have not reported any symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, KSU has asked the three employees to remain off campus for the next 21 days and self-monitor per the CDC protocol.

• Classes are not cancelled. All KSU buildings remain open. Regular campus activities, including Homecoming, will continue as planned.

Can you tell me more about Ebola infection?

• Ebola is a rare and potentially deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.

• Ebola is spread by touching the blood and bodily fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with blood and bodily fluids on it like clothes and bedding.Ebola is not spread through the air, food, or water.

• Patients are contagious only when they are symptomatic and show signs of a fever. Symptoms include:

o fever (greater than 100.4 F)
o diarrhea
o severe headache
o vomiting
o muscle pain
o stomach pain
o weakness
o unexplained bleeding or bruising

• Coughing and sneezing are not symptoms of Ebola. They are symptoms of the common cold or a respiratory virus, such as the flu.

• Anyone believing that they have been in contact with a person with Ebola should contact their health care provider.

• There is no FDA-approved vaccine or medicine to treat Ebola. However, treatment can be offered for symptom management, such as keeping the patient hydrated, maintaining normal oxygen and blood pressure, and treating other infections as they occur.

What can I do to make sure I don’t catch Ebola?

• Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of an infected and symptomatic person. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 30-60 seconds.

• Do not handle items that may have come in contact with blood and bodily fluids.

• Seek medical care immediately if you develop a fever (greater than 100.4 F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising and have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Ebola.

What is Portage County doing to respond to Ebola?

• The local health departments have been working with community partners for years to plan a strongly coordinated community response to public health emergencies. The Incident Command Structure, including the Joint Information Center (TIC), is an efficient and well-planned way to prepare for and respond to public health and safety concerns.

• In response to the public health concern of Ebola, the Joint Information Center, or JIC, has been activated in Portage County. This means designated Information Officers at several community agencies come together to ensure we are communicating effectively between agencies and with the public about Ebola. This group also ensures that local residents, families, healthcare providers, and first responders have the most up-to-date information about Ebola.

• The JIC includes: PCHD, Kent City Health Department (KCHD), Portage County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Robinson Memorial Hospital, and Kent State University. In addition, the partners are engaged in the following activities:
• Kent City Health Department: Because the area of highest concern in Portage County is Kent State University, Kent City Health Department is working diligently to resolve any issues of concern in that jurisdiction.

• Portage County Health Department is fully engaged in monitoring the health status of its residents and is working closely with KCHD and Ohio Department of Health in this regard.

• Portage County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has activated their staff to monitor the Ebola situation.

• Robinson Memorial Hospital is taking extensive precautions to protect staff and increase readiness to care for potential Ebola exposure or confirmed cases.

• KSU University Health Services has activated its internal Incident Command Structure on a small scale.

What else is being done outside of Portage County?

• As of October 15, Ohio Department of Health has activated its Ebola preparedness plan.

• As of October 15, Summit County Public Health has activated its Incident Command Structure (ICS).

Because the nurse who tested positive for Ebola in Dallas on October 14 visited Summit County on October 10-13, SCPH is conducting the communicable disease investigations with people she contacted during her visit.

Where can I get more information?

• Call Summit County Public Health’s Ebo1a information line at 330-926-3939, or call Ohio Department of Health’s Ebola call center at 1-866-800-1404.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/ebola.

• Ohio Department of Health at www.odh.gov/.

• Portage County Health Department at www.co.portage.oh.us/healthdepartmenthtm.

• Kent City Health Department at www.kentpublichealth.org.

• “Like” Portage Prepares on Facebook and Twitter for updates.



Garrettsville –  Paper in the windows, a new blue roof and trucks with shelving and boxes left many wondering just what was going on in Garfield Plaza.  Last Thursday the speculation was over as the Petersons announced the new location of their family owned and operated GeeVille Auto Parts. A staple in the community for 40 years, their new 5,000 square foot NAPA store has allowed them to more than double their inventory and offer additional services including the ability to make hydraulic hoses.  Stop in today, check out their new store located at 8015 State Street and see why GeeVille Auto has been the “go-to” parts store since 1974.

On Monday, September 29th, Pizza Hutt opened its doors to the Garrettsville community with a full parking lot, lobby and lines at the pick-up window confirming their market study that Garrettsville loves pizza. The new Pizza Hutt WingStreet, located at 8001 State Street offers carryout and delivery and can be reached at 330-527-0909.

Watch the Villager for information about grand opening celebrations for both GeeVille Auto and Pizza Hutt.

Garrettsville – James A Garfield principal Michael Dobran announced today that Jason Richmond has  been named  a  Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this  scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”


If you attended James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation…. you are! JAG Alumni are cordially invited to the James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20, 2014 at JamesA. Garfield Elementary School. The banquet is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with past classmates, enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment from the award-winning James A. Garfield Band. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 to make your reservation. Your reservation can be mailed to: James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet, P.O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH 44231. The cost is $18 per person. Please include the name and year of the alumni attending and the name(s) of any guests. The reservation deadline is September 1, 2014.

Garrettsville - Mike Maschek, the proud owner of the Garrettsville Feed Mill has the inside scoop for the new beginnings that he’s planning for not only his building, but his town. Maschek has always taken an interest in the Mill. For the past seven years, he’s stood from afar imagining the endless possibilities that could occur if the Mill were to be restored. Maschek believes that the Mill is the focal point and the center of Garrettsville, and he has many things planned for its new beginnings. Many people that have taken interest in buying the Mill have thought that it would be easier to just demolish the whole building and start from scratch. This may be the easy thing to do, but if someone were to demolish the building, all the history that is held inside, basically still in time, would be gone forever.

Maschek is known for saying: “You can rebuild all you want, but you can’t rebuild the history of a building.” He has a keen eye for hidden treasure. What others may see as garbage, he looks further into than  most eyes can see. He looks into the hidden possibilities that can come out of anything if the proper time and effort are put into it. As a strong believer in Jesus Christ; Maschek takes one of Jesus’ parables to a whole new level. Jesus talks about the lost treasure in Matthew 13:44-46. Good things are often hidden. “The Mill has been hidden for far too long. When I first laid my eyes on the Mill, I knew that it was something that would have great potential. The possibilities were endless. I kept visualizing what it could look like. The Mill is a focal point of the town and possibly the start of a great revival, both on the streets and in people. I feel like many people weren’t willing to pay the price to see the Mill restored. I believe that this will bring Garrettsville…hope again.”

The willingness of Mike Maschek to see the town of Garrettsville become the best that it can be is something rare, something that is uncommon to find in most people. Maschek who was also the owner of the majority of the Buckeye Block, sees a connection with the March 22 fire, and the Feed Mill. He says, “After the fire, the Feed Mill was a way for me to keep the momentum going. It’s kind of like a kick start to continue. It represents a city that is “Garrettsville Strong”.” We are not giving up. Jesus said, “You don’t take a light and hide it under a bushel, but you place it where it can be seen.” I am putting a lighted cupola on the top of the Feed Mill to offer encouragement, hope and new life to this community.”

Garrettsville - Many watched from afar as the historical Buckeye Block went from being beautifully restored buildings to ashes on March 22, 2014. Being the small town that Garrettsville is, this fire touched most of the community, however the building owners and business owners were especially affected. Mike Maschek, who owned a majority of the block was deeply moved. When reminiscing about that day, he clearly remembers what impacted him the most. “It wasn’t the buildings burning down, but the people impacted by that event. People carrying water, sub sandwiches, McDonald’s, pizza and water to the firefighters and workers as they tried putting an end to a fire that didn’t want to stop….that’s what impacted me. I only lost a building, but the business owners lost their livelihoods and the citizens of Garrettsville lost their memories. Buildings can always be rebuilt to replace what was lost. My intention is to do so.”

Maschek is gearing up for an exciting new adventure doing what he does best: restoring the streets. He is currently working with different land designers, students and professor from Kent State and the village to recreate not only the lost history, but the future history of Garrettsville.

Maschek is not one to ignore great roots that have been planted. Garrettsville has rich roots of history that Maschek is determined to keep alive. When talking about the future for the Buckeye Block, he says, “I believe that we are on the verge of seeing a new Garrettsville, but not losing the charm of the old one. I am thoroughly enjoying working with the mayor, council and the planning commission. A town is not great because of its buildings; it’s great because of its people. This town is filled with great people.”


Hiram – Meet “Copper”, the newest addition to the Hiram Police Department. Copper is now Hiram Police Department’s mascot and will be at Hiram PD’s community events. We hold many community programs and thought the idea of having a mascot attend the events would be a wonderful addition.

Copper is the creation of Hiram PD Officer Steve Chapman and his fiancé Brooke Poloskey. Steve and Brooke are very committed to Hiram PD’s community programs, Brooke attends every event Hiram PD holds to support Hiram PD and the community. Brooke is “Copper”, she has a very high level of energy and she is very friendly, she is a great fit to be “Copper”. Copper can be seen at Hiram PD community events hugging kids, passing out kid friendly items, shaking hands, and posing for pictures. Copper will be in attendanceat Hiram Police Department’s 3rd Annual  “Cops and Kids Fishing Day” on August 23rd at Camp Asbury in Hiram 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Come spend the day with your Hiram Police Department Police Officers and Copper, and have fun fishing. The event is free, open to everyone, bait and lunch will be provided, there will be prizes and plenty of family fun!!


We would like to thank the community members and businesses of Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua and surrounding communities, all race planners, participants, and all Summerfest visitors for the success of our Fourth Annual Friends of Melana Summerfest 5K Race and Fun Walk.

This event is held annually in memory of our granddaughter, Melana Matson, and for the sole purpose of raising awareness and funds for children’s glioma brain cancer research.  Currently, glioma research is primarily funded through grassroot organizations, such as ours.

Special gratitude to our race directors, Diana Morris and Doug Paroff, Mayor Rick Patrick, Amanda Joy Hall, Deacon Gerry Scopolitti,  the Garrettsville Police Dept., the GFN Fire Dept., Community Ambulance Service, The Community Journal, The Villager, the Summerfest Committee, The St. Ambrose Youth Ministry and advisors, Boy Scout Troop # 4062, students of the “Miles for Melana” team, The Garfield Elementary staff for sponsoring the “Super Hero” walk-a-thon, and to our generous and supportive sponsors:  C. Aydin, Cabi, DDS, Johnsonsite, Mayes and Sons Plumbing Co., Great Lakes Cheese, Best Friends Animal Clinic, Toyota of Warren, Carlson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ryser Agency, The Community Journal, Ace Hardware, Schumacher Homes, Guido’s Pizza and Catering, Culligan, R Grocery Outlet, Gary Harwood Photography, Huntington Bank, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Save A Lot Food Stores, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Wenger Orthodontics, Bicker Irrigation, Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carter Lumber, Ritchie’s Sporting Goods, Beiler’s Penn Dutch Market, Akron Children’s Hospital, Kim Kohli, Attorney at Law, The Ferchill Group, Great Lakes Hyundai, St. Ambrose Church, Audio Extremes Entertainment, Pace, Facet Salon and Spa and to the Friends of Melana Foundation committee and new volunteers,  who worked tirelessly to carry on Melana’s spirit and to let her hope shine on for others and who made this event happen.

Our mission is to STOP KIDS CANCER!  Through everyone’s support and efforts, we were able to raise approximately $15,000 for glioma cancer research.

God bless each of you for caring,

Norm and Joyce Fashing and family

Friends of Melana Foundation


Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Join more than 2,800 cyclists on August 2-3, 2014 as they challenge themselves during the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride presented by The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation. The two-day inspirational ride is held every year to support people living with multiple sclerosis by providing programs, services and MS research to find the cure for the chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.

The Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride begins at Brunswick High School, 3581 Center Rd. in Brunswick, on Saturday, August 2.  There are route options of 30, 75, 100 and 150 miles so riders of any age (12 and over), experience and ability level can register to ride.  The route is fully supported with rest stops every 8 – 12 miles. Registration is $75 and riders are responsible for meeting a $300 fundraising minimum. First-time riders are encouraged to sign up and receive free registration with the coupon code NEWRIDER2014.

The goal of the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride is to raise $1.5 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. Supporters include National Sponsors Primal Wear and Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, which is committed to supporting the MS community and is a proud sponsor of the “I Ride with MS” program through its MS One to One program.

Interested cyclists are also welcome to participate in the Bike MS Central Ohio Challenge on July 12, 2014. Cyclists begin their journey at New Albany High School, 7600 Fodor Rd. in New Albany.  Route options include 30, 50 and 95 miles and the ride is fully supported with rest stops along the way. Registration is $30 and riders are responsible for meeting a $150 fundraising minimum.

Cyclists and volunteers are asked to share the challenge to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. For more information about riding or volunteering at Bike MS, please visit MSohiobike.org or call 216-503-4183.




The Village Piecemaker’s Quilt Club has created this beautiful queen size quilt (95” x 112”)  called “Village Square”.   This quilt, which is being raffled,  will be on display at the Weekly Villager office (8088 Main Street, Garrettsville) during the Garrettsville Summerfest.  Tickets for the quilt are 6 for $5 or $1 each and will be available at the Villager, the Summerfest information booth or by calling 330 527-5443 or 330 671-3720.

HFD Assistant Chief Mark Kozak welcomed Firefighter/EMTs Austin Grube and Jason Dailey to the Hiram Fire Department Photo: Stacy Turner, Contributing Reporter

HFD Assistant Chief Mark Kozak welcomed Firefighter/EMTs Austin Grube and Jason Dailey to the Hiram Fire Department

Photo: Stacy Turner, Contributing Reporter

Hiram – At the start of the last meeting of Village Council, Mayor Lou Bertrand swore in two new Firefighter/EMTs to the Hiram Fire Department: Austin Grube and Jason Dailey. Both gentlemen join the Village with training as firefighters and EMTs and will be a welcome addition to the HFD team. Assistant Chief Mark Kozak also noted that the fire truck purchased by the HFD from the Aurora Fire Department has been refurbished and is currently in service.

In his report, Police Chief Ed Samec reported that his Department has received a $2,000 grant from the Hiram Community Trust. The money will be used for the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program. In addition, Chief Samec reported that his Department has grown by two additional officers — Officer Brittnee Wolf and Officer Keith Whan. In addition, Samec reported that Click or Ticket event in May was a big success. During the event, the HPD rewarded motorists and passengers caught wearing their seatbelts, with vouchers for a free Maggie’s donut or a free ice cream cone from Garrettsville McDonalds. Approximately 1,000 vouchers were handed out during the event, which took place at the intersection of Wakefield and Garfield Roads.

In his report, Mayor Lou Bertrand conveyed that the Recreation and Park Board scheduled a working session for Friday, June 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m. and invite input from Mr. Todd Peetz, of the County Planning Agency and Ms. Chris Craycroft, Director of the Portage County Parks and a representative from Akron Metropolitan Transit Study [AMATS]. In addition, the Mayor reported that Park Board members voted to merge the Hiram Recreation & Park Board with the Hiram Beautification Committee. The Mayor has requested that the Village Solicitor prepare such legislation that will be ready for first reading in September Council meeting. The next Park Board meeting will be held on July 11th at 8:30 am.

In addition, Mayor Bertrand reported that one bid for $ 65,432.10 was received for the purchase of the old fire hall. The bid, which was accepted by Council, was submitted by Dave Auble, owner of the Hiram Professional Building. Council will pass the necessary legislation on the matter at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting on July 8th at 7 pm. Lastly, the Mayor reported that planning for the upcoming July 4th festivities have begun. He announced that family activities and a concert on July 3rd at 7:30 would precede the customary firework display that night at roughly 9:30 pm. The festivities will continue on July 4th, with a games, activites, and the grand parade, which steps off at 1:30 pm. The Fourth of July Planning Committee will meet at Bonney Castle on Friday, June 13th at 8:30 a.m.

In legislation, Council approved an agreement with Hiram Township for traffic enforcement services. This agreement will allow the Village Police Department to provide services to Township residents approximately ten hours per week. Police Chief Samec noted that an agreement of this sort had been in discussion since 1991, stating it was a “huge deal” that Council and the Township were finally able to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement.

Lastly, Council has scheduled a Budget Hearing at 6:45 pm on July 8th, immediately preceding the next regularly schedule Council meeting. The purpose of this hearing is to approve the Village’s 2015 Budget, which is due to be filed with the County by July 20th, as stipulated in the Ohio Revised Code.

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Little Garrettsville. (Lake Wobegone was another story)

BUT…things are moving along.

gristmillThe paving over the “grooved pavement” is inching toward finished; there are lines and everything.  Crews are on-site to take down the perennial eyesore downtown which has been “slip-slidin’ away” for –LO!—these many years.  Haz-Mat suits and all, they seem to be doing their level best to beautify the space, which would be improved by making it into just about anything, including parking space.  The Eagles will, no doubt, be pleased if that is exactly what happens there, ‘twill give them more space to entertain the public at their new lawn on the corner—with sod, yet!  Looks like picnic space, for sure.

The Liberty Street Bridge—the one that’s been out of commission for a loooooong time—seems to be likely to open  a tad ahead of schedule, thus ending the aggravation of having to go around on the “grooved pavement” to get to the other side of town.  Here’s hoping that Ohio’s Largest Tractor Parade can be routed  over it when the grand procession comes to an end.  Would make it easier on the traffic planning to get all of the participants back to the starting point at the high school.

Improvements are being made here at the estate.  New plants are going in and most of the old ones seem to have survived the demon winter that we had.  The black raspberries are going gangbusters; they were covered with blossoms and the little green fruits are forming right now.  I did plant them at least partly to make sure that the birds would have plenty to eat but I do think that it would be nice if I were left a few to eat myself.  The ferns were invigorated by something–the cold weather, the timely rainfall, something—because they’re doing a fine impression of jungle foliage all around the house.

Anyone like to have a butternut seedling?  The squirrels were getting ready for a really rough winter, apparently, because they buried all kinds of nuts all over the place and the nuts are now doing their thing and coming up in the middle of flower patches and borders with total abandon.  Butternut trees(Juglans cinerea), sometimes known as White Walnuts, grow rapidly(and don’t I know it), having alternate compound pinnate leaves and oblate, bunched fruits, across most of the northeastern United States and Canada.  Because the soft covering of the nuts is, like walnuts, such a coloring agent(as you would know if you ever were inveigled–willingly or not–into removing the husks to get at the nuts), they were once much used to dye fabric, especially in rural areas.  As a matter of fact, the uniforms of many units of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War were said to be “butternut brown”, and faded to gray as the time of service lengthened.  All of you spinners and weavers out there, here’s your chance to get genuine dye materials right in your backyard.  The wood is softer than walnut, takes polish well and is frequently prized by wood carvers.  The bark was said to have cathartic properties…now there’s a selling point!  Anyway, I have got seedling butternut trees, sapling butternut trees, adult, nut-producing trees.  Any takers?

And speaking of squirrels….  Actually, speaking of chipmunks….  The porch kitties have decided to reward me for my support over the winter by leaving deceased chipmunks—or parts of them—on the steps, on the porches, on the walk, anyplace that these treats can be discovered and admired.  Lucky that I don’t step out on the porch to get the paper in my bare feet.  Surprise!  I don’t even count the mole that was buried between the concrete and the foundation.  I think that some creature was just stashing that away for future reference.

And that’s about it.

Well, unless you count the business opportunity that I spotted in the news the other day; I don’t see a franchise opening here real soon but you never know.

It’s called Rent-A-Gent and it’s about what you might think…or not.  For $200 per hour you can have a “sexy, smart, sophisticated” dude at your beck and call for events such as bachelorette parties, special occasions like openings or charity balls (I get a lot of those).  You can hire a handsome chef, a sexy bartender, a Renaissance philosopher, a musician,  a plumber studying for his Ph.D., whatever.  The founder of the operation, a Ms. Sara Shickhman, says that these guys are on the up-and-up, no gigolos; they are in business in eleven states and the District of Columbia.  She says—from experience—that the hirable hunks are perfect for attending anything where you want to have a hottie dancing attendance on you to make your ex jealous…arm candy to the max!  One of the ad photos shows a group of chicks in pink T-shirts that said, “Don’t support him.  Rent him.”  Some franchise!



Geauga County has been experiencing an increase in the needs of families and children in the past several years. This has caused the demand for certified foster and adoptive parents to increase as well. There are many families in crisis in our own neighborhoods that require the supportive services of our agency. You and your family could be part of the support.

Children need a nurturing family that can provide them with stability, love, and guidance, while their own family works on making positive changes, so they can be reunified.

Consider becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for the Geauga County children who need and deserve your support. The agency will walk you through the process of becoming certified, providing support along the way.

There will be an information meeting on Monday June 16, 2014, at 10:00 am, at the Chardon Public Library, located at 110 East Park St., Chardon, Ohio.  Please RSVP by June 13, 2014 to Amanda Ward at 440-285-1205, or email at warda01@odjfs.state.oh.us.


Scrappers Baseball – Enjoy a baseball game of your choice throughout the 2014 season and help rebuild Garrettsville in the process. Scrappers baseball ticket vouchers are available at the Villager Office (Mon-Wed & Fri 10-5; Thur 12-5 and Sat 10-2) or by contacting Dale Ochwat (814) 853-5095 for $8 each. For every ticket sold, $4 will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong.


Garrettsville - After securing ownership of the former Grist Mill last Friday, owner Mike Maschek has spared no time in beginning the asbestos abatement of the property. Crews have been hard at work carefully removing the faded brown siding from the building, and the result is evident.

Once the materials containing asbestos have been removed from the premises, demolition can begin on the two dilapidated structures behind the main building.



In my spare time I love to run. Whether it’s inside or outside, I just love to set a pace and go, leaving all of my worries behind, it’s a great way to get away for a while. But what does my running have to do with my wine column this week? Well this weekend I ran in the Cleveland Rite Aid 10K and one of the advertisements was a list of 6 races that all have to do with wine!

Napa Valley has a long list of races throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Some of my favorite races include the Napa to Sonoma Wine County Half Marathon that will be taking place on July 20th. This overly popular race requires you to enter a lottery to be accepted into the race. How neat would it be to run 13.1 miles through wine country in California? Or get ready for the Wine Country Half Marathon along California’s Central Coast Vineyards in May 2015. The winner of the half marathon is awarded their weight in wine!

Looking for a few races on the east coast? Head on over to Loudoun County, Virginia next weekend (May 31) Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. This race has plenty to offer, winding roads, hills and valleys, plenty of scenic vineyards to run through and a lot of champagne to enjoy at the end of your race.

Another great race that is even closer to home is the Farmatholon that is on July 19th this year at Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, Ohio. This is a great cross country race that covers approximately 3 miles or a 5K that has obstacles that are farm-themed. If you have ever heard of the Warrior Dash or other off-road “Mud Race” it is sort of similar to that. For instance they have included hay wagons, both large rounds and smaller square bales of hay, obstacles in the vineyard, logs, barrels, mud pits, farm creeks and more. For details, go to www.maizevalleywinery.com.

Finally one last race that I have to mention is the Geneva Grape Jamboree 5K in September. It’s an easy run, mostly flat ground but the finish at the Grape Jamboree festival is definitely a good motivator to cross the finish line.


Don’t forget Candlelight Winery is proud to be hosting a Food Truck Rally and Music Benefit for #Garrettsville Strong. The event will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 1-10pm! The Rolling Pig, Wholly Frijoles, Zydeco Bistro, Stone Pelican Rolling Cage and Premier Crepes will be serving their specialties all day while listening to local  musicians: Steve Vanderink (playing 1:30 – 3:30), The Usual Suspects (playing 4:30 – 6:30) and Steve Howell (playing 7:30 – 9:30).  Guests will have the opportunity to shop over 15 vendors, enter to win some great raffle prizes and so much more! A portion of the proceeds from the food trucks will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong as well as the money raised in the raffle drawings.



Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more gift ideas or wine lists from the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

Mantua - At the April meeting of the Mantua Village Council, Mayor Clark announced that Mantua received a proclamation for Arbor Day denoting the Village as Tree City USA. This is the eighteenth year the Village has received this designation.  In addition, Mayor Clark announced that the current Zoning Inspector Devin Hale, has tendered his resignation, effective 4/30. The Mayor has two parties interested in the position, and is conducting interviews to fill the opening.

In other news, Council approved an ordinance to permit a transition to monthly water and sewer billing. This change means that both residential and commercial water and sewer customers will see a change from quarterly to monthly billing cycles. This change will take effect on June 1st.

In the Engineer’s Report, Mr. Iafelice reported that the Crestwood Sanitary Sewer project was delayed and scheduled to start on April 14th. Completion date remains at May 31st. He also reported that the bid date for the Sidewalk Engineering project on State Route 44 was on 4/24. Lastly, Iafelice asked Council for authorization for a fee of $2,500 for technical assistance, consultation and construction coordination of an EMA grant for storm sewer and pavement repairs and additional authorization for $1,000 for OPWC grant funds for work on the Village’s waterline. Council approved these requests.

In his Department Report, Chief Buchert requested Council’s approval to donate the Department’s unneeded light bar to the Mantua Shalersville Fire Department and an unused computer stand to the Hiram Police Department. Council approved these donations. On behalf of the Shade Tree Committee, Mr. Clark reported that the tree donations and presentation were ready for a presentation at Crestwood Schools. He asked the Council accept donations from Middlefield Bank, McDonalds and the Shade Tree Committee, which they did.

At the close of regular business, Council convened to Executive Session to discuss discipline of a public official. When Council reconvened, it was announced that a letter of reprimand would be issued to Hal Stamm for placing an improper street marker at Canada Road and State Route 44. Prior to the close of the meeting, Council set up a Special meeting on April 29th to discuss emergency legislation.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mantua Village Council will be May 20th at 7 pm.


#Garrettsville Strong Pilsner at Main Street Grille

#GarrettsvilleStrong is now on tap. Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. is donating all proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund to help rebuild businesses. Next to it is the new Main Street Joe; made with a hint of vanilla and Papua New Guinea, Kapal beans which we had fresh roasted at Bent Tree coffee roasters in Kent OH.

#GarrettsvilleStrong is now on tap. Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. is donating all proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund to help rebuild businesses. Next to it is the new Main Street Joe; made with a hint of vanilla and Papua New Guinea, Kapal beans which was fresh roasted at Bent Tree coffee roasters in Kent OH.

On Sale Now –  Every now and then life throws you the opportunity to do something great. At Main Street that moment came in the form of a tragic fire across the street on March 22nd. But we knew what had to be done. We brewed a style almost as old as the town itself…This German Pilsner is clean and crisp with a beautiful floral hop character to it and a dry finish. By purchasing this beer you now have the power to help rebuild Garrettsville at your very fingertips because 100% of the proceeds from every glass sold are being donated to the Rebuild Garrettsville fund. Never knew power could taste so good did you? Well then, drink up! We were strong before, but now we’re #GarrettsvilleStrong.  ABV 5%, IBU’s 33.

For a complete listing of fundraisers visit www.garrettsvillearea.com/help

youth-soccer-auburn-townshipAuburn Twp. – If your child could use an intensive week of soccer skills training in a friendly, professional atmosphere, with the added bonus of daily Team Talks for instruction in life-enriching Biblical principles, they will love Ambassadors Soccer Camp 9am-3pm, July 22-26 (Tuesday-Saturday) at Friendship Alliance Church in Auburn Township.

Ambassadors Soccer Camps are designed to give developing players (ages 6-14) the opportunity to learn basic and advanced skills in a positive, encouraging environment. Both technical and tactical instruction is given at individual and group levels, focusing on control, passing, heading, dribbling, shooting and defending.

Small-sided games and age-related competitions round out the daily program. The week concludes with individual skill competitions and the highly-anticipated ‘World Cup’ tournament and family picnic.

The coaching staff is comprised of experienced players and coaches — some local and others who play soccer for their countries. International coaches typically represent Holland, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and/or Northern Ireland.

Online registration is available at www.ambassadorssoccercamps.com. The fee through May 31 is $130; $155 thereafter. Each camper receives an Ambassadors soccer ball, T-shirt, certificate of completion, workbook, plus special awards and prizes.

The headquarters for Ambassadors Football is located in Twinsburg. It can be contacted at (330) 963-6599.

Friendship Alliance Church has been hosting Ambassadors Soccer Camp for 15 years and has become a summertime favorite for hundreds of area youth. The church is located at 19126 Ravenna Road (State Route 44), 2.5 miles north of State Route 82 and 2.5 miles south of State Route 422. The church can be reached at (440) 834-0955 or at admin@FAC-OH.org.


Windham - The Board of the WVFD Joint Fire District met for their regularly scheduled meeting on April 10, 2014 in the Windham Fire Station with Board members Dann Timmons, Deb Blewitt, Ron Kilgore and George Bengtson and Fiscal Officer Jayme Neikirk present.  Board member Mike Dye was absent.

The Board approved the minutes of the last meeting, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures for the month.

Board Chairman Dann Timmons reported that he, Mike Dye and Chief Mike Iwanyckyj met with several representatives of the Ohio National Guard to discuss details concerning the renewal of the contract to provide fire and rescue service to Camp Ravenna.  The Fire Department has been providing service to the Portage County portion of Camp Ravenna (commonly referred to as the Arsenal) since 2009 under a contract negotiated with Camp Ravenna jointly by Windham Township and the Village of Windham prior to the formation of the joint fire district.  The new contract expands the service area to include Trumbull County as well as access to the gate on State Route 534 in Braceville.  The contract, which will continue until May, 2018, includes a yearly escalation in fees for services as well as other updates.  The board members in attendance unanimously approved the contract and forwarded it to the Ohio National Guard for signatures.

In other business, Chief Iwanyckyj reported on the involvement of the department with the Garrettsville fire.  With most of our firefighters and equipment involved with the effort, Paris Township Fire Department provided a fire truck and personnel in our fire station to respond to any calls in our district.  Our thanks to Paris for the cooperative effort.  In addition, at the request of the Chief, the board agreed to move all carded reserve members of the department to pay status.  The chief also reported that the department had responded to 215 calls to date in 2014.

The Board of the WVFD Joint Fire District meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Windham Fire Station.



Seventh Grade Honor Roll

Ky Bowman, Stephen Chase, Josiah Cheung*, Robert Czekaj, Emily Dingman*, Alexander Eggleston, Lauren Evans, Clark Jackson, Hannah Keough*, Hayley Kumher, Dominic Mann*, Hayden McCartney, Kaitlin McFadden, Jessica McKinney, Nicholas Misconin, Katrina Ostrander*, James Patterson, Benjamin Pelletier, Spencer Price, Shannon Valerio


Merit Roll

Sara Bongivonni, Madelyn Carver, Madison Chapman, Teagan Farley, Olivia Freiling, Lindsey Hill, Jillian Humes, Bella Jones, Jarrod Malkus, Carson McCandless, Emily Nelson, Samuel Roach, Caitlin Wendl


Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Karsten Bergmeier, Zachary Budin, Logan Byler*, Alexis Caponi*, Alli Dingman, Natalie Girolamo, Sadie Hopkins, Catherine Lillibridge, Hailey Long, Asya Martin*, Samuel Martinjako, Max McClintock, Joanne Miller, Christopher Morgret, Lisa Pavilonis, Amy Pfiester, Jack Reed, Nicholas Romask*, Riley Schultz, Ian Semler, Jack Squire*, Amber Taraska*, McKenna Tucek


Merit Roll

Nicholas Aldridge, Mackenzie Bitner, Rachel Breckenridge, Jeffrey Burnett, Seth Byler, Ryan George, Jared Hinkle,

W James McClellan, Timothy Pillot, Haylie Scarton, Georgia Schiewe, Emily Young


Freshman Honor Roll

Joseph Bennington, Melissa Braun*, Daniel Bridavsky, Abigail Carlson*, Miles Chapman, Katherine Dingman*, Cennidie Hall, Brandon Jones, Krystal Mechling, Kylee Minick, Lauren Parrish, Aaron Pawlak, Breanna Pennypacker, Justin Politzer, Corinne Rockefeller, Kylie Scott*, David Tucek*


Merit Roll

Thomas Blaha, Nicholas Boyk, Stephen Ellis, Anthony Granny, Samantha Hargis, Emil Hess, Ryan Johnson, MaKayla Lovejoy, Kaitlyn Moses, Denise Petersen, Jonathan Shantery

Sophomore Honor Roll

Samuel Fisher, Barrett Jackson, Bradley Lockhart*, Alyssa Maier*, Shannon McGee, Nathan Millet, Rachel Rich*, Alexandria Sanda, Jarett Smetana, Jared Squire, Margaret Topalian*, Alec Vizy*


Merit Roll

Samuel Anderson, Breonna Barker , Amber Bowman, Amber Brickell, Stephanie Harden, Amelia Monroe, Cecelia Parker, Nathaniel Schultz, Connor Teare, Kieran Wichert


Junior Honor Roll

Alivia Alfredo, Megan Arnold*, Alexandra Berman*, Rachael Bongivonni, Benjamin Bresnahan, Luke Byler, Anna Carlson*, David Cheung, Christin Dornback*, Mollie Farragher, Madison Kacica*, Suzanne Koziol, Gwen Losasso, Katelyn Luther, Clare Lynn, Zakari Martinjako*, Robert Maxwell, Carolyn Mayer, Abrielle McDermott, Grace Noce, Vincent Noce, Nicholas Paul*, David Pelletier, Rebecca Porter*, Christian Price, James Sandrick, Josiah Sawyer*, Brianna Steigerwald, Kyle Storm, Adam Thompson*, Ryan Zeitler


Merit Roll

Ayshli Barrientos, Robert Blair, Samantha Cannella, Ashley Curry, Amber Demko, Connor Dudinsky, Timothy Harden, Alexis Johnson, Klarissa Lipstreu, Sarah McClellan, Nicholas Parrish, Emily Shantery, Steven Stotlar


Senior Honor Roll

Ryan Acker, Mikayla Ashba, McKenzie Blau, Lindsey Burnett, Cassandra Cameron*, Julie Combs, Branden Conrad, Mackenzie Cossick, Kaitlyn Freiling, Joshua Garrett, Max Gilliland, Breanna Girolamo*, Gage Green, Brandon Haycox, Stephen Horvath, Samuel Kwasniewski, Amy Lasco*, Lisa Marcy, Megan McCartney, Caroline Milano, Nicholas Millet*, Alison Moss*, Peyton Neumore, Olivia Roach, Ronald Simpson, Steven Sitko, Megan Thomas*, Brandon Vander Maas, Ben Wiley, Danielle Young*


Merit Roll

Madison Barber, Kaylee Evans, Jonathan Kreuz, Timothy Malkus, Romolo Rabasi, Darren Redd, Anthony Tiber, Joshua Williamson, Emma Yokules


* – denotes 4.00 G.P.A. or higher



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 Finley shared  two brass banks (one lion and one donkey) with the group, and Dick Selander showed some six and twelve inch glass Solon Spring pop bottles. Bob and  Linda Havener via Dan and Kathy Havener presented the MHS museum with pen and ink prints, of the Hine House, Mantua’s railroad station, the Town Hall,  and Roger Hammel’s home, drawn by Frank Hubbard.

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 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the home of Tom Chema, President of Hiram College.  Attendees will be shuttled to the event from Hiram Christian Church, Hiram Municipal Lot and Hiram College (watch for signs).  The semi-formal event will include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and wine auction to complete the evening’s program which is Hiram Farm’s largest fundraising event of the year.

ariel-view-of-Hiram-Farm-gardensHiram Farm, located on a 120 acre organic farm in Hiram, OH, provides the farmers with a wide variety of work that provides them with a source of income.  Facilities on the farm include vegetable gardens, a wonderful barn and workshop, heated greenhouses, livestock shelters, a pavilion, a farmhouse which includes offices and meeting space, a weaving room, a ceramic studio, and an art gallery full of beautiful art and crafts from the farmers.  The farm is currently raising funds to bring functional restrooms (versus portalets) and water and sewer lines in from the street to the farm grounds.  The estimated cost for this project is $75,000 and the farm welcomes any donation for this improvement for the quality of life for all that work on or visit the farm.

Hiram Farm continues to be an integral part of the Hiram community and welcomes Hiram College students to participate in Work Study Programs and Campus Day (a day of volunteerism for freshman students).  The farm also welcomes various educational and therapeutic facilities and local volunteer groups (including students from Kent State University) and out of state volunteers (church mission groups).

While many individuals with autism find the typical work environment confusing, irritating, boring, or even frightening, the farm provides a wide variety of activities that can be adjusted to suit the needs of many individuals.   Hiram Farm provides the adult with autism with a program that is structured, consistent, supportive, accommodating, calming, comforting and, most of all, predictable.   The program, which currently serves 23 farmers with 16 staff members, opened in June 2009 and will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in June 2014.

The public is invited to attend this wonderful event.  Reservations and payment are requested by April 15, 2014 with a $55.00 single reservation.   Please mail check with names of attendees to:  Hiram Farm, PO Box 157, Hiram, OH  44234 or use the PayPal button on Hiram Farm’s website www.hiramfarm.org   For more information, call 330/569-3441.   Donations are also welcomed.



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 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.


Windham Am. Legion Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Windham American Legion Post 674 Friday Night Fish Fry from 4-7:30pm, now through Lent. Dinners available are Fish, Chicken, Shrimp or Combo, Also choice of two side’s green beans, mac n cheese, coleslaw or applesauce. Cost $8.00 per Dinner, Children under 5 free. Carry out available, 330-326-3188. Legion post located on 303 in Windham Ohio. Sponsored by S.A.L. of post 674


Monday Breakfast


American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning breakfasts, serving from 7:30-11am at 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost is $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Cost includes coffee and juice. Takeout is available. For more info call 330-326-3188


Spring Soccer Signups

Register Now

Soccer Signups for Current 7th and 8th grade Coed Garfield students in Geauga County League with Brosius Rd as home field.  Travel to Geauga County is required but not provided. Tentative practices to begin mid April and games in May. Contact Kim Curry 330-527-2186 or curryk19@yahoo.com.  Cost is $25.00 each.  Coached by the Garfield High School soccer coaches


Wednesday Lenten Services

Through Apr 9

The Windham Community Clergy Fellowship invites you to join them for Wednesday Lenten service followed by a time of fellowship.  All the services will be at 7pm and will be conducted jointly by the pastors and laity in the Windham area. March 12–Congregational Church of Windham 9029 N. Main St. March 19–Windham Church of the Nazarene 9749 E. Center St., March 26–St. Michaels Catholic Church 9736 E. Center St., April 2– Windham United Methodist Church 9051 N. Main St., April 9– Congregational Church of Windham  9029 N. Main St.


All New Lenten Pierogi & Fish Dinner

Through Apr 11

The Mantua Knights of Columbus are once again hosting their Annual Lenten Dinners every Friday during Lent 3/07- 4/11. Location will be at their hall on S.R.44 (North of S.R. 82). Door will be open 5:00-8:00 p.m. Serving ends at 7:30 pm. Enjoy your choice of combinations of pierogis, all new baked, beer battered cod or breaded shrimp. Takeout’s available after 4:30 p.m. by calling 330-274-2576. Prices are adults $12.00, seniors $11.00, kids 12 and under $6.00 for the pierogi and fish sticks or pierogi and shrimp dinners (as always mac and cheese, available as a substitute for kids side). All major credit cards accepted.


Soup & Sandwich Suppers

Through April 16

On Wednesdays throughout the season of Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9,16), soup and sandwich suppers will be held 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the community rooms of the Garrettsville United Methodist Church (handicapped accessible)for all those seeking to be filled with food  and fellowship.    Come to partake. Come to contribute. Come.


Spring Fling Raffle

Buy Now

Buy your ticket now for Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County’s Spring Fling Raffle. Tickets are $50 and only 200 will be sold. If all 200 are sold, one person will win $5000. In the event that 200 are not sold, a straight 50/50 drawing will be implemented. Don’t wait! To purchase your ticket call the Big Brothers & Sisters office at 330-296-6655.


Red Shield Pantry

1st Weds of the Month

South Portage Red Shield Pantry will be opened the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11am-1pm. Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 251 West Spruce Ave., Ravenna. Please bring photo ID and your own bags to carry food. For more info call 330-296-7371.


Newton Falls Football Fish Fry Fridays

Now-Good Friday

Lenten fish fry at Newton Falls VFW every Friday now through Good Friday. Now – April 11th from 409om and April 18th from 11-9pm. Dinners include fried fish, bread and your choice of 3 sides. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for Veterans and $7 for children 10 and under. The VFW Post is located at 433 Arlington Blvd in Newton Falls. Hosted by the Newton Falls Mothers Club. Proceeds to benefit the Newton Falls Football program. Call in orders 234-223-0448.


Rummage Sale

April 3 & 4

Braceville UMC located at 589 Park Rd in the center of Braceville off of St. Rt. 82 will be having their annual rummage sale on April 3rd from 9am-5pm and the 4th from 9am- noon, which will be dollar bag day. There will be a bake sale and light lunch served on the 3rd.


Spaghetti Dinner

April 4

Hiram Christian Church will host a benefit dinner for Hiram resident, Diane Casey, on April 4th from 5-7pm in the church’s Fellowship Hall. A  Hiram College Choir  program will be held in the church’s sanctuary at 7:30 pm. The concert is free. The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad, drinks and dessert. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.00 for children and $20.00 for families. For more information, call the church office at 330-569-7697.


Fish Fry to Benefit Fire Victims

April 4 & 11

Join us for a Friday Fish Fry with fresh cut fries and cole slaw. All-You-Can-Eat is $11; Adults $8; Seniors $6; Kids (4-10) $4. The proceeds will help support fire victims and the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Food Bank.  April 4th and 11th serving from 4:00 to 8:00pm weekly. Carry out, beverages and desserts are also available. LIFE CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF GOD – 10280 State Route 88; Garrettsville, OH 44231. Call (330) 357-1215 for more information.


Spaghetti Dinner

April 4

Hiram Christian Church will host a benefit dinner for Hiram resident, Diane Casey, on April 5th from 5-7pm in the church’s Fellowship Hall.   A Hiram College Choir performance will be held in the church’s sanctuary at 7:30 pm. The concert is free. The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad, drinks and dessert. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.00 for children and $20.00 for families. For more information, call the church office at 330-569-7697.


The Lordsmen in Concert

April 6

Join us April 6th at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Garrettsville, as we hear The Lordsmen in concert. The service will begin at 11 am. The Lordsmen is a male quartet from Elkview, WV, and have traveled since 1966 spreading God’s Word through Southern gospel music. For more information, contact the church at 330-527-4068 or visit www.lordsmen.org.


Pancakes at the Grange

 April 6

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, April 6th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under


Prom Dress Sale

April 6

On April 6th from 1-5 in the High School band room, the James A. Garfield softball team will be sponsoring a prom dress sale featuring new and pre-owned prom dresses. All dresses will be priced from $5 up, nothing over $50. If you would like to help by donating a dress, please contact Sherry at 330-715-0837 or Tammy at 330-571-1534. All dresses purchased or donated will be given a tax deductible receipt.


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

April 6

The Atwood-Mauck Post 459 – Burton-Middlefield will be hosting a pancakes & sausage breakfast on Apr 6th at the Post Home on Goodwin Street. Price is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.


Preschool & Kindergarten Registration

April 7

Beginning April 7th, parents may pick up registration packets for preschool and kindergarten. Registration materials can be picked up in the Katherine Thomas Elementary office during regular school hours. Children must be 5 years old on or before August 1st to attend kindergarten. Parents/ guardians should bring the following information to register: child’s birth certificate, child’s social security card, immunization records, 2 forms of proof of residency and custody papers, if applicable. For more info, call K.T. at 330-326-9800.


Kolache Bake

April 8 & 9

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade kolache for the Easter holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. Your choice of apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order, contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951. Pickup times will be April 8th from 11am-3pm and April 9th from 11am-6pm.


Vintage Fashions Featured at Geauga West Library

 April 9 

The Geauga West Friends of the Library kick off the spring Look, Lunch and Listen series on April 9th  with a fun look at fashion from Victorian times to the present day with Stacie Murry, who brings fashion to life with her collection of period clothing. Programs begin at noon in the Eykyn Room. Bring your lunch; coffee will be provided. Come Wednesdays in April for a different and entertaining program each week.  All welcome. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School. The phone number is 440-729-4250.


Metaphysical Insights 528 Group of Trumbull County

April 9

The Metaphysical Insights 528 Group of Trumbull County, are requesting that our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month be included in your calendar of events or appropriate social announcements. We are a non-profit social organization for the purpose of spiritual expansion, personal enlightenment and metaphysical education inclusive of philosophy, religion, science and phenomena of spirit.


Rummage & Bake Sale

April 9 & 10

The Southington UMC Day Circle, Rts 305 &534 in Southington will be holding a Rummage & Bake Sale, will be April 9th  from 9-4pm. Homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages will be available for purchase. Carry Outs also available. Bag Day will be April 10th from 9-11am. For more details call the church at 330-898-2156


Preschool Registration Open House

April 10

Apple Tree Preschool, located at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church on Park Avenue in Garrettsville, will be having a Registration Open House on April 10th between 6:00 and 7:30 PM.  Come check out our classrooms, meet the teachers and learn about our Step Up to Quality award-winning program!  Apple Tree Preschool is currently registering students between 3-5 years of age for fall classes. Call the church office at 330-527-2055 for more information.”


Drug Awareness Program

April 10

The head of the drug task force of the Portage County Sheriff’s Department will have a presentation on drug awareness in Portage County at the Nelson Community Center on April 10th at 7pm. Sponsored by Nelson Township Trustees.


All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

April 11

The Western Reserve Kiwanis is proud to announce that proceeds from our next All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will go to the Garrettsville Strong Fund & the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard!  Dinner is April 11th from 5-7 pm in Dix & the Ballroom in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes spaghetti with choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and ice cream, all for $ 6.00 for adults and children 8 and under FREE! Carry-out available! Anyone willing to help with the set-up, cooking, serving or clean up, please contact Carol Donley at donleycc@hiram.edu


Fish Fry      

April 11 & 18 

Fried fish, French fries, coleslaw and beverages will be served from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 – 1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman).  Adult dinners are $9.00 (Dine-in or take-out).  Desserts will be available for an additional donation.  (An alternate kid-friendly dinner will also be available for $5.00 each.)  Sponsored alternately by Parkman Boy Scout Troop 76, Cub Scout Troop 4076, and Huskies’ Touchdown Club.  Please come out and enjoy a good meal and support our sponsors.


Oink & Squeal Party

April 12

The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 Oink and Squeal Party raffle and Chinese auction will be April 12th. Doors open at 5pm and raffle begins at 7pm. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each. 1st prize $250, 2nd prize $150 and 3rd prize $75, as well as 20 hams. Admission is nonperishable food and bath items or cash donations. The post is located at 1450 Goodwin St. For tickets contact any American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member.


Spaghetti Dinner

April 12

Windham UMC Spaghetti Dinner will be April 12th from 4:30-7 pm. Dinner includes all-you-can eat spaghetti, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverage. The church is located at 9051 N. Main Street in Windham.


Hypertufa Workshop

April 12

Come create a Hypertufa planter on April 12th from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio (St. Rt. 44 s. of Rootstown) Fee: $20 all materials (except plants) included Contact Helena Parry for registration 330-673-0577.You can create a hypertufa planter. Materials will be provided. If you have a special form you want to use, or special items for creating outside texture, please bring them. We provide disposable latex gloves, but you may wish to bring a sturdier pair of dishwashing gloves. Your finished container will be wet. To safely transport the container in your vehicle, consider how to best secure your creation for the drive home. As your container cures it will strengthen, ensuring that it will stand the test of time in your garden. Contact Helena Parry at hmparry@att.net 330-673-0577


Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 12

The 61st annual Newton Falls Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Girl Scouts will be held April 12th at 1 pm at the Community Center basketball courts. The event is for ages 2 through 10. There will be 8000 eggs placed, all with prizes. The Easter Bunny will be visiting with guests. Anyone wishing to donate of help in any way, please call Shara Sullivan 330-872-7333.


Introduction to Bonsai  

April 12

Geauga County Master Gardeners present master of bonsai, Dale Harder, from The Cleveland Bonsai Club.  Learn about the history, origin and meaning of the ancient art of bonsai and how you can get started on creating your own bonsai tree.  Dale will display a few of his own creations.  Enjoy a demonstration and instructions in choosing the right plant, tools and pruning techniques.  Light refreshments provided. $15 fee.  While walk-ins are welcome, early registration is appreciated.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.



All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

April 13

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an ALL YOU CAN EAT spaghetti dinner on April 13th at Saint Mary’s social hall, 120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $7.00, Children: $3.00 (6-11), Children: Free (5 & under). Carryouts available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865


NRA First Steps Shotgun Course 

April 13

Buying or just bought your first shotgun? Interested in learning how to shoot trap? Do you have a spouse, family member or friend who wants to shoot? This course is for you. NRA Certified Instructors to provide training with classroom and range instruction. Loaner shotguns, ammunition, targets, NRA training material and refreshments provided. Student needs to provide eye and ear protection. April 13th from  9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Streetsboro Sportsman Association, 11280 Bloom Rd, Nelson Twp. 44231-9774. Price is $10.00 Please contact Tammi Peters, 330-527-0088 or tammip88@earthlink.net for more information and registration.


Bishop Murry’s Visit & Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast 

April 13

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, will be at St. Joseph’s in Mantua on Palm Sunday! Let us welcome him as he makes a parish visit and presides at the 11:15 a.m. Mass. Be sure to greet him as we enjoy our annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Joseph’s and the Mantua K of C on April 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall.  The event features “All You Can Eat” Buttermilk Pancakes served with sausage patties & syrup, fruit toppings, and your choice of coffee, tea, orange juice. or milk. Great Family Prices:  Adults $7.00 • Seniors $5.00 • Children (6-12) $4.00 • Children 5 & Under FREE. Theme Basket Raffles are also a part of the fun! For more information, please visit www.stjosephmantua.com.


Appalachian Experience Bake Sale

April 13

During the Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday, April 13th, St. Joseph’s Appalachian Experience group will hold a bake sale to raise funds for their trip to Clintwood, VA in June to participate in their St. Joseph’s Housing Repair Program. All bakers may drop off their baked goods in the school hallway before Mass. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Portage County Gardeners – Speaker Series

April 15

Bill Johnson, an accomplished public speaker, naturalist, historian, filmmaker, re-enactor, wilderness skills instructor, and author will present an overview of native living in this area from prehistoric to historic times and then will focus on plants, planting, bio-engineering, native horticulture/agriculture and how all that effects us today. Bill’s personal experiences and commitment to detail provide an interesting insight to native American life. This event is open to the public and admission is free. April 15th at 1 pm. For more information, please contact Marilyn Tyger, 330.348.6089, tygerhyde@aol.com


Open House & Rummage Sale

April 19

The Huntsburg Grange will be having their annual Open House and Rummage Sale on April 19th from 10-2.


Breakfast with the Bunny

April 19

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt will be April 19th from 8-10am at the Windham UMC, 9051 N. Main St. in Windham. Open to kids ages 12 and under. Free picture with the Bunny, craft making, Easter egg hunt, and have breakfast on us


Red Shield Pantry

April 22

North Portage Red Shield Pantry will be opened the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11am-1pm. The Salvation Army, 9005 Wilverne Drive, Windham. Please bring photo ID & your own bags to carry food. For more info call, 330-326-6133.


Rummage Sale

April 25 & 26 

Rummage Sale at the Portage County Gardeners Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area) April 25th  & 26th from 9-2p.m. Clothes, books, nick-knack’s, craft stuff, household items, bedding, purses, shoes, bags,& miscellaneous


Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

April 26

On April 26th there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville UMC off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and we will serve until 6:30, unless we run out. Dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeouts are available.


Spring Rummage Sale

April 26

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St. in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Spring Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on April 25th from 9-5 and April 26th from 9-1. Saturday is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall. Call 330-274-8861 for more info.


Newton Falls Kiwanis Club’s Annual Steak Dinner 

 April 26

The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold their annual Steak Cookout on April 26th from 4 to 7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center on Quarry Street.The meal includes a 14-ounce sirloin steak, on the grill, cooked as you wish, salad, potato, drink, and dessert, all for $15.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any NF Kiwanis member or by calling Bob at 330-872-3854. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. The proceeds from the steak cookout will help in three of our local projects: the junior Olympics on May 3rd at Newton Falls High School football field; our two annual scholarships awarded in May; and our new book give-away to first graders in May. Kiwanis meets every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 pm at The Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant. We welcome new members.



May 31- June 28

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an instructional T-ball program for boys and girls ages 4 and 6; child must be at least 4 years old before May 31st. The fundamentals of basic baseball / softball are taught as children learn better throwing, catching and batting techniques using tennis balls and batting tees. Classes will be held on Saturdays May 31st to June 28th from 10-11:15am. at Havre Woods Park in Ravenna.  Registration fee for City Taxpayers (live or work in the Ravenna City) is $32.00 or Non-City Taxpayers is $40.00.


Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.


Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726


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 raffle prizes, food specials and more! Anyone bringing in a non-perishable item to be donated to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard will receive an extra raffle ticket.


Fish Fry to Benefit Fire Victims

April 4th & 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 4th and 11th, serving from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Carry out, beverages and desserts are also available. LIFE CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF GOD – 10280 State Route 88; Garrettsville, OH 44231. Call (330) 357-1215 for more information.


Cana Valley Winery

April 9 & 10 and 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.


All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

April 11 – The Western Reserve Kiwanis is proud to announce that proceeds from our next All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will go to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund & the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard! Dinner is Friday, April 11th from 5:00-7:00 pm in Dix & the Ballroom in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes spaghetti with choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and ice cream, all for $ 6.00 for adults and children 8 and under FREE! Carry-out available!


PMG Choc. All Star Talent Showcase

April 11 – The PMG Chocolatier All Star Talent Showcase is scheduled for 7 pm on April 11th. Tickets are $10.00 each with 50 VIP seats priced at $20.00 each. We anticipate a sell-out crowd, so be sure to get your tickets early, early early by logging on to the following website. Tickets are on sale now and they will sell quickly. Do not get shut out!


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 rebuild our community. #GarrettsvilleStrong


Clients of the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard can contact the Center of Hope for assistance while the NGCC gets another pantry up and running. The Center of Hope is located at 1034 W Main St, Ravenna, OH 44266 Cross Streets: Between Oakgrove St and Hillcrest St.


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 as prompts are given by the computer system”. The simulator operator is put in “real life” scenarios and situations as they are operating the simulator, they will receive a simulated text message of cell phone call and they have to respond to it, as they are responding the simulator puts them into real life situations such as a ball rolling in the street or a car backing out of a driveway and into the roadway.


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 will receive $100,  district-level winners will receive $750.  Every contestant will gain valuable experience and good stuff for a resume or an application.  The criteria to be addressed in the speech are : Is it the  TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  Interested persons should contact a Rotarian or a principal or a guidance counselor or a speech teacher…or anyone who can help them to take this big step on their road to success.

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 25 and offer one tree species per pack of either White Pine or Norway Spruce.  The RPM trees and plants are sold as singles and have large fibrous root systems that promote higher survival and rapid growth.  RPM trees come in 3-gallon containers, while the RPM plants come in 1-gallon containers.  An incredible variety of species are offered including Ohio Buckeye, Pignut Hickory, American Elderberry, and Hazelnut.  Also available are both of the 2014 Woody Plants of the Year – Black Gum and Witchhazel – as featured by the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Native Plants (LEAP).  Whatever your needs, Geauga SWCD has the plants you need to accomplish your landscaping goals at about half the cost of your local nurseries.  These trees make conservation sense and cents!

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.  Emily Linamen was 48 over average with her 118 game.  Emily was also over average her other two games – 90 and 82 – to put her at 80 pins over for the day.  Damian Tourville was over average all three games too and was 92 pins over for the day with his scores of 88, 93, and 76.  Other good scores:  Kyleigh Grandon, 133 (33 over), Taylor Cressman, 87 (30 over), and Sara Barker, 95 (26 over).

The prior week, Paige Collins was the star with a 172 game and 380 series.  Paige’s sister Brooke Collins rolled a nice 105 game, 34 over average.  Isaac Trickett was 31 over average with his 110 game.

For the 11:00 Trio, Kassie Fedor was high scorer with a 202 game and 518 series.  Noah Hoffman also had a great day.  He rolled a very nice 197 game, 70 pins over his average of 127.  Noah was also over average his other two games, with 155 and 134, for an excellent 486 series.  Other good games were rolled by Lauren Sanchez with 172 (42 pins over average), and Adam Norris with 158 (27 over).

On January 18 the top score was rolled by Billy Potteiger with a nice 177 game.  Other good scores:  Wilson Jackson, 144 (40 over), Lucas Titschinger, 168 (38 over), Ian Huebner, 109 (37 over), and Alex Carter, 116 (32 over).

Good scores bowled in the last couple of weeks by the PeeWees:  Paige Johannsmeier, 128, Milo English, 103, Hunter Turnbaugh, 97, Memphis English, 96, and Sierra Greathouse, 96.


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 be seen in open fields. As the snow and ice roll, snow is accumulated on the outside layer.


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 from:

Portage County Auditor

449 S Meridian St

Ravenna, OH 44266



Portage County Dog Warden

8120 Infirmary Rd

Ravenna, OH



You may also purchase them at the following outlets with a 75 cent processing fee.


Atwater Township

White’s Farm Supply

5828 Waterloo Rd.

Atwater, OH 44201


Aurora Citv

Aurora Veterinary Clinic

46 S. Aurora Rd.

Aurora, OH 44202


Brady Lake Village

Brady Lake Post Office

2231 Brady Lake Rd.

Brady Lake, OH 44211


Edinburg Township

Pettigrew Feed & Hardware

6773 Tallmadge Rd.

Ravenna, OH 44266


Garrettsville Village

Garrettsville Animal Hospital

8331 Windham St.

Garrettsville, OH 44231


Kent Citv

Kent License Bureau

3975 CascadesBv. Unit 4

Kent, OH 44240

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Mantua Village

Mantua Veterinary Clinic

4789 High St.

Mantua, OH 44255


Ravenna City

Western Reserve Country Store

467 Cleveland Rd

Ravenna, OH 44266


Streetsboro City

Streetsboro License Bureau


Streetsboro, OH 44241


Windham Village

Windham Hardware

9155 N. Main St.

Windham, OH 44288


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 on Sunday by not only winning the shot put at the Youngstown State High School Open in the shot put, but also breaking the meet and facility record with a throw of 43’9.5″. Her throw currently is not only the best in the state of Ohio by over 4 feet but also ranks her among top throwers across the U.S.


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 nights from 4-7:30 pm, now through Lent. Fish, Chicken, Shrimp or combo dinners available, Also choice of two sides; Green Beans, Mac-n-Cheese, Coleslaw, Applesauce and Dessert. Cost is $8 per dinner, children under 5 eat free. Carry-outs are available 330-326-3188. Legion Post is located on S.R. 303 in Windham. Sponsored by American Legion SAL.


Instrument Drive


The Windham Band is having an instrument drive over the next 2 months. We are seeking any used band instruments in good condition or donations toward the purchase of new instruments for the band program at Windham. Instruments can be delivered to Windham High School to Rebecca Kresen, Band Director. Any calls or questions can be made to Windham High School at 330-326-2711 and ask for Rebecca Kresen. Checks or donations can be sent to The Windham Band Boosters care of Rebecca Kresen at 9530 Bauer Ave., Windham, Ohio 44288


Big Brother & Big Sister Volunteers Needed


For just 12 hours a month, you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is recruiting volunteers who are committed and consistent and willing to serve at least a year. Are you ready to start something? Call the Big Brothers & Sisters office today at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org


Monday Morning Breakfast

American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning Breakfasts, time serving from 7:30- 11am. 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Includes coffee and juice. Takeout available. More information call 330-326-3188


Eagles Fish Fry

Jan 10

Garrettsville Eagles is having their dinner of the New Year on Jan 10th from 4-7:30pm. Fish dinners are held the 2nd Friday of each month and every Friday during lent (March 7th – April 18th). All dinner include fish, shrimp or chicken tenders, a combo is also available, with your choice of baked potato or French fries, coleslaw and green beans and dinner roll. Cost is $8.50 per dinner. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330. 8149 Water Street.


Noises Off

Jan 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18 

The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre presents “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn with permission by Samuel French, Jan 10, 11, 17 and 18th, 2014 at 7pm Jan 12, 2014 at 2pm. In the James A. Garfield, Iva Walker Auditorium, 10235 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Tickets available at the door; Adults $10.00, children over 12 and seniors over 65, $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 per person. Sponsored by Ryser Insurance. Call 216-375-0709 for information


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 11

Windham United Methodist Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, January 11 , from 4:30 – 7:00pm. All you can eat, includes spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread & butter, homemade dessert and beverage. Adults $7.00, Children 5-12 $4.00, under 5 free.  Takeouts are available!


Pork Dinner

Jan 11

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Pork Dinner this Saturday January 11th, 2014, from 5-7PM.  Dinner includes pork, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.


Pet FixMobile

Jan 11 & 25

Pet Fix mobile vet will hold spay/neuter clinics for our low income&Amish clients in Geauga Coounty at: Middlefield Tractor Supply;Jan 11th, Geauga Feed(Newbury);Jan 25th. Please call(440)338-4819 ext.21 to sign up


Free Concert

Jan 12

Singer Songwriter & Musician Nancy Honeytree will be performing a free concert on Jan.12th. Many call her the First Lady of Contemporary Christian music, recording her first albums in 1973. The concert will be held at New Covenant Baptist Church 1606 Salt Springs Rd. in Lordstown, OH at 6 p.m. You can learn more about her at www.honeytree.org. For more information call the church at: Ph. (330) 824-2406


Sunday Morning Breakfast

Jan 12

The American Legion Post 674 Women’s Aux. will be hosting a Sunday morning breakfast. January 12 from 8:00 to 11:00. We are located at 9960 E. Center Street Windham, Ohio.  Cost is $7.00.  For more information call 330-326-3188.  This is breakfast is open to the public.


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan 12

American Legion Post 459 will be having a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 12th from 9:30-1:30. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.  At the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.


K of C Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 12

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an all you can eatT spaghetti dinner on Jan12th at Saint Mary’s social hall (120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls)  from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert.Carry outs available. Adults:$7.00. Children:$3.00(6-11). Children:Free (5 & under) For any additional information please contact: Jim Burns (330)-883-0575, Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865


Scottish American Society Gathering

Jan 12

The Scottish American Society will be gathering on Jan12th from 3-5 pm at the meeting room level of the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage. This meeting will feature Dr. Jim Frost who will discuss “Scottish Feng Shui”. Any and all are invited to attend. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342, or Gene or Betty Marcus at: 330.499.1681.


American Legion Auxiliary Meeting

Jan 13

Mantua American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will meet on Jan 13 at 1 pm. All members are urged to attend.


Crescent Meeting

Jan 13

Crescent Chapter, O.E.S. of Garrettsville will meet on Jan 13 at 7:30 pm.


Free Senior Bingo

Jan 13

Free Senior Bingo will be Jan 13th at the Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St in Newton Falls. There will be a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction. All proceeds benefit the Newton Falls Sneior Van. Bingo will be held the 2nd Monday of each month, weather permitting. Please come and bring a friend.


Community Center Open

Jan. 14, 20, and 28

The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open 10:00 to 4:00 each Wednesday for the rest of January.  Get out of the house and meet some friends, old or new, at the old Mantua Center School, just north of SR 82 on Center Road.  Bring food to share for pot luck lunch at about noon.  Jigsaw puzzle, cards,  board games, and craft materials available, or bring your own portable project to work on.  If you need a ride, call Ellie at 330-274-0711.


Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner

Jan 18

American Legion Post 459 and Geauga Co. Council spaghetti and meatball dinner on Jan 8th from 4-7pm. Price is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids 5 and under.  At the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.


An Invitation to Come Home for the Holidays

Jan 14

St. Joseph Parish in Mantua is offering a program to invite Catholics who are away from the practice of their faith to consider the Catholic Church in January/February 2014. Do you know a Catholic who no longer attends a Catholic church? Could you approach them in the manner of a committed Catholic and friend and offer an invitation to attend the first session of Awakening Faith on Jan 14th. It will take place at St. Joseph’s beginning at 7:00 pm in the All-Purpose Room. To register or for more information, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND, at 330-274-2253.


Home Cooked Supper

Jan 15

The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Fall, will feature: sweet sausage cacciatore/chicken cacciatore, vegetable, super salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. This will be on Jan 15th from 5-6:30pm. Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for children 4 to 12; free for children 3 and younger. Carry outs available.


The Forgotten Preserves of Mantua

Jan 19

Tiny Mantua has three State Nature Preserves and a state designated Scenic River. Wow! Naturalist Bob Faber will lead this exploration of  the preserves, including the seldom-visited Tummonds Preserve southeast of the village, where we will view the river corridor and small lake that few people have had a chance to see. Meet at 1:00pm at the Village Park on the east side of Mantua on Mennonite Rd. adjacent to the river. Fee: $8 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.


Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 24

Parkman Pack 76 Cub Scouts BSA invites you to join them for a Spaghetti Dinner at the Parkman Community House,  16295 Main Market Rd, Parkman, OH 44080 on Jan 24th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. At the door: $9 for adults and $6 for kids, under 5 Free. Carry out available. For tickets contact: parkmanpack76@gmail.com or Call: Monique 216-337-2104. There will also be a Chinese auction. Event sponsored by Parkman Pizza



Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan 26

American Legion Post 459 will be having a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 26th from 9:30-1:30. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. At the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.



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 businesses.


Much of the splendor of the holiday season comes directly from the intricately decorated houses and storefronts. Twinkling lights and garlands of fresh pine boughs can instantly transform any building. Decorating a home can take an entire day or more, but delegating the work to a decorating service will provide you with professional-looking results as well as free time to tackle other obligations. Decorators can work outdoors stringing lights and creating a winter wonderland in the fraction of the time it takes homeowners to decorate their homes.


What would the holiday season be without the sweet treats and inviting smells of freshly baked goods? The cooler weather is an ideal time to turn on the oven and whip up a batch of cookies or cakes with the aroma of pungent cinnamon and nutmeg. Others would prefer desserts that provide homemade flair without the effort. Local bakeries experience an upswing in business this time of year as shoppers flock to choose among the pastries, cookies and pies in display cases. Whether a dessert comes directly from your kitchen or that of a local confectionary shop, chances are guests will enjoy each delectable bite. If you have a custom-order dessert in mind, consult with the bakery well in advance to ensure your dessert will be available when hosting friends and family.


Roasts and lavish tables are part of the holiday season, but so are the corporate parties and cocktail events that comprise a social season. Catering a party is an easy way to offer guests delicious food with minimal work. Local caterers can provide everything from sit-down dinners to buffet spreads. Some restaurants that do not normally cater events may offer special packages this time of year. Different customers are vying for the services of caterers within a small window of time. Contract with a preferred caterer early on to guarantee you can benefit from their services.


Social calendars fill up come November and December. When hosting a gathering of coworkers, family or friends, choose local venues for social events so travel to and from the party is easier on guests. Parties can take place anywhere, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, wine stores, and indoor floral nurseries.


Shopping at local vendors often means more personalized service and a less stressful experience. Develop a rapport with a favorite shop owner so that he or she can alert you to private sales or put coveted items on the side. A specialty store may have that unique gift not easily found elsewhere, and shop owners may be able to special-order bulk gifts. Smaller retailers may also offer specialized services, such as gift-wrapping or personal shopping.

Shopping locally can help holiday shoppers save time and support their communities.[hr]

Garrettsville’s Christmas on Main shopping promotion kicks off on Saturday, November 30th. Visit http://shop.garrettsvillearea.com/ to learn how you could be rewarded for shopping locally this holiday season!


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 the best prices of the season, while retailers will be gearing up to lure the greatest number of shoppers. Surviving the day unscathed and arriving home with discounts galore involves having a game plan for success.

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 Department by local and national AAA representatives.


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 wood fires and hot apple butter on the breeze and some of the most beautiful fall foliage in Northeast Ohio. This year, the festival will feature demonstrations by historic artisans in the museum’s restored 1800s-era houses and buildings.

The popular Apple Butter Festival is quintessential Americana, with volunteers and visitors taking turns stirring apple butter bubbling in cast-iron kettles and watching giant kites flying overhead in the Museum’s back meadow. Vendors will be on hand selling everything from potpourri and hand-made candles to kettle corn and apple cider. The Crossroads Museum Store will be open for shoppers looking for locally made art and food products. Jars of fresh apple butter, still warm from the kettle, will be available for purchase.

Festival organizers are looking for volunteer apple peelers and stirrers. Anyone interested in helping should contact the Geauga County Historical Society office at 440-834-1492.

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 converted to an Ace Hardware in the very near future.  E & H Hardware recently opened the Ace Hardware in neighboring Middlefield, Ohio and has eleven hardware stores in Ohio.  E&H Hardware started in the hardware business in 1965 as part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.    


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 was…ticket #55, Triangle Pharmacy!

Big Brothers & Sisters thanks everyone who participated in the fundraiser. All proceeds go to our one-to-one mentoring program for the children in Portage County. We hope everyone will particapte in the Give Away next year.

For more information on volunteering for our program, please call 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.

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 best by your employees and not lose your shirt?  Here’s an opportunity to come to grips with some  information.

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 mentioned that he was attempting to get in touch with Vicki Cline or Janet Esposito to obtain clarification on current estate tax rules, so that he can better anticipate where the township stands. He also received a letter from ODOT indicating that road salt prices were expected to drop by ten dollars per ton, lowering the township’s cost to $27.50/ton this winter.      

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 settled in on Saturday then attended Mass. Sunday’s activities included a trip to The Breaks, a nearby interstate park with lots of trails and outdoor activities.

Splitting into four groups and working with program leaders Debbie, Lee, and Brandi, the week’s tasks began on Monday. Unfortunately, Sr. Jean Korkisch, CSC, the program’s coordinator, was not able to be present during the week due to out of state family commitments. Of course, she checked in daily on the group’s progress.