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Garrettsville – A friendly, familiar face will be leaving from the staff of the Garrettsville and Windham libraries. Kathleen Kozup, Branch Manager of both the Garrettsville and Windham Library will be retiring at the end of June. Kozup first began working for the Portage County District Library 19 years ago, managing the Garrettsville Library. In 2009, she began managing the Windham Library in a dual capacity. As branch manager of the Windham Library, Kozup held an instrumental role in its transition from the former site to its present location within the Renaissance Family Center. Previous to her work experience at Portage County District Library, Kozup worked for Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Youngstown-Mahoning County Public Library, Bristol Public Library, and she worked in school libraries while living in Australia for a few years.

Freedom Twp – D-Store & Deli, located next to Detour Drive-Thru at 6869 SR 303, is giving one lucky individual the chance to win a free sub. Simply present the coupon located on page 4 when purchasing one of their delicious sandwiches, to be entered into the drawing.

Not content to be “just another convenience store”, the D-Store “is like a convenience store on steroids”. Carrying tons of grocery products, slushies, local maple syrup, delicious subs, and premium deli meats; the D-Store is easily one of the best kept secrets in Freedom. Stop in today and see what the buzz is about!

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it has just added Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at two of its five branch locations. The Garrettsville Library and the Windham Library have added the stations as a resource for early childhood learning. Each station features educational titles in every curriculum area, which are carefully chosen for age appropriateness, educational value, ease of use and for discovery. In addition, each station is equipped with Spanish Edition titles. Titles include Know Your USA, The Art Lesson, Kid Pix 3D and JumpStart Spanish. Visit either branch for a demonstration today. This is a free resource provided to you by the Portage County District Library through a generous donation made by the Garrettsville Eagles Club. Kathleen Kozup, Branch Manager of Windham and Garrettsville, said, “We are so lucky to have a community-oriented organization like the Eagles, who provided the funds to purchase the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations. This system has about 60 programs for exciting, entertaining learning. The graphics are first-class, just the thing that kids will love.”

Pictured above is Tim Kelly, President of the Garrettsville Eagles Club, demonstrates using the Garrettsville Library’s Bilingual Early Literacy Station. Of the Library’s purchasing the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations with the generous donation from the Garrettsville Eagles Club, Kelly said, “We’re glad to help out!” The Bilingual Early Literacy Stations are available at both the Windham and the Garrettsville libraries.

Pictured above is Tim Kelly, President of the Garrettsville Eagles Club, demonstrates using the Garrettsville Library’s Bilingual Early Literacy Station. Of the Library’s purchasing the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations with the generous donation from the Garrettsville Eagles Club, Kelly said, “We’re glad to help out!” The Bilingual Early Literacy Stations are available at both the Windham and the Garrettsville libraries.

The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street, is open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed on Thursday and Sunday. Call 330-527-4378 for more information.

The Windham Library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm; and closed on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 330-326-3145 for more information.

Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for more information about this new service or about other library programs and services.



Ravenna  – The Portage County Business Round Table offers seminars on useful topics to area business owners.  On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the featured topic for the morning event is the Ohio Small Business Development Center and how it can help existing business stay and grow in Portage County. The meeting will be held at Maplewood Career Center (7075 St. Rt. 88, Ravenna, OH 44266)

The event commences at 7:30 am with registration, networking, and continental breakfast.  The program starts promptly at 8 am and concludes at 9 am.

The program speakers are Susan McGann, a Certified Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, and Keith Harris, President and CEO of Kero International, Inc.

To register, please contact the Portage Development Board, 217 S. Chestnut St. in Ravenna, 330.297.3470 or by e-mail to tdaniel@portagedevbd.org or your local chamber of commerce. Persons who pre-register will pay $10 (cash or check), and are responsible for payment whether they attend or not.  Checks should be made payable to the Portage Development Board.   Persons who do not pre-register will pay $15 at the door, and no shows will be invoiced.  The deadline to register is May 22, 2013.


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The 2013 Portage County 4-H Camp Counselors invite you to their annual Pasta Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday May 19th, 11AM – 5PM at the OSU Extension Office Back meeting room at 6970 State Route 88 in Ravenna. Dinner includes Rigatoni, salad, bread sticks, dessert, coffee or punch. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and seniors. This dinner is sponsored by Chili’s and 100% of the proceeds raised will directly benefit Portage County’s week at 4-H Camp Ohio August 7th – 11th, 2013.

While you are enjoying your meal, your children can join the counselors in activities to preview all the fun that we have planned for our 2013 4-H Camp. These activities will take place outside, so they are weather permitting. We will be accepting camp registrations on this day and the first 50 applicants will receive a free T-Shirt that has been graciously donated by our friends at Chili’s.


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

For every food item collected, the Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 to the food cupboard. The Nelson Boy Scout troop 65 helped promote the food drive to shoppers as they entered the store. They also collect food items from shoppers and helped with loading the fire truck.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield School District is looking for input on what the community wants in a new Superintendent of Schools. All community members are invited to a Focus Group meeting, which will provide the opportunity for residents to voice their opinions and tell the district and board what they are looking for in a new Superintendent. The meeting will be held in the Iva L. Walker Auditorium on May 7 at 7:00 PM for community members.

The Focus Group Meeting is open to all community members. Please try to attend the meeting. The meeting will last approximately one (1) hour, during which residents will have the opportunity to provide their thoughts and opinions regarding the qualities, experience and characteristics they feel are important in the next Superintendent of the James A. Garfield Local Schools.

The meeting will be facilitated by the management team of Finding Leaders. Finding Leaders is an organization whose mission is to help school districts find and support ideal leaders. They are skilled in the identification, development and selection of successful leaders.

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Seventh Grade Honor Roll

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


Seventh Grade Merit Roll

Zachary Budin, Seth Byler, Dylan Carroll, Megan Casalandra, Ryan George, Sadie Hopkins, Mekaylie Iadimarco, W James McClellan, Joanne Miller, Timothy Pillot, Riley Schultz


Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Ellen Adams*, Joseph Bennington, Melissa Braun*, Daniel Bridavsky, Abigail Carlson*, Miles Chapman*, Katherine Dingman*, Molly Emig*, Cennidie Hall*, Samantha Hargis,

Brandon Jones, Garron Laymon, Kaitlyn Moses, Breanna Pennypacker*, Justin Politzer, Kylie Scott*, David Tucek*


Eigth Grade Merit Roll

Thomas Blaha, Samantha Kaser, Lauren Parrish, Corinne Rockefeller


Freshmen Honor Roll

Samuel Anderson, Amber Brickell, Logan Burton, Samuel Fisher*, Barrett Jackson, Nicole Kreuz, Bradley Lockhart*, Alyssa Maier, Nathan Millet*, Halla Reed*, Rachel Rich*, Alexandria Sanda*, Nathaniel Schultz ,Jarrett Smetana*, Michelle Sohm, Jared Squire, Margaret Topalian*, Alec Vizy*, Kieran Wichert


Freshmen Merit Roll

Amber Bowman, Stephanie Harden, Shannon McGee, Cassidy Mizner, Amelia Monroe, Cecelia Parker, Nicholas Soltis, Parker Strong, Connor Teare, Madalyn Timmons


Sophomore Honor Roll

Alivia Alfredo, Megan Arnold*,Alexandra Berman*, Robert Blair, Benjamin Bresnahan, Samantha Cannella, Anna Carlson*, David Cheung, Andrew Cook, Christin Dornback, Kayla Hadlock, Alexis Johnson, Madison Kacica, Gwendolyn Losasso*, Katelyn Luther, Zakari Martinjako*, Robert Maxwell, Carolyn Mayer*, Abrielle McDermott, Grace Noce, Vincent Noce, David Pelletier, Rebecca Porter, Christian Price, Josiah Sawyer*, Kyle Storm, Adam Thompson, Ryan Zeitler


Sophomore Merit Roll

Luke Byler, Madison Cannella, Ashley Curry, Connor Dudinsky, Mollie Farragher, Timothy Harden, Timothy Hlad, Samantha Jackson, Suzanne Koziol, Klarissa Lipstreu, Clare Lynn, Nicholas Paul, Lauren Petersen, Brianna Steigerwald, David Stotlar, Erin Wiggins


Junior Honor Roll

Madison Barber, McKenzie Blau, Lindsey Burnett*, Cas, sandra Cameron*, Julie Combs, Mackenzie Cossick, Max Gilliland, Breanna Girolamo, William Hess, Amy Lasco*, Nicholas Millet*, Ronald Simpson, Steven Sitko, Megan Thomas, Danielle Young*


Junior Merit Roll

Kaylee Evans, Kaitlyn Freiling, Luke Freiling, Joshua Garrett, Mackenzie Gilliland, Gage Green, Rachel Hodge, Jonathan Kreuz, Megan McCartney, Caroline Milano, Alison Moss, Peyton Neumore, McKinley Parker, Kathryn Paul, Olivia Roach, Brandon Vander Maas, Benjamin Wiley, Emma Yokules


Senior Honor Roll

Austin Ambrose*, Brian Arnold*, Alex Blaha, Alexandra Corrigan*, Nathan Dornback, Jacklyn Hadlock, Olivia Hess*, Anna Jolly, Alison Lace, Iain Laymon*, Jennifer Leonetti, Thomas Lockhart*, Timothy Ludlow*, Michelle Merickel, Ian Monroe*, Ian Patterson*, Sara Patterson, Rachel Pelletier*, Lindsay Porter*, Chase Rowell, Ryan Scott

Brooke Sell, Alysa Spangler, Jordan Springer, James Valerio*, John Vinecourt*, Benjamin Vizy*, Brian Wendl,

Alyssa Zeitler


Senior Merit Roll

Darianne Armstrong, Abbigail Blechschmid, Erick Burzanko, Kayla Byler, Kristen Fabian, Brianna Hackett, Cassidie Hall, Kyle Hall, Jason Kaser, Courtney Kotrlik, Alyssa Malcolm, Jenna Maxwell, Samantha Mighton, Heather Mocella, Emily Osmeloski, Alyssa Peel, Robert Stucky


* – denotes 4.00 G.P.A. or higher

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Mantua – The Rotary Club of Mantua will present its traditional Variety Show, showcasing local talent with additional performers from Hiram College and relatives and frien ds of local residents.  Several favorites will return, including Bob Stehli, Char and Jena Head and Heather Ristau.  A well-known local musician, Steve Vanderink, will be joining the entertainers this year.  The show will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Hayden Auditorium at Hiram College, north of State Routes 82 and 700.

Something new has been added to the usual agenda this year:  Rotarians will be furnishing homemade gourmet desserts and coffee, starting at 6:30 before the show.  There will  also be a 50 – 50 raffle.   Admission tickets at $10,00 for adults and $5.00 for students may be purchased at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s, both in Mantua, or at the door the night of the performance.  Proceeds from the event will go to support student scholarships and other Rotary local and international projects.  Save the date for an enjoyable evening of music and other entertainment.

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Warren - The Birds in Flight Sanctuary of Warren, Ohio, will be presenting a Raptor Education Program on April 13th, 2013 at 7pm. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. The program is being sponsored by The Eagle Creek Conservation Club and will be held at their club facilities located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. Doors will open at 6pm and seating is limited. This program will give people an understanding, appreciation, and concern for raptors and other wildlife. It will also explain the licenses and training required to run a rehabilitation facility and the environmental issues involved. Then the birds will be welcomed out one by one for their introduction. Come bring the kids and join us for this educational and highly entertaining evening.


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Mantua – If you haven’t had the chance to stop by, Tuesday, April 16th is the final scheduled community event at Mantua Center School.  As the six-week trial of what has come to be called ‘Tuesdays with Ellie,’ come to a close, event organizer Ellie Monroe reflects on the effectiveness of her program. “I consider it a success,” states Monroe. “We’ve had over 70 individuals come through the school so far, and I know of at least one person who has rented it after coming through.” 

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Ravenna – Fortis College in Ravenna will host an open house at 3 p.m. on April 24 featuring a unique attraction that has revolutionized medical education. The campus is located at 653 Enterprise Pkwy., Ravenna (330-297-7319).

As part of the event, attendees will get to see and interact with Fortis College in Ravenna’s technologically advanced METIman patient simulator. METIman is used for numerous simulated clinical nursing experiences, including chest management, asthma management, and respiratory distress. The patient simulator gives students an immersive opportunity with visual, auditory, and tactile learning experiences.

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Newton Falls – Despite the very cold weather in the week preceding, Saturday, March 23, was a great day for the 60th Newton Falls  Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the  Girl Scouts.    A cool, but sunny day made the crowd a little less than previous years but gave those attending a bigger haul of prizes.  Over 7000 eggs were stuffed with candy and prizes for the kids to gather.  Big Top the Clown, the Easter Bunny, and Shelly the Good Egg entertained the kids with balloon animals, high-fives, and pictures.  Again, it was a joy to see at least one of Janice Dietelbach’s original junior high girl scouts who started this service project attend bringing a grandchild (or maybe a great-grandchild) to gather eggs.

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is participating in the Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge to Fight Hunger.  For the past 15 years, the Feinstein Foundation has given away one million dollars each year to non-profit agencies across the county to fight hunger.  Past Feinstein Foundation challenges have raised over $1.5 Billion for 1800 organizations nationwide.  The $1 Million Challenge is considered one of the most successful ongoing grass roots efforts to fight hunger.  

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Mantua – The Mantua Village Garden Club, which was founded in 1935, kicked off it’s first meeting of 2013 at the home of Lea Lazar, with Helen Etling as hostess.  Ten members shared in the noon pot luck luncheon, along with Mark Occhionero, owner of Top Garden Products, in Mentor.

Mark, who is an Organic Nutrient Specialist, presented a program on lighting and nutrients, as well as sharing his extensive plant knowledge.  Mark also brought specimens of his National Award winning Kohleria Manchu (a cousin of the African Violet), a variety which he developed, to share with the club members.  A short business meeting followed.  This year’s officers are Diane Lottig, president, Lea Lazar, vice president, Lois Eisele, secretary, and Helen Etling, treasurer.

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Ravenna  – The Portage County Board of Elections is seeking energetic, civic-minded area residents to serve their community by becoming poll workers.

While she does not believe the coming year will be as busy as last November’s presidential election, Director Faith Lyon said “Individuals can apply at any time – and we are always looking for good and thoughtful workers.”  The county needs around 600 volunteers to staff the polls at its 62 polling locations on election day.  Added Deputy Director Brad Cromes, “Without good poll workers, we simply could not do what we do – they’re the backbone of our operation.”

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Burton – Its Easter Egg Hunt time once again in Burton Village. Burton Village’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in the park on the south end of the square. The hunt will start with the sound of an air horn  promptly at 11:00 a.m. Children aged one (1) through six (6) are eligible to participate and are divided into three age groups: one-two, three-four and five-six. Be sure to bring a basket or bag to put the goodies in.

It is believed that Burton Village’s annual Egg Hunt is the oldest and longest running hunt in Geauga County. It has been traced back to starting with the Jaycees in 1959.

The Easter Egg Hunt is organized every year through the hard work of Lee and Jane Koroshes, who go out and purchase the variety of cookies, crackers, and candy along with prizes for each age group. Each age group contains thirty eggs and a special marked egg that represents a grand prize.

The Easter Bunny will hop into the park to greet the kids and be available for pictures, so remember to bring your camera.

This event takes place every year due to the generous donations and support of many local community organizations, local businesses and private individuals. If you would like to make a donation, you can mail a check to P.O. Box 318, Burton OH or place it in one of the donation cans the morning of the Egg Hunt.


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Kent – The Light in Kent is sponsoring a screening of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Good Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm.  The award-winning film will be shown at The Kent Stage, 175 E Main St. in Kent.  Tickets are free and available at The Light ministry center, Logos bookstore or at the door on the day of the showing.  Free parking is available in the public lot on Columbus St.  Call 330-818-6913 to reserve tickets.  THE PASSION is rated R, and children under 17 will not be admitted without their parents.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, nominated for three Academy Awards in 2005, details the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus.  James Berardinelli, Reelviews, writes “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST is a gripping, powerful motion picture – arguably the most forceful depiction of Jesus’ death ever to be committed to film.”

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Mantua - Nora Brandt makes quilts. Her self-described “addiction” began with  a request made by her eldest daughter Meghan, who passed away at age 26 from ovarian cancer. Initially, her first creations were given to the newborn children of Meghan’s friends, so that even though Meghan couldn’t be there herself to hold them, they would have a tangible gift to represent her love. 

Photo courtesy of Rich Teresi

Photo courtesy of Rich Teresi

The Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District recently played host to area police canine units, holding a joint continuing education class. Firefighters and EMS providers were instructed on working at multi-disciplinary scenes involving canine units, how to operate around them, and how to help them in an emergency. Many thanks go to the canine officers, their partners, and Dr Kartley, DVM for their time in presenting this class.

Pictured from left to right (partially obscured is Ptl Jamie Price (Recon’s partner) from Windham Police, Lt. Timothy Christopher (with his partner Taz), Ptl Keith Whan, and Dr Jennifer Kartley, DVM. Also present but not pictured were Lt. Kenneth Justus of the Mantua Police Department and his partner Vader.

5th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Colton Klatik, Jenna Conley, Nathan Pitsinger, Anthony Lunardi, Rayana Goodner, Noah Cornicelli, Michael Martin, Jesse Marderwald, Cassandra Finney, Madelyn Scirocco, Jacob Nottingham, Anna Morrissey, Lillian Oles, Ellie Frato-Sweeney, Noah Frato-Sweeney, Owen Cmunt, Nathan Phillips, Madison Vankirk, Phillip West, Mason Cebulla,

Hannah Bittence


5th Grade – Honor Roll

Irma Miller, Joseph Ball, Sara Kittle, Kya Fresch, Cameron King, Kaylie Bates, Gracie Pignaloso, Gianna D’Amico, Eryn O’Malley, Jarrod Peters, April Tylek, Morgan Heron, Jilleena Moore, Kyleigh Grandon, Jillian Crane, Luke Bontrager, Laina Galayde, Karlee Huter, Mattie Marsillio, Chloe Pfile, Alexandria Konecek, Talon Cline, Bradley Valdman,Eric Schaefer, Ralph Grandizio, Samantha Gilbert, Brook-Lyn Collin, Michael Selander, Meghan McDougall, Emma Lawrence


5th Grade – Merit Roll

Connor Hrubik, Mandolin Arnett, Courtney Maur, John Zieleniewski, Brandon Gibson, Calvin Page, Carleigh Joeright, Dakota Nutt, Allison Eves, Taylor Soltis, Hannah Chartier, Aryanna Gentles, Joe Golgosky, Kalon Maddox,

Garrett Eberly, Maya Brown, Andreya Grunder, Bryar Veon, Brittney Gotthardt, Sabrina Hicks, Alexis Sedivy, Jared  Simon, Joshua Kent, Alyssa Bell, Emily Cooper, Matthew Crawford, Belladonna Titschinger, Logan Rutherford, Eric Fonseca, Lauren Sanchez, Savannah Hopper, Catherine Aebischer, Adam Derthick, Ryan Matuelwicz, Zachary Richards, John Barnes, Allison Workman


6th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Travis Criblez, Adam Norris, Alissa Barton, Sarah Miller, Lyndsey Johns, Jason Conley, Jessica Tannehill, Zoe Swenson, Chad Angermeier, Samuel Biltz, Matthew Glinski, Erika Musgrove, Andrew Pemberton, Racquel Koleszar, Nicole Ober, Ryan Lance, Samantha Ensinger, Rachel Rader,

Tyler Klouda, Caillean Galayde, Sopher Hunter, Max Kane

6th Grade – Honor Roll

Olivia Brann, Eric Jackson, Kara Nottingham, Addison Varner, Dylan Wilson, Austin Wise, Brianna Stanley, Evan Pawlus, Sebastian Shafer, Robert Del Torto, Halle Tatonetti, Alexis Evans, Jessica Huebner, Devyn Penna, Hannah Smith

Abigayle Gembicki, Caitlyn Minor


6th Grade – Merit Roll

Natalie Hall, Robert Haney, Samantha Brys, Matthew Macerol, Sarah Desalvo, Lauren Walz, Madison Neer, Arielle Sokolowski, Kaitlyn Workman, Mackenzie Miller, Travis Synnestvedt


Middlefield – Looking for an inexpensive outing to beat the winter shivers?  Middlefield Market’s annual Chili Cook-Off provides a day of warm entertainment to fit any budget!

Admission is free into the Pavilion where the doors open to the public at 11:30am Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Live musical entertainment will be performed by Soft Tones until the festivities are concluded at 4:00 pm.

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Contemplative Service

Weds Evenings

The entire community is invited to attend a Contemplative Service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. The half hour consists of music, silence, and prayer, with Scripture readings and Open Communion for those who wish to partake. It provides a mid-week time for peaceful meditation and reflection. On-site child care is provided. The Mantua Center Christian Church is located at the corner of Mantua Center road and St. Rt. 82, (On the Green, behind the Grange Hall) and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance.

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 for their first regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the new year.  The first order of business was to ask for nominations and elect a new Council President.  2012 Council President Steve Hadzinsky, who was elected to fill the spot when former Council President Rick Patrick acceded to Mayor, was the only nominee for 2013 and was unanimously elected.  

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The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at the Bond Building in Century Village, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH  44021.

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We Need Your Help!

Class of “68”……we need your help in locating the following people: Gary Adams, Virgil Bishop, Lawrence Cassidy, James Uphole, and Ron Baker. If you know where they are, or have a current  address, phone/ cell number, email address, please contact, Cherryl  {Clark} Duffield, @ 330- 527-2713, or Cindy (Vasil) Hillier @ csh2605@aol.com, or Judy (Bazil) Stone @Jstone21@kent.edu.

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The Ohio Society, U. S. Daughters of 1812, is looking for volunteers with digital cameras to help in a project to photograph the grave markers of the over 7,000 known veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Ohio cemeteries. This project is part of Ohio’s War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration, and supported by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, a state legislated commission made up of citizen volunteers.

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David Haas, nationally renowned composer of liturgical music, has composed a song entitled “In the Love of Christ” for the people of St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville, OH. The song will premier during a concert/workshop presented by David Haas and Lori True January 18 & 19, 2013 in Hiram Ohio at Hayden Auditorium. This event is funded in part by the Hiram Community Trust and St. Ambrose Church. The concert will be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30pm in Hayden Auditorium, Hiram, OH. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:30am -2:30pm, also in Hayden Auditorium. Registration forms for the concert and/or workshop may be found at www.stambroseonline.com  Tickets purchased prior to January 14th will be sold at discounted rate. 

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Educators who work with children pre-kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to attend a free workshop on Friday, January 11th, 2013. The workshop focuses on two supplemental curriculums that help teach wildlife-related concepts. Growing Up WILD (for ages 3-7 years) and traditional Project WILD (K-12) guidebooks will be provided to all participants who stay for the duration of the program.

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PCDL Holiday Hours

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season):  Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31, and Jan.  1.  Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library services and programs. Find us on Facebook.


We Need Your Help!

Class of “68”……we need your help in locating the following people: Gary Adams, Virgil Bishop, Lawrence Cassidy, James Uphole, and Ron Baker. If you know where they are, or have a current  address, phone/ cell number, email address, please contact, Cherryl  {Clark} Duffield, @ 330- 527-2713, or Cindy (Vasil) Hillier @ csh2605@aol.com, or Judy (Bazil) Stone @Jstone21@kent.edu.


God Provides Free Meal

Dec. 21

Please join us for the Christmas God Provides a Meal, Dec. 21 from 4-6 pm at the Nelson UMC. The church is located on Nelson Circle, 9367 St. Rt. 305 in Garrettsville. The menu consists of ham, parsley potatoes, and home-made pie for dessert. The ladies of the God Provides a Free Meal, after a lot of soul searching, has decided that they can no longer carry out the mission. They want to thank everyone whose life has been touched be the mission and all that was volunteered to the cause. They wish you a Merry Christmas and the best!


Longest Night Service

Dec. 21

Windham UMC will be hosting a “Longest Night Service” for those who mourn. Holidays are wonderful and full of joy, but they can be hard when we are missing someone. Whether you’ve lost someone recently or 20 years ago, the pain can be more acute during the holidays.  On Dec. 21 at 7:30pm we will gather for a quiet worship service of music and hope with people who understand.


Live Nativity

Dec. 22 & 23

Taking your child to see Santa is a Christmas tradition. We offer a lasting memory for your entire family, this Christmas season visit our “Live Nativity” to experience the first Christmas. The gift of baby Jesus will change your life. The Live Nativity is an annual event at the Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg 440-636-5504. Dec. 22 and 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Join us inside for refreshments, you and your family can even take part. FREE


Christmas Eve Services

Dec. 23

The Nelson UMC will be holding a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Dec. 23 at 6 & 10 pm. The church is located at 9367 St. Rt. 305 in Garrettsville. Come out and enjoy the circle, decorated with luminaries provided by Boy Scout troop 65.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Dec 23

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram has made special arrangements with Santa Claus to personally deliver packages in Garrettsville and Hiram on Sunday, December 23rd. Since so many children have been good this year, Santa feels he will be exceptionally busy on Christmas Eve and has agreed to come a day early! If you have a package that you would like Santa to deliver, please drop it off at The Business Works, 8110 Main Street, Garrettsville or at MB Reality, 8118 Main Street, Garrettsville by Friday, December 21st. Of course, Santa doesn’t charge for this service, but encourages donations that will be given to the People Tree. If you have any questions, please call Amy Crawford at (330) 527-4415.


Community Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 23

The First Congregational Church of Freedom will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ at a Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, which will be held one night early, on Dec. 23 at 6:30 pm. The church is located at the intersections of St. Rt. 88 & St. Rt. 303 in Freedom Twp.


Hiram Fire Association Santa Claus

Dec. 23

The Hiram Fire Association and Santa Claus will help deliver gifts in Hiram Village and Hiram Twp. On Dec. 23 from 5-8pm. Please have your gifts at the Hiram Fire Dept. no later than 8pm on Dec. 21. Please have the child’s name and address on the packages. If you have any questions, please call Gary Bott (330) 527-4457 or (330) 646-1951


“The Hope of Christmas”

Dec. 23

“The Hope of Christmas” musical/drama will be presented by the Newton Falls First Church of God Sanctuary Choir and Drama Team on Dec. 23 at 6pm. The church is located at 426 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls.


Christmas Services at Burton Congregational Church

Dec. 23 & 24

Come celebrate the birth of Christ and the Christmas Season at Burton Congregational Church.  There will be a special service of Christmas music on Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m.  Music will be performed by the Worship Choir as well as soprano soloist Sylvia Jurcak, Pastor Jay Carroll, and other small ensembles. Two family services will be held on Christmas Eve Dec. 24.  They will feature the Christmas story through songs and scripture.  Christmas Eve services are 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.The Burton Congregational Church is located at 14558 West Park Street, on the square in Burton.  Church phone is 440-834-4495.  


Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on, Dec. 24.  The service will include traditional Christmas carols, a message entitled “What does Christ want for Christmas?” and a congregational candle lighting. All are welcome.


Christmas Services

Dec. 24 & 25

Christmas Services at St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua, will be Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. (includes Children’s Choir) and at 10:00 p.m. and Dec.  25 at 10:00 a.m.


Coffee With The Birds

Dec. 29

Nothing like watching the world go by near a bird feeder. Have you ever been sitting in a chair with a cup of coffee enjoying the view of your bird feeder and said, “Geez, I wonder what kind of bird that is,” or, “How can I get more birds to come?” Well, now’s your chance to get those questions answered and still enjoy that cup of joe indoors. Join Naturalist Nora Sindelar for an “inside” look at bird watching as we enjoy sitting around our bird feeding station indoors with warm beverages and snacks.Dec. 29 – 9:30 to 11:30 am at The West Woods Nature Center


New Year’s Eve Dance

Dec. 31

Gather your friends to ring in the New Year! Join us at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 – 1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman).  $20.00 per person – BYOB (wash provided) Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet begins at 8:00 p.m.  DJ-Jockey Joe will be playing all your favorite tunes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Tickets are limited – Call for reservations: Sandy @ (440) 548-5740 or Denise @ (440) 548-2939. Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce.


New Year’s Services

Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

New Year’s Church Services will be Dec.31 at 5:00 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua




Chamber Coffee Network Meeting

 Jan. 3 

The Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting for their monthly Coffee Network Meeting at 8:00a.m. on Jan. 3 at Susie K’s Café, 145 E. Main St. Ravenna. Enjoy a cup of coffee and an opportunity to promote your business and network with other Ravenna business owners. Visitors will have a chance to meet a variety of contacts each month and enjoy a cup of coffee. Bring your business cards and literature, and let us know how we can help your business. Guest speakers for this event will be Danny Long. Dan is a local comedian from Ravenna and is known across the country. He will be the headliner at the Chamber Comedy Night at the Ravenna Elks Club on Feb. 16. If you are interested in attending or featuring your business as the speaker for the month, contact the Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jack Ferguson at 330-296-3886. Hope to see you there!


Winter Storytime Registration

Jan 7

Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that winter storytime registration begins Jan. 7. Storytimes begin the week of Jan.  28 (at most branch locations.) Enjoy stories, fingerplays, and crafts at your favorite branch location. Visit www.portagelibrary.org to search our calendar for storytime dates and times. Contact your branch location to register for programs or for more information. Branch locations include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145.) There are a few branch locations with limited seating, so be sure to register early.

Public Meeting

Jan. 10

James A. Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on Jan. 10.  This will provide the opportunity before the monthly board meeting for questions/comments regarding the spending of IDEA funds for our district.  Please join us at the Middle School Library on Thursday at 6:15 pm.


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan. 13 & 27

Burton-Middlefield American Legion will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 13 & Jan. 27 from 9am-1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St. Call Ron (440) 434-1478 for more info.


Getting Ahead Workshop

Jan. 15

Getting Ahead is a 16-week workshop series where participants work in groups to examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities and to explore the world through the lens of economic class. This class is ideal for both individuals who are working to transition from poverty to self-stability or middle-class individuals that want to better serve their community. Class runs 5:30pm-8:00pm, every Tuesday starting Jan. 15, at The Salvation Army in Ravenna, located at 268 W. Main St. For more information call (330)296-7371 or visit www.empowerportage.com.



Chicken & Dumplings Dinner

Jan. 19

Geauga Co. Council will host a chicken and dumplings dinner on Jan. 19 from 4:30-7:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, $12 presale, $15 at the door. Contact Skip (440) 834-1191 for more info.


Looking For Our Next Grand Marshall

Due by Feb. 8 

The Candidate must be a community minded Ravenna resident who has had a positive impact in the community. The committee asks that when nominating, that the reason and some background information be included. The Grand Marshal will preside over the grand parade and all other festivities of the Balloon A-Fair Festival.  This year’s event will be Sept. 19 – 22, 2013. Written nominations for Grand Marshal should be submitted no later than Feb. 8, 2013.  Mail to: Ravenna Balloon A-Fair, Attention Parade Committee, and P.O. BOX 454, RAVENNA, OHIO 44266.  For more information, call 330-296-FAIR.


Garrettsville Save-A-Lot

Pictured above (left to right) at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony are Mayor Rick Patrick, Alliance Foods Project Manager Scott Walls, Store Manager Bob Linger, Alliance Foods Facilities Manager Lorne Doty, and Chamber President Eva Szasz.

Garrettsville – Save-A-Lot officially opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, December 19th.  After a successful “invitation only” soft opening on Tuesday evening attended by local business leaders and government officials, Save-A-Lot is well on its way to making an impact in the community.

Area residents were clamoring to be first in line on Wednesday morning.  Expressing the gratitude felt by many within the community, Nathan Read—a self-described “born and raised Garrettsvillian”—posted a message of thanks on the store’s official Facebook Page, thanking the company for “choosing the village” and helping residents “stretch their dollars further.”

Mayor Rick Patrick expressed his excitement about the third ribbon cutting in the village within as many months and reminded all that  “at one time Garrettsville and the surrounding communities supported three grocery stores and two convenience stores”.

With the revitalization of Main Street and now Garfield Plaza, shopping local in Garrettsville is getting easier and easier all of the time.

bandatcavsgame12812The Garfield Marching Pride High School Band played pregame at the Sat. Dec. 8th Cleveland Cavaliers game.  The Band played a few songs and the National Anthem before the unfortunate Cavaliers loss to the Detroit Pistons.  The Band sounded wonderful and the kids had a great time showing their dancing and playing talents for a delighted crowd. The kids where also shown on Fox Sports Ohio pregame.

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Portage County - The Portage County Literacy Coalition (PCLC) sponsored a 14-Hour Laubach Literacy Workshop to train volunteer reading tutors.   The workshop took place on November 12th, 14th, and December 1st at Maplewood Career Center.   The workshop was presented by Doris Schoning, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Coordinator/PCLC Director with the help of an ABLE staff member and President of the PCLC, Laure Gauntner.

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8th Grade Honor Roll

Melody Bencie*, Emma Bene, Madisyn Benoit, Karli Bigler*, Alyssa Blake*, Haley Brady*, Olivia Brady*, Colin Brooks, Allyson Buchert, Gabrielle Campana*, Morgan Chesla, Lilly Cline, Aaron Cox, Cameron Crabtree, Derek Crislip, Megan Cymanski*, Haley Davis*, Jacquelynne Deuley, Emma Dockery*, Francis Donat, Allison Durham*, Melina Edic*, Jordan  Fabry, Mackenzie Fairfield, Adam Fitzgerald, Dakota Frenz, Taylor Gall*, Alexandrea Geraci, Ambrozia Gopp*, Emily Graves*, Kassandra Gregoire, Morgan Grubaugh, Jessica Hand, Christopher Hausch*, Jessica Hayes, Bethany Head,  Evelyn Head,  Autumn Henwood*, Russell Hilverding*, Catherine Hoover*, Emma Kotkowski*, Cole Kramer, Jacob Krupp*, Karlina  Kubulins, Sydney Kulla, Robert  Leanza, Mia Miller, Callista Mo, Maxwell Nuhfer*, Dominic  Nuti,  Kristin Onders,  Hunter Osborne,  Benjamin Pearce*,  Marissa Perry*,  Michael Picone*,  Faith Pietrocini,  Ashley Prater*,  Colton Rahach,  Katelyn Riley*,  Amber Schauer*,  Michael Snodgrass*,  Christopher Snyder, Blaine Sorrick*, Logan Thut*, Madeline Turner, Cydney Tyrpak, Emily Urban, Emma Urban, James Vaughan*, Emily Walker*, Max Weatherbee, Jessica Weber, Jacob Whitman*, Megan Wilfong, Noah Worron*, Angel  Zeigler, Casey  Zeigler, Randy Zeigler

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Food Donations Wanted


First Church of God in Windham is collecting canned good and non-perishable foods for inclusion in food baskets for local families for this Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help with this project to help local families in need this Thanksgiving,  donations may be brought to 9016 N Main St, Windham or by calling 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.

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Ravenna – The local Home Instead Senior Care® office is offering a unique approach to help Portage County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence. Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available through a Family Education Workshop to be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at 705 Oakwood St., in Ravenna.

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Food Donations Wanted


First Church of God in Windham is collecting canned good and non-perishable foods for inclusion in food baskets for local families for this Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help with this project to help locate families in need this Thanksgiving,  donations may be brought to 9016 N Main St, Windham or by calling 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.

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Food Donations Wanted
First Church of God in Windham is collecting canned good and non-perishable foods for inclusion in food baskets for local families for this Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help with this project to help locatl families in need this Thanksgiving,  donations may be brought to 9016 N Main St, Windham or by calling 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.

Start Something! Big Brothers Needed
What if every child fulfills their potential? Think how amazing that would be. Start something. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Sisters is not your typical organization, we help children realize their potential & build their futures. Call us today (330) 296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org. All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to Start Something. You’ll be glad you did

Youth Basketball Sign-ups
Register Today
It’s not too late to sign up for Garfield Youth Boy’s Basketall Grades 4-6th. The cost is $40 and you can sign up by emailing Garfield
Head Coach Andy Olesky at: aolesky@jagschools.org or by calling Aaron King at 330-524-2646.

Musical Gifts & Abilities Wanted
Sunday Mornings
If you have musical gifts and abilities and would like to apply those more regularly, First Church of God would like to consider adding you to their worship experience.  They will work with your gifts in the fashion the fits you best.  You can contact the church at 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.  Worship is held Sundays at 11 am and is general a blended style.

Praise and Worship Service
Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service (Located at the town center on S.R. 305) Saturdays at 7pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Cant make Sunday morning? Try us

“A Muddy Road Taken”
Now-Nov. 10
The Trumbull Art Gallery is proud to present two new exhibits at our gallery in downtown Warren.  The first is “A Muddy Road Taken” by Carolyn Roble.  Roble’s display is a retrospective journey of fourteen years of thought as expressed in ceramic sculptures.  Admission is free.  The Gallery is open Tue-Sat from noon to 4.

God Provides Free Meal
Oct. 26
The Ladies of the Nelson UMC, 9367 St. Rt. 305 in Garrettsville will be making a cauldron of vegetable soup Oct. 26. The menu will also include coleslaw, cake and beverages.

Halloween Reader’s Theater
Oct. 26 & 27
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild presents a Halloween Reader’s theater on Oct. 26 & 27 at 7:00 pm. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, will all come to life as actors bring a dramatic reading of these spooky tales to the stage. The evening will also include readings from Ray Bradbury, and the cheery witches scene from MacBeth. Earlier in the day on Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be a “Kids Mystery Theater”, perfect for those 12 and under. Children will be able to participate in interactive drama to solve a crime, and then enjoy treats at the end. It will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to live theater. This event is $5.00 per child general admission. Reservations appreciated, but not required.

After Dark in the Park
Oct 26 & 27
The event is called “After Dark in the Park Haunted Hayride”. The dates are Oct.26th and 27th from 7 P.M. to 12 A.M. The first hayride each day at 7 is non-scary so that the little kids can enjoy it without being scared by the actors. Admission is $8 per person and all the proceeds go to phase 2 of the Banks Park playground project. It’s held at the LAC ball fields on St. Rt. 82 in Leavittsburg/Braceville (right before St. Rt. 5, coming from Garrettsville/Windham area), Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.

Curtains Up Theatre Auditions
Oct 25 & 27
Auditions for The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre’s Production of “The Dinner Party” are Oct.25 at 7pm and Oct.27th at 1pm. In the James A. Garfield High School, choir room. Please have a monologue ready. We are looking for 3 male and 3 female characters from the age of 20 – 45. We will consider some roles close to those ages also. For more information, Please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com. Show dates are Jan. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7pm and Jan. 13, 2013 at 2:00 for “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon. Ticket prices are $10.00 for Adults, $7.00 for children under 7 and seniors, and $5.00 for groups of 15 or more. In the James A. Garfield Iva Walker Auditorium.

Burton Wetlands Hike
Oct 27
Explore trails and pathways of the Burton Wetlands, the largest and one of the most important wetlands of the Lake Erie watershed from 9:00-11:00am. The area provides habitat for bald eagles, river otters, sandhill cranes, and a host of other wildlife. Glacial lakes, bogs, swamp forests, marshland and the old and new Cuyahoga River are all part of this fascinating complex. We will explore several segments of this important wetland complex, including the riparian areas along the Cuyahoga River, upland forests, and a glacial bog lake. Fee: $8 for nonmembers, $5 for members of Friends of the Field Station. Phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.eduto register.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Oct 27
Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Oct. 27, from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Children (4 thru 11) $6.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Oct. 27
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St.Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and will serve until 6:30 unless food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread , coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Takeouts are available. We will also have a bake sale and craft table.

Gallery Talk
Oct 27
Carolyn Roble, noted clay artist, will be giving a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 27 at 1 PM at the Trumbull Art Gallery.  Admission is free.

Cleveland State University Fall Visit Day
Oct. 27
High school and transfer students, and their families, are invited to Cleveland State University to experience the $500-million campus makeover, while learning about freshman scholarships, academic programs, exciting downtown internships, 200+ student organizations and more. 9 AM & 11AM on Oct. 27. Highlights Include: Financial Aid & Academic Information, Student-Led Campus Tours, Meet Admissions and Academic Representatives, CSU Information Fair. This event is free and open to the public. To register visit engagecsu.com or call 216-523-7416.

Turkey Dinner
Oct. 28
The Ladies Guild St. Mary & St. Joseph Church will be having  their Turkey Dinner at St. Mary & St. Joseph Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls on Oct. 28 from 12-3 pm. Adults $9, Children 5-12 $4, and 5 and under free. Carry out available.

“Young at Art” Exhibition
Oct 28
Meet the Artists from 2  to 4 p.m. at  The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township. At this public art reception, Geauga kids ages 5 to 12 will proudly display one or two pieces each interpreting nature through their own eyes. This is a public reception – to which all artists, parents and teachers are especially invited The West Woods Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Hanusosky Benefit Brunch
Oct 28
There will be a Benefit Brunch on Sunday Oct 28th from 8am to 1pm at Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market Road; Parkman, OH 44080).  All
you can eat pancakes, sausage and hash browns. Proceeds go toward the Hanusosky family’s medical bills incurred after falling from a tree stand earlier this autumn. Adult $9.  Child $4 (12 and under).  Hosted by NorthEast Community Church of the Nazarene.

Free Movie
Oct 30
Genetic engineering & the secret changes in your food. A guide to the very real dangers GMO foods present to our health. Hiram Christian Church Oct 30 at 7:00pm. (330) 569-3376

Mark Dawidziak Talks Dracula at Reed Memorial Library
Oct. 30
Author Mark Dawidziak will present a Count Dracula program at Reed Memorial Library on Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Dawidziak will discuss Dracula, the current vampire boom and the enduring appeal of the undead. Mark Dawidziak is the author of such vampire-centric books as The Night Stalker Companion and The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula. He also teaches the Vampires on Film and Television course at Kent State University. “Items from the Crypt” will be on display, and the talk will be followed with a Q&A session.

Fruit Sale Begins
Oct. 31
Get ready for some tasty citrus, just in time for the holidays. The Garfield Marching Pride are again selling fresh fruit starting Oct. 31. See any band student or call the music department for ordering information.

Trunks of Treats
Oct. 31
Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave. (Lordstown Plaza), will again hold their Trunks of Treats in conjunction with Lordstown Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 from 5 – 7 p.m.  For a safe, friendly, fun family time, bring your little ones, big ones, and everyone in between, to Trunks of Treats at Harvest Point Church.

Fall Photo Contest
Thru Nov 1
Dust off the camera and head out to the Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. to capture an image that just might win you a fabulous prize. Categories include: landscape and flora/fauna. Prizes include a Nikon 8x40mm Action Ultra-Wide-View Binoculars. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station, whose purpose is to promote and support educational programs, conservation efforts and research activities at the Hiram College Field Station. For information and an entry form, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Pigskin Review
Nov. 2
Just in case you missed a show or would like to hear the music again without the football interruption. The Garfield Marching Pride on Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm will recap all the music from this seasons shows. Please join us for a heart pounding night of entertainment in the Iva Walker Auditorium for this free show.

Murder Mystery Dinner
Nov. 3
Join the Friends if Melana for a “Big Fat Geek Wedding” presented by Garrettsville Curtains Up Theater at the Mantua K of C Hall, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua. (geek apparel optional) Pre-sale only, tickets are $35. All proceeds go to glioma cancer research. Tickets are available at Huntington Bank, Middlefield Bank, Cal’s, Sky Lane Bowling, Miller’s Restaurant or call Donna Bicker at (216) 210-1677 or Norm Fashing (330) 527-8093. Dinner is catered by Eiseli Catering and consists of Prime rib, chicken piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, seven cheese macaroni, green beans, almandine, salad, appetizers and dessert. The evening also consists of a cash bar, auctions, DJ and dancing and solve “who dunnit”. The event is held in memory of Melena Matson. Please help to let her hope shine on.

Evening of Hope
Nov. 3
Bethel Springs Fellowship will host an Evening of Hope at 6 p.m, Nov. 3. At the Freedom Community Center, 8940 state Route 700, Freedom Township. The evening will feature real people who have found true hope and change in Jesus Christ. Anyone who needs a miracle, prayer or encouragement is invited to attend.For more, visit www.bethelspringsfellowship.org

Chinese Auction
Nov 3
The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be holding its 4th annual Chinese Auction on Nov 3, at the Parkman Community Center located just East of the Parkman Center on State Route 422. Doors open at 3:00pm and the auction starts at 6:00pm. This year “we bundled” and the value of our items is huge. Last year the building was totally jammed, so reservations for this year’s auction are highly recommended. Call (330) 889-9600 and give us your name to guarantee your place at the auction.

19th Annual Labrae Craft Show
Nov. 3
From 10 am-4 pm at Bascom Elementary School; 1015 N. Leavitt Rd, Leavittsburg Ohio, 44430. Email BDantelope@aol.com for more info. Free admission and parking. Over 100 vendors. Homemade food being served all day.

Newton Falls Library Book Sale
Nov. 3
Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library will be having a Book Sale on Nov. 3 from 9am – 4 pm.  Please bring your donations of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to the library during the week prior to the sale. Proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends to support library programs and activities.

Annual Turkey Dinner
Nov. 3
Pricetown United Methodist Church is holding their annual turkey dinner on Nov. 3. All you can eat buffet. Newton Falls High School (907 Milton Blvd. South) 4-7 pm. Adults $9, Children (5-12) $4, 4 & under free.

Annual Bazaar
Nov. 3
The Women’s group at Portage Faith UMC at 9922 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua invite you to their annual bazaar and country store on Nov. 3 from 9am-3pm. Come purchase homemade crafts, baked goods, vegetable beef soup, quilts and much more. Admission is free. Continental breakfast & light lunch available.

Quilt & Craft Auction
Nov. 3
Experience the excitement of an old-fashioned Amish Quilt and Craft Auction on, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metzenbaum Center, located at 8200 Cedar Road, in Chesterland.  Early risers may also enjoy a hearty all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, complete with Geauga County’s rich maple syrup from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium.  Admission and parking for the auction are FREE.  The pancake breakfast will cost $7 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 12, and children 2 and under are free, payable at the door. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Patti Gallagher at (440) 834-9658.

WomenSafe Clam Bake
Nov. 3
On Nov. 3 WomenSafe will be holding its First Annual Clambake at the Ramble Inn, located at 10311 Kinsman Road in Newbury.  Tickets are $35 per person and will consist of one dozen clams, ½ a chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob, clam chowder, rolls, butter and two drink tickets per person.  Doors open at 4:00 pm and dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.  Side boards, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes will also be part of the day’s event. Only 100 tickets will be sold so reserve your space today.  Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling Annette Phillips at WomenSafe at 440-286-7154 x248. All proceeds generated this day will be to WomenSafe, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Northeastern Ohio.   For more information on WomenSafe, contact Annette Phillips at aphillips@womensafe.org

Special Service
Nov. 4
You are invited to visit First Church of God in Windham, 9016 N Main St, on Nov. 4 at 11 am for a special service focusing on the upcoming elections.  The worship will be followed by a monthly fellowship time for everyone in attendance, to include a variety of refreshments.

Chinese Auction
Nov 4
The Windham Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction on, Nov. 4th. Doors open at Noon. Drawing at 2:00pm. Held in the Windham High School Gymnasium. Well over 100 items to view! Tickets 4 for $1. Concessions and 50/50 Raffle.

Roast Beef Dinner
Nov. 6
Election day roast beef dinner, Nov. 6 from 4:30-7 pm at the Garrettsville U.M.C. (8223 Park Ave) succulent meatballs and all the trimmings. $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 6-12, free for preschool children. Carry out available.

Election Day Soup & Bread Meal
Nov. 6
Hiram Christian Church will host the second annual soup, bread and dessert meal on Nov. 6. The meal will be served from 11:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. It is free, with donations accepted. All members of the community are welcome.  Please join us for a delicious meal, along with a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors

Go Loony
Nov. 8 & 10
Attend “Loons in Lore & Legend on our Lakes” on Nov. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. to hear Dan share the loon’s life, lore and legend. The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Dan will also reveal where and when to see the loon on our local lakes during migration. However, just two days later, he is also taking the community on a field trip during the Loon and Big Bird Lookout on Nov. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in search of Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Tundra Swans and other waterfowl on the water – a Nature’s Not to Be Missed program this season! For that program, meet up at the boathouse parking area of LaDue Reservoir, east of the intersection of Route 44 and Washington Street (Auburn Corners), then join the carpool to LaDue’s west shore to search. Participants may attend one or both of these programs without registration. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

NGCC Scotch Doubles
Nov 10
SCOTCH DOUBLES  BOWLING!!!!!! Come join us at SKY LANES for an evening of fun.  The cost is $40.00 per couple and this will include bowling, shoes, pizza, soft drinks and beer.  There will be a 50/50 raffle.  ALL proceeds go directly to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard. The fun begins at 9 pm.

St. Michael’s Day Dinner
Nov. 10
ST. MICHAEL’S DAY DINNER at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 737 Ridge Road, Newton Falls. Nov. 10, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Adults $12.

Craft/ Vendor Show
Nov. 10
Come join us for a craft/vendor show to benefit the Church Mouse & Programs Nov. 10 at the Newton Falls Community Center. 52 E. Quarry St from 10am-4pm. Will also have a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds donated to the Church Mouse.

Crafters & Vendors Needed
Nov. 10
Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for its 7th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Nov 10 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $20.00 each. For more information and or reservations please call Dolly at 440-635-1173.

Annual 2 Grand Dinner
Nov 10
Mark your calendars for Nov 10 and support your Garfield Marching Pride at our annual 2 Grand Dinner. This year’s event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mantua on State Rt 44 just north of RT 82. Dinner will be provided by Guido’s of Ravenna and there will be a cash bar to quench your thirst.  Tickets are only $40.00 each and can be purchased from any band student or by contacting Judy Huehner @ 330-687-0630. With only 300 tickets available don’t miss out on your chance to win the $2000.00 dollar grand prize or any of the many silent auction items. Help our Pride keep marching!

Guest Minister
Nov. 11
Russ Nottingham a Christian singer, songwriter and musician will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on Nov. 11 at 10:30 am. The church is located at St. Rt. 88 & St. Rt. 303 in Freedom Township.

Chili & Soup Dinner
Nov. 11
A.U.C.E. Chili and Soup dinner, free to all veteran’s on Nov. 11 from 4:30-7:30 pm. Call Bo (440) 834—8764 for details.

Presenting of Colors
Nov. 11
Post 459 Color-Guard will present “colors” at the Geauga County Veterans Memorial Site, located on Ravenwood Pkwy., across from UHHS hospital at 2 pm. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details.
Special Bingo
Nov. 11
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 E. Center St. in Windham. Gift  & bakery raffles. Refreshments available. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild and the Knights of Columbus. Starts at 1:30. No one under 18 permitted.

PCDL Closed
Nov. 12
All offices and branches of Portage County District Library will be closed on Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Nov. 13. Visit www.portagelibrary.org for more information

Senior Bingo
Nov. 12
Senior Bingo will be on Nov. 12 at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. We have 50/50 raffle prize. From 5-7 pm. Come join us and have some fun

Online Shopping Class
Nov. 14
If you are tired of wasting your time and money while driving all over town searching for the perfect gift, enter the world of online shopping at the Burton Public Library.  Online Deals and Steals, a free class for adults, will be held at the library on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.  The class will explore discounted retail sites, auctions, online coupon sites, and free shipping offers.  Please call the Burton Public Library to register:  440-834-4466.

Entries Due Nov. 15
For over 20 years, the Burton Public Library has had a Gingerbread House-making contest.  The gingerbread creations are on display in the library from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas.  The contest has four categories:  Adult, Teen, Child and Special with cash prizes for first and second place in each category.  All of the contest rules and entry forms are available on the library’s website:  www.burton.lib.oh.us   Contest rules and entry forms are also available in the library.  Gingerbread houses are due at the library on, Nov. 15 and will be on display until Dec. 21.  For more information, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466.

Comedian Night
Nov 17
Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their 4th Amateur Comedian Night on Nov 17 at 7:30 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door -$10.00.  Includes ticket for raffle. Amateur comedians wishing to participate contact Jackie (rinearson05@frontier.com) for entry instructions. No fee to enter. $175.00 Grand Prize, $75.00 Second Place, $50.00 Third Place.

Elk Foundation Annual Banquet
Nov 17
The Lake Erie Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Foundation (RMEF) is holding its annual fundraising banquet on Nov. 17at St. Denis Party Center, Chardon. The RMEF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the future if wildlife and their habitat. Please contact Ed Jackson (440) 567-0847 or (440) 834-8728 or Eric West (440) 667-6287

12 Gauge Raffle
Nov. 20
Windham American Legion Post 674 S.A.L. Remington 870 Exp. Comb 12 gauge raffle. Ticket price $1 each or 6 for $5. Call (330) 326-3188 or (330) 998-1118. Drawing will be held Nov. 20 at 5pm. Winner need not be present. Be ready for that big buck!

Ravenna Midnight Madness
Nov. 23
Traditionally, many Ravenna merchants will be open very late in the Friday after Thanksgiving, Festivities include Elves Workshop will be open to children’s activities at the Chamber Office (135 E Main) from 6-8. Free horse and buggy rides from 7-9. Ice Carver on the courthouse lawn starting at 8. Carolers will be singing throughout the evening. Merchants will be having their own inside sales to help you with your Christmas shopping list.  For more info call Susie K’s Café & Tea Room (330) 296-3779 or House of Holiday Ornaments (330) 297-6684
Santa Letter Fundraiser
Deadline Dec. 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is sponsoring their personal Santa Letter Fundraiser again this year. Order your letters early, to secure your letters. Each letter includes a personalized letter to the child and also an ornament for their tree. The cost is only $9.00 per letter. Cut off for letters is Dec. 14th; all request and monies must be received by midnight on Dec. 14 to be mailed on Dec. 19.No late request will be honored.All letters will be mailed during the week of December 17, 2012.Send a check made payable to Curtains up Theatre to: P.O. Box 541 Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Include the child’s name, address, age and sex