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Newton Falls – June is widely known as the typically popular month for wedding bliss, but November turned out to be the special time for one lucky local bride and her adoring groom.
Last fall, Rob Lee, the owner of Roby Lee’s Restaurant and Banquet Center in Newton Falls, announced that he and his staff were offering an opportunity to area brides who might not be able to have the wedding of their dreams. A strong believer in the fact that “every bride deserves her special day, regardless of her circumstances,” Rob invited those interested to write a letter explaining what having a complimentary reception would mean to her. Though Rob received many entries that were very worthy of the gift, he was especially touched by the hardships described in a letter from Katie Kiser, a bride-to-be from Windham. Discounted packages were awarded to runners-up. Rob’s decision was announced at the annual bridal show last November.
This November, Katie and her fiancé, Christopher Royer, were married at the United Congregational Church of Christ in Windham before celebrating their union with friends and family in the beautifully-bedecked banquet hall at Roby Lee’s.
Katie says she always wanted to have her reception at Roby Lee’s, but the wish had been put on hold. Family members from both sides of the bridal party saw the call for essays in The Villager and immediately alerted Katie and Chris, suggesting that they apply. When Katie learned her letter had been chosen, she was grateful and understandably ecstatic. “We had considered staying engaged and postponing the wedding until next year to save up,” she said, “but when this came through for us, it made everything possible.”
For the ceremony, the bride wore a lovely strapless gown and was attended by bridesmaids in chocolate brown. After the newlyweds had their first dance as husband and wife, the best man, Kevin Roark, and matron of honor, Kim Kiser, offered words of encouragement for Katie and Chris’s new life together. The new Mr. and Mrs. Royer are planning a honeymoon sometime next spring. The rest, as they say, is history. (And, well, herstory, too.)
The Villager and Roby Lee’s helped this couple’s wedding dreams come true, and it could happen for you, too. Rob is extending the offer again this year and invites brides to submit a letter to be considered for a reception held in 2011. “In appreciation of all our past brides,” the donated package, valued at $4,000.00, includes appetizers, dinner, and dancing facilities with linens, centerpieces, and decorations, for approximately 200 guests and will be scheduled on a Friday or Saturday, dependent on hall availability and with consideration of the couple’s plans. This year’s winner will be announced at the 14th Annual Bridal and Catering Show on January 16th, 2011. To apply, pick up a copy of the official contest rules at Roby Lee’s Restaurant in Newton Falls, then submit your story by December 20th. The bride must also register in person the day of the January Show, held at the restaurant, and be present to win. (No phone calls, please.)

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November 11 is Veterans’Day. Thank a veteran...for all that you have, all that you have the possibility to achieve in this country. Thank a veteran’s parents, spouse, children...for all that they contributed to the nation’s protection and progress. Thank the veterans who have “been there, done that” and the ones that serve today. We owe them more than one day, many gave their lives. It’s Veterans’ Day...remember...respect...honor...all who serve.

On Thursday of this week our country will observe Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served or are serving this country in the armed forces. The origin of the holiday was the signing  of the Armistice with the Germans that ended World War I (WWI); major hostilities of WW1 were formally ended on the 11th hour, 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. On June 4, 1926 Congress passed a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue a proclamation to observe November 11th   with appropriate ceremonies. In 1938, November 11th was a  legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated as Armistice Day.

In Emporia, Kansas, Alfred King had the idea to expand the day to all veterans not just those of WWI. King actively campaigned to have Armistice Day changed to “All” Veterans Day. The Chamber of Commerce, along with the local school board and merchants of Emporia, supported the cause by closing their doors on November 11th to honor all veterans who have served. King enlisted the help of United States Representative Ed Rees and with his help a bill was pushed through Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954 and replaced “Armistice” with “Veterans”, and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.
The day has been observed on November 11th, except during the seven years in which the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was initiated. The Uniform Monday Holiday had the holiday moved to the fourth Monday in October. In 1978 it was moved back to its original date of November 11th. The holiday is now observed as a day when the post offices, banks and government offices are generally closed and communities hold parades and remembrance services.
On this Veterans Day, take time out to reflect and show appreciation to those who have served and are serving our country. Especially remember the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and returned home in a flag-draped casket. They are the true American heroes.
To all the veterans out there, thank you for your service. We appreciate your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families. May you be blessed.

On Thursday of this week our country will observe Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served or are serving this country in the armed forces. The origin of the holiday was the signing  of the Armistice with the Germans that ended World War I (WWI); major hostilities of WW1 were formally ended on the 11th hour, 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. On June 4, 1926 Congress passed a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue a proclamation to observe November 11th   with appropriate ceremonies. In 1938, November 11th was a  legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated as Armistice Day. In Emporia, Kansas, Alfred King had the idea to expand the day to all veterans not just those of WWI. King actively campaigned to have Armistice Day changed to “All” Veterans Day. The Chamber of Commerce, along with the local school board and merchants of Emporia, supported the cause by closing their doors on November 11th to honor all veterans who have served. King enlisted the help of United States Representative Ed Rees and with his help a bill was pushed through Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954 and replaced “Armistice” with “Veterans”, and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.The day has been observed on November 11th, except during the seven years in which the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was initiated. The Uniform Monday Holiday had the holiday moved to the fourth Monday in October. In 1978 it was moved back to its original date of November 11th. The holiday is now observed as a day when the post offices, banks and government offices are generally closed and communities hold parades and remembrance services. On this Veterans Day, take time out to reflect and show appreciation to those who have served and are serving our country. Especially remember the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and returned home in a flag-draped casket. They are the true American heroes. To all the veterans out there, thank you for your service. We appreciate your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families. May you be blessed.

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Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community is looking for volunteers to help out with construction of a new barn at the farm. Hours are Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 1:30 – 6. Hiram Farm is located south of  the corner of 700/82/305 in Hiram, OH.  All are welcome. For more information contact Yurcichel@my.hiram.edu

i-Pad Raffle

The James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters are selling tickets for a chance to win an i-Pad. Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held on December 18th during the varsity girls’ basketball home game. Tickets can be obtained through any booster member or by calling Kerstin at (440) 548-2535. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Letter From Santa

Have your child receive that special letter and gift from Santa, send the following information to:

Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre

P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231, Attn: Santa’s Workshop

Enclosed your payment of $8.00 and please include the following: child’s name, age, address and sex of child.

All checks must be made payable to: Curtains up Theatre.

All letters will arrive to the children between December 12th and December 20, 2010. For more information contact Jackie at: 216-375-0709 or rinearson05@fronteir.com

Senior Lunch


Seniors – young and old – are welcome to lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Oct and Nov will be covered dish at noon at the Braceville United Methodist Church.

Child Advocates Needed

CASA (Child Appointed Special Advocates) for KIDS of Geauga County is recruiting volunteers to advocate for the “best interest” of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court. No particular background is required. You must be at least 25 years of age and have no criminal record. Couples may work together. 32 hours of pre-service training is provided. The next training sessions will be in March 2011. If you are interested, call Chris at (440) 279-1696. www.geaugacasa.org

Influenza Vaccinations


The Geauga County Health District will offer seasonal influenza vaccinations on Friday mornings from 8:30-11am at 470 Center Street, Bldg. 8 in Chardon. No appt necessary and is available to anyone age 19 and older. The cost is $25. Traditional Medicare Part B, there is no charge. If you have any questions, please call the health department at (440) 279-1950.

Fish Dinner

Nov 5

The American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton, will have an all-you-can-eat fish dinner on Nov 5th from 5-7pm. The cost is $8/adults and $5/children 10 and under.

Last Chance For Lions Sandwiches

Nov 5 & 6

Last chance to get delicious sausage sandwiches this season. The Windham Lions will hold their last summertime sandwich sale in the Sparkle Matket parking lot in Windham, November 5th and 6th  The menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are still only $ 3.50. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs.

Kent Trumbull Theatre

Nov 5, 6, 12 & 14

The Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4317 Mahoning Ave. NW, will present “Lee Blessing’s Independence” on Nov 5, 6, & 12 at 8pm and Nov 14 at 3pm. Tickets are $10/adults, $8/students and seniors, and $6/KSU students and staff. This show contains some adult themes. From more information, or to reserve tickets, call (330) 675-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu.

Roast Beef Dinner

Nov 6

A roast beef dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6th from 4-6:30pm at the West Farmington United Methodist Church. The cost is $7/adults, $3.50/students and free for ages 5 and under. Carryouts will be available.

Chinese Auction

Nov 6

The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a Chinese Auction on Saturday, Nov 6th at the Parkman Community House located just east of  Parkman Center on State Route 422. Doors will open at 3pm and the auction will begin at 6pm. Come early to enjoy a ham and turkey dinner for $10. Auction items include a flat screen television, two round trip airline tickets, Disney tickets and more. For a listing of items visit www.kidscancerfoundation.org. Auction benefits Childhood Cancer Research. For more information call (330) 889-9600.

Parents Without Partners

Nov 6

Portage County Chapter of Parents Without Partners will hold their monthly dance on Nov 6th from 7:30-11:30pm at the Kent VFW, 500 VFW Parkway off Stow Road in Kent. The cost is $8/non-members and $6/members. For more information call Warrine at (330) 699-2361 or (330) 322-9559.

Annual Turkey Dinner

Nov 6

Pricetown United Methodist Church will host their annual turkey dinner on Saturday, November 6th from 4-7pm. This all you can eat buffet will be held at the Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd. The cost is $9/adults, $4/children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under.

Chinese Auction

Nov 6

New Mercies, 12767 Butternut Rd in Burton, will hold a Chinese auction on Saturday, Nov 6th. Doors open at 3pm, auction begins at 5pm. The cost is $6/admission or $5 with donation to food pantry. Food available for purchase. Two Browns Dog Pound Tickets and a $50 Cleats Card are among the items in the auction.

Historical Society Fundraiser

Nov 6

The Shalersville Historical Society will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Nov 6th from 4:30-7pm in the Shalersville Town Hall. The cost for a complete dinner with dessert and beverage is $7/adults, $4/ages 5-10 and free for ages 4 and under. The Museum will also be open from 2-6pm. The Walker, Hollenbeck and Corbett family will be recognized.

Annual Bazaar & Country Store

Nov 6

The Women’s Group at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 State Route 44 in Mantua, invites you to their Annual Bazaar & Country Store on Saturday, Nov 6th from 9am-3pm. Admission is free. Continental breakfast and light lunch will be available.

Chinese Auction Extravaganza

Nov 6

A Chinese Auction Extravaganza will be held  on Sat. Nov. 6th. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets pulled starting at 8pm. Hundreds of donations received so far. $5 donation for admission. Contact Julie Neal (216) 401-6646 for presale tickets  (former G-ville resident). Purchase in advance and receive 5 FREE bidding/raffle tickets at the door.

Concessions available; Cash Bar; DJ Freddie James.  Proceeds to benefit the 2011 March for Babies (March of Dimes) walking team – “It’s All About M.E.” and to establish a little foundation to help other families of infant loss (stillbirth and neonatal losses) “From M.E. to You” – botth groups in memory of my daughter, Mallory Elizabeth Neal who I lost at 34 weeks, unknown cause of Fetal Hydrops and Cystic Hygroma

Vietnam Today: A School-Aged Program

Nov 6

Hiram College History Professor Christopher Dewell will present an introduction to contemporary Vietnam in a program designed for school-aged children. This event will be held at noon at the Pierce Streetsboro Library. This is part of the Big Read Program. For more information, including a complete calendar of events, visit www.hiram.edu/bigread.

Labrae Craft Show

Nov 6

The 17th annual Labrae Craft Show, sponsored by the parents of Boy Scout Troop 8, will be held on Saturday, Nov 6th at the Bascom Elementary School, 1015 N. Leavitt Road in Leavittsburg from 10am to 4pm. Free parking and admission. For more information contact Bonnie at bdantelope@aol.com.


Nov 6

The American Legion Post 674 on Route 303 in Windham will host a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast on Saturday, Nov 6th from 8-11am. The cost is $5/adults and free for children 5 and under.

Roast Beef Dinner

Nov 6

Join us for the last dinner for 2010 on Saturday, Nov 6th from 4-6:30pm at the West Farmington United Methodist Church for a roast beef dinner. The cost is $7/adults, $3.50/students and free for ages 5 and under. Carryouts will be available.

Depot Scotch Doubles

Nov 6

Spaces are still available for you to join in the Garrettsville Depot Reconstruction Project Scotch Doubles benefit on Saturday, Nov 6th at Sky Lane Bowling Alley at 9pm. The cost is $40/couple or $20/individual and includes 3 games, shoes, pizza, draft beer, coffee, and pop. To pre-register call Dave at (216) 780-9545 or stop in at Sky Lanes.

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 6

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov 6th from 4-7pm at Ali Baba Grotto Grounds in Warren, Ohio. The cost is $7/adult, $4/children under 12 and free for children under 3. Carryouts are available, call (330) 240-5772.

Craft Show

Nov 6

The Bristol United Methodist Church, corners of routes 45 & 88 in the center of Bristolville, will host a craft show on Nov 6th from 9am-3pm. Tables are $15. To reserve a table or for more information call (330) 719-7184. Many gifts and crafts available.

Chinese Auction

Nov 7

The Windham Athletic Boosters will host a Chinese auction on Nov 7th at Windham High School. Doors will open at noon and ticket sales end at 1:45pm. Auction begins at 2pm.

Christmas Auction

Nov 7

The Warren Township Fire Department Station #47 Auxiliary will host the 12th annual Christmas auction on Sunday, Nov 7th at the Johnson Community Center, 800 Gillmer Road in Leavittsburg (off Rt. 5 by-pass at the West Market St. exit). Doors will open at 1pm and auction begins at 2pm. New merchandise including toys, tools, games, decorations and porcelain dolls are slated for auction by Auctioneer Marlin (Whitey) Ford. Proceeds to benefit the Volunteer Firefighters.

Backcountry Heron Hike

Nov 7

The Geauga Park District presents a Backcountry Heron Hike on Sunday, Nov 7th from 1-3pm at The Rookery in Munson Township.Registration is required for this free program. Dress for the weather and be ready for muddy, wet hiking conditions. Call (440) 286-9516 to register or for more information. www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

Southern Gospel Concert

Nov 7

A southern gospel music concert will be held on Nov 7th at 6pm at the First Church of God, 9016 N. Main Street in Windham. Charles Yeary of Ravenna and other singers will preform. All are welcome. A love offering will be taken. For more information call (330) 326-2293. www.windhamfirstchurchofgod.com

K of C All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Knights of Columbus Council

#3350 is having an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT spaghetti dinner on Sunday November 7th at Saint Mary’s social hall from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert.

Carry outs available.  Adults:$6.50;

Children:$3.00(6-11); Children:Free (5 & under); For any additional information please contact:

Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886

Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Autumn Leaves Run

Nov 7

Northeast Running Club’s 27th annual Autumn Leaves Run will be held on Sunday, Nov 7th at 9am at Lake Metropark’s Farmpark in Kirtland. This unique 5-mile cross-country run takes place entirely within the Farmpark. $17 pre-registered or $20 day of the race. For more information visit www.northeastrunningclub.org/ or email meacta@hotmail.com with “Autumn Leaves” in subject.

Special Bingo

Nov 7

The Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus of St. Michael’s Church in Windham are hosting a Special Bingo on Nov 7th beginning at 1:30pm. Paper bingo, gift & bakery raffles. No one under 18 permitted. 9736 E. Center Street in Windham.

Book Sale

Nov 8-12

The Friends of the Hiram College Library will host a book sale Nov 8th-12th from 8am to 5pm. Sale will be held in the lobby and racks will be replenished throughout the day. The cost is 50 cents per book.

Library Closed on Veterans Day

Nov 11

All branches of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11th in observance of Veterans Day. They will resume regular operating hours on Friday, Nov. 12th. www.portagelibrary.org

Free Brunch

Nov 11

The Renaissance Family Center is having a free brunch on Nov 11th at 10am. Please call (330) 326-3003 just to let us know how many to cook for. Please bring your service pictures to add to our Veterans Memorial Wall. Let us remember those who made us free and those who keep us free.

Veterans Program

Nov 11

On behalf of the Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools, Superintendent Wilson cordially invites you to attend the Newton Falls Veterans’ Day Program in the High School auditorium on Nov 11th at 9am.

Community Dinner

Nov 11

A free community dinner will be served on Nov 11th at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. in Windham, from 5-6pm, while supplies last. Dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham. Free dinners will be provided on the second Thursday of each month. No carryouts. For more information call (330) 326-3133.

Veterans’ Day Dinner

Nov 11

The American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton, will host a Veterans’ Day Open House and Dinner on Nov 11th from 4:30-7pm. This event is FREE to all Veterans.

Rotary Silent Auction

Nov 11

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary will be entertaining the public at their annual Silent Auction and Reverse Raffle coming up on Nov 11 at SugarBush Golf Course.  See any Rotarian for tickets and to make reservations for the dinner.  Many prizes and gift baskets will be offered for those who want to take a flyer with Lady Luck on this festive evening.  Proceeds from the evening will support Rotary in its local and worldwide activities.

J. A. Garfield Drama Presentation

Nov 12 & 13

James A. Garfield Drama presents “I Was a Teenage Chameleon”, a comedy in TWO acts by Eddie McPherson. Friday Nov 12 and Saturday Nov 13 at 7:30PM in the Iva Walker Auditorium. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students & seniors, and free for children under age 10. This comedy is full of funny moments, but also symbolically delivers an important message to ALL teens and adults alike.

Santa Shoppe

Nov 13

Girl Scout Troop 1324 will host a Santa Shoppe on Nov 13th from 9am-3pm at the Claridon Town Hall, 13930 Mayfield Road (corner of Claridon-Troy Rd. and US 322). Admission is free. Stay for free door prizes. Visit with Santa from 10am-1pm. Refreshments available. There are many crafters and vendors to shop from.

After Prom Scotch Doubles

Nov 13

The J. A. Garfield Junior Class will sponsor their annual Scotch Doubles Bowling to raise funds for prom. Join in the fun on Saturday, Nov 13th from 5-8:30pm. The cost is $35/couple and includes bowling, shoes, pizza and pop. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and gift baskets/items will be raffled off.

Free Movie

Nov 13

Braceville United Methodist Church, 577 Park Drive in Braceville, will host a free movie, Time Changer, on Nov 13th at 6:30pm. You must see for yourself what happens in the future. For more information call (330) 898-5607.

Indoor Garage Sale

Nov 13

The First Church of God, 426 West Broad Street, Newton Falls, will host the annual indoor garage sale on Nov 13th from 8:30am-5pm in the fellowship hall. Homemade crafts, baked goods, clothing, furniture and more. Something for everyone.

4 C’s 2010 Craft Show

Nov 13

The 4 C’s food cupboard will host the 2010 Craft Show on Nov 13th from 9am-3pm at the Shalersville Town Hall on the corner of Rts. 44 and 303. Twenty-two crafters with a variety of unique items will be on display. Lunch will also be offered and includes homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, homemade pies and desserts. There will also be a quilt raffle and door prizes raffled throughout the day with a grand prize raffled at the end of the show (winner need not be present). For every non-perishable food item donated to the 4 C’s, a free raffle ticket will be given. Raffle tickets may also be purchased at the door. Please come and support the 4 C’s Food Cupboard.

Holiday Arts & Craft Show

Nov 13

St. John Parish, 36125 Aurora Road, will hold the 2nd annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, Nov 13th from 9am-3pm. Admission is free. For table rental information call (216) 570-8201.

Crafters/Vendors Needed

Nov 13

Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for its 5th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Saturday, Nov 13th  from 9am-3pm at the Claridon Town Hall, corner of Rt. 322 & Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $15 each. For more information and/or reservations, please call Dolly at (440) 635-1173.

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique

Nov 13

St. Anselm’s Women’s Guild Christmas Boutique will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13th from 9am-4pm at the St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland. Anyone wishing vendor space may contact Karen at (440) 729-2476 or slovenianhome@hotmail.com. There will also be a snack bar, bake sale and raffles. $1 donation for admission enters you in the door prize drawing.

Two-Grand Dinner

Nov 13

The James A Garfield band boosters will host a Two-Grand Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 13th at 6pm at Sugarbush Golf Club. Join us for a reverse raffle/silent auction to benefit the Marching Pride uniform fund. Our current uniforms are over 27 years old! Tickets include dinner, chance at prizes and a grand prize of $2000. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $40/person. Call Judy at (330) 687-0630 or Laura at (330) 527-4341.

St. Joseph Christmas Boutique

Nov 14

St. Joseph’s Garden Club will host the 26th annual Christmas Boutique on Sunday, Nov. 14th from 9:30am-4pm at St. Joseph’s Church, Hughes Hall, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. in Mantua. The boutique features handmade arts, crafts and needlework. Admission is free and there is ample parking. Door prize drawings will be held every half-hour. Food available all day.

Ice Age Program

Nov 14

Geauga Park District presents Ice Age Indians on Sunday, Nov 14th from 1-3pm at The West Woods Nature Center. Everyone school age and older is invited to join in this exploration of Paleo-Indian lifestyle with a dramatic survival game, caribou hunting simulation and bartering of essential materials.  Activities will be indoor/outdoor. Most will be wheelchair / stroller accessible on paved paths. For more information visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Pancake Breakfast

Nov 14

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov 14th from 8am-1pm at 9778 Old State Road. The cost is $6/adults and $3/children ages 10 and under.

Appraisal Fair

Nov 14

The Nelson United Methodist Church is offering you a chance to see what Grandma’s old treasures are really worth! An appraisal fair will be held on Nov 14th from 1-4pm at the Community House on Nelson Circle with McGuire Auctioneers and Appraisers. Bring your treasures. There will be a dessert menu, coffee, and a bake sale.

Hiram Community Chorus

Nov 16

The Hiram Community Chorus (combined women’s and men’s choruses) have begun regular Tuesday rehearsals this fall term  from 7:30-9pm. The fall concert will take place on Tuesday, Nov 16th at 7:30pm in Frohring Recital Hall on the Hiram College Campus. New members are always welcome. To join, or for more information, please contact Damaris Peters-Pike at PikeDP@hiram.edu or Jose Gotera at GoteraJB@hiram.edu.

Parkman Historical Society

Nov 18

The Parkman Historical Society will host guest speaker Mrs. Mildred Weedon on Nov 18th at 7:30pm in the Parkman Community House on Route 422. Mrs. Weedon will speak about The Reservation Farm.

Feather & Squeal Party

Nov 20

The Mantua-Shalersville Firefighters Association will hold its annual “Feather and Squeal Party” on Saturday, Nov 20th at 7pm at the fire station, 10303 State Route 44. There will be turkeys, hams and door prizes raffled off and refreshments available. Everyone is invited to join in the fun. This annual fundraiser has been held every year since 1944. To donate, or if you have questions, please call (330) 274-3535.

Men’s Turkey Softball Tournament

Nov 20

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Men’s Turkey Softball Invitational one pitch double elimination tourney on Saturday, Nov. 20th.  The tourney is open to a maximum of 12 teams.  Registration is first come, first serve basis.  Cost per team is $120.00 with a guarantee of a minimum of 2 games.  Roster maximum per team is 12 players. Games will be played at Havre’s Woods Park and will begin play at 9 a.m.   The team registration and payment is due by Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 to reserve a spot.  Invitational champs will receive t-shirts and the runner ups will receive a trophy. For information & registration stop in at Ravenna Parks & Recreation Department at 530 North Freedom St., or call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 pm.

Craft Fair/Bake Sale

Nov 20

The St. Ambrose Altar and Rosary Society’s 2nd annual craft fair/bake sale will be held on Saturday, Nov 20th from 9am-3pm. Tables are available for homemade crafts and food for only $15. Santa will visit from noon to 1pm. For more information, or to reserve your table, call Dolores at (330) 569-3454 or (216) 990-3588. St. Ambrose, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville.

Band Fruit Sale

Nov 30

The James A. Garfield High School Band will sell fruit from Nov 1st-30th. Orders will be delivered between Dec 12-18th. options for doorstep delivery available. Orders may be placed with any band student in grades 5-12 or contact Judy at (330) 687-0630 or the band directors at the high school

Home 44444 the Holidays


The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association will sponsor the 6th Annual Home 44444 the Holidays. A parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th. Registration will begin at 5pm in the old Andretti parking lot and parade will begin at 5:30pm. The Home 44444 the Holidays Festivities will be held at Newton Falls High School on Saturday, December 11th from 10am-4pm. Join in the fun — pictures with Santa, crafts, vendors, food, Chinese auctions and more! Visit the website at www.home44444theholidays.com for more information.

Actors Needed


The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre is still looking for a few more adult actors for the production of “Miracle on 34th Street” which runs December 10, 11, 12 17 and 18. For more information contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com.

Food Pantry Donations

Dec 4

Girl Scout Troop 751 will be collecting non-perishable goods for the 4C’s Food Pantry, serving the Crestwood community, on Saturday, Dec 4th at the Hiram Christian Church from 9am to noon. Help your neighbors this holiday season with a donation.

The old cliché, “on any given day” never rang truer than last week. The 1-8 Newton Falls Tigers traveled to Orwell last week to take on the 8-1 Grand Valley Mustangs. The score was what everyone expected, the winner was not. The Tigers roared into Grand Valley’s stadium and walked away with a 38-13 victory, their first since opening day. The loss turned back the Mustangs playoff hopes, missing the playoff by .2 computer points, the closest the Mustangs have been to the playoffs since 2001 when they missed he playoffs by one computer point.

The Tigers dominated the game from start to finish, with a suffocating defense and a potent offense. They allowed the Mustangs to gain just 27 yards on the ground and 150 through the air. Meanwhile, the Tigers Anthony Kline raced for 164 yards on 13 carries while teammate Matt Brazin passed for 125 yards. The victory is a great stepping-stone moving into next year.

After three straight losing seasons the Crestwood Red Devils seem to have things turning in the right direction. First-year head coach Chris Kosiorek is a big reason for that direction.

Trailing 20-3 after the first quarter the Red Devils did not fade into the cold Friday air, instead they became more inspired and outscored the Southeast Pirates 32-14 for a 35-34 victory. The Red Devils finished the contest with 187 rushing yards and 204 passing. The defense made the stops when they needed to and allowed just 79 passing yards. Southeast also missed two extra-points and failed on a two-point conversion. The Devils’ 5-5 record is the best since 2006, which was also the last season they had a winning record in conference play.

After losing four straight games to Berkshire and coming off their first losing season since 2005, the Cardinal Huskies were out to prove themselves worthy last Friday night, beating their archrival Berkshire 26-13. The victory is the program’s first win over the Badgers since that 2005 season. With the loss the Badgers fall to 1-9, completing back to back losing seasons for the first time since 2001-2002.

The Garfield G-Men proved to be the bigger and better team last Friday when they beat Windham 49-7. Windham answered Garfield’s opening touchdown drive with a touchdown on the Bombers opening drive. The fading “W” burned into the Garfield playing surface was no distraction as the G-Men ran all over it to the tune of 436 yards of total offense,  291 rushing and 145 in the air. The opening drive was all of Windham’s offense as they amassed 148 total yards.

Week 11 for the G-Men will be played at Chagrin Falls as they take on the 9-1 Tigers.

This marks the Tigers eighth playoff appearance and third straight. They are 8-7 in their 15 games played in the post season but are a very beatable team this season.

This is a 7:30 kickoff with $9 gate price or $7 presale at the school. Call 330-527-0039 for availability.

The caller on phone line number two wanted to know, “Why is a new ship christened with a bottle of champagne?” This is one of those practices that the Newton Falls Public Library staff is aware of, but never really thought of the reason behind it.

Page 791 of Popular Beliefs and Superstitions: a compendium of American folklore: from the Ohio Collection of Newbell Niles Puckett, under the heading Christening of a Ship; The Name of a Ship includes the following beliefs: “Christening a ship with champagne will bring it and its crew good luck” and “It is bad luck to christen a boat with anything but champagne.” The section also  that said “A ship must be christened with the breaking of a bottle of wine . . . to be safe and lucky.”

Library staff members remembered hearing of bottles containing fluids other than champagne being used. To discover if this was so, we looked online and found that the Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center has a website dedicated to Naval History and Heritage with frequently asked questions. Christening, Launching, and Commissioning of U.S. Navy Ships by John C. Reilly (Head, Ships History Branch). [www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq108.htm] relates the history of this practice back to 3rd millennium BCE Babylon. Later, Jews and Christians used water or wine to ask God to protect the ship. Ottoman Empire residents prayed to Allah and sacrificed a sheep and then feasted. Beginning in the 19th century in the United States of America, women began to customarily “sponsor” or christen ships. It was during this time that champagne began to be used, perhaps for its elegance, and has continued except for during Prohibition. Over the years, wine, cider, holy water, sea water, spring water, river water, whiskey, and brandy have been used.

For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about library programs or hours, also visit our website at www.newtonfalls.org.

It’s beginning to look a lot like….O.K., who left the Clint Eastwood glam pin-ups on the fridge?  Get them down right now and put them with the Chuck Klamer voodoo figurine…the one with the pins in it.  Put a red bow on the top; it’ll work.

Yes, Virginia, there IS a Christmas Walk and it’s coming this way.  NOW!

The outside of the house gave a bow to Halloween on the thirty-first( Nearly two hundred trick-or-treaters–the most we’ve had for a while; it was a great night for it), but the inside is Christmas with a capital X.  I figure it will be until next Christmas before I find all of the stuff that has been banished to the basement or attic or garage or  random drawers and cupboards and closets ( There’s actually only one of those–in the whole house!).  The rule is that as soon as I go out and buy a replacement, the lost will be found and  there will be two items to lose next time(Yeah, like that’s going to be soon!).

Bob, the Landscaper Dude will be returning to tidy up leaves, replace plants that couldn’t  stand up to the public scrutiny, comb the mulch…or whatever you do to “groom” the outside features–which are pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  The water feature will be lovely if it doesn’t freeze,  Folks driving down Center Street of an evening have already been scratching their heads and muttering, “ What in Tarnation is that bunch of lights over ‘crost the creek?  Wonder if it’s a new Tons-O-Buns?  Maybe we’ll stop sometime for lunch.”

We’ll see how well the solar lights perform as the hours of sunlight get shorter and shorter.  Sunburst Environmental Services will find me being their very best customer this week;  there’s trash with a great big T just waiting to head for the Last Round-up.  Styrofoam–extruded polystyrene–is just a bugger to dispose of.  Left whole, it takes up plenty of space in odd shapes designed to fit odd pieces and parts inside cardboard boxes.  Try to break it into smaller pieces and little-bitty bubbles of the stuff–and larger chunks , too, on windy days–go blowing off into the neighborhood.  Park Ave. may have drifts for the Christmas Walk even if it’s in the upper 40’s, temperature-wise.

Inside, Stan Hywet is trembling in its (antique) boots.  Just as in politics, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know that makes all of the difference.  If you’re ever tempted (Watch out for snakes and apples) to be a part of the Christmas Walk, make sure that you have friends, acquaintances, family members, people who owe you money, who can be tapped for the loan of minor items.  You know, things like ornaments, stools, bows,  drapes, pillows, chairs, tree-toppers, classic automobiles–the detail pieces.  You want to fill in the empty spots so that people don’t realize that your usual decorating regime consists of bringing home a package of candy canes(which promptly get lost under the Sunday paper)   and making up boxes for Operation Christmas Child on the day before they’re due to be shipped.  It’s called “going commando” Christmas.

I’ve been trying to alert the neighbors to the coming onslaught of visitors.  People will be walking up and down the street. People will be parking in driveways where they oughtn’t and maybe short-cutting across the grass or through the rhododendrons; try to keep a stiff upper lip and a charitable outlook through it all.  The Intermediate School up the street may have some congestion around the time that buses are rolling in.  Bus drivers should stay vigilant that they don’t wind up with some  silver-haired group who hops on looking for a ride to the   “Over the River and Through the Woods” house.  This group may sit down nicely in their seats but they will not be quiet.

The docents–rhymes with low-rent, pup tent, hell-bent–in this establishment will be instructed to be very firm about not allowing visitors to go wandering(That is to say, snooping) off the beaten path; too many piles of things around corners and behind closed doors.  Not Christmas-y at all.  In fact, anyone who, unbidden, opens doors or peeks under furniture may be struck with an ancient Middle Eastern curse : May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.   Those Wise Men brought more than gold, frankincense and myrrh .

Rudolph’s nose is charged up.  Mrs. Claus has taken most of the wash off the line in back.    The reindeer Welcome Packages are prepared. The Sugarplum Fairies are finishing rehearsals on their dance number–step-kick, step-kick, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, flash hands, wave.

Its’ SHOWTIME!   See you there!

I recently had the chance to go back to Walt Disney World to check out the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. I have read many reviews and blogs discussing the festival but I never expected so much!

If you ever get the chance to attend this festival, I highly recommend stopping at the Welcome Center as your first stop. The only downside to the Welcome Center is that it is not attached to the actual festival so you will probably make a few detours to stop at the Welcome Center over and over again. Inside the Welcome Center though you will be able to sign up for special wine tastings, have the chance to meet the winemakers, listen to famous wine sommeliers and sample a few wines. There is also a great souvenir shop that has any wine accessory (with the Disney logo of course) that you can imagine.

Be sure to pick up your passport too, before you leave the Welcome Center. Not only is this a fun way to keep track of which countries you sampled food or wine from, it’s a great planning guide so you can plan your day out. After you have your passport, head back to the World Showcase area of EPCOT. There are usually 11 countries that make up the World Showcase. Each country has a selection of food, wines, beers and sometimes some specialty drinks which can be enjoyed during any visit to the park.

However, during the Food and Wine Festival, anywhere from 10 – 15 additional countries are added to the Showcase for your tasting experience. We were able to sample wines from Chile, Ireland, Brazil and even South Korea. Since the weather was so warm in Florida, we stuck mostly with white wines, however, I did find an amazing Carmenere, which is a dry red with a spicy finish.

The best part about this festival though, was the chance to try wines that I would normally not try, like a Black Raspberry Rice Wine from South Korea. I didn’t know what to expect but the bartender told me I would be pleasantly surprised, being a red wine drinker. It was a little lighter in color and served chilled but was a nice semi-dry wine with a lot of fruit flavor.

As we left the festival each time, we made sure to stop back at the Welcome Center and purchase our favorite wines from that day to enjoy when we were back in Ohio. If you are wine (or food) lover, this is a festival you must attend!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Street, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery feel free to call us at 330.527.4118 or please visit www.candlelightwinery.com

Since the election season has just passed, more attention than usual may be focused upon our government.   In Ohio, our state and local governments are an “open book” and the business of each governmental board is open to the public.  You may have heard references to the “sunshine laws.”  This generally refers to the statutory requirements that government be open to the public.  We have previously examined the right to review a public record.

It is also important to keep in mind that governmental boards may only transact business while in open, public session.  Minutes from these meetings are also available to the public.  Ohio law provides for executive session, a session closed to the public, in limited circumstances.  However, government boards may only vote and make decisions while in public session.

For each governmental board – whether state, county, township, or a municipality, the entity must meet at a regularly scheduled time and place or give written public notice of a special meeting.  These meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.

So why is this important?  If you are interested in what your city council is doing, show up at the meeting.  If you have concerns about county government, attend a county commissioner meeting.  We could dedicate an entire column to listing all of the public boards – your school board, your township trustee meeting, and on and on.  But the legal requirements are essentially the same for each.  You have a right to be present and hear everything that is said at a government meeting.  I encourage each of you to show up and give your input.  If nothing else, just show up and let our leaders know you are there and that you care about the decisions they are making

This column does not seek to provide legal advice.  Neither Tommie Jo Marsilio nor the Villager are providing legal advice to readers.  This column is for education and entertainment only.  The advice of an attorney or other professional should be sought regarding any individual situation or legal question.

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Costumes, candy, pizza, music….and bowling.   The Youth Leagues celebrated Halloween on Saturday and everyone had a great time.   Michelle Tushar and Jenny Wampler passed out Halloween candy, Aaron King served up pizza (yes, even at 9:30 in the morning), and coach Kenny Brigham turned on the music and turned off the lights for some cosmic bowling.

In spite of the distractions, Emma Dockery once again had the high game and high series for the 9:00 Trio League, with a 141 game and 400 series.  Kassie Fedor had a 329 series, with a high game of 131.  Alex Evans was 40 pins over her average with a game of 103.  Nathan Slaughter had 107, which was 39 pins over average.  Other good games were Joey Ewell, 103 (29 over), Courtney Lytle, 97 (27 over), Ryleigh Gough, 81 (24 over) and Adam Norris, 116 (26 over).

Zach Hoffmann’s 212 was high game in the 11:00 Trio League.  Zach also had a 491 series.  Ethan Dubasik was well over his 90 average with games of 146, 143, and 91 for an excellent 380 series.  Collin McGurer had a 190 game and 479 series.  Kyle Brigham shot 174, with a 423 series.   Other notable games:  Andrew Morrissey, 140 (38 pins over average), Emma Kerr, 101 (37 pins over), Shannon Kerr, 121 (31 over), Jameson Huebner, 79 (32 over), Jessica Varga 118 (34 over), and Kim Wampler, 167 (30 over).

High series for the 1:00 Scholastic League was shot by Evan Skocic, whose 589 consisted of games of 181, 202 and 206.  High game was by Matt Lyons, who also had a fine 577, followed by Brent Jones with 221.

High game for the 9:00 PeeWee League was Paige Collins with 111.  Mackenzie Zembower had 107.  Other nice games were bowled by Austin Roman (98), Brooke Collins (94), and Joey Moses (91).

In the 11:00 PeeWee league, Jordan Dowling was high scorer with 95, followed by Katie Fazi , 90, Darrion Sidwell, 88, and Hayden Muncy, 86.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary members were awed by the scope of initiatives, activities and programs outlined by their speaker, Fred Youngen, of the Windham Bible Church, also a moving force in the Renaissance Family Center, which was the topic of his remarks.

Virtually no age group in the community would fail to find some area of interest to participate in.  Social concerns and the means of addressing them fall within the center’s purview, as do recreational and cultural activities–clubs, leagues, societies and the like.  Partnering and co-ordinating with the Salvation Army has helped each entity to get the most done at what it does best rather than duplicating each other’s efforts, and this has held true for other enterprises as well.  There is even some thought about becoming involved with the Windham Branch of the Portage County District Library as it searches for new quarters.

Anyone looking for a basketball league, family-friendly movie nights, an AA meeting, an occasional coffee with friends or community-focused programs in a number of areas should check out the Renaissance Family Center web site or check out their posted activity schedule or ask one of the many volunteers and participants how to get involved.

And, of course, planning continues for the annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction at Sugar Bush on November 11th.  Get your tickets now!

2010 GMS Lady G-Men Cross Country Team

Pictured above are (left to right) Bottom Row: Emily Prigodich , Isabella Scarl , Molly Mathews , Julia Roubic , Amanda Bartlett , Mariah Coulter , Hannah Trent Top Row: Kaylee Martin, Lizzie Gerez, Danielle Keffer, Jessica Moore, Coach Jessica Crookham, Hayliegh Hannigan, Shiann Penna, Megan Ryser, Lindsey Jones , Maddie Lininger, Brittany Alloway.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield girl’s Middle School cross country team made school history by winning the PTC Championship meet on October 16, 2010.  Scoring for the team were Mariah Coulter, 2nd in the county with a time of 13:16 followed closely by her teammates Shian Penna 13:51, Molly Matthews 13:58,  Amanda Bartlett 14:19,  Haylie Hannigan 14:49,  Lindsey Jones 14:51,  and Kaylee Martin 15:09.  Congratulations to all of them for a fantastic season of hard work and dedication.

Newton Falls Chamber - HalloweenNewton Falls – During the October meeting of the Newton Falls Chamber of Commerce Association, holiday planning was the main topic of conversation.

With Halloween just around the corner and organizing for the Christmas season in full swing, there was much to be discussed.

Starting off the meeting, a proclamation of thanks was presented to Falls Home Remodeling and “Santa” Rick for their part in the improvements of Veterans’ Park, designating them now as “members with distinction” and recognizing their efforts in the business community.

No update on the progress of the yellow sign as of yet, but the mini-committee is planning to meet soon to brainstorm possible resolutions.

As for the holiday news: Trick-or-Treat was held on Thursday, October 28th from 5-6:30pm. However, it should be said this is a fact that not everyone in town is in complete agreement with.  Newton Falls is the only town in a long list of surrounding cities that schedules the candy hunting on a Thursday; it is Friday or Saturday for most every other town, or whichever day falls on the actual holiday itself. The reason for the Thursday evening festivities is that, traditionally, Trick-or-Treat is set in accordance with the Cake Walk, typically the Thursday before Halloween, so that residents can display their costumes during the later event. However, as some locals have expressed, this allows carloads of children from OTHER towns parking in central parking lots and converging en masse upon Newton Falls, since they can then participate in their own Trick-or-Treat celebrations on the weekend and go home with double, or triple, the expected sweets.

City Manager Jack Haney mentioned at the meeting that although the time and date had been officially set – albeit not by a unanimous vote – Council will look into adjusting the hours next year.

As for the upcoming Home 44444 the Holidays on December 11th, planning is well underway with a good response so far filling vendor slots. There are more open spaces available, though, so anyone still interested should contact the association and claim their spot! Those in attendance at the meeting were also expressing their opinions about the costs of putting on the event and in turn the corresponding holiday parade held on December 4th. It was revealed that although Home 44444 the Holidays will be at the high school this year, at this point the Newton Falls High School Band will not be marching in the parade. Organizers may, in fact, even have to pay for a marching band from another town to participate in our parade because the NFHS band director has opted out of performing for this function and she is under no contractual obligation to do so. Anyone wishing to comment on this situation should contact the high school office directly.

The City Manager reported completion of the River Street Project, grant applications for the First Street Project, the announcement of two November elections for the city: the General on November 2nd, and a Special on November 4th, and the placement of new planters on the West Broad Street pillars. Downtown has been redecorated for the season by the Flower Beautification Committee with cornstalks donated by Montgomery Farms.

Finishing the agenda was the election of next year’s officers. The nominees for all positions ran unopposed and are therefore Shawn Donley, President; Betty Gwara, Vice President; Lara Reibold, Secretary; and Tanya Allman, Treasurer.

The Association’s next meeting will be November 9th.

Pictured  above from left to right are Brian Mullins and Matt Eisemann.

Pictured above from left to right are Brian Mullins and Matt Eisemann.

Garrettsville – On November 27 the Garrettsville Eagles Club,   F. O. E. 2705 presented a check for $2,000 to National Diabetic Research Center generated by the Club-sponsored golf outing. The donation was accepted by Matt Eisemann and Brian Mullins who ran the event.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Grand Aerie in partnership with the University of Iowa, established the Research Center at the University. The University is responsible for the facility while the Grand Aerie pledged the fund for the research.

Eighteen foursomes entered the outing and the winning team consisting of Elmer Pesecky, Dino Manno, Jeff Pesecky and Dave Schlegelmilch, took home $500.  The second place team which was one man short and consisted of Dave Apthorpe, Jeff Apthorpe and Harold Clark won $260.

After the event, the golfers returned to the Eagles Club for a steak dinner to receive their prizes for individual achievements and numerous door prizes.

Needless to say, the event’s success depended on the work of the large number of volunteers that included past trustee of the Women’s Auxiliary, Beth Oravetz, who contacted most of the local merchants and organizations for their donations.

The Club wishes to thank the local merchants and organizations for their generous support of this event.

Optimist Club PumpkinNewton Falls – Last Saturday members of the Optimist Club of Newton Falls held their annual Pumpkin Painting Party, welcoming the area’s youngest residents to the Community Center for a day of painting pumpkins just in time to get into the spirit of Halloween. Each pint-sized guest was given a miniature wooden pumpkin to decorate using any number of art materials, perfect to hang in a window or perk up an otherwise dull refrigerator front. Instant photos were available if kids wanted to pose with their creations or become a temporary pumpkin themselves.

The Club’s mission includes continuing to be a “friend of youth,” a goal members achieve by hosting events throughout the year such as the summer Family Fun Day and gift basket raffles at various NF festivities. Proceeds from the raffles and donations go directly for the children, covering expenses of the upcoming activities and occasionally even modest scholarships as funds are available. The late October day provided lunch, crafts, and an afternoon of optimistic fun, all free for kids under 12. Officer Bailey of the NFPD was on hand as well, supplying Kid Passports for Safety, a pocket-sized booklet for parents to fill out with vital information about their children. Should the children ever become missing, the Passport would contain necessary identifying facts, health information, and even a lock of hair for DNA purposes, all items that can help the local police department in the search to locate a child.

Founded in 2001, the Optimist Club will soon celebrate a whole decade of promoting positivity, and invites kids, especially, to join in optimism!

The next party sponsored by the Club will be a Breakfast with the Bunny held the week before Easter. Organizers plan to schedule it to correspond with the Easter Egg Hunt, so look forward to this event come Spring.

Garrettsville – Kids growing up in this small town have limited entertainment options. There’s the movie theatre, the indoor sports complex, the bowling alley, a couple fast food joints, a park or two… and the Roller Hutt. Since 1990, Craig and Linda Dlugokecki have provided a safe and happy place for youngsters to hang out and have some fun. Twenty years later, they’re still rolling!

It all began shortly after the Dlugokeckis and their sons moved to Garrettsville. Craig had been managing a roller skating rink in Chagrin Falls, so he had his eye on Garrettsville’s rink, the Rainbow Arena, located at the corner of Hewins Road and State Route 88. He became the third owner of the skating rink on Father’s Day, 1990. After a three-month overhaul of the 1948-era building, the Dlugokeckis opened the Roller Hutt — and with it — a new era of roller skating in Garrettsville.

Twenty years ago, sons Jason and Justin were just 12 and 8, and their favorite pastime was speed skating. By 1992-93, Roller Hutt was the state champ in speed skating with a team of 28 local youth. Jason was individual state champ for five years.

Even now, both Jason and Justin (and their wives) are integral players in the family business. Justin built and maintains the Roller Hutt website. The boys built the Fortress of Fear haunted house 11 years ago inside Roller Hutt and operated it there for four years. Now, Jason and Dawn Dlugokecki operate the Fortress of Fear Scream¬park (including Fearanoia) adjacent to the Roller Hutt. This Halloween haunt was recently rated 48.6 out of 50 at http://HauntWorld.com.

Jason is also bringing speed skating back to Roller Hutt for children aged 5 and older. Practice for the Garrettsville Riders Speed Team will be two times a week for two-hour sessions.

Along with the speed skating, Roller Hutt offers a perfect place for kids to hang out on a Friday night, to rent skates and equipment, to play laser tag, to have a birthday party, to have a fundraiser, or to take lessons. And the Roller Hutt Pro Shop has all the skates and accessories a serious skater needs.

Even in this economic climate, Roller Hutt offers plenty of affordable options, including $1 Wednesday Nights, Saturday evening Cheap Skates, and Sunday Family Matinees, where parents get free admission with a paying child. The Dlugokeckis haven’t raised their rates in nearly eight years, so skaters get a bargain every day.

Roller Hutt is open Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays offer beginner skating from 10:30 a.m. to noon, then regular all-skates from 1:30 to 4:30 and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday skating is from 2 to 5 p.m. Laser tag runs Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Roller Hutt recently introduced Tikki Treats Snack Shack, featuring Hershey’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream in flavors of butter pecan, strawberry and chocolate. Throughout the year, Tikki Treats will serve cones, floats, sundaes, smoothies, slushies, soft pretzels, popcorn, chili dogs, popcorn, French, fries, pizza and other festival food whenever Roller Hutt is open.

10268 Hewins Road has been the address for fun on wheels in Garrettsville for generations. Always adapting to the times to stay relevant to the 16-and-younger crowd, the Roller Hutt continually rolls out new programming. Check it out at www.rollerhutt.com or call 330-527-4633.

Two years ago Windham football season started with the usual elements, players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans but  one important element was missing on the field. The band.

Two years ago Windham football season started with the usual elements, players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans but one important element was missing on the field. The band.

Windham – Two years ago Windham football season started with the usual elements, players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans but   one important element was missing on the field. The band. The band helps lead cheers and adds to the spirit of the game, but they were absent on that opening day two years ago. They were absent all season except for a brief appearance of a seven-member pep band for homecoming that year. Well, that was then and this is now. This season the band has 26 members, including majorettes and a flag line, and now performs at all football games, home and away. Although they may be small in numbers as far as marching bands go, they are mighty in sound. When I first heard them a few weeks ago I thought they were bigger than 26. They had a rich sound that made one think they were larger than they really are.

What was the change? Everyone says the band director played a big role in the growth and rejuvenation of the marching band. In 2008 Becky Kresen came aboard as the band director bringing with her a fresh vision for the school’s instrumental music department. When Kresen came to the district, she told the board it would take maybe five years to rebuild the band program and probably three years before they would be able to put a marching band on the football field. Well here we are two years into the rebuilding program and she already has developed a quality marching band and so much more.

In the elementary school she started recorders for the fourth graders and then added xylophones for the third graders. She also has plans to add boom whackers to the program for 2nd graders. Kresen explained that when the kids are exposed to musical instruments prior to taking up instrumental instruction  they have less difficulty with the instrument because they already have the concept of reading music under their belts and all they have to do is learn the mechanics of the instrument.

Kresen has impressed the Board of Education so much that they approved the purchase of new uniforms last year. The school board and the music boosters jointly purchased 30 or so uniforms with the plans to have 60 uniforms purchased by the end of three years. When all the uniforms needed are purchased, they will continue to buy a few each year to replace the older ones as they wear out. The uniforms they purchased were $432 each with a reversible/removable breastplate. The band uses the breastplate for marching band and removes it for concert band.

The band that started off as a seven member pep band two years ago has grown beyond just marching at football games. This year they have marched at the Ravenna Balloon- a-Fair, their homecoming parade, Memorial Day Parade, and performed at two band showcase nights at Mogadore and LaBrae Schools. Along with the marching performances, this year they have plans to enter their first solo’s ensemble contest. As they continue to grow and develop, expect to see more of them at area competitions.

Burton - Burton is a sweet place to visit. Burton is well known for its maple syrup and maple sugaring activities.  We all know that the Burton Log Cabin offers maple syrup and candy all year round.  But there are two more reasons to find Burton so sweet.  Buckeye Chocolates and White House Chocolates have upped the sweet factor in the town of Burton.

Buckeye Chocolates is located at 14646 Ravenna Road in Burton.  Buckeye offers so many sweet treats in milk, dark, white or sugar- free options.  Stop by their store and you will find nuts, caramels, meltaways, truffles and fudge, just to name a few of their popular items.  They also offer peanut or cashew brittle as well as roasted almonds, cashews or pecans.  Their buckeye candies are a true tribute to Ohio’s state tree, the Buckeye.

If you are looking for a gift for that special someone, Buckeye has just the option for you.  You can choose from assorted chocolate trays or baskets.  Their gift wrapping is beautiful which makes your gift ready-to-give.  They also do favors for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers and other events.

Buckeye Chocolates was started in 2004 by brothers Brian, Craig and Eric Hart.  Hopefully, when you stop by they will be making candies and you can watch from their lobby which offers a view into their workshop.  If you are a chocolate lover, Buckeye Chocolates is a must-see and a must-taste.  Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm.  Many local grocery stores offer their boxed chocolates and candy bars.  If you cannot get out to their factory in Burton, this is always a great alternative for trying their delicious chocolate concoctions.

White House Chocolates is located at 14607 Kinsman Road in Burton.  White House offers many sweets in milk, dark, white and sugar-free chocolate options.  Check out their assortment of chocolates, chocolate-covered items (pretzels, cookies and potato chips) as well as fudge and fruit slices.  White House offers many pre-packaged items as well as a counter full of goodies so you can make up your own assortment.  Their truffles and triple-dipped malted milk balls are simply fabulous.

Inside the white house that contains their chocolate store, you will not only be able to enjoy all the sweet treats, but you will also find a wide selection of gift items and greeting cards.  They also carry the largest selection, in this area, of Jim Shore figurines which make perfect gifts.

Ken and Debbie Butler are the owners of White House Chocolates and take pride in the quality of their products.  Their store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm.  They offer weekly specials and have great holiday specials too.  For example, their triple-dipped strawberries are a huge hit on Sweetest Day and their chocolate, caramel-dipped apples leave me wanting more.

I cannot say which chocolates I like best, as they both offer superior products and taste great.  My suggestion would be to try them both.  Remember, one can never have enough chocolate, chocolate is what makes life so sweet.

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Windham Library invites kids of all ages to a special Thanksgiving storytime on Monday, November 15 at 10:30 am.   Storytime is an opportunity for both parent and child to spend some one-on-one time enriching the child’s environment with stories, music, finger plays and movement.

A Thanksgiving craft will be available November 15-November 19.  Crafts are open to all ages during the library’s hours of operation. On November 24 at 12:30 p.m. we will be offering a family-friendly, updated movie version of a Charles Dickens’ classic. Old miser Scrooge must face the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come. The spirits must help bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart and remind him of the man he used to be.

Windham  Library  and  the entire Portage County District Library system will be closed on Thursday, November 11th for Veterans Day and Thursday November 25th for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library is  located at 9647 East Center Street.

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The Trumbull County 4-H Shooting Sports Pioneers will have their introductory meeting for 2011 on Friday, Nov.19, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fish and Game Club of Vienna (SR 193 across from the Airport – back a long gravel driveway). All prospective and returning members should attend to complete the paperwork and have questions answered so we don’t waste any time at our first meeting in January. Future regular meetings will be held on two Fridays of each month – January through May. The first on January 7. 2011.

Children age 9 through 18 and their parents are invited to attend. Dues per person are $20.00 annually plus $2.00 for each evening attended. No family needs to pay for more than 2 children.

The 4-H club emphasizes safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment, development of self-esteem, ethical behavior and strengthening families through life-long recreational activities.

For more information contact Larry Beardsley at (330) 898-4486 or larrybeard@aol.com.

Geauga County – The Geauga County Public Library Board of Trustees will be holding open public forums throughout the county shortly after Election Day, November 2.  Members of the public are invited to comment about what library services need to be funded in the 2011 library budget and beyond.  This will help the Library Board to make decisions about what services to keep, add or drop beginning in 2011.

Everyone is invited to these forums which will be held at each of the larger community library buildings.  Times vary to accommodate family life and work schedules.  If you can not attend the meeting nearest you, feel free to attend a different session.  There is no pre-registration needed for these forums.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. at Geauga West Library; 13455 Chillicothe Road; Chesterland.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

Monday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Library; 17222 Snyder Road; Bainbridge.  The phone number is 440-543-5611.

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Chardon Library; 110 East Park Street; Chardon.  The phone number is 440-285-7601.

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. at Middlefield Library; 16167 East High Street, Middlefield.  The phone number is 440-632-1961.

1942 Windham Bombers Basketball Team

The 1941-42 Windham Bombers team of coach David Thomas won the Portage County Championship that season, recording the best record since the Garrettsville team of 1932 which made it to the state tournament. They are just one of the legendary teams which sports historian George Belden will discuss on November 15 at the Windham Historical Society.

Windham - The history of the legendary Windham High School basketball program will be relived on Monday, November 15, as sports historian George Belden speaks to the Windham Historical Society, at a meeting co-sponsored by the Windham Bicentennial Committee.

This talk is being presented to the public at Katherine Thomas Elementary School, 9032 Maple Grove Road in Windham, with the doors opening at 6:30 for meet and greet and the talk commencing at 7:00 PM.

The title of the presentation is “Basketball Before Marty Hill.” Hill is the current Bomber coach who has taken Windham to statewide fame with his squads which seem to dominate the local small-school hardwood scene.

This will be the first in a series of talks about the great basketball legends of Windham High School.

Belden has spent much of the last year interviewing the greats of Windham’s basketball past, and has spent months in the newspaper archives at Kent State University reading every article ever written about the teams he will present.

His research reveals the origin of Windham basketball in unassuming fashion in the late 1920’s, then jumps to the early 1940’s Bombers of David Thomas, which ruled northeast Ohio in both basketball and six-man football. His 1940 squad featured three boys who were first team All-Americans in football and were just as talented on the basketball floor.

The second coach he will honor is Clayton West, whose early 1950’s teams blitzed through the PCL. His 1951-52 Bombers were undefeated through their first 25 games, the longest winning streak in Ohio that season.

The final coach in this first installment of basketball speeches will be Dick Schlup, whose late 1950’s teams were forced to play an independent schedule against much bigger schools. Schlup’s squads lost only six regular season games in three years.

Many of the boys who played for those three coaches will be returning for the talk, and anyone who remembers their heroics or wants to relive great times in Bomber sports history will not want to miss Belden’s talk.

The Windham Historical Society meets the third Monday of every month to review and discuss new acquisitions and research on this small town on the cusp of its Bicentennial, which will fill Windham with activity in July of 2011. The Society is heavily involved in all the Bicentennial preparations, and is selling a multitude of 200th Anniversary items at the talk.

The Historical Society is always interested in obtaining, whether permanently or on loan, any object with relevance to Windham. Items of special interest include films, pictures, scrapbooks, ephemera, newspapers, advertising, tokens, school items, sports items, or family genealogy.

The society has extensive facilities for copying paper items.

The Society is continuing to sell Ralph Pfingsten’s lavish new book, “The History of the Ravenna Arsenal,” newly published and containing over 900 pictures. The Society and Bicentennial Committee receive a stipend for every copy sold. These books make wonderful Christmas gifts, especially for that  person who has everything. They are available for purchase at the upcoming meeting, by contacting President Lynnea St John at 330-326-6061, or emailing her at lynnya45@yahoo.com.

The James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 5th, 6th, & 7th, and 12th, 13th, & 14th.

The James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 5th, 6th, & 7th, and 12th, 13th, & 14th.

The James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 5th, 6th, & 7th, and 12th, 13th, & 14th.  Hours are 10am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12:30pm to 5pm on Sundays.  Your first stop is the Historical Society at 8107 Main Street in downtown Garrettsville, where tickets are purchased for $10.

The Christmas Walk ticket booklet includes a map to the six locations.  The Garrettsville United Methodist Church is decorated and selling homemade lunches, and a craft show is held at the Garrettsville Village Hall.  Garrettsville also offers many shops and restaurants to enjoy.

For further information call 330-527-2910 or 330-569-7996.