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Denise Bly

Denise Bly has been a correspondent for the Weekly Villager for five years. She also does the public relations for Garrettsville SummerFest and the Garrettsville Area Chamber. In her spare time, she can be found at most local events, especially J.A. Garfield’s, high school and middle school athletic and musical events. When not out and about in the community, she can be found at home reading, sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given …

Drug Task Force Speaks in Nelson Township on Area Drug Problems

| Published on April 16, 2014

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

Eggshelland Revived by the Euclid Beach Boys

| Published on April 16, 2014

Lyndhurst – Last year the Manolio family, who had been creating the mosaic art pieces from real egg shells in their front yard for 55 years, announced it would be the last year they would do it. The unexpected death of Ron Manolio, in the fall of 2012, made the …

Brigadoon is a Smashing Success

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – This past weekend the cast and crew of Brigadoon’s hard work paid off,  as they did four nearly sold-out performances of the musical over the weekend. The musical was under the direction of Joe Gaither.

Windham Township News

| Published on April 9, 2014

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

“Love the Dress” Makes Prom More Affordable

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Sports Boosters held the first ever “Love the Dress” prom dress sale at the high school on Sunday April 6, 2014. The sports boosters were able to collect new and nearly new dresses and then resold them at a fraction of the price they …

Friends of Melana Announce Summerfest Race Plans

| Published on April 3, 2014

Friends of Melana (FOM) will hold their Fourth Annual Memorial 5k and 1 mile run/walk at Garrettsville Summerfest, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9am. Proceeds from the event are used to fund research for kid’s cancer specifically for Gliomas. Participants are asked to register at www.stopkidscancer.org and click on events. …

Community in Action Breaks Ground for Community Garden

| Published on April 3, 2014

Windham – Hope springs a new with Windham Community in Action’s (CIA) Community Garden of Hope. This past Saturday, Windham CIA held a ground breaking for their community garden that they will plant when the weather breaks.  Prior to the ground breaking ceremony, they held a name the garden contest …

“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

| Published on April 2, 2014

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, …

Council Approves Use of Lot for Community Garden

| Published on March 27, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council held their monthly meeting a week ahead of the original scheduled meeting to accommodate council members’ schedules. The meeting was called to order and the minutes, expenditures, bank reconciliation and safety report were presented and approved.

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the …

Fire Board Approves Renewal Levy for November Ballot

| Published on March 20, 2014

Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire Board held their regularly scheduled meeting on March 13, 2014 with all board members in attendance. The first items of business were to approve the minutes, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures.

Windham Trustees will not Appeal Judge Enlow’s Decision

| Published on March 14, 2014

Windham Twp. – Eight residents were in attendance at the Windham Township Trustees meeting on March 6, 2014 to see how the township conducts its business.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman Dann Timmons. The trustees approved the minutes and the financial report before moving on to discuss …

JAG Band Advances to State Competition

| Published on March 13, 2014

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield (JAG) Band has once again made the community proud by earning a superior rating last weekend at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) Northeast Regional Band and Choir Adjudicated Event held at Revere High School and advancing them to the State competition held in April.
The …

Residents Voice Concerns about Coach at BOE Meeting

| Published on March 9, 2014

Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) meeting was held on February 27, 2014 with all board members in attendance. Darryl McGuire, president of the BOE called the meeting to order. Melissa Roubic reported that Maplewood will add an animal science program to the career center.  Dawn Kilgore gave …

Windham Village Retires Polichena’s Badge

| Published on March 9, 2014

Windham – The Windham Village Council meeting took on a sober note this past Tuesday as council retired the late dispatcher, Len Polichena’s badge number during the February council meeting.

Marching Pride is Disney Bound

| Published on February 26, 2014

Garrettsville – While most folks are wondering whether this eternal winter will ever end, 70- plus Marching Pride members, along with 10 chaperones and two band directors will get an early taste of summer as they travel to Walt Disney World over spring break.

Windham Township Salt Supply is Solid

| Published on February 12, 2014

Windham Twp. – While many townships, cities and municipalities are struggling to get road salt, Windham Township seems to have dodged that bullet for now. According to Road Supervisor Brian Miller they are currently doing all right with their salt supply after securing a delivery from the county engineer earlier …

Windham Village Freezes Water Rates but Hikes Sewer Rates

| Published on February 6, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council met for their regularly- scheduled meeting on January 27, 2014 with all council members present, along with fiscal officer Lloyd Billman, and solicitor Tom Reitz.
Council approved the minutes from the December 17, 2013 meeting and the minutes from the January 7, 2014 organizational meeting. They …

Windham BOE Welcomes New Members

| Published on January 29, 2014

Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) met for their regularly scheduled meeting at Katherine Thomas Elementary School Thursday, January 23, 2014. All BOE members were in attendance along with Treasurer Samantha Pochedly. Superintendent Gregg Isler was excused from the meeting to coach the girl’s basketball game scheduled that …

Scout Pack 4062 Holds Pinewood Derby

| Published on January 29, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 4062 held their Annual Pinewood Derby at James A. Garfield Elementary School on Saturday January 25, 2013.  This year the event was sponsored by Charles Auto Family and Warren Construction.

JAG Performers Earn 12 Superior Ratings at Solo & Ensemble Event

| Published on January 22, 2014

Mantua – This past Saturday Crestwood High School hosted the Ohio Music Education Association District Six High School Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event. Students from 32 area schools participated in the event.  The event covered vocals as well as instrumentals, including brass, woodwinds, stringed and percussion instruments.

Windham Township Gets Ready for 2014

| Published on December 13, 2013

Windham Twp. – Windham township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees in attendance, along with the fiscal officer. Chairman of the Board Brian Miller called the meeting to order. The trustees approved the minutes from November’s meeting and the expenditures.  After a brief discussion, the trustee …

Windham Lights Parade a Success

| Published on December 13, 2013

Windham – Folks flocked to the streets and braved the bitter cold Sunday night to watch the first Winter Lights Parade sponsored by Community in Action for Windham (CIAFW). The event was held in conjunction with the Windham Community Church Fellowship Tree Lighting in the gazebo on the township green.

Tempers Flare at Windham Village Meeting

| Published on December 4, 2013

Windham -  Windham Village Council  met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with one board member delayed, by the weather; otherwise all other members were present. The meeting was called to order and council approved the minutes, expenditures, and the fire and police dispatcher’s report.
Mayor Rob Donham reported that the asbestos report …

Community in Action Hits the Ground Running

| Published on November 27, 2013

The Community in Action for Windham has been very busy since their inception, earlier this fall. The group was started with an idea to serve the community of Windham and its people.  This is being accomplished by helping those folks in need and to bring the community together as a …

Mantua – Shalersville Area Chamber News

| Published on November 27, 2013

Shalersville – The Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber met for their monthly meeting at the Shalersville Town Hall last Wednesday November 20, 2013. President Christine Pittsinger called the meeting to order.  After brief introductions were made, the guest speaker, Peter Young from Benefits 1 was introduced. Mr. Young talked about the up …

Windham Village Council Holds Special Meeting

| Published on November 21, 2013

Windham – Windham Village Council called a special meeting for Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 6pm to finalize the financing of the new building and property they are purchasing at 9083 North Main Street Windham, Ohio.  That being said, the meeting did not start until after 7pm because they did …

Fire Board Approves Three for EMS Schooling

| Published on November 21, 2013

Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire District met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently with all board members present. Chairman Linda Rininger called the meeting to order. The board approved the minutes, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures for the month of October. 

Windham Youth Football Team wins Super Bowl

| Published on November 6, 2013

Windham – On October 26, 2013 the Bombers Junior Varsity Youth League Football Team was playing in the game of their young lives.  The team assembled at the Ed Liddle Field in Windham in front of a packed crowd and was ready to play the “Super Bowl” Game of the …

Windham Expresses Their Love for Maruf

| Published on October 30, 2013

Windham – It was a “Make a Difference Day” like no other in Windham, this past Saturday. It was a cold, blustery fall day, but that did not deter 200-plus folks from coming out to express their love and appreciation for Maruf Awad, owner of the local Sparkle Market in …

Residents Question Batwing Mower Purchase

| Published on October 25, 2013

Nelson Twp – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House on October 16, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. A representative from the Outspoken Wheelman Bike Club was in attendance and thanked the trustees for allowing the club to use the …

Nelson United Methodist Church Hosts Missionary from Peru

| Published on October 25, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Last Sunday, during their morning worship service, Nelson United Methodist Church (NUMC) hosted Chris Charvat, a missionary who serves in Peru. Charvat, a former Garfield school bus driver now spends most of the year serving those in Peru. She does return to Garrettsville periodically to see family …

Windham Township News

| Published on October 9, 2013

Windham Twp – The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday October 3, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer present. Chairman of the Board Brian Miller called the meeting to order. The trustees approved the minutes from the previous meeting and the expenditures. Trustee Dann …

Garfield Boys Soccer Team on a Roll

| Published on September 23, 2013

Garfield Boys Soccer Team has dominated their opponents all season and the past two  weeks were no different. The boys have kept their winning streak going by defeating Streetsboro 8-0. The group played as a team, with the scoring being spread out. Four players managed to score goals for the …

Behind the Gates of Camp Ravenna

| Published on September 23, 2013

This past weekend, the gates of Camp Ravenna were opened for a brief period for friends and family of the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment for an Open House last Saturday. This was done so friends and family could experience what happens behind the gates of the …

Windham Township Completes Major Road Repairs

| Published on September 11, 2013

Windham Twp. – Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on September 5, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes, the expenditures, and the budget commission rates. 

Scout Completes Eagle Project for Community Ambulance

| Published on September 11, 2013

Garrettsville – Kyle Angermeier from Boys Scout Troop 4062 in Garrettsville recently completed his Eagle Scout Project for Community Ambulance.  The idea was formed two years ago, when, Community Ambulance’s Chief Chris Sanchez presented the need for a new sign to the troop, and Kyle decided that he wanted to …

The 900 Coalition Presented “Tools of the Trades”

| Published on September 11, 2013

Garrettsville – Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get …

Geauga County Fair Band Celebrates 75 years

| Published on August 21, 2013

Burton – Geauga County Fair Band celebrates their 75th year as they perform at the 191st Great Geauga County Fair (GGCF) this Labor Day Weekend.  The band is the only all-volunteer fair band in Ohio and was organized by Cliff Rossiter after the 1936 fair. They first performed at the …

Troy Homecoming Rich in History

| Published on August 14, 2013

Troy Twp. – This past weekend Troy Township held its  Annual Homecoming Celebration behind the community center off  State Route 422, near the intersection of State Route 700. They had many things one would expect to find at an old fashioned homecoming celebration. Horseshoe tournaments, magic show, Civil War encampment,  …

WVFD Chief Explores Water Rescue Team

| Published on August 14, 2013

Windham – WFVD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the fire station on August 8, 2013 with two members having an excused absence. Dann Timmons filled in as chairman since the chairman and vice chairman were not in attendance.

Candlelight Winery Goes to the Dogs

| Published on August 14, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Often when we think of wineries we think of a nice glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and some relaxing music; we usually do not add dogs to the mix, however, this past Saturday was Pug Day at the winery which brought out pugs …

Brick by Brick Honors Final-Four Baseball Teams

| Published on August 7, 2013

Windham -  The Brick by Brick Scholarship Committee will hold their annual fundraiser dinner this Saturday August 10, 2013 at Windham High School. Each year, the committee searches for the just the right person or group to honor at the dinner. The past honorees have been authors, local business people, …

Windham Township Approves Road Improvement Bids

| Published on August 7, 2013

Windham – Windham Township Trustees met on August 1, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Brian Miller. The trustees approved the minutes and the expenditures before moving on to roads.

The 8th Count Dance Studio Starts Fifth Year

| Published on August 7, 2013

Garrettsville – The 8th Count Dance Studio is celebrating their fifth year in business in Garrettsville. The studio is located in Garfield Plaza across the parking lot from the movie theatre.

Windham Puts Renewal Levy on the November Ballot

| Published on August 5, 2013

Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) met last Thursday at Katherine Thomas Elementary School for their regularly scheduled board meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Danny Burns.

Middlefield Summerfest was a Success

| Published on August 5, 2013

Middlefield – When one thinks of a Summerfest they think of blue skies, a balmy 80°, food, live entertainment and just good ole fun, and that was just what the committee for Middlefield Summerfest had in mind when they planned the event. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Cloudy skies …

Resident Wants an Apology from Elected Official

| Published on July 29, 2013

Nelson Twp. -  The Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the community house. Chairman of the Board Tom Matota called the meeting to order and asked if anyone would like to address the trustees with any issues.
Nelson resident, …

Kelly-Miller Circus Rolls into Town

| Published on July 29, 2013

Windham – Excitement filled the air as youngsters and their families converged on the old Katherine Thomas site Saturday, to see the Kelly-Miller Circus, an event that is becoming an annual must–do event for area residents.
This year, the Kelly- Miller Circus is celebrating its 75th  Anniversary and in honor of …