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Benjamin Coll

In addition to his roles as reporter and graphic designer at The Weekly Villager, Benjamin is also deeply involved with a number of local organizations and events including G-Men Unite and Garrettsville Summerfest among others. Currently serving as President of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Benjamin has worked hard to develop the 'Think Local' campaign which promotes awareness of what our community has to offer. In his downtime, Benjamin enjoys graphic design; researching entertainment industry marketing trends; performing arts; hiking; and photography.

All Star Showcase Simply Amazing!

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – If you weren’t at Iva L. Walker Auditorium on Friday, you missed one amazing benefit show produced by PMG Chocolatier. Between the tickets for the show, a 50/50 raffle, and the 94 gift baskets raffled during the show, over $6,400 was raised for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund. 

The Numbers Don’t Lie

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – On Monday night over sixteen concerned Portage County residents gathered for the first of many community meetings with the Portage County Drug Task Force. Led by Village Councilwoman Becky Harrington the meeting was a “barebones” version of the presentation delivered at a special meeting in Nelson Township on …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on April 9, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 2, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Cut & Pedi-thon Raises Funds For Rebuilding Garrettsville

| Published on April 3, 2014

Rachel King and her team of stylists at Facet Salon & Day Spa held a “Cut & Pedi – thon” last Saturday to raise money to help rebuild Garrettsville’s historic district. The salon was thrilled to announce that they had exceeded their goal of $1,000, and would be donating $1,260 …

Brewing For The Future

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – Main Street Grille & Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Mike Mallone (left), and Head Brewer Brian Koptis (right) are brewing a special GarrettsvilleStrong Pilsner. The beer goes on sale April 26th at $5 glass. 100% of proceeds benefit the GarrettsvilleStrong fund established to aid reconstruction of the block of shops …

#GarrettsvilleStrong

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire. 

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on March 27, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
Finney made copies of the …

Rebuild Garrettsville Meeting

| Published on March 26, 2014

Garrettsville Cinema OPEN!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – After months of intensive refurbishments and upgrades, the new owners of Garrettsville Cinema, Justin & Desiree Dlugokecki, held a weekend-long Grand Re-Opening celebration at their cinema. The owners were joined Saturday afternoon by Garrettsville Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chamber of Commerce President Benjamin Coll for a ribbon …

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

| Published on March 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.  

Internet Service A Hot Topic At Nelson Township Meeting

| Published on March 13, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Garrettsville Will Be Going Green March 17th

| Published on March 12, 2014

Garrettsville – O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney!
The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and it will start first thing in the morn’. …

Nelson Trustee News

| Published on February 26, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Spring is right around the corner, probably buried in a snowdrift but it is coming nevertheless.
One of the first signs of spring is the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville Monday, March 17th …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on February 12, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on January 22, 2014

Nelson Twp.  – Officials present at the January 15th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
As the first order of …

A Fresh Start for Nelson Township

| Published on January 16, 2014

Nelson Twp.  – Acting as the Chairman-Pro Tem, Nelson Township Fiscal Officer Dave Finney called the first trustee meeting of 2014 to order on January 8 and lead those in attendance in reciting the pledge of allegiance. Officials present at the meeting were trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom …

Garrettsville Area Chamber News

| Published on January 8, 2014

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce  wrapped up 2013 by celebrating another successful year of community involvement at its annual Holiday Social held on December 18th at Sugar Bush Golf Course. Over forty chamber members were treated to a delicious meal prepared by The Pasta House & Sherry …

Think Local: Happy Holidays from Your Chamber of Commerce

| Published on December 13, 2013

Garrettsville – On Saturday, November 30 hundreds of area residents gathered at Garrettsville’s clock tower for the annual Clock Tower Lighting & Visit with Santa Claus. At exactly 5:30 PM, village mayor Rick Patrick flipped the switch illuminating Garrettsville’s historic timepiece in dazzling yuletide colors. Those in attendance were also …

Residents Express Ire at Absentee Trustee

| Published on November 27, 2013

Nelson Twp – Meeting at 7:15pm on November 20, trustees Tom Matota and Joe Leonard were in attendance for a special meeting scheduled to decide the fate of two proposed amendments. Outgoing trustee Jim Turos was once again absent.
After the November 6 meeting, the trustees followed up with Township legal …

Break Out The Ice Cream Cake…

| Published on November 21, 2013

Garrettsville — Break out the ice cream cake, another area business is celebrating a major anniversary. This November marks the 40th anniversary of Garrettsville’s Dairy Queen, and the 38th year of Roger and Connie Angel’s ownership of the franchise. At the November 6th meeting of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of …

Nelson Trustees News

| Published on October 9, 2013

Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, trustee Tom Matota opened the floor to those present. Jacob Seinc of Scout Troop 465 presented the trustees with updates on his Eagle Scout project (the cleaning and restoration of the Pixley Park hiking trail). Seinc has revised his plan to trade …

Think Local: News & Events from the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce

| Published on October 9, 2013

Bruce Abraham, and his team at Charles Auto Family recently celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled Charles Chevrolet. Hundreds of local residents, and customers  — past and present –  were on hand for a day filled with great food, family activities, and entertainment by K-105. Attendees also had …

Second Style Boutique Opens in Garrettsville

| Published on September 11, 2013

Second Style resale boutique held their grand opening on Saturday, September 7th in downtown Garrettsville. Located at 8089 Main Street (the former Denette’s Designs), Second Style is packed with a range of new and gently used clothing items, accessories, children’s gear and toy.
Hours of operation for Second Style are 10am–6pm …

Nelson Township Trustee Meeting News

| Published on September 11, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Calling the meeting to order at 7:30 PM, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor to those in attendance. A resident from Kyle Road was present to ask whether Dave Finney had been able to find information regarding cable service contracts within the township. The resident mentioned that …

Facet Salon Hosts Open House

| Published on August 14, 2013

Garrettsville–On Tuesday, August 6th Rachelle King and the staff of Facet Salon and Day Spa played host to over 100 area residents and business owners during their business open house. Attendees were treated to a tour of the entire TLC facility, comprised of vision, wellness, and fitness centers in addition …

Fireman’s Association Dedicates Building

| Published on August 14, 2013

Garrettsville–Following a brief history of the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District, and the Fire Station, representatives of the district Fireman’s Association held a dedication ceremony Saturday evening during the 2013 Peach Social & Car Cruise. The new outbuilding located between the fire station, and Community EMS houses an assortment …

Three Area Businesses Celebrate Anniversaries in July

| Published on August 1, 2013

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize three member businesses who celebrated anniversaries in July.

IvaFest 2013

| Published on July 12, 2013

Garrettsville  -  On Sunday, July 7th the Villager’s own Iva Walker recently hosted a Riparian Lawn Party to celebrate the repetitive 39th Birthday of one of Garrettsville’s own. This time with live entertainment.
The crowd of over 100 “close personal friends” gathered at The Walker Riparian Cottage & Convention Centre was …

July Events at the Windham Library

| Published on July 11, 2013

Windham Library and the Renaissance Family Center invite everyone to a fun filled July.  We’ll start off being entertained with the magic of Drew Murray on Tuesday, July 16 at 12:30 p.m.  Kent State Summer Stock 2013 will be doing their theatrical performance of Puss & Boots on July 29 …

Original Quality & Fresh Ingredients Return to Italian Garden

| Published on July 1, 2013

Garrettsville – After briefly franchising-out their flagship restaurant in Garrettsville, owners Tim and Joselle Weiss have returned to the helm of The Italian Garden. Opening fifteen years ago in the former Mario Angelo Pizza building (8116 Main Street), The Italian Garden quickly became known as the place to go for …

Garfield Schools Celebrating Excellence

| Published on June 17, 2013

Garrettsville – Congratulations to the students and staff of the James A. Garfield Local School District. The district as a whole has achieved an “Excellent”, or “Excellent with Distinction” rating for five consecutive years with many of the schools holding these titles individually much longer than that. Beginning with the …

2013 Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

| Published on June 17, 2013

Garrettsville – On June 5th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Pictured above are the 2013 recipients of the scholarships.  Kaleigh Gilmer (left) will be attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing and psychology; Garrett McArdle (center) will be persuing a degree …

At Cedar Point the World-Class Thrills Start at the Gate

| Published on May 15, 2013

Sandusky — On Thursday, May 9th thousands of coaster enthusiasts from across the globe flocked to America’s “roller-coast”, Cedar Point, for the opportunity to take flight on the amusement park’s latest record-shattering rollercoaster—GateKeeper.

Stirring Up Success: Pasta House Thrives in Garrettsville

| Published on April 24, 2013

Garrettsville – After four months of outstanding support from the community, Garrettsville’s latest culinary destination—The Pasta House—is serving up extended hours and a bevy of exciting new entrees this spring. 

Find Your Way to Historic Garrettsville This St. Patrick’s Day

| Published on March 8, 2013

O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney!
The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off …

Excavation at Cleveland Museum of Art Brings The Last Days of Pompeii to Life

| Published on March 1, 2013

Cleveland – Working in conjunction with the Theatre Ninjas, a Cleveland-based theater troupe committed to creating “experiences that are out-of-the-ordinary, [and] unforgettable events”, the Cleveland Museum of Art is bringing the tragic history of Pompeii to life. 

Help “Shut The Door on Hunger” This Saturday

| Published on February 6, 2013

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Police Department, and Save-A-Lot are teaming up to “shut the door on hunger” this weekend. The first Fill-A-Cruiser promotion of 2013 will take place Saturday, February 9th from 8:00 AM—1:00 PM; allowing Save-A-Lot shoppers an opportunity to help fill Garrettsville police cruisers with donations of non-perishable …

‘We Regret to Inform You’ Rocks Cleveland

| Published on January 31, 2013

CLEVELAND—“This next band isn’t from Streetsboro High School, it IS Streetsboro High School!” quipped emcee Jeff Kutz as he introduced Streetsboro’s own ‘We Regret to Inform You’ at the Tri-C® High School Rock Off on January 27th. All joking aside, Kutz wasn’t too far from the truth. Brought together in …

When East Meets West: Dralion Takes Cleveland by Storm

| Published on April 10, 2012

CLEVELAND—The roar of dralions (a clever blending of eastern dragons and western lions) could be heard throughout lower Cleveland over the holiday weekend, drawing thousands to their temporary home within Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. Billed as a performance that “transcends the boundaries of imagination”, the performers and crew of …

East Meets West in Cleveland This Weekend

| Published on April 6, 2012

CLEVELAND—Billed as a performance that “transcends the boundaries of imagination”, the performers and crew of Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion achieve just that. Running April 4th through 8th at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, spectators are drawn into a dazzling world of rich colors, moving instrumentals and flowing textiles. Showcasing the …