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Mixed-veggie-container-gardenDon’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle.  Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs.  Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes.  A fifteen to twenty-four inch diameter pot or twenty-four to thirty-six-inch-long window box is a good starting size.  Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so they can be watered less frequently.

Check containers daily and water thoroughly as needed.  Self-watering pots need less frequent watering, allowing busy gardeners and travelers the opportunity to grow plants in pots with minimal care.

Fill the container with a well-drained potting mix.  Read the label on the container mix bag. Add a slow release organic nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite (milorganite.com), at planting for better results with less effort.  It provides small amounts of nutrients throughout most of the season and eliminates the need to mix and water in fertilizer throughout the growing season. Sprinkle a bit more on the soil surface midseason or when changing out your plantings.

Mix colorful flowers with nutritious vegetables for attractive, healthy results. Bright Lights Swiss Chard, pansies (their flowers are edible), colorful leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, and trailing ivy make a great cool season combination.  Fresh-from-the-container-garden vegetables make the best -tasting salads and the greens provide Vitamins A and C as well as calcium.  Use the pansy flowers to dress up a salad or frozen in ice cubes for an added gourmet touch to beverages.

For summer, use tomatoes, peppers, eggplants or peas, beans, and cucumbers trained on a trellis.  All are packed full of nutrients and make a great vertical accent. Surround the towering vegetables with purple basil, tri-color sage, carrots, beets and a colorful trailing annual like verbena, lantana, or bidens.

Don’t forget to squeeze in a few onions or garlic.  The fragrant foliage can be decorative and these vegetables help lower blood sugar and cholesterol, while aiding in digestion.

So be creative and add a few small-scale, attractive vegetables high in nutritional value to a variety of containers this season.

Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom - Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline Top - Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso Not pictured - Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom – Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline
Top – Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso
Not pictured – Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Garrettsville - We are proud to announce that Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws have put together a team of local 12u and out of town players to raise money for the rebuilding of the businesses lost in the fire in Garrettsville a few weeks ago. We have 7 Garrettsville girls, 4 Crestwood, and 3 out of towner’s joining together for the cause along with local and Outlaw coaches!

There will be a fund raising scrimmage vs Crestwood Heat 14u April 25th @ 6pm at the fields in Shalersville Park on 303 off the 44 exit of the Ohio Turnpike. Feel free to come out and root the girls on. Cash donations or non-perishable food or household items will be accepted at the game. No donation is required to attend.

We will also be taking our “Garrettsville Strong” team to a tournament in Akron May 3-4th. The tournament director has graciously donated a large portion of our tournament fees back to the fund. Each family is donating per player to play in the tournament as well. Our uniform is the fund raising t-shirts offered by the Weekly Villager with the players numbers on the back, so most all donations go directly to the fund.

The Garrettsville business community has always generously supported the softball ladies and we felt we needed to do something to give back for all the years of support!

Special thanks to Warren Wolff, president of the Ohio Outlaws and Adam Acord, head coach of Outlaws Silver 12u for their support in this effort, along with coach Chris of the Crestwood Heat. Several local girls play for the Outlaws and other travel softball organizations and its fitting we could collaborate Recreational and Travel players and just play some softball.

The link listed below provides info on the early bird pre-season tournament in Akron http://www.thesoftballzone.com/vb3/other-tournaments-friendlies-scrimmages/56571-2nd-annual-north-akron-warmup.html

newton-township-cemetary-assocNewton Township - The Newton Township Cemetery Association wishes to thank everyone for supporting the dinner we sponsored at the First Christian Church. The proceeds will be used for cemetery improvements and the Association will decide at its next meeting  which project it will be working on in the coming months.

A special thanks to Doreen and Rob Lutz, Louanne Dubos, Mary Lou O’Lear and everyone who helped make the dinner so successful.

The next meeting was to  be at the Newton Township Administration building, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Please consider joining the Association and become involved in preserving our seven cemeteries.

hattiebooksMantua -  On Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 3p.m. Son of Hattie and Richard Larlham, Richard Charles Larlham will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, “The Old Man and Me.” This book details the entertaining tales of his childhood growing up on a farm in rural Ohio during the “Golden Years.”

Susan Busch, mother of a child with Deletion 22q. 11 syndrome and friend of Hattie Larlham, will be signing and reading from her book, “Yearning for Normal.” This heartfelt memoir follows the journey she and her son took pushing through the struggle of his disease towards hope.

Their inspiring books and copies of “Up Syndrome” by Megan Abner and “Dear Children” by Hattie Larlham will all be available for purchase ($5 – $20).

Hattie Larlham will also be showcasing its many agencies and departments at the open house. Take tours of the facility, enjoy yummy Hattie’s Café treats, and interact with Hattie’s individuals and staff. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Hattie’s different agencies, seek job opportunities, and walk away with amazing Mothers’ Day and Father’s Day gifts.

All are welcome as this event is open to the public.

For more information, visit: http://share.hattielarlham.org/hattie-larlham-hosts-open-house-and-book-signing/

andover-hardware-sign-club-Spring-Gas-Up-ShowWayne Township - The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club will start off their 33rd year with their annual Spring Gas-Up Show scheduled for Saturday, May, 10th.  The Club was formed 33 years ago and holds several events throughout the summer.  Club members open their beautiful grounds at 4026 St. Rt. 322 in Wayne Township, Ohio, on the 10th for members to display projects completed over the past winter and to bring out other items.  The Agricultural Heritage Museum and the P & LE Passenger Depot Museum both will be open during the Show.  The Club will be serving delicious food so you can come and stay the whole day.  In conjunction with the one day show there will also be a 2 day Flea Market which will be held both Saturday and Sunday.  Hours will be 9 am to 4 pm and there is a small donation asked for admission on Saturday.

The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the purpose of the collection, preservation, restoration, and exhibition of engines, vehicles, machinery, and other items of historical value.  The grounds is home to two railroad depots moved there from the town of Andover several years ago, a 1930 era gas station, an Agricultural Heritage Museum, a general store, and a one room school house along with several other display buildings.  Volunteers have restored several engines, tractors, and other pieces of equipment which will be on display along with items from Club members.  Work has begun on their newest projects which include an addition to the Fairbanks Morse building and the moving of an oil field building and engine from Bullion, PA.

Hope to see everyone at our Spring Gas-Up Show and we hope you will come back and visit us at our really big show scheduled for July 4th through the 6th which is always a very fun filled weekend for ACAEC and for all of Ashtabula County.  Other events scheduled for the Show Grounds are the Lenape Indian Nation’s Native American Indian Powwow which will be held on June 20 through June 22, a Bluegrass Festival on August 15th and 16th, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by the Andover United Methodist Church during the Labor Day weekend, the Lakeland Chapter of the AACA’s Antique Car and Truck Show on Sunday, September 14th, and winds up with ACAEC’s annual Fall Show on September 20th. For additional information please visit the Club’s website at www.ashtabulaantiqueengineclub.net.

 

Pictured left to right: Diane Jendrisak, Co-President of the Portage County Gardeners, and Chair of the May Mart/Plant Sale& Nancy Polz, chair of Pre-Sale. They are getting ready for the upcoming events at the garden center at  5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna

Pictured left to right: Diane Jendrisak, Co-President of the Portage County Gardeners, and Chair of the May Mart/Plant Sale& Nancy Polz, chair of Pre-Sale. They are getting ready for the upcoming events at the garden center at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna

Ravenna – The Portage County Gardeners are hosting several upcoming events at the garden center in Rootstown.  The address for the center is 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266

The first event is a Mother’s Day sale on Sat. May 10 from 9a.m.- 2p.m. There will be hanging baskets and patio pots for sale at various prices for the Mother’s Day Sale.  Then on Fri. eve May 16 – 4-7p.m and on Sat. May 17- 9-2 p.m. there will be a May Mart/ Plant Sale which includes home-dug perennials, area nursery  stock of annuals, baskets, patio pots, vegetables, herbs, raffles, lunch, a display of the winning posters from the Soil and Water Conservation Contest, a display by the Master Gardeners’, a PCGC membership display, and a bake sale. Thirdly, a Canning Workshop will be offered at the garden center on Sat. June 14, from 10- noon. The cost for this workshop is $25.00 .  Those interested in the Canning Workshop need to contact Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 for a reservations and pre-pay.

Finally, on June 17 the center will host Noelle Clark from Petitti’s Garden Center for a program called ” The Junkyard Up-Cycled Garden.”  Mark your calendars for the plant sales, the canning workshop and program.  You will be delighted.

 

Photo: nickshamhart.com

Photo: nickshamhart.com

Ravenna – Nick Shamhart will be speaking at Reed Memorial Library on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. as the final program of the library’s Local Authors Series.

Nick Shamhart’s writing ranges from romantic comedy to thriller. He is the author of the theologically- and psychologically-driven series based on the afterlife called the Balance Books, and the romantic comedy, The Knight’s Wife. Nick’s latest work, The Fog Within, is his best-selling and highly acclaimed dramatic look into the mind of a severely autistic woman.

Nick Shamhart lives in Cleveland with his wife and two daughters. For more detailed information visit his website, www.nickshamhart.com.

All programs in the Local Authors Series are free and do not require registration. For more information visit Reed Memorial Library at 167 East Main Street, Ravenna, or call (330) 296-2827 (ext. 200).

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Garrettsville Strong

When there’s a fire that shakes our faith, and we see the pain and tears of the people who lost everything. Now we fight back with prayers and hope. We see the people coming together like a town. But more like a family. We see the hope to all those who were hurt. So we put our arms around them and you will never be alone. For every bump in the road in life, God sends a friend to pick you up when you’re down. Even though those lost shops we will miss, but will never be forgotten.

Susan Jessica Strang

 

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century-village-logoBurton – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum is inviting the community for an evening of music and socializing at its second-annual Wine Tasting, 2pm-7pm, April 26.

The Wine Tasting, featuring wines from six wineries from throughout the region, is part of a continuing series of events aimed at bringing the community together on the picturesque grounds of Century Village Museum, one of the county’s most beloved treasures, said Historical Society Board President Bill Jackson.

He said gatherings like the Wine Tasting and next month’s Rib Burn Off are in the spirit of community-building inspired by the positive response to Ohio Chautauqua, which Century Village Museum hosted in the summer of 2012.

“It is part of Geauga County’s heritage to get together and socialize with neighbors on our village greens and town squares,” Jackson said. “We hope to revive that tradition with events like these.

“Century Village belongs to all of Geauga County,” he added. “No matter where you live in the county, this is your gathering place.”

For tickets, call 440-834-1492. Cheese platters and tickets for additional tastings will be available at the event. Guests 21 and older, please.

 

Source: Mantua Soapworks

Source: Mantua Soapworks

Mantua – The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet on Monday, May 5th.  The meeting will start at noon with a light lunch and business meeting. Afterwards, Lynn Grove of Mantua Soap Works, will share her knowledge of homemade soaps, and similar other products that she makes.  For those interested in attending, please call Lea Lazar (330-274-0614), or Diane Lottig (330-274-268).  The MVGC would also like to invite everyone to their annual plant sale on May17th, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, downtown, in the village, on Rt.44. The plant sale is our annual fund raiser, which we use to help buy flowers and plants to beautify Mantua.  For those who may be thinning out flower beds, in the next few weeks, we welcome any plant donations.  To donate plants please contact Denise Ballentine (330-297-6712).

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Geauga West Friends of the Library Accepting Donations for the Summer Book Sale

 

Geauga County – The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2, 2014.  Bring new or gently used children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised at the book sale support programming at the Geauga West Library,  located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

 

Monday Breakfast

Mondays

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

 

Red Shield Pantry – Ravenna

1st Weds of the Month

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

 

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Schwan’s Fundraiser

The Curtains up Theatre has begun their Schwan’s food fundraiser. Just go to http://schwans.flipgive.com/f/23515 order food, which you purchase all the time and a % of your order will go to The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre.  All food is delivered to your door, no chasing around picking up your order.

 

Author Sam Thomas Visits Hiram College

April 24

The Hiram College Friends of the Library will host author Sam Thomas for a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. on April 24th, in the Library’s Pritchard Room. He will present the talk: “From History to Mystery: or, How to Tell the Truth Even When You are Lying.” Thomas has authored “The Midwife’s Tale” (2013), “The Harlot’s Tale” (2014) and “Creating Communities in Restoration England: Parish and Congregation in Oliver Heywood’s Halifax” (2011). He earned his Ph.D. in history (with a focus on Reformation England) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. He currently teaches at the University School in Shaker Heights.

 

God Provides a Free Meal

April 25

God Provides a Free Meal on April 25th from 4-6pm at Nelson United Methodist Church. Dinner will be chili, cornbread, salad & dessert.

 

Spring Fling 

April 25

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host the Spring Fling Square Dance, on April 25th at the Town Hall at Rt. 45 & Rt. 87. No dancing experience is necessary. The time of the dance is 7:00pm thru 9:30pm. Admission is 5.00 per person. Light refreshments will be served.  More information call (330)506-3370.

 

Rummage Sale

April 25 & 26 

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

 

Indoor Yard Sale

April 26

Indoor Yard Sale will be held on April 26th from 9am to 4pm at Christian Life Center’s new location; 1972 East Summit Road Kent at the corner of St Rt 261 and Summit Road. Vendors are needed. Rental spaces are available for $20.00 per space. Spaces size 8×8 feet. All vendors must provide own tables and chairs. Set-up times are Friday 6:00 – 8:00pm and Saturday 7am – 8:45am.  Something for everyone! Household items, collectibles, furniture, toys, books, jewelry, accessories, tasty baked goods, hot dogs and much more! For vendor applications, call Irene at (330)296-9109 or the church at (330)678-9234.

 

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

April 26

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

 

Spring Rummage Sale

April 26

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

 

Celebrity Bartender Night

April 26

JAG Junior Class after Prom Committe is holding a Celebrity Bartender  Night at Slim n Jumbos  this Saturday night, April 26, 2014 from 8 pm -11pm.  The proceeds from this event will go for the after prom

 

Eagles Steak Fry

April 26

The Garrettsville Eagles monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner will be held on April 26th from 4 – 7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll. Steak dinners are $12 and chicken dinners are $8. Carryout is available by calling 330-527-2330. Entertainment after dinner will be provided by “Boogie Men” 8 – 11:30. Open to the public

 

Observatory Open House

April 26

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on April 26th from 9:00 to 11:00 PM. Visitors will view Giant planet Jupiter (early), the Beehive Star Cluster, the M3 Star Cluster, and possibly (late) planet Mars. Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Happy Hour Painting

April 26

Join TAG for Happy Hour painting, from 3-5 on the last Saturday of every month at the Lime Tree.  Cost is $20 for instruction and all paint supplies, including the canvas.  The series’ theme will be “Warren Seen Through the Eyes of the Masters”, and each session will feature a different historic building, done in a classic style.  At the April 26th class, you will paint Courthouse Square in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.  Instructors are Sue Hammond and Lindsay Koontz.   Refreshments, including craft beers and local wines, will be available for purchase.  For reservations (recommended) please call 330 506-0080 or 330 395-4876.

 

Free Clothing Give-Away

April 26

Free Clothing Give-Away will be April 26th from 9-1 at St. William Parish Office located at 5431 Mahoning Ave. in Champion. For more details contact Debi at 330-885-0885.

 

Newton Falls Kiwanis Club’s Annual Steak Dinner 

 April 26

The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold their annual Steak Cookout on April 26th from 4 to 7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center on Quarry Street.The meal includes a 14-ounce sirloin steak, on the grill, cooked as you wish, salad, potato, drink, and dessert, all for $15.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any NF Kiwanis member or by calling Bob at 330-872-3854. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Kiwanis meets every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 pm at The Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant. We welcome new members.

 

Earth Day at Hiram: Roots of Resilience, Routes to Change

April 26

Celebrate the Earth and empower yourself to be sustainable. Three speakers will present on a diversity of topics, including climate change, conservation, home energy efficiency and grassroots activism, demonstrating the sometimes subtle and unseen links between environmental issues and everyday activities. Community members are encouraged to bring their children and participate in a variety of child-friendly activities, including face-painting, nature games and crafts. Activities and speakers throughout the day (10:00am-5:00pm). ?All are welcome for this FREE event at Hiram College. For information, call 440-265-06217 or email josephca@hiram.edu.

Spaghetti Dinner

April 26

Windham United Methodist Church is hosting it’s last  Spaghetti Dinner of the season, on Saturday, April 26th , from 4:30 – 7:00pm. All you can eat, includes spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread & butter, homemade dessert and beverage.

Adults $7.00, Children 5-12 $4.00, under 5 free.  Takeouts are available!

 

Hall of Fame Dinner

April 26

J.A. Garfield Hall of Fame Dinner will be April 26th at 5:30 pm in the High School Commons. Tickets are $25 apiece. Contact Sheri Johnson at 330-671-0228 for more information. 2014 Inductees are Harry Kraft, Nick Rogers, Rusty Kearney and Jeremy Vecchio

 

Pasta 4 Paws Dinner

April 26

Rose’s Rescue will be holding their second annual Pasta 4 Paws pasta dinner and Chinese auction on April 26th from 2pm-7pm. Raffle drawings will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Winner need not be present.  Great food and chances for some great gifts.  Kindle Fire basket, Sealy Mattress set, Basket of Cheer, and a Lottery Tree just to name a few of the over 100 items that will be raffled off that day. The event will be held at the American Legion Hall # 331, 109 Elm St, Ravenna Ohio. Meal tickets are $7.00 adult, $5.00 children (5-12), Children under 5 years old are free.  Tickets are available at the door. Rose’s Rescue is a nonprofit pet rescue based out of Rootstown Ohio. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rose’s Rescue at 330-850-7042.

 

Von Trapped

April 26 & 27

Northcoast Men’s Chorus Von Trapped will be April 26th at 8 pm and April 27th at 3pm at Regina Auditorium, Notre Dame College, 1857 S. Green Road, South Euclid Ohio. Advanced sales $10-35 – door sales $15-40. Information tickets@ncmchorus.org or 216-556-0590

 

Knee Deep in Bluebells

April 27

One of the most unbelievable and spectacular sights in all of Ohio is the riot of wildflowers at the Poland Forest, near Youngstown. Here, in a setting among some of the largest trees in the state, thousands upon thousands of wild bluebells and other spring wildflowers bloom. The forest floor is literally awash with a carpet of bluebells, dabs of red and white trilliums and a haze of marsh marigolds; the artistry of nature in all its glory. The hike begins at 4:00pm. Hiking fee: $7 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register and for directions.

 

Crescent Meeting

April 28

All members of the Crescent Chapter No 7 O.E.E. of Garrettsville are urged to attend its meeting on April 28th at 7:30.

 

Shalersville School Reunion Reservations

April 28

On May 3rd The Shalersville School Reunion will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall. A banquet dinner of stuffed chicken breast and beef tenderloin will be served at 5:30.  All former classmates and friends are welcome to attend; cost is $15.00 per person.  Prepaid reservations need to be made by April 28th to Judy Richardson at 8945 Cooley Rd., Ravenna, Oh 44266 or call 330-297-9681.  We will honor the classmates of 1944,1954,1964 and the oldest and youngest classmates present.  There will a few other surprises and the Shalersville Historical Museum will be open from 4:00 to 5:00 that afternoon.

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde to Host “Statehouse Update” Town Hall Meeting

 April 28

State Representative Kathleen Clyde will host a town hall discussion at the Deerfield Township Hall on April 28th at 6:00 p.m. Rep. Clyde will give an update on important state issues and her work in Central and Southern Portage County. She will also spend time listening to citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback. Representative Clyde hosts regular town hall meetings at different locations across Portage County for residents to learn about and discuss state legislative issues. All are welcome to attend.

 

Do You Eat Too Many Meals Alone?

April 29

If you are one of the many adults in our community who lives alone for any reason and dreads yet another dinner for one, come share a potluck supper with others in similar circumstance.  The time is 5:30pm on April 29 at the Community Center at Mantua Center (in the old Center School on Center Rd just N. of Rt. 82.).  No charge, but bring a dish to share; disposable plates and plastic ware will be provided.  This could become a weekly event, or be scheduled once or twice a month, depending on demand.   Contact Ellie Monroe at efoster@config.com or 330-274-0711 for questions or suggestions

 

Community Center at Mantua Center           

April 29 & May 13

Every Tuesday except election days the gymnasium wing of the Old Center School is open starting at 9:30am as a community center.  Coffee, tea, a jigsaw puzzle, and folks to talk with are always available, as are a selection of old fashioned board games and playing cards.  A watercolor group meets at 9:30; all welcome, bring your own supplies.  Several of those in charge are quilters who are willing to help newbies, and usually there’s someone who could help with knitting or crochet.  At noon we share a potluck lunch, and usually our ‘luck’ has been excellent.  On April 29 at 11:00 there will be a meeting of all those willing to volunteer some time to keep the community center going, to set up a schedule and discuss how to make it better.  That same day the center’s hours will be extended to include a potluck supper at 5:30, with a special invitation extended to anyone who eats too many meals alone.  Other special programs will be announced from time to time.  Free and open to all.

 

Pricetown Rummage Sale

May 1

Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444,  is having a rummage sale where a treasure trove of bargains will be found.  The sale is Thursday, May 1st, and Friday May 2nd from 9am to 5pm and Saturday (bag day) May 3rd from 9am to noon. Bake sale and lunch counter Thursday and Friday. Come shop and eat!!

 

Rummage Sale

May 1-3

Mark your calendar for the Rummage sale at Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Road in Chesterland, May 1 – 3. The hours are Thursday (9 am – 4 pm), Friday (9 am – 7 pm) and Saturday – Bag Day (9am – noon). The sale has something for everyone.  All proceeds are for missions.

 

Rummage & Bake Sale

May 2

The Nelson United Methodist Church is having their spring rummage sale on May 2 & 3. May 2 the sale will be from 9-5 and May 3 from 9-noon. We have many good, clean items for sale. All clothing for sale, bag day all day both days! Delicious bakery and if the weather cooperates, limited perennials.

 

Spring Wildflower Hike

May 3

Join professional naturalist staff from the ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, as we identify well over 70 species of Spring wildflowers at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve. We’ll see a wide diversity of flowers of all shapes and sizes including, Wake Robin, Squirrel Corn and Virginia Bluebells. The hike will begin at 10:00 am on May 3rd in the parking lot. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve is located at 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH. This is a free hike and registration is not required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118.

 

 

 

Wildflower Lollapalooza & Wine Fest

May 3

Discover the amazing display of wildflowers along the trails of the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve near Garrettsville. Following our exploration of the forest, we will retire to the nearby Candlelight Winery for a little sip of the grape. Meet at the Eagle Creek preserve at 3 pm  (2 miles northeast of Garrettsville on Center St, and 1 mile south on Hopkins Rd). Hiking fee: $5 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Windham Fire Memorial Car Wash/ Bake Sale / Silent Auction

May 3

We are raising funds to add two names  to our Memorial Stone — Ernie Bradley and Lenny Polichena.   May 3rd at 10:30 -1pm. The Windham Fire cadets will be doing a car wash: $6 for cars  $8 for trucks. Windham Fire Sirens  Auxiliary will be holding the Bake sale and silent auction. Tickets for Silent Auction will be $1 each or 7 for $5 — Drawing will be at 1 pm.  If you would like to donate baked goods or Silent Auction Items, you can drop them off at Windham Fire Station or Call JoAnn 330-979-3935for  pick up. Any donations by check can be made out to Windham Fire. Thank you for your support.

 

Parents Without Partners

May 3

In celebrations of the chapter’s 40th year, Portage County Chapter #600 Parents Without Partners members invite non-members, former members and alumni to join them for their anniversary-themed dance on May 3rd from 7:30-11:30 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Avenue in Tallmadge. If you are interested please call Warrine 330-322-9559 for more information.

 

Nelson Township Clean-up

May 3 &4

Nelson Township will be having the Township clean-up on Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 4 pm both days. Location will be behind the Nelson Community House. There will be a limit of 6 tires per household and unlimited batteries, electronics, and appliances. The item that will not be accepted are paint, oil, gasoline, hazardous chemicals, yard debris, shingles, concrete items and railroad ties. Please be prepared to show ID as proof of residency.

 

Elvis by Kelvis

May 4

An afternoon with Elvis by Kelvis (Elvis impersonator Kevin Hupka) May 4th at 3pm, Shalersville Township Hall. Admission $10.00. For info and tickets contact June 330-274-0547 or Carol 330-626-3636.

 

 

 

 

Blood Drive

May 5

Falls Home Remodeling is sponsoring a blood drive on May 5th from 2-6pm. Falls Home Remodeling is located at 104 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio. Call 330-872-3257 for more info.

 

Secret Garden: Moore, Draime Estate Gardens

May 9

This beautiful garden in Howland is operated by Kent State University and is closed to the public. A wide variety of plants are found in the well planned perennial garden, the formal English and Italian gardens, conifer collection, and walled vegetable and water gardens. The grounds  also contain a unique sculpture collection by Caroline Stacey and others. Directions will be provided upon registration. Fee: $12 for members of the Friends of the Field Station ($15 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Newton Falls Plant Exchange- It’s Spring in the Falls!

May 10

Join us on May 10th from 9 AM until Noon at Newton Falls Park to meet with other gardeners and to trade plants.  Just bring at least 6 plants to trade (more are always welcome).  Fancy pots are not required; any old box or bag will do.  In addition to the plants, a band will provide live music so bring a lawn chair and relax. There will be a few vendors and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County will be there with some adoptable pets as well.  The event takes place at JC Pavilion on Center Street at the City Park.  Call Susan with any questions at 330-718-3469 or look us up on Facebook at Newton Falls Plant Exchange.

 

The Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland Plant Sale 

May 10

The Perennial Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale is the day before Mother’s Day from 8am-2pm at the Town Hall in Chesterland, 12701 Chillicothe Rd., just North of Mayfield Rd.  How perfect! Pick up a plant for Mother’s Day while making your own selections.  Expect common favorites and the unusual, many cared for in the home gardens of club members.  Plants galore, including perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and lush hanging baskets.  The proceeds of this event sustain ongoing community projects.  The Perennial Gardeners meet at 7 P.M. at West Geauga Middle School, the fourth Wednesday of the month.  Membership is open to those living in the West Geauga Local School District.  For information call Linda at 440-338-8644.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

May 10

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Paxton will be May 10th at Happy Day School, 2500 Brady Lake Rd in Ravenna, from 3-7 pm. This dinner will help raise money for a handicap-accessible van and other medical needs. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, rolls, dessert and drink. Cost is $10 per person. T shirt sale, Chinese auction and 50/40 raffle – winner need not be present.

 

Spring Thaw Comedy Showcase

May 10

Free admission for the Main Street fire businesses!  Come and share some laughter.  On Saturday, May 10 at 7pm the Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre  group will play host to their Spring Thaw Comedy Showcase fundraiser.  This event will take place at Slim n Jumbo’s with 10% of ticket sales going to benefit the People Tree fund for the business owners displaced by the fire on Main Street back in March. The cost is $10.00 at the door.

 

Pancake Breakfast

May 10

Boy Scout Troop 4065, chartered by the Nelson United Methodist Church, is holding a Pancake Breakfast on May 10th from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Nelson Community House on the circle.  Suggested donations for the all-you-can-eat pancakes are $6 for adults, $4 for children 6-10 and free for 5 and under.  There will also be a bake sale and cut flower sale just in time for Mother’s Day!  The breakfast is being held to raise funds for the troop.  The troop consists of scouts from Nelson, Garrettsville, Freedom, Mantua, Ravenna and Streetsboro.  Hope to see you there!

 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite…..

May 10

Gather your friends and family (and your kites) and come out to Overlook Park (State Route 168 in Parkman) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a time to reconnect with the simple things in life. This marks the 14th Annual Kite Festival hosted by the Parkman Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites.  There will be a Make It –Take It Workshop, demonstrations by OSEK, Kite Sprint Races (for all ages), a variety of kites available for sale, as well as a concession stand with refreshments for sale.  If you have any questions about this activity, please contact Sandie at (440) 632-3473 or Sandy at (440) 548-5740.

 

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups

May 10 & 24

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding signups for football and cheerleading on May 10th and 24th  at the Community center stone pavilion. The signups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The signups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheerleading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.

 

Community Garage Sale

May 17

Vendors are needed for Community Garage Sale at American Legion Hall on Goodwin Street in Burton Ohio on May 17th from 8am-1pm. Contact Mike Karlinsky 440-286-1202.

 

Upper Cuyahoga River Spring Hikes 

May 17

In conjunction with the Friends of the Crooked River’s, River Day event, ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will be hosting hikes in two preserves along the Upper Cuyahoga River. The hikes will include Mantua Bog State Nature Preserve and Tummonds Scenic River Preserve at the following times:  Mantua Bog – 11:00 am and Tummonds – 1:30 pm. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special instructions: The Mantua Bog hike will begin at the intersection of Peck and Mennonite Rds. East of the Buchert Memorial Park in Mantua, Ohio. Visitors are requested to park at the Buchert Memorial Park located on East High St. and walk the Portage Park District Headwaters Trail east to Peck Rd. to begin the hike. Water resistant footwear is recommended. The Tummonds Scenic River Preserve hike will begin at the Glacial Esker Trial parking area located at the Mantua Village water treatment plant at Line St. and Mats Rd. in Mantua, OH.

 

James A. Garfield PTO Pick Your Price Rummage Sale

May 24

Saturday May 24th from 9am – 3pm the James A Garfield Intermediate School PTO invites you to come shop our annual rummage sale filled with great items donated from local residents and more! For more information or to volunteer call Heather at 440.548.5930. All proceeds will benefit the Garfield PTO. Remaining items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

 

Memorial Day Service

May 26

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Post will be hosting their Memorial Day Service at the Burton Village Gazebo on May 26th, followed by an open house at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.

 

Gorge Hike 

May 31

Join professional naturalist staff from the ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, as we traverse the hemlock lined sandstone gorge and waterfalls of Sheepskin Hollow State Nature Preserve in Columbiana County. The hike will begin at 1:00pm. Sheepskin Hollow is located at 50991 Pancake-Clarkson Rd Negley, OH  44441. No registration is required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special Instructions: This is a difficult hike and not recommended for small children or inexperienced hikers. Parking is along Pancake Clarkson Rd. near the power line right of way.

 

Danku Memorial Gold Outing 

June 6-8

Tee it up for the Danku Memorial Golf outing June 6,7 & 8 – Mineral Wells, WV. 30 openings – 1st come, 1st serve. $50 deposit by May 1st. Call Dennie Pochedly 330-527-4896

 

 

5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459 Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.

 

Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

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

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

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

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Geauga West Friends of the Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support – for donations, for volunteers, and for everyone who came to purchase books and other items. The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Cass Owens, Library Director, Reed Memorial Library; Cecilia Swanson, Library Director, Portage County District Library; Rep. Kathleen Clyde- 75th District; Corrine Alldridge, Assistant Library Director, Portage County District Library; Stacey Richardson, Library Director, Kent Free Library.

Pictured, left to right: Cass Owens, Library Director, Reed Memorial Library; Cecilia Swanson, Library Director, Portage County District Library; Rep. Kathleen Clyde- 75th District; Corrine Alldridge, Assistant Library Director, Portage County District Library; Stacey Richardson, Library Director, Kent Free Library.

Columbus – Portage County District Library, along with Reed Memorial Library and Kent Free Library, attended Legislative Day on Wednesday, April 2 in Columbus. Each year, the libraries attend Legislative Day to meet with legislators to ask for their continued support. This year was especially important since libraries are asking that the General Assembly increase the Public Library Fund (PLF) formula percentage from 1.66% to 2.0% of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) tax revenue to help libraries recover from the 2014 PLF 4% cut as well as additional proposed tax cuts. In the fiscal year 2012-2013, the Biennium Budget reduced the PLF percentage from 2.2% to 1.66%. The PLF currently provides public libraries the same amount of state funding as provided in 1996. This is the only state revenue public libraries receive. In addition, the Portage County District Library currently receives no additional local support.

 

5th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Noah Baker, Jacob Baczkowski, Cody Leasure, Austin Lysiak, Faith Mills, Sierra Savitts, Jack Norris, Grace Edwards, Mycah Pinson, Lilia Hornbeck, Emma Evitts, Carissa Lininger,

Logan Sedivy, Leah Trask, Trinity Williamson, Theodore Ridenbaugh, Grace Czeciuk, Trystan Gedeon, Ashley Smith,

Hailey Davis, Sydney Woolard, Elizabeth Edic, Jacob Fergis,

Grace Mills

 

5th Grade – Honor Roll

Sarah Glenn, Sommer Bourne, Sarah Bittence, David Martin, Isabelle Puleo, Sydney Woconish, Danielle Popek, Dakota Burkett, Kylie Greenberg, Jacob Britton, Ashley Carey, Timothy DeGrino, Chad Wright, Logan Horvath, Owen Janic, Lilly Johns, Aleigha Homan, Aaron Craver, Stephanie Popek, Ruth Miller, Jordyn Scott, Matthew Kane, Alyssa Kleinhen, Michael Baczkowski, Jason Schaefer, Evalynne Harrington, Kyle Lance

Samantha Miller, Stephen Miller, Cole Owens, Luke Porter, Alex Pignaloso, Layla Jordan

 

5th Grade – Merit Roll

Lucas Neikirk, Michael Richards, Kaitlynn Yukich, Kaila Bloom, Matthew Hale, Isis Gibson, Samantha Williams, Mari Rogers, Paige Marek, Kiley O’Brien, William Kolmorgen, Gavin Friess, Isaac Trickett, Matthew Berecek, Christian Bell, Joshua Honeycutt, Samantha Peska, Hannah Norton, Jace Cain,

Ryleigh Gough, Hayden Troyer, Alexa Craig, Jessica Martin, Kyra Eaton, Austin Lee-Prosser

 

6th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Anna Morrissey, Kyleigh Grandon, Lillian Oles, Owen Cmunt, Jilleena Moore, Phillip West, Eric Fonseca, Colton Klatik, Karlee Huter, Ellie Frato-Sweeney, Jillian Crane, Rayana Goodner, Talon Cline

 

6th Grade – Honor Roll

Hannah Chartier, Gianna D’Amico, Mandolin Arnett, Bradley Valdman, Brooke-Lyn Collin, Taylor Soltis, Nathan Pitsinger, Brittney Gotthardt, Noah Cornicelli, Laina Galayde, Hannah Bittence, Noah Frato-Sweeney, Madelyn Scirocco, Jesse Marderwald, Mattie Marsillio, Meilee Holton, Cassandra Finney, Bryar Veon, Anthony Lunardi, Maya Brown, Cameron King, Eric Schaefer, Adam Derthick, Joseph Ball, Emma Lawrence, Sara Kittle, Emily Cooper, Joe Golgosky, Samantha Gilbert, Belladonna Titschinger, Kaylie Bates, Madison Vankirk, Michael Martin, Alexandria Konecek, Meghan McDougall, Irma Miller

 

6th Grade – Merit Roll

Courtney Maur, Christopher Perme, Alexis Sedivy, Jocelyn Dolan, Jared Simon, Kya Fresch, Lauren Sanchez, Gracie Pignaloso, Adam Honeycutt, Andreya Grunder, Madison Knispel, Kannon Borrelli, Sabrina Hicks, Rachel Lucas, Zachary Richards, Cameron Mayes, Sarah Shearer, Hailey Carpenter, Jacob Nottingham, Chloe Pfile, Mason Cebulla, Anna Weaver, Logan Rutherford, Nathan Phillips, Connor Hrubik, Morgan Heron, Jenna Conley, Ilene Flaherty, Joshua Kent, Eryn O’Malley, Michael Selander

 

All A Honor Roll 7th Grade

Jason Conley, Lyndsey Johns, Tyler Klouda, Racquel Koleszar, Sarah Miller, Brooke Morgan, Erika Musgrove, Andrew Pemberton, Rachel Rader, Zoe Swenson, Jessica Tannehill

 

Honor Roll  7th Grade

Alissa Barton, Samuel Biltz, Olivia Brann, Travis Criblez, Robert Deltorto, Sarah Desalvo, Samantha Ensinger, Alexis Evans, Cailean Galayde, Matthew Glinski, Robert Haney, Eric Jackson, Max Kane, Ryan Lance, Madison Neer, Adam Norris, Kara Nottingham, Evan Pawlus, Devyn Penna, Ethan Roman, Sebastian Shafer, Hannah Smith, Hunter Sopher, Brianna, Stanley, Halle Tatonetti, Addison Varner, Lauren Walz, Dylan Wilson

Merit Roll 7th Grade

Chad Angermeier, Madisan Brown, Samantha Brys, Natalie Hall, Olivia Hayden , Jessica Huebner, Elizabeth Logan, Mackenzie Miller, Nicole Ober, Zachary Rabatin, Arielle Sokolowski, Jacob Spicer, Travis Synnestvedt, Trinity Syvertsen, Austin Wise, Kaitlyn Workman

 

All A Honor Roll 8th Grade

Ramsey Goodner, John Lininger, Jacey Luzny, Julia McGrew, Derek Miller, Andrew Morrissey, Jason Riebe, Courtney Siracki, Simon Varner

 

Honor Roll 8th Grade

Chelsea Bates, Justin Bloom, Catherine Brann, Kiley Carey, William Criblez, Louis Danku, Anthony Denigris, Ryan Finney, Ashlyn Geddes, Makayla Gough, Alexander Griffith, Samantha Guyette, Kylie Hoover, Casey Johnson, Makenna Lawrence, Deborah Lough, Abigail Metz, Jenna Montez, Jackson Neer, Isabella Obreza, Theresa Paroff, Elizabeth Perkins, Keenan Rankin, Seth Rinearson, Isaac Russell, Madeline Scott, Mallie Smith, Katherine Synnestvedt, Mikayla Thornton, Kyle Turrentine, Zayne Veon, Carissa White, Shannon Williams, Kailyn Woodrum

 

Merit Roll 8th Grade

Jordan Bayus, Luke Blohm, Ryan Brown, Madeline Caldro, Zachary Fergis, Zachary Gorby, Gabrielle Hicks, Cassandra Hightower, Kierra Jordan, Sarah Kent, Haley Kern, Logan Kissell, Daniel Kleinhen, Jack Lawrence, Tyler LIppert, John Lorinchak, Avery Malotte, Ethan Marek, Leon Masga, Mason Mayoros, Natasha Rantilla, Deandra Roberts, Zackary Smith, Travis Sommers, Kevin Splinter, Emma Trent, Drew Tushar, Kyle Workman, Tiffany Yeager, Alyssa Zupancic

 

Chardon - A sure sign that spring is around the corner is the Geauga County Maple Festival.  It is a celebration of the year’s maple season and the place where maple syrup producers showcase their best syrup.  The festival will take place April 24 – 27 on Historic Chardon Square.

One of the highlights of the festival is the two huge parades.  They step off at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The theme this year is “Spring’s Golden Sunshine – Maple!” There will be floats, horses, old cars, new cars and lots of fire trucks.

The Saturday Parade Marshall will be Aggie Sojka of Hambden.  Sojka has been involved with maple her entire life but now she has proved that the best maple syrup in the world comes from Geauga County.  Her medium amber maple syrup produced in Parkman was awarded a first place at the International Maple Syrup Institute annual meeting in October in Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Sojka was inducted into the Geauga County Maple Festival Hall of Fame in 2011.  Her late husband, Mark Sperry, was inducted in 1995.

Sunday’s Parade Marshall will be WOIO weatherman Jeff Tanchak.  As a native of Buffalo, New York, Tanchak understood lake effect weather and the impact it has on an area.  In his spare time he enjoys golf and the Indians.

Also riding in the parade will be the 2014 Maple Hall of Fame inductee Tom Blair of Burton.

This will be the 86th edition of the Geauga County Maple Festival.  The Festival began in 1926 by a group of Chardon businessmen to increase awareness of the areas maple syrup and increase maple sales.  In the late 1940’s there were three years that no festival was held due to the war and lack of maple syrup.  Come join the fun and celebrate “Springs Golden Sunshine – Maple” and the wonderful maple season.  For a complete list of festival events and times visit www.maplefestival.com.

9th Grade

*Cali Apthorpe, Ja’Mario Brown, Alexis Knight, *Benjamin Knight, *Elizabeth Richmond, *Kathlyn Richmond, Erik Roche, Paige Simpson, Mahlia Smith, Cassandra Snyder, Sara Taylor, Holly Thompson, Jordan Wildman

 

10th Grade

*JosephBarnes, Chandler Bee, SamanthaDean, *Tristan Hankins, Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight, *Brooke Lissy, *Jasmine Nevarez, Joseph Prasky, Alexia  Rushnok, *Lauren Simmons, Adam Tanner, Brianna Workman

 

11th Grade

Zachary Cottrill, Alexis Fabry, Daisy Fleming, Corinna Hechenberger, *Macey Hickman, *Sarah Hodson, Jessica Isler, Madison Kilgore, Zacharie Lewis, Emily Miller, Haliee O’Connor, Jordan Small, *Bethany Stout

 

12th Grade

Jordan Burns, *Britney Collins, Katelynn Dean, Kaitlynn DeVenture, Kendra Eskins, Kesley Meszaros, Joseph  Miranda, Alexandria Polichena, *Jared Taylor, *Joshua Youngen

 

Freshmen

4.0

Jordyn Bryner *, Vincent Dragich *, Sidney Drake *, Danielle Garces *, Hannah Harnichar *, Olivia Hedge *, Lillian Hoffaker *, David Hukari *, Matthew Joines *, Brittany Lowe *, Madison Pelyak *, Emma Rader *, Samantha Reul *, Ashley Sembach *, Ben Simpson *, Joseph Urso *, Makenna Willyard *

 

3.5 – 3.99

Kayla Barreca, Jordan Malavong, Nicholas Boyce, Brianna Hastings, Camerin Hoy, Dylan McAvoy, Collin Miller, Morgan Priddy, Hayden Sherwood, Courtney Shetterly, Kaitlin Conway, Caitlyn Wood, Madison Baryak, Tori Blandine, Sara Brown, Jason Cox, Chloe Hauck, Andrew Horvath, Katelynn Krasinski, Rachel Peterson, Hallie Stamm, Sidney Wright, Kassidy Hastings, Kiley Hall, Haley Prusky, Mikayla Semrau, Nicholas Gibson, Jordan Lahiff, Vincent McClimans, Nicholas Shockey, Claudia Thomas

 

3.0-3.49

Kira Beckinger, Courtney Wall, Autumn Hutson, Justin Kritz, Steven Womer, Jacob Cline, Kevin Dunn, Michael Reese, Francesca Battisti, Mitchel Champion, Taylor Dye, Millaina Lane, Brandon Moore, Julia Boyd, Kaden Myers, Clayton Ellsworth, Anga Fowler, Monique Hutson, Eddie Kusky, Evan Purnell

 

SOPHOMORES

4.0

Joseph Agati *, Sarah Dubos *, Natalie Georgalas *, Kayla Mock *, Katelyn Wainwright *, Caitlyn Wolford *, Jessica Woods *

 

3.5-3.99

Zachary Digman, Magenta Palo, Myklyn Reakes, Audrey Roman, Carly Irons, Jaymie Cooper, Makayla Heintz, Ben Koontz, David Dempsey, Rhonda Rothacker, Hannah McMurray, Zachary Toensing, Nicole Giuliano, David McVicker, Dylan Chabek, Christopher Mohan

 

3.0-3.49

Angela Armintrout, Paige Barnes, Alan Boone, Justin Humphrey, Lindsey Holub, Megan Byrnes, Nathan Harrah, Noah Suarez, Austin Ciferno, Gabby Kline, Peter Snyder, Patricia Simsa, Alexis Carpenter, Nathan Machi ,Cammie Cochran, Tim Eckenrode, Megan Wilson, Jaret Fowler, Lindsey Gumina, Jason Nicholas, Katarra Waldron, Joshua Walters

 

JUNIORS

4.0

Brooklyn Bungard *, Jacob Harrah *, Tia Harris *, Sarah Honeycutt *, Marcus Lard *, Amanda Myers *, Ashley Redfern *, Madison Spahlinger *

 

3.5-3.99

Sean Croell, Chiara Matranga, Montanna Stutzman, Jessica Wheat, Alana Reese, Noah Chapman, Alexis Jones

 

3.0-3.49

Kristin Davis, Herbert Hogue, Kristen Rufener, Drake Hankins, Francisco Martinez Sweeney, Adam Czerniak, Marissa DiGirolamo, Lindsey Purnell, Sadie Sutton, Bucyrus Palo, Caitlin Ronyak

 

SENIORS

4.0

Emmalee Antill *, Sarah Ballentine *, Brooke Barreca *, Gabriel Cox *, Brandon Fuller *, Rachael Harnichar *, Ozzie Hawkins *, Devan Houshour *, Breanna McCrystal *, Tyler Phelps *, Courtney Platt *, Tori Salvino *, Courtney Shiflett *, Charissa Simones *, Haley Spletzer *, Hannah Zelle *, Chasity Oakes *, Stephanie Baringer *

 

3.5-3.9

Joseph Gumina, Kyle Meszaros, Austin Difford, Chelsey Cochran, Christopher Greathouse, Derek Walton, Brooke Clark, Seth Gibbs, Harrison Woodward, Ethan Griffiths, Alicia Agati, Marissa Rothacker, Gabby Thompson

 

3.0-3.49

Breanna Deneen, Jacob Kritz,Andrianna Masetta, Zebulon Suzelis, Drue Boyd, Alexis Novotny, Angelia Garces, Ryan Kovacs, Sydney Smith, Jenna Holub, Mikenzie Shaulis, Kyle Storm, Jahvone Smith, Jacob Ballas, Emily McClintock, Cody Peterson

 

Photo: Benjamin Coll

Photo: Benjamin Coll

Hiram  – Retiring Hiram College President Tom Chema will deliver  the institution’s 164th Commencement address at graduation ceremonies planned for Saturday, May 17.  A total of 299 graduates will be awarded degrees.

Chema has served as president for 11 years. During his presidency, undergraduate enrollment has grown by more than 40%; the Hiram campus has been transformed, with more than $50 million in physical enhancements, including 11 new or renovated buildings; fundraising attainment has grown dramatically with more than 100 gifts to Hiram of more than $100,000; and distinctive academic programs have been developed and implemented, including eight Centers of Distinction.

Hiram’s 21st president, Chema is looking forward to the opportunity to address this year’s graduates.

“I am very much like many of our students,” he said. “I was the first in my family to attend college and the experience transformed my life. Because of my liberal arts education, I was able to reinvent myself many times and have a number of successful careers. Students graduating in 2014 will not only have many different jobs in their lifetime, they will have many different careers. Hiram has prepared them to live and work in a rapidly changing and complex world. Our graduates leave Hiram with an opportunity to make a difference in a world that needs difference makers.”

Chema was no stranger to Hiram when he became president, having served as a voting member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees for 11 years and chairing the Institutional Advancement Committee. He brought to the Hiram presidency more than 30 years of experience in business, government, and law.

A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Chema was a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1971 Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his career with the Cleveland-based law firm of Arter & Hadden in 1971 and became a partner in 1979. He took a leave of absence in 1983 to serve as Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. In 1985, he was asked to become Chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.

In 1990, he was appointed Executive Director of the Gateway Economic Development  Corporation and was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Jacobs Field and Gund Arena in Cleveland.

Commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Henry field.

Photo: Hattie Larlham Facebook Page

Photo: Hattie Larlham Facebook Page

Garrettsville - Tee off with Hattie Larlham on May 21, 2014 for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic. Please join us out on the green at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville for a fun and relaxing day of golf, contests and prizes with the ultimate goal of raising funds for Hattie Larlham. Since 1986, the annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic has raised more than $630,000 through generous contributions.

There are many ways to participate in the event, including single and team registrations. This shotgun-style tournament features morning and afternoon tee times. Prizes will be handed out to top golfers in each  session for both men and women. Celebrity golfers and special guests will be present during both event sessions. This event sells out annually. Please register as early as possible to secure the tee time of choice.

Golfer’s Player Packages will be available to purchase for $25. Packages include two mulligans, two celebrity shots, two chances to hit the circle on a par 3, participation in the “guess your drive” and putting contests.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436 will be sponsoring a raffle on the day of the event. The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The second prize winner will be treated to a Golf Package for 4 at the Barrington Golf Club.

In addition to the Golfer’s Player Packages and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436 raffle, the 28th Sugar Bush Golf Classic will hold various on-course contests, a “Skins Game” and 50/50 raffle. The 50/50 raffle prizes include rounds of golf and golf accessories.

With so many ways to participate, win and raise money for Hattie Larlham the 28th Sugar Bush Golf Classic is sure to be an exciting event for everyone. Be sure to register early to secure your spot for this amazing event.

If you are interested in participating in the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic please download a registration form from our website www.hattielarlham.org, complete it and return by May 7th, 2014. Be sure to register early to secure your preferred time for this great event.

 

Registration forms may be returned by:

Mail:

Hattie Larlham

ATTN: Candrice Dalton

37996 Darrow Road, Suite #10

Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

Email: candrice.dalton@hattielarlham.org

Fax: 330.732.248

 

Hiram -  The Hiram community will unite in the fight against cancer at Relay for Life, April 25-26, 2014, at Charles A. Henry Field.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on April 25, and continues for 18 hours, until noon the next day. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the nearby Les and Kathy Coleman Sports Center.

Relay for Life Chair, Jason Close ’16, biomedical humanities major, said excitement and interest in Relay for Life, now in its fourth year on campus, has continued to grow. Sixteen teams have signed up so far, and fundraising has surpassed last year’s total at this time.

“Cancer affects a lot of people on campus,” Close said. “Relay is an all-around great event, which supports people in our community – and communities abroad – to someday see the end of cancer.”

This is Close’s first year chairing the event, and he said Relay is an important cause for him because he has lost two family members to cancer in the past four years. He has big plans to continue to grow the event through his senior year, starting with carrying out a well-attended event this year.

This year’s theme is “Super Heroes Versus Super Villains.” Close and his team of students and advisers involved in carrying out the event have planned the following activities (some subject to change) throughout the night:

·      6 p.m.: Opening Ceremony/Survivor Festivities

·      7 p.m.: Egg, 3-leg, Wheel-barrow races

·      8 p.m.: Musical Chair Scavenger Hunt

·      9 p.m.: Lawn Jenga Tournament

·      10 p.m.: Luminary Lap

·      11 p.m.: “Pool Noodle” Spoons

·      12 a.m.: Graffiti/Tie-Dye a “White Object”

·      1 a.m.: Miss Relay Lap

·      2 a.m.: Cornhole Tournament

·      3 a.m.: S’more Making

·      6 a.m.: Frozen T-Shirt Relay

·      7 a.m.: Morning Yoga

·      8 a.m.: Hike Trail

·      9 a.m.: Fill and Face/Dress up Photobooth

·      10 a.m.: 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball

·      11 a.m.: Fire Truck ‘N Play

·      12 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

Relay for Life events are free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Teams and participants camp out and walk the track throughout the night to honor survivors, support those currently fighting cancer and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Please visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14EC?fr_id=56474&pg=entry for more information about the Hiram College event.

Garrettsville -  The 1st Annual Invention Convention was held at Garfield Intermediate School on  March 21st for any 5th or 6th grader who wanted to submit an invention that would “make life easier”

Jacob

We had eighteen  6th graders and 26 5th graders participate. Using a rubric, Mr. Matt Sorrick (Hiram College), Mr. Larry Kuhlman (retired teacher), Mr. Ted Lysiak (superintedent), Mr. Ed Frato-Sweeney (Hiram College) and Mrs. Kristen Randell (teacher at GIS) judged the inventions based on concept and originality, design, work-ability and clarity of explanation.

After a very close contest, 5th grader Jacob Fergis (pictured) came in 1st place, Cheyenne Cuprak came in 2nd place and Chloe Pfile came in 3rd.

The Invention Convention was headed up by Shawn Cozad with assistance from Peggy Shay, Nicole Fox and Jackie Lowdermilk. Our ever-generous PTO provided the funds for the prizes awarded.

 

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Ravenna Twp. – Several hikers took advantage of the spring weather to join Park District Executive Director Christine Craycroft on a tour of the Breakneck Creek Preserve in Ravenna Township.  This property is usually closed to the public because although it was acquired in 2002 with grants and donations, the Park District doesn’t have the funds yet to operate it as a park. Visitors enjoyed the beaver ponds, spring birds, bullfrog tadpoles and early wildflowers.  The 66-acre property with Breakneck Creek running through it will be a site for fishing access as well as nature education. Long term plans include a trail linkage to the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail that now ends at Dix Stadium. For more information and to find out about other properties, call 330-297-7728 or visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.

submitted by Christine Craycroft 

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Windham -  On April 29 and May 1 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, the Windham Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will be having a two-part class on how to write a resume and cover letter. The class will walk the participants through writing a resume and cover letter from start to finish. Participants will also be able to print 5 copies of their resume and cover letters for free. It is strongly recommended that participants bring with them a USB Drive to save the resume and cover letter they create.  Seats in the class are limited and sign up is required.

To sign up, go to the circulation desk at the Windham Library or call 330-326-3145. The Windham Library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm; and closed Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Make your reservation today for the 15th annual Friends of WomenSafe Spring Luncheon, “Blossoms & Butterflies.” Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Banquet Room at St. Mary’s, 401 North Street in Chardon.  Hear guest speaker Natalie Saikaly Ronayne, Executive Director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, tell us about the interesting things happening at the Botanical Garden.

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. so you can buy tickets for the lavish Chinese Auction items offered every year.  Items include certificates for restaurants, overnights, jewelry made by area artists and specialty baskets, to name just a few of the items you can win.  Reserve House Catering will prepare the delicious lunch, and we will be serenaded with the beautiful music of harpist Virginia Dickson.  The price remains at only $30 per person.  Make your reservations online at www.eventbrite.com to pay by credit card or call #440-285-3741 for more information.

Up to 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.  By attending this fundraiser you will be part of the solution for families and individuals in crisis.  The Friends of WomenSafe exist solely to generate unrestricted funds to support the important work of WomenSafe.  We would love to see you at St. Mary’s as you treat yourself to a lovely afternoon and support this worthy cause!

 

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Hiram – Hiram College and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will offer seamless degree completion programs through a partnership on the Tri-C Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Tri-C students who meet admission requirements for Hiram College can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting and financial management or business management immediately after earning an associate degree and without leaving Tri-C East Campus. 

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Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

 

Monday Breakfast

Mondays

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

 

Spring Fling Raffle

Buy Now

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

 

Red Shield Pantry – Ravenna

1st Weds of the Month

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

 

 

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Maundy Thursday Service

April 17

Holy Cross Anglican Church, 1046 Lake Street in Kent will be having their Maundy Thursday Service on April 17th. There will be a pot luck dinner at 6pm followed by the service with communion and stripping of the altar.

 

Good Friday Service

April 18

Holy Cross Anglican Church, 1046 Lake Street in Kent will be having their Good Friday Service at 7pm. The Stations of the Cross in the sanctuary followed by lessons and prayers, Veneration of the cross concluded by Mass of the Presanctified.

 

Fish Fry

April 18

Windham American Legion Post 674 Fish Fry April 18th from 4-7:30p.m. Fish, Chicken, Shrimp or Combo dinners available, with your choice of two sides; green beans, coleslaw, mac n’ cheese and applesauce. Cost $8.00 per dinner, Children under 5 eat free. Carry out is available: 330-326-3188. Legion is located on 303 in Windham.  Sponsored by S.A.L. of post 674.

 

Fish Fry      

April 18 

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

 

Burton Easter Egg Hunt

April 19

The Burton Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 19th at Burton Village Park at 11am. Ages 1-6 welcome  -rain or shine.

JAG Pancake Breakfast

April 19

James A. Garfield Student Council will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 19 from 8am-noon at Garfield Elementary School.  Pancakes will be served with sausage, juice, milk or coffee and pure maple syrup donated by Mark Apple. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.  All proceeds will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong.

 

Open House & Rummage Sale

April 19

The Huntsburg Grange #2541 is holding its annual Open House and rummage sale on April 19th beginning at 10:00 until 2:00.  Learn about the Grange and find a few bargains.  No early birds, please.  Lunch will be available.  Call 636-5517 for information.  Also, plan to visit the Huntsburg Historical Society open house on the same day at the same time in the Museum in the Community Center.  See their website atwww.huntsburghistoricalsociety.com.

 

Pancake Breakfast

April 19

Hiram Police Department pancake breakfast “Shop with a Cop” fundraiser will be held April 19th from 9-1 in Dix Dining Hall at Hiram College Kennedy Center. All-you-can- eat pancakes, $6.00 adults and $3.00 children under 10. Proceeds to benefit the “Shop with a Cop” program.

 

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner

April 19

A Spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held April 19th from 4-7pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice. Cost is $7.00 for Adults, Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE. Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask.

 

Nelson Twp. Easter Egg Hunt

April 19

The Nelson Township Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 19th at Pixley Park at 2pm. Ages 3-11 welcome. If rain should occur, the hunt will be moved to the Community House. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance, so bring your camera!

 

Breakfast with the Bunny

April 19

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

 

Volunteers Needed

April 19

Volunteers needed for a shoreline and roadside litter clean up at West Branch State Park on April 19th to honor and celebrate Earth Day. Groups and individuals are asked to arrive at 9am at the Parks West Boat Ramp located on Rock Spring Road (reminder the bridge on Rock Spring Road is under construction). Volunteers will be assigned to an area, should dress for the weather and bring work gloves. The three hour cleanup will conclude at noon at the boat ramps shelter house with a hot dog cookout and potluck style lunch. For more information contact the Park Office 330-654-4989.

 

Bluegrass Night

April 19

Join us at Bluegrass Junction for a night of great bluegrass music! The show will be held from 7 to 11pm on April 19th at the Shalersville Town Hall, located on S.R. 44 at S.R. 303.  Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature three bands Caney Creek, Idletymes, and Lloyd Blevins and Ramblin’ Mountain. The cost is $10 per person and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 330-325-7867

 

Easter Service

April 20

Holy Cross Anglican Church, 1046 Lake Street in Kent will be having their Easter Sunday Service at 10 am on April 20th with communion and music celebrating the Risen Christ!

 

Easter Service

April 20

Garrettsville Church of God Easter Services will be held April 20th at 9am and 11am. The church is located at 12888 State Route 88. For more info contact 30-527-2942.

 

Free Community Dinner

April 22

Free Community Dinner will be April 22 from 5-6 pm (While supplies last)  at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. Everyone welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio.

Red Shield Pantry

April 22

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

 

“From History to Mystery”

April 24

Join the Friends of the Hiram College Library for a talk on “From History to Mystery” by Sam Thomas, author of The Midwife’s Tale and The Harlot’s Tale. Thomas will discuss how he puts his training as a historian of 17th-century England to use in his exciting novels. The program will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library.

 

Spring Fling 

April 25

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host the Spring Fling Square Dance, on April 25th at the Town Hall at Rt. 45 & Rt. 87. No dancing experience is necessary. The time of the dance is 7:00pm thru 9:30pm. Admission is 5.00 per person. Light refreshments will be served.  More information call (330)506-3370.

 

Rummage Sale

April 25 & 26 

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

 

Indoor Yard Sale

April 26

Indoor Yard Sale will be held on April 26th from 9am to 4pm at Christian Life Center’s new location; 1972 East Summit Road Kent at the corner of St Rt 261 and Summit Road. Vendors are needed. Rental spaces are available for $20.00 per space. Spaces size 8×8 feet. All vendors must provide own tables and chairs. Set-up times are Friday 6:00 – 8:00pm and Saturday 7am – 8:45am.  Something for everyone! Household items, collectibles, furniture, toys, books, jewelry, accessories, tasty baked goods, hot dogs and much more! For vendor applications, call Irene at (330)296-9109 or the church at (330)678-9234.

 

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

April 26

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

 

Spring Rummage Sale

April 26

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

 

Newton Falls Kiwanis Club’s Annual Steak Dinner 

 April 26

The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold their annual Steak Cookout on April 26th from 4 to 7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center on Quarry Street.The meal includes a 14-ounce sirloin steak, on the grill, cooked as you wish, salad, potato, drink, and dessert, all for $15.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any NF Kiwanis member or by calling Bob at 330-872-3854. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Kiwanis meets every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 pm at The Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant. We welcome new members.

 

Earth Day at Hiram: Roots of Resilience, Routes to Change

April 26

Celebrate the Earth and empower yourself to be sustainable. Three speakers will present on a diversity of topics, including climate change, conservation, home energy efficiency and grassroots activism, demonstrating the sometimes subtle and unseen links between environmental issues and everyday activities. Community members are encouraged to bring their children and participate in a variety of child-friendly activities, including face-painting, nature games and crafts. Activities and speakers throughout the day (10:00am-5:00pm). ?All are welcome for this FREE event at Hiram College. For information, call 440-265-06217 or email josephca@hiram.edu.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

April 26

Windham UMC Spaghetti Dinner will be April 26th from 4:30-7 pm. Dinner includes all-you-can eat spaghetti, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverage. The church is located at 9051 N. Main Street in Windham.

 

Free Clothing Give-Away

April 26

Free Clothing Give-Away will be April 26th from 9-1 at St. William Parish Office located at 5431 Mahoning Ave. in Champion. For more details contact Debi at 330-885-0885.

 

Hall of Fame Dinner

April 26

J.A. Garfield Hall of Fame Dinner will be April 26th at 5:30 pm in the High School Commons. Tickets are $25 apiece. Contact Sheri Johnson at 330-671-0228 for more information. 2014 Inductees are Harry Kraft, Nick Rogers, Rusty Kearney and Jeremy Vecchio

 

Pasta 4 Paws Dinner

April 26

Rose’s Rescue will be holding their second annual Pasta 4 Paws pasta dinner and Chinese auction on April 26th from 2pm-7pm. Raffle drawings will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Winner need not be present.  Great food and chances for some great gifts.  Kindle Fire basket, Sealy Mattress set, Basket of Cheer, and a Lottery Tree just to name a few of the over 100 items that will be raffled off that day. The event will be held at the American Legion Hall # 331, 109 Elm St, Ravenna Ohio. Meal tickets are $7.00 adult, $5.00 children (5-12), Children under 5 years old are free.  Tickets are available at the door. Rose’s Rescue is a nonprofit pet rescue based out of Rootstown Ohio. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rose’s Rescue at 330-850-7042.

 

Von Trapped

April 26 & 27

Northcoast Men’s Chorus Von Trapped will be April 26th at 8 pm and April 27th at 3pm at Regina Auditorium, Notre Dame College, 1857 S. Green Road, South Euclid Ohio. Advanced sales $10-35 – door sales $15-40. Information tickets@ncmchorus.org or 216-556-0590

 

Spring Gemboree 

April 26 & 27 

Gem, Mineral, Jewelry  Show; April 26th (10-6) & 27th (10-5) at Emidio & Sons Party Center, 48 East Bath rd., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio;  Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (55+)  & Students, $4.00 Children (7-14) $1.00, Children (6 and under) free. Sponsors: Akron Mineral Society & Summit Lapidary Club – Children’s activities: make a gem tree, mine for minerals and stones in our gem mine, and take a peek into our kaleidoscope. Members demonstrate throughout the day: Gem Id, wire wrapping, gem trees; cutting and polishing stones and faceting; Displays of our beautiful gemstone Ohio Flint and members’ beautiful work, Geo Juniors displays, Dealers with geodes, minerals, jewelry, beads and findings, slab material, lapidary equipment, silversmith work, gold findings and more. We have a silent auction and door prizes throughout the day; Free parking and wheel chair accessible.  Contact email:Gemboree@outlook.com.

 

Knee Deep in Bluebells

April 27

One of the most unbelievable and spectacular sights in all of Ohio is the riot of wildflowers at the Poland Forest, near Youngstown. Here, in a setting among some of the largest trees in the state, thousands upon thousands of wild bluebells and other spring wildflowers bloom. The forest floor is literally awash with a carpet of bluebells, dabs of red and white trilliums and a haze of marsh marigolds; the artistry of nature in all its glory. The hike begins at 4:00pm. Hiking fee: $7 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register and for directions.

 

Crescent Meeting

April 28

All members of the Crescent Chapter No 7 O.E.E. of Garrettsville are urged to attend its meeting on April 28th at 7:30.

 

Shalersville School Reunion Reservations

April 28

On May 3rd The Shalersville School Reunion will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall. A banquet dinner of stuffed chicken breast and beef tenderloin will be served at 5:30.  All former classmates and friends are welcome to attend; cost is $15.00 per person.  Prepaid reservations need to be made by April 28th to Judy Richardson at 8945 Cooley Rd., Ravenna, Oh 44266 or call 330-297-9681.  We will honor the classmates of 1944,1954,1964 and the oldest and youngest classmates present.  There will a few other surprises and the Shalersville Historical Museum will be open from 4:00 to 5:00 that afternoon.

 

Wildflower Lollapalooza & Wine Fest

May 3

Discover the amazing display of wildflowers along the trails of the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve near Garrettsville. Following our exploration of the forest, we will retire to the nearby Candlelight Winery for a little sip of the grape. Meet at the Eagle Creek preserve at 3 pm  (2 miles northeast of Garrettsville on Center St, and 1 mile south on Hopkins Rd). Hiking fee: $5 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Windham Fire Memorial Car Wash/ Bake Sale / Silent Auction

May 3

We are raising funds to add two names  to our Memorial Stone — Ernie Bradley and Lenny Polichena.   May 3rd at 10:30 -1pm. The Windham Fire cadets will be doing a car wash: $6 for cars  $8 for trucks. Windham Fire Sirens  Auxiliary will be holding the Bake sale and silent auction. Tickets for Silent Auction will be $1 each or 7 for $5 — Drawing will be at 1 pm.  If you would like to donate baked goods or Silent Auction Items, you can drop them off at Windham Fire Station or Call JoAnn 330-979-3935 will pick them up. Any donations by check can be made out to Windham Fire. Thank you for your support.

 

Parents Without Partners

May 3

In celebrations of the chapter’s 40th year, Portage County Chapter #600 Parents Without Partners members invite non-members, former members and alumni to join them for their anniversary themed dance on May 3rd from 7:30-11:30 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Avenue in Tallmadge. If you are interested please call Warrine 330-322-9559 for more information.

 

Blood Drive

May 5

Falls Home Remodeling is sponsoring a blood drive on May 5th from 2-6pm. Falls Home Remodeling is located at 104 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio. Call 330-872-3257 for more info.

 

Secret Garden: Moore, Draime Estate Gardens

May 9

This beautiful garden in Howland is operated by Kent State University and is closed to the public. A wide variety of plants are found in the well planned perennial garden, the formal English and Italian gardens, conifer collection, and walled vegetable and water gardens. The grounds  also contain a unique sculpture collection by Caroline Stacey and others. Directions will be provided upon registration. Fee: $12 for members of the Friends of the Field Station ($15 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Newton Falls Plant Exchange- It’s Spring in the Falls!

May 10

Join us on May 10th from 9 AM until Noon at Newton Falls Park to meet with other gardeners and to trade plants.  Just bring at least 6 plants to trade (more are always welcome).  Fancy pots are not required; any old box or bag will do.  In addition to the plants, a band will provide live music so bring a lawn chair and relax. There will be a few vendors and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County will be there with some adoptable pets as well.  The event takes place at JC Pavilion on Center Street at the City Park.  Call Susan with any questions at 330-718-3469 or look us up on Facebook at Newton Falls Plant Exchange.

 

The Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland Plant Sale 

May 10

The Perennial Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale is the day before Mother’s Day from 8am-2pm at the Town Hall in Chesterland, 12701 Chillicothe Rd., just North of Mayfield Rd.  How perfect! Pick up a plant for Mother’s Day while making your own selections.  Expect common favorites and the unusual, many cared for in the home gardens of club members.  Plants galore, including perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and lush hanging baskets.  The proceeds of this event sustain ongoing community projects.  The Perennial Gardeners meet at 7 P.M. at West Geauga Middle School, the fourth Wednesday of the month.  Membership is open to those living in the West Geauga Local School District.  For information call Linda at 440-338-8644.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

May 10

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Paxton will be May 10th at Happy Day School, 2500 Brady Lake Rd in Ravenna, from 3-7 pm. This dinner will help raise money for a handicap-accessible van and other medical needs. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, rolls, dessert and drink. Cost is $10 per person. T shirt sale, Chinese auction and 50/40 raffle – winner need not be present.

 

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups

May 10 & 24

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding signups for football and cheerleading on May 10th and 24th  at the Community center stone pavilion. The signups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The signups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheerleading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.

 

Community Garage Sale

May 17

Vendors are needed for Community Garage Sale at American Legion Hall on Goodwin Street in Burton Ohio on May 17th from 8am-1pm. Contact Mike Karlinsky 440-286-1202.

 

T-Ball

May 31- June 28

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

 

5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459 Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.

 

Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

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

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

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

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Geauga West Friends of the Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support – for donations, for volunteers, and for everyone who came to purchase books and other items. The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

 

 

Cana Valley Winery

April 16 & 17 - Visit Cana Valley Winery 5665 Waterloo Road, Atwater. A donation from each bottle of wine purchased on April 9, 10 and 16 & 17 will be donated to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund.

 

JA Garfield Pancake Breakfast

April 19 – James A. Garfield Student Council will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 19 from 8am-noon at Garfield Elementary School.  Pancakes will be served with sausage, juice, milk or coffee and pure maple syrup donated by Mark Apple. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.  All proceeds will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong.

 

Garrettsville Groove

April 19 – 1.5 hours of fun exercise with local certified Zumba fitness instructors.  Door Prizes, and Ticket Auction at conclusion of the event.  Winners need not be present to win.  Wear your #GarrettsvilleStrong t-shirt to be included in an additional drawing.  Donations from the heart will be accepted with a $10 minimum.  Proceeds to benefit #GarrettsvilleStrong.  Event will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM at J.A. Garfield High School gym. For more information please call Lisa @ (330) 980-1955 or Heather @ (330) 240-8569.

 

Great Ribs for a Great Cause!

April 23 – Blazin’ Bill’s Restaurant – Joyce Piteo, owner of Blazin’ Bill’s restaurant, knows firsthand the heartache of losing everything in a fire and starting over, so as part of her commitment to “Service Above Self” she is donating 50% of the proceeds from her restaurant the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd to the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce to help in the rebuilding effort.

 

Garrettsville Fire Rock Relief Concert

April 26 -  Benefit concert held at the G-plex in Garrettsville April 26, 2014 from noon to 9:00 pm. It will be a family friendly concert featuring 8 Northeast Ohio bands, with Chinese auctions. The band line up is: Been A Long Time Band, Boogie Man (a tribute to the music of AC/DC), Bringing Benatar (a tribute to the music of Pat Benatar), Everhard, Party Train, Straight On (a tribute to the music of Heart), The Contradiction, The Toyz. Tickets available at the Villager office weekdays.

 

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

 

In 2009, the small community of Garrettsville, Ohio, lost a precious, bright young fourth grader named Melana Matson to a horrible disease called Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).  This disease is an incurable and inoperable brain stem tumor that is located in the pons section of the brain.  Prognosis is 9 to 12 months to live when the tumor is in the pons.  So basically, children with this disease are given a death sentence.  It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

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The Portage Park District will offer a special series of guided hikes at undeveloped parklands normally closed to the public.  These are properties that have been acquired with grants and donations to conserve important natural areas for wildlife habitat and water quality protection. They are not yet open to the public due to a lack of adequate funding to develop and manage them.

All hikes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and are expected to last approximately 2 hours. Please call or email the Park District for more information and to get directions at 330-297-7728 or info@portageparkdistrict.org

•  April 13, 2:00 Chagrin Headwaters Preserve (parking at CANTEX 11444 Chamberlain Rd, Mantua Twp).: 95 acres of woods, wetlands, fields and the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River; Mantua Township on Chamberlain Rd.

•  April 27, 2:00 Morgan Preserve (parking lot on Nicodemus Road approx. 1/3 mile east of SR 44, Shalersville): 504 acres of high quality woods, fields, stream and wetlands.

• May 4, 2:00 Franklin Bog Preserve 6918 SR 43, Franklin Twp.: 58 acres of woods, kettlehole lake and sphagnum bog; Franklin Township.

These hikes will count in the 2014 Wild Hikes Challenge commemorating the “Year of the Salamander.”   To participate in the Wild Hikes Challenge, participants must walk eight of the designated trails before December 1 to earn a locally made hiking stick and 2014 brass tag. Forms can be downloaded from www.portageparkdistrict.org.

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Portage County – The Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the guidelines for homestead applications for the aged, disabled, or surviving spouse of an owner-occupied dwelling. People who were 6S in 2013 or was determined disabled as of January 1, 2013 can apply for this real estate tax reduction with NO income limit being reported. An applicant turning 65 in 2014 and applying for the program will need to verify their total household income and the necessary limit is $30,500 or less. In this total, social security or disability payments are NOT included.

Please contact the county Auditor, Janet Esposito at (330)297-3565 or (330)297-3569 with any questions or concerns. The application period is January 1, 2014 thru June 2, 2014.

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We, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Garrettsville Post 5067, would like to express our deepest and heartfelt appreciation for the well-written article regarding the National Vietnam Veteran’s Day in the March 28th edition of The Villager.

With all that occurred that week regarding the terrible loss in our village, it was truly an “above and beyond” endeavor in journalism. As most people are aware, we lose an increasing number of World War II and Korean War veterans daily which has resulted in the passing of the torch to those who served during the Vietnam Era and all those who have served afterward.

In the natural progression of things, fifty plus years after the fact of the ending of the Vietnam War, that torch is ready to pass to a new generation of warriors who have served so honorably and faithfully in Iraq and Afghanistan; a new generation that our nation must never ignore, forget or deny the care that is due them. That is our duty as a nation and that duty in itself is all the thanks we of the Vietnam Era would ask.

Most respectfully,

John J. Kable and the officers and men of Veterans of Foreign Wars Garrettsville Post 5067

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The words “Thank You” do not seem adequate enough to express our gratitude to the hundreds of people who have helped the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard since the fire.  The outpouring of support we have received from all over northeastern Ohio has been nothing short of amazing.  From neighboring food banks, school districts, churches, civic organizations, corporations, police departments, fire departments to hundreds of residents, there is not enough ink to thank everyone!

We extend a special thank you to all those who held food drives or hosted collection sites.  Thanks also to the Garfield sports teams, faculty, administration, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts who gave of their time during their spring break to help us unload countless delivery trucks.  Hundreds of residents have volunteered their time to pickup, unload, sort and move the unbelievable amount of donations that have come into our storage facility.  We are so grateful to those who donated refrigerators, freezers, racking, computer and other operating equipment.  It has been remarkable!

Just a few short weeks ago, as we stood with our neighbors looking at the heartbreaking devastation on Main Street, we thought we might never recover.  But here we are, with our shelves restocked, our equipment replaced and our doors reopened.  None of this would have been possible without the tireless support of our #GarrettsvilleStrong and extended communities.  If the past weeks have shown us anything, it is that truly, together, we can Shut The Door On Hunger!

Thank You,

NGCC Board

 

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After a couple of manic weeks of exciting highs, disappointing lows, small victories and exasperating stone walls, we have re-opened our law office 8108 Main Street in Garrettsville. As devastating as the fire was, we are grateful for what we have been able to recover from what was once our office.

While the outpouring of support has been gratifying there are a few whose assistance truly made a difference. Garrettsville Police Officer Matthew Noah was the person who came into my office and got me out as flames were starting to come through the heat ducts. I was working in the back office when the fire broke out and was totally oblivious as the events unfolded.

I am grateful to Garrettsville firemen Ray Collins, Jason Judge and Windham Chief Mike Iwanyckyj, along with others I did not know, who went into our office before it was safe to retrieve our computers, and to Garrettsville Fire Chief David Friess who allowed them to do so.

In the days that followed, my daughter and office manager Casey Kolaczek and son Adam Timmons with a crew of Bert Molnar, Rich Bates and Brian Collins, sifted through the rubble retrieving files, office equipment and personal mementos that I never expected to see again. My staff has been diligent in working long hours reconstructing files, contacting the courts and clients to allow us to achieve a remarkably smooth transition.

I have been especially impressed by the way in which Mike Maschek, the owner of my building, conducted himself during the tragedy and the hours and days that followed. Despite the tremendous financial setback he was experiencing, his concern was for his tenants and their losses as well as the loss for the town. I am looking forward to working with him in the months ahead and being a part of the rebuilding.

My heart especially goes out to my fellow business owners. Due to the nature of many of their establishments, the loss of inventory will never be replaced. I would expect that some will elect to terminate while others will come back. My best wishes to all of them. Our office would be happy to assist them with any difficulties they experience in the days to come. I am hopeful that the proceeds of the numerous fund-raisers find their way to those affected.

So after nearly 27 years in Garrettsville as an attorney, we are still here and not only carrying on, but experiencing a new beginning. On behalf of Casey, my paralegal Dawn Bellino, my associate, Amy Turos and myself, I want to thank our friends, neighbors, clients, courts, colleagues and adversaries for the support and kindness we have experienced.

Sincerely,

Dann S. Timmons

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On  behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to address some of the rumors being spread in our community.

Absolutely NO payments/payouts/monies/etc. have been dispersed from either the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s account, or the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. NO disbursements of any kind will occur until firm guidelines have been put in place for doing so, and those guidelines have been reviewed and approved by our legal counsel. If you’ve heard otherwise, you were misled.

Absolutely nobody on our board has been in contact to make any sort of promises to anyone regarding the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. If you’ve heard otherwise, you were misled.

The Chamber of Commerce Board met Wednesday, April 2nd to discuss the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. Below is the mission statement for the fund.

Mission Statement: The GarrettsvilleStrong fund was established to raise funds which will be utilized to facilitate the rebuilding of the block in downtown Garrettsville affected by the fire March 22, 2014.  This area is located on Main Street between Center and High Streets

In the coming weeks we will be working with the Ohio Attorney General and our legal counsel to establish our guidelines going forward.

Remember that rebuilding our historic district will be a monumental task. Fund-raising through GarrettsvilleStrong will be a marathon and not a sprint to the finish.

Please help quash any rumors you may hear on the street as they only serve to undermine our community spirit; rumors can also have a devastating impact on our ability to help rebuild what was lost.

Together we can help rebuild Main Street #GarrettsvilleStrong!

Best regards,

Benjamin Coll

President
Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce
Garrettsville Strong Board of Directors

 

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Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

 

Monday Breakfast

Mondays

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

 

Spring Soccer Signups

Register Now

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

 

All New Lenten Pierogi & Fish Dinner

Through Apr 11

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

 

Soup & Sandwich Suppers

Through April 16

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

 

Spring Fling Raffle

Buy Now

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

 

Red Shield Pantry – Ravenna

1st Weds of the Month

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

 

Newton Falls Football Fish Fry Fridays

Now-Good Friday

Lenten fish fry at Newton Falls VFW every Friday now through Good Friday. Now – April 11th from 4-9 pm and April 18th from 11-9pm. Dinners include fried fish, bread and your choice of 3 sides. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for Veterans and $7 for children 10 and under. The VFW Post is located at 433 Arlington Blvd in Newton Falls. Hosted by the Newton Falls Mothers Club. Proceeds to benefit the Newton Falls Football program. Call in orders 234-223-0448.

 

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Friday Night Fish Fry

April 11

Windham American Legion Post 674 fish fry Friday nights 4-7:30pm now through Lent.  Fish, chicken, shrimp or combo dinners available. Also choice of 2 sides- green beans, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw, applesauce , and a dessert. Cost $8.00 per dinner children under 5 free. Carry out available, call 330-326-3188. Legion post is located on S. R.303 in Windham. Sponsored by American Legion S.A.L.

 

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

April 11

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

 

Fish Fry      

April 11 & 18 

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

 

Oink & Squeal Party

April 12

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

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 12

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

 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 12

The Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd, Windham, is having their monthly family activity day on April 12th from 3-5pm. We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt, games, prizes, a Veggie Tale video and will serve hot dogs and punch. Everyone is welcome!

 

Swiss Steak Dinner

April 12

The Nelson UMC will be hosting a Swiss steak dinner on April 12th at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle. Dinner is served from 4:30-7pm, at last year’s price of $9 for adults. The dinner consists of tender Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. Carry-out is also available.

 

Free Clothing Giveaway

April 12

Mantua Center Christian Church will be having a free clothing giveaway on April 12th from 9-1 at 4118 St. Rt. 82 in Mantua. Everything is clean and ready to wear; we accept donations of gently used or new clothing items.

 

 

Scotch Doubles

April 13

Scotch Doubles to benefit Lexy Ule Mission Trip will be April 13th at 2pm. $40 per couple, includes 3 games of bowling, show rental, pizza, beer, pop or coffee, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. For info or reservations call Kim Ule 330-977-0092.

 

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

April 13

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

 

NRA First Steps Shotgun Course 

April 13

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

 

Bishop Murry’s Visit & Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast 

April 13

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

 

Appalachian Experience Bake Sale

April 13

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

 

Portage County Gardeners – Speaker Series

April 15

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

 

Spaghetti Dinner

April 15

Crestwood All-District Concert spaghetti dinner will be April 15th from 5-8pm in the High School cafeteria. Dine-in, Take-out, 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, music. Tickets are $9 at the door, ages 4-11 or 62 and up are $5. Presale tickets are $7. Call 330-606-9423 to get yours!

 

Full Moon Field Station Talk: It’s Not Easy Seeing Green (Wetland Plant ID)

April 16 

Emliss Ricks, retired ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves manager for NE Ohio and current Hiram College Field Station Steward, will talk about wetland plant identification and how “knowing your greens” can help the environment. The talk is free and begins at 7:00pm at the Field Station (11305 Wheeler Rd., Garrettsville). For more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Home Cooked Supper

April 16

The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, super salad, rolls, homemade desserts and beverage. This will be held from 5-6:30pm on April 16th.  Cost is $7 for Adults; $5 for kids 10 and younger. Carryouts will be available.

 

Monthly Meeting

April 17

The retires of Local 2243 U.S.W.A Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R. Chapter 1-28-10) will have their regular monthly meeting on April 17th at 1pm at the Local 1375 Union Hall at 684 North Park Ave in Warren.

 

Burton Easter Egg Hunt

April 19

The Burton Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 19th at Burton Village Park at 11am. Ages 1-6 welcome  -rain or shine.

 

JAG Pancake Breakfast

April 19

James A. Garfield Student Council will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 19 from 8am-noon at Garfield Elementary School.  Pancakes will be served with sausage, juice, milk or coffee and pure maple syrup donated by Mark Apple. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.  All proceeds will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong.

 

Open House & Rummage Sale

April 19

The Huntsburg Grange #2541 is holding its annual Open House and rummage sale on April 19th beginning at 10:00 until 2:00.  Learn about the Grange and find a few bargains.  No early birds, please.  Lunch will be available.  Call 636-5517 for information.  Also, plan to visit the Huntsburg Historical Society open house on the same day at the same time in the Museum in the Community Center.  See their website atwww.huntsburghistoricalsociety.com.

 

Pancake Breakfast

April 19

Hiram Police Department pancake breakfast “Shop with a Cop” fundraiser will be held April 19th from 9-1 in Dix Dining Hall at Hiram College Kennedy Center. All-you-can- eat pancakes, $6.00 adults and $3.00 children under 10. Proceeds to benefit the “Shop with a Cop” program.

 

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner

April 19

A Spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held April 19th from 4-7pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice. Cost is $7.00 for Adults, Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE. Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask.

 

Nelson Twp. Easter Egg Hunt

April 19

The Nelson Township Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 19th at Pixley Park at 2pm. Ages 3-11 welcome, if rain should occur, the hunt will be moved to the Community House. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance, so bring your camera!

 

Breakfast with the Bunny

April 19

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

 

Red Shield Pantry

April 22

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

 

Rummage Sale

April 25 & 26 

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

 

Indoor Yard Sale

April 26

Indoor Yard Sale will be held on April 26th from 9am to 4pm at Christian Life Center’s new location; 1972 East Summit Road Kent at the corner of ST RT 261 and Summit Road. Vendors are needed. Rental spaces are available for $20.00 per space. Spaces size 8×8 feet. All vendors must provide own tables and chairs. Set-up times are Friday 6:00 – 8:00pm and Saturday 7am – 8:45am.  Something for everyone! Household items, collectibles, furniture, toys, books, jewelry, accessories, tasty baked goods, hot dogs and much more! For vendor applications, call Irene at (330)296-9109 or the church at (330)678-9234.

 

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

April 26

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

 

Spring Rummage Sale

April 26

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

 

Newton Falls Kiwanis Club’s Annual Steak Dinner 

 April 26

The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold their annual Steak Cookout on April 26th from 4 to 7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center on Quarry Street.The meal includes a 14-ounce sirloin steak, on the grill, cooked as you wish, salad, potato, drink, and dessert, all for $15.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any NF Kiwanis member or by calling Bob at 330-872-3854. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Kiwanis meets every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 pm at The Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant. We welcome new members.

 

Earth Day at Hiram: Roots of Resilience, Routes to Change

April 26

Celebrate the Earth and empower yourself to be sustainable. Three speakers will present on a diversity of topics, including climate change, conservation, home energy efficiency and grassroots activism, demonstrating the sometimes subtle and unseen links between environmental issues and everyday activities. Community members are encouraged to bring their children and participate in a variety of child-friendly activities, including face-painting, nature games and crafts. Activities and speakers throughout the day (10:00am-5:00pm). ?All are welcome for this FREE event at Hiram College. For information, call 440-265-06217 or email josephca@hiram.edu.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

April 26

Windham UMC Spaghetti Dinner will be April 26th from 4:30-7 pm. Dinner includes all-you-can eat spaghetti, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverage. The church is located at 9051 N. Main Street in Windham.

 

Knee Deep in Bluebells

April 27

One of the most unbelievable and spectacular sights in all of Ohio is the riot of wildflowers at the Poland Forest, near Youngstown. Here, in a setting among some of the largest trees in the state, thousands upon thousands of wild bluebells and other spring wildflowers bloom. The forest floor is literally awash with a carpet of bluebells, dabs of red and white trilliums and a haze of marsh marigolds; the artistry of nature in all it is glory. The hike begins at 4:00pm. Hiking fee: $7 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register and for directions.

 

Shalersville School Reunion Reservations

April 28

On May 3rd The Shalersville School Reunion will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall. A banquet dinner of stuffed chicken breast and beef tenderloin will be served at 5:30.  All former classmates and friends are welcome to attend; cost is $15.00 per person.  Prepaid reservations need to be made by April 28th to Judy Richardson at 8945 Cooley Rd., Ravenna, Oh 44266 or call 330-297-9681.  We will Honor the Classmates of 1944,1954,1964 and the oldest and youngest classmates present.  There will a few other surprises and the Shalersville Historical Museum will be open from 4:00 to 5:00 that afternoon.

 

Wildflower Lollapalooza & Wine Fest

May 3

Discover the amazing display of wildflowers along the trails of the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve near Garrettsville. Following our exploration of the forest, we will retire to the nearby Candlelight Winery for a little sip of the grape. Meet at the Eagle Creek preserve 2 miles northeast of Garrettsville on Center St, and 1 mile south on Hopkins Rd. Hiking fee: $5 for members of Friends of the Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Secret Garden: Moore, Draime Estate Gardens

May 9

This beautiful garden in Howland is operated by Kent State University and is closed to the public. A wide variety of plants are found in the well planned perennial garden, the formal English and Italian gardens, conifer collection, and walled vegetable and water gardens. The ground also contain a unique sculpture collection by Caroline Stacey and others. Directions will be provided upon registration. Fee: $12 for members of the Friends of the Field Station ($15 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Newton Falls Plant Exchange- It’s Spring in the Falls!

May 10

Join us on May 10th from 9 AM until Noon at Newton Falls Park to meet with other gardeners and to trade plants.  Just bring at least 6 plants to trade (more are always welcome).  Fancy pots are not required; any old box or bag will do.  In addition to the plants, a band will provide live music so bring a lawn chair and relax. There will be a few vendors and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County will be there with some adoptable pets as well.  The event takes place at JC Pavilion on Center Street at the City Park.  Call Susan with any questions at 330-718-3469 or look us up on Facebook at Newton Falls Plant Exchange.

 

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups

May 10 & 24

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding signups for football and cheerleading on May 10th and 24th  at the Community center stone pavilion. The signups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The signups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheer leading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.

 

T-Ball

May 31- June 28

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

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

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

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

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

 

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville.

Fish Fry to Benefit Fire Victims

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

 

Cana Valley Winery

April 16 & 17 - Visit Cana Valley Winery 5665 Waterloo Road, Atwater. A donation from each bottle of wine purchased on April 9, 10 and 16 & 17 will be donated to the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund.

 

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

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

 

PMG Choc. All Star Talent Showcase

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

 

For a complete list of fundraisers visit: http://garrettsvillearea.com/help

 

At 1: 15 PM on Saturday, March 22nd, The Village of Garrettsville suffered a fire of catastrophic proportions involving the historical area known as the Buckeye Building, situated on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Garrettsville. Garrettsville’s ladder truck. one pumper/tanker, and one tanker were all on scene and beginning fire suppression within six minutes of dispatch alerting the fire department. A total of 54 pieces of fire apparatus responded to this emergency from multiple counties, and a total of 142 firefighters (not including the retired ones who came to lend a much needed hand) were on scene fighting to contain the blaze. An estimated 1.5 million gallons of water was pumped, and 428.5 gallons of diesel fuel was used in the 50 hours and 36 minutes the fire department was present at the scene. Thankfully no fatalities were incurred, and the only reported injuries were two firefighters (both treated and released).

In spite of the loss felt by the Village that day, we were also reminded why Garrettsville is a great place to live. The outpouring of support to not only the Village itself, but to the firefighters was remarkable. The influx of water and food was staggering, and none of it went to waste as firefighters worked around the clock. It is truly impossible to thank each and every one of the individuals and organizations that contributed to relief efforts that day, but thanks go out to …. the 34 fire departments that answered our call for aid, Community EMS and NEAS for providing EMS support, Garrettsville Police for traffic and scene control, Garrettsville Water Department who monitored our village water usage, local businesses who sent food and drinks, residents who stopped by the station to drop supplies off, the ladies who came out to distribute food and drinks, Portage County EMA & FlU, Portage County Sheriffs Office, Ohio Fire Marshall, ATF, Red Cross, Salvation Army, right down to the gentlemen who lent a hand pulling hose before more firefighters arrived in the first minutes of the fire.

Special thanks to the local students who sent us letters and artwork from school the week after the fire, it brightened our day to hear how much you love Garrettsville. All of this was a reflection of what a great village we live in, and why Garrettsville is strong. I wish the community well as we heaL rebuild, and move forward after this devastating fire.

Chief David Friess
Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District

The tragic Main Street fire last weekend in Garrettsville, just took a big chunk of my childhood away. I guess you don’t really know the good foundations of life you’ve had, until they are suddenly taken away. Seeing the photos of the blaze brought back a flood of old memories, from a childhood gone by. Buildings can be replaced, but not necessarily the happy times generated, from growing up in an American town, where everybody knew your parents and family, by first name. I feel privileged to have walked Main Street in its hey-day, during the 60’s and 70’s. It wasn’t the buildings, it was the stalwart proprietors, that made those establishments so memorable!

On March 29, in Quantico, Virginia, there was dedicated a memorial to all members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HML-167 who gave their lives in service to the country over the 46  years since the squadron  became (in 1968) the first such squadron formed in a war zone, VietNam.  More than 300 family, friends, and current and former squadron members attended the dedication ceremony.  The memorial is located a  short walk  from the National  Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico.

Marine-Memorial-Quantico-(18)

Among those honored and named in an engraving  on the face of the memorial is Marine Corporal Cecil Boyd Wagner, whose helicopter was shot down  on September 29, 1968 in Quang Nam, South VietNam, with the entire crew killed.  Corporal Wagner and his family lived on Center Street (at the base of High Street)  in Garrettsville for most of his youth, before moving to Maple Heights.  He graduated from high school in Maple Heights in 1965.

Garrettsville - After over 25 years of dedicated service, Sharon Foy, Purchasing Manager of the Portage County District Library, has announced her retirement. Foy will retire from her position at the end of April.

garrettsville-library-sharon-foy-retiringHaving started her career at the Portage County District Library in 1988 working part-time in the Technical Services department, Foy soon became the Purchasing Manager. In her many years at the Portage County District Library, Foy has held an integral role in the development of several projects. Most notable has been being in charge of managing the daily operations of the facilities at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library. And what does she have planned for her retirement? “Good question! I hope to do some traveling.”

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The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Southern Portage County is just around the corner.  Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at 888.227.6446 x2215 or visiting www.relayforlife.org/sportage. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life of Southern Portage County takes place from 6pm on Friday May 9 until noon on Saturday May 10, 2014 at Ravenna Stadium.

Teams are encouraged to sign up early as this gives teams more time to raise money

For more information on the Relay For Life or to register a team, contact Ayla Layman at 888.227.6446 x2215 or email her at Ayla.Layman@cancer.org You can also visit www.relayforlife.org/sportage to connect with other relayers in your community and across the nation.

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The 4-H All Stars have elected their officers;  Joey Fresch, President; Danielle Popek, Vice President; Stephanie Popek, Secretary; Erin Fresch, Recreation; Jonathan Wiczen, Health and Safety; Rebecca Potter, Reporter. April 12th will be our next meeting. This will be our business meeting. We will also be making Easter candy to hand out to local Senior Citizens. The small animal pancake breakfast will be held May 3rd at the Fair Grounds from 7am to 1pm. The All Stars will work from 11 am to 1 pm at the breakfast. Anyone interested in joining the All Stars, or any questions contact Janet Nichols 440-548-5142 or 330-235-3687.

 

Garrettsville – On Sunday, March 2nd the Garrettsville Town Trotters went to the office of Dann Timmons and Amy Turos on Main Street in Garrettsville and painted the front window. The theme of the window was “Follow the Hoof Prints to 4-H”. This year marks the 100th anniversary for Extension (of which 4-H is a part of) in the United States. The Cooperative Extension office was created to bring education to the farmers. 4-H was developed to educate children through hands on teaching. The four Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health, and members are encouraged to use their four Hs to contribute to their community and world.

Thank-you to Mr. Timmons and Amy Turos for supporting us.

We have also inducted our 2014 officers: President-Olivia Doraski; Vice President-Jessica Fackler; Secretary-Kayla Gough; Treasurer-Julie McGrew; Scrapbook Keeper-Ashley Kaiser and News Reporter-Ryleigh Gough.

Congratulations to each.

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Kent – The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is hosting a FREE educational seminar event on Tuesday April 8th at the Ravenna Maplewood Career Center,  7075 Ohio 88, Ravenna Ohio.

Close Quarter Defense – using non-lethal methods to augment your CCW skills,  Otherwise known as “The way you fight BEFORE you have to use your gun’ is April’s free program that gives advice, hints, skills and techniques on the use of whatever you have handy in your defense.  Join us in learning  to use a knife, a pen, keys, mini-flashlight, stun gun, pepper spray, cane, umbrella, hat , whistle or whatever you have close at hand in avoiding and defending yourself in an attack.    Mike Hasychak will join REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition and present an hour long program on self defense.    The program starts at 7:00 pm.  Attendance is free.

Amanda Suffecool – Director of Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition said  “We are pleased to have Mike Hasychak as April’s speaker;   Mike is an NRA Certified instructor as well as a lifelong student of self defense who is excited about what he learns and what he shares, causing Mike to present a very engaging program”

REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition presents seminars on a monthly basis. Each of the monthly programs features a local expert offering their perspective and expertise and covers a topic that is of interest to the firearms community.   May’s program is specifically designed for women.     There will be two ‘on the range’ programs  (May 3 and May 17th )  that are partially funded by REALIZE firearms awareness coalition  titled  “Woman’s Day on the Range”,  offering opportunities for 20 women each to gain skills and experience  that is primarily  hands on.

 

 

Tee up for the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 21, at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio. Sponsored by the Middlefield Banking Company and Cleveland Indians Charities, the golf classic supports children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.

Celebrity golfers Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder, and Bob DiBiasio, vice president of Cleveland Indians public relations, return to the golf classic.

Morning and afternoon tee times are available. Single golfer registration is $125. Registration for a team of four is $500. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 7.

A continental breakfast will be served for morning golfers at 6:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. A luncheon will be held for afternoon golfers at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. There will be an award ceremony held after each round of golf.

To register, contact Candrice Dalton at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3084, or via e-mail at candrice.dalton@hattielarlham.org.

Garrettsville – The Portage County District Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 14-April 19), a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering  e-books and technology classes, materials for personal entertainment, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Portage County District Library is celebrating National Library Week by asking library patrons and officials to pose for photographs with a favorite book, which will then be turned into READ posters to be displayed at branch locations. Join us as we ask the community to come together for this special event. Ask your library staff for more information.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Portage County District Library at www.portagelibrary.org. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services (includes Home Delivery and Library Express). Library Express locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Deerfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville. Visit our Deerfield Computer Lab. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

Now through April 30, Great Clips of Aurora and Great Clips of Twinsburg are collecting non-perishable food items to assist the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.  The food pantry serves 80-100 families per month and lost their entire stock in the recent fire that devastated downtown Garrettsville.

Great Clips of Aurora and Twinsburg invites people to make a donation of a non-perishable food item and receive a corresponding discount on a future haircut: donate one non-perishable item and receive $1 off your next haircut.  Donating two items receives a $2 discount, and donating three items receives a $3 discount.  Discounts must be redeemed by June 30, 2014.  While the discount is limited to a maximum of $3, customers are free to contribute more if they would like.  The salons are locally owned and all donations will go to the food pantry to benefit our neighbors in need.

Great Clips of Aurora is located at 105 Barrington Town Square (next to Starbucks) and Great Clips of Twinsburg is located at 8934 Darrow Road (next to Giant Eagle).  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 9:00PM; Saturday 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM.  Online check-in is available to save you time.  For more information, call 330-405-3440 (Twinsburg) or 330-562-6336 (Aurora).

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Geauga County Tourism’s Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour will be Saturday, May 3rd, with 25 stops to choose from.  Each stop offers special activities, demonstrations, sales, treats or drawings to tour participants. This year’s tour features 14 locations that are brand new to the Tour, so choose a minimum of 10 locations you have never visited, or your favorites for sales and unique activities. After visiting at least 10 locations join the fun at Middlefield Market for the Grand Finale. Mark your calendars now and watch for a full list of stops & offers next month! Thank you to event Sponsors Blazin Bills and Thunder Roads Ohio for their support!

Participants can get a list of all of the stops, their activities and a map, by calling the Geauga County Tourism Office 440-632-1538, or online (beginning April 1st) at www.TourGeauga.com

The 9th Annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on Sept 20th. Anyone who attended JAG High School is welcome to attend. The event will include dinner, entertainment by the award winning high school band and tours of the campus including the new Intermediate School addition (grades 5 & 6) made possible through a five million dollar “Straight A” grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The committee is seeking addresses from those who attended J.A. Garfield High School with the following classes: 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994. For further information or for anyone who has a new address or email, etc. since June 1st, 2013, please contact Helen Louise (Paul) Bouts at 330-309-2734 or email hbouts@yahoo.com.

 

On March 12th LMC held their monthly meeting, even if it was the worst day snow-wise. There were 6 of us attending. Alma Jones and Mary Leggett decorated for St. Patrick’s day. It was very cheerful and took our minds off the bad weather. Our program was presented by Iva Walker. Birthdays for members in March are Sally Kittle, Blanche Richmond, Anne Spolarich, Cathy Spolarich. We thought about you. Our thoughts were also about Josie Jarosz who passed away. The program was very interesting. It was a question and answer and the women had a good time coming up with the answers. We will be looking for better weather in April and everyone will be able to come to our meeting for a pleasant afternoon.