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Volunteers Wanted

Coleman Adult Day Services looking for volunteers to work with seniors that attend in Ravenna. Socialization, play games and help with activities, share your time. Please contact Madeline Activity Director (330) 296-3214

American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. NOTE: There will be no Monday Breakfast Dec.22. we will be back Dec. 29.  Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Community Center Closed For Winter

There will be no more Community Center days at the old Mantua Center School until March.  The committee thanks all those who have come this past year,  adnd wishes you a safe and healthy winter.  Watch for publicity about reopening in early March.

Winter Clothing Drive

Now

Coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc. will be gladly accepted at Life Church Assembly of God, 10280 St. Rt. 88, Garrettsville, across from JAG Schools. All donations will be delivered to The Salvation Army, located at Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham. All gently-used, clean winter clothes will be accepted. Donations will be distributed through RFC to families in need. 

Fish Fry in Windham 

Friday Nights

Fish Fry every Friday at Windham American Legion from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $9.00 per dinner.

Movie with Santa

Dec 12

Portage Faith United Methodist Church is hosting their 2nd Annual “Movie with Santa” Dec 12th at 6:30pm.  Bring the children to this free event, to see the Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, with refreshments and games provided.  There will be a special visit by Santa, with opportunities to sit on Santa’s lap and to get pictures taken with Santa and the Grinch. Parents are asked to stay with their children through the event. Portage Faith is located at 9922 SR. 44 (south of the closed bridge) Mantua, Ohio. For any questions call 330-274-8987

Youth Boys Basketball Sign-Ups

Dec 12

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering youth boys basketball. Teams will be formed by the following grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Practices and games are held at various schools in Ravenna.  Practices begin in January and games are held February through beginning of April.  Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $40; non-city taxpayer fee is $48.   Registration deadline is Dec 12th in office and Dec 14th for Internet   Pre-Registration is a must at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Office at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, from 8:00a.m thru 12noon or from 1:00p.m. thru 4:15p.m. or visit us at www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact us at: 330-296-2864.

Junior Ravens Basketball Sign-Ups

Dec 12

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering youth basketball for both girls and boys. Participants will learn the fundamentals and skills of the sport of basketball in a fun, age appropriate atmosphere using situations under the direction on Sonny Tilden, Ravenna High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach.  Practices begin in January 4 through February 8 on Sundays from 3:45pm to 5pm.Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $20; non-city taxpayer fee is $25. Registration deadline is Dec 12th in office and Dec 14th for Internet. Pre-registration is a must at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Office at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, from 8:00a.m thru 12noon or from 1:00p.m. thru 4:15p.m. or visit us at www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact us at: 330-296-2864.

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Pork Dinner

Dec 13

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Pork  dinner Saturday December 13th, 2014, from 5-7PM.  Dinner includes Pork, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Winter Bird Hike

Dec 13

Join the preserve manager  on Dec 13, 8:00 am- 10:00 am as we observe some of our resident birds that overwinter in Ohio. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231 No registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 13

The Palmyra Fire Department and the Palmyra Fireflies will be hosting the 8th Annual “Breakfast with Santa.” The breakfast will be held at the Palmyra fire station on Dec 13th from 8-11am. Santa will be arriving at 8:30 am on a fire truck!  Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 4 – 10 and 3 and under are FREE.  Along with Breakfast with Santa each family will receive one 4×6 picture with Santa. Additional pictures will be available for $2.00 each. Santa will have a small surprise for each child as well.  Non-perishable items are also being collected to help an adopted family this year during the holiday season. We encourage all to come and join the fun with Santa and the Palmyra Fire Department.

Angel Shoppe Craft Show

Dec 13

The Angel Shoppe Craft Show with Secret Santa Shopping and Lunch available is Dec 13th from 9:30am to 2:30pm at Huntsburg. Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, Ohio 44046. The church on SR528 just south of US322. If you need any more information, or would like to have a table space, $15 a table, please call the church at 440-632-5504, leave a message and someone will call you back.

Craft Show

Dec 13

Blackhorse Baptist Church, 6360 Bridge St., Ravenna is having a craft show Dec 13th from 10-3 in the fellowship hall. Proceeds to benefit the food pantry at the church. Open to public. 

Come to a Free Lunch

Dec. 13

A free lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00pm., at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main Street in Windham. Homemade soups and breads, salad and desserts will be provided by the Congregational United Church of Christ. Free lunches will be served the second Saturday of each month, instead of the meals on Thursday nights. Please come and eat lunch with us! All are welcome!

Benefit Chinese Auction

Dec 14

Benefit Chinese auction for Ashley Brosious will be Dec 14th at Nelson Community Center from 12-2, drawing at 2:15. Winner need not be present. For more info contact Diana 330-235-4265. 

Community Christmas

Dec 14

Celebrate this Christmas Season at the Windham Township Hall Dec 14th at 5pm. Christmas music by a Hiram College student singing group. Santa will be visiting – cookies, hot chocolate, and hotdogs. Come join us at this annual event! See you there!

Chancel Choir

Dec 14

The public is cordially invited to a program of Lessons and Carols, presented by the Chancel Choir of the Garrettsville United Methodist Church at 7:00 on Sunday, December 14 in the church, located at 8223 Park Ave. in Garrettsville.  Musical selections will range from tunes found in settings of the colonial period, to visions from the Russian Orthodox tradition.  Readings will be by the Rev. L. Chris Martin.  The congregation will be asked to join in singing traditional carols.  “Noel” and “Alleluia” will be heard : Food for the spirit, food for thought. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and which cannot remain silent.” (Victor Hugo)  

Free Gospel Concert

Dec 14

You are invited to attend a free gospel music concert at Faith Evangelical Church in Garrettsville, featuring Russ & Geri Nottingham on Dec 14th at 11 am. For more information please call the church; 330-527-4068

Christmas Party

Dec 14

The combined American Legion/Auxiliary Christmas party will be Dec 14th at 5pm at the Mantua Village Park Lodge. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass, table service, and a donation of food or paper product for the 4C’s

Community Dinner

Dec 18

You are invited to the Community Dinner at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham Dec. 18th 5-6:30. We have FOOD, pretty Christmas trees, FOOD, a Christmas boutique, FOOD and did I mention FOOD.  Where else can you eat and do Christmas shopping all in the same building.

Free Christmas Meal

Dec 19

God Provides a free Christmas meal, Dec 19th from 4-6 at Nelson Methodist Church. Dinner will include ham, parsley potatoes, corn, salad, roll and dessert.

The Legend of the Candy Cane & Candlelight Service

Dec 21

An interpretation artistically based on the book by Lori Walburg. Come see how a little child discovers the true meaning of Christmas as a young Candy Maker works to bring the town together during a snow storm. This production uses costuming, set design and special lighting to bring the early 1900’s to life. This event is FREE and Pastor and Lynne Crouch invite you to come and participate in carol singing during parts of the show and be part of the Christmas Candle Lighting at the close of the evening, Garrettsville Church of God (Soon to be THE FOUNTAIN),  12888 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH  44231.  330-527-2942

Winter Solstice Hike 

Dec 21

Join us  on December 21st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm as we walk the trails on the shortest day of the year and explore the preserve. No registration is required. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231 For more information call (330)-527-5118

Santa on a Fire Truck

Dec 21

Hiram Fire Associations Christmas Santa Toy delivery for Hiram Village and Hiram Township residents will be Dec 21st at 5pm. Wrapped gifts must be turned in to the Hiram Fire Department by Dec 19th with name, complete address and phone number on each gift. For any questions contact Capt. Gary Bott 330-646-1951 or Hiram Fire Dept 330-569-9826.

Library’s Holiday Hours

Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1

Happy Holidays! The Portage County District Library announces its holiday hours. All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates, in observance of the holiday season: Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, and Jan 1. For information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest. 

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting Jan  4 at  Youngstown State  and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Full Moon Hike

Jan 5

Join us January 5th, 2015 8:30pm- 10:00pm as we walk the preserve at night hopefully with the light of a full moon! Event is contingent upon sky conditions. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118  Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231  Special note: Please dress according to the weather as the temperatures will be rather cold.  

Stargazing Night

Jan 24

Join us on  January 24th, 2014 7:00 pm- 9:00pm as we look upward towards the heavens. A telescope will be available for viewing. You are encouraged to bring your own viewing devices as well. Event is contingent upon sky conditions. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118 Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231   Special note: Please dress according to the weather as the temperatures will be rather cold. Please be mindful in the use of any flashlights as not to impair other visitors’ night vision.  It is recommended that flashlights be equipped with a red filter lens or bulb. 

James A. Garfield Teacher is One of Twenty-Five Chosen to Participate in ‘Auschwitz: The Past is Present’ Program

Garrettsville – USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education have selected Steven Howell, a teacher at James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, as one of only 25 teachers from around the world to participate in a unique professional development program in Poland as part of Auschwitz: The Past is Present.

Auschwitz: The Past is Present is a global communications and education program that will support the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 2015. This unique educator professional development opportunity is just one component of the education initiative between Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education.  The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council are the organizers of the official commemoration event.

Howell will join educators from 11 different countries representing four continents in attending a four-day workshop designed to deepen their understanding of the historical landscape of Poland before, during and after the Holocaust and increase participant knowledge of authentic sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau.

During the program, he will work with IWitness, the USC Shoah Foundation’s educational website that brings testimonies from survivors and witnesses of genocide, including the Holocaust, from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to secondary schools via multimedia-learning activities. Sixteen activities based on testimony from survivors and witnesses of Auschwitz will be available in IWitness by the official commemoration. Four new activities have been released to date. 

Teachers will also have the unprecedented opportunity to meet with a large number of Holocaust survivors prior to attending the commemoration ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. 

“Survivors shared their stories because they understood how vital it was that future generations never forget what happened at places like Auschwitz,” said Dr. Kori Street, USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education. “By bringing teachers to a place where so many atrocities occurred is a way to show survivors that we take seriously our responsibility of keeping their voices strong forever.”

Select content from IWitness will soon be available to Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ subscribers.

“Discovery Education is honored to partner with an amazing organization like USC Shoah Foundation to provide this powerful, life-changing professional development opportunity to educators across the world,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO of Discovery Education. “This experience will build educators’ digital-media literacy skills and give them the tools to provide engaging, primary-source resources to their students to strengthen the understanding and importance of remembering the Holocaust.”    

The Auschwitz: The Past is Present Professional Development program will begin in Warsaw on Jan. 23, 2015 at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and conclude at the official ceremonies at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on Jan. 27, 2015. 

“After 20 years of teaching in a small rural high school, I have seen firsthand why teaching the Holocaust is important – and the potential that it has for transforming students’ lives,” said Howell. “Learning about the Holocaust is not just a history lesson. It provides students a lens through which they can view contemporary issues. My experience in this program will provide me with teaching tools and strategies to bring to my classroom.”

By working together on this important project, USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education are filling an ever-present need to keep history alive for generations to come. Interacting with testimony as a primary source in IWitness shows young people how the past informs our present and what this means to students today.

USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education are also creating an exclusive Virtual Field Trip to bring the 70th anniversary commemoration directly into classrooms to provide students everywhere with a deeper understanding of the continued importance of the Holocaust.

Available to schools across the United States and globally in the spring of 2015, the Virtual Field Trip will provide students with firsthand accounts from survivors returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and motivate them to engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.

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Mantua – Let’s start the holiday season with festive exercise, jolly visits with Santa, and joyous holiday-themed activities! Jingle Bell Jog offers a 5k race that is timed for the competitive, but can be walked for those who prefer to take in the spirit of this holiday event at a more relaxed pace. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive attire or costumes.

Also included in this event is The Merry Mile, a one-mile race for ages 12 and under. Santa and his elves will be there to cheer the kids on. Families can visit holiday craft and activity tables for some holiday fun, and warm up with some hot cocoa and goodies at the bake sale.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Crestwood Band Boosters, a non-profit group that supports the band programs in the Crestwood Schools. “We are grateful for the support we have received from the community over recent years. We wanted to offer an event that would draw the community together and provide a fun, creative outlet everyone could participate in,” says Tina Evans of the Crestwood Band Boosters. “Our hope is that this becomes an annual event that is part of many family traditions for years to come.”

This event takes place at Crestwood High School on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The 5k race starts at 9am and The Merry Mile at 10am. Pre-registrations are being accepted at www.hmapromotions.net (click on Calendar, then scroll down to Jingle Bell Jog). Registration opens at 8:15am on race day, and activities continue until 11am.

Ravenna – The inaugural Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice Hope 5K Run/Walk was held on October 4, 2014. Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice staff coordinated the day’s events to raise funds to continue providing care to  uninsured and underinsured Portage County residents. Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice serves over 300 patients a year.  In 2013, over $127,000 in charity care was provided to ensure a patient’s comfort at the end of life regardless of their ability to pay.  

Despite the poor weather, 173 runners/walkers came to the Ravenna High School stadium to begin the course. The run/walk went through neighborhoods, utilized the bike and hike trail, ending in front of the stadium.  

The overall winners were Joel Dagenhardt with a time of 17:22 and Grace Homany who finished at 23:40.  

Other winners, by age bracket, were:  

1-14 Troy Dyers Calli Hahn

15-19 John Kilbourne Morgan Englehart

20-29 Dennis Kirimi Ashley Kassimer

30-39 Andrew Adam Meredith Black

40-49 Robert Black Jessica Bittence

50-59 Joe Tarantino Kathy Beers

60-69 Darrell Gammon Linda Black

70 + Bob Chittenden Phyllis Spangler

With the help of our Gold Sponsors: Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center, Inc., The Woodlands at Robinson Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Giving Well Family Foundation; our Silver Sponsors: Dave and Kathy Pangallo, Bill and Eddye White – Twin Star Lanes, North East Ambulance Service, and Giant Eagle of Ravenna; and numerous Bronze Sponsors and friends of Hospice, the event was able to raise over $10,000.  The day would not have been as successful without the assistance of the Ravenna Police and Service Department, the Ham Radio Club, the residents of Lincoln Street, our many volunteers and the Ravenna High School.  

For more information on Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice or how you can help people at the end of life, contact 330-297-8899.

Mantua – The Mantua Village Garden Club will hold its final meeting for 2014 on Monday, Dec.8, at Christ Lutheran Church, on Main St., in the village.  The festivities will start at noon with a catered luncheon, then short business meeting to wrap up the year, and induction of the 2015 officers.  The rest of the gathering will be spent making merry and holding a White Elephant auction to benefit the 4-Cs!  If you’re interested in finding out more about our club, and enjoying some holiday fun, please come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon.

The MVGC will take its annual winter break, and resume its meetings in March 2015. The 2015 officers will be busy planning the events and programs for the upcoming year during January and February.  If there’s an idea or program that you would like to share, or learn about, yourself, please contact Lea Lazar @ 330-274-0614, Diane Lottig @ 330-274-2868, Pasti Gast @ 330-274-2124, or Lois Eisele @ 330-842-1177.

Ravenna – Come join Portage Park District volunteer Naturalist Joe Malmisur and Dr. Sarah Maybe on Monday Dec 8th for the second in the Park District’s birding in Portage County series. It doesn’t matter if you did not attend the first session, we will be reviewing what we covered on Nov 10th.  The second session will focus on bird anatomy and the Christmas Bird Count that will take place on Dec 14th. Special guest instructor, Jamey L. Emmert, Wildlife Communication Specialist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife will be talking about bird anatomy and will review the idea of size and shape in identifying birds. We will have several actual bird mounts, from the small Hummingbird to the very large Sand Hill Crane, to get a good perspective on size and shape. It should be a HOOOOT!

This event will be held at the Portage Park District office located at 705 Oakwood St G4, Ravenna, OH.

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Community Center Closed For Winter

There will be no more Community Center days at the old Mantua Center School until March.  The committee thanks all those who have come this past year,  adnd wishes you a safe and healthy winter.  Watch for publicity about reopening in early March.

Winter Clothing Drive

Now

Coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc. will be gladly accepted at Life Church Assembly of God, 10280 St. Rt. 88, Garrettsville, across from JAG Schools. All donations will be delivered to The Salvation Army, located at Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham. All gently-used, clean winter clothes will be accepted. Donations will be distributed through RFC to families in need. 

Fish Fry in Windham 

Friday Nights

Fish Fry every Friday at Windham American Legion from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $9.00 per dinner.

Rummage Sale

Dec 4-6

Christmas Rummage Sale.  Christ Covenant Church, Middlefield. (Upper Doors) December 4th, 5th, & 6th,   9-3:00     Benefit, Charity Children’s Ministries. Gifts, Decorations, Household and Clothing.   Chinese Auction and Bake Sale.

Christmas Open House

Dec 5

Upton Association will sponsor the annual Christmas Open House on Dec 5th from 6-8pm. Open Houses are free and open to the public. This year’s theme is Toys, Trees, and Teddy Bears. The home of suffragette Harriet Taylor Upton is located on 380 Mahoning Avenue NW in Warren. Phone 330-395-1840 or visit the web at www.uptonhouse.org. Board members of the Upton Association decorate the individual rooms of the historic home and displays change every year. Upton House is also available as a rental facility and sell tribute bricks for the Women’s Park as a unique Christmas gift.

Soup Supper

Dec 5

The Legion/Auxiliary Soup Supper will be Dec 5th at the Mantua Village Park Lodge at 6pm. Public is welcome to enjoy a variety of homemade soups, salads and desserts. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. 

Gift & Craft Show

Dec 5 & 6

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community Holiday Craft and Gift Sale  will be held Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 11543 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH 44234. While teaching skills of compassion, teamwork, motivation and trust we create  unique gifts and decorations. 

We can’t wait to show you our new collection!

Spaghetti Dinner

Dec 6

Windham American Legion spaghetti dinner will be Dec 6th from 4-7pm. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread and dessert. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for kids 5-12 and free under 5 years. 50/50 will be drawn at 7:00, winner need not be present. 

Holiday Bazaar

Dec 6

Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Road, Wayland, Ohio is having their First Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Sale on Dec 6th from 9am – 5pm.  A Chinese Auction, a bake sale and lunch items will be available in addition to crafts and wares that vendors will have for sale.  To reserve a table or for additional questions, please contact Deanna Cottrell at 330-620-1265.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 6

Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Dec 6th from 8:30-10am at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422).  Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus.  You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes.  Kids eat for only $3.00 each and $5.00 each for accompanying adults.  Call to make your reservation – Lucinda @ (440) 221-0577; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939; or Sandy @ (440) 548-5740

Community Support at Mary Yoder’s

 Dec 6

 Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is reaching out to help those who may struggle to enjoy the holiday season.  On December 6th, beginning at 3:00 pm, Mary Yoder’s will be hosting a Chinese Auction Benefit, with all proceeds from the auction going to support Shop With a Cop and the food pantry in Middlefield.   Along with the auction, guests will enjoy a boxed lunch which includes a choice of a chicken salad sandwich or a ham sandwich, chips, and a cookie.  Coffee and punch will be provided also.Bidding is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm; the drawing begins at 5:00. Admission tickets, which include the boxed lunch and 10 complimentary auction tickets, are on sale for $15.00 at Mary Yoder’s or online at www.maryyodersamishkitchen.com.   Everyone is invited to come, enjoy the afternoon, cross some items off your Christmas list, and most importantly, help your neighbor.

Fill A Cruiser

Dec 6

The Garrettsville Police Department will be holding a Fill A Cruiser event on December 6th from 10am to 3pm at the Garrettsville Save A Lot.  Nonperishable foods will be collected for the Garrettsville Nelson Community Cupboard.  Any cash donations will go to the Hiram Police Department Shop with a cop program.  

Contra Dance

Dec 6

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Dec 6th at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the irresistibly fun atmosphere of contra dance and live folk music by the band “Mr. Haney”.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Tree Identification Hike 

Dec 6

Join the preserve manager as we learn to identify trees at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd., Garrettsville on  Dec 6th 2014 10: 00 am – 12:00 pm No registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118

Pizza with Santa

Dec 6

Come meet Santa at the annual Kiwanis of the Western Reserve Pizza with Santa Dec 6th from 10:00am-12:30pm in the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall.  Tickets are $3.00, children 2 & under FREE.  Tickets can be purchased at Cortland Bank in Mantua, Hiram College Bookstore, Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville & Mantua or at the door. There will be reindeer games, songs, face painting, ornament making, cookie decorating!  Secret Santa Shop for children sponsored by the Hiram College Bookstore, holiday gifts $1.00-$5.00.

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

Back by popular demand, Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik is teaching her tabletop Christmas tree craft class. This time you’ll make a beautiful tree from fresh evergreens. Spruce, fir, boxwood, rhody, pine, cedar, juniper, and more. The fragrance is wonderful. Decorate your creation with garland, ribbons, berries, feathers, dried flowers, little ornaments or go wherever your fancy takes you. For a special touch add a string of mini lights! These trees make great gifts too. Join us for a morning of holiday fun and bring a friend to share it with. December 6th from 9-noon. Cost is $35

Monthly Dance 

Dec 6

Portage County Chapter #600 Parents Without Partners monthly dance will be Dec 6th from 7:30-11pm at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 W. Ave. in Tallmadge. Open to public. The theme for this dance is Winter Wonderland, ladies are encouraged to dress semi-formally. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information about PWP call Warrine 330-322-9559. 

Scotch Doubles Fundraiser

Dec 6

There will be a Scotch Doubles  fundraiser on December 6th at 

Skylanes Bowling starting at  9:00 p.m.  This is a fundraiser to benefit the Troy Smith family. The cost to bowl is $50.00 per couple for 3 games, shoe rental, pizza, beer, pop or coffee.  Other food items will also be served.  The cost for those that do not want to bowl and just to join in will be $12.00, this does include pizza, beer, pop and coffee.  A 50/50 raffle and basket auction will also take place.  If you can’t attend and still want to help out this family, please contact P. Miller 330-527-5307 or M. Phifer 330-931-6418.  We are also looking for basket donations. 

Craft & Vendor Show

Dec 6

Craft and Vendor Show at First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls will be on Dec 6th from 9am-4pm. Some vendors include Bug-A-Boo Boutique, The Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, Premier Designs, Wildtree and Thirty-One, Plus handmade items, new shoes, baked goods and more. Stop on in, lunch served and do some Christmas shopping! Something for everyone!

Scotch Doubles

Dec 6

Smith Family Benefit Scotch Doubles sponsored by Garfield PTO will be Dec 6th at 9:00pm at Skylane Bowling. $50 per couple includes 3 games bowling, shoe rental, pizza, beer, pop or coffee, basket auction and 50/50. Non-bowlers $12 each, includes beer, pop, coffee and food. For info or reservations call Phyllis Miller 330-527-5307 or Michelle Phifer 330-931-6418.

Encore Program

Dec 6

The Women’s Council of Hiram College is hosting an Encore Program (Nostalgic Inspiration) / Luncheon on Dec 6th at the Twinsburg Hilton Inn.  At 11:30 am. punch and a cash bar will be available; the gourmet luncheon (most dietary concerns can be addressed) will be served at noon, with the program following.  Everyone knows the story of Scrooge in Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but wait until you hear the inspirational tale told by Rev. John Ferris as he recites it from memory.  He wants you to pretend that you’re listening to the radio as folks once did, as he uses the gifts of his voice, face, and body language to share this story. Reservations (by December 4th) can be made by contacting Barb McAdoo at 330-528-6189 or Vi McCarty at 330-569-5276.  The price for one ticket is $40.00; $15.00 of this amount is tax deductible.

Fill-A-Cruiser

Dec 7

Windham Police Department will hold a fill-a-cruiser at the Dollar General Store in Windham, Dec 7th from 1pm until 5pm. Items donated will be used in the community.

Sea Dreams

Dec 7

The ensemble Shanua and Friends will give an informal show titled “Sea Dreams” at Hiram College on Dec 7th at 3:00 p.m.   The location is Garfield Meeting House (Koritansky Hall).  Shanua features Dermot Somerville, guitar, flute and vocals, and ?lle Laido, keyboard and vocals.  They will be joined by Becca Rhoades, fiddle, Tina Dreisbach, flute and concertina, Paul Dreisbach, oboe and uilleann pipes, singers Tim Regan, John Clark, and Krista Parran, and poetry reader Rebecca Knab.   The free event is sponsored by The Hiram Community Trust and the Hiram College Music Department.  Garfield Meeting House (Koritansky Hall) is located at the corner of Routes 82 and 700 in Hiram Village.  There is street parking as well as a nearby lot at Hiram Christian Church.  For further information call 330-569-5294 or email music@hiram.edu.  

Toys for Tots

Dec 7 

American Legion 737 Toys for Tots will be Dec 7th at the Legion Post 16465 Milton Blvd in Lake Milton. Entry fee is $5.00 or a new, unwrapped child’s toy. Festivities will be from 1-9:30. For more info contact Jodi Minotti 330-349-4743, Joseph Leonard 330-654-4093 or Don Brown 330-980-8896.

A Christmas Remembrance

Dec 7

A Christmas Remembrance on Dec 7th at 6pm, presented at the Garrettsville Church of God, 12888 State Route 88, (Nelson Twp, North of State Route 305), Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. We invite you and your family to come and personally light a candle in honor of your loved one.  Rev Kevin Crouch will share of the hope we have during the difficulties we may face at the holidays after losing a loved one.  Please call 330-527-2942 so that we are able to reserve that special candle for your family.  A cookie reception will be held at 5pm., and the program will begin at 6 pm.

Christmas Concert

Dec 7

St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville is presenting their annual Christmas Concert on Dec 7th at 6pm. The Bell Choir, Adult Vocal Choir, and the O.K. Chorale Children’s Choir will present a delightful program of sacred and secular Advent and Christmas music.

Pearl Harbor Day

Dec 7

Pearl Harbor Day Memorial will be at 11 am at the Village Gazebo in Burton. Open to public. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more info. 

Blood Drive

Dec 10

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Dec 10th from 1-6 pm 104 East Broad St. Newton  Falls, Next to Circle K. Stop in, Give blood, and give the best gift ever, the gift of life, this holiday season.

Trip to “Christmas City”

Dec 10-12

Join St. Anselm Young of Heart in “Christmas City,” Bethlehem, PA, on December 10-12. There will be a guided tour of Bethlehem by Night, a factory tour of Martin Guitar, the Christmas Putz at the Central Moravian Church, and much more. Included are 5 meals, two nights of rooms at the Sands Resort & Casino with $60 free slot play, 5 meals, luggage handling and gratuities. Cost is $365 ($374 for non-members). Everyone is welcome on Young of Heart trips. All trips leave from St. Anselm Church in Chesterland. Call Nancy for further information, 440-729-9684.

Movie with Santa

Dec 12

Portage Faith United Methodist Church is hosting their 2nd Annual “Movie with Santa” Dec 12th at 6:30pm.  Bring the children to this free event, to see the Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, with refreshments and games provided.  There will be a special visit by Santa, with opportunities to sit on Santa’s lap and to get pictures taken with Santa and the Grinch. Parents are asked to stay with their children through the event. Portage Faith is located at 9922 SR. 44 (south of the closed bridge) Mantua, Ohio. For any questions call 330-274-8987

Youth Boys Basketball Sign-Ups

Dec 12

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering youth boys basketball. Teams will be formed by the following grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Practices and games are held at various schools in Ravenna.  Practices begin in January and games are held February through beginning of April.  Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $40; non-city taxpayer fee is $48.   Registration deadline is Dec 12th in office and Dec 14th for Internet   Pre-Registration is a must at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Office at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, from 8:00a.m thru 12noon or from 1:00p.m. thru 4:15p.m. or visit us at www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact us at: 330-296-2864.

Junior Ravens Basketball Sign-Ups

Dec 12

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering youth basketball for both girls and boy. Participants will learn the fundamentals and skills of the sport of basketball in a fun, age appropriate atmosphere using situations under the direction on Sonny Tilden, Ravenna High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach.  Practices begin in January 4 through February 8 on Sundays from 3:45pm to 5pm.Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $20; non-city taxpayer fee is $25. Registration deadline is Dec 12th in office and Dec 14th for Internet. Pre-registration is a must at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Office at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, from 8:00a.m thru 12noon or from 1:00p.m. thru 4:15p.m. or visit us at www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact us at: 330-296-2864.

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Pork Dinner

Dec 13

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Pork  dinner Saturday December 13th, 2014, from 5-7PM.  Dinner includes Pork, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Winter Bird Hike

Dec 13

Join the preserve manager  on Dec 13, 8:00 am- 10:00 am as we observe some of our resident birds that overwinter in Ohio. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231 No registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 13

The Palmyra Fire Department and the Palmyra Fireflies will be hosting the 8th Annual “Breakfast with Santa.” The breakfast will be held at the Palmyra fire station on Dec 13th from 8-11am. Santa will be arriving at 8:30 am on a fire truck!  Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 4 – 10 and 3 and under are FREE.  Along with Breakfast with Santa each family will receive one 4×6 picture with Santa. Additional pictures will be available for $2.00 each. Santa will have a small surprise for each child as well.  Non-perishable items are also being collected to help an adopted family this year during the holiday season. We encourage all to come and join the fun with Santa and the Palmyra Fire Department.

Christmas Party

Dec 14

The combined American Legion/Auxiliary Christmas party will be Dec 14th at 5pm at the Mantua Village Park Lodge. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass, table service, and a donation of food or paper product for the 4C’s

Winter Solstice Hike 

Dec 21

Join us  on December 21st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm as we walk the trails on the shortest day of the year and explore the preserve. No registration is required. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231 For more information call (330)-527-5118

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting Jan  4 at Youngstown State, and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Full Moon Hike

Jan 5

Join us January 5th, 2015 8:30pm- 10:00pm as we walk the preserve at night hopefully with the light of a full moon! Event is contingent upon sky conditions. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118  Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231  Special note: Please dress according to the weather as the temperatures will be rather cold.  

Stargazing Night

Jan 24

Join us on  January 24th, 2014 7:00 pm- 9:00pm as we look upward towards the heavens. A telescope will be available for viewing. You are encouraged to bring your own viewing devices as well. Event is contingent upon sky conditions. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118 Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231   Special note: Please dress according to the weather as the temperatures will be rather cold. Please be mindful in the use of any flashlights as not to impair other visitors’ night vision.  It is recommended that flashlights be equipped with a red filter lens or bulb. 

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Municipal Court has earned final certification as a Treatment Court from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Newton Falls Municipal Court and Judge PhilipVigorito for receiving final certification.

“Specialized dockets have proven effective at addressing persistent criminal behaviors,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Specialized dockets result in significantly lower recidivism rates which means offenders become productive members of society, for which we all benefit.”

Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. There are more than 150 specialized dockets in Ohio courts that deal with issues such as: 

• Drugs and Alcohol

• Mental Health 

• Domestic Violence 

• Sex Offenses

The new standards provide a minimum level of uniform practices for specialized dockets throughout Ohio, and allow local courts to innovate and tailor to meet their community’s needs and resources. 

Recommended practices outlined in the certification process include establishing eligibility requirements, evaluating effectiveness of the specialized docket, and assembling a treatment team for implementing daily operations of the specialized docket. The team can include licensed treatment providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and is headed by the specialized docket judge.

The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.

Garrettsville – Saturday, March 22, 2014, for the Garrettsville community, has become like 9/11 for our nation.  I was preparing to leave for a long drive to Salt Lake City, Utah when that day for me turned upside down.  It was a cold spring day with overcast skies and light breezy conditions.  I was at my home, just a couple of houses from the Dairy Queen in Garrettsville.

My fire pager alarmed a little after 1:15 PM. I ran outside with my camera bag. As I drove down State Street, I could see this was not a routine call.  Within a couple of minutes, I was describing on my fire radio a size-up of the fire scene conditions to our responding fire units. I was well aware that a historic event was unfolding. 

Being the fire department’s photographer, I had exceptional access to the fire ground. For the next 10 hours, I shot over 5 hours of video and over 300 still images. All has been condensed into an almost 2-hour documentary.  Beginning with some of the 911-recorded calls, the drama, anguish, and professionalism are revealed.  I was given permission to include video and images by many other observers.  A police dash-cam video of the fire’s early stages gives a valuable insight into our first responders’ early actions.  In addition, I have incorporated videos and stills of the building collapse from three different directions. As the catastrophe unfolds in the video, I have included explanations clarifying the actions of the professionals involved. 

The video is dedicated to our retired fire chief, Bob Russell.  It was during his tenure and with his initiative; the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District was formed.  With the tax funds generated from the associated levy, our fire department was able to purchase modern fire trucks, all of which saw service at this fire. 

The complete video can be purchased from the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, Ben Coll, President.
email: president@garrettsvillearea.com.
Here is a link to the direct purchase page: http://garrettsvillearea.com/firedvd

Orders can be mailed anywhere in the US via USPS for $7 (flat rate padded media envelope).   The DVD price is $10. All profits from the video go to the Garrettsville Strong Fund. 

A short trailer of the video can also be viewed via youtube at: URL: http://youtu.be/3t1Xlb_EUI8

Submitted by Rich Teresi

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Even as the snow flies and temperatures plummet, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is looking toward the warm days of summer and the popular summer theater workshops for area youth. GLTG has been sponsoring educational programs each summer since 1998.

Applications for lead instructors/directors for 2015 Summer Workshops are currently being accepted through December 20, with positions to be filled by late January.  GLTG offers programs for youth of all ages; juniors ages 4-7; Elementary Drama, ages 6-12; Elementary Musical, ages 6-12; Tween Drama ages 11-14, and Teen Musical Workshop, ages 13-18.

Workshops will begin in June on a staggered basis and run through mid-August, four days a week, three hours a day, ending in three public performances.

GLTG is seeking instructors with experience working with youth to develop age appropriate theatrical skills with an emphasis on education and personal growth as students work cooperatively to produce a quality show for family, friends and the community.

Applications and details about the position expectations can be found on the Geauga Theater website  (www.geaugatheater.org) or by calling the GLTG Business office during business hours, Tuesday-Thursday 10 am- 5 pm at 440-285-7701 or emailing education@geaugatheater.org.

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Ho Ho Hold on a minute!  Try as you might, there is no going back.  

The Thanksgiving turkey, heck, even the Halloween ghouls and goblins, will forevermore be in competition with Santa and his entourage of elves.  Like a full-blown blizzard that comes suddenly and unexpectedly, burying autumn (and us!) in the frigid reality of “here’s how it’s going to be,” the commercialism of Christmas ruthlessly arrives!  Step into any store but don’t be caught off guard.  Remember fall fell fast and was overcome by the holiday hustle and bustle, the Jingles and Kringles.  Gone are the good ol’ days of enjoying each season while in the season, like apple cider in September, pumpkin ale in October, and cranberry salad in November.  Now the polar express is in the express lane (alongside next year’s bikinis!).  Like a pill that’s hard to swallow, throw on a log, grab some eggnog, and open wide… the fruitcake has arrived! 

 SWCD Elves Can Help!         

Indeed the Christmas cheer is here, but rather than resisting consider another alternative to your Black Friday blues.  Here is where Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) comes in.  Believe it or not, we can help you not only with information and guidance on natural resource management, but also with your holiday shopping!  Geauga SWCD offers unique and meaningful gifts that keep on giving long past the holiday season.  Items we offer make positive impacts to our natural world and enhance our natural resources.  In addition, these gifts help save money and energy, while putting your hard-earned dollars back into our local community.  Below are just a few gift ideas to kiss Christmas commercialism goodbye and turn your Black Friday GREEN!

Gather Your “Liquid” Assets

Let this be the year to roll out the barrel.  A rain barrel, that is!  Rain barrels make creative, affordable, and sensible gifts, with lots of reasons to feel good about giving.  These recycled plastic containers attach to a downspout to collect and store rainwater from rooftops.  Instead of being diverted to a storm drain or ditch, the water captured can be used to water flowers, trees, and plants.  Rain barrels conserve water, reduce storm water runoff, alleviate flooding, and recharge groundwater.  Since access to fresh water is an urgent concern, both nationally and worldwide, rain barrels offer a backyard benefit with global significance.  Though most Ohioans have not yet felt the pressure of this resource scarcity, our country’s surface and groundwater accounts are now seriously overdrawn.  Nationwide, a typical household uses approximately 260 gallons of water every day, with lawn/garden watering making up nearly 40% of total summer use.  Installing a rain barrel allows us to significantly reduce our fresh water demand.  The District sells rain barrels year round for $80 and offers painted rain barrels during their Annual Yard Art Campaign.  Research the logistics of installing a barrel and consider taking the plunge!

A Lump of Coal?  No, Black Gold!

What does Santa do with all of that reindeer manure?  Compost it, of course!  No matter the size of your lot or farm, composting makes good sense (and cents!).  Composting is a simple, economical way to recycle kitchen scraps and yard waste into “black gold” – highly valued fertilizer and soil amendment.  Adding finished compost to our soil improves its structure and health, as well as increases its pore space and water-holding capacity.  In addition, composting keeps useful organic materials in our yards and gardens and out of our already burdened landfills.  Geauga SWCD is pleased to offer the versatile Back Porch ComposTumbler at a greatly reduced price of $180.  Don’t be afraid to “stir it up” by giving a friend or loved one the unique gift of a compost bin.  They’ll love the fact that you’ve spoiled them “rotten”!

O Christmas Tree

If you are still feeling overwhelmed and want to take the guesswork out of gift-giving, a tree sale gift certificate is a great choice for a truly priceless present.  Since our inception, Geauga SWCD has provided this service to residents, offering an incredible variety of trees, shrubs, and native plants each spring.  Whatever the need, we are sure to have the trees and plants to accomplish any landscaping goal at a bargain price.  And longer than any Christmas list is the list of benefits of planting trees!  There’s no better way to turn your Black Friday GREEN.

Unlike senseless spending on more and more meaningless stuff, creative gifts from Geauga SWCD are very worthwhile investments!  Contact us at 440-834-1122 or visit www.geaugaswcd.com for more information.   This year may you look beyond the Noel nonsense, rise above the yuletide lunacy, politely decline the fruitcake, and embrace the true relevance of the holiday season by making a contribution to conservation.  We’ll “leaf” it up to you!

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Village Piecemakers quilt guild raffled a colorful queen sized quilt on November 16. The winning ticket was drawn by Bonnie Kissell of Garrettsville. The winner of the beautiful quilt is Carol Srajer of Mantua.

The quilt, named “Village Square”, was machine pieced and quilted by the quilt guild members. It was displayed in “A Thyme To Blossom”, the home owned by Earl and Bonnie Kissell, which was featured in the 2014 Garrettsville Christmas Walk.

The Garrettsville Christmas Walk is sponsored by the J.A. Garfield Historical Society. This organization graciously allowed the Village Piecemakers the privilege of displaying and selling tickets for their quilt in one of the homes on the Christmas Walk.

Shown with the quilt are raffle quilt committee members, Judy Toth and Liz Ritchey and the raffle quilt winner (center), Carol Srajer.  Anyone that would like more information on The Village Piecemakers Quilt Club can contact Shelley Gordon at 330-527-8129.

Newton Falls – The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332, Newton Falls, is gathering names of active duty or deployed military personnel in order to send them holiday care packages. All names and addresses must be submitted by Nov. 30th so the boxes can reach them in time for the holidays. Please call the Post Canteen at 330-872-7318 and leave a message with the name and address for Kelly Brasko or send the information via email at lavfw3332@embarqmail.com.

 Help fill Holiday Boxes for our Troops – Donations of cash or the following items can be dropped off at the VFW Post 3332, 433 Arlington Rd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444, snacks such as, beef jerky, nuts, hard candy, chewing gum, pop tarts, instant oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc., AA and AAA batteries, baby wipes, personal care items, such as toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, sun screen, and lip balm, bug repellent, games, cards and videos, flip flops, magazines, books, paper, pens, stamps, sunglasses. Please no homemade baked goods, pork or pork products, anything that can melt or aerosol cans or glass containers.

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Hiram – Hiram College announces the first annual Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest for high school students. 

The contest is open to current 10th and 11th grade students, and all entries must be received by midnight on Jan. 15, 2015. 

Participants are asked to submit work that addresses the contest theme of “In the World.” Essays should be reflective, investigative, immersive or meditative, and the theme may be addressed broadly and creatively. Submitted work should combine a foundation in facts with nuanced use of language and detail. Such nonfiction allows the writer to explore their own experiences or subjects such as science, history, politics and art in a less formal voice and perspective. Entries may not exceed 1,500 words. 

Cash prizes of $100-$300 will be awarded for first, second and third place. Honorable mentions will be awarded at the contest’s discretion and include no cash prize. Winners will be invited to read at An Evening ofHiram Writers on April 7, 2015 at Hiram College. All winning entries and honorable mentions will be published in the Evening of Hiram Writers book. 

The contest is sponsored by the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College. For more information, please visit www.hiram.edu/emergingwriterscontest.

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Garrettsville - You’re invited to the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, for children’s holiday programs. On Wednesday, December 3 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, join us for a “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas”. Enjoy frosting cookies, crafts, ornaments, and have a chance at decorating the Christmas tree. Be sure to remember to dress up in your “fancy” best. On Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, join us as we’ll make Christmas cards and gift tags with stamps. On Wednesday, December 17 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, visit and enjoy a trip from Santa. All programs are free and are for preschool and school-aged children. Registration is required to attend all events. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information.

Also, the Garrettsville Library will host December storytimes for children. Join us on December 1, 8, and 15 beginning at 11:00 am and on December 2, 9, and 16 beginning at 11:30 am. Enjoy festive stories and crafts during the holiday season. Storytimes are free and are geared towards preschool and school-aged children. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information.

The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street (in the Village Park), is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 am until 7:00 pm; Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm; Saturdays, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; and closed on Thursdays and Sundays. For more information about other programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

Hiram -  Two schools, separated by over 250 miles, came together in another heartfelt moment on Friday night in Hiram.

The Mount Saint Joseph women’s basketball team, located in Cincinnati, paid a visit to Hiram to cheer on the Terriers against Albion (Mich.).

Mount Saint Joseph had played at Baldwin Wallace earlier in the evening and wanted to support Hiram in its game against Albion (Mich.). In addition, the Lions wanted to pass along a gift of appreciation to the Terriers.

The teams last met on November 2, at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University.

The game, originally scheduled for November 15 at Hiram, was moved up and to Cincinnati to accommodate Mount Saint Joseph freshman Lauren Hill and her wish to play “One Last Game”. Hill has an inoperable tumor.

Hill finished the game with four points as Mount Saint Joseph defeated Hiram. Everyone involved in the contest was deemed a winner.

On Friday, Mount Saint Joseph presented the Terriers with a framed “Play for 22″ shirt, signed by the entire team.

Earlier in the evening, Hill appeared in her second game of the season for the Lions and finished with two points.

Hiram College was honored to participate in such a special game earlier in the month. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lauren, her family and the Mount Saint Joseph community.

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Middlefield – Amish Home Craft and Bakery will be hosting our 8th Annual Holiday Open House November 28 and 29th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at 16860 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Middlefield. 

Enjoy free cookies and coffee while getting your holiday shopping off to a great start.  

Local crafters will be setting up goods inside the Amish home adjacent to the store location.  These visiting crafters will be offering a variety of homemade baskets, jams, jellies, holiday treats, homemade candies and much more.  

New this year, enjoy yummy Kettle Corn hot from the kettle!  Stop in and get in the Holiday spirit! 

Open year round,  Amish Home Craft and Bakery features Amish & Mennonite-made quilts and wall hangings, placemats, Amish dolls, wooden toys, Nativity sets, handcrafted wooden butcher blocks, cutting boards, walking sticks, wooden puzzles, quilt racks, small benches, hickory rockers, hand woven baskets all shapes and sizes from pie carriers to pet beds made by the handicapped. 

Also available is our bakery, opened daily with bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, fruit pies, (we make all our own fillings) along with a wide variety of fry pies. 

The bakery is open six days a week (closed on Sundays) with a larger selection on Friday and Saturday. On Saturdays we feature our homemade donuts and apple fritters! Orders will be taken for baked goods for the holidays or any occasion.  (Order early for larger parties and banquets) 

For more information contact Emma Miller at 440-632-1888 (let ring)

Newton Falls – Newton Falls Police Department was honored together  with  more than 50 other Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies on Veterans Day for their traffic safety efforts and programs implemented to encourage safe driving.

The Community Traffic Safety awards were presented at a luncheon held at Embassy Suites in Independence.

Ten platinum recipients and 46 additional departments excelled in making their communities safer. This is the first time in many years that Newton Falls had excelled to receive the Silver Award. Other departments received Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commendation Awards.

Chief Gene H. Fixler, said this a part of a national event has been held for more than 30 years, to locally recognize  police work across 13 counties in Northeast Ohio, that extends past  routine duties to keep streets safe.

Chief Fixler believes that the average citizen does not realize how much their police department works toward actually making their city and streets safe.  This includes programs ranging from bike helmet safety, to school visits educating high school students about the dangers of texting while driving and drinking and driving, Fixler said.

Other police departments receiving the awards include: Bedford, Bentleyville, Brady Lake, Bratenahl, Brook Park, Burton, Canfield, Chardon, Cleveland Heights, Eastlake, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Gates Mills, Geneva, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Hiram, Kirtland, Kirtland Hills, Lowellville, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mentor, Middlefield, Moreland Hills, New Middletown, Niles, North Royalton, Norwalk, Orange Village, Parma Heights, Pepper Pike, Russell Township, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, South Russell, Strongsville, University Heights, Waite Hill, Walton Hills, Wickliffe, Willard, Willoughby and Willowick; Ashland, Geauga and Huron County Sheriffs’ Offices; and Lake County Metroparks Ranger Departments.

According to a recent AAA news release, during 2013, there were 990 traffic deaths on Ohio roads and highways,

The officers of The Newton Falls Police department continue to strive to reduce traffic incidents by conducting educational programs through our schools while encouraging the development of safe driving habits, Chief Fixler said.

Garrettsville – The Thomas Harrison/ Barker Family challenged the people of Garrettsville to out do their Halloween decorations. All the proceeds were to go to the Garrettsville Strong Fund to help rebuild Garrettsville.

The judging took place the night before Halloween. There were four families in all that joined the fun. Three of our fellow citizens agreed to judge the homes. They were Jan Boehm  from the zoning department,  Debbie Kostrub  from Art n Flowers and Dairy Queen owner Roger Angel.  They all rode together and told us they enjoyed the evening.

The First Place went to Thomas Harrison / Barker Family. Second  was won by Rebecca  Sopher’s family. We want to thank those who took the time and effort to join this contest. First Price was 50.00 which was donated from Local BPO Values.

The donation to the Garrettsville Strong fund to particapte was  $10.00. The Harrison/Barker Family are also donating their winnings to the Garrettsville Strong Fund. A special thank  you goes out to our judges and all the families who decorated. You’re all winners to us.

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Burton – Geauga Credit Union’s Board of Directors consists of nine credit union members.  Any member of GCU can apply to serve on the board.  The board consists of members who are actively involved in the community with a range of skills and serve without compensation.

Only July 1, 2014, long-time board member Rita Kenney retired.  Rita started on the Board in 1970 and at the time of her retirement she held the position of secretary.  Rita is a retired Home Economics teacher from Kenston School District.  She is also a member of the Burton Congregational Church where she was actively involved in the food pantry mission; which has been serving the community for over fifteen years.

“Per Rita’s wishes, we are not having a retirement party for her” says CEO Lisa Briggs.  “To honor her many years of service, Geauga Credit Union will donate $1,500 to Burton Congregational Food Pantry.  Rita believes in the same philosophy as credit unions: ‘People helping People’ and GCU wants to continue helping those in our community”.

Additionally, GCU is conducting an in house food drive throughout the months of November and December.  All the items collected will be donated to the Burton Congregational Church Food Pantry.  GCU will accept all nonperishable food items and toiletries and will have a ‘goal thermometer’ set up in the lobby to tally donations.  “As the donated items reach different goals, we will be donating money to the other six food pantries in Geauga County.  Our goal is to collect enough items to donate $100 to each food pantry that is part of the Geauga Hunger Task Force” said Lisa.

Geauga Credit Union is very grateful to Rita for all the dedicated years of service as an active Board Member and hopes to carry on Rita’s passion for helping those in our community.  We need your support!  Please drop off all donations at Geauga Credit Union, 14499 North Cheshire Street in Burton starting November 3 through December.  Be sure to visit our website “geaugacreditunion.com” and our Facebook page to view the ‘goal thermometer’ and the generous donations from our members and friends in the community!

Every year GCU has a ‘Giving Tree’ for Geauga County Job and Family Services’ foster children.  Look for the “Giving Tree” in our lobby after Thanksgiving.

At Geauga Credit Union, our members make a difference!

Garrettsville – Want to make something special as a gift this holiday season? The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, may be able to help. With the generous support of the Hiram Community Trust and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #2706, the Garrettsville Library has purchased tools and equipment for a Makerspace. At the Makerspace, community members can come to the library and have access to the tools they need to create or explore a variety of disciplines. Currently available are tools for quilt making (a cutter with 22 different dies and project instructions for each die), jewelry making, and bookbinding. If you show up with the materials, we’ll supply the tools.

Soon to be added will be tools for photo editing, scrapbooking, electronics, and video game development.

Through the end of the year, the Makerspace will be open for community members to drop in: November 22 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, December 1 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, December 6 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, December 8 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, December 15 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, and December 20 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. ?

Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce People Tree program is making plans for this Christmas season. We need your support so we can provide help for our friends and neighbors that are in need. As a community we provided a Christmas food basket and personal care products for 104 families and the adopt a family volunteers provided gifts for 167 children last year.

The Adopt a Family program has been brought back again this year, if you would like to adopt a family call Hallie 330-527-4097 or Liz 330-527-2408. If you cannot shop for a child, we have shoppers that will take your donation and buy gifts.  Distribution will be December 17th at the Faith Evangelical Free Church on Windham-Parkman Road.

We will need volunteers at the church on December 15th at 6:30 with unloading trucks of food and misc., December 16th at 9:30 to pack Christmas food baskets and December 17th from 9-3 to carry packages for our clients.

People tree is still collecting for Back to School, as well as Gas and Prescriptions for the elderly when needed and other emergency help. We also have hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters available.

In addition we need volunteers to ring bells for the People Tree, call Kim 330-527-4873.

Newton Falls – The Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls would like to thank all the bright-eyed, spooky-eyed, and eager participants, helpers, contributors, and sponsors in our 89h annual cake walk and costume contest.  Finally, a Cake Walk with good weather!

For help with set-up and the events, thank you to city manager Jack Haney, Mayor Lyle Waddell, Newton Falls safety forces, Newton Falls Street Department, Newton Falls Electric Department, and at the P.A. system,  Bob Burke.  We thank George and Mary Koutsounadis for the use of Covered Bridge Inn’s banquet hall to collect the cakes.

Other volunteers offering much needed help were Joe and Mary Lou O’Lear, Nancy Hatcher, MaryAnn Williamson, Donna Smith, LueAnn Palmer, Marilyn and Lyle Waddell, Mike G., Chris Forepaugh, Pat Nutter, Cindi Lestingi, Kori Kellner, LouAnn Dubos, and Tom Griffith.

We’d like to thank Heather Criazzo and the Newton Falls Tiger Marching Band for performing at the event.  Everyone enjoyed their music, the dance line and their costumes.

Over  one hundred prizes, cash, and some gift certificates, valued at $1,230, were awarded for costumes.  We thank these wonderful people for providing prizes:  VFW Post 3332, Mayflower/Wollam Insurance, NF Subway, Faces Lounge, CPA Ron Platt, NF Dairy Queen, NF Pizza Hut, Attorney Thomas Palmer, Judge Philip Vigorito, Ohio Tax Lady, The Shop, CPA Ella Johnson, American Legion Auxiliary 236, Cole Valley Chevrolet, Associates for Insurance Solutions, NF IGA, Stow-it Storage, Borowski Memorial Home, AmVets Post 112 Auxiliary, Sam’s Pizza, AmVets Post 112, James Funeral Home, The Griffith Agency, Art Effects, Falls Convenient Mart, AutoSmith, Neidhart Insurance, Phillips Heating, NF Chiropractic, Covered Bridge Inn, Bob & Kathy Wujcik, Cody Zeleny, Majcher Insurance, Oven Fresh Pizza, Beta Sigma Phi, Dental Associates, Positive Images, NF Auto Parts, The Flower Shoppe, NF Printing, Buckeye Welder Sales, Polly G, Mike G, Timmy S., Shop ‘n’ Save, Zip Lube, Rollin’ Smokes, The Hair Loft, Rood’s Wallpaper & Paint, Falls Fitness Center, Home Oil, Nussle Florist, Gibson Jewelers, NF Fire Auxiliary.

Kiwanis members received and documented 346 cakes this year.  Checks will be mailed to these organizations who provided cakes:  Boy Scout Troop 67, Boy Scout Troop 112, Newton Falls HS Band Boosters, Girl Scout Troop 124, Girl Scout Troop 239, Girl Scout Troup 80796, Girl Scout Troop 80429, Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls, NF Middle School Student Council, Mimi’s Dance Studio, MVP Club at NF Middle School, NFHS Art Department Newton Falls Cheerleaders, Newton Falls Fire Auxiliary, Relay for Life—Connect Four, VFW Post 3332 Ladies Auxiliary, Newton Falls Baptist Church, and NF United Methodist Church Youth Group. Thank you.  Kiwanis also thanks those who donated cakes in Kiwanis Club’s name, so that the club could earn a little towards their youth and community projects.  A few folks said, “Keep the change for Kiwanis Club,” and we appreciate that.  Special thanks to Donna Ball for her monetary donation to the club.

Kiwanis Club is a service organization with local, statewide, national, and international projects.   Kiwanis will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.  If you are interested in becoming a member of Newton Falls Kiwanis, we invite you to attend a meeting Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant.  However, the club meets the last Tuesday of every month at Laurie Ann Nursing Home and at Allan Dell Assisted Living on Milton Boulevard to play bingo with the residents at 6:30 p.m

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Ravenna –  Portage APL and their furry friends invite you to attend PAWS TO TASTE 2014 Wine and Beer Tasting to benefit Portage Animal Protective League.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 6th at the Overlook in Kent (formerly the Fairways at Twin Lakes) and tickets are $50.00 per person (assigned seating).  Event sponsorships are also available. The evening will include a sampling of select wines, Great Lakes beers, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, a silent auction, wine pull and raffles.

What a great way to enjoy a night out and also help animals in need. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time you went out for drinks or food, it made a positive impact on your community?  Well, rest assured, Paws to Taste will meet that requirement! Have fun = help homeless animals.  For more information or to make reservations please call the Portage APL at 330-296-4022 by November 28th. You can also register online at http://www.portageapl.org/paws-to-taste-2014/  Join us in welcoming the holiday season by a warm fire!

Portage APL is also looking for donated auction items like gift baskets, sports items, art, jewelry, spa items, gift certificates and more.

The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals, who have no voice.  We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant.

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Burton – The Burton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Country Hearth Christmas November 28, 29, 30, and December 6 and 7.  Picturesque Burton Village will be decked out in its finest holiday wear and welcoming everyone to visit for a unique and old-fashioned holiday experience.

The Log Cabin in the Park will be the hub of activity over the five-day event.   Come snuggle up to the roaring fire in the fireplace and enjoy a holiday tradition when you bring the youngsters in with their gifts requests for Santa.  Santa will be assembling his list each day from noon to 4.  While in the Log Cabin, be sure to check out the maple products that make excellent and tasty gifts.

Friday November 28, there will be a lighted holiday parade at 6 P.M.  Everyone is invited to participate, as a marcher in the parade or by watching throughout town.  The parade will assemble in the Berkshire High School parking lot at 5:45 P.M. All marchers, floats and participants must have some sort of lighting.

At the completion of the parade, the holiday lights will be turned on in Burton Village Park.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be available in the gazebo during the parade.  Carolers will be singing in the gazebo and around town.

The shops on Main Street will be hosting various special events and  activities along with one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas.  All shops are locally owned and different.  Hand-blown glass items, Amish made rugs, flowers, vintage furniture and unique, one-of-a-kind gifts are just a few of the many things waiting to be discovered in Burton Village year round.

Picturesque and historic Burton Village is a wonderful place to visit in any season.  The holiday time brings out the very New England feel of the town and area.  Just a peaceful walk through the Village Green relaxes and refreshes.  For those who wish to extend their visit, the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House B&B are ready to welcome you.  And there are three different restaurants for your dining needs.

For more information on Country Hearth Christmas contact Amy at the Log Cabin 440-834-4204, Sue at 440-834-0076, or the website www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.  All events subject to change.

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The Portage County Crisis Intervention Team graduated its ninth class in October. Class members attended a week-long training sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of the class is to provide safety forces with tools including de-escalation techniques to work with people in crisis, some with mental illness. Class members were Ashley Baden of Coleman Access; Deanna Tackett of Coleman Access; Dispatcher Josee Acklin of the Streetsboro Police Department; Officer Nicole Lipcsey of the Kent Police Department; Fire Medic Brock Bailey of the Streetsboro Fire Department; Lt. Jim  Bucks of Streetsboro Fire; Officer Jeff Blubaugh of Robinson Memorial Hospital; Sgt. James Mitchell of the Sheriff’s Office; Officer Jared Bowen of the Kent Police Department; Officer Joseph Hadaway of Kent PD; and Ptl. Steve Chapman of the Hiram Police Department. Instructors and coordinators included Sgt. Andy Suvada of the Streetsboro PD, Officer Jeff Futo of Kent State University Police Services, Major Dennis Missimi of the Sheriff’s Office and Joel Mowrey, Ph.D., executive director of the MHRB.

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will hold their annual Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday December 2, 2014. The event will be held at St. Denis Party Center at 10660 Chardon Rd, Chardon, Ohio 44024. Attendees should gather at 11:15 with the business meeting beginning at 11:30 and then followed by lunch at noon. The menu consists of fresh roasted pork loin, redskin mashed potatoes, garden blend vegetables, tossed salad, rolls and butter, assorted pastries, soft drinks, tea or coffee.

Musical entertainment will be provided by ‘The Geauga Renaissance Singers’ from the Geauga Senior Center. Reservations for the luncheon are required, and should be mailed to Judy Miller at 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield OH 44062. Please write your $19.00 check to GCRTA, which includes a one dollar donation to the Grant-in-Aid fund. The deadline date for reservations is November 21st. (Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, reservations are required earlier than usual for an accurate count.).

Please bring a newly retired teacher, or school personnel retiree, or someone who may need a ride. We are also asking each member to bring paper products or canned goods for the ‘Geauga County Hunger Task Force’.

If you need a ride from The Geauga Transit, please call 285-2222 or  564-7131, Ext. 516 a week ahead of time to make your reservation.

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The Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition will mark the International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, Nov. 22,  at the Kent United Methodist Church, 1435 E. Main St., Kent. Registration starts at 12:45 pm with the free program following from 1 to 3 pm.

The event is for people who have lived through the suicide of a family member, friend, colleague, classmate or patient. On this day across six continents, survivors gather together at events in their local communities for support, information and empowerment. This year’s program is being hosted in conjunction with the Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Hundreds of sites around the world will simultaneously watch a broadcast produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. On the broadcast, a diverse panel of survivors and mental health professionals will address the questions that so many survivors face: “Why did this happen? How can I cope? Where can I get help?”

This is the fifth remembrance day in Portage County. Admission and parking are free. For information or to pre-register, contact: Laura Dotts at 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email  laurab@mental-health-recovery.org.  Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registering will help with planning. For more information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention program, go to www.survivorday.org. For information about the Portage County event, go to http://www.mental-health-recovery.org/news-events.

At the start of the October meeting, Mayor Lou Bertrand congratulated several members of the Fire Department on their recent promotions. Those promoted include: Captain Sanchez, Lieutenant Groselle, and Lieutenant Wilde.

Moving forward, Fire Chief Bill Byers presented the Fire/EMS Levy brochure to council. He also reported that his department had just completed an ISO inspection, which required 60 – 70 hours of prep work. According to Chief Byers, departments usually go through ISO inspections every five to ten years. Results from this year’s inspection are expected in the early part of 2015. In addition, he reported that the new emergency siren has been installed, so that there are three emergency sirens in Hiram Township and one in the Village. He also shared that in preparation for the coming storms, his department has undergone transformer and electrical safety training with Ohio Edison to learn how to safely deal with situations that include downed wires and electric pole accidents. Lastly, all in attendanceenjoyed the Halloween party at the station.

In his report, Police Chief Ed Samec shared that his department received Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training. This specialized training shows officers how to more accurately identify drivers who are impaired by narcotics. The training was held in Hiram, and hosted officers from Garrettsville, Mantua, Aurora, and the Portage County Sherriff’s office. According to Chief Samec, “I felt it was extremely important to bring this training to Hiram. I’m pleased that neighboring departments could participate, as well.”

In addition, Chief Samec reported that in the course of his department’s September patrol hours in the township, officers made six traffic stops and issued three citations. In the four months of this arrangement, the number of traffic stops has reduced, while the number or citations has remained steady. Lastly, Chief Samec shared that the recent car show raised $1,000 for the upcoming Shop with a Cop program, where the area’s underprivileged kids have the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

Next, Village Administrator Bob Wood announced that work has begun in the cemetery, repairing headstones, some of which date back to the 1800’s, in Sections A and B. The work is estimated to take one month. Lastly, Mr. Wood reported that his department is working to collect some of the Village’s past due water and sewer bills, and shared that he may work with the Village Solicitor to resolve a few. When asked by council to comment about the widespread road salt price increases — from summer cost of $40/ton to fall/winter cost of  $108/ton, Mr. Wood replied, “We’re anticipating it to be a beautiful winter, but we’re ready for a bad one.” He noted that the majority of salt would be used on hills, curves, and intersections.

In his report, Mayor Lou Bertrand asked that Council approve Dr. Willard Greenwood as a member of the Zoning Commission. Council approved his appointment.  Further, Mayor Bertrand discussed the proposed ordinance to combine the Village Park Board and the Beautification Committee, which includes constituents from both Hiram Township and Hiram College. The Mayor shared an email with Council from Park Board member Chris Szell, in which Mr. Szell clarified that the Park Board had not voted to combine the two groups, as may have been previously assumed. After much discussion, the proposed resolution remains tabled at its second reading, the Beautification Committee has been seated, and an organizational meeting of the Beautification Committee was scheduled for October 28th. Committee members from the college, the township and the village were invited to attend. The next Park Board meeting will be held on Friday, November 14th at 8:30 am.

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Join in on the 9th annual Holiday Tour and Open House from Nov. 15 through 29 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for most shops). There are 21 local area shops to visit where you can find all your holiday gifts. To take the tour, pickup a rack card at any of the shops listed below. As you go to each location you will receive a special stamp. When your card is full, turn it in at your last stop to receive a grand prize drawing ticket, fill it out and turn it in there. There is no time limit for this event. You can do it all in one day or take a few days, as long as you have your final ticket in by 5 p.m. on Saturday the 29th. This enters you in a Grand Prize Drawing that will include: Goodwin House B&B/overnight for two, Quintealia’s Tea Parlor/cream tea for two, Lu Lu Tru Spa/$50 certificate, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen/dinner for two, Country Art’s & Jewelry/$50 certificate, Middlefield Cheese House/$25 certificate, White House Chocolates/$20 certificate and truffles, and J.M.J.Stoves/Sugar Valley Maple/1gallon of syrup.

While taking the tour and enjoying your visit at each shop, remember that you can buy tickets for a chance to win a unique raffle prize at each shop; 21 stores and 21 chances to win. Enter as often as you wish through the whole event, from now through Nov. 29. By purchasing the special raffle tickets, you are helping to support Middlefield’s Santa’s Hide-A-way Hollow. Santa welcomes all children with disabilities or critical or terminal illnesses and their families. It is absolutely free for them to enjoy a visit to the North Pole all year round. Remember that Santa is busy granting many special wishes and is not open to the public.

The following shops are included in the Open House and Tour: Middlefield Cheese House, Country Arts & Jewelry, The Craft Cupboard, Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop, Country Collections Antique Mall, J.M.J. Woodstoves, Rustic Rewind, Eclectic Princess, Nauvoo Family Market, Beth & Dawn’s Garage Sale, Country Side Furnishings, Amish Home Craft & Bakery, White House Chocolates, Watson’s 87 Furniture, The Barn Treasures, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, Auntie’s Antique Mall, Yoder’s Furniture, Kalle Naturals Organic and Hershberger’s Housewares.

To begin your adventure, just pick up a rack card at any of the above listed shops. It ‘s also helpful to use a Geauga County Tourism Guide, which can be found at each location. All shops are listed inside the guide and local area maps are included. You will find that each business has specific days and hours of operation, so you may need to plan ahead. More information is available at the Tourism office, 14907 N. State Road (Route 608) in Middlefield. Call 1-800-775-TOUR, 440-632-1538, or visit www.TourGeauga.com.

Elvis Presley was there, and so were Marilyn Monroe and even Joe DiMaggio! Dropping in from Oz were the Wicked Witch of the East and even one of the flying monkeys! If you looked in the corner, there was Elly May Clampett, and on the dance floor Tippi Hedren was surrounded by “The Birds!”

All of these characters, as well as many, many more gathered at Sugarbush Golf Club last Saturday night for the Masquerade Scholarship Ball, where hand carved pumpkins lit by votive candles  decorated each table and pumpkins, owls and ravens, black cats, a witch and tiny orange lights adorned  the mantle above the fireplace. The James A Garfield Art classes, under the direction of Libby Frato-Sweeney were responsible for the cleverly carved pumpkins.

The first place award for costume (s) went to Aaron King and his entourage for their Hillbilly Wedding. Second place went to Trish and Tom Brett as The Spider and The Fly, while Gail and Mike Mikula as the Wicked Witch of the East and the Flying Monkey took third place honors.

Music was provided by popular band, The Boys are Back, who also got into the action by dressing up for the occasion, and the delicious meal was catered by Special Moments of Streetsboro.

The Masquerade Scholarship Ball is held biennially in the years when the Business Showcase is not being held by the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce. In 1997 three Chamber members, Barb Bejger, Joann Vance and Marty Paul went to Girard to see how their Chamber of Commerce was organizing and running a business showcase, and they were so impressed they proposed holding one in Garrettsville. The event was so popular it was held annually for several years, but when attendance began to drop off, it was decided to have a Masquerade Ball every other year to raise additional monies for the Scholarship Fund. This was the fourth year for the dance.

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Can’t make it to the library during library hours? Portage County District Library would like to take this opportunity to remind library patrons about the Library Express delivery service. Available at nine locations within Portage County, this delivery service delivers library materials to you via locker boxes. The procedure is simple. Request library materials to be delivered to a Library Express location. Once the library materials arrive in the Outreach Services office, you are contacted and they are delivered and available for pick up the next business day after 5:00 pm (deliveries made Monday through Friday). You simply enter the last seven digits of your library number on the keypad and your locker box door pops open. Library materials may be returned to the book returns adjacent to the locker boxes. It’s just that simple. Have questions? Contact the Outreach Services department at 1-800-500-5179 ext. 220 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Library Express locker locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Deerfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville. For specific location details, visit the Portage County District Library website at www.portagelibrary.org and select “About the Library” and then “Hours & Locations”. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

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Mantua – This school year the Crestwood District began using Google Apps for Education and is a “Google District.” The technology department has been hard at work ensuring a smooth transition and we are continuing to add applications for our teachers and students to use.

Why did we switch to Google Apps?

•  Google apps allow us to provide our teachers with unlimited storage space for free.  In any other situation the cost to provide unlimited data storage is prohibitive.

•  By using Google, students and teachers have access to  documents anywhere they have Internet access including  word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web sites,  calendars and more.

•  Offers security features that allow us to keep our data  safe.

•  Allows for document sharing among teachers and  students giving them greater opportunities to collaborate.

•  Alleviates internal technology department from tasks in  maintaining data storage and securing data.

•  With all teachers and students having access to digital  content we are able to reduce paper costs.

Google is adding applications all the time that will allow our teachers and students to be more productive and collaborative. In addition to using the Google Apps we will be adding Chromebook labs throughout the district, which will increase our students’ access to technology. We are excited about the opportunities that using Google apps brings to our school.

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

The Community Center at Mantua Center meets Tuesdays in the cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School, on Center Road just north of SR 82.  Doors open at 9:oo, with coffee ready by 9:30, when the watercolor painters gather.  When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock up until 5:00pm, when we reopen for the “Don’t Eat Alone Supper,” served at 5:30, food provided by staff.  If you eat alone way too often, come join us.  Remember, we are closed on Nov 4, as the room is used for the election.

Donations Needed

Donations of fabric, yarn, old sheets, curtains, etc. are needed to help make turkey/pilgrim/ Native American costumes by art students for our annual Turkey Trot at GHS.  The Turkey Trot is our kick-off pep rally for our big holiday food drive and students are designing costumes for a Turkey Fashion Show this year.  Any materials you may and would like to donate may be brought to the high school during school hours.  Call 527-4341 with questions.

JAG Band Fruit Sale

Now-Nov 30

The holidays are approaching…there is no better time for healthy, sweet, Florida fresh citrus! James A Garfield Band is selling grove-fresh Florida navel oranges and Indian River red grapefruit now through Nov 30th. Many options to order: contact any band member, call the school 330-527-4341, or go online to www.FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com, click on the “Order Now!” button and enter our ID #539037. You can have fruit delivered to the school or your home. THANK YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!

Soup & Sandwich Sale

Nov 7

The Newton Falls United Methodist Church will be holding their Soup and Sandwich sale at 336 Ridge Road Newton Falls, OH, Nov 7th from 11:30 to 1:30.  Soups stuffed pepper, Potato, Veg. beef.  Sandwich Chicken Salad, Sloppy Joe, and Sausage.

Pigskin Preview

Nov 7

Football season will be over, but the James A Garfield Bands will still be going strong! Support the band on Nov. 1st at your local merchants by donating money to the many band members who will be around town. Also you can hear the JAG Marching Pride one last time as they perform halftime favorites at the free “Pigskin Review” on Nov. 7th at 7:00 in the Iva L. Walker Auditorium at Garfield High School.

Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Nov 7

Well, look no further than Hiram College.  This will be our last session of Water Dog Swim Lessons for the semester.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to have your child learn a valuable life lesson.  Get instruction from the college’s finest once a week for a four week period.  Each lesson lasts forty-five minutes with an additional fifteen minutes for your child to gain more confidence in the water.    Ages four and up welcomed.  Sign up November 7 from 2:30-4:30 at the swim pool or online at www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons.  Lesson times are from 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6pm Sunday afternoons on November 16, 30, December 7 and 14.  Cost is forty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Crestwood High School’s Junior-Senior Seminar helps students to raise awareness of their roles in society and develop into community leaders. Our group has chosen to raise money for the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. A spaghetti dinner will be held at Crestwood High School on Nov 7th from 4:30-6:30 in the cafeteria.

Pre-sale tickets for the spaghetti dinner are  $7\per person. If anyone would like to purchase them they can contact Adriana French, at arfrench101@yahoo.com

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

Everyone is invited.  First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring an auction and spaghetti dinner on  Nov 8th.  Numerous items are available for auction.  All items are new or lightly used.  This promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.  Spaghetti dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m., Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Spaghetti dinner – 12 years and above -$8.00, 4-11 years $4.00, 3 and under free.  First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

The Crestwood 4 C ‘ s annual craft show will be held on Saturday, Nov 8 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Shalersville Town Hall.  The show features local artisans and crafters, door prizes and a $100 Grand Prize gift card.   One ticket, good for door prizes and the Grand Prize, will be given for each non-perishable food item donated the day of the show.  Tickets for prizes can also be purchased $.50 or 3/$1.00.

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

Chinese Auction Nov 8, The K. I. D. Cancer Foundation will host our 5th annual Chinese Auction at the Parkman Community House located on State Route 422 in Parkman, Ohio. Hundreds of items up for bid. $1,000 Deal-or-No Deal Game. 50/50 Raffle, Door prize, Food & Soft drinks. Free reserved seating if you choose. Credit cards accepted. Doors open at 3:00pm. Drawings start at 6:pm. If you have any questions please call: (330) 889-9600.

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

VFW Post 1055 Ladies Auxiliary, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, is gearing up for a USO/1940’s era dance and 50/50 raffle to be held Nov  8th  from 4-8pm at the Post home. Cost per ticket is $5.00 which includes ballroom dancing and swing dancing demonstrations, vocalist, and DJ Chuck Casalicchio.  All the entertainment is being provided free.   1940’s era refreshments are provide free of charge. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the door.  For more information contact Judy at 330-9313-8910.

Community Dinner

Nov 8

A Free Community Dinner will be served on Nov 8th at the Brick Chapel from 5-6pm. The Chapel is located at 9003 N. Main St., Windham. It is sponsored by the Congregational UCC. Our Free Dinners are now bring served on The second Saturday of each month, weekly instead of Thursdays.

Amish Craft Show

Nov 8

Amish Craft Show Over 40 vendors, Nov 8th from 9-3:30 at Joe’s Window Shop, corner of 168 & Shedd Rd. For info call Judy 216-410-3265 or Joe 44-834-0326.

Scotch Doubles

Nov 8

8th Count Dance Studio Scotch Doubles fundraiser will be Nov 8th. This will begin at 9: 00 pm at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley; doors will open at 8:30 pm. The price is 40.00 per couple or 20.00 for individual. We will also be having a Chinese Auction, 50/50 and Door Prizes. To purchase tickets, contact Nicole Thompson at 330-687-8288 at any time.

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

Smoked sausage, potato and green bean dinner will be Nov 8th at the First Christian Church, North Center Street, Newton Falls from 4:00-7:00 pm. Cornbread, applesauce, drinks and dessert are included with the dinner. Proceeds for the wrought iron fence project of the Newton Township Cemetery Association.  Advance tickets may be purchased from any member of the association or call Louanne at 330.872.1353. Tickets prices are: Adults-$9, Children 3 to 11-$6, Ages 2 and under-Free.

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique 

Nov 8

St. Anselm Women’s Guild Annual Christmas Boutique will be held on November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. There will be over 80 vendors, a bake sale, a snack bar, and a Chinese Raffle with many great prizes. Your $1.00 admission includes one Chinese Raffle ticket. Join the Boutique Bounce by also stopping at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Rd. in Kirtland and St. Mark Lutheran Church at 11900 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland on the same day. (St. Mark’s is also on Friday evening.) Pick up a card at your first stop and have it stamped at each show for a chance to win one of three gift baskets.

Pancake Breakfast

Nov 8

BSA Troop 4262 is having a Pancake Breakfast. The featured pancake this year will be Pumpkin. Come and join us before you head out to the Village Christmas Walk. There will be pumpkin and old fashioned buttermilk pancakes, sausage, warm syrup, cinnamon butter and assorted beverages. Nov 8th from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. The breakfast will be held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Avenue, Garrettsville. A suggested donation of 5.00 for adults, 3.00 kids 12-4 and children 3 and under free.

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

The Bell Family and Friends will be holding an Original Art and Crafts show on November 8 &9 and 15 & 16  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location is 8228 Maple Avenue in Garrettsville, OH  There will be original drawings and paintings for sale as well as handcrafted items and quilted items.  Visitors can also purchase Village Piecemakers raffle tickets.

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

Don’t miss one of the area’s nicest craft shows, sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall in Mantua on Nov 9th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items.  Members of St. Joseph’s PSR program will run the kitchen offering snack, lunch and dessert items at one of the areas nicest craft shows. St. Joseph’s is located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. off Pioneer Trail in Mantua.

Pancakes at the Grange

Nov 9 

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, November 9th,  from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon.  The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9th at Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, 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

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

TAG is offering a free Happy Hour Painting class for veterans only, as a thank you for their service.  The class will be held November 10th from 6-8 at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio.  All materials are provided, and each participant will leave with a completed painting.  Veterans wishing to attend should call 330 395-4876 to reserve a spot.  Class size is limited to 30, so call early.

Youth Boys Basketball Registration

Nov 10

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering youth boys basketball, and registration begins November 10, 2014.  Teams will be formed by the following grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Practices and games are held at various schools in Ravenna.  Practices begin in January and games are held February through beginning of April.  Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $40; non-city taxpayer fee is $48. Registration deadline is December 12, 2014 in office and December 14, 2014 for Internet   PRE-REGISTRATION is a Must at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Office at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, from 8:00a.m thru 12noon or from 1:00p.m. thru 4:15p.m. or visit us at www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact us at: 330-296-2864.

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Veteran’s Day program will be Nov 11th from 9-11am at Newbury Elementary School Auditorium. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield open house soup and chili dinner will be from 4:30-7 at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street in Burton. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Band Fundraiser

Nov 11

School Spirit Tastes Great! Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the James A. Garfield Bands. Come into the Streetsboro Chipotle on Nov 11th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to James A. Garfield Band Boosters.

Library Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Nov 11th in observance of Veterans Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Nov 12th. Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

Thanksgiving Donation Box

Nov 11

The Center of Hope Thanksgiving Donation Box is at Hardparts! Please consider helping to make a great holiday for families in Portage County. (The box will be picked up November 11th.) Hardparts Technology Services. Open Weekdays 9-6 p.m. & Saturdays 9-1 p.m. 435 W. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio 330.297.9627

J.A. Garifield Board of Education Meeting 

Nov 13 & Dec 11

The Board of Education regular meeting will be held at the Elementary School Professional Development Center.  The regular meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Fish Fry

Nov 14

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be Nov 14th from 4-7:30 at 8149 Water Street. Fish, Shrimp or combo, also chicken tenders available with your choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans & coleslaw or applesauce with dinner roll and butter. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330. There will not be a fish fry in December and no steak fry in November or December.

Holiday Garage Sale

Nov 14 & 15

The Upton Association announces the schedule for the annual Holiday Garage Sale. The holiday Christmas Sale will be November 14 & 15 from 9-4. Donations are requested on November 11 from 9AM to noon, November 12 from noon to 3PM and Wednesday  from 9AM to noon. The Christmas sale will take place in the garage as well as several rooms in Upton House. For more information, contact Susan at 330-538-3182 or email at institches5848@aol.com. Upton House is located on 380 Mahoning Avenue NW.

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

The Parents of Cub Scout Pack 4067 invite you to a Craft Show Nov 15th from 10-4pm at the First Congregational Church of Newton Falls. The church is located at 612 West Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Vendors to be at the show are: Scentsy, Tupperware, Heaven Lee Portraits, Thirty-One, Homemade Crafts, Baked Good, and so much more! Chinese Auction and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there and Thank you for Supporting Scouting.

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

Texas Hold’Em tournament will be Nov 15th at Kent Elks Lodge, 2265 E. Erie St., Ravenna from 4-? Food and beverage provided. Seating is limited. Payout 70%, 30% donated to JDRF via Team Alaina. Questions call Jennifer 330-360-3869, Alan 330-360-2242 or Joe 330-442-3155.

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

Join Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton, to make your very own fall holiday container arrangement. Need something on the porch to welcome guests during the holidays, a festive touch on the hearth, jazz up the dining room for Thanksgiving or maybe a hostess gift? You’ll turn a classic 10-12” flower pot into a beautiful fall holiday decoration. Phyllis has sweet Annie, sedum, dried grasses, berries, curly willow, hydrangea, astilbe, tansy, bittersweet and more to work with. Then you’ll top off your creation with a gorgeous florist bow. As an extra treat, Phyllis will show you how, with a few simple changes, you can convert your fall arrangement to a winter/Christmas decoration. So join us for this craft from the garden and bring a friend to share the fun. This will take place November 15th from 9-noon. Cost is $35.

Property Hike & Questionnaire

Nov 15-16

Hiram Township Property Hike and Questionnaire.  Come join the Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) for a hike on the new Township property to look at the area the trustees will be conserving.  The purpose of the hike will be to get feedback for ideas about a future park as well as community use of the property.  Tentative dates are Nov 15 and 16.  Check next week’s Villager for times and meeting point.  See you there!  For more information, contact Tim Kasper 330-569-7387 or Dan Brokos  440-321-5782

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

Nelson Literary Music Club invites you to our 4th annual Craft Show Nov 15 & 16 from 10am-5pm both days. The show will take place at the Nelson Community Center on Nelson Circle. Many handmade crafts, baked goods and more. For more information call 330-527-5787.

16,000 Acres: A walk on the wild side

Nov 16

Flat as a pancake, straight as an arrow, and high and dry is a walk through a section of the 16,000 acre the wildlife refuge complex in Trumbull County. The adjacent Mosquito Creek and Grand River Wildlife Areas are the home of eagles, bears, otters, cranes, bobcats and more. The gravel pathway has extensive vistas and bisects a large wetland/meadow complex allowing for ample opportunities for wildlife observation. Multiple bald eagle sightings are the rule along with various other raptors and sandhill cranes on this easy walk. Join guide Bob Faber from 10:00am-Noon. Hiking fee: $7 for members ($10 for non-members). Register by November 12 (330.569.6003 or emailsorrickmw@hiram.edu).

Journey North Tulip Garden

Nov 16

Citizen scientists in the northern hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs to help monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. At planting and in the spring when plants emerge and bloom, data is reported to Journey North, the nation’s premiere citizen scientist program for children. Children, ages 6 and up, are invited to help plant the James H. Barrow Tulip Test Garden from 10:00am-Noon. An overview of the program and exploration of bulbs will be followed by planting and then hot chocolate or cider. Registration is required and will be limited to 15. To register, call Jane O’Brien at 330 338-4218 or email her at obrienjs@hiram.edu.

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

There’s a CHANGE! What? NO, Don’t like it! Just for ONE month. Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. Is changing  their Thanksgiving Community meal date. So save the date. Not the fourth Thursday of November, it’s the third Thursday of November, the 20th. 5-6:30 pm. See you there!!!

Free Community Meal

Nov 20

Christ Lutheran in Mantua will be holding their Free Community Meal on November 20 from 5 to 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing you.

Holiday Open House

Nov 20-22

TAG is hosting a 21014 Holiday Open House, featuring the Gift Shop at our Gallery.  Join us and watch local artists and crafters ply their trade.  Enjoy displays and demonstrations, festive music, and treats.  Browse for the perfect gift – for yourself or a loved one – or pick up a piece of original art.  While you’re here, you can also check out the TAA Holiday Art Show.  We will be open the 20th and 21st from 11 am to 6 pm, and the 22nd from Noon to 4 pm.  Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481. Admission is free.

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

JAG Elementary PTO craft & vendor show will be Nov 22 from 10-3 at JAG Elementary school. Table space available for $25 and must donate an item for Chinese auction. Concession and baked goods available for purchase. All funds raised will go toward JAG Elementary School Playground Upgrades. For questions or more information contact Michelle Phifer 330-931-6418 or michelle.phifer@yahoo.com

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their bi-annual Comedian Showcase on November 22nd b at 7:00 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door $10.00. 50/50 and Chinese Auction will be available.

Special Thanksgiving Event

Nov 23

The 31st Annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766, is set for Nov 23 at 1:00 p.m. at their hall located at 11845 St. Rt. 44, just North of St. Rt. 82 in Mantua.  Call 330-274-4982 for your reservation beginning November 1st.  Limited seating available.

Santa’s Collection Craft Show

Nov 29

14th Annual Santa’s Collection Craft Show  will be Nov 29th from 9-3. Area crafters, unique gifts, crafts and toys. Free admission to show. For table information call Carol 440-834-4532. All proceeds benefit scholarship fund. Burton American Legion Post 459, Goodwin St.

Breakfast with Santa

Nov 29 & 30

Breakfast with Santa will be Nov 29th & 30th from 9am-1pm at Burton American Legion Post 459, Goodwin St. in Burton. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 5.

Chinese Auction

Nov 30

Please come out and show your support for a local young lady who has recently undergone 3 brain surgeries to help control her seizures. Chinese Auction will be Nov 30 from noon-5. There will be baked goods along with homemade and direct sales vendors to shop from! A great time to start your holiday shopping! Nelson Community House,11639 Windham Parkman Rd., Garrettsville, Oh 44231

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

The 29th annual Beary Merry Christmas Craft Show will be Dec 3Rd & 4th from 11-9 at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Handmade unique holiday gifts, holiday entertainment and Chinese raffle. Door prizes every hour. Lunch and dinner available. $3 admission. Show benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Event will be held at Normandy Party Center, 30310 Palisades Parkway, Wickliffe.

Community Support at Mary Yoder’s

 Dec 6

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is reaching out to help those who may struggle to enjoy the holiday season.  On December 6th, beginning at 3:00 pm, Mary Yoder’s will be hosting a Chinese Auction Benefit, with all proceeds from the auction going to support Shop With a Cop and the food pantry in Middlefield.   Along with the auction, guests will enjoy a boxed lunch which includes a choice of a chicken salad sandwich or a ham sandwich, chips, and a cookie.  Coffee and punch will be provided also.Bidding is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm; the drawing begins at 5:00. Admission tickets, which include the boxed lunch and 10 complimentary auction tickets, are on sale for $15.00 at Mary Yoder’s or online at www.maryyodersamishkitchen.com.   Everyone is invited to come, enjoy the afternoon, cross some items off your Christmas list, and most importantly, help your neighbor.

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

Back by popular demand Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik is teaching her tabletop Christmas tree craft class. This time you’ll make a beautiful tree from fresh evergreens. Spruce, fir, boxwood, rhody, pine, cedar, juniper, and more. The fragrance is wonderful. Decorate your creation with garland, ribbons, berries, feathers, dried flowers, little ornaments or go wherever your fancy takes you. For a special touch add a string of mini lights! These trees make great gifts too. Join us for a morning of holiday fun and bring a friend to share it with. December 6th from 9-noon. Cost is $35

Trip to “Christmas City”

Dec 10-12

Join St. Anselm Young of Heart in “Christmas City,” Bethlehem, PA, on December 10-12. There will be a guided tour of Bethlehem by Night, a factory tour of Martin Guitar, the Christmas Putz at the Central Moravian Church, and much more. Included are 5 meals, two nights of rooms at the Sands Resort & Casino with $60 free slot play, 5 meals, luggage handling and gratuities. Cost is $365 ($374 for non-members). Everyone is welcome on Young of Heart trips. All trips leave from St. Anselm Church in Chesterland. Call Nancy for further information, 440-729-9684.

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting January 4 at Youngstown State, and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Hiram – Hiram College’s innovative degree completion and retention programs helped the Akron region secure a $1 million grand prize from CEOs for Cities for its growth in college degree attainment over the past four years.

CEOs for Cities announced on Oct. 29, 2014, in Washington, D.C., that the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the biggest improvement in degree attainment in the nation, out of the 57 regions competing in the National Talent Dividend. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) accepted the award on behalf of the Akron MSA educational community which is composed of Hiram College, Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Stark State College and The University of Akron. These funds will make possible additional college attainment initiatives throughout the region.

“This award helps to symbolize and actualize the collaborative partnerships that exist between Hiram College, the other regional colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio, and NOCHE,” said Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of Hiram College. “Hiram takes great pride in being a part of the region’s efforts to improve degree attainment. I am especially proud, however, of Hiram’s success in educating and graduating–in very large proportions–first generation students most of whom ultimately live, learn and earn in Northeast Ohio.” Dr. Varlotta attended the award ceremony, along with presidents from Kent State University, The University of Akron, Northeast Ohio Medical University and Stark State College, the colleges and universities that are part of the Akron MSA.

Hiram College’s share of the grand prize will be put toward degree completion initiatives.

Two of the defining efforts that led to the Akron area’s recognition were collaborations between Hiram College and other institutions in the region:

• Success Scholarships: Hiram College, Kent State University and The University of Akron awarded scholarships to students within a semester of graduation who had a small amount of unmet financial need. These completion scholarships of less than $1,000 each made the critical difference in earning a degree for local college graduates over the past few years.

• Pathway Programs: Hiram College, Kent State Universities and the University of Akron all prepare future physicians for medical school through focused pipeline programs, in partnership with NEOMED. Through Hiram College’s B.A. to M.D. Pathway Program, up to five Hiram sophomores who aspire to be future primary care providers are accepted each year into NEOMED. Upon successfully completing a Hiram baccalaureate degree and passing the MCAT, students will have a seat waiting for them in medical school.

Hiram College also contributed to regional degree attainment through several of its own initiatives. The MAP-Works program, implemented in 2011, has positively impact traditional student retention. In 2013, students who accessed their MAP-Works report persisted from fall to spring at a rate of 91 percent, compared to a rate of 81 percent for those who did not access the report. A survey-based program, MAP-Works empowers faculty and staff to positively impact student success and retention by identifying student issues and concerns early in the term.  The program provides Hiram with the information necessary to identify and coordinate interventions with transitioning, high achieving, and high-risk students.

Over the past year, Hiram College awarded bachelor’s degrees to 32 students who completed requirements entirely on a community college campus. These students, the first of many to come, earned their bachelor of arts in accounting within 18 months of enrolling in Hiram’s partnership program with Lorain County Community College. 82 percent of these students earned their degree while working, and they boasted an average grade point average of 3.4. Hiram College now has established partnership programs at Lakeland Community College and Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus.

According to CEOs for Cities, the Akron MSA produced 2,139 more postsecondary degrees than four years ago for an astonishing 20 percent increase. The increase in degrees awarded was a result of cross-regional and cross-sector collaboration including two-year, four-year, public and private higher education institutions and their many collaborating partners. The Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend galvanized support for collective impact in raising educational attainment across four metropolitan areas, including Akron.

“We are so proud to recognize the achievements of Greater Akron and its peers across the country,” said Noel Harmon, national director of the Talent Dividend. “This award is the result of years of hard work, and we are hopeful all of Northeast Ohio’s cross collaborative efforts provide inspiration and a roadmap for other cities as they work to increase postsecondary attainment.

Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) has been leading Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend in four metropolitan areas (Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown) since 2009, as part of the national contest.

“Northeast Ohio boasts a gigantic increase of 92,000 more college degree holders since the Talent Dividend began, a substantial gain of almost three percentage points in attainment,” said Shawn Brown, vice president of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. “The accomplishments in Summit and Portage Counties are significant, and they are part of an even bigger success story on college access and completion that has accelerated brain gain across Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown.”

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On October 25th, Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Garfield All Sports Boosters hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional comedy basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy, and feel-good family entertainment.

The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Benjamin Coll, Ted Lysiak, Sheri Johnson and Michelle Zivoder who planned and promoted the event. The Garfield Ambassadors were energetic and enthusiastic opponents and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship.

This event would not have been possible without the support and generosity of local the community sponsors and the event volunteers.

The Harlem Ambassadors thank the community of Garrettsville for its warm hospitality and look forward to returning to Garrettsville in the future!

Best regards,

Dale Moss
Harlem Ambassadors President

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

The Community Center at Mantua Center meets Tuesdays in the cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School, on Center Road just north of SR 82.  Doors open at 9:oo, with coffee ready by 9:30, when the watercolor painters gather.  When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock up until 5:00pm, when we reopen for the “Don’t Eat Alone Supper,” served at 5:30, food provided by staff.  If you eat alone way too often, come join us.  Remember, we are closed on Nov 4, as the room is used for the election.

Donations Needed

Donations of fabric, yarn, old sheets, curtains, etc. are needed to help make turkey/pilgrim/ Native American costumes by art students for our annual Turkey Trot at GHS.  The Turkey Trot is our kick-off pep rally for our big holiday food drive and students are designing costumes for a Turkey Fashion Show this year.  Any materials you may and would like to donate may be brought to the high school during school hours.  Call 527-4341 with questions.

JAG Band Fruit Sale

Now-Nov 30

The holidays are approaching…there is no better time for healthy, sweet, Florida fresh citrus! James A Garfield Band is selling grove-fresh Florida navel oranges and Indian River red grapefruit now through Nov 30th. Many options to order: contact any band member, call the school 330-527-4341, or go online to www.FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com, click on the “Order Now!” button and enter our ID #539037. You can have fruit delivered to the school or your home. THANK YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!

Free Meal

Oct 31

God Provides a free meal Oct 31st from 4-6 at Nelson United Methodist Church. Dinner will include beef stew, coleslaw, roll and desserts.

Contra Dance

Nov 1

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Nov 1st at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the foot stompin’, crowd pleasin’ atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

The Murder at The Pigskin Party will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall located on 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua, Ohio 44255. The event will feature entertainment by the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group and dinner catered by Guido’s in Ravenna.  Tickets are available on a presale basis for $40 each.   Tickets can be purchased at Huntington Bank (Garrettsville), Skylanes Bowling (Garrettsville), by calling Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093, or online at www.eventbrite.com (search word “Murder”) and fommysterdinner14.eventbrite.com  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Melana and the proceeds will be used to further research for children’s glioma brain cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

Pricetown Church will be holding their annual turkey dinner on November 1st from 4pm to 7pm at the Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd, south, Newton Falls, Ohio. It will be an all you can eat buffet.  Cost Adults $10 and Children $5. Carry outs will be available

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

21st Annual LaBrae Craft Show will be Nov 1st from 10-4 at LaBrae High School Complex, 1001 North Leavitt Rd., Leavittsburg, OH 44430. Free admission and parking. Over 120 vendors. Homemade food served all day. Email labraecraftshow@gmail.com for more information.

Annual Bazaar

Nov 1

The Women’s group at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua invites you to their Annual Bazaar & Country Store on Nov 1st from 9-2. Admission is free. Continental breakfast and light lunch available. For more information; 216-408-5278.

Trunk or Treat

Nov 1

Trunk or Treat at Hambden Congregational Church will be November 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Church is located at 13840 GAR Hwy Hambden Township. Free event for the whole family, chili & hot dogs will be served. More info: Dorothy @ 440.286.4655 or 11311vulcankd@roadrunner.com

Christmas Extravaganza

Nov 1

St.Edward Church 2014 Christmas Extravaganza will be Nov 1st from 9-4 at Rose Hall, 16150 Center St., Parkman. A holiday affair, a variety of unique vendors and crafters to liven up your holiday shopping experience. Bake sale and Chinese auction in support of the Women’s Renewal 2015. Free Santa pictures bring your camera.

Costume Party & Haunted House 

Nov 1

The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Road, Windham, will have its monthly kids party on Nov 1st from 5-7pm in the fellowship hall. We will have games and prizes, decorate Halloween cookies and have a haunted house! For a fun and scary time, plan to join us!

Eagles, Loons & Big Red

Nov 1

Explore the Eagle Loop trail (9:00am-Noon) through the old growth forest in the rolling Amish hills of Headwaters Park near Middlefield. Impressive trees are found along the crenulated shoreline of the quite waters of the East Branch Reservoir. Big Red resides here. A bald eagle nest is easily seen as are the eagles themselves, along with loons, tundra swans, and other waterfowl that find the lake a quite refuge during the fall migration. Following our jaunt we will visit the little known Brisket Grill for a great deli lunch. Hiking fee: $8 for members ($12 for non-members). Register by October 29 (330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu).

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen” November 1st at 11am and November 3rd at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School.  Children parts are: Girls ages 10-18, Boys ages 9-15. Adult parts for both men and women.  Please have a short monologue prepared. No singing is needed for this production. For more information contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com.  The show runs January 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24, 2015. Rehearsals will take place Monday-Thursdays starting November 10th.

Chinese Auction 

Nov 2

Windham Athletic Boosters 8th Annual Chinese Auction, November 2nd at Windham High School-Gymnasium. Doors open at 12:00pm. Refreshments Available.

Pancake Brunch

Nov 2

Windham Lions Club will be hosting a pancake brunch Nov  2nd from 8-1 at The Brick Chapel on North Main Street.

Chinese Auction & Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 2

Nicki Berry is fighting Stage 3 ovarian cancer; we are holding a Chinese auction and spaghetti dinner in her honor Nov 2nd from 1-4 at the Newton Falls Community Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 8-12 and under 5 free. All donations are gratefully accepted. Any questions call Wanda London 330-872-3384 or 330-872-0230.

MVGC Meeting

Nov 3

The next meeting of the MVGC will be on Nov. 3rd at noon.  The meeting will be held at the home of Paula Tubalkin.  Master Gardener, Jeanna Pisegna, will give the club a “Tour through Italy and its Gardens”.  Included will be a history of the Italian Renaissance Gardens, and the Vatican Gardens.  The day will include a light lunch, and business meeting, where the 2015 officers will be installed. Anyone interested in hearing Jeanna’s presentation, is welcome to come.  Please call Paula @ 330-274-2890, to RSVP & get directions.

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

Tulips and daffodils are only the beginning. Galanthus, scillia, arum, fritillaria, allium, fabulous lilies, ranunculus, muscari, chionodoxa, anemone, lycoris. The list goes on and on. Learn about the amazing array of bulb grown plants and how to add them to your garden. You can have blooms from March through October year after year. We’ll help you select which bulbs will work best for you and how to get them to bloom year after year, even tulips. So take your garden beyond the ordinary and join us for the world of bulbs. This will take place Nov 6th from 7-9pm at the  OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Cost is $15.

Erika Gold To Speak 

Nov 6

Thursday November 6, the Shalersville Historical Society will meet at 7 pm in the museum on St. Rt. 44 for their monthly meeting . A short business meeting will precede our guest speaker of the evening Erika Gold.  She will share her experiences as a survivor from Hungary during World  War 2.  Light refreshments will be served and anyone interested in hearing Mrs Gold are welcome to attend.

Medievalist Bedtime Stories

Nov 6

Did you ever wonder where J.R.R. Tolkien found inspiration for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? Join the Friends of the Hiram College Library for “Medievalist Bedtime Stories,” a talk exploring this topic by professor of English Paul Gaffney. Gaffney will trace the roots of Tolkein’s fertile imagination in medieval literature, which Tolkien loved and studied his whole life, and note how this is reflected in the recent (and upcoming) films. The program will be at 7 p.m. on November 6, in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library.

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

You are invited to the Windham Bible Church, 9550 Parkman Rd Windham, OH. , to hear International Workers Roger and Ellen Elbel from Israel.  The event will be Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 6:30 pm then on Nov. 9th at 10:30 am.

Pigskin Preview

Nov 7

Football season will be over, but the James A Garfield Bands will still be going strong! Support the band on Nov. 1st at your local merchants by donating money to the many band members who will be around town. Also you can hear the JAG Marching Pride one last time as they perform halftime favorites at the free “Pigskin Review” on Nov. 7th at 7:00 in the Iva L. Walker Auditorium at Garfield High School.

Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Nov 7

Well, look no further than Hiram College.  This will be our last session of Water Dog Swim Lessons for the semester.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to have your child learn a valuable life lesson.  Get instruction from the college’s finest once a week for a four week period.  Each lesson lasts forty-five minutes with an additional fifteen minutes for your child to gain more confidence in the water.    Ages four and up welcomed.  Sign up November 7 from 2:30-4:30 at the swim pool or online at www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons.  Lesson times are from 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6pm Sunday afternoons on November 16, 30, December 7 and 14.  Cost is forty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Crestwood High School’s Junior-Senior Seminar helps students to raise awareness of their roles in society and develop into community leaders. Our group has chosen to raise money for the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. A spaghetti dinner will be held at Crestwood High School on Nov 7th from 4:30-6:30 in the cafeteria.

Pre-sale tickets for the spaghetti dinner are  $7\per person. If anyone would like to purchase them they can contact Adriana French, at arfrench101@yahoo.com

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

Everyone is invited.  First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring an auction and spaghetti dinner on  Nov 8th.  Numerous items are available for auction.  All items are new or lightly used.  This promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.  Spaghetti dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m., Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Spaghetti dinner – 12 years and above -$8.00, 4-11 years $4.00, 3 and under free.  First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

The Crestwood 4 C ‘ s annual craft show will be held on Saturday, Nov 8 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Shalersville Town Hall.  The show features local artisans and crafters, door prizes and a $100 Grand Prize gift card.   One ticket, good for door prizes and the Grand Prize, will be given for each non-perishable food item donated the day of the show.  Tickets for prizes can also be purchased $.50 or 3/$1.00.

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

Chinese Auction Nov 8, The K. I. D. Cancer Foundation will host our 5th annual Chinese Auction at the Parkman Community House located on State Route 422 in Parkman, Ohio. Hundreds of items up for bid. $1,000 Deal-or-No Deal Game. 50/50 Raffle, Door prize, Food & Soft drinks. Free reserved seating if you choose. Credit cards accepted. Doors open at 3:00pm. Drawings start at 6:pm. If you have any questions please call: (330) 889-9600.

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

VFW Post 1055 Ladies Auxiliary, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, is gearing up for a USO/1940’s era dance and 50/50 raffle to be held Nov  8th  from 4-8pm at the Post home. Cost per ticket is $5.00 which includes ballroom dancing and swing dancing demonstrations, vocalist, and DJ Chuck Casalicchio.  All the entertainment is being provided free.   1940’s era refreshments are provide free of charge. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the door.  For more information contact Judy at 330-9313-8910.

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

Smoked sausage, potato and green bean dinner will be Nov 8th at the First Christian Church, North Center Street, Newton Falls from 4:00-7:00 pm. Cornbread, applesauce, drinks and dessert are included with the dinner. Proceeds for the wrought iron fence project of the Newton Township Cemetery Association.  Advance tickets may be purchased from any member of the association or call Louanne at 330.872.1353. Tickets prices are: Adults-$9, Children 3 to 11-$6, Ages 2 and under-Free.

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique 

Nov 8

St. Anselm Women’s Guild Annual Christmas Boutique will be held on November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. There will be over 80 vendors, a bake sale, a snack bar, and a Chinese Raffle with many great prizes. Your $1.00 admission includes one Chinese Raffle ticket. Join the Boutique Bounce by also stopping at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Rd. in Kirtland and St. Mark Lutheran Church at 11900 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland on the same day. (St. Mark’s is also on Friday evening.) Pick up a card at your first stop and have it stamped at each show for a chance to win one of three gift baskets.

Pancake Breakfast

Nov 8

BSA Troop 4262 is having a Pancake Breakfast. The featured pancake this year will be Pumpkin. Come and join us before you head out to the Village Christmas Walk. There will be pumpkin and old fashioned buttermilk pancakes, sausage, warm syrup, cinnamon butter and assorted beverages. Nov 8th from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. The breakfast will be held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Avenue, Garrettsville. A suggested donation of 5.00 for adults, 3.00 kids 12-4 and children 3 and under free.

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

The Bell Family and Friends will be holding an Original Art and Crafts show on November 8 &9 and 15 & 16  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location is 8228 Maple Avenue in Garrettsville, OH  There will be original drawings and paintings for sale as well as handcrafted items and quilted items.  Visitors can also purchase Village Piecemakers raffle tickets.

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

Don’t miss one of the area’s nicest craft shows, sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall in Mantua on Nov 9th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items.  Members of St. Joseph’s PSR program will run the kitchen offering snack, lunch and dessert items at one of the areas nicest craft shows. St. Joseph’s is located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. off Pioneer Trail in Mantua.

Pancakes at the Grange

Nov 9 

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, November 9th,  from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon.  The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9th at Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, 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

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

TAG is offering a free Happy Hour Painting class for veterans only, as a thank you for their service.  The class will be held November 10th from 6-8 at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio.  All materials are provided, and each participant will leave with a completed painting.  Veterans wishing to attend should call 330 395-4876 to reserve a spot.  Class size is limited to 30, so call early.

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Veteran’s Day program will be Nov 11th from 9-11am at Newbury Elementary School Auditorium. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield open house soup and chili dinner will be from 4:30-7 at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street in Burton. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Band Fundraiser

Nov 11

School Spirit Tastes Great! Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the James A. Garfield Bands. Come into the Streetsboro Chipotle on Nov 11th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to James A. Garfield Band Boosters.

Library Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Nov 11th in observance of Veterans Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Nov 12th. Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

Thanksgiving Donation Box

Nov 11

The Center of Hope Thanksgiving Donation Box is at Hardparts! Please consider helping to make a great holiday for families in Portage County. (The box will be picked up November 11th.) Hardparts Technology Services. Open Weekdays 9-6 p.m. & Saturdays 9-1 p.m. 435 W. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio 330.297.9627

Fish Fry

Nov 14

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be Nov 14th from 4-7:30 at 8149 Water Street. Fish, Shrimp or combo, also chicken tenders available with your choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans & coleslaw or applesauce with dinner roll and butter. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330. There will not be a fish fry in December and no steak fry in November or December.

Holiday Garage Sale

Nov 14 & 15

The Upton Association announces the schedule for the annual Holiday Garage Sale. The holiday Christmas Sale will be November 14 & 15 from 9-4. Donations are requested on November 11 from 9AM to noon, November 12 from noon to 3PM and Wednesday  from 9AM to noon. The Christmas sale will take place in the garage as well as several rooms in Upton House. For more information, contact Susan at 330-538-3182 or email at institches5848@aol.com. Upton House is located on 380 Mahoning Avenue NW.

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

The Parents of Cub Scout Pack 4067 invite you to a Craft Show Nov 15th from 10-4pm at the First Congregational Church of Newton Falls. The church is located at 612 West Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Vendors to be at the show are: Scentsy, Tupperware, Heaven Lee Portraits, Thirty-One, Homemade Crafts, Baked Good, and so much more! Chinese Auction and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there and Thank you for Supporting Scouting.

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

Texas Hold’Em tournament will be Nov 15th at Kent Elks Lodge, 2265 E. Erie St., Ravenna from 4-? Food and beverage provided. Seating is limited. Payout 70%, 30% donated to JDRF via Team Alaina. Questions call Jennifer 330-360-3869, Alan 330-360-2242 or Joe 330-442-3155.

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

Join Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton, to make your very own fall holiday container arrangement. Need something on the porch to welcome guests during the holidays, a festive touch on the hearth, jazz up the dining room for Thanksgiving or maybe a hostess gift? You’ll turn a classic 10-12” flower pot into a beautiful fall holiday decoration. Phyllis has sweet Annie, sedum, dried grasses, berries, curly willow, hydrangea, astilbe, tansy, bittersweet and more to work with. Then you’ll top off your creation with a gorgeous florist bow. As an extra treat, Phyllis will show you how, with a few simple changes, you can convert your fall arrangement to a winter/Christmas decoration. So join us for this craft from the garden and bring a friend to share the fun. This will take place November 15th from 9-noon. Cost is $35.

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

Nelson Literary Music Club invites you to our 4th annual Craft Show Nov 15 & 16 from 10am-5pm both days. The show will take place at the Nelson Community Center on Nelson Circle. Many handmade crafts, baked goods and more. For more information call 330-527-5787.

16,000 Acres: A walk on the wild side

Nov 16

Flat as a pancake, straight as an arrow, and high and dry is a walk through a section of the 16,000 acre the wildlife refuge complex in Trumbull County. The adjacent Mosquito Creek and Grand River Wildlife Areas are the home of eagles, bears, otters, cranes, bobcats and more. The gravel pathway has extensive vistas and bisects a large wetland/meadow complex allowing for ample opportunities for wildlife observation. Multiple bald eagle sightings are the rule along with various other raptors and sandhill cranes on this easy walk. Join guide Bob Faber from 10:00am-Noon. Hiking fee: $7 for members ($10 for non-members). Register by November 12 (330.569.6003 or emailsorrickmw@hiram.edu).

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

There’s a CHANGE! What? NO, Don’t like it! Just for ONE month. Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. Is changing  their Thanksgiving Community meal date. So save the date. Not the fourth Thursday of November, it’s the third Thursday of November, the 20th. 5-6:30 pm. See you there!!!

Free Community Meal

Nov 20

Christ Lutheran in Mantua will be holding their Free Community Meal on November 20 from 5 to 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing you.

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

JAG Elementary PTO craft & vendor show will be Nov 22 from 10-3 at JAG Elementary school. Table space available for $25 and must donate an item for Chinese auction. Concession and baked goods available for purchase. All funds raised will go toward JAG Elementary School Playground Upgrades. For questions or more information contact Michelle Phifer 330-931-6418 or michelle.phifer@yahoo.com

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their bi-annual Comedian Showcase on November 22nd b at 7:00 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door $10.00. 50/50 and Chinese Auction will be available.

Special Thanksgiving Event

Nov 23

The 31st Annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766, is set for Nov 23 at 1:00 p.m. at their hall located at 11845 St. Rt. 44, just North of St. Rt. 82 in Mantua.  Call 330-274-4982 for your reservation beginning November 1st.  Limited seating available.

Chinese Auction

Nov 30

Please come out and show your support for a local young lady who has recently undergone 3 brain surgeries to help control her seizures. Chinese Auction will be Nov 30 from noon-5. There will be baked goods along with homemade and direct sales vendors to shop from! A great time to start your holiday shopping! Nelson Community House,11639 Windham Parkman Rd., Garrettsville, Oh 44231

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

The 29th annual Beary Merry Christmas Craft Show will be Dec 3Rd & 4th from 11-9 at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Handmade unique holiday gifts, holiday entertainment and Chinese raffle. Door prizes every hour. Lunch and dinner available. $3 admission. Show benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Event will be held at Normandy Party Center, 30310 Palisades Parkway, Wickliffe.

Trip to “Christmas City”

Dec 10-12

Join St. Anselm Young of Heart in “Christmas City,” Bethlehem, PA, on December 10-12. There will be a guided tour of Bethlehem by Night, a factory tour of Martin Guitar, the Christmas Putz at the Central Moravian Church, and much more. Included are 5 meals, two nights of rooms at the Sands Resort & Casino with $60 free slot play, 5 meals, luggage handling and gratuities. Cost is $365 ($374 for non-members). Everyone is welcome on Young of Heart trips. All trips leave from St. Anselm Church in Chesterland. Call Nancy for further information, 440-729-9684.

Community Support at Mary Yoder’s

Dec 6

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is reaching out to help those who may struggle to enjoy the holiday season.  On December 6th, beginning at 3:00 pm, Mary Yoder’s will be hosting a Chinese Auction Benefit, with all proceeds from the auction going to support Shop With a Cop and the food pantry in Middlefield.   Along with the auction, guests will enjoy a boxed lunch which includes a choice of a chicken salad sandwich or a ham sandwich, chips, and a cookie.  Coffee and punch will be provided also.Bidding is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm; the drawing begins at 5:00. Admission tickets, which include the boxed lunch and 10 complimentary auction tickets, are on sale for $15.00 at Mary Yoder’s or online at www.maryyodersamishkitchen.com.   Everyone is invited to come, enjoy the afternoon, cross some items off your Christmas list, and most importantly, help your neighbor.

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

Back by popular demand Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik is teaching her tabletop Christmas tree craft class. This time you’ll make a beautiful tree from fresh evergreens. Spruce, fir, boxwood, rhody, pine, cedar, juniper, and more. The fragrance is wonderful. Decorate your creation with garland, ribbons, berries, feathers, dried flowers, little ornaments or go wherever your fancy takes you. For a special touch add a string of mini lights! These trees make great gifts too. Join us for a morning of holiday fun and bring a friend to share it with. December 6th from 9-noon. Cost is $35

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting January 4 at Youngstown State, and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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On November 4, 2014, the voters of the Village of Windham and Windham Township will be asked to renew the 4 mil levy that supports the WVFD Joint Fire District.

Although we have a relatively small community, our fire department is one of the busiest in the county, providing both fire and rescue services to our residents. Many, myself and my family included, can attest to the appreciation we have felt when one of our local heroes…a familiar face…walks through the door in our time of need, literally minutes after we have called.

The levy that is on the ballot is a renewal and not an increase in taxes and at 4 mils, it is a bargain considering what neighboring communities pay for the same level of services. I urge all residents of the Windham community to support the levy.

Sincerely,

Dann S. Timmons, Chairman

WVFD Joint Fire District

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Next Tuesday, November 4th when you go to your local polling location please note Issue 13. Issue 13 has been placed on the ballot by the Community EMS District’s Board of Trustees. The Board is asking for your support by way of a YES vote to pass a 2.7 mil five year renewal levy. Passage of a renewal levy WILL NOT increase your real estate taxes.

What the passage of Issue 13 WILL DO is raise almost $400,000 annually for the continued operation of Community EMS District’s services. The levy provides more than 2/3 of our funding. Most of the balance comes from billing patients for our services. A very small part of our income is derived from grants. Our tax funding permits us to never charge more than $150 for our service to district residents who do not have medical insurance. For those residents with medical coverage, insurance payments are usually accepted as payment in full.

Approval of Issue 13 WILL insure that Community EMS can continue to provide full staffing (including paramedics) 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Issue 13 WILL allow the district to continue to operate and maintain 3 Advanced Life Support-equipped ambulances. Passage of Issue 13 WILL allow Community’s Board to continue allocations to a Capital Equipment Fund for the future purchase of new squads and minimize the need for costly loans. By supporting Issue 13 voters WILL assure that necessary lifesaving equipment and employee training will be keeping abreast of the latest technology available.

The Board of Community EMS District takes their role seriously and appreciates the past support of the voters. The Board continuously upgrades the interior and exterior of the district’s office and garage. Lighting and cooling retrofits have reduced our energy costs. Most vehicle repairs are now done in house, saving time and money. Eliminating the outsourcing of payroll saves the district $18,000 annually. By being conservative with our buying and spending the Board was able to pay off a 7-year acquisition loan (to purchase Community Ambulance, Inc.) in 4 ½ years saving the District more than $5,600 in interest!

Voters, the Board of Trustees of Community EMS District would sincerely appreciate your continued support by voting YES on November 4th for Issue 13. We want to be there for YOU, when you need us!

On behalf of the District’s Board of Trustees, our Chief Chris Sanchez and Clerk Tracy Brunner.

John C. Zizka, Chairman
Community EMS District

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On November 4,Windham Township and Village Voters will be voting on 2 property tax levies.They are our School District and our Joint Fire District (Fire Dept.) Both of these tax levies are 5-year renewal levies and if passed we will pay the same property tax mills that we have been paying for the past five years. No new taxes.

I urge the passage of the School District and Fire District levies on November 4,2014

The new Joint Fire District and its five member Board of Trustees, consisting of five(5) Township and Village representatives, are working very well together.

The Fire Department’s fire and EMS calls volume has increased from 460 calls a year in 2009 to 732 calls in 2013.This means not having to call other Departments and quicker response time to our residents.

Jim Moore
Windham Village

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

After School Crafts

After school crafts at Renaissance Center in Windham in the game room. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Fall crafts made during October.

Softball Player Wanted

Thunder Elite 10u out of Trumbull County is in search of a dedicated, hardworking fast pitch softball player. This is a great opportunity to be part of a very competitive, eager team.  Please call Nate Schick @ (330) 307-6141.

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

The Community Center at Mantua Center meets Tuesdays in the cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School, on Center Road just north of SR 82.  Doors open at 9:oo, with coffee ready by 9:30, when the watercolor painters gather.  When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock up until 5:00pm, when we reopen for the “Don’t Eat Alone Supper,” served at 5:30, food provided by staff.  If you eat alone way too often, come join us.  Remember, we are closed on Nov 4, as the room is used for the election.

Solar Eclipse Program

Oct 23

Join Portage Parks Naturalist Joe Malmisur and Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie at 5:30 pm on Oct 23 at Dix Park as they explain the partial solar eclipse and proper ways to view it.

Free Clothing

Oct 25

There will be a free clothing and misc. items give away for those in need at the Hiram Rapids Historical church, 6337 Winchell Rd Hiram, Ohio 44234. Oct 25th from 10-2.

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

Oct 25

The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Oct. 25th  from 4 – 7;30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll. Steak dinners are $13 and chicken is $8. Carryout available by calling 330-527-2330. Open to the public. Entertainment to follow.

“Chance” Auction

Oct 25

Ledgewood Christian Church in Novelty will hold its annual “Chance” auction on Oct 25th for the benefit of its Homeless Ministry and the Cleveland Christian Home. Doors will open at 6pm, drawing of tickets will begin at 7pm. All are invited to come. There is no admission fee. Cost of bidding tickets is $8 for one sheet of 25 or two for $15. Reservations appreciated; call Jane 44-564-5536, Sue 440-729-7142 or the Church office 440-338-5844.

Holiday Craft Show

Oct 25

Holiday Craft Show Oct 25th from 10-5 at Parkman Community House, 16295 Parkman Rd. kids in costume can trick or treat as you shop. Proceeds benefit Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. More info at 440-321-9724.

Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 25

Nelson UMC Swiss Steak Dinner will be Oct 25th at Nelson Community House from 4:30-7pm. Cost is $10 for adults, children $6.00, kids under 5 eat free.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Oct 25

There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville UMC off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. Dinner will be from 4-6:30, unless food runs out. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. Cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeout’s are available.

Free Clothing For All

Oct 25

Another free clothing give-away sponsored by Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 St. Rt. 82, Mantua Twp., will be Oct 25th from 9am-noon. Lots of fall and winter clothing for all sizes and both genders, as well as linens, curtains, shoes, handbags, etc.

Craft Show & Bake Sale

Oct 25

Deerfield Friends Church is hosting its 5th annual Artisan event, Craft show and Bake sale on October 25th. This event runs from 9am until 5pm, free admission! There are still a few vendor spots available if anyone is interested, contact Gerri Seem at 330-993 0241. This event showcases artists from around the community; for some this is the only event for which they make their art available for purchase. There will be lunch food available and a unique variety of homemade foods to buy and take home including breads, pies, fudge, cookies and more.

Community Trick or Treat

Oct 25

Fortis College is hosting a   Community Trick or Treat on October 25th  from 10am-12pm. There will be trick or treating, face painting, apple juice, popcorn, and crafts.

Turkey Dinner

Oct 26

The Ladies Guild of St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Church of Newton Falls will be hosting their annual turkey dinner  Oct 26th from noon-3pm. The price for adults is $9, ages 5-12 is $5, children under 5 eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Raffle tickets will also be available at the dinner. Dinner will be held at St. Mary & St. Joseph Social Hall at 120 Maple Drive, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Carry out dinners are available.

Crescent Chapter Meeting Cancelled

Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No. 7, O.E.S. has cancelled their Oct 27th meeting. The next meeting will be November 10th at 7:30.

Free Water Testing

Oct 27 

Concerned Citizens Ohio/ Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room (downstairs) of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road, Hiram, OH 44234 (corner of State Routes 700, 82, 305). Oct 27th at 7pm. For accurate readings, your sample should be taken as directly from the well as possible— before any treatment and within an hour before we test it. Come at 7:00 and we’ll be running videos with experts explaining the hydrofracture (“fracking”) shale drilling and why it produces so much toxic waste. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com.

Free Community Dinner

Oct 28

Free Community Dinner will be Oct 28th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio.

Trick or Treat at Brooks House

Oct 29

Trick or Treat Give Me Something Good to Eat! Brooks House Assisted Living invites children under 14 and their families, to a night of Trick or Treat fun on Oct 29th. Come in your costume ready to trick or treat, judge a scarecrow contest, eat donuts, drink cider, and more, anytime from 5-7pm.  We are located at 18144 Claridon-Troy Rd (St. Rt. 700 between Burton & Hiram) Hiram, Ohio 44234 Please RSVP by October 20th to Amanda Scopilliti at 330-977-7389 or amanda@brookshouse-assistedliving.com.

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

Let’s get the holiday spirit started. The Harrison Family  dare all those who love the holidays to outdo our Halloween Decorations. All proceeds go to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund to help rebuild our village. Why let Garrettsville turn into a ghost town? There will be three winners in the catagories of Best Lighted, Most Spooky and All- around Best- Decorated.  The four judges will be out there looking at the entries on Oct 29th starting at 7pm until finished. Awards and bragging rights will go to the top three winners.  Homes entered will be mapped out and given a number to place in their yard. Maps will be available at different locations throughout the village for those who would like to view them. There is a 10.00 entry fee for each home.  Entry forms can be downloaded at http://garrettsvillearea.com/how-can-i-help.html and your home can be registered by calling  Tom at 330-977-7596. This is just the first to come — How about a Christmas Yard Decorating contest???  TOGETHER WE CAN REBUILD GARRETTSVILLE!!

Newton Falls Trick or Treat

Oct. 30

Newton Falls Trick or Treat Night will be held from 5-7 p.m. The costume contest begins in town at 7 p.m., immediately followed by the cake walk.  Donor groups may drop off cakes at 16 West Broad Street all day.

Halloween Party

Oct 30

An alternative to keep our trick-or-treaters safe and off the streets is the Annual Halloween Party on Thursday, October 30th at the Parkman Community House – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Residents are asked to bring their bag of goodies to the community house.  We ask the parents to bring your kids to the community house for trick-or-treating, fun & games and snacks.  Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce. Call Denise @ 440-548-2939 if you have any questions.

Free Meal

Oct 31

God Provides a free meal Oct 31st from 4-6 at Nelson United Methodist Church. Dinner will include beef stew, coleslaw, roll and desserts.

Contra Dance

Nov 1

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Nov 1st at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the foot stompin’, crowd pleasin’ atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

The Murder at The Pigskin Party will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall located on 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua, Ohio 44255. The event will feature entertainment by the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group and dinner catered by Guido’s in Ravenna.  Tickets are available on a presale basis for $40 each.   Tickets can be purchased at Huntington Bank (Garrettsville), Skylanes Bowling (Garrettsville), by calling Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093, or online at www.eventbrite.com (search word “Murder”) and fommysterdinner14.eventbrite.com  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Melana and the proceeds will be used to further research for children’s glioma brain cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

Pricetown Church will be holding their annual turkey dinner on November 1st from 4pm to 7pm at the Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd, south, Newton Falls, Ohio. It will be an all you can eat buffet.  Cost Adults $10 and Children $5. Carry outs will be available

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

21st Annual LaBrae Craft Show will be Nov 1st from 10-4 at LaBrae High School Complex, 1001 North Leavitt Rd., Leavittsburg, OH 44430. Free admission and parking. Over 120 vendors. Homemade food served all day. Email labraecraftshow@gmail.com for more information.

Annual Bazaar

Nov 1

The Women’s group at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua invites you to their Annual Bazaar & Country Store on Nov 1st from 9-2. Admission is free. Continental breakfast and light lunch available. For more information; 216-408-5278.

Trunk or Treat

Nov 1

Trunk or Treat at Hambden Congregational Church will be November 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Church is located at 13840 GAR Hwy Hambden Township. Free event for the whole family, chili & hot dogs will be served. More info: Dorothy @ 440.286.4655 or 11311vulcankd@roadrunner.com

Christmas Extravaganza

Nov 1

St.Edward Church 2014 Christmas Extravaganza will be Nov 1st from 9-4 at Rose Hall, 16150 Center St., Parkman. A holiday affair, a variety of unique vendor and crafters to liven up your holiday shopping experience. Bake sale and Chinese auction in support of the Women’s renewal 2015. Free Santa pictures bring your camera.

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen” November 1st at 11am and November 3rd at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School.  Children parts are: Girls ages 10-18, Boys ages 9-15. Adult parts for both men and women.  Please have a short monologue prepared. No singing is needed for this production. For more information contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com.  The show runs January 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24, 2015. Rehearsals will take place Monday-Thursdays starting November 10th.

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

Tulips and daffodils are only the beginning. Galanthus, scillia, arum, fritillaria, allium, fabulous lilies, ranunculus, muscari, chionodoxa, anemone, lycoris. The list goes on and on. Learn about the amazing array of bulb grown plants and how to add them to your garden. You can have blooms from March through October year after year. We’ll help you select which bulbs will work best for you and how to get them to bloom year after year, even tulips. So take your garden beyond the ordinary and join us for the world of bulbs. This will take place Nov 6th from 7-9pm at the  OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Cost is $15.

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

You are invited to the Windham Bible Church, 9550 Parkman Rd Windham, Oh. , to hear International Workers Roger and Ellen Elbel from Israel.  The event will be Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 6:30 pm then on Nov. 9th at 10:30 am.

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Crestwood High School’s Junior-Senior Seminar helps students to raise awareness of their roles in society and develop into community leaders. Our group has chosen to raise money for the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. A spaghetti dinner will be held at Crestwood High School on Nov 7th from 4:30-6:30 in the cafeteria.

Pre-sale tickets for the spaghetti dinner are  $7\per person. If anyone would like to purchase them they can contact Adriana French, at arfrench101@yahoo.com

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

Everyone is invited.  First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring an auction and spaghetti dinner on  Nov 8th.  Numerous items are available for auction.  All items are new or lightly used.  This promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.  Spaghetti dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m., Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Spaghetti dinner – 12 years and above -$8.00, 4-11 years $4.00, 3 and under free.  First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

The Crestwood 4 C ‘ s annual craft show will be held on Saturday, Nov 8 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Shalersville Town Hall.  The show features local artisans and crafters, door prizes and a $100 Grand Prize gift card.   One ticket, good for door prizes and the Grand Prize, will be given for each non-perishable food item donated the day of the show.  Tickets for prizes can also be purchased $.50 or 3/$1.00.

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

Chinese Auction Nov 8, The K. I. D. Cancer Foundation will host our 5th annual Chinese Auction at the Parkman Community House located on State Route 422 in Parkman, Ohio. Hundreds of items up for bid. $1,000.00 Deal-or-No Deal Game. 50/50 Raffle, Door prize, Food & Soft drinks. Free reserved seating if you choose. Credit cards accepted. Doors open at 3:00pm. Drawings start at 6:pm. If you have any questions please call: (330) 889-9600.

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

VFW Post 1055 Ladies Auxiliary, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, is gearing up for a USO/19040’s era dance and 50/50 raffle to be held Nov  8th  from 4-8pm at the Post home. Cost per ticket is $5.00 which includes ballroom dancing and swing dancing demonstrations, vocalist, and DJ Chuck Casalicchio.  All the entertainment is being provided free.   1940’s era refreshments are provide free of charge. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the door.  For more information contact Judy at 330-9313-8910.

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

Smoked sausage, potato and green bean dinner will be Nov 8th at the First Christian Church, North Center Street, Newton Falls from 4:00-7:00 pm. Cornbread, applesauce, drinks and dessert are included with the dinner. Proceeds for the wrought iron fence project of the Newton Township Cemetery Association.  Advance tickets may be purchased from any member of the association or call Louanne at 330.872.1353. Tickets prices are: Adults-$9, Children 3 to 11-$6, Ages 2 and under-Free.

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

The Bell Family and Friends will be holding an Original Art and Crafts show on November 8 &9 and 15 & 16  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location is 8228 Maple Avenue in Garrettsville, OH  There will be original drawings and paintings for sale as well as handcrafted items and quilted items.  Visitors can also purchase Village Piecemakers raffle tickets.

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

Don’t miss one of the area’s nicest craft shows, sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall in Mantua on Nov 9th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items.  Members of St. Joseph’s PSR program will run the kitchen offering snack, lunch and dessert items at one of the areas nicest craft shows. St. Joseph’s is located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. off Pioneer Trail in Mantua.

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9that Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, 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

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

TAG is offering a free Happy Hour Painting class for veterans only, as a thank you for their service.  The class will be held November 10th from 6-8 at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio.  All materials are provided, and each participant will leave with a completed painting.  Veterans wishing to attend should call 330 395-4876 to reserve a spot.  Class size is limited to 30, so call early.

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Veteran’s Day program will be Nov 11th from 9-11am at Newbury Elementary School Auditorium. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield open house soup and chili dinner will be from 4:30-7 at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street in Burton. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

The Parents of Cub Scout Pack 4067 invite you to a Craft Show Nov 15th from 10-4pm at the First Congregational Church of Newton Falls. The church is located at 612 West Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Vendors to be at the show are: Scentsy, Tupperware, Heaven Lee Portraits, Thirty-One, Homemade Crafts, Baked Good, and so much more! Chinese Auction and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there and Thank you for Supporting Scouting.

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

Texas Hold’Em tournament will be Nov 15th at Kent Elks Lodge, 2265 E. Erie St., Ravenna from 4-? Food and beverage provided. Seating is limited. Payout 70%, 30% donated to JDRF via Team Alaina. Questions call Jennifer 330-360-3869, Alan 330-360-2242 or Joe 330-442-3155.

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

Join Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton, to make your very own fall holiday container arrangement. Need something on the porch to welcome guests during the holidays, a festive touch on the hearth, jazz up the dining room for Thanksgiving or maybe a hostess gift? You’ll turn a classic 10-12” flower pot into a beautiful fall holiday decoration. Phyllis has sweet Annie, sedum, dried grasses, berries, curly willow, hydrangea, astilbe, tansy, bittersweet and more to work with. Then you’ll top off your creation with a gorgeous florist bow. As an extra treat, Phyllis will show you how, with a few simple changes, you can convert your fall arrangement to a winter/Christmas decoration. So join us for this craft from the garden and bring a friend to share the fun. This will take place November 15th from 9-noon. Cost is $35.

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

Nelson Literary Music Club invites you to our 4th annual Craft Show Nov 15 & 16 from 10am-5pm both days. The show will take place at the Nelson Community Center on Nelson Circle. Many handmade crafts, baked goods and more. For more information call 330-527-5787.

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

There’s a CHANGE! What? NO, Don’t like it! Just for ONE month. Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. Is changing  their Thanksgiving Community meal date. So save the date. Not the fourth Thursday of November, it’s the third Thursday of November, the 20th. 5-6:30 pm. See you there!!!

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

JAG Elementary PTO craft & vendor show will be Nov 22 from 10-3 at JAG Elementary school. Table space available for $25 and must donate an item for Chinese auction. Concession and baked goods available for purchase. All funds raised will go toward JAG Elementary School Playground Upgrades. For questions or more information contact Michelle Phifer 330-931-6418 or michelle.phifer@yahoo.com

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their bi-annual Comedian Showcase on November 22nd b at 7:00 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door $10.00. 50/50 and Chinese Auction will be available.

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

The 29th annual Beary Merry Christmas Craft Show will be Dec 3Rd & 4th from 11-9 at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Handmade unique holiday gifts, holiday entertainment and Chinese raffle. Door prizes every hour. Lunch and dinner available. $3 admission. Show benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Event will be held at Normandy Party Center, 30310 Palisades Parkway, Wickliffe.

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

Back by popular demand Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik is teaching her tabletop Christmas tree craft class. This time you’ll make a beautiful tree from fresh evergreens. Spruce, fir, boxwood, rhody, pine, cedar, juniper, and more. The fragrance is wonderful. Decorate your creation with garland, ribbons, berries, feathers, dried flowers, little ornaments or go wherever your fancy takes you. For a special touch add a string of mini lights! These trees make great gifts too. Join us for a morning of holiday fun and bring a friend to share it with. December 6th from 9-noon. Cost is $35

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting January 4 at Youngstown State, and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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Hiram – The renowned folk ensemble Harmonia will present a free concert at Hiram College on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Location is Frohring Recital Hall, 11746 Dean Street.  Harmonia plays the traditional music of Eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians.  Its repertoire reflects the cultures of the region:  Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian, and Gypsy.  The ensemble’s performances on authentic folk instruments evoke the full range of human emotions, interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning.

The ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, panflute, and cimbalom (the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer).  The musicans come from varied backgrounds, finding a common musical language in Harmonia.  SingOut! Magazine called their performance “Brilliant.  Lush.  Dazzling.”  National Public Radio declared the group “a musical gem.”  The group is based in Cleveland but appears widely throughout the U.S. and beyond.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Hiram College Music Department and the Hiram Community Trust.  Further information: dreisbachts@hiram.edu or 330-569-5294.

Twentieth Century Club met Thursday October 2 at the Garrettsville Library with Lucy Galadye as hostess.

Members were asked to bring a sample of something they collect. Samples included wooden boxes (one for embalming fluid) – no coffins. Angels were collected for the guidance and protection they represent. There were rocks, including old Alaskan quartz.

Christmas collections contained “The Night Before Christmas” books, musical boxes and mugs and  Old World Santas (Pipka). There were collections of ducks and birds, some by Lenox and Jim Shore. There were Hummels and Precious Moments figurines, and, of course, Jane Bell collects bells.

Someone collects paper weights and another, fabric quilt squares (no quilt, just square). Another member collects kitchen tools with red handles.

The program brought up memories of collections some had forgotten they had. As one member so aptly stated, “It was a charming and unique program.”

The next meeting will be at the home of Jane Bell on October 16th. Members are asked to bring a package of diapers to give to “Safer Futures.”

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The International Soap Box Derby and Western Reserve Public Media have entered into an agreement to expand educational offerings through the Derby’s STEM education based Gravity Racing Challenge® Program.

The Derby’s GRC education program uses the tools and values of Soap Box Derby® racing to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in an enjoyable, engaging way. The program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with project- and standards-based, inter-curricular learning opportunities.

“We’re excited to partner with Western Reserve Public Media,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “The GRC program has grown the past few years and now it’s time to take it to a new level. With this partnership we’ll now be able to provide educators with a learning portal that meets today’s educational standards.”

The Educational Services staff at Western Reserve Public Media will use the Soap Box Derby theme to develop a kit of resources and activities that link to Ohio Department of Education standards for fifth graders. Following STEM standards, the project will include videos, lesson plans, activities, background resources, assessments and professional development opportunities. Barbara Moore of Western Reserve Public Media will serve as grant program manager for the project.

“We are happy to have been chosen to partner with International Soap Box Derby on this project,” said Jeff Good, director of education at Western Reserve Public Media. “For years, we have specialized in developing educational resources that satisfy mandated educational standards. For this project, we will create a learning portal that will lead a teacher through 20 days of instruction in meeting a series of educational standards. In addition, we will work with the Soap Box Derby staff to produce educational kits that will be available for purchase by school districts in March 2015.”

Geauga County – When preparing for the 60th season of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, a decision was made to highlight some of the shows from the past decades. Last performed at GLTG in 1978 and 2001 under the older title, “Ten Little Indians”, “And Then There Were None” has always been a popular title by Agatha Christie.

“And Then There Were None” is the classic mystery of  ten strangers called together in a mansion on an island, only to be anonymously accused of murder, and then begin to die, one by one.  Energetic and bubbly director Debbie Cluts challenges the actors to go beyond their comfort zone, to bring their characters alive.  Previously a part of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Cluts is new to GLTG as a main stage director. She has worked in the GLTG summer workshop program, directing last year’s “Dragon Tales”.

The cast is a comfortable mix of Geauga Theater regulars and brand-new actors to our stage, with some of the people traveling from Strongsville and Lakewood. One of our teen actors, making the transition into adult roles, finds it very enjoyable. “I love the combination of our light-hearted cast and dark-humored show. It brings a captivating energy to rehearsals which I’m certain will only grow as we near performance time”, says Halle Blados, who will be playing the role of Vera. “The intricate details that Agatha Christie put into her characters and story are masterful, and the build of tension in each progressing scene is intense. Whether you’ve never seen the play or have seen it twenty times, anyone who wants a chilling mystery— especially in time for Halloween— will find everything they want within “And Then There Were None”.

Reservations for And Then There Were None are being taken now. Join us in our 60th anniversary season at Geauga Lyric Theater! Thanks to our Marquee sponsor, H&R Block.

The Geauga Lyric Theater is located at 101 Water Street on the historic Chardon Square.  For more information or to purchase tickets go towww.geaugatheater.org or call 440-286-2255.

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Ravenna – Robinson Memorial Hospital has taken steps to have the entire emergency and case management departments’ workers go through specialized training and role-playing scenarios to best treat patients with mental health issues.

“Dealing with people who have behavioral issues can be challenging, stated Sharon Hissom, lieutenant, Police and Protective Services. “The patient can be calm to combative. With training, direct care staff (emergency department and case management) can learn techniques to de-escalate the patient before their behavior escalates and other types of intervention are needed.”

Bringing a training course to Robinson Memorial was a project of Lieutenant Sharon Hissom of Robinson Memorial Hospital Police and Protective Services and Darla Andrews, Occupations Development. Every one of the officers on staff at Robinson Memorial goes through crisis intervention team training, a 40-hour training course offered through the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. When the officers went through the training this year, Lieutenant Hissom thought it would be beneficial to bring back a similar training to the hospital staff.

The de-escalation training provided by Robinson Memorial is a combination of the crisis intervention team training that the officers undergo at the Sheriff’s Office and CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) training, which the hospital already provides to its employees.

Besides class discussions, employees will have real live scenarios in how to handle patient situations. Actors from the Kent State University theatre program will act out scenarios while staff de-escalates the situation. Staff will experience patients who are dealing with mental issues. Members of the community and the Mental Health and Recovery Board will also attend the training to observe the interactions.

“It’s one thing to talk about what to do in certain situations; it’s a whole different learning event when what you are taught needs to be put into action,” stated Hissom. “The actors dress the part and never fall out of character. Because these actors are not known to staff, the role play is taken very seriously. Another simulation activity places the staff members in a scenario where they actually hear voices speaking in their ears as they attempt to complete assignments and answer questions. The goal is to enhance understanding and compassionate care for individuals experiencing behavioral issues and to decrease the risk of injury for all.”

Courses began October 1 and will run through November 20.

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Free Senior Yoga

FREE Yoga and Exercise get together for Seniors.  Once a month. At Hiram College.   Call Joseph, 330 569 3376

American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

After School Crafts

After school crafts at Renaissance Center in Windham in the game room. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Fall crafts made during October.

Softball Player Wanted

Thunder Elite 10u out of Trumbull County is in search of a dedicated, hardworking fast pitch softball player. This is a great opportunity to be part of a very competitive, eager team.  Please call Nate Schick @ (330) 307-6141.

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

The Community Center at Mantua Center meets Tuesdays in the cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School, on Center Road just north of SR 82.  Doors open at 9:oo, with coffee ready by 9:30, when the watercolor painters gather.  Starting this week we’re looking for helpers to make school bags to donate to Church World Service for displaced children in various places around the world.  This is a simple sewing project which can be easily  done even by someone who has never before run a sewing machine.  If you can bring your own machine, please do, but we have a couple of them at the school to be used by anyone.  Other materials and supplies will be provided. As always, you can also bring your own projects, there will be a jigsaw puzzle you can work on, or you can come just to chat with friends and make some new ones.  Potluck lunch is at noon, so bring food to share.  When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock up until 5:00pm, when we reopen for the “Don’t Eat Alone Supper,” served at 5:30, food provided by staff.  If you eat alone way too often, come join us.  Remember, we are closed on November 4, as the room is used for the election.

Burton Library Book Sale

Oct  18, 25

Every Saturday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.$3 for a bag of books.  We have an entire floor of books that must go!  Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Saturday the 11th of October at 9am to 4pm in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.  For more information, or to volunteer, call (440) 834-4466.

Altar & Rosary Rummage Sale

Oct 17

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St. in Garrettsville is hosting their annual fall rummage and bake sale on Oct 17th from 9-5 and Oct 18th from 9-1. Saturday is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall.

Craft Show

Oct 18

Parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be holding a craft/vendor show Oct 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.  Featuring handmade Wreaths, Jewelry, Greeting Cards, Hair Bows, Stained Glass, Ceramics, Knitted/Crochet Dish Towels, Hats/Scarves, Slate Paintings, and Holiday Crafts. Vendors from Jamberry Nails, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Avon, and Origami Owl. Also our Girl Scout Bake Sale, 50/50 raffle, and Chinese Auction.

11th Annual Apple Butter Fest

Oct 18

The Lake Milton Presbyterian Church is holding its annual Apple Butter Fest and everyone is invited to come and help stir the apple butter in a copper kettle over an open fire. The freshly canned, warm apple butter will be for sale along with all kinds of baked apple goodies including pies, dumplings, cookies, candy apples, etc. also for sale; hotdogs, sausage sandwiches, French fries, hot soup and drinks. For free flea market or craft space call 330-654-3396. No food or bake sale items. Dress warm, rain, snow or shine event.

Bow Wow Ween

Oct 18

Legacy Dog Rescue, a 501c3 non profit organization, will be holding Bow Wow Ween on October 18, at Austintown Park, Pogany Pavilion, 6000 Kirk Rd., Austintown. 11am – 3pm.  Dogs Welcome!  Dog costume contest ($5.00 contest entry fee, unlimited entry to all contests), games, refreshments, Chinese auction, Fall pictures for $5.00!  Call 330-719-5569 with questions!

Please come out and support our efforts to help the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs of Trumbull & Mahoning County.

Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner

Oct 18

Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner will be Oct. 18th from 4 to 6:30 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church; 4920 Fairport Rd., Newton Falls.  (Corner of St. Rt. 534 and Fairport Rd.) Carry out available. Adults $8.00 — Children 6 to 12 $6.00 — Children under 6 Free.

Polka Mass

Oct 19

Polkafest Polka Mass will be Oct 19th beginning at noon at St. Edwards Parish in Parkman. Dinner reservations required. Adult dinner dance $15, kids dinner dance $10, take out dinners $13. Call Marlene Collins440-834-4506 for reservations.

Free Community Meal

Oct 20

Christ Lutheran Church,  State Route 44, Mantua will hold a Free Community Meal on Monday, October 20, from 5 to 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors. The meal is held on the third Monday of each month.

The Vampire Talk

Oct 21

Mark Dawidziak, Plain Dealer columnist and author of such vampire-centric books as “The Night Stalker Companion” and “The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair companion to Dracula,” will conduct a presentation on vampires on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:00 pm.

Burton Public Library – 14588 W. Park St. – Burton, OH 44021. He will discuss Count Dracula, the current vampire boom and the enduring appeal of the undead. The program includes items from the author’s personal collection, or, as he calls them, “items from the crypt.” Copies of his books will be available for purchase after the talk.

Soup Show Down

Oct 23

On October 23rd at the Renaissance Family Center you are invited to pick the best soup. It’s a “Soup Show Down”. I, Tyra, am calling out Tom, Larry, Parry and Jim. You know who you are. We will settle the ongoing question: WHO’S THE BEST RFC COOK. Time: 5-6:30 PM Double Dog Dare You All!

Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 25

Nelson UMC Swiss Steak Dinner will be Oct 25th at Nelson Community House from 4:30-7pm. Cost is $10 for adults, children $6.00, kids under 5 eat free.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Oct 25

There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville UMC off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. Dinner will be from 4-6:30, unless food runs out. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. Cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeout’s are available.

Free Clothing For All

Oct 25

Another free clothing give-away sponsored by Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 St. Rt. 82, Mantua Twp., will be Oct 25th from 9am-noon. Lots of fall and winter clothing for all sizes and both genders, as well as linens, curtains, shoes, handbags, etc.

Craft Show & Bake Sale

Oct 25

Deerfield Friends Church is hosting its 5th annual Artisan event, Craft show and Bake sale on October 25th. This event runs from 9am until 5pm, free admission! There are still a few vender spots available if anyone is interested, contact Gerri Seem at 330-993 0241. This event showcases artists from around the community; for some this is the only event for which they make their art available for purchase. There will be lunch food available and a unique variety of homemade foods to buy and take home including breads, pies, fudge, cookies and more.

Community Trick or Treat

Oct 25

Fortis College is hosting a   Community Trick or Treat on October 25th  from 10am-12pm. There will be trick or treating, face painting, apple juice, popcorn, and crafts.

Turkey Dinner

Oct 26

The Ladies Guild of St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Church of Newton Falls will be hosting their annual turkey dinner  Oct 26th from noon-3pm. The price for adults is $9, ages 5-12 is $5, children under 5 eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Raffle tickets will also be available at the dinner. Dinner will be held at St. Mary & St. Joseph Social Hall at 120 Maple Drive, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Carry out dinners are available.

Free Community Dinner

Oct 28

Free Community Dinner will be Oct 28th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio.

Trick or Treat at Brooks House

Oct 29

Trick or Treat Give Me Something Good to Eat! Brooks House Assisted Living invites children under 14 and their families, to a night of Trick or Treat fun on Oct 29th. Come in your costume ready to trick or treat, judge a scarecrow contest, eat donuts, drink cider, and more, anytime from 5-7pm.  We are located at 18144 Claridon-Troy Rd (St. Rt. 700 between Burton & Hiram) Hiram, Ohio 44234 Please RSVP by October 20th to Amanda Scopilliti at 330-977-7389 or amanda@brookshouse-assistedliving.com.

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

Let’s get the holiday spirit started. The Harrison Family  dare all those who love the holidays to outdo our Halloween Decorations. All proceeds go to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund to help rebuild our village. Why let Garrettsville turn into a ghost town? There will be three winners in the catagories of Best Lighted, Most Spooky and All- around Best- Decorated.  The four judges will be out there looking at the entries on Oct 29th starting at 7pm until finished. Awards and bragging rights will go to the top three winners.  Homes entered will be mapped out and given a number to place in their yard. Maps will be available at different locations throughout the village for those who would like to view them. There is a 10.00 entry fee for each home.  Entry forms can be downloaded at http://garrettsvillearea.com/how-can-i-help.html and your home can be registered by calling  Tom at 330-977-7596. This is just the first to come — How about a Christmas Yard Decorating contest???  TOGETHER WE CAN REBUILD GARRETTSVILLE!!

Newton Falls Trick or Treat

Oct. 30

Newton Falls Trick or Treat Night will be held from 5-7 p.m. The costume contest begins in town at 7 p.m., immediately followed by the cake walk.  Donor groups may drop off cakes at 16 West Broad Street all day.

Contra Dance

Nov 1

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Nov 1st at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the foot stompin’, crowd pleasin’ atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

The Murder at The Pigskin Party will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall located on 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua, Ohio 44255. The event will feature entertainment by the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group and dinner catered by Guido’s in Ravenna.  Tickets are available on a presale basis for $40 each.   Tickets can be purchased at Huntington Bank (Garrettsville), Skylanes Bowling (Garrettsville), by calling Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093, or online at www.eventbrite.com (search word “Murder”) and fommysterdinner14.eventbrite.com  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Melana and the proceeds will be used to further research for children’s glioma brain cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

Pricetown Church will be holding their annual turkey dinner on November 1st from 4pm to 7pm at the Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd, south, Newton Falls, Ohio. It will be an all you can eat buffet.  Cost Adults $10 and Children $5. Carry outs will be available

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

21st Annual LaBrae Craft Show will be Nov 1st from 10-4 at LaBrae High School Complex, 1001 North Leavitt Rd., Leavittsburg, OH 44430. Free admission and parking. Over 120 vendors. Homemade food served all day. Email labraecraftshow@gmail.com for more information.

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen” November 1st at 11am and November 3rd at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School.  Children parts are: Girls ages 10-18, Boys ages 9-15. Adult parts for both men and women.  Please have a short monologue prepared. No singing is needed for this production. For more information contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com.  The show runs January 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24, 2015. Rehearsals will take place Monday-Thursdays starting November 10th.

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

Tulips and daffodils are only the beginning. Galanthus, scillia, arum, fritillaria, allium, fabulous lilies, ranunculus, muscari, chionodoxa, anemone, lycoris. The list goes on and on. Learn about the amazing array of bulb grown plants and how to add them to your garden. You can have blooms from March through October year after year. We’ll help you select which bulbs will work best for you and how to get them to bloom year after year, even tulips. So take your garden beyond the ordinary and join us for the world of bulbs. This will take place Nov 6th from 7-9pm at the  OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Cost is $15.

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

You are invited to the Windham Bible Church, 9550 Parkman Rd Windham, Oh. , to hear International Workers Roger and Ellen Elbel from Israel.  The event will be Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 6:30 pm then on Nov. 9th at 10:30 am.

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Crestwood High School’s Junior-Senior Seminar helps students to raise awareness of their roles in society and develop into community leaders. Our group has chosen to raise money for the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. A spaghetti dinner will be held at Crestwood High School on Nov 7th from 4:30-6:30 in the cafeteria.

Pre-sale tickets for the spaghetti dinner are  $7\per person. If anyone would like to purchase them they can contact Adriana French, at arfrench101@yahoo.com

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

Everyone is invited.  First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring an auction and spaghetti dinner on  Nov 7th.  Numerous items are available for auction.  All items are new or lightly used.  This promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.  Spaghetti dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m., Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Spaghetti dinner – 12 years and above -$8.00, 4-11 years $4.00, 3 and under free.  First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

The Crestwood 4 C ‘ s annual craft show will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Shalersville Town Hall.  The show features local artisans and crafters, door prizes and a $100 Grand Prize gift card.   One ticket, good for door prizes and the Grand Prize, will be given for each non-perishable food item donated the day of the show.  Tickets for prizes can also be purchased $.50 or 3/$1.00.  Delicious homemade soups, pies and sandwiches are available for purchase throughout the day. An award winning queen-size quilt will also be raffled the day of the show.  Quilt raffle tickets are available at the door, 1/$1.00 or 6/$5.00. All proceeds from the show and the quilt raffle benefit the 4 C ‘ s Food Cupboard. Please come and enjoy the beautiful crafts, have lunch and dessert, and support the Cupboard’s mission to feed the hungry in our area. If you are a crafter and would like to participate in this year’s show, please call 330-274-8580.  A few tables are still available and can be rented for $15.

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

Chinese Auction Nov 8, The K. I. D. Cancer Foundation will host our 5th annual Chinese Auction at the Parkman Community House located on State Route 422 in Parkman, Ohio. Hundreds of items up for bid. $1,000.00 Deal-or-No Deal Game. 50/50 Raffle, Door prize, Food & Soft drinks. Free reserved seating if you choose. Credit cards accepted. Doors open at 3:00pm. Drawings start at 6:pm. If you have any questions please call: (330) 889-9600.

Auction and Pasta Dinner

Nov 8

Everyone is invited.  First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring an auction and pasta dinner on November 8th.  Numerous items are available for auction.  All items are new or lightly used.  This promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.  Pasta dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m., Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Pasta dinner – 12 years and above -$8.00, 4-11 years $4.00, 3 and under free.  First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls.

St. Joseph Garden Club’s 30 Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

Don’t miss one of the area’s nicest craft shows, sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall in Mantua, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items. Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Garden Club Christmas Boutique to be held on November 9th from 9:30-3:30. Members of St. Joseph’s PSR program will run the kitchen offering snack, lunch and dessert items at one of the areas nicest craft shows in the area. St. Joseph’s is located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. off Pioneer Trail in Mantua. For more information, please visit http://stjosephmantua.com/garden-club or call 330-274-2253.

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

TAG is offering a free Happy Hour Painting class for veterans only, as a thank you for their service.  The class will be held November 10th from 6-8 at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio.  All materials are provided, and each participant will leave with a completed painting.  Veterans wishing to attend should call 330 395-4876 to reserve a spot.  Class size is limited to 30, so call early.

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Veteran’s Day program will be Nov 11th from 9-11am at Newbury Elementary School Auditorium. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield open house soup and chili dinner will be from 4:30-7 at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street in Burton. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more details.

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

Join Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton, to make your very own fall holiday container arrangement. Need something on the porch to welcome guests during the holidays, a festive touch on the hearth, jazz up the dining room for Thanksgiving or maybe a hostess gift? You’ll turn a classic 10-12” flower pot into a beautiful fall holiday decoration. Phyllis has sweet Annie, sedum, dried grasses, berries, curly willow, hydrangea, astilbe, tansy, bittersweet and more to work with. Then you’ll top off your creation with a gorgeous florist bow. As an extra treat, Phyllis will show you how, with a few simple changes, you can convert your fall arrangement to a winter/Christmas decoration. So join us for this craft from the garden and bring a friend to share the fun. This will take place November 15th from 9-noon. Cost is $35.

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

Nelson Literary Music Club invites you to our 4th annual Craft Show Nov 15 & 16 from 10am-5pm both days. The show will take place at the Nelson Community Center on Nelson Circle. Many handmade crafts, baked goods and more. For more information call 330-527-5787.

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their bi-annual Comedian Showcase on November 22nd b at 7:00 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door $10.00. 50/50 and Chinese Auction will be available.

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

The 29th annual Beary Merry Christmas Craft Show will be Dec 3Rd & 4th from 11-9 at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Handmade unique holiday gifts, holiday entertainment and Chinese raffle. Door prizes every hour. Lunch and dinner available. $3 admission. Show benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Event will be held at Normandy Party Center, 30310 Palisades Parkway, Wickliffe.

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

Back by popular demand Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik is teaching her tabletop Christmas tree craft class. This time you’ll make a beautiful tree from fresh evergreens. Spruce, fir, boxwood, rhody, pine, cedar, juniper, and more. The fragrance is wonderful. Decorate your creation with garland, ribbons, berries, feathers, dried flowers, little ornaments or go wherever your fancy takes you. For a special touch add a string of mini lights! These trees make great gifts too. Join us for a morning of holiday fun and bring a friend to share it with. December 6th from 9-noon. Cost is $35

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

The 5th Annual Renaissance Family Center Craft Show will be Dec 12th from 12-5 and Dec 13th from 10-5. Many crafters, vendors, etc. There are some spots open for crafters & vendors call 330-527-5787.

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

Youngstown State University and Sluggers Indoor Baseball are hosting six week baseball camps starting January 4 at Youngstown State, and March 8 at the Sluggers Indoor Baseball facility. Youngstown State coach, Craig Antush, and Director of Operations at the U.S. Baseball Academy, Joe Marker, will direct their respective sites in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.  Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Garrettsville - Students at James A. Garfield Middle School attended an assembly to hear about the life and legacy of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine Tragedy.  Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year. Superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students bring Rachel’s Challenge into their schools because of escalating problems such as: bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions. Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events, and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides the sustainable solution. Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and community.  Following the assembly, students gathered at lunch to sign a banner to Accept the 5 Challenges:

• Look for the Best in Others

• Dream Big

• Choose Positive Influences

• Speak with Kindness

• Start your own Chain Reaction

Rocky River  – Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation announced today that it will award its $250,000 Melana Matson Memorial Grant—its third major research grant since 2010—to Case Western Reserve University, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers James Basilion, PhD, Efstathis Karathanasis, PhD, and John Letterio, MD, who are studying the use of nanotechnology to more effectively treat pediatric glioma brain tumors.

“We are tremendously happy to award this grant to the research team at Case,” said Ed McNamara, foundation president and co-founder. “When Maria was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma back in 2006, we quickly learned how little was being done for these children and how treatments for these types of tumors had not advanced in almost 40 years. This research brings us one step closer to the development of more targeted and less toxic treatment strategies.” Megan McNamara, co-founder, added “We are especially excited to have partnered with Friends of Melana, started by Norm and Joyce Fashing in honor of their granddaughter Melana Matson, to raise these critical funds. I can’t think of a better way to honor the memories of Maria and Melana than to help bring more effective and promising treatments to children battling gliomas.”

“Pediatric therapies often follow the oversimplified assumption that children are just smaller people,” said Efstathios Karathanasis, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at CWRU. “We now know that scaling down the dose of existing drugs will not achieve eradication of this lethal disease, so this award from Prayers from Maria provides us with the opportunity to develop a therapeutic agent specifically for children battling gliomas.

Working with a collaborative team of researchers with complementary expertise – in this case – cancer nanotechnology, pediatric oncology and molecular pharmacology – holds great promise,” stated Karathanasis.

“We are excited to be associated with the Prayers from Maria Foundation,” said James Basilion, Professor, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering at CWRU. “There are almost no funding opportunities for childhood brain tumors, yet the impact on these children and families is huge. I am excited that Ed and Megan have taken up this cause and I think that the group will drive forward research for this disease. We have worked as a team at Case for quite some time, and what has emerged is an ability to treat tumors more effectively with fewer side effects, which fulfills the unmet clinical need for childhood brain tumors. We are grateful to have the opportunity to apply this technology to childhood brain tumors,” said Basilion.

Currently, pediatric brain tumors are nearly inaccessible with today’s drugs regiments. This stems from the fact that drugs are not specifically designed to consider the uniqueness of pediatric brain tumors. To effectively seek and treat pediatric gliomas, Dr. Karathanasis and his colleagues have designed a new nanoparticle to “smuggle” the drug into these tumors. The nanoparticle, called nanochain, is made of different nanospheres connected one to another in a linear fashion, like the links of a chain. Specifically, the research team links three nanospheres made of iron oxide and one lipid nanosphere filled with drugs. The surface of the nanochain is ‘decorated’ with multiple sites that act like glue to bind explicitly to the blood vessel lining where brain tumors are located. Due to their shape and flexibility, the nanochains possess a unique ability to drift out of the blood stream and home in on cancer markers along the blood vessel walls and adhere to the site. This places the nanochain directly next to the tumor, separated only by the blood vessel wall. Once the nanochains slip from the blood stream and dock onto the blood vessels of gliomas, a mild radio frequency (RF) field is applied outside the body (similar to a FM radio). The field causes the tails of the nanochain to vibrate, breaking open the lipid drug spheres, and creating a rapid release of a free drug capable of spreading throughout the entire tumor site. Preclinical studies have shown that a remarkable 5% of the injected dose accumulates in gliomas compared to current treatment methods that only achieve less than 1% penetration of the dose. As noted by Dr. Karathanasis, “We hope to see promising results like this for the pediatric brain cancers, and funding support from the Prayers from Maria Foundation will make this important research possible.”

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Hiram  – Hiram College will help build bridges between local high schools and their international peers, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The program is in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, The Shoals Marine Laboratory and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The grant, totaling $492,309 for “Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan” is the largest federal grant on record that Hiram College has received.

Through this grant, Cleveland-area and Pakistani high school students and teachers will spend several weeks together in learning communities, exploring ways to address the international water crisis from the ground up. The program, “Connecting Pakistani and American High Schools Through International Watershed Partnerships,” is an international twist on the Igniting Streams of Learning in Science (ISLS) program that Professor of Biology Denny Taylor has coordinated since 2007. The grant will fund the program from October 2014 through May 2016.

“The program is based on the principle that high school students become more connected with themselves, with one another and with the world at large when they explore real-world problems and when their discoveries make a difference,” Taylor said. “Our program calls for the formation of non-traditional partnerships among American and Pakistani high schools, universities, local community partners and government agencies – partnerships that are necessary to solve the unprecedented global water crises of the 21st Century.”

The cohort will spend nine days at Hiram College, five days at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and five days at Shoals Marine Laboratory in New Hampshire during a summer 2015 institute. Several Hiram College and Pakistani undergraduates will travel with the high school students to each site, as “near peer mentors.”

Robin Singleton ’15, one of the “near peer mentors” for the summer 2014 pilot program that Taylor recently coordinated, said she and the other undergraduates played a valuable role.

“We didn’t just learn the science behind (the water crisis), but the protocols for putting something like this together,” the biology major from York, Pa., said. “And being closer in age (to high school students) than the others involved was beneficial because we have a slightly better understanding of how high school students want to learn, and we can relate to them.”

The undergraduate mentors will also facilitate communication between the Pakistani and American peers once the summer institute is complete.  Before parting ways, the students will put together an action plan that they will teach and model to their peers back home. They will continue to meet virtually through fall and winter 2015 to share success stories and challenges.

The value of the program goes far beyond getting high school students engaged and active in the fresh water crisis; it is a starting point, Taylor said, for “how we think about our relationships with each other and our relationships with the world.”