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Discover the Crooked River -  9/6/14 9:00am – 2:00pm

Join Park District volunteer naturalist on a leisurely float down the Cuyahoga River enjoying the last days of summer. Meet at Camp Hi and we will be shuttled to Eldon Russell Park and make our way down to Camp Hi looking for king fishers, beaver, and maybe a river otter. Please call Camp Hi 330-569-7621 to register. Cost is $15.00 which covers the cost of the shuttle and canoe.

 

Meet the Beavers  – 9/7/14       Breakneck Creek     6:30pm-8:30pm

Make your reservations now for a night at the beaver lodge! Maybe not  AAA rated, but luxury accommodations  for our furry friends. Join a Park District volunteer naturalist as we discuss this industrious creature and hopefully see them preparing for the winter at one of three active beaver lodges located at Breakneck Creek.

 

Geology of Towner’s Wood and Lake Pippen – 9/14/14  Towners Woods  10:00-12:00

What is the origin of Lake Pippen and why is it significant. What evidence or clues might lead us to think that the glacier did indeed leave its mark on Towner’s Woods. Come and join the Park District volunteer naturalist let’s see what we can find.

 

Whats in Franklin Bog?  – 9/28/14   Franklin Bog   2;00pm -4:00 pm

No its not Bigfoot or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Maybe buried treasure?   Join the Park District volunteer naturalist and we will search over hill and dale, well, actually, a “bog” to see what hidden gems might be lurking there.

 

Don’t forget to participate in the Wild Hikes Challenge.  More information can be found on-line at http://portageparkdistrict.org

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2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

The JAG Elementary PTO is collecting used ink and laser cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics.  If you are just throwing these items away, let our organization recycle them for you to help raise money for our students.  There will be  collection bins at JAG Elementary School, Middle School, Board Office and Garrettsville Library.  Any local businesses interested in donating on a regular basis can set up a pick up by contacting Holly at 330-527-0023.

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Sundays

Do you worry about the way you eat?  Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may have the answer for you. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Meetings every Sunday at 5:00 pm in Newton Falls at Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls or find more information on OA on the web at www.oa.org.

 

Wine Tasting

Aug 23

There will be a wine tasting Aug 23rd from 7-11 at Newton Falls City Park (inside the community center if raining). All proceeds will benefit the Newton Falls Park & Recreation. Cost is $20 per couple or $12 per person, this includes one souvenir glass and 3 tasting tickets per person. Lil Paws Winery, Mastropietro Winery and Myrrdin Winery will be featured.

 

Fall Storytime Registration 

Now

The Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that fall storytime registration (at most locations) is underway. Contact your branch library for specific details. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145). Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for more information about other library programs and services.

 

Digital Bookmobile Visit 

Aug 22

Don’t forget to join us at the Aurora Memorial Library on August 22 from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm for the Digital Bookmobile visit. Enjoy interactive computer stations, view instructional videos and stop by the “Gadget Gallery”. The Aurora Memorial Library is located at 115 East Pioneer Trail in Aurora. Call 330-562-6502 for more information. This event is free and open to the public. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org to learn more about this event or for more information about other library programs and services. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest.

 

Pig Roast & Church Picnic

Aug 23

Faith Evangelical Free Church pig roast and picnic will be Aug 23rd starting at 1pm. Everyone is invited! Horseshoes, cornhole and more, plus music and fun for the whole family! Please bring a dish to share. The church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville.

 

Memorial Music Festival

Aug 23

5th Annual Memorial Music Festival will be August 23rd beginning at 2:00pm at Nelson Ledge Estates Pavilion.  Come and enjoy a day of free music, food and memories!! Bring a picture of your loved one to place on the Memorial Wall. Donations gratefully accepted, but not expected.  Cold covered dish if you wish.  Raffles.  Questions call Ron 330-527-4411 or Betsy 330-235-3078.

 

Stuff-A-Bus

Aug 24

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will be sponsoring Stuff-A-Bus with school supplies along with canned goods and nonperishable items for the 4-C’s food cupboard. The bus will be located at the Crestwood High School Stadium in connection with the Crestwood Community Day to be held August 24th from 5 to 7 P.M. All donations are greatly appreciated.

 

BBQ Dinner and Fall Preview

Aug 24

James A. Garfield High School will be holding its first annual fall preview night on Aug 24th at 6:00 P.M. The event will be an opportunity to meet the 2014 fall athletes and coaches and to see a performance by the Garfield Marching Pride. The preview will be held at newly renovated JAG Field and is free to attend. Prior to the preview, the JAG All Sports Boosters will be hosting a BBQ Dinner on the front lawn of James A. Garfield High School. The BBQ will begin at 4:00 and will cost $10 per person. Payments can be made at the time of arrival. We ask anyone interested in attending the BBQ Dinner to please RSVP via email at jagboosters@jagschools.org (we are just looking for an estimate on how many people are going to attend).

 

Free Water Well Monitoring

Aug 25

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 of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram on Aug 25th 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. For more information contact Gwen Fischer 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com

 

Free Community Dinner

Aug 26

Free Community Dinner will be August 26th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Community Center @ Mantua Center

Aug 26, Sept 2, 9

Free and open to all, the Community Center at Mantua Center is open Tuesdays from 9:30 to mid-afternoon, with a variety of activities.  Watercolor group starts at 9:30, sewing projects all morning, jigsaw puzzle throughout the day.  You can bring your a project of your own to work on, or just have some coffee and chat.  At noon we share a potluck lunch, with everyone bringing food for the buffet. When everyone but those in charge have left, we lock the doors until 5:00, when we re-open for our “Don’t Eat Alone Supper” at 5:30, with a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals without companionship.  We’re going to try something new and provide the evening meal instead of asking people to bring potluck, and hope that improves attendance.  So don’t eat alone Tuesday night,  come join us.  Bring a friend or make some new ones!

 

Community Dinner

Aug 28

Everyone is invited to the Community Dinner at the Renaissance Family Center on August 28th from 5-6pm. Something smells like chicken in the kitchen, so I’m told. See you at the Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham

 

God Provides A Free Meal

Aug 29

God Provides a Free Meal Aug 29th from 4-6 pm at Nelson UMC. Dinner will include hot dog, baked beans, chips and dessert.

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.

 

Swim Lesson Sign Ups

Aug 30

Looking for swim lessons for your children? Well look no further than Hiram College.  The start of the school years brings a new opportunity for the community’s youth to participate in the Hiram College Water Dog Swim Lessons.  Get lessons from the college’s finest once a week for a five 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 August 30 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 September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 5.  Cost is fifty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.

 

Library Closed Labor Day

Sept 1

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on September 1, in observance of Labor Day. They will resume regular operating hours on September 2.You can visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for all your entertainment needs. Place holds on the newest bestsellers, DVDs, and CDs; download free audiobooks and eBooks; or find out more about other library services. What you’re looking for is here- and it’s all free. Join Portage County District Library on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest.

 

Square Dancing Lessons

Sept 3

Circulators Square Dance Club of Ravenna, Ohio will begin square dance lessons on Sept 3rd from 7-9 pm at Brown Jr. High, St. Rt. 59 in Ravenna. First lesson is free. Contact 330-297-0864 or janverrona@yahoo.com .

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am. The 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

 

Hot Rod Car Show

Sept 6

Hiram Police Hot Rod Car Show will be September 6th from 9am-2pm at Hayden/Dean Streets, Hiram Village. Hot Rod Cars, Trucks, Food, Music, Trophies and Family Fun! No Registration Fee, Donations accepted to benefit “SHOP WITH A COP” Program! Community Togetherness. Information: Rick Patrick (330) 687-9637

 

Hilltop Chicken BBQ

Sept 6

The Hilltop Christian Church annual Chicken BBQ will be Saturday, Sept 6th from noon until 6pm.  The menu includes 1/2 BBQ chicken (cooked by our famous pit crew), homemade potato salad, green beans and homemade pies. Hilltop Christian Church is located at 4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua, OH.

 

Awana Clubs 

Sept 10

Come join the fun and fellowship at our Awana Clubs held at Huntsburg Baptist Church, 16401 Mayfield Rd, Huntsburg, Oh 44046, Wednesday nights beginning Sept 10th from 6:30-8pm. For more information call 440-636-5203 or visit www.huntsburgbaptist@windstream.net. All are welcome.

 

Patriot Day Program

Sept 11

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield American Legion Patriot Day program will be Sept 11th from 11am-noon at the Burton Village Gazebo. For more info contact Bo: 440-834-8764.

 

 

Free Meals

Sept 15

Christ Lutheran, 10827 N Main St.(SR44), Mantua,  will be offering free meals to anyone on September 15 and October 20. Please come and enjoy a wonderful meal and a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors.

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Fish Sale

Sept 23

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Fall Fish Sale is right around the corner!  We are currently taking orders for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, white amurs, and yellow perch.  The Fish Sale will be held on September 23, 2014 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Order deadline is Friday, September 19th.  Please visit the district website atwww.geaugaswcd.com or call (440)834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information.  To guarantee your order, please complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton, Ohio 44021 before September 19th.  Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, please contact our office.  All proceeds support the district’s education programs

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

 

back-to-school-kids

Find tons of great school spirit wear, and Garrettsville apparel at the Villager Emporium (8088 Main Street, Garrettsville)

*** Denotes Bus Route Changes for 2014-2015

*** Bus #1 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Jama Peterson

6:35 Leave garageRight on S.R. 88, Right on S.R. 303, Right on Asbury

Left on Streeter

Right on Limeridge

Left on Schustrich, Left on Vaughn, Left on Goodell

Right on Limeridge, Right on Streeter

Turn around at barn

Right on Limeridge

Left on S.R. 303

Left on S.R. 700

Left into Blackbrook Trailer Park

Left on 700

Right on Hankee, R onto to Village Dr.

Back to School

 

Bus #1  ELEMENTARY AM 

8:10 1ST PICK UPFrom Ravenna, Left on 88 – 303- 88, Left on Nichols

Left on Hankee, Left on 700

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

R on Streeter, L on Stamm

R on Hankee

Right on 700, Right into Blackbrook Trailer Park

Pick up @ mailbox

L on 700, R on Hankee/Freedom St.

Right on White St.

R on 88, Back to school

 

*** Bus #2 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Dreama Adkins

6:30 Leave garageLeft on 88, R Liberty St.

Left on Windham St. (82)

Right on Water

Left on Liberty, Left on Park

Right on Maple, Right on Center

Right on Knowlton, Left on Paul St, Left on Sophia

Left on Center

Right on Garfield Drive

Right on Center

Right on High

Right on Maple

Right on North Street(88)

Right onto  Meadow Run, Right onto Clover Lane

Right on Meadow Run

Left on North Street (88)./corner of Harris

Back to High School

 

Bus #2 Elementary AM

8:00 Leave garageLeft on S.R. 88, R on Liberty, Left on 82

R on Water

Left on Liberty,Left on Center

Right on High

Cross Maple

Right on Main, Right on North (88)

Right on Meadow Run, Right on Clover

Right onto Meadow Run

Left onto North, Pick up on Corner of Wolff

Left on Elm Street

Right on Forest

Right onto State Street

Go through light , Left on Center St.

Group Stop

Right on Liberty, Right on Park

At Corner Group Stop

Right on Maple, Left on Center

Straight on 82, Right on Freedom

Left on 88

Back to Elementary School

 

Bus #6 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Beverly Girdler

6:40am Leave garageRight on 88, Left on Nichols, Cross over 303

Turn around at Vair, Back down Nichols,R on Smalley

Left on Slagle

Cross over 303

R on Gotham

R on Stanley

R on 303

R on Nichols, If Stephanie called to ride THEN cross over 88, if not riding then turn R on 88

R on Anderson, L on 88

Back to School

 

BUS #6  ELEMENTARY AM

7:45am Leave garageRight on 88, cross over 303 to Nichols

Left on Nichols

Turn around at Vair, Back down Nichols

Right on Smalley

Left on Slagle

Cross over 303

Right on Gotham

Right On Stanley

Right on SR 303

Right on S.R. 88

BACK TO SCHOOL

 

*** Bus #7 Middle / High AM  

Driver Helene Christopher

6:25am Leave garageL on 88, R on Freedom, L on 82, R on Center,L on W/P,  R on 305 E

Left on 282

R Into Nelson Trailer Park

Right on 282

R on Bancroft

Cross 422, Bancroft /Chalker

Left on Reynolds Rd

Left on Hobart

R on 422, U turn @Reynolds, down 422

R on Fenstemaker

Right on 305

Go around Circle, Continue on 305 W

Left on Brosius

Right on Center St, L on 82, R on Freedom St.-Pick up

Left on 88,

Back to School

 

BUS #7 ELEMENTARY AM

7:45am Leave garageLeft on 88, Right on Liberty,

Left into Eagle Creek

Turn around then pick up

Left onto Liberty, Left on Silica St.

Left on Brosius, Right on Center

Left on Parkman, 1/4 around circle, Right on 305(E)

Right on Bloom

Right on Knowlton

Left on Center

Right on Garfield Dr.

Merge to the Right.

Right on Center St.

Right on Maple, Left on South St., Right on Zupancic

Right on S.R. 88, Straight onto Hewins- by Roller Hutt

Right on 88

Back to School

 

Bus #8 Middle / High AM  

Driver Pattie Avenmarg

6:42am Leave garageRight on 88, R on 303, L on 88, Left on Freedom Rd.

Right on Vair Rd.

Right on King

Left on 88

Turn Left into Hales 2nd drive, turn around back, turn right onto rt 88, go around back, then Right on 88

Left  on Limeridge, Left on Wygle Road, turn around, go back down Wygle

Turn around at drive on right past corn field

L on Limeridge

Turn around at last drive, Left before S.R. 303, garage in rear

Left on 88

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

Left onto 88

Right on 303

Left on 88

Back  to School

 

BUS #8 ELEMENTARY AM

7:45am Leave garageRight on 88, Right on 303, Left on 88

Left on Freedom Road

Right on Vair Road

Right on King

Left on 88

Turn around in Hales 2nd drive,

Left  on Limeridge, Left on Wygle Road, turn around, go back down Wygle

Turn around at drive on right past corn field

Left on Limeridge

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

Left on 88

Left on 700, Right into Freedom Park- by recyling

Left on 88/303,

Left on 88, Left on Nichols, Right on Anderson

Left on 88

Back to School

 

*** Bus #9 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Shelly Pemberton

6:30am Leave garageLeft on 88, Right on Liberty, Right on Center, Right on Brosius

Right on Riverview

Right on Brosius, Left on Pierce, R on Hopkins

L on WP, R on Pierce

Right on Newell Ledge

Left on Silica Sand, Go to Colton Rd, Turn around, Left on Silica Sand

R on WIndham Parkman

Go Around Circle, at Y stay Right,

L on Hopkins

R on Pierce

Left on Brosius

Right on 82,

L on on Liberty

Left on 88, Back to School

 

Bus #9 Elementary AM

7:45am Leave garageLeft on 88, Right on Liberty, Right on Center, Right on Brosius

Right on Riverview

Right on Brosius

Right on Hopkins

Right Pierce, Right on Newell Ledge, Left onSilica Sand, Go to Colton Rd, turn around, Left on Silica Sand

Right on Win/Parkman- Pick up all the way to the Circle

At Nelson Circle, Take the Y to the RIght, Center Rd-Left on Hopkins

Right on Pierce

Left on Brosius

Right on 82

Left on Liberty, Left on 88, Back to school

 

*** Bus #10 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Danny Deakins

6:35 Leave garageLeft on 88, Right on Freedom, Left on 82, Right on Center, Right on Knowlton, Right on Parkman, Left on Collins.

Left on Bloom

Right on 305, Right on Kyle

Left on Knowlton

Right on Shanks-Down

Turn around, go back down  12486Shanks-Down

Left on Knowlton

Straight on Nicholson

Left on 305, Left on Kyle

Right on Knowlton

Right on Windham Parkman Road, go around circle to Nelson Parkman

Left on Pritchard

Left on Prentiss

Cross over Ely, turn around at Turos

Left on Ely, Left on Brosius

Right on 305, Left on 88, Back to School

 

Bus 10 ELEMENTARY AM

7:42 Leave garageLeft on 88, Right on Freedom St., Left on 82, Right on Center, Right on Knowlton, Right on Win/Parkman, Left on Collins, Left on Bloom

Right on Knowlton

Turn right to stay on Knowlton

Right on Shanks-Down

Turn around 2486 Shanks-Down

Left on Knowlton

Go straight on Knowlton,Turns into Nicholson

Right on 305, Left on Fenstemaker

Left on Kennedy Ledge

Left on 282

Left on 305,Right on Kyle

Right on Knowlton

Left on Center, Right on Maple, Left on 88, Right on Freedom

Left onto Village Drive/Vanderslice

Corner of Village/Vanderslice

Right on Freedom, Right on White,Right on 88

Stop at JFK- AM ONLY

 

Bus #12 ELEMENTARY AM 

7:50am Leave garageL on S.R. 88, Right on Freedom St., Left on Windham St., Right on Center St., Left on Brosius

Cross Over 305

Right on Ely

Right on Prentiss

Go to Turos Farm, Turn Around, Back down Prentiss

Cross on Ely

Right on Pritchard

Turn Left on Nelson Parkman Rd. Turn around

Turn Right on Nelson Parkman Road

Right on 305

Right on Mills

Left on 88, Left on 82, Right on Liberty, Right on 88

Right on South Park Ave.

Turn around at next Road

Left on 88, Back to School

 

*** Bus #17 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Debbie Ellison

6:35am Leave garageL on 88, L on State/ 82

Go to turn around at top of hill- A-frame house pick up

Left on Wheeler Rd.

R on Shawnee Trail

Right on Wheeler Rd.

Right on Wrenwood

Right on Wheeler Rd., Right on S.R. 305,

Left on 88, Right on Mills

Right on 305

Right on 88

Back into North Coast Energy on R, Back down 88

Right on Norton,

RIght on Mumford

Left on Grove, Left on Udall

L on Norton

Right on Mumford

Right onto S.R. 88

GROUP STOP French/South St. (88)

Left on Hewins

Right on 88, Back to school

 

BUS #17 ELEMENTARY AM

7:50am Leave garageLeft on 88, Left on 82

Go to turn around at top of hill, go back down 82

L on Wheeler

R on Wrenwood

R on Wheeler, R on S.R. 305

Left on S.R. 88

ON Right- Back into North Coast Energy drive- Back down S.R. 88(South)

Right on Norton

R on Mumford

After Pick up

Right onto S.R. 88

Corner of French Street to South Street

Right on Crestwood

Right on 88-JFK

Back to Elementary School

 

*** Bus #18 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Rose Broadwater

6:40am Leave garageLeft on 88, Left on White, Left on Hankee/Freedom, Left on Nichols

Right on S.R.88, Right on S.R. 303, Right on S.R. 700

Right on Streeter

Turn around in Nottingham’s driveway, go back left on Streeter, Cross 700

Right on Stamm

Left on Hankee, Left on Asbury

Left on Streeter

Left on Stamm, Right on Hankee

Cross over 700, Hankee/Freedom

Right on S.R.88

Back to School

 

BUS #18 ELEMENTARY  AM

7:40am Leave garageLeft on S.R. 88, Left on Freedom St., Left on Nichols

Right on 88, Right on 303

Right on Limeridge

Right on Vaughn, Right on Schustrich, Right on Limeridge

Left on Goodell

Left on Goodell, Left on Limeridge, Right on Streeter

Turn around @ barn, Right on Streeter,

Cross Limeridge

Cross Asbury

Cross over 700

Left on Nichols Rd.

Right on Hankee/Freedom St.

 

Bus #25 Elementary AM

Driver – Debbie Woodrum

7:30am Leave garageL on 88, R on Freedom, L on Windham St., R on Center,R on 305 E.

Left on 282

Back into Prichard, Back down 282

Left on Bancroft

Right on 422. U-turn at bottom of hill, Continue on 422

Right on Bancroft/Chalker

Left Reynolds Rd.

Left on Hobart

Right on 422, U-turn on 422 at Reynolds,

Right on Fenstemaker

Right on S.R. 305

Right on 282, Right into Nelson Trailer Park

Turn around at mailboxes, Pick up at Pavilion

Left on 282, Right on 305

Right on Parkman, Right on Center, Back to School

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Burton – Traditional music – bluegrass, old-time, blues, folk, polka, calypso and more – will be the centerpiece of a day-long festival on Saturday, Aug. 16 in the Geauga County village of Burton.

The Raccoon County Music Festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Burton, will feature performances on two stages, square dancing, spontaneous jamming and workshops for children (blues guitar and songwriting) and adults (clogging and old-time banjo). There will be food for sale at the festival, but event-goers are also permitted to bring their own meals as well as chairs and blankets.

Admission is $10 for those ages 13 and older; $4 for children ages 6-12; and free for children under 6.

The festival will be held at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, 14653 East Park St., Burton. Historical village buildings and the Crossroads museum store will be open. The event is sponsored by the historical society.

For up-to-date information on the event schedule, visit www.raccooncountymusicfestival.com or the festival’s Facebook page.

The Raccoon County Music Festival brings excellent local and regional musicians together for one day of traditional American music. What distinguishes each of festival performers is that each has dedicated himself or herself for years to learning and expanding the tradition.

Performers this year will include Geauga County’s Kate & Ray Ritchie (folk songs), Cleveland’s The Polka Pirates (polka), Ashtabula County-based Young & Blue (bluegrass), Lakewood based Kristine Jackson (blues), Washington D.C. based Bill Schmidt & Friends (old-time), Cleveland’s The SpYder Stompers & Sister Sugar Pie (Pre-War Country Blues), Geauga County’s The Family Dog (folk and originals), The Five Islands (early calypso), Brady Lake’s Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas (hammered dulcimer & bass), and Sacred Harp (traditional Appalachian singing).

About the festival name: It comes from the name of the host county, Geauga, which is said to be derived from the word “sheauga,” a Native American word meaning “raccoon.”

About the festival’s origins: The first Raccoon County Music Festival was held on July 4, 1977, a year after the National Bicentennial had cultivated countrywide interest in American history and tradition. The festival was originally conceived as a venue for the performance of tunes and songs passed down through the generations via the oral tradition. Over the years, the festival has taken many forms, but it has always focused on traditional American music. In the past, festival events have included fiddle, banjo, and flat picking guitar contests, an open stage, clogging, fiddle workshops, spontaneous “jamming” and main stage performances by local and nationally touring performers.

About the festival’s history: Raccoon County Music Festival was a yearly event from 1977 until 1989. Thereafter the festival was held intermittently until finally it stopped running after 1999. In 2006, the festival was revived as a celebration of the Geauga County Bicentennial.

You probably didn’t know: In 1987, a young Alison Kraus & Union Station graced the festival stage at Century Village Museum. And from 1982 to 1988, Jim Blum, the WKSU folk music radio personality and Geauga County resident, directed and hosted the festival.

About the sponsors: The mission of the Geauga County Historical Society is to ensure that the history of Geauga County is preserved for the education and appreciation of present and future generations. The historical society was founded in 1873 for the express purpose of “collecting and preserving interesting facts pertaining to the early settlement” of the county. The society’s Century Village Museum is an authentic representation of a Western Reserve Village from 1798 to the turn of the 19th Century. It boasts more than 22 historically accurate buildings and more 15,000 museum artifacts that include original art from the 1800’s, antiques, textiles and more.

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Middlefield  - On September 27th, back by overwhelming demand… the TWO headliners at the 6thAnnual Hometown Hoe-Down will be the Whiskey Courage Band, and Blazin Bills amazing BBQ! On the 27thfrom 6pm-10pm, the Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) will transform into the perfect setting for some good ole’ fashion country fun! The evening starts with the BBQ blazing right outside as ribs & chicken are cooked for the buffet, which is served 6:30pm-8pm. Buffet also includes the best of the best Geauga County restaurants with salad, baked beans, veggies, Amish baked rolls, desserts and soft drinks. The ‘Brew Saloon’ will once again be open for those of you looking for a tall cold beer. Or have some fun and head over to the Wine Wagon for a chance at the Wine Pull.

Dust off your dancin’ boots as Whiskey Courage is back by popular demand! If you are not familiar with the band they play a great variety of upbeat Country/‘Southern Rock.’ Get up for a fun interactive line dance lesson or just enjoy watching the fun!Get great deals in the silent & Chinese auctions and, f course everyone gets into the excitement of the “Cow Plop Drop!” That’s right, this is one contest nobody can ‘rig,’ it’s all up to the cow!

Geauga County Tourism hosts this event annually as a fundraiser for marketingGeaugaCounty to  visitors, which in turn supports our local businesses, restaurants & lodging facilities.The Hoe-Down provides a great return on investment to benefit the county while having a fun night out, so round up your friends and join the fun! Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Great Lakes Cheese, the proud manufacture of the world gold medal winning Adams Reserve Cheddar.

Tickets are now on sale $30 per person/$50 per couple ($10 for kids 4-11) and can be purchased by phone with a credit card.  If space allows ‘walk-in’ tickets may be available at the door for $35.Reservations highly recommended!If you are interested donating an auction item or becoming a sponsor contact Geauga County Tourism 440-632-1538; 800-775-8687. You can also “Like” Geauga Co. Tourism on Facebook to keep up on all the details, of visit our website for more details www.TourGeauga.com.

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Dear Editor,

Newton Falls Cub Scout Pack, Troop and Crew 4067 along with our sponsor, The First Congregational Church of Newton Falls, would like to take a minute to ask you for your help.  Scouting as an organization provides a safe environment for children to grow in character and gain the strength to become leaders in their community.  Through structured activities and events, the scouts have fun while they discover and master new skills, gain self- confidence, and develop strong friendships.  Scouting provides a strong foundation for our next generation of community leaders.

What we could use would be any camping related item — a tent, warm sleeping bag, backpack, mess kit, cooking pots and pans, utensils, etc…If you have these things and are no longer using them, would you consider donating them to our Scouts?

We are looking to supplement our camping equipment to help some of our Scout families. We all know that camping is a great adventure for any scout and we do not want to see anyone left behind.

Along with that thought, if you or your son were ever in Scouting and might still have a uniform or handbook, we would love to recycle them!!  Did you know they are still considered official gear?  Absolutely!!

If you have any type of donation, please feel free to contact us at nfscouts4067@gmail.com.  We will discuss a meeting place to receive your donations.

We thank you in advance for your help in this matter.  If you have any further questions, please contact us via email at nfscouts4067@gmail or call 330-609-4479.

Thank you for your help.

Newton Falls Scout Pack, Troop and Crew 4067

 

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Dear Editor,

I wrote this piece for my grandmother Mary Leigh. She retired after 41 years at the Garfield School District. She loves Garrettsville and this is my ode to her years there.

“My Grandmother the Custodian”

It all began in 1973. My grandmother Mary Leigh started at James A Garfield Community Schools.  At 25 years old, she began her lifelong love with Garrettsville Ohio. Her mother, Marguerite Stottlemire would later retire from the High School as a custodian and one of her best friends would retire this year, Rosie Farr as a custodian at the intermediate school.  It was her time and with a heartfelt goodbye she left the school system this year after 41 years.

Growing up a custodian’s granddaughter, I never thought anything bad about her profession. Who else got to see their grandmother work with such passion at such a job?  She worked harder than anybody I had ever seen before. On her hands and knees every day, she smiled seeing all the children grow up before her eyes. Her work ethic proved to be in her genes. My great grandmother Marge is in her nineties and still does chores around the house and my mother Laura Begalla (nee  Leigh) hasn’t had a day off since July 5th  !  I am proud to come from such fierce hardworking women. In a time where women are just now becoming prominent in the work place, I can say that we determined our own fate. Of course, the women in my family had children and families, however they also worked hard to put food on the table. I like to say I am fourth generation workaholic.

I grew up in the halls of the Elementary School. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone that’s been there awhile, they probably have heard about me from her, or seen me as a child walking the halls. I can still smell the fresh paint on the walls, the sound of country music playing on the stereo and my grandmother’s laugh ringing through the classrooms.

I did not reside in Garrettsville nor did my grandmother. However, when she talks about the town you would have thought she was raised there. I now live in Iowa, and my heart swells when she talks about the great times she had this year at SummerFest and the bands and the car shows. She will always be in Garrettsville. She loves the town and the people. Although, her definition of retirement is not what anyone would deem as retirement, I know she will prove that no matter what age you are, there is always work to be done.

This is my thank you to you Grandma. Congratulations on the retirement, and helping me value hard work.

Your granddaughter,

Heather Terry (nee Bowman)

Muscatine, Iowa  – previously of Champion Ohio.

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Dear Editor,

We were on the first day of our vacation from Pittsburgh, PA last week on our way to the Holden Arboretum and stopped at the McDonald’s restaurant in Mantua for lunch, we left and were at the gate at Holden when my friend realized that she left her purse at the McDonald’s. we sped back and were so grateful to see that the purse had been retrieved with all of the contents intact.

Thank you to Jackie, the manager and to the staff at McDonald’s. Thank you to the honest person who found the purse and turned it in. you made our day and you saved our vacation. We will remember your honesty. We are very grateful to the honest people of Mantua.

Sincerely & Gratefully,

Julie & Cyndy from Pittsburgh, PA

rain-barrels

Geauga County – The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign auction has begun and the barrels are at locations throughout Geauga County.  Six local artists and groups have donated their time, talent, and materials to the District by painting barrels and creatively transforming these recycled plastic barrels into beautiful and functional yard art.  These decorated rain barrels are now on display and available for silent bidding at various locations (as indicated below) for the months of August and September.  You can view all the barrels and also place a bid online by visiting Geauga SWCD’s website at geaugaswcd.com.

Minimum bids start at $90.  Don’t wait for a rainy day to place your bid… you can also “Buy It Now!” for $200!  Just include all the requested information and the barrel will be yours once method of payment is approved.  Any sold barrels will be indicated on our website and locations are subject to change with barrel sales.  Remaining barrels will be available for final bids at the Geauga SWCD Annual Meeting on November 6, 2014.

Here’s your chance to finally get a unique rain barrel while helping to protect our water resources.  Don’t delay, bid on a barrel today!  All proceeds will go toward the District’s environmental education programs.  Barrels can be found at the following locations:

1) Breathe by Yvonne Delgado displayed at Mazzulo’s Market (August) and Middlefield Cheese House (September)

2) Fantasy, Freedom, and Butterflies by Kay Hendricks displayed at Breezewood Gardens (August) and Lowe’s Greenhouse (September)

3) Gypsy Horse Go-Round by Mary Samide displayed at Beans Coffee Shop and Bistro (August) and Schneiders Saddlery (September)

4) Flamingo by Berkshire High School Art Club displayed at Blazin’ Bills (August) and Burton Library (September)

5) Watering the Horses by Byron Leffler displayed at Lowe’s Greenhouse (August) and Breezewood Gardens (September)

6) Grouchy by the Rodusky Family displayed at Geauga West Library (August) and Munson Western Reserve Country Store (September)

For more information visit the Geauga SWCD website at www.geaugaswcd.com or call 440- 834-1122.  Like us on Facebook to see updates on rain barrels and other news.  A special thanks to the artists for their generosity and to Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. in Troy Township for donating their time and materials to apply protective clear sealant to the barrels.

 

Kent – Dr. Beverly J. Warren, president of Kent State University, will speak at the Women’s Equality Day celebration organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent and the KSU Women’s Center on Monday, Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m. at The Overlook, 1519 Overlook Road, Kent.

The League will also announce the establishment of the Helen Dix Scholarship for non-traditional students in honor of LWVK charter member and community leader Helen Dix, who died last year.

August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women’s Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

The Kent League is the local chapter of the League of Women Voters of the United States.  Established after passage of the 19th Amendment to educate voters, the LWV is a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Newton Twp. – The Newton Township Cemetery Association members invite you to join us on a self-guided walk at Pricetown Cemetery, adjacent to the Pricetown United Methodist Church on Pritchard-Ohltown Road SW, also known as County Line Road at the intersection of East River Road in Newton Township. Parking will be available in the church parking lot.

The date is September 20, 2014 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. A map will be provided marking the locations of the early settlers of Newton and Milton Townships.

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, will be available during the walk and may also be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

The next meeting of the association is August 21st at the administration building on Newton Falls-Bailey Road. All residents of Newton Township and Newton Falls are invited to join the association. Membership fee is $5.00 for the remainder of 2014. Annual dues for the year 2015 is $10.00 for individual, each additional family membership is $5.00.

 

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Praise & Worship Service

Saturdays

Southington UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.

 

2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

The JAG Elementary PTO is collecting used ink and laser cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics.  If you are just throwing these items away, let our organization recycle them for you to help raise money for our students.  There will be  collection bins at JAG Elementary School, Middle School, Board Office and Garrettsville Library.  Any local businesses interested in donating on a regular basis can set up a pick up by contacting Holly at 330-527-0023.

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Sundays

Do you worry about the way you eat?  Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may have the answer for you. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Meetings every Sunday at 5:00 pm in Newton Falls at Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls or find more information on OA on the web at www.oa.org.

 

Mantua Craft & Flea Market

 Aug 16

Mantua Center Church Craft and Flea Market will be August 16th from 9-4 at the Mantua Administration Building. All proceeds will be donated to the church Mission Fund. Lunch and snacks will be available. We have spaces for vendors! Contact Pat: 330-527-3127 to rent a $15 space.

 

Burton Library Book Sale

Aug 16

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Aug 16th from 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.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out at 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Forty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

BBQ Chicken Dinner Benefit

Aug 16

BBQ Chicken Dinner Benefit for Mennonite Meat Canning Project will be Aug. 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. Middlefield.  Handicap accessible Pre-sale tickets only by Aug. 10: Adults $10, ages 6-12 $6 Participating churches: Maple View Mennonite, Middlefield 1st UMC, New  Mercies, Pilgrim Mennonite and Zion Christian. Call 1st UMC at 440-632-0480 to purchase tickets or for more info.

 

Annual Picnic

Aug 17

Freedom Township annual picnic will be Aug 17th in Freedom Town Hall Pavilion. Joining in the festivities will be the Freedom Congregational Church and the Bethel Springs Congregations. Combined church services will be at 10:30am in a large tent. The VFW will hold a memorial service at noon with lunch immediately following. The main meat dish will be provided by the township. The church will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. All are asked to bring a dish to pass. Space will be provided in the lawn for an art, craft and music fair. Contact Jim Hammar 330-527-2855 to reserve a space.

 

Loaves and Fishes Dinner

Aug 19

Covenant Bible Fellowship (8146 High Street, Garrettsville) would like to extend an invitation for everyone to enjoy a great homemade meal with us! Our meal will be held on August 19th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. There is no income restriction. Our planned meal will be BLT’s, Pasta Salad, S’mores and drink. We look forward to serving you!!! If you should have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205.

 

Soil Health Through the Seasons

Aug 19

Soil Health Through the Seasons: How to Naturally Nourish Your Lawn on Aug 19th from 6-8 pm at the Twinsburg City Hall Council Chambers (10075 Ravenna Road).  This program will provide tips and techniques for maintaining a green, chemical-free lawn while improving soil health.   This program is free and open to the public but registration is required by contacting Mary at 330-722-9322 or maungst@medinaco.org.  Registration deadline is August 12th!  Don’t delay… registered attendees will receive a soil test kit, lawn care calendar, and a packet of cover crop seeds!  For more information, visit www.geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122 ext. 2.

 

Community Center @ Mantua Center

Aug 19 & 26, Sept 2, 9

Free and open to all, the Community Center at Mantua Center is open Tuesdays from 9:30 to mid-afternoon, with a variety of activities.  Watercolor group starts at 9:30, sewing projects all morning, jigsaw puzzle throughout the day.  You can bring your a project of your own to work on, or just have some coffee and chat.  At noon we share a potluck lunch, with everyone bringing food for the buffet. When everyone but those in charge have left, we lock the doors until 5:00, when we re-open for our “Don’t Eat Alone Supper” at 5:30, with a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals without companionship.  We’re going to try something new and provide the evening meal instead of asking people to bring potluck, and hope that improves attendance.  So don’t eat alone Tuesday night,  come join us.  Bring a friend or make some new ones!

 

Wine Tasting

Aug 23

There will be a wine tasting Aug 23rd from 7-11 at Newton Falls City Park (inside the community center if raining). All proceeds will benefit the Newton Falls Park & Recreation. Cost is $20 per couple or $12 per person, this includes one souvenir glass and 3 tasting tickets per person. Lil Paws Winery, Mastropietro Winery and Myrrdin Winery will be featured.

 

Pig Roast & Church Picnic

Aug 23

Faith Evangelical Free Church pig roast and picnic will be Aug 23rd starting at 1pm. Everyone is invited! Horseshoes, cornhole and more, plus music and fun for the whole family! Please bring a dish to share. The church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville.

 

Memorial Music Festival

Aug 23

5th Annual Memorial Music Festival will be August 23rd beginning at 2:00pm at Nelson Ledge Estates Pavilion.  Come and enjoy a day of free music, food and memories!! Bring a picture of your loved one to place on the Memorial Wall. Donations gratefully accepted, but not expected.  Cold covered dish if you wish.  Raffles.  Questions call Ron 330-527-4411 or Betsy 330-235-3078.

 

Stuff-A-Bus

Aug 24

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will be sponsoring Stuff-A-Bus with school supplies along with canned goods and nonperishable items for the 4-C’s food cupboard. The bus will be located at the Crestwood High School Stadium in connection with the Crestwood Community Day to be held August 24th from 5 to 7 P.M. All donations are greatly appreciated.

 

BBQ Dinner and Fall Preview

Aug 24

James A. Garfield High School will be holding its first annual fall preview night on Aug 24th at 6:00 P.M. The event will be an opportunity to meet the 2014 fall athletes and coaches and to see a performance by the Garfield Marching Pride. The preview will be held at newly renovated JAG Field and is free to attend. Prior to the preview, the JAG All Sports Boosters will be hosting a BBQ Dinner on the front lawn of James A. Garfield High School. The BBQ will begin at 4:00 and will cost $10 per person. Payments can be made at the time of arrival. We ask anyone interested in attending the BBQ Dinner to please RSVP via email at jagboosters@jagschools.org (we are just looking for an estimate on how many people are going to attend).

 

 

Free Water Well Monitoring

Aug 25

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 of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram on Aug 25th 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. For more information contact Gwen Fischer 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com

 

Free Community Dinner

Aug 26

Free Community Dinner will be August 26th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Community Dinner

Aug 28

Everyone is invited to the Community Dinner at the Renaissance Family Center will be August 28th from 5-6pm. Something smells like chicken in the kitchen, so I’m told. See you at the Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.

 

Swim Lesson Sign Ups

Aug 30

Looking for swim lessons for your children? Well look no further than Hiram College.  The start of the school years brings a new opportunity for the community’s youth to participate in the Hiram College Water Dog Swim Lessons.  Get lessons from the college’s finest once a week for a five 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 August 30 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 September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 5.  Cost is fifty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors Wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

 

Hot Rod Car Show

Sept 6

Hiram Police Hot Rod Car Show will be September 6th from 9am-2pm at Hayden/Dean Streets, Hiram Village. Hot Rod Cars, Trucks, Food, Music, Trophies and Family Fun! No Registration Fee, Donations accepted to benefit “SHOP WITH A COP” Program! Community Togetherness. Information: Rick Patrick (330) 687-9637

 

Awana Clubs 

Sept 10

Come join the fun and fellowship at our Awana Clubs held at Huntsburg Baptist Church, 16401 Mayfield Rd, Huntsburg, Oh 44046, Wednesday nights beginning Sept 10th from 6:30-8pm. For more information call 440-636-5203 or visit www.huntsburgbaptist@windstream.net. All are welcome.

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Fish Sale

Sept 23

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Fall Fish Sale is right around the corner!  We are currently taking orders for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, white amurs, and yellow perch.  The Fish Sale will be held on September 23, 2014 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Order deadline is Friday, September 19th.  Please visit the district website atwww.geaugaswcd.com or call (440)834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information.  To guarantee your order, please complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton, Ohio 44021 before September 19th.  Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, please contact our office.  All proceeds support the District’s education programs

 

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

 

Windham Twp. – The Windham Township Trustees met for a regular meeting on July 31, 2014 in the Windham Township Hall with trustees Dann Timmons, Brian Miller and Richard Gano present. The Fiscal Officer was absent.

The reason for having a regular meeting that was not at the usual time was to open bids for the chip and seal of Colton Road. The only bid received was from H. Luli Construction Company of Mogadore, Ohio for $25,822.92. The trustees expressed their pleasure that the bid came in slightly less than expected and they accepted the bid by unanimous vote.

In other road issues, Dann Timmons reported that Dale Soinski had completed the site for the cul~de-sac at the end of Frasier Road and is now waiting for pavement. Once the county engineers issues  final approval, the process to make the land donated by Mr. Soinski and the new construction part of the dedicated road will continue. Mr. Timmons also announced that Mr. Soinski indicated that he intends to place a gate on the vacated portion of the road to deter trespassing.

In zoning, Zoning Inspector Joe Pinti reported he will be posting his hours of availability on the township website when it is completed. In addition, he and Richard Gano are working on updating zoning forms to be more user-friendly. He will also be researching a potential zoning violation where the landowner may be using an unauthorized manufactured home as a residence. Finally, the board is still waiting for answers concerning funding  the removal of two non-residential buildings in the township that are in very poor condition and pose potential safety threats.

Richard Gano announced that Larry Cogley has completed his presentation concerning drainage in the cemetery and will be presenting it to the trustees at an upcoming meeting.

Dann Timmons announced that the fire district has not made any decisions concerning possible action since the Village of Windham terminated dispatching after agreeing to provide the service to the fire district through 2019. The inaction of the board stems from two members,himself and the village council representative,  having conflict of interest, and the unavailability of one board member due to illness. That one board member was George Bengtson who, sadly, just passed away. It is now the responsibility of the village council to name a village resident as his replacement. After discussions with the assistant prosecutor, Mr. Timmons suggested that the trustees could pass a resolution to waive conflict of interest that would allow Mr. Timmons to participate in the discussion and vote on a course of action by the fire board. Brian Miller and Richard Gano agreed and the resolution was adopted.

In other business, the Ohio National Guard’s Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Site was selected as one of five possible sites for a missile defense site. The Missile Defense Agency, which operates under the authority of the U.S. Department of Defense, will be briefing local elected officials on August 5, 2014 at Reed Memorial library prior to a meeting open to the public. Brian Miller will attend on behalf of the township.

The Windham Township Trustees meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Windham Township Hall, however, the August meeting has been cancelled. The Trustees will next meet on September 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

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Ravenna - The Woodlands at Robinson recently held a free community carnival on July 26th. The carnival was sponsored by Clear Path Home Health, Crossroads Hospice, Dean’s Funeral Home, Dr. David Uhall, J & J Mobile Music, NEAS Ambulance Inc. and Saber Healthcare.

Highlights of the event included a visit from Slider, The Cleveland Indians Mascot who arrived via fire truck accompanied by the Ravenna City and Ravenna Twp. Fire Departments. The event was also attended by the Hiram Police Dept. and the Ohio State Patrol. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate to allow for the Life flight visit and outdoor movie that were planned.

Children enjoyed the other activities; face-painting, bouncy house, inflatable slide, and carnival games, and the predator safety demonstration. The DJ was also a big hit, allowing Slider to lead some line dances for the crowd.

The first annual event turned out to be a great success and planning has begun for the 2nd annual event next summer.

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Butterfly Hike:

· Annual Butterfly Count for Towner’s Woods, conducted by the “Chrysalis in Time” the Northeast Ohio Chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association). 10:00 a.m. August 23rd.

·  Led by Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche, naturalists with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

· Collect and learn about butterflies as well as dragonflies and other interesting nature finds

· If you like, bring your own net, insect container, water bottle, insect repellent, etc.

·  Appropriate for all ages, we’ll start on the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail at Towner’s Woods, and then hit the Butterfly Trail.

·   We’ve had terrific weather every year for this!

 

Bat Program:

·   At Towner’s Woods Friday evening August 22, 8:00.

·  Get up close and personal as you learn about the species and lives of our local bats, and their importance to our ecosystem

· Presented by our friends at Davey Resource Group and volunteer “Batman” Mike Johnson, they will collect bats by mist netting across the trail

· Bring insect repellent and flashlight if you like.

 

Pre-registration is NOT required for either of these events

 

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This year’s 51sth Annual Ox Roast Fair the weekend of July 18-20 at St. Joseph’s in Mantua was a wonderful event despite some weather challenges. Mother Nature gave us a little bit of everything . . . a beautiful Friday, off & on showers for Saturday with cooler temps, and then a hot & humid Sunday. Crowds did not disappoint;  the fun and entertainment were delightful and the food was delicious, as usual. Folks from the surrounding area and even out of state visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish Community of St. Joseph. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported, volunteered, promoted, donated, and worked this year’s great event. This annual parish fundraiser directly supports the educational and sacramental ministries of St. Joseph Parish.

The Fair’s raffle drawings were held at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. For the event’s main raffle the 2nd prize of a $500 Kalahari Resort gift card was won by Nanette Van Auken of Mantua, and the top prize of $5,000 was awarded to Tom Gedeon of Garrettsville. A few lucky fair-goers were awarded prizes through the hourly drawings in which winners had to be present: Camille Bichsel, Deb Bukas, Gary Kwasny, and Amanda Willett.

The 50/50 raffle was held each day with the following prizes awarded: Friday – no winner ($$ rolled over to Saturday), Saturday ($1,351.00) – Marian Angus of Windham, Sunday ($597.50) – Anonymous of Hudson. The Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary held a raffle for an RCA 46″ LED Flat-screen TV which went to Crystal Chevrier. Second prize of a Sports Basket went to Terry Frost. Proceeds from their raffle go towards furnishing the group’s “Christmas Family” with food and gifts for the entire family.

Now in it’s third year, the “Run of the Ox” 5K Run/Walk was held on Saturday morning with 82 participants despite steady showers. Coming out on top overall for the men were Pete Hannan, Jakab McConnell, and David Krause, and for the women were Rosalie Franek, Kira Edic, and Michelle Zuponcu. For a complete list of placement times, visit hmapromotions.net and click on race results.

A big thank you to event sponsors and donators: Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel, Coldwell Banker, Giant Eagle, University Dental of Garrettsville, Inc., F & S Automotive, Compass Packaging, Brooks & Stafford, Jake’s.

Another great crowd-pleaser was the Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Saturday. The Mantua Knights of Columbus donated their equipment for the little pullers and members helped run the event. Trophies were awarded to the following top winners. In the 4 & 5 age category, Colton Warnick, age 4 of Garrettsville, placed third, Matt Wright, age 5 of Butler, took second, and Dmitry Hruby, age 5 of Grafton, won the age level with his first place pull. For the 6 & 7 year olds, Sam Wright, age 7 of Butler, accomplished third place, Hank Winland, age 7 of Mantua, won second place, and Roxxy Bretz, age 7 of Mantua, beat them out for first place. The 8 & 9 year old level saw Kierra Lommler, age 8 of Streetsboro, placed third, Dominic Goff, age 8 of Shalersville, achieved second place, and Nathan Walker, age 8 of Shalersville, attained first place.

Sunday’s Frog Jumping Contest was a hopping good time. Congratulations to third prize winner Brandon Hall, age 8 of Kent, who was awarded $3.00, a stuffed frog toy, and an Ox Roast t-shirt, and to second prize winner Ally Clayman, age 10 of Mantua who won $5.00, a stuffed frog toy, and a t-shirt. First prize of $10.00, a stuffed frog toy, and a t-shirt was won by Brendan Fejes, age 9 of Mantua.

Thank you to all of our karaoke contest participants, our judges Tiffany Bolton, Skip (from Jake’s), Jason Stakowski, and a special thanks to Jake’s, the event’s sponsor. Congratulations to the following who came out on top! 1st ($200) – Connor Rowe, Mantua; 2nd ($100) – Mya, Ky, Mani & VV Hawkins/Whitehead, Ravenna; 3rd ($50) – Raymond Markward, Shalersville.

Girl Scout Troops assisted in collecting non-perishable products for Mantua’s community cupboard, the 4C’s on Sunday. They delivered canned goods and other items to the 4C’s who were most appreciative on behalf of those in need. As in years past, St. Joseph’s donated leftover food items to the Center of Hope in Ravenna who were most appreciative. In addition to the Girl Scouts several of our Parish Groups wish to thank all who supported their efforts at this year’s Fair. Members of the Knights of Columbus Council #3766 volunteer a tremendous amount of time helping with maintenance, set-up, and take-down as well as working throughout the Fair. Boy Scout Troop #575 members and their families continued delicious fund raising efforts with their Sausage Sandwich booth. This hard-working group of young men put forth a tremendous effort in helping with Fair set-up, cleaning the grounds, and take-down of the Fair. Members of Cub Scout Pack #3575 manned the Pop Booth once again this year. Thanks, guys! The Crestwood Band Boosters added to the Fair by handling the Dunking Booth to help raise funds for themselves and the parish. A similar agreement was made with the Crestwood Youth Wrestling group who did a terrific job assisting with parking on the grounds and with Aurora’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Knights of Columbus Council #14186 who provided delicious kettle corn.

Trade booths at this year’s fair included: Carlton Harley-Davidson, Tupperware (Megan Starr), Judges Muldowney/Berger, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Shaffer Airbrushing, Mel Jabkul’s Crafts, Portage County Tea Party, Over The Line Productions (Caricatures), Ohio State Home Services, Inc., Crossroads Community Church, For Rednecks By Rednecks, M-Bellished Frames by CQPQ, Final Touch Construction, Bath Fitter, and University Hospital. Thank you to each of them for adding to the festivities. Our generous sponsors toward the fireworks display were 7 Up Bottling Group and Snapple Beverages.

A big thank you to a number of area businesses and individuals helped to sponsor our Truck, Tractor & Semi Pulls throughout the weekend: Special Moments Catering, Auburn Pipe, Aflac Insurance, Lyle Tayerle, Independent Agent, Auto Rehab, Jon Martin, Owner, Geauga Lake Auto Sales, Ferrara Electric (Joe Ferrara, owner), Lakeside Sand & Gravel, Penney’s Automotive, TL Service Center, F & S Automotive, Impressions Styling Studio (Gina Fischione), Acorn LPG (donating propane), Sunrise Springs (donating bottled water), Dr. Thomas Pesarchick, DDS, Osborn Landscaping, Industrial Connections, Kozsey Landscaping Service, My First  School, Aurora, Kodash Excavating, Mantua, Hiram House Salon & Day Spa (Tammy Lingro), Ittell Transportation (David Ittel, owner), and Central Petroleum Co. Visit the parish’s website for a complete list of pull results.

The Ox Roast Fair also wishes to thank several generous businesses who donated items for this year’s event: 7UP Bottling Group & Snapple Beverages; Sunrise Springs offered the bottled water used for making the Lemon Shake-Ups; Hermann’s Pickles of Garrettsville for several gallons of their delicious product; beer mug sponsors The Village Tavern, Carma Promotions, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, Jake’s, Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel, TL Service Center, Denny Herr & Sons Well & Pump, and Carlton Yarnell Chipping Service, LLC; raffle ticket printing costs were covered by McGinnis Amusements; Mantua Station Drug Co. helped with flyer printing expenses; and, Acorn LPG of Ravenna provided propane used throughout the weekend. St. Joseph’s would also like to express their appreciation to the Entertainment Stage sponsor, Carlton Harley-Davidson, to the Family Ox Land sponsor, Barky Mart, to the EMS Squad sponsor, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, and to this year’s Blessing of Bikes sponsor, The Village Tavern, and to anyone who donated or supported this year’s event in any way.

The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s looks forward to entertaining and meeting the Mantua community and beyond in 2015. Mark your calendars for the third weekend in July, 2015 (that’s the 17th, 18th & 19th) for St. Joseph’s 52nd Annual Ox Roast Fair. Be sure to visit their website, www.stjosephmantua.com, for complete details. They also have a Facebook page, St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair, with lots of photos and news.

Again, St. Joe’s thanks everyone who made this year’s Fair such a community success.

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Dear Editor, 

My daughter and I enjoyed a pleasant day last week doing the Garrettsville-Hiram Retail Trail Event. We found all the participating businesses very welcoming and each had something we could have used. Plus at the end of the day, we also won some great gifts.

A big thank you to Second Style, Enchanted Book & Antiques, Go 2 Girls, The Villager, Business Works, Maggie’s Donuts, Art-N-Flowers and Village Bookstore.

I love my town.

Sandy Bray

 

 Windham – Windham Park Restoration Committee is holding 5K Run/Walk at the Arsenal on September 13, 2014 at 10am. Check in will begin at 9am. The cost is $30 for walker/runner older than 10 years old, $15 for less than 10 years old. All participants must pre-register by August 22, 2014 per arsenal regulations. No race day registrations will be accepted per arsenal regulations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.  All participants will receive a t-shirt. To obtain a registration form, one can copy it from the Facebook page (Windham Park Restoration Committee) and email it in windhamparkrestorationcommittee@yahoo.com or one can call Deann at (330) 766-3477 or Katie at (234) 600-1232 for more information. Parking is available at Windham High School at 9539 Bauer Road. Runners/walkers will be entering the Arsenal at the south gate near the high school.

Please note that roller blades, skate boards or bicycles are not permitted. Proceeds from the event will go towards the restoration of the park.

Garrettsville – Garrettsville Police Department Fill a Cruiser with School Supplies will be held on August 16th.

The Garrettsville Police Department will be collecting school supplies for People Tree on August 16th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Family Dollar (Sky Plaza), 8287 Windham St., Garrettsville. The supplies will be distributed to families within the area needing school supplies for the upcoming school year. There will also be a cash box on hand and all money collected will go to People Tree.

Items requested are:  #2 Pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, highlighters, pens, rulers (standard & metric), scissors, glue sticks, white glue, small supply boxes, zipper supply pouches, over the hear headphones, book bags, spiral notebooks, 3 ring binders, composition books, loose leaf paper, 3×5 index cards, page protectors, pocket folders, sandwich bags, antibacterial wipes, boxes of tissues, brown lunch bags and anything else school related.

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Eight locally owned quilt stores are working together again to help local food banks and to raise awareness about the joys of quilting.

The Fourth Annual Charming Quilt Shop Tour begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 30, at eight sewing and quilting stores in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

“Hoppers,” as the shoppers are called, have 10 days to visit all eight quilt stores. They will receive free gifts and treats just for walking through the door of each of the stores. A portion of their passport or entrance fee into the tour goes to help local food banks.

“The Charming Shop Hop is an event for quilters,” said Megen Wierzbicki, from Megen’s Quilt Parlor in Albion, Pa. “Different people from all over flock to our quilt shops to see what each shop has that is different and exciting and creative.”

Megen’s Quilt Parlor is located in her grandmother’s former home, down a country lane in Albion. For the 10 days of the shop hop, 8 quilts stretch across the long fence leading to the shop. More quilts hang on fences and chairs leading to the flower lined steps to the shop. “We hang quilts from the ceiling and do other fun things just to make this event special for our visitors,” said Megen.

Quilt shop hops have been happening all over the country for many years and each shop hop is different.

In the Charming Shop Hop Tour, shoppers buy a passport for $3 at any of the eight participating stores and receive a free tote bag for joining the tour. Passports are on sale now.

At each shop during the 10 days of the tour, shoppers receive a free quilt block pattern. Each shop makes up their quilt block into a project that will be unveiled the first day of the tour. In addition, each participant receives free fabric squares, a surprise treat and opportunities to win many give-aways.

The grand prize is a new sewing machine valued at $800. Second prize is a Stella Desktop Lamp valued at $258. Two third prizes — each a set of Karen Kay Buckley sewing scissors valued at $78 — will be awarded. Eight $100 value gift baskets and eight $150 dollar baskets will be awarded.

Sewing manufacturers from around the country have donated bundles of fabric, patterns and sewing tools for the event. Anyone visiting all eight stores and turning in their completed passport receives a silver sewing charm for finishing and becomes eligible for many of the give-away prizes.

Participating shops include: Cottonpickers of Chardon; Craft Cupboard of Middlefield; Just Quilt It of Champion; Megen’s Quilt Parlor of Albion; Olive Grace Studios of Fowler; Quilter’s Fancy of Cortland; Tiny Stitches of Middlefield; and Village Quilts of Canfield.

Questions on this press release call Cindy Oravecz at 330-307-3272 or cindyo@quiltersfancy.com

 

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Praise & Worship Service

Saturdays

Southington UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.

 

2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

The JAG Elementary PTO is collecting used ink and laser cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics.  If you are just throwing these items away, let our organization recycle them for you to help raise money for our students.  There will be  collection bins at JAG Elementary School, Middle School, Board Office and Garrettsville Library.  Any local businesses interested in donating on a regular basis can set up a pick up by contacting Holly at 330-527-0023.

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Sundays

Do you worry about the way you eat?  Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may have the answer for you. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Meetings every Sunday at 5:00 pm in Newton Falls at Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls or find more information on OA on the web at www.oa.org.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find out more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Fish Fry

Aug 8

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be Aug 8th from 4-7:30pm. Fish, shrimp or a combo. Chicken tenders also available. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce and green beans and dinner roll. All dinners are $8.50. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

 

Observatory Open

Aug 9

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Aug 9th, from 9:30-11PM. The featured object for the night will be Earth’s Moon, a spectacular sight through the observatory’s large vintage telescope. Other objects may also be viewed given time and good seeing conditions. Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.

 

100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area). You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

GI Get Together

Aug 9

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield will host a GI Get Together – coffee and donuts from 8am-noon on Aug 9th, at the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Frank 440-834-8038 for more info.

 

Steak Fry

Aug 9

American Legion Post 674  Windham, OH, Sons of the American Legion and Ladies Aux Steak Fry will be Aug 9th from 4:30-7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets -$13, at the door – $15. Menu: 10oz NY Strip/Rib eye, baked potato, vegetable, salad   (Prepared By Chef  Harold  Clark ). DJ  from  8 pm to 11pm music by JAY  D, 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction

 

 

Post 193 Picnic

Aug 9

American Legion Post 193 Legion & Auxiliary picnic will be August 9th at Traveler’s Woods Campground Pavilion beginning at 2pm. Meat and beverages will be provides, if planning to attend call 330-626-3341 or 330-389-9121. Bring a table setting and an ample dish to share. Lots of games and outdoor pool to enjoy.

 

Memorial Golf Outing

Aug 9

The third annual Jeremy A. Collins Memorial Foundation Golf Outing will be at Sugar Bush Golf Club, August 9. The JACMF provides scholarship money for college bound seniors from LaBrae and James A. Garfield High School. 4-person scramble. $80/golfer before Aug 1st. $85/golfer Aug 2-9th. 18 holes with cart – grilled lunch – beer & soft drinks – catered dinner –Lots of contests and prizes – Rock 106.9’s Dan Stansbury – Hole in one Grand Prize: 2014 Chevy Equinox and more!  Registration 8am – shotgun start at 9am. Hole Sponsors: $100  www.TheJACMF.com for more information.

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

Ice Cream Social!

Aug 12

You are invited to an ice cream social at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  The Celtic Union Band will add to the fun with their high-spirited Irish folk music from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please join us for this enjoyable evening celebrating summer with friendly folks, good music, and ICE CREAM! The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, OH, in Troy Township, about 5 miles north of Hiram OR about 1 mile south of SR 422.  Questions?  Call (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voicemail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.  This event is free, and we hope to see you there!

 

Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon

Aug 12

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon will be held at noon on Aug 12th at Cals Restaurant banquet room in Garrettsville. All room mothers and mothers who had children in the Freedom School are invited to attend and bring guests. The program this year will be by Michael and Michelle Elias of the Nelson/Garrettsville Food Cupboard.

 

Monthly Dance

Aug 14

Coleman Adult Day Services sponsors a monthly dance for Developmental Disabilities participants around the community. D.J. Terri Howe provides the entertainment. Refreshments are served. There is no charge for this dance. If you would like to attend, the next dance will be on August 14th. Every month on the second Thursday located at 6695. North Chestnut Street Ravenna. 6-8pm   If you know anyone that would like to come join in on a fun filled evening call 33-(296-3214) for more information.

 

CEAC Meeting

Aug 14

The Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) for Hiram Township will hold its third meeting on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will continue about expanding the existing hiking trails throughout the township.  Come and add your input!  This is a public meeting, and any township resident is eligible to serve on the committee.  Location of this meeting is the Hiram Corner Store and Café, 11658 Garfield, Hiram, OH 44234.

 

Mantua Craft & Flea Market

 Aug 16

Mantua Center Church Craft and Flea Market will be August 16th from 9-4 at the Mantua Administration Building. All proceeds will be donated to the church Mission Fund. Lunch and snacks will be available. We have spaces for vendors! Contact Pat: 330-527-3127 to rent a $15 space.

 

Burton Library Book Sale

Aug 16

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Aug 16th from 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.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out at 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Forty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

BBQ Chicken Dinner Benefit

Aug 16

BBQ Chicken Dinner Benefit for Mennonite Meat Canning Project will be Aug. 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. Middlefield.  Handicap accessible Pre-sale tickets only by Aug. 10: Adults $10, ages 6-12 $6 Participating churches: Maple View Mennonite, Middlefield 1st UMC, New  Mercies, Pilgrim Mennonite and Zion Christian. Call 1st UMC at 440-632-0480 to purchase tickets or for more info.

 

Annual Picnic

Aug 17

Freedom Township annual picnic will be Aug 17th in Freedom Town Hall Pavilion. Joining in the festivities will be the Freedom Congregational Church and the Bethel Springs Congregations. Combined church services will be at 10:30am in a large tent. The VFW will hold a memorial service at noon with lunch immediately following. The main meat dish will be provided by the township. The church will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. All are asked to bring a dish to pass. Space will be provided in the lawn for an art, craft and music fair. Contact Jim Hammar 330-527-2855 to reserve a space.

 

Soil Health Through the Seasons

Aug 19

Soil Health Through the Seasons: How to Naturally Nourish Your Lawn on Aug 19th from 6-8 pm at the Twinsburg City Hall Council Chambers (10075 Ravenna Road).  This program will provide tips and techniques for maintaining a green, chemical-free lawn while improving soil health.   This program is free and open to the public but registration is required by contacting Mary at 330-722-9322 or maungst@medinaco.org.  Registration deadline is August 12th!  Don’t delay… registered attendees will receive a soil test kit, lawn care calendar, and a packet of cover crop seeds!  For more information, visit www.geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122 ext. 2.

 

Wine Tasting

Aug 23

There will be a wine tasting Aug 23rd from 7-11 at Newton Falls City Park (inside the community center if raining). All proceeds will benefit the Newton Falls Park & Recreation. Cost is $20 per couple or $12 per person, this includes one souvenir glass an 3 tasting tickets per person. Lil Paws Winery, Mastropietro Winery and Myrrdin Winery will be featured.

 

Pig Roast & Church Picnic

Aug 23

Faith Evangelical Free Church pig roast and picnic will be Aug 23rd starting at 1pm. Everyone is invited! Horseshoes, cornhole and more, plus music and fun for the whole family! Please bring a dish to share. The church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville.

 

BBQ Dinner and Fall Preview

Aug 24

James A. Garfield High School will be holding its first annual fall preview night on Aug 24th at 6:00 P.M. The event will be an opportunity to meet the 2014 fall athletes and coaches and to see a performance by the Garfield Marching Pride. The preview will be held at newly renovated JAG Field and is free to attend. Prior to the preview, the JAG All Sports Boosters will be hosting a BBQ Dinner on the front lawn of James A. Garfield High School. The BBQ will begin at 4:00 and will cost $10 per person. Payments can be made at the time of arrival. We ask anyone interested in attending the BBQ Dinner to please RSVP via email at jagboosters@jagschools.org (we are just looking for an estimate on how many people are going to attend).

 

Free Water Well Monitoring

Aug 25

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 of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram on Aug 25th 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. For more information contact Gwen Fischer 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors Wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.

 

 

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

 

Awana Clubs 

Sept 10

Come join the fun and fellowship at our Awana Clubs held at Huntsburg Baptist Church, 16401 Mayfield Rd, Huntsburg, Oh 44046, Wednesday nights beginning Sept 10th from 6:30-8pm. For more information call 440-636-5203 or visit www.huntsburgbaptist@windstream.net. All are welcome.

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Fish Sale

Sept 23

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Fall Fish Sale is right around the corner!  We are currently taking orders for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, white amurs, and yellow perch.  The Fish Sale will be held on September 23, 2014 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Order deadline is Friday, September 19th.  Please visit the district website atwww.geaugaswcd.com or call (440)834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information.  To guarantee your order, please complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton, Ohio 44021 before September 19th.  Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, please contact our office.  All proceeds support the District’s education programs

 

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

 

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The MVGC will meet on Monday, August 4, at noon.  At this meeting, Judy Novak-Hrdy, Master Gardener, will be showing us several examples of Fairy Gardens, and teach us how they are made.  Judy will also tell us stories about the fairies that reside in those Fairy Gardens.  If you are interested in joining us, and learning more about Fairy Gardens please contact Lea Lazar @ 330-274-0614, or Diane Lottig @ 330-274-2868.

The purpose of the club is to stimulate the love and knowledge of gardening among amateurs, and to aid in the protection of native plants, trees, and to encourage civic planting.  In saying that, the members of the MVCG would like to thank everyone for their support, at our bake sale booth, at Art on the Hill.  It was a great success!

Cheese

Ravenna - The Portage County Gardeners recently held a mozzarella cheese making workshop. Fifteen people took the class instructed by Marilyn Tyger and Helena Parry.

After cooking up the milk and other cheese making ingredients, the group had to persevere to get  the curds to finally process into cheese.  Sarah Perdue and Mary Jo Ryan were given a round of applause as they finally got their curds to form into some cheese.  All of the participants were given cheese making ingredients and recipes to take home to make their own cheese.  The instructors also provided samples of mozzarella to taste along with fresh garden tomatoes and zucchini  from the Parry garden. Tyger prepared her  dip mixes for tasting as well.

The next event of the PCGC is a canning workshop on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Also on Aug. 9 the PCGC will hold a Mink Shed/Garage Sale from 9am.- 2p.m. Slate roof shingles, basket reed, crafting supplies,bottle tree kits and much more will be available.  For further information call Diane Jendrisak 330-673-4982 or Mary Jo Ryan 330-296-3633.

Portage County – The Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase the free eBook service from Portage County District Library at the Aurora Memorial Library on Friday, August 22 from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. At these free events, readers of all ages will learn how to access eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery featuring all the latest portable reading devices will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service. The library is located at 115 East Pioneer Trail in Aurora. Call 330-562-6502 for more information.

Assistant Library Director Corrine Alldridge says, “Portage County District Library has offered Overdrive downloadable service since 2008.  When we learned that the Digital Bookmobile was coming back to Ohio, we were very excited about this unique way to share and showcase our digital service.  People who are curious about the whole eBook phenomena will love having a chance to play with gadgets and see what the library has to offer.”

Portage County District Library card holders can also check out digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org. Library patrons can take advantage of the service 24/7 when they visit the library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid Portage County District Library card. Once the digital titles have been checked out, they can enjoy them in the browser or transfer them to their computer or a supported mobile device. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never any late fees or damaged items.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that had served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Portage County District Library’s digital service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks and audiobooks.

The Digital Bookmobile is a service of the Portage County District Library and is operated by Overdrive, Inc. To check out digital books and more, visit http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org. For more information about other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

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Newton Falls – Newton Falls Kiwanis Club announces a new race route for its annual Labor Day 4-Mile Run and 2-Mile Walk.  On September 1, rain or shine, runners and walkers will begin and end near Faces Lounge, the registration site.  The course will feature school property and pass through the historic covered bridge.

Bob Wujcik, Kiwanis president, hopes for a great turnout in this anniversary year.  The club has donated over $5000 in each of the last few years to the Senior Citizens Van.  They hope to contribute at least as much to the van program this year, and also have additional funds to benefit their two scholarships.  Sponsors help offset the set-up and advertising costs, and racers and walkers will directly benefit the van program.

By registering early, participants will get a shirt and a registration fee that is less than the day-of-race fee.   There will be a post-race meal thanks to Faces Lounge.

To see a map of the new course, prizes, shirt offers, and the online registration form, go to www.gopherarun.com.  At that site are also photos from last year’s race.  To help sponsor the race or to get information for your group to help on race day, contact president Bob at (330) 872-3854 or race director Cassie at (330) 219-9321.

If you attended James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation…. you are! JAG Alumni are cordially invited to the James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20, 2014 at JamesA. Garfield Elementary School. The banquet is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with past classmates, enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment from the award-winning James A. Garfield Band. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 to make your reservation. Your reservation can be mailed to: James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet, P.O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH 44231. The cost is $18 per person. Please include the name and year of the alumni attending and the name(s) of any guests. The reservation deadline is September 1, 2014.

 

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Butterfly Hike:

· Annual Butterfly Count for Towner’s Woods, conducted by the “Chrysalis in Time” the Northeast Ohio Chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association). 10:00 a.m. August 23rd.

·  Led by Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche, naturalists with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

· Collect and learn about butterflies as well as dragonflies and other interesting nature finds

· If you like, bring your own net, insect container, water bottle, insect repellent, etc.

·  Appropriate for all ages, we’ll start on the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail at Towner’s Woods, and then hit the Butterfly Trail.

·   We’ve had terrific weather every year for this!

 

Bat Program:

·   At Towner’s Woods Friday evening August 22, 8:00.

·  Get up close and personal as you learn about the species and lives of our local bats, and their importance to our ecosystem

· Presented by our friends at Davey Resource Group and volunteer “Batman” Mike Johnson, they will collect bats by mist netting across the trail

· Bring insect repellent and flashlight if you like.

 

Pre-registration is NOT required for either of these events

 

Pictured above are (back row from the left): Jason Dlugokecki and Joe Smith;  (front row from the left): Denny Biddle, Misty Sommers and Rachel Adkins

Pictured above are (back row from the left): Jason Dlugokecki and Joe Smith; (front row from the left): Denny Biddle, Misty Sommers and Rachel Adkins

Garrettsville – The Roller Hutt speed team from Garrettsville, OH and Fast Forward speed team out of Hermitage, PA have just returned from the USARS Roller Speed Skating National Competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Skaters raced on both inline skates (rollerblades) and quad skates (roller skates.) Racing takes place on a 100 meter indoor flat track, and the competition attracts skaters from all across the country.

Rachel Adkins raced in the Classic Ladies novice inline division races completing races of 500, 700, and 1000 meter races. She achieved 2nd place nationwide. Rachel was born and raised in Kent and currently resides in Mantua, OH.

Rachel also competed on quad skates and achieved 1st place nationwide, winning first in every distance within the Classic Ladies division. She also placed 1st in her 2-lady relay with Denise Larson and 1st in her 2-mix relay with Joe Smith.

Misty Sommers competed on quad skates in the Master Ladies division completing races of 300m, 500m. Competition was tough in this division, but Misty made it through her heats to all finals and came away with 3rd place nationwide. Misty is a Kent native and resident.

Misty also organizes the Park ‘N Roll skating festival held at the Munroe Falls Metro Park on South River Road coming up August 30th. See facebook.com/ParkNRollFestival for more information.

Jason Dlugokecki raced for the first time at Nationals this year, competing in the Master Men division with distances of 300, 500 and 1000 meters. Jason finished in the top three skaters within each of his heats and qualified for all of his final events. Jason is a Garrettsville native and has grown up in the Roller Hutt skating rink owned by his parents Linda and Craig.

Jason also skated a 2-mix relay with Misty Sommers and a 2-man relay with Denny Biddle of central Ohio. Jason and Denny received the bronze medal for their relay.

Denny Biddle also raced in the Esquire Men division, making it into all of his final races.

Joe Smith of Hermitage, PA won first place in the Master Men division, winning 1st in every distance as well as 1st in his 2-man and 2-mix relays.

To learn more about speed skating or to join the team, contact coach Jason Dlugokecki at info@jmd-entertainment.com. Team practices are held at Roller Hutt on Mondays from 6-8pm and cost $5 for adults and are free for under 18. Practices are on hold for the summer but will resume in November. Every age is welcome.

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2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

 

Praise & Worship Service

Saturdays

Southing UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.

 

2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

Garfield Fall Jr. High Soccer Sign Ups

Our Garfield Junior High soccer team will be co-ed and be comprised of grades 6 thru 8; open to all communities.  We will be playing other Jr. High teams in Geauga County and the surrounding area so travel is mandatory, skill level is higher than recreation and games will most likely be played on the weekends.   Expect the fee to play to be about $50.00 per player and team sponsors are welcome.  This is the first step in Garfield establishing a Jr. High soccer program.  Our first practice will be August 7 at Brosius Rd. Field from 6 to 8 PM.  Please contact Bob Finney for more information and any ideas you may have to help grow our program at matrixprints@yahoo.com.

 

Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

The JAG Elementary PTO is collecting used ink and laser cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics.  If you are just throwing these items away, let our organization recycle them for you to help raise money for our students.  There are collection bins at JAG Elementary School, Middle School, Board Office and Garrettsville Library.  Any local businesses interested in donating on a regular basis can set up a pick up by contacting Holly at 330-527-0023.

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Sundays

Do you worry about the way you eat?  Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may have the answer for you. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Meetings every Sunday at 5:00 pm in Newton Falls at Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls or find more information on OA on the web at www.oa.org.

 

Rummage Sale 

July 31 – Aug 2

Rummage sale and Flea market July 31st, Aug 1, and 2nd from 9 am till 4 pm at New Mercies Community Church, 12767 Butternut Rd, Burton. Spaces are available for all three days for $10; we are also accepting donations for the rummage sale. Drop off at the church. If interested in a space, please contact Sue at 330 274 7093 to reserve your space. Food will be provided for a small cost to everyone

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 31-Aug 2

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale at Parkman Congregational Church(18265 Madison Rd. 528 just north of 422) will be July 31 –Aug. 1st from 9-5.  Aug. 2nd  9 – noon items ½ price – 12:30 till close at 3 p.m., items free. Donations may be brought to church July 28 & 29 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions call church office at 440-548-4829.

 

18th Annual Charity Gold Outing

Aug 1

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual Gold Scramble on Aug 1st at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun start at 9am. Golfers receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your foursome. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway Clubs, flat screen TV and more. Our auction features 2 Southwest airline tickets. Cost is $110 per person. Call 330-296-6655 to register.

 

Jackson Township Community Yard Sale Days

Aug 1 & 2

North Jackson Citizen’s Association Community Wide Yard Sale Days will be Aug 1st & 2nd at 9am. 200+ addresses listed on map locating sales throughout the township. Maps available at a new and larger field, 10748 East Mahoning Ave and businesses on Aug 1st. Free parking and music by Steve Fazzini.

 

Steak & Sausage Trailer 

Aug 1 & 2

Windham Lions Club will be hosting their monthly steak and sausage trailer at the Windham Sparkle parking lot Aug 1st from 10am-7pm and Aug 2nd from 10am-3pm.

 

Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run

Aug 2

The 13th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on August 2nd.  Registration is 10am to 12pm at the American Legion Hall in Windham OH (9960 E. Center st) . 2 or 4 wheels are welcome. cost is $10.00 per person. Huge buffet, Chinese auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle! All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at James A Garfield. Contact Jamie Cain @330-221-6338 or Tom Myers @ 330-646-5797 for more info.

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Buffet Supper & Monthly Dance

Aug 2

Portage County Chapter #600Parents Without Partners will have a buffet supper from 6:30-7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30-11 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. The cost for the dance is $6.00 per person for members and $8.00 a person from non-members. The cost of the buffet supper is $6.00 per person. For reservations or more info call Mary: 330-571-3801 or Warrine: 330-322-9559.

 

Archery Clinic

Aug 2

Eagle Creek Conservation will be hosting an Archery Clinic on August 2nd for kids 4-15. Pre-registration will be at 9am and we will begin around 10am. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. This year we have another new target; it should be a blast to shoot at. For more information or questions contact Jim Starkey at 330-357-6316 or Paramedicw18@yahoo.com.

 

7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 2-3

Kent Lions Club hosts the 7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road.  August 2nd and 3rd from NOON – 5:00 pm.  EAR-resistible fun for the whole family!  Enjoy Carnival Games for children, Face Painting, Trolley Rides and a Photo Booth. Vendors.  Model A’s Display on Saturday. Live Musical Entertainment lineup:  Saturday at noon is Willie and Friends followed by Kerry Kean and The Hot Potatoes.  Sunday at noon is Rio Neon followed by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled sweet corn from Pochedley’s, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, and Beckwith’s peaches & peach pie available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects. Located on the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail between Kent and Ravenna.  Hike, Bike, or Drive there for a great time!  OUTSIDE Vendor spaces available Contact Fran:  330-678-4012 or fhardest@kent.edu.

 

Pilates

Aug 2-31

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from August 3 to August 31 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

 

School Supply Giveaway

Aug 3

Free school supply giveaway, while supplies last, will be August 3rd from 3-4 pm at the Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 East River Rd. Children must be present. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in co-operation with the Newton Falls American Legion.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

VBS – Rivet

Aug 4-7

Rivet, our VBS host, wants to see all of you August 4-7 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave. At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes   extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders! For questions call 330-527-2055 Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a cost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

Mantua Community Center Open 

Aug 5

Free and open to all, the Community Center at Mantua Center is open Tuesdays from 9:30 to mid-afternoon with a variety of activities.  Watercolor group starts at 9:30, sewing projects all morning, jigsaw puzzle throughout the day.  Bring your own project to work on, or just have some coffee and chat. At noon we share a potluck lunch, with everyone bringing food for the buffet. When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock the doors until 5:00, when we re-open for our “Don’t Eat Alone Potluck” at 5:30, with a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals without companionship.  Come join us.

 

St William Parish Rummage Sale

Aug 7-9

Saint William Parish, Champion, is hosting their annual rummage sale staring Thursday August 7th, 8th, and 9th. Hours on Aug 7 & 8 are 9:00 to 5:00 P.M. Saturday Aug 9 Bag Day 8:00 to 12:00. The huge sale, located at 5431 Mahoning Ave. Warren, Ohio is held in the large social hall and adjoining classrooms. Lunch counter available. This is the sale you don’t want to miss.

 

Chicken Dinner

Aug 6

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on August 6th from  3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, homemade desserts and beverage. Price Adults $8.50; Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10 $4.00; Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

 

Veterans Picnic

Aug 7

Veterans from the Cleveland Wade Park Veterans Hospital will be honored Aug 7th at Deerfield American Legion Post 713 in Deerfield. There will be a 5:30 pm picnic provided by the Auxiliary members from Kent, Windham, Streetsboro, Ravenna, Deerfield, Mantua and Aurora.

 

Shalersville Historical Museum Meeting

Aug 7 

The Shalersville Historical Museum monthly meeting will introduce a pictorial book on the Barns of Shalersville. The meeting starts at 7 but those who only wish to see the book may come at 6:30.  This book has been created by Judy Thornton and her love of barns has been a 2 year project.  Books may be purchased for $35.00.

 

Vacation Bible School 

Aug 7-10

Southington Baptist Church Vacation Bible School will August 7th & 8th from 6-8pm and August 9th from 11-3pm. The program will be held on the 10th during the morning worship service. All ages are invited to attend. The church is located at, 4396 Warren Painesville Rd. Southington, Ohio 44470. This is Rt.534 north of center of Southington, on the right hand side.  For more info or question call: 330.889.9587.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find out more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.

 

100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

GI Get Together

Aug 9

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield will host a GI Get Together – coffee and donuts from 8am-noon on Aug 9th, at the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Frank 440-834-8038 for more info.

 

Steak Fry

Aug 9

American Legion Post 674  Windham, OH, Sons of the American Legion and Ladies Aux Steak Fry will be Aug 9th from 4:30-7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets -$13, at the door – $15. Menu: 10oz NY Strip/Rib eye, baked potato, vegetable, salad   (Prepared By Chef  Harold  Clark ). DJ  from  8 pm to 11pm music by JAY  D, 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction

 

Post 193 Picnic

Aug 9

American Legion Post 193 Legion & Auxiliary picnic will be August 9th at Traveler’s Woods Campground Pavilion beginning at 2pm. Meat and beverages will be provides, if planning to attend call 330-626-3341 or 330-389-9121. Bring a table setting and an ample dish to share. Lots of games and outdoor pool to enjoy.

 

Memorial Golf Outing

Aug 9

The third annual Jeremy A. Collins Memorial Foundation Golf Outing will be at Sugar Bush Golf Club, August 9. The JACMF provides scholarship money for college bound seniors from LaBrae and James A. Garfield High School. 4-person scramble. $80/golfer before Aug 1st. $85/golfer Aug 2-9th. 18 holes with cart – grilled lunch – beer & soft drinks – catered dinner –Lots of contests and prizes – Rock 106.9’s Dan Stansbury – Hole in one Grand Prize: 2014 Chevy Equinox and more!  Registration 8am – shotgun start at 9am. Hole Sponsors: $100  www.TheJACMF.com for more information.

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

Ice Cream Social!

Aug 12

You are invited to an ice cream social at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  The Celtic Union Band will add to the fun with their high-spirited Irish folk music from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please join us for this enjoyable evening celebrating summer with friendly folks, good music, and ICE CREAM! The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, OH, in Troy Township, about 5 miles north of Hiram OR about 1 mile south of SR 422.  Questions?  Call (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voicemail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.  This event is free, and we hope to see you there!

 

Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon

Aug 12

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon will be held at noon on Agusut 12th at Cals Restaurant banquet room in Garrettsville. All room mothers and mothers who had children in the Freedom School are invited to attend and bring guests. The program this year will be by Michael and Michelle Elias of the Nelson/Garrettsville Food Cupboard.

 

Monthly Dance

Aug 14

Coleman Adult Day Services sponsors a monthly dance for Developmental Disabilities participants around the community. D.J. Terri Howe provides the entertainment. Refreshments are served. There is no charge for this dance if you would like to attend the next dance will be on August 14th. Every month on the second Thursday located at 6695. North Chestnut Street Ravenna. 6-8pm   If you know anyone that would like to come join in on a fun filled evening call 33-(296-3214) for more information.

 

CEAC Meeting

Aug 14

The Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) for Hiram Township will hold its third meeting on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will continue about expanding the existing hiking trails throughout the township.  Come and add your input!  This is a public meeting, and any township resident is eligible to serve on the committee.  Location of this meeting is the Hiram Corner Store and Café, 11658 Garfield, Hiram, OH 44234.

 

Mantua Craft & Flea Market

 Aug 16

Mantua Center Church Craft and Flea Market will be August 16th from 9-4 at the Mantua Administration Building. All proceeds will be donated to the church Mission Fund. Lunch and snacks will be available. We have spaces for vendors! Contact Pat: 330-527-3127 to rent a $15 space.

 

Burton Library Book Sale

Aug 16

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Aug 16th from 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.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out at 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Forty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

Soil Health Through the Seasons

Aug 19

Soil Health Through the Seasons: How to Naturally Nourish Your Lawn on Aug 19th from 6-8 pm at the Twinsburg City Hall Council Chambers (10075 Ravenna Road).  This program will provide tips and techniques for maintaining a green, chemical-free lawn while improving soil health.   This program is free and open to the public but registration is required by contacting Mary at 330-722-9322 or maungst@medinaco.org.  Registration deadline is August 12th!  Don’t delay… registered attendees will receive a soil test kit, lawn care calendar, and a packet of cover crop seeds!  For more information, visit www.geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122 ext. 2.

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors Wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The Parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

 

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

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Looking to embrace the beauty of the outdoors? Portage Parks offers a variety of educational activities, outdoor adventures, and numerous other events throughout each season. Listed below are several upcoming hikes and programs designed for you to get outdoors and explore.

 

Guided Nature Hikes and Educational Programs

Aug. 3 – Afternoon Stroll 2 pm -3 pm

In conjunction with the Lions Club Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchards, join the Portage Park Staff on a leisurely stroll down the Hike and Bike Trail beginning at Lake Rockwell Rd. and sauntering to Breakneck Creek. See what wildflowers might be in bloom; listen to what birds might be singing in the area, discuss the importance of Breakneck watershed and talk about how the area looked 100 years ago. Distance 2 miles

 

Aug. 10 – Night Hike Dix Park  8 pm -10 pm

Come join the Portage park staff on a journey through Dix Park using only your ears! Is that a Grey Tree Frog? What is the difference between a Katydid and a cricket sound? We will see if there are any owls in the neighborhood. We will also discuss bats and their importance in the ecosystem. If we are lucky we might see an opossum or raccoon! Distance 2 miles

 

Aug. 19 – What’s in and around Seneca Ponds 1 pm – 3 pm

Come join the Portage Park staff in walking around Seneca ponds. Learn the difference between Dragonflies and Damselflies and why they are important. What is the difference between a snapping, painted, and box turtle? What frogs might live in the pond? What snakes might be in the area? Who knows maybe we will be able to see, hold, and get an up close look at some of the inhabitants of the pond. Distance 1 mile

 

Wild Challenge Hike Schedule

Aug. 10 Dix Park Night Hike -8:00 pm

Aug. 17 Seneca Ponds 2:00pm

Aug. 24 Berlin Lake Trail – 2:00 pm

Sept. 14 Morgan Preserve 2:00 pm

Sept. 24 Chagrin Headwaters Preserve 2:00 pm

Oct. 5- Headwaters Trail Rt 700- 2:00 pm

Oct. 26 Headwaters Trail Buchert park 2:00 pm

Nov. 9- Franklin Bog Preserve 2:00 pm

 

Stay tuned for more upcoming hikes and programs

 

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W.A.R.A. met on Tuesday July 15th at the United Methodist Church on North Park Avenue, at 7:30 pm. Two new ham operators were introduced and taken into the club. KD8YYP Jason Rister, and Rose Carver as an Associate member.

The Annual Ham Fest will be held Sunday,  August 17th at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds, 899 Everett Hull Rd. Cortland, Ohio 44410. Gate A for vendors, Gate B for public. It will run from 8 am until 2pm. Vendors are welcome, please contact Jacqueline Williams N8JMW at 440.636.2806, if you want to rent a table.  Frequency check-ins will be on 146.970 with a pl tone of 100.0.

VE Testing will begin at 10am, with a testing prize. The Hamfest is dedicated to all of our silent keys from the past few years.

Be sure to check in for a chance at our mobile check in prize!

Information can be had by website: www.w8vtd.org.

Our Garfield Junior High soccer team will be co-ed and be comprised of grades 6 thru 8; open to all communities.  We will be playing other Jr. High teams in Geauga County and the surrounding area so travel is mandatory, skill level is higher than recreation and games will most likely be played on the weekends.  Although we are not considered part of the school district, we will be playing other district school teams and recreation programs.  Expect the fee to play to be about $50.00 per player and team sponsors are welcome.  This is the first step in Garfield establishing a Jr. High soccer program.  Our first practice will be August 7 at Brosius Rd. Field from 6 to 8 PM.  Please contact Bob Finney for more information and any ideas you may have to help grow our program at matrixprints@yahoo.com , txt or FB me.

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2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

 

Praise & Worship Service

Saturdays

Southing UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.

 

2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

God Provides a Free Meal

July 25

God Provides a Free Meal, July 25th from 4-6 at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305. Dinner includes beef and macaroni, corn, roll and dessert.

 

God Shares a Meal

July 25

God Shares a Meal, July 25 from 4-6:30 pm at Middlefield First United Methodist Church.  Free meal for anyone who wishes to come.  The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), one block south of Rt. 87 in Middlefield Village.  Handicap accessible.  Call the church at 440-632-0480 for more info.

 

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

July 26

The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on July 26th 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. Karaoke to follow from 8 – 11:30. Open to the public.

 

Monthly Party

July 26

The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd., Windham is having their monthly party on July 26th from 3-5. We will be having limbo contests, playing kickball, croquet and the happy tourist game, along with a cake walk. Hot dogs and punch will be served. In case of rain, a Veggie Tales movie will be shown in the fellowship hall, along with indoor games.

 

Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted items, collectables, raffles and a food café. Come join us and support your local veterans.

 

Community Choir Concert

July 27

Ravenna Community Choir Summer Concert July 27 at 3:00pm. First Congregational Church of Ravenna, UCC, 266 South Chestnut Street, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Free Admission  – Donations are accepted. Refreshments immediately after concert. Invite family, friends and neighbors

 

Barns of Shalersville Book 

July 27

The Barns of Shalersville book has been printed and will be available for sale at the Shalersville Community Picnic July 27th from 1-4. The book features over 100 pictures of Shalersville’s barns. Books are $35.00 each. Profits will benefit the Shalersville Historical Society and its museum. Orders can also be placed by calling 330-527-7669 or sending your name, address and a check or money order to Judy Thornton, 9764 Nichols Rd., Windham, OH 44288.

 

Spc. Adam Hamilton Memorial Shoot

July 27

Spc. Adam Hamilton Memorial Shoot will be July 27th at The Streetsboro Sportsman Assoc. located at 11280 Bloom Rd in Garrettsville. Registration starts at 8am and shooting begins at 10 am. Reg. donation $35. 100 shooter limit. Non-shooters welcome. Prize awarded to top shooter. Pre-register at adamhamilton.memorialshoot@gmail.com or contact Ladd Krestan 330-351-1244 or Erica McCauley 330-842-2701.

 

Backyard Bible Clubs

July 28-Aug 1

First Baptist Church, Newton Falls will be offering Backyard Bible Clubs in two locations July 28-August 1.  These clubs are for children ages 4 years old through Grade 8 and will offer games, songs, Bible stories, crafts and snacks.  The clubs will be held nightly from 6:30-8:30 PM with one event being held at the Everett Greathouse Memorial Playground in the East River Gardens neighborhood and the other event at the “JC” Pavilion in the City Park.  For additional information please contact the church at (330) 872-7055.

 

Safe Driving For Mature Operators Course

July 28 & 30

Safe Driving for Mature Operators Course at Hiram Police Department, 11617 Garfield Rd, Hiram 44234 will be July 28 & 30 from 10-12 and 1-3pm on both days. $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members. You must attend both days to be eligible for the insurance discount. Seating is limited, call 216-606-6702 to register

 

Red Cross Blood Drive 

July 31

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, here at our showroom at 104 a East Broad St. Newton Falls, next to Circle- K, on July 31st from 2-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Rummage Sale 

July 31 – Aug 2

Rummage sale and Flea market July 31st, Aug 1, and 2nd from 9 am till 4 pm at New Mercies Community Church, 12767 Butternut Rd, Burton. Spaces are available for all three days for $10; we are also accepting donations for the rummage sale. Drop off at the church. If interested in a space, please contact Sue at 330 274 7093 to reserve your space. Food will be provided for a small cost to everyone

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 31-Aug 2

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale at Parkman Congregational Church(18265 Madison Rd. 528 just north of 422) will be July 31 –Aug. 1st from 9-5.  Aug. 2nd  9 – noon items ½ price – 12:30 till close at 3 p.m., items free. Donations may be brought to church July 28 & 29 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions call church office at 440-548-4829.

 

 

 

18th Annual Charity Gold Outing

Aug 1

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual Gold Scramble on Aug 1st at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun start at 9am. Golfers receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your foursome. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway Clubs, flat screen TV and more. Our auction features 2 Southwest airline tickets. Cost is $110 per person. Call 330-296-6655 to register.

 

Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run

Aug 2

The 13th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on August 2nd.  Registration is 10am to 12pm at the American Legion Hall in Windham OH (9960 E. Center st) . 2 or 4 wheels are welcome. cost is $10.00 per person. Huge buffet, Chinese auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle! All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at James A Garfield. Contact Jamie Cain @330-221-6338 or Tom Myers @ 330-646-5797 for more info.

 

Vendors Needed!

Aug 2

Vendors are needed for the Annual Trunk Sale on August 2nd from 9am to 1pm at Harrington Square Mall, in Middlefield, between McDonalds and Wal-Mart.  Admission is free to shoppers.  There will be a huge variety of items, along with regular shopping hours at all the shops in Harrington Square.  We still have some vendor space available. Cost for 1 space (marked parking space) is $20 or two spaces for $35.  Vendor set up time is from 6:45 am to 9:45 am.  Bring your own set up: table, chairs and tent covering if needed.  The ground is paved so tent leg weights will be needed.  You can also just sell from your vehicle. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce at 440-632-5705 or by email at mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.  You can mail your vendor fee to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062, needs to be received by July 25.

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Archery Clinic

Aug 2

Eagle Creek Conservation will be hosting an Archery Clinic on August 2nd for kids 4-15. Pre-registration will be at 9am and we will begin around 10am. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. This year we have another new target; it should be a blast to shoot at. For more information or questions contact Jim Starkey at 330-357-6316 or Paramedicw18@yahoo.com.

 

7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 2-3

Kent Lions Club hosts the 7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road.  August 2nd and 3rd from NOON – 5:00 pm.  EAR-resistible fun for the whole family!  Enjoy Carnival Games for children, Face Painting, Trolley Rides and a Photo Booth. Vendors.  Model A’s Display on Saturday. Live Musical Entertainment lineup:  Saturday at noon is Willie and Friends followed by Kerry Kean and The Hot Potatoes.  Sunday at noon is Rio Neon followed by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled sweet corn from Pochedley’s, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, and Beckwith’s peaches & peach pie available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects. Located on the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail between Kent and Ravenna.  Hike, Bike, or Drive there for a great time!  OUTSIDE Vendor spaces available Contact Fran:  330-678-4012 or fhardest@kent.edu.

 

 

 

Pilates

Aug 2-31

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from August 3 to August 31 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

VBS – Rivet

Aug 4-7

Rivet, our VBS host, wants to see all of you August 4-7 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave. At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes   extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders! For questions call 330-527-2055 Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a cost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

St William Parish Rummage Sale

Aug 7-9

Saint William Parish, Champion, is hosting their annual rummage sale staring Thursday August 7th, 8th, and 9th. Hours on Aug 7 & 8 are 9:00 to 5:00 P.M. Saturday Aug 9 Bag Day 8:00 to 12:00. The huge sale, located at 5431 Mahoning Ave. Warren, Ohio is held in the large social hall and adjoining classrooms. Lunch counter available. This is the sale you don’t want to miss. Great items at great prices.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.

 

100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

GI Get Together

Aug 9

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield will host a GI Get Together – coffee and donuts from 8am-noon on Aug 9th, at the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Frank 440-834-8038 for more info.

 

Steak Fry

Aug 9

American Legion Post 674 Windham, OH, Son’s of the American Legion and Ladies Aux Steak Fry will be Aug 9th from 4:30-7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets -$13, at the door – $15. Menu: 10oz NY Strip/Rib eye, baked potato, vegetable, salad   (Prepared By Chef  Harold  Clark ). DJ  from  8 pm to 11pm music by JAY  D, 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

Ice Cream Social!

Aug 12

You are invited to an ice cream social at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  The Celtic Union Band will add to the fun with their high-spirited Irish folk music from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please join us for this enjoyable evening celebrating summer with friendly folks, good music, and ICE CREAM! The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, OH, in Troy Township, about 5 miles north of Hiram OR about 1 mile south of SR 422.  Questions?  Call (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voicemail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.  This event is free, and we hope to see you there!

 

Monthly Dance

Aug 14

Coleman Adult Day Services sponsors a monthly dance for Developmental Disabilities participants around the community. D.J. Terri Howe provides the entertainment. Refreshments are served. There is no charge for this dance if you would like to attend the next dance will be on August 14th. Every month on the second Thursday located at 6695. North Chestnut Street Ravenna. 6-8pm   If you know anyone that would like to come join in on a fun filled evening call 33-(296-3214) for more information.

 

Steak Roast Cancelled

Aug 16

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Steak Roast on Aug 16th has been cancelled.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Fourty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors Wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The Parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.

 

 

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

 

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

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Summer Stock 37 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Hairspray: The Musical.  With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film. Directors Tom Hitmar, Mackenzie Pinto and choreographer Dana Warren-Tolios lead the cast.  Songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad attempts to realize her dream of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program similar to American Band Stand, and to join the movement for civil rights.

 

Hairspray performs July 18–20, and 25-27, and August 1-3, at Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren, OH.  All shows are at 8:00 PM except for Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.

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A great big “Thank You” goes out to the peopl that made SummerFest 2014 happen…

SummerFest Raffle – Rick Patrick, Colleen Steele, Kristen Morris, Michelle Zivoder, Ben Coll & Aaron King;  Stages/Tents – Greg & Judy Macek;  Sound – Warren Ellison, Keith Franklin, Jason Adkins & Blazing Entertainment;  Stage Entertainment –  Aaron King;  PR/Media – Denise Bly, Ben Coll;  Website – Ben Coll;  Grand Parade – Greg Ebie & Life Church Assembly of God;  Tractor Parade – Kathy Lutz & Century 21 Goldfire Realty; Fireworks – Chief Friess & Aaron King; Rides/Games/Concessions – Aaron King; Duck Race – Garrettsville Lion’s Club;  Garrettsville Idol – Denise Bly, Michelle Zivoder, Aaron King, Jason Adkins,  Wendy Brown, Dan Deakins, & Jackie Rinearson; Pet Idol – Ben Coll & Krista Peterson;  Essay & Coloring Contests – Villager Staff; Punt, Pass, & Kick – Brian Gorby & Garrettsville Lion’s Club; Canoe Races – Mark Apple;

Homemade Pie Baking – Eva Szasz & Huntington Bank; Homemade Winemaking – Celeste Richards; Ice Cream Eating Contest – Sherri Johnson & Roger Angel; Cornhole Tournament – Dave Weiser & Jeff Reynolds; Dance Contest – Sherri Peters, the Dancing Diva’s, Shannelle Waggoner;  Hamburger Eating Contest – Aaron King, Rick Patrick, Greg and Judy Macek ; St. Ambrose Chicken Festival – Matt Ryser; MBA Bike Show – Garrettsville Eagles Club; Car Cruise – Garrettsville Area Chamber;  SummerFest 5K race – Dianna Morris & Norm Fashing; Bleachers & Seating – Carter Lumber & Rick Patrick; Cleanup – Aaron King & Chuck Klamer;  Chairman – Rick Patrick; Event Organizer – Aaron King

 

And Special Thanks to all those volunteers who helped out!

 

The Geauga County Retired Teachers’ Association will hold their annual picnic on Tuesday August 5th at Swine Creek Park in Middlefield at the Lake Side Shelter. Swine Creek Park is located at 15900 Hayes Rd. which turns off of Rte 87 east of Middlefield. (Please refer to a map which is posted on our website: gerta.net.) Attendees may gather at 11:15 with a business meeting beginning at 11:30 followed by picnic lunch at noon.

Each participant is asked to bring their own table service and a dish to pass. Pulled pork sandwiches will be supplied by Nancy Speck, and drinks will also be provided. After the meal, the Grant in Aid recipients will be introduced and presented with their awards.

Please RSVP to Nancy Speck at 440-286-3864. Guests are encouraged to bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel, or another guest who may need a ride. The association will be accepting donations of flour or kidney beans for The Geauga County Hunger Task Force, as well as SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR GEAUGA STUDENTS.

If transportation is needed to the picnic, please contact Geauga Transit at 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 a week before the scheduled event to make your reservation.

 

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2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Praise & Worship Service

Saturdays

Southing UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.

 

2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.

 

80s Night

July 18

American Legion Post 674 Windham. will be holding an 80s night 8pm July 18th. We will have a rocking DJ. and all sorts of stuff to give away and contests for the biggest hair, best dressed, best mullet and best wipe out. A great time to connect with friends.

 

Rummage Sale

July 18 & 19

Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 N Main Street, Mantua, Ohio, will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale on July 18 and 19 from 9 AM to 1 PM each day. There will be selection of many items for sale. For more information call Diane at 330-274-2868.

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.   Tickets available at the door.

 

Rockwell International Picnic

July 19

Rockwell International Annual Picnic at Braceville Picnic Shelter will be July 19th from noon-3pm, we will be eating at 1. Bring a covered dish to share!

 

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open to Public

July 19

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on July 19, from 9:30 to 11:00 PM. The featured object for the night will again be the “Ringed World,” Saturn, likely our last chance this year! Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Kinsman Is For Sale Rotary Chicken BBQ

 July 19

Rotary chicken BBQ is at the town park.  Just off of Rt. 5 south of town  8000 Burnett East Rd.    11 am to 2 pm?  Eat in or take out $8.00. Town-wide yard sale from 9 am to 5 pm.  Free maps are available at Market Square-on the square  Amish bake sale on square. Kinsman, OH is located on Rts. 5, 7 and 87. for info: MktSqKinsman@gmail.com  or call 330-876-3178 or 330-240-8094.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

July 19

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

 

Parkman Community Picnic

July 19

Residents of Parkman, come enjoy an evening of fun with your neighbors and friends July 19th from 5-8pm at Overlook Park, St. Rt. 168. The Chamber of Commerce is providing burgers & hot dogs, beverages, and paper products.  Please bring a dish to share!  They also are providing snow-cones, cotton candy, and popcorn for snacking. There will be a bounce house for the kids as well as corn hole and carnival games.

 

Free Clothing Giveaway

July 19

Free clothing giveaway sponsored by Mantua Christian Church, 4118 St. Rt. 82, Mantua Twp. Will be July 19 from 9-noon. We are featuring back to school clothing and items for boys & girls. Also will display fall hoodies, tees, sweats, and jeans in all sizes. We still have jackets and received more coats and sweaters as well. There is no cost to anyone.

 

Aurora Drive-It-Yourself Tour

July 19

Free family fun in historic Aurora, Ohio. Tour the City of Aurora by visiting participating business tour stops. Enjoy family activities, free samples, special sales/discounts or gifts at each stop. At the end of the tour enjoy a free ice cream social finale at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Submit your completed tour map for a chance to win a special grand prize! Tour & giveaways from 10-3, Ice Cream Social Finale and Prize Drawing from 3-4 * Maps must be turned in by 3:30 to qualify. Winner must be present. Sponsored by Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Robinson Health Center at Aurora and COSE. Visit www.AllAboutAurora.com for more information.

 

Lordstown Ice Cream Social

July 19

Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Rd., Lordstown will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 19.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies & ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

 

Youth Shoot 

July 19-20

Streetsboro Sportsmen Association will be holding Youth Shoots July 19th & 20th. On Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, children ages 10 to 18 will have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle firearms. On Sunday, participants from previous shoots are invited from 10 am – 2 pm to hone their skills. Shooters must have a responsible adult present at the range. Streetsboro Sportsmen Association will provide NRA instructors, lunch, firearms and ammo. Space is limited. To register, call Russ at (330) 274-3566.

 

NUMC 200th Birthday

July 20

Plan on stopping by the Nelson United Methodist Church, July 20th to help us celebrate our 200th birthday! The church has been in continuous worship from 1814 on Nelson Circle. We are honored and privileged to host this momentous event from 2-5pm. We will also be offering an extended service from 10:30-12pm which everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

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

Pancakes in the Park

July 20

Pancakes in the Park!  Rain or Shine!  July 20th – LAST of the summer season! Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invites you to a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast at Sunny Lake Park (885 Mennonite Rd. Aurora 44202 – boathouse pavilion) on Sunday, July 20th from 9am to 11am.  Let our team of volunteers cook you breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee).  Sit and enjoy the scenic view or a take a 2 mile walk/jog around Sunny Lake. Bring the family or friends and neighbors. Cost:  $6 adults, $4 kids 3-10 yrs., under 4 yrs. free!   Dog walkers welcome!  See you there.

 

Business Meeting

July 21

The Mantua Historical Society will have a business meeting on July 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantua Township Hall’s lower level, located on the Historic Green at the intersection of Route #82 and Mantua Center Road.  This would be a good time for interested people to get information about the Society; membership is only $8.00 for a single and $12.00 for a family.  We meet every third Monday of the month.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Weird Animals VBS

July 21-24

Calling all kids ages 4 -12!  “WEIRD ANIMALS” Vacation Bible School at Middlefield First United Methodist Church. God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you!  At “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School, kids learn that Jesus loves them no matter what, and experience Jesus’ love in surprising and unforgettable ways!  Experience Bible adventures, untamed games, sciency-fun gizmos, snacks at the Critter Care, wild and wacky activities!  6:30 – 8:30 pm July 21-24.  Registration is required.  Parents, please arrive at 6 pm on the first evening to complete parental permission form and medical form.  VBS is free to all.  Donations will be accepted to help support our adopted Compassion International child who lives in Nicaragua. The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), one block south of Rt. 87 in Middlefield Village.  Handicap accessible.  Call the church at 440-632-0480 for more info.

 

Treasure Island VBS

July 21-25

Gospel Light’s Son Treasure Island VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd, July 21-25. The fun begins each evening at 6:00pm sharp and lasts until 8:30. All children age 2 through grade 6 are welcome. There is no charge to attend. For more info call Anna 30-938-2335 or Debbie 330-358-2638

 

Pricetown UMC Vacation Bible School

July 21-25

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 21st thru July 25th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship.  This years’ theme is “Son Treasure Island”.    Youngsters (3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and our Treasure Island store at the end of the week.For more information,  please contact 330-872-3801 or 330-540-7523

 

Mobile Food Pantry

July 22

Mobile Food Pantry (formerly Produce to People) in Middlefield, the 4th Tuesday of each month through November at the First United Methodist Church. Next date is July 22.  Provided by the Cleveland Food Bank, you are welcome to come and pick up free produce and other items as available from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the church parking lot. Rain or shine!  The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), one block south of Rt. 87 in Middlefield Village.   Call the church at 440-632-0480 for more info.

 

Free Community Dinner

July 22

Free Community Dinner, July 22nd from 5-6pm, while supplies last. Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, OH.

 

Christmas in July

July 24

Christmas in July community dinner will be July 24th from 5-6:30pm. Dinner will consist of turkey and all the trimming. Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Ohio

 

God Provides a Free Meal

July 25

God Provides a Free Meal, July 25th from 4-6 at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305. Dinner includes beef and macaroni, corn, roll and dessert.

 

God Shares a Meal

July 25

God Shares a Meal, July 25 from 4-6:30 pm at Middlefield First United Methodist Church.  Free meal for anyone who wishes to come.  The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), one block south of Rt. 87 in Middlefield Village.  Handicap accessible.  Call the church at 440-632-0480 for more info.

 

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

July 26

The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on July 26th 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. Karaoke to follow from 8 – 11:30. Open to the public.

 

Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted items, collectables, raffles and a food café. Come join us and support your local veterans.

 

Spc. Adam Hamilton Memorial Shoot

July 27

Spc. Adam Hamilton Memorial Shoot will be July 27th at The Streetsboro Sportsman Assoc. located at 11280 Bloom Rd in Garrettsville. Registration starts at 8am and shooting begins at 10 am. Reg. donation $35. 100 shooter limit. Non-shooters welcome. Prize awarded to top shooter. Pre-register at adamhamilton.memorialshoot@gmail.com or contact Ladd Krestan 330-351-1244 or Erica McCauley 330-842-2701.

Backyard Bible Clubs

July 28-Aug 1

First Baptist Church, Newton Falls will be offering Backyard Bible Clubs in two locations July 28-August 1.  These clubs are for children ages 4 years old through Grade 8 and will offer games, songs, Bible stories, crafts and snacks.  The clubs will be held nightly from 6:30-8:30 PM with one event being held at the Everett Greathouse Memorial Playground in the East River Gardens neighborhood and the other event at the “JC” Pavilion in the City Park.  For additional information please contact the church at (330) 872-7055.

 

Safe Driving For Mature Operators Course

July 28 & 30

Safe Drivers for Mature Operators Course at Hiram Police Department, 11617 Garfield Rd, Hiram 44234 will be July 28 & 30 from 10-12 and 1-3pm on both days. $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members. You must attend both days to be eligible for the insurance discount. Seating is limited, call 216-606-6702 to register

 

Red Cross Blood Drive 

July 31

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, here at our showroom at 104 a East Broad St. Newton Falls, next to Circle- K, on July 31st from 2-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Rummage Sale 

July 31 – Aug 2

Rummage sale and Flea market July 31st, Aug 1, and 2nd from 9 am till 4 pm at New Mercies Community Church, 12767 Butternut Rd, Burton. Spaces are available for all three days for $10 we are also accepting donations for the rummage sale drop off at the church if interested in a space please contact sue at 330 274 7093 to reserve your space. Food will be provided for a small cost to everyone

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 31-Aug 2

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale at Parkman Congregational Church(18265 Madison Rd. 528 just north of 422) will be July 31 –Aug. 1st from 9-5.  Aug. 2nd  9 – noon items ½ price – 12:30 till close at 3 p.m., items free. Donations may be brought to church July 28 & 29 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions call church office at 440-548-4829.

 

18th Annual Charity Gold Outing

Aug 1

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual Gold Scramble on Aug 1st at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun start at 9am. Golfers receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your foursome. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway Clubs, flat screen TV and more. Our auction features 2 Southwest airline tickets. Cost is $110 per person. Call 330-296-6655 to register.

 

Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run

Aug 2

The 13th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on August 2nd Registration is 10am to 12pm at the American Legion Hall in Windham OH (9960 E. Center st) . 2 or 4 wheels are welcome. cost is $10.00 per person. Huge buffet, Chinese auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle! All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at James A Garfield. Contact Jamie Cain @330-221-6338 or Tom Myers @ 330-646-5797 for more info.

 

Vendors Needed!

Aug 2

Vendors are needed for the Annual Trunk Sale on August 2nd from 9am to 1pm at Harrington Square Mall, in Middlefield, between McDonalds and Wal-Mart.  Admission is free to shoppers.  There will be a huge variety of items, along with regular shopping hours at all the shops in Harrington Square.  We still have some vendor space available. Cost for 1 space (marked parking space) is $20 or two spaces for $35.  Vendor set up time is from 6:45 am to 9:45 am.  Bring your own set up: table, chairs and tent covering if needed.  The ground is paved so tent leg weights will be needed.  You can also just sell from your vehicle. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce at 440-632-5705 or by email at mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.  You can mail your vendor fee to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062, needs to be received by July 25.

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 2-3

Kent Lions Club hosts the 7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road.  August 2nd and 3rd from NOON – 5:00 pm.  EAR-resistible fun for the whole family!  Enjoy Carnival Games for children, Face Painting, Trolley Rides and a Photo Booth. Vendors.  Model A’s Display on Saturday. Live Musical Entertainment lineup:  Saturday at noon is Willie and Friends followed by Kerry Kean and The Hot Potatoes.  Sunday at noon is Rio Neon followed by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled sweet corn from Pochedley’s, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, and Beckwith’s peaches & peach pie available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects. Located on the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail between Kent and Ravenna.  Hike, Bike, or Drive there for a great time!  OUTSIDE Vendor spaces available Contact Fran:  330-678-4012 or fhardest@kent.edu.

 

Pilates

Aug 2-31

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from August 3 to August 31 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a cost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.

 

100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Fourty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

Burton – The Historical Engine Society will be holding their 44th Annual Antique Power and Steam Exhibition July 25, 26, 27, 2014, at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio. On display will be demonstrations of various types of antique machinery, such as steam engines, stationary and portable gas engines, tractors, excavating and construction equipment, grain threshing, sawmilling, cars and trucks, and blacksmithing. There will also be a parade of machinery through downtown Burton on Saturday and Sunday morning, children’s rides on Murphy’s Railroad, and open house tours of Century Village’s restored homes and shops.

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

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Hiram – Sixty Garrettsville Strong shirts recently made quite a splash in Tampa, Florida, when descendants of Frances Pike wore them as the official shirt of their family reunion there.   For forty-two years, Frances Pike was a respected teacher in Nelson and Middlefield.  When she died in 1997 at 91, her loving family decided to honor her memory by gathering  as a family every other year.  Thus the Pike Family Reunion was established.

The first location was Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Florida, where the family recently met again for this year’s reunion.  Other locations were Gettysburg and Northeast Portage County, where  younger family members could visit sites important in the lives of their grandparents, aunts and uncles, Orlando and Disney World , Sanibel and Lakeland, Florida, as well as Stone Mountain, Georgia.

While in Georgia, a senior family member, Don Pike, now of Lakeland, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for an Atlanta Braves baseball game, a treat arranged by his son, Greg Pike, now a producer with ESPN in Connecticut.

In addition to Don Pike, longtime owner-operator of Pike’s Turkey Farm on Route 88 in Nelson, the elder family members include Ken Pike, a financial advisor, who for the past 28 years has maintained an office in Hiram, where he and wife Damaris Peters Pike reside, and Kay Pike Easton, a tireless and honored contributor to worthy causes in Huntsville, Alabama, where she and husband Earl Eastin enjoy their three children and eight grandchildren living nearby.

The Pike family is deeply rooted in this area.  Don, Ken, and Kay grew up here and graduated from Middlefield High School.  Don’s wife, Ann Stroup Pike, graduated from Hiram College and—along with children David, Connie, and Greg Pike—Garfield High School.

Family members found the recent reunion to be such a treat that many urged that it become an annual event.  Certainly all will wear their Garrettsville Strong shirts when they return home to Cincinnati, Mansfield, North Olmstead, and Hiram in Ohio; Lakeland, Naples, and Palm Harbor in Florida;  West Hartford, Connecticut;  and Huntsville, Alabama.  Yes, Garrettsville Strong is strongly affirmed by the Pike Family!

 

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Geauga County – Geauga County Public Library is expanding its genealogical research resources with the addition of the World Vital Records database. As of July 1, GCPL patrons have access to more than 4.2 billion names in family history record collections worldwide. Created in 2006, World Vital Records offers easy-to-navigate collections of yearbooks, maps, certificates, immigration and military records, census and voter lists and digitized book collections. Patrons with valid library cards may access this content from a home computer with an Internet connection or from any GCPL location. “World Vital Records nicely complements our existing genealogy tools,” says Staff Genealogist Cheryl McClellan. “This collection allows patrons to access U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940 for the first time at no charge from the comfort of their own homes.”

 

Ravenna – On August 16, 2014, Portage APL and the Paws for Golf Committee hope you will join them for a fun filled day of golf.  All proceeds benefit the APL and the nearly a thousand animals rescued and adopted each year. The outing will be held at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville from 12pm – 7pm.  This 18-hole scramble includes a cart, lunch, free beverages, gifts, BBQ dinner as well as skill and door prizes!

To register call the APL at 330.296.4022. Cost is $100 per golfer or $35 for dinner only.

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.

To register or for more information, please call the Portage APL at 330.296.4022 or visit our website at www.portageapl.org

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Geauga County – The Geauga County Library Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its 2014 Chapman Award.  This yearly recognition is bestowed upon a special individual (or group of individuals) whose deeds have promoted the enjoyment and value of books and reading and whose involvement has directly benefitted the Geauga County community.

The prestigious Chapman Award, inspired and named after the late Mrs. Newton B. Chapman of Chardon, is presented at the Foundation’s annual ceremony and social event in October.  Past recipients include Norma B. Chapman (1994), Anderson A. Allyn, Sr. (1995), Barbara Inderlied (1996), Donald Cornish (1997), Jeannette “Teeter” Grosvenor (1998), Patricia Caunter-Billington (1999), Isabelle Gardner (2000), Elizabeth “Lee” Fisher (2001), Amy Kenneley (2002), Beverley Buettner (2003), Hope Merryfield (2004), Larry Dolan (2005), Anne Prusha (2006), Paul Newman (2007), Betty Wallis (2008), Regina “Sunny” Doxey (2009), Nancy Speck (2010), Mona J. Trybus (2011), Judy Carruthers (2012), Ann Lyman (2012), Mary Jean Moreno (2012), Pat Weyandt (2012) and Mary Ann Moczulski (2013).

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 14, 2014.  Nomination forms are available at all Geauga County Public library branches including Bainbridge, Chardon, Geauga West and Middlefield Libraries, Newbury and Thompson Stations, the Bookmobile, and at the Geauga County Public Library Administrative Center 12701 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon. More than one nomination form may be submitted per person.

For more information, contact the Geauga County Public Library Administrative Center at (440) 286-6811.

The Geauga County Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the Geauga County Public Library.

 

Mantua – Plan to attend the largest, three-day fair in Northern Portage County where you’ll enjoy delicious food and find family fun for all ages. St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair in Mantua begins on Friday, July 18th, at 6:00 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19th, from 1:00 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 20th, from Noon to 10:00 p.m.

The 51st Ox Roast Fair has plenty of fun to keep the whole family entertained, including: a wide variety of fair food favorites; live entertainment; Friday night fireworks; Saturday morning 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk; air-conditioned dining hall; an assortment of rides, games, contests & giveaways; over $7,000 in main raffle prizes & hourly progressive drawings each day plus several specialty raffles, souvenir T-shirts & hats; tractor, truck & semi pulls; trade booths; Ox Idol Karaoke Contest; indoor casino with instant bingo; security; handicap accessibility; clean grounds and much, much more!

The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. is located in Mantua Twp. off Pioneer Trail approximately 1/4 mi. west of St. Rt. 44, south of St. Rt. 82, just north of Mantua Village (accessible from U.S. Rt. 422 just 7 miles north or Ohio Turnpike Exit 193 just 2 miles south). You won’t want to miss St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair ~ Not Your Typical Church Festival! For more information, please check out St. Joseph’s website www.stjosephmantua.com/stjosephox.html, find us on Facebook (St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair), or phone the parish office at 330-274-2253.

And the winners are…

Everyone who attended last weekend’s Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having had a delicious meal). However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners:

$1,000 First PrizeBen Fashing

$200 Second PrizeJulie Twardzik

$100 Third PrizePauline Ross

$100 Fourth PrizeCharlene & Richard Cermak

$100 Fifth PrizeMandy Mayer

Side of Beef or $500 gift cardLori Podojil

Flat Screen TVBob Jagoda

Gas GrillMelanie McManus

Date NightLou Stepic

Family Night Out PackageLinda Proctor

Auto CareBill Voytko

I’m Not Cooking PackageJimmy Howell

Shopping Bonanza PackageMary Shoemaker

Wine Basket #1Ann Shock

Wine Basket #2Sherri Novak

Breakfast BasketSusan Seene

Baby BlanketSusan Seene

Lottery PotBill Busse

QuiltRon Stoner

AfghanJudy Piero

RockerGinny Della Torre

4th of July BasketGertrude Hall

Blessed Rosary Kathy Mayer

Pink Baby AfghanRita Shea

Peach ShawlHelen Simko

Yellow Hat & ScarfJoyce Knapp

Red Lap RobeHelen Simko

Blue Baby AfghanJoan Duman

 

Even if you did not win anything at the festival, we sure hope you had a great time.   If so, then we all went home winners

 

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“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria, Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.   Tickets available at the door.

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“Run of the Ox” 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk

Be a part of this year’s 5K Run/Walk or 1M Fun Walk at St. Joseph’s Annual Ox Roast Fair!!! Race will take place on Saturday morning of the fair, July 19th. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. in front of the church and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Out & back course begins at St. Joe’s, heads down St. Joseph Blvd. to Pioneer Trail, onto Bowen Rd. to St. Rt. 82 & back to the church (Fun Walk takes place on church grounds).

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall and the top 3 in the following age groups: 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29,30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.

Features include water stops, timers, t-shirts (first 150 registrations), and refreshments. Pre-registration fee is $16.00 by July 14, 2014. Race day registration is $20.00. Registration forms are available in the church narthex, by clicking on the link on this page, or on the website of race coordinator, HMA Promotions.

 

2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

 

Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ lavfw3332@embarqmail.com or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric. Hurry space is limited.

 

Fish Fry Friday

July 11

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry July 11th from 4-7:30pm. Fish, shrimp, chicken tenders or combo of fish and shrimp, choice of baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or apple sauce and green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-537-2330. Eagles club is located at 8149 Water St.

4th Annual Rummage Sale

July 11-12

Find new treasures at our 4th Annual Rummage Sale July 11th and July 12th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. sponsored by the Ravenna Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star located at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, 4785 Washington Avenue, Ravenna (located off of State Route 14).  The sale will include a wide variety of items and is open to the public.

 

Community Sale

July 11-12

Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be July 11-12 from 9-5 at the Historical Church at the corner of Allyn and Winchell Rd. Silent Auction and Bake Sale. Serving hot dogs, chili dogs and sloppy Joes. Quilt raffle. Maps available.

 

Community Yard Sale

July 12

A community yard sale is once again being held on the grounds of the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N Main St on July 12th at 7:00 AM.  Spots are free and a limited number of tables are available for use on a first call basis.  A free lunch will be served between 11 AM and 1 PM for all in attendance at that time.  Reserve your free place now by calling Jim at 330-671-1426.

 

Fill-A-Police Car & Pet Adoption

July 12

Hiram Police Department’s “Fill-A-Police Car and Pet Adoption event will be July 12th from 9-3 at Hiram Municipal Center, 11617 Garfield Rd., Hiram 44234. Non-Perishable food items collected to support our area needy families. Many area pet rescues will be at the event with many adoptable and adorable dogs and cats.

 

Flea Market & Bake Sale

July 12

Lake Milton Presbyterian Church Flea Market and Bake Sale will be July 12 from 9-4. There is no charge for the flea market space, just bring your own table and chairs, etc. lunch and bake sale items will be available for purchase. For directions or more info call 330-654-3396.

 

Mantua Farmer’s Market

July 12-Sept 27

Mark your calendar for the start of the Mantua Farmer’s Market season.  The Market is under new sponsorship this year, Christ Lutheran Church is in charge. All vendor fees will go into their Handicapped Entrance Project fund. Price is $5.00 per date. Our vendors sell a variety of items and more vendors are needed. The Markets will be held on Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm beginning on July 12th and ending on September 27th. The Market is held in the parking lot at the Church at 10827 North Main Street (State Route 44), right next to Crestwood High School. Call Diane at 330-274-2868 for details.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise at St. Edward’s Parish will be July 13th. This all-day event will fun for the entire family with cool classic /custom cars & trucks to view, plenty of food, and lots of activities including raffles and a Chinese auction.  Tickets are on sale now for the dinners as well as the raffles items.  Please save the date and come join us!  For additional information call:  440.548.3812

 

Vacation Bible School

July 13-18

Vacation Bible School will be held July 13-18 from 6:00-8:45 PM at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls.  The VBS is free and open to all children ages 4 years old through Grade 6.  This year’s theme is “Agency 3D” and the children will examine eyewitness reports, physical proof and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about who Jesus really is!  Registration may be made online at: www.fbcnewtonfalls.com or by contacting the church office: (330) 872-7055.

 

Chardon Polka Band

July 15

Burton Public Library presents The Chardon Polka Band! Please join us for an outdoor Summer Concert on July 15, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Come get your Polka on! 14588 West Park Street, Burton. (440) 834-4466.

 

Sausage Sandwiches at CBF

 July 15

Sausage Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad, Chips, and an old time favorite dessert S’mores top off our Loaves and Fishes Meal for this month on July 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville. This is a meal that has no income restrictions as all are invited. If you should have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205. Hope to see you here!!

 

Community Center Open

July 15, 22, 29

Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free. Everyone’s invited.

 

Hiram Community Committee Forming

July 17

The Hiram Township trustees have created the Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) to implement selected parts of the Comprehensive Plan.  Your input is needed!   Discussion will continue about creating hiking trails throughout the Township, as well as a summer fundraiser of old fashioned fun.    Come to the meeting on July 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Maggie’s Donuts in Hiram.  This is a public meeting; any Township resident will be eligible to serve on the committee.  Contact Tim Kasper 330-569-7387 or email tkasper@sbc.edu if interested in this exciting opportunity.

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

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

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

July 19

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

 

Cheese Making Workshop

July 19

The Portage County Gardeners  will have a Cheese Making Workshop on July 19- 10a.m.-noon at 5154 Prospect St. Ravenna, OH 44266. Cost is $25.00. Learn how to make soft mozzarella and then ricotta cheese in a crock pot. You will get a starter kit to take home and you can sample the instructor’s cheese. Also, call Helena to pre-register and pre-pay.  Deadline for registration and pre-pay for both classes is July 12.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner Play

July 19

North Coast Men’s Chorus presents; “Lights! Camera! Murder!” A murder mystery dinner theater play, July 19 from 6-11pm at Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Trisket Rd, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $45 each, table of 8 $320, includes three course dinner, cash bar, live & silent auction, costume contest. To make reservations, visit our website at www.ncmchorus,org, or call 216-556-0590.

 

Parkman Community Picnic

July 19

Residents of Parkman, come enjoy an evening of fun with your neighbors and friends July 19th from 5-8pm at Overlook Park, St. Rt. 168. The Chamber of Commerce is providing burgers & hot dogs, beverages, and paper products.  Please bring a dish to share!  They also are providing snow-cones, cotton candy, and popcorn for snacking. There will be a bounce house for the kids as well as corn hole and carnival games.  We’re also planning some Amish-Yankee baseball games.  If you’re interested in playing, call Sandy at (440) 548-5740. We hope to see you there!

 

Free Clothing Giveaway

July 19

Free clothing giveaway sponsored by Mantua Christian Church, 4118 St. Rt. 82, Mantua Twp. Will be July 19 from 9-noon. We are featuring back to school clothing and items for boys & girls. Also will display fall hoodies, tees, sweats, and jeans in all sizes. We still have jackets and received more coats and sweaters as well. There is no cost to anyone.

 

Aurora Drive-It-Yourself Tour

July 19

Free family fun in historic Aurora, Ohio. Tour the City of Aurora by visiting participating business tour stops. Enjoy family activities, free samples, special sales/discounts or gifts at each stop. At the end of the tour enjoy a free ice cream social finale at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Submit your completed tour map for a chance to win a special grand prize! Tour & giveaways from 10-3, Ice Cream Social Finale and Prize Drawing from 3-4 * Maps must be turned in by 3:30 to qualify. Winner must be present. Sponsored by Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Aurora Manor Skilled Nursinf & Rehabilitation, Robinson Health Center at Aurora and COSE. Visit www.AllAboutAurora.com for more information.

 

Lordstown Ice Cream Social

July 19

Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Rd., Lordstown will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 19.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies & ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

 

Youth Shoot 

July 19-20

Streetsboro Sportsmen Association will be holding Youth Shoots July 19th & 20th. On Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, children ages 10 to 18 will have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle firearms. On Sunday, participants from previous shoots are invited from 10 am – 2 pm to hone their skills. Shooters must have a responsible adult present at the range. Streetsboro Sportsmen Association will provide NRA instructors, lunch, firearms and ammo. Space is limited. To register, call Russ at (330) 274-3566.

 

NUMC 200th Birthday

July 20

Plan on stopping by the Nelson United Methodist Church, July 20th to help us celebrate our 200th birthday! The church has been in continuous worship from 1814 on Nelson Circle. We are honored and privileged to host this momentous event from 2-5pm. We will also be offering an extended service from 10:30-12pm which everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

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

 

Treasure Island VBS

July 21-25

Gospel Light’s Son Treasure Island VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd, July 21-25. The fun begins each evening at 6:00pm sharp and lasts until 8:30. All children age 2 through grade 6 are welcome. There is no charge to attend. For more info call Anna 30-938-2335 or Debbie 330-358-2638

 

Pricetown UMC Vacation Bible School

July 21-25

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 21st thru July 25th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship.  This years’ theme is “Son Treasure Island”.    Youngsters (3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and our Treasure Island store at the end of the week.For more information,  please contact 330-872-3801 or 330-540-7523

 

What’s Bugging Your Plants & Trees

July 23

On Wednesday, July 23 from  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. the  Master Gardeners  who answer your questions on Helpline are offering a free evening of diagnostic help in the middle of the growing season.  Bring your gardening problems, questions and even diseased or failure to thrive plant samples. The Master Gardeners will provide educational information on plant diseases and insects and their control.  Individual concerns will be addressed as well.  If your gardens are lush and growing without incident come and gather with your fellow gardeners and listen and learn.   Light refreshments provided.  Free community offering.  Program held at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Building, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.  Preregistration encouraged (440-834-4656), walk-ins welcome.  geauga.osu.edu

 

Christmas in July

July 24

Christmas in July community dinner will be July 24th from 5-6:30pm. Dinner will consist of turkey and all the trimming. Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Ohio

 

Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted items, collectables, raffles and a food café. Come join us and support your local veterans.

 

Safe Driving For Mature Operators Course

July 28 & 30

Safe Drivers for Mature Operators Course at Hiram Police Department, 11617 Garfield Rd, Hiram 44234 will be July 28 & 30 from 10-12 and 1-3pm on both days. $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members. You must attend both days to be eligible for the insurance discount. Seating is limited, call 216-606-6702 to register

 

Red Cross Blood Drive 

July 31

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, here at our showroom at 104 a East Broad St. Newton Falls, next to Circle- K, on July 31st from 2-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 31-Aug 2

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale at Parkman Congregational Church(18265 Madison Rd. 528 just north of 422) will be July 31 –Aug. 1st from 9-5.  Aug. 2nd  9 – noon items ½ price – 12:30 till close at 3 p.m., items free. Donations may be brought to church July 28 & 29 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions call church office at 440-548-4829.

 

18th Annual Charity Gold Outing

Aug 1

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual Gold Scramble on Aug 1st at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun start at 9am. Golfers receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your foursome. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway Clubs, flat screen TV and more. Our auction features 2 Southwest airline tickets. Cost is $110 per person. Call 330-296-6655 to register.

 

Vendors Needed!

Aug 2

Vendors are needed for the Annual Trunk Sale on August 2nd from 9am to 1pm at Harrington Square Mall, in Middlefield, between McDonalds and Wal-Mart.  Admission is free to shoppers.  There will be a huge variety of items, along with regular shopping hours at all the shops in Harrington Square.  We still have some vendor space available. Cost for 1 space (marked parking space) is $20 or two spaces for $35.  Vendor set up time is from 6:45 am to 9:45 am.  Bring your own set up: table, chairs and tent covering if needed.  The ground is paved so tent leg weights will be needed.  You can also just sell from your vehicle. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce at 440-632-5705 or by email at mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.  You can mail your vendor fee to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062, needs to be received by July 25.

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 2-3

Kent Lions Club hosts the 7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road.  August 2nd and 3rd from NOON – 5:00 pm.  EAR-resistible fun for the whole family!  Enjoy Carnival Games for children, Face Painting, Trolley Rides and a Photo Booth. Vendors.  Model A’s Display on Saturday. Live Musical Entertainment lineup:  Saturday at noon is Willie and Friends followed by Kerry Kean and The Hot Potatoes.  Sunday at noon is Rio Neon followed by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled sweet corn from Pochedley’s, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, and Beckwith’s peaches & peach pie available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects. Located on the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail between Kent and Ravenna.  Hike, Bike, or Drive there for a great time!  OUTSIDE Vendor spaces available Contact Fran:  330-678-4012 or fhardest@kent.edu.

 

Pilates

Aug 2-31

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from August 3 to August 31 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a cost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.

 

100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Fourty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.

 

Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

The results from Garrettsville Summerfest’s 2014 contests have been received. Award winners are listed as follows.

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Garrettsville Idol
Youth: Olivia Sheer
Teen: Jasmine Nevarez
Adult: Jason Stachowski

Car or Cash Raffle
Grand: Mona Scapillini
Second: Mattew Molner
Third: Savannah Lorinchack
Fourth: Bob Faber

10th Annual Garrettsville Lions Club Punt, Pass & Kick Contest
1st Place 4 Year Old Female Division: Reese Angel
1st Place 6 Year Old Female Division: Avery Angel
1st Place 6 Year Old Male Division: Brendan Fashing
1st Place 7 Year Old Female Division: Jordan Enk
1st Place 8 Year Old Female Division: Addison Angel / Emily Hall / Maggie Zent (3-way tie)
1st Place 8 Year Old Male Division: Cody Enk
1st Place 9 Year Old Female Division: Anna Fashing
1st Place 9 Year Old Male Division: Josh Ripley
1st Place 10 Year Old Female Division: Emma Zent
1st Place 10 Year Old Male Division: Keaton Eberly
1st Place 11 Year Old Male Division: Shawn Barber
1st Place 12 Year Old Male Division: Garrett Eberly / Kayvon Rezaei (Tie)
1st Place 13 Year Old Male Division: Carter Zent
1st Place 14 Year Old Male Division: Sason Rezaei
1st Place 15 Year Old Male Division: Tyler Enk

Essay Contest:
Winner: Abbie Maschek

Coloring Contest:
Sadie Gallagher – Age 7
Evan Miller – Age 7
Tara Douglas – Age 7
Clara Nottingham – Age 1.5
Wyatt Nottingham – Age 6
Destiny Rousey – Age 10
Owen Bass – Age 7
Emma Bass – Age 9
Amanda Riffle – Age 8
Maggie Stout – Age 9
Caleb Stout – Age 8
Ashley Myers – Age 6

Scavenger Hunt:
Bobbie & Shannon Gallagher

Wine Making Contest:
White Grape Dry
Georg Macek (2013 Chardonnay)
White Grape Sweet
Darris Gibson (2013 Chardonnay)
Red Grape Dry
Darris Gibson (2013 Pinot Noir)
Georg Macek (2013 Cabernet Sauvignon)
Darris Gibson (2013 Cabernet Sauvignon)
Georg Macek (2013 Merlot)
George Macek (2013 Shiraz)
Red Grape Sweet
No Entries
Rose Grape
No Entries
White or Red Dry Non-Grape
No Entries
White or Red Sweet Non-Grape
Lynda Smienski (2013 Peach Riesling)
Ben Fashing (2013 Strawberry)
White or Red Sweet Dessert Wine
Best of Show – Lynda Smienski (2013 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine)

Pie Baking Contest
Fruit Pies
Iva Walker (Strawberry)
Tim Rowan (Cherry)
Mary Ellen Ensinger (Cherry)
Cream Pies
Iva Walker (Lemon Meringue)
Beki Morris (Coconut Cream)
Evalynne Harrington (Coconut Cream)
Most Original
Beki Morris (Banana Split)
Lauren Sanchez (Fluffy Caramel)
Lucas Whittenberger (Pecan Pie)

Grand Parade
Best of Show – St. Helen’s Unicycles
8th Count Dance Center
JAG Marching Band
Life Church
Ron Tamburrinno
Garrettsville United Methodist Church
TGA All Stars

Buckeye State Pedal Pull
Age 3
Karlie Cottrill
Colton Criblez
Emerson White
Mason Nevins
Alexa Slacky
Rylie
Age 4
Diamond Dyson
Landon Sitosky
Bella Phillips
Age 5
Dominick Slacky
Ava Marie Carloni
Aaron Royer
Age 6
Clayton Kerns
Leila Walton
Aiden Wargo
Age 7
Nicholas Edic
Kimberly Bowers

Age 8
Hannah Wojtaski
Emily Hall

Age 9
Ethan Carpenter
Alex Picoult
Dezaray McIe
Age 10
Austin Diesinger
Will Reese

Age 11
Brad Hill Jr.
Lorna Picoult

So You Think You Can Dance:
Outstanding Achievement in Performance –> Elijah Voshel danced to “One Voice” and dances with the 8th count dance studio

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –> Hope Miller, Faith Miller, and Chelsea Bates danced to “Turn Down for What Mix” and dance with the 8th Count Dance studio

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –> Riley Eisenmann danced to “Do you want to build a snowman” dances with the 8th count Dance Studio

Competition
Outstanding Achievement in Performance –> Hannah Koon danced to “Hero” and dances with Studio L

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –> Hannah Koon, Allie Grimm, and Frankie Merkel danced to “Black Betty” they dance with Studio L

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –> Emma Koon danced to ” Best Shot”

 

Results from the Friends of Melana 5K for Cancer Research can be found at:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/85c0ab_1065228eada644cd83dd2759de6deed6.pdf

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Garrettsville Summerfest

June 28, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

Downtown Garrettsville

 

Hiram 4th of July

July 3, 2014 at 9:30pm

Hiram College Football Field

Hiram, Ohio 44234

 

Aurora Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2014 at 9:45pm

West Pioneer Trail Ball Fields

Aurora, Ohio 44202

 

Woodside Lake Park Fireworks

July 5, 2014 at 9:00pm

Woodside Lake Park

2486 Frost Road, Streetsboro, Ohio 44241

 

Kent Heritage Festival

July 5, 2014 at 10:00pm

Downtown Kent,

Mogadore Road, Kent, Ohio 44240

 

Newton Falls Fireworks

July 4, 2014 at 10:00pm

City Park, 52 East Quarry Street

Newton Falls, Ohio 44444

 

Packard Music Hall Fireworks

July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Packard Music Hall

1703 Mahoning Ave NW,  Warren, Ohio 44483

 

Portage Lakes Fireworks

July 5, 2014; 10pm *Rain Date July 6

Portage Lakes Ohio

 

Burton Community Fireworks

July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Geauga County Fairgrounds

14373 N Cheshire St., Burton, Ohio 44021

 

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Feline Spay and Neuter Clinic

In an effort to help with the growing cat problem in Portage County, Rose’s Rescue along with the Portage Co Dog Warden’s Office will be hosting an all cat spay and neuter clinic on Tuesday July 15, 2014. The cost per spay or neuter will be $20 per cat. An appointment is required.  The $20 must be prepaid to hold an appointment spot.  The $20 is nonrefundable if you do not show up for your scheduled appointment or cancel less than 48 hours prior to the event.

Please call the Rose’s Rescue voice mail, leave your name and number and someone will get back to you with further details. This clinic is open to the general public, please no rescue groups. Space is limited.  Rose’s Rescue voice mail 330-850-7042. Press 1 to leave a message.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Rose’s Rescue to help cover the cost of future clinics, please feel free to help us! You can mail a check to Rose’s Rescue, PO Box 33, Rootstown, Ohio 44272. Make checks payable to Rose’s Rescue and write spay/neuter fund in the comments section or attach a note stating that. You may also donate on line at www.rosesrescue.net.

 

2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

 

Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ lavfw3332@embarqmail.com or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric… Hurry space is limited.

 

The ‘Legacy’ of Larry Doby

June 26

Speaker Ike Brooks of the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland will be at the Century House, across from Hiram Police Station off 700 south of 82/305, June 26th at 7:30pm.The topic will be the ‘Legacy’ of Larry Doby. This presentation will discuss the career highlights of the second African American to play Major League baseball and the first in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. This free event will be presented by the Hiram Historical Society and is open to the public.

 

Annual Rummage Sale

June 26-28

Annual Rummage Sale at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd, Garrettsville, will be June 26-28th from 10am-5pm. Lots of clothes, dishes, misc. household items, 5 collectable dolls, etc.  Call 330-527-4068 for more info.

 

Free Meal

June 27

God Provides a Free Meal, June 27th from 4-6 at Nelson UMC. Dinner will consist of beef and noodles, green beans, roll and dessert.

 

Fabulous Gospel Echoes

June 28

The “Fabulous Gospel Echoes” will perform your favorite southern gospel songs on stage at Garrettsville Summerfest June 28th 11 till noon. Pack up the babies, bring the old ladies, a lawn chair, a friend, a smile and get ready to sing!! “Cause that’s how we do it in the South”

 

Buckeye Martinfest 

June 28

The Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association is holding a free, family oriented festival. The 5th Annual Buckeye MartinFest June 28th from 2-4pm at North Reservoir Boat Launch Ramp, State Mill Road, Coventry. Held in this area features feeding the Purple Martins, seeing their habitat, even possibly holding some of the babies in hand.  There will be many exhibits set up by various organizations specializing in nature and the environment including: Summit County MetroParks, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association, the Akron Library and, of course, the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association. It’s an excellent fun and informative afternoon for the whole family, young and old alike. And did I mention, it’s free?

 

Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.

 

Amateur Radio Association Field Day

June 28-29

Warren Amateur Radio Association Field Day will be held this year at Mosquito Lake State Park off of Rt. 305 near the boat docks in the grassy area. It will begin June 28th  at 10 am with setup, then on the air by 2pm, and will go all night until 29th at 2 pm will be tear down time.  Please bring a covered dish for the picnic and a lawn chair.

 

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Community Center Open

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free, everyone’s invited.   Children must have adult supervision, but we’ve got craft materials and lots of different games we’d be glad to teach you all to play, adults and children alike.  Hours are 9:30 am until late afternoon. (We close when everyone’s gone but the leadership.)  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon. Our current service project is making dresses for little girls in Africa.  Pattern is simple and children can participate.  We re-open at 5:00 for the Don’t Eat Alone supper potluck served at 5:30, to which we extend a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals by themself: widowed, divorced, never married, spouse travelling, it doesn’t matter.   Beverages and tableware provided.

 

 

Chicken Dinner

July 2

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on July 2nd from 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $8.50, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10 $4.00, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

 

Library Closed Independence Day

July 4

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on July 4, in observance of Independence Day. They will resume normal operating hours the following business day. For information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online atwww.portagelibrary.org.

 

Vet’s Appreciation Day

July 4

Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 Veteran’s Appreciation Day & Fireworks. Join us for our annual fireworks display on July 4th at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6pm and the fun goes through the conclusion of fireworks. Military displays and vehicles. Food concessions provided by Geauga Fair Board. $4 donation per car, $1 per person walk-in.

 

Chesterland Parade

July 4

Chesterland Parade will be July 4th at 11am. Begins at St. Anslem’s Church, Chesterland, Ohio. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more info.

 

Swing Dance

July 5

Swingtime Big Band is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance July 5th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.

 

Soccer Summer Camp

July 7-15

Garrettsville Soccer YMCA summer camp will be 4 evenings this July at Brosius Road Fields. $75, Pre-K u6 & u8, 5-7pm July 7, 8, 14 & 15. $100, U10 – High School 5-8pm July 9, 10, 14 & 15. $10 from each registration goes to the Garrettsville YMCA. Register online www.HandsOnSoccer.com or call 330-970-9662. Directed by Otto Orf, former pro/national team player and coach of 25 years.

 

 

Bible School

July 7-11

Join the Portage Faith United Methodist Church for an exciting Bible school program “Workshop of Wonders, Image and Build with God.” The evenings will begin with a light supper at 6pm in the fellowship hall and ends around 8:45pm. The classes are for all ages 3 and up. Join us the week of July 7th-11th at Portage Faith UMC on St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. Please call the church office at 330-274-8987 to register.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

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

 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.

 

Community Yard Sale

July 12

A community yard sale is once again being held on the grounds of the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N Main St on July 12th at 7:00 AM.  Spots are free and a limited number of tables are available for use on a first call basis.  A free lunch will be served between 11 AM and 1 PM for all in attendance at that time.  Reserve your free place now by calling Jim at 330-671-1426.

 

Mantua Farmer’s Market

July 12-Sept 27

Mark your calendar for the start of the Mantua Farmer’s Market season.  The Market is under new sponsorship this year, Christ Lutheran Church is in charge. All vendor fees will go into their Handicapped Entrance Project fund. Price is $5.00 per date. Our vendors sell a variety of items and more vendors are needed. The Markets will be held on Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm beginning on July 12th and ending on September 27th. The Market is held in the parking lot at the Church at 10827 North Main Street (State Route 44), right next to Crestwood High School. Call Diane at 330-274-2868 for details.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise at St. Edward’s Parish will be July 13th. This all-day event will fun for the entire family with cool classic /custom cars & trucks to view, plenty of food, and lots of activities including raffles and a Chinese auction.  Tickets are on sale now for the dinners as well as the raffles items.  Please save the date and come join us!  For additional information call:  440.548.3812

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

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

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

July 19

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

 

Cheese Making Workshop

July 19

The Portage County Gardeners  will have a Cheese Making Workshop on July 19- 10a.m.-noon at 5154 Prospect St. Ravenna, OH 44266. Cost is $25.00. Learn how to make soft mozzarella and then ricotta cheese in a crock pot. You will get a starter kit to take home and you can sample the instructor’s cheese. Also, call Helena to pre-register and pre-pay.  Deadline for registration and pre-pay for both classes is July 12.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner Play

July 19

North Coast Men’s Chorus presents; “Lights! Camera! Murder!” A murder mystery dinner theater play, July 19 from 6-11pm at Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Trisket Rd, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $45 each, table of 8 $320, includes three course dinner, cash bar, live & silent auction, costume contest. To make reservations, visit our website at www.ncmchorus,org, or call 216-556-0590.

 

Parkman Community Picnic

July 19

Residents of Parkman, come enjoy an evening of fun with your neighbors and friends July 19th from 5-8pm at Overlook Park, St. Rt. 168. The Chamber of Commerce is providing burgers & hot dogs, beverages, and paper products.  Please bring a dish to share!  They also are providing snow-cones, cotton candy, and popcorn for snacking. There will be a bounce house for the kids as well as corn hole and carnival games.  We’re also planning some Amish-Yankee baseball games.  If you’re interested in playing, call Sandy at (440) 548-5740. We hope to see you there!

 

NUMC 200th Birthday

July 20

Plan on stopping by the Nelson United Methodist Church, July 20th to help us celebrate our 200th birthday! The church has been in continuous worship from 1814 on Nelson Circle. We are honored and privileged to host this momentous event from 2-5pm. We will also be offering an extended service from 10:30-12pm which everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

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

 

Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

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

 

Pricetown UMC Vacation Bible School

July 21-25

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 21st thru July 25th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship.  This years’ theme is “Son Treasure Island”.    Youngsters (3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and our Treasure Island store at the end of the week.For more information,  please contact 330-872-3801 or 330-540-7523

 

What’s Bugging Your Plants & Trees

July 23

On Wednesday, July 23 from  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. the  Master Gardeners  who answer your questions on Helpline are offering a free evening of diagnostic help in the middle of the growing season.  Bring your gardening problems, questions and even diseased or failure to thrive plant samples. The Master Gardeners will provide educational information on plant diseases and insects and their control.  Individual concerns will be addressed as well.  If your gardens are lush and growing without incident come and gather with your fellow gardeners and listen and learn.   Light refreshments provided.  Free community offering.  Program held at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Building, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.  Preregistration encouraged (440-834-4656), walk-ins welcome.  geauga.osu.edu

 

Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted Items, Collectables, Raffles and a Food Café. Come join us and support your local veterans.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive 

July 31

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, Here at our showroom at 104 a East Broad St. Newton Falls, next to Circle- K, on July 31st from 2-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a lost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

Growing Angel Trumpets, Brugmansia

Aug 13

You have seen these magnificent plants at garden centers and at the Geauga county fair.  Learn how to select and grow these spectacular, fragrant flowers.  Go to the award winning brugmansia garden of Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik where she will teach you the care and propagation of these beauties. She will show you the tricks to get hundreds of blooms on a single plant and how to winter them over for years of enjoyment.  As a special treat you’ll even get a brugmansia to take home. Additional plants will be available for purchase.   This off site class will be held on  Wednesday, August 13, 7 PM-9 PM, $35 Ask Phyllis for a tour of her garden too! $35. Call 440-834-4656 to register and get directions.  View a list of upcoming Master Gardener classes, geauga.osu.edu

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104

 

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

 

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Mantua - The Rotary Club of Mantua would like to invite the public to meet, and listen to Julie Thompson speak of the 1935 “Last great train robbery” by Alvin “Creepy” Karpis  in Garrettsville, and how it relates to the first arrest made by J. Edgar Hoover, and catapulted Hoover and his G-Men into national prominence, and helped secure the school mascot name to the G-Men.  Karpis is known for using an airplane from Port Clinton to assist with his getaway.   Julie Thompson is also responsible for an Ohio historic plaque erected at the train depot in Garrettsville this spring.  This is a dinner event at the Hilltop Church in Mantua, and starts at 6:15pm, the cost is $8.00., and you must reregister for the dinner by June 20th, or you may skip the dinner and show up to hear Julie speak at 6:50pm for free.  To register for the dinner call:330-351-3035