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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Geauga Credit Union, our members make a difference!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why did we switch to Google Apps?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

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

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

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

Donations Needed

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

JAG Band Fruit Sale

Now-Nov 30

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

Soup & Sandwich Sale

Nov 7

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

Pigskin Preview

Nov 7

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

Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Nov 7

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

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

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

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

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

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

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

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

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

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

Community Dinner

Nov 8

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

Amish Craft Show

Nov 8

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

Scotch Doubles

Nov 8

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

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

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

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique 

Nov 8

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

Pancake Breakfast

Nov 8

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

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

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

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

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

Pancakes at the Grange

Nov 9 

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

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9th at Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, Children: $3.00 (6-11), Children: Free (5 & under). Carryouts available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

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

Youth Boys Basketball Registration

Nov 10

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

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

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

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

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

Band Fundraiser

Nov 11

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

Library Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11

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

Thanksgiving Donation Box

Nov 11

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

J.A. Garifield Board of Education Meeting 

Nov 13 & Dec 11

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

Fish Fry

Nov 14

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

Holiday Garage Sale

Nov 14 & 15

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

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

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

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

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

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

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

Property Hike & Questionnaire

Nov 15-16

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

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

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

16,000 Acres: A walk on the wild side

Nov 16

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

Journey North Tulip Garden

Nov 16

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

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

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

Free Community Meal

Nov 20

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

Holiday Open House

Nov 20-22

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

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

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

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

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

Special Thanksgiving Event

Nov 23

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

Santa’s Collection Craft Show

Nov 29

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

Breakfast with Santa

Nov 29 & 30

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 30

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

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

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

Community Support at Mary Yoder’s

 Dec 6

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

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

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

Trip to “Christmas City”

Dec 10-12

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

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

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

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Dale Moss
Harlem Ambassadors President

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

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

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

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

Donations Needed

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

JAG Band Fruit Sale

Now-Nov 30

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

Free Meal

Oct 31

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

Contra Dance

Nov 1

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

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

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

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

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

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

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

Annual Bazaar

Nov 1

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

Trunk or Treat

Nov 1

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

Christmas Extravaganza

Nov 1

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

Costume Party & Haunted House 

Nov 1

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

Eagles, Loons & Big Red

Nov 1

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

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

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

Chinese Auction 

Nov 2

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

Pancake Brunch

Nov 2

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

Chinese Auction & Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 2

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

MVGC Meeting

Nov 3

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

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

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

Erika Gold To Speak 

Nov 6

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

Medievalist Bedtime Stories

Nov 6

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

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

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

Pigskin Preview

Nov 7

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

Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Nov 7

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

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

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

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

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

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

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

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

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

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

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

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

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique 

Nov 8

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

Pancake Breakfast

Nov 8

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

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

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

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

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

Pancakes at the Grange

Nov 9 

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

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9th at Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, Children: $3.00 (6-11), Children: Free (5 & under). Carryouts available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

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

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

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

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

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

Band Fundraiser

Nov 11

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

Library Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11

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

Thanksgiving Donation Box

Nov 11

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

Fish Fry

Nov 14

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

Holiday Garage Sale

Nov 14 & 15

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

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

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

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

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

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

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

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

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

16,000 Acres: A walk on the wild side

Nov 16

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

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

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

Free Community Meal

Nov 20

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

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

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

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

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

Special Thanksgiving Event

Nov 23

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 30

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

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

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

Trip to “Christmas City”

Dec 10-12

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

Community Support at Mary Yoder’s

Dec 6

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

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

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

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

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

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dann S. Timmons, Chairman

WVFD Joint Fire District

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

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

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

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

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

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

John C. Zizka, Chairman
Community EMS District

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

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

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

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

Jim Moore
Windham Village

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American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

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

After School Crafts

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

Softball Player Wanted

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

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

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

Solar Eclipse Program

Oct 23

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

Free Clothing

Oct 25

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

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

Oct 25

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

“Chance” Auction

Oct 25

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

Holiday Craft Show

Oct 25

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

Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 25

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

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Oct 25

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

Free Clothing For All

Oct 25

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

Craft Show & Bake Sale

Oct 25

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

Community Trick or Treat

Oct 25

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

Turkey Dinner

Oct 26

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

Crescent Chapter Meeting Cancelled

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

Free Water Testing

Oct 27 

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

Free Community Dinner

Oct 28

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

Trick or Treat at Brooks House

Oct 29

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

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

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

Newton Falls Trick or Treat

Oct. 30

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

Halloween Party

Oct 30

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

Free Meal

Oct 31

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

Contra Dance

Nov 1

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

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

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

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

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

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

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

Annual Bazaar

Nov 1

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

Trunk or Treat

Nov 1

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

Christmas Extravaganza

Nov 1

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

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

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

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

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

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

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

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

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

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

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 8

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

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

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

USO/1940’s Era Dance

Nov 8

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

Smoked Sausage Dinner

Nov 8

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

Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 8-9, 15-16

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

St. Joseph Garden Club’s Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

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

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner Nov 9that Saint Mary’s social hall,120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls from 12-3. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, Children: $3.00 (6-11), Children: Free (5 & under). Carryouts available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

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

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

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

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

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

Scout Vendor & Craft Show

Nov 15

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

Texas Hold’Em 

Nov 15

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

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

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

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

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

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Nov 20

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

Craft & Vendor Show

Nov 22

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

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

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

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

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

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

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

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

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

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courses began October 1 and will run through November 20.

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Free Senior Yoga

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

American Legion Breakfast

Mondays

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

After School Crafts

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

Softball Player Wanted

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

Community Center in Mantua Open

Tuesdays

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

Burton Library Book Sale

Oct  18, 25

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

Altar & Rosary Rummage Sale

Oct 17

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

Craft Show

Oct 18

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

11th Annual Apple Butter Fest

Oct 18

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

Bow Wow Ween

Oct 18

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

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

Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner

Oct 18

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

Polka Mass

Oct 19

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

Free Community Meal

Oct 20

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

The Vampire Talk

Oct 21

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

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

Soup Show Down

Oct 23

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

Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 25

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

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Oct 25

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

Free Clothing For All

Oct 25

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

Craft Show & Bake Sale

Oct 25

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

Community Trick or Treat

Oct 25

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

Turkey Dinner

Oct 26

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

Free Community Dinner

Oct 28

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

Trick or Treat at Brooks House

Oct 29

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

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

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

Newton Falls Trick or Treat

Oct. 30

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

Contra Dance

Nov 1

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

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

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

Pricetown Turkey Dinner

Nov 1

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

21st Annual Labrae Craft Show

Nov 1

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

Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Nov 1 & 3

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

Bulbs, Beyond the Ordinary

Nov 6

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

International Workers to Speak

Nov 6-9

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

Crestwood Jr Sr Seminar Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

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

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

Auction  and Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 7

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

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 8

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

Chinese Auction

Nov 8

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

Auction and Pasta Dinner

Nov 8

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

St. Joseph Garden Club’s 30 Annual Christmas Boutique

Nov 9

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

Happy Hour Painting for Veterans

Nov 10

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

Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 11

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

Soup & Chili Dinner

Nov 11

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

Fall Holiday Arrangement

Nov15

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

Craft Show

Nov 15 & 16

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

Comedian Showcase

Nov 22

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

Christmas Craft Show

Dec 3 & 4

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

Christmas Craft 

Dec 6

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

RFC Craft Show

Dec 12 & 13

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

Indoor Baseball Camp

Jan 4

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

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

• Look for the Best in Others

• Dream Big

• Choose Positive Influences

• Speak with Kindness

• Start your own Chain Reaction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burton – Autumn is the perfect time of the year to visit Burton Village.  The beauty of fall is never the same from year to year as the hardwood trees explode into an amazing array of colors.  Slower days and starry nights combine for a soothing season before being tucked in for a long winter.

The Burton Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall tradition of an Ox Roast and Ox-Tober Fest will be October 11 & 12 on the Village Green.  The Log Cabin and Green will be the center of the weekend’s activities.   Come enjoy the lush fall foliage while enjoying a delicious ox roast sandwich along with a frothy beer in the beer tent and foot stomping polka music. It will be a celebration of good food, good drink, good people and toe tapping music.

The original German Oktoberfest began with the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria in 1810.  Today, the folk festival observance is linked to the bounty of the harvest and the goodness of creation.   The tradition of a Burton ox roast goes back nearly 60 years when the Burton Volunteer Fire Department began serving the hearty meal as a way to raise funds for new equipment.  It was later passed on to the Burton Chamber of Commerce to continue the fall ritual.

The Chamber will be serving delicious roast (ox) beef sandwiches along with baked beans, coleslaw and dessert until 8 P.M., or sold out.  Later in the afternoon hot dogs and brats will be added to the menu.   All the work is done by an army of volunteers from Burton and the surrounding area and proceeds benefit the Burton area.

Take time to enjoy music in the beer tent.  Saturday from noon to 4 Patty C & the Guys will be playing polkas. From 5 to 8 come rock & roll with the Ted Riser Band.  Tap your toes Sunday from 2 to 6 with button box music from Kathy Hlad and Julie Tabaj.

The celebration begins both days at 10 A.M. The beer tent will be open until 8 P.M.

It may be fall and the maple trees are getting ready for winter, but maple syrup will be flowing in the Log Cabin in the park. Learn how pure maple syrup will be made come spring and enjoy a sweet maple treat or sit a spell in a rocker and enjoy the warmth of the fire in the huge stone fireplace.

There are a lot more things to see and do Ox-tober Fest Weekend. Each fall, the Scarecrows return to Burton Village.  Business around town put up fun, not scary, creations. Kids of all ages enjoy touring town and seeing the fall handiwork.  They will remain up until October 30.

Burton Village is home to an array of unique locally owned businesses.  Explore the glass-blowing shop filled with unique works of art for the home, the vintage furniture store, the new funky boutique with clothing, jewelry and accessories, art in flowers at the florist, the old-fashioned hardware store or the gift and Amish rug shop. Each store is filled with items not found in a big box store or mall.

The park will be filled with craft vendors selling an assortment of items from 10 to 5.

For those who are enjoying their visit and don’t want to leave, the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House B&B offer comfortable accommodations.

The Apple Butter Festival will be held on the grounds of the Geauga County Historical Society the same weekend.  Large copper kettles are set up and fresh apple butter is being made.  You can sample some fresh from the kettle on homemade bread or take a jar or two home to enjoy later.

Fall in Burton Village is a special time of the year. October 11 & 12 will have many extra things to see and do.  Plan to bring the family and spend the day, or two. For more information call Tom Blair, 440-834-4949, Amy at the Log Cabin, 440-834-4204 or visit www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.

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The Portage County Health Department has once again combined efforts with local school districts, fire departments, and township trustees to host community flu shot clinics throughout Portage County. This is an effort to protect the health of all Portage County residents by making flu shot clinics convenient to all residents in their own communities.

The Health Department will be providing the quadrivalent flu vaccine this 2014-15 flu season. This flu vaccine contains 2 influenza A viruses (H1N1/H3N2) and 2 influenza B viruses. This will provide additional protection against the seasonal flu this year.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu! Who should be vaccinated?

• Everyone 6 months and older (Recommendation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

• Especially:

Pregnant Women; People with chronic medical conditions; including asthma and diabetes; Children younger than 5 years of age

Schedule of Community Clinics

October 2 Rootstown Rootstown Fire Department 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 5 Edinburg Edinburg Fire Department 9:00 am-12:00 pm

October 7 Paris Township Paris Township Community Center 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 8 Mantua Township Mantua Civic Center 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 9 Streetsboro Streetsboro City Hall Gymnasium 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 12 Suffield Suffield Fire Department 11:00 am-3:00 pm

October 15 Kent City Kent City Health Department 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 16 Aurora Aurora City Fire Department 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 20 Brimfield Brimfield Townhall 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 21 Garrettsville James A. Garfield Elementary 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 23 Windham Village Windham Renaissance Family Center 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 28 Windham Village Windham Renaissance Family Center 11:00am-3:00pm

October 29 Ravenna Portage County Health Dept. 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

October 30 Atwater Township Atwater Fire Department 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Flu clinics will continue to be scheduled throughout October. Updated flu clinic calendar, location calendar, and addresses for community clinics can be found on the Portage County Health Department website: www.co.portage.oh.us/healthdepartment.htm.

Newton Falls – On September 20th a banquet was held at the Newton Falls VFW Post 3332 to honor past Commanders & past Presidents. Honorees and their guests enjoyed a banquet catered by Roby Lees.

State VFW Commander Bob Pool & his wife Susan and State VFW Auxiliary President, Sandra Uzell & husband Clayton attended the event, a first for the Post which has made the banquet an annual event to honor their leadership and remember those who are no longer with them. Also attending were VFW District 8 Sr. Vice Commander Mark Ross, American Legion Post 212 Commander Joe Ball & Kim Shaulis.

Past Commanders present were, WWII Vets, Gideon Fetterolf and Faustian “Fudge” Rapczak, Commander Ray Hanzes (current &15 times past), Bill Douglas, Alex Kish and Ron Widowfield.

Past Auxiliary Presidents in attendance were: Donna Himes, Bobby Jo Stiltner, Wanda Thompson, (current & 7 times past), Doris Hawkins, (6 times past), Emma Gilanyi & Dorothy Cooke, (3 times past).

After the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of God Bless America, Raymond Ornelas, Past District 8 Commander & Pin Chairman, conducted the POW/MIA Ceremony honoring those who were captured or missing in action.

WWII Veteran Gideon Fetterolf, Past Chaplain gave the invocation.

Following the banquet a memorial service took place with Quartermaster Steve Garcar lighting candles for each deceased past Commander and Chaplain Rosemary Domyanich lighting candles for the past Presidents.

Jr. Vice Commander Ron Domyanich played taps.

A slight twist in the evening occurred, when Commander Ray Hanzes was presented with the Man of the Year award instead of presenting it. Past President Donna Himes presented the Woman of the Year award to Auxiliary member Julie Smeiles, who serves as Jr. Vice, Historian & Legislation Chair.

Many thanks go out to Banquet Committee Chairman Pete Price, Co-Chair & Decorating Committee Donna Himes, the Welcome Committee, Steve & Marlene Garcar, and the Auxiliary for the hors’doeuvres, all together made for a memorable evening.

Rootstown – Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) continued the celebration of its 40th anniversary and campus expansion efforts with the dedication of the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. During the dedication, Summa Health System of Akron, Ohio, announced that it will be offering on-site, primary care services to the community beginning in 2015.

The 177,000-square-foot facility was made possible through a public-private partnership between NEOMED, Signet Development and Integrated Wellness Partners and is a major step in shifting the overall culture of health and wellness for the campus and surrounding community. The NEW Center provides medical education alongside a state-of-the-art fitness environment, physicians’ offices, advanced practice pharmacy services, conference and event space and more.

“This facility not only grows our campus in an exciting new way, but it is the cornerstone of our community wellness initiatives,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. “By collaborating with other health professionals, NEOMED is bringing an innovative vision of health and fitness to Portage County, one that promotes true wellness by addressing every avenue of care to develop and sustain healthy, active lifestyles.”

These synergies between education and wellness are further enhanced through a new partnership with Summa Health System, which will be occupying 7,000-square-feet of outfitted space on the first floor of the NEW Center in the coming year. The health system will offer comprehensive primary care, non-emergency daytime walk-in care, corporate and employee health services, pharmacy consultation,  physical therapy and lab services to the NEOMED and Rootstown communities, while also serving as a training ground for NEOMED students.

“We are excited to enhance even more our longstanding relationship with NEOMED,” said Summa Health System President and CEO, Tom Strauss. “As we continue to transform the delivery of health care away from a model of sick care to one that truly promotes healthy living, having outstanding facilities such as the NEOMED Education and Wellness Center is critical. I applaud the community for coming together to make this initiative possible, and we are proud to be involved in such an important way.”

In addition to addressing the primary health care needs of the community, the NEW Center offers first-floor amenities focused on nutrition and physical wellness. Two new public eateries, the Bistro and Erie Island Coffee House, offer healthy eating options, and Sequoia Wellness, a facility that focuses on building healthier communities by encouraging a comprehensive view of wellness that incorporates fitness, nutrition, exercise, education and more, has memberships available to the community and campus. The Conference and Event Center, located on the second floor, can host formal and informal events for up to 500 guests and will be utilized for professional and community meetings, lectures and presentations about medical field advancements, as well as personal events such as weddings, services and other private gatherings.

As a medical university, education also plays a large part in the overall use of the NEW Center. A state-of-the-art lecture hall serves as a main educational classroom for interprofessional and college-centric learning for students on the NEOMED campus;  the third floor of the facility is dedicated to Bio-Med Science Academy, the public STEM+M high school on NEOMED’s campus.

“We are truly honored to be a part of the extraordinary campus transformation at NEOMED and our team is delighted to collaborate with the University on a project that is already enriching the academic experience for NEOMED students, enhancing the delivery of health care services for the community, and creating a hub of activity on-campus for all of Portage County,” said Tony S. Manna, chairman of Signet Enterprises, LLC.

Connect directly with the NEW Center at http://www.neomed.edu/newcenter.

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Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently held its Annual Car Show that is a fund raiser for the “Shop with a Cop” program. Although the weather did not cooperate fully there was a great turnout for the event. Car enthusiasts came from as far as Wooster Ohio to show off their antique, vintage, muscle, hot rod cars. When folks learned that the car show was a fund raiser for the Shop with a Cop program, nothing was going to hold them back from coming out and supporting the cause, not even an overcast rainy day. The event was filled with family fun, great food, music, prizes and trophies. Kepich Ford in Garrettsville was the event’s main sponsor and also had a display of muscle cars and a modified truck.

Almost $1,000.00 was raised from the event from a 50/50 raffle and donations. “I am overjoyed at the amount of funds that was raised at the event, the Shop with a Cop programs survives solely upon fund raisers and donations and the outpouring of support is heartwarming”.  The Shop with a Cop program allows underprivileged children to go Christmas shopping for themselves and their families while accompanied by police officers from Hiram and Garrettsville Police Departments.

“We have had such success with the Shop with a Cop program, we have partnered with Garrettsville and extend the program to their school district, it is our eventual goal that no child goes without during the holiday seasons due to financial strains and poverty.” We would like to graciously thank our event sponsors: Kepich Ford, Garrettsville Advance Auto, Hiram College Bookstore, G’Ville Auto, Hiram College, Sodexco, Hiram Maggie’s Donuts, Charles Chevrolet, Mantua Italian Garden, Village Motors, Hiram Gioninos Pizza, Portage Portable Toilets, Garrettsville Dairy Queen, Pam Collins of Owl Origami, Sky Lane Bowling, Garrettsville McDonald’s, Sabre Health Care, Hiram Corner Store and Café, and Garrettsville Ace Hardware. Due to your generous donations we were able to provide lots of awesome door prizes.

If you were unable to attend the Car Show fund raiser and wish to provide a donation to the Shop with a Cop program, please contact Hiram Police Department Chief Ed Samec (330) 569-3236.

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Hiram – Little Village Early Learning Center at Hiram Christian Church celebrated the dedication of their new outdoor classroom and playground on September 16, 2014 at 4:30PM.  The ribbon cutting was a culmination of months of planning, cooperation and coordination between Little Village and its many partners, including Hiram College, Kiwanis of the Western Reserve and Hiram Village as well as individual families and churches.

Hiram College education professor and Little Village Advisory Committee member, Jennifer McCreight, observed, “The dedication of the playground is just the latest in a long string of events that have made clear the Hiram community supports Little Village.  Having worked on the playground with multiple classes, and watching as it grew in size and scope due to generous donations and creative vision, I see the contributions of so many when I step back and admire it today.”  Highlights of this one-of-a-kind toddler and preschool friendly playground include an outdoor mud kitchen, drum area made from creatively repurposed materials, raised bed flower and vegetable gardens, a tree shaped play structure, and a tricycle track complete with gas station.

The playground will be used by the school during their hours of operation, 7AM-6PM, and is open to the public after hours and on weekends.    For more information, call Little Village Early Learning Center at 330-569-7101 or visit littlevillagehiram.org.

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Garrettsville – Portage County District Library announces that it has received a grant from the Hiram Community Trust to coordinate a makerspace within the Garrettsville Library. Funds have been used to purchase materials and supplies for the makerspace. A makerspace is a creative space where community members can gather to create and share ideas. The library’s makerspace will feature creative spaces in the following areas: jewelry making, bookbinding, scrapbooking, quilting, electronics, photo editing, and video game development software. Additional funds have been provided by Garrettsville’s Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The future makerspace will be located in the Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville, and will be available during specified hours. Library hours are Monday and Tuesday, 11:00 am until 7:00 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; and closed on Thursday and Sunday. For more information about other library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

Off Limits Canoeing.

Sat. Oct. 4, 1-3:30 pm. Bass Lake, a natural glacial lake near Chardon, is a new preserve of the Geauga Parks. Bass Lake, the headwaters of the Chagrin River, is closed to the general public and is the home of several rare species including nesting bald eagles and the” rarest of the rare” the native Ohio Brook Trout. Sighting bald eagle is guaranteed.  The shoreline edge includes a variety of marshland and swamp forest supporting a diverse wildlife community.  Registration required.  330-569-4962. bobfaber2002@yahoo,com  The fee is $15 and includes naturalist guides, safety personnel, canoes and all equipment.

Lost River and Hidden Lake.

Sat. Oct. 11, 9-noon. Explore the isolated landscape in one of the most remote sections of the Cuyahoga River in Troy Township. This Akron Watershed property has a little known path that wends its way through remote forests to an oxbow lake that few people have seen.  The wild landscape is also the site of a mysterious river diversion that deserves further investigation.  Limited to 8 participants. Registration required.  330-569-4962. bobfaber2002@yahoo,com

Fall Tree Identification Hike 

Oct 11 10 am  Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve

Join the preserve manager as we take in the beauty of fall in one of NE Ohio’s most diverse nature preserves. This hike will include some basic tree identification skills and application as we trek through the upland forests and bogs of the preserve. The trees will be “showing their true colors” as we discuss the changes we see in the foliage this time of year. The hike will begin at 10:00am at the preserve parking lot located at 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH. This is a free hike and registration is not required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118

Kent Bog Fall Foliage Hike 

Oct 18 10 am  Kent Bog State Nature Preserve

Join the preserve manager this fall as we explore the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve during a time of change. We will spend some of our focus on one of only two deciduous conifers in this region of the United States, the Tamarack. The hike will begin at 10:00am at the preserve parking lot located at 1028 Meloy Rd. Kent, OH. This is a free hike and registration is not required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118

Autumn Wetlands Hike 

Oct 18 1 pm Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve

Join the preserve manager as we explore the vast wetlands of Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve. We will discuss wetland ecology and take time to view the bald eagle nest. This is preserve can also be a spectacular location for any “leaf peepers”! The hike will begin at 1:00pm at the preserve parking lot located at 1230 Old Mill Rd.  Aurora, OH. This is a free hike and registration is not required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118.

 

A Holden Arboretum “Off the Beaten Path” Adventure

Sat. Nov. 29,  10-3 pm Lake Erie Winter Wings-Birds, Boats, and Buffet. Ohio’s “sweet water sea” is the winter home for thousands and thousands of gulls and ducks including some that are quite rare and unusual. Most of the North America’s red breasted mergansers spend their winter on Lake Erie and flocks of Tundra Swans often rest on the lake during their migration from the Arctic to the east coast. Birds of prey haunt the lakeshore including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and, on occasion, snowy owls. The cruise will be in the sheltered waters of the Cuyahoga River and inside of the breakwall on the lake. A buffet lunch, included in the fee, will be at the Edgewater Yacht Club. Includes dinner.  Leaders Bob Faber and Dan Donaldson.  Fee $69 for members, $89 nonmembers. Register online at holdenarb.org or 440-602-3833

 

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Hiram  – Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs are invited to join Hiram College’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship for several entrepreneurship workshops this semester. The workshops are designed to encourage members of Hiram College and the greater Cleveland community to explore and develop their original ideas

The first of these workshops, Intellectual Property, will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2014 in East Hall Forum. Workshops are free for Hiram students, $10 for Hiram alumni and $20 for all others.

Salvatore A. Sidoti ’93, principal of Curatolo Sidoti Co. LPA, will lead the workshop.

Sidoti has experience in all phases of intellectual property law. His practice involves client counseling, patent and trademark procurement, trade secret and dispute resolution. He has experience in the chemical, biochemical, materials science and polymer arts. He also has substantial experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Topics will include:

· Process of intellectual-property development – patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets

· Rules of thumb for determining whether a particular piece of intellectual property is worth the time and expense of protecting.

· Conducting basic patent searches

Future workshops include:

· “So you have an idea; now what?” – Oct. 17, 3-5 p.m., East Hall Forum; presented by Jack Burge, Director of Economic and Entrepreneurial Development, City of Aurora

· “Franchise: Business in a Box” – Nov. 7, 3-5 p.m., East Hall Forum; presented by Jack Warren, Director of Operations, Comfort Keepers

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Windham – The Windham Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will offer two career classes. On Thursday, October 9 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm the library will be having a two-part class on how to write a resume and cover letter. The class will walk the participants through writing a resume and cover letter from start to finish. Participants will also be able to print 5 copies of their resume and cover letters for free. It is strongly recommended that participants bring with them a USB Drive to save the resume and cover letter they create. Seats in the class are limited and sign up is required.

On Thursday, October 16 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm the library will be having a class on how to sign up for a free Careerbuilder account and search for jobs. The class will walk the participants through creating an account on Careerbuilder and searching for jobs. It is strongly recommended that participants bring with them their resume and cover letter. Seats in the class are limited and sign up is required.

To sign up, go to the circulation desk at the Windham Library or call 330-326-3145. The Windham Library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Mondays and Fridays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm; and closed Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

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Geauga County - Absentee ballots for the November 4th General Election will be available beginning 8:00 am, September 30, 2014 until 2:00 pm, November 3, 2014.  Application deadline for absentee ballots to be mailed out is Noon on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Applications for absentee ballots are available on line at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/forms/11-A.pdf  or you can call the Geauga County Board of Elections directly at 440-279-2030.

Completed forms are to be mailed to: Geauga County Board of Elections; 470 Center Street, Bldg. 6-A; Chardon, OH  44024

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed is Saturday, November 1, 2014 at noon.

The Board of Elections is normally open from 8:00 am – 4:30pm.  For your convenience the board office will be open for extended hours after September 29th.  Please see the Geauga County Board of Elections website at http://www.co.geauga.oh.us/Departments/BOE for a detailed list of dates and times.

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Windham – In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. Students at KT Elementary School took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at their school in Windham.

Nelson Twp. – The Nelson Township Veterans Memorial Committee wanted to update our community of the status of this important project. This has been a very challenging year of endeavor in the construction of this tribute to our veterans. The Nelson Township Veterans Memorial has been designed and we are in the process of obtaining necessary permits. The next step will be to detail a project time table with a target of next spring for ground breaking.

We would like to thank those people & organizations that have donated to this cause. We have contacted several organizations and will follow up in the future for donations. We continue to invite veterans and their families to contact us with the veteran’s name, branch of service and time in service. Please go to the following web site, www.yournelsonnews.com/veteransmemorialnews.html for additional information.

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Ravenna – Stop by Portage APL on September 27, 2014 from 11-3 for a rummage sale and help homeless animals.  From small appliances and books to dog and cat supplies and household items, there’s something for everyone.

People interested in donating items, can bring the items to Rt. 14 Storage and Embroidery M-F 9-5 and Sat 9-1 in Ravenna up until the day before the event. No clothes, large appliances or furniture, old TV’s or computers please. Items should be gently used or new and in good working order.  Portage APL will take items like books, jewelry, handbags, small appliances, tools, home accessories and more. There will be 50/50 and basket raffles as well as refreshments.

And of course, since the event is being held at the APL shelter, there will be plenty of homeless animals waiting for new homes.  All animals available for adoption are up to date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, checked for appropriate disease and free of fleas and worms.  Many are also microchipped and have an additional medical history.

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. Please give a needy animal a loving place to call home!

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Ravenna – The Portage County Gardeners is hosting a Holiday Craft &Gift Boutique at the garden center 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44266.

Opening night is on Thursday, October 16 from  4-8p.m. The boutique will continue Friday and Saturday Oct 17 & 18 from 9-3 p.m.

There will be hand crafted items created by the members, mums, bulbs, knit wear, Halloween and Christmas crafts,  baked goods, a Chinese raffle and a special limited raffle for a huge grape vine decorated tree with 2nd and 3rd prizes and more.  Thursday evening will have free appetizers, with a $5.00 fee for you entrance ticket, and then on Fri. and Sat. the entrance fee is $1.00 with  luncheon available.

Come out and start your holiday shopping of these lovely handcrafted items.

Thinking of decorating your home for the holidays? This is the place to find unusual items for gifts or for you. Decorate your home entrance with the beautiful mums available.

Ravenna – The Portage County Health Department would like to remind all parents of incoming kindergarteners and 7th graders that their children will be required by Ohio law to have certain immunizations in order to attend school. Kindergarteners are required to have 5 doses DTaP, 4 doses Polio, 3 doses Hep B, 2 doses MMR, and 2 doses Chickenpox. 7th graders are required to have a combination booster shot of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine, otherwise known as Tdap. Additional vaccines are recommended for this age group including the meningitis vaccine and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. All of these vaccines are available at the Portage County Health Department.

Regular Childhood Immunization Clinics are held every Wednesday from 8:00am-12:00 noon at the Portage County Health Department. Additional locations for childhood immunizations provided by the Portage County Health Department are Kent City Health Department-every 3rd Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Windham Renaissance Family Center-every 4th Tuesday from 11:00am-3:00pm.

Cost is $10 per shot, FREE to those who cannot pay. Medicaid, Buckeye, Care Source, and United Health accepted. Please bring immunization records.

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Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Well look no further than Hiram College.  Missed the start of our first session?  Have no fear as every five weeks begins a new opportunity for the community’s youth to participate in the Hiram College Water Dog Swim Lessons.  Get lessons from the colleges 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 October 4 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 October 12, 19, 26 and November 2 and 9.  Cost is $50.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

JAGHS Parent Teacher Conferences

Schedule Today!

James A. Garfield High School Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 14th 4:00 – 7:00 and October 16th 4:00 – 7:30.  Please call Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341 to schedule appointments.  We look forward to seeing you!

Ready to Launch a Young Reader

Stop in Today

Since the fall of 2000, Burton Public Library has been offering a free gift to any child entering kindergarten.  To promote literacy, each child receives  a hardcover beginning reader book,  a sturdy book bag, an application for a library card and a coupon to exchange for a finger puppet that goes along with the story.  This Launch A Young Reader program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Joseph Durket family along with contributions from other individual donors.  All Berkshire kindergartners will receive their bags at school on October 3rd.  Children attending other schools and home schoolers are welcome to stop by the Burton Public Library anytime to pick up their gift.  The library is located at 14588 West Park Street, on the square in Burton Village.  Phone is 440-834-4466.

Bomber Marching Band Blacklight Halftime Show

Sept 26

The Windham Bomber Marching Band is very excited to put on their first Blacklight halftime show on September 26th during their home game against Lutheran East.  They have been working hard and would like to invite everyone to come see the show.

Bargain Box Sale

Sept 26

The Women’s Guild at St. Christopher’s by-the-River Church will hold its semi-annual Bargain Box Sale on Sept 26th at the Church at 7601 Old Mill Road in Gates Mills Ohio. The traditional sale includes many rooms of gently used or new goods featuring: The Unique Boutique, The Children’s Room, The Housewares Room, The Book Nook, The Men’s Room and The Women’s Room, which continues to bring an array of stylish clothing, accessories and shoes for discriminating bargain shoppers. Doors open at 9 in the morning and close at 5 in the afternoon.  All items are in good condition and include fine jewelry, designer clothing, antiques and art, and vintage items that set this sale apart as an “essential for the bargain hunter. Don’t miss the semi-annual BARGAIN BOX! The sale is sponsored by the St. Christopher’s by-the-River Women’s Guild and all money from the sale supports the church’s missions, especially among local agencies. Join shoppers for this “not to be missed” event.

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

Sept 27

The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Sept  27th  from 4 to 7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll. Open to the public. Carryout available call 330-527-2330.

Aurora’s Fall Family Fun Fest & Bark BOOnanza.  

Sept 27

Saturday, September 27th from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road, Aurora OH  44202.  Fun for the entire family!  Free Admission!   For information:  www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org; email rescue1.fgr@gmail.com or call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333.  See you there!

Book Sale

Sept 27

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library will be Sept 27th 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.

Fortress of Fear Zombie Dash

Sept 27

The Fortress of Fear, located in Garrettsville, is hosting a 5K Run and After Party on Sept 27. This is a night run using live actors, special effects and loud music.  Come run in the race or be part of the chase! It may not be suitable for children under 11 years of age.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each group.  Registration information and forms can be found at HMAPromotions.net or at the RollerHutt Skate Park, 10268 Hewins Road, Garrettsville.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Sept 27

Braceville UMC will be having a stuffed pork chop dinner on Sept 27th from 4-6:30pm unless food runs out. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea, or punch. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeouts are available.

Vendors Wanted

Sept 27

Vendors wanted for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1055 Ladies Auxiliary Rummage and Craft Sale.  The VFW Auxiliary will be sponsoring a rummage sale on Sept 27th from 9-4. Set-up can be either Friday evening 4 – 7 pm or Saturday morning at 7:30 am.  The sale will be held at the VFW Post, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna.  Cost is $15 for a 8’ table.  Applications and information:  contact Pat Thomas at 330-541-1825 before September 20.

Swiss Steak Dinner

Sept 27

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner Sept 27th from 5-7pm.  Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Rummage Sale & Craft Show

Sept 27, Nov 1

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1055 in Ravenna will be hosting a rummage sale on Sept 27th and a craft show on Nov 1st at 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna. They both are from 9-4. You can sign up for one for $15.00 or for both for $25.00. there will be a light lunch and a bake sale. For further information contact Pat Thomas 330-297-0232.

Build Your Own Pasta Dinner

Sept 28

The trustees of Garrettsville UMC cordially invite you to an evening of great food and fellowship on Sept 28 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Join us for a build your own pasta dinner which will include choice of pasta, sauce and toppings; salad, garlic bread and an ice cream sundae bar.  Free will offering accepted.

Revival at Southington Baptist Church

Sept 28 – Oct 3

Revival begins Sept 28th through Oct 3rd  at 4396 Warren Painesville Rd, (Rt.534) in Southington, just North of Southington Center.  Sunday night it starts at 6 pm, Monday through Friday begins at 7pm.  The evangelist is Rev. Tom Anderson of Castlewood, Virginia. Please come and make Rev. and Mrs Tom & Colleen Anderson welcome. There will be special music every night. Monday evening will be Mark Allen Chapman. Everyone is welcome and bring a friend, enjoy good fellowship, preaching and music.

Travel to Australia

Sept 30

Prudy Hall, Hiram College Professor Emerita, will share photos and observations from her travels in Australia on September 30th at 1:00 pm, at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living!  Prudy has traveled extensively and brings the wonder and excitement of her experiences to her audience.  Won’t you join us?  Refreshments will follow. 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 Fran at (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voice mail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.

Community Center at Mantua Center

Sept. 30

We’re bringing life and activity to the old school at Mantua Center (just north of SR 82 on Center Road) every Tuesday.  Doors to the old cafeteria open at 9:30 and the coffee pot is on.  The watercolor group paints all morning and is welcoming to new participants (bring supplies).  There’s always a jigsaw puzzle to work on and a box of board games is available.  There are usually people sewing and various projects to try.  You’re welcome to bring your own project, or just come to sit and chat.  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon.    We usually close for a while in the late afternoon and reopen at five for our Don’t Eat Alone Supper served at 5:30.  If you eat way too many meals by yourself, you’re invited to join us for this meal, which is no longer potluck, but planned and provided.  For more information call Ellie Monroe at 330-274-0711 or e-mailefoster@config.com.

Hiram College Library Book Sale

Sept 30 – Oct 4

Be sure to join the Friends of the Hiram College Library Sept 30 – Oct 4 as they host the Fall book sale.  Hundreds of gently read books are available, as are an assortment of CDs, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items.  Hardbacks are $1.00; paperbacks $.50; CDs and DVDs $1.00; LPs, cassettes, and VHS tapes $.50.  Hours are:  Tuesday and Wednesday  8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The library is located on Hayden Street in Hiram.  Please visit if you can!

Nelson Township Meeting

Oct 1

On October 1, 2014, the Nelson Township Trustee Meeting will include an agenda item on the public impact of the “festivals” (concerts) at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. The Nelson Township Trustees will be seeking community input into the effect on safety and quality of life issues as a result of these concerts.

Please plan to attend the meeting or send your comments to: Nelson Township, PO Box 377, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

Retired Handbags for Retired Greyhounds

Oct 2

Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville will host an auction of donated “gently used” designer handbags on Oct 2nd. Proceeds will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape. Donation of $12 per person includes complimentary glass of wine, cheese board and chocolate. Bring a friend and receive a complimentary raffle ticket for fabulous door prize. Wine social 6-7pm, auction 7-9pm. RSVP Diana; 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276. Donations of your gently used designer handbags accepted.

 

Fish Fry

Oct 3

Fish Fry is back at the Windham American Legion Post 674, Oct 3rd from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $9.00 per dinner. We have fish, shrimp, chicken or a combo dinner. Comes with your choice of two sides. First come, first serve, with side choices. Hope to see you there!

Chicken Dinner

Oct 4

Garrettsville Eagles Annual Chicken Dinner will be Oct 4th from 4-7:30 PM. The Eagles Club is located at 8149 Water St., Garrettsville, OH 44231. Adults $9.00, Children 12 & under $6.00, to include: chicken breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, cole slaw, homemade bread, coffee and desserts

Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 4 

The Ravenna Order of the Eastern Stars will host a swiss steak dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.  The menu includes swiss steak, mashed

potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, bread, pie and beverage.

A donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5.  Carry-out service is available.  The dinner is open to the public.  The Ravenna Masonic

Complex is located at 4785 Washington Avenue (off of State Route 14).

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.

Fall Festival & Chili Cook Off

Oct 4

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, Ohio will be having a Fall Festival and 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off  on Oct 4th from 11-4. Chili will be available for purchase. See you there!

Western Style Square Dance

Oct 4

The North Bloomfield Historical Society, will host a Western Style Square Dance with Line Dancing also, on October 4. At the Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 45 and Rt. 87. The time is from 7:00pm–9:30pm. Admission is $5.00 per person. No Experience is necessary Light refreshments will be served. More information call (330)506-3370

Contra Dance

Oct 4

Troy Township Contra Dance will be October 4th at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the irresistibly fun atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Book Sale

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

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

Crop Walk

 Oct 5

The Hiram/Mantua Crop Hunger Walk is a community-wide event  sponsored by Church World Service and organized by groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Twenty-five percent of the money raised comes back to our local 4C’s Food Cupboard. On October 5th at 1:00p.m., participants will walk from Hiram Christian Church to Mantua Village Park. Pledge forms and more information can be obtained at Hiram Church, Mantua Center Church or Hilltop Church. You can also donate on-line at cwsglobal.org. You can also donate by pledging to support a walker on Sunday morning, Oct. 5th at our joint church service.

Special Fall Bingo

Oct 5

St. Michael’s Church special Fall Bingo will be Oct 5th at 1:30pm. Church is located at 9736 E. Center St., Windham, Oh. Gift and bakery table, refreshments will be available. No one under 18 permitted. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild & Knights of Columbus. Questions call 330-326-3636

Pricetown Supper

Oct 8

The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature: Sweet Sausage Cacciatore or Chicken Cacciatore with side, vegetable, super salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. This will be held from 5 to 6:30pm  Oct 8, 2014.  Cost is still only $7 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and younger.

Carryouts will be available.

Blood Drive

Oct 8

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 Oct 8th from 1-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. So please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and Appointments.

Hiram Rapids Historical Church Rummage & Bake Sale

Oct 10 & 11

There will be a rummage and bake sale on  Oct  10th and 11th  from 9am–5pm at the Hiram Rapids Church located at 6337  Allyn Road.

Christmas items,  some still in the box,  lamps, furniture, nice clothing kitchen needs etc. Home made pies, cakes and breads. Raffles and drawings; food and refreshments served. Help us to repair our historic church.  Any donations large or small can be made to the R.R.C.A.  6337  Allyn road Hiram 44234

CALLING ALL GARFIELD BAND ALUMNI!

Oct 10

We are going to take the field once again with the Marching Pride on Oct 10th at the homecoming football game and we’d love to have you join us! Call the high school for more information 330-527-4341 or go to http://www.edline.net/pages/JamesAGarfieldHS to print the registration form.

Annual Amish Auction

Oct 10

Bring the entire family out for an evening of fun and food at the Annual Amish  Auction on Friday, Oct 10th at 4:00 pm at the John “Buster” Miller farm located at 17719 Newcomb Rd., Middlefield, Ohio 44062.  Again this year we will be auctioning off a 2-car 24 x 24 garage built to your specifications on your site, horses, quilts, furniture, crafts, flowers and vegetables.  Two Seater Open Buggy Raffle tickets will be sold and there will also be a Chinese raffle.  Burgers and fries, pie and ice cream are some of the delicious food items available to eat. Proceeds will benefit DDC Clinic~Center for Special Needs Children located in Middlefield, a primary care and research facility for special needs children with rare genetic disorders. For more information, please contact DDC Clinic at 440-632-1668 or visit our website at   www.ddcclinic.org.

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.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

Chili & Potato Dinner

Oct 11

Chili & Baked Potato Dinner at the Palmyra Fire Station on Oct 11th.The dinner will be held from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and is open to the public.  The cost of the dinner is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under and all proceeds benefit the Palmyra Fire Department.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Oct 12

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner October 12th at Saint Mary’s social hall, 120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Adults: $8.00, Children: $3.00 (6-11) and Children: Free (5 & under). Carryouts available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Senior Citizen Bingo

Oct 13

Senior Citizen Bingo will be held  on Monday, Oct 13 from 5-7 pm at teh Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St.  Prizes donated by Exact Care Pharmacy. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. All donations benefit the Newton Falls Senior Citizen van.

 

Crescent Meeting

Oct 13

Due to the proximity of Grand Chapter in Dayton, there will not be a meeting on Sept 22. The next regular meeting will be Oct 13th , which will be the annual birthday night with a potluck supper at 6:30.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Open House

Oct 14

Calling all passionate gardeners!  Have you ever wondered what Master Gardeners are all about?  Have you considered becoming one?  Join us on Oct 14th at 7:00 p.m. for our open house to discuss  “What it Takes to Become a Master Gardener.”   Hear the program explained in detail and meet with a welcoming group over refreshments.   Find out if this community oriented Master Gardener Program is right for you.  Hope to see you then!  Call 440-834-4656 for more information and to RSVP (as a courtesy).   Walk-ins are welcome.  Questions may be directed to Phyllis at 440-285-9487.  Meeting at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Trop Road in Burton.  http://geauga.osu.edu

 

Polka Mass

Oct 19

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

Free Community Meal

Oct 20

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

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

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

Contra Dance

Nov 1

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

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

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

ATTENTION CRAFTERS

Nov 9

Space is available for St. Joseph Garden Club’s 30th Annual Christmas Boutique Nov 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An 8 ft. table is $25.00. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items. For more information or an application, please contact Marlene Hornyak (330-274-8145).