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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).

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Hiram – Kerry Martin Skora, professor and chair of religious studies at Hiram College, has recently returned to the U.S. after spending nine months in Bhutan as a Fulbright Scholar.

Bhutan – its people and culture – has been a longstanding research interest for Skora. He has traveled there seven times since 2003, including five Hiram College study abroad trips. But he calls this recent trip, where he spent nine months (from Dec. 2013 through Aug. 2014) teaching and researching as a Fulbright Scholar, the “peak of my academic career” – and rightfully so.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide. Furthermore, Skora’s long-term Fulbright is the most prestigious of all Fulbright programs.

Bhutan, a small developing country of about 700,000, known for its policy of “Gross National Happiness,” is a land-locked country between Tibet and India and has largely remained free of Western influence.

“It’s a quirk of the history of humankind that Bhutan survived,” Skora said. “It preserved every strand of Buddhism. All the laws are set up that so that they’ll preserve this pristine environment.”

These laws include the country’s policy of “Gross National Happiness,” coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s fourth king. In the Western world, human economic progressions often negatively impact the ecosystem as a whole. “Gross National Happiness” takes into account how all living things are affected.

“When Bhutan creates a policy, they look at how it affects everyone and the wholeecosystem,” Skora explained. “For them, progress means that everything is well – all beings and all things that are part of their environment. This more holistic perspective, valuing all living things, nurtures happiness.”

For his Fulbright, Skora taught monks and Bhutanese teachers at several schools and institutions. He focused largely on the importance of preserving the precious Bhutanese culture, which he said is slowly becoming modernized.

“I realized that as an outsider, as an American, I could tell them what was most precious about their culture and what was most consistent with the king’s original vision,” he said. “They need religious studies scholars to tell them how important the model of spiritual ecology is not only for Bhutan but also for the whole world.”

Skora also worked with Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body as adviser on how to revise the traditional monastic curricula to make it more socially engaged and relevant in the 21st century. Suicide rates, drug use and violent crimes are all slowly rising, he said, because of the modern world moving in.

During his nine-month stay, Skora also shared and developed his research on Longchenpa, a Tibetan Buddhism teacher, who spent the end of his life in Bhutan. Skora said this long-term stay gave him a greater awareness of the connection between spirituality and ecology, and that he will be a better teacher and scholar because of it.

“I went back to many of the places Longchenpa walked, and I prayed at the place where he began writing his books on consciousness,” Skora said. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do. A lot of ideas that have been in my head for a long time, since graduate school, are coming together. The extended immersion allows ideas to flourish. I’m more inspired.”

Skora earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His wife, Kara Ellis Skora, who teaches religious studies as an adjunct professor at both the College of Wooster and Hiram College, and son Emmanuel Thomas George Skora who completed seventh grade at the Pelkhil School in Thimphu, accompanied him for most of the trip.

Ravenna – This is definitely the hands-on workshop you’ve been dreaming of. With a few basics, you’ll making candies to take home with you as well as sampling a few as you work. Yum!

On Saturday, November 8th from 10 am – Noon, you’ll learn what chocolate to use, how it should be handled, and how to turn the basic melted chocolate into a variety of different candies. See how to create a nut bark and delicious peppermint bark using simple microwave recipes.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you will be able to create a variety of simple, delicious chocolates, nut brittles, barks and more.

Participants receive instructions and recipes, plus a nice collection of your own handcrafted confections to enjoy after class.

Register today — the class will be held  at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna,Ohio. The fee is  $25- call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-registration and payment information. Deadline for registration is Oct. 25, 2014. Class Size: 20 (no children under 10)

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The GCRTA will be holding a luncheon meeting on Tuesday October 7Th at Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant in Madison. Participants are asked to gather at 11:15 followed by a business meeting beginning at 11:30. A lunch of chicken parmesan, mixed green salad, penne pasta, vegetable blend, peach cobbler and beverages will be served at noon. A cash bar will be available for wine. Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant is located at 5750 Madison Road (Rte 528) in Madison. Robert Grau will be presenting the program, ‘Five Million Steps: Hiking Thru the Appalachian Trail’.

Reservations must be made by Monday, September 29, 2014. Please write your $18.00 check (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aid fund) to GCRTA, and mail to Judy Miller at17130 Kinsman Rd.  Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Judy’s phone number is 440-487-4324.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel or someone who may need a ride. Remember to bring paper products or canned goods for the ‘Geauga County Hunger Task Force’.

If you need a ride from the Geauga Transit call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 Ext. 516 a week ahead of time and make a reservation.

Mantua - The Mantua Historical Society met on August 18th and were enlightened and entertained by Roger Hammel; he gave us the history of his family business, Hammel’s Grocery Store from its start to the closing due to little town businesses not able to keep up with big chain stores.  He even brought his butcher apron, the wooden delivery box, a Hammel calendar, etc.  At one time grocery orders were called in and then delivered!  At this month’s meeting, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m. Ellie Monroe will be our speaker; part of her talk will be reading portions of an 1812 letter, from a relative, Anne Kent, about her wagon trip west.  Guests are always welcomed; we meet at the Mantua Township Hall, at the intersection of State Route #82 and Mantua Center Road.  For anyone interested in joining the Historical Society, the dues are $8.00/individual and $12.00/family; we meet every third Monday ~ March to October.  Light refreshments will be served.  Unfortunately the museum, which is located on the second floor, will be closed due to the absence of the rear fire escape.

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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.

 

All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 19

The next All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will be Sept 19th serving from 5-7pm in Dix Dining Room at the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, garlic bread, beverages, & ice cream. Adults $ 6.00, children 8 & under are FREE!

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Sept 20

A spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Sept 20 from 4 to 7 pm at the  Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 In West  Farmington , Ohio   Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice.  Cost is $7.00 for Adults,  Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE..

Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask Your friends to come —  3rd Sat. of the month,  Same time same place

Homecoming Sunday

Sept 21

Homecoming Sunday at Faith Evangelical Free Church will be Sept 21st at 11 am. Come and enjoy the music of the Mercy River Quartet, pot luck dinner after church and corn hole tournaments in the backyard. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. Church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd.

Blue Mass for Safety Forces

Sept 21

The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invites all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families and all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces on Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mantua. The intent of the Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals put into our communities. A punch and cake reception will be held immediately following in St. Joseph’s Hughes Hall. For more information, please contact Jo Yash (330-686-9399) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

Free Water Well Monitoring

Sept 22

Free Water Well Monitoring – we are now also testing for nitrates Sept 22nd at 7pm (fourth Monday of every month) 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). For accurate readings, your sample should be taken as directly from the well as possible— before any treatment and within an hour before we test it. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com.

Free Community Dinner

Sept 23

Free Community Dinner will be Sept 23rd from 5-6pm, while supplies last, at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, OH.

Fish Sale

Sept 23

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

Community Center at Mantua Center

Sept. 23, 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’re going to try having a program or demonstration of some sort  after lunch, starting on Sept. 16, with a chance to make a bed/hideaway for your cat.   Bring an old adult size t-shirt and a six sided cardboard carton approximately 12 x 12 x 18.  Instruction and additional materials provided.  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.

Community Dinner

Sept 25

Renaissance Family Center’s Community Dinner will be Sept 25th from 5-6:30 pm. Totally new chief with many skills. Everyone Welcome.

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.

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.

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.

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. Takeout’s 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.

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”.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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.  Mailings were sent out in July.  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.

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.

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 {whom will be named prior to judging} will be out there looking at the entries on Oct 29th starting at 7pm until finished so please be prepared. 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. Anyone interested in  sponsoring a award please let us know. 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).

New-Hoses

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District is pleased to announce we have been awarded a Federal AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) by FEMA for 2014. The grant was submitted last year, with an extensive selection process taking place before acceptance or declination by FEMA. The grant was proposed and awarded with the purpose of replacing a significant percentage of our fire hose inventory that was manufactured as early as 1984 (and non-compliant with NFPA fire code). The grant was awarded at $24,901 with a 5% contribution by the fire district. This means the fire district only paid $1,245 for $24,901 worth of equipment. Actual amount of FEMA money awarded to the fire district was $23,656. The grant replaced 500 feet of 1 ¾’’ (diameter) hose, 1,600 feet of 2 ½” hose, 1,500 feet of 3” hose, 2,000 feet of 4” hose, six nozzles, and three siamese adapters. No grant writing costs were incurred due to all grants being collaboratively managed by fire district employees. All received equipment has been placed into service with our thanks to FEMA.

Melana-Good-Picture-2-1Garrettsville – The Friends of Melana Foundation was formed 3 ½ year ago in Garrettsville to help foster awareness and provide funding for children’s glioma brain cancer research. The local foundation was named in memory of nine-year-old Melana Matson whose life was claimed by the disease in 2009. Founded by Garrettsville residents Norm and Joyce Fashing, Melana’s grandparents, the group has raised nearly $60,000 in funding for children’s glioma cancer research, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

Glioma brain cancer research has been grossly under funded for decades and children diagnosed with the disease had been basically given a death sentence. Children stricken with the disease are unlikely to live beyond five years, and with some as little as nine to twelve months from date of diagnosis.

In 2011, the Friends of Melana joined forces with their parent foundation, the Cleveland based Prayers From Maria Children‘s Glioma Cancer Foundation. The two non-profit groups pool their resources and have, to date, awarded two $100,000 research grants as seed money to researchers. The start up funding is necessary to establish promising preliminary research data before being considered for a government continuation grant. The first grant went to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center and the second to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Both grants have produced some very positive results. The MetroHeath group has been awarded a $3.3 million continuation grant from the National Cancer Institute, and the Boston group has finally been able to take biopsies from gliomas in children without causing fatal harm, and has also developed treatments for two of the five mutations that have been identified and commonly found in children’s gliomas.

On September 8th it was announced that the Melana Matson Memorial research grant of $250,000 was awarded to Dr. James P. Basilion, associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Westerm Reserve University.

Although the Friends of Melana Foundation is a small, grass-roots non-profit group working in a basically rural geographical area in northern Portage County, the group is highly regarded by the parent foundation because of its efforts and contributions to the cause. In recognition and appreciation for Friends of Melana’s contributions, the Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation will name the next grant ‘The Melana Matson Memorial Grant’, the first grant awarded in honor of a stricken child.

According to Friends of Melana President Norm Fashing, “We are very excited, truly blessed, and honored by this recognition. It gives us a shot in the arm to keep us going in the fight against childhood cancer. No other child should have to go through what Melana had to endure with this deadly disease.”

Friends of Melana is a partner with the Prayers From Maria Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit foundation, www.stopkidscancer.org. Donations towards further research can be mailed to: Friends of Melana, P.O. Box 204, Garrettsville, Ohio, 44231.

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Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

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

Windham Bombers Selling Dominos Cards

Now

The Windham Bomber Marching Band is selling Dominos pizza cards for $10 apiece to raise money for their 2016 trip to Disney World.  Each card comes with 16 buy one get one free coupons. Please contact any Windham Band member to purchase.

Volunteer Opportunity

Now

Are you searching for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Camelot Center, a growing therapeutic horseback riding program, is in need of volunteers, aged 14 to adult, to assist riders to groom their horses, lead horses, side walk riders who may need physical or emotional support, help with maintenance and fund-raisers.  No experience is needed as we provide training. Riding lessons are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  This is a great way to help children, adults, and horses, and have fun at the same time. The Camelot Center is located at 3498 Barclay Messerly Rd., Southington, Ohio. Contact us at (330) 889-0036, www.thecamelotcenter.org, or visit our Facebook page.

Big Brothers & Sisters Needs Volunteers

Now

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is in need of men and women to volunteer in their one-to-one mentoring program. Over 100 children in Portage County are waiting to be matched with a volunteer. Volunteers make a commitment to spend 12 hours a month with their Little Brother or Little Sister, sharing activities they both enjoy. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are regular people who want to make an impact in the life of a child. Please call today 330-296-6655 or www.bbsportage.org

Eagles Fish Fry

Sept 12

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be Sept 12th from 4-7:30 at 8149 Water St. Garrettsville. Fish, shrimp or combo, chicken tenders also available, plus baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. Open to public. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

VFW Post 1055 Fish Fry

Sept 12

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1055, will be hosting their fish fry for this season beginning September 12th at the Post Home, 6000 New Milford Rd. in Ravenna.  The menu consists of fried cod (all you care to eat), chicken fingers or shrimp, french fries, coleslaw, bread/butter, beverage and dessert at a price of $9.00.  The dinners will be served from 5:00 until 7:00 pm and carry-outs can be ordered by calling the Post at 330-296-9546.

Soup Supper

Sept 12

Mantua American Legion Post 193 and Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will hold its Soup Supper on Sept 12th at 6pm. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Drive 4ur School

Sept 13

Help support Windham Athletes by participating in the Drive 4ur School Event.  For every test-drive taken, Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to the Windham Athletic Boosters. It’s that easy!!! All participants will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card and entered to win other giveaways. Must be 18 yrs. or older. Event will take place at Kepich Ford on Sept 13th from 10-4.

Melissa Knight Benefit Dinner

Sept 13

Melissa Knight Benefit Fund for Living Expenses/Medical Bills. Melissa needs our support through her journey with Breast Cancer and unexpected medical expenses. She was diagnosed in March with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. The benefit dinner is Sept 13th from 4 – 8 pm at the Renaissance Center in Windham. The dinner will cost $10.00 per person. There will be a chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

Swiss Steak Dinner

Sept 13

The Nelson UMC will be hosting their Swiss steak dinner on Sept 13th at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle from 4:30-7pm. Cost is $9 for adults. The dinner consists of tender Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. Carry out available at same location.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 14

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner Sept 14th  at Saint Mary’s social hall (120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls) from 12-3:00pm. 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). Carryout available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Pot Luck Dinner

Sept 14

The Shalersville Historical Society will hold their annual Pot Luck Dinner on Sept 14.  This meal will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall at 1:00 pm.  Bring a dish to share and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship.  Everyone in the community, friends and members of the society are urged to attend.  Chicken, table service and beverages will be furnished by the Society.  There will be a Chinese Auction to help raise monies for all the projects waiting to be finished.  Gift certificates, donations and many homemade items will be available at this fun activity.  The recently published Barns of Shalersville  book will be available at this time also. At about 2:30 we will all go over to the museum grounds to dedicate the new flag pole and the memorial bricks surrounding the base of the pole.  The Museum and other points of interest will be open until 5 pm. Come join us on this memorable afternoon.

Windham Library Storytime

Sept 15

Windham Library invites parents with young children to sign-up for storytime on Mondays at 10:30 am. To get into the autumn spirit, a fall wreath craft will be available for everyone September 15-September 23 during regular library hours. A special “Pop-up Books” craft course will be offered for 6 weeks starting September 9th at 3:30 p.m.  This course is limited to ages 8 through adult.  We will be exploring the world of pop-up books. You will be designing and making your own pop-up book.  Class size is limited and registration is required.    For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

Free Meals

Sept 15

Christ Lutheran, 10827 N Main St.(SR44), Mantua,  will be offering free meals to anyone on September 15 and October 20. Please come and enjoy a wonderful meal and a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors. The meals are served from 5 – 6:30 pm.

American Legion Breakfast

Sept 15

Breakfast every Monday beginning Sept. 15th  at the American Legion Post #674 from 7:30-11am. Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Community Center at Mantua Center

Sept. 16, 23, 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’re going to try having a program or demonstration of some sort  after lunch, starting on Sept. 16, with a chance to make a bed/hideaway for your cat.   Bring an old adult size t-shirt and a six sided cardboard carton approximately 12 x 12 x 18.  Instruction and additional materials provided.  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.

Rummage Sale

Sept 17 & 18

Rummage Sale Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be Sept 17th from 9-4. Bag Day Sept 18th  from 9-11. Lunch will be available on the 17th Only. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

Copperweld Retirees Monthly Meeting

Sept 18

The retires of Local 2243 U.S.W.A Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R. Chapter 1-28-10) will have their monthly meeting on Sept 18th at 1:00 pm at the local Union Hall, 684 North Park Ave., Warren, Oh.

Parkman Historical Society Presentation

Sept 18

Parkman Historical Society Presentation on Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be Sept 18th at 7:30 pm at Parkman Community House, St. Rt. 422, Parkman, Ohio

All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 19

The next All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will be Sept 19th serving from 5-7pm in Dix Dining Room at the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, garlic bread, beverages, & ice cream. Adults $ 6.00, children 8 & under are FREE!

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Sept 20

A spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Sept 20 from 4 to 7 pm at the  Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 In West  Farmington , Ohio   Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice.  Cost is $7.00 for Adults,  Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE..

Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask Your friends to come —  3rd Sat. of the month,  Same time same place

Homecoming Sunday

Sept 21

Homecoming Sunday at Faith Evangelical Free Church will be Sept 21st at 11 am. Come and enjoy the music of the Mercy River Quartet, pot luck dinner after church and corn hole tournaments in the backyard. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. Church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd.

Blue Mass for Safety Forces

Sept 21

The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invites all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families and all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces on Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mantua. The intent of the Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals put into our communities. A punch and cake reception will be held immediately following in St. Joseph’s Hughes Hall. For more information, please contact Jo Yash (330-686-9399) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

Fish Sale

Sept 23

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

Community Dinner

Sept 25

Renaissance Family Center’s Community Dinner will be Sept 25th from 5-6:30 pm. Totally new chief with many skills. Everyone Welcome.

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.

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.

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”.

Tae Kwon Fo

Oct 1-30

New session of Tae Kwon Do will be held from Oct 1-30 at Lake Hodgson – Apco Lodge in Ravenna for ages 7 years to adults, male or female.  Tae Kwon Do emphasizes self-discipline, exercise, and martial art skills.  Instructors work with students individually and as a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Participants must have a mouth piece on first night.  Male students are required to wear protective gear after the second week. Cost is $40 and is paid the first night to the instructors.

Pilates Class

Oct 1-29

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from Oct 1-29 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture.You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

T’ai Chi Class

Oct 2-Nov 6

Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a 6-week, adult beginner / intermediate T’ai Chi class on Thursday evenings beginning Oct 2 to Nov 6. Sessions will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Instructor is Bill Vandenboom.  This class is Yang style, long form T’ai Chi.  Fee is $35 for Ravenna city taxpayers and $40 for non-city taxpayers. You can register in person until November 3, 2014 Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department at 530 N. Freedom Street or on-line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For further information please contact our office at 330-296-2864.

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.

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, Mash Potatoes, Green Beans or Corn, Cole Slaw, Home Made Bread, Coffee and Deserts

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.

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

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.

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

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

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.

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

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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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha announces that 2014 is a Triennial Update year for Geauga County. Based on our analysis and analysis of the Ohio Department of Taxation we have come to the conclusion that the property values set in 2011 have met the goals and standards sought by the Ohio Department of Taxation for the 2014 Triennial Update. With the exception of a few condominium complexes, the property values that were put in place in 2011 will remain until2017 when the next county-wide reappraisal will occur. During the week of September 8, 2014 the Appraisal Department will have appraisers in the office to discuss any questions taxpayers may have about the 2014 Triennial Update.

Our office has analyzed the relationship of the market values carried by the Auditor’s Office to the sales prices that have occurred over the past three (3) years. The Auditor’s Office utilized several software programs in concert with its G.I.S. System to perform quality control with the understanding that establishing property values is an important and sensitive issue. These quality control measures assist our staff in insuring that fair and equitable values have been placed on every property.

Auditor Gliha reminds residents that the Auditor’s Office will have extended hours on the week of September 8th to help answer any questions property owners may have. Besides the normal hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday -Friday, the office will also be open Wednesday evening September 10th until6:00 p.m.  The office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 231 Main Street, Suite 1A, Chardon, OH 44024-1293 or can be reached by calling: ( 440) 279-1600.

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Garrettsville – The Friends of Melana is delighted to announce its hosting of the Murder at the Pigskin Party event, a benefit dinner in memory of Melana Matson of Garrettsville, whose life was claimed at age nine by a cancerous glioma brain tumor.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Melana, an affiliate of the Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation. 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

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“Many of the events of the annual cycle recur year after year in a regular order. A year-to-year record of this order is a record of the rates at which solar energy flows to and through living things. They are the arteries of the land. By tracing their response to the sun, phenology may eventually shed some light on that ultimate enigma, the land’s inner workings.” 

 – Aldo Leopold, A

 

Phenology for September in Portage Parks

•  Days becoming shorter – 1 hour and 18 minutes  less daylight by the end of the month

•  Autumnal Equinox – First Day of Fall – Sept. 23

•  New Moon – Sept. 9th

•  Full moon (Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon) – Sept. 24

•  Danger Danger…..Yellow jackets, hornets and wasps become aggressive! (change in their diet)

•  Trees are beginning to change color, their true color. Generally you can identify different species by their fall color:

Maples – Red/Orange   Ash – Maroon

Tulip Poplar – Yellow    Hickory – Yellow

Red/Scarlet Oak – Red/Copper

White/Pin Oak – Red

•  Bucks begin to shed their velvet in preparation for the rut.

•  Fall migration begins for many birds. Look for large flocks of birds congregating including Blackbirds. Swallows, Vultures, Swifts. Flycatchers, Thrushes, and Warblers making their way south through Towner’s Woods and Dix Park, waterfowl and shore birds on the mud flats and waters of Berlin Lake, Lake Pippen, and Seneca Ponds, bat migration begins for several species including the Red bat. Several hawks and some Falcon species will be making their way south including Broad Wing hawks, Sharp-shined hawks, and Merlins (falcon). Keep an eye out for Night Hawks as they pass through.

•  Wildflowers in bloom include: Several species of Goldenrod, New York Ironweed, New England Asters, Flat top Asters, Boneset, Chicory, Evening Primrose, Bull Thistle, Cattails, Nettles, Wingstem, Great Lobelia, Teasel, Rattlesnake Master and several sunflower species.

•  Mushrooms in the woods include but not limited to : Indian Pipe, Chicken of the Woods, Bears Tooth, Velvet Foot, Jack-o-Lantern, Old Man of the Woods, Hen of the Woods, and Puffballs.

•  Wooly Bear caterpillars begin crawling. What will they tell us about the up-coming winter? Monarch butterflies making their way to Mexico. Check out Swamp milkweed for evidence of these magnificent insects.

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Local students ages 14 through 18 have the opportunity to participate in Northeast Ohio Medical University’s (NEOMED) inaugural Brain Bee, a competition that will test their knowledge of neuroscience.

The Brain Bee will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at NEOMED. The overall winner of the competition will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Brain Bee Competition in Baltimore, Md., for themselves and their support team.

The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and is the worldwide neuroscience competition for high school students. The competition motivates students to learn about the brain and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. Brain Bees test student’s knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research.

Monthly Saturday tutoring sessions are available to help students prepare for the Brain Bee. Tutoring sessions will occur from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Jan. 10 at NEOMED.

“Participating in a regional Brain Bee is a great way for high school students to foster academic relationships with neuroscientists and meet students with similar interests from other local high schools, Dana Peterson, Ph.D., M.Ed., assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology, said. “We are excited to offer monthly preparatory Brain Bee sessions that will begin this August.  We see these sessions as a way to extend and reinforce these important mentoring relationships between NEOMED faculty and staff and area high school students.”

Students may register at www.neomed.edu/admissions/programs/brain-bee   <http://www.neomed.edu/admissions/programs/brain-bee>.  For more information about the Brain Bee, please contact Dana Peterson, Ph.D., M.Ed., assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology at 330.325.6476 or dpeterson@neomed.edu.

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Kent –  REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition in conjunction with the Northeastern Chapter of A Girl and A Gun are hosting the Fashion Show event at the Tanglewood Country Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio  the evening of  September 17th.     Live models will demonstrate a variety of concealed carry options for women.

REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is a not for profit organization based in Portage County that spends their time and effort on gun safety, gun education and public Pro Gun Awareness.   This is just one of the many ventures that they put forth in a year.

The fashion show is something new, something different.   From purses to shirts, holsters to underwear, the live models will demonstrate how well designed clothes and accessories allow quick access without advertising that a woman is carrying a gun.  The intent of the fashion show is to highlight that there are many different  ways to holster a firearm safely and go about one’s day.   Manufacturers such as Urban Moxy, Designer Concealed Carry, Deep Conceal,  Undertech Undercover, Silver State Apparel and more are submitting items that keep a weapon from standing out or telling the public “she’s got a gun”.    As the twelve live models make repeated trips down the runway, the audience will see both the unique and expected.

Amanda Suffecool – Director of the not for profit group REALIZE firearms Awareness Coalition stated “This is different, bigger than any other Fashion Show for Concealed Carry firearms that we have heard of or seen.   Carrying a loaded firearm is more challenging for women than it is for men,  as women dress differently.   This show is intended to show what you do not/cannot see;  that even though you feel it stands out,  you really cannot see it.   Women put a gun on their person and are sure that it is screaming “GUN” and that is not the case”.

The event will be filmed and produced into a TV ready Docu-Educational event that will then be shared across the county.   Women’s shooting organizations are lining up for their copy of the DVD to host their own virtual Fashion Show at an event in their circle of influence.   At this point, more than 3000 women from clubs and organizations from Maine to California are on the list and waiting for ability to host their own local fashion show.

The event starts at 6:00 pm with an informal mix and mingle. At 7:00 pm the fashion show begins and the event ends with drawings for a number of pertinent and impressive door prizes.    Go to www.REALIZEfac.com for more information about the fashion show and the organization.

 

The Mantua Farmer’s Market sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church would like to thank all the vendors who have participated thus far.  The market continues on Saturdays until September 27th with room for more vendors.  Price is $5.00 per date with all vendor fees going into the church’s Handicapped Entrance Fund.  This project was recently completed and is a great asset to the church.  The market is held in the church’s parking lot at 10827 North Main Street, Mantua.  Call 330-274-2868 for more information.

Chagrin Falls -  Cleveland is well-known for its vibrant art & culture scene. More artists are thriving in Northeast Ohio, making it an amazing community for artists and buyers. In September, the Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will be launching their newest show in the Chagrin Falls area.

In the past, the show has been in Rocky River, Solon, Columbus and most recently, Cleveland Heights. Now, Avant-Garde is expanding to more locations due to its growing popularity.

Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show’s founder, Becki Cooper, is proud of the show’s growing popularity. “I think our show is a unique addition to Cleveland’s growing art scene. The different vendors bring a unique twist on their goods, giving the show a quirky and fun twist.”

Keeping with the Avant-Garde theme, there will be a wide variety of goods like wine bottle lights, art, jewelry, home goods, adorned clothing and more. The different goods create a great experience for the customer. “It’s great to be able to choose from such a wide variety and range of artists and crafters,” said Jordan Anders, a longtime supporter of Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows. “At the last show, I picked up a beach glass necklace, homemade dog treats and decorations for my latest apartment! It’s hard to leave empty handed!”

Another reason the show keeps growing is because of their dedication to support the local community. A part of this show’s proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. “Heart disease affects many people and we’re very excited to support such an important cause” says Cooper.

This year’s Chagrin Falls Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will be held at Federated Church- Family Life Center located at 16349 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44118 on Sunday September 14th, 2014 from 10:00am-5:00pm. Tickets are $3 at the door and children under 12 are free.

Attention all singers!  The Hiram Community Chorus, made up of the Hiram Women’s Chorus and the Hiram Men’s Chorus, will begin the fall season with a rehearsal on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, in Frohring Music Hall on the Hiram College campus.    New members are welcome, and no audition is required.  The Men’s Chorus is directed by Jose Gotera, who teaches voice at Hiram College and Cleveland State, while appearing as a soloist around the area.  The Women’s Chorus is directed by Damaris Peters Pike, Professor of Music Emerita at Hiram College, where she teaches two courses each year and directs the community choruses.

The Fall Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 12, at 7:30 pm, in Hiram Christian Church.  Titled “The Sounds of the Season,” it will feature traditional Christmas songs along with a variety of other music.  Anyone with questions about the choruses may call Professor Peters Pike at 330.569.7643.

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Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

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

 

Windham Bombers Selling Dominos Cards

Now

The Windham Bomber Marching Band is selling Dominos pizza cards for $10 apiece to raise money for their 2016 trip to Disney World.  Each card comes with 16 buy one get one free coupons. Please contact any Windham Band member to purchase.

 

Fall Storytime Registration 

Now

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

 

Volunteer Opportunity

Now

Are you searching for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Camelot Center, a growing therapeutic horseback riding program, is in need of volunteers, aged 14 to adult, to assist riders to groom their horses, lead horses, side walk riders who may need physical or emotional support, help with maintenance and fund-raisers.  No experience is needed as we provide training. Riding lessons are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  This is a great way to help children, adults, and horses, and have fun at the same time. The Camelot Center is located at 3498 Barclay Messerly Rd., Southington, Ohio. Contact us at (330) 889-0036, www.thecamelotcenter.org, or visit our Facebook page.

 

Steak & Sausage Trailer

Sept 5 & 6

Windham Lions Club will be hosting their monthly steak & sausage trailer at the Windham Sparkle parking lot. Sept 5th from 10am-7pm and Sept 6 from 10am-2pm. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at the trailer.

 

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open

Sept 6

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Sept 6, from 9:00 to 11:00, participating in International Observe the Moon Night.  InOMN is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate the Moon we share. At Stephens visitors will enjoy stunning views of the Moon through the Observatory’s large vintage telescope.  If time and conditions allow, other astronomical objects may be seen. The Hiram program depends entirely on good sky conditions and, if too cloudy to see the Moon, the event will be canceled.

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

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

 

Hot Rod Car Show

Sept 6

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

 

Hilltop Chicken BBQ

Sept 6

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

 

Christian Music Festival 

Sept 6

Christian Music Festival and Ice Cream Social on Sept 6th from 12:30 to 5:30 pm at Huntsburg Memorial Park, US 322 and SR 528. Come hear the melodic sounds  of various gospel groups, join in hymn sing or sign up for the open mike time (call Steve McNany at 440-272-5407), and a Pie Auction!   Please bring your chair or blanket for your comfort while listening.  Sponsored by 3 churches: Huntsburg Congregational Church, Huntsburg Baptist Church and Lighthouse Methodist Church.

 

Mustang Club Car Show

Sept 7

The Northeastern Ohio Mustang Club will hold their 6th Annual Car Show on Sept 7th at Montrose Ford in Akron, OH from 10-3, rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Copley Fire and Rescue Association and Valor Home. To enter your Mustang is $15 with 18 classes and best of show for people’s choice and judged. There is no cost to view these automobiles. For more info visit www.NEOMUSTANG.com.

 

Free Water Monitoring

Sept 7

Free well water monitoring will be conducted  at 3:15 P.M.,  Sunday,

September 7, 2014, at Sand Hill Stable on State Route 303, just west of the 303/44  intersection. Participants are asked to arrive as close to 3:15 as possible. For further information, call Mary Greer, 330-472-8086

 

Celebrity Pie Auction

Sept 7

The Mantua Rotary Club Celebrity Pie Auction will take place on Sept 7th at 4pm, stage 2 at the Mantua Potato Festival. The bakers/chefs of these pies are all community leaders and public servants who have made considerable impact on the lives of the people in Mantua. The Rotary Club will also be selling pierogies at their booth. All proceeds will go to fund the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

 

Senior Citizen Bingo

Sept 8

Senior Citizen Bingo at Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry St is the 2nd Monday of every month from 5-7pm. The sept 8th prizes are donated and sponsored by Tridia Hospice. Chinese auction with 50/50 raffle. All donations benefit the Newton Falls Senior Citizen Van Transportation.

 

Fall Children’s Programs

Starting Sept 8

Children’s programs for fall at the Burton Public Library will begin the week of September 8.  Fall Storytimes are as follows: Baby Rhyme Time (birth – 18 months) Tuesdays at 11am from September 9 through November 18; All Aboard! Storytime (2 – 5 year-olds and their families) Wednesdays@ 10:30am. Sept. 10 – Nov. 19; Preschool Storytime (4 – 6 year-olds) Wednesdays @ 1:15pm, Sept. 10 – Nov. 19; Rockin’ at the Library  (2-5 year-olds and their families)  Wednesdays @ 6:30pm,  Sept. 10 – Nov. 19; Toddler Time  (18 mos. – 3 years) Thursdays @ 10:30am, Sept. 11 – Nov. 20; LEGO’s Club for children ages 5 and up will meet Tuesdays in September from 3:30 – 4:30pm,  Dates are September 9, 16, 23 and 30.  Come and have fun building with LEGOs at the library. Please call the library to register for these programs:  440-834-4466.

Cub Scout Roundup

Sept 8

Pack 4062 of Garrettsville is having their fall roundup on Monday September 8 at 7:00 pm at the James A Garfield Elementary School.  All boys in grades 1-5 are invited to intend and see what fun things Cub Scouts has to offer.  Contact Chris or David Schaefer at 330-274-0572 or at gvillepack62@yahoo.com with any questions.

 

Community Center @ Mantua Center

Sept 9

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

 

Awana Clubs 

Sept 10

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

 

Home Cooked Supper

Sept 10

Pricetown Methodist Church home cooked supper will be Sept 10th from 5-6:30.  Dinner will feature; meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, super salad and homemade desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Carryouts will be available.

 

Patriot Day Program

Sept 11

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

 

VFW Post 1055 Fish Fry

Sept 12

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1055, will be hosting their fish fry for this season beginning September 12th at the Post Home, 6000 New Milford Rd. in Ravenna.  The menu consists of fried cod (all you care to eat), chicken fingers or shrimp, french fries, coleslaw, bread/butter, beverage and dessert at a price of $9.00.  The dinners will be served from 5:00 until 7:00 pm and carry-outs can be ordered by calling the Post at 330-296-9546.

 

Soup Supper

Sept 12

Mantua American Legion Post 193 and Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will hold its Soup Supper on Sept 12th at 6pm. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

 

Benefit Dinner for Melissa Knight

Sept 13

A benefit dinner for Melissa Knight is Sept 13th from 4 – 8 pm at the Renaissance Center in Windham. The dinner will cost $10.00 per person. There will be a chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Melissa is undergoing treatment for Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  Funds raised will help defray medical and living expenses while she undergoes treatement.

 

Swiss Steak Dinner

Sept 13

The Nelson UMC will be hosting their Swiss steak dinner on Sept 13th at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle from 4:30-7pm. Cost is $9 for adults. The dinner consists of tender Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. Carry out available at same location.

 

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 14

Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner Sept 14th  at Saint Mary’s social hall (120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls) from 12-3:00pm. 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). Carryout available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

 

Pot Luck Dinner

Sept 14

The Shalersville Historical Society will hold their annual Pot Luck Dinner on Sept 14.  This meal will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall at 1:00 pm.  Bring a dish to share and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship.  Everyone in the community, friends and members of the society are urged to attend.  Chicken, table service and beverages will be furnished by the Society.  There will be a Chinese Auction to help raise monies for all the projects waiting to be finished.  Gift certificates, donations and many homemade items will be available at this fun activity.  The recently published Barns of Shalersville  book will be available at this time also. At about 2:30 we will all go over to the museum grounds to dedicate the new flag pole and the memorial bricks surrounding the base of the pole.  The Museum and other points of interest will be open until 5 pm. Come join us on this memorable afternoon.

 

Windham Library Storytime

Sept 15

Windham Library invites parents with young children to sign-up for storytime on Mondays at 10:30 am. To get into the autumn spirit, a fall wreath craft will be available for everyone September 15-September 23 during regular library hours. A special “Pop-up Books” craft course will be offered for 6 weeks starting September 9th at 3:30 p.m.  This course is limited to ages 8 through adult.  We will be exploring the world of pop-up books. You will be designing and making your own pop-up book.  Class size is limited and registration is required.    For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

 

Free Meals

Sept 15

Christ Lutheran, 10827 N Main St.(SR44), Mantua,  will be offering free meals to anyone on September 15 and October 20. Please come and enjoy a wonderful meal and a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors. The meals are served from 5 – 6:30 pm.

 

All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 19

The next All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will be Sept 19th serving from 5-7pm in Dix Dining Room at the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, garlic bread, beverages, & ice cream. Adults $ 6.00, children 8 & under are FREE!

 

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Sept 20

A spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Sept 20 from 4 to 7 pm at the  Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 In West  Farmington , Ohio   Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice.  Cost is $7.00 for Adults,  Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE..

Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask Your friends to come —  3rd Sat. of the month,  Same time same place

 

Homecoming Sunday

Sept 21

Homecoming Sunday at Faith Evangelical Free Church will be Sept 21st at 11 am. Come and enjoy the music of the Mercy River Quartet, pot luck dinner after church and corn hole tournaments in the backyard. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. Church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd.

 

Blue Mass for Safety Forces

Sept 21

The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invites all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families and all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces on Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mantua. The intent of the Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals put into our communities. A punch and cake reception will be held immediately following in St. Joseph’s Hughes Hall. For more information, please contact Jo Yash (330-686-9399) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

 

Fish Sale

Sept 23

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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, Mash Potatoes, Green Beans or Corn, Cole Slaw, Home Made Bread, Coffee and Deserts

 

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.

 

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.

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

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

 

cops-fishing

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department held its  Third Annual “Cops and Kids”fishing day event at Camp Asbury on Saturday August 23rd. The event was a huge success! The weather was perfect, participants caught lots of fish, and plenty of new friends were made.

“Cops and Kids” fishing day presents an opportunity for area children to enjoy the day fishing with police officers of the Hiram Police Department.  The event builds lifelong bonds between children and police officers. Parents are encouraged to attend the event, as family unity is also a part of the program. Every child that attended the event received a free Zebco fishing rod/reel combo, an event T-shirt. Thank you to Haylett’s BP for supplying lunch at the event, Buckeye Worm Farm for supplying the bait, Camp Asbury for hosting the event for the third year in a row, Berg’s Eye apparel for the wonderful T-shirts, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply for their sponsorship, and everybody that came out and spent the day with us.

The Hiram Police Department will be holding a Car Show on September 6th. on Hayden Street in Hiram Village from 9am-2pm.  (Story Here)

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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2015 Calendars Available

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

 

Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

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

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Sundays

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

 

Wine Tasting

Aug 23

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

 

Fall Storytime Registration 

Now

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

 

Digital Bookmobile Visit 

Aug 22

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

 

Pig Roast & Church Picnic

Aug 23

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

 

Memorial Music Festival

Aug 23

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

 

Stuff-A-Bus

Aug 24

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

 

BBQ Dinner and Fall Preview

Aug 24

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

 

Free Water Well Monitoring

Aug 25

Concerned Citizens Ohio/ Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram on Aug 25th at 7pm. For accurate readings, your sample should be taken as directly from the well as possible – before any treatment and within an hour before we test it. For more information contact Gwen Fischer 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com

 

Free Community Dinner

Aug 26

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

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

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

 

Community Center @ Mantua Center

Aug 26, Sept 2, 9

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

 

Community Dinner

Aug 28

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

 

God Provides A Free Meal

Aug 29

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

 

Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

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

 

Swim Lesson Sign Ups

Aug 30

Looking for swim lessons for your children? Well look no further than Hiram College.  The start of the school years brings a new opportunity for the community’s youth to participate in the Hiram College Water Dog Swim Lessons.  Get lessons from the college’s finest once a week for a five week period.  Each lesson lasts forty-five minutes, with an additional fifteen minutes for your child to gain more confidence in the water.    Ages four and up welcomed.  Sign up August 30 from 2:30-4:30 at the swim pool or online at www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons.  Lesson times are from 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6pm Sunday afternoons on September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 5.  Cost is fifty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

 

Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

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

 

Library Closed Labor Day

Sept 1

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

 

Square Dancing Lessons

Sept 3

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

 

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

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

 

Hot Rod Car Show

Sept 6

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

 

Hilltop Chicken BBQ

Sept 6

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

 

Awana Clubs 

Sept 10

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

 

Patriot Day Program

Sept 11

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

 

 

Free Meals

Sept 15

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

 

Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

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

 

Fish Sale

Sept 23

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

Save the Date!

Oct 4

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

 

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

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

 

 

back-to-school-kids

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

*** Denotes Bus Route Changes for 2014-2015

*** Bus #1 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Jama Peterson

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

Left on Streeter

Right on Limeridge

Left on Schustrich, Left on Vaughn, Left on Goodell

Right on Limeridge, Right on Streeter

Turn around at barn

Right on Limeridge

Left on S.R. 303

Left on S.R. 700

Left into Blackbrook Trailer Park

Left on 700

Right on Hankee, R onto to Village Dr.

Back to School

 

Bus #1  ELEMENTARY AM 

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

Left on Hankee, Left on 700

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

R on Streeter, L on Stamm

R on Hankee

Right on 700, Right into Blackbrook Trailer Park

Pick up @ mailbox

L on 700, R on Hankee/Freedom St.

Right on White St.

R on 88, Back to school

 

*** Bus #2 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Dreama Adkins

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

Left on Windham St. (82)

Right on Water

Left on Liberty, Left on Park

Right on Maple, Right on Center

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

Left on Center

Right on Garfield Drive

Right on Center

Right on High

Right on Maple

Right on North Street(88)

Right onto  Meadow Run, Right onto Clover Lane

Right on Meadow Run

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

Back to High School

 

Bus #2 Elementary AM

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

R on Water

Left on Liberty,Left on Center

Right on High

Cross Maple

Right on Main, Right on North (88)

Right on Meadow Run, Right on Clover

Right onto Meadow Run

Left onto North, Pick up on Corner of Wolff

Left on Elm Street

Right on Forest

Right onto State Street

Go through light , Left on Center St.

Group Stop

Right on Liberty, Right on Park

At Corner Group Stop

Right on Maple, Left on Center

Straight on 82, Right on Freedom

Left on 88

Back to Elementary School

 

Bus #6 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Beverly Girdler

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

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

Left on Slagle

Cross over 303

R on Gotham

R on Stanley

R on 303

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

R on Anderson, L on 88

Back to School

 

BUS #6  ELEMENTARY AM

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

Left on Nichols

Turn around at Vair, Back down Nichols

Right on Smalley

Left on Slagle

Cross over 303

Right on Gotham

Right On Stanley

Right on SR 303

Right on S.R. 88

BACK TO SCHOOL

 

*** Bus #7 Middle / High AM  

Driver Helene Christopher

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

Left on 282

R Into Nelson Trailer Park

Right on 282

R on Bancroft

Cross 422, Bancroft /Chalker

Left on Reynolds Rd

Left on Hobart

R on 422, U turn @Reynolds, down 422

R on Fenstemaker

Right on 305

Go around Circle, Continue on 305 W

Left on Brosius

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

Left on 88,

Back to School

 

BUS #7 ELEMENTARY AM

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

Left into Eagle Creek

Turn around then pick up

Left onto Liberty, Left on Silica St.

Left on Brosius, Right on Center

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

Right on Bloom

Right on Knowlton

Left on Center

Right on Garfield Dr.

Merge to the Right.

Right on Center St.

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

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

Right on 88

Back to School

 

Bus #8 Middle / High AM  

Driver Pattie Avenmarg

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

Right on Vair Rd.

Right on King

Left on 88

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

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

Turn around at drive on right past corn field

L on Limeridge

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

Left on 88

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

Left onto 88

Right on 303

Left on 88

Back  to School

 

BUS #8 ELEMENTARY AM

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

Left on Freedom Road

Right on Vair Road

Right on King

Left on 88

Turn around in Hales 2nd drive,

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

Turn around at drive on right past corn field

Left on Limeridge

Right on 303, Right on Asbury

Left on 88

Left on 700, Right into Freedom Park- by recyling

Left on 88/303,

Left on 88, Left on Nichols, Right on Anderson

Left on 88

Back to School

 

*** Bus #9 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Shelly Pemberton

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

Right on Riverview

Right on Brosius, Left on Pierce, R on Hopkins

L on WP, R on Pierce

Right on Newell Ledge

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

R on WIndham Parkman

Go Around Circle, at Y stay Right,

L on Hopkins

R on Pierce

Left on Brosius

Right on 82,

L on on Liberty

Left on 88, Back to School

 

Bus #9 Elementary AM

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

Right on Riverview

Right on Brosius

Right on Hopkins

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

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

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

Right on Pierce

Left on Brosius

Right on 82

Left on Liberty, Left on 88, Back to school

 

*** Bus #10 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Danny Deakins

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

Left on Bloom

Right on 305, Right on Kyle

Left on Knowlton

Right on Shanks-Down

Turn around, go back down  12486Shanks-Down

Left on Knowlton

Straight on Nicholson

Left on 305, Left on Kyle

Right on Knowlton

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

Left on Pritchard

Left on Prentiss

Cross over Ely, turn around at Turos

Left on Ely, Left on Brosius

Right on 305, Left on 88, Back to School

 

Bus 10 ELEMENTARY AM

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

Right on Knowlton

Turn right to stay on Knowlton

Right on Shanks-Down

Turn around 2486 Shanks-Down

Left on Knowlton

Go straight on Knowlton,Turns into Nicholson

Right on 305, Left on Fenstemaker

Left on Kennedy Ledge

Left on 282

Left on 305,Right on Kyle

Right on Knowlton

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

Left onto Village Drive/Vanderslice

Corner of Village/Vanderslice

Right on Freedom, Right on White,Right on 88

Stop at JFK- AM ONLY

 

Bus #12 ELEMENTARY AM 

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

Cross Over 305

Right on Ely

Right on Prentiss

Go to Turos Farm, Turn Around, Back down Prentiss

Cross on Ely

Right on Pritchard

Turn Left on Nelson Parkman Rd. Turn around

Turn Right on Nelson Parkman Road

Right on 305

Right on Mills

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

Right on South Park Ave.

Turn around at next Road

Left on 88, Back to School

 

*** Bus #17 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Debbie Ellison

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

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

Left on Wheeler Rd.

R on Shawnee Trail

Right on Wheeler Rd.

Right on Wrenwood

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

Left on 88, Right on Mills

Right on 305

Right on 88

Back into North Coast Energy on R, Back down 88

Right on Norton,

RIght on Mumford

Left on Grove, Left on Udall

L on Norton

Right on Mumford

Right onto S.R. 88

GROUP STOP French/South St. (88)

Left on Hewins

Right on 88, Back to school

 

BUS #17 ELEMENTARY AM

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

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

L on Wheeler

R on Wrenwood

R on Wheeler, R on S.R. 305

Left on S.R. 88

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

Right on Norton

R on Mumford

After Pick up

Right onto S.R. 88

Corner of French Street to South Street

Right on Crestwood

Right on 88-JFK

Back to Elementary School

 

*** Bus #18 Middle / High AM  

Driver – Rose Broadwater

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

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

Right on Streeter

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

Right on Stamm

Left on Hankee, Left on Asbury

Left on Streeter

Left on Stamm, Right on Hankee

Cross over 700, Hankee/Freedom

Right on S.R.88

Back to School

 

BUS #18 ELEMENTARY  AM

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

Right on 88, Right on 303

Right on Limeridge

Right on Vaughn, Right on Schustrich, Right on Limeridge

Left on Goodell

Left on Goodell, Left on Limeridge, Right on Streeter

Turn around @ barn, Right on Streeter,

Cross Limeridge

Cross Asbury

Cross over 700

Left on Nichols Rd.

Right on Hankee/Freedom St.

 

Bus #25 Elementary AM

Driver – Debbie Woodrum

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

Left on 282

Back into Prichard, Back down 282

Left on Bancroft

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

Right on Bancroft/Chalker

Left Reynolds Rd.

Left on Hobart

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

Right on Fenstemaker

Right on S.R. 305

Right on 282, Right into Nelson Trailer Park

Turn around at mailboxes, Pick up at Pavilion

Left on 282, Right on 305

Right on Parkman, Right on Center, Back to School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your help.

Newton Falls Scout Pack, Troop and Crew 4067