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Bring birds into your life to make every day a Happy Bird Day by joining Geauga Park District Naturalist John Kolar, Senior Naturalist Dan Best, and Helen Hempal, owner of For the Birds, Wildlife and More in Chardon, on Saturday, February 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township.


Portage County District Library is partnering with Connect Ohio to offer free computer training to Portage County residents. The computer classes will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and email basics. Computer classes will be held at the Garrettsville Library February 9 and February 16 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Call 330-527-4378 to register for computer classes. The Garrettsville Library is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville.


The Scottish American Society will be gathering on Sunday, February 10th, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the meeting room level of the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage. This meeting will feature Bob Morehead speaking to us on Scottish Border Rivers.  Bob is a favorite speaker and the topic is a very interesting one.

Any and all are invited to attend. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342, or Gene or Betty Marcus at: 330.499.1681.

For more information on the Society and its activities, you may refer to our website at: www.scottishamericansociety.org.


Hugh Earnhart,former Lincoln portrayer, prepares for his talk on Lincoln’s birthday to Trumbull retired educators. The  Trumbull Retired Teachers association will meet  February 12 for a noon luncheon at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre, 123 N. Main St, Niles. Hugh Earnhart will be the featured speaker and his topic will be  Abraham Lincoln. Anyone interested in attending should send $11 to Ellen King 7141 Vineland Place; Youngstown, Ohio 44512-4845. Make all checks payable to TRTA.The  Scholarship Committee will sponsor a bake sale at the meeting. Members can also purchase table arrangements with profits donated to Trumbull Mobile Meals , Inc.   The Community Services Committee will collect  used eyeglasses, hearing aids , cell phones, cancelled stamps, candle wax and worsted yarn. For more information visit the web at www.Trumbullrta.blogspot.com  or Facebook at Trumbull Retired Teachers Association.


Contemplative Service

Weds Evenings

The entire community is invited to attend a Contemplative Service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. The half hour consists of music, silence, and prayer, with Scripture readings and Open Communion for those who wish to partake. It provides a mid-week time for peaceful meditation and reflection. On-site child care is provided. The Mantua Center Christian Church is located at the corner of Mantua Center road and St. Rt. 82, (On the Green, behind the Grange Hall) and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance.


During their first meeting of 2013, the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) Board of Supervisors selected officers for the year.  Serving as volunteers, the five-member Board of Supervisors sets the direction for the District staff and makes important conservation decisions for the community.  Board members are elected to serve staggered, three-year terms, and are granted specific powers under Chapter 1515 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Geauga SWCD was organized in 1944 and remains committed to its mission of “conserving, protecting, and enhancing the soil and water resources of Geauga County by providing leadership, education, and assistance to all”. 


Windham - Windham Library wishes to congratulate all of our lucky winners during the holiday season.  Adult winners included Cliff Barker, winner of the holiday basket, and Tina Cottrell who scooped up a Christmas tree filled with M & M’s.   Windham Library was happy to present new backpacks to four lucky children, compliments of an anonymous donation.  Winners included Alexis Phillips, Dillon Fitzgerald, Evan Simones, and Maria Youngen.  Congratulations to everyone!

For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm-6:30 pm; and closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.


Mantua – The Mantua Youth Varsity Wrestling team placed 3rd out of 8 teams at the 8th annual Southeast Pirate Invitational in December, only missing 2nd place by 11 ½ points. Head Coach Mike Picone said “the competition was really tough and I am so proud of how our team wrestled today! Hard work and dedication pays off.”  The teams at the tournament included: Akron Gladiators, Field, Jackson-Milton, Lake, Louisville, Mantua, Southeast and West Branch. Louisville placed 1st and Lake placed 2nd. The top three teams received trophies.


Everybody gets the blues sometimes—but depression is very different from the blues. About 18.8 million Americans experience depressive disorders that affect how they sleep, eat, feel about themselves, and live their lives. Depression has physical and emotional symptoms and cannot be wished away; people with depression can’t just “pull themselves together.” There are different types of depressive disorder, each with its own symptoms and treatment options. There’s a variety of treatment and support options. Depression can be treated, and people can recover.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Eagles Club wants to thank the merchants of the Village for their outstanding donations to the Eagles Scholarship fund.

The donations generated the scholarship fund close to $800. Judy and Jim Mason, members of the scholarship committee (who did not win the basket full of goodies) did an outstanding job of collecting the donations.

The list of donors: Art N Flowers, Advance Auto Parts, Cal’s Restaurant, Charles Auto Family, Chic & Shabby, Deluxe Cleaners, Garrettsville  DQ, Family Dollar, Garrettsville Hardware, Garrettsville Tobacco, Italian Garden, Lucky Dragon, McDonalds, Main Street Grille, Miller Lawn & Garden,Miller’s Restaurant, Sean’s Pub, Shaker Tree, Subway, T&B Tools, The Barber of G’ville, The Brick, The Business Works, Village Hair, and Zeppe’s.

Once again thanks for the merchandise and the gift certificates.

Literary Music Club held their meeting on January 9th. This was the meeting to install new officers. We need more members to attend the meetings, so the same people do not have to serve over and over. Margaret Lappert will be the new president, vice president is Jeannette Hall, treasurer is Margarite Strawman, and secretary is Billie English. Alma Jones presented scented candles and a white carnation to each outgoing officer. The tables were blue and white with interesting snowmen.

We say our prayers for those who are having health issues. We had a white elephant sale, members brought their cast-a-ways and bought new ones to take home. It was fun and everyone had a good time.

Next meeting will be February 13. Bring your Valentine smiles.

Newton Falls – If you’ve thought about joining Kiwanis Club, you are welcome to attend a meeting at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant, 22 W. Broad Street, Newton Falls. We meet Tuesdays for supper at 6:30 p.m., then begin the meeting about 7:15 p.m.; however, please note that we conduct bingo games at Laurie Ann Nursing Home and Allan Dell Assisted Living on the last Tuesday of the month instead of having a supper/meeting. 

Burton – The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will hold its 2013 Annual Organizational Meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the OSU Extension office – Patterson Center on the Geauga County Fairgrounds at 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd. in Burton. The meeting will start at 9:00AM and refreshments will be served. Those interested in participating in the market this year are invited to attend. There will be a presentation by the Board and applications for 2013 will be available.

The James A. Garfield School District is now accepting Kindergarten registration information for your child that will turn age 5 before September 30, 2013.

Registration will take place on Tuesday, March 12, Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the elementary.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.   We also require copies of the following documents at the time of registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Immunization Records
  • Custody Papers (If applicable)
  • Proof of Residency (property tax statement, deed, rental agreement or voter registration card)
  • Driver License or photo identification of custodial person enrolling student


Portage County Gardeners Clubs

Join Today

The Portage County Gardeners would like to invite you to join their clubs in 2013. Programs, workshops, field trips, crafts and friendship are just some of the reasons for joining a club. Four clubs within Portage County Gardeners have open membership. Please contact, President Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 for more information and to find a club right for you.


Got a case of the blahs? Winter may be at fault, when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression, is most common.

But don’t spend the season sad. Try these techniques to boost your mood. The best part? They work any time of year:

• Get the right amount of sleep. Too much or too little shut-eye can contribute to depression.

• Eat right for mental health. Studies have linked diets low in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids with poorer moods and depression. Eat plenty of fish, beans, lean meats, low-fat dairy and nuts.

• Take a daily walk for exercise and fresh air. Both are important for good mental health.

More tips to combat seasonal blues are available at www.nmha.org.


Burton – The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold their annual Chess Tournaments on all Saturdays in February at the Library.

All tournaments will begin at 10 am and are broken down by age group as follows:

February 2nd  is for  students in grades K through 5.

February 9th is for grades 6 through 8.

Both tournaments are expected to be completed by 1:00 pm.

February 16th  is for students in grades 9 – 12.

February 23rd tournament is for adults.

Both tournaments are expected to be completed by 5:00 pm.

This tournament is Swiss-type, providing each player with four games. Three certificates will be awarded in each division. Prior tournament competition is not necessary. Players should bring their own standard chess sets and a snack or lunch and beverage. Players are expected to complete all four of their games. Players must register in advance. There is no entrance fee required.

For registration and information call Burton Public Library at 440.834.4466.



No matter what your financial situation is like, there’s one way you can give back to your community that won’t cost you a penny.

According to the American Red Cross, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed daily. While it’s always the right time to give blood, January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, a great reminder to make an appointment.

As the new year begins, consider making regular blood donations a part of your 2013 schedule.

One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. To find out where you can give blood and to schedule your appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Geauga County – CASA for KIDS of Geauga County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is  recruiting volunteers to advocate for the “best Interest” of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court. No particular background is required, but you must be at least 25 years of age and have no criminal record. Couples may work together. Diversity of age, gender, ethnicity etc. is welcomed. Professional CASA staff provides 32 hours of pre-service training.  Supervision and continuing education is also provided after appointment by the Juvenile Court to serve as the Guardian ad Litem.  More volunteers are needed to ensure every child has a voice in court. The next training sessions will be in March 2013. If you are interested, call Chris Steigerwald, 440-279-1696 to get more information and begin the application process.

Note: An application and interview must be completed PRIOR to training.

To learn more about CASA for KIDS, visit our website at www.geaugacasa.org.



If it seems like your grocery store bills are getting bigger, you’re not imagining it: food prices are on the rise, and poised to go higher.

Scarce rainfall plus last summer’s record-breaking heat wave resulted in scorched crops in many of the nation’s grain-producing regions. The reduced fall harvest has created higher prices at the supermarket now, for products ranging from boxes of cereal to bottles of soda, and from bacon to beef.

Hiram – Patrolman Dave Ovens has been selected at “Hiram Police Department Officer of the Year” by his peers for 2012. Ptl. Ovens has continually shown that he is willing to go above and beyond and has dedicated himself to serving as a mentor to the other officers of the Hiram Police Department. Ptl. Ovens is instrumental in the development and organization of Hiram’s community programs which he has partnered with AAA and serves as an educator to teen drivers in regards to safe driving habits. Ptl. Ovens is also an active instructor at Kent State University Police Academy.


Geauga County – Geauga Park District is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas J. Fischbach as Park Board Commissioner. Mr. Fischbach, sworn in the morning of Friday, December 28, 2012 in the offices of Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell, will commence his term of service beginning January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31, 2015.

6th Grade - Ashleigh Fowler, Mira Soukenik, Alexander Maiden, Logan Bailey, Kathleen Hawley, Luke Leister7th Grade -  Avrie Talboo, Kassandra Fedor, Austin Shaffer, Ryan Britt, Emily Hawkins, Lincoln Chiller<br /><p class=8th Grade - Emily Walker, Olivia Brady, Blaine Sorrick, Adam Fitzgerald, Krystal Willett, Kenneth Haynie" src="http://weeklyvillager.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DSCN4823Dec.jpg" width="800" height="546" /> 6th Grade – Ashleigh Fowler, Mira Soukenik, Alexander Maiden, Logan Bailey, Kathleen Hawley, Luke Leister
7th Grade – Avrie Talboo, Kassandra Fedor, Austin Shaffer, Ryan Britt, Emily Hawkins, Lincoln Chiller
8th Grade – Emily Walker, Olivia Brady, Blaine Sorrick, Adam Fitzgerald, Krystal Willett, Kenneth Haynie


Washington DC - Congressman-elect David P. Joyce announced Portage County resident Nick Ciofani as his District Director:

“I’m very pleased to announce Nick Ciofani as my District Director,” said Congressman-elect Joyce. “Nick has worked in the district for several years and his extensive knowledge of northeast Ohio will allow our office to provide the best constituent services possible.”

Ciofani graduated from Hillsdale College in 2002 and Solon High School in 1998. Prior to accepting the position of District Director, Ciofani ran the Twinsburg office of Congressman Steven C. LaTourette and worked in the Finance Department for the City of Solon. Ciofani currently resides in Streetsboro.

West Farmington – W. Farmington Assembly #116 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls had a busy term of activities under the direction of Miss Kristina Murray, Worthy Advisor.  For social activities the assembly played a round of Frisbee Golf, held a camp-out, held our annual picnic at Willow Lake, attended the DeMolay Conclave dance, held our annual Halloween party, go-to-church Sunday, and attended the Holiday Dance. 


Columbus –  Hunters have donated 1,405 white-tailed deer to local Ohio food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2012 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Garrettsville – Rodney Rathbone is back in this sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying—but will his superstar reputation survive summer camp? The Call of the Bully is fun, exciting, and full of surprises—an adventure tale for middle-grade readers and anyone who remembers summer camp. The books are available at The Village Bookstore in Garrettsville.


Burton Public Library announces four “New Year, New You” programs in January.  The first is New Year, New You: Makeovers on Wednesday, January 9 at 1 p.m.   Limited to 6 lucky ladies, you will leave with your “new look” and personalized color scheme from Mary Kay.  No products will be sold.  A $5 class fee is payable at registration.


We Need Your Help!

Class of “68”……we need your help in locating the following people: Gary Adams, Virgil Bishop, Lawrence Cassidy, James Uphole, and Ron Baker. If you know where they are, or have a current  address, phone/ cell number, email address, please contact, Cherryl  {Clark} Duffield, @ 330- 527-2713, or Cindy (Vasil) Hillier @ csh2605@aol.com, or Judy (Bazil) Stone @Jstone21@kent.edu.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon on January 11, 12, 18 and 19th at 7pm and January 13th at 2pm. The production will be held in the James A. Garfield High School’s, Iva Walker Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door for: $10.00 for Adults 12 years of age and over, $7.00 for seniors over 65 and children under 12. There is a discount for groups over 15 people for $5.00 per person.

All performances will be interpreted for the Deaf by students from Kent State University Interpreter Training Program

“The Dinner Party” is sponsored by  Ryser Insurance and the Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency.

Garrettsville – This year the Garrettsville Eagles Club Aerie No. 27’s donation of $5,185 was once again awarded to the Portage County District Libraries.

The club members felt that there is great need for funds to continue the many services the library provides.

Receiving the check from Eagles president Tim Kelly were Director Cecilia Swanson, Kathleen Kozup Branch Manager, and Board Member Betty Clapp.

The PCDL District facilities consist of Aurora, Garrettsville Randolph, Streetsboro, and Windham and all materials are shared.


The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild will be offering a wide array of classes for the upcoming winter and spring session.  There are many favorite performing arts classes which will return along with a few new surprises.  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to test your skills with Shakespeare.  Adults and children will be offered the opportunity to experience the humor and challenge of Shakespeare.  There will be an adult scene study with Mark Cipra offered in March and a class for ages ten to seventeen starting in April.  Whether interested in home-school classes, comedy or myths and legends, there is a class for you!  Angela Miloro-Hansen, Julie Douglass, Patty Osredkar and Sarah Wyatt look forward to shining the spotlight on their students.


One of the most enjoyable moments in youth leagues is when a bowler hits the 200 mark for the first time in league play.  Jacob Britton did that last week in the 11:00 Trio League, with a 208 his last game.  Jacob, who averages 125, also added a 152 game on his way to a nice 484 series, which put Jacob at 109 pins over average for the day.  High series belonged to Adam Tanner.  Adam was very consistent, with games of 173, 163 and 161 for a 497 series.  Wilson Jackson was over average all three games.  Wilson, whose average is 105, rolled 112, 156 and 123, for a 391 series, 76 pins over average.  Other nice games were rolled by Ethan Dubasik, 168, Nathan Phillips, 167 (51 over), Jeff Dunfee, 168 (42 over), Billy Potteiger, 146 (35 over), Matt Hale, 151 (33 over), Drew Tushar, 160 (31 over), Ian Huebner, 81 (26 over).

“I’m trying to remember the name of a drug store chain from the 1950s, 1960s.  There was one near where I lived in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and I remember there was also one in Youngstown.  The one in Washington was replaced by Gray Drugs. Can you find the name of the store for me?”  Questions such as this one are always intriguing, requiring extra thought as to how to approach finding something which has since been replaced by something else.


Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through Local, District, Regional, State and possibly International competition levels.  Our 2012 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.


PCDL Holiday Hours

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season):  Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31, and Jan.  1.  Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library services and programs. Find us on Facebook.


Shop Local

There is a new boutique in the area; you can find the cutest place for Christmas giving at the Renaissance Family Center. The boutique just received estate jewelry with jewelry from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Come see the boutique; all proceeds go for programs provided at the Center. 

The JA Garfield High School Theatre Department presents the “Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner” on December 15th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person and includes both a dinner and the show. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura Young at 330-527-4341 Monday – Friday between 8 am – 2pm. The Yuletide Revels is a recreation of a Renaissance Christmas musical performance complete with a royal court, court jester, recorder consort, herald trumpeters, harp and a bountiful meal. A definite must-see!


On November 14, the Literary Music Club held their meeting. This being Thanksgiving, we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The women out did themselves, and everything was beautiful. Our thanks to the hostess; Mary Ann Leggett, Jackie Tokosh, and Margaret Paul. Our program was about angels. We also were taught how to make one from coffee filters. They’re sure cute with glitter and all. 


Hiram - Hiram College has received a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, based in New York City, that will help the College digitalize its massive collection of documents and photos related to the life and times of James A. Garfield.

The $10,000 one-year grant is only part of the funding that will be necessary to convert the collection, which contains thousands of original handwritten and other documents, journals, records, and photos from throughout Garfield’s life, including his time at the Western Reserve Eclectic Society, which was the precursor of Hiram College, and some papers from his brief time as President of the United States.

The documents will be digitized for easier use by researchers and scholars interested in Garfield, and will be made available to the public electronically through the OhioLINK Digital Resources Commons, a consortium of 88 Ohio academic libraries in partnership with the State Library.

Jennifer Morrow, Hiram’s archivist, said many of the materials in the collection are fragile with age, and that digitalization will preserve their content and increase access to them. Previously special permission was needed to view the documents, which are stored in the Hiram College library’s climate controlled archives.

Garfield was a student and later President of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, founded in 1850. He also represented Hiram and surrounding portions of northeast Ohio in the Ohio General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives, before being elected President in 1880. He died of wounds from an assassination attempt in 1881.

For more information about Hiram College, please visit www.hiram.edu .


Shop Local

There is a new boutique in the area; you can find the cutest place for Christmas giving at the Renaissance Family Center. The boutique just received estate jewelry with jewelry from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Come see the boutique all proceeds go for programs provided at the Center. 


It takes a Village . . . Yes, it’s getting to be a worn out and overused phrase.  But when it comes to putting on the James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk, it’s so true.  Every-other year, our Village pulls together in countless ways to support the historical society and promote our local businesses. 

Hiram – Recently a group of women from Hiram Christian Church completed an outreach sewing project called “Little Dresses for Africa”.  These dresses were sent to girls in Africa living in orphanages, churches and schools. It is the belief that every girl should have a pretty dress.  With the help of a quilt group in Mantua we were able to complete and send well  over 100 dresses.

Newton Falls – Resident, Rose Decapito from Laurie Ann Nursing Home in Newton Falls, OH turned 104 years old on 11/23/2012!
Residents celebrated her birthday with a party .
Rose is a very sweet lady who loves Bingo and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting in Newton Falls featured Dr. Salvatore Frangiamore and Melissa Greathouse from the Northeastern Ohio Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates ( NEOFASA ). The local office is located at 17 East River Street.