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Burton – The Burton Public Library announces four upcoming programs for adults.  On Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m., local author Patrick Hartory will discuss his book Your Ageless Mind.  Mr. Hartory offers great advice on how to keep our minds nimble as we age.  He will have signed copies of his book available for purchase and there will be a drawing so one lucky audience member will go home with a free book.

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Garrettsville – Join us at the Garrettsville Library for our children’s holiday programs. Holiday crafts begin with a winter bookmark on Monday, December 3 from 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm. Followed by an angel ornament (December 5), a button Christmas card (December 7), a fabric ornament (December 10), a gingerbread house (December 11), and earrings (December 12). Registration is required to attend these programs (supplies limited.) Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. Intended audiences include preschoolers and school-age children for most craft programs. There are a few programs that include teen age groups as well. Please call the library for more information.

Freedom Twp. – After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Regular Meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Martin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  Present were trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, and John C. Zizka; Karen Martin, Fiscal Officer; Road Superintendent, Charles VanSteenberg. Zoning Inspector Rich Gano.   Also present residents Mr. Charles Duffield and Mr. Dan Grafton, Mr. Harold Cain.  

Living in a small town extends our circle of family and friends.  When tragedy strikes we all feel the pain.   The close-knit community of Garrettsville is saddened and heartbroken by the loss of high school junior Nick Stock.  Nick was a student at James A. Garfield High School and attended Maplewood Career Center where he was studying computer technologies.  He was a talented and kind-hearted young man who touched many lives.  He was killed last week in a tragic car accident.

A memorial fund has been established at Huntington National Bank in Nick’s name.  Donations can be made through any Huntington branch office.  

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Geauga County – “Sponsor a Family” is the holiday program that provides food and gifts to low income families and seniors in Geauga County. For more than 40 years, Geauga County Job and Family Services has coordinated the Sponsor a Family Program during the holiday season. Sponsor a Family provided 2 dozen families with Christmas baskets the first year; in 2011, 580 families, from every geographic location in the county, received help through the Sponsor-a-Family program. This included over 1,240 children who received toys, gifts. In addition, between 15,000 – 20,000 pounds of food was donated, sorted, packed, and delivered.

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Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is recruiting individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to serve on active committees helping with the operations and various functions of Habitat for Humanity.  Individuals interested in selecting and working with Habitat families, oversight of construction days, marketing, fundraising and more are needed to assist the non-profit fulfill its goals of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live in Portage County.

A Volunteer information meeting will be held on Saturday November 10th at 10am at the Habitat office at 6630 Cleveland Road, Ravenna OH  44266.  RSVP’s for the orientation must be made by noon on Friday November 9th.

For more information on volunteering with Habitat or to RSVP, contact Brian Reitz breitz@habitatofportage.org or 330-296-2880.   www.habitatofportage.org

Auburn – After 34 years of civil service, Craig Sirna retired from the Bedford Heights Police force to spend   his days with his wife, Ann and daughter Kristen in the operation of their family farm.  In honor of Craig, a retirement party was held at Sirna’s Farm and Market.  A guest list of 350 people consisting of family, friends and neighbors, were given one request by Sirna.  In lieu of gifts, he requested all monetary donations be made to WomenSafe.

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Aurora – Home Instead Senior Care has been recognized for the fourth year in a row as a winner of The Business Growth Award, presented by Smart Business and Cascade Capital Corporation. This award was created in recognition of the existing and increasingly significant role area small companies play towards the continuing economic growth and vitality of our local area. It honors small businesses located in Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, Ashland, Stark and Holmes counties that have prominently increased sales and/or employment over the past five years. Small business owners today create the vast majority of new job opportunities across the United States, and through the combined sale of their goods and services, account for over 50% of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States as well

As you hear the echoes of whirling winds throwing leaves and while changes in weather chills your bones, October is a month rich in tradition of ghostly tales and old folklore. Whether it’s idle curiosity, a sense to hear scary stories, or suspenseful intrigue, Portage County District Library has an enormous collection to satisfy any appetite. Here is just a small portion of what’s awaiting for you on the library bookshelves:

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High game in the 9:00 Trio League last week was a 119 rolled by Ryleigh Gough.  Paige Collins had the high series for the day.  Paige was over her 76 average all three games, with 95, 95, and 108, for a 298 series.  Devin Penna rolled a 107.  Kyle Schaefer was 57 pins over average with 90 his second game.  Zach Seebacher was also over average all three games and rolled a 99 game and 270 series.  Zach’s average is currently 75.  Other nice games were rolled by Kyleigh Grandon, 76 (37 pins over average) and Isaac Trickett, 90 (33 pins over).

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Burton – On Saturday October 20th and Saturday, October27th  2012, Century Village, in the center of Burton in Geauga County will be the site of an historical Ghost Tour.  This is the sixth year for the Ghosts Of Burton Historical Tour, and the third year the venue is the historical grounds of Century Village, owned by the Geauga County Historical Society.

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Middlefield – Musicians who are interested in helping the many people in the local community affected by the recession can now benefit from their helping hand. Roadhouse Music is teaming up with the Independent Music Store Owners Group and SIT strings for their fourth annual Food for Strings food drive. The event is taking place on November 10th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Musicians need to bring at least three non-perishable food items, and the experienced staff will install a brand new set of SIT strings, tune and polish the instrument for no charge. All food collected will be donated to the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield’s food bank, which distributes food through the Geauga Hunger Task Force. Donations will be accepted even if the customer is not interested in a restring.

Garrettsville – In September, the Garrettsville Eagles Club F.O.E., donated $2,500 to the National Diabetic Research Center. The funds were generated by the third annual golf outing, co-chaired by Matt Eisenmann and Brian Mullins.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Grand Aerie in partnership with the University of Iowa established the Research Center at the University. The University is responsible for the facility while the Grand Aerie pledged the funds for the research.
The winners of the outing were Ben Hawkins, Marci Hawkins, Mac Hawkins and Jimmy Collins.
After the event, the golfers returned to the Eagles Club for a steak dinner and prizes.
Needless to say, the event’s success depended on the work of the large number of volunteers on the course and in the kitchen.
The Club wishes to thank the local merchants and organization for their generous support of this event.
The Eagles Club plans to continue to hold the outing as an annual event in September 2013.

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Each year the Newton Falls Public Library celebrates autumn with our annual Harvest Fest. This year the library has decided to turn it into a true harvest with a Food For Fines program. People who owe fines for overdue materials or are just feeling generous may bring nonperishable items into the library. All items brought in during Harvest Fest week, October 29 – November 3, will be donated to the Newton Falls Church Mouse.

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Parents hungry for information to help their teenaged children make their college choices can get the answers to their questions when Hiram College hosts “College Camp: A Training Program for Parents,” from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, in the Kennedy Center located on the Hiram campus.

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Mantua – Downtown Mantua Revitalization (DMRC) is sponsoring a logo contest and encourages all community members to give some thought to the images, colors, and style which should represent the Village of Mantua now and in the future. What do we know about, and what do we want others to know about, the Village? What feelings come to mind when you think about Mantua? What is important about downtown?
Entries may be hand-drawn ideas or computer-generated, reproducible logos. Submissions must incorporate The Village of Mantua name and be original artwork, free from copyright or intellectual property claims. The logo should “brand” an image which sticks in your head. It should be easy to read on a sign from a distance or on stationery, and work well in black & white or full color.
All submissions become the exclusive property of DRMC to modify & mangle as needed. Prizes will be awarded for images that are incorporated into final design, but no guarantee is made that logo will be adopted by The Village.
Please send logos to DMRC, PO Box 414, Mantua 44255 or DMRCemail@gmail.com or drop-off at Jake’s Eats. Include your name, phone number, address, and email, along with a brief explanation of why you think your design represents Mantua. Entries are due no later than October 15, 2012 and will be on display in Jake’s through October 31.

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The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for a luncheon and meeting at Burton Congregational Church, 14558 West Park Street, Burton, Ohio  44021.    

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Garrettsville – Samantha Miller is the lucky winner of a collection of Goosebumps books- topped off with a fancy spider. Miller entered a contest at the Garrettsville Library. The Garrettsville Library is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. For more information about Portage County District Library and its services and programs, visit www.portagelibrary.org today.

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Chagrin Falls – Bassoonist Barrick Stees and pianist Randall Fusco will present a benefit concert on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 at the Federated Church, 76 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls, OH. Their program will consist of works by Paul Hindemith, Camille Saint-Saëns, Willson Osborne, and Manuel de Falla.
Barrick Stees is Assistant Principal Bassoonist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Randall Fusco is Professor of Music at Hiram College. They are both 1981 graduates of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and have collaborated on numerous concerts and recordings.
A free will offering will be collected. All proceeds will be donated to the Boomer Esiason Foundation to fight cystic fibrosis.

Pictured above are this years Homecoming Court for James. A. Garfield High School.From left to right are (back row) : Simeon Brown, Austin Dezort, Tim Schwann, Tyler Covey, Stefan Wickli, and Logan Dean.  In the front row are (left to right): Whitney Miller, Julie Russmanno, Shilo Van Oss, Hannah Kirk, Carley McCloskey, Britanny Sisson.
The Homecoming Parade Starts at 4:30 pm on Friday, September 28th  and Homecoming Court proceedings will begin at 6:00 pm. when the king and queen will be crowned.   The G-Men football team will take-on the Rootstown Rovers, kick-off is at 7 pm.

Garrettsville – On Sept. 8, 2012, the 900 Coalition held a free-to-the-public event at the former Paul’s Lumber Yard. This function was the kick-off event for our organization which consists of members of the Garrettsville Safety Forces. Assembled were work vehicles from Scotchman Electric (Bucket Truck), Village Motors (Tow Truck), the Geauga County Sheriff (Emergency Command Vehicle), the Portage County Sheriff (Emergency Command Vehicle and Patrol SUV), Village of Garrettsville Street Dept. (Plow Truck), Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Department (Ladder Truck), Community EMS District (Ambulance), and the Garrettsville Police Department (Police Cars). The vehicles were available for inspection and pictures.
In addition to the vehicles, the participants were greeted by Dora the Explorer. Kids activities included face painting by Just For Kids, an inflatable castle bouncer by Tents for Rent, Fatal Vision drunk driver simulation by the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, and cornhole games. Entertainment was provided by “Mark the Magician”, and the event closed after a K-9 Unit demonstration by Lt. Tim Christopher from Garrettsville PD.
During this event a large box of non-perishable food items was collected and will be donated to the local food bank. The group was also able to give out   numerous bags of school supplies to the kids attending.
The 900 Coalition was able to raise $268 from auction and raffle items; this money will be put  towards the purchase of fitness equipment. Marty Corrao was the winner of the BMX bike raffle.  To date, total funds raised stands at $718.
The group would like to thank those that were able to attend this initial event, and especially those that donated their time or resources to help make the event a reality.  It is hoped that this can become an annual function in the future. Please visit the 900 Coalition Facebook page for information on future events and updates.

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(StatePoint)- As technology evolves, so do the ways children learn in and out of the classroom. With constantly changing tools and trends, teachers can do more to stay up-to-date to help children thrive.  It is important that parents understand what these changes mean so their children can maintain a competitive edge.

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The Geauga County Health District announces their adult flu clinics.  The health district will hold a drive thru flu clinic for adults 19 years and older on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 470 Center Street, Bldg 8 in Chardon.
Flu shots will be available every Friday during the season starting September 28, 2012 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at 470 Center Street, Bldg 8 in Chardon.  The health district will also be administering flu shots at Geauga County Senior Centers from 9:30 to 11:30, September 20, 2012 at the Chagrin Falls Senior Center, October 1, 2012 at the Middlefield Senior Center, October 2, 2012 at the Chardon Senior Center, October 4, 2012 at the Thompson Senior Center, October 16, 2012 at the West Geauga Senior Center and on October 3, 2012 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Chardon Senior Center.
Geauga County Health District will be able to bill most Medicare Plans for the flu shot (i.e. Aetna, Anthem, Humana & Cigna). Most employer health insurance plans are accepted.  We accept cash or check for payment if you have no insurance.  The cost of the flu shot if you are paying cash is $25.00 or $40.00 for high dose vaccine.
No appointment is necessary but you may pre register by calling the health district at (440) 279-1950.  You can also view our schedule on our website www.geaugacountyhealth.org.

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Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is proud to announce their 3rd annual Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser “Marriage Can Be Murder” on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Seasoned actors, using a professional script from Mystery Dinner Playhouse, will entertain you with their wit and have you guessing “who dunnit?” in order to win a prize!  The event will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Chesterland with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.  Along with the dinner and performance, there will again be a silent auction, pick-a-prize raffle, 50/50, mystery boxes and more!

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The Holden Arboretum announces Goblins in the Garden, its annual family-friendly, non-scary Halloween celebration. The fun runs from 10am -4:00pm on Saturday October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Little costumed guests are invited to trick-or-treat in a decorated garden setting during the daylight hours. Other activities include an afternoon of wagon rides, a scare crow row, cornstalk maze, straw pyramid climb, live entertainment and more.

Hiram – On September 8, the Hiram Police Department held its “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day event at Camp Asbury. The Cops and Kids Fishing Day event is focused on bringing community children closer to police officers and building lifelong bonds. The weather started out with rain, but the skies cleared, the fish were biting, and fun was had by all. “This is an excellent program we intend to hold every year”, Chief Ed Samec said. “Its great to see our police officers interacting with the children and having fun, we had families from Portage and Geauga County come to the event, Zach Ladow of Middlefield caught the biggest largemouth bass of the day.” Chief Ed Samec added. Another intent of the Cops and Kids fishing day event is to bring families closer together with quality time. The Hiram police Department Cops and Kids Fishing Day event was made a success by our sponsors. We would like to graciously thank the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approving the “Cops and Kids” grant, Buckeye Worm for their donation of the bait, Bergs Eye Apparel, Middlefield Flambeau, Middlefield Save-a-Lot, The Ladow family for catering the event, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Ravenna Wal-Mart, Harrison’s Hideaway, Middlefield Plastics, Kiwanis of the Western Reserve. Every person that attended the “Cops and Kids” fishing day event received an event T-shirt, a tackle box, live bait, hula-hoop, fishing lures, and lunch, all being items donated or purchased from the ODNR grant. “This event was awesome and didn’t cost the tax payers anything; it was totally free to anybody who attended” Chief Ed Samec said. The Hiram Police Department intends to have many more community programs that give back to the community.

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Burton – The 64th Annual Apple Butter Festival comes to Century Village Museum Oct. 13 and 14. This year, for the first time, fans of this Geauga County tradition will be able to compete for the titles of festival King and Queen.
Participants in the king and queen contest will earn points by competing in traditional harvest-festival activities, including archery and apple toss as well as contests for apple-pie baking, homemade (non-alcoholic) cider-making and apple pie- eating. Points will be awarded for participation and achievement.

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In 2011, a homeowner near Peninsula reported seeing a sasquatch with “grayish brown long hair, particularly over the face” in a ravine behind his house, according to The Bigfoot Field Researchers Association.  It is one of nine Bigfoot sightings reported in Summit County.

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Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Third Bi-Annual Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Sugar Bush Golf Club located just outside of the city limits on State Route 88.  The doors will open at 6 pm, with a catered dinner from Special Moments Catering being served at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $30 each, $60 a couple, and $200 for a table of eight. Tickets will need to be purchased early, as this event usually sells out quickly. One can purchase tickets at Huntington Bank, Middlefield Bank, Dairy Queen, Skylanes Bowling, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance or by calling  330 527-2463.
Although the event is a Masquerade Ball, costumes are not required; however those  who choose to wear a costume will be eligible to compete for prizes. There will be plenty of food, dancing, cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a lottery tree. Live music will be provided by “The Boys are Back.” It promises to be an evening full of fun, so mark your calendars, purchase your tickets and join the Chamber at the Masquerade Ball.
Proceeds from this event go to the scholarship fund.

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The James A Garfield Homecoming Parade is September 28th and will kick off at 4:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in putting a float into the Homecoming parade should contact Frances Bell at fbell@jagschools. org
Line up will begin behind the Movie Theatre in the plaza..

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Ravenna – Stop by Portage APL on September 22, 2012 from 10-3 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.  

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The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign auctions have begun and new this year… you can view and bid on barrels on the District’s website!  Eight local artists and groups have donated their time, talent, and materials to the District by painting barrels and creatively transforming these recycled plastic barrels into beautiful and functional yard art.  These decorated rain barrels are now on display and available for silent bidding at various locations throughout Geauga County (as indicated below) for the months of August and September.  

Kirtland  –   The third weekend in September brings people and crafters from all over to Kirtland, Ohio where the 31st Village Peddler Festival will be held on September 15 (10am-6pm) and September 16 (10am-5pm) at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.   The festival spans the beautiful Farmpark hillside with continuous tents of handmade treasures and unique items.  Staged as the perfect venue, the hillside’s beauty and charm compliment the festival’s unique character.  Food is  matched to the yesteryear theme, with dining under the trees; live folk and traditional music and harvest market complete the festival.  

Ravenna – The Portage County Historical Society will begin new hours of operation starting September 1, 2012.  The Society is located at 6549-51 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna OH and will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. The museum and library will no longer be open on Sundays for tours or research.

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Haven’t got a library card yet? Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that September is National Library Card Sign-up Month- “Get It. Use It.” Visit any branch location to get the most important card you can have in your wallet. Or download an application online. With this card you will have access to all the newest DVDs, downloadable audiobooks and eBooks, books, and much, much more. The best benefit of having a library card is borrowing from the thousands of items within the collection without a charge to you- everything is free! Enjoy all the best entertainment and it’s all available at your fingertips. Requesting library materials online is easy. Visit www.portagelibrary.org and browse our catalog. Select a pickup location and start enjoying them today.