Home Authors Posts by Submitted




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.

Garrettsville Village Piecemakers held their quilt raffle during the Christmas Walk, the winner is Barbara Hardesty of Garrettsville. A special thank you to the JA Garfield Historical Society and all of the patrons who bought tickets.

Pictured above from left to right are Peggy Bunner, V.P., Husband of Barbara Hardesty as she could not accept herself, Rellajeanne Cook, Pres., Lisa Carpenter, Sec.



Sara Amport, Kathleen Bailey, Kelly Baker, Madeline Becker, Nichole Bencie, Cole Benjamin, Courtney Berish, Steven Bokesch, Katie Bretland, Gabrielle Caddell, Andrew Carney, Victoria Chiller, Emma Cline, Mallory Czuchra, David Defer, Brandon Derr, Brittany Donell, Kira Edic, Nicholas Erway, Mckenzie Faust, Tyler Fear, Amber Feddor, Ryan Fedor, Brett Fisher, Thomas Ford, Andrea Foster, Garrett Gerardi, Zakary Goldinger, Jacob Graves, Allyson Groves, Gina Harmon, Jenna Head, Tara Hilverding, Sally Hoffman, Cassandra Hunter *, Kristen Jackson, Tori Jeffries, Aleya Judd, Dylan Kager, Joseph Kermes, Jacob Klock, Sydney Knauf, Jenna Kodash, Olivia Kotkowski, Xyl Lasersohn, Logan Little, Mallory Lorence, Cortny Lower, Andrew Magyarics, Alexandria McKinley, Kayley Michuta, Brooklynn Moodie, Tia Nuti, Heather Pahoresky, Valerie Pfaff, Jeremish Poole, Allison Riley, Nicholas Ruggeri *, Michael Skocdopole, Danielle Smallwood, Justin Spurlock, Kelly Summers, Trevor Sweet, Tyler Tibbs *, Holly Tramont, Daniel Vaughn, Jordan Vizzini *, Marcus Weatherbee, Emily Youngblood, Daniel Zielinski


Hambden Twp. – Cold Nose Companions Dog Training has opened a training center in Hambden Township. Carol Peter, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and owner of Cold Nose Companions opened in late August with the mission of helping people create and sustain healthy, loving lifetime relationships with their family dogs.


 Mantua – Have your picture, or your families picture taken with Santa FREE of charge, and at the same time enjoy shopping for those Holiday goodies, and gifts that make this time of year so special to you, your family, and friends.

12th Grade – All A’s

Josie Baum, Caitlin Chartier, Tyler Covey, Briana Miller, Andrew Soukenik*, Shiloh VanOss, Stefan Wickli


3.2 & Above

Andrew Anderson*, Heidi Basel, Trent Bontrager, Austin Bowman, Joseph Brahler, Abbie Brown, Ethan Carter*, Kaytlin Collin, Logan Dean, Patrick Enoch*, Racheal Forcier*, Dakota Frank, Kenneth Fulton*, Kaleigh Gilmer, Alexandra Gushura, Megan Hadzinsky, Julia Hayes, Rachel Huehner, Kevin Hurd*, Hannah Kirk, Garrett McArdle, Andre Perrault, Jessie Raisor, Kaitlin Richter, Julie Russomanno, Andrea Sheller, Brittany Sisson, Rebecca Smith, Paige Stachowski*, Jacqueline Tabor, Bradley Thompson*, Rebecca Varga*, Jenna Yeager

11th Grade – All A’s

Ziad Al-Noubani, Jared Damko, Michael Ebie, Tessa Flattum, Savannah Lorinchack, Kayla Margush, Kaitlyn Siracki*, Nicole Thompson*, Brittany Thornton, Amber Wenger*

3.2 & Above

Morgan Aebischer, Daniel Anders, Kyle Angermeier,

Brianna Bandy*, Tanner Bontrager, Simeon Brown, Mason Butler*, Trevor Chambers, Cassie Daniels, Holly Deyoung*, Caitlynn Gilles, Candace Glinski, Travis Gorby, Sasha Gough, Kevin Griggy*, Jewels Haylett, Zachary Hoffmann,

Megan Kenesky, Rebecca Kern, Andrew Lininger, Thomas Macerol*, Skyy McCune*, Whitney Miller, Sarah Perkins, Emily Perrine, Kennedy Porter, Nathan Pratt, Shay Sane*, Dustin Savick*, Kurt Selesky, Jay Spencer*, Samantha Tubre*, Emma Twardzik, Andrew Weisbarth, Laura Wilburn


10th Grade – All A’s

Todd Barton, Courtney Chartier, Nicholas Crawford, Ante-Tonci Dejanovic, Ryan Everett, Alexandria Gibson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Aubrey Gissinger, Kourtney Holcomb,

Austin Johnson, Lindsey Jones, Rebecca Kirk, Julia Layer, Mason Maddox, Molly Mathews, Marcus Miller, Sara Petrie,

Evelyn West


3.2 & Above

Brittany Alloway, Evan Beach, Allyson Brahler, Jason Brookover, Alexis Dean, Eric Eiermann, Shannon Enoch, Elizabeth Gerez, Miranda Hayden, Kirstin Hoover, Dalton Lamb, James Mallory, Leah Maxey, Ethan Milko, Seth Miller, Dacy Myers, Ryan Pawlus, Alexander Pemberton, Emily Prigodich, Noah Reider, Jason Richmond, Julia Roubic, Isabella Scarl, Rachel Schwan, Erin Shea, Grace Smidga, Alaina Thompson, Melissa Thompson, Dakota VanOss, Megan Wilburn, Jessica Worth, Alexis Zieleniewski, Chase Zupancic


9th Grade – All A’s

Madisson Geddes, Benjamin Gibson, Madeline Lininger, Adam Roman, Megan Ryser, Alexandrea Synnestvedt, Sean Tannehill, Hannah White, Alicia Witte

3.2 & Above

Amanda Bartlett, Chandler Bee, Robert Bissler, Austin Covey, Haley Damko, Darla Derthick, Nathan Emens, Scott Everett, Caitlynne Harrington, Luke Hrubik, Nicole Kohler, Samantha Kostrub, Morgan Lippert, Kaylee Martin, Dicey Miller, Jessica Moore, Racheal Norris, Shiann Penna, Megan Perrine, Joel Pierce, Jessica Pitsinger, Natalie Roth, Katlyn Simpson, Mikaela Siracki, Scott Stanley, Johannah Stefanek, Michaela Weisbarth, Marissa White,Dylan Wojtasik, Abigail Woolard, Emily Yearyean

*Maplewood Student


Joseph Barnes,  Dakota Casseday,  Christopher Chambers,  Samantha Dean,  Taylor Gump, *Tristan Hankins,  Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight,  Tasheana Martinez,  Jasmine Nevarez,  Giana Pemberton, *Joseph Prasky, *Alexia Rushnok,  Kyle Russell,  Mariah Scott, Floyd Shackelford, *Lauren Simmons,  Colton Starcher, *Adam Tanner,  Alexander Workman,  Briana Workman



Alexandrea Blake,  Alexis Fabry,  Daisy Fleming,  Rocky Hager,  Darianna Heller,  Macey Hickman, *Kyle Hilfer, *Sarah Hodson, *Jessica Isler,  Vincent James,  Zacharie Lewis,  Emily Miller, *Tabitha Prasky,  Cody Riggs, *Jordan Small, *Bethany Stout



Jordan Burns, *Britney Collins, Kaitlynn DeVenture, *William Hickman, Stephen Kacenski, Ryan Kerschner, Sierra Knight, Bradley Kowalski, Joel Lissy, Kelsey Meszaros, Joseph Miranda, *Jared Taylor, *Joshua Youngen



Nicolas Cooper, Kali Hilfer, Lauren John, Joseph Keough,  Matthew Knight, * Christopher McPherson, Nathaniel Mullen, Tyler Pennington, Cameron Pozsgai, Bradley Rininger, Jacob Sweet, *Francesca Tesa


* denotes 4.0

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department was recently recognized and received the AAA Platinum AWARD for Community Traffic Safety. The AAA Platinum level is the highest level of recognition from AAA. The Hiram Police Department is the only department in Portage County to receive the AAA recognition of Platinum level. We have dedicated much emphasis and attention toward the area of traffic and community safety, We have adopted and implemented programs that educate, demonstrate, and enforce traffic and pedestrian safety issues ranging from bicycle safety, seat belt use, impaired driving, child passenger safety seats, just to mention a few. Every year there are tragic and unfortunate traffic related fatalities that may have been reduced if certain safety precautions were practiced and followed. “Our goal is to continue to educate and encourage safety related practices in our community and do everything I can do as the Chief of Police to create a safer roadway environment for everyone who may travel upon our roadways.” We are honored to be recognized by AAA in the manner in which the Hiram Police Department has been highlighted for our efforts toward traffic and pedestrian safety.


Noted artist and print-maker Clayton Pond has donated 21 of his limited edition silk-screen prints to Hiram College.

Pond, who pioneered silk screen print-making processes in the 1960’s and ‘70s, and gained notoriety in association with the New Realism and Pop Art communities of artists, who converged on New York City’s Soho district, said he made the donation to Hiram because it is where he took his first-ever art class and it shaped his future as an artist.


Hiram – Hiram College and The Friends of the Hiram College Field Station are sponsoring a tour of the Platte River, Nebraska March 18-24, 2013, that gives travelers a chance to experience one of the most extraordinary phenomena in nature – the annual migration of Sandhill cranes.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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:


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.    


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.