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Newton Falls – Members of the Newton Falls American Legion Post celebrate the Army’s 239th birthday during their monthly meeting.  Former Army personnel pose with a cake celebrating the birthday.  From left to right: Robert Shaulis, Duncan Shetterly, Pete Price, John Bishop, Arden Baillee, Robert James, Tom Buncic,  Walt Tully, Lennie Williams, Ron Widowfield and Richard Sibera

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Dear Editor,

Hopefully, motorists and area residents have noticed the American flags displayed on utility poles surrounding the Freedom Township Hall and Congregational Church properties. The flags and their mounting brackets were installed by employees of JC Electric using the company’s bucket truck. Installation was completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

JC Electric is owned by Mr. Jason Carmichael and located in Freedom Township. In addition, Jason and his wife Jennifer and their son Jack are residents of Freedom. Mr. Carmichael has graciously waived any charge for the flags installation and has agreed to assist with their removal and rehanging in the future. Jason is proud of what our flag stands for! This is not the first time Jason has generously donated to Freedom Township. In the past, JC Electric provided the labor and material for outlet and lighting at the Town Hall Pavilion at no cost to the township. Equipment boxes for storage ave been donated for use at the township’s ball fields.

Jason Carmichael is a very successful and humble citizen to Freedom Township. He does not ask for any recognition. As trustees we are very grateful for his donation to our township and wish make our residents aware of his generosity in making Freedom Township a little nicer.

Thank you Jason Carmichael and JC Electric!

Freedom Township Board of Trustees,

John C. Zizka

Chairman

 

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Dear Editor

I urge families to take a potentially life-saving action during June, National Safety Month, by conducting safety checks of their aging parents’ homes.

Nearly 20 million seniors visit emergency rooms every year with many of these injuries caused by home accidents.

ER doctors recommend that senior’s homes are checked for potential safety hazards at least once a year. To make this as easy as possible for families in our community, our business is offering free home safety checks for seniors throughout the month of June.

To arrange a free safety check by a senior care professional or to obtain a free home safety checklist, call our office at 330-995-1522. The checklist and other helpful resources are also available at www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com.

Annette Balis

Home Instead Senior Care

 

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2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries

Ravenna – Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ lavfw3332@embarqmail.com or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric… Hurry space is limited.

 

Players needed for Hiram Community Band

Once again, the Hiram Community Band will perform on July 4 at 4 PM outside Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus.  Note-reading players of band instruments are needed for all sections, particularly low brass, clarinets and percussion. Rehearsals will be from 7-9 PM in Frohring Music Recital Hall on 6/18 (Weds) 6/24 (Tues) and 6/30 (Mon). Attendance at all rehearsals is encouraged but not mandatory. If you want to play, contact Jeffrey Quick at jaq@case.edu or 330-527-0144.

 

Stoney’s Pizza Benefit

Through June 22

One Dollar of every pizza sold June 17th -22nd at Stoney’s Pizza in Windham will be donated to the Stout Family, who lost their home to a fire.

 

Freeway’s Greyt Escape Yard Sale

June 19-20

Yard Sale: Thurs & Fri 6/19 & 6/20 9:00 AM. Antiques: Fenton, Nipon, McCoy, Roseville plus many misc. collectables including s&p, ashtrays, glassware, buttons, marbles. Household items and scrapbook/card supplies, push mower. Proceeds of this sale benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc. a nonprofit corp. dedicated to saving Greyhounds. 10555 South St. Garrettsville (Rt. 88).

 

Rummage Sale

June 20-21

Edinburg First Church of God will hold a Rummage Sale OFF SITE at 4359 Wayland Road, Palmyra Twp. on June 20th and 21st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A little of everything, especially clothing and smalls.There will also be a bake sale.  Proceeds of the sales will go to Missions. Please call Alma at 330-654-3841 for more information.

 

Author Tribuzzo To Appear at Village Bookstore

June 21

Author Fred Tribuzzo will be on-hand at Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on June 21 from 1-3 pm.  Tribuzzo is the author of American Sky

 

 

Rings and Things

June 21

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Saturday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:00 PM. The featured object for the night will be the “Ringed World,” Saturn! Always a favorite to view, Saturn put on a great show during the April Open Night displaying lightly colored bands across its planetary body, the distinctive and brilliant ring system, the Cassini Division within the rings, and several of its many moons! If there is time and good enough skies, visitors will look at another astronomical ring: the Ring Nebula (M57). Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Official Flag Burning Ceremony

June 21

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will hold an official flag burning ceremony on June 21st at 11 am at the Mantua Village Park. Frayed and faded American flags will be properly disposed of. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Book Festival

June 21

The first Western Reserve Book Festival will be held at the Kennedy Center at Hiram College on June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 45 authors in a variety of genres will attend, signing copies of their books. There will be readings throughout the day, and David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose and co-author of Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron, will present a keynote speech at 12:30. The event is free; more information can be found at http://www.hiram.edu/wrbf/.

 

Mini Carnival

June 21

Mini Carnival at Church of Christ Family Activity Day will be June 21st from 3-5pm, 9837 Wolf Road in Windham. We will have an afternoon of fun with carnival games and prizes. Also, free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and punch. Everyone welcome!

 

Annual Chicken BBQ & Yard Sale

June 21

The Lake Milton Presbyterian Church will hold its annual chicken BBQ & sale on June 21st. the yard sale will be from 9-5 with the chicken BBQ from 12-5. The menu consists of ½ chicken cooked over an open fire (plain or BBQ), parsley potatoes, choice of side, roll & butter, homemade dessert and beverage. The donation will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. Eat in or carry out. Contact 330-654-3396 for more info.

 

Strawberry Festival

June 21

Christian Women’s Fellowship, First Christian Church, 17 North Center Street, Newton Falls June 21, Beginning at Noon. Strawberries and all the fixins. Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes and Coffee

 

Street Car Show

June 21

28th Annual Newton Falls Street Car Show will be June 21st; 19 North Canal St, Newton Falls. Sponsored by The Newton Falls July 4thFestivities Committee. $10 Street Parking/Registration fee. Parking opens at 9:00am – 300 spaces available. Registration 9:30-2. 40 classes, 131 trophies. Chinese Auction, 50/50 drawing. Contact Tony Sabo 330-360-4546.

 

Kiss The Cow

June 21 -22 

Parents of Girl Scout Troop 80239 presents the 1st annual kiss the cow contest. Come to the Newton Falls Car & Bike Shows June 21 & 22 to cast your vote! The contestant who raises the most money by the end of the bike show on Sunday, will have to kiss the cow and have their picture have their picture posted in our local media.

 

My Big Fat Gay Wedding

June 21 & 22

North Coast Men’s Chorus Richard Cole, Artistic Director presents: “My Big Fat Gay Wedding” June 21 at 8pm and June 22 at 3pm at the Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University Music & Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115. Advance Sale $10-$35, Door Sales $15-$40. Information at: Tickets@ncmchorus.org, www.ncmchorus.org or 216-556-0590

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

 

The Spirit of Love

June 22

Join us June 22nd at 10:30 am. Please come and experience The Spirit of Love At Shepherd’s Joy Ministry, 94451/2 Annette Dr. Windham, Ohio behind the hardware store.

 

Newton Falls Bike Show & Run

June 22

28th Annual “Weekend Madness” June 22nd Bike Show and Run. 45 Bike Show Classes & 159 trophies/plaques to be awarded. Over 200 door prizes. Bike Run Sign-ups 9am-12pm, Bike Show Sign-Ups 9am-5pm at Faces Lounge 13 W. Broad St. Run leaves at 12:15. For more info call Stubby 330-718-7222, Patty (vendors) 330-718-7223, Bluto 330-717-9081 or Jackal 330-219-3693.

 

Crescent Meeting

June 23

Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No. 7 O.E.S. will hold its final meeting on June 23rd. The chapter will reopen in September. Fathers will be honored at our June 23rd meeting. Members are asked to bring a homemade pie to share.

 

Hiram Community Committee Forming

June 23

Hiram Township is creating a committee to implement selected parts of its Comprehensive Plan.  Your input is needed!   First project will be creating hiking trails throughout the Township.  Come to the meeting on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at The Hiram Corner Store and Café (corner of 82 and 305) to find out more info. This is a public meeting; any Township resident will be eligible to serve on the committee.  Contact Tim Kasper 330-569-7387 or email tkasper@sbc.edu if interested in this exciting opportunity.

 

Free Community Dinner

June 24

Free Community Dinner, June 24th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, OH

 

Community Center Open

June 24  July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free, everyone’s invited.   Children must have adult supervision, but we’ve got craft materials and lots of different games we’d be glad to teach you all to play, adults and children alike.  Hours are 9:30 am until late afternoon. (We close when everyone’s gone but the leadership.)  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon. Our current service project is making dresses for little girls in Africa.  Pattern is simple and children can participate.  We re-open at 5:00 for the Don’t Eat Alone supper potluck served at 5:30, to which we extend a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals by themself: widowed, divorced, never married, spouse travelling, it doesn’t matter.   Beverages and tableware provided.

Annual Rummage Sale

June 26-28

Annual Rummage Sale June 26-28 from 10 am-5pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd, Garrettsville, Oh. We need volunteers to help sort and price items. Proceeds benefit the sound room and also to defray the cost of the pig roast. Your donations and help will be greatly appreciated. Contact 330-527-4068 for more info.

 

Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.

 

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Chicken Dinner

July 2

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on July 2nd from 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $8.50, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10 $4.00, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

 

Vet’s Appreciation Day

July 4

Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 Veteran’s Appreciation Day & Fireworks. Join us for our annual fireworks display on July 4th at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6pm and the fun goes through the conclusion of fireworks. Military displays and vehicles. Food concessions provided by Geauga Fair Board. $4 donation per car, $1 per person walk-in.

 

Chesterland Parade

July 4

Chesterland Parade will be July 4th at 11am. Begins at St. Anslem’s Church, Chesterland, Ohio. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more info.

 

Swing Dance

July 5

Swingtime Big Band is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance July 5th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.

 

Vacation Bible School

July 7

Portage Faith United Methodist Church “Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God”.  VBS will run the week of July 7. We begin with a light supper at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:45 PM.  There are classes starting with 3 year olds and going up to children going into 6th grade, parents are welcome to stay for a fun Adult class with crafts and recreation.  Registration needs to be made by June 30, you can pick up forms at the church -99222 State Route 44, Mantua or call in to the office 330-274-8987 to register and get more information.  VBS and supper are free.

 

Bible School

July 7-11

Join the Portage Faith United Methodist Church for an exciting Bible school program “Workshop of Wonders, Image and Build with God.” The evenings will begin with a light supper at 6pm in the fellowship hall and ends around 8:45pm. The classes are for all ages 3 and up. Join us the week of July 7th-11th at Portage Faith UMC on St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. Please call the church office at 330-274-8987 to register.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.

 

Community Yard Sale

July 12

A community yard sale is once again being held on the grounds of the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N Main St on July 12th at 7:00 AM.  Spots are free and a limited number of tables are available for use on a first call basis.  A free lunch will be served between 11 AM and 1 PM for all in attendance at that time.  Reserve your free place now by calling Jim at 330-671-1426.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise will be held at SS. Edward & Lucy Parish, 16150 Center St., in Parkman on July 13th. Barbeque chicken dinner will be served from 11am-6pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Menu will include barbeque chicken, parsley potatoes, homemade coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. For more info call the church office 440-548-3812 or visit www.ssedwardlucy.com.

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Cheese Making Workshop

July 19

The Portage County Gardeners  will have a Cheese Making Workshop on July 19- 10a.m.-noon at 5154 Prospect St. Ravenna, OH 44266. Cost is $25.00. Learn how to make soft mozzarella and then ricotta cheese in a crock pot. You will get a starter kit to take home and you can sample the instructor’s cheese. Also, call Helena to pre-register and pre-pay.  Deadline for registration and pre-pay for both classes is July 12.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner Play

July 19

North Coast Men’s Chorus presents; “Lights! Camera! Murder!” A murder mystery dinner theater play, July 19 from 6-11pm at Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Trisket Rd, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $45 each, table of 8 $320, includes three course dinner, cash bar, live & silent auction, costume contest. To make reservations, visit our website at www.ncmchorus,org, or call 216-556-0590.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

Pricetown UMC Vacation Bible School

July 21-25

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 21st thru July 25th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship.  This years’ theme is “Son Treasure Island”.    Youngsters (3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and out Treasure Island store at the end of the week.For more information,  please contact 330-872-3801 or 330-540-7523

 

What’s Bugging Your Plants & Trees

July 23

On Wednesday, July 23 from  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. the  Master Gardeners  who answer your questions on Helpline are offering a free evening of diagnostic help in the middle of the growing season.  Bring your gardening problems, questions and even diseased or failure to thrive plant samples. The Master Gardeners will provide educational information on plant diseases and insects and their control.  Individual concerns will be addressed as well.  If your gardens are lush and growing without incident come and gather with your fellow gardeners and listen and learn.   Light refreshments provided.  Free community offering.  Program held at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Building, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.  Preregistration encouraged (440-834-4656), walk-ins welcome.  geauga.osu.edu

 

Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted Items, Collectables, Raffles and a Food Café. Come join us and support your local veterans.

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a lost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.

 

Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!

 

Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

Growing Angel Trumpets, Brugmansia

Aug 13

You have seen these magnificent plants at garden centers and at the Geauga county fair.  Learn how to select and grow these spectacular, fragrant flowers.  Go to the award winning brugmansia garden of Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik where she will teach you the care and propagation of these beauties. She will show you the tricks to get hundreds of blooms on a single plant and how to winter them over for years of enjoyment.  As a special treat you’ll even get a brugmansia to take home. Additional plants will be available for purchase.   This off site class will be held on  Wednesday, August 13, 7 PM-9 PM, $35 Ask Phyllis for a tour of her garden too! $35. Call 440-834-4656 to register and get directions.  View a list of upcoming Master Gardener classes, geauga.osu.edu

 

Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. 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. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! 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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Turn your trash into someone else’s treasure and put a little cash in your own pocket. Booth spaces are still available at a popular Flea Market at The West Woods in Geauga Park District.

The Flea Market will be Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The West Woods picnic area, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township. Dozens of vendors will sell treasures such as antiques, collectibles, bird houses, jewelry (new and old), tools, toys, furniture, rugs, plants, handmade materials, soaps, general household items and other bargains galore. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this popular day.

This year’s event is being hosted by Geauga County Ohio Horseman’s Council. Outdoor spaces, the size of two parking spaces, can be reserved for $25, or an 8-foot picnic table under the shelter can be reserved for $15. All application fees for vendor spaces will be payable to Geauga County OHC and proceeds from the event will benefit Geauga Park District’s Bridle Trail Fund.

To purchase your spot, or for more information about Geauga County Ohio Horseman Council’s benefit Flea Market, call Jennifer at 216-406-7639.

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Portage County – The Portage County Health Department, Robinson Memorial Hospital, and Portage County Emergency Management Agency will hold an educational conference on June 17, 2014. The conference will be held at the Ravenna Elks Lodge from 11:30pm-4:00pm. Lunch will be provided. The intended audience includes Emergency Responders, MRC Volunteers, School Staff, Public Health Responders, Administrators, and Concerned Citizens.

The conference will feature information on Portage Prepares, a local resource for information on how to respond in emergencies; terrorism prevention and awareness; cyber terrorism and the threat posed to our infrastructure; and psychological 1st aid training.

The Portage County Health Department is taking the opportunity to recognize our Portage County MRC Volunteers during the conference. MRC Volunteers are part of a national network of volunteers that are organized on a local level to improve the health and safety of their communities. The Portage County MRC Volunteers have provided support in emergency preparedness and response trainings, vaccination clinics, and outreach for Portage County residents.

This conference is open to the public with limited space. For additional information or if interested in attending, please contact Becky at 330-296-9919, ext. 137.

 

Hiram – Author and longtime Akron Beacon Journal columnist David Giffels will headline the first Western Reserve Book Festival at Hiram College on June 21, 2014.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kennedy Center, will celebrate literature of Ohio’s Western Reserve, hosting dozens of area authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult and children’s work. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet these authors, have bookssigned, purchase books and attend readings.

Giffels, the keynote speaker, is also a contributing commentator and essayist on NPR station WKSU in Kent. His books include “The Hard Way on Purpose” and “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House.” An acclaimed author and writer, his work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, ESPN, Grantland, Redbook and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

Additional authors will include Shelley Costa, Harmony Evans, Amanda Flower, Kevin Keating, Scott Lax, Kylie Logan, Michael Olin-Hitt, James Renner, Les Roberts, Debra Robinson, Stephanie Siciarz, S. Andrew Swann, Chris Akin, Paul Bauer, Gail Bellamy, Peg Bobel, Mark Dawidziak, Joyce Dyer, Jen Hirt, William Kerrigan, Wendy Koile, Lynn Metzger, Jennifer Morrow, Michael Olin-Hitt, James Renner, Brad Ricca, Robert Sberna, Jane Turzillo, Cinda Chima, James Bradley Clarke, Colleen Clayton, Leah Clifford, Jen Dutton, Julie Lindsey, Mindy McGinnis, Tricia Springstubb, Scott Tracey, Jeanne Bryner, Susan Grimm, David Hassler, Lesley Jenike, Philip Metres, Mary Quade, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Tom Batiuk and Eric Schmiedl. Additionally, several area journals and literary organizations will be represented.

The Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Library, the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature, WKSU, and Barnes & Noble, is free and open to the public. There will be amplefree parking; several dining options will be available.

For more information, visit www.hiram.edu/wrbf or contact Hiram College Library Director David Everett at everettdd@hiram.edu or 330-569-5353. Hiram College is located at 11730 Garfield Road, Hiram, Ohio 44234.

Mantua – The Village of Mantua Service Department is pleased to announce that it has implemented a new emergency alert system to notify residents and business owners of critical, time sensitive information.  The system works very much like the ones that Crestwood Schools and several surrounding communities have adopted.  Alerts may address water line emergencies, planned water line work, road closures, critical safety information, etc.  You will be able to choose to receive the updates by text message, e-mail or voice call.

The easiest way to sign up is to go to the AMG Alerts link on the left hand side of the Village’s homepage www.mantuavillage.com.  The sign-up page will ask for your most current contact information as well as your contact preferences.  If you cannot get to a computer, call Village Hall at (330) 274-8776 and we will help you through the process.  Sign up is optional, however we will soon start using the alerts instead of going door to door with notices.

 

dance

Garrettsville - Five years ago the 8th Count Dance Center celebrated its first year of dance classes, with a spring recital called “Dancing thru the Decades.” Since that time, they have continued to grow and have held annual recitals. This year’s recital theme was “Celebration” as Shanelle Waggoner and her center  celebrated five years of success in Garrettsville.  For more information on the 8th Count Dance Center visit their website at http://www.the8thcount.com

Chess

Garrettsville – Isabella Folio (right)  and Brody Swigonski (left) won their respective divisions for the annual Garfield 4th grade PTO chess tournament (pictured).  Congratulations to them both!  The tournament was held over their lunch break for several weeks, and they recently competed in the finals.

For the boys division, Brody Swigonski defeated Kodiak Brogan in the final match.  For the girls division, Isabella Folio defeated Addrianna Conway in the finals.

The tournament was sponsored by the Garfield PTO and the elementary school.  Students were invited to come during their lunch once a week and play chess, checkers, cards, or even just read a book.  Almost one hundred different students participated in the program.  Special thanks to the PTO, the fourth grade teachers, and principal Keri Dornack.

 

Garrettsville – Garfield High School graduate Simeon Brown of Garrettsville is the 2014 recipient of the President James A. Garfield Award.  The $1000 scholarship honors the values held  by James A. Garfield, who at age 26 became president of what would later be known as Hiram College and who later became president of the United States.  The scholarship is awarded on consideration of the student’s essay concerning  a value or belief reflected in the life of President Garfield and the student’s demonstrated scholarship and community or school  service. Mr. Brown intends to continue his education in the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University  in Berea.

Garrettsville - The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library June 16 – 21, during library hours. All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Garrettsville Library which helps fund collection development, programs for the public, and other things the library may need.

Saturday, June 14 will be a members only set-up day from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Monday, June 16 will be a members only set-up day and preview from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday June 17 – June 20 is open to the public during library hours. Saturday, June 21 is open to the public from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Since the last book sale many new titles have been donated to the Friends of the Garrettsville Library and there will be a selection of adult, young adult, and children’s books, with fiction and non-fiction titles.  Memberships to the Friends’ group may be purchased leading up to and during the sale. If you are not a member, and wish to attend the members only pre-sale, you are welcome and encouraged to join the Friends of the Garrettsville Library. Memberships start as low as $5.

Materials that are left over from the book sale will be distributed to other organizations; new donations after the sale will be needed and greatly appreciated.

The library is located at 10482 South Street in the Village Park.  For further information, call the Garrettsville Library at 330-527-4378.  For additional information about library programs, materials, and services, please visit the Portage County District Library website at www.portagelibrary.org.

 

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Author Fred Tribuzzo to Appear at Village Bookstore

American Sky by Fred Tribuzzo acknowledges the 1960s Pan Am glamour of pilots, but also pulls off the Ray-Bans to reveal the grittier, elbow-deep-in-the-engine world of small plane aviation. It’s easy to imagine the characters brushing dirt off their hands or cleaning grease off their fingers before sitting down to a runway-side restaurant breakfast and discuss the status of an aircraft.

Organized into short chapters that read like fond, comfortable vignettes, American Sky introduces the reader to varied characters while surreptitiously revealing bits and pieces about the narrator. It is, in essence, an aviation memoir, but thankfully eschews redundant personal introspection in favor of utilizing Tribuzzo as a lens.

Author Fred Tribuzzo will be on-hand at Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on Saturday June 21st, from 1-3pm and invites you to stop in and say “hi”.


Author Fred Tribuzzo to Appear at Village Bookstore

Rootstown – The Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking-off the summer with a Peach Sangria Party for its first Business After Hours, Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyards, 3272 Industry Road, Rootstown.

Barrel Run is a co-sponsor of the event. Rootstown’s Giant Eagle is a donor. There will be raffles that will support the chamber’s scholarship fund.

Rootstown residents and staff of area businesses in Portage County are invited to attend and network with chamber members. To sign-up for the event, send email to president@rootstownchamber.org. For more information, go to the chamber website at www.rootstownchamber.org

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ lavfw3332@embarqmail.com or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric… Hurry space is limited.

 

Players needed for Hiram Community Band

Once again, the Hiram Community Band will perform on July 4 at 4 PM outside Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus.  Note-reading players of band instruments are needed for all sections, particularly low brass, clarinets and percussion. Rehearsals will be from 7-9 PM in Frohring Music Recital Hall on 6/18 (Weds) 6/24 (Tues) and 6/30 (Mon). Attendance at all rehearsals is encouraged but not mandatory. If you want to play, contact Jeffrey Quick at jaq@case.edu or 330-527-0144.

 

Windham Carnival 

June 11-15

Held behind the Windham fire station. Games, rides and fun! Live bands Friday and Saturday night!

 

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

June 13

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry, June 13th from 4-7:30. Fish – shrimp – or combo. Chicken tenders also available. Your choice baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans & dinner roll. To go orders available. Call 330-527-2330.

 

Brick by Brick Auction

June 13

20 new kitchen and bath cabinet sets at charity auction June 13th at the Windham Hardware 3 to 18 pcs. Per set. Proceeds go to the Windham Brick By Brick Scholarship Fund. Sale at 12, bring a truck or trailer. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. McGuire website.

 

Rummage and Bake Sale

June 13-14

June 13th- 14th. 9am to 5pm at Hiram Rapids Historical Church, 6337 Allyn road corner of Allyn and Winchell. Clothing, lamps, furniture, walkers, little tykes toys, games, kitchen needs much miscellaneous. Serving hot dogs, chili dogs and sloppy Joes. Homemade baked goods. All proceeds are for our roofing fund; monetary donations accepted. Checks are to be made out to R C C A.

 

Rummage Sale

June 13 & 14

Come one; come all for amazing deals on great stuff while supporting the best causes! Huge Friendship Alliance Church Youth Group rummage sale, June 13 from noon-5pm & June 14 from 8am-5pm behind the church under the FAC Pavilion, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR44), Chagrin Falls (Auburn Twp.), in Geauga County just north of the Portage County line.

 

Football & Cheerleading Sign-ups

June 14

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding sign-ups for football and cheerleading on June 14th at the Community center stone pavilion. The sign-ups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sign-ups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheerleading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.

 

Newton Falls Schoolmates & Friends Reunion

June 14

The 95th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be June 14th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors will open at 9:45am for visiting, with the luncheon beginning at 11:45am. Cost is $20 per plate. 1964 will be the honored class. For more information call Mary Margaret Hildack 330-872-0075 or Merial Price 330-889-3069.

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

June 14

Windham Fire Department Carnival Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will be June 14th at 2pm. Doors open at noon for cash games. Tournament will take place at Windham Fire Department. 75% payout! . For tickets or questions call Kenny Shearer 330-219-2571.

 

Book Sale

 June 14

Friends of the Burton Public Library Book Sale will be held June 14th from 9am-4pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book sale will take place 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.

 

5K Run & Walk  – Register/Donate Today

June 14

Register and Donate today! 2014 Path for Patriotism, June 14th. Register at 5krundav.wufoo.com/forms. Benefits Disabled Veterans, Eagle Scout Program for Ben Wood. Please send check or money order to: 2710 Mahan Denman Rd., Bristolville, OH 44402.

 

Missionary Speaker

June 15

Join us June 15th at 10:30 am Please join us at Shepherds Joy Ministry, 94451/2 Annette DR. Windham, OH to hear Missionary from Africa Chris Okuma who takes care of over 700 children who have been abandon and left out in the bush country to die. To honor all Fathers we will be serving lunch immediately following service.

 

Chief David Oliver to Speak

June 16

Burton Public Library is proud to host Chief David Oliver, author and Brimfield, Ohio, police chief with a no-nonsense attitude and huge heart. He will talk about his book ‘No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adventures . . .’. Oliver has appeared on TV talk shows and has over 147,000 Facebook fans. Books will be available for purchase (for $12) and signing on the night of the event.  Monday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Visit our website: www.burtonlibrary.org, or call (440) 834-4466 for more information.

 

CBF Monthly Meal

 June 17

Everyone is invited to our Loaves and Fishes Dinner on June 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Sloppy Joes and potato salad. There are no income restrictions so anyone can enjoy our meals. We are located at, Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to serving you!!

 

Stoney’s Pizza Benefit

June 17-22

One Dollar of every pizza sold June 17th -22nd at Stoney’s Pizza in Windham will be donated to the Stout Family, who lost their home to a fire.

 

Community Center Open

June 17, 24   July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free, everyone’s invited.   Children must have adult supervision, but we’ve got craft materials and lots of different games we’d be glad to teach you all to play, adults and children alike.  Hours are 9:30 am until late afternoon. (We close when everyone’s gone but the leadership.)  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon. Our current service project is making dresses for little girls in Africa.  Pattern is simple and children can participate.  We re-open at 5:00 for the Don’t Eat Alone supper potluck served at 5:30, to which we extend a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals by themself: widowed, divorced, never married, spouse travelling, it doesn’t matter.  If you want some companionship, come to the school with some food to share, and we’ll spend a pleasant hour together.  Beverages and tableware provided.

 

Rummage Sale

June 20-21

Edinburg First Church of God will hold a Rummage Sale OFF SITE at 4359 Wayland Road, Palmyra Twp. on June 20th and 21st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A little of everything, especially clothing and smalls.There will also be a bake sale.  Proceeds of the sales will go to Missions. Please call Alma at 330-654-3841 for more information.

 

Strawberry Festival

June 21

Christian Women’s Fellowship, First Christian Church, 17 North Center Street, Newton Falls June 21, Beginning at Noon. Strawberries and all the fixins. Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes and Coffee

 

Street Car Show

June 21

28th Annual Newton Falls Street Car Show will be June 21st; 19 North Canal St, Newton Falls. Sponsored by The Newton Falls July 4thFestivities Committee. $10 Street Parking/Registration fee. Parking opens at 9:00am – 300 spaces available. Registration 9:30-2. 40 classes, 131 trophies. Chinese Auction, 50/50 drawing. Contact Tony Sabo 330-360-4546.

 

Book Festival

June 21

The first Western Reserve Book Festival will be held at the Kennedy Center at Hiram College on June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 45 authors in a variety of genres will attend, signing copies of their books. There will be readings throughout the day, and David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose and co-author of Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron, will present a keynote speech at 12:30. The event is free; more information can be found at http://www.hiram.edu/wrbf/.

 

Official Flag Burning Ceremony

June 21

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will hold an official flag burning ceremony on June 21st at 11 am at the Mantua Village Park. Frayed and faded American flags will be properly disposed of. The public is welcome to attend.

 

My Big Fat Gay Wedding

June 21 & 22

North Coast Men’s Chorus Richard Cole, Artistic Director presents: “My Big Fat Gay Wedding” June 21 at 8pm and June 22 at 3pm at the Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University Music & Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115. Advance Sale $10-$35, Door Sales $15-$40. Information at: Tickets@ncmchorus.org, www.ncmchorus.org or 216-556-0590

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

 

The Spirit of Love

June 22

Join us June 22nd at 10:30 am. Please come and experience The Spirit of Love At Shepherd’s Joy Ministry, 94451/2 Annette Dr. Windham, Ohio behind the hardware store.

Bike Show & Run

June 22

28th Annual “Weekend Madness” June 22nd Bike Show and Run. 45 Bike Show Classes & 159 trophies/plaques to be awarded. Over 200 door prizes. Bike Run Sign-ups 9am-12pm, Bike Show Sign-Ups 9am-5pm at Faces Lounge 13 W. Broad St. Run leaves at 12:15. For more info call Stubby 330-718-7222, Patty (vendors) 330-718-7223, Bluto 330-717-9081 or Jackal 330-219-3693.

 

Crescent Meeting

June 23

Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No. 7 O.E.S. will hold its final meeting on June 23rd. The chapter will reopen in September. Fathers will be honored at our June 23rd meeting. Members are asked to bring a homemade pie to share.

 

Hiram Community Committee Forming

June 23

Hiram Township is creating a committee to implement selected parts of its Comprehensive Plan.  Your input is needed!   First project will be creating hiking trails throughout the Township.  Come to the meeting on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at The Hiram Corner Store and Café (corner of 82 and 305) to find out more info. This is a public meeting; any Township resident will be eligible to serve on the committee.  Contact Tim Kasper 330-569-7387 or email tkasper@sbc.edu if interested in this exciting opportunity.

 

Annual Yard Sale

June 26-28

Annual Yard Sale, June 26-28 from 9am-4pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd in Garrettsville. Please save your gently used items for our annual church yard sale. The van garage is available for storing the items now. We also need several volunteers to help sort & price items. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the front bulletin board for your convenience. Please pencil in the days and hours you will be able to help. Proceeds will benefit the sound room and also  defray cost of pig roast (August 23). Your donations and your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Swing Dance

July 5

Swingtime Big Band is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance July 5th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.

 

Vacation Bible School

July 7

Portage Faith United Methodist Church “Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God”.  VBS will run the week of July 7. We begin with a light supper at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:45 PM.  There are classes starting with 3 year olds and going up to children going into 6th grade, parents are welcome to stay for a fun Adult class with crafts and recreation.  Registration needs to be made by June 30, you can pick up forms at the church -99222 State Route 44, Mantua or call in to the office 330-274-8987 to register and get more information.  VBS and supper are free.

 

Bible School

July 7-11

Join the Portage Faith United Methodist Church for an exciting Bible school program “Workshop of Wonders, Image and Build with God.” The evenings will begin with a light supper at 6pm in the fellowship hall and ends around 8:45pm. The classes are for all ages 3 and up. Join us the week of July 7th-11th at Portage Faith UMC on St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. Please call the church office at 330-274-8987 to register.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise will be held at SS. Edward & Lucy Parish, 16150 Center St., in Parkman on July 13th. Barbeque chicken dinner will be served from 11am-6pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Menu will include barbeque chicken, parsley potatoes, homemade coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. For more info call the church office 440-548-3812 or visit www.ssedwardlucy.com.

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

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.

 

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.

 

bikesHiram – The Hiram Police Department is educating children on the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Chief Ed Samec announced that the Hiram Police Department is participating in the AAA Helmet Smart Program again this year. Helmet Smart is a unique program for promoting bicycle helmet usage through positive reinforcement.  Hiram police officers will issue “safety citations” when they see children wearing a bike helmet while riding a bicycle. The “safety citations” can be redeemed at Hiram Gioninos, also AAA will also be holding drawings throughout the summer for children who mail a portion of their “safety citation” back to AAA. These children will have a chance to win new bicycles.

Every year more than 500,000 children are rushed to hospital emergency rooms due to bicycle injuries, with one third of the injuries being to the head and brain. In fact, head injuries are involved in nearly 85 percent of all bicycle fatalities. Children who do not wear their bike helmet are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than children wearing a helmet. “It’s interesting to note that crashes happen close to home on sidewalks, in parks, on bike paths, or driveways and do not involve motor vehicles,” said Chief Samec. “We want to stress to children and parents a bike is a vehicle and not a toy. Using helmets reduces the risk of brain injury by 85 percent and can prevent tragic life-long consequences.

Hiram Village Mayor Lou Bertrand said, “There are a lot of children that enjoy riding bicycles in Hiram. I am a strong proponent of the Helmet Smart program and I am pleased that our police department takes a proactive approach to safety.”

Hiram police officers will be issuing the safety citations along with parent/child safety pledges, and example forms that show correct use of a bike helmet and literature.

Mantua – The Rotary Club of Mantua would like to congratulate Crestwood high school junior Morgan Strenk.  Morgan is the winner of the prestigious Rotary Youth Leadership Award scholarship. This award will enable Morgan to participate at a camp held at Baldwin Wallace University from June 8-14, 2014.

Approximately 50 juniors from the northeast, Ohio area will participate at this camp.  The award is only given to juniors so they may use the leadership skills learned at camp for their senior year of high school.  The general unanimous comment from the students that have completed the camp is: “it was the best thing I have ever done in my life”.  We look forward the future accomplishments from this outstanding student.

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Ryan Louis Acker

Mikayla R. Ashba

Madison Claire Barber

McKenzie Marie Blau

Sasha Rose Brotman

Bianca Rae Brown

Lindsey Nicole Burnett

Courtney Karam Call

Cassandra Cameron

Tyler Alex Chapek

Cody Allen Charvat

Julie Anne Combs

Branden Matthew Conrad

MacKenzie Anne Cossick

Dominic Allan DeLuca

Julie Ann Dingman

Kaylee Ann Marie Evans

Kaitlyn Elena Freiling

Luke Anton Freiling

Joshua Michael Garrett

Mackenzie Elizabeth Gilliland

Max Franklin Gilliland

Breanna Marie Girolamo

Marc Alan Girolamo

Gage Kristopher Green

Jessica Cheyenne Hackett

Erica Rose Marie Harris

Brandon Donald Haycox

William Frederick Hess

Laura Marie Hinkle

Stephen James Horvath

Dakota James Kaschalk

Harley Henry Kelly

Charles Michael Kepich

Hunter Brooke Klarich

Edward Joseph Koziol

Jonathan Douglas Kreuz

Samuel John Kwasniewski

Amy Jane Lasco

Joseph S. Lencoski

Tia Marie Shoshanna Rose Maier

Timothy James Malkus

Lisa Michele Marcy

Keanu Anthony Samuel Martin

Megan Marie McCartney

Ian Loel McClellan

Caroline Marie Milano

Ryan James Miller

Nicholas Millet

Mike Thomas Molnar

Ian Matthew Moore

Alison Margaret Moss

Zachary Steven Motil

Peyton Elizabeth Neumore

Christian Hunter Pallagi

McKinley James Parker

Kathryn Elizabeth Paul

Kyle Andrew Pillar

Romolo Giuseppe Rabasi

Jonathon David Ramsey

Darren Keith Redd

Chelsea Nicole Reed

Olivia Lauren Roach

Priscilla Jessica Sandoval

Stephen Edwin Saurman

Dustin James Simmons

Ronald George Simpson

Steven Matthew Sitko

Branson Blaine Race Skidmore

Gabriela Mara Spangler

Devon Scott Stivers

Megan Thomas

Anthony Charles Tiber

Logan Davis Timmons

Katherine Rose Uterhark

Brandon James Vander Maas

Jason Anthony Voskion

Benjamin Alan Wiley

Joshua David Williamson

Gabriel Thomas Wilson

Emma Jane Yokules

Danielle Megan Young

 

6-1-14 Emma and Travis

Emma Twardzik and Travis Gorby were selected as the 2013-14 Garfield High School “OHSAA Scholar Athletes of the Year”. Ironically they were both soccer players and have played together since 2005 on various travel teams, etc.

The criteria for the Award was.

1. Minimum of 3.25 or above G.P.A.

2. Minimum of Four Varsity Letters.

3. Three of the Varsity Letters must be in the same sport.

4. Must have taken either the ACT or SAT national tests  (Emma and Travis both scored above 27 on their ACT).

5. Team leader/Good role model.

 

 

 

Newton Twp. – The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015 will feature photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property 30 years ago in Newton Falls. The calendar price is $10.00 and may be purchased in mid-June from Association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452.2015. Calendars can be obtained at that time from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist and Roods Wallpaper and Paint. They will also be available at the 2014 Newton Falls Schoolmates Reunion on June 14th .

A walk in the cemetery located at the Pricetown United Methodist Church is in the planning stages and will be held in September or October. The Association will participate in the Pricetown Church Festival on July 19. The 2015 calendars will be sold at the festival and there are still a few 2014 calendars available featuring the north side of Broad Street.

The Association will make a decision on its 2014 project at its next business meeting. The monies profited from the April 6th dinner will be used to partially fund the project. One of the cemetery improvements being considered is the repair of the wrought iron fence at Newton Falls East Cemetery on North Canal Street.

The next meeting for the Cemetery Association will be June 19, 2014, 6:00 P.M. at the Township Administration Building on Newton Falls-Bailey Road. All residents of Newton Falls and Newton Township are invited to attend the meetings which are held the third Thursday of each month.

 

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Dear Residents,

Warm weather is finally here and that means it is time to think about summer and the Garrettsville Summerfest.  LastA-Perfect-10-rebuild-color# year’s Summerfest was a huge success and it could not have been achieved without you — our Summerfest supporters.

Despite the devastating fire that destroyed part of our downtown district, this will have no effect on Summerfest #10 which promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

We are determined to help bring Main Street back  as we are “Rockin’ to Rebuild” and will be donating a portion of our festival proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong rebuilding fund.

This year’s Summerfest  will once again have an unbelievable line-up of entertainment  There is once again the huge fireworks display,  3 stages of entertainment, canoe races, contests, great food, and much, much more.  Vendors of all sorts are coming from all over the state to be a part of the summer’s largest family festival.

In order to keep the Garrettsville Summerfest the best community event around, we need your monetary support. All donations are tax deductible.  Please make your check payable to Garrettsville Summerfest and mail it to:

 

Garrettsville Summerfest

8311 Windham Street

Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

 

The community supports Summerfest and Summerfest supports the community.

Keep up to date with Summerfest information on our web site, www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com.

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you at Summerfest.

 

Sincerely,

The Summerfest Committee

 

For the ninth year in its more than 30 years of history the Garrettsville Eagles Club No 2705 has award four $750.00 scholarships to family members of members.

Bradley Kowalski is a  2014 graduate of Windham High School as valedictorian and is accepted both by Bowling Green and Kent State universities. After he makes his choice will major in Pre-Med aiming for Sports Related Physical Therapy.

Brad was involved in sports, varsity letterman. second team honors in baseball. He had part-time jobs and contributed community services.

Kaylie Johnson, is a 2014 graduate of Champion High School and will attend Mt. Union majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. Her goal is to be K-3 or a special ed teacher in a public or private school.

Kaylie was member of the Honors Society, Student of the month in February, 2014, member of the Key Club, CTC Varsity Bowling Team and Color Guard. She is involved in church youth group and church nursery.

Rebecca Kern is a 2014 James A Garfield High School graduate and has been accepted by Bowling Green University this fall. She plans to be an Intervention Specialist with a degree in Special Education.

She was president of the National  Honor Society,member of the Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, involved in Yuletide Revels, Christmas Celebration and counselor at Camp Fitch. In her spare time she is employed at Miller’s Family Restaurant.

Justin Vaughan is a 2014 graduate of Crestwood High School and will attend Slippery Rock University in PA. He is aiming for a degree in Sports Management. He will minor in Journalism with hope of being a sports writer.

He was captain of the Tennis Club for 3 years, member of the Community Service Club, Yearbook, Awarded Coaches, Captain and Participation recognition.Went on two missions to help those effected by hurricanes, cleared streets, and put on events such as Halloween Carnival and Father-Daughter dance.

The scholarships awarded are in addition to the club’s support of several community services which we hope to continue in future years with the support of our members and the community.

Morgan Aebischer

Stephanie Alexander

Ziad Al-Noubani

Daniel Anders

Kyle Angermeier

Trevor Baldwin-Hoobler

Brianna Bandy

Katie Bartlett

Shelby Baughman

Austin Bracken

Anna Brigham

Jessica Britton

Alan Broadwater

Simeon Brown

Marilyn Brunton

Samuel Buganski

Mason Butler

Victoria Carnahan

Trevor Chambers

Chase Chapman

Kaley Collins

Jared Damko

Cassie Daniels

John Davenport

Brandon Davis

Jamie Davis

Holly DeYoung

Olivia Doraski

Seth Duvall

Michael Ebie

Tessa Flattum

David Forgony

Ashley Freiberg

Christopher Gadus

Katlyn Gembicki

Krista Gholson

Caitlynn Gilles

Candace Glinski

Travis Gorby

Sasha Gough

Assyria Gray

Kevin Griggy

Racheal Gruszewski

Alec Hartman

Jewels Haylett

Ryan Hecky

Kyle Heim

Ethan Hoffmann

Zachary Hoffmann

Courtney Hood

Sarah Hyde

Adriene Kearney

Jessica Kelley

Megan Kenesky

Rebecca Kern

Erica King

Kayla Kuzniakowski

Yakira Lane

Jeffrey Lange

Thomas Learn

Andrew Lininger

Savannah Lorinchack

Tiffani Lucas

Nicole Lytle

Thomas Macerol

Fredrick Maxey

Skyy McCune

Whitney Miller

Joshua Moore

Alexandria Nowak

Sarah Perkins

Renee Perrault

Emily Perrine

Tyler Petersen

Roger Pierce

Nathan Pinson

Zachary Porcase

Kennedy Porter

Nathan Pratt

Edana Rankin

Megan Rohrbaugh

Karen Root

Cooper Roubic

Shay Sane

Dustin Savick

Jonathan Seaman

Kurt Selesky

Allison Seneff

Zachary Silvis

Kaitlyn Siracki

Zoey Smith

Jay Spencer

Summer Stevens

Shannon Stowe

Nicole Thompson

Brittany Thornton

Samantha Tubre

Emma Twardzik

Andrew Weisbarth

Amber Wenger

Laura Wilburn

Scott Williams

Anthony Workman

Mirsadies Yon

Shannon Young

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Ian Sterling Adams

Jacob Louis Agle

Victoria Hope Andexler

Clyde Douglas Arnett

Taylor Leigh Atkins

George William Baran

Landis Grant Bates

Douglas Guy Battiest

BreAnna Lee Benner

Carrigan Alyssa Benoit

Ryan Adam Bernhard

Tod Allen Bevilacqua

Lauren Olivia Bissell

Charles Wesley Blankenship

Megan Leann Blankenship

Mikayla Rae Blankenship

Tyler Richard Brady

Sarah Ann Bridgman

Kyle Stephen Brookover

Miranda Louise Brothers

Emily Katherine Bruyere

Travis James Burkett

Erin Marie Calvey

Brittany Renae Campbell

Samantha Lee Canepa

Samantha Rose Cannella

Jordan Ashland Carver

Danielle Raye Cavanaugh

Jenna Marie Cisar

Madison May Cochrane

Kyle Stanley Cox

Anthony James Crabtree

Matthew Thomas Czerny

Damon Conrad Daugherty

Alexander James DeHoff

Carolyn Ann Diczhazy

Kayla Faith Diroll

Erin Marie Dunkin

Morgan Jolene Engelhart

Daniel Troy Evans

Jessica Marie Felker

Brian Charles Ferguson

Michael Robert Fletcher

Mariah Lynn Focareto

Julianna Sereita Forster

Amanda Elizabeth Fosnight

Cheyenna Sky Frederick

Dustin Charles Friend

Tyler Joseph Gall

Mathew David Gerdes

Angela Marie Goodrich

Ashlea Josette Gopp

Meaghan Michelle Green

Nathan Perry Green

Mackenzie Diann Gregoire

Carley Renee Gross

Monica Elizabeth Groves

Matthew Dominic Gualtieri

Hannah Lynn Hall

Joshua Tyler Hampton

Dillon Scott Harmon

Eric Robert Harris

Amber Lynn Harrison

Holly Lynne Hays

Sierra Mae Hobbs

David Anthony Hocevar

Daniel Adam Holmberg

Ryan Michael Houpt

Christopher Keith Howell

Patrick Lee Hoyack

Brooke Nicole Hunter

Summer Nicole Hurd

Cody Joseph Imars

Kenn Edward Jackson

Alyssa Nicole Jaehn

Jonathan Thomas Jastal

Nicholas Steve Jelinek

Taylor Paige Jenkins

Kristen Elizabeth Jones

Nicholas Robert Kehres

Hannah Lee Kelley

John Roger Kilbourne

Daniel Jacob Klatik

Amanda Jane Krakowski

Victoria Eve Krause

Samantha Marie Kulish

Kayla Rita Kulla

Shawnee Nicole Kvasnicka

Nicholas Robert Labas

Elizabeth Rose LaMarca

Stacey Elizabeth Larch

Jose Francisco Lebron

Allison Renee Little

Kyle Thomas Lohr

Joshua Tyler Lorence

Jacob William Lovick

Randi Kristine Lyle

Matthew Allen Lyons

Danielle DeNyse Magyarics

John  Luke McCraw

Nolan Blake McGarvey

Taylor Courtney Michael

Marissa  Elizabeth Midgley

Darian Payton Milam

Abbey Melissa Milkovich

Arizona Rose Misseldine

Jacob Connor Monreal

Samantha Nicole Moore

Jenna Marie Morgenstern

Kathleen Yeva Murray

Conner Samuel Nemec

Alaina Marie Nuti

Olivia  O’Brien Cobb

Jack Edward Onders

Jonah Tyler Onuska

Brendan Jay Osborne

Dylan Ray Parker

Katey Irene Paxton

Nicole Chessie Perkins

Julia Louise Pfaff

Charles  James Phillips

Rebecca Margaret Pochedly

Gary Thomas Pope

Joseph Frank Prenosil

Rachel Marie Quesenberry

Chad Alan Randall

Clayton Austin Jesus Ramirez

Taylor Lynn Rector

Velonte Marquis Reddick

Carley Jean Reid

Joseph Donald Reyes

Mary Ruth Richards

Daryl Ross Riley

Challis Margaret Roberts

Anna Marie Claire Romano

Tyler Austin Roth

Skylar Sierra Scala

Dillon Errol Scott Schaefer

Ashley Nicole Seneff

Charles Francis Shahan

Kaitlyn Mackenzie Shahan

Ariel Nicole Sherry

Nathan Michael Silcox

Melissa Rose Skocdopole

Kaitlin Michelle Slaker

Makenzie Kenneth Snodgrass

Abigail Lynn Soltisz

Hanna Elizabeth Spencer

Emily Ann St. Hilaire

Dakota Lee Stanley

Jonathan Peter Stewart

Julianna Nicole Stewart

Raymond Michael Stewart

Henry Arnold Strahan

Zachary Ian Strenk

Reanna Leigh Szarka

Chase Marie Tayerle

Nicholas James Thomas

Katie Lynn Tibbs

Ashley Renee Todd

Craig Darrin Turner

Allison Rae Vannoy

Amber Lynn Vargo

Justin Martin Vaughan

Christopher William Vince

Deena Marie Vodila

Jacquelyn Renee Wagner

Aaron Richard Yonker

Nicholas John Timothy Zeleznik

Jake Anthony Zemaitis

Marisa Lynn Zolgus

Sarah Jane Zolgus

Logan Louis Zuponcic

HONORARY DIPLOMAS

Emeric De Sermet de Tournefort

Iya Erkenovna Tsedenova

 

MHSocietyMantua – Wayne Enders is coming to Mantua Center’s Christian Church on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation put on by the Mantua Historical Society. Wayne will enlighten members, guests and general public with an account of Rev. E. E. Lamb, who was the minister of the Rootstown Congregational Church during the American Civil War. Rev. Lamb crafted a eulogy that spoke to the profound sorrow the nation was experiencing after Abraham Lincoln’s death. The church is located at the Mantua Center’s green, off  State Route 82 and Mantua Center Road. Light refreshments will be served.

At the last meeting of the Mantua Historical Society, the members visited the Shalersville Historical Society museum and outbuildings, which are very nice and worth visiting. In the picture, Lois Summerlin, member of the Mantua Historical Society, and Ron Kotkowski, president of the Shalersville Historical Society are standing in front of the original desk of the Shalersville Town Hall that was purchased by Judge Lovell Gates from the township and donated to the museum by Ralph Gates.

MHS welcomes anyone desiring to join the organization; dues are $8 for a single and $12 for a family; we will meet every third Monday of the month until October.

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Kent –  The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is hosting a FREE Firearms Appraisal Fair at the Ravenna VFW, 5998 New Milford Road, Ravenna Ohio on June 10 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm.

Multiple area gun shops will participate in the 2nd annual FREE firearms valuation event.  Area citizens are invited to bring their collectibles, family heirlooms, gun show finds and firearms that they have general questions about.   The event starts at 4:30 pm,  Attendance is free,  and no firearms will be bought or sold there.

Participating locations include:  Targething Pro Shop-Garrettsville, Jansen Brothers Hardware- Mantua, Sporting Defense-Brimfield,  The Gunrunner Auctions – Burton and a variety of expert / specialists.

Amanda Suffecool,  Director of REALIZE  Firearms Awareness Coalition, said “We are pleased to have the VFW Post 1055’s support in hosting this educational event.  It’s not often that we have multiple somewhat competing businesses working together in one location.  This is not a buy/sell event, but a real opportunity to get various opinions on the value of your items. “

She went on to say “Firearms are an investment and REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition takes its charter seriously in the area of education.   We want to help folks in understanding the value of the firearm in your gun safe, closet or the box under the bed.”  And there is always that old bumper sticker line of  “ I sure hope my wife sells my guns for what they are worth, and not what I told her I paid for them.”

REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition presents seminars on a monthly basis. Each of the monthly programs features a local expert offering their perspective and expertise and covers a topic that is of interest to the firearms community.   On the docket for this year is a “CAR Shoot”,  a program on the use of pepper-spray for self defense and a concealed carry fashion show.

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#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Players needed for Hiram Community Band

Once again, the Hiram Community Band will perform on July 4 at 4 PM outside Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus.  Note-reading players of band instruments are needed for all sections, particularly low brass, clarinets and percussion. Rehearsals will be from 7-9 PM in Frohring Music Recital Hall on 6/18 (Weds) 6/24 (Tues) and 6/30 (Mon). Attendance at all rehearsals is encouraged but not mandatory. If you want to play, contact Jeffrey Quick at jaq@case.edu or 330-527-0144.

Start Something

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother and Big Sister Volunteers. We have boys and girls waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. Please call us at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.

 

Hiram College Nature Camps

Summer 2014

Catching crawdads! Spying on snakes! Collecting insects! Making forts! All in a day of fun and excitement for kids ages 3-14 at Hiram College Nature Camps. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu for dates and times.

 

Community Family Movie Night

June 6

Crestwood/Garrettsville Girl Scouts invite you and your family to a Community Family Movie Night featuring “Frozen” on June 6th. Maplewood Career Center Cafeteria, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna.  Enjoy plenty of concessions and shop for handmade “Frozen” treats & trinkets! Kids*: Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket & pillow! Admission: $2/person – An adult MUST accompany all children. Donate canned goods or toiletries for local food cupboards and get $1 off admission! Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Movie Time: 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund. For questions, please call/text Tracie at 330.858.9043.

 

Rummage & Bake Sale

June 6

Semi-Annual Pythian Sister Rummage & Bake Sale will be June 6th from 9-5 and June 7th from 9-noon at 123 College Street, West Farmington. Used Clothing, Books, and Household Items. Saturday is $2.00 bag day. Lunch will be served on Friday.

 

Church Carnival

June 7

On Saturday, June 7 from 12-3 pm the Garrettsville Church of God located at 12888 SR 88 (north of SR 305) will be holding a carnival. Bring your family and friends to an afternoon of fun! Games, activities, food, prizes and chances to win novelty baskets of all sorts!

 

5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459, Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.

 

Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.

 

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Fairy Gardens

June 7

Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps because these lovely miniatures are so individual and such fun.  Get the tips for creating an enchanting container fairy garden as Master Gardener Barbara demonstrates the steps.  One lucky person will take Barbara’s creation home.  Light refreshments provided.  June 7th from 10am-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.

 

Blood Drive

June 9

Falls Home Remodeling will be sponsoring another Blood Drive Here at our office at 104 a- East Broad St. Newton Falls on June 9th from 2-6 pm. The additional Blood drive is used to replace the Blood drives that were formerly held at the Methodist Church. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life! Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Crescent Chapter Meeting

June 9

The next meeting of Crescent Chapter No. 7 in Garrettsville will be June 9th at 7:30. This will be an election meeting.

 

Summer Youth Art at Hiram College

June 9-13

Get creative at Hiram’s Summer Youth Art. Join local art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney and Hiram College students as they plan fun and creative arts and crafts for children ages preschool through middle school. For more information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Vacation Bible School

June 9-13

Friendship Alliance Church Vacation Bible School will be June 9th-13th from 9am-noon. Age 4-6th Grade. Register with Jo Lengel at (440) 548-2930. IT’S FREE! Church address is Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Rd (SR 44) in Chagrin Falls Ohio  44023. Church phone number is 440-834-0955

 

Why Cows Need Names

June 11

The Middlefield Library is proud to host  Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms” on Wednesday, June 11, at 1:30 p.m.  Join Randy James for this special afternoon presentation  based on his recent book  Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms.  Glimpse into the lives of a young Amish family as they contemplate, start, and then struggle to establish a profitable small farm.  Dr. James served as the County Agricultural Agent in the Geauga Amish Settlement for almost 30 years.  His book will be available for purchase after the presentation.  Call 440.632.1961 to register for this must-see look into Amish and farm culture.  The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

 

Idora Park Memories

June 11

Metaphysical Insights 528 Presents Rick Shale “Idora Park Memories” http://www.phikappaphi.org/board/shale_rick.jpg on June 11th! ALL WELCOME – COME AND BRING A FRIEND. Doors open at 6:30,   Program at 7:00pm,   $5 at the door SCOPE Building, 220 West Market St, Warren, OH  44481.

 

 

Windham Carnival 

June 11-15

Held behind the Windham fire station. Games, rides and fun! Live bands Friday and Saturday night!

 

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

June 13

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry, June 13th from 4-7:30. Fish – shrimp – or combo. Chicken tenders also available. Your choice baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans & dinner roll. To go orders available. Call 330-527-2330.

 

Brick by Brick Auction

June 13

20 new kitchen and bath cabinet sets at charity auction June 13th at the Windham Hardware 3 to 18 pcs. Per set. Proceeds go to the Windham Brick By Brick Scholarship Fund. Sale at 12, bring a truck or trailer. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. McGuire website.

 

Rummage and Bake Sale

June 13-14

June 13th- 14th. 9am to 5pm at Hiram Rapids Historical Church, 6337 Allyn road corner of Allyn and Winchell. Clothing, lamps, furniture, walkers, little tykes toys, games, kitchen needs much miscellaneous. Serving hot dogs, chili dogs and sloppy Joes. Homemade baked goods. All proceeds are for our roofing fund; monetary donations accepted. Checks are to be made out to R C C A.

 

Newton Falls Schoolmates & Friends Reunion

June 14

The 95th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be June 14th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors will open at 9:45am for visiting, with the luncheon beginning at 11:45am. Cost is $20 per plate. 1964 will be the honored class. For more information call Mary Margaret Hildack 330-872-0075 or Merial Price 330-889-3069.

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

June 14

Windham Fire Department Carnival Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will be June 14th at 2pm. Doors open at noon for cash games. Tournament will take place at Windham Fire Department. 75% payout! . For tickets or questions call Kenny Shearer 330-219-2571.

 

Book Sale

 June 14

Friends of the Burton Public Library Book Sale will be held June 14th from 9am-4pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book sale will take place 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.

 

5K Run & Walk  – Register/Donate Today

June 14

Register and Donate today! 2014 Path for Patriotism, June 14th. Register at 5krundav.wufoo.com/forms. Benefits Disabled Veterans, Eagle Scout Program for Ben Wood. Please send check or money order to: 2710 Mahan Denman Rd., Bristolville, OH 44402.

 

Chief David Oliver to Speak

June 16

Burton Public Library is proud to host Chief David Oliver, author and Brimfield, Ohio, police chief with a no-nonsense attitude and huge heart. He will talk about his book ‘No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adventures . . .’. Oliver has appeared on TV talk shows and has over 147,000 Facebook fans. Books will be available for purchase (for $12) and signing on the night of the event.  Monday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Visit our website: www.burtonlibrary.org, or call (440) 834-4466 for more information.

 

Official Flag Burning Ceremony

June 21

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will hold an official flag burning ceremony on June 21st at 11 am at the Mantua Village Park. Frayed and faded American flags will be properly disposed of. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

 

Annual Yard Sale

June 26-28

Annual Yard Sale, June 26-28 from 9am-4pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd in Garrettsville. Please save your gently used items for our annual church yard sale. The van garage is available for storing the items now. We also need several volunteers to help sort & price items. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the front bulletin board for your convenience. Please pencil in the days and hours you will be able to help. Proceeds will benefit the sound room and also  defray cost of pig roast (August 23). Your donations and your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.

 

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Vacation Bible School

July 7

Portage Faith United Methodist Church “Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God”.  VBS will run the week of July 7. We begin with a light supper at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:45 PM.  There are classes starting with 3 year olds and going up to children going into 6th grade, parents are welcome to stay for a fun Adult class with crafts and recreation.  Registration needs to be made by June 30, you can pick up forms at the church -99222 State Route 44, Mantua or call in to the office 330-274-8987 to register and get more information.  VBS and supper are free.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise will be held at SS. Edward & Lucy Parish, 16150 Center St., in Parkman on July 13th. Barbeque chicken dinner will be served from 11am-6pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Menu will include barbeque chicken, parsley potatoes, homemade coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. For more info call the church office 440-548-3812 or visit www.ssedwardlucy.com.

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

garrettsvillestrongdonationGarrettsville –   Last week, students of the upper campus at Warren John F. Kennedy Catholic High School collected money for the food cupboard in Garrettsville, which had burned down during the March 22nd fire. One of the students of this school, Bart Kitko, lives locally in Garrettsville & responded to the office of Mission and Ministry at the school, Mrs. Dolan Dixon, to help with this collection. Several students purchased the Garrettsville strong tee-shirts in order to bring awareness to the destruction of the many businesses the fire had caused.

On Friday, May 30, several of the students, including Bart Kitko, brought the school’s offering –$322.75 to the founder of the cupboard, Mike Elias.

Garrettsville – The Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund was founded in 2001 as a memorial to Brittany, a 9 year old little girl who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2000. Brittany attended James A. Garfield Elementary School where she was an avid softball player and a complete joy to everyone. Left behind are her parents, Tom and Belinda Myers, along with siblings and many loved ones.

The Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run is held on the first Saturday in August.  This event generates the monies for the scholarship program in which two scholarships are awarded each year to graduating seniors at James A. Garfield High School. Students’ GPA, community service, academic and athletic achievements, future goals and a 300 word essay are taken into consideration when choosing the winners. This year’s recipients are Amber Wenger and Cooper Roubic.  Congratulations seniors!

In addition to the annual scholarships, the fund has also contributed to the Youth Softball League and the Special Needs Program at James A. Garfield School.

For more information on the fund raiser, or to make a donation, please feel free to contact Jamie Cain at (330)221-6338.

 

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Newton Falls – On Saturday, May 17th  American Legion Post 236 with the assistance of Boy Scout Unit 67 placed flags honoring the veterans at the Newton Falls Westside Cemetery.  About 25 people showed up and worked through the chilly air, rain and some even toughed out the hail to get the job done.

 

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WINDSOR, ONTARIO  —  Hiram College Alum and former Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jack Groselle ’76 added to his already impressive world record total this season with three more records in the 60-64 age group which he set at the Windsor Masters Swim Meet in Windsor, Ontario.

Groselle posted world record times in the 200-meter individual medley (2:24.75), the 200-meter freestyle (2:05.07) and the 100-meter free (55.87 seconds).  His time in the 200-meter IM bettered the previous record by over a second (2:25.98) which was held by Timothy Shead.  His mark in the 100-meter free improved upon the previous record of 56.63 seconds turned in by Richard Abrahams and his mark in the 200-meter free surpassed his own record time of 2:06.13 which he set earlier this season.

Groselle ended up competing in a total of seven events at the meet, posting the top time in each race, with additional victories in the 100-meter IM (1:06.10), the 100-meter butterfly (1:04.05), the 100-meter breaststroke (1:12.38) and 50-meter free (25.59 seconds).  Three of his four times in these events were within a second of breaking the current world record and he was within 1.5 seconds in the other event.

“This was a really good meet for me and I am very happy with the results,” said Groselle

Earlier this season, Groselle had world record times in the 200-meter free (2:06.13) at the “Milford Meltdown” in Milford, Mich. on March 16.  Prior to the meet in Milford, he recorded his first record-setting performance of the season back in early February at the 27th Annual “Super” Swim Meet in Brighton, Mich. in which he swam a time of 4:35.15 in the 400-meter free.

Groselle, a 1976 graduate of Hiram, was a standout collegiate swimmer.  He was the Division III National Champion in the 50-meter free in 1976 and was a two-time All-American in addition to being an two-time All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference award winner and the PAC Most Valuable Swimmer (1976).  Groselle held as many as six school records during his collegiate days and currently still owns the school record in the 50-yard free (21.20 seconds) which he set in 1975.

He recently stepped down as Head Swimming and Diving Coach at his alma mater after a combined 22 seasons at the helm.

 

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Noelle Clark Akin is the Director of Communications and Education at Petitti Garden Center. She has twelve years in the Green Industry, and has instructed and assisted gardeners all over Northeast Ohio through her work in Petitti Garden Center’s retail stores. Outside speaking engagements and filling in for Angelo Petitti in his absence on his NewsNet5 television segments and weekly WTAM radio show, has made Noelle an expert in her field.

Noelle’s program will be at the Portage County Gardeners’ Center 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio (Rootstown area) on June 17 at 1p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Her topic–The Junk Garden — is more recently called The “Up-cycled” Garden… It is using recycled or repurposed materials in the garden for containers, focal points, garden art, etc. A purely visual inspiration session may spark your gardening spirit in trying something new, meanwhile helping the environment.

Lunch at noon by reservation only for non- members is at a cost of $7.00. Make your checks or money orders payable to the Portage County Gardener’s and mail it to Marilyn Tyger 2306 Mahoning Rd. Deerfield, Oh 44411. For members lunch is as usual. Membership information is available by calling Diane Jendrasik 330-923-0570.

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Mantua - The story of the Four Chaplains will be presented by the American Legion Post #193 of Mantua, on Sunday June 8, 2014 at the First Congregational Church of Freedom at 10:30a.m.

On February 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. DORCHESTER, torpedoed by an enemy submarine, tragically sank. Of the 902 young men on board, only 230 survived.  672 young men paid the supreme sacrifice. Included in the 672 were Four Men of God — a rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest, a Methodist minister, and a Dutch Reformed minister – – all Army Chaplains.

These Four Chaplains gave their lifejackets to save four soldiers and, in so doing, gave up their only means of survival. They were last seen on the deck of the ship with their arms linked together and their heads bowed in prayer as they went to their watery graves in the North Atlantic off the coast of Greenland. Each chaplain received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

The four Army Chaplains were: George Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark Poling, and John Alexander. They calmly guided men to their boat stations, opened a storage locker and distributed lifejackets. Then they coaxed men, frozen with fear, over the side. Soon the supply of lifejackets was exhausted. Several survivors report watching in awe as the Four Chaplains gave away their own lifejackets.

These four men of God had given away their only means of saving themselves in order to save others. The chaplains gathered together, and led the men around them in a prayer and a hymn. They linked their arms together as the slant of the deck became severe. And just that way, with their arms linked in brotherhood and their heads bowed in prayer, they sank beneath the waves.

This service is a tribute to those courageous chaplains and the 672 brave young men who lost their lives on that fateful night. Further, this service honors all those who have served, and whose courage and faith have sustained our country.

Pastors Jim and Janie Melick invite you to come and join us for this special service of remembrance and faith of the Four Chaplains who served God and country with their lives.

The First Congregational Church of Freedom is located at the intersections of State Route 88 and State Route 303 in Freedom Township.

 

Shalersville - Free well water monitoring will be conducted  at 3:15 P.M.,  Sunday, June 1, 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.

Trained water monitors from Concerned Citizens Ohio will test for chemicals and salts that can show possible contamination from nearby drilling, injection wells, or pipeline leaks.

These water evaluations are not EPA certified, but they do provide a baseline in the event of contamination. CCO recommends that private water wells should be tested by an EPA certified lab, such as the Portage County Health Department, especially now that new pipeline construction threatens to pass  close to individual water wells.

How and where a water sample is taken is important. If possible, run cold water for a full ten minutes before the water reaches hot water heaters,  softeners, or other treatment. Collect the sample in a clean, large mouth glass jar (such as a mason jar)— at least two cups’ worth.  Names should be on jars.

Since  Sand Hill Stable, our new location, is a private barn, we ask participants  not to disturb any of the animals.  The barn is one of northeastern Ohio’s first examples of 100% use of renewable solar energy, and it is a privilege to be there.

While awaiting test results, Concerned Citizens Ohio coordinator Mary Greer will present an update on county efforts to improve road quality near injection wells, which receive heavy truck traffic, and an update on the monitoring water well program now being designed to alert residents who live near the injection well on Allyn Road in Hiram. the monitoring well program will be similar to the Garrettsville  program, though not as in-depth.

For further information, call Mary Greer, 330-472-8086

 

 

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Streetsboro – After learning about lemonade stands and fundraising at school, Streetsboro students Bradley Stevens and Owen Murphy enlisted the help of their friends Connor Stevens; Jaedon Keba, Hayle and Mason to launch their own lemonade stand.

Working together these young entrepreneurs raised $80 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund! Last Friday Connor, Bradley, and Owen met with Chamber President Benjamin Coll at Middlefield Bank to make their donation.

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Portage County - This annual race held on the Saturday after the 4th of July is presented by the Portage Park District Foundation, with assistance by the Portage Park District and dozens of volunteers, partners and sponsors.  This years event will be held on July 12, 2014

Go solo or grab a friend and create a team to have a great time for a good cause in beautiful Northern Portage County. The Headwaters Adventure Race starts and ends in historic Mantua Village and involves a 2-mile run on the Headwaters Trail past a State nature preserve, a 10-mile cycle past scenic landscapes and preserved farmlands, and a 5-mile paddle on the lovely Upper Cuyahoga State Scenic River.  Register early if you need to rent a boat; boat rentals are limited to the first 50 canoes and 50 kayaks.

Registration and additional information can be found on-line at http://portageparkdistrict.org or by contacting the Portage Park District by phone for more information: 330.297.7728.

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Ravenna - Coleman Adult Day Services is offering an informational session to those Portage County families and caregivers who are feeling the stresses of being the main support of a loved one in need, targeting those who are assisting someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This free event will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 5:30p.m. at the Coleman Adult Day Services facility, 6695 N. Chestnut St., in Ravenna, near Ravenna High School. A free dinner is included and our staff will also be present to provide care to your loved ones if needed. Although this session is free, an RSVP is required by June 3rd as seating is limited to only 75.

Dr. Jim Collins, Ph.D., is guest speaking on the very serious matters of both caregiver burnout and depression as well as medication misuse among the elderly.  Dr. Collins has taught gerontology, sociology, anthropology, and psychology which paved the way to providing training, education and motivation to senior care companies, hospice, home health care, and hospitals for more than 20 years. He is known for his writings, consulting, and his continuing education classes both live and online.

Dementia is not a single disease in itself. Instead, it’s a collective term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. It indicates problems with at least two brain functions such as memory loss, impaired judgment, language, and the inability to perform some daily activities.

Unfortunately, dementia is an incurable disease and can get extremely frustrating. The feelings of anger, guilt, discouragement, worry, and social isolation are very common. However, services and facilities such as Coleman’s Adult Day Services make it easier on the chosen caregiver. They provide an affordable alternative that allows caregivers time for work, personal or other family needs. While at Adult Day, caring and certified professionals will treat your family member like one of their own. They will participate in structured, therapeutic and social activities that are goal oriented for mind, body, and spirit that will provide stimulation and the best opportunity for success for our participants.

CEU certificates for 2 hours will also be available for any nurses and social workers that may need them. For more information regarding the June 10th informational session or to RSVP please contact Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

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Interested in taking a peek at aquatic critters, such as crayfish, dragonflies, water pennies, and caddisflies, which live in our local streams?  How about interacting with other individuals who share an interest in nature?  Then grab your water shoes and join the Millennium Youth Conservationists (MYC) team!  The MYC team will use kick seines, sediment sticks, pH test kits, and more to analyze the health of area streams and rivers while providing official stream data to ODNR Scenic Rivers Program.  The adventure begins in June and concludes in August in streams throughout Geauga County.  Contact Colleen Sharp with the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District by phone (440)834-1122 ext. 6 or email csharp@geaugaswcd.com for more information.

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Community EMS District to  Host Parade and Open House

Community EMS District is hosting a parade, open house and health fair on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The parade will kick off at 12:00 p.m. from the James A. Garfield High School, and travel down South Street to State Street, then conclude at the Community EMS station on Forest Street, where lunch will be served.

Many events are planned for the Open House, including a bounce house, fingerprinting by the Garrettsville Police Department and an appearance by University Hospitals MedEvac! University Hospitals will also be at the station conducting a health fair.

For those organizations interested in participating in the parade, please call (330) 527-4100 to register. All organizations are invited to help us celebrate!

 

Eagle Creek Conservation Club Annual Youth Fishing Derby

The Eagle Creek Conservation Club is pleased to announce that they will be holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  The event will take place at the Newton Falls Community Center pond located at 52 East Quarry Street in Newton Falls. The derby is a free event open to all children ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 11am and the contest will run from noon until 2pm. The event has been a local tradition for years where those who have participated in the past are now bringing their children for the experience. The fishing derby is held to help foster children’s appreciation of the outdoors and interest in fishing. Additional information is available at www.eaglecreekconservationclub.com as well as a list of other upcoming youth and community events sponsored by the club.

 

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Start Something

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother and Big Sister Volunteers. We have boys and girls waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. Please call us at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.

 

Hiram College Nature Camps

Summer 2014

Catching crawdads! Spying on snakes! Collecting insects! Making forts! All in a day of fun and excitement for kids ages 3-14 at Hiram College Nature Camps. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu for dates and times.

 

Schwan’s Fundraiser

The Curtains up Theatre has begun their Schwan’s food fundraiser. Just go to http://schwans.flipgive.com/f/23515    order food, which you purchase all the time and a % of your order will go to The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre.  All food is delivered to your door, no chasing around picking up your order.

 

Free Community Dinner

May 27

Free community dinner will be May 27th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio.

 

Silent Auction

May 30

Maple Grove School benefit Silent Auction May 30th at the Parkman Community House. Tickets available at Graham’s Country Store or Crosscut Country Store or by calling 330-5278-0979. Tickets are $10.00 and include 20 silent auction tickets. Doors open at 4:00, drawings begin at 6:30.

 

Drive-In

May 30

Just like the 50’s drive-in – with root beer floats and carhops! May 30th from 5-7pm the Youth and Outreach Committee of Portage Faith UMC will be having a Drive-In dinner in the parking lot of Portage Faith. The menu features hamburgers, cheeseburgers, tater tots and floats with your choice of Coke, Root beer or diet; bottled water will also be available. You can eat in your car or sit at the picnic tables (weather permitting)Join the fun! Proceeds go towards Youth projects.

 

God Provides a Free Meal

May 30

God Provides a Free Meal, May 30th from 4-6pm at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305. Sloppy Joes, coleslaw, chips and dessert.

 

Steak Fry & Chicken Dinner

May 31

The Garrettsville Eagles will hold their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on May 31st from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. Meals include baked potato or French fries, green beans, roll and salad. Steak dinners are $12 and chicken dinners are $8. Open to the public. Boogieman band to play after from 8-11:30 pm.

 

Kid’s Family Game Party

May 31

The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Road, Windham, is having their monthly party on May 31st from 3-5pm in the fellowship hall. Cake walk, musical chairs, and indoor and outdoor games are planned (weather permitting). Hot dogs and punch will be served.

 

Athletic Physicals

May 31

Dr. Steven Riley, Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville,  will be offering athletic physicals for the 2014-15 year. Cost is $10 and will take place on May 31st from 9am-1pm in the Middle School Gym. Call 330-527-4250 with questions. Students need to bring their physical forms and a permission slip (without a guardian).

 

Community EMS Open House & Parade

May 31

Community EMS District cordially invites members of the community to our Open House and Parade on May 31st. The parade kicks off at JAG High School promptly at Noon, ending at our station on Forest Street. After arriving at our station, refreshments will be provided! We hope to see everyone May 31st!

Book Sale

May 31

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library on May 31st 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.

 

Final Square Dance of Season

May 31

On May 31,2014. The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host, their  last Square Dance of the season. Location of the dance is at the Town Hall, at  Rt. 45 and Rt. 87. No dancing experience is necessary. The time is from 7:00–9:30pm. The admission is 5.00 per person. Light  refreshments will be served. For more information call  (330)506-3370

 

Gorge Hike 

May 31

Join professional naturalist staff from the ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, as we traverse the hemlock lined sandstone gorge and waterfalls of Sheepskin Hollow State Nature Preserve in Columbiana County. The hike will begin at 1:00pm. Sheepskin Hollow is located at 50991 Pancake-Clarkson Rd Negley, OH  44441. No registration is required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special Instructions: This is a difficult hike and not recommended for small children or inexperienced hikers. Parking is along Pancake-Clarkson Rd. near the power line right of way.

 

2014 Freedom Dog Fest

June 1

June 1st, Aurora Parks & Recreation Department & Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invite you to attend the 2014 Freedom Dog Fest. All breeds welcome! Kicking off the event is the 5K Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  Run Start Times: 5K – 8:30am; Mutt Strut – 9:15am.  Dogs permitted on Mutt Strut ONLY and must be leashed.  Note: course start/finish location at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Rd., Aurora, OH  44202.  Registration Fee: $20 pre-registration before May 30; $25 day of race; $35 both races.  Register online: HMApromotions.net.  For more information, visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org or call Colleen, Aurora Parks & Recreation Dept Event Coordinator at 330-562-4333.

 

Danku Memorial Golf Outing 

June 6-8

Tee it up for the Danku Memorial Golf outing June 6,7 & 8 – Mineral Wells, WV. 30 openings – 1st come, 1st serve. $50 deposit by May 1st. Call Dennie Pochedly 330-527-4896

 

Church Carnival

June 7

On Saturday, June 7 from 12-3 pm the Garrettsville Church of God located at 12888 SR 88 (north of SR 305) will be holding a carnival. Bring your family and friends to an afternoon of fun! Games, activities, food, prizes and chances to win novelty baskets of all sorts!

 

5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459, Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.

 

Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.

 

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Fairy Gardens

June 7

Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps because these lovely miniatures are so individual and such fun.  Get the tips for creating an enchanting container fairy garden as Master Gardener Barbara demonstrates the steps.  One lucky person will take Barbara’s creation home.  Light refreshments provided.  June 7th from 10am-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.

 

Blood Drive

June 9

Falls Home Remodeling will be sponsoring another Blood Drive Here at our office at 104 a- East Broad St. Newton Falls on June 9th from 2-6 pm. The additional Blood drive is used to replace the Blood drives that were formerly held at the Methodist Church. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life! Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

 

Crescent Chapter Meeting

June 9

The next meeting of Crescent Chapter No. 7 in Garrettsville will be June 9th at 7:30. The May 26th meeting is cancelled because of Memorial Day.

 

Summer Youth Art at Hiram College

June 9-13

Get creative at Hiram’s Summer Youth Art. Join local art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney and Hiram College students as they plan fun and creative arts and crafts for children ages preschool through middle school. For more information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Vacation Bible School

June 9-13

Friendship Alliance Church Vacation Bible School will be June 9th-13th from 9am-noon. Age 4-6th Grade. Register with Jo Lengel at (440) 548-2930. IT’S FREE! Church address is Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Rd (SR 44) in Chagrin Falls Ohio  44023. Church phone number is 440-834-0955

 

Windham Carnival 

June 11-15

Held behind the Windham fire station. Games, rides and fun! Live bands Friday and Saturday night!

 

Brick by Brick Auction

June 13

20 new kitchen and bath cabinet sets at charity auction June 13th at the Windham Hardware 3 to 18 pcs. Per set. Proceeds go to the Windham Brick By Brick Scholarship Fund. Sale at 12, bring a truck or trailer. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. McGuire website.

 

Newton Falls Schoolmates & Friends Reunion

June 14

The 95th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be June 14th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors will open at 9:45am for visiting, with the luncheon beginning at 11:45am. Cost is $20 per plate. 1964 will be the honored class. For more information call Mary Margaret Hildack 330-872-0075 or Merial Price 330-889-3069.

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

June 14

Windham Fire Department Carnival Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will be June 14th at 2pm. Doors open at noon for cash games. Tournament will take place at Windham Fire Department. 75% payout! . For tickets or questions call Kenny Shearer 330-219-2571.

 

Book Sale

 June 14

Friends of the Burton Public Library Book Sale will be held June 14th from 9am-4pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book sale will take place 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.

 

5K Run & Walk  – Register/Donate Today

June 14

Register and Donate today! 2014 Path for Patriotism, June 14th. Register at 5krundav.wufoo.com/forms. Benefits Disabled Veterans, Eagle Scout Program for Ben Wood. Please send check or money order to: 2710 Mahan Denman Rd., Bristolville, OH 44402.

 

Chief David Oliver to Speak

June 16

Burton Public Library is proud to host Chief David Oliver, author and Brimfield, Ohio, police chief with a no-nonsense attitude and huge heart. He will talk about his book ‘No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adventures . . .’. Oliver has appeared on TV talk shows and has over 147,000 Facebook fans. Books will be available for purchase (for $12) and signing on the night of the event.  Monday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Visit our website: www.burtonlibrary.org, or call (440) 834-4466 for more information.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

 

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.

 

Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise will be held at SS. Edward & Lucy Parish, 16150 Center St., in Parkman on July 13th. Barbeque chicken dinner will be served from 11am-6pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Menu will include barbeque chicken, parsley potatoes, homemade coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. For more info call the church office 440-548-3812 or visit www.ssedwardlucy.com.

 

Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Geauga West Friends of the Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support – for donations, for volunteers, and for everyone who came to purchase books and other items. The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

Grant-In-Aid-Program

Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

 

Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.

 

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.

 

 

Garrettsville – On May 31, 2014 Laura Peskin will be signing her new book and greeting readers at the Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street, Garrettsville.  The book, Deep Cover Cleveland: 99 little known things about Northeast Ohio, vol. I, has two full chapters on Garettsville in relation to the gristmill, waterwheel,  maple sugar/ candy industry and Crane family.  The book also has much on Randolph, Mantua, Chardon and Akron.

The first of a series, Deep Cover Cleveland vol. I allows long time residents of a region, as well as newcomers, to view their home with new eyes — with fascinating buried facts dancing before them.  Though the subject matter for this work is not well known, it should be.  Far from bringing trivia to light, Deep Cover Cleveland presents topics of natural, cultural and social import and ties them to larger events in the region and world.  Volume I, spanning geologic time and the last ice age up to the financial depression of 1893, uncovers forgotten facets of Northeast Ohio’s changing landscape, prehistory, Native American heritage, unique architectural history, and more, always keeping the area’s people primary.

Laura Peskin, an almost lifelong greater-Clevelander, has contributed to Ohio Archaeologist and the Ohio Cardinal.   Peskin’s writings have been linked to research websites around Cleveland including those of Shaker Heights Library and Bluestone Heights.  Peskin started her own business in the 1990s and later earned an MA at John Carroll University.

The Village Bookstore is a member of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce. Your continued support of member businesses helps promote the local economy, and funds many of the community activities you enjoy.

garrettsville-garfield-high-school-banners

Garrettsville – Pictured From Left to Right, are the painters of the new banners hanging in front of James A. Garfield High School: Danielle Konecek, Shannon Stowe, Renee Perrault, Savannah Sheer, Dicey Miller, Edana Rankin, Casey Mansell, Anna Brigham, Ally Milano, Libby Frato-Sweeney, Madisson Geddes, Brittany Davis, Whitney Miller, Todd Barton.  Not Pictured: Madeline Lininger, Katlyn Simpson.

Ravenna - The annual Portage County 4-H member recognition and achievement program was held recently at Maplewood Career Center.  4-H members and clubs were recognized for outstanding performances in 2013.

Lto R   Doug Rohal- Leadership Washington Focus trip, Morgan Bellar- Sea Camp, Jacqueline Moss- Citizenship Washington Focus trip, and Jacob Rohal- Forestry Camp Photo: Roberta R. Gallagher

Lto R Doug Rohal- Leadership Washington Focus trip, Morgan Bellar- Sea Camp, Jacqueline Moss- Citizenship Washington Focus trip, and Jacob Rohal- Forestry Camp
Photo: Roberta R. Gallagher

Among the awards presented were Blue Ribbon Awards for club secretaries and treasurers who submitted accurate and complete record books for their clubs.

4-H Week Window Decorating/ 4-H Awareness contest winners included the Edinburg Seambusters, Creatures N’ Features, The Outlaws, Everything Under the Sun, Portage County Shepherds, Kitchen Crew, The Alpha Pack, Field Nimble Thimbles and Country Cooks, and the Garrettsville Town Trotters.

The Portage County 4-H Life Skills Committee awarded $500 scholarships to members who have taken on  life skills projects. Recipients included Rachel Maefs, Garrett Rohal, Tyler Flynn, and Rachel Neal.

Clubs that met the criteria of Clubs of Distinction/Honor Clubs included the 10thCavalry, Critter Getters, Edinburg Seambusters, Everything Under the Sun, Garrettsville Town Trotters, Goats-R-Us, Kitchen Crew, Kritters & Kids, Market Masters, Nosey Nibblers, Paws-N-Claws, Portage County Shepherds, Portage County Unleashed, Portage Projects, Portage Steakmakers, Rootstown Small Ones, St. Joseph Green Rangers, The Alpha Pack, and The Outlaws.

The dog, goat, horse, and small animal committees recognized members in the areas of leadership, citizenship, most improved, and a number of other species specific awards.

County Gold Medal Award winners were Cory Mathia for horses, Megan MacIntyre for dogs, Samantha Eckhart for swine, Jamie Willis for sheep, Kyle Kissamore for beef, Seth Allen for poultry, Ryan Kissamore for goats, Emma Tuel for clothing and textiles, and Pachel Parks for achievement.

4-H Camps and Trip Award winners included Jacqueline Moss for Citizenship Washington Focus Trip, Caroline Blay and Douglas Rohal for Leadership Washington Focus Trip, Morgan Bellar for Sea Camp, Emily Simmons for Carving New Ideas Workshop, Emily Starkey for Ohio 4-H Space Adventure Camp, Jacob Rohal for Forestry Camp, and Nathan Kline for Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp.  These camps and trips are sponsored by the Portage County Randolph Fair Board.

 

Middlefield – The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association (GCRTA) will hold their next luncheon meeting on Tuesday June 3rd at Mary Yoder’s Restaurant, 14743 North Street in Middlefield, Ohio. Attendees should arrive at 11:15 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 11:30. The luncheon will follow at noon with a menu of roast pork, potatoes, green beans, cole-slaw dinner rolls, pie and beverages. The cost of the meal is $18.00 which includes a$1.00 donation for the Grant-in Aid Fund. Reservations must be received by May 30th, and the checks should be written to GCRTA. Please send your reservation and check to: Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road Middlefield, Ohio 44062 (phone: 440487-4324). Linda Pentilla will present a program on energy conservation. Remember to bring a canned food item or a paper product for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.

Please consider bringing a newly retired teacher or other retired public school personnel. The association welcomes any person who was employed by a school district anywhere in the United States. If you need more information about membership into GCTRA, contact Jean Paine at 440-286-4992.

For those attendees needing a ride, call Geauga Transit at 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 Ex.16 a week in advance to make your reservation.

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Portage County - Area eighth-grade students have the opportunity to experience life as health professions students during MEDCAMP, a three-day intensive immersion experience for eighth graders who have demonstrated achievement in science and an interest in a health professions career.

Applicants are currently being sought to fill 50 openings for this year’s program, which will be held at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) July 17-19, 2014..

Now in its 24th year, MEDCAMP is designed to provide “hands-on” experiences in bio-medical science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy. Students join physicians, pharmacists, NEOMED students, faculty and researchers in performing applied activities, where they learn how a physician talks with a patient, how to study the clues to a patient’s illness, to solve medical cases by using critical thinking skills in addition to learning modern laboratory techniques. Students also complete a case study on a fictitious patient.

Meals are provided. Accompanied by chaperones, students are transported by bus to a Kent State University dormitory for overnight accommodations. Tuition for the three-day experience is $125.. A limited number of tuition waivers are available for eligible students.

Applicants must be current eighth-grade students (will have completed eighth grade at the time of MEDCAMP), who excel in science and math. Potential participants may be nominated for the program by a teacher, guidance counselor or may nominate themselves. First consideration is given to applicants from groups underrepresented in health care professions. Students selected to participate in MEDCAMP must reside in Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Trumbull or Wayne Counties.

Information about MEDCAMP and applications may be found online at www.neomed.edu/academics/ahec/medcamp or by calling: 330.325.6584. Applications are due by April 18, 2014. MEDCAMP is sponsored by Ohio’s Region III Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

 

Garrettsville – On Tuesday, May 6th, Apple Tree Preschool held our annual Trike-a-Thon fundraiser to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students collected money and then rode their trikes or bikes in the parking lot for 30 minutes.  The fundraiser is also an educational tool to help teach our students about the importance of bike safety.  This is the seventh year that Apple Tree Preschool has held the fundraiser, and this year our students raised $1900.00.  All the proceeds from the Trike-a-Thon go directly to St. Jude Hospital.

AppleTreeApple Tree Preschool is a Step Up to Quality Three Star Award winning preschool located at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church on Park Avenue.  We are currently accepting registrations for students for our fall classes.  Classes offered include a 3-Year-Old class that meets from 9:15 – 11:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and a Pre-kindergarten class that meets from 12:15 – 2:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please call the church office at 330-527-2055 for information on registering your child for fall.

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Attention teens! Would you like to honor and serve America? Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

This program is also an impressive qualification for those considering college.

Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.  Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

For more information contact Captain Paul Heacox via email at paul.heacox@oh.wg.cap.gov

 

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Dear Editor

My car and I ended up in a ditch on Rt 700 last Tuesday.  The car was at such an angle that I couldn`t get out.   Two very nice ladies stopped to help.  The one gave me her hand to pull me out of the car and she directed traffic.  The other woman was able to  get my shihtzu out of the car for me.   The concern that they had for my dog and myself was very touching.  They didn`t want to just leave me and  Missy let me sit in her car till the paramedics checked me out.  The Hiram paramedics  were very kind.  When the state trooper arrived,  he let me sit in his car till the tow man came.  Even he asked how I was.  I was coming from Lake County    but  the kindness of the people that I met that day from Portage County was refreshing.

God Bless.

Claudia Widgren

 

 

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#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.

 

Start Something

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother and Big Sister Volunteers. We have boys and girls waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. Please call us at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.

 

Hiram College Nature Camps

Summer 2014

Catching crawdads! Spying on snakes! Collecting insects! Making forts! All in a day of fun and excitement for kids ages 3-14 at Hiram College Nature Camps. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu for dates and times.

 

Schwan’s Fundraiser

The Curtains up Theatre has begun their Schwan’s food fundraiser. Just go to http://schwans.flipgive.com/f/23515    order food, which you purchase all the time and a % of your order will go to The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre.  All food is delivered to your door, no chasing around picking up your order.

 

Magic in the Woods: Dragons Breath & the Disappearing Creek

May 23

A trek in search of the unusual magical plant material that grows in the magnificent old growth forest of the Hiram College Field Station. An actual demonstration of the “magic” will take place at the fire circle next to the disappearing creek. Meet at the field station (5:00-7:00pm). Hiking fee: FREE for members of Friends of the Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

 

Nelson’s Huge Garage Sale

May 23-26

Come one, come all to the annual 10,000 sq. ft. garage sale under the tents at 8488 St. Rt. 305 on Memorial Day weekend. There are hundreds of items to choose from. There will be a food concession stand on the premises. Come and browse, make some purchases to benefit yourself and help develop Pixley Park in the process. Open May 23-25 from 9-8 and May 26th from 9-3. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Silent Auction

May 24

Silent Auction at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens in Aurora on May 24th from 2-4PM.  Portage Faith United Methodist Church is holding a silent auction at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens in Aurora. You can view the items and details on our Facebook page (Portage Faith Church) or contact the church office #330-274-8987 – email: pfumcoffice@gmail.com for full list. Items will be available for viewing and bidding May 19-22 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Portage Faith UMC, 9922 SR 44, Mantua.  All proceeds will benefit missions of the United Methodist Church.

 

Rivers Casino Fundraiser 

May 24

Windham High School Softball Fundraiser to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA will be May 24th. Bus leaves from Windham High School at 2pm and will return by 11pm. $40 per ticket, $20 free game play, $5 food voucher, 50/50 and door prizes. Must have driver’s license to receive free game play. Please contact Dawn Kilgore 216-406-0019.

 

Observatory Open

May 24

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on May 24th  from 9-11PM. Visitors will view planet Mars, the M13 star cluster in Hercules, and (possibly) Saturn as it puts in an appearance late. Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Community Center at Mantua Center

May 27

Come with a friend or make some new ones.  The cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School (Center Rd just north of SR82) is open from 9:00 to about 3:00 every Tuesday for socializing and a variety of activities.  We bring food to share for potluck lunch, served about noon.  Cards and various board games are available. The Community Center has begun re-opening at 5:00 for a potluck supper at 5:30.  Anyone is welcome to come, but if you are someone who eats way too many meals alone you are especially invited.  Men and women, single, widowed, or divorced, come share a meal at the Center.

 

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups

May 24

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding signups for football and cheerleading on May 24th  at the Community center stone pavilion. The signups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The signups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheerleading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.

 

James A. Garfield PTO Pick Your Price Rummage Sale

May 24

Saturday May 24th from 9am – 3pm the James A Garfield Intermediate School PTO invites you to come shop our annual rummage sale filled with great items donated by  local residents  — and more! For more information or to volunteer call Heather at 440.548.5930. All proceeds will benefit the Garfield PTO. Remaining items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

 

Rib Burn Off

May 24 & 25

May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00 at Century Village Museum in Burton. Rain or Shine! Bring YOUR party to OUR party! Several Rib Vendors including Blazin’ Bills and Eli’s Ribs – Craft show – Classic Cars. Pony Rides and Hobby Train Rides for the kids. Live Music sponsored by Preston Superstore in Burton: Saturday: 2 to 4 – Fletch & Catch, 4 to 6 Geauga Highlanders, 6 to 8 Ted Riser Band. Sunday 2 to 4 2Guys12 Strings, 4 to 6 Blue Lunch. Free Admission and Free Parking.  Geauga County Historical Society.

 

Library Closed Memorial Day

 May 26

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on May 26th in observance of Memorial Day. They will resume normal operating hours on May 27th.

 

Memorial Day Service

May 26

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Post will be hosting their Memorial Day Service at the Burton Village Gazebo on May 26th, followed by an open house at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.

 

Veteran’s Memorial Dedication

May 26

A dedication of the newly constructed Veteran’s Memorial will be held “on the green” at Mantua Center at noon on May 26th. The short program will follow the regular Memorial Day observance at West Lawn Cemetery at 11am.

 

Nelson Township Memorial Day Service

May 26

Nelson Township will honor our Veterans with a Memorial Day Service on May 26 at 10AM. The service being held at Nelson Square will include the American Legion Honor Guard, presentation of the flag and tribute to the men and women that have served our country.

 

Geauga Consumer Connection

May 27

The 2014 Geauga Consumer Connection is May 27th from 4pm to 7:30 pm in the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center Auditorium located at 13000 Auburn Road – north of SR-87.  It’s a free event for the whole family; there will be businesses to check out, owners to meet and talk to, food, food samples, entertainment, show specials, door prizes, Chinese raffle, free gift bags to the first 400 people! This Annual Event is hosted by Chesterland, Middlefield and Chardon Area Chambers of Commerce. Would you like to be a vendor? Contact Chesterland Chamber 440-729-7297. Come out for spring and see what Geauga merchants have to offer.

 

Silent Auction

May 30

Maple Grove School benefit Silent Auction May 30th at the Parkman Community House. Tickets available at Graham’s Country Store or Crosscut Country Store or by calling 330-5278-0979. Tickets are $10.00 and include 20 silent auction tickets. Doors open at 4:00, drawings begin at 6:30.

 

Drive-In

May 30

Just like the 50’s drive-in – with root beer floats and carhops! May 30th from 5-7pm the Youth and Outreach Committee of Portage Faith UMC will be having a Drive-In dinner in the parking lot of Portage Faith. The menu features hamburgers, cheeseburgers, tater tots and floats with your choice of Coke, Root beer or diet; bottled water will also be available. You can eat in your car or sit at the picnic tables (weather permitting)Join the fun! Proceeds go towards Youth projects.

 

Kid’s Family Game Party

May 31

The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Road, Windham, is having their monthly party on May 31st from 3-5pm in the fellowship hall. Cake walk, musical chairs, and indoor and outdoor games are planned (weather permitting). Hot dogs and punch will be served.

 

Athletic Physicals

May 31

Dr. Steven Riley, Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville,  will be offering athletic physicals for the 2014-15 year. Cost is $10 and will take place on May 31st from 9am-1pm in the Middle School Gym. Call 330-527-4250 with questions. Students need to bring their physical forms and a permission slip (without a guardian).

 

Community EMS Open House & Parade

May 31

Community EMS District cordially invites members of the community to our Open House and Parade on May 31st. The parade kicks off at JAG High School promptly at Noon, ending at our station on Forest Street. After arriving at our station, refreshments will be provided! We hope to see everyone May 31st!

 

Book Sale

May 31

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library on May 31st 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.

 

Gorge Hike 

May 31

Join professional naturalist staff from the ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, as we traverse the hemlock lined sandstone gorge and waterfalls of Sheepskin Hollow State Nature Preserve in Columbiana County. The hike will begin at 1:00pm. Sheepskin Hollow is located at 50991 Pancake-Clarkson Rd Negley, OH  44441. No registration is required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special Instructions: This is a difficult hike and not recommended for small children or inexperienced hikers. Parking is along Pancake-Clarkson Rd. near the power line right of way.

 

2014 Freedom Dog Fest

June 1

June 1st, Aurora Parks & Recreation Department & Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invite you to attend the 2014 Freedom Dog Fest. All breeds welcome! Kicking off the event is the 5K Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  Run Start Times: 5K – 8:30am; Mutt Strut – 9:15am.  Dogs permitted on Mutt Strut ONLY and must be leashed.  Note: course start/finish location at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Rd., Aurora, OH  44202.  Registration Fee: $20 pre-registration before May 30; $25 day of race; $35 both races.  Register online: HMApromotions.net.  For more information, visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org or call Colleen, Aurora Parks & Recreation Dept Event Coordinator at 330-562-4333.

 

Danku Memorial Golf Outing 

June 6-8

Tee it up for the Danku Memorial Golf outing June 6,7 & 8 – Mineral Wells, WV. 30 openings – 1st come, 1st serve. $50 deposit by May 1st. Call Dennie Pochedly 330-527-4896

 

5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459, Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.

 

Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.

 

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Fairy Gardens

June 7

Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps because these lovely miniatures are so individual and such fun.  Get the tips for creating an enchanting container fairy garden as Master Gardener Barbara demonstrates the steps.  One lucky person will take Barbara’s creation home.  Light refreshments provided.  June 7th from 10am-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.

 

Blood Drive

June 9

Falls Home Remodeling will be sponsoring another Blood Drive Here at our office at 104 a- East Broad St. Newton Falls on June 9th from 2-6 pm. The additional Blood drive is used to replace the Blood drives that were formerly held at the Methodist Church. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life! Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

Crescent Chapter Meeting

June 9

The next meeting of Crescent Chapter No. 7 in Garrettsville will be June 9th at 7:30. The May 26th meeting is cancelled because of Memorial Day.

 

Summer Youth Art at Hiram College

June 9-13

Get creative at Hiram’s Summer Youth Art. Join local art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney and Hiram College students as they plan fun and creative arts and crafts for children ages preschool through middle school. For more information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Vacation Bible School

June 9-13

Friendship Alliance Church Vacation Bible School will be June 9th-13th from 9am-noon. Age 4-6th Grade. Register with Jo Lengel at (440) 548-2930. IT’S FREE! Church address is Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Rd (SR 44) in Chagrin Falls Ohio  44023. Church phone number is 440-834-0955

 

Brick by Brick Auction

June 13

20 new kitchen and bath cabinet sets at charity auction June 13th at the Windham Hardware 3 to 18 pcs. Per set. Proceeds go to the Windham Brick By Brick Scholarship Fund. Sale at 12, bring a truck or trailer. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. McGuire website.

 

Newton Falls Schoolmates & Friends Reunion

June 14

The 95th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be June 14th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors will open at 9:45am for visiting, with the luncheon beginning at 11:45am. Cost is $20 per plate. 1964 will be the honored class. For more information call Mary Margaret Hildack 330-872-0075 or Merial Price 330-889-3069.

 

Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

 

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at www.stopkidscancer.org. click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.

 

Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.

 

Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726

 

Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com

 

Geauga West Friends of the Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support – for donations, for volunteers, and for everyone who came to purchase books and other items. The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

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.

 

 

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Windham - Windham Library is pleased to announce the winners of the National Library Week contest, “Guess how many books are in Windham Library”. Zachary Clemente won the adult basket and Jacob Tucker was the winner of the kid’s basket.  Congratulations to both lucky winners!

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.

Newton Falls – In observance of Mothers Day, Newton’s Apples Childcare & Learning Center invited their Mommies to attend a special “Mommies & Muffins” reception to celebrate and honor their Mothers. This is the 6th year that Newton’s Apples has invited their Mommies to attend this special event.

The children of Newton’s Apples celebrated their Mothers on Friday, May 9. During a special program each child got to tell all in attendance why their mother was special. Each Mother was then presented with a special gift made by the child especially for them.

The Mothers were treated to a special Mothers Day song by the children. Finally each Mother got to tour the Center with their child to get a small glimpse into the child’s daily activities at Newton’s Apples.

For further information, phone (330) 872-3422, or e-mail NewtonsApples@yahoo.com.

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Portage County - On April 30th United Way and Portage Learning Center’s Head Start joined forces to expand United Way’s Reading Role Models program.  Local volunteers from AMETEK, Kent State University and Smithers-Oasis spent time with 16 Head Start classes and more than 250 students across Portage County to help them strengthen their language and literacy skills.  United Way President & CEO Brian Duchon said “The Head Start Program is an important program for children from low-income families.  These children are at greater risk of falling behind in school so the Reading Role Models program was a natural fit aimed at improving these kids reading skills and ensuring that these kids enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed.”  Reading Role Models are community and corporate volunteers who participate in regularly scheduled reading days at early learning centers, community centers and schools across Portage County.  For more information or to sign up to be a Reading Role Model please visit www.volunteerportage.org.

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Kent – The Kent Community TimeBank invites guests to “Let the Sun Shine In” on Friday May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Kent Historical Society Museum, 237 E. Main St. Kent, Ohio. For $20 admission, attendees receive an advanced preview of the Museum’s new exhibit, “Fun in the Summertime.” The display features relics from Ohio amusement parks, including the Brady Lake Amusement Park. Park-themed refreshments, finger foods, and beer or wine are also included with ticket purchase. All money raised will benefit the Kent Community TimeBank to pay software fees, real space, and other expenses. The event also features musical performances by singer and songwriter Hal Walker, voted “Best Musician” 2010 and 2011 by Scene Magazine. Also entertaining the crowd will be Brad Bolton, local guitarist with a diverse musical background, accompanied by Christie Anderson. Fundraising for the TimeBank continues with a 50/50 Raffle and a Silent Auction including items from Kent’s own businesses. Tickets are for sale now: online at http://crookedriver.timebanks.org/page/fundraiser-tickets; at the hOur Share Exchange Center, 223 N. Water St.; and at WordSmiths, 402 E. Main Street. The Kent Community TimeBank, formed in 2010, is a community-building program where members exchange skills, talents and passions using Time Credits to record transactions. Offers, requests, and transactions are kept on the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks’ software. The fundraising team, musicians, The Kent Historical Society and WordSmiths are  TimeBank members. For more information or to join your local TimeBank as an individual or business, go to http://crookedriver.timebanks.org.