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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.

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Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society Century Village Museum in Burton is sponsoring a festive Memorial Day weekend Rib Burn Off at the Museum.  The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00, rain or shine, just off the square in Burton.  So, Bring YOUR party to OUR party and you won’t have any work to do at home to entertain for the holidays!

Several featured rib vendors such as Blazin’ Bills, Eli’s Ribs from Warren, Stewart’s Smokin’ Backyard BBQ from Kirtland, and Dickey’s BBQ and Old Carolina BBQ both from Mentor will be cooking their delicious ribs and pulled pork sandwiches.  You will be able to buy ribs by the bone or by the dinner . . . taste them all!  After tasting, you will be able to vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award” which will be presented to the winning vendor.

Other events include a classic car showing, craft show, pony rides, hobby train ride, kids’ game, and other featured events.

Under the tent, live music will be going on all day, courtesy of Preston Superstore.  On Saturday from 2 to 4, enjoy Fletch & The Catch; from 4 to 6, the Geauga Highlanders will perform, and from 6 to 8 the lively music of the Ted Riser Band will fill the park.  On Sunday, from 2 to 4, 2Guys12Strings will entertain, and from 4 to 6, the group Blue Lunch will round out the music groups.

Bring your family and friends to a great entertaining event.  There is no admission charge and parking is free.    For more information, call 440-834-1492.

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Portage County - The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) enables low income TANF-eligible Portage County youth to gain valuable work experience, while earning a paycheck.

In order to be eligible, youth must be a resident of Portage County, between the ages of 16 and 24, have a minor child in the household (if they are 18 or older), and meet TANF income guidelines and other eligibility requirements.

Eligible youth will be provided a list of worksites located throughout Portage County to contact for an interview(s) in a wide variety of jobs ranging from receptionist, child care, landscaping, maintenance/laborer, office clerk, food service, animal caregiver, farmworker, and many more. The worksites will make a selection from the summer youth participants they interviewed. Participants can interview at more than one site.

The program runs from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Applications are available and can be picked up at the PCJFS 2nd floor lobby or OhioMeansJobs room 134 located at 449 South Meridian Street, in Ravenna. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM. Applications will also be available online at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/jfs/index.html.

Call to schedule an appointment to review your eligibility.

Any questions please direct them toward Helene Leightner (330)297-3763 LEIGHH@odjfs.state.oh.us

 

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Champion - WOW 2014 – World Of Wildlife Bicycle Tour – will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The tenth year for this event includes 20-, 40- and 68-mile routes. Riders will use the Trumbull and Ashtabula County portions of the Western Reserve Greenway for most of their miles, especially the 20- and 40-miles routes. The first and last miles use public roads. Event registration will occur at the Trumbull Campus of Kent State University in Champion, 7:30-10 a.m. The deadline for advanced registration is May 17, 2014, including T-shirt orders. Day-of registrations are welcome.

The Greenway passes through large sections of premier wetlands, home to much wildlife and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Riders might see a ground hog, deer, river otter, beaver or, for those really observant, a bald eagle or native black bear. Participants will also pass through the Mosquito Lake Wildlife Area where an observation deck has been erected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Food and beverages will be provided at rest stops along the route and at the conclusion of the ride. Western Reserve Greenway Bike Patrol volunteers will assist riders along the route. Ride proceeds benefit the Trumbull County portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Phase Four. Ride organizers are conducting a raffle to raise additional funds, with prizes donated by Bike Nashbar, one of the event sponsors, and other area merchants and organizations. Tickets will be available at registration. Prizes will be drawn the day of the ride, but winners need not be present. For more information, a registration brochure and directions, visit our website at http://trumbullmetroparks.org/pages/WOW, or phone 330-647-3666.

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Dear Editor

The election is over and as your re –elected Geauga County Auditor, I want to thank all of the great Geauga residents who continue to lend support and have great confidence in what my office and I do for you. I will continue to work very hard to protect your tax dollars and make sure that our local governments have the resources they need. All government entities must follow the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), and my office works diligently to make sure everyone follows the law.

Thank you for supporting me and you can count on me to always do what is right for you, the resident, and our great County.

Frank J. Gliha

Your Geauga County AUDITOR

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Dear Editor:

I would like to extend my appreciation for all the kind and generous people that made the Rose’s Rescue Pasta 4 Paw a huge success. So many were involved  I wish we could thank you all in person.  There are the generous people and merchants that donated such wonderful gifts for raffle, those that donated money and food items to cover the cost of the dinner, the news media for posting the event, the wonderful public for coming out that day, the many volunteers that worked so diligently, and of course the Brown Middle School art students for providing paintings of our animals.

What a wonderful combined effort to help animals in need. The profits from that one day will allow us to help so many more homeless pets out there.

Anyone interested in the Rose’s Rescue events, please check out our website at www.rosesrescue.net. Click on the events button for a list of when we will be out and about.

Also, please support the Doggie Play Land Project. Rose’s Rescue is sponsoring this fund raiser to build a large run area at the Portage Co Dog Warden’s Shelter. We are getting very close to our goal and hope to start construction of the fencing very soon. You can help us out there by donating at www.gofundme.com/Doggie-Play-Land. This project will help those dogs Rose’s Rescue is unable to pull out of the dog pound. Help them have a place to run and play and just be a dog while they are awaiting their new home.

Again, all of us here at Rose’s Rescue thanks the community for all their wonderful support. We certainly could not do what we do without you.

Remember, spay or neuter your pets. Put Rose’s Rescue out of business. No more homeless pets.

 

Sincerely,

Rose, the volunteers, and  the furry friends of Rose’s Rescue.

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Women’s Getaway Weekend at Camp Whitewood

All women 18 and older are welcome to attend a women’s getaway weekend at Camp Whitewood in Windsor, Ohio June 6-8th.

Dr. Seuss is this year’s theme with lots of fun-filled activities.  Come to relax and meet new friends.  There will be a tour of Amish stores on Friday, classes in stained glass and  glass etching, making biscotti and other crafts.  We offer boating, riflery, hiking, massages, and a campfire along with many surprises and time to enjoy the lovely surroundings.

Fee of $110 for the weekend covers meals, snacks, lodging and most activities or $40 to sample camp for Saturday only.  Don your favorite Dr. Seuss attire and join us.

Contact Terry Gatrell 330-222-2747  tlgatrell2957@frontier.com for more information.

 

Eagle Creek Conservation Club Youth Fishing Education Program

The Eagle Creek Conservation Club is presenting a free fishing clinic for all boys and girls ages 4 to 15 on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:30am to 2pm. The program is aimed at teaching the basic fishing techniques needed to help kids get the most enjoyment out of their time spent on the water. The class is broken up into four segments, each lasting approximately 20 minutes. Anyone wishing to attend the event MUST PRE-REGISTER by June 14th, 2014. Spaces for this event are limited, so get your reservation made as soon as possible. The class will take place at the Eagle Creek Conservation Club, 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio, 44430. Doors open at 9:30am and the program will begin at 10am. Lunch will be provided for all attendees after class. After lunch everyone will have the chance to enjoy some time fishing in beautiful Eagle Creek located directly behind the club. Registration can be made by contacting Billie Ambrose, Event Coordinator, at (330) 638-7222, email at info@eaglecreekconservationclub.com, or by mailing your name, address, phone number, and age to:

Billie Ambrose – Eagle Creek CC

P.O. Box 263

Newton Falls, Ohio 44444

Keep up to date on all of our youth and community programs and events by going to our website (www.eaglecreekconservationclub.com), checking out our Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter @EagleCreek_CC.

 

Red Shield Pantry – Ravenna

1st Weds of the Month

South Portage Red Shield Pantry will be opened the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11am-1pm. Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 251 West Spruce Ave., Ravenna. Please bring photo ID and your own bags to carry food. For more info call 330-296-7371.

 

#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.

 

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.

 

 

Rummage Sale

May 15-17

Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road will be having their Rummage Sale May 15, 16 & 17. Hours are 9 to 4 Thursday and Friday, and 9 to Noon on Saturday. If you need any other information, please feel free to call the Church Office and 440-636-5504 anytime.

 

Geranium Sale

May 16

Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Geranium sale on May 16th at the corner of Broad St. and Milton Blvd. This fundraiser benefits our local projects, including monthly donations to the food-in-backpacks program and the junior Olympics.  We offer the same price as last year, $3.40 per plant. Pre-orders are welcome and appreciated.  Buy 6 or more and we’ll deliver locally.  (330) 872-3854.

 

Annual Plant Sale

May 16 & 17

Grassroots Community Gardeners 11th Annual Plant Sale will be May 16 from 10am–5pm or May 17 from 10am–2pm at Nelson Community House on the Circle. Perennials, Annuals, Herbs & More, Starting at just $1. If you need to make room, dig up a few of your plants and bring them along. We’ll be glad to find them good homes. All proceeds benefit the beautification of local community gardens.

 

Upper Cuyahoga River Spring Hikes 

May 17

In conjunction with the Friends of the Crooked River’s, River Day event, ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will be hosting hikes in two preserves along the Upper Cuyahoga River. The hikes will include Mantua Bog State Nature Preserve and Tummonds Scenic River Preserve at the following times:  Mantua Bog – 11:00 am and Tummonds – 1:30 pm. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special instructions: The Mantua Bog hike will begin at the intersection of Peck and Mennonite Rds. East of the Buchert Memorial Park in Mantua, Ohio. Visitors are requested to park at the Buchert Memorial Park located on East High St. and walk the Portage Park District Headwaters Trail east to Peck Rd. to begin the hike. Water resistant footwear is recommended. The Tummonds Scenic River Preserve hike will begin at the Glacial Esker Trail parking area located at the Mantua Village water treatment plant at Line St. and Mats Rd. in Mantua, OH.

 

Annual Plant Sale

May 17

The Silver Creek Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale on May 17th from 9- 4 at the home of Linda Klamer at 8127 Garfield Dr., Garrettsville, Oh.  This is our annual fund raiser which is used towards the purchase of the flowering baskets and planters in downtown Garrettsville. This year we will be donating 10% of our sales to the Garrettsville Strong Fund.

 

Benefit Concert

May 17

Benefit Concert, Art & Craft Silent Auction to aid merchant and their employees affected by the fire. Concert by Gail Mangeri, local Christian singer and songwriter will be May 17th from 6:30-9pm, doors open at 6pm. No fee, by donation only. Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave. For questions or donations call Maureen at 330-527-4674.

 

Bluegrass Junction 

May 17

Join us at Bluegrass Junction for this season’s last night of great bluegrass music! The show will be held from 7-11 p.m. on May 17th, at the Shalersville Town Hall, located on S.R. 44 at S.R. 303.  Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature three bands Coney Carver & the Rainbow Valley Boys, Highway 57, and Matt Efaw & RFD. The cost is $10 per person and the event is open to the public. We hope to see you all there and will see you again next fall!  For more information, call 330-325-7867.

 

GFN Firefighter Association Benefit

May 17

Come support the honored Firefighters May 17th at 4pm at The Silver Crik Saloon, 8124 Main Street, Garrettsville. Live music hosted by Arrowhead. Food – door prizes – raffles. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Firefighter Association.

 

Community Garage Sale

May 17

Vendors are needed for Community Garage Sale at American Legion Hall on Goodwin Street in Burton Ohio on May 17th from 8am-1pm. Contact Mike Karlinsky 440-286-1202.

 

Rolling Thunder

May 18

Hambden Congregational Church will be welcoming Rolling Thunder on May 18th @ 10:00 am for a Patriotic service that will honor all our Veterans, past & present. All are welcome and invited to attend. Motorcycles will meet in Chardon square at 9:30 am and will depart at 9:45 am for a short ride to the church. The service will be followed by a bike blessing and picnic at Hambden Township Park. The Church is located at 13840 GAR Hwy., Hambden Township. For more information call Dorothy: 440-286-4655.

 

Pancakes in the Park! Rain or Shine! 

May 18

Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invites you on May 18th, to a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast at Sunny Lake Park (885 Mennonite Rd. Aurora 44202 – boathouse pavilion) from 9am to 11am.  Let our team of volunteers cook you breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee) while you enjoy the scenic view or a take 2 mile walk/jog around Sunny Lake.  Cost:  $6 adults, $4 kids 3-10 yrs., under 4 yrs. free!   Dog walkers welcome!

 

Monday Breakfast

May 19

Post 674 will host the last Monday Breakfast on May 19th. Just a big Thank You to all that has joined us those Monday mornings. Watch for our reopening in Sept.

 

Free Meatloaf Dinner

May 20

Free meatloaf dinner will be held May 20th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. everyone is invited to have a free meal and fellowship with us. Meal will include meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cookies and a drink. This meal will be held at Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville. If anyone should have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to serving you!!

 

Dine and Donate

May 20

Crestwood High School baseball is teaming up with Mantua Corners Bar & Grille to raise money for baseball field upgrades.  On May 20, from 6-9 p.m. you can attend an all you can eat dinner at Mantua Corners Bar & Grille located at 11697 State Route 44 in Mantua, OH.  The menu includes all you can eat wings (traditional and boneless), pizza, pasta, salad, soda, water and coffee.  There will also be some discounted beer prices.  The cost is $15/person in advance of the event and $17/person at the door.  For an in advance ticket please contact John Bakalar at (330) 274-2214 ext. 403.  Please come and join us for the fun!

 

Community Center at Mantua Center

May 20, 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 except election days for socializing and a variety of activities.  A watercolor group meets at 9:30.  There’s a picture puzzle or maybe two in progress.  There’s usually someone who available to advise on quilting, knitting, or crochet projects.  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.

 

Home Cooked Supper 

May 21

The next Home Cooked Supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, Ohio will be held from 5 to 6:30 pm on May  21st.  The meal will feature: chicken bake, Haluska (cabbage and noodles) or mashed potatoes, vegetable,  super salad, rolls & dessert. Cost $7 for adults; $5 for kids 10 and under. Carry out available. This will be the last dinner until September.

 

Rummage Sale, Chinese Auction, Bake Sale

 May 22-24

Rummage Sale, Chinese Auction and Bake Sale will be held at Christ Covenant Church, Rte.  87, Middlefield on May 22nd and 23rd from 9 – 7:00, and May 24th from 9-3:00. Funds raised will benefit Charity Children’s Ministries. Now accepting donations  (440) 632-9510.

 

Let The Sun Shine In 

May 23

Fundraiser for Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks at Museum. $20. 5:30 to 7:30 on May 23. Enjoy live music, advanced preview of new exhibit, “Fun in the Summertime,” featuring relics from Ohio amusement parks, park-themed refreshments, beer or wine included with ticket purchase. 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction. Musical guests Hal Walker, voted “Best Musician” 2010 and 2011 by Scene Magazine, and local guitarist Brad Bolton. http://crookedriver.timebanks.org/page/fundraiser-tickets.

 

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.

 

Spelling Bee Pre-Registration

May 25

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10th at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25, 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. Submitted by Roselyn Gadd

 

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. For information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online atwww.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Depart 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Garrettsville – The Garfield Cheerleaders are kicking off their upcoming cheer season with a mulch fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds go to the cheer program to help support competition fees, camp costs, and spirit supplies.

Gallagher's Mulch Fundraiser Garfield Schools

Pictured left to right are GHS Cheerleaders Courtney and Mikaela Siracki are ready to take your mulch orders with GHS alumni, Dan and Tyler Gallagher of Gallagher Farms Mulch and Sawdust

Purchase quality bulk mulch for your landscaping needs from your local GHS Cheerleader or call Coach Shannon Gallagher at 330-842-0015 to pre-order your mulch.

Choose from double ground bark mulch for $23 a yard or dyed mulch for $28 a yard, (black, red, or dark brown.) There is a 3 yard minimum plus a $20 delivery fee. Small yard? No problem! Split a load with your neighbor.

Mulch is supplied by Garfield Alumni, Dan and Tyler Gallagher of Gallagher Farms Mulch and Sawdust. They are pleased to support GHS and the Garfield Cheerleaders.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Garfield cheer program! *\o/* Go-G-Men!

Portage County – On Friday, April 25, 2014, at NEOMED’s Ralph Regula Conference Center there was a swirl of competitiveness at this year’s 23rd annual Portage County Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee.

spelling-beeIn the beginning of the Bee, the teams:  Community Action Council of Ravenna, Deluxe, Inc. of Streetsboro; NEOMED of Rootstown; and the Mavericks were battling for a victory.   Each team didn’t give up the bout, but held on tight and continued spelling word after word.  The tension rose as the teams clashed for the yearly PCLC Spelling Bee trophy.  Words like:  “Blatherskite,” “crepuscular,” and “per diem” were spelled.  It was a struggle to the very end and finally it was down to two teams.

After 16 years of competing in the Portage County Literacy Coalition’s Spelling Bee, this year’s trophy was finally won by NEOMED of Rootstown.  We congratulate Debbie Myers, Bryan Zeppernick, and Theresa “Terry” Schoettler of Team NEOMED for finally achieving the win.   Also, we would like to note a gracious recognition to Gail Hansen and Jean Spain from NEOMED that were unable to make it to the Bee.

We would like to thank all of the area businesses that took part in this year’s Spelling Bee and also to those who generously donated items.  Because of all our community partners the PCLC Spelling Bee was a success.

The Portage County Literacy Coalition is a non-profit that raises literacy awareness in Portage County and supports the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program at Maplewood Career Center.  All money raised from the PCLC Spelling Bee goes towards materials and scholarships for those achieving their GED.  The PCLC welcomes volunteers and new board members.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Portage County Literacy Coalition, please call (330) 235-0020.

 

Ravenna – TOPS –Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Ravenna Chapter #1941, celebrated their annual awards and recognition recently. The theme of the program was “Follow the path to your dreams”.

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest. Photo: Roberta Gallagher

Chapter winners included Debbie Horning-1st place division 3, MaryLou Priest- 2nd place division 3, Carolyn Helmling- 1st place division 4, Patti Calvarese- 1st place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal- 1st place male division 9.  The five winners lost a combined total of 268 pounds in 2013.

In addition, the chapter took part in the TOPS Annual State Recognition Days held in Cincinnati recently. The theme was “Chase your dreams with TOPS” celebrating all the state winners for 2013.

Members honored at State Recognition Days included Cherryl Duffield for maintaining her goal weight as a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) for 4 years, Patti Calvarese for State 2nd place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal 1st place male division 9 for the state of Ohio.  Stephen will go on to represent Ohio at the TOPS International Recognition Days being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of TOPS International, in July.

Ravenna Chapter #1941 was honored as a “TOPS Top 10 Chapter” in the state for weight loss with an average loss of 8.6 pounds per member for the year.

Anyone interested in Taking Off Pounds Sensibly is invited to attend Thursday mornings at the Maplewood Christian Church 7300 SR 88 Ravenna. Weigh-in is between 9 and 9:45 with the weight loss program beginning from 10am until 11am.

 

MantuaHistorical Mantua – Carol Denzinger, pictured, was the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Mantua Historical Society; she gave an excellent presentation of Mantua’s bygone days. She is displaying Stamm Contracting calendars, where the main character is the Gay Old Philosopher. If you were looking for a good time, on a Friday night and could go back in time, you would find it in downtown Mantua in the 1950’s. Farmers finishing up with their field work and  workers coming home would head to town, because businesses, like Hammel’s and Haylett’s grocery stores, Weber Hardware store, the lumber yard, the bank, etc., stayed open late (9:00 p.m.). There would have been music in  the streets, because the high school band would march to town and set up to  play music. THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

The next meeting of the Historical Society, on May 19th, will be a road trip to the Shalersville Historical Society’s museum on S. R. #44; we will meet at 7:00 p.m. for our meeting and to tour their museum, our host will be Ron  Kotkowski. Light refreshments will be served. The group welcomes new members; dues are $8 per person or $12 per family; meetings are every third Monday of the months from March to October at the Mantua Township Hall’s  lower level, located at S. R. 82 and Mantua Center Road.

Freedom Twp. – The 96th annual banquet for Freedom Township Alumni Association and James A Garfield School District, was held April 26th at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna Township. The 74 members attending represented the alumni of the classes of 1931 thru 1975. The students from 1952 thru 1975 became part of the consolidation of the Garfield School system but they had attended the old school building in Freedom during their grade school years.

They honored the classes of 1924, 1934, 1944, 1954, 1964 and 1974. Eisele Catering of Mantua provided the dinner. Barbara Bailey, 1973, President welcomed the members and their guests. J.J. Leet of 1965 gave the invocation.

Many letters, notes, and photos from graduates and former teachers were shared with the gathering. Speedometers and Jaguar yearbooks were reviewed, along with school year photos. They viewed the 21 names of the class members obituaries of the past year, since we last met. They shared special memories of Orson Ott, Superintendent; Dr. Agnes Monroe Smith, teacher who left many imprints on their school years.

1964 grads, Charles Helming and Alice Vasko Brandt were honored. Special memories of 1954 grad Don Moore were shared.

President Barbara thanked her officers, Vice President Althea Bailey Tittle, Secretary and Treasurer, Jeannette Marvin-Hall for their reports. Also volunteers Nancy McGinnis Santos ’70 and Elaine Lange Duffield ’56 for their help. The nominating Committee presented the officers for 2015 school year as President, Barbara Bailey ’73 and Vice President Althea Bailey Tittle ’75, Secretary Elaine Lange Duffield ’56 and Treasurer Jeannette Wilson Marvin-Hall ’47 for the coming year of 2015. The alumni voted unanimously to accept the slate of officers for 2015. Also accepted was the request by Karen Knipper Martin ’68 for help for a committee to construct and place at the Freedom Township a Military Memorial for the years of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghan war. Those who are interested in helping were to contact Karen and report to the township trustees.

 

Registration for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at the Library Begins May 28

The Portage County District Library announces that summer reading club registration begins on Wednesday, May 28 at most branch libraries. Join us for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at your branch library this summer. There are activities planned for all age groups. The theme for this year is related to science, so programs will feature experiments, exploration, and shows.

Registration is required. Call your branch library to register for summer reading club. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145).

In addition, the Deerfield Computer Lab, located at 1450 State Route 14 in the Deerfield Township Hall, will feature summer reading programs this year. Call 330-557-6032 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to register. Programs include “Wind & Wind Energy” on June 11, “Sloppy Science” on June 18, “Kitchen Science” on June 25, “Optical Illusion” on July 2, “Robotics” on July 9, and “Sweet Science” on July 16.

For more information about summer reading club or other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

 

National Pet Food Donation Month at the Library

May is National Pet Food Donation Month. Please help us celebrate our local furry friends by stopping in at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, where we will be collecting any type of pet food to give to a local animal shelter. As our way of saying thanks for helping out our four-pawed neighbors, each pet food item donated (think can of cat food, bag of doggie treats, etc.) will earn a chance to win our pet-themed raffle basket filled with books and other items any pet-human will love.

For more information or to bring in your donation, drop by the Reference Desk or call (330) 527-4378 any time when the library is open in the whole month of May.

 

“As Seen on Pinterest” Craft at the Library

As part of our month-long celebration of pets, the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will be spotlighting our furry friends during its “As Seen on Pinterest” Craft Series activity. Adults can come make a paw-themed leash and treat holder on Saturday, May 24 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Registration is required as space is limited. For more details or to sign up, call (330) 527-4378 or drop by the Circulation Desk any time the library is open.

 

The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231, is open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00am – 7:00pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm; and closed Thursdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

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Newton Falls –  Nicole Loar, U.S. Bank Lead Manager in Newton Falls, Ohio has won U.S. Bank’s Annual Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest employee achievement honor.

Loar was among THE TOP 10 PERCENT of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award for outstanding achievement and superior performance and was recently recognized at a company dinner.

Gene May, District Manager/VP, for U.S. Bank, said, “Nicole deserves tremendous congratulations for this achievement as she  does an outstanding job to make sure our customer’s expectations are not only met, but exceeded.”

He noted that it is because of employees like Loar that U.S. Bank has received several accolades this past year, including being recognized in Fortune magazine as one of the world’s most admired super regional banks.

This is Loar’s second annual pinnacle award. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with an Education of Science Bachelor’s degree.

U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle awards program recognizes outstanding achievement and rewards employees for their tremendous performance.

 

garrettsville-strong-softball-team-north-akron-winners-softballAkron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising uniform t-shirts by the Villager), and still counting, for the Gville fire fund!! The donations will be made  in the name of Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws to the Garrettsville Strong fund.

Great job ladies!! For a team that never played together before, they had great team chemistry and teamwork, going 5-0 on the weekend. The girls scored on 3 home runs, a grand slam by Autumn “Cali” Belviy, suicide squeeze play, multiple doubles and triples, tons of beautiful bunts. Great job catching by Shelby Mayes, dominating pitching by Angela “Maz” Masiello and Madison “Maddog” VanKirk, an awesome throw from center field by Torrie Gall to almost gun a runner out at first, (Threw it so hard it bent the first baseman’s glove back and it came out), Meg Visocan played every position except catcher including pitcher. Every young lady had a highlight and contributed across the board — can’t even remember them all!  On top of all that, the pitchers and catcher were calling their own games, at 12 yrs old, and did it beautifully!

The GarrettsvilleStrong roster consisted of: Garrettsville Cal’s Gals Angela Vanhorn,  Emma Lawrence, and Chloe Pfile; Garrettsville Hotshots  Gracie Pignaloso, Sarah Shearer and Anna Weaver; Garrettsville –  Madison VanKirk; Crestwood –  Angela Masiello and Torrie Gall;  Crestwood Victory –  Maddy Cline and Alexis Schultz; Outlaws –  Hailey Eckelberry, Autumn Belviy  and Shelby Mayes; Explosive Black – Meg Visocan. Coaches were David Pignaloso, Scott Vanhorn, Tom VanKirk and Dan Masiello.

Thank you to “dugout moms” Becky VanKirk and Tara Vanhorn and special thanks to  Karen Visocan, and daughter Meg, for helping out and more than doubling our donations with some additional fund raising!!

Thanks GYS, Ohio Outlaws Fastpitch, to all who participated, donated, and rooted us on, could not have done it without you!!!

 

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Newton Falls - Geauga Family Farms, a cooperative of 10 certified-organic family farmers in Geauga County, has added a Trumbull County location to the list of convenient pick-up sites for members of its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Healthy Treasures, at 40 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls, is partnering with Geauga Family Farms to provide a place for co-op members to pick up fresh, locally grown produce. Healthy Treasures is a locally-owned family business celebrating 20 years of supplying natural and organic products to its customers. GFF’s organically grown vegetables fit right in with this mission.

The CSA model provides a way for consumers to purchase local food directly from a farm by entering into a contract with the farmer. CSA members become partners with a farm by paying up-front for a subscription, or “share,” of produce that is received weekly during the 20-week growing season from June through October. By investing in the farm at the beginning of the growing season, members provide financial support to the farm when it is most needed for seeds, supplies, labor, etc.

Members choose a nearby location at which to pick up their weekly share, such as the new site at Healthy Treasures where they can pick up from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. This site is in addition to other pickup sites in Middlefield, Lakewood, Macedonia, Seven Hills, Parma, others all over Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Summit counties. The produce is picked within 24 hours of delivery. For a complete list of pickup sites, visit geaugafamilyfarms.org.

It’s easy to get a share of this year’s crop: just fill out a membership form online or mail it in by May 15 with a check. Find the forms on the farms’ Web site at geaugafmailyfarms.org or by e-mailing LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org.

If you are looking for fresh organic produce grown by farmers you know, in a sustainable, certified-organic way, shake the hands that feed you at Geauga Family Farms and put a face on your farmer. From seed-starting to harvest, you’ll know who, how, where and when your food was grown and picked.

For CSA membership forms, more information on Geauga Family Farms, or to set up an interview with one of our farmers or farm representatives, e-mail LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org or call Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849.