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Articles by Mialie T. Szymanski

Mialie T. Szymanski

In addition to her role as a contributing reporter for the Weekly Villager, Mialie T. Szymanski is the creator of the bi-weekly column “Puppy Tails”. This children’s story time column stars Doodle Dog, a floppy-eared puppy who has an optimistic perspective of the world around him. Szymanski's picture book “Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day” chronicles a day in the life of this “paws”itive pup. The upcoming read-aloud anthology “Puppy Tails: Adventures of Doodle Dog” is a collection of the columns and illustrations as seen in The Weekly Villager over the last year.

Puppy Tails

| Published on April 9, 2014

On a pile of soft, cozy picnic blankets the floppy-eared puppy snoozed, very nearly to the point of snoring, in a slumber soothed by the calm breeze blowing through the nearby trees. The patches of grass newly filled with budding bulbs circled in their wavy lines around and around him, …

Newton Falls Chamber News

| Published on April 3, 2014

Newton Falls – March’s meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association tied up a few loose ends and set plans moving forward while discussing ideas for creating new opportunities for professional growth.
The agenda opened with time for special presentations and this month featured [member], the law offices of Turner, …

Puppy Tails

| Published on March 26, 2014

The wind still whistled through the curious puppy’s floppy ears, but Doodle Dog had so much fun at the park he decided to go back again today to see what more he could find. As he made his way down the sidewalk, his little legs tilted his body slightly to …

Puppy Tails

| Published on March 12, 2014

It was time to go outside – Doodle Dog was tired of being cooped up indoors! Some furry rodent had supposedly predicted that winter would be camped out for quite a while longer, but some other furry rodent claimed that wasn’t true. Doodle Dog didn’t know who to believe so …

Puppy Tails

| Published on February 26, 2014

Doodle Dog uncurled his little body and slowly stretched his legs so that they peeked out over the edge of his cozy bed, extending his paws so that they untucked from the soft blanket keeping the floppy-eared puppy, his legs and his paws quite warm and comfy. About to curl …

Bridal Show Kicks Off Marriage Madness

| Published on February 19, 2014

Newton Falls – Wedding season is nearly upon us and dozens of brides-to-be, grooms, and their family-and-friends-filled entourages stopped by Roby Lee’s Restaurant and Banquet Center Sunday on the hunt for the perfect dress, desserts, photographer, tablescape trend and flower arrangements during the 17th Annual Bridal Show. Forty-eight hours after …

Happily Ever After… Library Hosts Valentine’s Day Wedding

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – It’s not every day that librarians get to be the characters in the books on their shelves, but for the staff at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, Valentine’s Day provided one such opportunity to play fairy godmothers for two local couples celebrating their love …

Puppy Tails

| Published on February 12, 2014

Though the insides of the new office were still slightly strange to Doodle Dog, the floppy-eared puppy figured the outsides would still be slightly familiar, so he slipped out the new door to the new porch stoop and onto a sidewalk that seemed a bit strange but indeed a bit …

Newton Falls Chamber Report

| Published on February 6, 2014

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association started off 2014 with their January meeting with an eye toward plans for the new year involving how to continue promoting businesses and improving the economy in the community. 

Newton Falls Chamber Report

| Published on January 8, 2014

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association wrapped up 2013 with their December meeting, briefly discussing what had been accomplished during the year and spending the majority of the lunchtime gathering presenting ideas on what they hoped to achieve in the coming months.
The conversation opened with a recap …

Another (Christmas) Tree Grows in Newton Falls

| Published on December 4, 2013

Newton Falls – After all the dishes are done and the leftover turkey bits (and stuffing and veggie casseroles and countless pies and other desserts) have been organized into just the right Tupperware containers, there are many ways to spend the day following Thanksgiving. Some of the more courageous among …

Residents Gobble Up Station 43 Raffle

| Published on November 27, 2013

Last Friday evening the garage at the Newton Falls fire station #1 was filled not with fire trucks, ambulances and firemen responding to a siren’s call, but rather with dozens of community members and visitors with an eye out to catch a turkey or two without having to actually go …

Newton Falls Area Chamber Report

| Published on November 27, 2013

Newton Falls – Business resumed as usual at the November meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association.
The agenda opened with the financial reports for September and October as well as approval of the minutes for both months before proceeding to old business. The annual tree decorating has been scheduled …

Puppy Tails

| Published on November 21, 2013

Doodle Dog was glad he had the chance to deliver pumpkins while the weather was still being mostly friendly because today the gentle breeze had turned into something that blew and blew and howled and howled and huffed and puffed against the windows on every side of the office. The …

Fresh Start For Roby Lee’s

| Published on October 9, 2013

Newton Falls – Like a blushing bride all dolled up for her special day, the banquet hall at Roby Lee’s Restaurant and Banquet Center is looking its best after a makeover worthy of truly being the center of attention.

Craig Beach Victims Get a Helping Hand

| Published on October 9, 2013
Craig Beach Victims Get a Helping Hand

Craig Beach – There is an empty store around the corner from the Covered Bridge of Newton Falls that at one time housed a video rental place – before movies-by-mail and over the Internet made such an establishment virtually obsolete – with a decidedly revolving name plaque of business monikers. …

Puppy Tails

| Published on September 23, 2013

All that hard work made Doodle Dog quite tired so he decided he wasn’t going to go too very far from home today, at least not for a little while. The impromptu detour had been fun and all, in its own way, but there is so much else to see …

Call for Cookers Still Open

| Published on September 23, 2013

Newton Falls – The hunt is on for the Great Chili Recipe of Ohio! Okay, maybe not quite all of Ohio, but “in all of northwest Trumbull County” would be a good starting honor…In any case, the recipe hunt is on and the hunt for cookers who think they may …

Newton Falls Kicks Off Autumn Events

| Published on September 11, 2013

Newton Falls – It’s that time of year again (believe it or not): the air is growing a little bit crisper, the leaves are starting to turn a little bit more colorful, and the shops we know and love have seemingly morphed into purveyors of all things autumn with their …

County Fair Celebrates 155 Years

| Published on August 27, 2013

Randolph – The Portage County Randolph Fair concluded another successful season this week, celebrating its 155th year with the theme of “Boots & Jeans in 2013.”
A nearly weeklong festival of events kicked off bright and early on Tuesday morning with the crowning ceremony of the Horse King and Queen in …

Medieval Faire Celebrates 21st Year

| Published on August 7, 2013

Dear Lords and Ladies, you have been cordially invited to take a step out of the 21st century and into the 21st year of The Great Lakes Medieval Faire to help celebrate the 21st birthday of his young majesty Prince Philip!

Puppy Tails

| Published on August 5, 2013

As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up
And here we meet a sleepy pup,
Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day,
Then saw The Villager and decided to stay.
Today is going to be a great day! Well, it BETTER be! Doodle Dog thought as he took a quick …

Puppy Tails

| Published on July 1, 2013

As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up
And here we meet a sleepy pup,
Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day,
Then saw The Villager and decided to stay.
Steam rose from the pavement covering the street outside the office window and little drops of dew that happened to …

Newton Falls Car Show Celebrates 27 Years

| Published on July 1, 2013

Newton Falls – While residents of Garrettsville and the surrounding neighborhoods are getting ready for next weekend’s Summerfest, the town of Newton Falls and its community members are hard at work planning for the rapidly-approaching Fourth of July festivities. Part of that preparation every year is the organization of the …

Best-Selling Author Chevalier Visits Hudson

| Published on June 24, 2013

Fans of works such as Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn  have a new story to enjoy, and the lucky few who crowded into the Flood Meeting Room at the Hudson Library and Historical Society last month were able to hear the words on the …

Puppy Tails

| Published on June 9, 2013

It had been quite a while since Doodle Dog found himself outside after dark. Though indeed quite curious most hours of the day, the little floppy-eared puppy always tried to make sure he was home, tucked safely in the office, before the sun went to bed and the street lamps …

Newton Falls Chamber Report

| Published on May 29, 2013

Newton Falls – During the May meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, the agenda focused on town events.
As the president, secretary and treasurer were excused, no voting could be done, due to only having one officer present. However, the gathering time was put to good use as much …

Puppy Tails

| Published on May 7, 2013

As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up
And here we meet a sleepy pup,
Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day,
Then saw The Villager and decided to stay.
 
The rain had finally calmed to a slow drizzle and Doodle Dog decided he’d had enough of this hiding-inside-business. Wet …

Authors Gather for National Library Week: A Behind-the-Pen View

| Published on May 1, 2013

Over forty authors and illustrators who call Ohio home spent Saturday at the Hudson Library and Historical Society as part of this year’s National Library Week celebration. Representing several counties across the state, these writers also represented a wide array of genres ranging from adult non-fiction and fiction titles to …

Newton Falls Mayor Honored by Regional Chamber

| Published on April 24, 2013

Newton Falls – For many Americans April 16th was a day to breathe a little easier now that their government-required financial filing is done for another year. But Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell had more to celebrate last Tuesday than just the end of tax season.
Members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional …

Puppy Tales

| Published on April 1, 2013

Ahhhhh! Spring is here, spring is here, spring is here! Doodle Dog thought as he bounded down the sidewalk through town. Spring is here, spring is here, spring is here! Doodle Dog thought as he dodged a row of melty puddles made by the dripping mounds of snow that, although …

Newton Falls Area Chamber Report

| Published on March 23, 2013

Newton Falls – Opening the March meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, President Lyle Waddell mentioned that he had been repeatedly receiving calls from a production company interested in promoting the town by way of some type of video such as a mini movie or a commercial. Details …

Newton Falls Chamber Report

| Published on February 20, 2013

Newton Falls – Several new faces and prospective members gathered at Roby Lee’s Restaurant for the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association’s February meeting. With what was the largest crowd in attendance in recent history, Association President Lyle Waddell started off the business meeting by requesting the financial report update and …

Puppy Tails

| Published on February 6, 2013

As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up
And here we meet a sleepy pup,
Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day,
Then saw The Villager and decided to stay.

Tucked cozily in his blanket, the warm fabric wrapped extra tightly around his toes, Doodle Dog peered out the window …

A Second Serving of Alphabet Soup

| Published on February 6, 2013

Six years ago I made my debut in The Weekly Villager with an article about the plethora of misspelled street signs that seem to have made their home along the roads in our community. On any given day, one only has to take a drive down the street and it …

Newton Falls Chamber Report

| Published on January 16, 2013

Newton Falls – January 2013 for the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association started off with an invitation to get healthier through the NOACC Wellness Challenge. Members were encouraged to participate if interested and given information on what to do to be involved as well as the benefits of joining the …

Annual Bridal Show Hosts 16th Year

| Published on January 16, 2013

Newton Falls – Dozens of brides-to-be, their future grooms, and supportive friends and family members walked down the aisle from the foyer of Roby Lee’s Restaurant & Banquet Center last Sunday and into the reception hall which has served as the celebratory place for many newly-knot-tied couples. Serving as a …

Newton Falls Store Celebrates Rebranding

| Published on January 16, 2013

Newton Falls – No, it wasn’t Black Friday. No, it wasn’t a Harry Potter midnight release party. And no, a famous celebrity from one of those vampire movies wasn’t making an impromptu appearance. But judging by the line of customers outside the door during the early hours of last Thursday …

Shopko Announces Grand Opening

| Published on January 10, 2013

Newton Falls – It’s a new year and a new  look for one local hometown business that has been around for nearly twenty years. Known for the past decade and a half as Pamida, the one-stop-shop store located just on the outskirts of town on Rt. 534 has fresh paint, …

Puppy Tails

| Published on January 9, 2013

Snowflakes landed one by one outside the office window, each one adding to the smooth blanket of white covering the town like a new cozy comforter keeping the grass warm. But the weather was anything but warm as the snow continued to drift down, some icy flecks floating lazily on …

Squad Members Serve Elf Duty

| Published on January 3, 2013

Newton Falls – Whoever said Santa’s elves could only deliver smiles from a bright red shiny sleigh never spent the day with the members of the Newton Falls Fire Department.

Community Center Crowded with Christmas Cheer

| Published on December 23, 2012

Newton Falls – Ever since the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association announced they would be unable to host this year’s Home 44444 the Holidays due to lack of available volunteers from the community, various local groups have pulled together to plan their own holiday celebrations at the Community Center on …

Game Shop an Oasis Out of the Ordinary

| Published on December 13, 2012

Newton Falls – There’s a relatively new trend emerging in the business world called the “3rd Place” and it has nothing to do with bronze medals.
Store owners have recognized the need for a space that people can come to and temporarily “forget” their responsibilities, or at the very least set …

Tree Brings Light to Every Corner

| Published on December 7, 2012

Newton Falls – It may not be Rockefeller Center, but on Saturday night Four Corners Park in Newton Falls was the brightest spot in town.

Town’s Turkey Tradition Fosters Fellowship

| Published on November 29, 2012

In 1621 – it is said – pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate the first harvest in newly-settled Plymouth. Regardless of religious beliefs, heritage, or current way of life, they enjoyed a bountiful meal in each other’s company and gave thanks for the blessings of the season.

A (Christmas) Tree Still Grows in Newton Falls

| Published on November 29, 2012

Newton Falls – One way to work off that extra slice (or two…) of Thanksgiving pie is to run through the mall hunting down Black Friday sales. But for a quieter, less-competitive, and wallet-friendlier option, Four Corners Park in Newton Falls provided just the right opportunity on Saturday afternoon.

Trumbull County Celebrates National Adoption Day

| Published on November 20, 2012

On a beautiful, crisp fall day, several area families joyously celebrated their newest additions. No, it wasn’t at the local hospital. Rather, gathered outside the castle-like Trumbull County Courthouse, holding tightly to brightly-colored balloons drifting in the autumn winds, community children gave thanks for the families that adopted them and …

Turkey Time at Fire Department

| Published on November 20, 2012

A sure sign that Thanksgiving is around the corner is not the changing leaves, not the nip in the air, not even the countless advertisements and barrage of notices for Black Friday bottom-bargain-basement sales. Nope. The truest harbinger is that “turkey” suddenly becomes buzzword of the season. And this buzzword …

Tricks and Treats and Cakes to Eat

| Published on November 9, 2012

Newton Falls – You know you live in Ohio when…choosing a Halloween costume involves figuring out how to include a warm coat in the design or coordinate over layers of leggings and long sleeves for insulation.

November Happenings in Newton Falls

| Published on November 8, 2012

Newton Falls – Halloween and all its festivities may be over, but like the sugar rush that remains, there is plenty happening in Newton Falls for the following month of November.