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Local Children Go On the Hunt

| Published on April 16, 2014

Newton Falls – Fields soggy from the recent rains and sharp springtime winds didn’t dampen the day for hundreds of local children on the hunt for thousands of brightly-colored plastic spheres left behind by a big fluffy pink bunny on the grounds near the Community Center on Quarry Street. On …

You Can Recycle!

| Published on April 9, 2014

Last week, during their spring break, eight Girl Scouts from Crestwood Intermediate and their siblings took a tour at Streetsboro Metal Recycling to get a head start on Earth Day. The girls brought aluminum cans with them, which they had started collecting  when the school year began. While at the …

“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

| Published on April 2, 2014

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, …

UP IN FLAMES: Historic Fire Devastates Garrettsville’s Historic District

| Published on March 27, 2014

“Garrettsville is burning!”
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, that message blazed out across phone lines, the internet and news agencies throughout northeast Ohio. Main Street’s newly-renovated historic Buckeye Block Building was on fire at lunchtime. Despite prompt and robust response by local and regional firefighters, the angry fire had devoured the …

Challenge Accepted!….There is still time!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – Last month I challenged the James A. Garfield Community to take an active part in a massive fundraising campaign to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. I am proud to report that over the last month more than 325 of our students, parents, staff and community …

Competition Opens Up the Outdoors for Area Students

| Published on March 14, 2014

Portage County – The 2014 Northeast Ohio Envirothon is an outdoor academic competition that provides area high schoolers with a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about environmental conservation and sustainability. The event features an “ecostation” format, where students travel to five outdoor stations to answer questions from the content areas …

Local Ballet Brings Midsummer to CPS

| Published on March 9, 2014

Mantua – Last week, students at Crestwood Primary School were on their feet, clapping wildly as their school gymnasium was filled with music and dance. Was it simply a cure for cabin fever, or the result of far too many recess periods spent indoors?  It was all that, and much …

Of Mice and Motorcycles

| Published on February 26, 2014

Mantua -  The Mouse and the Motorcycle  came to life at Crestwood Primary School last week, as Principal Cindy Ducca appeared, dressed as a mouse at her school’s “One Book, One School” assembly. According to Mrs. Ducca, her attire was a reward to her students, who exceeded their goal of …

3-2-1, Action! Coming Back Soon to Garrettsville Cinema

| Published on February 19, 2014
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Garrettsville – The lights are coming back on at Garrettsville Cinema at 8009 Main Street. The Garfield Plaza movie theater is now under new management, renovated and updated with digital projectors and surround sound. New tenant Justin Dlugokecki of Showplace Theaters plans to re-open “the new and improved Garrettsville Cinema” …

Hiram College Welcomes HEROs Home

| Published on February 12, 2014

Hiram – Recently, on a brisk winter afternoon, Hiram College unveiled the Homefront Education Ready Op (HERO) Program at the Freedom Center; the first on-campus housing dedicated to veterans in the Midwest. Hiram College President Thomas Chema acknowledged, “We, as a country, are so fortunate to have these dedicated men …

Festival Puts Finishing Touch to Rotary’s Family Week Festivities

| Published on February 5, 2014

Well, THAT was Fun!
Garrettsville- Hiram Rotary’s annual Family Week ended with a bang, as all—or a lot, anyway—of  the folks who had been cooped up by the weather  for longer than  had been the case for quite a while came out to do a whole raft of things  on Saturday, …

Scout Pack 4062 Holds Pinewood Derby

| Published on January 29, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 4062 held their Annual Pinewood Derby at James A. Garfield Elementary School on Saturday January 25, 2013.  This year the event was sponsored by Charles Auto Family and Warren Construction.

Mantua’s Secret Attic Holds Treasures

| Published on January 22, 2014

Mantua – When Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation  (DMRC) member Mary Hannah saw the vacant storefront on Prospect Street in the Village, she came up with a plan to revitalize a little portion of the Village she loves so much. She also thought it could be a great venue to give …

NEW TENANTS Coming to a Theater Near You?

| Published on January 16, 2014

Garrettsville – It’s official. “Please be advised TBE Theatres Inc. closed the Garrettsville Cinemas effective Sunday, January 5, 2014. We thank you for your assistance and cooperation through the years.” This statement arrived in an email to The Villager from Ted Bare Enterprises/TBE  Theatres in Bath on January 7.

CHS Student Lights Up Mantua

| Published on January 8, 2014

Mantua – Principal Arden Sommers is pretty proud of “his kids” at Crestwood High School.  At a recent visit to the school, Sommers proudly shared their stories, as he discussed a program called the Junior/Senior Seminar. The class, which is an elective, and therefore, not a requirement for graduation, is …

Windham Lights Parade a Success

| Published on December 13, 2013

Windham – Folks flocked to the streets and braved the bitter cold Sunday night to watch the first Winter Lights Parade sponsored by Community in Action for Windham (CIAFW). The event was held in conjunction with the Windham Community Church Fellowship Tree Lighting in the gazebo on the township green.

Mantua’s Christmas Tour Starts This Weekend

| Published on December 4, 2013

Mantua – For the first time ever, the Rotary Club of Mantua is hosting its Christmas Tour of Homes during the first two weekends in December.  While usually held in November, this year’s December tour of homes will help you get into the holiday spirit, giving you ideas for decking …

Restoration & Redemption for Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block Building

| Published on November 27, 2013

Garrettsville – The holidays are prime time for devastation-turned-redemption dramas. For a real-time example, look no further than downtown Garrettsville and its restored historic district on Main Street. A little before-and-after reminder is in order, now that buildings are beautiful, lights are twinkling, and businesses are bustling.

Community Cupboard Shutting the Door on Hunger from a New Location

| Published on November 21, 2013

Garrettsville – Neighbors helping neighbors.
That’s the basic premise that inspired local volunteers to establish the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) more than three years ago, in a storage area behind Isaac Mills’ Bakery at Nelson Circle. Now the NGCC has outgrown its original home and has moved into a new locale …

Perme Financial Group Celebrates Silver Anniversary

| Published on November 6, 2013

Garrettsville – Chris Perme believes in the power of collaboration to achieve the best possible results for his clients. As a twenty-five year financial advisor, one of Perme’s greatest strengths is his ability to coordinate planning efforts and tactics with attorneys, CPAs and other advisors with whom a client is …

Windham Expresses Their Love for Maruf

| Published on October 30, 2013

Windham – It was a “Make a Difference Day” like no other in Windham, this past Saturday. It was a cold, blustery fall day, but that did not deter 200-plus folks from coming out to express their love and appreciation for Maruf Awad, owner of the local Sparkle Market in …

Robinson Hospice Volunteers honored

| Published on October 30, 2013

Ravenna – On October 2, Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice volunteers were honored for their dedication and service to Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice and the Portage County community. The annual event, held at the Ravenna Elks Lodge, celebrated those who are committed to serving individuals and families in hospice …

Mantua Village News

| Published on October 25, 2013

Mantua – At the start of the meeting, Mayor Linda Clark welcomed James Carrozzi, an auxiliary officer who recently joined the village police department. Carrozzi is a Ravenna resident who graduated from the Academy at Kent State University in June of this year. Next, the Mayor reported that Congressman Joyce’s …

If We Open It, Will They Come?

| Published on October 9, 2013
Community Center at Mantua Center in the old school building on Center Road

Mantua -    Since March, I have been leading a small group of Mantua Township residents in attempting to establish a Community  Center at Mantua Center in the old school building on Center Road, just north of SR 82.  We meet in the fully accessible cafeteria wing (at left  in …

Whirled Peace At Crestwood Schools

| Published on September 23, 2013

Mantua – Imagine millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind. Pinwheels around the world in Great Britain, South America, the Middle East, and here in Mantua, Ohio. Yes, on Friday, September 20th, in honor of the International Day of Peace, Crestwood students will take part in an international art and …

The 900 Coalition Presented “Tools of the Trades”

| Published on September 11, 2013

Garrettsville – Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get …

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 …

Geauga County Fair Band Celebrates 75 years

| Published on August 21, 2013

Burton – Geauga County Fair Band celebrates their 75th year as they perform at the 191st Great Geauga County Fair (GGCF) this Labor Day Weekend.  The band is the only all-volunteer fair band in Ohio and was organized by Cliff Rossiter after the 1936 fair. They first performed at the …

Old Gem gets New Lease on Life

| Published on August 14, 2013

Mantua – According to the 2007 National Agricultural Statistics Service census, only 662,264 barns built before 1960 remain across the country. In our area, a rare gem built in 1820 has been removed, but thanks to a local man, won’t be lost or forgotten. The nearly 200-year-old gem, which once …

End of the Commons General Store announces completion of 15’ tall sculpture

| Published on August 7, 2013

Mesopotamia – End of the Commons General Store announces that the chain saw carving by Mr. Bob Anderson, a Rock Creek, Ohio artist, is complete. The carving was sculpted in a 350 year old oak tree trunk that stands 15’ tall, located at the End of the Commons General Store …


| Published on July 29, 2013

“I made that s-o-b”
Heckuva line to open with, eh?  Chalk it up to Julie Thompson who made it part of her presentation on the Last Great Train Robbery in the U.S. and the perpetrator, Al “Creepy” Karpis, who spoke those words in reference to J. Edgar Hoover, head of the …

“Cloudburst” aka The Hundred Year Flood

| Published on July 22, 2013

Garrettsville – Well, wasn’t it just!  The heavens opened and at least some of us got a taste of the other end of the spectrum.   If having several feet of water in the basement or watching the backyard doghouse swirling down the street doesn’t qualify as a premature look at …

Crestwood’s Hershey Track Camp

| Published on July 12, 2013

Mantua – When the information came home from school last spring for Crestwood’s Hershey Track Camp, we had no idea what to expect. As a parent, I was looking for fun and interesting activities for my girls, ages seven and nine, to try over the summer. The weeklong camp looked …

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 …

Soap Box Derby Winners To Advance To Akron

| Published on June 24, 2013

Mantua – The Portage County Soap Box Derby race was held on Saturday, June 15 in Mantua. Forty-three racers competed  in three race divisions resulting in three  first place winners who  will compete at the First Energy All American Derby race in July.
In the Stock Division, brothers Stephen and Matt …

Charles Auto Drives into the 21st Century

| Published on June 17, 2013

Garrettsville – The Charles Auto Family has been a Garrettsville institution for 56 years. Now, “The Little Guy for the Best Buy” is getting a major facelift that promises to transform the Chevy/Buick dealership from a traditional small-town establishment to a “sophisticated, 21st-century, world-class dealership,” according to owner Bruce Abraham.

James A. Garfield Class of 2013 Graduates with Distinction

| Published on June 9, 2013

Garrettsville – Threatening skies forced commencement exercises at James A. Garfield High School to be held in the gymnasium rather than the football field on June 2. But nothing could squelch the magnitude of the moment for the JAG Class of 2013.

The Image Consultants; a Cut Above the Rest

| Published on May 29, 2013

The Image Consultants is a perfectly-named hair salon at 149 S. Water Street in historic downtown Kent. Owned and operated by Cheryl Germano-Smith, the salon sets itself apart by providing free customized consultations for every new client.
People usually can’t answer the big question, which is, “What do you want to …

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down…

| Published on May 29, 2013

Nelson Twp. — The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15, 2013 with all trustees present. Chairman Tom Matota opened the meeting with guest recognition. Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance presented the trustees with a rebate check from their insurance company OTARMA.  The township …

At Cedar Point the World-Class Thrills Start at the Gate

| Published on May 15, 2013

Sandusky — On Thursday, May 9th thousands of coaster enthusiasts from across the globe flocked to America’s “roller-coast”, Cedar Point, for the opportunity to take flight on the amusement park’s latest record-shattering rollercoaster—GateKeeper.

Garrettsville’s Signature Boardwalk Turns Twenty

| Published on May 1, 2013

Garrettsville – On May 2, 1993, Garrettsville’s newest attraction — the Main Street boardwalk — was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Later described as “a wooden walkway to nowhere in particular except delight” in Ohio Magazine, the boardwalk held a promise of downtown revitalization and increased tourism for this historic …

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 …

Cinderella Comes to Life at Crestwood High School

| Published on April 14, 2013

Mantua – Dust off your tiara, because on April 19th to April 21st, you’ll be transported into one of childhood’s best-loved fairy tales. Crestwood High Drama Club will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the nearby CHS gymnasium, so pumpkin coaches are not required. You’ll be transported as Cinderella, Crestwood …

S&K Sales Breathes New Life into Building

| Published on April 1, 2013

Garrettsville  – Despite the obstinance of Old Man Winter, signs of Spring are adding up, from the blooming crocuses to the melodic calls of morning songbirds. There’s even a eye-catching red tractor in front of the old Paul’s Lumber building… and a new sign over the door which indicates a …

Family Literacy is a Community Effort

| Published on March 23, 2013

Mantua – Twenty-five volunteers — including one Cat in the Hat — came from four area churches on one evening to help spread a message of family literacy at Crestwood Primary School (CPS).
“We’re grateful to be invited into the school. Family Literacy Night is a great way for us to …

Pond Clinic Offers Free Advice

| Published on March 8, 2013

Did you know that maintaining a successful balance in your pond starts with picking the right species of fish who occupy it? Do you have questions on selecting the right fish for your pond, or how to cultivate the most beneficial aquatic plants? Would you like to hear from local …

Quilt Codes Scavenger Hunt

| Published on February 20, 2013

Aurora -  Aurora Memorial Library partnered with the Aurora Historical Society to hold a quilt code scavenger hunt this week. The quilt codes are from the Underground Railroad and Civil War era clues that helped escaped slaves reach freedom.

One Book, One School, One Principal and Two Pigs?

| Published on February 6, 2013

Mantua – Charlotte’s Web came to life at Crestwood Primary School (CPS) last Thursday. Students, teachers and staff learned that they had “Some School” as they saw their cafeteria transformed into Wilbur’s home at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm.  The menagerie included two sheep, one miniature horse, and one calf, courtesy of …

Pasta House Brings Italian Home Cooking to Main Street

| Published on January 31, 2013

Garrettsville  – If you’re looking for comfort food, it’s time to come home to The Pasta House. This Italian restaurant is downtown’s newest addition at 8126 Main Street, owned and operated by Sherry Quiggle and her son, Jeremy.
If these names sound familiar, they should. Jeremy took ownership of Italian Garden …

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 …