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All Star Showcase Simply Amazing!

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – If you weren’t at Iva L. Walker Auditorium on Friday, you missed one amazing benefit show produced by PMG Chocolatier. Between the tickets for the show, a 50/50 raffle, and the 94 gift baskets raffled during the show, over $6,400 was raised for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund. 

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given …

Appreciation Dinner Held for Station 43

| Published on April 16, 2014

Newton Falls – The Community Center in Newton Falls is a busy place and the first Saturday in April was no exception as dozens of firefighters and EMTs converged on the town’s meeting place.

Cause of Garrettsville Fire Officially “Undetermined”

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – The Ohio State Fire Marshal announced last week that the cause of the March 22 fire which decimated the Buckeye Block on historic Main Street is officially undetermined. 

Rebuilding Prayers

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – A full complement of Pastors and Elders from houses of worship across the Garrettsville area, came together with members of the public on Friday, April 11 to join in seeking guidance and help in the renewal, rebuilding and restoration of the business district and the community affected by …

Eggshelland Revived by the Euclid Beach Boys

| Published on April 16, 2014

Lyndhurst – Last year the Manolio family, who had been creating the mosaic art pieces from real egg shells in their front yard for 55 years, announced it would be the last year they would do it. The unexpected death of Ron Manolio, in the fall of 2012, made the …

Portage Park District Foundation Awards Environmental Heroes

| Published on April 9, 2014

Portage County – True heroes earn their place of honor by doing the hard work over the long haul and making repeated sacrifices for the benefit of others until the work is done… so to pause from their labors for a night of fine dining and a turn under the …

Students Explore On Nature Treks

| Published on April 9, 2014

Mantua – Through a special program offered at Crestwood Intermediate School, students and their families have the opportunity to experience guided adventures in nearby natural areas. The goal of the program, called Nature Treks, is to share the natural world with families who don’t have the opportunity to experience it …

Brigadoon is a Smashing Success

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – This past weekend the cast and crew of Brigadoon’s hard work paid off,  as they did four nearly sold-out performances of the musical over the weekend. The musical was under the direction of Joe Gaither.

“Love the Dress” Makes Prom More Affordable

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Sports Boosters held the first ever “Love the Dress” prom dress sale at the high school on Sunday April 6, 2014. The sports boosters were able to collect new and nearly new dresses and then resold them at a fraction of the price they …

Fire Hits Garrettsville Area Again

| Published on April 9, 2014

Nelson Twp. – Black smoke rose up in plumes high above Garrettsville as a raging fire burned… again.
Just about a week after a block of historic Main Street went up in flames, a large storage unit leased by Hermann Pickle Farm burnt to the ground on April 2 along Norton …

“A Night of Wishes” is theme for Hiram Farm Gala

| Published on April 3, 2014

Hiram – “A Night of Wishes…..Farmers with Autism Making Their Dreams Come True”…. will benefit the participants (farmers) attending Hiram Farm.   Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community (Hiram Farm), a non-profit agricultural community for adults with autism, is hosting its 5th annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 26, 2014 …

CMS Hosts Community Breakfast

| Published on April 3, 2014

Mantua – Recently, area leaders were invited to attend a special breakfast meeting at the Crestwood Middle School. The breakfast gathering, lead by  Principal Julie Schmidt, highlighted a variety of educational opportunities at CMS. Leaders and officials included Superintendent David Toth, Treasurer Jill Rowe, School Board Members, professionals from Crestwood’s …

Cut & Pedi-thon Raises Funds For Rebuilding Garrettsville

| Published on April 3, 2014

Rachel King and her team of stylists at Facet Salon & Day Spa held a “Cut & Pedi – thon” last Saturday to raise money to help rebuild Garrettsville’s historic district. The salon was thrilled to announce that they had exceeded their goal of $1,000, and would be donating $1,260 …

Where Are they Now? Burned-Out Businesses Scramble to Resume Operations

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – “We are committed to to staying in Garrettsville and going back to Main Street when we can.”
These are the words of Dan Myers, who owned and operated New Hearing Sales & Services from 8115 Main Street until fire destroyed it and nearly every other business from Center Street …

Brewing For The Future

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – Main Street Grille & Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Mike Mallone (left), and Head Brewer Brian Koptis (right) are brewing a special GarrettsvilleStrong Pilsner. The beer goes on sale April 26th at $5 glass. 100% of proceeds benefit the GarrettsvilleStrong fund established to aid reconstruction of the block of shops …

Community Rallies In Support

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Hundreds of residents from the Garrettsville area and neighboring communities filled the home-side bleachers in the James A. Garfield gymnasium Monday evening in a unified show of support for those affected by Saturday’s devastating fire.   The one question they all were asking: “What can we do to …

CMS Shares A Surprise

| Published on March 27, 2014

Mantua – At a school-wide assembly last Friday afternoon, staff and students at the Crestwood Middle School in Mantua gathered to learn the results of the school’s Kindness Challenge. The event, sponsored by CMS’s Rachel’s Challenge student organization, encouraged both CMS and Crestwood Intermediate students to document random acts of …

#GarrettsvilleStrong

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire. 

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the …

March 29 & 30: The Right Time to Bring Overdue Honor to a Vietnam Vet

| Published on March 26, 2014

Time may not heal all wounds, but perhaps it gives us the opportunity to right some wrongs.
That’s what the nation has to offer Vietnam Veterans more than 50 years after they were swept into that conflict in January 1962. More than 3 million Americans served in the 11-year Vietnam War; …

All Hands on Deck!

| Published on March 26, 2014

Indeed they were!   It was Payback Time.
The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville.  Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations,  Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers …

Cedar Point Announces First-Ever Run & Ride Event

| Published on March 20, 2014

Sandusky – Have you already cheated on your New Year’s resolution to get healthy? Well worry no more, Cedar Point has something that will help get you back on track – the inaugural Cedar Point Run & Ride race series. This fun new event will feature three races for competitors …

Garrettsville Cinema OPEN!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – After months of intensive refurbishments and upgrades, the new owners of Garrettsville Cinema, Justin & Desiree Dlugokecki, held a weekend-long Grand Re-Opening celebration at their cinema. The owners were joined Saturday afternoon by Garrettsville Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chamber of Commerce President Benjamin Coll for a ribbon …

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

| Published on March 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.  

Residents Discuss Storage Well

| Published on March 19, 2014

Hiram – Around 30 residents from Hiram and Mantua Townships attended a community meeting last Saturday to share their concerns about how a local storage well is affecting their lives, their roads and their families. At the meeting, citizens voiced concerns over the ill affects of the increase in 18-wheeled …

Fierce, Fabulous and Forty!

| Published on March 14, 2014

Garrettsville – Rachelle King may have to give up her reining title as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazines ‘Top 40, Under 40’; but this Garrettsville native and visionary businesswoman remains fierce and fabulous as she celebrates her big 4-0 this month. 

Distracted Driving Awareness

| Published on March 13, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently held a “Distracted Driving” awareness program at Hiram College. The program consists of a high tech simulation unit that participants operate. “The participants are behind a steering wheel with a large monitor in front of them, they are directed to drive the simulator …

CMS Harnesses the Power of the Pen

| Published on March 12, 2014

Mantua – At Power of the Pen competitions across Ohio, students are given a topic sentence or ‘prompt’ on the spot and have 40 minutes to write a complete short story. While the exact prompts are confidential, coach Marphy shared, “In one round, students were given the topic sentence, ‘You’ve …

Garrettsville Will Be Going Green March 17th

| Published on March 12, 2014

Garrettsville – O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney!
The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and it will start first thing in the morn’. …

Mount Union Rising Star Nick Mock ’14 Releases First EP

| Published on March 9, 2014

Where would you find a music star in the making on a Friday night? Most likely at a gig; so grab a front row seat to hear the natural vocals and acoustic guitar of senior Nick Mock of Newton Falls, OH. English student by day, singer-songwriter by night, passionate artist …

Jerry Returns to Kehoe’s Used Cars

| Published on March 9, 2014

Garrettsville  – Jerry’s back!
Jerry Kehoe has returned to his namesake, Jerry Kehoe’s Used Cars, at 10755 South Street, just in time for the business’ 35th anniversary. Jerry and his wife, Lynette, have bought back the used car lot from Eric and Meredith Hedges after a year-long experiment in retirement.

Windham Village Retires Polichena’s Badge

| Published on March 9, 2014

Windham – The Windham Village Council meeting took on a sober note this past Tuesday as council retired the late dispatcher, Len Polichena’s badge number during the February council meeting.

K & K Meat Shoppe Re-Opens

| Published on February 26, 2014

Mantua – Several months ago, K & K Meat Shoppe owner and proprietor Dennis Kolar, Sr. wanted to retire. So he handed over the reigns, and the 12-year-old Mantua Village landmark business, to new owners, and began life as a retiree. But after a few months in a new role …

Angermeier Earns Eagle Scout Award

| Published on February 26, 2014

Kyle Angermeier, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 4062 of Garrettsville, Ohio, recently earned the highest honor in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Only 6 percent of all Boy Scouts attain this honor.

Crestwood Girl Scouts Spring on the Villager

| Published on February 26, 2014

Garrettsville – As last week’s warmer weather brought melting snow and renewed our hope of spring, it also brought forth a group of Girl Scouts on a field trip to the Weekly Villager office in Garrettsville. The group of Juniors from troop 732 and Brownies from troop 835 came to …

Hiram College Presents a Concert of Traditional Chinese Music

| Published on February 26, 2014

Hiram  -  Hiram College is proud to present a showcase of traditional Chinese music, featuring internationally renowned artist Guo Yazhi, as he makes his Northeast Ohio debut.

Food for Fines Drive

| Published on February 26, 2014

Newton Falls – If you owe fines for overdue materials, or if you’re just feeling generous, you can donate nonperishable items to the Newton Falls Public Library Food for Fines Drive. In exchange for the food, we will forgive overdue fines. The drive will run from March 3 to March …

Crestwood Ponytail League Celebrates 50 Years

| Published on February 19, 2014

As we enjoy the competition and exhilaration of the Winter Olympics, cheering on the talented men and women of our US Olympic team, it’s hard to imagine that things haven’t always been so equal for male and female athletes. For example, after the 1964 Olympics, swimmer Donna de Varona, who …

Factory Turns Dreams into Reality Local Advertising Agency Offers High-School Seniors Money for College

| Published on February 19, 2014

Hiram -  The Communications Factory is doing its part again this year to help area seniors turn their dream of higher education into reality by sponsoring its annual scholarship program. In its eleventh year, the Factory’s program awards $1,000 to a deserving area high-school student that completes the agency’s scholarship …

Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Spring is right around the corner, probably buried in a snowdrift but it is coming nevertheless.
One of the first signs of spring is the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville Monday, March 17th …

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 …

Crestwood School Board News

| Published on February 19, 2014

Mantua -  In his report to the School Board, Superintendent David Toth shared that first grade teacher Natalie Harr was one of only two Ohio educators to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science this year. Harr will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, …

2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale is here!

| Published on February 19, 2014
2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale is here!

Though winter is definitely here, think spring with the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale!  This year the District is offering both “Conifer Seedling Packets” and “Root Production Method” (RPM) trees and plants.  The Conifer Seedling Packets are tree seedlings in packs of …

It’s Chili Cook-Off Time!

| Published on February 19, 2014
It’s Chili Cook-Off Time!

Middlefield – Looking for an inexpensive outing to beat the winter shivers?  Middlefield Market’s annual Chili Cook-Off provides a day of warm entertainment to fit any budget!

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 …

Make February Your Month for Fitness

| Published on February 12, 2014

Honestly. We are without excuse. We’re fresh into the New Year and the launchpad of New Resolutions. February is Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association to build awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer among American men and women — and it’s largely preventable with a lifestyle …

Art’s Alive in the Dead of Winter

| Published on February 10, 2014

Sharon, PA – The second annual “Art’s Alive in the Dead of Winter” will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center, 98 E. State St. in downtown Sharon. Art’s Alive is an evening out celebrating the handmade …

Following Donations from Source to Recipients ~A Journey to Impoverished Nicaragua~

| Published on February 6, 2014

So often, we give anonymously to a good cause — whether it be a local food drive, national disaster relief effort or an international humanitarian mission — and we never really know the impact of our gift. Wouldn’t you love the opportunity to follow your donation across local boundaries, past …

Hiram College names Dr. Lori Varlotta 22nd President

| Published on February 6, 2014

Hiram – The Hiram College Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Lori Varlotta as the 22nd president of the institution. Varlotta, 50, is the first woman president in Hiram history. She is currently the senior vice president for planning, enrollment management and student affairs at California State University, Sacramento. She …