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An Environmentalist’s Journey through Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station

Hiram – Starting this month environmentalist Carol Agnew will lead nature enthusiasts on a series of intimate journeys through the woodlands of the James H. Barrow Field Station. Agnew and other outdoor explorers will create nature journals with sketches and descriptions of their treks. Water fowl, trees, turtles, summer plants and their pollinators and other outdoor riches will...

Duke’s K9 Dash N’ Splash Holds Grand Opening

Mantua - You may have noticed a new pool and dock complex on State Route 82 near Roundup Lake in Mantua. But you won’t find any bikini-clad beauties lounging by the tranquil blue water. This is no ordinary swimming pool. The only bathing beauties you’ll find are fun-loving, dock-diving athletes -- local dogs and their owners practicing the sport...

Mantua Celebrates River Day

Mantua - Special events and opportunities abounded as communities along Cuyahoga River celebrated River Day. From Cleveland to points further south, communities and organizations hosted river and trail cleanups and events that encouraged families to experience art and nature. The local River Day observance in Mantua featured a bit of all those things. Breakaway Excursions, a new adventure-outfitter in Mantua,...

Baseball Duo Captures All-NCAC Awards

Hiram - With the 2017 season being at a close, the Terriers have added three conference accolades to the books, announced the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) office on Monday morning. For the first time in program history, freshman Hank Clegg has been named the 2017 Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning second-team All-NCAC honors, while senior Brandon...

CHS Envirothon Heads to State Competition

Portage County high school students from Southeast, Waterloo, Crestwood, Ravenna, and Kent Roosevelt recently competed in the Northeast Ohio Area 2 Envirothon competition at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Medina. According to Crestwood High School faculty advisor Andy Brown, “Crestwood was the high scoring team in Aquatics and finished second in Wildlife and Forestry.” Crestwood’s final team score was 102...

Are You Up For A Triple Threat?

Garrettsville - Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it...

Hastings Dairy offers Tours & Milk from Farmstead Creamery

Burton - Hastings Dairy & Rowdy Cow Creamery are open for tours and milk tasting for the 2017 May to October season with several open house events open to the public. Buy Fresh Milk at Hastings Dairy - Open daily during daylight hours. Milk is bottled at Rowdy Cow Creamery, one of only a few farmstead creameries...

EMS Week Kicks Off With Parade On Saturday

Garrettsville - Community EMS District will kick off National EMS Week with their annual parade and open house on Saturday May 20, 2017. The parade is scheduled to start at noon and will go from the James A. Garfield School Complex north on State Route 88 to State Street to the Community EMS District Station at 10804 Forest Street....

Diskin Enterprises Bucks Downward Trends

Garrettsville - First, a recap from last week: Despite the common narrative assuming only decline among American manufacturers — especially for a small business located in a small village along the Rust Belt — Diskin Enterprises is a bright exception to that dark rule. This small manufacturer on Industrial Drive has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico...

Garrettsville Police Department K9 Jack has received body armor

Garrettsville Police Department’s K9 Jack has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jack’s vest is sponsored by Luxury Products Group of Aurora, OH and embroidered with the sentiment “Bless and protect this K9 ~ Luxury Products Group”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a...

The Little Manufacturer that Could

Garrettsville -  There’s a quiet revolution under way on Industrial Drive, where a small manufacturer has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico — during a time when  similar U.S. businesses are losing ground or folding altogether. Diversification and expansion through acquisitions has been the key to success for Diskin Enterprises over the past 10 years. A...

2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Despite some uncertainty about dates of graduation, the James A. Garfield Schools Hall of Fame induction went off by accomplishing its intended purpose, the recognition and honoring of individuals who had made significant contributions, not just to athletics—though these figured prominently—but to the district and the world/society as a whole.  Sheri Johnson, following in the footsteps of her late...

Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend

Hiram - This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day. Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of hand-crafted soaps and body...

Local Farmer Shares National Award

Hiram - Hiram Township farmer Jack Groselle recently won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund to Hiram Fire Department Firefighters Association. The award was given through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The purpose of which is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers across the country to support...

Local Business Spotlight: “Windham Kitchen”

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Lamtman the founder of Windham Kitchen to discuss his business. We met at the Cellar Door Coffee shop to talk about how his business got started, how it is going and what plans he has. It’s funny how conversations get started because before we got started on the business side...

Portage County Soap Box Derby Racing Clinic

The Portage Soap Box Derby is hosting an introduction to Derby Racing Clinic on April 23th, at 4808 East High St., Buchert Park, Mantua, Ohio, 44255. The clinic will be held at the pavilion in the park. The Time is: 2-4PM. The clinic will be run by Race Director Dean Olson. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing...

Rotarian Zabor To Speak About Recent Rotary ‘PolioPlus’ Trip

Many may remember, and some feared, the outbreaks of polio in the United States. By the 1950s, polio had become one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. In 1952 alone, nearly 60,000 children were infected with the virus; thousands were paralyzed, and more than 3,000 died. While the last known case of...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At a recent meeting Mayor Clark shared that she, along with the Village Solicitor and Clerk, met with First Energy Solutions regarding electric aggregation and potential cost-savings for Village residents. The Mayor noted that the Village could sign up again with First Energy at a fixed rate; the current contract expires in May of 2018. Similarly, the...

I Heart Hartville

With spring upon us, I thought it was time to feature another story about a business in Hartville. I ended up with three! There is so much to see and do in this beautiful town, it’s hard not to write about all of them! My first stop was on South Prospect Avenue, which is considered downtown Hartville, the original...

“A Morning at the Farmers’ Market”

My wife and I went on a date to the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market Farm to Table Event which was held on March 18 at Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. It was the last day of the winter market season and we were looking forward to attending. As we walked through Lowe’s we were met by a sign that pointed...

Chilling Station Brings Frozen Treats To Mantua

Mantua - There’s a new ice cream shop in town, just in time for warm weather to get folks hiking or biking along the Headwaters Trail in Mantua. The Chilling Station, owned by brothers John and Phil Rath, who also own Compass Packaging, decided to revert an unused building at their facility back to its former life -- at...

Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50. Garfield...

Garfield G-Men Take District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

“Nothing is given; everything is earned.” stated Coach Andy Olesky last Friday night and no words could ever ring truer. The No.2-seeded G-Men made their way to the Warren Division III District championship where they beat out the No.1-seeded, and previously unbeaten, Leavittsburg LaBrae, 58-56 in a game that at times stopped the hearts of many G-Men fans...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 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 they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you...

How ‘bout Them Apples: 3rd Annual Road Apple Roubaix A Success

The third annual Road Apple Roubaix was a smashing success. That’s what you call it when you run out of almost everything but good times at an event. The bike riders began coming into town and parking everywhere there was a (not two-hour) space, with bikes on racks in back, perched on the top, loaded in the...

Garrettsville Library’s New LED Sign

Garrettsville - One of the newest features of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County Library District—there are several—is the LED sign installed in front of the building. It’s being used to better communicate with the community about the services and programs now available at the library. This includes open hours, holiday closings, speakers, meetings, special event—all...

In Pictures: Lady G-Men Advance to OHSAA Regional Finals

After a hard-fought battle on Wednesday the Lady G-Men emerged victorious over the Ursuline Lady Irish. Final Score for the game Lady G-Men 60, Ursuline 50 The Lady G-Men will advance to play Gilmour Academy this Saturday in the Regional Final at 1 PM. Order your 2017 GHS Yearbook today to gain access to photos from this game and many more....

Garrettsville Idol 2017 Open Call Auditions

Garrettsville - Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!” Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. If you are available April 23rd, May 21st and June 25th, you need to consider...

G-Men Football Team Recognized At Village Council Meeting

Garrettsville - The February 8, 2017 council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. The normal business of accepting previous minutes, paying bills and going over revenue was taken care of. Then Mayor Rick Patrick made a special presentation to Coach Mike Moser and three members of the Garfield G-Men football team. They were presented a plaque and a...

Change Bandits Strike Again!

Mantua - Three young ladies at Crestwood Intermediate School are up to their old tricks again. But their antics won’t be getting them in any trouble. On the contrary, their parents are mighty proud of their daughters’ activities. That’s because fifth-graders Aspen Baynes, Emmy Grebb, and Lilly Kuchenbecker have once again participated in the Akron Children’s Hospital Change Bandit campaign...

Learn How to Fight Fire with Laser Extinguisher Training

Garrettsville - Fire is a very real danger at home, at work or along the highway. Cooking, cigarettes, wood stoves, propane heaters, and other everyday appliances can spark a flame that quickly spreads out of control. Would you know how to put out a fire in such an emergency? If your initial bucket of water or smothering attempt fails...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary President Returns From Trip To India

Garrettsville - Delores McCumbers, 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram,  has recently returned from an eye-opening trip to India with a kaleidoscope of impressions.   One of the first of these was that America is so fortunate to have pretty generally clean air, clean water, clean streets, order on public roadways.  God Bless America!  Another was that of the...

SweetheART Auction a Smashing Success

Mantua - “Community Center? I hope to tell ya! Look at it; look at all the people who are here.  There ain’t no more places to park, so many people.  We’ve needed this—a place to gather-- for a long time”, she said, directing her friend to the old principal’s office.  “That was Tom Rauber’s office.  I ought to know,...

J.A. Garfield Students Are “Too Good for Drugs”

Garrettsville - Kindergarten students learn the importance of keeping their bodies healthy during an interactive “Too Good for Drugs” lesson at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The classes, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, are taught by instructors from Townhall II and are offered to all the county school districts. Representative Sarah LaTourette recently observed...

Sweet heARTS Walk Features Local Artisans

Mantua - Looking to add a unique piece of local art to spruce up your home? Than look no further than the Sweet heART Walk at the Mantua Center School on Saturday, February 11th. The historic building will be open from noon until 5, and will be filled with local treasures. Those treasures will be available at both a...

Lady G-Men Close Out A Chaotic January With A Win

At the close of 2016, the Garfield Lady G-Men basketball team was off to a stellar 9-0, in fact the Lady G-Men only lost three games in the entire 2016 calendar year! The new year so far has not been easy for the lady cagers as they started 2017 with 10 games in January -- four of them against teams with fewer than five losses!! Just to compare, in the same time span the Cleveland Cavs played 13 games and didn’t have to juggle any mid-terms or dual-credit assignments. When the dust settled, the Lady G-Men ended the month 6-4 and still hold a chance at a piece of the league crown for the second straight year.

In Pictures: 8th Count Dance Center presents Peter Pan

On February 1, 2017 the 8th Count Dance Center showcased their students' talent in a wonderful Peter Pan ballet that took a captivated audience on a journey to Neverland.

Community Food Cupboard Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Garrettsville - The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) celebrates its fifth anniversary in February. That means — despite being a struggling not-for-profit organization totally reliant on community donations, dogged by growing demands, suffering a devastating fire, then rebuilding again — the NGCC endures to carry out its mission. The community is invited to NCGG’s Fifth Anniversary Open House from 10 am-2pm...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

Hiram College receives $1 million gift from Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation

Hiram – Hiram College received a year-end $1 million cash gift from trustee Paula Frohring, through the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation. This is the largest single gift of the Foundation’s nearly $6.5 million total to the College. The $1 million will support scholarships for biology and chemistry students, as well as faculty and student research at Hiram’s 500-plus-acre...

Buckeye Block Needs Funding to be Rebuilt in 2017

Maschek is considering a 20,000-square-foot, brick-faced building design in keeping with the architecture of Garrettsville’s historic district. An open arcade is planned for pedestrians to walk through from the rear parking lot to Main Street

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” Is Coming To Garrettsville

You won’t want to miss a great show that is designed for the whole family! “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is coming to Garrettsville January 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7pm and January 22, 2017 at 2pm. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this comedy written by Sharon A. Cole will take center stage in the James A....

The Internet to Go! Library Announces Mobile Hotspot Lending

No Internet access at home? Would you like the convenience of home Internet access? Try the Internet to go! Portage County District Library is very excited to announce that it is now lending Mobile Hotspots. The hotspots are available to Portage County District Library cardholders 18 and older. They work in any area covered by the Verizon network, and...

Garfield Student Council Decorates McDonald’s

Garrettsville - JAG Student Council is the student government that supports positive changes for the students and those within our school community. They run the blood drives and sponsor the parade and homecoming events for the school and community. When student council sees a need, they get together to help out. Members all vote on the events and projects...

Living Nativity Comes to Mantua This Weekend

Mantua - According to Wikipedia, Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar events throughout the ages. For the first time ever, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 will present a live nativity on the grounds of...

Penney’s Auto Body Consolidates at Ravenna Shop

Ravenna - A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, effective January 1, 2017. Penney’s Auto & Truck Body Inc. has provided collision repair at 11878 Mills Rd. in Garrettsville since it was established in 1978. Now, according to co-owner Matt Penney — who operates the business with his...

Santa And His Elves Arrive In Garrettsville On Saturday

Don’t look now, but there are Elves coming to town.  Yesiree!  The Little People (and some big ones too) will be at the Villager Emporium on Main Street, Garrettsville on Saturday, November 26, especially for kids.  There will be an elf-themed workshop, a special box for drop-off of letters to Santa (He needs to know these things), cookies and...

Support Your Town This Saturday

Holiday shopping dominates many people’s free time between the day after Thanksgiving and the final days before Christmas. While many people may shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those days still account for a relatively small amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars that are spent each holiday season. Shoppers now have a bevy of...

Historic G-Men Season Creates Long-Lasting Memories For All

Garrettsville - When the Garfield G-Man football team took the field Saturday at Lake’s Blue Streak Stadium they had already been dubbed successful. And a chance to go toe to toe with one of the most storied teams in the state was the next step to get the G-Men to the final four. The task ahead of them was...

First-Responders Honored at Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Newton Falls - Though the officially designated holiday observance for Thanksgiving is still several days away, the season for celebrating gratitude is already well-represented thanks to a recent event held at the First Congregational Church in Newton Falls. During a weekend that honored those who have fought for our country, the church recognized an additional group of hometown heroes that...

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