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The village has budgeted $1.89 million for 2015 and has projected only $1.69 million in revenue. A significant portion of the budget, almost half, is appropriated to the police department.

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Automotive Rehab LLC at 8147 Windham St. gives “full service” its intended meaning. Although it moved into its current location just a few months ago, it has been providing quality car care since 2008 from its former Infirmary Road location in Mantua.

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“We applied for this grant because we recognized a trend in student discipline referrals among low socioeconomic students and among those students who were experiencing hardship in the family, including unemployment, divorce, and parents being deployed overseas,” said Toth. “Students’ personal and social needs must be successfully addressed during the key elementary years if they are to succeed in the future.”

Doug Fuller addressing the crowd

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The Mantua Restoration Society is a volunteer group of township citizens who value and seek to preserve the historic center of Mantua Township as heritage, inspiration and a focus of township life.

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Recently, a Relay for Life event was held at Hiram College that raised over $11,000. But it raised so much more than just dollars -- it celebrated the hope of local cancer survivors like Dottie Summerlin.

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Streetsboro Theatre's "Once Upon a Time: Not Your Ordinary Fairy Tale" was held May 1st-3rd at the Macklin Center in Streetsboro, OH. This production showcased the talents of all who were involved.

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River Day was created out of a desire to get people out to spend some time along the Cuyahoga and its system of wetlands. This is the first year that the local community will participate in organized River Day activities, offering families the opportunity to experience this local treasure close to home.

Be sure to check out our facility renovations, property additions, and the progress that is taking place at the sanctuary. Happy Trails’ new animal education classes and other unique seminars and clinics are being offered this year at the new Education Center. Help spread kindness and compassion for all animals.

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Ravenna - Looking for something unique to do with family and friends to kick off your summer? Visit Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, a very special organization located in Northeast Ohio where healing takes place for farm animals and horses rescued from abuse and neglect situations.

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On Tuesday, May 5, the Crestwood School District will be asking local residents for a 4.8 mills, four-year, tax renewal. A ‘yes’ vote on this levy will not result in a tax increase for voters -- it’s a renewal of the levy originally passed in 2012. If this renewal levy passes in May, it will take effect in the fall of 2017. The original levy, passed in 2012, will expire in 2016.

Garrettsville - In November of 2014, Justine Egrek (Collier), along with her business,Natural Radiance, L LC, moved into State Street Salon. State Street Salon, located at 7997 State Street in Garrettsville, is owned by stylist Bobbie Habbyshaw. Habbyshaw,who has been at her State Street location for 17 years, gladly welcomed Natural Radiance, exclaiming, “Justine is the professional I have been looking for! She is very skilled and extremely attentive to her clients’needs. Justine has been a complete joy to work with!”

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In November of 2014, Justine Egrek (Collier), along with her business, Natural Radiance, LLC, moved into State Street Salon. State Street Salon, located at 7997 State Street in Garrettsville, is owned by stylist Bobbie Habbyshaw.

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Garrettsville - This past Sunday, over 43 contestants competed in a closed audition held at James A. Garfield High School, hoping to keep their...

Located in the heart of historic Garrettsville, Ohio the Villager Emporium is your destination for fabulous locally-crafted gift items and a variety of home decor pieces. Villager Emporium is also home to Chic & Shabby, Cavalier Technologies, Villager Printing, and CT Designs.

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“When the door closes, find a window to crawl through.” Or put in local terms, “When your business burns down, collaborate with an established business owner to stage a comeback.” Such is the case for Chic & Shabby, a beloved home decor shop which customers can now rediscover as a vendor at Villager Emporium, located at 8088 Main Street (corner of State Routes 82 & 88) in Garrettsville.

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The James A. Garfield Alumni association will be marking its 10th anniversary this fall while recognizing “old timers” of the classes of ‘2005, ‘95, ’85, ’75, ’65, ’55, ’45, ’35, and as far into the past as possible. Come one, come all. Bring your friends and family, classmates (and teachers, if they’re still tottering about) and folks in the neighborhood. Tom Klem is recruiting attendees from the Class of 1995, Andrea Fox is attempting the same for the Class of 2005. Anyone out there who’d like to do the same for your class, have at it. Y’all come!

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This year the hanging baskets will be themed in pink in honor of long time member Faye Carlisle who passed away last December. Hanging baskets are planned to appear along State Routes 88 & 82, and at $55 to $75 per basket, expenses can add up quickly. Anyone interested in contributing to the flower basket fund can make a tax deductible donation by sending their contibution to the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce (Post Office Box 1, Garrettsville, OH 44231). Please be sure write “Flower Baskets” in the memo line of your check.

Pictured above : 1st row - Janice McDaries, Gay Combs, Pam Workman; 2nd row- Penny Culver, Elizabeth Warren, Joyce Caldwell, Dorothy Saltsman, Geneva Staton and Nancy Lance; 3rd row- Sheila McDaniel, Carol Kyle and Nancy Thomas. Not pictured: Charlene McDaniel

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Over 300 Prayer Shawl Lapghans have been given to people suffering from illness and many other needs. These shawls and laps have been given locally and mailed throughout the United States and to troops overseas.

Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.”

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Stressing the importance of this seemingly old-school system, Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.” Byers referred to the 911-outage caused when a steam pipe burst, damaging an AT&T switching station. That random event knocked out 911 service in Summit, Portage, Stark and Medina Counties for two-days.

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Campers will play games and sports, do arts and crafts, spend time outside, get messy, go on field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, participate in community projects, enjoy swimming every Thursday at the Geauga YMCA, and make new friends. The school-age program offers fun weekly themes that align with Ohio’s Common Core K-12 state standards. The curriculum includes activities in the following areas: arts & humanities; character development; large motor skills and fitness; literacy; science and math, STEM, nutrition, and service learning projects.

According to Pam Baynes, wife of Hiram’s new Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Baynes, “Many of us know of or have heard of the ‘brotherhood’ of firemen. For those of you who wonder, it does exist. I have seen it. But for me, it’s not just a brotherhood. It’s a ‘familyhood’.” She’s gotten to experience this unique bond first-hand over the past 22 years that her husband, Brandon has been a fireman/paramedic.

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“We as a department, and the community as a whole, are really lucky to have Brandon take Mark's place as our Assistant Chief,” shared HFD Fire Chief Bill Byers.

Portage Trim and Mongoose Motorsports, of Ravenna, have teamed up to become one of the most formidable custom motor vehicle shops around.

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Two titans in the world of custom cars have formed a partnership in Northeast Ohio. Portage Trim and Mongoose Motorsports, of Ravenna, have teamed up to become one of the most formidable custom motor vehicle shops around.

Pictured are (front row from left): Taylor Petersal, Active Minds member at Hiram College; Samantha Hughes, President of Active Minds at Hiram College; Hannah Sharma, Hiram College’s Counseling intern. Back row from left: Jacob Henderson, Active Minds member at Hiram College; Dr. Kevin Feisthamel, Director of Counseling Health & Disability Services at Hiram College; Dr. Joel Mowrey, Executive Director of Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board; Paul Dages, Emergency Services Coordinator Townhall II; Micaela Lippert, Vice President of Active Minds at Hiram College.

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Active Minds of Hiram College held a panel discussion on suicide prevention as part of their “Green Week” – a week of mental health awareness activities on campus.

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Twenty winning teams from the local Leadership and Legacies History Contest held at Windham High School earlier this month, advanced to compete at Youngstown State University this past weekend.

Garrettsville Coffee Mill Mike Maschek

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It took six months for developer Mike Maschek of Hiram to renovate the historic feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water streets. Maschek had gained ownership of the dilapidated mill property from Marty Paul in May 2014. By December, its exterior had been transformed from a sagging eyesore to a beautiful centerpiece for the village.

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Scott and Trish Snyder of Mantua had a simple idea when they started their part-time business making handcrafted wooden rocking horses for children of all ages. “For every 10 Trott Wood Creations we build, we pledged to give one away,” they explained. As they sold their original rocking horses, dragons, and other creations through local art shows and events, the idea for Hero’s Rock was born, giving Trish and Scott the mission to build tribute rockers for the children of fallen heroes. According to the two self-described hippies, “It was a play on words but it seemed so perfect -- The most important thing to each of these heroes was their family…their rock.” In addition to customized rocking horses for small children, Hero’s Rock also creates Treasured Chests for older children, providing a place to hold treasured keepsakes of their loved one. Each custom piece features a laser-engraved portrait and service title of their loved one, so that their hero will never be forgotten.

Crestwood Intermediate’s Improv Scholars took first place in the Improv Games category at the Destination Imagination Region 15 Tournament last weekend at Hiram College. The team will advance to the State Tournament in April. (Pictured left to right: Hannah Herron, Josh Delaney, Drake Rennecker, Deanna Stahl, Rylee Forristal, Mia Gullatta. Jacob Waite was not available for the photo.)

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Hiram - This past weekend, 60 student-led teams from 12 area schools converged at the Hiram College campus for the District 15 Destination Imagination (DI)...

The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad. Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes.

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Newton Falls - The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground...

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Over 5,000 eggs will be filled with candy and contain special prize tickets from the Ravenna Women of the Moose. Check out the times below for each age group's egg hunt times. Be sure to bring a bag, basket or container for the candy you find in your eggs. This annual event is held rain, snow, or shine. We hope to see you there!

The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

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Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

What started as a small blaze on the roof behind Miller’s Lawn & Garden quickly spread to become the greatest disaster to befall Garrettsville. Exhaustive efforts from local firefighters (with support from 100 firefighters from 34 neighboring departments) were no match for the hungry blaze which devoured the 1850s-era wooden structures occupying the retail block. Ironically, the Buckeye Block Building had just been freshly renovated and fully occupied close to a dozen businesses.

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Garrettsville - Everything changed on March 22, 2014. Like the day the music died, that date altered local history irreversibly. The Great Garrettsville Fire ripped through the Buckeye Block on Main Street, taking with it 14 businesses, a once-familiar skyline, and 160 years of history.

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Hiram - “This is the next phase of our 36 years in the business,” shares Goodnight’s Kitchen & Bath, Inc. owner Jerry Goodnight, Junior....

In the photo you see Scott and Trish Snyder receiving a check from club secretary, Diane Harto. They are surrounded by members of the club who are veterans. They are from left to right: Tom Buck, Richard Ball, Hal Hall, Vickie Yendriga, Bill Alexander, Ken Durick, Joe Lansky, and Sam Vechter. In the center are Trish & Scott Snyder and Diane Harto handing over the check.

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Kent - On February 17, 2015 the Tree City Carvers, of Kent presented a check for $250.00 to Scott and Trish Snyder of Hero’s...

What Is Going On With PARCC Testing?

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Garrettsville - Unless your address is “Under a Rock” Boulevard, you have most likely heard some degree of controversy surrounding testing in schools. The...

G-MEN Wrestlers Battle at Sectionals

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Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men High School Wrestling Team competed at sectionals held at Beachwood High School this past weekend.  This proved to be...

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Garrettsville - For the first time since 1997 the Garfield G-Men girl’s basketball team is making their second consecutive trip to the district semi-finals. Following...

Hiram College students participate in AICUO Independent College Day in Columbus

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Hiram - Three Hiram College students traveled to Columbus on Wednesday (February 25) to meet with key legislators and staffers in the Statehouse.  Hiram...

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Mantua - American author Margaret Mead said, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever...

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Mantua - Alex Forristal, Crestwood High School freshman from Scout Troop 575, led the Pledge of Allegiance to open a recent trustee meeting in...

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Garrettsville - A hot and emotional topic lately in the village of Garrettsville has been the village’s finances and whether or not the village is in financial trouble. The mayor has stated that several residents have approached him asking if the village is “broke”. The village, as of this writing, is not in debt nor is it “broke”. However, the concern that’s been raised is not about today’s finances, but deficit spending and what that may mean for the future.

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“We can’t thank the community enough for all their support over the past three years,” Michele says. As the Eliases continue to increase NGCC’s positive impact on the community, they seek a return to downtown Garrettsville before the end of the year, to regain the visibility, parking and accessibility they had before the fire.

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Garrettsville - In the fairytale storytelling world, the number three is a popular and symbolic numeral. There are Goldilocks and her three bears, the...

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MANTUA - On a recent Friday evening, CPS students and their families had the chance to visit to Dimwood Forest, stepping into the pages of this year’s One Book, One School story, ‘Poppy’ by Newbury medal-winning author, Avi. Students and their teachers spent a total of 53,036 minutes over an eight-day period to read the book. Through the process, the story came to life in the classrooms, in the hallways lined with story-themed artwork, and more importantly, in the students’ minds.

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“Valentine’s Day celebrates love. These discarded, abused and homeless animals want love so badly and deserve it. We’ll have refreshments, snacks and of course, wonderful animals that need loving homes.” says Chalan Lowry, Executive Director.

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Math 24 is a fast-paced competition where students are given four digits on a card and told they have to use each one (only once) in some combination to total 24. Points are awarded for the level of difficulty -- the quicker a student solves the combination, the further they advance, and can add, subtract, multiply, or divide with each set of numbers presented. Students compete in grades 4-8 throughout the county. Pictured are the competitors and high school proctors sent from Garfield School District.

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Garrettsville - Valentine’s Day celebrates love, passion and beauty. So it’s fitting that Cleveland native and Hollywood actress Monica Potter is opening her new...

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This was the third meeting of the group, which includes a collaboration of local mayors, city and township officials, and community organizations from Aurora, Garrettsville, Hiram Village, Hiram Township, Mantua Village and Mantua Township. Their mission is to connect these contiguous communities via improvements to the Portage Parks District Headwaters Trail, which runs through each locality.

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‘Dr. Drew,’ as his office staff affectionately calls him, says that following in his uncle’s footsteps was more accidental than planned, but the timing was right for him to bring the dental practice forward in a new generation. “At first, it was an opportunity to work here with my uncle, starting last July. But then, what with his health issues, by September Uncle Jim decided to hang up his drill and simply retire.”

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“Through it all, I want to be a blessing to those who suffer from the havoc of Parkinson’s by walking the over 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail,” Garrettsville native Don Havener said. “It’s my goal to try and raise $100 per mile for the Ohio Parkinson Foundation, an organization that has been such a blessing to my brother during his five year struggle with the disease”.

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The dates for this years FrogWatch training will be January 29th and February 5th (Thursdays) from 7:00-9:00 pm. If volunteers would like to become certified, they will also need to take the certification exam on February 12th at 7:00 pm. We will hold our sessions at the James H. Barrow Field Station (Hiram College). There is a fee of $5.00 fee for the training, course materials, etc.

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2014 was an interesting year for the Village of Garrettsville and our member businesses. On March 22nd our historic Main Street business district experienced a devastating fire that reduced over 150 years of history to rubble in what felt like mere moments. In the wake of the disaster, our community and supporters from across the globe united to help raise funds to aide in rebuilding Main Street through the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s #GarrettsvilleStrong fund; and get business owners back on their feet through the People Tree & Garrettsville United Methodist Church’s joint efforts.

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Sounds of the season resonated through the Iva Walker Auditorium this past Sunday as the High School Concert Band, High School Choir and Middle School Combined Concert Band played for a standing room only crowd.

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“People with developmental disabilities need to have access to the community,” said Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen. “They like to go to a variety of places and this vehicle makes that happen.”