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

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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...

“Acting Can Be Murder”

Garrettsville - Dolores Gordon (Clare Workman), who loves the stage, has always dreamed of stardom, but the only role she ever seems to land is that of the lowly understudy. She decides the only way she might receive the lead role in an upcoming theater production is to murder the lead actress, Guinevere Black (Kaitlyn Workman). And that is...

Dramatic Win Moves G-Men Into Regional Play-offs

Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men football team is literally saving their best for last, and last week’s dramatic 33-28 come from behind victory over LaBrae Vikings is no different. With 10 seconds remaining and a timeout in his pocket Garfield head coach Mike Moser sent in the play that Garfield has run dozens of times, “wing left power left.”...

Hundreds Crowd Main Street to Cheer On G-Men

Garrettsville - Hundreds of Garfield G-Men fans and family members shut down Main Street in a fantastic show of support for the 2016 football team. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); We're proud to be in G-Men...

Garfield G-Men Capture Play-Off Victory Against South Range

Garrettsville - What a difference a week makes. Last week the Garfield G-Men were on the brink of turning in their jerseys at the end of the regular season. Instead, the same Garfield squad donned their jersey with pride and a chip on their shoulder. In what one coach described as “Their best effort ever!” When asked to clarify,...

Portage County Seniors Celebrate Changing Seasons at Annual Harvest Ball

The Senior Citizens Harvest Ball took place Wednesday, Oct. 19, at St. Joan of Arc Church Hall in Streetsboro. Organized by the Portage Senior Services Network (PSSN), the Harvest Ball has been a popular annual tradition for more than 15 years. Seniors from across the county were in attendance at the gala event this year. “The mission of the Portage...

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center Expands Medical Staff To Better Serve the Community

Ravenna - University Hospitals Portage Medical Center has expanded its medical staff to better serve the community with the addition of specialists in cardiology, cancer, digestive diseases and pediatrics. Anjan Gupta, MD, is a cardiologist with the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Portage Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive (non-surgical) procedures for the treatment of heart...

G-Men Football Head To Playoffs

Garrettsville - The Garfield football team backed into the playoffs this past weekend, and backed in may be an understatement. After starting off the season 6-0 and running up gaudy offensive numbers that were recognized statewide, the G-Men managed to lose three of their last four games and had to wait until about 4:30 Saturday afternoon when Elyria Catholic...

Dream for Coffee Shop Fulfilled at Historic Garrettsville Mill

Garrettsville - This dream has been brewing for years. Finally, its time has nearly come. Coffee will soon be served at Garrettsville’s new local coffee shop! Owners Whitney and Derek Podboy invite the community to their grand opening for The Cellar Door Coffee Company, Saturday, November 26, 2-8pm at 8138 Water Street. This open house falls on Small Business Saturday,...

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary ‘Compassionate Thanksgiving’ Event

Ravenna – Join us for our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving for an intimate evening of thankful celebration of our accomplishments made possible through our partnership with you - our supporters, volunteers and staff.  Socialize while enjoying the exquisite and traditional Thanksgiving buffet-style dinner and dessert (all vegan) provided by Todaro’s master chefs. Listen to heartfelt stories of the connections made between...

Windham High School Students Participate In YSU Math Fest

Windham - On Thursday, October 13th, five students from Windham High School attended the Youngstown State University MathFest. Windham has been attending this event for 13 years, which requires students to gather statistics on specific subjects and provide posters on their findings. There were over 320 students  attending, representing 40 different schools. Juniors  Zach McGlone and Deidra Hankins placed first...

Garrettsville Resident Wins National Lennox “Energy Savings Superstar” Contest

Challenged to suggest a creative summer energy savings tip, Penny Furda of Garrettsville, Ohio, decided to implement “No Tech Thursdays” in her full household, and her suggestion led to her crowning as Lennox’ newest “Energy Savings Superstar.” The Lennox “Energy Savings Superstar” Contest offered an opportunity for consumers to think about how they spend their time and energy, and suggest...

CHS Program Receives Major Grant

Mantua - Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re familiar with the phrase, “like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” Recently, Garrettsville State Farm insurance representative Shannon Jursa took that phrase to heart when she when she presented the students of the Crestwood High School Academy / Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) with a check for $99,976...

Garrettsville Decks the Halls for the 2016 Christmas Walk

Garrettsville - “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as crooner Andy Williams reminds us over the radio every Christmas season. In Garrettsville, the holidays are graciously ushered in with the biennial 2016 Christmas Walk and Craft Show, November 4, 5 and 6, and November 11, 12 and 13. Sponsored by the James A. Garfield Historical Society for nearly...

Jumbo Screens Overtake G’ville Sports Bar

Garrettsville - The ‘jumbo’ at Slim & Jumbo’s now describes the two new video screens dominating the Main Street sports bar in Garrettsville. Dwarfing the TV monitors that still broadcast the game of the hour, these new screens give the happy hour crowd a larger-than-life viewing experience, seven days a week. Chris Cavalier of Cavalier Technologies LLC installed the new...

Mantua Center School Community Center Transformation Moving Along

Mantua - On Thursday, October 6 the Mantua Township Trustees played to a packed house as the community once again came together in an impromptu move to ask for an update on the progress being made on the Mantua Center School Community Center.  Close to 40 people crowded into the meeting to ask questions, get updates on the elevator...

Just When All Hope Was Lost… Part II

Along with renewed health came new love for Brenda Reiner. The following July after the bone marrow transplant, she met Michael Formberg, a fellow divorcee searching for true love after a painful marriage. Following three years of dating, they got engaged while vacationing in Kauai, under a rainbow of promise. “Meanwhile, in July of 2013, my donor and I were...

What the World Needs Now: CPS & CIS Students Plant Peace

Mantua - In a time of unrest around the world and around the United States, Crestwood Primary and Intermediate School students joined together to inspire peace and love, one pinwheel at a time. Last week, around 1,000 students and staff converged on the playground on a gorgeous sunny morning to participate for the seventh year in a yearly event that...

Concerning the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund

Dear Editor, Following the "Great Garrettsville Fire" of 2014, a blaze which razed 1/3 of Garrettsville's Main Street business district, a fund was established by the Chamber of Commerce to raise money to help the property owners rebuild. As the Chamber President at the time, I was (and still am) extremely proud of what the fund became, and of the potential...

Equipment To Be Replaced Thanks To 50/50 Donation

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District is excited and grateful to report the recent donation of $45,977. This donation was from the 50/50 raffle being held in conjunction with the Queen of Hearts at Sky Lane Bowling. The 50/50 raffle proceeds were split with the Portage County Animal Protective League. This allows the District to realize many improvements...

Capture the Fall before it Leaves

Middlefield -   Ridgeview Farm will be hosting their annual Fall Fun Weekends.  The fun starts on September 17 and runs until October 30, 2016, every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  The farm is located 5488 Kinsman Rd, (SR 87) Middlefield, OH  44062.  There is no admission charge to the farm.  Nominal fee for hayride...

Ravenna’ s Best Kept Secret? The Big Dog

Ravenna - Recently, I was putting together a “Destination Ravenna” section for the paper and called on The Big Dog on West Highland Street.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.  The Big Dog  (formerly Shep’s) opened in 2008 under the ownership of Patsy Haney.  Several initial renovations being made at that time, Patsy and...

Community Movie Night In Windham

Windham - The Village of Windham will be hosting its first-ever movie night Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the community house. As part of Celebrate Portage, Windham Mayor Deb Blewitt received a $500 grant to offset the cost of the event.  This movie night will feature two movies. “Finding Nemo” will show at 5 o’clock and at 6:45 “The Jungle...

Potato Festival Commemorates 9/11

Mantua - This past weekend, the 43rd annual Potato Festival was held in Mantua. The event had plenty of vendors selling maple products, henna tattoos, and fair food, including French fries, of course. This year’s festival also featured Laser Bounce Inflatables, which brought in a laser tag center, along with two bounce houses. The company filled in for this...

Queen of Hearts History In The Making — SkyLanes Event Tops 2.1 Million!

Chris Higbee Garrettsville SkyLanes Queen of Hearts

Garrettsville - An estimated 10-12,000 people showed up last Sunday from all over the state (and surrounding states) with the hopes of landing one of the biggest Queen of Hearts Jackpots ever. Prior to the drawing, the crowd was put into a frenzy by the amazingly talented Chris Higbee Band who played  for most of the afternoon. Once again it wasn’t...

Streetsboro Quilt Show

The Streetsboro Quilt Guild will hold its  annual judged quilt show on September 30 from  10AM to 6PM and October 1st from 10AM to 4PM,  at the Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro, 9890 State Route 43 Road (at the corner of Frost  Road).  The show will feature over 200 quilts for viewing. The fundraiser quilt this year, “Formal Garden”.  Raffle...

Queen of Hearts Helps Shop With A Cop

Garrettsville - Last Tuesday, Aaron King of Sky Lane Bowling, presented Interim Chief Brian Gregory of the Hiram Police Department with a check for $11,850 for the Hiram & Garrettsville Police Departments ‘Shop with a Cop’ program. The annual program is designed for less fortunate children to go holiday shopping for themselves and their families, with a police officer...

Middlefield Banking Company Mortgages