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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...

Excitement Tours Host TrackMack At Nelson Ledges

Nelson - Excitement Tour hosts road trip rallies and driving events out of Michigan --  these events are not all out competition but friendly competition for bragging rights and prizes.  In each rally destination Excitement Tours will choose a small local children’s charity to raise money for. Their next event, TrackMack is being held at Nelson Ledges Road Course in...

Make Plans for the 2016 Potato Fest!

Mantua - Once again, on the weekend after Labor Day, (September 9th - 11th), it’s time for Mantua’s 43rd annual Potato Festival. As in years past, this down-home affair will have all the contests and activities you’ve come to expect. But this year, make plans to come down to Buchert Park to find out what new surprises are in...

Y Cycle Begins September 6th

Hey, Y Guys & Gals—the popular Y CYCLE program returns on September 6th at 7:00 p.m. with  a new instructor, Clarence.  Stop in to check it out...AND look over the whole selection of programs and activities available to you and the entire community. The Y is located at 8233 Park Avenue in Garrettsville. Volleyballers and  just-thinking-about-it types, stay tuned for...

Village Peddler Festival Brings You Back to Simpler Times

Kirtland – The third weekend in September will bring people and crafters from all over to Kirtland, Ohio where the 35th Annual Village Peddler Festival will be held on September 17 (10am-6pm) and September 18 (10am-5pm) at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.  The festival spans the beautiful Farmpark shaded grounds with continuous tents of handmade treasures and unique items.  Enjoy dining...

Mantaline Expands to Hiram

Above - Mantaline Senior Process Engineer Rich Kesseg proudly explains the line he set up to his children, daughter Juliana and son Wesley, at the Mantaline ribbon cutting.

Hiram - Mantaline Corporation, a fixture in Mantua for 50-plus years, has recently opened a new facility in Hiram.  The new facility is called the Thermoplastic Extrusion and Injection Molding Innovation Center; this state-of-the-art facility allows Mantaline to blend a whole new set of materials with state-of-the-art processing techniques. At the new air-conditioned plant, thermoplastic materials can be formed in...

Hero’s Rock Will Hit the Road After A Hometown Send-off

After months of planning and countless hours of hard work, Trish and Scott Snyder, founders of Mantua-based charity Hero’s Rock, will be hitting the road. Part of their plan to make good on a promise to deliver hand-made rocking horses that commemorate fallen heroes to Fisher Houses, they’ll depart on a trip to deliver 19 rocking ‘ponies’ to the...

4C’s and New Adventures partnered to fight hunger in Mantua

Mantua - Fun was the theme at the first annual New Adventures Early Learning “Kiddie Carnival” on Saturday, August 2nd, and it all happened for a good cause. 4C’s, Mantua’s local food pantry, collected canned goods as admission into the event and was blown away with the generous donations from the community. These donations will help serve the 100...

Incredible Finds At Nature’s Rustic Design

Newton Falls - There’s  a hidden gem in downtown Newton Falls -- Nature’s Rustic Design & Consign. Established in December 2014, just in time for the Christmas holiday, owners Connie Rager and her daughter Heather, opened the store with the intent to  keep business local.  “Newton Falls has always had unique and quaint shops, which is why we felt the...

Hero’s Rock to Embark on Tour

Mantua - Scott and Trish Snyder, the self-described ‘Old Hippies’ of Hero’s Rock, will be embarking on a tour beginning September 1st. But they’re not planning to follow the Grateful Dead or even travel to some far-flung musical festival. They’re heading out west, traveling through 21 states, over 7,500 miles to personally deliver Patriotic Ponies to show their nation’s...

Hiram College Student Travels to Thailand to Work With Elephants

Hiram - This summer, Sara Amport, 21, of Ravenna, Ohio, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Sara was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at...

Queen of Hearts Eludes Discovery; 50/50 Raffle Generates Big Donations

Garrettsville - The Queen of Hearts is still playing her card close to the vest, after nearly a  year reigning over SkyLanes Bowling & SkyLounge. Every Sunday, 1500-2000 people gather outside at Sky Plaza to witness the drawing taking place on  the bowling alley’s rooftop. So far, the Queen of Hearts has eluded discovery, so  the jackpot went up...

Garrettsville Dispatch Center Closing July 31

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville will be closing their dispatch center effective July 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District and Community EMS District have taken measures to continue our services to the public by contracting with the city of Aurora for dispatching services. There will be no change or reduction in the services...

New Podiatrists Step Up for Garrettsville Foot & Ankle Clinic

Garrettsville - Ensuring that the people of Garrettsville can put their best foot forward, a wife-and-husband team of podiatrists has arrived to carry forward the practice of Garrettsville Foot and Ankle Clinic. Carmelita Reyes, DPM and her husband, Vern Chuba, DPM, will start seeing patients beginning Tuesday, July 26, at their clinic located in Sky Plaza at 8307 Windham...

Crestwood Community Makes Plea to Support HS Program

Mantua - At the June Crestwood School Board meeting, a group of students, graduates and parents made an impassioned plea urging the Board to reconsider budget cuts to the American Experience Academy curriculum. History teacher Angus McDougall, science teacher Andy Brown and English teacher Drew Pavelek originally designed the class.  The program, which up to now has incorporated history,...

Books Alive Series Returns

Attention kids ages 10 to 14: explore the world of “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker in this awesome program just for summer readers like you! This program will be held on  Friday, July 29 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at  The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Township. To celebrate this book about the powerful relationship...

Local Soldier Honored

Mantua - Last week, the Zoller family in Mantua celebrated the life of a soldier, a remembrance that was 43 years in the making. Robert W. Zoller II, US Army veteran, was killed in action at a battle at Fire Support Base Ripcord in Vietnam in 1970 at one of the last ground battles of the conflict. “My brother was...

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