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Cavaliers Mascot Visits Crestwood Intermediate School

Cleveland Cavaliers visit Mantua

Mantua - Sir CC, the mascot from the Cleveland, can be seen at every Cavaliers home game cheering on our team and energizing the fans. At Crestwood Intermediate School, Mrs. Patton’s students quickly recognized Sir CC in a Brain Rush brain break video they completed in class. Just for fun, they decided to tweet a video of themselves completing...

New & Improved Garrettsville Cinema Enjoys Box Office Boost

Garrettsville - Just like in the movies, a daring young man takes a big risk, putting his personal and professional assets at stake. Will the big gamble take him down or will he overcome every obstacle and eventually come out on top? Justin Dlugokecki is that young man. He took ownership of the defunct Garrettsville Cinema in Garfield Plaza and...

Local Artisans Help Mantua Thrive

Mantua - Carrie and Patrick Frost have been together since 2009. Carrie, an Aurora, Ohio native, met Patrick, who hails from the Chicago suburbs, at glass school. Since that time, they’ve collaborated on work while traveling the world, learning from masters in Italy, the Czech Republic and the US before finally setting up shop in Mantua in 2012. “We...

New Menu and Vision For Garrettsville’s Main Street Grille & Brewing Company

Main Street Grille by Streetlight

Garrettsville - On October 19th, the Main Street Grille & Brewing Company had a soft opening to introduce  new Chef James St. Ours and launch his new menu and vision for the Garrettsville landmark restaurant.  A part of the Cleveland/Akron culinary scene for twenty years, St. Ours comes to Garrettsville after working with the likes of esteemed chef Dante...

Local Officials Sworn in By Political Dignitaries

Hiram - A few days before Christmas, several local officials were sworn in during a ceremony in Koritansky Hall at Hiram College. Cristine Boyd, Chief of Staff of the College welcomed officials to the campus, thanking those present for their service to the local community. Reverend Dr. Irvin Green, the Rector of the Hiram Christian Church, gave the invocation....

Garfield Schools Help NGCC Shut The Door On Hunger

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard would like to congratulate JAG students, faculty and staff for their very successful 2015 holiday food drive!  Everyone really went above and beyond collecting food and funds to help our community.  We are so grateful to Sen?ora Bell at the high school, Ms. Shafer at the middle school and Mr. Rado at the elementary...

Windham Banners Declare Community Pride

Windham - Community pride is one of those things. It can sit latent, seemingly at rest until threatened. Then it rises up and takes action, inspiring everyone else to take part. Look around town. See the new banners fluttering in the breeze? Historical photographs and images emblazoned with the words, EDUCATION, FAMILY, TRADITION and PRIDE line up like sentinels along...

Crestwood Soccer Teams Go4theGoal

Mantua - Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death of children by disease? In spite of this startling statistic, you might be surprised to learn that less than four percent of federal funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. That’s why Crestwood’s boys and girls soccer teams made it their goal to raise awareness and...

Exploring the History of Windham Schools

Windham - The Windham Historical Society will explore the 200 year history of the Windham schools on Monday, January 18, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham. The talk is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Brick Chapel will open at 6:30 for a meet and greet, and to view...

Preserving the Past and Looking Forward in Mantua Township

Mantua Twp. - In most ways Mantua Township is probably very much like the majority of other cities, townships and villages going into the upcoming election season.  Which is to say that one party advocates this, the other party advocates that. Regardless of who wins one hopes that there is a positive outcome and life goes on preferably a...

Residents Warned of Phone Scam

At least two area residents have received solicitation telephone calls from an individual named “Swansen”  who stated he is collecting for the Garrettsville Cops for kids program. The Garrettsville Police Department has no involvement with this person or program. The telephone number that comes up on caller id is out of service or disconnected. I advise everyone not to...

Another year, another Business Showcase in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - And a fine display it was, of all sorts of things, including—this being an event that takes place before Election Day on November 3—various individuals running for various offices, people on the ballot, people hoping to be written in, supporters of ballot issues for townships, county services to the developmentally disabled, long-deserved support for the county district...

A Rainbow Dissolves Over the 44444

Newton Falls - On a wet, stormy Saturday, streaks of color were raining from... not the sky, but the streets as volunteers doused runners with a powdery, chalky substance as they darted past on their way through town in support of local students. To kick off October and raise funds for education, the Newton Falls school system sponsored a 5K...

Garrettsville Village Council and State of the Village

Garrettsville - It was a short agenda for the first meeting of 2016 for Garrettsville’s village council.  The mayor, new council member Debbie Wordell, re-elected council member Jeff Kaiser and village clerk Nancy Baldwin had all been sworn in to office before Christmas at a joint swear-in ceremony officiated by Congressman Dave Joyce held in Koritansky Hall at Hiram...

Third Annual Friends4Friends™ Campaign Film Festival Featured Film Created by James A. Garfield High School Students

Garrettsville -  A team of students from the James A. Garfield High School Peer Leadership Council submitted a short film featured at the third annual, regional Friends4Friends™ Campaign film festival, held on September 29, 2015, at Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown. The James A. Garfield High School short film, titled Posts that Paralyze, inspires students to Stand Up and...

“John Lennon and Me” A Must See

Garrettsville - Garrettsville’s Curtains Up Theatre production of “John Lennon and Me” is, well, awesome!  Based on Cherie Bennett’s popular book, Good-bye, Best Friend, this uproarious play about life, death, power and first boyfriends was adapted by the author for the stage. This group of performers will have you laughing, crying, and feeling their emotional journey as they struggle...

Indians Outfielder Michael Brantley Visits CMS

Mantua - The gymnasium at the Crestwood Middle School reverberated with excitement last week, as Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley entered. Timmy and Jacob, two of the over 400 students filling the bleachers, sat in a prime spot in the first row as they waited for Brantley’s arrival. In their Indians garb, the two sixth-graders clutched baseball cards and...

Actress Monica Potter Calls Garrettsville “Home”: New Flagship Store Opens on Valentine’s Day

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 flagship store in Garrettsville on February 14. Monica Potter of NBC’s “Parenthood”, dramatic comedy and movie fame will welcome visitors to her new flagship store, Monica Potter Home, at 12724 State Route 88, Garrettsville, from...

Arts & Culture Shine at Hiram College

Hiram - As fall semester began, Hiram College celebrated enhancements to the Warren Sherman Hayden Memorial Auditorium at Bates Hall. Renovations to the 80-year-old venue included new seating for 511, including wheelchair-accessible seating, a new thrust stage and extensive roof repairs and new gutters on Bates Hall. Ohio Senator John Eklund, a key supporter of the project, attended the...

Crestwood Students Learn the Importance of Keeping Promises

Mantua - A rainy Monday morning was transformed into into a day full of promise when Alex Sheen spoke to students and staff at the Crestwood High School and Crestwood Middle School. Sheen founded the social movement and nonprofit organization because I said I would. Through because I said I would, individuals use promise cards to record and remember the...

Crestwood Celebrates a Culture of Caring

Mantua - On a perfect sunny day earlier this week, students at Crestwood Primary and Crestwood Intermediate Schools celebrated the 6th annual International Day of Peace by making and planting pinwheels for peace at their combined campus.  Crestwood Primary Principal Cindy Ducca shared, “Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by teachers in Coconut Creek,...

Portage County District Library Millage Request on November 3 Ballot

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Portage County District Library residents will vote on a 1 mill ballot proposal to provide funding for PCDL for five years. Portage County District Library currently receives no local funding and depends entirely on state funding which is now at about the same level as that received in 1998. State funding provides about 95%...

Portage County Gardeners’ Harvest Market A Success

The Portage County Gardeners' Center wants to thank everyone who supported their Harvest Market event.  Craig Stevens of Ravenna won the helicopter ride raffle held during the event. The next phase of the fall fund raiser formally held in Oct. will now be Fri. Nov 13, 2015  from 4-8p.m. and Sat. Nov. 14, 2015 from 10a.m.-3p.m. at the  Portage County Gardeners’...

You’ll Never Know What You Will Find At Wayside Workshop

Aurora - If you haven’t visited The Wayside Workshop in Aurora, you don’t know what you are missing.  What started out over 40 years ago as an unfinished furniture store has grown to be so much more!  In addition to unfinished furniture, The Wayside Workshop has become the area’s premier destination for quality real wood furniture and home décor. The...

Crestwood Students Show They Care

Mantua - Three big-hearted fourth-graders at Crestwood Intermediate School have once again gone beyond, personifying their school’s motto, ‘Crestwood Cares.’ For the second year in a row, Lilly, Aspen, and Emmy have decided to take up the cause and become Change Bandits to raise much needed funds for children being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital. Last year, they set...

Don’t Miss Mantua’s 42nd Annual Potato Festival!

Mantua - Starting this Friday, September 11th, the festival that almost didn’t happen this year definitely WILL be happening. Although as recently as April, the annual festival’s future was in peril when it was discovered that former committee members allegedly misappropriated funds. But due to a huge outpouring of community support, festival organizers report that all past due bills...

Ox Roast Fair Plans Well Underway in Mantua

Photo: St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair Facebook Page

Mantua - The 2015 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Now in its 52nd year, the Ox Roast Fair will be held July 17th, 18th, and 19th, and promises to be more exciting than ever. Grand prizes this year include $20,599.00+ Harley Street Glide FLHX Motorcycle (provided...

Three Cheers, er, Quacks for Playground Plans

Newton Falls - The City Park of the small town was invaded by quacks in the name of charity on Saturday as community members gathered at the crossroads of Center and Quarry Streets to support a good cause. Dozens of brightly-colored plastic creatures converged on the grassy corner area near the tennis and basketball courts, finding themselves temporarily dry-docked...

New Owner Revitalizing Windham Supermarket

Windham - It’s a new day at Windham’s grocery store. It’s got a new name, a new owner and a new future, but it’s here to stay for the sake of the community. So says Ali Salama, independent owner of Windham Supermarket at 9670 East Center Street. Salama is in the process of purchasing the former Windham Sparkle Market from...

Mantua Center School Building Found To Be Structurally Sound

Mantua -  It has now been officially determined that Mantua Center School is indeed structurally safe and basically built like a fortress, putting to rest a topic that has been the focus of debate in recent years.  Mantua Township trustees and the Mantua Restoration Society (MaRSI) are working hard to begin restoring the historic building.     “We now...

Crossroads Auto Care Hosts Aug. 1 Open House

Shalersville - Everyone’s invited to the open house hosted by Crossroads Auto Care at 4552 State Route 303, Ravenna (in Shalersville within a stone’s throw of SR44). Shop owners Cody and Hillary Snyder will be providing the community with drinks and hot dogs as they celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, August 1, starting at 12 noon. According to Cody...

Still a Mill: ‘The Coffee Mill’ Opening Soon at Former Feed Mill

Garrettsville - You have permission to sneak a peek. Just like peeling back a seam of wrapping paper from a gift under the tree, we’ll all get the chance to see The Coffee Mill before it opens for business as the new year dawns. A live Christmas nativity scene — complete with a donkey, goat, sheep and calf — will...

John Johnson Home More than a Historic Site

The Historic John Johnson Home in Hiram Ohio was important to LDS founder Joseph Smith

Hiram Township - The Historic John Johnson Home in Hiram Township means different things to different people. It’s a historic site for some; a pleasant backdrop to Monroe’s Orchard for others. But for believers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), this is holy ground. So say Elders Grant Howarth and Damon Bahr, who are hosting...

Car Cruises In Hiram And Garrettsville This Saturday

You won’t have to travel far this weekend if you are a fan of car shows. Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, the Hiram Police Car Show will take place in Hiram Village. Hot rod cars, trucks, food, music, trophies and family fun can be found on  Hayden and  Dean Streets! There is no registration fee, however, donations will be accepted...

Geauga County welcomes 6th Barn Quilt with Geauga Park District Addition

The Geauga County Barn Quilt Trail began in 2015. Nationally, barn quilt trails are located in 48 states, and 38 counties in Ohio. Their purpose is to promote the historic beauty and cultural significance of quilt making through the exhibition of hand painted historically accurate quilt squares affixed to barns and buildings. It’s an agricultural and tourism project designed...

Desires for Independence Divide Thirteen Colonies

Hudson - Presidents’ Day may be just around the corner and with it will come recounting legends filled with cherry trees and humble log cabin beginnings, but for a more in-depth tale of how our nation’s forefathers fought for the creation of the country we cherish today and what exactly (or not-so-exactly) transpired behind the closed doors of a...

2015 Mantua Potato Festival is Back On!

Mantua - In April it was announced that the State of Ohio Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation due to mishandling of festival funds. It was noted on the Mantua Potato Festival Facebook page that, “Lack of resources to move forward and unpaid debt from 2014 inhibits the remaining committee members from putting on a festival in 2015.”...

Burton Public Library Chess Tournament Results

The Burton Public Library Chess tournament (K - 8th) was resurrected this year by Dr. Ed Martin of St. Helen’s with assistance from long-term chess leader Jim Wohlken.  There were eighteen participants. Winners were  Isaac Burden - 1st Place - from Bethel Baptist School; Zachary Berman - 2nd Place - from St. Helen Catholic School; Alex Mulacek - 3rd...

Raise the Roof for Pizza Hut

Garrettsville - Garrettsville can’t get enough pizza. At least that’s the point of view of Hallrich, Inc., which is adding a Garrettsville location to its network of Pizza Hut pizzerias. Mayor Rick Patrick said that Hallrich signed ownership papers last week, making the pick-up/delivery drive-through a soon-coming reality. Garrettsville’s Pizza Hut will be nestled between State Street Salon and Domino’s Pizza...

Newton Falls First-Responders Help Students Start School Year Strong

Newton Falls -  It’s that time of year again when kids are wrapping up the last days of warm-weather relaxation and trying to pack in as much fun as they can before the classroom bell calls them from their playtime daydreams. That time of year when parents are wrapping up the required shopping list checkmarks and figuring out how...

Car Cruise to Include Book-Signing by #GarrettsvilleStrong Author

Garrettsville - Cruise through the past, present and future with #GarrettsvilleStrong author Pamela Montgomery during the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Car Cruise. The festivities will be Saturday, August 22 at Garfield Plaza, 3-8pm, featuring live music by Blue Cadillac and Dennis Chandler, raffle drawings, and hundreds of classic and collectible automobiles on display… plus a #GarrettsvilleStrong book-signing...

Historic Feed Mill the New Site of Revival on Main Street

Garrettsville - The blighted feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water Streets is about to be transformed into a focal point of beauty, usefulness and historic pride. The long-vacant property changed hands last week from principal owner Martin Paul to local developer Mike Maschek. The change in ownership — effective May 23, 2014 — will set in...

Jake’s Market to Open in Mantua

Mantua - Back in November of 2009, Jodie Fiala and Kim Sumwalt opened the doors of Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua, satisfying the community’s need for a family-friendly, hometown eatery. At Jake’s, they combined not only their passion for food, but also their names (Jodi and Kim’s Eats). As their restaurant continued to grow, they soon identified the need for...

Local Man Takes Epic Journey Along Appalachian Trail

“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”.

Facet Salon & Day Spa to Hold Doggy Dip August 29th

Garrettsville - Facet Salon and Day Spa is holding their 2nd Annual Doggy Dip (wash) on August 29th  from 12 till 4 pm. Bring your four-legged friends to Facet for a little pampering. It is just a donation of $10 per dog  for a wash. The Groom Room will also be on board, offering Nail Trims for $10.  Proceeds will...

United Way of Portage County Launches Born Learning Trail

Ravenna  – United Way of Portage County kicked off an unprecedented public engagement campaign called Born Learning, designed to help parents, caregivers and communities provide young children with early learning opportunities. On June 5, United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Eaton Corp and Smithers-Oasis dug holes, poured cement, posted signs and painted children’s games to erect the first Born...

Newton Falls Area Commerce Association Sponsors New Banners

Newton Falls - August has finally arrived, bringing with it the smells of nearly-autumn air and sounds of back-to-school shopping, but for those residents and visitors patronizing the main street businesses of Newton Falls, more sights are changing than just a new page on the calendar. Various storefronts have a new coat of paint and fresh signs announcing the...

YMCA Of Greater Cleveland Offers Programming and YMCA Services In Garrettsville

GARRETTSVILLE – The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is offering Y programs and services in Garrettsville at the Intermediate School, 8233 Park Avenue. Hours of Operation are:  7 a.m. to Noon and 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday, 7 a.m. to Noon; Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.  The Garrettsville location is closed on Sundays. We are offering Soccer and Flag Football programs,...

Maggie’s Donuts To Open in Hiram

A temporary sign marks the newest location for Maggie’s Donuts -- Hiram Village -- in the space formerly occupied by Harrison’s Hideaway.

Hiram - Local donut-lovers are thrilled at the news that the Middlefield-based donut bakery will open a new location in Hiram Village -- at the location that formerly housed Harrison’s Hideaway on Wakefield Road. But what prompted owners Bill and Staci Poole, who have been at the helm of the 55-year-old donut dynasty for 26 years, to choose a location...

Photo Gallery: Streetsboro Theatre’s “Once Upon A Time”

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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