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Amish Business Spotlight: Yoder’s Coleman

Huntsburg – Right on the outskirts of Middlefield, right off of Burton-Windsor Road and Clay Street is a most unique shopping experience.  Yoder’s Coleman is located at 15890 Durkee Road in Huntsburg.  Their phone number is 440-636-6224.  Their normal business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 am until 5 pm. You will find much more than just Coleman items...

2012 J.A. Garfield Homecoming Court

Pictured above are this years Homecoming Court for James. A. Garfield High School.From left to right are (back row) : Simeon Brown, Austin Dezort, Tim Schwann, Tyler Covey, Stefan Wickli, and Logan Dean.  In the front row are (left to right): Whitney Miller, Julie Russmanno, Shilo Van Oss, Hannah Kirk, Carley McCloskey, Britanny Sisson. The Homecoming Parade Starts at 4:30...

Always in Bloom Celebrates Ten Years

Nelson Twp. - Always in Bloom in Nelson will celebrate 10 years of meeting the community’s gardening needs this year. Owner Angie Smithburger said it was a dream that she didn’t really have, that just sort of fell into her lap, so to speak. Eleven years ago, Angie was living the rat race of life shuffling her five year old...

Notes From Out & About: Parades, Helicopters, Wine, Authors, and More!

Well.  Don’t miss the next one. The next “do” at the Candlelight Winery, that is.  The recent evening featuring food trucks and other festivities was an unqualified success, with  only the Premier Crepes truck left standing by the end of the evening—the others had run out of food, they were so popular.  Entrees were available, so were dessert items, there...

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: How to Respond to an Active Shooter

Portage County - What if a violent intruder showed up at your workplace or school, intent on shooting to kill? What would you do? In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. With Teddy Roosevelt’s empowering quote...

Residents Gobble Up Station 43 Raffle

Last Friday evening the garage at the Newton Falls fire station #1 was filled not with fire trucks, ambulances and firemen responding to a siren’s call, but rather with dozens of community members and visitors with an eye out to catch a turkey or two without having to actually go out in the wild and hunt one down.  During this...

Real Heroes Honored for Lifesaving Responses

Portage County - You may not realize it, but you are surrounded by real heroes every day... ordinary people who react quickly, courageously and selflessly during emergencies. The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties takes time each year to honor the Real Heroes of Portage County, shining the spotlight on heroic individuals who would never be recognized...

Memorial Fund Established for Nicholas Stock

Living in a small town extends our circle of family and friends.  When tragedy strikes we all feel the pain.   The close-knit community of Garrettsville is saddened and heartbroken by the loss of high school junior Nick Stock.  Nick was a student at James A. Garfield High School and attended Maplewood Career Center where he was studying computer...

Appalachian Experience 2013

Mantua - The group from St. Joseph Parish in Mantua who participated in the Housing Repair Program based at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clintwood, Virginia, accomplished quite a bit the week of June 15-22. The group of 12 traveled the 400 miles to the western tip of Virginia and settled in on Saturday then attended Mass. Sunday’s activities...

Garrettsville Summerfest, a Music Lovers Paradise

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest will be held June 26-28th and will once again have an array of music that will satisfy most music lovers. The event of the summer boasts three stages of music playing throughout the entire weekend.

Critical EMS Training Held in Hiram

Hiram - The Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport team and the Hiram Fire Department recently held a Trauma Training Day in Hiram. Over the course of the day, Cleveland Clinic helicopters landed at key locations in Hiram, as flight crew, paramedics and flight nurses trained with local first responders to practice patient hand-offs between pre-hospital rescue personnel and air...

Middle School Math Whizzes!

Garrettsville - Garfield Middle School students recently competed in the Greater Cleveland Council Of Teachers Math Tournament at Middlefield Cardinal Middle School. The eighth grade students earned winner ribbons and champion's medals.  Pictured above at left are the seventh graders (front row)  Theresa Paroff, Dominic Ionno, Andrew Morrisey,Ramsey Goodner; (back row) Advisor Mrs. Rossi, Justin Riebe, Jenna Montez,John Lininger, Derek...

Tricks and Treats and Cakes to Eat

Newton Falls - You know you live in Ohio when…choosing a Halloween costume involves figuring out how to include a warm coat in the design or coordinate over layers of leggings and long sleeves for insulation.You know you live in Newton Falls when… it’s the last Thursday night of October and ghosts, goblins, and every manner of other creatures...

Garrettsville -  Friends of Melana are hosting a murder mystery night to benefit Children’s Glioma Cancer. The dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mantua on September 10, 2011 with doors opening at 6pm. The fun-filled evening will have the Curtains-up Theater drama group performing the mystery. The mystery will focus on the finality of Rydell...

Pancake Breakfast a Success

Hiram - On April 20th the Hiram Police Department held a pancake breakfast fund raiser for the “Shop with a Cop” program. The event was a success in that $992.55 was raised for the program. The “Shop with a Cop” program provides Hiram/Garrettsville/Mantua area children, and their families, the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. The program is designed...

Trike-A-Thon Raises Money for St. Jude’s Hospital

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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.”...

County Library Levy To Be On Fall Ballot

Portage County - The Portage County District Library appeared before the County Commissioners recently to ask that a 1 mill, five-year operating levy be placed before the voters on the November ballot. The Library does not receive any money from the County but must have its proposed budget approved by a governmental body. The Library’s service area is defined...

Armstrong Laid To Rest in Arlington Cemetery

Arlington, VA - Decorated Vietnam War hero and Class of 1965 Garfield High School graduate Robert Earl Armstrong was buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery on April 25. Serving with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division in 1969, then-Sergeant Armstrong distinguished himself in two separate incidents.  In  one – a massive ambush in the Mang Yang Valley...

Make Dad Happy With Less Traditional Father’s Day Fare

Getting ready to gift Dad for Father’s Day? To those heading to the menswear department of their local clothing stores, do not even think about veering toward the tie display. Doesn’t Dad deserve something a little more than a necktie? Father’s Day celebrates the...

Race Nets $2,450 for Cancer Research

Garrettsville - The First Annual 5K Run /1 Mile Walk for kids cancer research was a smashing success as the Summerfest committee presented a check for $2450 to Friends of Melana. The $2450 presented was the proceeds from this year’s race and will be used to fund research for this horrific disease. The race, which was held during Summerfest, was...

Spring Gas-Up Show Begins 2014 Season for County Club

Wayne Township - The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club will start off their 33rd year with their annual Spring Gas-Up Show scheduled for Saturday, May, 10th.  The Club was formed 33 years ago and holds several events throughout the summer.  Club members open their beautiful grounds at 4026 St. Rt. 322 in Wayne Township, Ohio, on the 10th for...

The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Presents.… “Noises Off”

Garrettsville - Over a few hours, you will take a journey through the production and run of the play Nothing On (that is correct, not a typo). You will experience what really goes on behind the scenes during a production. Sometimes the drama behind the scenes is funnier than the drama on stage.  Act One takes place during a rehearsal...

Libraries Attend Legislative Day

Pictured, left to right: Cass Owens, Library Director, Reed Memorial Library; Cecilia Swanson, Library Director, Portage County District Library; Rep. Kathleen Clyde- 75th District; Corrine Alldridge, Assistant Library Director, Portage County District Library; Stacey Richardson, Library Director, Kent Free Library.

Columbus - Portage County District Library, along with Reed Memorial Library and Kent Free Library, attended Legislative Day on Wednesday, April 2 in Columbus. Each year, the libraries attend Legislative Day to meet with legislators to ask for their continued support. This year was especially important since libraries are asking that the General Assembly increase the Public Library Fund...

Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Fun in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Although the calendar claims that summer starts June 21, we all know that the season of summer fun kicks off with Memorial Day on May 25. In Garrettsville, that’s just the beginning! Memorial Day held its traditional public display of patriotic flags, ceremonial wreaths, the big parade and rousing speeches on Monday morning. Afterward, the grills heated up in nearly every back yard, neighbors and families finally gathering together again on decks and patios for eats, drinks and games. Finally.

Mantua’s Christmas Tour Of Homes

Mantua - The seventh bi-annual Mantua Christmas Tour of Homes kicks off this weekend. Four area homes are on the tour, including the home pictured above. Owner Christina Thompson and cousin, Cara Jean Somoskey with the help of other family and friends, decorated to the theme ‘Christmas at home with Christy at Fieldstone Cottage’. The wonderfully eclectic decorating style...

Garfield Boys Roll Their Way To Third Place At State

Columbus - On Saturday, March 5th the Garfield and Crestwood boy’s bowling teams competed in the State Championships at Wayne Webb’sColumbus Bowl.  It was the first trip to State for both teams. The G-Men got off to a great start in game one, led by Kyle Bolton’s 258 and Cody Berg’s 251.  They got some clutch bowling the rest of...

Cedar Point Announces First-Ever Run & Ride Event

Sandusky – Have you already cheated on your New Year’s resolution to get healthy? Well worry no more, Cedar Point has something that will help get you back on track – the inaugural Cedar Point Run & Ride race series. This fun new event will feature three races for competitors of all ages and skill levels: the Cedar Point...

Garfield Elementary Raises $1836.50 in “Roundup For A Cure”

Garrettsville - GES students in grades K-6 participated in an all day walk-a-thon Friday, May 22nd, entitled “Roundup For A Cure”. Students brought donations totaling $1836.50 which was donated to the Friends of Melana Foundation

The 8th Count Dance Center Celebrates Six Years

Garrettsville - “EXTRA, EXTRA Read All About It,” was the theme for The 8th Count Dance Center’s 2015 Recital.  The dance center held their 6th dance recital at the Iva Walker Auditorium Saturday, June 6, 2015. The recital carried the newspaper theme throughout the entire production. Using the newspaper, the dance center danced to musical selections that portrayed various...

Look to the library to help with planning your special day

Now that the congratulations have begun and as family members and friends have marveled at the ring, it’s now time to get busy on planning your wedding. Your feelings of being overwhelmed may have just begun, but there are many avenues available to help you sort out such questions as: Whom do I invite? Where do we hold the...

Hiram College’s New Black Box Theatre Opens with HAIR

Hiram - Hiram College’s Theatre Department opened the doors of its new Renner Black Box Theatre on campus last weekend with sold-out performances of the 1967 hippie-rock musical, HAIR. The new theatre, built in a space formerly occupied by three art studios in Frohring Art Building, was just recently completed. The cast of 22 diverse student performers with varying levels...

Trial By Fire For Johnson’s First Garrettsville Village Council Meeting

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.

Silver Creek Garden Club News

Garrettsville - The Silver Creek Garden Club of Garrettsville, recently met at the home of Colleen Steele.  Kathy Hanratty, the president of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio and landscape designer with Enviroscapes Design spoke on protecting and using native plants in the home landscape. Their next meeting set for 10:00 a.m May 22 will be hosted by...

Candlelight Winery Goes to the Dogs

Nelson Twp. - Often when we think of wineries we think of a nice glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and some relaxing music; we usually do not add dogs to the mix, however, this past Saturday was Pug Day at the winery which brought out pugs and all sorts of other breeds as well. Pugs...

Automotive Rehab Drives into Historic Garrettsville

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.

“Hi-Crier” Hits Newstands Thursday

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Mass Media Class under the direction of Mrs. Tina Downing in conjunction with The Weekly Villager, is pleased to announce their first edition of the “Hi-Crier”. Look for this quarterly publication produced by talented Garfield students who will share school district news, events and items of interest. The paper will...

Residents Discuss Storage Well

Hiram - Around 30 residents from Hiram and Mantua Townships attended a community meeting last Saturday to share their concerns about how a local storage well is affecting their lives, their roads and their families. At the meeting, citizens voiced concerns over the ill affects of the increase in 18-wheeled tanker truck traffic near their homes. Individuals provided photos...

Audience “Wowed” by Students’ Performance

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Intermediate School presented Carols and Choruses recently at their annual Christmas Concert. The 5th and 6th grade concert was under the direction of Mr. Gaither and had something for everyone. The concert started off with a new addition to the music department, the hand bell choir. The ten member hand bell choir played two holiday...

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.

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...

Nelson Voting will Return to the Community House

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting last week with all trustees and fiscal officer present. The minutes from the last regular meeting and special meeting were presented to the trustees and approved as presented with a vote of 2-1, one trustee objected to the minutes not being read. There were no copies of...

Live Christmas Performances at Sparrow Christian in Middlefield

Middlefield - Celebrate Christ’s coming at Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield during the month of December. The Church Boys will perform in the shop on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. The Church Boys are a local quartet and will perform many Christmas and gospel favorites. On the evening of Wed. Dec. 8, at 7pm, The First...

Miss Liberty House the First in Region for Homeless Female Veterans

Ravenna - There’s a dilapidated old house on Crown Avenue that’s been through fire and abandonment. It was all but forgotten, if not for becoming a...

Garfield G-Men F-League Regional Champs

Congratulations to the Garfield G-Men. These young men have worked really hard to accomplish their goal in making it to the state tournament in Alliance.

Village of Newton Falls Receives Recognition

Columbus – The Village of Newton Falls was honored for its achievements during the past year at the 2011 AMP/OMEA Annual Conference. Finance Director Tracy Reimbold  was honored for her outstanding service to the AMP Board of Trustees and the village was re-elected by AMP membership to a seat on the 20-member Board. Reimbold was reelected treasurer of the Board. A...

Garrettsville Chamber Seeks Vendors For Showcase

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce will host their 10th  Bi-Annual Business Showcase  on October 20, 2011 at James A. Garfield High School and they are currently looking for vendors for the event. The showcase gives Northeast Ohio venders an opportunity to market their business among friends for a nominal fee. The deadline for registration is October...

Vale Edge Hallmark & Florist, Ravenna’s Best Kept Secret

Ravenna - Vale Edge Hallmark and Florist have to be one of Ravenna’s best- kept secrets, well, at least until now. The store,  located at 247 S. Chestnut Street just southeast of the court house, offers Hallmark items and flowers plus a whole lot more. Owners, Betty and Charlie Lim meticulously keep the storefront appealing to the shopper by showcasing...

Hiram Celebrates Silver Photography

Hiram - The golden age of photography is really all about silver, and the new exhibit at Hiram “Before Digital: The Silver Age of Photography,” celebrates the days before Photoshop and memory cards through images with strong Hiram connections. The exhibit, which kicks off with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday November 8 at the Gelbke Fine Arts Center on...

Toth To Compete In National Bible Bee

Newton Falls - A local young person will be headed to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the 2011 National Bible Bee this November 16-19. Hannah-Abigail Toth excelled in Bible memorization and studied enough to secure one of 300 top scores from across the country during the Local Bible Bee Contest which was held on August 27 at Royal Redeemer...

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