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G-Men Classic A Rolling Success

Garrettsville - The First  Annual G-Men Classic High School Bowling Tournament was held on Saturday, January 29th at SkyLanes. A packed house of hundreds watched sixteen teams consisting of the top boys and girls in Northeast Ohio bowl for the championship trophy in each division. The boys from Massillon Perry defeated Garfield in the finals while the Hubbard girls (pictured) dominated...

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...

A Day of Remembrance in Mantua

In addition, in honor of Veterans Day, flags representing each branch of service were flying high at the Mantua Veterans Memorial. This was the first Veteran’s Day observance at the Memorial, which was dedicated last Memorial Day.

Walk For Recovery This Saturday

Volunteers will be raising money to increase education about mental illness and addiction and support persons working on recovery. All money raised will stay in Portage County. Supporting the Walk for Recovery helps NAMI Portage County continue to be a resource for persons with mental illness and their families as well as be an advocate with them and for them. If you would like to be a team captain or are interested in being a walker, call 330-673-1756, ext. 201, for a registration form and information. If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, or have any questions, contact NAMI Vice President Roger Cram at rfcram@aol.com.

Custom Car Leaders Form Partnership

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

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.

Garrettsville SummerFest To Hold Scotch Doubles Bowling Fundraiser This Weekend

Garrettsville - It is January and it is hard to believe the Garrettsville SummerFest Committee is already hard at work looking for ways to improve the largest summer celebration in Portage County, Ohio. This three-day event is jam-packed with live entertainment and music in addition to rides, games, contests, car show, fireworks and more. This year on June 28-30,...

A Strong Weekend for #GarrettsvilleStrong

Garrettsville - On Saturday, October 11th the Daisies of Girl Scout Troop 90206 learned valuable lessons in community service, fundraising, and salesmanship by selling pumpkins which were donated by J.A. Garfield alum Dennis Pochedly. The girls, and their parents, raised $556 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund in only five hours! The remaining pumpkins were donated to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard. On Sunday,...

“A Morning at the Farmers’ Market”

My wife and I went on a date to the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market Farm to Table Event which was held on March 18 at Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. It was the last day of the winter market season and we were looking forward to attending. As we walked through Lowe’s we were met by a sign that pointed...

Girl Scouts & Friends Raise Funds for Classmate

Mantua - Recently at Crestwood Intermediate School, 4th grade Girl Scout Junior Troops #243, #533 & #442 sold homemade bracelets to fellow students to support classmate Mathieu Arotin.  Mathieu has a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 (SMA type 2).  Due to this disease, Mathieu is confined to a power wheelchair. The wheelchair gives him the ability to...

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...

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...

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...

Burton Village Welcomes Ox-Tober Fest

Burton - Autumn is the perfect time of the year to visit Burton Village.  The beauty of fall is never the same from year to year as the hardwood trees explode into an amazing array of colors.  Slower days and starry nights combine for a soothing season before being tucked in for a long winter. The Burton Chamber of Commerce’s...

Not even the weather could stop Spudtacular Potato Fest

Mantua - This past weekend, Mantua hosted the 39th annual Potato Festival. Although it started off soggy with heavy downpours on opening day, the Festival delivered big smiles to an anxious and excitable crowd. Originally created as a Potato Show back in the day,  the current Festival focuses on all aspects of potato consumption, not production – adding to...

Model Employee Retires in Hiram Township

At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service.

Hiram Twp. - At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service. According to Road Supervisor Tom Matota, Bello joined the Township’s Road Services team after having retired from a similar role with the Portage County Engineers Office. When he joined the township, he...

Garfield Grads Make Garrettsville Proud

Garrettsville - Where? Garrettsville. You know, north of Ravenna, tucked up in the corner of Portage County. And for the many who didn’t know we existed, or barely gave us a passing notice, we are definitely on the map now, thanks to the election last week. James A. Garfield graduates, Tommie Jo Marsilio and Kathleen Clyde, are hometown girls with...

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...

Tractor Parade to Honor Breast Cancer Warriors

Calling all tractor lovers, owners, or those who have access to tractors, Summerfest is looking for you! That’s right -- the Summerfest Committee is looking for  tractor owners for the Seventh Annual Tractor Parade held during Garrettsville Summerfest on June 28, 2014 in Garrettsville. This year’s Tractor Parade Theme is “Breast Cancer Warrior” and will have everyone seeing pink on ...

Windham Township Considers Road Resurfacing

Windham Twp. - The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 1, 2014 with all trustees, fiscal officer, five residents and one guest in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes and expenditures for the month of April. Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance was in attendance to review the insurance policy that is up for renewal....

Jerry Returns to Kehoe’s Used Cars

Garrettsville  - Jerry’s back! Jerry Kehoe has returned to his namesake, Jerry Kehoe’s Used Cars, at 10755 South Street, just in time for the business’ 35th anniversary. Jerry and his wife, Lynette, have bought back the used car lot from Eric and Meredith Hedges after a year-long experiment in retirement. “Our whole life is right here,” Jerry says with a smile...

NGCC Offering Snackpack Program

Garrettsville - The Cupboard is all about Community and its offering a new service for families   still working hard to regain their feet; it’s called the Weekend Snackpack Program.  It’s being made available to eligible students in the James A. Garfield Local School District on a monthly basis and provides a bag of healthy and easy-to-prepare snack foods...

EMS Boot Camp

Garrettsville - Do you need a little motivation to lose weight, diet properly and exercise? Community EMS Boot Camp is a weight-loss challenge in the form of two physical fitness tests over a three-month period for only $20. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt upon completion of Boot Camp. Gift card prizes will also be awarded to the...

Winter Thaw Re-Opens Garrettsville Bridge

Garrettsville - The break in winter weather we experienced last week was just what ODOT needed to take the wraps off the State Route 82 Bridge and re-open it to vehicle traffic... nine months after the old bridge was closed for demolition and reconstruction. The new, rolled steel frame bridge spanning Eagle Creek at Windham and Main Streets (SR 82)...

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...

Ovens is Hiram Officer of the Year

Hiram - Patrolman Dave Ovens has been selected at “Hiram Police Department Officer of the Year” by his peers for 2012. Ptl. Ovens has continually shown that he is willing to go above and beyond and has dedicated himself to serving as a mentor to the other officers of the Hiram Police Department. Ptl. Ovens is instrumental in the...

Plan To Attend The Vintage Style Show At Portage County Gardeners Center

Ravenna - Oak Branch Garden Club will be holding a Vintage Style Show at 1:30 on June 25 at The Portage County Gardeners Center 5154 Prospect Street in Ravenna. The Oak members have a woolen swim suit from the early 1900’s as well as a Civil War era hoop skirted dress, pioneer dress, and several flapper dresses from the...

Six Months Since the Fire… Where Are We Now?

What started as a small blaze on the roof behind Miller’s Lawn & Garden quickly spread to become the greatest disaster to befall this historic village. Exhaustive efforts from local firefighters (supported by more than 100 firefighters from 34 neighboring departments) were no match for the hungry blaze which tore through the 1850s-era wooden structure which had just been freshly renovated and fully occupied by a dozen businesses. Between lunchtime and dinnertime that fateful Saturday, what began as a simple hot seal-and-patch roof repair job became the assumed (although never officially determined) spark for the blaze which leveled the Buckeye Block — all except for the tiny brick and firewalled law office building which withstood the devastation. It remains as a lone witness to the level grassy field on which it now stands, six months later. As measured by the crowd-filled streets the day of the fire — and the outpouring of support for the community ever since — people here and nearby take the Great Garrettsville Fire seriously and personally. But no one felt the loss more keenly than Mike Maschek, the primary owner of the building. He had just completed the renovation project which had transformed the Buckeye Block Building from a sorry, sagging eyesore to a thriving example of “revival and restoration,” as he called it. True to form, this man of vision and faith choked back any signs of defeat. The day after the fire, Maschek stated, “To be continued... It's still all about revival and restoration.”

Portage County District Library’s New Library Board of Trustees Officers

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library announced its new Library Board of Trustees officers at its January 16 meeting. Pictured above (left to right) are Deborrah Defer, Secretary; Stephen Spencer, President; and Roberta Zuver, Vice President. Library board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. Meetings are open to the public and locations vary...

Appreciation Dinner Held for Station 43

Newton Falls - The Community Center in Newton Falls is a busy place and the first Saturday in April was no exception as dozens of firefighters and EMTs converged on the town’s meeting place. But unlike most other occasions when hordes of first-responders gather in one location, no lights and sirens were necessary as the purpose was one of celebration...

Tanning Salon Under New Management in Mantua

Mantua - If you’re dreaming of a tropical get-away, but you’re unable to actually leave town, check out Sunscape Tanning and Boutique on East Prospect Street in Mantua. Now, you won’t need to rely on Mother Nature to get or maintain a gorgeous tan. The shop, which is under new management, features seven tanning beds that provide three levels...

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...

Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at the Library

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it has just added Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at two of its five branch locations. The Garrettsville Library and the Windham Library have added the stations as a resource for early childhood learning. Each station features educational titles in every curriculum area, which are carefully chosen for age...

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...

Scouts Clean Walking Path in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Boy Scout Troop 112 of Newton Falls was rechartered by Amvets Post 112 in 2010. Since then every spring the boys have taken on the task of cleaning up the walking path in Newton Falls. This year, with a growing number of boys coming into the troop, we were able to have 2 groups of boys...

GCPL introduces Club Ink, with writing workshops, author presentations and cultural events

Geauga County Public Library is proud to introduce Club Ink, an engaging series of events and workshops celebrating culture and the written and spoken word. We are bringing a lineup of outstanding writers to Geauga County this year and into 2018. The action kicks off in July and features: ? Rachele Alpine, July 5, 7 p.m., Chardon* ? Thrity Umrigar, Aug....

900 Coalition: Restoring Garrettsville’s Historic Identity

GARRETTSVILLE - A new grassroots organization called the 900 Coalition is hosting their first community fundraising event: “Tools of the Trades Day” on Saturday, September 8, at the former Paul’s Lumber Yard at 8018 French Street (off of Freedom Street) from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Vehicles from many different occupations and trades will be on display for kids...

14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Geauga County - One would think we went to great lengths to plan our 14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour on May 14th with 14 NEW stops… but what we really have there is what is referred to as a ‘Happy accident.’  But however it happened, be sure to get that date on your calendar because it is sure to...

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...

Chilling Station Brings Frozen Treats To Mantua

Mantua - There’s a new ice cream shop in town, just in time for warm weather to get folks hiking or biking along the Headwaters Trail in Mantua. The Chilling Station, owned by brothers John and Phil Rath, who also own Compass Packaging, decided to revert an unused building at their facility back to its former life -- at...

Limited Edition Garrettsville Mugs Raise Funds for Rebuild Effort

Garrettsville - This view of Garrettsville is especially important to ceramic artist Missy Steele who moved from Garrettsville to Pittsburgh when she was 18, but still has family is still here. “This is where I did most of my growing up, and this is where I return for holidays and special occasions. Honestly, it’s the place I still call...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - After calling the July 30th Special Village Council meeting to order, Mayor Lou Bertrand took the opportunity to recognize the EMS crew responsible for the 2012 Save of the Year Award. The EMS responders recognized were: Chief Bill Byers, Assistant Chief Mark Kozak, Captain Gary Bott, Firefighter Kevin Sponaugle and Firefighter Nate Miller. Chief Byers and Firefighter...

Petrie and Beach are Crowned Garfield’s Royalty

Garrettsville - The week leading up to homecoming is always an exciting week as the student council held spirit week with various themes. Monday’s theme was camouflage, Tuesday was tie-dyed, Wednesday was class t-shirts, Thursday was pink for breast cancer awareness and Friday was black and gold. Besides the themed days, they had a bonfire night, hall-decorating contest, fence...

SummerFest announces First Couple

Jessica Goforth will tie the knot with her prince Nick Hundzsa Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 3pm in down town Garrettsville on the main stage at SummerFest. Garrettsville Mayor Craig Moser will officiate at the nuptials. Jessica met Nick on a school playground when she was only 14 years old and Nick was 16 years old. They fell in love...

Area Sewing Shops Band Together To Benefit Local Food Banks & Shelters

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if stores offered free gifts for just walking through the door?  That is exactly what will be happening for sewing enthusiasts when 9 area sewing stores band together for the first annual Charming Quilt Shop Tour August 25 through Sept 3. What makes it even better for sewing fans is that the purchase of their shop...

Mantua Village Garden Club Plans Guided Tour

The Mantua Village Garden Club will be taking their members to Perennial Post Gardens, in Middlefield, on Monday July 13th. Clara Miller, owner, will be giving the group a guided tour of her gardens, and speaking about the many varieties of hosta, and their shady companions. Time will allow for members to explore, and purchase new additions for their...

Long-Time Hiram Resident Supports EMS Levy

Early one morning late winter morning in 2013, Dave’s son-in-law Rob stopped by the house, to drop off a grandson for Dave to babysit. Shortly after Rob’s arrival, however, without notice, Dave suddenly dropped to the floor. Dave related the story he’s been told, since he has no memory of what happened -- the last thing he remembers is talking with Rob.

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Garrettsville - Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.   Many came out to partake in  the fun which included traditional Irish fare, leprechauns, shopping and a variety of enjoyable family-friendly entertainment. Thank you to the area businesses whose  participation made the Chamber’s annual...

Newton Falls Team Advances To State Finals

Newton Falls 12U Girls fast pitch team won the Meander District tournament defeating Austintown 11-1 to finish the regular season 15-0. This team has advanced to the Ohio Girls Softball Organization (OGSO) state tournament and won its first 2 games.  The girls will play in the OGSO State finals on Saturday, July 30, at 4:15 in Randolph, Ohio.  They play...

CHS Musical Is Classic Spoof

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” Crestwood HS Mantua Ohio

Mantua - “Like Monty Python meets Mel Brooks,” is how Crestwood High School Drama Director Monica Lazanich describes this year’s spring musical, “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” The play, written by Mary Lynn Dobson, is based on the classic story, but with pop-culture references and a more modern take on what the characters might be like today. The...

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