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Intermediate Students Participate In Math Tournaments

Garrettsville - G.I.S. students participated in the Portage County Math 24 Tournament on February 24th, 2012. Sixth grade participants included Andrew Morrissey, Kevin Splinter and Derek Miller. Andrew took 1st place for the second year in a row, Kevin took 3rd, and Derek took 4th. Fifth grade participants included Rachel Rader, Mei Mei Tannehill and Lyndsey Johns. Rachel took...

Windham Welcomes Monica’s Café

Windham - Monica’s Café is slated to open early February 2011 in the old T&J’s Restaurant located in the Shops of Windham next to the Sparkle Market in Windham.  The first question I asked owner Monica Welton was why a restaurant in this economy, and why now? Monica responded that she had always wanted to have her own restaurant...

Hiram Township Receives Four Grants For New Park

This year, new projects include installation of a gazebo, prairie, and play structures at the new park. At the Play Park, new clay will be added to the ball field, new mulch will be added to the playground, and a new bench will be installed.

Hiram - Beginning in March, village water rates will reflect a rate increase of 8%, or an estimated $.93 per each unit used per month. Sewer rates remain unchanged; Village Council enacted the water rate increase in their February meeting. Village Administrator James McGee reported receipt of water and sewer line work bids. He’ll be meeting with the Village...

Garrettsville Cinema OPEN!

Garrettsville - After months of intensive refurbishments and upgrades, the new owners of Garrettsville Cinema, Justin & Desiree Dlugokecki, held a weekend-long Grand Re-Opening celebration at their cinema. The owners were joined Saturday afternoon by Garrettsville Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chamber of Commerce President Benjamin Coll for a ribbon cutting commemorating the event.   

Poet McClanahan To Appear At Hiram College

Hiram - Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature invites you to attend a convocation with poet and essayist Rebecca McClanahan on March 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Pritchard Room of Hiram College Library. Rebecca McClanahan has published nine books, most recently Deep Light: New and Selected Poems and a suite of memoir-based essays, The Riddle Song...

Hiram Student Opens Gaming Store In Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Michelle Rosenbaum ’12 and a few of her Hiram classmates were driving home from a Cleveland card shop about a year ago when an idea hit them. “We all thought, ‘We really need a card shop closer,’” said Rosenbaum, a management major. “The one we came from was an hour away.” Many would have dismissed that thought as wishful...

Garrettsville Strong Team Raising Funds for Rebuilding

Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom - Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline Top - Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso Not pictured - Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Garrettsville - We are proud to announce that Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws have put together a team of local 12u and out of town players to raise money for the rebuilding of the businesses lost in the fire in Garrettsville a few weeks ago. We have 7 Garrettsville girls, 4 Crestwood, and 3 out of towner’s...

Garfield Schools Unite To Benefit Those in Need: Nearly Two Tons of Food Donated by Kids for Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard

Garrettsville - Once again, the generosity of our community has been proudly displayed; this time by our students and their families.  With the support of its teachers and administrators, the James A. Garfield Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High Schools joined forces to support our local food pantry, the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC).  Over the span of 10 days, the...

Portage County Gardeners Hold Cheese Workshop

After cooking up the milk and other cheese making ingredients, the group had to persevere to get the curds to finally process into cheese. Sarah Perdue and Mary Jo Ryan were given a round of applause as they finally got their curds to form into some cheese.

Fireman’s Carnival Returning to Windham this Summer

Windham - Despite rumors to the contrary, the village of Windham will have its annual carnival this summer, June 2 - 5, provided by McGinnis Amusements of Strongsville. Rides, games and food booths will occupy the area behind the fire station at 9601 East Center Street. Retired assistant fire chief Kenny Shearer stepped up to organize the summer fun and...

My FURRY Valentine

“Valentine’s Day celebrates love. These discarded, abused and homeless animals want love so badly and deserve it. We’ll have refreshments, snacks and of course, wonderful animals that need loving homes.” says Chalan Lowry, Executive Director.

Windham Township Changes Meeting Format

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled July meeting at the town hall. The meeting was brought to order by chairman Dann Timmons who announced changes in the format of the meeting. Due to complaints from residents, the minutes will no longer be read aloud, however a limited number of printed copies will be available at...

Garrettsville was Feastin’ and Groovin’ for #GarrettsvilleStrong

Fifty folks “Got Their Groove On” Saturday at the Zumba-a-Thon held at the high school with Heather Kovac. Photo: Denise Bly

Garrettsville - It has been  30 days since the historic Buckeye Block of Garrettsville was engulfed in flames and reduced to a pile of rubble. The tragic event birthed #GarrettsvilleStrong which is raising funds to ensure the historic block is rebuilt.  Weekly, there have been various groups that have registered and are holding events to raise money to rebuild...

Local Artist’s Work Becomes A “Hands-On” Experience

And another thing about the GREAT BIG  Home and Garden Show…. We got to meet up with internationally-known local light, Joe Leonard, woodcarver par excellence, creator of carousel horses, church installations, mythical creatures of all kinds.  He was represented--and did us proud--by an armored carousel horse featured at the entrance next to the hot cars (They were , wouldn’t you...

Garrettsville YMCA Kicks Off Summer Camp for Kids

Campers will play games and sports, do arts and crafts, spend time outside, get messy, go on field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, participate in community projects, enjoy swimming every Thursday at the Geauga YMCA, and make new friends. The school-age program offers fun weekly themes that align with Ohio’s Common Core K-12 state standards. The curriculum includes activities in the following areas: arts & humanities; character development; large motor skills and fitness; literacy; science and math, STEM, nutrition, and service learning projects.

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...

Mount Union Rising Star Nick Mock ’14 Releases First EP

Where would you find a music star in the making on a Friday night? Most likely at a gig; so grab a front row seat to hear the natural vocals and acoustic guitar of senior Nick Mock of Newton Falls, OH. English student by day, singer-songwriter by night, passionate artist 24/7; his talent and determination promise to take him...

JAG Hall of Fame Induction – Cory Johnson

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zysuuT9b710] Cory Johnson (Class of 2005) was inducted into the JAG Hall of Fame on April 30, 2016. Click here to read more.

Daylily Society to Participate at Village Flea Market

The Western Reserve Daylily Society (WRDS) will be selling modern hybrid daylilies at the Chesterland Historical Village Flea Market, corner of Caves and Mayfield Rd., on August 18, 8AM-3PM. WRDS will be featuring registered daylilies released by nationally known hybridizers located in Northeast Ohio including: Roy Woodhall, Moldovan Gardens, Avon Lake, OH; Gerda Brooker, Victorian Gardens, Strongsville, OH; and Curt...

Trauma Informed Care – A Type of Therapy Being Used at Ravenna’s Children’s Advantage

For a child, being able to draw may be the only way of telling adults about a terrible, frightening or violent experience. Two young area children who are working through trauma have been drawing for NiCole Bartlett, a therapist at Children’s Advantage in Ravenna. One of the simple drawings shows a family room with a mother and beloved pet. The other is Bartlett’s office with a poster that reads “Color Outside the Lines.” These are the children’s safe places from bad dreams, anger and fear.

Health department holds Back-to-School Immunization Clinics to help parents meet the state immunization requirements

Regular Childhood Immunization Clinics are held every Wednesday from 8:00am-12:00 noon at the Portage County Health Department. Additional locations for childhood immunizations provided by the Portage County Health Department are Kent City Health Department-every 3rd Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Windham Renaissance Family Center-every 4th Tuesday from 11:00am-3:00pm.

“And the results are in!”

The results from Garrettsville Summerfest's 2014 contests have been received. Award winners are listed as follows. ==================== Garrettsville Idol Youth: Olivia Sheer Teen: Jasmine Nevarez Adult: Jason Stachowski Car or Cash Raffle Grand: Mona Scapillini Second: Mattew Molner Third: Savannah Lorinchack Fourth: Bob Faber 10th Annual Garrettsville Lions Club Punt, Pass & Kick Contest 1st Place 4 Year Old Female Division: Reese Angel 1st Place 6 Year Old Female Division: Avery Angel 1st...

Young Entrepreneurs Are #GarrettsvilleStrong

  Streetsboro - After learning about lemonade stands and fundraising at school, Streetsboro students Bradley Stevens and Owen Murphy enlisted the help of their friends Connor Stevens; Jaedon Keba, Hayle and Mason to launch their own lemonade stand. Working together these young entrepreneurs raised $80 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund! Last Friday Connor, Bradley, and Owen met with Chamber President Benjamin Coll...

Local Groups Meet to Connect Communities Along Headwaters Trail

This was the third meeting of the group, which includes a collaboration of local mayors, city and township officials, and community organizations from Aurora, Garrettsville, Hiram Village, Hiram Township, Mantua Village and Mantua Township. Their mission is to connect these contiguous communities via improvements to the Portage Parks District Headwaters Trail, which runs through each locality.

Three Couples are a Charm for Library Wedding Day

Garrettsville - In the fairytale storytelling world, the number three is a popular and symbolic numeral. There are Goldilocks and her three bears, the three little pigs and their villainous wolf, three billy goats who encounter a troll, a genie who always grants three wishes (no more, no less), and the three good fairies who try to protect the...

Garrettsville Area Chamber News

Garrettsville - The November 3rd Garrettsville Area Chamber Meeting was held at the Nelson United Methodist Church. Thank you to Pastor Rick for hosting the meeting and a big thanks to Pam and Norma for the tasty breakfast. Ruth Simera gave the treasurer’s report and was happy to announce that there is over $2000 in the flower basket fund for...

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...

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...

Pinwheels for Prevention

Pinwheels for prevention are on display on the lawn of the Hiram Municipal Building to promote child abuse awareness. The program is sponsored by the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Group.

Hiram - According to statistics posted on the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Center’s website, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. For 90% of those children, a known and trusted adult often inflicts the abuse. Armed only with gutter spikes (to make planting pinwheels easier), and determination to...

RFC Holds Indoor Garage Sale

Windham - The Renaissance Family Center RFC held their one-day Annual Indoor Garage Sale last Saturday. Long before the scheduled 9am opening time, folks started lining up at the door ready to converge on the facility to find that special item at bargain prices. The doors opened at 9am and folks quickly started snagging the bargains. The facility became...

Robinson Health Center Breaks Ground in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - The cold and snow did not deter folks from attending the ground breaking ceremony for the new Robinson Health Center in Garrettsville. On December 9, 2010 about 20 people gathered at the intersection of Liberty Street and South Street, the future site of the Robinson Health Center to observe and or take part in the ceremony. After...

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...

JAG Teacher Earns National Award for Teaching Tolerance

Just last Sunday, the James A. Garfield High School Class of 2012 celebrated its commencement exercises, the students officially closing the door on their high school career. Suddenly, all those teachers they spent day after day with were relegated to a file cabinet of high school memories... except for one or two great teachers who truly affected their outlook...

House of Holiday Ornaments, Not Just A Christmas Store

Ravenna -  House of Holiday Ornaments (HO HO) is a long-standing business in Ravenna and has been for more than 14 years, riding out the economic rollercoaster. Owner Barbara Burns said when she originally planned for the shop she was looking for ornaments, hand -carved Santas and Pipka Santas. She chose the name House of Holiday Ornaments because she...

Here Is Pie In Your Face

You might say that the Rotary Pie Auction at the Mantua Potato Festival was a “Smashing” success. Unexpectedly, it became a “pie in your face” experience for some. That is, if you were willing to up the ante and pay extra bucks to put a pie in the face of the famous baker. At the suggestion of the auctioneer bidding started out at $250 per pie but then he surprisingly upped the stakes to $500 “if you would like to put the pie in the face of the baker”. At least three people stepped up and did just that. $500 was paid to “pie in the face Police Chief Harry Buchert (right), and the young children of School Superintendent Dave Toth seized the moment to “pie in the face” dear old Dad (above). A crowd of 100 or more looked on and was thoroughly delighted by the antics of the bakers and the buyers. It is a credit to our community that these two leaders so good naturedly stepped up to the plate (pie).

Hiram Village News

Hiram - In planning and zoning matters it was earlier reported that the Commission has recommended that Hiram Village adjust its fees on par with other area community zoning permit fees. The new zoning fee schedule will be submitted to Council at the January 2011 meeting. An organizational meeting for 2011 is scheduled for January 4th beginning at 7pm. The...

It’s Time To “Discover Garrettsville”

Garrettsville – Take a village located in the heart of the Western Reserve, add a group of motivated business owners, and you have the makings of an amazing promotional campaign designed to encourage and reward people who explore everything the Garrettsville Area has to offer. Beginning Friday, April 1st and running through September 30, you will have the opportunity to...

Kali Hilfer wins $2000 for Windham’s Prom

Windham - Windham Board of Education (BOE) met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the board offices on April 25, 2013 with all board members present. The treasurer was unavailable for the meeting. In student achievement, Kali Hilfer brought home 1st place out of over 20 schools represented in the banner contest for “None for Under 21” Rally held at...

Community Celebrates Centennial

The Mantua Restoration Society, in conjunction with the Mantua Historical Society, is hosting the event on Saturday, to demonstrate what Carole Pollard refers to as, “the sweep of time the building has been through,” Both groups plan to have several exhibits throughout the building, highlighting world and local events that occurred throughout its century of life. In addition, a small classroom exhibit will showcase desks, materials, clothing and photos from the early life of the school. The event will include tours of the building, as well as ice cream and cake to celebrate the building’s historic 100th birthday.

4.8 mills Renewal for Crestwood School District on May 5th Ballot

On Tuesday, May 5, the Crestwood School District will be asking local residents for a 4.8 mills, four-year, tax renewal. A ‘yes’ vote on this levy will not result in a tax increase for voters -- it’s a renewal of the levy originally passed in 2012. If this renewal levy passes in May, it will take effect in the fall of 2017. The original levy, passed in 2012, will expire in 2016.

Fire Hits Garrettsville Area Again

Nelson Twp. - Black smoke rose up in plumes high above Garrettsville as a raging fire burned… again. Just about a week after a block of historic Main Street went up in flames, a large storage unit leased by Hermann Pickle Farm burnt to the ground on April 2 along Norton Road in neighboring Nelson Township. Located on property just west...

Brigadoon is a Smashing Success

Garrettsville - This past weekend the cast and crew of Brigadoon’s hard work paid off,  as they did four nearly sold-out performances of the musical over the weekend. The musical was under the direction of Joe Gaither. Last December, they held auditions for the musical and Megan Ryser landed the part of Fiona MacLaren, while Griffen Young landed the men’s...

A Successful Resolution — Food & Fellowship

Nelson Twp. - January is traditionally a time to make resolutions, with eating healthy, spending more time with family & friends, and helping others topping the list. If you’re looking for some motivation for your own resolutions, or would like to hear about some local folks who’ve managed to be successful at all three for the last 20 years,...

Walk On! Christmas Walk Continues This Weekend!

One down, one to go. The Christmas Walk, in its 17th incarnation since being revived in 1980, seems to be off to a relatively good start.  The weather has been fairly co-operative—dampish  occasionally, cold often but frequently bright and seasonal.  What do we expect?  It’s November in Ohio! (Just a word of warning  : Typhoon Nuri or something is going...

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...

Hands Help From Hiram Hill

Hiram - Members from the Hiram College community, past, present and future, made citizens all over the United States see red last Saturday. Gathering at over two dozen locations around the country as part of the annual Alumni Volunteer Day, about three hundred alumni, friends and family – the largest registration in the event’s thirteen year existence! - invaded various...

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...

Tree City Carvers: A Community Minded Club!

In the photo you see Scott and Trish Snyder receiving a check from club secretary, Diane Harto. They are surrounded by members of the club who are veterans. They are from left to right: Tom Buck, Richard Ball, Hal Hall, Vickie Yendriga, Bill Alexander, Ken Durick, Joe Lansky, and Sam Vechter. In the center are Trish & Scott Snyder and Diane Harto handing over the check.

Kent - On February 17, 2015 the Tree City Carvers, of Kent presented a check for $250.00 to Scott and Trish Snyder of Hero’s Rock. After giving a talk at the carving club meeting, the members of the Tree City Carvers were so moved by the dedication of the Snyders to their cause that they voted to make a monetary...

A Weekend to Remember!

Windham’s Bicentennial is now just chapters in the history books but before we close the book out lets take a walk through the pages where memories were made, shared and lived. Folks from all over the country flocked back to Windham this past weekend to celebrate the town’s bicentennial. Some traveled from as far away as California and Mexico...