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Pitcher Perfect!

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield senior baseball standout Brandon Baumgardner’s favorite song is “Lights Out” by P.O.D. It is no wonder the first game of the season Brandon was exactly that... LIGHTS OUT. When the lefty took the mound last Thursday at Waterloo little...

Area Business Closes

Garrettsville – Owners of The Garden Bistro  decided late Sunday night  that December 12th would be their  last official day of business. Co-owner Tawny Criblez stated via e-mail that “we have exhausted many possibilities, but the decision was made late tonight to no longer operate.” The Garden Bistro opened in the spring and provided diners with affordable meals and delicious...

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...

CMS Hosts Community Breakfast

Mantua - Recently, area leaders were invited to attend a special breakfast meeting at the Crestwood Middle School. The breakfast gathering, lead by  Principal Julie Schmidt, highlighted a variety of educational opportunities at CMS. Leaders and officials included Superintendent David Toth, Treasurer Jill Rowe, School Board Members, professionals from Crestwood’s other schools, and community leaders. The breakfast meeting gave...

James A. Garfield Elementary Recognized by State of Ohio

We should all be very proud of our students, staff and administrators. This award affirms what we have known for some time. Our teachers work hard to foster great relationships with kids. They use data to help learn about student strengths and weaknesses and then work together to make sure all students grow. This, coupled with the support of a great community and parents is an obvious recipe for success. Congratulations to James A. Garfield Elementary School staff, students and administrators on their phenomenal work.

Relay For Life Comes to Hiram College

Hiram - Hiram College will be holding its first annual Relay For Life, student-run event located at Charles A. Henry Field on April 1, 2011, starting at 6 p.m. until April 2, 2011, at 12 p.m. Hiram College’s official Relay For Life website has been running since late October and within just five months, teams have formed and have...

Special Hands Provide Store’s Unique Appeal

Middlefield - A new shop will soon open in Middlefield, notable not only for it’s distinct mix of products offered, but for the individuals who staff it. Upon entering the storefront, you may be greeted by Celeste, a friendly, hard-working store employee from the Metzenbaum Center, part of the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, who helps staff this...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

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.

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...

CMS Shares A Surprise

Mantua - At a school-wide assembly last Friday afternoon, staff and students at the Crestwood Middle School in Mantua gathered to learn the results of the school’s Kindness Challenge. The event, sponsored by CMS’s Rachel’s Challenge student organization, encouraged both CMS and Crestwood Intermediate students to document random acts of kindness to each other by noting them on slips...

Understanding Second Impact Syndrome

Perhaps thanks to professional sports leagues, concussions have become a hot-button issue within the medical community. Rules changes in the National Football League were enacted to protect players not only from concussions, but from further injury after suffering a concussion. Beginning with the 2010 season, NFLplayers who were diagnosed with a concussion during a game were not allowed to...

The 12 Deals of Christmas

Aurora - The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is launching a holiday retail promotion “The 12 Deals of Aurora” to run weekdays Dec. 3-18 with great offers from area businesses and organizations.  “The Aurora Chamber focuses on supporting local businesses and organizations that help make our city the great place it is.  This concept was developed to showcase some of our...

Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice Hope 5K Run/Walk raises over $10K

The inaugural Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice Hope 5K Run/Walk was held on October 4, 2014. Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice staff coordinated the day’s events to raise funds to continue providing care to uninsured and underinsured Portage County residents. Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice serves over 300 patients a year. In 2013, over $127,000 in charity care was provided to ensure a patient’s comfort at the end of life regardless of their ability to pay.

Don’t Miss The Geauga County Maple Festival This Weekend

Chardon - A sure sign that spring is around the corner is the Geauga County Maple Festival.  It is a celebration of the year’s maple season and the place where maple syrup producers showcase their best syrup.  The festival will take place April 24 – 27 on Historic Chardon Square. One of the highlights of the festival is the two...

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.

Troop 632 Caroling

Girl Scout Troop 632 of Garrettsville took a moment out of their Christmas break to spread some holiday cheer at The Woodlands in Ravenna. The girls brought smiles to the residents by singing some holiday favorites throughout the building. This is the third year that the Troop has gone to The Woodlands to carol. The residents and the staff...

A Christmas Tea

Burton - Usher in your holiday season at the elegant Friends of WomenSafe Christmas Tea.  Enjoy nibbling on dainty sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam while hearing the life story of Amelia Earhart and shopping a Chinese auction offering a variety of enticing certificates, baskets and unique items.  Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m....

Literary Musical Club News

Literary Musical Club (LMC) held their June meeting with a covered dish picnic. As usual the food was good and plenty of it. Thanks to Alma Jones for being such a nice hostess. It’s a shame only half of our members attend. Our business meeting was short with not much happening. We did decide on a Christmas fund raiser. Our program...

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...

Bombers Reach Food Drive Goal

Windham - Recently the students of Windham Junior and Senior High Schools had a canned food drive to benefit the Windham Salvation Army.  The students collected over 300 canned goods and raised $120.  As a reward for reaching their goals, the students were treated to a demonstration from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit.

Esta Everhart honored as Chaplain Emeritus

In appreciation for her many years of service, Reverend Esta Everhart of Garrettsville was bestowed the honorary title of Chaplain Emeritus by the Chaplaincy of Robinson Memorial Hospital and the Portage County Association for Pastoral Care. Esta became the first Chaplain for Robinson Memorial Hospital in 1974, paid by donations from local churches and coordinated by the Portage County Association...

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...

Boy Discovers Ancient Fossil Along Silver Creek

Summertime for a certain 9-year-old boy is an endless string of sun-filled days spent cooling off in Silver Creek, digging for buried treasures alongside his cousin and grandpa. A typical day along the creek bed turns up ancient brachiopod fossils, historic bricks from long-gone Garrettsville streets, or even desiccated cattle bones that could be mistaken as the skeletal remains of a dinosaur. Until one fine day, as they were creek walking near Liberty Street and the water treatment plant. It was June 26. Grandpa Larry Beatty asked, “What’s this?” Grandson Brendan picked up the blackened, 2-inch, cone-shaped relic, convinced they’d found a dinosaur tooth. There was only one way to find out...

Expansion on Industrial Drive in Garrettsville brings new life to Amweld Building

Garrettsville - Four Seasons Industries and Durajoint Concrete Accessories will both be moving to a new home, and luckily it is right here in Garrettsville!  Michael E. Diskin, owner of both companies, recently purchased the empty Amweld building on Industrial Drive and has been busy renovating the structure in preparation of moving his companies.Four Seasons Industries is a plastics...

Windham Youth Football Team wins Super Bowl

Windham - On October 26, 2013 the Bombers Junior Varsity Youth League Football Team was playing in the game of their young lives.  The team assembled at the Ed Liddle Field in Windham in front of a packed crowd and was ready to play the “Super Bowl” Game of the Portage Trail Conference Youth League. The game was scheduled...

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...

Local Students Experience Holiday Performance on Wheels

“It’s important for our children to experience life outside of school, within their global community. It’s a nice opportunity for them to get dressed up and enjoy something wonderful with their peers.” - CPS Principal Cindy Ducca

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...

A beautiful smile is for everyone!

Ravenna - Sometime after the invention of the mirror, but no later than 1,000 B.C., ancient Greeks began using base metals and cat gut in a determined effort to take the smile provided by nature and make it better. Today, gifted orthodontic specialists shape dazzling smiles while creating optimal form and function. Orthodontics has come a long way in...

Portage County to Hold Weeklong Celebration

Portage County Celebration Week, which will be held from August 24th through the 30th, is a week of festivities to share the exciting people, communities and organizations who help stitch together the fabric of Portage County.

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...

A Great Day for Goodnight’s

Hiram - “This is the next phase of our 36 years in the business,” shares Goodnight’s Kitchen & Bath, Inc. owner Jerry Goodnight, Junior. And it’s a great day in Hiram Village, as the family-run business relocates from their long-time home in Garrettsville. The Goodnights were unable to find space to suit their needs in Garrettsville. Thanks to a...

Children’s Parade Kicks Off Balloon-A-Fair Weekend In Ravenna

Ravenna - The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Children’s Parade, sponsored by Ravenna McDonalds, will take to the streets on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Registration will be from 5:30 - 6 p.m. at the downtown Ravenna corner of S. Prospect & Spruce Street. Entry judging will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with the parade stepping off at...

Crestwood Middle School Band Students Earn 57 Superior, and 13 Excellent Rankings

Mantua - Eighty CMS Band students participated in the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest April 9, 2011 held at Crestwood Middle School. Students in grades seven and eight performed 47 solos and in 22 ensembles. CMS Middle School band students received 57...

Sky Plaza IGA Makes Donation To NGCC Food Bank

On Wednesday, October 1st, Rich Hoffman from Sky Plaza IGA presented the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard with $500 worth of IGA Gift Cards to help those in need this holiday season. In addition, IGA also presented the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce with a donation of $312.50 for #GarrettsvilleStrong which was raised by the IGA bottled water fundraiser they held this summer.

Hiram College Hosts Healthcare Fair

Crestwood HS student Allison investigates the anatomy of a cadaver arm with orthopedic resident Dr. Drew Wroblewski

Hiram - Last week, Hiram College hosted a special health fair, giving participants the opportunity to learn about stress management and healthy eating, practice yoga and martial arts, enjoy a chair massage, play outdoor games like Frisbee or corn hole, and try out oversized games of Connect Four® or Jenga® on the lawn. But this was more than just...

Windham Celebrates Homecoming

Last Friday, Windham High School held their Annual Homecoming festivities. The event started Monday with Spirit week, which had the students dressing up to different themes each day and ended Saturday night with the annual dance. Friday at 4:30 pm, the Homecoming Parade was held with the high school band leading the way. Each class was represented in the parade...

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...

Retiring Hiram College President Tom Chema to deliver institution’s 164th Commencement Address

Hiram  – Retiring Hiram College President Tom Chema will deliver  the institution’s 164th Commencement address at graduation ceremonies planned for Saturday, May 17.  A total of 299 graduates will be awarded degrees. Chema has served as president for 11 years. During his presidency, undergraduate enrollment has grown by more than 40%; the Hiram campus has been transformed, with more than...

Ravenna McDonald’s Celebrates Its Grand Opening

Ravenna - McDonald’s at 418 West Main Street in Ravenna held their grand opening last Friday as they débuted their new state-of-the- art eco-friendly facility. Owners Chuck and Mary Galloway eagerly showed us the new facility and highlighted some of its amenities such as the new dual drive thru, low-energy LED recessed lighting in the dining room, new energy...

Area Seniors Unite!

LAF SOMe has a new partner!  That’s right, Life After 50, Seniors On the Move is partnering with the new Nelson Garrettsville Senior Social Club (NGSSC).  The NGSSC will offer weekly meetings for area seniors and LAF SOMe will continue to offer day trips and special event gatherings.  The two groups combined efforts will offer area seniors numerous opportunities...

Garrettsville Summerfest Celebrates 11 Years of Family Fun

Garrettsville - Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6:15pm on Friday, June 26th. Come out and listen to a great variety of music, take a stroll down Main Street, ride a few rides and, of course, eat some great festival food.  Get your family and friends together and stop by the Information Tent to grab your list for the 2015...

Crestwood and Ravenna School Districts to Share Food Service Operations

Mantua - The Boards of Education for both Crestwood Local Schools and Ravenna School District approved resolutions today to share food service operations beginning July 1, 2011. The agreement between the two districts is potentially the first shared services agreements in Northeast Ohio for public school districts. As approved by the boards, Jennifer Bujak-Hirsch of Crestwood Local Schools will continue...

Robinson Memorial Unveils New Surgical Wing & New Plan for the Future

Ravenna - Robinson Memorial Hospital is positioning itself as a forward-thinking, 21st-century countywide health care provider. During the open house of its new state-of-the-art surgical services department on October 25, the hospital also showcased its plan to phase out its antiquated management structure. Renovated Surgical Services The $20 million renovation project nearly doubled the old surgical department from 19,000 to 38,000...

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...

Despite rain, 900 Coalition Event is well attended

Garrettsville - On Sept. 8, 2012, the 900 Coalition held a free-to-the-public event at the former Paul's Lumber Yard. This function was the kick-off event for our organization which consists of members of the Garrettsville Safety Forces. Assembled were work vehicles from Scotchman Electric (Bucket Truck), Village Motors (Tow Truck), the Geauga County Sheriff (Emergency Command Vehicle), the Portage...

Newton Falls Prayer Shawl Ministry Celebrates Anniversary

Pictured above : 1st row - Janice McDaries, Gay Combs, Pam Workman; 2nd row- Penny Culver, Elizabeth Warren, Joyce Caldwell, Dorothy Saltsman, Geneva Staton and Nancy Lance; 3rd row- Sheila McDaniel, Carol Kyle and Nancy Thomas. Not pictured: Charlene McDaniel

Over 300 Prayer Shawl Lapghans have been given to people suffering from illness and many other needs. These shawls and laps have been given locally and mailed throughout the United States and to troops overseas.

Quiz Masters Make The Grade

Garrettsville - Bulletin: the James A. Garfield Quiz Masters appeared this past Saturday on the WEWS Channel 5 Academic Challenge program at 7:00.  Interesting mix of competitors--Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas County), Canton Central Catholic and Garfield.  Quite an extensive viewing area the station has from which  to draw participation.  It was a “Great Battle of the Brains” whereby the...

Garfield Students Participate In Math 24 Competition

Math 24 is a fast-paced competition where students are given four digits on a card and told they have to use each one (only once) in some combination to total 24. Points are awarded for the level of difficulty -- the quicker a student solves the combination, the further they advance, and can add, subtract, multiply, or divide with each set of numbers presented. Students compete in grades 4-8 throughout the county. Pictured are the competitors and high school proctors sent from Garfield School District.

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company