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Village Piecemakers Draw Winner

Garrettsville - The Village Piecemakers, a Garrettsville area quilt guild raffled a beautiful king size quilt over the Christmas season. The winning ticket was drawn by Iva Walker as the quilt was displayed and tickets were sold in her home during the...

Garrettsville-based Catacel Corporation Is Finalist In 2011 Brinks Innovation Competition

Chicago – Intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is pleased to announce the five finalists for its 3rd Annual Brinks Innovation Competition, a leading Midwest competition for entrepreneurs in clean and green technology. The five finalists are AquaMost Inc.; Catacel Corporation; cycleWood Solutions LLC; Ecologic Tech; and Lightweight Structures LLC. Companies submitting entries in the Brinks Innovation...

Garfield Marching Pride’s Longest Day

James A. Garfield High School’s Marching Pride Band took this past weekend by storm as they performed four times in 24 hours.

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...

The 8th Count Dance Center “Mobs” Garrettsville

Garrettsville - In honor of National Dance Week, the 8th Count Dance Center participated in the nation-wide dance flash mob and “mobbed” their city. This past Sunday afternoon, the 8th Count Dance Center Dancers and their families learned the routine that all the studios were using for Dance Week. Miss Emily took time to learn the dance and then...

Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

The phobia of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia (try saying that five times fast). The superstition of Friday the 13th being unlucky is a common cultural phenomena. Skyscrapers in New York have no 13th floors, black cats crossing people’s yard on this day have been murdered, and fewer robberies occur on this unlucky date. But where did...

Local Author Announces Book Signing

Cortland - Don A. DeWitt, of Cortland, Ohio, author of U.S. Marines at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, announces the release of his third book. Mr. DeWitt is also the author of Former Marine’s Unbroken Spirit, and of, Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do: Brief History, Katas and Masters in Shotokan’s Development. Mr. DeWitt will be holding a book signing from 2:00 PM – 4:00...

Oldest Cemetery in Lake Milton Rededicated

Berlin Center - On April 28th, 2012, David Corll of Berlin Center, Ohio completed his Eagle Scout Project in historic fashion.  Mr. Corll’s Eagle Scout Project involved the complete renovation of Lake Milton’s oldest cemetery.  Accompanied by his parents (Joann and Paul Corll), family and friends, and local dignitaries, the rededication ceremony was also honored to have the 8th...

New Federal Regulations for CDLs

Columbus  –Beginning January 30, 2012, new federal regulations require ALL Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to self-certify their type of commercial driving. This will be done at the time of issuance or renewal of the CDL. BMV will not begin accepting the self-certification forms until January 30, 2012. Failing to Self-Certify by completing the required BMV 2159 and/or submitting the...

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...

Geauga Libraries Restore Hours

Because of voter support in November, the Geauga County Public Library system will reinstate opening at 9:00 a.m. six days a week at Bainbridge,   Chardon, Geauga West, and Middlefield libraries beginning January 3. Sunday hours remain 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Story-time classes continue, and additional programs for school-age children, teens, and adults will begin soon. The website has been...

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...

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...

Crestwood High School Hosts Local Math Competition

Mantua - Crestwood High School’s applied math class did more than just apply their learned math skills.  Along with the trigonometry class from James A. Garfield, these juniors and seniors competed in a series of competitions with their homemade trebuchets, miniature medieval-style catapults, in Crestwood High School’s gymnasium May 4. From designing with blueprints to construction of these catapults,...

Program Highlights Choices & Consequences

Hiram - Recently, roughly 2,000 high school seniors from 16 area schools arrived on the Hiram College campus. The students weren’t there en masse for a college visit or orientation opportunity, but for a serious lesson to guide them in making good decisions during the upcoming prom and graduation season. As students arrived, they encountered a mock crash scene in...

Heads Up!

Check out the James A. Garfield Marching Pride band on Friday as they reprise their  hard--and hot --work this week at band camp, offering a preview of the band shows coming up this fall for football season. Dennis Wolff is busting his buttons lately (and it’s not just from polishing off blueberry pies, muffins, cobblers, jam, etc.).  Son Frank out...

Fire Board Considers Ambulance Purchase

Windham - The W.V.F.D. Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently.  Prior to the meeting each board member had an opportunity to see the possible new ambulance for the district. The new ambulance is a 2010 Ford E-450 super...

Walk. Play. Fundraise. at Geauga Humane Society’s Woofstock

Novelty, OH - Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village announces Woofstock 2012, Northeast Ohio’s largest (and coolest!) one-day, outdoor fundraising festival for dogs and their people.  Raise funds to help Rescue Village touch the lives of 4,000 animals every year. Join the fun at Woofstock on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at beautiful Holden Arboretum. Strut your mutt in our one-mile dog...

Trenney To Appear At Hiram College

Hiram - Prize-winning organist Tom Trenney will bring silent films to life on the Hiram College campus, Friday, February 11th  at 7:00 pm. This will be Trenney’s thirteenth February visit to Hiram, funded by the Hiram Community Trust Fund. Trenney impresses audiences all over...

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...

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.

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...

Newton’s Apples Celebrates Mother’s Day

Newton Falls - In observance of Mothers Day, Newton’s Apples Childcare & Learning Center invited their Mommies to attend a special “Mommies & Muffins” reception to celebrate and honor their Mothers. This is the 6th year that Newton’s Apples has invited their Mommies to attend this special event. The children of Newton’s Apples celebrated their Mothers on Friday, May 9....

Quilts and the Underground Railroad

The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad. Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes.

Newton Falls - The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad.  Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes. Mrs. Jean Watkins has a background of arts and...

Revitalized Reveal for Remedy Cafe

Newton Falls - Many Villager readers remember the fire that swept through Garrettsville’s downtown business district, altering the landscape and effectively redirecting the lives of several townspeople in one afternoon. But even before that March day last year, the residents of Newton Falls experienced a similar situation as smoke and flames burst through the windows of an apartment located...

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.

Residents Outraged Over Trustees Decision

Windham Twp. - Windham township monthly meeting started off with its regular format and quickly turned ugly after the trustees voted to not renew 15 year veteran Road Supervisor Rich Gano’s contract. The board took care of the new year’s business of appointing chairman and vice chairmen, filling zoning board positions and appeals position along with approving temporary appropriations...

Cause of Garrettsville Fire Officially “Undetermined”

Garrettsville - The Ohio State Fire Marshal announced last week that the cause of the March 22 fire which decimated the Buckeye Block on historic Main Street is officially undetermined.  At the same time, the fire marshal’s public information officer, Michael Duschesne, noted that state investigators had taken into consideration that hot-seal repair/patch work was being done on a portion...

Financial Education

Christopher Perme of Perme Financial Group, Garrettsville, recently came to the Personal Financial Literacy class of teacher Jake Derr at James A. Garfield H.S. hoping to help the  group of mostly seniors avoid making many of the most common financial mistakes of those  newly-launched on the stormy seas of money management. He pointed out that long-term employment with a single...

Discover Christmas Treasures at the Secret Attic

With new items added regularly, you never know what treasures await at Mantua’s Secret Attic on East Prospect Street in Mantua. The shop is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 am - 6 and Saturdays from 9 am - 3 pm. For more information, visit the shop’s Facebook page.

Over 5,000 Easter Eggs!

Over 5,000 eggs will be filled with candy and contain special prize tickets from the Ravenna Women of the Moose. Check out the times below for each age group's egg hunt times. Be sure to bring a bag, basket or container for the candy you find in your eggs. This annual event is held rain, snow, or shine. We hope to see you there!

Books Alive Series Returns

Attention kids ages 10 to 14: explore the world of “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker in this awesome program just for summer readers like you! This program will be held on  Friday, July 29 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at  The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Township. To celebrate this book about the powerful relationship...

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...

Lininger Honored By Lions Club

Windham - Wally Lininger was recently honored for his long and dedicated service to The Windham Lions Club and Lions International by being presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Lions International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an honor that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This fellowship is the highest form of recognition and embodies...

Destination Imagination Competition at Hiram College

Crestwood Intermediate’s Improv Scholars took first place in the Improv Games category at the Destination Imagination Region 15 Tournament last weekend at Hiram College. The team will advance to the State Tournament in April. (Pictured left to right: Hannah Herron, Josh Delaney, Drake Rennecker, Deanna Stahl, Rylee Forristal, Mia Gullatta. Jacob Waite was not available for the photo.)

Hiram - This past weekend, 60 student-led teams from 12 area schools converged at the Hiram College campus for the District 15 Destination Imagination (DI) Competition. DI is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges, then present their solutions at regional, state, and global tournaments. Competitors range in age from Early Learners (ages 4 through 7) to High...

Shop for a Cause: Yard Sale Benefit to Help Rescue Injured Greyhounds

Garrettsville - Whether you’re simply looking for a great deal, or you’re passionate about rescuing injured greyhound race dogs, you’ll want to attend Freeway’s Greyt Escape Benefit Yard Sale & Raffle at 10555 South Street, 9am-3pm, the weekend of September 19, 20 and 21. Organized by greyhound rescue advocate Diana DiLoreto, 100% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit...

Factory Turns Dreams into Reality Local Advertising Agency Offers High-School Seniors Money for College

Hiram -  The Communications Factory is doing its part again this year to help area seniors turn their dream of higher education into reality by sponsoring its annual scholarship program. In its eleventh year, the Factory's program awards $1,000 to a deserving area high-school student that completes the agency's scholarship application. Last year's winner was Elaine Warren of Cardinal...

Nelson United Methodist Church Hosts Missionary from Peru

Nelson Twp. - Last Sunday, during their morning worship service, Nelson United Methodist Church (NUMC) hosted Chris Charvat, a missionary who serves in Peru. Charvat, a former Garfield school bus driver now spends most of the year serving those in Peru. She does return to Garrettsville periodically to see family and friends and to take care of personal business. A...

Mantua K of C announces Free Throw Championship Winners

Mantua - Nine Crestwood-area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were named Local and District Champions of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to complete at the Regional level.  Mantua Council # 3766 sponsored the local competition at Crestwood Middle School on Jan 15th and the District level at Aurora High...

The Right Time for Fresh Start Diner

Owner Andy Olson brought the independent franchise to town after working eight years as head cook and assistant kitchen manager for the Chagrin Falls Fresh Start Diner. Co-owners Ken Frankenberry and Bob Wyman started the Fresh Start franchise in Twinsburg, then added the Oberlin and Chagrin Falls locations. Olson worked at the Twinsburg location before Frankenberry and Wyman purchased it.

Garrettsville UMC to Sell Vintage Memorabilia

Are you tired of tooting your own horn? Here’s your chance to try playing your own pipes.  Well, not YOUR pipes exactly, but they’d be yours if you’d like to stop by the Garrettsville United Methodist Church and pick up an octave or two.  Here’s the deal : When the abovementioned GUMC recently renovated, refurbished and updated its vintage (circa 1913)...

Nelson Trustees Look To Reduce Expenditures

Nelson Township - The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting last Wednesday with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance.  The meeting was moved to the community house due to lack of heat at the maintenance building. The trustees stated that the fuel line that runs from the tank to the maintenance building was plugged with salt...

JAG Earns A+ on State Report Card

Garrettsville -  The James A. Garfield School District has once again distinguished itself with highest honors. It earned the Excellent with Distinction (A+) status on statewide district report cards for the 2011-2012 academic year. JAG was one of only four among Portage County’s 11 school districts to achieve such a high mark, including Aurora, Kent and Field. This marks the fifth...

All Star Showcase Simply Amazing!

Garrettsville - If you weren’t at Iva L. Walker Auditorium on Friday, you missed one amazing benefit show produced by PMG Chocolatier. Between the tickets for the show, a 50/50 raffle, and the 94 gift baskets raffled during the show, over $6,400 was raised for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund.  Thank you Ed, Perry, Ted, Shanelle, Michelle, and the countless studios and...

Nelson Township Launches Website

Nelson Township - The Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with the fiscal officer and two of the three trustees present. Trustee Bill Wilson was unavailable. Fiscal officer Dave Finney presented bills and wages to be approved. Finney also stated that the first electronic IRS payment for withholdings had been sent and that because of his...

Rite Aid Unveils its Wellness Renovation

Garrettsville - All that’s old is new again at your neighborhood Rite Aid. The store, located at 10764 North Street for nearly two decades, earned a Wellness Renovation that brings shoppers a more inviting, personalized experience to their store and pharmacy experiences, aimed to improve their overall health. Of 25 stores in the northeast Ohio district, this is the fourth...

Jack Joins Garrettsville Police Department

The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

Perme Secures $10,000 Grant for Community Cupboard

In its short history, the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has assisted more than 245 families. Currently, approximately 660 residents are using the food cupboard; over 50% of them children and senior citizens — and the need is increasing. Since its inception, the NGCC has distributed more than 64,500 items of food. More than one in seven Ohio households are reportedly facing a daily risk of hunger or are considered ‘food insecure’ — an increase of 71,000 households over last year.

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...

“Christmas On Main” Begins Saturday

The Village of Garrettsville will kick off the holiday season this coming Saturday at 5 pm when the Christmas on Main promotion begins. Christmas on Main is a celebration of the area local businesses and it is a shopping program that promotes buying local. Sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, over thirty area merchants will be participating in...

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company