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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,...

Putting a Face on Fracking: It All Began With a Bison (Part One)

Portage County - How did a bison named “Gentle Ben” get involved with horizontal fracturing wells? Back in June, Ben’s owner, flight attendant Beckie Dean, had some painting done at her home. At that time, she learned her pilot was having a difficult time convincing his wife to add his recently acquired eight-point buck to their home décor. Dean...

Marching Pride Performs at Cavaliers Game

The Garfield Marching Pride High School Band played pregame at the Sat. Dec. 8th Cleveland Cavaliers game.  The Band played a few songs and the National Anthem before the unfortunate Cavaliers loss to the Detroit Pistons.  The Band sounded wonderful and the kids had a great time showing their dancing and playing talents for a delighted crowd. The kids...

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 Literacy Coalition Sponsors Literacy Workshop

Portage County - The Portage County Literacy Coalition (PCLC) sponsored a 14-Hour Laubach Literacy Workshop to train volunteer reading tutors.   The workshop took place on November 12th, 14th, and December 1st at Maplewood Career Center.   The workshop was presented by Doris Schoning, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Coordinator/PCLC Director with the help of an ABLE...

Crestwood Kids Enjoyed Lunch with Santa

Mantua - The Crestwood Primary School (CPS) PTO hosted lunch with Santa last Saturday at the Historic Mantua Center Elementary School. Nearly 150 people attended, with almost half the number of attendees measured in at less than four feet tall.Shannon Sayre, one of the event organizers stated, “We reviewed other locations, but thought the Mantua Center School was the...

Windham United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa

Windham - Area children and their families converged on the Renaissance Family Center (RFC) to have breakfast with Santa. The event was hosted by the Windham United Methodist Church (WUMC). Children and their parents were treated to a breakfast of French toast stix, breakfast casserole, juice and milk. Coffee was also available for the adults. Following the breakfast, the...

Hobbyist Creates 1000+ piece Christmas Village

Windham - When one walks into Windham Village resident Ted Stryczny’s garage, one will not see cars, motorcycles or even a bicycle but what one will see is his version of a man cave. Now, you will not find a beer cooler, game table, big screen television or even a recliner in this man-cave but you will see his...

Tree Brings Light to Every Corner

Newton Falls - It may not be Rockefeller Center, but on Saturday night Four Corners Park in Newton Falls was the brightest spot in town. On a relatively warm night, residents and visitors were invited to officially welcome in December and the holiday season, and a crowd of over two hundred community members gathered around the beautiful tree that had...

Little Dresses for Africa

Hiram - Recently a group of women from Hiram Christian Church completed an outreach sewing project called "Little Dresses for Africa".  These dresses were sent to girls in Africa living in orphanages, churches and schools. It is the belief that every girl should have a pretty dress.  With the help of a quilt group in Mantua we were able...

Town’s Turkey Tradition Fosters Fellowship

In 1621 - it is said - pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate the first harvest in newly-settled Plymouth. Regardless of religious beliefs, heritage, or current way of life, they enjoyed a bountiful meal in each other’s company and gave thanks for the blessings of the season. It is in this spirit of camaraderie that millions of Americans...

Free Monthly Water Testing

Homeowners with wells in Shalersville, Mantua, Hiram, Nelson, and surrounding areas are invited to bring their water to be tested for free. Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville will test well water at no charge on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 3:15 P.M., at the King of Glory Church in the Streetsboro Plaza, located just off State Route 303 in Streetsboro. This...

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...

A (Christmas) Tree Still Grows in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - One way to work off that extra slice (or two…) of Thanksgiving pie is to run through the mall hunting down Black Friday sales. But for a quieter, less-competitive, and wallet-friendlier option, Four Corners Park in Newton Falls provided just the right opportunity on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers gathered in the small park to make a beautiful tree...

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...

Sugar Bush and Koval Family Honored for Work with Hattie Larlham

Garrettsville - Sugar Bush Golf Club, owned by the Koval family, was recently awarded The Small Business Leadership Award at The National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Central Ohio Chapter.  The awards luncheon, which was held November 9, 2012 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, celebrated the work of the Kovals and six...

Windham High School Honor Roll – First Nine Weeks

Freshmen Joseph Barnes,  Dakota Casseday,  Christopher Chambers,  Samantha Dean,  Taylor Gump, *Tristan Hankins,  Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight,  Tasheana Martinez,  Jasmine Nevarez,  Giana Pemberton, *Joseph Prasky, *Alexia Rushnok,  Kyle Russell,  Mariah Scott, Floyd Shackelford, *Lauren Simmons,  Colton Starcher, *Adam Tanner,  Alexander Workman,  Briana Workman   Sophomores Alexandrea Blake,  Alexis Fabry,  Daisy Fleming,  Rocky Hager,  Darianna Heller,  Macey Hickman, *Kyle Hilfer, *Sarah Hodson,...

Rep. Clyde Hosts Garrettsville Reverend Kris Patt at Ohio House Session

COLUMBUS- State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) hosted Reverend Kris Patt as the Guest Minister for Ohio House of Representatives session on Thursday, November 15th. Reverend Kris, pastor of the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, offered the opening invocation.  “I was honored to have Reverend Kris give the opening prayer at House session,” Rep. Clyde said. “It’s always a pleasure to have...

Hiram PD Receives Award

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department was recently recognized and received the AAA Platinum AWARD for Community Traffic Safety. The AAA Platinum level is the highest level of recognition from AAA. The Hiram Police Department is the only department in Portage County to receive the AAA recognition of Platinum level. We have dedicated much emphasis and attention toward the...

Turkey Time at Fire Department

A sure sign that Thanksgiving is around the corner is not the changing leaves, not the nip in the air, not even the countless advertisements and barrage of notices for Black Friday bottom-bargain-basement sales. Nope. The truest harbinger is that “turkey” suddenly becomes buzzword of the season. And this buzzword was in everyone’s vocabulary at the Newton Falls Fire...

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...

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...

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...

Sirna’s Farm & Market Dedicates Retirement Gift To WomenSafe

Auburn - After 34 years of civil service, Craig Sirna retired from the Bedford Heights Police force to spend   his days with his wife, Ann and daughter Kristen in the operation of their family farm.  In honor of Craig, a retirement party was held at Sirna’s Farm and Market.  A guest list of 350 people consisting of family,...

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...

“You Can’t Take It With You”

Mantua - Crestwood High School Drama Club presents “You Can’t Take It with You”. The play will take place November 2 and 3, beginning at 7:30, and November 4th beginning at 2:00. The play will be performed on stage at Crestwood High School in the Gymnasium.  “You Can’t Take It with You”, is a glimpse into the lives of the...

LaTourette Donates Congressional Papers to Hiram

Hiram -  U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, (R-Painesville), who will retire after 18 years in Congress at the end of the year, will donate his official papers from his time in the House to Hiram College. The 9-term Capital Hill veteran announced earlier this year that he would retire from the House of Representatives at the end of 2012, and...

Memorial Garden Dedicated in Hiram

Hiram - There’s a new garden in Hiram, a quiet place for reflection tucked in behind the Hiram Christian Church. Previously, the spot was not much to look at -- just a vacant house, looking lonely and dejected. But when Gail Horning Hazard saw the site, she saw what it could become -- a fitting tribute.  She had been...

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...

“Fill a Police Car” Full of Fun

Hiram - Hiram went to the dogs last Saturday as the Police Department held a “Fill a Police Car” Food Drive and Pet Adoption event at the Municipal Building.  Police Chief Ed Samec, the event organizer, invited 16 pet rescue and adoption organizations to join in this community-focused event which also raised food and funds for the 4Cs Food...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Summerfest Committee Gearing Up For 2013

Garrettsville - Summerfest Committee Members will be heading to Columbus this fall to participate in the Ohio Festivals and Events Association’s 2012 convention. This event brings together many of the state’s thousands of member festivals for demonstrations, workshops and training. This year the committee will be proud to announce that that after our most successful Summerfest ever (over 20,000...

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...

“Cops and Kids” Go Fishing

Hiram - On September 8, the Hiram Police Department held its “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day event at Camp Asbury. The Cops and Kids Fishing Day event is focused on bringing community children closer to police officers and building lifelong bonds. The weather started out with rain, but the skies cleared, the fish were biting, and fun was had...

Friendship Mobile Food Pantry Takes a Bite out of Hunger

You’ve probably heard it said, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” With poverty rates at an all-time high and one in six Ohio families struggling to put food on the table, more and more people need to rely on true friends who are happy to help when times get tough.Friendship Alliance Church in Auburn Township is standing...

Village Peddler Festival Brings Artisans Together for 31 Years

Kirtland  –   The third weekend in September brings people and crafters from all over to Kirtland, Ohio where the 31st Village Peddler Festival will be held on September 15 (10am-6pm) and September 16 (10am-5pm) at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.   The festival spans the beautiful Farmpark hillside with continuous tents of handmade treasures and unique items.  Staged as the perfect venue,...

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...

Windham Fill-The-Cruiser A Great Success

Windham -   Support for the Windham school children was overwhelming this past Sunday, as for the second year in a row the Windham Post of the American Legion and Windham Police joined together to help those in need, bringing together those in the community who gave monetary donations and those who donated school supplies.  Chief Gene Fixler of...

Learning to Roll at SkyLanes!

Garrettsville - The Fourth Annual SkyLane’s Youth Bowling Camp was held last week at SkyLane Bowling Alley in Garrettsville.  Over 35 kids participated in the 3-day camp which included instruction on the basic fundamentals of bowling.  The camp was a “tremendous success” said Youth Coordinator Ken Brigham.  Each camper received over 12 hours of instruction and had a lot...

Derthick’s Corn Maze Honors John Glenn and the 50th Anniversary of Man Orbiting the Earth

Mantua– Derthick’s Corn Maze and Farm Experience will feature American-great John Glenn his decades of space flight as the theme of their 17-acre corn maze this year. Located in Northern Portage County and in its sixth year of operation, the maze and farm experience are open weekends September 21 through October 28. The Derthick family approached their 2012 maze season...

G-plex Under New Management

Garrettsville - As some of you know, Bob and Lisa Schwan will no longer manage the G-plex. However, there is good news! The G-plex will remain a sports complex and will be managed by Ed Carpenter of Aurora and his son, Matt. The new team will continue with many of the same programs as previously held at the facility....

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...

“Food and Hunger” Theme For Hiram College in 2012/13

Hiram – There is no more recurrent and pervasive problem in the world than food and world hunger, and the entire campus of Hiram College will be focusing on it this school year with a series of public events, and focused learning opportunities. In the 2012-13 school year more than a dozen major events and seventeen courses across many academic...

Appalachian Experience 2012

A group of eleven volunteers from Mantua’s St. Joseph Parish recently participated in the Housing Repair Program out of St. Joseph Church in Clintwood, Virginia. Offering home repairs to the low-income people of Appalachia this outreach effort is coordinated by Sr. Jean Korkisch, CSC, who helps to ensure that those in need are warm, dry, and safe. The group made...

Raccoon County Music Festival is set for Aug. 18 in Burton

Burton - Traditional music – bluegrass, old-time, blues, folk, polka and more – will be the centerpiece of a day-long festival on Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Geauga County village of Burton. The Raccoon County Music Festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Burton, will feature performances on four stages, a fiddle contest, square dancing, children’s songs...

Windham Welcomes Gano’s Auto Clinic

Windham - Gano’s Auto Clinic recently opened its door for business in Windham, ready to service your auto, light trucks, ATV, riding lawnmower and motorcycles. Owner Rich Gano has 26 years of repair experience and previously worked for D&A Oil. Gano’s Auto Clinic is located between St. Michaels Catholic Church and Circle K, also known as  9710 C East...

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