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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...

Family Fun Fundraiser

The Friends of Garrettsville Library are sponsoring a fun evening at the Candlelight Winery on August 10th, to benefit our local library. There will be a silent auction starting at 6:00pm and a performance by Damaris Peters-Pike as Doris Day (7:30-8:30pm) followed by a family-friendly outdoor light show. Enjoy an evening of fun for the entire family! From 4-7pm bring...

Rick Patrick Becomes Garrettsville Mayor

Garrettsville - Village council president, Rick Patrick, was sworn in as the mayor of Garrettsville last week after the unexpected death of his friend and mentor, Craig Moser. Patrick, who “did not want to become mayor this way”, took the  official oath of office on Wednesday morning in a brief, tear-filled cermony. A second ceremony was held on Saturday morning...

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...

Justin Rodhe & the Olympic Spirit

What is the Olympic Spirit? We recognize it when we see it in an athlete who excels in his sport through sustained training, discipline and competition. When he experiences struggles and setbacks, he refuses to give up. He keeps striving. While the back story of every Olympic athlete will likely exemplify these characteristics, this story focuses on one of our...

Alzheimer’s Training Program Graduates

Home Instead Senior Care proudly announces the first class of CAREGivers to complete their new nationally recognized Alzheimer’s training program called CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education. “This training program is the best I’ve seen,” states Theresa Dash, Human Resources Manager for Home Instead Senior Care, “and really takes our belief, ‘To Us It’s Personal’ to heart.”  The classroom...

Water Conservation is “auto”matic for Ken’s Auto Body!

Troy Twp - Ken Zwolinski, owner of Ken’s Auto Body in Troy Township, prepares to spray painted rain barrels with a clear coat sealant at his shop.  Ken began donating this service to the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign four years ago when his daughter, Taryn Zwolinski, painted her first barrel for the...

Peter Pan takes flight at Geauga Theater

The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild invites you to take an exhilarating journey past the second star to the right and straight on till morning. The Elementary School drama production of “Peter Pan” swoops onto the stage with the Lost Boys, Natives, Mermaids, Tink and Captain Hook’s swashbuckling Pirates. Led by the boy who refused to grow up, the Darling...

Portage County Soap Box Derby racer places third in the nation in rally points.

Andrew Johnson a sixth grader from Brimfield placed third in the nation in super stock rally points, and is the first racer from Portage County to score more than 200 rally points ever.  He finished the racing season with a total of 201 points.  The other two racers ahead of him finished with 202, and 209 points. Andrew started racing...

Circus Tradition Continues

The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 74th anniversary. Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has seen the passing of the millennium and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings. While...

Garrettsville Hosts OGSO Divisional Tournaments

 Monday just before 5:30pm cars began streaming into Village Park by the dozens for the first of the week-long divisional softball tournament games last week as Garrettsville played host to the Ohio Girls Softball Organization (OGSO) Divisional Tournaments.  The tournament had three divisions ( A, B & C) with four brackets A3, B1, C1 & C2.  Monday, A Division,...

G’ville Showcases Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

Garrettsville - Garrettsville unveiled its $6 million expansion and improvement of the village’s 52-year-old wastewater treatment plant with public tours on July 14. The new extended aeration system went online in February, following a two-year period of final planning and construction. The new system is 99.5 percent effective in removing bacteria and harmful microorganisms from the wastewater before it’s returned...

“A Boatload of Learning! The Wonders of Watersheds Workshops”

For the 13th year, the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) sponsored the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW) education workshops in June 2012.  A total of 20 workshop participants traveled to unique ecosystems including wetlands, bogs, a freshwater estuary and Lake Erie.  Pictured here, teachers and facilitators of the Advanced WOW workshop explored Old Woman Creek National...

Bridget Franek is London-Bound, Chasing Olympic Dreams

Have you heard the big news? Our hometown heroine, Bridget Franek, has qualified to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics, July 27 through August 12 in London. Bridget finished second in the 3000-meter women’s steeplechase U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Oregon on June 29. For those unfamiliar with steeplechase, the race consists of nearly two miles of running...

Conventional Drilling (not Fracking) on Liberty Street

Garrettsville -  People want to know what’s going on along Liberty Street. At first, when the trees and brush were cleared, and a wide gravel drive was laid, the assumption was that someone must be building a new house. But then unfamiliar signs went up and big trucks were seen coming and going. As it turns out, this is a...

Godspell comes to Geauga Theater

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s Youth Workshops begin their summertime performances with the teen production of Stephen Schwartz's and John-Michael Tebelak's “Godspell”. This energetic production, directed by Karen O’Baker Porter, kicks off the Geauga Theater’s live productions  for the summer on July 19, 20th at 7:30pm and July 21st at 2pm. Featuring a variety of  contemporary music styles explaining the...

Hiram’s Old-Fashioned Fourth Of July

Tuesday, July 3 7:30 p.m. Pre-Fireworks Concert and Family Fun Hiram College Football Field Before the fireworks, listen to great rock music from the local band Muffinslap.  Once again you will be able to see a helicopter land/take off at 7:30 and tour it. Swifty the Clown, and hopefully, his friend Joe will be there to make lots of balloon animals for...

Mariah Wins Library Contest

Windham Library is pleased to announce Mariah Carter as the winner of our Guess the Number of Gumballs contest.  Mariah correctly guessed the exact number to win, congratulations Mariah! For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm-6:30 pm; and...

Garrettsville Chamber Awards Scholarships

Garrettsville - On June 6th members of the Garrettsville Area Chamber met for their annual scholarship luncheon. Three seniors from J.A. Garfield were selected to receive scholarships.  The recipients were Mack Hawkins, who will be studying electrical engineering at  the University of Akron; Brent Jones who will be a forensic sciences major at Youngstown State and Jessie George who...

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...

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Seeks Volunteers

Garrettsville - SummerFest is coming. Have you ever thought about all the work that goes into making this event happen year after year? The entire event is organized and run by a few volunteers from the community. Each year, right after SummerFest is over, the committee meets and starts planning next year’s event. Yes, it takes year ‘round planning...

Lucretia Garfield at Hiram Church

Hiram - Those who come to worship at the 10:00 am service at the Hiram Christian Church on Sunday, June 10, will step back into history as local historical actor, Damaris Peters Pike, portrays Lucretia Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield.  She will be speaking in the very location where President Garfield often preached when a student, teacher,...

Garrettsville’s Memorial Day Celebration

Garrettsville - Four Fourth Degree Knights from the Garrettsville chapter of the Knights of Columbus brandished their swords and later shot their rifles during the village’s 2012 Memorial Day ceremonies on May 28. The color corps made quite an impression in full regalia, defying the oppressive heat and humidity dressed in black tuxedos, bow ties, white gloves, white baldrics,...

Camp Ravenna 5K Attracted Fifty Six Runners

Camp Ravenna - This past Saturday, Windham experienced a rare event, the opening of the north gates of Camp Ravenna AKA Ravenna Arsenal. The gates were opened for a few hours for the first 5K race through the facility to help fund the Windham Park Restoration Committee Project. Fifty- six folks came out to support the cause, with many...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, at the meeting on May 5, interviewed candidates  to attend this year’s RYLA gathering at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, June 10-14.  They are proud to announce the selection of  Brittany Sisson and Andrea Sheller of Garfield High School and  Jake Sweet of Windham High School as their representatives to the program. Also present at the meeting...

Area Communities Hold Relay For Life Events

Hiram College held a Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 5th  thanks to the work of committee members (pictured  at left)  Jamie Zychowski, Zach Fincham and Rose Zychowski. Along with the help of participating teams, they raised more than $16,000 leading up to and during the event. They will continue to raise money through August 1st. On the same...

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...

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...

Steeplechase Canoe Race: The Tradition Lives On

 In 1967, according to the legend, the steeplechase race began because of a disagreement between two friends over the price of a cup of coffee. The disagreement was between Archie Martin and the late “Doc” Foster. The disagreement turned into a challenge that was to pit four men with two canoes and paddles against the “Great and Mighty” Silver Creek...

Author Richard A. Markwardt, Ph.D. Book Signing Event

Come out and meet the author  Richard A. Markwardt on April 28th at 1 p.m. at the Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville. Markwardt, a resident of Garrettsville,  will be available to sign copies of his book, Sometimes Life Just Doesn't Seem Fair. One of life's more important lessons is learning that fairness is not determined simply by what happens...

Mock Disaster Exercise to be held on April 19

Ravenna -   On April 19, 2012, Robinson Memorial Hospital will participate in a disaster exercise conducted by the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Disaster Planning Consortium (NECO). Disaster exercises or mock drills are held annually to test the plans and response times of participating hospitals and emergency management agencies. This year’s exercise will stage a tornado sweeping through 13 surrounding...

Now Accepting Business of the Year Nominations

The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Garrettsville Economic Development Group are excited to announce the 1st Annual Business Awards.   These awards will be presented during an Awards Event in August. To be nominated for an award, the business must be located in the Garrettsville, Freedom Township, Nelson Township, Hiram or Hiram Township limits. Anyone can nominate a business. Nomination...

“Once Upon A Mattress”

Mantua - Crestwood Drama Club has worked hard to produce their version of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’, a comical twist on the Princess and the Pea. In this student-directed production, club officers planned the blocking, choreography, and directed the construction of the set.  Students reported to one another and held one another accountable.  They, with the support of administration,...

New Faces Join Ellerhorst Insurance

Garrettsville - Ellerhorst Insurance Agency announces the addition of two new agents to better serve the community’s insurance needs. Nancy Rollin is filling a recently-vacated position at Ellerhorst Insurance. She brings 22 years of experience in the field to the office at 10864 North Street. Caitlin (Ellerhorst) Lawless also joins the agency, which is owned and operated by her...

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...

Miller’s Family Restaurant – A Relocation Success Story

Garrettsville - In November of 1996 Miller’s Family Restaurant opened its door on Main Street and it was a dream turned reality for Monica Miller and her husband Gary. Monica decided that she wanted to have more control over her future and her employment so she began researching businesses that would open that door for her. She wasn’t looking...

“Ditch the workout, join the party”

Garrettsville - Zumba is a fun dance workout that is for beginners & pros, men & women. Everyone is welcome to join, you move at your own pace so there is no need to be rushed. You can burn anywhere from 600-1000 calories in just one workout! So you ask yourself, where can I take Zumba? Well, Zumba is...

HEARTS TO ALL OF YOU…from the Lyons Family

Winter 2012 is almost over and will soon be a memory. For all of us in the Lyons family, the memories from this winter’s events will be a hallmark to us forever. We can remember during the day of Christmas Eve feeling rushed and overwhelmed, completing the final details for Christmas Day. Around 7:30 that evening Porter, Jessica, Harper,...

Garrettsville Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

It was the luck of the Irish that delivered the beautiful weather for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Garrettsville last Saturday. The 70 plus degree weather brought folks out in droves to celebrate the day in Garrettsville, a small town that really knows how to put the “Green” on. The streets were crowded early and a parking...

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...

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