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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...

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...

Mobile Dentist To Visit Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Schools will be sponsoring the Mobile Dentist again this year.  They will arrive at the Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools on January 26.  We have invited the Smile Programs to bring their on-site preventative dental care services to our schools because we know how important good oral health is to a child’s overall...

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...

Gaining a Nicaragua State of Mind

You see it in the movies... someone is having an emotional meltdown, babbling away about their seemingly insurmountable troubles... then a good friend gives them an alarming slap in the face. Suddenly, the babbling idiot looks up, refreshed and ready to move forward with new energy and a fresh perspective. “Thanks! I needed that,” they say. Traveling to Nicaragua last...

Warren Events Dazzle ‘Em

The stage at W.D. Packard Music Hall hosted several notable characters over the last few months. In September Dr. Elliot Engel, a PMH fixture, entertained loyal fans and newcomers alike as the opener for this year’s Trumbull Town Hall Lecture Series. Dr. Engel, a professor, scholar, and literary performer, graciously stepped in when the planned speaker, actor Jamie Farr (or...

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...

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...

Geography Lesson SS Mary & Joseph School

Newton Falls - Not too many people use maps these days, instead they find their location or destination using cell phones and GPS equipment, not so with the 5th and 6th grade class of SS. Mary & Joseph School in Newton Falls. The class worked together as a team to create an elevation map of the United States.  The...

“Mysteries of the Season” (slideshow)

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School music teacher Mr. Ken Fox and the third graders kicked off a celebration for the winter season on Wednesday, December 1st. As the first snow of the season fell softly outside, the children presented their...

New Planters Enhance Bridge

Newton Falls - Enhancing the bridge by the waterfalls are the new stone planters donated to the Flower committee from the benefit held last year at the Riverview Inn.  The event, the D.J. Jagers Poker run, was organized by Debbie Sutherland and Sarah...

Newton Falls City Council Meeting

Newton Falls - At the first council meeting of December, the snow-blanketed roads did not keep concerned citizens away. All officials were present and, after opening the proceedings, Mayor Waddell started the meeting by announcing that, on the heels of the recent budget meeting,...

My LifePlan Provides for all Hiram Students, Faculty

Hiram – In the information age, sharing critical heath care information with emergency medical providers – even when you can’t talk – just got a whole lot easier for all Hiram College students and faculty. My LifePlan, a Ravenna, OH-based health care information...

Burton Eatery To Be Transformed For New Year’s Eve Dining

Burton – The Burton Grille and Pizzeria in the center of historic Burton Village will be transformed into an elegant dining location the evening of Friday, December 31, 2010.  Plans are to close the restaurant to regular dining at 3:00 p.m. on that...

“First Snow” Rocks Windham

Windham - Pleasant surprises come from all places.  Mine started in the form a flyer in the Nelson town hall for the “First Snow” concert.  I figured that if they weren’t that good, it was still only $6 and for a good cause. ...

Mantaline Expands Its Capabilities, Offers New Processes and In-Line Options

Mantua - In the polymer industry, constant changes and improvements are the essential ingredients to servicing customer needs effectively.  Mantaline Corporation of Mantua, Ohio has recently added key new processes and materials to its portfolio in its efforts to offer current customers an...

Mr. Waddell Takes Office

Newton Falls - The votes have been cast, counted, verified and validated, and it is official: Newton Falls has a new mayor. Last Wednesday Mr. Lyle Waddell was sworn in by the Hon. Philip Vigorito with a standing-room-only courtroom of witnesses. Earlier in...

James A. Garfield Schools – Dedication, Value and Excellence

Of the 611 school districts in the state of Ohio James A. Garfield schools are beginning to set themselves apart from most. The dedication and professionalism of teachers, staff and administrators in the district have earned continued academic distinction. Furthermore, wise economic decisions have made the district the best value in Portage County and the third best...

Renaissance Family Centers Hosts Thanksgiving Activities

Windham - While we all gathered around our Thanksgiving tables there were folks in the area that had no one to share their dinner with or didn’t have the means to have a holiday dinner. The Renaissance Family Center opened their doors to provide not only a dinner but an entire day of activities for those who might have...

Garrettsville Lodge #246 F& AM Holds Annual Installation Ceremony

Garrettsville - The proud Masons of Garrettsville Lodge #246 recently held their 157th consecutive installation of officers. The Lodge members have been meeting at the same location since 1874 and are proud to count among their past members James A. Garfield who served as Lodge chaplain while president of Hiram College. Pictured above are the newly installed officers.

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...

Local Business Owners Announce Contest to Win A Christmas Wish

As many of our readers know, I normally write a column about Law & Government.  That is great fun to write and I enjoy the community feedback.  But since this is Thanksgiving week, that means Christmas is right around the corner. There are many...

Two Grand Richer

Garrettsville - The First Annual TWO GRAND DINNER reverse raffle and silent auction was held at the Sugar Bush Golf Club on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  A packed house enjoyed appetizers courtesy of Glenna and Quentin Spaur, dinner courtesy of Guido’s of...

Ravenna Midnight Madness Shopping Event Friday, November 26, 2010

Ravenna - Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful. After more than 29 years as a family celebration in downtown Ravenna, Midnight Madness has proven it.  It’s that time of year when local merchants stay open until midnight to...

Head 2 Toe Wellness Center Opens in Mantua

Mantua – Just in time to curtail the tendency to pack on cold-weather pounds, Head 2 Toe Massage & Body Work at 4667 Prospect Street in...

Start Your Holiday Fun in Burton this Weekend

Burton – The holiday season is fast approaching.  Historic Burton, Ohio, has so many ways for you to celebrate this magical time of year.  Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 26 as the beginning of all the fun. The festivities start on...

Garrettsville Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Garrettsville – The turkey has been eaten, pie plates hold nothing but the remaining crumbs, Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is yet to come. What better way to start off your Christmas season than to attend Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Lighting...

Schools Now Mandated to Tackle Childhood Obesity

Taking the approach that it certainly does take a whole village to raise a healthy child, the state of Ohio now mandates that schools are somewhat responsible for keeping children from becoming obese. Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 210 -- the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children bill -- on June 10, 2010. The law mandates that school districts implement...

Amish Business Spotlight: Amish Home Craft & Bakery

Middlefield – If you are looking for a unique place to buy locally-made, handcrafted gift items, you need to stop by Amish Home Craft & Bakery.  They are located at 16860 Kinsman Road in Middlefield, just 1 1?2 miles east of downtown Middlefield. ...

A New & Present Danger: Outliving Retirement Income

Garrettsville - “People are flying blind,” says financial planner Chris Perme of this generation of retirees and those soon approaching retirement. “We are living through the Great American Retirement Crisis -- a perfect storm for Baby Boomers whose retirement benefits got...

“Little Miss Buckeye Tourism” Preparing Care Packages For Troops

Newton Falls - Cloey Essa is all girl. She loves wearing dresses and her pageant crown; however, there’s more to this 7-year-old first grader. Cloey is “Little Miss Buckeye Tourism”. She...

Irwin Hardware Building Escapes the Wrecking Ball

Garrettsville – Main Street has avoided the wrecking ball and will retain its storefront profile, thanks to action taken by Garrettsville Village Council and Mayor Craig Moser. “We are moving ahead with needed repairs on the Irwin Hardware Building,” Moser reports. “Council authorized the mayor and clerk to do so at the October 21 meeting.” Work has already begun on the...

History Influences Council’s Decision

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Village Council wrestled with the pros and cons of either demolishing or repairing the Irwin Hardware Building, with several members initially hesitant to allocate public monies for a privately-owned building. Despite the controversy, detractors had to agree that the privately-owned building has become a very public hazard, due to its deterioration in the heart of the...

Windham Village To Purchase Cruisers

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all council members and the fiscal officer in attendance. The council approved the fiscal officer’s expenditures, and the September bank reconciliation. Items on the agenda were: the purchase of new cruisers, revisions to income tax filing requirements, mineral rights lease, water and sewer agreement with Portage County...

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...

Garfield Grads Make Garrettsville Proud

Garrettsville - Where? Garrettsville. You know, north of Ravenna, tucked up in the corner of Portage County. And for the many who didn’t know we existed, or barely gave us a passing notice, we are definitely on the map now, thanks to the election last week. James A. Garfield graduates, Tommie Jo Marsilio and Kathleen Clyde, are hometown girls with...

A New Mayor For Newton Falls

Newton Falls - This election season residents of Newton Falls visited the polls, not once, but twice. In addition to the usual opportunity to vote for various state officials and cast a yea or nay toward potential levies, a special election was held on Thursday regarding what could arguably be the recognized figurehead of the town: the mayoral seat. The...

Freedom Township News

Freedom Township - A large portion of the November 4 Trustee Meeting was a presentation by Mr. Ratiff of Western Reserve Farm Co-Op regarding changes being made in diesel oil used for equipment requiring its use. These changes include cleaning out or replacing storage tanks as well as potential price increases for the fuel. A group of residents attended the...

Turli Tava Ensemble at Hiram College

Hiram - The Eastern European Ensemble, Turli Tava, will perform at Hiram College on Thursday, November 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  The location is Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street.  The free concert is part of the College’s convocation series. Turli Tava plays energetic and creative music strongly rooted in Macedonian and Bulgarian dance traditions.  It takes its name from a...

Support For Survivors

Area residents who have lost someone to suicide will gather Nov. 20 to find support and to honor their loved ones at the 12th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day sponsored by the Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition. “What we know is that every 16 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide and every 17 minutes someone is...

Roby Lee’s Donates Wedding Reception

Newton Falls - June is widely known as the typically popular month for wedding bliss, but November turned out to be the special time for one lucky local bride and her adoring groom. Last fall, Rob Lee, the owner of Roby Lee’s Restaurant and Banquet Center in Newton Falls, announced that he and his staff were offering an opportunity to...

Painting Pumpkins Promotes Positivity

Newton Falls - Last Saturday members of the Optimist Club of Newton Falls held their annual Pumpkin Painting Party, welcoming the area’s youngest residents to the Community Center for a day of painting pumpkins just in time to get into the spirit of...

Roller Hutt on a 20-Year Roll

Garrettsville - Kids growing up in this small town have limited entertainment options. There’s the movie theatre, the indoor sports complex, the bowling alley, a couple fast food joints, a park or two... and the Roller Hutt. Since 1990, Craig and Linda...

Windham Band Revival

Windham - Two years ago Windham football season started with the usual elements, players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans but   one important element was missing on the field. The band. The band helps lead cheers and adds to the spirit of the...

A Tale of Two Chocolate Companies in Burton

Burton - Burton is a sweet place to visit. Burton is well known for its maple syrup and maple sugaring activities.  We all know that the Burton Log Cabin offers maple syrup and candy all year round.  But there are two more reasons...

Basketball Before Marty Hill

Windham - The history of the legendary Windham High School basketball program will be relived on Monday, November 15, as sports historian George Belden speaks to the Windham Historical Society, at a meeting co-sponsored by the Windham Bicentennial Committee. This talk is being...

Marc Pfenning