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Excitement Tours Host TrackMack At Nelson Ledges

Nelson - Excitement Tour hosts road trip rallies and driving events out of Michigan --  these events are not all out competition but friendly competition for bragging rights and prizes.  In each rally destination Excitement Tours will choose a small local children’s charity to raise money for. Their next event, TrackMack is being held at Nelson Ledges Road Course in...

Make Plans for the 2016 Potato Fest!

Mantua - Once again, on the weekend after Labor Day, (September 9th - 11th), it’s time for Mantua’s 43rd annual Potato Festival. As in years past, this down-home affair will have all the contests and activities you’ve come to expect. But this year, make plans to come down to Buchert Park to find out what new surprises are in...

Y Cycle Begins September 6th

Hey, Y Guys & Gals—the popular Y CYCLE program returns on September 6th at 7:00 p.m. with  a new instructor, Clarence.  Stop in to check it out...AND look over the whole selection of programs and activities available to you and the entire community. The Y is located at 8233 Park Avenue in Garrettsville. Volleyballers and  just-thinking-about-it types, stay tuned for...

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...

Mantaline Expands to Hiram

Above - Mantaline Senior Process Engineer Rich Kesseg proudly explains the line he set up to his children, daughter Juliana and son Wesley, at the Mantaline ribbon cutting.

Hiram - Mantaline Corporation, a fixture in Mantua for 50-plus years, has recently opened a new facility in Hiram.  The new facility is called the Thermoplastic Extrusion and Injection Molding Innovation Center; this state-of-the-art facility allows Mantaline to blend a whole new set of materials with state-of-the-art processing techniques. At the new air-conditioned plant, thermoplastic materials can be formed in...

Hero’s Rock Will Hit the Road After A Hometown Send-off

After months of planning and countless hours of hard work, Trish and Scott Snyder, founders of Mantua-based charity Hero’s Rock, will be hitting the road. Part of their plan to make good on a promise to deliver hand-made rocking horses that commemorate fallen heroes to Fisher Houses, they’ll depart on a trip to deliver 19 rocking ‘ponies’ to the...

4C’s and New Adventures partnered to fight hunger in Mantua

Mantua - Fun was the theme at the first annual New Adventures Early Learning “Kiddie Carnival” on Saturday, August 2nd, and it all happened for a good cause. 4C’s, Mantua’s local food pantry, collected canned goods as admission into the event and was blown away with the generous donations from the community. These donations will help serve the 100...

Incredible Finds At Nature’s Rustic Design

Newton Falls - There’s  a hidden gem in downtown Newton Falls -- Nature’s Rustic Design & Consign. Established in December 2014, just in time for the Christmas holiday, owners Connie Rager and her daughter Heather, opened the store with the intent to  keep business local.  “Newton Falls has always had unique and quaint shops, which is why we felt the...

Hero’s Rock to Embark on Tour

Mantua - Scott and Trish Snyder, the self-described ‘Old Hippies’ of Hero’s Rock, will be embarking on a tour beginning September 1st. But they’re not planning to follow the Grateful Dead or even travel to some far-flung musical festival. They’re heading out west, traveling through 21 states, over 7,500 miles to personally deliver Patriotic Ponies to show their nation’s...

Hiram College Student Travels to Thailand to Work With Elephants

Hiram - This summer, Sara Amport, 21, of Ravenna, Ohio, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Sara was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at...

Queen of Hearts Eludes Discovery; 50/50 Raffle Generates Big Donations

Garrettsville - The Queen of Hearts is still playing her card close to the vest, after nearly a  year reigning over SkyLanes Bowling & SkyLounge. Every Sunday, 1500-2000 people gather outside at Sky Plaza to witness the drawing taking place on  the bowling alley’s rooftop. So far, the Queen of Hearts has eluded discovery, so  the jackpot went up...

Garrettsville Dispatch Center Closing July 31

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville will be closing their dispatch center effective July 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District and Community EMS District have taken measures to continue our services to the public by contracting with the city of Aurora for dispatching services. There will be no change or reduction in the services...

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...

Crestwood Community Makes Plea to Support HS Program

Mantua - At the June Crestwood School Board meeting, a group of students, graduates and parents made an impassioned plea urging the Board to reconsider budget cuts to the American Experience Academy curriculum. History teacher Angus McDougall, science teacher Andy Brown and English teacher Drew Pavelek originally designed the class.  The program, which up to now has incorporated history,...

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...

Local Soldier Honored

Mantua - Last week, the Zoller family in Mantua celebrated the life of a soldier, a remembrance that was 43 years in the making. Robert W. Zoller II, US Army veteran, was killed in action at a battle at Fire Support Base Ripcord in Vietnam in 1970 at one of the last ground battles of the conflict. “My brother was...

So is it a bog or is it a swamp?

It was almost all about the BS. Well, the first day was...after that, it was about the amazing new horizons for the Portage County Park District, now that it’s got funding and the ability to actually plan and carry out plans for the benefit of Portage County residents.  Here’s what the BS was about. Mantua’s Art on the Hill event had...

Garrettsville YMCA — Weight Room, Personal Trainer and Y-Fit

At the Garrettsville YMCA, we think the hardest part of any goal is simply getting started. Consistency turns your goal into progress. Our weight room, personal trainer, and Y-Fit classes can be the tools to make that happen. Our new weight room includes all the machines needed to reach your goals. Consider A Personal Trainer Our personal trainer, Rachael is a...

Garfield Schools Remain Excellent Value

Garrettsville - Numbers released recently from the State of Ohio on school spending continue to reinforce the tremendous educational value at the James A. Garfield Schools. With a total expenditure of only $8,685 per student, Garfield is the second lowest in the area (Portage, Summit, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties). Only Field ($8,514) and Wadsworth ($8,613) have lower expenditures than...

Freedom Adopt-a-Thon at Portage APL!

Ravenna  – In celebration of Independence Day holiday, Portage APL is holding an adoption event on July 8-9, 2016.  Adoption fees are reduced by 50%!  Also, there will be a bake sale, raffle baskets, all APL apparel will be on sale and every adopter gets a gift bag. On Saturday the 9th there will also be a hot dog...

Historic Hartville Hosts Family Fun

Hartville - When most people think of Hartville, they picture the 15-acre Hartville Marketplace shopping complex, Hartville Kitchen or Hartville Hardware. And if that’s all you’ve seen of the small town nestled between Akron and Canton, then you’re in for a real treat. This summer, make time to experience Hartville’s historic downtown area during their monthly ‘Second Saturdays’ events...

Vintage Shop Takes Customers Back in Time

Newton Falls - “Antique.” “Historical.” “Retro.” “Throwback.” “Classic.” Whatever word you choose to use to describe something from an era before the present, the current, the “now,” you can find something to suit your tastes at a charming spot midway down the main street of Newton Falls, a spot quite “vintage” itself… Broad Street Vintage, that is. Though its...

Hiram Fire Department Dedicates Helipad

Hiram - The Hiram Fire Department recently installed a helicopter-landing pad at the Hiram Township property on State Route 82, but the idea started over a year ago when the Hiram team responded to a severe crash on Asbury Road. At that time, there was no landing opportunity, save for landing in a farm field, in order to transport...

Local Artist To Exhibit At Silver Frog

Garrettsville - Separate Pieces, a showing of recent paintings by local artist Xyl Lasersohn, will be hosted at Silver Frog Studios on Main Street, from June 30th to August 6th, with an opening reception from 7-9 on the evening of the 30th. Currently residing in Hiram and working towards a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Xyl is primarily...

Welcome To Summerfest 2016

Summerfest #12 will begin on Friday night with the opening ceremonies taking place on the Charles Auto Family Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. Rides Return To  Downtown!! Thanks to the generosity of Buckeye Block owner Mike Maschek, the carnival rides will make their return to downtown to the heart of Summerfest! Take advantage of the ride all day wristbands which will...

Garrettsville Summerfest Adds New Events For 2016

Over the past few years, the Summerfest Committee has heard folks’ ideas and suggestions on how to make Garrettsville Summerfest even better. This year they have acted on some of those suggestions, to enhance the festival-goers experience. Many have suggested having the rides moved back downtown. Your wish is their command. The rides will be downtown in the grassy...

Art On The Hill in Mantua July 9th

Mantua - On Saturday, July 9th the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation will present The 8th Annual ‘Art On The Hill and Wine Tasting Too’. Art on the Hill will take place from 10 am to 6 pm in downtown Mantua, the Northern Portage County, acclaimed, multi-favorite, grassroots, arts-centric, eclectic, casual & complete, family-friendly fest! This award winning event again will...

Donation Presented To Noah’s Lost Ark

The Portage County Charity Horse show committee Member Barrie Forman delivered the donation from the 56th annual fund raising horse show to Noah’s Lost Ark in Berlin Center, Ohio. The other recipients were: Hattie Larlham Foundation, Last Chance Corral and the Portage County Health and Welfare Woman’s Shelter.  A special thank you to all the people who supported the...

Fall Dreams Blue and Grey

Garfield quarterback and life-long Dallas Cowboys fan, Dalton Fall has made it to the last round of the All-American Super Combine June 25&26 in Arlington Texas. The combine is a part of the Blue-grey All-American Bowl. Dalton was nominated for this combine by the Garfield High School coaching staff. “Blue-Grey was established by Gus and Eric Bell to prepare football prospects...

Bob Russell Named Garrettsville Summerfest Grand Marshal

Garrettsville Summerfest 2016 Grand Marshall is Bob Russell. Mr. Russell has lived in Garrettsville his entire life, all 77 years. He graduated in 1956 with 38 classmates. He was in the last graduating class from Park Avenue School. Bob and his late wife Karen raised two boys, Scott and Mark, who currently live and work in Garrettsville as well. Mr....

Hiram student wins Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland photo contest

Hiram – Cole Soldo’s photos of a swallow-tailed gull and Arctic tern were selected as grand prize winners of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland 2016 Photo Contest. A rising senior majoring in environmental studies at Hiram College, Soldo received his award on June 4, at the local Audubon Society’s annual meeting at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Soldo,...

Update from Rosie Jean’s Winery

Garrettsville - We really enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community garage sale on Saturday, May 21. Thanks for coming out on such a rainy day. We still have many gift baskets, discounted Premier designs jewelry, Indian arrowheads, and hand-made furniture that we can make custom for you and much more on our upper level. Our main level...

Plan To Attend The Vintage Style Show At Portage County Gardeners Center

Ravenna - Oak Branch Garden Club will be holding a Vintage Style Show at 1:30 on June 25 at The Portage County Gardeners Center 5154 Prospect Street in Ravenna. The Oak members have a woolen swim suit from the early 1900’s as well as a Civil War era hoop skirted dress, pioneer dress, and several flapper dresses from the...

Fireman’s Carnival Returning to Windham this Summer

Windham - Despite rumors to the contrary, the village of Windham will have its annual carnival this summer, June 2 - 5, provided by McGinnis Amusements of Strongsville. Rides, games and food booths will occupy the area behind the fire station at 9601 East Center Street. Retired assistant fire chief Kenny Shearer stepped up to organize the summer fun and...

The 23rd Annual Garrettsville Area Yard Sale Weekend

Official sales dates for 2016 are May 21 & 22 from 9 AM - 4 PM. Some participants may choose to begin their sales on May 20th.  NO PARKING ON EITHER SIDE OF SR 82 OR SR 88 Parking is available in Garfield Plaza, Sky Plaza, Village Park and the municipal parking lots in the Main Street Area.   [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1Wkg9PxB_kOx4M7fokXz0rPbuBPg&w=300&h=150] Freedom Twp 7204 Anderson Legos, Transformers, Video games...

Windham JR/SR High School Career Fair & Fashion Show

The students at Windham Junior and Senior High had a unique experience on Thursday, May 12th- all thanks to Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) of Portage County. For the past 7 weeks, OMJ has worked with the Windham students on various skills including: interviewing, resume writing, career searches, and communication skills- to better prepare them for their future careers. As...

Project MORE Receives $1,000 Grant to Bolster Kids’ Reading Skills

Garrettsville - Reading has been rewarded! James A. Garfield Elementary School just received a $1,000 donation toward its reading program, which helps students meet academic standards. Local State Farm Insurance agent Shannan Jursa made the gift available to Project MORE through a matching grant ($500 State Farm Good Neighbor grant and $500 from Jursa’s office). Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio...

“Before The Well Runs Dry” Symposium

A leading expert on groundwater protection is the featured speaker for the second annual Edith Chase Symposium in Kent on Friday, June 3, 7 p.m., at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. The 2016 symposium, “Before the Well Runs Dry”, is intended to share the science involved in groundwater use, protection, depletion, contamination and restoration. The program will be...

Relove Your Furnishings

Mantua - Renee Siperke discovered her love of creating beautiful artwork by first working with preschool-aged kids. The freedom in their work helped her to unleash her love of color, which is evident in the ‘reloved’ hand-painted vintage furniture pieces she created for her own home. As she worked on her techniques, she discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® to...

Students Participate in Mock Car Crash

Windham - Students, grades 9-12, participated in a mock car crash on the morning of Friday, May 5th to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. As students walked to the scene, their classmates lined the streets holding posters that promoted responsible decisions and opposition to drinking and driving. Once students arrived, they were seated on the...

CHS Heads Back To The Frontier

Mantua - It may be 2016, but at the Crestwood High School, you’ll find students living like they did in the 1800s. That’s because at Frontier Days, students from the school’s Academy I class are sharing what they’ve learned this year about life on the frontier. Working along with living history reenactors, professional blacksmiths, leather workers, and historians, students...

JAG Hall of Fame Induction – Ray Bohn

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjrnPgPemds] Ray Bohn was inducted into the JAG Hall of Fame on April 30, 2016. Click here to read more.

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...

JAG Hall of Fame Induction – Cory Johnson

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zysuuT9b710] Cory Johnson (Class of 2005) was inducted into the JAG Hall of Fame on April 30, 2016. Click here to read more.

2016 JAG Hall of Fame Induction – Robert Armstrong

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tThJtKv3glw] Robert Armstrong's family was in town on April 30th to accept Armstrong's induction on his behalf. Read more here.

See the Enduring Artistry of Huber F. King

Garrettsville -J Leonard Gallery and Vintage Emporium along State Route 88 is paying homage to one of the area’s greatest artists by showing the works of the late Huber F. King.  Twenty one-of-a-kind woodcarvings, sculptures, paintings and drawings will be exhibited during the month of May, with an open house event from 5-8pm on Thursday, May 5. Most of these...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

Garrettsville - This past Sunday, over 40 contestants competed in a closed audition held at James A. Garfield School High School, hoping to keep their dreams alive by becoming the next Garrettsville Idol.  Judges Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown, and Jackie Rinearson were given the difficult task of selecting those who would receive the golden ticket and move on to...

Hiram College Students to Board Canoes and Clean Up Cuyahoga River and Eagle Creek

Hiram – Dozens  of Hiram College students will roll up their sleeves, slip on gloves and waders and board canoes to pick up trash from the Cuyahoga River and Eagle Creek on Sunday, April 24 from 1-5 p.m. While the Cuyahoga River has not caught on fire in decades, it has been  trashed – literally -- with everything from floating...

Crooked River Stompers Visit Garfield Elementary School

Garrettsville - Thursday, April 7, the fourth, fifth and sixth graders of James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a musical program presented by the Crooked River Stompers (This iteration was comprised of John Reynolds and Kevin Johnson) who brought selections of Bluegrass, Swing and Old Time music on various instruments-- fiddle, guitar, mandolin. The well-behaved students got to...

Buckeye Block Gets a $700,000 Boost From State of Ohio

Garrettsville - Last week, the downtown Buckeye Block rebuilding fund got a $700,000 boost from the State of Ohio. It’s enough to kick-start construction plans. Senator John Eklund (R- District 18) responded to the appeals of builder and principal Buckeye Block owner Mick Mascheck, along with Mayor Rick Patrick, helping this project to become one appropriation in the $160 million...

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