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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...

14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Geauga County - One would think we went to great lengths to plan our 14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour on May 14th with 14 NEW stops… but what we really have there is what is referred to as a ‘Happy accident.’  But however it happened, be sure to get that date on your calendar because it is sure to...

Queen of Hearts Strings Players Along with $115,000+ Jackpot

Garrettsville - The Queen of Hearts is playing hard to get at SkyLanes Bowling & Sky Lounge. So the stakes keep getting higher. That’s right. What started 33 weeks ago as a marketing tool to get more customers in the door on a slow night has more than delivered. Now The Queen of Hearts jackpot is up to over $115,000,...

Once More With Feeling: 2016 Garfield Hall of Fame Inductees

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District will once again be honoring its own.  Graduates who have excelled in athletics, the arts, sciences, public service, national service will find a place on the Hall of Fame.  Each class year is different,  highlighting the various facets of accomplishment that the district seeks to foster and to recognize. The...

Lions Club Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

The Garrettsville Lions Club U16 soccer team (made up of 8th, 9th and 10th graders) just concluded their very successful indoor season at the Tallmadge Rec Center in the high school division. They were only defeated once in the 1st session of 10 games as they lost the 2nd game to Southeast (mostly seniors). The Lions were leading until...

Windham Students Fare Well At History Day Competition

Windham - On Saturday, April 2, Windham High School students took part  at Youngstown State for the History Day competition. Over  300 entries were received and Windham successfully walked away with four groups advancing to state finals! Advancing to the state finals on April 30th are : 2nd Place - WWII Brides Rebekah Stout & Abby Forsythe Honorable Mention - Orphan Trains Jazelle Artman, Ashley...

Falls Family Care Opens for Business

Newton Falls - Spring is a great time for freshening up old spaces or starting anew altogether, and for one local business the arrival of the season brought the opportunity for both. ONE Health Ohio celebrated the opening of its Falls Family Care facility last week, welcoming residents and visitors of the 44444 with an open house Wednesday afternoon....

CHS Musical Is Classic Spoof

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” Crestwood HS Mantua Ohio

Mantua - “Like Monty Python meets Mel Brooks,” is how Crestwood High School Drama Director Monica Lazanich describes this year’s spring musical, “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” The play, written by Mary Lynn Dobson, is based on the classic story, but with pop-culture references and a more modern take on what the characters might be like today. The...

Educators Experience the “Wonders of Watersheds”

Right about….there.  Right?  Yep, it was gone. I squinted in an effort to improve the accuracy of my reading.  Indeed this was the place where the black and white plate suspended from a rope, this thing that researchers refer to as a “secchi disk,” had completely disappeared from view.  In an instant it was swallowed up in the vastness of...

Pinewood Derby Results

On January 30, 2016 Cub Scout Pack 4062 of Garrettsville held their annual Pinewood Derby at the James A Garfield Elementary School.  With the help of their parents, Scouts shaped and decorated the cars to their own design.  Cars were raced in a double-elimination tournament by den.  Den champions then competed for Track Champion.  One car was awarded Best...

It’s Time To “Discover Garrettsville”

Garrettsville – Take a village located in the heart of the Western Reserve, add a group of motivated business owners, and you have the makings of an amazing promotional campaign designed to encourage and reward people who explore everything the Garrettsville Area has to offer. Beginning Friday, April 1st and running through September 30, you will have the opportunity to...

Road Apple Roubaix Kicks Off Route in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Road Apple WHAT? The road apple part is no mystery to anyone who has lived in or near Amish country...or anyplace where  one shares the highway with equine modes of transportation (Also an album by the group known as The Tragically Hip but we’re not going there).  Roubaix—you can look it up—refers to  one of the earliest (1896)...

Hero’s Rock To Embark on “Thank You” Tour

Hero’s Rock To Embark on “Thank You” Tour

Mantua  - On May 26, 2011 the tragic news story of an Apache Helicopter Pilot, CW2 Christopher Thibodeau, killed in action just one week after learning he was to become a father, would be the inspiring force of a mission to show this nation’s gratitude for those who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. How do you say, “I’m sorry...

Windham High School Inducts New National Honor Society Members

Windham - On Friday, March 11th, the Windham Schools celebrated the new and current members of the school’s National Honor Society. These students uphold the four pillars of NHS which are: Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. Pictured above are: Front Row: (All current NHS members) Senior Brittany Knight, Senior Brianna Workman, Senior Samantha Dean, Senior Jasmine Nevarez, and Senior Tristan...

J.A. Garfield Quiz Bowl Finishes Season Strong

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield High School Quiz Bowl team finished their competition season strong, sort of like the basketball teams and the wrestling team,... “Close, but no cigar.”  Like any good team, regular practice across a variety of topics, is necessary for improvement and success.  Contests with other schools begin in the fall, stretch across the winter...

Garrettsville is Open For Business!

Garrettsville - On March 22, 2014 the historic village of Garrettsville lost over 120 years of history and many businesses in one afternoon. Lots of theories, speculations and ideas exist about what should be done with the now-vacant property. Some expected new construction right away yet what many have failed to realize is that it will take millions of...

Hiram Township Receives Four Grants For New Park

This year, new projects include installation of a gazebo, prairie, and play structures at the new park. At the Play Park, new clay will be added to the ball field, new mulch will be added to the playground, and a new bench will be installed.

Hiram - Beginning in March, village water rates will reflect a rate increase of 8%, or an estimated $.93 per each unit used per month. Sewer rates remain unchanged; Village Council enacted the water rate increase in their February meeting. Village Administrator James McGee reported receipt of water and sewer line work bids. He’ll be meeting with the Village...

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