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“John Lennon and Me” A Must See

Garrettsville - Garrettsville’s Curtains Up Theatre production of “John Lennon and Me” is, well, awesome!  Based on Cherie Bennett’s popular book, Good-bye, Best Friend, this uproarious play about life, death, power and first boyfriends was adapted by the author for the stage. This group of performers will have you laughing, crying, and feeling their emotional journey as they struggle...

Exploring the History of Windham Schools

Windham - The Windham Historical Society will explore the 200 year history of the Windham schools on Monday, January 18, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham. The talk is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Brick Chapel will open at 6:30 for a meet and greet, and to view...

Residents Warned of Phone Scam

At least two area residents have received solicitation telephone calls from an individual named “Swansen”  who stated he is collecting for the Garrettsville Cops for kids program. The Garrettsville Police Department has no involvement with this person or program. The telephone number that comes up on caller id is out of service or disconnected. I advise everyone not to...

Garfield Schools Help NGCC Shut The Door On Hunger

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard would like to congratulate JAG students, faculty and staff for their very successful 2015 holiday food drive!  Everyone really went above and beyond collecting food and funds to help our community.  We are so grateful to Sen?ora Bell at the high school, Ms. Shafer at the middle school and Mr. Rado at the elementary...

Local Officials Sworn in By Political Dignitaries

Hiram - A few days before Christmas, several local officials were sworn in during a ceremony in Koritansky Hall at Hiram College. Cristine Boyd, Chief of Staff of the College welcomed officials to the campus, thanking those present for their service to the local community. Reverend Dr. Irvin Green, the Rector of the Hiram Christian Church, gave the invocation....

High Street Bridge Re-Opens in Mantua

Mantua's High Street Bridge Reopens

Mantua - Last Friday, December 19th, Mantua Village received a very special gift when the High Street bridge was re-opened to traffic, just in time for the holidays. Randy Barker, from MS Consultants; Anthony Zumbo and Mickey Marozzi from the Portage County Engineers Office; and Mantua Mayor Linda Clark were present to commemorate the event. This was a county project,...

Senator Raises Hope for Rebuilding Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block

Buckeye Block Garrettsville Concept

Garrettsville - It helps to have friends in high places. The village of Garrettsville has a friend in Ohio Senator John Eklund (R-District 18), who plans to throw his weight behind state funding for new construction of the Buckeye Block Building on Main Street. After meeting recently with builder and primary Buckeye Block Building owner Michael Mascheck, Garrettsville Mayor Rick...

Mantua Shalersville Fire Department Shares Fire Safety Tips at CPS

Lieutenant Brooke Stamm and Firefighter Jerod Holtzman helped kids participate in special kid-friendly drills. For instance, to learn how to safely escape a fire’s harmful smoke

Mantua - Recently, over 400 Crestwood Primary School students from Mrs. Marlow’s Pre-K classes through Mrs. Jones and Ms. Ludlow’s second graders learned basic fire safety tips during Fire Safety Month. In this annual program, students heard timeless fire safety basics, like when you see or smell smoke, you need get out; if you’re in a fire, get down...

Cavaliers Mascot Visits Crestwood Intermediate School

Cleveland Cavaliers visit Mantua

Mantua - Sir CC, the mascot from the Cleveland, can be seen at every Cavaliers home game cheering on our team and energizing the fans. At Crestwood Intermediate School, Mrs. Patton’s students quickly recognized Sir CC in a Brain Rush brain break video they completed in class. Just for fun, they decided to tweet a video of themselves completing...

“Mary Poppins” arrives at Geauga Lyric Theater!

Charon - Magic is in store for Geauga Lyric Theater, as it presents “Mary Poppins” as its holiday show. Running December 4-20, directed by John Krol, this classic musical is already bringing joy to its cast. Ryan Peterson, last seen on the GLTG stage as part of the barbershop quartet in “The Music Man”, will be playing Bert, the dancing...

Super Bowl Memories for G-Men Youth Varsity Football Team

On Nov. 15, 2015, the Garfield G-Men youth varsity football team played the Crestwood Red Devils for the Super Bowl at Dix Stadium in Kent.

On Nov. 15, 2015, the Garfield G-Men youth varsity football team played the Crestwood Red Devils for the Super Bowl at Dix Stadium in Kent. While Crestwood won the game with a final score of 8-0, the G-Men truly emerged victorious thanks to your community support. Head coach Matthew and Kristie Swigonski would like to send a special thank you...

New & Improved Garrettsville Cinema Enjoys Box Office Boost

Garrettsville - Just like in the movies, a daring young man takes a big risk, putting his personal and professional assets at stake. Will the big gamble take him down or will he overcome every obstacle and eventually come out on top? Justin Dlugokecki is that young man. He took ownership of the defunct Garrettsville Cinema in Garfield Plaza and...

Local Artisans Help Mantua Thrive

Mantua - Carrie and Patrick Frost have been together since 2009. Carrie, an Aurora, Ohio native, met Patrick, who hails from the Chicago suburbs, at glass school. Since that time, they’ve collaborated on work while traveling the world, learning from masters in Italy, the Czech Republic and the US before finally setting up shop in Mantua in 2012. “We...

New Menu and Vision For Garrettsville’s Main Street Grille & Brewing Company

Main Street Grille by Streetlight

Garrettsville - On October 19th, the Main Street Grille & Brewing Company had a soft opening to introduce  new Chef James St. Ours and launch his new menu and vision for the Garrettsville landmark restaurant.  A part of the Cleveland/Akron culinary scene for twenty years, St. Ours comes to Garrettsville after working with the likes of esteemed chef Dante...

Windham Banners Declare Community Pride

Windham - Community pride is one of those things. It can sit latent, seemingly at rest until threatened. Then it rises up and takes action, inspiring everyone else to take part. Look around town. See the new banners fluttering in the breeze? Historical photographs and images emblazoned with the words, EDUCATION, FAMILY, TRADITION and PRIDE line up like sentinels along...

Preserving the Past and Looking Forward in Mantua Township

Mantua Twp. - In most ways Mantua Township is probably very much like the majority of other cities, townships and villages going into the upcoming election season.  Which is to say that one party advocates this, the other party advocates that. Regardless of who wins one hopes that there is a positive outcome and life goes on preferably a...

Crestwood Soccer Teams Go4theGoal

Mantua - Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death of children by disease? In spite of this startling statistic, you might be surprised to learn that less than four percent of federal funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. That’s why Crestwood’s boys and girls soccer teams made it their goal to raise awareness and...

Another year, another Business Showcase in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - And a fine display it was, of all sorts of things, including—this being an event that takes place before Election Day on November 3—various individuals running for various offices, people on the ballot, people hoping to be written in, supporters of ballot issues for townships, county services to the developmentally disabled, long-deserved support for the county district...

Third Annual Friends4Friends™ Campaign Film Festival Featured Film Created by James A. Garfield High School Students

Garrettsville -  A team of students from the James A. Garfield High School Peer Leadership Council submitted a short film featured at the third annual, regional Friends4Friends™ Campaign film festival, held on September 29, 2015, at Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown. The James A. Garfield High School short film, titled Posts that Paralyze, inspires students to Stand Up and...

Indians Outfielder Michael Brantley Visits CMS

Mantua - The gymnasium at the Crestwood Middle School reverberated with excitement last week, as Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley entered. Timmy and Jacob, two of the over 400 students filling the bleachers, sat in a prime spot in the first row as they waited for Brantley’s arrival. In their Indians garb, the two sixth-graders clutched baseball cards and...

A Rainbow Dissolves Over the 44444

Newton Falls - On a wet, stormy Saturday, streaks of color were raining from... not the sky, but the streets as volunteers doused runners with a powdery, chalky substance as they darted past on their way through town in support of local students. To kick off October and raise funds for education, the Newton Falls school system sponsored a 5K...

Arts & Culture Shine at Hiram College

Hiram - As fall semester began, Hiram College celebrated enhancements to the Warren Sherman Hayden Memorial Auditorium at Bates Hall. Renovations to the 80-year-old venue included new seating for 511, including wheelchair-accessible seating, a new thrust stage and extensive roof repairs and new gutters on Bates Hall. Ohio Senator John Eklund, a key supporter of the project, attended the...

Crestwood Students Learn the Importance of Keeping Promises

Mantua - A rainy Monday morning was transformed into into a day full of promise when Alex Sheen spoke to students and staff at the Crestwood High School and Crestwood Middle School. Sheen founded the social movement and nonprofit organization because I said I would. Through because I said I would, individuals use promise cards to record and remember the...

Portage County District Library Millage Request on November 3 Ballot

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Portage County District Library residents will vote on a 1 mill ballot proposal to provide funding for PCDL for five years. Portage County District Library currently receives no local funding and depends entirely on state funding which is now at about the same level as that received in 1998. State funding provides about 95%...

Portage County Gardeners’ Harvest Market A Success

The Portage County Gardeners' Center wants to thank everyone who supported their Harvest Market event.  Craig Stevens of Ravenna won the helicopter ride raffle held during the event. The next phase of the fall fund raiser formally held in Oct. will now be Fri. Nov 13, 2015  from 4-8p.m. and Sat. Nov. 14, 2015 from 10a.m.-3p.m. at the  Portage County Gardeners’...

Crestwood Celebrates a Culture of Caring

Mantua - On a perfect sunny day earlier this week, students at Crestwood Primary and Crestwood Intermediate Schools celebrated the 6th annual International Day of Peace by making and planting pinwheels for peace at their combined campus.  Crestwood Primary Principal Cindy Ducca shared, “Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by teachers in Coconut Creek,...

Don’t Miss Mantua’s 42nd Annual Potato Festival!

Mantua - Starting this Friday, September 11th, the festival that almost didn’t happen this year definitely WILL be happening. Although as recently as April, the annual festival’s future was in peril when it was discovered that former committee members allegedly misappropriated funds. But due to a huge outpouring of community support, festival organizers report that all past due bills...

Mantua Center School Building Found To Be Structurally Sound

Mantua -  It has now been officially determined that Mantua Center School is indeed structurally safe and basically built like a fortress, putting to rest a topic that has been the focus of debate in recent years.  Mantua Township trustees and the Mantua Restoration Society (MaRSI) are working hard to begin restoring the historic building.     “We now...

Three Cheers, er, Quacks for Playground Plans

Newton Falls - The City Park of the small town was invaded by quacks in the name of charity on Saturday as community members gathered at the crossroads of Center and Quarry Streets to support a good cause. Dozens of brightly-colored plastic creatures converged on the grassy corner area near the tennis and basketball courts, finding themselves temporarily dry-docked...

John Johnson Home More than a Historic Site

The Historic John Johnson Home in Hiram Ohio was important to LDS founder Joseph Smith

Hiram Township - The Historic John Johnson Home in Hiram Township means different things to different people. It’s a historic site for some; a pleasant backdrop to Monroe’s Orchard for others. But for believers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), this is holy ground. So say Elders Grant Howarth and Damon Bahr, who are hosting...

Newton Falls First-Responders Help Students Start School Year Strong

Newton Falls -  It’s that time of year again when kids are wrapping up the last days of warm-weather relaxation and trying to pack in as much fun as they can before the classroom bell calls them from their playtime daydreams. That time of year when parents are wrapping up the required shopping list checkmarks and figuring out how...

Car Cruises In Hiram And Garrettsville This Saturday

You won’t have to travel far this weekend if you are a fan of car shows. Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, the Hiram Police Car Show will take place in Hiram Village. Hot rod cars, trucks, food, music, trophies and family fun can be found on  Hayden and  Dean Streets! There is no registration fee, however, donations will be accepted...

Facet Salon & Day Spa to Hold Doggy Dip August 29th

Garrettsville - Facet Salon and Day Spa is holding their 2nd Annual Doggy Dip (wash) on August 29th  from 12 till 4 pm. Bring your four-legged friends to Facet for a little pampering. It is just a donation of $10 per dog  for a wash. The Groom Room will also be on board, offering Nail Trims for $10.  Proceeds will...

Car Cruise to Include Book-Signing by #GarrettsvilleStrong Author

Garrettsville - Cruise through the past, present and future with #GarrettsvilleStrong author Pamela Montgomery during the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Car Cruise. The festivities will be Saturday, August 22 at Garfield Plaza, 3-8pm, featuring live music by Blue Cadillac and Dennis Chandler, raffle drawings, and hundreds of classic and collectible automobiles on display… plus a #GarrettsvilleStrong book-signing...

Newton Falls Area Commerce Association Sponsors New Banners

Newton Falls - August has finally arrived, bringing with it the smells of nearly-autumn air and sounds of back-to-school shopping, but for those residents and visitors patronizing the main street businesses of Newton Falls, more sights are changing than just a new page on the calendar. Various storefronts have a new coat of paint and fresh signs announcing the...

Hero’s Rock Rises from the Rubble

Mantua - On March 7th, 2015 the weight of the winter snow took out the garage of Scott and Trish Snyder from Mantua. The garage housed their woodworking shop.  The home of outrageous and unique rocking horses (Trott Wood Creations), was best known for their tribute rockers for children of fallen heroes (Hero’s Rock). Having just returned home from work...

YMCA Of Greater Cleveland Offers Programming and YMCA Services In Garrettsville

GARRETTSVILLE – The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is offering Y programs and services in Garrettsville at the Intermediate School, 8233 Park Avenue. Hours of Operation are:  7 a.m. to Noon and 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday, 7 a.m. to Noon; Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.  The Garrettsville location is closed on Sundays. We are offering Soccer and Flag Football programs,...

Hiram’s Fill-A-Police-Car and Pet Adoption Event Deemed A Success!

Hiram - On July 25th the Hiram Police Department held its “Fill-a-Police-Car” Food Drive and Pet Adoption event. It was a fun-filled day with many animal rescues and animal advocate organizations in attendance. There were adoptable dogs that were looking for their forever homes and animal groups helping spread the word of their missions. Garrettsville Police Department was at...

Go Yellow4Friends! Day on August 10

Be a friend. Go yellow. “Yellow is the universal color of friendship and happiness. (Think yellow roses for a friend, yellow smiley faces, yellow sunshine in the summertime.) We like to think we provide those things: friendship, smiles and warmth.” So says Ashley (Heavner) Doringo (daughter of Denette Heavner, who owns Denette’s Golden Mirror in Garrettsville). Doringo graduated from James A....

Tour Sheds Light On The Past

Park Cemetery?  Most popular place in Garrettsville!  People are just dying to get in. Old/bad joke, but a fine place for a tour of local history led by Kit Younker Semplak on Monday, July 20 for the education and enlightenment of a goodly crowd of interested listeners and history buffs.  The tour, complete with an explanatory booklet with text and...

Crossroads Auto Care Hosts Aug. 1 Open House

Shalersville - Everyone’s invited to the open house hosted by Crossroads Auto Care at 4552 State Route 303, Ravenna (in Shalersville within a stone’s throw of SR44). Shop owners Cody and Hillary Snyder will be providing the community with drinks and hot dogs as they celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, August 1, starting at 12 noon. According to Cody...

Crestwood Students Become Archaeologists

Mantua - A fortunate group of Crestwood students got the rare opportunity to participate in the excavation of a Civil War Military Prison. Johnson’s Island, a 300-acre island on the coast of Lake Erie, is located three miles from the city of Sandusky, Ohio. It served as a POW depot for Confederate Officers from 1862 through 1865. Throughout that...

Local Food Cupboard Returns to Downtown Garrettsville

Garrettsville - “Elvis has left the building — and he took the food with him!” This was Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard’s lighthearted Facebook post on July 1, 2015. It went on to say, ”All of us at NGCC want to extend heartfelt thanks to Middlefield Bank for the use of the old Tom C Toys and to Greg and...

Robinson Health System Enters ‘Brave New World’ with UH

Ravenna - Now that the former Robinson Memorial Hospital has become fully integrated with University Hospitals, the residents of Portage County are about to experience a revolution in health care delivery. This was the message given during a standing-room-only gathering at the Ravenna hospital on June 9, marking the official welcoming of Robinson employees to UH. On June 1, Robinson...

Pink Heals National Tour Make Local Stops

Aurora - On July 8th, four brightly painted vehicles, including a vibrant pink fire truck, arrived at Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora. They parked outside the front entrance with the goal of bringing attention to the Pink Heals organization, a group that was started in 2007 to help people, especially women, in their fight against cancer. Over time, the organization...

Mantua Village Garden Club Plans Guided Tour

The Mantua Village Garden Club will be taking their members to Perennial Post Gardens, in Middlefield, on Monday July 13th. Clara Miller, owner, will be giving the group a guided tour of her gardens, and speaking about the many varieties of hosta, and their shady companions. Time will allow for members to explore, and purchase new additions for their...

Hammer Data Systems Celebrates 20 Years on Main Street & Around the World

Garrettsville - Erika Frankel is celebrating 20 years in business. That’s a noteworthy accomplishment in itself, but considering she founded a tech company before the dawn of the Internet, in a small town like Garrettsville, it’s somewhat mind-boggling. Frankel started Hammer Data Systems, LLC at 8138 Main Street in historic downtown Garrettsville in 1995, as “your source for practical real-world...

Brooks House Assisted Living Community Partners with Local Elementary School

Hiram - The quiet peaceful morning after breakfast at Brooks House Assisted Living was broken on Monday June 1st with the arrival of 20 third graders. These third graders from Burton Elementary School have been active pen pals with the residents at Brooks House since the beginning of the school year.  Monday’s visit came with much anticipation, as they...

United Way of Portage County Launches Born Learning Trail

Ravenna  – United Way of Portage County kicked off an unprecedented public engagement campaign called Born Learning, designed to help parents, caregivers and communities provide young children with early learning opportunities. On June 5, United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Eaton Corp and Smithers-Oasis dug holes, poured cement, posted signs and painted children’s games to erect the first Born...

Tanning Salon Under New Management in Mantua

Mantua - If you’re dreaming of a tropical get-away, but you’re unable to actually leave town, check out Sunscape Tanning and Boutique on East Prospect Street in Mantua. Now, you won’t need to rely on Mother Nature to get or maintain a gorgeous tan. The shop, which is under new management, features seven tanning beds that provide three levels...

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