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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...

Model Employee Retires in Hiram Township

At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service.

Hiram Twp. - At the end of February, the Hiram Township Road Services Department bid farewell to Don Bello, upon his retirement after 14 years of service. According to Road Supervisor Tom Matota, Bello joined the Township’s Road Services team after having retired from a similar role with the Portage County Engineers Office. When he joined the township, he...

Progress At Mantua Center School

Jeff Jackson speaking to a group of 40 township members.

Mantua - “There is much community energy.  We have a need for a community center like this, to let people know what is available, and a connection to it.  Here is a place, a location where people can come in, find support for families, drug problems, a place for the Hiram College business incubator program, a space that could...

Geauga County welcomes 6th Barn Quilt with Geauga Park District Addition

The Geauga County Barn Quilt Trail began in 2015. Nationally, barn quilt trails are located in 48 states, and 38 counties in Ohio. Their purpose is to promote the historic beauty and cultural significance of quilt making through the exhibition of hand painted historically accurate quilt squares affixed to barns and buildings. It’s an agricultural and tourism project designed...

Burton Public Library Chess Tournament Results

The Burton Public Library Chess tournament (K - 8th) was resurrected this year by Dr. Ed Martin of St. Helen’s with assistance from long-term chess leader Jim Wohlken.  There were eighteen participants. Winners were  Isaac Burden - 1st Place - from Bethel Baptist School; Zachary Berman - 2nd Place - from St. Helen Catholic School; Alex Mulacek - 3rd...

New Owner Revitalizing Windham Supermarket

Windham - It’s a new day at Windham’s grocery store. It’s got a new name, a new owner and a new future, but it’s here to stay for the sake of the community. So says Ali Salama, independent owner of Windham Supermarket at 9670 East Center Street. Salama is in the process of purchasing the former Windham Sparkle Market from...

Crestwood Students Show They Care

Mantua - Three big-hearted fourth-graders at Crestwood Intermediate School have once again gone beyond, personifying their school’s motto, ‘Crestwood Cares.’ For the second year in a row, Lilly, Aspen, and Emmy have decided to take up the cause and become Change Bandits to raise much needed funds for children being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital. Last year, they set...

You’ll Never Know What You Will Find At Wayside Workshop

Aurora - If you haven’t visited The Wayside Workshop in Aurora, you don’t know what you are missing.  What started out over 40 years ago as an unfinished furniture store has grown to be so much more!  In addition to unfinished furniture, The Wayside Workshop has become the area’s premier destination for quality real wood furniture and home décor. The...

Desires for Independence Divide Thirteen Colonies

Hudson - Presidents’ Day may be just around the corner and with it will come recounting legends filled with cherry trees and humble log cabin beginnings, but for a more in-depth tale of how our nation’s forefathers fought for the creation of the country we cherish today and what exactly (or not-so-exactly) transpired behind the closed doors of a...

Garrettsville Village Council and State of the Village

Garrettsville - It was a short agenda for the first meeting of 2016 for Garrettsville’s village council.  The mayor, new council member Debbie Wordell, re-elected council member Jeff Kaiser and village clerk Nancy Baldwin had all been sworn in to office before Christmas at a joint swear-in ceremony officiated by Congressman Dave Joyce held in Koritansky Hall at Hiram...

“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...

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