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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...

Ox Roast Fair Plans Well Underway in Mantua

Photo: St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair Facebook Page

Mantua - The 2015 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Now in its 52nd year, the Ox Roast Fair will be held July 17th, 18th, and 19th, and promises to be more exciting than ever. Grand prizes this year include $20,599.00+ Harley Street Glide FLHX Motorcycle (provided...

Garrettsville Summerfest Celebrates 11 Years of Family Fun

Garrettsville - Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6:15pm on Friday, June 26th. Come out and listen to a great variety of music, take a stroll down Main Street, ride a few rides and, of course, eat some great festival food.  Get your family and friends together and stop by the Information Tent to grab your list for the 2015...

Revitalized Reveal for Remedy Cafe

Newton Falls - Many Villager readers remember the fire that swept through Garrettsville’s downtown business district, altering the landscape and effectively redirecting the lives of several townspeople in one afternoon. But even before that March day last year, the residents of Newton Falls experienced a similar situation as smoke and flames burst through the windows of an apartment located...

The 8th Count Dance Center Celebrates Six Years

Garrettsville - “EXTRA, EXTRA Read All About It,” was the theme for The 8th Count Dance Center’s 2015 Recital.  The dance center held their 6th dance recital at the Iva Walker Auditorium Saturday, June 6, 2015. The recital carried the newspaper theme throughout the entire production. Using the newspaper, the dance center danced to musical selections that portrayed various...

Newton Falls Library Lights Up Lawn For Superhero Summer

Newton Falls - Walking by the parking lot of the Newton Falls Public Library on Saturday morning passersby found several children being carried into an ambulance and loaded into the back of police cars. But the sirens sounding from the emergency vehicles weren’t mixed with cries of terror or fear, rather playful giggles and shrieks of delight as what...

Jake’s Market to Open in Mantua

Mantua - Back in November of 2009, Jodie Fiala and Kim Sumwalt opened the doors of Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua, satisfying the community’s need for a family-friendly, hometown eatery. At Jake’s, they combined not only their passion for food, but also their names (Jodi and Kim’s Eats). As their restaurant continued to grow, they soon identified the need for...

2015 Mantua Potato Festival is Back On!

Mantua - In April it was announced that the State of Ohio Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation due to mishandling of festival funds. It was noted on the Mantua Potato Festival Facebook page that, “Lack of resources to move forward and unpaid debt from 2014 inhibits the remaining committee members from putting on a festival in 2015.”...

Critical EMS Training Held in Hiram

Hiram - The Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport team and the Hiram Fire Department recently held a Trauma Training Day in Hiram. Over the course of the day, Cleveland Clinic helicopters landed at key locations in Hiram, as flight crew, paramedics and flight nurses trained with local first responders to practice patient hand-offs between pre-hospital rescue personnel and air...

Garrettsville Summerfest, a Music Lovers Paradise

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest will be held June 26-28th and will once again have an array of music that will satisfy most music lovers. The event of the summer boasts three stages of music playing throughout the entire weekend.

Yogurt Shop Melts Away the Heat

Yogurt Creations is closed Mondays but open now on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday noon-9pm and from noon-10pm on Friday and Saturday. The shop will be open even later on Saturday, July 4th for a frosty after-the-fireworks treat. So stop in and see what your new favorite frozen flavor of summer will be.

Yogurt Creations, run by husband and wife team Wayne and Elizabeth Kleinert, serves up a selection of soft-serve sweets in individualized style, as the best part of the experience of dropping by this friendly mom-and-pop shop is being able to choose a flavor of frozen yogurt, add your toppings and finish the whole thing off with fruity flair that is totally YOUR way!

Trike-A-Thon Raises Money for St. Jude’s Hospital

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Fun in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Although the calendar claims that summer starts June 21, we all know that the season of summer fun kicks off with Memorial Day on May 25. In Garrettsville, that’s just the beginning! Memorial Day held its traditional public display of patriotic flags, ceremonial wreaths, the big parade and rousing speeches on Monday morning. Afterward, the grills heated up in nearly every back yard, neighbors and families finally gathering together again on decks and patios for eats, drinks and games. Finally.

Garfield Elementary Raises $1836.50 in “Roundup For A Cure”

Garrettsville - GES students in grades K-6 participated in an all day walk-a-thon Friday, May 22nd, entitled “Roundup For A Cure”. Students brought donations totaling $1836.50 which was donated to the Friends of Melana Foundation

Trial By Fire For Johnson’s First Garrettsville Village Council Meeting

The village has budgeted $1.89 million for 2015 and has projected only $1.69 million in revenue. A significant portion of the budget, almost half, is appropriated to the police department.

Automotive Rehab Drives into Historic Garrettsville

Automotive Rehab LLC at 8147 Windham St. gives “full service” its intended meaning. Although it moved into its current location just a few months ago, it has been providing quality car care since 2008 from its former Infirmary Road location in Mantua.

Crestwood Local Schools Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Education

“We applied for this grant because we recognized a trend in student discipline referrals among low socioeconomic students and among those students who were experiencing hardship in the family, including unemployment, divorce, and parents being deployed overseas,” said Toth. “Students’ personal and social needs must be successfully addressed during the key elementary years if they are to succeed in the future.”

Mantua Restoration Society Recognized for Efforts

Doug Fuller addressing the crowd

The Mantua Restoration Society is a volunteer group of township citizens who value and seek to preserve the historic center of Mantua Township as heritage, inspiration and a focus of township life.

Relay for Life Builds Hope in Hiram

Recently, a Relay for Life event was held at Hiram College that raised over $11,000. But it raised so much more than just dollars -- it celebrated the hope of local cancer survivors like Dottie Summerlin.

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