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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.

Photo Gallery: Streetsboro Theatre’s “Once Upon A Time”

Streetsboro Theatre's "Once Upon a Time: Not Your Ordinary Fairy Tale" was held May 1st-3rd at the Macklin Center in Streetsboro, OH. This production showcased the talents of all who were involved.

Celebrate the Cuyahoga on River Day

River Day was created out of a desire to get people out to spend some time along the Cuyahoga and its system of wetlands. This is the first year that the local community will participate in organized River Day activities, offering families the opportunity to experience this local treasure close to home.

Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary Offering Educational Tours

Be sure to check out our facility renovations, property additions, and the progress that is taking place at the sanctuary. Happy Trails’ new animal education classes and other unique seminars and clinics are being offered this year at the new Education Center. Help spread kindness and compassion for all animals.

Ravenna - Looking for something unique to do with family and friends to kick off your summer? Visit Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, a very special organization located in Northeast Ohio where healing takes place for farm animals and horses rescued from abuse and neglect situations.

4.8 mills Renewal for Crestwood School District on May 5th Ballot

On Tuesday, May 5, the Crestwood School District will be asking local residents for a 4.8 mills, four-year, tax renewal. A ‘yes’ vote on this levy will not result in a tax increase for voters -- it’s a renewal of the levy originally passed in 2012. If this renewal levy passes in May, it will take effect in the fall of 2017. The original levy, passed in 2012, will expire in 2016.

Natural Radiance Has Settled In At State Street Salon

Garrettsville - In November of 2014, Justine Egrek (Collier), along with her business,Natural Radiance, L LC, moved into State Street Salon. State Street Salon, located at 7997 State Street in Garrettsville, is owned by stylist Bobbie Habbyshaw. Habbyshaw,who has been at her State Street location for 17 years, gladly welcomed Natural Radiance, exclaiming, “Justine is the professional I have been looking for! She is very skilled and extremely attentive to her clients’needs. Justine has been a complete joy to work with!”

In November of 2014, Justine Egrek (Collier), along with her business, Natural Radiance, LLC, moved into State Street Salon. State Street Salon, located at 7997 State Street in Garrettsville, is owned by stylist Bobbie Habbyshaw.

Garrettsville Idol Semi-Finalists Selected

Garrettsville - This past Sunday, over 43 contestants competed in a closed audition held at James A. Garfield 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 a golden ticket to move on to the...

Chic & Shabby Returns to Main Street via the Villager Emporium

Located in the heart of historic Garrettsville, Ohio the Villager Emporium is your destination for fabulous locally-crafted gift items and a variety of home decor pieces. Villager Emporium is also home to Chic & Shabby, Cavalier Technologies, Villager Printing, and CT Designs.

“When the door closes, find a window to crawl through.” Or put in local terms, “When your business burns down, collaborate with an established business owner to stage a comeback.” Such is the case for Chic & Shabby, a beloved home decor shop which customers can now rediscover as a vendor at Villager Emporium, located at 8088 Main Street (corner of State Routes 82 & 88) in Garrettsville.

Heads up, James A. Garfield Grads

The James A. Garfield Alumni association will be marking its 10th anniversary this fall while recognizing “old timers” of the classes of ‘2005, ‘95, ’85, ’75, ’65, ’55, ’45, ’35, and as far into the past as possible. Come one, come all. Bring your friends and family, classmates (and teachers, if they’re still tottering about) and folks in the neighborhood. Tom Klem is recruiting attendees from the Class of 1995, Andrea Fox is attempting the same for the Class of 2005. Anyone out there who’d like to do the same for your class, have at it. Y’all come!

Spring Flowers Return to Garrettsville

This year the hanging baskets will be themed in pink in honor of long time member Faye Carlisle who passed away last December. Hanging baskets are planned to appear along State Routes 88 & 82, and at $55 to $75 per basket, expenses can add up quickly. Anyone interested in contributing to the flower basket fund can make a tax deductible donation by sending their contibution to the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce (Post Office Box 1, Garrettsville, OH 44231). Please be sure write “Flower Baskets” in the memo line of your check.

Newton Falls Prayer Shawl Ministry Celebrates Anniversary

Pictured above : 1st row - Janice McDaries, Gay Combs, Pam Workman; 2nd row- Penny Culver, Elizabeth Warren, Joyce Caldwell, Dorothy Saltsman, Geneva Staton and Nancy Lance; 3rd row- Sheila McDaniel, Carol Kyle and Nancy Thomas. Not pictured: Charlene McDaniel

Over 300 Prayer Shawl Lapghans have been given to people suffering from illness and many other needs. These shawls and laps have been given locally and mailed throughout the United States and to troops overseas.

New Emergency Alert Sirens Keep Hiram Families Safe

Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.”

Stressing the importance of this seemingly old-school system, Chief Byers shared, “The 911 outage this January is a prime example of how a battle-tested method is still relevant.” Byers referred to the 911-outage caused when a steam pipe burst, damaging an AT&T switching station. That random event knocked out 911 service in Summit, Portage, Stark and Medina Counties for two-days.

Garrettsville YMCA Kicks Off Summer Camp for Kids

Campers will play games and sports, do arts and crafts, spend time outside, get messy, go on field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, participate in community projects, enjoy swimming every Thursday at the Geauga YMCA, and make new friends. The school-age program offers fun weekly themes that align with Ohio’s Common Core K-12 state standards. The curriculum includes activities in the following areas: arts & humanities; character development; large motor skills and fitness; literacy; science and math, STEM, nutrition, and service learning projects.

Hiram Fire Department Swears in Assistant Chief

According to Pam Baynes, wife of Hiram’s new Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Baynes, “Many of us know of or have heard of the ‘brotherhood’ of firemen. For those of you who wonder, it does exist. I have seen it. But for me, it’s not just a brotherhood. It’s a ‘familyhood’.” She’s gotten to experience this unique bond first-hand over the past 22 years that her husband, Brandon has been a fireman/paramedic.

“We as a department, and the community as a whole, are really lucky to have Brandon take Mark's place as our Assistant Chief,” shared HFD Fire Chief Bill Byers.

Custom Car Leaders Form Partnership

Portage Trim and Mongoose Motorsports, of Ravenna, have teamed up to become one of the most formidable custom motor vehicle shops around.

Two titans in the world of custom cars have formed a partnership in Northeast Ohio. Portage Trim and Mongoose Motorsports, of Ravenna, have teamed up to become one of the most formidable custom motor vehicle shops around.

Active Minds of Hiram College Holds Panel Discussion

Pictured are (front row from left): Taylor Petersal, Active Minds member at Hiram College; Samantha Hughes, President of Active Minds at Hiram College; Hannah Sharma, Hiram College’s Counseling intern. Back row from left: Jacob Henderson, Active Minds member at Hiram College; Dr. Kevin Feisthamel, Director of Counseling Health & Disability Services at Hiram College; Dr. Joel Mowrey, Executive Director of Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board; Paul Dages, Emergency Services Coordinator Townhall II; Micaela Lippert, Vice President of Active Minds at Hiram College.

Active Minds of Hiram College held a panel discussion on suicide prevention as part of their “Green Week” – a week of mental health awareness activities on campus.

Windham’s Leadership and Legacies Teams Advance to State

Twenty winning teams from the local Leadership and Legacies History Contest held at Windham High School earlier this month, advanced to compete at Youngstown State University this past weekend.

‘The Coffee Mill’ Waiting to Brew in Garrettsville

Garrettsville Coffee Mill Mike Maschek

It took six months for developer Mike Maschek of Hiram to renovate the historic feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water streets. Maschek had gained ownership of the dilapidated mill property from Marty Paul in May 2014. By December, its exterior had been transformed from a sagging eyesore to a beautiful centerpiece for the village.

Hero’s Rock Rises from the Rubble

Scott and Trish Snyder of Mantua had a simple idea when they started their part-time business making handcrafted wooden rocking horses for children of all ages. “For every 10 Trott Wood Creations we build, we pledged to give one away,” they explained. As they sold their original rocking horses, dragons, and other creations through local art shows and events, the idea for Hero’s Rock was born, giving Trish and Scott the mission to build tribute rockers for the children of fallen heroes. According to the two self-described hippies, “It was a play on words but it seemed so perfect -- The most important thing to each of these heroes was their family…their rock.” In addition to customized rocking horses for small children, Hero’s Rock also creates Treasured Chests for older children, providing a place to hold treasured keepsakes of their loved one. Each custom piece features a laser-engraved portrait and service title of their loved one, so that their hero will never be forgotten.

Destination Imagination Competition at Hiram College

Crestwood Intermediate’s Improv Scholars took first place in the Improv Games category at the Destination Imagination Region 15 Tournament last weekend at Hiram College. The team will advance to the State Tournament in April. (Pictured left to right: Hannah Herron, Josh Delaney, Drake Rennecker, Deanna Stahl, Rylee Forristal, Mia Gullatta. Jacob Waite was not available for the photo.)

Hiram - This past weekend, 60 student-led teams from 12 area schools converged at the Hiram College campus for the District 15 Destination Imagination (DI) Competition. DI is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges, then present their solutions at regional, state, and global tournaments. Competitors range in age from Early Learners (ages 4 through 7) to High...

Quilts and the Underground Railroad

The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad. Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes.

Newton Falls - The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad.  Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes. Mrs. Jean Watkins has a background of arts and...

Over 5,000 Easter Eggs!

Over 5,000 eggs will be filled with candy and contain special prize tickets from the Ravenna Women of the Moose. Check out the times below for each age group's egg hunt times. Be sure to bring a bag, basket or container for the candy you find in your eggs. This annual event is held rain, snow, or shine. We hope to see you there!

Jack Joins Garrettsville Police Department

The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

One Year Later: Signs of Life Beneath the Ashes?

What started as a small blaze on the roof behind Miller’s Lawn & Garden quickly spread to become the greatest disaster to befall Garrettsville. Exhaustive efforts from local firefighters (with support from 100 firefighters from 34 neighboring departments) were no match for the hungry blaze which devoured the 1850s-era wooden structures occupying the retail block. Ironically, the Buckeye Block Building had just been freshly renovated and fully occupied close to a dozen businesses.

Garrettsville - Everything changed on March 22, 2014. Like the day the music died, that date altered local history irreversibly. The Great Garrettsville Fire ripped through the Buckeye Block on Main Street, taking with it 14 businesses, a once-familiar skyline, and 160 years of history.

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company