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Beyond the Blue Ribbon: Tracey Garrett’s Top Tier Pastry Earns National Acclaim

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – Tracey Garrett is putting Garrettsville under the national spotlight… and it has nothing to do with the fact that she shares her last name with the village’s pioneer founder. Garrett — a pastry chef who owns and operates Top Tier Pastry from her home on Zupancic Drive — …

All Star Showcase Simply Amazing!

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – If you weren’t at Iva L. Walker Auditorium on Friday, you missed one amazing benefit show produced by PMG Chocolatier. Between the tickets for the show, a 50/50 raffle, and the 94 gift baskets raffled during the show, over $6,400 was raised for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund. 

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given …

The Numbers Don’t Lie

| Published on April 16, 2014

Garrettsville – On Monday night over sixteen concerned Portage County residents gathered for the first of many community meetings with the Portage County Drug Task Force. Led by Village Councilwoman Becky Harrington the meeting was a “barebones” version of the presentation delivered at a special meeting in Nelson Township on …

Brigadoon is a Smashing Success

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – This past weekend the cast and crew of Brigadoon’s hard work paid off,  as they did four nearly sold-out performances of the musical over the weekend. The musical was under the direction of Joe Gaither.

“Love the Dress” Makes Prom More Affordable

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Sports Boosters held the first ever “Love the Dress” prom dress sale at the high school on Sunday April 6, 2014. The sports boosters were able to collect new and nearly new dresses and then resold them at a fraction of the price they …

The Mishler Miracle

| Published on April 9, 2014

Garrettsville – So that the Mishlers may gain a respite from questioning, here’s the skinny on the only structure left totally standing after the “Buckeye Block Fire” on March 22.

Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard Open For Business

| Published on April 9, 2014

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has resumed normal operations on Monday, April 7th at our their facility.  The Cupboard is located at 12157 State Route 88 near the intersection of Route 88 and Ely Rd.  Clients can visit the Cupboard anytime during regular hours; Monday 3:00pm-6:00pm or Wednesday 9:00am-12:00noon.

#GarrettsvilleStrong Fundraiser Spotlight

| Published on April 9, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville.
Fish Fry to Benefit Fire Victims
April 11th: Join us for a Friday Fish Fry with fresh-cut fries and coleslaw. All-You-Can-Eat is $11; Adults $8; Seniors $6; Kids (4-10) $4. The proceeds will help support #GarrettsvilleStrong and the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Food Bank.  April …

Garrettsville FD Press Release: Historic District Fire

| Published on April 9, 2014

At 1: 15 PM on Saturday, March 22nd, The Village of Garrettsville suffered a fire of catastrophic proportions involving the historical area known as the Buckeye Building, situated on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Garrettsville. Garrettsville’s ladder truck. one pumper/tanker, and one tanker were all on scene and …

Cut & Pedi-thon Raises Funds For Rebuilding Garrettsville

| Published on April 3, 2014

Rachel King and her team of stylists at Facet Salon & Day Spa held a “Cut & Pedi – thon” last Saturday to raise money to help rebuild Garrettsville’s historic district. The salon was thrilled to announce that they had exceeded their goal of $1,000, and would be donating $1,260 …

Where Are they Now? Burned-Out Businesses Scramble to Resume Operations

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – “We are committed to to staying in Garrettsville and going back to Main Street when we can.”
These are the words of Dan Myers, who owned and operated New Hearing Sales & Services from 8115 Main Street until fire destroyed it and nearly every other business from Center Street …

Brewing For The Future

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – Main Street Grille & Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Mike Mallone (left), and Head Brewer Brian Koptis (right) are brewing a special GarrettsvilleStrong Pilsner. The beer goes on sale April 26th at $5 glass. 100% of proceeds benefit the GarrettsvilleStrong fund established to aid reconstruction of the block of shops …

Purchasing Manager Retiring from the Library

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – After over 25 years of dedicated service, Sharon Foy, Purchasing Manager of the Portage County District Library, has announced her retirement. Foy will retire from her position at the end of April.
Having started her career at the Portage County District Library in 1988 working part-time in the Technical …

Save-the-Date for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic

| Published on April 2, 2014

Tee up for the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 21, at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio. Sponsored by the Middlefield Banking Company and Cleveland Indians Charities, the golf classic supports children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.
Celebrity golfers Bill Wills, co-host …

“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

| Published on April 2, 2014

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, …

Garrettsville is Open For Business

| Published on April 2, 2014

Holy Schmoley!  Flames leaping up from the north side of the downtown commercial district.  Customers clutching purchases being hustled past the cash registers by some of G-Ville’s finest  who’d just received word that “Town’s on fire!”  Proprietors hoping against hope to save their goods and their livelihoods…in vain all too …


| Published on April 2, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville. 
Candlelight Winery – Fundraising Event
April 4th – Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Representatives from 31 Gifts, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Perfectly Posh, Premier Jewelry and Velata will be set up at the winery for an Evening of Shopping and Reminiscing. We will have …

Community Rallies In Support

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Hundreds of residents from the Garrettsville area and neighboring communities filled the home-side bleachers in the James A. Garfield gymnasium Monday evening in a unified show of support for those affected by Saturday’s devastating fire.   The one question they all were asking: “What can we do to …

School Construction Project Update

| Published on March 27, 2014

The Campus of Excellence Oversight Committee met on March 20, 2014 in the James A. Garfield Middle School to receive information and updates on the momentous project under way in the district, moving the Intermediate School to the main campus, thus gathering all the parts of the system—Elementary, Intermediate, Middle …


| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire. 

UP IN FLAMES: Historic Fire Devastates Garrettsville’s Historic District

| Published on March 27, 2014

“Garrettsville is burning!”
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, that message blazed out across phone lines, the internet and news agencies throughout northeast Ohio. Main Street’s newly-renovated historic Buckeye Block Building was on fire at lunchtime. Despite prompt and robust response by local and regional firefighters, the angry fire had devoured the …

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the …

All Hands on Deck!

| Published on March 26, 2014

Indeed they were!   It was Payback Time.
The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville.  Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations,  Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers …

Water rates, sidewalks, and the old gristmill hot topics in Garrettsville

| Published on March 21, 2014

Garrettsville – The main topic of discussion after the opening of the March 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting was water rates and how much of an increase there will be if council approves proposed Ordinance 2014-13.  The Board of Public Affairs (BPA) had asked a representative from Arcadis in …

Challenge Accepted!….There is still time!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – Last month I challenged the James A. Garfield Community to take an active part in a massive fundraising campaign to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. I am proud to report that over the last month more than 325 of our students, parents, staff and community …

Garrettsville Cinema OPEN!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – After months of intensive refurbishments and upgrades, the new owners of Garrettsville Cinema, Justin & Desiree Dlugokecki, held a weekend-long Grand Re-Opening celebration at their cinema. The owners were joined Saturday afternoon by Garrettsville Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chamber of Commerce President Benjamin Coll for a ribbon …

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

| Published on March 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.  

Fierce, Fabulous and Forty!

| Published on March 14, 2014

Garrettsville – Rachelle King may have to give up her reining title as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazines ‘Top 40, Under 40’; but this Garrettsville native and visionary businesswoman remains fierce and fabulous as she celebrates her big 4-0 this month. 

Rotary Report

| Published on March 13, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is moving closer to changing the club meeting time and location, partly in hopes of  becoming more accessible to more local  residents and business people.  The prospect of having lunchtime meetings at Cal’s II would seem to have advantages and may well be tried this summer, when  the …

A Garrettsville Master Gardener is Among a Group of Ohio State Extension Master Gardeners that Make A Difference in Rural Ecuador with The Tandana Foundation

| Published on March 13, 2014

Spring Valley, Ohio – Sixteen Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteers have returned from Ecuador, where they used their gardening skills to lend a helping hand in rural communities. They were on a gardening volunteer vacation, which was sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and The …

Twardzik is Finalist For Ohio Homecoming Queen Selection

| Published on March 13, 2014

Garrettsville – Miss Emma Twardzik of Garrettsville, has been selected as a finalist for Ohio’s 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 13th at Dayton Marriot in Dayton, Ohio. She is the James A. Garfield Homecoming Queen.
Ohio’s 2014 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an all …

JAG Band Advances to State Competition

| Published on March 13, 2014

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield (JAG) Band has once again made the community proud by earning a superior rating last weekend at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) Northeast Regional Band and Choir Adjudicated Event held at Revere High School and advancing them to the State competition held in April.
The …

Jerry Returns to Kehoe’s Used Cars

| Published on March 9, 2014

Garrettsville  – Jerry’s back!
Jerry Kehoe has returned to his namesake, Jerry Kehoe’s Used Cars, at 10755 South Street, just in time for the business’ 35th anniversary. Jerry and his wife, Lynette, have bought back the used car lot from Eric and Meredith Hedges after a year-long experiment in retirement.

NGCC to Participate in Feinstein Foundation Challenge

| Published on March 9, 2014

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is participating in the Feinstein Foundation Million Dollar Challenge to Fight Hunger during the months of March and April.  For the past 16 years, the Feinstein Foundation has been dividing one million dollars among non-profit hunger fighting agencies nationwide.  Past Million Dollar Challenges have raised …

Rotary Report

| Published on March 9, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is still seeking contestants for the 4-Way Speech Contest ,  to be conducted locally  on March 10 at the McCumbers-Brady Realty on Main St. , Garrettsville.  Any students from Windham H.S. or James A. Garfield H.S., grades 9-12, are eligible to participate.  The local first-place prize winner …

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop at the Garrettsville Library

| Published on March 9, 2014

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will present a workshop on how to write a resume and cover letter on March 15th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The workshop will walk the participants through writing a resume and cover letter from start …

Campus of Excellence Update

| Published on February 26, 2014

Park Avenue Partnerships
Park Avenue School will not sit idle next year! Partnerships with the Greater Cleveland YMCA and the Portage County Educational Service Center are nearly complete, and we have commitments from both entities that will bring some exciting services to the community. You will see a YMCA business trailer …

Rotary Report

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are focusing on their next community outreach project, the Four-Way Speech Contest.  The premise of the competition is that the speakers are to choose a social, moral and/or ethical problem that they feel strongly about and have personal knowledge about. This confrontation should be bearing in mind the …

Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – Spring is right around the corner, probably buried in a snowdrift but it is coming nevertheless.
One of the first signs of spring is the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville Monday, March 17th …

Happily Ever After… Library Hosts Valentine’s Day Wedding

| Published on February 19, 2014

Garrettsville – It’s not every day that librarians get to be the characters in the books on their shelves, but for the staff at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, Valentine’s Day provided one such opportunity to play fairy godmothers for two local couples celebrating their love …

3-2-1, Action! Coming Back Soon to Garrettsville Cinema

| Published on February 19, 2014
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Garrettsville – The lights are coming back on at Garrettsville Cinema at 8009 Main Street. The Garfield Plaza movie theater is now under new management, renovated and updated with digital projectors and surround sound. New tenant Justin Dlugokecki of Showplace Theaters plans to re-open “the new and improved Garrettsville Cinema” …

Make February Your Month for Fitness

| Published on February 12, 2014

Honestly. We are without excuse. We’re fresh into the New Year and the launchpad of New Resolutions. February is Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association to build awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer among American men and women — and it’s largely preventable with a lifestyle …

Little Mermaid Ballet was a Hit

| Published on February 6, 2014

Garrettsville -  The 8th Count Dance Center presented their rendition of “The Little Mermaid” January 29, 2014 at the Iva  Walker Auditorium before a live audience. The show went on in spite of the bitter cold weather. 

Raffle at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library

| Published on February 5, 2014

Garrettsville – Check out three items from the library and you can enter to win a gift basket generously donated by the Friends of the Garrettsville Library. Items include: a feeding station for birds, a photo frame in the shape of a fish, nonstick insulated muffin pan, one of a …

Festival Puts Finishing Touch to Rotary’s Family Week Festivities

| Published on February 5, 2014

Well, THAT was Fun!
Garrettsville- Hiram Rotary’s annual Family Week ended with a bang, as all—or a lot, anyway—of  the folks who had been cooped up by the weather  for longer than  had been the case for quite a while came out to do a whole raft of things  on Saturday, …

Portage County District Library’s New Library Board of Trustees Officers

| Published on January 29, 2014

Garrettsville – Portage County District Library announced its new Library Board of Trustees officers at its January 16 meeting. Pictured above (left to right) are Deborrah Defer, Secretary; Stephen Spencer, President; and Roberta Zuver, Vice President. Library board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. …

Garfield Hosts Power of the Pen

| Published on January 29, 2014

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield Middle School was the site of the recent district competition for Power of the Pen, a program to encourage the development of young adolescents’ writing skills through  practice and competition, in much  the same vein as sport, with many of the same components, such as …

One grant…..three giant leaps for James A. Garfield Schools

| Published on January 22, 2014

Garrettsville – Over the next nine months the James A. Garfield Community will take three giant leaps into the future because of the $5 Million Straight A Grant.  The construction of an addition on the elementary school will create a “Campus of Excellence”.  Partnerships hope to bring exciting services to …

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary

| Published on January 22, 2014

Garrettsville – On January 28, 2014 The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning.  Parents, take advantage of this awesome program.  There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school …