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The Village Bookstore

Garrettsville - Walking into The Village Bookstore on Main Street in Garrettsville, one cannot help but notice all of the books. The cozy little store is filled with books and that is just how it should be. Literally, books on shelves and books stacked on books.  In fact, your first impression may be “Wow!” If you love books, especially old...

Equipment To Be Replaced Thanks To 50/50 Donation

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District is excited and grateful to report the recent donation of $45,977. This donation was from the 50/50 raffle being held in conjunction with the Queen of Hearts at Sky Lane Bowling. The 50/50 raffle proceeds were split with the Portage County Animal Protective League. This allows the District to realize many improvements...

Found! SkyLane’s Queen of Hearts Comes to Record-Breaking Close

Garrettsville - Well, the Queen of Hearts finally made her royal appearance on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  The winning ticket, with the #5 on it, when turned over, revealed the queenly cutie.  Terri Vechery of Mantua,  who entered the ticket was not in attendance—per last week’s rule change—but was contacted by phone and seemed pretty calm about it all. ...

Queen of Hearts History In The Making — SkyLanes Event Tops 2.1 Million!

Chris Higbee Garrettsville SkyLanes Queen of Hearts

Garrettsville - An estimated 10-12,000 people showed up last Sunday from all over the state (and surrounding states) with the hopes of landing one of the biggest Queen of Hearts Jackpots ever. Prior to the drawing, the crowd was put into a frenzy by the amazingly talented Chris Higbee Band who played  for most of the afternoon. Once again it wasn’t...

Queen of Hearts Helps Shop With A Cop

Garrettsville - Last Tuesday, Aaron King of Sky Lane Bowling, presented Interim Chief Brian Gregory of the Hiram Police Department with a check for $11,850 for the Hiram & Garrettsville Police Departments ‘Shop with a Cop’ program. The annual program is designed for less fortunate children to go holiday shopping for themselves and their families, with a police officer...

Y Cycle Begins September 6th

Hey, Y Guys & Gals—the popular Y CYCLE program returns on September 6th at 7:00 p.m. with  a new instructor, Clarence.  Stop in to check it out...AND look over the whole selection of programs and activities available to you and the entire community. The Y is located at 8233 Park Avenue in Garrettsville. Volleyballers and  just-thinking-about-it types, stay tuned for...

Queen of Hearts Eludes Discovery; 50/50 Raffle Generates Big Donations

Garrettsville - The Queen of Hearts is still playing her card close to the vest, after nearly a  year reigning over SkyLanes Bowling & SkyLounge. Every Sunday, 1500-2000 people gather outside at Sky Plaza to witness the drawing taking place on  the bowling alley’s rooftop. So far, the Queen of Hearts has eluded discovery, so  the jackpot went up...

“Footloose” comes to Garrettsville

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre celebrates their 10 year anniversary with their production of “Footloose”. July 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7pm and July 17, 2016 at 2pm in the James A. Garfield High School Auditorium. Doors open half an hour prior to curtain time  and tickets are available at the door for $10.00 for adults, seniors...

Always In Bloom To Host Health Fair

Nelson Twp. - Always In Bloom located at 10027 Silica Sand Rd., Garrettsville will be hosting a Health Fair July 21 - 23. Speakers  include: Janet Hahn of Sweetbriar Farms; Maureen Brawn; Tara Winland of Elderberry Trail Farm;  Angela Kohler Shafer; Margery Cleary & Antoinette Gomez of Young Living Essential Oils; Angie Smithburger of  Always In Bloom; and Mindy Nuhfer...

Garrettsville YMCA — Weight Room, Personal Trainer and Y-Fit

At the Garrettsville YMCA, we think the hardest part of any goal is simply getting started. Consistency turns your goal into progress. Our weight room, personal trainer, and Y-Fit classes can be the tools to make that happen. Our new weight room includes all the machines needed to reach your goals. Consider A Personal Trainer Our personal trainer, Rachael is a...

Garfield Schools Remain Excellent Value

Garrettsville - Numbers released recently from the State of Ohio on school spending continue to reinforce the tremendous educational value at the James A. Garfield Schools. With a total expenditure of only $8,685 per student, Garfield is the second lowest in the area (Portage, Summit, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties). Only Field ($8,514) and Wadsworth ($8,613) have lower expenditures than...

Lights, Camera, Action at Charles Auto Family

Garrettsville - Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet, They Go Together in the Good ‘Ole USA… as the old Chevy jingle from 1975 goes. On Monday, Garrettsville’s Charles Auto Family shot a new commercial for local cable channels, and baseball still looms large in this promotion. The new commercial features dealership owner Bruce Abraham, along with general manager and...

Local Artist To Exhibit At Silver Frog

Garrettsville - Separate Pieces, a showing of recent paintings by local artist Xyl Lasersohn, will be hosted at Silver Frog Studios on Main Street, from June 30th to August 6th, with an opening reception from 7-9 on the evening of the 30th. Currently residing in Hiram and working towards a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Xyl is primarily...

Welcome To Summerfest 2016

Summerfest #12 will begin on Friday night with the opening ceremonies taking place on the Charles Auto Family Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. Rides Return To  Downtown!! Thanks to the generosity of Buckeye Block owner Mike Maschek, the carnival rides will make their return to downtown to the heart of Summerfest! Take advantage of the ride all day wristbands which will...

Garrettsville Summerfest Adds New Events For 2016

Over the past few years, the Summerfest Committee has heard folks’ ideas and suggestions on how to make Garrettsville Summerfest even better. This year they have acted on some of those suggestions, to enhance the festival-goers experience. Many have suggested having the rides moved back downtown. Your wish is their command. The rides will be downtown in the grassy...

Update from Rosie Jean’s Winery

Garrettsville - We really enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community garage sale on Saturday, May 21. Thanks for coming out on such a rainy day. We still have many gift baskets, discounted Premier designs jewelry, Indian arrowheads, and hand-made furniture that we can make custom for you and much more on our upper level. Our main level...

New Harry Potter Book And Release Party Coming To Village Bookstore in Garrettsville!

Have you heard about the new Harry Potter Book which will be released this summer? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. Based on an...

Project MORE Receives $1,000 Grant to Bolster Kids’ Reading Skills

Garrettsville - Reading has been rewarded! James A. Garfield Elementary School just received a $1,000 donation toward its reading program, which helps students meet academic standards. Local State Farm Insurance agent Shannan Jursa made the gift available to Project MORE through a matching grant ($500 State Farm Good Neighbor grant and $500 from Jursa’s office). Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio...

Upcoming Events At Portage County District Library

Hearing Loss Program at Garrettsville Library May is “Better Speech & Hearing Month” and you’re invited to the Garrettsville Library on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm for a presentation by Kathy Liston, Audiologist, on hearing and hearing loss. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. PARTA Traveling Training Program  The Garrettsville Library invites you to the library...

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...

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...

Congrats to the cast & crew of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”!

Garfield Theatre

Garrettsville - For a book and plot line that had about as much substance and gravity as a bubble bath or a flapper    girl’s champagne, it was a delightful evening of entertainment showcasing talent in every direction.  The choreography was outstanding and outstandingly performed—who knew they could tap dance?  The scenery and the lighting were minimal but evocatively...

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)...

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...

5th and 6th Graders Participate in Math Tournament

Garrettsville - On Saturday, February 20, eight teams of fifth and sixth graders from J.A.Garfield Elementary  worked diligently on challenging math problems prepared by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Over 1,200 students in Northeast Ohio participated in the event.  Garfield Elementary was one of fourteen sites that hosted the competition.  Students worked in groups solving rigorous...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The September 21, 2015 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society saw an influx of visitors from Freedom, seeking information on organizing and operating a historical society, with an eye to possibly establishing such a group for Freedom Township, either as a separate entity or as a semi-autonomous affiliate.  This inquiry originated with the Freedom Room...

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%...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

Hiram Farm Is Open for the Season

Throughout the year, Hiram farmers cultivate vegetables and herbs hydroponically and in outdoor gardens, selling produce at their roadside farm stand.

Middlefield Banking Company Mortgages