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Regional Economic Development Meeting

Garrettsville - On January 26 the newly formed Regional Economic Development Committee held their first meeting. Led by Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce president (and JAG Superintendent) Ted Lysiak, committee members included Nelson trustee Joe Leonard, Windham trustee Larry Kuhlman, Garrettsville council members Tom Hardesty, Debbie Glass-Wordell and Becky Harrington, as well as local business...

Lady G-Men Close Out A Chaotic January With A Win

At the close of 2016, the Garfield Lady G-Men basketball team was off to a stellar 9-0, in fact the Lady G-Men only lost three games in the entire 2016 calendar year! The new year so far has not been easy for the lady cagers as they started 2017 with 10 games in January -- four of them against teams with fewer than five losses!! Just to compare, in the same time span the Cleveland Cavs played 13 games and didn’t have to juggle any mid-terms or dual-credit assignments. When the dust settled, the Lady G-Men ended the month 6-4 and still hold a chance at a piece of the league crown for the second straight year.

In Pictures: 8th Count Dance Center presents Peter Pan

On February 1, 2017 the 8th Count Dance Center showcased their students' talent in a wonderful Peter Pan ballet that took a captivated audience on a journey to Neverland.

Valentine’s Day Tips

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is a couple of weeks away. While I love the romance of this holiday, it is definitely not one of my favorite holidays. I always feel pressured to make sure the day is “ultra” romantic and full of hearts and flowers. In reality, I wish that every day was Valentine’s Day! So...

“Complementary & Alternative Medicine” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to attend the program “Complementary & Alternative Medicine” on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Presented by Dr. Haidy Kamel of Cuyahoga Community College, this program will provide attendees with an overview and information about this topic. Seats are limited, so register early. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. According to Dr. Kamel,...

Model Home a Model of Energy Efficiency

Hiram - A model home in Village Gate Community is a model of energy efficiency in new home construction. Trading out cement block and traditional plywood for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) block, Slab Shield, Low-E house wrap, recycled cellulose, oriented strand board, Trex deck boards and other ‘green’ construction materials allows this “Eco-Home” by Big Sky Homes to...

“Cookin’ up a Storm” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to join us for February’s “Cookin up a Storm” program on Monday, February 6 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Garrettsville Library. This month’s food theme will be Italian food. We’ll be using titles from the PCDL collection to discover new Italian recipes. Participants are asked to bring an Italian dish to share with the...

Trainwrecked: News from Garrettsville’s 20th Century Club

The January 19, 2017 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave., Garrettsville. Greetings to all came from the president, Karen Miller and secretary pro tem, Karen Ziarko, called the roll. A note from absent member, Jan Boehm, was read. The occasion was Guest Night and the...

“Fired in Freedom” Exhibit Opens in Hiram

Hiram – “Fired in Freedom,” a showcase of ceramic works from nearly 20 artists, runs through Feb. 22 at the Hiram College Gelbke Fine Art Gallery, 12000 Winrock Road, Hiram. The exhibition features ceramic pots and sculptures that were fired in a Freedom Township wood-fired kiln. The artists range from university professors and independent ceramicists to students and nationally recognized...

New Years Resolutions at The Winery

We are three weeks into 2017 and so far I am extremely happy with how this year is going! I’m not one to make New Years resolutions but I figured this would be a good year to come up with a couple of goals for the year. My first resolution for 2017 is to try new grapes. Teams from...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Starting the new year off right, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram wishes to again thank all of the businesses, groups and individuals who helped make the Reverse Raffle fund-raiser such a success...once more, with feeling: Steve Barton, Bob and Darlene Jackson, Chuck and Connie Evans, Crist Miller, Middlefield Bank, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency, Mallory DeHaven Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation...

Garrettsville Village Council News

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday January 11 for their first meeting of 2017. After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Patrick asked for nominations for council president. Councilman Tom Hardesty was elected as president of council for 2017. The following 2017 Mayoral Appointments were approved: Streets, Parks and Cemeteries: Tom Hardesty, Sheri Johnson Village Properties and...

Community Food Cupboard Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Garrettsville - The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) celebrates its fifth anniversary in February. That means — despite being a struggling not-for-profit organization totally reliant on community donations, dogged by growing demands, suffering a devastating fire, then rebuilding again — the NGCC endures to carry out its mission. The community is invited to NCGG’s Fifth Anniversary Open House from 10 am-2pm...

New Projects Bring Savings and Facelift to Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - If you have been in our buildings you know that our custodial and maintenance staff do an outstanding job of keeping them looking spectacular, but there is only so much our staff can do to maintain an aging building before some changes need to be made. As you drive by our campus over the coming weeks you...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

Buckeye Block Needs Funding to be Rebuilt in 2017

Maschek is considering a 20,000-square-foot, brick-faced building design in keeping with the architecture of Garrettsville’s historic district. An open arcade is planned for pedestrians to walk through from the rear parking lot to Main Street

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” Is Coming To Garrettsville

You won’t want to miss a great show that is designed for the whole family! “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is coming to Garrettsville January 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7pm and January 22, 2017 at 2pm. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this comedy written by Sharon A. Cole will take center stage in the James A....

Garfield Student Council Decorates McDonald’s

Garrettsville - JAG Student Council is the student government that supports positive changes for the students and those within our school community. They run the blood drives and sponsor the parade and homecoming events for the school and community. When student council sees a need, they get together to help out. Members all vote on the events and projects...

The SCENE

Well, it’s been happening here in “the ‘ville”.  Holidays and then some items of local interest...to wit : *The new coffee shop, The Cellar Door,  in the old feed mill appears to be attracting a varied clientele and good vibes.  There is space available for special events and cool comestibles for consumption.  Check it out. *And if you’d like to pick...

Santa And His Elves Arrive In Garrettsville On Saturday

Don’t look now, but there are Elves coming to town.  Yesiree!  The Little People (and some big ones too) will be at the Villager Emporium on Main Street, Garrettsville on Saturday, November 26, especially for kids.  There will be an elf-themed workshop, a special box for drop-off of letters to Santa (He needs to know these things), cookies and...

Hundreds Crowd Main Street to Cheer On G-Men

Garrettsville - Hundreds of Garfield G-Men fans and family members shut down Main Street in a fantastic show of support for the 2016 football team. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); We're proud to be in G-Men...

Dream for Coffee Shop Fulfilled at Historic Garrettsville Mill

Garrettsville - This dream has been brewing for years. Finally, its time has nearly come. Coffee will soon be served at Garrettsville’s new local coffee shop! Owners Whitney and Derek Podboy invite the community to their grand opening for The Cellar Door Coffee Company, Saturday, November 26, 2-8pm at 8138 Water Street. This open house falls on Small Business Saturday,...

Garrettsville Decks the Halls for the 2016 Christmas Walk

Garrettsville - “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as crooner Andy Williams reminds us over the radio every Christmas season. In Garrettsville, the holidays are graciously ushered in with the biennial 2016 Christmas Walk and Craft Show, November 4, 5 and 6, and November 11, 12 and 13. Sponsored by the James A. Garfield Historical Society for nearly...

Jumbo Screens Overtake G’ville Sports Bar

Garrettsville - The ‘jumbo’ at Slim & Jumbo’s now describes the two new video screens dominating the Main Street sports bar in Garrettsville. Dwarfing the TV monitors that still broadcast the game of the hour, these new screens give the happy hour crowd a larger-than-life viewing experience, seven days a week. Chris Cavalier of Cavalier Technologies LLC installed the new...

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)...

Middlefield Banking Company Mortgages