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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...

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...

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%...

Still a Mill: ‘The Coffee Mill’ Opening Soon at Former Feed Mill

Garrettsville - You have permission to sneak a peek. Just like peeling back a seam of wrapping paper from a gift under the tree, we’ll all get the chance to see The Coffee Mill before it opens for business as the new year dawns. A live Christmas nativity scene — complete with a donkey, goat, sheep and calf — will...

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...

Raise the Roof for Pizza Hut

Garrettsville - Garrettsville can’t get enough pizza. At least that’s the point of view of Hallrich, Inc., which is adding a Garrettsville location to its network of Pizza Hut pizzerias. Mayor Rick Patrick said that Hallrich signed ownership papers last week, making the pick-up/delivery drive-through a soon-coming reality. Garrettsville’s Pizza Hut will be nestled between State Street Salon and Domino’s Pizza...

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...

Restoration & Redemption for Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block Building

Garrettsville - The holidays are prime time for devastation-turned-redemption dramas. For a real-time example, look no further than downtown Garrettsville and its restored historic district on Main Street. A little before-and-after reminder is in order, now that buildings are beautiful, lights are twinkling, and businesses are bustling. Just three short years ago, Main Street was in shambles. The sagging Buckeye...

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...

Top 10 Little-Known Facts as Garrettsville Celebrates its 210th Year

This village was settled 210 years ago, in early July 1804, by John Garrett of Delaware. On the occasion of Garrettsville’s Centennial Celebration, the history of early Garrettsville was written by S.M. Luther and published in SOUVENIR of Garrettsville ~ Centennial Home Coming. (Interesting to note it was published three years late in 1907!) Local businessman Christopher Perme discovered a copy of this relic on eBay, and has loaned it to the Villager in order to share these little-known facts about our hometown…

Historic Feed Mill the New Site of Revival on Main Street

Garrettsville - The blighted feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water Streets is about to be transformed into a focal point of beauty, usefulness and historic pride. The long-vacant property changed hands last week from principal owner Martin Paul to local developer Mike Maschek. The change in ownership — effective May 23, 2014 — will set in...

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...

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,...

Boy Discovers Ancient Fossil Along Silver Creek

Summertime for a certain 9-year-old boy is an endless string of sun-filled days spent cooling off in Silver Creek, digging for buried treasures alongside his cousin and grandpa. A typical day along the creek bed turns up ancient brachiopod fossils, historic bricks from long-gone Garrettsville streets, or even desiccated cattle bones that could be mistaken as the skeletal remains of a dinosaur. Until one fine day, as they were creek walking near Liberty Street and the water treatment plant. It was June 26. Grandpa Larry Beatty asked, “What’s this?” Grandson Brendan picked up the blackened, 2-inch, cone-shaped relic, convinced they’d found a dinosaur tooth. There was only one way to find out...

James A. Garfield Teacher is One of Twenty-Five Chosen to Participate in ‘Auschwitz: The Past is Present’ Program

James A. Garfield Teacher is One of Twenty-Five Chosen to Participate in ‘Auschwitz: The Past is Present’ Program

The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education have selected Steven Howell, a teacher at James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, as one of only 25 teachers from around the world to participate in a unique professional development program in Poland as part of Auschwitz: The Past is Present.

Summerfest Adds Tractor to Car/Cash Raffle

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is almost here and the Summerfest committee is busy tweaking everything to make sure everyone enjoys the weekend-long festival. Each year after the festival, the committee reviews the event and looks for ways to improve for the next year. New this year is a fourth prize to the car or cash raffle; a change to...

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...

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.

GarrettsvilleStrong Softball Team Wins Tournament

Akron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising uniform t-shirts by the Villager), and still counting, for the Gville fire fund!! The donations will be made  in the name of Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws to the Garrettsville Strong fund. Great job...

Tractor Parade to Honor Breast Cancer Warriors

Calling all tractor lovers, owners, or those who have access to tractors, Summerfest is looking for you! That’s right -- the Summerfest Committee is looking for  tractor owners for the Seventh Annual Tractor Parade held during Garrettsville Summerfest on June 28, 2014 in Garrettsville. This year’s Tractor Parade Theme is “Breast Cancer Warrior” and will have everyone seeing pink on ...

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...

‘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.

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.

New Student Artwork Adorns Garfield High School

Garrettsville - Pictured From Left to Right, are the painters of the new banners hanging in front of James A. Garfield High School: Danielle Konecek, Shannon Stowe, Renee Perrault, Savannah Sheer, Dicey Miller, Edana Rankin, Casey Mansell, Anna Brigham, Ally Milano, Libby Frato-Sweeney, Madisson Geddes, Brittany Davis, Whitney Miller, Todd Barton.  Not Pictured: Madeline Lininger, Katlyn Simpson.

The Right Time for Fresh Start Diner

Owner Andy Olson brought the independent franchise to town after working eight years as head cook and assistant kitchen manager for the Chagrin Falls Fresh Start Diner. Co-owners Ken Frankenberry and Bob Wyman started the Fresh Start franchise in Twinsburg, then added the Oberlin and Chagrin Falls locations. Olson worked at the Twinsburg location before Frankenberry and Wyman purchased it.

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.

“And the results are in!”

The results from Garrettsville Summerfest's 2014 contests have been received. Award winners are listed as follows. ==================== Garrettsville Idol Youth: Olivia Sheer Teen: Jasmine Nevarez Adult: Jason Stachowski Car or Cash Raffle Grand: Mona Scapillini Second: Mattew Molner Third: Savannah Lorinchack Fourth: Bob Faber 10th Annual Garrettsville Lions Club Punt, Pass & Kick Contest 1st Place 4 Year Old Female Division: Reese Angel 1st Place 6 Year Old Female Division: Avery Angel 1st...

Garrettsville Strong Team Raising Funds for Rebuilding

Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom - Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline Top - Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso Not pictured - Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Garrettsville - We are proud to announce that Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws have put together a team of local 12u and out of town players to raise money for the rebuilding of the businesses lost in the fire in Garrettsville a few weeks ago. We have 7 Garrettsville girls, 4 Crestwood, and 3 out of towner’s...

Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls Return to Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville - Hey kids do you think you have the strongest legs in town? Well, here is your chance to prove it. Buckeye Pedal Tractor Pulls are coming to Garrettsville Summerfest this summer and it is expected to be a hit. The pulls are for all ages and will be held on the bridge, on Sunday June 28 at...

Holpuch Dentistry Sinks its Teeth into a New Generation

‘Dr. Drew,’ as his office staff affectionately calls him, says that following in his uncle’s footsteps was more accidental than planned, but the timing was right for him to bring the dental practice forward in a new generation. “At first, it was an opportunity to work here with my uncle, starting last July. But then, what with his health issues, by September Uncle Jim decided to hang up his drill and simply retire.”

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...

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,...

Garrettsville Christmas Walk Ushers in the Holiday Season

The traditional James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk is the official start to the local holiday season. Alternating with Mantua every year, the 2014 Christmas Walk is featuring Garrettsville homes and is set for November 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Christmas Walk operates from 10am-5pm; Sundays 12:30pm-5pm. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the historical society on tour days at the historic Mott Building, 8107 Main Street. Proceeds from this event support the historical society’s ongoing efforts to preserve and display local history, and to offset its operating expenses.

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!

Revenue, Budget and Delinquent Taxes Top Discussion for Garrettsville’s Council Meeting

During round table discussion, Council President, Tom Hardesty, updated everyone on the status of the puddling issues with the completion of the Windham street paving project. The state will make sure the problems are corrected. Hardesty also stated that the village’s next improvement project is to construct curbing on the east side of South Street from the top of the hill to the library entrance. He is waiting on estimates, but the cost should not exceed the budgeted amount.

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.

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...

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.

Living Nativity Comes To Main Street

On December 19, 2014 from seven to nine at night, prepare yourself to step back in time to the town of Bethlehem. Overtaken will be presenting their first live nativity scene. Actual animals as well as people from the church will be taking on the role of the famous characters that witnessed the birth of Jesus Christ. After you enjoy the beauty of the historical event of the birth of Jesus, another surprise will be awaiting you. For all the coffee lovers of Garrettsville, you will be delighted to be able to get a sneak peek at the Garrettsville Coffee Mill that will be opening soon. The Coffee Mill will be serving hot coffee as well as hot chocolate and Christmas desserts. A group from the Garretttones, will be presenting some classic Christmas carols, the Christmas story will be shared as well. So clear your calendars, this is an event that is free for your whole family and one that you are certainly not going to want to miss.

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...

Garfield Marching Pride’s Longest Day

James A. Garfield High School’s Marching Pride Band took this past weekend by storm as they performed four times in 24 hours.

Picturing the Possibilities: An Architectural Vision for Main Street Main Street Revival: A Sense of Place Through Shared Space

“I want to bring a sense of place back to Main Street and restore the lifeblood of the town,” she says. “I was the only student from the class who was familiar with Garrettsville (I grew up in Newton Falls), and my undergraduate minor was in urban design, so I took this project personally. I was careful to maintain a comprehensive approach, integrating economic, social and sustainable priorities into the plan.”

Three Days of Outstanding Headlining Acts at Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville Summerfest boasts three stages of music playing throughout the entire weekend. Friday night, will kick off the event with Blue Siren, Boys are Back and Pop Culture. Each band plays a different genre of music. Blue Siren features local artist Avonlea Wensel, along with Rick Seidle, Randy Stan, Jen Carey and Jimmy Stafford. They play a variety of music...

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...

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.

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...

Perme Secures $10,000 Grant for Community Cupboard

In its short history, the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has assisted more than 245 families. Currently, approximately 660 residents are using the food cupboard; over 50% of them children and senior citizens — and the need is increasing. Since its inception, the NGCC has distributed more than 64,500 items of food. More than one in seven Ohio households are reportedly facing a daily risk of hunger or are considered ‘food insecure’ — an increase of 71,000 households over last year.

Marc Pfenning