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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.

Garrettsville Area Chamber Tree Lighting Set for Nov. 24th

Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Tree and Clock Tower Lighting Ceremony on Saturday night, November 24, 2012. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6pm however if the weather permits horse and carriage rides will begin at 5 pm and run until 7pm. Besides the tree lighting, hot cocoa and cookies will be served by McDonalds, and...

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...

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act

Small Businesspersons, is your head swimming with all of the details and requirements of the Affordable Care Act which is heading for us all like a locomotive on an express line?  Are you and your accountant scratching your heads over what it all means?  Are you wanting to do your best by your employees and not lose your shirt? ...

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.

Candlelight Winery Goes to the Dogs

Nelson Twp. - Often when we think of wineries we think of a nice glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and some relaxing music; we usually do not add dogs to the mix, however, this past Saturday was Pug Day at the winery which brought out pugs and all sorts of other breeds as well. Pugs...

Silver Creek Garden Club News

Garrettsville - The Silver Creek Garden Club of Garrettsville, recently met at the home of Colleen Steele.  Kathy Hanratty, the president of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio and landscape designer with Enviroscapes Design spoke on protecting and using native plants in the home landscape. Their next meeting set for 10:00 a.m May 22 will be hosted by...

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.

Festival Puts Finishing Touch to Rotary’s Family Week Festivities

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, February 1.  There was something for everybody.   Displays of...

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.

Library Here for the Holidays

Are you getting a new gadget this holiday season? The Portage County District Library would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are here for the holidays. Take advantage of our free downloadable eBook and audiobook collection. Visit http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org to get started today. Available 24/7, download from the convenience of your home, office, or while...

Chiropractic Center Awards Scholarship

Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce Andrew Anderson as the recipient of the sixth annual scholarship awarded to a James A. Garfield graduating senior. Mr. Anderson was awarded eight hundred fifty dollars to assist in his goal to further his education in the field of business management . The Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville plans to continue to award...

“Bash and the Pirate Pig” Appearing at Village Bookstore

Burton Cole, Nelson Township resident and author  has released his first novel nationwide for middle grades readers, Bash and the Pirate Pig. The age range is for readers ages 8 to 14. “But we’ve run tests on adult readers and judging by their laughter, we conclude that I managed to not write it over their heads. They think it’s about...

Facet’s Holiday Open House

Garrettsville - Facet Salon and Day Spa will be hosting a holiday open house on  November 15th from 2-7 pm. Bring a food donation to help us fill Santa’s sleigh and receive a $10 gift certificate for every grocery bag full of food you donate.  Food drive proceeds will benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. In addition, Facet will also be ...

Editorial: On The Wrong Foote

So, is this how the Opera House was lost? The James A. Garfield Historical Society withdrew its application to the Portage County commissioners for consideration to receive a community development  grant intended to facilitate the rescue and restoration of the former Paul’s Grist Mill/Foote Building in downtown Garrettsville.   It was all about financial fear. The front, more or less...

S&K Sales Breathes New Life into Building

Garrettsville  - Despite the obstinance of Old Man Winter, signs of Spring are adding up, from the blooming crocuses to the melodic calls of morning songbirds. There’s even a eye-catching red tractor in front of the old Paul’s Lumber building… and a new sign over the door which indicates a new purpose for the vacant storefront at 8018 French...

Charles Auto Drives into the 21st Century

Garrettsville - The Charles Auto Family has been a Garrettsville institution for 56 years. Now, “The Little Guy for the Best Buy” is getting a major facelift that promises to transform the Chevy/Buick dealership from a traditional small-town establishment to a “sophisticated, 21st-century, world-class dealership,” according to owner Bruce Abraham.Bruce’s father, Charlie Abraham, moved his dealership to this current...

Garrettsville Bookstore Hosts Local Author

Garrettsville - Local author Sharon R. Hunter will be at the Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on Saturday, May 11th from 1 - 3pm to sign copies of her romance novel, “The Rancher’s Wife.” In the contemporary romance, city bred, executive chef, Aubrey Hunter, meets rugged sun-drenched ranch owner, Nic Ravenwood.  After a whirlwind romance he presents her...

‘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.

Village Piecemakers Donating Quilts

Garrettsville - Members of the Garrettsville Village Piecemakers quilt guild and others have made over 36 quilts for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Previously they made and donated 47 quilts to Joplin, Missouri. “We feel it’s important to use our time and talents to help others,” said Phyllis Bolden, shown, with 15 quilts going to the Atlantic City, N.J. area. To donate...

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.

Help “Shut The Door on Hunger” This Saturday

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department, and Save-A-Lot are teaming up to “shut the door on hunger” this weekend. The first Fill-A-Cruiser promotion of 2013 will take place Saturday, February 9th from 8:00 AM—1:00 PM; allowing Save-A-Lot shoppers an opportunity to help fill Garrettsville police cruisers with donations of non-perishable items.  All food & home items donated will be...

Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard and the Rule of Threes

“We can’t thank the community enough for all their support over the past three years,” Michele says. As the Eliases continue to increase NGCC’s positive impact on the community, they seek a return to downtown Garrettsville before the end of the year, to regain the visibility, parking and accessibility they had before the fire.

Area Residents Ready to “Save-A-Lot” in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Save-A-Lot officially opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, December 19th.  After a successful “invitation only” soft opening on Tuesday evening attended by local business leaders and government officials, Save-A-Lot is well on its way to making an impact in the community. Area residents were clamoring to be first in line on Wednesday morning.  Expressing the gratitude...

Sugar Bush Golf Classic Supports Hattie Larlham for 27th Year

Garrettsville -  More than 220 golfers showed their support for Hattie Larlham and children with developmental disabilities at the 27th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic. The event was held on Wednesday, May 22, at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. Featured celebrity golfers included co-host of WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder in the Morning Bill Wills and Vice President...

“Diesel” the Dalmation Assists in NGCC Food Drive

Garrettsville - The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) held “Fill the Fire Truck” food drive this past Saturday at Sky Plaza IGA in Garrettsville.  Joe Leonard allowed the community food bank to use his antique 1935 Maxim truck and they even had a real live dalmatian, “Diesel”, for folks to pet and see. Diesel is owned by Mike Repp. For every...

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.”

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...

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...

The Truth Behind Snow Days

Is there a magic number of inches of snow needed to call school? Is there a specific street that has to be impassable? The answer to each of to each of these aforementioned questions is no.

Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard Open For Business

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.

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.

Rockin’ to Rebuild at Garrettsville Summerfest

Dear Residents, Warm weather is finally here and that means it is time to think about summer and the Garrettsville Summerfest.  Last# year’s Summerfest was a huge success and it could not have been achieved without you -- our Summerfest supporters. Despite the devastating fire that destroyed part of our downtown district, this will have no effect on Summerfest #10 which...

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.

The Garfield Alumni Association Is Looking For You!

Garrettsville - The Garfield Alumni Association is giving a heads-up to all individuals who attended—that’s graduates, plus—the schools/townships which make up the James A. Garfield Local District; that’s Freedom, Garrettsville, Nelson, the eastern remnants of Hiram, pieces-parts of Charlestown or Windham. If you’re a G-Man, listen up!  Mark September 19th, 2015 on your calendar This will be the 10th anniversary...

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...

A Strong Weekend for #GarrettsvilleStrong

Garrettsville - On Saturday, October 11th the Daisies of Girl Scout Troop 90206 learned valuable lessons in community service, fundraising, and salesmanship by selling pumpkins which were donated by J.A. Garfield alum Dennis Pochedly. The girls, and their parents, raised $556 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund in only five hours! The remaining pumpkins were donated to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard. On Sunday,...

Mark’s Automotive To Close

Garrettsville - A staple on North Street for almost twenty-four years, Mark’s Automotive will be closing the doors for good the week of April 13, 2015. Mark Johnson, owner and operator of Mark’s Automotive has decided to retire and “enjoy life a bit”.

Sink Your Teeth into this Summer’s Peach Social & Car Cruise

Garrettsville -  The peach crop throughout Ohio is the pits this summer, but that won’t put a dent in the annual Peach Social and Classic Car Cruise sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce. Cruise Night at the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Station (8035 Elm St.)  which  will proceed as planned, 5-8pm on Saturday, August 9 (Rain Date: August 10). Mayor...

Summerfest’s “New” Contests Back by Popular Demand

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is celebrating it’s tenth year and they are “Rockin’ to Rebuild” the section of Main Street that burned in the March fire. The theme this year is “Rockin to Rebuild” with a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival going to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund which has been put in place to assist in the rebuilding. Last...

Garrettsville UMC to Sell Vintage Memorabilia

Are you tired of tooting your own horn? Here’s your chance to try playing your own pipes.  Well, not YOUR pipes exactly, but they’d be yours if you’d like to stop by the Garrettsville United Methodist Church and pick up an octave or two.  Here’s the deal : When the abovementioned GUMC recently renovated, refurbished and updated its vintage (circa 1913)...

Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at the Library

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it has just added Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at two of its five branch locations. The Garrettsville Library and the Windham Library have added the stations as a resource for early childhood learning. Each station features educational titles in every curriculum area, which are carefully chosen for age...

Brigadoon is a Smashing Success

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. Last December, they held auditions for the musical and Megan Ryser landed the part of Fiona MacLaren, while Griffen Young landed the men’s...

Biennial Masquerade Ball to be a Frighteningly Good Time

Saturday, October 25, 2014 attendees will pack Sugar Bush Golf Club located just outside village limits on State Route 88. The doors will open at 6 pm, with a catered dinner served at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $30 each, $60 a couple, and $200 for a table of eight. Tickets must be purchased early, as the event usually sells out quickly. Tickets are available at Huntington Bank, Middlefield Bank, Dairy Queen, Skylanes Bowling, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance or by calling 330 527-2463.

Join Portage APL at the Paws for Golf Charity Outing on August 16th!

On August 16, 2014, Portage APL and the Paws for Golf Committee hope you will join them for a fun filled day of golf. All proceeds benefit the APL and the nearly a thousand animals rescued and adopted each year. The outing will be held at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville from 12pm – 7pm. This 18-hole scramble includes a cart, lunch, free beverages, gifts, BBQ dinner as well as skill and door prizes!

Summer Wars Returns to Garrettsville’s Life Church

Garrettsville - Calling all kids ages 12- 18 years old, what time is it?  It’s Summer Wars time – a Monday night must!  This weekly event for teens features, learning about Christ through games, songs, and teamwork, while hanging out with other teens in the area and learning problem solving skills together. This year’s theme is Relentless 2014. The event...

Hattie Larlham receives a wheelchair accessible van

“People with developmental disabilities need to have access to the community,” said Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen. “They like to go to a variety of places and this vehicle makes that happen.”

70 Years of Outstanding Customer Service Defines Success for The Ryser Agency

Garrettsville - The family-owned independent insurance agency, now know as The Ryser Agency, has been serving the Garrettsville area and Northeast Ohio for over seventy years.   Owned and operated by Matt Ryser since 1994, The Ryser Agency is a full-service agency that specializes in farm, auto, home, and small business insurance coverage. Formerly known as the Reynolds Agency and...

Garfield Middle School Accepts Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Marc Pfenning