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“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,...

“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-Hiram Rotary President Returns From Trip To India

Garrettsville - Delores McCumbers, 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram,  has recently returned from an eye-opening trip to India with a kaleidoscope of impressions.   One of the first of these was that America is so fortunate to have pretty generally clean air, clean water, clean streets, order on public roadways.  God Bless America!  Another was that of the...

The 8th Count Dance Center “Mobs” Garrettsville

Garrettsville - In honor of National Dance Week, the 8th Count Dance Center participated in the nation-wide dance flash mob and “mobbed” their city. This past Sunday afternoon, the 8th Count Dance Center Dancers and their families learned the routine that all the studios were using for Dance Week. Miss Emily took time to learn the dance and then...

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!

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...

Garrettsville Friends Of The Library News

The Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library is issuing an inquiry to determine the level of interest in young persons who might wish to take a Red Cross Babysitting Course, leading to certification covering basic child care and emergency procedures, with a handbook and CD-rom. An advanced certification is also available, which includes CPR certification( 2days...

Purchasing Manager Retiring from the Library

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 Services department, Foy soon became the Purchasing Manager. In...

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...

Raffle at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library

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 kind earrings by Libby Art, Avon carry case, Australian...

Fairy Gardens Under Construction

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Library recently held a “Create Your Own Fairy Garden” children’s program. Children were invited to create a fairy garden with their own style. Check with the Garrettsville Library for information about upcoming programs. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org to learn about other programs and services. The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South...

Garrettsville Summerfest and Friends of Melana Giving Kids Cancer the Boot, One Step at a Time

Garrettsville Summerfest is only two months away and all the events are coming together quite nicely.  One of the biggest events is the Friends of Melana (FOM) 5K run/walk as a fundraiser for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Cancer Research. This year, the 6th Annual Friends of Melana 5K run and 1Mile fun run/walk will take place on Sunday June...

St. Ambrose Chicken Festival Winners

And the winners are… Everyone who attended last weekend’s Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having had a delicious meal). However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners: $1,000 First PrizeBen Fashing $200 Second PrizeJulie Twardzik $100 Third PrizePauline Ross $100 Fourth PrizeCharlene & Richard Cermak $100...

Lady G-Men Win District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years. With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history. Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over...

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...

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...

Scout Completes Eagle Project for Community Ambulance

Garrettsville - Kyle Angermeier from Boys Scout Troop 4062 in Garrettsville recently completed his Eagle Scout Project for Community Ambulance.  The idea was formed two years ago, when, Community Ambulance’s Chief Chris Sanchez presented the need for a new sign to the troop, and Kyle decided that he wanted to do this for his Eagle Scout Project.   An Eagle...

Goblin Arrives in Garrettsville Bringing Good Fortune

Have you heard the news?  The Garrettsville Goblin has returned and has brought good luck with him. It appears that this charming little fellow wandered into our village and decided he liked it so much he was going to stay. I am told that he resides under the bridge in town and  likes to explore, taking advantage of the area...

Challenge Accepted!….There is still time!

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 members have accepted the challenge! As of Monday, March...

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.

Learn How to Fight Fire with Laser Extinguisher Training

Garrettsville - Fire is a very real danger at home, at work or along the highway. Cooking, cigarettes, wood stoves, propane heaters, and other everyday appliances can spark a flame that quickly spreads out of control. Would you know how to put out a fire in such an emergency? If your initial bucket of water or smothering attempt fails...

SNAP FITNESS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN GARRETTSVILLE Fast, convenient, affordable health club opens in Sky Plaza

Garrettsville – Garrettsville & surrounding area residents have a new fast, convenient and affordable way to get in shape. Snap Fitness, the leading chain of 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness clubs, opens in Garrettsville this Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 am, offering residents the best value for their fitness dollar. The new owner, Pat McCoy, promises members will be impressed with the...

Garfield Schools Celebrating Excellence

Garrettsville - Congratulations to the students and staff of the James A. Garfield Local School District. The district as a whole has achieved an "Excellent", or "Excellent with Distinction" rating for five consecutive years with many of the schools holding these titles individually much longer than that. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, schools will be ranked using a...

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...

Think Local: Happy Holidays from Your Chamber of Commerce

Garrettsville - On Saturday, November 30 hundreds of area residents gathered at Garrettsville’s clock tower for the annual Clock Tower Lighting & Visit with Santa Claus. At exactly 5:30 PM, village mayor Rick Patrick flipped the switch illuminating Garrettsville’s historic timepiece in dazzling yuletide colors. Those in attendance were also treated to delicious hot chocolate and cookies from McDonald’s,...

Princess Party & Book Signing At Village Bookstore

Young ladies are encouraged to attend in their favorite princess dresses. They will receive gifts and have a chance to meet Freya, the Goddess of Love, who will read the first chapter of The Enchanted Necklace, a new classic fairy tale written by Hiram College alum James Bradley Clarke.

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...

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,...

GFNJFD Awarded FEMA Grant

The grant replaced 500 feet of 1 ¾’’ (diameter) hose, 1,600 feet of 2 ½” hose, 1,500 feet of 3” hose, 2,000 feet of 4” hose, six nozzles, and three siamese adapters!

Impressive Record for Soccer Team

Garrettsville - The 8th Count Dance sponsored U-12 Girl’s soccer team completed another terrific season and winning the year end tournament held in Waterloo; compiling a total record of 10-2-1. This years team was comprised of girls from Garrettsville and Mantua in grades 5th and 6th.   The most notable facet of the season is how well the girls played...

Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser

Garrettsville - A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!” Having both a fireman and...

New Owners Take the Wheel at Kehoe Used Cars

Garrettsville - Jerry Kehoe Used Cars has stood in the heart of Garrettsville at the intersection of Main Street, North Street, Center Street, Windham Street and South Street for the past 34 years.  But the car dealership’s namesake quietly prepared for retirement by selling the business to Eric Hedge last February. Now Hedge and his wife, Meredith, want the...

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...

“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

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, gloves spats, seven flag line flags, Marching Pride banner,...

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...

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...

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary

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 for their dental appointment.  You will also receive a...

Library Book Sale at the Garrettsville Library

Garrettsville - The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library June 16 – 21, during library hours. All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Garrettsville Library which helps fund collection development, programs for the public, and other things...

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...

Garrettsville Mayor reviews 2013 village’s accomplishments in ‘State of the Village’ Report

As we begin 2014, I would like to start out by saying how beautiful our Village looked for Christmas. There was a comment on our Facebook page that I thought was very appropriate. It was stated at the Christmas Tree Lighting that Garrettsville reminded them of a Hallmark Christmas Card. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

Garrettsville - This past Sunday, over 40 contestants competed in a closed audition held at James A. Garfield School 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 the golden ticket and move on to...

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...

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...

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...

Register Today for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic

Garrettsville - Tee off with Hattie Larlham on May 21, 2014 for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic. Please join us out on the green at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville for a fun and relaxing day of golf, contests and prizes with the ultimate goal of raising funds for Hattie Larlham. Since 1986, the annual...

Klamer Steps Down After 22 Years

Garrettsville - On March 22, James A. Garfield School District Superintendent Charles C. Klamer submitted his letter of resignation to school board president Guy Pietra. The school board is expected to accept Klamer’s resignation officially at its next regular meeting on April 11. When his resignation goes into effect on July 31, it will bring Klamer’s record-breaking 22 years...

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...

“Notorious”

“I made that s-o-b” Heckuva line to open with, eh?  Chalk it up to Julie Thompson who made it part of her presentation on the Last Great Train Robbery in the U.S. and the perpetrator, Al “Creepy” Karpis, who spoke those words in reference to J. Edgar Hoover, head of the F.B.I.  Probably true, too. It was quite a tale.  From...

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

“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 storefronts from Center Street to High Street by dinnertime...

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.

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company