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Fireman’s Association Dedicates Building

Garrettsville–Following a brief history of the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District, and the Fire Station, representatives of the district Fireman’s Association held a dedication ceremony Saturday evening during the 2013 Peach Social & Car Cruise. The new outbuilding located between the fire station, and Community EMS houses an assortment of antique fire equipment and memorabilia. The structure was...

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.

Full Speed Ahead!

Garrettsville - The  Campus of Excellence steering committee met on May 15 (third Thursday of the month, MS Library/Media Center) for a progress report and quick look at the construction of the new elementary school addition to house the fifth and sixth grade, come August. The first question had to do with the weather and its effect on the situation. ...

State of the Village Report

Village Residents, It has been a little over a year since Mayor Craig Moser passed away unexpectedly and that I had the responsibility to step in and take over the reins of a wonderful and well respected Mayor.  I admit that at first I was frightened to be taking over such a huge responsibility of being your Mayor. I realized...

Campus of Excellence Update: School Construction is On Schedule and Under Budget

"Regardless of the obstacles, the addition is on schedule to open for students on August 26. Here are the latest developments on each component of the grant".

A New Era: A New Superintendent for JAG Schools

Garrettsville - June 13, 2013 marked the beginning of a new era for James A. Garfield Schools. After 22 years under the leadership of Charles Klamer, the JAG Board of Education hired a new superintendent: Ted Lysiak of Garrettsville.  Lysiak was formerly Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Euclid Schools since 2011. A member of JAG PTO, he is also...

#GarrettsvilleStrong

Garrettsville - On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire.  The outpouring support from local residents, and the surrounding area has been incredible. In the wake of the devastating...

Water rates, sidewalks, and the old gristmill hot topics in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - The main topic of discussion after the opening of the March 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting was water rates and how much of an increase there will be if council approves proposed Ordinance 2014-13.  The Board of Public Affairs (BPA) had asked a representative from Arcadis in February 2013 about a rate study for the village...

Consider Adopting A Family This Christmas

Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce People Tree program is making plans for this Christmas season. We need your support so we can provide help for our friends and neighbors that are in need. As a community we provided a Christmas food basket and personal care products for 104 families and the adopt a family volunteers provided gifts for 167...

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...

The 900 Coalition Presented “Tools of the Trades”

Garrettsville - Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get an up close view of the vehicles and some...

Where Are they Now? Burned-Out Businesses Scramble to Resume Operations

Garrettsville - “We are committed to to staying in Garrettsville and going back to Main Street when we can.” These are the words of Dan Myers, who owned and operated New Hearing Sales & Services from 8115 Main Street until fire destroyed it and nearly every other business from Center Street to High Street in a historic blaze on March...

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...

All Hands on Deck!

Indeed they were!   It was Payback Time. The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville.  Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations,  Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers with the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Mayor Rick Patrick, attorney...

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.

A Look at the Upcoming Campus of Excellence

3D Rendering provided by James A. Garfield Local School District

Garrettsville – Last December the James A. Garfield Local School District was awarded a $5 Million State of Ohio Straight A Fund Grant. The funds from this grant have been used to create a “Campus of Excellence” our community can be proud of for generations to come enhancing education for local school children, and expanding opportunities within our community. As...

Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend

Hiram - This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day. Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of hand-crafted soaps and body...

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…

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!”  Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. If you are available April 17th, May 22nd and June 26th, you need to consider auditioning...

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...

‘Walkable Neighborhood’ comes to Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Are you wondering what is a ‘walkable neighborhood’?  If you Google the term, it is broadly defined as a community that is a desirable place to live, work, learn, worship and play.  It fosters smart growth because goods (such as housing, offices, and retail) and services (such as transportation, schools, libraries) are located within an easy and...

Garfield Hosts Power of the Pen

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Middle School was the site of the recent district competition for Power of the Pen, a program to encourage the development of young adolescents’ writing skills through  practice and competition, in much  the same vein as sport, with many of the same components, such as teamwork and concentration. Ten schools—Chamberlain, Crestwood, Field, Garfield, Harmon, Manchester,...

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 Theahtah in G-Ville

Garrettsville - Excellent production of Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” by Curtains Up Theatre:  Stylishly minimal set evoking a private dining room in a Parisian restaurant.  Well-drilled and competent cast portraying everything from cluelessness to irony with great comedic effect.  An unexpected denouement exposing some of the many facets of marriage…and divorce.  Believable props.  Adult, but not objectionable, language...

Got Painted Wine Bottle? Next “Crafting with Marian” at Garrettsville Library

Crafting enthusiasts are invited to the Garrettsville Library for its next “Crafting with Marian” program on either Monday, June 12 or Monday, June 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn how to make your own painted wine bottle. All supplies provided. This is a free program and open to all adults. However, there is the customary $5 registration...

Garrettsville Strong DVD Fundraiser

Garrettsville - Saturday, March 22, 2014, for the Garrettsville community, has become like 9/11 for our nation.  I was preparing to leave for a long drive to Salt Lake City, Utah when that day for me turned upside down.  It was a cold spring day with overcast skies and light breezy conditions.  I was at my home, just a...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on November 18, 2013 in the historic Mott Building for their regular monthly meeting to conduct the following business : The historical marker grant commemorating the 1935 train robbery in Garrettsville has been approved by the Ohio Historical Society.  Julie Thompson, who spearheaded the local effort through her senior “capstone” project...

JAG Maintains High Score with New State Grading System

Garrettsville - School districts throughout Ohio finally learned their scores for 2012-2013 according to the new state report cards last week. James A. Garfield School District -- which has achieved Excellent with Distinction for two of the past three years -- maintained high scores for 2012/13 by earning an overall A grade in Progress from the state.  JAG Superintendent Ted...

EMS Week Kicks Off With Parade On Saturday

Garrettsville - Community EMS District will kick off National EMS Week with their annual parade and open house on Saturday May 20, 2017. The parade is scheduled to start at noon and will go from the James A. Garfield School Complex north on State Route 88 to State Street to the Community EMS District Station at 10804 Forest Street....

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...

GarrettsvilleStrong Fund Status Announced

Garrettsville – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors provided a fund status report for the fund. Erika Frankel, Treasurer, announced that as of May 6, 2014 the GarrettsvilleStrong fund stood at $46,370. This number reflected the total amount deposited as of the meeting date, and did not include anticipated deposits not...

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...

“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,...

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 FD Press Release: Historic District Fire

At 1: 15 PM on Saturday, March 22nd, The Village of Garrettsville suffered a fire of catastrophic proportions involving the historical area known as the Buckeye Building, situated on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Garrettsville. Garrettsville's ladder truck. one pumper/tanker, and one tanker were all on scene and beginning fire suppression within six minutes of dispatch alerting...

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...

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...

Wild Mushrooom, A World of Wonder at Our Feet

The Silver Creek Garden Club will be hosting a lecture, “Wild Mushrooms, A World of Wonder at Our Feet”, on Wednesday, April 26 at noon at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The program will be presented by Walt Sturgeon, a field mycologist with over forty years experience studying and identifying mushrooms. He is past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society,...

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...

Hiram represented at AICUO Lobby Day

On Wednesday, Hiram College seniors James Workman and Natalie Bendel participated in AICUO Lobby Day in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.  Workman and Bendel met with state legislators and talked about the importance of private education in Ohio and their experiences at Hiram.  They also spoke about the importance of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant provided...

Garfield’s Svonavec Sets Records

Garrettsville - This past weekend J.A. Garfield High School junior Edie Svonavec turned in big performances at two indoor track meets. On Saturday she established a new meet record at the Jerome Field Open at Akron University in the shot put with a throw of 43'7". She followed up that performance on Sunday by not only winning the shot put...

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,...

VROOM! VROOM! VROOM!

Garrettsville - It’s that time again.  James A.Garfield High School’s Academic Challenge team, the Quiz Masters, will once again be sponsoring their fund-raising event,  Machine-O-Mania/ Touch-A-Truck, at the Garfield parking area on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 to 3:00. It’s a chance for kids of all ages to see the big machines that drive by every day “up close and...

Perme Financial Group Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Garrettsville - Chris Perme believes in the power of collaboration to achieve the best possible results for his clients. As a twenty-five year financial advisor, one of Perme’s greatest strengths is his ability to coordinate planning efforts and tactics with attorneys, CPAs and other advisors with whom a client is already likely engaged—helping ensure that all advisors are communicating...

Garrettsville Hardware to be Purchased by E&H Hardware Neighborhood retailer to join Ace Hardware team of stores

Wooster –  Family owned E & H Hardware,  part of a team of more than 4,700 locally-owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe,  is in the process of purchasing the Garrettsville Hardware located at 8009 State Street, Garrettsville, Ohio.  Garrettsville Hardware, a Do It Best store, will be converted to an Ace Hardware in the very near...

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...

Richmond Named Commended Student

James A Garfield principal Michael Dobran announced today that Jason Richmond has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

Garrettsville village council approves new water rate plan

Last Wednesday, at the rescheduled May 21st village council meeting, council approved Ordinance 2014-13.  The new ordinance will increase water rates 7% on July 1, 2014, another 7% on January 1, 2015 and another 7% on January 1, 2016.  The Ordinance then allows for a 2% annual increase beginning January 2017.  These increases are for water rates only and...

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