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Twardzik is Finalist For Ohio Homecoming Queen Selection

Garrettsville - Miss Emma Twardzik of Garrettsville, has been selected as a finalist for Ohio’s 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 13th at Dayton Marriot in Dayton, Ohio. She is the James A. Garfield Homecoming Queen. Ohio’s 2014 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an all expense paid trip to the National Finals to compete...

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.”

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...

Mr. King’s Plays Return to the Stage

Garrettsville - After a three year hiatus, he’s back. Mr. King returns to the stage at James A Garfield School writing, directing and producing his play  “The Right to Bare Arms.” The play mixes modern day and ancient times together as a small island learns to overcome fear, to survive the curse that it has been said to be...

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...

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...

“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...

Get Married in the Garrettsville Library on Valentine’s Day

Garrettsville - Are you a couple looking for a unique venue for your wedding? Get married on Valentine’s Day at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library. Weddings conducted at the Garrettsville Library will be simple civil ceremonies conducted by a state licensed officiant. The marriages will be legal and completely free. As part of the...

Are You Up For A Triple Threat?

Garrettsville - Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it...

Senator Raises Hope for Rebuilding Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block

Buckeye Block Garrettsville Concept

Garrettsville - It helps to have friends in high places. The village of Garrettsville has a friend in Ohio Senator John Eklund (R-District 18), who plans to throw his weight behind state funding for new construction of the Buckeye Block Building on Main Street. After meeting recently with builder and primary Buckeye Block Building owner Michael Mascheck, Garrettsville Mayor Rick...

Area Skaters Compete at Speed Skating Nationals

The Roller Hutt speed team from Garrettsville, OH and Fast Forward speed team out of Hermitage, PA have just returned from the USARS Roller Speed Skating National Competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Skaters raced on both inline skates (rollerblades) and quad skates (roller skates.) Racing takes place on a 100 meter indoor flat track, and the competition attracts skaters from all across the country.

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...

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...

Bob Russell Named Garrettsville Summerfest Grand Marshal

Garrettsville Summerfest 2016 Grand Marshall is Bob Russell. Mr. Russell has lived in Garrettsville his entire life, all 77 years. He graduated in 1956 with 38 classmates. He was in the last graduating class from Park Avenue School. Bob and his late wife Karen raised two boys, Scott and Mark, who currently live and work in Garrettsville as well. Mr....

A Garrettsville Master Gardener is Among a Group of Ohio State Extension Master Gardeners that Make A Difference in Rural Ecuador with The Tandana Foundation

Spring Valley, Ohio - Sixteen Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteers have returned from Ecuador, where they used their gardening skills to lend a helping hand in rural communities. They were on a gardening volunteer vacation, which was sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and The Tandana Foundation. Garrettsville resident Judy Novak-Hrdy was one of...

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.

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.

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Semi-Finalists

Garrettsville - This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given the difficult task of selecting those who would move...

2013 Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

Garrettsville - On June 5th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Pictured above are the 2013 recipients of the scholarships.  Kaleigh Gilmer (left) will be attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing and psychology; Garrett McArdle (center) will be persuing a degree in actuarial sciences at Ohio University; Caitlin Chartier will...

PeopleTreeStrong!

Garrettsville - There will be a benefit concert in conjunction with an art and craft silent auction on Saturday, May 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church.  The goal of the People Tree's fire fund is to aid those merchants and employees  affected by the March 22 downtown fire in Garrettsville. Featured for the evening will...

Garrettsville Ushers in the Holiday Season!

Garrettsville - It was a record breaking crowd that gathered at the clock tower in Garrettsville last Saturday night as folks were ready to usher in the Christmas Season at Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Clock Tower and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The cold, snowy weather didn’t deter folks from coming out celebrate the start of the Christmas season. Folks...

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...

Save-the-Date for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic

Tee up for the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 21, at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio. Sponsored by the Middlefield Banking Company and Cleveland Indians Charities, the golf classic supports children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham. Celebrity golfers Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder, and Bob DiBiasio,...

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...

Make February Your Month for Fitness

Honestly. We are without excuse. We’re fresh into the New Year and the launchpad of New Resolutions. February is Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association to build awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer among American men and women — and it’s largely preventable with a lifestyle marked by regular exercise and a healthy diet. And...

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!

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!

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.

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.

Spring Programs at Your YMCA

The Garrettsville Family YMCA has got you covered. Check out the programs offered—from Chair Yoga to Line Dancing or Pilates to Y-Cycle or anything in between—they’ve got your number, got your skill level, got your interest in getting more active. The Real You is an 8-week weight loss program unique to the Y, which includes nutritional...

Tiger Cubs Help Food Pantry

Nelson Twp. - Nine Tiger Cub Scouts and their leader Jason Bates visited the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) to lend a helping hand and to learn how NGCC helps those in need in our community. Each Tiger Cub brought a bag of groceries with them to donate to the pantry. Pantry Volunteer Dan Dolan showed the boys how...

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...

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...

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.

Fill-A-Cruiser This Saturday for Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard

This Saturday, while you are out running errands, consider stopping by the Garrettsville Save-A-Lot where the Garrettsville Police Department will be having a Fill-A-Cruiser event from 10 am to 3 pm. The officers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard which has seen a two-fold increase in the number of people they are assisting this year. In addition, the officers will be accepting cash donations which will be used for the Hiram-Garrettsville Shop-With-A-Cop program.

Did You Catch It? Bi-Annual Business Showcase a Success!

Did you catch the tunes by the Tuba Troubadours? They were the trio pumping out classy tunes in a lower register to keep up the festive mood at the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce 11th Biennial Business showcase, held in the James A. Garfield High School gymnasium on Thursday, October 16.  Senior Mike Ebie, band director Theo Cebulla and senior Dan...

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the audition dates for this year’s Garrettsville Idol, the grand...

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,...

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...

Garrettsville G-Plex Becomes Training Center

Garrettsville - Garrettsville G-Plex, which was once known as an indoor soccer facility with batting cages, is now a softball and baseball training facility. Ed Carpenter took over the facility in August and has been busy updating it and turning it into a state-of-the-art training facility for softball and baseball.  Carpenter resurfaced the soccer field that is now used mostly...

Grant approved…. “This is just the beginning.”

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Schools was recently awarded $5 million through a state grant to create a “Campus of Excellence”. The project will be funded 100% by grant dollars that would never have to be paid back. The project includes constructing a nearly 20,000 square foot addition to the elementary school in order to bring the fifth...

Masquerade Ball Raises Funds for Scholarships

The first place award for costume (s) went to Aaron King and his entourage for their Hillbilly Wedding. Second place went to Trish and Tom Brett as The Spider and The Fly, while Gail and Mike Mikula as the Wicked Witch of the East and the Flying Monkey took third place honors.

Makerspace at the Garrettsville Library

Through the end of the year, the Makerspace will be open for community members to drop in: November 22 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, December 1 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, December 6 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, December 8 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, December 15 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, and December 20 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. ?

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.

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...

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...

Cavalier Technologies Caters to the Neighborhood

Whether for home or business, Cavalier Technologies is positioned as the local one-stop tech shop. The simple pricing structure for residential and business labor rates vary only according to whether it’s on-site (housecalls) or in-shop. Contact Chris Cavalier for more information at chris@garrettsvillecomputersrepair.com or 330-569-4196, or browse his website at garrettsvillecomputersrepair.com.

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...

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Garrettsville - Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.   Many came out to partake in  the fun which included traditional Irish fare, leprechauns, shopping and a variety of enjoyable family-friendly entertainment. Thank you to the area businesses whose  participation made the Chamber’s annual...