Spotlight on Garrettsville

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On September 8th it was announced that the Melana Matson Memorial research grant of $250,000 was awarded to Dr. James P. Basilion, associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Westerm Reserve University. According to Friends of Melana President Norm Fashing, “We are very excited, truly blessed, and honored by this recognition. It gives us a shot in the arm to keep us going in the fight against childhood cancer. No other child should have to go through what Melana had to endure with this deadly disease.”

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Garrettsville - All that’s old is new again at your neighborhood Rite Aid. The store, located at 10764 North Street for nearly two decades, earned...

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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.

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“I really enjoy helping people by taking what most see as a complex, boring topic and explaining it to them in a friendly, understandable way."

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Advance tickets go on sale Monday, August 18th and may be purchased online at garrettsvillearea.com/tix or at one of many area businesses including: The Villager (8088 Main St); Charles Auto Family (10851 North St); Miller’s Family Restaurant (8045 State St); Garrettsville DQ Grill & Chill (8013 State St); and the James A Garfield School offices when school returns.

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Items requested are: #2 Pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, highlighters, pens, rulers (standard & metric), scissors, glue sticks, white glue, small supply boxes, zipper supply pouches, over the hear headphones, book bags, spiral notebooks, 3 ring binders, composition books, loose leaf paper, 3x5 index cards, page protectors, pocket folders, sandwich bags, antibacterial wipes, boxes of tissues, brown lunch bags and anything else school related.

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"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".

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Garrettsville -  The peach crop throughout Ohio is the pits this summer, but that won’t put a dent in the annual Peach Social and...

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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.

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Savings were realized in the bidding process and have been re-invested in upgrades throughout the James A. Garfield campus, for all buildings. This includes more efficient windows, security upgrades (also utilizing funds raised initially by Dee Synnestvedt for parking lot security cameras), digital signage for the high school and elementary school campus—5’x8’, wireless, , kitchen improvements, carpeting in the new elementary band room, furniture upgrades…the whole shootin’ match…looking good.

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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.

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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!

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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…

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The latest update, delivered June 19 in a presentation and walk-through to an interested and inquisitive group disclosed the various contracts and contractors involved, from sitework and concrete through structural steel, lockers, HVAC, building electric(Scotchman Electric),painting and wall covering(Doug Seaman Decorating), technology and paving. Not to mention kitchen equipment, carpentry, flooring and plumbing. Every one of these contracts was bid out and issued keeping both the cost and the time constraints in mind. The intricacies of scope in such construction are quite amazing, involving the “breathability” of a building combined with building efficiency, updating of the utility functions for the entire campus, the element of “Seek and ye shall find,” in discovering an Insinkerator in the bus garage attic, brick types and so much more.

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Grand Marshal for the 2014 Summerfest parade is...  Mayor Rick Patrick. Each year, the committee selects a person who has tirelessly given back to...

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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.

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Burton W. Cole will be part of the four-author book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at The Village Bookstore, 8140 Main St., Garrettsville. Store owner Ellen Eckhouse invites all to her quaint, old treasure trove of new and used books and teddy bears in downtown Garrettsville. Cole will also be enthusing with the kids of the summer reading program from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Garrettsville Public Library about the joys of writing. He will share his first “novel,” which he wrote when he was in fourth grade. Cole also plans to “try a writing exercise, read from the books, and laugh ourselves silly.” Books will also be availabe for signing.

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Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is almost here and the Summerfest committee is busy tweaking everything to make sure everyone enjoys the weekend-long festival. Each...

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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...

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Garrettsville - Calling all kids ages 12- 18 years old, what time is it?  It’s Summer Wars time – a Monday night must!  This...

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Garrettsville - Five years ago the 8th Count Dance Center celebrated its first year of dance classes, with a spring recital called “Dancing thru...

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Garrettsville - The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County...

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Garrettsville - On June 4th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Each year the Chamber awards three scholarships...

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Morgan Aebischer Stephanie Alexander Ziad Al-Noubani Daniel Anders Kyle Angermeier Trevor Baldwin-Hoobler Brianna Bandy Katie Bartlett Shelby Baughman Austin Bracken Anna Brigham Jessica Britton Alan Broadwater Simeon Brown Marilyn Brunton Samuel Buganski Mason Butler Victoria Carnahan Trevor Chambers Chase Chapman Kaley Collins Jared Damko Cassie Daniels John...

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Garrettsville - Months ago I challenged the James A. Garfield students to take an active part in a fundraising effort to kick off renovations...

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Well.  Don’t miss the next one. The next “do” at the Candlelight Winery, that is.  The recent evening featuring food trucks and other festivities was...

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Garrettsville - The May 19, 2014 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society was focused on three main items : ***The Mott building will...

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Scrappers Baseball - Enjoy a baseball game of your choice throughout the 2014 season and help rebuild Garrettsville in the process. Scrappers baseball...

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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...

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Calling all tractor lovers, owners, or those who have access to tractors, Summerfest is looking for you! That’s right -- the Summerfest Committee is...

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Garrettsville - On May 31, 2014 Laura Peskin will be signing her new book and greeting readers at the Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street,...

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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...

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Garrettsville - The blighted feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water Streets is about to be transformed into a focal point...

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Garrettsville - Pictured From Left to Right, are the painters of the new banners hanging in front of James A. Garfield High School: Danielle...

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Garrettsville - Take THAT, Creepy Karpis! A northeast Ohio tornado watch didn’t stop interested folks from turning up at the Iva Walker Auditorium on...

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The early twentieth century was the golden age for the modern barbershop. During this golden age, many barbershops were classy places. Often barber chairs...

Photo: Metro Newspaper Service

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Garrettsville - Garrettsville United Methodist Church is launching a new outreach mission this summer. 'Camp Read-a-Lot' will be held Wednesdays, June 25, July 2,...

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Garrettsville - The  Campus of Excellence steering committee met on May 15 (third Thursday of the month, MS Library/Media Center) for a progress report...

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Garrettsville - On Tuesday, May 6th, Apple Tree Preschool held our annual Trike-a-Thon fundraiser to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital....

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Garrettsville - The family-owned independent insurance agency, now know as The Ryser Agency, has been serving the Garrettsville area and Northeast Ohio for over...

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Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is one of the biggest festivals in Portage County with contests, parades, races, with live music and entertainment all weekend...

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Portage County - The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is working to spread awareness of Ohio’s new program, Start Talking!: Building...

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Garrettsville - Six shiny, brand-new TRUPER shovels.  Hard hats.  A pile of dirt brought in and lined up especially for the occasion.  Students, educators...

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Registration for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at the Library Begins May 28 The Portage County District Library announces that summer reading club registration begins on Wednesday,...

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Akron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising...

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Garrettsville - This view of Garrettsville is especially important to ceramic artist Missy Steele who moved from Garrettsville to Pittsburgh when she was 18,...

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Garrettsville – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors provided a fund status report for the fund....