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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...

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Adds New Events For 2016

Over the past few years, the Summerfest Committee has heard folks’ ideas and suggestions on how to make Garrettsville Summerfest even better. This year they have acted on some of those suggestions, to enhance the festival-goers experience. Many have suggested having the rides moved back downtown. Your wish is their command. The rides will be downtown in the grassy...

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....

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...

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...

Project MORE Receives $1,000 Grant to Bolster Kids’ Reading Skills

Garrettsville - Reading has been rewarded! James A. Garfield Elementary School just received a $1,000 donation toward its reading program, which helps students meet academic standards. Local State Farm Insurance agent Shannan Jursa made the gift available to Project MORE through a matching grant ($500 State Farm Good Neighbor grant and $500 from Jursa’s office). Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio...

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...

Upcoming Events At Portage County District Library

Hearing Loss Program at Garrettsville Library May is “Better Speech & Hearing Month” and you’re invited to the Garrettsville Library on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm for a presentation by Kathy Liston, Audiologist, on hearing and hearing loss. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. PARTA Traveling Training Program  The Garrettsville Library invites you to the library...

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...

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...

Queen of Hearts Strings Players Along with $115,000+ Jackpot

Garrettsville - The Queen of Hearts is playing hard to get at SkyLanes Bowling & Sky Lounge. So the stakes keep getting higher. That’s right. What started 33 weeks ago as a marketing tool to get more customers in the door on a slow night has more than delivered. Now The Queen of Hearts jackpot is up to over $115,000,...

Once More With Feeling: 2016 Garfield Hall of Fame Inductees

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District will once again be honoring its own.  Graduates who have excelled in athletics, the arts, sciences, public service, national service will find a place on the Hall of Fame.  Each class year is different,  highlighting the various facets of accomplishment that the district seeks to foster and to recognize. The...

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...

Congrats to the cast & crew of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”!

Garfield Theatre

Garrettsville - For a book and plot line that had about as much substance and gravity as a bubble bath or a flapper    girl’s champagne, it was a delightful evening of entertainment showcasing talent in every direction.  The choreography was outstanding and outstandingly performed—who knew they could tap dance?  The scenery and the lighting were minimal but evocatively...

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...

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...

Road Apple Roubaix Kicks Off Route in Garrettsville

Garrettsville - Road Apple WHAT? The road apple part is no mystery to anyone who has lived in or near Amish country...or anyplace where  one shares the highway with equine modes of transportation (Also an album by the group known as The Tragically Hip but we’re not going there).  Roubaix—you can look it up—refers to  one of the earliest (1896)...

Garrettsville is Open For Business!

Garrettsville - On March 22, 2014 the historic village of Garrettsville lost over 120 years of history and many businesses in one afternoon. Lots of theories, speculations and ideas exist about what should be done with the now-vacant property. Some expected new construction right away yet what many have failed to realize is that it will take millions of...

5th and 6th Graders Participate in Math Tournament

Garrettsville - On Saturday, February 20, eight teams of fifth and sixth graders from J.A.Garfield Elementary  worked diligently on challenging math problems prepared by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Over 1,200 students in Northeast Ohio participated in the event.  Garfield Elementary was one of fourteen sites that hosted the competition.  Students worked in groups solving rigorous...

Garrettsville Village Council and State of the Village

Garrettsville - It was a short agenda for the first meeting of 2016 for Garrettsville’s village council.  The mayor, new council member Debbie Wordell, re-elected council member Jeff Kaiser and village clerk Nancy Baldwin had all been sworn in to office before Christmas at a joint swear-in ceremony officiated by Congressman Dave Joyce held in Koritansky Hall at Hiram...

Residents Warned of Phone Scam

At least two area residents have received solicitation telephone calls from an individual named “Swansen”  who stated he is collecting for the Garrettsville Cops for kids program. The Garrettsville Police Department has no involvement with this person or program. The telephone number that comes up on caller id is out of service or disconnected. I advise everyone not to...

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...

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...

New & Improved Garrettsville Cinema Enjoys Box Office Boost

Garrettsville - Just like in the movies, a daring young man takes a big risk, putting his personal and professional assets at stake. Will the big gamble take him down or will he overcome every obstacle and eventually come out on top? Justin Dlugokecki is that young man. He took ownership of the defunct Garrettsville Cinema in Garfield Plaza and...

New Menu and Vision For Garrettsville’s Main Street Grille & Brewing Company

Main Street Grille by Streetlight

Garrettsville - On October 19th, the Main Street Grille & Brewing Company had a soft opening to introduce  new Chef James St. Ours and launch his new menu and vision for the Garrettsville landmark restaurant.  A part of the Cleveland/Akron culinary scene for twenty years, St. Ours comes to Garrettsville after working with the likes of esteemed chef Dante...

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...

Third Annual Friends4Friends™ Campaign Film Festival Featured Film Created by James A. Garfield High School Students

Garrettsville -  A team of students from the James A. Garfield High School Peer Leadership Council submitted a short film featured at the third annual, regional Friends4Friends™ Campaign film festival, held on September 29, 2015, at Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown. The James A. Garfield High School short film, titled Posts that Paralyze, inspires students to Stand Up and...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The September 21, 2015 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society saw an influx of visitors from Freedom, seeking information on organizing and operating a historical society, with an eye to possibly establishing such a group for Freedom Township, either as a separate entity or as a semi-autonomous affiliate.  This inquiry originated with the Freedom Room...

Portage County District Library Millage Request on November 3 Ballot

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Portage County District Library residents will vote on a 1 mill ballot proposal to provide funding for PCDL for five years. Portage County District Library currently receives no local funding and depends entirely on state funding which is now at about the same level as that received in 1998. State funding provides about 95%...

Car Cruises In Hiram And Garrettsville This Saturday

You won’t have to travel far this weekend if you are a fan of car shows. Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, the Hiram Police Car Show will take place in Hiram Village. Hot rod cars, trucks, food, music, trophies and family fun can be found on  Hayden and  Dean Streets! There is no registration fee, however, donations will be accepted...

Facet Salon & Day Spa to Hold Doggy Dip August 29th

Garrettsville - Facet Salon and Day Spa is holding their 2nd Annual Doggy Dip (wash) on August 29th  from 12 till 4 pm. Bring your four-legged friends to Facet for a little pampering. It is just a donation of $10 per dog  for a wash. The Groom Room will also be on board, offering Nail Trims for $10.  Proceeds will...

Car Cruise to Include Book-Signing by #GarrettsvilleStrong Author

Garrettsville - Cruise through the past, present and future with #GarrettsvilleStrong author Pamela Montgomery during the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Car Cruise. The festivities will be Saturday, August 22 at Garfield Plaza, 3-8pm, featuring live music by Blue Cadillac and Dennis Chandler, raffle drawings, and hundreds of classic and collectible automobiles on display… plus a #GarrettsvilleStrong book-signing...

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,...

Local Food Cupboard Returns to Downtown Garrettsville

Garrettsville - “Elvis has left the building — and he took the food with him!” This was Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard’s lighthearted Facebook post on July 1, 2015. It went on to say, ”All of us at NGCC want to extend heartfelt thanks to Middlefield Bank for the use of the old Tom C Toys and to Greg and...

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...

Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls Return to Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville - Hey kids do you think you have the strongest legs in town? Well, here is your chance to prove it. Buckeye Pedal Tractor Pulls are coming to Garrettsville Summerfest this summer and it is expected to be a hit. The pulls are for all ages and will be held on the bridge, on Sunday June 28 at...

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Celebrates 11 Years of Family Fun

Garrettsville - Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6:15pm on Friday, June 26th. Come out and listen to a great variety of music, take a stroll down Main Street, ride a few rides and, of course, eat some great festival food.  Get your family and friends together and stop by the Information Tent to grab your list for the 2015...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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