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Park Avenue School will not sit idle next year! Partnerships with the Greater Cleveland YMCA and the Portage County Educational Service Center are nearly complete, and we have commitments from both entities that will bring some exciting services to the community. You will see a YMCA business trailer appear near the elementary or high school on or around March 15. The YMCA will use this as a visual form of advertising for their summer day camps and youth soccer, which are the first programs they will be introducing to our area. The Portage County ESC is currently working on getting the Park Avenue School approved by the State of Ohio for public preschool. Their plans are to implement preschool for this fall. The district is proud to be a part of expanding the services to our community through the Park Avenue School.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are focusing on their next community outreach project, the Four-Way Speech Contest.  The premise of the competition is that the speakers are to choose a social, moral and/or ethical problem that they feel strongly about and have personal knowledge about. This confrontation should be bearing in mind the quartet of principles that give the contest its name.  These are : Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  A pretty tall order, yes?  

Garrettsville – Spring is right around the corner, probably buried in a snowdrift but it is coming nevertheless.
One of the first signs of spring is the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville Monday, March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t forget. The restaurants and shops of Garrettsville know how to celebrate, and will be kicking off the morning with a variety of great fare. Whether you’re looking to start off the morning with a hearty breakfast, and a beer; or simply perusing historic Garrettsville’s shops there will be plenty of options to choose from. Corned beef and cabbage will be on many menus throughout the village. Family entertainment includes The Kindred Spirits, carriage rides (weather permitting), and balloon art by Jason Adkins; and will be scheduled from 5:00pm–8:00pm.


Start sorting through the garage…the Garrettsville Area Chamber’s 21st Annual Community Yard Sale is slated for May 17 & 18, 2014, beginning at 9am until 4pm. So start cleaning out the closets and get ready to make some cash on those unused and unwanted items lying around. Remember, what might be considered trash by some could be another’s treasure. This annual event is not limited to village residents, Windham, Hiram, Nelson, Freedom residents are encouraged to participate as well.  Even if someone lives outside the immediate area, they can participate by registering for a space at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley the Freedom Township Park (an additional charge may apply for these spaces).

Looking ahead to the start of summer, Garrettsville’s first summer Cruise Night is scheduled for May 24th (Rain date: May 25th). Be a part of the crowd and take a stroll down Garrettsville’s Main Street while checking out tons of great classic cars.

For a complete list of Chamber events or to check out many of the areas offerings visit GarrettsvilleArea.com

Garrettsville – It’s not every day that librarians get to be the characters in the books on their shelves, but for the staff at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, Valentine’s Day provided one such opportunity to play fairy godmothers for two local couples celebrating their love on the most romantic of holidays. When the clock struck noon on this year’s February 14th, the place where paperbacks, magazines and audiobooks normally live completed its transformation into a space befitting the most dreamy of fairy tale settings.

Garrettsville – The lights are coming back on at Garrettsville Cinema at 8009 Main Street. The Garfield Plaza movie theater is now under new management, renovated and updated with digital projectors and surround sound. New tenant Justin Dlugokecki of Showplace Theaters plans to re-open “the new and improved Garrettsville Cinema” on Friday, March 7, with showings  of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, “Winter’s Tale”, “Lego Movie” and “Robocop”. Check back at www.showplacetheaters.net for current updates.

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 it’s Winter Olympics season. Even if you’re not an athlete, just watching a half hour of the world’s most fit competitors is inspirational and motivational. 

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 WalletBe, Friends of the Garrettsville Library Cookbook, Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Photo Contest Calendar, Hand-blown glass globe, Peach jam, and Christmas-themed hand-quilted carry. All items are made or purchased in Garrettsville.

The library is located at 10482 South Street in the Village Park.  For further information, call the Garrettsville Library at 330-527-4378.  For additional information about library programs, materials, and services, please visit the Portage County District Library website at www.portagelibrary.org.

Well, THAT was Fun!

Garrettsville- Hiram Rotary’s annual Family Week ended with a bang, as all—or a lot, anyway—of  the folks who had been cooped up by the weather  for longer than  had been the case for quite a while came out to do a whole raft of things  on Saturday, February 1.  There was something for everybody.  

Garrettsville – Portage County District Library announced its new Library Board of Trustees officers at its January 16 meeting. Pictured above (left to right) are Deborrah Defer, Secretary; Stephen Spencer, President; and Roberta Zuver, Vice President. Library board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. Meetings are open to the public and locations vary with each month, but a complete listing can be found online at www.portagelibrary.org. Select “About the Library” and then “Board of Trustees”.


Garrettsville – Over the next nine months the James A. Garfield Community will take three giant leaps into the future because of the $5 Million Straight A Grant.  The construction of an addition on the elementary school will create a “Campus of Excellence”.  Partnerships hope to bring exciting services to the school on Park Avenue. Finally, technology improvements for staff and students will be among the first purchases made with the grant dollars.  Below are updates on how the district is moving carefully forward in each of these areas.

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 written report on the health of your child’s teeth from the dentist.  Permission forms have been sent home with the students, please send back the form if you want your child to participate in this wonderful program.  If you need a form, they are available in the office.  Children can use their insurance, Medicaid, or apply with grant forms for dental care at NO COST.  Please call the elementary @ 330-527-2184 if you have any questions.

The Portage County District Library announces a generous donation from the Friends of the Garrettsville Library. This monetary donation has been made to support the assembly of senior memory kits made by the Outreach Services department. “With the series of fundraisers that have been so well supported, the Friends of the Garrettsville Library is able to support a variety of important and interesting projects throughout the community”, says Betsy Siman, President of the Friends of the Garrettsville Library.

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 at the Youngstown State High School Open in the shot put, but also breaking the meet and facility record with a throw of 43’9.5″. Her throw currently is not only the best in the state of Ohio by over 4 feet but also ranks her among top throwers across the U.S.

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 free wedding ceremony, couples can invite up to 20 guests, have a library staff member take photos (email required so the photos can be sent to you), and enjoy light refreshments after the ceremony.

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 I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce  wrapped up 2013 by celebrating another successful year of community involvement at its annual Holiday Social held on December 18th at Sugar Bush Golf Course. Over forty chamber members were treated to a delicious meal prepared by The Pasta House & Sherry Quiggle. They  even enjoyed a brief visit from Santa Claus himself. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this year’s event, we hope to see even more of you at the 2014 Holiday Social!

This year over $104,000 was spent locally during  the Chamber’s annual Christmas on Main promotion. Unlike previous years, the 2013 shopping season was shorter and  lasted only 17 days — yet brought in over $6,000 a day for participating area businesses.

Following the Holiday Social dinner, chamber treasurer Erika Frankel selected the three winning cards from an assortment of over 1,040. The 2013 winners were:

1st Prize:  Lisa Ramsey who won  $500 in Chamber Bucks to be spent at area chamber businesses

2nd Prize: Sally Dier won the  Poinsettia Lottery Tree

3rd Prize:  Karla Veon  received a gift certificate to Sean’s Pub.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. Your continued support of our local businesses helps to make Garrettsville a great place to work, live, and visit.

There will be a board meeting in January to se the 2014 event calendar. The next chamber meeting will be held on February 5th at 7:30 am  at The Villager.

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.

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, story time with Mrs. Claus courtesy of The Village Bookstore, carriage rides from the Bixler family, and caroling led by Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Barb Bejger, and Iva Walker. Hitching a ride aboard one of the GFN Joint Fire District fire trucks, Santa Claus arrived promptly at 6:00 PM and spent the evening catching up with area children and their families. Thank you to Garrettsville McDonald’s, DQ Grill & Chill, and the Villager for contributing items for the gift cups handed out at the event.

Are you getting a new gadget this holiday season? The Portage County District Library would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are here for the holidays. Take advantage of our free downloadable eBook and audiobook collection. Visit http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org to get started today. Available 24/7, download from the convenience of your home, office, or while you’re on the run. No late fees, no worry about returns. Need assistance in getting started? Ask your reference librarian or visit the “Help” section of the OverDrive website. Enjoy a wide variety of titles, from popular fiction to non-fiction on many topics, as our collection offers something for everyone.

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 and sixth grade students onto the district campus. Grant dollars would also supply each  student in grades 7-12 with a laptop and access to updated digital resources and online courses.

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 at Hiram College, has acted as liaison to the OHS  and estimates that the marker may be in place by May near the Headwaters Bike and Hike Trail, by S&K Sales and Service. Fund-raising to secure the necessary dollars for its completion is on-going.  Interested contributors may contact any member of the JAGHS.

Garrettsville – The holidays are prime time for devastation-turned-redemption dramas. For a real-time example, look no further than downtown Garrettsville and its restored historic district on Main Street. A little before-and-after reminder is in order, now that buildings are beautiful, lights are twinkling, and businesses are bustling.

Garrettsville – At the November 13th village council meeting, Mayor Rick Patrick introduced Nelson Township Trustee Tom Matota.  Matota addressed council about the issues over chip/seal to Brosius Road that the township and village share responsibility for.  Matota explained his understanding of how ODOT divided up roads for maintenance.  Matota also stated it appears that Nelson Township’s assigned responsibility actually extends approximately 400 feet further than originally thought toward Silica Street.  Matota said that the township would maintain the portion of the road assigned to them.  He also said that the Township couldn’t always commit funds, especially on short notice.  

Garrettsville — Break out the ice cream cake, another area business is celebrating a major anniversary. This November marks the 40th anniversary of Garrettsville’s Dairy Queen, and the 38th year of Roger and Connie Angel’s ownership of the franchise. At the November 6th meeting of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Roger presented a timeline of notable events in his franchise’s history. 

Garrettsville – Neighbors helping neighbors.

That’s the basic premise that inspired local volunteers to establish the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) more than three years ago, in a storage area behind Isaac Mills’ Bakery at Nelson Circle. Now the NGCC has outgrown its original home and has moved into a new locale with double the floor space at 8147 Center Street, just off Main Street in Garrettsville.


Garrettsville – Facet Salon and Day Spa will be hosting a holiday open house on  November 15th from 2-7 pm.

Bring a food donation to help us fill Santa’s sleigh and receive a $10 gift certificate for every grocery bag full of food you donate.  Food drive proceeds will benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.

In addition, Facet will also be  colleting for Toys for Tots!

Regalement – light refreshments  –  and even a visit from Old Saint Nick will be part of the festivities.

Facet is located at 1 Memory Lane in Garrettsville.

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 with each other and working together to create an integrated strategy to keep their mutual client financially healthy. 

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Schools recently submitted an application to the Ohio Department of Education to create a “Campus of Excellence” through a newly established Straight A Fund.  The project would cost $5 million and be funded 100% by grant dollars that would never have to be paid back.  The project is very extensive and includes moving students from Garfield Intermediate School on Park Avenue, which was built in 1939, to an addition that would be constructed onto the current elementary school. Grant dollars would also supply all students in grades 7-12 with a laptop and access to updated digital resources and online courses.

Our students are amazing. Academically they perform at levels that exceed expectations. For example, our third grade math scores were third highest in Northeast Ohio (96.6%). Our high school students showed improvements in all five areas of the Ohio Graduation Test, and this is after they were already scoring above 90% in all areas! This excellence does not stop when students walk out of their classrooms. Recently, the James A. Garfield Marching Pride received a standing ovation at a band show in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Athletic excellence is now on display as our boys soccer team won the Portage Trail Conference, the football team upset the Southeast Pirates on their home field and the cross country team finished second in the league.

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 Anders had those shiny silver and brass babies setting an up-scale tone for the entire affair.

Say, everybody was there!  Businesses    new—Save-A-Lot, Second Style, Facet, Pasta House, Chris Cavalier—PC Repair. Jerry Kehoe (in a new incarnation)—local-but-new-to-the-showcase—Ohio Health Benefits, LLC, Northcoast Medical, Premier Designs,  Backstage Beauty, Our Towne Construction, Edward Jones Investments, Carolyn’s Cakes, Record-Courier, Sam’s Club, Urban Growers, Origami Owl, Sitko Counseling, S&K Lawn & Garden, etc.—AND the eminently reliable business folks seen every day reminding everyone of just how many goods and services are available in and around the Garrettsville area : Huntington, Middlefield and Cortland Banks, Bay Window, Business Works, McCumbers-Brady Realty, Century 21 Goldfire Realty, The Reserves at Eagle Creek, Fox Hollow,Ellerhorst-Russell Insurance, Ryser Insurance, Sky Lanes Bowling, Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, the Charles Auto Family, Kepich Ford, the Village Bookstore, Dairy Queen, IGA, Cal’s, the Italian Garden, Domino’s,   Lia Sophia Jewelry, , Perme Financial Group, Just For Kids, Denettes’s Designs, Garrettsville Animal Hospital, The Weekly Villager AND Jason Adkins the Balloon Man!

That’s not even counting the issues and services contingent :  Maplewood Career Center (Don’t forget Christmas in the Woods, coming up),Portage County District Library,  the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Boy Scouts, Brooks House, St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Nelson United Methodist Church, Garrettsville United Methodist Church, Camp Asbury, University Hospitals,  Robinson Memorial Hospital, Portage County Issue 3 for mental health, James A. Garfield Local School District supporting issue 24, a renewal levy,  the Garrettsville Lions Club, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, the Village of Garrettsville, James A. Garfield Historical Society, the Portage County Park District, and the raffle in support of the Garfield track and field program.  Whew!

You could …and probably many did…browse your way around the hall while picking up pens, pencils, candy, brochures, samples(pizza, pasta, organic items,  ice cream bars, flavored water, etc.).  You could listen carefully to hear the announcement of your lucky ticket number for the Chamber of Commerce array of door prizes being announced over the hub-bub by C-of-C President, Benjamin Coll.  There was a brisk trade in tickets supporting the C-of-C scholarship fund.  There was a guy with a ukulele, there were teeny, tiny moccasins, there were chain saws (The folks at S&K wouldn’t let me try one out.  Smart move.)  It was big, it was BAAAAAAAAAAD, it was fun.  Watch for the return show in 2015.

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 safe walk of each other.  Walkable neighborhoods foster pedestrian activity by mixing land uses, building compactly and ensuring safe and inviting pedestrian corridors.

Bruce Abraham, and his team at Charles Auto Family recently celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled Charles Chevrolet. Hundreds of local residents, and customers  — past and present —  were on hand for a day filled with great food, family activities, and entertainment by K-105. Attendees also had the opportunity to enter drawings for a ton of great prizes. 

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 community to know that their new ownership is resulting in a new way of doing business, as well.

Portage County District Library is pleased to spotlight NextReads, a free email newsletter service that provides suggested reading on various topics.

Portage County District Library cardholders with an email address can subscribe to any of the 20 different subject and genre newsletters. Newsletter topics range from Biography and Memoir to Fantasy, and are sent on a monthly or every other month basis, and include up to 15 titles.

NextReads allows subscribers to link directly to the library catalog to place a hold or request a title from the newsletter. In addition, NextReads newsletters include suggested titles for special themes within favorite reading categories, readalikes for a favorite author, and much more.  Do you love books on travel?  Then subscribe to the Armchair Travel newsletter.  Are you looking for a good thriller or suspense book?  Then Thrillers and Suspense is the newsletter for you.  There’s a newsletter for all reading interests.

Sign up online for NextReads by visiting the Portage County District Library’s website at www.portagelibrary.org and select the “Suggested Reads” link.  Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services (including Library Express). Library Express locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Deerfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville. Find us on Facebook.

Burton Cole, Nelson Township resident and author  has released his first novel nationwide for middle grades readers, Bash and the Pirate Pig.

The age range is for readers ages 8 to 14. “But we’ve run tests on adult readers and judging by their laughter, we conclude that I managed to not write it over their heads. They think it’s about them as kids. It just might be…,” Cole said.

Illustrations were drawn by Tom Bancroft, a former Disney artist who helped animate the likes of “Mulan” and “Lion King,” and who worked for Big Idea (VeggieTales) before setting up shop on his own.

The books are published by B&H Kids, the children’s division of B&H Publishing (LifeWay Christian Resources). The cover price is $12.99, and are available in bookstores nationwide, especially LifeWay stores. It is also available on websites for B&H Publishing, Amazon, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble and Walmart, among others.

Burton W. Cole lives outside of Garrettsville in Nelson Township with his wife, Terry. He is assistant metro editor and columnist — “Burt’s Eye View” — at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, where he has worked since 1996.

Cole will be  at  The Village Bookstore, 8140 Main St. in Garrettsville on Saturday, September 21 from 2-4 pm.

On Monday, September 23rd at 6 pm  Cole will be doing an author talk at the Newton Fall Public Library.


“Women of Note”, aka Famed Dames, will be here in no time and you don’t want to miss making their acquaintance.  Your introduction will come in the person of Damaris Peters Pike, Professor of Music Emerita of Hiram College, musician, historian, communicator par excellence who will be presenting a 25th Anniversary Benefit Series in support of local causes—education, historical preservation, music programs, theater, community resources.  Local sponsors include Ohio Health Benefits, LLC, Total Lifetime Care Medical Associates, Cortland Banks, Charles Auto Family and Hiram College.

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 that I had no choice and that I would do everything in my power to serve the community as your Mayor.  One of the questions that I am asked the most is how do you like being Mayor? I answer that it has been a challenge but most everyone that knows me knows that I am always up for a challenge.  When I am called or confronted with a question regarding the Village I have done my best to respond with an answer or look into the situation and resolve the issue promptly.

This is what I will call my midyear report of the Village. We endured the tough winter with some temporary patching of the roads.  We will be soon cracking sealing some of the roads. Bidding has gone out for chip sealing and paving for some of the most damaged roads. Unfortunately  O.D.O.T.  has informed me that they will not be paving State Route 82 till next summer. The Liberty Street Bridge by the Street Department is supposed to be replaced by June 29th 2014. Sidewalks are being evaluated for repairs as much as our budget will allow this year. We are also looking at an alternative of concrete lifting for the sidewalks that are not level instead of replacing. A Beautification Committee has been created to look at enhancing areas of the Village such as the entrance signs, parks, parking lots, Main St and other areas. Thanks to The Chamber of Commerce; with their hard work we have enjoyed events such as Community Garage Sale, St. Patrick’s Day celebration and Car Cruise Nights with more to come. A big thank you goes to The Summerfest Committee for one of the largest festivals ever. We endured the floods as best as we could with a big thank you to the fire, police, water and street departments for making our residents safe and doing what they could do to get our Village operational again. Hopefully, we will not have to endure such a severe storm and flooding again.  Now for the million dollar question, what about Paul’s Grist Mill? A demolition permit has been taken out with Portage County and the building is supposed to be completely down and cleared by December 11, 2013. If it is not razed by that date Portage County Building Department will take further action.

As I end this letter I would just like to say that this year I have been yelled at in two incidents in a disrespectful manor that I did not deserve. I was taught years ago by my old boss the late Paul Patry, try to keep calm and keep your cool. You will get more things done and accomplished by talking civilly to someone and try to work it out.  The next time you have a concern or complaint try talking it out with me or your local councilman or councilwoman .  You might not always like the answer but we will do the best we can to solve your problem.  Thank you for your support.



Mayor Rick Patrick

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 future.  E & H Hardware recently opened the Ace Hardware in neighboring Middlefield, Ohio and has eleven hardware stores in Ohio.  E&H Hardware started in the hardware business in 1965 as part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.    

Second Style resale boutique held their grand opening on Saturday, September 7th in downtown Garrettsville. Located at 8089 Main Street (the former Denette’s Designs), Second Style is packed with a range of new and gently used clothing items, accessories, children’s gear and toy.

Hours of operation for Second Style are 10am–6pm Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10am–5pm on Saturdays.

Second Style is owned and operated by Brandi Wiles-Evans and James Evans, both residents of Freedom Township. Stop by the store and check out Garrettsville’s latest retail location!

Garrettsville – Portage County District Library would like to help educators prepare for the upcoming school year by placing its September service spotlight on its Book Box program. Book Boxes are ideal for classroom teachers or other educators who need multiple copies of the same title. Each Book Box contains 30 books of a title and most contain a copy of the unabridged audiobook, if available. They can be checked out for 2 or 4 weeks. Call the Garrettsville Library at 1-800-500-6504 to reserve a Book Box or to get more information about this program. The Book Boxes must be picked up at a Portage County District Library branch location. To view a complete listing of available Book Box titles, visit www.portagelibrary.org. Select “About the Library” and then select “Library Services”.

You can use your personal or teacher card to check out Book Boxes. Teacher cards are fine free and allow for extended loan periods on classroom materials. Don’t have a teacher card yet? Sign up for a teacher card using a personal library card and proof of employment.

Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about other library programs and services.

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 of them they could even get their hands on.