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Santa & Mrs. Claus Hosting Family-Friendly Open House at New Insurance Agency

”I have registered to become a Member of the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce and am excited to become an involved member of the community. I am thankful for the Village of Garrettsville in welcoming me thus far and look forward to many years of commitment and service to the communities in the surrounding area.” - Shannan Shobel-Jursa

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. ?

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...

The Truth Behind Snow Days

Is there a magic number of inches of snow needed to call school? Is there a specific street that has to be impassable? The answer to each of to each of these aforementioned questions is no.

“A Daughter Remembers” – #GarrettsvilleStrong Benefit Show Takes the Stage in Garrettsville

Damaris Peters Pike will be presenting a benefit performance of one of the best-loved characters in her series, “Women of Note”. “Irving Berlin—A Daughter Remembers” is told through the person of Mary Ellin Barrett, Berlin’s oldest daughter, who recounts the amazing story of his one hundred one years of amazing, music-filled life, including Broadway shows, movies and more than 1000 songs published—both words and music. Tickets are $10 each and may be obtained from any sponsor, at the door, or by calling 330-569 3211.

Still a Mill: ‘The Coffee Mill’ Opening Soon at Former Feed Mill

Garrettsville - You have permission to sneak a peek. Just like peeling back a seam of wrapping paper from a gift under the tree, we’ll all get the chance to see The Coffee Mill before it opens for business as the new year dawns. A live Christmas nativity scene — complete with a donkey, goat, sheep and calf — will...

Walk On! Christmas Walk Continues This Weekend!

One down, one to go. The Christmas Walk, in its 17th incarnation since being revived in 1980, seems to be off to a relatively good start.  The weather has been fairly co-operative—dampish  occasionally, cold often but frequently bright and seasonal.  What do we expect?  It’s November in Ohio! (Just a word of warning  : Typhoon Nuri or something is going...

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.

Picturing the Possibilities: An Architectural Vision for Main Street Main Street Revival: A Sense of Place Through Shared Space

“I want to bring a sense of place back to Main Street and restore the lifeblood of the town,” she says. “I was the only student from the class who was familiar with Garrettsville (I grew up in Newton Falls), and my undergraduate minor was in urban design, so I took this project personally. I was careful to maintain a comprehensive approach, integrating economic, social and sustainable priorities into the plan.”

James A. Garfield Elementary Recognized by State of Ohio

We should all be very proud of our students, staff and administrators. This award affirms what we have known for some time. Our teachers work hard to foster great relationships with kids. They use data to help learn about student strengths and weaknesses and then work together to make sure all students grow. This, coupled with the support of a great community and parents is an obvious recipe for success. Congratulations to James A. Garfield Elementary School staff, students and administrators on their phenomenal work.

Garrettsville Christmas Walk Ushers in the Holiday Season

The traditional James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk is the official start to the local holiday season. Alternating with Mantua every year, the 2014 Christmas Walk is featuring Garrettsville homes and is set for November 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Christmas Walk operates from 10am-5pm; Sundays 12:30pm-5pm. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the historical society on tour days at the historic Mott Building, 8107 Main Street. Proceeds from this event support the historical society’s ongoing efforts to preserve and display local history, and to offset its operating expenses.

Garfield G-Men “Tackle” Cancer

The Garfield Stadium was a sea of pink Friday night as the G-men football team held a “pink out” night to pay tribute to those who have conquered breast cancer, those who are conquering the disease and those who lost the battle prior to the Mogadore-G-men game.

Garfield Middle School Accepts Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

A Strong Weekend for #GarrettsvilleStrong

Garrettsville - On Saturday, October 11th the Daisies of Girl Scout Troop 90206 learned valuable lessons in community service, fundraising, and salesmanship by selling pumpkins which were donated by J.A. Garfield alum Dennis Pochedly. The girls, and their parents, raised $556 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund in only five hours! The remaining pumpkins were donated to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard. On Sunday,...

Case Western Researchers Awarded $250,000 to Develop an Effective Treatment for Childhood Brain Tumors : Cleveland-area charitable research foundation makes third major grant in three years.

Rocky River  – Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation announced today that it will award its $250,000 Melana Matson Memorial Grant—its third major research grant since 2010—to Case Western Reserve University, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers James Basilion, PhD, Efstathis Karathanasis, PhD, and John Letterio, MD, who are studying the use of nanotechnology to more effectively treat pediatric...

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.

Garfield Plaza — A Busy Place

Watch the Villager for information about grand opening celebrations for both GeeVille Auto and Pizza Hutt.

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.

Northeast Ohio Medical University Dedicates Education and Wellness Center, Announces Summa Health System as Newest Tenant

"This facility not only grows our campus in an exciting new way, but it is the cornerstone of our community wellness initiatives," said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. "By collaborating with other health professionals, NEOMED is bringing an innovative vision of health and fitness to Portage County, one that promotes true wellness by addressing every avenue of care to develop and sustain healthy, active lifestyles."

The Official Ribbon Cutting

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District cut a ribbon on Saturday, September 20 marking the amazing (120 days!) completion of the addition to the James A. Garfield Elementary School, bringing about the relocation of the district’s fifth and sixth graders to the Campus of Excellence, with all of the system’s students sharing the same venue.  This...

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.

NGCC Offering Snackpack Program

Garrettsville - The Cupboard is all about Community and its offering a new service for families   still working hard to regain their feet; it’s called the Weekend Snackpack Program.  It’s being made available to eligible students in the James A. Garfield Local School District on a monthly basis and provides a bag of healthy and easy-to-prepare snack foods...

Health department holds Back-to-School Immunization Clinics to help parents meet the state immunization requirements

Regular Childhood Immunization Clinics are held every Wednesday from 8:00am-12:00 noon at the Portage County Health Department. Additional locations for childhood immunizations provided by the Portage County Health Department are Kent City Health Department-every 3rd Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Windham Renaissance Family Center-every 4th Tuesday from 11:00am-3:00pm.

Biennial Masquerade Ball to be a Frighteningly Good Time

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Masquerade Scholarship Ball returns this year and promises another evening of spooky fun for a great cause. 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....

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!

Melana Matson Memorial Research Grant Recipient Announced

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.”

Rite Aid Unveils its Wellness Renovation

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 a Wellness Renovation that brings shoppers a more inviting, personalized experience to their store and pharmacy experiences, aimed to improve their overall health. Of 25 stores in the northeast Ohio district, this is the fourth...

The Right Time for Fresh Start Diner

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.

Ohio Health Benefits Celebrates Ten Years

“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."

The Harlem Ambassadors to Challenge the Garrettsville Inspectors in October: Tickets go on sale Monday, August 18th

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.

Fill A Cruiser Next Weekend

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.

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".

Sink Your Teeth into this Summer’s Peach Social & Car Cruise

Garrettsville -  The peach crop throughout Ohio is the pits this summer, but that won’t put a dent in the annual Peach Social and Classic Car Cruise sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce. Cruise Night at the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Station (8035 Elm St.)  which  will proceed as planned, 5-8pm on Saturday, August 9 (Rain Date: August 10). Mayor...

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.

One To Go!

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.

Revenue, Budget and Delinquent Taxes Top Discussion for Garrettsville’s Council Meeting

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.

Join Portage APL at the Paws for Golf Charity Outing on August 16th!

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!

St. Ambrose Chicken Festival Winners

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 a delicious meal). However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners: $1,000 First PrizeBen Fashing $200 Second PrizeJulie Twardzik $100 Third PrizePauline Ross $100 Fourth PrizeCharlene & Richard Cermak $100...

Boy Discovers Ancient Fossil Along Silver Creek

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...

“And the results are in!”

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 Cash Raffle Grand: Mona Scapillini Second: Mattew Molner Third: Savannah Lorinchack Fourth: Bob Faber 10th Annual Garrettsville Lions Club Punt, Pass & Kick Contest 1st Place 4 Year Old Female Division: Reese Angel 1st Place 6 Year Old Female Division: Avery Angel 1st...

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…

Campus of Excellence Progress

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.

Rick Patrick Named 2014 Summerfest Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal for the 2014 Summerfest parade is...  Mayor Rick Patrick. Each year, the committee selects a person who has tirelessly given back to the community, by donating their time, money and energy to see the community grow and prosper. Rick Patrick is that man. Rick Patrick has served this community tirelessly over the years.  He has served on the...

Perme Secures $10,000 Grant for Community Cupboard

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.

Local author releases new book, Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper

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.

Summerfest Adds Tractor to Car/Cash Raffle

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is almost here and the Summerfest committee is busy tweaking everything to make sure everyone enjoys the weekend-long festival. Each year after the festival, the committee reviews the event and looks for ways to improve for the next year. New this year is a fourth prize to the car or cash raffle; a change to...

Garrettsville UMC to Sell Vintage Memorabilia

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 yours if you’d like to stop by the Garrettsville United Methodist Church and pick up an octave or two.  Here’s the deal : When the abovementioned GUMC recently renovated, refurbished and updated its vintage (circa 1913)...

Summer Wars Returns to Garrettsville’s Life Church

Garrettsville - Calling all kids ages 12- 18 years old, what time is it?  It’s Summer Wars time – a Monday night must!  This weekly event for teens features, learning about Christ through games, songs, and teamwork, while hanging out with other teens in the area and learning problem solving skills together. This year’s theme is Relentless 2014. The event...

Think Local: 8th Count Dance Center Celebrates 5 Years!

Garrettsville - Five years ago the 8th Count Dance Center celebrated its first year of dance classes, with a spring recital called “Dancing thru the Decades.” Since that time, they have continued to grow and have held annual recitals. This year’s recital theme was “Celebration” as Shanelle Waggoner and her center  celebrated five years of success in Garrettsville.  For...

Library Book Sale at the Garrettsville Library

Garrettsville - The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library June 16 – 21, during library hours. All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Garrettsville Library which helps fund collection development, programs for the public, and other things...

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