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Garrettsville – The main topic of discussion after the opening of the March 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting was water rates and how much of an increase there will be if council approves proposed Ordinance 2014-13.  The Board of Public Affairs (BPA) had asked a representative from Arcadis in February 2013 about a rate study for the village water utility that could be used to plan and budget future water projects and to assure current rates were adequate.  (Arcadis is company that specializes in infrastructure and water planning & design which  has consulted on infrastructure projects like the State Street water main replacement project last year and the coming Liberty Street bridge replacement project.)

Garrettsville – Last month I challenged the James A. Garfield Community to take an active part in a massive fundraising campaign to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. I am proud to report that over the last month more than 325 of our students, parents, staff and community members have accepted the challenge! As of Monday, March 17, ticket sales total $19,660. This is a monumental start!  In just one month we are nearly halfway to our annual minimum goal of $50,000. It is inspiring to see so many individuals working together toward the goal of making our facilities safer and more enjoyable for our students and fans.

There is still time!

Tickets will be on sale through April 30, 2014. Each $10 raffle ticket buys a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize as well as numerous coupons to local businesses.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the School Board Office on Friday, May 30 at noon.

Community members wishing to purchase tickets or acquire tickets to sell can contact Ted Lysiak at 216.534.7413.  Parents with children in grades K-6 can request additional tickets by sending a note with them to school, and students in grades 7-12 wishing to sell tickets should contact Jim Pfleger at 330.527.0039.

We cannot let up now.  With six weeks to go in this first fundraising campaign, we are edging closer to making the first phase of our project a reality!  I challenge all of us to keep the momentum going!

The complete renovation will take four phases to complete and will be completed as follows:

Phase 1 – Safety of players and fans

? Move field away from home bleachers by 10 feet

? Replace wood posts and ropes with four foot safety fencing

? Install new goal posts (donated by G-Men Foundation)

? Stabilize visitor bleachers with a permanent concrete pad

? Completion set for Fall 2014

Phase 2 – Spectator seating

? Purchase safety and ADA compliant aluminum bleachers

? Construct new press box

Phase 3 – Fan experience

? Construct new concession booths

? Construct permanent ADA compliant restrooms

Phase 4 – Scoreboard and track

? Construction of all-weather track

? Installation of new field scoreboards

 

I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported these efforts by selling or buying tickets.  Your commitment to excellence is inspiring!

As always, if you have any questions, please call me directly in the office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413).

Students from the elementary, middle, intermediate, and high schools have been asked to sell raffle tickets. Pictured are those students who have (to date) met the challenge. 

 

Garrettsville - After months of intensive refurbishments and upgrades, the new owners of Garrettsville Cinema, Justin & Desiree Dlugokecki, held a weekend-long Grand Re-Opening celebration at their cinema. The owners were joined Saturday afternoon by Garrettsville Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chamber of Commerce President Benjamin Coll for a ribbon cutting commemorating the event. 

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is moving closer to changing the club meeting time and location, partly in hopes of  becoming more accessible to more local  residents and business people.  The prospect of having lunchtime meetings at Cal’s II would seem to have advantages and may well be tried this summer, when  the Hiram College Dining Hall may not be available.  Parking is also part of the consideration.  Discussion continues.

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

Garrettsville – Miss Emma Twardzik of Garrettsville, has been selected as a finalist for Ohio’s 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 13th at Dayton Marriot in Dayton, Ohio. She is the James A. Garfield Homecoming Queen.

Ohio’s 2014 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an all expense paid trip to the National Finals to compete with the queens from the other states for America’s Homecoming Queen.

America’s Homecoming Queen Inc. is a a non-profit organization promoting education, educational travel and community service in all fifty states.

Emma will also be competing to be  Ohio’s favorite homecoming queen. To help, you can vote for her to be Ohio’s favorite homecoming queen at www.americashomecomingqueen.com.

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield (JAG) Band has once again made the community proud by earning a superior rating last weekend at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) Northeast Regional Band and Choir Adjudicated Event held at Revere High School and advancing them to the State competition held in April.

The band performed “Gallant Marines”, by Karl King, “Kentucky 1800” by Clare Grundman and “Three Ayers from Gloucester” by Hugh Stuart. They performed before a live audience as well as the judges. Following their on stage performance, they retreated to a private room for the sight reading portion of the competition. The students were given a piece of music, and a few minutes to look it over, and then were expected to play the piece. When the performance was completed, the band was awarded a “1” which is a superior rating.  The band’s superior rating at districts advances them to state competition in April; once again making the district proud.

The band is under the direction of Theo Cebulla, assisted by Joe Gaither.

 

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is participating in the Feinstein Foundation Million Dollar Challenge to Fight Hunger during the months of March and April.  For the past 16 years, the Feinstein Foundation has been dividing one million dollars among non-profit hunger fighting agencies nationwide.  Past Million Dollar Challenges have raised $2 Billion for over 1800 organizations across the county.  Your donation towards this campaign will make you a partner in the most successful ongoing grassroots effort ever to fight hunger.  

LAST CALL!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is still seeking contestants for the 4-Way Speech Contest ,  to be conducted locally  on March 10 at the McCumbers-Brady Realty on Main St. , Garrettsville.  Any students from Windham H.S. or James A. Garfield H.S., grades 9-12, are eligible to participate.  The local first-place prize winner will receive $100,  district-level winners will receive $750.  Every contestant will gain valuable experience and good stuff for a resume or an application.  The criteria to be addressed in the speech 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?  Interested persons should contact a Rotarian or a principal or a guidance counselor or a speech teacher…or anyone who can help them to take this big step on their road to success.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will present a workshop on how to write a resume and cover letter on March 15th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The workshop will walk the participants through writing a resume and cover letter from start to finish. Participants will also be able to print 5 copies of their resume and cover letters for free. It is strongly recommended that participants bring with them a USB Drive to save the resume and cover letter they create. Spots in the class are limited and sign up is required. To sign up, go to the circulation desk at the Garrettsville Library or call 330-527-4378. The Garrettsville Library located at 10482 South Street. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

Park Avenue Partnerships

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.
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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”.

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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.

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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.