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Garrettsville – Local author Sharon R. Hunter will be at the Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on Saturday, May 11th from 1 – 3pm to sign copies of her romance novel, “The Rancher’s Wife.”

In the contemporary romance, city bred, executive chef, Aubrey Hunter, meets rugged sun-drenched ranch owner, Nic Ravenwood.  After a whirlwind romance he presents her with a marriage proposal.  She accepts and leaves her beloved career and city life behind for the wide open range of ranch life in Wyoming.  With determination, Aubrey struggles to find her place in her new husband’s lifestyle.

Mrs. Hunter’s first writing was not a romance.  Inspired by her special needs daughter, Lauren, she wrote “A Wheel Chair for Lauren” The essay received second place at the Y-City Writers Conference, in Zanesville, Ohio.  A romance reader at heart, Mrs. Hunter took up writing in her late 40’s.  With the encouragement of her husband and a handful of girlfriends she is turning a lifelong dream into a reality.  Mrs. Hunter lives in Streetsboro with her husband Jeff, daughter Lauren, son Beau, and their furry felines.

The novel is available at the Garrettsville Bookstore and in paperback on Amazon and Kindle.

Nelson Twp. – Nine Tiger Cub Scouts and their leader Jason Bates visited the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) to lend a helping hand and to learn how NGCC helps those in need in our community. Each Tiger Cub brought a bag of groceries with them to donate to the pantry. Pantry Volunteer Dan Dolan showed the boys how to stock the shelves using the items they brought and how to fill a client’s grocery list. The six and seven-year old boys even helped carry groceries to the car for area families.

Garrettsville – It’s that time again.  James A.Garfield High School’s Academic Challenge team, the Quiz Masters, will once again be sponsoring their fund-raising event,  Machine-O-Mania/ Touch-A-Truck, at the Garfield parking area on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 to 3:00.

It’s a chance for kids of all ages to see the big machines that drive by every day “up close and personal”.  There have been fire trucks and bucket trucks, ambulances and the county Emergency response command post vehicle, the local favorite “Time Bandit” racing team (Whew!  Loud!), antique cars, spiffy motorcycles, brand-new school buses( and well-maintained experienced ones)–just about anything with wheels.  Materials-transport trucks, wreckers, tankers–you name it! There was even a racing team support vehicle that had everything from multiple TV screens to spare tires.

Admission is only $3.00 and that includes a chance to sound the siren, blow the horn, ring the bell…whatever.

Could be any number of interesting machines there to get a look at.  Bring the kids.  Bring the grandkids.  Heck, just bring yourself, if it sounds like fun.

It IS fun : Machine-O-Mania / Touch-A-Truck !

 

Garrettsville – Don’t get caught with your head in the sand. Parents have often been accused of being out of touch or naive when it comes to their children’s (mis)behavior. Here’s your chance to either redeem yourself or to get a rude awakening.

Looks can be deceiving. Don’t be fooled. This is the message of “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a traveling exhibit which will be on display at James A. Garfield Elementary School gymnasium on Wednesday, May 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 90-minute presentation beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance.

Garrettsville – On March 22, James A. Garfield School District Superintendent Charles C. Klamer submitted his letter of resignation to school board president Guy Pietra. The school board is expected to accept Klamer’s resignation officially at its next regular meeting on April 11. When his resignation goes into effect on July 31, it will bring Klamer’s record-breaking 22 years as JAG superintendent to a close.

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is participating in the Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge to Fight Hunger.  For the past 15 years, the Feinstein Foundation has given away one million dollars each year to non-profit agencies across the county to fight hunger.  Past Feinstein Foundation challenges have raised over $1.5 Billion for 1800 organizations nationwide.  The $1 Million Challenge is considered one of the most successful ongoing grass roots efforts to fight hunger.  

Garrettsville – A Public Hearing was held prior the regularly scheduled Village Council meeting March 13, to discuss proposed restructuring of the Design Review Board (DRB).   Residents and business owners discussed the opinions and asked questions about the proposed ordinance.  Mayor Patrick assured everyone that if these changes were made the Historic District would not be affected.  Solicitor Stuck added that the existing laws and rules pertaining to zoning would still be in effect.  Mayor Patrick also explained that the DRB as it is now, is only an advisory committee.  The Planning Commission makes the final decisions.  These proposed changes would only streamline a currently cumbersome process.  The proposed new legislation does allow for the re-establishment of the DRB in the future if it is deemed necessary.

 Garrettsville – The chilly weather didn’t deter the Irish or the wannabes from celebrating St. Paddy’s Day as Garrettsville put on her best green to celebrate the holiday this past Sunday.  The traditional celebration really didn’t begin until Sunday, however many folks started celebrating a wee bit early Saturday night by indulging in a few adult beverages and what not.

Saturday night, Irish revelers were getting an early start to the holiday as “the pubs” around town had the green beer flowing and the corned beef and the cabbage served with style. Folks could also be seen wearing their best Irish attire as they looked for the proverbial Pot-O’Gold. Some even reported seeing leprechauns and that’s no Blarney. However, one can’t be sure if they actually saw them or if it was the influence of the green beer.

O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney!

The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you are so inclined. Sean’s Pub, Miller’s Restaurant, SkyLane Lounge and the Main Street Grille to name a few are serving up morn’ meals that will help get you started for the daylong celebration.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Police Department, and Save-A-Lot are teaming up to “shut the door on hunger” this weekend. The first Fill-A-Cruiser promotion of 2013 will take place Saturday, February 9th from 8:00 AM—1:00 PM; allowing Save-A-Lot shoppers an opportunity to help fill Garrettsville police cruisers with donations of non-perishable items.  All food & home items donated will be delivered to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC).

Garrettsville  – If you’re looking for comfort food, it’s time to come home to The Pasta House. This Italian restaurant is downtown’s newest addition at 8126 Main Street, owned and operated by Sherry Quiggle and her son, Jeremy.

If these names sound familiar, they should. Jeremy took ownership of Italian Garden four doors up from The Pasta House two years ago, and the mother-son duo operate the pizzeria together. 

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 for their first regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the new year.  The first order of business was to ask for nominations and elect a new Council President.  2012 Council President Steve Hadzinsky, who was elected to fill the spot when former Council President Rick Patrick acceded to Mayor, was the only nominee for 2013 and was unanimously elected.  

Garrettsville - Excellent production of Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” by Curtains Up Theatre:  Stylishly minimal set evoking a private dining room in a Parisian restaurant.  Well-drilled and competent cast portraying everything from cluelessness to irony with great comedic effect.  An unexpected denouement exposing some of the many facets of marriage…and divorce.  Believable props.  Adult, but not objectionable, language and themes are part of the total effect that Simon is famous for.  Laughing aloud and the occasional tear are all part of the experience  Of added interest was the group of ASL interpreters, signing for the hearing-impaired (led  by ODE-ASL certified instructor, Kim Bass, Center St. resident).  As is frequently the case, this is an artform in and of itself.

Garrettsville – Garrettsville Area Chamber announced the winners of the Christmas on Main, shop local event. The drawing took place at the Annual Chamber Christmas Social held at the Sugar Bush Golf Club on December 19, 2012.  Scott Walls, Alliance Foods Project Manager from the Save-A-Lot Store in Garrettsville did the honors of drawing the winning names.     The first place winner is Scott Galayde of Garrettsville; he wins $500 chamber bucks to be used at participating area businesses. The poinsettia lottery tree went to Kristen Rhinehart and a $50 gift card to Mc Donald’s went to Johnny Manis. Congratulations to all the winners!

Garrettsville Save-A-Lot

Pictured above (left to right) at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony are Mayor Rick Patrick, Alliance Foods Project Manager Scott Walls, Store Manager Bob Linger, Alliance Foods Facilities Manager Lorne Doty, and Chamber President Eva Szasz.

Garrettsville – Save-A-Lot officially opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, December 19th.  After a successful “invitation only” soft opening on Tuesday evening attended by local business leaders and government officials, Save-A-Lot is well on its way to making an impact in the community.

Area residents were clamoring to be first in line on Wednesday morning.  Expressing the gratitude felt by many within the community, Nathan Read—a self-described “born and raised Garrettsvillian”—posted a message of thanks on the store’s official Facebook Page, thanking the company for “choosing the village” and helping residents “stretch their dollars further.”

Mayor Rick Patrick expressed his excitement about the third ribbon cutting in the village within as many months and reminded all that  “at one time Garrettsville and the surrounding communities supported three grocery stores and two convenience stores”.

With the revitalization of Main Street and now Garfield Plaza, shopping local in Garrettsville is getting easier and easier all of the time.

Garrettsville – After a three year break, the King Family is back at the helm of Cal’s Restaurant and Pizza Express in Garrettsville.  Aaron and his mother, Carole took over the ownership of the facility on November 29, 2012 and they are eager to return Cal’s to one of the top restaurants in the area. Carole and Aaron both said they have truly missed their regular customers and look forward to seeing them again, along with meeting many new ones. 

Garrettsville – Once again, the generosity of our community has been proudly displayed; this time by our students and their families.  With the support of its teachers and administrators, the James A. Garfield Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High Schools joined forces to support our local food pantry, the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC).  Over the span of 10 days, the schools promoted the drive, culminating in the collection of enough canned goods to fill two cargo vans full of food to support NGCC and those in our local area.  The students were encouraged to gather canned goods, with the high school awarding prizes donated from local businesses (ranging from I-Tunes gift cards to donuts) to the class that gathered the greatest number of items.

Garrettsville – Sky Plaza IGA held an Open House last Friday night that featured their Seafood Road Show, food samples, displays in each department, Santa Claus, and Marine  Mike Rowe who brought his holiday letters to a service member project. The event began at 4 pm and ran until 8pm and was an opportunity for the public to see what their “Hometown Proud” IGA Store had to offer them for the holidays and everyday. Owners Rich and Darlene Hoffman were on hand to welcome the community and answer any questions they might have about the store.

Garrettsville – Have you ever had that one moment in your life, when you looked at something and thought, one day this will be mine? Stephanie Dietelbach sure did. At an auction ten years ago, Stephanie visited the old Irwin Hardware building, fell in love with it and knew that one day it would be “hers”. Dietelbach loved the history of the building itself and knew that it needed “someone to love it.”

The JA Garfield High School Theatre Department presents the “Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner” on December 15th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person and includes both a dinner and the show. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura Young at 330-527-4341 Monday – Friday between 8 am – 2pm. The Yuletide Revels is a recreation of a Renaissance Christmas musical performance complete with a royal court, court jester, recorder consort, herald trumpeters, harp and a bountiful meal. A definite must-see!

Garrettsville – It was a record breaking crowd that gathered at the clock tower in Garrettsville last Saturday night as folks were ready to usher in the Christmas Season at Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Clock Tower and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The cold, snowy weather didn’t deter folks from coming out celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

Garrettsville – Sugar Bush Golf Club, owned by the Koval family, was recently awarded The Small Business Leadership Award at The National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Central Ohio Chapter.  The awards luncheon, which was held November 9, 2012 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, celebrated the work of the Kovals and six other honorees for their philanthropic contributions.

Garrettsville – Last year’s Christmas on Main was such a smashing success; the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce has decided to do it again this year. This year, the event will begin November 2, 2012 so it coincides with the James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk. Christmas on Main is a program that encourages folks to shop locally and get reacquainted with the local merchants.