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Happily Ever After… Library Hosts Valentine’s Day Wedding

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...

3-2-1, Action! Coming Back Soon to Garrettsville Cinema

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...

Make February Your Month for Fitness

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...

Little Mermaid Ballet was a Hit

Garrettsville -  The 8th Count Dance Center presented their rendition of “The Little Mermaid” January 29, 2014 at the Iva  Walker Auditorium before a live audience. The show went on in spite of the bitter cold weather.   Ashley Kaiser danced the role of Ariel/ Vanessa while Darian Brogdon danced the role of Prince Eric. The performance also had Emily Yarish...

Raffle at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library

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...

Festival Puts Finishing Touch to Rotary’s Family Week Festivities

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.   Displays of...

Portage County District Library’s New Library Board of Trustees Officers

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...

Garfield Hosts Power of the Pen

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Middle School was the site of the recent district competition for Power of the Pen, a program to encourage the development of young adolescents’ writing skills through  practice and competition, in much  the same vein as sport, with many of the same components, such as teamwork and concentration. Ten schools—Chamberlain, Crestwood, Field, Garfield, Harmon, Manchester,...

One grant…..three giant leaps for James A. Garfield Schools

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...

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary

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...

JAG Performers Earn 12 Superior Ratings at Solo & Ensemble Event

Mantua - This past Saturday Crestwood High School hosted the Ohio Music Education Association District Six High School Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event. Students from 32 area schools participated in the event.  The event covered vocals as well as instrumentals, including brass, woodwinds, stringed and percussion instruments. James A. Garfield (JAG) School had 18 entries in the contest. Students are...

NEW TENANTS Coming to a Theater Near You?

Garrettsville - It’s official. “Please be advised TBE Theatres Inc. closed the Garrettsville Cinemas effective Sunday, January 5, 2014. We thank you for your assistance and cooperation through the years.” This statement arrived in an email to The Villager from Ted Bare Enterprises/TBE  Theatres in Bath on January 7. Blank marquees now mark the spots where currently running movies should...

Garfield’s Svonavec Sets Records

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...

Get Married in the Garrettsville Library on Valentine’s Day

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...

Garrettsville Mayor reviews 2013 village’s accomplishments in ‘State of the Village’ Report

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...

Garrettsville Area Chamber News

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...

The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Presents.… “Noises Off”

Garrettsville - Over a few hours, you will take a journey through the production and run of the play Nothing On (that is correct, not a typo). You will experience what really goes on behind the scenes during a production. Sometimes the drama behind the scenes is funnier than the drama on stage.  Act One takes place during a rehearsal...

SNAP FITNESS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN GARRETTSVILLE Fast, convenient, affordable health club opens in Sky Plaza

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. The new owner, Pat McCoy, promises members will be impressed with the...

Think Local: Happy Holidays from Your Chamber of Commerce

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,...

Library Here for the Holidays

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...

Grant approved…. “This is just the beginning.”

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...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary met on November 18, 2013 to gain a final accounting of the success of the November Reverse Raffle and to air their thoughts on additions and corrections for next year…the tradition continues!  Thank you’s will be going out to all donors and contributors.  The club also agreed to sponsor the Power of the Pen competition at the James...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

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...

Restoration & Redemption for Garrettsville’s Buckeye Block Building

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. Just three short years ago, Main Street was in shambles. The sagging Buckeye...

Brosius Road Chip/Seal On Hold Until Spring

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...

Break Out The Ice Cream Cake…

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...

Community Cupboard Shutting the Door on Hunger from a New Location

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,...

Impressive Record for Soccer Team

Garrettsville - The 8th Count Dance sponsored U-12 Girl’s soccer team completed another terrific season and winning the year end tournament held in Waterloo; compiling a total record of 10-2-1. This years team was comprised of girls from Garrettsville and Mantua in grades 5th and 6th.   The most notable facet of the season is how well the girls played...

Facet’s Holiday Open House

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 ...

Perme Financial Group Celebrates Silver Anniversary

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...

A Campus of Excellence

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...

Garfield Historical Society News

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on Monday, October 21 in the historic Mott Building, Main St. , Garrettsville to pursue its usual business.  This included : • Enthusiastic thanks to Damaris Peters Pike for the contribution resulting from her recent presentation (with Jack Warren) “The Garfields—An Ohio Presidential Couple” , with the sponsorship of Ohio Health Benefits, LLC •...

Can You See Excellence In Action?

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...

Did You Catch It? Bi-Annual Business Showcase a Success!

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...

‘Walkable Neighborhood’ comes to Garrettsville

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...

Think Local: News & Events from the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce

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...

New Owners Take the Wheel at Kehoe Used Cars

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...

Library Spotlight On: NextReads

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...

“Bash and the Pirate Pig” Appearing at Village Bookstore

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...

“Women of Note” Fundraiser — Five Shows by One Talented Woman.

“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...

State of the Village Report

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...

Garrettsville Hardware to be Purchased by E&H Hardware Neighborhood retailer to join Ace Hardware team of stores

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...

Second Style Boutique Opens in Garrettsville

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...

Scout Completes Eagle Project for Community Ambulance

Garrettsville - Kyle Angermeier from Boys Scout Troop 4062 in Garrettsville recently completed his Eagle Scout Project for Community Ambulance.  The idea was formed two years ago, when, Community Ambulance’s Chief Chris Sanchez presented the need for a new sign to the troop, and Kyle decided that he wanted to do this for his Eagle Scout Project.   An Eagle...

Spotlight On: Book Box Program

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...

The 900 Coalition Presented “Tools of the Trades”

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...

JAG Maintains High Score with New State Grading System

Garrettsville - School districts throughout Ohio finally learned their scores for 2012-2013 according to the new state report cards last week. James A. Garfield School District -- which has achieved Excellent with Distinction for two of the past three years -- maintained high scores for 2012/13 by earning an overall A grade in Progress from the state.  JAG Superintendent Ted...

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act

Small Businesspersons, is your head swimming with all of the details and requirements of the Affordable Care Act which is heading for us all like a locomotive on an express line?  Are you and your accountant scratching your heads over what it all means?  Are you wanting to do your best by your employees and not lose your shirt? ...

Facet Salon Hosts Open House

Garrettsville–On Tuesday, August 6th Rachelle King and the staff of Facet Salon and Day Spa played host to over 100 area residents and business owners during their business open house. Attendees were treated to a tour of the entire TLC facility, comprised of vision, wellness, and fitness centers in addition to the Rachelle’s salon. After their tour, attendees had the...

Fireman’s Association Dedicates Building

Garrettsville–Following a brief history of the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District, and the Fire Station, representatives of the district Fireman’s Association held a dedication ceremony Saturday evening during the 2013 Peach Social & Car Cruise. The new outbuilding located between the fire station, and Community EMS houses an assortment of antique fire equipment and memorabilia. The structure was...

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