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 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.