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“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, gloves spats, seven flag line flags, Marching Pride banner,...

Garrettsville is Open For Business

Holy Schmoley!  Flames leaping up from the north side of the downtown commercial district.  Customers clutching purchases being hustled past the cash registers by some of G-Ville’s finest  who’d just received word that “Town’s on fire!”  Proprietors hoping against hope to save their goods and their livelihoods…in vain all too often.  Neighboring fire fighters rendering “mutual assistance” in as...

#GARRETTSVILLESTRONG Fundraiser Spotlight

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville.  Candlelight Winery - Fundraising Event April 4th - Friday from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Representatives from 31 Gifts, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Perfectly Posh, Premier Jewelry and Velata will be set up at the winery for an Evening of Shopping and Reminiscing. We will have raffle prizes, food specials and more! Anyone bringing in...

Community Rallies In Support

Garrettsville - Hundreds of residents from the Garrettsville area and neighboring communities filled the home-side bleachers in the James A. Garfield gymnasium Monday evening in a unified show of support for those affected by Saturday’s devastating fire.   The one question they all were asking: “What can we do to help?” Local resident and former Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo...

School Construction Project Update

The Campus of Excellence Oversight Committee met on March 20, 2014 in the James A. Garfield Middle School to receive information and updates on the momentous project under way in the district, moving the Intermediate School to the main campus, thus gathering all the parts of the system—Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High School, as well as the Orson E....

#GarrettsvilleStrong

Garrettsville - On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire.  The outpouring support from local residents, and the surrounding area has been incredible. In the wake of the devastating...

UP IN FLAMES: Historic Fire Devastates Garrettsville’s Historic District

“Garrettsville is burning!” On Saturday, March 22, 2014, that message blazed out across phone lines, the internet and news agencies throughout northeast Ohio. Main Street’s newly-renovated historic Buckeye Block Building was on fire at lunchtime. Despite prompt and robust response by local and regional firefighters, the angry fire had devoured the storefronts from Center Street to High Street by dinnertime...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the audition dates for this year’s Garrettsville Idol, the grand...

All Hands on Deck!

Indeed they were!   It was Payback Time. The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville.  Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations,  Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers with the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Mayor Rick Patrick, attorney...

Water rates, sidewalks, and the old gristmill hot topics in Garrettsville

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...

Challenge Accepted!….There is still time!

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...

Garrettsville Cinema OPEN!

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.   

Another Exciting Year of St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Garrettsville - Mother Nature (finally) loosened her wintery grip on the area this week allowing people to enjoy a wee bit of Irish fun in Garrettsville.   Many came out to partake in  the fun which included traditional Irish fare, leprechauns, shopping and a variety of enjoyable family-friendly entertainment. Thank you to the area businesses whose  participation made the Chamber’s annual...

Rotary Report

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...

A Garrettsville Master Gardener is Among a Group of Ohio State Extension Master Gardeners that Make A Difference in Rural Ecuador with The Tandana Foundation

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...

Twardzik is Finalist For Ohio Homecoming Queen Selection

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...

JAG Band Advances to State Competition

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”...

Jerry Returns to Kehoe’s Used Cars

Garrettsville  - Jerry’s back! Jerry Kehoe has returned to his namesake, Jerry Kehoe’s Used Cars, at 10755 South Street, just in time for the business’ 35th anniversary. Jerry and his wife, Lynette, have bought back the used car lot from Eric and Meredith Hedges after a year-long experiment in retirement. “Our whole life is right here,” Jerry says with a smile...

NGCC to Participate in Feinstein Foundation Challenge

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. ...

Rotary Report

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...

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop at the Garrettsville Library

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...

Campus of Excellence Update

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...

Rotary Report

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. ...

Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events

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....

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...

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company