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Garrettsville – Congratulations to the students and staff of the James A. Garfield Local School District. The district as a whole has achieved an “Excellent”, or “Excellent with Distinction” rating for five consecutive years with many of the schools holding these titles individually much longer than that. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, schools will be ranked using a new metric and awarded a letter-grade instead.


Garrettsville – On June 5th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Pictured above are the 2013 recipients of the scholarships.  Kaleigh Gilmer (left) will be attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing and psychology; Garrett McArdle (center) will be persuing a degree in actuarial sciences at Ohio University; Caitlin Chartier will attend the University of Notre Dame where she will be studying architecture with a focus on historic preservation.

Congratulations and best of luck to all!

Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce Andrew Anderson as the recipient of the sixth annual scholarship awarded to a James A. Garfield graduating senior. Mr. Anderson was awarded eight hundred fifty dollars to assist in his goal to further his education in the field of business management .

The Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville plans to continue to award an annual scholarship based on the number of athletic physicals completed for Garfield Schools.

Garrettsville – A friendly, familiar face will be leaving from the staff of the Garrettsville and Windham libraries. Kathleen Kozup, Branch Manager of both the Garrettsville and Windham Library will be retiring at the end of June. Kozup first began working for the Portage County District Library 19 years ago, managing the Garrettsville Library. In 2009, she began managing the Windham Library in a dual capacity. As branch manager of the Windham Library, Kozup held an instrumental role in its transition from the former site to its present location within the Renaissance Family Center. Previous to her work experience at Portage County District Library, Kozup worked for Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Youngstown-Mahoning County Public Library, Bristol Public Library, and she worked in school libraries while living in Australia for a few years.

Each year, the Summerfest Committee looks for a community member who serves tirelessly in the community, who has sacrificed time, energy and yes, even money to see Garrettsville grow and attract visitors.   This year, the Garrettsville Summerfest Committee has chosen Barb Bejger to be Summerfest’s 2013 Grand Marshal, honoring her for all she has done for the village.


Garrettsville – Members of the Garrettsville Village Piecemakers quilt guild and others have made over 36 quilts for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Previously they made and donated 47 quilts to Joplin, Missouri.

“We feel it’s important to use our time and talents to help others,” said Phyllis Bolden, shown, with 15 quilts going to the Atlantic City, N.J. area.

To donate clean cotton fabric or batting, contact Carol Srajer at 330-562-8869.

This year SummerFest is all about the family, so with that theme we have added some new contests that relate to families.

The first one is easy but has an early deadline, so don’t procrastinate. Grab a pencil, pen or keyboard and tell us what family means to you. In today’s society, families come in all shapes, kinds and sizes including, but not limited to, traditional, single parent, blended families and even dysfunctional ones. Tell us what family means to you. Maybe your bloodline family is gone or severed and you have adopted a new family like a civic group, your ball team, etc. tell us how they became your family. Be creative in telling your story. We have three age categories and word counts for each group. Ten – twelve year  olds will need a 50–100-word essay about what family means to them, teens, 13 years old to 18 years old will need 200 words, and adults, 19 years and older, will need a 300-word essay. Essays can be mailed or dropped off at the Weekly Villager at 8454 Windham Street Garrettsville, OH. 44231 and the last day to enter them is June 18, 2013 by 4pm. All essays should be printed. No e-mailed essays will be accepted and we are not responsible for essays lost or delayed in the mail.  Winning essays will be displayed during the festival and prizes will be awarded on June 28, 2013, during Opening Ceremonies of SummerFest.

Garrettsville –  More than 220 golfers showed their support for Hattie Larlham and children with developmental disabilities at the 27th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic. The event was held on Wednesday, May 22, at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. Featured celebrity golfers included co-host of WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder in the Morning Bill Wills and Vice President of Public Relations for the Cleveland Indians Bob DiBiasio. Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer and Special Advisor Mike Hargrove also lent his support as a special guest at the event.

So, is this how the Opera House was lost?

The James A. Garfield Historical Society withdrew its application to the Portage County commissioners for consideration to receive a community development  grant intended to facilitate the rescue and restoration of the former Paul’s Grist Mill/Foote Building in downtown Garrettsville.   It was all about financial fear. The front, more or less intact, building was built somewhere in the mid-to-late 1800’s and was an early industrial driver of the local economy, producing wagons and carriages.  The rear two sections, the ramshackle ones, were probably added in the 1930’s or 1940’s,  as part of the agricultural services offered there; no historical significance to mention, in need of demolition.

The historic building is in need of many things, no doubt about that.  Architecturally, it cannot really  be compared to that immense brick edifice, built in 1889, demolished in 1964, but think what a landmark Garrettsville would have now if the Opera House had not been abandoned, then taken down.  Not alone a clock tower but village offices, an auditorium, storage space, perhaps, AND  the original clock tower.

There’s a C&W song that has a line to think about–not just in this case but often–that says, “They paved Paradise to put up a parking lot….”  The old Paul’s/Foote building doesn’t come up to that exalted standard, and a parking lot is part of the over-all plan but pitching this project for lack of funds and foresight is not a ringing endorsement of community spirit and/or commitment.

How did the current clock tower get built anyway?  Was there just money lying around to be spent?  Hardly. There was work to be done and it GOT done–planning, fund-raising, raising expectations; it was part of the United States Bi-Centennial celebration.  If there are organizations, groups, individuals out there who could make this happen today, they need to step forward now, partner with the JAGHS, plan for next year(hoping that grants will be available once more) and get motivated to make something good happen for all of us.

Step right up.

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it has just added Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at two of its five branch locations. The Garrettsville Library and the Windham Library have added the stations as a resource for early childhood learning. Each station features educational titles in every curriculum area, which are carefully chosen for age appropriateness, educational value, ease of use and for discovery. In addition, each station is equipped with Spanish Edition titles. Titles include Know Your USA, The Art Lesson, Kid Pix 3D and JumpStart Spanish. Visit either branch for a demonstration today. This is a free resource provided to you by the Portage County District Library through a generous donation made by the Garrettsville Eagles Club. Kathleen Kozup, Branch Manager of Windham and Garrettsville, said, “We are so lucky to have a community-oriented organization like the Eagles, who provided the funds to purchase the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations. This system has about 60 programs for exciting, entertaining learning. The graphics are first-class, just the thing that kids will love.”

Pictured above is Tim Kelly, President of the Garrettsville Eagles Club, demonstrates using the Garrettsville Library’s Bilingual Early Literacy Station. Of the Library’s purchasing the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations with the generous donation from the Garrettsville Eagles Club, Kelly said, “We’re glad to help out!” The Bilingual Early Literacy Stations are available at both the Windham and the Garrettsville libraries.

Pictured above is Tim Kelly, President of the Garrettsville Eagles Club, demonstrates using the Garrettsville Library’s Bilingual Early Literacy Station. Of the Library’s purchasing the Bilingual Early Literacy Stations with the generous donation from the Garrettsville Eagles Club, Kelly said, “We’re glad to help out!” The Bilingual Early Literacy Stations are available at both the Windham and the Garrettsville libraries.

The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street, is open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed on Thursday and Sunday. Call 330-527-4378 for more information.

The Windham Library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm; and closed on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 330-326-3145 for more information.

Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for more information about this new service or about other library programs and services.



Garrettsville – The Silver Creek Garden Club of Garrettsville, recently met at the home of Colleen Steele.  Kathy Hanratty, the president of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio and landscape designer with Enviroscapes Design spoke on protecting and using native plants in the home landscape. Their next meeting set for 10:00 a.m May 22 will be hosted by Barb Bejger. They will be cleaning and planting the Library Memorial Garden at the Village Park.  If you love gardening, we invite you to join our club! For more information, call 330-858-0458.

Garrettsville –  Village Council, by a unanimous vote, approved the appointment of Matthew Noah as a new full-time police officer for the village.  Noah’s appointment fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Officer Mark Rich.  Councilman Kaiser, a member of the village’s safety committee, stated that there were two great candidates for the position, and it was a difficult pick.  Noah brings great experience with him including his work with the Portage County Drug Task Force.

They’re back… May 18th–19th bargain hunters  by the score will once again descend upon the Village of Garrettsville for the 20th Annual Community Yard Sale. With over 180 unique sales, there will be thousands of treasures and trinkets available for purchase beginning at 9am on May 18.

This annual event is not limited solely to village residents, as you will also find sales in Windham, Hiram, Nelson, and Freedom. Also check out the assortment of sales at SkyLane Bowling Alley on Windham Street.

Community Yard Sale Maps can be found at many area restaurants, shops and banks.

The 20th Annual Community Yard Sale is sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber.  More Chamber news and events can be found at  www.garrettsvillearea.com.

Garrettsville -  This year, there are forty-four contestants who will compete this Sunday, May 19, 2013 in the semi-final round of Garrettsville Idol at James A. Garfield High School’s Iva Walker Auditorium. There will be four judges determining who will have the opportunity to sing on the stage at Summerfest this year and win cash prizes. 


Garrettsville – The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) held “Fill the Fire Truck” food drive this past Saturday at Sky Plaza IGA in Garrettsville.  Joe Leonard allowed the community food bank to use his antique 1935 Maxim truck and they even had a real live dalmatian, “Diesel”, for folks to pet and see. Diesel is owned by Mike Repp.

For every food item collected, the Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 to the food cupboard. The Nelson Boy Scout troop 65 helped promote the food drive to shoppers as they entered the store. They also collect food items from shoppers and helped with loading the fire truck.

Garrettsville – The newest business to locate in Garrettsville, S&K Sales & Service, Inc., held a Grand Opening celebration at their new location at 8018 French St.  Success at their previous venue in Freedom Township led the family–and it IS a family operation, with everyone pitching in at everything from greeting visitors at the door to handing out the free hot dogs–to move into more spacious quarters in the old Paul’s Do-It Center.

Garrettsville – On Wed., May 22, golfers will hit the links in support of people with developmental disabilities in the 27th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio.  This annual tournament has become a spring tradition and always draws golfers of all ages and abilities, as well as several local celebrities.  This year’s special guests include Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM 1100’s Wills and Snyder, and Bob DiBiasio, vice president of public relations for the Cleveland Indians.


Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Library recently held a “Create Your Own Fairy Garden” children’s program. Children were invited to create a fairy garden with their own style. Check with the Garrettsville Library for information about upcoming programs. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org to learn about other programs and services. The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street, is open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed on Thursday and Sunday.

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.”