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Charles Auto Drives into the 21st Century

Garrettsville - The Charles Auto Family has been a Garrettsville institution for 56 years. Now, “The Little Guy for the Best Buy” is getting a major facelift that promises to transform the Chevy/Buick dealership from a traditional small-town establishment to a “sophisticated, 21st-century, world-class dealership,” according to owner Bruce Abraham.Bruce’s father, Charlie Abraham, moved his dealership to this current...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Grand Marshal

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. Bejger is...

James A. Garfield Class of 2013 Graduates with Distinction

Garrettsville - Threatening skies forced commencement exercises at James A. Garfield High School to be held in the gymnasium rather than the football field on June 2. But nothing could squelch the magnitude of the moment for the JAG Class of 2013. The Class of 2013 exemplified its motto for the year, “Above & Beyond.” It was heralded as the...

Village Piecemakers Donating Quilts

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Three New Contests

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...

Sugar Bush Golf Classic Supports Hattie Larlham for 27th Year

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...

Editorial: On The Wrong Foote

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...

Bilingual Early Literacy Stations at the Library

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...

Masonry Students Undertake Library Project

Garrettsville - Maplewood students from Bob Pavlak’s Masonry class were recently seen at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County Library preparing an area for a new cement pad.  Stamm Concrete provided the raw materials at an “amazing price” to the Friends of Library;  a new storage shed will be in this location soon. The Friends of Library greatly appreciates the...

Silver Creek Garden Club News

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...

Garrettsville Approves Appointment of New Full-Time Police Officer

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...

Garrettsville Community Yard Sales

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...

Garrettsville Summerfest to Hold Idol Semi-Finals

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.  There will be two...

“Diesel” the Dalmation Assists in NGCC Food Drive

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...

Unique Ribbon Cutting at S&K Sales & Service

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...

Sugar Bush Golf Classic to be held on May 22

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...

Garrettsville’s Signature Boardwalk Turns Twenty

Garrettsville - On May 2, 1993, Garrettsville’s newest attraction -- the Main Street boardwalk -- was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Later described as “a wooden walkway to nowhere in particular except delight” in Ohio Magazine, the boardwalk held a promise of downtown revitalization and increased tourism for this historic village. Twenty years later, the 500-foot elevated walkway, which stretches...

Fairy Gardens Under Construction

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...

Stirring Up Success: Pasta House Thrives in Garrettsville

Garrettsville – After four months of outstanding support from the community, Garrettsville’s latest culinary destination—The Pasta House—is serving up extended hours and a bevy of exciting new entrees this spring.  Following months of dividing their time between their Italian Garden franchise, and The Pasta House, mother and son team Sherry and Jeremy Quiggle announced over the weekend that they would...

Garrettsville Bookstore Hosts Local Author

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...

Tiger Cubs Help Food Pantry

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...

VROOM! VROOM! VROOM!

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...

“HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” Designed to Shock Parents into Awareness

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...

P&B Grinding and Machine Living the Dream

Garrettsville -  Bill Butto and his father-in-law, Pete VanPelt, shared a dream for 20 years. Precision surface grinders by trade, they worked together at a shop in Streetsboro. But they always talked about going into business together and being their own boss. The only thing keeping them from pursuing this dream was loyalty to their employer. But in recent years,...

Klamer Steps Down After 22 Years

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...

Limitless Opportunities To Help The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard

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...

S&K Sales Breathes New Life into Building

Garrettsville  - Despite the obstinance of Old Man Winter, signs of Spring are adding up, from the blooming crocuses to the melodic calls of morning songbirds. There’s even a eye-catching red tractor in front of the old Paul’s Lumber building… and a new sign over the door which indicates a new purpose for the vacant storefront at 8018 French...

Middle School Math Whizzes!

Garrettsville - Garfield Middle School students recently competed in the Greater Cleveland Council Of Teachers Math Tournament at Middlefield Cardinal Middle School. The eighth grade students earned winner ribbons and champion's medals.  Pictured above at left are the seventh graders (front row)  Theresa Paroff, Dominic Ionno, Andrew Morrisey,Ramsey Goodner; (back row) Advisor Mrs. Rossi, Justin Riebe, Jenna Montez,John Lininger, Derek...

Garrettsville’s Design Review Board Is Retired…For Now

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...

Garrettsville St. Patrick’s Celebration a Hit

 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...

Garrettsville SummerFest Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 14th, May 19th and June 30th 2013?  If your answer is yes, to all of the above, then SummerFest wants to hear from you.  Garrettsville SummerFest announces the audition dates for Garrettsville Idol, the grand finale` event that closes out their...

Find Your Way to Historic Garrettsville This St. Patrick’s Day

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...

Help “Shut The Door on Hunger” This Saturday

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...

Schedule Your Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences for James A. Garfield High School are schedule for February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in scheduling appointments with your child’s teachers, please call Mrs. Fisher @ 330-527-4341.

Pasta House Brings Italian Home Cooking to Main Street

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...

‘State of the Village’ and Mayoral appointments top Garrettsville’s opening agenda for 2013

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 Theahtah in G-Ville

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...

Garrettsville G-Plex Becomes Training Center

Garrettsville - Garrettsville G-Plex, which was once known as an indoor soccer facility with batting cages, is now a softball and baseball training facility. Ed Carpenter took over the facility in August and has been busy updating it and turning it into a state-of-the-art training facility for softball and baseball.  Carpenter resurfaced the soccer field that is now used mostly...

Christmas on Main Winners Announced

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.    ...

Area Residents Ready to “Save-A-Lot” in Garrettsville

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...

King Family Returns to Cal’s

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...

Garfield Schools Unite To Benefit Those in Need: Nearly Two Tons of Food Donated by Kids for Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard

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...

Sky Plaza IGA Open House a Success

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...

Garrettsville Ushers in the Holiday Season!

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. Folks...

Sugar Bush and Koval Family Honored for Work with Hattie Larlham

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...

Garrettsville Area Chamber Tree Lighting Set for Nov. 24th

Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Tree and Clock Tower Lighting Ceremony on Saturday night, November 24, 2012. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6pm however if the weather permits horse and carriage rides will begin at 5 pm and run until 7pm. Besides the tree lighting, hot cocoa and cookies will be served by McDonalds, and...

Christmas on Main Returns to Garrettsville

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...

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