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A great big “Thank You” goes out to the peopl that made SummerFest 2014 happen…

SummerFest Raffle – Rick Patrick, Colleen Steele, Kristen Morris, Michelle Zivoder, Ben Coll & Aaron King;  Stages/Tents – Greg & Judy Macek;  Sound – Warren Ellison, Keith Franklin, Jason Adkins & Blazing Entertainment;  Stage Entertainment –  Aaron King;  PR/Media – Denise Bly, Ben Coll;  Website – Ben Coll;  Grand Parade – Greg Ebie & Life Church Assembly of God;  Tractor Parade – Kathy Lutz & Century 21 Goldfire Realty; Fireworks – Chief Friess & Aaron King; Rides/Games/Concessions – Aaron King; Duck Race – Garrettsville Lion’s Club;  Garrettsville Idol – Denise Bly, Michelle Zivoder, Aaron King, Jason Adkins,  Wendy Brown, Dan Deakins, & Jackie Rinearson; Pet Idol – Ben Coll & Krista Peterson;  Essay & Coloring Contests – Villager Staff; Punt, Pass, & Kick – Brian Gorby & Garrettsville Lion’s Club; Canoe Races – Mark Apple;

Homemade Pie Baking – Eva Szasz & Huntington Bank; Homemade Winemaking – Celeste Richards; Ice Cream Eating Contest – Sherri Johnson & Roger Angel; Cornhole Tournament – Dave Weiser & Jeff Reynolds; Dance Contest – Sherri Peters, the Dancing Diva’s, Shannelle Waggoner;  Hamburger Eating Contest – Aaron King, Rick Patrick, Greg and Judy Macek ; St. Ambrose Chicken Festival – Matt Ryser; MBA Bike Show – Garrettsville Eagles Club; Car Cruise – Garrettsville Area Chamber;  SummerFest 5K race – Dianna Morris & Norm Fashing; Bleachers & Seating – Carter Lumber & Rick Patrick; Cleanup – Aaron King & Chuck Klamer;  Chairman – Rick Patrick; Event Organizer – Aaron King

 

And Special Thanks to all those volunteers who helped out!

 

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We would like to thank the community members and businesses of Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua and surrounding communities, all race planners, participants, and all Summerfest visitors for the success of our Fourth Annual Friends of Melana Summerfest 5K Race and Fun Walk.

This event is held annually in memory of our granddaughter, Melana Matson, and for the sole purpose of raising awareness and funds for children’s glioma brain cancer research.  Currently, glioma research is primarily funded through grassroot organizations, such as ours.

Special gratitude to our race directors, Diana Morris and Doug Paroff, Mayor Rick Patrick, Amanda Joy Hall, Deacon Gerry Scopolitti,  the Garrettsville Police Dept., the GFN Fire Dept., Community Ambulance Service, The Community Journal, The Villager, the Summerfest Committee, The St. Ambrose Youth Ministry and advisors, Boy Scout Troop # 4062, students of the “Miles for Melana” team, The Garfield Elementary staff for sponsoring the “Super Hero” walk-a-thon, and to our generous and supportive sponsors:  C. Aydin, Cabi, DDS, Johnsonsite, Mayes and Sons Plumbing Co., Great Lakes Cheese, Best Friends Animal Clinic, Toyota of Warren, Carlson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ryser Agency, The Community Journal, Ace Hardware, Schumacher Homes, Guido’s Pizza and Catering, Culligan, R Grocery Outlet, Gary Harwood Photography, Huntington Bank, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Save A Lot Food Stores, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Wenger Orthodontics, Bicker Irrigation, Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carter Lumber, Ritchie’s Sporting Goods, Beiler’s Penn Dutch Market, Akron Children’s Hospital, Kim Kohli, Attorney at Law, The Ferchill Group, Great Lakes Hyundai, St. Ambrose Church, Audio Extremes Entertainment, Pace, Facet Salon and Spa and to the Friends of Melana Foundation committee and new volunteers,  who worked tirelessly to carry on Melana’s spirit and to let her hope shine on for others and who made this event happen.

Our mission is to STOP KIDS CANCER!  Through everyone’s support and efforts, we were able to raise approximately $15,000 for glioma cancer research.

God bless each of you for caring,

Norm and Joyce Fashing and family

Friends of Melana Foundation

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Dear Editor,

Hopefully, motorists and area residents have noticed the American flags displayed on utility poles surrounding the Freedom Township Hall and Congregational Church properties. The flags and their mounting brackets were installed by employees of JC Electric using the company’s bucket truck. Installation was completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

JC Electric is owned by Mr. Jason Carmichael and located in Freedom Township. In addition, Jason and his wife Jennifer and their son Jack are residents of Freedom. Mr. Carmichael has graciously waived any charge for the flags installation and has agreed to assist with their removal and rehanging in the future. Jason is proud of what our flag stands for! This is not the first time Jason has generously donated to Freedom Township. In the past, JC Electric provided the labor and material for outlet and lighting at the Town Hall Pavilion at no cost to the township. Equipment boxes for storage ave been donated for use at the township’s ball fields.

Jason Carmichael is a very successful and humble citizen to Freedom Township. He does not ask for any recognition. As trustees we are very grateful for his donation to our township and wish make our residents aware of his generosity in making Freedom Township a little nicer.

Thank you Jason Carmichael and JC Electric!

Freedom Township Board of Trustees,

John C. Zizka

Chairman

 

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Dear Editor

I urge families to take a potentially life-saving action during June, National Safety Month, by conducting safety checks of their aging parents’ homes.

Nearly 20 million seniors visit emergency rooms every year with many of these injuries caused by home accidents.

ER doctors recommend that senior’s homes are checked for potential safety hazards at least once a year. To make this as easy as possible for families in our community, our business is offering free home safety checks for seniors throughout the month of June.

To arrange a free safety check by a senior care professional or to obtain a free home safety checklist, call our office at 330-995-1522. The checklist and other helpful resources are also available at www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com.

Annette Balis

Home Instead Senior Care

 

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Dear Residents,

Warm weather is finally here and that means it is time to think about summer and the Garrettsville Summerfest.  LastA-Perfect-10-rebuild-color# year’s Summerfest was a huge success and it could not have been achieved without you — our Summerfest supporters.

Despite the devastating fire that destroyed part of our downtown district, this will have no effect on Summerfest #10 which promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

We are determined to help bring Main Street back  as we are “Rockin’ to Rebuild” and will be donating a portion of our festival proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong rebuilding fund.

This year’s Summerfest  will once again have an unbelievable line-up of entertainment  There is once again the huge fireworks display,  3 stages of entertainment, canoe races, contests, great food, and much, much more.  Vendors of all sorts are coming from all over the state to be a part of the summer’s largest family festival.

In order to keep the Garrettsville Summerfest the best community event around, we need your monetary support. All donations are tax deductible.  Please make your check payable to Garrettsville Summerfest and mail it to:

 

Garrettsville Summerfest

8311 Windham Street

Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

 

The community supports Summerfest and Summerfest supports the community.

Keep up to date with Summerfest information on our web site, www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com.

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you at Summerfest.

 

Sincerely,

The Summerfest Committee

 

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Dear Editor

My car and I ended up in a ditch on Rt 700 last Tuesday.  The car was at such an angle that I couldn`t get out.   Two very nice ladies stopped to help.  The one gave me her hand to pull me out of the car and she directed traffic.  The other woman was able to  get my shihtzu out of the car for me.   The concern that they had for my dog and myself was very touching.  They didn`t want to just leave me and  Missy let me sit in her car till the paramedics checked me out.  The Hiram paramedics  were very kind.  When the state trooper arrived,  he let me sit in his car till the tow man came.  Even he asked how I was.  I was coming from Lake County    but  the kindness of the people that I met that day from Portage County was refreshing.

God Bless.

Claudia Widgren

 

 

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Dear Editor

The election is over and as your re –elected Geauga County Auditor, I want to thank all of the great Geauga residents who continue to lend support and have great confidence in what my office and I do for you. I will continue to work very hard to protect your tax dollars and make sure that our local governments have the resources they need. All government entities must follow the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), and my office works diligently to make sure everyone follows the law.

Thank you for supporting me and you can count on me to always do what is right for you, the resident, and our great County.

Frank J. Gliha

Your Geauga County AUDITOR

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Dear Editor:

I would like to extend my appreciation for all the kind and generous people that made the Rose’s Rescue Pasta 4 Paw a huge success. So many were involved  I wish we could thank you all in person.  There are the generous people and merchants that donated such wonderful gifts for raffle, those that donated money and food items to cover the cost of the dinner, the news media for posting the event, the wonderful public for coming out that day, the many volunteers that worked so diligently, and of course the Brown Middle School art students for providing paintings of our animals.

What a wonderful combined effort to help animals in need. The profits from that one day will allow us to help so many more homeless pets out there.

Anyone interested in the Rose’s Rescue events, please check out our website at www.rosesrescue.net. Click on the events button for a list of when we will be out and about.

Also, please support the Doggie Play Land Project. Rose’s Rescue is sponsoring this fund raiser to build a large run area at the Portage Co Dog Warden’s Shelter. We are getting very close to our goal and hope to start construction of the fencing very soon. You can help us out there by donating at www.gofundme.com/Doggie-Play-Land. This project will help those dogs Rose’s Rescue is unable to pull out of the dog pound. Help them have a place to run and play and just be a dog while they are awaiting their new home.

Again, all of us here at Rose’s Rescue thanks the community for all their wonderful support. We certainly could not do what we do without you.

Remember, spay or neuter your pets. Put Rose’s Rescue out of business. No more homeless pets.

 

Sincerely,

Rose, the volunteers, and  the furry friends of Rose’s Rescue.

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Kiwanis of the Western Reserve wishes to thank everyone who came out to support our spaghetti dinner held at Hiram College on April 11th.    We also would like to thank Hiram College & AVI Foodsystems, plus all of the volunteers who helped set up, serve, and clean up! We raised 689.00 for the Garrettsville Strong fund and 357.00 for the Nelson-Garrettsville food cupboard!

- Dottie Summerlin

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Thank you for your very thoughtfully written column this week in the Villager.

In my humble opinion you were able to express what we the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors communicated in our Mission Statement regarding the use of funds from, and the creation of the GarrettsvilleStrong fund.

With your wonderful ability, you clearly defined our purpose and the thought behind doing so.

It is very apparent (and I’m sure you would agree) that everyone involved, no matter what their individual ideas are. No matter what groups they belong to or represent. No matter what business owner, building owners. No matter what surrounding community, or Garrettsville citizens. All hearts and thoughts are for helping the community.

Thank you,

Jerry Kehoe

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Garrettsville Strong

When there’s a fire that shakes our faith, and we see the pain and tears of the people who lost everything. Now we fight back with prayers and hope. We see the people coming together like a town. But more like a family. We see the hope to all those who were hurt. So we put our arms around them and you will never be alone. For every bump in the road in life, God sends a friend to pick you up when you’re down. Even though those lost shops we will miss, but will never be forgotten.

Susan Jessica Strang

 

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We, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Garrettsville Post 5067, would like to express our deepest and heartfelt appreciation for the well-written article regarding the National Vietnam Veteran’s Day in the March 28th edition of The Villager.

With all that occurred that week regarding the terrible loss in our village, it was truly an “above and beyond” endeavor in journalism. As most people are aware, we lose an increasing number of World War II and Korean War veterans daily which has resulted in the passing of the torch to those who served during the Vietnam Era and all those who have served afterward.

In the natural progression of things, fifty plus years after the fact of the ending of the Vietnam War, that torch is ready to pass to a new generation of warriors who have served so honorably and faithfully in Iraq and Afghanistan; a new generation that our nation must never ignore, forget or deny the care that is due them. That is our duty as a nation and that duty in itself is all the thanks we of the Vietnam Era would ask.

Most respectfully,

John J. Kable and the officers and men of Veterans of Foreign Wars Garrettsville Post 5067

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The words “Thank You” do not seem adequate enough to express our gratitude to the hundreds of people who have helped the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard since the fire.  The outpouring of support we have received from all over northeastern Ohio has been nothing short of amazing.  From neighboring food banks, school districts, churches, civic organizations, corporations, police departments, fire departments to hundreds of residents, there is not enough ink to thank everyone!

We extend a special thank you to all those who held food drives or hosted collection sites.  Thanks also to the Garfield sports teams, faculty, administration, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts who gave of their time during their spring break to help us unload countless delivery trucks.  Hundreds of residents have volunteered their time to pickup, unload, sort and move the unbelievable amount of donations that have come into our storage facility.  We are so grateful to those who donated refrigerators, freezers, racking, computer and other operating equipment.  It has been remarkable!

Just a few short weeks ago, as we stood with our neighbors looking at the heartbreaking devastation on Main Street, we thought we might never recover.  But here we are, with our shelves restocked, our equipment replaced and our doors reopened.  None of this would have been possible without the tireless support of our #GarrettsvilleStrong and extended communities.  If the past weeks have shown us anything, it is that truly, together, we can Shut The Door On Hunger!

Thank You,

NGCC Board

 

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After a couple of manic weeks of exciting highs, disappointing lows, small victories and exasperating stone walls, we have re-opened our law office 8108 Main Street in Garrettsville. As devastating as the fire was, we are grateful for what we have been able to recover from what was once our office.

While the outpouring of support has been gratifying there are a few whose assistance truly made a difference. Garrettsville Police Officer Matthew Noah was the person who came into my office and got me out as flames were starting to come through the heat ducts. I was working in the back office when the fire broke out and was totally oblivious as the events unfolded.

I am grateful to Garrettsville firemen Ray Collins, Jason Judge and Windham Chief Mike Iwanyckyj, along with others I did not know, who went into our office before it was safe to retrieve our computers, and to Garrettsville Fire Chief David Friess who allowed them to do so.

In the days that followed, my daughter and office manager Casey Kolaczek and son Adam Timmons with a crew of Bert Molnar, Rich Bates and Brian Collins, sifted through the rubble retrieving files, office equipment and personal mementos that I never expected to see again. My staff has been diligent in working long hours reconstructing files, contacting the courts and clients to allow us to achieve a remarkably smooth transition.

I have been especially impressed by the way in which Mike Maschek, the owner of my building, conducted himself during the tragedy and the hours and days that followed. Despite the tremendous financial setback he was experiencing, his concern was for his tenants and their losses as well as the loss for the town. I am looking forward to working with him in the months ahead and being a part of the rebuilding.

My heart especially goes out to my fellow business owners. Due to the nature of many of their establishments, the loss of inventory will never be replaced. I would expect that some will elect to terminate while others will come back. My best wishes to all of them. Our office would be happy to assist them with any difficulties they experience in the days to come. I am hopeful that the proceeds of the numerous fund-raisers find their way to those affected.

So after nearly 27 years in Garrettsville as an attorney, we are still here and not only carrying on, but experiencing a new beginning. On behalf of Casey, my paralegal Dawn Bellino, my associate, Amy Turos and myself, I want to thank our friends, neighbors, clients, courts, colleagues and adversaries for the support and kindness we have experienced.

Sincerely,

Dann S. Timmons

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On  behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to address some of the rumors being spread in our community.

Absolutely NO payments/payouts/monies/etc. have been dispersed from either the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s account, or the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. NO disbursements of any kind will occur until firm guidelines have been put in place for doing so, and those guidelines have been reviewed and approved by our legal counsel. If you’ve heard otherwise, you were misled.

Absolutely nobody on our board has been in contact to make any sort of promises to anyone regarding the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. If you’ve heard otherwise, you were misled.

The Chamber of Commerce Board met Wednesday, April 2nd to discuss the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. Below is the mission statement for the fund.

Mission Statement: The GarrettsvilleStrong fund was established to raise funds which will be utilized to facilitate the rebuilding of the block in downtown Garrettsville affected by the fire March 22, 2014.  This area is located on Main Street between Center and High Streets

In the coming weeks we will be working with the Ohio Attorney General and our legal counsel to establish our guidelines going forward.

Remember that rebuilding our historic district will be a monumental task. Fund-raising through GarrettsvilleStrong will be a marathon and not a sprint to the finish.

Please help quash any rumors you may hear on the street as they only serve to undermine our community spirit; rumors can also have a devastating impact on our ability to help rebuild what was lost.

Together we can help rebuild Main Street #GarrettsvilleStrong!

Best regards,

Benjamin Coll

President
Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce
Garrettsville Strong Board of Directors