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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...

Concerning the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund

Dear Editor, Following the "Great Garrettsville Fire" of 2014, a blaze which razed 1/3 of Garrettsville's Main Street business district, a fund was established by the Chamber of Commerce to raise money to help the property owners rebuild. As the Chamber President at the time, I was (and still am) extremely proud of what the fund became, and of the potential...

To the voters in Freedom and Nelson Township and the Village of Garrettsville:

Next Tuesday, November 4th when you go to your local polling location please note Issue 13. Issue 13 has been placed on the ballot by the Community EMS District’s Board of Trustees. The Board is asking for your support by way of a YES vote to pass a 2.7 mil five year renewal levy. Passage of a renewal levy WILL NOT increase your real estate taxes.

Thank You

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,...

We would like to thank…

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...

Check on aging parents this summer…

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...

Dear Editor…

The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Benjamin Coll, Ted Lysiak, Sheri Johnson and Michelle Zivoder who planned and promoted the event. The Garfield Ambassadors were energetic and enthusiastic opponents and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship.

Thank You

The Stock Family would like to Thank Everyone who attended Nicholas Stock Fundraiser on February 25th. Special Thanks to All the Local Businesses for their donations, and to Aaron King & Skylane Bowling.  Also, Robbie Lawrentz (may he R.I.P.) thought enough of my son to make a large donation before his passing. Thank you Harriet & Rodney Lawrentz. In...

Two very nice ladies stopped to help…

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...

Dear Editor: An Apology to the Village of Windham & Its Residents

On behalf of the ownership and management at SkyLanes I would like to sincerely apologize for the disparaging remark Sunday night that has hurt and angered many Windham residents. There have been many great families and people from Windham that have supported this business since its inception in 1957.  In no way would we try to upset the people that...

Thank you for supporting me…

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...

Rockin’ to Rebuild at Garrettsville Summerfest

Dear Residents, Warm weather is finally here and that means it is time to think about summer and the Garrettsville Summerfest.  Last# 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...

Together We Can Rebuild Main Street Garrettsville Strong

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...

Thank You

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....

Thank You

The Newton Falls Community Food-in-backpack Program would like to thank the community and area churches for continuing their support. The program supplements food each week to forty students on a rotating basis (over 275 qualify) and is welcomed by teachers and families. As always, we want to thank Newton Falls Schools for the storage and packing location, and all the...

Thank You

Dear Editor Each week when reading the Villager there are often letters to the editor from groups, individuals and businesses thanking others for their support.  I often wonder how many readers read the letters each week.  I hope if they haven’t been, perhaps if they start now what they will see is how many people in this community and surrounding...

An Outpouring of Support

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...

Carlson Family Working to Renovate Remaining Buckeye Block Bldg.

To the Amazing & Wonderful Garrettsville Community and Others who have shared in reflections from the past and our hopes for the future. We would like to express our deep and sincere gratitude for the donations we have received that are helping make our renovation possible. As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and yes it truly does. We...

The Portage County District Library Board of Trustees and Staff thank the voters for their thoughtful consideration of the Library’s levy issue.

Dear Editor: The Portage County District Library Board of Trustees and Staff thank the voters for their thoughtful consideration of the Library’s levy issue. PCDL’s goal is to expand library services into its underserved areas and increase services at its current branches, including Aurora, Garrettsville, Randolph, Streetsboro, and Windham. The defeat of the issue means the Library will not be...

Now we fight back with prayers and hope…

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...

I urge the passage of the School District and Fire District levies on November 4,2014

On November 4,Windham Township and Village Voters will be voting on 2 property tax levies.They are our School District and our Joint Fire District (Fire Dept.) Both of these tax levies are 5-year renewal levies and if passed we will pay the same property tax mills that we have been paying for the past five years. No new taxes. I...

A Thank You from Facet Salon

The entire staff of Facet Salon and Day Spa along with Rescue Village of the Geauga Humane Society want to thank all who supported our Second Annual Doggy Dip this past Saturday. All  of the proceeds from this event will help support  Rescue Village and the  fine work that they accomplish.  A  very special  “Thank You” to Lisa Washabaugh of...

Service and generosity describe the 2,000+ Rotarians in Northeast Ohio

Dear Editor, Service and generosity describe the 2,000+ Rotarians in Northeast Ohio.  These are civic-minded community members in the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina, Portage, Summit, and part of Lorain. These Rotarians belong to 53 different Rotary Clubs in these counties.   They are part of Rotary International which is in over 200 countries.  The motto of Rotary International...

Thank you Ms. Anderson and Mr. Kaiser for being firm and thinking of your constituents!

Dear Editor, As a tax paying resident of this Village, I would like to extend my thanks to council members Anderson and Kaiser for  finally putting their foot down and speaking for many of the village’s residents. So many of us live from paycheck to paycheck, some working multiple part time jobs to make ends meet and WE have to cut...

Dear Editor…

Well…. Are you all real proud of yourself now?  Are you enjoying looking in the mirror in the morning to look into the face of a genuine, low-life vandal, a dirt-bag who disrespects the Constitution (none of that nonsense about freedom of the press or freedom of speech—for anyone but you), an individual who cares not a whit about disabling...

“My Grandmother the Custodian”

It all began in 1973. My grandmother Mary Leigh started at James A Garfield Community Schools. At 25 years old, she began her lifelong love with Garrettsville Ohio. Her mother, Marguerite Stottlemire would later retire from the High School as a custodian and one of her best friends would retire this year, Rosie Farr as a custodian at the intermediate school. It was her time and with a heartfelt goodbye she left the school system this year after 41 years...

Donations Welcomed

Newton Falls Cub Scout Pack, Troop and Crew 4067 along with our sponsor, The First Congregational Church of Newton Falls, would like to take a minute to ask you for your help. Scouting as an organization provides a safe environment for children to grow in character and gain the strength to become leaders in their community. Through structured activities and events, the scouts have fun while they discover and master new skills, gain self- confidence, and develop strong friendships. Scouting provides a strong foundation for our next generation of community leaders.

I would like to extend my appreciation for all the kind and generous people…

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...

My daughter and I enjoyed a pleasant…

"Dear Editor, My daughter and I enjoyed a pleasant day last week doing the Garrettsville-Hiram Retail Trail Event... "

INFORMATION REQUEST: THE LOCAL DAIRIES OF GARRETTSVILLE, FREEDOM, NELSON AND HIRAM FROM 1900 TO 1967.

A local historical research project has begun on the “Local Dairies” that delivered milk to our area. Contact has already been made with the local historical societies requesting information. The initial intent is to research any dairy that has an existing milk bottle with its name on it. So far, information has been accumulated on twelve dairies, including...

Thank You

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...

To the Garrettsville community:

On February 23rd, 2017 I had the distinct pleasure to conduct a school assembly on testing skills to the Middle School and High School in the Garfield School District. After school I also presented to the girls basketball team on developing the mental toughness needed to play high performance basketball. It turned out to be one of the...