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Garrettsville Skatepark Relocated & Upgraded

The Garrettsville Skate Park is no passing fancy. The skateboard course was established 12 years ago on the site of the tennis courts at Village Park across from the library, giving young skate boarders a safe place off the streets to practice their moves. Over the years, the equipment became worn out from use and weathering, so the village...

Aurora High School Grad Studer Helps Build Electric Paraglider at Mount Union

Alliance - Hands-on learning experiences at the University of Mount Union can happen on campus, in the community, or in this case, a few hundred feet in the air. Ryan Studer, of Aurora, OH, was part of a team that built an electric-powered paraglider from scratch as a project in Dr. Chad Korach’s Product Design and Development course. Mount...

Technology Updates At Garfield Schools

This summer, the James A. Garfield Local Schools will be updating three areas of technology in an effort to make communicating with our parents and community easier and more efficient. DIGITAL FORMS We are very excited to announce that the James A. Garfield Local Schools has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete...

An Environmentalist’s Journey through Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station

Hiram – Starting this month environmentalist Carol Agnew will lead nature enthusiasts on a series of intimate journeys through the woodlands of the James H. Barrow Field Station. Agnew and other outdoor explorers will create nature journals with sketches and descriptions of their treks. Water fowl, trees, turtles, summer plants and their pollinators and other outdoor riches will...

Duke’s K9 Dash N’ Splash Holds Grand Opening

Mantua - You may have noticed a new pool and dock complex on State Route 82 near Roundup Lake in Mantua. But you won’t find any bikini-clad beauties lounging by the tranquil blue water. This is no ordinary swimming pool. The only bathing beauties you’ll find are fun-loving, dock-diving athletes -- local dogs and their owners practicing the sport...

New Library Opens In Mantua

Late last week, Mantua added a new, free resource to the Village when they held a ribbon cutting and officially opened a brand-new Little Free Library in front of the Village Police Department. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, a Little Free Library is a freestanding lending library, where the motto is “Take a book, Return a...

James A Garfield High School Class of 2017

Valedictorians Christian Crawford • Joseph Emrick Lauren Jones • Jane Rader Riley Van Kirk • Mikhala West Heidi Wickli Jesse Arnett Marcus Arnett Robert Barnett Thomas Bissler Christopher Blewitt Elisha Bly Hayley Bolton Kyle Borrelli Francesca Bowman Alexis Brooks Brittany Brown Taylor Brown Dane Burrows Mark Butto McKenzie Carey Carter Chapman Emma Chinn Corin Colton Christian Crawford Marissa Cremers Courtney Cressman Cole Dean Mariah Dolan Faith Drabic Joseph Emrick Jr. Rose Englert Nicholas Ensinger Dalton Fall Nicholas Farkas Zachary Forsythe Alexander Fredrickson Mason Friess Brittany Gallagher Ashley Gibson Travis Gibson Alexander Good Samuel Gregg Tabatha Griggy Mary Hahn Kelly Hartman Jacob Hilliard Nicole Hood Austin Horn William...

Crestwood High School Class of 2017

Academic Top 10 1.Olivia Jordan Brady* Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 2. Evelyn Pauline Head* Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 3. Emily Taylor Graves Summa Cum Laude 4. Madeline Augusta Turner* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 5. Allison Renee Durham Summa Cum Laude, NHS 6. Melina Olivia Edic* Summa Cum Laude 7. Katelyn Nicole Riley Summa Cum Laude 8. Megan Louise Cymanski* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 9. Melody Renee Bencie Summa Cum Laude, NHS 10. Benjamin Hunter Pearce* Summa Cum...

Portage County Joins National “See Something, Say Something” Campaign To Raise Awareness

Ravenna — Portage County Commissioners and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have become local partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the campaign to help communities become more aware of out-of-the-ordinary activity. Local efforts in the “If You See Something, Say Something™” national campaign will focus on offering basic education for residents that...

Destination Aurora – June 2nd

Welcome to Destination Aurora. News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets will once again host their annual Scrumptious Food Truck Showdown on June 3rd from 12:00pm until 3:00pm. Over 20 local food trucks will be on site for a great day of food and friendly competition. This event was...

Click-it Or Ticket At JAGHS

On Thursday, May 25th, members of the Garrettsville Police Department visited the James A. Garfield Local Schools’ campus in an effort to keep kids safe as a part of the “Click it or Ticket” program. With the help of free Dairy Queen ice cream certificates donated by Roger and Connie Angel, the officers set up in the high...

Mantua Celebrates River Day

Mantua - Special events and opportunities abounded as communities along Cuyahoga River celebrated River Day. From Cleveland to points further south, communities and organizations hosted river and trail cleanups and events that encouraged families to experience art and nature. The local River Day observance in Mantua featured a bit of all those things. Breakaway Excursions, a new adventure-outfitter in Mantua,...

Baseball Duo Captures All-NCAC Awards

Hiram - With the 2017 season being at a close, the Terriers have added three conference accolades to the books, announced the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) office on Monday morning. For the first time in program history, freshman Hank Clegg has been named the 2017 Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning second-team All-NCAC honors, while senior Brandon...

CHS Envirothon Heads to State Competition

Portage County high school students from Southeast, Waterloo, Crestwood, Ravenna, and Kent Roosevelt recently competed in the Northeast Ohio Area 2 Envirothon competition at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Medina. According to Crestwood High School faculty advisor Andy Brown, “Crestwood was the high scoring team in Aquatics and finished second in Wildlife and Forestry.” Crestwood’s final team score was 102...

Build A Gym, Build A Life

Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities presents the Second Annual Build A Gym, Build A Life 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 5K Race starts at 8 am; Fun Run starts at 9 am The Parent Council of...

Crisis Training for Teachers being held this summer

Crisis situations happen in a blink of an eye. In a school setting, children and youth are relying on school personnel to keep them safe. All school staff members need to be prepared to handle situations – including incidents involving mental health. The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is offering the 10thannual Crisis Intervention Team Education...

Are You Up For A Triple Threat?

Garrettsville - Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it...

Congressman David Joyce to Deliver Hiram Memorial Day Keynote Address

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of General John A. Logan's proclamation on General Order No. 11 declaring the 30th day of May as a day "...designated for the purpose of strewing flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country..." establishing "Decoration Day", or Memorial Day as we now know it, as a...

Local Ad Agency Awards Scholarship

Hiram - Once again, for the 15th consecutive year, the Communications Factory in Hiram awarded an area high school senior a scholarship. This year’s winner, Grace Prorok from Twinsburg High School, earned the $1,000 award from the Factory to help her offset some of the costs associated with her college education. As a student at Twinsburg High School, Ms. Prorok...

Stream Quality Monitoring: Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District Wants You!

Would you like to explore streams in Geauga County and learn about their water chemistry and biology this summer? What about investigating water quality by searching for aquatic critters such as crayfish, dragonflies, water pennies, and caddisflies which live in our local streams? Then grab your water shoes and join the Millennium Youth Conservationists (MYC) team! ...

Local Outfitter Sponsors River Day Clean Up

Mantua - On Saturday, May 20th, all across Northeast Ohio in the communities through which the Cuyahoga River flows, special events will take place on what has been designated River Day. Locally, an 8.5-mile section of the scenic river flows through Mantua, and businesses and residents will work together to help clean up their river. To that end, local...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

It was “a little traveling music” for the members of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram, as they took their May 15, 2017 meeting to the Hiram Farm. At the facility, they learned of the connections to the Couch Trust, which was the farmland basis of the operation, and of the continued association with the Western Reserve Land...

Join us under the big tent for a trip back in time

History comes alive this summer as Ohio Chautauqua returns to Geauga County June 6 - 10, with big-tent performances each evening in Burton’s Century Village. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Actor performances at 7:30 p.m. These shows are free and are open to all ages. Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake,...

Hastings Dairy offers Tours & Milk from Farmstead Creamery

Burton - Hastings Dairy & Rowdy Cow Creamery are open for tours and milk tasting for the 2017 May to October season with several open house events open to the public. Buy Fresh Milk at Hastings Dairy - Open daily during daylight hours. Milk is bottled at Rowdy Cow Creamery, one of only a few farmstead creameries...

Windham Fire District Staffing 24 Hours A Day

Windham - The fire station will now be staffed 24 hours a day - 7 days a week with 2 firefighter/emt’s this will ensure a timely response to emergencies regardless of the time of day. One of the 2 on duty will be trained at the ALS level provider, meaning they can provide a higher level of care /...

EMS Week Kicks Off With Parade On Saturday

Garrettsville - Community EMS District will kick off National EMS Week with their annual parade and open house on Saturday May 20, 2017. The parade is scheduled to start at noon and will go from the James A. Garfield School Complex north on State Route 88 to State Street to the Community EMS District Station at 10804 Forest Street....

Diskin Enterprises Bucks Downward Trends

Garrettsville - First, a recap from last week: Despite the common narrative assuming only decline among American manufacturers — especially for a small business located in a small village along the Rust Belt — Diskin Enterprises is a bright exception to that dark rule. This small manufacturer on Industrial Drive has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico...

Garrettsville Police Department K9 Jack has received body armor

Garrettsville Police Department’s K9 Jack has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jack’s vest is sponsored by Luxury Products Group of Aurora, OH and embroidered with the sentiment “Bless and protect this K9 ~ Luxury Products Group”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a...

CPS Celebrates Earth Day

Mantua - For the 13th consecutive year, Crestwood Primary School hosted an annual Earth Day celebration in Mantua. According to Mrs. Cheryl Brugmann, kindergarten teacher and one of the event’s organizers, this fun family event was attended by over 450 students and their families. The event featured a variety of booths spread throughout the building, providing earth-friendly activities and...

The Little Manufacturer that Could

Garrettsville -  There’s a quiet revolution under way on Industrial Drive, where a small manufacturer has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico — during a time when  similar U.S. businesses are losing ground or folding altogether. Diversification and expansion through acquisitions has been the key to success for Diskin Enterprises over the past 10 years. A...

Garrettsville Area Chamber Of Commerce Community Yard Sales MAY 6 & 7, 2017 • 9 am ~ 4 pm

FREEDOM TWP 8944 Asbury Rd Kids clothes, baby gear, holiday décor, adult clothes 9 9546 Asbury Rd Flowers, Veggie Plants, Bakery including Fry Pies 126 10898 Asbury Rd HH Items, Misc. Sugaring Items, 2 Desks, Girls Clothes 74 Freedom Park Children’s clothes, Fabric/quilting materials, HH, Collectibles 59 7792 Hewins Rd HH, Furn., Antiques & much more 7 10139 Hewins Rd 5 Family: Classic Car Plate,...

Freedom Township Historical Society News and Notes

The Freedom Township Historical Society’s guest speaker for the April meeting was longtime resident Charlotte Pochedly Jewell. Jewell discussed growing up on a farm with six brothers and one sister and attending Freedom School where she graduated in 1940. Pochedly vividly remembered her mother’s homemade baked goods, swimming in Kubo’s Creek, going to dances at Drakesburg and  the friendships she...

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Ohio

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Ohio! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in June 2017! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in...

Plant and Trash & Treasure Sale

Ravenna - Looking to add beauty and color to your landscape or to find that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Join OSU Extension Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers for their annual Plant and Trash & Treasure Fundraising Sale. The plant sale includes a wide variety of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables, culinary herbs, and native plants. Beyond the spectacular collection...

Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage

Garrettsville - For Elena Barnosky, LMT, her vocation is a calling. A licensed massage therapist, she has been operating Healing HandsTherapeutic Massage from the Sky Plaza Professional Building since 2015. She has built up a loyal clientele over the years, but realizes other people in town don’t realize what she has to offer. In order to “let people know...

2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Despite some uncertainty about dates of graduation, the James A. Garfield Schools Hall of Fame induction went off by accomplishing its intended purpose, the recognition and honoring of individuals who had made significant contributions, not just to athletics—though these figured prominently—but to the district and the world/society as a whole.  Sheri Johnson, following in the footsteps of her late...

Garrettsville Library Events

Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday May 16 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the meeting room. Title to be discussed will be Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. This is...

Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend

Hiram - This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day. Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of hand-crafted soaps and body...

Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Opens its 16th Season in South Russell

The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00am in the parking lot of the South Russell Village Hall, the corner of Chillicothe/Rt. 306 and Bell St. The market will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00-Noon, until October. Customers will receive a complementary BlueCrop blueberry plant donated by Hawthorne Springs Greenhouse in...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday April 19 at 7:30pm starting with a public hearing on Ordinance 2017-02. This ordinance enacts chapter 1199 of the codified ordinances of the Village of Garrettsville in order to enact an exterior maintenance code for the Village of Garrettsville. There was public discussion between council members and residents in attendance....

Local Farmer Shares National Award

Hiram - Hiram Township farmer Jack Groselle recently won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund to Hiram Fire Department Firefighters Association. The award was given through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The purpose of which is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers across the country to support...

Trumbull County Travel Club “Spring Trip”

Members of The Trumbull County Travel Club ventured into Volant, Pennsylvania for a “Spring Wine Crawl”  with a brewery and shopping included.  Visiting the shops in Volant and the new Wendall August Forge plus having lunch at the Timbercreek Brewery rounded out the day trip which included three stops at three different wineries. The next scheduled day outing will be...

Medicinal Marijuana, Witch Hunts, and More At the Nelson Township Meeting

Nelson Twp. – Township officials present at the first Nelson Township trustee meeting, held Wednesday, April 19th, were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Kevin Cihan; Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek, and Sandi Huzl. After the meeting was called to order, Finney presented the trustees with a number of items to be signed. Among the...

News from Hiram Township

Hiram Twp. - At the last meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe shared that she received the official notice from the Portage County Board of Elections regarding the upcoming Primary Special Election on May 2nd. She also noted that Hiram Township will be receiving a new laptop computer from the Auditor of State some time this summer, and noted that...

Twentieth Century Club News

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met in DiCiello’s  in Ravenna .  Since the theme for the year had been Hometown Treasures, the cookie favors on the tables were in the shapes of locomotives ( Referencing the Last Great Train Robbery, which took place in Garrettsville) and  cut-out Ohio shapes with a red NEO heart (Garrettsville,...

Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting

The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m.  The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School. After a short business meeting the members  and guests will hear Mary Milne Jamba, genealogy researcher, trustee at OGS and...

Congratulations Forestry Camp Scholarship Winners!

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to award scholarship funding to three Geauga County residents for registration to the 2017 Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, taking place June 11-16, at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio.  David Cavanagh from Chagrin Falls High School, Calahan Heiss from Berkshire Jr/Sr High School, and Kenneth Kirk from West...

Kent State Trumbull Theatre holds Summer Youth Workshops

To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, Kent State Trumbull Theatre is holding summer workshops for youth between the ages of 8 and 15. Throughout six exciting workshops, led by Dana Warren-Tolios, youth will explore numerous techniques to unleash their creativity and polish their skills for their next show or audition. Warren-Tolios has been involved with Kent State Trumbull Theatre since 1990,...

Watson Concert May 5 at Hiram College

Hiram - The eleventh annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, in Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall, 11715 Garfield Road (Rt. 700) on the Hiram College campus.  Time is 7:30 p.m.   This year’s artists are Carlos Jones and the PLUS band. Carlos Jones, “Iron Man” of the Cleveland reggae scene, this year celebrates 39...

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