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5th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Noah Baker, Jacob Baczkowski, Cody Leasure, Austin Lysiak, Faith Mills, Sierra Savitts, Jack Norris, Grace Edwards, Mycah Pinson, Lilia Hornbeck, Emma Evitts, Carissa Lininger,

Logan Sedivy, Leah Trask, Trinity Williamson, Theodore Ridenbaugh, Grace Czeciuk, Trystan Gedeon, Ashley Smith,

Hailey Davis, Sydney Woolard, Elizabeth Edic, Jacob Fergis,

Grace Mills

 

5th Grade – Honor Roll

Sarah Glenn, Sommer Bourne, Sarah Bittence, David Martin, Isabelle Puleo, Sydney Woconish, Danielle Popek, Dakota Burkett, Kylie Greenberg, Jacob Britton, Ashley Carey, Timothy DeGrino, Chad Wright, Logan Horvath, Owen Janic, Lilly Johns, Aleigha Homan, Aaron Craver, Stephanie Popek, Ruth Miller, Jordyn Scott, Matthew Kane, Alyssa Kleinhen, Michael Baczkowski, Jason Schaefer, Evalynne Harrington, Kyle Lance

Samantha Miller, Stephen Miller, Cole Owens, Luke Porter, Alex Pignaloso, Layla Jordan

 

5th Grade – Merit Roll

Lucas Neikirk, Michael Richards, Kaitlynn Yukich, Kaila Bloom, Matthew Hale, Isis Gibson, Samantha Williams, Mari Rogers, Paige Marek, Kiley O’Brien, William Kolmorgen, Gavin Friess, Isaac Trickett, Matthew Berecek, Christian Bell, Joshua Honeycutt, Samantha Peska, Hannah Norton, Jace Cain,

Ryleigh Gough, Hayden Troyer, Alexa Craig, Jessica Martin, Kyra Eaton, Austin Lee-Prosser

 

6th Grade – “All A” Honor Roll

Anna Morrissey, Kyleigh Grandon, Lillian Oles, Owen Cmunt, Jilleena Moore, Phillip West, Eric Fonseca, Colton Klatik, Karlee Huter, Ellie Frato-Sweeney, Jillian Crane, Rayana Goodner, Talon Cline

 

6th Grade – Honor Roll

Hannah Chartier, Gianna D’Amico, Mandolin Arnett, Bradley Valdman, Brooke-Lyn Collin, Taylor Soltis, Nathan Pitsinger, Brittney Gotthardt, Noah Cornicelli, Laina Galayde, Hannah Bittence, Noah Frato-Sweeney, Madelyn Scirocco, Jesse Marderwald, Mattie Marsillio, Meilee Holton, Cassandra Finney, Bryar Veon, Anthony Lunardi, Maya Brown, Cameron King, Eric Schaefer, Adam Derthick, Joseph Ball, Emma Lawrence, Sara Kittle, Emily Cooper, Joe Golgosky, Samantha Gilbert, Belladonna Titschinger, Kaylie Bates, Madison Vankirk, Michael Martin, Alexandria Konecek, Meghan McDougall, Irma Miller

 

6th Grade – Merit Roll

Courtney Maur, Christopher Perme, Alexis Sedivy, Jocelyn Dolan, Jared Simon, Kya Fresch, Lauren Sanchez, Gracie Pignaloso, Adam Honeycutt, Andreya Grunder, Madison Knispel, Kannon Borrelli, Sabrina Hicks, Rachel Lucas, Zachary Richards, Cameron Mayes, Sarah Shearer, Hailey Carpenter, Jacob Nottingham, Chloe Pfile, Mason Cebulla, Anna Weaver, Logan Rutherford, Nathan Phillips, Connor Hrubik, Morgan Heron, Jenna Conley, Ilene Flaherty, Joshua Kent, Eryn O’Malley, Michael Selander

 

All A Honor Roll 7th Grade

Jason Conley, Lyndsey Johns, Tyler Klouda, Racquel Koleszar, Sarah Miller, Brooke Morgan, Erika Musgrove, Andrew Pemberton, Rachel Rader, Zoe Swenson, Jessica Tannehill

 

Honor Roll  7th Grade

Alissa Barton, Samuel Biltz, Olivia Brann, Travis Criblez, Robert Deltorto, Sarah Desalvo, Samantha Ensinger, Alexis Evans, Cailean Galayde, Matthew Glinski, Robert Haney, Eric Jackson, Max Kane, Ryan Lance, Madison Neer, Adam Norris, Kara Nottingham, Evan Pawlus, Devyn Penna, Ethan Roman, Sebastian Shafer, Hannah Smith, Hunter Sopher, Brianna, Stanley, Halle Tatonetti, Addison Varner, Lauren Walz, Dylan Wilson

Merit Roll 7th Grade

Chad Angermeier, Madisan Brown, Samantha Brys, Natalie Hall, Olivia Hayden , Jessica Huebner, Elizabeth Logan, Mackenzie Miller, Nicole Ober, Zachary Rabatin, Arielle Sokolowski, Jacob Spicer, Travis Synnestvedt, Trinity Syvertsen, Austin Wise, Kaitlyn Workman

 

All A Honor Roll 8th Grade

Ramsey Goodner, John Lininger, Jacey Luzny, Julia McGrew, Derek Miller, Andrew Morrissey, Jason Riebe, Courtney Siracki, Simon Varner

 

Honor Roll 8th Grade

Chelsea Bates, Justin Bloom, Catherine Brann, Kiley Carey, William Criblez, Louis Danku, Anthony Denigris, Ryan Finney, Ashlyn Geddes, Makayla Gough, Alexander Griffith, Samantha Guyette, Kylie Hoover, Casey Johnson, Makenna Lawrence, Deborah Lough, Abigail Metz, Jenna Montez, Jackson Neer, Isabella Obreza, Theresa Paroff, Elizabeth Perkins, Keenan Rankin, Seth Rinearson, Isaac Russell, Madeline Scott, Mallie Smith, Katherine Synnestvedt, Mikayla Thornton, Kyle Turrentine, Zayne Veon, Carissa White, Shannon Williams, Kailyn Woodrum

 

Merit Roll 8th Grade

Jordan Bayus, Luke Blohm, Ryan Brown, Madeline Caldro, Zachary Fergis, Zachary Gorby, Gabrielle Hicks, Cassandra Hightower, Kierra Jordan, Sarah Kent, Haley Kern, Logan Kissell, Daniel Kleinhen, Jack Lawrence, Tyler LIppert, John Lorinchak, Avery Malotte, Ethan Marek, Leon Masga, Mason Mayoros, Natasha Rantilla, Deandra Roberts, Zackary Smith, Travis Sommers, Kevin Splinter, Emma Trent, Drew Tushar, Kyle Workman, Tiffany Yeager, Alyssa Zupancic

 

Chardon - A sure sign that spring is around the corner is the Geauga County Maple Festival.  It is a celebration of the year’s maple season and the place where maple syrup producers showcase their best syrup.  The festival will take place April 24 – 27 on Historic Chardon Square.

One of the highlights of the festival is the two huge parades.  They step off at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The theme this year is “Spring’s Golden Sunshine – Maple!” There will be floats, horses, old cars, new cars and lots of fire trucks.

The Saturday Parade Marshall will be Aggie Sojka of Hambden.  Sojka has been involved with maple her entire life but now she has proved that the best maple syrup in the world comes from Geauga County.  Her medium amber maple syrup produced in Parkman was awarded a first place at the International Maple Syrup Institute annual meeting in October in Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Sojka was inducted into the Geauga County Maple Festival Hall of Fame in 2011.  Her late husband, Mark Sperry, was inducted in 1995.

Sunday’s Parade Marshall will be WOIO weatherman Jeff Tanchak.  As a native of Buffalo, New York, Tanchak understood lake effect weather and the impact it has on an area.  In his spare time he enjoys golf and the Indians.

Also riding in the parade will be the 2014 Maple Hall of Fame inductee Tom Blair of Burton.

This will be the 86th edition of the Geauga County Maple Festival.  The Festival began in 1926 by a group of Chardon businessmen to increase awareness of the areas maple syrup and increase maple sales.  In the late 1940’s there were three years that no festival was held due to the war and lack of maple syrup.  Come join the fun and celebrate “Springs Golden Sunshine – Maple” and the wonderful maple season.  For a complete list of festival events and times visit www.maplefestival.com.

9th Grade

*Cali Apthorpe, Ja’Mario Brown, Alexis Knight, *Benjamin Knight, *Elizabeth Richmond, *Kathlyn Richmond, Erik Roche, Paige Simpson, Mahlia Smith, Cassandra Snyder, Sara Taylor, Holly Thompson, Jordan Wildman

 

10th Grade

*JosephBarnes, Chandler Bee, SamanthaDean, *Tristan Hankins, Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight, *Brooke Lissy, *Jasmine Nevarez, Joseph Prasky, Alexia  Rushnok, *Lauren Simmons, Adam Tanner, Brianna Workman

 

11th Grade

Zachary Cottrill, Alexis Fabry, Daisy Fleming, Corinna Hechenberger, *Macey Hickman, *Sarah Hodson, Jessica Isler, Madison Kilgore, Zacharie Lewis, Emily Miller, Haliee O’Connor, Jordan Small, *Bethany Stout

 

12th Grade

Jordan Burns, *Britney Collins, Katelynn Dean, Kaitlynn DeVenture, Kendra Eskins, Kesley Meszaros, Joseph  Miranda, Alexandria Polichena, *Jared Taylor, *Joshua Youngen

 

Freshmen

4.0

Jordyn Bryner *, Vincent Dragich *, Sidney Drake *, Danielle Garces *, Hannah Harnichar *, Olivia Hedge *, Lillian Hoffaker *, David Hukari *, Matthew Joines *, Brittany Lowe *, Madison Pelyak *, Emma Rader *, Samantha Reul *, Ashley Sembach *, Ben Simpson *, Joseph Urso *, Makenna Willyard *

 

3.5 – 3.99

Kayla Barreca, Jordan Malavong, Nicholas Boyce, Brianna Hastings, Camerin Hoy, Dylan McAvoy, Collin Miller, Morgan Priddy, Hayden Sherwood, Courtney Shetterly, Kaitlin Conway, Caitlyn Wood, Madison Baryak, Tori Blandine, Sara Brown, Jason Cox, Chloe Hauck, Andrew Horvath, Katelynn Krasinski, Rachel Peterson, Hallie Stamm, Sidney Wright, Kassidy Hastings, Kiley Hall, Haley Prusky, Mikayla Semrau, Nicholas Gibson, Jordan Lahiff, Vincent McClimans, Nicholas Shockey, Claudia Thomas

 

3.0-3.49

Kira Beckinger, Courtney Wall, Autumn Hutson, Justin Kritz, Steven Womer, Jacob Cline, Kevin Dunn, Michael Reese, Francesca Battisti, Mitchel Champion, Taylor Dye, Millaina Lane, Brandon Moore, Julia Boyd, Kaden Myers, Clayton Ellsworth, Anga Fowler, Monique Hutson, Eddie Kusky, Evan Purnell

 

SOPHOMORES

4.0

Joseph Agati *, Sarah Dubos *, Natalie Georgalas *, Kayla Mock *, Katelyn Wainwright *, Caitlyn Wolford *, Jessica Woods *

 

3.5-3.99

Zachary Digman, Magenta Palo, Myklyn Reakes, Audrey Roman, Carly Irons, Jaymie Cooper, Makayla Heintz, Ben Koontz, David Dempsey, Rhonda Rothacker, Hannah McMurray, Zachary Toensing, Nicole Giuliano, David McVicker, Dylan Chabek, Christopher Mohan

 

3.0-3.49

Angela Armintrout, Paige Barnes, Alan Boone, Justin Humphrey, Lindsey Holub, Megan Byrnes, Nathan Harrah, Noah Suarez, Austin Ciferno, Gabby Kline, Peter Snyder, Patricia Simsa, Alexis Carpenter, Nathan Machi ,Cammie Cochran, Tim Eckenrode, Megan Wilson, Jaret Fowler, Lindsey Gumina, Jason Nicholas, Katarra Waldron, Joshua Walters

 

JUNIORS

4.0

Brooklyn Bungard *, Jacob Harrah *, Tia Harris *, Sarah Honeycutt *, Marcus Lard *, Amanda Myers *, Ashley Redfern *, Madison Spahlinger *

 

3.5-3.99

Sean Croell, Chiara Matranga, Montanna Stutzman, Jessica Wheat, Alana Reese, Noah Chapman, Alexis Jones

 

3.0-3.49

Kristin Davis, Herbert Hogue, Kristen Rufener, Drake Hankins, Francisco Martinez Sweeney, Adam Czerniak, Marissa DiGirolamo, Lindsey Purnell, Sadie Sutton, Bucyrus Palo, Caitlin Ronyak

 

SENIORS

4.0

Emmalee Antill *, Sarah Ballentine *, Brooke Barreca *, Gabriel Cox *, Brandon Fuller *, Rachael Harnichar *, Ozzie Hawkins *, Devan Houshour *, Breanna McCrystal *, Tyler Phelps *, Courtney Platt *, Tori Salvino *, Courtney Shiflett *, Charissa Simones *, Haley Spletzer *, Hannah Zelle *, Chasity Oakes *, Stephanie Baringer *

 

3.5-3.9

Joseph Gumina, Kyle Meszaros, Austin Difford, Chelsey Cochran, Christopher Greathouse, Derek Walton, Brooke Clark, Seth Gibbs, Harrison Woodward, Ethan Griffiths, Alicia Agati, Marissa Rothacker, Gabby Thompson

 

3.0-3.49

Breanna Deneen, Jacob Kritz,Andrianna Masetta, Zebulon Suzelis, Drue Boyd, Alexis Novotny, Angelia Garces, Ryan Kovacs, Sydney Smith, Jenna Holub, Mikenzie Shaulis, Kyle Storm, Jahvone Smith, Jacob Ballas, Emily McClintock, Cody Peterson

 

Photo: Benjamin Coll

Photo: Benjamin Coll

Hiram  – Retiring Hiram College President Tom Chema will deliver  the institution’s 164th Commencement address at graduation ceremonies planned for Saturday, May 17.  A total of 299 graduates will be awarded degrees.

Chema has served as president for 11 years. During his presidency, undergraduate enrollment has grown by more than 40%; the Hiram campus has been transformed, with more than $50 million in physical enhancements, including 11 new or renovated buildings; fundraising attainment has grown dramatically with more than 100 gifts to Hiram of more than $100,000; and distinctive academic programs have been developed and implemented, including eight Centers of Distinction.

Hiram’s 21st president, Chema is looking forward to the opportunity to address this year’s graduates.

“I am very much like many of our students,” he said. “I was the first in my family to attend college and the experience transformed my life. Because of my liberal arts education, I was able to reinvent myself many times and have a number of successful careers. Students graduating in 2014 will not only have many different jobs in their lifetime, they will have many different careers. Hiram has prepared them to live and work in a rapidly changing and complex world. Our graduates leave Hiram with an opportunity to make a difference in a world that needs difference makers.”

Chema was no stranger to Hiram when he became president, having served as a voting member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees for 11 years and chairing the Institutional Advancement Committee. He brought to the Hiram presidency more than 30 years of experience in business, government, and law.

A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Chema was a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1971 Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his career with the Cleveland-based law firm of Arter & Hadden in 1971 and became a partner in 1979. He took a leave of absence in 1983 to serve as Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. In 1985, he was asked to become Chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.

In 1990, he was appointed Executive Director of the Gateway Economic Development  Corporation and was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Jacobs Field and Gund Arena in Cleveland.

Commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Henry field.

Pinwheels for prevention are on display on the lawn of the Hiram Municipal Building to promote child abuse awareness. The program is sponsored by the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Group.

Pinwheels for prevention are on display on the lawn of the Hiram Municipal Building to promote child abuse awareness. The program is sponsored by the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Group.

Hiram - According to statistics posted on the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Center’s website, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. For 90% of those children, a known and trusted adult often inflicts the abuse. Armed only with gutter spikes (to make planting pinwheels easier), and determination to share their important message, volunteers planted 700 pinwheels in Hiram on Monday to raise awareness and promote reporting of child abuse and neglect. The program, sponsored by the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Center, has been staging similar, colorful displays at a dozen locations around Portage County throughout the month of April as a part of Child Abuse Awareness month.

The pink and blue pinwheels began spinning in front of Robinson Memorial Hospital, the site of the Portage County Children’s Advocacy Center. As the month progressed, the pinwheels were moved to other locations, including the Portage County Courthouse, Streetsboro Town Square, Aurora Police Department, and schools in Rootstown, Kent & Ravenna. The Children’s Advocacy Group is charged with improving the community’s response to child abuse and neglect and to lessen the negative impact of abuse on children. This year, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) joined the effort in front of the Hiram Village Police Department, having participated in similar events in Trumbull, Mahoning, and Ashtabula Counties.

BACA, an international non-profit organization, is on a mission to create a safer environment for abused children. All members refer to each other by “road names” like the group’s Chapter President and Vice President Jammer and Hollywood. According to local BACA member Mama Bear, either children’s service agencies or a child’s legal guardian makes the group aware of children who may need their assistance. The group then meets with the child, bringing them a BACA vest for protection and special teddy bear that is filled with hugs, according to Mama Bear. “We want to remove the stigma they feel — and let them know that they aren’t alone.” BACA members befriend the child during this trying time, and often sit in court with children, empowering them to face their perpetrators.

Mama Bear was made aware of BACA when her son was offered their assistance after being violated at the age of four. She shares, “When that happens to a child, they begin to feel like a freak of nature. But when BACA kids get together, they’re all the same – the stigma is removed. It’s very empowering.” She’s been a proud member of BACA for nine years. Her son, who is seventeen, plans to join as soon as he’s eighteen.

According to Judy Paydock, from the Child Advocacy Center at Robinson, exact numbers of affected children in Portage County are hard to calculate. “We serve many counties through our Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center at Akron Hospital. We receive many calls, but not all calls result in cases.” It’s important to remember, when a child asks for help, listen to them. Believe the child, and tell the child it is not his or her fault. Don’t question the child yourself – this may further traumatize them.  If you’re aware of a child who may need help, contact the Children’s Advocacy Center’s 24 hr. hotline at (330) 296-CARE (2273). For more information on Bikers Against Child Abuse, email bacasniper@gmail.com.

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Seventh Grade Honor Roll

Ky Bowman, Stephen Chase, Josiah Cheung*, Robert Czekaj, Emily Dingman*, Alexander Eggleston, Lauren Evans, Clark Jackson, Hannah Keough*, Hayley Kumher, Dominic Mann*, Hayden McCartney, Kaitlin McFadden, Jessica McKinney, Nicholas Misconin, Katrina Ostrander*, James Patterson, Benjamin Pelletier, Spencer Price, Shannon Valerio

 

Merit Roll

Sara Bongivonni, Madelyn Carver, Madison Chapman, Teagan Farley, Olivia Freiling, Lindsey Hill, Jillian Humes, Bella Jones, Jarrod Malkus, Carson McCandless, Emily Nelson, Samuel Roach, Caitlin Wendl

 

Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Karsten Bergmeier, Zachary Budin, Logan Byler*, Alexis Caponi*, Alli Dingman, Natalie Girolamo, Sadie Hopkins, Catherine Lillibridge, Hailey Long, Asya Martin*, Samuel Martinjako, Max McClintock, Joanne Miller, Christopher Morgret, Lisa Pavilonis, Amy Pfiester, Jack Reed, Nicholas Romask*, Riley Schultz, Ian Semler, Jack Squire*, Amber Taraska*, McKenna Tucek

 

Merit Roll

Nicholas Aldridge, Mackenzie Bitner, Rachel Breckenridge, Jeffrey Burnett, Seth Byler, Ryan George, Jared Hinkle,

W James McClellan, Timothy Pillot, Haylie Scarton, Georgia Schiewe, Emily Young

 

Freshman Honor Roll

Joseph Bennington, Melissa Braun*, Daniel Bridavsky, Abigail Carlson*, Miles Chapman, Katherine Dingman*, Cennidie Hall, Brandon Jones, Krystal Mechling, Kylee Minick, Lauren Parrish, Aaron Pawlak, Breanna Pennypacker, Justin Politzer, Corinne Rockefeller, Kylie Scott*, David Tucek*

 

Merit Roll

Thomas Blaha, Nicholas Boyk, Stephen Ellis, Anthony Granny, Samantha Hargis, Emil Hess, Ryan Johnson, MaKayla Lovejoy, Kaitlyn Moses, Denise Petersen, Jonathan Shantery

Sophomore Honor Roll

Samuel Fisher, Barrett Jackson, Bradley Lockhart*, Alyssa Maier*, Shannon McGee, Nathan Millet, Rachel Rich*, Alexandria Sanda, Jarett Smetana, Jared Squire, Margaret Topalian*, Alec Vizy*

 

Merit Roll

Samuel Anderson, Breonna Barker , Amber Bowman, Amber Brickell, Stephanie Harden, Amelia Monroe, Cecelia Parker, Nathaniel Schultz, Connor Teare, Kieran Wichert

 

Junior Honor Roll

Alivia Alfredo, Megan Arnold*, Alexandra Berman*, Rachael Bongivonni, Benjamin Bresnahan, Luke Byler, Anna Carlson*, David Cheung, Christin Dornback*, Mollie Farragher, Madison Kacica*, Suzanne Koziol, Gwen Losasso, Katelyn Luther, Clare Lynn, Zakari Martinjako*, Robert Maxwell, Carolyn Mayer, Abrielle McDermott, Grace Noce, Vincent Noce, Nicholas Paul*, David Pelletier, Rebecca Porter*, Christian Price, James Sandrick, Josiah Sawyer*, Brianna Steigerwald, Kyle Storm, Adam Thompson*, Ryan Zeitler

 

Merit Roll

Ayshli Barrientos, Robert Blair, Samantha Cannella, Ashley Curry, Amber Demko, Connor Dudinsky, Timothy Harden, Alexis Johnson, Klarissa Lipstreu, Sarah McClellan, Nicholas Parrish, Emily Shantery, Steven Stotlar

 

Senior Honor Roll

Ryan Acker, Mikayla Ashba, McKenzie Blau, Lindsey Burnett, Cassandra Cameron*, Julie Combs, Branden Conrad, Mackenzie Cossick, Kaitlyn Freiling, Joshua Garrett, Max Gilliland, Breanna Girolamo*, Gage Green, Brandon Haycox, Stephen Horvath, Samuel Kwasniewski, Amy Lasco*, Lisa Marcy, Megan McCartney, Caroline Milano, Nicholas Millet*, Alison Moss*, Peyton Neumore, Olivia Roach, Ronald Simpson, Steven Sitko, Megan Thomas*, Brandon Vander Maas, Ben Wiley, Danielle Young*

 

Merit Roll

Madison Barber, Kaylee Evans, Jonathan Kreuz, Timothy Malkus, Romolo Rabasi, Darren Redd, Anthony Tiber, Joshua Williamson, Emma Yokules

 

* – denotes 4.00 G.P.A. or higher

 

 

Photo: Hattie Larlham Facebook Page

Photo: Hattie Larlham Facebook Page

Garrettsville - Tee off with Hattie Larlham on May 21, 2014 for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic. Please join us out on the green at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville for a fun and relaxing day of golf, contests and prizes with the ultimate goal of raising funds for Hattie Larlham. Since 1986, the annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic has raised more than $630,000 through generous contributions.

There are many ways to participate in the event, including single and team registrations. This shotgun-style tournament features morning and afternoon tee times. Prizes will be handed out to top golfers in each  session for both men and women. Celebrity golfers and special guests will be present during both event sessions. This event sells out annually. Please register as early as possible to secure the tee time of choice.

Golfer’s Player Packages will be available to purchase for $25. Packages include two mulligans, two celebrity shots, two chances to hit the circle on a par 3, participation in the “guess your drive” and putting contests.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436 will be sponsoring a raffle on the day of the event. The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The second prize winner will be treated to a Golf Package for 4 at the Barrington Golf Club.

In addition to the Golfer’s Player Packages and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436 raffle, the 28th Sugar Bush Golf Classic will hold various on-course contests, a “Skins Game” and 50/50 raffle. The 50/50 raffle prizes include rounds of golf and golf accessories.

With so many ways to participate, win and raise money for Hattie Larlham the 28th Sugar Bush Golf Classic is sure to be an exciting event for everyone. Be sure to register early to secure your spot for this amazing event.

If you are interested in participating in the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic please download a registration form from our website www.hattielarlham.org, complete it and return by May 7th, 2014. Be sure to register early to secure your preferred time for this great event.

 

Registration forms may be returned by:

Mail:

Hattie Larlham

ATTN: Candrice Dalton

37996 Darrow Road, Suite #10

Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

Email: candrice.dalton@hattielarlham.org

Fax: 330.732.248

 

Hiram -  The Hiram community will unite in the fight against cancer at Relay for Life, April 25-26, 2014, at Charles A. Henry Field.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on April 25, and continues for 18 hours, until noon the next day. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the nearby Les and Kathy Coleman Sports Center.

Relay for Life Chair, Jason Close ’16, biomedical humanities major, said excitement and interest in Relay for Life, now in its fourth year on campus, has continued to grow. Sixteen teams have signed up so far, and fundraising has surpassed last year’s total at this time.

“Cancer affects a lot of people on campus,” Close said. “Relay is an all-around great event, which supports people in our community – and communities abroad – to someday see the end of cancer.”

This is Close’s first year chairing the event, and he said Relay is an important cause for him because he has lost two family members to cancer in the past four years. He has big plans to continue to grow the event through his senior year, starting with carrying out a well-attended event this year.

This year’s theme is “Super Heroes Versus Super Villains.” Close and his team of students and advisers involved in carrying out the event have planned the following activities (some subject to change) throughout the night:

·      6 p.m.: Opening Ceremony/Survivor Festivities

·      7 p.m.: Egg, 3-leg, Wheel-barrow races

·      8 p.m.: Musical Chair Scavenger Hunt

·      9 p.m.: Lawn Jenga Tournament

·      10 p.m.: Luminary Lap

·      11 p.m.: “Pool Noodle” Spoons

·      12 a.m.: Graffiti/Tie-Dye a “White Object”

·      1 a.m.: Miss Relay Lap

·      2 a.m.: Cornhole Tournament

·      3 a.m.: S’more Making

·      6 a.m.: Frozen T-Shirt Relay

·      7 a.m.: Morning Yoga

·      8 a.m.: Hike Trail

·      9 a.m.: Fill and Face/Dress up Photobooth

·      10 a.m.: 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball

·      11 a.m.: Fire Truck ‘N Play

·      12 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

Relay for Life events are free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Teams and participants camp out and walk the track throughout the night to honor survivors, support those currently fighting cancer and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Please visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14EC?fr_id=56474&pg=entry for more information about the Hiram College event.

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For the second time this year, local folks had the opportunity to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories at a free clothing give-away event last Saturday. Although plentiful inventory rivaled many thrift stores, the free event was held at the Mantua Center Christian Church.

At the height of this spring event, a line of young ladies waited patiently to try on formal dresses they chose from the plethora of gowns that were available. In addition to fancy frocks, there was a supply of jewelry, nail polish and other accessories to choose from, all without spending a dime.

Over the course of the morning event, seventy-five shoppers browsed the well-stocked racks and tables that were piled high with clothing ranging from infants and kids sizes to men and women.  There was truly something for everyone, thanks to community donations left in the St. Pauly shed outside the south side of the building.

The program, which started in February, is aimed at distributing gently-used clothing to those in need, and helping the environment by keeping useful items out of a landfill. According to event organizers, the church plans to hold similar events on a quarterly basis, with the next event to be held in July. July’s event will focus on distributing fall clothing items.

For specific event information, watch for signs at the church in June, or check local newspapers. To make a tax-deductible donation, deposit your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, blankets, sheets or curtains in the donation shed at 4118 State Route 82 at your convenience. Receipts are available on the shed.

 

Paige Collins topped the scoreboard March 29 with a 147 game and 404 series.  Kyleigh Grandon was 46 pins over average with her 145 game.  Other nice games:  Brooke Collins, 108 (36 over), Emily Linamen, 111 (36 over), Adrianna Conway, 110 (35 over), Taylor Cressman, 99 (35 over), Sara Barker, 104 (34 over), and Ryleigh Gough, 121 (34 over).

In the 11:00 Trio, Nathan Phillips rolled the high game of 174.  Ericq Williams had a very good day.  Ericq averages 106 but was well over with games of 149, 117, and 143, giving him a 409 series.  Other good games:  Travis Pennington, 106 (40 over) and Billy Potteiger, 168 (35 over).

Top game for the PeeWees belonged to Pete Maldonade with 118.  Milo English rolled games of 108 and 102.  Other good games were rolled by Sarah Almashy with 104, Piper Johannsmeier with 102, and Sierra Foy with 101.

For the Scholastic League, Angela Piazza had the top game with a 221.  Angela also added games of 191 and 164 for a nice 576 series.  Cameron King had a nice 219 game.  Jessica Potteiger rolled 216 game and 586 series, high series for the day.

On April 4 Paige Collins once again had the top scores for the 9:00 Trio with a 158 game and 406 series.  Sara Barker was 105 pins over average for the day with a 318 series.  Sara averages 71 and rolled games of 103, 120, and 95.  Other nice games:  Adrianna Conway, 120 (45 over), Zach Seebacher, 132 (37 over), Ryleigh Gough, 121 (33 over), Damian Tourville, 91 (31 over), and Ryan Lance, 109 (27 over).

Jacob Britton had the top score for the 11:00 Trio with 175.  Adam Norris was right behind with 171.  Other good games:  Travis Pennington, 107 (40 over), Barrett Jackson, 164 (36 over), Austin Sledz, 148 (34 over), Clark Jackson, 156 (31 over), and Chris Titschinger, 109 (27 over).

Jolson French had the high game for the Scholastic League with 243.  Jessica Potteiger hit the 600 mark with her 214 game and 614 series.  Jaret Doraski shot 203.

Hunter Turnbaugh rolled games of 103 and 119 for the PeeWees.  Piper Johannsmeier rolled 115 and Paige Johannsmeier had 111.

 

Garrettsville – Tracey Garrett is putting Garrettsville under the national spotlight… and it has nothing to do with the fact that she shares her last name with the village’s pioneer founder. Garrett — a pastry chef who owns and operates Top Tier Pastry from her home on Zupancic Drive — was one of five signature chefs nationwide selected to have their Valentine-themed dessert recipe featured in the February 2014 issue of Dessert Professional Magazine.

Garrettsville -  The 1st Annual Invention Convention was held at Garfield Intermediate School on  March 21st for any 5th or 6th grader who wanted to submit an invention that would “make life easier”

Jacob

We had eighteen  6th graders and 26 5th graders participate. Using a rubric, Mr. Matt Sorrick (Hiram College), Mr. Larry Kuhlman (retired teacher), Mr. Ted Lysiak (superintedent), Mr. Ed Frato-Sweeney (Hiram College) and Mrs. Kristen Randell (teacher at GIS) judged the inventions based on concept and originality, design, work-ability and clarity of explanation.

After a very close contest, 5th grader Jacob Fergis (pictured) came in 1st place, Cheyenne Cuprak came in 2nd place and Chloe Pfile came in 3rd.

The Invention Convention was headed up by Shawn Cozad with assistance from Peggy Shay, Nicole Fox and Jackie Lowdermilk. Our ever-generous PTO provided the funds for the prizes awarded.

 

Garrettsville – This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given the difficult task of selecting those who would move on to the semifinals. After some lengthy deliberations, 51 contestants’ dreams of being named the next Garrettsville Idol were still alive.

There will be two incredible shows for the semifinals on May 18th. The first show will start at 4pm and will feature the youth and teens, while the second show will start at 6 pm and will feature the adult contestants. Each contestant will perform an entire song with music accompaniment before a live audience at James A. Garfield High School’s Iva Walker Auditorium. The winners of the semifinals will advance to the finals held Sunday June 29th during Summerfest.

Advancing to the semifinals in the adult division (top photo) are Sara Apthorpe, Aimee Beelen, Bryan Bier, Tiffany Bolton, Christy Brown, Raelyn DeBevits, Tammy Doumanian, Stephanie Ewell, Ryan Hecky, Jeremy Keeney, Rachael Maddox, Russ Martin, Devin Maze, Josh Owens, Linda Perrault, Sarah Jane Ralston, Jackson Ramsey, Kristina Rossi, Ambur Scales, Selina Slaughter, and Jason Stachowski.

Advancing to the semifinals in the adult division are Sara Apthorpe, Aimee Beelen, Bryan Bier, Tiffany Bolton, Christy Brown, Raelyn DeBevits, Tammy Doumanian, Stephanie Ewell, Ryan Hecky, Jeremy Keeney, Rachael Maddox, Russ Martin, Devin Maze, Josh Owens, Linda Perrault, Sarah Jane Ralston, Jackson Ramsey, Kristina Rossi, Ambur Scales, Selina Slaughter, and Jason Stachowski.

 

Moving on in the teen division (center photo) are Molli Betters, Elisha Bly, Anna Brown, Taylor Brown, Emilie Clites, Corin Colton, Hannah Cottrell, Lexy Dall,  Jay Davenport, Jainequa Davis, Megan Duderstadt, Caitlyn Hallden, Kaylee Martin, Kaylee Maynard, Jasmine Nevaraz, Rachael Pelter, Mariela Ruschak, Kirsten Sellers, Hannah Simpson, Julie Simpson, Taylor Shuman, Kyle Stern, Haylee Tasker, Cody Tetting, and Kiley Weis.

Moving on in the teen division are Molli Betters, Elisha Bly, Anna Brown, Taylor Brown, Emilie Clites, Corin Colton, Hannah Cottrell, Lexy Dall, Jay Davenport, Jainequa Davis, Megan Duderstadt, Caitlyn Hallden, Kaylee Martin, Kaylee Maynard, Jasmine Nevaraz, Rachael Pelter, Mariela Ruschak, Kirsten Sellers, Hannah Simpson, Julie Simpson, Taylor Shuman, Kyle Stern, Haylee Tasker, Cody Tetting, and Kiley Weis.

Youth singers are Lillian Anderson, Alee Blohm, Makenzie Fink, Maria Roderick and Olivia Sheer.

Youth singers are Lillian Anderson, Alee Blohm, Makenzie Fink, Maria Roderick and Olivia Sheer.

Tickets for the semifinals are $3 for each show and are available at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley.  You can also reserve tickets and pick them up at the auditorium on the day of the performance by calling Aaron King at 330 524-2646.

 

Garrettsville Summerfest is traditionally held on the fourth full weekend of June at the intersection of State Routes 88 and 82 in downtown historic Garrettsville. For more information on the event visit the website, www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 

 

Garrettsville Idol is brought to you by  The Middlefield Banking Company

It’s that time again.  The Garfield Hall of Fame is coming up on April 26 and the Class of 2014 is being announced.   Ticket for the dinner and awards ceremony are available to the public.  Call Sheri Johnson 330-527-5384.

The honorees for 2014 are :

*Faber A. (Rusty) Kearney, ’76 –Varsity letter winner in football, student coach of girls’ softball, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Challenge team ; six-year tour in United States Navy, Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Technologies, Excelsior College; Senior Reactor Operator license, Perry Nuclear Power Plant, First Energy; Exelon Vice President of Mid-West Operations, Site Vice President, Byron Generating Station, Exelon Generation; Bd. of Directors for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Decatur IL; volunteer science lecturer in Garfield science classes and science fair judge; community volunteer (with his lovely wife) in several communities where they have resided, still have a home in Garrettsville.  A Powerful career!

*Harry Kraft—A graduate of Hiram College, Coach Kraft has given great service and made outstanding contributions to the James A Garfield Local School District, most notably in the area of coaching track & field at the middle school and high school level.  Multiple P.C.L. and P.T.C. championships have been the crowning achievements of his dedication to kids and education.  Countless hours of time and expertise spent improving the track facility—such as it is—and volunteer service in management and equipment have made his contributions invaluable.  He has been a solidly positive influence, having a favorable and indelible impact on many athletes across the years.

*Nick Rogers, ’99—Holder of ten varsity letters at Garfield (football—4, track—4, basketball—2), twice  All-PCL running back, 1st team All Northeast District running back, 1997; special mention all-Ohio, 1997; PCL Most Valuable Player, 1998; team captain; rushing yardage, 1271 yd. (jr), 1302 (sr).   Three-time state qualifier in track (1999, 5th place, 4×100).  Four-year scholarship fullback at the College of William and Mary; National Honor Society at Garfield. A model student athlete.

*Jeremy Vecchio, ’97—Varsity letters in basketball and track, to wit : basketball ,three-year letterman; PCL Player of the Year, 1997; All-District 1st Team, 1997; All State, 1997;  track, four-year letterman; PCL Championship team, 4×400, 1997, state qualifier; PCL Champion, long jump, 1997; team championship, 1997;Akron Touchdown Club Player of the Year, basketball, 1997; Plain Dealer Player of the Year, basketball, 1997; currently serving as a law-enforcement officer, a role model and a force for good in the community, 14 years and counting.

 

Mantua – This past weekend, there was no need to travel as far as, “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” to visit Neverland, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, or the Darling children’s nursery.  Audiences were easily transported there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Crestwood High School Drama Club presented a musical adaptation of “Peter Pan.”

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians have continued discussions on the Great Buckeye Block Fire in Garrettsville, the effects and the future actions that could be taken by both the local group and  Rotarians across the district who wish to make contributions.  Any funds raised will likely be channeled through the 6630 District to be utilized in  specific projects denoting the Rotary presence in the community.  One of the more interesting ideas was the possibility of a Flash/Cash mob to aid merchants and businesses on Main St.  More to come.

Rachel Schwan , Rotary International Youth Exchange student for 2014-2015, was in attendance.  She has had contact with at least one host family and is hoping to hear from others sooner rather than later.  She will be going to Thailand for the year.  Exciting!

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club will be sponsoring a girls’ softball team again this summer.   The local club has also sponsored bowlers at Sky Lanes this winter.

Dr. Neely may be on the program for the April 21 meeting at Cal’s II at noon.  The public is invited to join the Rotarians to hear about the new University Hospitals facility in Garrettsville, on South St.

 

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The Portage County Regional Planning Commission was asked by the Township to solicit community wants and needs regarding the potential renovation of the Mantua Center School property. The school, which was build in 1914, operated in that capacity until its closure in the early 2000s, at which time Township Trustees voted to purchase the building. Tentative plans for the structure included housing Township administrative offices, a potential community center, and for potential facility rental opportunities. For nearly 10 years, the Township has owned the structure. During much of that time, the building has remained vacant. In recent years, it has been used as Township administrative offices, and as both a community center and for event rental on a limited basis, but has been a point of contention among residents for much of the time it has been owned by the Township.

Nelson Twp. – On Thursday, April 10, 2014 the Portage County Drug Task Force (PCDTF) visited the Nelson Community House for an educational forum on drug abuse in the region. Trustee Joe Leonard opened the forum and thanked folks for coming. He also explained why they were hosting the PCDTF. Leonard said, many of the area residents had requested that the township do an educational forum on the rising drug issues in the region, which is why Leonard invited Larry Limbert from the PCDTF to speak on the issue.

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Ravenna Twp. – Several hikers took advantage of the spring weather to join Park District Executive Director Christine Craycroft on a tour of the Breakneck Creek Preserve in Ravenna Township.  This property is usually closed to the public because although it was acquired in 2002 with grants and donations, the Park District doesn’t have the funds yet to operate it as a park. Visitors enjoyed the beaver ponds, spring birds, bullfrog tadpoles and early wildflowers.  The 66-acre property with Breakneck Creek running through it will be a site for fishing access as well as nature education. Long term plans include a trail linkage to the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail that now ends at Dix Stadium. For more information and to find out about other properties, call 330-297-7728 or visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.

submitted by Christine Craycroft 

Garrettsville – In their first council meeting since the fire on March 22 that destroyed a significant portion of downtown businesses, council was proactive in taking steps toward a rebuilding effort.  Upon the recommendation of the planning commission, council approved Ordinance 2014-18, which waives zoning fees that would be charged in the rebuilding process for properties impacted by the fire.  Council also approved Ordinance 2014-16, a tax abatement program focused toward community reinvestment.  

Garrettsville – On Monday night over sixteen concerned Portage County residents gathered for the first of many community meetings with the Portage County Drug Task Force. Led by Village Councilwoman Becky Harrington the meeting was a “barebones” version of the presentation delivered at a special meeting in Nelson Township on April 10th (coverage on page 6 in this week’s Villager). The evening’s meeting was the starting point for the establishment of a community group focused on coming together to address the growing epidemic of drug use in the area.

Mantua Twp. – At a recent meeting in Mantua Township, the trustees announced that Spring Clean Up will be held on May 3rd from 7 am to 4 pm. Dumpsters will be available across from the Township Garage on Mantua Center Road for township residents to dispose of any unwanted items. Later in May, the township will provide document-shredding services to residents. The tentative date set for shredding is May 17th. 

Mantua – The Mantua Historical Society held its’ last meeting on March 17th, where we featured a Show and Tell session after our meeting. Pictured is Sandy  Engelhart who brought her family heirloom quilt, which was quilted with ten stitches to one inch, to show us. Among other items, Arlene Finley shared  two brass banks (one lion and one donkey) with the group, and Dick Selander showed some six and twelve inch glass Solon Spring pop bottles. Bob and  Linda Havener via Dan and Kathy Havener presented the MHS museum with pen and ink prints, of the Hine House, Mantua’s railroad station, the Town Hall,  and Roger Hammel’s home, drawn by Frank Hubbard.

Make your reservation today for the 15th annual Friends of WomenSafe Spring Luncheon, “Blossoms & Butterflies.” Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Banquet Room at St. Mary’s, 401 North Street in Chardon.  Hear guest speaker Natalie Saikaly Ronayne, Executive Director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, tell us about the interesting things happening at the Botanical Garden.

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. so you can buy tickets for the lavish Chinese Auction items offered every year.  Items include certificates for restaurants, overnights, jewelry made by area artists and specialty baskets, to name just a few of the items you can win.  Reserve House Catering will prepare the delicious lunch, and we will be serenaded with the beautiful music of harpist Virginia Dickson.  The price remains at only $30 per person.  Make your reservations online at www.eventbrite.com to pay by credit card or call #440-285-3741 for more information.

Up to 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.  By attending this fundraiser you will be part of the solution for families and individuals in crisis.  The Friends of WomenSafe exist solely to generate unrestricted funds to support the important work of WomenSafe.  We would love to see you at St. Mary’s as you treat yourself to a lovely afternoon and support this worthy cause!

 

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Hiram – Hiram College and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will offer seamless degree completion programs through a partnership on the Tri-C Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Tri-C students who meet admission requirements for Hiram College can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting and financial management or business management immediately after earning an associate degree and without leaving Tri-C East Campus. 

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Garrettsville - A full complement of Pastors and Elders from houses of worship across the Garrettsville area, came together with members of the public on Friday, April 11 to join in seeking guidance and help in the renewal, rebuilding and restoration of the business district and the community affected by the March 22 fire in downtown Garrettsville.  The Prophet Jeremiah and the Prophet Ezekial were called upon, the story of Shadrach, Maschek and Abednego in Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace was recounted and a repetition of the psalmist’s request to “revive us again” was offered.  Memories, dreams , prayers and emotions, embodied by Michael Mascheck, were all part of the  gathering, which closed with all joining Gail Mangieri in singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”  It was moving.

Garrettsville is on the move.

#Garrettsville Strong

Lyndhurst – Last year the Manolio family, who had been creating the mosaic art pieces from real egg shells in their front yard for 55 years, announced it would be the last year they would do it. The unexpected death of Ron Manolio, in the fall of 2012, made the 2013 display a tribute to the creator Ron Manolio, make the end of an era; at least it was for the Manolio family. 

Newton Falls – Fields soggy from the recent rains and sharp springtime winds didn’t dampen the day for hundreds of local children on the hunt for thousands of brightly-colored plastic spheres left behind by a big fluffy pink bunny on the grounds near the Community Center on Quarry Street. On the last Saturday before Easter weekend, the sun shone overhead, glistening off baskets tightly clutched by children eagerly awaiting the signal to clamber through the rope fence sectioning off the tennis courts and scoop up as many eggs as they could gather.

Cana Valley Winery

April 16 & 17 - Visit Cana Valley Winery 5665 Waterloo Road, Atwater. A donation from each bottle of wine purchased on April 9, 10 and 16 & 17 will be donated to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund.

 

JA Garfield Pancake Breakfast

April 19 – James A. Garfield Student Council will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 19 from 8am-noon at Garfield Elementary School.  Pancakes will be served with sausage, juice, milk or coffee and pure maple syrup donated by Mark Apple. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.  All proceeds will be donated to #GarrettsvilleStrong.

 

Garrettsville Groove

April 19 – 1.5 hours of fun exercise with local certified Zumba fitness instructors.  Door Prizes, and Ticket Auction at conclusion of the event.  Winners need not be present to win.  Wear your #GarrettsvilleStrong t-shirt to be included in an additional drawing.  Donations from the heart will be accepted with a $10 minimum.  Proceeds to benefit #GarrettsvilleStrong.  Event will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM at J.A. Garfield High School gym. For more information please call Lisa @ (330) 980-1955 or Heather @ (330) 240-8569.

 

Great Ribs for a Great Cause!

April 23 – Blazin’ Bill’s Restaurant – Joyce Piteo, owner of Blazin’ Bill’s restaurant, knows firsthand the heartache of losing everything in a fire and starting over, so as part of her commitment to “Service Above Self” she is donating 50% of the proceeds from her restaurant the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd to the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce to help in the rebuilding effort.

 

Garrettsville Fire Rock Relief Concert

April 26 -  Benefit concert held at the G-plex in Garrettsville April 26, 2014 from noon to 9:00 pm. It will be a family friendly concert featuring 8 Northeast Ohio bands, with Chinese auctions. The band line up is: Been A Long Time Band, Boogie Man (a tribute to the music of AC/DC), Bringing Benatar (a tribute to the music of Pat Benatar), Everhard, Party Train, Straight On (a tribute to the music of Heart), The Contradiction, The Toyz. Tickets available at the Villager office weekdays.

 

For a complete listing of fundraisers visit www.garrettsvillearea.com/help

 

Alex Gage and Paige Collins topped the score board for the 9:00 Trio on March 22.  They each shot games of 154.  Alex also rolled a nice 414 series.  Isaac Trickett was 46 pins over average with his 130 game.  Kyle Lance was over his 75 average all three games, rolling games of 110, 114, and 84 for a very nice 308 series.  Other good games:  Brooke Collins, 102 (30 over), Damian Tourville, 87 (28 over), and Kelly Stemnock, 110 (25 over).

In the 11:00 Trio, Nathan Phillips had the high game of 191 (64 pins over his 127 average).  Billy Potteiger was 57 pins over average with his 189 game.  Other nice games:  Lauren Sanchez, 185 (52 over), Barrett Jackson, 179 (52 over), Clark Jackson, 175 (51 over), Travis Pennington, 102 (36 over), Kassie Fedor, 189 (33 over), Wilson Jackson, 139 (33 over), and Austin Sledz, 144 (30 over).

High game for the Scholastic League was a 244 by Jaret Doraski.  Jaret had a 635 series.  Ryan Ambler was extremely consistent with games of 214, 214 and 212, for a 640 series.  Other good games were rolled by Jake Yeatts, 233, Jolson French, 203, and Olivia Doraski, 201.

Sarah Almashy had the top game for the PeeWees with 124.  Paige Johannsmeier rolled two games of 106.

 

In 2009, the small community of Garrettsville, Ohio, lost a precious, bright young fourth grader named Melana Matson to a horrible disease called Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).  This disease is an incurable and inoperable brain stem tumor that is located in the pons section of the brain.  Prognosis is 9 to 12 months to live when the tumor is in the pons.  So basically, children with this disease are given a death sentence.  It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young people.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club will be moving its time and venue for meetings to Cal’s II at 12:00p.m. Yet to be decided is whether it will be on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday on a permanent basis.   Check it out and get involved with an active, community-oriented group seeking new members.  Everyone is invited to the first Monday noon meeting ( It’s been Monday evenings since about 1926…life goes on…things change.) on April 21st. Give Rotary a try.

G-H Rotary’s most recent meeting at the Hiram College Dining Hall was prefaced, as was just about every meeting in either Garrettsville or Hiram that week,  by discussion and reminiscences about the Buckeye Block and the rest of historic Garrettsville that was destroyed in the fire on March 22.  There was some interest in how to deal with possible donations from other clubs to aid the Garrettsville recovery efforts and the community food bank.  Matching grants may be available.  The district may be the way to go.  Is another reverse raffle the preferred fund-raising avenue? More discussion.

The group chose to endorse the upcoming Portage Park District levy on the ballot in May, with Tom Collins spearheading the effort and producing a letter-to-the-editor for local news media.  This is an issue of conservation, health and fitness, economic growth, community benefit; what’s not to like?

The subject of reviewing local by-laws on a regular timetable came up.  The president will be investigating this; Bob Jackson may be the fount of wisdom on this topic.  Additionally, the possibility of donating the club’s records and historical documents to the James A. Garfield Historical Society or to the Portage County District Library (branch office at Garrettsville)came up.  Digitizing these might make such an offer more appealing.

The semi-annual roadside clean-up is approaching.  Interact members and the local Boy Scout troop will be contacted to participate.  Their help is always appreciated.

 

Mantua - Through a special program offered at Crestwood Intermediate School, students and their families have the opportunity to experience guided adventures in nearby natural areas. The goal of the program, called Nature Treks, is to share the natural world with families who don’t have the opportunity to experience it regularly. Each trek is led by Crestwood Intermediate teacher Mrs. Rosemary Krupar, and often includes student-teacher participants from nearby Hiram College. Through this program, children and their parents or grandparents visit some the area’s hidden treasures. And the discoveries they make are priceless.

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The Portage Park District will offer a special series of guided hikes at undeveloped parklands normally closed to the public.  These are properties that have been acquired with grants and donations to conserve important natural areas for wildlife habitat and water quality protection. They are not yet open to the public due to a lack of adequate funding to develop and manage them.

All hikes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and are expected to last approximately 2 hours. Please call or email the Park District for more information and to get directions at 330-297-7728 or info@portageparkdistrict.org

•  April 13, 2:00 Chagrin Headwaters Preserve (parking at CANTEX 11444 Chamberlain Rd, Mantua Twp).: 95 acres of woods, wetlands, fields and the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River; Mantua Township on Chamberlain Rd.

•  April 27, 2:00 Morgan Preserve (parking lot on Nicodemus Road approx. 1/3 mile east of SR 44, Shalersville): 504 acres of high quality woods, fields, stream and wetlands.

• May 4, 2:00 Franklin Bog Preserve 6918 SR 43, Franklin Twp.: 58 acres of woods, kettlehole lake and sphagnum bog; Franklin Township.

These hikes will count in the 2014 Wild Hikes Challenge commemorating the “Year of the Salamander.”   To participate in the Wild Hikes Challenge, participants must walk eight of the designated trails before December 1 to earn a locally made hiking stick and 2014 brass tag. Forms can be downloaded from www.portageparkdistrict.org.

Windham  Twp. – Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday April 3, 2014 with all trustees in attendance, along with the fiscal officer, seven residents and two guests.

The first item on the agenda after approving March’s expenditures and the minutes, was roads. The Road Supervisor Brian Miller reported that the roads held up well during the harsh winter but there was still some work to be done. Werger Road and Horn Road have the usual problems that they will continue to work on.  Brian Miller said he received a suggestion that the township consider filling in the cracks on Bryant Road early rather than later to prevent them from getting larger. The trustees took the suggestion under advisement.  Dann Timmons said they had yet to hear back from Dale Soinski’s lawyer on the cul-de-sac, but expect to see some paperwork on the issue soon. Trustee Rich Gano asked what roads they would consider chipping and sealing this year. Timmons said they will evaluate the roads as soon the weather breaks. 

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Sports Boosters held the first ever “Love the Dress” prom dress sale at the high school on Sunday April 6, 2014. The sports boosters were able to collect new and nearly new dresses and then resold them at a fraction of the price they originally sold for, making prom more affordable for many. All the dresses were in a variety of colors and sizes with prices starting at $5 but were no higher than $50.

Hiram Twp. – At the recent meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees, the trustees discussed a request the three trustees received to meet with the members of the Hiram Village Council to jointly meet and discuss Hiram Township Resolution 2014-3, regarding annexation of a parcel of village-situated property. This resolution was presented to Hiram Village Council for consideration at their March 18th meeting. It was agreed that all Township trustees would be in attendance at this joint meeting, on April 8th at 6 pm. The results of that meeting were not available before press time. 

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 2, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the minutes of the special meeting & regular meeting from March 19 for approval.  Matota made a motion to accept the minutes as presented;  Elias seconded the motion. All trustees voted to approve the minutes

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Portage County – The Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the guidelines for homestead applications for the aged, disabled, or surviving spouse of an owner-occupied dwelling. People who were 6S in 2013 or was determined disabled as of January 1, 2013 can apply for this real estate tax reduction with NO income limit being reported. An applicant turning 65 in 2014 and applying for the program will need to verify their total household income and the necessary limit is $30,500 or less. In this total, social security or disability payments are NOT included.

Please contact the county Auditor, Janet Esposito at (330)297-3565 or (330)297-3569 with any questions or concerns. The application period is January 1, 2014 thru June 2, 2014.

Last week, during their spring break, eight Girl Scouts from Crestwood Intermediate and their siblings took a tour at Streetsboro Metal Recycling to get a head start on Earth Day. The girls brought aluminum cans with them, which they had started collecting  when the school year began. While at the facility, they learned first-hand about recycling, while earning funds for their troop in the process.