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Portage County Provides Free Emergency Preparedness App

Portage County - While many digital apps are frivolous entertainment, this one can be a true life-saver. By downloading the free Portage County Emergency Management App, residents can prepare for and keep informed during emergencies, whether they be related to weather, crime, health, environmental hazards or road conditions. It is the first emergency management (EMA) app in northeast Ohio. The...

Portage Libraries Add Hoopla Digital Movies And Music

Portage County - Portage County District Library is excited to announce that hoopla digital has been added to its digital library. Library users with a valid Portage County District Library card are invited to enjoy free digital movies, music albums, eBooks, and audiobooks using this new digital service. All are available for mobile and online access through this partnership...

Crestwood School Board Decides Calendar at Next Meeting

Mantua - The next meeting of the Crestwood School Board will be held on Tuesday, January 12th in the High School library. This meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The dates of the 2016-2017 school calendar will be decided at this meeting, and the community is encouraged to attend. The proposed dates, provided at December’s Board meeting, are as...

Vietnam Vet Speaks About Military Symbolism

Growing up in the Mahoning Valley in the mid-twentieth century, current Newton Falls resident George Buckner wasn’t like other kids. So it’s fitting that his participation in the Sutliff Museum’s Fall Lecture Series isn’t like other presentations. Housed on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library’s main location, the museum’s staff prides themselves on organizing events that help...

JA Garfield Historical Society News

The  October 19, 2015 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society, held at  the Mott Building on Main Street, Garrettsville, covered a wide range of topics including : The warm reception of the organization’s display at the recent Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase and the coming presentation to be given at the Garrett House on November 7. The work of...

Cardinal Credit Union Unveils New Branch at Hiram College

Hiram – Hiram College and Cardinal Credit Union marked the opening of a full-service credit union branch on campus through a grand opening celebration at the college’s Kennedy Center. State Rep. Dave Joyce, state Sen. John Eklund and Hiram Mayor Lou Bertrand joined Hiram College President, Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., Hiram College President Emeritus Tom Chema and Cardinal President and...

Winter Weather and Snow Days

Garrettsville - While we have avoided it for most of the season, winter weather is officially upon us. With this weather comes the ‘polarizing’ topic of Snow Days. Each year this is a decision we don’t look forward to making. A snowy forecast means a sleepless night is certain. The festivities typically begin around 3am and are very different...

Resolve to Reach Out

The turn of the year is a natural time for people to set goals and look for ways to improve their lives. Are you looking for something to do that could make a big impact on others? Consider making a point to reach out to others in 2016. Connecting with people can help your sense of well-being and may also...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The October 19, 2015 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was a series of short takes.  Here’s what got tooken : For Friday, Bob Evans restaurants will be joining the Polio Plus campaign of worldwide Rotary International by contributing 15% of receipts collected from contributing diners to the fight to end polio sooner rather than later.  The Garrettsville-Hiram club will...

20th Century Club News

Women of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on October 15 at the home of Joyce Fashing on Eagle Creek Drive. The roll call response, as befits the season of Halloween, was to tell of a favorite costume or item of apparel.  Resulting tales ranged from dressy occasions to Trick-or-Treat and beyond. New members Jane Hill and Gail Gergely were...

Geauga County Retired Teachers Association News

GCRTA will be hosting the first 2016 business meeting and luncheon on Tuesday February 2nd at Punderson Manor State Park and Conference Center located on Route 87 in Newbury Township (west of Route 44). Guests are asked to gather at 11:15, a business meeting will commence at 11:30, followed by the luncheon at 12:00. After the meal, State of...

A Rainbow Dissolves Over the 44444

Newton Falls - On a wet, stormy Saturday, streaks of color were raining from... not the sky, but the streets as volunteers doused runners with a powdery, chalky substance as they darted past on their way through town in support of local students. To kick off October and raise funds for education, the Newton Falls school system sponsored a 5K...

Fall Savings Sidewalk Sale in Middlefield

Middlefield - Join us for our 2nd annual, FALL SAVINGS SIDEWALK SALE. Visit us on, October 8th, 9th & 10th 2015 from 10am-5pm in the local historic town of Middlefield. With small town charm & homespun arts & crafts you can uncover fascinating one-of-a kind treasures & gifts! What makes this special is the great savings we will be offering...

8 Signs That Your Aging Parents Aren’t OK To Live Alone Anymore

The holidays bring scattered families together -- giving adult children the perfect opportunity to closely inspect how aging parents are managing. It’s not by chance that calls to Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities spike just after the holidays. This is when families detect hints of trouble or see catastrophes on the horizon. So while you’re enjoying the...

Rotary Explores Bee Keeping, Headwaters Trail & More

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians opened their meeting on January 18, 2016 with Happy Dollars celebrating outstanding scholastic achievement, a 15-year anniversary, good business news, safe family, gifts and general, all-around good life—a nice start for any day. Speaker for the day was Ralph Price, pastor of the Streetsboro Church of Christ, who spoke of one of the more fascinating aspects of Creation,...

Mantua Village Council News

Mantua - Mayor Linda Clark reported that she received letters of interest for the Village’s Planning Committee and Landmark Board. She recommended that Council appoint Robert Gaglione to Planning and Terry Vechery to the Landmark Commission. Both candidates were approved by Council and sworn in by Mayor Clark that evening. In addition, Mayor Clark shared two special event forms...

Portage Park District Hosts Headwaters Trail Improvement Meeting

Ravenna - The Portage Park District is seeking public input regarding improvements to the Headwaters Trail, an  8-mile multipurpose trail from Garrettsville to Mantua.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 pm at the James A. Garfield Elementary School, located at10207 ST RT 88 in Garrettsville. The Park District intends to request grant funding to improve...

Geauga Growth Partnership Presents Entrepreneur Success Breakfast

Tricia Kaman was an art student and worked in 1965 as a portrait artist during the summer at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. In 1971 she started her own portrait stand at Geauga Lake Park, and since that time has grown a business that has locations in over thirty major theme and amusement parks throughout the United States and...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Recap

T’was business as usual at the October 4 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram.  Action on and discussion   of the following were on the agenda : Kyle Collins is alive and doing well as a Rotary Exchange Student in Japan.  He’s noticing differences in social interactions as well as improving his Japanese language skills.  Happy to talk...

Ravenna Business Plans to Hire 30 Professional CAREGivers

Ravenna - As America’s aging population grows, a local senior care company is gearing up to meet the expected need for services. The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Portage County anticipates adding up to 30 professional CAREGiversSM to its staff by the end of 2015. By 2050, it is predicted that the senior population will more than double from...

“Horsing around” with the 20th Century Club

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville spent their  meeting of October 1, 2015 “horsing around”.  The subject of the evening’s roll call was experiences with horses and the tales sometime rivaled “The Perils of Pauline.” Business was conducted by President Mary Furillo and the group voted in a new member, Pat Fisher.  Dues were collected. The program...

Whispers from the Woods | Phenology for December

“Many of the events of the annual cycle recur year after year in a regular order. A year-to-year record of this order is a record of the rates at which solar energy flows to and through living things. They are the arteries of the land. By tracing their response to the sun, phenology may eventually shed some light on...

Portage County District Library’s Big Read Book Discussions at Branch Libraries

Portage County District Library is once again partnering with Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature to bring The Big Read to Portage County residents. This community-wide reading program will feature the title Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Big Read book discussions will take place at various branch libraries in the month of October....

ABLE Offers GED/ESOL Classes in Portage County

Ravenna - The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna would like to welcome everyone back to a new school year! The ABLE Program is offering classes and materials for adults, free-of-charge for  GED, ESOL, basic English and math skills, and transitioning into post-secondary education, training, or trade.   We have trained instructors to help...

Get Fit – Body & Mind For The New Year!

As the calendar flips to January, many Americans decide to take this opportunity to get fit. As you are sorting through the gym membership specials and healthy recipes, don’t forget an essential part of your body – your mind! Why should you focus on your mind? Having good mental health allows us to be creative, make the most of opportunities,...

Geauga Fresh Farmers Market Looks for County’s Best at Annual Salsa Tasting Contest

Enter your favorite salsa in the Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Annual Salsa Tasting Contest on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10-Noon. Customers and vendors are encouraged to enter – hot and sweet, fresh or cooked. Shop now for the freshest ingredients and please keep basic ingredients locally grown – zucchini, eggplant, peach, tomato, tomatillo, watermelon, cucumber and any other...

Portage County District Library Millage Request on November 3 Ballot

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Portage County District Library residents will vote on a 1 mill ballot proposal to provide funding for PCDL for five years. Portage County District Library currently receives no local funding and depends entirely on state funding which is now at about the same level as that received in 1998. State funding provides about 95%...

Bob & Karen Golic set to be the Emcees for the 2nd annual Preppers Ball

The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is pleased to announce that Cleveland born and raised, Bob Golic and his wife Karen Golic will be joining us at this year’s Prepper’s Ball as our emcees! In addition to all the offerings of the 2nd annual Preppers Ball, don’t miss an opportunity to hang out with Karen Golic, former LA Raiderette Cheerleader...

Short Takes: Go Out, Get Involved

Read Big! It’s not too late to participate in the BIG READ, a program  sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest being offered by Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature and the libraries of the Portage County Library District.  There will be authors, speakers, a dance troupe and Mexican food as well as discussion...

Introducing Attending Physician at Burton Health Care Center

Dr. Timothy Neely, D.O. and Susanne Bond, N.P. who practice family medicine at University Hospitals Garrettsville Family Practice are now accepting patients at Burton Health Care Center.  Burton Health Care Center is a skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care facility located just east of the Burton Circle. Dr. Neely, D.O. is highly qualified to treat the patients at Burton Health...

Operation Valentine: Send a Valentine to a Hero Overseas

The message is a simple one, “Thank you so much for what you do, we always need you.” This is just one of the many sweet messages from the heart of a child to a soldier overseas in a project called OPERATION VALENTINE.

Voters & Candidates: Face2Face

Kent - You can look the county candidates in the eye and ask your questions at the Face2Face Candidate Forum scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, in Kent. An added bonus—voters will be able to take the new voting machines for a test drive. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent, the League of Women Voters of...

20th Century Club News

Twentieth Century Club meeting on Park Ave., Garrettsville?  “Y” not?  The ladies assembled on February 2nd at the repurposed school building (Garrettsville School, James A. Garfield Junior High/Elementary, James A. Garfield Middle School, James A. Garfield Intermediate School) to conduct their usual meeting and to be apprised of the current operation of the facility under the auspices of the...

Windham Historical Society News

Windham -  This month’s meeting will be held on Monday, February 15th at 7 P.M. at the Brick Chapel, 9001 N. Main St., Windham, Ohio.   Doors will open at 6:30 for “meet & greet.”  The society is now under new leadership and we are planning some exciting new things for the year. Following the business meeting we will have...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The February 1, 2016 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was the designated business meeting for the month and they got down to it with a will. • Treasurer Amy Crawford reported that checks supporting Power of the Pen and the Rotary Foundation had gone out and some dues had come in.  ClubRunner is simplifying the process. • The centennial of...

Extreme Rower Katie Spotz Speaks to Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary

The August 31, 2015 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club heard from a rock-star of the world of extreme rowers, Katie Spotz, who in a marathon 70-day adventure rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, from Africa to South America—alone!  There were 30 ft. waves, there were freighters, there were scary encounters with unknown boats and individuals…but…there were also dolphins and...

Hiram Fire Department Received DHS Grant

Hiram - At the last meeting of the Hiram Village Council, Chief Bill Byers reported that the Hiram Fire Department has received a grant of $14,250 from  the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The money will be used to purchase firefighter protective gear, which is subject to a federally mandated 10-year replacement...

Cops and Kids Fishing Event A Success

Hiram - Hiram Police Department held its annual “Cops and Kids” fishing day event at Camp Asbury. The weather was perfect, the fish were biting, and lifelong bonds were made with Hiram Police Officers and children of the community. The intent of “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day is to bring community children closer to law enforcement officers and build...

Crestwood Primary School Became Candy Factory

Mantua - Crestwood Primary School was transformed into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory last week, as students celebrated the completion of their annual One Book, One School program. The transformation, based on the 1964 book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, was the culmination of several weeks of study, where teachers and students read the book aloud and...

Hiram Police Department Receives Grant

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department is pleased to announce the acquisition and approval of the Ohio Criminal Justice Services, Justice Assistance Services Law Enforcement grant. The grant will fund the acquisition of  one in-car dash mounted video recorder unit for one of Hiram Police Department patrol vehicles. The total project is budgeted at $3,395. The approval of this...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met on February 22, 2016 at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, spending the time covering a myriad of topics, to wit: Winners of the Fit-n-Fun competition have finally received their prizes, as Superintendent Ted Lysiak took them to choose their very own bicycles; there are pictures. The roadside clean-up event is searching for a date.  High school activities...

Coats for Catholic Charities

On February 15, 2016, the Portage County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus presented Catholic Charities Director George Garchar with 60 coats for children in need. The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was started in 2009 to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates.  Representing the Knights were Mike Rogers of Randolph Council #2039, Dave Bender of...

Mantua Village Garden Club Plans Guided Tour

Mantua - The Mantua Village Garden Club, which was organized in March of 1930, will kick off its first meeting for 2016 at the home of Lea Lazar, on Monday March 7th.  This meeting will begin with a light lunch, and focus on discussion of the business goals, & programs for the upcoming year. This year the meetings are...

“Fall Into Savings Passports” Now Available!

While we hate to see Summer draw to a close we know that Fall is full of fun events. The Destination Geauga Office wants to help you enjoy all of those events even more, so we encourage you to get your  “Fall into Savings Passport!” The cost of the Passport is $10 and it contains offers for 25 Geauga...

The 2015 Geauga SWCD Rain Barrel Auction Begins!

Burton - The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign has begun marking the tenth year for this creative community initiative!  Seven local artists and groups donated their time, talent, and materials to the District by painting 55-gallon plastic barrels to creatively transform them into beautiful, repurposed rain barrels!  A rain barrel is a...

Applicants Sought for Park District Board

Portage County - The Portage Park District currently has two openings on its governing Board of Commissioners with a third opening anticipated in 2014.  Park District Board members are appointed by Portage County Probate Court Judge Thomas J. Carnes, who is currently seeking applications from interested individuals.  The Board meets regularly once a month, with additional meetings scheduled as...

Garrettsville Rotary News

Recovering after their bang-up steak fry on August 3, the members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary club got down to business on August 10.  To wit : • The August 17 meeting will feature Cheryl Warren, District Governor, with a board meeting at 11:00 • The incoming exchange student will arrive on August 24; his mom has already called to get acquainted. •...

GPS It! Geocaching in Geauga Parks

Try your hand at geocaching, a high-tech game of hide and seek using GPS (Global Positioning System), with some help from some local geocaching fans. What: Geocaching in Geauga Parks When: Saturday, August 29 – 10 a.m. to noon Where: Big Creek Park, Donald W. Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Twp. After an introductory presentation on the activity, members of the local...

Photo Gallery: Streetsboro Theatre’s “Once Upon A Time”

Streetsboro Theatre's "Once Upon a Time: Not Your Ordinary Fairy Tale" was held May 1st-3rd at the Macklin Center in Streetsboro, OH. This production showcased the talents of all who were involved.

Robinson Health System officially changes its name to reflect integration

Ravenna – The future of Robinson Memorial Hospital includes a new name: University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. The Portage name signifies the heritage of Robinson as a county hospital and its stature as the only hospital located in Portage County. The new name is consistent with how University Hospitals identifies other community hospitals to reflect both their location and alignment...