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Real Heroes Honored for Lifesaving Responses

Portage County - You may not realize it, but you are surrounded by real heroes every day... ordinary people who react quickly, courageously and selflessly during emergencies. The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties takes time each year to honor the Real Heroes of Portage County, shining the spotlight on heroic individuals who would never be recognized...

GCPL adds World Vital Records to genealogy research resources

Geauga County – Geauga County Public Library is expanding its genealogical research resources with the addition of the World Vital Records database. As of July 1, GCPL patrons have access to more than 4.2 billion names in family history record collections worldwide. Created in 2006, World Vital Records offers easy-to-navigate collections of yearbooks, maps, certificates, immigration and military records,...

Safety Comes First at Crestwood’s First Safety Town Program

Mantua - According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, more children die every year due to unintentional injuries than from all diseases combined. To counteract these numbers, the Crestwood Primary School (CPS) PTO, kindergarten teacher Mrs. Jolene Reese, and a core group of volunteers worked together to educate area children on safety-related topics.  In August, 68 children and...

Welcome to Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls

Newton Falls - If you’ve thought about joining Kiwanis Club, you are welcome to attend a meeting at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant, 22 W. Broad Street, Newton Falls. We meet Tuesdays for supper at 6:30 p.m., then begin the meeting about 7:15 p.m.; however, please note that we conduct bingo games at Laurie Ann Nursing Home and Allan Dell...

Soapbox Derby comes to Mantua

Mantua - The Portage County Soap Box Derby will be celebrating its tenth year in Mantua on Saturday, Preparing for the big day, are (from left), Ron Reed, Dean Olson, Barb Fleming, Becca Fleming, Randy Zigler, Briana Reynolds and Tyler Fleming. The Soap Box Derby race will start at 9 a.m. on June 16, 2012 and will be sporting a...

James A. Garfield High School’s Amazing Athletes

photo courtesy of JA Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - Congrats to Garfield’s two state champs Edie Svonavec and Lauren Jones in this year’s track and field competition down in Columbus.

McCullough… Still towing sixty years later

Garrettsville - Most folks when they hit their 70’s they are either retired or are planning on it soon but not Don McCullough. Don is still going strong after 60 years of working in the towing business and has no formal plans to retire, although he does admit he is slowing down a bit. Sixty years ago Don McCullough was...

What’s the Story at Mantua’s Center Church?

Mantua - If you’ve seen the weekly influx of preschoolers heading to the Mantua Center Christian Church (MCCC) each Thursday with their big people, you may wonder if they’re heading to some sort of pint-sized revival meeting. This lively group heads religiously to MCCC each Thursday, but they aren’t heading to a church service. Each week during the school...

Middle School Math Whizzes!

Garrettsville - Garfield Middle School students recently competed in the Greater Cleveland Council Of Teachers Math Tournament at Middlefield Cardinal Middle School. The eighth grade students earned winner ribbons and champion's medals.  Pictured above at left are the seventh graders (front row)  Theresa Paroff, Dominic Ionno, Andrew Morrisey,Ramsey Goodner; (back row) Advisor Mrs. Rossi, Justin Riebe, Jenna Montez,John Lininger, Derek...

Windham Hires New Principal for KT

Windham - It has been a busy few months at Windham Schools, as individuals announced their retirement or resignation, leaving the board the daunting task of filling the positions. In April, the board accepted the resignations of Craig Alderman, head of the Transportation and Maintenance Department, and Michael Chaffee as Jr/Sr. High School Principal. Earlier in the year, Harry Selner,...

November Happenings in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Halloween and all its festivities may be over, but like the sugar rush that remains, there is plenty happening in Newton Falls for the following month of November.  On this quickly approaching weekend, November 9th and 10th, college students can get their holiday shopping done early or treat themselves to a day of pampering before heading home...

Say Yes to the Dress…and Other Goodies

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...

You Shoulda Been There: Garrettsville’s Day of Family Fun

Garrettsville - Last Saturday (May30, 2015) was full of it…and it was all good…except the part that got cancelled because of the threatening thunderstorms…which snapped, crackled and popped all over the area on a very indeterminate schedule--rolling thunder in the distance, sprinkles any ol’ time of day and actual rain following a muggy afternoon.  Whooeee!  Northeast Ohio  in full...

Trike-A-Thon Raises Money for St. Jude’s Hospital

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This is the preschool’s eighth year hosting this event and over the years students have raised more than $12,500 for the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The LITTLE Race for a BIG Cause 5K Run/Walk &1 Mile Walk

Runners and walkers of all ages, join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland Young Professionals Association at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. They will host The LITTLE Race for a BIG Cause 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Registration is $20.00 in advance at www.wementoryouth.org or $25.00 on race day.

Donuts and Ice Cream in Hiram

Hiram - On May 23rd. the Hiram Police Department kicked off the national campaign known as “Click it or Ticket”. Officers of the Hiram Police handed out vouchers at the intersection of Garfield Road and Wakefield Road.

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Business as usual at the June 1, 2015 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club. The group decided to continue holding their annual Reverse Raffle/Steak Fry Fundraiser at SugarBush Golf Club; this year’s date will be the first Thursday in November, 11/5/15.  Mark your calendars now for a great  pre-holiday-madness good time. Congrats went to Caitlin Lawless and Amy Crawford for the...

Robinson Health System Becomes Part of University Hospitals

Ravenna - University Hospitals has completed all actions necessary for the full integration of Robinson Health System into the UH health system effective June 1. “Together we have new and exciting opportunities to serve the residents of Portage County and surrounding communities,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals.  “We look forward to growing and enhancing Robinson’s services...

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce held their Masquerade Scholarship Ball last Saturday night at the Sugar Bush Golf Club.  About 140 folks attended the event that raised nearly $1000 for scholarships to be awarded in the spring. The ball had an unusual guest list. A well preserved Pharaoh and Pilgrim were in attendance along with a few other...

County Library Levy To Be On Fall Ballot

Portage County - The Portage County District Library appeared before the County Commissioners recently to ask that a 1 mill, five-year operating levy be placed before the voters on the November ballot. The Library does not receive any money from the County but must have its proposed budget approved by a governmental body. The Library’s service area is defined...

James A. Garfield Historical Society News

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met May 18, 2015 at the Mott Building on Main St. in downtown Garrettsville. It was a mathematical meeting, celebrated with pie.

HEAP – Summer Crisis Program

Geauga County - The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans meet the cost of summer cooling. The Summer Crisis Program assists households with at least one member age 60 or older, or one member with a medical condition that would benefit from continued electric service. Assistance is for a onetime payment...

Libraries Attend Legislative Day

Pictured, left to right: Cass Owens, Library Director, Reed Memorial Library; Cecilia Swanson, Library Director, Portage County District Library; Rep. Kathleen Clyde- 75th District; Corrine Alldridge, Assistant Library Director, Portage County District Library; Stacey Richardson, Library Director, Kent Free Library.

Columbus - Portage County District Library, along with Reed Memorial Library and Kent Free Library, attended Legislative Day on Wednesday, April 2 in Columbus. Each year, the libraries attend Legislative Day to meet with legislators to ask for their continued support. This year was especially important since libraries are asking that the General Assembly increase the Public Library Fund...

Groselle Adds More World Records to Masters Swimming Season Total

WINDSOR, ONTARIO  --  Hiram College Alum and former Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jack Groselle '76 added to his already impressive world record total this season with three more records in the 60-64 age group which he set at the Windsor Masters Swim Meet in Windsor, Ontario. Groselle posted world record times in the 200-meter individual medley (2:24.75), the 200-meter...

14th Annual Patchwork Benefit for DDC Clinic ~ Center for Special Needs Children

Middlefield – The 14th Annual  Patchwork Benefit will be held at Federated Church Family Life Center located in Bainbridge Township, Ohio on April 12, 2014. Upon arrival, party guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, stroll through items up for sale in the live auction, bid on unique silent auction items and  purchase tickets for the Chinese raffle items. The Annual Patchwork...

Geauga County Health District offering flu shots

The Geauga County Health District announces their adult flu clinics.  The health district will hold a drive thru flu clinic for adults 19 years and older on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 470 Center Street, Bldg 8 in Chardon. Flu shots will be available every Friday during the season starting September 28, 2012 from...

Garfield Boys Roll Their Way To Third Place At State

Columbus - On Saturday, March 5th the Garfield and Crestwood boy’s bowling teams competed in the State Championships at Wayne Webb’sColumbus Bowl.  It was the first trip to State for both teams. The G-Men got off to a great start in game one, led by Kyle Bolton’s 258 and Cody Berg’s 251.  They got some clutch bowling the rest of...

Fezziwig’s In Burton Has Unique Baby Gifts & Necessities

Burton - Are you looking for unique a baby gift or necessity item? If so, you will want to try Fezziwig’s located at 13868 Kirtland Street in Burton on the northeast corner of Burton Square.  They have just what you are looking for since 2007.  Many of their items are eco-friendly and/or organic which is great for baby and...

Garfield Elementary Raises $1836.50 in “Roundup For A Cure”

Garrettsville - GES students in grades K-6 participated in an all day walk-a-thon Friday, May 22nd, entitled “Roundup For A Cure”. Students brought donations totaling $1836.50 which was donated to the Friends of Melana Foundation

Young Marines Return ‘Home’ to Serve Local Community

Ravenna - The Chesty Puller Young Marines unit recently moved back to Ravenna from Cuyahoga Falls, and the organization is spreading the word they’ve returned ‘home’ and are re-engaged with the local community. The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. A national organization, the Young Marines...

Crestwood 4 C’s Honors Volunteers

Mantua - On Thursday, April 21, a luncheon was held at Mantua Hilltop Church to honor all those who volunteer at the Food cupboard. The Council Members provided a delicious luncheon of salads, desserts and croissants. 40 volunteers attended plus a few honored...

Bruce Abraham Gives New Meaning to ‘Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet’

Garrettsville - A hit commercial in 1975 featured a catchy jingle about America’s favorite things: Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie & Chevrolet!  Nearly 40 years later, a Chevy dealership in Garrettsville has resurrected the feel-good spirit of that tune.In a generous move that goes beyond typical village-sized philanthropy, Bruce Abraham of Garrettsville’s Charles Auto Family provided 453 tickets to...

Quite A Tribute by the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

There’s tribute and then there’s…TRIBUTE. Here’s one where some young ladies—not to mention their enthusiastic coach and supporters—played a sport that they love and made a commitment to U.S. Marines and Army vets coming home from service having suffered the loss of limbs and playing softball, inspiring fans with their motto, “Life Without a Limb Is Limitless.”  The girls were...

Garfield Women’s Auxiliary Formed to Support Firefighters

Garrettsville -  First responders make a living out of helping others in their time of need. Now, a support group has been formed to show gratitude to local firefighters in appreciation for all they do. Stacy Collins is a founding member of the newly...

Grace (Shively) Ehresman celebrates her 94th birthday

On her birthday, July 3, Grace and her daughter Jeanne Ehresman (both of Ravenna) celebrated at one of her favorite places (Pizza Hut) with her double cheese pizza! Then on July 7- Grace celebrated at her son and daughter-in-laws (Ron & Donna Ehresman) home  in Olmstead Twp. The party was also for Grace’s great grandson, Isaac Pennock (15 on...

Mantua Rotary Farmer’s Market Pie Contest

Mantua - October 5th was a perfect morning in Northeast Ohio.  All those attending the Fruit and Vegetable Pie Contest at the Mantua Rotary Farmer’s Market came with smiles, looking forward to the challenge of judging.  The contest was free, and more than one pie could be entered by a contestant. Eight beautiful pies presented themselves for the judges.  Judging...

Hudson Art Show Celebrates 50th Year

Looking for a way to enjoy the arts a little closer to home than a trip to Cleveland or Akron? Join in a summer tradition that’s been taking place in Hudson since the early 1960s – the Hudson Society of Artists (HSA) Clothesline Art Show. This year marks the 50th annual show, which will take place during the Hudson...

Mar-Bal, Inc. Makes a Difference at WomenSafe

Team members from Mar-Bal, Inc. in Chagrin Falls joined together on a “Make the Difference Day” on Friday, July 12.  In partnership with United Way Services of Geauga County, Mar-Bal employees volunteered at WomenSafe, a local domestic violence shelter and United Way partner agency.  Employees spent the afternoon assisting with landscaping projects.  This included them securing a donation of...

Soap Box Derby Winners To Advance To Akron

Mantua - The Portage County Soap Box Derby race was held on Saturday, June 15 in Mantua. Forty-three racers competed  in three race divisions resulting in three  first place winners who  will compete at the First Energy All American Derby race in July. In the Stock Division, brothers Stephen and Matt Adkins battled each other throughout the race and met...

One Book, One School, One Principal and Two Pigs?

Mantua - Charlotte’s Web came to life at Crestwood Primary School (CPS) last Thursday. Students, teachers and staff learned that they had “Some School” as they saw their cafeteria transformed into Wilbur’s home at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm.  The menagerie included two sheep, one miniature horse, and one calf, courtesy of Larry Guyette, father of first grader Abby, and second...

Middlefield Summerfest was a Success

Middlefield - When one thinks of a Summerfest they think of blue skies, a balmy 80°, food, live entertainment and just good ole fun, and that was just what the committee for Middlefield Summerfest had in mind when they planned the event. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Cloudy skies blanketed the area Saturday, along with on and off...

“Hi-Crier” Hits Newstands Thursday

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Mass Media Class under the direction of Mrs. Tina Downing in conjunction with The Weekly Villager, is pleased to announce their first edition of the “Hi-Crier”. Look for this quarterly publication produced by talented Garfield students who will share school district news, events and items of interest. The paper will...

Scout Pack 4062 Holds Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 4062 held their Annual Pinewood Derby at James A. Garfield Elementary School on Saturday January 25, 2013.  This year the event was sponsored by Charles Auto Family and Warren Construction. Prior to race day, each participant was given a derby kit that contain a block of wood, axle nails and wheels for the event. The scout had...

Crestwood School Board Report – November 2013

Mantua - At the recent School Board meeting, the Board approved the resubmission of the Five-Year forecast for the fiscal years ending June 20, 2014 through 2018. The forecast was submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, as required by law. Continuing, the Board approved the first reading of several new and revised Board policies. Items included were several...

Giving Thanks to a Local Hero

Mantua - In this season of giving thanks, Frank Iannaggi, owner of the G & C Bakery in Mantua, is giving thanks for his wife, his five daughters, and his gorgeous grandchildren; the newest of whom was born this month. If you know Frank, or you’ve ever had the occasion to talk with him, you’ve most likely never heard...

Audience “Wowed” by Students’ Performance

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Intermediate School presented Carols and Choruses recently at their annual Christmas Concert. The 5th and 6th grade concert was under the direction of Mr. Gaither and had something for everyone. The concert started off with a new addition to the music department, the hand bell choir. The ten member hand bell choir played two holiday...

Mayor’s Spring Update For The Village of Garrettsville

Garrettsville - The Portage County Engineer’s office is responsible for safety and maintenance for the two bridges on Liberty Street. The County Engineers have closed the Liberty Street Bridge between Center St and Park Ave. and the sidewalk/bridge near Water St and Liberty St. after their annual bridge inspection on Friday last week. Drivers on Liberty Street should use caution when...

Sailing, Sailing…Over the Bounding Main!

O.K., so it was the Nautica Queen, not the clipper ship Cutty Sark( I don’t know what was in the thermoses in the back of the bus), and it was tootling along from the mouth of the Cuyahoga River out to the breakwater protecting the shoreline at Cleveland from the wilder exuberances of Lake Erie but it definitely was...

Great Geauga County Fair Promises Family Fun Over Labor Day Weekend

Burton - The Great Geauga County Fair is Ohio’s oldest fair, featuring more than 65 performers, acts, shows and contests, including the annual Fair King & Queen Contest. It’s an ideal family-friendly destination over Labor Day weekend, September 1-5, 9 a.m. to midnight daily. Since 1823, Geauga County residents of all ages have made their mark at the fair. In...

District Library Announces Changes to OverDrive Website

Garrettsville - Portage County District Library announces changes are coming to its OverDrive website. The “Next Generation” of Portage County District Library’s digital collection will provide you with a faster, more intuitive way to connect to the books you love. Get to know the new experience before it gets here on Monday, March 11. Visit http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org for more information....

Marc Pfenning