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Brass animal figurines that were popular in the 1960s, are highly collectible. These are now commonly found at resale stores, flea markets, or your grandparents’ house. Don’t overlook these hand-me-downs, there’s always room for an extra swan, giraffe, deer or crane in your collection of family treasure.  Who wouldn’t want a reminder of their favorite animal or knowing that...

Balloon A-Fair Lighted Christmas Parade

Ravenna Balloon A-Fair's annual lighted Christmas Parade “Candy Canes & Christmas Carols” will take place downtown Ravenna on Main Street at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. The parade includes themed floats, dancing and marching groups. Leading off the parade will be the Ravenna High School Band under the direction of Drew Adametz. Santa Claus straight from the North Pole will...

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...

Irwin Hardware Building Has A New Owner

Garrettsville – Village Council voted unanimously to sell the Irwin Hardware building to Garrettsville Ventures, LLC.  The 1800s-era property, located on Main Street in downtown Garrettsville, has been a source of contention in the village for several years as the former owner let the building’s condition deteriorate.  Council had the arduous chore of figuring out if the building could...

Crestwood District News

Mantua - Narrowing down the playing field in just a few short months from forty-seven applicants to just one, the Crestwood School Board has hired David Toth, (currently the principal at West Geauga High School), as Crestwood’s new School Superintendent. Retiring Superintendent Joe Iacano stated, “I wish David the best. He is coming to an excellent district that already...

Geauga County Fair Band Celebrates 75 years

Burton - Geauga County Fair Band celebrates their 75th year as they perform at the 191st Great Geauga County Fair (GGCF) this Labor Day Weekend.  The band is the only all-volunteer fair band in Ohio and was organized by Cliff Rossiter after the 1936 fair. They first performed at the 1938 Great Geauga County Fair, under the direction of...

Crestwood High School Hosts 8th Grade Information Night

Mantua - About 400 parents, teachers, current and incoming high school students attended Crestwood High School’s first ever 8th Grade Information night, Feb. 15 at Crestwood High School. Forty-five different high school groups participated in the event, ranging from academics to extra-curricular and co-curricular subjects. Many of the tables that the high school students created for the student showcase...

Special Meeting Scheduled In Nelson Twp. to Discuss NGCC

Nelson Twp. - Currently, more than 140 families in the Garrettsville area rely on the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) for supplemental groceries.  In the one year that they have been open, NGCC has distributed over 34,000 food items to those in need.  “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received from the community during...

Donations Accepted for Food Pantry

The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard was among the businesses devastated by Saturday's fire. Every week they serve hundreds of area families and help make ends meet. Non-perishable food items, household supplies, or monetary donations for the food pantry will be accepted at The Weekly Villager building (8088 Main Street) beginning at 9am Monday morning. Let's rebuild our community. #GarrettsvilleStrong Clients of the Nelson Garrettsville Community...

Mantua Village Garden Club starts its 78th Year

Mantua - The Mantua Village Garden Club, which was founded in 1935, kicked off it’s first meeting of 2013 at the home of Lea Lazar, with Helen Etling as hostess.  Ten members shared in the noon pot luck luncheon, along with Mark Occhionero, owner of Top Garden Products, in Mentor. Mark, who is an Organic Nutrient Specialist, presented a program...

Murder Mystery Dinner “Marriage Can Be Murder”

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is proud to announce their 3rd annual Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser "Marriage Can Be Murder" on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Seasoned actors, using a professional script from Mystery Dinner Playhouse, will entertain you with their wit and have you guessing "who dunnit?" in order to win a prize!  The event will be held at Berkshire...

Train Accident Fails to Derail Newton Township Meeting

Newton Township - Last week a train going through Newton Falls at about 7:00 in the early morning went off its track as it passed through the heart of the town. Approximately twelve hours later, half past 7:00pm, emergency responders had the wreckage...

Freedom Township Historical Society News

Tuesday, October 11, at 1 PM is the next meeting of the Freedom Township Historical Society at the Freedom Community Center (former Methodist Church) on Rt 700.  Please note the new, afternoon time.  We will be continuing our discussion of Indians in Freedom.  All are welcome & you are encouraged to bring any artifacts (arrowheads, etc) and stories you...

Windham Police Seek To Form Auxiliary Police Unit

Windham - Windham Police are seeking individuals who have an interest in becoming Auxiliary Police Officers.  The unpaid voluntary position will be comprised of a limited number of men and women, over the age of 21.  Other qualifications of the applicant is to...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Report

Garrettsville - Amy Crawford, of Business Works on Main Street in Garrettsville, was the featured member at the November 17th meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club at Cal’s II.  She outlined her journey from Ravenna native and KSU graduate in marketing and international business through experience in sales—which gave her a first-hand understanding of promotional products and their importance...

Goddard to speak at Reed Memorial Library

Ravenna - FOX 8’s own Dick Goddard will be the guest speaker at the Seniors Spring Into Knowledge event at the  Reed Memorial Library. The event, co-sponsored by the Library and Crossroads Hospice, will be Friday, April 20 from 9:30 am - 1 p.m. From 9:30 to 11 meet with representatives from several local agencies with information aimed at keeping...

Mayor Lou Bertrand Delivers 2012 State of Hiram Village Address

Hiram - According to Hiram village custom, Mayor Lou Bertrand presented the 2012 State of the HiramVillage Address during the first regular council meeting in January. During the 106th annual meeting of Hiram Village Council on January 17, Bertrand reported that Hiram village government "is in stable financial condition, operating in an efficient manner and providing good service to...

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...

Fifth Annual Kids Safety Day in Burton

Friends of CASA for KIDS of Geauga County will present its fifth annual Kids’ Safety Day at Century Village in Burton on Saturday, September 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held on the beautiful grounds of Century Village near Burton Square (Rtes. 87 and 168), this free event is designed to teach kids and their families how to...

Mantua Amercan Legion to Meet April 4

Mantua - American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 of Mantua will host the regular meeting of the Portage County Council on April 4,  according to Beverly Guy, PCC President. The meeting will be held at the Mantua Post, 4808 E. Main at 7:00 pm. A Special Memorial Service for departed members will be held at this meeting. All Portage County units...

GCRTA October Luncheon

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road (Rt. 422) Burton, Ohio. Gathering time at 11:15 AM, followed by the business meeting at 11:30, and  lunch at 12:00.  The menu will consist of fried chicken, dressing, vegetable, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad,...

Dr. Justin Yun joins Dental Associates of Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Dr. Charles Verbanic and Dr. Scott Werner are proud to welcome their new associate, Dr. Justin Yun.  Dr. Yun is looking forward to creating a comfortable environment for his patients and having them enjoy the experience of getting involved in their dental treatment.  He is excited about being mentored at Dental Associates of Newton Falls.  Justin...

Local Youths Participated In National Bible Bee Competition

For the third year in a row, local youths headed to Sevierville, Tennessee to take part in the 2013 National Bible Bee Competition sponsored by the Shelby Kennedy Foundation. At a regional testing site in August, five area young people – Ronnie Matthews of Girard, and siblings Nathanael, Joshua, Caleb and Hannah-Abigail Toth of Newton Falls – secured top qualifying...

Hiram Community Color Run Rescheduled for May 9

The run, sponsored by AmeriCorps, was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed due to inclement weather. All participants who registered online will have their registration and fees automatically applied to the new date. Questions about registration should be directed to aiveljic@neomed.edu

Poole Selected CASA of the Year

CASA for KIDS of Geauga County, a juvenile court-based child advocacy program announced their CASA of the Year award at the program’s annual appreciation event held at Welshfield Inn, on May 5. The 2016 recipient of the award, Jeanette Poole, has volunteered with the program for five years. CASA for KIDS Director, Julie Weese said that “Jeanette was chosen for...

Dirt Dauber News

Windham - Last month seven members toured the Draime Estate Gardens in Howland, along with some guests and members of the Grass Roots garden club.  It is a private facility providing educational opportunities and hands on experiences to students of horticulture, art and science.  It is run by Kent State.  The 12 acre tour was magnificent. The Dirt Daubers took...

Newton Township Cemetery Association

Newton Twp. - The Newton Township Cemetery Association held its first meeting for 2013 on January 17, 2013, at the Township Administration Building on Arlington Road in Newton Falls. Business was discussed and reports were given on the financial statements. The NTCA had participated in many local events in town in 2012. They held their first Cemetery Walk at the...

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp. - Highlights of the February 3, 2011 Trustee meeting were: Mr. Tom Mesaros was appointed to the Zoning Commission for a one-year term. Zoning Inspector Derthick reported one permit issued for a new single family home.  A resident on St. Rt. 700 has not responded about removing an unlicensed vehicle from his property. Trustees approved turning the problem over...

Cemetery Association Calendars On Sale

Newton Twp. - The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015 will feature photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property 30 years ago in Newton Falls. The calendar price is $10.00 and may be purchased in mid-June from Association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452.2015. Calendars can be obtained at that time from Art Effects, Newton Falls...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Report

Family Week meetings with James A. Garfield Elementary School principals have been forestalled by snow events but prospects are good for a rejuvenation and re-invigoration of the program, involving more kids and parents.

Who is St. Baldrick?

Hiram - On March 23, a head-shaving fundraiser in honor of this fictitious saint will be hosted by the Hiram Fire Department Fire Fighter Association’s (HFDFFA). So why host an event -- especially one where people lose their hair -- for a fake saint? Because more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease and...

Mantua K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship

Mantua - Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free...

Hiram College Professor Returns from Nine-Month Fulbright Trip to Bhutan

Hiram – Kerry Martin Skora, professor and chair of religious studies at Hiram College, has recently returned to the U.S. after spending nine months in Bhutan as a Fulbright Scholar. Bhutan – its people and culture – has been a longstanding research interest for Skora. He has traveled there seven times since 2003, including five Hiram College study abroad trips....

Newton Falls Village Council

Newton Falls - On the first day of spring, council members gathered briefly at the community center for the second regular meeting of March. All officials were present with the exception of Councilwoman Johnson and Councilman Luonuonsuu who were excused for the evening. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Waddell announced the donation for this meeting would be given to...

Nelson Literary Music Club

The  Literary Musical Club held their meeting on Sept. 14th at The Community Center in Nelson.We were pleased to have such a nice turn out. It is always nice to see all the members  come for our day out. We celebrated everyone’s birthday all at one time. We had a birthday party for everyone. The tables were  birthday- decorated and...

Twentieth Century Club News

Members of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville and their guests met on February 16 in the Fellowship Hall of St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville to become acquainted with the artistic and spiritual journeys of sculptor and woodcarver Rich Cermak.   Members answered the roll call by introducing their guests and the minutes were dispensed with until the next regular...

Habitat for Humanity ranks No. 6 among largest homebuilders in the U.S.

Ravenna - Habitat for Humanity of Portage County’s work to provide affordable housing has helped Habitat for Humanity International rank as the sixth largest homebuilder on Builder magazine’s top 100 list.  With 6,032 closings in 2010, this is the second time Habitat for Humanity has placed in the top ten.  “Our placement on the Builder 100 list is a...

Newton Falls Area Chamber Report

Newton Falls - Opening the March meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, President Lyle Waddell mentioned that he had been repeatedly receiving calls from a production company interested in promoting the town by way of some type of video such as a mini movie or a commercial. Details of the potential project and the exact intention of...

Chicken Festival Winners

Garrettsville - Everyone who attended last weekend’s 2011 Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having a delicious meal.) However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners: $1,000 cash First Prize John Sedensky $200 cash Second Prize Len & Patty Hall $100 cash Third Prize George Burton $100 cash...

Author Julia Fuhrman Davis To Appear

Garrettsville - Regional author, Julia Fuhrman Davis, who recently published her easy-to-read, inspirational, self-help autobiography, WAKING UP and Changing My Life, will be in Garrettsville on Wednesday, September 28. Davis will be at The Village Book Store, 8140 Main Street from 2:00 – 4:00 pm to greet readers and sell and sign copies. She will read at 2:30 pm. In addition, ...

Twentieth Century Club News

Garrettsville - The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville closed their club year with the annual Spring Party, held at Roby Lee’s on April 21.  The planning committee of Patricia Amor, Gay McCoy, Leah Schultz and Pat Fisher arranged for the fine buffet meal and the excellent program which followed. Members were regaled with musical selections by Michelle...

25TH Annual Benefit Race/Walk

Newton Falls - Newton Falls Kiwanis Club announces a new race route for its annual Labor Day 4-Mile Run and 2-Mile Walk.  On September 1, rain or shine, runners and walkers will begin and end near Faces Lounge, the registration site.  The course will feature school property and pass through the historic covered bridge. Bob Wujcik, Kiwanis president, hopes for...

Middlefield Wheelchair Collection

Middlefield - On Saturday Aug. 27, 2011, the Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield will be collecting manual wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and walkers for the Joni and Friend’s, Wheelchairs for the World program, between the hours of 9 a.m. 2 p.m.   Since 1994, the Wheels for the World ministry has presented the Gospel by delivering wheelchairs and Bibles in developing...

Free Alzheimer’s Training Now Available To Local Family Caregivers

Ravenna - The local Home Instead Senior Care® office is offering a unique approach to help Portage County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence. Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available through a Family Education Workshop to be held on...

Civil War Encampment At Sunbeau Valley

Ravenna - Step back into time and relive history at Sunbeau Valley Farm in Ravenna, Ohio as they host Sunbeau Valley Civil War Encampment June 23 & 24, 2012. Join us as reenactors of the Civil War era portray how life might have been  for those during that turbulent time in our nation's history. Come experience the roaring cannons, cavalry,...

Twentieth Century Club News

The ladies…and other members…of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on March 6 at the home of Iva Walker on Park Ave., Garrettsville,  for the penultimate meeting of the club year.  The theme for the year has been Exploring the World with Dewey, referring to the Dewey Decimal System upon which countless libraries and reference sources have been...

The Heart of Doll Country

Garrettsville - The August meeting of The Heart of Doll Country was held at Garrettsville’s United Methodist Church on August 2nd.  After the minutes and Treasurer’s report were read, members discussed some upcoming proposed trips.  A visit to the Museum in Erie, Pennsylvania to see a display of life-sized needle sculpted dolls, the Strongsville Doll and Bear Show, and...

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...

Rotary Report

Elizabeth DeLuca, recently of the University of Findlay, was on the program of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary at their meeting on May 13, 2013.  She is a well-traveled young lady and offered insights on her stays in Japan, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. Her title for this presentation was ”Through the Looking Glass--seeing American identity through multicultural eyes”. She found that citizens of...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is on the move to sponsor another Rotary Youth Exchange candidate.  Rachel Schwan is beginning her trip through the required protocols and papers to reach her goal of spending her senior year abroad.  Carol Donley is the club liaison for the undertaking. The trash pick-up for St. Rte 82 between Garrettsville and Hiram is on hold. The District Governor...

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