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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...

Drum Lessons @ GES

Students at the James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a fascinating program featuring  Brother Olugbala Manns, teacher of African drumming at Hiram College and Kent State University.  He taught the assembled crowd the expression “On the One” (ready, set to go, focused) and got their attention—not always an easy task—by calling out “Ah-go” and requiring the response,...

Garrettsville SummerFest Adds $100 Prize for Steeplechase

Dubbed  a race for the toughest of tough, the Steeplechase Canoe Race is not for the weak or faint at heart. It is a paddle-and-drag type race that will require not only canoe skills, but strength and endurance as well. One will be required to navigate the mighty Silver Creek through brush, briars, beaver dams, and natural bridges.  It...

2016 Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County Hosts Summer Show

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County’s show grounds located at 1653 Ridge Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473 will be the site of the 2016 annual summer tractor show beginning August 19 and continuing through August 21. This years show will feature Ferguson, Massey Ferguson, and Massey Harris tractors. Harry Ferguson was the inventor of the 3-point hitch called originally the...

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...

If We Open It, Will They Come?

Mantua -    Since March, I have been leading a small group of Mantua Township residents in attempting to establish a Community  Center at Mantua Center in the old school building on Center Road, just north of SR 82.  We meet in the fully accessible cafeteria wing (at left  in attached photo) on Wednesdays, starting at 10am.  Coffee and...

Freedom One Room Schools

The Freedom Twp Historical Society is asking for your help!  We’re looking for pictures of and information about the following one room schools; we can make copies of any information you provide.  School # 2 located on Rt 303 in Drakesburg  east of Nichols Rd.; this school was sold to the Full Gospel Church in 1940.  School # 7...

Friends of the Garrettsville Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. members only sale, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. public sale; and Saturday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday from 3 p.m....

Changing of the Guards for the Garfield Band Boosters

Garrettsville - It was a changing of the guard so to speak, as the James. A Garfield (JAG) Band Boosters elected new officers for the 2013-2014 year. The new president is Sherry Jones, Vice President of Uniforms -Robin Wadkins, Vice President of fundraising - Kim Hoffman, Secretary- Shelley Everett, and Treasurer - Kim Curry. Band Director Mr. Cebulla reported that...

Newton Falls Planning For July 4th

Newton Falls - Newton Falls 4th of July Festivities Committee is in the final planning stage.  We are so excited this year because it is our 25th Annual Car Show. That’s right. Can you believe 25 years?  We are going to start this year’s car show with a Street Dance on Friday, June 24, at 7:00 to 11:00 in...

Scouts Travel to Cuba, New York

Nelson Twp. - On President’s Day weekend, ten scouts and three leaders from Boy Scout Troop 4065, chartered by the Nelson United Methodist Church, traveled to Cuba, New York to attend the 47th Annual Cuba Lake Ice Camp.  Once there, they set up their tents on the ice, where they would camp and cook for two days with temperatures...

Newton Township Cemetery Association Dinner

Newton Township - The Newton Township Cemetery Association wishes to thank everyone for supporting the dinner we sponsored at the First Christian Church. The proceeds will be used for cemetery improvements and the Association will decide at its next meeting  which project it will be working on in the coming months. A special thanks to Doreen and Rob Lutz, Louanne...

“Run of the Ox” 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk

Mantua - Be a part of this year’s 5K Run/Walk or 1M Fun Walk at St. Joseph’s Annual Ox Roast Fair!!! Race will take place on Saturday, July 16th. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. in front of the church and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Out & back course begins at St. Joe’s, heads down St. Joseph Blvd....

Pinewood Derby and Arrow of Light Ceremony

Garrettsville - On January 19, Cub Scout Pack 4062 of Garrettsville held their annual Arrow of Light Ceremony and Pinewood Derby. Eric Schaefer and Talon Cline were awarded the Arrow of Light.  The Arrow of Light award is the highest award available to Cub Scouts. It requires the Scout to have earned the Webelos Scout badge and eight activity badges....

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians met in the Hiram College Dining Hall on October 21, 2013 to hear from District 6630 Governor Bob Johnson of the Middlefield-Burton Rotary Club; Assistant Governor George Schumacher of the Aurora Rotary Club was also in attendance. They made announcements of events upcoming on November 3 at Doogans in Aurora and on November 9 at the DoubleTree...

Sirna’s Market Opens in Auburn Township

Auburn Township -  Sirna’s Farm, located at 19009 Ravenna Road, recently opened its market for the season and will continue to be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. Established in 2001, the market is designed to give residents of northeast Ohio increased access to local, healthy and affordable food.  Starting as a pop-up tent used...

Hiram College Art Gallery Features Renowned Artist Robert Buganski

Hiram - “Composing in Space: Sculpture and Assemblage by Robert Buganski,” features nearly 300 sculptural, mixed media compositions, and sketches created by Buganski over the past three years. His work has been featured in dozens of galleries across the country, and is currently on display at Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Art Center Gallery through October 12. In this new...

Freedom Township News

Freedom Township - Items of interest and importance discussed and acted upon at the March 3, 2011 meeting: Mr. VanSteenberg spoke of flooding that occurred in the township. A culvert on Hewins Road collapsed. They put in a new plastic culvert and the road is now  open . He is keeping track of materials, equipment and labor on this project...

“Art On The Hill” Returns To Mantua

Mantua - The DMRC has planned one big, big Celebration of the Arts for you! On Saturday, July 9 from 10am-5pm, East Prospect Street in Mantua will be transformed from a throughway to Mantua’s 3rd Annual “Art on the Hill” street festival. Both both sides of the street will be lined with 50+ artisans selling and diplaying their works...

4C’s Quilt Raffle Underway

Mantua - 4C’s is raffling off a quilt called “Fruit of the Spirit, Fruit of the Orchard V” in the “Hunter’s Star” pattern. The drawing will be held on November 12 at the 4 C’s Craft Fair held in the Shalersville Township Hall from 9:00-3:00. The quilt maker is Ellie Monroe and tickets are available from her at $1.00...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The March 17 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society was preceded by an open house coinciding with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Garrettsville and a number of visitors were welcomed to view the collections in the historic Mott Building. The assembled members read through and discussed the proposed changes to the group’s constitution, principally to...

American Legion Post 236 makes donations

Newton Falls - Bob James, Commander of Newton Falls American Legion Post 236, recently presented a donation to Carol Baker, Assistant Director of the Newton Falls Public Library, for the purpose of purchasing books for the library in memory of deceased Post 236 members. Newton Falls American Legion Post 236 recently donated $100,000 to the Newton Falls Fire Department to...

JA Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - Fourteen members and guests of the James A. Garfield Historical Society met on September 25 at the historic Mott Building, Main Street, Garrettsville for their regularly-scheduled monthly meeting.  The main topic of discussion was the upcoming Christmas Walk. Plans for the refreshments to be offered at the Mott Building during the reservation-only Candlelight Tour are in the capable...

Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home To Hold An Honorary Balloon Release For Area Families

GARRETTSVILLE—Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services will host a special Holiday Memorial Celebration in honor of families who have lost a loved one. This free event will take place in Garrettsville at 8382 Center Street on Thursday October 6 at 6:00 p.m., and all members of the community are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served immediately following...

Mayor Linda Clark Seeks Cooperation in Revitalizing Mantua

Mantua - Mayor Linda Clark recently presented her first State of the Village address of the  new year to village council, appealing to residents and business owners to take active part in the change they voted for when they elected her to office last November. “Attend our meetings,  contact myself or any council member with ideas, suggestions or complaints that...

Village of Middlefield Market Analysis Wins Competition

Middlefield -  For more than two years, the Middlefield Economic Development Committee (EDC) has been aggressively promoting the Village of Middlefield on a state and national level with the goal of attracting business and industry to the village. As a part of this initiative, the Committee contracted Cleveland State University’s Community Planning Program Manager Kirby Date to develop a...

Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society held their pot-luck picnic for the summer at the home of Iva Walker on August 15.  The food, as usual, was the highlight of the evening but plans for the approaching Antiques Appraisal Fair came in a close second.  A meeting held around a fire pit, with desserts on plates, can...

Burton Village Welcomes Three News Stores

Burton - Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special. Talk became action when four friends working...

Windham Village Council Holds Special Meeting

Windham - Windham Village Council called a special meeting for Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 6pm to finalize the financing of the new building and property they are purchasing at 9083 North Main Street Windham, Ohio.  That being said, the meeting did not start until after 7pm because they did not have a quorum and they decided to hold...

Mantua’s Secret Attic Holds Treasures

Mantua - When Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation  (DMRC) member Mary Hannah saw the vacant storefront on Prospect Street in the Village, she came up with a plan to revitalize a little portion of the Village she loves so much. She also thought it could be a great venue to give locals a unique shop to find some unusual items....

Heart Of Doll Country News

The September meeting of Heart of Doll Country was on September 6th, 2011. and all but one member were present.  After the reading of the minutes, and the treasurer’s report, the group discussed first the upcoming trip to the Kent Museum of Fashion to see the exhibit, “On the Homefront”, a Civil War display.  The date of October 8th...

JA Garfield Homecoming Parade

The James A Garfield Homecoming Parade is September 28th and will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in putting a float into the Homecoming parade should contact Frances Bell at fbell@jagschools. org Line up will begin behind the Movie Theatre in the plaza..

Library Levy Campaign Meetings

Portage County District Library will host levy campaign meetings in the upcoming weeks. The Windham Library (located within the Renaissance Family Center) will host a meeting on Tuesday, September 27, beginning at 6:00 pm. Windham area residents interested in learning more about the Library’s levy, or those interested in helping out during the levy campaign, are encouraged to attend. There...

The upside of a big snowfall? John Lambert’s amazing snow art!

Pictured is Santa enjoying a relaxing 'Spa Day' after the busy holiday.Lambert resides on Wolff Drive in Garrettsville.

Garrettsville Author Burton W. Cole Wins Selah Award

Garrettsville-area author and newspaper humor columnist Burton W. Cole’s second novel, “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper” (2014, B&H Kids), won the prestigious 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grades on May 20. And Cole’s third “faith, fun and farm pranks” novel, “Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows,” was released May 1 from B&H Kids / LifeWay Christian...

Fowl Topic Open To Public Discussion

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday March 10 for their monthly meeting.  The minutes of February’s meeting were approved without correction.  The Mayor reported that the equipment for the new canine police vehicle has arrived, but the vehicle will not be here until the end of April to early May.  He also mentioned that spending had exceeded revenue...

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...

Windham Expresses Their Love for Maruf

Windham - It was a “Make a Difference Day” like no other in Windham, this past Saturday. It was a cold, blustery fall day, but that did not deter 200-plus folks from coming out to express their love and appreciation for Maruf Awad, owner of the local Sparkle Market in Windham. Instead of doing something specific for the community...

Garrettsville Twentieth Century Club News

Garrettsville - The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville held its annual Christmas party at the home of Maureen See on Garfield Dr.  Ms See was assisted by Leah Schultz in offering hospitality.  The colorful and warming refreshments were a joint production. The evening was mostly given over to celebration of the season.  The group affirmed their usual $75 contribution to...

Say it with flowers…

Garrettsville - Valentines Day is almost here, have you ordered your flowers yet? If you have procrastinated like so many do, it’s not too late to get that done and the friendly folks at the Bay Window would be happy to help you with all your valentine needs as well as other floral needs. Sitting on the east edge of...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville - More Family Week prep for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary--Carolyn Miller, liaison with the Windham Schools, outlined her very thorough plans and procedures promoting all phases of the operation.  She’s an organizer!  Other facets of the festivities--recognition for couples married fifty years or more (seeking nominations), contests (and judging of same), prizes, sponsors, Fun Day activities--all came in for...

Take a Bow!

Kudos to the cast and crew of “The Odd Couple” produced by Garrettsville’s Curtains Up Theatre this last week end in the Iva Walker Theatre at James A. Garfield H.S.  Ditto  for all of the local support  afforded the production and the organization by the many community members in the audience, in the program listings and involved with the...

Memorial Day

Newton Falls - On Saturday, May 17th  American Legion Post 236 with the assistance of Boy Scout Unit 67 placed flags honoring the veterans at the Newton Falls Westside Cemetery.  About 25 people showed up and worked through the chilly air, rain and some even toughed out the hail to get the job done.  

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...

MSFD News

Mantua - Congratulations are in order at the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department, as Christopher Mullins was recently sworn in as the Department’s Assistant Chief. Fire Chief Matt Roosa swore Mullins in at a recent Fire Board meeting while Mullins’ grandfather, Lyle Pittman, pinned on Mullins’ new badge in the special ceremony. Assistant Chief Mullins has served the MSFD in a variety...

Families Anonymous Program Helps Those Affected By Substance Abuse

Ravenna - Have you found evidence - or do you have even a vague suspicion that someone close to you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol?  Is that person displaying behaviors that could be related to substance abuse? In the Families Anonymous (FA) program, we learn how the disease of addiction affects the lives of everyone close to...

Happy 100th Birthday

Aurora - On May 16th the Aurora Study Club will celebrate its 100th birthday!!! The Study Club is the oldest existing club in Aurora. In 1912 The older women in town were concerned that the younger women were too frivolous, spending too much time playing cards & that they needed to expand their knowledge of the world. This led to...

Congratulations Town Trotter State Qualifiers

On July 9th four Town Trotter 4-H club members participated in the PAS Show (Performance Against Standards) all four qualified for the Ohio State Fair. Traveling to Columbus the last week of July were Andrew Pemberton as he qualified in English Pleasure & Equitation as well as Western Horsemanship and Ranch Pleasure. Makayla Gough qualified in Pony Barrels, Poles,...

Mantua Rotary Farmer’s Market

Mantua -  On July 27th  at 10:30 in the morning the Farmer’s Market held a Fresh Fruit Pie Contest.  Only fruit ripe in July could be used to make a pie. The pie filling and crust had to be made from scratch.  There were two categories: the Best Tasting pie, and the Best Looking pie.  The following celebrities were...

Garrettsville Summerfest Contest Winners

Car or Cash Raffle Grand Prize - Mark Ellerhorst iPad 4 - Yevette Summers Gas House Grill - Colleen Shukys Garrettsville Idol Adult Idol - Kristen Zappola Teen Idol - Jasmine Nevarez Youth Idol - Lexi Smith Coloring Contest Hope Bloom Owen Bass Emma Bass Essay Contest Keldan Holm Kylie Greenberg Evelyn West Rebecca Sopher Scavenger Hunt 1st: David Quick 2nd: Debora Chinn 3rd: Stephanie Juzkew, Stephany McMiloen &  Kimmy Wampler Cornhole Tournaments Competitive Division: Gary Lewis, Ron Kugel Social Division: Marvin &...