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Rep. Clyde Announces Funds for Statewide Evaluation by Ravenna Group $125,000 awarded for Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities Program Study

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has released $125,000 for the Institute on Outcome Analysis in Ravenna. The funds will be used to evaluate the impact of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) “Employment First” pilot program. The Institute on Outcome Analysis is headed by Dr. Robert Cimera, Associate Professor of Lifespan Development and Educational...

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...

Village Piecemaker’s Quilt Club to Raffle “Village Square” Quilt

The Village Piecemaker’s Quilt Club has created this beautiful queen size quilt (95” x 112”)  called “Village Square”.   This quilt, which is being raffled,  will be on display at the Weekly Villager office (8088 Main Street, Garrettsville) during the Garrettsville Summerfest.  Tickets for the quilt are 6 for $5 or $1 each and will be available at the...

Freedom Township Trustees News

Freedom  Twp. - The  regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was held on  Thursday, May 3, 2012 with all board members present. After review and approval of the April 19, 2012 minutes Mr. Jeffrey Derthick gave the zoning report.  Derthick reported that there were several lot splits, additions and new home inquiries.  No written reports of zoning...

Early Birds Give the Most

Ravenna - Some people started preparing for the Christmas holidays as early as Halloween. Others got a start on their shopping by Thanksgiving or Black Friday. But even these early birds were put to shame by a group of young kids known as the Chesty Pullers Young Marines. Back on October 1, they started collecting 4,000 toys for 360...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Plans InterAct Appreciation Day

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians bid a fond farewell to February, 2016 on Leap Day, February29, the likes of which will not be seen again for four years (In a less-contentious election year, let us hope). President Tom Collins urged members to make their opinions known on a pending agreement between the Sierra Club and AEP (American Electrical Power) which will come before...

Bluegrass Festival in Newton Falls

General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 6th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. Bands which are currently scheduled to perform are Vertical Limit, Limited Edition and Joe Click & Family. Well-known local bluegrass personality, Charlie Lape has volunteered his time to emcee the event. The Festival will be held at the Newton Falls Community Center located...

Garfield Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees..Part 2

Ray Bohn Garfield Hall of Fame

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District will once again be honoring its own.  Graduates who have excelled in athletics, the arts, sciences, public service, national service will find a place on the Hall of Fame.  The Villager has been spotlighting the honorees prior to the induction event on April 30 at the James A. Garfield High...

Dealing with Caregiver Burnout and Medication Misuse in the Elderly

Ravenna - Coleman Adult Day Services is offering an informational session to those Portage County families and caregivers who are feeling the stresses of being the main support of a loved one in need, targeting those who are assisting someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This free event will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 5:30p.m....

Fire Board Explores Fuel Options

Windham - The WVFD Fire Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting for May at the fire station with all board members and fiscal officer present. In the fire chief’s report, Chief Iwanyckyj asked the board if they could partition part of the meeting room off to make a lounge for the medics who are on call. The cost of...

Newton Falls Community Easter Egg Hunt

Newton Falls - Despite the very cold weather in the week preceding, Saturday, March 23, was a great day for the 60th Newton Falls  Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the  Girl Scouts.    A cool, but sunny day made the crowd a little less than previous years but gave those attending a bigger haul of prizes.  Over 7000...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on January20, 2014 in the historic Mott Building on Main St., Garrettsville for their regularly-scheduled (third Monday of each month) meeting…plenty to talk about. The mills of the gods grind slowly and so do the proceedings of the Ohio Historical Society.  Cash greases the wheels in all too many situations and...

Mantua Historical Society News

Mantua - At our August meeting, Phil and Marie Derthick (pictured) shared some  conversation with the Mantua Historical Society about their ancestry, their 50 years of marriage, local history, and their past and present farm  operations, including the Corn Maze, which is occurring now. After a short business meeting on Monday, September 16th, the public was invited to view some...

Destination Aurora

Welcome to Destination Aurora.  News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Turkey Trot:  The annual 4 mile Turkey Trot and Mashed Potato Mile will be held on Thanksgiving morning.  Both courses begin and end at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.  Registration begins at 7:00am with the Mashed Potato Mile beginning at 8:00am and the Turkey Trot beginning...

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 – Hiram Rotary Report

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on Monday, September12 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville (lately recovered from the crowds at Sunday’s Queen of Hearts event) for their first–of-the-month business meeting. The business, in this case, was reporting by local delegates to this year’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) events held at Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH.  The young people  who...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Community Christmas Tree project was part of the meeting’s discussion. The tree is to be located downtown at the former Chic and Shabby/Root Store corner, donated by Dane Horvath of Horvath Landscaping. Tom Collins will be providing lights and community members will be invited to bring (non-breakable) ornaments to decorate the tree. On Saturday, November 8th and Saturday, November 15th, Santa’s sleigh will be on-site, as will Santa, from 12:00 to 4:00. At that time, donations to the People Tree or the Community Cupboard will be received—food items, a toy or cash donations. Possibility of photo opportunity as well. On the 8th and the 22nd , District 6630 Rotarians are invited to a Cash Mob/Flash Mob in the village, Sam Bixler and his horses and wagon will be delighting passengers about town and the Spirit will be in the air.

Windham Historical Society News

Windham - The Windham Historical Society has become the repository of many of the artworks of world famous woodcarver Huber King, who spent his entire life in Windham. King received numerous awards in juried competitions, including his American Bicentennial carving, pictured above, which he boldly entered into a British woodcarving show in 1976.The carvings are the donation of his...

Windham Fire Board Purchases Ambulance

Windham - The Windham Volunteer Fire Department (W.V.F.D) Joint Fire District board met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with four of the five board members. The board’s first action was to approve the fiscal report and expenditures. After a month of research and review, the board has approved the purchase of a new ambulance. The board goal is to try...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary caught a glimpse into an appalling abyss with Roger Cram’s presentation on the hidden world of human trafficking, something that few are aware of and fewer still wish to acknowledge, confront or take adequate measures to end.  While calling the U.S, “the ostrich nation”, he offered statistics on the numbers of  street kids, illegal immigrants, homeless persons...

Area Businessman Has A Successful Career Change

Garrettsville - James Irwin who was part owner and operator of Irwin Hardware on Main St. in Garrettsville for over 30 years,  is now an independent insurance agent known as “Irwin Health & Life”. Jim services many individuals in the north east Ohio region. He  specializes in the senior age markets, (65 and older), those  who are in the Medicare...

Find Your Voice at Upcoming Forum

Shalersville - When Bill Baker learned that injection wells - those wells built for long-term storage of the waste products of the hydraulic injection process, were to be drilled in targeted areas of Mansfield, Baker’s passion for citizens’ rights was ignited. For those unfamiliar with the process, an injection well is a vertical pipe in the ground into which...

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...

Restoration of Buckeye Block Building Cues Revival on Main Street

Garrettsville - Restoration leads to revival. The renovation of downtown’s Buckeye Block Building is out to prove that. Just a year ago, the village’s anchor Main Street building was in such a severe state of deterioration, officials feared it was a public threat and might need to be torn down. Along with it would go four keystone businesses: Garrettsville Foot...

Geauga County Historical Society Presents Vintage Summer Fashion

Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society reminds the public that its 2016 clothing exhibit, titled Vintage Summer Fashions, will continue to be open for public viewing every Friday afternoon through October 7, 2016, from noon to 4 P. M., as well as during the Apple Butter Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2016.  The exhibit...

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...

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...

WVFD Joint Fire District Plans Open House, Increases Staffed Hours

Windham - The Windham Fire Department open house is planned for Sunday October, 9th from 9am – 1pm in conjunction with the start of Fire Prevention Week. There is a planned health fair; helicopter demonstration, 50/50 raffle, safety literature and lunch will be provided. In other district news, the Fire Board meeting, the Fire Board evaluated the station staffing program...

James A. Garfield Elementary School Students Take a World Tour at Hiram College

Hiram – While it’s almost impossible for a sixth grader to travel the world, that’s exactly what 115 students from James A. Garfield Elementary School did at Hiram College’s World Fair. The students spent the morning touring 11 different countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Philippines and Japan, and listening to presentations from international and study abroad students. Afterwards they headed over...

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

May 7, 6:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.  Know your precinct; call the Board of Elections, if you need to find this information.  Bring your government-issued I.D. (driver’s license) or utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government document or check-- with your address.  Exercise your RIGHT to VOTE.  Memorial Day is coming; the people we honor then have given you this privilege,...

Openings Available For Playground Camp

Ravenna Recreation Department still has openings its Summer Playground Camp program for children entering K-7th grade in the Fall 2013 and the Jr. Camp Counselor program for children entering 8th, 9th and 10th grade in Fall 2013. Program is held at John Tontimonia City Park from June 10 to August 9 (No camp July 4th). Call the Parks and Recreation...

Freedom Trustee News

Freedom Township - The regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Hammar at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2011, immediately following the public hearing. In attendance were Trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector and Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present were  Harold...

Buckeye Trail Association Building New Hiking And Backpacking Trail

Ravenna - The Buckeye Trail is a hiking trail that circles the whole state of Ohio and is 1,444 miles long. It is built and maintained by the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) and numerous volunteers.As a non-profit organization, they strive to provide outdoor recreation through hiking and backpacking to all four corners of Ohio. Now the BTA wants to...

Home 44444 the Holidays Removed From Chamber Schedule

Newton Falls - After the traditional summer hiatus, the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association reconvened last Tuesday for their September meeting. Proceeding with business as usual with the financial report and approval of the previous meeting’s minutes, those present then welcomed guest Carrie Anderson, the community liaison of the school district. She spoke briefly about her role in reaching out...

Portage Park District Holds Awards Dinner

The 17th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Benefit Dinner was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, and a fine evening it was. The appetizers were contributions of local gourmet-type friends of the park district, using an array of locally-sourced foods.  The music was provided by the semi-locally-sourced Byrne Brothers, Jay (of Garrettsville) and Greg (imported from the West Coast). ...

Windham Church Celebrates 200 Years

Windham - Windham’s Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) celebrated 200 years serving the community this past Sunday.  The celebration included the traditional morning worship, a catered dinner and a dedication service in the afternoon. The church was established in Becket, MA, on May 20, 1811 prior to the residents heading west to establish a new community here in Windham....

Area Police Receive Specialized Training in Hiram

Hiram - Recently, Officers from Hiram Mantua, Garrettsville, Windham, Aurora and Portage County Sheriff’s Office had the opportunity to participate in specialized firearms training and driving simulator training from the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA).  Interestingly enough, so did I. Before you jump to conclusions, picturing an untrained clutz like me wielding a firearm, let me state that, although...

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...

Hiram Township Trustee News

Hiram Twp. - The Hiram Township Trustees met last week for their second gathering of the new year. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mr. Brewer opened the meeting at 7pm with the reading of the minutes from the January 4th meeting. In the evening’s...

DI Competition Makes Hiram the Destination

Mantua - Recently, Ohio’s Region 15 Destination Imagination tournament day took place on the Hiram College campus. The competition matched Crestwood’s eight teams against 57 teams from 10 other school districts across Summit, Portage, Geauga and Lake Counties in six different challenges. It was a big day for the 51 Crestwood students that began working on their individual challenges...

Troy Homecoming Rich in History

Troy Twp. - This past weekend Troy Township held its  Annual Homecoming Celebration behind the community center off  State Route 422, near the intersection of State Route 700. They had many things one would expect to find at an old fashioned homecoming celebration. Horseshoe tournaments, magic show, Civil War encampment,  pick-up truck pulls, a parade, live music, pet show,...

Literary Music Club News

Literary Music Club held their meeting on January 9th. This was the meeting to install new officers. We need more members to attend the meetings, so the same people do not have to serve over and over. Margaret Lappert will be the new president, vice president is Jeannette Hall, treasurer is Margarite Strawman, and secretary is Billie English. Alma...

Windham Lights Parade a Success

Windham - Folks flocked to the streets and braved the bitter cold Sunday night to watch the first Winter Lights Parade sponsored by Community in Action for Windham (CIAFW). The event was held in conjunction with the Windham Community Church Fellowship Tree Lighting in the gazebo on the township green. The parade line-up began at Dollar General, stepped off at...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club “Bigger and Better Than Ever”

The June 8, 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram, at Cal’s II in Sky Plaza, Garrettsville featured a program presented by departing exchange student, Lenart Zsadany, better known as “Zad”.  He spoke of  some of the highlights of his stay in the U.S. with the Collins, Schwan and Brown families, mentioning the travel—New York, Chicago, Outer Banks,...

Burton Ohio Antiques Market Returns On June 9 With Over 400 Dealers

Burton - Don't miss what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the antiques show summer season.  Now celebrating its 51st year, the Burton Antiques Market returns to the Geauga County Fairgrounds for the first of this years’ semi-annual shows on June 9th.   With 400 of America's leading dealers displaying their finest antiques and vintage...

Iron Eagle Martial Arts of Mantua Celebrates One Year In Business

Mantua - As of January 2013, Iron Eagle Martial Arts of Mantua celebrated one year in business!  They offer classes in Traditional Taekwondo and Krav Maga (an Israeli self-defense system focusing on hand to hand combat) for beginner and advanced martial artists and specialized self-defense seminars, as this is at the core of what they teach.  Chief Instructor Steve...

Rib Burn Off in Burton

Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society Century Village Museum in Burton is sponsoring a festive Memorial Day weekend Rib Burn Off at the Museum.  The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00, rain or shine, just off the square in Burton.  So, Bring YOUR party to OUR party and you...

Hiram Receives 152-acre Gift of Protected Land

Hiram – Hiram College has added 152 acres of protected woodlands and wetlands property as part of its James T. Barrow Field Station east of the college’s main campus. Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization working in 14 northern Ohio counties, partnered with the college to acquire the property, which was formerly owned by Isaac Yomtovian and is...

All About Aurora Drive-It-Yourself Tour

Aurora - FREE FAMILY FUN – Prizes, Giveaways and More! A fun FREE way to learn more about Aurora and surrounding area businesses. On Saturday, July 20, 2013 "Tour Stops" will be offering activities, freebies, discounts and much more. Simply print a map from our website www.AllAboutAurora.com and start your adventure! Once you have completed the required number of...

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company