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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

Homespun Creativity on Display for Holidays

Craft Shows in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Now that the costumes from Halloween have been tucked away into closets, the collected candy undoubtedly devoured long ago, and the dishes from Thanksgiving have been cleared, the celebratory focus will soon turn to preparations for the plethora of winter holidays approaching right around the corner of the calendar. Whether the cooler weather brings thoughts of...

Crestwood Primary School Celebrates Socktober

Crestwood Primary School Celebrates Socktober

Mantua - Prompted by an online call to action from Kid President, who has shared such timeless advice as “open your heart more than your mouth,” and “create something that will make the world awesome,” students at Crestwood Primary School decided to celebrate the month of October by collecting socks for those in need. And they sure collected a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. •...

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...

J.A. Garfield Student Laptop Pickup Dates Scheduled

Garrettsville - Technology is today’s pencil. It is becoming an integral part of teaching and learning. Every James A. Garfield Student in grades 7 - 12 is issued an HP Chromebook. The devices are being provided to students as learning tools that will allow them to create, collaborate, communicate and engage in critical thinking activities. Dates have been scheduled for...

Go Yellow4Friends! Day on August 10

Be a friend. Go yellow. “Yellow is the universal color of friendship and happiness. (Think yellow roses for a friend, yellow smiley faces, yellow sunshine in the summertime.) We like to think we provide those things: friendship, smiles and warmth.” So says Ashley (Heavner) Doringo (daughter of Denette Heavner, who owns Denette’s Golden Mirror in Garrettsville). Doringo graduated from James A....

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

The 37th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on Saturday, September 12th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at...

Portage Parks Seeks Input On Master Plan

Portage County - The Portage Park District has launched a Comprehensive Parks Master Plan project to guide the District and its use of levy funds over the next ten years.  Led by planning consultant Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., the Master Plan project will seek public input through a variety of ways to determine the needs and opportunities for parks, trails...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report – Week of July 17

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians discovered that they had a “Rivergod” in their midst, as member Mike Keas gave an outline of his varied and interesting career(s) at the July 13, 2015 meeting. A Jack-of-all-trades and , clearly, master of quite a lot ,he traced his progress through meatcutting, the rafting business, corporate training, commercial management, insurance, field service management, optician training,...

Help Falls Raise Funds with Family Fun Day

Newton Falls - At the beginning of July, the Community Center area of Newton Falls bustled with the excitement of Independence Day celebrations complete with carnival rides and fireworks, but that spot in town isn’t quite done playing host to family-style festivities this month. On Saturday, July 25th, residents and visitors are invited to come on out for another day...

Thomas Collins Named President of Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The final June meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was a busy one. It saw the installation of the new 2015-2016 club president, Thomas Collins (Installing officer, Jim Irwin, Tom’s family in attendance),  and other club officers : Amy Crawford—treasurer, Mike Keas—sergeant–at-arms, Delores McCumbers—immediate past president (Secretary Ted Lysiak  will be installed at a later date).  The ceremony focused on...

The Big Read Grant to Have Big Impact on Hiram College Community Reading Program

Hiram – The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College wants you to curl up with a good book. A book titled “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, to be specific. The Center, along with its partners—which include three library systems, four high schools and many Hiram College academic departments—will a host a campus and community-wide...

“Avenue Q” Opens July 2nd in Aurora

Aurora - Smart, risqué and downright entertaining, “Avenue Q” opens at 8 pm Thursday, July 2 and continues through July 18 at Aurora Community Theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. Winner of the TONY “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is full of heart and hummable tunes, people, puppets and politically incorrect lyrics in what...

Village Tavern Hosts Spudfest Fundraiser

Mantua - As you may know, due to overwhelming community support, the Mantua Potato Festival is back on, and will take place on September 11th, 12th and 13th. If you’d like to do your part to help insure the success of this year’s Potato Festival, you’ve got plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks. Here’s what you can do: This...

Crestwood School Board Approves Surround Care Program

Mantua - At their last regular meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to initiate a program called Surround Care, a before and after school program for district students. The program will run from 6:30 am until 6 pm during the school year, which begins on August 18th. Registration is open to all children enrolled in the Crestwood District from...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report – June 22, 2015

Time marches on and so does the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram.  The meeting on June 22, 2015—first full day of SUMMER—featured reports from two young ladies who had participated in Rotary youth programs. Megan Ryser was the local recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which  took her to Baldwin-Wallace University for what she termed “a life-changing” experience.  It was...

Warren Amateur Radio Annual Field Day

Warren Amateur Radio field day will be held at Mosquito Lake State park at the boat ramp off route 305. It will begin around 2 pm  on Saturday the 27th and end on Sunday the 28th at 2pm.  You do not have to be a ham operator to participate. As long as there is a valid ham operator at the...

Summer Dance Clinic in Ravenna

Ravenna - Summer is our favorite time of the year, and this summer we’re offering a completely new take on our popular dance classes. A newly designed Summer Dance Clinic is now open to dancers of all abilities and styles of interest and will improve and expand your skills. Students will learn fast in this enjoyable combination class of Ballet,...

Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls Return to Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville - Hey kids do you think you have the strongest legs in town? Well, here is your chance to prove it. Buckeye Pedal Tractor Pulls are coming to Garrettsville Summerfest this summer and it is expected to be a hit. The pulls are for all ages and will be held on the bridge, on Sunday June 28 at...

Three Days of Outstanding Headlining Acts at Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville Summerfest boasts three stages of music playing throughout the entire weekend. Friday night, will kick off the event with Blue Siren, Boys are Back and Pop Culture. Each band plays a different genre of music. Blue Siren features local artist Avonlea Wensel, along with Rick Seidle, Randy Stan, Jen Carey and Jimmy Stafford. They play a variety of music...

Barney the Barn Rooster announces the Annual Barn Sale

Middlefield - Barney the Barn Rooster has been waiting all winter long for our Annual Barn Sale at The Barn Treasures in Middlefield on Saturday, June 20th. From 9am until 4 pm you can stop by and see the huge selection of items both inside and outside.  Barney invites all treasure hunters to come and have a fun day...

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