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Mantua – For the first time ever, the Rotary Club of Mantua is hosting its Christmas Tour of Homes during the first two weekends in December.  While usually held in November, this year’s December tour of homes will help you get into the holiday spirit, giving you ideas for decking your own halls while it begins to look a lot like Christmas around town.

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Red Caboose at the Mantua Station Pharmacy at the time of the tour.  Reservations for the Candlelight Tour on Thursday, December 5th may be purchased by making a reservation for a 7 pm, 8 pm, or 9 pm time slot, with only 50 tickets available for each hour. Candlelight Tour ticket will allow guests to visit any homes during the daylight tour hours if they do not have the opportunity to view them all that evening. Please note that only 50 tickets are available for each hourly time slot.

The Community in Action for Windham has been very busy since their inception, earlier this fall. The group was started with an idea to serve the community of Windham and its people.  This is being accomplished by helping those folks in need and to bring the community together as a whole, by having events for families, individuals and the youth. In doing this, they plan to work along with other organizations, groups, churches, clubs, schools and businesses to make this the best community that they can. They are very busy achieving their goal.  Although they are the new kids on the block, so to speak, they have been making some noise and getting a lot of things accomplished, while many are just contemplating getting things done. 

Newton Falls – Business resumed as usual at the November meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association.

The agenda opened with the financial reports for September and October as well as approval of the minutes for both months before proceeding to old business. The annual tree decorating has been scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29th, at noon. Anyone who wants to come out and help make the little spot at Four Corners Park (by Positive Images) festive for the holidays is welcome to join in the effort. Although the tree that was planted in 2012 did not last, another tree has already been chosen and will be transplanted with the intention of becoming a permanent fixture. The official tree lighting will be the following weekend on Saturday, December 7th at 6pm. Santa is expected to make an appearance, so bring out the whole family for an evening of Christmas merriment. Residents will have a chance to chat with Santa even earlier than Saturday as he visits the Newton Falls Family Dollar store on Thursday, December 5th at 5pm.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on November 18, 2013 in the historic Mott Building for their regular monthly meeting to conduct the following business :

The historical marker grant commemorating the 1935 train robbery in Garrettsville has been approved by the Ohio Historical Society.  Julie Thompson, who spearheaded the local effort through her senior “capstone” project at Hiram College, has acted as liaison to the OHS  and estimates that the marker may be in place by May near the Headwaters Bike and Hike Trail, by S&K Sales and Service. Fund-raising to secure the necessary dollars for its completion is on-going.  Interested contributors may contact any member of the JAGHS.

Newton Falls – The Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls welcomed seven new members this year.  Some members were invited to join by friends; others wanted to take part in the many activities that benefit Newton Falls residents and children, especially after reading the newspaper articles about this service organization.

We asked these members why they joined or what activities they particularly liked.  Alma Griffith enjoyed starting the perennial garden and really enjoys getting involved in the food-in-backpacks program.  She liked the junior Olympics—in fact, all the projects with the youth in the community, to make them better citizens and take pride in the community. “It lets you know what our community has to offer.  The companionship of Kiwanis members is wonderful at events such as bingo at Allan Dell and Laurie Ann. “All this makes our community a better place to live.  It’s fun talking up Newton Falls. I look forward to every Tuesday [meeting or bingo night].“

Carole Mazanetz really enjoyed helping at bingo.  She adds, “It was delightful passing out new books, which the club bought, to the first graders at the elementary school.”

Both of these new members helped to label books for the backpack program while accepting cakes prior to the Cake Walk.  Our Kiwanis Club appreciates the contribution of these new members.

Kiwanis meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant,  22 W. Broad, Newton Falls, except for the last Tuesday of the month, which is bingo night at Laurie Ann and Allan Dell.  Please consider joining us.  See more at http://newtonfallskiwanisclub.webs.com .

 

Elf Helpers, sign up for your Santa delivery of Christmas gifts ASAP.  Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are co-ordinating the personal visits by the “right jolly old elf” again this year.  For many families, it is a tradition  stretching across generations, so you’ll want to make sure that you  sign up and get the packages that you’d like to be delivered to either The Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty on Main St., Garrettsville.  There is no charge for the service but donations will be turned over to the local People Tree to ensure that others in the community will have a happy holiday as well.

It’s all about the Reverse Raffle coming up on November 7 at the Sugar Bush Golf Club.  The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are entertaining everybody they can find and sell a ticket to.  There are side boards and steaks, chicken and choice baskets to bid on, a substantial pot to win, music and competition-level conviviality.  It’s the big fund-raiser of the year for the local Rotary Club that will enable them to carry out their community projects, such as the traditional Santa Delivery service for Christmas, Family Week in January/February, the bowling league during the winter months, roadside clean-up when the weather improves…all manner of help and happiness throughout the year.

Come check out the festivities.  Talk to a Rotarian.    New projects are always on the horizon.  New members are always welcome.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets every Monday evening in the Dining Hall at Hiram College at 5:30-6:00 for dinner,  program  until 7:00.

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 Hilton East in Beachwood (This is a Grand Foundation Event).
District Governor Johnson outlined some of the emphases to be coming in Rotary programs, including membership efforts, grant management—local project focus, choosing host families for student exchanges early, rapid changes in exchange programs, new look of international projects with sustainability highlighted—health, water, literacy, Polio Plus, etc.– a new, simplified district strategic plan, new emphasis on youth, changing formats, new IT dimensions, new demographics. The world rushes on.

Locally, the Reverse Raffle looms and tickets are out.

Club members may attend student exchange interviews; seeking interested families for hosting exchange students.

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 as a whole, they decided it was time to pay it forward to one of their own.

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 will be the program for the next meeting .  Solar energy is on the plate sometime in November.  Raffle tickets are coming.

The Business Showcase on October 17, partnering with the Portage County Park District will be the next big activity, to be followed by the Reverse Raffle in November at the SugarBush Golf Club.

Can the Santa Claus Delivery Project be far behind?

On October 9th the monthly meeting of the Literary Music Club (LMC) was held. Although the weather was nice, we didn’t have a good turnout. Come on, ladies, we need all the members to attend. Our hostesses were Mary Ann Leggett and Alma Jones. Thanks ladies, it was a good job.  September was our lunch out; it was held at The Mill and there was a good turnout.

In November we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Also we are planning another craft show, November 16th & 17th at the Nelson Community Center, we will have refreshments along with the tables of crafts. Remember, it’s getting to be Christmas shopping time. Who knows, you might find an interesting gift.

Jeannette Hall gave a book report this month which was interesting and a few books to give away. Thanks Jeannette!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians met September 30 in the Hiram College Dining Hall to make the acquaintance of a prospective foreign exchange student.  Rachel Schwan and her mother, Lisa Schwan, came, hopeful of gaining the group’s support for participation in the Rotary International Student Exchange  program.   Rachel expressed an interest in Iceland as her first choice but would be  amenable to just about any possibilities.  Her interest had been sparked, in part, by the Garfield guidance counselor, Jennifer Alvim, and by the participation of Jessica Lyons during the 2012-2013 school year.  Her graduation requirements will be completed before departure so that she will be able to spend her senior year in whichever country is her final destination.  Members chipped  in with their own experiences and information and began making plans for  advancing the application process so that this dream can come true.  Carol Donley is the group’s youth exchange  officer and will be assisting in the preparations.

Roadside clean-up looms.  It is to be hoped that Interact  and Boy Scout volunteers will be part of the mix.

The Reverse Raffle fundraiser is the next big event on the horizon.  Lists and tickets and catering  arrangements are activities now on the agenda.  Tickets will be available soon.  Get your tables together.

District Governor Bob Johnson of the Middlefield club will be making an official visitation on October 21.

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club is planning to join the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce as a community member.

The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met at the home of Cherri Wolfe on Nichols Rd. on October 3, 2013.  Maxine Nimtz was the co-hostess and the roll call was answered by stating “Where I Get My News”.

In keeping with the 2013-2014 program theme, Exploring the World with Dewey, the program was drawn from the 000s—Generalities.  Joyce Fashing presented a fascinating program on Susan Butcher, the second woman to win the well-known…and very grueling …Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska.  Before Butcher died of leukemia in 2005at age 51, she had won the Iditarod four times, set a speed record in the race, and been honored by groups recognizing women’s accomplishments in sport and  other areas of endeavor.  Her husband and daughter still operate the Trailbreaker Kennels in Alaska.  She and her husband wrote a children’s book about a sled dog, Granite.  She was in the inaugural class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.  The first Saturday in March (opening day of the Iditarod) is marked in Alaska as Susan Butcher Day.

The club will next meet at the home of Connie Crate on October 17.  The roll call will be to Share a P Paranormal  Experience(100s—Philosophy and Psychology).

The Friends of Melana is sponsoring its third murder mystery night on Nov 2nd at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall at 11845 St. Rt.44, Mantua.  Presale tickets only.  The doors open at 6pm featuring the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group presenting “Murder at the Masquerade Ball”.  Limited tickets are available at the following locations in Garrettsville:  Ryser Insurance Agency, Huntington Bank, Miller’s Restaurant and Skylane Bowling Alley OR by contacting Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093.  Tickets are $40.  Evening includes a Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle and chances for three get away packages.  The benefit is in memory of Melana Matson…her hope shines on.  All proceeds raised are for children’s glioma cancer research.

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.

Garrettsville – Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get an up close view of the vehicles and some of them they could even get their hands on. 

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On July 24, The Silver Creek Garden Club of Garrettsville toured Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. The cemetery is the final resting place of James A. Garfield, Elliot Ness, and John D. Rockefeller to name only a few. The guided tour focused on the large diversity of trees and the history of the cemetery. Lunch was enjoyed by all at the nearby Washington Place Restaurant’s outdoor cafe.

The next meeting will be August 28 at the West Side Market in Cleveland. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant. New Members are always welcome. If you wish to carpool, meet at the Garrettsville Cinema parking lot at 9:30.

Nelson Twp. – A program presented at the Nelson Community Center on July 25th dealt with the life of James Knowlton. This surprise program was presented by his daughter, Shirley Knowlton Hofmeister, and featured many photos, newspaper articles, and information about his family, favorite hobbies, career and recreational activities that Jim has enjoyed over the years. 

 

Mantua – The September meeting, of the Mantua Village Garden Club, will meet at the home of Debbie Haylett on Monday, September 9th, at noon.  The meeting will start off with a delicious pot luck luncheon, which will include a variety of home made dishes.  After lunch, and a short business meeting, Debbie has designed a mystery craft workshop for the group.  She wants it to be a surprise – so if you like crafts, potlucks, and surprises, please feel free to join us.  Call Diane Lottig @ 330-274-2868, or Lea Lazar @ 330-274-0614.  The MVGC will have a bake sale table, at The Potato Festival, on Saturday, Sept.7.  We will also have a walking float in the Potato Festival Parade, on Sunday, Sept. 8, so be sure to look for us and give us a shout!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are gearing up for the start of their fall club activities by fortifying themselves at the steak fry on August 19.  Hot grill, cool beverages, pot-luck  accompaniments, good company….  Way to go, Rotary.  New members welcome!

Garrettsville-Hiram  Rotary went in for nuts & bolts in their meeting on July 28.  Bolts were as follows :

  • Members will be calling and contacting individuals who signed up at the Rotary booth during SummerFest with invitations to a fall meeting, September  23.   Save-the-date cards will be going out.
  • The club will be sponsoring a hole at the Jeremy Collins Foundation Memorial Golf Outing to be held at SugarBush Golf Club on August 10.
  •  Invitations will be going out to neighboring clubs,  district officials and “Friends of Rotary” for the annual steak fry  to be held on August 19.
  • Since district dues are assessed by membership rolls, a great sorting is under way to include only active members of the club.  Twenty dollars per member goes to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Amy Crawford will be the contact person for scheduling events using Hiram College facilities.
  • Program chairpersons for the year will be signing up  soon.
  • Kim Kohli and Delores McCumbers will be attending district membership meetings
  • Thoughts are already turning to the big fund-raising event of the year, the Reverse Raffle to be held on November 7.

As far as nuts went, Carol and Al Donnely will be going officially inactive for the duration of a class which they will be participating in, though they will be taking part in as many club activities as possible.
At the  August 5 meeting, Rotary met to deal with business matters, including contact with prospective members, ordering of steaks for the meal on August 19,  the return to the Hiram College Dining Hall on August 26, getting appropriate individuals passwords for computer communications, compiling  names for those assuming official duties so that the district can be notified.
Next meeting will be on August 12 in the Kennedy Center, Hiram College, at 5:30

 

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are gearing up for more activities on their very busy calendar.
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the fall fund-raiser, the website project, the   quest for new members, the Santa Claus delivery night, Family Week, even the Four-Way Speech Competition next spring.  Possibly new on the list: sponsorship of a hole in the  Jeremy Collins Foundation Memorial Golf Outing to be held at Sugar Bush Golf Course on August 10 (For more information, contact a Collins or Jessica Kohler with the Charles Auto Family).  Prospective members    (Folks who signed up at the Rotary booth during the SummerFest) will be invited to attend a meeting and get a look at the programs enjoyed by the local group as well as the national and international projects that are open for involvement.  The Rotary International theme for this year is : Engage Rotary.   Change Lives.
Here’s your chance.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary reflected on a number of things at their most recent meeting in the Hiram College Dining Hall. To wit :
Jim Irwin’s account of the Tall Ships event in Cleveland sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland—interesting but HOT.
Local flooding…with pictures on cell phones, natch…and recollections of other flood events.
Discussion of the names of those with some interest in Rotary acquired during the SummerFest and thoughts on inviting these individuals to a meeting  in September.
The annual steak-fry to be held on August 19, with invitations to neighboring clubs and district officers.  Plans for making this event a success, as usual.
Comments by Tom Collins on the Portage County Park District’s plans to hire individuals to remove invasive species from as much and as many of the District’s land holdings as possible.
A message from the district governor’s office urging all clubs to make their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation to support its ongoing work.
A reminder that dues are due.
Lights out.

The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet on Monday, August 5, at noon. After a pot luck luncheon, and short business meeting, we will tour Dean Olson’s beautiful flower gardens. We welcome those who are interested, to join us. Contact Diane Lottig at 330-274-2868 for meeting location and further details.
The MVGC would like to thank everyone who stopped by our May Plant sale, for making it such a resounding success! We offered a great variety of local plants. For the first time, this year, we also included a 50/50 raffle, to help raise funds, to beautify the village. Watch for us, and our walking float, in the Potato Festival parade, on Sunday September 8th.

The Literary Music Club (LMC) met on July 19th for our monthly meeting. Our hostess were Barbara Hill and Margaret Lappert. They used a  patriotic theme in red, white and blue. Members brought a covered dish of picnic type food. They had hamburgers and hot dogs.
Our attendance was as usual, except for Alma Jones who never misses, I hope she is all right. There were two visitors; Shirley Anderson and Pat Peoples. Let’s hope they will return again. We were entertained by toe-tapping music from Michelle and Matt Minnick.
We are planning on having a craft show in November, watch for the dates. Since we had a storm approaching we all tried to get on the way home, hope everyone made it safe.

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Mantua – Recently at Crestwood Intermediate School, 4th grade Girl Scout Junior Troops #243, #533 & #442 sold homemade bracelets to fellow students to support classmate Mathieu Arotin.  Mathieu has a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 (SMA type 2).  Due to this disease, Mathieu is confined to a power wheelchair. The wheelchair gives him the ability to play with his friends, go to school, travel around his home, and go to his many doctor appointments.  Mathieu’s family is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van in which he can take  his chair to and from these places.  The Girl Scouts, along with a few other friends of Mathieu’s who sold a different variety of homemade bracelets,  made over 1,000 bracelets and raised a total of $730 to put towards the cost of a van.  Mathieu was given his big check on the last day of school – needless to say, he was all smiles!  Thank you CIS students, staff, anonymous donors and Crestwood families for all your generosity!
More fundraising for Mathieu will continue this fall with a school-wide talent show in November.

Newton Falls – Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls would like to thank several donors who helped us create the perennial garden at the corner of Broad and Center Streets.  Newton Falls TOPS donated 17 perennials after their plant sale.  Mayor Lyle Waddell donated time, labor and water as we set up our garden.  Susan Holub and Chris Drake donated all the extra plants from their plant exchange May 25 at the Community Center.  Kiwanis member Alma Griffith provided care for the plants at her home until our May 30 planting date, and brought potting soil to help improve the quality of the ground.  She also coordinated the planting arrangement. Other members donated plants, too.  Eric Read, friend of Kiwanis, helped us dig and plant for several hours.
Kiwanis hopes everyone will enjoy the perennial garden.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society has been awarded a grant from the Hiram Community Trust.  The grant is titled “Preserving Our Community’s Past, Present, and Future Pride.  Funds provided by the grant will be used to purchase the hardware and software needed to inventory and archive items and documents.  This will make information more readily available and easily accessible for our members and the community.  Upon completion, our information will be shared with the Hiram College Archives for mutual benefit.  We thank the Hiram Community Trust for this award and look forward to this project.

Nelson Twp – Literary Music Club (LMC) held their meeting on June 12 at Nelson Community Center. The hostess’ were Billie English and Marguerite Strawman. Thanks ladies, everything was nice.
Our program was wedding cake decorating by Mary Leggett. Some members brought their wedding pictures. This was interesting; my, how we change in looks over the years.
On Friday June 14th seven of us attended a program on the grand opening of “Miss Liberty House”. Our club donated to them several months ago. We were invited to attend the ceremonies. Thanks to those who attended.
In July we are having a covered dish picnic, please plan on attending. It’s always  fun  to have a casual summer activity. The date is July 19th.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians have sent Laura Wilburn, Joseph Miranda and Britney Collins to the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) at Baldwin-Wallace, sponsored by the local club and others in the district.  The young people were drawn from Garfield HS and Windham HS and should return with many ideas and experiences to enrich their schools and communities…just like Rotary!

The group is also looking forward to participating in  the Tall Ships event coming to the harbor in Cleveland , July 4-7.  The tall ships will be open for tours from 11 to 6 and should provide an occasion for education and enjoyment for the whole family.  The event is offered by the Rotary Club of Cleveland  Because of this activity, there will be no regular meeting on July 8th.

G-H Rotary will be participating in the activities of Garrettsville’s SummerFest by having a booth in front of McCumbers-Brady  Realty  offering information on Rotary activities and programs as well as chances on the big raffle prize.  New individuals looking for meaningful community activities are always welcome.

More District and local activities–raffle baskets, InterAct certificates, zone meeting, grant application seminar (with details), new member recruitment, co-operation with the Rotary Club of Mantua– are all on tap.  Join them on Mondays in the Kennedy Center at Hiram College at 5:30.

Mantua – The Mantua Historical Society hosted General James A. Garfield, portrayed by Wayne Enders, on Sunday, June 9th, at the Mantua Center Christian Church.  Mr. Enders (pictured) had clothes made especially for him that replicated Garfield’s.  Before becoming a general, James A. Garfield was a minister, who actually preached in this same church.  The topic for the evening event, which had approximately forty people in attendance, was Gen. Garfield as a newly elected congressman to Northeastern Ohio, a retired major general of the Rebellion, and a past president of Hiram College.  The Society’s next meeting, on Monday, July 15th, will be a road trip to a local home to view their antiques.

 

Newton Falls – Newton Falls Kiwanis Club announces its new website.  Members are happy to share news of our events and volunteer work in the community.  The site also links to Kiwanis International, UNICEF, Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, and to our upcoming Labor Day 4-mile race / or 2-mile walk, which benefits the Senior Citizen Van program.  Set the date:  September 2.  Registration forms are online.  We’d like to see many families participate together in the walk or run this year.  See more at  http://newtonfallskiwanisclub.webs.com .

The triumphal return of Jessica Lyons from her stint as a Rotary Exchange student in Norway was celebrated at the June 3rd meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.

Jessica and her parents, Doug and Karen Lyons, recounted their experiences on both sides of the Atlantic and expressed appreciation for the assistance and support of the local club in making this adventure possible.  All were positive about the personal growth achieved and the expansion of horizons facilitated by the time spent abroad and the communication between the student, the parents, the members, the host families and communities.  It was all about learning…at every level.

Ravenna – The Ravenna Lions will be celebrating 60 years of serving the Ravenna Community on Friday, June 28th at the Ravenna Elks Club, 776 N. Freedom Ave. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.

The buffet dinner consists of; Sliced Roast Beef au jus, Pretzel covered chicken, roasted red skinned potatoes, Steamed green beans, Garden tossed salad, Rolls & butter. There will be a choice of coffee, iced tea and water. Desserts will be provided. There will also be a cash bar provided by the Elks.

Our special guests this evening will be District 13-D Governor John Woodside.

The cost is $25 per person and is open to the public. If you’d like to come celebrate with us, please send your payment to Club Treasurer Rick Fredrick, 1861 Algonquin Place, Kent, Ohio 44240.

The deadline for all reservations is Monday, June 19th. Please make all checks payable to the Ravenna Lions. For more information please contact Lion President Deborah Sunderland at 330-730-2114.

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Garrettsville – Members of the Garrettsville Village Piecemakers quilt guild and others have made over 36 quilts for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Previously they made and donated 47 quilts to Joplin, Missouri.

“We feel it’s important to use our time and talents to help others,” said Phyllis Bolden, shown, with 15 quilts going to the Atlantic City, N.J. area.

To donate clean cotton fabric or batting, contact Carol Srajer at 330-562-8869.

Newton Falls – During the May meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, the agenda focused on town events.

As the president, secretary and treasurer were excused, no voting could be done, due to only having one officer present. However, the gathering time was put to good use as much was to be discussed. The minutes from the previous meeting were accepted as submitted and will be revisited at the next meeting with a vote to officially enter them into record. As there were no specific communications that needed to be addressed and the financial report will be postponed until June, the floor was given to a special guest, Christine Newman who is the organizer of the Arts in the Park which will be in its third year this summer. Ms. Newman spoke about the upcoming festival, scheduled for August 10th, namely the benefits of having a gathering of creative artists, and the costs associated with creating the free event for the community. Local artists of varied genres gather in Veterans Park and use the backdrop of the waterfalls as an inspirational setting for an afternoon of demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for all ages. This year the organizers are looking for sponsors to help defray the financial responsibilities and there are multiple sponsorship levels available for those who wish to help support the cause. Ms. Newman’s specific proposal to the Association involved an option tailored to the multiple-business organization and will be reviewed by the Finance Committee and will then be voted on by the members at a future meeting. Sponsorships are open to anyone in the community regardless of business affliation, so for more information interested individuals can contact the Arts in the Park chairperson at (440) 781-4578. To see highlights of last year’s event, search for “Newton Falls Arts in the Park” on your favorite web-browser.

The James A. Garfield Historical Society was happy to accept a number of donations for its collections at the May 20, 2013 meeting:  Bob and Jean Farley contributed pictures, maps and merchants’ placards from early days in business (C.W. Payne Insurance) in the village.  Rhonda McCullough Jones  contributed  pictures of classes taught at Nelson by her grandmother, Lana McCullough.

Mantua - At the Mantua Historical Society’s May meeting, the members brought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam era memorabilia from their families, to share with guests and each other in honor of Memorial Day. Cara Broemsen, a guest, is seen looking over some of the display.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Sunday, June 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mantua Center Christian Church’s sanctuary, which is located on the historic Mantua Center Green (at S. R. 82 and Mantua Center Road).  General James A. Garfield, portrayed by Wayne Enders, will be present to speak as a newly elected congressman from northeast Ohio, a retired major general and a past president of Hiram College.  Our meetings are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

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Newton Falls - Newton Falls Kiwanis Club and nearly sixty enthusiastic 6- to 12-year olds spent a chilly May 11 morning enjoying track and field events.  Co-sponsored by Positive Images, and with much help from Coach Brian Bugos and the high school track team, these games allow our young people to exercise and have fun with their peers, while learning about track skills.  These games originated over thirty years ago, beginning with an idea from Trooper Tim DelVecchio and Andy Jacob, then developed by Kiwanis member Andy Jacob.  Mr. Jacob was honored by having the name of the games changed to the Andy Jacob Junior Olympics, and Kiwanis is happy to carry out the games in his memory.

IMG_1693athletes&parents@awardsStudents participated in a softball throw, with measurements for distance and accuracy.  Another fun event was the obstacle course, which concluded with a little silliness–a run around a bucket.  The running long jump was interesting for the children, who learned about the white take-off line.  The games concluded with 25-meter, 50-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter races.  It was exciting for the children to be in a race that began by starter pistol.

At the awards ceremony, participants received t-shirts and either a ribbon or medal for each event.  Special thanks go to the school board and Superintendent Woodard for allowing these events at the school, Coach Bugos and the track team, Positive Images, the wonderfully supportive parents, and the booster club for having the concession stand open.  Kiwanis also thanks the Church of God for a donation to help with expenses.

Kiwanis welcomes new members.  Consider coming to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays (except the last Tuesday of the month) at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant, 22 W. Broad Street

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 these other countries, indeed, had stereotypes of Americans in mind, but the stereotypes were different in each country.  Many of these were based on the America seen in the movies or on television, even You Tube.  They could be about behavior, social mores, hair color, perceived social interaction and warmth, any number of things.  They were often wildly inaccurate.

Returning home was another change of focus and views askew from what she had witnessed in her travels.  Americans seldom recognize the fact that they are based in a certain amount of “colonialist” attitude when dealing with the rest of the world and often fail to respect an “internationalist” outlook–not  “patriotic” enough.  Both within and without America, stereotypes tend to vary by age group ( Depending upon how much television is watched or how many movies are seen perhaps?).  English is everywhere.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is meeting at 5:30 in the Hiram College Kennedy Center on Mondays  through the summer.  There will be no meeting on Memorial Day.

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at the St. Denis Golf Club, 16660 Chardon Road (Rt. 6), Chardon, 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 Dijon pork loin, buttered redskin potatoes, green beans almondine, tossed salad, rolls and butter, vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, coffee, tea, and iced tea.

The program will be a speaker from STRS discussing our retirement system.

Cost is $18.00 (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aid Fund).  Mail your reservations to Ruth Holm, 15920 Arbor Trail, Newbury, OH 44065.  Please make your check out to GCRTA and send your reservation by May 27, 2013.

Bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel, or someone who may need a ride.

Our association welcomes any person who was employed by a school district anywhere in the United States.  For further information about membership, please contact Jean Paine at 440-286-4992.

Remember to bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.  The Hunger Cupboard is especially in need of canned soups and paper products.

If you need a ride from Geauga Transit, call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 a week ahead of time to make your reservation.