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Garrettsville – Another Candlelight Tour has passed into history but the Christmas Walk goes on.

What a cool Walk it is too! Actually, it was closer to COLD than cool most of the time on the opening weekend but there were plenty of folks who braved the wintry blasts and the occasional sprinkles to come out and look at other people’s houses.  Tell the truth now, wouldn’t most of us just like to go around to see what somebody else has hanging on the walls or tossed down the back stairs or tucked, discretely, under the beds or burned on the bottom of the oven?  That’s why I like to go visit my sister.  Bless her heart, she can cook rings around anyone–except my other sister–and knows a thing or two…or three…or four…or…you get the idea…about medical stuff…but I polish up my Martha Stewart housekeeping credentials in comparison with her every time (The other sister makes me look like a paragon of tact and discretion, not to mention a liberal wing-nut.  Gotta love relatives such as these).

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are geared up for their annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction fund-raiser, to be held at SugarBush Golf Course.  Ticket sales are on-going and can be purchased from any member; stop in at the Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty for more information or tickets.  It promises to be another bang-up success, with many local-source items up for bid and available to the shrewd and the lucky and fun-lovers of all ages.  The catered dinner –steak or chicken–will undoubtedly promote conviviality among the varied attendees from across the community.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, meeting in their new location in the Hiram College Dining Hall, eyed their schedule for the coming season…it’s going to be busy.
New member Merlynn Jones and visitor –though not an unknown—John Zimmerman were introduced and gave brief bios and remarks.
First up on October 15 will be the speakers  from the RYLA program this past summer who will recount their experiences and future plans.  Also at this time there may be another update  on exchange student Jessica Lyons, possibly from her parents, possibly “live and in person”  on the internet via Skype.  This meeting will be held in the Brown-Fall Room in the Kennedy Center at 6:30.
Tom Collins reported the addition of local Boy Scouts to the workforce for the approaching roadside clean-up between Garrettsville and Hiram on State Route 82
The  District 6630 Governor’s meeting will be held on October 22; more discussion is in store for the Governor’s Project and the corporate membership options.
The plans for the Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction are ready to leave the station.  Get on board!

Garrettsville – In September, the Garrettsville Eagles Club F.O.E., donated $2,500 to the National Diabetic Research Center. The funds were generated by the third annual golf outing, co-chaired by Matt Eisenmann and Brian Mullins.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Grand Aerie in partnership with the University of Iowa established the Research Center at the University. The University is responsible for the facility while the Grand Aerie pledged the funds for the research.
The winners of the outing were Ben Hawkins, Marci Hawkins, Mac Hawkins and Jimmy Collins.
After the event, the golfers returned to the Eagles Club for a steak dinner and prizes.
Needless to say, the event’s success depended on the work of the large number of volunteers on the course and in the kitchen.
The Club wishes to thank the local merchants and organization for their generous support of this event.
The Eagles Club plans to continue to hold the outing as an annual event in September 2013.


The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for a luncheon and meeting at Burton Congregational Church, 14558 West Park Street, Burton, Ohio  44021.    

The Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce met on September 19.  After introductions, member groups and organizations made general announcements. Edie Benner, President of the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC), announced that the DMRC has received a grant for streetscape improvements to the south end of the Village. The DMRC will be working with Crestwood students and community members on October 5 starting at 7:30 am for a “spruce up” day in Mantua. The group will meet at Jake’s restaurant downtown.

Garrettsville – On Sept. 8, 2012, the 900 Coalition held a free-to-the-public event at the former Paul’s Lumber Yard. This function was the kick-off event for our organization which consists of members of the Garrettsville Safety Forces. Assembled were work vehicles from Scotchman Electric (Bucket Truck), Village Motors (Tow Truck), the Geauga County Sheriff (Emergency Command Vehicle), the Portage County Sheriff (Emergency Command Vehicle and Patrol SUV), Village of Garrettsville Street Dept. (Plow Truck), Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Department (Ladder Truck), Community EMS District (Ambulance), and the Garrettsville Police Department (Police Cars). The vehicles were available for inspection and pictures.
In addition to the vehicles, the participants were greeted by Dora the Explorer. Kids activities included face painting by Just For Kids, an inflatable castle bouncer by Tents for Rent, Fatal Vision drunk driver simulation by the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, and cornhole games. Entertainment was provided by “Mark the Magician”, and the event closed after a K-9 Unit demonstration by Lt. Tim Christopher from Garrettsville PD.
During this event a large box of non-perishable food items was collected and will be donated to the local food bank. The group was also able to give out   numerous bags of school supplies to the kids attending.
The 900 Coalition was able to raise $268 from auction and raffle items; this money will be put  towards the purchase of fitness equipment. Marty Corrao was the winner of the BMX bike raffle.  To date, total funds raised stands at $718.
The group would like to thank those that were able to attend this initial event, and especially those that donated their time or resources to help make the event a reality.  It is hoped that this can become an annual function in the future. Please visit the 900 Coalition Facebook page for information on future events and updates.

Ravenna – The Portage County Historical Society will begin new hours of operation starting September 1, 2012.  The Society is located at 6549-51 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna OH and will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. The museum and library will no longer be open on Sundays for tours or research.

Windham –   Support for the Windham school children was overwhelming this past Sunday, as for the second year in a row the Windham Post of the American Legion and Windham Police joined together to help those in need, bringing together those in the community who gave monetary donations and those who donated school supplies.  Chief Gene Fixler of Windham Police estimated that this year more than twice the amount of school supplies had been donated, and the cruiser was virtually filled front to back. All proceeds from the sale of breakfasts prepared by the American Legion Post 674 Ladies Auxiliary members was also donated.  Legion Commander Jim Pace and 1st Vice Commander Paul Fitzgerald were instrumental with the Chief in helping to plan the event, which in which a total of $505 in cash was collected to be presented to Windham Schools along with the huge amount of school supplies collected, which will be distributed by the schools to those in need.  Chief Fixler stated “I am proud of our community for their generous support to our children. This is one of many reasons that Windham is a wonderful place to live”.

GARRETTSVILLE – A new grassroots organization called the 900 Coalition is hosting their first community fundraising event: “Tools of the Trades Day” on Saturday, September 8, at the former Paul’s Lumber Yard at 8018 French Street (off of Freedom Street) from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Vehicles from many different occupations and trades will be on display for kids and adults to explore. Inflatable bounce attractions will provide entertainment. Additional activities will be indoors.

“The 900 Coalition was recently formed as a way to generate funds for local projects that will have lasting beneficial impacts for the entire community,” says Garrettsville Police Department Sgt. Eric Dunn, Director of the 900 Coalition. 

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians and their guests–District Governor Steve Zabor, past District Governor Jay Dzurilla, Daniel Cartwright, Caitlyn Lawless and Tom & Sherri Collins– recently were treated to a program presented by  Carol Dombrose, founder and operator of Angel House, a facility offering retreats and other programs for inner city young people, and member of the Strongsville Rotary Club.


Nelson Twp. – Literary Musical Club (LMC) held their monthly meeting on July 11. We had eleven member present, sorry to report a couple of members are seriously ill. Our prayers for a speedy recovery are sento to them.

On July 16th, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary club was treated to a travelogue and a performance by Tyler Brady, a member of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, just returned from a tour of Hungary and Poland.   He described the logistics of the tour and many of the experiences shared by the ninety-some students on the trip, which had enjoyable scenery and side trips as well as  performances to appreciative audiences at several venues.  Of particular interest were the visits to Auschwitz, to Krakow, to the relics of Pope John Paul II, to the bath houses of Budapest, to the salt mines.  He had mementos of all sorts and a video of singing Ukrainians; he had memories of a lifetime.


The James A. Garfield Historical Society, meeting in the historic Mott Building, Main Street, Garrettsville on July 16, 2012, began their proceedings by accepting several donations to their collection of documents and artifacts.

From former resident, Virginia Quale, an Underwood portable typewriter (Remember those?),  a Garrettsville H.S. graduation cap with  classmates’ signatures, postcards and a mystery object which will require investigation.  From Tony Scarl came a milk bottle and a jar of spices from the now-defunct Doc’s Restaurant on Main St.  Julie Fredrickson contributed a book of court records from the late 1800’s.  Jhon Kline’s donation was a 1949 Ford automobile advertisement from the Hecky-Pollock dealership in Garrettsville. A painting by local artist Celia Thomas was donated by Dennis Eberhart.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians continued their planning for the coming year by reviewing program prospects, including a visit from the GSETeam–a feature of a Rotary exchange program for young adults in business careers, Tyler Brady of the Cleveland Youth Woodwind Symphony–lately returned from a European tour, a send-off(July 30) for Jessica Lyons who will be leaving for Norway as part of a Rotary exchange program for high school students, Jim Frame and his connection to the Gift of Life program, reports from the local RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) attendees –with an invitation to current Interact members, the annual steak-fry to be held at the home of Ed Perdian of August 27.


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club is looking for a few good members.  If you like interacting with other like-minded, convivial, connected community members…if you are interested in making your local community and your world a better, more caring and interconnected place…if you’d like to be involved in projects and programs supporting education, health care issues worldwide as well as national, cultural exchanges of many kinds at many levels…check out the Rotarians, meeting Monday evenings in the Kennedy Center at Hiram College–dinner at 5:30, meeting at 6:00.  They’ll be looking for you.


The June meeting of the Heart of Doll Country was held at the home of Carolyn Englert.  We have had no response to our query about the girls who participated in a 1999 Doll Tea Party jointly sponsored by Waterfall Antiques and Lee Middleton Dolls.  If you were one of those girls, please contact either Jean Lawrence, 330-546-5810 or Carolyn Englert, 330-527-4888.  We’d love to have a reunion!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, at the meeting on May 5, interviewed candidates  to attend this year’s RYLA gathering at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, June 10-14.  They are proud to announce the selection of  Brittany Sisson and Andrea Sheller of Garfield High School and  Jake Sweet of Windham High School as their representatives to the program. Also present at the meeting was Darren Karlove who attended in 2010 and gave a thumbnail sketch of the activities involved and the positive outcomes they had in his life.  He was appreciative of the great mix of  talents, styles, backgrounds and leadership qualities that were present in the program and the participants.  He felt that it was a life-changing experience.  

LAF SOMe has a new partner!  That’s right, Life After 50, Seniors On the Move is partnering with the new Nelson Garrettsville Senior Social Club (NGSSC).  The NGSSC will offer weekly meetings for area seniors and LAF SOMe will continue to offer day trips and special event gatherings.  The two groups combined efforts will offer area seniors numerous opportunities to socialize and have fun.

Garrettsville – Pack up your favorite unique or antique mail and your forks, the James A. Garfield Historical Society’s May meeting will focus on postcards and pie, a show-and-tell with a twist.  If you’ve got a postcard with a pie on it–cherry stains don’t count–bring it on down to the Mott Building on Main St. on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 for the event.  If your postcard has something to do with local history, you’re in the running too.  If it’s just old, old and interesting, there’s a spot for you as well.  The more, the merrier!

Windham – The spooky world of the paranormal is coming to the Windham Historical Society. At their monthly meeting on Monday, April 16, at 7 PM at the Brick Chapel, 9001 North Main Street, all interested listeners will hear how Windham once stood at the center of the world of psychic research.


Members of 20th Century Club met March 15th at the James A. Garfield Historical Society building on Main Street in Garrettsville for the last business meeting of the year.  Co-hostesses for the evening were Nasreen Kitko and Gay McCoy.  Roll call was an interesting Civil War fact.  The program was delivered by Jan Boehm on GONE WITH THE WIND. Following the program, members were treated to an assortment of St. Patrick Day treats and encouraged to walk around the historical building.  Members will next meet at their annual Spring Party on April 19th at the Garfield Building in Hiram OH at the intersection of Rt. 305 and Rt. 82.  The Spring Party committee comprised of Jan Boehm (Chair), Jeannette Marvin Hall, Nasreen Kitko, and Cherri Wolfe, will plan the dinner and ordination of officers.


The March 6th meeting of The Heart of Doll Country was held at the United Methodist Church in Garrettsville.  Present were Pat Dutchman, Kerin Denna, Carolyn Englert, and Jean Lawrence.  After the Minutes of the previous meeting were read, and the Treasurer’s report given, a discussion on the issue of continuing to meet at the church was held.  Due to a decline in membership, it was decided to move our meetings to member’s homes.  The next topic was our annual Luncheon, to be held in July this year, with a theme of A Doll’s Christmas in July.  A speaker, Sandy Pelphrey has been arranged, and we talked about table decorations, competitions, and ticket sales.  A guest was introduced, Helen Danku, who had a hand made Raggedy Ann doll that was made for her children years ago.  She wanted advice on how to clean and care for the doll.  The members responded with some good conservation techniques.  Pat served light refreshments, and Helen won the door prize, a lovely plant.  The next meeting will be April 3rd, at the home of Carolyn Englert.  If you are interested in visiting or joining the club, feel free to contact Carolyn at pindolllady@gmail.com or 330-527-4888.


The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was treated to a “Family Act” on Monday, March 9 in the ballroom of the Hiram College Kennedy Center as Vera and Christophe Waroquet, with their children, Ronan, Etienne and Sophia presented a delightful musical evening featuring piano, guitar and vocal numbers by the various family members, individually and together. There were stories of travel and of the role of Rotary in bringing them all together and to the United States. There were stories of bringing the “blended” family into one household–Hungary, France, Morocco were part of the mix, as were Brigham Young University and Carnegie-Mellon University, concert tours and an interest in American History–a sort of “Brady Bunch” with an international flavor. Also part of the tale was the Aurora School of Music, founded nearly five years ago and still expanding in many directions, using digital technology and an enthusiastic and accomplished staff. The master classes, the video streaming of recitals, the recordings, the summer camps all make this a success story in the arts. The family then showcased their individual talents: Ronan played a Bartok piece, Etienne sang “Do You Hear the People Singing?” from “Le Mis”, Sophia shyly did a song of her own, Christophe did an Italian number and “River” by Garth Brooks and Vera gave her interpretation of the G minor Rhapsody by Brahms, managing to give what is often termed “heavy” a thoughtful and energetic presentation…to the great enjoyment of all in attendance. It was a captivating evening.


Members of 20th Century Club met March 1st at the home of Connie Crate. Co-hostess for the evening was Gay McCoy.  Members answered roll call with their favorite English custom.  The program was given by Jeannette Marvin Hall on SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.  Following the program members enjoyed a baked potato bar with all the fixings.   The next meeting will be held on March 15th at the James A. Garfield Historical Society.  Co-hostesses will be Nasreen Kitko and Gay McCoy.  The program will be given by Jan Boehm.


Nelson Twp. – The Literary Music Club had their meeting at Nelson Community center on March 14th. As a result of nice spring weather we had 6 members in attendance. Kathy Spolarch was our hostess; she had the tables set in a St. Patrick’s theme. We had three birthdays for March, Ann Spolarch, Kathy Spolarch and Sally Kittle. Iva Walker entertained us with her “Chocolate Confection” and it was very interesting to hear about where chocolate comes from. We always enjoy her speeches. Next month we will go to Hawaii, Margaret Lappert is in Hawaii for her vacation and will have lots to tell. Our next meeting is April 11. See you there!

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Family Week ended as it began, with fun for all in attendance.  The kids of all ages got to engage in games and contests and craft projects–with or without face-painting.  Awards for participation in all of the various competitions –art & essays, etc.–were handed out.  The craft table was popular, with kids making cards for moms & dads and just about anybody else they thought fondly of.  The importance of family was shining through the whole day.
Couples married fifty years and more, eight of them, were recognized.  Donald & June  Crawford took the longevity sweepstakes, having been married a fun-filled fifty-eight years…and counting.  The Family of the Year–the Douglas and Karen Lyons family, with Porter, the Transplant Guy, in attendance– received their award as well.

The inflatable slide/rock climb was a big hit with the intrepid of all sizes and descriptions.  Plenty of dads and grandpas are still feeling the effects of assisting on “the slopes”.  What can we say?  The day was a success!

Still more activities are on the horizon for G-H Rotary : The Four-Way Speech Contest is rapidly approaching; any teens wishing to participate should start honing their skills and plan to contact a Rotarian to get on the roster.   There is a prize and a chance to compete on a district level–good experience.

Windham – The Windham Historical Society continues its busy 2012 schedule on Monday, March 19, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham.

The program for this meeting will be presentations by two Windham High School seniors, Caitlyn Isler and Julia Brookover, as the final step in their pursuit of Windham Historical Society scholarships.

These scholarships are underwritten by the Stuart Higley Foundation, administered by descendants of one of Windham’s founding families. The Higley Foundation has been a long time benefactor of the Historical Society.

Julia will be talking about the effects of the coming of the Ravenna Arsenal on her extended family, which was uprooted in 1939 when the federal government took the family farm. She has done extensive research and interviews to prepare a personal look at the sociological effects of that important time in Windham history.

Caitlyn will freeze a moment in time when she talks about “When Richard Nixon Came To Windham.” Very few people who settled here after 1972 know about the excitement of that day, one week before his re-election, and Caitlyn has compiled an entertaining look back in time – right down to how it threw the Taft cows off their milking schedule.

Both of the students are leaders at Windham High School. Caitlyn is an All-Conference athlete, playing volleyball, softball and basketball, and serving on Student Council and National Honor Society. She is heading to Ohio State University to major in exercise science.

Julia, who is  class valedictorian, has engaged in the Drama Club, choir, National Honor Society, and volunteers in numerous activities. She has been accepted into the Honors College of Toledo University, pursuing a degree in psychology.
The public is invited to this free presentation by two of Windham finest scholars.

The Society is always interested in obtaining, whether permanently or on loan, any object with relevance to Windham. Items of special interest include pictures, scrapbooks, ephemera, newspapers, advertising, tokens, school items, sports items, or family genealogy.
For more information on the Society, please call President Lynnea St. John at 330-326-6061, or email her at lynnya45@yahoo.com.


The Trumbull County 4-H program has a youth club focused on teaching kids how to build robots and they are looking for new youth to join the club.
The 4-H robotics project is designed to engage youth in using science, technology, engineering, and math skills to build Lego robots.  Youth will work in small groups to build and program their own robot.  Kids will learn what a robot is, how to build one, and how to program it to interact with its environment.  The 4-H Robotics group earned three new Lego robot kids through a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Pictured above are (front row) Olivia Valot, Angela Agati, Natalie Albert , Melody Jacques, Genevieve Bailey and Rebecca DeSanto. Back row Katrelyn Jacques, Christina Gargas, Emalea Moore, Alyssa Hartley, Alyson Sites, Jersee Hogue and Deanie Simpson

Newton Falls – Our local Girl Scout Troop 239 is helping the American Red Cross by donating seven quilts, after reading an article requesting needed items.

The troop began their “service project” in September. They set up a quilting frame in their meeting room at First Church of God and sewed at each meeting; cutting material, knotting and stitching and finishing the last quilt in November.

Pat Leach, leader of the Troop, said there are six Scouts doing the project for their Bronze Award which is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. The blankets were presented to representatives Christina Gargas, and Deanie Simpson from American Red Cross at a recent meeting. At the meeting, Gargas discussed the services provided and explained the blood drives that are held locally. This information was helpful to the girls receiving  their First Aid Badge. Working as a team, the Scouts shared a new experience while gaining knowledge and confidence while making a difference in their community.

It’s Girl Scout cookie time – call 330-872-7937 to place your order.  The profit from sales help fund new experiences like this. Thank you!


Members of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville and their guests met on February 16 in the Fellowship Hall of St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville to become acquainted with the artistic and spiritual journeys of sculptor and woodcarver Rich Cermak.  

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are The Rotarian Train, highballing it to the Family Fun Week coming up, starting with the Music Festival on Sunday, February 26 in the Iva Walker Auditorium at James A. Garfield High School, proceeding through the Community Night Out activities (3/2/12) and Grandparents Night (2/28/12) at the Portage County District Library and ending with the Fun Festival (FREE!) on March 3 at the Garfield Elementary building.  Make your reservations on the calendar right now and listen for the humming on the tracks.

There will be contests galore, face-painting and games, fun for everyone.  The Boy Scouts will be manning the food operations on Saturday.  Inflatables will be available for sliding, bouncing climbing, you-name-it.  Family Founders–couples married fifty years or more–are invited to attend Saturday’s festivities to receive recognition and a token  reward(Nothing compared to their families themselves, of course).

Any community members who’d like to participate and volunteer their time and expertise are welcome to contact Rotarians.  Check in with Delores at McCumbers-Brady Realty or with Amy at the Business Works, both on Main Street, Garrettsville and you can be a conductor too!

Besides all of that, clubs of District 6630 are looking for nominations for “Rotary Heroes”, individuals who exemplify the goals and principles of Rotary, worldwide (not necessarily Rotarians).  On April 11, the local group will be hosting Rotary Group Study Exchange students at a regular meeting and invite interested parties to attend.  District Rotary Youth Exchange students (Ours will be Jessica Lyons this year) will be meeting on April 14.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club meets on Monday evenings in the Kennedy Center at Hiram College; dinner at 5:30, meeting at 6:00.  You’re invited.


LAF/SOMe, the Garrettsville Area Seniors Group is pleased to announce the following upcoming trips.  Reservations are required and should be made by calling The Villager at 330-527-5761. Trips are open to anyone over the age of 21 who wants to enjoy life!


Friday, February 10, 2012,  The Great Big Home and Garden Expo and the Cleveland IX Center.  Includes  event entrance ticket, transportation and gratuity.  Bus Leaves at 10 a.m. and will return to Garrettsville at approximately 6 p.m.  Cost $23 per person.  SEATING IS LIMITED.  Reservation required no later than February 3rd.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  Gaming at Presque Isle Casino and Dinner at the Ferrante Winery.

Enjoy the day with games of chance at the Presque Isle Casino in Erie PA., then on to an early dinner at the Ferrante Winery and Restorante in Geneva, OH.  Enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine while overlooking 65 acres of manicured vineyards in the Grand River Valley.  And of course, while we are there, if you choose, you may also enjoy a wine tasting of Ferrante’s award winning vino.  Bus will leave Garrettsville at 8 a.m. and return approximately 7 p.m.  Cost for this trip is $59 per person and includes transportation, bus gratuity, dinner and wine tasting at Ferrante and a casino bonus.  Reservation required, payment due no later than February 15th.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Lunch and a Show!

J.B. Productions presents “A Tribute Show” Direct from Las Vegas

and Branson, MO.  This very special tribute show will bring back to mind many of your favorite performers. With Frank Pisani as master of ceremonies, these exceptional look-a-like and sound-a-like entertainers will bring to the stage such greats as: Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Durante, George Burns, Cher plus others (subject to change). You’ll be absolutely amazed. Relive the special moments these stars represent.

Cost for this trip is $49 per person and includes transportation, lunch and the show.  Bus will leave Garrettsville at 10 a.m. and return approximately 5 p.m.  Reservation required, SEATING IS VERY LIMITED.  Payment required no later than March 2, 2012.

Windham Dirt Daubers, a 40 year old garden club, has decided to hang up their garden tools at the first of the year, citing declining membership as the primary reason. The club started May 10, 1971 after Susan Kauppila-Happel had envisioned forming a group of ladies to learn more about plants and flowers along with other related issues.   The members listed on the roster when they dissolved were Marilyn John, Diana Martin, Rita Light, Rita Greene, Debbie Davis, Angie Smithburger, Dawn Kahoun, Dona McGuire, and Lynnea St, John. Inactive members were Karen Hoskins, Pat Clayton and original member Pat Burns.

Over the years the group had been very busy in the community. They had planted flowering crab trees around the circle of the township Green, they landscaped the court yard at Katherine Thomas (K.T.) Elementary School, planted the garden in front of the community center, built, maintained and planted flowers at the welcome signs one sees as they enter the town. They also landscaped the school sign at the high school and held fundraisers for vinyl picnic tables for the high school and junior high.

More recently, the garden club has maintained and planted flowers at the gazebo, war monuments and post office along with the welcome signs.  The group not only planted the flowers, they watered them, weeded them and kept them looking great all season long. During the holiday season the group had always decorated the gazebo and served cookies for the community lighting ceremony, which they hope someone else will pick up where they left off.

Besides garden activities, the Dirt Daubers could be seen out supporting community causes as well. The group had worked with “Toys for Tots”, Salvation Army, the Athletic Boosters and had even purchased clothing for the children at K. T. Elementary Schools. They were committed to their community.

Along with working in their community, the group has had many guest speakers at their meetings speaking on a variety of topics that expanded their knowledge of gardening and other related topics. They even had a beekeeper come in to expand their knowledge of bees and how they relate to gardening. The club also had toured gardens over the years and most recently toured the Draime Estate Gardens in Howland which is owned by Kent State Horticulture. They were an active club that served their community diligently and will be sorely missed.

It was at the December township trustee meeting where Marilyn John, president of the club announced it was with great regret the garden club would disband on the first of January 2012. She cited declining membership and the age of current members was making it difficult to continue as the reasons behind the decision. John said she hoped the village and the township would continue to decorate for Christmas and has donated the decorations for the gazebo to the township.  The announcement at the meeting brought a statement from Chairman Dann Timmons, who said he was sorry to see them disband after being such an icon in the community for 40 years but he guessed it was a sign of the times, where as folks were just are not interested in garden clubs anymore.  Timmons,  along with the other two trustees, has vowed to see that the gazebo is decorated each year for the holidays.

The garden club will be sorely missed.


Tired but triumphant after their successful Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club moved on to business-as-usual at their 11/14/11 meeting.


The Twentieth Century Club met at the home of Mary Furillo  on November 17th.  Members answered roll call by answering “Do you believe in angels?”

The program for the evening was presented by Maxine Nimtz on The Bishop’s Wife, a novel by Robert Nathan that was made into a movie in 1947.  She focused on the character of Julia Brougham in the novel.

During the meeting a motion was passed to donate to the People Tree and members decided on a gift exchange for the Christmas party.

Following the meeting, members socialized while being served pumpkin roll and beverages provided by the hostess and her co-hostess Shirley Miller.

The next meeting will be the Christmas party held at the home of Jan Boehm on December 15th.  Leah Schultz will serve as co-hostess.


Members of 20th Century Club of Garrettsville met October 20 at the home of Joan Kropp.  Jan Chalker was her co-hostess.  Women answered roll call by naming a piece of world art that they admired.  The program featured Garrettsville’s own world-famous Joe Leonard and his wood carvings.  Joe brought with him his portfolio of carvings and a small griffin sculpture. He explained how he taught himself to carve by reading books on the subject,and how he created seventeen carrousel horses for the Disney project in France and two more afterwards for admiring customers.  His flying pegasus and a griffin are presently touring the world with fellow mythical characters from around the world.  The tour began in the US in New York City and will be on display in the Spring back in the US at the Natural History Museum in Cleveland. Another flying pegasus will be on display at an upcoming art show at the IX Center.

Besides his profession, Leonard is also known in the community for his role as Nelson Trustee and as the owner and driver of a vintage fire engine that can be seen at  local community and  charity events.  He also teaches carving workshops.

Following the program, pumpkin pie was served.  The next meeting will be held on November 17th at the home of Mary Furillo with Shirly Miller serving as co-hostess and Maxine Nimtz presenting the program.


Garrettsville – In October the Garrettsville Eagles Club, F. O. E. 2705 sponsored the second annual golf outing to benefit the National Diabetic Research Center. The event was co-chaired by Matt Eisenman and Brian Mullins and generated $2,000 for the Center. In spite of the inclement weather, eleven teams participated in the scramble.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Grand Aerie, in partnership with the University of Iowa, established the Research Center at the University. The University is responsible for the facility while the Grand Aerie pledged the funds for the research.

When everyone  finished, a tie existed  between Team Mowren consisting of Wes Mowen, Mike Lawrence, Doug Berg and Eric Berg.  Team Walls members were Glenn Walls, Daryl Guyette and two players who came in late and their names are unavailable.

The individual winners were Doug Berg for Long Drive on Hole #7; Eric Berg on Hole #15, while Daryl Guyette and Brian Mullins scored closest to the pin on Holes #5 and #10 respectively.

After the event, the golfers returned to the Eagles Club for a steak dinner to receive their prizes for individual achievements and numerous door prizes.

Needless to say, the event’s success depended on the work of the large number of volunteers that worked the course and contacted local merchants for their donations.

The Club wishes to thank the local merchants and organizations for their generous support of this event. Gold Sponsors were Kelly and Ferraro Att-at-Law, Eaton Corp and The Garrettsville Eagles Club. Hole Sponsors were Morco Construction, Penney Auto Body, Carlton Harley Davidson, Wingate Alloy Inc., Ellerhorst Insurance, 3-D Electric, and Davey Tree.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8, 2012 for next year’s event.


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are out and about again, with their annual–well, mostly–roadside clean-up on St. Rte 82 between Garrettsville and Hiram.  You know the line,”the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”?  Well, it sort of applied  in this instance.  Those that were able to show up–they definitely showed in fluorescent vests–(several auxiliary possibilities were unable to make it) did yeoman service by removing several bags of the usual detritus–bottles, cans, paper, UTAOs (Unidentified Thrown-Away Objects) and some items best left unidentified too precisely.

This followed the meeting on October 3 when plans for the approaching Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction were put in train for the big event coming up on November 10 at SugarBush Golf. Sponsorships are available  for those wishing to make a contribution.  Tickets also can be obtained from any member.  A top prize of $ 1000 is mighty tempting and the auction items look good too.

The club maintained its community-minded chops once again by making a donation to the JAG MVP campus surveillance fund being mounted by a group hoping to place security cameras and equipment on school facilities to reduce threats to public safety and property security.  The possibility of securing a matching grant from Rotary District 6630 was also brought up; it will be investigated.

Steve Zabor, district-governor-in-waiting and member of the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary Club, is slated to attend the October 10 meeting.

Bob Jackson, secretary-treasurer par excellence, is sorely missed but recovering.  He will, no doubt, return better than ever, though that would be hard to do.

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 each or 6 for $5. The quilt will be on display at Monroe’s Orchard, 6313 Pioneer Trail from October 13 through November 11. All proceeds from the quilt raffle will go to support the food shelf. Ellie has been donating a quilt to benefit the 4 C’s, for several years and this year it is more important than ever because of the rising cost of food and the increase in numbers of people using the food shelf. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Ellie for her dedication.

Garrettsville –  Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce holds a $750 cash raffle with proceeds from the raffle going to scholarships for J. A. Garfield and Hiram College students. This year’s grand prize is $750 along with an added second prize food basket from local merchants and a third prize fun basket from local merchants. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from most Garrettsville merchants and eateries, as well as the Weekly Villager, Skylanes Bowling Alley, Huntington and Middlefield Banks. The ticket prices are 6 tickets for $5 or $1 each. The drawing will be held October 20, 2011 at the close of Business Showcase located at J. A. Garfield High School Gym. The showcase opens at 5pm and closes at 8pm. Winners need not be present for the drawing.


The  Literary Musical Club held their meeting on Sept. 14th at The Community Center in Nelson.We were pleased to have such a nice turn out. It is always nice to see all the members  come for our day out.
We celebrated everyone’s birthday all at one time. We had a birthday party for everyone. The tables were  birthday- decorated and we had birthday cake with all the trimmings. Each  member brought a birthday present. These presents were to be useful items that can be used to keep house. The items were gathered up and donated to the new home in Ravenna for the homeless women veterans. This home is supported by the Veterans of America. It is for women and they need your help.
Last month we gathered and went to lunch. Some husbands were there also. Always nice to share our good time with our partners.
Our next goal is to collect some handmade items to be used in a Santa Shop for the children in the Windham School. This is a place for the children to be able to come and buy a gift for their mother or father. We need some help in getting handcrafts for this program. All you members who are crafty please try to help us.
For the members who do not come to the meetings on a regular basis we need your help also.
The next meeting will be October 12. This will be a musical experience. Come and tap your toes and sing along. See you there.


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 was picked for this trip, with lunch at the Pufferbelly Restaurant to follow.

Next up was a discussion on the Christmas trees we decorate for the Geauga County Library.  We decided to do this at our next meeting, October 4th and members were asked to bring ornaments to help decorate the trees.  These are table top trees which are donated to the library, and distributed to patrons to decorate.  They are put on display at the various branches, and people bid on them to raise money for the library.

The next Luncheon was brought up, and we may not be able to hold it when we first discussed, due to doll people attending the UFDC convention those weekends.  Pat Dutchman will report back on this.

Our Christmas party will be held at the home of Carolyn Englert, on November 1rst.  It will be a potluck, and members are asked to bring an unwrapped, new toy to be given to charity.

At Share and Tell, member Sue Lehota talked about the travel dolls exchanged by her daughter and a lady in New Zealand on behalf of their respective children.  The dolls are sent with travel journals, and the two women exchange photos of where the dolls were taken and purchase accessories to be sent back.
Carolyn Englert gave a program on provenance in doll collecting, and shared a picture of her grandmother with the doll Carolyn inherited from her.  Provenance is the history of the doll, or any other collectible object, and adds to its value.
The next meeting will be held on October 4th, at the United Methodist Church in Garrettsville.  If you are interested in coming, or would like more information on the club, call Carolyn at 330-527-4888


Newton Township – For months now, members of the Newton Township Cemetery Association have volunteered their time and energy to bringing new life to a piece of local history – several pieces, in fact.
Multiple headstones, monuments, and other grave markers – many as old as the early 1800s – have fallen into disrepair due to age, the elements, and the misfortune of vandalism, and literally lie in pieces throughout the cemeteries in and around Newton Falls. The Cemetery Association has been working long hours to mend, patch, and restore these markers as close to their original condition as possible and bring dignity back to the final resting places of so many former residents of the small town. Always a continual process, the workers have been doing as much as they can before the snow falls, while contending with the challenge of a humid Ohio summer, beating the heat by spending precious cooler morning hours among the quiet granite and marble, Association members have made significant progress in the restoration plan.
Last Thursday morning, members from the local American Legion Post 236 stopped by the cemetery down the street from the fire station to present a check to the Association volunteers. Opened in 1813 and considered the first hallowed ground in Newton Falls, this is just one of the seven cemeteries under the care of the Township. The funds will be used for construction materials to repair headstones and landscaping elements in an effort to further beautify and honor the sacred spaces.
If anyone is interested in helping out and could spare a few hours with the project, the Cemetery Association meetings are the third Thursday of each month at the Township Administration Building. Also, they plan to have an informational table at the Firefighters Auxiliary’s Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 1st. They would love to share with you how you could be a part of this historical undertaking.


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 get plenty lively.  Stories are called for and recited, ideas drift in with the smoke.  Interest in all things historical…or hysterical…can take new and fascinating paths.  Volunteers (and the semi-coerced) were signed up for the fair and plans were laid for more activities throughout the year.  The uninvited mosquitoes and lightning bugs were in evidence as the gathering broke up.

Regular meetings of the JAGHS are held in the organization’s headquarters at the Mott Building on Garrettsville’s Main Street at 7:30 on every third Monday of the month.  All are invited.


For all of you out there who’ve been just waiting to join the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club but got hung up on the meeting night, here’s your chance.  The group is moving back to its Monday night time slot and will be convening at the Kennedy Center in Hiram at 5:30.  The food and the service at the Main Street Grille and Brewing Company were outstanding , greatly appreciated and may be utilized at a later date for special occasions but Mondays are the “dark night” at “the Mill” so the change requires a new venue.  Many thanks to the accommodating chef, staff and the Kepiches for their hospitality.

On August 23 and 30 the G-H club will be meeting for special programs with the Mantua-Shalersville club.  Regular programming begins after the Labor Day holiday, on September 12.  Everyone is invited.