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Burton – The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will hold its 2013 Annual Organizational Meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the OSU Extension office – Patterson Center on the Geauga County Fairgrounds at 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd. in Burton. The meeting will start at 9:00AM and refreshments will be served. Those interested in participating in the market this year are invited to attend. There will be a presentation by the Board and applications for 2013 will be available.


Check out the possibilities of playing in the Hiram Chamber Orchestra.  Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 in Frohring Recital Hall.  Lockers are available in the Frohring Music Building; instruments are available if your old  sackbut or bassoon is in traction for a while.  This can be a credit course or purely for enjoyment.  If you’re yearning to get back into your own music scene, give it a shot.

Start now, the spring concert will be on April 17 at the Hiram Christian Church.[hr]


Rotarians, bust your buttons, take a bow, last week’s Time Magazine prominently mentioned the role of Rotary International in their feature story about the global initiative to eradicate polio.  The Rotary Foundation has been pivotal in virtually wiping out what was once a worldwide scourge, especially of children.  There are now only three countries–Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria–where the disease remains endemic.  And the fight goes on.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets on Mondays at 5:30 in the Hiram College Dining Hall; membership is always open.[hr]

AND…just in case you missed the END of the WORLD, there IS a comet heading for our solar system.  The newly-discovered Comet ISON, currently passing between the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn, could be one of the brightest ones ever observed in history(That is, since anybody was able to write about it).  If it escapes a close encounter with the sun, it could show up in our night sky as luminous as a full moon sometime around December, 2013.  Watch for it.

The members of Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary recently hosted the assistant District Governor of District 6630, George Schumacher, for the induction ceremony confirming new members Caitlin Ellerhorst Lawless, Mary Ann Brockett, Tom Collins and Don Holtry  (LDS corporate member).  

Garrettsville – This year the Garrettsville Eagles Club Aerie No. 27’s donation of $5,185 was once again awarded to the Portage County District Libraries.

The club members felt that there is great need for funds to continue the many services the library provides.

Receiving the check from Eagles president Tim Kelly were Director Cecilia Swanson, Kathleen Kozup Branch Manager, and Board Member Betty Clapp.

The PCDL District facilities consist of Aurora, Garrettsville Randolph, Streetsboro, and Windham and all materials are shared.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are on the move again.  They’re planning for their annual Christmas party on December 17…including the White Elephant gift exchange, which is always a hit(lots of peanuts).  They’re finalizing their lists (addresses, not who’s been naughty or nice) for the Santa gift delivery on December 23–any donations got to support the People Tree–and setting up routes for the “right jolly old elf” to get presents to the right jolly houses that will be waiting for him on that evening.  They’re sending out thank you notes to all of the generous contributors to the recent fundraiser.  They”re having an induction ceremony for new members on December 10.  They’re discussing the possibility of  using printed placemats for use in  eating establishments in the area as another avenue of fundraising to incorporate local advertising and information about Rotary and its many activities.  They’re patting themselves on the back for being a part of the Rotary International float in the Rose Bowl Parade in January, 2013.  Look for the roses with the G-H logo.


On November 14, the Literary Music Club held their meeting. This being Thanksgiving, we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The women out did themselves, and everything was beautiful. Our thanks to the hostess; Mary Ann Leggett, Jackie Tokosh, and Margaret Paul. Our program was about angels. We also were taught how to make one from coffee filters. They’re sure cute with glitter and all. 


New member, Caitlin Ellerhorst Lawless provided the program for the November 26 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, held in the Kennedy Center’s Elmer Jagow Room because the Hiram College Dining Hall was closed for the Thanksgiving break.  

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians, meeting in the Hiram College Dining Hall on November 19, began their planning for the 2013 Family Week activities, one of the community projects that been a hallmark of the group’s local outreach.  Contacts for the participation of area groups and individuals will be beginning soon and those  wishing to be a part of the action are urged to step up ASAP to be in on the fun.


Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting in Newton Falls featured Dr. Salvatore Frangiamore and Melissa Greathouse from the Northeastern Ohio Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates ( NEOFASA ). The local office is located at 17 East River Street.

Garrettsville Village Piecemakers held their quilt raffle during the Christmas Walk, the winner is Barbara Hardesty of Garrettsville. A special thank you to the JA Garfield Historical Society and all of the patrons who bought tickets.

Pictured above from left to right are Peggy Bunner, V.P., Husband of Barbara Hardesty as she could not accept herself, Rellajeanne Cook, Pres., Lisa Carpenter, Sec.

Windham - Windham Lions club hosted their quarterly zone meeting last week at the Windham United Methodist Church. The Lions Clubs invited Streetsboro, Ravenna, Kent, Garrettsville and Crestwood Lions Club. A representative of the Crestwood Leos was present as well. Garrettsville and Streetsboro clubs were not available.


The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on Thursday, November 15 on the premises of the Eagle Creek Growers on Asbury Rd. for an interesting and informative introduction to the holiday season and some of the people who provide some of its traditional trappings.

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.