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Freedom Township News

| Published on March 21, 2014

As the new year is progressing, Freedom Township has had an uneventful winter. Our township was well prepared for the weather; we have experienced NO shortage of road material.  There have not been any major issues come up in the township.  Our rental halls have been used on a regular …

The Singing Weavers to Minister on March 16th

| Published on March 12, 2014

Freedom Twp – The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on Sunday March 16 at 10:30 a.m. with a covered dish dinner following.

G-Men Alumni Encouraged to “Save The Date”

| Published on March 9, 2014

The 9th Annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on Sept 20th. Anyone who attended JAG High School is welcome to attend. The event will include dinner, entertainment by the award winning high school band and tours of the campus including …

The Truth Behind Snow Days

| Published on December 4, 2013

Winter weather is officially upon us.  With this weather comes the ‘polarizing’ topic of Snow Days. When I was a child I participated in all of the rituals that supposedly helped the snow day cause.  I wore my pajamas backwards.  I flushed ice cubes down the toilet.  I even opened …

Can You See Excellence In Action?

| Published on October 30, 2013

Our students are amazing. Academically they perform at levels that exceed expectations. For example, our third grade math scores were third highest in Northeast Ohio (96.6%). Our high school students showed improvements in all five areas of the Ohio Graduation Test, and this is after they were already scoring above …

D-Store & Deli… Delicious

| Published on June 9, 2013

Freedom Twp – D-Store & Deli, located next to Detour Drive-Thru at 6869 SR 303, is giving one lucky individual the chance to win a free sub. Simply present the coupon located on page 4 when purchasing one of their delicious sandwiches, to be entered into the drawing.
Not content to …

Canine Classes Recently Held

| Published on February 20, 2013

The Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District recently played host to area police canine units, holding a joint continuing education class. Firefighters and EMS providers were instructed on working at multi-disciplinary scenes involving canine units, how to operate around them, and how to help them in an emergency. Many thanks go to …

Freedom Township Trustee News

| Published on November 9, 2012

Freedom Twp. – After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Regular Meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Martin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  Present were trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, and John C. Zizka; Karen Martin, Fiscal Officer; Road Superintendent, …

Singing Weavers To Minister

| Published on September 15, 2012

Freedom Twp. – The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on September 16 at 10:30am; a covered-dish dinner will follow.
The Singing Weavers is a three-generation family group. They have been traveling and spreading God’s love through music and sharing the gospel for 40 years.
Their …

Freedom Township Trustees News

| Published on June 9, 2012

Freedom  Twp. – The  regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was held on  Thursday, May 3, 2012 with all board members present.
After review and approval of the April 19, 2012 minutes Mr. Jeffrey Derthick gave the zoning report.  Derthick reported that there were several lot splits, additions …

Freedom Twp. Gains Grant to Resurface Vaughn Road

| Published on March 23, 2012

Freedom Twp. – Freedom Township Board of Trustees met in regular session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012. It was the last meeting for Fiscal Officer Rosemary Nicholas, who is retiring at the end of the month after 12 years of service. Karen Martin of Mantua will fill …

Freedom Township Grapples with Zoning & Fracking

| Published on March 8, 2012

Freedom Twp. – The Freedom Township Board of Trustees met in regular session on Monday, March 1, 2012. The following issues were discussed:
ZONING: Zoning Inspector Jeff Derthick reported on a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing held February 21 to address numerous calls on properties for sale and residents inquiring how …

Freedom Township News

| Published on August 7, 2011

Freedom Twp. – The regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Hammar at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2011. All  trustees  were present.
Mr. Hammar led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka, to …

James A Garfield Class of 1961 Celebrates 50 Years

| Published on July 18, 2011

The James A Garfield Class of “1961” celebrated their 50th class reunion at Roby Lee’s Restaurant in Newton Falls on Saturday June 18th. There were 63 in attendance, 38 of those being classmates.
Each classmate received a certificate of congratulation from the Superintendent, Charles Klamer and the Board of …

Freedom Trustee News

| Published on July 3, 2011

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

Freedom Twp. Trustees Attend to Springtime Duties

| Published on May 20, 2011

Freedom Township – The Freedom Township Board of Trustees met on May 5 in regular session. The meeting was attended by trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector; and Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present were Charles Duffield and Harold Cain.Much discussion …

Gallagher Receives Entrepreneur Honor

| Published on May 10, 2011

Kent – James A. Garfield graduate and Kent State University senior, Shannon Gallagher was recently inducted as a charter member of the Kent State chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, the first academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. The mission of Sigma Nu Tau is to promote, recognize, honor, …

Be It Ever So Humble…

| Published on April 29, 2011

“Mid pleasures and palaces,
Wherever we roam,
Be it ever so humble,
There’s no place like home.”
Does this apply when it’s the home itself that is roaming?
What a way to spend a day!  The Schultz family homestead–now owned by Don Wolff–was scheduled to hit the road at about 9:15 on the morning of …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 23, 2011

Freedom Township – Items of interest and importance discussed and acted upon at the March 3, 2011 meeting:
Mr. VanSteenberg spoke of flooding that occurred in the township. A culvert on Hewins Road collapsed. They put in a new plastic culvert and the road is now  open . He is keeping …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 12, 2011

Freedom Twp. – Highlights of the February 17 meeting of the Freedom Township Trustees were:
A representative of the Ohio Plan (insurance agency) presented information on a plan similar to the OTARMA plan which has been used for some time. This will be considered at the March 3 meeting.
Zoning Inspector Derthick …

Freedom Township Trustee News

| Published on February 18, 2011

Freedom Twp. – Highlights of the February 3, 2011 Trustee meeting were:
Mr. Tom Mesaros was appointed to the Zoning Commission for a one-year term.
Zoning Inspector Derthick reported one permit issued for a new single family home.  A resident on St. Rt. 700 has not responded about removing an unlicensed vehicle …

Freedom Township News

| Published on February 3, 2011

Freedom Twp. – Highlights of the January 20 meeting of the Freedom Township Trustees include the following:
Zoning Inspector Derthick said he will be meeting with the Prosecutor regarding a storage trailer problem. He also said at another location the owner has been given until the end of July to remove …

Freedom Township News

| Published on January 13, 2011

Freedom Township – At the December 30, 2010 Trustee Meeting, the following matters were discussed and handled:
Zoning Inspector Derthick recapped zoning activity for the year. He will respond to a resident’s request regarding how complaints are handled.
Mr. VanSteenberg reported three replacement springs at a cost of $525 were purchased for …

Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio Takes Oath of Office

| Published on January 8, 2011
Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio Takes Oath of Office

Garrettsville – On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, amid  Portage County political figures, law officers, friends and family, Tommie Jo Marsilio was sworn into office as Portage County Commissioner. The ceremony took place in the Iva L. Walker Auditorium, a fitting location for this James A Garfield alum  who credits former …

Freedom Township News

| Published on January 8, 2011

Highlights of the December 16, 2010 Trustee Meeting:
The Zoning Inspector is still having computer problems. Trustees gave permission to get information on a new computer.
Mr. VanSteenberg reported the fuel tank on the ’95 Kodiak truck had a hole in it. Trustees agreed to authorize repair for a cost not to …

Schools Forecast Delays Rather than Closures when Bad Weather Returns

| Published on December 29, 2010

Portage County – Snow days are every school kid’s fantasy come true… until it’s time to make up for lost instructional time. Most area school districts have already exhausted their allowable cancellation days due to two major snow storms in early December. Now districts are on borrowed time as actual …

Freedom Township News

| Published on December 18, 2010

Freedom Township – At the December 2 meeting many of those present were hoping for a very short meeting in anticipation of the Cavaliers’ game that evening.
The main topics of interest were:
A request from township resident Ginny Adams to use the township sign to advertise job skills workshops for people …

Freedom Township News

| Published on November 24, 2010

Freedom Twp. – The November 18 meeting began with a presentation by Mr. Ratliff, Lease Acquisitions, Kenyon Energy, who presented a revised lease agreement based on discussions with Mr. Zizka and Attorney Dann Timmons. Added were a water testing clause before and after drilling and a water damage clause. The …

Freedom Township News

| Published on November 10, 2010

Freedom Township – A large portion of the November 4 Trustee Meeting was a presentation by Mr. Ratiff of Western Reserve Farm Co-Op regarding changes being made in diesel oil used for equipment requiring its use. These changes include cleaning out or replacing storage tanks as well as potential price …