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Johnson, a newcomer to public office, has roots in Garrettsville going back a couple of generations and has lived here her entire life. She currently works in administrative support at Charles Chevrolet here in Garrettsville.

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1,100 Holocaust survivors call Cleveland home. On April 15th, survivors were honored and those that perished in the Holocaust were remembered during a program held at the Green Road Synagogue in Beachwood.

Located in the heart of historic Garrettsville, Ohio the Villager Emporium is your destination for fabulous locally-crafted gift items and a variety of home decor pieces. Villager Emporium is also home to Chic & Shabby, Cavalier Technologies, Villager Printing, and CT Designs.

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“When the door closes, find a window to crawl through.” Or put in local terms, “When your business burns down, collaborate with an established business owner to stage a comeback.” Such is the case for Chic & Shabby, a beloved home decor shop which customers can now rediscover as a vendor at Villager Emporium, located at 8088 Main Street (corner of State Routes 82 & 88) in Garrettsville.

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The James A. Garfield Alumni association will be marking its 10th anniversary this fall while recognizing “old timers” of the classes of ‘2005, ‘95, ’85, ’75, ’65, ’55, ’45, ’35, and as far into the past as possible. Come one, come all. Bring your friends and family, classmates (and teachers, if they’re still tottering about) and folks in the neighborhood. Tom Klem is recruiting attendees from the Class of 1995, Andrea Fox is attempting the same for the Class of 2005. Anyone out there who’d like to do the same for your class, have at it. Y’all come!

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This year the hanging baskets will be themed in pink in honor of long time member Faye Carlisle who passed away last December. Hanging baskets are planned to appear along State Routes 88 & 82, and at $55 to $75 per basket, expenses can add up quickly. Anyone interested in contributing to the flower basket fund can make a tax deductible donation by sending their contibution to the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce (Post Office Box 1, Garrettsville, OH 44231). Please be sure write “Flower Baskets” in the memo line of your check.

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Campers will play games and sports, do arts and crafts, spend time outside, get messy, go on field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, participate in community projects, enjoy swimming every Thursday at the Geauga YMCA, and make new friends. The school-age program offers fun weekly themes that align with Ohio’s Common Core K-12 state standards. The curriculum includes activities in the following areas: arts & humanities; character development; large motor skills and fitness; literacy; science and math, STEM, nutrition, and service learning projects.

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Young ladies are encouraged to attend in their favorite princess dresses. They will receive gifts and have a chance to meet Freya, the Goddess of Love, who will read the first chapter of The Enchanted Necklace, a new classic fairy tale written by Hiram College alum James Bradley Clarke.

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Garrettsville - A staple on North Street for almost twenty-four years, Mark’s Automotive will be closing the doors for good the week of April 13, 2015. Mark Johnson, owner and operator of Mark’s Automotive has decided to retire and “enjoy life a bit”.

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he James A. Garfield Historical Society enjoyed three rings of excitement—celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Open House(with potluck dinner) for the public and a slightly irregular monthly meeting for March, held on Tuesday, March 17, rather than on Monday, March 16. All in a good cause.

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The March 23 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club featured the program by Adam Wohlever, District Manager of the Ohio State Parks Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

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The open-call auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015 at James A Garfield High School at 1 p.m. (Use event entrance) Contestants are asked to come prepared to sing an entire song without musical accompaniment.

Garrettsville Coffee Mill Mike Maschek

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It took six months for developer Mike Maschek of Hiram to renovate the historic feed mill at the intersection of Main, Center and Water streets. Maschek had gained ownership of the dilapidated mill property from Marty Paul in May 2014. By December, its exterior had been transformed from a sagging eyesore to a beautiful centerpiece for the village.

Rotary’s Santa Project was really busy this year and donations resulted in $510 that we were able to pass on to Hallie Higgins and the People Tree.

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Garrettsville - It was a buoyant mood at the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club on Monday, March  16 as the group heard from incipient new member,...

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Garrettsville - The Garfield Alumni Association is giving a heads-up to all individuals who attended—that’s graduates, plus—the schools/townships which make up the James A....

The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

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Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department is pleased to announce that our new K-9 team has been selected. Ptl. Keith Whan and his new partner Jack started training on March 16, 2015. They will graduate on April 24, 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They will be certified in utility and narcotics detection.

What started as a small blaze on the roof behind Miller’s Lawn & Garden quickly spread to become the greatest disaster to befall Garrettsville. Exhaustive efforts from local firefighters (with support from 100 firefighters from 34 neighboring departments) were no match for the hungry blaze which devoured the 1850s-era wooden structures occupying the retail block. Ironically, the Buckeye Block Building had just been freshly renovated and fully occupied close to a dozen businesses.

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Garrettsville - Everything changed on March 22, 2014. Like the day the music died, that date altered local history irreversibly. The Great Garrettsville Fire ripped through the Buckeye Block on Main Street, taking with it 14 businesses, a once-familiar skyline, and 160 years of history.

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The ladies and gentlemen of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club were pleased to host Ms Cheryl Warren, incoming District Governor of District 6630 ( Northeast Ohio) at their recent meeting on March 2. As it was their regular business meeting, their guest was able to get the lowdown on the many local projects and activities that Rotary pursues in the community.

What Is Going On With PARCC Testing?

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Garrettsville - Unless your address is “Under a Rock” Boulevard, you have most likely heard some degree of controversy surrounding testing in schools. The...

G-MEN Wrestlers Battle at Sectionals

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Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men High School Wrestling Team competed at sectionals held at Beachwood High School this past weekend.  This proved to be...

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Garrettsville - For the first time since 1997 the Garfield G-Men girl’s basketball team is making their second consecutive trip to the district semi-finals. Following...

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• Just in case you missed it, The Tenth Annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will be presented on Friday,   March 6, 2015...

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So….  Here’s the skinny—could be  literally—on what’s happening as “The Y” comes to Garrettsville. The facility is located at 8233 Park Ave. (the old Garfield...

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The Garrettsville Area Chamber held their first meeting of 2015 in February at Facet Salon and Day Spa.  After a review of the board...

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Reports came in at the February 23, 2015 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.  To wit : *Carol Donley told about some of the artistic...

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The JAGHS meets regularly on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 in the Mott Building. Meetings are open to the public. New members are welcome. The next meeting will be on March 17, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Garrettsville.

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Garrettsville - A hot and emotional topic lately in the village of Garrettsville has been the village’s finances and whether or not the village is in financial trouble. The mayor has stated that several residents have approached him asking if the village is “broke”. The village, as of this writing, is not in debt nor is it “broke”. However, the concern that’s been raised is not about today’s finances, but deficit spending and what that may mean for the future.

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Garrettsville -  Mark your calendar.  Silver Sneakers activities are a-comin’.  The wellness center for seniors at the Park Ave. building in Garrettsville will be...

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Garrettsville - Garrettsville village council wants the message to get out to all residents that they are required to file a village income tax...

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Garrettsville - In the fairytale storytelling world, the number three is a popular and symbolic numeral. There are Goldilocks and her three bears, the...

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Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day can be more nerve-racking than heartwarming. What’s an appropriate gift? Should it be cute? Romantic? Nostalgic? How much should...

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Math 24 is a fast-paced competition where students are given four digits on a card and told they have to use each one (only once) in some combination to total 24. Points are awarded for the level of difficulty -- the quicker a student solves the combination, the further they advance, and can add, subtract, multiply, or divide with each set of numbers presented. Students compete in grades 4-8 throughout the county. Pictured are the competitors and high school proctors sent from Garfield School District.

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Garrettsville - Valentine’s Day celebrates love, passion and beauty. So it’s fitting that Cleveland native and Hollywood actress Monica Potter is opening her new...

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Garrettsville - The January 14th Garrettsville village council meeting began with council re-electing councilman Tom Hardesty as Village Council President.   Mayor Patrick then addressed council with a State of the Village report (see below).  Mayor Patrick also asked for and was granted council’s approval for his 2015 mayoral appointments.

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‘Dr. Drew,’ as his office staff affectionately calls him, says that following in his uncle’s footsteps was more accidental than planned, but the timing was right for him to bring the dental practice forward in a new generation. “At first, it was an opportunity to work here with my uncle, starting last July. But then, what with his health issues, by September Uncle Jim decided to hang up his drill and simply retire.”

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In all aspects of our organization we exceed minimum expectations. Our test scores reflect teachers and students going above and beyond. The condition of our grounds and buildings reflects doing much more than just the minimum. With new testing for students, higher standards and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, this is no time to lower our expectations to a minimum.

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The Library will be using the monies to buy new books to be housed mainly at the Garrettsville and Windham Libraries. The rest of the libraries that make up the Portage County District are Aurora, Randolph, and Pierce-Streetsboro. The library data base includes Kent and Reed Memorial Libraries to facilitate free exchange of material.

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“Through it all, I want to be a blessing to those who suffer from the havoc of Parkinson’s by walking the over 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail,” Garrettsville native Don Havener said. “It’s my goal to try and raise $100 per mile for the Ohio Parkinson Foundation, an organization that has been such a blessing to my brother during his five year struggle with the disease”.

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Family Week meetings with James A. Garfield Elementary School principals have been forestalled by snow events but prospects are good for a rejuvenation and re-invigoration of the program, involving more kids and parents.

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“Cheaper by the Dozen”, is a true story of a family of 12. “Cheaper by the Dozen” is based on a story written by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth. It tells the story of Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and their twelve children. The book focuses on the many years the family resided in Montclair, New Jersey. The title comes from one of Frank Sr.’s favorite jokes: it often happened that when he and his family were out driving and stopped at a red light, a pedestrian would ask, “Hey, Mister! How come you got so many kids?” Gilbreth would pretend to ponder the question carefully, and then, just as the light turned green, would say, “Well, they come cheaper by the dozen, you know,” and drive off.

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2014 was an interesting year for the Village of Garrettsville and our member businesses. On March 22nd our historic Main Street business district experienced a devastating fire that reduced over 150 years of history to rubble in what felt like mere moments. In the wake of the disaster, our community and supporters from across the globe united to help raise funds to aide in rebuilding Main Street through the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s #GarrettsvilleStrong fund; and get business owners back on their feet through the People Tree & Garrettsville United Methodist Church’s joint efforts.

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At the December 10th Garrettsville Village Council meeting, Mayor Patrick called Garrettsville police officer Timothy Christopher forward as he read Resolution 2014-38, which recognizes the seven years of service of police dog Taz and authorized retirement of the canine. It further authorized officer Christopher’s assumption of ownership in exchange for $1. Taz was retired earlier this year for health reasons. He now resides with his handler, Officer Christopher and his family. Christopher thanked the mayor and council for their dedication and continued support of the canine program and, though he will not be the canine handler any more, he will still be involved in a supervisory capacity. Officer Keith Whan will be Garrettsville Police’s new canine handler.

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Sounds of the season resonated through the Iva Walker Auditorium this past Sunday as the High School Concert Band, High School Choir and Middle School Combined Concert Band played for a standing room only crowd.

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Parents and students can download the application for free through Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores. Developed by Blackboard Inc., the app is also expected to be popular with alumni, incoming students, and other members of the James A. Garfield community.

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Whether for home or business, Cavalier Technologies is positioned as the local one-stop tech shop. The simple pricing structure for residential and business labor rates vary only according to whether it’s on-site (housecalls) or in-shop. Contact Chris Cavalier for more information at chris@garrettsvillecomputersrepair.com or 330-569-4196, or browse his website at garrettsvillecomputersrepair.com.

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On December 19, 2014 from seven to nine at night, prepare yourself to step back in time to the town of Bethlehem. Overtaken will be presenting their first live nativity scene. Actual animals as well as people from the church will be taking on the role of the famous characters that witnessed the birth of Jesus Christ. After you enjoy the beauty of the historical event of the birth of Jesus, another surprise will be awaiting you. For all the coffee lovers of Garrettsville, you will be delighted to be able to get a sneak peek at the Garrettsville Coffee Mill that will be opening soon. The Coffee Mill will be serving hot coffee as well as hot chocolate and Christmas desserts. A group from the Garretttones, will be presenting some classic Christmas carols, the Christmas story will be shared as well. So clear your calendars, this is an event that is free for your whole family and one that you are certainly not going to want to miss.

James A. Garfield Teacher is One of Twenty-Five Chosen to Participate in ‘Auschwitz: The Past is Present’ Program

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The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education have selected Steven Howell, a teacher at James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, as one of only 25 teachers from around the world to participate in a unique professional development program in Poland as part of Auschwitz: The Past is Present.

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The plan for benches to be placed along the Headwaters Trail, involving Eagle Scout projects and grant money being made available through Rotary District 6630 and donations focused on reviving and rebuilding in the village is still taking shape but it’s in good shape.

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This Saturday, while you are out running errands, consider stopping by the Garrettsville Save-A-Lot where the Garrettsville Police Department will be having a Fill-A-Cruiser event from 10 am to 3 pm. The officers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard which has seen a two-fold increase in the number of people they are assisting this year. In addition, the officers will be accepting cash donations which will be used for the Hiram-Garrettsville Shop-With-A-Cop program.

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Garrettsville - After a three year hiatus, he’s back. Mr. King returns to the stage at James A Garfield School writing, directing and producing...

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Garrettsville - Saturday, March 22, 2014, for the Garrettsville community, has become like 9/11 for our nation.  I was preparing to leave for a...