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Mantua – October 5th was a perfect morning in Northeast Ohio.  All those attending the Fruit and Vegetable Pie Contest at the Mantua Rotary Farmer’s Market came with smiles, looking forward to the challenge of judging.  The contest was free, and more than one pie could be entered by a contestant.

Mantua –    Since March, I have been leading a small group of Mantua Township residents in attempting to establish a Community  Center at Mantua Center in the old school building on Center Road, just north of SR 82.  We meet in the fully accessible cafeteria wing (at left  in attached photo) on Wednesdays, starting at 10am.  Coffee and tea are always available, and we’ve been enjoying very good potluck lunches each noon, with folks bringing a good variety of food to share.  People come to socialize, play cards, or work on a jig-saw puzzle.  Some bring their portable projects, such as scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, or quilt piecing, and are willing to teach or share hints with others interested.  A box of board games includes Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Racko, and many others.  Most afternoons there is a group playing cards.  Hours were recently expanded to accommodate a 7pm beginner Yoga class, and we will be open until 8pm through October 3oth, when the class ends.  There has been no response so far to the invitation to add a potluck supper, so we will probably go back to closing at 4:00 in November.  We will not be open Nov. 6th, (or the day after any other election) because the election board reserves that day as well as election day, for removal of their equipment. We have avoided calling this a “senior center” because we want everyone to feel welcome. 

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Students and faculty at Crestwood’s Primary and Intermediate Schools will ring in the tenth school year in the same way they celebrated the first one; with a concert by national children’s musician and author Jim Gill. Gill has performed for early childhood educators, families and children’s librarians across the country, and on September 25th, he will again be sharing his playful songs and active play with students and faculty of Crestwood Schools. 

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Mantua – At our August meeting, Phil and Marie Derthick (pictured) shared some  conversation with the Mantua Historical Society about their ancestry, their 50 years of marriage, local history, and their past and present farm  operations, including the Corn Maze, which is occurring now.

After a short business meeting on Monday, September 16th, the public was invited to view some of our own Show and Tell, our newly acquired Crestwood High School Band /Tony Buonpane photo albums, and to tour the museum, which is located on the second floor of the Mantua Township Town Hall which is located on the corner of Route #82 and Mantua Center Road. The historical society  would like to encourage local residents to become members; dues are only $12.00 for a couple or $8.00 for a single person.

 

Mantua – Imagine millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind. Pinwheels around the world in Great Britain, South America, the Middle East, and here in Mantua, Ohio. Yes, on Friday, September 20th, in honor of the International Day of Peace, Crestwood students will take part in an international art and literacy project called “Pinwheels for Peace.” On Friday, students will plant hand-made pinwheels with messages of peace at Crestwood Intermediate & Primary Schools as an art installation and public statement of peace.

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Mantua Twp. – At the recent Mantua Township trustees’ meeting, Zoning Inspector John Dickey recommended that the trustees consider passing a resolution covering residential nuisances including abandoned vehicles, property upkeep, and the like, as many area Townships have done. He shared this recommendation with the Township’s legal council, who will investigate for potential consideration by the Trustees. In addition, Mr. Dickey noted that several zoning forms currently posted on the website need to be updated. He’ll work with Vic Grimm to make the necessary changes, which will be posted to the township website by Jason Carlton.

Mantua – An old farmer told me once “a life spent in search of the perfect tomato would not be a life wasted” Did you know there are over 7000 varieties of tomatoes? On Saturday August 24th at the Rotary Farmers Market there were 14 different Heirloom tomatoes sliced and ready to be tasted.  The two celebrity judges were Sue Nelson owner of Sue Nelson Design in Kent and Michele Stuck the Mantua Village Solicitor.  All persons shopping at the market also were invited to taste and judge the tomatoes. This was the first time any of the judges ever tasted so many different varieties at one setting. The winners for the Heirloom Tomato Tasting Contest: The Best Tomato was a Lemon Cherry Tomato presented by Patsy Ried.  The Tastiest Tomato Award went to Chisti Brugmann with a Carolina Gold tomato.

Mantua – Most people mark their 40th anniversary with rubies, but in Mantua, they’ll be celebrating the occasion with potatoes. This year marks the 40th year that the Village holds their annual event dedicated to all things spud, and it’s one year you won’t want to miss. The festival begins on Friday, September 6th at 6 pm with the opening ceremonies. As in years past, there will be carnival games, rides and food, as well as a variety of bands performing throughout the weekend. The festival grounds are open until 11 pm on Friday night, but you’ll want to get some sleep for the next day’s activities.

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Mantua - Throughout its 60-year history, the Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band has had a long tradition of excellence.  The band consistently appears at OMEA State Finals and Bands of America Championships, and in 2012 was named Class A Regional Champion at the Pittsburgh & Pontiac Regional Championships. Recently, they have been invited to participate in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in November in Indianapolis. Crestwood High School Band Director Kate Ferguson beams, “Only 90 of the countries finest bands perform in this event each year, and this year, we have the opportunity to go!”

 

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

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Mantua – Superintendent David Toth opened the meeting by addressing the School Board and the 50 meeting attendees by highlighting his goal of increasing communication throughout the district. To that end, Toth plans to continue using the automated phone system to share district-wide events with community members. In addition, Superintendent Toth is available via phone or email, and via Twitter at @crestwoodsupt. In his address, he also commended teachers, staff and volunteers who have already begun preparations for the new school year, highlighting that the Summer Reading Program, Safety Town, and Camp Invention Program were all successfully held at the Primary and Intermediate campus this week.

Mantua – The group from St. Joseph Parish in Mantua who participated in the Housing Repair Program based at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clintwood, Virginia, accomplished quite a bit the week of June 15-22. The group of 12 traveled the 400 miles to the western tip of Virginia and settled in on Saturday then attended Mass. Sunday’s activities included a trip to The Breaks, a nearby interstate park with lots of trails and outdoor activities.

Splitting into four groups and working with program leaders Debbie, Lee, and Brandi, the week’s tasks began on Monday. Unfortunately, Sr. Jean Korkisch, CSC, the program’s coordinator, was not able to be present during the week due to out of state family commitments. Of course, she checked in daily on the group’s progress.

Mantua – According to the 2007 National Agricultural Statistics Service census, only 662,264 barns built before 1960 remain across the country. In our area, a rare gem built in 1820 has been removed, but thanks to a local man, won’t be lost or forgotten. The nearly 200-year-old gem, which once stood in front of the Green Family Funeral Home in Mantua, is in the process of being rebuilt for reuse roughly two miles from where it formerly stood.

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Mantua Twp. – After calling the August 1st Mantua Township Trustees meeting to order, Chairman Jason Carlton introduced new Zoning Inspector Mr. John Dickey  to township residents. Mr. Dickey is a Hiram resident with a varied background of work experience, including heating, ventilation and home contracting. He replaces Tierney Bryant, who resigned from the position as of July 2, 2013.

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Mantua – This year’s 50th Annual Ox Roast Fair the weekend of July 19-21 at St. Joseph’s in Mantua was a wonderful event despite some weather challenges. The severe heat and humidity of the week lifted late Friday, Saturday morning’s showers didn’t deter our 5K participants, and even the downpour later didn’t chase away all the visitors. Although the mud made for a challenging finish to the weekend, the crowds didn’t disappoint for the 50th celebration and another great year of community spirit! The fun and entertainment were delightful and the food was delicious, as usual, as folks from the surrounding area and even out of state visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish Community of St. Joseph. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported, volunteered, promoted, donated and worked this year’s great event. This annual parish fundraiser directly supports the educational and sacramental ministries of St. Joseph Parish.

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Mantua –  On July 27th  at 10:30 in the morning the Farmer’s Market held a Fresh Fruit Pie Contest.  Only fruit ripe in July could be used to make a pie. The pie filling and crust had to be made from scratch.  There were two categories: the Best Tasting pie, and the Best Looking pie.  The following celebrities were invited to help judge the pies; they were Jody Fiala owner of Jakes Restaurant, Brook Poloskey owner of Poloskey’s Butcher Shop, and Virginia Goodell of Goodell Farms.  Besides the three celebrity judges, all those present at the market were also invited to judge the pies as the People’s Choice, (except if you entered a pie).  You could enter as many pies as you wanted.

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At a special board meeting held last week, the Crestwood Local School Board voted unanimously to hire Michelle Gerbrick as the new Principal at Crestwood Intermediate School. Superintendent David Toth recommended Gerbrick for the position, sharing that her extensive background in instructional leadership, especially in technology would make her a huge asset to the District. Gerbrick formerly worked as part of the Technology Research and Integration Team for grades K through five at Aurora City Schools.
Gerbrick joins newly hired Crestwood Primary School Principal Cindy Ducca, who joined the District in early July. Ducca, in an excerpt from a letter posted on the Crestwood Schools website this week, stated, “My family and I are very excited to be a part of Crestwood Local Schools. I believe that our community values of honesty, integrity and accountability are the key to our students’ success. I look forward to an excellent school year!”
To meet the new Principals and new Superintendent, or to connect with friends before the new school year starts, plan to attend Crestwood Community Days on August 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature family-friendly games and prizes as well as concessions for sale by the PTO and area churches. Community Days will also showcase booths from various local organizations and activities, and provide kids with the opportunity to tour a police car and fire truck. In addition, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit will conduct a demonstration.
The Mantua American Legion & Crestwood Schools will also be on hand accepting donations to ‘Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for the area’s needy children. In addition, representatives from the 4Cs food cupboard will be on hand to accept non-perishable food donations, as well. The event will be held at Crestwood Primary & Intermediate Schools on Bowen Road in Mantua.
Lastly, Crestwood families should mark their calendars for the Open House event on Monday, August 26th. Crestwood Primary & Intermediate Schools will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, while Crestwood Middle School & High Schools will be open from 6:00 until 8 pm.  For more information on these and other Crestwood School events, visit the District website at www.crestwood.sparcc.org.

Mantua – As noted previously, Ms. Linda Schilling resigned from her seat on Council at the June 18th meeting. That same evening, John Clark, husband of Mantua Mayor Linda Clark, was appointed to Council and sworn in that night. Since that meeting, several other key positions in the Village have been filled. Brian Rooth has been hired as a part-time service worker and Joe Urso has been hired as a seasonal employee.

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

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Mantua – Superintendent, David Toth recently announced that the Crestwood Local School Board approved a contract to hire Cynthia Ducca as the new principal at Crestwood Primary for the 2013-2014 academic year. According to Superintendent Toth, Ms. Ducca has an extensive teaching and administrative background, and most recently served as the principal of Berkshire Elementary. While at Berkshire Elementary, Ms. Ducca oversaw grades kindergarten through the sixth grade. The Berkshire District received an Excellent District Rating from the Ohio State Board of Education for the 2011 – 2012 school year.

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Mantua – If you’re looking for a fun and unusual way to spend your Saturday, check out Art on the Hill in Mantua. Each year, local and regional artisans come together on a chosen day each July to line both sides of East Prospect Street in the Village of Mantua to sell their handmade art. This year, that day is July 13th, and over 75 artisans — that’s fifteen more than last year — will line the streets with their one-of-a-kind works. Fabulous finds include jewelry, sculptures, woodwork, lawn art, paintings, photography, clothing, soaps, lotions, metal works, ceramics, recycled art, jams & jellies, Ohio Maple products, and more.

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

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Registration is still open for the Headwaters Adventure Race on July 13, 8:00 a.m. in Mantua Village. The Portage Park District Foundation is presenting this fun(d)raiser for supporting trail maintenance and conservation projects.  The event starts at Buchert Park and includes a 2-mile run on the Headwaters Trail, a 10-mile bike ride on rural roads to Camp Hi Canoe Livery in Hiram, ending with a 5-mile paddle on the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River back to Mantua.  The route passes by nature preserves, historic sites and preserved farmland.  “This is not only a fun way to raise funds for a great cause, it also showcases some of the beautiful natural and cultural heritage of Portage County that we’re working to conserve” notes Kurt Ruehr, Foundation President and Race Director.
Go solo or grab a friend to form a relay or all-phase team.   Entry fee is $40 per person ($25 for age 18 and under).  Kayak and canoe rentals are available for $10 and $15.  Lead sponsors include: Eastern Ohio Time Trials, Fit Chicks, Robinson Health Center at Mantua, Portage Cyclery, Camp Hi Canoe, Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists. Additional sponsors and volunteers are welcome!
For more information, a map of the race route and registration, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org or call (330) 297-7728.

Mantua – Mark your calendar for the weekend of July 19th through the 21st for the St. Joseph Ox Roast in Mantua. This year’s event, theme is “50 Years of Magnificence,” and will feature three days of food, rides, games, and family fun. The fun starts on Friday night, with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico Fireworks. Saturday morning, runners will have the opportunity to be a part of the 5K Ox Run or 1M Fun Walk. The 5K race takes place Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. and the course begins and ends at St. Joe’s. The One Mile Fun Walk takes place on church grounds. On Sunday, the popular Frog Jumping Contest will take place at 3 p.m. With an entry fee of $1.00, you can bring your own jumper, or “rent-a-frog” for another $1.00. Those with winning frogs will be awarded prizes, and bragging rights for another year.

Mantua – When the information came home from school last spring for Crestwood’s Hershey Track Camp, we had no idea what to expect. As a parent, I was looking for fun and interesting activities for my girls, ages seven and nine, to try over the summer. The weeklong camp looked good to me. Luckily, my girls agreed, so we signed both of them up for Hershey Track Camp. Although we weren’t quite sure what to expect, we were looking forward to the opportunity for the girls to try out various track and field events.

Mantua – At the June School Board meeting, outgoing Crestwood All Sports Booster President Debbie Stephens presented a check to the School Board in the amount of $25,000 to cover part of the cost of resurfacing the track at Jack Lambert Stadium. The money was raised over the past seven years through participant registration charges, gate fees and concession sales from the Don Faix Memorial Invitational and the Red Devil Relays.
The donation is part of a partnership between the Board of Education and the All-Sports Boosters, and will finance more than half the cost of improvements to the track, freeing up District funds for other projects. Ms. Stephens presented the check to retiring Superintendent Joe Iacano, new Superintendent David Toth, Board Member Debbie Soltisz, and Athletic Director Steve Matheos.
In other sports-related news, five student athletes competed in the State Track Tournament. The 4 X 800 meter relay team of Tori Chiller, Marissa Midgley, Maddie Sorrick and Abby Soltisz finished sixth in State, while Abby Soltisz finished thirteenth in State for the 3200-meter race. Matt Monroe finished eighth in State for discus.
In addition, the following Crestwood Spring athletes received All Portage Trail Conference (PTC) recognition:

Baseball – Second Team Ryan Fedor and  Josh Hampton

Softball – First Team Sally Hoffman; Second Team Alex McKinley, Jenna Head and Bailee Kodash;
Honorable Mention Reanna Szarka and Jenna Kodash

Boys Track – First Team Matt Monroe, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, Jacob Klock-Horner, Dylan Kager, Traven Stephens, Justin Spurlock, Austin Usher; Second Team Justin Spurlock, Dylan Kager, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, Derek Fenrich, Damon Daugherty, Brendan Fannin; Honorable Mention  Marcus Weatherbee and Logan Little

Girls Track – First Team Courtney Berish, Tori Chiller, Hayley Zigman, Taylor Rector, Marissa Midgley    and  Abby Soltisz;     Second Team Tori Chiller, Madeleine Sorrick, Marissa Midgley, Abby Soltisz and Challis Roberts; Honorable Mention Brittany Donell and Alaina Nuti

Boys Tennis – First Team Justin Vaughan and  Sebastian Geiger;  Honorable Mention Andrew Shahan and George Monroe

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Mantua – At a hearing in Columbus last Friday, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office approved a nomination for the Mantua Center School to be considered for addition to National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.
The Ohio Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office administers this program of the National Park Service at the state level. Ohio’s Historic Preservation Society has recognized an impressive network of historical sites, including homes and memorials associated with US presidents, such as Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, or Warren G. Harding. It also includes early cultures and mound building sites such as Serpent Mound, Ft. Ancient, and Newark Earthworks.

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Mantua – On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, Green Family Funeral Home will be hosting their semi-annual FREE OUTDOOR INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT. The event will begin at 7:00 P.M. on the grounds of the funeral home, located at the corner of State Route 44 & Pioneer Trail, Mantua Township.
The Garretttones will be sharing a variety of musical  hits, both instrumental and vocal to please those attending. All are asked to bring your lawn chairs or blanket, enjoy the music, and have a traditional  Hot Dog cooked outside for your pleasure. The concert will conclude to allow ample time for those who will be attending any local fireworks shows. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall, located just north of Route 82 on Route 44.

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

 

Mantua – At a recent Mantua Village Council meeting, Mayor Linda Clark announced that Council has selected Steve Chapman as Mantua Village Zoning Inspector. The position was vacant since the death of the previous Inspector, John Vechery, in late December 2012. Mr. Chapman resides in Ravenna, but has roots in the Mantua community as the co-owner of both the Iron Eagle Martial Arts Studio and Poloskey Meats in the Village. In addition, Mr. Chapman also serves Mantua as an auxiliary police officer. 

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Mantua – At a recent School Board meeting, the Board unanimously approved the Five-Year Forecast for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2013 through 2017. Crestwood District Treasurer, Jill Rowe, proposed the forecast. In calculating the Forecast, Ms. Rowe made several assumptions based on the current state of the economy. First, the District does not anticipate increased revenue resulting from reappraisals. The forecast also assumes that General Property Tax will remain at the same levels through 2016. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Portage County Soap Box Derby winners. Pictured are (left to right) PJ Moore - Super Stock, Matt Adkins - Stock and Tyler Fleming - Masters. These winners will go on to the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron on July 27, 2013.

Congratulations to the 2013 Portage County Soap Box Derby winners. Pictured are (left to right) PJ Moore – Super Stock, Matt Adkins – Stock and Tyler Fleming – Masters. These winners will go on to the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron on July 27, 2013.

Mantua – The Portage County Soap Box Derby race was held on Saturday, June 15 in Mantua. Forty-three racers competed  in three race divisions resulting in three  first place winners who  will compete at the First Energy All American Derby race in July.

In the Stock Division, brothers Stephen and Matt Adkins battled each other throughout the race and met for a second time in the finals.  Matthew Adkins remained undefeated in the race, and is the Stock 2013 Champion.

P.J. Moore was the Super Stock 2013 Champion. The S.S. field was the largest division with twenty-five  racers, and the most experienced with two champions from last year competing in it.  P.J. beat Brent Christman by 0.20 seconds the first time they met.  Brent went  on to compete in the challengers race, worked his way to the finals, only to lose a second time by three thousands of a second.  P.J Moore remained undefeated.

Tyler Fleming was Masters 2013 Champion.  Tyler met Zack Michael in the first heat and won by one thousandth of a second.  Tyler won his second race by four-thousandths of a second, his third race by ten- thousandth of a second. In the final race he again met Zack who worked his way back to the finals.  This time Zack beats Tyler, now they are tied with one loss each — to be eliminated from a race you must have two losses.  The final race could not have been more exciting with two winners competing to be the champion — in the end,  Tyler was triumphant.

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Run, pedal and paddle for trails and watershed conservation!  The Portage Park District Foundation is presenting the Headwaters Adventure Race on July 13, 8:00 a.m. in Mantua Village as a fun(d)raiser for supporting trail maintenance and conservation projects.  The event starts at Buchert Park and includes a 2-mile run on the Headwaters Trail, a 10-mile bike ride on rural roads to Camp Hi Canoe Livery in Hiram, ending with a 5-mile paddle on the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River back to Mantua.  The route passes by nature preserves, historic sites and preserved farmland.  “This is not only a fun way to raise funds for a great cause, it also showcases some of the beautiful natural and cultural heritage of Portage County that we’re working to conserve” notes Kurt Ruehr, Foundation Vice President and Race Director.

Go solo or grab a friend to form a relay or all-phase team.   Entry fee is $40; $25 for ages 18 and under.  Kayak and canoe rentals are available for $10 and $15.  Initial sponsors include: Eastern Ohio Time Trials, Fit Chicks, Robinson Health Center at Mantua, Portage Cyclery, Camp Hi Canoe Livery, Sirna’s Produce. Additional sponsors and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, a map of the race route and registration, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org or call (330) 297-7728.

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Mantua – Crestwood band members from 5th grade up to graduating seniors enjoyed an afternoon of food and fun during the All-District Band Picnic held on Saturday, June 1.  This was the second event of the year that involved all the band members in the school district.  The first event was an all-district band concert held earlier in the spring.  Both events were wonderful opportunities for young band members to see what their future holds and veteran band members to remember where they have been.

The Crestwood Band Patrons would like to thank all the community members who came out and supported the Scarlet Guard during the Dodge Drive fundraising event held during the picnic.  The goal of 250 drivers equaling a total of $5,000 was met and will be used to help with expenses on the Guard’s trip to Grand Nationals in November.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Mantua - Students and staff at Crestwood Intermediate School got a huge surprise during the One Book One School (OBOS) final assembly last Friday. Erica S. Perl, Washington D.C.–based author of When Life Gives You O.J., surprised the school by joining the assembly in person, instead of via Skype, as originally planned. Mrs. Perl, who also works for the First Book charity, an organization that provides access to new books for children in need, was honored by the way the school embraced her book, and amazed by the wonderful ‘practice dogs’ they created. She was also deeply touched that CIS students decided to support her favorite charity – First Book — through the OBOS service project, as well.

Mantua - Since Chulainn Creamery recently opened their doors in Mantua, the news of their delicious ice cream is quickly spreading around town. Recent patrons Liz and Charlie, Crestwood High School students, stopped by one afternoon for a treat to celebrate the pending end of final exams, and because, as Charlie said, “It’s hot – it’s a great day for ice cream.” And really, what day isn’t a good day for ice cream?

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On May 4th, Brevin McCrae, a student at Iron Eagle Martial Arts in Mantua participated at an Open  Martial Arts Tournament in Kent and earned the following medals:   1st Place in Forms, 1st Place in Weapons Forms, and 2nd  Place in Sparring.  Brevin is a Yellow Belt in Taekwondo and has been training with us for a few months now.  He has shown remarkable progress, and trained specifically for this event.  He competed against dozens of students from surrounding schools in the North East Ohio region.  Brevin worked very hard to achieve his success and we are very proud of the professionalism he exhibited when representing our school and the courage he displayed when standing up to showcase his talents.  Way to go Brevin!

 

Mantua – For a full week, Crestwood Primary School (CPS) students, staff and community members went doggone crazy celebrating their 10th annual Right to Read Week. It was only fitting, considering that this year’s theme celebrated Clifford the big red dog’s 50th birthday. And the famous big red dog’s likeness was all over the school that week – in the form of plush toys and on bulletin boards. A particular kindergarten class even wore big red dog ears while reading their favorite Clifford book. The school was decked out, as the children celebrated reading, Clifford-style.

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The end of this school year marks the end of an era for several Crestwood School District staff members and teachers. Ranging from administrators, teachers, and secretaries to custodians, mechanics, and maintenance workers, these retirees have made a positive commitment to the community, contributing a combined 200 years of dedicated service. 

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Congratulations to the Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band for being accepted to perform at the Bands of America Grand National Championships on November 14-16 2013.  The event accepts only 90 of the finest marching bands from around the country each year and is held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The level of excellence of the Grand National Championship bands is recognized worldwide. Participation in this event is an honor and to be accepted three times in the past six years is a true accomplishment.

In addition, the Scartlet Guard is Phoenix and Fiesta Bowl bound! The Scarlet Guard has been accepted to perform at 2013 Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, Arizona on December 28 as part of the BCS Fiesta Bowl Championships Celebration and Experience. Now in its 42nd year, the parade will feature a wide variety of brightly-colored floats, magnificent helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty groups, charitable organizations and local celebrities.. The trip to Phoenix, Arizona will take place during the Crestwood Holiday Break, December 27, 2013-January 2, 2014.

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

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

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Parrot Hope Rescue is having its 3rd Annual Open House Event on June 1st from 1: 00 to 5:00 p.m.  There will be tours, booths, presentations, refreshments available.  There will be a chance to meet adoptable birds, learn more about parrot behavior, view toys, apparel and cages, have pictures taken with parrots, get wings and tails clipped ( the birds’, not yours…although that might be a thought), pick up organization and volunteer information and just enjoy the day with these colorful creatures.

Email parrothope@gmail.com for more information and directions

Mantua – Few people noticed as construction began last June on additional greenhouse structures at Mantua Gardens on Route 44 in Mantua. As the garden season ended, and winter’s snow and frigid temperatures settled in, few people knew that tucked safely inside a climate-controlled greenhouse, a secret garden of sorts was springing forth with lovely green lettuce and tender, fragrant basil. 

Mantua - The Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF) United, comprised of youth groups from three area churches, have been practicing their carpentry skills to raise money for an upcoming mission trip. The group of 18 area high schoolers from Hilltop Christian, Hiram Christian, and Mantua Center Christian Churches made Leopold Benches. The design for the benches came from reknown naturalist Aldo Leopold, who simply designed seating creates a spot perfect for observing nature. The benches were built to support a mission trip, scheduled for early June, where the group will assist residents of New Jersey affected by last fall’s Hurricane Sandy.

Mantua – Under the guise of an impromptu lesson about Memorial Day this week, students in Mrs. Franks’ class at Crestwood Intermediate School got to meet a real-live hero. CIS Principal, Mr. Maglionico, came to the class to talk about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. He wanted to know what the fourth-graders knew about the holiday, and was surprised to learn they knew quite a bit — specifically, why we memorialize veterans. He asked the class about heroes, too. He posed several questions on this topic, but one of the best answers came from Kylie Tracy. When asked if she had a hero, she promptly answered, “Yes. My brother.” 

At the last meeting of the Mantua Historical Society, to commemorate Earth Day,  Matt Sorrick, Director of the Center for Science Education at Hiram College spoke on “Do Mother Nature a Favor: Take a kid outside, and they just might change the world!”.  Kids now spend 27% of their day in front of some type of screen.  They spend less than 30 minutes a day in unstructured time outside; hence childhood obesity is up, and vision (yes vision!) could be impaired.

The organization’s next meeting is Sunday, May 19th, 7:00 p.m., at the Mantua Center Town Hall, on the historic Mantua Center Green (corner of S. R. 82 and Mantua Center Road).  Members will be bringing in memorabilia of veterans and current military to be on display in honor of Memorial Day.  The museum will be open for tours, and light refreshments will be served.

 

Mantua – Sunshine, warm weather, and easy access to a playground, combined with lots of volunteers made the Earth Day celebration at Crestwood Primary & Intermediate Schools a big success. As participants checked in at the Welcome Booth of the free after-school community program, they received an Earth Day Passport that issued a challenge to, “Get Ready…Set…Let the Earth Day Celebration Begin!”

Mantua  –  Crestwood Primary School teacher, Natalie Harr, was awarded the 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. She is the only teacher from Ohio to receive this honor, which comes simultaneously with being named a Finalist for the Ohio’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“I am delighted that Natalie will be joining us in the endeavors of National Science Foundation’s Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program,” said Janet Kolodner, Program Officer, and Miss Harr’s sponsor. “The program’s mission is to help us envision, design, and learn how to effectively use the next generation of learning technologies, those informed by both what is known about how people learn and the opportunities technology offers. I look forward to Natalie providing a teacher’s perspective to our program and helping our funded investigators make what they are learning available to teachers and others who might put those technologies to good use.”

Do you have your ticket for the DMRC Reverse Raffle on Saturday, May 4 at Mantua K of C Hall?

This event is the primary means of raising funds to cover the local match for a grant The Village received. The local share of new sidewalks south of the river is only 20%, if the project is completed when St. Rt. 44 is re-paved next year.

Please help keep the project moving forward by purchasing a ticket to the raffle… and encouraging at least two friends to do the same. To cover the cost of prizes, food, and beverages – with enough left for a donation to the Village – 35 tickets must be sold by Monday.

Each $100 ticket includes a delicious steak dinner for 2 (catered by Eisele’s), open bar, a chance at $1,000 plus prizes every 10 tickets. Tell your friends & neighbors!

Get your tickets at Jake’s, Advanced Rehab, or by contacting Downtown Mantua Revitalization at 330-274-4040 or DMRCemail@gmail.com.

Once upon a time — last Saturday night, in fact — my husband and I had the opportunity to transport our two princesses to the nearby land of Mantua. While we didn’t take a coach and ball gowns were optional, our princesses were delighted at the events that unfolded.