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Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 16, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

After the meeting was called to order, Finney asked the trustees whether there were any additions to the evening’s agenda. With no additions made, the meeting proceeded as scheduled.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the trustees with copies of the April 2nd meeting minutes, as well as the bills & wages to be paid totaling $14,241.29. The trustees also received copies of the fund status report; at the time of the meeting the townships pooled funds totaled just over $399,000.

A request was made by VanDerHoeven for a new set of tax maps for the zoning department. The trustees approved the purchase of the maps.

Finney presented a quote made out to the township for the playground equipment that has been approved for purchase. The playground to be erected at Pixley Park will be a $15,752 project. The trustees also received a formal proposal for financing of the tractor totaling $39,897.54  with financing approved for a 3 year term at a rate of 2.29%. Elias made a motion to proceed with financing the tractor per the series of steps outlined by Finney. Matota seconded the motion. All trustees voted in favor of the motion.

Finney also informed the trustees and those present at the meeting that the fieldwork for the biannual audit was completed. The data from the audit still has to be looked over and sent off to the Auditor of State, but Finney stated that it looked good.

After receiving no contact from Robert LoConti of The Agora and Evan Rae of Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in regards to the Special Meeting that had been scheduled to discuss the pairs plans for summer liquor sales, the trustees canceled the meeting.

Vanek reported that the road crew is working on several roads that have exhibited some mud bleed through. He plans to dig up problem spots so they can be filled with aggregate and topped with asphalt.  He also reported that he is looking into working with Garrettsville on a chip and seal of Brosius Road. Vanek has idenified about 5 miles of roads for chip & seal repairs. A motion was passed to have Finney contact the County Engineer to get specifications for chip & seal on the roads specified in Vanek’s report.

Rodger Pettit presented information about the Veterans Memorial. Plans have been drawn up and submitted to the Building Department. He also inquired about the feasibility of having a compatibility study done on the site as each memorial weighs about 3,000 pounds. VanDerHoeven informed the trustees that she had drafted a thank you letter on behalf of township to the Bonners for their donation toward the war memorial project.

Members of the Pixley Park committee reported that they are looking for volunteers to help setup for the annual yard sale.

Matota reported that the plumbing issue which was discovered at the last meeting has been resolved. The corner has been replumbed. Finney volunteered to look into the reverse osmosis system and find out if it can be fixed. Matota also stated that he would like to see the township move forward with Meduri’s resolution for vacating Shanks-Down road. All trustees were in agreement on that subject. Matota also reported that he spoke with the County Engineer and a representative of ODOT to ascertain ownership responsibility of Nelson Circle. Everything that can be found states that ownership reverts back to public lands. The ODOT representative was pretty sure they had no claims over it. Matota reported that Meduri has laid out a process for the trustees to obtain a deed for the land.

Elias announced that the township cleanup has been scheduled for May 3rd & 4th.

The zoning committee is working on a statement that can be run in the newspapers to educate voters on Issue 13. Once the statement has been prepared and approved it will be incorporated into an informative announcement and included in local papers.

Leonard reported that the salt barn project can commence after the final paperwork is received. The fuel tank project is still being bid on. He also gave a recap of Larry Limpert’s Drug Task Force presentation. The Portage County Drug Task Force will be back in the area on April 30th at 6:30PM. The presentation will be held at Iva L. Walker Auditorium inside of Garfield High School 10233 SR 88 in Garrettsville.

Leonard reported that the wiring in basement of the Community House was “really scary”. He has received a bid of $960 fix the wiring in the basement. A discussion amongst the trustees followed after Matota asked for a synopsis of the repairs. All trustees voted in favor of having the wiring straightened out.  Leonard also sought approval to pay for a booth and possibly a banner at Summerfest that would be used to promote the township, #Garrettsville Strong, Pixley Park, and the Nelson War Memorial. Booth space is priced at $75. The motion carried with affirmative votes by Leonard and Elias. Matota voted against.

Following a discussion about employment opportunities within the township, the trustees voted to approve advertising for part-time positions with the potential to become an offer of full-time.

The meeting was adjourned.


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Nelson Twp. – On Thursday, April 10, 2014 the Portage County Drug Task Force (PCDTF) visited the Nelson Community House for an educational forum on drug abuse in the region. Trustee Joe Leonard opened the forum and thanked folks for coming. He also explained why they were hosting the PCDTF. Leonard said, many of the area residents had requested that the township do an educational forum on the rising drug issues in the region, which is why Leonard invited Larry Limbert from the PCDTF to speak on the issue.

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the April 2, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the minutes of the special meeting & regular meeting from March 19 for approval.  Matota made a motion to accept the minutes as presented;  Elias seconded the motion. All trustees voted to approve the minutes

On March 12th LMC held their monthly meeting, even if it was the worst day snow-wise. There were 6 of us attending. Alma Jones and Mary Leggett decorated for St. Patrick’s day. It was very cheerful and took our minds off the bad weather. Our program was presented by Iva Walker. Birthdays for members in March are Sally Kittle, Blanche Richmond, Anne Spolarich, Cathy Spolarich. We thought about you. Our thoughts were also about Josie Jarosz who passed away. The program was very interesting. It was a question and answer and the women had a good time coming up with the answers. We will be looking for better weather in April and everyone will be able to come to our meeting for a pleasant afternoon.


Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

Finney made copies of the NOPEC annual Report available on a first-come first-serve basis. 

The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard was among the businesses devastated by Saturday’s fire. Every week they serve hundreds of area families and help make ends meet.

Non-perishable food items, household supplies, or monetary donations for the food pantry will be accepted at The Weekly Villager building (8088 Main Street) beginning at 9am Monday morning.

Let’s rebuild our community. #GarrettsvilleStrong


Clients of the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard can contact the Center of Hope for assistance while the NGCC gets another pantry up and running. The Center of Hope is located at 1034 W Main St, Ravenna, OH 44266 Cross Streets: Between Oakgrove St and Hillcrest St.


Nelson Twp. – On President’s Day weekend, ten scouts and three leaders from Boy Scout Troop 4065, chartered by the Nelson United Methodist Church, traveled to Cuba, New York to attend the 47th Annual Cuba Lake Ice Camp.  Once there, they set up their tents on the ice, where they would camp and cook for two days with temperatures barely out of single digits.  

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the minutes of the February 19th meeting for approval.  Matota made a motion to accept the minutes as presented;  Elias seconded the motion. All trustees voted to approve the minutes.

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 new Intermediate School addition (grades 5 & 6) made possible through a five million dollar “Straight A” grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The committee is seeking addresses from those who attended J.A. Garfield High School with the following classes: 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994. For further information or for anyone who has a new address or email, etc. since June 1st, 2013, please contact Helen Louise (Paul) Bouts at 330-309-2734 or email hbouts@yahoo.com.


Literary Musical Club (LMC) held their meeting on February 12th. We were glad to see everyone since our January meeting was cancelled because of snow. We had installation of new officers. President Betty Hamilton, Vice President Margaret Lappert, Secretary Billie English, Treasurer Marguertte Strawman. Alma Jones did a nice job installing new officers. She presented each with a nice plant.
Our member Margaret Paul had her 90th birthday. We had a cake and sang her a birthday wish. We had a white elephant sale. This is always fun to see what’s for sale and who buys what.

In March Iva Walker will be entertaining us with one of her interesting talks. We always enjoy her programs. Our goal is to have all our members present at this meeting. So please make it your job to be there.

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the minutes of the February 5th meeting for approval. Matota made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; Elias seconded the motion. All trustees voted to approve the minutes.
Following the presentation of the minutes, Finney provided the trustees with copies of the bills and wages to be paid totaling $19,202.02; he also presented the trustees with a fund status report showing $285,809.11 in total township funds. Finney also informed the trustees that he has received the final loan repayment amortization schedule, which requires semi-annual payments $156.15 in the spring and fall. Following this schedule, the township’s debt would be retired in January 2044.

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the February 5th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

Nelson Twp.  – Officials present at the January 15th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney presented the minutes of the January 8th meeting for approval with the addition of Jacob Seinc’s last name. Elias made a motion to accept the minutes as presented with the addition of Seinc’s last name; Matota seconded the motion. With a 3:0 vote to approve, the motion carried.

Nelson Twp.  – Acting as the Chairman-Pro Tem, Nelson Township Fiscal Officer Dave Finney called the first trustee meeting of 2014 to order on January 8 and lead those in attendance in reciting the pledge of allegiance. Officials present at the meeting were trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were Chuck Vanek, Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Michelle Cmunt.

As the first order of business, Finney opened the floor to the trustees for the nomination of a Chairman. Matota nominated Leonard, and was seconded by Elias. All three trustees voted to close the nomination for Chairman making Leonard the Chairman. Finney then turned over control of the meeting to Leonard who opened the floor for the nomination of a Vice Chairman. Matota nominated Elias, and Leonard seconded the nomination, and the trustees voted to make Elias the Vice Chairman.

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 the door to the refrigerator and danced the snow-day dance.  While I will not disclose the age at which I stopped wearing my pajamas backwards, I will share that my two boys still do the same things in an effort to spend a day outside in the snow each time inclement weather is in the forecast.

Nelson Twp - Meeting at 7:15pm on November 20, trustees Tom Matota and Joe Leonard were in attendance for a special meeting scheduled to decide the fate of two proposed amendments. Outgoing trustee Jim Turos was once again absent.

After the November 6 meeting, the trustees followed up with Township legal counsel Chris Meduri for advice on two proposed amendments. Meduri informed the trustees that the amendments could be approved at their discretion, but noted that accepting “Amendment 2” as valid would set a precedent for future proposals. Amendment 2 was thought to be “null and void” at the November 6 meeting due to the fee for submission remaining unpaid. Trustees Matota and Leonard were in agreement that the amendment needed to be rejected as void to avoid setting a precedent. 

Garrettsville – Neighbors helping neighbors.

That’s the basic premise that inspired local volunteers to establish the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) more than three years ago, in a storage area behind Isaac Mills’ Bakery at Nelson Circle. Now the NGCC has outgrown its original home and has moved into a new locale with double the floor space at 8147 Center Street, just off Main Street in Garrettsville.

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 90% in all areas! This excellence does not stop when students walk out of their classrooms. Recently, the James A. Garfield Marching Pride received a standing ovation at a band show in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Athletic excellence is now on display as our boys soccer team won the Portage Trail Conference, the football team upset the Southeast Pirates on their home field and the cross country team finished second in the league.

Nelson Twp – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House on October 16, 2013 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. A representative from the Outspoken Wheelman Bike Club was in attendance and thanked the trustees for allowing the club to use the township garage for the North East Ohio Century Bike Ride held in September. He also presented a contract for use of the facility next year as well. The trustees will look over the contract and consider his request. A few residents and a trustee are uncomfortable with renting out the service garage since they really do not have a policy on rental use of that facility. They were also concerned about the safety of those using the facility, along with liability and the inability to secure township equipment and other items stored in the garage.

On October 9th the monthly meeting of the Literary Music Club (LMC) was held. Although the weather was nice, we didn’t have a good turnout. Come on, ladies, we need all the members to attend. Our hostesses were Mary Ann Leggett and Alma Jones. Thanks ladies, it was a good job.  September was our lunch out; it was held at The Mill and there was a good turnout.

In November we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Also we are planning another craft show, November 16th & 17th at the Nelson Community Center, we will have refreshments along with the tables of crafts. Remember, it’s getting to be Christmas shopping time. Who knows, you might find an interesting gift.

Jeannette Hall gave a book report this month which was interesting and a few books to give away. Thanks Jeannette!

Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, trustee Tom Matota opened the floor to those present. Jacob Seinc of Scout Troop 465 presented the trustees with updates on his Eagle Scout project (the cleaning and restoration of the Pixley Park hiking trail). Seinc has revised his plan to trade off the mulching of the trail with the construction of stone ramps at the trailhead—enabling Seinc and others to get equipment needed to clear brush on the trail to the job site. Trustee Jim Turos made a motion to accept the changes as presented, to which all trustees agreed.

Burton Cole, Nelson Township resident and author  has released his first novel nationwide for middle grades readers, Bash and the Pirate Pig.

The age range is for readers ages 8 to 14. “But we’ve run tests on adult readers and judging by their laughter, we conclude that I managed to not write it over their heads. They think it’s about them as kids. It just might be…,” Cole said.

Illustrations were drawn by Tom Bancroft, a former Disney artist who helped animate the likes of “Mulan” and “Lion King,” and who worked for Big Idea (VeggieTales) before setting up shop on his own.

The books are published by B&H Kids, the children’s division of B&H Publishing (LifeWay Christian Resources). The cover price is $12.99, and are available in bookstores nationwide, especially LifeWay stores. It is also available on websites for B&H Publishing, Amazon, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble and Walmart, among others.

Burton W. Cole lives outside of Garrettsville in Nelson Township with his wife, Terry. He is assistant metro editor and columnist — “Burt’s Eye View” — at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, where he has worked since 1996.

Cole will be  at  The Village Bookstore, 8140 Main St. in Garrettsville on Saturday, September 21 from 2-4 pm.

On Monday, September 23rd at 6 pm  Cole will be doing an author talk at the Newton Fall Public Library.


Nelson Twp. – Calling the meeting to order at 7:30 PM, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor to those in attendance. A resident from Kyle Road was present to ask whether Dave Finney had been able to find information regarding cable service contracts within the township. The resident mentioned that SuddenLink (one of two providers in the township) continues to raise prices on cable/internet services of marginal quality. In his research, Finney found that contracts with SuddenLink and Time Warner had both expired in 2010; he also stated that townships no longer contract with cable companies for service, as the companies are able to deliver service in any areas they desire—paying the township 5% fee on their quarterly gross income.  After successfully navigating the labyrinth that is Time Warner Cable’s phone system, Finney learned that for Time Warner to consider extending service to an area, at least 20 houses per mile would need to be interested in service. Finney will call to inquire whether Time Warner can extend service to more locations in the township.

Nelson Twp. – A program presented at the Nelson Community Center on July 25th dealt with the life of James Knowlton. This surprise program was presented by his daughter, Shirley Knowlton Hofmeister, and featured many photos, newspaper articles, and information about his family, favorite hobbies, career and recreational activities that Jim has enjoyed over the years. 

Nelson Twp. – Residents gathered at the Nelson Community House on Wednesday, August 7th for the first trustee meeting of the month. All trustees and officials were present and accounted for.

Dave Finney presented the board of trustees with the minutes from the budget meeting; the minutes were approved as presented.
Finney mentioned that he was attempting to get in touch with Vicki Cline or Janet Esposito to obtain clarification on current estate tax rules, so that he can better anticipate where the township stands. He also received a letter from ODOT indicating that road salt prices were expected to drop by ten dollars per ton, lowering the township’s cost to $27.50/ton this winter.      

Nelson Twp. – Often when we think of wineries we think of a nice glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and some relaxing music; we usually do not add dogs to the mix, however, this past Saturday was Pug Day at the winery which brought out pugs and all sorts of other breeds as well. Pugs were the featured dog, but all friendly dogs were welcome to attend the party.  There were pugs of all sizes and ages, from fawn -colored to the richest black, all eager to be petted and played with and spend the day with their newly acquired doggie friends. Nelson resident, Susan Guy had her Great Danes there too, who were just aching for anyone to pay attention to them as well, which many folks obliged, self included.

Nelson Twp. -  The Nelson Township trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the community house. Chairman of the Board Tom Matota called the meeting to order and asked if anyone would like to address the trustees with any issues.
Nelson resident, Ted Lysiak introduced himself, gave a brief biography and announced that he is the new superintendent of J. A. Garfield Schools. He also stressed that he has an open door policy and looks forward to the school year.

The Literary Music Club (LMC) met on July 19th for our monthly meeting. Our hostess were Barbara Hill and Margaret Lappert. They used a  patriotic theme in red, white and blue. Members brought a covered dish of picnic type food. They had hamburgers and hot dogs.
Our attendance was as usual, except for Alma Jones who never misses, I hope she is all right. There were two visitors; Shirley Anderson and Pat Peoples. Let’s hope they will return again. We were entertained by toe-tapping music from Michelle and Matt Minnick.
We are planning on having a craft show in November, watch for the dates. Since we had a storm approaching we all tried to get on the way home, hope everyone made it safe.

Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance.  Chairman Tom Matota opened up the floor for comments or questions. A Nelson resident asked Trustee Jim Turos  if he would address the residents of Nelson, who pay him $9,000/year plus free medical, on why he [Turos] felt attending a tractor show was more important that attending the last trustee meeting.  Turos was asked by the chairman if he had a response and Turos said “Not really,” to which the resident replied,  “I didn’t think you would, but I had to ask.”  Turos added, “That’s my life.”

Nelson Twp – Literary Music Club (LMC) held their meeting on June 12 at Nelson Community Center. The hostess’ were Billie English and Marguerite Strawman. Thanks ladies, everything was nice.
Our program was wedding cake decorating by Mary Leggett. Some members brought their wedding pictures. This was interesting; my, how we change in looks over the years.
On Friday June 14th seven of us attended a program on the grand opening of “Miss Liberty House”. Our club donated to them several months ago. We were invited to attend the ceremonies. Thanks to those who attended.
In July we are having a covered dish picnic, please plan on attending. It’s always  fun  to have a casual summer activity. The date is July 19th.

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. After approving the minutes and expenditures, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor for comments and discussion from the gallery. Present at the meeting was Jed Wise, President of Ravenna Oil Company who “had the unpleasant experience of watching a YouTube video (entitled ‘Come Up And Cite Us’)” from one of the Nelson Township Trustee meetings, and wanted to clear up some misinformation about his company. Wise was also on on hand to submit an application to remove the fuel tanks from the Nelson Maintenance Garage at Pixley Park, as the Trustees had failed to make upgrades required to remain compliant with state laws and fire code.

Nelson Twp. — The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15, 2013 with all trustees present. Chairman Tom Matota opened the meeting with guest recognition. Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance presented the trustees with a rebate check from their insurance company OTARMA.  The township received a rebate of $1075.14 from the 2012 insurance premiums. Each year OTARMA board of directors evaluate their assets and liabilities; if they are in good balance they offer rebates to their customers.

Nelson Twp. – Always in Bloom in Nelson will celebrate 10 years of meeting the community’s gardening needs this year. Owner Angie Smithburger said it was a dream that she didn’t really have, that just sort of fell into her lap, so to speak.

Eleven years ago, Angie was living the rat race of life shuffling her five year old off to school and juggling her full time job as a floral designer at Breezewood Gardens in Bainbridge. She said she had grown weary of the shuffle. After some gentle persuasion from a friend she bought his greenhouse and set-up shop. She admits she really didn’t know very much about running a greenhouse but with the motivation to get out of the rat race, she learned quickly. The idea soon began to grow into a great home business. 

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes and expenditures. They also signed cemetery deeds. Mr. David Finney presented a letter from their insurance company, Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) questioning some items the township didn’t list on their policy. After some discussion, the trustees thought they should insure the Civil War Memorial on the town circle and Jay Pixley Field Sign on the ball field. The other item, the insurance was concerned about was Pixley Park playground equipment. The township had the equipment removed so there is not a need to insure them.

Nelson Twp. – Nine Tiger Cub Scouts and their leader Jason Bates visited the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) to lend a helping hand and to learn how NGCC helps those in need in our community. Each Tiger Cub brought a bag of groceries with them to donate to the pantry. Pantry Volunteer Dan Dolan showed the boys how to stock the shelves using the items they brought and how to fill a client’s grocery list. The six and seven-year old boys even helped carry groceries to the car for area families.

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met last Thursday with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. There were four employees and ten guests in attendance as well. After the approval of the minutes, expenditures and permanent appropriations, Chairman Tom Matota opened the floor up for guests to speak. Mr. Bill Steiner from the Portage County Solid Waste District presented the recycle program to the trustees and asked them to approve the five year plan. After some discussion the trustees decided to do nothing with the proposal. 

Nelson Twp. – When folks think of Easter eggs hunts they think of children and their Easter baskets anxiously waiting to find the eggs, but the Easter egg hunt at the Candlelight Winery Saturday night was just a little different. They had eggs and even a few Easter baskets but the folks carrying the baskets and going on the hunt were not children, but adults.

Amanda Conkle, owner of the winery remembered how much fun she had as a kid hunting for eggs and thought why not hold an adult event, which is exactly what they did last Saturday night at the Winery.

The 400 eggs were hidden in the lawn and wooded area around their outdoor patio and in less than a minute the 45 plus adults found all  of them and headed back to the winery to check out their bounty. The prizes ranged from bags of candy to a $100 gift card for Amazon.com. After folks redeemed their eggs for prizes and they were entertained by the sounds of Flamenco Guitarist, Carlos Alberto Calabrese.

Amanda said the hunt was a hit and they had originally planned to only have 50 folks participate. Having 45 was a great first hunt. She expects to make this an annual event.

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is participating in the Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge to Fight Hunger.  For the past 15 years, the Feinstein Foundation has given away one million dollars each year to non-profit agencies across the county to fight hunger.  Past Feinstein Foundation challenges have raised over $1.5 Billion for 1800 organizations nationwide.  The $1 Million Challenge is considered one of the most successful ongoing grass roots efforts to fight hunger.  

On February 13th  the Literary Musical Club held their monthly meeting. Margaret Lappert and Betty Hamilton were our hostess and did the tables in Valentine theme with a red rose for everyone.

We went over the new membership books and talked about upcoming programs. Sounds good! But to make it all happen, we need all the members to attend the meetings. Only half of the membership is attending regularly. We need everyone’s attendance.

This meeting we played bingo and had a fun time. Everybody went home with something. In March we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so everyone wear green.

Margaret Paul has a birthday this month. Looking forward to seeing everyone on March 13th at our meeting.

Nelson Twp. – Currently, more than 140 families in the Garrettsville area rely on the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) for supplemental groceries.  In the one year that they have been open, NGCC has distributed over 34,000 food items to those in need.  “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received from the community during our first year in operation” states Michelle Elias, one of the founders of NGCC. 

Photo courtesy of Rich Teresi

Photo courtesy of Rich Teresi

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 the canine officers, their partners, and Dr Kartley, DVM for their time in presenting this class.

Pictured from left to right (partially obscured is Ptl Jamie Price (Recon’s partner) from Windham Police, Lt. Timothy Christopher (with his partner Taz), Ptl Keith Whan, and Dr Jennifer Kartley, DVM. Also present but not pictured were Lt. Kenneth Justus of the Mantua Police Department and his partner Vader.

Literary Music Club held their meeting on January 9th. This was the meeting to install new officers. We need more members to attend the meetings, so the same people do not have to serve over and over. Margaret Lappert will be the new president, vice president is Jeannette Hall, treasurer is Margarite Strawman, and secretary is Billie English. Alma Jones presented scented candles and a white carnation to each outgoing officer. The tables were blue and white with interesting snowmen.

We say our prayers for those who are having health issues. We had a white elephant sale, members brought their cast-a-ways and bought new ones to take home. It was fun and everyone had a good time.

Next meeting will be February 13. Bring your Valentine smiles.

Our little corner of Northeast Ohio is experiencing a new wave of oil and gas exploration, as new drilling and production technologies make extraction of oil and gas from the shale deposits deep beneath the land more accessible. Over the past 18 – 24 months, energy company “landmen” and leasing agents have been talking to area residents, offering landowners leases for what seems like good money, when compared to the twenty-dollar-an-acre leases of several decades ago. But the reality is that your mineral rights can be worth much more than what many of these leases will offer. And the environmental concerns resulting from potential drilling is often not addressed. To further complicate the issue, some of the companies that approach you may actually be contracted by a large energy company. Others may hope to shop your lease to the highest bidder at a later date, and at a much higher price than what was paid to you. So where can a homeowner turn for help?