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Drug Task Force Speaks in Nelson Township on Area Drug Problems

| Published on April 16, 2014

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. …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on April 9, 2014

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 …

Fire Hits Garrettsville Area Again

| Published on April 9, 2014

Nelson Twp. – Black smoke rose up in plumes high above Garrettsville as a raging fire burned… again.
Just about a week after a block of historic Main Street went up in flames, a large storage unit leased by Hermann Pickle Farm burnt to the ground on April 2 along Norton …

Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard Open For Business

| Published on April 9, 2014

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has resumed normal operations on Monday, April 7th at our their facility.  The Cupboard is located at 12157 State Route 88 near the intersection of Route 88 and Ely Rd.  Clients can visit the Cupboard anytime during regular hours; Monday 3:00pm-6:00pm or Wednesday 9:00am-12:00noon.

Literary Music Club News

| Published on March 27, 2014

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 …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on March 27, 2014

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 …

Donations Accepted for Food Pantry

| Published on March 23, 2014

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 …

Scouts Travel to Cuba, New York

| Published on March 13, 2014

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 …

Internet Service A Hot Topic At Nelson Township Meeting

| Published on March 13, 2014

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 …

G-Men Alumni Encouraged to “Save The Date”

| Published on March 9, 2014

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

Literary Music Club News

| Published on February 26, 2014

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 …

Nelson Trustee News

| Published on February 26, 2014

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 …

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on February 12, 2014

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 Township Trustee News

| Published on January 22, 2014

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 …

A Fresh Start for Nelson Township

| Published on January 16, 2014

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 …

The Truth Behind Snow Days

| Published on December 4, 2013

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

Residents Express Ire at Absentee Trustee

| Published on November 27, 2013

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 …

Community Cupboard Shutting the Door on Hunger from a New Location

| Published on November 21, 2013

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 …

Can You See Excellence In Action?

| Published on October 30, 2013

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

Residents Question Batwing Mower Purchase

| Published on October 25, 2013

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 …

Literary Music Club News

| Published on October 25, 2013

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 …

Nelson United Methodist Church Hosts Missionary from Peru

| Published on October 25, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Last Sunday, during their morning worship service, Nelson United Methodist Church (NUMC) hosted Chris Charvat, a missionary who serves in Peru. Charvat, a former Garfield school bus driver now spends most of the year serving those in Peru. She does return to Garrettsville periodically to see family …

Nelson Trustees News

| Published on October 9, 2013

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 …

“Bash and the Pirate Pig” Appearing at Village Bookstore

| Published on September 23, 2013

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 …

Nelson Township Trustee Meeting News

| Published on September 11, 2013

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 …

“This Is Your Life…”

| Published on August 21, 2013

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 …

Nelson Trustees Meeting

| Published on August 14, 2013

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 …

Candlelight Winery Goes to the Dogs

| Published on August 14, 2013

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 …

Resident Wants an Apology from Elected Official

| Published on July 29, 2013

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, …

Literary Music Club News

| Published on July 29, 2013

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, …

Nelson Resident Questions Trustee on Meeting Attendance

| Published on July 10, 2013

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, …

Fuel Logs Topic of Township Meeting

| Published on July 1, 2013

Nelson Twp – Residents of Nelson Township gathered at the Community House on June 19th for the second trustee meeting of June. Present were Fiscal Officer David Finney, and Township Trustees Tom Matota, and Joe Leonard. Jim Turos was unable to attend the meeting due to the National International Harvester …

Literary Music Club News

| Published on July 1, 2013

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 …

Garfield Historical Society News

| Published on June 24, 2013

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society met in the Community House in Nelson on Thursday, June 13 to hear from Joe Stamm, whose roots in Nelson Township, and his exploration of them, were the topic of a very interesting evening for the community members gathered there. 

Nelson Trustee Educated on Definition of Slander

| Published on June 17, 2013

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 …

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down…

| Published on May 29, 2013

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 …

Always in Bloom Celebrates Ten Years

| Published on May 15, 2013

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 …

Nelson Residents Outraged over Trustee’s Comments

| Published on April 24, 2013

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 …

Tiger Cubs Help Food Pantry

| Published on April 24, 2013

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 …

Nelson Residents Question Trustees on Road Maintenance

| Published on April 14, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regular trustee meeting with only two of the three trustees present, the fiscal officer, three employees and 19 residents in attendance. Trustee Jim Turos was absent despite being present at a special meeting held at Pixley Park prior to the regularly …

Nelson Trustees Use Road Funds for Excavator Purchase

| Published on April 1, 2013

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. …

Candlelight Winery Holds Adult Egg Hunt

| Published on April 1, 2013

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 …

Limitless Opportunities To Help The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard

| Published on April 1, 2013

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 …

Literary Club News

| Published on March 8, 2013

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 …

Nelson Undecided on Fate of Old Garage

| Published on March 8, 2013

Nelson Twp. – Nelson Township Trustees met on February 27, 2013 for a special meeting originally set up to discuss the possibility of leasing the old township garage to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC).  The meeting drew over 40 interested people and was somewhat heated at times but in …

Special Meeting Scheduled In Nelson Twp. to Discuss NGCC

| Published on February 20, 2013

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 …

Canine Classes Recently Held

| Published on February 20, 2013

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

Literary Music Club News

| Published on January 16, 2013

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 …

Putting a Face on Fracking — Hearing from Homeowners (Part Two)

| Published on January 9, 2013

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 …

A Successful Resolution — Food & Fellowship

| Published on January 3, 2013

Nelson Twp. – January is traditionally a time to make resolutions, with eating healthy, spending more time with family & friends, and helping others topping the list. If you’re looking for some motivation for your own resolutions, or would like to hear about some local folks who’ve managed to be …