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Wild Mushrooom, A World of Wonder at Our Feet

The Silver Creek Garden Club will be hosting a lecture, “Wild Mushrooms, A World of Wonder at Our Feet”, on Wednesday, April 26 at noon at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The program will be presented by Walt Sturgeon, a field mycologist with over forty years experience studying and identifying mushrooms. He is past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society,...

Make Plans To Attend The May Mart / Plant Sale

The Portage County Gardeners will host thier annual May Mart / Plant Sale on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9a.m.-2p.m. at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44240 Members will have home dug perennials, herbs and more. Annuals, planters, hanging baskets, gardening gloves, spring bulbs, the Lee Hall specials, will be available in the greenhouse. Be...

Spring Fling “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Benefits Portage APL

Ravenna - Join Portage APL for its annual fundraiser on April 29, 2017. Paws to Celebrate is an annual event to benefit Portage APL. People gather, eat, drink, and bid on auction items and raffles, and most importantly, raise funds to help the hundreds of abused, abandoned and injured animals that Portage APL helps each year. It will...

Public Night At Observatory In Hiram

Hiram - Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM; that will be the first scheduled Open Night of the 2017 season. The “star” of the night will be planet Jupiter, brilliant in our southeast evening sky. Observers should also see the M3 star cluster and later,...

Hero’s Rock Family Fundraiser

Hero’s Rock is ALL about children, so their fundraiser will start with a FREE day of fun for kids and families from 10am -5pm on May 13 at Buchert Park, 4808 S. High Street in Mantua. The day will include; a mini-marathon, bouncy houses, games, art contest, canoe rides and softball games. The day will focus on...

Local Business Spotlight: “Windham Kitchen”

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Lamtman the founder of Windham Kitchen to discuss his business. We met at the Cellar Door Coffee shop to talk about how his business got started, how it is going and what plans he has. It’s funny how conversations get started because before we got started on the business side...

Emotions Run High As Fate of Newton Falls Community Center Uncertain

Newton Falls - As everyone in this area knows, the Ravenna Arsenal (known as the Ravenna Ordnance Plant at the time) played a major role in the massive munitions manufacture during WWII. Less well known is the vitally important role played by our area’s USO facilities constructed specifically to provide a recreational and social outlet for the thousands of...

15th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Spring is in the air, and the 15th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour will be Saturday, May 13th! For all of you that are eager to end your winter hibernation I guarantee you will find something new along your route, especially with all of our new offerings this year. Once again we have found 14 brand new stops, 3 are...

April’s Programs at Garrettsville Library

Garrettsville Library’s “Cookin’ up a Storm” program will meet on Monday, April 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Led by Marian Phillips, this month’s theme will be appetizers, and cookbooks from the collection will be used to discover new appetizer recipes. Participants are asked to bring along with your appetite enough appetizers to share with the...

Become A Master Gardener Volunteer

Applications are now available for the 2017 training class this fall. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, plant diseases, and other horticulture related topics to interested Ohio residents. Master Gardeners then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities in...

Portage Park District hosts Telescopes 101

Join our Sky Ranger, Guy Gillespie at the Berlin Lake Trail to learn about how to use telescopes and identify stars & constellations on Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm. We will have a few different types of telescopes on hand for viewing. Bring your own telescope and/or binoculars, along with a chair or blankets to relax and...

Newton Falls Village Council Report

“You can continue to ignore reality, but you cannot continue to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” – Ayn Rand Newton Falls - After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance the roll was taken. Mayor Waddell was excused because of an illness. All but one other council member was there. There was a special presentation by Mr. Pat...

Aurora to Hold Community Drug Awareness Event

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community drug awareness event on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-noon at the Aurora Inn. Attendees will learn about the drug overdose crisis, the addiction process, and resources in Portage County. Residents of Portage will also be able to receive a free naloxone overdose response kit through Project DAWN. Naloxone is a...

Spring is here and so is Geauga SWCD’s Spring Fish Sale!

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Spring Fish Sale will be here in no time! We are currently taking orders for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, redear “shellcracker” sunfish, white amurs, and yellow perch. The Fish Sale will be held on Tuesday, April 18th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm on the midway...

Five high school students win Hiram College Terrier Scholarships

Hiram – Hiram College selected five incoming students as recipients of one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships. Scholarship winners Katie Whisler of Southington, Ohio, Maxwell Hendrix of Delaware, Ohio, Charlie Lichtenwalter of Erie, Pa., Kelsey Morgan of Jeannette, Pa., and Abby Howard of Broadview Heights, Ohio will enter Hiram College as students this fall. Scholarship applicants were challenged to submit a creatively...

Nelson Township News

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept the conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Dennis Waitley Nelson Twp. - After the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. During department reports the new Community House caretakers, Dan and Sandy Huzel were introduced...

Portage County Soap Box Derby Racing Clinic

The Portage Soap Box Derby is hosting an introduction to Derby Racing Clinic on April 23th, at 4808 East High St., Buchert Park, Mantua, Ohio, 44255. The clinic will be held at the pavilion in the park. The Time is: 2-4PM. The clinic will be run by Race Director Dean Olson. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing...

Big News! Library Increases Digital Content Limits

Want more free digital content from us every month or for your lending period? Well, Portage County District Library is extremely excited to tell library patrons about increases in the number of allowed checkouts for two of its most popular digital services- Hoopla and OverDrive. Hoopla’s monthly limit has increased from its current 10 to now 20 items every...

Rotarian Zabor To Speak About Recent Rotary ‘PolioPlus’ Trip

Many may remember, and some feared, the outbreaks of polio in the United States. By the 1950s, polio had become one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. In 1952 alone, nearly 60,000 children were infected with the virus; thousands were paralyzed, and more than 3,000 died. While the last known case of...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At a recent meeting Mayor Clark shared that she, along with the Village Solicitor and Clerk, met with First Energy Solutions regarding electric aggregation and potential cost-savings for Village residents. The Mayor noted that the Village could sign up again with First Energy at a fixed rate; the current contract expires in May of 2018. Similarly, the...

I Heart Hartville

With spring upon us, I thought it was time to feature another story about a business in Hartville. I ended up with three! There is so much to see and do in this beautiful town, it’s hard not to write about all of them! My first stop was on South Prospect Avenue, which is considered downtown Hartville, the original...

“A Morning at the Farmers’ Market”

My wife and I went on a date to the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market Farm to Table Event which was held on March 18 at Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. It was the last day of the winter market season and we were looking forward to attending. As we walked through Lowe’s we were met by a sign that pointed...

News from Hiram Township

Hiram Twp. - In his Fire Report, Chief Bill Byers shared that the department’s average run was slightly over six minutes for the month’s 38 runs. He mentioned the department’s future need to replace the 2002 Rescue Squad, and suggested looking for a demo squad with a loading system. He noted that there could possibly be grant money available...

Easter Fun at Portage Animal Protective League!

Ravenna – In celebration of Easter, Portage APL will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny on April 8, 2017. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 8 and younger starts at 10:30 am. One child will find an egg with a “golden ticket” and win an Easter basket prize. Pictures with the Easter...

Well, Y Not?

The Family YMCA located in Garrettsville (Remember, it’s for the entire community and welcomes members from all over the area—Freedom, Nelson, Mantua, Windham, Middlefield, Hiram, Newton Falls, all of you—if you can get here, you can join) is a part of the Greater Cleveland YMCA annual campaign. The Annual Campaign provides funding for the financial assistance program,...

Remembrance- Symbolized By The Poppy

The American Legion adopted the memorial poppy as a national emblem of remembrance in 1920. Afterward, the red poppy became a symbol of remembrance used round the world by veterans organizations. Following World War I, much of the land of Europe was in total devastation. Within a few years, with fields still lying desolate, wild...

Mantua Village Garden Club News

The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet at noon, on April 3rd. This meeting will be held at Hilltop Christian Church. After a short business meeting, the guest speaker will be Jeff Griff, owner of Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. Jeff will present a slide show about Perennial Plants for all four seasons. He may also bring some plants for...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At the last meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm shared that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which many localities have been recipients of, is being shifted to a two-year cycle instead of given annually. Mr. Grimm asked Fiscal Officer Jodie Thompson to make copies of that letter available to members of the Grants and Funding...

Kent Timebankers Showcase Skills: Public Welcome

The Kent Community Timebank is celebrating its 7th birthday with an Offers Expo showcasing members’ offers on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. The public is invited to attend, learn about timebanking, and stay for appetizers and birthday cake. A timebank...

Legal Aid to Bring Fair Housing Presentations to Community

Community Legal Aid is hosting free presentations in the coming months to anyone interested in learning more about legal issues covered by the Fair Housing Act. “We’re looking to provide information to all people impacted by Fair Housing – landlords, tenants, and even elected officials,” explained Patricia Dougan, an attorney with Legal Aid. “Everyone has their own rights and responsibilities,...

The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium: Restoration Through Vegetation June 2nd & 3rd

The public is invited to a multi-media presentation and examination of strategies to restore riveredge ecosystems and their effects on water quality and economic productivity. There is no charge for admission. Water quality impacts every life on Earth. Whether you are a tenant or landowner, the way you manage the property on which you live affects water quality for...

Hiram College offers new public health degree program

Hiram – Hiram College will offer a new public health degree program this fall. The program, through which students can either major or minor in public health, merges the college’s liberal arts curriculum with this emerging field of preventative medicine and health promotion. This type of undergraduate degree is rare, according to Christopher Mundorf, MPH, Ph.D., who heads the...

Chilling Station Brings Frozen Treats To Mantua

Mantua - There’s a new ice cream shop in town, just in time for warm weather to get folks hiking or biking along the Headwaters Trail in Mantua. The Chilling Station, owned by brothers John and Phil Rath, who also own Compass Packaging, decided to revert an unused building at their facility back to its former life -- at...

Hiram College Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

Hiram - The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00pm in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, on the campus of Hiram College. The “American Sampler” program will present an overview of American composers and styles. Hiram College graduating senior, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, violin, accompanied by Randall Fusco, piano, will perform a Jascha...

Home Improvement Program Available Through Treasurer’s Office

Ravenna  – Portage County residents looking to make home improvements this year can do so at a discount, thanks to a partnership between the Portage County Treasurer’s Office and three local banks. The program, initiated by Treasurer Brad Cromes in 2015, makes up to $1 million dollars available for lending from Hometown Bank, Middlefield Banking Company, and Portage Community Bank. ...

Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser

Garrettsville - A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!” Having both a fireman and...

Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50. Garfield...

Garfield G-Men Take District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

“Nothing is given; everything is earned.” stated Coach Andy Olesky last Friday night and no words could ever ring truer. The No.2-seeded G-Men made their way to the Warren Division III District championship where they beat out the No.1-seeded, and previously unbeaten, Leavittsburg LaBrae, 58-56 in a game that at times stopped the hearts of many G-Men fans...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Garrettsville

O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney! The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met at noon on March 6, 2017, at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. It being the first meeting of the month, the meeting was devoted to dealing with business before the club. This consisted of : Notice that grant inquiries for District or International Rotary grants must be in by May 15, with...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - During public comment, resident Jo Walsh Cobb voiced her desire that council should, in their review of trash and recycling service suppliers, give serious thought to returning to Portage County Recycling for village-wide services. She made the point that residents’ tax dollars paid for the Recycling Center, and that Portage County Recycling supports the local economy by...

Nelson Township News

Nelson Twp. - The March 1 meeting started as they normally do with everyone in attendance rising to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Some of the general business that was discussed pertains to the campgrounds and their desire to have over 1,000 permanent sites. Trustees will be talking with the Portage County Health Department regarding this. The trustees need...

How ‘bout Them Apples: 3rd Annual Road Apple Roubaix A Success

The third annual Road Apple Roubaix was a smashing success. That’s what you call it when you run out of almost everything but good times at an event. The bike riders began coming into town and parking everywhere there was a (not two-hour) space, with bikes on racks in back, perched on the top, loaded in the...

Comfort Corner Opens At The Woodlands Health and Rehab Center

Ravenna - Are you looking for a warm, secure environment for your loved one with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia? The newly-renovated 25 bed secure memory care unit at The Woodlands Health and Rehab Center in Ravenna recently opened and is accepting new residents. Our new unit, named Comfort Corner combines specially trained, compassionate caregivers in a beautifully renovated home-like setting. The...

Local Library Events & News

Burton Public Library To view our storytimes, LEGO Club, Book Clubs and more, visit burtonlibrary.org or call (440) 834-4466. Kids/Teens: 15th Annual Edible Book Festival Saturday, April 1 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. All Ages Welcome! Bring an entirely edible “book” to the Library by 11 a.m. on the day of the festival. The “book” creations will be judged in Funniest, Most...

Garrettsville Library’s New LED Sign

Garrettsville - One of the newest features of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County Library District—there are several—is the LED sign installed in front of the building. It’s being used to better communicate with the community about the services and programs now available at the library. This includes open hours, holiday closings, speakers, meetings, special event—all...

In Search of Geauga County’s Biggest Northern Red Oak!

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce the 2017 BIG TREE Contest and is currently seeking nominations! This voluntary contest promotes the beauty and benefits provided by our county’s biggest and oldest trees, along with their contributions to clean water and healthy soil. The 2017 featured tree species is the Northern Red...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the latest School Board meeting, preschool teacher Elizabeth Marlow and Ms Donna Hejl, were honored by CPS Principal Cindy Ducca. From the Transportation Department, Supervisor Sharon Dove thanked Sandra Wagner, a District bus driver, for her exemplary service, and lastly, CMS Assistant Principal Keith Robinson honored language-arts teacher Lydia Kulesza. These individuals were all recognized for...

In Pictures: Lady G-Men Advance to OHSAA Regional Finals

After a hard-fought battle on Wednesday the Lady G-Men emerged victorious over the Ursuline Lady Irish. Final Score for the game Lady G-Men 60, Ursuline 50 The Lady G-Men will advance to play Gilmour Academy this Saturday in the Regional Final at 1 PM. Order your 2017 GHS Yearbook today to gain access to photos from this game and many more....

Lady G-Men Win District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years. With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history. Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over...

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