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Cut & Pedi-thon Raises Funds For Rebuilding Garrettsville

| Published on April 3, 2014

Rachel King and her team of stylists at Facet Salon & Day Spa held a “Cut & Pedi – thon” last Saturday to raise money to help rebuild Garrettsville’s historic district. The salon was thrilled to announce that they had exceeded their goal of $1,000, and would be donating $1,260 …

Where Are they Now? Burned-Out Businesses Scramble to Resume Operations

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – “We are committed to to staying in Garrettsville and going back to Main Street when we can.”
These are the words of Dan Myers, who owned and operated New Hearing Sales & Services from 8115 Main Street until fire destroyed it and nearly every other business from Center Street …

Brewing For The Future

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – Main Street Grille & Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Mike Mallone (left), and Head Brewer Brian Koptis (right) are brewing a special GarrettsvilleStrong Pilsner. The beer goes on sale April 26th at $5 glass. 100% of proceeds benefit the GarrettsvilleStrong fund established to aid reconstruction of the block of shops …

Purchasing Manager Retiring from the Library

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – After over 25 years of dedicated service, Sharon Foy, Purchasing Manager of the Portage County District Library, has announced her retirement. Foy will retire from her position at the end of April.
Having started her career at the Portage County District Library in 1988 working part-time in the Technical …

Newton Falls Chamber News

| Published on April 3, 2014

Newton Falls – March’s meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association tied up a few loose ends and set plans moving forward while discussing ideas for creating new opportunities for professional growth.
The agenda opened with time for special presentations and this month featured [member], the law offices of Turner, …

Community in Action Breaks Ground for Community Garden

| Published on April 3, 2014

Windham – Hope springs a new with Windham Community in Action’s (CIA) Community Garden of Hope. This past Saturday, Windham CIA held a ground breaking for their community garden that they will plant when the weather breaks.  Prior to the ground breaking ceremony, they held a name the garden contest …

American Cancer Society Seeking Teams for Relay For Life of Southern Portage County

| Published on April 2, 2014

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Southern Portage County is just around the corner.  Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at 888.227.6446 x2215 or visiting www.relayforlife.org/sportage. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember …

“This Is How We Roll”

| Published on April 2, 2014

Ryleigh Gough had the high game and series on March 15 in the 9:00 Trio League.  Ryleigh’s average is 85 and she rolled games of 121, 151, and 115 for a very nice 387 series, 132 pins over average for the day.  Kyleigh Grandon was 43 pins over average with …

4-H All Stars

| Published on April 2, 2014

The 4-H All Stars have elected their officers;  Joey Fresch, President; Danielle Popek, Vice President; Stephanie Popek, Secretary; Erin Fresch, Recreation; Jonathan Wiczen, Health and Safety; Rebecca Potter, Reporter. April 12th will be our next meeting. This will be our business meeting. We will also be making Easter candy to …

Town Trotter News

| Published on April 2, 2014

Garrettsville – On Sunday, March 2nd the Garrettsville Town Trotters went to the office of Dann Timmons and Amy Turos on Main Street in Garrettsville and painted the front window. The theme of the window was “Follow the Hoof Prints to 4-H”. This year marks the 100th anniversary for Extension …

Close Quarter Defense – Using non-lethal methods to augment your CCW skills

| Published on April 2, 2014

Kent – The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is hosting a FREE educational seminar event on Tuesday April 8th at the Ravenna Maplewood Career Center,  7075 Ohio 88, Ravenna Ohio.
Close Quarter Defense – using non-lethal methods to augment your CCW skills,  Otherwise known as “The way you fight BEFORE you …

Save-the-Date for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic

| Published on April 2, 2014

Tee up for the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 21, at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio. Sponsored by the Middlefield Banking Company and Cleveland Indians Charities, the golf classic supports children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.
Celebrity golfers Bill Wills, co-host …

READ Posters at the Portage County District Library

| Published on April 2, 2014

Garrettsville – The Portage County District Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 14-April 19), a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their …

Great Clips of Aurora and Twinsburg to Assist Garrettsville Food Bank

| Published on April 2, 2014

Now through April 30, Great Clips of Aurora and Great Clips of Twinsburg are collecting non-perishable food items to assist the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.  The food pantry serves 80-100 families per month and lost their entire stock in the recent fire that devastated downtown Garrettsville.
Great Clips of Aurora and …

“Marching Pride” Takes Disney by Storm

| Published on April 2, 2014

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, …

Garrettsville is Open For Business

| Published on April 2, 2014

Holy Schmoley!  Flames leaping up from the north side of the downtown commercial district.  Customers clutching purchases being hustled past the cash registers by some of G-Ville’s finest  who’d just received word that “Town’s on fire!”  Proprietors hoping against hope to save their goods and their livelihoods…in vain all too …

#GARRETTSVILLESTRONG Fundraiser Spotlight

| Published on April 2, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville. 
Candlelight Winery – Fundraising Event
April 4th – Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Representatives from 31 Gifts, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Perfectly Posh, Premier Jewelry and Velata will be set up at the winery for an Evening of Shopping and Reminiscing. We will have …

Save the Date!!! Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour May 3rd!

| Published on March 27, 2014

Geauga County Tourism’s Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour will be Saturday, May 3rd, with 25 stops to choose from.  Each stop offers special activities, demonstrations, sales, treats or drawings to tour participants. This year’s tour features 14 locations that are brand new to the Tour, so choose a minimum of 10 …

G-Men Alumni — “Save The Date”

| Published on March 27, 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 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 …

Community Rallies In Support

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Hundreds of residents from the Garrettsville area and neighboring communities filled the home-side bleachers in the James A. Garfield gymnasium Monday evening in a unified show of support for those affected by Saturday’s devastating fire.   The one question they all were asking: “What can we do to …

School Construction Project Update

| Published on March 27, 2014

The Campus of Excellence Oversight Committee met on March 20, 2014 in the James A. Garfield Middle School to receive information and updates on the momentous project under way in the district, moving the Intermediate School to the main campus, thus gathering all the parts of the system—Elementary, Intermediate, Middle …

Hiram College Head Swim Coach Jack Groselle Sets Another World Record in U.S. Masters Swimming

| Published on March 27, 2014

Hiram – Hiram College head swimming and diving coach Jack Groselle added to his already impressive list of records by setting his second World Record of the year as part of U.S. Masters Swimming recently at the Milford Meltdown hosted by the Milford Athletic Club in Milford, Mich. on March …

CMS Shares A Surprise

| Published on March 27, 2014

Mantua – At a school-wide assembly last Friday afternoon, staff and students at the Crestwood Middle School in Mantua gathered to learn the results of the school’s Kindness Challenge. The event, sponsored by CMS’s Rachel’s Challenge student organization, encouraged both CMS and Crestwood Intermediate students to document random acts of …

#GarrettsvilleStrong

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – On behalf of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce members, we are all incredibly proud of the tenacity and resilience of our community. An enormous THANK YOU to ALL of  the emergency personnel who responded to this past weekend’s fire. 

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – The March 17 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society was preceded by an open house coinciding with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Garrettsville and a number of visitors were welcomed to view the collections in the historic Mott Building.

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 …

Council Approves Use of Lot for Community Garden

| Published on March 27, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council held their monthly meeting a week ahead of the original scheduled meeting to accommodate council members’ schedules. The meeting was called to order and the minutes, expenditures, bank reconciliation and safety report were presented and approved.

14th Annual Patchwork Benefit for DDC Clinic ~ Center for Special Needs Children

| Published on March 27, 2014

Middlefield – The 14th Annual  Patchwork Benefit will be held at Federated Church Family Life Center located in Bainbridge Township, Ohio on April 12, 2014. Upon arrival, party guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, stroll through items up for sale in the live auction, bid on unique silent auction items and  …

UP IN FLAMES: Historic Fire Devastates Garrettsville’s Historic District

| Published on March 27, 2014

“Garrettsville is burning!”
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, that message blazed out across phone lines, the internet and news agencies throughout northeast Ohio. Main Street’s newly-renovated historic Buckeye Block Building was on fire at lunchtime. Despite prompt and robust response by local and regional firefighters, the angry fire had devoured the …

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the …

Rebuild Garrettsville Meeting

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram Village News ~ March

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram – At the last meeting of the Hiram Village Council, Hiram Mayor Lou Bertrand acknowledged the Hiram Fire Department’s Save of the Year recipients. The team was honored for the successful resuscitation of a full cardiac arrest victim on Vaughn Road in February. On that snowy morning, the Fire …

Adventurous music lovers, here’s something right up your alley.

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram College’s Marcia Kenyon Bissell Opera Workshop will present the world premier of the opera Verlorene Heimat (Lost Homeland) on April 10 and 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Renner Performing Arts Theater , 11762 Dean St. in Hiram.  The opera, composed by Hiram College Associate Professor of Music …

J.A. Garfield Announces Winter All P.T.C. Athletes

| Published on March 26, 2014

Boys Basketball
Anthony Workman – 1st Team
Nick Jurcevic – 2nd Team
Mason Butler – Honorable Mention
 
Girls Basketball
Grayson Rose – 1st Team
Madisson Geddes – 2nd Team
Lauren Jones – Honorable Mention
Alicia Witte – Honorable Mention
 
Boys Bowling
Jaret Doraski – 1st Team
Colin McGurer – 1st Team
Zach Britton – 2nd Team
Zack Hoffmann – 2nd Team
Keddy Conway – …

March 29 & 30: The Right Time to Bring Overdue Honor to a Vietnam Vet

| Published on March 26, 2014

Time may not heal all wounds, but perhaps it gives us the opportunity to right some wrongs.
That’s what the nation has to offer Vietnam Veterans more than 50 years after they were swept into that conflict in January 1962. More than 3 million Americans served in the 11-year Vietnam War; …

Twentieth Century Club News

| Published on March 26, 2014

The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville completed its journey through the Dewey Decimal System, fittingly, at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, with the 900’s, history and geography.  Roll call was answered by enlightening the group as to what  each would take on  the way to a …

Voters & Candidates Face2Face…a different kind of candidate forum on April 3 hosted by the League of Women Voters of Kent

| Published on March 26, 2014

Kent – Candidates for county, state and Congressional seats have been invited to meet and talk with voters in small groups at an election forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent on Thursday, April 3.

All Hands on Deck!

| Published on March 26, 2014

Indeed they were!   It was Payback Time.
The James A. Garfield Local School Board held a hastily-called meeting on Monday, March 24 to respond to the catastrophic fire which struck the business district in downtown Garrettsville.  Representatives of student groups, faculty and staff organizations,  Nelson and Freedom Township trustees, volunteers …

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 …

“This Is How We Roll”

| Published on March 21, 2014

Now that the high school bowling season is over, the Scholastic League has started back up.  This year it’s a doubles format, made up of not only high school students, but also a number of other bowlers who are hoping to bowl on the high school team in the future.  …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 21, 2014

As the new year is progressing, Freedom Township has had an uneventful winter. Our township was well prepared for the weather; we have experienced NO shortage of road material.  There have not been any major issues come up in the township.  Our rental halls have been used on a regular …

Join the Portage County Literacy Coalition for Spelling Bee fun!

| Published on March 21, 2014

Portage County – On Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Ralph Regula Conference Center located at NEOMED in Rootstown, Ohio, the Portage County Literacy Coalition (PCLC) will host the 23rd annual “Jeopardy-Style” Spelling Bee.
Adults from businesses from the Portage County area compete against each other in this fun event that …

Water rates, sidewalks, and the old gristmill hot topics in Garrettsville

| Published on March 21, 2014

Garrettsville – The main topic of discussion after the opening of the March 12, 2014 Garrettsville village council meeting was water rates and how much of an increase there will be if council approves proposed Ordinance 2014-13.  The Board of Public Affairs (BPA) had asked a representative from Arcadis in …

Fire Board Approves Renewal Levy for November Ballot

| Published on March 20, 2014

Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire Board held their regularly scheduled meeting on March 13, 2014 with all board members in attendance. The first items of business were to approve the minutes, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures.

Challenge Accepted!….There is still time!

| Published on March 20, 2014

Garrettsville – Last month I challenged the James A. Garfield Community to take an active part in a massive fundraising campaign to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. I am proud to report that over the last month more than 325 of our students, parents, staff and community …

Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Connie Schultz to be featured at Library

| Published on March 20, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winning writer Connie Schultz will speak at the Geauga West Library on April 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Eykyn Room. 

Fiddler On The Roof Opens April 25th at Aurora Community Theatre

| Published on March 20, 2014

Aurora – Fiddler on the Roof, the award-winning musical marking its golden anniversary in 2014, opens April 25th for an 11-show run at Aurora Community Theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. Performance schedule includes: 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays Apr. 25 – May 17; 3 pm Sundays May 4 and 11, …

Free Income Tax Assistance For Veterans

| Published on March 20, 2014

Vienna – Military Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) will provide free income tax filing assistance for military veterans through April 15.
MVRC, in partnership with the Ohio Benefit Bank, offers free electronic filing for federal, state and school district taxes. In addition, the program can help veterans apply for student financial aid, …

Cedar Point Announces First-Ever Run & Ride Event

| Published on March 20, 2014

Sandusky – Have you already cheated on your New Year’s resolution to get healthy? Well worry no more, Cedar Point has something that will help get you back on track – the inaugural Cedar Point Run & Ride race series. This fun new event will feature three races for competitors …