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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...

Garrettsville Idol 2017 Open Call Auditions

Garrettsville - Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!” Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. If you are available April 23rd, May 21st and June 25th, you need to consider...

Spring Programs at Your YMCA

The Garrettsville Family YMCA has got you covered. Check out the programs offered—from Chair Yoga to Line Dancing or Pilates to Y-Cycle or anything in between—they’ve got your number, got your skill level, got your interest in getting more active. The Real You is an 8-week weight loss program unique to the Y, which includes nutritional...

Garrettsville Friends Of The Library News

The Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library is issuing an inquiry to determine the level of interest in young persons who might wish to take a Red Cross Babysitting Course, leading to certification covering basic child care and emergency procedures, with a handbook and CD-rom. An advanced certification is also available, which includes CPR certification( 2days...

Nelson Township Trustees Look At Options For The Future

Nelson Twp. - The mid-month meeting of the Nelson Township Trustees took place on Wednesday February 15 at 7pm. It was brought to my attention that I referred to the township as a village in a previous article. I apologize for the miscommunication and hope no residents were offended. I will try not to make the same mistake again....

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, trustees discussed whether or not to continue the Township’s membership in the Cuyahoga River Watershed, part of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The organization helps conserve and restore natural land and working farms for residents and communities across Ohio. During the 2016 fiscal year, Western Reserve Land Conservancy permanently preserved another 54...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp. - At the recent meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that letters were drafted for Hiram Village Mayor Bertrand regarding Regional Income Tax issues and the potential of the township and Village jointly seeking bids for curbside refuse and recycling. The letters were approved, signed, and delivered to the Village Council Meeting that same evening. In public...

G-Men Football Team Recognized At Village Council Meeting

Garrettsville - The February 8, 2017 council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. The normal business of accepting previous minutes, paying bills and going over revenue was taken care of. Then Mayor Rick Patrick made a special presentation to Coach Mike Moser and three members of the Garfield G-Men football team. They were presented a plaque and a...

Soap Box Derby Car Clinic in Shalersville

The Portage County Soap Box Derby will be hosting ”Introduction to Soap Box Derby Racing” race clinic. The date is March 11, 2017. The time is 11:00 am. The location is the Shalersville Elementary School gymnasium (Corner of S R 44 and S R 303) This will be a free Derby Clinic to learn what is involved in...

Change Bandits Strike Again!

Mantua - Three young ladies at Crestwood Intermediate School are up to their old tricks again. But their antics won’t be getting them in any trouble. On the contrary, their parents are mighty proud of their daughters’ activities. That’s because fifth-graders Aspen Baynes, Emmy Grebb, and Lilly Kuchenbecker have once again participated in the Akron Children’s Hospital Change Bandit campaign...

Learn How to Fight Fire with Laser Extinguisher Training

Garrettsville - Fire is a very real danger at home, at work or along the highway. Cooking, cigarettes, wood stoves, propane heaters, and other everyday appliances can spark a flame that quickly spreads out of control. Would you know how to put out a fire in such an emergency? If your initial bucket of water or smothering attempt fails...

Unlikely Friends Saved in Double Rescue

When Dan O’Grady of Akron, a truck driver, passed the little dog abandoned on the side of the highway in Jacksonville, FL, he couldn’t just keep going. He exited the freeway and hoped he could get back to the dog before anything bad happened. Luckily, he got back in time but the skinny dog yapped at him and kept...

Hiram represented at AICUO Lobby Day

On Wednesday, Hiram College seniors James Workman and Natalie Bendel participated in AICUO Lobby Day in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.  Workman and Bendel met with state legislators and talked about the importance of private education in Ohio and their experiences at Hiram.  They also spoke about the importance of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant provided...

Windham Spanish Teacher Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Windham - Windham Spanish teacher, Mariel Sobol, is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship which will provide her an all expenses paid opportunity to travel to South American countries. The Fulbright Program is an international scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists. The purpose of the program is to foster leadership, learning,...

Elsie’s Custom Creations LYNS to Open in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - It’s amazing how much one can learn when interviewing professionals!  While interviewing Jessica of Elsie’s Custom Creations, I met a true expert on anything to do with the art of stitching. Opening soon in Newton Falls, this store is filled from floor to ceiling  with everything you’ll need to either start or continue the hobby of knitting,...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary President Returns From Trip To India

Garrettsville - Delores McCumbers, 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram,  has recently returned from an eye-opening trip to India with a kaleidoscope of impressions.   One of the first of these was that America is so fortunate to have pretty generally clean air, clean water, clean streets, order on public roadways.  God Bless America!  Another was that of the...

News from Newton Falls Council

Newton Falls - The February 6, 2017 meeting was called to order then everyone in attendance was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. On the wall directly behind council is the seal of the city. On the seal is the city motto, “Working Toward A Better Tomorrow.” Mayor Waddell gave opening remarks and...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mayor Linda Clark shared that she and Village Solicitor Michele Stuck are reviewing information from NOPEC and First Energy relating to gas and electric aggregation and potential cost savings to residents. They will be presenting their findings to council in the near future. In his report, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger shared that his team...

Amazing Support For Backpack Program

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Community Backpack Program continues to provide supplemental food and a book for qualifying K-6 students at Newton Falls Elementary and Middle Schools every week. The support of the community keeps this program going, and it is appreciated. Thank you, everyone, so much for continuing to care about our young people.  You are all setting...

Freedom Township Happenings

At their last meeting, the Freedom Park Board agreed on a clean-up day for the Freedom Park. The first clean up day will be Saturday, April 8th at 9o’clock a.m. and  will consist of cleaning and getting the park ready for the spring and summer. A second cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. to plant...

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary

On March 8th and 9th 2017, The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning.  Parents, take advantage of this awesome program.  There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school for their dental appointment.  You will also receive a...

Jake’s Is Back

Mantua - As Mantua locals welcomed the New Year, they happily welcomed the return of an old friend as well when Jake’s Eats, the local comfort food purveyor and hangout, re-opened its doors in mid-January. When the previous tenant, Millers of Mantua closed their doors, Jodie Fiala and Kim Sumwalt didn’t have much to do to in order to re-open...

SweetheART Auction a Smashing Success

Mantua - “Community Center? I hope to tell ya! Look at it; look at all the people who are here.  There ain’t no more places to park, so many people.  We’ve needed this—a place to gather-- for a long time”, she said, directing her friend to the old principal’s office.  “That was Tom Rauber’s office.  I ought to know,...

Addiction Helpline Available for Portage County

Portage County - Residents in need of addiction treatment and support can call the Addiction Helpline for Portage County, being operated by Townhall II with funding from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. The phone number is 330.678.3006 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Dealing with addiction can seem overwhelming for the person...

J.A. Garfield Students Are “Too Good for Drugs”

Garrettsville - Kindergarten students learn the importance of keeping their bodies healthy during an interactive “Too Good for Drugs” lesson at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The classes, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, are taught by instructors from Townhall II and are offered to all the county school districts. Representative Sarah LaTourette recently observed...

Sweet heARTS Walk Features Local Artisans

Mantua - Looking to add a unique piece of local art to spruce up your home? Than look no further than the Sweet heART Walk at the Mantua Center School on Saturday, February 11th. The historic building will be open from noon until 5, and will be filled with local treasures. Those treasures will be available at both a...

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp - After the Pledge of Allegiance, the January 5, 2017 meeting was called to order by Chairman John Zizka at 7:32 p.m. The fiscal officer was unable to be present for the organizational meeting. In the absence of the fiscal officer, the 2016 chairman will conduct the meeting until a chairman is selected for 2017....

JA Garfield Expands Accelerated Offerings For 2017/18 School Year

The James A. Garfield Local Schools have always taken great pride in providing an outstanding education for every student. The District released a Quality Profile in 2016 (this can be found on the district website) that showcases a tremendous value on a well-rounded education. One critical component of a strong educational program is its ability to adjust to the...

Regional Economic Development Meeting

Garrettsville - On January 26 the newly formed Regional Economic Development Committee held their first meeting. Led by Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce president (and JAG Superintendent) Ted Lysiak, committee members included Nelson trustee Joe Leonard, Windham trustee Larry Kuhlman, Garrettsville council members Tom Hardesty, Debbie Glass-Wordell and Becky Harrington, as well as local business...

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp - At their last meeting, Township Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that ODOT provided information to the township regarding municipalities ordering up to 120% of the current salt bid. After some discussion, trustees passed a motion authorizing Road Supervisor Tom Matota to review the options provided and to purchase up to 120%, providing it is available at...

Lady G-Men Close Out A Chaotic January With A Win

At the close of 2016, the Garfield Lady G-Men basketball team was off to a stellar 9-0, in fact the Lady G-Men only lost three games in the entire 2016 calendar year! The new year so far has not been easy for the lady cagers as they started 2017 with 10 games in January -- four of them against teams with fewer than five losses!! Just to compare, in the same time span the Cleveland Cavs played 13 games and didn’t have to juggle any mid-terms or dual-credit assignments. When the dust settled, the Lady G-Men ended the month 6-4 and still hold a chance at a piece of the league crown for the second straight year.

In Pictures: 8th Count Dance Center presents Peter Pan

On February 1, 2017 the 8th Count Dance Center showcased their students' talent in a wonderful Peter Pan ballet that took a captivated audience on a journey to Neverland.

“Complementary & Alternative Medicine” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to attend the program “Complementary & Alternative Medicine” on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Presented by Dr. Haidy Kamel of Cuyahoga Community College, this program will provide attendees with an overview and information about this topic. Seats are limited, so register early. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. According to Dr. Kamel,...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on January 23, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. VP/President-Elect, Amy Crawford, conducted the meeting, as President Delores McCumbers was prepping for her trip—leaving the next day-- to India with a Rotary International program. Member Mike Dobran passed around newly-issued cards available delineating James A. Garfield Core Values and Beliefs :...

Nelson Township News

Nelson Twp. - On Wednesday January 18 the Nelson Trustees held a regular business meeting. There were a good number of residents in attendance at the meeting. The trustees led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting. Minutes from the January 4 meeting were accepted as corrected and bill payments were accepted as presented. An...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on January 16, 2017 at the historic Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville to conduct the following business: The new awning on “the Bonnet Shoppe”, the group’s research center, is now on the building; the sign to be attached next is undergoing a paint-matching procedure to confirm its gorgeousness and should be up soon. The...

Model Home a Model of Energy Efficiency

Hiram - A model home in Village Gate Community is a model of energy efficiency in new home construction. Trading out cement block and traditional plywood for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) block, Slab Shield, Low-E house wrap, recycled cellulose, oriented strand board, Trex deck boards and other ‘green’ construction materials allows this “Eco-Home” by Big Sky Homes to...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, Trustee John Festa shared the MSFD monthly report. He noted that call volume at the Department increased, with crews responding to 141 more calls than the previous year. While he noted the Department is handling more calls than usual, he complimented the men and women on what a great job they...

Area Scouts Honored At Winter Banquet

360 Arrowman and guests of Wapashuwi Lodge, Order of the Arrow, formerly of the Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America, met for their annual and final Winter Banquet recently at DiVieste Banquet Hall in Warren, Ohio. Wapashuwi Lodge has more than 300 members from over 90 Boy Scout Troops of the former Greater Western Reserve...

“Cookin’ up a Storm” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to join us for February’s “Cookin up a Storm” program on Monday, February 6 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Garrettsville Library. This month’s food theme will be Italian food. We’ll be using titles from the PCDL collection to discover new Italian recipes. Participants are asked to bring an Italian dish to share with the...

Comma Queen Offers Up Confessions

The Book Club of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library recently hosted a queen at their pot luck supper, held in the meeting room on January 17, 2017. The royal personage was Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me—Confessions of a Comma Queen (available at the library). The excellent repast (Good soup, John)...

Trainwrecked: News from Garrettsville’s 20th Century Club

The January 19, 2017 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave., Garrettsville. Greetings to all came from the president, Karen Miller and secretary pro tem, Karen Ziarko, called the roll. A note from absent member, Jan Boehm, was read. The occasion was Guest Night and the...

Take Your Sweetheart on a Sweet heART Walk

Mantua - Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 at the Mantua Restoration Society’s first Valentine’s event where they’ll be something for everyone. Beginning at noon, you can share the love as you and your honey stroll from room to room, perusing the creations of local artisans. The highlight of the event is a live auction at 1:30. That’s...

“Fired in Freedom” Exhibit Opens in Hiram

Hiram – “Fired in Freedom,” a showcase of ceramic works from nearly 20 artists, runs through Feb. 22 at the Hiram College Gelbke Fine Art Gallery, 12000 Winrock Road, Hiram. The exhibition features ceramic pots and sculptures that were fired in a Freedom Township wood-fired kiln. The artists range from university professors and independent ceramicists to students and nationally recognized...

Attention Portage County Farmers

If you’re a farmer, growing your product is only part of your business. Connecting your products with the people who want them is another crucial part. To aid in this endeavor, Portage County Regional Planning will host an informal meeting that aims to connect local farmers with potential buyers of their products. “It’s our hope to share with local...

News from Newton Falls Council

Newton Falls - City Council’s first meeting for 2017 was held Monday January 9. Mayor Waddell called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Mayor Waddell addressed the recent articles about the annexation. He explained how the city has worked with Braceville for the past twenty years to create a...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Starting the new year off right, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram wishes to again thank all of the businesses, groups and individuals who helped make the Reverse Raffle fund-raiser such a success...once more, with feeling: Steve Barton, Bob and Darlene Jackson, Chuck and Connie Evans, Crist Miller, Middlefield Bank, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency, Mallory DeHaven Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation...

Send Our Military Your Valentines Appreciation

Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is once again celebrating our Operation Valentine. The project is simple and meaningful, according to Dr. Michael E. Carlson. “Students and individuals throughout the community write messages to the troops on Valentine Cards, Cut-Out Hearts, or whatever they like and we make sure that they are delivered to our brave men...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At their first meeting of 2017, the Board voted to elect Debbie Soltisz as the 2017 School Board President, with Todd Monroe as Board Vice President. In addition, the Board voted to change the regularly scheduled monthly meetings to take place in the CHS library on the second Tuesday of each month. As such, the February meeting...

Garrettsville Village Council News

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday January 11 for their first meeting of 2017. After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Patrick asked for nominations for council president. Councilman Tom Hardesty was elected as president of council for 2017. The following 2017 Mayoral Appointments were approved: Streets, Parks and Cemeteries: Tom Hardesty, Sheri Johnson Village Properties and...

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