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Thank You for sending Dalton Fall to the Blue-Grey Bowl

Windham  - The family of Dalton Fall would like to thank the community for their help in sending him to the All-American Blue-Grey combine. Dalton competed in the combine on June 25 and worked to raise over $1,000 to pay for the trip’s expenses. With tears in her eyes Denise Fall expressed so much gratitude “I was shocked by the...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The new president of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, Delores McCumbers, stepped up to the plate...er...the podium to begin her year at the helm of the organization at the July 11 meeting, at  Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, noon, sharp. The meeting began with the inauguration/installation of the new, but experienced, officers and president by installing officer and longest member, Jim...

MSFD Honors Retired Fire Captain

Mantua - Last Sunday afternoon, the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department held a ceremony that was over 18 years in the making. That’s when the department presented a fire axe to former Fire Captain Ed Leferink, who retired in the late 1990’s, in a ceremony that day. According to firefighter and unofficial station historian Tim Benner, Fire Captain Ed Leferink, a 90-year-old...

So is it a bog or is it a swamp?

It was almost all about the BS. Well, the first day was...after that, it was about the amazing new horizons for the Portage County Park District, now that it’s got funding and the ability to actually plan and carry out plans for the benefit of Portage County residents.  Here’s what the BS was about. Mantua’s Art on the Hill event had...

“Run of the Ox” 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk

Mantua - Be a part of this year’s 5K Run/Walk or 1M Fun Walk at St. Joseph’s Annual Ox Roast Fair!!! Race will take place on Saturday, July 16th. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. in front of the church and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Out & back course begins at St. Joe’s, heads down St. Joseph Blvd....

Windham Partners with PARTA

Windham - The village of Windham is working with PARTA to allow for more and affordable transportation. Since the village no longer has a grocery store, fresh fruits and vegetables are not available in town. ”Our biggest concern is not having enough fresh fruits and vegetables for the children and those who can’t get out of town,” said Windham Mayor...

Historic Hartville Hosts Family Fun

Hartville - When most people think of Hartville, they picture the 15-acre Hartville Marketplace shopping complex, Hartville Kitchen or Hartville Hardware. And if that’s all you’ve seen of the small town nestled between Akron and Canton, then you’re in for a real treat. This summer, make time to experience Hartville’s historic downtown area during their monthly ‘Second Saturdays’ events...

Newton Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary Hosts Awards Ceremony

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored our Voice of Democracy Student, Patriots’ Pen Student, and Creative Patriotic Art Student on Monday, June 20, 2016. Our Voice of Democracy Student was Nathan Hendryx and he placed first on the Post level, and tenth on the District Level. Bronson...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The  Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, on June 20 for their regularly-scheduled meeting at noon.  The business on the agenda was varied : First up was a recap of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship Game, followed by the reading of a thank you note from Jane Rader, of James A. Garfield High School, who, together with...

AARP Chapter 4527 News

The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet “with a bang” on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, at 1 pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp., Ohio. (Behind the Fire Station). We will hold our brief meeting first and learn about the upcoming trip on Wednesday, August 24th, to Greektown Casino, in Detroit , Michigan, for $32, with...

Headwaters Adventure Race Set for July 16 in Mantua

Mantua - Run, pedal and paddle for trails and watershed conservation! The Portage Park District Foundation is presenting the Headwaters Adventure Race on July 16, 8:00 a.m. in Mantua Village as a fun(d)raiser for supporting trail maintenance and conservation projects. The event starts at Buchert Park and includes a 2-mile run on the Headwaters Trail, a 10-mile bike ride...

School Program Brings Hope to Local Hospital

Mantua - Studies show that reading to children helps them to listen better, build bigger vocabularies, and get excited about learning. Just imagine the positive results when an entire school reads the same book together. When students and staff at Crestwood Intermediate School read Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, great things happened, and not just for the students...

Garrettsville Library News

Here at the Garrettsville Library, we care about what you think. We ask that, when you have finished a book you’ve checked out, you give us a quick review of that book. Review slips can be picked up at the reference desk and completed reviews will be posted on the “What Do You Think?” book review board. Every month,...

University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center to Host Annual Family Health & Safety Day and Wellness 5K on June 25

University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center will host the 2016 Family Health & Safety Day on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the hospital’s campus in Claridon Twp. The free community event kicks off with a UH 5K Race for Wellness at 8 a.m. The Family Health & Safety Day, now in its eighth year, will offer...

Thank You For Your Donation

Windham - The Windham Fire board and department would like to thank everyone at the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Sky Lanes Bowling  for the donation of $3,473 to the Windham Fire department. “The department would like to thank everybody at the Queen of Hearts drawing and plans to use the money for new portable radios,” said Fire Chief...

Registration Underway For July’s School Personnel Crisis Training

Crisis situations happen in a blink of an eye. In a school setting, children and youth are relying on school personnel to keep them safe. All school staff members need to be prepared to handle situations – including incidents involving mental health. The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is offering the 9th annual Crisis Intervention Team...

Poole Selected CASA of the Year

CASA for KIDS of Geauga County, a juvenile court-based child advocacy program announced their CASA of the Year award at the program’s annual appreciation event held at Welshfield Inn, on May 5. The 2016 recipient of the award, Jeanette Poole, has volunteered with the program for five years. CASA for KIDS Director, Julie Weese said that “Jeanette was chosen for...

Donation Presented To Noah’s Lost Ark

The Portage County Charity Horse show committee Member Barrie Forman delivered the donation from the 56th annual fund raising horse show to Noah’s Lost Ark in Berlin Center, Ohio. The other recipients were: Hattie Larlham Foundation, Last Chance Corral and the Portage County Health and Welfare Woman’s Shelter.  A special thank you to all the people who supported the...

Worth a Trip: Hartville Chocolate Factory

Hartville - If you’ve ever wished for a place to get in touch with your inner Willy Wonka, then you’ll want to plan a trip to Cocoa Concepts in nearby Hartville. That’s because at Cocoa Concepts, the company behind the Hartville Chocolate Factory, you can roll up your sleeves and become a chocolatier for the day. You’ll learn the...

Ambassadors Soccer Camp 2016—20 Years!

This summer Friendship Alliance Church will celebrate 20 years of hosting an annual soccer camp.  The camp, originally known as “On Goal Soccer”, began at Settler’s Park in Bainbridge Township in 1997.  After the first few years, the name of the camp changed to Ambassadors Soccer Camp and continued at Settler’s Park until eight years ago. Now the camp...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

And so it’s June for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.  Here’s the lowdown on their official business. Stew Buchanan from Akron, District 6630 official public crier, brought announcements concerning Baseball Night for Rotary with the Cleveland Indians on July 29 and all of the festivities involved, reservations are due for next year’s 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is...

Garfield Teacher Publishes Book

Garrettsville -  Author, author!! And right in our own backyard too!  Well, maybe not in the backyard, maybe in  the James A. Garfield Middle School, maybe teaching Language Arts to eighth graders (Now there’s something to write about.), maybe, just maybe, it’s Mr. Don King, recently-published author of the  Young Adult/Science Fiction—slightly dystopian—novel, Nine. The book actually came out this...

Mantua Village Garden Club News & Plant Sale

Mantua - The Mantua Village Garden Club will again hold its annual plant sale, in conjunction with the Mantua Farmer’s Market, this coming Saturday, May 28, at Christ Lutheran Church, on Rt. 44.  Due to the extremely soggy weather last Saturday, the club still has a nice variety of plants to sell, along with the other vendors who attended...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society met at the historic Mott Building on Monday, May 16 to deal with the following business : • Refreshments for the Oral History Night to be held at the Village Hall on Wednesday, May 18 (It was, by the way, well attended and very informative and interesting). The scheduled speakers  were Don...

Summer Is Quickly Approaching… Along with Teacher Workshops! Registration Deadline extended until May 27th

All Aboard!  It’s not too late to sign up for the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ unique teacher workshops for teachers and educators.  Through outdoor learning and inquiry experiences, the Wonders of Watersheds Workshops can help you transition to tackle the learning standards with engaging lessons and resources.  These workshops are open to educators of all...

Upcoming Community Events (Week of May 27)

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The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk Register Today! The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 6th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done on line at www.2016friendsofmelana5k.eventbrite.com. Registration...

Take A Moment This Memorial Day To Remember

Remember, this Memorial Day, after the parade and the speeches, after the cook-out and the big sales at the mall, take a moment, at 3:00 p.m. to be a part of the National Moment of Remembrance, one minute of silence/reflection honoring those who have served, some who “gave their last full measure of devotion”.  Remember too, that, in reality,...

Hero’s Rock Visits Crestwood Middle School

Mantua - The Hero’s Rock Thank You Tour is all about bringing people together to show their appreciation to the military and their families. What better way than kids caring about kids! Hero’s Rock made a surprise visit to Crestwood Middle School in Mantua, Ohio last Wednesday. As the teens and pre-teens were heading down to lunch, a group at...

Celebrate River Day This Saturday!

Get off your butt! Abandon your cell phone & grab your paddle -- Saturday, May 21st is River Day! Come and join the fun as Camp Hi Canoe Livery launches its 50th year with a Cuyahoga River Race.  This exciting and  fun event is being held in collaboration with The Rotary Club of Mantua, Downtown Mantua Revitalization  and the  Portage...

7th Annual Teen Drama Project Brings Classic Fahrenheit 451 to GLTG Stage

Imagine a world where reading books was a crime. Fireman didn’t put out fires, but burned your books AND your house if you had a secret library. Ray Bradbury, author of the classic novel and play Fahrenheit 451 (the temperature at which paper burns) details such a future.  People are tuned in to their televisions and ear pieces and...

Travel with the Young of Heart

A 3-day trip has been planned to the Finger Lakes in New York on July 20-22. Included is the Belhurst Castle, the Çorning Museum of Glass, the Willard Memorial Chapel, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, a scenic lake cruise and much more. Cost is $399 ($408 for non-members). Call Nancy for more information, 440-729-9684. On Wednesday, August 10, they will be...

Local Company Pulls Parking Lot Prank

Hiram - Once again, Hiram-based Communications Factory marketing firm has found an unusual way to reward a local student. This year, much to her surprise, Chardon High School senior Courtney Kernc became the Factory’s 2016 Scholarship winner. Instead of just showing up at her Senior Banquet to hand over  a check, Communications Factory Plant Manager, Brad Turner, decided to...

May Is Mental Health Month

“Mental health – it’s a good thing!” is the message the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is spreading this May for Mental Health Awareness. The term mental health refers to a positive state in which a person has the ability to live a full, satisfying life, and the flexibility to deal effectively with difficulties and set-backs. Maintaining...

Short Takes On What’s Taken Place

The Friends of the Library (Garrettsville Branch, Portage County District Library) met recently in the library’s meeting room (Where else?).  Tentative results of the week-long book sale were adjudged quite satisfactory and other prospective fund-raising ideas were discussed.  The Friends help provide materials for various programs offered by the branch, especially for children and crafters, and some books too,...

GCPL Open on Sundays All Year – Including Summer

Geauga County  – Need a book, DVD, CD or magazine on the weekend? You’re in luck. The Geauga County Public Library is now open year round Sunday afternoons from 1 - 5 p.m. at Bainbridge, Chardon, Geauga West in Chesterland, and Middlefield. The two library stations in Newbury and Thompson are open from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays....

New Treasurer Contract to Reduce Duplicate Payments, Refunds

Ravenna – Nearly half of Portage County taxpayers make property tax payments through their mortgage provider.  For most, that process is seamless – but for some, who have had their mortgages bought and sold by multiple providers, it can become a hassle, resulting in late payment notices, fines, duplicate payments and refunds. Thanks to a new partnership between County Treasurer...

Garrettsville Summerfest and Friends of Melana Giving Kids Cancer the Boot, One Step at a Time

Garrettsville Summerfest is only two months away and all the events are coming together quite nicely.  One of the biggest events is the Friends of Melana (FOM) 5K run/walk as a fundraiser for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Cancer Research. This year, the 6th Annual Friends of Melana 5K run and 1Mile fun run/walk will take place on Sunday June...

Sign Me Up: A Fun Approach to Learning Sign Language

What is the third most common language used in America today? After English and Spanish, it’s American Sign Language. With that in mind, It may be a  good idea to learn this language of hand positions and gestures. It would be nice if the learning process was fun and colorful, as well. Former Garrettsville student and current Michigan animator Christopher...

Portage Park District 2016 Events

May 15 1 - 3pm Fun & Fitness Day Bring the Kids to the Garrettsville Village Park, 10482 South St, for Fun & Fitness Day with free activities 1pm-Safety Presentations -Garrettsville Fire & Police Departments 2pm-Ronald McDonald Show 2:45pm- 1 mile hike on the Headwaters Trail with Park District Staff May 17 6:30pm Wild Hikes Challenge Presentation Stop at the Reed Memorial Library to get information about...

Record-breaking $226,000 raised on Hiram Giving Day

Hiram - People give back to Hiram College for a number of reasons, but donors came out in droves to show their dedication to the institution on this year’s annual Hiram Giving Day, held April 29, donating more than $226,000 in a 24-hour period. Now, the College is primed to break its record of $8.2 million in funds raised...

New Scholarship Created for YSU-Bound Windham Grads

Windham - “Pennies from heaven” are raining upon college-bound graduates from Windham High School, thanks to a $491,000 scholarship endowment created by 87-year-old Youngstown State University alumnus and former teacher Robert E. Kimes. YSU President Jim Tressel (pictured above) visited Windham High School on May 4 to make the announcement. While Kimes was not present at the news conference, Tressel...

Rotary Fit-n-Fun Family Festival set for May 15th

It was “business as usual” for  the members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary on May 2, 2016, meeting at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, 12:00p.m.—sharp! No funny business; just the usual stuff. Christian Crawford will also be attending RYLA sessions this summer. Information has arrived about the possible next Rotary Student Exchange participant, from Germany.  Families are always needed to host these...

JAG Hall of Fame Induction – Iva Walker

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywEzvzGjsg] Iva Walker was inducted into the James A. Garfield Hall of Fame on April 30th for her distinguished service to the school, and surrounding communities.

J.A. Garfield Hall of Fame Class of 2016

The tenth annual James A. Garfield Hall of Fame induction was—as usual—a great success as it took place on April 30 in the Professional Development Center in the Garfield Elementary School. Chief organizer Sheri Johnson and Master of Ceremonies Joe Malmisur, committee members Annette and Stan Carlisle, John Bennett, Jim Pfleger, Iva Walker and Ted Lysiak, with the able assistance...

What’s Hot For Your Home

Brass animal figurines that were popular in the 1960s, are highly collectible. These are now commonly found at resale stores, flea markets, or your grandparents’ house. Don’t overlook these hand-me-downs, there’s always room for an extra swan, giraffe, deer or crane in your collection of family treasure.  Who wouldn’t want a reminder of their favorite animal or knowing that...

Windham Art Students Showcase Talents

Windham - Windham Junior and Senior High Students showcased their talents on Thursday, April 22nd at NEOMED in Rootstown. The Portage County Art Show, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls ESC, featured many pieces of art from area students. Art teacher, Mrs. Seger, has been working with students all year to prepare them for this event. The following students received awards: Junior...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use here in Portage County has never been greater. According to the Portage County Community Health Status Assessment Report, in 2015, 47% of Portage County youth in grades 6-12 had at least one drink of alcohol in their life, increasing to 71% of youth seventeen...

Public Tours Begin at Century Village Museum

As the sure signs of spring begin to appear, Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio, is once again opening for public tours.  This historic village of almost two dozen century-old structures, located in a beautiful setting overlooking the hills of Geauga County and the valley of the Cuyahoga River, offers a splendid opportunity for individuals and families interested in...

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Plans Walking Trail

Garrettsville - Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians received a very favorable report on the recent roadside clean-up conducted by adult Rotarians and high school InterAct members on April 16.  They weren’t “talking trash” exactly, but picking up plenty of it on the 3-mile stretch of St. Rte. 82 between the two villages; they even ran out of bags at one point.  Looking...

Twentieth Century Club News

Garrettsville - The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville closed their club year with the annual Spring Party, held at Roby Lee’s on April 21.  The planning committee of Patricia Amor, Gay McCoy, Leah Schultz and Pat Fisher arranged for the fine buffet meal and the excellent program which followed. Members were regaled with musical selections by Michelle...

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