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The Weekly Villager staff is working hard to wrap up the transition to our new office space. Individual articles from this week's paper will not be posted online, instead we encourage our online readership to take advantage of our digital archive. We intend to return to our standard posting schedule next week. This week's paper can be viewed as a PDF...

Portage County Soap Box Derby Holding Clinic

Mantua - The Portage County Soap Box Derby is hosting a Derby Clinic on April 17th from noon to 2 pm. The clinic will be located at the Shalersville Town Hall on the corners of SR 303 and SR 44. The clinic is for...

Hiram Fire Dept. Gets Thermal Imager Camera

Hiram - In March, the Hiram Fire Department took delivery of a new Scott Thermal Imager Camera as part of a NOPEC grant, written by Hiram Township Trustee Chairman Steve Pancost.  The camera’s cost was $9,600 and was given to the Fire Department...

Final Curtain Call For Graduating Garfield Seniors

Garrettsville - Anyone fortunate enough to snag a golden ticket to James A. Garfield High School’s musical theatre production of  “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” had a simply nutterrific time. The four-day run of the show was virtually sold out before opening...

Windham NOPEC Project Hits Snag

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for this April meeting with all trustees and the fiscal officer present. The first item on the agenda was guest recognition. Fire Chief Mike Iwanyckyj asked to address the trustees. The chief stated that the fire...

Bridging the Transition Gap for Students with Disabilities

Burton - On May 4, from 6 - 8  p.m. come in and learn successful high school-to-college transition strategies for young people with disabilities.  Find out the five key transition skills that you need to have, know the differences between high school and...

Machine-O-Mania / Touch-A-Truck Returns

The QuizMasters/Academic Challenge Team of James A. Garfield High School is again sponsoring this activity in conjunction with the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Garage/Yard Sale. Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the Garfield Elementary School parking lot there will be...

Rep. Clyde Leads Ohio House Approval of Name Change for NEOUCOM

The Ohio House of Representatives approved legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) to change the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) to the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).  This change will reflect the university’s updated curriculum and will come at...

My LifePlan® Launches Intelligent Survival Initiatives

Ravenna – My LifePlan®, an emerging provider of emergency services,   announced  the release of its Intelligent Survival InitiativesTM (ISI).  A first in disaster response, ISI is designed to provide proactive intelligent information services for emergency and large-scale disasters. My LifePlan’s® Intelligent...

Pitcher Perfect!

Garrettsville - James A. Garfield senior baseball standout Brandon Baumgardner’s favorite song is “Lights Out” by P.O.D. It is no wonder the first game of the season Brandon was exactly that... LIGHTS OUT. When the lefty took the mound last Thursday at Waterloo little...

Portage County Celebrates Government Month

Ravenna - On April 12, the Portage County Commissioners hosted an Open House followed by an evening meeting.  The event was held to commemorate National County Government Month.  Several county offices and departments participated.  The Woodlands at Robinson (county nursing...

“Willy Wonka” Opens Thursday

Garrettsville - OPENING NIGHT for J.A. Garfield’s performance of “Willy Wonka” is Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.  House doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start time. Pictured above are...

Hall of Fame – Part 3

The 2011 James A. Garfield Hall of Fame slate is completed by two young men a decade apart who displayed their talent and teamwork in several venues and at several levels. Matt Paul, class of ‘85, earned letters in golf (3), basketball (3) and...

Champion Relays Kick Off Season

CHAMPION, Ohio – The Champion High School Relays have become an annual event for the J. A. Garfield G-Men high school track & field team.  Last week, the Berkshire High School track & field team joined the fun on a blustery, yet sunny...

Windham in The Civil War

Windham - For its final meeting before the summer break, the Windham Historical Society presents a free talk from local historian George Belden, who will speak on “Windham in the Civil War” on Monday, April 18, at the Windham American Legion, Post 674. Using...

Train Accident Fails to Derail Newton Township Meeting

Newton Township - Last week a train going through Newton Falls at about 7:00 in the early morning went off its track as it passed through the heart of the town. Approximately twelve hours later, half past 7:00pm, emergency responders had the wreckage...

Tab Collection Benefits RMH

Garrettsville - Anna Brigham is a freshman at James A. Garfield Schools who is not a typical teenager. She is active in her church, on the Garfield bowling team, bowls youth bowling, merit roll student, a contestant in Garrettsville Idol and collects pop...

Crestwood Local Schools Refinances Bonds, Saves $550,000

Mantua – The Ides of March were very kind to Crestwood Local Schools and its taxpayers. Looking for ways to save money, Crestwood Local Schools refinanced their bonds on March 15 for their two elementary schools and will see a $550,000 savings over...

Balloon Launch in Burton for Autism Awareness

Burton – UN declarations and Presidential proclamations have made April 2 World Autism Awareness Day. According to President Obama’s proclamation, autism spectrum disorders or ASDs currently affect nearly one percent of children in the US; the statistics vary, but some numbers say that 1 in 110 children are affected. This effect can be felt rippling...

Reverse 911 Service Assists in Emergencies

Portage County - Recently, residents in the Hiram-Garrettsville-Nelson  area received an automated phone call from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department. The pre-recorded message alerted residents to be on the lookout for a 12-year-old boy who had been reported missing earlier in the day, and to call the Sheriff’s Department if anyone had information about the child’s whereabouts. This was an...

Windham May RIF Twenty Plus Employees

Windham - RIF (Reduction in Force) has become the buzzword of the community and throughout the school district as the administration of Windham School looks to reduce staff as they wait on the impending governor’s proposed budget. The anticipated cuts are expected to be deep and in the small district, the cuts are also being felt at the heart...

Maple Max Celebrates 1st Birthday

Geauga County - Maple Max has had one exciting year! He was officially “born” last March after an extensive contest had local elementary school students submitting possible names for the new Geauga County Tourism ambassador. Madison Wilson, from Newbury Elementary School submitted the name Maple Max and it was the top scoring vote with Geauga County Tourism Members. In his...

Hall of Fame Inductees — Take Two

“Consider the ladies”...as First Lady Abigail Adams wrote to her destined-to-be-second-U.S.-President John Adams when he was one of the patriots, politicos and visionaries laboring to write a constitution for the new nation, the United States of America. Mrs. Adams didn’t have a whole lot of luck at influencing the direction that took but the James A. Garfield School District has...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society looked ahead  to:  possible future programs, attendance at the Portage County Historical Society local history societies forum on March 26, a committee to  make costume selections for the vintage pix opportunity to be offered at the SummerFest, a backdrop for said photos, checking out available Jaguar yearbooks at Garfield H.S., the...

Br. James Peter Visits PSR Classes

Mantua - On Thursday, March 3, lifetime St. Joseph, Mantua, parishioner, Br. James Peter Trares visited the Parish School of Religion students and thanked them for the statue of St. Joseph and the cards which were recently sent to him. He also spoke about his novitiate year experience in Denver, CO, with the Dominican Central Province and answered questions...

KSU Nursing Health & Wellness Fair

Burton - The senior nursing students in Community Health Nursing at Kent State University at Geauga planned and implemented a community health and wellness fair on Wednesday, March 16th at the Geauga Campus in Burton. Several community agencies participated, including:  the Department on Aging with a balance screening, Visiting Angels, River of Life, WIC, MRC, Briar Hill, Mental Health...

Winner!

Windham - Windham Library is proud to announce the winner of our “Guess the Number of Tootsie Rolls” contest.  Jonathan Clark is our lucky winner and, along with the tootsie rolls, he gets a big Irish mug to fill with whatever he wants. Congratulations Jonathan Clark. For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library, located at 9005...

PTO Chess Champions

Garrettsville - Zoe Swenson and Adam Norris won their respective divisions for the 4th grade PTO chess tournament.  Congratulations to them both!  The tournament was held over their lunch break for several weeks, and they recently competed in the finals. For the boys, Chad Angermeier came in second while Nathanael Dech came in third.  For the girls, Trinity Syvertson came...

Boots ‘n’ Suits…Suits ‘n’ Boots

Windham - The weather was pure northeast Ohio in springtime--damp, cold, windy, gray--but the mood was upbeat as a dozen-plus Ohio Army National Guard personnel and a near-equal number of interested civilians gathered at Camp Ravenna (known to most of the locals as “The Arsenal”) for a ceremonial ground-breaking and dedication of the first phase of the Tactical...

20th Century Club

Twentieth Century Club has had two meetings in March with the programs switched from one to the other. Confused?, we were not!. On March 3rd we were at Mary Furillo’s home (as nice as always) with Margaret Clapp co-hosting. Does everyone remembers Margaret’s carrot cake from the club cook book? Well she showed us again, how it is done!. Our roll call for...

Has Time Run Out For Collective Bargaining?

Emotions run high regarding Ohio Senate Bill 5, by which Ohio Governor John Kasich and fellow Republicans propose to cut costs by restricting public employees’ right to collective bargaining. The proposed limits would affect about 350,000 public workers in Ohio, including teachers, police and firefighters. Senate Bill 5 would ban strikes and severely limit the collective bargaining rights of union...

Mayor’s Spring Update For The Village of Garrettsville

Garrettsville - The Portage County Engineer’s office is responsible for safety and maintenance for the two bridges on Liberty Street. The County Engineers have closed the Liberty Street Bridge between Center St and Park Ave. and the sidewalk/bridge near Water St and Liberty St. after their annual bridge inspection on Friday last week. Drivers on Liberty Street should use caution when...

Hall of Fame Inductees – Round 1

The James A. Garfield High School Hall of Fame returns.  Honorees in this year’s class total six, with one a holdover from a previous flight who will finally face the music (Fight Song, anyone?)after being deferred  from a previous ceremony. Who are these worthy individuals?  Read on. First up : Daniel James Gallagher, Class of 1970.  Dan made his mark in...

Nelson To Lead Rainbow Assembly

West Farmington - Caraline Nelson, daughter of John & Diane Nelson, of Burton, Ohio, was installed to lead the W. Farmington Rainbow Assembly #116 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls during its spring term as Worthy Advisor.  Cara has chosen “Veggie Tales” as her theme for the term; her motto is “God is bigger than the...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - The Planning and Zoning Commission met on March 1st  at 7 p.m. A motion to support Village Council’s Amendment of Ordinance # 2011-01 was offered and passed by the Commission. Village Zoning Inspector Dominic Gualtieri was asked to inspect and notify in writing all owners of dumpsters that are in violation of Hiram Zoning ordinances. For any...

Newton Falls Village Council

Newton Falls - On the first day of spring, council members gathered briefly at the community center for the second regular meeting of March. All officials were present with the exception of Councilwoman Johnson and Councilman Luonuonsuu who were excused for the evening. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Waddell announced the donation for this meeting would be given to...

Platinum Chef Ohio, Battle for the Buckeye State

Hiram - AVI Fresh and Hiram College are excited to announce the inaugural Platinum Chef Ohio, Battle for the Buckeye State.  Five colleges and universities; Hiram College, Kenyon College, Malone University, Tiffin University and the University of Mount Union; will battle it out in the kitchen for the title of   Platinum Chef Ohio and the cash prize of $2500! ...

Freedom Township News

Freedom Township - Items of interest and importance discussed and acted upon at the March 3, 2011 meeting: Mr. VanSteenberg spoke of flooding that occurred in the township. A culvert on Hewins Road collapsed. They put in a new plastic culvert and the road is now  open . He is keeping track of materials, equipment and labor on this project...

Register Now For Absentee Ballot

A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Those residents of Geauga County who would like to vote an absentee ballot should make arrangements now. In order to request an absentee ballot for the Election, registered voters must fill out an absentee application. Each request must have the applicant’s original signature. Requests may be mailed to: Geauga County...

Nelson Promotes Two Employees

Nelson Township - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently with all trustees and  the fiscal officer present. The fiscal officer presented bills and wages; he also gave a funds status report along with real estate tax money from the estate of Robert W Norris.  The trustees approved the expenditures and the minutes from the last...

Summerfest Committee Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Do  you  think you can sing?  Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 17th, May 15th and June 26th 2011?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, then I have a gig for you. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the audition dates for Garrettsville Idol, the grand finale event...

Commissioners Holding Public Forum

Portage County -  On Monday, April 4, Portage County residents are invited to attend a public meeting at Maplewood Career Center to discuss whether the county should build the new County Court House in the city of Kent or explore the ability to place this court house in another location. The meeting, which is being hosted by the Portage County...

“Hi-Crier” Hits Newstands Thursday

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Mass Media Class under the direction of Mrs. Tina Downing in conjunction with The Weekly Villager, is pleased to announce their first edition of the “Hi-Crier”. Look for this quarterly publication produced by talented Garfield students who will share school district news, events and items of interest. The paper will...

Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day A Success!

Garrettsville put on its best green last week as folks were determined to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with style during the Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce. The event brought everyone out of winter’s hibernation to celebrate the holiday that has everyone claiming be Irish, even if it is only for...

Real Heroes Honored for Lifesaving Responses

Portage County - You may not realize it, but you are surrounded by real heroes every day... ordinary people who react quickly, courageously and selflessly during emergencies. The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties takes time each year to honor the Real Heroes of Portage County, shining the spotlight on heroic individuals who would never be recognized...

A “High Flying” Thank You

Middlefield - On February 26 the Middlefield Police Department and CWE Championship Wrestling Experience teamed up for fun filled night of “High Flying”, “Hard Knocks” and “Total Excitement”. The wrestling event was a fund raiser for the Middlefield Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program. CWE promoter  Kyle Terreri and Chief Ed Samec discussed the event as a fund...

Fowl Topic Open To Public Discussion

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday March 10 for their monthly meeting.  The minutes of February’s meeting were approved without correction.  The Mayor reported that the equipment for the new canine police vehicle has arrived, but the vehicle will not be here until the end of April to early May.  He also mentioned that spending had exceeded revenue...

Windham Fire Board Purchases Ambulance

Windham - The Windham Volunteer Fire Department (W.V.F.D) Joint Fire District board met for their regularly-scheduled meeting with four of the five board members. The board’s first action was to approve the fiscal report and expenditures. After a month of research and review, the board has approved the purchase of a new ambulance. The board goal is to try...

Windham Historical Society News

Windham - The Windham Historical Society continues their busy 2011 schedule on Monday, March 21, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham. The program for this meeting will be presentations by two Windham High School seniors, Jeremy Isler and Jarrod Davis, as the final step in their pursuit of Windham Historical Society scholarships. These scholarships...

Newton Falls Planning For July 4th

Newton Falls - Newton Falls 4th of July Festivities Committee is in the final planning stage.  We are so excited this year because it is our 25th Annual Car Show. That’s right. Can you believe 25 years?  We are going to start this year’s car show with a Street Dance on Friday, June 24, at 7:00 to 11:00 in...

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