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TW3 x 2 (TW3= That Was The Week That Was)

Well, it was another full week for “movers and shakers” all over town. To wit : Graduation parties...Hiram College, U. of Akron, KSU. All of the big schools turned ‘em out to look for jobs. Jean Marvin snuck in a birthday bash with her graduation party (Master’s in Nursing) The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on Monday--as they...

Burton Classic Car Cruise Nights Return

Burton - Remember the days when a car was a thing of beauty and American- made?  When every fall you anxiously waited for the new models to be unveiled?  When an American- made car was parked in every driveway?Step back in time to the glory days of American cars every Wednesday night from May 11 to September 28, in...

Our Lady of the Elms Senior Earns Communications Factory’s 9th Annual College Scholarship

Hiram - The Communications Factory, Hiram’s only advertising agency, is proud to announce its selection of Meghan Caprez as the firm’s ninth college scholarship recipient. Ms. Caprez, a senior at Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, earned the $1,000 award from the Factory to help her offset some of the costs associated with her college education.Chosen...

Community Invited to Historical Party

Aurora - Aurora Historical Society invites the community to a Grand Re-Opening Party at the Aurora Historical Museum from  2 to 4 pm Sunday, May 22, lower level of the Aurora library building, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.The party will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours through the renovated archives, activities for children, including an up-close look at Aurora’s historic...

Freedom Twp. Trustees Attend to Springtime Duties

Freedom Township - The Freedom Township Board of Trustees met on May 5 in regular session. The meeting was attended by trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector; and Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present were Charles Duffield and Harold Cain.Much discussion focused on springtime roadwork and the upcoming Spring Clean-Up,...

O Canada

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were treated to a unique look at what for some is Terra Incognita, our great (in more ways than one) northern neighbor, Canada...specifically, Dennis Guenther’s  home province of Alberta (along with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, known as the Prairie Provinces).  Names familiar to travelers, such as Lake Louise and Banff, Medicine Hat and Calgary shared map space with...

Council Urged To Make Processes Business-Friendly

Garrettsville - Prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting, members met at 6:45 p.m. on May 10th for a review of the Village’s finances.  Mayor Craig Moser reviewed the village’s financial accounts and recapped major expenditures from the 2009 & 2010 while highlighting those planned for the 2011 fiscal year. Councilwoman Clyde  asked if a list could be prepared for...

Fire Board Explores Fuel Options

Windham - The WVFD Fire Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting for May at the fire station with all board members and fiscal officer present. In the fire chief’s report, Chief Iwanyckyj asked the board if they could partition part of the meeting room off to make a lounge for the medics who are on call. The cost of...

Area Schools Awarded Grant

Hiram - On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, representatives from the James A. Garfield, Crestwood and Woodridge Local Schools along with Roxanne Sorrick, Head of Teacher Education and Project Director for Hiram College  traveled to Columbus to accept a Teacher Planning Grant and begin advanced planning for the 2011-2012 school year. During the 2011-12 school year, Hiram College teacher candidates will...

Habitat for Humanity ranks No. 6 among largest homebuilders in the U.S.

Ravenna - Habitat for Humanity of Portage County’s work to provide affordable housing has helped Habitat for Humanity International rank as the sixth largest homebuilder on Builder magazine’s top 100 list.  With 6,032 closings in 2010, this is the second time Habitat for Humanity has placed in the top ten.  “Our placement on the Builder 100 list is a...

Newton Falls Chamber Of Commerce Report

During the May meeting of the Newton Falls Chamber of Commerce, the focus of the discussion centered on the Association’s members. Though the Covered Bridge sign on Route 5 and First Street is full, there is still one spot available if anyone is interested in advertising there. Currently a space holder is simply filling in for the time being.Linda Nord,...

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen Celebrates Women

Middlefield - To honor  women, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is planning a special event just for women. Ladies in all walks and areas of life are invited to join us for the Ladies’ Tea & Treasure event on Friday, June 3rd, at 4:00 pm.  You will enjoy a buffet luncheon which includes assorted finger sandwiches, a fruit cup, tossed salad,...

Buckeye Trail Association Building New Hiking And Backpacking Trail

Ravenna - The Buckeye Trail is a hiking trail that circles the whole state of Ohio and is 1,444 miles long. It is built and maintained by the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) and numerous volunteers.As a non-profit organization, they strive to provide outdoor recreation through hiking and backpacking to all four corners of Ohio. Now the BTA wants to...

Windham Village to Purchase Fuel from Circle K

Windham - The regularly scheduled meeting of the village council was rescheduled for April 27, 2011. The council was missing one member. The pledge of allegiance was recited and the meeting began. The last council meeting the fire chief explained that the village had received a warning about their fuel systems not being in compliance with the new standards. After...

Gallagher Receives Entrepreneur Honor

Kent - James A. Garfield graduate and Kent State University senior, Shannon Gallagher was recently inducted as a charter member of the Kent State chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, the first academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. The mission of Sigma Nu Tau is to promote, recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage...

Behind the Gates of Camp Ravenna

Camp Ravenna - Early Saturday morning almost 200 people sacrificed sleep when they arrived at 7:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Family Center for a tour of Camp Ravenna.  The excited folks enjoyed coffee and donuts while they waited on the buses to take them to see first hand what really lays behind the gate at Camp Ravenna Military Training...

Calling All Frozen Yogurt Lovers!!

Hiram - Want a place where you can take a minute to sit down, relax. and enjoy the cool sweet taste of Frozen Yogurt?If you would be willing to take a moment of your time to fill out a short questionnaire, a local frozen yogurt cafe could be on the horizon...and just around the corner from your home...in...

Yo-Yo The Clown Visits KT Elementary

Windham - The children of Windham’s KT Elementary preschool were treated to a visit from Yo-Yo the Clown.  Steve Blasko from Youngstown has performed for over 40 years.  He demonstrated for the children how he transforms himself into a clown. Teacher’s Aide Ms. McLean and a student, Briah Daniel, joined in the fun by applying clown makeup.  The preschoolers...

New Administrator Improving Conditions at County Nursing Home

Ravenna - There’s a new administrator at Portage County’s nursing home, The Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. When Christa Mayes took the position on April 1, The Woodlands was home to 65 residents. As of April 29th, there were 80. The Woodlands is on the grow, so anyone considering short- or long-term nursing home care should visit before the...

Rotary Report

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was recently privileged to hear from two very able competitors in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  Both entrants were from James A. Garfield High School and each gave a presentation worth of recognition. Travis Gorby, freshman, was first up and...

Got Teeth™ : Help Wanted

I have written nearly 60 columns for the Weekly Villager since June, 2008.  The focus of my articles has always been patient centered. Equipping my readers...

“The Test”

Garrettsville - If  you enjoy Saturday Night Live humor, you’ll enjoy James A. Garfield’s final drama production of the year titled “The Test” by Cliff McClelland. This play chronicles a series of scenes all devoted to the idea that we must face so...

Garfield Women’s Auxiliary Formed to Support Firefighters

Garrettsville -  First responders make a living out of helping others in their time of need. Now, a support group has been formed to show gratitude to local firefighters in appreciation for all they do. Stacy Collins is a founding member of the newly...

Crestwood 4 C’s Honors Volunteers

Mantua - On Thursday, April 21, a luncheon was held at Mantua Hilltop Church to honor all those who volunteer at the Food cupboard. The Council Members provided a delicious luncheon of salads, desserts and croissants. 40 volunteers attended plus a few honored...

News From Nelson

Nelson Twp - Spring has returned. We made it through another winter. As you drive around Nelson Township, you can once again see the green grass and flowers blooming everywhere. To keep Nelson looking great, remember to start collecting all the things in...

Crestwood Middle School Band Students Earn 57 Superior, and 13 Excellent Rankings

Mantua - Eighty CMS Band students participated in the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest April 9, 2011 held at Crestwood Middle School. Students in grades seven and eight performed 47 solos and in 22 ensembles. CMS Middle School band students received 57...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - Brush pick-up for 2011 will be the last full week of April, May, June, July, August and September.  The amount of brush should be...

Garrettsville Mayor’s Update

Garrettsville - News flash! It is still raining  )--; So take advantage of the Boardwalk and you can see Mother Nature do her over-the-Falls thing... It is spectacular (---; Meanwhile, we have a private investor, buyer, for Paul’s Lumber property all 14.8 acres of...

Trustees Address Pixley Park Drainage Problem

Nelson Twp. -  Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting at the community house with trustees Joe Leonard, Bill Wilson and Jim Turos and fiscal officer J. David Finney present. Fire Chief Dave Friess was in attendance to request permission to use...

Coach Hollinger Memorial Service

Hiram - On May 1st, at 3:00 in the afternoon, there will be a memorial service honoring the life and works of William “Bill” Hollinger, at Hiram College’s Price Gymnasium, on the eponymous Hollinger Court, where he spent not inconsiderable time and achieved...

“Soda Shop Angel”

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls High School Drama Department will complete the 2011 season by presenting the comedy “Soda Shop Angel” authored by Shirley McNichol.  The production will be presented on Friday and Saturday, May 6th & 7th at 7:00 p.m. in...

Celebrate Spring with the Portage County Master Gardeners: Master Gardener Event Scheduled

Spring has come to Portage County, and gardeners across the county are getting together plans and plants for another year.  The Portage County Master Gardeners are also making preparations for their annual event, Celebrate Spring.  The event, which includes a plant sale, silent...

Be It Ever So Humble…

“Mid pleasures and palaces, Wherever we roam, Be it ever so humble, There’s no place like...

On The Move…

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...

Middlefield Banking Company Mortgages