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Medieval Maple Festival

| Published on April 14, 2011

Chardon – We are fascinated by medieval times.  The Middle Ages remain a time of mystery and revelation.  There are groups today that continue to investigate that period and share it with others.  One of those groups is the Society For Creative Anachronism.  It is an international non-profit organization that …

Bridging the Transition Gap for Students with Disabilities

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 college, eligibility requirements and accommodation descriptions.  Plus, …

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

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 wheeled vehicles of all sorts–ambulances and emergency …

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

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 no additional cost to the state.
“NEOUCOM has …

It’s Garage Sale Time!!!

| Published on April 14, 2011

Garrettsville – It’s time to start cleaning out your closets, garages and attics! The Garrettsville Community-Wide Garage Sale will be held on May 21st and 22nd this year. This Chamber sponsored event always draws a crowd from surrounding communities – you know what they say, one man’s trash is another …

My LifePlan® Launches Intelligent Survival Initiatives

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 Survival Initiatives provides solutions for:
• Gathering and updating life-critical information …

Pitcher Perfect!

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 did Brandon know he was on the …

Portage County Celebrates Government Month

| Published on April 14, 2011

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 home) offered free blood pressure  checks.  The …

“Willy Wonka” Opens Thursday

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 the cast and crew of “Willy Wonka” …

Hall of Fame – Part 3

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 baseball (4);football only got one year of …

Champion Relays Kick Off Season

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 afternoon.
Garfield and Berkshire hold a lot of …

Youth Bowling News

| Published on April 10, 2011

In the 9:00 Trio League, Ashleigh Quiggle had high series for the day with 378.  Ashley rolled two games of 138.  High game for the week was rolled by Adam Norris, a 156, beating his career high game score that was set only two weeks ago.  Joey Ewell was second …

Windham in The Civil War

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 the 1866 monument on the village green …

Train Accident Fails to Derail Newton Township Meeting

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 under control and the town attempted to …

Tab Collection Benefits RMH

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 and beer can tabs.  She loves kids …

Crestwood Local Schools Refinances Bonds, Saves $550,000

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 the remaining life of the bonds.
“We’ve been …

Chevy Cruze Is The Summerfest Car

| Published on April 10, 2011

Garrettsville – Did you enjoy 2010 SummerFest in Garrettsville last year? Well, if you did, did you know that the SummerFest committee has two fundraisers that help pay for the event? The committee will once again hold a car raffle along with T-shirt and hoodie sales to fund the event.
This …

Balloon Launch in Burton for Autism Awareness

| Published on April 10, 2011

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 …

Reverse 911 Service Assists in Emergencies

| Published on April 2, 2011

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 …

Windham May RIF Twenty Plus Employees

| Published on April 2, 2011

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, …

Maple Max Celebrates 1st Birthday

| Published on April 2, 2011

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 …

Hall of Fame Inductees — Take Two

| Published on April 2, 2011

“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 …

J.A. Garfield Historical Society

| Published on April 2, 2011

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, …

Br. James Peter Visits PSR Classes

| Published on April 2, 2011

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, …

KSU Nursing Health & Wellness Fair

| Published on April 2, 2011

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, …

Winner!

| Published on April 2, 2011

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 …

PTO Chess Champions

| Published on April 2, 2011

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 …

Hiram College’s New Black Box Theatre Opens with HAIR

| Published on April 2, 2011

Hiram – Hiram College’s Theatre Department opened the doors of its new Renner Black Box Theatre on campus last weekend with sold-out performances of the 1967 hippie-rock musical, HAIR.
The new theatre, built in a space formerly occupied by three art studios in Frohring Art Building, was just recently completed. The …

Council Approves Purchase Of Two Cruisers

| Published on April 2, 2011

Windham – Windham Village met for their regulary scheduled meeting recently with all council members present. Fiscal Officer Lloyd Billman presented the expenditures for the month of February. They were $155,492.52 with a bank reconciliation of $524,008.46 with all funds reconciled.
Council President Linda Rininger reminded council member that every meeting …

Relay For Life Comes to Hiram College

| Published on April 2, 2011

Hiram – Hiram College will be holding its first annual Relay For Life, student-run event located at Charles A. Henry Field on April 1, 2011, starting at 6 p.m. until April 2, 2011, at 12 p.m. Hiram College’s official Relay For Life website has been running since late October and …

Boots ‘n’ Suits…Suits ‘n’ Boots

| Published on April 2, 2011

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 …

20th Century Club

| Published on March 27, 2011

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 …

Youth Bowling News

| Published on March 27, 2011

Now that the High School bowling season is completed, the Teen Texas Shoot-Out League has begun.  A number of good scores have been posted already – Howie (Taz) Moore started the first week with a 611 series and followed it up this week with 245-195-225 for a 665 series, giving …

Has Time Run Out For Collective Bargaining?

| Published on March 27, 2011

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 …

Mayor’s Spring Update For The Village of Garrettsville

| Published on March 27, 2011

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 …

Hall of Fame Inductees – Round 1

| Published on March 27, 2011

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 …

Hiram Village News

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Newton Falls Village Council

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Platinum Chef Ohio, Battle for the Buckeye State

| Published on March 23, 2011

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   …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Register Now For Absentee Ballot

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Nelson Promotes Two Employees

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Summerfest Committee Announces Idol Auditions

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Commissioners Holding Public Forum

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

“Hi-Crier” Hits Newstands Thursday

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

2011 4-H Window Painting Contest

| Published on March 23, 2011

Portage County – In celebration of Ohio 4-H Week, the thirteenth annual window decorating contest was held. The 2011 contest theme was “4-H, A Pathway To The Future.”
Fourteen different clubs entered the contest. Six clubs throughout the county competed against each other and eight clubs in the city of Ravenna …

Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day A Success!

| Published on March 23, 2011

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 …

Real Heroes Honored for Lifesaving Responses

| Published on March 20, 2011

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 …

Amish Business Spotlight: Yoder’s Coleman

| Published on March 20, 2011

Huntsburg – Right on the outskirts of Middlefield, right off of Burton-Windsor Road and Clay Street is a most unique shopping experience.  Yoder’s Coleman is located at 15890 Durkee Road in Huntsburg.  Their phone number is 440-636-6224.  Their normal business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 am until 5 …

A “High Flying” Thank You

| Published on March 20, 2011

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 …