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Goal Of Dedicated Service Shared By CIT “Officer of the Year” Honorees

Portage County - The 2011 CIT Officer of the Year Award went to two veteran law enforcement professionals who were among the first trained in Portage County in the national crisis intervention program.Lt. Dale Korman of the Windham Police Department and Lt. Gregory Johnson of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office received the recognition from the Mental Health & Recovery...

Collector Seeking Information

A Villager reader and collector of dime novels and series books, recently bought an odd piece that seems to have originated in Garrettsville, Ohio.This collector is not interested in selling the item ~ just  having fun trying to research the author and the history surrounding the item.  The owner writes that “the item is either a tiny and primitive...

Experience Life With A Buggy Ride Through Geauga County!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a buggy? Did you know that not all buggies are the same? Now you can experience the simple life in an authentic buggy at Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack.Harry and Karen Bontrager own the horse and buggy that will take you through scenic Geauga County at Ma...

Chicken Festival Winners

Garrettsville - Everyone who attended last weekend’s 2011 Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having a delicious meal.) However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners: $1,000 cash First Prize John Sedensky $200 cash Second Prize Len & Patty Hall $100 cash Third Prize George Burton $100 cash...

Garrettsville Summerfest 2011 Draws Record Crowds

Garrettsville - Summerfest brought the tranquil town of Garrettsville to life last weekend as record crowds jammed the downtown area for a weekend of fun. The rain didn’t keep folks from coming out to celebrate summer with style. Folks armed with umbrellas came out ready to celebrate the start of summer on Friday. Mayor Craig Moser declared the weekend...

Rotary Report

Members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary took a field trip to the wilds of the Hiram College Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd to be enlightened on the scope and purpose of the operation of the facility.  One of Hiram College’s curricular centers, its...

Troy Yard Sale Maps Available This Weekend

Troy - Bargains galore will be available as the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual community yard sale on June 24 and 25.   ...

Windham Fire Board Purchases Tires

Windham - The W.V.F.D. (Windham Volunteer Fire Department) Joint Fire District Board held their monthly meeting for June recently. The chairman Dann Timmons opened the meeting.  The minutes from May were approved as read. The board also approved the May bank reconciliation and expenditures. Fire...

Staying Safe On Your Summer Vacation

Summertime and the livin is easy; Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high ... George Gershwin wrote these lyrics for the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess.”They seem fitting to many people, as summertime is seen as a time to kick back, relax and enjoy...

Ox Roast Fair Plans Well Underway

Mantua - The 2011 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Grand prizes this year include $5,000 in cash for first prize, a second prize of a 46” cut Cub Cadet Riding...

Burton Village Welcomes Three News Stores

Burton - Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special. Talk became action when four friends working...

Cruise With The Young Of Heart

St. Anselm Young of Heart in Chesterland will be going to Iowa for a 2-day Mississippi River Cruise on the Twilight Riverboat on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. We will cruise 166 miles roundtrip with all meals, snacks and entertainment included on board. The Twilight is...

Windham Police Seek To Form Auxiliary Police Unit

Windham - Windham Police are seeking individuals who have an interest in becoming Auxiliary Police Officers.  The unpaid voluntary position will be comprised of a limited number of men and women, over the age of 21.  Other qualifications of the applicant is to...

Rotary Report

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were still looking for students from James A. Garfield H.S. or Windham High School to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp to be held at Hiram College , June 12-16.  Any interested individuals who will be seniors...or even juniors...in the 2011-2012 school year should contact a Rotarian ASAP.  Best bet might be Delores McCumbers at McCumbers-Brady...

A Loving Tribute To Charles Abraham

This past week we lost an important person in our community, Charles Abraham. Charles came to Garrettsville and started Charles Chevrolet & Oldsmobile in 1957. For Charles that was only the beginning. He set the ground work for his family and the business community in his 50 plus years in Garrettsville to build Garfield Plaza with his partner Max...

Spaces Available At “TREE-MENDOUS” Flea Market

Geauga County - Turn your trash into someone else’s treasure and put a little cash in your own pocket. Booth spaces are still available at the Annual “Treasure Among the Trees” Flea Market. Outdoor spaces the size of two parking spaces, can be reserved for $25.00. To purchase your spot, call Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 or email teresarunion@hotmail.comGeauga People...

J.A. Garfield Students Visit Capitol Hill

Garrettsville - This past week the sixth graders at James A. Garfield (JAG) Intermediate School had the opportunity to discover our nation’s heritage first-hand as they toured Washington D.C. The highlights of the trip were the National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, memorials, monuments, and Mount Vernon. This was a trip that many of them will remember forever and for...

A Celebration Of Heroes

Mantua - Crestwood Intermediate School dressed in red, white and blue and took up flags to celebrate heroes today.  The inspiration for this celebration was their One School, One Book program.  The entire school -- the lunch room staff, students, teachers, principal and counselor -- is  reading the book On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck.  Set in...

CITEC Adds Cyber Bullying Topic To Summer Training Schedule

Portage County - The topic of cyber bullying, its effects on students and ways to reduce it have been added to the summer school-based training focused on creating safe environments where children and teens in crisis are supported.The Crisis Intervention Team Education Collaboration (CITEC) training is scheduled for July 18-22, 2011, at the Streetsboro Police Department.  Sponsored by the...

New Maintenance Garage Open

Shalersville - A ribbon- cutting and open house was held for the new Portage County Water Resources Operations and Maintenance Equipment Garage  on Tuesday, May 24th. The facility is on Infirmary Road in Shalersville at the Water Resources lab location. The building will extend the life of vehicles that had always been parked outside year-round and save on repair costs...

CMS Readers Rock!

Mantua - Earlier this month, students at Crestwood Middle School were greeted in the morning with upbeat rock music, donned “rock-themed” attire and enjoyed a rock concert, all in an effort to encourage students to read. “Read like a Rock Star,” was the theme for this year’s Right to Read Week, a week promoted annually by the Ohio Council,...

Excessive Rain Playing Havoc With Nelson’s Roads

Nelson Township - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House with all trustees and fiscal officer present. Chairman Joe Leonard led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and brought the meeting to order. Fiscal officer Dave Finney presented the minutes, current funds status, bills and wages, purchase agreement with the state for salt...

Middlefield Market Has A Lot to Offer This Memorial Day

Middlefield – Are you looking for something different to do this Memorial Day?  Middlefield Market offers the thrill of a live auction, the slower pace of walking the flea market and a great place to get a really good meal all while saving money.  Middlefield Market is located at 15848 Nauvoo Road, just about 500 feet east of Settlers’...

District-Wide Band Concert Honors Armed Forces

Garrettsville - On Sunday, the day after Armed Forces Day, the J.A. Garfield School District held its district-wide concert.   The twenty-first annual event featured band students from each grade, including the fourth grade recorders, and  honored those who have served and are serving our country.  The high school band opened the program with our National Anthem while Reservists...

Hiram College to Establish Veterans Service Center

Hiram – Armed forces veterans and their families who want to take advantage of their GI educational benefits will be able to access a wide range of services, including beginning or continuing their college education, when Hiram College opens its new resource center for veterans  on the campus this fall.The center will be one of the first in a...

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...

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