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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...

Crestwood School Board News

  Mantua - At their April meeting, the Board recognized Ms. Monica Grebb, CPS teacher, for spearheading the Destination Imagination program at Crestwood Schools. Under her guidance, the program has taken root in both the primary and intermediate schools. Superintendent David Toth thanked Grebb, as well as the legion of parent volunteers who helped make the recent DI Tournament at...

Destination Aurora

Welcome to Destination Aurora.  News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Aurora Community Theater:  “Once upon a Mattress” is now showing at The Aurora Community Theater now through May 21st.  If you thought you knew the story of the ‘Princess and the Pea’, you are in for a walloping surprise! For tickets and more info, please...

Garfield Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees..Part 3

Garrettsville - The final Garfield graduate to be honored at the James A. Garfield Hall of Fame gathering on Saturday, April 30 is Robert E.  Armstrong, member of the Class of ’65 and recipient of the nation’s third-highest military award, the Silver Star, presented for Conspicuous Gallantry in Action, for his actions in Viet Nam, January 28, 1969.  He...

Garfield Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees..Part 2

Ray Bohn Garfield Hall of Fame

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District will once again be honoring its own.  Graduates who have excelled in athletics, the arts, sciences, public service, national service will find a place on the Hall of Fame.  The Villager has been spotlighting the honorees prior to the induction event on April 30 at the James A. Garfield High...

Freedom Historical Group News

Freedom Twp. - Judy Thornton started the meeting by having Amanda Garrett read the minutes from the March meeting. Trustee John Zizka continued the discussion from the March meeting about a piano that is in storage at the Freedom Community Center. At the last meeting there was discussion about moving the piano to make room for three filing cabinets...

Learn How to Protect Your Water in Portage County

Portage County Protect Your Water Workshop

The Portage Soil & Water Conservation District is responsible for protecting the natural resources within the county. As such, they’re motivated to help local residents make wise choices to help reduce erosion and pollutants in local streams and rivers. To that end, they’re working with other agencies to provide workshops on how local residents can help improve water quality...

Portage County Soap Box Derby Hosting Derby Racing Clinic

Mantua - The Portage Soap Box Derby is hosting an introduction to Derby Racing Clinic on April 24th, at 4808 East High St., Buchert Park, Mantua, Ohio.  The clinic will be held at the first pavilion at the park from 1-4 pm At the clinic those persons attending will have an introduction to Derby racing, see a derby racecar assembled,...

14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Geauga County - One would think we went to great lengths to plan our 14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour on May 14th with 14 NEW stops… but what we really have there is what is referred to as a ‘Happy accident.’  But however it happened, be sure to get that date on your calendar because it is sure to...

Rotary-InterAct Bowling Event A Success

Garrettsville - The April 11, 2016 found the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meeting at noon in Cal’s II in Garrettsville’s Sky Plaza and conducting the following business : The bowling event held at Sky Lanes on Saturday, April 9 was a great success with some thirty participants-- InterAct students from James A. Garfield High School and Rotary Exchange Students from across  District...

James A. Garfield Elementary School Students Take a World Tour at Hiram College

Hiram – While it’s almost impossible for a sixth grader to travel the world, that’s exactly what 115 students from James A. Garfield Elementary School did at Hiram College’s World Fair. The students spent the morning touring 11 different countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Philippines and Japan, and listening to presentations from international and study abroad students. Afterwards they headed over...

Lions Club Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

The Garrettsville Lions Club U16 soccer team (made up of 8th, 9th and 10th graders) just concluded their very successful indoor season at the Tallmadge Rec Center in the high school division. They were only defeated once in the 1st session of 10 games as they lost the 2nd game to Southeast (mostly seniors). The Lions were leading until...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Garrettsville - Noses to the grindstone, eyes on the snowy skies, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club got down to business at their meeting on April 4, 2016 at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville.  Here was their agenda: This year’s Fit & Fun program will be likely having involvement of the Garrettsville YMCA, especially in regard to the nutrition program and pickleball. ...

Red Flags Training for School Counselors

With one in five children experiencing a diagnosable emotional or behavioral problem before they become adults, mental health is a critical factor in children’s development and their ability to learn. Counselors from every Portage County school district attended a “Red Flags for Mental Health Education” training and will incorporate the school-based mental health education into their districts. The course was taught...

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Auditions

Garrettsville - Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!”  Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. If you are available April 17th, May 22nd and June 26th, you need to consider auditioning...

Mantua Township Resident’s Issue Resolved

Mantua Twp. - After the Neighborhood Development Services, Inc., demolished an abandoned home next door, Deeanna and Thomas Barkett purchased the vacant lot, which was adjacent to their property, at Sheriffs sale in the fall of 2013. In January 2016, the Barketts were notified that an assessment of $9,000 — more than they paid for the property — was...

Newton Falls Back Pack Program

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Community weekend food-in-backpacks program continues with your blessing and support and we thank you.  Food donations continue to be brought to NF United Methodist Church, Big D’s Newton Grill, ASECU, and Healthy Treasures.  Books to add to each bag weekly have been donated by NF Kiwanis Club, the Church Mouse, and Newton Falls...

Senior Citizen Van Continues Service

Newton Falls - Yes, the Newton Falls Senior Citizen Van Organization has  no meeting place at Newton Falls Community Center anymore.  It is hard to reach people who ride or want to ride the Newton Falls Senior Citizen van.  We used to be able to give people flyers with our information.  We do hold meetings the third Wednesday of...

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