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New Projects Bring Savings and Facelift to Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - If you have been in our buildings you know that our custodial and maintenance staff do an outstanding job of keeping them looking spectacular, but there is only so much our staff can do to maintain an aging building before some changes need to be made. As you drive by our campus over the coming weeks you...

Start Talking — “Hidden In Plain Sight”

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a...

Read To Succeed National Winners

Windham - Mr. Pennell’s grade 6 class earned the Read to Succeed Award from Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 is a program where students receive differentiated instruction according to their reading capabilities. Mr. Pennell’s class goal is for each student to complete five articles a week, earning a 75% or higher on their assessments. Students have the opportunity to read...

20th Century Club News

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville held their January 5, 2017 meeting at the home of Mary Furillo, with Jan Chalker serving as co-hostess. It was cool!...literally and figuratively. The temperature outside was in the single digits, while inside, a fascinating tale of traveling the Appalachian Trail held everyone’s interest. The meeting began by answering...

Winners of Middle School Spelling Bee Will Advance To County

Garrettsville - On December 21, the James A. Garfield Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee. Words like clodhopper, precursor, heredity, and opinionated stumped all but 3 of the 44 spellers. The winners were 7th grader Travis Witchey, son of Jeremy and Clarissa Witchey of Freedom and 8th grader, Aaron Craver, son of Christie and Donald Craver of...

Family-to-Family Education Program registration under way

Registration is now open for the Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week class for families and others who have a loved one with a mental illness. The class will run every Tuesday starting January 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Mental Health & Recovery Board located at 155 E. Main Street in Kent A national program through NAMI,...

January Programs at Garrettsville Library

Join us at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, January 21 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm for the next “Crafting with Marian” program, which will provide you with the opportunity to make a cork keychain. You’ll learn how to make a fun and adorable keychain using wine bottle corks and some jewelry making hardware and equipment. The project is...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua Village Council heard from Renee Henry from the Landmarks Commission. Ms. Henry shared details of a proposed walking tour of Mantua’s historic business district. The tour includes five stops, the first of which is the C.H Ray Block (former site of Weber Hardware) on Main Street. The site is a flower garden...

Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Ravenna - The Portage County Beekeepers Association is offering Beginner Beekeeping Classes at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 OH-88, Ravenna, OH 44266,Thursdays: Feb. 9, 16, and 23, 2017, 6:30-9:00 PM Registration includes: All three beginners classes, your instruction book, 2 free one year memberships: Portage Co. Beekeepers and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Topics will cover getting started, bee biology, diseases, managing...

Sweet heARTS Walk in Mantua

Mantua - How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 with your sweetie at the Sweet heARTS Walk at the Mantua Center School. Admission is free, and the doors open at noon. Where else can you and your Valentine see fabulous locally made items while taking a nostalgic walk through the historic building? The event...

GHS Art Club Lockergram Fundraiser

Garrettsville- Want a creative way to ask someone to Prom? Want to wish a son or granddaughter happy birthday? Want to send a football player good luck before the big game? If you’re looking for a creative and original way to do any of these, consider purchasing the art club’s lockergrams. Lockergrams are personalized banners made by the GHS...

Applicants Sought for Portage Park District Board of Commissioners

The Portage Park District currently has one opening on its five member governing Board of Commissioners. Park District Board members are appointed by Portage County Probate Court Judge Robert Berger who is seeking applications from interested Portage County residents. Board members are non-partisan and are appointed for a 3-year renewable term, to serve without pay. The Board...

News from Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - Last week, our safety plans were put to a test, and it was clear that we were prepared on all fronts. The situation resulted in all students leaving our campus safely. We were prepared and could not have accomplished what we did without the help of our staff, law enforcement, students and community. The Portage County Sherriff, Garrettsville...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

Hiram College receives $1 million gift from Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation

Hiram – Hiram College received a year-end $1 million cash gift from trustee Paula Frohring, through the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation. This is the largest single gift of the Foundation’s nearly $6.5 million total to the College. The $1 million will support scholarships for biology and chemistry students, as well as faculty and student research at Hiram’s 500-plus-acre...

Buckeye Block Needs Funding to be Rebuilt in 2017

Maschek is considering a 20,000-square-foot, brick-faced building design in keeping with the architecture of Garrettsville’s historic district. An open arcade is planned for pedestrians to walk through from the rear parking lot to Main Street

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” Is Coming To Garrettsville

You won’t want to miss a great show that is designed for the whole family! “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is coming to Garrettsville January 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7pm and January 22, 2017 at 2pm. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this comedy written by Sharon A. Cole will take center stage in the James A....

The Internet to Go! Library Announces Mobile Hotspot Lending

No Internet access at home? Would you like the convenience of home Internet access? Try the Internet to go! Portage County District Library is very excited to announce that it is now lending Mobile Hotspots. The hotspots are available to Portage County District Library cardholders 18 and older. They work in any area covered by the Verizon network, and...

Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board News

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board, Chief Matt Roosa reported that his department responded to 114 calls in November, putting the Department 130 calls ahead of the same time period in 2015. He shared that the majority were EMS calls. Next, he shared that the contract for full time firefighters had been signed, noting that the new...

Garfield Student Council Decorates McDonald’s

Garrettsville - JAG Student Council is the student government that supports positive changes for the students and those within our school community. They run the blood drives and sponsor the parade and homecoming events for the school and community. When student council sees a need, they get together to help out. Members all vote on the events and projects...

Blighted Home Advisory Committee Formed in Hiram

Hiram - At the last Hiram Village Council meeting, Frank Hairston and Clayton Popik from the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA) shared an overview of their services for Hiram area residents. For those who are not familiar with the organization, PARTA operates fixed-route and countywide public transportation in Atwater, Aurora, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Freedom, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Nelson,...

The SCENE

Well, it’s been happening here in “the ‘ville”.  Holidays and then some items of local interest...to wit : *The new coffee shop, The Cellar Door,  in the old feed mill appears to be attracting a varied clientele and good vibes.  There is space available for special events and cool comestibles for consumption.  Check it out. *And if you’d like to pick...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on December 12, 2016 with a good turn-out of members to hear from three representatives of the James A. Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team...and their coach, language arts teacher Jackie Lovelace.  The students—Grace Edwards, Isabella Folio and Jacob Fergis read from their recent compositions (“Unicorns and Horses”, “Secret Symbols”, and...

Living Nativity Comes to Mantua This Weekend

Mantua - According to Wikipedia, Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar events throughout the ages. For the first time ever, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 will present a live nativity on the grounds of...

TOPS Celebrates 20 Years

TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna celebrated its 20th birthday December 6th. The chapter, part of TOPS, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) was formed in 1996 by Cherryl Duffield who is the current leader. Just two years later the chapter was recognized by TOPS Clubs, Inc. for best average weight loss and has won other spirit awards since. This year it was...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the last board meeting, the school board unanimously approved the placement on the May 2017 ballot  $23,000,000 improvement bonds and the levy of an additional tax of .5 mills to provide funds to the School District. The proposed resolution, if passed by voters, would fund the renovation and construction of a grade 7-through-12 school campus. If...

Penney’s Auto Body Consolidates at Ravenna Shop

Ravenna - A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, effective January 1, 2017. Penney’s Auto & Truck Body Inc. has provided collision repair at 11878 Mills Rd. in Garrettsville since it was established in 1978. Now, according to co-owner Matt Penney — who operates the business with his...

Santa And His Elves Arrive In Garrettsville On Saturday

Don’t look now, but there are Elves coming to town.  Yesiree!  The Little People (and some big ones too) will be at the Villager Emporium on Main Street, Garrettsville on Saturday, November 26, especially for kids.  There will be an elf-themed workshop, a special box for drop-off of letters to Santa (He needs to know these things), cookies and...

Historic G-Men Season Creates Long-Lasting Memories For All

Garrettsville - When the Garfield G-Man football team took the field Saturday at Lake’s Blue Streak Stadium they had already been dubbed successful. And a chance to go toe to toe with one of the most storied teams in the state was the next step to get the G-Men to the final four. The task ahead of them was...

National Program Builds Local Community

I bet you didn’t know the NBA sent four young adults to our area to help support community programs. Not the basketball association, the National Benevolent Association (NBA), the health and social services ministry of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. Through its XPLOR program, the group pairs young adults with local Disciples congregations and community organizations, providing opportunities...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville - On Wednesday November 9 at 7:30pm council met in the Village Hall to discuss village business. All but two members were present and after the Pledge of Allegiance the meeting was started. There was a public hearing regarding Ordinance 2016-28 to amend the Zoning Map of the Village of Garrettsville by changing an area of property from the...

Hiram College Offers $1,000 Scholarships to Terrier Lovers as Homage to its Mascot

Hiram – Hiram College may have the toughest terrier in town, its terrier mascot, but the college is looking for five more top dogs. These incoming students each will receive one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships if they creatively convey their terrier affection through a photograph or video. To apply, students must submit a picture or 15-second video of themselves with a...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At a recent township meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm raised the topic of the Capital Grant, through Senator Eklund’s office. He noted that all the required paperwork has been filed, and the application is in Columbus, and “in line” for approval. It was speculated that disbursement of funds would most likely not take place until early 2017,...

Newton Falls Village Council Report

Newton Falls - Council met on Monday November 7 with all but one member in attendance. After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Waddell led an open discussion on council’s recent trip to Columbus for the Ohio Municipal League meeting. Council members shared what they learned while attending different sessions and how the meeting impacted them. For...

First-Responders Honored at Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Newton Falls - Though the officially designated holiday observance for Thanksgiving is still several days away, the season for celebrating gratitude is already well-represented thanks to a recent event held at the First Congregational Church in Newton Falls. During a weekend that honored those who have fought for our country, the church recognized an additional group of hometown heroes that...

Windham Veterans Day Assembly

Windham - The Windham Junior and Senior High held a Veterans Day Assembly honoring those who have served on Friday, November 11 at 8:30 AM in the high school gymnasium. There were over 30 military men and women who attended the ceremony. The ceremony was led by former Boardman High School Principal, Mr. Lou Rucci. Rucci served in the US...

“Acting Can Be Murder”

Garrettsville - Dolores Gordon (Clare Workman), who loves the stage, has always dreamed of stardom, but the only role she ever seems to land is that of the lowly understudy. She decides the only way she might receive the lead role in an upcoming theater production is to murder the lead actress, Guinevere Black (Kaitlyn Workman). And that is...

Dramatic Win Moves G-Men Into Regional Play-offs

Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men football team is literally saving their best for last, and last week’s dramatic 33-28 come from behind victory over LaBrae Vikings is no different. With 10 seconds remaining and a timeout in his pocket Garfield head coach Mike Moser sent in the play that Garfield has run dozens of times, “wing left power left.”...

Hundreds Crowd Main Street to Cheer On G-Men

Garrettsville - Hundreds of Garfield G-Men fans and family members shut down Main Street in a fantastic show of support for the 2016 football team. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); We're proud to be in G-Men...

Mantua Fire Association Donates UTV to the MSFD

Mantua - At a recent meeting, Firefighter Mike Pender shared that the draft contract for fulltime firefighters was close to complete, and would be presented to the Fire Board for review at their final meeting in October. Moving forward, the Board regretfully accepted several resignations for a variety of reasons. Jeff Barker resigned, effective immediately, due to limited availability given...

Cake Walk Celebrates 91 Years!

Newton Falls - “We’re from Toledo.  How does this work?” “I’ve lived here all my life and never came to this before. It’s so cool.”  Those of us in Kiwanis were delighted with comments like this from the crowd, since this was the 91st year for the cakewalk.  Everyone enjoyed the performance of the Newton Falls Tiger Marching Band, who...

Garfield G-Men Capture Play-Off Victory Against South Range

Garrettsville - What a difference a week makes. Last week the Garfield G-Men were on the brink of turning in their jerseys at the end of the regular season. Instead, the same Garfield squad donned their jersey with pride and a chip on their shoulder. In what one coach described as “Their best effort ever!” When asked to clarify,...

Destination Aurora

Welcome to Destination Aurora.  News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Turkey Trot:  The annual 4 mile Turkey Trot and Mashed Potato Mile will be held on Thanksgiving morning.  Both courses begin and end at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.  Registration begins at 7:00am with the Mashed Potato Mile beginning at 8:00am and the Turkey Trot beginning...

James A. Garfield Defines Excellence In Core Beliefs

The James A. Garfield Schools have always viewed themselves as the cornerstone of an excellent community. Last spring, JAG staff worked to define what excellence looks like within the school community.  A survey was sent to all staff members asking each person to identify the values that define our district.  The board of education and leadership team then compiled...

Drum Lessons @ GES

Students at the James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a fascinating program featuring  Brother Olugbala Manns, teacher of African drumming at Hiram College and Kent State University.  He taught the assembled crowd the expression “On the One” (ready, set to go, focused) and got their attention—not always an easy task—by calling out “Ah-go” and requiring the response,...

Weather Guy Visits Garrettsville Library

The Garrettsville branch of the PCDL was keeping “a weather eye” out for the folks in the audience who  came to see WKYC Channel 3 TV weatherman Greg Dee recently as part of  the continuing series of programs being presented   for the general public.  The weather guy pointed out that Channel 3 weather information is not only available...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The big day is coming.  The Big Night is coming with it.  The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Reverse Raffle is coming down the track, NOVEMBER 10 @ Sugar Bush Golf Club.  This is what the club was doing at the October 31st meeting to get ready and conduct its other community-focused activities as well : The  recruitment of  event sponsors closed with...

Crestwood School Board News

At their last meeting, the Crestwood School Board recognized two special employees of the month. First up, Crestwood Primary Principal Cindy Ducca honored first grade teacher Sara Picone, thanking her for her special ability to “make learning fun.” As an example, she cited Mrs. Picone’s summer ice cream party, where 24 of 28 of Picone’s first grade graduates came...

Myrddin Winery To Host 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival Showing

Lake Milton – Join fellow geocachers and short film enthusiasts at Myrddin Winery (3020 Scenic Dr., Lake Milton, Ohio 44401) on Sunday, November 6, 6:45 - 9 p.m. for a local viewing of the 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival reel. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates...

Newton Township Announces Low Fixed Rate For Natural Gas Endorsement Program

Newton Township – Newton Township is pleased to announce that Santanna Energy Services has been chosen to provide residents and small businesses with low-cost natural gas supply following a competitive bidding process.   A supply rate of $2.89 per Mcf has been set for gas consumed for December 2016 through November 2017 bill cycles. Trustee Robert Page said, “It is...

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