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Hiram – Recently, roughly 2,000 high school seniors from 16 area schools arrived on the Hiram College campus. The students weren’t there en masse for a college visit or orientation opportunity, but for a serious lesson to guide them in making good decisions during the upcoming prom and graduation season.

As students arrived, they encountered a mock crash scene in the parking lot. Area fire trucks, an ambulance and EMS crews from several cities aided “victims” who were trapped inside the twisted wreckage. The graphic scene served to grab students’ attention, and served to set the stage for the rest of the morning’s events. But the purpose wasn’t to simply to show students a shocking scene. “The goal is to reduce teenage fatalities, especially during prom and graduation season,” said Lynette Basiman, Director of Portage County Safe Communities.

The None Under 21 program focuses on the simple choices students can make today, to avoid the very real consequences from drunk or distracted driving. As the program began, Hiram President Thomas Chema addressed the teens, sharing that in 2006, two of Hiram’s students were killed and another was severely injured when a drunk driver struck the car in which they were riding.

A father, Marc Streem, shared the loss of his youngest son, Ryan, a student at Rootstown. Ryan lost his life at the age of 14 in a motor vehicle accident. Next, college student and survivor of a drunk-driving crash, Melinda Mason, shared the experience and recovery. Mason began speaking publically after being hit by a drunk driver in April of 2013. Lastly, students listened as convicted felon, Aaron Cooksey, the man responsible for killing his best friend, recalls the choice he made to drink and drive, and the burden of the consequences he must continue to bear.

At the close of the program, students are directed through the “Walk of Remembrance,” an emotional tribute to local families who have lost loved ones due to traffic-related crashes. As students quietly walk through the hallway, they pause to see family members standing in tribute to loved ones they have lost. This year’s walk of remembrance honored Brad Bauer, Teresa Conti, Emily Goldsmith, Christopher Graves, Russ Wanchick, Joseph Nirchl, Donovan Svab, Ada Van Horn, Ryan Streem, Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins.

Even though a mock crash scene greeted them at the start of the program, by the event conclusion, students have no doubt of the real losses that can result from poor choices. Moved by the program, many students shed tears, with some offering hugs or handshakes to families of victims as they made their way through the Walk of Remembrance.

According to Hiram Village Police Chief Ed Samec, “None 4 Under 21 hits hard! The students hear REAL LIFE stories and they feel the emotions from the presenters. The Walk of Remembrance has substantial impacts on the students. They look at the pictures and then look into the eyes of the family members standing next to the pictures. They see the heartbreak in the eyes of the family members and it’s a hard reality that this is for REAL!”

Prior to the event, one of the sponsors, Elk & Elk, challenged each school to create a banner containing a message related to the event. The winning team from Newton Falls High School won $2,000 to help fund alcohol-free prom and graduation activities at their school. A check for $1,000 went to the second place team from Windham High School.

The following sponsors made this year’s None 4 Under 21 program possible: the Ohio Troopers Coalition; the law firm of Elk & Elk; Jason Durica, Allstate Insurance; Hughes Event Production Services; Wood Kortright Borkoski Funeral Home; Portage Granite & Marble; Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci; Gateway Towing & Recovery; Hiram College; the Aurora Schools Foundation and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Marching Pride has been having a spring banquet since the year 2000 and this year was no exception, a great evening of awards and recognition…and some pretty fair food, prepared by Guido’s Catering and presented through the good offices of Marianne Norris and Dorothy Sheller.  And it was another occasion where rank has its privileges—the seniors got to go first through the buffet line.  Faculty and administration got demoted to coming through last.The Middle School jazz band, the Jammin’ G-Men and the High School jazz band, the Big Swing Machine, provided music for the preliminary “meet-n-greet” time but everyone got to the gold-covered tables with their gold-colored plates in time to enjoy the meal…and the cakes!

The awards table was full of items to be handed out—blankets, medals, patches, letters, caps, pins, umbrellas, fancy bags with mysterious contents.  The dining tables were full of band members, parents, grandparents, siblings and even some miscellaneous alumni band people.  The awards went out after the band directors, Theo Cebulla and Joe Gaither, took a few moments thanking  the many booster members who had made such great contributions to making 2013-2014such a great year for the Marching Pride.  The Mesdames Curry, Crawford, Everett, Hoffman and Jones headed up the Band Boosters operations for such necessary considerations as chaperonage, travel, uniform maintenance and fund-raising.

National award winners were announced : Junior Arion Service—Nick Crawford, Semper Fidelis—Dan Anders, Patrick S. Gilmore—Andy Lininger, John Philip Sousa—Michael Ebie.  The local Leanne Brosius-Osbourne Scholarship winner will be announced at the annual honors ceremonies on May 28.

The photo-ops were many and varied, as were the images presented in the senior video show and individual awards.  The 2013-2014 band officers were recognized and  officers for 2014-2015 were announced.  The evening’s program detailed the activities throughout the year and the seniors gave a behind-the-scenes look at very many of them .

And they’re ready to do it all again next year.

Go, G-Men!


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Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society Century Village Museum in Burton is sponsoring a festive Memorial Day weekend Rib Burn Off at the Museum.  The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00, rain or shine, just off the square in Burton.  So, Bring YOUR party to OUR party and you won’t have any work to do at home to entertain for the holidays!

Several featured rib vendors such as Blazin’ Bills, Eli’s Ribs from Warren, Stewart’s Smokin’ Backyard BBQ from Kirtland, and Dickey’s BBQ and Old Carolina BBQ both from Mentor will be cooking their delicious ribs and pulled pork sandwiches.  You will be able to buy ribs by the bone or by the dinner . . . taste them all!  After tasting, you will be able to vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award” which will be presented to the winning vendor.

Other events include a classic car showing, craft show, pony rides, hobby train ride, kids’ game, and other featured events.

Under the tent, live music will be going on all day, courtesy of Preston Superstore.  On Saturday from 2 to 4, enjoy Fletch & The Catch; from 4 to 6, the Geauga Highlanders will perform, and from 6 to 8 the lively music of the Ted Riser Band will fill the park.  On Sunday, from 2 to 4, 2Guys12Strings will entertain, and from 4 to 6, the group Blue Lunch will round out the music groups.

Bring your family and friends to a great entertaining event.  There is no admission charge and parking is free.    For more information, call 440-834-1492.

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Portage County - The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) enables low income TANF-eligible Portage County youth to gain valuable work experience, while earning a paycheck.

In order to be eligible, youth must be a resident of Portage County, between the ages of 16 and 24, have a minor child in the household (if they are 18 or older), and meet TANF income guidelines and other eligibility requirements.

Eligible youth will be provided a list of worksites located throughout Portage County to contact for an interview(s) in a wide variety of jobs ranging from receptionist, child care, landscaping, maintenance/laborer, office clerk, food service, animal caregiver, farmworker, and many more. The worksites will make a selection from the summer youth participants they interviewed. Participants can interview at more than one site.

The program runs from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Applications are available and can be picked up at the PCJFS 2nd floor lobby or OhioMeansJobs room 134 located at 449 South Meridian Street, in Ravenna. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM. Applications will also be available online at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/jfs/index.html.

Call to schedule an appointment to review your eligibility.

Any questions please direct them toward Helene Leightner (330)297-3763 LEIGHH@odjfs.state.oh.us


Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is one of the biggest festivals in Portage County with contests, parades, races, with live music and entertainment all weekend long. The event will be held on June 27th-29th at the intersection of State Routes 88 & 82 in historic downtown Garrettsville.

2014_chevrolet_equinox_equinoxThe year, the theme is “Rockin’ to Rebuild.” The theme was chosen to demonstrate that even though the village suffered a great loss in the Buckeye Block Fire this past spring, they are not broken, just bent a little, and Summerfest will go on as planned.  Because Summerfest is a big part of Garrettsville and the community is also a big part of Summerfest, the committee has chosen to donate some of their proceeds to rebuild the Buckeye Block after the festival’s bills are paid.

Every year the festival committee chooses a charity to bless and this year they have chosen to donate to rebuilding the Buckeye Block. In past years, they have donated to the food bank, military families, etc.

Garrettsville Summerfest is primarily supported by the proceeds from the Car Raffle and the festival t-shirt sales. This year the car will be a nicely-equipped 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. One may choose the car or $20,000 in cash. Raffle tickets are available at area merchants and can be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100. Second prize will be an iPad and third will be a gas grill. The drawing will be held at the close of the festival on Sunday, June 29, 2014 following Garrettsville Idol. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Garrettsville Summerfest t-Shirts will also be sold to help pay for the festival. They are expected to be on sale by, if not before Memorial Day. They can be purchased at Middlefield Bank, The Weekly Villager, Miller’s Restaurant and Skylanes Bowling.  This year there are two colors to choose from, orange and safety green. The cost will be the same as last year, $12 each with extended sizes being $15. There will be a limited amount available and once they are gone, they’re gone.

Therefore, if you have always enjoyed the festival and want to see it continue to grow and be successful, consider supporting one of the fundraising efforts.

 Garrettsville Summerfest is held on the fourth full weekend of June each year at the intersection of State Routes 82 & 88 in historic downtown Garrettsville. For more festival information visit us at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 


Portage County - The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is working to spread awareness of Ohio’s new program, Start Talking!: Building a Drug-Free Future.

Found at starttalking.ohio.gov, the website is for parents and teachers. It is aimed at helping adults learn how to start the conversation with teens and children about drug abuse.

“Portage County is among many places in Ohio where deaths from drug overdose have exceeded deaths from car accidents. Start Talking! is a tool for parents and others who work with youth to be able to have critical conversations; especially when the number of accidental deaths is increasing,” says Joel Mowrey, Ph.D., executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board.

The MHRB has developed a postcard highlighting important information about Start Talking! and will be distributing these postcards around the Portage County area. Those interested in helping to spread the word about Start Talking! can also call the MHRB at 330-673-1756 and receive postcards to share at their own school, work or other social functions or events. The postcards give parents and teachers the information needed to access and best use the online resources that Start Talking! provides.

Launched by Governor John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich, Start Talking!: Building a Drug-Free Future is a statewide initiative with a focus on preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s children and youth. In addition to the abuse of illegal substances, an increase in recent years of prescription drugs being brought into homes allows these dangerous drugs to find their way into the hands of children and teens and cause addictions just as dangerous as those of illegal substances.

Start Talking! has several components. Know! targets parents and educators of middle school students, providing them with the tools and encouragement to increase communication about substance abuse with youth. This program includes free resources attained through bi-monthly e-mails which contain Parent Tips on how to have the conversation about substance abuse with children and TEACHable Moments to show educators ways in which they can use their position to reinforce messages about drug abuse.

Parents360 Rx is a program that focuses on educating parents and other adults. It helps them to increase their knowledge about substance abuse and improve their confidence in starting the conversation with their children and teens. This program includes an online Parents360 Rx Action Toolkit which is meant to assist parents or other adults in having substance-abuse conversations with adolescents. The Toolkit also includes directions and resources to help school or community leaders, groups or even individuals to host Parents360 Rx workshops of their own in their communities.

5 Minutes for Life is a Start Talking! program geared toward Ohio and local law enforcement officers and how they can help in starting the conversation among Ohio’s youth. This program involves Ohio Highway Patrol, Ohio National Guard and local law enforcement talking to student athletes at the beginning of practices or games and encouraging them to become promoters of healthy and drug-free lifestyles among their peers.

For more information, contact the Mental Health & Recovery Board at 330-673-1756. The board’s website is www.mental-health-recovery.org and can be found on Facebook.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, at their meeting on May 12, 2014, entertained Ms Evelyn West as an applicant for attendance at this summer’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)activity to be held in June at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.  She is a participant in Interact, does volunteer work at the James A. Garfield Elementary School and at Hattie Larlham.  She also participates in musical and theatre activities and the St. Ambrose Youth group.  She is considering a career in musical therapy and the G-H Rotary group will be stepping up to assist this very capable young lady in sharpening her leadership skills in furtherance of her goals.

Jim Irwin described his experience  visiting the Rotary Club of Milan and brought back some new ideas for projects and programs.

Kit Semplak gave a brief outline of the program to take place on May 14 at 6:00, dedicating the official Ohio State Historical marker commemorating the Last Great Train Robbery in the United States, which took place in Garrettsville in 1935 at the now-gone Erie Railroad station.  The Ohio Historical Society furnished a grant and local funds were raised, primarily through the James A. Garfield Historical Society and the local schools.  Hiram College graduate Julie Thompson, has researched and organized the event, incorporated local and state officials, a reenactment of the event, the origin of the local “G-Man” nickname/logo for the school system teams and even the appointment of Hiram College’s first woman president.  A panoply of historic events!  The meet-n-greet begins at 5:30, featuring tasty treats from the Nelson Methodist Church, with the program to begin at 6:00.

G-H Rotarians will be sponsoring a $500 scholarship for an Interact student at this year’s Award ceremonies on May 28.

Tom Collins invited all to join Boy Scout troop 4262 in performing a clean-up along the Headwaters Trail on May 19 at 6:00.  Rotary will be buying gloves.  Y’all come, now.

Vice President Delores McCumbers, presiding at the meeting, read  a letter to the grant-making body of the District 6630 in preparation for the possibility of applying for  project funding to rebuild Garrettsville’s downtown with a Rotary recognition.


Windham – The WVFD Joint Fire Board met on May 8th with one board member excused from the meeting. The board approved the minutes from the April meeting, the bank reconciliation and the expenditures.

Chief Mike Iwanyckyj stated that the WVFD was turned down for the Fire Marshall’s Grant, but were still in the running for the FEMA Grant. The chief also reported that the computer system will have to be switched over to EMS Charts. This system will allow all the reports to go directly to the billing company rather than the fiscal officer sending the information over.  He also reported that fire trucks 2811 and 2816 were repaired, truck 2815 need a shifter cable and has a minor electrical problem which is being repaired by John Sedensky in Nelson. Iwanyckyj also reported that he is working on the Mavis system for Camp Ravenna since the department has been contracted to cover the Trumbull County portion of the camp as well as the Portage County side of the camp.

In other board news, the board agreed to purchase a laptop for the chief’s use and a debit card for the fiscal officer to use. He also announced that the trucks were ready for the Memorial Day Parade.

Lastly, they held a discussion on Mark Finamore’s opinion on the dispatching contract with the village. Due to a lack of quorum of eligible board members to vote on the issue no decision was made. The three members that are eligible to make a decision on the issue were not all in attendance at the meeting. Deb Blewett  and Dann Timmons cannot vote on the issue, since they both have conflicts of interest.

With no other business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.


Garrettsville – The Garfield Cheerleaders are kicking off their upcoming cheer season with a mulch fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds go to the cheer program to help support competition fees, camp costs, and spirit supplies.

Gallagher's Mulch Fundraiser Garfield Schools

Pictured left to right are GHS Cheerleaders Courtney and Mikaela Siracki are ready to take your mulch orders with GHS alumni, Dan and Tyler Gallagher of Gallagher Farms Mulch and Sawdust

Purchase quality bulk mulch for your landscaping needs from your local GHS Cheerleader or call Coach Shannon Gallagher at 330-842-0015 to pre-order your mulch.

Choose from double ground bark mulch for $23 a yard or dyed mulch for $28 a yard, (black, red, or dark brown.) There is a 3 yard minimum plus a $20 delivery fee. Small yard? No problem! Split a load with your neighbor.

Mulch is supplied by Garfield Alumni, Dan and Tyler Gallagher of Gallagher Farms Mulch and Sawdust. They are pleased to support GHS and the Garfield Cheerleaders.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Garfield cheer program! *\o/* Go-G-Men!

Mantua – For the 10th consecutive year, the Crestwood Outdoor Education Committee held an Earth Day festival at the Crestwood Primary School. While Mother Nature made it difficult to hold the festivities outside, holding the event indoors didn’t hamper the success of the evening’s event.

Aided by parent volunteers, as well as those from Crestwood Middle and High Schools, the event featured twenty earth-friendly stations for students and their families to enjoy. Habitat hikes were held outdoors, and stations offered a variety of hands-on activities and fun for all ages.  Families enjoyed giveaways like tree seedlings and sunflower seed planters, and gained  access to plant and animal facts and expertise from area naturalists, master gardeners, and wildlife experts.

Kids enjoyed speaking to beekeepers, learning about rocks, and finding out where storm water flows. They also enjoyed face painting and crafts like making radish seed necklaces. But the high point for many was the owl craft, where children and adults had the opportunity to make a simple art piece from reclaimed barn wood, leather scraps, and other odds and ends. The wood for the ‘barn owls’ was provided by the Stamm family.

Garrettsville - Six shiny, brand-new TRUPER shovels.  Hard hats.  A pile of dirt brought in and lined up especially for the occasion.  Students, educators &  administrators, township trustees, construction officials dignitaries interested citizens.  Photo opportunities—with or without dirt—of all sorts.  A backdrop of soil on the move, big machines, flagged stakes, safety fencing, a changing façade of the elementary school as its addition takes shape.  The Marching Pride.

They were all there on the official groundbreaking ceremony held on May 8, 2014 at the James A. Garfield K-6 Elementary School Addition. Board president Guy Pietra managed introductions and recognitions  The governor sent a liaison, Tim Ross, with a proclamation.  The superintendent spoke of the challenges of the construction, the expectations and resources as part of the project overview.  Grace Edwards, a 5th grade student, brought a historical viewpoint and an appreciation of the Park Avenue school.  Andy Lininger  and Laura Wilburn spoke of the skills learned , mentors encountered, groundwork laid in the elementary school for future success.  Mayor Rick Patrick offered the description of the occasion as a milestone.  Bob McAuliffe, Jr. of the Hammond Construction Company made reference to the teamwork involved in the whole enterprise. Superintendent Ted Lysiak encouraged all in attendance to cherish the memories and remember the path of the changes  leading to tomorrow with educators as builders.   Board vice president David Vincent gave closing remarks and thanks.  Then it was on to the shovels!

And refreshments, of course.

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Portage County – On Friday, April 25, 2014, at NEOMED’s Ralph Regula Conference Center there was a swirl of competitiveness at this year’s 23rd annual Portage County Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee.

spelling-beeIn the beginning of the Bee, the teams:  Community Action Council of Ravenna, Deluxe, Inc. of Streetsboro; NEOMED of Rootstown; and the Mavericks were battling for a victory.   Each team didn’t give up the bout, but held on tight and continued spelling word after word.  The tension rose as the teams clashed for the yearly PCLC Spelling Bee trophy.  Words like:  “Blatherskite,” “crepuscular,” and “per diem” were spelled.  It was a struggle to the very end and finally it was down to two teams.

After 16 years of competing in the Portage County Literacy Coalition’s Spelling Bee, this year’s trophy was finally won by NEOMED of Rootstown.  We congratulate Debbie Myers, Bryan Zeppernick, and Theresa “Terry” Schoettler of Team NEOMED for finally achieving the win.   Also, we would like to note a gracious recognition to Gail Hansen and Jean Spain from NEOMED that were unable to make it to the Bee.

We would like to thank all of the area businesses that took part in this year’s Spelling Bee and also to those who generously donated items.  Because of all our community partners the PCLC Spelling Bee was a success.

The Portage County Literacy Coalition is a non-profit that raises literacy awareness in Portage County and supports the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program at Maplewood Career Center.  All money raised from the PCLC Spelling Bee goes towards materials and scholarships for those achieving their GED.  The PCLC welcomes volunteers and new board members.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Portage County Literacy Coalition, please call (330) 235-0020.


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Ravenna – TOPS –Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Ravenna Chapter #1941, celebrated their annual awards and recognition recently. The theme of the program was “Follow the path to your dreams”.

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest. Photo: Roberta Gallagher

Chapter winners included Debbie Horning-1st place division 3, MaryLou Priest- 2nd place division 3, Carolyn Helmling- 1st place division 4, Patti Calvarese- 1st place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal- 1st place male division 9.  The five winners lost a combined total of 268 pounds in 2013.

In addition, the chapter took part in the TOPS Annual State Recognition Days held in Cincinnati recently. The theme was “Chase your dreams with TOPS” celebrating all the state winners for 2013.

Members honored at State Recognition Days included Cherryl Duffield for maintaining her goal weight as a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) for 4 years, Patti Calvarese for State 2nd place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal 1st place male division 9 for the state of Ohio.  Stephen will go on to represent Ohio at the TOPS International Recognition Days being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of TOPS International, in July.

Ravenna Chapter #1941 was honored as a “TOPS Top 10 Chapter” in the state for weight loss with an average loss of 8.6 pounds per member for the year.

Anyone interested in Taking Off Pounds Sensibly is invited to attend Thursday mornings at the Maplewood Christian Church 7300 SR 88 Ravenna. Weigh-in is between 9 and 9:45 with the weight loss program beginning from 10am until 11am.


MantuaHistorical Mantua – Carol Denzinger, pictured, was the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Mantua Historical Society; she gave an excellent presentation of Mantua’s bygone days. She is displaying Stamm Contracting calendars, where the main character is the Gay Old Philosopher. If you were looking for a good time, on a Friday night and could go back in time, you would find it in downtown Mantua in the 1950′s. Farmers finishing up with their field work and  workers coming home would head to town, because businesses, like Hammel’s and Haylett’s grocery stores, Weber Hardware store, the lumber yard, the bank, etc., stayed open late (9:00 p.m.). There would have been music in  the streets, because the high school band would march to town and set up to  play music. THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

The next meeting of the Historical Society, on May 19th, will be a road trip to the Shalersville Historical Society’s museum on S. R. #44; we will meet at 7:00 p.m. for our meeting and to tour their museum, our host will be Ron  Kotkowski. Light refreshments will be served. The group welcomes new members; dues are $8 per person or $12 per family; meetings are every third Monday of the months from March to October at the Mantua Township Hall’s  lower level, located at S. R. 82 and Mantua Center Road.

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met at Cal’s II on Monday, May 5, 2014, inducting two new members, Trish Danku and Ted Lysiak.  The ceremony included a short exposition of the significance and activities of Rotary, both local and worldwide.  Rotarians and their works are admired and emulated in the furtherance of their motto, “Service Above Self.”  There was also a brief discussion of the Rotary Foundation and how it awards matching grants at the local, national and international levels.

Information on the incoming Rotary Youth Exchange student was made available for the first time.  The new visitor is coming from Hungary and his name is Lenart Zsadany.  Step right up and say hello.  He currently attends Verebely Laszlo Szakkozepiskola es Gimnazium—probably doesn’t have any T-shirts with that on– and enjoys informatics; he would like to be a computer programmer and plays soccer.  He will be staying with the Brown family, the Schwan family and the Collins family.  Make him welcome. He likes to be called “Zad”.  We can do that.

Next meeting will entertain students in the junior class hoping to attend the summer RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) at Baldwin-Wallace College.  It’s a selection interview.  Good Luck to students and selectors; it’s not easy making these decisions.

Various thoughts and ideas about fund-raising  to make possible a matching grant from the Rotary Fund for the Garrettsville reconstruction efforts.  Specific projects are required for disbursement of funds and a focus on Rotary contributions to the community is highly favored.  More thoughts later.

Freedom Twp. – The 96th annual banquet for Freedom Township Alumni Association and James A Garfield School District, was held April 26th at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna Township. The 74 members attending represented the alumni of the classes of 1931 thru 1975. The students from 1952 thru 1975 became part of the consolidation of the Garfield School system but they had attended the old school building in Freedom during their grade school years.

They honored the classes of 1924, 1934, 1944, 1954, 1964 and 1974. Eisele Catering of Mantua provided the dinner. Barbara Bailey, 1973, President welcomed the members and their guests. J.J. Leet of 1965 gave the invocation.

Many letters, notes, and photos from graduates and former teachers were shared with the gathering. Speedometers and Jaguar yearbooks were reviewed, along with school year photos. They viewed the 21 names of the class members obituaries of the past year, since we last met. They shared special memories of Orson Ott, Superintendent; Dr. Agnes Monroe Smith, teacher who left many imprints on their school years.

1964 grads, Charles Helming and Alice Vasko Brandt were honored. Special memories of 1954 grad Don Moore were shared.

President Barbara thanked her officers, Vice President Althea Bailey Tittle, Secretary and Treasurer, Jeannette Marvin-Hall for their reports. Also volunteers Nancy McGinnis Santos ’70 and Elaine Lange Duffield ’56 for their help. The nominating Committee presented the officers for 2015 school year as President, Barbara Bailey ’73 and Vice President Althea Bailey Tittle ’75, Secretary Elaine Lange Duffield ’56 and Treasurer Jeannette Wilson Marvin-Hall ’47 for the coming year of 2015. The alumni voted unanimously to accept the slate of officers for 2015. Also accepted was the request by Karen Knipper Martin ’68 for help for a committee to construct and place at the Freedom Township a Military Memorial for the years of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghan war. Those who are interested in helping were to contact Karen and report to the township trustees.


Registration for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at the Library Begins May 28

The Portage County District Library announces that summer reading club registration begins on Wednesday, May 28 at most branch libraries. Join us for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at your branch library this summer. There are activities planned for all age groups. The theme for this year is related to science, so programs will feature experiments, exploration, and shows.

Registration is required. Call your branch library to register for summer reading club. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145).

In addition, the Deerfield Computer Lab, located at 1450 State Route 14 in the Deerfield Township Hall, will feature summer reading programs this year. Call 330-557-6032 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to register. Programs include “Wind & Wind Energy” on June 11, “Sloppy Science” on June 18, “Kitchen Science” on June 25, “Optical Illusion” on July 2, “Robotics” on July 9, and “Sweet Science” on July 16.

For more information about summer reading club or other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.


National Pet Food Donation Month at the Library

May is National Pet Food Donation Month. Please help us celebrate our local furry friends by stopping in at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, where we will be collecting any type of pet food to give to a local animal shelter. As our way of saying thanks for helping out our four-pawed neighbors, each pet food item donated (think can of cat food, bag of doggie treats, etc.) will earn a chance to win our pet-themed raffle basket filled with books and other items any pet-human will love.

For more information or to bring in your donation, drop by the Reference Desk or call (330) 527-4378 any time when the library is open in the whole month of May.


“As Seen on Pinterest” Craft at the Library

As part of our month-long celebration of pets, the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will be spotlighting our furry friends during its “As Seen on Pinterest” Craft Series activity. Adults can come make a paw-themed leash and treat holder on Saturday, May 24 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Registration is required as space is limited. For more details or to sign up, call (330) 527-4378 or drop by the Circulation Desk any time the library is open.


The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231, is open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00am – 7:00pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm; and closed Thursdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

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Newton Falls -  Nicole Loar, U.S. Bank Lead Manager in Newton Falls, Ohio has won U.S. Bank’s Annual Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest employee achievement honor.

Loar was among THE TOP 10 PERCENT of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award for outstanding achievement and superior performance and was recently recognized at a company dinner.

Gene May, District Manager/VP, for U.S. Bank, said, “Nicole deserves tremendous congratulations for this achievement as she  does an outstanding job to make sure our customer’s expectations are not only met, but exceeded.”

He noted that it is because of employees like Loar that U.S. Bank has received several accolades this past year, including being recognized in Fortune magazine as one of the world’s most admired super regional banks.

This is Loar’s second annual pinnacle award. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with an Education of Science Bachelor’s degree.

U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle awards program recognizes outstanding achievement and rewards employees for their tremendous performance.


garrettsville-strong-softball-team-north-akron-winners-softballAkron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising uniform t-shirts by the Villager), and still counting, for the Gville fire fund!! The donations will be made  in the name of Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws to the Garrettsville Strong fund.

Great job ladies!! For a team that never played together before, they had great team chemistry and teamwork, going 5-0 on the weekend. The girls scored on 3 home runs, a grand slam by Autumn “Cali” Belviy, suicide squeeze play, multiple doubles and triples, tons of beautiful bunts. Great job catching by Shelby Mayes, dominating pitching by Angela “Maz” Masiello and Madison “Maddog” VanKirk, an awesome throw from center field by Torrie Gall to almost gun a runner out at first, (Threw it so hard it bent the first baseman’s glove back and it came out), Meg Visocan played every position except catcher including pitcher. Every young lady had a highlight and contributed across the board — can’t even remember them all!  On top of all that, the pitchers and catcher were calling their own games, at 12 yrs old, and did it beautifully!

The GarrettsvilleStrong roster consisted of: Garrettsville Cal’s Gals Angela Vanhorn,  Emma Lawrence, and Chloe Pfile; Garrettsville Hotshots  Gracie Pignaloso, Sarah Shearer and Anna Weaver; Garrettsville -  Madison VanKirk; Crestwood -  Angela Masiello and Torrie Gall;  Crestwood Victory -  Maddy Cline and Alexis Schultz; Outlaws -  Hailey Eckelberry, Autumn Belviy  and Shelby Mayes; Explosive Black – Meg Visocan. Coaches were David Pignaloso, Scott Vanhorn, Tom VanKirk and Dan Masiello.

Thank you to “dugout moms” Becky VanKirk and Tara Vanhorn and special thanks to  Karen Visocan, and daughter Meg, for helping out and more than doubling our donations with some additional fund raising!!

Thanks GYS, Ohio Outlaws Fastpitch, to all who participated, donated, and rooted us on, could not have done it without you!!!


Mantua - At the April meeting of the Mantua Village Council, Mayor Clark announced that Mantua received a proclamation for Arbor Day denoting the Village as Tree City USA. This is the eighteenth year the Village has received this designation.  In addition, Mayor Clark announced that the current Zoning Inspector Devin Hale, has tendered his resignation, effective 4/30. The Mayor has two parties interested in the position, and is conducting interviews to fill the opening.

In other news, Council approved an ordinance to permit a transition to monthly water and sewer billing. This change means that both residential and commercial water and sewer customers will see a change from quarterly to monthly billing cycles. This change will take effect on June 1st.

In the Engineer’s Report, Mr. Iafelice reported that the Crestwood Sanitary Sewer project was delayed and scheduled to start on April 14th. Completion date remains at May 31st. He also reported that the bid date for the Sidewalk Engineering project on State Route 44 was on 4/24. Lastly, Iafelice asked Council for authorization for a fee of $2,500 for technical assistance, consultation and construction coordination of an EMA grant for storm sewer and pavement repairs and additional authorization for $1,000 for OPWC grant funds for work on the Village’s waterline. Council approved these requests.

In his Department Report, Chief Buchert requested Council’s approval to donate the Department’s unneeded light bar to the Mantua Shalersville Fire Department and an unused computer stand to the Hiram Police Department. Council approved these donations. On behalf of the Shade Tree Committee, Mr. Clark reported that the tree donations and presentation were ready for a presentation at Crestwood Schools. He asked the Council accept donations from Middlefield Bank, McDonalds and the Shade Tree Committee, which they did.

At the close of regular business, Council convened to Executive Session to discuss discipline of a public official. When Council reconvened, it was announced that a letter of reprimand would be issued to Hal Stamm for placing an improper street marker at Canada Road and State Route 44. Prior to the close of the meeting, Council set up a Special meeting on April 29th to discuss emergency legislation.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mantua Village Council will be May 20th at 7 pm.


cis-mantua-schools-art-visit-cleveland-museum-of-art-cmaMantua - For the second year in a row, fifth grade students and parents from Crestwood Intermediate School toured the Cleveland Museum of Art during two special Saturday field trips in early spring. Crestwood Intermediate Art teacher Patty Timbrook received the grants, which funded the trips, from the Hiram Community Trust.

Each grant covered the cost to transport two groups of students and chaperones to the museum. In addition, each grant also provided funds for three Ipads to allow students to research the trip, and to use during the excursions. After the field trips, the iPads are used regularly in Timbrook’s CIS art classroom.  According to Timbrook, “Last year’s students created a digital album of the CMA’s Egyptian collection in preparation for their trip to the museum. Students shared this album with the trip chaperone on the bus on the way to Cleveland.”

For many students and parents, this was the first time they had been at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Several parents hadn’t visited the museum since they were children and were awestruck by the changes what they saw. Timbrook marveled, “Many people mentioned that they will go back; that they were interested in the other museums in Cleveland, as well as other art museums in nearby cities, which was one of goals of this program.”

To prepare students for the trip, Timbrook showed short videos and photos of pieces from the museum’s collection on Ipads, which prompted discussions about what students would see there. Timbrook explained to students that people come from all over the world to see what CMA has to offer, but that her lucky group can get there in just a short ride.

At the museum the group was free to view any galleries during the visit. Timbrook remarked, “They loved the Egyptian gallery since we do a lengthy mummy and Egyptian project in the art room. Next year I plan on having a scavenger hunt at the museum – find Monet’s water lilies, Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe etc.”

The trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art is limited to fifth graders, and is funded through the Hiram Community Trust. Each year, Timbrook leads groups of third graders through the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Fourth graders visit the Akron Art Museum. In addition, during NEOEA Day in October, she took 20 Intermediate, Middle and High School students and a few parents to KSU and Hiram College to tour their art facilities.  Students toured the facilities and watched artist demonstrations in the various studios. This program was funded by the Hiram Community Trust, as well, and offered gifted art students with a great introduction to potential college majors in that field.

“I think it is essential that kids learn about other cultures, history, art history, and about themselves through art education and by seeing this outside of the classroom at our local museums. They can’t take it all in through one visit but I feel that I planted the seed,” beamed Timbrook.


 Alyssa Perez and her parents investigate an exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art through a Crestwood Intermediate School program funded by the Hiram Community Trust.  

       Photo provided by Patty Timbrook


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Newton Falls - Geauga Family Farms, a cooperative of 10 certified-organic family farmers in Geauga County, has added a Trumbull County location to the list of convenient pick-up sites for members of its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Healthy Treasures, at 40 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls, is partnering with Geauga Family Farms to provide a place for co-op members to pick up fresh, locally grown produce. Healthy Treasures is a locally-owned family business celebrating 20 years of supplying natural and organic products to its customers. GFF’s organically grown vegetables fit right in with this mission.

The CSA model provides a way for consumers to purchase local food directly from a farm by entering into a contract with the farmer. CSA members become partners with a farm by paying up-front for a subscription, or “share,” of produce that is received weekly during the 20-week growing season from June through October. By investing in the farm at the beginning of the growing season, members provide financial support to the farm when it is most needed for seeds, supplies, labor, etc.

Members choose a nearby location at which to pick up their weekly share, such as the new site at Healthy Treasures where they can pick up from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. This site is in addition to other pickup sites in Middlefield, Lakewood, Macedonia, Seven Hills, Parma, others all over Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Summit counties. The produce is picked within 24 hours of delivery. For a complete list of pickup sites, visit geaugafamilyfarms.org.

It’s easy to get a share of this year’s crop: just fill out a membership form online or mail it in by May 15 with a check. Find the forms on the farms’ Web site at geaugafmailyfarms.org or by e-mailing LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org.

If you are looking for fresh organic produce grown by farmers you know, in a sustainable, certified-organic way, shake the hands that feed you at Geauga Family Farms and put a face on your farmer. From seed-starting to harvest, you’ll know who, how, where and when your food was grown and picked.

For CSA membership forms, more information on Geauga Family Farms, or to set up an interview with one of our farmers or farm representatives, e-mail LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org or call Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849.


Windham Twp. – The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 1, 2014 with all trustees, fiscal officer, five residents and one guest in attendance. The trustees approved the minutes and expenditures for the month of April.

This old church on Silica Sand  Road  has  been the subject of complaints and discussions over the course of the year, especially the last two trustee meetings. The trustees are looking into getting a Community Block Grant to have the structure demolished.

This old church on Silica Sand Road has been the subject of complaints and discussions over the course of the year, especially the last two trustee meetings. The trustees are looking into getting a Community Block Grant to have the structure demolished.

Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance was in attendance to review the insurance policy that is up for renewal. After some questions, and then a discussion, the trustees approved the policy with amendments. The fiscal officer will add the amendments before the policy is signed.

In roads, Supervisor Brian Miller said he has been in contact with the Portage County Engineers and it appears there may be some Ohio Public Works Funds available for the township to use for resurfacing roads. Miller suggested Bryant Road. After some discussion, the trustees thought Colton Road should be considered as well. Miller will also have a representative from the engineer’s office look at Colton Road and see if either or both roads would qualify for the funding. Dann Timmons reported that he is in the process of talking to the property owners on Frazier Road before they proceed with Mr. Soinski’s proposed cul-de-sac. In other road news, the township workers have been kept busy during the rain, by cleaning up trash, trimming back trees and brush along the sides of the roads.

In cemetery news, Trustee Rich Gano received the pins to lay out more graves and as soon as it dries up a bit he will get them done. They also have 20 graves that will need foundations poured this month.

The trustees are in charge of this year’s Memorial Day Services and will ask Lt. Col. Ed Meade from Camp Ravenna to be the speaker.  Timmons will contact Lt. Col. Ed Meade to see if he is available, along with the usual participants, Gano will handle the parade line-up and Miller will get the cemetery set up for the service.

In zoning, Joe Pinti reported that there have been no new permits written but many inquiries on decks, fencing and such.  The trustee received proposed zoning changes from the zoning commission and will hold a public hearing on the issues on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the town hall at 7 pm.

Timmons reported that they heard from Mark Finamore on a ruling on the alleged breach of contract by the village, when they discontinued dispatch services to the fire district contract. Finamore believes there is some village liability there and if they wanted to proceed with legal action they could. After some discussion on the matter, the trustees have decided to share the opinion with the fire board for review. In other safety issues Timmons reported that the fire board decided to go with a 4 mill renewal levy on the November ballot rather than increase it.

In old business, the township clean-up went well. Miller inquired where the township stood on the old church on Silica Sand Road. Gano said as soon as he determines who owns it he will proceed with trying to obtain a Community Block Grant to have it torn down. Timmons said the auditor’s records should be able to tell who owns it. Gano will start there and see if they can’t get the matter resolved.

In other township news, the trustees approved Bill Isler’s proposal to remove the light poles from the “Township Green” and they also approved the acquisition of a debit card for the township use.  The fiscal officer reported that due to the Affordable Care Act, the township now has to tax, the reimbursements to its employees for healthcare costs.

The meeting was adjourned and the June meeting will be held on June 5, 2014 at the town hall at 7pm.


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Middlefield - Cold-hardy plants are already in the ground at the 10 farms owned by the farmers of Geauga Family Farms. GFF is a co-op of 10 farmers who grow certified-organic produce for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

CSA members pay up front for the weekly box of produce, or share, they receive weekly for 20 weeks from June to October. This allows the farmers to buy seeds and pay for any labor needed to get the crops in the ground. In return, members enjoy truly fresh, locally grown vegetables.

Members choose from three sizes of shares that can be picked up weekly atHealthya GFF farm on Bundysburg Road in Middlefield.

The farmers harvest the vegetables, pack them in boxes, and have them ready for pickup within 24 hours. Simply choose a share size, and in early June members start receiving veggies – lettuces, green onions, and radishes will start off the season. In midsummer members see tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, beans, potatoes and melons in their shares, with cabbage and squash in the fall.

Many farms mean a wider variety. This region is able to produce an amazing array of vegetables. GFF farms grow more than 50 types of vegetables, and multiple varieties of many of them.

Participating in a CSA program encourages members to try new vegetables. Members talk about how participating in a CSA has taught them to eat new and different things and changed how they eat for the better.

There has been much discussion of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, lately. GMOs are plants whose genetic material has been altered to withstand direct application of herbicide. GFF farmers are committed to the stewardship of earth’s resources, and since each of the GFF farmers grows certified-organic vegetables, you won’t find any GMO food in your share.

GFF also offers eggs, maple syrup, honey, baked goods and more. Members have access to chicken, turkey and grass-fed beef as well.

Other sites are in Cleveland Heights, downtown, Kirtland, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Macedonia, Mentor, Painesville, Parma, Seven Hills, Shaker, Solon, Willoughby Hills and the Beachwood area.

Sign up for your share by May 15. For more info, visit www.geaugafamilyfarms.org or contact Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849, LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org.



Photo provided by Michelle Gerbrick

Photo provided by Michelle Gerbrick

Mantua – Recently, students at the Crestwood Intermediate School received a surprise gift of technology to help them with their studies. According to Crestwood Intermediate Principal Michelle Gerbrick, the school recently received an anonymous donation of over $10,000. The donation was earmarked to purchase a computer cart and thirty laptops for student use. The cart also serves as a charging station for the laptops.

The cart enables an entire classroom with enough computer workstations for each student, offering more opportunities for access to technology. In the past, each class has been limited to a brief, weekly Technology class in the school’s computer lab. The cart is used in CIS classrooms, from grades three through five.

“The lab will come in handy for testing, integrating technology into the classroom, and so much more.” beamed Crestwood Intermediate Principal Michelle Gerbrick. The gift to the Crestwood Intermediate School was made possible through a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor from Aurora.


armstrong-burial-arlington-vietnam-veteranArlington, VA - Decorated Vietnam War hero and Class of 1965 Garfield High School graduate Robert Earl Armstrong was buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery on April 25. Serving with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division in 1969, then-Sergeant Armstrong distinguished himself in two separate incidents.  In  one – a massive ambush in the Mang Yang Valley – he stepped up to take command of his platoon after all officers and other NCOs were either killed or wounded.  In recognition of his bravery and resourcefulness, the United States awarded him the second highest U.S. military honor for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.  In the other separate incident, near Polei  Kleng, Armstrong’s  extraordinary efforts to save other squad members earned him the third highest honor for valor, the Silver Star.  His heroism also earned him the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, with silver cross, and a Purple Heart.  Armstrong died in October 2013 in North Carolina.

After returning from Vietnam seriously wounded, this American hero took every opportunity to honor and help every  veteran he encountered in the ensuing 43 years.  He was instrumental in the building of the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was the author of the inscriptions on the face of that memorial.  Despite challenging health issues over much of his adult life, Armstrong traveled  to Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year, to honor those fallen whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam War Wall on the Mall.

In addition to his widow Susan (Maher) Armstrong, sons Mark and Troy and their wives and children, and brother Jeffrey Armstrong, more than 40 other family and friends, former comrades, other veterans, and Garrettsville classmates attended the services at Arlington.

missy-steele-garrettsville-ceramic-mugGarrettsville - This view of Garrettsville is especially important to ceramic artist Missy Steele who moved from Garrettsville to Pittsburgh when she was 18, but still has family is still here. “This is where I did most of my growing up, and this is where I return for holidays and special occasions. Honestly, it’s the place I still call home.” says Steele.

When glazing the mugs it was important to Steele to recreate her view of Main Street, arriving from the East. Steele chose to recreate a view that she would see on any given trip—busy with cars visiting Garretsville’s many local shops and businesses, an open sky scattered with clouds. A typical afternoon in Garrettsville. This is the way Steele will remember Main Street.

Each mug is handcrafted on the potter’s wheel; a handle is then made and attached. Every detail is painted on by hand, and the mug is fired once before glaze is applied and once after. No molds are used in Steele’s process, and the glazes are mixed by hand. No commercial materials are used. For Steele, these mugs were an effort of love and she has dedicated her time to making each one special and unique. No two are exactly alike.

As soon as Steele heard about the fire, she knew that she wanted to help in some way. Living in Pittsburgh, she knew there wasn’t a lot that she could do locally, but by creating one-of-a-kind mugs Steele could help generate more funds than she would be able to donate on her own.

While supplies last, you can purchase a limited edition, hand-made, Garrettsville mug for a minimum donation of $35. Mugs are available for purchase at the Weekly Villager/Chamber of Commerce Office located at 8088 Main Street or the Garrettsville Branch of Middlefield Bank located at 8058 State Street. 100% of your donation goes to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund. The mugs are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and, of course, food safe.

Missy Steele is a 2004 graduate of James A. Garfield Local Schools, and a 2014 graduate of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, receiving her Bachelor of Art degree in Ceramics.


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Aurora - The local Home Instead Senior Care® office is offering a unique approach to help Portage County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence. Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available through a Family Education Workshop to be held on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00p.m.  at Independence Village 505 S. Chillicothe Rd., in Aurora.

The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and EducationSM Training Program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution,” said Therese Kovatch, RN, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office.

The foundation of the Alzheimer’s CARE Training Program is an approach called “Capturing Life’s Journey®” that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past.  Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with short-term memory, the Capturing Life’s Journey approach taps into long-term memory.

The Home Instead Senior Care network assembled the top experts in Alzheimer’s disease to develop the CARE approach. “The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGiversSM receive,” she noted.

The program for family caregivers will cover subjects such as: Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviors; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. Also available is a free guide for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Called Helping Families Cope, the guide includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage behaviors.

“CARE is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioral changes that too often accompany these disorders – one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “There was previously no good program available using adult education techniques to provide hands-on practice in learning how best to help people who suffer from dementia. This is huge,” she added.

“The preferred environment for those with dementia is generally at home,” said Potter, who served on the expert panel to help develop content for the Alzheimer’s CARE Training Program.

And yet, families caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s at home are dealing with challenging behaviors such as anger, aggression, wandering and refusing to eat, according to research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network.

“That makes the Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE Training Program a solution for the many families in our area who are being impacted each day by devastating side effects of this disease,” Kovatch said.

For more information on the May 14 workshop or to RSVP please contact Home Instead Senior Care at 330-995-1522 or 330-297-1700.  You can also find additional resources and an e-learning course at HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com


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Garrettsville – Sky Plaza IGA announces the closure of the fuel station at 8283 Windham Street, with the last day of operation being targeted as May 31st. Customers may continue to earn Fuel Rewards, however they must be redeemed by the close of this location.

The closure permits Sky Plaza IGA to focus efforts on their grocery store operation – further enhancing the shopping experience and delivering full service grocery services to residents of Garrettsville and the surrounding community.

Sky Plaza has been locally owned and operated by Rich Hoffman since 2008. Rich is dedicated to our local area and keeping local businesses strong and viable. Throughout the summer, Sky Plaza IGA will be donating a portion of their sales of IGA Water (24 pack bottles) to support the Garrettsville Strong campaign.

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Portage County - The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation awarded a $100,800 grant to the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Valley Counseling in Trumbull County and Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Stark County to implement a tested treatment program using consumer feedback to help counselors adjust therapy as needed for the best possible results.

The three-year grant to set up the Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) program will impact the work of more than 200 therapists seeing consumers at six Northeast Ohio mental health agencies including four in Portage County: Coleman Professional Services, Townhall II, Family and Community Services, Inc. and Children’s Advantage.

“Patients are more dedicated when they know their opinion matters on whether or not treatment is working,” said Thom Craig, Director of Mental Health Programs for The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. “Counseling is most effective when the voice of the patient is valued, and FIT makes this routine. This project is especially exciting because it emphasizes fundamental values, like patient empowerment and genuine listening, making them visible throughout the counseling relationship. Together patient and counselor can track measurable growth.”

Based on 40 years of research, the FIT program is an evidence-based practice, a model which uses the best available clinical research and takes the diversity of the consumer into consideration.  FIT combines the use of a web-based evaluation tool called MyOutcomes with extensive training for therapists and continual consultation support by the creators of FIT.

Mental Health & Recovery Board Executive Director Joel Mowrey, who co-authored the grant, said the use of both FIT and the web-based evaluation tool will help consumers evaluate their own progress and describe improvements or problems that they are experiencing in treatment.

“Therapists will be able to take that feedback and make adjustments to treatment right away. That ultimately benefits the client’s mental health and his or her relationship with the therapist, fostering trust and moving forward with recovery,” said Mowrey.

An internationally-recognized licensed software program, MyOutcomes enables consumers to track their treatment progress and relationship with their therapist by using two different measuring systems. Consumers then obtain instantaneous reports about both their current and past progress and have a visual representation of their improvement or of the problems they are encountering.

“The FIT model creates a healing environment based on feedback that helps consumers focus on improvement and moving therapy along by identifying goals and measuring progress toward these goals. Therapists are then able to redirect sessions as needed. FIT has an excellent track record,” Mowrey added.

FIT incorporates the work of Dr. Scott D. Miller, the founder and director of the International Center for Clinical Excellence in Chicago. ICCE is an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, healthcare managers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services.

FIT is an integral part of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) that was recently approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice.  FIT was given the highest rating possible by SAMHSA for easy implementation with detailed training manuals for therapists, support from Miller and his group and trainings.

FIT has been implemented by four other mental health and recovery board areas in Ohio at community behavioral health treatment agencies funded by the boards, as well as nationally and internationally.


hiram-pancakes-for-kidsHiram - On April 19th the Hiram Police Department held its annual Pancake Breakfast fund raiser for the “Shop with a Cop” program. The event was a success in that $755.00 was raised for the program. “Our Shop with a Cop program (Hiram and Garrettsville) is one of the biggest programs of the year. The Shop with a Cop program provides Crestwood/Garfield School District children, and their families, the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. The program is designed for less fortunate and under privileged children to go Christmas shopping, for themselves and families, with a police officer. The program brings about much heartfelt joy to a lot of area children and families. Our goal is that every child gets the chance to enjoy the holiday season.” Chief Ed Samec said. The Pancake Breakfast had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny and was a huge hit with the kids. Special THANK YOU to Hiram College, AVI’s Diane, Beth, and Lindsey, Windswept Farms, Maggie’s Donuts, the Easter Bunny, and all of the people who attended and graciously support the event. “I am overwhelmed at all of the support and encouragement that Hiram Police Department receives from the community, it really is heartwarming that so many people believe in us and our community programs”.

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Garrettsville – SkyLane Bowling Alley recently held their 3rd Annual SMART Scholarship Tournament.  All of the Youth bowlers competed on  April 19th for a chance to win $800 in scholarship money.   Collin McGurer was the runaway winner by rolling an all-time 719 series.  Pictured from left to right are Ryan Ambler – 3rd Place ($100), Collin McGurer –Champion ($500),  and Wilson Jackson – Runner-up ($200).


Newton-Falls-OlympicsNewton Falls -   Saturday, May 3 turned out just fine for our 6- to 12-year-olds in Newton Falls.  The sun even made a few appearances.  The Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls, with the help of Coach Bugos and the track team, hosted a fun athletic competition which included track and field events.

From year to year, no one knows what to expect from Mr. Kellner’s creative obstacle course, and this year’s course was a challenge.  The children also enjoyed the softball throw, which measures accuracy as well as distance.  Some students had their first try at the long jump, and luckily, had more than one try.  Track events included 25-meter, 50-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter races, where children were divided by male/female and by age group.

Thank you’s go out to all who helped in this event.  Kiwanis would like to thank the school and school board for permission to use the facility, the secretaries who handled registration forms, Zack Hogue at the microphone for events and awards, Positive Images for shirt printing, Mr. Bugos and track team, and the Kiwanis volunteers.  We hope to see the children wearing their olympic t-shirts around town.

WaterSentinelProgramMantua – The Ohio Sierra Club Clean Water Campaign invites participants to learn about the Cuyahoga River and its wonderful aquatic critters in this May hike and macroinvertebrate hunt.

The event will run from 2:00pm until 5:00pm on Saturday, May 10th and participants will meet at Buchert Memorial Park pavilion. The event will start with a hike on a paved trail and will conclude with a search for macroinvertebrate species in the Cuyahoga River.  Participants should bring waders or boots if they wish to enter the water. Otherwise, comfortable hiking attire is appropriate.

Sierra Club will be joined by Ohio Department of Natural River’s (ODNR’s) Scenic River Program and will identify creatures with the help of their staff and aquatic monitoring equipment.

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are organisms that have no backbone and can be seen with the naked eye. They are seen living on the streambed, along stream banks, and on or underneath rocks and materials in Ohio’s waters.

“A diverse and high amount of macroinvertebrates indicate clean water so we’re hoping we see a lot of critters at this event!” said Clean Water Fellow Ryan Ainger.

To register for this event, email Ryan Ainger at ryanainger@gmail.com

Garrettsville – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors provided a fund status report for the fund. Erika Frankel, Treasurer, announced that as of May 6, 2014 the GarrettsvilleStrong fund stood at $46,370. This number reflected the total amount deposited as of the meeting date, and did not include anticipated deposits not yet received.

In an effort to improve transparency Chamber President Benjamin Coll announced that beginning Friday, a weekly fund status would be provided on the GarrettsvilleStrong page of the Chamber’s website.

Following the Chamber of Commerce meeting, the board of directors entered into executive session to review proposed guidelines for distribution of GarrettsvilleStrong funds. These guidelines are being established  with  the guidance of the Ohio Attorney General, and will  be reviewed by legal counsel prior to a  formal announcement of how fund distribution will occur.

The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors established the GarrettsvilleStrong fund on Monday, March 24th to raise funds, which will be utilized to facilitate the rebuilding of the northeastern block of downtown Garrettsville affected by the fire March 22, 2014. This area is located on Main Street between Center and High Streets.

Alex Gage had the top series for the 9:00 Trio with 392; Alex rolled games of 112, 131, and 149.  High game was Paige Collins with 152.  Zach Seebacher had a nice 139 game and 368 series.  Ryleigh Gough was 42 pins over average with her 132 game.  Other nice games:  Emily Linamen, 116 (40 over), Damian Tourville, 96 (35 over), Eric Schaefer, 99 (28 over), and Sara Barker, 100 (27 over).

For the 11:00 Trio, Kassie Fedor topped the leader board with a 200 game and 514 series.  Jacob Britton had  a nice 192 game and 512 series.  Ian Huebner’s 124 game was 51 pins over average.  Adding to the list of good games:  Lauren Sanchez, 183 (50 over), Lucas Titschinger, 165 (35 over), Billy Potteiger, 163 (31 over), Barrett Jackson, 159 (29 over), Peyton Sledz, 92 (28 over), Travis Pennington, 96 (27 over), Wilson Jackson, 134 (26 over), and Clark Jackson, 151 (25 over).

Jake Yeatts had the high series for the Scholastic League with 646; Jake rolled games of 201, 243, and 202.  Collin McGurer rolled 266 his first game and ended up with a 636 series.  Other nice scores:  Olivia Doraksi, 214-597, Bradley Woodrum 213-598, Ryan Ambler 209-614, Jaret Doraski, 204, Noah Shannon, 204, Zach Britton, 201, Jessica Potteiger, 198, Angela Piazza, 193, Billy Potteiger, 186, Danielle Tuttle, 186, and Lauren Sanchez, 182.

Pete Maldonade had the top scores for the PeeWees with games of 121 and 103.  Memphis English shot 103 and Hunter Turnbaugh and Piper Johannsmeier each shot 101.





12th Grade

All A’s – Morgan Aebischer, Ziad Al-Noubani, Simeon Brown, Holly Deyoung*, Michael Ebie, Tessa Flattum, Candace Glinski, Andrew Lininger, Savannah Lorinchack, Sarah Perkins, Nathan Pratt, Jonathan Seaman, Kaitlyn Siracki*, Brittany Thornton, Laura Wilburn


3.2 & Above – Kyle Angermeier, Shelby Baughman, Marilyn Brunton, Trevor Chambers, Jared Damko, Seth Duvall, Caitlynn Gilles, Travis Gorby, Courtney Hood*, Erica King, Thomas Learn, Nicole Lytle, Skyy McCune*, Whitney Miller, Emily Perrine, Tyler Petersen, Kennedy Porter, Shay Sane*, Dustin Savick*, Kurt Selesky, Zoey Smith, Summer Stevens, Emma Twardzik,  Andrew Weisbarth, Amber Wenger*


11th Grade

All A’s – Allyson Brahler, Courtney Chartier, Alexis Dean*, Ante-Tonci Dejanovic, Alexandria Gibson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Aubrey Gissinger, Kourtney Holcomb, Austin Johnson, Julia Layer, James Mallory*, Joshua Masters*, Molly Mathews, Leah Maxey, Marcus Miller, Seth Miller, Sara Petrie, Noah Reider, Dakota Van Oss


3.2 & Above – Brittany Alloway, Zarah Al-Noubani, Todd Barton, Jason Brookover, Akane Brown, Victoria Butcher, Nicholas Crawford, Chad Curry, Eric Eiermann, Ryan Everett, Daniel Forcier*, Elizabeth Gerez*, Baylee Grenzow*, Miranda Hayden, Lindsey Jones, Evan Kehoe, Rebecca Kirk, Kenadi Kissell, Dalton Lamb*, Mason Maddox, James Meadows*, Dacy Myers*, Ryan Pawlus, Emily Prigodich, Jason Richmond, Julia Roubic, Rachel Schwan, Erin Shea, Taylor Stubbs*, Alaina Thompson, Melissa Thompson, Evelyn West, Cassidy White, Megan Wilburn, Chase Zupancic


10th Grade

All A’s – Haley Damko, Rikki Davis, Darla Derthick, Nicholas Downing, Nathan Emens, Madisson Geddes, Samantha Kostrub, Racheal Norris, Adam Roman, Megan Ryser, Alexandrea Synnestvedt, Sean Tannehill, Hannah White, Alicia Witte, Abigail Woolard


3.2 & Above – Blake Albert, Amanda Bartlett, Robert Bissler, Brianna Clemens, Kyle Collins, Austin Covey, John Doraski, Megan Duderstadt, Scott Everett,  Benjamin Gibson, Noah Heim, Luke Hrubik, Nicole Kohler, Matthew Kuzniakowski, Madeline Lininger, Morgan Lippert, Kaylee Martin, Collin McGurer, Ally Milano, Dicey Miller, Jessica Moore, Shiann Penna, Megan Perrine, Jessica Pitsinger, Matthew Ryser, Katlyn Simpson, Mikaela Siracki, Eric Splinter, Scott Stanley, Johannah Stefanek, Michaela Weisbarth, Marissa White,

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9th Grade

All A’s – Elisha Bly, Francesca Bowman, Christian Crawford, Marissa Cremers, Joseph Emrick, Lauren Jones, Callie Pfile, Jane Rader, Brenna Tabor, Riley Van Kirk, Mikhala West, Heidi Wickli


3.2 & Above – Marcus Arnett, Thomas Bissler, Taylor Brown, Dane Burrows, Emma Chinn, Halie Collins, Brittany Davis, Jacob Dean, Rose Englert, Nicholas Ensinger, Brittany Gallagher, Travis Gibson, Kelly Hartman, Nina Jurcevic, Jessica Lambert, Courtney Lytle, Alicia Masga, Cassidie Maur, Hannah McBride, Hope Miller, Janis Nystrom, Michaela Paroff, Guy Peart, Angelina Penna, Trevor Putney, Grayson Rose, Colton Ruff, Savanna Sheer, Larra Shreve, Emily Simon, Zachary Sossa, Chandler Stefanek


*Maplewood Student


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3.5+ SENIORS – George Baran, Landis Grant Bates, Tod Bevilacqua*, Lauren Bissell, Charles Blankenship, Mikayla Blankenship, Sarah Bridgman, Samantha Canepa, Olivia Cobb, Damon Daugherty, Kayla Diroll, Morgan Engelhart, Jessica Felker, Michael Fletcher, Amanda Fosnight, Cheyenna Frederick, Angela Goodrich, Nathan Green, Mackenzie Gregoire, Sierra Hobbs, Summer Hurd*, Alyssa Jaehn, Taylor Jenkins, John Kilbourne, Victoria Krause, Samantha Kulish, Elizabeth LaMarca, Allison Little, Jacob Lovick, Randi Lyle, Danielle Magyarics, Taylor Michael, Darian Milam, Kathleen Murray, Alaina Nuti, Rebecca Pochedly, Daryl Riley, Skylar Scala, Ashley Seneff, Melissa Skocdopole, Abigail Soltisz, Emily St Hilaire, Ashley Todd, Iya Tsedenova, Allison Vannoy, Amber Vargo, Nicholas Zeleznik, Logan Zuponcic


3.0 – 3.49 SENIORS – Jacob Agle, Victoria Andexler, Carrigan Benoit, Tyler Brady, Miranda Brothers, Brittany Campbell, Samantha Cannella, Matthew Czerny, Emeric De Sermet, Erin Dunkin, Daniel Evans, Brian Ferguson, Dustin Friend, Tyler Gall, Ashlea Gopp, Meaghan Green, Monica Groves, Hannah Hall, Amber Harrison, Kristen Jones, Amanda Krakowski, Marissa Midgley, Abbey Milkovich, Jenna Morgenstern, Conner Nemec, Jack Onders*, Jonah Onuska, Katey Paxton, Joseph Reyes, Challis Roberts, Tyler Roth, Charles Shahan, Ariel Sherry, Dakota Stanley, Julianna Stewart , Raymond Stewart*, Chase Tayerle, Justin Vaughan, Jacquelyn Wagner, Aaron Yonker, Marisa Zolgus


3.5+ JUNIORS – Ashley Adkins, Ryan Ambler*, Amy Auble, Reba Ball, Kaitlyn Benjamin ,Hannah Bennett, Alexandra Bigler, Savannah Burkett, Lauren Crislip, Craig Davis, Makenna Delgado, Nicole Derthick, Dessie Donat, Scott Durham, Dane Etto, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, Leannah Frances, Adriana French, Amber Gibbons, Melody Griffith, Noah Gula, Austin Harris, Paul Hartman, Miranda Head, Bryanna Herbold, Holly Hoffman, Danielle Kess, Ashley La Manna, Alyssa Lamb, Ashley Lutz*, Paige Markuzic, Keith Medvetz, George Monroe, Cameron Moodie, Nicole Nero, Nathan Nielsen, Ross Nielsen, Rosalie Novotny, Alan Ortega, Daniel O’Sickey, Maia Pancost, Madison Sara, Jared Sayre*, Matthew Schieda*, Mckenzie Shea, Emily Smith*, Madeleine Sorrick, Samantha Spencer *, Morgan Strenk, Camilla Tyrpak, Hayley Zigman


3.0 – 3.49 JUNIORS – Miranda Beatty, Brennan Bosela*, Emma Jane Carson*, Natalie Cline, Carlie Cofojohn, Derek Cook, Benjamin Cooley, Stephen Cox, Chelsea Evans, Brendan Fannin, Miranda Gregoire, Taylor-Paige Happel*, David Hill, Hannah Hilty, Sabrina Houghton, Brandon Johnson, Kira Judd, William Kelley, Rick Kollman, Emily Kotrlik, George Lesnak, Lindsey Marshall*, Kaylee Mays, Megan McDivitt, Johan Milberg, Tyler Reese, Gregory Clay Reid, Christian Rosenfeldt, John Scotton, Andrew Shahan*, Noah Shannon, Autumn Sike, Joseph Slechta, Jordan Smith, Gabriel Surgeon, Evan Svab, Allanah Swan, Mollie Tubre*, Melissa Tuskes, Austin Usher, Laney Velek, Smantha Vojtush*, Jessica Wright


3.5+ SOPHOMORES - Ashley Agle, Alexander Bowser, Kimberly Bretland, Brandon Caldwell, Brittany Caldwell, Emma Canepa, Courtney Capel, Mercedes Condo, Kaylyn Cox, Kristen D’Amico, Morgan Faldowski, Aubrey Ferguson, Keri Fisher, Kaitlyn Goldinger, Kelsey Habeger, Haley Hall, Nicole Hocevar, Isabel Hysing, Clayton Jackson, Hannah Kent, Bailee Kodash, Audrey Kulish, Amanda Lerchbacher, Amanda Marshek, Caitklin McSwain, Sarah McWhorter, Robert Mitchell, Sydney Nemec, Samuel Oliphant, Jacob Ondash, JoAnna Ondash, Nathan Pallotto, Austin Schenck, Romanie Schweickert, Adrianna Scopilliti, Andrew Shehorn, Lauren Smith, Lindsey Soltisz, Alexis Stahl, Joshua Stern, Stephanie Suprenant, Allyssa Swan, Valori Vaught, Isabella Wagner


3.0-3.49 SOPHOMORES – Adam Atkinson, Wesley Baird, Andrew Boyer, Hayley Cales, Alyssa Campbell, Clarence Colbetzor, Kelly Cowan, Nathaniel Daczko, Collin Engelhart, Jordan Engelhart, Anthony Foulkes, Jolson French, Julya Gamble, Michael Hand, Joseph Hartwig, Daniel Jones, Shanley Kline, Julia Krause, Cole Kvasnicka, Allison La Manna, Tyler Labas, Jacob Lieberth, Jarek Manners, Meghan McDermott, Karley Meikle, Shianne Reese, Anthony Savoca, Matthew Scofield, Melissa Soltisz, Alex Strahler, Olivia Suprenant, McKenna Svab, Dylan Sweet, Matthew Thompson, Lindsay Thut


3.5 + FRESHMEN – Melody Bencie, Madisyn Benoit, Karli Bigler, Alyssa Blake, Maria Blasiole, Lauren Bodenschatz, Haley Brady, Olivia Brady, Gabrielle Campana, Aaron Cox, Derek Crislip, Megan Cymanski, Amber Davis, Jacquelynne Deuley, Emma Dockery, Brittany Douglas, Allison Durham, Melina Edic, Taylor Gall, Alexandrea Geraci, Emily Graves, Morgan Grubaugh, Matthew Harris, Jessica Hayes, Evelyn Head, Autumn Henwood, Jacob Krupp, Sydney Kulla, Collin Manners, Mia Miller, Benjamin Pearce, Marissa Perry, Michael Picone, Ashley Prater, Katelyn Riley, Amber Schauer, Michael Snodgrass, Blaine Sorrick, Logan Thut, Madeline Turner, Emma Urban, Emily Walker, Megan Wilfong, Noah Worron, Angel Zeigler


3.0-3.49 FRESHMEN – Morgan Chesla, Lily Cline, Haley Davis, Francis Donat, Brandon Douglas, Adam Fitzgerald, Paige Fitzwater, Dakota Frenz, Kassandra Gregoire, Jessica Hand, Christopher Harbaugh, Russell Hilverding, Lilly Hoffman, Nicholas Jenkins, Jacob Kollman, Emma Kotkowski, Cole Kramer, Robert Leanza, Kristen Onders, Faith Pietrocini, Michael Quesenberry, Colton Rahach, Curtis Stephens, Jakeb Tekavec, Cydney Tyrpak, Alexis Ule, Jessica Weber, Jacob Whitman, Casey Zeigler



*  Denotes Maplewood Career Center Student



8th Grade Honor Roll – Elizabeth Adkins,  Maddison Beatty,  Lillian Bissell*,  Emma  Blake*,  Mary Bowers,  Hannah Boyer*,  Jade Bretz*,  Ryan  Britt*,  Courtney Brothers,  Megan Buchert,  Thomas Carson,  Zoe Catcott,  Lincoln Chiller,  Sophia Cobb,  Joseph  Daczko,  Alexa  Donaldson*,  Marybeth Duke*,  Heavenly Duley,  Kassandra Fedor,  Alexander Forristal*,  Katherine  Fosnight*,  Olivia Fowler,  Frank  Fugman*,  Gage Garner,  Sierra Gregel,  Nicole Gronzalski,  Lauren Grove*,  Kayla Grubbs,  Caleb Gula,  Zachary Haas,  Cailin Harris, Emily  Hawkins*,  Hannah   Hetman-Maiden*,  Madalynn Huntington*,  Gavin Hysing*,  Mariah Kess,  Michael Knipper,  Carlee Krause, Lauren  Lerchbacher,  Taylor  Lough*,  Christina Masiello*,  Nathan McBride,  Mae-Lynn McGee,  Mitchell McGreal*,  John Merritt*,  Cole Miller,  Sara  Miller*,  Brent Monroe,  Heather Montgomery,  Shannia Moore,  Christopher Novotny,  Ephraim  Oliphant*,  Lauren Pallotto,  Britney Lynn Pawlak,  Aaron Saffels,  Austin  Shaffer*, Valerie Shelton,  Peyton Smith*,  Dominic Szuhay, Avrie Talboo,  Mackenzie Tayerle,  Ashley Toothman,  Jacquelyn Travis,  Leah  Van Horn*,  Stefanie Walker,  Ashley Wieclaw, Taylor Yoder,  Kyle Zigman


8th Grade Merit Roll – Celestial Abee, James Tyler Ash, Dylan Belloir, Sean Brooks,  Gavin Busta,  Mikayla Campbell, Taylor Cochrane,  Alison Darrow,  Alyssa Daugherty, Matthew Davis,  Aaron Day,  Tristan Ducca, Evelyn Geib,  Ariel Gibson,  Gabriella Gullatta,  Zackary Guyette,  David Hand,  Domonique Harrigan,  Brenden Hershberger, Bryce Honeycutt, Chance Hosey,  Lynzie Jeffrey,  Brantson Jessel, Justin Jones,  Brock Kaeferle,  Breanna Kimball,  Stephen Knill,  Treyvor Kress,  Eric Lawless,  Ashley  Marotta,  Madison Monreal,  Daniel Oswald,  Kyle Plechaty,  Baylee Reid,  Kylee Reid,  Paige  Rezabek,  Meghan Sara,  Victoria Seaborn, Trever Shears,  Andrew Sorboro, Bailee Stoots, Joshua Wheeler,  Caitlin Zeigler


7th Grade Honor Roll – Logan Ailey, Madelyn Aker, Benjamin Arnette,  Samantha  Bencie*, Alyssa Blasiole*, Angel Bowles, Alexis Cannella,  Ellen Cox,  Allison Downs, Steve Duber,  Zachary  Eastridge*,  Ashleigh Fowler, Kasey Fyffe, Stephen Glova, Jason Green, Meghan Griffin*, Collin Gross, Sandra Hahn, Kathleen Hawley,  Ashley Hayes, Elizabeth  Hilverding*,  Joshua Howell*,  Ashley Kline *, Reilly Kline,  Zachary Kotkowski, Alexander Kramer, Nicholas Krause,  Parker Kruis,  Devon Larlham,  Nicole Latine,  Noah Lind*,  Landon Little, Alexander Maiden,  Bianca  Marinelli*,  Quinn  Mattern*,  Noah  Maxwell*,  Willow McDougald*,Corrie McHone, Haley Pero-Favazzo*, Joseph Peters*, Domenic Picone *,  Anthony  Pietrocini*, Kayley Plechaty*, Kellie Ristau*, Katelyn Rojek, Aidan Ruehr, Alexis Sawastuk, Jacob Scotton, Maggie Semety*, Jared Simon, Jarrod Slechta, Riley Smith, Mira Soukenik,  Megan Spurlock, Abigail Strahan, Breanna Teece*, Jaxxon Tekavec,  Lily Turner*, Dalton Tyrrell, Nicholas Vilt, Kaeli Wilson, Amelia Wyson, Joseph Zito


7th Grade Merit Roll – Logan Beaver, Olin Benjamin, Sierra Bernotas, Ronald Campbell, Austin Canan, Serena Clark, Emma Conaway, Tifanie Czarzasty, Matthew Duley, Jeffrey Dunfee, Taylor Frenz, Camille Gibler, Rachel Kocisko, Luke Leister, Kimberly McDivitt,  Jason Midgley, Jacob Ober,  Samantha Parrino,  Kate-Lynn Pawlak, Alisa Prater, Chad Ramsell, Tyler Rodhe,  Dominic Savoca, Scott Schaefer, Adelaide Schweickert, Alexis Scott, Matthew Semety, Samantha Smith, Mackenzie Stubbs, Alexis Tosi, William  Vaughan, Samantha Vespucci, Michael Anthony Zabala


6th Grade Honor Roll - Erin Adkins, Gabrielle Albrecht *, Mason Angle, Alexis Annal-Howell, Clay Bascombe, Steven Bene, Riley Blankenship, Rory Bowers, Slate Bretz *, Samantha Capel*, Elizabeth Carson,  Olivia Edge , Cole Fannin, Zachary Forristal*,  Torrie Gall, Maren Gauntner*, Cahlin Goodhart, Isabel Hawkins,  Noah Hickin *, Kelly Hoffman, Merlin Johnson,  Emma Kuivila, Austin Lougen,  Maxwell Maretka,  Angela Masiello*,  Trevor Matheny,  Austin Miller,  Jocelynn Norsen,  Emily Nuti, Leah O’Laughlin,  Taylor Olson-Lewis,  Joshua Ondash, Madison Pasko,  Isaiah Patton *, Ian Perkins *, Dylan Pope, Sandra Rand, Sydney Reed, Madelyn Rennecker,  Kaylee Reynolds,  Autumn Richards,  James Riley,  Connor Rowe,  Collin Sanderson, Sydney Scarl,  Rachel Scotton *, Alexis Shultz*,  Madeline Simmons*, Isabella Sorboro *,  Gabrielle Spoto,  Braydon Svab, Nolan Teece, Connor Thgipen,  Chloe Wagner, Luke Wagner


6th Grade Merit Roll – Adam Abernathy, Blaze Angle, Nicholas Backer, Riley Ballentine, Dylan Barton, Ryan Bigler, Olivia Boyle, Alicia Brodzinsk, Anastasia Brugmann, Cole Brugmann, Michael Campana,  Madilyn Cline, Kayton Craft, Austin deLaGrange, Abigail Dombrowsk, Wyatt Garner, Taylor Grubb, Kaden Grubbs, Nicholas Gullett, Alexander Gutowski, Cameron Langford, Jessica Latine, Rachael Lutz, Dallas McNamara, Jessica Menteer,  Melanie Miller, Patricia Moore, Cassandra Painley, Isabella Romano, Emily Sara, Alesha Sawastuk, Maranda Seither, Dylan Shaffer, Saybri Shaffer, Christopher Sharrock, Jason Shenkel, Kayla Starcher, Sean Sweet, Brittany Toothman, Mason Turpel, Onna Vacca, Casidee West, James Wheeler, Adam Worron

*indicates Straight A’s


Garrettsville – There will be a benefit concert in conjunction with an art and craft silent auction on Saturday, May 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church.  The goal of the People Tree’s fire fund is to aid those merchants and employees  affected by the March 22 downtown fire in Garrettsville.

Featured for the evening will be local Christian singer and songwriter GAIL MANGERI, who will be performing from 6:30 to 7:30 , with an auction break for rest and refreshment, then a closing round of music and inspiration to conclude the event.  Gail will be joined by other talented family members in inviting the community to sing along and raise prayers of thanks that no one was seriously injured in the fire. Prayers for healing and restoration for the community and the historic downtown will also be offered.

Admission is by donation.

Donations may be directed to Maureen at 330-527-4674…questions as well.

It’s about rebuilding people too.


NFScoutsNewton Falls – Boy Scout Troop 112 of Newton Falls was rechartered by Amvets Post 112 in 2010. Since then every spring the boys have taken on the task of cleaning up the walking path in Newton Falls. This year, with a growing number of boys coming into the troop, we were able to have 2 groups of boys go in 2 different directions. The first group of boys cleaned up the path going towards the community center and baseball fields. They also took on the task of cleaning up the community pond. The second group went from the covered bridge out to main street and back up North Center St. Keeping America Beautiful is sponsored by the Geauga Trumbull Solid Waste Management District which donated garbage bags, gloves and wild flower seed packets.

Pictured from L-R Back: Billy Simmons, Alex Shearer, Jason Jones, Assistant Patrol Leader Harrison Bates, Nathaniel Saylor, Larry Cline (behind Nathaniel), Anthony Bailey, Patrol Leader Vincent Bailey, BJ Thomas. Front L-R Johnny Staton & Chad Bates. (not pictured: Jr. Assistant Scout Master Matthew Gushura, Senior Patrol Leader Bucyrus Palo, Chaplains Aide Alan Cohn.)

For more information on Boy Scout Troop 112, Please contact Trish Gushura at 330-507-3886 (text or call), troop112@yahoo.com or visit Boy Scout Troop 112 on Facebook.


kiwanis-girl-scouts-newton-fallsThe Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls recently welcomed Girl Scout Troop 239 and their leader, Pat Leach, to a regular meeting.  The club wanted to recognize the work that the girls have done.  They made dresses, which will be taken by a missionary, for little girls in Haiti.  The Scouts washed, ironed, measured, followed a pattern, sewed, and trimmed many dresses.  Kiwanis appreciates their spirit of helping others.

#Garrettsville Strong Pilsner at Main Street Grille

#GarrettsvilleStrong is now on tap. Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. is donating all proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund to help rebuild businesses. Next to it is the new Main Street Joe; made with a hint of vanilla and Papua New Guinea, Kapal beans which we had fresh roasted at Bent Tree coffee roasters in Kent OH.

#GarrettsvilleStrong is now on tap. Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. is donating all proceeds to the GarrettsvilleStrong fund to help rebuild businesses. Next to it is the new Main Street Joe; made with a hint of vanilla and Papua New Guinea, Kapal beans which was fresh roasted at Bent Tree coffee roasters in Kent OH.

On Sale Now -  Every now and then life throws you the opportunity to do something great. At Main Street that moment came in the form of a tragic fire across the street on March 22nd. But we knew what had to be done. We brewed a style almost as old as the town itself…This German Pilsner is clean and crisp with a beautiful floral hop character to it and a dry finish. By purchasing this beer you now have the power to help rebuild Garrettsville at your very fingertips because 100% of the proceeds from every glass sold are being donated to the Rebuild Garrettsville fund. Never knew power could taste so good did you? Well then, drink up! We were strong before, but now we’re #GarrettsvilleStrong.  ABV 5%, IBU’s 33.

For a complete listing of fundraisers visit www.garrettsvillearea.com/help

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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, we can help your transition to tackle the standards!  These workshops are open to educators of all grades and disciplines, proven as effective and engaging trainings, and offer affordable graduate credits through Ashland University.

The Wonders of Watersheds (WOW) Workshop: Outdoor Explorations for Classroom Applications, Tuesday, June 17- Thursday, June 19, is a 3-day program that offers one to three graduate credits.  Based in Geauga and Portage Counties, educators will discover creative ways to incorporate the standards through activities, inquiry, outdoor investigations, and peer teaching.  Participants will receive Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, Science & Civics, and Project WET curriculum guides.

The Advanced Wonders of Watersheds, Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25, is an intensive 3-day program at Old Woman Creek National Estuary in Huron, Ohio.  This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes activities, tours, and the unique opportunity to collect research data on Lake Erie with the United States Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station.  Participants can earn one to three graduate credits and will also receive Teachers On The Estuary (T.O.T.E.), Flying Wild, The Wonders of Wetlands, and Healthy Water Healthy People curriculum guides.

Both workshops provide an exciting, in-depth look at the natural wonders of our region, along with invaluable training, curriculum guides, and graduate credits through Ashland University.  Registration deadline is May 15th.  For more information, please visit our website at www.geaugaswcd.com or contact Gail Prunty at 440-834-1122 ext. 2 or gprunty@geaugaswcd.com.

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At the start of this month’s School Board meeting, High School Principal Arden Sommers spoke about the value of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within the District. District-wide, PLCs are formal times when teachers collaborate to develop shared missions, discuss student outcomes, create action plans, and develop continuous improvements within the various schools within the District. At the Primary and Intermediate Schools, the 25 minutes of student recess time can be used without impacting instruction time. At the High School, this isn’t an option. To provide CHS teachers with this necessary time, Crestwood will implement a delayed start to the school day on alternating Wednesdays starting next fall.

Instead of starting the day at 7:40 am, on alternating Wednesdays, CHS classes will start at 8:30 am. Freshmen, as well as students in grades 10 thru 12 who are missing assignments, or students using District busing will arrive at the usual time. Freshman will have access to orientation, tutoring, or time to make-up work, with assistance provided by Leadership Workshop students.

In addition, the Board approved the adoption of a calamity day make-up plan. The plan utilizes Blizzard Bags, an option presented by the Ohio Department of Education, to help offset school days missed during the winter.  Blizzard Bags are available online or as take-home lessons that students complete to make up a missed day of school. The first assignment was due Friday, April 25.   The second assignment was assigned on April 28 and will be due on Friday, May 9.  The third assignments will be assigned on Monday, May 12 and will be due on Friday, May 23. Blizzard Bags will make three instructional days, allowing Crestwood to make up only one day at the end of this school year. Please note that failure to turn in a Blizzard Bag will result in a day of absence.

Lastly, congratulations are in order for third grade teacher Rosemary Krupar and fourth grade teacher Kristen Patton. Krupar was nominated for the Presidential Academic Excellence in Science, Math and Technology (PAESMT) Award, and was also selected as Conservation Educator of the Year by League of Ohio Sportsman. Patton is a Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Mathematics Professional award winner for 2013-2014.  Excellent work, ladies!

The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, May 19th at 6 pm in the High School library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss certified and administrative contracts.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 5th at 7 pm in the High School Library. Prior to the meeting, at 6:30 pm, retiring teachers and staff will be honored for their years of service to Crestwood Schools. Those individuals are Mary Lou Bernotas (Secretary, 29 years), Pamela Braden (Speech Pathologist, 35 years), Theresa Duesing (MS Teacher, 35 years), Patricia Eskridge (MS Teacher, 23 years),  Rick Hall (Custodian, 30 years), Edward Nichols (MS Teacher, 30 years),  Eileen Shahan (CIS Teacher, 18 years),  Janet Wilkins (CIS Teacher, 21 years), and Gerrie Zimcosky (CIS Teacher, 34 years). The public is encouraged to attend.


*Please note: The April meeting was recorded and posted online. To view the video, visit the District website at crestwoodschools.org.


ken-fox-music-teacher-retirement-garrettsville-garfield-elementary“Twelve years, 36 concerts and over 20,000 attendees” is how James A. Garfield Superintendent Ted Lysiak introduced elementary school music teacher Mr. Ken Fox for his farewell concert last week.  Fox, who will be retiring from teaching at the end of this school year, said he will miss his students and is very appreciative of the opportunity he has had to work with them.

Last Tuesday the first grade students performed the night’s concert, titled Green.  The students, decked out in green leaf leis, danced, clapped, jumped and sang along with their teacher in a lively tribute to Earth Day offering readings and musical selections including “It’s Easy Bein’ Green”, “Nature Baby”, My Earth, and “What Do You Do With A Water Waster”.

Mr. Fox plans to keep busy after his retirement and is considering all his options.  When asked what he felt his greatest accomplishment in the past twelve years of teaching was he said it is when former students make a point of “looking him up and saying hello”.

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on April 21, 2014 in the historic Mott Building for a full slate of official business and some interesting highlights.

Ed Perdian made a cameo appearance to propose  an activity  that the group might consider offering during SummerFest this year: a tour of historic homes in the village via horse-drawn Amish surreys.  This  elicited considerable interest and discussion of insurance, scripted information and permission of organizers.  More to come.

Pam Montgomery described the #GarrettsvilleStrong project which she has undertaken, seeking memories of the destroyed Buckeye Block from everyone in the community.  Broad outline of the project include the history of the structure, memories specific to the location, the fire event itself, recovery.  Advertising opportunities will be available to help defray the costs.  Submissions may be sent to Nelson United Methodist Church, Box 210, Garrettsville, OH 44231.

Changes to the organization’s by-laws were voted on and approved.

The Christmas Walk is coming.  Maureen See will be organizing and overseeing the craft show.  The location is still uncertain but the Village Hall is the hoped-for  venue.  Sites for the Walk itself were announced : The Countryman home in Rolling Meadows, the Kontur home on the State Route 303, the Renner home on South Park  Blvd., the Kissel home on St. Rte 82.  Nelson United Methodist Church will be the featured house of worship this year, in honor of the celebration of their bicentennial (Actual celebration will take place in July; they’ll probably be baking from then until November).

The next big event this spring will be the dedication of the new historical marker(sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?) to be held on Wednesday, May 14 in the Iva Walker Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.  All manner of local and regional dignitaries will be on hand, from the newly-chosen president of Hiram College Lori Varlotta, to congressman David Joyce, to retiring Hiram College president, Thomas Chema ,to local-girl-made-good State Representative Kathleen Clyde, to James A. Garfield Local School District superintendent Ted Lysiak AND the Garfield Marching Pride and re-enactors of the Last great Train Robbery in the United States, which the marker commemorates.  The Nelson UMC will be providing refreshments for the gathering. It will be an evening.  The public is invited.

Next open house at the Mott Building will be on May 3 from 10:00 to 2:00.

A DVD, maybe two of them, is in the works as a fundraiser for the society and #GarrettsvilleStrong, featuring  video by Rich Teresi and with help from Carlson Funeral Homes and Crematory Services.

Gene Semplak and Joe Fry were credited and thanked for refurbishing the historical society’s sign, which was approaching antique appearance itself.

There have been fourteen applications for the James A. Garfield Historical Society scholarship award ($500).  Selection will be made in time for the Awards Day at the high school.

Donations were accepted :  a framed letter from Orson E. Ott to the reunion class of 1957, books and papers belonging to the late Thelma Paul from Roetta Moore, newspaper clipping from Stephanie Byrne, historical pictures.

The meeting closed with a reading /history lesson by Edith Sampson recounting impressions of a tour of the Buckeye Block in 1999.  Where’s the water tank now?


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L-E-A-D is an unconventional approach to leadership, team building, coaching and personal growth developed by human resources management professional Sue E. Thomas of Mantua. She utilizes horses in a unique experiential approach to awaken one’s potential in personal and professional development.

Thomas founded Leadership Equine Assisted Development, LLC in 1999. She has extensive experience in business, human resource management, and with horses. Certified in a number of counseling disciplines, Thomas is is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Analysis.

Thomas combines her backgrounds in executive and life coaching, organizational development, and personal/leadership development, to connect people to their life purpose, vision and values. “Working with the horses provides awareness of what holds you back, to be successful and obtain the life you desire,” she said.

At a recent What About Me? Workshop at her 40-acre farm, Thomas led a group of women through a two-day exploration in personal development, defining personal struggles, boundaries, dreams, frustrations, goals and objectives. Horses Flash, Jazz, Boss and Whiskey provided helpful feedback every step of the way. (The resident cats and golden retrievers provided comic relief.)

“This workshop provides space and a comfortable environment to look at the ‘who’ you are today by gently peeking at the past, living in the present, and looking at your future desires,” Thomas explained. “We guide you in self-exploration, and provide room for you to release what no longer serves you, strengthen what does, and gain awareness needed to direct your desired future.”

By placing each woman in a vulnerable situation with a horse — and a specific objective to accomplish inside the arena with that horse — participants quickly learned to use clear, concise, consistent modes of communication to prompt the horse through a particular exercise or obstacle course.

For example, in one exercise, each participant was instructed to take a raw egg and draw symbols or write words that identified their most valued elements of life (faith, family, health, a career, etc.) on the shell. Then, each person had to balance their egg on a spoon while leading a horse (which represented “the stuff in life you’ve got to get done”) through an obstacle course — without dropping their egg. Unfortunately, the horse was skittish about walking over the white poles along the course, and tended to shy away, pushing or pulling the participant off balance. It was a good metaphor for the common struggle to achieve balance in this life while pursuing dreams, despite stresses at work and demands from loved ones, or whatever the situation may be.

Results were mixed, depending on the approach each participant took. Two made slow, halting progress with close calls along the way, but crossed the finish line with victorious smiles. Another paid too much attention to the horse, lost track of her egg, and was horrified when she lost control of all she held dear, just to see it drop into the mud. Yet another participant marched her horse through its paces in record time, holding her egg in steady balance from start to finish (the sign of a chronic multi-tasker).

Other exercises involved leading horses while blindfolded; depending upon a partner’s verbal instructions to accomplish the task. Some activities focused on personal initiatives; others on group dynamics, trust and cooperation skills. Depending on each person’s body language, personal boundaries and subconscious cues, the horse would respond agreeably, or with stubbornness, playfulness or aloofness. Working with the horses heightened each participant’s awareness of their environment, their fears and vulnerabilities, their potential for growth, and their opportunity to change limiting behaviors that provided measurable results.

The most cited result of the workshop was clarity: the ability to clear the cobwebs and concretely identify the root of frustrations, learn how to put it into words, then devise a concrete plan to resolve the issue.

Through it all, Thomas’ mission was to inspire and nurture growth in individuals so they might reach their potential with integrity, respect, trust and honesty. In addition to personal growth workshops like this for women and at-risk youth, Thomas also provides leadership training, consulting and coaching services to corporations, organizations and other professional groups to encourage leadership development, team building and employee development using horses.

To explore L-E-A-D further for your personal or professional development, contact Sue Thomas at (330) 274-2693 or visit LeadershipEAD.com.


Hiram - The last meeting of the Village Council began with a work session held in conjunction with the Hiram Township Trustees. The purpose of this meeting was to iron out issues relating to taxes due to the Village by Township employees and a proposed resolution put forth by the Trustees to detach a parcel of land to the Township.

When asked her thoughts on the outcome of this first joint meeting, Hiram Township Trustee Chairman Kathy Schulda remarked, “It was a very good start. The next step will be for us to gather information to back up the hours Township employees are in the Village. Then we also need to figure out the percentage (or time) we feel would be a far amount.” Schulda continued, “The detachment is not so clear cut. We can ask but I’m under the understanding they don’t have to grant it. The township was there long before the Village and when we were separated into two entities I’m sure the predecessors had no idea all these problems would arise.”

During the meeting, Council President Tom Wadkins suggested that instead of using a formula to calculate taxes owed by Township employees, that the Township keep a log of actual hours worked by each employee, so taxes would be based on actual hours worked within the Village. It was the general consensus that the Village and Township would work to resolve issues with the current tax year before addressing the two years of past due taxes. The detachment resolution was tabled by Council, pending further direction from the Trustees.

Next, Hiram Village Park Board Chair Susan Merrill and Park Board member Chris Szell reported a summary of residents’ input the Park Board gathered at two public community meetings. Basically, the community expressed a desire that the park space have multiple uses. The feedback they received indicated that residents do not want the property to remain idle, but that exclusive use of the property by any entitle was not recommended. Later, Hiram College Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey presented Council with a memorandum of understanding from Hiram College to build an NCAA baseball field at the site. It was noted that a park could be included on the same property. After much discussion, the motion to accept the memorandum of understanding was not approved by Council.

Next, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Kozak reported that the Hiram Fire Department responded to 27 calls in March, and was the first Department to provide mutual aid at the Main Street fire in Garrettsville. Police Chief Ed Samec reported that his Department filed 287 offense reports, up from 213 in the previous month. In addition, he reported that his Department held a Distracted Driving event at Hiram College, where participants used a driving simulator to experience scenarios, learning the penalties, costs and adverse results that can occur. Chief Samec also noted that the Department received a $500 ODNR grant for the annual Cops and Kids Fishing Day, which will take place on August 23 at Camp Asbury. He also received a $300 donation from Metro Security in Brimfield for the Shop With a Cop program. Lastly, he welcomed Reserve Officer Rob Kern to his Department.

In his report, Mayor Lou Bertrand recommended that Council ask Solicitor Tom Reitz to draft a resolution to allow the Village to advertise for bids for the old Fire Hall building. Council concurred; the resolution will be presented at the next Regular Council meeting. Fiscal Officer Susan Skrovan reported that the Village will undergo an Audit on April 16. She also reported that she’s been working on the transfer of tax data to the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA), and asked Council to pass a motion to allow her to go through all the steps necessary to move forward with RITA, including the termination of a contract with the previous tax assessing company used by the Village. In addition, Council scheduled a Records Retention Committee meeting, followed by a Budget Committee meeting starting at 6 pm on June 10th.

The next meeting of the Hiram Village Council will be on May 13th at 7 pm in the Municipal Building.


pcdl-libraryWindham – Windham Village council met April 24, 2014 for their regular monthly meeting not held on the regular meeting night.

Council approved amendments to the agenda, the minutes, the financial report, and the police and fire report. Two guests had prior authorization to speak at the meeting. The first guest was Cecilia Swanson from the Portage County District Library PCDL. Swanson announced that April 23, 2014 was World Book Night and passed out a copy of Agatha Christy’s After the Funeral. Swanson also inquired about the way the village helps fund the library and requested that they consider going to a percentage rather than a flat rate. After some discussion it was determined they could probably do that but will have to add some language to the contract that would keep the costs from skyrocketing. Cecilia also had one library sign and will purchase another one if the village will install them.

The second guest was Angelo Battaglia Democratic candidate for county commissioner. Battaglia stated that he is a business owner and wants to serve others. His goals are to learn how townships, villages, sheriff’s departments, etc operate and see what the commissioners can do to help them. He claims he doesn’t have all the answers but is willing to dig in to find solutions.

Council then passed Ordinance O-2014-13 amending the current pay ordinance to establish and revise the salaries and wages of all full-time and part-time employees within the Village of Windham. This ordinance repeals all prior inconsistent ordinances and declares  an emergency. The changes are the base salary for the fiscal officer is set at $42,658.56 effective May 1, 2014. They also established and approved $600 a month salary for the zoning inspector.

In other council news, council approved the donation of eight yards of mulch from Doll Lumber, announced support for the Ohio Public Works Commission, and appointed Randy Slusher to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Councilwoman Rachel Barrett asked if the village administrator would get the paperwork filed so Windham could benefit from the community service workers this summer. The mayor said they would look in to it.

The next Windham Council meeting is scheduled May 29, 2014 at 7 pm in council chambers.

Hiram - The Baroque ensemble Les Délices are featured artists for the Eighth Annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Hiram Christian Church.  These programs are presented each spring by the Hiram College Music Department and funded by a generous endowment in memory of gifted musician John M. Watson by his family.

Les Délices brings together artists with national reputations who share passion for masterworks from the French Baroque.  Their performances on period instruments allow them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors.  The Hiram program The Leading Man features the unique voice and dynamic stage presence of Grammy-nominated tenor Jason McStoots, who performs feats of musical heroism, absurdist comedy, and ravishing beauty in operatic excerpts by Lully, Boismortier, Leclair, and Rameau.  The ensemble includes director and oboist Debra Nagy, baroque violinists Scott Metcalfe & Cynthia Black, viola da gamba player Josh Lee, and harpsichordist Michael Sponseller. Their website is www.lesdelices.org.

The event is free and open to all.  A reception will follow the concert.  Hiram Christian Church is located at the intersection of Rts. 82 & 700 by the Hiram College campus.  Contact Tina Dreisbach (dreisbachts@hiram.edu) with any questions.