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A (Christmas) Tree Grows in Newton Falls

Newton Falls - Santa’s Elves were working overtime this past Black Friday and it wasn’t just to stock the shelves for the early morning deals at the retail stores. What  better way to spend The Day After Thanksgiving than in downtown Newton Falls getting...

December 2 Middlefield Council Meeting

Middlefield - All council members were present for this meeting.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Poole asked for approval of the November 4 minutes and they were approved.  He also asked for payment of bills (two separate requests) and both requests were...

Burton Eatery To Be Transformed For New Year’s Eve Dining

Burton – The Burton Grille and Pizzeria in the center of historic Burton Village will be transformed into an elegant dining location the evening of Friday, December 31, 2010.  Plans are to close the restaurant to regular dining at 3:00 p.m. on that...

“First Snow” Rocks Windham

Windham - Pleasant surprises come from all places.  Mine started in the form a flyer in the Nelson town hall for the “First Snow” concert.  I figured that if they weren’t that good, it was still only $6 and for a good cause. ...

Mantaline Expands Its Capabilities, Offers New Processes and In-Line Options

Mantua - In the polymer industry, constant changes and improvements are the essential ingredients to servicing customer needs effectively.  Mantaline Corporation of Mantua, Ohio has recently added key new processes and materials to its portfolio in its efforts to offer current customers an...

Save Money This Holiday Season: Free eBooks from the Library

Save a little money this holiday season by coordinating your MP3 players, iPods, and electronic readers (excluding the Kindle) with free downloads from Portage County District Library. Visit overdrive.portagelibrary.org 24/7 (anytime, anywhere) to download eBooks and audiobooks from the convenience...

Give the Gift of a Dedicated Book or Donation to the Library

What do you give to the person that has everything? Give the gift of a dedicated book or donation this year. Dedicate a book to the Portage County District Library collection. You may choose to dedicate a book, music, downloadable audiobook or eBook,...

United Methodist Church Hosts Santa Breakfast

Windham - Last Saturday the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Windham kicked off the holiday season by hosting breakfast with Santa, letter writing to Santa, crafts and an opportunity for boys and girls to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.  On the...

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Newton Falls Classroom Teachers Association 2010 Scholarship Winners

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Classroom Teachers Association is pleased to announce the recipients of three scholarships for seniors entering the field of education this year: (pictured left to right) Nick Mock, first place, $800; Makayla Haines and Jennifer Russell, 2nd place...

Wishes Granted

There are many blessings in our community.  But I know there are also many families that are struggling now.  I called my friend and fellow small business owner, Chris Perme.  He is a financial advisor by trade, but do not let that stuffy...

City Manager Next to Go?

Newton Falls - A special council meeting was held Monday with one topic on the agenda: the possible impending termination of City Manager Jack Haney. All council members were present, as were newly-inaugurated Mayor Lyle Waddell, almost-as- new Law Director Joseph Fritz, and the...

November 22 Burton Village Council Meeting

Burton - All Council members were present at this meeting which  began with a special visit by the Burton Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 197.  The boys led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Then Chief of Police Smigelski explained to...

Windham Village Continues Search For Police Chief

Windham - Windham Village Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday with all council members present. The first item on the agenda was to approve the hiring of a police chief. Council unanimously approved the hiring of a police chief only...

Historical Society Holds Chirstmas Open House

Ravenna - The Portage County Historical Society in Ravenna will host a Christmas Open House & Holiday Fund-Raising Sale on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. The Lowrie-Beatty Museum, Carter house, Strickland house, Log Cabin, Campbell Land Office, Ford Seed Store,...

Hiram Village News

Hiram - The November 18th meeting on the annexation has been continued to January 24, 2011 at 9am. At this continuation of the hearing, the Board...

Mr. Waddell Takes Office

Newton Falls - The votes have been cast, counted, verified and validated, and it is official: Newton Falls has a new mayor. Last Wednesday Mr. Lyle Waddell was sworn in by the Hon. Philip Vigorito with a standing-room-only courtroom of witnesses. Earlier in...

Christmas in the Country

Middlefield - Come visit Vancura Gallery at 14279 Old State Road, Middlefield during our 4th annual Christmas in the Country on Friday and Saturday December 3rd and 4th and 10th and 11th. The lineup this year includes: Amish feather painter Ben Miller, music...

Crestwood Lions Club Holiday Projects

Mantua - The Crestwood Lions Club is busy selling holiday gift baskets, scented candles and getting ready for Christmas tree sales. Holiday gift baskets for sale start at $5 per basket. Each basket is different and has a holiday theme. Basket sizes and...

James A. Garfield Schools – Dedication, Value and Excellence

Of the 611 school districts in the state of Ohio James A. Garfield schools are beginning to set themselves apart from most. The dedication and professionalism of teachers, staff and administrators in the district have earned continued academic distinction. Furthermore, wise economic decisions have made the district the best value in Portage County and the third best...

Renaissance Family Centers Hosts Thanksgiving Activities

Windham - While we all gathered around our Thanksgiving tables there were folks in the area that had no one to share their dinner with or didn’t have the means to have a holiday dinner. The Renaissance Family Center opened their doors to provide not only a dinner but an entire day of activities for those who might have...

Garrettsville Lodge #246 F& AM Holds Annual Installation Ceremony

Garrettsville - The proud Masons of Garrettsville Lodge #246 recently held their 157th consecutive installation of officers. The Lodge members have been meeting at the same location since 1874 and are proud to count among their past members James A. Garfield who served as Lodge chaplain while president of Hiram College. Pictured above are the newly installed officers.

Live Christmas Performances at Sparrow Christian in Middlefield

Middlefield - Celebrate Christ’s coming at Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield during the month of December. The Church Boys will perform in the shop on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. The Church Boys are a local quartet and will perform many Christmas and gospel favorites. On the evening of Wed. Dec. 8, at 7pm, The First...

Going Back to School Is Easier Than You Think

Burton-Have you ever thought about continuing your education but thought you were too old or that it was too expensive?  To tell the truth, you probably have come up with lots of excuses not to do it.  The truth is there is a...

Santa To Visit Windham Library

Windham - Santa will be stopping by the Windham Library on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. Children from birth to age 17 can have their picture taken for free (limit 1 per child).  On Tuesday, December 21 from 11:00-4:00 pm children are...

Hunters take to the Woods

The Monday after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of gun season for deer and many sportsmen and women will be heading out to the woods dreaming of bagging a twelve-point buck or larger. Today through Sunday, sportsmen and women will be out in...

What A Bunch Of Turkeys!

Garrettsville - Anyone driving by the high school the day before Thanksgiving might have been surprised to see a flock of turkeys on the front lawn.  To kick off the 10th Annual James A. Garfield High School Food Drive this year, a new...

Township Plows Ready to Roll

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled meeting recently. The road supervisor reported that he had heard back from the Ohio Department of Transportation and they will add more signage at the end of Wadsworth Road to warn motorist of...

Public Awareness Release

Garrettsville - The Garrettsville Police Department would like to take this opportunity to pass along some news important to the citizens and business owners of the...

Freedom Township News

Freedom Twp. - The November 18 meeting began with a presentation by Mr. Ratliff, Lease Acquisitions, Kenyon Energy, who presented a revised lease agreement based on discussions with Mr. Zizka and Attorney Dann Timmons. Added were a water testing clause before and after...

Local Business Owners Announce Contest to Win A Christmas Wish

As many of our readers know, I normally write a column about Law & Government.  That is great fun to write and I enjoy the community feedback.  But since this is Thanksgiving week, that means Christmas is right around the corner. There are many...

Wensel Family Donates to Pixley Park

Nelson Twp. - The Pixley Park Committee graciously accepted a $3000 donation from Suzanne Wensel for bleachers at the ball fields in Pixley Park. The money donated by Mrs. Suzanne Wensel was in memory of her late husband Byron. Mrs. Wensel stated that...

Two Grand Richer

Garrettsville - The First Annual TWO GRAND DINNER reverse raffle and silent auction was held at the Sugar Bush Golf Club on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  A packed house enjoyed appetizers courtesy of Glenna and Quentin Spaur, dinner courtesy of Guido’s of...

Ravenna Midnight Madness Shopping Event Friday, November 26, 2010

Ravenna - Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful. After more than 29 years as a family celebration in downtown Ravenna, Midnight Madness has proven it.  It’s that time of year when local merchants stay open until midnight to...

Head 2 Toe Wellness Center Opens in Mantua

Mantua – Just in time to curtail the tendency to pack on cold-weather pounds, Head 2 Toe Massage & Body Work at 4667 Prospect Street in...

Start Your Holiday Fun in Burton this Weekend

Burton – The holiday season is fast approaching.  Historic Burton, Ohio, has so many ways for you to celebrate this magical time of year.  Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 26 as the beginning of all the fun. The festivities start on...

NF Chamber of Commerce November Meeting

Newton Falls - The brief November meeting of the Newton Falls Chamber of Commerce Association was short and to the point. Special guest, Mike Timko of Cortland Computer, took the floor first and discussed how his office could offer technological support for local businesses...

St. Joseph Parish Cookbooks Available

Mantua - Looking for a beautiful gift idea? St. Joseph Church in Mantua has a limited number of their parish cookbooks, “Taste and See - St....

Head Home 44444 The Holidays

Newton Falls - There are lots of exciting things happening with Home 44444 the Holidays! The Jr and Sr high band and choir concerts will take place on December 11th during Home 44444 the Holidays.  The craft show has 111 tables with over 80...

Garrettsville Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Garrettsville – The turkey has been eaten, pie plates hold nothing but the remaining crumbs, Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is yet to come. What better way to start off your Christmas season than to attend Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Lighting...

Could Airport Expansion Generate More Jobs?

Shalersville Twp. - Portage County Regional Airport’s seven-member board of directors dreams about extending the runway to 5,000 feet so that it can accommodate bigger corporate jets. This, in turn, would attract substantial industries to the nearby light industrial park along State...

“The Last Gladiator” Opens Friday

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls High School Drama Department will present the comedy “The Last Gladiator”, by Martin Follose, Friday and Saturday, November 19th & 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The cost is $5.00 at the door. The story takes place in ancient Rome, but you’ve never seen Rome like this before!  While the emperor...

Newton Falls City Council Meeting

Newton Falls - Opinions were made known at Monday’s council meeting, the first open forum since the efforts to recall current mayor Patrick Layshock were successful at the recent polls. All council members were present as well as the city manager, city clerk, and the new law director, but the mayor himself was absent at what is, schedule wise, the...

Literary Musical Club News

Nelson Twp. - The Literary Musical Club of Nelson held the November 10th meeting at the Nelson Community Center. There were ten in attendance and one visitor, Margaret Lapport. This meeting was hosted by Anne Spolarich who put on a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and lots of desserts. Thanks Anne, you always outdo yourself. We were entertained...

News from Newton Falls VFW Post 3332 and the Ladies Auxiliary

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3332 and the Ladies Auxiliary are collecting homemade cookies, non-perishable items, hard candy, sweets but no chocolate, crossword puzzles, hand games and hygiene products to send to our military personnel for the Christmas holiday. If you would like to help donate items, please bring the items to VFW...

Party On!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians and their guests gathered for a festive evening to socialize and give back to the community and enjoy good food and good company and take a chance on Lady Luck and... all kinds of good things at their annual silent auction and reverse raffle, held at SugarBush Golf Club on November 11. Funds raised at...

Schools Now Mandated to Tackle Childhood Obesity

Taking the approach that it certainly does take a whole village to raise a healthy child, the state of Ohio now mandates that schools are somewhat responsible for keeping children from becoming obese. Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 210 -- the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children bill -- on June 10, 2010. The law mandates that school districts implement...

Demolition Of “Project Buildings” Begins

Windham - The buildings, dubbed “the projects” had been constructed in the early 1940’s. They were originally built to house the workers that would flock to the Windham area as the Ravenna Ordinance Plant was getting geared- up for production in the early ‘40’s. The structures, that were designed to last around 10-15 years, had far surpassed...