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Windham – Two-and-a-half years ago the Bicentennial Committee was formed looking to put on the biggest party Windham has ever seen.  Residents and nonresidents alike jumped on board to help make it a commemorative event. They set a budget of $40,000 and started the fundraising efforts. They held Parties on the Green, bake sales, tours of Camp Ravenna, a circus and various other fundraisers before they met and exceeded their goal.
The count down to the party is at less than a week away and the committee, along with government officials, has the village and township looking awesome and ready for the party to get started! The curbs are painted, fantastic-looking flower baskets hung, and the area was given a once over for trash pick-up this past weekend. The town looks better than ever and is ready for the big event, so let’s get this party started!
Opening ceremonies will begin Thursday July 28, 2011 at 5p.m. and will feature Michelle McDowell singing the National Anthem and the opening of the time capsule. The kids will not want to miss The Kids’ Parade with Ronald McDonald, sponsored by Garrettsville McDonalds. These youngsters will be “honored” and treated like royalty. The Kids’ Parade will also have a Kids’ Parade Marshal, chosen during the school year based upon a contest of “What the Bicentennial means to me” They will have live music, a balloon release and a ceremonial cake.
Friday the activities will start up again with tours of the high school, Huber King’s National/ International Carvings will be on display as well as antiques. For the kids there will be Cowboy Andy, Jungle Terry and a kids’ carpentry clinic by Lowes. One can expect to find a music genre that will fit their personal tastes and style, including Blues, ragtime gospel, rock and even Elvis. Friday Night’s headlining band is “Thunderstruck” they are an AC/DC tribute band will begin performing at 9 pm.
Saturday brings the 90-unit- and-growing grand parade, along with a quilt show, car show, dance contest and a dance exhibition by 8th Count Dance Studio. The evening closes out with a Lynyrd Skynyrd headlining tribute band, along with a fireworks and light display.
Come worship with us on the Green on Sunday and close out the party with an ice cream eating contest and the reburial of a new time capsule.
All weekend long one will have the opportunity to check out these on-going events: magical train, old Windham pictures, slide show and videos, Jungle Island petting zoo, bounce house, chainsaw carving, 1811 Militia and artillery living history, Civil War soldiers and so much more. So grab your lawn chairs, kids, and friends and come out and celebrate Windham’s Birthday. This is a party you will not want to miss.

Mantua - The sun shone brightly on Saturday as approximately sixty-five artisans displayed their creations along East Prospect Street during the 3rd Annual “Art On The Hill” festival.  The event, co-ordinated by the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corpororation, included a variety of art as well as pony rides, face painting and food vendors.  Live entertainment was provided by local musicians and dancers. Also held was a Chinese auction with over 100 items available, including handmade art donated by the artisans and product and gift certificates donated by local merchants.

Ravenna – This weekend the southwest side of Ravenna will be a happening place as the Quarter Scale Auto Club (QSAC) racers from all over the country will converge on Freddie’s Hobbies to race their quarter scale vehicles on his track. (Quarter scale race cars are approximately 1?4 the size of a standard car hence the name quarter scale) Quarter scale radio controlled vehicles will race on an asphalt oval and compete for points to qualify for the national championships. This race in Ravenna is one of six qualifying races held throughout the country each year where racers compete for points.
The race will attract approximately 60 racers from around the country with folks coming from as far west as California and Arizona, and from as far south as Florida and Alabama, along with the states in between. The racers are expected to start arriving as early as Monday for the weekend event.  Qualifying races will begin Friday and the finals will be held on Saturday. The race follows all QSAC rules and regulations set for the 2011 racing year.

Quarter scale enthusiasts say they are just “boys with their toys” and after watching them one would have to agree. Their toys are a bit bigger than their childhood ones and somewhat more expensive but it is all about the playing. One told me that they just love to compete; they are a friendly bunch of folks who love the sport and who are more than willing to help the newcomer learn to love the sport as well. Don’t get me wrong, they are serious but not so much that they won’t help out a newbie.
Freddie’s Hobbies holds races every Saturday but not point races. This week’s races are a big national event that is considered a point race while their traditional weekend race is usually just friendly competition.  The weekly races usually start at 1pm.
What do these guys get for all that racing?  Big Bucks, right?  Well, not exactly. They get bragging rights and a trophy. These guys are in it for the love of the sport, not the prize money, especially since there isn’t any.

Freddie’s Hobbies is located at 100 Romito Street Unit A Ravenna, where owner Freddie Miavitz manufactures and sells quarter scale vehicles. He also sells radio-controlled planes, helicopters, and small rockets, along with puzzles and just recently obtained a permit to sell guns. He also has parts, fuel and many accessories.  Questions about the race schedule and times or about Freddie’s Hobbies can be directed to Freddie at (330) 296-4354 or visit him on line at www.freddieshobbies.com.


Garrettsville – Just in case you haven’t perused the Book of Genesis lately–Chapters 37 through 47–you might want to attend the Curtains Up Theatre production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”  It’ll give you a whole new perspective on this segment of the Old Testament and some catchy tunes to help remember the story…and the characters( Like, for instance the names of the twelve tribes of Israel : Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Napthali, etc.) and a whole lot of colors (Red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and so on and so on…plenty more).  Steve Hart, an Australian robber and horse thief, once toasted “a short life and a merry one,” well, this is a short musical and a merry one, plenty of energetic dancing and singing, a plot that one can follow, a good pit orchestra–not too loud, not too soft–entertaining costumes…what’s not to like?What started out as a sort of Sunday School exercise for illustrating different musical genres (Think : western, Elvis, calypso, French, etc) became a lively, upbeat (even with the principal character in prison part of the time) show that’s great for kids and adults alike, both   as audience and as performers.  The youthful cast–only one old geezer (Sorry, Jeff) as Jacob–is full of energy and really gets into the choreography as well as the singing.  The narrator, Emily Osmeloski, sparkles through her presentation and Ryan Scott as Joseph manages to convey not only the reason that his brothers tried to commit fratricide but also how a person may change and grow and dream of amazing things…any dream will do.Friday and Saturday, July 15 & 16, 7:00 p.m., James A. Garfield’s Iva Walker Auditorium.  Don’t miss it

Nelson Twp. - Prior to their regularly scheduled July 6th meeting, the Nelson Township Trustees reviewed and passed the 2012 budget that had been presented by Dave Finney at the June 15th meeting. After a review of the prior meeting minutes, Dave Finney presented the June bank reconcilliation and warrants 20630 – 20654 for review and payment. Due to an increase of 33-1/2% for the township’s medical  insurance premiums a special meeting with Ellerhorst Insurance and a representative from the insurance carrier will be held on July 19th at 1 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting will be to review the  current policy and discuss at options to help with cost containment.  This meeting will be held at the Community House. There will be a public hearing prior to the regularly scheduled July 20th trustee meeting regarding a proposed amendment to zoning laws pertaining to the storage of motor vehicles on vacant land.  Road supervisor Chuck Vanek reported that they will begin mowing along the township roads and the hot patching will begin on Monday. After some discussion pertaining to the bids received for the chip-and-sealing of several township roads and the service garage driveway, it was decided to put the project back out for bid and to include the grooming of the roads in the bid.The trustees voted to accept the bid from Ace’s Well Service for the drilling of a new well at the service building.  Mike’s Electric was awarded the contract to bring the Community House up to code.  After a recent fire inspection it was noted that there are several items in the building which need to be repaired to bring the building up to code.  Trustee Leonard brought the  Nelson Food Bank topic to the table.  It was proposed that the food collected be stored in the upper level of the community house.  Both Turos and Wilson voiced their concerns – both were against using the community house for the storage and distribution of the food items.   At this point the group of people working to establish the food bank will continue to look for other options.  The trustees will be reviewing the current regulations pertaining to the use and rental of the Community House.   With the increasing number of requests to utitlize the facility, they want to be sure that all of the critera and fees are in alignment. Scout Josh Seink from Troop 65 presented his Eagle Scout service project proposal to the trustees.  Seink provided his plans, including financial information, to the trustees for approval.  Seink would like build a picnic table and two benches for the Pixley Park pavilion.  After some discussion about building the items from treated lumber or TREX material, and the cost related to both, the trustees approved a motion to accept Seink’s proposal and to provide the treated lumber for the project.  The ball field at Pixley Park   is booked four nights a week.  Plans for an outbuilding to store equipment and dugouts are currently underway. The next meeting will be held on July 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Community House.   All are invited to attend and get involved.

Burton – In these days when good customer service is hard to find, David and Mary Anne Lamppert are keeping the concept alive and well at Hill Hardware.  Hill Hardware is a place where people who want to fix things can go to find the parts they need.  Items are fixable here, not just disposable.
David is an industrial engineer by trade, so his expertise in many areas helps him help his customers find just the right part or tool to get the job done.  In fact, many of his customers come there to get his advice.  The Lamppert’s bought Hill Hardware in 2007 and are enjoying the experience.
When David was a child, he and his father, on Saturday morning would make the trip to Chagrin Hardware and search for parts and tools they needed to complete whatever project was to be done that weekend.  David enjoyed those trips so much, he put it in the back of this mind that someday he might want to own a hardware store.  Then while shopping at Hill Hardware one day, he noticed that there was a for sale sign in the window.  He went home and discussed it with Mary Anne, then discussed it some more.  Finally, they decided to give it a try.  David was getting “tired of making other people’s widgets” and with Mary Anne’s bookkeeping experience, it seemed like a great fit.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Hill Hardware is located just north of Burton Square at 14545 Main Street.  Their phone number is 440.834.4471.  They are open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 6 pm, on Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm and closed on Sunday.
One customer commented that this “is a real hardware store.”  The space may be small, but every inch is utilized to supply customers with the items they need.  Just a few of the items they offer include: sanding belts, seeds, water filter cartridges, terminals, glues, locks, clamps, bolts, nails, hooks, bulbs, plumbing supplies, electrical components, yard tools, paints, stains, housewares, sandpaper, lawn mowers, light fixtures, pulleys, auto parts and so much more.  Mary Anne’s “side of the store” includes greeting cards, handmade cutting boards, locally made soaps and artwork.  She has several local artisans who display and sell their goods there.  If you don’t see something you need, it can be special ordered.
Mary Anne explained how the community has supported them and how they try to support the community back by being involved with the Burton Chamber of Commerce and in other ways.  The Lampperts embrace the idea of providing local businesses and local residents with this resource.  The pricing is extremely reasonable also because the overhead is not as high as the big box stores and that savings is passed on to the customer.  You may have to wait a little longer at checkout but the wait will be worth the service you get.
Hill Hardware also offers other services such as knife-sharpening, key-making, screen-making and repair, pipe-threading and glass-cutting.  They also carry stove pipes for wood stoves and hardened bolts for farm equipment.  This is a full service hardware store with a small town appeal.
At Hill Hardware, customer service is not just a marketing concept but a way of doing business every day.  David and Mary Anne are the real deal and Hill Hardware is too!

Garrettsville – The First Annual 5K Run /1 Mile Walk for kids cancer research was a smashing success as the Summerfest committee presented a check for $2450 to Friends of Melana. The $2450 presented was the proceeds from this year’s race and will be used to fund research for this horrific disease. The race, which was held during Summerfest, was a benefit for kid’s glioma cancer in memory of Melana Matson who left us all too soon.

The event attracted 120 runners and about 40 walkers willing to put the sneakers on for a good cause. At 9am sharp the gun sounded and the runners were off. A few minutes later the walkers hit the streets with the event lasting about an hour. After the last runner returned the times were tallied, and the race awards were presented. The runners and walkers then converged on Slim and Jumbos for a post race party. This year’s race was organized by Windham high School Senior Jacob Vaughan with the help of a former Boston Marathon runner, Diana Morris and timer Jim Chaney.

These three handled pre-registration, timing of racers, mapping out the route coordinating the sheriff, local officials, marketing the race and working with the SummerFest committee to make the event successful. Plans for next years event are already in the works and the committee looks forward to making next year’s race bigger and better. Next year’s race is tentatively scheduled for June 24, 2012.  The group, Friends of Melana (FOM), was originally a prayer support group for the Matson family while Melana was under going treatment for the disease. In October of 2009 Melana earned her angel’s wings, so the group shifted their focus in 2011 from a support group to a fundraising group. FOM are committed to raising funds for Glioma Cancer research.

The group has a fundraiser mystery dinner slated for September 10, 2011 at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall, with the doors opening at 6pm. The dinner will be catered by Special Moments Catering and the mystery will be presented by the Curtains up Theatre. There will  be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction at the dinner as well. Tickets are $40 each and are available at Miller’s Restaurant and Huntington Bank, both are in Garrettsville. One may also call 330 527-5720 for tickets or more information about the dinner.

Hear ye, hear ye! The Land of Avaloch awaits thee! Leave your 21st century cares at the gate and immerse yourself in the enticing 13th century where you may be escorted safely on your way by a brave knight, guided along the path with helpful whisperings of a friendly faerie, or jump onboard a pirate ship and take a swig from a pretend pint while singing songs of the sea with your mateys.“Don’t Travel Far, Travel in Tyme!” and be instantly transported to the storybook world of the romanticized Middle Ages, by way of The Great Lakes Medieval Faire, located just off the modern Rt. 534 in Geneva. Open each Saturday and Sunday until August 14th with a different theme for each weekend, the Faire opened by temporarily morphing visitors into their “better” selves to participate in the Alter Ego Time Travel Experience. Celebrate Christmas in July, medieval style, during the Medieval Christmas Yuletyde weekend (July 16th – 17th), dodge a dragon or two with Fun, Fire & Fantasy (July 23rd – 24th), don a favorite eye patch and lock up the lassies for the Pirates Invasion (July 30th – 31st), dig out your old schoolgirl kilt in honor of the Celtic Celebration (August 6th – 7th), or choose sides between the Barbarians vs. Romans (closing weekend, August 13th – 14th). Tickets for adults are $22 at the gate (buy in advance online and save a few dollars) and children are $6. Can’t decide on just one weekend to visit? Season passes are available at $50, valid for the remaining ten Faire days. Another option that lets you go more than once but won’t make you feel like you were hijacked by a caravan of gypsies is the weekend pass, to be used one consecutive Saturday and Sunday, available for just a few dollars more than your original gate ticket.Gates open at 11am with a welcome ceremony led by the royal family at 10:45. Once you are cordially invited into the forest, wander along the rambling paths and see what, or who, might enchant you. With stages set up throughout the forest, there are plenty of shows for every taste. Though some fan favorite acts from ages past did not return this year, there is still enough to keep guests busy for an entire day and then some! An ample offering of entertainment and artisans with their hand-crafted wares provide such a bounty to see and do it’s hard to know where to start. For the wee ones, take some time to frolic in Fairyland where kid-friendly crafts and “The Frog Prince” can be found. A word to the wise: not every show in the kingdom is for ears of all ages, so mind the ratings posted on parchment at each venue. Looking for good “clean” fun? Visit the Washing Well Wenches at the intersection of Fairy Dust Lane, Queen’s Road, and Washing Well Way, but be ready to loudly applaud your approval or else beware of the flying wet laundry!The main event of this season involves the classic story of Romeo and Juliet whose love is being torn apart by their families. Lady Capulet, the requisite evil stepmother of this fairytale, challenges the young, charismatic Romeo to battle it out in a live-combat game on the life-sized chess board. Will Romeo’s friends help him to win victory and Juliet’s hand? Or will the Capulet clan prove successful in keeping the star-crossed lovers separated for good? Will this tale end in tragedy just as the well-known story did? Or will the ending be rewritten to see love triumph all? You’ll just have to see it for yourself to find out! Bonus: the women in this realm aren’t about to let the men be the only ones who know how to wield a sword. Watch in amazement as the chess pieces come to life as handmaidens, seamstresses, a playwright, and even Lady Capulet herself show the men how it’s done!Whatever entertainment you have chosen to enjoy, or vendors you have visited, finish the day by heading over to the Drift Inn and join in the Pub Sing sanctioned by the King and Queen. Raise your flask, mug, glass, bottle, or jug in a toast of camaraderie to old friends and new, rest for those in the past and a safe journey for those ahead.Tips for when you go: Parking is free in the field by the main castle gates. Handicapped accessible parking is available.Pack a picnic to enjoy at your tailgate or if you want to dine with the dukes and duchesses you’ll need to exchange some green for the local currency, Avaloch notes. Once your pockets are filled with these “Purple Pounds” you can fill your senses and your stomach with a wide array of traditional medieval fare fit for a king, or sweets and treats fit for a queen. Non-alcoholic drinks are available at many different vendors and take note that several offer discounts if you buy a souvenir cup and have it refilled all day for a lower price. Piper’s Pub, for instance, sells an authentic-looking glass bottle that entitles the holder to $1 refills for life, and as a bonus it won’t clash with your garb!Though food and drink can only be bought with those purple-backed notes, many of the artisan booths do gladly accept the green or even “Lady Visa, Master Card, Lord Discover, and New World Express” as payment.You may bring a four-legged friend if desired, however they must be registered at the gate and are not permitted near the festival animals or up close to the stages, for the protection of your pet (read: flying swords) as well as for those performing.For detailed information or for directions, visit http://www.medievalfaire.com. Travelling by tyme machine does have its perks: It’s faster, the destination is so much cooler, and as an extra bonus, no luggage restrictions or TSA agents. See you in Avaloch!

Portage County – As always, the office of the Portage County Board of Commissioners remains hopping with activity.  The tax budget awaits public review as well as the slashing of fiscal reality.  Of course the final budget will not take shape until December. The Board has recently made appointments of individuals to serve as volunteers on various boards.  These include the Geauga Ashtabula Portage Partnership (which administers Workforce Investment money), the Portage County Airport, and  PARTA.  Although these votes are often unanimous, the PARTA appointment was quite controversial and was not unanimous.  As always, the Board invites new applicants for these positions.  A complete list is available on the official Portage County website or by contacting the office.  I encourage everyone to do so, as it is a great way to participate in government.The discussions  about a new Kent Court House  continue.  Obviously no discussions of blueprint or other details can meaningfully  move forward without this decision.  Commissioner Smeiles supports a land swap to acquire a $980,000 parcel.  I believe we should build it on the land that the county already owns.  We anxiously await Commissioner Frederick’s decision so that discussions can proceed with a new site or that we can choose one of these and continue the planning process.Finally, the Board has considered implementing a project that would make us the first county in Ohio to do so.  The idea is to video record our meetings and stream them live to the internet.  Many of our citizens have work or other obligations during the day and are unable to see what is happening in their government.  This project, if we can find an appropriate funding source,  would bring our meetings directly to people.

Windham – This year’s summer reading club for kids at the Windham branch of the Portage County District Library is a hands-on garden club. The youth service Librarian Michele McGing wanted to teach children about raising their own food. McGing was able to enlist the help of student volunteers from Hiram College to help build the raised gardens. The Renaissance Family Center willingly donated the space for her project, along with some muscle. The garden, located in the “enclosed triangle” of the building, is protected from vandals and animals. The construction began on the six raised beds, with the soil being donated by Schwan’s landscaping. McGing and Pastor Fred Youngen wheeled load after load of dirt to the garden until planting time.   The garden club has youngsters as young as 6 years to the eldest of 13 years old learning how to grow their own food. The student planted green beans, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, Swiss chard, yellow squash and zucchini. The kids planted the garden and now they maintain it by weeding and watering the crops each week. McGing stated that many of the kids had never eaten fresh garden-grown veggies, let alone grown them. So this is giving them an opportunity to learn how to raise their own food. The kids are learning to grow the produce without chemicals as well.The club meets each week where they weed, water, read books about gardening and work on a craft that has to do with gardening. Some of the crafts the kids have made are: labels for their garden, and bird feeders. The kids learned about composting, organic gardening, how to design and create a small container garden. They discussed plants that attract butterflies, xeriscaping, pressing and drying flowers and nutrition. Many of the activities are designed to reinforce what they have learned from books.  Upon the completion of the program, a nutritionist will help the kids examine recipes and learn how to create a healthy meal from their bounty. The students will cook the meal for their families at the end of the program.  The remaining produce will be divided up among the students to take home with the excess being donated to the local food bank.

Windham Twp. – Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly-scheduled July meeting at the town hall. The meeting was brought to order by chairman Dann Timmons who announced changes in the format of the meeting. Due to complaints from residents, the minutes will no longer be read aloud, however a limited number of printed copies will be available at the meetings. The trustees also will work from a printed agenda. The trustees approved the minutes as presented by the clerk. The chairman recognized guest Lynnea St. John from the Bicentennial committee who requested that the gazebo steps be repaired and the leaves around the base of the structure be cleaned  up before the Bicentennial celebration to be held later this month.  Timmons said they would pass on the information to the maintenance department.  Roads:  Trustee Wirick stated that he checked out all the township roads and they are all in good shape.  Cemetery news: The ground has dried out from the spring rains so the footers are finally poured for graves that needed them. The cemetery roads drainage problem has been resolved and they will begin the road work soon.Zoning news:  Timmons said he had communications with the zoning board on the changes to the code and asked them to come up with a top ten changes that are being made to the code and have them ready to be addressed at a public meeting to be held soon. Two of the areas in the zoning that are in question are side set backs and frontage issues. Questions were raised through an anonymous letter about vacant, bank-owned, neglected properties. After some discussion the board agreed to contact the banks about upkeep of such abandoned properties. A resident wanted to address the board about the progress they have or haven’t made with the drainage issue on Wolf Road. Timmons stated that because the village owned the right of  way, they would have to address the issue with the village.  Village Council woman Rininger was present and stated that she believed the village was addressing the issue and would get back with the resident.  The board then approved the proposed budget for the year. Discussions were held on the lighting project for the township Green. Mr. Timmons stated that the mayor of the village approved the specs along with the zoning permit, so the work will begin on the project. (The township Green is located within the village and must comply with the village’s ordinances.)   After a motion was passed to pay the bills, the meeting was adjourned. The trustees meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the town hall.

Newton Falls – The reunion was held June 17th at Faces Down Under in Newton Falls. This brought back memories because in 1956 the Manos Theatre stood where Faces is now located. After a period of socializing, all gathered at their tables for prayer given by Jim Paisley.In remembrance, names of our deceased classmates were read. A thank you was extended to classmates and guests for coming from near and far to celebrate this special time together. A delicious buffet dinner was served after which the class picture was taken. Our program was given by one of our classmates, Art Dunn. He gave an interesting talk about his experience walking 335 miles from Cincinnati to Pennsylvania, a twenty-two day walk. This was a healing time for him in memory of his wife Doris, also a classmate of ours. Questions were answered and we had a few laughs, which made for a nice time. Gifts were handed out to all classmates after which visiting, reminiscing and looking through memorabilia continued. The classmates and guests thanked the committee for all their hard work planning this special time. What a wonderful way to spend the evening with our long time friends from the “Class of 1956”.

The James A Garfield Class of “1961” celebrated their 50th class reunion at Roby Lee’s Restaurant in Newton Falls on Saturday June 18th. There were 63 in attendance, 38 of those being classmates.

Each classmate received a certificate of congratulation from the Superintendent, Charles Klamer and the Board of Education, an engraved “class of 1961 50th ” key ring, a pink rose (the class flower) and a children’s book authored by classmate Mary Jo (Minnick) Stiffler.

The evening began with the invocation and welcome given by classmate Regina (Lejsek) Kochar of Kowloon, Hong Kong. A delicious buffet dinner and the sharing of many photos and memories followed.

Classmates attended from Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Hong Kong,
All those in attendance had a very enjoyable evening. The celebration continued Sunday, June 19 with a picnic at the Freedom Town Hall and pavilion.


The Trumbull County 4-H program is hosting a summer camp from July 31 – August 6 and all youth are invited to attend.  The summer camp will be held at Camp Whitewood in Ashtabula County and campers do not need to be 4-H members – all youth age 9-14 years old are encouraged to attend.
Campers will experience a week of activities focused on the theme: “It’s a Jungle at Camp Whitewood”.  Campers will do Deep Into the Jungle and participate in campfires, go on a Safari Hunt and find clues to a scavenger hunt, participate in the Jungle Jiggy and learn new games and dances, get a visit from Jungle Terry and get involved in the Jungle Splash, an afternoon of water games.  Campers will go on hikes and learn about animal and plant life, learn about shooting sports, do hands-on craft activities, learn how to canoe, and there will be plenty of time to go swimming.  Campers will also have an opportunity to go outposting, which is sleeping outdoors in a small tent and making their own dinner and breakfast.
For parents, camp means children will reside in cabins with 10-12 other children and two trained teenage counselors.  Camp is managed by OSU Extension staff, trained volunteers, and permanent camp staff.  A nurse is on duty the entire week.  Campers will also receive nutritious and tasty meals and plenty of snacks.  Parents can also send care packages to their campers from the camp store.  Finally, parents are invited back on the last day (August 6) to share a pancake breakfast with their children before packing up and heading home.
Does camp sound like something you are interested in?  Trumbull County 4-H Camp will be held July 31 – August 6 at Camp Whitewood, located in Windsor, OH (Ashtabula County).  Cost for camp this year is $230, which includes three meals a day and a snack prepared in accordance with sound nutritional guidelines, lodging in cabins with bunk beds, restrooms with flush toilets & showers near by, and activities and crafts.  Registration applications can be obtained from the OSU Extension Office, located at 520 W. Main St. Suite 1 in Cortland, 44410, (330) 638-6783 or by going online to http://trumbull.osu.edu F 4-H Youth Development F 4-H Camp.  Registration applications and a $100 deposit are due July 18th.  Registrations will also be accepted after July 18th; however a late fee will be assessed.
Remember in 4-H we are here to make the best better.  4-H Camp Whitewood is a great way to make the best better for you and your child; because, camp gives kids a world of good!!

Burton – Herbert Hoover once said “The supreme purpose of history is a better world.”  As each generation grows older, history does become more important as it connects us to our roots and grounds us in our present.  Northeast Ohio is full of history and one such historic place is the Welshfield Inn.  With land donated by Jacob Walsh, Alden Nash built the inn during the 1840s.  It was originally called the Nash Hotel and was a frequent stop on the two-day stagecoach trip from Youngstown to Cleveland.  When you walk in the front door it is hard not to imagine finely dressed travelers enjoying a refreshing afternoon repast or socializing over a fine dinner after the day’s travels.
A few decades later, the facility became part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.  Over time the building has housed a school, a barber shop, a post office and was the social center for the community.
In 1946, Brian and Pauline Holmes became the proud owners and renamed  it the Welshfield Inn.  The Holmes’ owned it for over 45 years.  In 2007, the SKHM Group bought the inn and renovated, restored and re-opened it.  In 2010, they bought the church next door and turned it into a banquet center.  There have been many changes to the property over the years, but the commitment to the community is the one thing that has not changed.
The Welshfield Inn is located at 14001 Main Market Road (State Route 422) in Burton, Ohio.  Their phone number is 440.834.0190 and their website is www.welshfielddining.com.  They accept reservations, but walk ins are always welcome.  The staff at the Inn is more than happy to meet your needs; whether it is a casual meal with friends, a rehearsal dinner, an anniversary, birthday, an after-golf meal or any other occasion, they will accommodate your wishes.  Larger parties from 20 to 250 are also welcome. If you have a special request, be sure to call them and they will work with you to make it happen.  Bob Peterson, the General Manager, has over 20 years in the industry and knows how to make customers happy.
Toby Heintzelman, Operations Manager for SKHM, explained that they “love being part of the community” and try to use local products whenever possible.  They offer lunch and dinner seven days a week along with a locally-famous Sunday Brunch.  The varied menu offers salads, sandwiches, lunch entrees, appetizers, dinner entrees including seafood, beef, chicken as well as comfort food.  The original cinnamon roll recipe from the Holmes’ is still part of the menu today. The Executive Chef, Amber Schuetzman, makes sure that there is something for everyone and every price range.
Other dinner specials include Monday’s $5 Burger Night, 2 for $40 dinners (an appetizer, two dinners and a bottle of wine) on Thursday, Friday night fish fry, once-a-month wine dinners, in addition to the Sunday brunch.  The cooler weather in the fall beckons with clam bakes outside. Other specials and discounts are available from time to time on their website and in their on-line newsletter.
If history’s purpose is to make a better world, the history at Welshfield Inn makes the world a better place and definitely more tasty. Be sure to stop and enjoy the view from the beautiful front porch.

Mantua – Sign up now to Run, Pedal and Paddle to support trails and conservation! Presented by the Portage Park District Foundation, the Headwaters Adventure Race is a fun event that starts and ends at Buchert Park in Mantua Village and features a 2-mile run on the Headwaters Trail, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 5-mile paddle on the Cuyahoga River.  Racers can go solo or as part of a 2-person relay or all-phase team.  Race fees are $40/person ($25 for 18 and under) and include a T-shirt and post-race refreshments.  Limited boat rentals are available; kayaks for $10, canoes for $15.

“This is a terrific way to support the parks and see some beautiful places in Portage County”, said Kurt Ruehr, Foundation President and race official, “the race isn’t as difficult as some other triathlons, and the last leg is paddling downstream!”

The run portion includes the Headwaters Trail, a flat hike and bike trail.  You’ll cross the Cuyahoga River and pass Marsh Wetlands Nature Preserve, then return to Buchert Park to pick up your bike (or tag your relay partner) for a 10 mile bike ride crossing the watershed divide, between the Lake Erie and the Ohio River watersheds.  The route passes historic homes and conserved farms, forests and wetlands, with great vistas from some of the highest points in Portage County. The paddle route starts at Camp Hi Canoe Livery on the beautiful Upper Cuyahoga, a designated State Scenic River, and will pass conserved forests and floodplain habitat with a diversity of plants and wildlife.

Awards will be given to the top 3 relay and all-phase teams, the top 3 male and female solo racers and first place in each age category.  Stay for the day and enjoy Mantua’s “Art on the Hill” with dozens of arts and crafts booths, food and music.
The Headwaters Adventure Race is one of three in the “Crooked River Adventure Race Series” including the Black Squirrel Triathlon and Brady’s Leap Adventure Race, with prizes available for the top 3 combined times of all 3 races for all-phase teams and solo racers.
For more information, online registration and a Google map of the Headwaters Race route, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org, or call the Park District at (330) 297-7728.

Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) voted at their latest meeting to withdraw from the Portage Trail Conference (PTC) effective in 2013-2014 school year. The district will enter the Northeast Athletic Conference (NAC) which is comprised of small schools like Lordstown, Bristol, Southington, and Maplewood. Superintendent Gregg Isler stated that “It was a bittersweet for me because I am a graduate of Windham schools and have deep ties to the PTC.” He also stated that “The league has been very good to Windham but we needed to do this for the kids.” The declining enrollment in the district and the rapid growth in the PTC played a role in their decision. Isler stated that  the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) increasing the number of volleyball games and basketball games played each season by two will ensure Windham will still be able to play rivals like Garfield. This was an important factor in the decision. When asked if he thought the rivalry with Garfield would die with the two schools not in the same conference he said he didn’t think it would change anything. The change will not go into effect until the 2013-2014 school year.
In other board news, the board approved a contract with the teachers’ union. Principal Chaffee stated that they have a good relationship with the union and was pleased that an agreement was reached. Superintendent Isler stated that earlier this year the district had 24 proposed layoffs to balance the districts budget. After retirements, elective class adjustments, and staff adjustments the board announced that they only had to R.I.F. (Reduction in Force) two employees. The BOE was able to re-instate music and band at 70% of what they had and choir at 50% of what they once had. They were also able to re-instate art for the junior and senior high schools.

The BOE accepted the resignation of Elementary Principal Joanne Brookover, and the retirements of Claudia Hoover, and Sharon Versch. One year contracts were awarded to Principal Mike Chaffee, and Technology Coordinator Brian Shanower both effective August 1, 2011. Other contracts issued were Diane Ewing as head cook, Robert Kujala as Director of Special Services/Assistant Principal, and Jeff McCune, Maintenance/mechanic.

The BOE meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm at the high school.


Geauga County – The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans meet the cost of summer cooling.
The Summer Crisis Program assists households with at least one member age 60 or older, or one member with a medical condition that would benefit from continued electric service. Assistance is for a onetime payment of not more than $175.00 toward the electric bill. A disconnect notice is not necessary.
Geauga County Residents may apply for the Summer Crisis Program at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon from July 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011. Eligibility for assistance is based on the emergency criteria and income guidelines. A household whose total income is at or below 200% of the 2011 Federal Poverty Level guideline may be eligible.  Household income is defined as the total gross annual income before taxes (minus exclusions) of all household members, except earned income of dependent minors under 18 years of age.
Applicants will need to provide primary electric and heating bills, regardless of account status, physician documentation of medical condition (if needed) and social security numbers for all household members along with income documentation.
Funds are limited and application must be made in person. For additional information contact Geauga County Job and Family Services, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 440-285-9141.

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Public Library is currently featuring Hand Portraits 2011 in the 2nd floor Palmer Meeting Room.  This is the 2nd year for the collaborative project between the Newton Falls High School Visual and Language Arts students and volunteers from Allan Dell Assisted Living. The Visual Arts students interviewed residents and then posed them for hand portrait photographs based upon things of special significance. Students from the Language Arts Department then wrote poems which were joined with the photographs to create unique glimpses into their lives.
In the lobby display case is the spectacularly beautiful “Relay for Life 2011” quilt created by Diane Kennedy. The quilt made up of more than 1000 pieces, also includes the names of individuals touched by cancer. Assisting Diane, were Debbie Zambino who cut many of the pieces by hand, Diane’s mother Esther Sammon who pinned them, and professional long-arm quilter Linda Bailey.
While at the library, pick up the schedule of events and programs. Newton Falls Public Library hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, and closed Sunday and Monday. More information about free library programs and hours is available at the Newton Falls Public Library; 204 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, phone 330-872-1282, or view the library’s online calendar at www.newtonfalls.org.

Come to the Garrettsville Library to see the “Tales From Around The World” collage in the Children’s Room. Local artist, Ken Zander, has graciously donated his time and talents, and he has nearly completed the collage, now on display. Inspired by this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) theme, Zander will create more sculptures, so visit often and see all the many wonderful pieces come together.
Portage County District Library’s service spotlight for July is SearchOhio. Can’t find what you need in our library catalog? Try SearchOhio, an Ohio public library resource sharing consortium, allowing you to request items from participating Ohio public libraries. You can request books, DVDs, CDs, and more. Generally, books and other print items are checked out for 21 days and DVDs are checked out for 7 days. The loan period for other items is determined by the owning libraries, and all items are renewable if no one else is waiting for the same title. This is a free service brought to Portage County residents by the Portage Library Consortium
Begin by searching the Portage Library Consortium’s online catalog. Click the SearchOhio button at the top or bottom of that page. The catalogs of all the partner libraries will be searched. You will see a record for the item you searched or a list of similar titles. Click on the title of the item you wish to request. If you start by logging into your record first, you will still see the SearchOhio button when you search our catalog. Return your items at any Portage County library or Library Express book return. The library will send them back to the proper library. For additional FAQs on this free service, visit www.portagelibrary.org and select the SearchOhio icon.
You can visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for all your entertainment needs. Place holds on the newest bestsellers, DVDs, and CDs; download free audiobooks and eBooks; or find out more about other library services. Everything’s here- and it’s all free!


Hiram – Instead of spending summer vacation playing video games, Hiram College wants to teach kids how to design and build their own video games. This summer, Hiram College has partnered with TECH CORPS to offer students in Portage County the opportunity to participate in TECHie Camp.

TECHie Camp is a full-day, week-long technology experience designed by TECH CORPS, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. The over-arching goal of TECHie Camp is to assist students in making connections between the technology they love to use and the educational and career opportunities associated with the creation of this technology.

“Most elementary and middle school students are enthusiastic users and consumers of technology; they hardly remember a time when there was no internet, cell phones, or digital media” said Lisa M. Chambers, National Director and State Director (OH) of TECH CORPS. “Our objective in developing TECHie Camp is to put students in the role of creating and designing with technology–not just using and consuming it.”
Last year, only 2% of ACT-tested high school students in the US indicated a career interest in Computer Science. Through the development of engaging after-school and summer technology programs, TECH CORPS works to inspire more students to pursue technology-related educational and career pathways.


Mantua - The DMRC has planned one big, big Celebration of the Arts for you! On Saturday, July 9 from 10am-5pm, East Prospect Street in Mantua will be transformed from a throughway to Mantua’s 3rd Annual “Art on the Hill” street festival. Both both sides of the street will be lined with 50+ artisans selling and diplaying their works of art.
There will also be a Chinese auction with over 100 items, including handmade art donated by our artisans and product and gift certificates donated by our local  merchants.
Carnival foods and your not-so-typical foods like fruits dipped in chocolate and  pure Ohio Maple ice cream cones will await you.
Live entertainment will take place from the beginning til the event’s  end. Scheduled for your enjoyment are:
10am-11am Steve Radcliff (Guitar Duet)
11am-12pm Brent Simon (Keyboard Solo)
12pm-1pm Marty Hura (Acapella Vocal Group)
1pm-2pm Roy Pancost & Friends (3-Piece Jazz Band)
2pm-2:30pm Laura Fedor (Vocal Solo)
2:30pm-3pm Lorraine Dennison (Aurora School of Dance)
3pm-3:30pm Carolin Newell (Square Dance Group)
3:30pm-4pm Heather Ristau (Solo Dance)
4pm-5pm Steve Vanderink (Solo Vocal)
There will be hand led pony rides for the younger attendeees as well as kids crafts and face painting.
New this year will be door prizes such as $25 gas cards donated by Haylett’s BP  Cornerstore and a gift certificate to and donated by Jake’s Restaurant (simply fill out an entry at the DMRC booth)!
For more information about this event, contact Christine at 330-414-6486  communityjournal@yahoo.com or Becky at 216-990-5086, bbjnewell@neohio.twcbc.com
“Art on the Hill” is located just 2 miles north of Ohio Turnpike Exit 193/Rt. 44  (Prospect Street intersects with Rt. 44 in Mantua).

Garrettsville – A hit commercial in 1975 featured a catchy jingle about America’s favorite things: Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie & Chevrolet!  Nearly 40 years later, a Chevy dealership in Garrettsville has resurrected the feel-good spirit of that tune.In a generous move that goes beyond typical village-sized philanthropy, Bruce Abraham of Garrettsville’s Charles Auto Family provided 453 tickets to an Indians baseball game in Cleveland for players in the Garrettsville Hot Stove Baseball League, their coaches and their families. It began as a simple civic gesture in honor of his late father, Charlie, who passed away May 21. It grew to become Garrettsville’s night to shine in the city lights, thanks to a legacy of Abraham-style goodwill.

On June 18, the large and enthusiastic Garrettsville contingent paraded in uniform around the baseball diamond during the pre-game show at Progressive Field. Then Hot Stove League President Phil Britton met with Charles Auto salesman Bo Childress, Scott Barnard and Indians mascot Slider at home plate. There, with the scene projected in lights on the huge overhead banner, a $500 check was presented from Charles Auto Family to Garrettsville’s Hot Stove Baseball League.To make the big night out on the town even more memorable, the Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-to-1. Then, after the game and fireworks show, Donnie Iris & The Cruisers and Michael Stanley & The Resonators put on a rock concert to close out the night.“It was really special,” said an enthused Bo Childress. “I’m going to be 62 years old, but I felt like a little kid out there on the field, taking it all in. It was unbelievably generous of Bruce to purchase all those tickets. But he just shrugged and said, ‘It’s what my dad would have wanted to do’.”According to Bruce, he got a call about a month ago with a request that he sponsor 8-10 baseball players to attend an Indians game and get their picture taken on the field. “But how in the world was I supposed to choose just a handful of kids from the entire league?” he recalled. “I couldn’t do that, so I opened up the opportunity to all the players and their families, as a tribute to my dad. I expected to take 50-100 people to the game; but I ended up taking almost 500!”Britton said, “Everyone was very excited about the opportunity to go and be able to be in the parade. They were all shocked when they heard that the tickets were free and they could take their whole family. A good time was had by all…”“As it turned out, it was a beautiful night for baseball…” Bruce said.  “Nothing could have turned out better except that I wasn’t able to attend myself. I was out West with my son, motorcycling.”

The Charles Auto Family has supported the baseball league for 50-some years, ever since Charlie Abraham established his auto dealership in Garrettsville back in 1957. Britton said that, in addition to presentation of the $500 check the night of the game, the dealership also donated 10 ball buckets and 10 equipment bags to the league. In addition, they offered a free baseball clinic that league players attended in May at the Cleveland Indians stadium. To Bruce Abraham, it’s just another way to give back to the community.“We’ve always stood for family values, and I can’t think of a better way to do so,” he said. “We do this because it’s the right thing to do.”

Freedom Township – The regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Hammar at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2011, immediately following the public hearing. In attendance were Trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector and Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present were  Harold Cain, Charles Duffield, Dan Grafton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hawkins, and Stan Lawrence.The minutes of the June 2, 2011 regular meeting were approved as presented.During the public comment section Mr. Hawkins asked the trustees for an extension on a project he is working on. Mr. Derthick noted that Mr. Hawkins is in violation of our zoning resolution, dating back to mid-November of 2010. This has been referred to the Prosecutor’s office. Mr. Hawkins was granted one extension which has expired. The violation involves a number of vehicles on the property, and Mr. Hawkins said he is trying to get rid of them; they are for sale. Three have no plates and do not run; two have plates and do run. Mr. Derthick said the process is slow and as far as the zoning office is concerned, they want the Prosecutor’s office to follow their standard procedure. Mr. Hammar pointed out that this will give Mr. Hawkins additional time. Mr. Zizka said we should let it run its course; Mr. Martin and Mr. Hammar agreed. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins then left the meeting.Mr. Lawrence presented a proposed amendment to the Zoning Resolution which had been approved by the Zoning Commission at their public hearing held on June 15, 2011: Amendment #1 Add §416.0 Outdoor Hydronic Furnace Regulation.Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka, to accept the recommendation of the Zoning Commission to amend the Zoning Resolution. Motion carried. Mr. Martin made the motion to set a public hearing for Thursday, July 21, 2011. It was pointed out that this will be past the 30 day deadline. Mr. Martin moved to amend his motion as follows: to set a public hearing for Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall to review the proposed amendment to the Zoning Resolution, with the Regular Trustees meeting to immediately follow the public hearing. Mr. Zizka seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Zoning Report: Mr. Derthick said they had issued one certificate for a deck. He mentioned the “all boards” meeting held recently in Nelson Township with Mr. Meduri in attendance, and asked if the board of trustees would like to entertain an “all boards” meeting for Freedom Township. Mr. Hammar suggested we ask Mark Finamore to attend. Mr. Martin agreed with the concept but said that when we had opportunities in the past, few people chose to attend. Mr. Zizka said it would be nice if the trustees and zoning, as a group, were all on the same page. He added that he doesn’t necessarily see that such a meeting would require Mr. Meduri’s presence but he was open to any suggestions. Mr. Derthick said that Mr. Meduri is part of the process. Mr. Duffield said he didn’t think the trustees should go out of the county and pay somebody $100 an hour to interpret our zoning resolution. Mr. Martin and Mr. Hammar will check with the Zoning Commission and Board of Appeals to see if they are interested in an “all boards” meeting and  will go forward from there.     In response to a question from Mr. Zizka, Mr. Lawrence said the Zoning Commission is looking at regulations for internet cafes.Roads Report: Mr. VanSteenberg said they started mowing, and also did patching on Vaughn, Hewins, Vair, King and Slagle. They cleaned out Mrs. McCoy’s culvert, cleaned out the ditches on both sides of the culvert, and hauled all of the dirt. No dirt was piled on the bank. The trash drop-off resulted in 4 dumpsters of trash, 1 of tires and 1-1/2 of scrap metal, for which we received $842.40. Work is delayed on Goodell Road because Luli’s grader is out of service.Cemetery Report: The rope broke on the flag pole at the Freedom West Cemetery; it was repaired with new rope, snaps and cable at a cost of $150. Mr. Hammar said he looked at some of the leaning headstones and they do need some attention. Mr. VanSteenberg said they can take care of this in-house, as they have in the past. Mr. VanSteenberg said Burrows would look at the pump at Drakesburg Cemetery, which is not working. Mr. Hammar said a resident complained about plant hangers being stolen from a grave in Drakesburg Cemetery. Everyone agreed with Mr. Zizka’s comment on how nice the cemeteries looked for Memorial Day.Park Report: Mr. Hammar said the park committee met and discussed an Election Day raffle. He said everyone’s help is needed, to give the park committee direction and to encourage others to get involved.Fire Report: Mr. Martin provided a handout detailing the June 14 District Meeting with regard to personnel and maintenance matters. He reported that to date we are the only department in Ohio to use both of the Ohio Fire Academy’s training trailers (Mobile Search & Rescue Lab and the Flash-Over Lab).EMS Report: Mr. Zizka said the open house held in May ended up $200 under budget. They are getting ready for SummerFest. The Association is working to apply for a 501C3 non-profit status. They would like to get a power washer and install air conditioning in the building. In response to a request from a nonresident to forgive or in some way modify the bill she received for $700 for transport, it was decided we cannot reduce bills for non-residents.In new business, Mr. Martin had asked that the topic of Town Hall Pavilion Rental Fees be put back on the agenda. After considering the fact that the trustees discussed this at length at the beginning of the year, and decided in February what the policy was going to be for the year, he was having second thoughts about the decision to not charge a fee. With no disrespect to the donors, he thinks we should stay with the decision made earlier in the year. The pavilion has been rented several times and no one has complained about the rental fee. Mr. Zizka contacted other townships and quite a few of them have no pavilions. Those that do, charge a rental fee. Mr. Martin said that the majority of the time the pavilion would be open to the public free of charge but if someone wants to reserve it for their exclusive use, they should pay a fee. Mr. Martin made the motion to rescind the motion passed at the June 2 meeting (6-2-11.7) and to reinstate the policy set in February of this year; i.e., to set the rental fee for the town hall pavilion at $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents, with  corresponding security deposit. Mr. Zizka seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Mr. Martin further suggested that all fees should be discussed and set at the organizational meeting in January of each year.  Mr. Grafton said the trustees should feel honored that a pavilion was donated to the township and should abide by the donors’ request that there be no charge for township residents, only a refundable deposit.Mr. Zizka attended the NOPEC grant workshop on June 8 and our township was awarded a plaque for participating in the “Powering our Communities” energy grant program. The plaque will be displayed at the town hall.Mr. Zizka said that the members of Bethel Springs had renovated the flower beds at the church building and they would like some mulch to put around the plants. Mr. Hammar added that Bethel Springs also volunteered to paint the trim on the front of the church and around the sign. Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Hammar, to allow the members of Bethel Springs to paint the trim on the front of the church building and around the sign. Mr. Zizka suggested that the township supply the paint. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Zizka will get the mulch and paint.Unfinished Business: Mr. Zizka said we are still waiting for information from Mr. Miller regarding the town hall porch work.Mr. Derthick will check on the Vaughn Road property (trailer). Mr. Derthick also stated that the POD unit on S.R. 88 will be removed.Mr. Hammar reminded everyone that the Community Picnic will be held August 21. He would like to have crafts and music. Both churches will be invited to participate, we will ask the VFW to conduct the flag ceremony, and the township will furnish chicken, the same as last year. At Mr. Hammar’s request, Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka, authorizing Mr. Hammar to place an ad in The Villager asking for participants for the Community Picnic.Mr. Zizka said he had tickets printed for the picnic table raffle, drawing to be held at the picnic on August 21. Detour Drive-Thru and S&K Sales & Service will post a flyer and also be selling tickets for the event.During the meeting, warrants #5595 – #5608 in the amount of $5,065.96 were presented to the Trustees for approval and ordered paid by signature. There being no further business, Mr. Zizka made the motion, seconded by Mr. Martin, to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 pm.


Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association gathered at Roby Lee’s for their June meeting and continued the discussion on how to bring more members into the group. Appropriately, the agenda started off  by welcoming two new members: first, representatives from Warren Township were acknowledged as a recent addition; and secondly, yours truly became an official member as an independent advisor for Lia Sophia, a jewelry company with a home-party business model similar to Tupperware and Avon.For current members, a reminder was given that yearly dues are, well, due. A list of businesses that have not paid up by the May renewal date was announced, with the conclusion that if the fees are not sent in by July 15th then the Association will assume those businesses no longer wish to be members. Those who have spaces on the sign near Route 5 are especially encouraged to renew promptly.In old business, the NOACC application is still underway. The Association expects to be set up as members by the end of June. Joining NOACC is one of the ways in which the NFACA is making providing more benefits for its members a priority. Plans for the citywide garage sale are in full swing. As a reminder, the dates for the sale will be August 5, 6, and 7. Registration forms have been available in previous editions of The Villager and can be accessed online through Facebook – search for Newton Falls Community Wide Yard Sale. Early Bird Registration (by the end of June) is only $5 and that covers the permit, placement on the map, and event advertising. If registering in July, the cost is $10. Take note: in Newton Falls, residents are always required to obtain a permit to have a garage sale. Permits for this weekend’s event are only issued through the Yard Sale Committee, so if you expect to have a sale that weekend, you MUST have a permit by contacting Linda Nord at 330-872-7788. In new business, Home 44444 the Holidays has been scheduled for December 10th. A planning committee will be forming soon.In lieu of a formal City Manager’s memo, appreciation was extended for those who attended Relay 4 Life over the weekend.There will be no Association meeting in July; the next gathering will be the annual member picnic in City Park on August 9th at 6pm.

Newton Falls - This past weekend the main street of Newton Falls was blocked off for the first of many much-anticipated summer events. The Annual Car Show, celebrating its 25th year, parked hundreds of shiny vehicles smack in the middle of the town’s business district and invited attendees to cruise and peruse the glossy, glittery and sometimes even quirky automobiles while radio tunes reminiscent of the eras represented played on the warm, summery air. Over a hundred equally shiny trophies were awarded in various categories ranging from general groups to class specific.Traditionally coinciding with the Car Show, the First Christian Church held their Strawberry Festival, tempting show-goers to take a break for a treat of shortcake with ice cream and, of course, scrumptious strawberries. Amusement offerings and assorted snacks were available from various vendors to make the experience suit most any expectation.Proceeds from Saturday’s Car Show and Sunday’s Bike Show will help fund the Fourth of July festivities quickly approaching next weekend. The parade is set to start at 10am on Monday, the Fourth, with the carnival and other entertainment activities at the park by the Community Center throughout the afternoon. The Independence Day celebration will conclude with fireworks at 10pm. Throughout the rest of July, more music will waft through downtown as the Summer Concert Series strikes a chord in the gazebo near the waterfall. Look for exact times and scheduled acts posted soon.Starting off August with a bang for your buck, the Newton Falls Community-Wide Yard Sale is August 5th, 6th, and 7th. In its 4th year, the Yard Sale planning is under a new committee and it’s sure to be the best year ever! Residents interested in participating by having a sale that weekend need to either check out the Facebook page by the same name or contact Linda Nord at 330-872-7788 for information. Registration forms have been available in recent issues of The Villager, or are posted in several area businesses and are due no later than July 22nd. Don’t be late – it’s going to be great!Though you’ll probably shop ‘til you drop, save some energy for the rest of August’s activities and plan ahead to attend the 2nd Annual Arts in the Park fest, a creative outlet held on both sides of the waterfall later in the month. The festival encourages hands-on arts to “do” not just “view” and provides many different ways to express one’s imaginative side. The end of August will see another event in its second year as the squad members of the Newton Falls Joint Fire District attempt to take the softball trophy – and bragging rights – from the Newton Falls Police Department in the 2nd Annual Battle for the City. This year the spectator stands are open to the public and donations will be accepted to benefit the USO. The first pitch is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at 4pm with a rain out day of September 4th. So save the date and come support your favorite first-responders as they take to the field!

Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year Award honorees for 2011 are Lt. Dale Korman of the Windham Police Department, third from left, and Lt. Gregory Johnson, third from right, of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. Joining in the presentation are, from left, Joel Mowrey, Ph.D. , associate director of the MHRB; Windham Police Chief Gene Fixler; Portage County Sheriff Dave Doak; and Major Dennis Missimi of the PCSO whose leadership helped establish the CIT program in the County.

Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year Award honorees for 2011 are Lt. Dale Korman of the Windham Police Department, third from left, and Lt. Gregory Johnson, third from right, of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. Joining in the presentation are, from left, Joel Mowrey, Ph.D. , associate director of the MHRB; Windham Police Chief Gene Fixler; Portage County Sheriff Dave Doak; and Major Dennis Missimi of the PCSO whose leadership helped establish the CIT program in the County.

Portage County – The 2011 CIT Officer of the Year Award went to two veteran law enforcement professionals who were among the first trained in Portage County in the national crisis intervention program.Lt. Dale Korman of the Windham Police Department and Lt. Gregory Johnson of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office received the recognition from the Mental Health & Recovery Board and the Portage County Police Chiefs’ Association.The annual award is given to a law enforcement professional who demonstrates the values and principles of the national Crisis Intervention Team training. The training provides police officers and other professionals who work in the legal system with the tools and knowledge to work with persons in crisis who may have a mental illness. The training’s goal is to ensure the safety of the person as well as that of the officer.Nominated by Sheriff Dave Doak, Lt. Johnson successfully completed a Summit County class in 2002. “I have always tried to put myself in the position of the person I am dealing with and try to treat them as I would want to be treated,” Johnson explained. “The CIT training gave me the tools to help me understand the emotional issues facing a person in crisis and to also to be compassionate in helping them deal with those issues.” Lt. Johnson worked in his family’s business until 1994 when he went through Ohio Peace Officer’s Training. He then joined the Portage County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy. Now Chief of Detectives, he related that CIT training gave him a new level of confidence when dealing with people in crisis. He is also a Taser instructor and has advanced training in investigations for homicides, response for domestic violence and handling high profile trials.“CIT reinforces the fact that as a first responder, we cannot forget the impact our words and actions can have on a person.  We can never forget the influence we have in helping a person make the right decision.  Our conduct can make the difference in a person choosing life over death,” Johnson said.Lt. Johnson, a Brimfield Township resident, said his goal is to continue to provide dedicated service to the citizens of Portage County.“This is a job where you get personal satisfaction from the things that few people ever see.  Sometimes it is a thank you, sometimes a hand shake, sometimes even a hug.  Going home knowing that you made a positive impact on someone is what counts.  The public recognition is nice but it is the personal ones that keep you going no matter how rough it gets,” he emphasized. Nominated by Windham Police Chief Gene Fixler, Lt. Korman has been a commissioned officer for 14 years. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, earned a degree from Kent State University in 1986 and is also a graduate of The University of Akron Police Academy. He was hired in 1995 as an auxiliary officer of the Tallmadge Police Department and then joined Windham Police in 1997.His life-long goal has always been to help people and he vows to continue to serve as long as he is able.A resident of Atwater Township, Korman is a firearms instructor, detective and criminal investigator for the Windham Department, a TASER instructor and has received state and local Anti-Terrorism training. He successfully completed CIT training in Summit County in 2003.“CIT has given me a better understanding of how to deal with people who are in crisis and need help,” Korman explained.  “It has taught me that anyone can need help at some time or another and that most people just want to be treated with some kindness or respect.” ??He knows the training is effective when he sees a resident he has worked with who thanks him for the way a situation was handled. “Unfortunately, due to the transient nature of the residents, I seldom get to follow up, but those who I have had the opportunity to help have been appreciative,” Korman added.?Other officers honored with the award have been: Sgt. Andy Suvada of the Streetsboro Police Department who was also Ohio CIT Officer of the Year in 2008, Officer Michquel Penn Officer of Kent State University Police Services in 2009 and Officer Jeff Futo, also of KSU Police Services, in 2010.

A Villager reader and collector of dime novels and series books, recently bought an odd piece that seems to have originated in Garrettsville, Ohio.This collector is not interested in selling the item ~ just  having fun trying to research the author and the history surrounding the item.  The owner writes that “the item is either a tiny and primitive dime novel or some variation of a chapbook (or something between the two).   It’s about 6” by 4.5” or so.  The seller had connected 1870’s to it but I’m not sure, although I would be willing to bet it is late nineteenth century.”   “The author and publisher was Elmer Shaw and I did locate an Elmer Shaw from your area who lived from 1862 to 1926.   A person of similar name was mentioned as a seller of “tin-ware” in a nearby town.    And although hard to read, the artist’s signature on the cover may be Katie Shaw.”If anyone has information, please contact the Villager at (330) 527-5761, we will be happy to pass along the information to the book’s current owner who would ultimately  like to date the printing and learn about the author/publisher.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a buggy? Did you know that not all buggies are the same? Now you can experience the simple life in an authentic buggy at Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack.Harry and Karen Bontrager own the horse and buggy that will take you through scenic Geauga County at Ma and Pa’s.  Harry and Karen have lived on Geauga County for all of their lives and are raising their three children here.  Their horse’s name is Good n’ Free, she “Came from the race track.” says Harry, “She is always sticking her tongue out and making faces at the visitors she drives.”  Karen shares, “Not all buggies are alike; there are many different styles of buggies.  The buggies with the roll-up curtain windows are here in Geauga County. Some settlements have sliding doors, mirrors and fenders; each community or settlement has their own style.”Sit back and relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer still ahead, or book a beautiful Fall trip at Ma and Pa’s with a buggy ride.  Ma and Pa’s is located on US Route  422 in Troy Township. From the 1820’s log cabin you will board the buggy and ride a half hour (three miles) through the woods, fields, and backroads of Geauga County. Chat with your friends or feel free to ask Harry and Karen about their horse and buggy.Experience the simple life again!  Buggy rides run through October. Weekdays, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Ma will be scooping up hand-dipped ice cream. What a refreshing way to spend a summer day!  For reservations call Ma at 440-548-5521 or visit their website at www.maandpas.com.


Garrettsville - Everyone who attended last weekend’s 2011 Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having a delicious meal.) However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners:
$1,000 cash First Prize John Sedensky $200 cash Second Prize Len & Patty Hall $100 cash Third Prize George Burton $100 cash Fourth Prize Weston Orlowski $100 cash Fifth Prize Vi McCarty Toro Lawn Tractor Dotty Meadows 43” Plasma Flat Screen TV Elaine Sluka Gas Grill Warren Campbell Lottery Wreath Rose Bartlett Step 2 Basketball/Football Set Dolores Painley Step 2 Home Kitchen Ron Matusky Rigid Shop Vac Lou Stepic Fun Family & Feast Package Sean Vesey Shopping Bonanza Package Tina Gibson Fine Dining Package Jackie Kable Car Care Package William Voytko Quilt #1 Toni Evers Quilt #2 Lavada Farris Afghan #1 Brian Gorby Afghan #2 Joe Leonard Baby Basket Megan Ryser Rocker Kathryn Trzeciak Fourth of July Basket Donna Chinn Prayer Shawl— Afghan K. Stapleton Prayer Shawl—White Christmas Tree Al Ackley
Even if you did not win anything at the festival, we sure hope you had a great time.  If so, then we all went home winners!

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society extended a thank you to the proprietors of Chic-N-Shabby for assistance rendered and put out a call for costumes for the Vintage Photo Fair to be held at the Garrettsville SummerFest.  (A success for both events).  The trip  to the Hudson Library and Historical Society was also adjudged interesting and definitely worthwhile.  Volunteers for the photo op were recruited;  a tentative schedule was outlined. Posters and flyer proposals were checked out, other prep work as well.  A grant application to the Hiram Community Trust has been submitted for acquiring microfilm from the Ohio Historical Society.The building will be open for Cruise Night on July 16, possibly for vintage photos as well.The Appraisal Fair arrangements are on-going; public relations (information and flyers) will be distributed soon.  All attic explorers are urged to come to get a local expert’s best estimation of what some of their newly-uncovered treasures might be worth.  A professional appraisal firm operating out of Delaware, Ohio (Garths) has indicated interest in becoming involved at a future date.  Things are moving forward…or backward, if you count the antiques, for the event to be held at the  James A. Garfield Middle School on August 20.  Trash or Treasure,  that is the question.  Come to find out.  Family pieces and family stories all have their interesting points but remember,      “Nobody really cares what your Grandma had except your Grandpa.”

Literary Musical Club (LMC) held their June meeting with a covered dish picnic. As usual the food was good and plenty of it. Thanks to Alma Jones for being such a nice hostess. It’s a shame only half of our members attend. Our business meeting was short with not much happening. We did decide on a Christmas fund raiser. Our program was put on by Jeanne Pfeiffer.  The art of “quilling”. She gave a nice presentation with lots of samples for show-and-tell. Maybe she’ll come back and give a class. Next meeting will be July 13. Special recognition was given to Margaret Clapp. She is our oldest member and her name has been on the membership since back when she was a teenager a good 75 years ago. She was presented with a music box. She has always been an active member. Thanks, Margaret, for being you. Our visitor was Rosemary Angel from Delaware.

Newton Falls – Each year AMVETS Post 112, Newton Falls Ohio provides scholarships to the students at Newton Falls High School. As a not for profit veterans organization we rely on fundraising events to be able to provide this service to our community. Our annual golf outing is going to be held this year at Riverview Golf course on Saturday, July 16th with an 8:30 AM shotgun start. The cost for the four person scramble is $65.00 per person ($260.00 Team), which includes 18 holes of golf with cart breakfast donuts and coffee, hot sausage sandwich at the turn and a steak dinner following the round. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place along with closest to the pin, longest drive, longest put, 50/50 and many more. Please make checks payable to AMVETS POST 112 ICO Scholarship Fund. The first hole in one on #18 will be the winner of a Chevy Cruz from Cole Chevrolet Newton Falls. Golf hole sponsorships are still available for $50.00, please contact Daniel Reece at (330) 727-4737 or AMVETS POST 112 at (330) 872-9014 for more information.

Hiram - Well, maybe you won’t hear.  The Hiram Community Band…the Hiram Community Fourth of July Band, is looking–almost in vain so far–for band members, musicians on just about any kind of instrument to play at 4:00 on the Fourth in front of the Frohring Music Building on the Hiram College campus.  Final practice is on Friday, July 1 in Frohring, starting at 6:45.  Come on down! Limber up your lip; flex your fingers, break out the bifocals so you can see those itty-bitty notes.  Get out your red, white and blue to celebrate the day.(Listen, the first rehearsal had one clarinet, one saxophone, one trombone, one–semi-functional–trumpet, a French horn, two flutes, a tuba …and me, whaling away at the bass drum.  A triangle player is desperately needed…among other things.  Come on, give it a shot. It’s fun and it’s a thirty-odd year[some years were very odd] tradition that doesn’t deserve to die)  You can do this!

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

Rides, food, games and great music were on tap for the evenings. The youngsters were anxious to check out the rides while the adults were just ready to chill out after the work week. Mr. Speed, a KISS tribute band, brought the crowd to life as they rocked out the night. Those with a more mellow taste in music chilled out with classic rock by the Boys are Back. Rain drops cancelled the adult canoe races but shortly after the races were put on hold, the town was rewarded with a rainbow. Was this sign that the rain was over? Capping off the evening was the Parade of Canoes with lighted, decorated canoes cruising down the creek. The view from the boardwalk was awesome!

Early Saturday, folks were arriving with pies in hand, vying to be named best pie baker in the region. The tractors began rumbling through town around lunchtime drawing record-breaking crowds to the festivities. Youngsters and seasoned folks flocked to the sidewalks to see the wonderful machines. Approximately 200 tractors wowed the crowd as they rolled through town.

Wedding bells chimed at SummerFest as Jennifer Brown became Mrs. Harry L. Cales Jr. in a ceremony co-officiated by Rev. Dreama Adkins and Mayor Craig Mosier. Prior to the wedding event attendees were also privileged to watch Noreen and Bill Siegner say “I Do” a second time around as they renewed their wedding vows a few days shy of their 30th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to both couples!

Throughout the day, crowds continued to build and stayed long into the evening as they rocked the night away with Thunderstruck and Bringing Benatar. The evening closed with a dynamite pyrotechnic display, that left everyone ooing and ahhing.

Hundreds sacrificed sleep Sunday to run/walk in the first annual SummerFest 5krun/walk for the glioma, kids cancer in memory of Melana Matson. The race was on and awards given just in time for the grand parade line-up. The grand parade hit the streets with parade marshals Hallie and Irv Higgins leading the way. Canoes took to the water with a few folks who struggled to keep their boats upright, leaving a few soggy paddlers scrambling to find dry clothes.

Cloggers, took to the stage as they danced the afternoon away, inside and outside. The dancers competed in a dance contest after they performed on the streets. Ronald McDonald, Aaron Bonk and Jungle Terry kept the kids entertained with their acts while the adults were busy staking their claim for the Garrettsville Idol Contest and to hear if they won the raffle for The Chevrolet Cruze or $20,000.

The festivities came to a close, with Eric Juskiw becoming this year’s Garrettsville Idol and Jan Andrella declared the winner of a 2011 Chevy Cruze or $20,000 in cash.

This year’s SummerFest was sponsored by Charles Chevrolet-Buick, Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services and the Weekly Villager. The festival is traditionally held the last weekend in June at the corners of S.R.82 and S.R. 88 in downtown Garrettsville.

Photos from the event can be found at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com

Members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary took a field trip to the wilds of the Hiram College Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd to be enlightened on the scope and purpose of the operation of the facility.  One of Hiram College’s curricular centers, its focus is on the Study of Nature and Society, and its director is Matt Hils,  professor of biology at the college and the presenter of the program.

Study of Nature and Society encompasses the history of the various views of Nature, either in the Biblical understanding of humans in the world, the Wilderness outlook, the aspect of Conquest, the Romantic perception, the Dawn of Conservation, the Aldo Leopold land ethic or the warnings of Rachel Carson through the New Millennial Environmentalism and business practices with a Sense of Place.

The Field Station itself began with the late Professor James Barrow who arranged for the acquisition of some three hundred eighty-four acres in 1967.  Since that time the majors offered involving the station have grown from simply environmental studies and biology to areas involving education, research, conservation…nearly any course of study that can be linked to interaction of people and their environment.  There are programs offering courses, seminars and public outreach.  There are co-operative ventures involving outside agencies such as the Akron Zoo, the Portage County Park District, the Audubon Society, CWRU in both natural and built environments.  There is research in topics such as endangered waterfowl and forest ecology.  Support has been broad, including the Ohio Prairie Nursery, with special appreciation to the Frohring Foundation over many years.

Continuing areas of interest and study include Exploring Today’s New Standards, Is the Environment a Valid Overhead Expense?, Geothermal Heating & Cooling (currently in use at the center), increasing the protection of the Silver Creek Watershed.  Friends of the Field Station offer frequent programs and activities at the station and in the surrounding community.

The question of  “Nature and Society…Part or Apart” is being asked and answers considered every day at the Hiram College Field Station.



Troy – Bargains galore will be available as the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual community yard sale on June 24 and 25.    To help bargain hunters prepare for this year’s sale, the Troy Chamber of Commerce will make available copies of the listing of participating sellers and locations available this weekend, June 18 and 19.  Information will be available at the east entrance of the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road (US 422), Troy Township.

Residents throughout the community will hold sales at their own homes and offer a variety of items including clothing, household items, furniture, tools, toys, books/DVDs/CDs, electronics/TVs, antiques/collectibles, and lawn and garden items.  Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25.

For more information call Ken Zwolinski at 440-834-1293 (days) and 440-834-4520 (evenings).


Windham – The W.V.F.D. (Windham Volunteer Fire Department) Joint Fire District Board held their monthly meeting for June recently.

The chairman Dann Timmons opened the meeting.  The minutes from May were approved as read. The board also approved the May bank reconciliation and expenditures.

Fire chief Mike Iwanyckyj presented purchasing options for a generator for the fire station. The chief state that the generators they were looking at would run on natural gas and depending on which size they purchased they were looking at $9200 and $14,000 for a generator. Questions were raised on availability of natural gas if there was a disaster verses the available of gasoline and if the natural gas generator could be easily converted to use other fuels. After reviewing the options the board made no decision and will take the information under advisement.

The chief said that truck # 2815 was in need of tires and Kauffman Tire gave him an estimate of $1181.34.  After some discussion it was determined to purchase tires from Kauffman Tires in Ravenna.  The district’s van also needs tires due to dry rot and the chief will present a price as soon as tires can be located. It appears that the tires on the van are obsolete and finding suitable ones have become a challenge.

The grass fighter needs new nozzle, but because they are difficult to find and pricey he recommended switching out the pump, hoses and nozzles to a more readily available model would cost $750 verses $1000 for just the nozzles. The chief said he could do the work and get all the parts at the hardware store.  The board approved this measure.

Other items the chief requested were the repair of two pagers, replacement parts for a helmet, repair of two walkie talkies, and a pair of fire boots. The board approved these requests. The chief recommended the appointment of Jonathan Hoffstetter as fire fighter/EMT, after some discussion the board approved the appointment. Other items discussed were the carnival success, the construction date of the “lounge room” at the station and 10 mile residency rule. No decision was made on the residency rule. Iwanyckyj also announced that the new rescue squad expected date of arrival is approximately late July or early August.

The fiscal officer said she had received the village’s Haz-Mat bill for 2010 & 2011, she stated that in the past each entity (township and village) paid their own and the township has paid theirs for those two years. She also stated that she has sent it back to Haz-Mat to bill the village. After some discussion the board agreed to assume the Haz-Mat bills for both entities starting in year 2012.

Lastly, the fire district would like to thank the person who prefers to remain anonymous for their work on the handicap walkway at the fire station. They also wish to thank Mr. Altiere for the handicap signs.

The next fire board meeting is the July 14th at 7pm., prior to the July meeting the fire board will hold a public hearing on the budget beginning at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to all meetings which are held at the fire station.


Garrettsville – Summer is here at last and everyone has started making their vacation plans and other things they want to accomplish over the summer commonly known as a summer bucket list. What will be on your bucket list this summer?  One event everyone should have on their list is Garrettsville SummerFest held June 24-26, 2011 in beautiful downtown Garrettsville.

The event is three days of jam-packed activities, including live entertainment, parades, canoe races, contests, carnival rides, games, fireworks, Garrettsville Idol and even a wedding.   This year’s theme is “The Biggest Game in Town” will have a ‘Vegas flair and promises not to be a gamble.

The headlining bands are Mr. Speed, a KISS tribute band and Thunderstruck, an AD/DC tribute band. The KISS tribute band will take the stage at 9 pm Friday and rock the night away. Mr. Speed promises all KISS fans that they will not be disappointed. The band has 16 years experience delivering exactly what KISS fans expect, a fantastic show with all the favorite songs. One can expect to see costumes from the late 70’s era along with lights and everything else you may remember about the band. If you’re a KISS fan mark you calendar for June 24, 2011 and come out to SummerFest and hear this fantastic band.

The other headliner act for the festival is Thunderstruck, an AC/DC tribute band. Thunderstruck will perform on Saturday night featuring all your favorite songs that the original group played. The band is very accurate in reproducing the sights and sounds of one of the greatest rock bands, AC/DC. Lead guitar player Ricky “Young Angus” Miller is the star of the show, a great Angus Young impersonator, his energy and electrifying fingers on his guitar are incredible. Once you see Thunderstruck you’ll agree they can’t be beat. They will be on stage on Saturday starting at 8:45 p.m.

Three parades roll through town over the weekend. The event features a parade of canoes on Friday Ohio’s largest tractor parade on Saturday and a grand parade on Sunday. All will be a sight to behold. Speaking of canoes, one can watch or paddle in a variety of canoe races held throughout the weekend. Canoes and life jackets will be furnished.

Those of you, who enjoy contests, consider getting involved by baking a pie, eating a hamburger/ ice cream cone or even snapping a picture of your favorite pet. The pie baking and eating contests are on Saturday. The Pet Idol photo must be submitted to the committee by Thursday June 23, 2011. Entries can be dropped off at Middlefield Bank at 8058 State Street Garrettsville. Some of these contests award cash prizes to the winners. Go to www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com for more information on prizes, deadlines and rule for the events.

Everyone is cordially invited to the wedding of Jennifer Brown and Harry L. Cales Jr. on Saturday at 3pm. Come and watch Jennifer walk down Main Street to the SummerFest stage and exchange vows with her true love, Harry on stage during SummerFest. A first time event that is sure to be a hit.

Garrettsville Idol is the featured entertainment event on Sunday. Twenty-four contestants will compete for cash prizes and vie to be named Garrettsville Idol 2011. Following the Idol contest the car/ cash raffle winner will be drawn. The winner has the option of choosing a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze or $20,000. Car raffle tickets are available at most Garrettsville businesses and will also be available all weekend long during the festival. Prior to the festival, the car raffle tickets may purchase at a special price of 6 tickets for $100 or $20/each. Once the festival begins, all tickets will be $20/each.

Therefore, mark your calendars and plan on being a part of the greatest weekend of the summer by attending Garrettsville’s SummerFest.

This year’s SummerFest is sponsored by Charles Chevrolet-Buick, Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services and the Weekly Villager. The festival is traditionally held the last weekend in June at the corners of S.R.82 and S.R. 88 in downtown Garrettsville. More information can be found at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com


Ravenna – There’s a dilapidated old house on Crown Avenue that’s been through fire and abandonment. It was all but forgotten, if not for becoming a more noticeable eyesore. But thanks to the generosity of Ravenna attorney Tom Bird, the vision of Councilwoman Amy Michael, the social service support of Family & Community Services CEO Mark Frisone, and many others…this house is not only undergoing complete restoration, but it’s offering the same opportunity to the homeless women veterans who will eventually live there.

Homelessness among veterans is a growing problem nationwide, with women veterans especially vulnerable to the unanticipated fate. The fastest growing segment of the homeless veteran population is women with children. Women veterans are four times more likely than their male counterparts to wind up homeless, and their numbers are growing, according to a joint report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs released in February. There are an estimated 6,500 homeless female veterans on America’s streets… double the number of a decade ago.

As is the case with male veterans, combat trauma, substance abuse and a difficult economy are the most common reasons female veterans become homeless. Add to that the likelihood of post traumatic stress, sleeplessness and battle injuries. Military sexual trauma and violent abusive relationships also are risk factors for female veterans, according to the government report.

Historically, most homeless shelters for veterans do not accept women, much less women with children, so female veterans who are single parents have been falling through the cracks when it comes to social services.

Women veterans now represent 6 percent of the total homeless population, according to Frisone. That represents 100 percent growth in just three years. Without any housing programs for them, homeless women veterans wind up in shelters for abused women or other homeless people. Unfortunately, these shelters don’t typically offer programs that address the specific needs of veterans.

F&CS operates the White House and the larger Freedom House transitional housing program in Kent for male veterans. Now the Miss Liberty House on Crown Street — donated to F&CS by Bird —  is being renovated to meet the needs of local homeless female vets.

The house, which can accommodate up to three women veterans (or one female vet with children), will be the first facility dedicated solely to female veterans in the region. There’s nothing like this in Summit, Cuyahoga or elsewhere nearby, says Michael, who is credited with coming up with the idea to provide housing for homeless local female vets.

Work began this spring to gut the house and prepare it for complete renovation. Landscaping is under way, as well, as a community service project by the new Leadership Portage County class. A deck, shed and driveway will go in later this month.

About $30,000 has been provided by Community Development Block Grant funds through the Portage County Commissioners toward the $60,000 it is expected to take to rehabilitate the house. The balance of the funding must come from individual donations and public fundraisers. The hope is to get the home fully furnished by throwing a house-warming shower attended by women’s auxiliaries, Girl Scouts and other civic groups. The goal is for a female vet and her family (or three female veterans) to come home to Liberty House this Christmas, says Michael.

A Reverse Raffle featuring a $3,000 prize will be held July 16 at the VFW in Ravenna, co-sponsored by the VFW and American Legion. Meanwhile, supporters may send checks to F&CS, and write ‘Miss Liberty’ in the memo line.

“This is just a start,” Michael says of the effort to curb homelessness among local female vets. “It’s sad that this need is growing. But we’re doing what we can to change that.”

From start to finish, Michael says that Miss Liberty House is a community effort, with countless people giving of their time and resources to make the house a haven for women who have honorably served their country and fought for our freedoms. Now we can fight for them.

Mantua – Miss Beth Frank, presently, the Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph Parish in Mantua, recently received the “Cornerstone of Excellence Award” for thirty years as a Catholic School Educator in the Diocese of Youngstown. This honor was presented by Mr. Wally Dunne, Director or Government Programs and Resources at the Office of Catholic Schools.

Miss Frank was a junior high teacher for sixteen years and an elementary school principal for fourteen years at St. Paul School, North Canton, and at St. Joseph School, Mantua, from August, 1997 through June, 2010.

In addition to her involvement in Catholic Schools, Beth has been a Parish Director of Religious Education in the Diocese of Youngstown at St. Paul, North Canton (6 years), Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora (2 years) and at St. Joseph, Mantua (1 year). Before coming to Ohio, she taught various grades one through eight in Pittsburgh, PA. She says that she has been very blessed with a deep passion and concern for the total education of children, especially at the elementary and junior high levels.

“Involvement in Catholic schools gives all of us teachers and administrators the opportunity to be co-educators with families at a systemic level, in both the academic and religious faith formation of children. Even though these continue to be challenging times for the Church as well as for education, I have loved every moment of these challenges. The blessings, too, are endless and priceless.”

Miss Frank believes strongly in Catholic education. Her own background includes a home where Catholic values were lived, and then continued in a Catholic elementary and two years of Catholic high school. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy and Theology from Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, and a second Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Ursuline College, Cleveland.

After forty seven years of combined academic and religious education ministries, Beth Frank plans to “retire” on June 30, 2011. St. Joseph Parish will have a brunch in her honor on Sunday, June 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Hughes Hall. Reservations are required by Monday, June 20, by sending an email to ktrares@stjosephmantua.com or by calling the parish office (330-274-2253).


Garrettsville – The Village of Garrettsville recently took delivery of a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe from Charles Chevrolet & Buick Inc. in Garrettsville. The new vehicle will be used by Lieutenant Timothy Christopher and K-9 Officer Taz. With much consideration Chief Anthony Milicia and Lieutenant Timothy Christopher had looked at several vehicles to see which vehicle would be the best fit. Being used for a K-9 car, it is outfitted with a special cage, storage, LED Lighting and a automatic climate control system.

Thanks to Charles Chevrolet & Buick Inc. owner Bruce Abraham and salesman Phil Noble for working with the Village to match state bid pricing to purchase the vehicle. Approximately $11,000 from the Drug and OVI Funds were  used to outfit the new vehicle. Pictured left to right Council President Rick Patrick, Mayor Craig Moser, Lieutenant Timothy Christopher,K-9 Taz, Owner Bruce Abraham and Anthony F.Milicia, Chief of Police. Not pictured Salesman Phil Noble.


Beach safety is a must for vacation travelers.

Summertime and the livin is easy;

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high …

George Gershwin wrote these lyrics for the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess.”They seem fitting to many people, as summertime is seen as a time to kick back, relax and enjoy a slower pace.

While summertime is a season to live easy, there are some inherent dangers to summer that can halt plans of fun in the sun. From skin cancer to insect bites, summertime can be dangerous for those who don’t play it safe.

With a greater number of people out and about enjoying the warm weather, the risk for accidents and injuries increases. The National Safe Kids Campaign says statistics indicate children will be rushed to emergency rooms around the country nearly three million times this summer. Higher rates of drowning, motor vehicle accidents and bicycle injuries occur this time of year.

There are a number of potential summertime hazards men, women and children can safeguard themselves against.

Sun-Related Injuries

While skin cancer and sunburn are the most obvious dangers from the sun, there are other hazards as well. Failure to protect the eyes from UV sun exposure can result in photokeratitis, irreversible sunburn of the cornea. While it may cause temporary vision loss, recurrent incidences of photokeratitis can lead to permanent vision loss as well.

Individuals who are exposed to sunlight between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. without UV protection may become sunburned, increasing their risk for skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, this year more than one million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer and about 9,500 people will die from it.

Dehydration and heat stroke are other potential hazards. Drinking plenty of water and other hydrating fluids (not diuretics like alcohol) can keep the body cool and refreshed. Headaches, acting angrily, dizziness, and excessive sweating or cessation of sweating may be signs of a serious sun-related health condition.

Water Hazards

The Maryland CARES Program, which educates health care professionals and the public about pediatric care and safety, offers that drowning incidents increase 100 percent over the summer months. It takes only inches of water to drown a person, especially a young child. Every year the news broadcasts stories of children who fell into backyard pools or adults swept out to sea by choppy waves.

People should never take bodies of water for granted. Swimming only where there is a certified lifeguard can make water recreation safer. Individuals should follow the guidelines posted regarding swimming and avoid oceans when storms are brewing because of rip tides and undertows.

Children should always be carefully monitored around water. Self-latching gates around pools can help deter entry as well as safety covers or retractable pool ladders. Remember, pool floats and water wings (swimmies) should not be used as a substitute for a life vest.

Wildlife Dangers

Just as many people come out of hibernation when the weather warms, so do animals and insect life.

Tick bites are common when the weather is warm. Experts say that the months of May, June and July are peak times for exposure to ticks, which may carry Lyme Disease or another dangerous parasite. Ticks are small and can be difficult to spot. People can do a tick check after coming in from outside, paying careful attention to the areas to which ticks tend to migrate:In ears, in and around the hair, under the arms, behind the knees, around the waist, and between the legs.

Mosquitoes, biting flies, bees, wasps, and other insects are in full force. Using an insect repellent can help keep them at bay and avoid bites.

In addition to insects, animals like bats, squirrels, raccoons and bears are more active in the warm weather. During the time of dawn and dusk deer may be on the prowl for food before the heat of day. People can pay attention to wildlife when driving, hiking or bicycling to avoid altercations.

Most individuals can enjoy the summer if they make safety a priority when planning recreational activities.



Mantua – The 2011 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Grand prizes this year include $5,000 in cash for first prize, a second prize of a 46” cut Cub Cadet Riding Tractor (retail value $2,099.00) courtesy of M & M Services of Streetsboro and the folks at Cub Cadet, and a John Deere 16” Line Trimmer for third prize (retail value $229.00) courtesy of Chagrin Pet, Garden & Power Equipment.  The drawing takes place the last day of the Fair, Sunday, July 17th, at 9:30 p.m.  Winner need not be present.  During the Fair, $100 progressive hourly drawings take place at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. all three days.  Winners must be present for the progressive hourly drawings and winners still qualify for the main raffle.  Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 12 for $10.00.  Printing cost of the tickets was provided by McGinnis Amusements, the Fair’s midway ride company. To purchase Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets, contact any St. Joseph parishioner or the parish office at 330-274-2253.

Trade Booth space is available for the entire three days of the fair. The standard 10’ x 10’ booth rental fee is $375.00. A large booth, measuring 10’ x 20’, is also available for $475.00. Each booth is a lighted, open-sided booth with a canopy style cover (this is not an individual free standing tent). St. Joseph’s will supply one 8’ table and two folding chairs. Trade booths which require special lighting and/or require the use of a vehicle are $550.00. For further information and an agreement form, please contact Jan at St. Joseph’s parish office at 330-274-2253.

Area businesses are invited to sponsor an individual truck or tractor pull at this year’s Ox Roast Fair. Now in its 48th year, the Ox Roast Fair will be held July 15th, 16th, and 17th, and promises to be more exciting than ever with the addition of Friday night fireworks. Get your name out to more than 30,000 people during the 3-day event. Your business will be announced throughout the pull and also acknowledged in the parish bulletin and on the parish website. If you have a banner or sign advertising your company, it will be displayed on the track fence all three days. Banners or signs may be dropped off at St. Joseph Church’s parish office or it can be picked up any time at your convenience. The tax-deductible sponsor’s donation is $50.00 for this year’s truck & tractor pull. For more information, please contact Jan at St. Joseph’s parish office at 330-274-2253.

Pulls are held all three days of the Ox Roast Fair. On Friday enjoy Antique Tractor Pulls (1957 or older) as the Geauga County Antique Tractor Pullers begin this sanctioned pull at 6:00 p.m. (weigh-in at 5:00 p.m.). Putting on quite a show on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Tractor & Semi Truck Pulls take place (weigh-in at 4:30 p.m.). The Ohio Garden Tractor Pullers Association will host the Garden Tractor Pulls on Saturday & Sunday with weigh-in at 10:00 a.m. and pulls beginning at 11:00 a.m. both days (please note that fairgrounds open at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Noon on Sunday). You’ll want to stick around for the thrilling 4WD Pick-Up Pulls beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (registration at 3:30 p.m.).

The 2011 Ox Idol is back again this year with three fun-filled days of selection of Karaoke Contestants 6:00-11:00 p.m. Friday (with a break for the fireworks display), 7:00-11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 3:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday with the finals competition 8:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday. All contestants and the three top winners to be selected from all song slips filled out on each day of the Fair (three individuals and one wild card entry each day).  All Wild Card Contestants to be chosen from all entry slips right before the finals. A total of 12 contestants will compete in the finals for the title of Ox Roast Idol. Entry fee of $3.00 per song slip is required or you may choose to purchase an exclusive “I Sang at Ox Idol” t-shirt for $10.00 which includes the entry fee. The three most lucky and possibly talented performers will win $50-3rd, $100-2nd, and $200-Grand Prize. Don’t miss this spectacular event!

This year’s Fair takes place Friday, July 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16th, from 1:00 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 17th, from Noon to 10:00 p.m.  For a complete look at St. Joseph’s 48th Annual Ox Roast Fair, visit their website at www.stjosephmantua.com/stjosephox.html.



Burton - Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special.

Talk became action when four friends working at a restaurant decided to turn their love of vintage and period pieces into a business.  Off Center was born.  The four, Chrysti Clark, Diane Evans, Jodi Almstead and Sue Skomrock, will “pick” for the best items and antiques at estate sales and other locations.  They also take consignment and handle new things.

In addition to vintage furniture, they have some pretty diverse pieces, such as a 1917 Cornona typewriter with the box and instructions.  They are currently awaiting the arrival of six bentwood chairs from Vienna, Austria.

Off Center is located at 14538 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 10 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4, closed Monday.  They can be reached at 440-834-1020, offcenter145@yahoo.com, or visit them on Facebook.

Anna Peel began her journey to Burton Village from Chesterland.  Peel relocated her Bella Candy, Cards & Gifts to 14542 N. Cheshire.  She carries everyday and seasonal cards, Willow Tree angels, Precious Moments items, balloons, along with Melissa & Doug brand toys.  Gift wrapping is available on site plus she will wrap gifts brought in.

Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate the store because it carries Gorant Candies, along with Jelly Belly and other sweet tooth treats.

Store hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4.  You can visit her on Facebook or call 440-834-1678.

An amazing medium to create in is glass.  Douglas and Daneal Hansel are designing  works of art in glass.  Locally Blown Glass is a glass  gallery featuring their work, work of other glass artists and local artists working in other mediums.

On display in the store are glass vases, lighting, home decor, glass flowers, and sculptures.  They also do commission work for those seeking something individual.  For those who would like to learn how to blow glass, they offer classes.

Locally Blown Glass is located at 14533 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Wednesday 5 to 8, Friday and Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday noon to 4, and by appointment.  To make an appointment call 440-635-0550 or visit www.locallyblownglass.com or Facebook.

These three business join Coffee Corners Coffee & Antiques, Lilac Garden Gifts & Framing, Spring Street Antiques, Hill Hardware, Fezziwigs Baby Gifts,  and AH Christiansons in the business district of Burton Village.  When exploring the shops, a tasty meal can be enjoyed at Tom & Jerry’s Diner, Bell’s Grill or JC’s Restaurant.  Don’t want to leave?

Two Inns, Goodwin House B&B or Red Maple Inn, welcome guests year-round.

For more information on planning your visit to Burton Village go to  www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.


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

The Twilight is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats of a century ago. She has three decks with comfortable dining salons and sun decks with lounge chairs for those who wish to sightsee or snooze in the sun. Entertainment may include a visit from “Mark Twain.”

We do not stay overnight on the boat, so we will be staying at the Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque.

In the morning, before going back on the cruise, there will be time to visit the National Mississippi Museum, the Old Jail Museum, the Fourth Street Elevator or the Diamond Jo Casino. The first and third nights will be spent at the Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf.

On the way home we will stop at the John Deere Pavilion and also have an  Amish style lunch in Indiana. Baggage handling and most gratuities are included.

The cost for this trip is $667 pp ($679 for non-members). For reservations call Nancy Battenfield at 440-729-9684.



Windham – Windham Police are seeking individuals who have an interest in becoming Auxiliary Police Officers.  The unpaid voluntary position will be comprised of a limited number of men and women, over the age of 21.  Other qualifications of the applicant is to have no criminal history, good driving record, and be of good character. Background checks will be conducted. Auxiliary Officers will be uniformed, unarmed, and will assist with traffic control, parades, and assist on limited basis with regular officers on patrol, amongst other duties. Potential candidates must reside in either Windham Village or Windham Township.  Those interested may obtain an application in person from Chief Gene H. Fixler at the Police Department, 9621 East Center Street, or call Chief Fixler at 330-326-2206 for information.


League of Women Voters

Aurora – The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County recently held their annual meeting at Doogan’s of Aurora. The featured speaker for the annual meeting was Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsillio. Seated in front: Doreene McDonald, Tommie Jo Marsillio, Marty Sickinger, and Linda Sieber. In the 2nd row are: Dr. Carol Redmond, Sue Griffey; and Pat Fitzgerald. In the back row are: Jean Thomas, Jean Hogan, Andrea Story, Joan Greig, and Cheryl Chlysta.
Those interested in additional information or membership in the League, please contact Pat Fitzgerald at 330-562-8410.


Garrettsville – Did you notice the flower baskets that have appeared?  While hanging the baskets on the new bridge, Colleen Steele and Barb Bejger, members of the Silver Creek Garden Club,  realized the ladder wasn’t high enough.  While Colleen was afraid to climb onto the railing,  Barb jumped up without hesitation and  hung up three of the baskets. While they were attempting the fourth, the bridge crew came and hung the last basket!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were still looking for students from James A. Garfield H.S. or Windham High School to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp to be held at Hiram College , June 12-16.  Any interested individuals who will be seniors…or even juniors…in the 2011-2012 school year should contact a Rotarian ASAP.  Best bet might be Delores McCumbers at McCumbers-Brady Realty.  Could be a terrific experience.The local group affirmed its community commitment with a donation to the Hattie Larlham Foundation for a memorial honoring  the late Charles Abraham who had been a long-time supporter of the organization.Good times coming : District picnic on June 18 in Akron;     G-H summer picnic on the third Monday in August, likely at Bonney Castle in Hiram on the college campus; the annual reverse raffle fund-raiser in November (2nd Thursday) is already on the drawing board; plans are afoot to enlist the local Boy Scout troop in the fall roadside clean-up; interest in gaining new members–invitation to Dr. Jessica Bittence.
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