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An Environmentalist’s Journey through Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station

Hiram – Starting this month environmentalist Carol Agnew will lead nature enthusiasts on a series of intimate journeys through the woodlands of the James H. Barrow Field Station. Agnew and other outdoor explorers will create nature journals with sketches and descriptions of their treks. Water fowl, trees, turtles, summer plants and their pollinators and other outdoor riches will...

Duke’s K9 Dash N’ Splash Holds Grand Opening

Mantua - You may have noticed a new pool and dock complex on State Route 82 near Roundup Lake in Mantua. But you won’t find any bikini-clad beauties lounging by the tranquil blue water. This is no ordinary swimming pool. The only bathing beauties you’ll find are fun-loving, dock-diving athletes -- local dogs and their owners practicing the sport...

New Library Opens In Mantua

Late last week, Mantua added a new, free resource to the Village when they held a ribbon cutting and officially opened a brand-new Little Free Library in front of the Village Police Department. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, a Little Free Library is a freestanding lending library, where the motto is “Take a book, Return a...

Crestwood High School Class of 2017

Academic Top 10 1.Olivia Jordan Brady* Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 2. Evelyn Pauline Head* Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 3. Emily Taylor Graves Summa Cum Laude 4. Madeline Augusta Turner* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 5. Allison Renee Durham Summa Cum Laude, NHS 6. Melina Olivia Edic* Summa Cum Laude 7. Katelyn Nicole Riley Summa Cum Laude 8. Megan Louise Cymanski* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 9. Melody Renee Bencie Summa Cum Laude, NHS 10. Benjamin Hunter Pearce* Summa Cum...

Portage County Joins National “See Something, Say Something” Campaign To Raise Awareness

Ravenna — Portage County Commissioners and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have become local partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the campaign to help communities become more aware of out-of-the-ordinary activity. Local efforts in the “If You See Something, Say Something™” national campaign will focus on offering basic education for residents that...

Destination Aurora – June 2nd

Welcome to Destination Aurora. News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets will once again host their annual Scrumptious Food Truck Showdown on June 3rd from 12:00pm until 3:00pm. Over 20 local food trucks will be on site for a great day of food and friendly competition. This event was...

Click-it Or Ticket At JAGHS

On Thursday, May 25th, members of the Garrettsville Police Department visited the James A. Garfield Local Schools’ campus in an effort to keep kids safe as a part of the “Click it or Ticket” program. With the help of free Dairy Queen ice cream certificates donated by Roger and Connie Angel, the officers set up in the high...

Mantua Celebrates River Day

Mantua - Special events and opportunities abounded as communities along Cuyahoga River celebrated River Day. From Cleveland to points further south, communities and organizations hosted river and trail cleanups and events that encouraged families to experience art and nature. The local River Day observance in Mantua featured a bit of all those things. Breakaway Excursions, a new adventure-outfitter in Mantua,...

Baseball Duo Captures All-NCAC Awards

Hiram - With the 2017 season being at a close, the Terriers have added three conference accolades to the books, announced the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) office on Monday morning. For the first time in program history, freshman Hank Clegg has been named the 2017 Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning second-team All-NCAC honors, while senior Brandon...

CHS Envirothon Heads to State Competition

Portage County high school students from Southeast, Waterloo, Crestwood, Ravenna, and Kent Roosevelt recently competed in the Northeast Ohio Area 2 Envirothon competition at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Medina. According to Crestwood High School faculty advisor Andy Brown, “Crestwood was the high scoring team in Aquatics and finished second in Wildlife and Forestry.” Crestwood’s final team score was 102...

Build A Gym, Build A Life

Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities presents the Second Annual Build A Gym, Build A Life 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 5K Race starts at 8 am; Fun Run starts at 9 am The Parent Council of...

Are You Up For A Triple Threat?

Garrettsville - Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it...

Congressman David Joyce to Deliver Hiram Memorial Day Keynote Address

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of General John A. Logan's proclamation on General Order No. 11 declaring the 30th day of May as a day "...designated for the purpose of strewing flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country..." establishing "Decoration Day", or Memorial Day as we now know it, as a...

Local Outfitter Sponsors River Day Clean Up

Mantua - On Saturday, May 20th, all across Northeast Ohio in the communities through which the Cuyahoga River flows, special events will take place on what has been designated River Day. Locally, an 8.5-mile section of the scenic river flows through Mantua, and businesses and residents will work together to help clean up their river. To that end, local...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

It was “a little traveling music” for the members of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram, as they took their May 15, 2017 meeting to the Hiram Farm. At the facility, they learned of the connections to the Couch Trust, which was the farmland basis of the operation, and of the continued association with the Western Reserve Land...

Windham Fire District Staffing 24 Hours A Day

Windham - The fire station will now be staffed 24 hours a day - 7 days a week with 2 firefighter/emt’s this will ensure a timely response to emergencies regardless of the time of day. One of the 2 on duty will be trained at the ALS level provider, meaning they can provide a higher level of care /...

EMS Week Kicks Off With Parade On Saturday

Garrettsville - Community EMS District will kick off National EMS Week with their annual parade and open house on Saturday May 20, 2017. The parade is scheduled to start at noon and will go from the James A. Garfield School Complex north on State Route 88 to State Street to the Community EMS District Station at 10804 Forest Street....

Diskin Enterprises Bucks Downward Trends

Garrettsville - First, a recap from last week: Despite the common narrative assuming only decline among American manufacturers — especially for a small business located in a small village along the Rust Belt — Diskin Enterprises is a bright exception to that dark rule. This small manufacturer on Industrial Drive has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico...

Garrettsville Police Department K9 Jack has received body armor

Garrettsville Police Department’s K9 Jack has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jack’s vest is sponsored by Luxury Products Group of Aurora, OH and embroidered with the sentiment “Bless and protect this K9 ~ Luxury Products Group”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a...

CPS Celebrates Earth Day

Mantua - For the 13th consecutive year, Crestwood Primary School hosted an annual Earth Day celebration in Mantua. According to Mrs. Cheryl Brugmann, kindergarten teacher and one of the event’s organizers, this fun family event was attended by over 450 students and their families. The event featured a variety of booths spread throughout the building, providing earth-friendly activities and...

The Little Manufacturer that Could

Garrettsville -  There’s a quiet revolution under way on Industrial Drive, where a small manufacturer has developed a global reach — even exporting to Mexico — during a time when  similar U.S. businesses are losing ground or folding altogether. Diversification and expansion through acquisitions has been the key to success for Diskin Enterprises over the past 10 years. A...

Garrettsville Area Chamber Of Commerce Community Yard Sales MAY 6 & 7, 2017 • 9 am ~ 4 pm

FREEDOM TWP 8944 Asbury Rd Kids clothes, baby gear, holiday décor, adult clothes 9 9546 Asbury Rd Flowers, Veggie Plants, Bakery including Fry Pies 126 10898 Asbury Rd HH Items, Misc. Sugaring Items, 2 Desks, Girls Clothes 74 Freedom Park Children’s clothes, Fabric/quilting materials, HH, Collectibles 59 7792 Hewins Rd HH, Furn., Antiques & much more 7 10139 Hewins Rd 5 Family: Classic Car Plate,...

Freedom Township Historical Society News and Notes

The Freedom Township Historical Society’s guest speaker for the April meeting was longtime resident Charlotte Pochedly Jewell. Jewell discussed growing up on a farm with six brothers and one sister and attending Freedom School where she graduated in 1940. Pochedly vividly remembered her mother’s homemade baked goods, swimming in Kubo’s Creek, going to dances at Drakesburg and  the friendships she...

Plant and Trash & Treasure Sale

Ravenna - Looking to add beauty and color to your landscape or to find that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Join OSU Extension Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers for their annual Plant and Trash & Treasure Fundraising Sale. The plant sale includes a wide variety of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables, culinary herbs, and native plants. Beyond the spectacular collection...

Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage

Garrettsville - For Elena Barnosky, LMT, her vocation is a calling. A licensed massage therapist, she has been operating Healing HandsTherapeutic Massage from the Sky Plaza Professional Building since 2015. She has built up a loyal clientele over the years, but realizes other people in town don’t realize what she has to offer. In order to “let people know...

2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Despite some uncertainty about dates of graduation, the James A. Garfield Schools Hall of Fame induction went off by accomplishing its intended purpose, the recognition and honoring of individuals who had made significant contributions, not just to athletics—though these figured prominently—but to the district and the world/society as a whole.  Sheri Johnson, following in the footsteps of her late...

Garrettsville Library Events

Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday May 16 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the meeting room. Title to be discussed will be Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. This is...

Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend

Hiram - This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day. Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of hand-crafted soaps and body...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday April 19 at 7:30pm starting with a public hearing on Ordinance 2017-02. This ordinance enacts chapter 1199 of the codified ordinances of the Village of Garrettsville in order to enact an exterior maintenance code for the Village of Garrettsville. There was public discussion between council members and residents in attendance....

Local Farmer Shares National Award

Hiram - Hiram Township farmer Jack Groselle recently won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund to Hiram Fire Department Firefighters Association. The award was given through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The purpose of which is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers across the country to support...

Medicinal Marijuana, Witch Hunts, and More At the Nelson Township Meeting

Nelson Twp. – Township officials present at the first Nelson Township trustee meeting, held Wednesday, April 19th, were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Kevin Cihan; Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek, and Sandi Huzl. After the meeting was called to order, Finney presented the trustees with a number of items to be signed. Among the...

News from Hiram Township

Hiram Twp. - At the last meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe shared that she received the official notice from the Portage County Board of Elections regarding the upcoming Primary Special Election on May 2nd. She also noted that Hiram Township will be receiving a new laptop computer from the Auditor of State some time this summer, and noted that...

Twentieth Century Club News

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met in DiCiello’s  in Ravenna .  Since the theme for the year had been Hometown Treasures, the cookie favors on the tables were in the shapes of locomotives ( Referencing the Last Great Train Robbery, which took place in Garrettsville) and  cut-out Ohio shapes with a red NEO heart (Garrettsville,...

Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting

The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m.  The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School. After a short business meeting the members  and guests will hear Mary Milne Jamba, genealogy researcher, trustee at OGS and...

Watson Concert May 5 at Hiram College

Hiram - The eleventh annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, in Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall, 11715 Garfield Road (Rt. 700) on the Hiram College campus.  Time is 7:30 p.m.   This year’s artists are Carlos Jones and the PLUS band. Carlos Jones, “Iron Man” of the Cleveland reggae scene, this year celebrates 39...

Wild Mushrooom, A World of Wonder at Our Feet

The Silver Creek Garden Club will be hosting a lecture, “Wild Mushrooms, A World of Wonder at Our Feet”, on Wednesday, April 26 at noon at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The program will be presented by Walt Sturgeon, a field mycologist with over forty years experience studying and identifying mushrooms. He is past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society,...

Make Plans To Attend The May Mart / Plant Sale

The Portage County Gardeners will host thier annual May Mart / Plant Sale on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9a.m.-2p.m. at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44240 Members will have home dug perennials, herbs and more. Annuals, planters, hanging baskets, gardening gloves, spring bulbs, the Lee Hall specials, will be available in the greenhouse. Be...

Spring Fling “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Benefits Portage APL

Ravenna - Join Portage APL for its annual fundraiser on April 29, 2017. Paws to Celebrate is an annual event to benefit Portage APL. People gather, eat, drink, and bid on auction items and raffles, and most importantly, raise funds to help the hundreds of abused, abandoned and injured animals that Portage APL helps each year. It will...

Public Night At Observatory In Hiram

Hiram - Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM; that will be the first scheduled Open Night of the 2017 season. The “star” of the night will be planet Jupiter, brilliant in our southeast evening sky. Observers should also see the M3 star cluster and later,...

Hero’s Rock Family Fundraiser

Hero’s Rock is ALL about children, so their fundraiser will start with a FREE day of fun for kids and families from 10am -5pm on May 13 at Buchert Park, 4808 S. High Street in Mantua. The day will include; a mini-marathon, bouncy houses, games, art contest, canoe rides and softball games. The day will focus on...

Local Business Spotlight: “Windham Kitchen”

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Lamtman the founder of Windham Kitchen to discuss his business. We met at the Cellar Door Coffee shop to talk about how his business got started, how it is going and what plans he has. It’s funny how conversations get started because before we got started on the business side...

April’s Programs at Garrettsville Library

Garrettsville Library’s “Cookin’ up a Storm” program will meet on Monday, April 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Led by Marian Phillips, this month’s theme will be appetizers, and cookbooks from the collection will be used to discover new appetizer recipes. Participants are asked to bring along with your appetite enough appetizers to share with the...

Become A Master Gardener Volunteer

Applications are now available for the 2017 training class this fall. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, plant diseases, and other horticulture related topics to interested Ohio residents. Master Gardeners then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities in...

Portage Park District hosts Telescopes 101

Join our Sky Ranger, Guy Gillespie at the Berlin Lake Trail to learn about how to use telescopes and identify stars & constellations on Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm. We will have a few different types of telescopes on hand for viewing. Bring your own telescope and/or binoculars, along with a chair or blankets to relax and...

Aurora to Hold Community Drug Awareness Event

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community drug awareness event on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-noon at the Aurora Inn. Attendees will learn about the drug overdose crisis, the addiction process, and resources in Portage County. Residents of Portage will also be able to receive a free naloxone overdose response kit through Project DAWN. Naloxone is a...

Five high school students win Hiram College Terrier Scholarships

Hiram – Hiram College selected five incoming students as recipients of one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships. Scholarship winners Katie Whisler of Southington, Ohio, Maxwell Hendrix of Delaware, Ohio, Charlie Lichtenwalter of Erie, Pa., Kelsey Morgan of Jeannette, Pa., and Abby Howard of Broadview Heights, Ohio will enter Hiram College as students this fall. Scholarship applicants were challenged to submit a creatively...

Nelson Township News

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept the conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Dennis Waitley Nelson Twp. - After the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. During department reports the new Community House caretakers, Dan and Sandy Huzel were introduced...

Portage County Soap Box Derby Racing Clinic

The Portage Soap Box Derby is hosting an introduction to Derby Racing Clinic on April 23th, at 4808 East High St., Buchert Park, Mantua, Ohio, 44255. The clinic will be held at the pavilion in the park. The Time is: 2-4PM. The clinic will be run by Race Director Dean Olson. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing...

Big News! Library Increases Digital Content Limits

Want more free digital content from us every month or for your lending period? Well, Portage County District Library is extremely excited to tell library patrons about increases in the number of allowed checkouts for two of its most popular digital services- Hoopla and OverDrive. Hoopla’s monthly limit has increased from its current 10 to now 20 items every...

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