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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...

Rotarian Zabor To Speak About Recent Rotary ‘PolioPlus’ Trip

Many may remember, and some feared, the outbreaks of polio in the United States. By the 1950s, polio had become one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. In 1952 alone, nearly 60,000 children were infected with the virus; thousands were paralyzed, and more than 3,000 died. While the last known case of...

Mantua Village News

Mantua - At a recent meeting Mayor Clark shared that she, along with the Village Solicitor and Clerk, met with First Energy Solutions regarding electric aggregation and potential cost-savings for Village residents. The Mayor noted that the Village could sign up again with First Energy at a fixed rate; the current contract expires in May of 2018. Similarly, the...

News from Hiram Township

Hiram Twp. - In his Fire Report, Chief Bill Byers shared that the department’s average run was slightly over six minutes for the month’s 38 runs. He mentioned the department’s future need to replace the 2002 Rescue Squad, and suggested looking for a demo squad with a loading system. He noted that there could possibly be grant money available...

Easter Fun at Portage Animal Protective League!

Ravenna – In celebration of Easter, Portage APL will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny on April 8, 2017. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 8 and younger starts at 10:30 am. One child will find an egg with a “golden ticket” and win an Easter basket prize. Pictures with the Easter...

Well, Y Not?

The Family YMCA located in Garrettsville (Remember, it’s for the entire community and welcomes members from all over the area—Freedom, Nelson, Mantua, Windham, Middlefield, Hiram, Newton Falls, all of you—if you can get here, you can join) is a part of the Greater Cleveland YMCA annual campaign. The Annual Campaign provides funding for the financial assistance program,...

Mantua Village Garden Club News

The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet at noon, on April 3rd. This meeting will be held at Hilltop Christian Church. After a short business meeting, the guest speaker will be Jeff Griff, owner of Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. Jeff will present a slide show about Perennial Plants for all four seasons. He may also bring some plants for...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At the last meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm shared that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which many localities have been recipients of, is being shifted to a two-year cycle instead of given annually. Mr. Grimm asked Fiscal Officer Jodie Thompson to make copies of that letter available to members of the Grants and Funding...

Kent Timebankers Showcase Skills: Public Welcome

The Kent Community Timebank is celebrating its 7th birthday with an Offers Expo showcasing members’ offers on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. The public is invited to attend, learn about timebanking, and stay for appetizers and birthday cake. A timebank...

The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium: Restoration Through Vegetation June 2nd & 3rd

The public is invited to a multi-media presentation and examination of strategies to restore riveredge ecosystems and their effects on water quality and economic productivity. There is no charge for admission. Water quality impacts every life on Earth. Whether you are a tenant or landowner, the way you manage the property on which you live affects water quality for...

Chilling Station Brings Frozen Treats To Mantua

Mantua - There’s a new ice cream shop in town, just in time for warm weather to get folks hiking or biking along the Headwaters Trail in Mantua. The Chilling Station, owned by brothers John and Phil Rath, who also own Compass Packaging, decided to revert an unused building at their facility back to its former life -- at...

Hiram College Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

Hiram - The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00pm in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, on the campus of Hiram College. The “American Sampler” program will present an overview of American composers and styles. Hiram College graduating senior, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, violin, accompanied by Randall Fusco, piano, will perform a Jascha...

Home Improvement Program Available Through Treasurer’s Office

Ravenna  – Portage County residents looking to make home improvements this year can do so at a discount, thanks to a partnership between the Portage County Treasurer’s Office and three local banks. The program, initiated by Treasurer Brad Cromes in 2015, makes up to $1 million dollars available for lending from Hometown Bank, Middlefield Banking Company, and Portage Community Bank. ...

Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser

Garrettsville - A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!” Having both a fireman and...

Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50. Garfield...

Garfield G-Men Take District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

“Nothing is given; everything is earned.” stated Coach Andy Olesky last Friday night and no words could ever ring truer. The No.2-seeded G-Men made their way to the Warren Division III District championship where they beat out the No.1-seeded, and previously unbeaten, Leavittsburg LaBrae, 58-56 in a game that at times stopped the hearts of many G-Men fans...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Garrettsville

O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney! The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met at noon on March 6, 2017, at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. It being the first meeting of the month, the meeting was devoted to dealing with business before the club. This consisted of : Notice that grant inquiries for District or International Rotary grants must be in by May 15, with...