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Portage County District Library Millage Request on November 3 Ballot

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Portage County District Library residents will vote on a 1 mill ballot proposal to provide funding for PCDL for five years. Portage County District Library currently receives no local funding and depends entirely on state funding which is now at about the same level as that received in 1998. State funding provides about 95%...

Coats for Catholic Charities

On February 15, 2016, the Portage County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus presented Catholic Charities Director George Garchar with 60 coats for children in need. The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was started in 2009 to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates.  Representing the Knights were Mike Rogers of Randolph Council #2039, Dave Bender of...

Depression Lecture at NEOMED’s Mini Med School Seminar

Depression saps a person’s energy and motivation, so finding help may seem like an overwhelming task.

Rootstown - Joel Mowrey, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, was guest lecturer for the February Mini-Medical School session at NEOMED. Dr. Mowrey discussed the blues and depression. “Everyone feels sad and low every once in a while, but these feelings usually pass in a few days,” Mowrey said. “Many of these ‘blue’...

Mental Health Board Launches Online Mental Health Screening

Mental Health Portage County

Portage County - How are you feeling? The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County launched an online mental health screening tool to their website. The screening is completely anonymous and confidential. A person’s results appear  immediately following the brief questionnaire, along with recommendations and local resources. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if a person should...

Special Teen Program Aims to Save Lives

Automobile crashes are the number one killer of America’s teens. According to a 2010 AAA analysis of crash data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), statistics show that the danger is greatest in summer, with seven of the top 10 deadliest driving days occurring between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Now that school is out, many teens will...

Donation Presented To Noah’s Lost Ark

The Portage County Charity Horse show committee Member Barrie Forman delivered the donation from the 56th annual fund raising horse show to Noah’s Lost Ark in Berlin Center, Ohio. The other recipients were: Hattie Larlham Foundation, Last Chance Corral and the Portage County Health and Welfare Woman’s Shelter.  A special thank you to all the people who supported the...

Lions Club Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

The Garrettsville Lions Club U16 soccer team (made up of 8th, 9th and 10th graders) just concluded their very successful indoor season at the Tallmadge Rec Center in the high school division. They were only defeated once in the 1st session of 10 games as they lost the 2nd game to Southeast (mostly seniors). The Lions were leading until...

So is it a bog or is it a swamp?

It was almost all about the BS. Well, the first day was...after that, it was about the amazing new horizons for the Portage County Park District, now that it’s got funding and the ability to actually plan and carry out plans for the benefit of Portage County residents.  Here’s what the BS was about. Mantua’s Art on the Hill event had...

Learn How to Protect Your Water in Portage County

Portage County Protect Your Water Workshop

The Portage Soil & Water Conservation District is responsible for protecting the natural resources within the county. As such, they’re motivated to help local residents make wise choices to help reduce erosion and pollutants in local streams and rivers. To that end, they’re working with other agencies to provide workshops on how local residents can help improve water quality...

Red Flags Training for School Counselors

With one in five children experiencing a diagnosable emotional or behavioral problem before they become adults, mental health is a critical factor in children’s development and their ability to learn. Counselors from every Portage County school district attended a “Red Flags for Mental Health Education” training and will incorporate the school-based mental health education into their districts. The course was taught...

Short Takes On What’s Taken Place

The Friends of the Library (Garrettsville Branch, Portage County District Library) met recently in the library’s meeting room (Where else?).  Tentative results of the week-long book sale were adjudged quite satisfactory and other prospective fund-raising ideas were discussed.  The Friends help provide materials for various programs offered by the branch, especially for children and crafters, and some books too,...

Registration Underway For July’s School Personnel Crisis Training

Crisis situations happen in a blink of an eye. In a school setting, children and youth are relying on school personnel to keep them safe. All school staff members need to be prepared to handle situations – including incidents involving mental health. The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is offering the 9th annual Crisis Intervention Team...

Portage Parks on the Grow!

Portage Parks are on the grow! Just as a garden requires warm sunshine and rain to grow, local park properties and programs are now flourishing, thanks to a long-awaited flow of delayed funding. For years, several set-aside properties have languished, waiting for funding in order to become accessible parks. These once-hidden natural gems are now coming into view for public...

New Treasurer Contract to Reduce Duplicate Payments, Refunds

Ravenna – Nearly half of Portage County taxpayers make property tax payments through their mortgage provider.  For most, that process is seamless – but for some, who have had their mortgages bought and sold by multiple providers, it can become a hassle, resulting in late payment notices, fines, duplicate payments and refunds. Thanks to a new partnership between County Treasurer...

Celebrate River Day This Saturday!

Get off your butt! Abandon your cell phone & grab your paddle -- Saturday, May 21st is River Day! Come and join the fun as Camp Hi Canoe Livery launches its 50th year with a Cuyahoga River Race.  This exciting and  fun event is being held in collaboration with The Rotary Club of Mantua, Downtown Mantua Revitalization  and the  Portage...

Portage Park District 2016 Events

May 15 1 - 3pm Fun & Fitness Day Bring the Kids to the Garrettsville Village Park, 10482 South St, for Fun & Fitness Day with free activities 1pm-Safety Presentations -Garrettsville Fire & Police Departments 2pm-Ronald McDonald Show 2:45pm- 1 mile hike on the Headwaters Trail with Park District Staff May 17 6:30pm Wild Hikes Challenge Presentation Stop at the Reed Memorial Library to get information about...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use here in Portage County has never been greater. According to the Portage County Community Health Status Assessment Report, in 2015, 47% of Portage County youth in grades 6-12 had at least one drink of alcohol in their life, increasing to 71% of youth seventeen...

Crisis Teams Join Forces

Everyone who experiences a disaster is touched by it, including first responders. To help those who are under stress after witnessing a traumatic event, the Incident Response Team of Portage County and the Critical Incident Stress Management teams are joining forces. These two teams are now being coordinated by the Mental Health & Recovery Board, which is responsible for planning...

Crestwood School Board News

At their last meeting, the Crestwood School Board recognized two special employees of the month. First up, Crestwood Primary Principal Cindy Ducca honored first grade teacher Sara Picone, thanking her for her special ability to “make learning fun.” As an example, she cited Mrs. Picone’s summer ice cream party, where 24 of 28 of Picone’s first grade graduates came...

Drum Lessons @ GES

Students at the James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a fascinating program featuring  Brother Olugbala Manns, teacher of African drumming at Hiram College and Kent State University.  He taught the assembled crowd the expression “On the One” (ready, set to go, focused) and got their attention—not always an easy task—by calling out “Ah-go” and requiring the response,...

James A. Garfield Defines Excellence In Core Beliefs

The James A. Garfield Schools have always viewed themselves as the cornerstone of an excellent community. Last spring, JAG staff worked to define what excellence looks like within the school community.  A survey was sent to all staff members asking each person to identify the values that define our district.  The board of education and leadership team then compiled...

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” Is Coming To Garrettsville

You won’t want to miss a great show that is designed for the whole family! “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is coming to Garrettsville January 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7pm and January 22, 2017 at 2pm. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this comedy written by Sharon A. Cole will take center stage in the James A....

Lady G-Men Close Out A Chaotic January With A Win

At the close of 2016, the Garfield Lady G-Men basketball team was off to a stellar 9-0, in fact the Lady G-Men only lost three games in the entire 2016 calendar year! The new year so far has not been easy for the lady cagers as they started 2017 with 10 games in January -- four of them against teams with fewer than five losses!! Just to compare, in the same time span the Cleveland Cavs played 13 games and didn’t have to juggle any mid-terms or dual-credit assignments. When the dust settled, the Lady G-Men ended the month 6-4 and still hold a chance at a piece of the league crown for the second straight year.

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...

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....

January Programs at Garrettsville Library

Join us at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, January 21 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm for the next “Crafting with Marian” program, which will provide you with the opportunity to make a cork keychain. You’ll learn how to make a fun and adorable keychain using wine bottle corks and some jewelry making hardware and equipment. The project is...

Soap Box Derby Car Clinic in Shalersville

The Portage County Soap Box Derby will be hosting ”Introduction to Soap Box Derby Racing” race clinic. The date is March 11, 2017. The time is 11:00 am. The location is the Shalersville Elementary School gymnasium (Corner of S R 44 and S R 303) This will be a free Derby Clinic to learn what is involved in...

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...

Hiram College Offers $1,000 Scholarships to Terrier Lovers as Homage to its Mascot

Hiram – Hiram College may have the toughest terrier in town, its terrier mascot, but the college is looking for five more top dogs. These incoming students each will receive one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships if they creatively convey their terrier affection through a photograph or video. To apply, students must submit a picture or 15-second video of themselves with a...

Take Your Sweetheart on a Sweet heART Walk

Mantua - Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 at the Mantua Restoration Society’s first Valentine’s event where they’ll be something for everyone. Beginning at noon, you can share the love as you and your honey stroll from room to room, perusing the creations of local artisans. The highlight of the event is a live auction at 1:30. That’s...

Lady G-Men Win District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years. With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history. Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over...

Buckeye Block Needs Funding to be Rebuilt in 2017

Maschek is considering a 20,000-square-foot, brick-faced building design in keeping with the architecture of Garrettsville’s historic district. An open arcade is planned for pedestrians to walk through from the rear parking lot to Main Street

Hiram Township News

Hiram Twp - At their last meeting, Township Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that ODOT provided information to the township regarding municipalities ordering up to 120% of the current salt bid. After some discussion, trustees passed a motion authorizing Road Supervisor Tom Matota to review the options provided and to purchase up to 120%, providing it is available at...

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...

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 /...

Family-to-Family Education Program registration under way

Registration is now open for the Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week class for families and others who have a loved one with a mental illness. The class will run every Tuesday starting January 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Mental Health & Recovery Board located at 155 E. Main Street in Kent A national program through NAMI,...

Change Bandits Strike Again!

Mantua - Three young ladies at Crestwood Intermediate School are up to their old tricks again. But their antics won’t be getting them in any trouble. On the contrary, their parents are mighty proud of their daughters’ activities. That’s because fifth-graders Aspen Baynes, Emmy Grebb, and Lilly Kuchenbecker have once again participated in the Akron Children’s Hospital Change Bandit campaign...

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...

Hundreds Crowd Main Street to Cheer On G-Men

Garrettsville - Hundreds of Garfield G-Men fans and family members shut down Main Street in a fantastic show of support for the 2016 football team. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); We're proud to be in G-Men...

Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville - On Wednesday November 9 at 7:30pm council met in the Village Hall to discuss village business. All but two members were present and after the Pledge of Allegiance the meeting was started. There was a public hearing regarding Ordinance 2016-28 to amend the Zoning Map of the Village of Garrettsville by changing an area of property from the...

Model Home a Model of Energy Efficiency

Hiram - A model home in Village Gate Community is a model of energy efficiency in new home construction. Trading out cement block and traditional plywood for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) block, Slab Shield, Low-E house wrap, recycled cellulose, oriented strand board, Trex deck boards and other ‘green’ construction materials allows this “Eco-Home” by Big Sky Homes to...

Garrettsville Library’s New LED Sign

Garrettsville - One of the newest features of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County Library District—there are several—is the LED sign installed in front of the building. It’s being used to better communicate with the community about the services and programs now available at the library. This includes open hours, holiday closings, speakers, meetings, special event—all...

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...

Hiram College receives $1 million gift from Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation

Hiram – Hiram College received a year-end $1 million cash gift from trustee Paula Frohring, through the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation. This is the largest single gift of the Foundation’s nearly $6.5 million total to the College. The $1 million will support scholarships for biology and chemistry students, as well as faculty and student research at Hiram’s 500-plus-acre...

Regional Economic Development Meeting

Garrettsville - On January 26 the newly formed Regional Economic Development Committee held their first meeting. Led by Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce president (and JAG Superintendent) Ted Lysiak, committee members included Nelson trustee Joe Leonard, Windham trustee Larry Kuhlman, Garrettsville council members Tom Hardesty, Debbie Glass-Wordell and Becky Harrington, as well as local business...

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...

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...

20th Century Club News

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville held their January 5, 2017 meeting at the home of Mary Furillo, with Jan Chalker serving as co-hostess. It was cool!...literally and figuratively. The temperature outside was in the single digits, while inside, a fascinating tale of traveling the Appalachian Trail held everyone’s interest. The meeting began by answering...

G-Men Football Team Recognized At Village Council Meeting

Garrettsville - The February 8, 2017 council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. The normal business of accepting previous minutes, paying bills and going over revenue was taken care of. Then Mayor Rick Patrick made a special presentation to Coach Mike Moser and three members of the Garfield G-Men football team. They were presented a plaque and a...

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