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Community Food Cupboard Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Garrettsville - The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) celebrates its fifth anniversary in February. That means — despite being a struggling not-for-profit organization totally reliant on community donations, dogged by growing demands, suffering a devastating fire, then rebuilding again — the NGCC endures to carry out its mission. The community is invited to NCGG’s Fifth Anniversary Open House from 10 am-2pm...

Nelson Township News

Nelson Twp. - On Wednesday January 18 the Nelson Trustees held a regular business meeting. There were a good number of residents in attendance at the meeting. The trustees led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting. Minutes from the January 4 meeting were accepted as corrected and bill payments were accepted as presented. An...

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...

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...

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%...

JA Garfield Expands Accelerated Offerings For 2017/18 School Year

The James A. Garfield Local Schools have always taken great pride in providing an outstanding education for every student. The District released a Quality Profile in 2016 (this can be found on the district website) that showcases a tremendous value on a well-rounded education. One critical component of a strong educational program is its ability to adjust to the...

Freedom Township Trustee News

Freedom Twp - After the Pledge of Allegiance, the January 5, 2017 meeting was called to order by Chairman John Zizka at 7:32 p.m. The fiscal officer was unable to be present for the organizational meeting. In the absence of the fiscal officer, the 2016 chairman will conduct the meeting until a chairman is selected for 2017....

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...

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....

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...

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...

News from Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - Last week, our safety plans were put to a test, and it was clear that we were prepared on all fronts. The situation resulted in all students leaving our campus safely. We were prepared and could not have accomplished what we did without the help of our staff, law enforcement, students and community. The Portage County Sherriff, Garrettsville...

New Projects Bring Savings and Facelift to Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - If you have been in our buildings you know that our custodial and maintenance staff do an outstanding job of keeping them looking spectacular, but there is only so much our staff can do to maintain an aging building before some changes need to be made. As you drive by our campus over the coming weeks you...

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...

Sweet heARTS Walk Features Local Artisans

Mantua - Looking to add a unique piece of local art to spruce up your home? Than look no further than the Sweet heART Walk at the Mantua Center School on Saturday, February 11th. The historic building will be open from noon until 5, and will be filled with local treasures. Those treasures will be available at both a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

In Pictures: Lady G-Men Advance to OHSAA Regional Finals

After a hard-fought battle on Wednesday the Lady G-Men emerged victorious over the Ursuline Lady Irish. Final Score for the game Lady G-Men 60, Ursuline 50 The Lady G-Men will advance to play Gilmour Academy this Saturday in the Regional Final at 1 PM. Order your 2017 GHS Yearbook today to gain access to photos from this game and many more....

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...

Start Talking — “Hidden In Plain Sight”

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a...

The SCENE

Well, it’s been happening here in “the ‘ville”.  Holidays and then some items of local interest...to wit : *The new coffee shop, The Cellar Door,  in the old feed mill appears to be attracting a varied clientele and good vibes.  There is space available for special events and cool comestibles for consumption.  Check it out. *And if you’d like to pick...

Hiram represented at AICUO Lobby Day

On Wednesday, Hiram College seniors James Workman and Natalie Bendel participated in AICUO Lobby Day in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.  Workman and Bendel met with state legislators and talked about the importance of private education in Ohio and their experiences at Hiram.  They also spoke about the importance of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant provided...

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

Portage Libraries Add Hoopla Digital Movies And Music

Portage County - Portage County District Library is excited to announce that hoopla digital has been added to its digital library. Library users with a valid Portage County District Library card are invited to enjoy free digital movies, music albums, eBooks, and audiobooks using this new digital service. All are available for mobile and online access through this partnership...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

Starting the new year off right, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram wishes to again thank all of the businesses, groups and individuals who helped make the Reverse Raffle fund-raiser such a success...once more, with feeling: Steve Barton, Bob and Darlene Jackson, Chuck and Connie Evans, Crist Miller, Middlefield Bank, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency, Mallory DeHaven Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation...

Winners of Middle School Spelling Bee Will Advance To County

Garrettsville - On December 21, the James A. Garfield Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee. Words like clodhopper, precursor, heredity, and opinionated stumped all but 3 of the 44 spellers. The winners were 7th grader Travis Witchey, son of Jeremy and Clarissa Witchey of Freedom and 8th grader, Aaron Craver, son of Christie and Donald Craver of...

TOPS Celebrates 20 Years

TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna celebrated its 20th birthday December 6th. The chapter, part of TOPS, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) was formed in 1996 by Cherryl Duffield who is the current leader. Just two years later the chapter was recognized by TOPS Clubs, Inc. for best average weight loss and has won other spirit awards since. This year it was...

Learn How to Fight Fire with Laser Extinguisher Training

Garrettsville - Fire is a very real danger at home, at work or along the highway. Cooking, cigarettes, wood stoves, propane heaters, and other everyday appliances can spark a flame that quickly spreads out of control. Would you know how to put out a fire in such an emergency? If your initial bucket of water or smothering attempt fails...

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...

Garrettsville Idol 2017 Open Call Auditions

Garrettsville - Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!” Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. If you are available April 23rd, May 21st and June 25th, you need to consider...

Blighted Home Advisory Committee Formed in Hiram

Hiram - At the last Hiram Village Council meeting, Frank Hairston and Clayton Popik from the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA) shared an overview of their services for Hiram area residents. For those who are not familiar with the organization, PARTA operates fixed-route and countywide public transportation in Atwater, Aurora, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Freedom, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Nelson,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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....

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...

GHS Art Club Lockergram Fundraiser

Garrettsville- Want a creative way to ask someone to Prom? Want to wish a son or granddaughter happy birthday? Want to send a football player good luck before the big game? If you’re looking for a creative and original way to do any of these, consider purchasing the art club’s lockergrams. Lockergrams are personalized banners made by the GHS...

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...

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,...

Freedom Township Happenings

At their last meeting, the Freedom Park Board agreed on a clean-up day for the Freedom Park. The first clean up day will be Saturday, April 8th at 9o’clock a.m. and  will consist of cleaning and getting the park ready for the spring and summer. A second cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. to plant...

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,...

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...

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.

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...

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company