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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...

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary

On March 8th and 9th 2017, The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning.  Parents, take advantage of this awesome program.  There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school for their dental appointment.  You will also receive a...

Jake’s Is Back

Mantua - As Mantua locals welcomed the New Year, they happily welcomed the return of an old friend as well when Jake’s Eats, the local comfort food purveyor and hangout, re-opened its doors in mid-January. When the previous tenant, Millers of Mantua closed their doors, Jodie Fiala and Kim Sumwalt didn’t have much to do to in order to re-open...

SweetheART Auction a Smashing Success

Mantua - “Community Center? I hope to tell ya! Look at it; look at all the people who are here.  There ain’t no more places to park, so many people.  We’ve needed this—a place to gather-- for a long time”, she said, directing her friend to the old principal’s office.  “That was Tom Rauber’s office.  I ought to know,...

Addiction Helpline Available for Portage County

Portage County - Residents in need of addiction treatment and support can call the Addiction Helpline for Portage County, being operated by Townhall II with funding from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. The phone number is 330.678.3006 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Dealing with addiction can seem overwhelming for the person...

J.A. Garfield Students Are “Too Good for Drugs”

Garrettsville - Kindergarten students learn the importance of keeping their bodies healthy during an interactive “Too Good for Drugs” lesson at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The classes, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, are taught by instructors from Townhall II and are offered to all the county school districts. Representative Sarah LaTourette recently observed...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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.

In Pictures: 8th Count Dance Center presents Peter Pan

On February 1, 2017 the 8th Count Dance Center showcased their students' talent in a wonderful Peter Pan ballet that took a captivated audience on a journey to Neverland.

“Complementary & Alternative Medicine” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to attend the program “Complementary & Alternative Medicine” on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Presented by Dr. Haidy Kamel of Cuyahoga Community College, this program will provide attendees with an overview and information about this topic. Seats are limited, so register early. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. According to Dr. Kamel,...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on January 23, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. VP/President-Elect, Amy Crawford, conducted the meeting, as President Delores McCumbers was prepping for her trip—leaving the next day-- to India with a Rotary International program. Member Mike Dobran passed around newly-issued cards available delineating James A. Garfield Core Values and Beliefs :...

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...

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on January 16, 2017 at the historic Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville to conduct the following business: The new awning on “the Bonnet Shoppe”, the group’s research center, is now on the building; the sign to be attached next is undergoing a paint-matching procedure to confirm its gorgeousness and should be up soon. 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...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, Trustee John Festa shared the MSFD monthly report. He noted that call volume at the Department increased, with crews responding to 141 more calls than the previous year. While he noted the Department is handling more calls than usual, he complimented the men and women on what a great job they...

“Cookin’ up a Storm” Program at Garrettsville Library

You’re invited to join us for February’s “Cookin up a Storm” program on Monday, February 6 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Garrettsville Library. This month’s food theme will be Italian food. We’ll be using titles from the PCDL collection to discover new Italian recipes. Participants are asked to bring an Italian dish to share with the...

Comma Queen Offers Up Confessions

The Book Club of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library recently hosted a queen at their pot luck supper, held in the meeting room on January 17, 2017. The royal personage was Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me—Confessions of a Comma Queen (available at the library). The excellent repast (Good soup, John)...

Trainwrecked: News from Garrettsville’s 20th Century Club

The January 19, 2017 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave., Garrettsville. Greetings to all came from the president, Karen Miller and secretary pro tem, Karen Ziarko, called the roll. A note from absent member, Jan Boehm, was read. The occasion was Guest Night and the...

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...

“Fired in Freedom” Exhibit Opens in Hiram

Hiram – “Fired in Freedom,” a showcase of ceramic works from nearly 20 artists, runs through Feb. 22 at the Hiram College Gelbke Fine Art Gallery, 12000 Winrock Road, Hiram. The exhibition features ceramic pots and sculptures that were fired in a Freedom Township wood-fired kiln. The artists range from university professors and independent ceramicists to students and nationally recognized...

Attention Portage County Farmers

If you’re a farmer, growing your product is only part of your business. Connecting your products with the people who want them is another crucial part. To aid in this endeavor, Portage County Regional Planning will host an informal meeting that aims to connect local farmers with potential buyers of their products. “It’s our hope to share with local...

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...

Send Our Military Your Valentines Appreciation

Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is once again celebrating our Operation Valentine. The project is simple and meaningful, according to Dr. Michael E. Carlson. “Students and individuals throughout the community write messages to the troops on Valentine Cards, Cut-Out Hearts, or whatever they like and we make sure that they are delivered to our brave men...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At their first meeting of 2017, the Board voted to elect Debbie Soltisz as the 2017 School Board President, with Todd Monroe as Board Vice President. In addition, the Board voted to change the regularly scheduled monthly meetings to take place in the CHS library on the second Tuesday of each month. As such, the February meeting...

Garrettsville Village Council News

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday January 11 for their first meeting of 2017. After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Patrick asked for nominations for council president. Councilman Tom Hardesty was elected as president of council for 2017. The following 2017 Mayoral Appointments were approved: Streets, Parks and Cemeteries: Tom Hardesty, Sheri Johnson Village Properties and...

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...

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...

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...

Read To Succeed National Winners

Windham - Mr. Pennell’s grade 6 class earned the Read to Succeed Award from Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 is a program where students receive differentiated instruction according to their reading capabilities. Mr. Pennell’s class goal is for each student to complete five articles a week, earning a 75% or higher on their assessments. Students have the opportunity to read...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

News from Mantua Village

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua Village Council heard from Renee Henry from the Landmarks Commission. Ms. Henry shared details of a proposed walking tour of Mantua’s historic business district. The tour includes five stops, the first of which is the C.H Ray Block (former site of Weber Hardware) on Main Street. The site is a flower garden...

Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Ravenna - The Portage County Beekeepers Association is offering Beginner Beekeeping Classes at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 OH-88, Ravenna, OH 44266,Thursdays: Feb. 9, 16, and 23, 2017, 6:30-9:00 PM Registration includes: All three beginners classes, your instruction book, 2 free one year memberships: Portage Co. Beekeepers and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Topics will cover getting started, bee biology, diseases, managing...

Sweet heARTS Walk in Mantua

Mantua - How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 with your sweetie at the Sweet heARTS Walk at the Mantua Center School. Admission is free, and the doors open at noon. Where else can you and your Valentine see fabulous locally made items while taking a nostalgic walk through the historic building? The event...

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...

Applicants Sought for Portage Park District Board of Commissioners

The Portage Park District currently has one opening on its five member governing Board of Commissioners. Park District Board members are appointed by Portage County Probate Court Judge Robert Berger who is seeking applications from interested Portage County residents. Board members are non-partisan and are appointed for a 3-year renewable term, to serve without pay. The Board...

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...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

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...

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

“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....

The Internet to Go! Library Announces Mobile Hotspot Lending

No Internet access at home? Would you like the convenience of home Internet access? Try the Internet to go! Portage County District Library is very excited to announce that it is now lending Mobile Hotspots. The hotspots are available to Portage County District Library cardholders 18 and older. They work in any area covered by the Verizon network, and...

Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board News

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board, Chief Matt Roosa reported that his department responded to 114 calls in November, putting the Department 130 calls ahead of the same time period in 2015. He shared that the majority were EMS calls. Next, he shared that the contract for full time firefighters had been signed, noting that the new...

Garfield Student Council Decorates McDonald’s

Garrettsville - JAG Student Council is the student government that supports positive changes for the students and those within our school community. They run the blood drives and sponsor the parade and homecoming events for the school and community. When student council sees a need, they get together to help out. Members all vote on the events and projects...

Mobile Banking from Middlefield Banking Company