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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...

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,...

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...

Garrettsville – Hiram Rotary Report

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on December 12, 2016 with a good turn-out of members to hear from three representatives of the James A. Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team...and their coach, language arts teacher Jackie Lovelace.  The students—Grace Edwards, Isabella Folio and Jacob Fergis read from their recent compositions (“Unicorns and Horses”, “Secret Symbols”, and...

Living Nativity Comes to Mantua This Weekend

Mantua - According to Wikipedia, Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar events throughout the ages. For the first time ever, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 will present a live nativity on the grounds 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...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the last board meeting, the school board unanimously approved the placement on the May 2017 ballot  $23,000,000 improvement bonds and the levy of an additional tax of .5 mills to provide funds to the School District. The proposed resolution, if passed by voters, would fund the renovation and construction of a grade 7-through-12 school campus. If...

Penney’s Auto Body Consolidates at Ravenna Shop

Ravenna - A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, effective January 1, 2017. Penney’s Auto & Truck Body Inc. has provided collision repair at 11878 Mills Rd. in Garrettsville since it was established in 1978. Now, according to co-owner Matt Penney — who operates the business with his...

Santa And His Elves Arrive In Garrettsville On Saturday

Don’t look now, but there are Elves coming to town.  Yesiree!  The Little People (and some big ones too) will be at the Villager Emporium on Main Street, Garrettsville on Saturday, November 26, especially for kids.  There will be an elf-themed workshop, a special box for drop-off of letters to Santa (He needs to know these things), cookies and...

Historic G-Men Season Creates Long-Lasting Memories For All

Garrettsville - When the Garfield G-Man football team took the field Saturday at Lake’s Blue Streak Stadium they had already been dubbed successful. And a chance to go toe to toe with one of the most storied teams in the state was the next step to get the G-Men to the final four. The task ahead of them was...

National Program Builds Local Community

I bet you didn’t know the NBA sent four young adults to our area to help support community programs. Not the basketball association, the National Benevolent Association (NBA), the health and social services ministry of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. Through its XPLOR program, the group pairs young adults with local Disciples congregations and community organizations, providing opportunities...

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...

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...

Mantua Township News

Mantua Twp. - At a recent township meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm raised the topic of the Capital Grant, through Senator Eklund’s office. He noted that all the required paperwork has been filed, and the application is in Columbus, and “in line” for approval. It was speculated that disbursement of funds would most likely not take place until early 2017,...

Windham Veterans Day Assembly

Windham - The Windham Junior and Senior High held a Veterans Day Assembly honoring those who have served on Friday, November 11 at 8:30 AM in the high school gymnasium. There were over 30 military men and women who attended the ceremony. The ceremony was led by former Boardman High School Principal, Mr. Lou Rucci. Rucci served in the US...

“Acting Can Be Murder”

Garrettsville - Dolores Gordon (Clare Workman), who loves the stage, has always dreamed of stardom, but the only role she ever seems to land is that of the lowly understudy. She decides the only way she might receive the lead role in an upcoming theater production is to murder the lead actress, Guinevere Black (Kaitlyn Workman). And that is...

Dramatic Win Moves G-Men Into Regional Play-offs

Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men football team is literally saving their best for last, and last week’s dramatic 33-28 come from behind victory over LaBrae Vikings is no different. With 10 seconds remaining and a timeout in his pocket Garfield head coach Mike Moser sent in the play that Garfield has run dozens of times, “wing left power left.”...

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...

Mantua Fire Association Donates UTV to the MSFD

Mantua - At a recent meeting, Firefighter Mike Pender shared that the draft contract for fulltime firefighters was close to complete, and would be presented to the Fire Board for review at their final meeting in October. Moving forward, the Board regretfully accepted several resignations for a variety of reasons. Jeff Barker resigned, effective immediately, due to limited availability given...

Garfield G-Men Capture Play-Off Victory Against South Range

Garrettsville - What a difference a week makes. Last week the Garfield G-Men were on the brink of turning in their jerseys at the end of the regular season. Instead, the same Garfield squad donned their jersey with pride and a chip on their shoulder. In what one coach described as “Their best effort ever!” When asked to clarify,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portage Park District Hosts Headwaters Trail Improvement Meeting

Ravenna - The Portage Park District is seeking public input regarding improvements to the Headwaters Trail, an  8-mile multipurpose trail from Garrettsville to Mantua.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 pm at the James A. Garfield Elementary School, located at10207 ST RT 88 in Garrettsville. The Park District intends to request grant funding to improve...

Resolve to Reach Out

The turn of the year is a natural time for people to set goals and look for ways to improve their lives. Are you looking for something to do that could make a big impact on others? Consider making a point to reach out to others in 2016. Connecting with people can help your sense of well-being and may also...

Portage County Provides Free Emergency Preparedness App

Portage County - While many digital apps are frivolous entertainment, this one can be a true life-saver. By downloading the free Portage County Emergency Management App, residents can prepare for and keep informed during emergencies, whether they be related to weather, crime, health, environmental hazards or road conditions. It is the first emergency management (EMA) app in northeast Ohio. The...

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