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Ravenna – On August 16, 2014, Portage APL and the Paws for Golf Committee hope you will join them for a fun filled day of golf.  All proceeds benefit the APL and the nearly a thousand animals rescued and adopted each year. The outing will be held at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville from 12pm – 7pm.  This 18-hole scramble includes a cart, lunch, free beverages, gifts, BBQ dinner as well as skill and door prizes!

To register call the APL at 330.296.4022. Cost is $100 per golfer or $35 for dinner only.

The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals, who have no voice.  We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant.

To register or for more information, please call the Portage APL at 330.296.4022 or visit our website at www.portageapl.org

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Ravenna - Coleman Adult Day Services is offering an informational session to those Portage County families and caregivers who are feeling the stresses of being the main support of a loved one in need, targeting those who are assisting someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This free event will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 5:30p.m. at the Coleman Adult Day Services facility, 6695 N. Chestnut St., in Ravenna, near Ravenna High School. A free dinner is included and our staff will also be present to provide care to your loved ones if needed. Although this session is free, an RSVP is required by June 3rd as seating is limited to only 75.

Dr. Jim Collins, Ph.D., is guest speaking on the very serious matters of both caregiver burnout and depression as well as medication misuse among the elderly.  Dr. Collins has taught gerontology, sociology, anthropology, and psychology which paved the way to providing training, education and motivation to senior care companies, hospice, home health care, and hospitals for more than 20 years. He is known for his writings, consulting, and his continuing education classes both live and online.

Dementia is not a single disease in itself. Instead, it’s a collective term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. It indicates problems with at least two brain functions such as memory loss, impaired judgment, language, and the inability to perform some daily activities.

Unfortunately, dementia is an incurable disease and can get extremely frustrating. The feelings of anger, guilt, discouragement, worry, and social isolation are very common. However, services and facilities such as Coleman’s Adult Day Services make it easier on the chosen caregiver. They provide an affordable alternative that allows caregivers time for work, personal or other family needs. While at Adult Day, caring and certified professionals will treat your family member like one of their own. They will participate in structured, therapeutic and social activities that are goal oriented for mind, body, and spirit that will provide stimulation and the best opportunity for success for our participants.

CEU certificates for 2 hours will also be available for any nurses and social workers that may need them. For more information regarding the June 10th informational session or to RSVP please contact Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.


Ravenna - The annual Portage County 4-H member recognition and achievement program was held recently at Maplewood Career Center.  4-H members and clubs were recognized for outstanding performances in 2013.

Lto R   Doug Rohal- Leadership Washington Focus trip, Morgan Bellar- Sea Camp, Jacqueline Moss- Citizenship Washington Focus trip, and Jacob Rohal- Forestry Camp Photo: Roberta R. Gallagher

Lto R Doug Rohal- Leadership Washington Focus trip, Morgan Bellar- Sea Camp, Jacqueline Moss- Citizenship Washington Focus trip, and Jacob Rohal- Forestry Camp
Photo: Roberta R. Gallagher

Among the awards presented were Blue Ribbon Awards for club secretaries and treasurers who submitted accurate and complete record books for their clubs.

4-H Week Window Decorating/ 4-H Awareness contest winners included the Edinburg Seambusters, Creatures N’ Features, The Outlaws, Everything Under the Sun, Portage County Shepherds, Kitchen Crew, The Alpha Pack, Field Nimble Thimbles and Country Cooks, and the Garrettsville Town Trotters.

The Portage County 4-H Life Skills Committee awarded $500 scholarships to members who have taken on  life skills projects. Recipients included Rachel Maefs, Garrett Rohal, Tyler Flynn, and Rachel Neal.

Clubs that met the criteria of Clubs of Distinction/Honor Clubs included the 10thCavalry, Critter Getters, Edinburg Seambusters, Everything Under the Sun, Garrettsville Town Trotters, Goats-R-Us, Kitchen Crew, Kritters & Kids, Market Masters, Nosey Nibblers, Paws-N-Claws, Portage County Shepherds, Portage County Unleashed, Portage Projects, Portage Steakmakers, Rootstown Small Ones, St. Joseph Green Rangers, The Alpha Pack, and The Outlaws.

The dog, goat, horse, and small animal committees recognized members in the areas of leadership, citizenship, most improved, and a number of other species specific awards.

County Gold Medal Award winners were Cory Mathia for horses, Megan MacIntyre for dogs, Samantha Eckhart for swine, Jamie Willis for sheep, Kyle Kissamore for beef, Seth Allen for poultry, Ryan Kissamore for goats, Emma Tuel for clothing and textiles, and Pachel Parks for achievement.

4-H Camps and Trip Award winners included Jacqueline Moss for Citizenship Washington Focus Trip, Caroline Blay and Douglas Rohal for Leadership Washington Focus Trip, Morgan Bellar for Sea Camp, Emily Simmons for Carving New Ideas Workshop, Emily Starkey for Ohio 4-H Space Adventure Camp, Jacob Rohal for Forestry Camp, and Nathan Kline for Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp.  These camps and trips are sponsored by the Portage County Randolph Fair Board.


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Ravenna – TOPS –Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Ravenna Chapter #1941, celebrated their annual awards and recognition recently. The theme of the program was “Follow the path to your dreams”.

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest

Pictured above (left to right)  Chapter Winners- Stephen Rohal, Patti Calvarese, Carolyn Helmling, Debbie Horning, and MaryLou Priest. Photo: Roberta Gallagher

Chapter winners included Debbie Horning-1st place division 3, MaryLou Priest- 2nd place division 3, Carolyn Helmling- 1st place division 4, Patti Calvarese- 1st place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal- 1st place male division 9.  The five winners lost a combined total of 268 pounds in 2013.

In addition, the chapter took part in the TOPS Annual State Recognition Days held in Cincinnati recently. The theme was “Chase your dreams with TOPS” celebrating all the state winners for 2013.

Members honored at State Recognition Days included Cherryl Duffield for maintaining her goal weight as a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) for 4 years, Patti Calvarese for State 2nd place female division 9, and Stephen Rohal 1st place male division 9 for the state of Ohio.  Stephen will go on to represent Ohio at the TOPS International Recognition Days being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of TOPS International, in July.

Ravenna Chapter #1941 was honored as a “TOPS Top 10 Chapter” in the state for weight loss with an average loss of 8.6 pounds per member for the year.

Anyone interested in Taking Off Pounds Sensibly is invited to attend Thursday mornings at the Maplewood Christian Church 7300 SR 88 Ravenna. Weigh-in is between 9 and 9:45 with the weight loss program beginning from 10am until 11am.


Pictured left to right: Diane Jendrisak, Co-President of the Portage County Gardeners, and Chair of the May Mart/Plant Sale& Nancy Polz, chair of Pre-Sale. They are getting ready for the upcoming events at the garden center at  5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna

Pictured left to right: Diane Jendrisak, Co-President of the Portage County Gardeners, and Chair of the May Mart/Plant Sale& Nancy Polz, chair of Pre-Sale. They are getting ready for the upcoming events at the garden center at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna

Ravenna – The Portage County Gardeners are hosting several upcoming events at the garden center in Rootstown.  The address for the center is 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266

The first event is a Mother’s Day sale on Sat. May 10 from 9a.m.- 2p.m. There will be hanging baskets and patio pots for sale at various prices for the Mother’s Day Sale.  Then on Fri. eve May 16 – 4-7p.m and on Sat. May 17- 9-2 p.m. there will be a May Mart/ Plant Sale which includes home-dug perennials, area nursery  stock of annuals, baskets, patio pots, vegetables, herbs, raffles, lunch, a display of the winning posters from the Soil and Water Conservation Contest, a display by the Master Gardeners’, a PCGC membership display, and a bake sale. Thirdly, a Canning Workshop will be offered at the garden center on Sat. June 14, from 10- noon. The cost for this workshop is $25.00 .  Those interested in the Canning Workshop need to contact Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 for a reservations and pre-pay.

Finally, on June 17 the center will host Noelle Clark from Petitti’s Garden Center for a program called ” The Junkyard Up-Cycled Garden.”  Mark your calendars for the plant sales, the canning workshop and program.  You will be delighted.


Photo: nickshamhart.com

Photo: nickshamhart.com

Ravenna – Nick Shamhart will be speaking at Reed Memorial Library on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. as the final program of the library’s Local Authors Series.

Nick Shamhart’s writing ranges from romantic comedy to thriller. He is the author of the theologically- and psychologically-driven series based on the afterlife called the Balance Books, and the romantic comedy, The Knight’s Wife. Nick’s latest work, The Fog Within, is his best-selling and highly acclaimed dramatic look into the mind of a severely autistic woman.

Nick Shamhart lives in Cleveland with his wife and two daughters. For more detailed information visit his website, www.nickshamhart.com.

All programs in the Local Authors Series are free and do not require registration. For more information visit Reed Memorial Library at 167 East Main Street, Ravenna, or call (330) 296-2827 (ext. 200).

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Ravenna – Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Health Education Center and PARTA Regional Transport has partnered together for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cancer killer in the U.S. and can be found early with testing, when treatment is most effective. Throughout the month of March, PARTA buses will be displaying posters with facts and information about colorectal cancer, with thanks to Frank Hairston, PARTA Marketing Director. 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced Maplewood Career Center student Holly DeYoung from Garrettsville, OH, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. 

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Ravenna – The Portage County Board of Elections is seeking energetic, civically-minded area residents to serve their community by becoming poll workers.
With the coming year’s elections for governor and other statewide offices, the need is critical. “We need thoughtful, respectful people to work the polls now more than ever,” Director Faith Lyon said.  The county needs around 600 volunteers to staff the polls at its 62 polling locations on election day.  Added Deputy Director Brad Cromes, “Without strong poll workers, we simply could not do what we do – they’re the backbone of our operation.”

To become a poll worker, applicants must be registered to vote in Portage County, have no felony convictions, and read and speak English clearly.  Duties include setting up the polling location, answering voter’s questions about the process, and assisting voters with voting equipment.  “If you can work a bank ATM, you can assist with the voting machines,” Lyon said.

Poll workers are paid $120 for their work on election day and $20 for attending a two-hour training, available on nights and weekends.  Workers who return election supplies to the Board office on election night receive an additional $5.
To apply to become a poll worker, residents can visit the Board’s website at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/election and download an application or call the office directly at 330-297-3511.  The deadline for applications is Monday, March 31st.

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Ravenna – In celebration of the Valentine’s holiday and in hopes to increase adoptions, Portage APL is holding an adoption event, called My Furry Valentine. February 14-15, adopters will receive 14% off of cat and dog adoption fees (reg. fees for dogs are $150 and cats are $50).  Also, each animal adopted will go home with a brand new toy, treats, a blanket and a collar (for dogs), while supplies last.  

Ravenna - Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with tax valuation appeals. “Property tax values are available at the Auditor’s Office, where the staff or I will be happy to explain what values are on record and how to file an appeal. The entire process is free.”

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Ravenna – Avoid the doldrums of winter and participate in a fun program at your local public library. The theme for Reed Memorial Library’s 2014 Winter Reading Program is “Destination: Anywhere.” Adults and Teens will have a chance to win prizes from February 17 through March 17, 2014. For every book you check out (including audio and ebook formats, but excluding movies on DVD and VHS) you will get a ticket. Fill out the ticket, turn it in, and you are entered into the weekly prize drawing. If you do not win the weekly prize, your ticket is automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Prizes will range from gift cards to books and surprises. Remember the more times you enter the better your chances of winning a wonderful prize.

Ravenna –The Portage County Business Round Table will hold a seminar on February 25th at Maplewood Career Center. The topic will focus on matching skills to needs to affect your bottom line. The event will begin with a continental breakfast/networking at 7:30 am, followed by the program starting promptly at 8:00 am and will be concluded by 9:00 am.

The program will feature presentations from three agencies:


·  Hattie Larlham – Lauri Molnar, Business Development

·    Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities- Jaime Nichols, Community Employment Manager

·  SAW (Solutions At Work)- Marilyn Jares, Sales Manager


This seminar will highlight the benefits of working with these agencies such as:


· Gaining employees with excellent dependability

· Receiving ongoing comprehensive support

· Skills matching and training

·  Assessment opportunity (two weeks free employment)

· Cost effectiveness


To register, please contact the Portage Development Board, at 330.297.3470, tdaniel@portagedevbd.org or your local chamber of commerce. Persons who pre-register will pay $10 (cash or check). Persons who do not pre-register will pay $15 at the door.

The registration deadline is February 18th, 2014.


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Ravenna -  It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice has been honored to care for many of the veterans of Portage County. We are excited about furthering our partnership with the VA and the opportunity to learn more about the specific needs of the veterans we serve,” stated Dina Douglas, LISW-S, Social Work and Bereavement Coordinator for Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice. “Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice is dedicated to developing relationships with the many providers of care, including the Veteran’s Commission.”  

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Ravenna – Shopping the day after Thanksgiving has become the ‘stressful norm’ in our chaotic American lives as we hit the trail running in our quest to find ‘that perfect gift’ for everyone on our shopping list.  BUT it doesn’t have to be that way.  After more than 31 years as a family celebration in downtown Ravenna, Midnight Madness has proven that Christmas shopping can be a fun and ‘stress-less’ event.  

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Ravenna – Ravenna Balloon A-Fair’s annual lighted Christmas Parade “Treasures Under The Tree” (sponsored by Fortis College) will take place in downtown Ravenna on Main Street at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Line up begins at 6pm at the corner of Main Street & Myrtle and at East Plaza parking lot.

The parade includes themed floats, dancing and marching groups. Leading off the parade will be the Ravenna High School Band under the direction of Drew Adametz.

Santa Claus straight from the North Pole will arrive on a Ravenna Fire Truck. Local youngsters will have a chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa following the parade at the Buckeye Mini Mall, located at 250 E. Main St.

For parade information call the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair at (330) 296-3247or Mark Short at 330-297-1586.


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Ravenna – “Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and find health information. A large gap exists between the way healthcare issues are communicated and how most people understand that communication. In fact, according to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information.

Ravenna – On October 2, Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice volunteers were honored for their dedication and service to Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice and the Portage County community. The annual event, held at the Ravenna Elks Lodge, celebrated those who are committed to serving individuals and families in hospice care.

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Ravenna  – In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Robinson Memorial Hospital is providing a one-day opportunity for the public to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and other medications on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 am – 2 pm in the parking lot of the Robinson Medical Arts Building, 6847 North Chestnut St, Ravenna.

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Ravenna – The drawing for the Big Brothers & Sisters $10,000 Give Away was held on Saturday September 7, at the Kent State University football game. Because all 200 tickets were not sold, it was a 50/50 raffle with the winner and the agency each receiving $1850.

And the lucky winner was…ticket #55, Triangle Pharmacy!

Big Brothers & Sisters thanks everyone who participated in the fundraiser. All proceeds go to our one-to-one mentoring program for the children in Portage County. We hope everyone will particapte in the Give Away next year.

For more information on volunteering for our program, please call 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.

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Ravenna – The smell of angel wing begonias and pride filled the air at the Maplewood Career Center’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) GED graduation on Thursday, June 6, 2013.    The room filled up with approximately 250 guests as they witnessed the 2013 GED graduates walk down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance.”    Doris Schoning, Coordinator of the ABLE Program and Director of the Portage County Literacy Coalition, welcomed the GED graduates, their guests, and friends.   The evening started off with a round of introductions and speakers, which included:  Randy Griffith, Superintendent of Maplewood Career Center, Sarah Lawry, representing Senator Sherrod Brown, and Kathleen Clyde, Ohio House Representative.   

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Ravenna – It was a spellbinding event on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Ralph Regula Conference Center located at NEOMED in Rootstown, Ohio.  The Portage County Literacy Coalition (PCLC) held its 22nd annual “Jeopardy-Style” Spelling Bee.  This year there were five teams that competed against each other.  The Community Action Council of Portage County retuned to try and hold the winner’s plaque for another year against Deluxe Corporation of Streetsboro, Delta Systems, Inc. of Streetsboro, NEOMED of Rootstown, and “Team Herb” of Ravenna.  This year we had a very special team.  In July 2012, we lost a very special member of the Portage County Literacy Coalition, Herb Schoning.  He was a previous president and board member, a teacher, tutor, friend, and yearly team sponsor of “Group One.”   We had two Adult Basic and Literacy Education teachers and a volunteer tutor represent “Team Herb.”

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Ravenna – The Ravenna Lions will be celebrating 60 years of serving the Ravenna Community on Friday, June 28th at the Ravenna Elks Club, 776 N. Freedom Ave. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.

The buffet dinner consists of; Sliced Roast Beef au jus, Pretzel covered chicken, roasted red skinned potatoes, Steamed green beans, Garden tossed salad, Rolls & butter. There will be a choice of coffee, iced tea and water. Desserts will be provided. There will also be a cash bar provided by the Elks.

Our special guests this evening will be District 13-D Governor John Woodside.

The cost is $25 per person and is open to the public. If you’d like to come celebrate with us, please send your payment to Club Treasurer Rick Fredrick, 1861 Algonquin Place, Kent, Ohio 44240.

The deadline for all reservations is Monday, June 19th. Please make all checks payable to the Ravenna Lions. For more information please contact Lion President Deborah Sunderland at 330-730-2114.

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Ravenna Recreation Department still has openings its Summer Playground Camp program for children entering K-7th grade in the Fall 2013 and the Jr. Camp Counselor program for children entering 8th, 9th and 10th grade in Fall 2013. Program is held at John Tontimonia City Park from June 10 to August 9 (No camp July 4th).

Call the Parks and Recreation office at (330) 296-2864 for more details and costs for the 9 week program which includes breakfast, lunch and field trips, and swimming.

Scholarships which are awarded based on income are also available to help off the cost of the program.

For more information stop by at 530 North Freedom St., weekdays 8a.m. to 12 noon and 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m. or call the Recreation office at 330-296-2864.


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Ravenna – On April 25, Robinson Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Disaster Planning Consortium (NECO) and a number of emergency management agencies, held a mock disaster exercise to test the hospitals’ abilities to respond to a devastating ice storm which swept through the region resulting in numerous simulated casualties and fatalities.

All 50 participating agencies among 13 counties were given the same scenario in order to assess their collaborative efforts in planning and responding, communicating with each other and sharing supplies, equipment or staff when possible. “Through these exercises, hospitals continue to show great capability in using systems and processes that will ensure appropriate care can be provided for our patients in the midst of a disaster or incident that threatens the safety of the community ,” said Sarah Metzger,  Director of the Akron Regional Hospital Association. “Hospitals tested the ability to share multiple critical resources with other partner hospitals and agencies with great success. It was clearly demonstrated that hospitals and community partners are able to respond together to fulfill the needs of the community.”

Functional exercises and mock disaster drills such as this one serve the purpose of testing each hospital or agency’s internal disaster and crisis communication plans. “These exercises serve as a valuable learning tool because they emphasize not only what we are doing well, but also areas where improvements can be made,” said Metzger. “An outcome report will be distributed to all participating hospitals and agencies which will highlight areas to focus on improving upon for next year.”

Ravenna  – The Portage County Business Round Table offers seminars on useful topics to area business owners.  On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the featured topic for the morning event is the Ohio Small Business Development Center and how it can help existing business stay and grow in Portage County. The meeting will be held at Maplewood Career Center (7075 St. Rt. 88, Ravenna, OH 44266)

The event commences at 7:30 am with registration, networking, and continental breakfast.  The program starts promptly at 8 am and concludes at 9 am.

The program speakers are Susan McGann, a Certified Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, and Keith Harris, President and CEO of Kero International, Inc.

To register, please contact the Portage Development Board, 217 S. Chestnut St. in Ravenna, 330.297.3470 or by e-mail to tdaniel@portagedevbd.org or your local chamber of commerce. Persons who pre-register will pay $10 (cash or check), and are responsible for payment whether they attend or not.  Checks should be made payable to the Portage Development Board.   Persons who do not pre-register will pay $15 at the door, and no shows will be invoiced.  The deadline to register is May 22, 2013.


Ravenna – At Relay For Life events, communities come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much from each of us. That’s why 531 participants on 38 teams have already raised over $56,500 for the Relay For Life event at the Ravenna Stadium this Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4th – to raise funds to find a cure for the disease that affects so many lives.

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Ravenna -  On April 25, 2013, Robinson Memorial Hospital will participate in a disaster exercise conducted by the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Disaster Planning Consortium (NECO). Disaster exercises or mock drills are held annually to test the plans and response processes of participating hospitals and emergency management agencies. This year’s exercise will stage a disaster that impacts 13 surrounding counties with 50 agencies participating.

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Ravenna – Fortis College in Ravenna will host an open house at 3 p.m. on April 24 featuring a unique attraction that has revolutionized medical education. The campus is located at 653 Enterprise Pkwy., Ravenna (330-297-7319).

As part of the event, attendees will get to see and interact with Fortis College in Ravenna’s technologically advanced METIman patient simulator. METIman is used for numerous simulated clinical nursing experiences, including chest management, asthma management, and respiratory distress. The patient simulator gives students an immersive opportunity with visual, auditory, and tactile learning experiences.

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Ravenna – The Portage County Health Department held its 1st annual open house April 2, 2013. “This was a chance to introduce the public to our staff and to educate them on the services we provide for them every day,” said DuWayne Porter, Health Commissioner.

The open house provided residents with many hands on events including getting their blood pressure checked, taking part in a hand washing demonstration, learning how to calibrate their meat thermometers, and listening to several presentations including water concerns due to fracking and traveling safety. Fourteen county residents took advantage of the How to Stay Healthy While Traveling presentation; receiving a voucher to waive the $50 consultation fee.

A special thank you to the MRC Volunteers Jane Moser, Jim and Lucille DeMarco, Karen Tymcio, and Susie Plaisted who helped make the open house a success.

The health department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and can be reached by phone at 330-296-9919.

For questions, contact Becky Lehman, PCHD Health Educator at 330-296-9919 ext. 137


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Ravenna  – The Portage County Board of Elections is seeking energetic, civic-minded area residents to serve their community by becoming poll workers.

While she does not believe the coming year will be as busy as last November’s presidential election, Director Faith Lyon said “Individuals can apply at any time – and we are always looking for good and thoughtful workers.”  The county needs around 600 volunteers to staff the polls at its 62 polling locations on election day.  Added Deputy Director Brad Cromes, “Without good poll workers, we simply could not do what we do – they’re the backbone of our operation.”

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Ravenna  – First Book – Portage County announced today it is accepting book grant applications from community groups and nonprofits.  This spring, First Book – Portage County plans to grant out approximately 1500 new books to programs in Portage County.  Teachers and directors of local preschools, day care, after-school, tutoring and mentoring programs are encouraged to apply on behalf of their programs. To be eligible to receive a First Book grant, organizations are required to: incorporate reading as part of their program activities, serve children and families from low-income households, provide distribution to each child in the program, and support the child’s ongoing education outside of the school classroom setting.  Applications are due by March 15.

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Ravenna – Some people started preparing for the Christmas holidays as early as Halloween. Others got a start on their shopping by Thanksgiving or Black Friday. But even these early birds were put to shame by a group of young kids known as the Chesty Pullers Young Marines. Back on October 1, they started collecting 4,000 toys for 360 local families, so 900 Portage County kids could experience a Merry Christmas through Toys for Tots. Seventy-five local businesses and nearly 50 Young Marines, staff and parents did their part to make this happen.

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Ravenna – The local Home Instead Senior Care® office is offering a unique approach to help Portage County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence. Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available through a Family Education Workshop to be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at 705 Oakwood St., in Ravenna.

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Ravenna – The Chesty Puller Young Marines unit recently moved back to Ravenna from Cuyahoga Falls, and the organization is spreading the word they’ve returned ‘home’ and are re-engaged with the local community.
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. A national organization, the Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character-building and leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
The Chesty Puller Young Marines has been a unit for 21 years, previously called the Ravenna Young Marines. The unit was founded in  October 1990. The 44th Recruit Platoon is currently completing their training. The local unit is named after Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell (Chesty) Puller, the most decorated Marine in the history of the Marine Corps, who saw combat in the years between the World Wars, World War II, and the Korean War.
The Chesty Pullers meet regularly on Tuesday nights, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Ravenna VFW post (just south of TSC), under the command of Ronald L. Pownall. Unit staff member Jamie Hilverding says there are currently 45 youth enrolled in the unit with four members in the Crestwood school system and four in the Streetsboro school system.
The unit recently marched in the Mantua Potato Festival and Ravenna Balloon-A-Fair parades. Several of the local Young Marines help the American Legion Post in Mantua with the flag duties at Crestwood’s home football games.

Upcoming events at various locations include:
October 13: 8th Annual Young Marine Ball
November 11:    Western Reserve Veteran’s Ceremony
December 19-22: Toys For Tots (distributing the toys collected over the next three months)
November 3:    Night at the Races Fundraiser
November 11:    Western Reserve Veteran’s Ceremony

In observance of September 11, the unit participated in the Summit County Stand Down, collecting enough items to create 500 packages for veterans this year.  “Each year, the number of veterans we serve at the Stand Down increases by approximately 10-15 percent,” Hilverding said. “ Last year, we provided supplies for 400 veterans.”
Other unit activities throughout the year include CPR training, campouts, historical encampments, flag-folding and flag retirement ceremonies, watercraft safety courses, clean-up days, Memorial Day and Flag Day ceremonies.
For more information, see www.chestypulleryoungmarines.com or  youngmarines.com. Or contact Recruiting Officer Katie Haring at 330-322-7275 (email: cpympaymaster@neo.rr.com).

Ravenna -  The 34th Annual Balloon A-Fair was deemed a success. The event offered two parades, a fireworks display, vendors, live entertainment, food, rides and, of course, two spectacular balloon launches.
Saturday’s balloon launch drew near record numbers to Sunbeau Valley Farms to watch the sky become a kaleidoscope of colors as 22 balloons took flight.
The crowd started forming around 4pm to watch the 6pm launch. Following the launch, folks visited the vendors, rode rides, and listened to live music as they waited for the anticipated fireworks display that was set off at dusk.
Sunday morning activities started off early with a car/tractor show at Sunbeau Valley Farms and ended with the second balloon launch of the weekend, once again turning the blue skies into a kaleidoscope.

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Ravenna – Stop by Portage APL on September 22, 2012 from 10-3 for a rummage sale and help homeless animals.  From small appliances and books to dog and cat supplies and household items, there’s something for everyone.  

Ravenna – The Portage County Historical Society will begin new hours of operation starting September 1, 2012.  The Society is located at 6549-51 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna OH and will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. The museum and library will no longer be open on Sundays for tours or research.

Photo: Heather Braddock

Ravenna – The Coleman Adult Day Services in Ravenna provides care and services for the elderly; services such nursing, personal care assistance, meals,  therapeutic and recreational activities. Four years ago, they faced budget cuts. These cuts would have limited the services they could provide for their patients. For the family members of one Coleman client, this budget cut was a call to action. With the help of their mothers and aunts, the teenage grandchildren of Steve and Rosemarie Mandalari decided they would create a charity for Coleman in their grandparents’ honor, and Kids 4 Coleman began.

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Ravenna – The Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program at Maplewood Career Center recognized GED graduates on Thursday, June 7th at 7 p.m.   The adult GED graduates held their heads high with smiles as they entered the room and the ceremony in their honor began.   Doris Schoning, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Coordinator and Portage County Literacy Coalition Director, took center stage by welcoming the GED graduates, their families, and friends to the ceremony.   She mentioned thanks to all of her staff, volunteers, and those that partner with the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program.  Doris Schoning then presented the Outstanding Community Partner Award to the Community Action Council.  David Shea, the Executive Director of the organization, accepted the award.    She then continued introducing special guests in the audience, which included:  Kathleen Chandler, Former State Representative; Kathleen Clyde, State Representative; and Michelle Seckman, the Treasurer of Maplewood Career Center.   

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The Ravenna United Fund, Inc. is sponsoring SummerFest 2012 from 10:00am – 6:00pm on Saturday, June 16 downtown Ravenna.

Opening ceremony by Mayor Joe Bica and the singing of the National Anthem by Linda Pierson will be held at 10:00am. Main Street in downtown Ravenna will be turned into a street filled with entertainment on Saturday. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, sit awhile as you enjoy a fun filled day. Food and treats will be available throughout the day. An information table will be set up on the courthouse lawn where visitors can pick up fliers with details regarding the Ravenna SummerFest events of the day.

Joe Mazzola is organizing the Ravenna SummerFest Car Show, that will be displayed on Main Street, which will be closed to through traffic. Ravenna Guido’s and Ravenna Hometown Bank are sponsoring this event. The cost to participate in the car show is $5 per car. Registration begins at 9am. Drivers will be awarded trophies including Best of Show Stock and Best of Show Modified.

Participating merchants will hold sidewalk sales or hang signs in their windows to participate. Many of the merchants will set on the streets while others will have tables in front of their stores. Throughout the day there will be food vendors, merchant sales, sidewalk sales, D.J. and karaoke, as well as a Marshal Arts demonstration. There will also be face painting by Working Grass Loom from Historical Society.

There will be a Marlene Watt Memorial Event on June 16 as well. Participants will meet at Ravenna High School Campus, 6589 North Chestnut Street. Registration will be at 7:00am. The 2-mile run/walk will start at 8:00am, the 5-mile walk/run starts at 8:30am, and the 1-mile Paw- #4 kids starts at 9:30am.

We hope to see you, as well as your family at this fun filled day of events!