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Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells!

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Only nine more months left until Christmas Walk 2012!

The official sites have not yet been set in stone but preparations will be beginning soon at most locations…and all over town…including the sponsoring organization, the James A. Garfield Historical Society.  But first ….

The JAGHS has had some pictures from their collection scanned for the Portage County District Library website, with links, mostly shots of the now-defunct Opera House.  Open House will be observed on February 4 and March 3 at the Mott Building from 10:00 to 3:00 with members available to answer questions and provide information.

An estimate for repair work on the roof of the Clock Tower was presented and discussed;  antiquated structural work needs to be replaced.  Input from the Village will be sought.

A modification of the constitutional by-laws is under consideration to restructure the board of trustees and clarify reporting of expenditures.  New members of the board of trustees were proposed once the changes are set.  Next meeting will be when these are finalized.  The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 in the Mott Building on Main Street, Garrettsville

Decoration of the front window will continue to feature the locomotive currently in place but with “tapping season” rapidly approaching, a more maple-themed display is likely to appear…definitely part of the Garrettsville heritage; once upon a time , 50,000 to 75,000 gallons of the “liquid gold” was shipped out of the village every year.

And speaking of Christmas Walk….  Contacts are being made for consideration of listing the event with bus tour companies encouraging visitors from even farther afield, with the   possibility of introducing more people to Garrettsville’s rustic charms.  More people in town, more business for downtown merchants?  Think about it.  Until then….

Jingle Bells…Jingle Bells….