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| Published on April 16, 2014

Newton Falls – Fields soggy from the recent rains and sharp springtime winds didn’t dampen the day for hundreds of local children on the hunt for thousands of brightly-colored plastic spheres left behind by a big fluffy pink bunny on the grounds near the Community Center on Quarry Street. On …

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Friends of Melana Announce Summerfest Race Plans

| Published on April 3, 2014

Friends of Melana (FOM) will hold their Fourth Annual Memorial 5k and 1 mile run/walk at Garrettsville Summerfest, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9am. Proceeds from the event are used to fund research for kid’s cancer specifically for Gliomas. Participants are asked to register at www.stopkidscancer.org and click on events. …

Award-Winning Illustrator Visits CPS

| Published on April 3, 2014

A new work of art has recently been installed at the Crestwood Primary School. The art, while inspired and compiled by award-winning children’s book illustrator Robin Brickman, was created by Crestwood Primary’s second graders. Every last one of them. Through a generous grant from the Hiram Community Trust, Brickman’s Community …

Former Resident Memorialized At Quantico Marine Base

| Published on April 3, 2014

On March 29, in Quantico, Virginia, there was dedicated a memorial to all members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HML-167 who gave their lives in service to the country over the 46  years since the squadron  became (in 1968) the first such squadron formed in a war zone, VietNam.  …

A Time to Pray

| Published on April 3, 2014

GARRETTSVILLE – “We’re going to do all we can to rebuild this Main Street block, restore its businesses, and revive this community,” says Mike Maschek of Maschek Construction, owner of the historic Buckeye Block Building which housed eight of the 14 businesses affected by the Garrettsville fire of March 22.

Upcoming Community Events

| Published on April 3, 2014

Praise and Worship Service
Saturdays
Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7 pm. The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! For more info call 330-898-2156.
 
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from …

Purchasing Manager Retiring from the Library

| Published on April 3, 2014

Garrettsville – After over 25 years of dedicated service, Sharon Foy, Purchasing Manager of the Portage County District Library, has announced her retirement. Foy will retire from her position at the end of April.
Having started her career at the Portage County District Library in 1988 working part-time in the Technical …

Newton Falls Chamber News

| Published on April 3, 2014

Newton Falls – March’s meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association tied up a few loose ends and set plans moving forward while discussing ideas for creating new opportunities for professional growth.
The agenda opened with time for special presentations and this month featured [member], the law offices of Turner, …

Community in Action Breaks Ground for Community Garden

| Published on April 3, 2014

Windham – Hope springs a new with Windham Community in Action’s (CIA) Community Garden of Hope. This past Saturday, Windham CIA held a ground breaking for their community garden that they will plant when the weather breaks.  Prior to the ground breaking ceremony, they held a name the garden contest …

Say Cheese

| Published on April 3, 2014

This weekend, I had the opportunity to make some homemade mozzarella and ricotta cheeses with some friends, and the results were simply delicious. Although ricotta cheese can be made using basic ingredients most of us have in our kitchens, I chose to use a cheese-making kit, which includes everything needed …

American Cancer Society Seeking Teams for Relay For Life of Southern Portage County

| Published on April 2, 2014

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Southern Portage County is just around the corner.  Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at 888.227.6446 x2215 or visiting www.relayforlife.org/sportage. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember …

“This Is How We Roll”

| Published on April 2, 2014

Ryleigh Gough had the high game and series on March 15 in the 9:00 Trio League.  Ryleigh’s average is 85 and she rolled games of 121, 151, and 115 for a very nice 387 series, 132 pins over average for the day.  Kyleigh Grandon was 43 pins over average with …

4-H All Stars

| Published on April 2, 2014

The 4-H All Stars have elected their officers;  Joey Fresch, President; Danielle Popek, Vice President; Stephanie Popek, Secretary; Erin Fresch, Recreation; Jonathan Wiczen, Health and Safety; Rebecca Potter, Reporter. April 12th will be our next meeting. This will be our business meeting. We will also be making Easter candy to …

Town Trotter News

| Published on April 2, 2014

Garrettsville – On Sunday, March 2nd the Garrettsville Town Trotters went to the office of Dann Timmons and Amy Turos on Main Street in Garrettsville and painted the front window. The theme of the window was “Follow the Hoof Prints to 4-H”. This year marks the 100th anniversary for Extension …

Close Quarter Defense – Using non-lethal methods to augment your CCW skills

| Published on April 2, 2014

Kent – The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is hosting a FREE educational seminar event on Tuesday April 8th at the Ravenna Maplewood Career Center,  7075 Ohio 88, Ravenna Ohio.
Close Quarter Defense – using non-lethal methods to augment your CCW skills,  Otherwise known as “The way you fight BEFORE you …

Save-the-Date for the 28th Annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic

| Published on April 2, 2014

Tee up for the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 21, at the Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio. Sponsored by the Middlefield Banking Company and Cleveland Indians Charities, the golf classic supports children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.
Celebrity golfers Bill Wills, co-host …

READ Posters at the Portage County District Library

| Published on April 2, 2014

Garrettsville – The Portage County District Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 14-April 19), a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their …

Great Clips of Aurora and Twinsburg to Assist Garrettsville Food Bank

| Published on April 2, 2014

Now through April 30, Great Clips of Aurora and Great Clips of Twinsburg are collecting non-perishable food items to assist the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.  The food pantry serves 80-100 families per month and lost their entire stock in the recent fire that devastated downtown Garrettsville.
Great Clips of Aurora and …

Garrettsville is Open For Business

| Published on April 2, 2014

Holy Schmoley!  Flames leaping up from the north side of the downtown commercial district.  Customers clutching purchases being hustled past the cash registers by some of G-Ville’s finest  who’d just received word that “Town’s on fire!”  Proprietors hoping against hope to save their goods and their livelihoods…in vain all too …

#GARRETTSVILLESTRONG Fundraiser Spotlight

| Published on April 2, 2014

This weeks upcoming fundraisers geared towards rebuilding downtown Garrettsville. 
Candlelight Winery – Fundraising Event
April 4th – Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Representatives from 31 Gifts, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Perfectly Posh, Premier Jewelry and Velata will be set up at the winery for an Evening of Shopping and Reminiscing. We will have …

Harbingers of spring…The Great Morel

| Published on March 27, 2014

Wow what a winter! It is like the children’s fairy tale “The Never Ending Story” instead we should call it “The Never Ending Winter.” To date, 93% of the Great Lakes are frozen and some say it is the coldest since the winter of 1977-78. Believe it or not, spring …

Misguided Cats

| Published on March 27, 2014

Maplewood, beware!
I’m thinking that the cats—at least some of them—need occupational/vocational counseling.
One of the guys(It’s always the guys)apparently thinks that he is a watchcat, protecting us all from  dangerous gray tiger cats out on the back porch.  He pays no attention at all to the calico incipiently-maternal feline that appears …

Ideas for Your 2013 Tax Refund What could that money do for you?

| Published on March 27, 2014

Is a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for the 2013 tax year or are about to receive it, you might want to think about the destiny of that money. Here are some possibilities.
Start (or add to) an emergency fund. Many people don’t have …

Save the Date!!! Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour May 3rd!

| Published on March 27, 2014

Geauga County Tourism’s Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour will be Saturday, May 3rd, with 25 stops to choose from.  Each stop offers special activities, demonstrations, sales, treats or drawings to tour participants. This year’s tour features 14 locations that are brand new to the Tour, so choose a minimum of 10 …

G-Men Alumni — “Save The Date”

| Published on March 27, 2014

The 9th Annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on Sept 20th. Anyone who attended JAG High School is welcome to attend. The event will include dinner, entertainment by the award winning high school band and tours of the campus including …

Cookies

| Published on March 27, 2014

Like many of you, our family and employees are saddened by the loss our town suffered this past weekend. We have grown to know many of the business owners and their families over the years and are working with the fundraising groups in Garrettsville to host a number of events. …

Literary Music Club News

| Published on March 27, 2014

On March 12th LMC held their monthly meeting, even if it was the worst day snow-wise. There were 6 of us attending. Alma Jones and Mary Leggett decorated for St. Patrick’s day. It was very cheerful and took our minds off the bad weather. Our program was presented by Iva …

Gone…. GONE…. GONE!

| Published on March 27, 2014

The first department store in Portage County (Chic & Shabby/the Root Store)transformed into a  source for home decorating with a distinctive touch…a craftsman fascinated by and devoted to clocks… a fledgling lawyer, an experienced attorney…the Barber of G-Ville…lawn and garden equipment gurus…a quilt shop drawing craft persons  from all over …

School Construction Project Update

| Published on March 27, 2014

The Campus of Excellence Oversight Committee met on March 20, 2014 in the James A. Garfield Middle School to receive information and updates on the momentous project under way in the district, moving the Intermediate School to the main campus, thus gathering all the parts of the system—Elementary, Intermediate, Middle …

Hiram College Head Swim Coach Jack Groselle Sets Another World Record in U.S. Masters Swimming

| Published on March 27, 2014

Hiram – Hiram College head swimming and diving coach Jack Groselle added to his already impressive list of records by setting his second World Record of the year as part of U.S. Masters Swimming recently at the Milford Meltdown hosted by the Milford Athletic Club in Milford, Mich. on March …

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News

| Published on March 27, 2014

Garrettsville – The March 17 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society was preceded by an open house coinciding with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Garrettsville and a number of visitors were welcomed to view the collections in the historic Mott Building.

Nelson Township Trustee News

| Published on March 27, 2014

Nelson Twp – Officials present at the March 19th, 2014 trustee meeting were fiscal officer J. David Finney and township trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Tom Matota. Also present were, Roads Supervisor Chuck Vanek, Zoning Inspector Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, and Community House Caretaker Michelle Cmunt.
Finney made copies of the …

Council Approves Use of Lot for Community Garden

| Published on March 27, 2014

Windham – Windham Village Council held their monthly meeting a week ahead of the original scheduled meeting to accommodate council members’ schedules. The meeting was called to order and the minutes, expenditures, bank reconciliation and safety report were presented and approved.

14th Annual Patchwork Benefit for DDC Clinic ~ Center for Special Needs Children

| Published on March 27, 2014

Middlefield – The 14th Annual  Patchwork Benefit will be held at Federated Church Family Life Center located in Bainbridge Township, Ohio on April 12, 2014. Upon arrival, party guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, stroll through items up for sale in the live auction, bid on unique silent auction items and  …

Rebuild Garrettsville Meeting

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram Village News ~ March

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram – At the last meeting of the Hiram Village Council, Hiram Mayor Lou Bertrand acknowledged the Hiram Fire Department’s Save of the Year recipients. The team was honored for the successful resuscitation of a full cardiac arrest victim on Vaughn Road in February. On that snowy morning, the Fire …

Adventurous music lovers, here’s something right up your alley.

| Published on March 26, 2014

Hiram College’s Marcia Kenyon Bissell Opera Workshop will present the world premier of the opera Verlorene Heimat (Lost Homeland) on April 10 and 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Renner Performing Arts Theater , 11762 Dean St. in Hiram.  The opera, composed by Hiram College Associate Professor of Music …

J.A. Garfield Announces Winter All P.T.C. Athletes

| Published on March 26, 2014

Boys Basketball
Anthony Workman – 1st Team
Nick Jurcevic – 2nd Team
Mason Butler – Honorable Mention
 
Girls Basketball
Grayson Rose – 1st Team
Madisson Geddes – 2nd Team
Lauren Jones – Honorable Mention
Alicia Witte – Honorable Mention
 
Boys Bowling
Jaret Doraski – 1st Team
Colin McGurer – 1st Team
Zach Britton – 2nd Team
Zack Hoffmann – 2nd Team
Keddy Conway – …

Twentieth Century Club News

| Published on March 26, 2014

The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville completed its journey through the Dewey Decimal System, fittingly, at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, with the 900’s, history and geography.  Roll call was answered by enlightening the group as to what  each would take on  the way to a …

Voters & Candidates Face2Face…a different kind of candidate forum on April 3 hosted by the League of Women Voters of Kent

| Published on March 26, 2014

Kent – Candidates for county, state and Congressional seats have been invited to meet and talk with voters in small groups at an election forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent on Thursday, April 3.

Upcoming Community Events

| Published on March 26, 2014

Praise and Worship Service
Saturdays
Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7 pm. The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! For more info call 330-898-2156.
 
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from …

“I’d like to learn more about using computers, but I can’t make it in to all the classes at the library. Are there online classes I can take?”

| Published on March 26, 2014

The Newton Falls Public Library offers free computer classes and one-on-one times three Mondays and one Saturday every month. However, we understand that everyone has busy schedules. Fortunately, there are online resources available. Cynthia Casterline, our technology educator, recommended LearningExpress Library and GCFLearnFree.org.
LearningExpress Library requires that you set up an …

Puppy Tails

| Published on March 26, 2014

The wind still whistled through the curious puppy’s floppy ears, but Doodle Dog had so much fun at the park he decided to go back again today to see what more he could find. As he made his way down the sidewalk, his little legs tilted his body slightly to …

Donations Accepted for Food Pantry

| Published on March 23, 2014

The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard was among the businesses devastated by Saturday’s fire. Every week they serve hundreds of area families and help make ends meet.
Non-perishable food items, household supplies, or monetary donations for the food pantry will be accepted at The Weekly Villager building (8088 Main Street) beginning at 9am Monday morning.
Let’s …

“Can you taste the difference between an expensive and inexpensive wine?”

| Published on March 21, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions I get at the winery is “Can you taste the difference between an expensive and inexpensive wine?” This is always a tough question to answer but usually I can tell the difference between the two wines. However there are some inexpensive wines that …

“This Is How We Roll”

| Published on March 21, 2014

Now that the high school bowling season is over, the Scholastic League has started back up.  This year it’s a doubles format, made up of not only high school students, but also a number of other bowlers who are hoping to bowl on the high school team in the future.  …

Oxford English Dictionary and then some

| Published on March 21, 2014

The Oxford English Dictionary has just come out with its quarterly revisions and additions.  Some nine hundred new words and phrases have now been deemed worthy to grace its pages, some of them pretty far out there.  How often do you wish to know the meaning of Empedoclean? ( Don’t …

“Can groundhogs climb? I swear I saw one in a tree, but no one believes me.”

| Published on March 21, 2014

At the Newton Falls Public Library, we weren’t familiar with tree-climbing groundhogs either, but we looked into it and, as it turns out, they’re very capable climbers and they’re also able to swim!

Wise Decisions with Retirement in Mind Certain financial & lifestyle choices may lead you toward a better future.

| Published on March 21, 2014

Some retirees succeed at realizing the life they want, others don’t. Fate aside, it isn’t merely a matter of stock market performance or investment selection that makes the difference. There are certain dos and don’ts – some less apparent than others – that tend to encourage retirement happiness and comfort. 

Tales From Down The Old Road… Early Memories of the Family’s Automobiles

| Published on March 21, 2014

How far back can you remember into your childhood?  I’m guessing that most people can’t remember much before 4 years old.  I’ve read that approximately 4 years of age is somewhat of a threshold of actively recalled memory experiences. This is not to say that there aren’t occasional flashback experiences—dreams …

Freedom Township News

| Published on March 21, 2014

As the new year is progressing, Freedom Township has had an uneventful winter. Our township was well prepared for the weather; we have experienced NO shortage of road material.  There have not been any major issues come up in the township.  Our rental halls have been used on a regular …