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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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Rotary Report

| Published on June 19, 2011

Members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary took a field trip to the wilds of the Hiram College Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd to be enlightened on the scope and purpose of the operation of the facility.  One of Hiram College’s curricular centers, its focus is on the Study of Nature …

“I’m trying to register for unemployment and the site is saying I already have an account. I don’t remember doing this.”

| Published on June 19, 2011

A very frustrated patron approached the Newton Falls Public Library staff, saying “I’m trying to register for unemployment and the site is saying I already have an account. I don’t remember doing this.” Unfortunately, at that time, the staff members were not able to resolve the situation, and he went …

Wine Tasting

| Published on June 19, 2011

Red? White? Dry? Sweet? Sparkling? Fruit? Have you ever been to a wine tasting and faced with all of these choices and not know where to start? Well before you head out to your next wine tasting, let me provide some guidance.
Depending on which wine magazine you read, which web …

Troy Yard Sale Maps Available This Weekend

| Published on June 19, 2011

Troy – Bargains galore will be available as the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual community yard sale on June 24 and 25.    To help bargain hunters prepare for this year’s sale, the Troy Chamber of Commerce will make available copies of the listing of participating sellers …

Windham Fire Board Purchases Tires

| Published on June 19, 2011

Windham – The W.V.F.D. (Windham Volunteer Fire Department) Joint Fire District Board held their monthly meeting for June recently.
The chairman Dann Timmons opened the meeting.  The minutes from May were approved as read. The board also approved the May bank reconciliation and expenditures.
Fire chief Mike Iwanyckyj presented purchasing options for …

Ox Roast Fair Plans Well Underway

| Published on June 19, 2011

Mantua – The 2011 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Grand prizes this year include $5,000 in cash for first prize, a second prize of a 46” cut Cub Cadet Riding Tractor (retail value $2,099.00) courtesy of M …

Burton Village Welcomes Three News Stores

| Published on June 19, 2011

Burton – Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special.
Talk became action when four friends working at a restaurant decided to turn their love of vintage and period pieces into a business.  Off Center was born.  The four, Chrysti Clark, …

Cruise With The Young Of Heart

| Published on June 19, 2011

St. Anselm Young of Heart in Chesterland will be going to Iowa for a 2-day Mississippi River Cruise on the Twilight Riverboat on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. We will cruise 166 miles roundtrip with all meals, snacks and entertainment included on board.
The Twilight is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats …

Windham Police Seek To Form Auxiliary Police Unit

| Published on June 19, 2011

Windham – Windham Police are seeking individuals who have an interest in becoming Auxiliary Police Officers.  The unpaid voluntary position will be comprised of a limited number of men and women, over the age of 21.  Other qualifications of the applicant is to have no criminal history, good driving record, …

We’re All Invited

| Published on June 19, 2011

Vendors Needed For Art On The Hill
Call Today
Art on the Hill 2011 will be held on Saturday, July 9 in Mantua and is currently seeking artisans and food vendors. This day-long celebration of the arts includes continuous live entertainment, great food, lots of activities and of course lots and lots …

“I have this shrub growing in my garden…”

| Published on June 3, 2011

“I have this shrub growing in my garden,” said the Newton Falls Public Library patron, as she showed a small branch to the library staff member. “Can you help me figure out what it is?” The branch had small white flowers, about an inch long, growing in pairs from a …

After The Flood

| Published on June 3, 2011

We think that the second dove has not returned to the boat (Genesis 8:6-14) so we might be able to begin thinking about returning to what passes for normal around here.Normal  is  a pretty flexible term.  It included the annual academic awards program, recognizing just rafts of outstanding individuals, many …

Rotary Report

| Published on June 3, 2011

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were still looking for students from James A. Garfield H.S. or Windham High School to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp to be held at Hiram College , June 12-16.  Any interested individuals who will be seniors…or even juniors…in the 2011-2012 school year should contact a Rotarian …

Notes From The Vineyard

| Published on June 3, 2011

I am so excited that we have had a few days of sunshine and are finally starting to see the vineyard dry out. And I am even more excited that the official start to summer is right around the corner – and that means one thing to me! The Annual …

A Loving Tribute To Charles Abraham

| Published on June 3, 2011

This past week we lost an important person in our community, Charles Abraham. Charles came to Garrettsville and started Charles Chevrolet & Oldsmobile in 1957. For Charles that was only the beginning. He set the ground work for his family and the business community in his 50 plus years in …

Spaces Available At “TREE-MENDOUS” Flea Market

| Published on June 3, 2011

Geauga County – Turn your trash into someone else’s treasure and put a little cash in your own pocket. Booth spaces are still available at the Annual “Treasure Among the Trees” Flea Market. Outdoor spaces the size of two parking spaces, can be reserved for $25.00. To purchase your spot, …

CITEC Adds Cyber Bullying Topic To Summer Training Schedule

| Published on June 3, 2011

Portage County – The topic of cyber bullying, its effects on students and ways to reduce it have been added to the summer school-based training focused on creating safe environments where children and teens in crisis are supported.The Crisis Intervention Team Education Collaboration (CITEC) training is scheduled for July 18-22, …

We’re All Invited

| Published on June 3, 2011

Seeking Artisans!
Register Now
The DMRC’s 3rd Annual Art on the Hill is seeking artisans for their day-long event which will take place on July 9, 2011 in Mantua. Artisans will line both sides of Prospect Street selling and displaying their handmade works of art. Booth fee is $45. There will also …

New Maintenance Garage Open

| Published on May 28, 2011

Shalersville – A ribbon- cutting and open house was held for the new Portage County Water Resources Operations and Maintenance Equipment Garage  on Tuesday, May 24th. The facility is on Infirmary Road in Shalersville at the Water Resources lab location. The building will extend the life of vehicles that had always …

CMS Readers Rock!

| Published on May 28, 2011

Mantua – Earlier this month, students at Crestwood Middle School were greeted in the morning with upbeat rock music, donned “rock-themed” attire and enjoyed a rock concert, all in an effort to encourage students to read. “Read like a Rock Star,” was the theme for this year’s Right to Read …

Excessive Rain Playing Havoc With Nelson’s Roads

| Published on May 28, 2011

Nelson Township – Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House with all trustees and fiscal officer present. Chairman Joe Leonard led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and brought the meeting to order. Fiscal officer Dave Finney presented the minutes, current funds status, bills …

Middlefield Market Has A Lot to Offer This Memorial Day

| Published on May 28, 2011

Middlefield – Are you looking for something different to do this Memorial Day?  Middlefield Market offers the thrill of a live auction, the slower pace of walking the flea market and a great place to get a really good meal all while saving money.  Middlefield Market is located at 15848 …

We’re All Invited

| Published on May 28, 2011

Calling All 1976 GHS Alumni
Register Now
The Garfield Class of 1976 35th reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at 7 pm at Slim & Jumbo’s. If you graduated in 1976 or if you know someone who did, please get us contact information! You can e-mail Gwynne (Laning) …

Youth Bowling News

| Published on May 22, 2011

This will be the last bowling article until leagues begin again in the fall.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the youth leagues this year, and to everyone who enjoyed reading about our youth bowlers!  This year’s summer bowling camp will be August 10-12.  Each day, bowlers will get …

“Is there a reason why there is a specific finger for engagement and wedding rings?”

| Published on May 22, 2011

“Is there a reason why there is a specific finger for engagement and wedding rings?” asked the patron, who assured us that he had no immediate plans. The Newton Falls Public Library staff is aware of the custom of wearing these rings on the next to last finger of the …

The End

| Published on May 22, 2011

O.K.  So I want to invite everyone to the second annual M-O-M / T-A-T (Machine -O-Mania / Touch-A-Truck) coming up–rain or shine– on Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at J. A. Garfield H.S.; admission: adults–$5.00, kids–$3.00. It’s a fund-raiser for the Garfield Academic Challenge team, the QuizMasters, and …

Notes from the vineyard

| Published on May 22, 2011

I know I have said this in past articles this Spring, but this rain really needs to stop. While some rain is good for new vines, it is definitely not healthy for mature vines. Unfortunately this much rain is not good for any age vine. As most farmers will tell …

Burton Classic Car Cruise Nights Return

| Published on May 22, 2011

Burton – Remember the days when a car was a thing of beauty and American- made?  When every fall you anxiously waited for the new models to be unveiled?  When an American- made car was parked in every driveway?Step back in time to the glory days of American cars every …

Our Lady of the Elms Senior Earns Communications Factory’s 9th Annual College Scholarship

| Published on May 22, 2011

Hiram – The Communications Factory, Hiram’s only advertising agency, is proud to announce its selection of Meghan Caprez as the firm’s ninth college scholarship recipient. Ms. Caprez, a senior at Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, earned the $1,000 award from the Factory to help her offset …

Community Invited to Historical Party

| Published on May 20, 2011

Aurora – Aurora Historical Society invites the community to a Grand Re-Opening Party at the Aurora Historical Museum from  2 to 4 pm Sunday, May 22, lower level of the Aurora library building, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.The party will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours through the renovated archives, activities …

Freedom Twp. Trustees Attend to Springtime Duties

| Published on May 20, 2011

Freedom Township – The Freedom Township Board of Trustees met on May 5 in regular session. The meeting was attended by trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector; and Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present were Charles Duffield and Harold Cain.Much discussion …

O Canada

| Published on May 20, 2011

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were treated to a unique look at what for some is Terra Incognita, our great (in more ways than one) northern neighbor, Canada…specifically, Dennis Guenther’s  home province of Alberta (along with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, known as the Prairie Provinces).  Names familiar to travelers, such as Lake Louise and …

Council Urged To Make Processes Business-Friendly

| Published on May 20, 2011

Garrettsville – Prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting, members met at 6:45 p.m. on May 10th for a review of the Village’s finances.  Mayor Craig Moser reviewed the village’s financial accounts and recapped major expenditures from the 2009 & 2010 while highlighting those planned for the 2011 fiscal year. Councilwoman …

Fire Board Explores Fuel Options

| Published on May 20, 2011

Windham – The WVFD Fire Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting for May at the fire station with all board members and fiscal officer present. In the fire chief’s report, Chief Iwanyckyj asked the board if they could partition part of the meeting room off to make a lounge for …

Habitat for Humanity ranks No. 6 among largest homebuilders in the U.S.

| Published on May 20, 2011

Ravenna – Habitat for Humanity of Portage County’s work to provide affordable housing has helped Habitat for Humanity International rank as the sixth largest homebuilder on Builder magazine’s top 100 list.  With 6,032 closings in 2010, this is the second time Habitat for Humanity has placed in the top ten. …

Newton Falls Chamber Of Commerce Report

| Published on May 20, 2011

During the May meeting of the Newton Falls Chamber of Commerce, the focus of the discussion centered on the Association’s members. Though the Covered Bridge sign on Route 5 and First Street is full, there is still one spot available if anyone is interested in advertising there. Currently a space holder …

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen Celebrates Women

| Published on May 20, 2011

Middlefield – To honor  women, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is planning a special event just for women. Ladies in all walks and areas of life are invited to join us for the Ladies’ Tea & Treasure event on Friday, June 3rd, at 4:00 pm.  You will enjoy a buffet luncheon which …

Buckeye Trail Association Building New Hiking And Backpacking Trail

| Published on May 20, 2011

Ravenna – The Buckeye Trail is a hiking trail that circles the whole state of Ohio and is 1,444 miles long. It is built and maintained by the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) and numerous volunteers.As a non-profit organization, they strive to provide outdoor recreation through hiking and backpacking to all …

We’re All Invited

| Published on May 20, 2011

Calling All 1976 GHS AlumniRegister NowThe Garfield Class of 1976 35th reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at 7 pm at Slim & Jumbo’s.  If you graduated in 1976 or if you know someone who did, please get us contact information!  You can e-mail Gwynne (Laning) D’Amico at …

Windham Village to Purchase Fuel from Circle K

| Published on May 10, 2011

Windham – The regularly scheduled meeting of the village council was rescheduled for April 27, 2011. The council was missing one member. The pledge of allegiance was recited and the meeting began. The last council meeting the fire chief explained that the village had received a warning about their fuel systems …

Gallagher Receives Entrepreneur Honor

| Published on May 10, 2011

Kent – James A. Garfield graduate and Kent State University senior, Shannon Gallagher was recently inducted as a charter member of the Kent State chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, the first academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. The mission of Sigma Nu Tau is to promote, recognize, honor, …

Behind the Gates of Camp Ravenna

| Published on May 7, 2011

Camp Ravenna – Early Saturday morning almost 200 people sacrificed sleep when they arrived at 7:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Family Center for a tour of Camp Ravenna.  The excited folks enjoyed coffee and donuts while they waited on the buses to take them to see first hand what really …

We’re All Invited

| Published on May 7, 2011

Scholarship Applications Being AcceptedApply NowChiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that they will be offering a scholarship to senior athletes at James A Garfield High School for the fourth year. The scholarship will be for $725. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are available at …

New Administrator Improving Conditions at County Nursing Home

| Published on May 7, 2011

Ravenna – There’s a new administrator at Portage County’s nursing home, The Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. When Christa Mayes took the position on April 1, The Woodlands was home to 65 residents. As of April 29th, there were 80. The Woodlands is on the grow, so anyone considering short- …

Rotary Report

| Published on April 29, 2011

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club was recently privileged to hear from two very able competitors in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  Both entrants were from James A. Garfield High School and each gave a presentation worth of recognition.
Travis Gorby, freshman, was first up and got an immediate audience response by intoning, …

Got Teeth™ : Help Wanted

| Published on April 29, 2011

I have written nearly 60 columns for the Weekly Villager since June, 2008.  The focus of my articles has always been patient centered. Equipping my readers with topical subjects makes them better patient/consumers and, by extension, happy, well-cared for patients. This time I am going to step out of my …

“The Test”

| Published on April 29, 2011

Garrettsville – If  you enjoy Saturday Night Live humor, you’ll enjoy James A. Garfield’s final drama production of the year titled “The Test” by Cliff McClelland. This play chronicles a series of scenes all devoted to the idea that we must face so many tests in our lives here in …

Rows and rows of brilliantly colored flowers lined the sidewalk…

| Published on April 29, 2011

Rows and rows of brilliantly colored flowers lined the sidewalk as Doodle Dog scampered through town, each stem straight and proud like vibrant guards standing at attention during a parade. Each blossom turned toward the sunlight, the painted petals brightening like a sea of miniature Easter hats. He bounded from …

“I’m having a problem with my cable company and can’t resolve the issue…”

| Published on April 29, 2011

“I’m having a problem with my cable company and can’t resolve the issue. I was told to contact my local franchise authority, but I can’t seem to locate a contact number. Can you help me?” Many of the Newton Falls Public Library staff also have cable service and were curious …

“Rain, rain, go away…”

| Published on April 29, 2011

“Rain, rain, go away…”  If only a simple song could get rid of this rain, my job would be so much easier.  Unfortunately, the vineyard is starting to see some problems with all of this rain.
As I mentioned in last week’s article we are getting ready to plant more grapevines …