Author Fred Tribuzzo to Appear at Village Bookstore

American Sky by Fred Tribuzzo acknowledges the 1960s Pan Am glamour of pilots, but also pulls off the Ray-Bans to reveal the grittier, elbow-deep-in-the-engine world of small plane aviation. It’s easy to imagine the characters brushing dirt off their hands or cleaning grease off their fingers before sitting down to a runway-side restaurant breakfast and discuss the status of an aircraft.

Organized into short chapters that read like fond, comfortable vignettes, American Sky introduces the reader to varied characters while surreptitiously revealing bits and pieces about the narrator. It is, in essence, an aviation memoir, but thankfully eschews redundant personal introspection in favor of utilizing Tribuzzo as a lens.

Author Fred Tribuzzo will be on-hand at Village Bookstore, 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on Saturday June 21st, from 1-3pm and invites you to stop in and say “hi”.

Author Fred Tribuzzo to Appear at Village Bookstore

Rootstown – The Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking-off the summer with a Peach Sangria Party for its first Business After Hours, Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyards, 3272 Industry Road, Rootstown.

Barrel Run is a co-sponsor of the event. Rootstown’s Giant Eagle is a donor. There will be raffles that will support the chamber’s scholarship fund.

Rootstown residents and staff of area businesses in Portage County are invited to attend and network with chamber members. To sign-up for the event, send email to For more information, go to the chamber website at

#Garrettsville Strong Fundraiser Book

Contents of the book will include: History of the development of Main Street area of the fire, compiled memories from the public, Main Street on fire, Recovery, Rebuild. Send your info and pictures to Nelson United Methodist Church% Pam Montgomery, PO Box 210 Garrettsville, OH 44231.


Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric… Hurry space is limited.


Players needed for Hiram Community Band

Once again, the Hiram Community Band will perform on July 4 at 4 PM outside Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus.  Note-reading players of band instruments are needed for all sections, particularly low brass, clarinets and percussion. Rehearsals will be from 7-9 PM in Frohring Music Recital Hall on 6/18 (Weds) 6/24 (Tues) and 6/30 (Mon). Attendance at all rehearsals is encouraged but not mandatory. If you want to play, contact Jeffrey Quick at or 330-527-0144.


Windham Carnival 

June 11-15

Held behind the Windham fire station. Games, rides and fun! Live bands Friday and Saturday night!


Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

June 13

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry, June 13th from 4-7:30. Fish – shrimp – or combo. Chicken tenders also available. Your choice baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans & dinner roll. To go orders available. Call 330-527-2330.


Brick by Brick Auction

June 13

20 new kitchen and bath cabinet sets at charity auction June 13th at the Windham Hardware 3 to 18 pcs. Per set. Proceeds go to the Windham Brick By Brick Scholarship Fund. Sale at 12, bring a truck or trailer. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. McGuire website.


Rummage and Bake Sale

June 13-14

June 13th- 14th. 9am to 5pm at Hiram Rapids Historical Church, 6337 Allyn road corner of Allyn and Winchell. Clothing, lamps, furniture, walkers, little tykes toys, games, kitchen needs much miscellaneous. Serving hot dogs, chili dogs and sloppy Joes. Homemade baked goods. All proceeds are for our roofing fund; monetary donations accepted. Checks are to be made out to R C C A.


Rummage Sale

June 13 & 14

Come one; come all for amazing deals on great stuff while supporting the best causes! Huge Friendship Alliance Church Youth Group rummage sale, June 13 from noon-5pm & June 14 from 8am-5pm behind the church under the FAC Pavilion, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR44), Chagrin Falls (Auburn Twp.), in Geauga County just north of the Portage County line.


Football & Cheerleading Sign-ups

June 14

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding sign-ups for football and cheerleading on June 14th at the Community center stone pavilion. The sign-ups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sign-ups are for children 6 yrs. old to 12 yrs. old as of July 31st. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league. The cost is $ 60.00 registration fee with $20.00 volunteer fee. For information please contact Angie Wilcox 330-872-7027 or for cheerleading Carrie Byrd @ 330- 301-6131.


Newton Falls Schoolmates & Friends Reunion

June 14

The 95th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be June 14th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors will open at 9:45am for visiting, with the luncheon beginning at 11:45am. Cost is $20 per plate. 1964 will be the honored class. For more information call Mary Margaret Hildack 330-872-0075 or Merial Price 330-889-3069.


Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

June 14

Windham Fire Department Carnival Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will be June 14th at 2pm. Doors open at noon for cash games. Tournament will take place at Windham Fire Department. 75% payout! . For tickets or questions call Kenny Shearer 330-219-2571.


Book Sale

 June 14

Friends of the Burton Public Library Book Sale will be held June 14th from 9am-4pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book sale will take place in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.  For more information, or to volunteer, call (440) 834-4466.


5K Run & Walk  – Register/Donate Today

June 14

Register and Donate today! 2014 Path for Patriotism, June 14th. Register at Benefits Disabled Veterans, Eagle Scout Program for Ben Wood. Please send check or money order to: 2710 Mahan Denman Rd., Bristolville, OH 44402.


Missionary Speaker

June 15

Join us June 15th at 10:30 am Please join us at Shepherds Joy Ministry, 94451/2 Annette DR. Windham, OH to hear Missionary from Africa Chris Okuma who takes care of over 700 children who have been abandon and left out in the bush country to die. To honor all Fathers we will be serving lunch immediately following service.


Chief David Oliver to Speak

June 16

Burton Public Library is proud to host Chief David Oliver, author and Brimfield, Ohio, police chief with a no-nonsense attitude and huge heart. He will talk about his book ‘No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adventures . . .’. Oliver has appeared on TV talk shows and has over 147,000 Facebook fans. Books will be available for purchase (for $12) and signing on the night of the event.  Monday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. Visit our website:, or call (440) 834-4466 for more information.


CBF Monthly Meal

 June 17

Everyone is invited to our Loaves and Fishes Dinner on June 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Sloppy Joes and potato salad. There are no income restrictions so anyone can enjoy our meals. We are located at, Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to serving you!!


Stoney’s Pizza Benefit

June 17-22

One Dollar of every pizza sold June 17th -22nd at Stoney’s Pizza in Windham will be donated to the Stout Family, who lost their home to a fire.


Community Center Open

June 17, 24   July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free, everyone’s invited.   Children must have adult supervision, but we’ve got craft materials and lots of different games we’d be glad to teach you all to play, adults and children alike.  Hours are 9:30 am until late afternoon. (We close when everyone’s gone but the leadership.)  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon. Our current service project is making dresses for little girls in Africa.  Pattern is simple and children can participate.  We re-open at 5:00 for the Don’t Eat Alone supper potluck served at 5:30, to which we extend a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals by themself: widowed, divorced, never married, spouse travelling, it doesn’t matter.  If you want some companionship, come to the school with some food to share, and we’ll spend a pleasant hour together.  Beverages and tableware provided.


Rummage Sale

June 20-21

Edinburg First Church of God will hold a Rummage Sale OFF SITE at 4359 Wayland Road, Palmyra Twp. on June 20th and 21st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A little of everything, especially clothing and smalls.There will also be a bake sale.  Proceeds of the sales will go to Missions. Please call Alma at 330-654-3841 for more information.


Strawberry Festival

June 21

Christian Women’s Fellowship, First Christian Church, 17 North Center Street, Newton Falls June 21, Beginning at Noon. Strawberries and all the fixins. Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes and Coffee


Street Car Show

June 21

28th Annual Newton Falls Street Car Show will be June 21st; 19 North Canal St, Newton Falls. Sponsored by The Newton Falls July 4thFestivities Committee. $10 Street Parking/Registration fee. Parking opens at 9:00am – 300 spaces available. Registration 9:30-2. 40 classes, 131 trophies. Chinese Auction, 50/50 drawing. Contact Tony Sabo 330-360-4546.


Book Festival

June 21

The first Western Reserve Book Festival will be held at the Kennedy Center at Hiram College on June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 45 authors in a variety of genres will attend, signing copies of their books. There will be readings throughout the day, and David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose and co-author of Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron, will present a keynote speech at 12:30. The event is free; more information can be found at


Official Flag Burning Ceremony

June 21

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will hold an official flag burning ceremony on June 21st at 11 am at the Mantua Village Park. Frayed and faded American flags will be properly disposed of. The public is welcome to attend.


My Big Fat Gay Wedding

June 21 & 22

North Coast Men’s Chorus Richard Cole, Artistic Director presents: “My Big Fat Gay Wedding” June 21 at 8pm and June 22 at 3pm at the Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University Music & Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115. Advance Sale $10-$35, Door Sales $15-$40. Information at:, or 216-556-0590


Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.


The Spirit of Love

June 22

Join us June 22nd at 10:30 am. Please come and experience The Spirit of Love At Shepherd’s Joy Ministry, 94451/2 Annette Dr. Windham, Ohio behind the hardware store.

Bike Show & Run

June 22

28th Annual “Weekend Madness” June 22nd Bike Show and Run. 45 Bike Show Classes & 159 trophies/plaques to be awarded. Over 200 door prizes. Bike Run Sign-ups 9am-12pm, Bike Show Sign-Ups 9am-5pm at Faces Lounge 13 W. Broad St. Run leaves at 12:15. For more info call Stubby 330-718-7222, Patty (vendors) 330-718-7223, Bluto 330-717-9081 or Jackal 330-219-3693.


Crescent Meeting

June 23

Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No. 7 O.E.S. will hold its final meeting on June 23rd. The chapter will reopen in September. Fathers will be honored at our June 23rd meeting. Members are asked to bring a homemade pie to share.


Hiram Community Committee Forming

June 23

Hiram Township is creating a committee to implement selected parts of its Comprehensive Plan.  Your input is needed!   First project will be creating hiking trails throughout the Township.  Come to the meeting on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at The Hiram Corner Store and Café (corner of 82 and 305) to find out more info. This is a public meeting; any Township resident will be eligible to serve on the committee.  Contact Tim Kasper 330-569-7387 or email if interested in this exciting opportunity.


Annual Yard Sale

June 26-28

Annual Yard Sale, June 26-28 from 9am-4pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd in Garrettsville. Please save your gently used items for our annual church yard sale. The van garage is available for storing the items now. We also need several volunteers to help sort & price items. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the front bulletin board for your convenience. Please pencil in the days and hours you will be able to help. Proceeds will benefit the sound room and also  defray cost of pig roast (August 23). Your donations and your help will be greatly appreciated.


Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk

June 29

The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 4th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on June 29th at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done online at click on ‘Events.’ Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093 for more information.


Swing Dance

July 5

Swingtime Big Band is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance July 5th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.


Vacation Bible School

July 7

Portage Faith United Methodist Church “Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God”.  VBS will run the week of July 7. We begin with a light supper at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:45 PM.  There are classes starting with 3 year olds and going up to children going into 6th grade, parents are welcome to stay for a fun Adult class with crafts and recreation.  Registration needs to be made by June 30, you can pick up forms at the church -99222 State Route 44, Mantua or call in to the office 330-274-8987 to register and get more information.  VBS and supper are free.


Bible School

July 7-11

Join the Portage Faith United Methodist Church for an exciting Bible school program “Workshop of Wonders, Image and Build with God.” The evenings will begin with a light supper at 6pm in the fellowship hall and ends around 8:45pm. The classes are for all ages 3 and up. Join us the week of July 7th-11th at Portage Faith UMC on St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. Please call the church office at 330-274-8987 to register.


Annual Spelling Bee

July 10

The annual spelling bee, sponsored by Trumbull County Retired Teachers, will be held on July 10, at 1 p.m. at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration will begin on May 25th , and end on June 20th. Pre-registered spellers will receive free admission to the fair. To pre-register, call Denise Deltondo at 330.530.4011. Registration will also be held at the fair the day of the bee from noon to 12:45 p.m.


“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 11 -13; 18 & 19

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors”  in the Iva Walker Auditorium located at  J.A. Garfield High School, 10235 SR 88 in Garrettsville on July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7pm; July 13, 2014 at 2pm.  Directed by  Keith Stiver with

Musical Direction by Eric Juzkiw.

Thank you to our sponsors, Ryser Insurance, Gionino’s Pizzeria,

Ellerhorst – Russell Insurance and Kent State Geauga Campus

Tickets $10.00, Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 – $7.00 and Groups of 15 or more $5.00.

Tickets available at the door.


Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise will be held at SS. Edward & Lucy Parish, 16150 Center St., in Parkman on July 13th. Barbeque chicken dinner will be served from 11am-6pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Menu will include barbeque chicken, parsley potatoes, homemade coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. For more info call the church office 440-548-3812 or visit


Financial Planning as You Age

July 17

Come join us for a free educational workshop where we will discuss the concerns of aging citizens and how to plan for the known and the unknown. It will feature speakers Tom Talcott and Josh Postlewaite speaking on topics such as protecting your assets from nursing facilities, avoiding probate, and important legal documents. This invigorating event will be held on July 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Adult Day Services, 6695 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio. We do, however need you to RSVP to Coleman Adult Day Services at (330) 296-3214.


Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at, call 330-565-0726


Adventure Expeditions: The Grand Canyon of the East

July 18-20

Explore a personal connection to nature through hiking, camping, and canoeing expeditions into remote back country and remarkably beautiful natural areas. Each expedition is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally through group discussions and journaling on topics such as self-motivation, community living, leadership, wilderness skills, and communication. This expedition will take high school students to the “Grand Canyon of the East” (PA). For information, call 330.569.6003 or email


Save the Date

 July 20

21st Annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 20th at Troy Community Center, Welshfield, OHIO from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Contact Maryan Simsa Jenkins 330 569-7057 or or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or


Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale which will take place July 30 – August 2. Bring gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comic books, CDs, DVDs, audio books on CD, puzzles and games for adults and children, sheet music, coffee table books, and prints to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.  A receipt for your donation is available. Funds raised from the book sale support adult and children’s programming at the Geauga West Library.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.



Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.


Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.


Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or to make your reservation.


Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email or phone 330-872-3304.