Christmas

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Garrettsville - Christmas is a magical time for youngsters, and adults, as the season holds many twinkling, colorful decorations. I remember driving around the streets of town after Thanksgiving so my children could see all outdoor displays. Even today as I drive I point out the different lighting displays. Each year I am amazed to see the changes in decorations that people place in the yard and on their house. Lights have gone through a big change. The tradition of using lights on the Christmas tree reaches far back into history to the middle of the 17th century. The invention of electricity made it possible for Edward Johnson to create the first small Christmas tree bulbs in 1882. Remember when the bulbs were large and got hot very fast? Today you can find small LED bulbs that remain cool. The lights moved from the tree inside to outdoors. Today’s decorations include...

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Newton Falls - Santa’s Elves were working overtime this past Black Friday and it wasn’t just to stock the shelves for the early morning deals at the retail stores. What  better way to spend The Day After Thanksgiving than in downtown Newton Falls getting into the early holiday spirit and missing all those crazy crowds. Whether it really was the quick little workers sent by the “Big Guy in Red” himself or simply some good-hearted local volunteers, a festive tree has sprouted, seemingly overnight, in the middle of the main business district, decorated with colorful orbs, glittery stars and plastic candy canes. Situated by Positive Images, the tree was donated by Bailey’s Christmas Tree Farm and was lit for the season following Saturday’s parade, officially kicking off the yuletide celebrations.

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Middlefield - All council members were present for this meeting.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Poole asked for approval of the November 4 minutes and they were approved.  He also asked for payment of bills (two separate requests) and both requests were passed. The Fiscal Report was submitted to Council.  It was mentioned that the Council needs to meet as close to the end of the year as possible to finish the fiscal bills for 2010 and to approve the budget for 2011.  Due to holiday schedules, it was determined that the meeting would have to take place after the New Year on January 3. The Streets & Utilities Report stated that the leaf pick up was complete and that there were fewer loads this year than the previous year.  Christmas decorations were up....

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Windham - Last Saturday the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Windham kicked off the holiday season by hosting breakfast with Santa, letter writing to Santa, crafts and an opportunity for boys and girls to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.  On the breakfast menu were French toast stix, egg casserole, fruit and juice, which were shared with about 50 kids. The church had craft tables set up for the kids to make crafts and write a letter to Santa. The children were all lined up eager to have their turn sitting on Santa’s lap and to tell him all their greatest wishes. Each child received a gift bag with crayons, coloring books,  an orange, and candy canes. The breakfast with Santa was held at the Renaissance Family Center (RFC) in conjunction with their...

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There are many blessings in our community.  But I know there are also many families that are struggling now.  I called my friend and fellow small business owner, Chris Perme.  He is a financial advisor by trade, but do not let that stuffy title fool you.  Chris is the guy we call when we need generosity first and details later.  I asked him if he would help fund my little idea.  Without any details, he said yes! So here is what we are going to do.  We will grant the Christmas wish of a local person and/or family.  Note this is not a “holiday” wish...because we believe in Christmas! We are interested in “needs” not “wants.”  In other words, if you have fallen on hard times and need help for Christmas, we want you to...

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Middlefield - Come visit Vancura Gallery at 14279 Old State Road, Middlefield during our 4th annual Christmas in the Country on Friday and Saturday December 3rd and 4th and 10th and 11th. The lineup this year includes: Amish feather painter Ben Miller, music duo Amy Timco and her father Jeff Hise, well-known published area artist Florian Lawton, candle smoke artist Laura Fields, and Somerset-published artist James Seward. These artists will be available for meet-and-greet, sales, and demonstrations. Purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a dinner for two at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, a sleigh ride for two from Ma and Pa’s gift shack, and an overnight stay at the Red Maple Inn. Ticket price is $3.00 per ticket. Raffle tickets are also for sale for a custom framed giclee Christmas print...

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Windham - Santa will be stopping by the Windham Library on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. Children from birth to age 17 can have their picture taken for free (limit 1 per child).  On Tuesday, December 21 from 11:00-4:00 pm children are invited to “Holiday Happiness”.  During this time they can make and wrap presents to give to family members.  Windham Library wishes all a happy holiday season and would like to take this opportunity to remind you we will be closed on the following dates:  December 24, 25 and 31. For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library, located at 9647 East Center Street, is open Monday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For additional information...

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As many of our readers know, I normally write a column about Law & Government.  That is great fun to write and I enjoy the community feedback.  But since this is Thanksgiving week, that means Christmas is right around the corner. There are many blessings in our community.  But I know there are also many families that are struggling now.  So I approached the Weekly Villager editor and asked if she would help publicize a contest to grant a Christmas wish.  Since you are reading this, she obviously said “yes.”  I knew she would! Then I called my friend and fellow small business owner, Chris Perme.  He is a financial advisor by trade, but do not let that stuffy title fool you.  Chris is the guy we call when we need generosity first and details...

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Burton – The holiday season is fast approaching.  Historic Burton, Ohio, has so many ways for you to celebrate this magical time of year.  Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 26 as the beginning of all the fun. The festivities start on Friday, November 26, from 9 am until Noon at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village at 14653 Park Street.  Here you can have a pancake breakfast while visiting Santa, peruse a holiday gift store and take a wagon ride, if the weather permits.  Also be sure to make a card to send to a soldier, as that is so important to do this time of year. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 440-834-1492.  The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old...

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Mantua - Looking for a beautiful gift idea? St. Joseph Church in Mantua has a limited number of their parish cookbooks, “Taste and See - St. Joseph’s Labor of Love”, available for just $15.00 each. With contributions from families and friends of The Parish Community of St. Joseph, this wonderful collection of nearly 500 treasured family recipes will be a useful keepsake of many favorite culinary creations. This fundraising effort features a padded 3-ring cover in full color, 8 category tabbed dividers, helpful hints and an alphabetized index - great for gift giving! Proceeds from this endeavor will benefit the parish’s  Appalachian Experience group and their annual work with the Housing Repair Program in Clintwood, VA....

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Newton Falls - There are lots of exciting things happening with Home 44444 the Holidays! The Jr and Sr high band and choir concerts will take place on December 11th during Home 44444 the Holidays.  The craft show has 111 tables with over 80 vendors.  The children’s area will have various crafts including face painting, the opportunity to make a card for our troops or friends in the nursing home, a bouncy house, ident a kits, and much more.   The Western Reserve Modular Railroad Club will have a very nice set up at the event as well.  You can also purchase your 2011 Newton Falls Calendar with the artwork of Ed Sinchak, a retired Newton Falls art teacher brought to you by the Newton Township Cemetery Association. We have partnered with the police fill...

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Garrettsville – The turkey has been eaten, pie plates hold nothing but the remaining crumbs, Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is yet to come. What better way to start off your Christmas season than to attend Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Lighting ceremony! Bring your family to celebrate this tradition that began in 2001 as a way to bring some cheer back into the community after the September 11th tragedy. That first year a tree was lit downtown and shops were decorated for the season. Unfortunately, a blizzard kept most people from coming out to celebrate that first year, but future years have seen a rise in community attendance. The second year of the lighting ceremony also included a Holiday Social at the high school, which has since been taken over by the Curtains...

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The Christmas Walk must be over; a cat just upchucked on the carpet. They’ve been ticked off for two week-ends now at being shut down in the basement. The saying is that “revenge is sweet” but that’s not quite how I’d describe this ( I’ll spare you how I would describe it.). All-in-all, that’s pretty small potatoes compared to what could have gone wrong at any number of places (The quilt-rack falling down doesn’t count, since I didn’t see it happen...or even hear of it until long after). Nobody slipped and fell, nobody wandered down and toppled into the creek with the beavers, nobody made off with any of the silver( Nobody definitively figured out what the big spoon was in the place setting either. There were several good guesses, however.) Most of the time I remembered to plug and unplug lights at the appointed times (I...

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Whew!  Do you remember a TV program from ages ago called TW3 (That Was The Week That Was)? Well, tweak it just a little to That Was the Week-end That Was and you’ve got November 4th, 5th , 6th and 7th , 2010 at this establishment.  It was --literally and figuratively--really cool! Thursday, the evening candlelight tour opening date of the biennial Garrettsville Christmas Walk, found me and the detailer of the outfit, Sandy Pelfrey, putting in the finishing touches (Touches, heck, they were more like full-scale body slams!) around the place.  I will NEVER find some of that stuff again; I just hope that my electric bill wasn’t in there somewhere...or my PCH winner’s notification...they all...