Garrettsville – Miller’s Family Restaurant located on Main Street in Garrettsville is celebrating 15 years! Owner Monica Miller decided to try her hand in the restaurant business and her customers are very glad she did! She opened first in Windham for a year until the building in Garrettsville became available. Monica moved her business and has been serving up a delicious menu ever since.
The customers at Miller’s know exactly what they are getting when they walk through the doors – great food and great service in a comfortable atmosphere. There are many good dishes to try, including daily specials. If you’re a breakfast lover, stop in and order breakfast anytime of the day.
Miller’s Family Restaurant is truly a restaurant for families, the prices are right and there is something for everyone on the menu. Not only is the restaurant for families, it is staffed by Monica’s family. Her daughters, Sarah and Jennifer, are waitresses; her sister, Marian, helps Monica in the kitchen; and her husband, Gary, keeps the place in tip top order as the general fix-it man (although I’ve been told he can peel mean potato and make a mouth-watering gravy).
Monica and her family invite you to come in and get a free beverage with the purchase of a meal during their Customer Appreciation Week, December 13th through 17th. Bring the entire family for a delicious meal and great service.
Of the 611 school districts in the state of Ohio James A. Garfield schools are beginning to set themselves apart from most. The dedication and professionalism of teachers, staff and administrators in the district have earned continued academic distinction. Furthermore, wise economic decisions have made the district the best value in Portage County and the third best value in the state when it comes to providing an excellent education to our kids.
The district earned its first state Excellent rating for the 2007/08 year and again in 2008/09; the only other district in Portage County to achieve this was Aurora City Schools. Last year, 2009/10, the James A. Garfield Schools were rated Excellent with Distinction, earning a perfect 26 out of 26 indicators, AYP (average yearly progress), Value Added and the Performance Index (101). The high school has been identified as Excellent for the last seven (7) consecutive years, and last year the elementary school also earned an Excellent with Distinction ‘perfect’ rating, making history as the first Garfield School building with this distinction.
Last week the state reported 74% of our third graders passed the Ohio Reading Achievement Assessment given in October. With that high achievement, we anticipate them scoring in the 90% range on the spring test.
These continued results are achieved by our hard-working and dedicated teachers. They inspire our students to work hard and excel! This Excellent with Distinction rating was achieved with us having the third lowest per pupil expenditure of the 81 districts earning this rating out of 611 school districts. Garfield has spent the least per pupil in Portage County the last ten years. Last year the per pupil amount was $7,697, which is 27% less than the state average of $10,512. It is obvious that both the adults and students are appreciative and work every day to keep the costs down while working to continue to improve the good education for the students. It is heartwarming to feel the warmth and respect that is shared by residents, faculty, staff, administration and kids. Respect, hard work and dedication produces awesome results from everyone working together!
Garrettsville – The proud Masons of Garrettsville Lodge #246 recently held their 157th consecutive installation of officers. The Lodge members have been meeting at the same location since 1874 and are proud to count among their past members James A. Garfield who served as Lodge chaplain while president of Hiram College. Pictured above are the newly installed officers.
Several months ago, a little floppy-eared puppy found his way to the office of The Weekly Villager. The editors immediately fell in love with him and didn’t want him to leave. Turns out the puppy didn’t want to leave, either! When I started working for the paper, Doodle Dog decided he liked me best and wanted to tell me his story. He’s a bit shy, so he’s been content to live by our warm fireplace, happily serving as comic relief, guard dog, and occasionally even as proofreader ~ nobody knows how to sniff out the news better than Doodle Dog! ~ but now he’d like to make some more friends. There’s a whole world out there ready to explore!
So, the staff, writers, and editors would like to introduce Doodle Dog, The Villager’s pet pooch, to our readers, young and old, and invite you to come along with our four-legged friend on what is sure to be intriguing insights from a very different point of view. He’s shared his story with me, and I know he can’t wait to share it with you, too!
For Doodle Dog’s debut adventure, he wanted to stay close to home because there are so many wonderful things to see and do right here in Garrettsville! Where do you think he will go this week?
Well, as Doodle Dog padded out the office door, he didn’t quite know where he wanted to go, but a particularly crunchy leaf immediately caught his attention. So many colors and sounds! Do you think he jumped on it to hear it crunch under his four paws? Or do you think he gave a big puff of breath to see it float through the air? Whoooosh! Doodle Dog would have loved to hear the crunch or see it twirl, but he was curious to see what the leaf would do on its own, so he watched it carefully as it spun and dipped lazily on the wind at first and then faster, faster, as it picked up speed. Doodle Dog ran after the leaf, keeping his eye on the bright red spot as it flew nearly out of sight.
He chased the leaf down the boardwalk where it looked like it might float right over the railing and into the water. Oh no! Doodle Dog watched as it teetered on the edge, holding his breath so not to push it over. And then the wind caught it up again, blowing the leaf along the railing, balancing like a gymnast on tiptoe or a tightrope walker. As it went behind all the stores, Doodle Dog followed the leaf through the alley by the bookstore and across the street, eventually finding his way to the clock tower. Bong bong bong! A freshly raked mound at the base of the tower made him stop suddenly. There it was, the bright red leaf right on top! He scampered after it and landed SMACK right in the middle, scattering leaves and twigs EVERYWHERE! The loud chimes rang again. BONG! It would be dark soon, Doodle Dog thought. He should probably get home. But first, a nap in these nice comfy leaves…
Next time you walk by that giant pile of leaves, you might just find Doodle Dog leaping out at you! Don’t worry, he doesn’t bite!
Garrettsville – The First Annual TWO GRAND DINNER reverse raffle and silent auction was held at the Sugar Bush Golf Club on Saturday, November 13, 2010. A packed house enjoyed appetizers courtesy of Glenna and Quentin Spaur, dinner courtesy of Guido’s of Ravenna and amazing desserts made by Sherry Jones and Pat Stoneman. Ticket sales were limited to 300 and each number was drawn randomly from a bingo machine. Every 10th number drawn received a prize. The grand prize winner was Cathy Lukasko of Brookfield, Ohio, aunt of one of the band members.
Throughout the evening, guests participated in a HEADS or TAILS 50/50 raffle (winner, Casey Everett), a weekend getaway in a Pirates’ Treasure Chest (winner, Mary Koval), 50/50 raffle (winner, Jeff Pesecky) and The LOTTERY TREE raffle (winner, Betty Mishler). Multiple winners took home prizes and Strawberry Daiquiri LolliPops from the LOLLIPOP TREE.
Guests also bid on and won 36 different items in our silent auction ranging from a 3-person Lake Erie Fishing Charter, to Fossil handbags and everything in between. A huge thank you goes to all who donated, purchased tickets and worked tirelessly to hold this event!
The Garfield Band Boosters sponsored the dinner to raise funds for new uniforms for the marching band and to benefit the band programs, grades 5-12. The current uniforms worn by the MARCHING PRIDE are 27 + years old and are in dire need of replacement.
Organizers of the event are excited for next year and will have tickets available for purchase in October 2011! Go Band!!!
Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians and their guests gathered for a festive evening to socialize and give back to the community and enjoy good food and good company and take a chance on Lady Luck and… all kinds of good things at their annual silent auction and reverse raffle, held at SugarBush Golf Club on November 11. Funds raised at this event help to support local Rotary activities– think : roadside clean-ups, Santa Deliveries, Family Week, InterAct, RotarAct, contributions to Boy Scouts, Power of the Pen, etc–as well as Rotary International and District 6630 projects.
Local businesses and individuals were generous in their contributions to the auction selections, which were varied and alluring : a Christmas stocking from Kim Kohli, watercolors by Carol Donley and Darlene Jackson, a Sunset Maple from Doug Paul, photos by Alan Donley, and the usual suspects, businesses in the area who can always be counted on to come through for the good of the community–Garrettsville Hardware, Hermann’s Pickles, Monoroe’s Orchard, McKenzie Creamery, T&B Tools, DQ, Business Works, Cornerstone, Shaker Tree, McCumbers-Brady Realty, many others, even Mookie Moo.
Whole offices came with spouses and friends in tow; Garrettsville Dental Group fielded a full table. Newly-elected Representative Kathleen Clyde appeared for the home crowd. Local businessmen Rich Hoffman, Mark Johnson and Dan Reichelderfer did their part to keep the affair going, as did Sam Vanderhoeven, with a Silver Fox in his entourage. Chuck Klamer first did his superintendent’s duties at a JAGLSD board meeting (Does he ever miss a gathering?). Chuck Keiper and his golden guitar furnished the evening’s music. The “naughty and nice” balance was maintained with the attendance of two Pesiceks and two Angels…a world-class line-up.
Hiram College Catering service offered tasty viands to fuel the merriment and Delores McCumbers pushed her sideboards to all of the high rollers in the bunch.
“A good time was had by all”…to coin a phrase. If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year, they’ll be baaaaaaack.
Rotarians of the Garrettsville-Hiram persuasion were beavering away with last-minute preparations for their annual Reverse Raffle/Silent Auction fund-raiser. You can still get tickets from any Rotarian for the bash on Thursday, November 11–that’s today! Proceeds go to fund local , district, state and international projects of Rotary…a lot of “bang for the buck”, as it were. The auction items have come from all around, from McKenzie goat cheese to wine and fruit or a whole list of other goodies. Join your friends, join the crowd. Come on down!
Additionally, the club prepares to entertain the student of Mrs. Jackie Lovelace’s Power of the Pen group from James A. Garfield Middle School on November 17 as they read selections from their competitive endeavors sponsored by the G-H Rotary Club. Another example of Rotary involvement at every level in the community.
RotarAct induction of officers will take place in the Garfield Meeting House on November 10; the public is invited.
Garrettsville – Where? Garrettsville. You know, north of Ravenna, tucked up in the corner of Portage County. And for the many who didn’t know we existed, or barely gave us a passing notice, we are definitely on the map now, thanks to the election last week.James A. Garfield graduates, Tommie Jo Marsilio and Kathleen Clyde, are hometown girls with hometown values. Each girl threw her hat into the race for a chance to bring about a change in government by looking at it from a whole new perspective. Congratulations to Kathleen Clyde, State Representative of Ohio’s 68th District. Kathleen is looking forward to fighting for our values, jobs, kids and seniors in the Statehouse. She will focus on economic development in our area and work to strengthen our education system. Kathleen thanks everyone for their support during her campaign and looks forward to their continued support during her term in office. She is ready to listen to her constituents whose tremendous knowledge and experience will be her most important asset in Columbus to help her make a difference in these difficult times.Congratulations to Tommie Jo Marsilio, Portage County Commissioner in winning her seat in a heated debate, breaking through the long-time Democratic control of Portage County. She is looking forward to working hard for the residents of Portage County and making sure that accountability is brought to government. Tommie Jo thanks all who have supported her in her campaign and who continue to support her as she is preparing herself to take office in January. She would like everyone to know that she is still the same person she was before she won the election – a hometown girl who works and pays taxes just like the rest of us. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with any resident about concerns they might have and promises to work toward making government serve and protect its citizens. Tommie Jo is looking forward to being your voice in the Portage County Commissioners office.Tommie Jo would like to invite those who supported her, volunteered during her campaign, or who would like to join in the celebration of a win for the people of Portage County, to a party on Monday, November 15th at the Brimfield Comfort Inn at 6:30pm. If you would like to contact Tommie Jo you may email her at TommieJo@neo.rr.com.
Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary members were awed by the scope of initiatives, activities and programs outlined by their speaker, Fred Youngen, of the Windham Bible Church, also a moving force in the Renaissance Family Center, which was the topic of his remarks.
Virtually no age group in the community would fail to find some area of interest to participate in. Social concerns and the means of addressing them fall within the center’s purview, as do recreational and cultural activities–clubs, leagues, societies and the like. Partnering and co-ordinating with the Salvation Army has helped each entity to get the most done at what it does best rather than duplicating each other’s efforts, and this has held true for other enterprises as well. There is even some thought about becoming involved with the Windham Branch of the Portage County District Library as it searches for new quarters.
Anyone looking for a basketball league, family-friendly movie nights, an AA meeting, an occasional coffee with friends or community-focused programs in a number of areas should check out the Renaissance Family Center web site or check out their posted activity schedule or ask one of the many volunteers and participants how to get involved.
And, of course, planning continues for the annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction at Sugar Bush on November 11th. Get your tickets now!
Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield girl’s Middle School cross country team made school history by winning the PTC Championship meet on October 16, 2010. Scoring for the team were Mariah Coulter, 2nd in the county with a time of 13:16 followed closely by her teammates Shian Penna 13:51, Molly Matthews 13:58, Amanda Bartlett 14:19, Haylie Hannigan 14:49, Lindsey Jones 14:51, and Kaylee Martin 15:09. Congratulations to all of them for a fantastic season of hard work and dedication.
Garrettsville – On November 27 the Garrettsville Eagles Club, F. O. E. 2705 presented a check for $2,000 to National Diabetic Research Center generated by the Club-sponsored golf outing. The donation was accepted by Matt Eisemann and Brian Mullins who ran the event.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Grand Aerie in partnership with the University of Iowa, established the Research Center at the University. The University is responsible for the facility while the Grand Aerie pledged the fund for the research.
Eighteen foursomes entered the outing and the winning team consisting of Elmer Pesecky, Dino Manno, Jeff Pesecky and Dave Schlegelmilch, took home $500. The second place team which was one man short and consisted of Dave Apthorpe, Jeff Apthorpe and Harold Clark won $260.
After the event, the golfers returned to the Eagles Club for a steak dinner to receive their prizes for individual achievements and numerous door prizes.
Needless to say, the event’s success depended on the work of the large number of volunteers that included past trustee of the Women’s Auxiliary, Beth Oravetz, who contacted most of the local merchants and organizations for their donations.
The Club wishes to thank the local merchants and organizations for their generous support of this event.
Garrettsville – Kids growing up in this small town have limited entertainment options. There’s the movie theatre, the indoor sports complex, the bowling alley, a couple fast food joints, a park or two… and the Roller Hutt. Since 1990, Craig and Linda Dlugokecki have provided a safe and happy place for youngsters to hang out and have some fun. Twenty years later, they’re still rolling!
It all began shortly after the Dlugokeckis and their sons moved to Garrettsville. Craig had been managing a roller skating rink in Chagrin Falls, so he had his eye on Garrettsville’s rink, the Rainbow Arena, located at the corner of Hewins Road and State Route 88. He became the third owner of the skating rink on Father’s Day, 1990. After a three-month overhaul of the 1948-era building, the Dlugokeckis opened the Roller Hutt — and with it — a new era of roller skating in Garrettsville.
Twenty years ago, sons Jason and Justin were just 12 and 8, and their favorite pastime was speed skating. By 1992-93, Roller Hutt was the state champ in speed skating with a team of 28 local youth. Jason was individual state champ for five years.
Even now, both Jason and Justin (and their wives) are integral players in the family business. Justin built and maintains the Roller Hutt website. The boys built the Fortress of Fear haunted house 11 years ago inside Roller Hutt and operated it there for four years. Now, Jason and Dawn Dlugokecki operate the Fortress of Fear Scream¬park (including Fearanoia) adjacent to the Roller Hutt. This Halloween haunt was recently rated 48.6 out of 50 at http://HauntWorld.com.
Jason is also bringing speed skating back to Roller Hutt for children aged 5 and older. Practice for the Garrettsville Riders Speed Team will be two times a week for two-hour sessions.
Along with the speed skating, Roller Hutt offers a perfect place for kids to hang out on a Friday night, to rent skates and equipment, to play laser tag, to have a birthday party, to have a fundraiser, or to take lessons. And the Roller Hutt Pro Shop has all the skates and accessories a serious skater needs.
Even in this economic climate, Roller Hutt offers plenty of affordable options, including $1 Wednesday Nights, Saturday evening Cheap Skates, and Sunday Family Matinees, where parents get free admission with a paying child. The Dlugokeckis haven’t raised their rates in nearly eight years, so skaters get a bargain every day.
Roller Hutt is open Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays offer beginner skating from 10:30 a.m. to noon, then regular all-skates from 1:30 to 4:30 and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday skating is from 2 to 5 p.m. Laser tag runs Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
Roller Hutt recently introduced Tikki Treats Snack Shack, featuring Hershey’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream in flavors of butter pecan, strawberry and chocolate. Throughout the year, Tikki Treats will serve cones, floats, sundaes, smoothies, slushies, soft pretzels, popcorn, chili dogs, popcorn, French, fries, pizza and other festival food whenever Roller Hutt is open.
10268 Hewins Road has been the address for fun on wheels in Garrettsville for generations. Always adapting to the times to stay relevant to the 16-and-younger crowd, the Roller Hutt continually rolls out new programming. Check it out at www.rollerhutt.com or call 330-527-4633.
The James A. Garfield Historical Society’s Christmas Walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 5th, 6th, & 7th, and 12th, 13th, & 14th. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12:30pm to 5pm on Sundays. Your first stop is the Historical Society at 8107 Main Street in downtown Garrettsville, where tickets are purchased for $10.
The Christmas Walk ticket booklet includes a map to the six locations. The Garrettsville United Methodist Church is decorated and selling homemade lunches, and a craft show is held at the Garrettsville Village Hall. Garrettsville also offers many shops and restaurants to enjoy.
For further information call 330-527-2910 or 330-569-7996.