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Garrettsville - In honor of National Dance Week, the 8th Count Dance Center participated in the nation-wide dance flash mob and “mobbed” their city. This past Sunday afternoon, the 8th Count Dance Center Dancers and their families learned the routine that all the studios were using for Dance Week. Miss Emily took time to learn the dance and then she taught it to the rest of the group. Following the practice, fifteen folks mobbed Garrettsville by performing the dance routine at Speedway, Save-a-Lot, McDonald’s and the parking lot in front of the movie theatre. The purpose of the event is to celebrate dance and to promote fun and fitness. The dancers wore fluorescent colored t-shirts with the flash mob logo on it to promote the event. The group hit the streets and stores, surprising folks with their dance.  People stopped in awe and watched as the group performed. It was...
Nelson Bisard, owner of Waterfall Antiques & Collectibles in Garrettsville

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Garrettsville - For over twenty years, husband & wife team Nelson and Judy Bisard have owned and operated one of the area’s premier destinations for antiquities and collectible items. Their multi-dealer shop, Waterfall Antiques & Collectibles, carries a general line of antiques and collectibles, including furniture, accessories, glassware, pottery, jewelry, kitchen items, Victorian smalls, cranberry glass, coins, toys, dolls and so much more. Located along the Garrettsville boardwalk, Waterfall Antiques and Collectibles is a perfect fit for a community where President James A. Garfield once walked the streets and held meetings in the rooms nearby. Shoppers are always pleasantly surprised to discover there is so much more to see beyond the main showroom when first entering the 1870’s building. Hidden beyond the first room, treasure seekers find additional nooks and crannies packed with fine furniture, Lee Middleton dolls and smalls. As an added bonus, shoppers who venture to the lower level...

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Garrettsville – Gym Teacher Mark Rado and his students expressed their appreciation to the James A. Garfield PTO, which recently donated a rock-climbing wall to the Elementary School for use during gym classes. Spanning the width the gymnasium, this multicolored climbing wall will provide Garfield students fun new opportunities to be physically active while having a great time.

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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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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...

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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)...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Garrettsville – Main Street has avoided the wrecking ball and will retain its storefront profile, thanks to action taken by Garrettsville Village Council and Mayor Craig Moser. “We are moving ahead with needed repairs on the Irwin Hardware Building,” Moser reports. “Council authorized the mayor and clerk to do so at the October 21 meeting.” Work has already begun on the two repair projects that will shore up the sagging Irwin Hardware Building and retain the four businesses that depend on its structural integrity. The building at 8143 Main Street is privately owned by Michelle R. Ward Clayton, but has stood vacant for years and is under foreclosure. Two adjacent buildings containing the businesses of Shiffer’s Clock Repair & Sales, Miller’s Lawn and Garden, Hearth & Home Fireplace Shoppe, and podiatrist Dr. Michael Maschek are structurally integrated with the Irwin building. These business owners would have been forced to relocate if the...

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Garrettsville - Garrettsville Village Council wrestled with the pros and cons of either demolishing or repairing the Irwin Hardware Building, with several members initially hesitant to allocate public monies for a privately-owned building. Despite the controversy, detractors had to agree that the privately-owned building has become a very public hazard, due to its deterioration in the heart of the business district. Village Council had no choice but to act before winter weather set in and caused even more structural damage. “It’s in the whole town’s best interest,” says Council President Rick Patrick. “This is a good plan. Even if we had decided to tear down the building, it would have cost the village at least $100,000 --- then what? Just leave a gaping hole on historic Main Street? If this building came down, the whole block would go down with it.” Speaking of historic Main Street, council members and contractors rediscovered...

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Garrettsville - The November 3rd Garrettsville Area Chamber Meeting was held at the Nelson United Methodist Church. Thank you to Pastor Rick for hosting the meeting and a big thanks to Pam and Norma for the tasty breakfast. Ruth Simera gave the treasurer’s report and was happy to announce that there is over $2000 in the flower basket fund for next year. The recently held Masquerade Ball brought in approximately $2,200 for the scholarship fund. Roger Angel invited everyone with children and grandchildren to come to Story Hour on Tuesday nights at the Dairy Queen. Children are welcome to wear their jammies, bring a blanket and settle down in front of the fire with a free cup of hot chocolate. Hallie Higgins mentioned the need for donations for the People Tree again this year. The retired Telephone Pioneers, that have provided toys in the past, are no longer able to donate toys...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.