#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.


Start Something

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother and Big Sister Volunteers. We have boys and girls waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. Please call us at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org.


Hiram College Nature Camps

Summer 2014

Catching crawdads! Spying on snakes! Collecting insects! Making forts! All in a day of fun and excitement for kids ages 3-14 at Hiram College Nature Camps. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu for dates and times.


Schwan’s Fundraiser

The Curtains up Theatre has begun their Schwan’s food fundraiser. Just go to http://schwans.flipgive.com/f/23515    order food, which you purchase all the time and a % of your order will go to The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre.  All food is delivered to your door, no chasing around picking up your order.


Magic in the Woods: Dragons Breath & the Disappearing Creek

May 23

A trek in search of the unusual magical plant material that grows in the magnificent old growth forest of the Hiram College Field Station. An actual demonstration of the “magic” will take place at the fire circle next to the disappearing creek. Meet at the field station (5:00-7:00pm). Hiking fee: FREE for members of Friends of the Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.


Nelson’s Huge Garage Sale

May 23-26

Come one, come all to the annual 10,000 sq. ft. garage sale under the tents at 8488 St. Rt. 305 on Memorial Day weekend. There are hundreds of items to choose from. There will be a food concession stand on the premises. Come and browse, make some purchases to benefit yourself and help develop Pixley Park in the process. Open May 23-25 from 9-8 and May 26th from 9-3. We look forward to seeing you.


Silent Auction

May 24

Silent Auction at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens in Aurora on May 24th from 2-4PM.  Portage Faith United Methodist Church is holding a silent auction at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens in Aurora. You can view the items and details on our Facebook page (Portage Faith Church) or contact the church office #330-274-8987 – email: pfumcoffice@gmail.com for full list. Items will be available for viewing and bidding May 19-22 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Portage Faith UMC, 9922 SR 44, Mantua.  All proceeds will benefit missions of the United Methodist Church.


Rivers Casino Fundraiser 

May 24

Windham High School Softball Fundraiser to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA will be May 24th. Bus leaves from Windham High School at 2pm and will return by 11pm. $40 per ticket, $20 free game play, $5 food voucher, 50/50 and door prizes. Must have driver’s license to receive free game play. Please contact Dawn Kilgore 216-406-0019.


Observatory Open

May 24

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on May 24th  from 9-11PM. Visitors will view planet Mars, the M13 star cluster in Hercules, and (possibly) Saturn as it puts in an appearance late. Cloudy skies cancel the event! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.


Community Center at Mantua Center

May 27

Come with a friend or make some new ones.  The cafeteria wing of the old Mantua Center School (Center Rd just north of SR82) is open from 9:00 to about 3:00 every Tuesday for socializing and a variety of activities.  We bring food to share for potluck lunch, served about noon.  Cards and various board games are available. The Community Center has begun re-opening at 5:00 for a potluck supper at 5:30.  Anyone is welcome to come, but if you are someone who eats way too many meals alone you are especially invited.  Men and women, single, widowed, or divorced, come share a meal at the Center.


Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups

May 24

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding signups for football and cheerleading on May 24th  at the Community center stone pavilion. The signups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The signups 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.


James A. Garfield PTO Pick Your Price Rummage Sale

May 24

Saturday May 24th from 9am – 3pm the James A Garfield Intermediate School PTO invites you to come shop our annual rummage sale filled with great items donated by  local residents  — and more! For more information or to volunteer call Heather at 440.548.5930. All proceeds will benefit the Garfield PTO. Remaining items will be donated to the Salvation Army.


Rib Burn Off

May 24 & 25

May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00 at Century Village Museum in Burton. Rain or Shine! Bring YOUR party to OUR party! Several Rib Vendors including Blazin’ Bills and Eli’s Ribs – Craft show – Classic Cars. Pony Rides and Hobby Train Rides for the kids. Live Music sponsored by Preston Superstore in Burton: Saturday: 2 to 4 – Fletch & Catch, 4 to 6 Geauga Highlanders, 6 to 8 Ted Riser Band. Sunday 2 to 4 2Guys12 Strings, 4 to 6 Blue Lunch. Free Admission and Free Parking.  Geauga County Historical Society.


Library Closed Memorial Day

 May 26

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on May 26th in observance of Memorial Day. They will resume normal operating hours on May 27th.


Memorial Day Service

May 26

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Post will be hosting their Memorial Day Service at the Burton Village Gazebo on May 26th, followed by an open house at the Legion Home on Goodwin Street. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.


Veteran’s Memorial Dedication

May 26

A dedication of the newly constructed Veteran’s Memorial will be held “on the green” at Mantua Center at noon on May 26th. The short program will follow the regular Memorial Day observance at West Lawn Cemetery at 11am.


Nelson Township Memorial Day Service

May 26

Nelson Township will honor our Veterans with a Memorial Day Service on May 26 at 10AM. The service being held at Nelson Square will include the American Legion Honor Guard, presentation of the flag and tribute to the men and women that have served our country.


Geauga Consumer Connection

May 27

The 2014 Geauga Consumer Connection is May 27th from 4pm to 7:30 pm in the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center Auditorium located at 13000 Auburn Road – north of SR-87.  It’s a free event for the whole family; there will be businesses to check out, owners to meet and talk to, food, food samples, entertainment, show specials, door prizes, Chinese raffle, free gift bags to the first 400 people! This Annual Event is hosted by Chesterland, Middlefield and Chardon Area Chambers of Commerce. Would you like to be a vendor? Contact Chesterland Chamber 440-729-7297. Come out for spring and see what Geauga merchants have to offer.


Silent Auction

May 30

Maple Grove School benefit Silent Auction May 30th at the Parkman Community House. Tickets available at Graham’s Country Store or Crosscut Country Store or by calling 330-5278-0979. Tickets are $10.00 and include 20 silent auction tickets. Doors open at 4:00, drawings begin at 6:30.



May 30

Just like the 50’s drive-in – with root beer floats and carhops! May 30th from 5-7pm the Youth and Outreach Committee of Portage Faith UMC will be having a Drive-In dinner in the parking lot of Portage Faith. The menu features hamburgers, cheeseburgers, tater tots and floats with your choice of Coke, Root beer or diet; bottled water will also be available. You can eat in your car or sit at the picnic tables (weather permitting)Join the fun! Proceeds go towards Youth projects.


Kid’s Family Game Party

May 31

The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Road, Windham, is having their monthly party on May 31st from 3-5pm in the fellowship hall. Cake walk, musical chairs, and indoor and outdoor games are planned (weather permitting). Hot dogs and punch will be served.


Athletic Physicals

May 31

Dr. Steven Riley, Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville,  will be offering athletic physicals for the 2014-15 year. Cost is $10 and will take place on May 31st from 9am-1pm in the Middle School Gym. Call 330-527-4250 with questions. Students need to bring their physical forms and a permission slip (without a guardian).


Community EMS Open House & Parade

May 31

Community EMS District cordially invites members of the community to our Open House and Parade on May 31st. The parade kicks off at JAG High School promptly at Noon, ending at our station on Forest Street. After arriving at our station, refreshments will be provided! We hope to see everyone May 31st!


Book Sale

May 31

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library on May 31st from 9am to 4pm 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.


Gorge Hike 

May 31

Join professional naturalist staff from the ODNR’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, as we traverse the hemlock lined sandstone gorge and waterfalls of Sheepskin Hollow State Nature Preserve in Columbiana County. The hike will begin at 1:00pm. Sheepskin Hollow is located at 50991 Pancake-Clarkson Rd Negley, OH  44441. No registration is required. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330)-527-5118. Special Instructions: This is a difficult hike and not recommended for small children or inexperienced hikers. Parking is along Pancake-Clarkson Rd. near the power line right of way.


2014 Freedom Dog Fest

June 1

June 1st, Aurora Parks & Recreation Department & Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invite you to attend the 2014 Freedom Dog Fest. All breeds welcome! Kicking off the event is the 5K Run and 1.75 Mile Mutt Strut.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  Run Start Times: 5K – 8:30am; Mutt Strut – 9:15am.  Dogs permitted on Mutt Strut ONLY and must be leashed.  Note: course start/finish location at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Rd., Aurora, OH  44202.  Registration Fee: $20 pre-registration before May 30; $25 day of race; $35 both races.  Register online: HMApromotions.net.  For more information, visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org or call Colleen, Aurora Parks & Recreation Dept Event Coordinator at 330-562-4333.


Danku Memorial Golf Outing 

June 6-8

Tee it up for the Danku Memorial Golf outing June 6,7 & 8 – Mineral Wells, WV. 30 openings – 1st come, 1st serve. $50 deposit by May 1st. Call Dennie Pochedly 330-527-4896


5th Annual Golf Outing 

June 7

American Legion Post 459, Burton is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon. Register by 10:30am. Shotgun start at 11am. 4 man scramble, 18 holes and prizes. Lunch & picnic buffet dinner, water, soda and beer provided. $70 per person. For presale discounted tickets or info call Bruce 440-897-2396.


Little Tigers 5th Annual Golf Outing

June 7

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their 5th annual golf outing at the Olde Dutch golf course in Lake Milton on June 7th. The 4-man scramble starts with an  8 a.m. shotgun with registration starting 7:00. The 4-man scramble costs $70.00 per person and will include coffee/ doughnuts, lunch provided by SUBWAY, steak dinner, and beverages. There will also be prizes on every hole and side games. To sign up or for more information contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950.


Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Fairy Gardens

June 7

Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps because these lovely miniatures are so individual and such fun.  Get the tips for creating an enchanting container fairy garden as Master Gardener Barbara demonstrates the steps.  One lucky person will take Barbara’s creation home.  Light refreshments provided.  June 7th from 10am-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.


Blood Drive

June 9

Falls Home Remodeling will be sponsoring another Blood Drive Here at our office at 104 a- East Broad St. Newton Falls on June 9th from 2-6 pm. The additional Blood drive is used to replace the Blood drives that were formerly held at the Methodist Church. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life! Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.

Crescent Chapter Meeting

June 9

The next meeting of Crescent Chapter No. 7 in Garrettsville will be June 9th at 7:30. The May 26th meeting is cancelled because of Memorial Day.


Summer Youth Art at Hiram College

June 9-13

Get creative at Hiram’s Summer Youth Art. Join local art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney and Hiram College students as they plan fun and creative arts and crafts for children ages preschool through middle school. For more information, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Vacation Bible School

June 9-13

Friendship Alliance Church Vacation Bible School will be June 9th-13th from 9am-noon. Age 4-6th Grade. Register with Jo Lengel at (440) 548-2930. IT’S FREE! Church address is Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Rd (SR 44) in Chagrin Falls Ohio  44023. Church phone number is 440-834-0955


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.


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.


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 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 www.stopkidscancer.org. 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.


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.


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 susanaryan2@aol.com, 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 sorrickmw@hiram.edu.


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 msimsa@windstream.net or Barb Porter Biltz 330 296-3732  or biltzjb@aol.com or Gary Bott 330 527-4457  or carolbott@frontier.com


Geauga West Friends of the Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

The spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support – for donations, for volunteers, and for everyone who came to purchase books and other items. 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.


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 hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.