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Community EMS District to  Host Parade and Open House

Community EMS District is hosting a parade, open house and health fair on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The parade will kick off at 12:00 p.m. from the James A. Garfield High School, and travel down South Street to State Street, then conclude at the Community EMS station on Forest Street, where lunch will be served.

Many events are planned for the Open House, including a bounce house, fingerprinting by the Garrettsville Police Department and an appearance by University Hospitals MedEvac! University Hospitals will also be at the station conducting a health fair.

For those organizations interested in participating in the parade, please call (330) 527-4100 to register. All organizations are invited to help us celebrate!


Eagle Creek Conservation Club Annual Youth Fishing Derby

The Eagle Creek Conservation Club is pleased to announce that they will be holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  The event will take place at the Newton Falls Community Center pond located at 52 East Quarry Street in Newton Falls. The derby is a free event open to all children ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 11am and the contest will run from noon until 2pm. The event has been a local tradition for years where those who have participated in the past are now bringing their children for the experience. The fishing derby is held to help foster children’s appreciation of the outdoors and interest in fishing. Additional information is available at www.eaglecreekconservationclub.com as well as a list of other upcoming youth and community events sponsored by the club.


#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.


Free Community Dinner

May 27

Free community dinner will be May 27th from 5-6pm, while supplies last at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio.


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.


God Provides a Free Meal

May 30

God Provides a Free Meal, May 30th from 4-6pm at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305. Sloppy Joes, coleslaw, chips and dessert.


Steak Fry & Chicken Dinner

May 31

The Garrettsville Eagles will hold their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on May 31st from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. Meals include baked potato or French fries, green beans, roll and salad. Steak dinners are $12 and chicken dinners are $8. Open to the public. Boogieman band to play after from 8-11:30 pm.


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.


Final Square Dance of Season

May 31

On May 31,2014. The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host, their  last Square Dance of the season. Location of the dance is at the Town Hall, at  Rt. 45 and Rt. 87. No dancing experience is necessary. The time is from 7:00–9:30pm. The admission is 5.00 per person. Light  refreshments will be served. For more information call  (330)506-3370


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


Church Carnival

June 7

On Saturday, June 7 from 12-3 pm the Garrettsville Church of God located at 12888 SR 88 (north of SR 305) will be holding a carnival. Bring your family and friends to an afternoon of fun! Games, activities, food, prizes and chances to win novelty baskets of all sorts!


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


Windham Carnival 

June 11-15

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


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.


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 5krundav.wufoo.com/forms. Benefits Disabled Veterans, Eagle Scout Program for Ben Wood. Please send check or money order to: 2710 Mahan Denman Rd., Bristolville, OH 44402.


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: www.burtonlibrary.org, or call (440) 834-4466 for more information.


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.


“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 www.ssedwardlucy.com.


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 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.



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 hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.