Feline Spay and Neuter Clinic

In an effort to help with the growing cat problem in Portage County, Rose’s Rescue along with the Portage Co Dog Warden’s Office will be hosting an all cat spay and neuter clinic on Tuesday July 15, 2014. The cost per spay or neuter will be $20 per cat. An appointment is required.  The $20 must be prepaid to hold an appointment spot.  The $20 is nonrefundable if you do not show up for your scheduled appointment or cancel less than 48 hours prior to the event.

Please call the Rose’s Rescue voice mail, leave your name and number and someone will get back to you with further details. This clinic is open to the general public, please no rescue groups. Space is limited.  Rose’s Rescue voice mail 330-850-7042. Press 1 to leave a message.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Rose’s Rescue to help cover the cost of future clinics, please feel free to help us! You can mail a check to Rose’s Rescue, PO Box 33, Rootstown, Ohio 44272. Make checks payable to Rose’s Rescue and write spay/neuter fund in the comments section or attach a note stating that. You may also donate on line at www.rosesrescue.net.


2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.


Crafters Wanted 

Register NOW

Crafters wanted for the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332  “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Information packets are available at the VFW Post, via email @ lavfw3332@embarqmail.com or you may contact Donna @ 330-646-1112. Limited tables available with electric… Hurry space is limited.


The ‘Legacy’ of Larry Doby

June 26

Speaker Ike Brooks of the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland will be at the Century House, across from Hiram Police Station off 700 south of 82/305, June 26th at 7:30pm.The topic will be the ‘Legacy’ of Larry Doby. This presentation will discuss the career highlights of the second African American to play Major League baseball and the first in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. This free event will be presented by the Hiram Historical Society and is open to the public.


Annual Rummage Sale

June 26-28

Annual Rummage Sale at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd, Garrettsville, will be June 26-28th from 10am-5pm. Lots of clothes, dishes, misc. household items, 5 collectable dolls, etc.  Call 330-527-4068 for more info.


Free Meal

June 27

God Provides a Free Meal, June 27th from 4-6 at Nelson UMC. Dinner will consist of beef and noodles, green beans, roll and dessert.


Fabulous Gospel Echoes

June 28

The “Fabulous Gospel Echoes” will perform your favorite southern gospel songs on stage at Garrettsville Summerfest June 28th 11 till noon. Pack up the babies, bring the old ladies, a lawn chair, a friend, a smile and get ready to sing!! “Cause that’s how we do it in the South”


Buckeye Martinfest 

June 28

The Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association is holding a free, family oriented festival. The 5th Annual Buckeye MartinFest June 28th from 2-4pm at North Reservoir Boat Launch Ramp, State Mill Road, Coventry. Held in this area features feeding the Purple Martins, seeing their habitat, even possibly holding some of the babies in hand.  There will be many exhibits set up by various organizations specializing in nature and the environment including: Summit County MetroParks, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association, the Akron Library and, of course, the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association. It’s an excellent fun and informative afternoon for the whole family, young and old alike. And did I mention, it’s free?


Flea Market

June 28

The Mantua Knights of Columbus will be holding a parking lot flea market on June 28th at 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua.  Rent a 10 x 10 spot for $10.00.  All are welcome!  Call for your reservation at 330-274-4982.


Amateur Radio Association Field Day

June 28-29

Warren Amateur Radio Association Field Day will be held this year at Mosquito Lake State Park off of Rt. 305 near the boat docks in the grassy area. It will begin June 28th  at 10 am with setup, then on the air by 2pm, and will go all night until 29th at 2 pm will be tear down time.  Please bring a covered dish for the picnic and a lawn chair.


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.


Community Center Open

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

The Community Center at Mantua Center will continue to be open thru the summer on Tuesdays in the old Mantua Center School Building, on Center Rd. just north of SR 82.  Free, everyone’s invited.   Children must have adult supervision, but we’ve got craft materials and lots of different games we’d be glad to teach you all to play, adults and children alike.  Hours are 9:30 am until late afternoon. (We close when everyone’s gone but the leadership.)  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon. Our current service project is making dresses for little girls in Africa.  Pattern is simple and children can participate.  We re-open at 5:00 for the Don’t Eat Alone supper potluck served at 5:30, to which we extend a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals by themself: widowed, divorced, never married, spouse travelling, it doesn’t matter.   Beverages and tableware provided.



Chicken Dinner

July 2

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on July 2nd from 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $8.50, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10 $4.00, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.


Library Closed Independence Day

July 4

All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on July 4, in observance of Independence Day. They will resume normal operating hours the following business day. For information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online atwww.portagelibrary.org.


Vet’s Appreciation Day

July 4

Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 Veteran’s Appreciation Day & Fireworks. Join us for our annual fireworks display on July 4th at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6pm and the fun goes through the conclusion of fireworks. Military displays and vehicles. Food concessions provided by Geauga Fair Board. $4 donation per car, $1 per person walk-in.


Chesterland Parade

July 4

Chesterland Parade will be July 4th at 11am. Begins at St. Anslem’s Church, Chesterland, Ohio. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for more info.


Swing Dance

July 5

Swingtime Big Band is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance July 5th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.


Soccer Summer Camp

July 7-15

Garrettsville Soccer YMCA summer camp will be 4 evenings this July at Brosius Road Fields. $75, Pre-K u6 & u8, 5-7pm July 7, 8, 14 & 15. $100, U10 – High School 5-8pm July 9, 10, 14 & 15. $10 from each registration goes to the Garrettsville YMCA. Register online www.HandsOnSoccer.com or call 330-970-9662. Directed by Otto Orf, former pro/national team player and coach of 25 years.



Bible School

July 7-11

Join the Portage Faith United Methodist Church for an exciting Bible school program “Workshop of Wonders, Image and Build with God.” The evenings will begin with a light supper at 6pm in the fellowship hall and ends around 8:45pm. The classes are for all ages 3 and up. Join us the week of July 7th-11th at Portage Faith UMC on St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. Please call the church office at 330-274-8987 to register.


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.


Community Yard Sale

July 12

A community yard sale is once again being held on the grounds of the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N Main St on July 12th at 7:00 AM.  Spots are free and a limited number of tables are available for use on a first call basis.  A free lunch will be served between 11 AM and 1 PM for all in attendance at that time.  Reserve your free place now by calling Jim at 330-671-1426.


Mantua Farmer’s Market

July 12-Sept 27

Mark your calendar for the start of the Mantua Farmer’s Market season.  The Market is under new sponsorship this year, Christ Lutheran Church is in charge. All vendor fees will go into their Handicapped Entrance Project fund. Price is $5.00 per date. Our vendors sell a variety of items and more vendors are needed. The Markets will be held on Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm beginning on July 12th and ending on September 27th. The Market is held in the parking lot at the Church at 10827 North Main Street (State Route 44), right next to Crestwood High School. Call Diane at 330-274-2868 for details.


Chicken Dinner & Car Cruise

July 13

Chicken Dinner and Car Cruise at St. Edward’s Parish will be July 13th. This all-day event will fun for the entire family with cool classic /custom cars & trucks to view, plenty of food, and lots of activities including raffles and a Chinese auction.  Tickets are on sale now for the dinners as well as the raffles items.  Please save the date and come join us!  For additional information call:  440.548.3812


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.


Hambden Grange Concerts

July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has a bandstand concert set for 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.


Cheese Making Workshop

July 19

The Portage County Gardeners  will have a Cheese Making Workshop on July 19- 10a.m.-noon at 5154 Prospect St. Ravenna, OH 44266. Cost is $25.00. Learn how to make soft mozzarella and then ricotta cheese in a crock pot. You will get a starter kit to take home and you can sample the instructor’s cheese. Also, call Helena to pre-register and pre-pay.  Deadline for registration and pre-pay for both classes is July 12.


Murder Mystery Dinner Play

July 19

North Coast Men’s Chorus presents; “Lights! Camera! Murder!” A murder mystery dinner theater play, July 19 from 6-11pm at Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Trisket Rd, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $45 each, table of 8 $320, includes three course dinner, cash bar, live & silent auction, costume contest. To make reservations, visit our website at www.ncmchorus,org, or call 216-556-0590.


Parkman Community Picnic

July 19

Residents of Parkman, come enjoy an evening of fun with your neighbors and friends July 19th from 5-8pm at Overlook Park, St. Rt. 168. The Chamber of Commerce is providing burgers & hot dogs, beverages, and paper products.  Please bring a dish to share!  They also are providing snow-cones, cotton candy, and popcorn for snacking. There will be a bounce house for the kids as well as corn hole and carnival games.  We’re also planning some Amish-Yankee baseball games.  If you’re interested in playing, call Sandy at (440) 548-5740. We hope to see you there!


NUMC 200th Birthday

July 20

Plan on stopping by the Nelson United Methodist Church, July 20th to help us celebrate our 200th birthday! The church has been in continuous worship from 1814 on Nelson Circle. We are honored and privileged to host this momentous event from 2-5pm. We will also be offering an extended service from 10:30-12pm which everyone is welcome to attend.


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


Library Now Accepting Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale

 July 20-Aug 2

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.


Pricetown UMC Vacation Bible School

July 21-25

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 21st thru July 25th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship.  This years’ theme is “Son Treasure Island”.    Youngsters (3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and our Treasure Island store at the end of the week.For more information,  please contact 330-872-3801 or 330-540-7523


What’s Bugging Your Plants & Trees

July 23

On Wednesday, July 23 from  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. the  Master Gardeners  who answer your questions on Helpline are offering a free evening of diagnostic help in the middle of the growing season.  Bring your gardening problems, questions and even diseased or failure to thrive plant samples. The Master Gardeners will provide educational information on plant diseases and insects and their control.  Individual concerns will be addressed as well.  If your gardens are lush and growing without incident come and gather with your fellow gardeners and listen and learn.   Light refreshments provided.  Free community offering.  Program held at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Building, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.  Preregistration encouraged (440-834-4656), walk-ins welcome.  geauga.osu.edu


Craft Show

July 26-27

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332 Newton Falls is presenting a “Christmas in July” Craft Show July 26th & 27th from 9am-5pm at the VFW Post 3332 Banquet Room 433 Arlington Blvd. Newton Falls Ohio 44444. Handcrafted Items, Collectables, Raffles and a Food Café. Come join us and support your local veterans.


Red Cross Blood Drive 

July 31

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, Here at our showroom at 104 a East Broad St. Newton Falls, next to Circle- K, on July 31st from 2-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. Please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and appointments.


Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.



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.


Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a lost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.


Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find our more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!


Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration


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.


Growing Angel Trumpets, Brugmansia

Aug 13

You have seen these magnificent plants at garden centers and at the Geauga county fair.  Learn how to select and grow these spectacular, fragrant flowers.  Go to the award winning brugmansia garden of Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik where she will teach you the care and propagation of these beauties. She will show you the tricks to get hundreds of blooms on a single plant and how to winter them over for years of enjoyment.  As a special treat you’ll even get a brugmansia to take home. Additional plants will be available for purchase.   This off site class will be held on  Wednesday, August 13, 7 PM-9 PM, $35 Ask Phyllis for a tour of her garden too! $35. Call 440-834-4656 to register and get directions.  View a list of upcoming Master Gardener classes, geauga.osu.edu


Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. It’s Their Future…Let Them Own It! August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104



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.


Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.