Register now for the Class of 2025!
The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.

Fellowship & Music
Beginning on February 29, 2012, Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. and each Wednesday night  after  February 29 there will be fellowship and music at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church located at 336 Ridge Road, in Newton Falls.  This program will supply soup and drinks but most of all there will be worship, fellowship, and music.  The music will be provided the United Methodist Church Praise Band. Come and bring your friends.

American Legion Fish Fry
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8  pm. Cost is $8.50.

Crafters & Vendors Wanted
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for Crafters and Vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

Hiram Rapids Historical Building Fundraiser
Donations now accepted
The Hiram Rapids Church and Cemetery Association (R.C.C.A.) is accepting donations for our spring rummage sale. All proceeds are used to maintain this historical building. Please call if you have some things you would like to donate. 330-569-7204 330-569-7453

Hiram Community Trust Grants
Apply By April 20
The Hiram Community Trust was created by Reign Hadsell with the goal of providing funds for projects that make the Hiram Community a distinctive and special place to live. It was Reign’s wish that these funds be used to promote a spirit of cooperation among Hiram Village and Township, Hiram College, James A. Garfield Schools and Crestwood Schools. Funding for projects ranging from several hundred dollars to $25,000 is available. Grants applications are due April 20, 2012 with funds available for projects beginning or after July 1, 2012. For grant guidelines, an application or questions, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or

Mantua K of C Lenten Dinners
Fridays through March 30
Mantua Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten Dinners each Friday night through March 30th featuring a variety of delicious Peirogi’s from the Famous West Side Market “Peirogi Palace”.  Additional dinner options  available. Dine-In service is available 5–8 PM or Carry-Out by calling (330) 274-2576.  The Mantua K of C Party Center is located at 11845 St. Rt. 44 just north of St. Rt. 82

Outdoor Spring Soccer Sign-ups
It’s that time of the year again!  Spring Soccer!  If you are a currently a  7th or 8th grader (boys and girls) in the James A Garfield School District we are looking for a minimum of 14 players for the team. Please let me know by March 1st. For more details, please call Kim Curry at 330.527.2186
Practices beginning the first part of April.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 2,9,16, 23 & 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

Burton Public Library Book Sales
Sundays in March
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold used-book sales at the library on each Sunday in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, vinyl LPs, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles.   Sunday, March 25, will be “bag day.”   Please enter the sales through the white door located at the back of the building.

World Day of Prayer
March 2
World Day of Prayer 2012 will be observed on March 2.  A community service, led by the churches of Braceville, Lordstown and Newton Falls, will be held on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls  The theme of this year’s event is “Let Justice Prevail.”    Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish to the luncheon which will follow the service.

American Legion Breakfast
March 3
The Windham American Legion, Post #674 will be hosting a big breakfast buffet or an All-You_Can-Eat sausage and pancake breakfast on March 3 from 8-11 am at 9960 Center Street. Adults $7; Kids 12 and under $5; kids under 5 are free.

J.A. Garfield Historical Society Invites Visitors
March 3
The James A. Garfield Historical Society is now open on the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00. We are located at the corner of Main and High Street in the center of Garrettsville.  The first Saturday of March is the 3rd.  We hope to see you!

Rotary Family Week Awards Ceremony
March 3
You are invited to attend the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary’s Family Week Awards on March 3rd. at 2 pm. at the JA Garfield Elementary School.  We will be recognizing couples married over 50 years. No prior registration required.   Please come and bring a friend.   Also we will be recognizing the Family of the Year.  Remember, “Strong Families Build Strong Communities”

Chili Cook-Off For Danielle Grim
March 3
The Fun Time Cloggers are sponsoring a Chili Cook-off on March 3 from 1-5 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, SR 5, Newton Falls.  Proceeds to benefit Daniell Grim,  a high school freshman who is battling bone cancer.  Tickets are $5. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and bake sale. If you have any questions, please call Tim and Mickey Whaley 330-538-3216.

Garfield Hotstove Sign Ups
March 3
Hotstove baseball sign-ups will be held on Sat. March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall. Cost will be as follows: 5-6 years old $50; 7-8 years old $60 and 9-14 years old $75.  If anyone has any questions, please call Phil Britton at (330) 527-2209.

Girls Youth Softball Sign Ups
March 3
Garfield Youth Softball  sign-ups will be held on Sat. March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall

G-Men Donkey Basketball Game
March 3
James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters presents the G-Men Softball’s 4th Annual Donkey Basketball Game on March 3rd  from 7-9 pm in the high school gym.
Cost is  $6 in advance; $8 at the door. For more information contact Coach Downing @ 330-527-4341

Windham Drama Club Scotch Doubles
March 3
Let the Good Times Roll! WHS Drama Club will be holding a Scotch Doubles at Sky Lanes on March 3rd from 9 – 11:30 pm. Cost is $40 per couple  Price includes: 3 games, food and drink. Basket Raffles and 50/50 will also be held. All are welcome to participate even if you don’t bowl – Come a few minutes early to get your tickets!!  Questions – contact Heather Fall at 330 720-3726

Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser
March 3
There will be a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament fundraiser to benefit the Ravenna Buckeye Garage Door Ghosts baseball team on March 3.  Tournament will be held at the Ravenna Italian American club. Doors open at 5 pm, tournament begins at 6 pm.  Seating limited to the first 100 registered players.  Contact Bill Bregant at 330 389-1084 for more info or to register.

Pancake Breakfast
March 4, 11, 18 & 25
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave, Burton, is hosting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Adults $8; Children $5. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea.

Pancakes & Sausage Breakfasts
March 4, 11, 18 & 25
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House,
State Route 422 in Parkman on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

Card Party
March 4
St. William Women’s Guild Annual Card Party will be held at 5431 Mahoning Ave. NW Champion, OH on March 4 at 1 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. – Donation $7.  Theme:  “Life is like a Game of Cards”. Featuring our famous “Grand Salad Bar”, 50/50 Raffle,  cash and craft raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bella Women’s Center.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 4
Knights Of Columbus Council #3350, is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on March 4th from Noon – 3 pm at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry out available. Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11);Children: FREE(5& under).

Shalersville Pancake Breakfasts
March 4, 11 & 18
Goodell Family Farm will again serve its traditional pancake breakfasts the first three Sundays in March, the 4th, 11th, and 18th at the Shalersville Townhall, at the corner of Routes 44 and 303.  The pancakes will be buckwheat or plain, with butter, freshly-made maple syrup, and country sausage.  Prices are adults, $7.50 and3.50, aged 3 to 12.  Children under age 3 are free.  We seat you and serve you.  Bring your friends.

Pancakes at the Grange in March
March 4 & 18
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee, Sunday, March 4 and 18, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $6 for Adults  and $3 for Children 10 and under. We will also have a breakfast on April 1st.
Fishing Enthusiats Program
March 5
As the snow melts and rivers begin to run, anglers and fishing enthusiasts of northeast Ohio get excited.  If you are one of them, join us at the Burton Public Library for an hour of fishing instruction and information on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Dan Pribanic of Chagrin River Outfitters will present some of the hottest tips and methods.  Burton Public Library is located at 14588 W. Park St., on the square in Burton Village.  Call 440-834-4466 to register for the program.

Pancake Breakfast Storytime at the Garrettsville Library
March 5 or 6
Children are invited to join us at the Garrettsville Library on either March 5 at 11:00 am or March 6 at 11:30 am for a special pancake breakfast storytime. Enjoy stories about maple syrup sugaring and pancakes. Registration is required for these programs. Register online at (select “Library Programs”) or call 330-527-4378 for more information.

Election Day Soup Sale
March 6
The Windham Lions Club is busy planning a bean soup sale for Election Day March 6, 2012. Voters or hungry bean soup lovers can stop by the Windham Methodist church from 11 AM till 6 PM on March 6th for all-you-care-to-eat soup, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. There will also be carry-out available in quart containers with 2 cornbreads and 2 desserts for $12.

West Geauga Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
March 7 – 10
The Annual Spring Book Sale sponsored by the West Geauga Friends of the Library begins Wednesday, March 7 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M., followed by the open Public Sale from 6:30 to 8:30P.M. Thursday, March 8, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., Friday, March 9 hours are 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. and Saturday, March 10 is $3.00 Bag Day with hours from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Windham Free Community Dinner
March 8
A free  community dinner  will be served March 8th  at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  Why cook when we will do it for you?  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  Come enjoy the food & the fellowship!  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs
Register by March 9
The last set of swimming lessons before summer will be held on March 11,18,25,April 1 and 22. Times:2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  ** All Levels, All Hours
** Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end. Cost:  $50 per child for all 5 lessons. Ages  4 years and older  Sign-ups: Sunday February 26th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College pool or  register online! Deadline to register March 9th  ** Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Line Dance Lessons
Register by March 9
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons.  Come join with your friends to learn classic and new line dances and improve your health at the same time. Open to teens and adults the lessons will begin on March 13 to May 1 (no class April 24th)  for 7 weeks. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30. Deadline to register is March 9 or until filled.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 9
The next Western Reserve Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, March 9th, 5-7 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center.
Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.  Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available.  NEW! There will be a silent auction!  Among the items to bid on are  Cleveland  Indians tickets, $25.00 gas card, and many other fun prizes. Our co-host is Hiram Hilltoppers Baseball Team.

Craft Bazaar
March 10
The ladies auxiliary will be hosting a craft bazaar on March 10 from 9-3 pm at the VFW Post 1055, 6000 New Milford Rd, Ravenna. Come join us for crafts, baked goods and many interesting items.  Lunch will be available. If you are interested in renting a table call Pat at 330 297-0232.

Team Night Dance
March 10
Wear your favorite sports team’s shirts or hats and come out to dance. Team night dance will be held on March 10 form 7-10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, junction of SR 45 & 87.  Admission $5; under 10 yrs is $4.

Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard Grand Opening
March 10
Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard on March 10th from 2:00-4:00.  The Cupboard is located behind Isaac Mills Bakery at 9415 St. Rt. 305 on the Nelson Circle.  Come meet our volunteers and take a tour of the Cupboard.  Refreshments will be served.

Senior Bingo
March 12
Senior bingo will be held on March 12 from 5-7 pm at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. There is a 50/50 raffle and prizes.  Come out and have some fun.

Girl Scout Activities
March 13
Free Girl Scout activities in Windham for girls in 4th – 8th grade. Program will begin Tuesday, March 13th at the Windham Renaissance Family Center and will run for 12 sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:00pm-4:30pm. If you have any questions please call Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio at 800.852.4474.

Amateur Radio Class
March 13
An Amateur Radio class starts March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $30 and will be available at the class.   Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, for more information.

Pricetown Home-Cooked Supper
March 14
The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and a beverage. The meal will be on  March 14 from 5 to 6:30 P.M.  Cost $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children,  6 to 12 years,  and free for children 5 years and younger.
Carryouts will be available.

Garden Club Card Party
March 15
Come one anmd all to the card party sponsored by the Warren Township Garden Club. The party will be held on March  15, 2012 at 5:00 the Johnson Community Center, Gilmer Road, Leavittsburg.  There will be card games, Scrabble and Yahtzee, and bingo.   There will be a meal included with the entry fee of $5.00 per person.  We also will be having a Chinese Auction.  Come and have fun with your friends.
Card Making Party
March 17
There will be a card making party on March 17 from 1-4 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, located at SR 45 & 87 junction.  Participants will make 15 card! All supplies included in the cost of $14 as well refreshments.  Reservation deadline is March 10. Call Kathy at 440-685-4425 or Liz at 440-685-4582.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
March 17
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with all the fixings including beverage and dessert.  Hosted by Portage Faith United Methodist Church located at 9922 State Route 44 in Shalersville.  Saturday, March 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Adults:  $8, Children 6 -12:  $4, under 6 free.

Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off
March 17
Don’t miss it!  Annual Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off and Chinese auction March 17 at 11:30 – 2:30 in the historic Huntsburg gym.  Number of spaces for cook-off are limited, phone 636-5510 to enter so you don’t get shut out.  Live entertainment with Bob Stanek and The Boys, raffles, vendor show, food, free cake, games.   Call 636-5517 for more information.

Organic Vegetable Gardening
March 17
Learn from a Certified Organic Grower.  Jake Trethewey of Maplestar Farm in Geauga County has been  growing organic produce on his family’s farm since 2004.  Jake will address topics of soil fertility; organic soil amendments; pest, weed and disease control; irrigation options; and how to prepare your garden for the next season each fall.  Fee of $15. Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on March 17 from 9-11 am  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  View a list of Master Gardener classes:
Paws For Reading
March 17, 24 & 31
For children struggling with reading, the Paws for Reading program has proven successful in helping them build confidence in their reading skills.  Each child is paired with one dog for a half hour session of reading.  Three sessions of Paws for Reading will be held at the Burton Public Library.  On Saturdays March 17, 24 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  children may come to the library for a half hour session of reading with a therapy dog.  Appointments are required.  To schedule a time for your child, please call Beth Pettit at 440-564-7139.

Amvets Breakfast
March 18
Amvets Post 112 will be hosting a breakfast to support the troops on March 18 from 9 am – Noon at 37 W. Broad St, Newton Falls.  Cost is $6 adults; $4 children ages 4-9 and free for kids under 4.

Singing Weavers to Minister
March 18
The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on March 18 at 10:30 am  A covered dish dinner will follow. The church is located at SR 88 & SR 303 in Freedom Township.

Step Into Spring – Tools To Help Manage Arthritis Pain
March 20
A free community education program will be held on March 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Abraham Family Room 150 at Robinson Medical Arts Building, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to view exhibits; first speaker at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Shorin Nemeth, with the Center for Pain Medicine, will present “Managing Arthritis Pain” and Kent McGuire, with Ohio AgrAbility will present “Gardening & Arthritis”. There will also be an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program demonstration, community exhibits, door prizes, and light refreshments.  Register online at or call the Arthritis Foundation at 800-245-2275, ext. 6431.

What’s New in Annuals & Perennials
March 24
Dennis James of DJ’s Greenhouse will introduce us to the many new exciting plants, annuals and perennials, available to the home gardener this year!   Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on Sat.,  Mar. 24,  from 9 – 10:30 A.M

Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm.  Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Souped up Jazz
March 24
JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on  March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free  admission.  Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact:  Pat Thomas at  330-297-0232  or  Laura Yaunt at  330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a  table space for $20.00

Night At The Races
March 30
Tickets are now on sale for the JA Garfield After Prom Committee’s Night At The Races to be held at Sugarbush on March 30.  Cost is $20 per person, includes dinners, entry fee and draft beer.  Purchase your tickets by March 23 by calling Stacy at 330 527-4433 or Denise at (330) 527-7707.

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Currently there are 8 comedians registered for this event. Last November, the comedians performed to a standing room only audience of over 90 people. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…