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Hiram College receives $1 million gift from Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition submitted by Melinda Ensinger

News From Garfield Schools

Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent Garrettsville - Last week, our safety plans were put to a test, and it was clear that we were prepared on all fronts. The situation resulted in all students leaving our campus safely. We were prepared and could not have accomplished what we did without the help of our staff, law enforcement, students and community. The Portage County Sherriff, Garrettsville PD, and Ohio State Highway Patrol responded immediately to our campus to ensure our kids’ safety. They assisted us in determining when it was safe to lift our lockdown and dismiss students then helped in escorting them to the various forms of transportation home. Authorities were on site the next day and supports were available for our students if needed. Our Schools all have emergency plans that are practiced on a regular basis. I want to commend the authorities, administrators, staff, students and community. They quickly implemented the plan, kept students calm and kept student safety at the forefront the entire lockdown. Please rest assured that this person was located and there is no further threat. Communication is paramount in situations such as these. If you are a parent in our district and have not setup your Edline account you can get assistance by calling your school’s secretary or visiting the district website. If you are a resident and would like to keep informed you can follow the district on Facebook ( jagschools) and/or Twitter (@jagschools). These are the official social media outlets for our district. They are updated frequently with the happenings within our district and are a very good source of information in emergencies such as the one we just experienced. While situations such as this are very stressful, they are learning opportunities. Our administrative team has already met and debriefed (minute by minute) the entire situation and identified a few changes we will implement to further protect our students and communicate with our parents, students, community and news outlets. Words cannot express how proud we are to serve such an outstanding community. The safety of your children is our number one priority. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly in my office at 330.527.4336, tlysiak@jagschools. org or on my cell at 216.534.7413.




Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values, and robot game play. They earned the Judges Award for making great strides as a rookie team in each of the judging categories. They also won the Alliance Round which combined three FLL team’s robots to score as many points as possible on the game playing field. Coaches Melinda Ensinger, Kristina Cupples, Derek Hatcher, and Diana Kelly could not be more proud of the team’s performance. The team’s dedication and hard work was evident. A special thank you to the Garfield PTO for sponsoring the team and the support of our building principals, Ms. Leindecker & Mr. Long, as well as Superintendent Ted Lysiak and the Board of Education members. Team members include fifth graders Hines Estes, Landen Gedeon, Zoey May, Shane Ohlrich, Sophia Scott (not pictured) and sixth graders Cameron Edwards, Max May, Madison Moncoveish, Jackson Sommer, and Daniel Valdman.

Hiram – Hiram College received a year-end $1 million cash gift from trustee Paula Frohring, through the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation. This is the largest single gift of the Foundation’s nearly $6.5 million total to the College. The $1 million will support scholarships for biolog y and chemistry students, as well as faculty and student research at Hiram’s 500-plus-acre James H. Barrow Field Station. “The Frohring family has long supported our beloved Hiram College, its unique field station, and the handson and personalized learning opportunities we offer there and throughout the campus,” says President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “This most recent and very generous gift (the Frohrings collectively have gifted about $15 million to Hiram College) will further enhance the field station and bolster the college’s curricular and co-curricular offerings in sustainability.” Dr. Varlotta adds that part of the Frohring gift will support the stewardship of the Field Station’s natural resources and the maintenance of its physical plant. This Field Station is recognized by many as one of Ohio’s most spectacular outdoor classrooms. Home to beautiful wetlands, the state’s second largest uncut maple-beech forest (according to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy) and a robust wildlife conservation program that includes an endangered duck species and a rehabilitation wing, the field station presents students, faculty, staff and community members with abundant educational, research and enrichment opportunities. “This gift is a real testimony to the Frohrings’ allegiance to the College. It also confirms Paula Frohring’s belief that Hiram, its faculty and staff, and the field station offer students a distinctive four-year degree that integrates the kind of personalized, hands-on experiences that foster the type of lifelong learning that keeps us curious and engaged.” “This gift certainly helps to end 2016 on a high note and positions the year to come in the most wonderful way. I am excited at what’s in store for Hiram College in 2017,” Dr. Varlotta says.

Buckeye Block Needs Funding to be Rebuilt in 2017 Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

GARRETTSVILLE - Fire has dual nature: It can be both destructive and regenerative. Just as a new growth flourishes following a forest fire, a new Buckeye Block Building is expected to be erected on the site of the historic structure that burned down nearly three years ago. “I’ve got the fire to rebuild it. I just need more fuel to put toward that fire to make it a reality,” says Michael Maschek, principal Buckeye Block owner and owner of Maschek Construction Company. Maschek has plans to start rebuilding this spring, if the needed funding comes through in time. Maschek has been awarded partial funding toward the $1.5-2 million project. Thanks to Senator John Eklund (R- District 18), the downtown Buckeye Block rebuilding fund got a $700,000 boost from the State of Ohio last spring. The Garrettsville Buckeye BlockCommunity Theatre project is one of 15 appropriations awarded to Portage County entities through the Ohio Senate Finance Committee for Fiscal Year 2017-18. “If I don’t use it by 2018, I lose it,” Maschek commented. So the clock is ticking on the available monies. The $700,000 sum falls far below the amount needed to rebuild the Buckeye Block Building that burned in a 2014 fire, but Maschek is moving forward with a two-story design, with a possible groundbreaking by late March. Maschek is considering a 20,000-square-foot, brickfaced building design in keeping with the architecture of Garrettsville’s historic district. An open arcade is planned for pedestrians to walk through from the rear parking lot to Main Street. Four businesses are to line Main with more on both sides of the arcade, for a total of 8-10 street-level retail storefronts. On the second floor, a community theatre and office spaces will be roughed in, to be finished when more funds come available. Along with the Capital Budget Appropriation, Maschek plans to use his share of the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund toward construction costs. He also would like to have the historic grist mill

catty-corner to the Buckeye Block sold to the tenants who now operate the Cellar Door Coffee Company at that location. Additionally, vacant frontage behind the mill is available for sale. Altogether, proceeds from those eventual sales would provide Maschek with the capital he needs to construct a new Buckeye Block Building. Until then, cash from other sources would help Maschek break ground three years after fire took down the original structure. “I want to bring business back into town, and creating 10 retail spots at affordable rent will help get Garrettsville back on its feet and able to fulfill its potential,” Maschek said. “Things are going to fly once I get the cart and the horse in order.” “I feel that the Cellar Door Coffee Company is part of the revitalization of Garrettsville. Things are coming together for a change of fresh atmosphere in Garrettsville. God is never late… and there is an awakening going on.” Now that the Cellar Door is drawing customers back downtown, Maschek hopes that community members and outsiders alike will be motivated to contribute more to the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund as well as to his recently established GoFundMe page with a $50,000 goal, “Rebuilding Buckeye Block.” To make a contribution to the GarrettsvilleStrong Fund, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www. and click on the Help Rebuild tab at the right top corner of the page.

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Kindergarten Registration Time!

James A. Garfield Elementary School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will be 5 years of age by AUGUST 1, 2017. Registration and full screenings will take place on Friday, March 24th, Monday, March 27th, and Tuesday, March 28th. These are the only dates we will do complete screenings. Please call the Elementary office at 330527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Screenings for Fall 2017

Preschool screenings will take place at James A. Garfield Elementary on Friday, March 17th for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call Kristine at 330527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For more information call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330760-7670.

2nd Thursday Storytime

through May 11 2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 - 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed.

American Legion Fish Fry

Fridays Fish fry dinners will be held at the American Legion Post 674, 9960 East Center St., Windham from 4-7:30 pm. Cost $8. Choice of fish, chicken, shrimp or a combo dinner. Open to public. Carryout available.

Silk Flowers Needed

The James A. Garfield Art Club is in need of silk flowers to sell for their upcoming Valentine’s Day fundraiser. If you have any you’d like to donate to a great cause, please bring them to the high school office during school hours.

WVFD Blood Drive

Jan 13 The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the Windham Fire Dept, 9601 E. Center St., Windham on Jan 13 from 2 - 7 p.m.

Dark Matter Galaxies

Jan 13 Find out more about the mysterious dark matter and new hints about our universe’s history on Friday, January 13, 7-8 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center. Followed by night sky viewing using park telescopes till 11 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

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Jan 13 Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry Open to Public! Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville. Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 - 7:30pm. To go orders available - call 330-527-2330

Free Clothing

Jan 14 Free clothing give-away on Jan 14 from 9 am to noon at the old Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd., Mantua. Everyone welcome. Always free; no questions ever asked.

Learn to Snowshoe

Jan 14 On Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. - Noon at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center come and learn the basics of snowshoeing including clothing, equipment and technique. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor instruction. We provide snowshoes or bring your own! Ages 8+ w/adult. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Jan 14 Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Saturday, January 14, 7-11 PM at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Frozen Fest

Jan 15 Join Geauga Park District for an exciting afternoon of FREE winter fun at the West Woods Nature Center! Activities include live ice carving/ sculptures, guest appearance by a winter snowman and ice princesses, snowshoeing, snow-themed crafts, face painting, refreshments and much more! Wheelchair/ stroller accessible. Sunday, January 15, Noon-4 p.m.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Jan 15 Join us on Sunday, January 15, 2-3 p.m. at Observatory Park,

Robert McCullough Science Center for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house from 1-4 PM. Wheelchair/ stroller accessible.

Bristol Public Library Holiday Closing

Jan 16 The Bristol Public Library will be closed Monday, January 16th, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, January 17th at 8:00 a.m.

Film Discussion

Jan 16 Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us Jan 16, 10:30am, at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event. Dr. J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: The video this month is “Edgar Cayce on Meditation�. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us at the YMCA the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)4692044.

Library Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 16 All offices and branch libraries of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Library service will resume on Tuesday, January 17. Although our branch libraries will be closed for the holiday, the Digital Library is always open- 24/7.

Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 17 All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Jan 17 from 4-6 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507, 216 E. Main St., West Farmington. Dinner donation is $7 Adults; $4.50 ages 5-12. Under 5 free. Carryout available.

Geauga Walkers

Jan 17 Join other active seniors on weekly hikes typically 1 ½ miles long on Tuesday, January 17, 1-2:30 p.m. at

Nelson-Garrettsville Senior Social Club EVERY THURSDAY - 9am - Noon Nelson Community House on the Circle, SR 305 in Nelson

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Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point Shelter. A naturalist leads hikes in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. If temperature is below 20 degrees, please call 440-2790880 to confirm program will still be held.

Tree City Carvers Meeting

Jan 17 The monthly meeting of the e Tree City Carvers will be on Jan 17 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd. Kent. The meeting is free and open to the public! For more info call: Larry Hurd at 330-297-7905

Book Discussion Club Meeting at Garrettsville Library

Jan 17 The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday January 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. They’ll begin the New Year with a discussion of the title Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris. Norris will join us as a special guest during a potluck dinner, and she’ll share her love of life and grammar with the group. The self-declared Comma Queen’s love of reading and words has led to her career as a copy editor at The New Yorker. Those interested may sign up for the Book Discussion Club and potluck dinner at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available.

Timbertots: Black Bears

Jan 19 Preschoolers and their adults (Ages 3-5 w/adult) will have a blast discovering the wonders of Ohio’s largest mammal, the Black Bear, with games and outdoor activities. Thursday, January 19, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM at The

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Timbertots: Black Bears

Jan 22 Preschoolers and their adults (Ages 3-5 w/adult) will have a blast discovering the wonders of Ohio’s largest mammal, the Black Bear, with games and outdoor activities. Sunday, January 22, 2-3 PM at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center. Indoors and outdoors. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Ohio’s Comeback Critters: Bobcats

Jan 22 After facing extirpation by 1850, Ohio’s bobcat population is making a slow and steady rebound! Join Jamey Emmert and Laura Graber from the Ohio Division of Wildlife to learn more about this exciting and elusive creature of the forest. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Sunday, January 22, 2-3 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Learn to Cross Country Ski

Jan 22 Learn the basics of cross country skiing from Chris Newman of Geiger’s including clothing, equipment and technique. Ski rental available in advance from Geiger’s in Chagrin Falls, 440-2474900, with a special program rental rate of $17 if picked up Friday and returned Monday. Registration required. Program to be held on Sunday, January 22, 1-3 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park Lodge

Maple Town Tune Traders

Jan 26 Informal performances followed by jam session on Thursday, Jan 26 from 7-10 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center. All genres, instruments and skill levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

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on weaving a free-form wire hanging basket with dazzling colors, crystals and gemstone chips. These creations are known to attract fairies and keep them out of mischief! Ages 16+. Fee: $36 includes all materials and refreshments. Wheelchair/ stroller accessible. Registration required. Friday, January 27, 6-9 p.m. at The West Woods, Affelder House

Dark Matter Galaxies

Jan 27 On Friday, January 27, 7-8 PM at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center find out more about the mysterious dark matter and new hints about our universe’s history. Followed by night sky viewing using park telescopes till 11 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 27 Please mark your calendars for Parkman Cub Scout Pack 4076 BSA Annual Spaghetti Dinner/Auction. The date is January 27th, 2017 and will be held at Parkman Community House. Time: 4:30-7:30. Tickets are $8.00 advance/$9.00 at door. Kids are $5.00 advance/$6.00 at door. Under 5 free. Carry outs available. Tickets can be purchased at Parkman Church on Tuesdays 7-8 pm or call Monique 216-337-2104. Credit cards accepted at event. 100% proceeds benefit Parkman Pack 4076 BSA.

Scout Day: Brownie Girl Scouts Hiker Badge

Jan 28 Saturday, January 28, 9:3011 AM at The West Woods, Nature Center join us to work on the Brownie Hiker Badge! We’ll take a winter hike and cover badge requirements 1, 2, 3 and 5. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Jan 28 Saturday, January 28, 7-11 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center take in the wonders of the night sky using park

telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Free Soup Lunch

Jan 28 Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Road, will be having a soup, sandwich and dessert lunch on Jan 28 from 11 am - 1 pm. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Please come and enjoy the food and fellowship.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Jan 28 On Jan 28 there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4:00 and we serve until 6:30 or when the food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Takeouts are available.

Scout Day: Wolf Cub Scout Paws on the Path

Jan 28 Saturday, January 28, 1-2:30 PM at The West Woods, Nature Center join us for an outdoor winter hike to work on requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Paws on the Path Core Adventure! Registration required.

Travelogue: Costa Rica

Jan 29 On Sunday, January 29, 2-3 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center join Tom Sampliner, photographer and past Native Plant Society president, as he shares images of Costa Rica during the summer monsoon season. Presented in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.




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Sweet heARTS Walk in Mantua

Applicants Sought for Portage Park District Board of Commissioners

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

The Portage Park District currently has one opening on its five member governing Board of Commissioners. Park District Board members are appointed by Portage County Probate Court Judge Robert Berger who is seeking applications from interested Portage County residents. Board members are non-partisan and are appointed for a 3-year renewable term, to serve without pay. The Board meets regularly once a month, with additional special meetings scheduled as needed. The Park District is a countywide government agency whose mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. The Park District manages over 1,500 acres with five open parks and 14 miles of hike and bike trails across Portage County. The Park District recently adopted a ten-year Comprehensive Master Plan to guide operations and development. The District’s General Fund Budget is approximately $1.6 million/year, with revenues primarily generated from a 10-year property tax levy that was approved by voters in May, 2014; additional funds are received from private donations and grants. Interested applicants should contact the Portage Park District at 330-297-7728 or to obtain an application package. For more information, contact Christine Craycroft, Executive Director at For more information about the Park District visit www. and find it on Facebook.

GHS Art Club Lockergram Fundraiser Want a creative way to ask someone to Prom? Want to wish a son or granddaughter happy birthday? Want to send a football player good luck before the big game? If you’re looking for a creative and original way to do any of these, consider purchasing the art club’s lockergrams. Lockergrams are personalized banners made by the GHS Art Club that will be taped to the person of your choice’s locker, sending whatever message you wish to send. Lockergrams are colorfully painted and handmade by members of art club to your exact specifications, so you can put whatever inside joke or friendly one liner you wish on it. Or leave it all up to us! The choice is yours. Parents, you can get in on the excitement of locker-grams too! If you order on the GHS website you can have the Art Club make a lockergram for your child! What a wonderful surprise it will be. Lockergrams are a wonderful way to send good wishes, especially for the artistically challenged. No longer do you have to waste hours trying to make the perfect poster for them. You can have JAG’s art club do it for you. Lockergrams are available for the low price of only $10 (students get a discounted price of $5) throughout this school year. Help support the good work GHS art club does for the community through this exciting new fundraiser. Order forms are available online through the GHS website.

Mantua - How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 with your sweetie at the Sweet heARTS Walk at the Mantua Center School. Admission is free, and the doors open at noon. Where else can you and your Valentine see fabulous locally made items while taking a nostalgic walk through the historic building? The event will feature a live auction at 1:30 where you’ll have the opportunity to bid on a variety of pieces by local artisans. Artisans include Carrie and Patrick Frost from Frost Glass in Mantua, Joe Leonard’s Custom Woodcarving in Garrettsville, and work from local quilters. In addition, the Township-owned building will be open for tours to give the community the opportunity to envision what a local community center can encompass. “The building has been a hot topic in the area for some time,� explained Leanne Painley, one of the Art walk’s organizers. “We’d like to give people the opportunity to tour the building, to help them envision what a community center could provide to our area. And the event is a great way to showcase the skills of local artists, too.� Throughout the building, rooms will feature cookies, flowers, and other Valentine’s goodies for sale. Items available include locally made ceramics, glassware, quilts, woodcarving, and wooden toys. Silent auction items made by local artisans will be on display throughout the building, as well, with bids closing at 2:30 pm. The building will be open from noon until 5 pm. The Mantua Restoration Society and the Mantua Historical Society sponsor the event; proceeds will support the Teen Center Task Force. For more information, contact Leanne Painley, Terri Vechery, or Carole Polard

Beginner Beekeeping Classes R avenna - The Portage County Beekeepers Association is offering Beginner Beekeeping Classes at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 OH-88, Ravenna, OH 44266,Thursdays: Feb. 9, 16, and 23, 2017, 6:30-9:00 PM Registration includes: All three beginners classes, your instruction book, 2 free one year memberships: Portage Co. Beekeepers and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Topics will cover getting started, bee biology, diseases, managing your hive, record keeping, and a range of knowledge to help you along the way. Registration also includes 2 additional workshops: How to Put Together Your Woodenware held in March and How to Install New Bees held in April. Mentors will also be available to you free once you finish the classes. Find out whether beekeeping is right for you! RegisterNOWat Questions: Call Geoff at 330-338-6140

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Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Open Bainbridge – The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce that the second half of the indoor winter market opened January 7. The winter market will be located in Lowe’s Greenhouse, Florist and Gift Shop on Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge. The market will run indoors from 9:00Noon every Saturday from January 7 through March 18, 2017 and will feature winter soup samples popular with shoppers last year. The winter market will offer many fresh, local, quality products and many vendors familiar to those who attended both our summer and winter markets including apple products from Woolf Farms, meat, eggs and syrup from Harvest Bell Farm, local produce from Bat Barn Farm and Foraging, fresh pasta from Nina’s kitchen, gluten free bake mixes from MinusG, Geauga Artisan Bacon, coffee from Gray Duck Coffee, fresh and dried herbs from Sandee River Farm, Silver Rose Alpaca Farm products, gifts from the Goodee Basket, honey products from Aurora Springs Honey, Natural Excellence Farm and Gardens, pork, beef and free-range poultry from BB Farms, skin care products from Free Range Skin Care, Little Green Oasis and the Good Stuff Soap Company, sauces and rubs, jams and more! The market is open 9:00-Noon every Saturday at Lowe’s Greenhouse - 16540 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge. Keep up to date on weekly special market events on Facebook or at





Start Talking -- “Hidden In Plain Sight” Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at Crestwood Intermediate School, 11250 Bowen Rd., Mantua on January 18. 2017. Doors open for browsing at 6:00 PM with a presentation from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. If you cannot arrive at the designated start time, join us when you can. The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more. Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished. Mantua and Hiram Police Departments will also be involved in presenting the exhibit. For further information, contact Village of Mantua, Linda Clark – Mayor at 330.274.8776 X 155.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club To Meet The Portage County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Longhitano’s, 1225 W. Main Street, Kent. Our speaker will be Portage County Judge Becky Doherty who will speak on the judicial courts and the U.S. Supreme Court appointments. Judge Doherty will also swear in the 2017 PCRWC Officers. Reservations are recommended. Members are asked to bring personal items such as bars of soap, wash cloths, deodorant (men & women), toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, socks and chapstick. These items are for the homeless men and women here in Portage County. The club meets the third Monday of each month. It is an opportunity to me other Republican women and officials to find out what’s happening in the Republican Party. Bring a friend and just have fun getting together. There are plenty of opportunities for involvement. For more information call Jeneen at 330 687-4067 or Like Us on Facebook at portagecountyrepublicanwomenclub and select attend meeting.





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Garrettsville, OH Elaine H. Fetsko, 87, of Garrettsville, passed away on December 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 30, 1929 to Paul and Marie (Rohal) Rakoczi in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church where she was a volunteer. Elaine was a true prayer warrior and a faithful servant of the Lord. She lived life in faith and love of her God. She cherished her family and loved to babysit her grandkids. Elaine is survived by her children, William (Georgian) Fetsko, Peggy (John) Pincombe, Alice (Michael) Bosway and Christine (Robert) Cordiak; sister, Mary Alice (Richard) Hovan; 10 grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10 AM at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 10692 Freedom St., Garrettsville, Ohio with Father Ed Stafford officiating. Online condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Elaine’s name to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

William Don Perrine Newton Falls, OH William Don Perrine, age 87, of Newton Falls passed away peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home. He was born on April 3, 1929 in Gassaway, WV the son of the late Dexter B. & Nellie Rosetta (Singleton) Perrine. Don married the love of his life, Donna L. Langley on February 21, 1957 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage together before she passed away on April 16, 2005. Don had lived in Newton Falls since 1947 formerly of West Virginia. He worked as a Millwright for Rockwell International for 27 years, then worked at US Steel until it closed. Then he also worked at Daimler Chrysler for 25 years until his retirement in 2003. Don was a member of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He was also a member of the American Legion in Newton Falls & the UAW Local #122. Don enjoyed traveling to West Virginia for family visits, hunting, reading, watching the Cleveland Indians, mowing, gardening and spending time with his dogs. Anyone that knew Don knew about his great sense of humor. Memories of Don will be carried on by his loving family; his daughters Beth (Rick) Leopold of College Station,TX, Megan Perrine of Newton Falls; 3 grandchildren Holland (Zachery) Angello, Morgan Leopold (Bryce Walker), and Kelsie Leopold; 4 greatgrandchildren Haiden, Declyn, Bentley, Zea, and grand”doggers” Emmee and Gretel. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna, 1 sister: Virginia Ruth Hacker, 2 brothers: Dexter Ray Perrine, Von Dale (Joe) Perrine. Calling hours were held on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 4:00-7:00PM at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:00AM with Pastor Bradley White officiating. Cremation will follow the service. A special thanks to Don’s caregivers Tiffany Prvonozac, Tina Henderson, Dolly Wilson, Debbie Almashy, Renee Neatrour, Leslie Wilson, Steve Maas, Cookie Hurst and Carol Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations please be made to the Hospice of the Valley 8747 Squires Lane NE Warren, OH 44484 in memory of William Don Perrine. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, Inc., 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330) 872-5440. Family and friends may view his obituary online or to send condolences to the family, please visit us at




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News from Mantua Village

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mantua Village Council heard from Renee Henry from the Landmarks Commission. Ms. Henry shared details of a proposed walking tour of Mantua’s historic business district. The tour includes five stops, the first of which is the C.H Ray Block (former site of Weber Hardware) on Main Street. The site is a flower garden that was planted after a fire consumed the building in 1985. The next stop is the nearby Bowen Block, on the east side of Main Street, north of Prospect. The initial structure, on the northeast corner of Main and Prospect, was built in 1873, while the northern buildings of Bowen Block were added in 1877, 1881, and 1885. Moving along, the Pellettiere Thompson Block, built 15 years after the Bowen Block, is the next stop on the tour, followed by the Mantua Grain and Supply Building and grain elevator on Prospect Street. The final stop on the walking tour is the Mantua Station Depot. The Depot, which served the Cleveland-Mahoning Valley Railroad, then went on to be used by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, carried passengers and local produce from Leavittsburg through Mantua and on to Cleveland. The former route, which was discontinued for train travel in the 1970s, serves as the Headwaters Hike & Bike Trail. For more information on the structures included on the walking tour, contact Mary Lou Selander at selanderml@ In similar news, council approved a motion to update the “Welcome to the Village of Mantua” sign at the corner of Canada Road and State Route 44. While the overall size of the masonry sign will remain the same, the plaques within the sign, which promote various community organizations like the Rotary and Garden Club, will increase in size and be designed in a more consistent format. Village Administrator Bruce Reninger will have final design approval on the modified sign. In other news, Councilman John Clark shared that the Service Department recently met with several residents on Pioneer Trail to share details on the possibility of tying

This spring, a little library like this one will sprout up near the Mantua Village Police station, thanks to the Engineering class at Crestwood High School. in to the village’s water and sewer systems. The village is waiting for feedback from those residents. On behalf of the Parks Committee, Mary Hura reported that they’re looking into the costs associated with moving a ball field, something that is recommended on the newly developed Parks Master Plan. He’ll keep Council advised of the developments. Lastly, Administrative Assistant Chelsea Gregor shared that the Engineering class at Crestwood High School will build a free library box this spring. The structure will be housed near the police station, and provide donated books to children in the community. For more details, or to donate reading materials, contact Chelsea at The next regularly scheduled Village Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend.

January Programs at Garrettsville Library Family-to-Family Education Program Join us at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, registration under way January 21 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm for the next “Crafting with Marian” program, which will provide you with the opportunity to make a cork keychain. You’ll learn how to make a fun and adorable keychain using wine bottle corks and some jewelry making hardware and equipment. The project is fun and free, though there is $5 refundable deposit fee to register for the program. Deposit fee is refunded the day of the program. Seats are limited, so register soon. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. On Monday, January 23 from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm, you’re invited to “Makerspace Explained”, which is a program that’ll introduce you to the Makerspace concept. You’ll learn all about the tools available for use on a variety of projects quilting, jewelry making, bookbinding, photo editing, scrapbooking, electronics, and video game development. Best of all- using our tools is free, no charge. This program will feature a project demonstration of a memory wire bracelet with personalized charms. Visit anytime during Makerspace hours- give it a try. Then, on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm, you’re invited to a special program that will feature information on complimentary and alternative medicine. Presented by Haidy Kamel of Cuyahoga Community College, this program will provide an overview and information about this interesting topic. Seats are limited, so register early. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at

Registration is now open for the Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week class for families and others who have a loved one with a mental illness. The class will run every Tuesday starting January 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Mental Health & Recovery Board located at 155 E. Main Street in Kent A national program through NAMI, the class is taught by NAMI-trained family members and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. The free class is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Portage County and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and provides education and support to help families and others who have a loved one with mental illness to better understand the disorders, behavior, treatments and impact. Some of the topics covered will include the types of mental illness, medications and side effects, how to communicate more effectively with your loved one, recent changes in mental illness courts, medical insurance, and more. NAMI Portage County is a local chapter of the national NAMI organization that brings together people with mental illness and their families to work on improving the lives of people with mental illness. For more information, go to To sign up, call the MHRB at 330-673-1756 or email


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Another year, another centennial. Iva Walker | Columnist

Another year, another centennial. The Almanac pages that the papers often have are, at times, sort of desperate to come up with some event having happened on a particular date that is significant enough to mention at all. They have to resort to mentioning obscure baseball players hitting their first home run or the birthday of Foghorn J. Leghorn (from the Loony Tunes cartoon series) or Sen. Beauregard Claghorn (from the Fred Allen Show...ask an old-time radio listener) or a newly-discovered phase of the moon that astronomers are arguing about. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into “the War to End All Wars”, sadly, misnamed. My great uncle, Roy Cahoon, was in the A.E.F.—American Expeditionary Force—a tall, probably gangly farm boy from Avon, Ohio, whose historic uniform hung ever after in the attic of the ancestral home where he lived for the rest of his life. He never spoke of it but I’d be willing to bet that the popular period song, “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” did not apply to him, bless his heart. Who knows what he saw and experienced? He’s gone and the uniform has long since been consumed by moths—wool, you know—but he comes to mind whenever the date comes up. In connection with that war, other momentous things were going on : There was no British Open tennis tournament—anyone fit enough to play was off in the trenches, the Russian Revolution, after several chaotic, failed, attempts, finally got under way; it did not end well for most Russians (of course, for most Russians, things were already pretty awful, and had been for quite some time), Finland took the opportunity to declare itself independent of Russia, tanks began a new era of mechanized warfare (They were originally referred to as “water carriers” for security reasons. The “tank” designation came later.), the iconic spy/seductress, Mata Hari, was shot for doing what she did best. A girl’s gotta make a living, but apparently, not for long. Other things were going on too : the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded, Jeanette Rankin, of Montana, was the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Women couldn’t even vote yet in most of the country; out in Big Sky Country they just voted for quality), Omar Khayyam won the Kentucky Derby, the Lions Club began in the U.S., the world’s largest telescope (at the time) went up on Mt. Wilson, California, the United States bought the Danish West Indies for $25 million and they became the U.S. Virgin Islands (No relation to Mata Hari). was the inaugural year of the invention known to us as the Moon Pie. Hit the right commercial establishment and you can even pick up commemorative tins—Collectors’ Editions—of the southern specialty treat. We get them here, of course, but the Moon Pie and RC Cola have long been associated with those below the Mason-Dixon Line. Which is only fitting, because, according to company history, a certain Earl Mitchell, salesman for the Chattanooga Bakery (a division of the

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Amanda Conkol | Columnist

After a pleasant start to winter Mother Nature reminded us this week that we are still in Northeast Ohio and should expect to see ever changing temperatures and snow. However, she didn’t spare anyone from this latest cold streak, as many places in the South saw record breaking cold temperatures and more snow than we have! I still wouldn’t trade in our weather for the South – four great weather seasons and lots of weather variety - my kind of environment! While we have adapted to the wide range of temperatures, the news from the South hasn’t been so great over the past two weeks. Prices of oranges in Florida will go up again due to the frost and many pecan and praline growers in New Orleans are concerned about the quality of their crop this year. Thankfully, the grapes we grow were chosen to ensure they could handle a “zone 5B” according to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is divided into 11 categories with 9 additional subdivisions. A zone 1 is the lowest temperature (below -50F) for plants to grow. This includes areas in Alaska and northwestern Canada whereas the opposite side of the zones, a zone 11, is the “warmest temperatures” (above 40F) that mainly include Hawaii and parts of Mexico. A zone 11 has been designated as areas that virtually see no frost. Ahhhh – to be in an area of no frost, not having to scrape off car windows in the morning… one can dream can’t she? In our zone, the USDA advises that we grow plants that can withstand temperatures between -10 and -15F. Some of the recommended vines include Concord, Niagara, Catawba and Chardonel (a hardier version of Chardonnay). With a lot of work however, you can grow other varietals and be very successful in the area. At times you will see a Cabernet Sauvignon vine grafted to a rootstock of 3309. But without boring you with the details this week, we will talk more about how to survive the winter in next week’s article. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

Funding 35-40 Years of Retirement

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Will you live to 100? Your odds of becoming a centenarian may be improving. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the population of Americans aged 100 or older rose 44% between 2000-2014. The Pew Research Center says that the world had more than four times as many centenarians in 2015 as it did in 1990.1,2 If you do live to 100, will your money last as long as you do? What financial steps may help you maintain your retirement savings and income? Consider these ideas. Keep investing in equities. The S&P 500 does not automatically gain 10% or more each year, but it certainly has the potential to do so in any year. As the benchmark interest rate is still well below 1%, fixed-rate investments are not producing anything close to double-digit returns. Some fixed-rate vehicles are even failing to keep up with the current inflation rate (1.5%). Turning away from equity investments in retirement may seriously hinder the growth of your savings and your level of income.3 Arrange some kind of pension-like income. If you can retire with a pension, great; if not, you may want other income streams besides Social Security and distributions from investment accounts. Renting out some property may provide it; although, the cost of third-party management can cut into your

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Garrettsville - On December 21, the James A. Garfield Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee. Words like clodhopper, precursor, heredity, and opinionated stumped all but 3 of the 44 spellers. The winners were 7th grader Travis Witchey, son of Jeremy and Clarissa Witchey of Freedom and 8th grader, Aaron Craver, son of Christie and Donald Craver of Garrettsville. The alternate speller is 7th grader Carter Frato-Sweeney, son of Libby and Ed Frato-Sweeney of Hiram. The representatives will advance to the County Spelling Bee on January 25 at Malplewood Career Center. Thanks to Mr. John Bennett, Mrs. Bethany Maresh, Mr. Don King and Mr. Derek Hatcher for judging the tournament. Mrs. Jackie Lovelace is the Spelling Bee Coordinator and Pronouncer.

Author Mary Norris presents her book “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” at a free Hiram College program, Jan. 17 Hiram – Grammar guru Mary Norris will present her book Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at the Hiram College Library, 11694 Hayden Street, Hiram. Originally from Cleveland, Norris has served as a copy editor and proofreader for The New Yorker for the past 30 years. She presents grammar lessons as the host of the Comma Queen videos on The New Yorker website. For more information about this free program, presented by the Hiram College Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature, contact 330-569-6118 or

20th Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville held their January 5, 2017 meeting at the home of Mary Furillo, with Jan Chalker serving as cohostess. It was cool!...literally and figuratively. The temperature outside was in the single digits, while inside, a fascinating tale of traveling the Appalachian Trail held everyone’s interest. The meeting began by answering the roll call with tales of experiences in National (and other)Parks. These included general impressions, transportation issues, historical settings, gorgeous scenery and adventures of all kinds. Members were reminded of the approaching Guest Night on January 19, to be held in the Garrettsville United Methodist Church. The secretary also accepted contributions to the club’s sponsorship of the NGCC Snack Pack program in effect at the James A. Garfield Elementary School; the contributions were originally to be taken at the Christmas meeting but that had been cancelled due to weather considerations. The program was presented by Don Havner (and his lovely wife, Kathy), a Crestwood H.S. graduate, Kenston H.S. teacher and coach, hardware store operator and born-again Christian. He described the origin of his determination to hike the Appalachian Trail, the preparation for the excursion—fitness and mind-set, his experiences on the trail itself and the spiritual satisfaction that it brought. It was fun too. To shape and illustrate his narrative, he slowly unpacked his backpack, illustrating how it went from an unloaded three pounds to a full-up thirty-five pounds or so. The source of the weight ? Multipurpose clothing, great socks, a barebones kitchen, an Ursak for holding food and keeping bears away, a water source, trekking poles, a tent, an air mattress and, of course, duct tape. Not in the backpack, but integral to the journey, were the Trail Angels who helped along the way, the Debris Ladies (a mother-daughter trio) who were briefly encountered, his trail blog with the title, “Naked on the Mountain” (Don’t ask), the Trail Name of “Enoch”, sourced from the Bible, various health issues— shin splints, disappearing toenails, etc, the –mostly— favorable weather jazzed up with a thunderstorm, the e connection to a Parkinson’s Th D ise a se f u nd-r a isi ng cause,... the prospect of Village Bookstore 8140 Main St. doing it again. Garrettsville OH 44231 It was interesting, it was 330-527-3010 inspiring, was cool.



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JA Garfield Spotlights GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 5 Something I would like others to know about me... Something I would like others to know about me is that I like walking on tall stilts. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is science because you do cool experiments and things like that. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I would say that loyalty is the most important core value because loyalty means a lot to me…plus it helps to gain respect. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up, I want to be a scientist and do experiments.


Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I am currently in 5 clubs and several after school activities as well as the school’s musical. I believe that you must live life to the fullest. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity science and writing, but I also love the wide options of extra curricular activities. What is your college or career focus? I know I want to attend and graduate college, and go into business and management. I am not sure where yet but overall somewhere close. As long as I am successful what I do doesn’t matter as long as i love it.

Windham - Mr. Pennell’s grade 6 class earned the Read to Succeed Award from Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 is a program where students receive differentiated instruction according to their reading capabilities. Mr. Pennell’s class goal is for each student to complete five articles a week, earning a 75% or higher on their assessments. Students have the opportunity to read nonfiction text and practice their reading comprehension skills and also write in response to their reading. Achieve 3000 recognized Mr. Pennell’s class for their accomplishment of receiving a 75% or higher on their assignments in a specific time period. Achieve 3000 tracked how many assignments the class completed and for each completed assignment, the class accumulated points. Our students are continually working hard to achieve success, and we are so proud of them. #windhamfamily

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What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I feel that they are all equal. To get where you want in life you need to have all of these things. But most of all you need communication. You need to work and communicate with others.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... My favorite part of every day is getting to see my dogs. I also like to watch Logan, my younger brother play video games and listen to him talk about school. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is any form of art. I take art and industrial arts, which is nice because I can have classes to relax and express myself. What is your college or career focus? When I have a career I am aiming for it to be business or health related. I’ll need to take some business classes in college as well as nutrition, biology and many other courses to reach my goal.

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Windham Library is pleased to announce the winner of “Guess the Number of Hershey Kisses”. Jacob Collins guessed within one number the actual amount. Congratulations Jacob Collins! For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145. The library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive, is open Monday and Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm-6:30 pm; and closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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FIREWOOD FIREWOOD LOGS 8 months old. 12”-24” diameter. Approx 75 cords. 234-600-7769 2/10


7993 ELM ST Garrettsville Estate sale! Lift chair, medical equipment, new side-by-side refrig, rooster & basket collection. Old fashion push mower & more. Jan 13-15, 10 am - 6 pm. 1/13


Household, Furniture Jewelry, etc. Sunday By Chance





Seamless Gutters, Ltd.

Professional Installation

Leaf Guards • Clean-outs & repairs • Friendly Service FREE Estimates

330-274-5520 SHARPENING & GRINDING SERVICE Eastwood Sharp Shop Knives • Blades • Chains Scissors and More (330) 527-7103 8060 Elm St, Garrettsville

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 2/24 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 G’VILLE - upstairs, very nice 3 BR w/large balcony porch. $675/mo + SD. Water paid, prefer no sec 8 or dogs. 330296-2131 1/13 GARRETTSVILLE - 1 bedroom apartment. Stove, refrigerator, $500/month & security deposit. Water & heat included. No pets, no section 8. (330) 274-8861 1/13

HOMES FOR SALE McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000



SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 2/3 KEARNEY ELECTRIC We can... Provide full home electrical service and Restoration/Repair of Antique and Collectible Lamps and Lighting Fixtures 330-360-0672 1/27

VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville

PUBLIC NOTICE At their organizational meeting held Monday, January 2, 2017, the Crestwood Board of Education set their monthly meetings for the second Tuesday of each month to begin at 7 p.m. at the Crestwood High School Library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua, for the months of February through December 2017. PUBLIC NOTICE The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding its regular meeting on January 19, 2017 at 6 pm in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, OH 44444 PUBLIC NOTICE 2 0 1 7 H i r a m To w n s h i p Trustee Meetings will be held in the Hiram Township Townhall, 11616 Garfield Rd, Hiram, OH 44234 at 7 PM on January 17, 2017 followed by monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Please refer to the website for a meeting calendar.

Classifieds $10 for up to 20 words .20 ea additional word Deadlines are Friday by 5 pm answer to last week’s puzzle

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7196 Hankee Rd., Garrettsville, OH 3bd/1.5ba * Cape Cod * newly remodeled * wrap around porch wood burner in LR * 1st fl laundry 1.72 acres * 2 car garage

8714 Pierce Rd., Garrettsville, OH 4bd/2ba * Ranch style * 2.76 acres * wood burning fp * FR and DR have built-ins * oak kitchen * all appliances stay * new well in 2014

26 W. 27th St., Newton Falls


0% down USDA qualified * 3bd/2ba *Colonial * potential for 4-5 bdrms * formal DR * all new carpet * built-ins * fresh interior paint * move-in-ready * immediate occupancy

6889 SR 303, Windham, OH Mfg home * 2bd/2ba * country setting * near many conveniences 1.04 acres * zoned residential and commercial * fruit trees

MLS 3867656 Kathie Lutz

$129,900 MLS 3857946 330-687-5900 Shauna Bailey

$139,900 330-527-2221

MLS 3858319 $98,000 MLS 3853166 $79,900 Heather Lutz Neal 330-687-6967 Dianne Bradfield 330-527-2221

11821 Mumford Rd., Garrettsville VL 9417 BRYANT RD., WINDHAM

4bd/2.5ba * 2076 sqft * stone fireplace * Brazilian hardwood floors * granite counters * sunroom * 111 Acres Standing Timber 28’x26’ barn/garage * 8.32 acres

$359,900 MLS 3821722 330-687-5900 Ryan Neal

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$376,500 330-687-0622

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Winter Is Not Far Away...

Math Corner


HEY KIDS! Here’s how the Math Corner works: Work the questions below and fill in the answers. Then clip and send before the deadline to: MATH CORNER, c/o The Weekly Villager, 8088 Main Street, Garrettsville OH 44231. Three winners will be drawn from all correct entries received. Prizes are courtesy of Garrettsville McDonald’s. Good luck. 1. List all of the square numbers between 50 and 70


ate 3 1/2 cups of popcorn and his friend John ate 2. Matt 2 1/4 cups of popcorn. How many cups of popcorn did they eat altogether?

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answer What will be the 99th key that is pressed when you type 3. this sequence?


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I LOVE MATH!I LOVE MATH!I LOVE MATH! (Note: There is no space between ! and I)

answer Your school

Your name Grade/Math teacher

Ph one number

MATH CORNER WINNERS Puzzle #17-8 1. Yes 2. 7 3. 1/2 hour Winners

Garrettsville McDonald’s Claim your prize by bringing this box to McDonald’s

1. Kloe kristoff Extra Value Meal 2. sophia scott Cheeseburger, fries, drink

3. shawna mcgregor McDonald’s Dessert

Looking For Any & All Scrap

Complete junk cars picked up call for special pricing. Sheet Steel $200/ton. Complete junk cars $200/ton. Add junk to the trunk for extra weight (steels, applcs, etc...) #2 unprepared $190/ton. #2 prepared 2x3 $210/ton. P&S prepared 2x3 $225/ton. Call today for Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal. Motor Blocks $260/ton. Aluminum rims $12.50 a piece. Roll off containers available.

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