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Crestwood School Board News Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At their first meeting of 2017, the Board voted to elect Debbie Soltisz as the 2017 School Board President, with Todd Monroe as Board Vice President. In addition, the Board voted to change the regularly scheduled monthly meetings to take place in the CHS library on the second Tuesday of each month. As such, the February meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 14th at 7 pm. At their first meeting of the year, as is their practice, the Board discussed the proposed calendar for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. The proposed schedule recommends a teacher start date of August 14th, 2017, with students returning to class on August 17th. The final day of classes for students is proposed for May 24th, 2018. By comparison, the current 2016-2017 school year began for students on August 16th, 2016 and will end on May 25th, 2017. In the normal order of business, the Board allotted time for hearing of the public regarding the proposed school calendar. One parent, Kristen Cavanaugh, shared her thoughts with the Board regarding the mid-August start dates, as she did at last year’s Board meeting. Cavanaugh shared that farming families are those most affected by the early start dates, since the Portage County fair takes place during the early days of the first grading period. She noted that while Crestwood is the third largest school District represented at the Fair, it is the only District in the top three that doesn’t begin classes after the County Fair ends. She also noted that the early start date deters students and the community from supporting friends and family who attend the Fair. A vote to accept the proposed calendar will be included on the School Board’s February meeting agenda. As a part of the schedule discussion, Superintendent David Toth explained that the State mandates the District provide a minimum of 1,001 hours of instruction to Middle and High School students each day. Crestwood provides six and a half hours per day at each facility, for a total of 1,157 hours at each facility. The minimum State requirement at the Elementary School level is 910 hours of instruction; Crestwood Primary and Intermediate provide 1,062 hours of instruction to students each year. An early start to the school year allows for more instruction time for students to prepare for State-mandated testing, which begins in early spring. In other news, Superintendent Toth provided the Board with an update on the District’s progress with the Strategic Plan. One of the main priorities Toth was charged with was to improve District communication. To that end, he shared that the District, through it’s Blackboard Connect automated call and email system, sent 150 messages in over 22,500 calls. These messages related to School or District events, activities, or emergencies, including calamity days. In addition, the District has increased it social media presence, boasting 774 followers and 18,000 tweets from the Superintendent account @crestwoodsupt. He also noted that 88 teachers and District organizations use Twitter to keep students and the community updated on the latest developments; he noted that on Facebook, over 7,042 people have been reached. In addition, Toth shared that the District’s website is now ADA compliant, and that the development of the athletic website provides the latest scores, stats and photos from Crestwood sporting events. In addition, the District has been active in print, producing 10 Crestwood Comments issues this year, as well as providing a monthly column in the Sunday edition of the Record Courier newspaper. Next, Toth shared that as a part of the District’s Master Plan to continue facility upgrades, the Board has approved the placement of a bond initiative on the May 2017 ballot. The Bond will fund the creation of a 7 - 12 facility at the site of Crestwood High School. The new facility will cost a voter roughly $14 per $100,000 home. In addition, Toth added that in 2023, voters will see 3.5 mils drop off, as the cost for building the Primary and Intermediate School is paid off. Moving forward, Toth shared the developments the District has made in improving students’ career and college readiness prior to graduation. He noted that career and college pathways instruction begins in the sixth grade, and that pre-engineering and technology courses are offered in the Middle and High Schools. Classes in keyboarding are offered at the Intermediate level, with coding and other technology classes offered at the Middle and High School levels. In addition, every classroom is wireless, as are the common areas, providing access to technology throughout the facilities. The next School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at 7 pm in the High School library. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Community Food Cupboard Celebrates its 5th Anniversary Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) celebrates its fifth anniversary in February. That means — despite being a struggling not-for-profit organization totally reliant on community donations, dogged by growing demands, suffering a devastating fire, then rebuilding again — the NGCC endures to carry out its mission. The community is invited to NCGG’s Fifth Anniversary Open House from 10 am-2pm on Saturday, February 25. “Enjoy some light refreshments, take a tour and see what we’re all about,” says NGCC co-director Michele Elias. Calling themselves “neighbors helping neighbors to ‘Shut the Door on Hunger’ in our community,” NGCC has been located at 10661 Highland Avenue for the past year and a half. From here, it provides monthly food assistance to those in need, available to all eligible residents living in the James A. Garfield Local School District. In addition to packaged and frozen foods, fresh food options are made available through a grocery voucher program in cooperation with Sky Plaza IGA. Clients can trade the voucher in for a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread or a dozen eggs. Through this effort, 1,000 gallons of milk; 200 cartons of eggs; and 200 loaves of bread are donated each year. The Cupboard also operates the Weekend SnackPack Program, which provides healthy and easy-to-prepare snack foods to 180 eligible JAG students at no cost. The food distribution schedule at NGCC was adjusted January 1 to maximize efficiencies and resources. Since the greatest demand for food assistance comes at the

start of the month, the Cupboard is now open 2-6pm on the f irst and second Monday of the month and 9am1pm on the first and second Wednesday per month. Elias says that 1,156 households were served in 2016, which represents a slight increase over the past two years. In 2012 — the NGCC’s first year — 466 families were served. Then in 2013 those numbers doubled; in 2014 the demand nearly doubled again. Since then, demand for food assistance has stabilized, with just moderate increases. “So much has happened in the past five years, 2012 seems like a very long time ago,” Elias comments. “Now — God willing — we are here to stay at this final location, and we hope to continue to provide as much food assistance as the community needs. We couldn’t do any of this without the generous support and co-sponsorships from our local churches, schools, business partners, volunteers, and private donors from the community. We are totally donation-based, with no support from federal, state or local government. ‘Neighbors helping neighbors’ is a good motto to live by.” NGCC is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations to it are tax deductible. Its mailing address for donations is: PO Box 294, Garrettsville, OH 44231.

New Projects Bring Savings and Facelift to Garfield Schools Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent If you have been in our buildings you know that our custodial and maintenance staff do an outstanding job of keeping them looking spectacular, but there is only so much our staff can do to maintain an aging building before some changes need to be made. As you drive by our campus over the coming weeks you will see some noticeable changes occurring. Each year the district sets aside funds to handle projects such as sidewalks, HVAC upgrades or parking lot maintenance, just to name a few. Over the last few years it has become clear that the District had three projects with a cost that exceeded the funds set aside on a yearly basis. Further there would be a cost savings to taxpayers in the long run if we were able to complete some of these projects. The three projects identified are new high school windows, LED lighting and new stadium seating. In October the Board of Education approved a lease/purchase agreement that allowed the district to pool funds up front to complete these larger projects and begin to realize the savings early. High School Windows The windows on our high school are original to the construction of the building and have grown tired, inefficient and become costly to maintain. The 50 windows facing State Route 88 will be replaced with insulated, double-paned aluminum framed windows. We have started on the front of the high school because this is where we can realize the most energy savings and comfort for our students. Savings will come from the added insulation (over 12 times more insulation value). We were also able to realize some savings (nearly 10%) by having the windows installed during the winter months when work was slow for installers. Capitol Aluminum, a company from Bellevue, Ohio, won the bid for the windows and will have the project completed before mid-February. LED Lighting In December we contracted with CCG Energy Solutions from Richfield, Ohio to complete an LED retrofit of all our exterior lighting as well as all interior lighting at the middle school and high school. These buildings were selected because a study showed that they are used more often after-hours and would generate more savings. We hope to reinvest these savings in future projects at the elementary school. We are also aware our parking lot has been dark over the past month because of burned out lights and

are making this the first priority for CCG as they begin their project on February 13th. Many of the LED lights being installed will come with motion sensors that will automatically turn large areas like the commons and gymnasiums off when unoccupied, reducing electricity costs significantly. The LED project will pay for itself in just under 4 years through energy savings. The District also realized about $14,000 in savings by applying for a rebates through First Energy that were released on January 1, 2017. Stadium Seating During the 2013 school year the James A. Garfield Athletic Boosters created a Stadium & Facilities Committee to help raise funds to pay for improvements to our athletic facilities. With great foresight they realized that creating a plan with phases would allow them to raise funds and show the community some progress almost immediately. The first phase was centered around player safety and would cost approximately $25,000. These funds were secured through donations and fundraising efforts and allowed the District to shift the field 20 feet away from our current bleachers, install new fencing, add new goal posts and extend the life of our visitor bleachers by pouring a concrete pad beneath them. Phase two of this project was much more aggressive and significantly more expensive, but thanks to the efforts of the Stadium and Facility Committee over $100,000 has been raised for this project! This phase will be completed by the end of this July and includes new ADA compliant home bleachers and a new press box. The project is currently out to bid and we will select a contractor by the end of January. The James A. Garfield Local School District and community have always taken great pride in our facilities and our fiscal management. Our campus consistently receives accolades from visitors and residents for its cleanliness. We are pleased to announce these three projects because they are being done in the same spirit of pride. We not only look forward to seeing the savings but seeing how these upgrades will brighten the educational experience of young Gmen for generations to come….. which should make us all very proud! If you have any questions about these projects or would like to see them up close, please feel free to contact me by phone (office: 330.527.4336 cell: 216.534.7413) or email (

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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 FamiliesAnonymous 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 info call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

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.

Newton Fall Kindergarten Registration

Registration for children entering the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District for the 2017-2018 school year will be held: Feb 15, 3:00 - 8:30 p.m. and March 13 through March 17, 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. daily. You do NOT need an appointment, but please only come during these times. It is not necessary to bring your child at this time. To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years of age by August 1, 2017. Upon registering, you will be given an appointment to bring your child to the school in the spring for screening. Bring the following items with you when registering: Your child’s legal birth certificate;Immunization records; Proof of residency; Child’s Social Security Card and custody papers (if applicable)

Swiss Steak Buffet

Jan 21 First Congregational U.C.C, 4022 SR 44 in Rootstown is hosting a Swiss steak buffet on Jan 21, 4-7 pm. Dinner includes potatos, vegetables, salads, rolls, desert selections and beverage. $10 Adults; $5 Children 5-12. Carry-outs available.

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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.

Woven Wire Fairy Basket Workshop

Jan 27 Artist Joan Rusek instructs 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.

God Provides A Free Meal

Jan 27 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church at 9367 SR. 305. Jan. 27 - 4 to 6:00. Macaroni & meat - salad - roll - dessert.

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.

Presentation by Judith Bosau-Allen for Portage County Historical Society On Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2pm the Portage County Historical Society located at 6549 N. Chestnut Street in Ravenna, will be hosting a presentation by Judith Bosau-Allen entitled “The Second Inaugural Address: Abraham Lincoln, God and Slavery Part 2.” Bosau-Allen has a Bachelor’s in History from Kent State University and a Master’s in History from the University of Akron. She has done work on her doctorate in History at UA and taught numerous courses at KSU, UA and Mount Union College. She is a resident of Deerfield, OH and member of Portage Community Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. For more information e-mail

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.

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.

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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.

Travelogue: A Local Botanist’s Look at the Flora of Kaua’i

Jan 29 Naturalist Judy Barnhart shares images of her recent travels to Kaua’i, taking a look at how Polynesian culture and recent introductions have influenced the flora of the island. Presented in conjunction with the Native Plant Society. Wheelchair/ stroller accessible. Sunday, January 29, 3:15-4 PM at The West Woods, Nature Center

Monthly Book Review

Feb 6 On February 6th, at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event: The Monthly Book Review and Discussion group meets at the YMCA the 1ST MONDAY each month at 10:30am presented by Dr J Patella. Author: Annie Kagan - The continuation of the fascinating, true story of her on-going, after death communication with her brother Billy is recounted in this, her debut book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. One of the most detailed afterdeath communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044. Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits.



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Come Try Something New!

Here’s your chance! The Drum Circle instructor at Hiram College, Olu Manns, is opening his Thursday evening sessions to interested –and probably rhythmic— members of the public who would like to try something new...and very old, as musical things go. Instruments are furnished, the space and the company are supportive, the enjoyment is part of the reward. The sessions begin on Thursday, January 19, but the 26th would not be too late to get in on the start of the semester’s drumming. Everyone, from elementary school students to the annually-advanced, is invited to come and have fun while learning something new. Come to the Frohring Music Building on Dean St. in Hiram to give this a try. Bring a friend, make some friends. Drum on!

Addiction Support Online Class

Townhall II is offering a free online course for those who have loved ones recovering from or living with addiction. The classes will be held on Mondays from 6-8pm from January 30 thru February 27. The program will be held online via gotomeeting. Participants need to provide their own computers, internet and email access. Weekly handouts will be emailed prior to each session. Topics will include the addiction cycle, family conflict and addiction, stages of recovery, and stress management. The series is free and registration is required. Contact Kari Hall at 330.678.3006 or

Seeking Information On Local Dairies

Submitted by Scott Lawless INFORMATION REQUEST: THE LOCAL DAIRIES OF GARRETTSVILLE, FREEDOM, NELSON AND HIRAM FROM 1900 TO 1967. A local historical research project has begun on the “Local Dairies” that delivered milk to our area. Contact has already been made with the local historical societies requesting information. The initial intent is to research any dairy that has an existing milk bottle with its name on it. So far, information has been accumulated on twelve dairies, including access to most of the milk bottles for taking photos. Over the next months attempts will be made to locate, photograph and gather any memorabilia of what is left of these dairies. Mention of the known bulk milk producers in the area from the past will also be included. Upon completion, this report will be made available to all the local historical societies to be included in their archives for future reference. I am asking for some help on this project to provide any information that you may have on any of the following dairies. I especially am looking for a picture of a Rand’s Dairy delivery truck from the 1950s to 1960’s. The dairies I am researching are: Beardsley Farms, E. L. Caldwell, College Hill Farms, Davis Ice Cream, P. N. Groat, Halls, Hendershot, Kelker, Puritan, Rand’s, Rishers, Spencer Farms and Wayside Acres dairies. I have the locations and some information on all of the dairies except for Puritan. Please call me if you can provide any information - photos, milk bottles, porch boxes, etc. - that shows evidence of these dairies. I will also be meeting with two persons who are knowledgeable and heavily involved in Ohio dairies’ history and research. They will give me some valuable insight for this report. My intended completion date is by the end of 2017. I can be reached at 440-355-4972.


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Judith A. Babyak Newton Falls, OH Judith A. Babyak, age 73 of Newton Falls passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, January 9, 2017. She was born on October 29, 1943, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of the late Robert D. DeForest & Doris Anita (Clark) DeForest. Judith was raised on a farm in Braceville with her parents and sister Nancy, along with her extended family which included Aunt Isa and Uncle Bob Clark, Grandmother Lula Angel Clark, Dr. William (Bud) Clark, Sandra Clark and Diane Clark Borger. She was a 1961 graduate of Braceville High School. She graduated from Kent State University in 1965 with degrees in Speech and Theatre Education, Home Economics and Vocational Consumer Education. Judy taught in Windham, Newton Falls and Warren City Schools, retiring after teaching for 37 years. Judith met her husband, John E. Babyak Jr., on a blind date in 1963. They were married on June 25, 1966 and shared a loving relationship for 42 years before he passed away on October 6, 2008. They are once again dancing the jitterbug together. Judith had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest. She spent many years performing and teaching dance. She performed in many musicals while in college and in recent years was a dancer in the Trumbull Senior Production Company. Judy was co-chairman of the 1976 Bicentennial festivities for Newton Falls. She initiated and chaired the Newton Falls Beautification Committee which began in 2005. Judy served over 10 years as a member of the Newton Falls Public Library Board of Trustees. She was a member of the 1st Church of Christ Scientist serving on many committees and being the organist and pianist since 1996. Judy loved spending time gardening, decorating, cooking, baking and crafting, but especially enjoyed being able to share these talents with her granddaughter. She also enjoyed designing and sewing competition dance costumes, wedding attire and creating designer Santa Clauses. Her biggest love was being a grandmother of Nate and Kelli Harrah and being a close part of their lives. She attended all of their activities and was known as “Grandma B” to many within the Valley Extreme Softball Organization. Memories of Judith will be carried on by her loving family, her daughter Sherri (Barry) Harrah, her sister Nancy DeForest of Warren, and her adored grandchildren, Nathan & Kelli Harrah. She is preceded in death by her

Adult Basic & Literacy Education Classes The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program classes are held year-round providing classes and materials free-of-charge. Classes are held throughout Portage County with certified instructors at various locations conveniently located on the bus line. Sites include: Brimfield, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham. Don’t miss out on the following opportunities ABLE provides: • HSE/GED classes (Free GED pre-test and Earn your GED for free) • Distance Education (Earn your GED from home) • Basic refresher skills in English, reading or math • Medical Readiness (Begins: February 2017/10week course. Prepare for the medical classroom with medical math, vocabulary and soft skills, research your area of interest on the computer and job shadowing is available.) • Test Prep for RN, LPN, electrician, and other exams • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Start the New Year off right and sign-up for classes today by calling (330) 235-0020 or e-mail gauntnerla@


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parents and her husband, John, Calling hours were at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls from 1 to 3 pm and 6 to 8 pm Sunday, January 15, 2017. Funeral services were held on Monday Jan. 16, 2017 11:00am at the funeral home, Judith was laid to rest beside her husband John at Lutheran Cemetery in Newton Falls. The family has requested all donations be made to the Newton Falls Beautification Committee, The Flower Fund, 419 N. Center, Newton Falls, OH 44444 or the Newton Falls Public Library Building Fund, 204 South Canal St. Newton Falls, OH 44444 in memory of Judith A. Babyak. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 (330) 872-5440. Family and friends may view Judith’s obituary online or to send condolences to the family, please visit us at

Lois A. Warat Garrettsville, OH Lois A. Warat, 62, of Garrettsville, went home to our Lord on Thursday January 12, 2016 at University Hospital Portage Medical Center. On August 6, 1954 in Warren, Allen J. and Frances Bancroft Newcomb welcomed the birth of their daughter Lois. She was a 1972 graduate of James A. Garfield High School. Lois was a member of the Newton Falls First Christian Church. She was a member of F.O.E. Lodge 2705 of Garrettsville. As a homemaker she enjoyed spending time with her family. On July 14, 1989 in Americus, Georgia, John Warat and Lois were united in marriage. He preceded her in death December 17, 2010. Cherished memories of Lois will be carried on by her sons Jack Warat of Medford, Oregon, Andrew Warat (partner Bruce Robert) of Alabama, David (Kristin) Warat of Dover, Delaware, daughter Samantha (Epi) Ibarra of Ellaville, Georgia, bonus children Michelle (Dana) Buell of Rome, and Katelin Dillon of Edinburg, brothers Orman (Beverly) Newcomb of Florida, Bill (Cheryl) Newcomb of Ellaville, Georgia, Chuck Newcomb (partner Dennis Sheehan) of Akron, John Newcomb (partner Paul Zucca) of Atlanta, Georgia, sisters Florence Sumpter of Newton Falls, Charlotte (Lane) Barry of Titusville, Florida, Jean Smith of Garrettsville, 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Lois in death were her husband and parents. Family and friends called on Monday, January 16, 11 AM – 1 PM at the Bernard P. Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls where services were held at 1 PM with Rev. Calvin 99 Mason officiating. Please visit w w w. borowskimemorialhome. com to view the obituary 99 and send condolences online.


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Send Our Military Your Valentines Appreciation

Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is once again celebrating our Operation Valentine. The project is simple and meaningful, according to Dr. Michael E. Carlson. “Students and individuals throughout the community write messages to the troops on Valentine Cards, Cut-Out Hearts, or whatever they like and we make sure that they are delivered to our brave men and women serving overseas.” Cards cannot include glitter, food or candy, but there are still many ways to personalize a handmade card. Write a message on them and say “Thank You”, tell them about yourself and wish them a Happy Valentines Day! Our troops are away from their loved ones and friends so they really want to know that people back home appreciate them. Please feel free to share this with everyone you know!! We know our service men and women appreciate receiving the cards each year! Valentine cards may be dropped off from now thru February 3rd between 9am and 4pm at MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231. If you have any questions please call 330.527.2188





Garrettsville Village Council News Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday January 11 for their first meeting of 2017. After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Patrick asked for nominations for council president. Councilman Tom Hardesty was elected as president of council for 2017. The following 2017 Mayoral Appointments were approved: Streets, Parks and Cemeteries: Tom Hardesty Sheri Johnson Village Properties and Sidewalks: Debbie Wordell Sheri Johnson CRA Housing Officer: Steve Hadzinsky Fire District Representative: Steve Hadzinsky EMS District Representative: Jeff Kaiser PCRPC Designee: Alternate: Becky Harrington Board of Zoning Appeals: Larry Eiermann Income Tax Review Board: Fran Teresi, Chris Perme Tracey Brunner The next order of business was the presentation of the Mayor’s 2017 State of the Village of Garrettsville. This was accepted as presented and will be available on-line at

Councilman Steve Hadzinsky thanked the businesses responsible for providing a digital fire extinguisher trainer to the GFN Fire District. It will be a great help in the training process. Councilwoman Deb Wordell stated that the Economic Development Group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday January 26 at 6:30pm at the JAG Professional Development Center. Councilwoman Sheri Johnson said that poor road conditions on Crestwood Dr. are being looked into and the village is getting quotes for repairs. Councilman Jeff Kaiser reported that the new EMS squad is in service. Councilwoman Becky Harrington is looking into the cost of refurbishing village tennis courts, as it looks like the high school will be starting a tennis team. Council then moved to go into executive session.

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It’s All About The Home

Jane Ulmer | Columnist Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when we all make those New Year resolutions -- lose weight, travel more, get more sleep, quit smoking, exercise more -- the list goes on and on. All of those resolutions are great and I hope they are attainable to those who make them. All of this got me to thinking; why not make some decorating resolutions to spruce up your home in 2017? Here are my top 5 decorating resolutions for 2017: 1. Add a piece of black furniture to your home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again -- every home should have a piece of black furniture in it. Whether you paint an existing piece or buy something new, black will add warmth and color to your décor. Plus, black is timeless and never goes out of style. 2. Organize your home and clear away the clutter. Go room by room and clear out anything that you don’t use, wear, or love. It’s very simplemake 3 piles: keep, donate, or throw away. Then, it’s time to organize what you decide to keep. There are lots of great storage and organizational solutions to help you. Choose storage solutions that are stylish and functional. Use file cabinets to organize your important papers and documents. Trunks, storage and toy boxes are great to keep all the kid’s favorite toys in place. They can also be used to store extra blankets and pillows in your bedroom. Use bins and baskets to contain bathroom supplies, games, DVD’s, art supplies, gloves, scarves, seasonal items, and more. Store baskets on bookshelves in the home office, under benches in the mudroom, or under a coffee or sofa table in the family room. Remember, a place for everything and everything in its place. 3. Bring some grey into your life. I know it’s grey outside, but grey is the new beige. Try a new grey rug, grey accent table, grey comforter, grey pillows, or grey walls. From traditional, modern, industrial, cottage to country, grey works well in all types of décor. And, it goes well with black. See #1.

4. Paint your walls. Nothing freshens up a room like a crisp, clean coat of new paint. Why not start with a nice neutral shade of grey? Grey is the hottest trend in decorating right now. See #3. 5. And finally, update. I don’t want to offend anybody, but, if you still have fake dark paneling on your walls and lime green shag carpeting-it’s time to update. Make the resolution to get out of the 1970’s and into the 21st century one room at a time. My wish for you in 2017 is a beautiful home that reflects your personal style, functions well, and is always warm and inviting. May you also be blessed, happy, and healthy in 2017. Jane is the co-owner of The Wayside Workshop at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. For more info on The Wayside Workshop, please call 330-562-4800 or visit or WaysideWorkshop.




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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

Starting the new year off right, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram wishes to again thank all of the businesses, groups and individuals who helped make the Reverse Raffle fund-raiser such a success... once more, with feeling: Steve Barton, Bob and Darlene Jackson, Chuck and Connie Evans, Crist Miller, Middlefield Bank, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency, Mallory DeHaven Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services,The Bay Window, Mark Brady, Huntington Bank, Great Lakes Cheese, Kepich Ford, Davey Tree, Maggie’s Donuts, Ken Pike, Perme Financial Group, S. Kim Kohli, Ohio Health Benefits—Dave Auble, Diskin Enterprises, Inc., LTD Electric, Inc., In The Woods Barn and Garden Center, LLC, Maschek Construction Co.,Sky Plaza IGA—Rich and Darlene Hoffman, Sky Lanes Bowling Alley—Aaron King, Save 4 Store—Dale Gillespie, Charles Auto Family, S&K Sales and Service, Inc., Superior Insulation. Much appreciation for your contributions to Rotary community and international projects. The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day, Monday, January 16, at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, to conduct the following business : Discussions with the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary about participating in joint activities and/or programs. Both acknowledge concern over identity, membership recruitment, possibility of revamping


procedures. Suggestions were presented on various possibilities for programs and projects to be entered into jointly, including international students, exchange students and families, the Arsenal. Sheer size needed for some options must be considered. There are concerns about being over-extended and the need for long-range planning and co-operation. An agenda of goals—general and specific—is needed before commitment to any particular course of action. Encouragement of entrepreneurs came up as an emphasis to be pursued. A flyer on the District 6630 Foundation Gala, to be held March 3 at Hale Farm and Village, with an 1850’s theme was distributed. Reservations are open until February 20. Delores McCumbers will be going to India as part of the Rotary International campaign against polio and health challenges worldwide. The itinerary takes her through Boston, to Dubai and to Mumbai, from clinics in desperate locations to the Taj Mahal. Steve Zabor of the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary Club will be along for the ride...and the experience. Ongoing projects were discussed—the “wayfinding” signs for the Headwaters Trail, the installation of the Free Library at Garfield Plaza, commitment to helping fund signs recognizing seniors at Garfield High School, items going to the District 6630 newsletter; it’s a busy club, with a focus on community. G-H Rotary meets weekly on Monday, at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Come check it out.

News from Newton Falls Council Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

Newton Falls - City Council’s first meeting for 2017 was held Monday January 9. Mayor Waddell called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Mayor Waddell addressed the recent articles about the annexation. He explained how the city has worked with Braceville for the past twenty years to create a JEDD and has been unsuccessful. He also shared how council met with the Newton Township Trustees in 2013 to discuss joint services and projects with unsuccessful results. Wanting to move forward, the city has filed an Expedited Type 2 Annexation. The city chose this type of annexation because the townships will get to keep their property taxes both now and in the future. Council thought it was important for the townships and the city because the townships are funded through property taxes and the city is funded through income taxes. Mayor Waddell stated that he would be happy to meet and discuss these decisions with anyone who is interested. Councilman Zamecnik attended the Fire Board meeting where the new Fire Chief was sworn in. Law Director Fritz brought to council’s attention the need to establish a Local Board of Tax Review in order to comply with HB5. Two members will be picked by council and serve for a two year term. They cannot be employees of the city. One member will be picked by the city manager and their term will be set at the manager’s discretion. That person can be an employee of the city but not a part of the tax department. Finance Director Musson explained the electronic payment system in place to help residents pay utilities and income tax. There is a phone help line that operates seven days a week. There is also a $4.95 convenience fee and the city does not receive any of that fee. The city manager explained that the road crews have been out working and salting the roads and he thanked the crews for their work. He reminded everyone that city offices will be closed on Monday January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A motion was made and seconded for Resolution 01-2017 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING A STATEMENT

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

We are three weeks into 2017 and so far I am extremely happy with how this year is going! I’m not one to make New Years resolutions but I figured this would be a good year to come up with a couple of goals for the year. My first resolution for 2017 is to try new grapes. Teams from California and New York are always working on new varieties and I can’t wait to try them! One of the most interesting I’ve heard about is a new grape that is actually coming out of France called the Pineau d’Aunis or Chenin Noir (a semi-dry red grape). While I’m not a huge fan of Chenin Blanc (a white wine), many people are saying this grape will become the new Cabernet Sauvignon. My next resolution is to clear out my personal wine cellar. We have many wines that have either been given to us or were purchased on a whim that have been sitting in our cellar for more than 5-6 years. This year I vow to go through those wines and determine which ones should be pitched and which ones are still drinkable. I’m excited to check out what’s in the cellar but I am more excited to be making room for new wines this year. Finally, my last New Year’s resolution is to visit a new wine bar, winery or educational class once a month. There are so many great opportunities to learn about wine, wine making and other wine-related topics in northeast Ohio that I can’t wait to see what great things I can learn this year. As I start to fulfill my resolutions I’ll be sure to share with you what classes, wines, places you should check out. Until then I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

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The Fiduciary Standard

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist The Department of Labor is introducing an important new rule regarding retirement plan accounts, which will be phased in during 2017 and fully implemented by 2018. Under this new rule, financial professionals who consult retirement savers will be held to a fiduciary standard. In other words, they will have an ethical and legal obligation to always act in a client’s best interest.1 Many financial professionals already abide by a fiduciary standard. Thanks to the new rule, even more will. In fact, the fiduciary standard may soon become the “new normal� in the financial services industry. It has not always been so. Historically, investment professionals have been asked to uphold a suitability standard when making recommendations to their clients. Under the suitability standard, financial products are recommended considering a client’s age, income, net worth, and savings goals. Many in the brokerage industry believe this standard has worked well.1 The Department of Labor disagrees. In its view, the suitability standard leaves an open door for conflicts of interest to affect client-advisor relationships. In theory, many investments or products could be found suitable for an investor, and the one most recommended could be the one that results in the largest commission for the financial professional offering the advice.1,2 So, which financial services professionals uphold a fiduciary standard and emphasize fee-based or fee-only planning? Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) work by a fiduciary standard. They are regulated by the





The Big One

Iva Walker | Columnist

And speaking of what’s happenin’ in 2017.... Make your reservations NOW for Beatrice, Nebraska—it’s in Gage County, in case you were wondering—to get the best look at “the Big One� as the astronomer-types are calling it—a 2.35 minute totality of the complete solar eclipse, being brought to us here in the United States at 11:37 a.m. (CDT) on August 21. Solar eclipses happen all of the time but are only visible in certain locations, often not in any country at all, as the ocean is a really big place. This little burg is starting early to make a thing of it—first total eclipse this visible in the United States since 1979—and, admittedly, there’s probably not much else going on in Beatrice, though they do mention in their ad in one of the conservation magazines that I get, that one may also visit the Homestead National Monument of America, commemorating the westward movement. There will be fourteen states where the totality may be seen—SC, NC, GA, TN, KY, IL, MO, KS, NE, MT, WY, ID, OR—and Nebraska has one of the longest parts of the path across the country. Beatrice Chamber of Commerce folks (and the Gage County Board of Tourism) evidently spotted an opportunity to bring visitors out there to “fly-over country�. They are not alone. There will be a party in Hopkinsville, KY, and one in Carbondale, IL and in St. Joseph, MO. The Astronomical League will be having their big bash in Casper, WY. Most of these locations offer the prospect of good weather (not much cloud cover)—might have to consult the Farmer’s Almanac on this-- for viewing on the day. Doesn’t hurt that quite a few of them have quite a lot of wide open spaces and available highways (for traveling to the best vantage points for viewing or avoiding clouds. Beatrice itself is in the Nebraska Sand Hill Country, where 70% of late summer days have favorable conditions for viewing (Would I make this up?). Make plans now, the next totality this visible in the United States isn’t coming along until April 8, 2024. (The same year that the time capsule down by Garrettsville’s clock tower is supposed to be opened. Exciting year!). That one should go right over us here in Ohio but, as is

Securities and Exchange Commission and/or state securities authorities, and charge their clients fees for most or all of the services they provide. Both individuals and firms can be RIAs.2 CERTIFIED FI NANCIAL PLAN NER™ practitioners also uphold a fiduciary standard. These individuals abide by the code of ethics and rules of conduct articulated by the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards in Washington, D.C. They are directed to provide their financial planning services as fiduciaries.3 Sometimes, the decades-old compensation structure of the financial services industry can impact even those financial professionals serving as fiduciaries. For example, a CFPŽ practitioner or an SEC-regulated investment adviser may also sell insurance products that provide commissions, and help clients invest in certain brokerage accounts linked to commissions.1,2,3 In short, the financial services industry is not perfect. The new Department of Labor rule demanding a fiduciary standard from the professionals advising retirement accountholders takes a big step toward remedying some of its imperfections

often cited in the selection of this area for the location of the Arsenal, we do have cloud issues. After that, it’s a twenty-one year wait until August 12, 2045. Your black glasses may not last that long. While you’re waiting, take note of some items that showed up on the internet (I’m still puzzling over whether or not to be insulted, as I am about the ads for combating obesity, wrinkles and loss of mental acuity. The nerve!). The headline for this piece was “20 Trends You’re Too Old to Wear�. That about says it. Picture for yourself the individuals that you see out and about that fit the descriptions. (Actually, I often wonder if the more discerning members of the public who see me to-ing and fro-ing look at me and think, “Not your best look, sweetheart.�) I’ll not treat you to the entire list but there are some beauts in the line-up...such as : 1. Stripper heels—Never had occasion to transgress in this fashion myself (They don’t come in extra wide) but they can be seen tottering about in some of the most remarkable places, lawn parties come to mind The list also includes thigh-high boots and to-the-knee gladiator sandals in this category. 2. Teen accessories—borderline cute at 14, not so much at 40. 3. Outrageous socks—ditto the above. 4. Crop tops with hot pants—too much, too little, too bad. 5. Tiaras—unless you’re Cinderella reliving “happily ever after�. 6. Platform footwear—Crocs are bad enough but impressions of draft horses are seldom that appealing. 7. Cleavage resembling the Grand Canyon—the scenery isn’t nearly as amazing as that provided by the Colorado River. 8. Cheap “foundation garments�—Pair this one with Peek-a-boo straps and the combo is a ringing endorsement for industrial-strength Spanx. 9. Messages across your bootie—Are you really thinking that great thoughts like “Boom Boom Room Recruit� splashed across your derriere will impress the PTA? ...or anybody? Goes for T-shirts as well. 10. Cowboy couture and/or big-time denim—Like I said about that WWI song...�How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After they’ve seen Paree)�. You won’t see nuthin’ like that in Paree. Just as well too. So that’s it in a nutshell. There are plenty of individuals out there who ought to get the message but won’t. Notice also, that these are all about what women should or shouldn’t be sporting as part of their attire. Guys apparently get a free pass from the fashion police; they all think that they’re Arnold Schwartzenegger in Speedos. Spare me! Do not send your comments or lists for the Y chromosome crowd on this topic to The Villager, it’s a family publication. And in this same absurdist vein.... A catalogue that recently arrived in my mail had, along with Chocolate Covered Graham Cookies with Caramel , a 300psi Air Compressor and Stain Remover Laundry Sticks, one offering that got my attention : “Totally Nude Aerobics DVD�. The cats would need all nine of their assorted lives to survive that, should I take it up. Or they’ll advertise showtimes in the neighborhood and make enough money to retire to Catalina.

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What activities and hobbies do you participate in? Reading, Writing and Art


What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I feel that kindness is the most important core value because it bothers me when people are mad or sad. I also feel that the career I want requires a lot of kindness.

If you could give advice to your future self what would it be? Always take a breath before you react.

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JA Garfield Spotlights

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is Mrs. Blakeman’s class because she does educational projects which makes learning more fun.

If you could be principal for a day, what would you do? Take a field trip to the Field Station in Hiram.

Happy New Year! To start off the new year, the Town Trotters would like to congratulate their new officers, President: Makayla Gough, Vice President: Jessica Lambert, Secretary: Rian Yeatts, Treasurer: Kasey Fyffe, New Reporter: Ryleigh Gough, and Scrapbooker: Isabelle Puleo. The group is busy planning for an exciting 2017 show season, riding meetings, educational activities and fair.


Grade: 4 Something I would like others to know about me... is that I ride a bunch of different horses and my horse trainer went to the Quarter Horse Congress, which is a big show.

Grade: 3 What is your favorite subject at school? Math

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Madelyn Jyurovat Grade: 4

What is your favorite subject at school? Science What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Ride horses and spend time with my family.


If you could be principal for a day, what would you do? I would get every class a fish tank or hamsters. If you could give advice to your future self what would it be? Stay positive! What do you want to be when you grow up? A Veterinarian. Grade: 5

What is your favorite subject at school? Math

Attention Portage County Farmers Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti

If you’re a farmer, growing your product is only part of your business. Connecting your products with the people who want them is another crucial part. To aid in this endeavor, Portage County Regional Planning will host an informal meeting that aims to connect local farmers with potential buyers of their products. “It’s our hope to share with local farmers the types and amounts of product buyers need and want,” explained Regional Planning Director Todd Peetz. “Farming and agriculture are important to our county, both economically and for quality of life,” Peetz continued. “Successful farms help us all!” Larry Marek, owner of Kohler Farm Market in Mantua, shared that while he’s fortunate to keep busy selling his fresh produce locally, the opportunity provided in the upcoming meeting is, “a good idea for someone without an established outlet for customers.” Forging new connections between farmers and buyers will help support local agriculture while creating economic and health benefits throughout the county. The goal of the meeting is to make local farm products more widely available for residents, restaurants, grocery stores, and food service or wholesale buyers. The meeting will cover issues including food safety, product availability and quality assurance, as well. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 6 pm at the Maplewood Career Center on State Route 88 in Ravenna. Andrew Rome, Market Manager for Haymaker Market in Kent, has seen market vendors start at his farm market and eventually expand their businesses from there. “The Haymaker Farmers’ market works with big farms and small businesses who are just starting at home,” Rome explained. “Our farmers do a great job and we want as many people as possible to enjoy their products!” Rome expressed satisfaction at seeing vendors grow their business beyond the Market. He shared several examples of vendors who have seen such expansion, including Rootstown Organic Farm, who sells garlic tonic at the Kent Natural Foods CoOp, Marissa Matthews’s cookies, which are sold at Scribbles Coffee Shop. In addition, Avant Gardens Farm and Mushroomery sells shiitake mushrooms to Erie St. Kitchen for their farm-to-table menu. “Opportunities exist for vendors to work together as well,” Rome explained. For example, Brimfield Bread Oven buys fresh flour grown and ground at Breakneck Acres in Ravenna, along with and other local seasonal fruits. “Portage County has a vibrant local foods community where new businesses can connect and grow. It sounds like this meeting would be a great fit for our vendors,” Rome concluded. The Haymaker Market is Portage County’s oldest producer’s only farmers’ market, and is held in the winter months on Saturdays from 10am through 1pm at the United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Kent from November through April and under the Haymaker overpass in Kent from May though October. For more information on the upcoming meeting, call the Portage County Regional Planning Commission at 330-297-3613 or email Todd Peetz at

If you could have a special power, what would it be? To know everything.

What is your favorite school activity? I couldn’t decide between the two, but either cross country or basketball. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up, I’m thinking of becoming an E.R. nurse. I think good grades and dedication in High School and College will help me prepare to be a E.R. nurse.

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What is your favorite thing about school? Social Studies.

Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... Something that I would like people to know is that after I graduate college, one of my main goals in life is to go to Africa and be a Missionary nurse.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is kindness because if people were more kind, our school and world would even become a happier place.


What activities do you participate in? Softball If you could be principal for a day, what would you do? Have longer lunches.

GCRTA February Luncheon Planned

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will hold their February 7th luncheon meeting at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen Restaurant, 14743 N. State St. in Middlefield. Guests are asked to gather at 11:00 am, the business meeting will be held at 11:30 am, with lunch to follow at noon. There will be a 50/50 Raffle and a Free Lunch Raffle! The menu consists of: Roast beef and turkey with gravies, mashed potatoes, corn, mixed garden salad with assorted dressings, dinner rolls, and assorted pies on a dessert table, with a choice of beverages (water, tea, or coffee). Deputy Director of Planning for the Geauga County Department of Emergency Services, A.C. McMillion, will present a program , “Are You Prepared for an Emergency?” Lunch reservations are $18.63 (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aide program). Please make your check payable to GCRTA and mail to treasurer Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Her contact information is: phone, 440-487-4324 and Email, If you have dietary restrictions, please share that information with Judy. Your reservation must arrive no later than Monday, January 30th, 2017. Please consider bringing a newly retired school personnel to the meeting. A donation of canned goods or paper products for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force is requested. Tom Stalzer will be collecting these donations. You may request a ride a week in advance by contacting Geauga Transit 285-2222 or 440-564-7131, Ex. 5160.

Local Residents Make Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan University Ohio Wesleyan University is pleased to announce its 2016 fall semester Dean’s List. To qualify for OWU Dean’s List recognition, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes. Local students earning Dean’s List recognition include: Leannah Frances of Ravenna, OH. Madeleine Sorrick of Hiram, OH. Kelly Summers of Hiram, OH.

Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I am a hard worker who helps others. I like to learn so I can use my knowledge to help others. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is football. What is your college or career focus? I want to become a history teacher. I believe going to school to learn history will help prepare me for this career. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I feel that kindness is the most important core value because being kind is a huge thing. It is important to treat people how you would want to be treated.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Grade 5 Math 24 years at Garfield

What are your hobbies or interests? I really enjoy biking, walking and sudoku puzzles. The most interesting thing about me is...that I am a third generation teacher in my family. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... showing the students respect and kindness. I also try my best to help students feel confident when doing math. Garfield is the best place to work because… we have great students, staff, and administration.


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1. HAND OVER THE KEYS - Lenders foreclosed on 379,437 homes in calendar year 2016 (an average of 1,037 per day), down 16% from calendar year 2015’s total (449,900) and down 64% from the number of foreclosures (1,050,500) that occurred in calendar year 2010 (source: RealtyTrac). 2. SPOILED ROTTEN GRANDKIDS - 43.8 million Americans (out of our 324 million citizens) have outstanding college loans, including 2.8 million individuals at least age 60. Only 27% of the 2.8 million seniors borrowed the money for their own education (source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). 3. MORE THAN HALF THE STATES - Kentucky became the 27th state to enact a “right-to-work” law, passing its bill on Saturday 1/07/17. “Right-to-work” laws allow workers to “opt-out” of the payment of union dues as a condition of employment at a company. The legislation also bans a union from firing a worker who refuses to pay union dues. Kentucky is the 5th state to pass such legislation since 2012, after only 2 states had done so in the prior 30 years (source: Wall Street Journal). 4. ESTATE TAXES - The federal estate tax exemption is $5.49 million as of 1/01/17, i.e., a married couple would be able to shelter $10.98 million from federal estate and gift taxes. Only 0.2% of Americans that are expected to die in 2017 (an estimated 5,200 deaths) will leave estates that will be subject to the payment of federal estate taxes (source: Tax Policy Center). 5. EVERY DAY - The total debt of the United States on 1/20/09 (8 years ago on President Obama’s inauguration date) was $10.627 trillion. The total debt of the United States on 1/12/17 was $19.942 trillion. The increase of $9.315 trillion (over 8 years) is an average daily deficit of $3.2 billion (source: Treasury Department). 6. SLOW GOING – If GDP growth for 2016 that will be reported on Friday 1/27/17 shows growth of less than +3% for the year, it will be a record 11th consecutive year of “sub +3%” growth. The next longest streak in US history of “sub +3%” growth was the 4 years from 1930-1933 (source: Commerce Department). 7. OWN A LOT - The federal government owns 28% of all the land in the United States, including 85% of Nevada and 65% of Utah (source: Congressional Research Service).

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Rescued Kittens in need of TLC T hese lit tle kittens are in need of some loving. They are about 14-weeks old and we’re rescued along with their Mom from the outdoors after having been abandoned. They are sweet, but definitely on the shy side. All of them are females, spayed and vaccinated. I am looking for someone to adopt any of them that would be willing to continue loving them and building up their confidence. Please call Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 or

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