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Fired in Freedom

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Take Your Sweetheart on a Sweet heART Walk Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - Make plans to spend Saturday, February 11 at the Mantua Restoration Society’s first Valentine’s event where they’ll be something for everyone. Beginning at noon, you can share the love as you and your honey stroll from room to room, perusing the creations of local artisans. The highlight of the event is a live auction at 1:30. That’s where you’ll have the opportunity to bid on a variety of special pieces by local artisans including Carrie and Patrick Frost from Frost Glass, photography by Heidi Mazanec at Noah Blue and work from Renee Siperke of Renee’s Reloved Furnishings, all in Mantua. In addition, Joe Leonard’s Custom Woodcarving in Garrettsville will be providing items for the auction. And if artwork isn’t your thing, there’ll be plenty of homemade cookies for sale. Rooms will feature cookies, flowers, and other items for sale; silent auction items include wall art, ceramics, glassware, and wooden toys. A variety of whimsical custom quilts will be available, as

Twentieth Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

The January 19, 2017 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave., Garrettsville. Greetings to all came from the president, Karen Miller and secretary pro tem, Karen Ziarko, called the roll. A note from absent member, Jan Boehm, was read. The occasion was Guest Night and the roll call was answered by introducing the member’s guests and also relating to the group what gangster movies rated highest among their cinematic experiences. These, as one might imagine ,were quite varied and included “The Godfather”( all of them), “Pulp Fiction”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, “The Sting”, “Scarface”, “Bugsie” among others. Nobody mentioned “Who Killed Roger Rabbit”. The program for the evening was a trainwreck... about a train robbery, the Last Great Train Robbery in the United States, which took place in Garrettsville in 1935. The workers and waiting passengers at the Erie R.R. station had no idea that they would be going down in history when a carload of tommygun-toting members of the Al (Creepy)Karpis Gang pulled up at the station,

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well. Silent auction items will be on display throughout the building too, with bids closing at 2:30 pm. The building will be open from noon until 5 pm, giving you and your sweetie ample time to find that perfect Valentine’s treasure. The township-owned building will be open for tours throughout the event to provide attendees with an opportunity to see how the building can benefit the local community. “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.” 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 Pollard.

boarded the cars—especially the targeted mail car— threatened the train crew, took cash and valuables from everyone there, then made off for parts unknown. Since there was U.S. mail involved, it was a federal crime, so federal agents( who at some point had come to have been known as “G-Men”, government men)-- came to town. After major efforts by the FBI and the investigative arm of the United States Postal Service, Al Karpis—who was ratted out by a vengeful former girlfriend—was captured by the FBI (J. Edgar Hoover took the credit) and spent many years (26)as a guest of the federal government at Alcatraz. He was the only Public Enemy # 1 at that time to be taken alive. His early connection with the Ma Barker gang was part of his resume’ as well. Refreshments were then offered to the thirty or so members and guests in attendance by co-hostesses Patricia Amor, Jeanette Hall, Iva Walker and Cherrie Wolfe. The next meeting will be on February 2 at the James A. Garfield Elementary School in the Professional Development Room. Hostess Karen Ziarko will be assisted by Lucy Galayde and the program will be presented by Maureen See. Roll call will involve shared memories of puppy love.

Hiram – “Fired in Freedom,” a showcase of ceramic works from nearly 20 artists, runs through Feb. 22 at the Hiram College Gelbke Fine Art Gallery, 12000 Winrock Road, Hiram. The exhibition features ceramic pots and sculptures that were fired in a Freedom Township wood-fired kiln. The artists range from university professors and independent ceramicists to students and nationally recognized artists. “They are united in their affection for the special effects that only wood-firing imparts to their work,” says Christopher Ryan, associate professor of art. In 2011, Brinsley Tyrrell and two friends, Megan Tuttle and John Klassen, decided to build a wood-fueled ceramic kiln on Tyrrell’s Freedom Township farm using old refractory bricks that they found buried in a hillside near Strasburg, Ohio. They designed and built a catenary arch kiln. With help from Kent State University graduate students, they first fired the kiln in 2012. Those who were present for the occasion describe it as an instant success: The kiln fired easily, reached high temperatures and produced beautiful effects. While this original kiln worked well artistically, it developed structural defects and safety hazards after 33 firings. Consequently, a group of artists demolished the old kiln, cleaned and salvaged its bricks, and built a new, larger kiln in summer 2016. The new kiln features two chambers, one of which is salted. This Hiram exhibition contains works produced from both kilns. Pictured is a sampling of ceramics slated for the Fired in Freedom exhibition.

UH Portage Medical Center Heart Health Day R avenna - Celebrate National Heart Month and learn how to keep your heart healthy at UH Portage Medical Center’s Heart Health Day. On Friday, February 10th take advantage of free blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings; enjoy presentations by UH cardiologist Anjan Gupta, MD, and Erika Arner, RN, Coordinator of the UH Portage Stroke Center; and socialize during a complimentary heart-healthy lunch. Health screenings begin at 10:30 am; presentation and lunch at 11:30 am. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-297-2576. Event will be held at the UH Portage Medical Arts Building, Abraham Room 150, 6847 North Chestnut St., Ravenna.

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 karih@

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The James A. Garfield School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will turn age 5 before August 1, 2017. Registration will take place on, Monday, March 27nd , Tuesday, March 28th and Friday March 31st, 2017. Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

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)

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.

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.

Schedule Your JAGHS Parent Teacher Conference Today!

James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 16th 3:30 to 6:30. To schedule appointments, call Mrs. Fisher at the high school at 330-5274341.

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.

Men on Mondays

beginning March 6 “Men on Monday’s� a Men’s Bible Study will be starting on Monday, March 6th. and continuing every Monday thereafter at the “Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. We will meet at 6:45pm and end at 8:00 pm. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

Tuesday Get-Togethers

Tuesdays Something new is being added to the Tuesday get togethers at Mantua Center. Starting January 24, various art and craft videos will be shown in addition to the painting, quilting, and jigsaw puzzles. Plans are to show some of the PBS Craft in America videos, as well as the groundbreaking Power of Myth series moderated by Bill



Moyers. See what American craftsmen are creating, and learn how Star Wars stories and heroes trace clear back to the world’s greatest myths! During the winter, Tuesdays at the Center are at the Mantua Township Civic Center, at the corner of Mantua Center Road and S.R. 82. (Where the Mantua Township Hall and the Mantua Center Christian Church are.) All are welcome. Come at 9:30, and bring a dish to share at the noon potluck.


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TOPS Meetings

Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/ program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an affordable, nonprofit, weightloss support and wellness education organization. Members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation and more at weekly meetings. Find out more at Please join us as we take off and keep off pounds sensibly!

BINGO At St Michael’s

Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

American Legion Fish Fry

Feb 3 - April 14 The Lake Milton American Legion Fish Fry is back!

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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.

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

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Jan. 26 - Pie is For Breakfast Too Feb. 2 - Bingo & Doughnuts Feb. 9 - Salads

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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.

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.

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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.

Eagles Steak Fry

Jan 28 The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Jan. 28th from 4 7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll and butter. Steak dinners are $13 and grilled chicken is $9. Carryout available by calling 330-527-2330. Open to the public.

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

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The Book Club of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library recently hosted a queen at their pot luck supper, held in the meeting room on January 17, 2017. The royal personage was Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me—Confessions of a Comma Queen (available at the library). The excellent repast (Good soup, John) was spiced with questions and answers concerning her years at The New Yorker, her preparation for the position of copy editor at that iconic publication, how publishing has changed and is changing and other far-ranging inquiries about writing and reading and the literary life. Books seem to be holding their own in the publishing world; newspapers are struggling. Discussions touched on closing deadlines, fact-checkers, the movement to electronic media, the elements of style—at The New Yorker and elsewhere— the movement of the publications offices, the New York scene, writing to pay the rent, the uses of punctuation. A masters in English was just the beginning, freelancing provided another background element. Fundamental to the whole career is the belief that people have a stake in the English Language and its usage with maximum clarity. The author is also fascinated with the Greek language and Greece itself; another book is taking shape. All of the above elements will, no doubt, appear as well. At the conclusion of the well-appreciated meal, Ms. Norris was bidden farewell as she was whisked off—alas, no royal carriage—to Hiram College for further literary expositions. The Book Club is open to all; check at the PCDL Garrettsville branch for more information.

After an up and down December and January, our weather seems like it may stay cold! We will meet on Tuesday, February 7th, 1 pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp. (Behind the Fire Station) Our February meeting (weather permitting) will be bingo games. We will have a little fun to ward off the cold weather. Come and join us for a nice hot cup of coffee, play some bingo games, and learn a little about what AARP is doing for you. Bring your friends, neighbors, etc. and get in a little social time while enjoying a sweet treat. We are still collecting food for the Food For Friends pantry, and dog items for the Geauga Dog Shelter. The dog shelter is in desperate need of food, blankets, etc., in this brutal weather. If the Kenston School System is closed for a “SNOW DAY� , we will also be closed. Please check your local television stations for school closings. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767.

Feb 4 Newton Falls Athletic Boosters present Night At The Races on Saturday: February 4. Doors open at 5:30. Post time 7:30 Lake Milton American Legion 16465 Milton Ave. Lake Milton, OH 44429. (Shuttle bus from NFHS available every 20 minutes from 5:007:00 and 10:00-11:30) Presale Tickets $20.00 Tickets at the door $25.00 Any question or would like to purchase tickets contact Chuck Crum 330-780-1986

The Four Chaplains Service

Feb 5 The Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service will be held on Feb 5 at 11 a.m. Hear The Story Of 4 Brave Men That Others Might Live at the First Baptist Church of Newton Falls, 2640 S Canal St, Newton Falls, OH 44444

Freedom Community & Park Boosters Meeting

Feb 6 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. Please contact

Tom Mesaros at 330-2456061 for more information. Hope to see everyone there.

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.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up a Stormâ&#x20AC;? Program at Garrettsville Library Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited to join us for Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookin up a Stormâ&#x20AC;? program on Monday, February 6 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Garrettsville Library. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food theme will be Italian food. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be using titles from the PCDL collection to discover new Italian recipes. Participants are asked to bring an Italian dish to share with the others as well as a copy of the recipe. Led by instructor Marian Phillips, this monthly program provides participants an opportunity to learn more about a variety of different foods, with a different food theme featured each program. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for any additional 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at

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Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is once again celebrating our Operation Valentine. The project is simple and meaningful, according to Dr. Michael E. Carlson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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.â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank Youâ&#x20AC;?, 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

Marvin J. Perrine West Farmington, OH Marvin J. Perrine, 49, of West Farmington, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday January 16th 2017 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 15th, 1967 to Arthur and Mildred (Ellison) Perrine in Ravenna, Ohio. He loved to hunt and fish and was a member of Ducks Unlimited and Whitetail Unlimited. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. Marvin will be deeply missed by his loving companion, of 20 years, Ruth Keller, children Cassandra Perrine of Newton Falls, Katelyne Perrine of Akron, Marlayna Perrine of West Farmington, Lindsay Walker (Chad) of Hawaii and Stephenie Keller of West Farmington; parents; siblings Arthur (Annette) Perrine Jr., Janet (Tom) Hart, Cindy Hershberger and Amanda Perrine; grandmother Edna Ellison, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Marvin and Beulah Perrine and Homer Ellison and nephew Mason Stewart. Family and friends were welcomed for visitation on Friday, January 20th, from 2:00 PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services 8382 Center St. Garrettsville OH 44231. Funeral Service was held on Saturday January 21st at 10:00 AM also at the Funeral Home with Dr. Michael E. Carlson presiding. Burial followed in Harrington Cemetery, Nelson Twp. Online Condolences at

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Mantua Township News Area Scouts Honored At Winter Banquet Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, Trustee John Festa shared the MSFD monthly report. He noted that call volume at the Department increased, with crews responding to 141 more calls than the previous year. While he noted the Department is handling more calls than usual, he complimented the men and women on what a great job they do in the community. In other news, Trustees discussed the elevator project progress at the Center School Building. Trustee Victor Grimm reported that the building’s boiler has been hooked up to the well system, since the water line was disrupted during the construction project. Mr. Grimm noted that work on the elevator project is progressing, with masons shoring up support beams in the elevator shaft area. In similar news, Mr. Festa noted that Assistant Fire Chief Chris Mullins contacted the County’s Building Department to discuss the Ohio Building Code requirements regarding additional, supplemental devices that would prevent smoke from entering the elevator shaft in the event of a fire. The Fire Department will host a meeting with representatives from the Building Department, Trustees, the elevator project architect, engineer, and the Building Assessment committee as soon as possible to reach a resolution on the matter. Moving forward, Trustees approved the Road Department purchase of a new 2016 Ford F350 4X4 truck with plow. The vehicle will be purchased from Sarchione Ford and financed through State Bank in Kansas for under $34,500, and will be delivered this month. Lastly, Trustee Jason Carlton has initiated discussions with the Mantua Center Christian Church regarding shared services, such as the maintenance and upkeep on the well and refuse removal. He’ll keep Trustees advised as these discussions progress. The Trustees will meet again on Thursday evening, February 2nd at 7:30 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.

Children Need Your Support Geauga County has been experiencing an increase in the needs of families and children in the past several years. This has caused the demand for certified foster and adoptive parents to increase as well. There are many families in crisis in our own neighborhoods that require the supportive services of our agency. You and your family could be part of the support. Children need a nurturing family that can provide them with stability, love, and guidance, while their own family works on making positive changes, so they can be reunified. Consider becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for the Geauga County children who need and deserve your support. The agency will walk you through the process of becoming certified, providing support along the way. Geauga County Job and Family Services will be holding a public information meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:00pm at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, Ohio. Please contact Jodi Miller to RSVP for the meeting, or to schedule a private information session. Jodi Miller 440-285-1125 or email at jodi.miller01@


360 Arrowman and guests of Wapashuwi Lodge, Order of the Arrow, formerly of the Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America, met for their annual and final Winter Banquet recently at DiVieste Banquet Hall in Warren, Ohio. Wapashuwi Lodge has more than 300 members from over 90 Boy Scout Troops of the former Greater Western Reserve Council providing service to the scouting community of northeast Ohio and the communities and families of the area. Founded in 1915, the Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting’s National Honor Society with a focus on leadership development, membership extension, adventurous programming, and broader service to Scouting and the community. For 102 years, their peers have honored scouts who “best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives” with membership in the OA. The OA has over 180,000 members located in lodges affiliated with 310 local BSA Councils. Following dinner, the 2016 Officers and Advisers of the Lodge were recognized for their service to the Lodge by Mr. John Schlobohm – Interim Council Executive and Mr. Brett Gensburg – Lodge Staff Adviser. The 2017 Officers were installed by Section C-4A Chief J.J. Conklin who are: Joshua JohnstonLodge Chief, Andrew Pleso-Immediate Past Lodge Chief, Riley Sullivan-Lodge Executive Vice-Chief, Ryan Johnston-Lodge Secretary, Jonathan FeigertLodge Treasurer, Jacob Hockensmith-Neatoka Chapter Chief, Ben Elmore-Stigwandish Chapter Chief, Jarred Miller-Tapawingo Chapter Chief and Connor CrowleyT’sisgoli Ama Chapter Chief, Seth Welch-Vice-Chief of Camping and Service, Trevor Ulrich -Vice-Chief of Communications, Nathan Steadman -Vice-Chief of Membership and Conner Orr-Vice-Chief of Native American Heritage. Awards presented this evening were: The Gary Waldorf Native American Heritage Award, presented to the Arrowman who demonstrates exemplary enthusiasm, dedication, and contribution to Native American Heritage and Ceremonies of Wapashuwi Lodge. The 2016 Waldorf Award recipient is Conner Orr, a Vigil member and a the former Tapawingo Chapter Chief of Wapashuwi Lodge and a member of Boy Scout Troop 4075 in Bristolville, Ohio. The Wapashuwi Lodge Stewards of the Shadow Award is presented to the Arrowman who gives extensive behind-the-scenes service to Wapashuwi

Geauga Park District offers winter retreat for women Women, retreat to the woods for a special opportunity to reenergize, relax and connect with winter weather and wildlife on Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park. Registration and a $6 fee are required for the Nature Break: Women’s Retreat at or 440-286-9516. Your morning in the park will begin with coffee and morning snacks followed by both indoor and outdoor retreat activities. Enjoy the winter backdrop by snowshoeing through this scenic park. Equipment and instruction for snowshoeing will be provided. Or take a walk if you prefer, or if there isn’t enough snow. Opportunities for low impact aerobics indoors and backyard birding will also be offered. Finally, end your retreat with a soup and salad lunch; vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available. Feedback on last year’s debut winter women’s retreat was very positive. “I and several others had gone alone to the program,” wrote Mary J. of Burton. “Everyone was welcomed and included. I met some new friends.”


Lodge Ceremonies as they work tirelessly to support ceremonies “from the shadows”. The 2016 Steward of the Shadows recipient was Jarred Miller, a Brotherhood member and a member of Boy Scout Troop 4143 of McDonald, Ohio.. The 2016 Vigil Honor candidates were announced and are Connor Deluga of Boy Scout Troop 4083 in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, Benjamin Elmore of Boy Scout Troop 55 in Madison Ohio, Joshua Johnston of Boy Scout Troop 86 in Southington, Ohio, Nathan Steadman of Boy Scout Troop 11 in Jefferson, Ohio, Riley Sullivan of Boy Scout Troop 4008 in Levittsburg, Ohio, Trevor Ulrich of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Bristolville, Ohio, Seth Welch of Boy Scout Troop 115 in Canfield, Ohio, Mr. Mitchell Babej of Boy Scout Troop 102 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Mr. Eric Grabman of Boy Scout Troop 46 in Boardman, Ohio, and Mr. Andrew Welch of Boy Scout Troop 115 in Canfield, Ohio. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two special awards, the Wapashuwi Lodge Arrowman of the Year Award and The Order of the Arrow Founders Award. The Wapashuwi Lodge Arrowman of the Year Award is presented to one youth and one adult per year for rendering outstanding service to the Lodge while truly exemplifying the spirit of the Order of the Arrow. The 2016 Youth of the Year Award was presented to Seth Welch and the 2016 Adult of the Year was presented to Mr. Andrew Welch. Seth is a member of Boy Scout Troop 115 in Canfield, Ohio and a resident of Austintown, Ohio and currently serves the Lodge as Vice-Chief of Native American Heritage and is a Vigil candidate of the Lodge. Mr. Welch of Austintown, Ohio is a member of Boy Scout Troop 115 in Canfield, Ohio and enjoys helping out the Lodge in various ways such as working in the kitchen. The father and son duo enjoy helping out the Lodge. They even built a Ninja Warrior course for the 2016 Lodge Fall Fellowship First introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, following the death of Dr. E. Urner Goodman, one of the Founders of the Order of the Arrow, the Founders Award is the highest award that can be bestowed at the lodge level. It honors members in the Order of the Arrow for unselfish service above and beyond their normal duties to their Lodge. The Founders Award is presented to one youth and one adult member of the Lodge. The 2016 Youth Founders Award was presented to Joshua Johnston and the Adult Founders Award was presented to Mrs. Terri Andrews. Joshua is a member of Boy Scout Troop 86 of Southington, Ohio and is in his second term as Lodge Chief as well as having served several other positions. Mrs. Andrews is a member of the Headwaters District Committee and resides in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. She serves the Lodge as adviser to the Treasurer and helps in many activities of the Lodge. Closing remarks were given by Mr. Bret Gensburg – Lodge Adviser and Joshua Johnston – Lodge Chief. The Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America served youth and families in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Trumbull and a portion of Portage counties in northeast Ohio. With the consolidation of Boy Scout Councils in northeast Ohio, the Greater Western Reserve Council (GWRC) closed as of Dec. 31, 2016. The northern half of the former GWRC serving the families of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties will merge with the Greater Cleveland Council and the southern half serving families in Mahoning, Trumbull and the eastern portion of Portage counties will merge into the Great Trail Council headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Thus, Wapashuwi Lodge which served the GWRC will also cease to exist at the end of May, 2017. It too will be split with the members in the northern half of Wapashuwi Lodge merging with Cuyahoga Lodge of the Greater Cleveland Council and the members of the southern half of Wapashuwi Lodge will merge into Marnoc Lodge of the Great Trail Council. For additional information about the Order of the Arrow, check out the Wapashuwi Lodge website at or the National Order of the Arrow website at



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Bomber Students Of The Month

The staff at Windham Junior/Senior High School has chosen seven students to be recognized as the Bomber Students of the Month for January. These students represent their respective grade level and have what it takes to be a true Bomber. This award is based on specific criteria such as: displaying good character and mature behavior, having a positive attitude towards learning, demonstrating responsibility, and being respectful to peers and teachers. We are proud of our students for all of their accomplishments to help make our schools GREAT places to be! Pictured above are (sitting): Freshman Megan Turk, Sophomore Zowie Hood, Junior Harley McCabe, Senior Bria Nix-Wicker. Row two (standing): Sixth grade Madison Berardinelli, eighth grade Ashley Wright, seventh grade Kaleb Beckwith.

Friends & Neighbors Windham Junior & Senior High School Honor Roll 2nd 9 Weeks of 2016-17 School Year Grade Six: Sara Barker, Adrianna Daniel, Chase Eye*, Steven Jones*, Kara-Lei Pendley, Dylan Robeson, Billy Wright Grade Seven: Kaleb Beckwith, Lyndsie Brown, Zahra Cunningham, Shawn Heaton, Dylan Hessling, Camdyn Hoskin, Elizabeth Lovett, Colton Maiorca *, Hannah Murton, Alana Myers*, Kaylee Nickol *, Domanick Oborn, Zoey St. John Grade Eight: Christopher Canan, Joe Carroll, Jade Coates, Isaiah Consolo*, Jay Cunningham, Clay Dean, Scotty Durst, Morgan Lovett, Lilly McWilliams, Isis Post, Jared Purdy, Keith Richmond, Taylor Richter, Mercedes Riffle, Jessica Riley,Morgan Showalter, Breena Smith, Seth Strausbaugh, Adam Thomas*, Madison Wiley, Ashley Wright, Kiah Zuponcic Grade Nine: Blaze Angle, Mason Angle, Jazelle Artman*, Aiden Barker, Ty’Shaun Caples, Paige Collins*, Breanna Durst, Darah Fall*, Kayla Ladd, Brevin McCrae, Makayla Richter, Annetta Sanders*, Brianna Schott, Emmy Showalter, Megan Turk, Josh Walker, Ericq Williams, Kayleigh Williams Grade Ten: Autumn Barnes, Mia Berardinelli, Nathan Carpenter*, Franklin Egantoff, Zowie Hood, Chason Hoskin, Madison Howes*, Nick Lewis , Phillip Maiorca*, Alex McCauley, Blake Eye, Mackenzie McLean, Krista Shearer*, Rebekah Stout*, Isabella Warrick Grade Eleven: Molli Betters, Talina Cooper, Daniel DeVenture, Sabrina Garl, Brittany Grant, Deidra Hankins*, Kodi Hanshaw, Miranda Jones *, Kelsey Knoll, Tim Murton*, Summer Nadiak, Eric Park, Isaiah Pemberton*, Robert Rigg*, Ashlyn Riggs*, Sam Speicher*, Mariah Walker*, Terrance Woods Grade Twelve: Cali Apthorpe*, Ja’Mario Brown, Ben Knight*, Lexi Knight*, Jordan Prasky, Katie Richmond*, Elizabeth Richmond*, Kyle Simpson, Caleb Smith, Cassie Snyder, Sara Taylor *, Holly Thompson*

Area Students Named To Dean’s List

The following area students were named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time at Ashland University and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Kaitlin Bean of Middlefield, OH. Bean is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of Gregory and Shari Bean of Middlefield. Bean is a 2015 graduate of Cardinal High School. Joshua Hauman of Aurora, OH. Hauman is majoring in economics. He is the son of Michael and Barbra Hauman of Aurora. Hauman is a 2013 graduate of Aurora High School. Olivia Hess of Burton, OH. Hess is majoring in psychology and religion. She is the daughter of Brian and Lori Hess of Burton. Hess is a 2013 graduate of Berkshire High School. Adrianna Polasky of Aurora, OH. Polasky is majoring in business management and entrepreneurship. Polasky is a 2016 graduate of Aurora High School. Justin Wazbinski of Aurora, OH. Wazbinski is majoring in marketing and supply chain management. He is the son of Robert and Leslie Wazbinski of Aurora. Wazbinski is a 2014 graduate of Aurora High School.


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J.A. Garfield Historical Society News Iva Walker | Columnist

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on January 16, 2017 at the historic Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville to conduct the following business : The new awning on “the Bonnet Shoppe”, the group’s research center, is now on the building; the sign to be attached next is undergoing a paint-matching procedure to confirm its gorgeousness and should be up soon. The apartment over the shop may be available for rental soon—following renovation and updating of the property. New officers were chosen—Lynda Read, vice president; Barb Hardesty, governing board member; NEO Museum Council delegates, Pam Montgomery and Kathy Zizka. The group voted to place an entry in the Garrettsville Area promotional publication by The Villager. Some money will be moved from checking to savings and/or a CD. Members were able to sign up for operational committees for the organization; this will continue at the next meeting ...and beyond. The unexpected program for the evening was provided by guest Lucille Alstine (nee Kubinec), a Garfield graduate recently returned from Missouri, presently living on the family farm in Nelson. Her fascinating tales of the circumstances of the return and subsequent discoveries about her heritage—local memorabilia as well as family secrets—kept the group enthralled until mundane considerations like old and new business intervened. More from this quarter may well be heard and a public presentation may be in the offing. Great stories of “Grandpa John” and “Uncle Willie”. Stay tuned. Come to a meeting, third Monday of the month. Membership is always open.

Nelson Township News Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

Nelson Twp. - On Wednesday January 18 the Nelson Trustees held a regular business meeting. There were a good number of residents in attendance at the meeting. The trustees led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting. Minutes from the January 4 meeting were accepted as corrected and bill payments were accepted as presented. An executive session at the end of the open meeting was added to the agenda. Department leaders gave their reports to keep everyone up to date on plans and work being done for and throughout the township. Some of the discussions were about plans to develop a new webpage and purchase a new domain name. It was reported that there is still plenty of salt available for roads, should it be needed. Residents will be encouraged to pick up debris and branches near their drives and property frontage. They are also asked to not spray ditches with week killer. Drainage problems on Knowlton Road are being looked into and there was discussion on how to fix the problem. The trustees are waiting on the EPA for more information about tire removal at Nelson Ledges Racetrack and Ross Development is working with the trustees on this. An up-to-date map showing wetlands within the township was brought in for people to see. Some general information was given about high speed internet moving into the area. There will be some cleanup work done at the Community House. There was a brief discussion about the job description for Community House caretakers and its rental agreement. The trustees are getting estimates on a new one ton truck and financing options. The Garden Club’s idea for the gazebo and how to incorporate the veteran’s memorial and monuments were shared. The goal is to honor veterans , be something the township can be proud of and use. T h e r e w a s go o d interaction between the residents and the trustees. The trustees then moved to go into an executive session. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday February 1 at 7pm. All residents are welcome to attend.




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Model Home a Model of Energy Efficiency

Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Hiram - A model home in Village Gate Community is a model of energy efficiency in new home construction. Trading out cement block and traditional plywood for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) block, Slab Shield, Low-E house wrap, recycled cellulose, oriented strand board, Trex deck boards and other ‘green’ construction materials allows this “Eco-Home” by Big Sky Homes to heat and cool for less than $100 per month. According to company co-owner and builder Michael Farrow, “Our effective insulation value is nearly double that of the building code requirements and industry standards.” In partnership with ICF specialist Tim Lehotsky, Farrow says this nearly-finished house at 7009 Village Way demonstrates that energy efficiency can be achieved both economically and aesthetically. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home featuring a full (nearly 1,000-square-foot) walkout basement, fireplace, attached two-car garage, and deck on a quarter-acre wooded lot is on the market for a $272,000 base price…. “a bargain compared to others of comparable size,” Farrow says. From below-ground to rooftop, this house features eco-friendly construction materials that deliver top-rated energy efficiency values. It costs about 6% more up front than a traditional stick frame house, Farrow says, but it starts paying back in energy savings from day one. The basement foundation was built of ICF poured walls, which feature an R-25 insulating value, the strength of

bullet-proof concrete, and improved acoustics. Each block consists of two polystyrene foam panels held together by a rigid plastic webbing. Blocks are stacked together to form the structure, which is then filled with concrete and reinforced with rebar. The resulting walls are strong, thermally insulated, water tight, and drywall-ready. A combination of low-E slab shield and foam insulation underneath the concrete basement floor further enhances energy efficiency. (In practical terms, that means you step down into a warm basement from the main floor, even when the furnace is off on a winter’s day.) This home’s ceiling and attic are insulated to an R-48 value. Add to that top-rated windows (with 12” deep sills), doors and sealants for a truly energy efficient home. When asked if this home qualifies as a LEEDcertified building, Farrow said, “We build to a higher standard than required for LEED certification and deliver the ‘greenest’ finished product. We have exceeded ‘green’ standards and more with this new home and with every home we build.” But energy efficiency is just half the story. This 2,077-square-foot house also makes creative use of otherwise wasted space and the craftsmanship of its custom builder is evident in the details. Maintenancefree exterior vinyl slate grey siding, sustainable bamboo indoor flooring, the master bath featuring a custom ceramic-tiled shower, a great room featuring 17-foot vaulted ceilings, and picture windows offering wooded views and natural light all coordinate to deliver a storyand-a-half traditional aesthetic with a Cape Cod feel. While this house may not be on the market for long, Farrow and Lehotsky are poised to purchase additional lots at Village Gate to provide this community with more options for a customized Eco Home. For further information, visit .

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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on January 23, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. VP/President-Elect, Amy Crawford, conducted the meeting, as President Delores McCumbers was prepping for her trip—leaving the next day-- to India with a Rotary International program. Member Mike Dobran passed around newly-issued cards available delineating James A. Garfield Core Values and Beliefs : Respect, Kindness, Communication, Creativity, Integrity, Responsibility, Loyalty, Teamwork and Engagement. These synchronize with the aim of the district to have all graduating students prepared for careers, higher education, military service, participation in community. There has also been a suggestion made that Rotary invite Garfield students to attend a meeting, perhaps once a month, to observe the functioning of a community-focused organization to see its benefits. The group discussed joining the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, chose to, once again, sponsor the Middle School Power of the Pen tournament, per the request of coach, Jackie Lovelace, affirmed the decision to help the GEA distribute senior signs. Village flower baskets and Cruise Night sponsorships, joint activities with the Mantua-Shalersville club are also up for consideration. More discussion on the Headwaters Trail included the information that resurfacing is on the calendar for this year. This segued into how the possible influence that park and trail promotion could be of great benefit to the village. There will be surveys and planning on-going for projects developing with this in mind. Finally, a reminder that the James A. Garfield Academic Challenge team will be on TV this Saturday, January 28—WEWS, Channel 5.


The Columbiana County Antique Tractor Association, recently held their 2016 Awards Banquet at Mile Branch Grange Hall, Alliance, OH. Members and their families had a very enjoyable evening. Officer elections were held and plaques were awarded to the top three winners in each class. New officers are; President, George Bruderly, Beloit, OH Vice-President, John Cochran, Tallmadge, OH Treasurer, Diana Cochran, Tallmadge, OH Secretary, Reva Montgomery, Lordstown, OH Meetings for the club are held the first Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at North Georgetown Fire Hall. Anyone interested in antique tractor pulling is welcome at these meetings. For more information call 330-356-2020/330-633-7145 or go to our website www. Class winners are as follows: 3500A 1 Mick Gilson 2 Paul Leslie 3500B 1 Wayne Biltz 2 Mick Gilson 3500C 1 Tom Braniger 2 Emily Jones 3 Don Goehring 3750A 1 Mike Wyss 2 Chip Saunier 3 Mike Gilson



Nearby Nature The Quill Pig Joe Malmisur | Columnist

The porcupine, the second largest rodent in North America, is by far the prickliest. Its Latin name mea n s “qu ill p i g .” T h e r e are about two dozen porcupine s p e c i e s worldwide, and all boast a coat of needle-like quills to give predators a sharp reminder that this animal is no easy meal. Some quills, like those of Africa’s crested porcupine, are nearly a foot long. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. Scientists divide porcupines into two groups: Old World porcupines, which are found in Africa, Europe, and Asia; and New World porcupines, which are found in North, Central, and South America. The North American porcupine is the only species found in the United States and Canada. Currently porcupines are extirpated in Ohio. However, in the past few years there are reports of these prickly creatures in Ashtabula County. Porcupines are large, slow-moving herbivores with bright orange teeth. Porcupines are nocturnal, foraging for food at night. New World porcupines spend their time in the trees, while Old World porcupines stay on the ground. Porcupines aren’t really social. Both types of porcupines are typically solitary, though New World porcupines may pair up. A mother and her young are considered a family group called a prickle. An adult animal is about 20 inches in length, not counting the tail, and weighs from 10 to 28 pounds. The tail can range from

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8-12 inches, depending on the species. Long black and brown guard hairs cover its body and quills are mixed in among them. Quills are really modified hairs and are usually white tipped with black. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills. Porcupines have soft hair, but on their back, sides, and tail it is usually mixed with sharp quills. These quills typically lie flat until a porcupine is threatened, then spring to attention as a persuasive deterrent. Porcupines cannot shoot them at predators as once thought, but the quills do detach easily when touched. Many animals come away from a porcupine encounter with quills protruding from their own snouts or bodies. Quills have sharp tips and overlapping scales or barbs that make them difficult to remove once they are stuck in another animal’s skin. Porcupines grow new quills to replace the ones they lose. North American porcupines use their large orange teeth to satisfy a healthy appetite for wood. Porcupines main diet consists of eating a variety of trees--hemlock, fir, and pine, as well as maple, beech, birch, oak, elm, cherry and willow. They also eat all kinds of woody shrubs. In addition, porcupines chew on bones to sharpen their teeth. Bones also give them important minerals, like salt and calcium, to keep them healthy. They are attracted to salt and may chew on any tool handle that has salt left from human sweat. Their scat is easily identified, as it looks like wood pellets the size of a quarter. Porcupines live in just about any terrain, including deserts, grasslands, mountains, and forests. Dens in tree branches or tangles of roots, rock crevices, brush or logs are the porcupine’s home. Individual porcupine’s range can be as small as a couple trees to several acres. Female porcupines carry their young for a gestation period of seven months, and give birth to one baby at a time; this is unusual for the rodent family which usually are prolific breeders. Baby porcupines are called porcupettes. Porcupettes weigh 12 to 20 ounces at birth and have soft quills, which harden in a few days. Porcupettes mature at 9 months to 2.5 years, depending on species and can live up to 15 years in the wild. North American porcupines usually live 10 to 12 years in the wild. Porcupines usually don’t have to worry about most predators. Most predators have learned the hard way that the porcupine is more trouble than it is worth. However, there is one predator that has a knack for getting past the porcupine’s prickly defenses. It is the Fisher. Remember him from previous articles; he is a member of the Mustelidae family. He has the uncanny ability to flip the porcupine over on its back and attack the unprotected underbelly.

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Cardio/Sculpt - Need a time-efficient workout? You’ll get cardio, sculpting, core strength, and flexibility!! Each class is always different, always challenging, and always FUN! Pilates - Think ABC - Alignment, Breathing, Core. An exceptionally good non-impact workout that will develop your core strength and better posture; builds lean muscles and improve your flexibility. This mind/body connection will provide a lifetime of health habits. PiYo - A moderate to fast-paced workout blending Pilates and Yoga. A fun workout that will tone your muscles, improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Restorative Yoga - A class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are often used for safe practice, and to allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. Get the benefits of a relaxing, gentle and nourishing practice.

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Yoga - A practice based on harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible. It will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being. It also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal systems, and improves your balance.

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Y-Cycle - This indoor cycling class will take you on a ride through the flat lands to the mountain tops. Come see why the popularity of cycling continues to endure. Since you control your own pace and resisitance, you can make this workout as easy or as challenging as you desire.

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AOA (Active Older Adults) Classes In addition to exercise classes, Active Older Adults (AOA) have a monthly book review that meets on the first Monday of the month and a Film Discussion group that meets the third Monday of the month -- both are at 10:30 a.m. Check us out and see what we are reading and watching!! Want to hang out with your friends? Come grab a cup of coffee and chat, play cards, talk sports, share recipes and more!! Fitness After 50 - This comprehensive class has low-impact cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength work, and flexibility and range-of-motion exercises. The exercises are designed to improve balance, coordination, manual dexterity and agility (both physical and mental). Your heart, lungs, muscles, balance and energy will all improve -- and then cool down with a long relaxing stretch! Silver Sneakers® Classic - Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. This class is open to ALL YMCA members and is suitable for beginning to intermediate exercisers. Chair Yoga - Chair Yoga will move your whole body throught a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 3 Something I would like others to know about me... I want others to know that I love math homework because I like to work with numbers. What is your favorite school activity? I like science because it is interesting to learn about numbers. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield is a great place because of the teachers. They are nice and caring! What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is creativity because it lets me use my imagination!.


Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I want others to know that I play volleyball and run track. Last year, I was tested by the Butler Institute of Art and was titled “gifted” in visual arts What is your favorite school activity? I enjoy representing JAG schools while playing sports.

Are you worried about retiring? Many baby boomers are, and they have reason to be, given low interest rates, subpar returns on equities, increasing health care costs, and the issues facing Social Security. Now, do yourself a favor. Read that last sentence again, and ask yourself, “which of those four things can I control?” The correct answer: none of them. That may be frightening, but it is also truthful. As you plan for retirement, you must acknowledge that certain factors are beyond your control. As much as you would like to influence or change them, you have no say over them. So, what can you control? Primarily, three things: the way you save; the way you manage risk; and the way you will spend your savings. The way you save may be more important than the way you invest. Every saver hears about the benefits of an early start, and those benefits can be considerable. As an example, consider these hypothetical savers: Erica saves $5,000 per year for 20 years at an 8% return, and thanks to time, inflows, and compounding, she turns that initial $5,000 into $247,115 two decades

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What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I think integrity is most important because without the drive and enthusiasm to work towards your goals, you can’t have the rest of the JAG core values.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I’m a very outgoing person who loves to hang out with my friends. What is your favorite school activity? Cross country is my favorite school activity. I love running after school with my friends. Mr. Bennett is a great coach who helps with my progress. What is your college or career focus? I would like to be a guidance counselor and earn my masters degree. I would also like to be a middle school teacher What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is kindness. When everyone is kind it makes school more enjoyable, and it is easier to learn when everyone gets along.

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1. NOT A GREAT PATTERN - The last Republican president who was voted into office to begin his time as POTUS who did not suffer through a recession within 18 months of his inauguration was Warren G. Harding, our country’s # 29 president who served from 1921-23 before dying of a heart attack (source: BTN Research). 2. WEALTH - The richest 1% of individuals in the world have a collective net worth that exceeds the collective net worth of the other 99% of people in the world (source: Oxfam International). 3. HAS BEEN LOWER - Inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) advanced by +2.1% during 2016. Inflation in 2015 (+0.7%) and 2014 (+0.8%) were 2 of the 3 lowest rates of annual inflation in the United States in the last 50 years, i.e., 1967-2016 (source: Department of Labor). 4. THE EFFECT BEFORE AND NOW - The S&P 500 lost 9.1% (total return) in the 24 trading days after the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the first time in 9 ½ years on 12/16/15, i.e., the 24 trading days from 12/17/15 through Friday 1/22/16. The S&P 500 has gained +1.0% (total return) in the 24 trading days since the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates again on 12/14/16, i.e., the 24 trading days from 12/15/16 through last Friday 1/20/17 (source: BTN Research). 5. IMPACT ON OUR INTEREST RATES? - China has cut its holdings of US Treasuries to $1.05 trillion as of November 2016, its lowest level since May 2010. Since peaking at $1.32 trillion in November 2013, the Chinese have sold $267 billion of Treasuries in an effort to support its own currency (source: Treasury Department). 6. YOU ARE REPLACEABLE - Although just 5% of occupations consist of activities that are 100% automatable, i.e., they could be replaced entirely by technology or robots, 60% of all occupations have at least 30% of their daily activities that are automatable (source: McKinsey Global Institute). 7. WHAT IF? - The average interest rate paid by the government on its interest bearing debt was 2.232% as of 12/31/16, less than half of the 5.034% paid as of 12/31/06, i.e., 10 years ago (source: Treasury Department).

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is a couple of weeks away. While I love the romance of this holiday, it is definitely not one of my favorite holidays. I always feel pressured to make sure the day is “ultra” romantic and full of hearts and flowers. In reality, I wish that every day was Valentine’s Day! So how do you make Valentine’s Day last? Making a special Valentine’s Day gift last is key. Unfortunately, when it comes to wine, especially in our house, wine does not last that long - but the memory and the bottles do. So if you are looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift or idea, let me offer a few wine related suggestions. If you have a special bottle of wine that the two of you like or just a special bottle you have been saving, this would be a great time to open it. Once you have finished it, keep the bottle but, be sure to write on the label that you opened it on Valentine’s Day 2009. After a couple of years you will have a great collection of memories from each year and you won’t have to worry about the wine going bad. Another great wine gift is a wine journal. My husband gave me a bunch of oversized note cards one year in a 3 ring binder where we could write our own thoughts about each special wine. Then whenever I am looking for a great wine, I can flip through my journal and find a list of my favorite wines. All I have to do then is head to the store and purchase a bottle. Finally, there is my favorite Valentine’s Day gift – chocolates and wine. Now, I know what you are saying, how do chocolate last? Well, chocolates definitely don’t last in my house, but chocolate molds do. A couple of years ago, I purchase a chocolate mold that make heart shaped cups. So around Valentine’s Day I try to make a few chocolate heart cups and pour my favorite wine or champagne in these little cups. It’s such a treat and a great new way to have some wine. If you’re looking for a great dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day – we’re still accepting reservation for our dinner on February 14th! Check out our website or call for more details on this romantic evening. Wine, dinner and romance – what else could you ask for! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

later. Midway through this 20-year stretch, Giovanni, Erica’s co-worker, decides he will start saving too. Time is not such a good friend to him, however. If he wants to amass $247,115 (give or take a few bucks), he will have to pour in around $15,795 into his retirement account annually at that 8% yearly yield. And as for Erica … all other variables frozen, if she saves $14,000 per year, instead of $5,000 a year, at a consistent 8% yield for 20 years, her savings at the end of that two-decade period will be $691,921 rather than $247,115.1 Your risk exposure matters. In a perfect world, taking on X degree of risk would lead to Y degree of reward. If only it worked that way. Still, a portfolio that assumes reasonable levels of risk may generate better long-term returns than a highly conservative, risk-averse one. The inescapable truth of investing is that when you forfeit risk, you also often forfeit your potential for significant gains. To be more specific, getting out of equities when the market sours puts you on the sidelines when the market rallies. Should you abandon equities in a correction or bear market, you face another kind of risk – the risk of selling low and buying high. If you absolutely detest risk and want to minimize your risk exposure as you save and invest for retirement, then you must compensate for that lessened risk exposure by saving more, whether in cash or conservative investment vehicles. Remember that to save more, you must also spend less. Will you plan how to spend your retirement savings? That will put you a step ahead of many retirees, who have no strategy whatsoever. You need to plan both the succession and amount of your retirement withdrawals – what annual percentage should be distributed from what accounts in what order. Four primary variables may affect your plan, and you arguably have some control over them all: your yearly withdrawal amount, your level of debt, your health, and your retirement date. You cannot control the tax code or the equities markets, but you can try to pay off debt, improve your health, spend reasonably, and work longer, if needed. Focus on what you can control. It may keep you from losing some sleep over what you cannot. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies. Citations 1 - aspx [12/30/15]

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January, hits you fast after the Holidays, there is sometimes an emptiness after all of the celebrating and holiday festivities. When life slows down a bit, back into a steady pace, with an unexpected stay in the hospital or the cold or flu you have been fighting since Thanksgiving finally get its grip on you. There is nothing better for a mental and physical cure than the foods you remember from your childhood. Comfort Food. Nothing made me feel warm and cared for more than Grandma Cooper’s chicken soup, made by my Mom or my Grandmother or my Aunt; it was always a comfort and during a recent bout of illness I though how wonderful it would be to have a nice bowl in front of me.

Grandma Cooper’s Chicken Noodle Soup 1 chicken, 3 to 3 1/2 pounds, cut up 1 stalk celery, with leaves, cut into chunks 2 large carrots, cut into chunks 2 yellow onions, peeled and halved 1 dozen large sprigs parsley 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 2 bay Leaves 2 teaspoons salt 2 large carrots, cut into smaller pieces egg noodles fresh or packaged Place the chicken, celery, carrots, onions, parsley, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt in a large soup pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce the heat to very low. Adjust the heat until the soup is “smiling”: barely moving on the surface, with an occasional bubble breaking through. Cook uncovered, until the chicken is very tender and falling off the bone, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When cool enough to handle, use tongs to transfer chicken from the pot to a container. Taste the broth and continue to simmer it until it is concentrated and tasty. Strain broth through a fine sieve (or a colander lined with cheesecloth) into a separate container. Discard all the solids from the strainer When ready to finish the soup, use your fingers to separate chicken breast meat from bones and skin. Discard bones and skin. Use two forks to pull

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Sprinkle the steak strips with garlic salt and pepper then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.

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PUBLIC NOTICE The Huntsburg Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold their 2017 Organizational meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7 pm The purpose of this meeting is to select the chairman and vice-chairman for the 2017 calendar. All meetings are held at the Huntsburg Town Hall, 16534 Mayfield Rd., Huntsburg. PUBLIC NOTICE The Zoning Commission of Huntsburg Township will hold their 2017 organizational meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7 pm. All meetings are held at the Huntsburg Town Hall, 16534 Mayfield Rd., Huntsburg. REGULAR MEETING NOTICE FOR THE JAMES A. GARFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION The James A. Garfield Local School District has set the regular monthly board meetings for Calendar Year 2017 (excluding February 2017) for the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 Thursday, April 13, 2017 Thursday, May 11, 2017 Thursday, June 8, 2017 Thursday, July 13, 2017 Thursday, August 10, 2017 Thursday, Sept 14, 2017 Thursday, October 12, 2017 Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 Place: Elementary Professional Development Center

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HOMES FOR SALE McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000 FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 bedroom ranch, 1 bath, 1,200 sq. ft, full basement, 1 1/2 car detached garage in Village of Garrettsville. JA Garfield school district. Asking $119,000. (330) 569-4599. 2/3

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 3/31 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545 RUFN

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

GoldFire Realty

8028 State Street, Garrettsville. TOLL FREE 888-258-4845 / 330-527-2221 INTEREST RATES RISING…if you are thinking of buying call us NOW! Find out how much you can afford…. R

*** NEW LISTING *** 7993 Elm St., Garrettsville

100 Superior St., Newton Falls

Garrettsville Village * 3bd/1ba * Colonial * 1444 sqft * blown-in insulation * 2013 hot water heater * 2012 - furnace & air * 2003 - windows * lots of potential

Commercial building * 2 stories overlooks the Mahoning River * full kitchen * balcony * bar with appliances fire pit * storage shed

11821 Mumford Rd., Garrettsville

*** REDUCED *** 11770 Spencer Park Dr., Hiram

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

2bd/1ba * A-frame on 1.5 acre corner lot * additional half acre across the street - wooded,on river * wood burning FP * spiral staircase

MLS 3870521 Kathie Lutz

$129,900 MLS 3859981 330-687-5900 Wendy Borrelli

$359,900 MLS 3859981 330-687-5900 Shauna Bailey

11414 SR 44, Mantua

$79,900 330-687-4496

$144,900 330-527-2221

*** REDUCED *** 9894 Silica Sand Rd, Garrettsville

Century Home * 4bd/1.5ba * 1743 sqft Nelson Twp. Large brick structure, * pillared front porch * gas fireplace w/ ready to be turned into house. original wood mantle * 1st fl laundry/mud Almost 2 acres. room * 1-car garage w/loft * .64 acres


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BRACEVILLE, 3 Br. 2 Ba., House. Central Air, Dish Washer, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer Dryer Hook Up, 2 Car Garage, Free Water & Sewerage, $875 Plus Gas & Elect. Ph: 330-872-7046 2/3



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NEWTON FALLS,Quiet Country Living. 2 Bd,1 Ba, Apartment. Free gas, Water Sewerage, and Garbage. Stove & Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer on Site. $550 Plus Elect. Ph: 330-872-7046 2/3

MLS 3834470 Kathie Lutz

has chickens and cows. In his field, he counts 17 2. Jerry heads and 60 feet. How many cows does Jerry have?

Your name

G’VILLE - upstairs, very nice 3BR w/large balcony porch, $675/mo + SD. Water paid, prefer no sec 8 or dogs. 330296-2131 1/27


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MLS 3816706 Shauna Bailey

$159,900 MLS 3707645 330-527-2221 Ryan Neal

$139,900 330-687-0622

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