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JA Garfield Students Are “Too Good for Drugs”

Garrettsville - Kindergarten students learn the importance of keeping their bodies healthy during an interactive “Too Good for Drugs” lesson at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The classes, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, are taught by instructors from Townhall II and are offered to all the county school districts. Representative Sarah LaTourette recently observed the class to learn more about the efforts to reduce the risk of drug and alcohol problems through drug prevention in Portage County. Pictured above: Kindergarten teacher Jessica Livingston, Rep. Sarah LaTourette, and Amanda Perrin, Townhall II prevention specialist. Front row: students Reese Hill, Cole Lipstreu, Jackson Seaborn and Mason Devlin.

SweetheART Auction a Smashing Success

Jake’s Is Back

Skip Schweitzer | Columnist

Mantua - “Community Center? I hope to tell ya! Look at it; look at all the people who are here. There ain’t no more places to park, so many people. We’ve needed this—a place to gather-- for a long time”, she said, directing her friend to the old principal’s office. “That was Tom Rauber’s office. I ought to know, I was in it enough times!” So said a 40ish blond lady touring the building. And overheard while walking about the hundred plus year-old Mantua Center School building: “I just love it here (in Mantua). I work in Akron, teach there, I live in Stow, but I’m building a house now off Center road. Going to move back, hopefully by this summer. This building is everything that was/is Mantua. I grew up here, went to this school. We all--my sister and brother-- turned out pretty well. I want my kids to be able to experience everything about a small town that I did.” And another comment heard while on the top floor: “I live in Cleveland now but I went here to this school as a kid, went through this school. I’m bringing back my own children, Sarah and Bobby here, to see and experience this building.” And finally, exclaimed by an elderly man eating a hot dog with sauerkraut, “This place is built like a bomb shelter—walls are 30 inches thick, I think……. what with the new administration and going’s on in Washington, we may just need it for that!” If the building could talk, a deep voice would reverberate from deep within and would say, “I haven’t seen so many people going up and down my stairs in 15 years. Boy, are those footsteps nice! Yep, they all got older but I still recognize ‘em all!” People came from not just the Crestwood School area but from Akron, Hiram, all over Cleveland thanks to the generous coverage by our three local newspapers—The Villager, The Record Courier, and The Community Journal. Perhaps this is a great testament to the fact that, despite the internet and social medias, local newspapers are indeed not passé, but in fact are blending right in to this newer dissemination of information. So it went during the morning and afternoon by the likes of any number of people who showed up on this Saturday to walk through the Mantua Center School and see the process of renovation in action—the adding of an elevator to allow people to easily get up and down the three flights of stairs. “I’d like to have a nickle for every time I climbed those stairs,” said a middle aged man once again climbing those stairs. “Mrs. Schweitzer’s room was up here. She was my favorite teacher.” A conservative estimate of 250-300 plus people attended, walked about the whole building, examined the artwork being auctioned off, and bought dozens and dozens of homemade cookies--more cookies available than Carter has liver pills, (remember those?) as they say. There was lots of food available for lunch; simply make a donation—your choice of hamburgers, hot dogs, a raft of salads, and pastries. Of course one of the main purposes of the SweetheART Walk was to raise money for the continuing renovation of the building and show support by the community for this project that means so much to so many. And this support is so much needed and appreciated by Trustee Victor Grimm who has

Portage County - Residents in need of addiction treatment and support can call the Addiction Helpline for Portage County, being operated by Townhall II with funding from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. The phone number is 330.678.3006 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Dealing with addiction can seem overwhelming for the person affected and their loved ones,” said Joel Mowrey, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. “We would like the residents of Portage County to know there is a place they can turn to for help.” People can call with questions about alcohol or drug treatment, whether they are struggling with an addiction themselves, or are concerned for a friend or family member. “Drug addiction is a complex illness and there is not just one solution to fit everyone,” explained Rob Young, clinical director of Townhall II. Individuals calling will be assessed for referral to area detoxification centers, including the UH Medical Support Program which treats symptoms of addiction withdrawal. Callers also may be referred to the local residential treatment facilities or recovery housing available – Root House or the On Track to Recovery House for men, Horizon House or Portage Area Recovery Center for women. Information is available about medication, assisted treatment providers, intensive outpatient, and individual and group counseling. Helpline staff also has a listing of the area AA and other support group meetings. “Our staff is extensively trained and well versed in the local resources,” said Young. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, reach out and take the first step towards recovery with a call to 330.678.3006.

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Rick Painley auctioning off an item. nurtured this project along from conception to fruition. One of the secondary ideas of the whole art auction was to allow the community to see what progress has been made with the installation of the elevator. The whole project is moving along nicely. The auction drew a crowd of about 75 to 100 people who were bidding on any of over eighty items ranging from carved wood items to band saw boxes of walnut, to local scenes by local artists and residents. Rick Painley, father of Leanne Painley, a Task Force Member and creator of the Cookie Walk, was the auctioneer who did a lively and magnificent job of auctioning off various paintings and creations. Two scenes depicting rural and farm scenes, painted by much-beloved Crestwood teacher Marilyn Alger went for three hundred dollars. The Alger family decided to donate the paintings because the school was so important to Marilyn. A very popular item was kids’ art. This was a print making project by Mrs. Timbrook’s 5th grade class. Each student started with a photograph of their choosing, created an image in carved styrofoam, and made prints from it. They also wrote artist’s statement about what they had done. There were nine paintings. All were a huge hit and inspired quite a bidding war. They sold for a good buck. Other popular items were woodcraft, ceramics, and glass and enamel and metal creations as well as paintings by local people. It is conservatively estimated that the event brought in over $3500, all of which goes to the ongoing construction of the Mantua Center School Community Center. Needless to say, next year’s event is already being scheduled and designed. It is obvious that the local community came together on a number of levels to rally forth and make this a success. The two entities that cooperated to put this event on were the Mantua Restoration Society, headed by Carole Pollard, and the Community Center Task Force chaired by Terry Vechery. Pollard stated, “The people of this community clearly want and support the kinds of things that the Mantua Restoration Society Inc. advocates. Our purpose is to save and renovate Mantua Township buildings and sites.” They have engaged in fundraising and activities since 2010. The Task Force was created to develop a Community Center at Mantua Center School.

Mantua - As Mantua locals welcomed the New Year, they happily welcomed the return of an old friend as well when Jake’s Eats, the local comfort food purveyor and hangout, re-opened its doors in mid-January, When the previous tenant, Millers of Mantua closed their doors, Jodie Fiala and Kim Sumwalt didn’t have much to do to in order to re-open as Jake’s Eats. “We already had a menu, so we didn’t need to reinvent one. It was mostly a matter of comi ng i n to clean and paint,” Jodie explained. In addition to servi ng wellloved comfort foods like chicken paprikas, pot roast, and homemade soups, they offer standard diner fare like burgers and fries and chicken fingers. With an extra meeting space for 40 people (dubbed the ‘hole in the wall’), Jakes has already catered meetings for the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation, Crestwood Lions, Mantua-Shalersville Rotary, and other local organizations. “People return for the sense of community more than for what’s on the menu,” Jodie acknowledged. Jake’s can also provide catering for offsite gatherings. “When we closed our doors in 2014, we lost touch with some friends,” Jodie shared. “It’s nice to see them again. They’ve told us, ‘It’s just like being back home again!” she added. Jake’s is back, with a friendly smile and a hearty helping of comfort food. The menu and specials are the same as they were, with all-you-can-eat ribs & wings, steak, pasta, and fish offered on various days throughout the week. Or make plans to stop in on Sunday when they serve breakfast all day. Previously, they had offered live music and open mic nights at the restaurant. Coming this spring, they’ll continue the practice, offering wine and beer tastings and special Saturday date night packages. “People come in for good food and excellent service at a reasonable price,” Jodie added. Find out today’s special by visiting or on Facebook at Jake’s Eats.







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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.

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.

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)

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 Mondays� 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.

Society Of The Blind Meetings

4th Monday of Month The Portage County Society of the Blind is looking for new members The Society meets the 4th monday of the month except Jan and Feb at 2 pm at the English Pub in Ravenna 320 East Main St. It takes all of us to achieve our mission, which is to provide support and visual aids when we can. Our membership

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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.

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.

American Legion Fish Fry

Through April 14 The Lake Milton American Legion Fish Fry is back! Serving every Friday beginning Feb 3 through April 14 from 3-7 pm at the 737 Legion Post, Milton Avenue Haddock Fish Dinner or enjoy Chicken or Shrimp, french fries, cole slaw & roll $10. Perogies - $4

Roast Pork Buffet

Feb 18 Roast pork buffet with sauerkraut and dressing dinner includes potatoes, vegetables, salads, rolls, dessert & beverage. $10 adults, $5 kids 5-12. Carry-out available. Dinner will be held at First Congregational UCC, 4022 SR 44 Rootstown on Feb 18 from 4-7 pm.

RFC Yard Sale

Feb 18 Calling all “treasure hunters� far and wide. Renaissance Family Center Yard Sale will be held on February 18th, 9 am-4 pm at 9005 Wilverne Dr.Windham, Ohio. Treasurers of every kind under one roof. You will be “amazed� at what you may find.

MSA Reverse Raffle

Feb 18 Help support Mantua Soccer Association by attending the Reverse Raffle on Feb 18 at 6 pm at the K of C, 11845 SR 44 in Mantua. $75 per ticket provides admission for 2 adults, 1 entry into grand prize drawing ($1,000), dinner, drinks and dancing. Contact MSA at mantuasoccer@

Benefit dinner for Jeff and Lisa Miller of Windham

Feb 18 A spaghetti dinner at the Windham United Methodist Church will be heldFeb. 18 from 4:30-7:00 and will benefit Jeff and Lisa Miller of Windham. Benefits from this dinner will go to offset medical expenses. Dinner will include

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Summerfest Casino Bus Trip

Tuesday All You Can Eat Steak Wednesday All You Can Eat Pasta

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

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salad, bread, beverage and homemade desserts. Cost of the dinner for adults will be $8.00; children 5-12 yrs will be $5.00; children under age of 5 yrs old will be free. The Windham UM Church is located at 9051 N. Main St. in Windham.

Garfield HotStove Baseball Sign-ups

Feb 18 & 25 Garfield HotStove Baseball signups will be held on Saturday 2/18 & 2/25 at the village hall from 9 to noon. Please contact Phil Britton 330-233-0419 (Pres) or Colleen Khairallah 330-5242807 (Sec) with any questions.

Pancakes at Hambden Grange in February

Feb 19 Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an ALCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, February 19th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

Free Documentary About Democracy Feb. 19 You’re invited to a showing of “We The People 2.0.� at 1:30, in the Jenkins Room of Reed Memorial Library (167 E. Main St. Ravenna). Understand our present structure of government and our role as citizens. For more information, call 330569-8671.

Sorting Out The Singers

Feb 19 Join music professor/naturalist Dr. Lisa Rainsong on Sunday, February 19, for The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers at The West Woods Nature Center. From 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Dr. Rainsong will present on which techniques used in music training and appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for

identification of birds and their repertoire – a mustsee opportunity for any lover of music and Nature! Registration is not required for this free program. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

JA Garfield Historical Society Meeting

Feb 20 The James A. Garfield Historical Society will meet on Monday, February 20th at 7:30 PM. Meetings are held in the historic Mott Building, corner of Main & High Streets. The Garfield Historical Society covers the village of Garrettsville, and Freedom & Nelson Townships. All interested persons are welcome.

Film Group To Meet

Feb 20 On Monday, Feb 20th, at 10:30am, Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event. Dr. J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: The 24 minute video this month is “Guided Visualization: Working with the healing power of your immune system.“ If you are interested in the video, followed by a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions, please join us at the YMCA the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our Film Review and Discussion Group.

Free Community Meal

Feb 20 Christ Lutheran, 10827 N. Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their monthly Free Community Meal on Feb 20. We will serve between 5 and 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors. See you there.

Tree City Carvers Montyly Meeting

Feb 21 Tree City Carvers will meet on Feb 21 at 7:30 pm at Fred

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Fuller Park, Middlebury Rd. Kent. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more info call: Larry Hurd 330-297-7905

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God Provides A Free Meal

Feb. 25 Friends of Chuck and Wilma Holka will host a benefit at Freedom Town Hall, 8966 S.R. 700 to help pay for the couple’s medical expenses. The event includes a spaghetti and meatball dinner with sides, desserts, and a drink, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and live music. Tickets are $10 or $8 for ages 55 and older. Children under 5 eat free. Call 330-326-6073.

Feb 24 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR. 305 on Feb. 24 from 4 to 6. Chicken & noodles - veg. - roll - dessert.

New Ladies Group - All Welcome!!

Feb 25 Do you want to become part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to be inspired? If this sounds like you then come and bring a friend! There is a new group starting at the Cellar Door Coffee shop in Garrettsville called “Revival in the Country”. Ladies from all walks of life are welcome. We will be meeting the 4th saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. The meeting is free. The first meeting is on Feb. 25. There will be music and sharing and of course some coffee!! The speaker’s theme is “Forgiveness- your roadmap to freedom” We will meet on the lower level.

NGCC Anniversary Open House

Feb 25 Anniversary Open House. Please join us as we celebrate Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard’s 5-year anniversary at our open house on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am2:00pm. Come see how it all started and how far we have come in our mission to “Shut The Door On Hunger” in our community. Bring a non-perishable food donation! NGCC, 10661 Highland Avenue (additional parking available at St. Ambrose Church).

Community Dinner at RFC

Feb 23 They’re back. The Baptist are at it again. Beginning February 23rd, 5-6:30 pm the Garrettsville Baptist Church will be cooking the Community Dinner at the Renaissance Family Center. First comes the Garrettsville Baptist Church, followed in March by the Hope Baptist of Windham. Let the games begin. Best cook wins,so

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Chuck & Wilma Holka

4th Annual Nicholas Stock Scholarship Scotch Doubles

Feb 25 The 4th annual Nicholas Stock Scholarship fund Scotch doubles will be held on Feb 25 at SkyLanes. Cost is $40 couple. Includes 3 games of bowling, beer, pop, pizza & entertainment by Arrowhead Unplugge. Reserve your space - (330) 527-9999 or (216) 389-0920.

Summer Steak Fry In February

Feb 25 The best way to chase away the Winter blues is with a Summer cookout, right? So come to the St. Ambrose K of C “Summer Steak Fry in February” on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4:00 pm - (approx.) 7:30 pm. Cost is $15/person or $25/couple ($50/family max.) - cash, check or MC/ Visa. Please call 527-4105 to reserve your dinner. One of the Knights will be taking names after all Masses (so we can purchase the correct # of steaks).

Spaghetti Dinner

Feb 26 Spaghetti & Meatball dinner, hosted by Windham American Legion Women’s Auxiliary #674. Feb 26, 2 pm-5 pm 9960 E. Center Street, Windham. Children under 5 free, 6-12 $5.00. Dinnner includes Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad Bread, Dessert & Coffee or Tea. Price $8.00. Call 330-326-3188. Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits.



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The Villager | Friday, February 17, 2017


Sharon (Moore) Huntsman

Newton Falls, OH Lois (Frederick) Liddle, age 86 of Newton Falls, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. Joseph Eastland Hospital in Warren. She was born on July 8, 1930 in Warren, OH, the daughter of the late John C. & Dorothy (Helms) Frederick. She married the love of her life, Richard E. Liddle Sr. on May 27, 1950 and they enjoyed 65 blessed years of marriage together until he passed away on Jan. 25, 2016. Lois had lived in Newton Falls since the 1940. “Together Again” She was a member of the Warren Garden Club in Leavittsburg, she enjoyed crocheting since she was 4 years old, she never missed a bus trip to the casinos and regularly attended SCOPE Bingo. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, 1 sister, Audrey Frederick, and 1 daughter Vickie Dietrich. Lois is survived by: her daughter Dixie & John Buick of Cape Coral, FL; her sons, Richard E. & Robin Liddle Jr. of Southington; Harry Liddle, of Southington; Thomas & Bonnie Liddle, of Cherry Tree, PA; Craig Liddle of Leavittsburg;Mark & Deadra Liddle, of Salisbury, N.C; 2 brothers John Frederick of Warren, and Adam & Beatrice Frederick of Howland; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Calling hours were at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 from 4 to 6PM. Funeral services weree at the funeral home on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00PM. Pastor Paul Price officiated the service. Lois was laid to rest beside her husband Richard at Hawley Cemetery in Paris Twp, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio (330) 872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences to the family, please visit us at

Newton Falls, OH Sharon (Moore) Huntsman, 70, passed away February 7, 2017 at her residence in Newton Falls, Ohio. She was born October 20, 1946 in Morgantown, W.V., to the late Lloyd and Leora (Shahan) Moore. Sharon was a resident of Dellslow, W.V., until moving with her parents and siblings to Windham, Oh in 1959. She graduated JA Garfield High School in 1964. Sharon is survived by her husband, James Huntsman, her son, Michael Houghton of Windham, her daughter, Michelle (Houghton) Hall and her daughter in law, Toni (Spade) Houghton both of Newton Falls, son in law, Rodney Miller of Atwater, son in law, Mike Hall of Ravenna, her brother, C. James (Patti) Moore of Windham, grandchildren, Darrin and Dodi Houghton, Cody and Rebecca Hall, Christopher, Danielle and Emilea Miller and great grandchildren Spencer and Mia Houghton. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Johnee Lea (Houghton) Miller in 2011, former husband, William Houghton in 2013 and sister Lenette Moore in 1981. She suffered for many years of poor health complications with pain. One of her last comments was that she loved her children. Honoring Sharon’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no services and a private burial at Park Cemetery will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Sharon’s name to the Renaissance Family Center in Windham, Ohio, 9005 Wil Verne Dr., Windham, Ohio 44288. Arrangements have been entrusted to MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

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Obituaries / Memorials in The Villager

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Samantha Lough | Contributing Reporter At their last meeting, the Freedom Park Board agreed on a clean-up day for the Freedom Park. The first clean up day will be Saturday, April 8th at 9o’clock a.m. and will consist of cleaning and getting the park ready for the spring and summer. A second cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. to plant the new trees being purchased for the park. In other news, the Freedom Board of Zoning Appeals is also looking to spruce up. The board is looking for two new alternate candidates. No previous experience Is needed, but applicants must live in Freedom township. If interested send resume and letter of interest to Secretary Karen Martin at 5934 Streeter Road, Mantua, OH 44255.

Pictured above are Ryan Palmer, Nathan Reed, Eileen Stroup, Denzel Stevens and Abe Crowe

Mobile Dentists to Visit James A. Garfield Elementary On March 8th and 9th 2017, The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning. Parents, take advantage of this awesome program. There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school for their dental appointment. You will also receive a written report on the health of your child’s teeth from the dentist. Permission forms have been sent home with the students, please send back the form if you want your child to participate in this wonderful program. If you need a form, they are available in the office. Children can use their insurance, Medicaid, or apply with grant forms for dental care at NO COST. Please call the elementary @ 330-527-2184 if you have any questions.

Newton Falls - The Newton Falls Community Backpack Program continues to provide supplemental food and a book for qualifying K-6 students at Newton Falls Elementary and Middle Schools every week. The support of the community keeps this program going, and it is appreciated. Thank you, everyone, so much for continuing to care about our young people. You are all setting such good examples of what a community can be and do.

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High Honor Roll - Chad Angermeier, Jason Conley, Caillean Galayde, Eric Jackson, Lyndsey Johns, Tyler Klouda, Racquel Koleszar, Ryan Lance, Sarah Miller, Brooke Morgan, Erika Musgrove, Adam Norris, Evan Pawlus, Andrew Pemberton, Rachel Rader, Hunter Sopher, Brianna Stanley, Zoe Swenson, Lauren Walz, Lucas Wordell

3.4 & Above - Alissa Barton, Christopher Beasley, Karyssa Becker, Alexander Bell, Samuel Biltz, Audrey Bowden, Olivia Brann, Madisan Brown, Samantha Brys, Travis Criblez, Robert Del Torto, Sarah Desalvo, Samantha Ensinger, Alexis Evans, Amanda Fisher, Joshua Forsythe, Matthew Glinski, Natalie Hall, Robert Haney, Madalynn Helmick, Elizabeth Hilverding, Jessica Huebner, Max Kane, Nicole Kerschner, Serafina Kohler, Kassidy Leach, Caitlyn Minor, Madison Neer, Nicole Ober, Devyn Penna, Megan Rushnok, Sebastian Shafer, Hannah Smith, Travis Synnestvedt, Addison Varner, Dylan Wilson, Austin Wise

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News from Mantua Village

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At their last meeting, Mayor Linda Clark shared that she and Village Solicitor Michele Stuck are reviewing information from NOPEC and First Energy relating to gas and electric aggregation and potential cost savings to residents. They will be presenting their findings to council in the near future. In his report, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger shared that his team has been cleaning out the plugged sewer line and storm sewers along State Route 44 near McDonald’s that resulted from torrential rains. After some discussion about a similar incident that occurred in the same location in 2013, Mr. Rininger stated that upon inspection of video of the 2013 event, an on-site inspection would take place as soon as time and weather allows. In other news, Mr. Rininger shared that while the village did not qualify for a diesel emissions grant this year, he plans to investigate the potential of forming a consortium with other localities in order to improve the village’s chance of receiving the grant in 2018. Moving forward, Village Engineer Rich Iafelice shared that his firm has prepared a proposal for preliminary grading for the relocation of a ball field at the Village Park. He noted that he is waiting for assistance from the County Engineer for hydraulic analysis information. Once that information is received, they will investigate if the move is feasible based on regulatory and topographical information. In other news, Mayor Clark shared that Portage Parks Director Chris Craycroft asked if the village would entertain relinquishing control of maintenance of the west end of Headwaters Trail to the Park District. After some discussion, the Mayor and Council agreed that research into this matter is necessary before a decision can be made. Lastly, Fiscal Officer Jenny August shared that Hiram College Accounting students were once again providing free tax assistance. This assistance is available for families with an adjusted gross income of $95,000 or less. Appointments are available on Saturdays throughout tax season from 9 am to 5 pm at Hiram College’s Kennedy Center on Garfield Road. Residents interested in making an appointment can call (207) 653-0674 or contact Abbey Dean at deanap@ The next regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21st at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.

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Garrettsville - Delores McCumbers, 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram, has recently returned from an eye-opening trip to India with a kaleidoscope of impressions. One of the first of these was that America is so fortunate to have pretty generally clean air, clean water, clean streets, order on public roadways. God Bless America! Another was that of the enormity of India— size of population, ancient heritage, economic growth, their hopes for the future, welcome extended to visitors. Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), the touch-down city for the tour, has a population of over 27 million and all of them seemed to be in the streets celebrating their independence on Republic Day. Quite a welcome! Local Rotary District 3030 pulled out all of the stops receiving the visitors. Additionally, the Rotary Clubs of India have joined with the WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) to ensure that India remains polio-free. This Rotary-sponsored trip was to call attention to the ongoing war on polio across the subcontinent and across the world. It was also intended

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News from Newton Falls Council Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

Newton Falls - The February 6, 2017 meeting was called to order then everyone in attendance was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. On the wall directly behind council is the seal of the city. On the seal is the city motto, “Working Toward A Better Tomorrow.” Mayor Waddell gave opening remarks and instructions regarding public comments then led with his report. He is continuing to move forward with trying to bring new businesses to the city. Then individual members gave their reports. Councilman Zamecnik attended the Parks and Recreation meeting. Councilman Stimpert attended the Joint Fire Department meeting. He reported on the number of calls out by the city, the township and mutual responses. He also mentioned the fire department is looking into purchasing a large ladder truck. Councilman Beers attended the Planning and Zoning meeting and reported on that. Then councilman Alberini reported on manpower issues regarding the police department. All council members showed appreciation for the chief and officers for all of the work they do. Most citizens do not understand how the police and firemen put their lives on the line to protect and serve the city. Council would like to add another officer to the police department. Hopefully, there will be money available in the future to do that. Minutes for previous meetings were approved. There was a public hearing on Ordinance 2017-1, amending ordinances to establish a fee schedule. This was passed and will help the city recoup costs it incurs. Another ordinance that passed will give city employees a 1% raise this year.

Applications Available For Grant-in-Aid Program The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association has applications available for their Grant-in-Aid annual Financial Assistance Program to deserving college seniors. Applicants must be enrolled in the college of education, and be student teaching in the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, interested persons must have resided in Geauga County or be a graduate of a Geauga County high school. Completed applications for the $1500.00 grants must be submitted by May 20, 2017. To obtain an application, please contact Marlene Napalo at 11850 Fowlers Mill Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024, or by phone @ 440-279-0504. Award selections will be announced in July, and the presentations will be made in August at the annual GCRTA picnic.

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as thanks and encouragement to all health care professionals who have been working for over thirty years to achieve eradication of this devastating disease; India has been polio-free for five years now, despite its existence in neighboring countries. The third goal of the trip was to encourage the Rotary Clubs of the United States to continue in their support of the immunization project in India and in other nations. Rotary International is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; every dollar donated to Polio Plus will be matched by two dollars from the foundation, through 2018. Act now. You can contribute through the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, any local club, or in person at the Middlefield Bank of Garrettsville (Lisa Muldowney). The fight goes on. Twenty hours of air time, two stop-overs, ten days in the world’s largest democracy, a glimpse of India’s past and its future left our traveler with vivid memories and tales to tell. Stop in to McCumbers-Brady Realty to ask about them all.

Employees have not had a raise since January 2010. Rezoning of land on Center Street passed. Two other ordinances were read, discussed and passed. They will help council with work it does in the future. Reports by boards and commissions were read and accepted. Then a motion was made to discuss and set goals and expectations for the city manager. A worksheet was passed out to council members. Each council member will work on these and they will be discussed at a future meeting. Members were reminded that goals should be attainable and measureable. During closing comments, councilman Baryack talked about public safety and thanked Chief Gene Fixler and the officers that serve with him. Councilman Stimpert reminded everyone that public safety for all ages is important. Councilman Alberini reminded everyone in attendance that a lot of good work is being done to move the city forward. The mayor then closed the meeting. Because of President’s Day the next scheduled meeting is Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 6pm. Meetings are open to any resident. Residents who attend will not only be able to see the city seal and read its motto, they will also be able to hear firsthand how the mayor and council work together to move the city forward toward a better tomorrow.

Elsie’s Custom Creations LYNS to Open in Newton Falls

Mary Hannah | Contributing Reporter Newton Falls - It’s amazing how much one can learn when interviewing professionals! While interviewing Jessica of Elsie’s Custom Creations, I met a true expert on anything to do with the art of stitching. Opening soon in Newton Falls, this store is filled from floor to ceiling with everything you’ll need to either start or continue the hobby of knitting, crocheting, or cross stitch. You’ll find rows of yarn, displays of thread, needles, material, a custom hand dyed fabric swatch book for ordering dyed fabrics, and patterns. Jessica creates and sells her own patterns in the store and on line through and (There are also many free patterns available in the store.) In the future, Jessica will be teaching private classes for beginners or for those who would like to learn a new technique. Go to for updates on when these classes will be offered. Also, Jessica gives away two free patterns for every 100 likes on FB and on February 22nd, she will post a 10% off coupon for use during The Grand Opening Week. Elsie’s Grand Opening Week will be March 1-5, 11 AM – 7 PM. Don’t miss out on welcoming this new business to Newton Falls! Elsie’s Custom Creations is located in a residential area behind the Post Office at 139 ½ Windham Road. Look for her signs! Normal business hours will be Wednesday – Sunday – 11 AM – 7 PM. Closed major holidays. For more information call Jessica at (330) 609-9376

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What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is football because I get to tackle and I get to be part of the G-Men team!! What makes James A. Garfield a great place? What makes Garfield a great place is that I have nice teachers who help me with all of my stuff. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Kindness is the most important core value to me because that is just good manners.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... I’ve moved around a lot and I have been to a lot of different schools. I’ve played soccer, I’ve been in band, and I’ve been in choir. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite activity is gym because we play fun games and it’s the only part of the day where you get to run without getting in trouble. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up I would like to be a guidance counselor, the education and training that would help me achieve this is to earn at least a master’s degree in school counseling or education psychology.

Hiram represented at AICUO Lobby Day

James Workman ’17, Natalie Bendel ’17, and Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) On Wednesday, Hiram College seniors James Workman and Natalie Bendel participated in AICUO Lobby Day in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Workman and Bendel met with state legislators and talked about the importance of private education in Ohio and their experiences at Hiram. They also spoke about the importance of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant provided by the state government to help students attend college. The students met with State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Twp.), State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), and had lunch with State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland), as well as influential staffers in other offices. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting with Jen Stack, Hiram class of 1990, who is now a Legislative Aide to Representative Teresa Fedor. The trip was part of the annual AICUO Independent College Day. AICUO is the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio, a group that represents the interests of its 51 members to Ohio’s lawmakers, regulators, and citizens. They conduct public relations, research, and government relations for its members. The Hiram students were accompanied by Ed Frato-Sweeney, Director of Residential & Citizenship Education.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 For the 33rd Annual Portage County Youth Benefit Committee Reverse Raffle 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at NEOMED NEW Event Center, in Rootstown Grand Prize $1,500, every 10 th ticket wins $100; door prizes available; silent auction; live auction.

This is our annual fundraiser to expand educational opportunities for the youth in Portage County Programs. Currently we are helping Portage County youth with educational resources, trips that provide leadership opportunities and educational activities, camp scholarships, support to attend and train for competitions, camps, training, and equipment needed for groups at the fair. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or making a donation of a door prize of any amount or size please contact the following by Monday, February 20th . Jennifer Derthick at 330-931-8227 or or Laura Esposito at 330-281-7463 or Thank you in advance for your continued support of our Portage County youth.



JA Garfield Spotlights Grade: K Something I would like others to know about me... I ride my four wheeler on the track.


GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I live on a farm which includes a donkey!. What is your favorite school activity? I enjoy going to sporting events because I am a cheerleader and I love supporting my friends. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up I would like to become a nurse. I will be attending Bowling Green State University to pursue my goal of nursing. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important core value to me. If everyone is respectful, everything will be more enjoyable.

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Unlikely Friends Saved in Double Rescue

When Dan O’Grady of A k ron , a t r uck driver, passed the little dog abandoned on the side of the highway in Jacksonville, FL, he couldn’t just keep going. He exited the freeway and hoped he could get back to the dog before anything bad happened. Luckily, he got back in time but the skinny dog yapped at him and kept running off every time he approached. The frantic dog, a Jack Russell terrier, led Dan into the woods. It was clear the dog wanted him to see something. Under a bush Dan saw a white domestic rabbit huddled there. Dan scooped up the rabbit and headed back to the truck and the dog followed. He dubbed them Highway and Interstate. Af ter feed i ng t he hungry animals (sandwich meat for the dog and a salad from a rest stop for the rabbit), he made his way to the nearest animal shelter. The local shelter took the dog, but they couldn’t take the rabbit. Dan thought he remembered seeing rabbits at the Humane Society of Summit County. After confirmation HSSC would care for a rabbit, he bought a crate and supplies for a makeshift bunny nest for Interstate and started the long drive north. HSSC took custody of Interstate in mid-January, and found him to be only about three pounds – bony and malnourished for an adult rabbit. Who knows how long he and Highway had survived on their own in those woods. And what a lucky rabbit that Highway refused to abandon him until help finally arrived! Highway has already been adopted from the shelter in Georgia. Interstate is now a healthy weight of almost 5lbs, neutered and available for adoption. If interested in adopting Interstate, call 330.487.0333. Dan O’Grady literally went the extra mile to rescue Highway and Interstate. The Humane Society of Summit County depends on good samaritans like Dan who rescue injured, abused and abandoned animals. The HSSC cares for and adopts small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and mice in addition to cats and e Th dogs. The HSSC depends the generous public for Village Bookstore on support. You can donate 8140 Main St. securely at summithumane. Garrettsville OH 44231 org or 7996 Darrow Road 330-527-3010 in Twinsburg, OH 44087.

Windham Spanish Teacher Receives Fulbright Scholarship Windham - Windham Spanish teacher, Mariel Sobol, is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship which will provide her an all expenses paid opportunity to travel to South American countries. The Fulbright Program is an international scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists. The purpose of the program is to foster leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures. Those awarded this scholarship serve to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign language and area studies in countries where the United States has diplomatic relations. Ms. Sobol will travel to Ecuador and Peru this summer, a trip organized by the Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University. This four week program from June to July will take 12 professionals selected out of over 80 participants to benefit from a wide variety of activities that will explore the history, politics, language, and culture of the Andes. Ms. Sobol will participate in local customs and cultural activities, curriculum development projects, language training in Quechua, and visit many sites. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching at Windham and instructs all Spanish courses and coordinates the ELL program.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Even though February is a short month, it sure has some fantastic holidays; Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Open that Bottle Night! Each holiday has its own unique way of celebrating, but, thankfully each holiday involves wine (or at least I make sure it involves wine)! Now that we are halfway through February, I am very excited that the best holidays are yet to come! The first holiday that is coming up is Open That Bottle Night (OTBN). For those of you that are avid readers of this column you know that OTBN is a night to finally open that special bottle you’ve been saving for the right moment. Too many times that bottle sits on the shelf and eventually turns to vinegar. OTBN is the perfect opportunity to make a special occasion and enjoy that bottle before it’s too late! This year, OTBN is quickly followed up by Mardi Gras! To celebrate we have combined both fantastic holidays into one night at the winery with a Donut and Wine Pairing event. Join us for a unique wine pairing event as representatives from Peace Love & Little Donuts in Kent, Ohio talk about the magic behind the donuts and we talk about the wine-making process and the history of the winery. On this special evening you’ll enjoy 6 Funkadelic donuts from Peace Love & Little Donuts with 6 of our specialty wine cocktails! Tickets are only $24.99/person (plus tax and gratuity) and reservations are required by February 23. Salted Pretzel donut served with our Pirate Syrah hot chocolate Chocolate Meltdown donut served with our Cherry Jam cocktail featuring a blend of champagne, vodka and cherry juice Pineapple Upside Down donut served with our Star Gazer cocktail featuring our Chardonnay mixed with rum, vanilla and pineapple juice Raspberry Lemonade donut served with our Pink Pug and Raspberry vodka spritzer Almond Brothers donut served with our Blue Spark ginger bellini Oreo Cheesecake donut served with our Riesling and Cranberry Cosmopolitan with peach schnapps Finally, this is a very special month at the winery as owner and winemaker Chris celebrates a milestone birthday. So if you stop by the winery this month be sure to wish him a happy birthday! Looks like we have a lot of reasons to celebrate in this short month! 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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Cats Up To No Good Iva Walker | Columnist

Well, it’s finally here! My sure-fire, brass-bound, copper-bottomed, iron-clad, nickel-plated, sterling silver, gold standard (Had enough of the metallics?) opportunity to live in the manner to which I’d like to become accustomed has arrived. Yes! Reading through one of my weekly newsmagazine— appropriately enough named The Week—I came across an item about an entrepreneur, Lainey Morse, in Oregon who has combined two of her serious interests—yoga and goats(Yes, that’s right, yoga and goats)—to spark a new craze; her waiting list for classes has stretched to 1200... and counting. It seems that the yoga sessions are like any typical yoga sessions except that Morse’s eight goats (A bigger herd than you might think, given the independent ways of the caprine family) wander through the group of participants and, when the mood strikes them, climb on the backs of the posers. This, apparently, is a big hit with the yoga-natics, especially those wrestling with anxiety or depression. Morse is quoted as saying, “It’s hard to be sad when there’s (sic) baby goats jumping on you.” I should say! It’s hard to do a lot of things when there are baby goats jumping on you. Not that I would know about that. My experience is mostly with baby lambs. Those pointy little hooves would certainly be a sensation and a half. Kid goats also jump. Their style is sort of like a pogo stick, or four pogo sticks attached to a very limber body and an enthusiastic tail that shakes like crazy. All of this moving and shaking is frequently accompanied by vigorous bleating—Bleahh, Bleahh, Bleahh! Imagine all of that going on up and down your spine. It would surely give the massage chairs that were on display at the Great Big Home and Garden Show a run for the money(I tried them out). And you could get goat milk too! Cheese! Fudge! Soap! Such a Deal! Anyway.... My big commercial approach to this is to use—instead of goats : CATS. Not that the cats would be especially interested in co-operating but they might be persuaded to lounge around on somebody’s back if they thought (Do cats think at all?) that it would be annoying, or entertaining, or sleep –inducing, or just about anything they were NOT supposed to do. They could walk up and down somebody’s spinal cord as well as any old goat (Sorry, didn’t mean to get personal, Bob). They could massage like pro’s, give or take a cat scratch or two. What’s a claw mark between friends/clients? No need for soothing music during the yoga session, it would be drowned out by the sound of purring. Of course, the issue of where to put the litter box might come up, for both therapists and guests but accommodations would have to be provided , taking into



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Dad Said It Best consideration the fact that yoga mats with gravel decorations would not be real popular. Cat masseuses/masseurs could charge by the hour or by the pound, with fat cats specializing in pressure work (lying down on a spot and falling asleep) and the fit kittens focusing on percussive approaches (jumping up and down and running around chasing tails). Drugs—catnip mice— might be used sparingly in difficult cases. All the cat hair you can take home for free! Knit it up into sweaters and slippers and vests for fun and profit. Make it into dog toys for cross-cultural appeal. Alas! This vision is probably too far ahead of public acceptance to ever fly around here. Never mind that getting licked by a cat’s tongue is a sensation that you don’t encounter every day and might be the NEXT BIG THING on the internet. We could be in on the ground floor of a whole chain of cat-focused gyms and exercise facilities...a concatenation of feline spas, as it were. But no, the Stark Humane Society has jumped the gun on this whole concept. The AB-J just had an item about this intrusion into our economic prospects. It seems that the Society has introduced adoptable cats into yoga classes in the city of Green. The yogis are doing the “Downward Dog” pose while there are “Curios Cats” wandering among them and occasionally meowing or caterwauling to make a point. The article quoted the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as saying that “...cats provide emotional support, improve moods and contribute to the overall morale of their owners.” Well then. Apparently, this is going on across the country in studios, zoos and farms, wherever animals can be introduced (“ Hello, Gorilla. This is ballet dancer”. “Good morning, Owl, meet trash hauler.” “Good to meet you, Elephant, I’m the fry cook.”) and take part inhuman activities. Cats, dogs, bunnies, goats, horses-- the list goes on. Yoga classes, college students during finals week, hospital wards— anyplace where lowering blood pressure or heart rate or anxiety levels would be a good thing. Another good thing was a couple of items I found while looking up this stuff, to wit : Kilkenny Cats There wanst was two cats of Kilkenny. Each thought there was one cat too many. So they fought and they fit, And they scratched and they bit. ‘Til instead of two cats, there weren’t any. And—referring (re- furring?) to being cramped, in close quarters—“ Couldn’t cuss a cat without getting fur in your mouth.” So I’m just going to have to win the lottery instead; that’s a sure thing. The cats won’t get to share.

Is Women’s Wealth Growing Faster Than Men’s Wealth? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Picture the women of the world growing wealthier. It’s happening right now. Research from the Boston Consulting Group affirms this development. BCG, a leading business strategy advisor, says that as the world grew 5.2% wealthier between 2015 and 2016, women’s wealth grew 6.6%. In total, women own about $39.6 trillion in assets worldwide, and possess a 5% greater share of global wealth in 2016 than they did in 2011.1 What are some of the reasons behind this shift? One reason is that more women are becoming successful business owners. Census Bureau data from 2012 (the most recently available year, at this writing) shows women owning 36% of U.S. businesses, a 30% leap from the levels of 2007. As the ranks of middle market companies rose 4% from 2008-2014, the number of women-owned or women-led middle market firms soared by 32%.2 This has all taken place even though female entrepreneurs typically start a business with 50% less money than their male peers, according to research from the National Women’s Business Council. Perhaps most impressive has been the growth of businesses owned by Latina and African-American women. American Express OPEN found that from 1997-2015, the number of U.S. firms owned by Latinas increased by 224%. Simultaneously, the number of businesses owned by black women rose by 322%. African-American women started up companies at six times the national average during those 18 years.2,3 Beyond the business world, there is a second major reason for the increased net worth of women. They are acquiring or inheriting significant wealth from parents, spouses, or relatives, some of whom are millionaire baby boomers or members of thriving business-class


households in emerging economies.1 In reference to the latter phenomenon, the net worth of women who live in Asia-Pacific nations other than Japan has risen by an average of 13% a year since 2011. Globally, assets under management owned by female investors grew 8% per year in that time.1 The BCG white paper projects that women may grow even wealthier by 2020. It forecasts that by then, women will control $72.1 trillion in assets around the globe, thanks to their collective wealth increasing by about 7% a year.1 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. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies. Citations 1 - [6/7/16] 2 geristengel/2016/01/06/why-the-forcewill-be-with-women-entrepreneursin-2016/ [1/6/16] 3 - black-women-business-owners-outpaceall-other-startups-six-times-nationalaverage/ [3/4/16]



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Age-Old Truths for Modern Times Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

“Honesty is the best policy.” I had always thought this oft-repeated nugget of advice from my father was fairly obvious. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the truth, but of course the alternative is immoral, indefensible and unwise. Yet, in the current political climate where policy has promoted the dissemination of alternative facts, hyperbole and misrepresentation, the obvious reminder bears repeating. If we expect honesty from our children, friends, employers and the media, is it so strange to expect it from our political leaders? If the implicit purpose of a fair, objective, transparent and independent media is to speak truth to power and to lend a voice to the powerless, their adherence to the truth has never been more important. Whenever a news outlet makes a claim, it needs to verify it by multiple reliable sources before releasing that news to the public. The stakes are too high to play fast and loose with any aspect of truth, despite the deadline pressure created by our 24/7, realtime news cycle. Media omissions, distortions, inaccuracies and biases make the weary public increasingly skeptical, while accountability ensures trustworthiness. Fact-checking results in truth-telling. Media watchdogs have historically tested the politics of their time. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), a newspaperman-turned politician, coined this phrase about the honesty policy. He — like his fellow Founding Fathers — had a knack for calling out potential pitfalls as our country developed its young democracy. As a Revolutionary patriot defying the impositions of English rule, he also firmly believed that “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.” In addition to helping draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, Franklin founded universities, libraries, and the U.S. Post Office; he shaped the foreign policy of our new government; he published newspapers, essays and books; he invented the Franklin stove and bifocals; he pioneered advances in science and electricity… And he apparently foresaw the rise of divisive, erosive social media, as he said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do.” While opinion-sharing can be illuminating, keep honesty as your best policy and try to keep your criticisms, condemnations and complaints to a minimum. Our civil society depends on it.



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1. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - Since 1950, there have been 58 different 10-year periods (i.e., the 10-years from 1950-59, 1951-60, 1952-61 . . . , 2007-2016). The S&P 500 index produced an average annual total return of less than +7% during 15 of the 58 decade-long periods (26% of the time). 19 of the 58 periods (33% of the time) resulted in an average annual total return of at least +14%. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research). 2. KEEP GOING - The bull market for the S&P 500 will reach 8 years in length as of Thursday 3/09/17. Through last Friday 2/10/17, the S&P 500 has gained +305% (total return) during its bull run (source: BTN Research). 3. A LOT MORE SPENDING - Outlays of the US government are projected to grow +65% over the next decade (i.e., FY 2017 to FY 2027). Mandatory outlays are projected to grow +73%, discretionary outlays are projected to grow just +22% while interest costs are projected to grow +184% (source: Congressional Budget Office). 4. YOU DO THE MATH - The 4.8% unemployment rate for January 2017 that was reported by the government on 2/03/17 is based upon a survey of 60,000 households that was completed during the week of 1/08/17. The employment status of the individuals in those 60,000 households is then extrapolated to project national figures for our country’s actual 118.6 million households (source: Department of Labor). 5. TAKES TIME - From President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union challenge on 1/25/84 “to simplify the entire tax code so all taxpayers are treated more fairly,” it took 2 ¾ years until the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed into law by Reagan on 10/22/86 (source: New York Times). 6. SHORT-TERM - 37% of Treasury debt at the end of FY 2016 (9/30/16) had a maturity of 2 years or less, i.e., debt that will mature by 9/30/18 and will either have to be rolled over or paid off (source: Treasury Department).

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FREEDOM TOWNSHIP is looking for interested baseball teams to schedule for the 2017 season on the Freedom Community Park ball field and the ball fields located at the Town Hall. Please send a letter of interest to the address below by March 2 or attend the Trustees meeting on March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Freedom Township Trustees, 5934 Streeter Rd, Mantua, Oh 44255 Email: KSMFreedomTwp@


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3bd/1ba * Ranch * 2-car attached garage Glamour bath w/whirlpool tub * James A. Garfield Schools * Patio * Covered porch Beautiful landscaping

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10039 SR 700 #112, Mantua

3bd/2ba * Manufactured home * BRAND NEW * 18x9 side deck * 12x8 porch Space for shed * Refrigerator * Stove Dishwasher * Microwave * Ready for A/C

$139,900 MLS 3860324 330-687-0622 Kathy Lutz

6889 SR 303, Windham

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Manufactured home * 2bd/2ba * Country setting * Near many conveniences * 1.04 acres * Zoned residential and commercial Fruit trees

11770 Spencer Park Dr, Hiram OH 44234 REDUCED * 2bd/1ba * A-frame * Home on 1.5 acres – corner lot * additional half acre across the street - wooded ,on river

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Nelson Twp. Large brick structure, ready 4 bd/2.5 ba * Newer village home * Walk to be turned into house. Almost 2 acres. to town

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Math Corner


HEY KIDS! Here’s how the Math Corner works: Work the questions below and fill in the answers. Then clip and send before the deadline to: MATH CORNER, c/o The Weekly Villager, 8088 Main Street, Garrettsville OH 44231. Three winners will be drawn from all correct entries received. Prizes are courtesy of Garrettsville McDonald’s. Good luck. 1. What is 25, times 50, times 4?


2. Evaluate two to the fifth power.


HELP WANTED MEMBER SERVICE R E P R E S E N TAT I V E : As a Garrettsville Family Y M CA Member S e r v i c e Representative you will be responsible for providing exceptional service to our members. Key priorities include conducting all member interaction tasks to promote member satisfaction, member sales, answering questions, conducting tours, and helping with party rentals. This requires nights and weekend hours and strong customer service skills. Please stop by the Garrettsville Family YMCA at 8233 Park Avenue for more information. YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZER: As a Garrettsville Family YMCA Yo u t h S p o r t s O rg a n i z e r you will be responsible for preparing rosters, schedules, and field/court space for soccer, flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Afternoon, evening, and Saturday/Sunday hours are a must to ensure practice and game day operations are run at the highest quality. Please stop by the Garrettsville Family YMCA at 8233 Park Avenue for more information.

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED Line Cook. Full-time. Starting at $10-12/ hour depending on experience. Apply at The Brick, 8373 Windham St., Garrettville. rufn

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PETS BLUE MOON KENNEL: Modern, clean pet boarding & grooming facility. Heated/airconditioned. Indoor/Outdoor runs. We are on premises 24 hrs a day. Veterinarian recommended. (330) 8982208. RUFN

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



SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 4/14

ADULT NEEDS to learn very baskic Italian. Call 330-5694406, ask for Robin.

Pebbles.. A Very Lucky Cat

This sweetheart was part of a trap/neuter/release effort. Fortunately we discovered she was very friendly and deserving of a chance at an indoor home. Pebbles is about a year old, spayed, vaccinated and tested negative for leukemia/ FIV. She is good with other cats, but needs a little time to warm up to dogs. Pebbles will be a little shy at first, and will need love and reassurance. Once she warms up, she is a non-stop purr machine. To meet Pebbles, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue at 440 862 0610 or kdanimalrescue@

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES are seeking applicants to take an active role in the community by serving on the Freedom Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Two alternates for the board will serve one year terms ending December 2017. Interested residents wishing to serve one year terms as alternates for the Zoning Board of Appeals please send a letter or email of interest to the following address or email (by 3/2/2017) to: Freedom Township Trustees, 5934 Streeter Rd, Mantua, Oh 44255 Email: KSMFreedomTwp@


McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000


HIRAM - 3 BR, 1.5 Bath, $750/month + utilities. Off street parking. Available immediately. 330-569-6035

GARRETTSVILLE Upstairs apartment for rent. 1 bedroom, 1 bath. (814) 8609499. 2/24

HIRAM – 3 BR, 2 Bath, $1000/month + utilities. Small attached garage, deck. Available 3/1. 330-569-6035



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Looking For Any & All Scrap

Complete junk cars picked up call for special pricing. Sheet Steel $160/ton. Complete junk cars $160/ton. Add junk to the trunk for extra weight (steels, applcs, etc...) #2 unprepared $175/ton. #2 prepared 2x3 $195/ton. P&S prepared 2x3 $215/ton. Call today for Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal. Motor Blocks $270/ton. Aluminum rims $12.50 a piece. Roll off containers available.

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