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Pictured above from left to right: Nancy Rollin - Ellerhorst Russell Ins., Jim O’Kane - Auto Owners Regional Sales Manager, Caitlin Lawless - Ellerhosrst Russell Ins., Kim Bell - Ellerhorst Russell Ins., Mark Russell - Ellerhorst Russell Ins., David Friess and Kevin Sponaugle - Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District. Right - Fire Chief David Friess demonstrates how the laser extinguisher works.

Learn How to Fight Fire with Laser Extinguisher Training Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - Fire is a very real danger at home, at work or along the highway. Cooking, cigarettes, wood stoves, propane heaters, and other everyday appliances can spark a flame that quickly spreads out of control. Would you know how to put out a fire in such an emergency? If your initial bucket of water or smothering attempt fails to suppress the flames, do you have a fire extinguisher on hand, and do you know how to use it? “Most people don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, and wind up utilizing only half of the fire suppressant material when they try,” says Fire Chief David Friess. That’s why the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District and the Garrettsville Firefighters Association partnered with Mark Russell of Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency of Garrettsville and Auto-Owners Insurance to purchase a $10,000 laser fire extinguisher simulator to train local residents, business owners, educators and emergency response personnel on the proper, effective use of fire extinguishers… at no cost. The fact is, fire extinguishers effectively put out 80% of all fires, according to the Fire Extinguishing Trades

Association and Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Associat ion. W hen f i re extinguishers are not available due to being blocked, missing or depressurized, the results can be deadly, catastrophic and costly. More than 600 times a day, fire extinguishers put out fires in non-residential structures in the United States and many more around the globe. Researchers from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program at Eastern Kentucky University found that 75 percent of novices were able to safely extinguish a simulated fire with an extinguisher. But with only minimal training, 98 percent of volunteers were able to safely extinguish a fire. Russell wanted to help increase the odds of success when members of his community are facing a fire, by providing access to training beforehand. Russell’s family has been affiliated with the fire department since his father served as former chief. Russell himself was

Change Bandits Strike Again! Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter M antua - Three young ladies at Crestwood Intermediate School are up to their old tricks again. But their antics won’t be getting them in any trouble. On the contrary, their parents are mighty proud of their daughters’ activities. That’s because fifth-graders Aspen Baynes, Emmy Grebb, and Lilly Kuchenbecker have once again participated in the Akron Children’s Hospital Change Bandit campaign by “holding up” family, friends, and neighbors for pocket change. The change they collect is used to buy child-size medical equipment and to fund patient care, community outreach and research. This year, they’ve raised over $500; it’s the third year the young trio has participated in the event. “They have also made wreaths for the last three years to be sold at the Akron Children’s Hospital Tree Festival to raise money for the hospital,” explained Emmy’s mom, Monica Grebb. “In total, over the past three years, we estimate they’ve raised over $1,200 for the hospital. We are very proud of their giving hearts,” Monica beamed. We’d also like to thank Tina Davis for taking the imitative to raised an estimated $200 for the cause this year,” acknowledged Lilly’s mom, Ryann Kuchenbecker. “I understand she collected change at both work and church,” added Pam Baynes, Aspen’s mom.

previously captain of the fire department, and now he has nephews on the force. So it was natural for him to look for a community outreach project that would aid in fighting fires. He worked with regional salesman Jim Okane of Auto-Owners Insurance to bring the BullEx Fire Extinguisher Simulator to the local fire station. The portable, state-of-the art laser simulator can be useful at the fire station and out in the community for years to come, as it can be upgraded and expanded over time, Russell says. Set up like a video game of sorts, the laser fire extinguisher is the ‘game controller’ and the simulated fire on the portable screen is the ‘game board.’ Users can be trained to use the extinguisher effectively for different levels and types of fires. The community can benefit from a free demonstration at the fire station on Saturday, April 1, during the Safety Forces Second Annual Crafters Fundraiser, 1-4pm at 8035 Elm Street. In order to request a training session for your company, group or event, call Chief Friess at (330) 527-4050.

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Photo courtesy of Monica Grebb

And it isn’t likely that these change bandits will be reformed any time soon. “I know the girls are already talking about being change bandits at Crestwood Middle School next year!” marveled Monica Grebb. Luckily, some things never change.

The Portage County Soap Box Derby will be hosting ”Introduction to Soap Box Derby Racing” race clinic. The date is March 11, 2017. The time is 11:00 am. The location is the Shalersville Elementary School gymnasium (Corner of S R 44 and S R 303) This will be a free Derby Clinic to learn what is involved in Derby Racing. The Soap Box Derby started in 1934, it is the largest Gravity Powered race in the world, and has provided safe racing for thousands of racers. A child has to be 7 years old to race, and may race until they are 20 years old. The best part of racing is that everyone is equal going down the hill. It does not matter about age, gender or even a disability! At this clinic there will be Derby Racers present to explain their racing experiences, A derby car will be partly dismantled, and reassembled , and questions answered on how to get started racing, and how to make a Derby car go fast! Just show up You will be pleased you did. For more information: portagecounty.soapboxderby. org, or call 330-351-3035







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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, April 21 for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call 330-527-5524 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.


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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.

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

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Feb 24 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist

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Church, 9367 SR. 305 on Feb. 24 from 4 to 6. Chicken & noodles - veg. - roll - dessert.

Garfield HotStove Baseball Sign-ups

Feb 25 Garfield HotStove Baseball signups will be held on Saturday 2/25 at the village hall from 9 to noon. Please contact Phil Britton 330233-0419 (Pres) or Colleen Khairallah 330-524-2807 (Sec) with any questions.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Chuck & Wilma Holka

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.

Eagles Steak Fry

Feb 25 The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Feb. 25th. from 4 to 7;30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll and butter. Steak dinners are $13 and chicken dinners are $9. Carryout available by calling 330-527-2330. Open to the public.

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.

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

Schedule of Events

Feb. 23 – Games Mar. 2 - Bingo & Doughnuts Mar. 9 – Soft Pretzels & Cheese

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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 Feb 25 from 10:00am-2:00pm. 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).

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Feb 25 On Feb 25 there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of SR 82 in the center of Braceville.The dinner begins at 4 and we serve until 6:30 or when the food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Takeouts are available.

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 Unplugged. 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.

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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 330326-3188.

Jesus Pancake Supper

Feb 28 Join the fun at the Brighter Day Church’s 11th Annual Eating of the Pancakes on Feb 28 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Christian Church at 4572 W. Prospect St., Mantua. In addition to FREE pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, there will also be prizes, crafts and plenty of fellowship to go around.

Geauga West Library Spring Book Sale

March 1 - 5 Join us for the Geauga West Friends of the Library Spring book sale. There are thousands of new and gently used adult and children’s books, puzzles and games, and Audio/Video items. The sale begins March 1 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4 to 6 P.M., followed by the Open Public Sale from 6 to 8:30P.M. March 2, 9 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., March 3, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. and March 5 is $3.00 Bag Day from 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School. The phone number is 440729-4250.

Spaghetti Dinner

March 2 The Italian-American Society will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7p.m. March 2, at the club 644 S. Chestnut St., Ravenna. The meal is open to the public for $9 per person. Dinner includes spaghetti, homemade sauce and meatballs,salad,bread, dessert and coffee. Carryout orders can be placed by calling 330-296-3581. Also, sauce and meatballs can be purchased by the quart to take home.

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A Matter Of Balance

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Lenten Fish Fry

Fridays - March 3 -April 14 Lent Fish Fry will be held at Newton Falls VFW, 433 Arlington Blvd. every Friday during Lent - March 3 - April 14 from 4-8 pm. Dinners include fried or baked fish, bread, & 3 sides of your choice. $10 each; 10 and under $5. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls Athletic Booster Club.

Spring Fundraising Craft Show

March 4 Shop over 30 craft vendors, 50/50 raffle & refreshments on March 4 from 9-3 at the NF VFW Hall, 433 Arlington Blvd. Doors open again at 5 pm for the Chinese auction. Proceeds benefit the NFHS Boys soccer team.

“Paint Party� Program at the Garrettsville Library

March 4 Join us at the Garrettsville Library for the next Crafting with Marian program on Saturday, March 4 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. It’ll be a fun “Paint Party�, as participants will use brushes, canvas and paint to create a beautiful piece of art- a lovely picture of spring lavender. Program will challenge your creative skills, so bring your patience and love of art too. This adult program is free and open to the public. There’s a $5 registration fee which will be refunded the day of the

program. Available spaces are limited, so call 330-5274378 today for registration.

Road Apple Roubaix

March 4 The Road Apple Roubaix is coming back to Garrettsville on March 4 starting at 10am. This is the opportunity to tour some of the quiet, less-travelled back roads out in Amish country, some gravel roads and the gravel Headwaters Trail‌JUST BEWARE OF THE ROAD APPLES on those back country roads! There will be three routes which include a beginner-friendly 14.5 mile trip (mainly on the Headwater’s Trail), and a 25 and 40 mile option which both include “Heckle-Hillâ€? and plenty of gravel segments. All participants will be provided with a free t-shirt, free pint glass, a free drink for that glass, a bowl of chili and a free raffle ticket to our large raffle. For more information and to sign-up, check out- https:// roadappleroubaix.wordpress. com.

Freedom Community & Park Booster Meeting

March 6 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, March 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.

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Obituaries Vincent “Vince� Shahan Ravenna, OH Vincent “Vince� Shahan, 56, of Ravenna, passed away on February 14, 2017. He was born on November 24, 1960 in Ravenna, Ohio to Rober t and Rebecca (Dietrich) Shahan. He love d fo ot ba l l , baseball and basketball. Vince enjoyed waterfowl and collected decoys. He always called to check on his mom and family. Vince is survived by his mother, Rebecca; brothers, Blaine (Joyce) Shahan of Stow and Tim (Grace) Shahan of Leavittsburg; sister, Shirl (Frank) Wilson of Ravenna and was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his favorite dog, Bruiser. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert. Honoring Vince’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a private graveside service at a later time. Services will be private and Vince will be laid to rest at Park Cemetery in Garrettsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Vince’s name to Rebecca Shahan, 8210 Maple Ave, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Arrangements have been entrusted to MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St. Garrettsville, Ohio. Online condolences at

Dorothy Doretta (Harris) Brady Garrettsville, OH Dorothy Doretta (Harris) Brady, 93, of Garrettsville, passed away surrounded by her loving family on February 17, 2017. She was born on September 23, 1923 in Dartmore, West Virginia to William (Hound Dog Bill) and Naomi (Murphy) Harris. Dorotha married the love of her life, Charles R. Brady, Sr., on March 2, 1940. Charles passed away on March 30, 1974. Before moving to Gar rettsville in 1960, Dorotha and Charles farmed in Bilington, WV. They belonged to the FFA and received several blue ribbons at the fair. They raised dairy cows and raised 4,000 chickens at a time. Dorotha was a member of the Golden Voyagers and the Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading her Bible. She was a green thumb with indoor plants. The neighbor children always played in her yard and she loved to watch them play. Dorotha was a caretaker for several families. She is survived by her children, Charles (Barbara) Brady, Jr. of Streetsboro, Brenda Ingram of Southington, Ernest Brady of Warren and Dotty (Dick) Meadows of Garrettsville; 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren and more on the way and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorotha was preceded in death by her son, Raymond Brady; son in law, Eugene Ingram; daughter in law, Linda Brady; brothers, Terry, Herbert, William and Ernie;

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“The World in Which Jesus Died�

On Sunday February 26, a program will be held with the topic “The World in Which Jesus Died.� This will be a serious historical look back to the land known as Judaea or Syria-Palestine, then under the control of the mighty Roman Empire. As people say these days, What was the back-story? As the Church heads for Ash Wednesday on March 1, this is a timely look back to see the surrounding circumstances of this crucial time in history. This program will take place at the United Methodist Church of Garrettsville at 8223 Park Avenue beginning roughly at 11 AM. Refreshments will be served. The speaker is the Rev. Richard K. Thewlis, Pastor at the church, and adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Hiram College. Open to the public. All are welcome.


sisters, Evelyn McDowell, Reta Sturms and Luverna White; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Visitation was held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 2-6 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St, Garrettsville, Ohio. Services were held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery in Ravenna, Ohio. Online condolences at The family would like to thank the staff of the Avenue at Aurora and Crossroads Hospice for the wonderful care given to their mother.

Edward John Novotny Nelson Twp., OH Edward John Novotny, age 82, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. He was born November 8, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio to Edward and Mary (Cerny) Novotny. He was a die maker and retired from Ford in Walton Hills. Edward was in the Army reserves. Edward married Arleen Thompson on August 6, 1960. They were married 56 years. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons, Michael (Cheryl) of Parkman, Daniel of Townshend, VT and David (Julie) of Fredericktown, OH; six grandchildren, Christa, Victoria, Jacob, Gabriel, Grace and Rose. He was M&M grandpa to his 2 great granddaughters, Lilliana and Daisy. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Donna Novotny of Parma, Ohio and 3 nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Larry and granddaughter, Amanda. Edward was a member of the Nelson United Methodist Church. In his younger days, he was an avid fisherman and bowler. He loved the Cleveland Indians and never missed listening to or watching a game. He was also a Cav’s and Browns fan. Visitation was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 1-3 PM at Mallory-Dehaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Services followed at 3 PM with Pastor Rick Hughes officiating. Burial was held in Park Cemetery. Online Condolences at

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hall. At that time, Verizon will be presenting alternative locations on the proposed parcel for tower placement; residents are encouraged to attend. In addition, Tim Kasper, a resident on Cheryl Drive, was in attendance. He inquired about the letter sent to residents of Cheryl and Cherl Wood Drives that notified residents that the condition of the roads may prevent the Fire Department from bringing emergency vehicles onto the roadway. Mr. Kasper inquired about whether or not the Fire Department will respond if they are called. He was assured that the Fire Department will respond, but that condition of the roads may be prohibitive in the response time. Mr. Kasper will contact Chief Byers for more insight in the matter. In related news, Assistant Fire Chief Baynes reported that the average response time in December 2016 was five minutes and 32 seconds, and that the department conducted 34 runs that month. In other news, Trustee Steve Pancost MOVEDto change the township’s July meeting date from the fourth to July 11th. This change will be noted on the township’s website. In addition, Mr. Pancost reported the first culvert nearest State Route 700 on Allyn Road had some washout resulting from the recent hard rain. In related news, Road Supervisor Tom Matota ordered a replacement grate for the catch basin on Allyn Road. In similar news, he reported that Asbury Road has also

suffered some water damage from the recent rains. He discussed the possibility of replacing a culvert near that roadway as well. Moving forward, Mr. Matota discussed bids received on the proposed cold storage building. After lengthy discussion, during which Mr. Matota estimated that site preparation work would cost considerably more than was originally anticipated, it was agreed that Mr. Matota would get stakes set to better define the area in question. In addition, Mr. Groselle will follow up with the local company who recently erected the salt shed to request a bid from that company, as well. In his Zoning report, Rich Gano reported that the township is looking for a new Zoning and BZA secretary, effective immediately. Interested individuals in this paid position should contact Kathy at kschulda@ In addition, the township is looking for residents to serve a one-year term as BZA alternate. Interested individuals in this volunteer position should contact Ms. Schulda at the same email address. The follow-up meeting regarding the proposed Verizon cell tower will be held on March 6th at 6:30 pm in the township hall. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm, also at the township Hall.

Hiram Township News

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram Twp. - At the recent meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that letters were drafted for Hiram Village Mayor Bertrand regarding Regional Income Tax issues and the potential of the township and Village jointly seeking bids for curbside refuse and recycling. The letters were approved, signed, and delivered to the Village Council Meeting that same evening. In public comment, two township residents from Allyn Road and Hidden Hill Trail were present to express their opposition to the proposed Verizon cell tower project. They shared their opinions of the outcome of a recent meeting hosted by Verizon representatives in which the project was defined for local residents. The residents expressed their concerns that the minimal benefit to Verizon would provide minimal benefit to local residents. They maintain that a tower would reduce property values and mar the scenery of the rural township, and asked if trustees could help stop the project. Trustee Kathy Schulda shared that trustees sent letters to the fourteen affected residents as soon as they saw the public notice from Verizon in the newspaper. Trustees Jack Groselle and Schulda shared that although the State controls projects of this type, the township’s BZA has implemented requirements to make implementation of these projects within the township as unattractive as possible. The township now has requirements in place, including limiting the design of a potential tower to a style that is more costly to erect, and offers less benefit to the cell provider. They noted that due to these BZA requirements, there are currently no cell towers within the township. They recommended that residents contact the State for assistance, requesting the State require that any approved tower be buffered and inconspicuous to residents. Trustees shared that once a ruling has been made, residents may file an appeal within 30 days. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled with Verizon on March 6th at 6:30 pm in the township

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Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua Twp. - At their last meeting, trustees discussed whether or not to continue the Township’s membership in the Cuyahoga River Watershed, part of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The organization helps conserve and restore natural land and working farms for residents and communities across Ohio. During the 2016 fiscal year, Western Reserve Land Conservancy permanently preserved another 54 properties, bringing the total preserved properties to 622 properties totaling 46,726 acres in the organization’s over thirty year history. After some discussion, Trustee Victor Grimm asked that the trustees talk with Lynne Harvey of the Zoning Commission, since she has used some of the organization’s resources on behalf of the township in the course of her duties. In Old Business, Trustee John Festa reported on the results of the meeting with the Fire Department and County Building Department regarding the elevator project. The Building Department requested that the township add a supplemental device to prevent smoke from entering the elevator shaft in the event of a fire. The estimated additional cost for such a device is roughly $14,000. The project engineer, architect, and trustees did not feel the added measure would be necessary. They proposed adding additional smoke detectors to the areas nearest the elevator shaft and stairwells to remedy the situation. After some discussion, the trustees agreed unanimously to pay $200 to appeal the building department’s decision through adjudication. That hearing will be held on March 6th. Moving ahead, Trustee Jason Carlton shared a spreadsheet, which outlines the services shared between the Township and the Mantua Center Christian Church. He estimates that in the past, the township has paid roughly two thirds of the expenses for things like electrical services, trash and recycling service, and parking lot maintenance, while the church has paid one-third of these costs. The township is currently reviewing the shared costs to determine if the split is still fair and equitable to both entities. In other news, Trustee Festa recommended the township put a moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana within the township until appropriate Zoning guidelines can be written. Highlighting his concerns regarding a potential increase in crime that type of business may attract, he explained, “I don’t think that as a Township we’re prepared to deal with this issue.” Mr. Festa will follow up with Solicitor Chris Meduri to request a draft document for trustee review at their next meeting. The next regularly scheduled trustee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.

G-Men Football Team Recognized At Village Council Meeting Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - The February 8, 2017 council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. The normal business of accepting previous minutes, paying bills and going over revenue was taken care of. Then Mayor Rick Patrick made a special presentation to Coach Mike Moser and three members of the Garfield G-Men football team. They were presented a plaque and a special resolution that was read publicly and signed by all members of council. This was a very nice ceremony and everyone who in attendance appreciated the presentation. Here’s hoping the G-Men have another great season next year too! After the presentation council resumed normal business. Ordinance 2016-8 was taken off the table and amended. It has to do with R-2 zoning variances. It affects lot sizes greater than 1/3 of an acre but less than ½ acre. This ordinance passed. Ordinance 2016-35 approving overtime that is due village employees was approved. The employees will have a deadline of February 28, 2017 to turn in past due overtime. The Garrettsville Library has a new LED sign to help them communicate better with the community. They now offer portable internet hotspot devices for a two week lending period. There are many interesting events to be offered for the benefit of the community at the library in the coming months. There was a discussion with some residents who had questions concerning a dedicated street. The street in question has to be dedicated and accepted to be

considered a village street. The developer has to come in to a council meeting and ask for the dedication to be accepted. The meeting closed with general comments regarding the village. Mayor Patrick informed council that the new tractor is in and the new dump truck will be in shortly. A local hospital commended the EMS crew for the work they did while bringing in a patient who suffered a heart attack. The new EMS truck helped them do their job and care for the patient. New maple trees have been planted in the cemetery and they look very nice. There was talk about getting more maple trees in the future. After these discussions council adjourned. The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 8 at 7:30pm.







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Nelson Township Trustees Look At Options For The Future Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

Nelson Twp. - The mid-month meeting of the Nelson Township Trustees took place on Wednesday February 15 at 7pm. It was brought to my attention that I referred to the township as a village in a previous article. I apologize for the miscommunication and hope no residents were offended. I will try not to make the same mistake again. There were a number of residents in attendance and a couple of them seemed to be recording the meeting. Everyone stood and joined with the trustees in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then minutes from previous minutes were accepted and bills were paid. The trustees then renewed the township’s insurance policy. They were informed about a grant program that awards $500 to be used for safety equipment. They will look into how to best use the money for this year. Two representatives from the Portage Development Board were in attendance. The trustees and residents were informed about tax abatement programs and options available for Nelson Township. These programs are known as Community Reinvestment Programs (CRP). One CRP has been in place since 1984 for a specified

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area in Nelson Township. Two options were presented and discussed. One option would be to amend the existing area to increase its size. The second option would be to create a new area. This would involve reviewing the area under consideration and applying to the state with Portage County’s approval. The abatement would be an incentive for new businesses seeking to locate and invest in Nelson. It is hoped that it would encourage economic development within Nelson Township. This would also have an effect on residents within the abatement area because it would give them options to consider if they remodeled or built new construction on their property. There was a lot of discussion between trustees, residents, and representatives from Portage Development Board and Ross Developments. At times the discussion got a little heated but, overall it was a good learning experience for all in attendance. The trustees have a lot to consider before making a decision about whether or not to pursue a new tax abatement or amend the current one in place. There will be more discussion before a decision is made. Regardless of where anyone stands on the issue now there are important decisions facing Nelson Township as it moves into the future. The meeting then moved to other business. A motion was made and approved to purchase a new Ford F-450. Then a motion was made and approved to

finance it. A new welder will be purchased as well. These will be an improvement to the maintenance department and help them accomplish their work. There was discussion about building a new website for the township. One resident in attendance had a good idea of asking the high school if any class would take it on as a project under the guidance of a teacher. A decision was made to have a tree cut down near the Community House. This will make room for the proposed Veteran’s Memorial. The area in front of the Community House will be surveyed to determine right of way. The trustees are looking into purchasing oxygen sensors for employees that are working near the fuel tanks, the options were discussed. Then there was a discussion about zoning regulations and complaints and how they are handled. Residents and trustees interacted with one another over regulations, laws, signs and freedom of speech issues. The meeting closed after a discussion about the trustees’ compensation for serving the township. Some residents in attendence do not feel that the trustees should utilize the health insurance benefits that are offered to them. In addition to a montly stipend, elected officials -- the fiscal officer and township trustees -- are eligible to receive health care coverage through the township. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday March 1 at 7pm.





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Crestwood Intermediate School Students of the Month Joey Bartholomew

Grade: 3 What is your favorite food? Popcorn Shrimp

What activities and hobbies do you participate in? Basketball & Soccer What is your least favorite thing about school? Waking up early Who is your favorite musical group or artist? I like all kinds of music What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Play X-Box

Cooper Pausch Grade: 4

What is your favorite subject at school? Math What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Play baseball, read and Legos. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Germany. Who is your favorite musical artist or group? Twenty-one Pilots What do you want to be when you grow up? A special needs teacher or a scientist.

Keara Gregory Grade: 5

What is your favorite subject at school? Science If you could have a special power, what would it be? Transporting really fast. What activities do you participate in? Ridng horses. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Draw & shade pictures with pastels.



Grade: 6 Something I would like others to know about me... In my room at home I have a collection of toy cars that I started collecting back when I could first talk. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is band. I enjoy band because it is fun and interesting. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? I think the great teachers we have make James A. Garfield a great school district. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Responsibility means the most to me because if you aren’t responsible, you won’t be prepared.

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.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye The Auburn Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its Annual Pancake Breakfast. So bring your hungry crew to have a bottomless plate of pancakes and sausage on February 26 and March 5 from 8 am to 1 pm. We will be holding our breakfast at the fire house at 10950 East Washington St, Auburn Township. The cost of the event will be $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children. Our breakfast will include buttermilk, blueberry and buckwheat pancakes, sausage and a variety of beverages including fire house coffee, tea and orange juice. Our firefighters will be in attendance to answer the questions and hand out goodies to the little people wanting to discover how our fire trucks and equipment work. We will have goodies for those young at heart also. Everyone needs a special fire hat from the fire department. We look forward to the opportunity for you to have a wonderful breakfast with your fire department, gain the knowledge of those who will be responding to your emergency, and the ability to understand the complexity of our fire equipment. For more information, please contact Chief John Phillips at 440-343-0064.

Friends of Library Establish Scholarship The Friends of the West Geauga Library voted unanimously to set up a 3 year $6,000 scholarship for candidates seeking a Master of Library and Information Science Degree (MLIS) at Kent State University. Kent State is the only university in Ohio to offer this American Library Association-accredited degree. The scholarship will award $2,000 per year for 3 years to a student who demonstrates financial need; residents of Geauga County or Northeast Ohio are preferred. Kent State University will be the administrator and award the scholarship.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I am in the running to be Garfield’s 2017 Valedictorian. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is volleyball. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to go to West Virginia University and pursue a wildlife and fisheries degree.. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important core value to me. Respect is important because I think it is very important to respect others.

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Iva Walker | Columnist The Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library is issuing an inquiry to determine the level of interest in young persons who might wish to take a Red Cross Babysitting Course, leading to certification covering basic child care and emergency procedures, with a handbook and CD-rom. An advanced certification is also available, which includes CPR certification( 2days required). There is a cost involved, which may be subsidized if the response is strong enough. A firm number of participants is needed for the course to be offered. Any interested individuals should call the library for further details and/or to sign up for the course. The Friends of the Library would also like to let the public know that—in addition to the ongoing book sale every day—April 8-15 will be the dates for the next big BOOK SALE. The storage facilities are chocked full and waiting to be emptied. There will be books of every size and description, for children, young people and adults, also other materials such as CD’s. Mark your calendars. Come to browse and buy. Volunteer to help out. And reflect upon this quote from Henry Ward Beecher : “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” Children’s programs are a regular feature at the library and will be available in the summer. Inquire about them. Remember to check out the new electronic sign outside the library for information on regular hours, holiday closings and special programs. Thanks to all who contributed to its purchase and to Isaac Russell who saw to its installation as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Congratulations PFC Kearney Congratulations PFC Charles Kearney you are a U.S. Marine -The Few, The Proud.

What are your hobbies or interests? I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends The most interesting thing about me is...that I have two children that attend the schools and that I enjoy keeping myself fit.

Congratulations on graduating Basic Training from Parris Island, South Carolina.

I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... keeping the outside and inside of the campus looking and operating at an excellent level.

God Bless Charles.

Garfield is the best place to work because… everyone works as a team and pitches in to get the job done.


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Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... My passion is working with and training contesting horses. Contesting horses are horses that do timed events such as barrels, poles etc.. I have been in 4-h for 6 years and I’m a member of the Garrettsville Town Trotters. I love going to as many horse shows as I can and participating in county fairs. In 2016, I qualified for state and was in the top 20 for my division. I also enjoy playing softball for the Garrettsville Cals Gals and playing volleyball for Garfield.



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What is your favorite school activity? Gym is my favorite school activity because I enjoy playing sports and I’m not a fan of sitting in a classroom. I also enjoy gym class because Mrs.Rossi is a great teacher and makes me laugh.


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‘I do,’ take two: Guide to a second marriage Couples are returning to the altar in increasing numbers, as second and third weddings are becoming ever more popular. Pew Research Center indicates that, as of 2014, 64 percent of divorced or widowed men have remarried, compared with 52 percent of previously married women. Lavish second weddings were once uncommon, but that trend is also shifting. Couples who are taking another crack at marriage are tying the knot with renewed vigor and with weddings that may rival some first-timers’. Men and women who are remarrying after divorce or being widowed may not know how to approach planning their upcoming nuptials. The following are some guidelines to making the wedding sequel a success. Wardrobe - Couples who have been married before often find that they have more leeway with regard to their wedding wardrobes than they did when tying the knot for the first time. Brides may choose something less traditional than a long, white dress. In fact, this can be a time to let loose and select something that is festive or even funky. This also may provide a great opportunity to choose clothing styles from different cultures or ties into one’s heritage. This freedom also allows brides to broaden their horizons with regard to where to buy their wedding wardrobes. Grooms may opt for something more casual than a tuxedo or coordinate with their brides-to-be so they are on the same creative page. Colored tuxedos and vintage suits are acceptable, even though such attire might have raised a few eyebrows the first time around. Guest list - The guest list doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. Others will understand that there may be a melange of people at a second wedding. Children from

previous marriages as well as divorced spouses or former parents-in-law are not out of the question. Even if exes will not be included, make sure they know about the nuptials in advance of others. It’s common courtesy, and it can help head off feelings of ill-will. Some couples choosing to tie the knot again scale back the size of the wedding this time around, feeling something smaller and more intimate — with only the closest of friends and family — is more suitable. Registries and wedding gifts - Considering couples who have been married previously likely have many of the housewares and items for daily living that first-timers may not, registering for these gifts is not necessary. What’s more, some of the same guests may have been present at first marriages and gifted then. In lieu of gifts, couples may ask guests to donate to a specific charity or forgo gifts altogether. Vows - Couples can use experience to draft vows that have personal meaning to their unique situations and make the wedding ceremony even more special. People getting married again can impart their own personalities into the ceremony and party to follow. There are no hard rules governing second weddings, so couples can plan their weddings with good times in mind. BR171675

Weddings and nontraditional families Families come in all shapes and sizes. During special events — particularly those steeped in tradition, such as weddings — blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch. When planning their weddings, couples must give consideration to the needs of their families. Even though a wedding is about the union of two people, oftentimes couples engaged to be married must contend with the politics of divorce or other familial issues. This includes if and how to incorporate stepparents and stepsiblings into the ceremony and celebration. There are no traditional rules regarding how to handle blended families, so brides- and grooms-tobe can customize their decisions based on their own unique situations. Even when families have been happy through the years, the unique circumstances and traditions surrounding the nuptials can dredge up former insecurities, and certain aspects may require extra patience and tact. Here’s how to navigate the process. • Consider stepparents and stepsiblings VIPs. Brides and grooms who are not particularly close to their stepfamilies still have to recognize the role they play in the family dynamics. These people are still family, so respect and courtesy should be offered. If there is any lingering animosity, extend the olive branch on this day and try not to let anyone be made to feel as if they are unimportant. A simple announcement of who stepparents are at the wedding reception or inclusion of their names on wedding itineraries can help smooth over any potential bumps. • Put others’ needs before your own. While the wedding may be about you and your future spouse, you must consider the feelings of others. Biological

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Though the idea that white wedding dresses symbolize virginity and purity is often cited as the reason behind wedding dresses being white, a 2014 exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London indicated that white wedding dresses were a symbol of wealth and had little, if anything, to do with virginity. The exhibit, titled “Wedding Dresses 1775-2014,” noted that, during the 18th and 19th centuries, white wedding dresses indicated a family could afford to buy a dress the bride would wear only once. During that time, white dresses were especially difficult to clean and that made it impractical for any but the wealthy to purchase dresses that would likely never be worn a second time. England’s Queen Victoria, who married Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840, is widely credited with popularizing the white wedding dress. White dresses remain a traditional and popular choice today, though many brides opt for various shades of white if not an entirely different color. SB167206

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From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table

Barry Vancura | Columnist Back in the days when my cousins were getting married most of the wedding food was catered by family members. What food establishment could cook better than any of my Great Aunts and Grandmother? -“ NO ONE !” then with some “Czech phrase” added that would follow, which, if I would repeat would have gotten me in trouble. One of my favorite dishes served was the pigs in a blanket -- stuffed cabbage rolls what my father’s family called Hulobky. Roaster pans full of them to feed the family and friends of thebridal party. Lots of other food too, but these were a staple at these family nuptials along with many other fine dishes these were eaten in vast amounts to only have the calories danced off by 3 consecutive hours of Polka dancing. Next was the traditional circling of the bride and groom by all the guests as we all sang “I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad” ( All the women were wiping away tears with their embroidered cloth handkerchiefs that were kept in their bra straps just for the occasion), to be followed by an additional 2 hours of dancing after the bride and groom left for their honeymoon in Niagara Falls! Every time I make cabbage rolls, wonderful memories arise of aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins, immediate family and family friends that made these occasions so special. The uncle who could wiggle his ears without touching them, the aunts who could polka dance while holding their scotch and soda in their free hand without spilling a drop, and the family members who would join the band singing a few of their favorite songs. There was no “Money dance” to collect money to dance with the bride and groom; back then there were “Dowries” which, if I remember correctly, usually included a few farm animals. Oh, for the simpler days when you started off your marriage with whole cow and pig in your chest freezer (also a gift, usually from your



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grandparents!) Cabbage Rolls – Hulobky - Grandma Vancura The original recipe was in my Grandmothers handwriting on brown paper and called for a bushel of cabbage, 20 pounds of ground beef and 10 of ground pork, and 5 gallons of tomato juice) I cut this down for a family sized meal but, my, those were some events!! Whole head of cabbage 1 tablespoon butter or oil 1 medium finely chopped onion 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 pound lean ground pork 2 cups cooked rice 1 large egg 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 (10-ounce) can tomato juice Heat oven to 325 degrees. Remove core from cabbage. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. You will need about 18 leaves. When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through. Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bottom of a greased casserole dish or Dutch oven. Saute the chopped onion in butter in a small skillet until tender, and let it cool. Transfer to a large bowl and mix with the ground beef and ground pork, egg, salt, pepper, and paprika, combining thoroughly. Don’t over mix or the meat will become tough. Place about 1/2 cup of the filling on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. Place the cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage in layers in a casserole dish or Dutch oven. Pour tomato juice over rolls, bring to a boil, cover and place in oven. Bake for about 2 hours or until cabbage is tender and meat is cooked. Serve with pan juices and a drizzle of sour cream.

Incorporate flowers in various ways Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. Beautiful weddings require substantial planning, as every last detail must be considered for couples to enjoy the wedding of their dreams. Flowers play a big role in many weddings, and couples can add beauty and ambiance to the event by using floral arrangements in various ways. Modern floral arrangements are stunning, and many couples may not know that herbs, spices and flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. Today, flowers are used to decorate wedding venues, impart sweet fragrances and complement formal attire, but in ancient times they were used differently. Flowers were used to bestow good luck on the couple and keep bad omens away. Brides carried aromatic flowers and spices to keep evil spirits from spoiling the festivities, and some even tucked bulbs of garlic into their bouquets. In ancient Greece and Rome, both the bride and groom wore garlands made out of strong-smelling herbs flowers around their necks or heads. These wreaths were considered gifts of nature, and thus extremely appropriate for a wedding. Traditionally, bridesmaids would be responsible for fashioning these floral components. In ancient Sweden, young girls would carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs down the aisle and the groom would put thyme in his pocket. These aromatics were thought to help keep trolls at bay. Besides warding off spirits or hungry trolls, flowers also served more practical purposes throughout history. During the Middle Ages, people bathed less frequently than they do today. Bathing might only have occurred twice a year, once during summer and then again at Christmastime. Because many weddings took place in the spring, flowers were used to mask bodily odors. Not only were flowers and herbs carried, but they also would be sewn into clothing. Modern brides and grooms may no longer see their wedding days as times for opportunistic evil spirits. But that doesn’t mean that couples cannot borrow from ancient traditions and incorporate flowers into their weddings in various ways. • Wreaths and garlands: Ask the florist to weave small flower buds, berries and vines to a headband,


Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity. According to the bridal resource The Knot, more and more couples are opting for less pageantry and more laid back panache when planning their weddings. For those who prefer something more intimate and more personalized, casual weddings may be right on target. There are many advantages to having a “luxe with less” wedding, including the ability to break molds and impart more of the couple’s personality into the event. Another advantage is the price tag. The average U.S. wedding, according to The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study, costs $31,213. In some urban areas, particularly New York City, average costs are three times that amount. Golden Girl Finance, a leader in financial digital media, has found that Canadian weddings average $31,000 with honeymoon included. Although wedding costs have gone up, the average number of wedding guests has gone down. As such, certain couples might look to rein in other aspects of their wedding. Transforming the festivities into a casual affair can help keep the overall budget low while still allowing for an exciting and enjoyable event. To put casual plans into motion, consider these ideas to help the wedding vision come to fruition. Venue - Catering halls and other reception sites do a wonderful job of meeting the needs of their clientele. However, food and beverage costs are often the most expensive wedding expense. To reduce the per-guest cost and also incorporate some variety into their wedding days, couples can consider a venue change. Look for public locations that allow couples to hire their own caterer, which may be a favorite restaurant or specialty food shop. The cost per person may decrease dramatically from the venue costs. Changing the venue also enables couples to pick unique spots that may hold special meaning to them. For example, couples can choose the site of their first date or the location where their proposal took place. Contrast - Enjoy a casual, free-spirited wedding that incorporates some aspects of formality in an off-beat way. Think about serving fast food, such as fried chicken or pizza, on fine china. Those wearing tuxedos and gowns can opt for casual footwear, such as athletic shoes. Place wildflowers in crystal vases. These are just some methods to give a rich feel without removing the fun element. Personal touches - Menus or wedding programs printed at home in a fun font can set the casual tone couples are looking for. Look for eclectic fabrics to use as gift tags or napkin holders. Hand-painted signs or a hodge-podge of picture frames can display pertinent information, such as itineraries or seating arrangements. Encourage friends or family to contribute a favorite menu item to the food offerings. A home-baked dessert can be delicious and budget-friendly. Wardrobe - Clothing often indicates the formality of an occasion. Everyone from the wedding party to the guests can dress down. Sundresses can replace taffeta bridesmaids’ gowns. Guys can opt for tailored sports coats with jeans. Guests may feel comfortable in less formal attire that facilitates dancing and mingling. Casual weddings are becoming more popular as many couples are playing down the party for various reasons. BR171692

wreath or piece of twine so that the bride and groom can wear these flowers in the way they were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans. When coupled with Grecian-styled wedding gowns, brides can look like beautiful goddesses on their wedding days. • Fragrant favors: Tuck dried rose petals and other fragrant flowers into sachets that are embroidered with the wedding date and couple’s names. Guests can use these sachets to keep clothings smelling fresh in drawers or as subtle air fresheners around the house. • E d ible f lower s: Ask the caterer to make meals flower-friendly by including some edible blooms in the salad or as a garnish on meals. • Raining petals: In lieu of bubbles or birdseed, guests can shower the newlyweds with rose petals after the ceremony. • Memorial: Some couples like to honor departed family members. Floral arrangements with small placards can make for fitting memorials. BR171704

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Weather or Not... Iva Walker | Columnist

Don’t look now, but it seems to me that as far as weather predictions go, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has crashed and burned in its outlook for February. And in the ruins might be found the remains of a groundhog or two—Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck, perhaps—who had stepped out for a snowball fight during the six more weeks of winter which they had predicted. Of course, the east coast has been lambasted by snow but the Old Farmer has missed us by a far. The doggerel verse for February in the almanac reads : “Groundhogs stock up on sunblock. Melting: Get ready for a belting! Blizzards confound weather wizards. Bright but bitter as flakes flitter. Better, then wetter. Good news for the sledder!” Does this much resemble what we’ve had so far? Is this something that we still have to look forward to? El Nino was blamed for last year’s uncertainties, Who’s the villain this year? Or villainess—there is a La Nina (female version), you know. Maybe it’s an over-all, national perspective, not currently applicable to our neck of the woods. I’ve got bulbs trying to poke their little green shoots up out of the ground. There is an actual crocus blooming its little heart out over on South Street; I spotted it on my can-recycle-pick-up walk around town on Sunday (Quite a haul uncovered by the absence of snow). I keep trying to cover shoots and bulbs (uncovered by chipmunks, squirrels, moles?)up because this weather is just NOT normal and critters are more than happy to hit the salad bar but they’re very insistent, those bulbs, and I fear that they’re not long for this world. Must be very worrying to the fruit-raising folks as well. Say a brief prayer ( or maybe a long one, if you’re counting on local strawberries, apples, peaches, cherries—the usual) for Monroe’s Family Farm Market, for Pochedly’s, for Stottler’s, for Patterson’s and Blue Bird Orchard, anyone who’s watching with trepidation as their plants and trees get fooled into reacting to the Spring weather, putting the cart before the horse and having the horse kick the bejeesus out of the cart and take off for parts unknown. Ditto for the maple producers around here. They need warm days all right, but they also need cold nights to keep the sap rising and falling, rising and falling , for as long as possible. Once the sap gets all of the way up to the leaves, the sap goes “buddy” and the taste is off. Screws up your stack o’ jacks, big time . I don’t know if a brief trip up to the branches then back down for awhile puts the kibosh on the taste of sap and , thence, syrup, but I’d guess that to be the case. Not a good prospect and I see that the local boilers have got their bags and buckets and pipelines going to make the most of whatever they can get. Good on ‘em. The whack-o participants in the various Polar Bear Plunge events have probably been disappointed as well. No ice to break, no monumental goosebumps, definitely a reduced Macho-factor this year when the water temperature isn’t much worse than your standard first-dip-in-the-pool when the swimming season finally rolls around. Nonetheless, the R-C and the AB-J both reported that Valentine’s Day saw a charity event in Philadelphia—titled the Cupid’s Undie Run—benefitting

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Spring Programs Await You At The YMCA sick children. Going out for “a brief run” was mentioned. One person interviewed was quoted as saying, “I’m about as comfortable as you could be, running in underwear.” That about says it for me. About one thousand people showed up in various stages of undress, in little more than their underwear and body paint, with some of the more hirsute shaving messages in their body hair ( a post card would be lots better, if you ask me). Those wearing the scantiest panties celebrated the bright, nearseventy-degree day by rejoicing in the slogan, “Sun’s out! Buns out!” All for a good cause. Other cities such as St. Louis, Miami, Pittsburgh, Cleveland—was this on the news?—I missed it—held similar events, all raising funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help support research into neurofibromatosis, an incurable genetic disorder with many disastrous consequences, particularly tumors in the nervous system. Around here, we can relate to this focus because of the locally-based Friends of Melana, honoring the life and memory of Melana Matson and sponsoring fund-raising activities such as the run during SummerFest supporting children’s glioma research. And in a complete change of topic: Lent approaches; start looking for paczkis. As soon as Ash Wednesday happens, their time is up. Paczkis are Polish jelly doughnuts and just like Mardi Gras(Fat Tuesday), Shrove Tuesday, in Poland Fat Tuesday (Ttusly Czwartek) marks the wise household manager’s solution for getting rid of all the good stuff—butter, eggs, cream, sugar, meat... the good stuff—just before Lent comes down and marks a season preparation, fasting and repentance. Paczkis around here are filled with all kinds of fruit fillings, sometimes custard or Bavarian cream, then rolled in confectioner’s sugar or iced. Strictly speaking , you shouldn’t be able to get them after Ash Wednesday (March 1 this year) but there are usually a few vagabond pastries to be found here and there and no one would like to leave the poor things out in the cold (If it ever returns) would we? Keep in mind that these traditional sweeties will clock in at about 500 calories apiece. It’ll take a couple of wedding receptions-worth of Polka dancing to work those babies off. Or just head out to run in your skivvies—it’s all the same.

The Garrettsville Family YMCA has got you covered. Check out the programs offered—from Chair Yoga to Line Dancing or Pilates to Y-Cycle or anything in between—they’ve got your number, got your skill level, got your interest in getting more active. The Real You is an 8-week weight loss program unique to the Y, which includes nutritional education, daily food monitoring and activity online, weekly weigh-ins, monthly measurements, 2 group workouts per week, group support, individual coaching and attention from trained and motivated coaches. A great way to start a New Year with a New You. Silver Sneakers Classic incorporates music, hand-held weights, resistance equipment, exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of motion and activity for daily living. Cardio and cardio-sculpt, yoga, restorative Yoga and chair yoga, pick your restorative. PiYo is an up-tempo work-out blending Pilates and yoga. Do your thing. And for the younger set, the Junior Cavaliers are still on. Spring and summer programs are taking shape, with summer daycare to be available in conjunction with the programs being offered in the Crestwood School District. Soccer, Flag Football and Volleyball sign-ups are in the offing. This is all about local kids. Don’t miss out. And, as always, volunteers are needed and appreciated... for any age level, any level of expertise. Come, be prepared to be a role model, a teacher and a responsible adult, give kids a chance to experience an activity and the fellowship of teamwork; be prepared to make discipline a positive thing, an element of success in many aspects of life. Volunteers are the heart of how the Y is able to offer so much to the community. Volunteer positions and paid positions are available now. Put yourself on the line. It’s a challenge. You won’t be sorry that you stepped up to it. The Y is the way. Check it out. If you are within driving distance, this is the place for you. Find out what programs fit your schedule and pique your interest and make the Y part of your life. It’s like that saying about dogs, they are not your whole life, but they do make your life more whole. Way to go!

Could You Improve Your Personal Finances Today? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist In life, there are times when simple decisions can have a profound impact. The same holds true when it comes to personal finance. Here are some simple choices you could make that may leave you better off financially – in the near term, the long term, or both. Use less credit. Every time you pay with cash instead of credit, you are saving pennies on the dollar – actually, dimes on the dollar. At the start of December, the average “low interest” credit card in America charged users 12.45%, the average cash back card 17.15%. If you want to see your bank balance grow, try consistently paying in cash. There is no need to pay extra money when you pay for something.1 Set up automated contributions to retirement plans & investment accounts. By automating your per-paycheck salary deferrals to your workplace retirement plan or your IRA, you remove the chore (and the psychological hurdle) of having to make lump-sum contributions. You can bolster invested assets with regular inflows of new money, without even thinking about it. Often, arranging these recurring account contributions takes 20 minutes or less of your time.2 Bundle your insurance. Many insurers will give you a discount if you turn to them for multiple policies (home and auto, possibly other combinations). This may help you reduce your overall insurance costs. Live somewhere less expensive. Sure, it takes money to move, but that one-time cost might be worth absorbing, especially if you can perform your job anywhere. A look at the December United States Rent Report at reveals that the median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is $1,900. The median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Spokane is $630. What is the median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Boston? $3,200. How about in Fayetteville, North Carolina? $700.3 Look into refinancing your largest debts. Perhaps your student loans could be consolidated. Perhaps you could qualify for a refi on your mortgage (while rates are still low). Both of these moves could free up money and leave

you with more financial “breathing room” each month. Spend less money on “stuff” and more money on yourself. Many people associate possessions with wellbeing – the more “toys” you have, the richer your life becomes. That kind of thinking can quickly put you deep in debt. You may find yourself living on margin as your “toys” depreciate. A wise alternative: pay yourself first and direct more of your income into retirement or savings accounts. Or if you like, use some money you would normally spend on creature comforts to attack your debt. Instead of simply entertaining yourself today, make money moves on behalf of your financial future. Too many people give their financial future little thought, and they may be in for a shock when they reach retirement age. We all want to splurge now and then, but try spending money on memorable experiences instead of flashy items – you may find the former many times more valuable than the latter. Forgo several purchases a month and see what happens. A recent SunTrust bank survey found that roughly a third of U.S. households earning $75,000 or more live paycheck to paycheck. Earlier this year, Money noted that the average household credit card balance was nearly $16,000. In short, people are spending too much.4 Some expenses are obligatory, others spur-of-themoment and unexamined. Pause and think before you buy something; do you really need it? If you separate your needs from your wants and say no to several of them, you may find yourself living a simpler life with less debt and more cash. Spend less than what you make, invest and save some of the difference – this is the classic path toward improving your financial situation. 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


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Jane Ulmer | Columnist Today, we’re talking area and accent rugs. Did you know that rugs and carpets date back to as early as 3000BC when nomad tribes began weaving together rugs to warm their earthen floors? They used the hair from their camels, sheep, and goats to craft their primitive rugs. In fact, good rugs or hides were considered to be a family’s most valuable possession way back then. A lot has changed in the rug industry since those first primitive rugs. New technology has led the way for new designs, new fibers, and new materials. Wool is still the top natural material used in rugs today. Polypropylene and polyester have the market cornered on synthetic rug production. These materials aren’t the only ones used in crafting area and accent rugs. All of this got me to thinking-“What’s in that rug?” Rugs made from jute, sisal, hemp, and other plant based materials have been around for as long as rugs have been made. A good natural fiber rug is like your favorite pair of blue jeans-basic, casual, and timeless. While some find jute to be a little coarse, innovations in production have lessened this characteristic while keeping the rustic charm that defines this product. Sisal is the strongest, most durable natural fiber. However, you’ll generally only find sisal in a neutral light beige color. Hemp is a natural fiber derived from the cannabis plant that has been used in textiles for thousands of years. It is easy to dye and is very durable. It is an excellent choice for high traffic areas. Natural fiber rugs have no pile and are often reversible. Stains can be more problematic because the yarns are more absorbent. You will usually find jute, sisal, and hemp to be more economical. Wool, on the other hand, will be softer than the other natural fiber rugs. Often more costly, wool is remarkably flame resistant, sound absorbent, durable, and resistant to static electricity. Plus, there is nothing like a good wool rug. Chenille is a fabric made with fringed silken thread and is woven in combination with wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers giving it a 3D effect. Chenille is popular for two reasons: its softness and beauty. Chenille is not recommended for high traffic areas due to its softness. Cotton is another soft natural fiber that is generally inexpensive. Strong and stable, many cotton rugs are machine washable. Cotton is a true American staple, but cotton will not be as durable as wool. Synthetic fiber rugs like nylon, olefin, polyester, and poly acrylic are easy to clean, very durable, and generally fade and stain resistant. These types of rugs are usually offered at a lower price point. Indoor/outdoor rugs are made of polypropylene. This type of material is the most stain and fade resistant. Polypropylene is extremely durable and can be used in high traffic areas. Polypropylene is great for under kitchen or dining tables because it is so easy to clean. Beyond the fiber or content, construction and maintenance will affect how long your rug will wear and its longevity. Regardless of the rug content, all area and accent rugs should be vacuumed regularly without the use of a beater brush. Also, just like you flip your mattress, you should flip your rugs if they are reversible. Finally, it is also recommended that you always use a rug pad underneath your rugs. Rug pads provide traction between the rug and the floor to prevent slipping. Rug pads also allow dirt to “filter” through the rug, protect the backing and help prevent possible color transfer. Proper care will prolong the life of your rugs allowing you to enjoy them for many years to come. Ja n e i s th e c o owner of The Wayside Work shop at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. For more info on The Wayside Workshop, please call 330-562-4800 or visit www.WaysideWorkshop. com or WaysideWorkshop.





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Amanda Conkol | Columnist Last week we had a guest stop in the winery who said his wife and he had been invited to a horizontal wine tasting party. He was nervous about attending because he didn’t know what to expect and was told which wine he had to bring. After reassuring him that a horizontal wine tasting did not include tasting wine while lying down he seemed a little more relaxed but still didn’t understand why the host was telling him which wine to bring. There are numerous ways to host a wine tasting – a blind tasting where all of the bottles are covered up and guests have to decide what is in the bottle, regional tasting where a variety of wines are sampled from a particular area, a vintage tasting where a variety of wines are sampled from a particular vintage year, or a vertical or horizontal wine tasting. A vertical wine tasting is one of my favorites, but also one of the hardest tastings to pull together. A vertical tasting is a selection of a particular wine from a particular winery across a number of vintages. For example when we first opened in 2004 we saved a couple of bottles from our 2004 Chambourcin. In 2005 we decided to save a couple of bottles from our 2005 Chambourcin. As the years went on we saved bottles from 2006, 2007 and 2008. To celebrate we hosted a vertical wine tasting that allowed our guests to sample each vintage of Chambourcin. While each wine was made from the same grapes and in the same process the color, flavor and bouquets were quite different based on how wet or sunny the growing season was that year. A horizontal tasting is a little easier to put together. Each guest is given a grape varietal and a region where they have to purchase that wine. Our winery guest was told to bring a 2014 Riesling from any winery that was within an hour of Lake Erie to the tasting. I walked him through the process where each guest at the party will also have a Riesling that was made close to Lake Erie and he should look for differences between each wine. Some Rieslings will be sweet as areas closer to the lake may have had a longer growing season than wineries farther south since the lake protected the grapes longer. Some Rieslings may have a yellowish color to them based on how the wine was stored and some Rieslings may have a different bouquet depending on the soil where the vines were grown. Next time you’re getting together with friends I highly suggest doing a horizontal wine tasting – you may be surprised in the differences!

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Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.








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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….



100 Superior St., Newton Falls

Commercial building * 2 stories * Full kitchen * Overlooks the Mahoning River * * Balcony * Bar with appliances * Fishing areas * Fire pit * Storage shed

MLS 3859981 Wendy Borrelli

*** REDUCED *** 26 W 7th St., Newton Falls

0% down USDA qualified * Colonial 3bd/2ba * Potential for 4-5 bdrms * All new carpet * Fresh interior paint * Movein-ready * Immediate occupancy

$79,900 MLS 3858319 330-687-4496 Heather Lutz Neal


85 Trumbull, Newton Falls

$92,900 330-687-6967

*** REDUCED *** 311 Warren Rd., Newton Falls

Excellent location, close to town. Two duplexes with 2 beds and 1 bath per unit.

MLS 3858805


409 Newton, Newton Falls

Well maintained rental. Each side has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Side A has newer carpet, some flooring and has small enclosed porch.

MLS 3858791 Kathie Lutz

4bd/1ba * Ranch * Newly remodeled *Corner lot * New furnace * New AC * New carpet & linoleum * New kitchen * New appliances * Shed & garage painted

$39,900 MLS 3841869 330-687-5900 Kathie Lutz

$114,000 330-687-5900

Are you tired of punching a time clock? Need a new career? WE ARE HIRING!

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. How many minutes are in 39 hours?



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

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

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


1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100

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

ARCHERY NELSON LEDGES ARCHERY 3-D SHOOT 9851 SR 305 Garrettsville, OH 44231 Open Feb 25-26 March 18-19 April 15-16 & 29-30 Stop by and get a schedule for summer or check on-line 330-527-4940 or cell 330-780-7109 Registration 8 am- 2 pm


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

Sunday By Chance


THE CRESTWOOD BOARD of Education will hold a special board meeting o n M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 27,2017 at 6:30 pm at the High School Gym, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting will be for sharing of information about the May bond issue.



GARRETTSVILLE - 1 bdrm apt downtown Garrettsville available for rent. Available March 1st. $500 per month which includes gas, garbage, water & sewer. Tenant will be responsible for the electric. If interested call Debbie at 330389-1859. 2/24

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

Household, Furniture Jewelry, etc.

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@

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


Seamless Gutters, Ltd.

Professional Installation

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

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

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 3/31



What is three-fifths written as a decimal?



10878 NORTH STREET GARRETTSVILLE, OH 44231 (330) 527-5626

shape has a larger area? A square with a perimeter 3. Which of 20 inches or a non-square rectangle with a perimeter of 20 inches?


answer Your school

Your name Grade/Math teacher

Ph one number

MATH CORNER WINNERS Puzzle #17-11 1. 5000 2. 32 3. 13 Winners

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

1. morgan soltis Extra Value Meal 2. hannah warren Cheeseburger, fries, drink

3. sierra greathouse McDonald’s Dessert

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EYES 20/20

The Law Office of Tommie Jo (Marsilio) Brode Call today for a consultation on: • Divorces • Dissolutions • Custody • Wills • Small businesses • Or other matters

121 East Main Street, Ravenna OH


Full Service Vision Care

New Patients Welcome | Computer Assisted Exams | Glasses Contact Lenses | LASIK | Eye Disease (including Glaucoma) | Cataract Cleveland Eye Clinic Surgeon

115 W. Broad Street Newton Falls, Ohio 44444


Dr. Ron Wallie Optometrist

Shamik Bafna, M.D. Ophthalmologist

Looking For Any & All Scrap

Complete junk cars picked up call for special pricing. Sheet Steel $170/ton. Complete junk cars $170/ton. Add junk to the trunk for extra weight (steels, applcs, etc...) #2 unprepared $185/ton. #2 prepared 2x3 $205/ton. P&S prepared 2x3 $225/ton. Call today for Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal. Motor Blocks $250/ton. Aluminum rims $12.50 a piece. Roll off containers available.

C&B Recycling




8784 Snow Road Windham, OH 44288 M-F 8 am - 4 pm; Sat. 8 - Noon MAGENTA YELLOW


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