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Garrettsville - The Dancin’ Divas held a their annual dance camp on January 28th and 29th from 8-11 am, where girls in grades K-4 learned and practiced basic dance skills and techniques and took part in team builders with the Dancin’ Divas. In addition, the girls learned an original jazz routine which they performed during the JV basketball game on February 3rd.

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Mantua - To many people, February is often a handy excuse to banish midwinter blues by eating chocolate, sending valentines, and celebrating with plenty of hearts and cupids. But this year, students and staff at Crestwood Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools decided to share the love in another way -- by helping others. According to CMS Principal Julie Schmidt, the Crestwood Middle School Staff challenged the CMS students to a fundraiser. Each group had two weeks to raise money in whatever way they wanted. The Power of the Pen group put out donation letters, while the administration collected donations in a jar in the office. At the end of the two week period, whoever raised the most money was declared the winner. Mrs. Schmidt shared, “To make the wager more interesting, CMS Assistant Principal Keith Robinson agreed that if the students raised the most money, he would take a pie in the face during the Winter Sports Assembly. If the staff collected the most money, then Mr. Robinson could take a pie home to share it with his family.” “In the end, we were all winners,” beamed Mrs. Schmidt, “because we raised nearly $1,000 to be split among the Crestwood District’s Kids’ Weekend Meals Program and CMS PTO. So everybody wins, and everybody had a great time,” she marveled. At the Primary and Intermediate Schools, the competition continued. The PTO at both the Primary and Intermediate Schools held a food drive, where each grade level was charged with bringing in a particular item -either canned or boxed pasta or canned vegetables. Christy Bowne, one of the organizers of the CPS/CIS Food Drive, shared that they had learned about the Weekend Meal Program, which provides two breakfasts, two lunches, and a snack to needy Crestwood families with students in the Primary and Intermediate Schools each weekend.

CPS first graders Frankie and Colton add items and check the count during the Food Drive for the Kids Weekend Meal Program.

Kids Weekend Meal organizer Liz Meeker with CMS Assistant Principal Keith Robinson, after he graciously took a pie in the face.

The cost to supply 45 families, and an estimated 100 kids with weekend meals is roughly $1,400 per month. “The kids were probably motivated in part by the pizza party prize, since the top-collecting class in each grade could earn one,” explaned Mrs. Bowne, “but I think so many embraced it because all the food collected stays here in our community.” At final count, CPS collected 1115 non-perishable items, and CIS collected 2233 items. PTO parent Shannon Sayre added, “The teachers were VERY competitive against the other classes in their grades, and that really motivated their students! We also put it all over Facebook, which I think helped remind the parents.” From preschool to grade five, students brought in items to add to their class collection boxes. As an added incentive, the classes who collected the highest quantity would win a pizza party. Liz Meeker, organizer of the Kids Weekend Meals program, shared, “The Middle School was awesome -the Kids collected more than the Administration so Mr. Robinson got a pie in the face!” Mrs. Meeker added, “He was great sport -- we were there to watch -- it was great fun!” She continued, “we’re beyond grateful for the over 3,000 items collected by the Primary and Intermediate Schools. In fact, we’ll probably be set for these items for the rest of the year, which is simply awesome! We are beyond humbled by both fundraisers.” Mrs. Meeker acknowledged, “Part of the dream in creating the Kids Weekend Meals program was for the project to be embraced by the community. It is just so wonderful how this has happened this year,” she marveled. “With all the discontent in the world today, our little community has decided to cause change by helping others. It is often said that ‘it takes a village,’” Mrs. Meeker added. “We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful village!” For more information on the Kids Weekend Meal program, visit them on Facebook.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is once again accepting applications. The program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction/installation of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program. “The entire state of Ohio is at risk of an EF5 tornado, which produces 250 mile per hour winds capable of destroying most structures,” said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. “A safe room is built to withstand these winds and resulting airborne debris and provides near absolute protection for occupants.” A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado. It can be constructed/installed in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room may also be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near your home. Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $4,875. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. March 10, to register on the Ohio EMA website: https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/SafeRoom2016/2017. aspx. The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program will use a computerized random selection process to select applicants. A priority list of applicants will be created from the selected applicants. Chosen homeowners will be notified by e-mail of their position on the priority list on or after March 13. Ohio EMA anticipates grant funding will become available this year and having a list of participants who meet program requirements will expedite the rebate process. Funding for the rebate program is through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Ohio homeowners would be responsible for 25 percent of the construction costs and any additional costs over the 75 percent maximum rebate of $4,875. Safe rooms must meet FEMA requirements in FEMA publications 320 and 361, and cannot be constructed/ installed prior to the rebate drawing and notification from Ohio EMA to proceed with construction. Ohio EMA plans to offer this rebate program on an annual basis. When and if HMA funding becomes available, the amount of funding will determine the number of rebates. If, after visiting the Ohio EMA website, interested people have questions, they should call Jacob Hoover at 614.799.3538.

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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 Falls Kindergarten Registration

Registration for children entering the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District for the 2017-2018 school year will be held: 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.

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American Legion Fish Fry

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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.

March 3 The American Legion Soup Supper will be Friday March 3rd at 6:00pm at the Mantua Center School. A variety of homemade soups, salads, desserts and hot dogs will be available for $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Open to public.

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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.

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.

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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

Every Tuesday ST AMBROSE CHURCH 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville-- “Early bird” at 6:45p and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45p. Great refreshments!

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Through April 14 Lenten 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.

Geauga West Library Spring Book Sale

through March 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. 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.

Mantua Soccer Association Board Meeting

March 2 The next MSA Board meeting will be held on Thursday March 2nd at 7:00pm at the Christ Lutheran Church which is located at 10827 Main St, Mantua, OH 44255

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.

begins March 3 Are you concerned about falling? Interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength? Falls are preventable, and this class can make a difference! Matter of Balance Classes will be held on Fridays, March 3 until April 28, 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Burton Health Care Center, 14095 E. Center St, Burton, Ohio 44021. To register please call Dawn Damante 440-214-3180 This class is free for registered seniors! Space is limited

Eagles Fish Fry

March 3 Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry Friday, March 3rd, 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 - 7:30pm. To Go Orders Available. Open to the Public Call 330-527-2330

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.

Windham American Legion Breakfast

March 4 On Satruday, March 4th Windham American Legion Post 674 will be having a breakfast from 8 am - 11 am. $7 for adults; $5 for kids 12 and under. Open to the public.

“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

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

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“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 Trail…JUST 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 Headwaters Trail), and a 25 and 40 mile option which both include “Heckle-Hill” 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.

Windham Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

March 5 Windham Lions Club will be hosting their pancake brunch on March 5 at the Brick Chapel on North Main St. from 8 am - noon. Proceeds from the presale tickets will be split with half going to the Windham HS Social Studies dept. Presale tickets cost $6. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults; $4 children 12 and under. If intersted in presale tickets contact Stephanie Parish/Smith at the Windham Schools.

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March 5 Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, March 5th , 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. We will also have a Pancake Breakfast March 19th and April 2nd.

Mantua Soccer Registration

March 5,12,19,26 Spring 2017 In-Person Soccer Registrations will be held on Sundays in March (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26) from 1pm - 3pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Mantua. A printable registration form will be posted on the web site closer to the start of March and a reminder announcement will be made then. https:// mantuasoccerohio.com/

Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts

March 5, 12, 19, 26 The Parkman Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market – Rt. 422) on Sundays: March 5th , 12th, 19th and 26th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Adults eat for $8.00; children - $4.00 (Preschoolers are free). Adult take-outs are also available. Our pancakes are served on real plates (no disposables here) and we use only real Geauga County maple syrup. Our own secret recipe is used for our sausage patties. You can even buy some sausage to take home and enjoy after our pancake breakfasts are done for the year. Gather your friends and family and join us for breakfast!

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.

Book Review Group

March 6 The Monthly Book Review and Discussion group meets

Spring Soccer Sign-ups

Attention J.A. Garfield Middle School Students If you are interested in playing soccer and working with the Garfield High School Soccer Coaches to improve your skills then this is the league for you! Geauga County Travel League -- Brosius Road is our Home Field -Travel is required but not provided Practice tentatively begin the 2nd week of April Games tentatively set to begin the last week of April- May Saturdays and One Week Day Cost is $25 per player and includes uniform shirt.

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at the YMCA the 1st Monday each month at 10:30am at the Garrettsville Family Y. A book is not required -- it will be presented by Dr J Patella. THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. One of the most detailed afterdeath communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death.

Mobile Dentists to Visit JAG Elementary

March 8 & 9 On March 8 & 9, the Mobile Dentists will come to the JAG 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.

IDEA Funds Meeting

March 9 JA Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on March 9, 2017. This will provide the opportunity for questions/comments regarding the spending of IDEA funds for our district before the monthly board meeting. Please join us at the Elementary PD Center on Thursday at 6:45 pm.

Indoor Flea Market

March 10-12 Ravenna Moose Lodge 1234 5727 State Route 14, Ravenna is hosting an indoor flea market on March 10, Noon - 5; March 11, 9 am - 5 pm and March 12, 11 am - 5 pm. Open to the Public! Any Vendors are Welcome! You can sell whatever you want! New or Used! There will be a Bake Sale! Questions or to reserve a table – contact Tomi.moorhouse@gmail.com Cost is $20.00 per table – for all 3 days.

Soap Box Derby Car Clinic in Shalersville

March 11 The Portage County Soap Box Derby will be hosting ”Introduction to Soap Box Derby Racing” race clinic on March 11 at 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. A child has to be 7 years old to race, and may race until they are 20 years old. 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! For more information: portagecounty. soapboxderby.org , or call 330-351-3035

Crescent Chapter Meeting

March 13 Crescent Chapter No 7 O.E.S. of Garrettsville will meet March 13 with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. The regular meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. Members are urged to attend.

Freedom Twp. Historical Society Meeting

March 14 March 14 is the next scheduled meeting of the Freedom Historical Society. The 1 PM meeting will be held at the Freedom Community Center off SR 700; this facility is completely handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served. From this point forward, the “program or sharing” part of the meeting will be held at the beginning; the business portion will begin after the conclusion of the program. As always bring your memories, stories and pictures to share. This month we will be finalizing the last of our organizational details Starting in April when daylight lingers much longer our meetings will begin at 7 PM. Remember to like us on Facebook – Freedom Township Then & Now.

Who Is INEZ And What is LWV?

March 15 The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County invites you to a get-together to learn about Inez Milholland and about the League of Women Voters. Please join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine, March 15, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at 595 Walnut Ridge Trail, Aurora. Please RSVP your name and email (to let us know how many are coming and how much to plan for) to Asecura@hotmail.com or 330/562-8292. Further questions may be addressed to April Secura at the above email.

2017 Pond Clinic

March 16 Join the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for an informative and free Pond Program on March 16th from 6 - 8 pm at Centerville Mills Park Dining Hall, 8558 Crackel Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. Learn more about managing your pond with featured speaker Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Specialist with Ohio State University Extension and School of Environment and Natural Resources. Registration is required due to limited seating. Please contact Portage SWCD at 330-297-7633 ext. 3 or email mwillett@portageswcd.org to register by March 13th.

Swiss Steak Dinner

March 18 The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle in Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 on March 18th, 2017. Dinner is served from 4:00- 6:00 PM. The price is $10.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Children age 6-12, Children 5 and under Free. The dinner consists of: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Corn Casserole, Drinks, and Dessert. Carry-Out is also available at the same location.

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Child Find At Garfield Schools Child Find is an effort by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, to ensure all children from birth to 21 with disabilities are identified, located and evaluated as required by the individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Ohio school districts, service ages 3-21, work with Help Me Grow, serving children birth to 2, in order to locate individuals with disabilities. For referral information or to find out about assessment and services available through the James A Garfield Local School District, please contact Sue Boyle, Director of Special Services, at 330/527-5524 or talk with your building principal. Referrals may be made at any time during the year.

Chili Cookoff & Chinese Auction

March 18 Huntsburg Grange #2541 is holding their 17th annual chili cook off and Chinese auction on Saturday, March 18 from 11:30 – 2:30 in the Huntsburg Gym, corner SR 322 & SR 528. Enter your chili; cash prizes to first and second places. Live entertainment, cake walk, raffle, games, vendors. Contact Colleen at 440-636-3052.

Free Community Meal

March 20 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 N Main Street, Mantua, will be sponsoring their Free Community Meal on Monday, March 20. The meal will be served between 5 and 6:30 PM. Come and enjoy a delicious meal.

FED UP

March 20 Monday, March 20th at 10:30am, Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville for the following FREE event: Dr J Patella offers the 99 minute film FED UP. This Sundance hit narrated by Katie Couric is poised to be the Inconvenient Truth of the obesity epidemic revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. The film follows families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why millions struggle with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. This vital information could change the way we eat forever! If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us at the YMCA.

Spring Craft Show

March 25 The Ravenna Club of the Portage County Gardeners will hold a Spring Craft Show on March 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m. at The Portage County Gardener’s Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Ravenna, Ohio 44266. The show will include door prizes, a raffle, lunch and over 20 crafters for your consideration to find one of a kind or unusual gifts for purchase. This is always a fun and friendly event so be sure to save the date, bring a friend or neighbor and stop in for awhile.

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Blarney Stone Dash

March 25 2017 Blarney Stone Dash 5K Walk/Run and 1Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Crestwood Middle School, 10880 John Edward Dr., Mantua, OH 44255. 8:00AM Registration; 9:00AM 5K Run; 9:30AM Fun Run Please visit our website at www.crestwoodbands.com for more information and online or mail-in registration.

Dinner & Silent Auction

April 6 On April 6th, 2017, the Salvation Army is having a dinner and silent auction. Our theme for the event is Showers of Blessings and will be held at the Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH, 44266. The doors will be open at 5:30pm for the silent auction and dinner will begin at 6:30pm with program to follow.

Quarter Auction Fundraiser- Newton Falls

April 8 Parents of Troop #124 will be holding their 3rd annual Quarter Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, April 8 at the United Methodist Church, Ridge Rd., Newton Falls. Admission is $6.00 per person. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Refreshments are available. The Auction begins at 6:00 pm. For tickets or information call Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330503-9388.

Miracle Network Fun Ride

May 28 The 8th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Fun Ride & Poker Run will be May 28. Route maps and rules will be available at registration starting at 10AM at BikeTown HarleyDavidson in Austintown, Ohio. Ride will begin at noon which includes three card stops along a scenic route of approx 75 miles. Route ends at Social 45, Lisbon, OH where there will be food and refreshments, two Live bands, and Chinese Auction. Cost is $15 per bike; $5 per passenger. In case of rain, go to Social 45 at 3:30PM. Motorcycles are not mandatory to participate. Call 330-502-9813 for more information.

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Family-to-Family Education Program Coming to Windham Registration is now open for the Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week class for families and others who have a loved one with a mental illness. The class will be held every Wednesday starting March 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Renaissance Family Center located at 9005 Wil Vern Drive in Windham. A national program through NAMI, the class is taught by NAMI-trained family members and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. The free class is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Portage County and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and provides education and support to help families and others who have a loved one with mental illness to better understand the disorders, behavior, treatments and impact. Some of the topics covered will include the types of mental illness, medications and side effects, how to communicate more effectively with your loved one, recent changes in mental illness courts, medical insurance, and more. NAMI Portage County is a local chapter of the national NAMI organization that brings together people with mental illness and their families to work on improving the lives of people with mental illness. For more information, go to www.namiportagecounty.org To register, call 330-673-1756 or email laurab@ mental-health-recovery.org.

“Spring into Health” Women’s Expo Windham - The Windham Renaissance Family Center has teamed up with Portage County Health District and UH Portage Medical Center to host a Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, March 11th from 11am-2pm at the Windham Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Ohio. This event will focus on women’s health and will include hands-on activities from local agencies for women to learn more about ways to be healthy. Free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure checks, will be provided by UH Portage. Light refreshments will be provided.

Library Adds Vacation Mobile Hotspots to Current Inventory

Portage County District Library announces that it’s added 10 Vacation Mobile Hotspots to its current inventory of devices. Vacation Mobile Hotspots are available only through reservation. Library patrons can reserve a Vacation Mobile Hotspot up to 6 months in advance for use on vacations. Loan period is still 2 weeks, and they’ll have the same overdue fee as the other Mobile Hotspots in the lending program. To reserve a Vacation Mobile Hotspot, library patrons must call the Aurora Memorial Library at 330-562-6502, and a pick-up location can be any one of the Portage County District Library’s branch libraries. As with all Mobile Hotspots, they must be returned to a Portage County District Library branch location. All other Mobile Hotspot lending program terms and conditions apply as well. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services (Includes Home Delivery, Library Express & The Library Box at NEOMED’s New Center). Other library services include the Deerfield Computer Lab within the Deerfield Township Hall, located at 1450 State Route 14. For more information about library services and programs, visit Portage County District Library at www.portagelibrary.org. Connect with us on Facebook.

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Pancake Breakfast.........9am–2pm at Century Village Museum (also Apr 2 & 9

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Craft Show.......8am–2pm at Berkshire High School

Pancake Town USA – Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce • Burton Log Cabin watch maple syrup & maple candy being made • Antique and Craft Show at the High School • Beaches & Dreams Travel Co will be waiting to see you. • Burton Public Library will be hosting book sales. • Century Village Museum will bustle with activity. • Local stores & antique shops are stocked and waiting for you. Log Cabin is Open Year-Round 440-834-4204

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March is MS Awareness Month Dear Editor The Newton Falls Ministerial Association’s Church Mouse Thrift Shoppe wants to thank the many local organizations and individuals who made very generous donations to the Church Mouse this past holiday season. Of special note were several fantastic donations from the American Legion Post 236, Ryan Staffing, Subway and VFW Post 3332 plus several anonymous donations. The Newton Falls Police Department’s Fill-A-Cruiser efforts provide many local families with healthy meals. The NFMA Church Mouse provide support to the needy in the 44444 ZIP code. It is only through your generosity that we can do this. Any person or family that meets the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services income guidelines and lives in the 44444 ZIP code is eligible for assistance through the Church Mouse which is located in downtown Newton Falls. While the Church Mouse benefits from cash donations we only survive by the donations of goods that we can sell through the store. Donations of good clothing, hard goods and furniture are what keeps the rent and utilities paid so that we can operate the Community Food Pantry. Sincerely, Sherry Davies, Church Mouse Manager Rick Braun, Treasurer

Applebee’s® Continues Its Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® locations in Northeast Ohio invite guests to join them in making a difference in the lives of local children faced with the challenges of muscle-debilitating diseases. Through March 19, all 37 Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Apple American Group will participate in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program. Customers are invited to visit Applebee’s for the opportunity to purchase MDA Shamrock pinups for $1.00, $5.00, or a larger donation. Patrons that donate $5.00 or more will receive an Applebee’s voucher with $8.00 in restaurant savings. Each Shamrock is signed by the customer and is prominently displayed in the restaurant, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated directly towards sponsoring a local child’s trip to MDA camp this summer at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio As home to one of the largest MDA summer camps in the nation, Camp Cheerful helps campers go beyond the scope of their imagination and realize what they are capable of, while building confidence and self-esteem in each camper. Local participating Applebee’s restaurants are located in Kent, Macedonia, Mentor, Stow, Streetsboro, and Willoughby.

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Orange Out Ohio on March 16

William A. Pfile

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of Ohio, the only state to recognize an entire month. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking people to show their support by wearing orange on Thursday, March 16. The goal is to Orange Out Ohio to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that causes unpredictable symptoms, ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Everyone is encouraged to take pictures wearing their orange apparel and to post those pictures on social media, using the hashtag #OrangeOutOhio. During MS Awareness Week, which is March 5-11 nationally, people affected by MS will be asked to share their MS breakthroughs on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube using the hashtag #WeAreStrongerThanMS. These collective experiences will be posted on WeAreStrongerThanMS.org for others to find solutions, strength and inspiration – throughout the week and all year long. Walk MS events are coming up across the area in April and May. Visit WalkMS.org to find one near you! Or call 855-372-1331 for more information and to register. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, please visit MSohiobuckeye.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (3444867).

Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Announces Farm-To-Table Event

Bainbridge – The Geauga Fresh Farmers Market and Lowe’s Greenhouse and Gifts are proud to announce a Farm-To-Table event located at Lowe’s Greenhouse, Florist and Gift Shop on Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge. The event will run from 9:00-Noon on Saturday March 18th. This event will occur on the last day of the Geauga Fresh Winter Market. The Farm-To Table event will have additional vendors, two farms offering CSA’s for the summer season, a $50.00 gift certificate drawing for the summer market and expanded sampling. A soup made from products in the market will also be available for sampling. Steve Corso from Bat Barn Farm and Foraging in Chardon will give an informal presentation on local foods. Geauga Family Farms and Sirna’s Farm and Market will be in attendance with information about their CSA shares for the 2017 season. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares allow you to receive fresh food weekly throughout the summer and into the fall. The Winter Market runs every Saturday until March 18 and offers beef, free-range poultry, pork, free-range eggs, fresh and dried herbs, micro-greens, apples, apple cider, jam, honey, maple syrup, mushrooms, small batch coffee, gluten-free mixes, value-added items and fresh winter vegetables when available. Some of the farms and vendors that will participate in the Farm-To-Table event are Harvest Bell Farm, Meadow Creek Meats, Sandee River Farm, Bat Barn Farm and Foraging, Aurora Springs Honey, Woolf Farms, Gray Duck Coffee, Carhop Burger Sauce, Montana Mustard, Fred’s Hot Sauce, Nina’s Kitchen, So Sweet, The Goodee Basket, Sirna’s Farm and Market, Forest Fungi Farm, and Geauga Family Farms. The market is open 9:00-Noon every Saturday at Lowe’s Greenhouse – 16540 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge – January 2 – March 18. Keep up to date on other special market events at http://www.geaugafarmersmarket. com/ Local vendors and producers wanting to participate are encouraged to call Cheryl at 440 474 9885.

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Garrettsville, OH William A. “Mr. Bill” Pfile, 83, of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, February 18th, 2017 at the Aurora Manor Residence. He was born in Ravenna, OH on October 14th, 1933 to the late Zennas A. and Jean (McClure) Pfile. He was a 60 year member of the Garrettsville Masonic Lodge #246 and a parttime resident of Florida for the past 30 years. William, also known as Mr. Bill, previously was owner of the Megerle-Pfile Carnival and also worked as a booking agent for larger carnivals. He also was the owner of Mr. Bill’s Fun and games. He was a member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), International Independent Showmen’s Association (IISA), Miami Showmen’s Association, , and the Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association (GOSA). William’s biggest joy though came from spending time with his daughters and family. William will be greatly missed by: daughters, Melissa Pfile, Lisa Sanders; granddaughters, Callie Pfile, Chloe Pfile; sisters, Patricia Pratt, Donna (Don) Duffield, Cindy (Mike) Cooper; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom Pfile. A Celebration of Life was held from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at the Nelson Twp Community House, 11639 Windham Parkman Rd., Nelson Twp. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www. bestfunerals.com.

Martin J. Lucas Garrettsville, OH Martin J. Lucas, 56, of Garrettsville, passed away on February 23, 2017. He was born on September 15, 1960 in Ravenna, Ohio to Homer and Mary (Felton) Lucas, Sr. He loved to fish and garden. Martin enjoyed working on his cars and his garden. Martin is survived by his father, Homer; brothers, Homer (Linda) Lucas, Jr., Mark Lucas and Paul Lucas all of Garrettsville; sister, Catherine Ellison of Garrettsville and niece, Cassandra Grenier. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and brother, Thomas. Visitation was held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 3-5 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 10692 Freedom St., Garrettsville, Ohio with Father Stephen Ziegler officiating. Burial to follow in Drakesburg Cemetery, Freedom, Ohio. Online condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com.

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Happy Birthday NGCC Iva Walker | Columnist

Happy Birthday to You...Happy Birthday to You... Happy Birthday to You...Happy Birthday, NGCC...Happy Birthday to You. And--as we of the Methodist persuasion sing on Sunday mornings—Many mooooore! Five years is just getting started, but a great start it has been. We’ll all be hoping to hear the creaking as we “Shut the Door on Hunger” in our community. Mike and Michele Elias and assorted volunteers were receiving visitors at the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard headquarters—10661 Highland Ave, Garrettsville-- on Saturday, February 25, 2017 to let everyone see how things are going and to see how far the operation has come. There were posters and pictures illustrating all of the locations in the NGCC history, from humble beginnings in the Isaac Mills building in Nelson to the Center Street spot that was wiped out in the Great Garrettsville Fire to temporary digs on St. Rte. 88 and then into the current well-ordered quarters with a real restroom (please understand how important that is). The new place has space for storage and records and donations and visitors and what-all. Organizations and individuals and businesses bring in contributions of all sorts and monetary donations help complete the stock available. Clients fill out their shopping lists from the available goods and have volunteers fill up their grocery bags. Refrigerators and freezers are available for perishables. Personal care and cleaning products have shelf space for display. Students from Garfield High School have made signs and informational posters. It’s a community space and the community has made it happen. The open house had a great spread of cookies and other finger-food goodies, lemonade and great conversations about what had been and what was happening now and what the future might be. Congratulations to all. Let’s keep it moving forward.

2017 Niles Hunting & Fishing Super Show & Sale Set For March 3-4-5

Mark your calendars, as the highly-popular Niles Hunting & Fishing Super Show and Sale moves to our new location at the Metroplex Expo Center on March 3-4-5, 2017. The Metroplex is located on Rt. 193 on I-80. This show has become known for all the incredible bargains on everything for fishing, hunting, boating and camping enthusiasts. Over 100 exhibitors come together at this show and bring in specially-purchased name brand merchandise at incredibly low, low prices. Tackle specials, hunting equipment, turkey calls and so much more! A show you can’t afford to miss! Hunting & fishing seminars and demonstrations on turkey, deer, coyote, food plots, steelhead, walleye, bass & crappie and more! Thousands of $1 items and discount tackle, rod & lure BUY-OUTS. A fantastic special on rods and reels as well as boating accessories, electronics and more. Factory Buyouts Too Many To Mention! Boats, vacations, charter trips, you name it, it’s here! Live animals with Heather Merit’s ‘Birds of Prey’ will be up close and in person. FREE Rods for the first 100 kids on Saturday provided by the Trumbull Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs when accompanied by an adult. Hands-on jig and fly tying, demonstrations on ‘rigging your boat for catching the big ones”. Shoot at the Shooting Gallery and try out the bows at the Archery Range, the Shooting Simulator and much more. Club raffles for guns, dogs and fishing trips! Bring the whole family and enjoy the day with our many seminars, demos, door prizes, and giveaways. Food and refreshments by Guy’s BBQ. Don’t miss this incredible event. March 3-4-5, 2017. The Niles Hunting & Fishing Super Show and Sale at the all new Metroplex Expo Center, Belmont Ave. right off I-80 and Rt. 193. Admission is $6 for adults and children under 12 FREE. Hours are Friday, 12 noon to 8pm.; Saturday 10am7pm. and Sunday 10am-5pm. Sponsored by Klaben Ford Lincoln, I Heart Media, and Fish & Field Report. For more information call 330-544-8951 or ww.fishnfieldreport. com.

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Garrettsville Police Department K9 Jack Will Receive Body Armor Garrettsville Police Chief Anthony F. Milicia G a r r ettsv i lle - Gar rettsville Police Department’s K9 Jack will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jack’s vest is sponsored by Luxury Products Group of Aurora, OH and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Bless and protect this K9 ~ Luxury Products Group”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their fourlegged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 - $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more

information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts taxdeductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s. org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. Ptl. Keith Whan and his partner Jack started training on Monday March 16th 2015. They graduated on April 24th 2015 as a certified K-9 team through the State of Ohio. They are certified in utility and narcotics detection. Ptl. Whan has been with the Department since 2008. Jack is a three year old Czechoslovakian-born German Shepherd purchased from the Von Der Haus Gill Kennel where the team trained. Ptl. Whan had been training with our K-9 Coordinator, Lt. Christopher and other K-9 units from Portage and surrounding counties for a year prior to becoming a K-9 officer; he and his family were familiar with the needs, requirements and commitments it takes to be a K-9 officer.

News from the “New ” Potato Fest

Mantua - The Potato Fest has a new board, and president – Brian Perkins. The new president and board are determined to make the Potato Fest the great people’s festival it used to be. New changes the festival is making: On Saturday afternoon and early evening the festival will be attempting to break the World Record for the Worlds Largest Pierogi. The current record is 123 pounds. Come watch the fun creating and cooking the largest pierogi you will ever see, and later enjoy eating a serving of the World Record Peirogi. If that isn’t enough, the entertainment budget has been tripled this year to bring in outstanding musical entertainment. On Saturday night, 7pm country western star Amanda Jones Band will be taking the stage to dazzle you with her national performance. What are you doing on Sunday for lunch? Why

Mantua Village Garden Club to begin its 82nd Year submitted by Lea Lazar

Mantua - The Mantua Village Garden Club, founded in 1935. They will kick off the first meeting of the 2017 gardening season, on March 6th, at the home of Lea Lazar, with Linda Schultz as co-hostess. MVGC is one of the oldest established organizations in the village. The meeting will begin with a light lunch at noon. The new officers will hold a short business meeting, and then go over the upcoming programs, and projects, for the 2017 season. The meetings are generally held at noon, at member’s homes, March through December. The MVGC welcomes new members, so feel free to come and join us on March 6th, to see if this might be an organization that you would like to become a part of. The purpose of the club is to nurture the love and knowledge of gardening, among amateurs, and avid gardeners alike, and to aid in the beautification of the village. For more information please call Paula Tubalkain at 330-274-2890, or Patsi Gast at 330-274-2124

don’t you become a judge for the pierogi contest on Sunday. We all know, “not all pierogi’s are created equal”, but who makes the Best Pierogi in Northeast Ohio? Yes, a Pierogi Judging/Tasting Contest. This will be limited to 20 pierogi entrees. We are inviting commercial and non-commercial organizations to enter the Best Peirogi contest. The best part is that you, the general public will be the judge to determine who makes the Best Pierogi’s in Northeast Ohio. In order to raise money to help support the Potato Fest events, the board will be sponsoring a Reverse Raffle on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The location will be the Knights of Columbus, 11845 St. Rt 44, in Mantua. The grand prize is $1000. One ticket equals two meals. Doors open at 6pm, $65 per ticket. If you would like to assist with the Potato Fest, or the PicturedWorld aboveRecord from leftPeirogi to rightcall:330-274-0770 (seated) Holly Rogers, Corinne Pich (standing) Tammy Lyons, Brian PerkinsPresident of Potato Fest, Robert Pierce, Angie HunterCo chair Potato Fest.

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Medical Readiness, GED, and More!

The College and Career Readiness/ABLE Program has classes available all year-round, which include: • Medical Readiness - Prepare for the medical classroom with medical math, medical vocabulary, and soft skills. Research your area of interest in the medical field, and learn about all the various jobs available in the medical field. Classes start soon and are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Maplewood Career Center. CALL NOW to register! • HSE/GED classes - We have free GED pre-testing and you have the possibility of earning your GED for free. • Distance Education - Work on your GED from home. • Basic refresher skills in English, reading or math. • Test Prep for RN, LPN, electrician, and other exams. • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) All of our classes and materials are free-of-charge and held throughout Portage County. We have classes available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, which are on the bus line. For information please call (330) 235-0020.

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Portage Park District Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Awards Dinner

The 19th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday May 6th and will feature a reception with live music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a silent auction, a buffet dinner and more. The dinner steering committee is seeking nominations for potential awardees to be honored at the event. Nominations for this year’s awards will be considered based on their contributions to Portage County’s environment through education, green business, green building/ development, stewardship or environmental activism. Nominations should include the nominee’s name and contact information along with a paragraph describing their contribution to Portage County’s environmental conservation. Visit the Park District’s website to download a nomination form at www.portageparkdistrict.org. Send nominations by March 17th to Portage Park District Foundation, 705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4, Ravenna, OH 44266 or email portageparkdistrictfoundation@gmail. com Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation’s mission to support our local parks and green spaces. The dinner will be held May 6th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call the Portage Park District Foundation at (330) 678-9127 for more information

Historical Society Pancake Breakfasts Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society will host its annual Pancake Breakfasts in March and April 2017. Featuring all-you-can-eat-pancakes served with pure maple syrup produced from the Society’s own sugarbush and s uga rhou se u si ng traditional collection and production methods. Choose one or more Sundays to visit Century Village Museum in beautiful Burton, Ohio. Pancake Breakfasts on March 5, 12, 19 and 26, and April 2. Serving from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Available before or after Sunday morning worship. Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with the Society’s own maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, apple sauce, and a beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 years old, and free to children 4 and under. Served in the Lennah Bond Activities Center on the grounds of Century Village Museum, southeast corner of Burton Square. GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021. For more information or group reservations, call 440-834-1492.

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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met on February 20, Presidents’ Day, with plenty of executive stuff to do. First, they were informed of an Eagle Scout project being undertaken by Chad Angermeir, of Troop 4262. He proposes to place an informative commemorative plaque matching Portage Park District signage at the site of the former Jeddo/Jeddoe/Hiram Station located on St. Rte 700 at the crossing of the Headwaters Trail where the ErieLackawanna Railroad once ran. For many years it was one of the principal means of students arriving to attend Hiram College; it also was on a commuter line for folks working in Cleveland, and it was established as a post office; it was originally called Caton. Scout Angermeir intends to utilize historical stones and railroad ties in developing the site. He has a very thorough presentation notebook for the paperwork and research which he has done and what he proposes to do. He is seeking financial support from local groups and individuals for this significant addition to community history. AND-- Signs for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club project of promoting and enhancing the Headwaters Trail are ready to be installed. These should mesh with the signs being put up along the Trail by the MantuaShalersville Rotary Club. Additionally, but in the same vein, the club is interested in placing bicycle racks around the area to encourage use of the Trail and visitation by bikers at all times, such as for the approaching Road Apple Roubaix on March 4. Bike racks in strategic locations would let the public know that this is a bike-friendly community and invite travelers to return. Regional planning commission members may be consulted in this effort. Amy Crawford reported on her attendance at the Presidents-Elect-Training; the theme for this year is “Making A Difference”. She also made available advertising sign-ups for the coming musical to be presented at Garfield, “Seussical, The Musical” (Chad Angermeir stars as The Grinch). Ad space is available; check in at The Business Works. The 4-Way Speech Contest is coming up, with local competition—prize of $100—in March, while the district contest will be on April 8, in Aurora. Heads up! Mantua-Shalersville Rotary will be presenting a meeting focusing on local history on March 28. They’re inviting the community to a pot-luck supper to go-with. Come one, come all. The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met on February 27, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, in preparation for Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) and discussed the following topics : A review of the process and requirements for receiving District 6630 Rotary grants. This includes proposal, budget, presentation, contributions, deadlines, responsibilities and procedures. The local club is currently completing one of these and is looking to the future to enhance the community. Possibilities include continuing focus on the Headwaters Trail , making the area more bike-friendly, co-ordination of projects across the area and including multiple organizations, developing a theme or themes (“Branding”) for such projects. Consultation with a select committee of a Garrettsville Development group may be a next step. Rotary Scholarship applications will be going out to James A. Garfield High School seniors to be a part of an application packet for all comers. Delores McCumbers brought up the possibility of a clean-up day, possibly on Service Day, March 25, possibly including the InterAct Club, to be focused on the millrace along the Silver Creek, below the Boardwalk. Other groups—Garden Club? Lions? Eagles?—might be asked to participate. The place needs work. April 2 is the scheduled date for a bowling /pizza party to be held at Sky Lanes, entertaining the local InterAct Club and District 6630 exchange students. A new representative/member from the LDS Church (the Mormons) may be coming shortly. Tom Collins shared news of changes coming to First Energy and the Sierra Club take on this. Dues are due.

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Mantua - ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein, was chosen as the theme for this year’s One Book, One School (OBOS) program at Crestwood Primary School, and according to Principal Cindy Ducca, “This was the best-attended One Book, One School program yet!” Thanks to the hard work and creativity of the OBOS committee, headed by Mrs. Grebb and music teacher Jennifer Gilles, as well as a team of CPS teachers, CHS volunteers, and financial support from the PTO “the program just gets bigger and better each year,” added teacher Monica Grebb. This year, attendance at their special evening program topped 400, an increase over last year’s event. First-grade teacher Sara Picone explained, “parents can really relate to the poems. This event has brought back many childhood memories for them,” she concluded. The program was kicked off during an all-school assembly where students solved clues to remove puzzle pieces that ultimately revealed the book ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein. Throughout the days and weeks that followed, teachers incorporated poems from the book into lessons involving reading, language arts, math, music, PE, and art, and that evidence lined the hallways and classroom doors at the special evening event. During the school day prior to the special evening event, the cafeteria served special hippopotamus sandwiches to build excitement for the evening program. It’s important to note that no hippos were harmed -- lunch consisted of grilled cheese and tomato soup, but the tray of one special lunch-buyer from each grade included a hippo sticker, which they could redeem for a plush hippo toy. In addition, a school-wide contest was held to name the goldfish, based loosely on the poem ‘The Silver Fish’. Kindergar tener Brandon Sweet was selected as the winner. He was thrilled to take home his new goldfish, Uncle Andy, after the eve n i ng eve nt concluded. As a part of the program, the school purchased “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein for each classroom, plus additional copies to be given as prizes. Every student received a special workbook, which contained a collection of 28 poems -- a favorite Shel Silverstein poem from each classroom, along with special activities and worksheets to remember the special program. To add to the fun, each classroom door was decorated to highlight that class’s favorite poem from the book. The hallways were lined with poem-themed artwork, as well as math and literature assignments, including graphing of the 66 pancakes eaten by Mrs. Reese’s kindergarten class (covered in syrup courtesy of Goodell Farms) and well-written paragraphs on the silly things that can be found in the imaginary tree houses of Mrs. Picone’s first graders. When students returned that evening with their parents and grandparents, literature came to life, as students and their families enjoyed the poem ‘Pancakes’ in the cafeteria while eating a treat of the same name. Kids were tickled when they got permission to write with permanent marker on the ceramic tiles, and even the table in the school’s library. Just like in the poem ‘Magical Eraser’ all those stubborn marks were quickly rubbed away. Just like in the poem, ‘Spaghetti,’ kids threw pasta at paper in the art room. Instead of sauce, it was covered

in paint, creating lovely Jackson Pollock-esque works of art. Families made Martians in another classroom, based loosely on “The Planet of Mars’ poem. And although no one was swallowed, families got to meet several constrictors after hearing Deborah from the Akron Zoo read the poem, ‘Boa Constrictor.’ Kids had fun jumping rope, after listening to the poem of the same name in the gymnasium. Families were also treated to a magician’s performance in the music room to help them appreciate the magic that can be found in books. If you’re wondering how parents felt about the program, some posted comments to the CPS Facebook page afterward. Crestwood mom Abra Schweickert, shared, “You guys rock at CPS! What an awesome night the One Book One School event was! I was in awe of the creative ideas, the level of organization, and the amount of planning that must have gone into it all! Very impressive! Thanks for all your hard work! It was such a fun night!” “From beginning to end this was a very fun night. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard putting this together. And all the volunteers who sacrificed their time to help it happen,” shared another mom, Victoria Bell. Another mom, Gretchen Jessel, ag reed. “ T ha n k you goes out to the entire school for bringing ‘Where The Sidewalk Ends’ to life,” she beamed. “Your school is an inspiration. So many smiles and giggles, ooohs and aahhhs! Amazing.”

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Seventy-Something and Single Again‌ More Thoughts On Existence After Death Skip Schweitzer | Columnist

Today the tantalizing question for science is: If human consciousness or soul does indeed continue to exist well past the traditional marker that defines death, does it really ever die as an entity? For now though, we can be certain that we humans no longer need to fear death. S.Parnia MD 2014

It is three years now to the day since my wife Barbara departed this side of human existence. Though 1095 days have elapsed it still feels like yesterday to me, or perhaps just a few moments ago. In my life’s continuum of over 70 years, it comparatively was actually just a few moments ago. A very significant part of me died with her; a very significant part of her continues on in me after she died. We were married for 45 years and I knew her several years before we married. So, we were “one� for more than 50 of my 70 years. I believe that the term “one� refers to the profound human bond which we call love. Love, to me is even beyond an unexplainable entity. It means so many different things to so many different people. For me and my wife it was doing, thinking, functioning almost as one. You just know when it exists and you also know when it doesn’t. Probably the only three instances of love in my life that I can point to are my wife, my daughter, and my father. These are the three most significant relationships that I have ever had, and the ones that I most think about to this day. Why is this all so seemingly important now? As some of you might recall, I have written before on existence in a different plane after death—that death is not the end of what we call human existence. Swiss-American Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a noted psychiatrist and researcher of our times, chronicled these things in her book, On Death and Dying, by recounting the experiences of people who were dying, or had “died and were brought back� by medical intervention or simply happenstance. It may interest you to note that those columns prompted many people to write in to me, more than about most columns that I have written. So, this issue is important to more than just me. If you are religious you will likely refer to beyond death as heaven (or hell), or the afterlife. If you are atheist, you will likely

refer to it as a bunch of hooey. If you are not a proponent of organized religion—that is, the embodiment of some supernatural force into a humanlike form-- but scientifically recognize that there is some order to this universe, you come to terms with the fact that there is very likely much more to this existence than we humans can understand. This is, of course, at the hands, at the behest, of something much greater than we humans can now comprehend. Why do we humans have this probability of an afterlife, a different plane of existence, when dogs and cats and opossums and praying mantises don’t? Well, who says that they don’t? Theologians? God is in human form and all divine! Atheists?? If I can’t see it, feel it, or touch it... It ain’t ! Let us, for the sake of argument, supersede or transcend all that. Let us consider scientific evidence and, like good human researchers who have attained the ability to think ahead and question it, hypothesize where that leads us. This is not new. Columbus hypothesized that the world was not flat, and look what that led to. I believe that there must be something beyond what we experience here on this earth. Perhaps it is a different plane of reality. Where does our massive collection of intellectual functioning, experiences and memory, brain connections go after death? Does it all simply flat line, end? What about those dogs and all animals? Doesn’t their psychological essence go on as well? Of course, after a million years of man’s existence on earth there is still little to no hard evidence to prove that there is something beyond our human existence. But as we humans grow more intelligent and with the aid of artificial intelligence—computers-- there now exists an if-then statement. We now can postulate: If all these experiences are chronicled over and over, consistently by researcher after researcher, then‌ If-Then! Kubler-Ross did her research in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, and chronicled the experiences of people who had near-death experiences or who had clinically died and were brought back to life. In a nutshell, the overwhelming consistent evidence garnered was that these people very often experienced a very bright light, experienced a very loving environment, were traveling in a tunnel-like formation, and that dead loved ones were there to greet them, and these loved ones knew things that it was impossible

for us humans on earth to know. Hospice workers very often witness a calming, acceptance, and lack of fear to go forward. In fact, we are counselled by them to talk to our dying loved one, encourage them to “feel free to let go of the pain and suffering, and go onward to ‌‌â€? Where? The next level, heaven, what? This is a calming, a sense of things are OK, and an entering into‌‌‌‌ another realm. One of Kubler-Ross’s major postulates is “There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.â€? This is not science fiction; it is all true and chronicled by scientists! Many, many other physicians who, after all, are the front line in noting these near-death experiences (and truly scientists as well), all report the same things—the calming, the tunnel-like formation, the sense that passed on loved ones are at hand to guide them. I personally believe that my wife’s father and grandmother, whom she was very close to, were there to welcome her and guide her onward. Dr. Jeffery Long chronicled many more such experiences in his 2010 book Existence of an Afterlife: the science of near death experiences. His summary statement is, “It profoundly changed me as a physician. I could fight cancer more courageously. I found (that with) patients who died, it wasn’t the end. It made me more compassionate and more confident.â€? A new book is out by Sam Parnia MD called Erasing Death. In essence, it likewise chronicles very similar experiences with the near-death experiences. Parnia relates it in a more medical way, explaining all the medical intricacies but the end results are the same, the experiences are the same. His summary statement is, “For now though we humans no longer need to fear deathâ€?. This ongoing column is dedicated to those of us post 60’ers alone again, not by choice, facing the unknown. If you have had similar experiences like this, you might consider sharing them. If you identify, please step into the lifeboat and take a seat. We’re going to make it! I am so open to ideas, feedback, and information that maybe helpful to all of us. You can reach me at tel: 330-562-9801 or e-mail me at Skipstaxidermy@yahoo.com

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Friends & Neighbors Windham Library is pleased to announce the winner of “Guess the Number of Chocolate Footballs”. Ver noy Pinson had the closest guess to the act ual number. Congratulations Vernoy Pinson.

Windham High School Inducts Members Into NHS Windham - Windham High School inducted eight new members into the National Honor Society on Wednesday, February 22. Adviser Roger Eakins assembled his final NHS ceremony, as he is retiring at the end of this year after being a part of Windham for 31 years. The guest speaker was former Katherine Thomas Elementary Principal, Harry Selner. Congratulations to the students! Row one (sitting- newly indicted members): Kelsey Knoll, Deidra Hankins, Miranda Jones, Robert Rigg, Mariah Walker, Holly Thompson, Phillip Maiorca, Krista Shearer. Row two (standing- former members): Tim Murton, Terrance Woods, Ashlyn Riggs, Ben Knight, Cali Apthorpe, Katie Richmond, Elizabeth Richmond, Summer Nadiak.

March 8 Is Family First Night

Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Garfield Schools will celebrate something very dear to us…our families. This first annual “Family First Night” will be held in our community. Throughout the school year our lives become extremely hectic, which often causes us to sacrifice our family time in order to accomplish everything in our busy schedules. We know that strong families make the Garfield community, schools and, most importantly, our students more successful. For this reason, we want to set aside the time to honor our families. Please join me in celebrating the family by taking time to clear your schedules and spend an evening together as a family. We have instructed our staff to take advantage of this time and gather with their families as well. To help, there will be no homework given on this evening, no projects or tests due the next day and our coaches will cancel practices, unless they are competing in state tournaments. There will be no evening activities at the school on March 8th. We also ask that our local youth organizations join us and cancel their activities this evening. Plan to eat dinner together, play a board game or take a walk as a family. Family is something to be treasured and celebrated. Thank you for your continued support of the James A. Garfield Schools. Take advantage of this evening and celebrate your family.

20th Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

Fifteen ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on February 16 in the Garrettsville Family YMCA on Park Ave. The roll call was answered by naming favorite forms of exercise, which ranged from water aerobics, Wii Fit programs, walking and yoga, to exercising the option to roll over and go back to sleep. A letter of thanks from Michele Elias of the NelsonGarrettsville Community Cupboard was read in response to the club’s donation to the NGCC Snack Pack program during the school year. The program provides healthy, nutritious snacks to Garfield students in the program when their school lunches are not available. The Spring Party is in the process of being finalized and is scheduled for April 20. The program for the evening was chair yoga with Marianne, an instructor at the Y. This variant of yoga is not about “poses”, per se, but about breathing, stretching, relaxation and focus. It addresses the inner and outer self to bring about harmony and focus. The session ended with “OM” and “Namaste”, which, translated, means, “I bow to the divine in you”, a physical gesture and a spoken spiritual salutation., a fine way to end a meeting of friends. Hostesses Gayle Gergely and Pat Fisher brought the evening to a close with colorful refreshments harkening back to the Valentine’s Day recently past. The next regular meeting will be at the home of Nasreen Kitko with co-hostess Jan Boehm.

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2. SHRINK IT - To reverse the $3.75 trillion increase in the Fedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balance sheet since early September 2008, the central bank may take the average $7.5 billion of Treasury notes and bonds it owns that will mature weekly through the end of 2018 and not reinvest the proceeds into new Treasury debt (source: Federal Reserve). 3. WHO PAYS? - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed last month that his state provide free college tuition to students from families earning up to $125,000 per year. The program, still to be approved by the New York state legislature, would apply to full-time students at state university schools (SUNY) or city university of New York schools (CUNY) where the average tuition is between $6,000 to $7,000 per year (source: The Daily Signal). 4. COSTLY COLLEGE - Outstanding student loan debt is $1.31 trillion as of 12/31/16. 11.2% of student debt (by dollar) is at least 90 days delinquent or is in default as of 12/31/16. The delinquency calculation understates the actual delinquency rate since student loans that are now in deferment are treated as if they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;currentâ&#x20AC;? with regard to their payment status (source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York). 5. NOT MY DEAL - 10.7% of all US workers (in both the public sector and private sector) were members of a union in 2016, down from 17.5% in 1986, i.e., 30 years ago. Just 6.4% of private sector workers were union members in 2016, down from 14.0% in 1986 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Hiram - The folk group Allegheny Hellbenders will play a free concert at Hiram College on Friday, March 17, at 7:30 pm. Location is Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street on the Hiram campus. The Hellbenders are based in West Virginia and play old time dance and early country music based in southern and Appalachian traditions, chiefly West Virginia and Kentucky. They will include a few Irish tunes at Hiram in observance of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Members of the group are Annie Stroud, fiddle and vocals; Sara Cottingham, banjo and vocals; Jake Maynard, guitar; and Jim Wilson, upright bass. Annie and Jake are 2010 Hiram College alumni. The concert is sponsored by Hiram Community Trust and the Hiram College Music Department. All are welcome. For further information contact Lisa Miller at 330-569-5294.

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Could You Improve Your Personal Finances Today? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision streamlined tax and estate planning for married gay and lesbian couples. If you are filing a joint tax return for 2016, or thinking about updating your estate plan, here are some important things to remember. You can file jointly for 2016 if you married at any time during 2016. If you married on January 1, June 8, or December 31, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can still do it. Under federal tax law, your marital status on the final day of a year determines your filing status. (That same rule applies for divorcing couples.)1,2 If you are newly married, or have not considered filing jointly, the fact is that most married couples can potentially benefit from that choice. Extremely high earners may find joint filing disadvantageous, but they are the exception to the norm. If you have or want to have children, you will need to file jointly to qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Filing jointly also makes you eligible for Lifetime Learning Credits and the American Opportunity Tax Credit.3 The irritation of filing state tax returns under a different status is history. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, no gay or lesbian married couple has to go through this any longer. You can gift greater amounts to family & friends. Prior to the landmark 2015 SCOTUS ruling, same-sex spouses were stuck with the individual gift tax exclusion under federal estate tax law. A gay or lesbian married couple could not pair their $14,000 per-person allowances to make a gift of up to $28,000 to another individual as a couple, as straight married couples could. Now, same-sex

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Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any advice on choosing a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare? I’ll be 65 in a few months and could use some assistance. Looking for Help Dear Looking, If you plan to enroll in original Medicare, getting a supplemental policy (also known as Medigap insurance) too is a smart idea because it will help pay for things that aren’t covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Here are some tips to help you choose an appropriate plan. Medigap Plans In all but three states (Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), Medigap plans, which are sold by private health insurers, come in 10 standardized benefit packages labeled with the letters A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M and N. Plan F is the most popular policy followed by plan C because they provide comprehensive coverage. Plans K and L are high-deductible policies that have lower premiums but impose higher out-of-pocket costs. Plan F also offers a high-deductible version in some states. And a popular middle ground policy that attracts many healthy beneficiaries is plan N. For more information on the different types of plans and the coverage they provide, including Medigap options in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, see Medicare’s “Choosing a Medigap Policy” guide at Medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02110-medicare-medigap.guide. pdf, or call 1-800-MEDICARE and ask them to mail you a copy. How to Choose To pick a Medigap policy that works best for you, consider your health, family medical history and your budget. The differences among plans can be small and rather confusing. To help you choose, visit Medicare.gov, and click on “Supplements & Other Insurance” at the top of the page, then on “Find a Medigap policy” and type in your ZIP code. This will give you a list of the plans available in your area, their price ranges and the names, and contact information of companies that sell them. But it’s up to you to contact the carriers directly to get there specific pricing information. You can also compare Medigap prices on most state insurance department websites (see NAIC.org/state_ web_map.htm for links), or you can order a personalized report from Weiss Ratings for $99 at WeissMedigap.com. Since all Medigap policies with the same letter must cover the exact same benefits (it’s required by law), you should shop for the cheapest policy. You’ll get the best price if you sign up within six months after enrolling in Medicare Part B. During this open-enrollment period, an insurer cannot refuse to sell you a policy or charge you more because of your health. You also need to be aware of the pricing methods, which will affect your costs. Medigap policies are usually sold as either: “community-rated” where everyone in an area is charged the same premium regardless of age; “issue-age-rated” that is based on your age when you buy the policy, but will only increase due to inflation, not age; and “attained-age-rated,” that starts premiums low but increases as you age. Community-rate and issueage-rated policies are the best options because they will save you money in the long run. You can buy the plan directly from an insurance company, or you can work with a reputable local insurance broker. Drug Coverage You also need to know that Medigap policies do not cover prescription drugs, so if you don’t have drug coverage, you need to consider buying a separate Medicare Part D drug plan too. See Medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare plans. Also note that Medigap plans do not cover vision, dental care, hearing aids or long-term care either. Alternative Option Instead of getting original Medicare, plus a Medigap policy and a separate Part D drug plan, you could sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan that provides all-inone coverage. These plans, which are sold by insurance companies, are generally available through HMOs and PPOs. To find and compare Advantage plans visit Medicare.gov/find-a-plan.

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Amanda Conkol | Columnist In last week’s article, I talked about vertical and horizontal wine tasting parties. A couple of you expressed interest in hosting your next wine party with these options in mind and sent me some great questions. Hopefully this week’s column answers them! The first question I received was “I’m interested in hosting a horizontal wine tasting for my next party but which order should I serve the wines?” This can be a little tricky depending on which grape varietal you have selected (in case you missed last week’s article - a horizontal wine tasting is one grape varietal from a particular region). I recommend serving the wines from driest to sweetest. However, if you select a Cabernet Sauvignon for your party most Cabs will be about the same sweetness. In that case, there isn’t a particular order to serve the wines. If you have selected a wine that has more variation like a Riesling, Pinot Gris or Vidal Blanc, you should do some research and find out which wines are drier vs. sweeter before serving. The next question I received was “Should each guest use the same glass for our wine tasting party or should I have separate glasses for each wine?” Ideally each guest would get a new glass with each wine so they get the true flavors of each wine. Unfortunately, most people do not have access to 500 cases of wine glasses like we do at the winery (nor do they have the great staff on hand to wash and dry all of the glasses like we do!), so there are a couple of other options for you. If you want to serve the wines in glassware you could set up a glass rinsing station for your guests to quickly wash out their glass before the next wine. Another option is to visit GFS and pick up a couple sleeves of their plastic wine glasses. Just be sure that each guest has a wine charm or a way to identify whose glass is whose! Finally, another question I received was “What should I do with any bottles that still have wine in them at the end of my party?” There are a couple of options here…I always make sure I have plastic wine stoppers available during my tastings (available on Amazon). At the end of the night I put the stoppers in and ask if any of my guests would like to take some bottles home. Any bottles that are left are poured into ice cube trays and frozen overnight. Anytime I make stew, pasta sauce or have a recipe that calls for a broth I take a few wine cubes out and add them into the recipe. It’s a great way to add some flavor to the meal! Keep the questions coming! I’m excited to hear about all of the future wine tasting parties so if there are any questions I can help answer to make your party a success let me know!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www. candlelightwinery.com.

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James A. Garfield Historical Society O n Febr u a r y 11, 1915 the Garrettsville Journal had an article titled “OVER 3100 YEARS OLD”. A tear bottle was on exhibition at the Ayers Dr ug Store cur rently Waterfalls Antiques. This ancient receptacle was excavated from a tomb at Alexandretta, Turkey, by Ross Davis, consul to that country during McKinley’s administration. There was abundant evidence to prove that the tomb was built 1200 B.C. and the bottle placed there at that time. On his return to America Mr. Davis presented the relic to his friend, J. A. Armstrong, who was the possessor at that time of exhibition.

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5GJJ?ECP$KNMPGSK 8088 Main Street Garrettsville, OH 44231

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The Huntsburg Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the minutes from a Use Variance Hearing held February 20, 2017. All meetings are held at the Huntsburg Town Hall, 16534 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg

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

$87,900 MLS 3841869 330-527-2221 Kathie Lutz

11414 SR 44, Mantua

$92,900 330-687-6967

$114,000 330-687-5900

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85 Trumbull, Newton Falls

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

MLS 3858805 Century Home * 4bd/1.5ba * 1743 sqft * pillared front porch * gas fp w/orig wood mantle * 1st fl laundry/mud room * 1-car garage w/loft * .64 acres * Crestwood LSD

MLS 3816706 Shauna Bailey

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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.

$159,900 MLS 3858791 330-527-2221 Kathie Lutz

$39,900 330-687-5900

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