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Lady G-Men Win District Title - Advance To Regional Semi-Finals Jason Adkins | Contributing Reporter With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years. With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history. Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over Brookfield. Leading wire-to-wire, Garfield never gave the Warriors a chance, with smothering defense

Crestwood School Board News Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At the latest School Board meeting, preschool teacher Elizabeth Marlow and Ms Donna Hejl, were honored by CPS Principal Cindy Ducca. From the Transportation Department, Supervisor Sharon Dove thanked Sandra Wagner, a District bus driver, for her exemplary service, and lastly, CMS Assistant Principal Keith Robinson honored language-arts teacher Lydia Kulesza. These individuals were all recognized for their dedication and commitment to the District by the administration -- congratulations to all! In the Superintendent’s Communication, Dave Toth mentioned that the state is currently in the process of proposing a revision to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was put in place by President Obama in 2015. The ESSA shifted from broad federal oversight of education to more control and decision-making residing at the state and local levels. The revision currently under review was based on feedback from school districts across the state who have called for less student testing, given that Ohio requires seven more tests than federal guidelines require. According to Mr. Toth,”This revision doesn’t appear to accomplish that.” He urged residents to review the proposed plan at the state’s website: In addition, Mr. Toth voiced his concerns that the preliminary state budget includes new restrictions that will affect how much funding the Crestwood District will receive. He noted that the proposed budget won’t be finalized until June 30th his hope is that it will be ‘tweaked’ by legislation prior to that date. He urged residents to contact legislators to voice their concerns over additional cuts to the District’s budget.

and sharp shooting. After a Grayson Rose free throw early in the game the Lady G-Men took a 3-0 lead. Brookfield would make a basket to cut it to a single point and that’s as close as the Warriors would come. Garfield would score the next six points on back-to-backTaylor Brown layups and a Rose basket before Brookfield called a timeout to draw up a play, stop the bleeding and cut the deficit to 9-4 which was immediately answered by a Callie Pfile 3-pointer to start another run. Garfield scored 26 unanswered points before Brookfield made a jumper as time expired in the first half. When asked before the game on his team’s focus, head coach

In other news, the board reviewed a revised school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. The student start date on the proposed calendar is August 25th, as opposed to August 17th. On the proposed schedule, school would be out for the summer on June 1st instead of May 24th. If approved, this revision would replace the calendar that was approved at the January board meeting. When asked during public comment why the change was being entertained, several board members noted that their intent was to serve ‘every child every day,’ they came to understand that the previous schedule did serve all students. They noted that in order for the district to be successful in its endeavors, all parties must be willing to work together toward that same common goal. To that end, the district is asking taxpayers to support a ballot issue to fund replacement of the current high school and middle school with a seven through twelve campus, which will be built on the current site of the high school. According to building experts, the age of the current structures -- nearly 60 years old -- and improvements in building materials and increased energy-efficiency standards, makes it cost-prohibitive to renovate existing structures. To better serve the community and its children, the decision was made to build a better organized, handicapped-accessible, and more efficient structure. As an added incentive, the State of Ohio will pay 30% of the costs associated with the project. For more information, facts and figures, visit: The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm in the CHS library.

Aaron Gilbert said, “I haven’t had to say anything, these girls know what happened last year they’re the ones that wanted this rematch.” 371 days earlier the Brookfield Warriors upset Garfield in the same setting, Rose and company was not about to let that happen again. The numbers don’t lie and a 64-22 victory in a game, wasn’t even that close. It was a total team effort as the Lady G-Men racked up 19 assists, led by Lauren Jones with seven and Nina Jurcevic with five. Garfield also tallied 11 steals, led by Jones’ four; Ashlyn Geddes and Pfile added three steals each. Of the 43 rebounds, Rose grabbed 14 while junior Makenna Lawrence hauled in 10. Rose and Jones led the scoring with 21 and 13, but Brown’s 10 points were instrumental in the Lady G-Men getting off to a quick start. The win propelled Garfield to a district championship match up with the Champion Golden Flashes on a bright Saturday afternoon. Garfield uncharacteristically fell behind and fell behind fast. After the Lady G-Men took a 5-0 lead, it was all Golden Flashes the rest of the first half. Garfield was outscored 6-0 to end the first quarter, and midway through the second quarter Garfield trailed 21-7 but “The Rose Show” was just about to begin. After getting just two points in the first quarter the senior scored five of her team’s last six points in the second quarter to close the gap to 21-15. Champion didn’t hesitate to start the second half with a layup and a free throw. Now trailing 24-15 the Lady G-Men made their run, and didn’t stop. Garfield got to within one, 24-23, on a Jones 3-pointer from the top of the key, and then took the lead for good on another Jones 3-pointer 28-27. When the smoke had cleared, the Lady G-Men were leading 35-29 after a 20-point burst in the third quarter. Far from done, the Lady G-Men played like champions in the fourth quarter, out scoring the Golden Flashes 20-10 on their way to cutting down the nets with a 55-39 romp over Champion. No question as to Rose leading the way with her game high 23 points and 23 rebounds while adding three assists and a steal. Jones added a great performance of her own, with 19 points, six boards, two assists and a pair of steals. Garfield will travel to Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday to play Youngstown Ursuline in the regional semifinal. Ursuline knocked off the third ranked team in the state to advance. This year’s Lady G-Men squad has now set the school mark for single season wins (22) and wins in a four year span with 66. They’re not done yet.







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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)



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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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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.

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

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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.

SS Mary & Joseph’s Ladies Guild Kolache Bake

Order by April 1 SS Mary & Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Easter holiday. You may purchase this taste of eastern Europe at the low cost of $10 each. The filling offered are: apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order call Patty at 330-980-8560 or Barbara at 330-872-1951. Pick up times willbe April 4 from 10 am - 4 pm and April 5 from 10 am - 6 pm. The last day to order is April 1.

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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Lenten Fish Fry

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.

Portage Faith Church Ladies Night

March 10 On March 10th 7-9pm, the Portage Faith United Methodist Church (9922 State Route 44) in Mantua is having a “Ladies Night Out” fundraiser to help raise money for a mission trip to the Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland. We will have chair massages, manicures, jewelry demonstrations, healthy snacks, drinks, give-a-ways and more. Admission:$10 contact for the event: Chris 330-357-2388 or email:

Spaghetti Dinner

March 10 The Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invites you to the a spaghetti dinner in partnership with Mantua Center Church’s Weekend Snackpack program on March 10 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the Hiram Christian Church.

Crestwood High School’s Annual Rummage Sale

March 10 Crestwood is hosting it’s annual rummage sale once again on Friday, March 10thrunning from 9am up until5pm at the high school. For cheap, you will be able to find anything from toys, clothes, and books all the way to furniture! .

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 Cost is $20.00 per table – for all 3 days.

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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. , or call 330-351-3035

Windham Band Spaghetti Dinner & Concert

March 11 Windham Band Spaghetti Dinner Concert will be held on Saturday March 11th. 5-7:30pm in the high school cafeteria. Concerts by grades 4-12. Cost: Adults -$8, Students -$5, Kids 4 and under are free. There will be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle.There is no charge for just attending the concert. Please help support the Windham Band by purchasing a dinner and enjoying the concert.

Free Lunch

March 11 Come to a great free Lunch on Saturday, March 11. Cincinnati Chili will be the main dish of the day. The Lunch will be held from 12:001:00 @ the Brick Chapel, 9003 N Main Street, Windham. The Chapel is handicap accessible, with a ramp at the front of the fellowship hall. Kim Kiser is in charge of this meal. Please come and join us for a great meal and a time of fellowship. All are welcome! For more information call 330326-3133.

Mantua Soccer Registration

March 12, 19,26 Spring 2017 In-Person Soccer Registrations will be held on Sundays in March ( 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

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Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts

March 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 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!

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.

2017 Pond Clinic

register by March 13 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 to register by March 13th.

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.

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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 or 330/562-8292. Further questions may be addressed to April Secura at the above email.

Portage County Beekeepers’ Meeting

March 16 Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 pm Learn some inherent and not so inherent problems associated with being a modern day beekeeper when John Grafton speaks at the next Portage County Beekeepers meeting. John retired in 2008 after spending 32 years with the apiary inspection program. John has received the Beekeeper of the Year award from the Ohio State Beekeepers Association and the Exceptional Service Award presented by the Apiary Inspectors of America. Free and open to the public! Maplewood Career Center, 7075 St. Rt. 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266, Conference Room A. For more information, contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

March 17 Western Reserve Kiwanis & Kids Weekend Meals will be serving up All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti on Friday, March 17th 4:30-7:00pm at the Hiram Christian Church. Adults $7.00, kids 8 and under FREE! Spaghetti with choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, & ice cream.

Free Clothing

March 18 The next free clothing giveaway will be held on March 18 from 9 am - noon at the old Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd., Mantua. There will be clothing of all sizes and for all genders. Bring your friends and family to this free event!

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 Youth Shotgun Shooting Lesson

March 19 The Streetsboro Sportsman Association is hosting a youth Shotgun Shoot free to the public for ages 10-18 on March 19 at 10:00 AM. Space is limited. All shotguns and ammunition provided. For more information or to reserve your place contact Russ Vandercook @ (330)274-

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March 19 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.

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.


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

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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 for more information and online or mail-in registration.

2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser

April 1 On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, we are having our 2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser. It is a fundraiser for the Garrettsville-FreedomNelson Fire Department, Community EMS Association and the Garrettsville Police K-9 fund. We have 34 crafters/ vendors so far. There will also be refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction. The event will be held at the Garrettsville Fire Station, 8035 Elm St. Garrettsville, Ohio from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Information can be requested from pamisue48@hotmail. com PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE EMERGENCY NUMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

Spring Sew & Social

April 1 Portage County Gardeners will sponsor a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring Sew &Social at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44266 on April 1, 2017. Bring your sewing machine, an extension cord, your projects and sewing needs and a food to share. Come join in for a day with those who love to sew, quilt, share ideas and socialize. Call Leslie Geer for registration and pre-pay at 330-678-5022. Deadline for registration is March 27, 2017. The day is limited to 12 participants so hurry and call. The fee is only $10.00 made payable to the Portage County Gardeners.

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 To register, call 330-673-1756 or email laurab@ concert will be presented at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 WindhamParkman Road, Garrettsville, Ohio on April 2nd @ 11 AM. You are invited to stay for a potluck dinner following the concert.

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.

Chili Bowl 5K Walk & Run

April 7 Starts at 4707 Mill Street Mantua, OH 44255 at 6 pm and goes east on Headwaters Trail. Pre-Registration (Customized ceramic mug for 1st 72) - $20; Students - $10; Day of Race - $22(if mugs left); Day of Race - $15(if no mugs left); Registration opens at 5:15PM. Please stay after to try all the delicious chili and vote for your favorite bowl. There will be prizes for the winners of the Vegetable and Meat Chili Contest. Enter your own favorite chili for a chance to be the 2017 Chili Bowl cookoff winner. Call us by March 30th at 330-274-2747 to enter into the cook-off. Register by coming into the office.

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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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In Search of Geauga County’s Biggest Northern Red Oak! The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce the 2017 BIG TREE Contest and is currently seeking nominations! This voluntary contest promotes the beauty and benefits provided by our county’s biggest and oldest trees, along with their contributions to clean water and healthy soil. The 2017 featured tree species is the Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra). This versatile, fast growing, and long-lived tree is known for its brilliant red fall colors, its significance to Ohio’s timber industry, and its abundance of acorns for wildlife. Participants will submit a nomination for a Northern Red Oak tree which they believe might be the largest in the county. After all nominations are submitted, qualified personnel will verify the measurements using the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Big Tree Program procedures. Each tree will receive a score based on trunk circumference, crown spread, and total height to determine the winner. In addition, the District will consider each tree’s ability to capture stormwater along with other economical benefits. For example, one northern red oak tree with a diameter of 15 inches can absorb as much as 1,950 gallons of stormwater runoff each year. The objectives of this contest are: · To engage residents in the recognition, management, and enhancement of our county’s tree populations · To showcase the critical roles that trees play in sustaining healthy soil and clean water · To recognize that each healthy tree in our county reduces flooding and improves water quality by soaking up stormwater runoff and filtering out pollutants BIG TREE Contest Guidelines: Nominated trees must be Northern Red Oaks located in Geauga County. (Visit the Ohio Division of Forestry’s website to review characteristics of the Northern Red Oak. Similar species include the Black Oak, Pin Oak, and Scarlet Oak, which also have pointed leaves and are in the Red Oak family.) Only one nomination per individual tree. The first nomination received will be entered into the contest. The tree does not have to be on the property of the nominator; however, permission from the landowner must be obtained prior to nomination. Nominations must be submitted to Geauga SWCD no later than Friday, September 22nd - 3:30 pm. Please email to or submit in person or through the mail to the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, PO Box 410, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021. Qualified District personnel will verify all nominated tree measurements and use the tree benefits calculator ( to provide the stormwater runoff reduction capability. The decision of the district will be final. Geauga County’s BIG TREE will be recognized and awarded at the district’s Annual Meeting in the fall. For more information contact Geauga SWCD at, 440-834-1122, or gprunty@geaugaswd. com.

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Windham, OH Marie Miller, 72, of Windham, passed away on March 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 6, 1944 in Ravenna, Ohio to foster parents, James L. and Opal S. (Spencer) Kline. She was blessed to marry the love of her life, Bruce Miller on August 8th 1970. She enjoyed camping and picnics, hosting family gather ings and shopping. Marie cherished spending time with family and friends. She loved people and praying for them. Marie was everyone’s grandma! Marie is survived by Bruce her loving husband, of 46 years; children, Brian Miller of Windham, Michael (Erin) Miller of Burton and Teresa (Mike Carpenter) Miller of Deerfield; sister, Francis Baldwin; sister-in-law, Karen Kline; grandchildren, Alexander J. and Austin M. Miller and beloved pet, Muffin. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Larry Kline. Visitation was held on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Services followed at the funeral home. Burial at Park Cemetery. Online condolences at

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Garrettsville, OH Anne Spolarich “Nana” of Garrettsville, passed peacefully Monday, February 27,2017 at the grand age of 92. She was born March 2, 1924 in Union Town, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Mary Bratina. Anne moved to Solon, Ohio where she would later meet her one tr ue love, Albert Spolarich. Anne would later help her husba nd accomplish many great things. Together they created a successful excavating company which later would help them create the great legacy they left to their only son, A&A Shooting and Hunting Club. Anne is survived by her son Joseph M. Spolarich, daughter-in-law, Cathy Spolarich, Grandaughter, Anne Cooper who gave her 5 beautiful great-grand-children, grandson John Spolarich, and Pam Bunnenburg, who she brought into their home and raised her as her own. Affectionately known as “Nana” this great women donated her time and money to many great causes. She will be sorely missed by all. Rest in Peace Nana. We love you. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, March 3, 2017, 10 AM at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 16150 Center St., Parkman, Ohio with Father Burkley officiating. Burial followed at Harrington Cemetery. Online condolences at www.

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Submitted by Helena Perry The Portage County Gardeners are sponsoring the “Forever Flower Workshop” , back by popular demand, on April 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 4466 . Instructor, Jackie Guilitto, will provide the materials for a fee of $25.00, made payable to Portage County Gardeners. You will create a 3-D flower-like piece of art. Jackie will have other products on hand for sale. Please call Becky Kuchenbecker at 330-296-2437 for registration and pre-pay. The deadline for registration and pre-pay is April 7, 2017. Hurry and sign up as there is a limited number of spaces.

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Nelson Twp., OH Doris L. Barnett, 82, of Nelson passed away on Monday March 6th surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 23, 1934 in Latrobe, PA to Chester and Bertha (Kintz) Short. She was a for mer Administrative Assistant at General Electric and was the former owner of Kool Lakes. Doris was an avid gardener, a member of the Silver Creek Garden Club, and a world traveler. She cherished sharing her time with her family and friends during the holidays. Doris will be deeply missed by her loving husband of almost 63 years, John; sisters, Jean Egbert of Chardon, Virginia Otcasek of Painesville and Carol Brewer of Kinsman; and many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 9, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home and Cremation Services 8382 Center St. Garrettsville, OH 44231. Funeral Service will be Friday March 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Harrington Cemetery, Nelson Twp. Online condolences at

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“Crafting with Marian” Paint Party Program Due to an overwhelming response the first time around, the Garrettsville Library will offer a second “Crafting with Marian” paint party program. The program will take place on Monday, March 13 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Using brushes, canvas and paint, participants will make a beautiful piece of art- a portrait of spring lavender. Participants are encouraged to bring their patience and love of art, as this project will challenge your creative skills. This adult program is free, although there is a $5 deposit fee that’s refunded the day of the program. There are only a limited number of seats available, so call 330527-4378 for registration right away.

“Cookin’ up a Storm” Program Garrettsville Library’s “Cookin’ up a Storm” program’s next theme will be famous non-chef recipes. Program will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Using cookbooks from the library’s own collection, you’ll discover recipes by people who are famous for something other than their culinary talent. Participants are asked to bring a dish from a recipe of a famous person to share with the others. Led by Marian Phillips, this monthly program gives adults the opportunity to experience new types of food such as international selections, and allows them to try their hand at preparing new dishes. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or for any additional information.

Book Discussion Club Meeting Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club will meet on Tuesday March 21 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the library’s meeting room. This month’s selection is will be Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. It’s the remarkable memoir of an incredible journey along the Pacific Crest Trail without electronics, other people, or escape. For 94 days, the author bore the weight of her backpack, loss of her mother, and a broken marriage to become one with the vast wilderness. Copies of this title are available at the Reference Desk. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or for additional information.

Container Gardening Program Are you interested in learning more about container gardening? Cynthia Druckenbrod, Vice President of Horticulture at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, will speak about this subject at the Garrettsville Library on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Druckenbrod oversees 10 acres of outdoor gardens in addition to the plant and animal collections in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve a seat, as spaces are limited.

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Garrettsville - One of the newest features of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County Library District—there are several—is the LED sign installed in front of the building. It’s being used to better communicate with the community about the services and programs now available at the library. This includes open hours, holiday closings, speakers, meetings, special event—all of the things that are going on that the public is interested in and encouraged to participate in. Donations for the LED sign came mostly from the Garrettsville Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #2705, which was given over the course of two years. The remainder of the funds came from the Friends of the Garrettsville Library and various community members. The installation of the sign was also a donation, via the Eagle Scout project of Isaac Russell (pictured above), who handled the organization of materials, equipment, skilled labor contributed by various companies in the area. These companies included Scotchman Electric ( labor and materials), Charles Burrows and Sons Well Drilling (labor and equipment used in excavation); Stamm’s Concrete (labor, equipment, materials). All local, professional, respected in their fields and community-minded. Thank you’s are in order all around. Stop by, check out the new sign, check out the library and all of its activities. You’ll be able to see all about it on the sign.






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How ‘bout Them Apples? Iva Walker | Columnist

The third annual Road Apple Roubaix was a smashing success. That’s what you call it when you run out of almost everything but good times at an event. The bike riders began coming into town and parking everywhere there was a (not two-hour) space, with bikes on racks in back, perched on the top, loaded in the cargo space, in the truck bed, tucked in the van...everyplace you can imagine. Some two hundred fourteen preregistered and others appeared. The snow (Surprise! Surprise!) upped the challenge rating but the hardy pedalers were up to it; Spandex helped, the brighter the color, the more warmth, right? What with the bundling and the helmets and goggles, sometimes it was hard to tell who was who but it did not matter; it was a good crowd. It included locals and welcome visitors from out of town, first-timers and returning wheelers. The age range was broad, as well, from Pete Collins and Rowan Collins, aged 6 and 9, respectively, to Jeff Collins (aged “Dad”), to some superannuated individuals in my own age cohort (Looking pretty good, considering). There were fat tires, skinny tires, the National Anthem sung by Lisa Plisko, an escort out of town up State Street by Garrettsville’s Finest, a brief welcome from Mayor Rick Patrick, a presence by Portage County Sheriff, David Doak, Doug Shepard, head ranger with the Portage County Park District ( a local dude who knows the Headwaters Trail well).





When the whole crowd got back to the finish line—this was not a race, officially, but there are always competitors, and this year a STRAVA Go Fast Challenge, sponsored by Charles Auto Family, for bragging rights only—there were adult beverages and hot chili available at Slim & Jumbo’s, where the registration took place and the event started. The raffle tickets that came with registration were put to use at the raffle which went off at 2:00 p.m. The items on display included helmets, water bottles, earphones, lights, gloves, socks, cups, shirts, memberships, gift certificates, goodie baskets and bags, free passes, two mystery prize boxes. Three young ladies, Kate Lisachenko, Alyssa Hallis and Erin Hallis, assisted in setting up all of this, as well as stuffing the various registration bags; they were a big help. And there was more! This included push-up contests for women and men—top guy, 44, top gal, 28—arm wrestling for men and women (The two Evans sisters wound up the finishers, wearing shirts that read “Hey Ho. Let’s Go”. The two fellows who were the finishers were a hoot). All of this fun and frivolity had an array of sponsors, including Double Wing Brewing Co., the bicycle hub, Reed Financial Services, Charles Auto, Mountain Road Cycles, Cleveland Velodrome, Golden Road Brewing, Velofix, Slim & Jumbo’s and Road ID. The James A.

Garfield Cross Country team took care of the aid station and received the profits from the raffle; maybe they’ll be bikers next year—good training. Keep an eye out for a competition in July, July 8, to be exact, when the Headwaters Adventure Race invites all to run, pedal and paddle for trails and watershed conservation. Start and end at Buchert Park, Mantua. More info later Hoping to see even more for the Road Apple Roubaix next year.





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Nelson Township News

Hiram Village News

Nelson Twp. - The March 1 meeting started as they normally do with everyone in attendance rising to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Some of the general business that was discussed pertains to the campgrounds and their desire to have over 1,000 permanent sites. Trustees will be talking with the Portage County Health Department regarding this. The trustees need more information right now before making any decision. A welder was purchased and a heavy duty cart was made for it. The maintenance department has been working on cleaning ditches and taking care of road problems. The new truck that was approved last month has been ordered. Flags have been ordered for Memorial Day and volunteers will be needed to help with putting them up. The tree on the west side of the Community House has been taken down and the stump will be ground up soon. There was a change in the order of business so Mr. Ross could present what is going on with the race track and the tract of land associated with it. They have cleaned up a lot of junk around the track and are looking into repairing the track. He shared with everyone in attendance that this is a work in progress. There are both short term and long term goals connected with the development of the track. They are continuing to look into having automobile manufacturers use the track for testing. While they do things like this they will be working on other ways to use and market the track. They continue to work with the EPA regarding mosquitoes and continue to spray the area. They are following the EPA guidelines and working on their schedule. They have invested a lot of time and money in this project and they are trying to do things correctly. Mr. Elias reported on the progress of the Veterans Memorial. It will cost approximately $15,000 to complete the project. Currently, the committee has raised approximately $5,800. They will have to raise more funds and will be looking for help with this. One of the residents in attendance asked about the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) and the tax abatement and how these impact the track development. Mr. Ross answered that a tax abatement would help their project. He also explained that it could attract other businesses looking to move into the area. Then there was some dialogue between trustees, residents and Mr. Bradford Ehrhart, who is the president of the Portage County Development Board. This discussion revolved around the possibility of a new CRA and what that would mean to the residents of Nelson and the general area. There will be more discussion about this issue in future meetings. It looks like the trustees will be gathering more information and listening to discussions before a final decision is made. A donation of $200 was made to help with the purchase of oxygen sensors for the maintenance department. Oxygen sensors will give maintenance workers a safer work environment for certain jobs. The township’s new website is still a work in progress. The possibility of allowing an organization to grow medical marijuana in Nelson Township was discussed. This type of business is regulated by the state of Ohio but the trustees would have to make a decision to allow or disallow this before any license could be applied for. The trustees moved to go into an executive session after all of this business was taken care of and everyone in attendance was dismissed. The next scheduled meeting is for Wednesday March 15 at 7pm. All residents are welcome to attend.

H iram - During public comment, resident Jo Walsh Cobb voiced her desire that council should, in their review of trash and recycling service suppliers, give serious thought to returning to Portage County Recycling for village-wide services. She made the point that residents’ tax dollars paid for the Recycling Center, and that Portage County Recycling supports the local economy by employing local residents, supporting local educational efforts at schools, as well as local environmental efforts. Chris Szell from the Park Board shared Mayor Lou Bertram welcomed Officer Charles Sidoti and Officer the 4th annual report of the Hiram Village Josh Wilde to the Hiram Police Department. Photos provided by Recreation & Park Board with council. He Sargent Brian Gregory highlighted the progress made during 2016 In his monthly report, Fire Chief Bill Byers shared at Hiram School Park (also known as Bancroft Road that in the month of January, his department responded Park). Mr. Szell noted that playground equipment will to 38 calls in the village, township, and college, and be installed at the park as soon as weather allows in the provided mutual aid to other localities. The average spring. He shared the park board’s application for a grant response time is slightly more than six minutes. He also from the Portage Foundation. If awarded, the funds will urged members of council and residents to attend the be used for site improvements at the School Park. He ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ event, as well as Project DAWN also noted that the upcoming move of the Merrill family events where NARCAN kits are provided at no charge from the Village leaves Susan Merrill’s spot open on the to residents to prevent accidental opiate overdoses. He park board; Jo Walsh Cobb readily volunteered for the stated that his department responded to an estimated two position. Mr. Szell and the members of council thanked to three overdose fatalities in 2014 and 2015; he noted that Ms. Merrill for her service. They accepted Mrs. Cobb’s the number doubled to six in 2016. In the beginning of addition to the park board. 2017, the count has reached two fatalities due to overdose. In his police report, Sargent Brian Gregory shared “It’s an issue even in our little corner of the world,” that the Department has several events in the works Chief Byers remarked. “Along with a fire extinguisher for April and May. At the annual ‘None For Under 21’ and a first aid kid, there should be a NARCAN kit in program on April 18th, they anticipate 1,500 - 2,000 every home, not just those with addicts in their lives,” he area high school seniors to converge on Hiram College, implored. He noted that doses of the medication, which just in time to deter drinking and driving prior to prom is used to counter an opiate overdose, are administered and graduation season. On April 24th, the department by nasal spray and won’t interfere negatively with other will participate in another ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ drug medications. awareness program at the Hiram Christian Church; in Village Administrator James McGee shared that early May, they’ll host a mature driver course. More sewer and water-billing customers would be seeing slight details on these events will be forthcoming. changes in their bills to reflect the fact that the pressurized Lastly, Sgt. Gregory welcomed Officer Charles Sidoti, side of the system is costlier to operate than the gravitywho was sworn in on January 31st, and Officer Josh based side. He noted that most people wouldn’t see a big Wilde, who was sworn in on February 14th. Mayor Louis difference in their bills, unless they don’t use the village’s Bertrand officiated the swearing in of both gentlemen sewer services. He noted that a letter would be sent to to the Hiram Police Department. “Both officers are a residents notifying them of the change. welcome addition to HPD as well as Hiram Village,” In his mayor’s report, Mayor Lou Bertrand shared Sgt. Gregory concluded. details of the governor’s proposal on central collection of municipal income taxes. The program would effectively replace the village’s agreement with R.I.T.A’s tax Searching For Area World War II Veterans collection system. In its place, taxes would be collected and disbursed by the Ohio Department of Taxation for The Newton Falls Preservation Foundation is asking a proposed 1% fee. Council agreed with the Mayor, and for any local World War II veterans willing to be inter- unanimously opposed the State program. viewed about their military service and/or share memories The next regularly scheduled council meeting will surrounding the U.S.O., please contact Connie Smith be held on March 14th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged Talcott at 336-420-0448 or to attend. or the NFPF via their website ( before May 1, 2017. Sacrifices made by all Americans during WWII, from the front lines to the home front, must not be forgotten. This project is directly related to the preservation of Learn how I lost 115 pounds the Newton Falls Community Center. 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Letters To The Editor

To the Garrettsville community: On February 23rd, 2017 I had the distinct pleasure to conduct a school assembly on testing skills to the Middle School and High School in the Garfield School District. After school I also presented to the girls basketball team on developing the mental toughness needed to play high performance basketball. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding days in my experience as a motivational speaker!! The students in this district were so attentive, polite and well-mannered that I just had to write to let you know what a fantastic job you are doing preparing the youth in your community for success! After my presentation, students came up and asked me very well thought out questions and were quite confident in the way they handled themselves. They were energetic, yet not disruptive and a complete joy to work with. The basketball team and Coach Gilbert were eager to learn and hungry for techniques to improve their performance and it is no wonder they are having such a successful campaign. Principals Mulhern and Dobran were prime examples of professionalism and the staff was so enthusiastic and welcoming that it was a breath of fresh air. I will continue to tout your school system as an example of what education should be like everywhere and look forward to returning if I can ever help. Great job Garfield schools and community! Bruce Boguski

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Iva Walker | Columnist The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met at noon on March 6, 2017, at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. It being the first meeting of the month, the meeting was devoted to dealing with business before the club. This consisted of : Notice that grant inquiries for District or International Rotary grants must be in by May 15, with an ultimate deadline in June. Subdivision of large projects allow them to be completed and financed in stages. Correlation with projects undertaken by other groups will enhance everyone’s goals. Proposals from last year were reviewed—what’s done, what’s continuing, who owns what. Discussion of bike racks. There are various designs available; more information is needed on the racks and where they might be placed. Bike stations might be a further indication of the town being “bike friendly” and encouraging visitors. The new Little Free Library has been installed by Jason Pitsinger. It is located between the Garrettsville Cinema and the Save-A-Lot store. A bench is still needed. Way-finding signs for the Headwaters Trail are in and need to be installed. Jason Pitsinger may again be tapped for this service, also Ken Tackett. The club voted to support Chad Angermeir’s Eagle Scout project for the marker at the Jeddo Station. The JAG student coming to the meeting next week will be presenting the Garfield Core Value of Loyalty. Four-Way Speech Contest entrants will be speaking before the local club in March; the district competition will be in April. RYLA—Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly— selection will be coming soon, as will the semi-annual roadside clean-up. Need to co-ordinate with the InterAct club at JAGHS. Tickets are now in sale for “Seussical, the Musical” to be presented at James A. Garfield High School on March 23-26.

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Grade: 4 Something I would like others to know about me... I really love animals….they are so cute!

What makes James A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield Schools are great because everyone there is nice and it is always fun to come to school.

Chris Smith (stepfather), Aly Brandt (Girl Scout Silver Award candidate), Jen Weitzel (Geauga Park District land steward) and Kelly MacKenzie-Smith (mother).

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I think teamwork is the most important core value. I think this because kids should always be kind by helping each other.

Mallard ducks will be pleasantly surprised when they return to three Geauga Park District parks this spring. Aly Brandt, a nine-year member of Chagrin Falls Girl Scout Troop 71236, has begun installing five mallard nesting tubes that she built while working toward her Silver Award, which is the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Three tubes were installed at Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge Township on Saturday, March 4. Tubes will also be installed soon at Orchard Hills Park in Chesterland and Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Munson Township. Aly is an eighth-grader at Chagrin Falls Middle School. This project means a lot to the parks in a few different ways, said Jen Weitzel, a Geauga Park District land steward who coordinated the project with Aly. “What Aly built will provide safe nesting habitat for the mallard hen, and increase the likelihood of a successful nest. Nesting tubes greatly decrease predation to the nest,” Weitzel said. “This project will also be a nice addition to our parks because the general public usually does not get to see a mallard hen nesting, and these locations can also be used for interpretive programs by the naturalists.” The Silver Award project gives Girl Scouts a chance to show that they are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community. Finished projects should have lasting, educational benefits to the community. For hers, Aly wanted to do something that would also have a lasting benefit for animals, which she loves, wrote her mother, Kelly MacKenzie-Smith. “With the help of the Geauga Park District, this has become possible, supporting their need for mallard nesting tubes in three parks that have marshlands,” said her mom. In recognition of Aly’s efforts, which are in line with its mission for habitat conservation, Ducks Unlimited has agreed to provide her with a free Greenwing membership. Geauga County’s Ducks Unlimited co-chair Kathy Shimer was also in attendance for the March 4 installation. “The Geauga County chapter is fortunate to have the financial support/underwriting for Greenwing memberships,” said Scott Paschke, regional director for Ducks Unlimited.

Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I write an article in The Villager and The Community Journal about my 4-H club. What is your favorite school activity? I am looking forward to participating in bowling when I get to High School. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be an animal therapist. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is responsibility. This is important because I believe that when someone gives you a task to do, you need to be sure you do it.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I like to swim, golf and play video games. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activities are advanced web design with Mr. Bartz and AP Government with Mr. Der. What is your college or career focus? I want to be a lawyer. The University of Toledo will help me prepare for this career. What makes J.A. Garfield a great place? The students and staff are what make James A. Garfield a great place. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect means the most to me because showing respect towards others is something that everyone appreciates.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Lunch Staff 3 Years at Garfield What are your hobbies or interests? I really enjoy Reading, Working outside around the house. The most interesting thing about me is...I enjoy spending time with my family. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... having a kind word and a smile. My kids go here so I have a double investment!


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What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is art. I enjoy art because I can be creative.


The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville were able to have their cake and eat it too during the recent meeting at the home of Nasreen Kitko on March 2. The program was presented by Carolyn Miller, “the Cake Lady of Windham”, for many years a secretary in Windham schools, and the supplier of cakes to Roby Lee’s in Newton Falls and Cal’s in Garrettsville, as well as innumerable sweet treats for weddings and celebrations all over Northeast Ohio. She also taught cake decorating to kids in a summer arts program; nobody skipped those classes. She explained some of her secrets for icing to put on the cakes, demonstrated tools, tricks and techniques which she uses, constructed an icing rose, spoke of the classes she has taken and instruction books available for the learner, and had her scrapbook of finished works for members to marvel at. She reviewed the uses of fondant— which she is not real fond of—gave hints for the home baker icing a cake, and offered members an opportunity to do some decorating on their own and take home some helpful hints on more elaborate projects to be attempted—the basketweave demo got close inspection. She also told of her pricing, which was more than reasonable. The entire program fit in with the rest of the meeting. Roll call was answered with members revealing their favorite kind of cake; it was quite a range, from plain pound cake through chocolate fudge, German chocolate, coconut cream and spice, finishing up with strawberry cassata, which appeared on the refreshment table at the close of the meeting. Minutes were read and approved, the treasurer’s report accepted, as were those of the historian and sunshine chairpersons. The nominating committee presented the slate of officers for the coming year : president, Leah Schultz; vice president, Bonnie Oliver; secretary, Karen Ziarko; treasurer, Jane Bell; historian, Patricia Amor. The Spring Party will be held on April 20 at DelCiello’s Restaurant and Lounge, 6:30 p.m.; reservations were taken and will remain open through March. Additions and corrections to the by-laws were discussed and will be finalized at the next meeting, which will be on March 16 at the Candlelight Winery, 11325 Center Rd. Following adjournment, the strawberry cassata cake took center stage and was enjoyed by all.



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Sugar Season... Sort Of Iva Walker | Columnist

So. What season are we in now? No doubt whatsoever that March came “in like a lion� but it seems to be a lion with sort of bi-polar aspects that are proving difficult to deal with, to say the least. The cyclers got a challengeand-a-half for the Road Apple Roubaix on Saturday. One that I talked to said that the frozen gears were a new experience for him, ditto for the treacherous ice patches which caused him to make more contact with the frozen ground than would have been ideal for a bike rally in any weather. Says that he’ll give it another shot next year anyway. That seemed to be the general consensus: despite a few wrong turns and a superabundance of slush, the bright sunny day, the good company and the excellent organization, welcoming, and support made it an experience worth repeating. Y’all come back now, y’hear? The Old Farmer isn’t being real specific for the first five days of March : “It’s brisk but travel’s no risk.� “Occasional spates for town meeting debates,� ends the first two weeks. Pretty wishy-washy, I say. He goes on to predict, �A little snow, a little rain; this month has water on the brain.� We don’t even have to wait for April showers. As I’ve mentioned before, pray for all of the fruit growers out there; this kind of changeable, unpredictable, unseasonable weather must keep them up nights and cause ulcer flare-ups. One nasty cold snap when the buds and/or flowers are out will devastate the crops, and maybe for more than just this year. Bad enough that maple syrup is likely to be worth its weight in gold this year because of the very short season. There are still bags and buckets out hanging on the trees but often, when the temperatures go as high as ours did, for as long as they did, the quality of the sap, and thence, the syrup, is often affected. We’ll see how that goes. Gotta have those buckwheats! I see that they are on offer at Goodells’ and some of the other venues round about, Burton, Parkman, Chardon, West Farmington and such. Watch for the special-recipe sausage too. That’s a tip–off that they’ve been operating for awhile. I remember growing up, the two annual fund-raising events in the little country church were the fall fish fry featuring summer-caught Lake Erie perch in a secret recipe coating and the spring pancake supper(It was always a supper, five a.m. milking did not mesh well with breakfast events) with an heirloom family recipe for homemade sausage (Probably as much as your life was worth to ask for that one). The syrup came from the local sugarbushes and was fresh as fresh could be. Ditto for the butter, I think. My mom has pictures of a charming little child (Modesty forbids my naming this paragon)dressed in a dark snowsuit, bundled up to a fare-thee-well, perched on the back of a horse-drawn sled ferrying a big tankful of sap to a sugarhouse, probably at Uncle Ed’s place , maybe Uncle Frank’s. No pipelines or fancy-schmancy plastic bags or tanks—plenty of snow and mud and COLD! Victuals for the sugaring-off parties usually consisted of hot dogs (because they could be roasted in the fires keeping the sap boiling or in the sap itself)and maybe eggs boiled in sap. Saltine crackers and pickles of various sorts were also available—to cut the sweetness of everything else, I guess. We, the whole aunts and uncles and cousins crowd, used to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s on a Saturday evening during syrup season to boil down syrup to make maple sugar candy. You cooked the syrup to a certain temperature on a candy thermometer (Or you could use the drop-a-little-in-a-cup-of-water-to-see-ifit-coalesced- into-a-ball method) then ladled some out into everyone’s bowl and everybody got a spoon and stirred like crazy until the syrup was transformed into a smooth-grained, pale brown substance which was





then dropped onto waxed paper as fifty-cent-sized blobs. When it cooled and hardened, it was just the tastiest, most delicately-flavored maple confection imaginable. What you mostly get nowadays is a lot harder, basically chunks of maple sugar. If there was a lot of snow, another pot of syrup got boiled down to a different temperature and specific gravity then was ladled out onto a panful of snow to make what we called maple taffy; it was definitely chewy. You had to make sure that you put the snow into a pan before pouring the cooked-down syrup on it or it might go straight through the white stuff and land on heavenonly-knows-what in the backyard where the chickens lived part of the time. And speaking of chickens, baby chicks are arriving right now. S&K Supply has them coming in and probably all kinds of other places do too. They used to come in to the post office (You could hear them) but I don’t know if that’s where they’re sent now. I can’t imagine how the chicks or the people fared if a shipment of them arrived at the Parkman post office. That place is about the size of the bed of a pick-up truck. The peeping would drive a postal worker nuts. But they are cute. Baby chicks, ducklings, goslings even, are really cute but spare me from adult fowl of any kind. I think that it’s the beady little eyes...that and the fact that a rooster chased me around the backyard at least once and hens always resisted my efforts to remove the eggs they were sitting on. Beady little eyes and sharp, pointy beaks are not a lovable combination in my book. Remember, Daylight Savings Time switches on March 12 : Spring forward; Fall back. Send positive vibes to Bob. He’s way under the weather, whatever it is.

How To Stop Snoring Dear Savvy Senior, Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions? Sleep Deprived Susan

Dear Susan, Snoring is a very common problem that often gets worse with age. Around 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis according to the National Sleep Center. Snoring occurs when the airway narrows or is partly blocked during sleep usually due to nasal congestion, floppy tissue, alcohol, or enlarged tonsils. But you and your husband also need to know that snoring can be much more than just an annoyance. It can also be a red flag for obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition in which the snorer stops and starts breathing during sleep, increasing the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia and hypertension. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 34 percent of men and 19 percent of women who snore routinely have sleep apnea or are at risk for it. Self-Help Remedies Even if you are unsure whether your husband has a primary snoring problem or sleep apnea, sleep experts suggest you start with these steps. Open a stuffy nose: If nasal congestion is causing your husband to snore, over-the-counter nasal strips such as Breathe Right may help. Or, if allergies are the cause, try saline nasal sprays. Elevate his head: Buying a foam wedge to elevate his head a few inches can help reduce snoring, or buy him a contoured pillow to lift his chin and keep the tongue from blocking the back of his throat as he sleeps. Also check out Nora (, a wireless snoring device that slides under the pillow and gently moves the head to a different position when snoring is detected. This, they say, stimulates the relaxed throat muscles and opens the airway. Sleep on side: To prevent back sleeping, which triggers snoring, place a pillow against your husbands back to keep him from rolling over or sew a tennis ball in the back of his pajama shirt. Or check out the Night Shift Sleep Positioner (, a device that’s worn around the neck that vibrates when you roll on your back. Avoid alcohol before bed: Alcoholic beverages can relax the muscles in the throat, and constrict airflow. He should not consume alcohol three to four hours before bedtime. Lose excess weight: Fat around the neck can compress the upper airway and impede airflow and is often associated with sleep apnea. Quit smoking: Smoking causes inflammation in the upper airways that can make snoring worse. This 1947 photo shows Freedom Station resident Need More Help Oscar F. Hunt on his 85th birthday. Hunt was the proprietor If these lifestyle strategies don’t make a big difference, of a general store that began operating in 1917. He was your husband should see his doctor, a sleep specialist, or remembered by residents as a man who was generous an otolaryngologist who may recommend an overnight even during the Great Depression, and who always gave study to test him for apnea. candy to children who entered his store. Hunt is posing For primary snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea, with historic items owned by his grandparents, including an oral appliance that fits into the mouth like a retainer a candle mold, lantern, lamp, and wool brush. The site may be prescribed. This shifts the lower jaw and tongue of Hunt’s store is still standing at the intersection of forward, keeping the airway open. Freedom and Nichols roads. Some other options are Theravent snore therapy If you want to view more historic Freedom photos, ( and Provent sleep apnea therapy visit the Facebook page, Freedom Township: Then and (, which are small nasal devices that Now, or attend a meeting of the Freedom Township attach over the nostrils to improve airflow. Historical Society. Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. March But the gold standard for moderate to severe sleep 14 at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 S.R. 700. apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, device. This involves sleeping with a mask and is hooked up to a machine that gently blows air up your nose to keep the passages open. If these don’t work or are intolerable, surgery is an option too. There are procedures available today that remove excess tissue in SAND & GRAVEL nose, mouth, or throat. 1954 • 63 Years of Service • 2017 the And a newer procedure called hypoglossal nerve Fast Delivery • Quality Materials stimulation that uses a Competitive Prices small device implanted in RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL the chest to help control • Washed Sand & Gravel the movement of the tongue Whether you are a business or residential customer we will cover you from when it blocks the airway. • Road & Driveway Gravel

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist The past 10 days have been filled with a wide variety of weather incidents: snow / ice, 80 degree temperatures, thunderstorms, flooding and a lot of wind. And it’s hard to believe that we’re only a couple of days into March. While many of us are still focused on the recent waves of Cleveland weather, the vineyards around northeast Ohio have another focus – the months of warmer temperatures that will be here soon. To best help the vines prepare for Spring, we will be out in the vineyard in the next couple of weeks to start pruning the vines. Because this month is usually the turning point in winter temperatures, the dormant vines will be pruned allowing them to start growing in the next couple of months. Once the weather warms up to about 50 degrees (my personal threshold of being outside) we will start to prune most of last year’s growth so the vine can produce new shoots and leaves once spring arrives. Since grapes only grow on new one-year-old canes it is important that about 85% of the canes are pruned. Another benefit to pruning in early March is the harshest part of winter is usually coming to an end so the cut canes will not suffer from too many weather changes. Although recognizing where we live and knowing that we have seen snow in May in some years, we are very picky about the timing of pruning the vines as well. However, pruning in early March, also allows us to shape the future growth of the vine by having more room to tie the vine to the trellis. Come summertime when the vine is in full bloom it is much more difficult to shape on the trellis. Besides being outside in colder temperatures, pruning is actually quite easy and stress relieving. All you need is a few pairs of pruning shears and very heavy (and warm) gloves. Then with careful review of the vine, the cane is cut and collected in bunches. Once the vineyard is pruned, all of the pruned canes are saved for summer bonfires or in some cases, can be planted again for new vines to start growing.

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From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table Barry Vancura | Columnist

Late winter and early spring with the arrival of Lent, we always enjoyed Grandma Coopers Crab Cakes as a Main Dish. Easter Sunday Prep was upon us. My aunts and female cousins were in search of dress patterns and material for their perfect Easter Sunday dresses. New Spring fabrics had hit the ROOT’s department store on the corner of High and Main. My father took my brother and me to Menoughs for our new suits which, until we hit High School, had matched, then across the street back to ROOT’s to the Buster Brown shoe department to have our feet x-rayed to insure that we got the proper fit in out new black oxford dress shoes. There was the annual photo-op of my immediate family, my mother’s sister and her family and my mother’s parents. In good weather pictures were in front of the blooming forsythia bush. If there was snow on the ground, it was in front of the fireplace. I love looking through my mother’s old photo albums. There was a progression of “sewing skills” of the female cousins through the year. The styles changed rapidly in the 60’s and 70’s from hats and gloves to the mini and maxi skirts and nothing could ever surpass my cousin Maggie’s “Easter Poncho”. The men’s hair went from crew cuts to longer hair and my Dad sporting a mustache. The trip to the brand new Eastwood Mall was for my mother’s new “wiglet” the new trend in women’s hairdos ! During this busy time we could always count on a good Lenten meal at either one of my grandparents home, next time it’s a Czech main dish which consist almost of every type of meat possible.




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Retirement Planning for Single Parents Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist How does a single parent plan for retirement? Diligently. Regularly. Rigorously. Here are some steps that may help, whether you are just beginning to do this or well on your way. Setting a household budget can be a wise first step. Most households live without budgets – and because of that financial inattention, some of the money they could save and invest routinely disappears. When you set and live by a budget, you discipline yourself to spend only so much and save (or invest) some of the rest. You need not track every single expense, but try and track your expenses by category. You may find money to save as a result. Save first, invest next. If you are starting from scratch, creating an emergency fund should be the first priority. It should grow large enough to meet 6-9 months of living expenses. If no financial emergency transpires, then you will end up with a cash reserve for retirement as well as investments. You may want to invest less aggressively than you once did. Young, married couples can take on a lot of risk as they invest. Divorcees or widowers may not want to – there can be too much on the line, and too little time left to try and recoup portfolio losses. To understand the level of risk that may be appropriate for you at this point in life, chat with a financial professional. There may be great wisdom in “setting it and forgetting it.” Life will hand you all manner of distractions, including financial pressures to distract you from the necessity of retirement saving. You cannot be distracted away from this. So, to ward off such a hazard, use retirement savings vehicles that let you make automatic, regular contributions. Your workplace retirement plan, for example, or other investment accounts that allow them. This way, you don’t have to think about whether or not to make retirement account contributions; you just do. Do you have life insurance, or an estate plan? Both of these become hugely important when you are a single parent. Any kind of life insurance is better than none. If you have minor children, you have the option of creating a trust and naming the trust as the beneficiary of whatever policy you choose. Disability insurance is also a good

Gandma Cooper’s Crab Cakes 2 large eggs 2-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1-1/2 teaspoons mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup finely diced celery, from one stalk 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 1 pound lump crab meat 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed 2 tablespoons butter, for cooking Tartar Sauce: 1 cup mayonnaise 1-1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 1 teaspoon mustard 2 tablespoon minced onion 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper Combine the eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Add the crab meat and cracker crumbs. Gently fold mixture together until just combined, being careful not to shred the crab meat. Shape into 6 crab cakes (about ½ cup each) and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat and coat with butter. When butter is hot, place crab cakes in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.

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Crossword Puzzle: March 10th





1. Fall down 5. Walmart founder Walton 8. Los Angeles time zone 11. Gallantry 13. Early Supreme Court justice Bartlett 14. One-time governor of Maryland 15. Act of imitating 16. Popular basketballer Jeremy 17. Round Dutch cheese 18. S. American rodents 20. Comic opera “Princess __” 21. Commodities buyers and sellers (slang) 22. Hovers 25. Having had one’s head cut off 30. One-time monetary unit of Greece 31. Not no 32. Beloved Cubs third baseman Ron 33. Shapes 38. Giants signal caller Manning 41. Moves all the way around 43. Babe Ruth retired as one 45. Relinquishing 48. Native religion in China 49. Not well 50. Fill with high spirits 55. In bed 56. Type of pet 57. Somewhere to go 59. Smaller quantity 60. Ingested 61. Singer and Jacobs are two 62. Anger 63. British rockers __ Zeppelin 64. Like

1. Polyvinyl acetate 2. Canadian folk musician 3. Evergreen trees and shrubs 4. Meat from a pig (French) 5. Secretion 6. Quality of yielding nothing of value 7. Aquatic mammal 8. Father 9. Protective crusts 10. Caps 12. Handwoven rug 14. Soil-like material 19. Not wide 23. When you aim to get there 24. Hold molecules 25. Tooth caregiver 26. Amount of time 27. Beverage container 28. Perform 29. Appollo’s grandmother 34. Obsolete home entertainment device 35. Serbian mythological demon 36. Bulgarian currency 37. Midway between south and southeast 39. Makes sense 40. A way to single out 41. Criminal (slang) 42. Former Tigers third baseman Brandon 44. Wobbled 45. Singapore’s second highest peak 46. Grossly overweight 47. Radioactivity units 48. Famed Spanish painter 51. Internet router algorithm 52. Expression of sorrow or pity 53. Druidic mother goddess 54. Electronic countercountermeasures 58. Midway between east and southeast

answer to last week’s puzzle

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. NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED Line Cook. Full-time. Starting at $10-12/ hour depending on experience. Apply at The Brick, 8373 Windham St., Garrettville. rufn HIRAM TOWNSHIP Trustees are seeking to fill the following positions: Secretary for the Zoning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals, Alternate on the Zoning Board (one yr term), or Alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals (one yr term). If interested, please contact by email, or Letters of interest can be sent to Hiram Township Trustees, P.O. Box 1827, Hiram, Ohio 44234. 3/10

FULL TIME office assistant. MUST HAVE QUICKBOOKS experience including receivables, payables, purchasing and payroll as well as PROFICIENCY IN EXCEL. Pay based on experience. Excellent attendance is a must. Welshfield Area (422/700) Forward resume to: tpcd. 3/10 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. CLEANER / JANITORIAL Part-time office cleaning. 5 days a week after 7 pm. Must have reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check. Call Bob at (440) 6552016. 3/17


MOVING SALE 8127 Garfield Drive, Garrettsville, OH 44231 March 16,17 &18 10 am - 5 pm Furniture, home decor, holiday items, lamps, linens, women’s clothing, jewelry, tools, kid’s items and framed art. 3/10


Household, Furniture Jewelry, etc. Sunday By Chance

LANDSCAPE CREW LEADERS - Established company seeking goal oriented maintenance & construction crew leaders. Must be experienced and able to lead. You will know in writing what every job entails and the hours allocated to do every job you are assigned. Every day you will know how your crew is doing. These are full time, year round positions with benefits. Opportunity to grow. Profit sharing paid 6 years running. Located in Auburn Twp. Call 440-543-9644. 3/10

TOULOUSE GOOSE EGGS for: Hatching, Crafts, Baking or Eating. $1.50 each. Call 330-527-4094. 3/10


BEATTY & SONS LAWNCARE Lawncare at an affordable price. Spring is right around the corner! Give us a call today for a free estimate. Stephen 330-207-9475 3/17

VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville

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

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


ARE YOU LOOKING for a Office/Business Manager full time or independent contractor? I have over 25 years experience in office administration, purchasing, inventory and much more. Questions please call 330-5272017 or 330-524-4690 3/10

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


1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 HIRAM - 3 BR, 1.5 Bath, $750/month + utilities. Off street parking. Available immediately. 330-569-6035 rufn

I N T H E C O U N T RY, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, small apt. Free gas, water & sewer. Stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer furnished. The only utility bill is electric. All for $550 a month. Located on E. River Rd. in Newton Twp. (330)8727046. 3/10 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. 3/10

HOMES FOR SALE McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000

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

Classifieds $10 for up to 20 words .20 ea additional word

GoldFire Realty

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

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


85 Trumbull, Newton Falls

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

MLS 3858805 4bd/1ba * Ranch * Newly remodeled *Corner lot * New furnace * New AC * New carpet & linoleum * New kitchen * New appliances * Shed & garage painted

MLS 3841869 Kathie Lutz


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.

$114,000 MLS 3858791 330-687-5900 Kathie Lutz

$39,900 330-687-5900

223 Oak Knoll Ave., Newton Falls 100 Superior St., Newton Falls

Feb. 28, 2017

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Executive Director, employee shall coordinate, implement and evaluate diverse public engagement strategies, including volunteer management, media relations, website and social media, literature development, community events, special projects and other duties as assigned. POSITION REQUIREMENTS: this position minimally requires the following: • Possession of a valid Ohio driver license, insurable by the Park District’s insurance carrier and ability to conform to the driving standards policy as approved by the Board of Park Commissioners. Insurable/Bondable • Two or four-year college degree and experience working in the fields of public relations, marketing, communications, management, or related fields is preferred. Experience working for a public agency is preferred. • See job description for essential job duties, knowledge, skills and abilities.


Seamless Gutters, Ltd.


POSITION TITLE: Public Engagement Coordinator DEPARTMENT: Administration SUPERVISOR: Executive Director HOURS: Full Time FSLA STATUS: Non-Civil Service, Exempt WAGE RANGE: $18.00-$26.00/hour DATE POSTED:

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Fun By The Numbers


T h e H i r a m To w n s h i p Financial Report has been completed and is available for public inspection with the Fiscal Officer at the Hiram Township Townhall, 11616 Garfield Road, State Route 82, Hiram, OH 44234. 3/10

Cape Cod * 3bd/1.5 ba * Open floor plan Plenty of storage * Fenced yard * Above ground pool * Deck * Flowerbeds

MLS 3824952 Shauna Bailey

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

$87,900 MLS 3859981 330-527-2221 Wendy Borrelli

$79,900 330-687-4496

Download a complete job description and required application on the website at or contact the Park District at 330-297-7728 Mail or email the completed application, resume’ and cover letter to: Christine Craycroft, Executive Director Portage Park District 705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4 Ravenna, Ohio 44266 Positions are open until filled





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