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Friday, March 17, 2017

Garfield G-Men Take District Title - Advance To Regional Semi-Finals Michelle Zivoder | Staff Reporter “Nothing is given; everything is earned.” stated Coach Andy Olesky last Friday night and no words could ever ring truer. The No.2-seeded G-Men made their way to the Warren Division III District championship where they beat out the No.1-seeded, and previously unbeaten, Leavittsburg LaBrae, 58-56 in a game that at times stopped the hearts of many G-Men fans -- fans that spent most of the fourth quarter on their feet.

The G-Men didn’t let a previous meeting with the Vikings set the tone for the evening -- the G-Men came to play and play they did! They came in mentally and physically strong - unwilling to let this game end their season. Tied at the end of the first half, the resilient G-Men pulled ahead in the third quarter and fought hard to keep the lead until the final buzzer - making them District Champions for the first time in school history. Garfield senior Tommy Bissler finished the night with

DI Returns to Hiram College Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram - This past frigid weekend, competition heated up as 300 students from 26 schools converged at Hiram College to compete in a Destination Imagination Regional Tournament. For those unfamiliar with the program, the Destination Imagination Challenge Program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, curiosity and courage through academic challenges. These challenges are held across the country and around the world, and are like puzzles that student-led groups work together to solve. The program engages students with a blend of STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as well as the arts and social entrepreneurship. In the months leading up to the tournament, student-led teams learn invaluable, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process. “Our 49 Crestwood kids have been preparing for the tournament since September,” shared Crestwood Primary teacher and DI coordinator Monica Grebb. “After the day long event, I’m thrilled to say that the CIS team, ‘Dr. Nicknak and the Ladies’ took first place and are going to state!” Mrs. Grebb continued, “The Creators, another CIS team, received a special Instant Challenge award and second place overall!” She went on to report that another CIS team, Team JELCAKE received 4th in the Scientific category, and The Silly Squad placed 5th in the Scientific Challenge. While she was thrilled to report that all CIS teams placed in top 5 in their corresponding challenges, she added, “Although the CPS team, the Rising Stars didn’t place, they did an amazing job as well.”

CPS teacher and DI parent Jennifer Gilles shared, “I’m so glad Monica Grebb brought Destination Imagination to Crestwood Primary! Sadie has made great friends and team building skills!” Mrs. Gilles’s daughter, Sadie, was a part of CPS’s Team Rhino, who competed in the Early Learning category. Sally Murphy, the Director of Region 15 who organized the DI Tournament, acknowledged, “We are all very thankful for the support shown to our tournament by Hiram College. They opened their facilities to over 1,000 people for the day, and we cannot express our appreciation enough.” Good luck to Crestwood’s Zoe Babnick, Aspen Baynes, Nick Justus, Stella Wallace, Jon Drnak, Emmy Grebb and Lilly Kuchenbecker, ‘Dr. Nicknak and the Ladies’ team, who will be heading to the Ohio Destination Imagination State Tournament on April 8th at the Mount Vernon High & Middle School in Mount Vernon. Pictured above -- These 49 Crestwood students competed in the Region 15 Destination Imagination Tournament at Hiram College last weekend. Pictured at left -- CIS’s Zoe Babnick, Aspen Baynes, Nick Justus, Stella Wallace, Jon Drnak, Emmy Grebb and Lilly Kuchenbecker make up the ‘Dr. Nicknak and the Ladies’ team, who will be heading to the Destination Imagination State Tournament in April

22 points and Dalton Fall with 15 points, however it was an entire team effort that won this game. The G-Men (18-8) advanced to the state Regional Tournament on Wednesday night (after press time) where they faced No. 8 Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (196) at the Canton Fieldhouse. Look for more about the G-Men in next week’s Villager.

Garrettsville Is Goin’ Green On Friday, March 17th

GARRETTSVILLE - O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney! The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you are so inclined. Sean’s Pub, Miller’s Restaurant, SkyLane Lounge to name a few are serving up morn’ meals that will help get you started for the daylong celebration. If you can’t start out celebrating with breakfast, how about the mid day meal or evenin’ sup. The area restaurants just keep cooking up the specials all day long. The best melt-in-your mouth corned beef can be found right here in Garrettsville. The Brick, Cal’s, SkyLanes, Sean’s Pub, and Miller’s Restaurant will be serving up all your favorites. For those seeking less Irish-fare, Cellar Door Coffee, McDonald’s, and Dairy Queen, are also great options. The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open for visitors to stop in for a wee bit ‘o the local history. After stopping in for some local lore, head back out on the street and visit the stores, where you’re sure to find something to add to your treasures. What celebration would be complete without entertainment? In addition to the great entertainment at many of Garrettsville’s restaurants; March 17th will be jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment everyone will enjoy: • Face Painting at Villager Emporium…..4-6 p.m. • Ponytails Petting Zoo* (Weather Permitting) at the Windham St. Bridge…..5:00 p.m. • Horse & Wagon Rides Around Town* (Weather Permitting) …..5:00 p.m. BALLOON ART w/ JASON O’ ADKINS • Balloon Art at Dairy Queen 4:00pm–4:30pm • Balloon Art at McDonalds 4:30pm–5:00pm • Balloon Art at Eagles Club 5:30pm-6:00pm MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT Bagpiper Jeff Gaynor at Slim & Jumbo’s – 4:00 p.m. DJ Inman Johnson at Sky Lounge – 8:00p.m. DJ at Slim & Jumbos’s - 6:00 p.m. This St. Patrick’s Day come down to Garrettsville to experience great food, entertainment, and shopping; and discover why Garrettsville is a great place to live, work and visit!







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

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16 – Seniors go to School Mar. 23 - Tacos 30 - Soft Pretzels & Cheese

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NEED A RIDE? Call PARTA at 330-678-7745 or 330-672-RIDE. For a nominal fee they can pick you up and get you back home!

Kindergarten Registration Time!

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 330527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous 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

Mondays “Men on Mondays” a Men’s Bible Study is held every

Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the “Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.


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!

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. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

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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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.

St. Patricks Day At Garrettsville Eagles

March 17 Observing St. Patrick’s Day Serving Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinners and Corn Beef Sandwiches from Noon to 9pm. Open to the Public. Call (330) 527-2330 for Takeout Orders

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!

Indoor Garage Sale

March 18 Indoor Garage Sale, March 18 from 10 am - 4 pm. American Legion Post #674. 9960 State Route 303. Windham Ohio. At the tank. Come one and all and seek some treasures to take home. For more details call, 330-326-3188. Hosted by the Ladies Aux See you there!

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.

What Makes A Family

March 18 Children and their parents are invited to a program at the Hiram College Library on Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 to 11:30. Entitled “Children, Children, Who do You See? Lots of Different Families!” the event explores Hiram’s rich collection of children’s books. Led by Professors Jen McCreight and Roxanne Sorrick, children and their parents will listen to stories, engage in crafts, and discuss what makes a family. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Library. If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing Prof. McCreight at

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.

Vernal Equinox Hike

March 19 Join us in celebrating the celestial arrival of Spring by taking a hike. We’ll observe what changes are taking place in our environment and discuss the astronomical significance of the equinox. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd., Garrettsville on March 19 from 1-3 pm. For more information call Adam at 330-527-5118.

Pancakes at Hambden Grange in March

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 April 2nd.

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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)2743566 or email at rvclays@aol. com. The club is located at 11280 Bloom Road, Nelson Township 44231.

Mantua Soccer Registration

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

Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts

March 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 19th and 26th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Adults eat for $8.00; children - $4.00 (Pre-schoolers 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!

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. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us at the YMCA.

Book Discussion Club Meeting at Garrettsville Library

March 21 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. Copies of this title are available at the Reference Desk. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or for additional information.

RFC Dinner

March 23 Well the menu is set and the challenge is on. Windham Baptist is serving the meal. Thursday, March 23rd, 5-6:30 at Renaissance Family Center. Last month Garrettsville Baptist had a great meal. Come, enjoy the food and vote. See you there.

“Seussical The Musical”

March 23-25 “Seussical The Musical” presented by James A Garfield Musical Theatre on March 23, 24 & 25 at 7pm and Matinee on March 25 at 2pm. Presale Tickets available at James A Garfield High School or Online at (search “JAG”). $10 Adults, $5 Senior Citizens & Students. Tickets also available at the door.

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 for more information and online or mail-in registration.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

March 25 On March 25 there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of SR. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4:00 and we serve until 6:30 or when

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Spring Craft Show

March 25 The Ravenna Club of the Portage County Gardeners will hold a Spring Craft Show on March 25, 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.

Spring Sew & Social

Register By March 27 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.

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-Freedom-Nelson 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 PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE


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 330-9808560 or Barbara at 330-8721951. 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.

Sweet Harmonies

April 2 Come and enjoy the music of “Sweet Harmonies,� a brother & sister duo presenting the Gospel by way of Southern Gospel music. This free gospel concert will be presented at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman 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.

Rummage Sale

April 6-7 Rummage Sale, Christ Covenant Church, Rte. 87, Middlefield, to benefit the charity Children’s Ministry Thurs & Fri, April 6-7, 9 a m to 3 p m.; Sat. April 8, 9 a m till Noon. Door prizes, Bake sale and Easter Candy. Donations welcome (440) 632-9510




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Singing Weavers In Freedom On March 19 Free Storm Spotter Training In Portage The Singing Weavers will be at The First Congregational Church of Freedom on Sunday March 19th at 10:30 a.m. The Singing Weavers is a four generation family group. They have been traveling for over 46 years. Their singing ministry started in 1971 with Linda and Verlin Weaver, traveling and singing with their children Dennis, Terri, and Vickie. In 1985, Dennis married Chris and she has been singing with the family ever since. Dennis and Chris have two children, Alyssia and Michael. Alyssia began singing a special at the age of 5. In 2004, the group revamped and Alyssia began singing lead for the group. In 2007, Michael began singing a special with The Singing Weavers. Michael also helps with equipment set up and bus maintenance. With the marriage of Alysia and Richard in 2014, Richard became a vital part of the ministry. In 2015,Bennett Andrew was born to Alyssia and Richard and has allowed The Singing Weavers to become a four generation ministry. The Singing Weavers feel honored and privileged to be called to travel and spread God’s word in song. Pastor Jim and Janie Melick invite the public to come and join us on Sunday March 19th at 10:30 a.m. for an uplifting and joyful Sunday service of music, sharing God’s love and His Word with The Weavers. Please plan to stay for the covered dish dinner afterwards. The historic First Congregational Church of Freedom, which has been a place of worship since the year 1828, is located on the corner of St. Rt. 88 and 303 in Freedom Township. 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 the Meat Chili Contest. Enter your own favorite chili for a chance to be the 2017 Chili Bowl cook-off winner. Call us by March 30th at 330-274-2747 to enter into the cook-off. Register by coming in to the office.

Pancake Brunch

April 8 The Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invites you to a Pancake Brunch in partnership with The Little Learning Village on April 8 from 9:30 am - 1 pm at the Hiram Christian Church. There will also be an Open House at Little Village.

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.

Rummage Sale

April 21-22 The Portage County Gardeners are hosting a Rummage Sale at 5154 S. prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44240 -The PC Garden Center on April 21-22 from 9-2p.m. Join in and find those bargins on books, clothing, accessories, home dĂŠcor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knickknacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

County On March 20

R avenna - Portage County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are sponsoring a free SkywarnÂŽ training March 20 in Portage County for residents interested in becoming storm spotters. Residents will register when they come for the class starting at 6 p.m. in Conference Room A, Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna. The two-hour training course will develop the capability of attendees to identify and report severe weather using cloud formations and other weather indicators. SkywarnÂŽ spotters are a vital part of the National Weather Service warning system. The training will be conducted by Gary Garnett, meteorologist-in-charge with the Cleveland National Weather Service. SkywarnÂŽ spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards; the main responsibility of a SkywarnÂŽ spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States and these events threaten lives and property. The information provided by SkywarnÂŽ spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. For more information on the SkywarnÂŽ program, visit

Ohio Researchers of Banded Sprits Visit R avenna —Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits will be visiting Reed Memorial Library on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to discuss the science of paranormal investigation. This presentation will include information about ghosts, the ways of tracking paranormal activity on video, camera, and audio, and an opportunity for participants to ask questions regarding the history and methods of researching paranormal activity. The Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits have over thirty years of experience working with paranormal activity and have been featured in a number of television shows including “My Ghost Story�, “Haunted History�, “Paranormal Survivor�, and “Haunted Case Files�. This program is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. For more information, please call (330) 296-2827 (ext. 200). Reed Memorial Library is located at 167 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266.

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News from Newton Falls Council Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter Newton Falls - After the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silent prayer there was a presentation from Damian Hileman who is starting the Oasis Recovery Center at 150 Charles Court. Oasis is set up specifically to help heroin addicts go through detoxification. This is a critical stage in overcoming heroin addiction. After Mr. Hileman’s presentation, he fielded questions from some of the members of council. At the time of the council meeting, Oasis is 99% staffed, with both a doctor and nurse on duty 24 hours a day. The center is ready for council members to walk through and tour the facility. Oasis is incorporated in the state of Ohio and accredited. It will hold up to sixteen residents at a time and will accept both Medicaid and insurance. Since heroin addiction is a growing problem, it is hoped that Oasis will accomplish its goal of helping addicts detox on the way to overcoming their addiction. Police Chief Gene Fixler reported that the two new cruisers have arrived and are in service. The chief and officers are glad to have them. They are a welcome addition to the police force and will help officers in serving the community. During new business City Manager Jack Haney was authorized to enter into an agreement for participation in a Regional Council of governments. Other department

reports were accepted at this time as well. Council was informed that three drivers have been hired to drive the senior center’s van. The van will be on the road soon. There are trips and other events planned for the seniors to enhance their quality of life. Another resident in attendance spoke to council about his concern regarding the erosion of rental properties throughout the community. His concern focused on what was being done to correct this problem. He also voiced concerns about the condition of the Community Center and wondered what council’s plans were to upgrade it. During closing comments council members and the mayor took time to address these concerns and acknowledge the other residents who spoke during public comments. The restoration of the community center at this time is not a high priority, given the other more serious needs facing the community. The city leaders are working on the issue regarding rental properties. They are concerned about how this issue affects the people who have lived in Newton Falls for a long time. Overcoming these problems will take time but they are working on it. The city is facing more serious issues than the restoration of the community center at this time. The building is not historic and the costs to renovate are very high. It may be time to consider tearing it down and building a new one.

Passing levys and hiring new officers for the police department is a bigger concern. The mayor and council agree that this issue is high on their priority list. They need the public’s help in accomplishing this. Drug addiction is a growing problem affecting families and communities. It causes grief and pain and many families have felt its terrible impact. Finding ways to combat and win this battle is important. Council voiced support for the Oasis Recovery Center and what it hopes to do. It will not be easy but something proactive and positive must be done. The next regular meeting is Monday April 3 at 6pm. All residents are welcome to attend.





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and Nelson communities. Tax dollars only go so far and do not usually cover all the equipment or training needs a department may have. Sometimes communities have to be creative in raising funds for different needs. This fundraiser is designed to do that. Money raised will benefit each department. There will be crafters and vendors located both inside and outside the Fire Station. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and refreshments available to purchase. Currently there are about forty items for the silent auction. Garrettsville PD K-9 t-shirts will be available for purchase. Members of each Safety Force will be on site to talk about their displays and answer questions. The public has the opportunity to see the equipment up close. This will be a good learning experience for everyone. Last year’s event was a success and this year will be even bigger. There is something for everyone and every family here to enjoy. Let’s come out and support our Safety Forces and show them we appreciate them. You can help too, by spreading the word about this event and inviting someone! The Fire Station is located at 8035 Elm Street in Garrettsville. Parking for the event will be at the Ambulance Company near the Fire Station. When you attend, enter through the parking lot and exit through the front door. Or just follow the signs. The fundraiser will take place regardless of the weather. There is no cost for admission. It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there! Let’s show these men and women we appreciate their service to our communities!

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The week of March 5th through 11th was 4-H awareness week. Many 4-H clubs throughout the state show their support in the windows of local businesses. On February 27th, the Town Trotters 4-H club decorated a window at the Charles Auto Family Detailing building. The 4-H motto is “To Make The Best Better.” The white in the 4-H represents purity and the green represents life, springtime and youth. Head, Heart, Hands and Health are the four H’s in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs and activities.

GCRTA Luncheon Meeting The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will hold their April luncheon meeting at the Chardon United Methodist Church on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 515 North Street in Chardon, Ohio. (Please check map location at Guests should arrive at 11:00, the business meeting will commence at 11:30, and an Italian themed lunch (consisting of spaghetti, relish tray, garlic toast, homemade gelato dessert, and tea or coffee) will follow at noon. Remember to enter your name in the raffles for a free lunch, a free plant, and/or a chance to win the 50/50 raffle. After lunch, Bill Jackson, from The Century Village, will present a program entitled, “The Days of Little Mountain.” Lunch reservations are $18.00 per person which includes a $1.00 donation to the GCRTA Grant-in-Aid program. Please make out your check to GCRTA and mail to: Judy Miller, Treasurer, 17130 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062. (YOUR CHECK MUST ARRIVE NO LATER THAN SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017). Contact Judy if you have dietary restrictions at 440-487-4324 or Email at Consider bringing a newly-retired teacher or school personnel to the meeting. If you need transportation, please call Geauga Transit (440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131, Ex. 5160) and reserve a ride a week in advance of the meeting. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods or paper products to support the Geauga County Hunger Task Force. Tom Stalzer will collect the contributions. In addition, members are reminded to keep track of your volunteer hours for our combined volunteer tally.


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Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser

Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!” Having both a fireman and police officer in my family helps us enjoy that joke. But being involved in either profession is not a joke. Police, fire fighters and EMS crews are a very valuable part of any community. They work hard, lay their lives on the line and are usually underappreciated. On Saturday April 1 from 1pm – 4pm the 2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser will be held at the Garrettsville Fire Station. This fundraiser will benefit the Community EMS Association, Fire Department (Garrettsville Fireman’s Association) and the Garrettsville Police K-9 unit. These safety forces serve the Garrettsville, Freedom


Garfield students, Sarah Seaman and Trysten Gedeon will be participating in the state contest on March 18. On February 25th, the Knights of Columbus sponsored the Diocese of Youngstown Regional Free Throw contest at James A. Garfield School District in Garrettsville. The following winners will travel to Columbus to compete in the state competition on March 18th, at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus. Good luck! Winners in  the  Girls  division  are:  

9 year  old  –  Avery  Vencill,  Council  4212   10  year  old  –  Brooke  Richmond,  Council  4212   11  year  old  –  Hayden  Merritt,  Council  11369   12  year  old  –  Sarah  Seaman,  Council  11801   13  year  old  –  Belle  Zirzow,  Council  5589   14  year  old  –  Abby  Carter,  Council  5286     Winners  in  the  Boys  division  are:  

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Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

Jason Adkins | Contributing Reporter The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50. Garfield opened up a 5-0 lead over Ursuline before the quickness of the guards really started showing and the Irish ended the first quarter on a 17-10 run to take a 17-15 advantage after eight minutes. Neither team could open up a safe lead over the other but Ursuline opened up its largest lead of the game (15-21) when Ashlyn Geddes stepped up to the wing and drilled the biggest shot of her young career with a 3-pointer that ignited a 9-0 run putting the Lady G-Men up 24-21 with 5:07 remaining in the half. That lead was also short lived as Ursuline ended the half on a 9-4 run to take a 30-28 half time lead. The second half was all Lady G-Men from beginning to end. 1:30 into the second half, neither team has scored and Ursuline was looking to build on their first half momentum senior guard Callie Pfile stepped in front of a an Irish guard to take a charge and get the ball back. The next possession fellow senior Lauren Jones drains a 3-pointer, 41 seconds later Senior Grayson Rose gets a basket, and the 7-0 run ended with a Pfile jumper giving the Lady G-Men a lead they would not give up. Garfield outscored the Irish 16-7 in the decisive third quarter and 14-13 in the final quarter. Rose ended the evening with a team high 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Lauren Jones followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The regional championship game did not go in Garfield’s favor. It was a 30-point loss to a superior Gilmour team. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men had to stop one of the best young guards in the state on the Ursuline team, on this day they had to try to contain one of the best centers in the state. Before the popcorn was completed in the first quarter the Lady G-Men was looking at an 8-0 deficit, and quickly it grew to 17-3 but Garfield ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run to trail by nine. From then on it was just making sure it didn’t get out of hand, as the 46 points given up by the Lancers were the most points they have given up since January. Despite the loss, senior Lauren Jones topped the 1,000 point mark for her career during this game. Congrats, Lady G-Men, on another fantastic season and thank you, seniors for an unbelievable career.

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Not Ready To Punch Bob’s Ticket Iva Walker | Columnist

So, I’m estimating that Bob, Ol’ Mister Feline Over-achiever, is on, maybe, his sixth or seventh life, out of nine, total that cats are supposedly provided with. My not being the most observant of pet owners (or the most observant of anything, truth to tell) has done little to prolong his sojourn on this planet, since it took me awhile to notice when whatever creature it was took a chunk out of his left rear axle. Bob did not cry or complain, he just sort of limped around until I noticed. When I did—and saw the damage while trying to clean him up—Bob was pretty stoic about going to the vet and having his wound treated and stitched up. The recovery was a little more problematic—took three of us to get “the cone” on him so he wouldn’t lick his stitches. It took Bob about ten minutes and several circuits of the house, top to bottom, pursued the whole time, to get the hated thing off, at which time I said, as much to myself as to him, “O.K., then, die.” But he didn’t and has had other adventures—staying out all night (wild catnip parties?), keeping company with the promiscuous pussycat momma who hangs out on the front porch, mostly, tentatively following me to choir practice on fine Wednesday evenings, then deciding that there were probably enough sopranos anyway, learning how to scratch at the windows on the back porch( He climbs up on a table or chair to do this) or the door on the front porch when he decided that it was time for me to let him in, hanging out in the snow, following me out and about to inspect the lawn and flowers. He’s had an interesting life, or six. I began to notice that he seemed a little “peaked” and he had stopped running through the house chasing Fuego, the senior, Mister-macho cat, who always leaped to the top of the cupboards to escape, leaving Bob muttering kitty curses and trying to leap up there too...unsuccessfully. Then he started spending more time just sitting or lying still. Not like him. The new kitten arrived and he seemed only mildly interested. Finally, I picked him up one day and noticed (about time, right?) that he seemed lighter and that I could feel every vertebra in his back. Not a good sign. So we’re off to the GAH—Garrettsville Animal Hospital (He’s the only one of my cat clowder that goes there, more exclusive—and closer), where he gets the usual check-up and some medications to deal with what is thought to be an issue with his liver and possible infection. Bob does not like medications; I got about as much on my clothes from him spitting as he got in his mouth to deal with his health issues. He refused to even attempt to chew the bits for his liver; too hard, he wouldn’t eat them alone or on wet food or in wet food or broken up. He lost more weight. He took to hanging out in the bedroom, just one spot, not going anywhere, not for food, only occasionally for water. One incident dealing with the litterbox is illustrative of how Bob operates. He apparently was not feeling strong enough to make it down to the assorted boxes in the basement but he was not one to make a mess in the house anyplace, so one day I walk into the bathroom and discover that he had gone to the best possible place, the shower stall. He was definitely a sick cat, but a gentleman cat. So, we made another trip to the vet and there was talk about it possibly being “decision time” and there might be a one-way ticket to The Big Lap in the Sky. We went home and he drank some water. He joined the other cats for breakfast. He tried a new variety of crunchy catfood. This afternoon Bob came out from under the chair in the bedroom and ate some wet catfood, the most he’s consumed in some time. He


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walked down to the litterboxes and back up to his spot under the chair. I think that he’s counting. And on an entirely different note.... Went to my sister’s house Sunday for an early St. Patrick’s Day feast—corned beef, cabbage, the whole nine yards—even had a green velvet multi-layered cake (Will not get a return engagement). I love to go to my sister’s house. Not just because I like my sister—which I do—but because she makes me look like Martha Stewart’s doppelganger. We— and Martha—do the same stuff; it’s just a matter of degree, you see. My sister and I have a tendency to cook enough food to feed all of Lithuania (We have an overpowering fear of running out of something, anything), love to have people in, like to try new recipes (The biscuits with cheese and garlic butter were a hit; the fried Irish cabbage was sort of so-so). But Martha has a farm with compost heaps and all of that, well-behaved animals—chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep, hogs, horses, donkeys, dogs (one named Genghis Khan)—and I have cats. My sister has BIG DOGS who feel quite put out when they’re not acknowledged as lap dogs. Guess whose lap? Martha has miniature Sicilian donkeys about the same size. My sister and I share housekeeping tips( Avoid at all costs); Martha’s got us both there. My sister does have chickens that are about the freest –range possible, keeping in mind that the foxes and raccoons and ‘possums are always in the neighborhood. Bob is the wildest thing living in my house. We ought to write to Martha sometime to have a get-together and compare notes. We could have my brother-in-law (a nurse) and grand niece (newly-certified EMT) on hand just in case the experience is too intense for Martha. We could invite Lithuanians too, there’ll be enough food.

Maplewood Preschool Now Enrolling for the 2017-18 School Year R avenna - Maplewood Preschool is now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. The statelicensed school operates two preschool classes four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. The pre-kindergarten class is offered from 8:40-10:40 a.m. and is for children heading to Kindergarten the following school year (4- and 5-year olds). The afternoon preschool class is offered from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. and is for 3- and 4-year-olds. The registration fee is $25.00 and the tuition is $75.00 month. Students in the Early Childhood Education programs at Maplewood Career Center operate the Maplewood Preschool. The high school students are taught and supervised by Stephanie Wilfong. The preschool aide, Cathy Frances, also assists the high school students. With hands-on learning, the Early Childhood Education students gain valuable training to become educators and pursue employment in the specialized and growing education and child care fields. In addition, our preschool children benefit from Maplewood’s unique setting with numerous teachers providing individualized interactions and instruction. If you would like to register you child or would like more information about our state-of-the-art preschool, please contact us at 330-296-2892, extension 551-515.

The Little Free Library Has Arrived

The Little Free Library has arrived in Garrettsville. It can be found in the Garfield Plaza, r ig ht b e t we e n Save-A-Lot and the Garrettsville Cinema. This is a project of Rotary International and the local Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club. Exactly as it says, it’s FREE. The idea is, “Take one. Leave one.” Local Rotarians will be monitoring and refreshing the books available and hope that folks who take advantage of the opportunity to try something new will do the same. A bench may be the next addition to that corner so that plaza shoppers can stop and browse, take a moment to check out a title of interest or just spend some “wait time” constructively.

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Crestwood Lions Celebrate 46th Charter Night submitted by Lion John Evans, PR Chairman

The Crestwood Lions Club recently celebrated their 46th Charter Night with a catered meal at Jake’s Eats in Mantua, OH. Special guests included District Governor Betty Robbins, First Vice District Governor Wayne Christen and his wife Janet, Zone Chairman Tony DeLuke, PDG Barb Sorkin from the Rootstown Lions Club and King Lion June Cadd of the Streetsboro Lions Club. The special night was remembered by original charter member PDG Don Martin and PDG Harold Ullman. Each gave a history of the club’s beginning and its continued story of helping the community in and around Mantua. King Lion Mary Hannah honored PDG Martin with a special gift for his years of service to the club. Zone Chairman Tony DeLuke also spoke on behalf of the zone, congratulating the club on its many successes throughout the years. District Governor Betty Robbins congratulated and spoke fondly of the club. She also showed much appreciation to the many members who have served positions in the district in addition to the local club level. The Rootstown Lions Club was the sponsoring club that helped charter the club on February 12, 1971, with several hundred in attendance at Crestwood High School on that cold snowy night. Two original charter members remain active in the club, PDG Don Martin and Lion John Taylor now living in Florida. The club has had three District Governors and numerous State and District positions held by members of the club. The night was capped off with the club presenting Roger Hurd from the 4C’s of Mantua with a donation for $1,000. For years, the Crestwood Lions Club has partnered with the 4C’s to help with their Annual Craft Show and with donations of food baskets and the monthly food needs around Mantua. Those interested in joining the Crestwood Lions Club or learning more may contact membership chairman, Harold Ullman at 330-274-2516. Regular meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month at Jake’s Eats, 4680 East Prospect St., Mantua, OH starting with dinner at 7 pm. It is a great way to get involved in helping others in your community. “We Serve” is the motto of the Lions Club.

Ask The | Librarian Mallory Duriak Columnist

“Why is my ivy turning yellow?” This was actually a question from one of our librarians, who had received a potted ivy plant which she had been keeping by the library window. The plant was getting lots of sunlight, but the leaves were turning yellow. We checked “The Houseplant Encyclopedia” by Ingrid Jantra and Ursula Krüger, “What’s Wrong with My Houseplant” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, and Kristi Waterworth’s “Ivy Turning Yellow” article on to find out why. According to Jantra and Krüger, ivy leaves may turn pale if they’re getting too much light, but, in general, yellow leaves are caused by too little light, a nutrient deficiency, or too much watering. Deardorff and Wadsworth agree. Evidently, it’s difficult to tell exactly what causes yellow leaves – they’re a symptom of some sort of problem, anything from fungus, insects, or a bacterial infection to the issues mentioned above. Waterworth adds that it may be something in the ivy’s environmental stressing it out. Dry air, high levels of salt in the soil (either from tap water or overfertilizing), or a draft can all make an ivy’s leaves go yellow. Our librarian guessed that it may have been a draft, since her ivy sat in a cold window. She has since moved it and is waiting to see if its condition improves. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282.




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Saving $1 Million for Retirement Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist

How many of us will retire with $1 million or more in savings? More of us ought to – in fact, more of us may need to, given inflation and the rising cost of health care. Sadly, few pre-retirees have accumulated that much. A 2015 Government Accountability Office analysis found that the average American aged 55-64 had just $104,000 in retirement money. A 2016 GoBankingRates survey determined that only 13% of Americans had retirement savings of $300,000 or more.1,2 A $100,000 or $300,000 retirement fund might be acceptable if our retirements lasted less than a decade, as was the case for some of our parents. As many of us may live into our eighties and nineties, we may need $1 million or more in savings to avoid financial despair in our old age. The earlier you begin saving, the more you can take advantage of compound interest. A 25-year-old who directs $405 a month into a tax-advantaged retirement account yielding an average of 7% annually will wind up with $1 million at age 65. Perhaps $405 a month sounds like a lot to devote to this objective, but it only gets harder if you wait. At the same rate of return, a 30-year-old would need to contribute $585 per month to the same retirement account to generate $1 million by age 65.3 The Census Bureau says that the median household income in this country is $53,657. A 45-year-old couple earning that much annually would need to hoard every cent they made for 19 years (and pay no income tax) to end up with $1 million at age 64, absent of investments. So, investing may come to be an important part of your

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist Unfortunately, our Girl Scout troop of 8 years disbanded at the end of last year. And while I still enjoy watching all of the girls move onto sports and other academic activities part of me still misses Girl Scout cookie season. This past weekend kicked off cookie booth weekends and I loaded up on cookies while supporting other troops! I consider my purchase as important “research” to bring to you this year’s cookie and wine pairing article! Many of my favorites are back so I had to dig into those first! Do-Si-Dos are a fun cookie. This oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich cookie is a great pick me up snack or is great in a bowl of vanilla ice cream. I like the cookie and ice cream combination with a glass of sweet red wine like our Afterglow. The sweet wine isn’t too overpowering and really enhances the flavor of the oatmeal sandwich part of the cookie. Tagalongs are my second favorite cookie. Anything peanut and chocolate and I am set! However pairing this cookie with a wine can be difficult. There are so many flavors in this cookie that some wines can really overpower the cookie while other wines might be overpowered by the peanut butter in the cookie. So after sampling a number of wines, I found that a dry red seems to be the perfect balance. I would recommend enjoying the Tagalong with a Pinot Noir. Then you have the most popular Girl Scout cookie – the Thin Mint. Any time you have mint in your meal you will probably have a very difficult time pairing a wine with it. Mint can be very overpowering and alters the nose and taste of most wines. While I personally would rather eat Thin Mints with a tall glass of ice cold milk, this is a wine article so I was bound and determined to find a wine that paired with the Thin Mints. I found that a sweeter more mellow wine like our Pink Pug blush wine was a good fit. The mellow fruit flavors of this wine enhanced the mint of the cookie. If you need some cookies to do your own pairing, let me know and I can connect you with another local Girl Scout. Not a fan of cookies? Many troops will accept a donation to send cookies to the troops overseas! Amanda is the CoO wner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.


retirement plan.4 What if you are over 40, what then? You still have a chance to retire with $1 million or more, but you must make a bigger present-day financial commitment to that goal than someone younger. At age 45, you will need to save around $1,317 per month in a tax-advantaged retirement account yielding 10% annually to have $1 million in 20 years. If the account returns just 6% annually, then you would need to direct approximately $2,164 a month into it.4 What if you start trying to build that $1 million retirement fund at age 50? If your retirement account earns a solid 10% per year, you would still need to put around $2,413 a month into it; at a 6% yearly return, the target contribution becomes about $3,439 a month.4 This math may be startling, but it is also hard to argue with. If you are between age 55-65 and have about $100,000 in retirement savings, you may be hard-pressed to adequately finance your future. There are three basic ways to respond to this dilemma. You can choose to live on Social Security, plus the principal and yield from your retirement fund, and risk running out of money within several years (or sooner). Alternately, you can cut your expenses way down – share housing, share or forgo a car, etc., which could preserve more of your money. Or, you could try to work longer, giving your invested retirement savings a chance for additional growth, and explore ways to create new income streams. How long will a million-dollar retirement fund last? If it is completely uninvested, you could draw down about $35,000 a year from it for 28 years. The upside here is that your invested retirement assets could grow and compound notably during your “second act” to help offset the ongoing withdrawals. The downside is that you will have to contend with inflation and, potentially, major healthcare expenses, which could reduce your savings faster than you anticipate. So, while $1 million may sound like a huge amount of money to amass for retirement, it really is not – certainly not for a retirement beginning twenty or thirty years from now. Having $2 million or $3 million on hand would be preferable. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.

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