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Friday, March 24, 2017

Farewell to Mantua’s Beloved K-9 Officer Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

The Cat in the Hat, aka Heidi Wickli, invites you to attend this year’s spring musical.

The Mantua Police Department posted this message on Facebook on Monday afternoon: “It is with the deepest sad ness t hat we announce the death of K-9 D i a blo. Diablo died this morning with Sgt. Joe Urso at his side. Diablo fought a very courageous battle with cancer but ultimately his suffering ended today. A memorial service is being planned and additional information will be posted in the very near future. Please keep Sgt Joe Urso and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve for Diablo.” By later that evening, condolence posts approached 300, and shares topped that number as community members spread the sad news of his passing and left kind words and prayers for Officer Urso, his family, and the Mantua Police Department. One such post seemed to succinctly sum those sentiments up, “We know how proud you were to have Diablo by your side. We appreciate your commitment him and to our community. You’ve made a great impact on all of us --Thank you!” At only 8 years old, Diablo was recently diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous tumor near his spine. He faithfully served with Mantua’s School Resource Officer Joe Urso, and was well-loved by students and staff throughout the Crestwood School District. According to a statement from the Mantua Police Department, a memorial service for Diablo will be held at 3 pm this Sunday, March 26th at the Crestwood High School. The community is encouraged to attend. Photo by Images by Angela.

“Seussical” Opens Thursday Night At Garfield High School Garrettsville - Garfield High School’s production of “Seussical, The Musical” brings all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a huge imagination – Jojo. Throughout the performance, colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus even to the invisible world of the Whos. Join the Cat in the Hat as he tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world

of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. “Seussical” opens Thursday night and runs through Saturday. Showtimes are 7PM Thursday Evening, 7PM Friday Evening, 2PM & 7PM Saturday Ticket Price(s): Adult Ticket - $10.00; Student Ticket $5.00; Senior Citizen Ticket - $5.00 Seats are certain to sell fast at the door, but you can beat the crowd by ordering online at and searching for “JAG”.

MakerSpace Helps Creativity Thrive at CIS Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - MakerSpace is a place where people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas and knowledge. While MakerSpace workspaces have popped up in local libraries like Portage County and Cuyahoga County Public libraries, several teachers at Crestwood Intermediate School chose to bring the program to life in an afterschool program. Prior to the eight-week program, students were given the opportunity to choose their top three choices of six available options. The six stations included: Rube Goldberg, where students were tasked with making simple machines; Clay Exploration where they had the opportunity to hand build and use the potters wheel to create vases, tiles; Rubber Band Launcher; Little Bits ™ where kids used simple electronic ‘building blocks’ to wire simple circuitry projects; Creating with Recyclables, where students used duct tape and creativity to recreate useful items; and Lego® Exploration, where kids created games and mazes with the iconic building blocks. But these after school activities were more than just a fun time to hang out with friends and beat the winter blahs; these projects and activities stretched students’ thinking and creativity, making them excited to learn. Ms. Monica Lazanich, a CIS fifth-grade teacher, headed up the Rube Goldberg group of nine students. When she first introduced the concept, she explained that a Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption that uses simple items, linked together to produce a domino effect to complete a simple task. (remember the Mousetrap game?) She dared the group not to be afraid to fail, sharing Thomas Edison’s inspirational quote, ““I have not failed. I just discovered 10,000 ways that won’t work.” She encouraged her group to research projects online and discuss them with the group. Then she set them loose in small groups to plan, build, experiment, and make changes based on those experiments. Over the eightweek program, groups of students used their creativity,

forward thinking, and problem solving skills to create and build simple machines from paper, cardboard tubes, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, building blocks, dominos and a large supply of masking tape to create complex machines to ring a bell and shoot a projectile. According to Crest wood Intermediate Principal Michelle Gerbrick, “Maker Space is shaping students into problem solvers and preparing them for our rapidly-changing world.” At the end of the program, a celebration was held for participants and their families, giving everyone the news that, due to the success of the program, CIS will be offering another opportunity for CIS students. They’ll have the chance to experiment with Scratch, a free, online tool used to introduce young people to coding. This online tool was developed at MIT, and is used by thousands of schools to augment language arts, science, history, math and computer science curriculum. While Scratch is designed especially for those aged 8 to 16, it is used by people of all ages at home, in schools, museums, libraries, and community centers across the country and around the world. Mrs. Gerbrick beamed, “Students will have the opportunity to use the simple Scratch programming language to create interactive stories, games, and animations,” she continued, “ In the process, they’ll use creativity, exercise systematic reasoning and learn to work together in teams.”

An Afternoon with Amanda Flower Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

– Dr. Seuss

R avenna - On Sunday, March 12 the Reed Memorial Library hosted author Amanda Flower. This was a chance to listen to Amanda’s story of how her desire to become an author started and developed over time. Amanda has written approximately twenty books that have been published. She writes for both adults and children. Amanda is a national bestselling author and the winner of an Agatha Award. An Agatha Award is named for Agatha Christie and is given to mystery writers who write in the cozy mystery style. Cozy mysteries take place in a small close knit community while downplaying violence and sex in the story. During the talk at the library Amanda shared how she told a story to her classmates about her adventures during summer vacation. She did not think she did anything exciting so she fictionalized her story to entertain her classmates. The story was well received by both the teacher and classmates. She knew she wanted to be an author and storyteller. Amanda grew up in northeast Ohio and went to a private school. Her father helped her choose a career path which would help her become a published author. As we listened to her talk about her upbringing you could tell she was a focused person. She probably has great time management skills too! She had to be patient and learn and grow. While doing this she paid attention to what was going on around her. She began to observe and her imagination helped her to see mysteries that could be written in the framework of ordinary day-to-day life. She has let her life experiences and the places she has lived guide her writing. She has lived in Amish country and written the Appleseed Mysteries that are set in Ohio’s Amish country. Her love of books and degree in library sciences has led her to write The Magical Bookshop Mysteries. A lot of her life comes through the pages of her books. Amanda likes to travel and research settings and skills that are described in her books. She helps her readers learn about Ohio history, historical sites and nature. She has even taken the time to learn how to make maple syrup for one of her mysteries. She cares about the details! Fans of Amanda’s writing will be glad to know she is currently writing a couple of books and is under contract for more books. You can learn more about Amanda and her writing at It seems Amanda lives up to the quote by Dr. Seuss and her readers are grateful. Thanks too for the Reed Memorial Library and their book club for hosting this event.







THE villager | Friday, March 24, 2017

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Schedule of Events

March 23 - Tacos March 30 - Soft Pretzels & Cheese April 6 – Bingo & Doughnuts April 13 – Hoagie Heaven

ALL Area Seniors WELCOME! 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!

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

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.


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.

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!

Camp Invention

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Register Today! Camp Invention will take place at JAG Elementary School June 26th - 30th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for students entering grades K - 6th grade next school year. If you are interested in having your child attend contact Mr. Hatcher by emailing him at dhatcher@ or calling the school at 330-527-2184.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet



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.


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American Legion Fish Fry

Fridays Fish fry dinners will be held at the American Legion Post 674, 9960 East Center St., Windham from 4-7:30 pm. Cost $8. Choice of fish, chicken, shrimp or a combo dinner. Open to public. Carryout available.

American Legion Fish Fry

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

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.

“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.

Eagles Fish Fry

March 24 Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held on March 24 from 4-7:30 pm. Open to the Public 8149 Water Street, in Garrettsville. Fish Dinner serving fish, shrimp, chicken tenders. Carryout is Available Call 330-527-2330.

Eagles Steak Fry

March 25 Garrettsville Eagles Steak Fry will be held on March 25 from

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Blarney Stone Dash

March 25 2017 Blarney Stone Dash 5K Walk/Run and 1Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Crestwood Middle School, 10880 John Edward Dr., Mantua, OH 44255. 8:00AM Registration; 9:00AM 5K Run; 9:30AM Fun Run Please visit our website at 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 the food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Takeouts are available.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

March 25 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to support Malone University grad Tara Hilverding and the service team mission trip to Germany. March 25 5-8 @ Crossroads Community Church, 9018 St. Rt. 44, Ravenna. $10 per person.

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.

Protect Geuaga Parks

March 25 Another Sound Off – We’re Still Listening! Come join us from 2 to 3:30 pm on March 25 at the West Geauga Library, 13455 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland. The Geauga Park Board may not want to hear from the public, but WE DO! Come out to express your opinions and concerns, ask your questions and find a way to let your voice be heard. Comments may help direct the efforts of Protect Geauga Parks in the coming year. The discussion will be facilitated to allow time for all who want to make a

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comment. For those who are not comfortable speaking in an open forum, there will be cards available for you to write your comments. We LOVE our parks and support the mission CONSERVE, PRESERVE and PROTECT!

Spaghetti Dinner

March 25 Windham United Methodist Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner, Saturday March 25th from 4:30-7:00. The dinner will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, beverage and homemade desserts. Cost of the dinner for adults will be $8.00; children 5-12 yrs will be $5.00; children under age of 5 yrs old will be free.

Free Clothing Give-Away

March 25 The Blackhorse Baptist church will be holding a free clothing give-away on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. There is clothing for all genders, bedding, toys, etc. This is a free event. The church is located at 6360 Bridge Street, Ravenna. All are welcome!

Revival In The Country

March 25 “Revivial in the Country” group will meet on Saturday, March 25th, 9 am - Noon at the Cellar Door Coffee house in Garrettsville. We are a group where women meet to inspire and encourage each other. Any denomination or church affiliation welcome, anyone can come even if you are not a church goer. There will be coffee and snacks. This month our theme is “Finding Peace through pain”. We will be hearing from Hillary Snyder who will speak of how she went through loss and came out whole and healed. Holly Fitzmiller will speak about how singing and worship can change your life and bring tremendous peace.There will be music which will inspire!!

Mantua Soccer Registration

March 26 Spring 2017 In-person Soccer Registrations will be held on Sunday March 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 26 The Parkman Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts at the Parkman Community House (16295

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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.

Community Dinner In Windham

March 28 Free Community Dinner on Tuesday March 28th, 2017 at the Windham American Legion 9960 Center St. Everyone is welcome. Serving from 5:006:00 pm while supplies last. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in Warren, Ohio.

God Provides Free Meal

March 31 God provides a free meal on March 31 at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 from 4 to 6:00 pm. Pulled pork sandwich - salad - chips - dessert.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 1 Easter Egg Hunt at Pixley Park Saturday, April 1st 10:00 am Ages 3-11 Don’t forget your Easter baskets to collect your eggs. Pixley Park, 9231 St. Rt. 305, Nelson Township. Alternate weather location Nelson Township Community House Please donate individually wrapped candy to support this event - please contact Dawn at 440-227-8064.

Annual Easter Candy Sale

April 1 Homemade Chocolate Candies - Chinese Auction - Sloppy Joes April 1, 1-4 pm at the Lordstown Scope, 1776 Salt Springs Rd. Lordstown, Ohio. Back door of Elementary School. Questions call 330-824-2173. Come and support our center

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Tragedy And Triumph - The 1920’s Cleveland Indians Join us on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:30am at the Middlefield Senior Center, located at 15820 Ridgewood Rd in Middlefield. It’s 1920, the jazz age is in full swing, prohibition is the law of the land and the New York Yankees have just signed Babe Ruth. The Cleveland Indians have set their sights on a World Series title, but to get there they will need to overcome an unspeakable tragedy. Speaker Dennis Sutcliffe of Lost Cleveland will present a program on how this team went all the way even though obstacles tried to prevent it. During the presentation, get your Peanuts and Cracker Jacks! Followed with a “Best Dressed Indians Fan Contest” and a hot dog lunch with rootbeer floats for dessert. RSVP to Middlefield Senior Center at (440) 632-0611 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

Easter Egg Hunt

April 1 Easter egg hunt sponsored by Portage Faith United Methodist Church will be hld on April 1 at 11 am. Portage Faith United Methodist Church 9922 St Rt 44 Mantua. Dress appropriately for an outdoor egg hunt; rain, snow or shine! Suggested participant age: 10 yrs and under.

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 will be April 4 from 10 am - 4 pm and April 5 from 10 am - 6 pm. The last day to order is April 1.

Spaghetti Dinner

April 2 Boy Scout Troop 8 is holdiing a spaghetti dinner on April 2 at the First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St. Newton Falls from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. $8 - Adults $4 – Children 3-11. This includes all you can eat spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert. **Carry-out will be available**

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.

Lenten Presentations

April 2 - 4 “Called to Know, Love & Live Jesus”---- at St. Ambrose Church 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville on April 2, April 3 and April 4 at 7pm in the church. Fr. John Petrikovic OFM, Capuchin will present a different topic each evening. Come be refreshed & renewed!

YMCA Book Review & Discussion Club

April 3 April 3rd, at 10:30am the Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave for the following FREE event: Dr J Patella presents Author Annie Kagan’s book: THEAFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. One of the most detailed after-death communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death. (You do not need your own book.) If interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions, please join us at the YMCA. Questions - call (330)469-2044.

Chicken Dinner

April 5 Southington UMC, SR 305 & 534, Southington will be holding a Chicken Dinner, on April 5, 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price: Adults $9.00, Child (Chicken Tenders dinner) ages 4-10 $4.50, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

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The Villager | Friday, March 24, 2017


Friends Book Sale Slated for April

Geauga County Master Gardener Classes

Hiram - The 2017 Friends of the Hiram College Library Book Sale will be held Wednesday, April 5th through Saturday, April 8th in the Pritchard Room on the 2nd floor of the library. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Saturday will also be bag day. We will provide paper bags for you to fill to your heart’s content with those much-needed books – all for only $2 a bag. We will not be holding a preview night this year as in the past. The sale will be open to the public beginning Wednesday morning. For the very first time, we will have a Biography section this year. We will also offer a fine selection of paperback fiction, and many other items too numerous to mention. Hardback books are priced at $1 each, while paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items will be $.50 each. The library is located on Hayden Street in Hiram.

Classes below will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (north end of the fairgrounds) 14260 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton. We appreciate advance registration, but walk-ins are welcome to most of our classes. Checks should be made payable to OSU Extension and mailed to P.O. Box 367, Burton OH 44021.

to 3 pm starting on April 5 for 8 weeks at the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road Hiram. To register please call Crystal Shanley at (330) 877-2495 This class is free for registered seniors!

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

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 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.

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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.

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast!

April 8 Every young one is invited to the St. Ambrose annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8. The Youth Ministry Group will provide a delicious breakfast at 9 a.m. with the Easter Egg Hunt starting at around 10 a.m. Cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors and children under 6, and $15 max for family. Come Rain, Snow or Shine!

Altar & Rosary Rummage and Bake Sale

April 21-22 St. Ambrose Church Altar and Rosary Society is sponsoring a Rummage and Bake Sale April 21, 9am to 5pm and April 22, 9am to 1pm in the church hall - 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Clothes, housewares, books and more! Something for everyone! Saturday is $2.00 bag day!



LANDSCAPING WITH TREES AND SHRUBS Wednesday March 29, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Master Gardener Mike Blakeman will explain the effective use of plantings as screens and explore creative ways you can use to make your landscape plantings stand out from the norm. Learn how to create novel screenings while avoiding the “toy soldier” effect. Cost is $15.00. Call Wendy at (440) 834-4656 for information and to register. CREATING A ZEN GARDEN Saturday April 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon Cynthia Druckenbrod of The Cleveland Botanical Garden will help us explore the elements of this very special art of garden design. Noted as healing and therapeutic sanctuaries, the incredibly peaceful atmosphere of these gardens soothes our thoughts, lowers daily stress, and totally engages our senses. Cost is $15.00. Call Wendy at (440) 834-4656 for information and to register. AQUA PON IC S , H Y DROPON IC S A N D VERMICULTURE Saturday April 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon Matthew Ray, Milwaukee WI Middle School Montesssori Educator, will discuss the success of his students with the science, planning, implementation, productivity, and financial outcome of their project. Join us and become familiar with the advantages and challenges of this new gardening challenge and adventure. Cost is $15.00. Call Wendy at (440) 834-4656 for information and to register.

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 décor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knickknacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

Mayfield Church Rummage Sale

April 27 - 29 A Rummage Sale will be held at the Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, on April 27 - 29. The hours are Thursday (9 am - 4 pm), Friday (9 am - 6:30 pm) and Saturday - Bag Day (9am noon). The sale has something

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Pymatuning Lake 2017 Crappie Tournament

April 30 2016 Crappie Tournament hosted by the Pymatuning Lake Association will be held April 30. First Place is $500 (five fish total weight) First Place single fish is $200 with 10 total prizes. Weigh-in and late registration (6am to 8am) is the Espyville Boat Launch(south east side of causeway.) Entry Fee per team is $45 ($5 late fee.) Forms should be mailed by April 21 Weigh-in ends at 3:30 pm. Registration forms and rules can found at www. and at area tackle shops e-mail pymalakeassoc@windstream. net phone 724-418-1501 All proceeds benefit the fish habitat fund.

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Open call auditions for Garrettsville Idol will be held on April 23rd at Iva Walker Auditorium at Garfield Middle School Ages 8-12, & 13-17 Audition at 1 PM • Ages 18+ Audition at 2 PM

All contestants should be prepared to sing privately for our panel of judges, without musical accompaniment. Any accepted entries must be prepared to sing complete songs for both the Semi-Finals (May 21st) and Finals (June 25th).

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E&H Ace Hardware in Newton Falls Now Open

Furthering these conversations, guest speaker Paul Granello, Ph.D., associate professor of counselor education at The Ohio State University, will present a keynote address at 10 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Hiram College Kennedy Center, 11715 Garfield, Road, Hiram. To participate in the walk, the cost is $5 for students (those who pre-register will receive a drawstring backpack) or $15 to also receive a T-shirt. The cost is $10 for community members (those who pre-register will receive a drawstring backpack) and $20 to also receive a T-shirt. After the walk, participants are invited to gather for a pancake brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hiram Kennedy Center. The cost for the breakfast is $5 in advance and $7 at the door for students; and $8 in advance and $10 at the door for community members. For more details and to register, visit hiramhope. Proceeds from Hope for Happiness, now in its fourth year, support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Portage County and the Suicide Coalition in Portage County. To donate, visit hc-hope-for-happiness-walk-2017.

AARP Chapter 4527 News

submitted by Betty Franek

Our April meeting will be on Tuesday, April 4th, 1 pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, located at 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp., Ohio. (Located behind the Fire Station). Our speaker will be Chuck Hess, President of the Bainbridge Historical Society, talking about the History of Bainbridge Township, and the celebrations of our BiCentennial this year. He will be telling us of the various programs about our heritage that we will be having.. This should be a interesting program.. Come and learn. We will also be selling tickets to our “Spaghetti Lunch� to be held on our meeting, Tuesday, May 9th,(1 week later due to the elections). We are still collecting non-perishable food and paper products for the “Food for Friends� food pantry, and dog food & dog treats for the Geauga Dog Shelter. The dog shelter is in desperate need of food and of course, always monetary donations. Easter is coming up soon, and the food pantry is also in extra need. Please think about those less fortunate, and remember to bring in your donation to the meeting. After a brief meeting, we will have our sweet treats and visit with friends. Come & join us! For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767.

Newton Falls - E&H Ace Hardware, locally operated and proudly owned by the Buehler Family of Wooster, Ohio, announces the opening of their twentieth Ace Hardware store. The refreshed Newton Falls Ace Hardware officially opened its doors on Monday at 165 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444. Store hours have been expanded to Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The phone number for E&H Ace Hardware Newton Falls is (330) 872-7363. Dave Robison, store manager, and his team are ready to serve the local community. The store will host a grand opening weekend March 31 – April 2 featuring weekend specials, kids’ activities, the Easter bunny, giveaways, and food sold by local non-profit organizations. “A majority of the previous staff has joined our Newton Falls Ace team. We’ve added a few new local faces to the store, as well,� stated Scott Buehler, President and COO E&H Hardware Group. “They are trained, knowledgeable, and focused on providing outstanding customer services to the Newton Falls community.� The store offers wider aisles for a more comfortable shopping experience. Along with refreshed and updated product selections, a full line of Stihl Power Equipment has been added and the service department will repair most small engines and hand held power equipment, as well as perform blade and chain sharpening. A full service Paint Department will offer Valspar, Ace Royal, top-rated Clark+Kensington paints, and custom color matching. Ace Hardware’s free “Ace Rewards� loyalty program brings additional savings to customers and instore pick-up will be offered for those customers that prefer the convenience of shopping online. E&H Ace Hardware Newton Falls features many of the brand name products you’ve come to know and trust, including: Wooster Brush, DeWalt, Craftsman tools and power equipment, Weber grills, GE and Feit LED light bulbs, Scott’s Seed and Fertilizer, Ortho, Quikrete, and many more. “We are very excited about the new look of our store here in the community�, stated Dave Robison. “My team and I look forward to providing our friends and neighbors with expanded products, services, and helpful advice.�

Searching For The Erie

Mantua - The Rotary Club of Mantua is pleased to sponsor a presentation by Craig Sanders on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The talk, “Searching for the Erie,� will be an overview of the Erie/Lackawanna railroad line that passed through Garrettsville, Hiram and Mantua. Craig Sanders is an educator, historian and author of seven books focusing on railroad history. Join us at Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 Prospect Street in Mantua, for an interesting glimpse into this important part of our local history and share any memories you may have of the railroad.

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“Hope for Happiness� Suicide Prevention Walk, March 25, Aims To Build Community Support, Mental Illness Understanding

Hiram – Stories of mental illness and of loved ones lost to suicide transpire in conversations among the area residents and students who unite each year for the Hope for Happiness suicide prevention walk. Here, the stigmas of depression and suicide are replaced with hope and community support. Hope for Happiness founder Cara Constance, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of biology, describes the walk, which will take place Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Hiram campus, as one of promise. “We keep the walk upbeat. It’s about inspiring hope,� Constance says. “As bad as things may be, people care and understand and are there for you.� Constance says her goal for the walk is to build a sense of community. “If you have a group that understands what you’re going through, when you’re in low times, you’re much more likely to seek help than you would feeling ostracized and alone,� she says. Far from alone, one in four adults experience depression in their lives, according to Constance. Despite its prevalence, depression often goes untreated, particularly in children, she says. “Children and teenagers don’t always get the support or treatments they need. Their parents may not be educated about depression and psychological services for children are lacking,� Constance explains. To help heighten community awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention, students from area high schools will distribute informational materials and other giveaways along the walk route. Crestwood High School students, for instance, will promote the importance of natural meditation through planting and will pass out small gardening kits. Windham High School students will lead activities centered on bullying and sexual/ gender orientations. Meanwhile, students from James A. Garfield High School will sponsor an art-and-craft table at which event-goers can express their personal feelings on painted rocks. “The message being, that this expression, how you identify yourself, should be your foundation to get through the day. In other words, it should be your rock,� says Hope for Happiness Hiram College student volunteer Timothy Hatfield. Hatfield, a Northeast Ohio Medical University AmeriCorps member, understands, personally, how mental illness affects families and lives. He describes his childhood, much of it spent caring for his mother who struggled with mental illness. “She often tried to harm herself and tried to commit suicide a few times,� says Hatfield, a junior majoring in sociology and public health. “I was often the one who helped her calm down, and called for professional help and was her caregiver. When she passed in 2012, I knew I had to give back anyway that I could.� Hatfield says that mental illness cannot be pushed aside. “It is something that affects everyone in some way,� he says. “This walk helps people focus on the importance of mental health ... It helps shine a light on the stigmas placed on suicide and mental health and helps wipe those stigmas away ... It’s important to have conversations about it.�


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Improving your health, one talk at a time. Join our experts in April and May for talks on important health topics designed to create a healthy community and empower individuals to take control of their health. Classes, events and screenings are free, unless otherwise noted. To register, call the number listed.



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Sessions are developed to provide an environment of support, education and sharing to members affected by the experience of grief. The series is led by trained and experienced facilitators and is sponsored by our University Hospitals Hospice Department. RSVP: 330-297-8860

For underinsured or uninsured women. To find out if you qualify for this screening, call 330-297-2338.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP TUESDAY, APRIL 4 5 – 6 p.m. UH Portage Medical Arts Building, Room 150 6847 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna

Provides support and education to individuals who have diabetes. This group meets every other month. The UH Portage Medical Center rehab department will present at the April meeting on exercise. RSVP: 330-297-2576



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Meet in the lobby as the class starts with the tour. $40 charge or scholarship available. RSVP: 330-297-2338

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Many thanks to the awesome team that helped make our 1st Amish Basketball Tournament a success!! My hat goes off to Josh Polifrone and Jeff Janic for the excellent refereeing skills and stamina for a full day’s worth of games!! You guys did an awesome job! We can’t forget the scoreboard operator extraordinaire- Adam Gilmer! Great job on those tight games! An extra special thank you to our staff! Edie, Rosie, and Steven- you are the best! With the concession stand’s brisk sales, a gym full of people, and overflowing trash cans, somehow you always rally to make sure everyone is taken care of, the garbage makes it outside, and the gym is sparkling clean again! Thank You!! Last, but certainly not least, thank you to the Amish Community for the pleasure of hosting your tournament. It was a great time with some spectacular basketball games! The Championship game was a roller coaster ride of emotions with a buzzer-beater win! Who could ask more??


Ray Sponaugle

Newton Falls, OH Ray Sponaugle age 84 of Newton Falls passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Friday March 10, 2017 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH. He was born on May 5, 1932 in Sutton, WV the son of the late Perry Raymond Sponaugle and Grace L. (Cutlip) Sponaugle. He has lived in Newton Falls for the last 38 years, formerly of Bristolville. Ray married the love of his life, the former Jewell P. Swiger on Feb. 2, 1978. Ray and Jewell were blessed with 39 years of marriage. He worked as a steel worker at Copperweld Steel in Warren for 35 years, retiring in 1981. Ray was a member of the Newton Falls First Church of God. Ray loved playing the fiddle. He has played with many area bands too numerous to mention. He won the national heritage award, the gold seal award of WVA and several Mid America Championships. He played with several well-known artists and was greatly loved and talented. He also had made a couple of records and albums playing his favorite music.

Loving memories of Ray will be carried on by his wife Jewell P. Sponaugle of Newton Falls, OH; daughters Tami (Rob) Stein of Spring Valley, CA, Rhonda Trickett-Rushnok of Newton Falls, OH, Tonya Trickett of Lake Milton, OH; sons: David (Jo Ann) Sponaugle of Champion, OH, Jeffrey Sponaugle of Denver, CO, Scott (Eileen) Sponaugle of Bazetta, OH, Dwain (Brenda) Miller of Charlestown Twp., OH, Eddie (Niobe) Trickett of Newton Falls, OH; 1 sister: Mildred Kuta of Napoleon, OH, 1 brother Robert Sponaugle of Lakeland, FL,; 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; many nieces & nephews, and his beloved dog, Missy. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Homer Sponaugle and 5 sisters, Edith, Rita, Doris, Nancy and Marjorie. Per Ray’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at the Newton Falls First Church of God on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Arnold Edmondson officiating the service. Family received friends for calling hours, one hour prior to the service time, from 10:00 to 11:00am at the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that all donations be made to The First Church of God 426 West Broad Street Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 in Ray’s name. Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330)872-5440. Family and friends may view Ray’s obituary online or to send condolences to his family please visit





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Rescued raptors prepare for flight at Hiram College field station Hiram – The Hiram College James H. Barrow Field Station’s newest addition, the Mary Benjamin Rehab Cage, began with a baby hawk ready for flight lessons. In 2015, Mary Benjamin, a senior majoring in environmental studies and biology, helped nurture the orphaned bird to near-independence at the 550-acre field station located a few miles from the Hiram College campus. Ready to spread its wings, the hawk eventually o u t g r e w it s shelter and was taken to Pe n it e nt i a r y Glen Wildlife Center in Kirtland. There, a flight cage provided the bird ample space for av iat ion practice before it was released at Cuyahoga Valley National Park near its original rescue spot. “We were taking in injured hawks and needed a place where we could fly them,” says Benjamin, who has worked at the field station for the past two years, as well as at Penitentiary Glen. Jim Metzinger, director of the field station, had a raptor cage on his wish list for quite a while, and even a stockpile of lumber with which to build it. Still, he ran short on funds to see it to fruition. Benjamin stepped in with a $2,000 gift she designated from her family’s charitable foundation to the field station. Benjamin joined a small band of fellow students, including Mackenzi Bolyard-Pizana, Lance Henderson and Nick Rollason, to build the 20’x6’x14’ structure with field station steward Jim Tolan and Matt Sorrick, director of the Center for Science Education. The architecture features a roof fashioned out of galvanized fencing and a large exit door from which birds can exit independently. A tall tree trunk stump configured with angled perches graces the structure’s interior with practicality. “Hawk, owls, turkey vultures and other birds of prey are comfortable at high levels,” explains Metzinger, pointing out that the ramps will allow birds to make their way up the trunk stump. While the field station can see anywhere from six to 10 orphaned raptors a year, until now, those ready for flight have been transported to Penitentiary Glen and the Mentor Raptor Center. Now students such as Benjamin will have an opportunity to care for these birds, many from handfeeding at infancy, to their eventual release back into the wild. “Now that the flight cage is built, I can really see how it will impact students’ lives,” Benjamin says.





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Local Exterminator Employs Bed Bug Hunting Dog to Sniff Out Pests Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

Freedom Twp. - Everyone knows about drugsniffing dogs that can detect illegal narcotics on a crime suspect. Some people are even aware that speciallytrained canines can alert the presence of diseases like cancer, migraines, narcolepsy, low blood sugar, and the onset of seizures. Now dogs can be trained to sniff out bed bug infestations, and local Dun-Rite Exterminator can bring Tom the Beagle to the rescue! Business owner and dog lover Joe Proya offers a full line of pest solutions and protections for residential, commercial and public service customers throughout nor theast Ohio and wester n Pennsylvania, but his secret weapon is Tom the Bed Bug Hunter. Tom is a highly-trained active alert dog (as opposed to a passivetrained dog) who pinpoints the exact location of live bed bugs or eggs by swatting the area with his paw. (A passive-trained dog would simply sit down in then general area of bed bug presence.) Proya founded his exterminator business seven years ago. He invested in his bed bug-hunting dog last May, after both dog and owner underwent training from J&K Canine Academy in Florida. Their Scentworx program is considered among “the most progressive leaders in the scent detection world.” Proya says his beagle saves customers time and trouble, because of his precision and ability to detect bed bugs before they become an infestation. “I can rip a room apart and eventually find the bed bugs myself,” Proya says. “But Tom doesn’t make a mess in the discovery process. He points them out to me so I can treat the problem, whether it’s in a hotel room, a workplace or a private residence.” Dogs in general are famous for their sense of smell. With about 220 million scent receptors (compared to a human’s five million), dogs can smell things humans cannot imagine. The olfactory (scent) area of the brain is apparently forty times larger in a dog than in a human, making a dog’s sense of smell thousands of times stronger than a human’s sense of smell. They can detect some odors in parts per trillion, and they can distinguish countless subtleties in any given scent. Beagles in particular are expert trackers, given that, as a member of the hound family, they have been bred to hunt prey by scent. As a result, their sense of smell is 1,000 - 10,000 times greater than a human’s. Further, beagles have many more scent receptors than both humans and other breeds of dogs. No wonder then, that Proya says Tom the Bed Bug Hunter is the best way to protect your house or business from bed bugs. His routine K-9 detection inspection and regular preventive pest control treatments can ensure

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

Sunday Dinners down at the farm were a weekly occurrence when I was growing up, always with a house full of relatives who were taking a refreshing weekend out in the country, far from life in the city of Cleveland. During those days the most of the river valley was still the home of steel mills and, basically, Cleveland air was pretty foul. My cousins and I would play outside, fish in the pond, explore the barns, granary, milk house and wood shed, many time repeating jokes we had overheard our great uncles and fathers tell each other, laughing loudly, though none of us really knew the reason at that time why they were funny; repeating these “forbidden tales” was always a thrill. Sunday Dinner was always delicious and with plenty of food. I took these recipes of my Grandmother and reduced them so they will feed 4 – 8 persons instead of 24, with some pretty nice leftovers for later in the week.

Hovězí pečeně / Beef Roast 1 stick of Butter 1 (3- 4 pound) boneless chuck roast 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cups coarsely chopped onion 1 cup red wine 4 thyme sprigs 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 (14-ounce) can of beef broth 1 bay leaf 6 large carrots, peeled and cut 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut (Grandma used potatoes from the root cellar but I find Yukons are very suitable.) Heat butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chuck roast with salt and pepper. Add roast to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add onion to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender.

Return browned roast to pan. Add the red wine, thyme sprigs, chopped garlic, beef broth, and bay leaf to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover pan and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until the roast is almost tender. Now add carrots and potatoes to pan. Cover and bake an additional 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf from pan; discard. Shred meat into large pieces with 2 forks. Serve roast with vegetable mixture and cooking liquid.

Obalované telecí kotlety / Breaded Veal Cutlets 3 cups of breadcrumbs (My Grandmother made hers with 12-16 slices of white bread with the crust removed that then was put in the old metal blender “Vitimix“ to chop into fine crumbs, I use a food processor.) Flour for dredging 4 large eggs 4 tablespoons whole milk Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 veal cutlets (scaloppini) (about 2 1/2 ounces each), patted dry 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided Sour cream lemon wedges Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl or lipped plate. Put the flour in a shallow bowl or plate. Break the eggs into another shallow bowl and whisk with the milk, and season with salt, and pepper to taste. Dredge a cutlet in the flour, shaking off the excess; then dip it into the eggs, and finally coat the meat evenly with the breadcrumbs. Set on a piece of waxed paper or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cutlets. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. While the butter is still foaming add the breaded cutlets and cook, keep the cutlets moving around the skillet with a fork or spatula, until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes for the first side. Turn the meat and cook 1 minute on the second side to crisp the breading. Serve with the lemon wedges and sour cream.


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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist By now you probably have seen the Girl Scout Cookie booths at your favorite grocery stores, banks, malls and Wal-Marts, so if you didn’t pre-order your cookies, make sure you pick them up while you are out, as cookie booth season is almost over! Last week I paired wine with the Thin Mint, Tagalong and Do Si Dos cookies, so let’s take a look at the rest of the pairings! Let’s start with my favorite Girl Scout Cookie – the Samoa. This delectable caramel, coconut and chocolatecovered cookie has so many flavors that pairing it with a particular wine is tough. However I had a bottle of Tawny Port and sampled it with the cookie. It was so unexpected. The nutty flavors of the Port really brought out the caramel and coconut of the cookie without losing the cookie flavor. Next is the Trefoil cookie. This shortbread cookie could be paired with almost any wine since it is so light. I was really excited to try our Raspberry wine with the Trefoil and was even happier when it turned out to be a great pairing. I really think the Trefoil would taste good with any other wine but the raspberry flavors were greatly enhanced by the shortbread. After a successful release of the new gluten free cookie - the Toffee-tastic is available again this year in our area. This buttery cookie with toffee chips is a great addition to the cookie selection. The challenge to pair something so buttery with a wine was tough but I decided to give a couple of wines a chance. Initially, I had paired this with our sweet and tart Cranberry wine and while it was a good combination I felt like it was missing something. So I went to the opposite side and opened a bottle of an oaked Chardonnay. Oaked Chardonnays are known for their buttery flavor so the combination of the buttery cookie really melded well with the wine. Finally, for this week I paired the newest Girl Scout cookie, Girl Scout S’Mores, with our Chambourcin. This cookie is the perfect fix while we’re waiting for bonfire season to start again but the gooeyness of the marshmallow is challenging to pair with a wine. But the smooth finish of the Chambourcin brought out the chocolate flavors and made this a must eat cookie this year. 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!

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Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore but isn’t ready for a nursing home either. Looking Around Dear Looking, If your mom needs some assistance with daily living activities like bathing or getting dressed, managing her medications, preparing meals, housekeeping, laundry or just getting around, an assisted living facility is definitely a good option to consider. Assisted living facilities are residential communities that offer different levels of health or personal care services for seniors who want or need help with daily living. There are around 40,000 assisted living facilities (also called board and care, supportive-care or residential-care facilities) in the U.S. today, some of which are part of a retirement community or nursing home. Most facilities have between 25 and 125 suites, varying in size from a single room to a full apartment. And some even offer special memory care units for residents with dementia. Here are some steps you can take to help you choose a good facility. Make a list: There are several sources you can turn to for referrals to assisted living facilities in your area including your Area Agency on Aging (call 800-677-1116 to get your local number), family doctors or local senior centers, or online search services like Call your ombudsman: This is a government official who investigates long-term care facility complaints and advocates for residents and their families. This person can help you find the latest health inspection reports on specific assisted living facilities, and can tell you which ones have had complaints or other problems. To find your local ombudsman, visit Call the facilities: Once you’ve narrowed your search, call the facilities you’re interested in to find out if they have any vacancies, what they charge and if they provide the types of services your mother needs. Tour your top choices: During your visit, notice the cleanness and smell of the facility. Is it homey and inviting? Does the staff seem responsive and kind to its residents? Also be sure to taste the food, and talk to the residents and their family members, if available. It’s also a good idea to visit several times at different times of the day and different days of the week to get a broader perspective. On your visit, get a copy of the admissions contract and the residence rules that outline the facilities fees, services, and residents’ rights, and explains when a resident might be asked to leave because their condition has worsened and they require more care than the facility can provide. Also find out about staff screening and training procedures, and what percentage of their staff leaves each year. Less than 30 percent annually is considered good. More than 50 percent is a red flag. To help you rate your visit, offers a checklist of questions that you can download and print at checklist-AL-tour.pdf. Paying for care: Monthly costs for assisted living ranges anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 or more, depending on where you live, the facility you choose and the services provided. Since Medicare does not cover assisted living, most residents pay out-of-pocket from their own personal funds, and some have long-term care insurance policies. If your mom is lower-income and can’t afford this, there are many states that now have Medicaid waiver programs that help pay for assisted living. Or, if she’s a veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of a vet, she may be able to get funds through the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit. To find out about these programs, ask the assisted living facility director, or contact her local Medicaid office (see or regional VA office (800-827-1000).




The Villager | Friday, March 24, 2017

Voice for Taxpayers Forum in Mantua

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - The Voice for Taxpayers group, lead by Mantua residents Tara Benjamin-Winland, Kristen Cavanaugh, and former resident Norm Ericson, held an informational meeting recently regarding the proposed issue on the May 2nd ballot for Crestwood voters. According to Crestwood Schools, the issue calls for 4.45 mills to be used to construct a 7-12 building at the location of the existing High School, as well as 0.5 mills to be used for Permanent Improvements at the District’s thirteen-year-old Primary and Intermediate buildings. While introducing the need for a public forum to unearth the truth of the matter, Ms. Benjamin-Winland commented, “We don’t think the School Board and Superintendent are being honest and forthright.” Ms. Cavanaugh concurred, adding, “there’s a lot going on that was misconstrued.” They added that they invited out-of-towner Norm Ericson to speak on behalf of their cause to present a historical look at the improvements made to the District’s buildings, specifically the High School and Middle School, which were both built over 50 years ago. The flyer they distributed at the meeting stated the District could “save millions by upgrading current facilities instead of building new buildings,” while urging residents to do their homework and learn the facts about the Levy. Mr. Ericson, who previously most recently served on Crestwood’s School Board in 2013, took issue with the 2016 reports from both the State of Ohio and an independent Engineering group, which were based on professional inspections of both facilities. The reports cited multiple structural issues, accessibility issues, the need for major HVAC overhauls, and other required maintenance -- all of which were estimated to cost a total of $23,660,000 on the lowest end, none of which would be open to co-funding with the State. Copies of those reports are available from the Crestwood School Board. Ericson highlighted facility improvements including new roofing and heating system improvements, which were conducted in 2013, and questioned the need for new facilities, since “upgrades were done in recent years. In my opinion,” Mr. Ericson noted, “the State’s report isn’t accurate.” He continued, “A large majority feel we don’t need a new high school.” A resident in attendance asked what would happen if the proposed levy passed in May. The cost was noted at $14.44 per month for the first five years, with a reduction by roughly half that amount after the 5th year. The reduction takes place when the District’s debt for the Primary and Intermediate schools has been paid off. Another issue of concern for the group was the sale by auction of the former Board of Education building located at 4565 and 4571 West Prospect Street in Mantua. The District-owned property was appraised at $250,000, but sold at auction for $11,500 to Willis Carlton Properties, a local company. The majority of the School Board, at the December 5, 2016 regular Board meeting, approved the sale. At that meeting, the auctioneer, Darryl McGuire, opened his remarks to the Board by letting attendees


know they had three options with the property: 1.) Give it to the Village, 2) tear it down; or 3) sell it. As a School Board member himself (Mr. McGuire holds a seat on neighboring Windham’s School Board), he shared that the building had “served its proposed purpose, and doesn’t owe you anything.” He shared that according to zoning regulations, the property could be split into eight family dwellings with an estimated investment of around $250,000 to make it usable; which is the appraised value of the property. He added that hazardous material remediation for existing asbestos and other harmful materials within the building would come at an additional cost, since the building was built in the 1900s. Mr. McGuire stated that if the older of the two buildings was removed, the property would actually be worth more, stating “the building itself is a detriment to the property,” but the cost to the District to remove it would be considerable. The cost to maintain the building was estimated at $800 - $1,000 per month. He went on to share that the auction had three registered bidders and one out-of-state online bidder. He noted that when the bids topped $5,000, two of the local bidders bowed out of the process. The out-ofstate bidder, someone Mr. McGuire was familiar with from previous auctions, has a reputation of buying old school properties at a low cost and “sitting on them,” letting them become a nuisance to the local community. The Board followed his recommendation to sell the property to the remaining local bidder. A videotape of the December 5th meeting can be viewed at the Crestwood Schools website. Another item of concern for the group was the District’s intention to build a facility that would incorporate grades seven through 12, reducing the available square footage per student from what they estimated to be over 150 square feet per student at the current Middle and High Schools to much less. A resident from the crowd asked what amount the State required, and the answer was unclear. However, according to the Ohio School Design Manual put forth by the Ohio Facilities Commission, the recommended square footage per student is currently 50 square feet. It’s also important to note that a smaller building would most likely be more cost-efficient to operate. With a proposed smaller school, the concern over increases in enrollment was raised. According to statistics published in Ohio Facts 2016, a publication by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission, total school enrollment in Ohio has declined every year during the past decade. That trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. When the questions on potential expansion was raised to Crestwood Superintendent Toth during a previous public forum event on the school project, Mr. Toth assured the public that the proposed school would be designed in such a way as to allow for future expansion as enrollment dictated. While there was considerable discussion about the attendance of Mr. Toth at that evening’s meeting, when asked afterward, Mr. Toth indicated that he did not receive an invitation for the Voice for Taxpayers meeting via email or otherwise, although the group maintained it sent one to him via email two days prior to the event.

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JA Garfield Spotlights





Windham Students of the Month

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 3 Something I would like others to know about me... I want others to know that I would like to be friends with them. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is math. Math is good for you to learn to get smarter.. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield Schools are great because it is cool. I like this school. It is awesome! What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is teamwork. This is important because you have to work together.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... I play softball, basketball, and volleyball. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activities would be basketball and volleyball. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be a neonatal nurse when I grow up. I would go to nursing school to become a neonatal nurse. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is respect. If you don’t respect your teachers or anyone it isn’t going to get you anywhere in life.

Row one (sitting- left to right): Sara Barker (grade 6), Myla Christopher (grade 7), and Taylor Richter (grade 8). Row two (standing- left to right): Cheyenne Wallace (Grade 9), Mackenzie McLean (grade 10), Molli Betters (grade 11), and Kyle Simpson (grade 12).

Windham - The staff at Windham Junior/Senior High School has chosen seven students to be recognized as the Bomber Students of the Month for March. These students represent their respective grade level and have what it takes to be a true Bomber. This award is based on specific criteria such as: displaying good character and mature behavior, having a positive attitude towards learning, demonstrating responsibility, and being respectful to peers and teachers. We are proud of our students for all of their accomplishments to help make our schools GREAT places to be!

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I want others to know that I enjoy helping others and meeting new people. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is experiencing and learning new things every single day. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be a physical therapist. I’ll be going to college for seven years for this. I will earn my undergraduate degree at Kent and I haven’t decided on my graduate school as of yet. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is respect. This is important because when you’re respectful, everything flows smoothly.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Assistant Principal/AD 4 Years at Garfield What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy spending time working on improving our athletes and coaching. The most interesting thing about me is...I’ve attended 20 Jimmy Buffett concerts. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... being as transparent as possible Garfield is the best place to work because…of the relationships you make with students and community members.

JA Garfield Historical Society News Iva Walker | Columnist

The James A. Garfield Historical Society observed St. Patrick’s Day with an open house and a green-themed pot luck (No leprechaun’s pot of gold here but pretty good stuff) for members and guests. Some ten or so visitors came to see the exhibits, chat with friends and sample the refreshments on their way to partaking in the other festivities taking place in Garrettsville that evening. Business discussed during the evening included the updating and possible new tenant of the rental property over the Bonnet Shop but this will be decided by the apartment committee at a later date. Also on the agenda was the location for the next meeting, as the Mott Building will be closed for as long as it takes to complete the work of renovation and refurbishment of the society’s materials and exhibits; many items need new labels, groupings and signage may be rearranged, a “new look” (for old things) is the goal. Several locations have been suggested (including The Cellar Door Coffee Shop, the Garrettsville Family YMCA and the Freedom Town Hall) and will be checked out before the membership is notified. The renovation begins NOW; sign up to come and help. There have been roof repairs to the Mott Building; there will be more. Thoughts were aired about having some special programs this year and inviting the public (as they always are) to be enlightened and entertained and educated about local history. The Reuben chowder wasn’t even green but it perfectly fit the occasion; so did the green punch, the green cakes and the deviled eggs. The JAGHS meets regularly on the third Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mott Building on Main Street, Garrettsville. The public is always invited to come and discover how “History Matters.”


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Garrettsville - Third time is a charm for the Garfield G-Men. For the third time in school history the Garfield boys basketball team reached the district finals and, unlike the previous two trips, this was culminated with a hard-fought and at times breathtaking victory over the number one ranked Division III team LaBrae and into Garfield immortality with a gritty 58-56 victory ending their season in heart-breaking fashion, just like they did in football season. With the victory it also led the G-Men into the path of state -- and often times, national-powerhouse Villa Angela St. Joseph Vikings. And for eight minutes the Garfield G-Men stood toe-to-toe with the Vikings trading runs and long three’s to a 21-21 stalemate. VASJ would go on to outscore the undermanned and out-number G-Men by 40 the rest of the way, but the fact that this group of boys made history and stood on the same court as an eventual state champ is a testament to itself. Congratulations G-Men for a job well done!

TOPS Recognizes Members

TOPS award winners include Sandy Wilburn, Cindy Casciato, Sandra Nickels, Chapter Queen Shannon Gallagher Wingert, Bobbie Gallagher, Jeanette Stoffer, Julie Rohal and Steve Rohal, Not pictured -winner Gary Burden

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OH #1941 Ravenna celebrated their annual awards recently honoring members for their successful weight loss for the year of 2016. Last year saw three more chapter members reach their goal weight and declare KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) status. The chapter was excited to present Royal Court Awards to Runner-Up Queen - Sandra Nickles and the 2016 Chapter Queen - Shannon Gallagher Wingert. Congratulations to all of the winners! Perhaps you would like to lose those extra pounds and adapt a healthier lifestyle! Join us Thursday mornings at Maplewood Christian Church 7300 SR 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266: weigh-ins occur between 9-9:45 a.m. with the weight loss related program running from 10-11 a.m. Although serious about our goals and providing accountability while reaching them sensibly, we have a lot of fun through fellowship, song and contests--the camaraderie formed is priceless! Check out specifics at Other TOPS chapter meetings are held in the area at various times and locations and can be found on the TOPS website. Each chapter is a little different, so you may want to visit more than one. We’d love to see you!

2. RECONCILIATION - Republicans will move the AHCA through Congress using a legislation process called “reconciliation,” a procedure created in 1974. The House and the Senate can pass “reconciliation” bills with only a “simple majority” rather than the “three-fifths majority” needed for most legislation (source: Congress). 3. HAS BEEN USED BEFORE - “Reconciliation” has been used 24 times by Congress since 1974, including 4 times when the legislation passed Congress but was ultimately vetoed by the sitting president. “Reconciliation” was used by the Democrats to pass the ACA in March 2010 (source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities). 4. SIMPLE MAJORITY - To pass the AHCA using “reconciliation,” Republicans will need the support of 50 of 52 GOP Senators (the VP breaks any tie) and 216 of 237 GOP House members (5 seats are vacant), assuming no Democrats support the legislation. GOP leaders hope to pass the AHCA by mid-April 2017 (source: Congress). 5. THE PLAN - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a 3-step plan to repeal and replace the ACA: 1) pass the AHCA using “reconciliation,” repealing much of the ACA; 2) use the administrative powers of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to undo other ACA provisions; 3) convince enough Democrats to support a series of non-budget related health care bills (e.g., selling across state lines) to garner the required three-fifths majority needed to complete the repeal and replacement of the ACA (source: BTN Research). 6. DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS - The AHCA bill is 123 pages long. The March 2010 ACA bill was 961 pages long and resulted in 13,000 pages of rules and regulations to implement the law (source: BTN Research).

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Mom’s To Blame... Iva Walker | Columnist

I blame my mother...and Dad, of course (They were a pair, and then some). Everybody’s writing memoirs and raking in prizes and big bucks. It’s their fault—my parents-- that I have no traumas, no horrid conditions in my background (You really can’t count the outhouse in the backyard over by the chicken coop that we used until we kids joined 4-H club and other people would come over for meetings. Not cool. Flowers did grow nicely there after we got indoor plumbing.), no bizarre relatives (I think that perhaps our family filled that niche for others), no travels across the country with all six of us in a horse trailer (The closest we ever came to that was the vacation—the only one—to Florida in 1952 or thereabouts; turned out to be one of the coldest winters in some time. Mom has pictures of us wading into the surf wearing our winter coats. My brother got the mumps while on the vacation; my sisters and I got the mumps when we got home. My big regret was that because of the swelling, I couldn’t eat a double-decker hamburger.), no drug episodes, no dangerous, unbalanced neighbors, no school crises (Although, in the first grade, the superintendent came to our classroom with a Band-Aid on his face and Joe Farago, I think it was, told me that the super was injured in a fight with the superintendent of a neighboring district, arguing over which school was going to get me—see, we lived on the edge of the township, and they must have been hard up for students. Me and Helen of Troy, same situation, right?). How’m I going to get a best-selling memoir out of that? The 4-H and the cows , well, calves, really, had their moments and I have three genuine Brown Swiss cowbells—from Switzerland, no less—to back up my championship claims. Great sound at football games. We usually did well showing that particular breed because everybody else (except my relatives, and that’s another story) had the black-and-white Holsteins and their classes

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James A. Garfield Historical Society The Jour nal news article in February, 1884 reported that Garrettsville hadaWeatherObservatory, and the observer was Mr. S.M. Luther. He was employed by the U. S. Signal Service, and three times each day he noted the state of the barometer, thermometer, wind gauge, clouds, etc. This, with a mass of other information, was sent to the headquarters of the Signal Service in Washington, and used as data in weather predictions. April, 1889 there was a 110 foot pole erected on the corner near the post office, currently the Village Bookstore. Flags flew giving explanatory signals of weather reports received daily by telegraph direct from the U.S. Signal Service, in Washington. October, 1891 Whistle Signals adopted by the United States Weather Bureau were used in Garrettsville. The whistle was placed at the Table Factory, under the supervision of Mr. L. G. Knapp. The whistle blew at 9 a.m. to indicate the probable weather for the next 24 hours. The warning signal, to attract attention would last fifteen to twenty seconds, after which the different combinations of long and short blasts would give the weather prediction. In 1914 The Journal posted Mr. S. M. Luther’s records which covered 30 years of temperatures in Garrettsville. These were the lowest below zero temperatures recorded: Jan. 20, 1892, 26 below; Feb. 11, 1899, 24 below; Jan. 5, 1904, 25 below; Jan. 13, 1912, 30 below; Feb. 10, 1912, 24 below; and Feb. 25, 1914, 24 below.




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2017 Retirement Account Limits

were crowded; ours were much more exclusive—“Big fish/small pond� syndrome--so we often won. Those were the days. You could get blue and championship purple ribbons for having the best animal in the ring; that’s what was being judged, the adherence of the calf/ cow to the ideal breed characteristics. Getting a blue or purple ribbon in showmanship, was another story. That had to do with how well you had prepared the animal for the show and how well you managed the beast in the ring. It also involved wearing all-white outfits. Any idea how tough that is when you’ve got a calf/cow slobbering with great abandon at the end of a halter, looking for more water or just being ornery? We all had our tricks: Spraying the bovines’ manicured feet (Oh yes, they got trimmed with a rasp and rubbed with fly spray) and brushing coats (which had been strategically bleached if they had lain down in less-than-ideal locations). Trimming hair in ears. Curling tail hair. Keeping them from licking themselves in unfortunate patterns (What? You never heard of cowlicks?)All of this amounted to judging the 4-H-er and how much work they had put in rather than the animal itself. Just keeping the calf from standing on your foot when they were supposed to be posing for the judge was a challenge in itself. Couple hundred pounds of cow on your pinkie-toe was no treat either. Most of the bovines that were supposed to be under my direction had minds, or simply impulses, of their own and tended to go off in all directions or refuse to go anywhere at all. I don’t think that I ever had one simply lie down in the ring, not that they weren’t considering it. I did have one take off like a bat from the Bad Place (Suppose this was a portent of some sort that has brought the little guys to my house?) in the midst of a parade in front of the grandstand. It was an annual event; the 4-H-ers and their animals—sheep, cattle, goats, you-name-it—were in a parade on Thursday evening after the Junior Fair judging, so the proud parents and grandparents could see the kids and the ribbons and such. Well, on this particular occasion, there was a storm brewing, coming at us from the west, picking up speed as it came, apparently. The parade went from west to east in front of the stands so most of us participants couldn’t really see the awfulness of it; it was getting darker and darker as we went—in high summer, remember. Luckily, my dad got a good look so he went around in back of the grandstand to the exit from the track and kept an eye out for what was happening and particularly what was happening to me and my calf. About halfway along it started to rain, which startled a fair number of critters, who were nervous anyway. Then there was a crack of thunder and a bolt of lightning, not in that order, and it was--Bessie Bar the Doors—stampede! We, the lot of us, were off to the races. I managed to hang on to my calf—Prudence, I think her name was (Prudy, for short)—just barely, and head for the exit. Before the two of us got there to begin taking off for “parts west�, my dad caught up with us, grabbed the halter and managed to steer Prudy back (into the wind) to the barn. A number of exhibitors were not so lucky and there were drenched kids and parents and animals wandering around the fairgrounds for a good part of the night, I’ll bet. My mother was famed in 4-H circles for sewing cow blankets out of burlap and chicken feed bags. Quite the well-dressed cows we had, their garments made on the same machine that most of ours were. Dior was not the reigning stylist, Master Mix was. Ma also somehow stitched up a canvas top for our Model A truck that we went to the fair in, while the truck was still running, probably the upholstery too. So.... Does this sound like memoir material? Not a tell-all in sight. Pretty short on sex scenes. Guess that I’ll just have to wait another year to be “discovered�. Peek-a-Boo. Here I am.

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist In 2017, you have another chance to max out your retirement accounts. Here is a rundown of yearly contribution limits for the popular retirement savings vehicles. IRAs. The 2017 limits are the same as in 2016: $5,500 for IRA owners who will be 49 and younger this year, $6,500 for IRA owners who will be 50 or older this year. These limits apply to both Roth and traditional IRAs.1 What if you own multiple IRAs? This $5,500/$6,500 limit applies to your total IRA contributions for a calendar year. So, for example, should you happen to have five IRAs, you could make an equal contribution of $1,100 (or $1,300) to each of them in 2017, or unequal contributions to them not exceeding the applicable $5,500/$6,500 limit.1 Keep in mind that you can fund your 2016 IRA(s) until April 18, 2017 (the 2017 federal income tax deadline). It is best to fund your IRA for a particular year right as that year starts, but if you procrastinated for any reason in 2016, you still have time.2 High earners may find their ability to make a full Roth IRA contribution restricted. This applies to a single filer or head of household whose modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) falls within the $118,000-133,000 range, and to married couples with a MAGI of $186,000-196,000. If your MAGI exceeds the high ends of those phase-out ranges, you may not make a 2017 Roth IRA contribution. (For tax year 2016, the respective phase-out ranges are $117,000-132,000 and $184,000-194,000.)3 401(k)s, 403(b)s, & 457s. Each of these workplace retirement plans have 2017 contribution limits of $18,000, $24,000 if you will be 50 or older this year. If you are a participant in a 457 plan and within three years of what your employer deems “normal� retirement age, you can contribute up to $36,000 annually to your plan during the last three years preceding that “normal� retirement date.3,4 SIMPLE IRAs & SEP-IRAs. In 2017, the contribution limit for a SIMPLE IRA is $12,500; those who will be 50 or older this year may contribute up to $15,500. Federal law requires business owners to match these annual contributions to at least some degree; self-employed individuals can make both employee and employer contributions to a SIMPLE IRA.5 Business owners and the self-employed can contribute to SEP-IRAs, which accept contributions of pre-tax dollars. As a consequence of contributing pretax dollars, you reduce your taxable income. The annual contribution limit on a SEP-IRA is very high – in 2017, it is either $54,000 or 25% of your income, whichever is lower.5 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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1. Thick flat pad 4. Green regions of desert 9. Fill with dismay 14. Boxing legend 15. Soup 16. Your sibling’s daughter 17. A long thin implement 18. Late ESPN anchor 20. Motives 22. Astronumerology term 23. Semitic Sun god 24. Small cigar 28. Promotions 29. Not off 30. Line or plaster the roof 31. African Indian people of Alberta, Canada 33. Rituals 37. Chlorine 38. Red deer 39. Offers a good view 41. Post-indictment arrangement 42. Blood group 43. Razor clams 44. Fleshes of animals 46. Nipple 49. Indicates position 50. Electrocardiogram 51. Can be disconnected 55. Tall military cap 58. Cape Verde capital 59. Not written in any key 60. Creative 64. Suffix 65. Stacked 66. One who consumes 67. Not he 68. Whiskey and milk are two 69. Entryways 70. __ and cheese

1. Marketplaces 2. Hawaiian greeting 3. Mark left by the sea 4. Strongly affected by something 5. Music and painting are two 6. Small coin (French) 7. Letter of the Greek alphabet 8. A gesture involving the shoulders 9. Grey geese 10. Meal in the park 11. Human beings 12. What thespians do 13. Allow 19. Third-party access 21. “Casino Royale” villain Mikkelsen 24. Painful foot problems 25. The very first 26. Lawful 27. Ceramic jars 31. Hind ends 32. “Virginia Woolf” author 34. Try 35. For instance 36. Academic terms 40. Article 41. Religious belief outside the mainstream 45. Sou nd caused by reflection 47. Greatly horrify 48. Prey 52. Forays 53. River in eastern France 54. Bleated 56. Soft food cooked from buckwheat 57. Pre-Mayan civilization 59. Assert to be the case 60. Inches per minute (abbr.) 61. “Rosemary’s Baby” actress Farrow 62. Chinese philosophical principle 63. Simpson trial judge

answer to last week’s puzzle

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



The Hunstburg Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7 pm. The purpose of this hearing is to consider an application for a conditional use permit at 17530 Pioneer Rd., Huntsburg Township. All meetings are held at the Huntsburg Town Hall, 16534 Mayfield Rd., Huntsburg.

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

LOST - Open weave yellow gold wedding band at Shop N Save Parking lot Newton Falls on March 11. Please call 330414-2195.

This pretty lady showed up at a feral cat colony that I take care of. She had a lot to say, but it was very cold and she finally allowed me to pet her. After making friends with her, I scruffed her behind her neck and carried her back to my car. Honey is a little doll with lots of personality. She is happiest as the only cat but enjoys the company of dogs. Honey is about 2 years old, spayed, vaccinated and has tested negative for leukemia/ FIV. If you’re looking for a loving cat, then you must meet Honey… To meet Honey, please c o n t a c t K a t hy D e p t ol a Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 PUZZLE #17-14 DEADLINE ~ APRIL 4

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


answer Your school

Grade/Math teacher


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

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

100 Superior St., Newton Falls


85 Trumbull, Newton Falls

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

MLS 3858805 Commercial building * 2 stories * Full kitchen * Overlooks the Mahoning River * * Balcony * Bar with appliances * Fishing areas * Fire pit * Storage shed

MLS 3859981 Wendy Borrelli

409 Newton, Newton Falls

$39,900 330-687-5900

223 Oak Knoll Ave., Newton Falls

0% down USDA qualified * Colonial 3bd/2ba * Potential for 4-5 bdrms * All Cape Cod * 3bd/1.5 ba * Open floor plan new carpet * Fresh interior paint * Move- Plenty of storage * Fenced yard * Above ground pool * Deck * Flowerbeds in-ready * Immediate occupancy

MLS 3858319 Heather Lutz Neal

$92,900 MLS 3824952 330-687-6967 Shauna Bailey

VL 9417 Bryant Rd, Windham

MLS 3821722 Ryan Neal

$87,900 330-527-2221

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

111 Acres with standing timber

$376,500 330-687-0622

MATH CORNER WINNERS Puzzle #17-13 1. $13.16 2. 24 3. 3.18 sq ft Winners

1. lucas whelchel Extra Value Meal 2. madeline shirkey Cheeseburger, fries, drink

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

Ph one number


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

$79,900 MLS 3858791 330-687-4496 Kathie Lutz

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

is the perimeter of a rectangular board that is 134 3. What cm. long and 16 cm. wide?

Your name

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



Panthers team has five teachers; Mr. Rodriguez, 2. The Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Clark, Miss Larsen, and Miss Flynn. Their rooms are in the same hallway. Mr. Clark is before Mr. Rodriguez and after Miss Larsen. Mr. Rodriguez is before Mrs. Johnson and after Mr. Clark. Miss Flynn is before Mr. Clark and Mrs. Johnson. Miss Larsen is before Miss Flynn. From these clues, tell the order of the rooms as you walk down the hallway.

Fun By The Numbers

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 4/30

GoldFire Realty

Beautiful Honey

Math Corner


Eastwood Sharp Shop Knives • Blades • Chains Scissors and More (330) 527-7103 8060 Elm St, Garrettsville

3. christopher claar McDonald’s Dessert




Registration fee is $15, DUE BY APRIL 22 late registration will be accepted but you WILL NOT be on the map

Name Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.

WE SHIP UPS VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville


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Maximum of 4 items - lengthy descriptions will be shortened / deleted to fit space.

Main Sale Items (max of 4)

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Sale #

Sponsored by the Garrettsville For Information Call Area Chamber of Commerce * Village garage sale permit NOT required if registered for Chamber Sale.



330 527-5761



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