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Hiram College Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

Hiram - The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00pm in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, on the campus of Hiram College. The “American Sampler” program will present an overview of American composers and styles. Hiram College graduating senior, Meredith FitschenBrown, violin, accompanied by Randall Fusco, piano, will perform a Jascha Heifetz transcription of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin. Randall Fusco, Professor of Music at Hiram College, will also join the orchestra in Prelude and Fuga from Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato. The concert includes the iconic “Hoe Down” from “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland and the famous “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber. Student assistant conductor Taylor Boyle, Kent State, will lead the orchestra in “Presto

from String Quartet No.6” by John Christopher Moller, one of America’s first composers. Community players John Reynolds, violin, Jack Steward, bass, and Frank Vasarhely, drums, will join with Hiram students and perform the orchestra’s arrangement of three Duke Ellington tunes: “Caravan”, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing”. The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tim Staron, has members drawn from the Hiram student body, faculty, community players and talented area high school students. High schools represented over the years include Garfield, Waterloo, Kent, Ravenna, Field, Stow-Monroe Falls, Aurora, and home-schooled students. Players interested in joining the orchestra can contact the Hiram Department of Music at 330-569-5294.

Chilling Station Brings Frozen Treats To Mantua Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - There’s a new ice cream shop in town, just in time for warm weather to get folks hiking or biking along the Headwaters Trail in Mantua. The Chilling Station, owned by brothers John and Phil Rath, who also own Compass Packaging, decided to revert an unused building at their facility back to its former life -- at least -- sort of. You see, the name of the shop is derived from the building’s former use, when the previous tenant, Eaton Corporation, used the building on the Cuyahoga River as a ‘chilling station’ for their plastics extrusion line. When the Rath brothers decided to open an ice cream shop in that spot, the name was a natural choice. Another natural choice, it seems, is the choice to serve Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, which is made in Michigan. That company, which was also founded by two brothers, creates creamy, old-fashioned ice cream with high butterfat content, and no fillers that would fill the gap between grocery store brands and super premium ice cream. At the Chilling Station in Mantua, you’ll find traditional flavors like vanilla, strawberry and mint chocolate chip. But you’ll also find a variety of as uncommon favorites like Michigan Pothole, a chocolate-lovers dream, and the current flavor of the month, Anniversary Cake, which is flavored like yellow cake batter, with cake bites and colorful frosting swirls mixed in.

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We wanted to bring in quality products that aren’t available in town, explained John Rath, one of the shop’s co-owners. The Chilling Station had a soft grand opening on St. Patrick’s Day, where they relied solely on Facebook buzz and old fashioned banners to drive foot traffic. “We were pretty pleased with the turn-out,” Mr. Rath beamed. In addition to high-quality products, the shop boasts a fabulous view from from their outdoor deck overlooking the river. The Chilling Station also serves Boylan Bottling Company gourmet sodas, which are sweetened with cane sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup used by many soda producers. They feature orange, root beer, grape, black cherry, crème soda, and birch beer. In addition, they also serve Deep River Bakery Chips, with eight flavors to choose from, including unusual options like spicy dill pickle and cheddar horseradish. As an added bonus, each flavor sold by the Connecticut-based company supports a different charity, including the American Liver Foundation and Autism Speaks. Recent guest Patrick shared, “It’s a great place to get a scoop or two of ice cream! Right on the river, the deck provides a great view of the winding Cuyahoga River through downtown Mantua. I can’t wait to get back there!” Stop by Mantua’s newest shop this weekend to get the scoop…or maybe several scoops. For now, the Chilling Station is open from 4 - 9 on weekends, but hours will increase as baseball season begins and the weather improves. For the latest hours and information, visit the Chilling Station page on Facebook.

R avenna – Portage County residents looking to make home improvements this year can do so at a discount, thanks to a partnership between the Portage County Treasurer’s Office and three local banks. The program, initiated by Treasurer Brad Cromes in 2015, makes up to $1 million dollars available for lending from Hometown Bank, Middlefield Banking Company, and Portage Community Bank. For the first five years of any loans issued under the program, borrowers receive a significant interest rate discount (up to 3%). After that time, the rate returns to market levels. Loans are available for improvements to single-family homes with an appraised value of $175,000 or less. Treasurer Cromes, in explaining the reasoning for the program, said “Many residents in the County have delayed home improvements for a long time. This program offers a way to do those things that doesn’t break the bank.” While the program requires the County to take a short-term reduction in its investment income, Cromes asserts that reduction will be recouped over time in improved and stabilized property values. “What we give up in interest income we regain in community investment. Making sure residents have the resources they need to maintain and improve their property benefits all of us.” To sign up for the program, residents must complete an application at the Hometown Bank and Portage Community Bank branches in Ravenna and Kent, or the Middlefield Banking Company branch in Mantua. Once approved, borrowers have one year to complete their projects and submit receipts to the Treasurer’s Office. For more information, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 330-297-3586, Hometown Bank at 330-6776026, Middlefield Banking Company at 330-247-0881, or Portage Community Bank at 330-296-8090.

Hiram College offers new public health degree program Hiram – Hiram College will offer a new public health degree program this fall. The program, through which students can either major or minor in public health, merges the college’s liberal arts curriculum with this emerging field of preventative medicine and health promotion. This type of undergraduate degree is rare, according to Christopher Mundorf, MPH, Ph.D., who heads the new department. Mundorf explains that most undergraduate public health programs are offered at large universities, where students are mostly limited to courses taught in crowded and impersonal lecture halls. “Among the few liberal arts colleges that have begun similar programs, few can compete with Hiram’s reputation for experiential learning, which offers study-away opportunities, internships and practical research,” Mundorf says. Hiram Public Health students will immerse themselves in learning the science of disease and health, while mastering the skills that will lead to a career in helping others through communication, research, planning and advocacy. They will also be able to build upon their classroom experiences by designing research and creating projects that seek to address the major public health issues of our time. “The need for this flexible, career-focused program is huge, as students will have the tools to give back to various communities and work in one of the additional 250,000 public health jobs needed in the U.S. by 2020,” Mundorf says. Whether students are interested in the relationship between socio-economic issues and human health, how to communicate and work with outreach programs, or enter a hard science-based career, students will find something that suits them. Concentrations within the major include: public health biology, environmental health, health communication, health systems, health research, and health and fitness. The curriculum will prepare students for graduate school or entry-level jobs within diverse sectors since the program offers specialty tracks and combines a variety of disciplines. “I love giving back and helping communities flourish by ... bringing awareness to health disparities communities face. With the new public health major, I’ll be able to do this,” says Hiram College junior Timothy Hatfield, who plans to transfer into the new program.

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Preschool Screenings for Fall 2017

Preschool screenings will take place at James A. Garfield Elementary on Friday, April 21 for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call 330527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Camp Invention

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@ jagschools.org or calling the school at 330-527-2184.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For more info call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

Men on Mondays

Mondays “Men on Mondays� a men’s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the “Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

BINGO

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BINGO At St Michael’s

Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

TOPS Meetings

Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

American Legion Fish Fry

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

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.

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Soup Supper

April 1 The American Legion Post 193 soup supper will be April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Mantua Center School gym. A variety of homemade soups, salads and desserts will be available for $7 for adults; $3 for children.

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

March 31 Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 - 7:30pm on March 31. Open to the Public. 8149 Water Street Garrettsville. Carryout is Available Call 330-527-2330

Parents Without Partners Spaghetti Dinner

April 1 Enjoy a spaghetti dinner hosted by Portage Co Chapter #600 of Parents Without Partners on April 1st at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave. Tallmadge. $7.00 per dinner. Afterwards the chapter will have its monthly dance, themed “Spring Is Here� from 7:30 to 11:30pm. Ticket for dance $6.00/members, $8.00/ non-members. Call Warrine at 330/322-9559 for event or membership information.

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

SS Mary & Joseph’s Ladies Guild Kolache Bake

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

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.

2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser

April 1 On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, we are having our 2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser. It is a fundraiser for the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Department, Community EMS Association and the Garrettsville Police K-9 fund. We have 34 crafters/vendors so far. There will also be refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction. The event will be held at the Garrettsville Fire Station, 8035 Elm St. Garrettsville, Ohio from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Information can be requested from pamisue48@hotmail.com

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 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.

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.

Spring Into Fitness Trail Run

Quail Hollow Herb Society Meeting

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April 1 Experience the Preserve in a totally unique and healthy way. This event will combine fitness with nature. Wear appropriate shoes to run approximately 3 miles on semi-unimproved trails at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. April 1st 10am to12. More information

April 2 Sunday, April 2, 2:00-4:00 pm (program begins at 2:00 pm), Would you like to enjoy fresh vegetables from your own garden through Thanksgiving and possibly beyond? Master Gardener, Geoff Kennedy, will help demystify gardening issues and show you what succession gardening is all

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about. You will soon be on your way to enjoying a long growing season! Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Quail Hollow State Park Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH For more information, please contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

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!

Kids Party and Egg Hunt

April 2 The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd. Windham will be having a kids’ party and egg hunt on April 2 from 3-5 pm. We will make chocolate suckers, decorate cookies and have a cake walk. Hot dogs and punch will be served after the egg hunt. This is a free event – please plan to attend.

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.

Freedom Community & Park Boosters Meeting

April 3 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. Please contact Tom Mesaros at 330-245-6061 for more information. Hope to see everyone there.

Freedom Twp. Brush Pick-up

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.

A Matter Of Balance

begins April 5 Are you concerned about falling? Interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength? Falls are preventable, and this class can make a difference! Matter of Balance Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 1 pm 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

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

April 7 Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 - 7:30pm on April 7. Open to the Public. 8149 Water Street Garrettsville. Carryout is Available Call 330-527-2330

Chili Bowl 5K Walk & Run

April 4 The first brush pickup of the season will be on April 4 beginning at 8 am for Freedom Twp. Residents. Call 330-5277414 to arrange for pick up.

Chamber Meeting & Tour

April 5 On Wednesday, April 5, the Garrettsville Area Chamber will be meeting at Diskin Enterprises (Durajoint). Mike E Diskin the owner plans on giving a facility tour to anyone who would like to participate after the meeting. If you would like to find out more about the Garrettsville Area Chamber and Diskin Enterprises, join us at 7:30 am at 10421 Industrial Drive, Garrettsville.

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.

Swiss Steak Dinner

April 8 The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle in Garrettsville, on April 8. Dinner is served from 4:00-6:00 PM. The price is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children age 6-12,children 5 and under, free. The dinner consists of: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Corn Casserole, Drinks, and Dessert. Carry-Out is also available at the same location.

Girl Scout Easter Egg Hunt

April 8 The 64th Annual Newton Falls Girl Scout Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1pm at the Comm. Ctr. basketball courts. Children ages 2 through 10 years of age are invited to attend. There will be a visit by the Easter Bunny, Big Top the Clown, Shelly the Good Egg, and a couple of other friends. Please bring a basket to pick up the thousands of eggs filled with prizes Many businesses and community organizations have donated prizes and money for prizes. There will be a Grand Prize winner in each of the four age groups who will also get their picture in the paper with the Easter Bunny. Anyone who has questions or who would like to donate or help with the prize give-out, please call Shara Sullivan, Event Coordinator at 330-872-7333.

Eggstravaganza

April 8 Join us for fun at Hiram Christian Church Little Village Early Learning Center on Saturday, April 8 from 11:30 to 1:00. Children from ages 18 months to 12 years will participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and crafts and activities. Come early or stay late and share pancakes with the Kiwanis at their pancake breakfast.

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.

interested in helping out, please show up or give Tom Mesaros a call at 3330-245-6061.

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!

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

April 8 On April 8,2017 Kiwanis of the Western Reserve and Hiram’s Little ‘Village Early Learning Center are co-hosting an all you-can-eat pancake breakfast, featuring Goodell’s recipes and syrup, sausage, juice, coffee and tea at Hiram Christian Church’s fellowship Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pay at the door, $7.00 per adult, children 8 and under eat free !

American Legion Meetings

April 8 & 11 American Legion Post 193 will hold its monthly meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 8 at the post home. The Legion Post 193 Auxiliary will meet Monday, April 11 at 1 pm. Members are encouraged to attend.

Woodlands Fundraiser

April 9 On April 9th from 2 to 4 pm, The Woodlands Health and Rehab will be hosting a fundraiser event at 6831 N Chestnut St. Ravenna. The event will feature a speaker talking about dementia , tours of the new memory care unit, raffle baskets and a 3 pm performance by Christopher Milo. Christopher Milo is an in internationally renowned concert pianist and motivational speaker. The event is free and open to the public. The funds raised will help fund additional programming for The Alzheimer’s/ dementia patients on Comfort Corner.

Palm Sunday Breakfast

April 9 Don’t miss St. Joseph’s Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast featuring “All You Can Eat” buttermilk pancakes in Hughes Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This delicious meal is served with homemade toppings and/or syrup, sausage patty, oj, coffee, tea, or milk. Great family prices, theme basket raffles, and children’s attendance drawings are all a part of the fun. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights

April 8 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be holding a park clean-up day on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the park on State Route 700. If you are

of Columbus Council #3766 will be hosting this year’s event. Please don’t forget about the Appalachian Experience Bake Sale that will also take place in the hallway during this event (and in the Narthex on Saturday). Plenty of baked goods are needed to keep them well supplied.

Crescent Chapter Meeting

April 11 Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No. 7 OES will meet Monday, April 11 beginiing at 6:30 pm with a pot luck dinner according to Lou Ann Kilgore, Worthy Matron. The meeting is at the Masonic Temple in Garrettsville.

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

April 14 Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 - 7:30pm on April 14. Open to the Public. 8149 Water Street Garrettsville. Carryout is Available Call 330-527-2330

Birding In The Bog

April 15 Ring in the spring migration of new-tropical migrants as well as our year round bird friends April 15th at 7:30 – 10:30am at the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, 1028 Meloy Rd. No registration is required. More information call Adam at 330/527-5118

Portage County Retired Teachers Hold Workshop

April 19 The Portage County Retired Teachers Association (PCRTA) is sponsoring a Preretirement Workshop, Tuesday, April 19 from 5-7 pm at the Channels 45/49 building, 1750 Campus Road right off SR 261 in Kent, Ohio. The event is free, refreshments will be served. A STRS representative will be available to discuss pensions and insurance benefits with the attendees. Other matters pertinent to retirement will also be addressed. ALLTEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS THINKING OF RETIREMENT ARE URGED TO ATTEND. For reservations, contact: Mary Ann Brockett at brockettma@hiram. edu; mabrockett@gmail.com or 330-527-8049. Attendees are urged to make reservations as soon as possible!

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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!

Brick by Brick Auction

April 23 Windham Brick by Brick Scholarship fund 3rd annual kitchen and bath cabinets charity auction will be held April 23 at the Windham Hardware. View at 9 am Auction at 10:30 am. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. Details at McGuire GMC website.

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 bargains on books, clothing, accessories, home décor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knickknacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available

Vernal Pool Exploration

April 22 Vernal pools are seasonally water-filled depressions found in the forest providing habitat for many plants and animals. Explore the fascinating plant and animal communities April 22, 10am – 12 at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. No registration is required. Muck boots are recommended. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Dr. Raymond A. Keller, a.k.a. the “Cosmic Ray,” will be signing copies of his international awards-winning book, “Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet,” Headline Books, 2016, as well as introducing his newest two books completing the Venus trilogy, complete with photographs of himself with the mysterious Dolores Barrios, the reigning “Queen of Outer Space,” at the Village Book Store located at 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville, Ohio, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31. The Venus books are fully illustrated, with some color photographs. For additional information, please call the book store at (330) 527-3010. while having fun! See ya then!

Crescent Chapter Inspection

April 25 Crescent Chapter No. 7 OES will hold its annual inspection on Monday, April 25 at 7:30 pm at the Mantua Masonic Temple on John Edward Drive.

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 for everyone. All proceeds are for missions

Sunshine Committee 5K Run

April 29 The Windham High School Student Council and Sunshine Committee will hold the 1st Annual 5K Run/ Walk on Saturday, April 29th. Registration begins at 8:00 AM, and the race starts at 9:00 AM. The race will be held at the Ravenna Aresenal entrance

behind the school, near the football field, by the large parking lot. Adults can preregister for $20.00 (before April 29th) or pay $25.00 the day of the race. Students, younger than 18, can pre-register for $15.00(before April 29th), or pay $20.00 the day of the race. You can register online at www.gopherarun.com or visit the Windham Schools facebook, website, or contact Sam Pochedly at spochedly@ windham-schools.org.

Pymatuning Lake 2017 Crappie Tournament

April 30 2016 Crappie Tournament hosted by the Pymatuning Lake Association will be held April 30. 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. pymatuninglake.com e-mail pymalakeassoc@windstream. net phone 724-418-1501 All proceeds benefit the fish habitat fund.

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Legal Aid to Bring Fair Housing Presentations to Community Programs free, open to the public

Community Legal Aid is hosting free presentations in the coming months to anyone interested in learning more about legal issues covered by the Fair Housing Act. “We’re looking to provide information to all people impacted by Fair Housing – landlords, tenants, and even elected officials,” explained Patricia Dougan, an attorney with Legal Aid. “Everyone has their own rights and responsibilities, and it’s critical that each person understands what those rights and responsibilities are because it can help prevent costly legal issues from arising in the future.” The Fair Housing Act is a federal law designed to protect tenants from discrimination. In particular, it protects those who belong to a protected class, or a special group of people who fall under the protection of anti-discrimination laws. Legal Aid’s sessions will provide information about landlord responsibilities and tenant rights under the Fair Housing Act. Specific topics include blanket bans and discrimination, best practices to avoid a fair housing claim, rights of the elderly and disabled, and obtaining accommodations to remain in your home. “Often, we have clients come to us with a specific housing issue, like a foreclosure or eviction, and it takes some digging on our part to discover that there’s even a discrimination issue at play,” shared Steven McGarrity, Executive Director of Legal Aid. “Oftentimes, our clients and their landlords don’t even realize there are laws designed to protect people’s rights in this way. Patti’s presentations are one way that we can be proactive and educate the public about these issues.” Anyone interested in attending an upcoming presentation scheduled for Monday, April 24th following the Trustee’s 6:30 p.m. meeting – Newton Township Hall (4410 Newton Falls Baily Road, Newton Falls, OH 44410) -- is encouraged to check Legal Aid’s events page online at www.communitylegalaid.org/events. Check back periodically, as more sessions may be added.

Annual Bras For a Cause FUNdraiser

UH Geauga Medical Center Auxiliary will once again host a “Bras for a Cause” fundraiser during the May 6, 2017 Tea Luncheon held at the Sisters of Notre Dame Community Hall. Get involved and have your club, group of friends, co-workers, or just yourself decorate a bra. Bras can be creative, artistic, funny, done as a tribute to a loved one that has battled cancer or decorated any other way. Entries will then be on display for public voting. The more you promote your bra with donations of support, the better chance you have to win! Remember 100% of the proceeds will benefit the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center! Join us in this worthwhile event that continues to make a difference. Rules: • Design a bra using only a size (34C) MUST be a bra & be able to fit into a display case that measures: 13”l x 6.5” w x 4 ¾ deep for the 2017 winners • Name the bra –be creative, let your entry be a way to support cancer patients • Each entry will be on display at the event & at the hospital April 24-May 5th • Tickets can be purchased for voting for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 • Organizers may reject any entry if it is deemed inappropriate or does not meet official contest rules • The bra design winners will be announced at the event. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners are determined by the number of tickets/ dollars each receives. For more information contact Karen 440.285.6271 or Karen.Cico@UHHospitals.org

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The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium: Restoration Through Vegetation June 2nd & 3rd The public is invited to a multi-media presentation and examination of strategies to restore riveredge ecosystems and their effects on water quality and economic productivity. There is no charge for admission. Water quality impacts every life on Earth. Whether you are a tenant or landowner, the way you manage the property on which you live affects water quality for everything living in that watershed! The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium offers several opportunities to learn how to improve water quality with simple land-use strategies. June 2nd - Join us on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM to celebrate river environments with selected poetry readings at the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University. Later that evening at 7:00 PM meet us at the Cene Lecture Hall at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Christina Znidarsic, Senior Watershed Manager with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners will provide a presentation titled, ‘Restoration Through Vegetation’ that will guide us through the

Kent Timebankers Showcase Skills: Public Welcome The Kent Community Timebank is celebrating its 7th birthday with an Offers Expo showcasing members’ offers on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. The public is invited to attend, learn about timebanking, and stay for appetizers and birthday cake. A timebank is a community service exchange, where members offer their skills, knowledge, or help to another member. Every hour offered equals one time credit, which are used to request help from another member. The Kent Community Timebank has 400 active area members and hundreds of offers. It is a “community within a community,” a network of friendship as well as an exchange of hundreds of services. Approximately ten members live in Garrettsville. The purpose of the Offers Expo is to show samples of members’ offers. For example, there will be a computer tutor who demonstrates “going paperless” and basics of computer communication. Also to present: Preparing End of Life Directives, Help with College Financial Aid Forms, Making Perfect Pie Crust, Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking, Home Coffee Roasting, Mushroom Growing, Spanish language lessons, “Effective Listening for Parents,” sewing machine use, and machine embroidery. “Help with the System” offers help to people find local helping agencies and aid, such as Medicare, Medicaid, property tax breaks, the Agency on Aging, protection for disabled children, and other hard-to-navigate problem solvers. Portage County legend, Ray Aeschliman, will demonstrate how to fillet bluegills, a skill he has brought to Portage for 40 years. For now-popular survival skills, best practices in canning jams and jellies are presented by Melissa MacDonald of Atwater. The Kent Community Timebank is a member of the Crooked River Alliance of Timebanks, a network of four regional timebanks, (Kent, Ravenna, Twinsburg, and Cuyahoga Falls). Combined, 1200 members have exchanged 60,000 hours total, averaging 17 exchanges daily. The Kent Community Timebank also exchanges time credits with 48 local organizations and 16 Kent area businesses. “We do group projects like the Kent Theater, Haymaker Market Bridge, Miller Community House, Freedom House for homeless veterans, and individual yard clean-ups, and whole house cleaning.” said Abby Greer, coordinator of the KCTB and executive director of the Crooked River Alliance of Timebanks. “We even have 365 members willing to give an emergency ride for that time your car breaks down.” “This OFFERS EXPO is our birthday present to ourselves and to the public from Stow to Garrettsville,” Coordinator Greer said. “It’s an amazing, much-needed concept, one that reaffirms what we can believe in— ourselves! We hope the public will come, meet members, have appetizers and birthday cake, and see what can be done for time—not money.”

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watershed process. We will learn specifically about native vegetation and the critical role it plays in water quality. The information Christina shares will help you make informed decisions about how to better manage your landscape to improve the health of the water within your watershed. (Doors open at 6:30 PM) Native seed packets will be available on a first-come basis. June 3rd - Then on Saturday at 1:00 PM Ken Christensen will provide a guided tour of the riparian restoration at Plum Creek. Ken was the lead ecologist in the creek edge ecosystem restoration following the dam removal in 2011. Kent Parks and Recreation is hosting this workshop. Please meet at the #2 Shelter House at Plum Creek. The first fifty registrants for this program will receive free native plant packages. To register for the Saturday event contact Marybeth at mwillett@portageswcd.org or call (330)297-7633 x101. The Edith Chase Symposium Association is an Ohio non-profit scientific educational organization based in Kent. Donations are deductible for federal income tax purposes. For more information about the 3rd Annual Edith Chase Symposium please visit http://www. edithchasesymposium.org/2017event.html

Blood Will Tell...

Iva Walker | Columnist Blood will tell. That’s a phrase straight out of British mystery novels. Just now, blood may be telling the regular donors at the Garrettsville Red Cross Bloodmobile site—St. Ambrose Church on Freedom St.—“Never mind.” Could be. And this would not be good. It seems that Kathleen Hammer, bless her, the organizer and facilitator of the regularly-scheduled arrival of the Bloodmobile (every 56 days, or thereabouts), is retiring after long and faithful service to the cause of maintaining a supply of blood available for medical conditions and emergencies. It has been held in the lower-level community room at the church for quite some time, based, at least partly upon the accessibility of the space and the benefits to the community. Other churches have pitched in to provide the snacks available after donation and even the intake personnel who hand out the required literature and check appointment times of incoming donors—they’re also welcoming and cheerful greeters who help to make this a positive experience. So.... As we say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” to Ms Hammer, there is also a search for a great-hearted soul to take up the job, or even a committee of active do-gooders who can step up and continue this vital service of the Red Cross. Does the parish of St. Ambrose wish to continue to host this activity? Is there another facility which will volunteer? Will there be a site for the regular local donors to continue their service to those in need? All good questions. Who will answer? What will blood and/or hearts tell us?

Easter Fun at Portage Animal Protective League! R avenna – In celebration of Easter, Portage APL will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny on April 8, 2017. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 8 and younger starts at 10:30 am. One child will find an egg with a “golden ticket” and win an Easter basket prize. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are from 11-3. Minimum $10 donation and you get a photo with your pet/child and the Easter Bunny in a memory folder and also an electronic proof emailed to you. There will also be a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit Portage APL. “We hope to see a lot of families and supporters come to enjoy some springtime fun. Even if you don’t want to get your photos with the Easter Bunny or hunt for eggs, you can visit and buy baked goods and raffle tickets. Maybe some animals will find homes too!” said Chalan Lowry, Executive Director. All dogs and cats adopted are up to date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, checked for appropriate disease and free of fleas and worms. Many are also microchipped and have an additional medical history. Regular adoption fees are $65 for cats and $125 for dogs. The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals who have no voice. We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant. Please give a needy animal a loving place to call home! For more information, please call the Portage Animal Protective League at 330.296.4022 or follow us on Facebook to see daily news and stories.

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Mantua Twp. - At the last meeting, Trustee Victor Grimm shared that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which many localities have been recipients of, is being shifted to a two-year cycle instead of given annually. Mr. Grimm asked Fiscal Officer Jodie Thompson to make copies of that letter available to members of the Grants and Funding Committee. In other business, two letters were signed: one to the Portage County Engineer regarding the county’s maintenance plans for parts of Chamberlain, Diagonal, and Infirmary Roads, and the other pertaining to bid books for chip and seal and crack seal work on township roads this season. The township’s proposed road improvement plans are split into three phases, and will be addressed as budget permits. Phase 1 includes crack & seal work on Meadow Creek and Mill Creek, Quail Crest, Parkwood, Ladue Reserve, and Blue Stone Lake. Phase 2 plans will include work on Mantua Center Road after State Route 82, and Skinner. Phase three includes work on Pioneer Trail from the Aurora line to State Route 44, and Loris Avenue. Potential County projects include widening Mantua Center Road between State Route 82 and Mennonite. It was noted that the township’s spring clean up day will be held on the second Saturday in May -- May 13th -- from & am - 4 pm, or until dumpsters are full. It was noted that some restrictions apply, since the waste removal company cannot accept fluorescent or other light bulbs, transformers, and other household hazardous waste. Details are available on the township’s website. In public comment, residents of Robin Park asked Trustees for assistance with the upkeep and beautification of their park. Their spokesperson stated, “We are being called the slum of Mantua.” She noted the presence of several abandoned trailers that have remained vacant for some time. She also showed a bottle of off-color water, stating that it was tested and apparently safe to drink, but shared than she and her neighbors use bottled water. In addition, the group noted problems with rats, skunks, and mice. Trustee John Festa noted that since the community is a private enterprise, the owner is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance. He suggested contacting the health department regarding the water issue. Mr. Grimm suggested the Health Department would also be the contact to resolve the rodent issue. “You can talk to them about the water, but they just changed some of the drinking water rules last year. It depends on how many people are using the wells, whether you contact the Health Department or the EPA.” Mr. Grimm advised. The resident thanked the trustees for their suggestions and noted, “When we first moved in, it was beautiful.” Mr. Grimm noted that the Township cannot provide services (like plowing) because it is private property. He noted that as a Regional Planning alternate, maybe something could be done at the county level to help clean up the community. For instance, if the taxes are outstanding on the vacant trailers, perhaps there is something to be done at the county level. The residents offered to help in any way they could. Later, Terrie Nielsen, the Grants and Funding Committee co-chair, gave an update about the funding for the elevator. Ms. Nielsen shared that she had been in touch with Senator Eklund’s office regarding the release of the funds from the State Capital Fund that would complete the elevator project and fund renovation of the bell tower on the school building. She presented copies of the official paperwork, which required a signature from a township official. She noted that the group is working on a grant that will be submitted to Chemical Bank, seeking $25,000 for the elevator project, noting that other grant opportunities were also being pursued. She noted that the vestibule project would most likely go out for bid later in the month, with possible completion by the end of the year. “Hopefully, we will have a big celebration when that is done,” she beamed. Lastly, it was noted that annual meeting of the Mantua Restoration Society will be held on Saturday, April 22, at the Mantua Township School building. The event will begin at noon with a light lunch; Hal Stamm, John Zeit, and Jay Schabel will speak about the structural integrity of the building, the elevator project, and the work so far in creating a community center in the building. The business portion of the meeting will follow promptly at 1:00 pm, where officers will be elected and memberships will be renewed. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mantua Township Trustees will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 7:30 pm in the Township Hall.

The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet at noon, on April 3rd. This meeting will be held at Hilltop Christian Church. After a short business meeting, the guest speaker will be Jeff Griff, owner of Lowe’s Greenhouse in Bainbridge. Jeff will present a slide show about Perennial Plants for all four seasons. He may also bring some plants for purchase. We welcome those who are interested, to join us. For more information please contact Paula Tubalkin @ 330-274-2890. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming Mantua Market plant sale. This year the plant sale will be held on May 20 and 27, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The MVGC will be one of the participating vendors (donations are welcome). More details to come!

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Remembrance- Symbolized By The Poppy

Submitted by K aren Shesko, Lake Milton ALA Unit 737 The American Legion adopted the memorial poppy as a national emblem of remembrance in 1920. Afterward, the red poppy became a symbol of remembrance used round the world by veterans organizations. Following World War I, much of the land of Europe was in total devastation. Within a few years, with fields still lying desolate, wild red poppies bloomed where soldiers had once lived and breathed and died in trenches. The fields became synonymous with the great loss of life in war, and inspired the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae. From the beginning, paper poppies have been made by U.S. Veterans. Funds generated by the poppy campaign have been and still are, used to support those in need of help, service members & civilians suffering from physical & mental hardships as a result of war. I invite you, along with the members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 737, to take a moment and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve, by wearing a poppy. Poppies are available through many veterans groups, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary, and will be seen at Memorial Day ceremonies in your home town. American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families, both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of $3.1 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.

The Garrettsville DQ Grill and Chill experienced a record-setting day for their Annual Free Cone Giveaway when 1,234 cones were handed out to smiling customers who enjoyed a pleasant welcome to the first day of Spring! In addition, generous local residents and visitors to town opened their hearts and donated $121 to the Akron Children’s Hospital ! A big thank to all !! Roger and Connie Angel

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The Family YMCA located in Garrettsville (Remember, it’s for the entire community and welcomes members from all over the area— Freedom, Nelson, Mantua, Windham, Middlefield, Hiram, Newton Falls, all of you—if you can get here, you can join) is a part of the Greater Cleveland YMCA annual campaign. The Annual Campaign provides funding for the financial assistance program, which ensures that no one is turned away due to inability to pay to participate. In 2016 it distributed over $1.3 million in support so that everyone who desires can have a Y experience. In Garrettsville alone, some $2,928 in financial assistance was distributed to those in need. Visits by 1,276 members, participation of 514 kids in youth sports programs, services to 443 men in transitional housing and treatment are all part of what is provided by the funds collected. So too, are programs aimed at after-school care, youth sports teams to build confidence, teamwork and healthy habits, LIVESTRONG programs supporting strength and well-being for cancer survivors, children’s summer camps, even swimming lessons to promote fun and safety in the water. Pledge forms are available at the Y or at www. clevelandymca.org/give if you’d like to step up to support our local programs currently in place, such as Silver Sneakers, our newly certified personal trainer, the Amish basketball tournament...or new programs in the works, added fans, TV, possible expanded (or changed) hours...all of the good stuff that the Y does. The slogan for this year’s Annual Campaign is “Give For A Better Us.” The kids on the brochure are adorable and the “US” includes everybody in the community. You can be a part of it. You can be a better You.

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News from Hiram Township Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram Twp. - In his Fire Report, Chief Bill Byers shared that the department’s average run was slightly over six minutes for the month’s 38 runs. He mentioned the department’s future need to replace the 2002 Rescue Squad, and suggested looking for a demo squad with a loading system. He noted that there could possibly be grant money available through the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation for the cost of the loading system. The approximate cost of the replacement squad is estimated at $130,000.00 to $150,000.00. The Fire Department has allocated roughly $98,000.00 in the Capital Fund. Chief Byers noted that with the village/township agreement of a 60/40 split; the township’s portion would be roughly $30,000.00. There will be more discussion on this matter to come. In similar news, Trustee Kathy Schulda shared that she met with Hiram’s Acting Police Chief Brian Gregory to discuss the possibility of adding a levy to help fund the township patrol. Chief Gregory will work on the language for a levy, and provide this information to Trustees for discussion. He also urged residents to be aware of a new phone scam. He explained that they might receive a call from an unknown number who will ask if they can hear them. “It seems harmless -- in fact, it happens all the time, so why would you think anything of it?” Gregory

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noted. He continued, “That’s exactly how criminals are using it as a ploy to trick unsuspecting consumers.” The idea behind this phone scam is aimed at getting people who answer the call to say the word “yes.” It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but later, a criminal can use that recording to authorize unwanted charges on bills, credit cards and more. “When you say ‘yes,’ it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something,” he remarked. “The caller may also ask you to press a button to be placed on the ‘Do Not Call Registry,’ which is just a way for the crooks to find out if the number they called is active,” he added. Gregory urged residents to be aware. He noted that ff you receive a call from a number you don’t recognize, be skeptical of any yes or no question that has no context provided by the caller. The safest thing to do is to just hang up. You may wonder how someone can cause any damage if you didn’t provide your credit card number or other info over the phone. Criminals may have some of your personal information through some type of data breach. For example, if they have acquired your cable bill or credit card number, together with your recorded ‘yes’ and phone number, they can make purchases or on your accounts. Be mindful -- If you see any charges you don’t recognize on your bills, call the company immediately to dispute the transactions, and contact your bank to make sure they are informed, as well. To register your

phone number on the government’s legitimate Do Not Call Registry, you can do so at DoNotCall.gov. While that may stop legitimate businesses from soliciting you, it won’t stop scammers. But if you’re already on the list and a caller gives you the option to register for it, you’ll know that caller is most likely a scammer. In other news, Trustee Jack Groselle asked Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe to publish a notice for a Zoning and BZA Secretary as well as the opportunity for residents to participate as an alternate on the Zoning and BZA Boards. The secretary position is a paid job, while the alternate position is a volunteer position with a one-year term. Later, building quotes were discussed for the township’s property on State Route 82. The Trustees have solicited several bids. There was further discussion on the location of the building or buildings and the cost of excavation. Discussions on the topic will continue at subsequent meetings. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hiram Township Trustees will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm in the Township Hall; residents are encouraged to attend.

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“A Morning at the Farmers’ Market”

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“What makes the farmers market such a special place is that you’re actually creating community around food.” – Bryant Terry

My wife and I went on a date to the Geauga Fresh Far mers Market Farm to Table Event which was held on March 18 at Lowe’s G r e e n h ou s e i n Bainbridge. It was the last day of the wi nter ma rket season and we were looking forward to attending. As we walked th rough Lowe’s we were met by a sign that pointed the way for us. It listed some of the items that would be on display and for sale. The first booth we stopped at was Gray Duck Coffee. They had samples of their coffee to try. They are a small batch roaster with coffee from different specific regions and one blend. The aroma and flavor profiles were enjoyable. As we walked down the aisle we came to the Goodie Basket. We tried some of Dee’s homemade jams. Man, were they good. The Sour Cherry Jam was like taking a bite out of a good cherry pie. Then there were fresh samples from Minus G. They make and sell gluten free baking mixes. Woolf Farms was across the aisle and had apples and cider to sample and purchase. The cider is made from a blend of apples and tastes real good. Aurora Springs Honey, which is located on Chillicothe Road in Aurora, was next, with samples of their honey to try. Who doesn’t like honey? There was a sauce for burgers from Carhops and homemade candied jalapeno peppers (Nina’s Kitchen). Those peppers were sweet and hot. While my wife was talking about raising chickens at the Harvest Bell display, I sampled a Zucchini Bake casserole and kept walking, talking and sampling. I spent some time talking with Peter and Lisa from Sandee River Farms. They were selling a large variety of salad greens and fresh and dried herbs. Right around the corner from them was Fred Hot and his hand crafted sauces and pickled foods. Fred Hot wears a colorful wig and he is a true character. His business card says, “Caution: may burn twice!!!” He had me cracking up! Montana Girl mustard was next on my walk. By that time my wife caught up with me. They use a family recipe with all natural ingredients and no fillers. We stopped at Sirna’s Farm and Market display, talked a little and sampled a very good frittata. They are located on Route 44 in Auburn Township. The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market display caught our attention and we entered their contest. Since this was the last day of the winter market we wondered when and where the market would open up again. The summer season starts on May 6 from 9am – noon at the South Russell Village Hall parking lot. Their website is www.geaugafarmersmarket.com. You can find a link to each of the vendors there.

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With spring upon us, I thought it was time to feature another story about a business in Hartville. I ended up with three! There is so much to see and do in this beautiful town, it’s hard not to write about all of them! My first stop was on South Prospect Avenue, which is considered downtown Hartville, the original heart of town. Modern Vintage opened in November 2012 and has been well-received by locals and visitors alike. This shop is a unique, upscale version of the newest t rend - re pu r posed home furnishings. With items displayed by six local women, the vast variety of home goods is amazing. Glassware, p o t t e r y, j e w e l r y, homemade soap, signs, antiques and furniture fill this deceptively huge retail store. Each girl works one day a week, allowing them to spend the rest of the week treasure hunting and repurposing their finds. Pictured are just a few items on display. For more photos, go to their website TRWModernVintage. wordpress.com or check them out on Instagram or Facebook. Modern Vintage is open Monday – Saturday 10-6. For more info, call 330-256-6790.

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My next stop was t he newest add it ion to Har t ville, The Eclectic Rose. Owned and operated by Rose Banner, this fascinating store has something for everyone. Rose was the proprietor of Twice is Nice Consignment Shop for 16 years. “When I sold my business in January, I thought I was done with retail. You just never know what lies ahead,” said Rose during our interview. Rose also has repurposed items, but has expanded her experience in apparel to offer Bohemian Gypsy type clothing as well as distressed shirts and dresses. Jewelry, purses, glassware and furniture are just a part of what Rose calls “Friends with Treasures”. One such friend is described as the Tattoo Painter. She takes actual tattoos seen on friends and/or strangers and replicates them on pieces of furniture such as end tables and dressers. Pictured are a few items on display. The Eclectic Rose is located in the former Arabica Coffee house in the back. (619 & Market St. Open Monday, Friday and Saturday 11-6. Don’t miss this store during your trip to Hartville.

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We ended up at the A2Z Living Well Solutions table talking with Cat. She took items from the market and made a fruit smoothie and a micro greens salad with a maple syrup and mustard vinaigrette. Both of them were very good. Cat and her helper like to take what is available at the market and make dishes for people to sample. She took a tray of food around to share with other vendors. We ended up buying a bag of Kenyan Peaberry coffee, apples and cider, sour cherry jam, salad greens, sunflower shoots, mustard, and cookies. Oh, I almost forgot -- we got turnips, radicchio and assorted greens from Bat Barn Farm too. All in all it was a good date, and we came home with locally grown or made foods to enjoy later. We were glad we participated! There is a sense of community and teamwork among the vendors as they have gotten to know one another and work together. They extend this sense of community to shoppers as well. There is a good feeling here and it’s worth taking the time to shop the local farmers’ markets throughout the year. As you do you’ll be helping local small businesses and maybe make some new friends at the same time while enjoying some very good food. For the sake of full disclosure; as we were driving away my wife got a phone call letting her know she had won a contest. We weren’t too far away so we turned around and headed back so she could get her prize. I’d say it was well worth the trip and we look forward to our next visit to the farmers’ market.

A trip to Hartville is never complete without visiting the Hartville Market Place. One of my favorite stops is Gourmet Marketplace. Celebrating over four years in the market place, owner Linda Eizenberg has something to offer for all pasta lovers. Linda offers many unique combinations of flavors to create her pasta, such as Basil or Rosemary Garlic Fettuccini, Lemon Poppyseed Pappardelle, or Spicy Thai Linguine to name a few. Complete with 11 varieties of Gluten-Free pastas, she also offers Gluten-free personal fresh frozen pizzas. Made in nearby Ellet, these pizzas are considered to be “America’s Healthiest Pizza”. What would pasta be without sauces and/or oils! From Chunky Tuscan Vegetable to Fire Roasted Portobello or Fresh Herb Marina (my personal favorite), you’ll be sure to find your favorite as well. Linda describes all of her products as “clean” – no preservatives or sugar. For full descriptions of all products offered, go to www.gourmetmarketpasta.com. Gourmet Marketplace is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00. For more information call 216-316-9409.

DEAR MR. NORMAN: YOU CAN’T STOP ME. You don’t know who I am, but I’m sure you and I were lots alike in the 2nd grade. Eager to get going. To dream big. To take a spaceship to the moon, or even to the ice cream store. I’m not sure why you stopped dreaming, sir, but I’m still at it. And I can’t wait to go learn about space and all sorts of other stuff. The sky’s the limit. And I won’t let any alien get in my way. Because I know with the right people helping me, I can go anywhere I want. And I won’t let you stop me.

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This Old Road... Who Is Going Down That Old Road? Skip Schweitzer | Columnist

March is the hopeful break-away month from winter, that four-month period when our antique cars are safely stowed away from the road salt and bitter cold. There is nothing quite like driving a heater-less, drafty Model “Aâ€? in twenty-degree weather. The word exhilarating comes to mind. Since November we have been forced to hole up in meeting halls, make plans for the coming driving season, plan a swap meet wherein we won’t lose our‌. financial behinds, or have seminars on everything from how to judge car shows to figuring out how to fix carburetors, distributors, and transmissions. So, it comes as no surprise that everyone is anticipating the proverbial season opening March Annual Piston and Power Show. Granted this March date is pushing the envelope a good bit. As I look out the window I see the blinding snow coming down. With the show drawing closer and closer I find myself running, OK, hobbling, faster and faster, trying to get things done for the show. There are display books to be made and updated, handouts, extra newsletters, printing pictures of our picnics, shows and tours. So much work for three days of‌‌‌. I’m not sure what to call it. Hell‌.. Great Fun???? No, those are opposing concepts and are not the right words, but certainly a little of both do filter in. Fellowship comes to mind. Ahh, yes, definitely a time to talk cars, mingle with some other antique cars with other antique persons (pun intended). Even though our display features the Northern Ohio Model “Aâ€? Club and six of our cars, there will be many other car clubs there as well. When you are in the antique car circuit for many years, you get to know a good many fine people with all different kinds of cars. Actually, eighty percent of the cars in the show-highly customized cars, lead sleds and race cars-- don’t do much for me I will admit! And I likewise don’t look forward to the endless hours of music on the loudspeakers by Frank Sinatra, the Frank Sinatra impersonator, the Elvis impersonator, or even the endless droning of 60’s Beach Boy music and assorted Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll was nice 50 years ago, but how long do we beat it into the ground endlessly at every car show? How about some polka music for a change? Maybe just some contemplative quiet. Then there is the clockwork hourly revving of highly overblown, impotent racing engines that oddly never race but just seemingly exist to make noise at shows. Neither do I look forward to the incessant parade marches by the Veterans groups who traipse through the hall raising and lowering the flag with great military pomp and circumstance. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Viet Nam Veteran myself and drew combat pay for the better part of two years. But I was so glad to get out, discharged, and as far away from the military as possible.

I still feel that way. We served when we had to do it, and we didn’t like it then. Why would I relive it again now? But I digress. No, when not talking with people about our Model “Aâ€?s, I spend my time zipping about in my electric cart, searching out the remaining 20 percent of basically stock vehicles and talking with those owners. Perhaps a 1955 Ford is in my future. This will be the second year in a row that my Model “Aâ€? once again is broken down, not fixed properly, so it won’t be in the show. That is very depressing! The best laid plans of mice and men‌‌‌are prone to fail. Who said that? Was it Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare? Were they referring to any particular modern politician? Oh no, never mind! I must be confused, mistaken, wiretapped. Perhaps this is an unproven claim. Why, an alternate explanation is that the car broke itself ! But I digress again. It is my fault that the car is not fixed right again. I took it to what I judged was a competent shop directly connected with the club. Right off the bat they dawdled, took way too much time, missed the deadline. And when I took it back because it obviously wasn’t fixed right they dawdled, and didn’t fix it right again. Fool me once, twice, ‌my fault. I didn’t learn. Diplomacy—be diplomatic I heard over and over. To preserve the up and coming driving and show season and my sanity I moved the car to a very reputable and known shop in Lisbon, Ohio where the engine is being torn down for the third time and fixed by a proven master Model “Aâ€? engine builder, and in a timely manner. I hope to get it back in April. Of course this makes for a very dicey (and icy) relationship in the club. My diplomacy is stretched to the proverbial hilt. At any rate, another club member will take my space at the Piston and Power Show. I am so glad to see an active member’s car –a car that has been hand built with club help and influence and constantly improved upon –in the show. My car or not, I’ll be there regardless. I heard an interesting speaker the other day at an AACA Judging Seminar (Antique Automobile Club of America) who focused on the “artâ€?, task of being a judge at car shows. Of course I have been asked to be a judge at any number of car shows before and must admit that it usually has been an unpleasant experience whether I am a judge or judge-eee. I tried to listen attentively but do admit to nodding off during a diatribe on using correct bolts and hose clamps. But throughout his presentation he kept encouraging us to embrace the “tunerâ€? and rat rod crowd instead of shunning them. I’m not real sure what a “tunerâ€? is—first time I’ve heard the term-- but I gather it is a reference to the groups of young people who put what they refer to as “fartâ€? pipes on their foreign cars—old

Hondas, Toyotas, Subarus and such-- and make loud, high pitched exhaust roars as they go by us. They also tune their engines with computer chips and make them go faster. He pointed out that most of them are building these cars because this is what they can afford, much like we did when we were young. Were we not shunned by the older generation when we were hot rodding our 1955 Fords by painting the wheels a half moon pattern and poking holes in the mufflers to make the car louder and more fierce? Apparently more recently the old car hobbyists shunned the “Tuners� so they started their own clubs and circuits and divorced themselves from the traditional old car hobby and clubs like the AACA. Perhaps this was/is also a statement, a succinct defiant finger in the air to the older, highly customized, lead sled crowd who spend gazillions of dollars on speed parts which will never be used as such, and tons of expensive chrome to what end I don’t know. The older crowd is all show and flash. These kids drive their cars. It is felt (by that speaker) that these tuners and now rat rod people are the up and coming gear heads that are future of the old car hobby. We know our numbers are shrinking rapidly, so perhaps...Well, I’m going to think on this for a while, and definitely make an effort to talk with some of them. I’ll have to let this concept rattle around for a while in my head. I’m sure that I’ll have more to say on this topic in the near future. The Old Road is a column that features antique automobiles, their owners, and stories of the road, the restoration, and the acquisitions. Do you have an antique auto? Maybe you have questions about restoration. Drop me a line: E-mail me at Skipstaxidermy@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 330-562-9801, I’d like to hear from you.

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Grade: 2

Grade: 3 What is your favorite food? Pizza

Something I would like others to know about me... I have one older brother. I like to cheer and I like to act in plays.

What activities and hobbies do you participate in? Boy Scouts

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite thing to do in school is math because I enjoy numbers.

What is your least favorite thing about school? Nothing

What makes James A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield Schools are great because our principal is nice.

If you starred in a television show what would it be called? The Amazing Seth

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? The core value that means the most to me is kindness. Kindness is important because I want the everyone in the world to be nice to each other.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Play outside or on my tablet.

Hannah Ward Grade: 4

What is your favorite subject at school? Math & Social Studies

Pictured, left to right: Rodger Foy, Aerie Secretary; Cecilia Swanson, Director PCDL; Greg Trask, Garrettsville / Windham Branch Manager

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Play outside.

On February 8, 2017, The Garrettsville Eagles Aerie #2705 was pleased to present a charitable contribution in the amount of $3070.00 to the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library. The Fraternal Order of Eagles main goal is ‘people helping people’ and we have supported our local community in many ways over the years.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Texas to meet my mom’s uncle. Who is your favorite musical artist or group? Maroon 5

Sydney McLean What is your favorite subject at school? Math If you could have a special power, what would it be? Being super smart.

New Name and Mission for Friends of CASA for Kids of Geauga County

What activities do you participate in? Makerspace What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Draw or invent. What do you want to be when you grow up? A video game designer.

20th Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on March 16 in the Candlelight Winery, Garrettsville, for a brief, informative program by the establishment’s co-owner, Amanda Conkol. But first there was business to transact. Roll call was answered by naming the attendees’ school mascot. Mustangs, Bees, Flyers, even Dukes were there, and a fine representation of G-Men. And many of them will be attending the Spring Party, to be held on April 20 at DeCiello’s in Ravenna. Revisions to articles in the constitution having to do with duties and responsibilities of officers and committees were discussed and voted on. The club chose to extend honorary membership to Elaine Ochwat, who has moved to Florida. Amanda Conkol then told the group how she and her husband, both Geauga County natives, came to Portage County, and Garrettsville specifically, beginning with educational adventures which expanded their horizons and radically altered their plans to be in much more humdrum lifework. The business has expanded piece by piece across thirteen years and has been a hands-on affair, DIY, from the buildings to the menu and wine list. This involved expanding the wines being produced, catastrophic damage from a late freeze replanting, a new food truck, repeating popular programs and adding new ones—Rock Nights, paint events, Pug Day supporting Pug Rescue(2nd Saturday in August), theme dinners (Alice in Wonderland, anyone? murder mysteries?), new light shows. Live music on the first Saturday of the month attracts many, as does the larger wine list—up to 17 now , with more on the way. The walls display candle character cartoons looking for names and the changing, hand-built building and its permutations keep the venue fresh and inviting. In vino veritas (In wine is Truth); it was truly an enjoyable evening. Refreshments for the evening, by co-hostesses Bonnie Oliver and Jane Bell, had a St. Patrick’s Day theme and ended a lovely “night out”.

Local nonprofit, formerly known as Friends of CASA for Kids (FoCASA) of Geauga County, is starting 2017 with big changes, announcing an expanded mission and a new name that better reflects its wider scope. Now called Hope for Kids Geauga, the volunteer organization’s new mission is to “raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children of Geauga County.” Board president Jim Mancini says the 16 member board is excited about the changes. “There are so many children here suffering from abuse and neglect or other crisis situations. We have the capacity to make our community more aware of the needs of these children and raise funds to enrich their lives” he explains. “We love the positive message our new name is sending about hope.” Until this year, the organization was solely focused on raising funds for children served by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for KIDS of Geauga County. CASA for KIDS provides advocacy services, representing the best interest of children involved in the juvenile court due to abuse/neglect. Friends of CASA for Kids, established in 2001, has successfully raised more than $440,000 since 2012. A few years ago, the board began to discuss the desire to serve additional children with needs; not only those involved with the juvenile court. With its expanded mission, Hope for Kids Geauga can fund and collaborate with any local organization serving abused, neglected or at-risk children. Funding arrangements with two agencies are currently being finalized. “This enables Hope for Kids to make a much greater impact for children,” says Mancini. “Our board members are passionate about improving the lives of kids in our community.” For more information about Hope for Kids, go to www.HopeforKidsGeauga.org

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Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I am a video game player and my favorite game is Skyrim.

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is playing football and training in the weight room after school. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up, I want to be a chemical engineer or someone who works with chemicals or elements. I would need to have a bachelor’s degree for the job. A master’s or doctoral degree is needed for any advanced positions.

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Grade: 5

What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be an astronaut because my class read a story about space that I really enjoyed.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important to me. It’s because when you try to get someone to listen to you, respect is the main way to get their attention. Respect is also the way that I will talk to someone. When I talk to someone new, I use respect to get on their side.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I am very friendly and enjoy meeting new people to be friends with. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is participating in sports with my friends. What is your college or career focus? When I grow up, my dream is to make it to the NFL. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Loyalty is the most important core value to me. It is clear to see that people at Garfield are very loyal. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? What makes Garfield a great place is how close everyone is with each other and the respect everyone shows.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Grade 5 Science & Social Studies 4 Years at Garfield What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy soccer, hiking, and playing with my dog Jemma. The most interesting thing about me is... that I’m a former Purple Raider that is the head girls soccer coach at the high school while working on my Master’s in Instructional Technology. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... giving my all every single day as well as forming lasting relationships along the way while having a little fun too! Garfield is the best place to work because…there’s a real sense of community in and outside of the schools that is very supportive of everyone. People go out of their way to help you in any way they can.

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Escort Services That Can Help Seniors With the Rigors of Travel Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any services that help seniors with the rigors of traveling? My youngest daughter is getting married in a few months and would love to have my 82-year old mother attend, but she needs help flying across the country. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, Traveling can be daunting under the best circumstances but for elderly seniors, those with disabilities, or those recovering or rehabilitating from an illness or injury, it can seem particularly overwhelming or unmanageable. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that provides traveling companion/escort services to help older adults with the rigors of travel. Whether it’s seniors going on vacation or grandparents wanting to join their far-off families for weddings and graduations, travel companions help clients who need help moving through airports, managing luggage, navigating busy terminals and hotel lobbies and much more. Some companion services even provide personal care like medication reminders, dressing, bathing and feeding. And for those with specific medical needs, traveling nurse services are available too. But be aware that these services aren’t cheap. You will pay for the travel companion’s tickets, the companion’s hotel room if necessary, meals, incidentals and fees for the service. The price to accompany a client on a plane trip within the United States – including the companion fees and travel costs for all parties – can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 or more for coach airfare. Business or first class would cost more. To locate a travel companion service in your area, search online for “senior travel companion” or “senior travel escort,” followed by your mom’s city or state. Or use an experienced national service like Flying Companions (FlyingCompanions.com) or FirstLight Home Care (FirstLightHomeCare.com), which has a national network of franchises that provides in-home care for seniors, and offers travel companion programs in about one-third of its 130 franchises. Or, for medical travel companions do a search for “traveling nurse escort” or “medical travel companion,” or checkout Travel Care & Logistics (YourFlightNurse.com), which provides registered nurses as escorts. If, however, your mom doesn’t require a lot of assistance, or if you can’t afford a travel escort, consider asking a trusted family member or friend that has some air travel experience. Questions to Ask If you’re interested in hiring a travel companion service to help your mom, there are a number of things you need to check into to ensure you get the right escort. First, if you mom requires personal or medical care while traveling, find out if the escort is trained to manage her healthcare needs. What sort of medical certifications do they have? (Nursing credentials? C.P.R. training? etc.) Also, find out how many trips the companion has taken with clients. Have they completed trips with travelers like your mom? How long has the travel service company been in business? What is the company’s safety record? And what sort of insurance does it carry, and what and who does it cover? Also, get a quote breaking down exactly what you’ll be required to pay, in addition to the companion’s fees. And, get a list of two or three clients/references who has used their service and call them. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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Do you plan to buy life insurance before you turn 40? Maybe you should. You may save money in the long run by doing so. At first thought, the idea of purchasing a life insurance policy in your thirties may seem silly. After all, young adults are now marrying and starting families later in life than past generations did, and you and your peers are likely in excellent health with a good chance of living past 80. In fact, LIMRA – a life insurance research and advocacy group – recently surveyed millennials and found that 30% thought saving for a vacation mattered more than buying life insurance coverage. The perception seems to be that insurance is something to purchase when you start a family or when you hit your forties or fifties.1 Getting a policy before you marry or start a family may be a great idea. The reasons for doing so might be compelling. Your premiums will be lower. The older you become, the more expensive life insurance becomes. Data compiled last summer by Life Happens, a nonprofit life insurance education effort, confirms this. Life Happens asked several prominent U.S. insurers to supply their preferred premium rates for healthy non-smokers aged 25, 35, 45, and 55 buying a $250,000 whole life policy (the kind designed to build cash value with time). The average preferred premium rates for 25-, 35-, and 45-year-olds fitting this description were: 25-year-old male: annual premium of $1,987 35-year-old male: annual premium of $2,964 45-year-old male: annual premium of $4,747 25-year-old female: annual premium of $1,745 35-year-old female: annual premium of $2,531 45-year-old female: annual premium of $3,947 The numbers starkly express the truth – whole life insurance premiums more than double between age 25 and age 45.2 Premiums on term life policies are even lower. Term life insurance is essentially coverage that you “rent” for 10, 20, or 30 years – it cannot build any cash value, but in some cases, a term policy can be adapted or exchanged for a whole life policy when the term of coverage ends. If you are young, term coverage is remarkably cheap. NerdWallet recently researched term life premiums for healthy 30-year-olds. It found the following sample rates for 20- and 30-year term policies valued at $250,000: 30-year-old male: annual premium of $156 for a 20-year term policy, $240 for a 30-year term policy 30-year-old female: annual premium of $141 for a 20-year term policy, $206 for a 30-year term policy The downside of term coverage is that you are “renting” the insurance. Just as you cannot build home equity by renting a house, you cannot build cash value by “renting” a policy.3 A whole life policy may become quite valuable. As Life Happens notes, the average such policy bought at 25, 35, or 45 may have a guaranteed cash value of anywhere from $100,000-200,000 when the policyholder turns 65, assuming the policy is kept in force and no loans are taken from it. Universal life policies permit tax-deferred growth of the cash value.1,2 Make no mistake, a whole life policy is a lifelong commitment. It must be funded every year or it will lapse. That should not scare you away from the value and utility of these policies – the cash inside the policy can often be borrowed or withdrawn. Sometimes families use cash value to fund college educations or help with medical expenses or retirement. Such withdrawals can lessen the death benefit of the policy, but what is left is often adequate. Cash withdrawals from a whole life policy are usually exempt from taxes, just like the death benefit.1

Maybe this is the time to put time on your side. Age-wise, life insurance will never be cheaper than it is for you today. Getting coverage now – even if you are single – may be a money-smart move as well as a great life decision. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-5279301 or cper me@f inancialg uide.com w w w. 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. (www.SIPC.org) Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.

Citations 1 - cnbc.com/2016/10/17/think-about-life-insurance-sooner-rather-than-later. html [10/17/16] 2 - lifehappens.org/product-selector/comparing-the-cost-permanent-and-termlife-insurance/ [1/26/17] 3 - nerdwallet.com/life-insurance#basic [1/26/17]

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist I love attending wine and cheese parties but I have found that it is very difficult to keep track of which cheeses I have tried and which wine I have tried. When I first started to attend the parties I would try to remember which wines and which cheeses I really liked so I could get them in the store. But unfortunately by the time I got home I had forgotten the name or label. Pretty soon I started to keep a small notebook in my purse and would write down the wine or cheese variety as soon as I tried it. Of course my friends snickered at my notebook when I first started carrying it around but now they usually call me the day after a party asking what kind of wine we drank or where could they buy the cheese that was served. So during a recent wine and cheese pairing someone asked me for my top three cheeses recommendations and which Candlelight wines would I pair with them. After looking through all of my notes, here are my top three recommendations. My third place cheese is Brie. I love the creamy texture of Brie and how versatile it can be. Since Brie can be served plain on crackers, placed on top of apple slices or even be used as a cracker dip there are so many ways to pair almost any wine with this cheese. However, one of my favorite combinations is to wrap a wheel of Brie in a puff pastry, top with honey and walnuts and bake it until the pastry is golden brown. I’ve tasted this combination with both our red and white wines and found that the Chambourcin is a great compliment to this cheese. For second place, slices of Smoked Gouda rise to the top of my list. I love the smoky flavor of this cheese and how thick the texture is. While there are many recipes that call for a Smoked Gouda, I am old fashioned when it comes to Smoked Gouda. Simply pairing a few slices of the Gouda with an oaked Chardonnay really make my day. If I am really hungry I will make a grilled ham and gouda sandwich and enjoy that with my wine, otherwise a few slices will do. Finally, my favorite cheese is one that we feature quite often at the winery – Adams Reserve Sharp Cheddar. This aged cheddar is amazing. While many people get scared by the word “sharp” it is quite smooth for a cheddar cheese. We have made many recipes with this cheese so it is difficult to comment on just one recipe to feature however we have all agreed at the winery that this pairs the best with our Sangiovese wine. The combination of a dry red wine and the “sharpness” of the cheese really tantalizes your taste buds. Next time you are shopping at your local grocery store, be sure to stop in the cheese section and pick up one of these cheeses. See what combinations work best for you!

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“I N S C H O O L you’re taught a lesson and then given a test — IN LIFE you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” First a disclaimer: Dad never actually said this, but he would approve! This saying was passed along to me by a thoughtful reader. It was originally coined by folksy author, radio personality and Motel 6 pitchman Tom Bodett (“We’ll leave the light on for ya.”) In Bodett’s case, he rejected the first notion and embraced the latter. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he described his life’s turning points as ‘explosions,’ each which taught him a lesson. First, he dropped out of college after “Professor Al Drake encouraged me to just write the way I talk. I decided if that’s what I needed to do, I didn’t need to be in school to do it.” According to a commencement speech he gave in 2013, Bodett said, ”I dropped out of the English program at Michigan State halfway through my sophomore year. I told my teachers and my doubtful parents I needed a break from classroom studies to get out into the world -- have some adventures... And I stand here before you reminded of the biggest regret of my life, which you are now forever spared.” Shortly after dropping out of college, Bodett moved to Oregon, where he nearly got electrocuted and came close to losing an arm. He had climbed a utility pole to restore electricity for one of his friends’ parties, which he thought would impress a young French woman. Other ‘explosions’ followed this near-death experience, including his accidental voice-over career, working construction and crab-trapping in Alaska, novel-writing, divorce, becoming an absentee dad, and suffering from periodic disillusionment and redirection. After a radio show he developed never became profitable, he pulled the plug on it. In his self-deprecating way, he said, ”I originated my own cliches, but I’m finding that’s not working for me anymore.” While most people would consider him successful, Bodett had taken a scattershot approach to life and ambition, following one wave of inspiration until it dissolved, then riding another. He admitted that any success he has enjoyed was driven by the shame of having been a quitter and a determination to prove “I was not that kind of guy who doesn’t finish what he started.” If my father could have advised Bodett before he quit college, he would have said, “Stay in school and learn those lessons well, then the tests in your life won’t be so dif-ficult. Instead of rejecting classroom lessons by assuming they don’t apply to real life, enhance real life by applying lessons learned in school. Then you’ll have a sense of direction and continuity as you grow older.” The son of elementary-educated immigrants, Dad firmly believed in the ongoing value of lifelong education, both in school and through life’s hard knocks. He was raised working in his father’s diner. He didn’t start elementary school until he was 8 years old, but it inspired a lifetime of classroom learning and teaching. He loved gaining insight and wisdom from great minds of the past. It was a struggle, but he put himself through college, then went on to earn a PhD and to teach history at the college level until he was in his 70s. “No matter how old I get, I realize I still have so much to learn,” Dad would often say. And perhaps that’s life’s greatest lesson. You will face tests both in the classroom and out in the world, so prepare for the inevitable with a willingness to learn and grow.

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Well, here we are again, staring another April Fools’ Day in the face (Does it resemble anyone you know?)and there’s a better-than-average chance that March will go out like a lion, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. However, since the old guy has not been much of a help so far this year, keep your layered-look wardrobe at the ready. The birds at my feeders are sort of confused, with some days coaxing worms out of the ground to lay out a buffet for robins and such, then the next time the sun comes up, the temp in the front porch thermometer is languishing down around the freezing point; the buffet will have turned into a display of “worm-sicles” by then, not nearly so tasty. My collection of smart young persons—the Quiz Masters (Christian Crawford—captain, Joe Emerick, Kevin Splinter, Jack Lawrence, Jason Riebe, Haley Kern, Zoe Swenson, Andrew Morrissey, Hunter Sopher, Nate Phillips)—have, bless their little pea-pickin’ hearts, done well in some tournaments this year and have qualified for national competition in Chicago in June. We’re not standing on street corners with tin cups yet (I don’t think that it will come to that), but donations are cheerfully accepted. We’ve been sort of studying about arts and music lately; the guys are math whizzes anyway and know more about science than I knew existed in a lot of fields. Avogadro’s Number was about as far as I ever got in physics and that was mostly because I thought that Avogadro was a cool name. Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law— forget about it! The guys do equations in their heads and actually get correct answers! I was always hard-pressed to even write down equations, let alone solve them. Give me a sentence to diagram any time, declensions of verbs—piece of cake, sentence construction—no problem, but spare me from atomic numbers, cell mitosis or chemical formulas (I do recognize C6-H12-O6, but

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“Can you tell me what kind of ducks were on my pond this morning? One was brown and the other one was darker but it had a big patch of white on its side. Both of them looked like they had white stripes on their beaks.” We checked the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s waterbird identification guide and, while we weren’t able to precisely identify the ducks, we could narrow it down. Presumably, they were a male and female pair – the female is often drabber in color, so she was probably the brown duck. They were not canvasbacks. While the female canvasback is brown and the male is black and rusty brown with a white body, they both have dark bills. The redhead is a possibility, but the colors don’t quite match up. Again, the female is brown and the male, like its name indicates, has a rusty red head and a black and grey body. Their bills are a lighter blue-grey, but they are black-tipped rather than white-striped. The lesser scaup also has a blue-grey black-tipped bill with a darker body and grey-white sides. The female is lighter in color but also has grey-white sides. Our patron’s birds could also be ring-necked ducks. Both the male and female ringnecked duck have white rings on their beaks. The female is brown with pale cheeks and the male is black with grey and white sides and a distinctive peaked head. All of these ducks are common across Ohio when they’re migrating. If our patron happens to hear their ducks make sounds, they may be able to identify them that way. According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, while the canvasback is usually quiet while it migrates, it can hoot and growl. The ring-necked duck also growls, hisses, and whistles. The redhead has a “low, nasal quack” and the male in spring makes “catlike” sounds. Finally, the scaup makes a sound that’s an onomatopoeia of its name. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282.

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that’s my limit). They’re much better at mythology, dates of battles, sports records and pop culture (I am suspicious of anybody who knows too much about that stuff). I have a go-to-girl who even reads things like Pride and Prejudice and knows about Georgia O’Keefe. We’ve been reviewing paintings, composers (beyond Bach, Beethoven & Brahms), picking names of important and well-known individuals in fields of all sorts; thanks to their “devices” we can even listen to or look at some famous works. It’s a bright bunch. This national competition we’re aiming for is in Chicago. Spiffy accommodations are hinted at in the information that came our way. Should be interesting. The last time I was in Chicago was over fifty years ago Changed much since then? I was driving a car full of recent graduates of Hiram College heading to Seattle for a carefree summer before beginning what Longfellow was talking about when he said, “Life is real! Life is earnest!” The end of the trip was something else, but driving through Chicago on the “not really” freeways where one had to toss the required change into a metal basket to pay the cost of using the mammoth highways gave me the willies—I thought that surely somebody would miss the basket and we’d have to get out and chase dimes and quarters across the concrete before being allowed to proceed. The time before that in Chicago, I was an infant being hustled through a train station in a basket on my dad’s arm, on the way to Kansas or Colorado or some such U.S.Army outpost. Considering the massive snarls of railroad travel during wartime, I was probably lucky not to have wound up on a sidetrack in Bug Tussle, Oklahoma. Surely someone would have noticed had I not showed up at the next family reunion; I was very noticeable, even then. It has been a banner year for Garfield in general— the football team, the basketball teams (boys and girls), the drama department’s production of “Seussical, the Musical” was outstanding (Take a bow, Mr. & Mrs. Mayor, Cat in the Hat, Horton, Sour Kangaroo Mama), Logan Kissell advanced to a higher step on the podium in wrestling at state, Isaac Russell places in construction electricity competition, the concert band is rated as Superior (I) instate competition. We’re on a roll! It’ll be a challenge for next year to keep it going. Never fear—G-Men Rise! And speaking of rising.... Looks like the Portage County Engineer is actually going to be replacing the other Liberty Street bridge. His department is responsible for construction and maintenance of bridges over waterways. (Is it over Camp Creek? Eagle Creek?, Silver Creek? Who knows? Garrettsville has a surfeit of riches, when it comes to water power, which supported early industrial development. Too bad we can’t discover an electricity deposit for the current situation. The sidewalk on the bridge has been closed for years now, there have been holes in the bridge deck (disconcerting to look down and see the water flowing under the roadway) and patching going on for quite some time. The other Liberty Street bridge was replaced a couple of years ago—with a sidewalk—it’s time to get cracking on this one. Trees and limbs have been cut back, drilling of various sorts has been done, there are trucks coming and going. Must mean something. One thing that it will mean is that traffic patterns will be out-of-whack for a while again. Let’s hope that they can get this done as quickly as the Lake Rockwell bridge on St. Rte 14 between Ravenna and Streetsboro. Now there was a traffic pattern screw-up! Onward and Upward for everybody! April has enough fools for now, thank you very much.

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VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville

GARRETTSVILLE’S 24TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY YARD SALE

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH & SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

BRING COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORM BELOW TO THE VILLAGER, 8088 MAIN STREET (CORNER OF SR 82 & 88)

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

BUSINESS HOURS: TUES, WEDS, FRI - 10 AM - 5 PM; THURS 12 - 5; SAT - 10 AM - 2 PM

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

answer Your name Grade/Math teacher

Your school Ph one number

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Name

Phone

Sale Address

Village / Township

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

Main Sale Items (max of 4)

Chamber Use Only

Sale #

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

03312017_V12_081

CYAN

330 527-5761

MAGENTA YELLOW

BLACK

Weekly Villager - March 31, 2017  
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