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Dennis Taylor, Ph.D., professor of biology, pictured in the back row, far right, led students through an outdoor class discussion before they planted a Northern Red Oak tree.

Sugar Day at Hiram College a Sweet Success H iram - Hundreds of Hiram College students gathered on March 30 to pack food for neighbors in need. Boxes brimming with tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti and other staple foods filled the floor at Fleming Field House as students packaged meal items for Portage County’s Center of Hope and other community pantries. Other Hiram students assembled toothpaste, shampoo, razors and assorted personal care items into hygiene kits for area recovery centers and the Salvation Army. Others traded their backpacks for shovels and rakes to beautify the campus, and still others reached out to the community — some to paint the Hiram Farm barn and others to spruce up a local preschool playground. On Sugar Day, March 30, students spent the day away from classes to focus on service, scholarship and reflection. The event, called Sugar Day, celebrates a “Day of Running Sap,” harkening back to 1856 when Hiram students gathered at the town’s Udall sugar camp to make maple syrup for community residents. “I think it’s phenomenal that students receive this service learning opportunity,” says Sara Smith, service coordinator for the college. Smith adds that Hiram students generated more than $2,000 during winter’s bread and soup dinners for Sugar Day. The raised funds were used to purchase the food and personal hygiene item donations. After a morning of service activities, students delivered research presentations, exhibitions and

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Hundreds of Hiram College students gathered at the college’s Fleming Field House to pack rice and other staples for area food pantries. performances at points across campus. As a nod to the past, Hiram students planted a red oak tree on the grounds of historic Bonney Castle. This year’s Northern Red Oak planting addresses climate change and a thoughtfully determined spot for this tree to thrive amid climate forecasts. Back in 1856, Hiram students gathered at Udall sugar camp to cook maple syrup for community residents. Dennis Taylor, Ph.D., professor of biology, led students through an outdoor class discussion before they planted the tree.

Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser Day Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

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Garrettsville - The safety forces were on display Saturday April 1 in Garrettsville and there is no fooling about that. In spite of the weather being chilly and rainy many people came out in support of our local police, fire department and EMS crews. Each department had vehicles on display in the parking lot. Safety personnel were walking around the area and talking with people who attended. Because of the weather most of the activity was taking place inside of the fire department. There were approximately forty vendors displaying their items. Each vendor donated items for the silent auction. There so many items available to look at, sample and buy. When my wife and I got there the place was pretty crowded. We took our time walking through the tables looking at things. At times something would catch our eye and we would stop and look closely or sample a food item. This led to talking with some of the vendors. We learned a little about their backgrounds and how they made the item. Each person has a story to tell and it helps make them a little unique. Some people are more unique than others! Pam Collins, who led the event, thought everything went well. She wanted to thank all of the volunteers who helped, the vendors, Deluxe Cleaners, Millers Restaurant,

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Brent Johnson and the Stone Family. She also wanted to thank the public for showing up and supporting the EMS, Fire and Police Departments. Even though there was a good amount of money raised for each department, the K-9 unit did not quite reach their goal for the cost of a new bite suit which is used for training. But they did take a good bite out of the cost of a new one! All in all it was a good day for citizens to meet and talk with representatives from the Fire Department, EMS and Police Departments. It is good to know the people who are protecting and serving the communities. It was good to see so many people come out to support them. Here’s another THANK YOU to everyone who made this a good day!

‘Discover Garrettsville’ Promotion Returns With More Participating Shops Take a village located in the heart of the Western Reserve, add a group of motivated business owners, and you have the makings of an amazing promotional campaign designed to encourage and reward people who explore everything the Garrettsville Area has to offer. Beginning April 1st and running through September 30, you will have the opportunity to not only see what Garrettsville has to offer, but get involved and enter our “Discover Garrettsville” contest for a chance to become one of the lucky winners who will receive a Discover Garrettsville prize pack valued at over $190 per drawing! Entering the “Discover Garrettsville” contest is fun and easy. Simply pick up a card at any participating business and have your card punched at five retail, service or dining establishments before submitting your entry. Each month we will select one winner from the previous month’s completed cards – our first drawing will be May 10th with the final drawing taking place on October 10th. As of April 1st participants include: Always In Bloom, Art N Flowers, Automotive Rehab, Cal’s Restaurant, Candlelight Winery, Cellar Door Coffee, Charles Auto Family, Dairy Queen, Facet Salon & Day Spa, GeeVille Auto, Italian Garden, J. Leonard Gallery & Vintage Emporium, Johnson Service, Miller’s Family Restaurant, Save 4 Store, Sean’s Pub, Silver Creek Winery, Sky Lanes, Slim n Jumbo’s, The Bay Window, The Brick, Trending Home Decor, Village Bookstore, and the Villager Emporium. For more information on the Discover Garrettsville contest, follow us on the following social media platfor ms and use hashtag “#discover44231”. Facebook: Discover Garrettsville Instagram: @Discover44231 Twitter: @Discover44231 Visit DiscoverGarrettsville.com for more details!

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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.

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

Vendors Wanted

Auburn Community Church will host an outdoor flea market Aug 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.at the church. Persons selling new items as well as used items are encouraged to participate. Spaces are 25 ft. wide and deep enough to park two regular-sized vehicles as well as vendor tables. Cost per space is $25.00. Food will be available. In the event of rain, the event will be held Aug 12. To reserve a space (s), send your check along with your name, address, email and/or phone # and whether selling new or used items to Auburn Community Church, 11076 Washington St. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. If any questions call Auburn Community Church 440-543-1402

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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.

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

BINGO At St Michael’s

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

TOPS Meetings

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

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American Legion Fish Fry

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

American Legion Fish Fry

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

Lenten Fish Fry

Through April 14 Lenten Fish Fry will be held at Newton Falls VFW, 433 Arlington Blvd. every Friday during Lent - March 3 - April 14 from 4-8 pm. Dinners include fried or baked fish, bread, & 3 sides of your choice. $10 each; 10 and under $5. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls Athletic Booster Club.

Donations Wanted

The Freedom Township Historical Society will participate in the annual Garrettsville community yard sale on May 5, 6, and 7. We are looking for donations of good quality items like clothing and household wares. Donors can put prices on the items, but it isn’t necessary. To donate or for more information contact Amanda Garrett at 330-8424374 or agarrettsun@yahoo. com or Judy Thornton at 330527-7669 or at threeponys@ frontier.com.

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

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Braceville UMC Rummage Sale

April 6-7 Braceville United Methodist Church located at 589 Park Rd. in the center of Braceville off of St. Rt. 82 will be having their annual Rummage Sale April 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on the 7th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 which will be dollar a bag day. There will be a bake sale and a light lunch on the 6th.

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

Mantua American Legion Soup Supper

April 7 Join the Mantua American Legion for a Soup Supper and a great Friday evening, April 7 at 6pm in the Mantua Center School gym. All are welcome to enjoy a variety of homemade soups, salads, desserts and a hot dog bar for $7.00 adults and $3.00 children.

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

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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.

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner Honoring Bristol Golf Team

April 8 BRISTOL GOLF TEAM to be honored for 13-0 record on April 8, 4-6pm at Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507, 216 E Main St, West Farmington. Enjoy spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, pie, coffee and lemonade. Meet the team and coach, presentation after dinner. Donation is $7.00 Adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, age 4 and under FREE.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

April 8 Little Village and Hiram Christian Church are hosting our annual Easter EGGstravaganza on April 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The EGGstravangaza will run concurrently with the Kiwanis of the Western Reserve Pancake Brunch. Bring the kids and grandkids for a fun day and support Little Village and Kiwanis.

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.

Prayer Vigil

April 8 On Sat. April 8, 8a-4p, a Prayer Vigil will be held at First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. Come any time you can and stay as long as you can. All are welcome to join us in lifting up our families, friends, church and community. Call Sandy Hunter at 440-812-0025, or Jackie Kawalec at 440-4794820.

Park Clean Up Day

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 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!

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April 8 Join Mary Slingluff, owner of Avalon Garden Center, on April 8th from 10am-noon as she focuses on how to use native species in a landscape to create a more organized look than the traditional prairie while providing function, beauty, and pollinator

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ALL Area Seniors WELCOME! NEED A RIDE? Call PARTA at 330-678-7745 or 330-672-RIDE. For a nominal fee they can pick you up and get you back home! habitat. This free presentation will provide the opportunity to learn about many important native grasses, shrubs, trees, and herbaceous perennials. Hosted by Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers and Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District at 6970 State Route 88 Ravenna, OH 44266 Reservations are encouraged; please contact Marybeth at (330) 297-7633 x3 or mwillett@portageswcd.org

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.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

April 9 Join American Legion Atwood Mauck Post #459, ‘Home’ Goodwin St. Burton, on April 9th from 9 – 1:30pm for pancakes and sausage breakfast. Contact Ron at 440/343-1478 for info.

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 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.

the new EVENING starting time at 7 PM. Our program will feature longtime Freedom resident Charlotte Pochedly Jewell. Everyone (regardless of where you live) interested in Freedom history is invited to attend and share their pictures & memories. Refreshments will be served; a business meeting will follow the program. Anyone needing a ride or having questions should contact Judy Thornton @ 330-527-7669.

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.

Passover Dinner

April 13 Huntsburg Congregational Church will be hosting a Seder (Passover) dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited. Reservations are required by calling the church at 440-636-5504. The church Is located at 12354 Madison Road, Huntsburg.

American Legion Post 193 Meeting

April 13 The American Legion Post 193 will meet Thursday, April 13 at 7pm according to Commander Ray Corbett. A three-month vacation from post meetings leaves a lot of business to be settled.

Free Movie

April 10 Crescent Chapter No.7 O.E.S. of Garrettsville will not hold its regular meting on Monday April 10 due to Holy Week. It will however meet Monday April 24 beginning with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm. The 50 Year pins will be awarded according to Lou Ann Kilgore, Worthy Matron.

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April 10 The Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will meet Monday, April 10 at 1pm at the Post Home. Members are asked to attend to assist with completion of the annual green forms to be sent to Dept. of Ohio.

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Burton Easter Egg Hunt

April 15 The horn blows at 11am, Saturday April 15, for ages 1-6 to hunt Easter eggs at Burton’s South end of Village Park or Berkshire High School parking lot (depending on the weather)

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

Easter Sunrise Service

April 16 Auburn Community Church will host an Easter Sunrise service April 16th at 6:30 a.m. The event will be held at La Due Reservoir near the boat ramp on E. Washington Street. A light breakfast will be available. Flashlights are helpful. All are welcome to attend this special Easter service. Auburn Community Church will also hold its regular Easter service at 10 a.m. at the church.

Easter Sunday Services

April 16 Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 16, at 6:30am , starting in the parking lot of First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. for a procession to the Middlefield Cemetery for the Service at 8:42am, then back to the church for a continental breakfast. At 8am, will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of our church. Easter Worship Celebration at the Church at 10am. Questions? Call 440-632-0480, leave a message, we will call you back.

84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks

April 16 – May 21 Enjoy spring migrants return on bird walks led by experienced birders. Held Sundays, April 16 through May 21. Meet in parking lot at 7:30am, these locations: James H Barrow Field Station, 11305 Wheeler Rd., Hiram – 330/5272141, Aurora Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora – 216/337-2202. Novak Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, Town Line Rd, Aurora – 440/5436399

Obituaries

John A. Kurelov

Hiram, OH John A. Kurelov, 53, Hiram, passed away Thursday February 9, 2017. He was the son of the late George and Jacquelyn (Kofron) Kurelov and loving brother to Georganne Self, (deceased) and Roberta Rosenfeldt. He was a loving uncle to his cherished niece Melissa and nephew Chris. No services are planned. Cremation has taken place.

Film Discussion Group

April 17 Monday, April 17th at 10:30am, the YMCA invites you to join us for the following FREE event: THE SECRET, a 90 minute film & discussion presented by Dr J Patella, explains with simplicity the law that is governing all lives and offers the knowledge of how to intentionally and effortlessly create a joyful life. A number of exceptional men and women discovered the Secret. Among them, to name but a few: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo, Napoleon, Hugo, Beethoven, Lincoln, Edison, Einstein, and Carnegie. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our monthly Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Portage County Retired Teachers Hold Workshop

April 19 The Portage County Retired Teachers Association (PCRTA) is sponsoring a Preretirement Workshop, April 19 from 5-7 pm at the Channels 45/49 building, 1750 Campus Road right off SR 261 in Kent. 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!

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!

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

Spring Brunch & Silent Auction

April 22 The Ladies Spring Brunch & Silent Auction will be held on April 22, 2017 at 9:30 am. Tickets are $15.00 per person Girls Ages 12 & under $7.00 Tickets must be purchased by April 16 Guest speaker Joy Trachsel Special music Liz Simpson with Christina Dupre. Christian Life Center Church 1972 East Summit Road, Kent, Ohio. For info and tickets call the church office at (330) 6789234 Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits. SUBMISSIONS IN WRITING WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS OR FLYERS. E-MAIL PREFERRED

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Representative Kathleen Clyde to Moderate Kitchen Table Conversations Newbury – The Geauga County Democratic Party will host their monthly Spaghetti Dinner served with a Hot Topic “Representative Kathleen Clyde to Moderate Kitchen Table Conversations” on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury. Doors open at 5:45 for Networking, Dinner served at 6:15 pm and Hot Topic begins at 7:00 pm. All politics are local! Ohio Representative Kathleen Clyde will moderate a Geauga County kitchen table conversation. What do you like best about our community? What could we do better? How can we address these issues at the state and local levels? Come with an open mind and ready to roll up your sleeves! Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza. For more information email GeaugaDemocrats@gmail.com or call 440-836-4060.

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Mantua - At their monthly meeting, MSFD Chief Matt Roosa informed the Board that a new incident reporting software has been installed, and training is underway. He also shared that the fire department is looking into a new phone system update, and anticipates major cost savings by sharing the cost with the Village of Mantua Police Department. More details will be forthcoming on costs and services. Moving forward, he discussed the purchase of six sets of body armor -- one set for each squad. “In this day and age, unfortunately, we need it,” he acknowledged. Roosa went on to explain that in the event of a catastrophe, like a school shooting, EMS teams are not permitted to enter the ‘hot zone’ to aid victims without these crucial ballistic vests and helmets to protect them. Roosa explained that repeated grant applications were not successful, and asked the Board to allocate the necessary funds of approximately $5,000, from the capital fund. Lastly, he reported that Med2, the vehicle that was involved in a traffic accident with an uninsured driver earlier in the month, should be repaired and back in service shortly. In other news, the chief advised residents to plan ahead, now that tornado season is upon us. He remarked that regardless of where you may be, it’s important to think about where you could go if a tornado approaches your area. For more information on how to help keep yourself and your family safe, visit www.weathersafety. ohio.gov. According to Chief Roosa, “We encourage you NOT to rely on social media as your severe weather warning system.” He advises that inexpensive weather radios cans be purchased and programmed to receive alerts only when storms approach. He also suggests residents install a weather app as well as apps from local radio and television stations, on smartphones and devices to keep up with changing weather conditions. Speaking of preparations, in mid-March, firefighters from the MSFD, along with firefighters from the Kent and Garfield Heights departments trained side-by-side in an obstacle course that was erected inside the MantuaShalersville firehouse. The technique they practiced is called Vent, Enter, Search (VES); it’s a potentially dangerous tactic that only well-trained and experienced firefighters use when the risk is deemed appropriate. For example, the department might employ this tactic at a lower-floor fire when there is a known victim on the floor above. In this situation, it could be faster to access the victim’s anticipated location by ground ladder and window entry than it would be to wait for a line to be placed in service and access them from inside the structure. In the photo, a fireman from the City of Kent Fire Department is shown aiding a ‘victim’ out a window by a second fireman located inside, obscured

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DEAR MR. NORMAN: YOU CAN’T STOP ME. My name may not be familiar to you but I think you and I could have been friends in high school. Then again, maybe not. My focus isn’t on the past but rather on the future. What life has in store for me. What I can learn from each and every new moment. Because I know change is good. And so do my friends, my parents, and my teachers. So while you might be motivated to maintain the status quo, I’m ready to shake things up. To get a new Crestwood school where I can show the world what I’m all about. So whether you’re on board or not, Mr. Norman, I’m going places. And no matter what, you aren’t going to stop me.

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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

It was NOT business as usual at the April 3, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram, since they were treated to the presence of Garrettsville mayor, Rick Patrick, at their luncheon gathering. There was much to discuss. The mayor reported that the new owners of what everyone refers to as The Mill are hoping to open soon , possibly by SummerFest. A new beauty shop is going into the Second Style location. The Zeppe’s property may have been sold. A shop offering sweets of various sorts is in the works but going slowly on Main St. The Cellar Door, the new coffee shop, is doing well and will begin offering light meals—sandwiches, etc.—when their chef arrives. Mike Maschek is still assembling finances but will likely begin work on the Main St./ Center St. corner formerly occupied by the Buckeye Block (burned down in the Great Garrettsville Fire) after the SummerFest; no news on what will become of the other open space in the center of town, since it is private property. The Liberty Street bridge is being prepped for replacement; Center Road (Nelson Twp.) is on the Portage County Engineer’s list for extensive work/ replacement. Sidewalks and work by the water department going up North St. are under consideration. Julie Thompson, who was instrumental in getting another historical marker in Garrettsville concerning the Last Great Train Robbery has signed a book deal. Cool. An entrance to the Headwaters Trail off of Windham St., opposite the Sky Plaza, is scheduled to be graded and prepped by the village maintenance crew (Best wishes to Mike Heyd, department head who’s been knocked out of commission.); Rotarians are interested in getting bike racks established in such locations around town to encourage bike folks to come and enjoy the amenities of the village. There was a question about having council enact a maintenance code to encourage property owners to keep up their locations, both commercial and residential and Mayor Patrick explained that this had been considered but was met with resistance from owners. A Cruisin’ Nights schedule was distributed— looks like a good summer. The Community Garage/ Yard Sale will be coming up on May 6, the community trash pick-up will follow on May 11 (Gotta move what didn’t sell), the Garrettsville-Hiram semi-annual roadside clean-up will finish off tidying operations for the Spring. A new kiosk at the light is being discussed as a location for community information availability; this is made possible by money from last summer’s Queen drawings. Tennis courts, skate park, park changes and development are all part of the mix for future projects. Few things are set in stone, many are on the horizon . The public is always invited to village council meetings and the Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. at DuraJoint for a tour this week, other business places throughout the year. The G-H Rotary Club sponsored a meet-n-greet/ bowling party for the members of the Garfield InterAct club and District 6630 exchange student, on Sunday, April 2. A good time was had by all, even Tom Collins and Amy Crawford who were the trail bosses. Steve Zabor, past District 6630 governor and current president of the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary Club was in attendance to tout his upcoming presentation on the trip to India which he and Delores McCumbers took in support of the Rotary fight against polio; this will be on April 18, location to be announced. He also made a presentation of generous support of the Garfield Quiz Bowl team and their coach, Iva Walker, in their quest to attend national competition in Chicago in June. No Child Left Behind! Many thanks to Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary.

Workshops For Gardeners of All Levels Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

This spring and early summer, the Portage Soil and Water Conservation is partnering with great local organizations to bring a wealth of knowledge to gardeners of all levels and experiences. Read on to find the perfect opportunity for you. Backyards come in all shapes and sizes. But regardless of the size, your backyard can provide fabulous environmental benefits for both you and your community. Think of your backyards as a small ecosystem that can generate oxygen, clean water, increase soil fertility, pollinate crops, and moderate climate and extreme weather events like droughts and floods. Your landscaping choices can either promote or diminish biodiversity. You’ve got that power in your own backyard! Join the Portage Master Gardeners at the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) to learn more about improving the functionality of your landscape with native plants. Presenter Mary Slingluff, from Avalon Garden Center will share many beautiful, native options suitable for a variety of landscape styles and site conditions. The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 8th from 10 am until noon at PSWCD, 6970 State Route 88 in Ravenna. To register or for more information contact mwillett@portageswcd.org. For a cost-effective way to incorporate local trees and shrubs into your landscape, take advantage of this year’s PSWCD native plant sale. Choose from a wide variety of trees and shrubs to beautify their property. Order deadline is Friday, April 7th; order pick-up will take place on Wednesday through Friday, April 19th through 21st from 9 am until 6 pm. In addition, PSWCD also offers multiple fish sales throughout the year. Species such as the white amur are perfect for pond-owners looking for an alternative to chemical weed control, and the fish fingerling sale is great for landowners looking to stock a new pond. Proceeds from the annual sales are used to fund the SWCD education and outreach programs. For more information on the sales, call PSWCD at 330-2977633 or visit portageswcd.org. Without water, even native plants won’t thrive. Water quality impacts every life on Earth, and the way tenants and landowners manage the water where they live affects water quality for every living thing in the watershed. For that reason, residents are invited to learn

how to restore river edge ecosystems, and the effects this important work has on water quality and economic productivity. The 3rd Annual Edith Chase Symposium, entitled ‘Restoration Through Vegetation’, will take place at Kent State University on Friday, June 2nd and at Plum Creek Park in Kent on Saturday, June 3rd. The program will help residents learn how to improve water quality with simple land-use strategies. The first fifty registrants for the 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, please visit http://www. edithchasesymposium.org/2017event.html. Lastly, also in June, Portage County Master Gardeners will be hosting a composting workshop, ‘Composting A-Z.’ At this free workshop, residents will learn about a variety of composting methods, from vermiculture (worm composting), to wire and pallet bin composting, and sheet composting. The workshop will feature demonstrations and an opportunity for participants to try their hand at turning a compost pile using various tools. Both indoor and outdoor presentations will be included in this event, so please dress for the weather. Call now -- registration is limited to 60 for this free workshop, which is made possible by a grant from the Kent Environmental Council. As an added benefit, every participant will receive an under-counter composting pail, a book, and other composting resources. It takes place at Portage SWCD, 6970 State Route 88 in Ravenna on Saturday, June 10th from 10 am until noon. To register call Jeanie Stenson at OSU Extension (330) 296-6432 or email Robin at christensen.227@osu.edu.

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Holy Week At St. Joseph’s Manuta HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Mass of the Lord’s Supper , 7 p.m. [Operation Rice Bowl Collection] Blessed Sacrament Adoration, 8-11 p.m. Solemn Night Prayer, 11 p.m.

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GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Church Open for Prayer, Noon-3 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m. Full Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross & Communion Service, 7 p.m. [Holy Land Collection] HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Noon Blessing of the Food Everyone is invited to place your food items in a basket and gather in the church at Noon. Parish Easter Egg Hunt (12:15 p.m.) - Beginning in front of church (open to children ages 2-9) 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses

This 1957 photo shows Freedom resident Beatrice Kline Crew standing outside her century home on Freedom Road. The Greek Revival style home, which still stands, was built in 1835 and originally sat on an 81-acre farm. If you want to view more historic Freedom photos, visit the Facebook page, Freedom Township: Then and Now, or attend a meeting of the Freedom Township Historical Society at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 S.R. 700.

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Fantasy, Romance and Music emerge from the Scottish Mist April 28 – May 20 at Aurora Community Theatre Au ror a - The romantic musical fantasy, BRIGADOON, opens at Aurora Community Theatre April 28, continuing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 20 with two Sunday matinees 3 p.m. May 7 and 14 at the theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. This beloved musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe is set in the Scottish Highlands where Brigadoon, a mysterious village, appears from the mist for just one day every 100 years. Dustin Oliver directs the delightful tale about love that transcends time. Tim Shaffer serves as music director, with choreography by Julianne Kuchcinski and Sarah Kuchcinski. D. Keith Stiver takes on the double duties of producer and accompanist. The story revolves around Tommy Albright, played by Ron Davis, and Jeff Douglas, performed by Sam Kitzler, two somewhat jaded, young American businessmen. Lost on a game-hunting holiday in Scotland, Tommy and Jeff are drawn to the lively music of a country fair underway in Brigadoon. There the travelers meet the MacLaren family, headed by Andrew (Bernie Keister), who are preparing for the wedding of daughter, Jean (Shelby Carlisle) to Charlie Dalrymple (Kevin Rabbits). Tommy quickly catches the eye of MacLaren’s daughter Fiona, performed by Emily Zart. Rollin DeVere plays Mr. Lundie, who explains the

myth of Brigadoon. To maintain its innocent charm and protect it from the outside world, 200 years ago the local minister prayed to God to have the town disappear and only to reappear for one day every 100 years. All citizens of Brigadoon are forbidden to leave the town, or it will disappear forever. Ann Nyenhuis serves as stage manager with Jim Eller, assistant stage manager. Rachel Veeneman designed the costumes and Deb Malcolm, the lighting. Maggie Hamilton oversees sound, while Marc C. Howard is liaison to the ACT Board of Trustees. BRIGADOON highlights traditional Celtic dance and music with cameo performances featuring sword dancing by Stephen Bundy and bagpipes by Jesse Tucker. The live orchestra includes music director, Tim Shaffer, who will also play trumpet, with Jonathan Skip Edwards (Bass), Marianne Paul (Cello), Debbie Bodkin (Clarinet), Michelle Worthing (Flute), Lisa Kay Muth (F horn), Josiah Dyck (Oboe), Scott Shaughnessy (Percussion) Heather Kovach (Violin) and D. Keith Stiver (Keyboard). “A bonny thing for Broadway, a scintillating song and dance fantasy that has given theatregoers reason to toss tam-o-shanters in air.” New York Herald Tribune The original production of BRIGADOON opened on Broadway in March 13, 1947 and ran for 581 performances. Agnes De Mille won the Tony Award

for Best Choreography. In 1949, BRIGADOON opened at the West End theatre and ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, and a 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk. Lerner and Loewe’s BRIGADOON is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022. Tickets at $16 for adults, $11 for youth 18 and under, are available online, including seat selection, at www. auroracommmunitytheatre.com, or call the box office at 330-562-1818. Group discounts are available by calling the box office. Opening night tickets include a complimentary aftershow gala and the opportunity to meet cast and crew. Aurora Community Theatre’s 57th season will close with the summer musical, GREASE June 30-July 15. Aurora Community Theatre is located at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, near the intersection of SR 43 and 306, at the gazebo, in the center of Aurora. ACT extends appreciation to The Denise G. & Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation for their generous underwriting of the Wells Main Stage.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About the Home Jane Ulmer | Columnist

As a home furnishings retailer, I receive tons of trade magazines and publications regarding the home furnishings and home accessories industry. These publications are filled with informative articles, editorials, trends and lots of other interesting information. Just recently, I was reading the latest issue of Furniture Today and came across a very informative article on leather upholstery. I do not sell leather furniture, but I thought I would share some of the highlights to help those of you who might be thinking about purchasing some leather upholstered furniture. According to Erin Berg of Furniture Today, leather is very durable. It ages well without sagging. Because of its durability, leather does well with kids and pets. Leather is resistant to most normal household spills, does not absorb odors and cannot be penetrated by animal hair. However, watch out for scratch marks-leather can be easily damaged by sharp claws and/or teeth. Direct exposure to sunlight and heat can damage leather by fading, drying, and cracking. So, be careful to not place your leather furniture near a heat register or vent. Did you know that those natural marks and blemishes that you see on leather are supposed to be there? These marks are your assurance that you have real leather. Here are a few terms from Furniture Today that you may find helpful about leather: ANILINE: The non-toxic, transparent dye used which allows the characteristics of the hide to remain visible. BONDED LEATHER: A composite leather made of leather and polyurethane. A more affordable alternative. CORRECTED GRAIN: Refers to top grain leather that has been sanded to reduce flaws. It is then pigmented to cover the sanding and printed with an artificial grain. EMBOSSING: Altering the natural grain of leather to create a uniform grain pattern. Embossing can be used for design creation or to hide defects. FULL GRAIN: Leather that has not been corrected to remove marks or imperfections. Full grain also includes the entire thickness of the hide. GRAIN: The natural or embossed pattern and texture of the hide. HIDE: The raw material. Hide also refers to the skin coverings of larger animals such as cows, steers, bison, etc.. NAKED LEATHER (OR PURE ANILINE): Any leather that receives all of its color from aniline dyes and has no topical applications. SEMI-ANILINE: Leather that has been aniline dyed and then slightly pigmented for color consistency and resistance to liquids. SKINS: The raw material. Skins usually refers to the skin from smaller animals like goats, pigs, sheep, etc.. TANNING: The process of converting the raw hides or skins into leather through the use of chemicals. TOP COAT: A synthetic polyurethane resin that is applied as a transparent protective coating to make leather more durable. TOP GRAIN: The top and most durable layer of the hide after it is split during that tanning process. This layer is usually â&#x20AC;&#x153;correctedâ&#x20AC;? through abrasion or sanding to reduce flaws. WEIGHT: This describes the thickness of leather. Most leather furniture is usually in the 2-3oz. Range Here are a few more tipsâ&#x20AC;Ś.. Never clean leather with soap or detergent no matter how mild. Always blot spills quickly with clean cloth towels or paper towels. Leather cleaners and conditioners work well but make sure that they are designed for leather furniture. Keep your furniture free of dust and occasionally wipe it down with a barely damp cloth. Never let water soak into leather. You may also want to consider a professionally applied leather protectant. Because of the different types of leather, it is always best to check with the manufacture regarding care and maintenance.

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Hiram Village News

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram - At their last meeting, Council discussed Village water and sewer costs. The Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system, which is 20 years old, is in need of an upgrade, according to Village Administrator James McGee. Together with Council, Mr. McGee is working on a five-year-plan to maintain and upgrade the systems. The group is looking to make upgrades with a combination of grants and existing funds. Potential changes to water and sewer rates were also discussed. Back in January, Mayor Bertrand reappointed George Randall, CPA, to the Village Board of Income Tax Appeals. In his Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, he noted that Council is still looking to fill two additional spots on the Board. Each appointment offers a two-year term. Interested individuals should call the Village Hall at (330) 5697677. In similar news, the Mayor shared that Ed FratoSweeny was appointed as the Hiram College delegate for the Hiram Community Trust. Sharon Bertrand was appointed as the representative for Hiram Village. Next, the Mayor shared that on Tuesday, April 18th, the Hiram Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with area law enforcement and emergency responders will host their annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;None under 21â&#x20AC;&#x2122; program at Hiram College. The program, which is designed to reduce drinking and driving prior to proms and graduations, is expected to draw up to 2,000 students from surrounding high schools. He also shared that on Monday, April 24th, the Hiram Police Department, in conjunction with Bath & Copley Police, County Health Department and Town Hall II, will present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hidden in Plain Sightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at 6pm at the Hiram Christian Church. The adult-only program is a traveling exhibit set to look like a teenagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed to educate parents on items they may find in their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room, backpack, or car that may indicate the child is involved in some risky behavior. In his report, Fire Chief Bill Byers shared that his Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average response time was similar to the previous month, around 6 minutes, based on weather and road conditions as well as the location of the event. In his Police report, Sargent Brian Gregory shared that the Department received the Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Grant. Sgt. Gregory shared that the grant will be used to purchase an in-car dash-mounted video recorder for a Hiram PD patrol vehicle, for an estimated cost of roughly $3,400. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With successful grant acquisitions we are able to improve, acquire, and

update safety equipment, which generates an improved safety service that we provide to the community, it also is completed without burdening taxpayers or the budget with the expenseâ&#x20AC;?. The Hiram PD currently has two such devices, which were also acquired through grants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The technology is extremely important to law enforcement, providing the capability to capture footage that will serve to be extremely vital in our everyday operations,â&#x20AC;? Sgt. Gregory acknowledged. He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grant will also provide three durable Toughbook in-car laptops that will enable officers to obtain ID information, as well as completing reports in a timely manner.â&#x20AC;? In other Police news, Sgt. Gregory shared that the Department will offer a mature driver course through the Ohio BMV and AAA. The program will take place Tuesday May 2nd and Thursday May 4th from 10 am to 12 pm and 1pm until 3 pm on both days. You must be at least 60 years old to qualify for an insurance discount and meet any other criteria of your insurance carrier. The cost for this course is $10.00 for AAA members and $15.00 for non-members; participants must attend both days to be eligible for the insurance discount. Seating is limited; call (330) 569-3236 for registration information. Lastly, Sargent Gregory shared that the Police Department will again be having its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiram- Garrettsville Shop with A Copâ&#x20AC;? program on Saturday April 15th in the Kennedy Center at Hiram College, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The Shop with a Cop program provides Crestwood/ Garfield School District children, and their families, the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. The program is designed for less fortunate and under privileged children to go Christmas shopping, for themselves and families, with police officers from the Hiram and Garrettsville police departments. The next regularly scheduled Village Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 7 pm.

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The Portage County 4-H club, called the 4-H AllStars, has elected new officers for this year. President is Kaitlyn Belknap, Vice-president is Johnathan Wiczen, Secretary is Addy Schweickert, Treasurer is Dominic White, News reporter is Augie Schweickert, and the Health and Safety Officer is Ashley Corning. The club has recently been working on making Easter baskets for senior citizens. If you would like to join our club, please call Janet at 440-548-5142 or Scott at 330-931-2839. We have fun. All are welcome.

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Skip Schweitzer | Columnist If you are a gearhead, an old car aficionado, or just like fast cars, you have undoubtedly come across the Velocity Channel in your cable repertoire. This channel features back to back to back shows on cars, car auctions, auto repair shows, and every type of auto restoration show conceivable. The shows are repeated (and repetition is their trademark) 3-5 times and more weekly, then endlessly monthly and yearly. One ultimately wonders if perhaps they actually have a grand total of only 5 episodes per show per season and just endlessly rerun them. These shows typically feature characters with long beards, strange hair styles, and beer bellies, who often speak like classically uneducated people. I recently ran across a letter to the editor of Classic Cars, from Hemmings, which is probably the premier old car magazine on the market. The letter so tickled me that I will paraphrase for you some of the content because I feared I might be the only one who feels this way. The writer notes: “Once I discovered the Speed Channel and Velocity, I eagerly began watching not only the auctions but also the auto repair shows. But I discovered that many of these shows are nothing more than sitcoms. I quickly became disgusted with them. Frankly, I don’t give a damn whether Johnny used Timmy’s tools without his permission, or why Freddy was late for work. And for some of the workers it seems that their only qualifications are to stand around and look pretty. Furthermore, the car they are working on is a monumentally deteriorated wreck that must be brought back to factory specs by next Tuesday.” (Doug Ashby, Dallas Texas). Mr. Ashby is someone after my own heart. Since the football season is over, there is, besides the CNN evening reporting of Trump alternative news (Who ooaa, talk about some serious malarkey), nothing much of interest for me to watch. How many times can you watch the same airplane crash on the Smithsonian Channel, World War II being played out again and again on land and sea? So every evening I methodically turn first to the Velocity channel in great hopes that the two English chaps from Wheeler Dealers will be on (absolutely the only show of merit on the Velocity channel), then turn to the Smithsonian channel, then to the Pickers. Ultimately I usually end up with CNN on, with the sound turned off as I write articles on my computer. Please allow me to further elaborate, expound on the contents of the Velocity (Atrocity) channel and its atrocious programming which absolutely could be so much more to us dedicated enthusiasts. The featured highly touted famous auctions, always presided over by clipped British accented fellows, seem to only showcase

six, seven and eight figure automobiles, all of which must be pushed on and off stage because they are so perfect that one would NEVER risk starting them and getting the byproducts of combustion on a tailpipe or, God forbid, oil or grease in the absolutely pristine engine compartment. And as the cameras pan the room, the audience is filled with fat-cats who eagerly wave their paddles frantically and engage in bidding wars to up the price of that 1937 Duesenberg to seventy-five zillion dollars (plus a 15 % auction fee we are reminded). Then they are seen high fiving each other for spending all that money. Really? Were we viewers born yesterday--the rest of us who live in the real world, not Fantasy TV land? We of the dirty engine compartments, who drive our “classic cars”-Whatever that really means anymore—to car shows and cruise-ins! Our ‘65 Mustangs or ‘02 Thunderbirds, or darned near perfect Model “A” are worth about $16K on a good day. And you expect us to really believe that these wildly outrageous Las Vegas auctions are getting $60-90K for these cars? Apparently, some of the viewers ARE that gullible. “Oh, well, I saw a car like mine go for $85K ($85,000) last week on the Velocity channel, so yes I want $75K for my Mustang” says a guy trying to sell his car on line in Auto Round-up. I run across this every day. Frequently I am asked by someone, even in our own club, who cannot sell their car, why they can’t get anyone interested in for example, their two or four door Model “A” Sedan for $25K. I tell them because the bluebook value of that Model “A” sedan is $12-15K. I don’t care if King Tut once drove it. And by the way, you are in Mantua, Ohio, not surreal Las Vegas. Let’s talk about the infinite sitcom repair shows that often feature a gaggle of greazy, hairy, tattooed, quirky characters oddly overseen by long legged, drop dead gorgeous females with perfect nails. They set to work on these junk yard dog cars and must have them finished to showroom condition in exactly 7 days. Pay no mind that there are no repair panels available for this not-highly-desirable 1961 Desoto sedan, so all will have to be laboriously made by hand on English wheels or brought in from a junk yard in Ethiopia. Then there is the complete engine rebuild and new transmission gears, new glass, rubber, chrome plating, upholstery, and frame straightening to correct the effects of the massive side impact crash of the car that sent it to the junk yard 40 years ago. At the end of the show they announce that they did this with only $120K ($120,000) worth of parts. “Oh, and by the way, how many hours of labor did it take you? 900 hours! How did you fit that into 7 days? Never mind.” Let’s see, 900 hours of labor at $90/hr, that is $81,000 in labor, plus the $79.89 you paid

the junkyard for the wreck That makes $201,079.89 for a, let’s see, bluebook value 1961 Desoto, worth maybe $18,000 in number 2 condition…… Now who did they really expect would buy this show hook, line and sinker? Oh, and I am constantly amazed, no, dumbfounded by the fact that every part that these mechanics take off just comes right off the 60 year old wreck and new parts are quickly zipped right on. Hey, you Saturday mechanics, what is wrong with this picture? We all know from years of experience that the XXXZWQ!@# nut will never come off and that XXSW@$*() bolt will have to be heated to cherry red and burned off. And this in a place where you need to be a contortionist in a side show to be able to get a wrench on it. And finally, there is Wayne Carini, forever chasing Classic Cars, rooting them out from barns and old decrepit garages all over the world. By simply adding fresh gas, he brings them to the Palm Springs Concourse elegance and wins coveted prizes with his barn finds. It seems he has found the only unrestored Stutz Bearcat in existence, in a garage no less, in Vermont. What are the odds I ask you? The only thing I have been successful in finding in an old barn is a completely rusted, decrepit, 1930 Model “A” four door that we offered $45 for as parts, provided we could get it out of the barn without sawing down a 20-inch diameter ash tree long having grown up across the door. Maybe I’m wrong, Maybe I’m way off base. Maybe I’m supposed to believe this mush and malarkey that we are handed by the Velocity Channel. Does anyone else have this reaction? Am I alone? 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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McKenna Rowles of Garrettsville placed in the Top 10 nationally in two events while representing Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. Her performance helped Tri-C finish first among community colleges and fifth overall at the competition, held March 15-18 at Brigham Young University in Utah. The event attracted 60 of the top horticulture and landscape programs in the country. Rowles teamed with classmates to finish third in both hardscape installation and landscape plant installation, two of 29 events at the collegiate challenge. The annual student competition is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals to boost job recruitment in the landscape industry, where there is high demand for skilled workers. Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program — based at the College’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills — prepares students for careers in landscape design and construction; garden center or nursery management; and other horticulture fields.

Local Kids Need Help -- Consider Becoming A Foster / Adoptive Parent Geauga County has been experiencing an increase in the needs of families and children in the past several years. This has caused the demand for certified foster and adoptive parents to increase as well. There are many families in crisis in our own neighborhoods that require the supportive services of our agency. You and your family could be part of the support. Children need a nurturing family that can provide them with stability, love, and guidance, while their own family works on making positive changes, so they can be reunified. Consider becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for the Geauga County children who need and deserve your support. The agency will walk you through the process of becoming certified, providing support along the way. Geauga County Job and Family Services will be holding a public information meeting on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00am at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, Ohio. Please contact Jodi Miller to RSVP for the meeting, or to schedule a private information session. Jodi Miller 440-285-1125 jodi.miller01@jfs.ohio.gov

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Each season, Geauga Park Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine naturalists take a fine-toothed comb to their programs and highlight those that they consider Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not to Be Missed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is, opportunities to experience Nature in a way that happens only during this particular time of year, and is something especially worth your time to come out and see. Announcing this springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selected programming: Fire in the Parks â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotlineâ&#x20AC;? Call List April 12, 11 AM-2 PM, Frohring Meadows Registration required Annual Spring Bird Walk Series April 16, 7:30-9:30 AM, Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve April 23, 7:30-9:30 AM, Frohring Meadows April 30, 7:30-9:30 AM, The Rookery May 7, 7:30-9:30 AM, Eldon Russell Park May 14, 7:30-9:30 AM, Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove Parking Lot May 21, 7:30-9:30 AM, Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Parking Lot After Work Wildflower Walk April 19, 6:30-8 PM, Eldon Russell Park April Evening Adventure April 21, 7-9 PM, Eldon Russell Park, Horwathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelter Magee Marsh Birding Van Trip April 24, or Wednesday, May 10, 6 AM-5:30 PM, Meet at The West Woods Registration required; fee for each trip: $10 incounty, $25 out-of-county Reptile & Amphibian Photo Safari April 30, 1-3 PM, The Rookery Weekly Wildflower Walk May 1, 1-2:30 PM, The West Woods, Affelder House May 8, 1-2:30 PM, Headwaters Park, Route 322 Entrance May 15, 1-2:30 PM, Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter May 22, 1-2:30 PM, Big Creek Park, Deep Woods Shelter Frog Fest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party Lineâ&#x20AC;? Call List Sometime May 10-31, 8-9:30 PM, The West Woods Registration required Microscopic Monsters Search May 13, 1:30-3:30 PM, The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter Lake Erie Bluffs Birding Van Trip May 20, 6:45-10:30 AM, Meet at The West Woods Registration required Backcountry Ravine Exploration May 21, 2-5 PM, Weltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gorge, Burton Township. Registration required National Trails Days: Hike Around The Reservoir June 3, 10 AM-2 PM, Headwaters Park Registration required Wildlife of the Landfill June 10, 9:30-12:30 PM, Waste Managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closed Lake County Landfill. Registration required Bird House Van Tour June 17, 9 AM-Noon, Meet at Burton Square. Registration required iNaturalist Photographic Bicycle Blitz Sunday, June 18, 1-3:30 PM, Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Shelter For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www. geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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All right. All right. I may be ready to concede that it may actually be Spring...maybe. We seem to have moved from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;lion and the lambâ&#x20AC;? thing in March and are now thoroughly into â&#x20AC;&#x153;April showersâ&#x20AC;?. If what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having these last couple of weeks is any indication, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to have flowers out the wazoo in May. Yowzah! There are, of course, places across the country where all of this rain has signaled at least a brief cessation of five years or more of drought. The Golden State is having a boom in tourism to its southern state parks where wildflowers are carpeting the landscape. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;superbloomâ&#x20AC;?, when vast numbers of desert plants bloom all at once. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on at all kinds of elevations and conditions. One little town, overrun with tourists, has termed this â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flowergeddonâ&#x20AC;?. They had to import rank upon rank of Port-a-Pottys to deal with the influx. The tourist are called â&#x20AC;&#x153;flower peepersâ&#x20AC;?, sort of like the folks who flock to New England in the Fall to see the colors. International travelers, from Japan, Hong Kong, etc., have come in, as have wildflower aficionados hoping for a rare sighting, say, of a Bigelowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monkey Flower; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hotline to call. So far, an estimated 150,000 people have shown up. By May and warmer, drier weather, this may all be a brightly-colored dream, who knows. This arrival of moisture has not been without some dire consequencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wash-outs, floods, mudslides, etc.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not having to scrimp and save quite so much on water use as they had been during the state of emergency that had been declared in several states, California, for instance. Probably had not sunk to re-using bathwater but similar extreme measures were being contemplated...and complained about. With a decent snow pack up in the mountains (for feeding rivers) and reservoirs refilling all over the landscape, lots of people (with short memories) are itching to get back to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the good old daysâ&#x20AC;? when they could be as profligate with their water resources as they wished. This would be a mistake, but, hey, mistakes are what got us in this situation in the first place. Nobody is making any more land or water, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d best be taking care of what we have, not over-using, despoiling, degrading, poisoning or polluting with no thought for the future. Take the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater system in the world, containing 20% of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh water(Only the polar icecaps have more and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meltingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another dangerous story), an amazing biodiversity ( if the Asian carp havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken over yet), sources of water supply, transportation and recreation for both the U.S. and Canada. Mess these babies up and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be in a world of hurtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;red algae blooms (poisonous), shut-down water systems, reduced shipping strangling commercial trade, tourism and recreation drastically reduced. Where have you gone, Cedar Point? And so on and so forth. The whole climate situation is sort of like those games where the pieces are piled up to make a tower of sorts and then the players have to start pulling out one piece at a timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and everything seems fine until a key element is removedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like everything depended upon itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the whole thing crashes down. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;climate-deniersâ&#x20AC;? always argue that the earth has warmed and cooled on its own lots of times and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening now is just another part of the cycle. The speed of the happenings doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to faze these myopic types. Ah, yes, and what happened to the creatures on the top of the food chain in virtually every one of those (eons, eras, epochs, ages, periods) times? Crustaceans, shellfish, enormous boney fish, dinosaursâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where are they now? Extinction is such a final term. Are we hoping to join the ranks? Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that. I have other things on my schedule. The rhubarb has been planted. The yard looks like some sort of arboreal Armageddon, there are so

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many sticks and twigs all over the ground. I refilled the birdfeeders and the suet cake holders when the birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and squirrelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cleaned them out after the last cold snap. The yard needs WORK. The landscaper dude has pounded his index finger into an ugly resemblance to chopped sirloin, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a while before thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any relief from that quarter. More bulbs are on order but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been so long since I ordered them that I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be arriving or where I was planning to poke them into the ground. A lovely postcard came the other day saying that whatever the greenery is, it will be sent â&#x20AC;&#x153;at the proper time for planting in your areaâ&#x20AC;?...whatever that is. I have things to do, places to go, people to seeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not necessarily in that order. There are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Thingsâ&#x20AC;? in the Inviteds section of The Villager and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to get a look at a few of them. I did get to the National Weather Service Skywarn session at Maplewood the other day. Interesting. Fellow Ace Reporter Marie Elium ( sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with Boomers and Beyond) was also there. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both now proud holders of official spotter numbers with instructions concerning who to call, what to report on, when the observation took place, and where this all happened. Boy, do I feel official. We got to see some interesting video. Some of those shots looked familiar and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;storm chaserâ&#x20AC;? dudesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pictures were pretty scary. I already have a hard hatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;two, actuallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so when the cumulonimbus clouds start piling up... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in the southwest corner of the basement, thank you very much. Go and do likewise.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist Spring is here and that means warmer days, more sunshine and right now more yard work! Each year I tell my family that we are going to get a head start on the outdoor projects as soon as the weather breaks. And each year we find ourselves checking out the new wineries that opened over the winter instead. We recently joined a group of friends and headed over to Columbiana to visit The Vineyards at Pine Lake (14101 Market Street Columbiana, Ohio 44408) which opened in November. As we pulled through the gated entrance we were in awe in the rows and rows of vineyards that lined the driveway. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to returning in Fall to see all of the grapes and leaves to add color to the drive in. As we continued down the driveway there is a fork in the road that leads you to the event center overlooking the lake or you can turn left and stay up the hill where the tasting room is (of course we wanted to check out the winery)! While the winery does sit away from the lake, you can get a table by the window or on a nice day sit on their expansive patio which has great views of the lake. We chose a table by the windows but made sure to walk around to check it all out. They have a great selection of wines however our server unfortunately did not know a lot about the wines so we took a chance and ordered a bottle of dry red. Prices ranged from $15 / bottle to $28 / bottle. We enjoyed our bottle (and the company) and ended up enjoying two bottles that afternoon. We also had the opportunity to enjoy their foods. They had a selection of appetizers (cheese and meat trays, bread with dipping oils, etc) and a good selection of entrees. Our table ordered the pasta, a hamburger, a wedge salad, chicken tenders and fries. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good sign when all of the dishes go back empty! Overall we had a great time! There were a couple of issues that they still need to work out but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to going back during the summer and enjoying more of the views and wine!

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

2. UP EARLY, UP OVERALL - The last time that the S&P 500 was up on a total return basis for the 1st quarter yet finished down for the full calendar year was 2002 when the index gained +0.3% for the first 3 months of the year but was down 22.1% for the entire year (source: BTN Research). 3. HOT STOCK AND COLD STOCK - The best performing individual stock in the S&P 500 index during the first quarter 2017 gained +52.7%. The worst performing individual stock in the S&P 500 index during the first quarter 2017 lost 36.7% (source: BTN Research). 4. AGAIN THIS YEAR - 69% of the individual stocks in the S&P 500 were trading at a price as of the close of business on 3/31/17 that was higher than where the stock ended 2016 (source: BTN Research). 5. BIG NUMBERS - The US bond market (including treasury, municipal, corporate, mortgage and asset-backed debt) was worth $39.4 trillion as of 12/31/16. The US bond market was worth $4.8 trillion as of 12/31/86 (source: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association). 6. RISING BUT NOT ROARING - The US economy grew by +1.6% in 2016, the 11th consecutive year that our domestic economy has failed to grow by at least +3%. In data tracked since 1930, the previous longest stretch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sub +3% annual growthâ&#x20AC;? was just 4 years (source: Commerce Department). 7. DEBT LIMIT - Legislation passed on 11/02/15 suspended the US debt ceiling through 3/15/17, i.e., during that 16-month period there was no statutory limit on the issuance of new federal debt. Since no new legislation has been passed to either increase the debt ceiling or further suspend it, the Treasury Department will take â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary measuresâ&#x20AC;? to borrow new funds without breaching the 3/15/17 debt ceiling of $19.846 trillion. These measures should prevent the government from running out of cash until the fall of 2017 (source: CBO).

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Managing Money Well as a Couple Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist

When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes – and your approach to managing your money may change as well. To succeed as a couple, you may also have to succeed financially. The good news is that is usually not so difficult. At some point, you will have to ask yourselves some money questions – questions that pertain not only to your shared finances, but also to your individual finances. Waiting too long to ask (or answer) those questions might carry an emotional price. In the 2016 TD Bank Love & Money survey of 1,902 consumers who said they were in relationships, 42% of the respondents who described themselves as “unhappy” cited their number one financial error as “waiting too long” to discuss money matters with their significant other.1 First off, how will you make your money grow? Investing is essential. Simply saving money will help you build an emergency fund, but unless you save an extraordinary amount of cash, your uninvested savings will not fund your retirement. So, what should you invest in? Should you hold any joint investment accounts or some jointly titled assets? One of you may like to assume more risk than the other; spouses often have different individual investment preferences. How you invest, together or separately, is less important than your commitment to investing. Some couples focus only on avoiding financial risk – to them, maintaining the status quo and not losing any money equals financial success. They could be setting themselves up for financial failure decades from now by rejecting investing and retirement planning. An ongoing relationship with a financial professional may enhance your knowledge of the ways in which you could build your wealth and arrange to retire confidently. How much will you spend & save? Budgeting can help you arrive at your answer. A simple budget, an elaborate budget, any attempt at a budget can prove more informative than none at all. A thorough, line-item budget may seem a little over the top, but what you learn from it may be truly eye-opening. How often will you check up on your financial progress? When finances affect two people rather than one, credit card statements and bank balances become more important. So do IRA balances, insurance premiums, and investment account yields. Looking in on these details once a month (or at least once a quarter) can keep you both informed, so that neither one of you have misconceptions about household finances or assets. Arguments can start when money misconceptions are upended by reality. What degree of independence do you want to maintain? Do you want to have separate bank accounts? Separate “fun money” accounts? To what extent do you want to comingle your money? Some spouses need individual financial “space” of their own. There is nothing wrong with this, unless a spouse uses such “space” to hide secrets that will eventually shock the other. Can you be businesslike about your finances? Spouses who are inattentive or nonchalant about financial matters may encounter more financial trouble than they anticipate. So, watch where your money goes, and think about ways to repeatedly pay yourselves first, rather than your creditors. Set shared short-term, medium-term, and long-term objectives, and strive to attain them. Communication is key to all this. In the TD Bank survey, nearly 80% of the respondents who indicated they talked about money once per week said that they were happy with their relationship. Follow their lead and plan for your progress together.1

How to Pick a Medical Alert System

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, a home medical alert system with a panic button that she can push in case she falls or needs help. Can you recommend some good options to help me choose? Overwhelmed Daughter

Dear Overwhelmed, A good medical alert system is an affordable and effective tool that can help keep your mother safe, but with all the choices available today choosing one can be quite confusing. Here are some tips that can help. How They Work Medical alert systems, which have been around for about 40 years, are popular products for elderly seniors who live alone. Leased for about $1 a day, these basic systems provide a wearable help button – usually in the form of a neck pendant or wristband – and a base station that connects to the home phone line, or to a cellular network if no landline is present. At the press of a button, your mom could call and talk to a trained operator through the system’s base station receiver, which works like a powerful speakerphone. The operator will find out what’s wrong, and will notify family members, a friend, neighbor or emergency services as needed. In addition to the basic home systems, many companies today (for an additional fee) are also offering motion sensitive pendants that can detect a fall and

Ask The | Librarian Mallory Duriak Columnist

“What is the conversion from avoirdupois weight to troy weight?” One of our patrons has a collection of silver, which, like all precious metals, is traditionally measured in troy weight. The standard weight used for almost everything else is called avoirdupois weight, from the Old French “avoir de peis,” which means “goods of weight,” and the two measurements are not equivalent. A troy ounce is a little larger than an avoirdupois ounce, but, because there are 16 ounces in an avoirdupois pound and only 12 in a troy pound, the troy pound is smaller. In both units of measurement, the grain is the same: a little less than 65 milligrams (64.79891 to be exact). There are 437.5 grains in an avoirdupois ounce and 480 grains in a troy ounce. 1 troy ounce equals about 1.097 avoirdupois ounces (so, going the other way, 1 avoirdupois ounce equals about 0.911 troy ounces). One troy pound is about the same as 0.823 avoirdupois pounds. Reversed, that means that 1 avoirdupois pound equals 1.215 troy pounds. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282.

Citations 1 - gobankingrates.com/personalfinance/surprising-ways-money-affectslove-life/ [9/26/16]

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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automatically call for help if your mom is unable to push the button. And mobile medical alerts that work when your mom is away from home. Mobile alerts work like cell phones with GPS tracking capabilities. They allow your mom to talk and listen to the operator directly through the pendant button, and because of the GPS, her general location would be known in order for help to be sent. What to Consider When shopping for a home medical alert system, here are some things to look for to help you choose a quality system: · Extra help buttons: Most companies offer waterproof neck pendant and wristband help buttons, but some also offer wall-mounted buttons that can be placed near the floor in high fall risk areas like the bathroom or kitchen, in case your mom isn’t wearing her pendant. · Range: The base station should have a range of at least 400 feet so it can be activated from anywhere on your mom’s property – even in the yard. · Backup: Make sure the system has a battery backup in case of a power failure. · Monitoring: Make sure the response center is staffed with trained emergency operators located in the U.S., are available on a 24-hour basis, and responds to calls promptly. · Contacts: Choose a company that provides multiple contact choices – from emergency services, to a friend or family member who lives nearby – that they can contact if your mom needs help. · Certification: Find out if the monitoring center has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, a nonprofit safety and consulting company. Top Rated Companies While there are dozens of companies that offer medical alert systems, here are some top options that offer both home and mobile alerts: Bay Alarm Medical (fees start at $30 per month for a home landline system, bayalarmmedical.com, 877-522-9633); Life Station ($30/month, lifestation.com, 800-554-4600); Medical Alert ($33/month, medicalalert.com, 800-800-2537); MobileHelp ($30/month, mobilehelpnow.com, 800992-0616); and Phillips Lifeline ($30/month plus a $50 activation fee, lifelinesys.com, 855-681-5351). Most of these companies offer discounts if you pay three to 12 months in advance. For mobile medical alerts only, you should also see GreatCall’s Lively Mobile and Wearable (these cost $50 plus a $20 to $35 monthly service fee, greatcall.com, 866-359-5606) and Consumer Cellular’s Ally ($150 plus $25 per month, consumercellular.com, 888-345-5509).

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