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Rotarian Zabor To Speak About Recent Rotary ‘PolioPlus’ Trip

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Mantua - At a recent meeting Mayor Clark shared that she, along with the Village Solicitor and Clerk, met with First Energy Solutions regarding electric aggregation and potential cost-savings for Village residents. The Mayor noted that the Village could sign up again with First Energy at a fixed rate; the current contract expires in May of 2018. Similarly, the group also met with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). She noted that NOPEC is offering a variable fixed rate; twice a year NOPEC will adjust the current rate. NOPEC also offers a gas aggregate, but neither organization will offer the 6% residential or 4% commercial discount currently experienced in the Village. Mayor Clark noted that she will keep Council apprised of any developments as more details become available, and noted that a decision must be made by the fall. Mayor Clark announced that the Arbor Day Foundation has named Mantua Village a 2016 Tree City USA. As one of more than 3,400 Tree Cities, Mantua achieved this recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: establishing a tree board, passage of a tree care ordinance, setting aside an annual community forestry budget and hosting an Arbor Day Observance and proclamation. In honor of Arbor Day, the village hosts an annual essay contest for Crestwood Intermediate third-graders and distributes tree seedlings to students, as well. In related news, Ms. Lisa Zamecnik was appointed to the Parks and Shade Tree committee. Mayor Clark noted that Hero’s Rock will be hosting their first annual picnic on Saturday, May 13th at the park lodge and pavilion. The event is a celebration to thank the community for support, and raise funds for future efforts. Event details can be found at the Hero’s Rock Facebook page. The following weekend, Breakaway Excursions is planning a River Day event at Village Park. The festivities will take place on Saturday, May 20th

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from 8 am until 5 pm. The day will include activities river clean up and exploration and will be held in conjunction with the DMRC, Portage Parks, and others; details will be forthcoming. Future events in Mantua include the annual Soap Box Derby, which will take place at Village Park on Saturday, June 17th. In addition, the Potato Festival Committee will again be hosting movies at Village Park this summer. The dates for showing are Friday, June 23rd, Friday, July 28th, and Friday, August 25th. The event is a free-will fundraiser for the 2017 Potato Festival. Mayor Clark also noted that Art on the Hill will again take place in Mantua this summer, on Saturday, July 8th. In other news, Mayor Clark recently swore in Sargent Rodney Terry, a veteran officer with 19 years at the Mantua Police Department. Later, the Mayor regretfully informed Council that Police Chief Harry Buchert submitted his paper work for retirement, which is set to begin on Dec 14th of this year. Mayor Clark will work with Solicitor Michele Stuck to create a job description for Full-time Police Chief. The search for candidates will begin within the department before the position will be advertised to the general public. In related news, council passed a motion to create a memorial garden at Hillside Cemetery to honor K-9 officer Diablo and the department’s other current and future service dogs. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Mantua Village Council will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.

Many may remember, and some feared, the outbreaks of polio in the United States. By the 1950s, polio had become one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. In 1952 alone, nearly 60,000 children were infected with the virus; thousands were paralyzed, and more than 3,000 died. While the last known case of polio originating in the United States was in 1979, in the late 1980s there were over 350,000 new cases each year in over 120 countries. In 1985, Rotary International created PolioPlus, a program to immunize all the world’s children against polio. Together, in global partnership, Rotary began working with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others, to create a polio-free world. Since then Rotary International has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Yet polio cases still occur in three countries. This past January and February, Dolores McCumbers, Rotary Club of Garrettsville/ Hiram and Stephen Zabor, Rotary Club of Mantua, were in Malagaon, India as part of a National Immunization Team. We were there to provide a morale boast for the local Rotarians, workers from the World Health Organization and UNICEF and for local health workers who have been toiling for years to eliminate the threat of polio in India. A second reason was to demonstrate to those who were refusing the vaccine that it is important enough for us to travel around the world at our own expense to maintain India polio free. On April 18th at 7:30 at Hilltop Church Stephen Zabor will talk about his experience in India and about the need to continue the effort to eradicate the threat of polio from the earth.

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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.

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

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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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

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Lenten Fish Fry

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

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.

Free Movie

April 14 On Good Friday, April 14, at 6:30pm join us for a free movie at First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. The movie is from the Book of Matthew, Ch 26 depicting the life of Jesus Christ from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions, call Pastor Erv at 330-354-5500.

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

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

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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

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. 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 Republican Women’s Club Monthly Meeting

April 17 The Portage County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at the English Pub Bistro, 320 E. Main Street, Ravenna. Our speaker will be Desiree Perry, Coordinator of the CARE children group of Skeels Center. During the April meeting we are asking for donations to support the “Bowl Against Abuse” fundraiser to benefit The

Children’s Advocacy Center of Portage County. This event will be on Saturday, April 29th at Kent Lanes. To RSVP or for more information call Jeneen at 330 687-4067.

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

Tree City Carvers Monthly Meeting

April 21, 22, 23 Windham Township and Village clean up 8am-4pm at Windham Village Sewer Plant, East Center St by Legion. We will be provided 5 dumpsters; once they are full spring clean up will be over. Items accepted: Appliances, batteries, furniture and up to 4 tires per household. NOT accepted: Paint, shingles, building debris and garbage.

April 18 The Tree City Carvers will hold thier monthly meeting on April 18 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Rd. Kent. Share your thoughts about woodcarving and have some coffee with friends. This meeting is free and open to the public for more info call Larry Hurd at 330-297-7905

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!

Board Meeting Newton Falls Schools

April 20 The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding its regular board meeting April 20 at 6pm in the board room located in Jr. High School, 907 Milton Blvd.

Huntsburg Church Rummage Sale

April 20-22 Huntsburg Congregational Church is holding their annual rummage and bake sale on April 20, 21 and 22 at 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg. Rt. 528 1/4 Mile South of Rt. 322. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursady & Friday, Bag Day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Questions or Donations accepted by calling 440-636-5504

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!

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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,

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Windham Annual Clean Up

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

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

Huntsburg Grange Rummage Sale

April 22 Huntsburg Grange 2541 is holding their annual open house and rummage sale on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Huntsburg Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 528 and Rt. 322. Help us celebrate the 150th birthday of the Grange organization with free birthday cake. Lunch available. Phone 440-286-7210 with questions.

Geauga County Council Fundraiser Breakfast

April 23 Join American Legion Atwood Mauck Post #459 ‘Home’ Goodwin St. Burton on April 23rd from 9 – 1:30pm for breakfast. Contact Skip at 440/313-2095 for info.

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.

Hidden In Plain Sight Awareness Program

April 24 Interactive exhibit designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom containing 150+ items, which may be indicative

J.A. Garfield Track & Field Mulch Fundraiser

Beautify your home and support the Garfield Track and Field Team at the same time! Purchase bulk mulch for landscaping by the yard. 4 varieties to choose from:

Black, Red, Dark Brown, and Double Ground Bark Mulch $28 per yard (Black, Red, Dark Brown) plus $20 delivery fee $23 per yard of Double Ground Mulch plus $20 delivery fee (Minimum order of 3 yards) To pre-order your mulch contact your local Track and Field Athlete or call (330) 527-0039. After you pre-order your mulch, call Gallagher Farms Mulch and Sawdust at (330) 569-8674 to schedule your delivery date. Let them know you purchased through the Garfield Track and Field Team.

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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! of dangerous risky behaviors. Come Monday, April 24 to Hiram Christian Church, “Snoop & Search” starts at 6pm, presentation begins at 6:30pm. No youth permitted due to nature of material. For info contact Hiram Police Dept 330/569-3236 or Hiram Christian Church 330/760-6285

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.

Spring Round Up Meeting

April 25 Please join Parkman Pack 4076 on April 25th, 2017 for our Spring Round Up. We will meet at Parkman Congregational Church at 6-8 pm. This is an informative meeting about joining Cub Scouts. If you have questions, are interested or just want to see what we are about, please come. There will be snow cones, pop bottle rockets and a whole lot of fun for your son. We are an active Pack and believe in learning while having fun! See ya then!

Club Proudly Presents Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast”. Shows are Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door and $6 pre-sale. There is a Special Sunday Brunch show on April 30th that starts at 2 pm. Sunday’s brunch is 11 am to 1 pm and show is at 2 pm. Cost is $14 at the door and $10 pre-sale for adults and children to age 3 and children under age 3 are FREE. Brunch includes show ticket, pancakes and other brunch goodies, as well as, activities and crafts with cast members. Pre-sale tickets available starting 4/17/17. For tickets or any questions contact emiller@ crestwoodschools.org or cuvegas@crestwoodschools. org.

Rose’s Rescue Pasta 4 Paws time again

April 27 April Dinner for the Renaissance Family Center will be April 27th, 5-6:30 pm. The cook and the menu is a secret. Please come and bring a friend, but, SHHHH, it’s a secret.

April 29 Join Rose’s Rescue, a not- forprofit pet rescue, on April 29, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna Ohio for a pasta dinner and huge gift raffle. The event runs from 2:00pm-7:00pm for dinner. Takeout orders available. The raffle drawings begin promptly at 7:00pm. Winner need not be present for the drawings. Pasta 4 Paws, 251 W. Spruce St, Ravenna Ohio. Adults $8, Children $5. Please check out the Rose’s Rescue website for the flyer with further details. www.rosesrescue. net. All proceeds to benefit the homeless pet that we serve.

Mayfield Church Rummage Sale

Sunshine Committee 5K Run

RFC Community Dinner

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

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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

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Prime Rib Dinner

April 29 An elegant and delicious Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Sat., April 29 at 5:30pm at First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. to help pay off our Land Fund Loan. Tickets are presale only, for $25 each. For questions, call Nancy Cline at 440-632-9053.

Pymatuning Lake 2017 Crappie Tournament

Spring Wildflower Hike

May 6 Join us as we are treated to one of the best spring wildflower displays in NE Ohio. May 6th 10am – 12 at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. No registration is required. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show

May 13 Support JAG Elementary PTO at the Spring outdoor craft and vendor show at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley May 13 10am-4pm. Over 40 vendors, hand crafted items and auction items. Call Diane Irwin for info 330/524-0592

Auditions For GodSpell

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.

Church Women United Meeting

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May 6 Church Women United of Geauga County are holding their next meeting on Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to noon at the Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg. Laura Christensen from the Red Tulip Project of Geauga will be the guest speaker. Contact 440-6366262 or 440—321-2476 for information.

May 16 & 17 The Curtains up Theatre is holding auditions for their production of GodSpell on May 16 and 17 at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School. Please have a memorized monologue (1 minute minimum) prepared – preferably a comedy or drama one, and a song to be sung a-cappella. The show runs July 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29. Rehearsals begin June 5, 2017 - please bring any conflict dates to the audition. For more information contact Director, Justin Steck at 216-310-1913. Please notify the music director during your audition if there is a specific character you are auditioning for. James A. Garfield High School is located at 10235 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 Parts available for age groups 15 years to adults over 60.

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River Days Tours

May 20 Enjoy a guided tour on May 20th of the National Natural Landmark preserve, normally by permit only, and/or visit Ohio’s first scenic river preserve designated in 1986. Mantua Bog State Nature Preserve tour will meet 11am - Peck Rd and E. High St. The Tummonds Scenic River tour will meet 1:30pm at 4466 Mats Rd. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

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Obituaries Allene Daw Fodor Garrettsville, OH Allene Daw Fodor, 86, of Garrettsville, passed away on April 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 18, 1931 to Joseph and Rose (Allen) Toth. Allene was born and raised in Euclid where she also graduated high school. She met her husband, Raymond Daw, at Fenn College which is now Cleveland State University. Allene graduated with a degree in business administration. She then resided in Euclid where she was actively involved with the Euclid Historical Society where she was Vice President for many years and instrumental in establishing the Euclid Historical Society Museum. After the death of her husband, Raymond, she chose Garrettsville to establish her new home and shop, Enchanted Books and Antiques. Allene was widely known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book Ladyâ&#x20AC;? due to her passion to match the right book with the right person. In Garrettsville, she met her second husband, Andrew Fodor, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the friendly Accordian Man.â&#x20AC;? Andrew and Allene enjoyed each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hobbies and their time spent together. After Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing, Allene continued doing those things she loved right until the end. Alleneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priority was to fulfill the legacy of giving which she had begun with her husband, Ray. They wanted their lives to make a difference. She is survived by her children, Carol Ybarra of Texas and David (Candi) Daw of Middlefield; grandchildren, David, Christian and Logan and step-son, Peter, his wife, Eva and their daughter, Cecilia all of Germany. Visitation was held on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 6-8 PM and Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 10-11 AM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Services were held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Continenza officiating. Burial to follow at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Online condolences at www. carlsonfuneralhomes.com.

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Want more free digital content from us every month or for your lending period? Well, Portage County District Library is extremely excited to tell library patrons about increases in the number of allowed checkouts for two of its most popular digital services- Hoopla and OverDrive. Hooplaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly limit has increased from its current 10 to now 20 items every calendar month while OverDriveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s checkout limit has increased to 20 items for your selected lending period. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begun to use these digital services yet, the only requirements are a Portage County District Library card and an internet connection. This is an excellent opportunity to remind library users that Mobile Hotspots are available for borrowing - and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re available to borrow for free from the Portage County District Library. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you the internet connection required to take advantage of these great services. Loan period for the device is 2 weeks. Although Mobile Hotspots cannot be renewed, users may again place another hold for the next available device. Using your Portage County District Library card, enjoy free access to digital movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. For more information on digital services or about other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

Portage County Soap Box Derby Racing Clinic The Portage Soap Box Derby is hosting an introduction to Derby Racing Clinic on April 23th, at 4808 East High St., Buchert Park, Mantua, Ohio, 44255. The clinic will be held at the pavilion in the park. The Time is: 2-4PM. The clinic will be run by Race Director Dean Olson. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program for ages 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20 years old. There are 3 race divisions, and all cars come as kits, with complete step by step instructions. Those persons attending the clinic will have an introduction to Derby racing, see a derby race car assembled, and learn about tuning a car to make it go faster. The attendees will have an opportunity to sign up to take a ride down the 989 foot long Derby Downs Race track traveling at 30+mph, on May 6th or 7th . This is the same weekend as the Portage County Derby Rally Race. If you cannot make it to the Derby Race Clinic, but you are interested in derby racing, and would like to take a run down Derby Downs Hill, please call: (330-351-3035). All children are equal when racing down a race track, no matter what their limitations may be. The PCSBD, also has a limited amount of corporate cars available, these are owned by the PCSBD, and loaned to families to use and race at the local race, and rally race. They are free to use with a few limitations. Portage County has had 2 World Champs; Rickie Lea Murphy-2004, and Tyler Gallagher-2005.Will you be the third World champ? The next Portage County Local Derby Race will be June 17th, at Buchert Park, Mantua. For more information on Derby Racing go to: aasbd. com, or call Dean-330-351-3035

Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bomber Students of the Month

The staff at Windham Junior/Senior High School has chosen seven students to be recognized as the Bomber Students of the Month for April. These students represent their respective grade level and have what it takes to be a true Bomber. This award is based on specific criteria such as: displaying good character and mature behavior, having a positive attitude towards learning, demonstrating responsibility, and being respectful to peers and teachers. We are proud of our students for all of their accomplishments to help make our schools GREAT places to be! Pictured above are - Row one (sitting- left to right): Madissyn Zembower (grade 6), Kaylee Nickol (grade 7), Seth Strausbaugh (grade 8) Row two (standing- left to right): Aiden Barker (grade 9), Gina Brown (grade 10), Ashlyn Riggs (grade 11), Rachel Ewell (grade 12).

Nelson Township News Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

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Nelson Twp. - After the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. During department reports the new Community House caretakers, Dan and Sandy Huzel were introduced to all in attendance. There were three people scheduled for public comments at this meeting. Mr. Dolan presented information about health insurance costs and what some surrounding communities are doing. Trustees listened and interacted with him and other residents. Mr. Ted Lysiak stated that an ad hoc committee has been started to address economic development in local communities. He is the superintendent of the Garfield Local School District. Mr. Terhune presented information he gathered concerning the racetrack and things that still need to be done. The state still has to make clear guidelines before development can progress. Removal of the tires seems to be a big stumbling block to further progress. Mr. Bonner presented and discussed his plan for applying for a Medical Marijuana License from the state to build a processing plant in Nelson Township. He and his partner answered questions and presented blueprints to the 330.977.0105 trustees. He asked for a resolution from the trustees to have permission to build. Trustees are planning to discuss this â&#x20AC;˘ TIG â&#x20AC;˘ MIG â&#x20AC;˘ STICK issue at the next meeting. â&#x20AC;˘ DESIGNING Brad Ehrhart from the Portage Development Board â&#x20AC;˘ PROTOTYPING presented more information about the Community â&#x20AC;˘ ONE OFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;˘ MOTORSPORTS Reinvestment Area (CRA) and options for changing the â&#x20AC;˘ CONTRACT WORK existing CRA. Mr. Lysiak shared that both he and the school â&#x20AC;˘ EMERGENCY SERVICE â&#x20AC;˘ SOLUTION CONSULTING board support the CRA. He encouraged those in attendance â&#x20AC;˘ CNC PLASMA CUTTING â&#x20AC;˘ CUSTOM FABRICATION to have a vision for the future. â&#x20AC;˘ CNC MILL, LATHE MACHINING â&#x20AC;˘ INTEGRATING SOLUTIONS The trustees have a lot of work and decisions ahead of Facebook: Tim Shaffer Design, Fabrication, Welding them. There are decisions that will be made that will affect the future of Nelson Township. The trustee meetings are open to the public. The next scheduled meeting is for !.)-!,(/30)4!, ).# Wednesday April 19 at 7pm. .#ANAL3T .EWTON&ALLS

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Five high school students win Hiram College Terrier Scholarships

C h i r o p r a c t i c C e n t e r of Garrettsville is proud to announce that we will be offering a scholarship to a graduating senior from James A. Garfield High School again this year. The amount of the scholarship will be one thousand dollars. The scholarship amount is based on half of the cost of the sports physicals given to James A Garfield sports participants. Forms will be made available from the guidance counselor at the high school.

Hiram – Hiram College selected five incoming students as recipients of one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships. Scholarship winners Katie Whisler of Southington, Ohio, Maxwell Hendrix of Delaware, Ohio, Charlie Lichtenwalter of Erie, Pa., Kelsey Morgan of Jeannette, Pa., and Abby Howard of Broadview Heights, Ohio will enter Hiram College as students this fall. Scholarship applicants were challenged to submit a creatively shot photograph or 15-second video that pays tribute to the Terrier, Hiram College’s mascot. Entry subjects included dogs sporting Hiram College T-shirts, a pair of identical pups, and even a Hiram alumnus. “We’re excited to reward these students for their exquisite and creative pictures, ” says Vice President of Enrollment Lindajean Heller Western, “It’s so encouraging to see prospective students embracing the Hiram community, and we’re proud to have them as part of the Terrier family.” Scholarship recipients were selected by a scholarship review board of Hiram College media and photography specialists based on the creativity and originality of submissions. To view the winning Terrier Scholarship submissions, visit http://www.hiram.edu/terrierscholarship-2017-winners/

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The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community drug awareness event on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-noon at the Aurora Inn. Attendees will learn about the drug overdose crisis, the addiction process, and resources in Portage County. Residents of Portage will also be able to receive a free naloxone overdose response kit through Project DAWN. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Speakers include representatives from the Aurora Police Department, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Townhall II, and the Portage County Health District. The Aurora Inn is located at 30 Shawnee Trail in Aurora. The event is free and open to the public.

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Portage Park District hosts Telescopes 101 Join our Sky Ranger, Guy Gillespie at the Berlin Lake Trail to learn about how to use telescopes and identify stars & constellations on Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm. We will have a few different types of telescopes on hand for viewing. Bring your own telescope and/or binoculars, along with a chair or blankets to relax and view the sky. Guidance about the visible stars will be presented, and star wheels will be provided to all attendees . We will host the program on the bridge over Berlin Lake. Berlin Lake Trailheads are located on US Rte 224 and Kirkbride Rd. off of SR 14 in Deerfield Township. Distance to bridge from US Rte 224- 1.3 miles, Kirkbride Rd.- .8 miles. Please park and hike to the bridge. Contact the Park District with questions.

Windham students traveled to Youngstown State University on Saturday, April 1st to participate in the History Day competition. Three groups of students will advance to the regional competition on April 29th at Ohio Wesleyan University. Seventh grader, Colton Maiorca, received the Local Award from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Congratulations to our students! Pictured above are - Row one(sitting): Jessica Riley, Zoey St. John, Kaylee Nickol, Taylor Richter, and Jessica Wiley. Row two (standing): Colton Maiorca, Domonick Oborn, Hannah Murton, and Dylan Hessling. Not pictured: Morgan Lovett

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The Portage Park District is calling all volunteers to help us improve Towner’s Woods! Join our Park District Staff at Towner’s Woods to remove the invasive weed Garlic Mustard on Saturday, April 22nd at 9:00am. Lunch will be provided to all participants. Bring weeding gloves, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, wear long pants, socks and boots or sneakers. No sandals or slipper shoes please. Meet at Towner’s Woods Park at 9am 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240 (Franklin Township). Contact the Park District with questions

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Applications are now available for the 2017 training class this fall. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, plant diseases, and other horticulture related topics to interested Ohio residents. Master Gardeners then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities in their community. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must! Working with Portage County Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; and developing community gardens. The 12-week training will begin on September 11th and run through November 13th. Applications are due July 14th, 2017. Classes will be held at the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District Monday evenings from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., with three Saturdays required. The class fee is $225, with three scholarships available to Portage County residents. Please contact Robin Christensen with questions or for an application at 330-296-6432 or e-mail at Christensen.227@osu.edu

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Newton Falls Village Council Report Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter

“You can continue to ignore reality, but you cannot continue to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

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Spring having sprung and all that, could I comment upon the sad indication that numerous persons hereabouts in the area are taking the opportunity to come down with a bad case of illiteracy? I am referring to the piles of stuff—junk would be a more accurate description but I’m attempting to be kind—that are appearing outside the various containers located in various places, plainly labeled “Clothing and Shoes Only.” What? You don’t know what clothing and shoes are? You’re in the habit of wearing baby play pens on your feet (size 27?)? You are accustomed to going out dressed in discarded children’s books? Come on, folks, the signs tell you plainly and right up front what’s supposed to be placed in the bins. What are you doing leaving broken toys, mismatched and stained dinnerware, half-full paint cans and pasttheir-prime potty chairs in front (and around the sides and sometimes crammed into the openings) of the boxes? You’re in such a hurry to get your place ready for the photographers from House Beautiful that you can’t wait until the Spring trash pick-up? You don’t want the relatives to know that the pieces of stunning décor that they’ve been sending you in the mail don’t match the leopard print dining room, so you’re redecorating the whole place? The potty chair belonged to your youngest and he’s just graduated college and is living in Alaska? What? If you’re really desperate, you could call one of those disposal companies, like Trash Daddy, and get the whole shootin’ match hauled away, maybe even to benefit some charity or other. Don’t just dump your trash in public places and tell yourself the big, fat lie that this is good for anybody but yourself (Except, of course, that you’re now living in a place where there are trash-dumpers)and whoever it is that picks up the stuff can do some good with it. NO! What they want is Clothing and Shoes. Says so right on the box. Why would they lie? Why would you think that they want your other stuff? Can’t you read? That’s a sad story in itself. Either you can’t read or you willfully choose to litter—that’s what it is, littering, to dump junk where it is not supposed to be—and on top of that, to impede groups—charities, profit-making companies, whatever—who are trying to do some good. Are you real impressed with yourself when you do this dumping? Ha, Ha, no refuse pickup fees for you. You’re really clever, sneaking around nights, leaving things in church parking lots, in business driveways, in back of public buildings, aren’t you? If you really thought it was O.K., you wouldn’t be sneaking, wouldn’t be waiting for off-hours to do your deliveries, would you? Get a grip. What you are doing is littering and when some public-spirited soul or some fed up business owner

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Newton Falls - After the call to order and Pledge of Allegiance the roll was taken. Mayor Waddell was excused because of an illness. All but one other council member was there. There was a special presentation by Mr. Pat Layshock who directs a foundation trying to preserve the community center. They would like to form a partnership with city council to preserve historic buildings. They are offering services as grant writers and for the lighting of the falls. The community center, which served as a USO building when it was first built, is now closed. It is one of either four or six remaining in the United States. The foundation would like to refurbish and preserve it. They are opposed to it being torn down and having a new community center built. The foundation will be bringing in an expert in historical preservation to speak to council at the May 1 meeting. During reports to council Mr. Harry Saver reported on the Street/Maintenance Department’s work and plans. Even though they are down a couple of workers they are getting a lot of work done. They have been diligently working on the roads, streets, buildings and properties. He and his crew were commended by council for the work they are doing. During new business a motion was passed to authorize the City Manager to send a letter in opposition to the Governor’s proposal to institute a state-operated centralcollection program for the Ohio municipal income tax. It will cost the city one percent of its tax revenue if the state passes this. Another motion was passed authorizing the city manager to send a letter to our Congressman and Senators requesting the proposal by the Administration for eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program be stopped. Because of the special speaker at the May 1 meeting a motion was passed to modify the schedule to allow him up to thirty minutes to speak. Mr. Layshock requested this and council approved it. During public comments approximately ten residents spoke about the Parks and Recreation Department’s vote to demolish the community center. Some of the residents were very emotional about their connection to the center and its connection to the community. The first resident to speak gave some history on the center and compared its condition to the condition of other existing USO buildings in the country. One person who is not a resident of Newton Falls spoke about the center’s meaning to surrounding communities. Another non-resident had a copy of the “Existing Conditions Study” that was done in April 2016. Council gave time for all who wanted to voice their opinions to speak and listened to all of them. When council gave their closing remarks some residents in attendance started to speak and had to be asked to be quiet. The law director responded to one resident’s comments because the comments were untrue and not a part of the city charter. Residents were reminded that Parks and Recreation voted to demolish the building, city council did not. Residents were asked to think about the issues facing the city and ask themselves if preserving the community center is the top priority facing the city. Right now there does not seem to be enough financial support to preserve the center. There will be more open discussion regarding this issue in future meetings.

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or exasperated church board of trustees finally decides to put up surveillance cameras and catch you in the act, we’ll be talking fines here, and rightfully so. Can’t be too soon. Watch for them next time. You never know. And now for my next rant.... Is it just the weather or is there some other factor that causes the roadsides to blossom with discarded cans and bottles? Maybe they’ve just been covered with snow but I don’t think so. I’ve begun walking more around the village—on sidewalks where there are any, on the proper side of the roadway if there aren’t—and the number of aluminum cans I’ve collected is simply amazing (I’m not a trash picker-upper, just aluminum cans that get taken to the G.U.M.C.—Garrettsville United Methodist Church—where John Porter, “the Can Man”, collects them and takes them to the recycling, for cash which goes into the local fund for good works). I’m picking up cans early, I’m picking up cans late, I’m finding them on lawns, I’m finding them in ditches, some empty, some partly full, some smashed flat, some hardly dented. They are brands of all kinds; one particularly unsavory-sounding variety contained light beer and “clamato” juice (clam & tomato, I guess). Wouldn’t be my choice, that’s for sure. Big cans, sub-standard-size cans, serving every size thirst, I guess, but the fact remains that whoever’s drinking this stuff is just pitching the cans out the window. What? You big, adult-sized people are scared that your Mamma is going to see what you’re doing in the car? Very mature behavior, yes, indeed. You can’t stash a trash bag in your vehicle and dispose of the empties in a responsible manner? Oh, wait, you’re not responsible for anything that you don’t wish to be. Right? Right. I won’t hold my breath. Well. I feel better now. Better, that is, if I don’t count the miscellaneous aches and pains left over from cleaning up around my palatial estate on Sunday when the weather was just about perfect for being outside doing anything. There was mowing, there was blowing, there was raking and trimming and weeding going on. I supervised. Bob, the landscaper dude, found a little-bitty turtle, about the size of a quarter, in one bed out in the back; I took it down to the creek to make for home and upset a mamma Canada goose who was sitting on a nest of eggs on a log down there. She paddled off; I scrambled up the bank as fast as I could (not easy, pretty steep and covered with leaves and loose dirt). Hope she returned before they cooled. Now I have a bunch of empty planter pots sitting around as well as bare spots amongst the rest of the greenery. It’s time to hit the garden centers and Stark Bros. catalogs. Probably time to wash windows so that I can see all of this from inside the house. Ha!

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Nearby Nature How old do you think Nelson Ledges is? Joe Malmisur | Columnist

Understanding the concept of time in seconds, minutes, days, years, and even centuries is easy for us to comprehend. However, the concept of geologic time is very hard for most of us to wrap our brain around. How can you put into perspective 4.6 billion years, the estimated age of the earth? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try. It would take you 95 years to count to one billion if you averaged 3 seconds per number. (remember when you get to 999,999,999 it takes longer to say it). If you spent $100.00 per day, it would take you 27, 360 years to spend one billion dollars. Hopefully these examples put things into perspective. Geologists have divided Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history into a series of time intervals. These time intervals are not equal in length like the hours in a day or days in a week. This is because geologic time is divided using significant events in the history of the Earth. For example, the boundary between the Permian and Triassic is marked by a global extinction in which a large percentage of Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plant and animal species were killed. Eons are the largest intervals of geologic time and are hundreds of millions of years in duration. Eons are

divided into smaller time intervals known as eras. Very significant events in Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history are used to determine the boundaries of the eras. Eras are subdivided into periods. The events that bound the periods are wide-spread in their extent but are not as significant as those which bound the eras. We all can relate to the Triassic and/or Jurassic period, this was the time of the dinosaurs. In the time scale you can see that the Paleozoic is subdivided into the Permian, Pennsylvanian, Mississippian, Devonian, Silurian, Ordovician and Cambrian periods. This is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;periodâ&#x20AC;? when Nelson Ledges was being formed. Finer subdivisions of time of the periods are frequently subdivided into epochs. Subdivision of periods into epochs can be done only for the most recent portion of the geologic time scale. Many scientists believe that we have entered into a new epoch, The Anthropocene, this time period is characterized by human-influence. This is based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, and hydrologic process, are now altered by humans. Especially with the advent of the atomic era. Enough science talk, back to Nelson Ledges. At the time Nelson Ledges was formed, Ohio was located on the equator. This was during the Pennsylvanian epoch of the Carboniferous period. This was the age of insects, amphibians and ferns. This is when the first reptiles began roaming the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface. It is also known as the age of coal. At this time, Ohio was under an ancient sea. This was 120 million years BEFORE the dinosaurs! That is why you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find any fossil evidence in the rocks in or around Nelson Ledges. During this time, there was significant movements of land. The Land mass know as Laurasia was merging with the land mass called Gondwana to create one huge land mass called Pangea. Pangea subsequently broke apart into the seven continents we know today. This collision cause the formation of the Appalachian Mountains, the Acadian Mountains, and the Caledonia Mountains in northern eastern Canada. Remember that Ohio was sitting on the equator during this time. It was hot, humid, and very wet. As a result, the mountains in north eastern Canada began eroding. Huge quantities of quartz (lucky stones) began traveling down from the north along with huge quantities of sand. Over the next 10 million years the Ledges were formed. So the next time you pick up a lucky stone from Nelson Ledges, you might give it the respect it is due, since it is 300 million years old!

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Sue Ann Schiely | Columnist Garrettsville Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up a Stormâ&#x20AC;? program will meet on Monday, April 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Led by Marian Phillips, this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme will be appetizers, and cookbooks from the collection will be used to discover new appetizer recipes. Participants are asked to bring along with your appetite enough appetizers to share with the others and a copy of the recipe. This monthly program is free and open to the public. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for additional information. On Tuesday, April 18 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Garrettsville Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Discussion Club will meet to discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of a young German girl who learns to read from The Gravediggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handbook, the first book that she takes after seeing it in the snow at her brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave. Living in Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Germany during World War II, she discovers the power of words for both good or evil. Copies of this title are available at the Reference Desk. Call 330-5274378 for additional information. On Monday, April 24 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Viktoria Jurkovic of the Ohio Department of Insuranceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OSHIIP division will provide an overview of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance. Whether you are new or currently on Medicare, attendees can learn more about recent Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which may help pay prescription drug costs and Part B premiums. Please note, OSHIIP representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents. Call 330-5274378 to register for this free and informative program. Seating is limited, so register early. Garrettsville Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crafting with Marianâ&#x20AC;? program will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Learn how to make a no-sew bag, a bag big enough to carry all your books. Bags are vinyllined and easy to make. Choose from a variety of fabric designs. This program is free and open to all adults. As always, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a $5 deposit fee to hold your seat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refunded the day of the program. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or for any additional information. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For more information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

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J.A. Garfield Middle School Honor Roll Third Grading Period

High Honor Roll (4.0) 7th Grade: Cameron Reighard and Sophia Walz 8th Grade: Grace Edwards, Jacob Fergis, Logan Hoffman, Grace Mills, Jack Norris, Isabelle Puleo, and Meili Warren Honor Roll (3.5 and above) 7th Grade: Alex Ataman, Lenci Blohm, Danielle Brady, Ella Brann, Kodiak Brogan, Sophia Cihan, Catherine Cisney, Elizabeth Cline, Ethan Cmunt, Alexis Conkol, Alyssa Conkol, Carson Covey, Logan Davis, Emilea DiGrino, Morgan Eskridge, David Evans, Isabella Folio, Carter Frato-Sweeney, Ketley Fresch, Morgan Harris, Kaytlin Haylett, Brandon Heron, Cody Justice, Evan Lopez, Emma Lunardi, Caitlin Lutz, Colin Lysiak, Alice Marderwald, Aidan McDougall, Caydence McGranahan, Alison McHenry, Annabelle Moore, Molly Ohlrich, Amy O’Malley, Skylar Packard, Jordan Perme, Jacob Peters, Kaitlyn Popella, Cole Reedy, Sarah Seaman, Sydney Seaman, Alivia Selander, Jenna Smith, Cass Swenson, Brody Swigonski, Emma Thornton, Keeley Varner, Bailey Walstad, Ethan Wilde, Kierstin Williams, Hannah Wooten, and Olivia Wooten 8th Grade: Jacob Baczkowski, Michael Baczkowski, Noah Baker, Christian Bell, Sarah Bittence, Kaila Bloom, Sommer Bourne, Jacob Britton, Elizabeth Cox, Aaron Craver, Hailey Davis, Thomas Denvir, Kyra Eaton, Elizabeth Edic, Samantha Esposito, Emma Evitts, Trystan Gedeon, Isis Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Ryleigh Gough, Kylie Greenberg, Matthew Hale, Evy Harrington, Lilia Hornbeck, Payton Ihrig, Lilly Johns, Layla Jordan, Matthew Kane, Alyssa Kleinhen, Kyle Lance, Cody Leasure, Carissa LIninger, Taylor Lohr, Faith Lusher, Austin Lysiak, Paige Marek, Jessica Martin, Olivia McCullough, Joseph McHenry, Stephen Miller, Faith Mills, Brooke Myers, Lucas Neikirk, Alyssa Nichols, Hannah Norton, Cole Owens, Samantha Peska, Alex Pignaloso, Mycah Pinson, Luke Porter, Alexus Rice, Michael Richards, Theodore Ridenbaugh, Sierra Savitts, Jason Schaefer, Logan Sedivy, Ashley Smith, Hayden Troyer, Trinity Williamson, Sydney Woconish, Sydney Woolard, Chad Wright, Elizabeth Wyatt and Kaitlynn Yukich

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J.A. Garfield Elementary School Honor / Merit Roll Third Grading Period

Third Grade Honor Roll - Elise Edwards, Katelyn Evans, Reese Shirkey, Victoria White, Lukas Workman, Brooklyn Armontrout, Skylar Bailey, Brandyn Bogucki, Riley Carson, Riley Grace, MaKenna Guyette, Cole Hornbeck, Samantha LeBrun, Lucas Neiheisel, Seth Runewicz, Lillian Shay, Holly Warren, Grant Fogel, Finnegan Frato-Sweeney, Preston Hatcher, Lillian Kercher, Ben Lang, Joseph Peebles, Brock Pesicek, Elizabeth Proya, Ali Puruczky, Richard Shackelford, Kaelyn Tasker, Addision Truce, Madison Vincent, Samantha Whitlow, Jack Badovick, Jaelyn Brown, Mandy Cardinal, Owen Herron, Jonah Menough, Mason Andrikanich, Brendan Fashing, Ella Kissell, Holden Kissel, Jack Neikirk, Jocelyn Sommer, Derik Stanley, Evan Wensel Merit Roll - Kimberly Bowers, Ella Garrettson, Summer Hlavaty, Emily Hostetler, Alexis Phillips, Dakota Stanley, Isayah Green, River Gum, Colton Miller, Avery Trudick, Dorsey Williams, Katelynne Holliday, Carson Norton, Chrysten Prinkey, Logan Shreve, Clinton Steerman, Maya Strok, Kellyn Bartlett-Haebeger, Wyatt Nottingham, Caleb Sheer, Kourtney Thompson, Garet Warnick, Camille Arana, Grace Derecskey, Calvin Godfrey, Poppy Graf, Leah Thomas, Savannah Vilk

Windham Jr/Sr High School Honor Roll Third Grading Period

Grade Six Sara Barker*, Madison Berardinelli, Chase Eye, Julia Jones, Steven Jones*, Dylan Robeson, Shyann Scott, Kyla Stanley, William Wright Grade Seven Kaleb Beckwith, Lyndsie Brown, Shawn Heaton, Dylan Hessling, Colton Maiorca, Hannah Murton, Alana Myers, Kaylee Nickol, Domanick Oborn, Zoey St. John Grade Eight Christopher Canan, Joe Carroll*, Jade Coates*, Isaiah Consolo, Jay Cunningham, Clay Dean, Morgan Lovett, Lilly McWilliams, Isis Post, Jared Purdy, Keith Richmond, Jessica Riley, Morgan Showalter, Breena Smith, Seth Strausbaugh, Adam Thomas, Madison Wiley, Ashley Wright, Kiah Zuponcic Grade Nine Blaze Angle, Mason Angle, Nicole Angus, Jazelle Artman*, Ty’Shaun Caples, Dan Chambers*, Paige Collins, Darah Fall, Kayla Ladd*, Makayla Richter, Annetta Sanders, Brianna Schott, Megan Turk, Tara VanSteenberg, Josh Walker Grade Ten Autumn Barnes, Mia Berardinelli*, Aaron Blevins, Eugenia Brown, Nathan Carpenter*, Adam Chambers, Emerald Coates, Tyler Collins, Zowie Hood, Chason Hoskin, Madison Howes*, Payton Justham, Nick Lewis, Tre Madgett, Phillip Maiorca, Blake Eye, Mackenzie McLean*, Riley Mullen, Nick Richter, Robin Roberts*, Krista Shearer*, Katerina Shew, Savannah Simpson, Rebekah Stout, Isabella Warrick* Grade Eleven Molli Betters, Talina Cooper, Nathan Dyer, Brittany Grant, Deidra Hankins*, Kodi Hanshaw, Miranda Jones, Kelsey Knoll*, Tim Murton*, Summer Nadiak, Isaiah Pemberton, Ashlyn Riggs, Mariah Walker*, Terrance Woods Grade Twelve Cali Apthorpe*, Devin Bartlett*, Ben Knight*, Lexi Knight*, Jordan Prasky, Katie Richmond*, Elizabeth Richmond*, Kyle Simpson, Caleb Smith, Cassie Snyder Mullett, Sara Taylor, Holly Thompson 3 DAYS OF FUN!

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Fourth Grade Honor Roll - Nicholas Edic, Preston Gedeon, Kyla Grace, Alana Martin, Loreal Puleo, Andrew Rouru, Abygail Seiler, Zachary Bierer, Tessa Burnworth, Simon Fergis, Moriah Hatfield, Hannah Kernig, Oliver May, Max Paul, Damian Tourville, Kolby Fresch, Savannah Gibson, Dillan Paul, Harper Troyer, Hallie Cebulla, Jacob Cody Merit Roll - Brian Boggs, Whinrey Brown, Hunter Claar, Amber Fulop, Chelsea Lemons, McKenna Alai, Lydia Cain, Ivan Trent, Madison Ahrens, Serena Blohm, Milee Moncoveish, Jesse Neu, Erin Fresch, Kameron Harvey, Nicholas Hopper, Brody Justice, Daniel Kepich, Tyler Lutz, Brooklynn Saylor, Savannah Stevens Fifth Grade Honor Roll - Kourtney Brahler, Matteo DiSanza, Leo Grandizio, Zoey May, Montana McGranahan, Jackson Puruczky, Onid Rinaldi, Aaron Rodhe, Sean Shea, Morgan Soltis, Savannah Wolff, Vincent Yukich, Caleb Canan, Miley Collopy, Reagan Eisenmann, Lauren Evans, Luke Finney, Landen Gedeon, Elijah Hatfield, Colton Leasure, Taylor Perry, Abigail Ritondaro, Keegan Sell, Dawson Walstad, Tyler Baczkowski, Jack Carmichael, Emily Dykes, Hines Estes, Shyann Gale, Grace Scirocco, Elizabeth Shay, Leah Bailey, Owen Bass, Phoenix Cline, Michelle Crawford, Christian Gallagher, Thomas Proya, Madeline Wilson, Ella Badovick, Charity Bartlam, Ethan Bittence, Eric Geddes, Owen Norris, Layla Strok, Kali Tasker, Austin Zarrelli Merit Roll - Sophia Butto, Alex Del Torto, Julie Kurtz, Bryce Prunty, Evan Ridenbaugh, Roy Harvey, Angel Justham, Christian Owens, Hailey Smith, Alex Carter, Justice Craver, Vincent D’Amico, Landon Emerine, Payten Ewing, Wyatt Jones, Shane Ohlrich, Thomas Sheller, Hannah Thompson, Jonathan Wiczen, Nicholaus Zarrelli, Aaron Gissinger, Sierra Greathouse, Claire McCumbers, Sophia Scott, Madison Woconoish, Chistopher Claar, Maria D’Ambrosia, Antoinette Hall, Aiden Kissell, Landon Norton, Mikayla Swigonski, Lucas Whelchel, Lola Zicari Sixth Grade Honor Roll - Amy Auth, Alexandra Blohm, Alyssa Colvin, Alexander Cooper, Valerie Doumanian, Madison Rushnok, Charles Snyder, Christian Stanley, Elijah Voshel, Marissa White, Daisy Yearyean, Hunter Andel, Emma Bass, Kristopher Carson, Daniel Ensinger, Anna Fashing, Haley Ihrig, MaryBeth Kindlesparker, Max May, Madeline Shirkey, Jackson Sommer, Hannah Warren, Alivia Babuka, Karissa Eaton, Rachel Evans, Thomas Gushura, Shawna McGregor, Marissa Bazil, Kaitlyn Godfrey, Jeffrey Hatfield, Blake Horvath, Ciera Hoy, Kloe Kristoff, Rebecca Lawrence, Dezaray McIe, Allie Runewicz, Brendan Beatty, Abby Collopy, Cameron Edwards, Maggie Fogel, Taylor Hrabak, Kesley Massey, Molly Morrissey, Rebecca Nottingham, Natalina Porter, Jack Rado, Megan Schaefer, Aubrey Stonestreet, Madelyn Stonestreet, Riley Swigonski, Daniel Valdman, Dominic White Merit Roll - Carter Bates, Ashley Corning, Samantha Godfrey, Tyler Goodrich, Tyler Masga, Sierra Nerby, John Rohrbaugh, Kyle Schaefer, Gabrielle Barnard, Isabella Caldro, Katarina Crawley, Jesse Grace, Ian Hunt, Trenton Noland, Amanda Riffle, Andrew Wem, Tyler Bortz, Mia Cain, Benjamin Garlich, Rebecca Riebe, Sofia Sheer, Alyssa Welch, Lauren Whan, Dylan Justice, Liberty Klatick, Faith Knispel, Matthew Robinson, Kayla Sabatino, Nora Trent, Camryn Brainard, Rene Fenshaw, Hayley Gadowski, Vincent Grandizio

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submitted by Cameron E. The Shamrock Shakers 4-H Club, out of Mantua, Ohio, elected officers for 2017 on their April 2nd meeting. The officers are as follows: Zach F. is the president, Emily M. is the vice president, Aspen B. is the secretary, Addison H. is the treasurer, Cameron E. is the news reporter, Jocelyn S. is the health officer, and Grace K. is the safety officer. The club’s advisors are: Teresa Flynn, Bonnie Marek, and Tyler Flynn. The Shamrock Shakers have members from Mantua, Aurora, Garrettsville, Freedom, and Windham. The club’s next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 30th, at the Mantua Historical Society at 6:00 p.m.

15th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Spring is in the air, and the 15th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour will be Saturday, May 13th! For all of you that are eager to end your winter hibernation I guarantee you will find something new along your route, especially with all of our new offerings this year. Once again we have found 14 brand new stops, 3 are brand new businesses in the county within the past year, and all 25 are offering something special! If it is your first time, here’s how it works… In celebration of National Tourism Week every Spring Destination Geauga invites you to be a ‘tourist in your own back yard,’ with the Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour. A great way to explore area businesses and support the local economy, the tour offers 25 participating locations and you choose a minimum of ten stops that appeal to you. Each stop will be featuring special activities, giveaways, sales, food samples or demonstrations to tour participants. You can choose locations you have never visited, or your favorites for sales and unique activities. So for people that do the tour every year (and there are a lot of you!) there is always something new. The event will run from 10am to 4:30pm with a finale celebration at Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) where three Grand Prize baskets worth hundreds of dollars will be given away. The building will open at 2:45pm with vendors, entertainment, snacks, a silent/ ticket auction, and prize drawings begin at 4:00pm. To be eligible for the prize drawings you must visit at least ten stops, have your map stamped at each location, and turn it in at the finale by 3:45pm. Prizes and auction items will be baskets and gift certificates from area businesses; you must be present to win. Destination Geauga thanks Presenting Sponsor Keller Williams-Geauga Realty Group, for their support and making this day possible! You can get a list of all of the stops, their activities and a map, by stopping the Destination Geauga Office 14907 North State Ave-Middlefield or online at www. DestinationGeauga.com or at any of the participating member locations. Tour stops: Artisans’ Corner Gallery, The Barn Treasures, Between Two Rivers, *Buckeye Chocolate Café (Chardon), The Carriage Trade Boutique, *Countryside Gazebos, *Crystal’s Custom Cupcakes, D & S Farm and Garden, *DS Cakes & Sweets, *Elite Auction Gallery, End of the Commons General Store, *Fig Leaf Coffee Company, *Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park, *Great Lakes Outdoor Supply (Middlefield), Hastings Dairy & Rowdy Cow Creamery, His Daughter, Honey Hill Peddler General Store, *John’s Country Nursery, *Karl’s Jewelry, *Keller WilliamsGeauga Realty Group, Richards Maple Products, *Scheid’s Gifts for all Seasons, Special Hands Shoppe, Valentine Antiques, *Weaver Bedding (*Designates new stop)

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How Working in Retirement Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits Dear Savvy Senior, I’m considering retiring later this year and starting my Social Security benefits, but would also like to work part time. Will this affect my benefits, and if so, how much? Ready to Retire Dear Ready, You can collect Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time, but depending on how old you are and how much you earn, some or all of your benefits could be temporarily withheld. Here’s what you should know. Working Rules Social Security says that if you’re under your full retirement age – which is 66 if you were born between 1943 and 1954, or 66 and 2 months if you were born in 1955 – and are collecting benefits, then you can earn up to $16,920 in 2017 without jeopardizing any of your Social Security if you don’t reach your full retirement age this year. But if you earn more than the $16,920 limit, you’ll lose $1 in benefits for every $2 over that amount. In the year you reach your full retirement age, a less stringent rule applies. If that happens in 2017, you can earn up to $44,880 from January to the month of your birthday with no penalty. But if you earn more than $44,880 during that time, you’ll lose $1 in benefits for every $3 over that limit. And once your birthday passes, you can earn any amount by working without your benefits being reduced at all. Wages, bonuses, commissions, and vacation pay all count toward the income limits, but pensions, annuities, investment earnings, interest, capital gains and government or military retirement benefits do not. To figure out how much your specific earnings will affect

Ask The | Librarian Mallory Duriak Columnist

“How many people survived the Titanic sinking?” After a presentation by Carol Starre-Kmiecik, who told the story of the “unsinkable” Margaret “Molly” Brown, a famous Titanic survivor, one of our patrons was curious about how many other people had survived. Ms. Starr-Kmiecik remembered that around 1,500 had died, but no one could remember the number of survivors. The answer was in Andrew Wilson’s book “Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived.” 705 people survived the sinking. Wilson tells some of their stories, from Jack Thayer, a seventeen year-old who jumped from the rail of the ship in its final moments and managed to swim to an overturned lifeboat, to Dorothy Gibson, an actress who went on to star in “Saved from the Titanic,” a silent film about the tragedy. The website www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/ provides lists of survivors that can be sorted by lifeboat. According to the site, there were twenty-three other people on Margaret Brown’s lifeboat – less than half its full capacity. These other passengers included several other people from first class and their maids, two crew members, an a third-class passenger. One of the women, Mrs. Elizabeth Rothschild, is said to have snuck her Pomeranian aboard and refused to board the rescuing Carpathian without it. 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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your benefits, see the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test Calculator at SSA.gov/OACT/COLA/RTeffect.html. It’s also important to know that if you do lose some or all of your Social Security benefits because of the earning limits, they aren’t lost forever. When you reach full retirement age, your benefits will be recalculated to a higher amount to make up for what was withheld. For details and examples of how this is calculated, see SSA. gov/planners/retire/whileworking2.html. For more information on how working can affect your Social Security benefits see SSA.gov/planners/ retire/whileworking.html, or call the Social Security at 410-965-2039 and ask to receive a free copy of publication number 05-10069, “How Work Affects Your Benefits.” Tax Factor In addition to the Social Security rules, you need to factor in Uncle Sam too. Because working increases your income, it might make your Social Security benefits taxable. Here’s how it works. If the sum of your adjusted gross income, nontaxable interest, and half of your Social Security benefits is between $25,000 and $34,000 for individuals ($32,000 and $44,000 for couples), you have to pay tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits. Above $34,000 ($44,000 for couples), you could pay on up to 85 percent, which is the highest portion of Social Security that is taxable. About a third of all people who get Social Security have to pay income taxes on their benefits. For information, call the IRS at 800-829-3676 and ask them to mail you a free copy of publication 915 “Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits,” or you can see it online at IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p915.pdf. In addition to the federal government, 13 states – Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia – tax Social Security benefits to some extent too. If you live in one of these states, you’ll need to check with your state tax agency for details. 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.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist There is a new craze taking over Northeast Ohio – one that brings a challenge to find, a reason to smile and an opportunity to make someone’s day – something that all started with a rock. If you’ve been walking around some of the great parks we have or even shopping at your favorite store you may have noticed different rocks painted with either inspirational words or sayings, cute pictures or even stickers. If you look at the tag on the back of the rocks you’ll see message to check out the coolest group on Facebook right now – Northeast Ohio Rocks! The founder of the group had been visiting her children in Whidbey Island in Washington state when they introduced her to rock finding. After coming back to Ohio she decided to start the group here with a couple of her friends. Now, with over 100,000 people in the Facebook group, the founder is amazed by the stories, the number of rocks and the locations where rocks are being found. Recently a couple of rocks from northeast Ohio have been found in Australia, Korea and Japan! Once you find a rock you are asked to take a picture of it, post to the Facebook group where you found it and re-hide it. Or start the excitement by painting your own rock and hiding it. Not sure where to start – join us on Saturday, April 29th from 6-9pm as we host our very own rock painting night! For $9.99 / person (plus tax) you will receive 5 rocks, a glass of beer or wine and all the supplies you need to paint. So grab a friend or two and join us for a relaxing evening of painting. Reservations are required so call the winery or visit our website at www.CandlelightWinery. com to book your tickets today!

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.

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James A. Garfield Historical Society “Bu r ied Treasu re Only A Dream” was the title of a news article in the Journal, March 1961. This dream soon became a nightmare for Wayne Sommers and Herman Pitsinger who found nearly $4,000 in half-dollars, buried beneath an old water tank in the Sommers basement. The two honest men turned the money over to the Sheriff’s office and learned that the entire cache was counterfeit. The phony half-dollars were believed to be remnants of the prohibition era, and may have been made locally to use in slot machines during the early 1930’s. They were packed in four one-gallon cans, the tops stuffed with newspapers dated July 1932. There was apparently no way of tracing the original owner. Sommers, who bought the farm from his brotherin-law, Stanley Lawless, in 1955, was removing the old water tank in order to dig a cellar under the house. It was then that the cans of money came to light. Lawless had owned the property for five years before selling it to Sommers.

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During the years that I spent living on the west coast I usually would not be able to make it home for the Easter Holiday. Celebrating Easter in the upper 80’s during the 80’s was a much different venue from the years growing up in North East Ohio where there usually was “snow on the daffodils.” We wanted a lighter fare then, and I was able to use three of the dishes that I had grown up enjoying. I was very fortunate to have a very fine groups of friends to celebrate the holidays with. Many of them had also spent time with me when trips back home were possible. So they knew and had met the three creators of these recipes and, I must say, they found my old hometown very fascinating and welcoming and full of what was described by them as many “Colorful Characters ” in a surrounding area. After attending Sunrise Service at the Hollywood bowl we would all return to my home for a Beachfront Brunch. After all the leftovers had been packed up, a game of Trivial Pursuit and Mahjong would commence, to then be followed by phone calls from my parents, grandmother and aunts and uncle and good friends. I was always happy to let them know we had used their recipes again for that year’s Easter. It brought a nice memory of “My Home” again to mind. Grandma Cooper’s Hot Cross Buns 2 cups Whole Milk 1/2 cup Melted Butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1 package (2 1/4 Teaspoons) Active Dry Yeast 4 cups All-purpose Flour 1/2 cup (additional) Flour 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 2 teaspoons Salt 1/4 cup Sugar 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Spices: Cardamom, Nutmeg, Allspice 1/2 cup Raisins GLAZE 1 whole Egg White Splash Of Milk ICING 1 whole Egg White Powdered Sugar Splash Of Milk BUNS Combine 2 cups milk, butter, and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Stir and heat until very warm but not boiling. Turn off the heat and allow to cool until mixture is still warm, but not hot--about 30 minutes. Sprinkle yeast over mixture. Add 4 cups of flour and stir to combine. Mixture will be very sticky. Cover with a towel and set aside for 1 hour. Add 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir till combined. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with cinnamon and whatever other spices you want to use. Lightly flour surface. Press to slightly flatten dough. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle on about a third of the raisins. Then fold the dough over on itself and flatten again so the dough is “plain” again. Repeat the sugar/raisin process, then fold the dough again. Repeat a third time until all the raisins are used. (You won’t use all the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.)

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In-Service Withdrawals from Employee Retirement Plans Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist

If you withdraw money out of a workplace retirement plan in your fifties, will you be penalized for it? In most cases, the answer is yes. Distributions taken from a qualified retirement plan before age 59½ usually trigger a 10% IRS early withdrawal penalty. The key word here is “usually,” for there are ways to make these withdrawals with no IRS penalty, even while you are still working for your employer.1 You may have a strong reason to make such a withdrawal. Maybe you want the money now. Maybe you are tired of your plan’s limited choices and high fees and want to invest those assets in a different way. In fact, some of these withdrawals are made just so the assets can be transferred to an IRA. An IRA allows you many, many more investment options than the typical employer-sponsored retirement plan.1,2 You can avoid the 10% penalty through an in-service, non-hardship withdrawal. Some 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans permit such distributions for plan participants who are still working. You may be able to arrange one, but you must pay attention to the rules.2 Different plans have different requirements for these distributions. Some only permit them if the employee has worked for the company for at least five years. Others shorten that obligation to two years. A plan may only

From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table A West Coast Easter Barry Vancura | Columnist

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Pinch off ping pong or golf ball-size bunches of dough. With floured hands, quickly roll it into a ball, then turn the edges under themselves slightly. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour.Preheat oven to 400 degrees GLAZE - Mix 1 egg white with a splash of milk. Brush onto each roll. Bake for 20 minutes, give or take, until tops of buns have turned nice and golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack. ICING - Mix 1 egg white with enough powdered sugar for icing to be very thick. Splash in milk as needed for consistency. Add icing to a small icing bag. Make icing crosses on each roll, making sure they’re completely cooled first. Glady’s Deviled Eggs 12 large eggs 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 2 tablespoons of finely chopped sweet onion 1 tablespoons prepared mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper Garnish: paprika P lace eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add water to depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water. Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Add relish, onion, mustard, salt, and lemon pepper; stir well. Spoon or pipe with pastry bag the yolk mixture into egg whites. Garnish with paprika, if desired. Our Favorite Educator’s Ham Loaf 1 lb fresh ground pork 1 lb ham ground 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 egg 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper 3⁄4 cup milk SAUCE 2⁄3 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon mustard 1⁄2 cup ketchup (or 1 can tomato soup) 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar| Grind meat (if necessary). Mix ground meats, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper and milk together. Shape into a loaf. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. For the sauce, mix the brown sugar, mustard, ketchup and vinegar together. Pour sauce over loaf. Continue to bake for another hour.

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let employees have this option starting in the calendar year in which they turn 59½. Employees are sometimes unable to withdraw their whole account balance. Spousal consent, in writing, may also be required.2 You need to know the mechanics of the distribution. Can you withdraw your earnings as well as your contributions? Can you withdraw any matching contributions your company has provided? Is there a dollar ceiling on this type of distribution? Does the plan itself penalize such withdrawals (as opposed to the IRS)? Finally, you will want to ascertain the timeline of how long it will take to distribute the assets. What are the potential drawbacks to doing this? When you take an early distribution from a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan, you do so with a strong conviction that you are putting that money to better use or directing it into a better investment vehicle. There is always the chance that time could prove you wrong. Taking the money out of the plan may also mean losing out on future company matches. Also, while you can currently put up to $24,000 a year into a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan starting at age 50, the annual contribution limit for a Roth or traditional IRA is only $6,500 once you turn 50.3 If you need the money for an emergency, taking a loan from your plan might be a better option. If you just take the funds out of the plan without arranging a direct rollover (trustee-to-trustee transfer) to an IRA, every dollar you pocket will be taxed because the IRS considers a lump-sum retirement plan withdrawal to be regular income.2,5 Should your current workplace retirement plan prohibit in-service, non-hardship withdrawals, take heart: you can reach back and withdraw funds from 401(k), 403(b), and 457 accounts held at past employers after you turn 59½. So, if you have an old employer retirement plan account, you could go this route instead; though, the balance of that account might be relatively small.4 Speak to a financial professional before you do this. A trustee-to-trustee transfer is one way to do it: you never touch the money, and the funds can go straight from your plan into an IRA with no tax ramifications resulting from the transfer. That move is ideally made with a financial professional’s help.5 Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or cperme@financialguide.com www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. (www.SIPC.org) Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.

Citations

1 - irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-tax-onearly-distributions [8/25/16] 2 - titanfinancial.net/blog/how-to-rollover-401k-funds-while-still-working-foremployer [4/24/16] 3 - forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2016/10/27/irs-announces-2017-retirement-planscontributions-limits-for-401ks-and-more/ [10/27/16] 4 - thebalance.com/what-age-can-funds-be-withdrawn-from-401k-2388807 [8/16/16] 5 - al.com/business/index.ssf/2017/01/avoid_this_costly_ira_rollover.html [1/4/17

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1. STOCKS - The S&P 500 gained +6.1% (total return) in the 1Q 2017, the 5th best opening quarter for the stock index over the last 25 years, i.e., 19932017. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research). 2. TIME FLIES - The S&P 500 bull market that began on 3/09/09 is now in its 98th month. The average bull market for the stock index since 1950 (including the current bull) has lasted 61 months (source: BTN Research). 3. WOO PIG SOOIE - In data tracked since 1976 (i.e., 41 years ago), the February 2017 unemployment rates in Arkansas (3.7%) and Oregon (4.0%) are the lowest ever reported (source: Department of Labor). 4. WHAT’S IMPORTANT - 54% of 4,200 American workers surveyed would switch jobs for a better retirement plan (source: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies). 5. NO PROGRESS MADE - After adjusting numerical data from the past for the impact of inflation, the median household income today ($56,516) is lower than the median household income ($57,909) from 1999 (source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis). 6. BUT WOULD YOU UNDERSTAND IT? - The federal tax code and accompanying federal tax regulations contain 10 million words, a publication that would take an individual reading 300 words a minute (the average reading speed for an adult) more than 23 days of non-stop reading to digest (source: Tax Foundation). 7. YOU BORROW, YOU PAY - 94.7% of home mortgages are “current and performing” as of 12/31/16. Just 2.3% of home mortgages were “seriously delinquent” (defined as 60 days or more past due) as of 12/31/16 (source: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency). 8. THE REWARD - 30% of American homeowners who are approaching retirement move. Surprisingly, of the 30% that move, a greater number of homeowners buy a more expensive home compared to the number of homeowners who elect to downsize in retirement (source: Calvo, Haverstick and Zhivan).

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