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Talking about the upcoming May Mart/Plant Sale at the Portage County Gardeners and showing their newly decorated hats are: Lee Hall, Leslie Geer, Gale Hayes and Betty DeMali.
Make Plans To Attend The May Mart / Plant Sale The Portage County Gardeners will host thier annual May Mart / Plant Sale on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9a.m.-2p.m. at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44240 Members will have home dug perennials, herbs and more. Annuals, planters, hanging baskets, gardening gloves, spring bulbs, the Lee Hall specials, will be available in the greenhouse. Be sure to check out the mink shed (old
garage) where herbs, cannas, crafts and gardening items will be on sale. Inside the main building you will find free plant giveaway, a bake sale, a raffle, and a luncheon available. Tell your friends and neighbors and join us for a day in the sun!
Emotions Run High As Fate of Newton Falls Community Center Uncertain
submitted by Werner Lange | Newton Falls Preservation Foundation caught the attention of the national Office of Civilian
Newton Falls - As everyone in this area knows, the Ravenna Arsenal (known as the Ravenna Ordnance Plant at the time) played a major role in the massive munitions manufacture during WWII. Less well known is the vitally important role played by our area’s USO facilities constructed specifically to provide a recreational and social outlet for the thousands of workers, many of them women, at the ROP. Only one of these historic US recreational centers in the area is left, the embattled one in Newton Falls. In a laudatory report on the front page of the “Warren Tribune Chronicle” of its dedication on January 18, 1942, the Newton Falls USO facility was hailed as “the first designed for defense workers which has been opened in the nation”. A letter of congratulations from none other than the First Lady of our nation, Eleanor Roosevelt, was read at this dedication ceremony attended by over 500 local residents who packed the $82,000 structure. The assistant treasurer of the national USO, John Hickey, pointed out the importance of the bond between America’s workers and those on the front lines in the battle against fascism by stating that “this center will serve that army behind the Army”. The Newton Falls Mayor, Elmo Bailey, pledged the full cooperation of local government in making the center a grand success; the Falls high school band performed; a member of the local Boy Scouts troop, Ernest Shaulis, led participants in the Pledge of Allegiance; American Legion members conducted the flag-raising ceremony; and a symbolic key to this pioneering building was presented by federal officials to a representative of the local YWCA, Bertha Daniel, who was responsible for the management of the Newton Falls USO center. For the duration of WWII, this facility provided a variety of activities and services for RAP workers every day, for the entire day. One of the most notable and unique activities were the so-called “Dawn Patrol” parties. This innovative service to ordnance workers
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Defense. In their review of a handful of USO centers throughout the country, the OCD national publication of 1943 took explicit note of our town and facility: “Newton Falls, Ohio has its ‘Dawn Patrol’ parties for men and women workers who finish their day’s work during the early morning hours”. Commenting decades later on the significance of such innovative services from the Newton Falls USO, a historian states that “Dawn Patrol clubs were especially popular, providing round-the-clock dances, daybreak outings and entertainment for workers on all three shifts, especially those on the graveyard shift”. In addition to this unique service, the Newton Falls USO also provided recreational opportunities, childcare, crafts, indoor picnics, dances, photography as well s free coffee and donuts. For decades following its noble service as an USO center, this unique facility operated as a highly valued Community Center for countless residents in need of quality space for wedding receptions, birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, transportation and meals for seniors, dances for teens, tai-chi and yoga lessons, family reunions, girl scouts craft displays, as well as numerous on-stage theatrical productions. Every Christmas for many years, it hosted a Hometown Christmas attended by thousands of residents seeking a bit of holiday cheer and celebration. Despite the enormous historical significance as well as the multitude of invaluable services provided to area residents, the Community Center was abruptly closed in late 2014 by City Council in the aftermath of a failed 1% municipal tax imposition. To make matters worse, it now faces the very real and imminent threat of demolition. I am reminded of what the heroic Polish people did with their beloved old town center of their capital, Warsaw. The Nazi invaders and occupiers, in an act of utter cruelty and hatred, completely demolished Warsaw’s old town center before being forced out by the Red Army and the Warsaw Uprising. However, the architectural plans to every building in that old town center survived. In their wisdom and determination to reclaim their history, the Poles reconstructed every building exactly as it was before demolition. The material and visible connection to their past was saved for generations to come. Every people, whether at the local or national level, finds some of their core identity within the material structures erected and used by their ancestors and predecessors. These historic buildings are not merely physical structures. They are the embodiment of the spirit of their builders and the times of their birth. In the case of the former USO Center in Newton Falls, we have not only a rare manifestation of Americana, but a part of the very Spirit of America.
Ravenna - Join Portage APL for its annual fundraiser on April 29, 2017. Paws to Celebrate is an annual event to benefit Portage APL. People gather, eat, drink, and bid on auction items and raffles, and most importantly, raise funds to help the hundreds of abused, abandoned and injured animals that Portage APL helps each year. It will be held at the American Legion Hall in Kent and they hope to see an increase in numbers. The evening begins at 5:30pm. They have some exciting auction items like FOUR field box seats to a Cleveland Indians’ game, a week at a mountain home in Tennessee, a full house cleaning, an autographed Gary Barnidge Cleveland Browns football and game tickets, jewelry, art, wine baskets, sports items, hotel stays and much more. T.K. O’Grady will be the Emcee once again this year!! T.K. is an animal lover and has a long history of helping organizations that do good in the community. He has been a D.J. on 97.5 WONE for many years and we look forward to having him again. Reservations are $75 per person and the event is from 5:30-9:00pm American Legion Hall in Kent. Reservations are required and sponsorship opportunities are available. The evening includes a silent and live auction, raffles, music, buffet dinner and more. You’ll probably see a few wonderful animals from Portage APL looking for loving homes. To make reservations, please call 330.296.4022 or go online to www.portageapl.org Auction items are still being accepted. Things like gift certificates, baskets, sports items, jewelry and more are needed. If you’d like to donate an item, please bring it to Portage APL by April 21, 2017. Change for Paw$: Cats vs. Dogs. Empty your piggy bank, purse or wallet and bring your spare change (or dollars)! We’ll be collecting them in CAT & DOG bins. Will the cat or dog lovers bring more change for APL animals? Last year the cats won and the total for both was over $2200! That’s a lot of change. Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization which relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals, who have no voice. We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant. To make reservations, or for more information, please call the Portage APL at 330.296.4022 or visit our website at www.portageapl.org
Public Night At Observatory In Hiram Hiram - Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM; that will be the first scheduled Open Night of the 2017 season. The “star” of the night will be planet Jupiter, brilliant in our southeast evening sky. Observers should also see the M3 star cluster and later, the Hercules Cluster, and (with some luck) Comet C/2015 V2. Other objects of interest may also be viewed. Of course, all of the night’s observing depends upon clear skies and those have been in short supply this spring! Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.
Hero’s Rock Family Fundraiser
Hero’s Rock is ALL about children, so their fundraiser will start with a FREE day of fun for kids and families from 10am -5pm on May 13 at Buchert Park, 4808 S. High Street in Mantua. The day will include; a minimarathon, bouncy houses, games, art contest, canoe rides and softball games. The day will focus on appreciation of community and first responders and will include tours of ambulance, fire and tow trucks along with interactive demonstrations on bullying, emergency situations, and drug/alcohol addictions. *Free food provided for kids. Bring a folding chair and come for part or spend the whole day! That evening, the ‘Rock the Fallen’ Concert in the Park will take place from 6-11pm -- $15.00 Admission for a night of live rock music by Star 69, dancing, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and games. Beer and food sold separately! Proceeds will go toward the East Coast Thank You Tour delivering Patriotic Ponies to Fisher Houses across the east coast, along with two tribute Polar Bear rockers for the daughters of fallen SSG Peter Taub killed by a suicide bomber and a tribute police car for fallen Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson killed in an ambush last July.
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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.
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 â€œMen on Mondaysâ€? a menâ€™s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the â€œCellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.
Every Tuesday ST AMBROSE CHURCH 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville-- â€œEarly birdâ€? 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 Michaelâ€™s
Every Thursday St. Michaelâ€™s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.
Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.
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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
84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks
Through â€“ 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 â€“ 330/5272141, Aurora Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora â€“ 216/337-2202. Novak Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, Town Line Rd, Aurora â€“ 440/5436399
Nature Camp at Hiram College
Register Today! Nature Camps are an exciting and enjoyable way for children ages 3-10 to explore and learn about nature. We get kids crawling, wading and sloshing through habitats in search of critters that live in hidden areas. Camps run June 26-30 or July 31-August 4 for all ages. To register, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ hiram.edu or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.
Youth Art at Hiram College
Register Today! Art Camp is an exciting way to learn interesting and unique techniques while creating wonderful works of art. Join local art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney for a week of Summer Youth Art July 10-14. Programs for ages 3-14 are included. Register at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ hiram.edu or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.
Get Yours Today! Are you looking for a nice Motherâ€™s Day Gift for your loved one? Then this is the gift for you. Southington Garden Club has for sale a cookbook of 500
recipes using zucchini. The cookbook has recipes from appetizers to desserts all using zucchini. The cookbook is $13.00 which includes postage. Send the check to Southington Garden Club @ Evelyn Wibert 2959 Leiby Osbourne Road, Southington, Ohio 44470.
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!
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 dĂŠcor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knickknacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available
Windham Annual Clean Up
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.
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Freedom Park Clean-up
April 22 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be holding a park clean-up day on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Freedom Community Park on State Route 700 and Streeter Rd. If you are interested in helping out please show up or give Tom Mesaros a call at 3330245-6061.
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 â€“ 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
Roast Pork Buffet Dinner
April 22 First Congressional UCC, 4022 St. Rt. 44 in Rootstown welcomes all for Roast Pork Buffet Dinner with sauerkraut & dressing on Saturday from 4:00 â€“ 7pm. $10 Adults; $5 Children 5 to 12. Also included: potatoes, vegetables, salads, roll, dessert selections and beverage. Carry out available.
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.
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.
Geauga County Council Fundraiser Breakfast
April 23 Join American Legion Atwood Mauck Post #459 â€˜Homeâ€™ Goodwin St. Burton on April 23rd from 9 â€“ 1:30pm for breakfast. Contact Skip at 440/313-2095 for info.
Hidden In Plain Sight Awareness Program
April 24 Interactive exhibit designed to resemble a teenagerâ€™s bedroom containing 150+ items, which may be indicative of dangerous risky behaviors. Come Monday, April 24 to Hiram Christian Church, â€œSnoop & Searchâ€? 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!
Free Community Dinner
April 25 Free Community Dinner at the American Legion in Windham, Tuesday, April 25, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm while supplies last. Everyone is Welcome!
RFC Community Dinner
April 27 April Dinner for the Renaissance Family Center will be April 27th, 5-6:30 pm. The cook and the menu are a secret. Please come and bring a friend, but, SHHHH, itâ€™s a secret.
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Mayfield Church Rummage Sale
April 27 - 29 A Rummage Sale will be held at the Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, on April 27 - 29. The hours are Thursday (9 am - 4 pm), Friday (9 am - 6:30 pm) and Saturday - Bag Day (9am noon). The sale has something for everyone. All proceeds are for missions
God Provides A Free Meal
April 28 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist church 9367 st. Rt. 305 - April 28 - 4 to 6:00. Beef & noodles - green beans - roll - dessert.
“Beauty and The Beast”
April 28-30 The Crestwood High Drama 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 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 pets that we serve.
First Church of God Garage Sale
April 29 Indoor Garage Sale, 9:00 – 3pm, at First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls. Lunch available for purchase. Vendors are welcome. Call Martha 330/898-4637 or Sandy 330/872-0029.
Sunshine Committee 5K Run
April 29 The Windham High School Student Council and Sunshine Committee will hold the 1st Annual 5K Run/ Walk on Saturday, April 29th. Registration begins at 8:00 AM, and the race starts at 9:00 AM. The race will be held at the Ravenna Aresenal entrance behind the school, near the football field, by the large parking lot. Adults can preregister for $20.00 (before April 29th) or pay $25.00 the day of the race. Students, younger than 18, can pre-register for $15.00(before April 29th), or pay $20.00 the day of the race. You can register online at www.gopherarun.com or visit the Windham Schools facebook, website, or contact Sam Pochedly at spochedly@ windham-schools.org.
April 29 Newton Falls Kiwanis Club Annual Steak Cookout Benefit, Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road (St. Rt. 534), Newton Falls, from 4-7 p.m. Dinner includes steak, salad, potato, corn, dessert, and beverage, all for $15. Proceeds benefit 5 of our spring youth events and two scholarships. Carry-out available. Pre-sales preferred so we have enough steak. Call 330-872-3854. Tickets also available at the door.
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Prime Rib Dinner
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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
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.
Freedom Park Boosters Meeting
May 1 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. Please contact Tom Mesaros at 330-245-6061 for more information. Hope to see everyone there.
Quilter’s Day Out Luncheon
May 3 Ohio Star Quilters will present the club’s annual May event, “Quilter ’s Day Out” on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The quilt outing will be held at DeVieste Banquet Hall on 754 North River Road in Warren. The luncheon will showcase Karen Conley as the speaker. Mrs. Conley will combine her love of quilting with a trunk show presentation of quilts. A trunk show helps quilters and beginning stichers visualize the finished projects while offering information needed to complete quilt kits and ideas. Vendors for the afternoon will be The Gallery, Quilters Fancy and Megan’s Quilt Parlor. Ticket information can be had by contacting Lynn at 330-8475377.
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May 5 Beginning May 5, vaccines will be available on Fridays 8:30 – 11am, at no cost, through the Geauga County Health District, 470 Center Street, Bldg #8, Chardon. Adults, ages 19 and above, who are uninsured and underinsured. Underinsured adults are defined as having health insurance, however, the coverage does not include vaccines or covers only selected vaccines. Please call before coming to check vaccine availability. 440/279-1950.
Church Women United Meeting
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.
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
Annual Shalersville School Reunion Banquet
May 6 Saturday May 6, 2017 the Annual Shalersville School Reunion Banquet will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall. A roast pork and lasagna dinner will be served by Eisele Catering at 5:30pm. All friends, community members former classmates and teachers can attend. The cost is $15.00 per person and reservations need to be made by April 29th to Judy Richardson, 8945 Cooley Rd Ravenna, OH 44266
Shalersville Historical Society Hours
May 7,14 & 21 New Hours for Shalersville Historical Society May 7, 14 & 21 2pm-5pm.
Wild Mushrooom, A World of Wonder at Our Feet
The Silver Creek Garden Club will be hosting a lecture, “Wild Mushrooms, A World of Wonder at Our Feet”, on Wednesday, April 26 at noon at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The program will be presented by Walt Sturgeon, a field mycologist with over forty years experience studying and identifying mushrooms. He is past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society, as well as a co-author and contributor of award winning photos to various field guides. Any questions to Barbara Walker 330.527.4964
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”
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 &29. Rehearsals begin June 5 - 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. J. 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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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
May 20 2017 Walleye Tournament hosted by the Pymatuning Lake Association will be held May 20, 2017. First Place is $500.00(three fish total weight) First Place single fish is $200.00 with 10 total prizes. Weigh-in and late registration(6am to 8am) is at the Espyville Boat Launch(south east side of causeway.) Entry Fee per team is $45.00($5.00 late fee.) Forms should be mailed by May 13th. Weigh-in ends at 3:00 pm. Registration forms and rules can found at www.pymatuninglake. com and at area tackle shops e-mail pymalakeassoc@gmail. com phone 724-418-1501 All proceeds benefit the fish habitat fund.
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May 18 & 19 The First Christian Church Yard Sale 17 North Center Street Newton Falls has been changed to May 18-19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch available and May 20, 9 a.m. to noon - Bag day only.
May 21 The Military Service commitment program will be held at Atwood-Mauck Post 459 (Home) on Goodwin St, Burton. Sunday at 2:30pm, CBR: Skip at 440/313-2095 for info. Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits.
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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist
The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on April 17, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville to discuss the following business. Program assignments for the coming months are still pretty fluid; finalizations are in order. More discussions at the upcoming business meeting will deal with this. Mulch has been obtained for the maintenance of the village welcome signs. Any volunteers? Dialogue with the mayor has been initiated concerning the use of Rotary grant monies for village improvement projects—benches, bike racks, landscaping, issues of maintenance, up grades in landscaping near S & K, etc. Thanks to Ken Tackett for assistance with posts for signs on the Headwaters Trail. They’re coming! The district conference will be on April 20 and 21; Delores McCumbers and Kathy DeYoung will be attending, others welcome. The remainder of the meeting was spent reading the Rotary scholarship application essays. Tough job! Excellent responses to the essay prompt, “Service Above Self”, the Rotary motto. Excellent futures in sight.
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Submitted by K aryn Hall Portage County - Local community leaders have come together to form the Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition. This group of organizations and individuals are dedicated to preventing and treating substance use disorders as well as advocating for funds and policies to address addiction. “Our coalition views the opiate epidemic as a community health crisis given the high number of overdoses and deaths,” stated Joel Mowrey, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board. “However, we also focus on other substance use disorders, particularly alcohol, as many of our residents are struggling with addictions other than opiates.” The Portage County Community Health Status Assessment report was published last year by the Portage County Health District. The report provided a comprehensive look at the health and well-being of Portage County residents. From this data, five priorities were identified for the community to address -- one of which is to decrease substance abuse. The Substance Abuse Community Coalition is working to address this community health issue in the areas of treatment, prevention, and advocacy. Member organizations include the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Portage County Health District, University Hospitals, Kent Health
Front row (from left) Mim Cherrie, OhioCAN; Karyn Hall, Mental Health & Recovery Board; Iris Meltzer, Mental Health & Recovery Board; Renee Klaric, UH Portage Medical Center; Becky Lehman, Portage County Health District. Back row (from left) Joel Mowrey, PhD, Mental Health & Recovery Board; Rob Young, Townhall II; Melissa Gannon, Coleman Professional Services; Patrick White, Family & Community Services; Frank Hairston, community member.
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JA Garfield Spotlights Local Business Spotlight: “Windham Kitchen” GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: Kindergarten Something I would like others to know about me... One day I want to be a vet and rescue animals. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is art because I like to draw. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield is a great place because they teach me to read and I like to read Halloween books. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Teamwork is the most important to me because you work together. What is your college or career focus? I want to go to the park.
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Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I like to write short stories about adventure and mystery. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is student council because we do important things like raise money for cancer by doing fun things like dress-down days for the students.
What is your college or career focus? I want to be an author when I grow up. I plan on taking college courses to succeed in my career. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Responsibility means the most to me because it is how you climb in the ranks of life. Without it, it is impossible because responsibility defines who you are.
GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I love my family more than anything. Without my mom I wouldn’t be who I am today. She deserves the world, and I will forever be grateful to have her as my mother. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is most definitely band. Music means so much to me, and it’s really made my high school experience amazing! What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect. Respect for yourself and others. I believe if everyone had respect for each other and their choices, many arguments and controversial things would go away.
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“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
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Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Lamtman the founder of Windham Kitchen to discuss his business. We met at the Cellar Door Coffee shop to talk about how his business got started, how it is going and what plans he has. It’s funny how conversations get started because before we got started on the business side we spent about half an hour talking about a common interest we have. Windham Kitchen grew out of one of Jason’s hobbies. He and his family grow a garden every year and they can and preserve their harvest. He started making salsa profits to help veterans and military charities. He would like and tweaked the recipe until he got what he really liked. to partner with non-profits to assist them in fundraising. He would share it with family and friends and got some He has a lot of creative ideas for growing his business. Last weekend my extended family tried the two salsas feedback about how good it was. Jason credits his wife and children with being a big support to him in the whole and the reactions were pretty good. The hands down favorite was the Mango Habanero. Some of the comments process of starting the business. The salsa recipe grew into six different kinds and were, “not too hot, enjoyably hot; naturally sweet; perfect people kept telling him he should sell it. He started ratio of mango to habanero; not too salty and I like the attending trade shows and offering samples of the salsa. spiciness!” Not a panel of experts but people who buy The sales improved and he had a hard time keeping up and eat salsa. So the next time you want some good salsa think about with orders. He was growing in a way that was outgrowing buying Windham Kitchen (www.windhamkitchen.com). his ability to produce the salsa out of his home kitchen. There were some other obstacles in the way and You will be helping a local small business too! decisions he had to make. He has a family that he cares about and he works full time. He needed to learn more about starting and running a business. He made the decision to learn more about the business side and partnered with a ‘Til It’s Gone Mulch Double Ground Mulch company to produce and pack the salsa. So the Windham $ /YARD $ /YARD Kitchen officially started in December 2016. The co-packer You Pick Up + Delivery At These Prices! uses his salsa recipes to insure the quality and consistency DYED MULCH AVAILABLE • OUR PRICES WON’T BE BEAT! in the product. OPEN EVENINGS & SUNDAYS - CALL FIRST Of the six salsas he started making he chose two 3653 STATE ROUTE 5, NEWTON FALLS to produce and start selling. He has a Mango Habanero and a Mild available to purchase. Sales have been good and he plans to add a Raspberry Salsa or a Hot variety to the group. The salsa is sold in about twenty Making neighborhoods beautiful one yard at a time locations including all Fin, Feather, and Fur stores, the Villager Emporium and the Windham, Ravenna e Th and Streetsboro American Legion posts. Village Bookstore Being a veteran of 8140 Main St. the Navy and Air Force 330-931-5263 330-931-1277 Garrettsville OH 44231 reserves Jason has plans Colton Jay 330-527-3010 to donate a portion of his MOWING • WEED EATING • EDGING • FREE ESTIMATES
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About 70% of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800.1 What do households do with that money? It varies. Last year, consumer financial services company Bankrate asked Americans about their plans for their federal tax refunds. Thirty-one percent of the respondents to Bankrateâ€™s survey said that they would save or invest those dollars, and 28% indicated they would attack their debts with the money. Another 27% said they would buy food with that cash or use it to pay utility bills. Just 6% said they would earmark their refunds for shopping sprees or vacations.2 So, according to those survey results, about six in ten people who get a refund will use it to try and improve their personal finances. You could follow their example. Do you have an adequate emergency fund? If not, maybe you could strengthen it with your refund. If you have no such fund at all, your refund gives you an opportunity to create one. You might use your refund to pay off your worst debts. High-interest debts, in particular â€“ if you pay off a debt that carries 16% interest, getting rid of that liability is, effectively, like getting a 16% return. If you lack an emergency fund, you should create that first, then think about reducing your debt. Paying debt down without an emergency fund or some reservoir of savings just sets you up for quickly accumulating more debt. If you own a home, you may want to consider making a thirteenth mortgage payment before 2017 ends. Putting your refund to work that way may make more sense financially than putting it in the bank, given the minimal interest rates on so many deposit accounts today. You could pay insurance premiums with the funds. An IRS refund of around $3,000 could go a long way. If you have put off buying a term or permanent life policy, your refund might make insuring yourself easier. Could you invest the money the IRS returns to you? You could increase (or max out) your annual retirement plan contribution with it or simply direct it into another type of investment account. Whether the savings or investment vehicle is tax-advantaged or not, you have a chance to make that lump sum grow with time. Aside from investing in equities or debt instruments, you could take your refund and invest in yourself. Maybe you might use it to start a business or support a business you already own. It could also be spent on education. Think of these options as â€œindirect investmentsâ€? that might help you or your household grow wealthier one day. Lastly, remember what a federal or state tax refund represents. It is a percentage of your earnings that the government holds back, in the event that you owe it in
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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist
It is an exciting time for us in the vineyard! We are starting to see some swelling in the vines which means that we should be seeing bud break in the next couple of weeks! The next couple of weeks are a perfect time to start planting a vineyard if you want to try grape growing! Planting and maintaining a vineyard requires a lot of time and a hard work but when September rolls around and we start harvesting all of the grapes, it makes the work well worth it. If you are thinking about growing grapes here are a few key tips for planting. First, once you decide that you would like to plant some grapevines, planning your vineyard is key! We probably spend more time planning the vineyard than actually planting it. Our climate plays a huge role in what we plant. We are lucky enough to have some great research material available to us through the Ohio State Universityâ€™s Agriculture Research and Development Center (www.oardc.osu.edu/grapeweb) which gives us a great idea of what grapevines will survive our climate and soils. Second key point is to determine what your grapevine spacing will be, or how far apart each vine will be and what the distance between rows will be. Grapevines cannot be planted too close to each other since their roots tend to spread out once the vineyard is established. Another important thing to think about when establishing your vineyard is to make sure that any farm equipment that you will be using (tractors, sprayers, etc) will fit between the rows once the vines are producing. Finally, my last point is to make sure that you plant your vineyard in the open where there is plenty of sunshine. Grapes love the sun and love to stay dry so make sure you have an area that does not get flooded too frequently and is not in the shade. This combination will produce an excellent harvest for you. There are several research sites on the internet to help you determine what grapes will grow best in your area. Be sure to check out Double A Vineyardsâ€™ booklet titled How to Plant at www.rakgrape.com. It is a great reference guide and helped us establish our first four vines before we moved to Garrettsville. Or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by while we are planting to pick up some tips from us. 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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Halls of Fame are variegated things. They recognize the values and achievements of communities as well as individuals, over time and for immediate regard. Individuals so honored are frequently acknowledged representatives of their teams as a whole but also leading lights with their own strengths and focus. Some â€œget more inkâ€? in publications at the time, others follow pursuits that take longer to come to fruition, some are simply in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the opportunity to do things of worth. They seize opportunity and make it their own for the betterment of others. First, in point of time, will be Allyn C. Vine, a graduate of Garrettsville High School in 1932 (before the consolidation) also a graduate of Hiram College with degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Math and of LehighUniversity, where he took a Masters in Physics and Geophysics, as well as an honorary Doctor of Science. His professional interests focused on achievement of better understanding of the oceans and their importance in world affairs and resources. He was affiliated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was there that he completed the project for which he is best known to the world at large, the 36,000 pound, 22-ft. long, 2-man submersible vessel known as the Alvin, which was later used to locate the wreckage of the Titanic . He died in 1994. Lee Kothera is next on the timeline. He was a letter-winner in three sports, Football, Basketball and Baseball, after having transferred from Hiram High School when that district consolidated into the Crestwood District. He played in the first-ever nighttime game at JAG, after having helped with the installation of the bleachers, scoreboard and lights at the high school field (His parents were big boosters). He received mention in PCL rankings in all three sports all three years and participated in student activities such as holding the office of treasurer for his senior class. He then went on to receive a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He currently works for Guild International, Inc. of Bedford, OH. Next up is Matt Kissell, local CPA and owner of nearly every career and single-season football passing record(NCAA, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA. He learned his craft as starting quarterback for the Garfield G-Men until his graduation in 1999. After graduation from Mercyhurst with a degree in accounting/finance and beginning in Euclid, he moved Kissell Financial and the Kissell Family to Garrettsville and is involved with the activities of four active children. James Pfleger, a member of the James A. Garfield class of 1999, dwelt in the trenches of that same football team, winning recognition from the Akron Touchdown All Star Club, 1st team All-Ohio,1st Team All NEO and as team captain. His real passion, however, developed in Track & Field, where he earned two letters and began the journey to his present position as athletic director at James A. Garfield High School. Since 2002, he has coached (focus on the weight events) 13 league champions, 17 district champions, 8 regional champions, 19 state qualifiers, 9 All-Ohio athletes, 3 outdoor and 2 indoor champs, 5 Division I athletes and 3 All-American athletes. He likes his work. Robert Miller Carlisle II is being honored in his first year of eligibility after his graduation in 2007. Robert lettered in three sportsâ€”baseball, basketball, footballâ€”for four years, finishing with twelve sports letters, three service letters and four academic letters, scattering outside recognitionâ€”Plain Dealer, RecordCourier, PCL, AB-J, three championships and a spot in state record booksâ€”across his high school career. But wait! Thereâ€™s more. Robert attended Allegheny College, gaining a B.S. in Biochemistry(summa cum laude), and Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. South Carolina is currently his home base, as he pursues his interest in orthopedic surgery in residency. He has been supported in all of these endeavors by friends and family, especially his wife, Miranda Porter Carlisle, who holds a degree as a Doctor of Pharmacy. The fifth honoree, Shirley Miller will be profiled next week. This is all by way of introduction to the individuals to be inducted into the James A. Garfield Hall of Fame at the ceremonies on April 29 in the Professional Development Center, Ja m e s A . G a r f ield Ele me nt a r y Scho ol. Reservations are still open and can be made by calling 330-671-0228.
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Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with constant ear ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years but it’s gotten worse the older I get. Ringing Louder at 62 Dear Ringing, Tinnitus is a common condition that affects around 45 million Americans, but is usually more prevalent in the 60-and-older age group. Here’s what you should know along with some tips and treatments that may help. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus (pronounced tinNIGHT-us or TIN-a-tus) is the sensation of hearing a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or whistling sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. The sounds, which can vary in pitch and loudness, are usually worse when background noise is low, so you may be more aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. For most people tinnitus is merely annoying, but for many others it can be extremely disturbing. Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. The best way to find out what’s causing your tinnitus is to see an audiologist, or an otolaryngologist – a doctor who specializes in ear, nose and throat diseases (commonly called and ENT). The various things that can cause tinnitus are: · Age-related and noise-induced hearing loss – this is most common cause. · Middle ear obstructions, which are usually caused by a build-up of earwax deep in the ear canal. · The side effects of many different prescription and nonprescription medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, certain blood pressure medicines and diuretics, some antidepressants, cancer medicines and antibiotics. · Various medical conditions such as high blood pressure, vascular disease, diabetes, allergies, thyroid problems, ear or sinus infections, Meniere’s disease, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, otosclerosis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a tumor, an injury to the head or neck, traumatic brain injury, depression, stress and more. Treating the Causes - While there’s currently no cure for tinnitus there are some ways to treat it depending on the cause. For example, if your tinnitus is caused by a wax build-up in your ears or a medical condition (high blood pressure, thyroid problem, etc.), treating the problem may reduce or eliminate the noise. Or, if you think a medication you’re taking may be causing the problem, switching to a different drug, or lowering the dosage may provide some relief. Other Treatments - Another treatment option for tinnitus that can help suppress or mask the sound so its less bothersome are “sound therapies.” These can be as simple as a fan or a white noise machine, or something more sophisticated like a modified-sound or notchedmusic device like Neuromonics (neuromonics.com) or the Levo System (otoharmonics.com) that actually trains your brain not to hear the tinnitus. Or, if you have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask your tinnitus by improving your ability to hear actual sounds. There are even hearing aids today that come with integrated sound generation technology that delivers white noise or customized sounds to the patient on an ongoing basis. Your audiologist or ENT can help you with these options. There are also certain medications that may help. While currently there’s no FDA approved drugs specifically designed to treat tinnitus, some antianxiety drugs and antidepressants have been effective in reliving symptoms. Behavioral therapies, counseling and support groups can also be helpful. Another thing you can do to help quiet the noise is to avoid things that can aggravate the problem like salt, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tonic water, tobacco and caffeine. And protect yourself from loud noises by wearing earplugs. For more information on tinnitus treatment options, visit the American Tinnitus Association at ata.org. 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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The machines are out to get me. Does a computer count as a machine or a device? Matters not, they’re after me. So I’m sitting at the computer typing away at my muchanticipated column for this week, when, out of the blue— or whatever color cyberspace is nowadays—the screen went black (that color I know) and totally unresponsive. I wiggled and jiggled various plugs and sockets, wires and cords—no effect. Next, I tried the “nuclear” option; I shut the thing off—totally—electricity gone. Cold turkey. Turning it back on had very little effect. A sort of emergency message appeared, along with a countdown to normal restart procedure. All to no avail. I repeated all of this several times. The best the network could do for me was to present an apologetic message, “Well, this is embarrassing, we can’t seem to connect you with anything that you want to connect to.” Or words to that effect. More black screen. Aarrgh! Several more episodes like this and I decided to cut my losses, insofar as this was possible, and I went to bed. Morning did not improve the situation. Every so often a different message would appear…then disappear…or offer suggestions for doing something that I could not do because the machine/device was not working (and, besides that , about half of the instructions were totally unintelligible to me). Right now I am typing on the back-up laptop, which, in any case will not help because there is no internet connection. I will probably just tote this baby down to the editorial offices of The Weekly Villager and have the tech wizards there suck this piece of deathless prose out of this functioning device and into whatever it is that makes the paper come out on Thursdays (I have a sneaking suspicion that it involves magic—aromatic smoke, drums, rattles and discerning omens in the tracks of chickens). Anyhow, I spoke to one of my other resources, computerwise. He went online, via his phone, only to discover that the whole system had gone out in this part of the country. All very well and good but not very helpful when I’ve got work to do. The best that I can say for this bit of information is that, at least, It’s apparently not my fault; somebody will, likely, dispute this, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The piece that I was working on was about new words that I’ve been running into. See, I’ve been reading
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(and rather slowly, too, as the Garrettsville branch of the PCDL keeps very politely reminding me) an interesting book. The book is by a gentleman who was an editor for the most recent edition of the OED—Oxford English Dictionary—the supplement and the digital version. It ‘s really informative in a lot of ways and he diverts every so often to explain some of the words and expressions that make up this multivolume linguistic resource, recognized more-or-less universally as the ultimate authority for word usage and origin of words and expressions found in English. It’s a monumental work, which took YEARS to produce( 43 volumes or thereabouts) in the first place and the supplements, the short version and the digitization were almost equally time-consuming. At least, with the whole thing now encompassed in number-thingies(That’s a technical term) in digital form, a person can make use of the information without having to maneuver about with a wheelbarrow full of books just in case you might want to look something up. Just whip out your smart phone and you’re even smarter than Dr. Samuel Johnson—generally given credit for the first English dictionary—could have been…although he surely would have challenged that idea. He came up with a lot of the definitions himself and figured that they were quite good enough, thank you very much. Rtf00000000000tp-fddddddddddddddddddddddd ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd09rp<< Cat’s contribution to this article—she walked across the keyboard. I think that she’s angling for a column of her own. As soon as she learns how to apply for a credit card, I’m toast. I’m already suspicious of some of the items on the phone bill. Reading all about these interesting words has caused me to become more aware of unusual terms that I’m coming across just reading regular (Well, sort of) stuff. This doesn’t even count my copies of Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words or The Superior Person’s Book of Words. Suddenly, I’m noticing all kinds of oddities. The whole computer disaster came about just as I was checking out the word “spatchcock”. Not something that one encounters in everyday conversation, at least, not considering the people I talk to. It happens that I even had heard of this word, having been listening to a cooking show on NPR when I heard it and sort of figured out what it meant. I was right in the middle of checking with Martha Stewart’s website when—WHAM—the whole thing was gone. Just in case you’re interested, spatchcocking is preparing poultry(chicken, turkey, goose, duck, etc.), mostly by cutting out the backbone and flattening the carcass so that the flesh will cook more quickly and evenly. Makes it easier to stuff the bird too. Requires sharp scissors, that’s for sure. All of that is lost somewhere out in the ether. Judging by the lack of lights on my computer still, it’s likely to remain lost for the foreseeable future. So everyone will just have to wait to find out the definitions of “snollygoster”, “crepuscular”, “coppice”, and “jnana”. AND there are more. Bet you can hardly wait.
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