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Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Garrettsville Idol Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 Semi-finalists who will perform on May 21st at the Iva Walker Auditorium for the opportunity to advance to the Summerfest Idol Finale. Adult Semi-Finalists (Back Row) Mike Jajcinovic, Elisha Bly, Jon Crane, Justin Knight, Lacey Osdyke, Tony Kitchen (Front Row) Raelyne Debevits, Aimee Belen, Liberty York, Faith Carpenter, Corin Colton, Rachel Reynolds, Kayla Thompson (Not Pictured) Racheal Maddox, Eric Juskiw, Krissy Rossi, Tiffany Bolton, Sara Apthorpe, Diana Macek

Youth Semi-Finalists William DiMatas, Aby Seiler, Madi Seiler, and Jordan Haney Teen Semi-Finalists (Back Row) Sydney Robinson, Sierra Kitchen, Hannah Cottrell, Brooke Behnke, (Front Row) Olivia Nelson, Elizabeth O’Bryant, Joy Carpenter, Makenzie Fink. Not Pictured: Olivia Sheer, Cali Apthorpe, Madi Scarvelli, Cheyenne Head

Medicinal Marijuana, Witch Hunts, and More At the Nelson Township Meeting Benjamin Coll | Staff Reporter

Nelson Twp. – Township officials present at the first Nelson Township trustee meeting, held Wednesday, April 19th, were Fiscal Officer John David Finney; Trustees Joe Leonard, Mike Elias, and Kevin Cihan; Anna Mae VanDerHoeven, Chuck Vanek, and Sandi Huzl. After the meeting was called to order, Finney presented the trustees with a number of items to be signed. Among the items were the minutes from the prior meeting, a current fund status report showing a balance of just under $300,000, and a payment listing. Finney also reported that the oxygen monitor of the township garage was on order. Elias requested Finney print out the fund status report for the same period in 2015 and 2016 so the trustees could get a better idea of where they are at financially compared to years past. The previous meeting’s minutes were accepted as presented in a motion made by Leonard, seconded by Cihan and approved by all. After discussion with Vanek, the trustees approved ordering 300 tons of road salt through the ODOT summer salt program. Purchasing salt through the summer program has traditionally allowed the township to realize savings over winter orders. Cihan read a letter from Garfield Schools Superintendent Ted Lysiak in support of the township’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) proposed plan. Huzl reported that scheduling at the Pixley Park ballfield has remained pretty much the same. Leonard mentioned that he has spoken with one of the groups using the ballfield about the importance of cleaning up their litter. VanDerHoeven reported that Larry Hermann received approval on his requested zoning variance. She also mentioned that the Community House marquee had been updated to reflect the names of the new caretakers. To rent the community house interested parties should now contact Dan & Sandi Huzl at 330-717-5410. VanDerHoeven also reminded the trustees that they needed to let her know what shifts they would be working during the annual Nelson Township Clean-Up. This year’s clean-up is scheduled for May 6th & 7th from 9am-4:00pm (or until full) both day at the Community House. There will be a limit of 6 tires per household, and unlimited batteries and appliances. Note that paint, oil, gasoline, hazardous chemicals, yard debris, shingles, concrete and construction materials are NOT ACCEPTED. Also be aware that you will be required to show ID, as this service is available only to Nelson Township residents. Dick Bonner was in attendance to answer some questions from the trustees regarding the marijuana processing


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facility he is seeking approval from the state to construct on a section of the old turkey farm property. Each of the trustees indicated that they had a chance to speak with Bonner since the previous meeting, though Elias still had some questions about security at the potential facility. Bonner spoke about the many different security apparatuses the state will want to see put into place and does plan to meet all of the requirements. Security would potentially include fencing around the facility, biometric security, 100% camera coverage with remote monitoring capability for law enforcement, and motion detection sensors. Bonner also spoke to the trustees in favor of the CRA and offered several examples of commercial growth in Portage County. The trustees made and unanimously approved a motion to permit the cultivation and processing of medical marijuana on the two lots, known as the turkey farm, more specifically lots and 25.007.0026.012. This approval is limited to the applicant, Dick Bonner, and only for the area specified. Any future projects of this sort would have to be approved on a case by case basis by the township officials. (About 25 minutes into the meeting video) Resident Dan Dolan questioned Leonard about whether it was appropriate for him to be talking to business owners about the CRA. Dolan believes Leonard “acted outside the board.” Leonard responded to Dolan briefly and suggested that Dolan was blowing things out of proportion for the purpose of creating a “witch hunt.” As a trustee Leonard can talk to business owners and residents in the township to get their opinions on township policies and proposals. Leonard went on to question Dolan about whether he was still selling slot machines out of his residence (technically a home business, which Nelson township now requires a permit for). Dolan sells slot machines on eBay and other online sites, which VanDerHoeven says currently is not specifically regulated by the home business zoning rules. Not to be dissuaded, Dolan asked if Leonard had filed proper paperwork for his signage at J. Leonard Gallery, it has been confirmed that all paperwork has been filed. Trustee Cihan stepped in to cut off the bicker battle between Dolan and Leonard when it became clear the discussion was, in short, pointless. Leonard then terminated further discussions with Dolan. Elias asked the board to allow him to take a tour of the Quarry Park to see how progress is going with their increased camp sites. Elias is also to remind them of the Memorandum of Understanding with the township. The board received a report from the health department which indicated a number of issues at the campground. Elias made it clear he was going to observe, not enforce anything from


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News from Hiram Township

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Hiram Twp. - At the last meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe shared that she received the official notice from the Portage County Board of Elections regarding the upcoming Primary Special Election on May 2nd. She also noted that Hiram Township will be receiving a new laptop computer from the Auditor of State some time this summer, and noted that Trustees need to determine the use for the current laptop, since the State does not want the older model returned. In similar news, it was noted that Hiram Township is scheduled for an Auditor of State audit for the years 2015 & 2016. Lastly, Ms. Rodhe also noted that Dominion East Ohio Gas had incorrectly been charging the Township sales tax on one of their accounts; she explained that NOPEC has provided assistance in correcting the error. Next, resident Tierney Bryant was in attendance; she notified the Board of her interest in participating on the Board of Zoning Appeals. In Legislation, the Trustees voted unanimously to approve Tierney Bryant as Alternate to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Eric Hankinson as Secretary to the Zoning and Board of Zoning Appeals, and Judy Zidonis as Alternate to the Zoning Board. In addition, the Trustees unanimously approved the solid waste and recycling bid specifications as prepared by the Village of Hiram. Both Hiram Village and Township will work jointly to review bids for trash and recycling services throughout the greater Hiram area. In other news, the Trustees Steve Pancost motioned to spend a maximum of $27,000 to purchase a building that will be erected for cold storage of equipment at the Township’s State Route 82 property as soon as weather allows. In other news, Trustees discussed attendance at a countywide meeting with the County Auditor and Treasurer to decide the disbursement of the State of Ohio’s Local Government Fund. The formula used to establish each locality’s portion was established in 2008, and is set to expire in 2018. Portage County’s portion of this Fund is valued at over $3.7 million this year. The estimated disbursements show local Townships including Hiram, Mantua and Shalersville to receive less than 1% of the Fund per municipality, while Villages including Garrettsville, Hiram and Mantua are estimated to receive roughly 1.5% of the Fund. Cities including Aurora, Streetsboro, Ravenna and Kent are estimated to receive percentages ranging from 4.5% to nearly 20% according to preliminary numbers provided by the County. This meeting will begin a dialog to establish the formula to determine disbursements for 2019 to 2028, and will be held on Tuesday, May 30th at 6 pm at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. In his Road Report, Tom Matota mentioned that a culvert will be needed and the cost will be approximately $400.00. He also estimated that the Township currently has about 90 Tons of unused salt that will be stored until next season. The schedule for 2017 Chip and Seal work has been posted on the Township website. The roads scheduled for chip and seal work include: Asbury, Hankee, Schustrich, Vaughn, Allyn, Washburn, Cadek, Thrasher, and Alpha Roads. The next Hiram Township meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 pm in the Township Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend.

the health department. He’ll also be talking to them about their fencing after neighboring property owners experienced trespassers. Leonard mentioned Mr. Sedensky and Mr. Dewalt are interested in paying the township to oil the road in front of their properties to control dust from the road. He also informed the other trustees about the new park ranger at Nelson Kennedy Ledges and his desire to come to a future meeting to introduce himself. Leonard then shared that Aaron King of SkyLanes and Queen of Hearts fame had approached Leonard and asked if the township had any projects that could benefit from a 50/50 raffle boost. Leonard emailed both trustees -- Cihan and Elias -- asking them if they had a preference of which projects should benefit from this round of raffles. Leonard reported that Cihan replied in a timely manner indicating it did not matter to him, however he had not heard from Elias. As time was of the essence in getting onto the raffle list, Leonard told King that the raffle money could be used for equipment and maintenance on the ball field at the township owned Pixley Park. During the meeting, Elias did have an opinion on how the raffle money should be used. Elias wanted to know why the money could not just be put into the fund for the veterans memorial project. Leonard tried to explain that listing the veteran’s memorial project as the beneficiary now, and again later this fall when the payout is potentially better (as originally planned) runs the risk of looking “piggish” to the public. A temperate argument ensued between Elias and Leonard and lead to a short, but decent, discussion on the veteran’s memorial project. The meeting was adjourned, following some additional comments from those in attendance. The full video of this meeting is available at The Nelson Township trustees meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Community House. Attend a meeting and learn more about your community.


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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

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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@ 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 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

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@

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.


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

BINGO At St Michael’s

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

TOPS Meetings

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

Zucchini Cookbooks

Get Yours Today! Are you looking for a nice Mother’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.

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group. It is called “Revival in the Country”. It is a ladies group that meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. Women from any walk of life are invited to come and join us. There is no church affliation required. We meet at the Cellar Door Coffee house 9 am to noon. There will be refreshments and, of course, coffee! Music and inspirational messages will be shared by local ladies.

84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks

Through – 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

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@ 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@ or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.

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


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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@ or cuvegas@crestwoodschools. org.

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 or visit the Windham Schools facebook, website, or contact Sam Pochedly at spochedly@

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.

Steak Fry Garrettsville Eagles

April 29 Join the Garrettsville Eagles, 8149 Water St. on April 29th from 4:00 to 7:30pm for a Steak Fry. Serving Strip Steak and Porterhouse $13.00 and Grilled Chicken Breast $9. Take out available. Call 330/527-2330 for info.

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.

Scout Open House

April 29 Join Scouting Today!! Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things! Cub Scout Pack 4062 is having their spring open house on April 29th at Camp Chickagami from 1-4pm. Boys in grades 1 through 5 are invited to come and have some fun and learn what Scouting has to offer. For more information email us at or call Eric Neiheisel at (330) 518-702.

Steak Cookout

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.

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.


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Spring Fashion Show

April 30 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is holding a Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Sentinel Party Center (FKA: Mantua K of C Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua. This event will include a light luncheon, beverages, home-made desserts, door prizes and much more. You will be able to shop with many local vendors and enjoy a full fashion show from Dress Barn and Maurices. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased prior to the event by contacting Mary Dickey at auntieyram@ or call 330-592-1631. Proceeds from this event will help fund many charitable projects within our community.

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. 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.

Book Review

May 1 MONDAY, May 1st, 9:30am (New Time) please join us at the YMCA for this free event: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. Dr J Patella presents each chapter and reviews with the group - Author Annie Kagan’s fascinating true story, recounting her on-going after death communication with her brother Billy in this, her debut book. One of the most detailed after-death communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death. It’s not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group.


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Nelson-Garrettsville Senior Social Club EVERY THURSDAY - 9am - Noon Nelson Community House on the Circle, SR 305 in Nelson

Schedule of Events

April 20 - Pie is for Breakfast Too April 27 – Seniors Go to School May 4 – Bingo & Doughnuts May 11 – Pancakes & Sausage

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!

Chicken Dinner

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

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.

Vaccines Geauga County Health District

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.

Rummage Sale

May 5-7 The Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, is holding A Rummage Sale on Thursday May 5, 9am to 5pm; Friday May 6, 9am to 5pm & 1/2 day Saturday May 7, 2017, 9am to noon.A bake sale and lunch counter will be available on Thursday and Friday.

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

Pasta Dinner

May 6 Newton Falls United Methodist Church “Misfits for Christ� Youth group is having a pasta dinner on May 6, 2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. May 6, 2017 at Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls, OH 44444. Adults: $7.00 Children 5-10 $5.00; Children under 5 FREE

Parents Without Partners Buffet & Cinco De Maio Dance

May 6 The Portage Co Chpt #600 of International Parents Without Partners will host a Sandwich Buffet May 6th, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave. Tallmadge. Afterwards


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nonmembers are invited to join PWP in celebrating Cinco de Maio themed dance with DJ Jan, $8 cost, 7:30 – 11pm. Interested in joining PWP call Warrine at 330/322-9559.

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

Annual Shalersville School Reunion Banquet

Auditions For “GodSpell�

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive

May 8 The American Red Cross will hold a Streetsboro community blood drive inside the Pierce Streetsboro Library’s meeting room on Monday, May 8 from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm, which is located at 8990 Kirby Lane in Streetsboro. For more information, contact the American Red Cross at 216308-5541 or call the Pierce Streetsboro Library at 330626-4458.

Shalersville Historical Society Hours

May 7,14 & 21 New Hours for Shalersville Historical Society May 7, 14 & 21 2pm-5pm.

Newton Falls Plant Exchange

May 13 There will be a plant exchange on May 13th at JC Pavilion Newton Falls Park, 9AM until noon. Please bring at least 6 plants to trade with other gardeners. Fancy pots not required, any old box or bag will do. Please label your plants if you can. We are gratefully accepting nonperishable food donations for a program that feeds hungry children. Also, we will have live music and light refreshments, please bring your own coffee cup. Please call Susan at 330-718-3469 for questions or details.

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show

May 13 Support JAG Elementary PTO at the Spring outdoor

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.

First Christian Church Yard Sale

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.

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

Hiram - The eleventh annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, in Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall, 11715 Garfield Road (Rt. 700) on the Hiram College campus. Time is 7:30 p.m. This year’s artists are Carlos Jones and the PLUS band. Carlos Jones, “Iron Man� of the Cleveland reggae scene, this year celebrates 39 years in the music business. Since the 1990s he has led a stripped-down, mostly acoustic combo called The PLUS Band (Peace Love Unity Syndicate) with a mission to carry the joy of reggae vibration to all. The band’s soulful rhythms and heartfelt message have made it one of Cleveland’s top draws for nearly two decades. They have earned several “Best of Cleveland� awards, and have played nationally and in Jamaica. Members of the group are Carlos Jones (vocals, guitar, percussion), Peter Platten (keyboards, vocals), Ghani Harris (guitar, vocals), Max Eger (guitar), Will Douglas (drums), Curt Johnson (percussion), and Roy Isaac (percussion). The Watson Memorial Concerts are endowed by the family of musician John M. Watson, who had deep and long-standing ties to the Hiram community. The performance by Carlos Jones and the PLUS band is free and open to all. A reception will follow the concert. 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.

Treasure in the Trunk Fundraiser

May 20 The Appalachian Experience Team of St. Joseph’s in Mantua is hosting a Treasure in the Trunk fundraiser on Saturday, May 20, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the church parking lot (set-up at 7:00 a.m.). Reserve your spot for $20.00 (2 parking spaces = 1 spot) by May 15. There’ll also be a 50/50 raffle and concessions. All proceeds benefit the Appalachian Experience Team and are greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Sean Fejes (330-221-6994 or sfejes24@

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

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Obituaries Gloria Ann Mulhern Windham, OH Gloria Ann Mulhern, 79, beloved wife to Willis Mulhern, was called to her eternal resting place on April 15, 2017 after an extended battle with COPD. She entered this world on July 2, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, born to Howard and Kitty Nix. She is survived by her husband Willis and five children; Michael, Patrick (Cheryl), Dennis (Jennifer), Timothy (Teresa) and Terry (Kelli). She will be missed by 12 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren, all of whom she loved with all her heart. She is also survived by countless friends who loved her equally. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her granddaughter, Madeline Nix Mulhern, her sister, Mildred McGuinnis, and brothers, Robert, Russell, and Jimmy Nix. During her 79 years on earth and 59 years married to Willis, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She supported her husband by working at their local Windham Hardware store, managing the license bureau and Gloria’s Garden Mart. She enjoyed spending time with multiple groups of friends including her card club group in Windham, Ohio and her happy hour group in Fort Myers, Florida. She enjoyed the sun and the daily 4:00 happy hour with neighbors and a small glass of White Zin. When not with friends or family you could always find her playing cards, making jigsaw puzzles, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy or any other game show on TV. Visitation was held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 9736 E. Center St., Windham, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11:30 at the Church with Father Lang officiating. Burial was held in Windham Township Cemetery. Online condolences at www. As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to St. Michaels Church.

Evelynne Elizabeth Troyer Spencer Hiram, OH Evelynne Elizabeth Troyer Spencer died peacefully in her sleep in her Hiram, OH home on April 15, 2017. She was born to Walter and Alta Mowl Troyer on December 16, 1917 in Aurora, OH, Portage County in the Connecticut Western Reserve. Her father’s family was of Mennonite heritage. Her parents lived on adjoining farms on Aurora-Hudson Road, then after marriage they moved down the road to the Old Kent House where Evelynne was born. They moved to Stow, where she attended the first five grades of school, then to the historic DeaconEarle house in Windham. It was brick and completely original: no heat except seven fireplaces, no running water, no electricity, and a crane for cooking pots still in the kitchen. It was Evelynne’s favorite childhood home but not her mother’s, and after four years they moved to a farm on Hankee Road in Hiram. This was in the

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depth of the Great Depression, in 1932. The move to Hiram was a good one for Evelynne, as the school children she met were bright and serious and she was very competitive. She was part of a close circle of friends (May and Ruth Garver, Mary Edson and Charles Reynard, Mary Elizabeth Fisher, Harriet Allyn, Philip Turner, Edward Crecelius, Richard Spencer) who thrived at Hiram High School under progressive principal, Reign Hadsell. She and all her friends were active in choir and band and sang in the choir of Hiram Christian Church. In 1934 Hiram High School won the Small School State Championship for Mixed Chorus. Evelynne graduated in 1935 and went directly to Hiram College (class of 1939) where she majored in sociology and sang in the select Small Ensemble, predecessor of the Madrigal Singers. She married Richard Spencer in 1939. During his Army service in World War II she lived with his family in the M. E. Baker home in Hiram (a large mansard Victorian house with stone bridge and pond, property now known as The Lily Ponds). In 1947 Evelynne and Richard bought a farmhouse and thirty acres of land in Hiram Village from his grandfather Baker, where they have lived for seventy years. Evelynne worked for 23 years in the Hiram Post Office, a job that came to her casually through her friend Mary Elizabeth Fisher whose father was Hiram postmaster. She enjoyed knowing everyone in the community through the post office. She was active in Hiram School PTA, the Hiram Fellowship, Hiram Wednesday Club and History Club. She served on the original Portage County Library organizing board and various Hiram College committees. She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang for more than 50 years in the choir of Hiram Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and was an enthusiastic attendee at Hiram College music events until late in her life. On Evelynne’s retirement from the Post Office in 1972, she was featured in an article in the local RecordCourier. Her old high school principal Reign Hadsell read it and contacted her, suggesting a class reunion in Hiram. This soon occurred, bringing the high school friends back together. Mr. Hadsell then visited Hiram numerous times through the 1980s, resulting in his establishment of The Hiram Community Trust which has greatly benefited the village, campus, and township by providing funds for arts, beautification and other projects. Evelynne loved to travel. Her retirement brought six trips to the British Isles, three of them driving adventures with Richard, and three on her own studying church music and bell ringing in London, and Shakespeare, theater and history on Hiram College trips led by professors John Shaw and Roland Layton. Evelynne was an avid reader of English literature and was a founding member of the Hiram Hounds mystery book club led by Wilson Hoffman. She and Richard also made countless driving trips through New England and across the U.S. For many years they maintained a winter home in Eustis, FL in company with many other people from Portage County. In February 2014, Evelynne and Richard’s family held a gala 75th Wedding Anniversary celebration in their honor which was attended by a large number of family and friends. On that occasion her gregarious nature and general joie de vivre were still evident. The family will miss her down-to-earth common sense, her wit and her dramatic storytelling. Happily, just after her 99th birthday in December 2016, she still read aloud fluently several chapters of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at a family reading. Evelynne is survived by her beloved husband of 78 years, Richard Woodrow Spencer; son Gary DeLand Spencer (Mary) of Hiram; daughters Tina Spencer Dreisbach (Paul) of Hiram and Tracy Spencer (Hank Davis) of Brooklin, ME; grandchildren Dawn Dreisbach

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of Framingham, MA; Jennifer Jankowski (Marc) of Medina; John Spencer Dreisbach (Janna) of Pacific Grove, CA; Brian Richard Spencer of Hiram; Julian Spencer Davis of South Orleans, MA; Vesta Victoria Davis of Chapel Hill, NC; and great-grandchildren Brittany Kline of Brooklyn, OH and Coben and Magdalena Dreisbach of Pacific Grove, CA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Gail Troyer Hovey of Hiram who was her devoted caregiver in her last year, and by sister-in-law Marilane Spencer of Hiram. Evelynne was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert Troyer, her nephew Robert Troyer Jr. and all the friends of her youth except her husband and Grace Shively Ehresman of Ravenna. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family suggests written condolences to be sent to Richard W. Spencer, PO Box 277, Hiram, OH 44234. Memorial gifts in Evelynne’s name may be given to Friends of the Hiram College Library, PO Box 67, Hiram, OH 44234, or to the Hiram Historical Society, PO Box 1775, Hiram, OH 44234. Arrangements have been entrusted to MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville , Ohio 44231.

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Trumbull County Travel Club “Spring Trip”

Pictured left to right - Rosemary Walker, Charles Walker, Cindy Tabor, Jeri Fleischer and Peg Krozier. Members of The Trumbull County Travel Club ventured into Volant, Pennsylvania for a “Spring Wine Crawl” with a brewery and shopping included. Visiting the shops in Volant and the new Wendall August Forge plus having lunch at the Timbercreek Brewery rounded out the day trip which included three stops at three different wineries. The next scheduled day outing will be on Tuesday, May 23. Its destination is Jamestown, New York to visit Lucille Ball’s hometown. Included lunch will be at the Tropicana, Ricky’s night club. Details and price can be obtained by calling the number listed below. Our Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort vacation left on April 24 with 40 members traveling south. In September, the club will do a three day mini adventure to visit the ARK in Kentucky. The Ark took six years to complete by Amish craftsmen and was modeled after specs found in the Bible. In November, the travelers will go west to Branson for seven days. A stop in St. Louis will be made on the trip back home. Flyers are available for both these trips but seating is limited. The Trumbull County Travel Club is open to any person over the age of 21. There is no membership fee to belong. The club comes together twice a year for planning and discussion sessions. Please call Peggy at 330-856-5398 for information after April. To receive this information, one must send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope to the secretary. The address can be had by calling the number mentioned.

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Kent State Trumbull Theatre holds Summer Youth Workshops To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, Kent State Trumbull Theatre is holding summer workshops for youth between the ages of 8 and 15. Throughout six exciting workshops, led by Dana Warren-Tolios, youth will explore numerous techniques to unleash their creativity and polish their skills for their next show or audition. Warren-Tolios has been involved with Kent State Trumbull Theatre since 1990, when she began acting in various plays and musicals. After graduation, and three years service in the US Army, she returned to Kent State to pursue a degree in Business Management with a Minor in Theatre. During her time at Kent State Trumbull, she took over as president of the Drama Club and was an active member and president of the Live Wires Improvisational Troupe. In 2002, she began teaching children’s acting classes for Summer Stock as well as choreographing many of the Summer Stock’s musicals. Summer Youth Workshop Schedule *Meeting Dates: June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, & 20 *Meeting Times: 5:30pm-6:30pm *Meeting Place: Room 117 of the Technology Building, Kent State University at Trumbull, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren *Participation Fee: $50 for the entire series. Previous theatre or dance experience is not necessary. Participants do not have to be in any of the Summer Stock shows to participate. Contact for more information.

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The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, one week later than our 1st Tuesday meeting, due to elections. We meet at 1 pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp, Ohio. (Behind the Fire Station). This is our annual Spaghetti Lunch which is catered by Café Michael’s . Reservations are a must in order to get a headcount and must be in by May 1st. Please call Betty Scholz at 440-338-3607. After our lunch, we will hold a brief meeting and tell you what AARP is trying to do for you, and what the June meeting will hold. We are still collecting non-perishable food, and paper products for the “Food for Friends” food pantry, (once again the cupboards are bare) and dog food, dog treats, hot dogs (for meds), and of course monetary donations for the Geauga Dog Shelter (a non-kill shelter); they are also in desperate need. Please check your cupboards bring a donation to the meeting. Come and visit with friends, neighbors, or make new friends while we are enjoying our sweet treats & coffee. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767 .

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Local Farmer Shares National Award

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Dear Editor The Stock Family would like to Thank Everyone who attended Nicholas Stock Fundraiser on February 25th. Special Thanks to All the Local Businesses for their donations, and to Aaron King & Skylane Bowling. Also, Robbie Lawrentz (may he R.I.P.) thought enough of my son to make a large donation before his passing. Thank you Harriet & Rodney Lawrentz. In addition we would like to thank the Arrowhead Band.!! Sincerely, Ken Stock & Family

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Hiram - Hiram Township farmer Jack Groselle recently won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund to Hiram Fire Department Firefighters Association. The award was given through Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The purpose of which is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers across the country to support the causes that are important in their individual communities. “To have Mr. Groselle select us for this donation is huge,” shared Hiram Fire Chief Bill Byers. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they can direct to a local nonprofit organization in their local community. “Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began in 2010,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.” Chief Byers continued, “We’re honored to accept this donation.” He noted that the Hiram Firefighters Association will use it to purchase two Scott Sight Air Pack masks. The masks have built in thermal imaging cameras that will provide the ability to locate victims and hidden fires much faster, greatly increasing firefighter safety.


Jack Groselle, Hiram firefighter Steve Laskey, Lieutenant Jason Groselle and firefighter Adam Stewart.

“The purchase of these cutting edge masks would not have been possible without this award,” Chief Byers concluded. Statistics show that over 29,000 firefighters were injured on the job in the US in 2015; 68 firefighters lost their lives. These wireless thermal imaging masks will provide firefighters with better visibility in smokefilled rooms, helping firefighters locate victims more quickly while keeping both hands free.

Dear Editor The Newton Falls Community Food-in-backpack Program would like to thank the community and area churches for continuing their support. The program supplements food each week to forty students on a rotating basis (over 275 qualify) and is welcomed by teachers and families. As always, we want to thank Newton Falls Schools for the storage and packing location, and all the employees and teachers who have helped us. The program continues through mid-May. We will maintain the account at Associated School Employees Credit Union for donations over the summer and will resume in the fall. Thank you, everyone!






Garrettsville Village Council Report

Bill Mazey | Contributing Reporter “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

Garrettsville - The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday April 19 at 7:30pm starting with a public hearing on Ordinance 2017-02. This ordinance enacts chapter 1199 of the codified ordinances of the Village of Garrettsville in order to enact an exterior maintenance code for the Village of Garrettsville. There was public discussion between council members and residents in attendance. The Planning Commission will oversee and enforce the code but council can take action as well. After the public hearing ended everyone in attendance participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. Regular business minutes from the previous meeting were accepted. Minutes from a special business meeting were accepted as amended. Ordinance 2017-02 had its third public reading. A motion was made, seconded and passed to enact this ordinance. It will go into effect in thirty days. There was a special presentation made to build a new website for the village. The fee to build it includes back up, monitoring and security. Council will take the time to look at some other websites this company has made. They will make a decision about a new website in the future. Resolution 2017-07 was accepted with changes. The changes made were to take out the name of the village clerk-treasurer and insert Garrettsville CFO instead. This ordinance has to do with training relating to the administration of the village’s public records policy. Ordinance 2017-08 was enacted to come into line with the state of Ohio decision. This ordinance amends the Garrettsville Employee Handbook relating to weapons possession on village property and declaring an emergency. Resolution 2017-09 authorizing participation in the ODOT Winter Contract (018-18) for road salt was enacted. This will help the village purchase salt at a better price for next year. Council took care of a lot of business before the roundtable discussion. Part of the discussion focused on involvement in RCAP GPS collection. Involvement in this program will help the Maintenance Department know where shut off valves are for water lines, sanitary sewers and storm sewers. The Board of Public Affairs funds the bulk of this program. This program passed and the village will move forward on this. There was some discussion about the policy regarding holiday pay and floating holidays for village employees. Then Ordinance 2017-10 was amended and accepted. This has to do with making appropriations for current expenses and expenditures for the village in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. The meeting then turned to residents from Wheeler Road who had concerns about the sidewalks that have been put in. One resident brought pictures to show council members what they were talking about. It seems that residents have been billed for their share of the work but the work has not been completed satisfactorily. The pictures made a significant point. Council assured the residents that the lawns around the sidewalks will be backfilled and seeded. They said the work would be completed but could not give them a time table. The council meeting ended with general discussion about water bills arriving late, after due dates for some residents. This issue needs to be taken up with the Post Office, not the village. There was some interaction about plans for paving roads and repairing existing sidewalks and about getting KarA-Bru Road dedicated. This was a long council meeting and a lot of business was taken care of. A number of residents were heard and their concerns were discussed openly. Council took the time to interact with each resident that spoke. Sometimes people do not realize all of the business that goes on to run a village.




Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram - This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day. Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of handcrafted soaps and body products. A variety of soups and bread mixes offer easy meal solutions, and make wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts. The one-ofa-kind recycled slate cheese trays will keep cheese cold for hours at spring and summer gatherings. Be sure to check out the impressive collection of handmade wooden items, including a unique puzzlepiece wooden cocktail plate and rustic wooden shelves made by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. And, just in time for planting, they’ll also have organic seed-starts, flowers and hanging baskets to help you celebrate spring this season. “The Hiram Farm is a community project born out of the desire to provide inspiration and meaningful work for the individual growth of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” shared Executive Director David Lundeen. “Whether you stop to buy eggs or meat, attend a seasonal sale, or make a donation,” he continued, “as a small organization with a big mission, we are forever grateful for our community of supporters.”

Congratulations Forestry Camp Scholarship Winners!

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to award scholarship funding to three Geauga County residents for registration to the 2017 Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, taking place June 11-16, at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio. David Cavanagh from Chagrin Falls High School, Calahan Heiss from Berkshire Jr/Sr High School, and Kenneth Kirk from West Geauga Middle School were awarded scholarships to join other high school campers from across the state to attend this unique and engaging camp promoting the wise management of Ohio’s forests and natural resources. At Camp Muskingum, David, Calahan, and Kenny will participate in many classes including forest ecology, wildlife management, and forest products, plus activities like a team-building adventure course, a night hike, and a tree climbing program. At the end of the camp, students will have a chance to earn college scholarship money through the final exam. The Geauga SWCD Board of Supervisors and staff congratulate these students and wish them a positive and rewarding camp experience.

Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting

The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School. After a short business meeting the members and guests will hear Mary Milne Jamba, genealogy researcher, trustee at OGS and past president of the greater Cleveland chapter, give a presentation on DNA and what it can do for your personal research. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. A fourteen page newsletter is published bimonthly for members. It contains an assortment of genealogy material relating to Portage County residents, some dating back to 1808. For more information call 330-358-2227 or email

The program began in 2009 serving six adults with autism. By 2011, that number had increased to twenty participants, and in 2016 they grew to serving 26 individuals who find meaningful work serving as farmers and craftspeople on Hiram Farm’s 120acre organic farm. Pasture-raised beef and pork are seasonally available, as are farm-fresh eggs, lettuce, and other produce. The spring sale will take place Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (May 5th - 7th) from 10 am until noon each day. The farmhouse is located at 11543 Garfield Road, on the southwest corner of Rt. 82 and Rt. 700 in Hiram, Ohio. For more information, call (330) 569-3441.

Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Opens its 16th Season in South Russell The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00am in the parking lot of the South Russell Village Hall, the corner of Chillicothe/Rt. 306 and Bell St. The market will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00-Noon, until October. Customers will receive a complementary BlueCrop blueberry plant donated by Hawthorne Springs Greenhouse in Burton - while they last. There will be two drawings and free balloons. Everyone is welcome! Just in time for Mothers’ Day, opening day will feature hanging baskets, flower and vegetable seedlings, herbs and other plantings, fresh baked goods, coffee, fresh spring produce, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup, herbs and greens, spices and sauces, as well as soaps and lotions, mushrooms and meats, fresh eggs, garlic, and hand-made crafts. Master Gardeners from the Ohio State University Extension Service will be on hand to provide demonstrations, to answer questions about growing seedlings and vegetables, and to answer your other plant questions. Back by popular demand, there will be three free farm tours this summer – free transportation provided – so watch for this and for more information on market products and our producers on our Facebook page or our web site at

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JA Garfield Spotlights GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 6 Something I would like others to know about me... I like to play sports and I am very good at math.

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is math. I like it because I am good at it and it is fun. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? What makes Garfield a great place is the teachers. Our teachers are great! What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? When I grow up I want to be a math teacher. To do this I will have to go to college and get a good education. What is your college or career focus? The core value that means the most to me is teamwork. It is important to be because I like to help people in my class and then they help me back.

GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... My passion is riding horses and playing softball. I also like to hang out with my friends and have fun! What is your favorite school activity? My favorite class in school is science, because sometimes you get to do experiments which are really fun, and the teacher is really nice. What is your college or career focus? I am still exploring my options for what I would like to be when I grow up. Attending college level courses during high school will help me prepare. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? All of my teachers are helpful and teach in a way that helps me to understand.


Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life and see where God leads me.

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What is your favorite school activity? Well other than Band and Theatre, I really enjoy wood shop. It allows me to create art in a hands-on, logical way. I have learned so much from it and it inspires me to express myself and to put my best foot forward.

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What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The teachers. We have such a diverse group of educators that truly care about their students. Also, the safe smalltown feel that our district possesses.

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The final inductee for the 2017 James A. Garfield Hall of Fame will be Shirley Miller, or as she might well have said, “the finale”. Shirley Miller was a graduate of East Liverpool High School, class of ’55, but her influence and effect on many graduates of Garfield was broad and long-lasting. Shirley served as attendance officer for the district for 25 years, high school and middle school. At both of these levels she coached girls’ basketball, track and cheerleaders. Advising the junior class and production of the annual proms also came under her purview, as did just about any student, student-faculty, student-staff, parent projects (such as the Garfield Boosters) benefitting the district at-large. When not at school, she was active in the community-- in the Red Hats, the Junior Women, the Garrettsville U.M.C. At her passing, one of the most “Shirley” commemorations took place at the football field on a bright summer day when a group of thoughtful and smiling friends released a cloud of balloons. Being “UP” was what Shirley Miller was all about. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on on April 29 in the Professional Development Center, James A. Garfield Elementary School.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Loyalty, Horton the Elephant was faithful 100% and it worked out for him!.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 6th Grade Intervention Specialist 8 Years at Garfield What are your hobbies or interests? I spend the majority of my time outside of school attending sporting events for my three daughters, who I am very proud of. I also enjoy boating, walking, and spending time socializing with family and friends. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by...I help to make Garfield the best place for kids by truly caring about my students and working hard to bring out the best in them to help them succeed to the best of their abilities. Garfield is the best place to work because… Garfield is a great place to work because of the people within it. It is a close knit community that works together to make it the best, and I am happy to be a part of it..

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Sunday mornings are my favorite part of the week. After a busy Saturday night at the winery, Sundays are reserved for relaxing, reading and having brunch. On busy evenings, I let my girls have a “backwards day” for dinner so we get a moment to relax. Instead of your typical dinner, we’ll usually make pancakes, oatmeal, crepes, French toast or omelets so our meals can be quite interesting. Even though I can enjoy breakfast for dinner, I cannot get past drinking orange juice at night, so it’s been a challenge to find the right wine to pair with breakfast foods. Thankfully after attending a recent brunch event, my challenge of pairing wine with my backwards day dinner has been solved. I always worried that by pairing a wine with any sort of egg dish (omelets, scrambled, etc) the egg would taste spoiled. However, at the brunch we were served a Pinot Grigio with the eggs and the pairing was amazing. We had a basic ham and cheese omelet so the Pinot had a little bit of a nutty flavor that brought out the flavor of the ham but didn’t overpower the eggs. When they started serving the pancakes and French toast, our guests had paired a Tempranillo wine with the course. This red wine, Tempranillo, is the name of the grape and has an earthy, almost musty flavor if you drink it alone. However, when pairing it with a food the wine becomes very mellow. Of course, we covered our pancakes in maple syrup and it almost seemed to compliment the wine. Finally, we finished with a fruit salad. There are so many options with pairing wine with fruit. There were two kinds of wine placed on our table. One was a late harvest Riesling and the other was a concord grape wine. As both wines are on the sweeter side it blended very well with the fruit selection. Of course, if all else fails in pairing wine with breakfast, you can always make a mimosa – orange juice and champagne. To me that is the perfect pairing with any breakfast. So, next time you want to have a backwards day, don’t be afraid to try your own pairing and see what new dinner menus you can put together. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.








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How Medicare Covers Therapy Services Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help Dear Need, Medicare covers a variety of outpatient therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy, if you meet their coverage criteria. Here’s how it works. Medicare Coverage - To get Medicare (Part B) to help cover your physical therapy, it must be considered medically reasonable and necessary, and will need to be ordered or prescribed by your doctor. You can get these services as an outpatient at a number of places like a doctor’s or therapist’s office, rehabilitation facility, medical clinic or a hospital outpatient department. You also need to know that Medicare limits how much it pays for outpatient therapy services in one calendar year. These limits are called “therapy cap limits.” In 2017, Medicare will cover up to $1,980 for physical and speech therapy combined, and another $1,980 for occupational therapy. But be aware that just like with other Medicare covered services, Medicare will pay 80 percent (up to $1,584) of your therapy costs, after you meet your $183 Part B deductible. You, or your Medicare supplemental plan (if you have one), will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent until the cap limits are reached. After that, you’ll have to pay the full cost for the services. Extra Therapy - If, however, you reach your cap limits and your doctor or therapist recommends that you continue with the treatment, you can ask your therapist for an exception so that Medicare will continue to pay for your therapy. The therapist must provide documentation that these services are medically necessary for you to continue. If Medicare denies the claim, you can appeal through the Medicare appeals process – see Medicare. gov/claims-and-appeals. If approved, Medicare has an exception threshold of $3,700 for physical and speech therapy combined, and $3,700 for occupational therapy. If your therapy cost exceeds these thresholds, Medicare will audit your case, which could lead to denial of further services. No Coverage - If you choose to get physical therapy on your own that’s not considered medically necessary or prescribed by your doctor, your therapist is required to give you a written document called an “Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage” (ABN). Medicare Part B will not pay for these services, but the ABN lets you decide whether to get them. Therapy at Home - You should also know that Medicare covers home therapy services too if you are homebound and eligible to receive home health care from a Medicare-approved home healthcare agency. To learn more about this option, see the “Medicare and Home Health Care” online booklet at

pubs/pdf/10969.pdf. Medicare Advantage - If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an HMO or PPO), these plans must cover everything that’s included in original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. But sometimes these plans cover more, with extra services or an expanded amount of coverage. To find out whether your plan provides extra coverage or requires different co-payments for physical therapy, you’ll need to contact the plan directly. More Information - If you have other questions, call Medicare at 800-633-4227, or contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), who provides free Medicare counseling in person or over the phone. To find a local SHIP counselor visit, or call the eldercare locator at 800-677-1116. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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Iva Walker | Columnist The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met in DiCiello’s in Ravenna . Since the theme for the year had been Hometown Treasures, the cookie favors on the tables were in the shapes of locomotives ( Referencing the Last Great Train Robbery, which took place in Garrettsville) and cutout Ohio shapes with a red NEO heart (Garrettsville, of course). Twenty-one members and guests were in attendance. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Dr. Steve Howell, Language Arts teacher at James A. Garfield High School, who brought his guitars and his talent to brighten the evening. He chose to demonstrate the fact that he was not a MoTowntype singer with selections about “Superstition”, 3 Broken Windows, a “Plain Brown Pony” on a carousel, the connection between love and spray paint, and a commemoration of Nashville’s 16th Avenue…crowd-pleasers all. The event ended with an installation of officers for the coming year. Twenty sixteen president Karen Miller passed her gavel and responsibilities to incoming president, Leah Schultz, vice president Nasreen Kitko to Bonnie Oliver, secretary Jane Hill (in absentia) to Karen Ziarko, treasurer Jane Bell retained her office; historian Patricia Amor and publicist Iva Walker did likewise. Yellow roses were presented to outgoing officers, as were tokens of appreciation from departing president, Karen Miller, to officers and committee members. Pictures were taken. The absent—Jane Hill, Jan Boehm-- were remembered and members were reminded of the next meeting, which will be the Summer Get Together in August.






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Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday May 16 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the meeting room. Title to be discussed will be Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. This is Perry’s sincere and often humorous memoir that takes a look at his life in Wisconsin as a fledgling farmer, husband, father, and writer in a rundown farmhouse on 37 acres. Patrons may register and pick up a copy of this title at the Reference Desk.

Ohio’s Scenic Rivers at Garrettsville Library Join us at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm as Matthew Smith, North East Regional Scenic Rivers Manager, will present an Ohio Scenic Rivers Program, which protects Ohio’s remaining high quality rivers and creeks. The Scenic Rivers Program has 14 state-designated Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers, and Ohio was the first to pass a Scenic Rivers law in 1968. In 2018, Ohio will be celebrating 50 years of Scenic River protection. Learn more about Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program and about how you can help conservation efforts on these beautiful riverine systems. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve a seat today, as seating is limited. The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville, is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For information about other library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at

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Gone, but not forgotten…that’s my Bob, a classic over-achiever. How he became afflicted with liver disease-he wasn’t much of a drinker—is still a mystery to me, but he did use up what were left of his nine lives trying to fight it off. Not that he wasn’t apt to milk any situation for all it was worth to get what he wanted. For instance, Bob decided that, a good deal of the time, what he wanted to eat was not the regular cat food that everybody else —cats, that is, not me—was eating. So we tried the high-end canned stuff. Eh. We tried several different versions of high-end cat food—chicken with garden greens, tuna with garden greens, wild salmon Florentine with garden greens (who knew cats gave two hoots in a hot place about garden greens, except to eat before upchucking?). Meh. Then we tried Delectables, Bisque Lickable treats(all of the previous gourmet items were acceptable only as far as they had gravy that he would lick off). Never mind. He’s still losing weight. Then, for goodness’ sake, Bob made it quite evident that what he really wanted was lunch meat, the kind that comes in little plastic packs ( or “pacs” as the merchandisers say), at about 2 oz. per. That, he would eat, preferably being fed by hand, a strip at a time. Might as well be reclining on a couch, like that movie where Mae West, in all her blond bombshellness, would say, “Beulah, peel me a grape.” We did turkey, beef—corned beef, not so good--honey ham. If there had been any chicken, we would have done that too. When he was feeling really good, he would hightail it (Pretty tough for a cat who was missing half of his tail) down to the buffet with all of the other cats—Fuego, Champ and Ms. Q-T Pie, Butterscotch—for breakfast in the morning. All of this crowd may now lose some weight, since they were in the habit of finishing off

Little Things That May Help Your Retirement Saving

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Saving for retirement takes decades and demands the investment of significant amounts of your income. As this major effort unfolds, you should recognize that some subtle factors and seemingly minor decisions could end up making a sizable and positive impact on your financial future. Your investment yield may be less important than the amount you save. Beating the S&P 500 feels great, but outperforming the market is not your foremost goal. Your real retirement saving objective is to accumulate sufficient assets – enough to provide adequate income in the “second act” of your life. How much control do you have over your investment returns? The short answer is very little; market cycles, macroeconomic factors, and the behavior of institutional investors influence them profoundly. On the other hand, you have direct control over your savings rate. The more you pour into your retirement accounts, the more dollars you are giving a chance to compound. As a hypothetical example, say two people have balances of $100,000 in their respective retirement accounts. Ariel earns a 10% annual return and puts $10,000 into the account at the start of every year for 20 years. David gets a 12% annual return from his account, but he never adds to its $100,000 principal during those 20 years. After 10 years, Ariel’s account balance is $434,638, while David’s is $310,585. After 20 years, Ariel has $1,302,775, while David has $964,629. Result: David falls behind, even while achieving a 2% greater return.1 Investment account fees can take a toll. Account fees are little things, but their impact over the years can be enormous on a retirement saver. This is why you may want to place your invested assets into accounts with minimal fees, annual fees of well under 1%. Everyone talks about the several hundred dollars a year you can save (and invest) by swapping out your daily, flavored latte for a regular cup of joe, but you might as well keep ordering lattes. The money lost to lattes pales next to the money you could potentially lose to account fees. Demos, a public policy think tank, estimates that high expense ratios and administration fees on investments in a typical workplace retirement plan may cost a middle-class, dual-income household as much as $155,000 in retirement assets over a lifetime.2 What you avoid doing may help your effort as well. Resist the impulse to deviate from your longterm retirement planning and investing strategy


without careful examination. Be wary of the emotional reactions to headlines or market disruptions, those little voices urging you to get out of the market or tilt your portfolio one way or another. Refrain from siphoning down the money in your retirement accounts and using those dollars for another purpose. Stick to your plan, ride through the turbulence, and avoid making a quick, impetuous decision that might do your retirement funds more harm than good. On that note, remember that tuning out the noise is okay. The financial world is a noisy place, a place of non-stop trading and information flows. Any notable news development becomes a front page (or home page) item. It may seem risky to accept so much of this breaking news passively, with no reaction on your part as an investor or a saver – but passivity has its virtues. A little passivity – in your temperament, in your investment approach – may leave your retirement savings in surprisingly good shape over the long run, compared to the savings of someone who reacts to every temperature shift in the market climate. Pay attention to these little things as you pursue big financial objectives. In hindsight, you will likely be glad you did. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.


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anything that Bob left in a dish. They would hang around waiting for these treats, or, in the case of Ms. QT, trying to snatch it away before he got done. Then everybody needed a drink, right? They have a water fountain down by the food bowls, filtered and all that(which they regularly knock the top off of and play in the water) but they all prefer drinking from the bathroom faucet, balancing on the edge of the basin and licking so that the backsplash gets, well, splashed. Bob, bless his little kitty heart, would drink there, of course, but he also liked to hop down and go into the shower stall where all of my shampoo and conditioner bottles are lined up, upside down. There, since most of the hair care products come with flat tops and concave bottoms, Bob would lap up the waters that he found in the little-bitty reservoirs at just his height. Funny to watch him; who knew that after-dinner drinks came in Alberto VO5 Pomegranate Bliss flavor? No ice. The rest of the crew here is missing him, I guess, besides missing the treats that Bob left after not eating all of his special stuff. I came into my room the other day and all three of them were just on the bed together, not doing anything, sitting up or lying down, all turned to look at me, just there together. Not something that they would ordinarily do, but they were doing it, maybe waiting around to see if Bob would show up too. He did not. So, Life # 9 came to an end with one last adventure. Bob most emphatically wanted to go out just as I was leaving, so I let him go. When I returned, Bob did not. Worrying, but he had done that before. In the morning, good neighbor John, next door, called to ask whether I had a black cat with a short tail; one seemed to have expired beneath his truck. So I went over to retrieve Bob’s mortal remains; I knew it was he, couldn’t be anyone else. Brought him home in a purple SummerFest T-shirt-matched his collar, perfect for him. He’s buried under the big tree in the backyard (which is becoming a memorial park, of sorts, since numerous other “companion animals” have been “planted” there at one time or another—a kitten found in a blizzard, a wanderer savaged by bad dogs, two guinea pigs, a demented rescue Siamese-y cat, etc.) . Dauntless, my first cat, is under a flower plot in the front yard. He was the Welcome Wagon cat who loved to greet visitors, had to be out front. Several of them in the back have also been incorporated into the landscaping when the bulldozers came to do the addition—disappeared altogether.). There’s a stone over Bob but it doesn’t look right, he needs something smaller and flatter. It is in the shade, where he liked to hang out. I think that I’ll try my hand at using my Dremel tool to put his name on whatever stone is the final one. If that works out, I might try a memorial stone for all past pets, including the ones that just walked off looking for that Big Lap in the Sky and never came back. May have to be a big stone; I’ll bet there will still be more to come (and the feckless Mamma Cat on the front porch looks ready to pop out about a half dozen new kittens; if you’re looking for one, don’t go away); I like having the creatures acknowledge the fact that I have come home from wherever, even just to be indicating that they are not about to be forgiving the fact that their dinner is late. We shall not soon see the likes of Bob, but I’ll be looking.


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1. TIGHT RANGE - Through last Friday 4/21/17, the S&P 500 has just 2 trading days YTD that produced at least a 1% total return gain or loss, compared with 30 on the same date in 2016. 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. NOT THE BEST - The average US investor has produced an annualized rate of return over the last 30 years that is equal to just one-third of the average return produced by the S&P 500 over the same 3 decade time period due to bad timing on the part of the investor (e.g., investing at bull market tops or selling at bear market bottoms), diversifying with bonds, and the impact of fees (source: Dalbar). 3. SMALLER GROUP, BIGGER PIECE - People with disabilities make up 15% of the 72 million Americans who are Medicaid beneficiaries but they incur 40% of total Medicaid spending (source: Medicaid).


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4. ONE LOW, ONE HIGH - Usually a low national unemployment rate is coupled with a higher inflation rate, i.e., more Americans working creates greater disposable income which leads to a higher demand for products which tends to move inflation upward. As of 4/30/07, the nation’s unemployment rate was 4.5% (considered low) and trailing 1-year inflation (using the Consumer Price Index) was +2.6% (considered high). As of 3/31/17, the nation’s unemployment rate was 4.5% and trailing 1-year inflation was +2.4% (source: Department of Labor). 5. FANCY DEGREE - 222 members of the 535 members of Congress (41%) hold law degrees including 55 of 100 senators (source: Congressional Research Service). 6. BETTER AFTER SEVEN YEARS - As of Friday 4/21/17, only 3 banks in the United States have failed YTD and required a bailout from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). As of 4/21/10, 50 banks had failed YTD. Just 5 banks failed during all of calendar year 2016 (source: FDIC).

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