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Teen Finalists - Front row: Joy Carpenter, Madi Scarvelli, Cheyenne Head, Elizabeth O’Bryant Back row: Olivia Sheer, Makenzie Fink, Sierra Kitchen and Cali Apthorpe Adult Finalists - Front row: Diana Macek, Tiffany Bolton, Michael Jajcinovic, Raelynn Debevits, Faith Carpenter, and Aimee Beelen. Back row: Jon Crane, Sara Apthorpe, Eric Juzkiw, Elisha Bly and Kristina Rossi. Not pictured: Tony Kitchen

Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Contestants Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter

Garrettsville - This past Sunday was the second round for Garrettsville Idol. The finalists from this round will compete on the Garrettsville Summerfest Stage June 25, 2017 starting at 7pm. Youth and teens are competing for $500 for each division, while the adults are competing for $1000. Sunday’s competition was stiff and the judges had the difficult job of choosing who would have a chance to be the next Garrettsville Idol. The youth division was narrowed down to three from five, while the teen division went from 12 to eight competitors. In the adult division, we saw some of the

most talented singers we have seen in a while, making the judges’ decision a tough one. In the end, 12 adults dream of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol were still alive and will perform at Garrettsville Summerfest this summer. Singing on stage in the youth division will be Madi Seiler, Aby Seiler and Sophia Scarvelli. The teens performing will be Cheyenne Head, Madi Scarvelli, Cali Apthorpe, Joy Carpenter, Sierra Kitchen, Makenzie Fink, Elizabeth O’Bryant, and Olivia Sheer. Those competing in the adult category are Diana Macek, Kristina Rossi, Eric Juzkiw, Faith Carpenter, Tiffany Bolton, Elisha Bly, Aimee Beelen, Tony Kitchen, Raelynn Debevits, Sara Apthorpe, Michael Jajcinovic and Jon Crane. Congratulations to all the competitors!

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Garrettsville - Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it to state all four years of her high school career, and having been named a high school All-American athlete for three in her event, shotput, Edie has gotten her fair share of publicity. After her illustrious high school career, Edie was offered a veritable pick of the crop with her scholarship options; everywhere from Universit y of Miami to Kent State wanted Edie on their track and field team. However, as with everything else in life, family comes first, and Edie decided that she needed to stay and focus on hers, rather than attending college. Edie told me “I never liked high school; I didn’t like learning about things which didn’t interest me. And even though there’s stuff like Kinesiology or Physical Education, there’s no class to be like, a Personal Trainer.” After working some odd jobs around town, Edie was turned on to a job by her old coach, Jim Pfleger,

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one that might appeal to her superstar skills. That job was as a member services representative at the Y, and for Edie, this position was only the beginning. Not long after interviewing at the Y, she was brought on to help with various classes, ranging from line dancing to basketball, immediately enjoying the benefits she brought others, and the benefits teaching others brought her. “Helping out with the older members taught me a lot too, you know? It showed me a different side to working out.” Edie quickly realized that she truly enjoyed helping these people find their fitness potential, no matter the age or physical capabilities. This led Edie to start pursuing her physical trainer certification outside of her work at the Y. Since obtaining her official physical trainer license, Edie has been working on more and more activities within the Y’s walls. Though she “enjoys helping out with other classes”, as her manager and the operations director Kim Curry puts it, Edie’s focus is on one important aspect of her employment: her brand new class, which she calls “Triple Threat”. “The ‘triple’ part kind of scares people”, Edie says with a laugh about some of the things she has heard of her new class. She explains that the name comes from the important aspects of the workout routine: strength, cardio, and core. “I’ll start with a few laps to get that out of the way”, says Edie, “then we’ll head to the tires which works everything, then we’ll hit the weights, and finish off with core.” Kim adds that it’s basically as close as you can get to a personal trainer routine, but in a group setting. “The hardest part is pushing yourself.” says Edie, citing that as a key reason to bring a friend. At the Y, your first class with Edie is free, meaning that you can always bring a friend in to try things out. “When I was in high school, I would love working out with a friend because we’d push each other… It’s always more fun” she says, adding that most of her workouts do best in pairs. Plus, with the small group atmosphere, each exercise can be scaled up or down, meaning every person can attend and get a killer workout at the same time. From teaching tire-flipping techniques to how to turn on the treadmill, Kim and Edie are perfect examples of the type of experience you can expect from the Y: welcoming, flexible, and compassionate. These women are determined to help you get the best workout possible, as inexpensively as possible. “That’s the ‘wellness’ end of our business”, says

Kim, after telling me the price of admission and membership—$25 a month, which includes use of any and every machine, numerous group classes, along with visits to the pool in Geauga. As for Edie, going from a star athlete to floating around until finding her place at the Y, to realizing her potential as a personal trainer, she feels she is right at home. With her experience in weight lifting and working in a team—not to mention her connections throughout both the weightlifting community and the community at home—Edie offers an invaluable resource to those looking for just a bit more out of their weekly exercise routine. As Edie puts it, “I really feel like I’ve found my niche.” Edie runs “Triple Threat” every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. and it is FREE for first timers! Bring all the friends you can! Edie is available for private personal training consultations and routines year-round. The YMCA is located at 8233 Park Ave and is open MondayThursday from 7am-12pm & 5pm-9pm, Friday from 7am-12pm, and Saturday 8am-12pm, with numerous classes available for members of all ages. The party room and gym are also available for rent, for $15/hr and $40/hr, respectively.








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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

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!

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.

Revival In The Country

Third Sat. of Month We wanted to invite ladies who want to be inspired to our 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.

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.

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Garfield Youth Football Signups

Register By May 31 Garfield Youth Football signups for the 2017 season will be held online this year. Please visit our NEW website at garrettsvilleyf for information. The payment fee of $100 plus $20 equipment deposit can be paid online too. If you do not have access to a computer please call Sarah at 216-4049191. The registration deadline is May 31st.

God Provides A Free Meal

May 26 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist church 9367 st. Rt. 305 May 26 - 4 to 6:00. Macaroni & beef - salad - roll - dessert.

Fill The Truck

May 26 & 27 The Shalersville Historical society will partner with Easter Seals NE Ohio to collect donations of clothing, blankets, towels, shoes, stuffed animals, cloth(even stained, ripped and torn items can be recycled) dishes, small kitchenware, picture frames, small kids toys, jewelry, CD’s/DVD’s&VHS tapes. ALL items must be in tied/closed bags or boxes. Any questions call Kristen (330)990-6591

Shalersville Historical Society Open

May 26-29 The Shalerville Historical Society will be open 1pm-5pm each day. All buildings will be open for viewing.

Garrettsville Eagles Steak Dinner

May 27 Garrettsville Eagles, 8149 Water Street, will be having a steak dinner on May 27 from 4 - 7:30 pm. Open to the public Dinner serving steak or chicken breast. Carryout is available Call 330-527-2330

Where In The Woods Am I?

May 27 Spring is a busy time for hikers. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you got lost while hiking? Join us May 27th at 1pm – 3 for a basic overview of orienteering with a map and compass at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. A short classroom session will be followed by a practical exercise. No registration is required. More information call Adam 330/527-5118


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Plant & Misc. Sale

May 27 The Mantua Farmers Market will sponsor a Plant and Miscellaneous Sale from 9 am - 1 pm on Saturday, May 27, at Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua. There will be a good selection of plants - vegetables, flowers, perennials - plus other items. Vendors are welcome. Cost is $5.00 per date. Fees will go to the Church to help pay for the handicapped entrance to the basement. For info call Diane 330-274-2868. Regular Market season begins on July 15 and ends on September 30.

Pick Your Price Sale

May 27 Join us for the annual JA Garfield PTO Rummage Sale at teh elementary school on May 27 9 am - 2 pm. Lots of great finds - you name your price!!

Revelation Road

May 27 Saturday, May 27, everyone is invited to stop by “The Way Cafe” 8924 East Center St Windham, OH (Behind Circle K), featuring the band “Revelation Road” 7-9 PM. Enjoy some free refreshment. Sponsored by: New Hope Baptist Church and The Way Chapel.

Evening Bird Watching Program

May 28 Join us at Towner’s Woods for our third spring bird viewing program. Binoculars and field guides will be available for use. Warblers are out and about this time of year! Meet in the parking lot at Towner’s Woods.7-8:30 pm Towner’s Woods Park 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240

Miracle Network Fun Ride

May 28 The 8th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Fun Ride & Poker Run will be May 28. Route maps and rules will be available at registration, starting at 10AM at BikeTown Harley-Davidson in Austintown, Ohio. Ride will begin at noon, includes three card stops along a scenic route of approx 75 miles. Route ends at Social 45, Lisbon, OH where there will be food and refreshments, two live bands, and Chinese auction. Cost is $15 per bike; $5 per passenger. In case of rain, go to Social 45 at 3:30PM. Motorcycles are not mandatory to participate. Call 330-5029813 for more information.

Library Closed Memorial Day

May 29 All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Service hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30. Although branch libraries will be closed for the holiday, the Digital Library is always open. Using your Portage County District Library card, visit

Twelfth time’s the charm? Come and see! The alumni of James A. Garfield High School (and alumni of the constituent districts of Freedom, Nelson and remnants of Hiram and/or Charlestown, before the consolidation and before the Arsenal) will be meeting as usual, on the third Saturday of September, on September16, 2017, for social time beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Guido’s of Ravenna. The evening will feature a review of the events that shaped the honored classes of 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, and 1997, in addition to the meeting and greeting among long-lost friends and neighbors. Early arrivers for the weekend can also attend the football game on Friday the night before. Cards have gone out but anyone who did not receive one or who wishes to make changes to information on file should contact the organizers by dropping a note to JAG Alumni, P.O. box 93, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 or call Helen Louise Bouts, 330-309-2734 OR hbouts@ Spread the word. Mark the occasion on your calendar. Make your reservation ASAP. Be at the Gregarious G-Man Gathering. for a great selection of digital content including movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and magazinesall at your fingertips.

Memorial Day Service/ Open House

May 29 The American Legion AtwoodMauck Post 459 will present a Memorial Day Service at Burton Square Gazebo on Monday, 11:00am and Open House after at Post 459 (Home) on Goodwin St, Burton. CBR: Larry at 440/479-0502 for info.

Kent Christian Life Center to host Revival

May 31 - June 4 Evangelist Steven Danser will be the guest minister at Kent Christian Life Center 1972 East Summit Road, (corner of St Rte 261 & East Summit Road) Kent Ohio starting on Wednesday, May 31 at 7pm and will continue again on Thursday, June 1 & Friday, June 2. On Sunday, June 4 at 10:00am. Rev Danser has ministered extensively in revival services throughout the Northeastern United States, as well as holding outreaches in seven foreign nations including Haiti, Nicaragua and Bulgaria. For more information contact the church office at 330-6789234. Visit CLC at Web Site: or FB: Kent Christian. The church E-Mail: Follow us on Facebook at Kent Christian.

Historical Society Garage Sale

June 1, 2 & 3 Middlefield Historical Society hosts its annual garage sale from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Century Inn Underloft, 14979 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), Middlefield Village. Bargains galore, low prices, plus penny box treasures. Reduced prices on Saturday: 50% off from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 75% off from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Spaghetti Dinner

June 2 Auburn Community Church invites the public to a spaghetti dinner June 2 from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with home-made sauce, meatballs, salad, home-baked rolls, dessert and beverage. Cost is $10.00 for adults. Children 8-10 yrs $5.00. Children 7 and under are free.


Chicken Dinner

June 3 Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Rd., Lake Milton, will be having its annual Chicken BBQ Dinner Saturday June 3, 2017 from 12 – 5 PM. Dinner includes half a chicken, 2 sides, roll, dessert and drink. Adult dinners will be $9.00 and child dinners $6.00.

Square Dance

June 3 On June 3. The North Bloomfield Historical Society, will host a Square Dance. This will be held at the Town Hall, at Rt. 45 & Rt. 87. The time is from 7:00pm--9:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is 5.00 per person. No dancing experience is necessary. For more info call (330)506-3370

Ducks Unlimited Gun Bash

June 3 Ducks Unlimited 100 Gun Bash will be held on June 3,2017 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds 14373 Cheshire St. Burton. Tickets $20 advanced sales / $25 at the door. Doors open at 11:00 AM. The first guns for the main drawing will be drawn at 1:00 PM and the last will be drawn at 5:30 PM Two guns will be given away every 5 minutes. Ticket eligible for food, soft drinks, beer and a chance on all 100 guns. Winner need not be present. Food served from 1 to 4 PM Tickets available at all Great Lakes Outdoor Supply stores or on line Contact Don Paschke 216-3101212 for additional information.

Parents Without Partners

June 3 Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without partners will have a pulled pork supper with sides, desserts and coffee on June 3, 6:30-7:30pm $6.00 per person at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave, Tallmadge. Make your reservation by June 2 call Warrine at 330/322-9559. Afterwards the chapter will hold its monthly dance themed “Bring Your Best Friend”. Dance is from 7:30 – 11pm open to public: $6 members, $8 Nonmembers.

Freedom Park Boosters Meeting

June 5 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. If you are interested or

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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

May 25 – Memorial Day Thanks June 1 – Bingo & Doughnuts June 8 – Muffin Madness June 16 - Honor Our Flag

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! have questions, contact Tom Mesaros at 3330-245-6061 or come to a meeting.

Book Discussion Group

June 5 On Monday, June 5 at 9:30am. DrJPatellapresentsandreviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS, in which every chapter tells its own story. Author Annie Kagan recounts the fascinating and true on-going communications with her deceased 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 is 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. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

friendly humor and mystifying magic that you’ll talk about on the way home. Special VIP experience available (Pre-sale only) Available at Save 4 on State Route 88 in Garrettsville. Or contact Jackie at 216-3750709 prior to June 1, 2017. VIP tickets are only $25.00 - VIP ticket holders invited to a special reception starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy appetizers, meet David Anthony and experience one on one magic with David Anthony up close. General public tickets are available for $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 9 years of age. This is a special fundraising event for The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre.

Local Author Signs Books at The Village Book Store

June 9 “Save the date” for a fantastic bus trip, Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017, that is planned for a visit to NOAH’S ARK in Williamstown,KY. Also, included are several activities in the Renfro Valley. If interested, please call now for more information - MaryLee Herron, #330-398-2126

June 10 Kent author Gladys Ashenfelter will be signing copies of her new book 20 Jobs: A Memoir at The Village Bookstore on 8140 Main Street from noon till 3:00 on Saturday, June 10. 20 Jobs is her first book, but she is currently working on a second book of family stories. The author strongly believes in sharing stories in order to make meaning from your life. For more information about the book signing, visit The Village Books Facebook page. To learn more about the author and read reviews of her new book, visit

Strawberry Delight

Alpine House Spa Day

Noah’s Ark Trip

June 10 Strawberry delight fundraiser will be held June 10, 3:00 to 6:00 P. M. Lordstown SCOPE Fundraiser, 1776 Salt Springs Rd., (Back Door of Elementary School). Generous Serving of Strawberry Shortcake with Ice Cream - $4.00; Chinese Auction - 50/50 Raffle

Walkers Hike: Berlin Lake Trail

June 10 Join the Portage Trail Walkers on a Hike into Towner’s Woods on various trails. Meet at 8:30 am at the Towner’s Woods parking lot located at 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240 Contact Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896

The Magic of David Anthony

June 10 Curtains up Theatre is proud to bring back The Magic of David Anthony June 10, 2017 at 7pm In the James A. Garfield, Iva Walker Auditorium. Audiences of all ages have been thrilled with The Magic of David Anthony. David Anthony’s show combines exciting music and choreography with family-

June 14 Let us pamper you with manicures, facials, make up, raffle, light snack, on June 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Must RSVP to Debbie Conway at 440/226-2002 by June 1st. Alpine House is located in Ravenna at 7000 St. Rte 88

Pymatuning Lake Habitat Project

June 14 The Pymatuning Lake Association will be constructing 125 cribs which are placed in the lake to provide habitat for small fish. The event will be held Wednesday June 14th, at 8:30 am The location is the Ohio State Campground boat launch off Pymatuning Lake Road. Volunteers are needed; ages from middle school and up are welcome. Pizza and beverages will be provided. For more info visit www.PymatuningLake. com or call 724-418-1501


Slipper orchids at Gott Fen State Nature Preserve, State Rte 303, Streetsboro. Space is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register call Adam 330/5275118 or email adam.wohlever@

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June 17 The Hiram Village spring clean up is scheduled for Saturday June 17th. Pick up will be 7:00 a.m. to Noon. Guidelines for the curbside collection can be found on the Village website The Hiram tire clean up is also scheduled for Saturday June 17th 8:00 a.m. to Noon. The tire collection will take place at the Rosser Municipal Building public parking lot located at 11617 Garfield Road, Hiram. There will be no curbside collection of tires.

Newton Falls Reunion

June 17 The 98th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be held on Saturday June 17 at The DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road in Warren. Doors open at 9:30am with luncheon at 11:30am; $20 per plate. Class of 1967 will be the ‘honored’ class. Two $1000.00 scholarships awarded to Newton Falls seniors will be announced. Please return you reservation card prior to June 1st to Kathy Hawkins Rapczak, 4917 Fairview Ave., Newton Falls, OH 44444. Call Kathy at 330/872-7891 or Judi Gensburg 330/219-1762 for more info.

Free Community Meal

June 19 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will sponsor their Free Community Meal on Monday, June 19, July 17 and August 21. Serving time is 5 - 6:30 pm. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal. It is also a great opportunity to visit with friends and family or make new friends. See you then.

Film Review & Discussion

June 19 Monday, June 19th at 9:30am. Dr J Patella presents and reviews 45 minutes of the second half of a 90 minute film: You Can Heal Your Life. The movie gives penetrating insights into Louise L. Hay’s fascinating personal story and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It reveals how she applies these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life. It is a take on success, happiness and the myriad ways in which people can heal their own lives. Includes interviews by

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Dr. Wayne W. Dyer along with several other notable experts. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 3rd Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Geauga County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

June 21 Wednesday, June 21 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burton Century Village, free admission and parking. Plant Sale, Garden Art, Desserts, Tool Sharpening for a small fee. Gift cards available for purchase at Burton Floral and Garden, 13020 Kinsman Rd. or The OSU Extension Patterson Center (440-8344656). Gift cards are valid on Master Gardener created garden art and plants.

American Legion Reception & Scholarship Awards

June 25 American Legion AtwoodMauck Post 459 Commanders Reception & Scholarship Awards 3pm Sunday, June 25th at Legion Home on Goodwin St., Burton. (Family members & Guests ONLY.) Contact Skip 440/313-2095 for further info.

Car Show & Motor Cycles

July 1 Show to benefit the Special Olympics, Sponsored by Western Reserve Masonic Lodge #507 in West Farmington. The show is to be at the Village Park on 3rd Street, North of Rt 88. Registration from 10am to 12 noon. 10 Trophies. $10 per vehicle, Tickets drawn at 3:30pm, show till 4pm. Food, water and pop sold, 50/50, Plus DJ and other prizes. For more info call Jim 330/240-3584 or George at 330/565-3860.

Motor Cycle Poker Run

Sept. 2 Gun Raffle 50/50, Chinese Auction, cost $20 per person and includes steak dinner and the run. Sponsored by 7 Masonic Lodges in the 25th District. ALL money’s go to children in the Special Olympics. Run starts at Western Reserve Lodge #507, 216 East Main St. in West Farmington. Registration starts at 8:30am. For more info call Cary 330/883-8176 or George 330/565-3860.

Crisis Training for Teachers being held this summer

Crisis situations happen in a blink of an eye. In a school setting, children and youth are relying on school personnel to keep them safe. All school staff members need to be prepared to handle situations – including incidents involving mental health. The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is offering the 10thannual Crisis Intervention Team Education Collaboration training from July 10-14. Teacher s, g u id a nce cou nselor s, school administrators, bus drivers, and other staff members are invited to attend the 5 day program designed to increase awareness of mental health issues and develop crisis management skills. Topics will include cyberbullying, de-escalation principles, autism, dating violence, depression and suicide prevention, child abuse, trauma, and street drugs. Participants will learn verbal techniques and participate in role plays. Tours of the county jail and Coleman Access are also on the schedule. CITEC is based on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for police officers. CIT was developed in 1988 in Memphis following the tragic shooting by a police officer of a man with mental illness. Two graduate credit hours are available upon completion of the class through Kent State University and Ashland University. Registration deadline is July 1. The class will be held at Streetsboro Police Department located at 2080 OH 303. The cost of the training is $100 for the week, and an additional $300 for the two graduate credits. For more information, call Laura at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or visit

Build A Gym, Build A Life Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities presents the Second Annual Build A Gym, Build A Life 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 5K Race starts at 8 am; Fun Run starts at 9 am The Parent Council of Portage County has been an advocate for the needs of those with developmental disabilities and their families for over 50 years. Currently, we are working toward owning a building to provide a place to hold Special Olympic and other community events. We are doing this by promoting events that we hope are enjoyable for the entire community. We hope to would provide a full size basketball court, a refreshment option and wheelchair accessibility. This race is designed to embrace everyone with all abilities. It is within the NEOMED Campus to provide safety for runners, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and those with other challenges. Register for the Race at the website: Click on - “Search for an event”, Type in - Portage County Parent Council Hosted by Sequoia Wellness at The NEW Center on the NEOMED Campus, Rootstown OH 44272 This race is a professionally timed and sanctioned by the USATF Race Chair – Annette Dowling Tel. 330-297-0302 Email –

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R avenna - The Immaculate Conception Council 1417 of the Knights of Columbus and the Chestnut Grove Arts District will be hosting a Trunk-n-Treasure Sale; an outdoor flea market in which vendors can display their wares. The event is taking place at the Immaculate Conception parking lot located at 251 W Spruce Avenue in Ravenna on June 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. As the event is taking place in the church parking lot, space will be limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Spaces are priced at $15.00 each or 2 for $25.00 until June 17, 2017, when pre-registration ends. If spaces are still available on the day of the sale, they will be $20.00 each or 2 for $30.00. Vendors/sellers are asked to bring their own tables, chairs, and canopies as rentals are not available. Checks are to be made payable to Knights of Columbus 1417. For registration, vendors are asked to include their name, phone number, number of spaces, and total rental fee. Registrations and rentals fees are to be mailed to: Chuck Calasina 409 W Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266 For any more information on the Trunk-n-Treasure Sale, please contact Michael Reder at 330-297-0113.

Group Seeking Writer To Chronicle History Of Ohio To Erie Trail

A volunteer organization committed to maintaining and promoting the Ohio to Erie Trail, a 320-mile multiuse bicycle trail that crisscrosses Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland, hopes to publish a book soon chronicling its history. “The Ohio to Erie Trail offers one of the most beautiful and unique bicycle adventures in the world,” said Tom Moffitt, President of the Ohio to Erie Trail Board. “It started with one man’s idea and then a group of dedicated volunteers joined together to make it become a reality. Many of those original volunteers are still active today with the Ohio to Erie Trail and we want to capture this story before it’s too late.” The late Ed Honton, a civil engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation originally came up with the idea of a paved path that connects the Ohio River to Lake Erie, and in 1991 he founded the Ohio to Erie Trail. Nowadays, bicyclists come from around the world to spend 5 or 6 days riding the trail through Ohio’s rural farmlands, quaint small towns and bustling metropolitan areas. The work will require interviewing past and present Ohio to Erie Trail board members, searching the files of the organization, reviewing minutes as well as photos and maps to develop a chronological historical account of the 26 year-old organization and its success in creating one of the longest recreational trails in the United States. To learn more, contact Lisa Daris at ohiotoerietrail@ More information, maps and trip-planning tools are available online at

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Michael A. McCabe born July 12, 1965, entered eternal rest after a long illness on May 15, 2017. Mike loved his family and friends very much. He was always the life of the party. Mike loved riding his Harley and was known by many people as Pan Head Mike. He is survived by his son, Michael A. McCabe; daughter, McKayla M McCabe; grandson, Anthony; brothers, Tim (Tammy) McCabe of Windham, Kenny Dye of Nelson, Allen Blake of Windham, Chris McCabe of Niles and Gary (Sylvia) Dye of Warren; sisters, Nancy Dye-Brindo, Monica McCabe-Welton of Nelson, Dana (Paul) Mosier and Tina Dye of Windham and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mike was proceeded in death by his father, Allen McCabe of Florida; mother, Carolyn (Henley) Dye and dad, Denzil Dye of Windham. Arrangements have been entrusted to MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

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J.A. Garfield Historical Society News Iva Walker | Columnist

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on May 15 at the Garretthouse social room for its regular monthly meeting, the Historic Mott Building being temporarily closed for the renovation/restoration/ refurbishment of the museum/display space, which is slated to be opened by the beginning of SummerFest so that the public may take advantage of the occasion to learn more about the history of the region. Work is progressing nicely and so did the business of the evening. Sarah Carley will be consulting with Mark Russell of Ellerhorst-Russell Insurance, leading to a presentation at the June meeting on coverage of the two buildings—the Mott Building and the Hat Shoppe/research center—which the Society owns, as well as the garden and markers around town. The Charles Porter Memorial Scholarship winner has been selected and will be presented at the senior awards ceremony on May 30; this is in the amount of $500. Scott Lawless, local history buff and researcher will be making a presentation on September 19 on once-popular area trolleys. Members and friends are reminded to check out participation in the Amazon Smiles program to painlessly produce revenue for the J. A. Garfield Historical Society when ordering on Amazon. Roof repairs will be beginning and painting estimates are being solicited. Some discussion of the rental apartment’s security deposit took place. The window display for SummerFest will focus on WWI, since 2017 marks the centennial of the entry of the United States into “the War to End All Wars,” which, sadly, it did not, but did mark the entry of the U.S. onto the stage of world leadership. The summer picnic is tentatively set for August 21.

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The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 1 pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp., Ohio. (Behind the Fire Station). Once again we will have the Tango dancers (this time to music) perform for us as we get ready for Summer. They are a very interesting couple of dancers, and will be great entertainment! After their demonstration, we will have a brief meeting and learn about upcoming programs that we will have for the rest of the year. Come and be entertained , learn a little about AARP, and visit with friends & neighbors, or make new friends. We have sweet treats donated by the birthday members, and, of course, always coffee to share after the meeting.. We are still collecting for the “Food For Friends” food pantry, and the Geauga Dog Shelter, two very needy collections that we are happy to support. Check your cupboards and think about those who have less. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767.

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report

Iva Walker | Columnist Garrettsville’s popular Cellar Door Coffee Shoppe provided the venue for the May 22, 2017 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, where they heard from Jackie Lowry, author of the program known as Stepping Stones Pathway; she was introduced by Alisa Lassiter of In the Woods, Freedom Twp. A native and resident of Hiram, she is focused on providing women with support and inspiration through helping them to simplify, prioritize and focus. Her book contains exercises based on Scripture and a workbook to develop the powers of the mind and bring about consistency of character, leading to being able to “walk the walk,” to reach competence, thankfulness and trust. Trish Danku introduced her guest, Greg Hall, new associate with Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. Tom Collins will be handling more of the duties of Youth Exchange co-ordinator, as the club prepares to receive a new exchange student this year. Host families are still being recruited. The club voted to contribute $1500 to the Rotary Foundation for both local and international projects. A listing of the local projects undertaken by the club displayed an outstanding effort, including SummerFest movies, Quiz Bowl/ Academic Challenge Chicage trip support, James A. Garfield H.S. scholarships, RYLA students to Baldwin-Wallace. The club has received the A.Z. Baker Award for this activism. The Portage Trail Sierra Club has presented a grant of over $2000 for a butterfly station on the Headwaters Trail. There was discussion of playground equipment information for the South Street Park; it will continue. The beat goes on. Regular Rotary meetings are held at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza , Garrettsville. Come and see what it’s like to place Service Above Self.

Read a Book with Us? Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club will meet on Tuesday, June 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the library meeting room. Title to be discussed will be Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin. Martin’s desire to write a book about world cuisine led to the realization that cooking itself has the power to strengthen bonds and heal. Library patrons interested in participating may register and pick up a copy of this title at the Reference Desk. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at


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Windham Seniors Honored Letters To The Editor Dear Editor, Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would like to thank all who bought flowers at our annual geranium sale. This fund-raiser enables us to donate proceeds to our youth programs and teen scholarships. At our junior olympics track and field fun day, we gave shirts and medals or ribbons to all 6- to 12- year old participants. This year, we sponsored a table of Newton Falls High School students at Trumbull County Civic Day, as well as our annual sponsorship of Boys State, Girls State, Tiger Basketball golf outing, and a youth baseball team. With our appreciation, Newton Falls Kiwanis Holly Thompson, Sara Taylor (salutatorian), Ja’Mario Brown (November Senior of the Month), Elizabeth Richmond (Valedictorian), Cali Apthorpe (Valedictorian and December Senior of the Month), Kathlyn Richmond (Valedictorian)

Windham students were honored at the Portage County Honors Breakfast on Monday, May 15 at NEOMED. The banquet recognized outstanding senior students from the class of 2017. Holly Thompson was the teen board representative for Windham this year and proudly represented the district. Congratulations to these students!

Dear Editor, Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would like to thank all who contributed to, worked at, and dined at our very successful steak cookout at Newton Falls United Methodist Church. In particular, we thank George and Mary Koutsounadis of Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant and helper Al Householder. We thank Girl Scout Troop 80239’s leader Pat Leach and scouts Melody and Katelyn Jacques, Samantha Lewis, and Emalea Moore. We thank Vincent Bailey for his help at the beverage station. Thanks also go to Kiwanis members from the Western Reserve (Hiram area), Austintown, and Warren Kiwanis Clubs,

as well as local officials for supporting our fund-raiser. MIke Gilligan was the winner of the 50/50 raffle, and we thank those who participated. Friends and family drove from the Akron-Rootstown areas and western Pennsylvania. Thank you! Kiwanis is a local, state, national, and international organization whose byline is “serving the children of the world.” Proceeds from the dinner benefit our youth and teen leadership programs. We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Covered Bridge Inn and welcome new members. See you at our next big event, the Halloween Cakewalk on October 31. Thank you, Newton Falls Kiwanis

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Kiwanis Club Awards Scholarships

Newton Falls Kiwanis Club awarded $500 scholarships to two deserving seniors at the Newton Falls High School awards assembly May 16. Support of the Newton Falls community in our fund- raisers enables us to give excellent students, with a continued commitment to volunteerism, a financial boost for their college expenses. During the presentation, Mrs. Wujcik told about the university branch of Kiwanis volunteers called Circle K International. Pictured above are guidance counselor Mr. NIcholson, Emma Rader, Courtney Shetterly, Kiwanis treasurer Mrs. Wujcik, and guidance counselor Mr. Kernen.

Mantua Mother-Daughter Banquet M antua - Hilltop Christian Church of Mantua continued a tradition of over 50 years when 77 women and children attended their Mother – Daughter Banquet May 5th. Family members from all over northeast Ohio attended. Leona Livzey had family from Pennsylvania Michigan, Virginia and Southern Ohio. Eight families had 3 generations there. Louis Summerlin was chairwoman of the event and also gave the welcome and blessing. Tribute to the daughters, mothers and grandmothers was given by Barb Blazek, Melissa Blazek and Mackenzie Blazek. Audrey Heritage presented gift certificates for ice cream to all the children. Jessica Davis had each table draw for the centerpiece. Casella Stamm, who is 95, was recognized as oldest mother. Sarah Collins was the youngest mother. Phillis Bodon introduced Bob Wilson who played the banjo and harmonica, sang and read poems he had written. (Bob is the husband of Camille Park and son-inlaw of Evelyn Park.) Dinner was prepared by Eric Davis, a member of the church. Clean up was ably handled by Rod Summerlin, Kevin John, Pastor Alan Cory and Eric Davis.




CHS Envirothon Heads to State Competition

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Portage County high school students from Southeast, Waterloo, Crestwood, Ravenna, and Kent Roosevelt recently competed in the Northeast Ohio Area 2 Envirothon competition at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Medina. According to Crestwood High School faculty advisor Andy Brown, “Crestwood was the high scoring team in Aquatics and finished second in Wildlife and Forestry.” Crestwood’s final team score was 102 points, which was a mere two points away from first place winners Chardon High School. The Envirothon is a national, academic, outdoor competition for high school students, which is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources. The Envirothon tests students’ knowledge of natural resources in five categories, where students compete through team problem solving activities. While each student on an Envirothon team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of an Envirothon is the team score. The Envirothon ended up being a huge success,” shared Mr. Brown. He noted that Crestwood High School competed in the Envirothon roughly 10 years prior, finishing second in the county and 18th overall. He continued, “This year, Karli Bigler and Alyssa Blake wanted to organize and train a team as part of a senior project. They recruited for a few weeks before getting commitments from fellow senior Catherine Hoover and juniors Sara Miller, Austin Shaffer, and Frank Fugman. Since a team can only consist of five members, Frank acted as our alternate.” The team ‘Crestwood Monkey Wrench Gang’ traveled to Buffalo Creek Park in Seville on May 3rd, along with four other Portage County schools to compete. The competition consisted of the usual four categories of Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, and Soil along with the current environmental issue of Agriculture. Each category features a roughly 25-question test that is written by professionals in the field. The questions focus on real-world applications rather than simple memorization of the subject matter. As a part of the competition, students were asked to identify organisms, distinguish problem areas, and specify uses of resources, habitats, and more. The scores from each category were combined for an overall team score. “Crestwood now holds the honor of achieving the highest ranking of any Portage County school to

White Barn Healing Arts in Ravenna Presents Spiritual Spa Day, a Multi-Cultural Day of De-Stressing and Relaxation Practices

R avenna - Annette Bragg, a Portage County resident and founder and former director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, left the animal rescue organization last year after 17 years of leadership to ex­pand her “rescue work” to include people and the environment as well. White Barn Healing Arts, promoting peace and healing for animals, people and planet, is the latest organization Annette has created. White Barn provides ho­listic wellness services and workshops for body, mind and spirit including Reiki (energy work), aromatherapy, medi­tation classes, and more. White Barn is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization. On Sunday, June 4th, from 10:00am to 6:00pm White Barn Healing Arts invites you to join us for a unique event entitled Spiritual Spa Day. White Barn Healing Arts, 5180 Hayes Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Enjoy a day of de-stressing and relaxation while experiencing a smorgasbord of calming and healing tech­ niques originating in many different cultures that you can incorporate into your daily life. Tai Chi, for example, is a series of gentle movements that promotes relaxation through releasing muscle tension and increasing your flow of energy, a practice that originated in the Chinese culture. Other holistic experiences presented at this event and gaining popularity today are reflexology (originating in the Indian and Chinese cultures); drumming (African and Na­tive American); Reiki (Japanese); gentle yoga and guided meditation (Indian); aromatherapy (Egyptian, Roman and Chinese); crystal therapy (Egyptian); singing bowls (Tibetan); with opening and closing ceremonies from South American and Peruvian cultures. Bring a friend for an amazing experience!


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CHS’s Monkey Wrench Gang (Pictured left to right): CHS faculty advisor Andrew Brown, Alyssa Blake, Karli Bigler, Austin Shaffer, Sara Miller, and Catherine Hoover. (Photo Courtesy of PCSWCD)

compete in the Area 2 Envirothon,” beamed Lynn Vogel from PSWCD. “Crestwood students did an amazing job at Envirothon this year,” she continued. “Two students, Alyssa Blake and Karli Bigler, were very instrumental in pulling the team together. These two girls are awesome! Congratulations Crestwood students and their advisor Andy Brown -- I’m very proud!” Crestwood’s performance qualified them for the State Tournament, which will be held on June 12th and 13th in Circleville. “As far as I was told,” Mr. Brown explained, “this is the first time a school from Portage County has ever qualified for the State Tournament.” Mr. Brown later noted that due to a schedule conflict, alternate Frank Fugman would replace Austin Shaffer at the State Tournament. Crestwood will also receive the traveling countylevel Envirothon trophy from Kent Roosevelt, the highest-ranking Portage team from the 2016 competition. The trophy, which is sponsored by the PSWCD, has been following the winning Portage team for over a decade. Each year the winning team has an engraved plate added to the traveling trophy, which they keep until a new winner is awarded during the next competition. Congratulations and good luck next month at the State Competition to the top four teams: Chardon Red from Geauga County, Crestwood Monkey Wrench Gang from Portage County, Perry High School Red Team from Lake County, and LaBrae Team A from Trumbull County. The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) sponsor the Envirothon in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Natural resource and environmental specialists from many agencies, organizations, colleges, universities, park districts and businesses create the Envirothon questions and staff the various test stations during competitions. Five Area Envirothons are conducted around Ohio each spring. The top four teams from each of these competitions progress to the Ohio Envirothon in June. This state-level contest is held in a different part of Ohio each year. The top-scoring team in the Ohio Envirothon will be eligible to compete in the National Envirothon, which is hosted by a different state each year. Next year’s Area 2 Envirothon will be sponsored by Cuyahoga SWCD and Portage SWCD. More information on this annual competition will be available in January 2018.

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Barry Vancura | Columnist Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get ready for summer! While growing up in Northeast Ohio, Memorial Day weekend could mean celebrating in three different ways: 1. a beautiful warm sunny weekend with an outdoor picnic and the annual opening of the pool with friends and family. Number 2.(this one happening more than the warm sunny holiday weekend) was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indoor Picnicâ&#x20AC;? held in the family room sometimes with a warm fire in the fireplace and the furnace running. And then number 3, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;lets open the cottage weekendâ&#x20AC;? where we were forced to run quickly inside to the cottage from the car due to army of mosquitoes and blackflies that were waiting patiently outside for our return, so their holiday feasting could also begin. The following three recipes are ones that were shared with me by three very amazing friends. The first recipe, Pasta Salad is from a very dear friend that I have known almost all my life and who also gave me my first taste of show business by casting me in a secondary lead role back in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;74 in the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also thankful for all her help a few years ago when I was celebrating the Silver Anniversary of my 25th birthday. She had

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On Thursday, May 18, Kent State University at Trumbull officially announced its reinstatement of campus athletic programs. This fall, Kent State Trumbull will be home to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country teams. It is the first competitive sport the school has offered since 1992 when it had basketball, volleyball and golf teams. The teams will compete against area colleges as a student organization under the leadership of volunteer head coach, Bill Hess. Dr. Lance Grahn, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Kent State Trumbull, hopes cross country and other sports teams will soon compete as part of an intercollegiate conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aspire to offer our students a full college experience,â&#x20AC;? said Grahn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also want to make smart decisions when we determine what sports make financial and logistical sense.â&#x20AC;? Grahn pointed to the possibility of future bowling and archery teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that student athletes create a bond and tend to push one another athletically and academically. These opportunities also increase campus pride and give our student athletes an opportunity continue doing what they love to do.â&#x20AC;? Hess has been coaching since 1987 and has been coaching both cross country and track at Niles McKinley High School and Middle School since 2007. Kent State Trumbull program coordinator Michelle Adkins will serve as staff advisor for Coach Hess and the Cross Country teams. Briana Ellwood, a Kent State Trumbull sophomore and Niles McKinley graduate, has committed as the first runner.

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Baseball Duo Captures All-NCAC Awards Hiram - With the 2017 season being at a close, the Terriers have added three conference accolades to the books, announced the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) office on Monday morning. For the first time in program history, freshman Hank Clegg has been named the 2017 Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning second-team All-NCAC honors, while senior Brandon Chesmar was tabbed an honorable mention all-conference selection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very exciting to have two of our players honored by the NCAC,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Howard Jenter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being in one of the top Division III conferences in the country, it says a lot about our team setting more expectations and continuing to set the bar at a higher level.â&#x20AC;? Clegg was a key component in orchestrating the second-largest turnaround in school history, posting a 4-1 record on the season. Prior to improving their win total by nine (16-19), the largest increase came in the 2003 season when Hiram made an 11-game surge to finish 21-16. The pitcher has quickly made his name known throughout the NCAC, leading the conference or being one of the top players in several categories. Clegg posted conference-best numbers in both opponent batting average (.194) and hits (35). He also ranked second in the NCAC in ERA (2.54) and earned runs (14). The honors are not the first that Clegg has received this season. He was previously named the NCAC Pitcher of the Week two times throughout the season, making him the first Terrier ever to garner multiple weekly awards. It also marked the first time that Hiram received the POW award more than once in a single season. His first accolade came in the first week of the season when the Terriers traveled to Fort Myers for their 10-game road trip. In his two appearances, the pitcher finished 1-0, with his first win coming in a 6-1 victory over The US Merchant Marine Academy. Clegg pitched all seven innings to record the first complete game of his career, giving up one run on three hits. He also tallied seven strikeouts and recorded a .129 opponent batting average. Clegg was also named the conference POW for his work against Oberlin when Hiram defeated the Yeomen 6-1 in game one of the four-game series back in April.









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That Red Buckeye Is A Show Off! Iva Walker | Columnist

My Red Buckeye is showing off this year—full of blossoms and looking like it ought to be the guest star at the Home & Flower Show. Stop in some time and take a look. And if you’re walking around the estate, say “Hello” to the critter who seems to me to be the one munching up my newly-planted landscape additions. Saturday morning, on my way to walking about town, I stepped off the front steps and spotted what looked like a woodchuck—or groundhog, if you prefer—taking off from my front planting space for the property across the road. I’m sure that Mark Hardesty wasn’t harboring the varmint on purpose but it was hightailing it to somewhere in the back of his property. Wildlife unlimited on Park Ave.! There had seemed to be some small excavations around the front yard lately and I thought that I had planted LOTS more things of one sort or another and none of them were appearing in their appointed locations, so this is probably the solution to that particular conundrum. Woodchucks have been spotted in the back before, along with skunks and the legendary beaver/beavers that came up from the creek to fetch construction materials for their dam-building (dammit) efforts down below ; they chewed down, I think it was two trees, and nibbled on at least one other. You could see the track where they hauled their pilfered prizes back down to the water. There were deer across the street once and SOMEBODY came and ate all of my pawpaws just as they were coming ripe. The only other one who was following the ripening process as closely as I was, was

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

It’s been a busy year for us so far and unfortunately we haven’t been able to visit many wineries. So, when we had a Saturday afternoon free, we decided to hit the road and see what adventures we could find. We had a family party to attend in Medina and decided to check out some wineries after the party. Our first stop was Filia Cellars Winery (3059 Greenwich Road, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281). Filia means daughter in Latin and is a tribute to owner and winemaker, Lisa, who followed in her father’s footsteps in the wine making and grape growing fields. We had a chance to talk to Lisa and her husband, Mitch, about the history of the winery and the wines they offered. Lisa’s family was originally from the west side of Cleveland before her father moved the family and their wine making business to Napa. Lisa decided to return to Ohio and found a great property in Norton, Ohio, near Akron to open her own winery. Unfortunately, the soil tests on the property showed the land being very wet, which is not good for grape vines, so she was forced to find another location. With luck on her side she came across an old farmhouse that need a complete restoration. Lisa and Mitch were determined to get the winery up and running and in 2015 Filia Cellars Winery opened their doors. Filia Cellars offers a great selection of wines ranging from dry to sweet and a couple of fruit wines. I was very impressed with their Dry Riesling but fell in love with their blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc called Isabella (named after one of their daughters). The winery itself is broken up into multiple rooms, each with its own ambiance and theme. Since the weather was so nice, we headed outside to their picnic tables overlooking a small pond. We were quickly greeted by the very friendly duck, Fin, who we learned tends to bite any feet that are in sandals (some guests even keep a pair of tennis shoes in their car when they come to visit Fin). The winery was very peaceful and since we ended up having such a great time, we never made it to any other wineries. Filia Cellars Winery is open Wednesday – Friday 5pm – 10pm and Saturdays 12pm – 10pm. I highly recommend the trip out there – just make sure you don’t wear sandals! 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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1. MANY YEARS, NO CHANGE - The Social Security payroll tax rate paid by employees has been 6.2% since 1990 except for a 2% reduction in the rate during the 2 years of 2011-12 (source: Social Security). 2. MORE TAXES - Proposed House legislation (“Social Security 2100 Act”) by John Larsen (D-CT) would increase the Social Security payroll tax rate paid by employees from 6.2% to 7.4%, to be phased in over 24 years from 2019-2042. Larsen’s plan would also phase out the current $127,000 ceiling on earnings subject to payroll taxes so that by the year 2047 all earnings would be taxed (source: Social Security Office of the Chief Actuary). 3. ON YOUR OWN - 44% of American private sector workers (i.e., 55 million of 124 million private sector workers) lack access to any employer sponsored pre-tax retirement plan (source: AARP).

5. REDUCE GLOBAL SUPPLY - OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC member Russia announced plans on Monday 5/15/17 to extend the oil production cuts of 1.8 million barrels a day that were originally agreed to on 11/30/16. The supply cuts will now continue to March 2018. Increased oil production from the United States since late November 2016 has muted the production cuts’ intended impact to raise oil prices. Crude oil closed at $49.44 a barrel on 11/30/16. Crude oil closed at $50.53 a barrel on Friday 5/19/17 (source: BTN Research). 6. STILL BROKE - The finance ministers of the 19 Eurozone nations meet today (Monday 5/22/17) in Brussels, Belgium. On the agenda is the topic of debt forgiveness for Greece. Athens has received 3 bailouts in the last decade – May 2010, February 2012 and April 2016 (source: BTN Research).


7. GRASS IS GREENER - 34% of American workers anticipate that they will have a different job with a new employer within 12 months (source: Met Life US Employee Benefit Trends Study).



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4. BIG PROMISES - The unfunded pension liability of the city of Chicago is estimated to be $27 billion, an amount equal to 11 years worth of the city’s current annual tax revenue (source: City of Chicago).

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Christopher A. Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services for MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC Supervisory Office, 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.













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HONDA ‘81 GOLDWING 33,000 miles. $1,100 or best offer. 330-760-4785 5/26

MACHINE OPERATOR FT position for a Manual/ CNC operator. Machine experience helpful but will train the right person. Wages based based on skills and prior knowledge.

FORD 8N TRACTOR with plow and utility box. Very good condition. $2,500. 440834-8492 5/26

AUXILIARY/DEBURR FT position for deburring/ finishing department.




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1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 APT FOR RENT 8167 Water Street, Garrettsville. 2 bedroom, newly remodeled, 1 bath. $850/month First & last months rent plus security deposit. Utilities included. Contact Sue 216-513-1801. 6/2


Applications accepted at: 10400 Industrial Dr. Garrettsville or Email: Drug Free Workplace


WANTED NEED HOMES for 3 pet roosters. 3 years old. Owner 91 years old and can’t continue upkeep. Call for details. 330931-9890. 5/26



GARAGE / MOVING SALE - 11821 Mumford Rd, Garrettsville. Household, Misc furniture, animal mounts, sports memorabilia, bar items, jewelry display items. May 26 & 27 9 am - 6 pm

FOR SALE BY OWNER 2.82 acres in Nelson Township. JA Garfield Schools. 353’ frontage Just $17,900. Call 440-645-2864 pr 440-4151467 anytime. 5/26

MULTI-FAMILY SALE May 25-28 8:30 am - 4 pm 2033 East River Rd #44, Newton Falls Games, toys, ceiling fan, 2001 Harley Ultraglide Classic and lots of good misc items.

McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000

GoldFire Realty

8028 State Street, Garrettsville. TOLL FREE 888-258-4845 / 330-527-2221 INTEREST RATES RISING…if you are thinking of buying call us NOW! Find out how much you can afford…. R


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554 N. Chestnut, Ravenna

1060 Orchard Ave. Aurora

Already arranged for medical or dental facility with partitioned rooms. There are potentially 9 patient rooms, main office, lobby, storage. A lot of potential.

Bi-level * 5bd/1ba * Aurora City Schools * many updates * all appliances stay * newer flooring throughout * newer stamped patio * 10x12 shed

9870 Belden Dr., Windham


MLS 3896253 Shauna Bailey

$119,900 MLS 3902692 330-527-2221 Wendy Borrelli

$134,900 330-687-4496

Commercial building * 2 stories * Qualifies for USDA 0% down. 3bd/1ba overlooks the Mahoning River * full Ranch * fenced-in yard * 15x10 deck * kitchen * balcony * bar with appliances stone patio * storage shed * move-in-ready * fishing areas * fire pit * storage shed

$59,900 MLS 3859981 330-687-0622 Wendy Borrelli


Fun By The Numbers

$55,000 330-687-4496

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223 Oak Knoll, Newton Falls

Two duplexes with 2 beds and 1 bath per unit. 85 Trumbull, Newton Falls – detached garage

MLS 3858805


409 Newton, Newton Falls

MLS 3858791 Kathie Lutz

PUBLIC NOTICE The Crestwood Board of Education will hold thier June Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7p.m. at the High School Library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. This is a change in date from the original scheduled meeting of Tuesday, June 13, 2017. PUBLIC NOTICE The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Crestwood Intermediate Building, 11260 Bowen Rd., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting will be for approval of matters relating to fiscal year end and fiscal year beginning data, FREEDOM TOWNSHIP CLEAN-UP DAYS Trash Drop-Off will be held: Thurs, June 8, Noon – 8 pm Friday, June 9, Noon – 6 pm Sat, June 10, 9 am – 3 pm Location:Township Garage, S.R. 700 north side of the Turnpike. Batteries, motor oil, refrigerators and freezers will be accepted. No paint, garbage, yard waste, barbed wire, building materials, shingles or fencing materials will be accepted. The Portage County Solid Waste District will have a tire dumpster at the same location you are welcome to bring all your tires, EXCEPT NO Tractor OR Semi Tires. A loader will be available to assist in the drop-off. Proof of residency required. For more information, call 330.527.7414 or 330-620-3555 Freedom Township has free wood chips to offer to Residents.

Cape Cod * 3 bd/1.5 ba * Open floor plan Plenty of storage * Fenced yard Above ground pool * deck * flowerbeds

$39,900 330-687-5900 MLS 3824952 Shauna Bailey

$85,900 330-527-2221

Are you tired of punching a time clock? Need a new career? WE ARE HIRING!

330-274-5520 SHARPENING & GRINDING SERVICE Eastwood Sharp Shop Knives • Blades • Chains Scissors and More (330) 527-7103 8060 Elm St, Garrettsville

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 5/26 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545 RUFN

SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 6/23 BUCKEYE HOME CONSTRUCTION Roofing, Siding & Painting Certified for E.I.F.S. | stucco and decorative stone. Insured, Bonded & Licensed Call (330) 766-5090 6/16


BLUE MOON KENNEL: Modern, clean pet boarding & grooming facility. Heated/airconditioned. Indoor/Outdoor runs. We are on premises 24 hrs a day. Veterinarian recommended. (330) 8982208. RUFN

Beautiful Honey

100 Superior St., Newton Falls

answer to last week’s puzzle

MLS 3884759 Ryan Neal

PUBLIC NOTICE The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Crestwood Intermediate Building, 11260 Bowen Rd., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting will be for employment contracts and the appointment for the vacant Board of Education position.

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This pretty lady showed up at a feral cat colony that I take care of. It was cold and snowing and she was afraid to get too close to me. I kept talking to her and she kept meowing right back to me. She had a lot to say, but it was very cold and she finally allowed me to pet her. After making friends with her, I scruffed her behind her neck and carried her back to my car. Honey is a little doll with lots of personality. She is happiest as the only cat but enjoys the company of dogs. Honey is about 2 years old, spayed, vaccinated and has tested negative for leukemia/FIV. If you’re looking for a loving cat, then you must meet Honey… To meet Honey, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 kdanimalrescue@

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Weekly Villager - May 26, 2017  
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