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Friday, June 23, 2017

Summerfest Schedule of Events Friday, June 23rd

6:30 p.m. Festival Commencement (Main) Grand Marshall Award to Roger Angel 6:40 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab (Main) 6:45 p.m. Invincible - Pat Benatar Tribute (Main) 7:00 p.m. Boys Are Back (Classic Rock) (North) 9:00 p.m. Family Movie Night “Sing” (West) Presented by Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary 9:00 p.m. Moving in Stereo – Cars Tribute (Main) Presented by Sky Plaza IGA

Saturday, June 24th

This Weekend! Aaron Bonk returns with his juggling skills using knives and even a chain saw. He also does some mighty fine tricks with whips as well. Kids love him and so does Summerfest. A show one will not want to miss. He is on the schedule at 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

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6:30 p.m. Jungle Terry Kids Animal Show (North) 6:45p.m Southern Detour (Country Rock) (Main) 6:45 p.m. Been a Long Time Band (Classic Rock) (West) 7:00 p.m. The Fort Huntsburg Band (Country) (North) 8:45 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab 9:00 p.m. Chris Higbee (Country) (Main) P re s e nte d by Pe r me F inanc ial Group

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9:00 p.m. “10 from 6” (Bad Company Tribute) (West) Presented by McDonald’s 10:00 p.m. Gigantic Fireworks Display

Garrettsville Skate Park Relocated for Upgrade The Garrettsville Skate Park is no passing fancy. The skateboard course was established 12 years ago on the site of the tennis courts at Village Park across from the library, giving young skate boarders a safe place off the streets to practice their moves. Over the years, the equipment became worn out from use and weathering, so the village recently locked up the skate park for safety’s sake. Just when it seemed the park had run its course, interest in renovating the equipment has been revived, but in a new location. In order to accommodate Garfield High School’s new tennis program, the skate park has been moved to the Park Avenue park across from the YMCA, and the former tennis courts at Village Park will be restored. According to Garrettsville Mayor Rick Patrick, “The skateboard park will be a better fit on Park Avenue, where it’s up front and visible from the street. It was too secluded at the South Street location. Neighbors should give it a chance and hopefully it will work out.” Patrick admits there have been a few concerns raised already, with some Park Street residents worried about the amount of noise, littering, loitering and smoking that may accompany the skate park. The mayor encourages neighbors to assume the best, but call the police if there’s a problem. “If you bought a house next to the park, you need to expect some noise,” he said. Existing equipment was moved to the Park Street location earlier this month, but a timeline on installing new equipment depends on funding. In May, Village Council member Becky Harrington reported that the total park improvements project would cost $42,946, with the village portion being approximately $10,440. The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary has offered to contribute $7,000 toward the project, which should, in effect, reduce the village’s total contribution. The project includes restoring the four tennis courts and the basketball court across from the library, and establishing the skate park on Park Avenue (costs for new equipment not included). According to meeting minutes, village council also approved a resolution requesting additional funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Grant Program. This program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local

10:00 a.m. Punt, Pass & Kick Contest Presented by Garrettsville Lions Club 10:00 a.m. Pie Drop-off at Slim & Jumbo’s for Huntington Bank Pie Baking Contest 11:00 a.m. Church Service (North) 12:00 p.m. Ohio’s Largest Tractor Parade Presented by Century 21 Goldfire Realty 12:00 p.m. Cornhole Tournament - Pro & Social Located behind Slim & Jumbo’s Presented by State Farm & All American Gutter Protection 12:00 p.m. Solo Society (Acoustic) (Main) 12:30 p.m. Gospel Music (North) 2:00 p.m. Ice Cream Eating Contest (West) Presented by Dairy Queen 2:00 p.m. Take 2 (60’s, 70’s, and 80’s) (North) 2:30 p.m. Arrowhead (Classic Rock) (Main) 3:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab (Main) 3:30 p.m. Superhero Spectaclular (West) 5:00 p.m. 8th Count Dance Studio Recital (West) 5:00 p.m. The amazing A aron Bonk Show (Main) 5:00 p.m. Lion’s Club Rubber Duck R ace (Boardwalk) 5:00 p.m. Russ Nottingham (Christian) (North) 5:00 p.m. Chamber Car Cruise in Garfield Plaza Featuring music by Dennis Chandler 6:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab 6:00 p.m. Hamburger Eating Contest (Main)

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government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Grant approvals will be made in September. Danny Lassiter, who helped establish the original skate park in 2005, is also a driving force behind the upgraded skate park plan. He has established a GoFundMe page to generate $10,000 for rebuilding and upgrading the Garrettsville Skate Park. According to the GoFundMe page, “The original park lasted over 12 years with no maintenance and is in need of repair and upgrade. We took a poll at James A. Garfield grades 7 thru 12, over 180 kids participated with over 60% saying they used or would use the park. The park will be relocated from original site and moved to tennis court in front of YMCA. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.” Harrington says that Lassiter, along with Greg Gotthardt, is donating all of the labor necessary to relocate and rebuild the skate park. They spent a lot of time growing up at the park and value its positive impact on their lives. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating toward this project, call Danny Lassiter at (330) 671-4482. Harrington is an enthusiastic booster of the skate park, saying, ““There’s nothing bad about it. It’s all good! At this point, we’re doing everything we can with what we’ve got. It may not be beautiful yet, but it will be usable at Park Avenue this summer.”

9:00 a.m. Friends of Melana 5K & One Mile Fun Walk to benefit Children’s Glioma Cancer 12:30 p.m 13th Annual Summerfest Grand Parade 1:30 p.m. The Gospel Wonders (North) 1:45 p.m. Walnut Hills Cloggers (West) 2:00 p.m. Garrettsville Police K-9 demonstration 2:30 p.m. The Hoo-Haa’s (80’s Pop Rock) 3:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Contest at GHS Auditorium by J.A.G. Dancing Divas 3:30p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab 3:30p.m John Boston & Johnny Wallace (North) 4:30pm Frog Jumping Contest (Main) Presented by Geauga Vision & State Farm

5:00pm The amazing A aron Bonk Show (Main) 5:00 p.m. Lion’s Club Rubber Duck R ace (Boardwalk) 5:30p.m Lake Erie Brass Ensemble (West) 6:45 p.m. Garrettsville Police “Tase-a-cop” (Main) R affle Winner Demonstration 7:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab 7:00 p.m. G a r r e t t s v i l l e I d ol F i n a l s S how w/ Mayor Patrick & Fox 8’s Big Chuck & Lil’ John Presented by Middlefield Banking Co.

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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.

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 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

Firedevils Seeking Vendors

Auburn Firedevils, auxiliary to the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its sixth annual arts, crafts and consultants fair November 18 at Adams Halls, 11455 Washington St, Auburn Township, from 10 am to 4 pm. We are seeking vendors for this fun event. Tables are $25 each. Tables and chairs are provided. There is plenty of parking for vendors and shoppers alike at this facility. For more info and a registration form, call Shelby DeCapite 440-543-7733 or email shelbydecapite@yahoo. com.

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

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Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/326-3188 for info.

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 STAMBROSE CHURCH 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville-“Early bird” at 6:45pm 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. 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.


Sundays Beginning on June 25 join us at the Cellar Door Coffee Co to play Euchre on Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm. All are welcome!

Hiram Community Band Seeking Members

Hiram Community Band is seeking members for their annual July 4 (4 PM) concert. Rehearsals will be on June 12, June 21 and June 29 from 7-9PM at Frohring Hall on the Hiram College campus. All music-reading players of band instruments are welcome, but we can particularly use percussionists,French/alto horn, piccolo and low woodwind players. Contact Jeffrey Quick at or call 330-527-0144 evenings if interested.

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June 22 - Hawaiian Shirts June 29 - Games July 6 - Bingo and Doughnuts July 13 - Biscuits & Gravy July 20 - Cheesecake Diet

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! SUMMERFEST serving Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches.

Observatory Viewing

June 24 Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, June 24, from 9:30 to 11:00 PM. Featured that night will be Saturn, Jupiter, and the Ring Nebula. Other objects of interest may also be viewed. The night’s observing depends upon clear skies and those have been in short supply this season! Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

Youth Shoot

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June 24 & 25 The Streetsboro Sportsman Association is hosting youth shoots for ages 10-18 on June 24 and 25 at 9:00 AM. June 24 will be for first time participants and June 25 for previous participants or experienced Youth. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve your place contact Russ Vandercook @ (330)2743566 or email at rvclays@aol. com. The club is located at 11280 Bloom Road, Nelson Township 44231.

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

Free Community Dinner

June 27 A free community dinner will be held on June 27 from 5-6 pm - while supplies last - at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. EVERYONE WELCOME!

Free Diabetic Classes

June 27 & 29 The Renaissance Family Center in Windham, in cooperation with UH Hospital, is offering free diabetic classes. June 27th and 29th 12-2 at the Renaissance Family Center. Everyone welcome.

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June 30th will be a “double edition� of the Villager. The Villager will not be published on July 7th. Deadline for the July 14th edition of the Villager will be NOON on Monday, July 10th.

The Villager Office & Villager Emporium will be closed the week of July 3rd and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11th. During this time submissions for the Villager can be made via email: fax: 330.527.5145 or calling our office and leaving a message: 330.527.5761.

Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!! Bake Sale & Cake Raffle

July 1 Legacy Dog Rescue will be holding a Bake Sale and $100 Money Cake Raffle on July 1st at Family Video, 4385 Kirk Rd, Austintown. The event will run from 12:00 – 3:00. There will be a wonderful assortment of baked goods! And bunnies! Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies & Feathered Friends Rescue will be joining us – come check out their fabulous jewelry and learn about therapy bunnies! Also check out the adoptable bunnies. Funds will be going to help an unexpected litter of bunnies, after several bunnies were left to fend for themselves.

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.

Parents Without Partners Picnic

July 1 International Parents Without Partners Chpt #600 will have a picnic supper July 1, 6:30 – 7:30pm at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave, Tallmadge. Open to public, non-members and members. The chapter will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, just bring a covered dish to share. Afterwards, 7:30 – 11:00pm, the chapter will hold its monthly dance themed ‘Red, White &

Blue’, music by disc jockey Mel; $6 members, $8 non-members. For information call Warrine at 330/322-9559

Be A History Detective

July 4 Come to the Hiram Historical Society’s Century House after the July 4th parade and examine a fascinating assortment of historical objects on display that no one has seen in some time. We know what a few of them were used for, but others have us stumped. Perhaps you can amaze others with your knowledge of the past and give names to these items. There will also be an activity involving the identification of doors in the Hiram area. Name them all and you just might win a prize! We’ll be there until 4:00 PM...south on Route 700 across from the Village Hall and Fire Station.

Kinsman Is For Sale!

July 8 On Saturday, July 8th, Kinsman Rotary will be hosting a Chicken BBQ in conjuction with the townwide yard sales. BBQ is at the town park, just off of Route 5. South of town, 8000 Burnett East Rd. (behind Ohio Edison). 11 am to 3 pm? Eat in or take out. Townwide yardsales from 9 am to 5 pm. Free maps are available at Market Square on the square (Routes 5 & 7). Amish bake sale on the square. Many businesses will have sales. Kinsman, OH is located on Routes 5, 7& 87. For info: or call 330-876-3178(10am to 6pm). Find out what Kinsmania is all about!

Vacation Bible School

July 10-14 You’re invited on an awesome adventure at Maplewood


Christian Church for Hero Central VBS 2017! This adventure will include epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God. Held July 10 – 14 from 5:45 – 8:30 p.m. Children ages 3 – 14 are welcome. Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 S.R. 88 in Ravenna. For more information about our Vacation Bible School, call 330-297-6424 or email vbs.maplewood@ Register at www.

Outdoor Flea Market

July 14 - 16 Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 5727 State Route 14, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 is hosting an outdoor flea market on July 14 - 9am to 5pm, July 15 - 9am to 5pm, July 16 - 10am to 3pm $40.00 for a spot (all 3 days) 12 x 12 space. Bring own table & chairs for set-up - You can bring a canopy - you will be in direct sunlight. OPEN TO PUBLIC. Questions? Make reservations? Contact - Mary at

Hiram School Reunion

July 16 For anyone who attended Hiram School, the 24th Annual Hiram School Reunion will be held, Sunday July 16, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market (St. Rt. 422), Welshfield, (Troy Twp.) Ohio 44021. Beverages, meat and table service will be provided. Those with last names A through R, please bring salad, fruit or vegetables. Last names S through Z, please bring a dessert. Classes celebrating milestones: 1942 – 75th, 1947 – 70th, 1952 – 65th, 1957 – 60th, 1962 – 55th, 1967 – 50th. If questions, contact Maryann – 330-569-7057, Barbara – 330-296-3732, Gary – 330-527-4457.

A Moveable Feast

July 21 Geauga County Public Library is hosting a birthday celebration on Hemingway’s birthday and the community is invited! On Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m.Celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s birthday in style with a moveable feast of food, music and fun at one of the Geauga Park District’ scenic locations – Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Rd., Chesterland. Test your trivia skills for a chance to win a gift basket. Vintage 1920s clothing is encouraged. Various food stations will offer bite-size appetizers, wines, petit entrees, desserts and Hemingway-inspired trivia, live music and the Bookmobile. This event is likely to fill to capacity. Registration is required at (click the green “Register for an event� tile) or call 440-729-4250. Cost: Free. Ages: 21 and older


July 21-23; 28&29 The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is proud to Present Godspell- July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7pm and July 23, 2017at 2pm. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children under 12 and seniors over $7.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.00 a piece. Godspell is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Ohio Health Benefits. All performances are held in the James A Garfield’s Iva Walker Auditorium. Tickets available at the door or by calling 216-3750709. Direction of Godspell is by Justin Steck and musical direction by Florence Janosik. Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits. SUBMISSIONS IN WRITING WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS OR FLYERS. E-MAIL PREFERRED


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GCPL introduces Club Ink, with writing workshops, author presentations and cultural events Geauga County Public Library is proud to introduce Club Ink, an engaging series of events and workshops celebrating culture and the written and spoken word. We are bringing a lineup of outstanding writers to Geauga County this year and into 2018. The action kicks off in July and features:  Rachele Alpine, July 5, 7 p.m., Chardon*  Thrity Umrigar, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Geauga West**  Keith Manos, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Chardon*  Lindsay Ward, Sept. 9, Chardon*  Johnny Ray Miller Sept. 9, 2 p.m., Middlefield Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Chardon* Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Bainbridge  Michael Hingson, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Newbury**  Dan Chaon, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Chardon*  Mindy McGinnis, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Geauga West  Jim Sulecki, Jan. 24, 2018, Geauga West In addition to these events, Club Ink also features the following annual and recurring programs: Club Ink’s annual Local Author Fair takes place at the Chardon Branch Sat., Sept. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. and features

many local authors selling and signing their books. The Club Ink Writing Workshop takes place the first Wednesday of every month at the Chardon Branch. This is a casual gathering of writers of all genres interested in sharing experiences, critiques, and ideas. Both aspiring authors and seasoned veterans are encouraged to attend. We provide the coffee, tea, and place to gather. No registration required. Author visit details - GCPL’s author lineup includes several workshops with Club Ink as well as presentations that feature authors addressing wider audiences. All events are open to the public as well as Club Ink participants. Rachele Alpine visits the Club Ink Writing Workshop at the Chardon Branch Wed., July 5, 7 p.m. Alpine is a middle-grade and young adult author. Her works include You Throw Like a Girl, A Void the Size of the World, and others. Limited seating. Registration required.

The Portage County Literacy Coalition Hosts Aspire/Adult Basic & Literacy Education Graduation Recognition

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, 54 students graduated from the Adult Basic Literacy and Education (ABLE) GED program at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna with approximately 200 guests in attendance. The Aspire GED Recognition Ceremony began as Laure Gauntner, Aspire Coordinator and PCLC President, welcomed all graduates and guests. David Shea, Aspire Instructor and PCLC Board Member, presented the Community Partner Award to Bill Childers, President and CEO of Portage County United Way. Then PCLC Secretary Barb Elam introduced the guest speakers, who included: Portage County Commissioner Sabrina Christian-Bennett; Jennifer Miller, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Hiram College; and Greg Trask, Garrettsville and Windham Branch Manager for Portage County District Libraries. It was a very emotional time with the four Aspire GED student speakers: Theresa Szarka, Tiffany Hall, and Kristy Garvin who shared their thoughts on their educational journey with the audience. Aspire Coordinator and President of the Portage County Literacy Coalition (PCLC), Laure Gauntner, presented three students with the Helen Jane and Don M. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Awards. The first scholarship for $1,000 dollars went to Kayla Kurtz who is entering The University of Akron’s EMT/Paramedic Program; the second scholarship for $2,000 dollars was awarded to Larry Thornton. He will be attending CDL classes at TDDS to become a commercial truck driver. Tony Hart, was awarded the Wilson Continuing Education Scholarship. Tony will be entering his second semester at Kent State University to continue a degree in psychology. David Shea presented three students with literacy awards for their exceptional study habits and attendance. Laure Gauntner also

Left to right: Randy Griffith, Maplewood Career Center Superintendent; Kayla Kurtz Wilson Scholarship winner; Larry Thornton Wilson Scholarship winner; and Laure Gaunter Aspire Coordinator & PCLC President

acknowledged staff and volunteers. Finally, the Adult Education Director Michael Hinton announced the turning of the tassels and presented the graduates with their certificates. The Portage County Retired Teachers Association provided notes of congratulations to all the Aspire GED graduates and also distributed homemade cookies, as well as cake and punch for graduates and guests at the event. Aspire classes at Maplewood Career Center are free-of-charge. Classes include: GED prep, basic English, reading, and math skills, transitioning into post-secondary education, Medical Readiness, Work Ready, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). To register or for more information, contact the Maplewood Career Center at (330) 235-0020.

Thrity Umrigar visits the Geauga West Branch Wed., Aug. 2, 7 p.m. She is the best-selling author of seven adult books including If Today Be Sweet, Bombay Time, and The Story Hour; she has also published a picture book entitled When I Carried You in My Belly. Her books have been published in over a dozen countries and translated into multiple languages. She’s won a Lambda Literary Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Seth Rosenberg Prize. She has also been a finalist for both the PEN/Beyond Margins award and the Society of Midland Authors award. Tickets cost $10. This event is made possible by the generosity of the Geauga County Library Foundation. Keith Manos visits the Club Ink Writing Workshop Wed., Sept. 6, 7 p.m. This author and editor has been published in multiple magazines including Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, Teacher Magazine, and Ohio ASCD Journal. His works include Wrestling Coaches Survival Guide, Writing Smarter, and My Last Year of Life (in School), among others. Lindsay Ward comes to the Chardon Branch at 10:30 a.m., Sat., Sept. 9, to host a children’s storytime before the Local Author Fair at the Chardon Branch. Ward is a children’s author and illustrator whose works include Brobarians and Rosco vs. The Baby. Johnny Ray Miller visits GCPL on three different occasions. Miller is the author of the book When We’re Singin’: The Partridge Family and Their Music. He is also an actor, director, and producer who has worked on shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “E.R.” Michael Hingson visits GCPL at the Newbury Auditorium Sat., Sept. 16. Not only will attendees learn the inspirational story of how Hingson, blind, escaped from the Twin Towers on 9/11 with his seeing-eye dog, Roselle. They’ll also get to meet his new seeing-eye dog, Africa, who happily signs “pawtographs.” Rescue Village will be on site, along with GCPL’s Fun Bus Bookmobile. Hingson’s book about his escape, Thunder Dog, is a New York Times bestseller and will be available for purchase after the event. Hingson has appeared on Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, and many other stations and television shows. This event is made possible by the generosity of the Geauga County Library Foundation. Dan Chaon leads the Club Ink Writing Workshop at the Chardon Branch Wed., Oct. 4. Chaon is a national bestselling author of novels and short stories. He’s won an Academy Award in Literature and was finalist for the Story Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Magazine Award in Fiction. Chaon’s works include: Ill Will, Await Your Reply (his national bestseller), Among the Missing, and others. Mindy McGinnis visits the Geauga West Branch Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. McGinnis is a young adult author, blogger, and librarian. Her merits include winning the 2016 Edgar award for best young adult book. Her works include In a Handful of Dust, A Madness So Discreet, The Female of the Species, and others. Her book, Not a Drop to Drink, was selected as a Choose to Read Ohio book. Jim Sulecki will get us in the Super Bowl spirit at the Geauga West Branch Wed., Jan. 24, 2018. Sulecki is currently a business journalist and author of The Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champs Who Left Too Soon, 1936 - 1945. His expertise in the matter comes from the stories of his father and grandfather who were both in attendance at the 1945 NFL Championship Game that the Rams won. GCPL is excited to share these writers with the reading and writing community. Mark your calendars today. *Events are made possible by generosity of the Chardon Friends of the Library. **Events are made possible by the generosity of the Geauga County Library Foundation.







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Garrettsville Tractor Parade Have you attended the Tractor Parade in the past ten years? Don’t miss your chance this year! BIG AND SMALL TRACTORS WANTED. The parade is Saturday, June 24. Sign your tractor up from 9AM – 11:30AM at James A. Garfield High School. Parade kicks-off at noon. We will drive downtown and do a loop back to the high school. Feel free to bring a trailer loaded with your family and friends to throw candy to the crowd. There is a $6 registration fee that includes a commemorative Tractor Parade t-shirt. Vets receive free registration with military ID. After the parade, enjoy all Summerfest has to offer with lots of entertainment for kids and adults. Great food, rides, games, contests, live performances and much, much more! Stay until dark and watch the fireworks show. St Ambrose will be serving their famous chicken again! Check out the car show on Saturday and don’t miss the grand parade on Sunday!

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Treasurer Unveils Email Billing, New Payment Options

R avenna – Portage County taxpayers now have more and lower-cost options for paying their property tax bills, thanks to an agreement reached recently between the office of County Treasurer Brad Cromes and Point & Pay, LLC. The company, which offers payment processing services to 26 county treasurers and over 150 other entities in Ohio, began processing payments for Portage County earlier this month. Portage is the first county in Ohio to utilize Point & Pay’s full suite of services. “This really expands our capacity to accept different forms of payment, in ways that are cheaper and simpler for our taxpayers,” said Cromes. “It even offers us the ability to send our taxpayers email bills and text notices if they want, which improves the customer experience and will lower our costs.” Point & Pay President Kevin Connell added, “As the nation’s leading provider of electronic payments processing services for government agencies, Point & Pay is already working throughout Ohio to make it easier for citizens to pay taxes and fees. We are grateful to Treasurer Cromes for the opportunity to bring our next-generation products and high-quality service to Portage County taxpayers.” In addition to email billing and text messaging, taxpayers can use the Treasurer’s new online payment tool to make one-time payments, or to set up an account that will allow them to “claim” parcels, view their tax bills, and track their payment histories. Taxpayers making payments in-person at the Treasurer’s Office will also now have the option of

using credit and debit cards – the first time such services have been available at the office since the late 1990s. “If you can use it to buy milk at Giant Eagle, you should be able to use it to pay your taxes,” Treasurer Cromes added. “We think these upgrades are a big step in that direction.” Cromes shared that the Treasurer’s Office is in on-going discussions with Point & Pay to further improve payment options in the future, with “chip” payments, ApplePay, and other upgrades likely to come in the months ahead. The fees Point & Pay charges taxpayers for use of their services are lower than under prior agreements, as well. Payments made by e-check will cost $1.50 each, while VISA debit card transactions will cost $3.95. All other credit/debit card transactions will carry a fee of 2.5% of the total transaction cost, with a minimum cost of $2.00. Under the Treasurer’s prior vendor, most credit card transactions triggered a fee equaling 3% of the total transaction cost, without the option of e-check or debit card payment. For a full listing of payment options, including instructions for signing up for the new services, taxpayers should visit the Treasurer’s website at treasurer/Payments.htm, or call the office at 330-297-3586. The second installment of property tax bills for the year will be mailed later this week, with payment due by close of business on July 17, 2017.










Crestwood Middle School Recognizes Local Heroes Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - Nearly every year since 2010, Kim Marfy and fellow staff at the Crestwood Middle School have encouraged eighth-graders to log volunteer efforts for a charity of their choice. At the end of the school year, participating students have the opportunity to win $100 on behalf of their charity. The number of kids who participate each year ranges from five to 15, according to Ms. Marfy. This year, CMS boasted 11 impressive students, making the selection panel’s job a difficult one. “In January, our students were challenged to complete 12 hours of community service,” Ms. Marfy explained. “This challenge was made in an effort to meet a social studies standard that shows the connection between civic/political engagement and reaching personal goals. It was entirely optional and there were no requirements as to where a student had to complete their service.” She noted that volunteer options within the school were made available to students for whom transportation was a concern. In addition to completing the minimum hours of service, students were required to submit documentation about where they worked, and why they chose the particular organization. In 2010 when the program began, Amber Harris and Rebecca Pochedly were honored as Heroes, and their charities, 4H Doggie Brigade and the Animal Protective League, were awarded $100 each. In 2011, Morgan Saffles earned that honor, resulting in a $100 donation to her charity, the Parrot Sanctuary. The following year, Morgan Faldowski won, with Hattie Larlham as the ultimate winner that year. In 2013, foster children received tote bags to help transport their belongings, courtesy of Sydney Kulla. The winner the following year, Kayla Grubbs, passed along $100 to her charity, the Portage County Dog Warden. The CMS Hero program wasn’t held in 2015, but returned in 2016, where Maddelyn Rennecker earned donations for the Garrettsville Food Cupboard and the 4H. This year, 11 eighth graders each completed a minimum of 12 service hours and an application describing their reasons for volunteering and the charity of their choice. In no particular order, those students and their charities are highlighted. First, Payton McMahon earned a total of 13 service hours helping out with a variety of causes, including the Hiram Rummage sale, the Pit and Skit, and the FCCLA Princess Ball, a father/daughter dance that hosted 325 fathers and daughters. He shared that his motivation for

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volunteering as wanting to be a role model for others. Next, is Gina Irwin, who spent her service time at the Akron Canton Regional FoodBank where she re-boxed and labeled food. Ally Sabol, another candidate, focused on improving her local community by volunteering at St Joseph’s Church as an Altar Server, and Christmas caroling. In addition, she tutored and counted box tops at school, and helped out in her neighborhood by provided babysitting and gardening services. In her application, Ally shared how easy it was to brighten someone’s day, by just taking a few minutes out of her own day. Beka Butterfield loved the experience of working at the Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Centers, where she tacked up horses, led classroom and riding lessons, walked beside beginning riders, helped with general horse care at the stables. Beka found great rewards in the welcoming, forgiving environment the riding center provides to its clients, and plans to continue volunteering there. As a Young Marine, Mike Coleman realized that some Portage County children wouldn’t have a great Christmas and that bothered him. He got involved with the Toys for Tots program to help insure that deserving kids would have a happy holiday. He also wanted to make sure the Mantua Police and Fire Departments were proud of their vehicles; he spent hours on a regular basis keeping the ambulances, fire trucks and police cars clean -- something helpful, but not on most people’s radar. As a gifted student, Lydia Faldowski enjoys helping others who struggle academically. She used her gifts to help out in the CMS Writing Center and during her time with Mrs. Reece’s class at the Primary School. She enjoyed helping kindergarteners learn the alphabet and sight words and helping middle schoolers with writing assignments. And those students earned better grades, in part because Lydia was there to assist. Similarly, as a child of two teachers, Lillian Engelhart was drawn to spend her 15 volunteer hours with the afterschool-tutoring program at the Intermediate School. In addition, she also completed 12 hours coaching in the CMS Writing Center and spent many hours serving community meals at her church. Community service drew in Bryce Pruszynski, who submitted 17.5 service hours, much of it with the Kids Weekend Meals Program, which provides Friday backpacks containing breakfast, lunch and snack items for the weekend for needy students at the Primary and Intermediate Schools. In addition, he worked a clothing drive at his church, and raked leaves for some elderly residents, as well. And since helping the community build a new school was a personal goal, Bryce worked with the Citizens for Crestwood Committee to promote the issue. According to CMS teacher Kim Marfy, there was very tough competition to be named the #1 CMS Hero of the year. So much so, that the panel determined the task to name just one hero impossible. “So, for the first time since 2012, we chose two winners,” Ms. Marfy beamed, “Raeanne Quiggle and Nolan Wysong.” The first winner, Raeann Quiggle, completed service hours in three areas: at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, The Aurora Memorial Library, and with her Girl Scout Troop. She explained that she loves the idea that she just made someone’s life easier and she just might have changed the trajectory of someone’s day. At her church she served at the community meals and the Christmas Boutique. At the library she worked with the Summer Reading Program. A donation in Raeann’s name was made to St. Joe’s Church. The next winner, Nolan Wysong, has completed e Th

all his service hours at the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. His motivation is simple -- he believes that food is a basic human need that all people should have access to. Nolan is especially mindful of the hungry children who benefit, and considers his service as a way to nourish not only their bodies, but also their minds. Initially, he was reluctant to log his hours and call attention to himself, but later reconsidered. Nolan explained in his application, “since 400 people can be fed with the $100 prize money that accompanies the CMS Hero of the Year designation, a little attention is worth it”. In addition to having two community-minded candidates named as winners, Ms. Marfy shared that an unprecedented third candidate was recognized, as well. Zoe Simmons (pictured below) logged an impressive 38 ser vice hou rs within the Crestwood C om mu n it y. She divided her time a mong t he CMS Writing Center, the talent show as the mixing engineer, the track team, and the high school soccer team. She also worked countless hours an in effort to pass the recent bond issue so that a new school could be built. Zoe completed her application by sharing, “I would like to request that in the event that I do win, the prize be donated to the CMS Student Sunshine fund, as I find the very principles of the fund embody what I believe in--helping others in the community have a lesser load to carry, and be able to feel welcomed in a community of kindness.” When the CMS Heroes panel read Zoe’s application, they were touched by her maturity and foresight. When they shared her story, a group of anonymous donors collected a $100 donation in her name, for the CMS Student Sunshine Fund, which provides material and financial support for CMS students in need or crisis as determined by the school counselor. Ms. Marfy acknowledged, “Thank you to the PTO and to Mrs. Schmidt who dipped into her Principal’s Fund to support our CMS Heroes. And thank you to the anonymous donors for the Sunshine Fund Donation.” She continued, “Most of all, thank you to these amazing students who rose to the challenge -- You make us so very proud.”

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Submitted by Ryleigh Gough The Town Trotters 4-H Club’s summer begins with weekly riding meetings. 4-H clubs throughout Portage County go to the Randolph Fairgrounds and prepare themselves and their horses for the Friday night shows, fair and other upcoming shows. The Friday night horse shows allow the riders to show their horses at the fairgrounds before fair. The shows are open shows which means they are open to anyone wishing to participate. Most recently, the club hosted guest speaker, Dr. Barb Hippie who educated the club on body scoring, nutrition and weight of grain. Health and nutrition of our animals is very important. Proper feeding and body conditioning influences everything in our horses life from performance to health to overall well-being.

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On June 19, 2017, CJ Carlisle, was promoted to the position of Assistant Human Resources Manager of Nestle Purina PetCare in Allentown, PA. Carlisle is a 2009 graduate of Garfield High School and she began her career with Nestle Purina PetCare in June, 2015 when she joined the Bloomfield, Missouri Litter Factory as a Human Resources Trainee. She was later promoted to the position of HR Assistant. CJ joined the Allentown Team on January 30th of this year. She holds a Business Administration degree from Kent State University. During her time in Allentown, CJ has taken over their on-site production recruiting process. She is an active Leader Development Pillar member and Wellness Committee member. She has led projects for the factory including shutdown work, wellness week, and PetCare Pride Day and has been actively involved in PDP training, new hire NQ training, salaried recruiting, i-Learn implementation, and OMP projects. CJ supported the companies college recruiting Sweet 16 Facebook event by submitting her English Bulldog, Sir Pickles, who later won the tournament.

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Shannon Gallagher Wingert to vie for National Title

Shannon Gallagher Wingert, former Freedom Township, Portage County, Ohio resident now residing in Alexandria, Pennsylvania, will be competing for the national title of Mrs. United St at es Ag r icu lt u re on June 24th in Birmingham, Alabama. The purpose of the national competition is to celebrate and promote the agriculture industry, farmers, and strong agricultural leaders. She currently holds the title of 2017 Pennsylvania Mrs. United States Agriculture. Shannon graduated from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, Ohio in 2007 and from Kent State University in 2012. She married Ben Wingert in 2016 and now lives in Alexandria, Pennsylvania with her husband, who co-owns and operates a 2000 head dairy farm, Wingert Family Dairy Farm. She grew up on the Dan Gallagher Family Farm in Mantua, Ohio with her parents, Dan and Bobbie Gallagher and brother, Tyler Gallagher, where her love of agriculture began. Shannon is employed by Penn State University and is part of the Dairy Extension Team. She is a member of the Huntingdon County Dairy Promotion Committee, a 4-H advisor, and co-head varsity cheerleading coach at Huntingdon Area High School. Shannon has been very active in 4-H- 15 years as a member and currently 8 years as an advisor. She served on three state 4-H boards as a 4-Her in Ohio; the State 4-H Fashion Board, State 4-H Ambassador, and State 4-H Teen Council. Shannon was the Portage County Fair Queen in 2005 and served on the Portage County Junior Fair Board for 5 years. Her 4-H projects included life skills project with a focus on sewing and also livestock projects to include market hogs, market goats, breeding Boer goats, and market chickens. She is a State of Ohio Master Clothing Educator and also serves on the Pennsylvania State Sewing Committee. To learn more follow Pennsylvania’s Miss United States Agriculture page on Facebook or contact Shannon at


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The Shamrock Shakers 4-H Club out of Mantua, Ohio, recently held a meeting on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at the Mantua Township historical Society. During that meeting, a club t-shirt design and colors were decided on. Non-perishable food items were collected for their on-going food drive. The pepperoni roll fundraiser was discussed. If interested in buying pepperoni rolls, contact your local Shamrock Shakers Club member. Also, questions were answered about the members’ projects. They closed the meeting with a snack of chips and juice.

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Congratulations to the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship winners Fr a n k ie B ow m a n a n d A n g el i n a Pe n n a . The winners and their families were recently honored at the chamber’s June meeting. Frankie Bowman will be attending Mt. Union and pursuing a degree in education. Angelina Penna will be attending Akron University and pursuing a dual degree in education and music.

Recent Kent State Trumbull Graduate’s Raise Money for the Animal Welfare League On Saturday, May 20, recent graduates from Kent State Trumbull’s Veterinary Technology program raised money for the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Trumbull County. The event, which was held at at Buffalo Wild Wings in Niles raised $300, which was presented to the organization on June 8. Melissa Best, Veterinary Te c h n o l o g y p r o g r a m coordinator and instructor, hopes to continue raising money for the shelter and strengthening Kent State’s partnership with the AWL. “By working with the Animal Welfare League, our students have a great opportunity to gain real world experience that will help further their careers,” said Best.

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Iva Walker | Columnist The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go…. Wait! We’re not moving. So that was one part of the saga. Wait until you hear the rest of it. Our intrepid band of Quiz Masters (James A. Garfield’s Academic Challenge team) was off to national competition in Chicago, catching a charter in Streetsboro to join other teams from northeast Ohio and trek west for a first-ever contest of this kind— the big time! The trip to Chicago was estimated to take about seven hours (We were going to be over by O’Hare Airport) and we started off in fine fettle, loaded with luggage—I’m an over-packer but the guys showed up with minimal encumbrances, hopefully, clean underwear—high hopes and tons of snacks; the pioneers would have been in awe of our preparations for the westward journey. It WAS hot but the buses were air conditioned (sometimes over-achieving in this regard) and roomy, so temperatures were not an issue until we took our rest stops. We were cruising along on the Turnpike, with some groups actually studying, some reading or focused on their electronic devices , some just chatting about this and that. I was watching out the window; I love traveling in those buses because I can pay attention to the scenery and not the road, I can be up above things and get a better view. I always was aware that Ohio scenery flattened heading westward, beginning with the crossing of the Cuyahoga River and heading over across the Lake Plain toward Toledo. Once across that, and into Indiana, things get a little more rolling. I had not been aware that there was so much irrigation of field crops in Indiana; we could see the big pieces of apparatus spraying out water as they moved across the fields. I still have not figured out how they manage to irrigate rectangular/square fields with machinery that seemed to be tethered in one spot—where the water was—and moving about that pivot point…which would seem to demand a circular pattern of water delivery. Didn’t look circular to me. How do they do that? Plenty of wildlife was out for viewing as we rolled along; I spotted a heron, two cranes, several deer, two woodchucks out browsing, and quite a few ducks. The Wild Kingdom! And that doesn’t even count the therapy dog—a real little one—that was on the bus in a ventilated backpack. She made good use of the facilities every time that we stopped anywhere. So, we’re rest-stopping and at one spot in Ohio, I hit the gift shop to purchase an over-priced (Aren’t things there always over-priced?) Ohio State fuzzy-fleece throw to keep frost from forming on my shoulders as I leaned against the window; it served the purpose but Woody Hayes would never have countenanced such frippery. As the miles went by, our stops were only to be in Ohio; the director of operations was of the opinion that Indiana couldn’t hold a candle to




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Medical Clinic Slated To Open In Windham This Fall Windham - The Renaissance Family Center of Windham, Ohio Inc. in co-operation with Faithful Servants Care Center, Kent State University and UH Portage will be bringing medical care to the area for those residents who find themselves underinsured or uninsured. The clinic is slated to open in October of 2017 and will bring to fruition several years of planning and effort to bring care to the residents of this area. The Free Medical Clinic will offer care to residents in not only Windham, but the surrounding communities of Garrettsville, Nelson Township, Freedom Township, Mantua, Newton Falls and Braceville. The Renaissance Family Center’s mission is “to keep and enhance the quality of life for families of Windham and the neighboring communities through services, stewardship of resources and shared responsibility.” Faithful Servants Care Center currently has three locations in the Akron and Tallmadge area. Co-founders Drs. Sue and Mark Meyer found in practicing medicine that there’s a huge need for medical care for people who can’t afford insurance. They’re working hard every day, but don’t have the money to buy insurance and they basically get left out. Thier centers bring free access to health care to the uninsured — a population which continues to grow in our country. Working with UH Portage and Kent State University’s Nursing program, plans are coming together to make the clinic a reality.

Bow Wow Meow Luau! R avenna – In celebration of the summer season Portage APL is holding a Bow Wow Meow Luau & adoption event on June 24, 2017. Bring some cash to enjoy the hot dog cookout, bake sale, raffle, adoption discounts, all APL apparel will be on sale. There’s even a treasure hunt for kids! “Summer is here and we’d love to celebrate it with our supporters.” says Chalan Lowry, Executive Director. “Of course, we want our animals to find loving homes but we also want folks to see our wonderful shelter, have some fun and meet our staff and volunteers. We’ve even decorated the lobby.” All dogs and cats adopted are up to date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, checked for appropriate disease and given flea and worm preventative. Many are also microchipped and have an additional medical history. Regular adoption fees are $65 for cats and $125 for dogs. A discount will be selected at the event from 10-30% off. The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals who have no voice. We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant. Please give a needy animal a loving place to call home! For more information, please call the Portage Animal Protective League at 330.296.4022 or follow us on Facebook to see daily news and stories.

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For all of the folks who watched over the Mamma Duck who sat on her eggs at the Garrettsville Rite Aid, in the parking lot can come see the ducklings, all hatched and active, at the Rite Aid parking lot on Friday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. The little quackers will probably have their own pool and certainly will have their current landlord, Kathy De Young, there to answer questions between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be opportunities for parents to take pix with kids. Remember to talk with your children about the proper way to be near and deal with small animals. It’s a perfect chance to learn kindness and record cuteness at the same time. Daffy will not be there. Quaaaaaaaack!




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Are Millennial Women Saving Enough for Retirement? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Women 35 and younger are often hard-pressed to save money. Student loans may be outstanding; young children may need to be clothed, fed, and cared for; and rent or home loan payments may need to be made. With all of these very real concerns, are they saving for retirement? The bad news: 44% of millennial women are not saving for retirement at all. This discovery comes from a recent Wells Fargo survey of more than 1,000 men and women aged 22-35. As 54% of the millennial women surveyed were living paycheck to paycheck, this lack of saving is hardly surprising.1 The good news: 56% of millennial women are saving for retirement. Again, this is according to the Wells Fargo survey. (A 2016 Harris Poll determined roughly the same thing – it found that 54% of millennial women were contributing to a retirement savings account.)1,2 The question is, are these young women saving enough? In the Wells Fargo survey, the average perpaycheck retirement account contribution for millennial women was 5.7% of income, which was 22% lower than the average for millennial men. One influence may be

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Many Americans are already familiar with the health benefits of wine, especially red wine. One to two glasses of wine per day can benefit your heart, your weight and cholesterol levels. But did you know that simply being in the vineyards also improves your physical health? The fresh air, the calmness of the vines swaying in the breeze provide a unique spiritual experience which connects you in a deeper way. The combination of wine and being outdoors has led to a new trend at the wineries… yoga and wine. Yoga is an ancient tradition of healing that can be translated as union -- the joining of opposites. Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn, Founder and CEO of Self Care Reform Health & Wellness Consultancy in Oakland, California describes the release and focus that yoga can bring as “A positive flow of energy like you’d just run ten miles”. For Penn, yoga is a complete mind and body connectedness experience, and in many ways, for those who enjoy wine, the experience is also very much about a deeper connection with the aromas and tastes that wine provides. “Connecting with the earth, connecting with nature, seeing where the grapes are grown,” is an essential part of visiting a vineyard and yoga can help you focus mentally on allowing your body to experience that fully. Candlelight Winery has joined the Yoga and Wine craze by offering a weekly session taught by local instructor, Samantha Martin. This one hour session focuses on the tranquil environment, breathing techniques and enjoying time with friends. Samantha welcomes all ages and yoga levels to her sessions, so if you’ve never done yoga before (like me), don’t worry about it – Samantha will guide you through the journey! Each session is held outdoors so it is weather permitting but we invite you to bring a yoga mat or beach towel to lie on. Tickets to each yoga session are $15.99 and include a glass of wine or beer at the end. You can purchase tickets on our website at or call the winery at 330.527.4118. Check our website or Facebook page for the next yoga and wine night at the winery. Cheers and Namaste! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

the wage gap between the sexes: on average, the survey found that millennial women earn just 74% of what their male peers do.1 In the survey, the median personal income for a millennial woman was $28,800. So, 5.7% of that is $1,641.60, which works out to a retirement account contribution of $136.80 a month. Not much, perhaps – but even if that $136.80 contribution never increased across 40 years with the account yielding just 6% annually, that woman would still be poised to end up with $254,057 at age 65. Her early start (and her potential to earn far greater income and contribute more to her account in future years) bodes well for her financial future, even if she leaves the workforce for a time before her retirement date.1,3 More good news: millennial women may retire in better shape than boomer women. That early start can make a major difference, and on the whole, millennials have begun to save and invest earlier in life compared to previous generations. A recent study commissioned by Naxis Global Asset Management learned that the average millennial starts directing money into a retirement account at age 23. Historically, that contrasts with age 29 for Gen Xers and age 33 for baby boomers. If the average baby boomer had begun saving for retirement at age 23, we might not be talking about a retirement crisis.4 In the aforementioned Harris Poll, the 54% of millennial women putting money into retirement accounts compared well with the 44% of all women doing so. The millennial women were also 14% more likely to voluntarily participate in a workplace retirement plan than male millennials were, and once enrolled in such plans, their savings rates were 7-16% greater than their male peers.2 In 2015, U.S. Trust found that 51% of high-earning millennial women were top or equal income earners in their households. That implies that these young women have a hand in financial decision-making and at least a fair degree of financial literacy – another good sign.4 Clearly, saving $136.80 per month will not fund a comfortable retirement – but that level of saving in their twenties may represent a great start, to be enhanced by greater retirement account inflows later in life and the amazing power of compound interest. So, while young women may not be saving for retirement in large amounts, many are saving at the right time. That may mean that millennial women will approach retirement in better financial shape than women of preceding generations. 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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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, June 23, 2017





Crossword Puzzle: June 23rd


Seamless Gutters, Ltd.



YARD SALE 11626 Garfield Rd. Hiram THURSDAY June 22 SUNDAY June 25. 10 A.M.-6 P.M. Vi n t a g e i t e m s : s l e d s , wagons,tools, misc. Glassware and household goods. Guitars and sporting goods.


1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100



1. A minute amount (Scott) 5. Supernatural 11. Shortening 14. More firm 15. Other side 18. Philippine island 19. More unnatural 21. Microsoft Surface Book 23. Ice T’s wife 24. Domesticates 28. Only one time 29. In absentia 30. Crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion 32. Distress signal 33. Engine additive 35. 1990s female R&B trio 36. Very fast airplane 39. A reward (archaic) 41. Anno Domini 42. Golf supplies 44. Indian term of respect 46. French river 47. Turn down the lights 49. Blood-sucking African fly 52. Provides info 56. Procrastinates 58. Tower with balconies 60. Where researchers work 62. Religious office 63. Must-have for office workers

1 In possession of 2. Aborigines 3. Early Syrian kingdom 4. Clip 5. Misleads 6. Cosmetic Ingredient Review 7. Calcium 8. United Talent Agency 9. Hair problem 10. Took down 12. Round Dutch cheese 13. Bicycle manufacturer 16. Suffix plural 17. Painting technique 20. Small Eurasian deer (pl.) 22. Mr. T’s character “__ Baracus” 25. Prog ressive ner ve disease 26. Shock therapy 27. Able to be sold 29. Suffix 31. Binary coded decimal 34. Goes well with a carrot 36. A way to measure performance 37. Doctor __, children’s book author 38. Jewish calendar month 40. Designated hitter 43. Polish village 45. Part of the mind 48. Hand (Spanish) 50. Hit with the open hand 51. Italian island 53. Shakespeare was one 54. Lake __, one of the Great 55. Oswald and Marvin were two 57. Soak up using something absorbent 58. Kids’ dish __ and cheese 59. E x p r e s s i o n o f disappointment 61. The ancient Egyptian sun god

answer to last week’s puzzle

Fun By The Numbers

GARRETTSVILLE Upstairs one bedroom apartment. Stove, refrigerator, microwave, washer & dryer included. No Section 8, No pets. $480 + sec. deposit. 330274-8861 6/23 QUIET COUNTRY LIVING in Newton Falls, Small 2 Bd, 1 Ba. Apartment, Free Gas, Water, Sewage, Garbage, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer Dryer on site. $575 Ph: 330872-7046 6/23 GARRETTSVILLE - 2 bedroom apt., 1 bath. Includes microwave, fridge and stove. Newly remodeled. Water Street, Garrettsville. Contact Sue 216-513-1801. 7/14

HOMES FOR SALE McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000

Classifieds $10 for up to 20 words .20 ea additional word Deadlines are Friday by 5 pm GARAGE SALE 9 am - 4 pm June 24 & 25 10376 Brosius Rd. Lot 24A Homestead Manor Mobile Home Park Hand tools, automotive tools, lawn tractor jack, 1500 watt generator, airless sprayer, mig welder, jack stands, drill press, small vice, tool drawers, steel cart, Hyd bottle jack, electric impact wrench, Makitia saw, fire pit, kodak printer, PC monitors, reloading presses, bullets, primers, rifle dies, powder, empty brass, plastic ammo boxes, vibratory brass cleaner, ultrasonic brass cleaner and a whole lot more.



FOR SALE BY OWNER 2.82 acres in Nelson Township. JA Garfield Schools. 353’ frontage Just $17,900. Call 440-645-2864 or 440-4151467 anytime. 6/30

VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville

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10017 Holcomb Rd., Newton Falls

PUBLIC NOTICE 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, PUBLIC NOTICE The Newton Falls Exempted Village Board of Education is rescheduling its regular board meeting on June 15 to June 28, 2017 at 6 pm in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, OH 44444 SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE Date: Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 Time: 7:15 p.m. Place: Professional Development Center/ Garfield Elementary School Purpose: Reschedule the August regular meeting from August 10 to August 8, 2017. SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE/ RECORDS RETENTION COMMITTEE Date: Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Orson E. Ott Administrative Offices Purpose: Annual Records Retention Meeting

Professional Installation

Leaf Guards • Clean-outs & repairs • Friendly Service FREE Estimates

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 6/30 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

PETS 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

We’re directly across from McDonald’s.

4680 McClintocksburg Rd. Newton Falls

Holiday Schedule

3bd/2ba * ranch * covered front porch * back deck * fireplace * wheelchair friendly * vaulted ceilings * A/C * invisible pet fence * cement driveway MLS 3910484 $179,900

Shauna Bailey

MLS 3886518

330-527-2221 Kyle Heim

Looking For Income Property? Two duplexes with 2 bedrooms & 1 bath per unit. 85 Trumbull, Newton Falls - detached garage MLS 3858805 $39,900 409 Newton, Newton Falls MLS 3858791

Kathie Lutz

Bi-level * 2bd/2ba * Built in 2000 * 5 acres * Large barn * basement * some appliances stay.




June 30th will be a “double edition” of the Villager. The Villager will not be published on July 7th. Deadline for the July 14th edition of the Villager will be NOON on Monday, July 10th.

Are you tired of punching a time clock?

The Villager Office & Villager Emporium will be closed the week of July 3rd and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11th.

Need a new career? WE ARE HIRING!

During this time submissions for the Villager can be made via email: fax: 330.527.5145 or calling our office and leaving a message: 330.527.5761.


Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!!

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