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Community EMS Receives Grants and Donations submitted by Chief Christopher R. Sanchez

Garrettsville – Community EMS District has been awarded grants recently. These grants include: • $40,000 from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Intervention Grant Program. These funds were used to purchase two Stryker Power-Load Systems with Power-Cots. The new cots can handle patients weighing up to 700 pounds. • $500 from the Public Entities Pool of Ohio – “PEP+ Grant”. These funds were used to purchase 4 sets of collapsible cones. The 28” cones feature LED lighting and are collapsible for easy storage. • $4,150 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. These funds will be used to purchase approved equipment and provide training to the EMS District. Community EMS District was also the benefactor of a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, donated by University Hospitals. The LUCAS 3 is valued at $15,000.

Students attended the July 4th parade in Hiram to show support of the District’s issue, which is up for consideration at the August 8th special election.

Crestwood School Issue on August 8th Ballot Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - On Tuesday, August 8th, local voters have the opportunity to show their support of the Crestwood School District at a special election on Tuesday, August 8th. As you may have heard, the issue lost by 19 votes after the early May election, so every vote counts. Based on input gathered from the community, combined with expert opinions from the Ohio Facilities Commission, the Crestwood School Board has created a plan for the district’s future. That plan includes: Replacement of the High School, which is inefficient to operate, is poorly organized, lacks modern security features, and is not easily handicapped accessible. Crestwood High School is nearly 60 years old. Portions of the Middle School, which is slightly newer, will remain in use. The plan includes designing and building a structure to house grades 7 - 12. The new structure will be handicapped-accessible and provide space for greater educational opportunities students will need for their futures. If the issue passes on August 8th, the State of Ohio will pay for 29% of the cost of the new school. The new high school will be built using local construction service companies when possible, keeping local tax dollars in the community. Under the proposed plan, the existing middle school will be repurposed for board offices and will be available to students for gym practice space and to residents for community uses. The cost to taxpayers will be $14.44 per month per $100,000 of home value. After 2023 that same homeowner’s tax bill will be reduced nearly in half when the loans for the construction of the elementary schools are paid off. If the issue doesn’t pass in August, the state funds will go to another community. When the Crestwood community decides to move forward to update their aging facilities, the community will most likely be left to finance the entire project amount. Moving forward, the board has approved the implementation of a drug and alcohol testing program in the district. Determined to be pro-active regarding the use of drugs and/or alcohol by district students, the board has determined that the program shall apply to all Crestwood middle and high school students, or any student attending other schools directly affiliated with Crestwood Local Schools, who participate in school sponsored athletics

or other extracurricular or co-curricular activities and to eligible students who wish to obtain a parking permit. They established the program to provide a means of deterrence to develop a truly drug-free school environment and to assist students in getting help when needed. Upon request to participate in athletics, extracurricular activities, or to obtain a parking permit, parent(s) and students will be required to provide written consent for testing prior to participation in the non academic activity, and to submit to random testing on a periodic basis throughout a twelve-month period. The guidelines shall establish a process for random testing of all student athletes and extra-curricular participants, including students who wish to obtain a parking permit, and the process for students that may be tested based on reasonable suspicion. Random urine drug testing and/or oral screening continues throughout the period. The guidelines include disciplinary sanctions, and shall also require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students as well as a copy of the guidelines and this policy. The results of the tests shall not become part of the students’ permanent record, but any documentation supporting a test based on reasonable suspicion shall be maintained in the student’s record. Test results will not be reported to law enforcement authorities, and test information will not be released to law enforcement or other parties except in response to a lawfully executed subpoena. In the latter case, parents will be notified within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of the subpoena. This drug/alcohol testing policy is non-punitive. However, the testing program does not affect current policies of the board regarding student drug, tobacco, or alcohol possession, or use where reasonable suspicion is established by means other than testing as outlined in this policy. The program will be implemented in the 2017 - 2018 school year, which begins at the end of August. Lastly, Open House events will be held at all district schools on Thursday, August 24th. The Primary and Intermediate Schools will run from 4 - 6 pm, while the Middle and High School events will take place from 5 - 7 pm. Classes will resume on Monday, August 28th. The next school board meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3rd at 6:45 pm in at Crestwood High School. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Mantua’s Art On The Hill A Success Iva Walker | Columnist

Mantua - Mantua’s award-winning ART on the HILL was quite the place to be last Saturday, as a whole slew of groups, individuals, commercial entities, organizations and plain ol’ wine tasters showed up on one of the summer’s nicest days yet to wander up and down the hill itself, take a peek at the goods on offer, participate in the contests, auctions and general good times, as well as meet and greet the neighbors and visitors who came out. The Portage County Library District showcased their offerings, there were two food trucks and four wineries operating, a children’s book author displayed his works—including one about chocolate milk cows. There were soaps aplenty and some wild metal sculpture lawn décor. Frost Glass had some interesting & idiosyncratic pieces on display. One individual touted something called ”Bowenwork” as good for people and animals(Could the cats and I go together?). There was a park bench dedication in memory of Joseph Baglia, Sr. One could pick up wood goods, pet accessories (What? They want matching beds and collars?), sauces, spices or maple syrup, stones and stoneware, re-cycled/repurposed/vintage everything, jewelry or Joe Leonard originals, wearables of every description. There was the usual 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction. I won a set of cooler glasses from Costco…and I had to stop and ask the Costco person where the heck

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there was a Costco in the neighborhood. The display of photographs was cool and allowed for a “People’s Choice” award. I went for the “Mail Pouch Tobacco one. The interior of the building where all of that was located was an outstanding example of what could be done with an antique building. The support from local businesses—Rapid Electric, presenting sponsor, for example—was outstanding. There was also a heads-up for another “coming attraction”—“Quilts in the Village”—presented by the DMRC (Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corp.) and sponsored by Frost Glass of Mantua and Hexagon Family Enterprises. This will be coming on September 16, taking place in the Hilltop Christian Church from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry forms are available and vendors of various quilting-oriented goods (You know who you are) are invited to apply for spaces. Quilts will not be judged but will be eligible for Viewers’ Choice selection. The more quilts the merrier! They will be displayed, for the most part, by folding over the back of church pews; information, as available—quilter, age, fabric, etc., for example-- will be on display with each quilt. Last year’s show was lovely and informative; this year’s will also include a High Tea, with tablecloths , tea service, quiches, sandwiches, a variety of cookies and, of course, tea, served in the fellowship hall of the church. Lift your little fingers and enjoy.

Ox Roast Fair Begins July 21st

Mantua - Plan to attend the largest, three-day fair in Northern Portage County where you’ll enjoy delicious food and find family fun for all ages. St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair in Mantua begins on Friday, July 21st, at 6:00 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22nd, from 1:00 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 23rd, from Noon to 10:00 p.m. The 54th Ox Roast Fair has plenty of fun to keep the whole family entertained, including: a wide variety of fair food favorites; live entertainment in three locations; Friday night fireworks; Saturday morning 5K Run/ Walk & 1M Fun Walk; Sunday Blessing of the Bikes, air-conditioned dining hall; an assortment of rides, games, contests & giveaways; over $20,000.00 in main raffle prizes & hourly progressive drawings each day plus several specialty raffles, souvenir T-shirts & mugs; tractor, truck & semi pulls; trade booths; Ox Idol Karaoke Contest; indoor casino with instant bingo; security; handicap accessibility; clean grounds and much, much more! The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. is located in Mantua Twp. off Pioneer Trail approximately 1/4 mi. west of St. Rt. 44, south of St. Rt. 82, just north of Mantua Village (accessible from U.S. Rt. 422 just 7 miles north or Ohio Turnpike Exit 193 just 2 miles south). You won’t want to miss St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair ~ Not Your Typical Church Festival! For more information, please check out St. Joseph’s website www., find us on Facebook (St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair), or phone the parish office at 330-274-2253.

And the winners are…

Garrettsville - Everyone who attended St. Ambrose’s Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having a delicious meal). However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners: $1,500 cash First Prize Mary Ann Nitsky $200 cash Second Prize Lenny Barcikoski $100 cash Third Prize Grace Stegall $100 cash Fourth Prize Laurie Bedio $100 cash Fifth Prize Casey Mayer Flat Screen TV Joyce Lucas Gas Grill Donny Hope Quilt Kathryn Trzeciak Afghan #1 Claire Esposito Afghan #2 Brian Gorby Afghan #3 Brian Gorby Baby Blanket & Clothes Allison White Auto Care Pkg Terry McConnell Shopping Bonanza Jenelyn Barcikoski Family Fun Pkg Phyllis Evans Dining Out Pkg #1 Linda Proctor Dining Out Pkg #2 John Larlham Relax Basket Joyce Whitefield Eat Basket Betsy Dunn Have Fun Basket Shannon Metheny Even if you did not win anything at the festival, we sure hope you had a great time. If so, then we all went home winners!

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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. Camp runs July 31-August 4 for all ages. To register, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003, sorrickmw@ or visit www.hiram. edu/summerathiram.

Hiram Village Community Garage Sale

The Hiram Recreation and Park Board is looking for vendors for the August 12th Hiram Community Garage Sale. 10’ x 10’ vendor space is $15 or reserve an advertising kit for your home garage sale for $10. Reservations must be made by Friday July 28th. For more information and to reserve your space contact Brian at 330-6473222 or email

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 call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

Monday Breakfast at American Legion

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.

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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.

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.


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



Crestwood Class of 1977 Reunion

July 14 & 15 Crestwood High School Class of 1977 will be celebrating their 40th class reunion on July 14th and 15th. Friday – Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua, Saturday – Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville. Total cost for both nights is $35.00 Invitations have been sent out, but addresses may not be correct. Please contact Mary Mesaros Hannah at (330) 883-9297 for more details and to RSVP.

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

Free Clothing

July 15 The next free clothing giveaway will be held on July 15 at the old Mantua Center school building on Mantua Center Rd. We open at 9 am and end at noon. Think about school starting soon and come to shop for “new� school clothes. We have both genders and all sizes! Free to all! No questions asked.

Fort Huntsburg Band To Perform

July 15 Fort Huntsburg Band will perform at the Huntsburg Grange concert on Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. in the Bandstand at the corner of Rt. 322 and Rt. 528. International food. Church bake sale. Rain or shine. For details call 440636-5517.

Ice Cream Social

July 15 Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Rd., Lordstown will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday


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July 13 - Biscuits & Gravy July 20 - Handchimes & Cheesecake July 27 – Games Aug. 3 - Bingo and Doughnuts

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! July 15. There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, bake beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies & ice cream. A bake sale will also be held.

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Mantua Farmers Market

July 17 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be hosting their Free Community Meal on Monday, July 17, August 21 and September 18 from 5 to 6:30 pm. All are welcome to come and enjoy a delicious meal and the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.

July 15 The Mantua Farmers Markets will begin on Saturday, July 15 and run each Saturday until September 30. Christ Lutheran Church sponsors the markets in their parking lot at 10827 North Main Street, Mantua. Visit us from 9 am - 1 pm during the season. Vendors are welcome for $5 a date. All fees will be used by the Church to help repay the loan for the handicapped entrance. Call Diane at 330-274-2868 for info.

Vendors Needed

July 15 & 16 Mantua Restoration Society will hold it’s 3rd Annual Flea Market on July 15 & 16 from 9am to 4pm at the former school Mantua Center Community Building. Looking for Vendors selling new items as well as used items. Crafters are also encouraged to attend. A 4x8 Indoor Table costs $20 a day/$35 for both days and a 15x30 Outdoor Space for $15 a day/$25 for both days. Friday set-up available. Food and drinks will be served. For further information contact Matt 330(281)-9331 or Jan (330)858-8394

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

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Film Review & Discussion Group

July 17 Monday, July 17th at 9:30am. Dr J Patella presents and reviews the 83 minute film: THE LIVING MATRIX. You’ll discover the intricate web of factors that determine our wellbeing and explore innovative ideas about health. 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.

Tree City Carvers Picnic

July 18 Tree City Carvers will hold their Annual Picnic and meeting on July 18, 6:00 pm at Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Rd., Kent. This picnic-meeting is open to the public, but all should be prepared to bring a covered dish to share or contribute to the collection bucket. For more info: call Larry Hurd 330-297-7905

Sports Physicals

July 19 Advanced Rehab and Health Specialists will be offering sports physicals on July 19 from 2-6 pm for $30 (family discounts available). These physicals are by appointment only - please call 330-274-2747 to schedule your physical.

“Pearl Harbor Death�

July 20 Everyone is invited to attend a special program sponsored by the James A. Garfield Historical Society. The topic is “Pearl Harbor Death� and is given by Lucille Van Alstine. It is



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going to be held at the Nelson Community House on Thursday July 20, 2017 starting at 6:30. Everyone will learn something with this most interesting local WWII connection.

A Moveable Feast

July 21 Geauga County Public Library is hosting a birthday celebration on Hemingway’s birthday and the community is invited! On 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. This event is likely to fill to capacity. Registration is required at GeaugaLibrary. net (click the green “Register for an event” tile) or call 440729-4250. Cost: Free. Ages: 21 and older

Ox Roast Fair

July 21 - 23 Plan to attend the largest, threeday fair in Northern Portage County where you’ll enjoy delicious food and find family fun for all ages. St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair in Mantua begins on July 21, 6:00 to 11:30 p.m., July 22 1:00 to 11:30 p.m., and July 23, Noon to 10:00 p.m. The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. is located in Mantua Twp. off Pioneer Trail. For more information, please check out St. Joseph’s website www., find us on Facebook (St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair), or phone the parish office at 330-274-2253.


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 are $7.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.00 apiece. “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.

Revival In The Country Meeting

July 22 Please join us July 22 at 9a.m. at the Cellar Door Coffee Company on Garrettsville where published author Carol J. Byler will speak about her personal life story “Secret Witness the Steele Murder Case” Her story has encouraged women for over 25 years. She has been on T.V. & radio. She visits the local jails to share her journey of freedom from VICTIM to VICTOR.

Crafting with Marian

July 22 Join us at the Garrettsville Library for the next Crafting with Marian program on Saturday,

July 22 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Make a beautiful painted t-shirt using flowers and leaves for stamps on a gray t-shirt. All supplies will be provided. Although there is a $5 fee to reserve a seat (refunded the day of the program), this program is free and open to all adults. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve your seat today.


July 24-27 MiddlefieldUMC is welcoming everyone to “be a HERO” Mon. thru Thu. , July 24-27, 6:30 - 8:30pm with Bible Stories, crafts, games, snacks, singing and FUN! 14999 S State Ave. Details at 440-632-0480.

Maker Fun VBS

July 24-28 A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Christian Life Center from July 24 to July 28. PreRegistration Dates July 2 -23. Everyone who pre-registers GETS a PRIZE! Maker Fun Factory is for kids from 4 to 12 and will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm each day. For more information, call 330-678-9234.

Vacation Bible School

July 24 - 28 Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 PritchardOhltown Rd., Newton Falls, will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 24 thru July 28, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship. This year’s Theme is: “HERO CENTRAL” DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH IN GOD. Youngsters (age 4 thru 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus. For more information: 330-872-3801

Free Community Dinner

July 25 A free community dinner will be held on July 25, 5-6 pm (while supplies last) at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. EVERYONE WELCOME!

Community Dinner

July 27 The Renaissance Family Center at 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Ohio is providing a Community Dinner on July 27th. Wendy is in the kitchen cooking up some fine food for everyone. Time is 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Come on down to chat and chew.



be sponsoring their Annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 from 9 am - 1 pm. Their will be a large selection of many items. Come and browse and you will probably find some wonderful treasures.

Friends and Family Annual Party & Bowling Alley Weekend

July 28, 29, 30 Hosted by the James A Garfield Class of 1975 the Big party starts 5pm, Friday July 28th at Skylane Bowling with Arrowhead taking the stage at 8pm. Saturday July 29th arrive at Black Iron Grille Steakhouse between 5:30-6pm for a casual dinner. Reservations are required, contact Sam McGarvey 330/469-8763. Sunday July 30th Pot Luck Picnic at the Village Park by the library. Set up at 11:00 and eat at Noon until dusk. Everyone is Welcome!

Farm to Table Nibble & Sip

July 29 Please join us for our Farm to Table Nibble & Sip to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard on Saturday July 29th at 5:00pm at Candlelight Winery. Enjoy a menu designed to showcase a wide variety of locally sourced foods along with craft beers and wine. Pre-sale tickets (purchased before July 24th) are $25 each or $45 per couple. Tickets purchased after July 24th are $30 each or $55 per couple. Includes appetizers, desserts, five wine/beer tasting tickets and a souvenir wineglass. Extra wine/beer tasting tickets will be available for purchase. The evening will also include a themed Basket Auction. Take your chance at winning Indians tickets, a casino slot machine, restaurant gift cards and much more! Purchase tickets online at or in person at Candlelight Winery.


Brittany Myers Poker Run

Aug 5 The 16th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 5th Registration starts at 10AM at Timeout Sports Bar 7160 SR 303 Windham OH. All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at J.A.G. For more info Contact: Jamie Cain @ 330-221-6338

Free School Supply Giveaway

Aug 6 Free school supply giveaway while supplies last -- Sunday, Aug 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Children must be present! Newton Falls American Legion 2025 East River Road. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in cooperation with Newton Falls American Legion

Corn Roast

Aug 12 A Corn Roast and Brat activity will be held by Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, on Saturday, August 12, from 5 to 8 pm. Please come and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship. The event is free and all are welcome to join us. The activity will be held rain or shine.

Rivers Casino Bus Trip

Aug 18 The Mantua K of C Women’s Auxiliary is hosting a bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, August 18. The cost is $40.00 per person and each attendee will receive $20.00 in free play. The group will depart from the Sentinel Party Center (AKA the K of C Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255, at 9:00 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Please call 330-274-4982 and leave a message to reserve your seat. Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits. SUBMISSIONS IN WRITING -

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Hiram College Principal’s Scholarships Awarded to Five James A. Garfield High School Seniors Hiram – James A. Garfield High School seniors Tommy Bissler, Marissa Cremers, Claire Workman, Stella Stevens and Danielle Tuttle were selected to receive Hiram College Principal’s Scholarships. Hiram College President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. was recognized for these scholarships at the James A. Garfield Local School District board meeting on Thursday, June 8. “The James. A. Garfield students and school community are excited and grateful for the Hiram College Principal’s Scholarships,” said JAG High School Principal Michael Dobran, a 1999 Hiram College graduate. “The scholarship money will greatly benefit students while they will be getting a top-notch education from Hiram College.” The students were selected to receive the awards based on their academic accomplishments. The scholarships, valued at half the cost of yearly tuition and fees, are renewable annually.

Renegades United Soccer Tryouts and Sign Ups Renegades United Soccer Club (RUSC) is holding tryouts for youth soccer players to join our program this fall outdoor and winter indoor seasons. Tryouts will be held July 11th and 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Friendship Alliance Church 19126 Ravenna Road (S.R. 44) Auburn Township, OH 44023. Ages will be 3rd grade through 6th grade with birth year cut off at 2005. RUSC was formed to provide youth players an option to play beyond the recreation level, opening up to all communities and providing a high level of training while keeping the costs very reasonable. We are looking for 8 to 12 year old boys and girls (U10 and U12) who desire to play and train at a competitive level, throughout the year. Teams will be divided as all girls and all boys and we will play the fall season with the Portage County Travel League, so traveling is required. Practices will start early August at Friendship Alliance Church. Indoor season is tentatively set to be played at NC Hudson and open to all ages through high school. The fee for the fall season is $100. Please contact Dave Larch at or Bob Finney at for more information and reserve your spot on the team and like us on Face Book at Renegades United Soccer Club. We will have additional training opportunities throughout the year so feel free to contact us at any time.

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Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Kearney

Garrettsville, OH Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Kearney, 69, of Garrettsville, was called to her eternal resting place on June 26, 2017 surrounded by her family. She entered this world on August 13, 1947 in Lakewood, Oh, born to Faber and Mary (Gall) Kearney. She was the oldest of 6 and is survived by her siblings, Patricia (Richard) Strainer, Janet Kearney, Rusty (Darlene) Kearney, Mark (Dena) Kearney and Bryan (Mirella) Kearney, her children Scott Eisenmann & longtime partner Christine Johnson of Warren, Matt & Mary Eisenmann of Garrettsville, Jill & Kirk Laps of Medina and 5 grandchildren, Reagan, Nathaniel, Jacob, Mackenzie and Riley (Po). Kathy served her community as a paramedic with Community Ambulance, provided social services with Violet’s Cupboard in Akron, was an Associate Professor with Kent State University and taught CCD at her longtime parish, St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She will be remembered most for the time she spent with her beloved grandchildren, baking, crafting, watching dance recitals and cheering at softball and baseball games. A mass of remembrance was held Friday, July 7th at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 10692 Freedom St., Garrettsville, OH 44231.





Due to her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary at 5623 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266. Arrangements have been entrusted to MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Online condolences at

Kathleen (Kathie) Thrasher Foster Lancaster, OH Kathleen (Kathie) Thrasher Foster, daughter of the late Dutton and Velma Thrasher of Hiram, Ohio, joined God’s heavenly choir on July 6, 2017 at the Pickering House. Though God has gained an amazing alto, her story continues on through her husband of 45 years, Charlie; her children, Wendy Hart (Kevin), Vicky Eggleston (Bryan) and Brian Foster; sisters, Pat Both (Dan) and Susan Kelly (Bill); brother Larry Thrasher (Joyce); brothers-in-law Angus Foster (Zandra) and Campbell Wade (Mary Ann, d. 2016); grandchildren, Justin and Nathan Hart, Kelsey and Kylie Eggleston; many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family; and numerous friends. Kathie was born on February 19, 1945 in Warren, Ohio, and later moved to Garrettsville, Ohio, where she attended primary and secondary school. A 1967 graduate of Hiram College with a degree in primary education, Kathie

taught first grade in the Garfield Public Schools before marrying Charlie on August 29, 1971. After welcoming twin daughters and later a son, she dedicated her time to being a homemaker. She was a proud member of several churches throughout the years, including Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Gibisonville, Mills Memorial United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Kline Memorial United Methodist Church in Enterprise, and for the last several years, Grace United Church of Christ in Lancaster. Kathie was a loving mother, devoted wife, supportive sister, caring friend, talented pianist, dedicated Sunday School teacher, excellent educator, and tireless volunteer who freely gave of her time, talent and caring nature. When there was a need to be met, she was there, ready to share. Her legacy will continue through all those for whom she made a difference. A memorial service with reception following will be held at Grace United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Ohio on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11am, along with an hour of visitation prior to the service from 10am to 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to FairHoPe Hospice and Palliative Care (282 Sells Rd, Lancaster, Ohio 43130) and/or the Endowment Fund of the Grace United Church of Christ (1185 Pleasantville Rd, Lancaster, Ohio 43130).

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98th Reunion of Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends

The Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends 98th reunion was celebrated June 17th at DiVieste’s Banquet Room in Warren, with 336 persons in attendance. Welcoming the schoolmates in the foyer were: Carol Mailach Gerner, Margo & Mike Nemet, Debra Marshall Ricker, and Richard Thomas; all members of the class of 1968. The celebration began with the members of the honored class of 1967 filing in from the foyer. Judi Gensburg welcomed the Newton Falls alumni and guests. She then gave luncheon instructions. The invocation was given by the Rev. Reid Lamport. Following a delicious DiVieste buffet luncheon, the business meeting was held. The treasurer’s report was deferred until the new scholarship contributions are announced. We chose to defer reading the secretary’s report, but copies were supplied to each table for their review. This year, on behalf of the schoolmates members, the board awarded two $1,000.00 college scholarships to two graduating Newton Falls seniors; Courtney Shetterly and Mikayla Semrau. At this point, we took a free will offering and our treasurer reported we had just received $2,071.00 towards future scholarships. Mary Margaret Gams Hildack then read the annual Necrology report containing 92 names of persons associated with the schoolmates or staff. A moment of silence followed. Jim Paisley asked all our first responders and veterans who served our country to stand and be recognized with our applause. Our most senior graduates attending were Al Sipka of 1937, Joe Poptic of 1938 and Lucile Crone Moore of 1942. We noted one attendee, Hal Spritzer, class of 1957, advised us his mom, Mrs Gertrude Fink Spritzer, may be the oldest living graduate of Newton Falls. We believe she graduated in the class of 1932, is 101 years young, and resides in Arizona. Our largest decade of attendance was again this year, the 1960’s. Our schoolmate traveling the farthest this year again was Linda Perkovich VanStone of Vashon Island off the coast of the State of Washington and a member of the class of 1966. Runner up was 1954 graduate, Mr Melvin Smith of San Diego, Ca. Richard Monteville of the class of 1968 introduced and most warmly roasted the honored class of 1967. We got a warm flavor of this group of teens who graduated just as music, electronics, and Vietnam began to change our lives. All enjoyed this part of the agenda and the great job Richard did. Judi explained to the attendees that the association is governed by a board of trustees. Trustees standing for reelection included: Linda Bennight, 1969: Julia Burr, 1963: Jenny Gordon Clark, 1964; Judi Gensburg, 1965; Mary Margaret Hildack, 1957; Sandee Mathews, 1967; Richard Monteville, 1968; Jim Paisley, 1956; Merial Price, 1957: and Kathy Rapczak, 1969. They were reelected. The following individuals were nominated to join the board: Amy Brazin, James Durkos, Annette Pinion Zampino, and Russell Zampino. The entire slate was approved unanimously by the members of the audience. James Durkos will represent the class of 1970 and Amy Brazin, Annette Pinion Zampino, and Russell Zampino will represent the class of 1976. Next year’s reunion will be June 16th, 2018. The class of 1968 will be honored for their 50th anniversary. Jim Paisley then led the assembled group in the singing of the Newton Falls Alma Mater, words written during the 1950’s by then teacher Arthur J Prescott. Rev Reid Miller closed our reunion with a benediction. We adjourned at 1:45 PM

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After a July 4th hiatus, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram began their 2017-2018 club year with a new president, Amy Crawford, and the following fireworks : Louis Nonte, 2016-2017 Rotary Exchange Student at James A. Garfield H.S., having just returned from a Rotary trip to the American West, bid the club a fond farewell, with some mentions of the experiences which he had had during his year of living with the Gorby family. The soccer team, fast food and Facebook figured in many of these reminiscences, as did the western sights such as Yellowstone, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon. All are hoping that he remains in touch as he returns home to continue his education. Departing president, Delores McCumbers also gave her farewells, intertwined with a plea for supporting and encouraging new leadership for the club. Steve Zabor, of the Manua-Shalersville Rotary, was in attendance to install incoming president, Amy Crawford. He prefaced this ceremony with a brief background of Rotary International and its focus on the eradication of polio and noted the number of Rotary clubs worldwide (35, 000+), which, like the local group share the same qualifications of leadership toward this goal and their own local goals. Amy Crawford, duly installed, then presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to past president Delores McCumbers for her contributions to the humanitarian aims of Rotary. Receiving this award means that $1000 will be presented in her name to the Rotary International for further progress toward these goals. David Michalec, of the Rotary Club of Warren(District 6650) and an official with the Boy Scouts, was welcomed as a visitor and invited to return. There was some discussion of the incoming exchange student from Chile; no students from Garfield will be going abroad this year. Should there be some recruitment/ information efforts being made? Host families are always welcome to volunteer to have an incoming student. There are also short-term summer exchanges available. Steve Zabor returned to the stage briefly with information concerning the polio immunization drive by Rotary International and the trip which he and Delores McCumbers took to India as part of this concern. Over 90% of the U.S. population is immunized; the last verified case was found in 1993. There are still some countries in which the disease is endemic but Rotary International and UNICEF continue to mobilize efforts to combat this and to monitor situations to prevent outbreaks worldwide. Vigilance can be its own reward.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club To Meet The Portage County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Cal’s Restaurant & Pizza Express, 8301 Windham St. (Rt. 82) Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Our speaker will be Nick Ciofani from Congressman David Joyce’s office. The Salvation Army serving Portage County is the organization we will be collecting jars of peanut butter and cans of baked beans for the months of July and August. Please bring them to our monthly meeting . RSVP by calling 330 687-4067 or select attend meeting on Portage County Republican Women Club Facebook page.

Mantua Village News

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - At their last meeting, council unanimously approved Police Chief Harry Buchert’s recommendation of Joe Urso as the new Chief of Police in the village. Urso will replace Buchert upon the latter’s retirement in December of this year. Chief Buchert added, “Joe is a great candidate who will do an excellent job.” The department will look to fill Urso’s sergeant position soon, as well as the position of School Resource Officer after the district’s winter break. Chief Buchert added, “I’m pleased we were able to fill the spot from inside the Department, as well.” In other Police news, Buchert announced the appointment of Auxiliary Officer Javon Jackson. In his Village Administrator report, Bruce Rininger updated council on the status of emergency storm sewer repairs, sharing, “we’re chasing storm water.” He urged council to review water and sewer billing rates, as “breaks in both lines can (and will) happen at any time.” Village Engineer Brian Rogers concurred, explaining that, “80% of the village’s water lines are 100 years old -- 50 years past its prime.” Rininger thanked his team for their efforts over the weekend during the latest breakage; some worked 28 hours straight to return service to residents. He also thanked residents for their patience and understanding during the repair process. Ordinances regarding water and sewer rates are currently under consideration by council. In his Fire Board report, Councilman John Clark shared that the fire department’s squad 3 is out of service due to repeated repair and service issues. The department is in the process of reviewing new models, and hope to have a new squad in place by August at the latest. In addition, the fire department will be adding one full-time position and multiple part-time positions in the immediate future. In other news, council discussed proposed ordinance 2017-19, which would provide a lease agreement with the Portage Park District for the portion of the Headwaters Trail west of State Route 44. As part of the proposed agreement, the park district would maintain and manage that portion of the Trail. After some discussion, council agreed to let Councilwoman Paula Tubalkain contact Portage Parks to further define a potential agreement. In public comment, resident and business owner Hal Stamm publicly opposed Ordinance 2017-21, which relates to site and grading plan regulations that may affect surface water drainage. Stamm stated the proposed ordinance would, “infringe upon the rights of private ownership.” He also voiced concerns about raising water and sewer rates, sharing that “an increase in the cost of living will limit the number of residents who choose to live here.” Lastly, council approved an event request for the annual Potato Stomp race, which will be held on Saturday, September 9th. More details on the 4 mile and 9 mile race can be found at This month’s Village Council meeting will take place immediately following a public meeting regarding subdivisions that will take place on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:45 pm. The following month, council’s meeting will be held on August 15th at 7 pm.


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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Save the date – Vintage Ohio (and a little brew too) is August 4th and 5th this year. What is Vintage Ohio you ask? It is Ohio’s largest wine festival featuring only Ohio wines and beers held at Lake FarmPark in Kirtland, Ohio. Enjoy the day sampling wines or beers from over 10 Ohio wineries and a couple Ohio breweries, visit over 30 vendors in the fine art and craft show all to the background beat of reggae, jazz, blues and oldies musicians. Have I piqued your interest? Well, keep keeping reading because there is so much more. Your Adult (over 21 years of age) Wine Sampler ticket into Vintage Ohio allows you to receive a souvenir wine glass, tasting tickets to visit the winery booths, see all of the artists, listen to the musicians, enjoy demonstrations from local cooking schools and stay for fireworks on Friday night. More and more people are traveling to locations around the greater Cleveland area as Ohio is building up a reputation for great wine. Ohio Wine Producers Association is offering you a chance to drive to one location, Lake FarmParks (about a 45 minute drive from Garrettsville), to try wines not only from wineries in the area but also from Valley Vineyards near Cincinnati, Buckeye Winery in Newark and The Winery at Versailles in Versailles. Want to learn more about cooking with wine or just freshen up on your cooking skills? Check out the great cooking classes with Chef Lisa Delgado paired with wines from Ohio. Not into wines and want to sample some local craft beers? Stop by the beer tent where you can sample beers from Maize Valley Winery and Chalet Debonne. As you get ready to leave, you will enter the wine tunnel where all of the wineries at Vintage will be set up for you to purchase their wines to go. Be sure to pick up some wine from your favorite choices that weekend. No matter what you buy or where you taste, make sure you have a good time, sample wines that you have not tried before and enjoy the FarmParks. 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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New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? New Beneficiary Dear New, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is still identical to their Social Security number (SSN). After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the card itself tells beneficiaries to carry it with you when you are away from home so you can show it at the doctor’s office or hospital when you need medical care. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself. New Medicare Cards - For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it’s a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but it will take until December 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card, with an explanation of how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card with the new number as soon as you receive it, and there should be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card. Protect Your Identity - Until your new Medicare card is issued, here’s what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when you visit a health care provider for the first time, so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN, and carry that instead in case of an emergency. If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 or contact your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at MyAccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card that contains your SSN gets lost or stolen, you’ll need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive. You can also check your Medicare claims early online at (you’ll need to create an account first), or by calling Medicare at 800633-4227. If you spot anything suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at 800-447-8477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission at (or 877-438-4338). This site will also give you specific steps you’ll need to take to handle this problem.


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And now, as the sun sets slowly in the West…. End of competition and return to God’s country (Garrettsville, in case you didn’t recognize the description). The contests, across so many topics and fields, illuminated our strong points and our areas ripe for improvement. All team members made some critical contributions—math, nineteenth century literature, scientific notation, historical events, whatever—at some time or other. Zoe Swenson is the “go-to” individual for literature and “the arts”, Joe Emrick carried a lot of the load in history. Captain Christian Crawford is a reliable polymath, across the board, and as a leader he gave Jack Lawrence a seat at the competition to prep for next year; Kevin Splinter does amazing things with numbers in his head and, more often than not, nails questions on mythology. Not hard to see why I call them the Quiz Masters. Then there’s the element of pure luck. One of the parts of the format which this particular organization follows is that at a certain point a team may choose from a selection of four topics for their next set of questions. The team then gets ten questions to answer for a designated number of points each. Any questions which the first team cannot answer then go to the opposing team and they may get the points. Then the roles reverse. During one particular match, we jumped on “MVP’s in the NFL”, because our rising senior, Kevin Splinter, is a whiz at sports statistics (among other things); we rolled on that one. Later, same situation, the selections were not particularly to our liking but we chose “Short stories”…apparently not ones which we had read…and the other team took “the Hajj” (one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage which every good Muslim should make at some time in his/her life) to rack up a stack of points. Not one of our finer moments. Next year’s new recruits will get a chance to up the ante and carry us to an even better showing. One interesting break on Saturday night was the Coaches versus Parents competition. It was also an opportunity for senior team members attending to serve as readers/moderators with a chance to be chosen to return the following year to fill that position officially; there are presently three venues for the competition— Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Chicago—some new sites are under consideration, which don’t sound too shabby either. I think that one was to be in Atlanta and one in San Francisco. Anyhow, Garfield was well represented when Amy Crawford stepped up to the plate and helped the Parents’ team pull off a tie. This was not a “Chicago Black Sox” situation; we coaches were just a little disorganized, that’s all (I know that you’ll have difficulty believing that of me.). So when our competition came to an end, we had a chance to kick back, observe other teams compete, pack up ready to leave, just like the Army… ”Hurry up and wait.” One of the teams from the other bus in our convoy, the Hawken School elementary group was in the finals and eventually took all of the marbles in that division, unfortunately it also took quite a long time, longer than usual. Then they had a celebratory lunch while we waited…and waited. The waiting was fraught with uncertainty too. Remember that one of our buses—the one we were on— broke down on our way in. It sort of hung around the hotel for a while then it was gone. We just assumed that it was probably getting repaired and would, eventually, take us home. But, on the day, no bus was in evidence. The other bus driver had made occasional appearances during the weekend but didn’t seem real sure about what was happening. Neither was anyone else. Turned out that what was happening was that our bus could not be repaired in time for the return trip, so the bus company had to scuffle frantically around the Chicago area to find another bus company that had an available bus—and driver--which could ferry us home.



Celebrating Success

The Wheels On The Bus... Part III Iva Walker | Columnist


Well, that must have been fun! At long last a bus turned up—Prairie Trails or something on the side—and we hefted all of our goods and chattels into the baggage space or up into the overhead space (We managed to rescue some of the snack foods from the wounded bus to tide us over during the trek homeward). Wagons Ho! Well, sort of. This bus had a pretty flashy lady bus driver(What a manicure!) and was making pretty good time but it soon became apparent that it did not have much of an air conditioning system. It was still plenty warm that Monday (Reminds me of a menu in the vegetarian restaurant in Kent which described the hotness of its salsas as “mild…summer in Ohio…center of the earth”). The kids in the back from Shaker were sweltering and we were noticing the lack of chill too. None of this was remedied by the rest stops when we stepped out into ninety-some degrees. The lead bus driver popped the rear panel, fiddled with something and improved things somewhat, then we drove on into the afternoon and evening. And drove and drove. There was cellphone communication to give everyone a heads-up about when we would arrive at our pick-up point. That’s another story altogether. But we pulled into the parking lot at the Streetsboro Wal-Mart and spotted a James A. Garfield bus waiting for us. Dreama Adkins never looked so good, bless her heart. The home parking lot looked equally good; everyone had a car waiting to whisk them home and whisk they did. I’m waving good-bye as they pulled away. Dreama, good woman that she is, hauled me and my pile of stuff home so that I wouldn’t turn into a pumpkin somewhere on the road when the clock struck twelve. The cats sort of noticed when I came in.

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Mallory Duriak Columnist “My fingernails are cracking. Is there anything I can do for them?” Although we are not dermatologists here at the library, we found some tips in the book “A Complete Guide to Manicure and Pedicure” by Leigh Toselli and the Globe and Mail article “Why do my fingernails peel and crack?” by Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe that our patron may be able to use. Both sources suggest protecting nails from water and harsh chemicals – wearing gloves while cleaning and washing the dishes, for instance, and using a nonacetone nail polish remover when necessary. Commercial nail oils and strengthening formulas are available, but we cannot vouch for their efficacy. Toseli also suggests using almond oil or even just a regular hand cream or lotion to keep nails moisturized. According to Toseli and Wijayasinghe, calcium and vitamins A, D, and B12 are important for healthy nails. Calcium can be found in bitter greens, tofu, dairy, and nuts; vitamin A is in fish, liver, egg yolk, milk, and many vegetables; vitamin B12 is also in eggs and dairy, and vitamin D can be absorbed from a few minutes of sunlight or found in fish, liver, and milk. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to six months for them to show significant improvement. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www. or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.

KOPS member Mary Ellen Cardinal and TOPS chapter OH 1941 Ravenna collected over 100 non-perishable food items celebrating “100 Day” R avenna - TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OH#1941, Ravenna, loves to celebrate the successes and milestones of their KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members! The chapter recently celebrated “100 day” honoring Mary Ellen Cardinal’s 100th consecutive week of maintaining her goal weight by collecting 100-plus non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food bank. Chapter members encourage KOPS at the weekly meetings to keep those excess pounds from sneaking back on; and the KOPS, in return, share their encouragement through example and experience. TOPS Club, Inc. has been in existence since 1948. As stated on the website (, the organization does not pay celebrities to endorse it and doesn’t promote quick fixes or unrealistic images of the “perfect” body. Instead, it focuses on health, offering support on the weight loss journey all at an economical rate. TOPS OH#1941 meets Thursday mornings at the Maplewood Christian Church located at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. Members weigh in between 9 and 9:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. adjourning at 11 a.m. New members are always welcome. Whether it’s 10-20 pounds you want to shed or 50 or 100+...we are here to support you on your journey to a healthier you! Please visit us and consider joining!

Mantua Historical Society News

The Mantua Historical Society recently hosted Holocaust survivor Erika Taubner Gold (pictured). She related her experiences and memories of this period of her life to a packed house in the Mantua Township Hall. We would like to announce that we have two tables at the Mantua Restoration Society’s Flea Market and Sale at the former Mantua Center School Building, 11741 Mantua Center Road (located across from the historic Mantua Center Green area). The sale will be on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. We will be selling some of the treasures from our museum, that we have duplicates of or no longer fit the purpose of the contents of the museum, plus some members’ personal items.


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