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Local Orchard Supports Farms A World Away

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Hiram - A visit to pick blueberries at the Blue Jay Orchard on Rapids Road in Hiram may seem like a simple summer pleasure. But did you know that an enjoyable day in the sunshine with your family could help people in developing countries grow their own food? That’s because Blue Jay Orchard is a proud member of the Food Resource Bank (FRB), a not-for-profit organization that helps people in developing countries grow their own food. Mary and Lowell Evans, the orchard’s owners for the past 42 years, became a part of the local Food Resource Network Bank project four years ago through the Hiram Christian Church, where they are long-time members. Each day of the roughly month-long blueberry season, when people to come to pick whichever of the ten varieties are ripe that day, the Evans’ donate a percentage to the FRB. “It’s so simple, what FRB does, but it makes such a difference,” Mary gushed. We’ve got a plentiful crop this year, so we’re hoping to pick 600 pounds. Berries are available at a PYO rate of $3.60 per pound, or pre-picked for $8.75 per quart or $4.75 per pint. Blue Jay Orchards donate a percentage of proceeds to the FRB. Mary and Lowell are looking for volunteers to gather berries for pre-picked orders.

Portage Park District hires Public Engagement Coordinator R avenna – The Portage Park District brought on Public Engagement Coordinator, Andrea Metzler in June 2017. Metzler brings 14 years of experience in the nonprofit industry with emphasis on marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. She has worked with several area nonprofits, including the Cascade Locks Park Association, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. Metzler’s responsibilities include coordinating public communications, programming, special events, volunteers and community partnerships. “Andrea’s extensive experience in public relations and volunteer management will really help us to better connect with the community, get folks involved and experience the parks” said Christine Craycroft, Park District Executive Director, “we’re thrilled to have her join our team!” “I’m excited for the opportunity to engage the public and share the beauty of Portage County’s parks” said Metzler. Portage County Park District upcoming programs: Morning Birding: July 21, 7:30 a.m. at Towner’s Woods Park Butterfly Hike: August 20, 10 a.m. at Towner’s Woods Park The Portage Park District’s mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. For more information, visit or call (330) 297-7728.

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Each year, nearly 200 growing projects like this one in Hiram, together raise over $3 million to support between 50 and 60 overseas programs. Some example projects include introducing improved varieties and crop knowledge to indigenous groups in Africa and working with farmers in Honduras to help them with livestock production. Ultimately, the goal of FRB is to reduce world hunger by giving families in remote, vulnerable areas the education and tools to grow their own food using sustainable methods. The Hiram Christian Church has a volunteer-based maple syrup gathering operation each spring to raise funds for FRB, as well. Each year, the proceeds from both projects are combined to fund a FRB project in another part of the world. At an informal meeting, typically a pancake breakfast where volunteers enjoy the fruits of their labor, participants vote on which country and project their funds will support. The Lowells have operated Blue Jay Orchard since 1976; they closed the PYO blueberry operation on July 4th in order to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. Blue Jay Orchard also sells peaches from a local co/op in August and 26 varieties of PYO apples in late summer and through fall. Call the farm for more information at (440) 834-4318. For more information on the Food Resource Bank, visit them online at

Portage Library Consortium: Changes to Catalog & Circulation System The Portage Library Consortium (PLC)- comprised of Kent Free Library, Portage County District Library (PCDL), and Reed Memorial Library- is getting a new catalog and circulation system, one that’s more robust and will provide better service for Portage County library users. This new system will be going “live” on Thursday, August 31. The PLC is changing its circulation system for a few reasons including the current circulation system is outdated and no longer being developed, the new system will be a cost savings, and it comes with more beneficial features. A few new features include an improved catalog so users can see more formats in one place, better search options in the catalog to help them find what they need, an opt-in feature to keep track of reading history, and much more. However, in order to make this move to the new system, access to the SearchOhio and OhioLINK catalogs will become temporarily unavailable on Thursday, July 7. Library users will not be able to place any holds until the service has been re-configured to work with the new circulation system, which at this time has been estimated to be several months. To learn more about PLC’s transition to a new circulation system, visit Portage County District Library online at or contact your nearest branch PCDL library. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502, Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-3257003), Windham (330-326-3145), Outreach Services (330-527-5082 ext. 220), or the Deerfield Computer Lab (330-557-6032). Portage County library users may also contact either Kent Free Library (330-673-4414) or Reed Memorial Library (330-296-2827) as well.

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Burton - The Historical Engine Society will be holding their 47th Annual Antique Power and Steam Exhibition July 28, 29, 30, 2017, at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio. On display will be demonstrations of various types of antique machinery, such as steam engines, stationary and portable gas engines, tractors, grain threshing, excavating and construction equipment, cars and trucks, and blacksmithing. There will also be a parade of machinery through downtown Burton Saturday morning, children’s rides on Murphy’s Railroad, and open house tours of Century Village’s restored homes and shops. Friday, July 28, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 8:00AM – 5:00PM each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. Children’s admission for those 6-12 years old will be $3.00, while those under 6 will be admitted free. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

Fatal Crashes Reviews By Portage County Fatal Data Review Board

Lynette Blasiman | Safe Communities Project Director R avenna - In 2016 there were twelve fatal crashes in Portage County. Portage County’s first fatal crash in 2017 occurred April 17 – and the last fatal crash in 2016 occurred September 10. After more than seven months of zero fatal crashes in Portage County, the Fatal Data Review Board met to review five fatal crash reports to identify county trends and recommend countermeasures to reduce preventable crashes. The Review Board is also responsible for comparing quarterly and year-to-date statistics. In 2016, during the months of April to June, there were four fatal crashes - from January to June there were eight. “Although our year-to-date fatal crash statistics are lower in 2017 than 2016, we still have a lot of work to do to make our roadways safer for everyone,” said Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci. “For years, alcohol-related crashes were a serious problem for us. Then distracted driving became equally dangerous and epidemic. Now our heroin situation has greatly increased the risk for crashes. Drivers are not just under the influence, but there are people “shooting up” while they’re driving.” Lt. Antonio Matos, Ravenna Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol stated the Ravenna Post receives calls every day from people reporting suspicious impaired driving. “When you see someone who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving erratically, call #677. Your call could help get the driver or motorcycle rider off the road and prevent a crash from occurring.” Meeting summary: the leading causes of fatal crashes in 2017 are “off the roadway” and “failure to control.” Three of the crashes involved drugs and/or alcohol. Seat belts were not worn in three of the crashes. One crash is still under investigation and not included in the summary. The Fatal Data Review Board is a requirement of Safe Communities, a program of Portage County Health District.

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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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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.


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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 want 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!

Portage County Bee Keepers Meeting

July 20 Thursday, July 20, at 7:00 pm Dr. Matthew Lehnert, Biological Sciences Professor from Kent State University will be joining us to speak about honey bee pollination and genetics. Free and open to the public! Maplewood Career Center, 7075 St. Rt. 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266, Conference Room A. For more information, contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

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

Rummage Sale

July 21 & 22 Outdoor Community Rummage Sale at Crossroads Community Church 9018 St. Rt. 44, Ravenna. Friday July 21 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday July 22 9:00am.-2:00 pm. For most items your monetary donations are accepted for a missions trip to the Phillipians. For information 330-296-6729.

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.

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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.

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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.

Observatory Open Night

July 22 Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, July 22, from 9:30 to 11:00 PM. Featured that night will be Saturn, red supergiant star Antares, and the M4 Star Cluster in the constellation Scorpius. 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

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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, from 6 to 8:30pm. 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

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Genealogy and Family Search Are you interested in learning about your family history or genealogy? Mike Talentino, of the Family History Center in Kirtland, is the Area Family History Advisor for Family Search. Talentino will be at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. to share a presentation on the Family Search site, the different materials it contains, updates, and how to access and save information on A brief Question & Answer session will follow the presentation. Please call the library at 330-527-4378 to register for the Family Search program.

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!

Moth Night at Hiram College

July 26 Explore the nighttime world July 26 at 9:00pm (rain date July 27) as we attract moths in celebration of National Moth Week. No registration needed. Just bring a flashlight & camera. The event will take place at Hiram College’s J.H. Barrow Field Station (11305 Wheeler Rd., Garrettsville Ohio 44231). Questions? Contact Dr. Jenn Clark ( or 330.569.5315)

Library Summer Book Sale

July 26 - 29 Please join us for the Geauga West Friends of the Library Summer book sale. There are thousands of new and gently used adult and children’s books, puzzles and games, and Audio/Video items. This years’ sale features an even larger selection of children’s books. The Book Sale begins Wednesday, July 26 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., followed by the Open Public Sale from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday, July 27, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., Friday July 28, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. and Saturday, July 29 is $3.00 Bag Day with hours from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School.

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.

CHS Alumni Soccer Game

July 28 The Crestwood High School Boys Soccer Team will be hosting the annual Alumni Game on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. The cost this year is $10.00. There will be a picnic dinner for all alumni and their families immediately following the game. Please R.S.V.P. to Laurel at 216-406-1637.

God Provides A Meal

July 28 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR. 305 on July 28, 4 to 6. Sloppy joes - baked beans - Cole slaw - dessert.

Annual Rummage Sale

July 28 & 29 Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be sponsoring their Annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 from 9 am - 1 pm. There 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.

Purse Exchange & Wine Tasting

July 29 The Ladies Aux. Post 674 will be hosting a Purse Exchange and Wine tasting event July 29th at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 at door. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship fund. This is at the Windham Legion at 9960 E. Center street . Where the tank is. Call 330-326-3188 for details. See you there

North Jackson Community Sales

Aug 4 & 5 North Jackson Citizens Association’s Community Wide Yard Sales Days will be on Friday, Aug 4th and Saturday Aug 5th starting at 9 am. There are 175+ addresses listed on a map locating sales throughout the entire township. Maps available at JM Football field, 10748 Mahoning Avenue, and at businesses Aug. 4th.

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


Huntsburg VBS

Aug 6-10 All children K-12 welcome to attend Vacation Bible School at Huntsburg Congregation Church 12435 Madison Road Huntsburg Ohio 44046. The theme: Deep Sea Discovery; The date to remember is August 6-August 10- 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This year we will have interpretation for the deaf. You can register at www. So please join us and as always parents are welcome to attend with younger children… See you there

Book Review & Discussion Group

Aug 7 MONDAY, August 7th, 9:30am. Dr J Patella personally presents and reviews the book: THE A F T E R L I F E O F B I L LY FINGERS. Author Annie Kagan recounts the fascinating and true on-going communications with her deceased brother Billy in this, her debut book. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Rockin’ on the Ridge

Aug 11 & 12 Ridge Ranch Campground 5219 State Route 303 Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 is hosting Rockin’ on the Ridge, Aug 11 & 12. Please join us for 2 fun filled days of bands and camping. If you wish to camp, please call the office at 330898-8080 to book your site. If you wish to spend the day, admittance is $5.00 for the day Plus donations of pet toys, pet food, blankets and towels. We will have a food vendor. 50/50 raffle every 2 hours, T-shirt sales & more! All proceeds will go to Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

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.

Make Cement Leaves with Geauga Master Gardeners Join Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik for a two-part Cement Leaves class. Create a beautiful piece of garden art for indoor or outdoor use. The class is in two parts. First, from 9 a.m. - noon Saturday, July 22, visit Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik’s extensive garden and select a leaf for your project; learn how to make a mold, and cast the leaf in cement while retaining all its characteristics. Then, from 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, you will return to the garden where your cement leaf is completely hardened and cured. You will release the leaf from the mold and prep it for a decorative finish. These expensivelooking leaves make great garden decorations, dress up a table. Consider gifting a cement leaf, or even the class itself. All supplies, other than embellishments, are included in the class cost of $50. Call 440-834-4656 to register; pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Huge Thank You Auburn Firedevils Auxiliary would like to extend a wonderful thank you to all the participants that made our 4th of July Parade in Auburn Township a huge success. We enjoyed our Color Guard followed by an elephant and the Auburn bicentennial float. Our fire department -- joined by Newbury and Troy fire departments -- was followed by many fun floats. Our special appreciation to the drill team, Sparklettes, the DTJ float, the many tractors, local businesses, and other important participants for making this parade the best in celebration of the bicentennial of Auburn Township. A thank you needs to be extended to Herold’s Salad for donating the bake beans, coleslaw and some potato salad. The many hands in the background that helped to serve the residents of Auburn Township deserve a hearty appreciation. The fire department’s member’s children are a huge help in events like this. The best surprise we were able to enjoy was the elephant from the Francisca’s. The young and old were able to enjoy the elephant and pony rides. I had the pleasure of talking the owners of the animals. I was very impressed by how well they were kept and the utmost care was taken to ensure the happiness of the animals. I was impressed that the elephant can play a form of soccer to keep her in shape and give her exercise, which is very important. I was also surprised to hear that she ate 10 bales of hay a day. We are hoping to have the elephant back next year for the parade. Again, a huge thank you for all who participated and made this event a huge success. It was also great to see the all of our residents enjoy the wonderful treats served and having the community support not only to celebrate the 4th of July but the celebrate the Bicentennial of Auburn Township.

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Geauga Growth Partnership announces 5th Annual HomeGrown Geauga Tickets are now on sale for Geauga Growth Partnership’s 5th Annual HomeGrown Geauga fundraising event to be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5:30-9 PM at ASM International in Russell Township. Admission Tickets, $125 per person ($75 tax deductible) may be ordered at The evening promises an experience packed with first class culinary offerings by signature chefs, open bar, creative and clever home-grown entertainment, event photos, silent auction, raffles, and a virtual reality journey – all supporting a great cause. Funds raised will benefit GGP’s educational programs developed with the mission to “Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.” These valuable programs include youth workforce training, Career Readiness and Career Awareness events, and the High School Internship program. The multi-faceted workforce training program was launched in 2012 by GGP founding director Frank Samuel, who was passionate about preparing young people for successful careers. Since the program’s inception, when nine (9) high school students were matched with sponsoring employers for summer internships, the programs have grown exponentially. In 2016 alone, more than 1,200 Geauga County students participated in GGP’s Youth Workforce training programs. HomeGrown Geauga is the signature event for Geauga Growth Partnership and is organized to feature all things Geauga County from food to fun. A big highlight of the evening will include the variety of foods offered by featured restaurants and chefs to give all guests a genuine taste of Geauga. Featured eateries are Blazin’ Bills, Burntwood Tavern, d’marie, Sirna’s Pizza, Tom’s Foolery, Warren’s Spirited Kitchen, Welshfield Inn, Chef Jonathan Bennett featuring Adams Reserve Cheddar, Chefs Timothy Willis & Joe Matteucci of UH Geauga Medical Center Nutrition Services, and Chef Will Davis of ICASI & Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, who will provide all desserts. For entertainment, local band, No Moss, will provide a live show incorporating music selections from all genres attendees will be sure to recognize and enjoy. Homegrown Bill Ward of Bill Ward Productions will also be in attendance as the emcee this year and other entertainment will come from local Aerial-Acrobat Dance and YOGA studio Jasmine Dragons, and ASM themselves will offer Tours of their iconic facility. The night will hold even more ongoing entertainment, including a silent auction, a “Dream vacation raffle” (tickets available through http://, and a Queen of Hearts game. This exciting and flavorful event will also offer a complementary full bar. Be on the lookout for more information on other home-grown entertainers, and local talent who will perform and serve at the memorable event. Geauga Growth would like to thank all sponsors who are helping to make HomeGrown Geauga possible: DIAMOND: Great Lakes Cheese PLATINUM: Richard & Christie Frenchie & The Frenchie Consulting Group; University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center GOLD: Bechem Lubrication Technology/John & Chris Steigerwald; Junction Auto Family; Patterson Farms SILVER: Arms Trucking Company; Hexpol/Burton Rubber Processing; HR Strategies & Solutions; Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling BRONZE: Heinens; Honest Scales Recycling; Kent State University at Geauga; The Middlefield Banking Company; Ronyak Paving PATRON: Electrolock, Inc.; Dr. Patra Duangjak; Wealthcare Group of Raymond James If you are interested in knowing more about HomeGrown Geauga event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Geauga Growth Partnership at 440-5641060 or . Newton Falls, OH

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Malinda C. Laning,82, beloved Mother, was called to her eternal resting place on July 14,2017. She was born on October 12, 1934 in Logan, OH, born to George and Laura (Everett) Williams. Malinda was a retired kindergarten teacher from James A. Garfield Elementary School where she taught children for over 30 years. She was a member of the Garrettsville and Winthrop, Maine United Methodist Church Women’s groups. Malinda especially enjoyed her years lived in Maine. She cherished family gatherings and time spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Gwynne D’Amico of Glenside, PA, Wendy (Jim) Barrow of Cincinnati, Mark Laning of Freedom, and Rick (Carla) Laning of Northfield; grandchildren, Jessica, Kristen, Jennifer, David, Aaron, Anna, Kelly, Jackie, Jared, Kate, and Jack; great grandchildren, Jude, Melody, Evelyn, Kathryn, and Leo; and sister in law Betsy Laning of Nelson. Malinda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John J. Laning Jr., son John J. Laning III, and her brother John Williams. Friends may join the family for her memorial visitation on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10 A.M. 12 P.M. at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center Street in Garrettsville, OH 44231. Malinda’s memorial service will immediately follow at 12 P.M. Burial will be at Park Cemetery in Garrettsville, OH 44231. A luncheon will be held from 1 to 3 at Sugar Bush Golf Club, North Street, Garrettsville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685 (online charitable donation link: Online condolences at www.

Freedom Twp., OH Ronald “Ron” Scerba, 74, of Freedom Township, passed away on July 11, 2017, surrounded by his devoted family. He was born on September 4, 1942, to Adam and Joann (Meus) Scerba in Warren, Ohio. Ron was a proud Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam Era. He was a military sharpshooter. He graduated in 1960 from St. Mary’s High School in Warren, Ohio. Ron was a member of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit. He retired from Packard Electric after many years of employment. Ron loved trail riding and his greatest life adventure was a trail ride in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on his beloved horse, Roman. He was adored by his nieces and nephews. Ron truly loved his family with his whole heart! Ron is survived by his niece, Doreen (Jim) Kukral of Seven Hills; sister, Frances Donko; great-niece, Hailey Kukral; great-nephew, Jayce Kukral; loving companion, Laura Suboski; sister-in-law, Carol Scerba and many loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and best friend, Lee, and sister, Mary Ann Spahr. Visitation was held on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 5-7 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Services to follow at 7PM with Pastor Chad Froelich officiating. Burial was held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11 AM in Meadow Brook Memorial Park, 1211 State Rd NW, Warren, Ohio with Military Honors. Online condolences at

Annual August Picnic For GCRTA Members

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will sponsor their annual picnic on Tuesday August 1, 2017 at the Munson Township Park, 12641 Bass Lake Road (just south of Mayfield Rd). Check the map at www. Participants are asked to gather at 11:00 AM. The business meeting will be conducted at 11:30, with the picnic lunch to follow at noon. All guests are asked to bring a dish to share at the potluck picnic. Nancy Speck will provide her delicious pulled pork sandwiches for everyone. Drinks will be provided or guests may bring their own. The program for the meeting will be: an introduction of all newly-retired teachers, the presentation of the Grant-in-Aid award recipients, and live music. There will be raffles to participate in; the 50/50 raffle, and the Free Lunch raffle. To register for the picnic, please contact Judy Miller via mail, email, or by phone by Thursday, July 27, 2017 if you plan to attend. Judy’s address is 17130 Kinsman Rd., Middlefield, Ohio 44062; her email is harpergma6@; and her phone is 440-487-4324. Please consider bringing a newly retired teacher, school personnel, or guest to the picnic. You should contact Geauga Transit (440 285 2222 or 440 564 7131 ext. 5160) a week in advance if you need to reserve a ride to the event. The GCRTA is requesting donations of school supplies for Geauga County students. The Geauga County Task Force is seeking donations of canned goods and paper supplies.


Alan Edward Rathbun Jr. June 1, 1939 – June 16, 2017 Alan Edward Rathbun Jr. was born on June 1, 1939 in Fall River, MA and passed away on June 16, 2017. He was the son of Alan E. Rathbun Sr. and Dorothy Sherrard Rathbun. He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School and received his Bachelor and Master Degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Michigan. Alan was the owner of Luxaire Cushion Company in Newton Falls, OH and resided in Kent, OH. He is survived by two sisters, Doanne Brown and Julie Miller, four nieces and one nephew. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence or Light a Candle, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes. com (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 330-867-4141)

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Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market Sponsors Farm Tour Middlefield - Visit Hershberger Organic Farm in Middlefield on Saturday, August 12. Hershberger’s is a 22-acre Amish owned farm that provides fresh eggs and certified organic produce- strawberries, tomatoes, onions, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, peppers, corn, kohlrabi, cabbage, pumpkins, winter squash, melons, and herbs. You will get to see chickens, horses, greenhouses and walk the beautiful gardens on this free tour. Free transportation is available on an air-conditioned Mini-bus which leaves the farmers’ market parking lot in South Russell at 1 pm. The tour is free and approximately 1.5 hours plus transportation time. You must preregister for this tour. Call Cheryl Hammon at 440 474 9885, or register at Geauga Fresh Farmers Market, 5205 Chillicothe Road, South Russell. Children must be accompanied by an adult and sensible walking shoes are recommended. These tours have been made possible by a grant from USDA. The final of these free tours will be to Maplestar Farm in Auburn on Saturday, September 9. The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays, rain or shine, from 9:00am to Noon in the parking lot of the South Russell Village Hall, the corner of Chillicothe/ Rt. 306 and Bell St. until October. Find more information on market products and our producers on our Facebook page or our web site at



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Crestwood School Board News Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At the last meeting, School Board President Todd Monroe shared details of an event at which one of the foremost thinkers on education will be speaking. Ken Robinson, author of, “Changing Education Paradigms,” will be speaking to an audience of educators, business professionals, and the general public on the subject of education reform. “It’s a revolution that has barely begun,” Robinson contends, “and the old system of education -- effectively created to meet the needs of an industrial age and workforce -- were not designed with this new world in mind.” Mr. Monroe urged board members, as well as the community at large, to attend this free event. It will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the First Christian Church (6900 Market Avenue North) in Canton. For more information on this event, visit: www.edpartner. org/links/issues_05-12-17.html. Next, Superintendent David Toth shared the preliminary results of the latest round of state testing. He shared that Crestwood’s performance was above or at state averages in many categories, with an across-the-board-increase from the previous year’s performance. He noted the areas of middle and high school math and middle school language arts as areas to focus on for improvements, and will be providing a breakdown of the results for staff to review when the final report card is released in mid-September. In other news, the board discussed evaluation formats for reviews of the Superintendent and Treasurer positions. Board members are currently reviewing nine versions, including those suggested by the state and those from neighboring Districts. Board member David Becker remarked that while evaluations are a good measure of the day-to-day workings of the positions, the measure of strategic thinking is harder to ascertain. He noted that the desire to simplify the evaluation process wouldn’t necessarily be helpful in the long-term success of both the positions and the district. He suggested that the evaluation process also include goal setting for the next year. When asked how the two positions set goals, Mr. Toth explained that his goals and objectives are guided by the strategic plan, which is based on input from the community. Ms. Rowe added that the state auditor reviews the mechanics of the treasurer’s office. It was noted that Ms. Rowe received an award from the Auditor of State for her exemplary work with the district’s finances. Mr. Becker suggested that the board consider using the existing evaluation format, but work to make the form more ‘user-friendly’. The board will hold a public work session on July 26th at 6 pm to discuss the matter in greater detail. The board received a donation of $1,000 from Sky Lane Bowling, which will be used for Safety Town at the Primary School. It was noted that summer school will be held at CPS and CIS August 7th through 11th and August 14th through 18th. Kindergarten students will participate in the screening process on August 23rd and 24th, with all buildings hosting open house events on Thursday, August 24th. Classes will resume on Monday, August 28th. The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3rd at 6:45 pm in the CHS library. Please note that a special election will be held on Tuesday, August 8th, giving residents the opportunity to vote to proceed with the design and construction of a combined 7-12 building to replace the aging high school facility. Residents are encouraged to cast their vote.

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report

Iva Walker | Columnist The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met at noon on July 17, 2017 in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville to hear from Dale Fawcett, a representative of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Mr. Fawcett worked for years with Goodyear Aerospace and when he retired, joined SCORE to assist in promoting area small businesses, as small businesses are the engine of economic prosperity in the U.S. and employ over half of all U.S. workers-- $ 6 trillion of the U.S. GDP (Gross Domestic Product—all of the goods and services in the economic system). The mission of this agency, which works with the Small Business Administration, is to provide training, expertise and resources to individuals wishing to establish small businesses; this includes free client services and consulting. The Akron chapter serves Summit, Portage, Medina and Wayne counties, offering counseling and business guidance, including workshops on many critical topics, such as intellectual property, business plan creation and fundamentals of financial management. These are key issues for small businesses; SCORE-advised businesses have a 71% survival rate, compared to a 50% rate for the go-it-alone efforts. Volunteers are always welcome. The possibility of Rotary sponsorship of a local workshop was brought up, as was interest in finding a grant writer for local efforts in this area. More news may be forthcoming. Arrangements are being made for attendance at the Rotary Day Indians ballgame at Progressive Field on August 3, featuring all sorts of special activities and support for the Rotary International effort to End Polio Now…so close…so close. The next meeting will have Nate Adams, of Smart Energy Home Performance presenting the program. The club voted to again sponsor a bowling/pizza party for local InterAct members and all District 6630 foreign exchange students in March. A suggestion was made that the club begin and end each meeting with a message of positivity, just to set the tone for the meeting itself and the week to follow. All in attendance were positively in favor.

Vintage News

James A. Garfield Historical Society August 8, 1946 the Journal published an article titled “Button Hobby Awarded Grand Prize”. One of the displays of the Portage County Fair that attracted much attention was the Grand Prize win ning hobby display of buttons. Mrs. Ned Lansinger, Garrettsville was the club’s first president and founder. The club was started in 1941 and the first meeting was held at the Lansinger home in Garrettsville. The club has expanded all over Portage County with a local membership of eighteen. The display included a button formerly worn by a coachman at Cottage Hill Farms when they were operated by Dan Hanna. Gov. Frank J. Launche, while touring the fair was attracted by the button display. Stopping, he asked Mrs. Lansinger in charge of the display at the time “ How did you manage to get such a fine collection?” Come closer and I’ll show you, replied Mrs. Lansinger. He did. She whipped out scissors and snipped a button off the Governor’s coat before he knew what happened. “That’s how,” she told him. In addition Ida Lansinger had wooden buttons made out of wood from the Opera House and wrote the 1964 booklet titled “Memories of the Opera House.”

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Marvelous Moths: Hiram College to present Moth Night, July 26

Hiram – Moths tend to get a bad rap, but they’re truly treasures of nature, says Jennifer Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Hiram College. Moths serve as an important food resource for birds, particularly when they’re caterpillars. Silk moths’ cocoons make silk fabrics, popular in the expansive textile industry as well as in cottage operations. As nocturnal creatures, moths’ contributions as nighttime pollinators often go unnoticed. Moth Night at Hiram College, Wednesday, July 26, 9 p.m. at the James H. Barrow Field Station observation building, 11305 Wheeler Road, Garrettsville, will shed light literally and figuratively on moths. The event hopes to attract as many as 40 moth species by means of light. Family-friendly Moth Night, presented in recognition of National Moth Week, July 22-29, is free and registration is not required. For more details, contact Clark at or 330-569-5315. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights. Rain date: July 27, 9 p.m.

Mammal Mania At Penitentiary Glen It’s mammal mania as we celebrate Ohio’s native furry animals at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center Open House on Sunday, July 30 from noon to 4 pm. Find out about Ohio’s native mammals, who might be a predator and who might be prey. We’ll discover natural history, enjoy mammal activities, a craft, and get a chance to meet our furry Animal Ambassadors. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, facts and live animals.. From 1 to 3 pm, take a ride on miniature trains through the woodlands of Penitentiary Glen Reservation (weather permitting). The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center Open House is free and does not require registration. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd in Kirtland (44094). Directions: Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto Rt. 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.


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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, July 21, 2017

“Godspell” Opens Friday

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 216-375-0709. Direction of Godspell is by Justin Steck and musical direction by Florence Janosik.





Changes Expand County’s Home Improvement Loan Program

R avenna – Recent changes by the Portage County Investment Advisory Committee have expanded the number of homes eligible to participate in the county’s home improvement loan program. When the program – which makes low-cost home loans available to local homeowners –was first approved in 2015, it was limited to properties with an Auditor’s assessed value of $175,000 or less, and project costs were capped at $40,000. Under the new rules, homes valued at up to $250,000 are now eligible, and the project cost cap has been raised to $50,000. Asked why the changes were made, Treasurer Brad Cromes said, “We initially approved the program for up to $1 million in lending. As of today, our partner banks have issued approximately $416,000 in loans, and we would like to see more of that available money being utilized to improve our community.” According to Cromes, feedback in his office and at participating banks called for higher caps. “We’ve had a lot of interest from homeowners just outside our current range,” Cromes said. “These new limits expand the pool of eligible borrowers, and bring our limits more in line with programs like this in other counties.” Under the Home Improvement Program, partner banks hold county funds in certificates of deposit at below-market rates. In exchange, the banks

make home equity loans available to borrowers at rates up to 3% below market for the first five years of the loan term. After that time, rates returns to market levels. Questioned about the program’s value, Treasurer Cromes said, “The Home Improvement Program offers property owners in our community a means of completing needed fixes that doesn’t break the bank.” While the program requires the county to take a short-term reduction in its investment income returns, Cromes asserts that reduction will be recouped. “What we give up in short-term interest income we regain over the long haul in community reinvestment. Making sure our neighbors have the resources they need to maintain and improve their properties benefits all of us.” To sign up for the program, residents can complete an application at the Hometown Bank and Portage Community Bank branches in Ravenna and Kent, or the Middlefield Banking Company branch in Mantua. Once approved, borrowers have one year to complete their projects and submit receipts to the Treasurer’s Office. For more information, interested borrowers should call the Treasurer’s Office at 330-297-3586, Hometown Bank at 330-677-6026, Middlefield Banking Company at 330-247-0881, or Portage Community Bank at 330-296-8090.










Portage Land Bank Earns Expanded State Grant

Local Couple Celebrates 55 Years of Marriage Nelson Twp. - Who would have known that when 2 teachers at Holy Family on E. 131st Street in Cleveland Ohio sent Joseph Ward, a 8th grader at the time, and Diane Hruby, a 7th grader at the time, out to clap erasers that they would be introducing two young people that would become best friends for the rest of their lives. On June 30, 1962, Joe and Diane got married at Holy Family Church. Now celebrating 55 years of marriage, their children honored their parents and celebrated their lives together. The family started with a fine lunch at Cal’s

Restaurant in Garrettsville this past Sunday. After lunch Joe and Diane were surprised by an old fashion way of getting home. Whispery Pine Percherons of Kingsville, Ohio was hired to pick up the family at Cal’s Restaurant and take them home to Bloom Road in Nelson Township via a horse dawn wagon ride. The wagon was driven by Sam Rettinger the owner of Whispery Pines Percherons and pulled by Ace and Hawk; 4,600 pounds of pure Percheron horsepower. What an amazing ride and celebration it was.

R avenna – The Portage County Land Bank, a non-profit entity that seeks to return vacant and blighted land to productive use, recently earned an additional $250,000 in grant funding to support that work in the county from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The funds are part of the state agency’s Neighborhood Initiative Program, which utilizes federal funding from a bank settlement reached after the housing bubble burst in 2008. The program is aimed at stabilizing property values and preventing future foreclosures. To receive funding, land banks compete to demonstrate both the need for blight removal in their local community and a track record of success in utilizing prior funding. Portage County’s Land Bank was the state’s top-performing land bank in a percentage of funds used from prior allocations, and is one of only four land banks in Ohio to receive additional funding in the latest round of grants. The new money brings the total allocation of state and federal dollars to Portage County through the Land Bank to more than $1.5 million since the Land Bank’s founding in 2012. Commissioner Vicki A. Kline, Land Bank chair, said, “We are tremendously proud of the record of success we have

Hiram Township Trustee News Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

H iram T wp - At their last meeting, trustees unanimously approved a motion to place a 2 Mill Fire Replacement Levy on the November ballot. In addition, they also approved a motion for the 2 Mill Road and Bridge Replacement Levy to be added to the ballot in November as well. In other news, Ms. Schulda reported back about her conversation with the Hiram Police Department to discuss township patrol. As trustees had discussed, Ms. Schulda requested that the Department conduct patrols within the township in four-hour increments instead of eight-hour increments, as originally agreed to. Trustees have added the following information to the Township’s website: Beginning September 1, 2017 Portage County Solid Waste will provide curbside recycling services in Hiram Township and the Village of Hiram. The Kimble Company will continue to provide Solid Waste Curbside Service. Weekly service will continue to be each Friday for both recycling and solid waste. Kimble included a notice in their last invoice to township customers, informing them that the current invoice reflected billing for July and August. The note explained that the final day of Kimble recycling services will be August 25th. Customers have been asked to leave their recycling receptacles at the curb at that time for Kimble to collect, as well. Kimble informed customers that the next invoice they receive will be an invoice for trash collection for the months of September, October, and November. Trustee Steve Pancost re-visited the proposal from Fire Chief Byers regarding the management of Fire and EMS Levy Funds. Chief Byers is suggesting that he manage the full amount of the annual levy revenue and eliminate the township hold back of ten and fifteen percent, respectively. Mr. Pancost suggested that that as long as Chief Byers is responsible for the funds and the reporting, it may be beneficial to forward 100% of the levy revenue. Discussion ensued, but no decision was reached, since the township is awaiting a complete financial report of revenue and expense for Fire and EMS services. As an

aside, Trustee Schulda noted that trustees should remain conscientious regarding carryover balances per Fund. In other news, Kathy Schulda noted receipt of a letter from Verizon regarding the proposed cell tower on Allyn Road. The letter mentioned a different location but was meant to inquire about historic value of the Allyn Road site. Kathy sent a letter to Todd Samms at Verizon requesting a signed letter with Verizon’s agreement to the conditional use that was previously stated by the Board of Zoning Appeals. Moving forward, trustees noted that the new owner is advertising the Kosher home and property for sale. Trustees asked Zoning Inspector Rich Gano to contact the sellers to notify them that the structure has been condemned and does not currently have an occupancy permit. Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe reported that the township received a public records request in the form of a subpoena regarding Clyde Faust. The request provided the township with a 48-hour window to respond. For future requests, Township Attourney Chris Meduri concurred that in the event that other such requests are requested, response shall occur within one week or in a reasonable amount of time to allow the township to respond. Trustee Kathy Schulda shared that the new building has arrived. Construction will proceed, pending weather, once the building permit has been received. Lastly, Trustee Schulda attended the Health and Human Services Meeting. During the meeting, it was recommended that individuals should keep a hard copy of important and emergency phone numbers on hand in case cell phone power is drained or cannot be accessed. This information would be valuable during a power outage or natural disaster. The next regularly scheduled trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 7 pm in the Township Hall; residents are encouraged to attend.

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If one were to ask an outdoors enthusiast 25-30 years ago whether Geauga County would be home to nesting Bald Eagles, Osprey and Sandhill Cranes, Black Bear, River Otter and Bobcat in the first years of the new millennia, they would probably have scoffed. However, the most amazing wildlife treasure is one which never left us, but instead hung on right here in Geauga County, yet nowhere else in Ohio. Here’s a chance to see some and hear this species’ incredible story of survival: Geauga Park District’s All About the Brook Trout program on Monday, July 31, 7 to 9 p.m. at Bass Lake Preserve. The persistence of Ohio’s only known remaining native Brook Trout population, right here in Geauga County, is an amazing saga of Ice Age origins, snow belt climate and bedrock geology. It is also an example of determined conservation work by an alliance of wildlife and environmental organizations. Program presenter Naturalist Dan Best will focus on Brook Trout ecology and discovery, protection and successful propagation of the Geauga population. Then all go outdoors to net live specimen(s) in one of the protected and rare locations these fish call home. Bass Lake Lodge, located at 11445 Lakeview Road in Munson Township, is wheelchair/stroller accessible, while the minimal distance to stream access for viewing of trout can be done easily. Registration is not required to attend. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table Summer Quick and Easy Barry Vancura | Columnist

Summer dining, growing up, sometimes dinner would be later in the evening with all the activities that were happening. By the last weeks of July the daylight hours had started shortening. After a day in the heat, an evening supper with my family would start after an evening swim or event. My two cousins would bring out the following casseroles and salad to our house and after an evening in the pool we would all run for the screened in porch, once the mosquitoes had decided it was their dinner time too. I had found all three of these in my mom’s recipe box and tried them out again. The two casseroles have less the 20 minutes of prep time and once cooked you can turn the oven down to “warm” then serve them when needed. I have to admit we thought these were quite “exotic” back then, with the combination of the ingredients that we didn’t know would taste so good together. The Peach and Chicken casserole uses leftover cooked chicken. Nectarines can also be used in place of the peaches. The Pizza Zucchini was another tasty attempt to help us use all that zucchini which was being harvested daily by the dozens and by making a type of “pizza” all of us kids were on board with devouring it. There was nothing like a good iceberg salad, cool and refreshing with dressing that was made at home. I remember those summer nights before life got busy and we enjoyed each other’s company over an afternoon of play, a delicious dinner and a game of cards. Here’s to Grandparent, Parents, Aunt and Uncles and Cousins that made such an impact and made the summers fantastic here in a small dot on the map in Northeast Ohio.

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1-1/3 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 4 cups cubed cooked chicken 8 celery ribs, thinly sliced 6 peaches, peeled and chopped 8 green onions, sliced 2 cans (3 ounces each) crispy chow mein noodles Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, mix the first five ingredients. In a large bowl, combine chicken, celery, nectarines, and onions. Add mayonnaise mixture; toss gently to coat.

Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with noodles. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes.

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4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 can/ jar tomato sauce 1 medium green or sweet red pepper, chopped Preheat oven to 400°. Place zucchini in colander; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture. Combine zucchini with eggs, Parmesan and half of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into a greased 13x9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until drain. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add red pepper. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

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Dressing 4 tablespoons cranberry juice 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoon honey 2 green onions, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Salad 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, shredded 2 medium carrots, shredded 2 celery ribs, chopped 2 green onions, thinly sliced Cherry tomatoes cut in half Sliced cucumber with seeds removed In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes and cucumber. Just before serving, whisk dressing and pour over salad, toss to coat.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Sometime last summer I started to see a new trend take over the shelves at Giant Eagle and Trader Joes. At first I thought it was a joke but over the past few months I am seeing more and more of this new trend… wine in a can. At first I was leery about drinking wine from a can – how would it taste, would the wine have a “can after taste”, can I really enjoy wine not in a glass? I finally decided that I had to check it out and see if I could adapt to this new concept. I purchased a variety of canned wines and brought them out during a wine party with friends. They were just as leery but were good sports in tasting each wine with me. Most cans hold about 5 ounces of wine with a couple of them holding only 4 ounces of wine. Here are some of our favorites: House Wine Red Wine Blend: Since you really can’t smell the wine in the can we had to rely mostly on taste. Unfortunately, this wine was very bland, most people felt this would be a great wine to mix into a sangria. Underwood Pinot Noir: The Pinot Noir grape is very finicky and it usually takes me a while to find a good Pinot. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this wine and most of the group voted this as their favorite. West Side Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon: For some reason this wine had a little bit of fizz to it. We couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be fizzy or if it was a symptom of being in the can. Either way we felt this was a good wine to enjoy if you didn’t have any other wine around. House Wine Chardonnay: I was excited about having a Chardonnay to try but unfortunately, just like the House Wine Red Blend, we were left guessing if it even was a Chardonnay. Underwood Pinot Gris: One taster found this one likeable and easy to drink. I felt that you really had to enjoy Pinot Gris wines to begin with to enjoy this one. It definitely had the earthy finish but wasn’t something I enjoyed. Underwood Bubbles: I jump at the chance to have champagne anytime. So when I found this bubbly wine in a can I had to try it. Surprisingly this was the favorite amongst the group. It was refreshing, bubbly and the perfect summer drink. So while I’ll admit canned wine is not for me, a couple of friends said this is perfect for a summer picnic; just toss in their basket and go. No need for a corkscrew, a glass or to carry a bottle around. Next time you are looking for something unique to bring to a party, grab a couple of canned wines and let me know what you think! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit


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Travelling With Skip... Don’t Eat The Cod In Spearfish

Skip Schweitzer | Columnist It takes two days of Of course, you should know that by now, you well- driving to finally get “out oiled traveler you!! When in Rome, do as the Romans west”, break away from the do…….. Which would, in Spearfish South Dakota, likely endless verdant farms and mean, eat a buffalo, or a prairies of the Midwest. cow, or a horse. Perhaps When you cross the Missouri some road kill is available. River you immediately realize I passed a dead porcupine that things have changed. You a few miles back. But are now out west. The land Codfish??? What the is not nearly so green. The heck is an ocean fish doing landscape is more craggy, 1500 miles inland in South sharp, and devoid of crops. Dakota. Furthermore, why The trees become sparse and would you want to eat it? confined to gulches and, as This is the third day of a trip out West —“West” you travel westward, almost whatever that means anymore. We just pointed the car non-existent until you run in a westerly direction and took off. Well, actually we’re into the black hills. Along the not quite that freewheeling. My daughter had a master way you notice town names plan and had booked reservations here and there as like Wall, Wasta, Presho, needed in advance. I’m just following the leader—her. Murdo-- reminiscent of old My traveling partner Kathy has a penchant for American western novels, or maybe history so I believe that we are vaguely following the early TV’s Gunsmoke. wagon trains as they went west—and stopping at every We are staying tonight in Spearfish South Dakota, historical marker. “Wyatt Earp stopped here in 1882 for the Black hills. I have been out here, or at least through lunch and to relieve himself on this spot”, typically says here, probably 8-10 time before over the years, the last one brass engraved marker on a less trafficked two-lane time maybe 5-8 years ago. Both my kids went to geology road. There are countless others everywhere you travel. field camp here so we brought them out here and picked We came to Spearfish first because my daughter and her them up after four weeks. We usually camped here and husband—both Geology Professors-- had some geology traveled around seeing the sights like Devils Tower, business to attend to. KSU Mount Rushmore, Bear sends its geology students Butte (at least forever in Mount Rushmore to field camp in Spearfish our family lexicon, BARE and there are 20 some Kent BUTT) and the famous old students currently out here. western cities of Lead and So, this is as good a place Deadwood. as any for us to start. The I n e v it a bly, t h i ng s plan is to visit the presidents have changed. Lead and at Mount Rushmore—a Deadwood, still possess re-visit for me as I’ve seen the eighteen-hund reds them there many times era buildings and narrow before. I also wouldn’t mind streets, but they are now seeing the Crazy Horse pretty much filled with Memorial—apparently as gambling casinos, trinket controversial as ever. It shops, tattoo parlors and is the new version of the Harley Davidson shops. And there now seem to be cowboys verses the Indians conflict, and as I’ve now miniature theme parks all over creation. Oh, what hath learned, Indians versus other Indians. What I would Walt Disney done to our fine land? He changed it into a really like to do is be able to fly fish in Spearfish Creek massive cartoon with Jellystone campgrounds and Donald like I used to, but that is not going to happen with my Duck waterslides on every corner! What sad craziness! legs. Still I want to revisit that stream and its babbling When traveling, we most often attempt to visit the brooks and watch the trout swimming in the eddies. natural wonders and experience the early villages and The first eight hours of the trip west are always the towns. In other words, our country as it once was. There worst—more specifically, driving through Chicago. used to be any number of local mom and pop restaurants It never ceases to be pure hell as you work your way all over this country and very few chain restaurants. around or through monstrous Chicago with more traffic Often these were wonderful dining experiences set in and trucks on the interstates than on any place in our rustic old buildings, often with mimeographed menus. galaxy. There just is no other way to describe this white- There were no little pictures of cuisine or enticing sayings knuckle experience. You always find yourself stuck in a in the margins; Just block letter printing: two eggs and twenty-mile line of eighteen wheelers slowing to a stop, sausage, toast, coffee and orange juice, $3.75. But you then creeping forward a few inches, then 20 miles per could get anything from a shrimp dinner to baked trout hour, then 30, then stop again. On it goes for nearly an to Today’s Special--a great steak complete with salad bar hour until you turn northward and at last break away and home-made bread. The food was good! We knew from the trucks and take your place in twenty miles of bumper to bumper automobiles going 75 miles an hour, with drivers madly zig zagging through the lanes. Holy cow. I never saw anybody drive like that before—he just changed three lanes in, oh, one second and then wove back into the passing lane again. Did I accidentally get onto the Indianapolis 500 raceway? At least I am not pulling a 25-ft. camper this time around. I hate driving through Chicago. I’d rather have a root canal.

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where they were, and we knew which places catered to the bikers and/or the young drinking crowd—ones to avoid. So, we toured the town looking for these old standbys. They are not there anymore. They now are Taco Palace and Armenio’s Tequila joint, The Ground Round, and Bob Evans. What happened to that little shop on the corner in downtown Spearfish where you could drop in for a cup of coffee and a donut? Now lots of millennials sit about at tables outside the building with their eyes glued to miniature TV screens. Propped up on the sidewalk is a sign that proclaims “Starbucks”. So, we looked for a place reminiscent of older times, a restaurant that is not franchised with weird and glaring signs announcing what is blared to us 35 times a day in TV ads. They are few and far between. After discovering that the wonderful old steak place is now Armenios Taco joint we happened on an obviously more mature quiet restaurant called The Millstone in a residential part of town. It had the air of perhaps Kenny Kings from the 1960s. Sure enough the menus were still printed in type written block letters. There was a salad bar with cottage cheese and jello salad squares, hard boiled eggs and an assortment of vegetables you might expect in a salad. Tonight’s special was a Fish Fry, all you can eat, $10.95, with Cole slaw and bread. What the hey, it’s been a long day, how bad can this be. It is this, or Perkins Pancakes. So, three of us ordered the baked version of the fish fry and Rod ordered a buffalo ground steak since that was one of the few other recognizable options. Well, Rod says that there wasn’t enough A-1 steak sauce to sufficiently kill the odd taste of the buffalo/road kill burger, and let’s just say that I’ve baited my lines with more appetizing chunks, hunks of chum fish in Florida while deep sea fishing. Forgive me, I’m accustomed to my nice thin fillets of fish seasoned appropriately with whatever you season fish with, not the half raw, grizzly remains of a shark attack thrown on a plate. I guess you can’t go back, can you. But the bread was fresh.

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Dad Said It Best

Age-Old Truths for Modern Times Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

“ To a c h i e v e t h e American Dream, you must set your mind to it, get a good education, apply yourself and work hard.â€? ~ Themistocles Rodis My father was a firm believer in the American Dream, as his quote above attests. He and my mom were the original Dreamers of two generations ago: the children of barely-educated, legal immigrants who were forced to leave their beloved homeland due to the ravages of war and poverty. Before their arrival, my grandparents viewed America in mythical terms, laid out in streets of gold, abundant fields and money hanging from trees. Their reality was much harsher, but their faith in the promise of the American Dream held fast. Despite the fact that both of my grandfathers had, at best, a secondgrade education, they each became small business owners, purchased their own homes and raised their families in middle class neighborhoods. They taught their Americanborn children to work hard in school, overcome hardships and achieve even greater things than they had in the Land of Promise. My first-generation American parents took the challenge to heart. My mother earned two bachelor’s degrees and enjoyed a rewarding career as a technical illustrator. My father didn’t stop going school until he earned a PhD in history. Of course, he took time out to serve in Army Intelligence during WWII, then to educate American soldiers stationed in Germany after the war as part of the GI Bill. He was a father of four, teaching full time, before he finally earned his advanced degree. It took longer than he had hoped, but he fulfilled his own American Dream. He was a college history professor and student advisor for more than 30 years. Within two generations, the promise of the American Dream was realized in my family. As politician JuliĂĄn Castro has expressed it, “In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.â€? But some people think today’s America holds less promise than it did in previous generations. The exploding costs of a college education and the flat rate of economic advancement have kept many of today’s Dreamers from landing a lucrative career, purchasing a home or even moving out of their aging parents’ home. Perhaps the American Dream has moved north to Canada. Claiming that America’s best days are behind it, economist Robert Reich has said, “The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream.â€? This mindset puts the American Dream squarely in the rear view mirror of the American experience. Don’t tell that to the students I tutor at Lorain County Community College. Don’t tell that to the displaced steel worker who is spending midlife training to become a chef and fulfill his long-deferred dream to own his own restaurant. Don’t tell that to the Muslim instructor from Syria who was tortured and imprisoned for teaching computer science to male students; she is earning her degree to teach in America. Don’t tell that to the 30-year-old nursing home aide who recognizes it’s time to earn some respect on the job and become a nurse. Their dedication to their goals — their American Dream — is stronger than the difficulties they face along the journey of self-improvement. The American Dream may have become harder to reach in modern times, but that makes it all the more valuable. Never give up on your Dream. Dad said it best.

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Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist If only money came with instructions. If it did, the route toward wealth would be clear and direct. Unfortunately, many people have inadequate financial knowledge, and for them, the path is more obscure. Are most people clueless about financial matters? That depends on what gauge you want to use to measure financial knowledge. The U.S. ranked fourteenth in Standard & Poor’s 2015 Global Financial Literacy Study, with just 57% of the country’s population estimated as financially literate.1 Obviously, the other 43% of Americans have some degree of financial understanding – but it is mixed with a degree of incomprehension. Witness some examples: *A recent LendU survey found that nearly half of college students carrying student loans thought those debts would eventually be forgiven if left unpaid. *This year, Fidelity Investments asked Americans the following question in a multiple-choice quiz: “If you were able to set aside $50 each month for retirement, how much could that end up becoming 25 years from now, including interest, if it grew at the historical stock market average?� The correct answer was $40,000, but just 16% of respondents got it right. Another 27% guessed $15,000 (i.e., 50 x 12 x 25, as if interest was not a factor). *Only 42% of those quizzed by Fidelity knew that withdrawing 4-5% a year from retirement savings is commonly recommended. Fifteen percent of those older than 55 thought they would be “safe� withdrawing 1012% per year. *The S&P 500 has returned positively in 30 of the last 35 years. Just 8% of those answering Fidelity’s quiz guessed this.2,3 Apart from these examples, consider another one at the macro level. According to the latest National Financial Capability Study from FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), only about a third of Americans younger than 40 understand the basic financial concepts of compounding, inflation, and risk diversification.1 Statistics aside, think about how a lack of financial acumen hurts people’s chances to build or protect wealth. How about the employee who skips retirement plan enrollment at work, mistakenly thinking that a tax-advantaged retirement account is the same as a bank account? Or the small business owner puzzled by cash flow and profit-and-loss statements? Or the young borrower who fails to grasp the long-run consequences of only making interest payments on a credit card or loan? Financial professionals continually educate themselves. They stay on top of economic, tax law, and market developments. Investors should as well. Ten or twenty years from now, you may find yourself in an entirely different place financially – who knows? The economy, the Wall Street climate, and even the investment opportunities before you could all differ from what you see today. If your financial knowledge is ten or twenty years out of date, you risk being at a disadvantage. Financial literacy is not about prevention, but instead about empowerment. The more you understand about personal finance, the more potential you give yourself to make smart money decisions. 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 Hidden Dangers Of Heartburn Dear Savvy Senior, Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night too. What can you tell us? Inquiring Spouse Dear Inquiring, Almost everyone experiences heartburn or acid indigestion from time to time, but frequent episodes can signal a much more serious problem. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips and treatments to help relieve your husbands symptoms. It’s estimated that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, with around 15 million people who suffer from it daily. If your husband is plagued by heartburn two or more times a week, and it’s not responding well to over-the-counter antacids, he needs to see a doctor. Frequent bouts may mean he has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can severely irritate and damage the lining of his esophagus, putting him at risk of Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer if it’s not treated. Lifestyle Adjustments - Depending on the frequency and severity of his heartburn, there are a number of lifestyle adjustments he can make that can help provide relief and avoid a more serious problem down the road. Consider these tips: • Avoid problem foods: Certain foods can trigger heartburn symptoms like citrus fruits, tomatoes, fatty foods, chocolate, garlic, onions, spicy foods, mints, alcohol, coffee and sodas. Your husband should keep a food diary to track which foods cause him the most problems and avoid them. • Eat smaller, slower and earlier: Smaller portions at mealtime and eating slower can help reduce heartburn symptoms. He should also wait at least three hours after eating before lying down or going to bed. • Lose weight: Having excess weight around the midsection puts pressure on the abdomen, pushing up the stomach and causing acid to back up into the esophagus. • Quit smoking: Smoking can increase stomach acid and weaken the valve that prevents acid from entering the esophagus. If your husband smokes, the National Cancer Institute offers a number of smoking cessation resources at or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. • Sleep elevated: To help keep the acid down while sleeping, get your husband a wedge-shaped pillow to prop him up a few inches. If that’s not enough, try elevating the head of his bed six to eight inches by placing blocks under the bedposts or insert a wedge between his mattress and box spring. Wedges are available at drugstores and medical supply stores. Sleeping on his left side may also help keep the acid down. Treatment Options - If the lifestyle adjustments don’t solve the problem, or if antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta or Alka-Seltzer) aren’t doing the trick there are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help, along with surgery. His doctor can help him determine which one is best for him. Treatment options include: H-2 Blockers: Available as both over-the-counter and prescription strength, these drugs (Pepcid, Tagamet, Axid and Zantac) reduce how much acid your stomach makes but may not be strong enough for serious symptoms. Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPI): If you have frequent and severe heartburn symptoms, PPIs are long-acting prescription medications that block acid production and allow time for damaged esophageal tissue to heal. They include Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Zegerid, Protonix, Aciphex and Dexilant. Prevacid 24 HR, Prilosec and Zegerid OTC are also available over-the-counter. But be aware that long-term use of PPIs can increase your risk for osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease. Surgery: If the medications don’t do the trick, there are also surgical procedures that can tighten or strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter so gastric fluids can’t wash back up into the esophagus. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Seniorâ€? book.

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So, this is the last installment of the Chicago Saga. I’m quite sure that other episodes will occur to me later and I will relay them to the reading public as they come to the surface (Think of my brain as the iconic Halloween game of Bobbing for Apples; I have to snatch one or two from the drink every so often but the rest are still floating there until my face gets submerged.). Anyway, it was a good trip—worthwhile—and you’ve got to love a bunch of kids who will, while walking down the street, more often than not in the stifling heat, start singing—pretty loudly too—“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. All of the verses…all of the verses…at least one that even I didn’t know—that doesn’t happen very often…and I don’t even care that, at least to start with, they were looking up the verses on their “devices”...they were still singing and seeming to enjoy themselves doing it. Glory , Hallelujah! O.K., then one trip down, more to go. Let’s talk J.A.G.H.S. in another context. J.A.G.H.S. does not just stand for James A. Garfield High School, alma mater of the abovementioned students, but also for the James A. Garfield Historical (no, it’s not hysterical) Society, which has as its mission the preservation, exploration and interpretation of local historical information and memorabilia having to do with the component parts of the James A. Garfield School District, namely, Garrettsville Village, Freedom Township, Nelson Township, pieces/parts of Hiram and Windham Townships, and even a remnant of Charlestown Township stranded by the construction of the Arsenal (Ravenna Ordnance Plant). This J.A.G.H.S. was the impetus for my next trip recently. A select group of members –and Jacie, the token grandchild--took an opportunity to make an excursion to Lawnfield in Mentor, OH to do the tour of the home of the original J.A.G.—James A. Garfield himself, twentieth President of the United States, namesake for both of the J.A.G.H.S. entities. James A. Garfield was not born here in the ‘hood— several locations in Cuyahoga County have made that claim—but he is a local hero nonetheless, having attended, then served as president of Hiram College, been elected U.S. Representative from the area (but his district was redrawn, taking him north). Many of the young men who served with him during the Civil War

24th Annual Hiram School Reunion

Hiram High School class of 1957 - front row: David Hayes, Larry Boyk, Juanita Etling Basey, Ken Brigham. back row: Gary Spencer, Jerry Matzek, & David Stutzman The 24th Annual Hiram School Reunion was held Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Troy Community Center with 60 attending. Gary Bott recognized each class in attendance. The class of 1957, celebrating their 60th reunion, had the most members present. The class of 1962 celebrating their 55th reunion had a good turnout too. Gary Bott read the listed of classmates who have passed away this year. Maryan Simsa Jenkins gave the treasurer’s report. Gary asked the blessing before everyone enjoyed the potluck meal followed by visiting and looking through old pictures. The 25th Annual Hiram School reunion e will be Sunday, July 15, Th 2018 as long as the Troy Community Center is Village Bookstore 8140 Main St. available for Jerry Matzek Garrettsville OH 44231 to reserve it. 330-527-3010 5th Annual  Fundraiser                    

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Time:    Noon                  Registration                                                      and  Grilled  Lunch                                                *Team  Putting  Contest                        1:00pm            Shotgun  start                        6:00pm          Catered  Dinner                                                              and  Prizes          

Format:  4-­‐person  18  hole  scramble                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Cost:    $90  per  person  /  $360  per  team  

                                       (Includes  3  drink  tickets  per  person)  

$400 Cash  Prize  for  lowest  score  




were recruited from “the Eclectic” (derived from Hiram College’s original name, which was The Western Reserve Eclectic Institute) and surrounding rural areas. He and his family moved north to a farm in Mentor, where they enlarged and improved the original farmhouse and Garfield, having won the nomination of the Republican Party after a long, raucous and divisive convention( One of my favorite campaign slogans—derogatory to one of the two leading contenders—was “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, Continental Liar from the state of Maine”. You don’t get slogans like that anymore. The other aspiring candidate was Roscoe Conklin, from New York. Maybe they said terrible things about him too.) conducted what later came to be known as the first “front porch campaign” from—guess where—the family’s farm house front porch (This tactic was later successfully employed by Benjamin Harrison and William A. McKinley as well; we won’t even go to the Warren G. Harding campaign, he was a low point all around. Those Ohio guys knew how to stick with a winning method). Anyway, James A. Garfield was elected President of the United States in the election of 1880. The inauguration took place on March 4, 1881 with high hopes for the administration of the last President born in a log cabin. He was a “bootstraps” kind of guy, with a college degree—and a presidency of Hiram College—an excellent war record, a good record in Congress. What could go wrong? What went wrong was a disappointed nut case office-seeker name Charles Giteau, who stepped up to the President as he was on his way to the Jersey shore to escape the oppressive heat and humidity of Washington, D.C.( It was July 2) and shot him in the back. He suffered not only from the wound itself but from the infection introduced by his physicians poking unwashed fingers into it. He died on September 19, 1881, having served only 200 days of his term in the White House. After his death, the family returned to the home and in 1885 Lucretia Garfield, his wife supervised the addition of the Memorial Library Wing—believed by many to be the inspiration for subsequent presidential libraries— and other improvements to the property. She or other family members lived there until 1931. The property was donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society by the family in 1936, then was named as a National Historic Site in 1980, administered by the National Park Service, now as a part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park operations. In the 1990’s a major--$12.5 million—restoration/renovation/refurbishment effort took place and it was re-opened to the public in 1998 looking virtually the same as it had when the family was in residence. The furnishings, from the wallpaper to the floors, from the color schemes to the collection of Lucretia Garfield’s dresses (one of which came from the JAGHS in Garrettsville), from the artwork to the air of openness and practicality are an illustration of the significance of the loss to the country when Garfield was assassinated. A great percentage of the contents of the home are verified to have actually been owned by the family. Similarly, many of the decorations and other furnishings have been historically researched and reproduced. The Garfields had excellent tastes for the time. The tour guide was excellent. The visitor center was well-appointed and educational. The grounds were immaculate. Lawnfield is well worth a visit, and for those who have a National Parks pass, very reasonablypriced—it’s only seven dollars anyway and passholders can bring up to four people with them. The trip there is scenic as well. The society has even begun considering an expedition to the Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, another place of local significance, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, paid for by donated pennies from children across America, so deep was the mourning at the nation’s loss. Stay tuned for further information. And the most recent trip…. It was to a family reunion and deserves its own telling. See above admonition.


New Adventures Students Present Check to Lt. Justus Mantua - Excited students from New Adventures Early Learning and Child Development Center were happy to present a check to Lt. Justus for the Mantua K-9 Fund!

Outdoor Expo Returns to Shaker Woods The second annual Shaker Woods Outdoor Expo will be held on July 22 & 23, 2017 on the Shaker Woods Festival grounds in Columbiana, Ohio. Hunters, campers, hikers, fishermen and anyone who enjoys outdoor adventures won’t want to miss this two-day show. Special events include On Target - 3D Shooting, Shooting Simulation by Kellner Range, NRA Girls Rifle Team, Buckeye Dirt Draggers and tractor pulls both days. Froggy will be on site both days giving away prizes. A poker run will be held on Saturday to benefit the local Caring for Kids project. Whitewater adventure companies, sportsman’s clubs, gun ranges, taxidermy, archery, dog training, hunting and camping businesses, and collectibles are among the vendors and exhibitors. The featured speakers are: Smokey McNicholas, a professional trapper by trade who’s been making lures and bait for more than 25 years. He’s been recognized throughout the tri-state area and is sought out on the proper use of his lures and live baits. Award-winning outdoor writer Steve Sorensen. His newspaper column, “The Everyday Hunter,” was named “Best Newspaper Column” in its first six years from the Pennsylvania Outdoors Writers Association. Jim Riggle, who harvested the Tionesta Giant. He plans to share advice and what he describes as the “best-kept secret that will change your way of scouting forever.” Fin Feather Fur Outfitters will hand out free youth bow and arrow packages to the first 300 children ages 6-10. Singer/songwriter Cody Gibson will provide entertainment at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Gibson, a rising artist of American country music, attributes influences and inspiration from artists such as Alan Jackson, George Jones, Eric Church, Justin Moore and Jason Aldean. Hillbilly Way will cap off the entertainment on Saturday at 6 p.m.  Food vendors will offer a wide assortment of Shaker Woods favorites, ranging from wings, pierogis and beef brisket to fruit cobbler and kettle corn. The event is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival grounds address is 44337 County Line Road, Columbiana, Ohio. Admission for adults/youth: $7; children 10 & under: free. A portion of the proceeds will go to “Catch a Dream.” For more information on lodging or directions, visit or call (330) 482-0214.


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1. EVERY TEN YEARS - The S&P 500 was up +7.2% per year (total return) for the 10-years ending 6/30/17. A decade ago, the S&P 500 was up +7.1% per year (total return) for the 10-years ending 6/30/07. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research). 2. BULL MARKET - Since bottoming on 3/09/09, the S&P 500 has gained +334% (total return) and set 151 record closing highs through trading on Friday 7/14/17, equal to a +19.2% gain per year (source: BTN Research).

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3. HIGHER AND HIGHER - Of the 11 S&P 500 bull markets that have taken place since 1949, only the 1990-2000 bull market (308 record closing highs) and the 1982-1987 bull market (152 record closing highs) have achieved more daily all-time highs than the current bull’s 151 record closing highs (source: BTN Research). 4. IN AND OUT - After 9 months of fiscal year 2017 (i.e., the 9 months ending 6/30/17), Uncle Sam has collected $1 of tax receipts for every $1.21 of outlays, creating a deficit to date of $523 billion (source: Treasury Department). 5. GOOD MONEY - Registered nurses working on a part-time basis earned an average of $36.94 per hour in 2016 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). 6. IN THE YEAR 2035 - Social Security trustees announced on 7/13/17 that the trust fund backing the payment of Social Security benefits (OASI retirement benefits) would be zero in 2035. A zero trust fund does not mean the payment of Social Security benefits would also go to zero, but rather would drop to 77% of their originally promised levels through the year 2091. When the trustees released their report in 2007 (i.e., 10 years ago), the Social Security Trust Fund was projected to be depleted in 2042 (source: Social Security Trustees 2017 Report). 7. WHO PAYS? - A 1986 federal law (“Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act”) requires hospitals to provide emergency services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Every uninsured person costs a hospital an average of $900 per year in uncompensated care (source: Craig Garthwaite, Northwestern University).

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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 SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6 PM at the Crestwood High School Conference Room, 10919 N. Main St, Mantua. The purpose for this meeting will be for creating an evaluation tool for the Superintendent and Treasurer. This will be a work session-style meeting at which no votes will be taken. PUBLIC NOTICE The Newton Falls City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Newton Falls City Hall, 19 N. Canal St., Newton Falls, Ohio 44444. The reason for this meeting will be a resolution in reference to the Blueprint for Prosperity Waterline and a resolution to provide services to future annexed areas. PUBLIC NOTICE The Newton Falls Civil Service Commission will be holding a Special Meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Newton Falls City Hall, 19 N. Canal Street. The purpose of this meeting will be to hold a hearing of an appeal of termination.

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Meet Lily, an adorable and sweet, 6 month old kitten. Lily has the coolest markings along with a great personality. She was dumped in the Chardon area and was taken in by a Good Samaritan that got in contact with me. Lily has been spayed, has tested negative for leukemia and FIV and has her first vaccine. She gets along with other cats and is a Little Love Bug. To meet Lily, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 or kdanimalrescue@

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