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Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Hiram - Car lovers, you won’t need to go far to get your gear head fix. That’s because the annual car show hits the streets in Hiram this weekend, bringing area car enthusiasts together for a chance to show off their vehicles, chat with others enthusiasts, and possible win a trophy. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Hiram and Garrettsville Police Departments’ “Shop with a Cop” program, which hosts underprivileged children from both Crestwood and Garfield School Districts, funding a Christmas shopping event. The children Christmas shop for themselves and their families while accompanied by local officers. Volunteers help the kids wrap their gifts, and lunch is provided for the children and their families afterwards. According to Hiram Police Sargeant Brian Gregory, “This program provides Christmas for families that otherwise wouldn’t have one due to financial hardships and strains.” The program is funded solely by donations and events, including the annual Car Show. While attending the Car Show is free for everyone, the Departments will be accepting donations to benefit Shop with a Cop. In addition

to fabulous hot rod, antique cars, and trucks on display, the day will include a 50/50 raffle and music provided by a DJ. Bring your family out to enjoy mouth-watering barbeque from Rolling Smoke BBQ and plenty of family fun, too. The Car Show takes place on Saturday, August 5th on Hayden and Dean Streets in Hiram from 9 am until 3 pm. While you’re at it, mark your calendar for the HPD’s next event, the Fill a Police Car food drive and pet adoption event on Saturday, August 12th. At last year’s event, over 600 pounds of nonperishable food were collected for the local food pantry, and over 350 pounds of pet food was donated for the Portage County Animal Protective League. At this year’s event, Garrettsville Patrolman Keith Whan will conduct a demonstration with his K-9 partner, Jack. There will also be many pet adoption organizations on hand, providing interested attendees with an opportunity to adopt a pet. And due to the success of last year’s event, the Hiram Parks Committee will also be hosting a community garage sale in conjunction with the event. The main event will take place at the Rosser Municipal Building, with satellite garage sales taking place throughout the village of Hiram. Please contact the station for more information.

Haymaker Farmers’ Market Celebrating 25 Seasons

Haymaker Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 25th season with a block party on Friday, August 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. on Franklin Ave. in Kent, between Erie and College Street. The community is invited to this family-friendly event to visit with market founders and past and current vendors. Live music will be provided by the Jon Mosey Trio. Green Sprout Gardens will offer a free children’s activity from 6 – 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from The Square Scullery Food Truck, Roll Call Burgers & Fries, The Seasonal Supper Club, and Popsmith Popsicles, with some ingredients being supplied by market vendors. In addition, Kent’s Madcap Brew Co. will set up a beer tent. Haymaker Farmers’ Market is Portage County’s oldest producer-only farmers’ market and is open year round on Saturdays. Market co-founders Fritz Seefeldt, Joanne Jones, Rick Hawksley, and Joan Inderhees are pleased to see how the market has continued to grow while still adhering to the vision they had 25 years ago. “We wanted to create a farmers’ market that would serve the community by bringing fresh, high quality, locally-grown produce and baked products to Kent, as well as to help preserve existing agriculture in the surrounding county and encourage growth in small farms,” says Seefeldt. “We also wanted to provide a central community gathering place in the city of Kent on Saturday mornings, including by creating a venue for local artists and musicians,” he adds. Hawksley recalls the first day of the market 25 years ago, when only one vendor, Dan Kamburoff, who was an at-large councilman at the time, showed up. He promptly sold everything he brought and sent back to his farm to bring more. “At the time, I think that there wasn’t a farmer’s

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Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent Garrettsville - This summer, the James A. Garfield Local Schools updated three areas of technology in an effort to make communicating with parents and community members easier and more efficient. DIGITAL FORMS We are very excited to announce that the James A. Garfield Local Schools has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows parents and students to complete and sign enrollment, back-to-school, athletic and activity participation forms online. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and yearto-year, meaning that users will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each student, saving valuable time. Kiosks will also be available in each of the school offices for those without Internet access to complete the forms online. NEW WEBSITE & MOBILE APP On July 1 st the district also released a new website and mobile app. The new site provides easier navigation, integration with Facebook and Twitter as well as a much-needed facelift! This website now integrates all communication. Information will follow soon on how to sign up for notifications via phone calls, texts and emails through the new website as it will be replacing the aging Edline notification service. The new website is now located at The JAG Mobile App will allow users to receive push notifications regarding school emergencies, messages or news alerts. The new mobile app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store by searching JAG Mobile, OH or Google Play Store by searching for JAG Mobile. In the settings, users will be able to customize which building or department they wish to receive notifications from. NEW GRADEBOOK Finally, a new online gradebook called ProgressBook will be available to students and parents! This new gradebook allows for real-time viewing of academic progress online. ProgressBook will digitize our attendance system, allowing us to notify parents in a more timely manner should their child be absent from school. This community takes great pride in having an excellent school system. We want to take full advantage of all the opportunities technology affords us to communicate all of the excellent accomplishments of our students and staff. We know you will enjoy JAG 2.0! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly in my office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413). Go Gmen!

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market anywhere else in the Akron, Kent, and Cleveland area,” Inderhees remembers. Market Board President Lizette Royer says that,“The fact that the market was started and run by volunteers for all those years is incredible in itself, but to see how much it has grown over the course of the last 25 years is astounding.” Royer notes that this year’s outdoor market includes 43 vendors. Market Manager J. Andrew Rome adds that the market has also expanded as producers have found a niche in many of Kent’s local businesses. “Customers can now find products from the Market in downtown shops and restaurants all week long,” says Rome. Haymaker Farmers’ Market is open on Franklin Avenue under the Haymaker bridge every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, then moves to the United Methodist Church of Kent on 59 from November through April. Locally-grown organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, maple syrup, plants, baked goods, coffee, snacks, prepared food and more are available year round. For more information, visit haymakermarket. com.

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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

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.

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One of our future programs will discuss Freedom’s 8 oneroom schools that served the township until the building of the Freedom School shortly before the US entered World War I. I would appreciate talking with anyone who has memories, pictures, or other memorabilia pertaining to any of these schools. I’d love to make copies of your pictures and information. Please call Judy at 330-527-7669 or talk to me at the Freedom Community Picnic. Thank you.

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.

Men on Mondays

Mondays “Men on Mondays” a men’s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.




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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!

Windham Sausage Trailer

Aug 4 & 5 The Windham Lions Club will be holding their sausage trailer on Aug 4 from 10 am - 7 pm and Aug 5 from 10 am - 2 pm at Dee’s parking lot.

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.

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‘Sands of Time’ A History & Review of Lake Erie’s Coastal Region

August 5 Lake Erie is [presumably] one of Ohio’s most valuable resources. Join us at South Chagrin Reservation – Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Rd., Bentleyville, as we discuss its ecological attributes as well as its rich past from the time before European settlement to the present day. For more information contact Adam Wohlever at (330527-5118 or adam.wohlever@dnr.state.

Hiram Car Show

Aug 5 The Hiram Police will be holding a “Car Show” on August 5th, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, on Hayden and Dean Streets in Hiram Village benefiting the Hiram and Garrettsville, “shop with a cop” program. There will be Hot Rods, Antique Cars, Trucks, Music, Trophies, Food and Family Fun. There is no registration fee. Donations will be accepted.

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

Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 5 & 6 Kent Lions Club hosts the TENTH Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road. Saturday & Sunday, August 5TH & 6TH from NOON – 5:00 pm. EAR-resistible fun for the whole family! Enjoy carnival games for children, pony rides, face painting, Chinese raffle, and various vendors. Rubber City Model A Club will display cars on Sunday. Drawing for the Kent Lions Annual Sweet Corn Money Raffle with Grand Prize $1,000; Second Prize $500; and Third Prize $250 will be at 4 PM on Sunday. Live musical entertainment Line-up: Tinnitus the Knight opens the festival at noon on Saturday followed at 2:30 by Box of Squirrels. At noon on Sunday Rio Neon plays, followed at 2:30 by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled local sweet corn, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, and apple & peach pie by the slice available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions’ sight preservation projects. Vendor spaces available Contact Fran: 330-678-4012 or fhardest@

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Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary Annual Picnic

Aug 6 Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary #193 will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, August 6, at Travelers Woods Campground located at 11922 Brosius Road, north of Garrettsville. The picnic dinner will be at 2:00pm according to Ray Corbett, Commander. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. The Legion will supply hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages.

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 So please join us, and as always, parents are welcome to attend with younger children… See you there

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Aug 6-12 Sugar Bush Golf Course, 11186 St Rt 88, Garrettsville will be collecting needed supplies for the children in the Garrettsville School District. Collection of supplies such as pencils, crayons, folders, loose leaf wide rule paper, highlighters, glue sticks, wipe sanitizers and even new or gently used book bags, tennis shoes and winter coats are needed. Donations will be accepted in the clubhouse all week until 7pm starting Aug 6 through Aug 12. From the Sugar Bush family

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Freedom Community Park Booster Meeting

Aug 7 The Freedom Community & Park Boosters will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. If you are interested in helping make our parks better please join us. If you have questions please contact Tom Mesaros a call at 3330-245-6061.

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

Freedom Twp. Brush Pick Up

Aug 7 Freedom Twp residents can take advantage of brush pickup on Aug 7. You must call 330-527-7414 by 8 am Monday for pick-up. All brush must be out by 8 am Monday morning.

Indoor Mini-Golf Challenge

Aug 8 Windham Library will be hosting an indoor mini golf challenge on Tuesday August 8 at 12:30 p.m. This activity is open to all kids ages 3-17. Bring your friends and play: “Eye Ball Alley”, “Daring Dragon”, “Monkey Mayhem” and 15 other equally challenging holes. Prizes and snacks will be provided. Registration is required. For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-3263145. The library, located at 9005 Wilverne Drive.

Freedom Twp. Historical Society Meeting

Aug 8 Tuesday, August 8 will be a special night for the Freedom Twp Historical Society. We will host a special presentation “Around the Kitchen Table with the Evans Family” The program will feature different generations of the Evans family in a moderated discussion about their family’s history in

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Freedom Township and their role as farmers in the community. After the discussion, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the family and other attendees. Our meeting/program begins at 7 PM & will be held at the Freedom Community Center (former Methodist Church) off Rt 700. This facility is completely handicapped accessible. Our meetings are free and open to the public; everyone interested in Freedom’s history is welcome (even if you don’t reside in Freedom)

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Greyhound Benefit Yard Sale

Aug 18 & 19 Greyhound Benefit Yard Sale, 10555 South Street, Garrettsville. Fri & Sat August 18th & 19th 9:00 AM. All proceeds from the sale of these quality collectables, antiques, household and holiday items, etc. will be donated to Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., helping to save greyhounds.

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Death At Pearl Harbor

Everyone is invited to attend our special program on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at the Nelson Community House starting at 6:30. This most interesting program is being presented by Lucille Van Alstine and is sponsored by the J. A. Garfield Historical Society. Everyone will learn something about this local connection and the WWII era.

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.

Chicken Parmesan Dinner

Aug 12 Windham American Legion Post 674 is holding a chicken parmesan dinner on Aug 12 from 4-7 pm. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad & bread. $10 per dinner. Open to the public. Carryout available 330-3263188.

Corn Roast

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

Rivers Casino Bus Trip

Aug 18 The Mantua K of C Women’s Auxiliary is hosting a bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, August 18. The cost is $40.00 per person and each attendee will receive $20.00 in free play. The group will depart from the Sentinel Party Center (AKA the K of C Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255, at 9:00 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Please call 330-274-4982

Aug 19 The League of Women Voters of Trumbull County will hold their first annual Garage Sale/Bake Sale on Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It will be held at 7985 Castlerock Drive in Howland. All proceeds will benefit the Educational Fund which also includes monies allocated towards the 2017 Voter Guide. The Voter Guide will be the 10th successive year for this guide to be printed and distributed. The League of Women’s Voter Guide is the only “NONPARTISAN� publication to record and distribute information on each candidates position and credentials in his or her own words. The voter guide will also contain information on all local and state issues that will appear on the ballot in Trumbull County.

“Stuff The Bus� School Supply Collection

Aug 20 Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary #193 will sponsor the project to ‘Stuff The Bus’ with school supplies the afternoon and evening of Sunday, August 20 at Crestwood High School. Please be generous with your donation of school supplies.

Movie Review

Aug 21 Monday August 21st 9:30AM Garrettsville YMCA along with the cooperation of Dr J Patella, presents: “LION� Nominated this year for 6 Academy Awards, it stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Based on the biography A Long Way Home. There is no cost & YMCA membership is not required. Please join us for a movie viewed the 3rd Monday each month at 9:30AM. Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave. For information check the Weekly Villager or call YMCA (330)469-2044.



Oak Branch Garden Club Tea

Aug 25 The Oak Branch Garden Club of Kent invites the public to join them for a “White Tea� in celebration of Weddings and Wedding Traditions on Friday Aug 25, 2017 at 1pm at the Portage County Garden Center in Rootstown. Please wear white attire. The cost is $12 and light refreshments will be served. You can arrange for your prepaid reservation by calling Martha Heller at 234-678-7638 or Becky Head at 330-296-5413. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Come join us for a fun afternoon and learn about the origins of some of our wedding traditions.

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

Aug 26 Debbie Mountain Clark was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (a very rare type of cancer of the bile duct). A spaghetti benefit dinner will be held on August 26th at 4pm @ Shalersville town hall. Please come and show your support. There will be 50/50 raffle, basket raffles and much more. For questions please feel free to contact Charley 740-629-2966 or Jason 740-629-4239.

Library’s Crafting with Marian: Magic Carpet Mouse Pad

Aug 19 Crafters are invited to the next Crafting with Marian program at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They’ll make an attractive and fully functioning Magic Carpet Mouse Pad. An easy project, everyone will take home a completed mouse pad. All supplies will be provided, though it is recommended that you bring your own good scissors if you have them. This is a free program open to all adults, but there is a $5 fee to hold your seat (which will be returned the day of the program). Seating is limited, so call 330-527-4378 to sign up today.

Handbag Auction

Aug 30 HAND OVER YOUR PURSE! Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a non profit public charity, will hold its 4th Annual Retired Handbags for Retired Greyhounds Auction, hosted by Candlelight Winery, on August 30th and is in need of your NEW or GENTLY USED Designer handbags. All proceeds of this auction help surrendered greyhounds nationwide receive immediate medical attention for injuries from their “last race.�

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Name Our Park

Due by Sept 1 The Hiram Park Board is inviting people to submit names for a new park being built on the former site of Hiram School. We are asking for a name and a brief explanation of why you think this is a name that should be selected. The board and village council will select the final name. Names and brief explanations should be sent to Park.board2.hvoh@Gmail. com All submissions are due by September 1, 2017.

Motor Cycle Poker Run

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

Bingo and Raffle for Scholarships

Sept 16 Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #459, 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, will host a Bingo and Raffle to help fund Scholarship Program and Buckeye Girls State. Doors open at 5pm with raffle at 7pm. Admission: A nonperishable food, bath and personal hygiene items, or cash donations to be donated to local food bank. Raffles $2.00 each. Raffle Prizes: 1st - $200, 2nd $100 and 3rd - $50. No food for consumption to be brought in. Refreshments will be available through the Legion kitchen.

Second Annual Quilts in the Village

Sept 16 The second annual Quilts in the Village will be held on September 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 the Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 W. Prospect Street, Mantua, Ohio 44255. Questions or want to enter a quilt? Call Joy at 330.701.6992


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James A. Garfield Local School District today announced its 2017-2018 program year policy for free and reduced meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals. You may apply online at; download a paper form at or visit any school or district office to obtain a paper copy. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school or submit online. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. A complete application is required. Households which currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households which do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none� if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application. FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at stm. Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits. Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals for them, contact the school for more information.

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Obituaries Elwin “Moose” Myers Elwin “Moose” Myers, 79, beloved Dad, was called to his heavenly home on July 28, 2017. He entered this world on October 17, 1937 in Ravenna, Ohio. He is sur vived by his brother, Irwin [Dave] Myers, daughters Anita (Joh n) Smith, Jessica Myers, son Jason (Tiffany) Myers, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Proceeded in death by grandmother Doris Myers, father Lawrence Myers, mother Evelyn Myers and sister in law Patricia [Patty] Myers. Elwin served in the National Guard for 4 years and was a volunteer firefighter in Brady Lake Village for several years. Calling hours were held on Tuesday August 1st from 5-7 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 8382 Center St. Garrettsville, OH with a Funeral Service immediately following. Online condolences at

Malinda C. Laning 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 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; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren and daughter-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. A 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:

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I’m writing this editorial to honor a promise to the students at Crestwood High School. I happened to be substituting the day the program “Because I Said I Would” was presented. I told several students that I would write a letter to the editor if the chance for a new high school presented itself. I am encouraging community members to vote positively for a new facility for the following reasons: - Without air-conditioning, it is as difficult to learn as it is to teach in the stifling 90 degree temperatures that accompany the earlier August starting date. - The multileveled configuration of our current facility is not welcoming to any students, or guests, that need special accommodations. - The restrooms, shared by faculty and students alike, resemble out-house chic with mirrors that resemble funhouse reflections. - Our gymnasium is not equal to the task of hosting major sports events due to the number and lack of comfortable seating. The locker rooms are on a different level from the playing floor. - The current gymnasium is also not suitable for hosting awards assemblies, nor showcasing our students’ musical talents as well as plays. Every type of talent deserves its own space for creative development. - The cooks are as deserving of updated facilities as are the students. - Technology changes fast and furiously, and will be the driving force to create new types of jobs. - Our community will lose students if we cannot provide for an education that can help them fashion a productive future. We lose students…we lose dollars. Real estate agents will lose a strong bragging right to attract new families to our community and keep property values high. - The Crestwood District now has some of the most creative educational programs in the state, such as The Academy. The Art Department has been helping our students achieve state and national recognition for many consecutive years. Think what they could additionally accomplish with updated facilities! After teaching for the Crestwood District for 32 years, I spent an additional seven as a substitute where I met the most amazing teachers, principals, students and staff. I have kept my promise to write in support of a modern facility. I hope the community will support our students as well.

It was a grand night for sipping. “Twas indeed!” The second annual Farm to Table event in support of the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard on Saturday, July 29, at the Candlelight Winery was an all ‘round success, with a good turnout of nibble &sippers, a gorgeous evening and an adventurous menu. Local lights filled the tables, volunteers saw to the set-up and prep work and serving. Table décor was courtesy of Art-N-Flowers; tent donated by Tents for Rent. An array of fabulous baskets was featured on the raffle table; they later went to surprised and happy ticket-holders. One of those raffle prizes was a have-yourown-casino-in-the-family-room slot machine, provided by one of the gold sponsors, Double D Slots, LLC, of Garrettsville. Other gold sponsors –several represented in the crowd-- included Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Middlefield Bank and Perme Financial Group. Silver sponsor was Kepich Ford. Amanda and Chris Conkol ( chef du jour) of Candlelight Winery and their staff were, as usual, “the hosts with the most” who played a major part in the success of the event. The menu utilized ingredients donated by : Bee’s Eye View Honey, Bello’s Bakery, Birdsong Farm, Black Dog Acres, Bue Jay Orchard, Forest Fungi Farm, Geauga Farms Country Meats, Hermann Pickle Farms, Krzys Family Maple Syrup, McKenzie Creamery, Maggie’s Donuts, Monroe’s Orchard, Sky Plaza IGA, The Tiny Jelly Company—all located in the area, from Garrettsville to Troy Twp., to Hiram, to Windham, to Burton. All to good effect, realized as the servers brought tasting samples to the gourmand wannabes. The raffle baskets included a back-to-school collection, a golf mini-outing, Here We Go, Cleveland and prime seats with all the trimmings, at an Indians game, wine and cheese, pancake breakfast, car wash, a camping-canoe-cabin package, a Hometown Proud IGA collection, a G-Ville Entertainment collection with bowling, movies, skating, a money tree, a dining out in G-Ville opportunity covering every restaurant in town, a beauty package , cases of pickles, freshly-roasted selections of coffee, a mother-daughter set of prayer shawls, hand-turned silver maple bowl, a hand-carved wooden mushroom lawn ornament, a racing package, an Italian dining collection. There were spontaneous outburst of applause as the winners collected their booty. After sampling the extensive menu offerings and the four wines and four beers on offer, it was a cheerful crowd. The brief history of the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard by Michele Elias highlighted the reason for the revelry, as the group’s commitment to together “Shut the Door on Hunger” in the community. When can we start planning for next year?

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Next Step Reverse Raffle Returns The Kiwanis Clubs of Geauga would like to announce the return of the Next Step Reverse Raffle. The reverse raffle is an annual event organized in support of Next Step, which is a program that offers housing and guidance to at risk youth from age 18 to 24. The Third Annual Next Step Reverse Raffle will be held on August 19 at the Bond Building at Century Village, 14653 E Park St, Burton, OH 44021. Starting at 7 PM there will be a full cash bar, food, and game boards. The night will culminate with a reverse raffle and a grand prize of $3,000. There are only 200 tickets being sold. “Come and join us for a fun night and a chance to win amazing prizes,” said Jim Rayl, Chardon Kiwanis project coordinator. The Kiwanis clubs of Geauga County are happy to be working together to host an event that will be helping such a wonderful program as Next Step.” If you would like to know more about the reverse raffle or the Kiwanis, please visit our webpage at www. To purchase one of the 200 tickets being sold for this event call Jim Rayl at 440537-4718.

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That Time of Year Again As the days grow cooler and shorter, the Auburn Fire Department is hosting their Annual Clam Bake. The Clam Bake is on September 9, 2017 at the fire station and serving will from 6 to 8:30 pm. Not only will there be a dozen wonderful clams, half a barbeque chicken, delicious ear of corn, yummy yam, cooling coleslaw and fresh roll awaiting your arrival. For your pleasure, the Chinese auction has a couple remote destinations as prizes. You will have to be in attendance to drop your ticket in the appropriate basket for these mystery prizes. There will also be hot dogs and chips for the important small people of the family. Oh my, almost forgot, there will be refreshing beverages for all ages. We will have extra clams for those clam lovers where a dozen is not enough. We will have delightful entertainment and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the fire department. The Auburn Firedevils will have cookbooks available for your cooking pleasure or a gift for the newlywed couples starting out. Please help us to confirm the correct number of bakes to create by ordering your tickets in advance. We only have presale tickets for the bakes. The bakes are $30 and extra clams $10. Please call or text 440-343-0054 for tickets or contact your favorite Auburn Fire person. We will also take email orders with confirmations at

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Freedom Township Historical Society News and Notes The Freedom Township Historical Society will host a special program, “Around the Kitchen Table with the Evans Family,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Freedom Community Center, 8940 S.R. 700. The program will feature different generations of the Evans family in a moderated discussion about their family’s history in Freedom Township and their role as farmers in the community. After the discussion there will be refreshments and a time to visit with the Evans and other attendees. Everyone is invited to come and learn about a fascinating portion of Freedom’s past and present. Also, if you are attending the annual Freedom Community Picnic on Aug. 20 take some time to drop by the FTHS display on the Freedom Town Hall front porch. Our members will have books, photos, and artifacts from Freedom’s history, and you can learn how to join and/or contribute to our organization, including a limited-time opportunity to become a charter member. We are now a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means that all contributions are tax deductible. This month’s thank yous go out to our Vice President Claudia Garrett, who gave a lively living history presentation about pioneer women at our July meeting, and FTHS founding member Jeannette Wilson MarvinHall, who shared her vast knowledge of Freedom School and Freedom alumni history at our June meeting. Also, thank you to the family of Fred Lange for their memorial contribution in his memory. Contact FTHS at (330) 527-7669 or at agarrettsun@

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Summer Escapes: Get Tanked Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

If you’re busy checking off items on your summer bucket list, add in a visit to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Located in the Powerhouse in the Flats, the GCA building is unique with exposed ductwork and curved brick walls and smokestacks serving as a cool backdrop to a variety of aquatic creatures. The Aquarium features several round tanks, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the creatures on display. Many are low enough to be eyelevel to stroller occupants. As you enter GCA, you’ll walk through an area that highlights the aquatic life found in Ohio’s lakes and rivers. From there, you’ll move on to view what is contained in lakes and rivers of the world, which feature tanks showcasing aquatic life from Australia, Asia, South America and Africa. One of the first fish you’ll see is the giant gourami, Toby. He’s the one with a huge forehead (a five-head) who is native to Southeast Asia and thrives in slow-moving fresh water. You’ll also see the African Tortoises, who came to GCA from an animal sanctuary. Purchased as pets, the tortoises were either donated to or rescued by the sanctuary because they were abused, neglected or unwanted. Visitors are encouraged to interact with them by touching their shells; these tortoises love this friendly form of communication. T h e I n d o - Pa c i f i c gallery displays fish from the Red Sea, Eastern Asia, Indonesia, Fiji and Hawaii. One of the main attractions is the venomous lionfish. With its red and white zebra-like stripes, he’s the star attraction in the large, round tank. The Northern Pacific area boasts three cold-water arch exhibits that feature unique creatures such as green surf anemones, longhorn decorator crabs, and California sea cucumbers along the log hallway that once served as the Powerhouse’s coal chute. As you reach the end of the chute, you’ll turn the corner and walk under our Giant Pacific Octopus tunnel tank.

Next, the Coastal gallery is a fan favorite, with an 11,000 gallon Touch Pool. At this Touch Pool, you’ll learn the “two-finger touch” technique to let you safely interact with friendly stingrays. When we were there, one ray was particularly active, seemingly trying to splash water at an older gentleman in a loud Hawaiian shirt, so dress accordingly. This area also features live coral, which GCA has been growing from tiny fragments from other institutions, letting them display live coral without harming fragile natural reefs. In this 500-gallon exhibit, Candy Cane, Striped Mushroom, Tr umpet and many other colorful corals are on display. In one of the Powerhouse’s original smokestacks, you can look up to see the moon jellyfish exhibit in the Discovery Zone and watch the jellies as they appear to glow in the dark. One of the coolest things to see is the Shark SeaTube gallery. Holding 230,000 gallons of water, it’s home to four species of sharks and an amazing variety of aquatic life. But the coolest feature, by far, is the 175-foot SeaTube which provides unprecedented viewing of sharks, moray eels, groupers, stingrays and more. If you time it right, you may be able to take a selfie with a shark. Feeding time at the aquarium takes place at 3:30 PM each day. This gives visitors an opportunity to watch as the aquatic animals in one of six areas: the Amazon exhibit, Sea Tube, Cave exhibit, Archerfish exhibit, Gamefish, or Sharks receive their afternoon meal. Typically, the GCA divers are in the shark exhibit each morning and submitted by Sue Ann Schiely afternoon. There will also be animal encounters of some Are you ready for the total eclipse of the sun on type; you’ll receive a copy of that days schedule when Monday, August 21st? It’s been almost 40 years since you purchase your admission tickets. the last solar eclipse was visible throughout the United At around $20 for adults (age 13 and up) and $14 for States, and Portage County District Library is excited to kids (age 2 to 12), the cost of admission is a little steep. announce it’ll be distributing free solar eclipse glasses There are plenty of experts on hand to answer questions, during service hours (while supplies last). Free glasses so depending on how inquisitive your kids are, that will be available beginning Tuesday, August 1. Branch may be well worth the price. Plan on spending at least libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, 90 minutes when you visit. Your admission tickets are Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, and Windham. This free good all day; you can reenter once you exit as long as supply of glasses was made possible by the 2017 Solar the Aquarium is not at capacity. After you experience Eclipse Project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore the Aquarium, if you plan to return, you might want to Foundation. consider applying the cost of the day’s admission toward An eclipse is a rare phenomenon many don’t want the purchase of an annual pass, which provides free to miss, but precautions must be followed in order to admission and free parking for a year. view it safely. According to safety procedures, which For more information about the aquarium, visit: can be found on the NASA website (https://eclipse.gsfc., it’s imperative you protect your eyes during the viewing. Use glasses with solar filters, as regular sunglasses do not offer the protection needed. Take breaks, giving your eyes a rest for brief periods of time. Also, pinhole projectors are a safe, indirect viewing Flower & Gift Shop technique for observing an image of the sun, and they are considered a popular way for viewing solar eclipses. For more information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at Connect with us on Facebook. Can’t make it to the library? Try our superb collection Fragrances of The Month: Ocean Star, Beach Walk, Summer Storm of digital services available free with a PCDL card. 330-527-5666 • 8331 Windham St. • Garrettsville Don’t have Internet access at home? Request a mobile hotspot using your PCDL card- again, free of charge.

Attend the long-anticipated reopening of Nassau Astronomical Station this August 19 The time has come – Observatory Park’s Nassau Astronomical Station is ready for its close-up. Join Geauga Park District for the reopening of this historic building, restored with its huge 36” Warner & Swasey telescope YOU can use to observe the heavens, on Saturday, August 19, in Montville Township! Free events and activities for the whole family will include shuttles to tour the Nassau Astronomical Station and its telescope from 6 to 11:30 p.m., music and entertainment, trail rides, face painting, maken-take craft projects, games, costumed characters, hot dog dinners and more! View the complete event schedule at Nassau Astronomical Station was built in 1957 by the Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland; researchers at Case Western Reserve University used it for visual study of the heavens through the ‘80s. Geauga Park District teamed with CWRU to offer public Astronomy Nights at Nassau from 1994 to 2005, and after CWRU discontinued use of the station, it sold the facility to Geauga Park District in 2008. “Nassau Astronomical Station’s 36” Warner & Swasey telescope is one of the largest, if not the largest, public viewing scopes in the state of Ohio,” said John Oros, executive director. “We are excited to provide opportunities to experience astronomy and the night skies to our residents now and for many, many years to come.” Fundraising efforts made it possible to restore the facility and telescope to their former glory in 2017. In addition to the restoration of the area’s largest publicly accessible research-grade telescope and refurbishment of the equipment necessary for its operation, renovations to Nassau included the addition of museum features, redecorating in the historic living quarters, wheelchair accessibility to the upper telescope floor, and restrooms. Today Observatory Park is an International Dark Sky Park, and a new era of public Astronomy Nights has dawned with night sky viewing scheduled at the new facility on Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m. on August 26 and September 9, 16 and 23. Daytime open houses are also on Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August Licensed home daycare has 27 and September 10 and 24. openings to get children

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OSBA Offers Assistance To School Board Candidates COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) will help school board candidates running for a seat in November understand more about what the role entails. OSBA will offer five regional Board Candidate Workshops in August and September. Veteran staff will lead board candidates through a concise and valuable program to help them better understand the everyday roles and responsibilities of school board service as well as the legal aspects of being a board member. The cost to attend is $95.


Following is the schedule for the workshops: • Aug. 30 — Northeast Ohio Medical University (NOMU), Rootstown, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. • Sept. 7 — Hilton Garden Inn Dayton South-Austin Landing, Miamisburg, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. • Sept. 11 — Hilton Garden Inn, Findlay, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. • Sept. 12 — Ohio University Inn and Conference Center, Athens, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. • Sept. 16 — OSBA Office, Columbus, 9 a.m.-noon To register, contact Laurie Miller, OSBA senior events manager, at (614) 540-4000, (800) 589-OSBA or This year’s general election is Nov. 7. Ohioans wishing to run for a board of education must file a nominating petition with their county board of elections by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 (90 days prior to the date of the general election — Ohio Revised Code sections 3513.254 and 3513.255). Anyone running for school board must be a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a resident of the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election; and registered to vote in the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election. In its 62nd year, OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

Geauga SWCD’s Scholarship Winners Share Experiences with Board

The 2017 Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Forestry Camp scholarship winners presented a summary of their learning experiences and camp adventures to the Geauga SWCD Board of Supervisors at their July meeting. David Cavanagh of South Russell Village (Chagrin Falls High School), Kenny Kirk (left) of Chesterland (West Geauga Schools), and Calahan Heiss (right) of Burton (Berkshire Jr/Sr High School) each received scholarship funding to attend this summer’s Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton. Since 2012 the District’s scholarship program has enabled 15 Geauga County students to attend this unique, weeklong camp promoting the wise use of Ohio’s forests and natural resources.






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Pictured above are the 2017-18 officers of TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna: Julie Rohal (Asst. Weight Recorder), Roberta Gallagher (Weight Recorder), Cherryl Duffield (Leader), Marian Phillips (Co-Leader), Lynn Kline (Treasurer) and Jeanette Stoffer (Secretary)

Iva Walker | Columnist The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on July 31, 2017 in Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, welcoming a guest, Heidi Hess who is with Huntington Bank and is a member of the Burton-Middlefield Rotary. She was able to observe the following business discussions. The Annual Steak Fry will be held on August 14 at the Park Avenue Party Center. The presiding chef will be doing the steaks and chicken; members will provide appetizers, salads, desserts, other culinary flights of fancy. Guests will be invited; counts will be taken. A good time will be had. The bike repair station intended to enhance experiences with the Headwaters Bike and Hike Trail has been ordered and should be on the way soon. Bench(es) on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;to do listâ&#x20AC;? will be discussed, as will signage. More signage is needed throughout the village and on the Trail. Ditto for more bike racks. Possible locations are being eyed. The annual fundraiser, the Reverse Raffle, will be held on November 2 at SugarBush Golf Club. Sponsorships are available. Donors are sought. Opportunities abound for recognition for service to the community. A caterer is being sought. Tom Collins reported that the latest Rotary Student Exchange participant, from Chile, will begin his stay here with the Gorby family (Surprise!) but at least one more family is being sought to host this young man. Interested families should contact any Rotary member for more information. The Shoebox Project providing incentives for improving the educational situation of children of Nicaragua living in a dump, is underway and donations for the designated shoppers to spend on the necessary items are welcome. This should streamline the process, reduce costs and ensure more rational outcomes when filling the boxes. Visit G-H Rotary on Mondays, at noon. Always happy to tell you more about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Service Above Self.â&#x20AC;?

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The Portage Park District Foundation is looking for artists to submit their arts and crafts in a juried art sale held on December 7th & 8th from 3:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00pm at the Downtown Gallery located at 141 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240. Painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, metals and mixed media art will be considered. Note cards and stationery will also be considered. Artists must complete the online entry form at by November 1 for consideration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking to promote regional artists with nature-inspired artwork,â&#x20AC;? said Sally Kandel, Portage Park District Foundation President. All artwork will be sold on consignment with 60% of selling price to the artist and 40% of selling price to support the Portage Park District Foundation. A reception will be held on both nights for people to meet the artists. We are specifically looking for artwork in the $25-$500 range, but will consider pieces higher priced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mission is to generate revenues for the park district to assist with special projects and events. This is a win/win for artists and the parks,â&#x20AC;? said Beth Buchanan, Portage Park District Foundation Vice President. Artists will be notified by November 10, 2017 if they have been selected. There is no cost to apply or to present in the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to thank Kent State School of Art for its support with this project,â&#x20AC;? said Kandel. For more information please visit the Portage Park District website at or contact Sally Kandel at

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School is still out for a few more weeks, but you may have run out of ideas for keeping your kids active outside while warmer temperatures have arrived. Here are a few outdoor activities for kids, teens and adults that you may not be aware of. Hiram College recently re-surfaced their tennis courts, so why not head over with your Wimbledon-wannabees? How about trying out the Frisbee golf course behind the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martin Fieldhouse, or hitting the local trails to hike or bike? At the Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jagow Park (behind the Rosser Municipal Building) in Hiram, there are two full-sized outdoor basketball courts. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a basketball -- according to Police Sargent Brian Gregory, there are basketballs available to borrow on the back porch of the Police Department. Jagow Park also contains a playground for young children, complete with climbing structures, two levels of slides, teeter-totters, swings, and a small sand area. These facilities are available any day of the week at no charge. But exercise isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just good for children -- itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good, clean fun for adults as well. To prove that fact, the Hiram Police and Fire Departments held a friendly competition recently, in order to get some exercise, engage in a little friendly completion, and raise funds for a local charity. And according to Sgt. Gregory, the Departmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first annual charity softball game was very competitive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The weather was sunny and hot and the game came

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Welcome to Destination Aurora. News you can use about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Join The Chardon Polka Band on August 9th from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at the Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Gazebo for an evening of fun! This is a free concert. The Gazebo is located at 40 West Garfield Road. The Aurora Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market continues every Wednesday through August 30th. The market is located behind The Church in Aurora at 146 S. Chillicothe Rd. The market runs from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. In addition to all the wonderful produce and specialty items, you can also grab some ready to eat food such as pierogis, BBQ sandwiches, kettle corn, peanuts and cupcakes. Heinens Supermarket will be hosting a special tasting of cool wines for hot summer nights on August 11th at 6:30pm. 12 wines will be sampled along with delicious specialty cheeses and artisan breads to complement the wines. The cost is $10.00 per person. Please call 330562-5297 to register. Big News: The Wayside Workshop is moving. After 32 years at Aurora Farms, we are moving ½ mile north on S. Chillicothe Road to an awesome building in the historic district of Aurora. Locals will know the building as the former home of Chet Edwards Home Furnishings at 182 S. Chillicothe Road. Our new location will have a great community vibe as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be neighbors with Abigails, Mad Jacks Pub, The Secret Garden, and the 1815 Tavern. Our MOVING SALE is going on now and we plan to open at our new location in October 2017. While the weather is still nice, make sure you check out these fine establishments for fabulous outdoor dining experiences: Mad Jacks Pub @ 204 S. Chillicothe Rd. 1815 Tavern @ 170 S. Chillicothe Rd. The Mason Jar @ 329 E. Garfield Rd. The Cabin @ Marios @ 35 E. Garfield Rd. El Camino @ 395 N. Aurora Rd. August is also Back-to-School time, so remember to be mindful of school zones, school buses, and the kiddos that are heading back to school. Be Safe!


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reduce the amount of waste - whether from animals, households, yards, pets, or people - from entering our waterways. Pollution, toxins, and pathogens picked up by stormwater flowing into our rivers and lakes not only negatively impact aquatic species, terrestrial wildlife, and their habitats, but also spread disease to humans and jeopardize the health of our communities, families, and pets. Trash and litter also clog our stormdrains and cause flooding. Do Unto Others Downstream What are some ways you can reduce the amount of waste leaving your yard? How can you better protect the quality of your nearby streams? Whether it’s maintaining your septic, properly disposing of animal manure and pet waste, composting yard and kitchen scraps, soil testing before fertilizer applications, properly disposing of household hazardous wastes and trash, or participating in a community river cleanup, keeping our water clean is everyone’s duty. In the words of a saying I recently heard, “Do unto others downstream as you would have them do unto you upstream.” Together we can make a change and improve the health of our watersheds. A boatload of challenge is waiting! Pictured above - Pounds and pounds of trash were collected from the Ohio River last year during a series of Living Lands and Waters community cleanups. Whether intentional or not, litter pollution drastically affects the quality of our water resources. Let’s do our part to keep Geauga County’s rivers and streams clean. (Photo submitted by Gail Prunty)


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Skip Schweitzer | Columnist Neologism: a meaningless word often coined by psychotics. ~ Webster’s Dictionary

Today we visited the Badlands National Park only a couple miles from Wall, South Dakota, which is pretty much desert though only 30 miles from the lush Black Hills mountains. At 102 degrees, it actually feels more like 130 degrees. Things are dr y and the parched landscape essentially light colored to white—bleached by the sun. On the road through the park there are many turnouts which offer trails leading into the badlands, some with wood slatted trails for the disabled. But it is just too hot for me. I have visions, hallucinations of that cartoon of a skeleton crawling through the desert……It’s the heat again isn’t it! I pretty much stayed in the air conditioning of the truck and chauffeured the rest of the party around. They didn’t stay out long in the heat either. This certainly is not ideal but you try to make the best of it. I think that the bottom line is: Little black dogs and old men don’t handle the heat, sun and desert very well. It can make you crazy. We v i s i t e d t h e The Badlands Badlands visitors center and museum. On this day it was especially crowded likely because of the extreme temperatures (it is air conditioned). little black dog, Maisey who, despite having her service dog harness and apron on, could not seem to calm herself down with all the kids running about. We tried to be inside for a while but that didn’t work. Service dogs are not supposed to be cavorting with all the people I was reminded by a very unfriendly museum docent who went on to state that anybody could put such a sign on their pet and suggested that this ten-pound animal wasn’t a service dog. Needless to say, I tersely and loudly-for all to hear--, read him my rights, and then wished him a bad day. He carefully backed away from me. I guess you’ve gotta watch those brain addled Easterners. People in general are not familiar with the service dog concept, even though there are signs posted in all government and public building denoting NO PETS but service dog ARE permitted. They evidently think that a service dog should be carrying casks of brandy around under their necks, to save people in the Alps. They are not accepting of handicapped people having dogs of all sizes with them for…. any number of reasons other than carrying casks of brandy. It is clearly stated by law and in official government policy that companionship is most definitely considered a viable service dog purpose. I just don’t know how settlers in covered wagons 150 years ago survived this heat without blowing a gasket. Yesterday we spent the early morning hours when it might be cooler down in Rapid City making the rounds of the city blocks. You see there are lifesize bronze statues of all the presidents up through George W. Bush, one on every street corner. There is a president museum also, but on July 4, it was not open. We thought we’d walk about and visit

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Finding Help for Seniors Addicted to Opioids Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do. Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, The opioid epidemic is a national problem that is hitting people of all ages, including millions of older Americans. Here’s what you should know and do to help your mother. The Cause The main reason opioid addiction has become such a problem for people over age 50 is because over the past two decades, opioids have become a commonly prescribed (and often overprescribed) medication by doctors for all different types of pain like arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life. Nearly one-third of all Medicare patients – almost 12 million people – were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians in 2015. That same year, 2.7 million Americans over age 50 abused painkillers. Taken as directed, opioids can manage pain effectively when used for a short amount of time. But with long-term use, people need to be screened and monitored because around 5 percent of those treated will develop an addiction disorder and abuse the drugs. Signs of Addiction Your mother may be addicted to opioids if she can’t stop herself from taking the drug, and her tolerance continues to go up. She may also be addicted if she keeps using opioids without her doctor’s consent, even if it’s causing her problems with her health, money, family or friends. If you think your mom’s addicted, ask her to see a doctor for an evaluation. Go to the family or prescribing physician, or find a specialist through the American Society of Addiction Medicine (see or the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP. org). It’s also important to be positive and encouraging. Addiction is a medical matter, not a character flaw. Repeated use of opioids actually changes the brain. Treatments Treatment for opioid addiction is different for each person, but the main goal is to help your mom stop using the drug and avoid using it again in the future. To help her stop using the drug, her doctor can prescribe certain medicines to help relieve her withdrawal symptoms and control her cravings. These medicines include methadone (often used to treat heroin addiction), buprenorphine, and naltrexone. After detox, behavioral treatments such as individual counseling, group or family counseling, and cognitive therapy can help her learn how to manage depression, avoid the drug, deal with cravings, and heal damaged relationships. For assistance, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration confidential help line at 800-662-4357, or see They can connect you with treatment services in your state that can help your mom. Also, if you find that your mom has a doctor who prescribes opioids in excess or without legitimate reason, you should report him or her to your state medical board, which licenses physicians. For contact information visit Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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From Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table My Fathers Anniversary of his Birth Barry Vancura | Columnist

This month of August I wanted to celebrate with the upcoming “Major Birthday” of the Dad. In the past most of these were celebrated across the northern border at “The Cottage” where he insisted that since he was “out of the country they didn’t count” so in “father’s years” he is actually younger than me or my brother. I had asked him to give me three of his favorite recipes that I would be able to use for this week’s article and the response I received was, “oh.” That would be: Labatts Blue, Old Vienna and Jack and Coke. After a conversation he mentioned the following two. The first was my Mothers Chop Suey recipe that he still makes today and the other was a recipe from a good family friend who brought soup out to him that he liked so much he asked for the recipe and makes it when he is in the mood for something a lot more exciting than an average can of soup. When I asked for a desert recipe he responded with “Jack and Coke with ice” or he leaves it up to Mary Yoder or on one of his good friends to provide the. Heres to you, Pops! Have a fantastic Birthday and wishing you many, many more! Chop Suey 1 - 1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat 2 T vegetable oil 1 tsp. dark sesame oil 1 med onion, chopped

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This past weekend we hosted an amazing event benefitting the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. The beautiful summer day brought in a lot of hungry and thirsty guests to join us for our Farm to Table Nibble and Sip event. Words cannot express how amazed I am with how helpful and supportive everyone was at the event. From the last-minute donations from the farmers, to all of the tents that were dropped off and set up, to the amount of guests that joined us – we sure had a great time! As I take this weekend to recover I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone that made this event a huge hit and we look forward to doing it again next year! Unfortunately, my recovery time is going to be limited because as many of you know the winery will be celebrating our 13th anniversary next weekend!! We’ve been making plans all year to celebrate with another Pug Day benefitting Ohio Pug Rescue! On Saturday, August 12th from 2-5pm the winery will be taken over by the dogs and of course their owners. For those of you that do not know the story, our pug Mynde, passed away suddenly on the winery’s first anniversary. Shortly after her passing, our other pug Mork, needed a companion so we reached out to Ohio Pug Rescue and adopted a brother and sister pair of pugs, Ellie and Truman. Every year since Mynde’s passing, we have celebrated with a benefit to Ohio Pug Rescue. We will open the winery to all friendly dogs and their owners to enjoy wine (especially our Pink Pug wine and Pink Pug Sangria)! This year we are changing the event a little and will be running the 2017 Candlelight Winery Dog Olympics! Every half hour we will host and Olympic game (how tall can you build a tower of bones without your dog eating one, how quickly can your dog go through our agility course, how quickly can you dress your dog to match our winemaker’s outfit, etc). For $1 per dog per game you can join us with the winner of each game taking home the “gold medal” (aka a bottle of Pink Pug wine)! We will have everything set up outside by our pond so bring some lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the day with us. The day is dedicated to all dogs (pugs especially!) with games, food, Pug Wine and of course plenty of dogs. So if you have a special dog, plan on joining us on August 12th from 2pm – 5pm. All friendly dogs are welcome! Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

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Aztec Soup 2 tablespoons oil 2 lb. beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large onion, cut into wedges 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon cumin 3 teaspoons chili powder 3 1/2 cups beef flavored broth 1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chopped 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef, onion, garlic, cumin and chili powder; cook and stir until beef is browned. Add all remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover; cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is forktender, stirring occasionally. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream.

Need More Books? Friends of the Garrettsville Library Announces Book Sale The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announces a book sale (in the meeting room) at the Garrettsville Library August 5 – August 12, during library hours. All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Garrettsville Library, which helps fund collection development, programs for the public, and for other library projects. On Friday, August 4, there’ll be set-up and a members’ presale from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and then a sale to the general public from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Saturday, August 5, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (August 7 to August 9) from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday, August 11, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday, August 12 is $1 bag day, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Since the last book sale, many new titles have been donated and there’ll be a large selection of adult, young adult, and children’s books, with fiction and nonfiction titles. Memberships to the Friends’ group may be purchased leading up to and during the sale. If you are not a member and wish to attend the members only pre-sale, you are welcome and encouraged to join the Friends of the Garrettsville Library. Memberships start as low as $5. Items remaining after the book sale will be distributed to other organizations or recycled. And so, new donations will be needed and greatly appreciated. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at

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Here it is, Faithful Readers, The latest horticultural and meteorological pronouncements from Ms. Weather and Gardening Guru, who has been runner-up in the Black Thumb Sweepstakes a record twenty-seven times and will soon own the trophy outright. To begin with, neither the Old Farmer’s Almanac or the plain Farmer’s Almanac have done particularly well in envisioning how the tail end of July would go, weather-wise. One said “Stormy, not too warmy. Normy.” The other reckoned that the weather would be all about “more scattered thunderstorms.” Well, it would appear that the scatter was pretty wide, because we’ve certainly not seen much of them hereabouts. I’ve sunk to watering the drooping vegetables in pots here on the side of the house; you can almost hear them slurping the moisture up as fast as they can, fearing another drought. The firefighters out west sure haven’t seen much of the scattered thunderstorms, except in the occasional lightning strike causing another fire—and we aren’t even at what is supposed to be the height of the fire season! Anyway, it appears that they’re predicting more of the same for the first week in August, though the Old Farmer is going with above average temperatures and below average precipitation. It’s clear that these folks are not consulting with each other. Showers –cool--predicted for August 1-4… OR…thunderstorms. Don’t hold your breath. And about those vegetables…. The tomatoes—two hybrids, two heirlooms-- grew like crazy, got blossoms, gave every indication of putting forth a bumper crop;

How Women In Leadership Roles Can Change The Workplace As women have taken on greater leadership roles in the business world, it’s paid off for both them and business. A study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that firms with women in the C-suite were more profitable. Meanwhile, the number of women-owned businesses grew 45 percent from 2007 to 2016 compared to just a 9 percent growth in the number of businesses overall. But will all those women in leadership roles change the workplace culture to make it more female friendly – and does it matter? “As a corporate anthropologist, I’m aware of the recent shift in thinking surrounding how cultures should be restructured in order for women to thrive in the workplace,” says Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights ( “This has caused me to ask: What type of culture do women really want and is it that different from what men want, too?” The results of her research were surprising, she says. It turns out, in many ways men and women want similar things in the workplace. Both prefer a strong clan culture that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork and a focus on people. So what lessons does that hold for women who start their own businesses or are hired or promoted into leadership positions in existing businesses? Based on her personal experiences, and what she’s learned from female business leaders she has interviewed, Simon says some of the ways women can succeed when leading an organization and make the workplace more attentive to the needs of both men and women include: • Create a culture that blends work and home. Simon talked with the founder of one company that intentionally took a whole-life approach and didn’t force employees to choose between work and family. “That company won all sorts of local awards for being one of the best places to work in the area,” Simon says. • Encourage staff to be innovators. Often even the employees who think outside the box are reluctant to act outside the box for fear of repercussions if things don’t work out quite the way they hoped. But for innovation to happen, Simon says, a good leader needs to empower employees to try new ideas. • Be an adventurer, stay curious. If you expect your employees to try new ideas, you need to be willing to do so as well. Don’t worry about failing, Simon says. “Keep tinkering and trying stuff and sooner or later you’ll hit upon your a-ha moment,” Simon says. In her research, Simons says she’s finding that the women who know how to create success are not just building better businesses; they are changing the way people work. “The cor porate cultures in women-r un businesses reflect the personal beliefs and values of the women leading them,” Simon says. “And those businesses tend to be highly successful.”


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Garden Guru

Iva Walker | Columnist



Key Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

then they changed their little green minds for some reason. The blossoms, some of them, shriveled and fell off (I think that it was during that really dry spell when I apparently neglected to make sure they were getting enough water. Silly me. I thought that the predicted showers would actually come. No such luck.). Now there are tomatoes but one plant only has one lone red orb getting ready for its fate in a BLT and the rest seem to be preparing to take their time and avoid crowds. In the meantime, they’ve shaded their little companion pepper plant—Lunch box Orange—so that I’m not sure whether or not it’s going to produce anything at all. And the two zucchini—one yellow, one green—plants don’t seem to have their hearts in any kind of production at all. Great leaves, great blossoms, no zucchini. What’s up with that? One garden person that I know has said that this sort of situation could be caused by having no bees in residence—gotta have those pollinators, you know(Why couldn’t the bats around here step up and do their duty instead of flapping around inside of the house?). Could be. I haven’t seen many bees around lately; probably need to plant more flowers so that the place is more bee-welcoming…sort of a Welcome Wagon effect. Too late to do that now. I should be taking notes. Heads up! Still time to get you eclipse-viewing devices and take off for parts west. The first total solar eclipse to be visible across the U.S.—not all of us, just a clearly-defined path from South Carolina to Oregon—in quite some time(since 1979) will be here on August 21. It will not hang around either, the time of “totality”—when the sun is not visible at all, just the outer “corona”—is only lasting from one minute, 59 seconds to two minutes, 40.2 seconds at its widest, then leaving the east coast at about two minutes, 34 seconds. If you know anyone living in Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, you might want to call them and get yourself invited for a long weekend, if they haven’t already got a houseful of ersatz friends and relatives such as yourself. You may have to drive a bit in some of those places to get to a good viewing spot, but you will probably be in good company…and lots of it. And don’t even think of looking at the event with the naked eye! Don’t imagine that your cute cat’s eye sunglasses that you picked up at the RiteAid will be sufficient protection either. Get yourself some real protection. Watch out for the kids too. Explain the dangers to them and see to it that what they see will not damage their vision for a lifetime. This is the kind of stuff that Mark Twain described in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; knowing of the coming eclipse(A.D. 528) saved the hero in the story from being burned at the stake. Can’t promise quite such a spectacular result but knowing cool things like this is always fun. Then keep in mind that there is supposed to be another complete solar eclipse that will cross Ohio in 2024. Also keep in mind that cloud cover makes all the difference in what viewers are able to see. One of the reasons that this year’s eclipse is being particularly looked forward to, as compared to the coming 2024 event (Hark back to one of the reasons –supposedly— that the Arsenal was placed here was that it was the second-cloudiest location in the nation) is that the western states are reputed to have a much higher probability of having clear skies...if you don’t count the smoke from the wildfires out there. “ Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer choice.” You could always charter a plane and fly above the clouds, right? This will be mentioned again. We don’t want to miss this. Made me think of a cartoon that I saw—from The New Yorker, probably—where two unicorns are standing on a promontory of some sort, surrounded by water, watching a boat, with animals –giraffes, elephants and such, with birds circling overhead—a ways off across the briny deep; and one unicorn turns to the other and says, “Oh, shoot! Was that today?” Been there. Done that.

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Many affluent professionals and business owners put estate planning on hold. Only the courts and lawyers stand to benefit from their procrastination. While inaction is the biggest estate planning error, several other major mistakes can occur. The following blunders can lead to major problems. • Failing to revise an estate plan after a spouse or child dies. This is truly a devastating event, and the grief that follows may be so deep and prolonged that attention may not be paid to this. A death in the family commonly requires a change in the terms of how family assets will be distributed. Without an update, questions (and squabbles) may emerge later. • Going years without updating beneficiaries. Beneficiary designations on qualified retirement plans and life insurance policies usually override bequests made in wills or trusts. Many people never review beneficiary designations over time, and the estate planning consequences of this inattention can be serious. For example, a woman can leave an IRA to her granddaughter in a will, but if her ex-husband is listed as the primary beneficiary of that IRA, those IRA assets will go to him per the beneficiary form. Beneficiary designations have an advantage – they allow assets to transfer to heirs without going through probate. If beneficiary designations are outdated, that advantage matters little.1,2 • Thinking of a will as a shield against probate. Having a will in place does not automatically prevent assets from being probated. A living trust is designed to provide that kind of protection for assets; a will is not. An individual can clearly express “who gets what” in a will, yet end up having the courts determine the distribution of his or her assets.2 • Supposing minor heirs will handle money well when they become young adults. There are multi-millionaires who go no further than a will when it comes to estate planning. When a will is the only estate planning tool directing the transfer of assets at death, assets can transfer to heirs aged 18 or older in many states without prohibitions. Imagine an 18-year-old inheriting several million dollars in liquid or illiquid assets. How many 18-year-olds (or 25-year-olds, for that matter) have the skill set to manage that kind of inheritance? If a trust exists and a trustee can control the distribution of assets to heirs, then situations such as these may be averted. A well-written trust may also help to prevent arguments among young heirs about who was meant to receive this or that asset.3 Too many people do too little estate planning. Avoid joining their ranks, and plan thoroughly to avoid these all-too-frequent mistakes. 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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1. CREDIT DOWNGRADE – Saturday (8/05/17) is the 6-year anniversary since the USA was downgraded by S&P from a top credit rating on 8/05/11. Since 8/05/11, the yield on the US 10-year Treasury note has fallen from 2.57% to 2.29% and the S&P 500 has gained +134% (total return), equal to +15.3% per year. 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. INITIAL SHOCK – The S&P 500 stock index fell 6.6% (total return) in the first trading day following the Friday 8/05/11 credit downgrade of the United States by the S&P rating agency (source: BTN Research). 3. TIME IN THE STOCK MARKET - If you selected any single month at random to invest in the S&P 500 (at the close of the prior month) during the 25-years ending 6/30/17, you achieved a positive total return 66% of the time. If you extend your investment time horizon to just 1 year, you achieved a positive total return 81% of the time. If your time horizon was 2 years, you achieved a positive total return 80% of the time (source: BTN Research). 4. NO BIG PULLBACK - The S&P 500 has gone 324 calendar days without a 2% or greater 1-day drop, the longest stretch without a tumble of 2% or more since 2/27/07 or nearly 10 ½ years ago (source: BTN Research).

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5. TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS - As of 6/30/17, the size of the US economy is $19.227 trillion, the size of the US national debt is $19.845 trillion and the market capitalization of the S&P 500 stock index is $21.832 trillion (source: BTN Research). 6. FINANCIAL IMPACT OF BOOMERS - There are 2.8 workers (paying payroll taxes) for every one Social Security beneficiary in 2017, i.e., there are 36 beneficiaries for every 100 covered workers today. There will be an estimated 2.2 workers for every one Social Security beneficiary in 2035, i.e., there will be 46 beneficiaries for every 100 covered workers in 2035 (source: Social Security Trustees 2017 Report). 7. IN THE FALL - The Congressional Budget Office forecasted that the Treasury Department “will most likely run out of cash in early to mid-October 2017,” i.e., approximately 10 weeks from today (source: CBO).

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