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Time to Get Out & Celebrate Portage! Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter According to Regional Planning Director Todd Peetz, Celebrate Portage! is a part of the Visioning in Portage’s mission to promote the vibrant and exciting communities, people, and events of Portage County. The variety of activities include a car show in Ravenna, a Runway Fest at the Portage County Regional Airport, a County-wide volunteer day, a celebration dinner, and so much more. In addition to movie nights, community picnics, and ice cream socials that have been scheduled in small communities throughout the county, there are several larger events taking place, as well. The first big event in the festive schedule is Octane Nights On Main Street on Wednesday, August 30th. The event takes place on Main Street in Ravenna, where the road will be closed for a quarter-mile from Mongoose Motorsports to A&W Restaurant. This is the 4th year of this event -- in the first year, the event boasted over 700 cars in attendance, with subsequent years bringing

Short Subjects at Hiram Iva L. Walker | Columnist * The Hiram College Music Department invites the community to participate in the African Ensemble, which meets on Thursdays in the Frohring Music building, beginning on September 7 from 6:30-7:45. Leader/instructor/rhythm rouser will be Olugbala Manns. Come be the drummer you’ve always thought you’d be. Try something new. Enjoy the learning. * The Hiram Community Chorus begins rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12 in Frohring Music Building, in preparation for the annual Concert, Christmas and otherwise. All voices—soprano, alto, tenor, bass-- are welcome. High school students are welcome. Any singers from all surrounding communities are invited. Church goers are welcome. Heathens are welcome. If you love to sing, this is the group for you. Welcome! * In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 theses on the door of the cathedral at Wittenberg in October, 1517, Hiram’s own Damaris Peters-Pike has been asked to reprise her presentation of “Katie : My Life with Martin Luther” which has been part of her series on Women of Note. Three performances are scheduled and are open to the public at no charge. These will begin at 11;00 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Hiram Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram, OH 44234 and be repeated on Sunday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Community United Church of Christ, 7165 Big Creek Parkway, Middleburg Heights, OH, 44130 and on Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Rd. Chagrin Falls, OH, 44023. Inquiries may be directed to Damaris PetersPike at 216-509-1890

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in exponentially more cars and spectators. This familyfriendly event is free to attend, and runs from 5 - 9 pm, so mark your calendar to attend. Check out www. for details. Then, on Saturday, September 2nd, the Portage County Regional Airport will present Runway Fest Fly-in/Cruise-in, which is co-hosted by the Northeast Ohio Two Cylinder Club. Once again, individuals and organizations will bring in their antique and custom tractors, trucks, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, and military vehicle from around the county for the benefit of delighted kids of all ages. Events will include biplane rides, free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17, and a tribute to Ravenna native and Doolittle Raider, Bill Bower. The event will also feature food trucks, and the Crestwood Lions Club will be serving breakfast and lunch, too. For more information, contract the Portage County Regional Airport at 330-297-1478. Next, on Saturday, September 7th, you’ll have the

opportunity to join community leaders to recognize some of Portage County’s best and brightest. That evening, awards will be given to top nominees in the areas of Best Economic Development Project, Most Engaging High School, Best Community Service Project, Biggest Community Hero, Best Health Initiative and Best Art/ Culture Event. The event will take place at the New Center at NEOMED from 5 - 8 pm, and will include entertainment, food and networking. For tickets or more information, find under Celebrate Portage awards reception. Last, but certainly not least, is this year’s Volunteer Day on Saturday, September 9th. According to Peetz, “We’ve got a number of great projects on tap, including a parks cleanup in Windham, a Habitat House in Kent, and a world-record pierogi bake in Mantua at the Potato Festival!” There has never been a more exciting time to be in Portage County, so get out with your family and celebrate!

Changes Coming to Garrettsville Parks Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

Garrettsville - As times change, Garrettsville’s community parks are evolving along with the times. A new dog park is in the works at South Park, the skate park is being relocated to the park on Park Avenue, and both South Park and Brosius Park will soon be renamed to honor local leaders. Garrettsville Mayor Rick Patrick has been wanting to rename the parks for people rather than streets for a long time, and that time has nearly come. “I wanted these parks to be renamed while these men are still alive, so they can get the recognition they deserve,” he said. By fall, South Park will be rededicated as Phelps Park in honor of Bill Phelps, who was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the baseball and softball fields, volunteering his time since the 1970s. In a similar manner, Brosius Park will be renamed Hardesty Park to recognize Tom Hardesty, who served as mayor of Garrettsville during the 1990s, when the park was established. Hardesty oversaw the work of the Army Corps of Engineers who re-contoured the acreage into a village park. Village Council approved of the park name changes at its most recent meeting, agreeing that the honor is well-deserved for both men, according to Patrick. Only Hardesty voted against the measure to name the Brosius Park after himself. Also during that August 9 meeting, council approved plans brought forward by 10-year-old Owen Bass and his father to build a dog park at the rear of soon-to-be Phelps Park. With a $10,000 donation from Charles Auto Family dealership as seed money for fencing, the Bass family is bringing their dog park plans forward to the Planning Commission for review. Meanwhile, the Garrettsville skate park — established 12 years ago on the site of the tennis courts across from the library — has been moved to the park

on Park Avenue, making way for the former tennis courts at Phelps Park to be restored. Existing equipment was moved to the Park Avenue location earlier this summer, but a timeline on installing new equipment depends on funding. Total park improvements costs are $42,946, with the village portion being approximately $10,440. The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is contributing toward the project, which should reduce the village’s total contribution toward restoring the four tennis courts and the basketball court across from the library, and establishing the skate park on Park Avenue (costs for new equipment not included). Additional funding is being requested through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Grant Program, which provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance to local governments for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Grant approvals will be made in September. Danny Lassiter, who helped establish the original skate park in 2002, is also a driving force behind the upgraded skate park plan. He has established a GoFundMe page to generate $10,000 for rebuilding and upgrading the Garrettsville Skate Park. As times change in Garrettsville, the community looks back to honor those who have established and maintained village parks, and looks forward to new sources of sport and entertainment for upcoming generations

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AWANA and Word Of Life Clubs Starting Register Today! Come join our AWANA club held at Huntsburg Baptist Church located at 16401 Mayfield Road Huntsburg, OH. for fun, fellowship and lessons from God’s word on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Our AWANA clubs are for age 3 through grade 6. Our Word Of Life program is for grades 7 through 12. Both programs will start on September 6, 2017. We will be offering a 10% discount for all those who register for the Awana program on August 27, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. For more info or to download forms, visit our web site at www.

Zucchini Cookbook For Sale

Are you swamped with zucchini’s? Have you put a few in your friends unlocked cars at church? At work? So now you’re on their watch list... I have a solution for you, so you can use them up yourself. Southington Garden Club has for sale a cookbook of 500 recipes using zucchini. The cookbook has recipes from appetizers to desserts all using zucchini. The cookbook is $13.00 which includes postage. Send the check to Southington Garden Club @ Evelyn Wibert 2959 Leiby Osbourne Road, Southington, Ohio 44470.

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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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. Contact Diana DiLoreto at 239470-6429 or 330-527-2276. www.FreewaysGreytEscape. com

Historical Society Looking For Military Items

The James A Garfield Historical Society is in search of military uniforms for the Vietnam, Revolutionary and Afghanistan Wars. We are also looking for pictures of veterans in uniform for our new Military Room. Anyone who has served in the military any time throughout history, and has lived in the James A Garfield School District area, who would like to donate a picture or uniform, please contact Debbie Smith @ 330-389-1859 or Kit Semplak @ 330-842-2822 to make arrangements.

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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.

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.





Community Garden Produce Stand Weekly Community Garden In The Woods will offer locally grown produce and sweet corn. Located at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley parking lot; Thursday through Sunday, weekly while produce is available. Open Thurs 10-6, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6. For info call Diane Irwin 330-524-0592

Families Anonymous Meeting Mondays Do you have a family member addicted to drugs or alcohol? Families Anonymous may help restore your serenity. We meet 7pm every Monday at Coleman Behavioral Services, Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For information call 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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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.

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

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.

God Provides A Meal

Every Tuesday St. Ambrose Church 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville-- Early bird at 6:45pm and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45pm. Great refreshments!

Aug 25 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 on August 25 - 4 to 6:00. Sausage sandwich - buttered potatoes salad - dessert.

BINGO At St Michael’s

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

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,

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.

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Nelson-Garrettsville Senior Social Club EVERY THURSDAY - 9am - Noon Nelson Community House on the Circle, SR 305 in Nelson

Aug. 24 - Shirley’s Pancake Tacos Aug. 31 - Games Sept. 7 - Bingo & Doughnuts Sept. 14 - Ice Cream Social

ALL Area Seniors WELCOME! NEED A RIDE? Call PARTA at 330-678-7745 or 330-672-RIDE. For a nominal fee they can pick you up and get you back home!

Have A Heart, Fill The Cart Through Aug 26 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 through Aug 26. From the Sugar Bush family to yours, a big Thank You for your generosity!

Free Clothing Giveaway Aug 26 Blackhorse Baptist Church is holding their free clothing giveaway this Saturday, August 26th from Noon - 4:00 PM. (Please note the change in time.) All are welcome! 6260 Bridge Street, Ravenna Questions: Contact Mary Hannah, 330-883-9297

Eagles Steak Dinner Aug 26 Garrettsville Eagles Steak Dinner - Open to the Public. Saturday, August 26th from 4 - 7:30 pm. 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Dinner serving steak or chicken breast.Carryout is available Call 330-527-2330

Handbag Auction Aug 30 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 . All proceeds of this auction help surrendered greyhounds nationwide receive immediate medical attention for injuries from their last race. Contact Diana DiLoreto at 239470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

Square Dance Demonstrations Aug 31 & Sept 3 The Niles Friendly Squares will be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Thursday, August 31 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. on

the stage located in front of the International Building. A new year of weekly square dance lessons will begin Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through December. There is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. To sign up for lessons contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-5063370.

4th Annual 60 Mile Yard Sale Sept 2 Kinsman, The Tour Route 7 group is announcing its fourth annual yard sale, to be held Saturday September 2th from 9am to 5pm. It will cover all of the towns along Rt. 7 from Hubbard to Conneaut. Maps will be provided at Rt. 7 members and online. To be on the list or for more information email MarketSquare@ymail. com call 330-876-3178(10 am to 6 pm) or go to TourRoute7. com or Facebook Tour Route 7. Aug 28th is the cut-off date to be listed. Listing is free to the public and $10.00 for businesses.

Library Closed Labor Day Sept 4 All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Service hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5. Although branch libraries will be closed for the holiday, the Digital Library is always open.

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.

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Club of Ravenna, invites you to come join us for Family Fun,Fitness and Fellowship, learn to square dance ,the National Dance. Classes start Thurs. Sept.7th 7-9pm at Brown Middle school corner of St.Rte 59 and S.Scranton St .Ravenna, Ohio 44266 1st classs is free then $4.00- $2.00 children for more info call 330297-0864

Swiss Steak Dinner Sept 9 The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle in Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 on September 9th, 2017. Dinner is served from 4:00- 6:00 PM. The price is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children age 6-12, Children 5 and under free. The dinner consists of: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy , Green Beans, Corn Casserole, Drinks, and Dessert. Carry-Out is also available at the same location.

Chicken BBQ at Hilltop Christian Church Sept 10 Hilltop Christian Church, located on the top of the Hill on West Prospect Street, In Mantua, is hosting its annual Chicken BBQ on Saturday Sept 10 (Potato Festival Weekend). The hours are from Noon until 6 P.M. For over 40 years we have been serving our famous BBQ half chicken, cooked over local hardwoods, in our very own BBQ pit. The chicken is served with homemade potato salad, Green Beans, Rolls and fresh-baked homemade pies. Adults $10.00 Children 3 to 12 $5.00 2 and under FREE. Carry out is available. Come see us at 4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua

Reed Memorial Library Booksale Sept 14-17 Friends of Reed Memorial Library will be holding a booksale on Thursday Sept. 14 from 4pm to 8pm (Members Preview Night); Friday, Sept 15 from 10am to 5pm; Saturday Sept 16 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday Sept 17 from 1pm to 4pm. Hardbacks $1.00 / Paperbacks .50 cents

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Sept 15 Western Reserve Kiwanis & Garrettsville’s Weekend Snack Pack program will be serving up our All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Friday Sept.15th 4:30-7:00pm at the Hiram Christian Church. Dinner includes spaghetti, choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Gluten- free available. Carry-out available. Adults $

7.00, kids 8 & under FREE!

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.

Hiram Firefighters Association Reverse Raffle Sept 16 The Hiram Firefighters Association Reverse Raffle will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11845 State Route 44, Mantua on Sept. 16. Doors Open 6 p.m. Open Bar. Dinner. Dancing. Donation: $100 per couple. GRAND PRIZE: $2,000. Contact Hiram’s Station for more info (330) 5699826. Money raised helps towards additional training for the fire department

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

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Sept 16 There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction on September 16th, 1:00 to 3:00 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham/Parkman Road, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.Please come and join us as we hope to help families in our fellowship who are in need. Dinner is $5.00 for anyone over the age of 6 and $3.00 for



THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, August 25, 2017

Keith Manos visits GCPL’s Chardon Branch for Powerful Sentences seminar

Keith Manos visits the Club Ink writing workshop at the Chardon Branch Wed., Sept. 6, 7 p.m. to present his Powerful Sentences seminar on the significance of rhythm in forming sentences and helping editors notice your work. In his seminar, Manos will address the common problem of “I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it.” Through a range of activities, the seminar gives authors of both fiction and nonfiction the ability to recognize and implement the characteristics of powerful sentences. This event is free and open to Club Ink members as well as the general public. Registration required. Manos has been published in multiple magazines including Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, Teacher Magazine, and Ohio ASCD Journal. He has written ten books including Wrestling Coach’s Survival Guide, Writing Smarter, and My Last Year of Life (in School), among others. Manos is an adjunct professor of English at Lakeland Community College and has taught writing and literature to a variety of audiences for almost 40 years at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He has been named Ohio’s English Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts in 2000 and was inducted into the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers in 2006. Manos also served as wrestling coach and athletic director at Richmond Heights High School. He was named Ohio Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1988 and was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009. children 6 and younger. Many wonderful baskets have been donated, plus gift certificates from merchants in the area as well as Middlefield Wal-Mart. Plus a corn hole game just for the kids. Tickets for the auction will be sold at the dinner. We hope to share this time with you and thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

This one-day tour series will showcase three different areas, each with its own particular vegetative communities and unique attributes. For more info contact Adam Wohlever at (330527-5118 or adam.

National Public Lands Day Bog Tours

Oct 14 The Mantua Historical Society is having a Vintage Book and Various Sundry Items Sale on Saturday, October 14th, from 9 to 4 at the Mantua Town Hall, located on State Route 82 and Mantua Center Road.

Sept 30 We invite you to explore three of northeast Ohio’s unique glacially-formed wetlands. Join us for one, two or all three hikes in celebration of National Public Lands Day: Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve, 10-10:45am, 3612 Sandy Lake Rd., Ravenna, Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, 11:15am – 12:30pm, 1028 Meloy Rd., Kent and Herrick Fen State Nature Preserve, 2 – 3:30pm, 8260 Seasons Rd, Streetsboro. Bogs and fens exhibit some of the rarest and most interesting plant and animal communities in Ohio.


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Book Discussion Club To Meet The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Tuesday September 19, 2017, in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley. Shaker Heights author, D. M. Pulley, sets her mystery The Dead Key in the Cleveland area. The book’s First Bank of Cleveland is located at Ninth and Euclid, the former site of the actual Cleveland Trust. In 1978 a young secretary at First Bank, Beatrice Baker, attempts to uncover white collar corruption at the bank involving safety deposit boxes and key 547. Beatrice’s story takes readers from the Theatrical Grill and Stouffer’s Inn downtown to Cleveland’s Little Italy. Twenty years later in 1998, Iris Latch is sent to the now abandoned bank to draw up floor plans for an architectural firm. Unclaimed safety deposit boxes and a ring of keys at the hastily abandoned bank draw Iris into the investigation Beatrice began 20 years earlier. The stories of the two women are interwoven increasing the suspense. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available.

Newton Falls Football & Senior Citizens Passes On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale at the superintendent’s office located at 909½ Milton Blvd., for the upcoming Newton Falls Tiger football season from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The cost for reserved season passes for 5 homes games will be $40.00. We also have a 10-game pass available for adults to purchase for $50.00, and students 10-game pass for $30.00, which is good for any varsity game, i.e., volleyball, soccer, football or basketball. We also have a family pass, which includes the entire immediately family, for $300.00. Arrangements can be made for a photo pass. We appreciate the support that the community of Newton Falls has given to the football, soccer, golf, basketball and volleyball teams. The first football game will be Friday, August 25th, home against Waterloo. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. We also have TIGER cards on sale for $10.00 in the central office. If you are a senior citizen (65 years of age or older & retired) and a resident of Newton Falls, you are eligible for a complimentary senior citizen’s pass. This will admit you to all home games. See Mrs. Dunlap in the Superintendent’s Office for tickets and passes.

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Portage County Law Enforcement - None 4 Under 21 Families – and Local Businesses Recognized at Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Kickoff

R avenna - Safe Communities presented Portage County Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Kickoff Event at UH Portage Medical Center to increase public awareness of the upcoming national aggressive enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign. The high visibility enforcement runs from August 16 through September 4, 2017. Event Emcee Lt. Antonio Matos, Ravenna Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explained the kickoff is designed to “rally” law enforcement, safety advocates, elected officials, and the public against drunk driving. Matos highlighted fatal crash statistics, the role everyone has in traffic safety, and the aim to aggressively remove impaired drivers from the roads. Renee Klaric, of UH Portage Medical Center spoke on the hospital’s participation in the Safe Communities Coalition and their interest in reducing preventable injuries. Klaric also shared her personal experience and loss when hit by an impaired driver. “Portage County prosecuted over 1400 OVI offenses last year. That averages to 3.8 offenses daily in Portage County alone. Worse yet, most offenders will drive impaired 80 times before being caught,” said Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci. Joan Kollman, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, recognized all officers who received last year’s award for their OVI arrests. Susan Forgacs, of Portage County Health District, and None 4 Under 21 Planning Committee reiterated the impact our “Walk of Remembrance” has on students at the annual prom and graduation safety awareness program. “Fatal crash statistics are not numbers – they are lives. Here today are some family members and portraits of their loved ones who have lost their lives in traffic-related crashes. The portraits clearly demonstrate how alcohol related crashes can destroy lives no matter


the age. They also clearly serve as a reminder “why we do what we do” to reduce preventable crashes, injuries, and deaths. “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” floormats were donated by The Matlet Group to Portage County Safe Communities. These mats will be used by three area dealerships to further promote the enforcement campaign. Chief Brian Byard, Aurora Police Department recognized Ganley Chrysler for their partnership with Safe Communities and hopes it’s just the beginning of a long term partnership. Rachel Spence, of Portage County Sheriff Office, coalition member, and None 4 Under 21 Planning Committee, presented appreciation to Sarchione Chevrolet for their support the past several years as a safety partner. Officer Chris Petros, Streetsboro Police Department recognized Classic Honda of Streetsboro for their continuous support in Safe Communities through their website and inclusion of the traffic safety logos on every printed advertisement, which has greatly increased the number of people reached. County Commissioner Vicki Kline praised Portage County agencies for the collaboration on their unified goal: reduce preventable crashes, injuries, and deaths. Portage County Safe Communities is a program of Portage County Health District.



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20th Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

The Summer Picnic meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the South St. home of president Leah Schultz on August 8, 2017, accompanied by a brief downpour and requiring the services of valet parking supervisor, Jack Schultz. Fourteen members and one guest were in attendance and enjoyed the assorted delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by the slate of incoming officers. Conversations ranged from vacation accounts, family stories, forebears, children and plans aplenty, all in the interest of “catching up” before the beginning of the 2017-2018 club year. Maxine Nimtz thanked friends for the cards she received in honor of her 91st birthday. Retirement of some members was noted with appreciation for their years of participation and regret at their departure. New members—residents of the James A. Garfield School District—are being sought to bring the club up to more robust numbers, thus continuing the tradition of far-ranging and entertaining programs throughout the year. Inquiries should be directed to current members. Activities of the evening were photographically recorded by historian Pat Amor and the next meeting, when program booklets will be distributed, will be at the home of Nasreen Kitko on September on September 21, at 6:00 p.m.

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The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, at 1pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, located at 17826 Chillicothe Road (Rt.306) , Bainbridge Twp. , Ohio. (Located behind the Fire Station). This is the day after Labor Day,so we can relax and have a nice lunch. This is our annual “Hot Dog & Chips” lunch for a cost of $3.00. We need reservations only if you have not purchased a ticket at our August meeting. Please call Betty Scholz, @440-338-8321 for reservations. After our lunch, we will hold a brief meeting to find out what we are doing the rest of the year. We are collecting food, staples, and school supplies for the “Food for Friends” food pantry, and dog food, hot dogs (not our left overs), blankets, towels, dog treats, etc. for the Geauga Dog Shelter. Kids are back in school and Winter will be coming sooner than we hoped, so the pantry and dog shelter are in need of filling up the empty shelves. Please check your own cupboards or buy a little extra and bring in a little something to help the less fortunate. Please join us for a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, and some sweet treats after the meeting and visit with friends or make new friends. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767


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Sessions are developed to provide an environment of support, education and sharing to members affected by the experience of grief. The series is led by trained and experienced facilitators and is sponsored by our University Hospitals Hospice Department. RSVP: 330-297-8860


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 1 – 7 p.m. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 12 – 6 p.m. UH Portage Medical Arts Building, Room 150 6847 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6 – 6:30 p.m. | Light Refreshments 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Workshop UH Portage Medical Arts Building, Room 150 6847 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna

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For underinsured or uninsured women. To find out if you qualify for this screening, call 330-297-2338.

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EATING A RAINBOW FOR HEART HEALTH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 4:30 – 5 p.m. | Blood Pressure Screening 5 – 6 p.m. | Cooking Demonstration UH Portage Medical Center Community Room 6847 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna

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HEALTH EXPO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center 215 South Depeyster Street, Kent

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Whether you need information about the disease, medications, treatment options, safety, caregiving, local resources in Geauga County, services, referrals and problem-solving through complex care issues, or you just want to talk to someone who gets it—we are here for you—and as close as your telephone. “The free 24/7 Helpline is a critical element of our mission. The Helpline is one of our most important resources connecting individuals who need information, answers and support any time of the day or night with trained Alzheimer’s Association specialists. You’re not reaching a pager or waking someone up in the middle of the night. You’re reaching a trained Association staff person focused on you and your needs,” said Nancy Udelson, president and CEO, Cleveland Area Chapter. The people on our helpline receive over 100 hours of new-hire training as well as ongoing coaching and training every month. Our team is waiting for your call. This is part of our mission and we are proud to serve you. The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter office has three locations: In Beachwood at 23215 Commerce Park, Suite 300; in Avon at 37309 Harvest Drive and in Mentor at 8522 East Avenue. Visit us Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. Visit Cleveland anytime.

9th District Executive Board Members visits American Legion Post 236

On Aug. 14, 2017 members of the 9th District presented American Legion Post 236 with 4 “Gifts for Yanks” awards for 2016-2017. The awards were (1) Largest Percentage of Goal, (2) Largest Percentage of Goal Membership 100-299, (3) Largest Contribution Membership 100-299 and (4) Exemplary Support. Pictured above (L-R) 2nd Vice Commander Charles Sayers; 1st Vise Commander Jose Rivera; 9th District Commander Bill Keller; Post 236 Commander Joe Ball.









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Quilt Show In Streetsboro

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

The Streetsboro Quilt Guild will hold its annual judged quilt show on September 29 from 10AM to 6PM and September 30 from 10AM to 4PM, at the Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro, 9890 State Route 43 Road (at the corner of Frost Road). The show will feature over 200 quilts for viewing. The fundraiser quilt this year, “Hunter’s Fiery Star” is shown above with guild members Linnea Kuckelheim, Judith Corple, Sharon Kemp, Tina Lucas, and Lacine Gauss. Raffle tickets can be obtained at the show or from any guild member. Several themed gift baskets will also be raffled at the quilt show. We will have 10 vendors at our quilt show, including quilt shops from Northeast Ohio, and other related businesses. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for fabrics, quilting tools, needlework supplies, patterns, and vintage quilts. The Country Cupboard will offer items hand-crafted by guild members. Examples of items for sale are bags, purses, pin cushions, small quilts, placemats, pot holders, table runners and many other items. This is a good place to start your Christmas shopping. Admission to the show is $5.00. There will be refreshments for attendees. A portion of quilt show proceeds will be donated to charities supported by the guild. Anyone can enter a quilt or quilted item. Although this is a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts, without having them judged. The entry fee is $3.00 per item for entrees submitted by September 17th and $6.00 for entrees submitted later. Entry forms can be found at the guild website, For additional information contact Sharon Kemp at 330283-2697 or

August is school bus safety month

Southington– Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio children later this month when they head back to school. For many, their day starts and ends by riding on a school bus. School buses are required to be inspected twice every year to ensure the buses are safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events. From 2014 to 2016, a total of 4,160 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers. As the buses return to the roadways, the Patrol has a few reminders for motorists. Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed. Drivers also must not resume driving until the school bus begins moving. Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility, said Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren Post. Motorists should always exercise caution while children are exiting and boarding a bus. The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Fo r a c o m pl e t e statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bu s violations, visit http:// st ate pat rol.oh doc/School_Bus_ Bulletin_2017.pdf.

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Mantua - Yes, you read that correctly. Whether you plan to bring out your grandmother, or simply tie a head scarf under your chin and model the stereotypical Eastern European headscarf, you’ll want to make plans to be in Mantua on Saturday, September 9th. That’s because the 44th annual Potato Festival will take place at Buchert Park on East High Street, and a traditional treat will be one of the main attractions this year. Though the annual celebration has struggled through some lean years, event organizers Dean Olson and Brian Perkins have been diligently working since last fall to make sure that this year’s festivities will break records. At least one record in particular, if things go as planned. The record in question is for the world’s largest pierogi, which was created by chefs at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, according to the famed Guinness World Records organization. The Pittsburgh pierogi weighed an unheard of123 pounds, and was made in 2014. According to Mantua’s pierogi planner Dean Olson, “If Pittsburgh can do it, we can do it better.” According to Olson, he comes by his pierogi prowess naturally -- from his grandmother, or babushka. With a family history of enjoying the potato-filled pockets of deliciousness, he further honed his skills at the Rotary’s Pierogi Booth at previous Potato Festivals. Over the years, Olson has sampled pierogi from across Northeast Ohio, noting that everyone adds their own little touches that makes them a little different. And different is a good thing, according to Olson. “Mantua is different, “ he shared. “It may seem like the middle of nowhere, but it’s the heart of everywhere,” he explained, of the rural setting that is home to people

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on August 21, 2017 at the edge of darkness, which was to begin with the “American Eclipse” shortly after the adjournment of the meeting. A special guest in attendance was the latest Rotary Exchange student from Chile, named Francisco and familiarly known as “Chovie”. He had only just arrived, enrolled at James A. Garfield High School, and came with his temporary adoptive family, Brian and Criss Gorby. Some of the mistakes and miss-fires of the trip from South America were related by Brian and Tom Collins, who was also present at the arrival. Chovie had pictures of family and his send-off from home on his cell phone. He had many pins representing Chile’s national flag, which he distributed to the Rotary members. He’s also a soccer player. The program on—what else—the eclipse was a recap of much of the information that has been blanketing most of the nation and the history of human reaction to the phenomenon. Listeners were warned to prepare early for the next such event which will transpire on April, 2024, crossing a large portion of the United States, including a direct pass over northeast Ohio. Get glasses now. Other business items include invitation to a Rotary water project conference in Ecuador, with grants available for the five-day event. There was an invitation from the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard to continue sponsorship of their Snack Pack program. A note of the location of a Hart Crane memorial at Case-Western University, not far from the dorm of Christian Crawford, who just got delivered to his new adventure.

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of a variety of backgrounds. “We’re a small town that’s capable of great things,” he marveled. Which is part of what prompted him, along with Perkins, to pitch the world-record-breaking pierogi as one of the main attractions of this year’s Potato Festival. The duo have challenged themselves to create a pierogi that weighs a whopping 150 pounds, and should span 28 inches wide and 38 - 40 inches long. The pillow of potato is estimated to be three to four inches thick, and will be made from scratch at the Potato Festival on Saturday, beginning at 9 or 10 am. The process is estimated to take 11 hours. Once potatoes have been peeled and cooked for the filling by volunteers from Crestwood Schools Food Services and the tender dough has been rested, the mammoth morsel will be cooked on a custom-made frying pan over 240 BTU gas burners. Schaeffer Metal Products in Ravenna crafted the oval pan. The flux-less solid steel pan, which measures 5.5 feet by 4 feet, was approved for use by the Portage Health Department, and made possible through financial donations and the time of Shaeffer Metal Products, Jake’s Eats, and Mantua Oil. Once cooked and weighed on a scale certified by Portage County, the tasty treat will be shared with festival attendees, with donations accepted to offset the cost of filing documentation with Guinness World Records. “Pierogi are the most universally liked food item in Northeast Ohio,” shared Olson. According to grocery brand leader Mrs. T’s, the highest pierogi consumption in the US is in PA, Ohio, Michigan, Illinios, and southern New England, placing Mantua smack-dab in the middle of what they refer to as the ‘pierogi pocket’. This area accounts for 68% of US pierogi consumption. “We’re hoping that people from all over will hear what we’re doing, giggle or smile, then think it’s fabulous and want to head over and check it out,” beamed Olson. Olson and Perkins are hoping to encourage folks to dress in babushkas throughout the festival, as well, spreading good cheer, especially on Saturday as the record is put to the test. For information on how you can help create the World Record pierogi, contact Dean Olson at (330) 351-3035. The entire festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day, from September 8th through the 10th in Mantua. For more information, or to find out how to get involved, call Brian Perkins at (330) 352-6099 or visit the Mantua Potato Festival on Facebook.

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Plan a day to shop local fairs, shops and stands Aut u m n is tailor-made for getting out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. Wit h c r i s p temperatures p e r fe c t for st rolls or sightseeing and breathtaking scenery awash in bright autumnal hues, autumn landscapes make for the ideal backdrop for weekend plans, including shopping excursions. Fall is a great season to enjoy festivals, farmer’s markets and craft fairs, as merchants look to liquidate inventory before they prepare for the rush of the upcoming holiday season. Cities,villages, hamlets, and everything in between will host their share of open markets and more, with great deals to be had, and fall is an ideal time to visit local shops and stands. Fresh produce - Farms big and small are bursting with produce come the fall. You can find the last vestiges of summer crops mingling with the first fruits of autumn. Grab the last of tomatoes and start thinking ahead to apples, squashes, lettuces, and grapes. You can even get an early start on pumpkin season — both for cooking and carving. Stock the car with reusable tote bags and scour the farmer’s markets for seasonal finds. Chances are you also might pick up some extra treats, such as fresh honey or canned jams. Food finds - As plants are harvested, many items are turned into delicious treats. No autumn shopping excursion is complete until you smell a fresh-baked apple pie or some apple cider doughnuts. Corn breads and fritters, cranberry snacks and wines from nearby wineries also are easy to find in autumn. These items make welcome additions to your own pantry, or bring a freshly made treat to a friend or family member’s home when paying a visit. Also, don’t miss the food-related festivals that pop up on community calendars in the fall. From garlic to potatoes to pumpkins to cheeses, many seasonal items are on display. You also can sample these foods in interesting applications and make a day of gathering recipes and supplies to enjoy later. Crafts, jewelry and décor - Include a trip to a craft fair, where local vendors come together to display and sell their wares, on your weekend schedule. Handcrafted items make thoughtful and unique gifts, which can be tucked away for giving later in the year. Booths at these types of events tend to be diverse. Spend the day strolling town squares or closed-off city centers, and you may find some hand-fashioned jewelry or home-crafted artisanal soaps. Those eager to enhance their homes’ décor may find unique items like painted signs, knit afghans and much more. Shopping local shops, farms and fairs is a great way to enjoy the fresh autumn air while supporting local businesses. TF159517





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Bugs…Friends Not Foes

Joe Malmisur | Columnist

Ooh, yucky, gross, creepy are adjectives that are commonly used when talking about bugs. But fear not, not all bugs are created equal. There are a number of species we refer to as beneficial bugs that could help eliminate and control pests that do a great deal of damage to our beautiful gardens and lawns. Some researchers have shown that 90% of insects do no harm to your fruits and vegetables. However the remaining 10% can do a lot of damage. What is true irony, the constant use of pesticides can help the very bugs we are trying to KILL! Most people use pesticides to control unwanted bugs from eating their gardens, flowers, and lawns. However, there is another way…utilizing “beneficial bugs”. These bugs could be considered a component of biological control, which refers to the method of controlling pests using other living organisms. If you have not heard about this method, then here are some reasons why you should consider using it to combat garden pests. The first and most obvious benefit to using these insects is not having to resort to chemical pesticides. Insects can and have built up resistance to many commonly used garden pesticides used today. In addition, by using biological control methods, you don’t have to worry about ingesting any leftover pesticides on your fruits and/or vegetables even after you have washed them. More importantly pesticides KILL the GOOD bugs! This is bad for the long-term maintenance of your garden as there won’t be a population of natural predators to feed on the pests. Pesticide may be effective at wiping out of the first wave of pests, but the same cannot be said for the second and third generation. It becomes a vicious circle of using more and more pesticides to get that prize cucumber, tomato, or zucchini. It may be too late for this year’s garden, but if you think this idea has some value, the following are five things to you need to consider for your new approach to gardening. First, stop using pesticides. This will allow them to dissipate through the fall and winter. Second, allow your garden to stand through the winter. Beneficial predatory insects and pollinators need places to hunker down for the winter. Twigs, spent blossoms, fallen leaves, and hollow perennial stems are all excellent habitat for insects. In the spring, plant the right kinds of plants. Most beneficial insects do not have specialized mouthparts for accessing nectar. You need to include plenty of small flowers. Encourage biodiversity in your vegetable garden. By this I mean include plenty of flowering annuals, perennials and herbs. Alternate vegetable rows with rows of flowers to keep beneficial insects right where the highest level of pests are often found. This practice acts to lure beneficial bugs. Because some beneficial insects are especially drawn to a particular plant, you can partner pest-ridden crops with attractant plants to lure in the good bugs most likely to help you control those pests. For example, partner lettuce with sweet alyssum if aphids are a problem. The small flowers of alyssum are especially attractive to the non-stinging parasitic wasps that use aphids as hosts for their young.

Most beneficial insects fall into one of two categories, predators, and parasitoids. A predator attacks, kills and feeds on its prey. In most cases, predators are generalists and will attack multiple species. Parasitoids are more particular, and considered specialists. They will only attack specific species. Parasitoids will first parasitize their prey, and then lay an egg in the host. You may have seen a tomato hornworm with white eggs sticking out if it from a parasitic wasp. The following are the top 10 beneficial insects that would go a long way to control the BAD bugs in your gardens. Ladybug Prey: aphids, whitefly, mites, fleas, Colorado potato beetle Attracted by: Dill, Dandelion, Fern-leaf Yellow, Basket of Gold, Common Yarrow Praying Mantis Prey: wide range including caterpillars, moths, beetles, and crickets Attracted by: tall grasses and shrubs, cosmos, marigolds, dills Spiders Prey: wide range including aphids, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and fruit flies Attracted by: tall plants for weaving spiders, mulch for predatory spiders G r ou nd B e e t l e s / Rove Beetles Prey: slugs, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cutworms Attracted by: evening primrose, amaranths, clover Minute Pirate/Ambush/Assign Bugs Prey: spider mites, insect eggs, caterpillars, aphids, thrips Attracted by: Caraway, Fennel, Alfalfa, Spearmint, Peter Pan Goldenrod Braconid Wasps Prey: tobacco hornworm, tomato hornworm, caterpillars, aphids Attracted by: Fern-leaf Yarrow, Common Yarrow, Dill, Lemon Balm, Parsley Damsel Bugs Prey: caterpillars, mites, aphids, potato beetles, cabbage worms Attracted by: Caraway, Fennel, Alfalfa, Spearmint, and Goldenrod Green Lacewings Prey: aphids, whitefly, leaf hopper, mealybugs, caterpillars Attracted by: Dill, Angelica, Golden Marguerite, Coriander, Dandelion Soldier Beetles Prey: grasshoppers eggs, aphids, soft-bodied insects Attracted by: goldenrod, zinnia, marigold, linden trees


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James A Garfield Local Schools Bus Routes 2017/18 These times are estimated times. Please adjust your schedule after the 1st week of school to reflect the actual time. *Liberty street will be closed starting 8/29/17, the route will be adjusted. Times and places may be adjusted. **We are hoping that Center Street will have 1 lane open for the start of school. Delays may occur. We will do our best to not have extended delays. BUS #1 HS/MS - MRS. TAMMY BRITTON 6:35 Right on S.R. 88, Right on S.R. 303 6:51 Right on Limeridge 6:57 Left on Goodell 7:01 Right on Vaughn, Right on Schustrich, Right on Limeridge; Right on Streeter; Turn around at barn 7:06 Cross over Limeridge 7:12 Right on Asbury 7:15 Left on S. R. 303 7:18 Left on S.R. 700 7:20 Left into Blackbrook Trailer Park- Pick up @ Mailboxes- Go around block to exit trailer park 7:25 Left on 700, Right on Hankee/Freedom 7:27 Right on White St.; Right on 88; Back to School BUS #2 HS/MS -MR. VICTOR FACKLER 6:30 L on 88, R on 305 E; Left on 282 6:41 R Into Nelson Trailer Park, Right on Honeylocust, Right on Hemlock, Right on Ashwood, Left on Ledgewood,Pick up at sidewalk by pavillion 6:47 Right on 282; Turn around in Pritchard; Left on Bancroft 6:50 Cross 422, Bancroft /Chalker 6:57 Left on Reynolds Rd 7:03 Left on 422(Main Market) 7:07 R on Fenstemaker; Pick up Kalon, turn around in his drive then go back to Kennedy Ledge. 7:12 Left on 282, Right on 305; Go 1/2 around Circle, Continue on 305 W 7:20 Left on Brosius 7:25 Right on Center St, Left on Liberty; Cross over 82 on Liberty 7:30 Back to School BUS #3 HS/MS -MRS. SHELLY PEMBERTON 6:35 Left on 88, Right on Liberty, Right on Center, Right on Brosius 6:45 Right on Brosius, Left on Pierce, Cross over Hopkins 6:47 Cross over Windham/Parkman, Straight on Pierce 6:49 Right on Newell Ledge, Left on Silica Sand, Go to Colton Rd, Turn around, Left on Silica Sand 6:53 Pass Newell Ledge 6:57 R on WIndham Parkman 7:01 Go Around Circle, Right on Windham 7:03 Parkman Right on Center 7:05 Left on Hopkins 7:10 Cross over Pierce Left on Windham/Parkman, Left Pierce, Cross over Hopkins 7:15 7:20 Left on Brosius 7:23 Right on 82 7:25 L on on Liberty 7:30 Left on 88, Back to School BUS #4 HS/MS - Mrs. Helene Christopher 6:43 Left on 88, Left on White, Left on Hankee/Freedom, Left on Nichols 6:53 Right on S.R.88, Right on S.R. 303, Right on S.R. 700 6:58 Right on Streeter; Turn around in Nottingham’s driveway, left on Streeter 7:01 Cross 700 7:05 Right on Stamm 7:10 Left on Hankee, Left on Asbury 7:15 Left on Streeter 7:17 Left on Stamm, Right on Hankee/ Freedom St. 7:18 Cross over 700 7:20 Right on Village 7:22 Turn around into Vanderslice 7:25 Right on Freedom 7:26 Right on 88,Group Stop Save 4 7:27 Group Stop Library 7:28 Group Stop Southwood Apts. 7:30 Back to School BUS #8 HS/MS- Ms. Debbie Woodrum 6:35 Right on 88, R on 303, L on 88, Left on Freedom Rd. 6:50 Right on Vair Rd.; Right on King 6:53 Left on 88-Towards Ravenna 6:58 Turn Left into Hales 2nd drive (7770 St. R.t 88), turn around back,go around back by white barn, then Right on 88, Left on Limeridge, Left on Wygle Road, Right side turn around in drive at tree line/edge of corn field, then turn left, Left on Limeridge 7:16 RIght on 303, Right on Asbury, Left on 88 7:21 Right on 88/303, Left on Nichols Rd, Right on Anderson 7:22 Left on 88, Right on Hewins Rd., Back to School 7:37 Leave for Maplewood, BUS #10 MIDDLE/HIGH- MR. DANNY DEAKINS 6:30 Left on 88, Right onLiberty, Right on Silica Street/ Pierce, Left on W/P, Right on Collins, Left on Bloom, Right on Knowlton, Left on Kyle 6:50 Right on 305, Right on Nicholson, S t r a i g h t o n t o Knowlton 6:55 Right on Shanks-Down, Back up and Turn Around 1st drive on left, Left on Knowlton- Stay on Knowlton; Right on Kyle 7:03 Left on 305, Left on Bloom; Right on Knowlton 7:07 Right on Windham Parkman Road, go 1/2 way around circle to Nelson Parkman 7:14 Left on Ely,Left on Prentiss; Back up and turn around in Amish drive; Left on Ely,Right on Brosius- Turn around @ Adams; Cross over Ely 7:21 Right on 305, Left on 88 7:30 Back to School BUS #12 HS/MS- MRS. BEVERLY GIRDLER 6:40 Right on 88, Left on Nichols, Cross over 303 6:58 Turn around at Vair, Back down Nichols,R on Smalley 7:00 Left on Slagle 7:05 Right on 303, Left on Stanley 7:10 Left on Gotham 7:15 Left on Slagle 7:17 Right on 303. Right on 88, Right on 88, 7:32 Back to school BUS #17 HS/MS - MRS. DEBBIE ELLISON 6:35 L on 88, L on State/ 82 6:43 Right into Fox Den, Right on S.R. 82 6:47 R on Meadow Run, Turn around by lake, L on 82, Left on Wheeler Rd., R on Shawnee Trail 6:54 Right on Wheeler Rd. 6:57 Right on S.R. 305, 7:00 Cross over 88, Left on Mills 7:04 Right on 88 7:10 Back into North Coast Energy on R, Back down 88 7:11 Right on Norton, Right on Mumford Pick Up then Turn around in Savitts drive 7:22 Right on 88 7:25 GROUP STOP French

7:30 Back to school BUS #18 HS/MS- MRS. DREAMA ADKINS 6:45 Left on 88, R Liberty St., Left on Windham St. (82) 6:47 Right on Water, Continue on Water, Left on Liberty, Left on Park, Corner of Park/Maple @ Stop SIgn, Right on Maple 6:50 Right on Center 6:58 R on Knowlton, L on Paul, Left on Center 7:05 Right on Garfield Drive, Right on Center 7:13 Right on High, Corner of Maple/High Right on Maple- Pick up at North/Maple Stop Sign Right on North Street(88) 7:18 Right onto Meadow Run, Right onto Clover Lane 7:21 Right on Meadow Run Left on North Street (88)./corner of Harris 7:25 Right on Main St., Right on Freedom St. 7:30 Back to High School BUS #1 ELEMENTARY - MRS. TAMMY BRITTON 8:15 Left on 88, Left on Nichols, Left on Hankee, Left on 700 8:25 Right on 303, Right on Asbury 8:28 Right on Streeter, 8:30 Left on 700 8:32 Left into Trailer Park, Pick up @ Mailboxes- Go around block to exit trailer park 8:35 Left on 700, Right on Hankee 8:41 Right on White St., Right on 88, Back to school BUS #2 ELEMENTARY - MR. VICTOR FACKLER 7:47 Left on 88, Right on Liberty, Cross Windham St. (82) 7:54 Right on Center Left on Parkman, 1/4 around circle, Right on 305(E) 8:00 Right on Bloom, RIght on Knowlton, Left on Center 8:12 Right on Garfield Dr. 8:20 Right on Center St. 8:28 Left on Liberty 8:30 Left into Eagle Creek 8:35 Cross Windham St., Right on South St.(88), Left on Zupancic 8:45 Right on South St (88),Yeild left onto Hewins 8:50 Right on 88, Left into Construction Drive BUS #3 ELEMENTARY -MRS. SHELLY PEMBERTON 7:52 Left on 88, Right on Liberty, Right on Center, Right on Brosius 7:55 Left on Pierce, Cross over Hopkins 8:00 Cross over Windham/Parkman 8:07 Right on Newell Ledge, Left on Silica Sand, go to Colton Rd. and turn around 8:08 Right on Windham Parkman around circle 8:20 Right on Center, Left on Hopkins, Cross over PierceContinue on Hopkins Left on Windham Parkman, Left on Pierce, Cross Hopkins 8:25 8:40 Left on Brosius 8:42 Right on 82 8:45 Left on Liberty, 8:50 Left on 88, Back to school BUS #4 ELEMENTARY - MRS. HELENE CHRISTOPHER 7:47 Left on 88, Left on Freedom St., Left on Nichols 7:50 Right on 303 8:00 Right on Limeridge 8:08 Right on Goodell 8:15 Turn around, Left on Streeter 8:20 Left on Stamm Right on Hankee 8:25 Right on 700, Left on Streeter 8:30 Left on Nichols/ Freedom St, Right on 88 8:45 Back to school BUS #7 ELEMENTARY Driver is returning from Champion. Left on Alva, Left on S.R 305, @ Stop sign Left on S.R. 305, Right on S.R. 422, Left on Fenstemaker 7:50 Right on 305 7:58 Right on 282 8:03 Turn around @ Pritchard Rd., then Right on 282, Left on Bancroft 8:04 Cross over 422 to Bancroft 8:10 Left on Reynolds, Left on Hobart 8:20 Right on S.R.422 8:25 Left on 282, Left int Trailer Park, Turn around @ Ashwood, Pick up @ Pavillion 8:30 Left on 282, Right on 305 8:45 3/4 Around Circle, Right on W/P, RIght on Center, Left on Main (82), Right on Freedom, Left on 88, Back to School, Park in slot B BUS #8 ELEMEMENTARY- MS. DEBBIE WOODRUM 7:57 From Maplewood, Left on 88 8:01 Left on Limeridge 8:08 Right on 303, Right on Asbury 8:12 Left on 88 8:15 Right on Freedom Rd.

JA Garfield Schools are currently accepting applications for Sub bus drivers and van drivers. Apply at the Board Of Education Office during normal business hours. 8:18 Right on Vair Road, Right on King 8:20 Right on 88 8:25 Right on 303, 8:27 Left on 88, Left on Nichols, Right on Anderson 8:30 Left on 88 8:45 Back to School BUS #9 ELEMENTARY - MRS. HOLLY HITES 7:39 L on S.R. 88, RIght on 305, Left on Brosius 8:03 Left on Brosius, Right on Ely, Right on Prentiss 8:10 Go to Turos Farm, Turn Around, Back down Prentiss Right on Pritchard,Cross over Windham Parkman. Pick up then turn around.Left on WIndham-Parkman 8:22 Left on Pritchard, RIght on Nelson Parkman 8:25 Right on 305 8:30 Right on Mills 8:39 Left on 88, Left on 82, Right on Liberty, Right on 88 8:40 Next Group of Apartments 8:42 Right on South Park Ave. Turn around. Left on 88 8:45 Back to school BUS #10 ELEMENTARY- MR. DANNY DEAKINS 7:40 Left on 88, Right on Liberty, Right on Silica St./Pierce, Left on W/P, Right on Collins, Left on Bloom 7:52 Right on Knowlton, Right on Kyle, Turn right to stay on Knowlton 8:02 Right on Shanks-Down, Pick up, Turn around in their drive, then back down Knowlton, Left on Knowlton, Right on Nicholson 8:08 Right on 305, Left on Fenstemaker, Left on Kennedy Ledge, Left on 282 8:18 Right on 305, Left on Bloom, Right on Knowlton 8:22 Left on Center, Right on Maple, Left on 88, Right on Freedom 8:30 Left onto Village Drive/Vanderslice, 1st Stop- Group Stop #3, 2nd Stop- Group Stop #5, 3rd -Group stop at #7, Corner of Village/Vanderslice, 4th-Group at intersection- pick up before turning around, Right on Freedom, Right on White, Right on 88 8:37 Stop at JFK- AM ONLY 8:42 Back to school BUS #12 ELEMENTARY- Mrs. Beverly Girdler 7:45 Right on 88, cross over 303 to Nichols 8:00 Turn around at Vair, Back down Nichols 8:05 Right on Smalley 8:10 Left on Slagle 8:15 Cross over 303 8:20 Right on Gotham 8:25 Right On Stanley 8:27 Right on 303 8:29 Right on S.R. 88 8:45 Back to School Bus #17 Elementary- Mrs. Debbie Ellison Left on 88, Left on 82 7:52 Right into Fox Den, Right on 82 7:57 Turn around in Kissell drive, Left on 82 7:59 L on Wheeler, R on Shawnee Trail 8:01 Right on Wheeler 8:06 Right on Wrenwood, R on Wheeler, 8:09 R on S.R. 305, Left on S.R. 88 8:21 Back into North Coast Energy on R, Back down 88 8:25 Right on Norton, Turn around, back down Norton 8:26 Left on Mumford 8:33 Turn around at next drive. Back down Mumford 8:36 Right onto S.R. 88 8:45 French Street 8:48 Right on 88-JFK 8:50 Back to school BUS #18 ELEMENTARY- Mrs. Dreama Adkins 8:00 Left on S.R. 88, R on Liberty, Left on Windham St. 8:05 Right on Water, Left on Liberty, Left on Center Right on High, Right on Maple, Right on North 8:19 Right on Meadow Run, Right on Clover Right on Meadow Run 8:26 Left onto North, Pick up on Corner of Wolff Corner of North/Harris 8:20 Right on State, Left on Elm(pick up students on corner) 8:22 Right on Forest 8:23 Right onto State Street, Left on Center St. 8:25 Group Stop At Corner of Center/Maple Right on Liberty, Right on Park 8:28 At Corner Group Stop 8:30 Right on Maple, Left on Center, Left on Windham St (82), Right on Freedom, Left on 88 8:45 Back to Elementary School

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You Should See The Other Guys! Iva Walker | Columnist

You should see the other guys! That’s what I’m going to say when asked about the damage to my face. Not that it wasn’t damaged to start with, but this is a whole new presentation. I’m thinking that I might go with a story about a posse of crazed grammarians who have objections to my proofreading (which has good days and bad ones) and editing (ditto) of stories in The Villager…and signs in the produce sections of offending grocery stores…and placards on clothing shelves at Dillards (Please, no “seperates”)… and other such public displays. I carry a magic marker in my purse for just such emergencies. Anyway, there I was in the NEW pressbox above the NEW home stands at the James A. Garfield H.S. football field for the Meet the Teams and the Band Night and, having finished with all of the introductions of kids and coaches, I turned to leave—why not? Unfortunately, I wasn’t being real focused , heading out, and wringing wet (Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies glow. I was up to about two thousand watts)—it was eighty-some degrees that evening—I turned to go and …. Ran smack into the downward-extended aluminum ladder to the upstairs observation/filming deck. Bonk! Maybe it was a good thing that I had on two pairs of glasses, seeing and sun, they took some of the impact; kept me from being concussed but did leave a minor gash and some bruising on the bridge of my nose. Think of it! The first blood to be spilled this season on this facility is mine! I should get a letter or something. Also kronked the vision glasses a little but they seem undamaged, at least not as damaged as my other in-the-house glasses that I stepped on this morning; those required emergency treatment with needle-nosed pliers. I’m afraid that this puts an end to my career as a nose model for the Kleenex and Vicks VapoRub people. Back to the salt mines. The scholastic sports seasons are starting up again. Golf has already launched. Volleyball is off-and-running by Tuesday; ditto for soccer (This is why I never get to see any soccer games, they’re on the same time as volleyball.). Football—Friday night lights—begins this Friday at Cardinal and we’re off to the races…not necessarily cross country, but close. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers with most of these activities, not to mention other extra-curricular activities. Boosters are always looking for members to support and contribute to programs for athletes and musicians—your kid’s in a sport or the band, sign up. You can help instead of just complaining about how things shoulda/coulda/ woulda gone if you’d been in charge. Scorekeepers and statisticians are frequently in demand, even announcers, God help them. Even the QuizMasters, the Academic Challenge team, smart as they are, can use persons to be available for reading questions or keeping score during competition. Pay attention to club requests for donations for drives; be a chaperone (Live dangerously.) Ask where you can help then do as you are told; don’t set off on an ego trip with your bags already packed. Every effort is a “teaching moment” and…you may not believe this… you can learn a lot from kids, what they do, how they do it, and why. And, by the by, could you please instruct the kids, all of them that you have interactions with, on the correct ways to walk or ride their bikes to school or to and from school activities. Bike riders should be facing the same way as the cars; their bikes should be properly lit and as reflective as you can make them. Don’t forget helmets. Walkers, at least those in the streets, should be facing toward the traffic; that means on the left. On


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1. AT THE BACK END - The highest closing value during the year for the S&P 500 has occurred in the final 4 months of the year (i.e., September-December) in 11 of the last 14 calendar years. 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. ONE DAY - 10 weeks after Alan Greenspan became Fed chairman on 8/11/87 (i.e., 30 years ago), the S&P 500 suffered its worst 1-day percentage loss in history (down 20.5%) on Monday 10/19/87 (source: BTN Research). 3. VERY SENSITIVE - The “duration” of the current 2.75% coupon, 30-year Treasury bond was 20.296 “years” as of 8/18/17, i.e., if interest rates go up 14 basis points on the 30-year bond, the resulting 2.75% price decline would completely offset the bond’s 2.75% coupon over a 1-year time horizon. Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates (source: Ryan ALM). 4. SIXFOLD - Foreigners have increased their holdings of US Treasury Securities from $1 trillion in 2000 to more than $6 trillion in 2017 (source: St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank). 5. THE RISK - The average interest rate paid by the government on its interest bearing debt was 2.279% as of 7/31/17. The average interest rate paid on interest bearing debt was 5.041% as of 7/31/07 (10 years earlier) or 2.8 percentage points higher. Every 1 percentage point increase in the cost of debt on our nation’s $14.4 trillion of publicly held debt is equal to $144 billion of annual interest expense (source: Treasury Department).

the sidewalk, of course, it doesn’t matter, but on the road, that split second of extra reaction time when an approaching vehicle is spotted could save a life. And if they’re going to be either walking or biking after dark, go for light-colored, even reflective clothing. It’s pretty scary for a driver to be tooling along at a reasonable speed some evening and all-of-a-sudden there’s a kid on a bike who had been all but invisible, directly in front of the headlights. Even worse is the same evening, same driver coming up behind a kid or two directly in front and and in black hoodies with their backs to the approaching traffic. Whoooeee! That’ll give ya palpitations …and sometimes worse. Let’s be careful out there. Speaking of which…. The Portage County engineer—and others around the neighborhood—has still got projects going on or about to start and these will probably make a difference to bus routes and pickup times and all that sort of things, so stay on top of the notices in the papers or online or wherever. Watch out for the orange barrels and the cones and the detours AND the kids. It’s not easy for the bus drivers to keep track of all that and the kids too, so give ’em a break. Be aware of who’s where and do some thoughtful driving to keep us all safe. Well, that’s all of the School start-up bulletin for this time. There must be something else going on , but with the eclipse and all, who notices? The college folk have pretty much all left by now, at least the freshmen have, they’re starting a new chapter. Upperclass students are likely well on the way toward wondering what the world will be like for them when the college adventure is complete. Some are changing course even as we speak… go in for one course of study, come out with another… or another. And if college isn’t the answer, have the conversation about technical training, apprenticeship or internship programs. Be ready. Don’t walk into any ladders.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

So here we are, another amazing summer is coming to an end. Kids will be back in school soon, pumpkin “everything” is popping up in the stores and the sounds of football games have taken over the sounds of splashing in the swimming pool. But have no worries – my favorite summertime event is about to happen again – a weekend of grilling burgers over an open flame. With so many burger topping choices how do you know which wine to drink? My mantra is you drink what you like regardless of what kind of food you are eating however, if you’re up for a challenge and want to try some new wines here is my burger and wine pairing cheat sheet. Do you like a spicy burger? One that is topped with jalapenos, a spicy barbeque sauce or crushed pepper flakes? A wine with fewer tannins will complement the spice without clashing or making it seem hotter. I love spicy foods so I always have a bottle of Ménage a Trois Rosé on hand which is a full bodied rosé with a hint of sweetness. Or do you prefer a burger that is juicy and crunchy? A good greasy burger with crunchy onion straws is a delicious way to end the summer. I recommend enjoying a wine that is lighter and sweeter like our Afterglow, a chilled concord grape wine that enhances the juices from the burger. My favorite burger is one that is big and bold - blue cheese, grilled onions and peppers, pickles…the works! I recommending pairing this with a wine that has more robust flavor to stand up to the toppings. Malbec, Zinfandel, or our Pirate Syrah will all fit the bill. Just make sure that the alcohol levels aren’t too high—15% or more will weigh you down in more ways than one! I know some of you only drink white wines and may be thinking about how to pair a white wine with a burger? Chardonnay would work well with most toppings (except spicy ones as a bit of acidity helps to cut through the fattiness of the meat and any cheesy, creamy toppings. In a celebrating mood? Champagnes are also great for lightening up heavier, salty foods. While some people swear by Champagne with burgers, a more budgetfriendly option would be a Cava from Spain. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I’m away from WiFi. What can you tell me? Senior Saver Dear Saver, There are several great low-cost deals I can recommend for older smartphone users who are looking to save some money by paring down their bloated cell phone plan. Here are three good options to consider. Republic Wireless If you’re an Android smartphone user, Republic Wireless ( offers one of the cheapest deals available for light data users. Republic uses a mixture of Wi-Fi and cellular networks – Sprint and T-Mobile specifically – to transmit calls, texts and data. This patented technology automatically offloads as much as possible to WiFi when available, so you’ll consume less data than you would with traditional carriers. Republic’s no contract service plans with cellular data start at only $20 per month for unlimited talk, text and 1 gigabyte (GB) of data. If you need more data, their $30 per month plan gets you 2GB, and $45/ month buys you 4GB. How much data do you need? The best way to find out is to check your current phone bills. The average smartphone owner uses between 2GB to 3GB of data each month, but most older smartphone users use less than 1GB. To use Republic you’ll need a compatible Android phone (you can’t currently use Apple iPhones), or you can buy a new phone through the company. It currently offers eight Android phones with prices starting at $99. Consumer Cellular Another excellent low-cost option for lighter data users, and one that caters to older adults is Consumer Cellular (, 888-532-5366). Rated the number one wireless service by Consumer Reports seven years running, Consumer Cellular offers a variety of “pay for what you need” talk and connect plans that let’s you choose exactly what you want. Their talk plans start at $10 per month plus 25 cents per minute used for infrequent callers, or $15/ month for 250 minutes, $20/month for 1,500 minutes, and $30/month for unlimited minutes. And their connect plans for text messages and cellular data run $2.50 per month for 300 texts and 30 megabytes (MB) of data, $5/month for 2,000 text and 200MB data, $10/month for unlimited texts and 500MB, $20/month for unlimited texts and 1.5GB, $30/month unlimited texts and 3GB, and $40/month for unlimited texts and 5GB. Consumer Cellular, which offers 5 percent monthly fee discounts to AARP members, also lets you bring your own smartphone by offering free SIM cards. Or, you can purchase a wide variety of Android and Apple iPhones along with the senior-friendly Doro 824 SmartEasy for $100. Lifeline Program If your income is low enough, another option to check into is the Lifeline Assistance Program. This is a federal program that provides a $9.25 monthly subsidy that could go towards your smartphone service. To qualify, you’ll need to show that your annual household income is at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines – which is $16,281 for one person, or $21,924 for two. Or, that you’re receiving certain types of government benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps, SSI, public housing assistance, veterans pension or survivor’s pension benefit, or live on federally recognized Tribal lands. To apply, contact a wireless provider in your area that participates in the Lifeline program (see or call 800-234-9473) and ask for an application form. Be sure to check all wireless providers in your state because some offer better services – like a free smartphone, monthly talk time minutes, unlimited texting and some cellular data – than others. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Will You Be Prepared When the Market Cools Off?

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist We have seen a tremendous rally on Wall Street, nearly nine months long, with the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average repeatedly settling at all-time peaks. Investors are delighted by what they have witnessed. Have they become irrationally exuberant? The major indices do not always rise. That obvious fact risks becoming “back of mind” these days. On June 15, the Nasdaq Composite was up 27.16% year-over-year and 12.67% in the past six months. The S&P 500 was up 17.23% in a year and 7.31% in six months. Performance like that can breed overconfidence in equities.1,2 The S&P last corrected at the beginning of 2016, and a market drop may seem like a remote possibility now. Then again, corrections usually arrive without much warning. You may want to ask yourself: “Am I prepared for one?”3 Are you mentally prepared? Corrections have been rare in recent years. There have only been four in this 8-year bull market. So, it is easy to forget how frequently they have occurred across Wall Street’s long history (they have normally happened about once a year).3,4 The next correction may shock investors who have been lulled into a false sense of security. You need not be among them. It will not be the end of the world or the markets. A correction, in a sense, is a reality check. It presents some good buying opportunities, and helps tame irrational exuberance. You could argue that corrections make the market healthier. In big-picture terms, the typical correction is brief. On average, the markets take 3-4 months to recover from a fall of at least 10%.4 Are you financially prepared? Some people have portfolios that are not very diverse, with large asset allocations in equities and much smaller asset allocations in more conservative investment vehicles and cash. These are the investors likely to take a hard hit when the big indices correct. You can stand apart from their ranks by appropriately checking up on, and diversifying, your portfolio as needed. Thanks to the recent rally, many investors have seen their equity positions grow larger, perhaps too large. If you are one of them (and you may be), you may want to try to dial down your risk exposure. Do you have an adequate emergency fund? A correction is not quite an emergency, but it is nice to have a strong cash position when the market turns sour. Are your retirement and estate plans current? A prolonged slump on Wall Street could impact both. Many older baby boomers had to rethink their retirement strategies in the wake of the 2007-09 bear market. Finally, a deep dip in the equity market should not stop you from consistently funding your retirement accounts. In a downturn, your account contributions, in essence, buy greater amounts of shares belonging to quality companies than they would otherwise. A correction will happen – maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for the rest of 2017, but at some point, a retreat will take place. React to it with patience, or else you may end up selling low and buying high. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-5279301 or cper me@f inancialg w w w.

Skip Schweitzer | Columnist The day is wonderfully beautiful, 72 degrees and low humidity. On this day there are massive, billowing white, cumulus clouds towering over us, offsetting a deep blue sky, creating a highly contoured vista for as far as you can see. The sky reminds me of a Montana sky –big sky, but here in Middlefield. It is not unlike the vista you see when you are flying high above the clouds in an airliner—all clouds, up, down, everywhere. The wind is light. Parked on the runway before us is a clearly unusual looking airplane reminiscent of a much earlier time. All the airplane parts are there—wings, tail, propeller—but just not in quite the configuration that we are used to seeing. The Spirit of St. Lewis comes to mind. The parts are there but the configuration was a little bit different than the other planes of the time. On this plane, there are large 450 HP Pratt and Whitney rotary motors perched under each wing and one on the nose as well. The plane sits in a peculiar stance, with nose pointing towards the sky at an almost 30-degree angle, certainly not characteristic of what we usually think of as a modern airplane. And the fuselage is corrugated like a barn roof. How odd! Old cars come to mind, the year 1929 comes to mind. This is the 1929 Ford Tri-motor that has come to Middlefield to offer rides and entertain the crowd. We drive around the plane hangars and point our automobile toward the runway holding the airplane. There are people milling around it, some in line to board it. Someone is standing on the roof apparently pumping gas into it. Our car is high, the vinyl soft roof 12 to 24 inches higher than surrounding modern automobiles. The narrow, tall 19-inch wheels are as high as the fender tops of modern cars. The ride is certainly not cushiony and soft like a Ford or Cadillac. Rather, it is rough, almost stage coach-like. Every joint between the concrete slabs of road is reverberated up through the two transverse springs and -- primitive by today’s standards -- knee action shock absorbers. It is cramped, to be sure, in the car. You are shoulder to shoulder in the small front jump seats which are these days universally acknowledged to be less than comfortable—not one of Henry’s better ideas. The longer you drive, the more your legs and rear end ache. On the other hand, the wind wafts refreshingly through the outward tilted windshield. It feels good. No need for air conditioning in this automobile reminiscent of ………the roaring twenties, bootlegging, Al Capone’s boys riding on, hanging off the running boards with tommy guns in their hands. I’m driving a 1930 Model “A” Ford. I have history with this plane. My Dad flew on this exact plane in the 1950s to Put-In-Bay to hunt pheasant. You either took the slow ferry or the ten-minute flight on the Tri-motor. I remember him telling me about it. I saw this exact plane land and take off hundreds of times in the 50s while we were fishing, trolling right off the airport on Put-In-Bay. Hundreds of times I watched it seemingly in slow motion lift off up and away oh so gracefully. I thought, God, I would love to take a ride on that thing. Pipe dreams at age 10. Later, when my kids were young we camped, had a trailer at Marblehead and we would regularly fish right off the Put-In-Bay airport. My daughter referred to the Trimotor as the “Big Brown Airplane”—why I cannot tell you because it was actually red, white and blue. Kids do those kinds of things. Fast forward to 2017. Our Model “A” Club is invited to the fly-in at Middlefield, of the 1929 Ford Tri-motor and please bring our vintage cars. I jump at the chance.

Do you really think anything can really stop me now? My daughter and her husband are going to fly in the big brown airplane also. I have pictures of her sitting in the doorway probably 35 years ago when she was nine or ten. The plane was still owned by Island Airlines and sitting on the runway at Port Clinton. Oh, those were the days. I want them back so badly. We purchase our tickets--$75 each. I think my Dad’s ticket cost $9 in 1955. Flight number 2 is boarding just now. We are on flight number 9—about 3 hours from now. So, I sit and watch the goings on, the take offs and landings, and the crowd snapping pictures. They gather around our Model “A”s and ask hundreds of questions. “How fast does it go?” Oh, maybe sixty but you really don’t want to be going sixty in a high, thin wheeled, shaking automobile. “How much did it cost?” You really don’t want to know Miss. Let’s just say it is a labor of love. Finally flight 9 is boarding. I step up to the 4 ½ foot tall porthole of a door, cane in hand, and carefully worm my way into the fuselage. “Watch your head”, someone says as I climb up the steep floor toward the cockpit. Transverse wing beams protrude down from the ceiling. It is difficult for me to get into the plane seat which is much more reminiscent of a heavy wood 1950s lawn chair. The seatbelt is lying across the seat, which I don’t notice and therefore sit on it. This becomes a problem when I try to get it out from under me while I am trying to lift myself up at the steep upward angle, but I finally succeed. Not a lot of room in this airline seat but likely more than modern airliner seats. There is only one row of seats on either side of the aisle. Outside my window, maybe four feet away from me, the Pratt and Whitney comes to life, the propeller erratically spinning. It coughs like a Model “A” Ford running on too much choke, then it slowly smooths out. The engine on the other wing comes to life. Same story—cough, choke, smooths out. I can’t see the nose engine, but I hear the same routine. The engines rev, it is loud, very loud. We start to move taxiing toward the runway where we will taxi down it, turn around and then gun the engines, pick up speed and within a short distance lift off the ground. This is an odd feeling, something akin to a leaf in the breeze swaying and shaking, but there is an ear to ear smile on my face that I cannot repress. The plane banks around to the left. Farms and structures and roads and lakes all appear below. I can’t figure out what is what though. The plane constantly vibrates, much like my Model “A”. I don’t know how high we are -- 30 feet, 300 feet, 3000 feet? Hard to judge from this vantage above. I just know I am up, up and away, closer to………. the unknown, God, heaven, whatever you choose to call him or it. I get this sense that I am closer to those that have gone on before me to the other side…… Up, up and away!

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. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.


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