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The Charles Auto family:(left to right) Jimmy, Cheryl, Bruce and Tommy. Upper Right: Bruce with his dad Charles. Center & Lower Right: The Charles dealership through the years.

Celebrating 60 Years with the Charles Auto Family Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

Garrettsville - In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Charles Auto Family invites the community to join them for a day of fun, food and prizes. Deejay Jason Adkins will oversee the festivities from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday, September 16 at the dealership, located at 10851 North Street in Garrettsville. The Portage County Dog Warden, Jungle Terry Show, The Bob Golic Live Radio Show (WNIR), Mark Angelo Balloon Art, and hourly Cash Cube Drawings will round out the schedule, as visitors reminisce with the Charles Auto Family over hot dogs, brownies and beverages. The year was 1957. Amherst native Charles Abraham, one of 12 siblings from a poor immigrant family, had just worked his way up to being one of the top car salesmen in northeast Ohio. His decision to purchase his own dealership in Garrettsville eventually ushered in a new era of development in this small rural community, helping to build and develop the Garfield Plaza. Charles didn’t stop there. His entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts brought many benefits to

the community. Among his many outreach efforts were the contribution of the family meeting room at then Robinson Memorial Hospital; supporting the Garrettsville Police and Fire Departments; and donating the Holy Family Shrine to St. Ambrose Church. Charles instilled his sense of service into his son, Bruce; the current owner of the dealership. Bruce has continued his father’s work by supporting local youth sports leagues and education programs throughout Portage County and surrounding areas. He also has continued to support several programs his father helped establish, like the Hattie Larlham Golf Classic that takes place annually at Sugar Bush Golf Course. If you were standing in front of the current Art & Flowers, a local downtown flower shop, during the late summer of 1957, you would be looking into the original showroom of Charles Chevrolet-Oldsmobile. It was Charles’s first big venture, having left his brother’s dealership to establish his own. Commuting more than an hour from Amherst, “My dad didn’t plan on staying long in Garrettsville,” Bruce recalls. “He nearly moved the dealership back to Amherst,

Support Hero’s Rock East Coast Tour Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter After the collapse of their workshop in March of 2015, Trish and Scott Snyder from Hero’s Rock in Mantua has been determined to fulfill their promise to delivery 28 custom designed Patriotic Pony rocking horse to Fisher Houses across the country. The pair design and build these hand crafted rocking horses to express love and support from people across the country to our brave military and first responders and their families. “It has been a long and very rewarding labor of love!” Trish beamed. “Last year, Hero’s Rock traveled 10,060 miles across 21 states, delivering 18 rockers to the west coast.” They made a promise to continue their mission on the East Coast, as well. Trish continued, “This year, we’ll travel over 4,000 miles, across 16 states, to deliver eight Patriotic Pony rockers to Fisher Houses and three tribute rockers to fallen hero families.” The upcoming trip will honor Army Spc. Alan Dikas in Pittsburgh, PA; Air Force SSG Peter Traub in Bethlehem, PA; Marine LCPL Michael Schwarz at Anders AFB in Maryland; CW2 Christopher Thibodeau at Dover AFB in Delaware; Army SPC Michael Rodriguez at Fort Bragg in NC; Marine Cpl. Matthew Dillon in Augusta, Georgia; Army Sgt. Graham Woody in Gainesville, Florida; Police Officer Montrell Jackson in Baton Rouge, LA; Marine Sgt. Frank World at Elgin AFB in Florida; Army SFC Tony Knier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Army


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but he realized he loved this town too much to leave it. He drove 70 miles each way every day. He was so dedicated to this community, he held every office in town except mayor.” The dealership stayed at that location for eight years before moving to the current site in 1965. “This was just a mix of residential land, swamp and fields before we broke ground here,” Bruce remembers. The plaza went in around the same time, with the hardware store as the anchor. Over the years, the dealership has grown and undergone many changes, including renovations and the addition of new brands. However, one thing has stayed the same… the sense of family throughout the business. It was always vitally important to Charles — and still is to Bruce today — to ensure that everyone is treated like family…customers and employees alike. Charles passed away in 2011, but Bruce and his family are proud to carry Charles’s legacy forward. The family business Charles started 60 years ago now has reached its third generation, with Jimmy in finance and Tommy in detailing. The most recent changes at the dealership include the establishment last year of the detailing shop at the former Mark’s Automotive service center down the street, and the 2014 renovation that updated the look, feel, and technology in the dealership, equipping Charles Auto to ensure serving the area for many years to come. “Even though this 60th anniversary means I’m getting old, I’m looking forward to spending time with families who have been Charles Auto customers for four to five generations now,” Bruce grins. “So please join us at the dealership on Saturday, September 16th as we celebrate our the customers… We know that without our customers’ patronage, we would not have been able to successfully reach this great milestone of 60 years in business.” Charles Auto can be reached at w w w. or by calling (866) 419-9971 or (330) 527-2101.

Military Photos Needed SFC William Brian Woods Jr. in Cincinnati, Ohio. The East Coast trip, which is set to kick off at the end of September, is just a few thousand dollars short of the funds necessary to make the trip. “In a time filled with such division and conflict, keeping our word and spreading love seems more important than ever,” Trish explained. As such, Trish and Scott will be doing some last minute fundraising for Hero’s Rock at the Mantua Potato Festival this weekend. “Stop by and see us as we continue our mission to never forget those who sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom,” Scott added.



G-Ville, 3 Center Rd 150 x1.63Ac $18,000 G-Ville, 1 Center St 80 x .55Ac $29,500 G-Ville, 11 Brosius Rd 150 x 3.07Ac $32,400 G-Ville, 13 Center Rd 230 x 6.44Ac $67,500 G-Ville, 12 Brosius Rd 151 x 3.02Ac $32,400 G-Ville, 10 Brosius Rd 150 x 2.98Ac $32,400 G-Ville, 1 Center Rd 150 x 1.63Ac $18,000 G-Ville, 7 Brosius Rd 170 x 1.57Ac $18,000 G-Ville, 4 Center Rd 150 x 1.51Ac $18,000 11632 Windham Parkman Rd. This great property Windham E. Center St, 80 x .49Ac $12,000 will sell at auction on Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 Commercial Properties pm. Lots of potential on this property. Features a large bank barn, The home has a nice wrap around porch, and lots of other neat features. There is an N.Bloomfield, 4300 St .Rt. 87, 1.520 Acres $205,000 additional building with a store front full of options. Crist Miller 330-907-1401

Chris Forgacs, Industrial Arts teacher at Garfield High School is putting together a permanent display in the high school for all Military Veterans who were alumni of Garfield High School or any of the township schools. He is asking for a 5x7 photo (preferably a service photo) of any veterans interested in being on their “Wall of Honor”. Please include with the photo, the veteran’s name, year of graduation, branch of service, and years of service. Photos can be dropped off or mailed to the school, or emailed to Look for the the display to be unveiled on Veterans Day this year. Please contact Mr. Forgacs with any questions.



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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.

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Please contact Mary Jo Ryan at 330-296-3633 if you are interested in renting a space at the Portage County Gardeners Craft Show at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44366 (Rootstown area). The show is scheduled on October 13 Fri.( 4-8p.m. ) and Sat. Oct 14. (10-3p.m.) We are in need of especially wood, leather, pottery, fall and holiday items.

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Auburn Firedevils, auxiliary to the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its sixth annual arts, crafts and consultants fair Nov.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 440-5437733 or email shelbydecapite@

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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Crafters needed for 8th Annual Craft Show Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windam which will be held on Oct. 28th from 9-4. Call 330-326-3003, ask for Tyra or leave a message.

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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.

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

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.

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.

BINGO 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!

BINGO At St Michael’s Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

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Friday Fish Fry Friday Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry are open to the public. 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Fish dinner serving fish, shrimp, chicken tenders from 4 - 7:30pm. Carryout is available - call 330-527-2330

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

Vella Shay Memorial Sept 9 Vella Shay Memorial will be held at Shepherd Joy Ministries (behind Windham Hardware) on Sept 9 at 11 am.

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.

Events At American Legion Post #674 Sept 9 Poker at 10:30am. Stuffed Pepper Dinner at 4pm. $8 pre sale per person, $9 at door. 9960 East Center St., Windham.

Chicken BBQ at Hilltop Christian Church Sept 9 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 9 (Potato Festival Weekend). The hours are from noon until 6 P.M. The chicken is served with homemade potato salad, green beans, rolls and freshbaked 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

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

Sept 7 - Bingo & Doughnuts Sept 14 - Ice Cream Social Sept 21 - Games

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Sept 10 Sunday, September 10, 2 – 4 pm Nancy Quinn Simon will demonstrate how to make beautiful herbal weavings with herbs from your garden at the next Quail Hollow Herb Society meeting. She will also be selling copies of her book. (Note: Program begins at 2:00 pm.) We are looking for new members. Everyone welcome. Quail Hollow State Park Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH For more information, please contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

Sept 14 The Mantua Country Baptist Church, 12385 Chamberlin Rd in Mantua, will hold their Outdoor Sale on Thursday, September 14, 9-6. The Outdoor Sale will have handmade craft items, materials, crafting materials, sewing notions, patterns, Amish books and misc. Also a Bake Sale.

Portage County Beekeepers’ Meeting Sept 10 Sunday, September 10, 1:00 pm The Portage County Beekeepers will be holding their fall field day event. Bring your veil and a lawn chair. Free and open to the public! This meeting will be at the Portage Soil and Water Office, 6970 State Route 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. For more information, contact Mary Lovin, 330-325-3028.

Monthly Book Review Group Sept 11 M O N D AY, S e p t 11 t h , 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS in which every chapter tells its own story. 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, for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #193 Sept 11 The Legion Auxiliary will meet Monday, September 11th at 1:00pm according to Dorothy Brady, Pres. Those marching in the Potato Festival Parade should assemble at the High School at 1:00pm Sunday September 10th.


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Community Health & Wellness Fair Sept 14 There will be a Community Health & Wellness Fair on Sept 14, from 9 am - 11 am at Alpine House, 7000 St. Route 88 in Ravenna. Featuring: • Health education and resources, • Free blood pressure checks, • Healthy snacks, • Raffle drawings

Mantua American Legion Meeting Sept 14 The Legion will hold its first meeting of the fiscal year on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00pm at the Post Home on East High Street according to Ray Corbitt, Commander.

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

Rummage and Bake Sale Sept 15 Mark your calendar for the Nelson United Methodist Church’s Rummage and Bake Sale to be held on Friday, September 15th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 16th, 9 a.m. to noon. Address is 9367 SR 305. See you there!

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!

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Fish Dinner Sept 15 Fish Dinners every Friday until Thanksgiving, 4pm – 7:30pm, 9960 East Center St., Windham. Fish $8, Chicken $8, Shrimp $10, Combo fish & Chicken $10. All dinners include choice of potato & two sides; Mac & cheese, coleslaw; green beans, applesauce. Extra Fish $2, Shrimp $1 EA, Extra side $1. Carry out’s and open to public. Call 330-326-3188

Free Clothing Sept 16 The next free clothing giveaway will be held on Saturday September 16th from 9 to noon, at 11740 Mantua Center Rd, Mantua Township. As always, we have many clothes to choose from in all sizes and both genders. Join us for this free event.

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

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

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.

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

Village Peddler Festival Sept 16-17 The 36th annual Village Peddler Festival will be held on September 16-17, Sat. 10-6 and Sun 10-5 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, Ohio. The beautiful autumn countryside will be filled with 175 craftsmen and artisans, a Gourmet Market, delicious food, wagon rides, featuring the folk music group The Silver String Band! All of Farmpark is open! This is an outdoor American marketplace! Www. villagepeddlerfestival 440-5038414. Groups and busses welcome. FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Free Community Meal Sept 17 Christ Lutheran Church in Mantua will be sponsoring their Free Community Meal on Monday, September 17, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Come enjoy a delicious meal. There is also the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors. See you there.

Happy Trails Open House Sept 17 Learn how Happy Trails impacts you and your community at our Open House on Sept 17 from 11 am - 4 pm. Come feed a horse, pet a pig, hold a rooster, meet the team! Happy Trails is located at 5623 New Milford Rd., Ravenna however we will be offering a shuttle service from the Ravenna High School parking lot - 6589 N. Chestnut St - Free admission with registration visit No dogs please!

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Register For The NAMI Walk On Sept 23 The Portage County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold the 6th annual “Walk for Recovery� on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Kent, located at 1400 E Main Street. Registration begins at 9am and the walk will begin at 10:45am. Participants will walk approximately two miles, from the church to downtown Kent and return. Before the walk steps off participants and community members are welcome to attend an awareness presentation on the drug epidemic in Portage County at 9:30am. The Portage Health District will train attendees on the signs of an overdose and distribute naloxone kits to county residents. Local musician David Stump will perform his new song regarding addiction before the walk. Donations will be used to support Portage County mental illness family support groups and classes as well as efforts to fight the stigma of mental illness. To find out more about our local NAMI chapter, visit www. To register for the NAMI Walk, call 330.673.1756 ext 201. Shalersville Town hall the annual Community Potluck Dinner and Chinese auction will be held at 1:00pm. The Shalersville Historical Society will furnish tableware, beverages and chicken. Please bring a dish to share. This dinner is open to all community members and friends of the society. The 2018 calendars will be on sale, local family farms with silos will be featured this year, get them while they last. The Chinese auction will feature items donated by local merchants. Visit us on facebook at Shalersville Historical Society to see some of the auction items.

The Interurban Trolley Sept 19 The James A Garfield Historical Society will be having a program on the Interurban Trolley that once rolled through downtown Garrettsville. Scott Lawless has spent many hours researching the Trolley and its history with Garrettsville and the surrounding areas. The program will be held at the James A Garfield Historical Society’s building on the corner of Main and High at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 19th. Be sure to troll into town for this very interesting presentation!! Light refreshments will be served.

Pricetown Home Cooked Supper Sept 20 The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage. The supper will be held from 5pm to 6:30pm,

Sept 20. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Carry-outs available.

Blue Mass For Safety Forces Sept 24 The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invite all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families & all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 5:00 p.m. The intent of this Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals bring to our communities. A social reception will be held in St. Joseph’s Hughes Hall immediately following, courtesy of Father Cassidy Assembly. For more information, please contact Bill Custer (440-3434579) or Jim Fields (330-2748938).

RFC Dinner Sept 28 The Renaissance Family Center of Windham, Ohio Inc. will have their monthly community dinner September 28th. This dinner is for everyone who shows up to eat. Dinner is served between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

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Freedom Township Historical Society Historian Judy Thornton is looking for information regarding this bell. It once belonged to Freedom resident Sally Hubeny and it may have been used at one of Freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-room schoolhouses. The markings indicate that it was made in Fredericktown, Ohio. Anyone with information can contact Thornton at (330) 527-7669 or at

Adult Faith Opportunities at St. Joseph, Mantua Acts of the Apostles Bible Study (text: Stephen Binz, Threshold Bible Series) The most thrilling and adventurous book of the Bible, Acts shows us Christianity being lived for the first time. Tuesday mornings starting September 12. Book Study Group We will learn and discuss the implications of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Universe Storyâ&#x20AC;? with Judy Cannatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Field of Compassion. Tuesday afternoons starting September 19. On Care for our Common Home (Laudato Si) Study Group We will read the encyclical of Pope Francis On Care for Our Common Home. We are responsible for handing on to succeeding generations the beautiful gift of our planet Earth. Monday afternoons beginning September 25. The New Rosary Prayer Group Re-imagining ways to meet God in your life through the Rosary. Requires four basic prayers: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Sign of the Cross (and a set of rosary beads). Thursdays after 8:00 a.m. Mass starting September 7. Seasons of Hope Our parish bereavement program that takes place Wednesday afternoons starting September 13. RCIA Our program for anyone interested in becoming Catholic or completing their Catholic initiation. Begins Sunday, September 17 between 8:30 & 11:15 a.m. Masses. Adult Confirmation Four instructional sessions at St. Joseph. Confirmation celebrated at St. Columba Cathedral with Bishop Murry in November. To be scheduled with candidates. To Inquire: Please contact the Parish Office ( or 330-274-2253) or see Sr. Joyce at weekend Masses. Pre-registration is required.

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The Singing Weavers September 17th at The First Congregational Church of Freedom

At the last Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board meeting, Chief Matt Roosa shared that the department would once again be participating in the Safety Town program at Crestwood Primary School. During the special week focused on teaching kindergarteners how to be safe at school, on the bus, and at home, representatives from the department will share fire safety practices. In addition, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with firefighter gear and vehicles up close. Later in the month, firefighters will return to CPS to cover fire safety tips with first and second graders during Fire Prevention Week. During his report, Chief Roosa shared that all the fulltime firefighter spots had been filled and that three of the five part-time hires had already begun work at the station. He informed the Fire Board that straps on a vehicle fuel tank were replaced, and that air conditioning units at the station have been fixed and that lighting is in the process of being repaired, as well. He shared that the new squad on order is on schedule for delivery in November. In other news, he reported that Assistant Chief Chris Mullins is in the process of reviewing the part-time contract, and those negotiations are going well. Lastly, Fiscal Officer Ashlee Hawkins shared that the Fire District’s Quarterly Audit meeting would be held prior to the first Fire Board meeting in September, on Monday, September 11th at 6 pm at the station; residents are encouraged to attend.

The Singing Weavers will be ministering at The First Congregational Church of Freedom on Sunday September 17th at 10:30 a.m. for a special church service, concert and a covered dish dinner. The Singing Weavers musical group is a three generation family ministry. They have been traveling and spreading God’s love through music and sharing the gospel for more than 45 years. Verlin and Linda Weaver started their ministry in 1971 and traveled and sang with their children Dennis, Terri, and Vickie. In 1985, Dennis married Chris and she has been sharing her gift of music with the family ministry ever since. Dennis and Chris have 2 children Alyssia and Michael. Alyssia began singing a special with the group at the age of five years old. She now shares her love of Jesus singing God’s word and sharing her testimony. In 2007, Michael began singing a special with the group and continues to be part of the family’s ministry that touches the hearts of all ages with the love of God through music. Pastor Jim and Janie Melick invite the public come and join us in an uplifting and joyful Sunday service of music, sharing God’s love with His Word with The Weavers. Please plan to stay for a delicious covered dish dinner afterwards. The historic First Congregational Church of Freedom, which has been a place of worship since the year 1828, is located on the corner of St.Rt. 88 and 303 in Freedom Township.

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Above: On Friday night, Rodger Pettit ‘53, was recognized for his many years of service to JAG schools at the beginning of the football game. Below: Anthony DeNigeris delivers the first G-Man touchdown of the game. Ryan Brown would later deliver the second, and final G-Man touchdown of the night. Though the team was strong on determination and grit, the G-Men ultimately fell to the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins with a score of G-Men 13, Redskins 28.

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The Windham Bombers overcame the Lowellville Rockets with a score of 29 to 6. This marks the Bombers first away game victory and sets their record at 2-0. The Bombers had a lackluster start -- with two Windham fumbles and Lowellville scoring -- but the Bombers were able to rebound in the second quarter scoring 15 points and holding Lowellville on defense. The second half was won by the Bomber defense. Next Friday the Bombers play at Jackson-Milton.

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Warren, OH Mantua - At the last school board meeting, Mrs. Maxine Elizabeth Hughes Franklin, 85 of Superintendent David Toth shared that the Middle Warren, departed this life on August 25th, 2017, at her and High Schools will be utilizing a new projectbased learning platform, Summit Learning Platform, residence surrounded by her loving family following which provides curriculum for sixth through twelfth an extended illness. She was born January 11, 1932, in Laing, W. Va, the graders. The free, online program provides teachers with customizable content in English, math, science daughter of the late John Waverly Hughes and Dorlesia and social studies, allowing students to learn at their Dalton Hughes. She graduated from Washington High own pace. It allows teachers to customize instruction to School in London, W.Va. On March 23rd, 1949, she was united in holy meet their students’ individual needs and interests. In matrimony to Mr. David McKinley Franklin. They addition, the tool helps students set and track progress towards individual short and long-term goals. Through shared 58 wonderful years of marriage until his passing the program, when students work in teams to apply in June 2007. She was employed and blessed to retire from what they’re learning to projects that mimic and solve real-world problems, they develop strong collaboration, Delphi Packard Electric, a Division of General Motors communication and critical thinking skills -- skills Mr. Corporation. She was a member of the New Creation Bible Toth reiterated that today’s employers require. Fellowship Church under the Pastorship of Rev. Vincent Similarly, Mr. Toth shared that through the C. Davis. She was “Mother of the Church” and was award of a Rural Technology Fund grant, Crestwood Intermediate School was able to purchase equipment affectionately known as “Mother Franklin”. Mrs. Franklin enjoyed baking, crocheting, knitting, for a mobile Maker Space. The equipment, which includes 3-D printers, Makey Makey invention kits, sewing, ceramics, gardening, traveling, watching drones, and special programming and coding tools Western movies and fellowshipping with family and to help foster STEAM subjects (science, technology, friends. She used the skill set from these hobbies to engineering, arts, and mathematics). Students will have teach baking, crochet and ceramic classes to numerous access to the innovative Maker Space during recess, people throughout the city of Warren. She leaves to cherish her memory: three children after school, and during enrichment times. In other news, board member Bonnie Lovejoy David L. (Diane), Vickie F. Wade, and Waverly M. shared that a Maplewood carpentry student from (Diretha) all of Warren, Ohio; 20 grandchildren, 16 Field High School was recently awarded first place in great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, a national cabinetry contest. She shared that carpentry and two brothers: Irie Hughes of Zanesville, OH; Deane is only one of over 20 courses of study offered at Hughes of Powell, OH; a sister: Venzella M. Norris of Maplewood. Other offerings include auto service and Warren, OH; brothers-in-law: William (Betty Jean), collision technology, criminal justice, culinary arts, Gordon D. of Warren, OH; William Harris of Dunbar, dental assisting, early childhood education, masonry, W. Va; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Laughlin and Donna Franklin of Chicago, IL; Doris Rowe of Dunbar, W. robotics, and welding. Next, the board approved a resolution giving the Va; Vivian Franklin of Cincinnati, OH; Dixie Franklin district the option to place the question of a school of St. Louis, MO ; Thelma Franklin of Riverside, CA; improvement bond on the November 2017 ballot. and Lena Franklin of Warren, OH and a host of nieces, Passage of this resolution provides the district the nephews, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, option to receive State-matching funds of 29% of the son – Marvin T. Franklin, one sister – Gwendolyn A. cost of the project, which will not be available after Hughes, two brothers – Leonard and John Hughes, three the 2017 election. The topic will be discussed in more grandchildren, five sisters-in-law and nine brothersdetail at the September Board meeting. In other news, sixteen Crestwood students from in-law. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 2nd, 2017 at grades seven through twelve were invited to attend an intensive week of learning at the College of Wooster The Church at Warren, 3179 Hoagland-Blackstub, during Band Camp. Also, the board welcomed new Cortland, OH 44410 starting at 11:00am with calling staff, including new band director Rachel Blenman- hours one- hour prior. The family received friends at Caldwell. 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Organized and invited by Paula Cline, a fine representation of the retirees of the James A. Garfield School District faculty and staff—the James A. Garfield Retired Employees Association—gathered on August 29, 2017 at Roby Lee’s in Newton Falls. After the traditional group picture, everyone adjourned to the dining area to get down to business, such as it was. Twenty-two were in attendance to enjoy lunch together, trade information on families and former students, catch up on the latest adventures with free time and share highlights of their current histories. Accomplishments of all sorts were lauded and details of who’s doing what, where then made the rounds. Contributions were made to the scholarship fund to be awarded to graduating seniors heading into the field of education; two were presented this Erin Koon Dave Auble Jeff Rinearson Lenny Feckner spring. Bob Simon, retired Authorized Independent Agents guidance counselor, took the opportunity to distribute The Right Price We will work with you to find the tokens of appreciation from right health plan. Our services are his Knights of Columbus free to you! Your insurance premium Health Insurance Options for Businesses, organization to members Families, Self-Employed, and Retirees! will be the same as you would pay who had served in the Call (330) 569-3379 if you called the insurance carriers Toll Free: 1 (800) 379-9621 military or had family directly. Give us a call. Let us help you Reach out to us online at: find the right health insurance plan! members who had done so. The group parted with good wishes for the coming OHB represents major carriers like AARP, Advantra, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, year and vows to gather once Coventry, Humana, Medical Mutual of Ohio, SummaCare, United Healthcare, and more. again in 2018. Visit us online at for a complete list.



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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, September 8, 2017

The Return of Champ Iva Walker | Columnist

“Home is the sailor, home from sea, and the hunter home from the hill.” With apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson, I believe that we can remove the sea from consideration in this case (Camp Creek down behind the back yard hardly qualifies as anything like “the bounding main.” It doesn’t even come up to the level of Lake Erie.), but this announcement is to make it known that Champ has returned to the domestic hearth here at the estate. This is his second excursion into the wild and return from same. Who knows why he goes off unescorted—and unbeknownst for a while, actually—then comes back and has to be persuaded to stick around? The first time he apparently found a door unclosed while I was carrying things in and out of the basement. I never saw him go but I did notice that he didn’t show up at mealtimes and no amount of searching turned up any orange-and-white cat. No amount of calling caused him to turn up either, so I figured that we’d just have to struggle on with only two cats—Fuego and Bob. He also managed to get out of his collar. Maybe he was going undercover on a secret mission. Maybe he was looking for someone to buy him a new one so he could adopt a new personality, make new friends, join a new social circle, deal with paparazzi trying to get news-worthy photos for the tabloids. Signing paw-tographs is tough when you don’t have thumbs. Anyway, after a couple of months, he showed up on the front steps and was induced to come inside— the big dish of cat food didn’t hurt, either. So we’re getting along with the three felines, doing their thing, whatever that was at any given moment. Then Miss Cutie Pie-Butterscotch-“Scotchie” showed up last Fall, and Bob met his untimely end, going off to that Big Lap in the Sky and a burial plot under the big tree in the back yard, complete with two memorial stones (one little one for his size, a bigger one for his personality). Maybe the changes were too much for Champ. A fault in the door to the back porch (didn’t close tightly) gave him another opportunity to head out into “the wild blue yonder”, so to speak, and he took it. So there we were, back to just two cats. Then, one evening I looked out and there were two kittens

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(ginger-orange-white and crazy-leg calico) on the porch…and under it; they could disappear up and over the apron around the porch down to the open space beneath, virtually inaccessible to any creature bigger than they were. Nice juicy cat food interested them. We were getting acquainted, then IBM (Irresponsibly Bad Mamma) showed up and was hogging all of the good stuff, so I had to get her filled up before there would be any chance that the little ones would get a taste. So, it’s getting late and dark and I think to myself, I think, “We can get together tomorrow and I will lure them into some situation wherein I can get them inside.” Big mistake! I have not seen them since. Totally gone, under the porch or on it. Still just two cats. Then, one evening I’m fixing my supper on probably the last really warm evening and I hear through the screen door a sort of insistent meowing. Thought it might be IBM looking for another hand-out but when I looked out there was a patch of white showing (IBM is dark calico, minimal white spots). Stepping outside, I caught a glimpse of an orange-and-white cat backing away, still meowing and a sort of embodiment of the word ”skittish”. I called out for Champ and he stopped backing away; he did keep meowing. Food proved to be the enticement that worked. He got close enough to be picked up. I picked him up and brought him inside; this freaked the two other cats out. They growled and hissed; Champ just sort of stared (Cats do that so well.) and occasionally meowed some more. His voice has changed. We then took the scenic tour down to see where the litter boxes were and the location of the food dishes. Then I just left them all to sort out the up-ended social order overnight. I did hear him meowing some more but not a lot. In the morning he remembered about the food dishes and he found his old favorite resting places…seems to have re-grasped the litter box concept as well. This is a good thing. Who knows where he goes to? He’s been—both times—looking perfectly well-fed, not injured or scruffy, at least not any scruffier than usual. Didn’t look or act as though he’s been mistreated in any way. Didn’t seem scared. Does not seem like a pussy-cat who’s come back like the “Hunter home from the hill.” He couldn’t hunt his way out of a paper bag or off a buffet table. Somebody’s been looking out for him, somehow. Champ’s next collar will have his name and a phone number on it, in hopes that his benefactor will call. We’ll also try to make sure that he can’t get it off again. Perhaps a spy camera on the front would give us footage that could be edited for “Wild Kingdom” or he might star in “Catastrophic Adventures”; the revenue could furnish enough kitty kibble or Nepeta cataria to give this place quite the reputation for feline high-jinks. If he really is going off on jungle safaris or hot-air balloon flights or deep-sea diving, maybe somebody will let me know. Or not. In any case, the Prodigal has returned. I’m still looking for those kittens.

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The 2017 harvest and fermentation process is just about underway for many wineries in northeast Ohio. While it has been a weird start to the season, cool days, colder nights, we’re looking at producing a great vintage this year. Since the weather has been so cool in the past two weeks, I have noticed one of the neatest shifts in wine drinkers – more and more people are drinking reds. I would love to pat myself on the back and say this is simply because I am pushing how good red wine is at the winery, but as much as I wish I could the credit, Mother Nature has much more to do with this shift than I do. Mother Nature? How does she play into what you drink? The simple answer – she changes the weather. Right around the middle of September many wine drinkers who are accustomed to drinking chilled whites, blush and rosé wines in order to cool off from the summer heat, now start to find that a chilled wine isn’t what they want on a cool day. So as the leaves begin to change and Mother Nature brings us these cool fall temperatures, many wine drinkers start to change. The preference of wine is switching to a heartier, bolder red wine – a great choice that perfect to sip in front of the fireplace. But have no fear white or blush wine drinkers, many wineries are starting to market to your tastes and offer some excellent wines to pair with the fall nights. If you are up for some adventures – look around for an oaked Chardonnay or a dry Riesling. My favorite white wine for fall though is a spiced white wine that I can make from almost any of my favorite white wines: 1/2c water 1/2c sugar 2 Tbsp rosemary 1/4 cup honey 2 lemons 2 bottles white wine Simmer (but not boil) the water, sugar, rosemary, and honey for 10 minutes. Add in the wine. Peel the lemons and add in the peels. Let sit for a length of time to seep in the flavors, without boiling. If you are like me and switch wines with the seasons, we will rejoin our sweeter white and blush drinkers around mid-May when the summer temperatures start to take over again.


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Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I are both in our late sixties and are looking to buy a new car. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us evaluate and choose a good car for older drivers? Car Shoppers Dear Shoppers, With more than 40 million licensed drivers in the United States age 65 and older, many automakers today are designing certain vehicles that are friendlier for older drivers. But what makes a good car for seniors? For many, top priorities include a vehicle that’s easy to get into and out of, easy to adjust for fit and comfort, easy to operate and see out of, as well as reliable, safe and a good value. To help you narrow your vehicle choices, Consumer Reports and the American Automobile Association (AAA) offer some great information and tools to assist you. CR Best Cars Consumer Reports recently put out a top 25 ranking of new cars for senior drivers. Each vehicle on their list offers excellent or very good ratings on reliability, safety, road-test performance and owner satisfaction. And, they offer a variety of senior-friendly features that are extremely important to older divers, like: · Easy front-seat access: Vehicles with low door thresholds, wider door openings, and step-in heights that reduce the need for ducking or climbing, make getting into and out of a car easier for those with physical limitations. · Good visibility: Being able to see well out of the front, sides, and back of a vehicle for tall, medium, and shorter drivers.

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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, September 8, 2017

Will You Really Be Able to Work Longer?

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist How long do you think you will work? Are you one of those baby boomers (or Gen Xers) who believes he or she can work past 65? Some pre-retirees are basing their entire retirement transition on that belief, and that could be financially perilous. In a new survey on retirement age, the gap between perception and reality stands out. The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) recently published its 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, and the big takeaway from all the data is that most American workers (75%) believe they will be on the job at or after age 65. That belief conflicts with fact, for only 23% of retired workers EBRI polled this year said that they had stayed on the job until they were 65 or older.1 So, what are today’s pre-retirees to believe? Will they upend all their assumptions about retiring? Will working until 70 become the new normal? Or will their retirement transitions happen as many do today, arriving earlier and more abruptly than anticipated? Perhaps this generation can work longer. AARP, for one, predicts that nearly a quarter of Americans 70-74 years old will be working in 2022, including nearly 40% of women that age by 2024. That would still leave many Americans retiring in their sixties – and more to the point, working until 70 is not a retirement plan.2 What if you retire at 63, two years before you can enroll in Medicare? EBRI’s statistics indicate that this predicament has been common. You can pay for up to 18 months of COBRA (which is not cheap), tap a Health Savings Account (if you have one), or take advantage of your spouse’s employer-sponsored health coverage (if your spouse still works and has some). Beyond those options, you could either pay (greatly) for private health insurance or go uninsured.3 What if you end up claiming Social Security earlier than planned? Given an average lifespan (i.e., you live into your eighties), that may not be so bad – you will get smaller monthly Social Security payments if you claim at 63 rather than at the Full Retirement Age (FRA) of 67, but the total amount of retirement benefits you receive over your lifetime should be about the same. Retiring and claiming Social Security well before Full Retirement Age (FRA), however, may mean a drastic revision of your retirement income strategy, if not your whole retirement plan.4


Dinette table w/1 leaf & 4 chairs, Maytag side by side White refrigerator w/ice maker 21.7 cu. ft., Drop leaf table w/built in leaf, Coffee & End tables, Sm. round table, Kenmore 15.1 cu. ft. Almond Spacemaker freezer w/ice maker, Panasonic microwave, Toshiba TV Cinema Series, TV stand, Full bed, Small 3 dr. dresser w/mirror, 4 dr. dresser, Stuffed rocker, White wicker rocker, Kroehler full bed, end table, 4 dr. dresser & 9 dr. dresser w/mirror, 4-Bar stools, 2-Orange velvet chairs, Couches, Lamps, Mirrors, Pine trash can, Computer desk, Wooden lamp stands, Brown rocker recliner, Kenmore Power Spray carpet cleaner, Supermacy vacuum, GE window air conditioner, Slate pool table, Granite-ware Pots & Roaster, Roseville,OH 3 pc crocks, Canning jars, Card table w/4 chairs, Glassware, Tyco HO train pieces & Transformer, Tyco elec. train set in box, Household items, plus much more! General Electric refrigerator (older), Bottle capper w/caps, Sears Cold Spot hand crank ice cream freezer, Commodore 64, Drum table, Metal battery operated fire truck, Tinker toys (no lid), Costco 2 step stool, 8MM movies: Adventure Parade, Our Gang & Casablanca, Bendix standard police table top radio (no cord), Crocks: #12 , Jugs & Bowls, 45, 33 & 78 records, GI Joe: Doll w/clothes in foot locker, Spot light, Jeep 7000 & Trailer plastic (needs repair), Morse code light, Metal Tonka scraper, Sm. Tonka toys, Erector set parts, Yard stick advertisers, Alum. washtub, American runner sled, Milk can, Formica table w/4 chairs, License Plates: OH 1964 & 65, 68 & 70 (house vehicle) & 67, 69-72 (most in pairs), IL 4-1965, 2-1966 & 67, Early 1970’s Simplicity 738 garden tractor w/snow plow & tire chains(VGC), 2 Wh. lawn trailer, Torch set, Craftsman:Radial arm saw w/table & dust controller, Bench top drill press, Work bench & vise, Sears bench grinder on stand, Sears & Roebuck welder, Fishing rods & Tackle, Coleman camp stove & Lanterns, Ext. ladders, Yard tools, Portable air tanks. Lunch Stand Available


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MOVING, GARAGE & TAG SALE Snow blower, dolls, housewares, too much to list. Sept. 15 & 16. 9 am - ? 8031 Zupancic, Garrettsville.

Help Wanted - Drivers and Direct Care Staff for local agency. Seeking adults 18 or older with high school diploma or GED and reliable transportation to work with individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes. Must have a good driving record, insurance and a clean background check. Clean drug test mandatory. Experience with persons with developmental disabilities or mental health issues a bonus, but not required. Training provided. Morning, afternoon/evening and weekend shifts available. Company is based in Garrettsville, Ohio, but also need people to work in Aurora, Ravenna, Middlefield & Streetsboro. Job duties include transporting individuals to appointments, work or social activities, assistance with ADLs, minor home cleaning/maintenance and general supervision. Please call for further information and to set up an interview at 330-527-5918 Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm FT POSITION for a Bar Machine Operator/Screw Machine Operator. Experience is helpful but will train the right person. Wages will be based on prior knowledge. Applications accepted in person at: 10400 Industrial Dr., Garrettsville, OH. Drug Free Workplace. 9/8

DAY COOK NEEDED, 10-4, Monday thru Friday. Apply at Garrettsville Dairy Queen.

Advertise Your Business Here Call Us Today 330.527.5761

HELP WANTED - FT LPN’s, STNA’s and/or caregivers for 3pm to 11:30pm (2nd) shift and 11pm to 7:30am (3rd) shift. Lantern of Chagrin Valley, 5277 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, OH,, (440)557-1186 9/8

A C C E P T I N G A P P L I C AT I O N S F O R HELP. Part Time, 15-20 hours per week. Flexible availability. Able to work in fast pace atmosphere. Eager to work as a team. K&K Meat Shoppe 10682 Main St Mantua, OH 44255 330-274-5322





SAP BUCKETS, Electric dryer, Lot of Misc., Lots of tools, Buggy wheels, Steel wheels, Lots of Christmas items, Houseware items, Curio cabinet. Sept 8 & 9, 8 am - 5 pm. 11156 Center Rd., Garrettsville


Seamless Gutters, Ltd.

Professional Installation

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

330-274-5520 SHARPENING & GRINDING SERVICE Eastwood Sharp Shop Knives • Blades • Chains Scissors and More (330) 527-7103 8060 Elm St, Garrettsville

PETS BLUE MOON KENNEL: Modern, clean pet boarding & grooming facility. Heated/airconditioned. Indoor/Outdoor runs. We are on premises 24 hrs a day. Veterinarian recommended. (330) 8982208. RUFN

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 8/25


BUY NOW WINTER IS COMING - Snow blower McCulloch MC624ES electric start 24” 2 years old. Used 3 times. Original $700 now $400 (234) 542-7254 9/16 CUSHMAN step thru scooter for sale; 1948 Red all redone ready for shows 4’ x 8’ Trailer for sale. Very good condition; GO-KART red one for sale also in good condition. I do not have junk stuff. Complete Metal & Plastic Engraving Business for sale - retiring from this work. Everything works - yo need nothing else. Call 330-5653860. 9/15

HOMES FOR SALE McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000 BRICK CAPE COD. 3-4 BR; 1 bath, fireplace, basement, 2 car attached garage. .91 ac, Cardinal Schools. 18052 Madison Rd., Parkman. $147,900. (440) 548-8087 9/1


1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 FOR RENT MANTUA AREA. Dry storage, 34’ x 34’, 82” ceilings, 6’ garage door & lights. $250/month. Second unit 34’ x 29’ $225/month. 330-562-8850 9/8 FOR RENT - Available for rent in the Village of Windham, 9647 E. Center St. Approximately 2500 square feet. This is only a portion of the building. One-year lease agreement with the highest and best bidder offering at least $150/month. Submit sealed bids to 9083 N. Main St. Windham, Ohio; Attn. Fiscal Officer by Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. The Council reserves the right to reject all bids by order of the Windham Village Council. 9/29

GoldFire Realty

PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545

8028 State Street, Garrettsville. TOLL FREE 888-258-4845 / 330-527-2221 INTEREST RATES RISING…if you are thinking of buying call us NOW! Find out how much you can afford…. R


SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 9/8

*** NEW LISTING *** 8876 School St., Windham


Ranch * 3bd/1ba * 972 sq ft * .5 acres * full basement * attached 2 car garage * fresh paint inside & out * 2 week old roof * fenced in backyard * breezeway MLS 3932780 $124,900

Kathie Lutz

Are you tired of punching a time clock? Need a new career? WE ARE HIRING!


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New Patients Welcome | Computer Assisted Exams | Glasses Contact Lenses | LASIK | Eye Disease (including Glaucoma) | Cataract Cleveland Eye Clinic Surgeon

115 W. Broad Street Newton Falls, Ohio 44444


Dr. Ron Wallie Optometrist

Shamik Bafna, M.D. Ophthalmologist

Binx & Guido

These two rescued kittens have become the best of friends, so I would like to find them a home “together”. Binx is a 12 week old black kitten, with an outgoing and loving personality. Guido is a handsome 16 week old, gray and white kitten. He used to be a little on the shy side but thanks to Binx, he is getting braver every day. Both boys are neutered, vaccinated and tested negative for leukemia/FIV. To meet Binx and Guido, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610

Fun By The Numbers JACK KURTZMAN

(330) 527-4286

Now seeing customers at

Ken’s Auto Body



14330 Rt. 422, Troy Twp. • 440-834-1293

Hours: Mon. Tues. Thurs. & Fri. 8:30-5:00 Sat. 8:30-1:00


10663-A Highland Ave. Garrettsville, OH. 44231


Complete junk cars picked up call for special pricing. Sheet Steel $185/ton. Complete junk cars $185/ton. Add junk to the trunk for extra weight (steels, applcs, etc...) #2 unprepared $210/ton. #2 prepared 2x3 $230/ton. P&S prepared 2x3 $250/ton. Call today for Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal. Motor Blocks $260/ton. Aluminum rims $12.50 a piece. Roll off containers available.

C&B Recycling


8784 Snow Road Windham, OH 44288 M-F 8 am - 5 pm; Sat. 8 - Noon

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