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Friday, September 15, 2017

Safer Futures Hosts Fundraising Event

R AVENNA – Safer Futures, Portage County’s only Domestic Violence Shelter, will be hosting the 7th annual Hope in a Handbag fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 7:oo pm to 9:30 pm at The Overlook in Twin Lakes. The event will once again feature a silent auction including an array of new and gently used handbags, purses, and clutches. Many of the donated items include high-fashion designer bags to classic vintage bags. Included in this year’s array of purses, we have Chanel, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Liz Claiborne, Michael Kors, Prada, Vera Bradley, Simply Vera Wang and many more. Available for raffle will be several gift baskets. This year Safer Future’s hopes to raise $20,000 which will be used to assist families seeking services and to continue making improvements to the shelter for our families to enjoy. Safer Futures is still accepting purse donations for the event. If you have a new or gently used high fashion or designer handbag that you would like to donate, please drop it off at 705 Oakwood St, Suite 221, Ravenna. We are also still seeking sponsors for the event. Sponsoring includes varying numbers of free tickets photo courtesy of Karen Hinkle to the event depending on the level of sponsorship selected. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the event, please contact Safer Futures at 330-673-2500 to find out how. Tickets for the event are $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Safer Futures at 330.673.2500 or through Space is limited to the drawn up, plans remain on hold as funding is slow to first 200 tickets sold. trickle in for builder Michael Maschek to break ground. Formerly a Kent resident with a background in special education and an artist mentor at Kent State University, Hinkle says, “I’ve only been here in Garrettsville for 14 STACY TURNER | CONTRIBUTING REPORTER years, but I was so moved by the total loss experienced by the store owners and the community on that day. That MANTUA - At their last meeting, Mantua Village Council block used to be bustling with business, especially at my discussed proposed Ordinance 2017-21, which would amend favorite fabric shop.” the zoning ordinance relating to site and grading plan Hinkle started working on her quilt concept in the regulation. The proposed changes would require that where the fall following the fire, and completed it within a year. existing grade of a lot or building is proposed to be changed She received a Juror’s Award for her work in a show by more than six inches, the property owner must request held at The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in a permit from the village zoning inspector, in addition to May 2016. The quilt has also appeared in a Canton Art any other village, county, or state permits that are required. The new proposed permit would require that the village Museum show. The artist wants her quilt to encourage people to engineer ascertain whether the proposed modification would “come closer, pause and study it.” For locals, Hinkle wants adversely affect sanitary sewers, waterlines, storm drainage her art to encourage them to take a step closer to their and existing grade of adjacent properties and buildings. memories, pause to value them, then take action toward While this legislation was proposed in order to reduce the rebuilding effort. More than raising funds, Hinkle flooding within the village, according to Councilwoman Paula wants the community to gather together and demand Tubalkain, “it creates an unnecessary burden.” Councilman a clearer pathway toward a better future, with answers Ben Prescott agreed, stating his concern that it would, “create for questions around the vision and step-by-step plans excessive costs for residents.” Councilman Bob Gaglione to make it a reality. While art may be a window to the remarked that the village, “should have a vehicle in place, in case a homeowner makes changes to their property that past, it can also be a stepping stone toward the future. cause hardship to their neighbors.” Mr. Prescott agreed, but In order to view “Mourning After” on display, the implored that the proposed legislation be “toned down”. Mayor Scheinfurth Art Center is open Tuesday through Satur- Clark asked council for permission to return the proposed days from 10am to 5 pm; and Sundays 1pm to 5pm, at ordinance back to the Planning Committee in order for that 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, New York. group to consider revisions for council’s review. In similar news, after much discussion about two ordinances that would raise sewer and water rates in order to GARRETTSVILLE - On Wednesday, November 8, fund rising maintenance costs of those plants, Council tabled 2017 we will celebrate something very dear to us…our the motions. It was noted that the incremental rate increases families. Our second “Family First Night” will be held that have been approved in recent years have not kept up with in our community. Throughout the school year our lives maintenance needs at both plants, and that the majority of become extremely hectic, which often causes us to sacrifice repairs have been implemented through the acquisition of our family time in order to accomplish everything in our grants. A rate increase of 15% was discussed; a suggestion was made to consider, once necessary updates have been made, busy schedules. We all know strong families make the Garfield that rates could be held. The topic requires more discussion, community, schools and, most importantly, our students therefore, Ordinance 2017-24 & 25 were tabled and returned more successful. For this reason we want to set aside the to the Service Committee to recalculate the numbers and time to honor our families. Please join us in celebrating the give consideration to the issues that were raised. In other news, council approved a resolution allowing family by taking time to clear your schedules and spend Fiscal Officer Jenny August to enter into an agreement with an evening together as a family. Pivotal Payments, Inc. that would allow the village to accept We have instructed our staff to take advantage of this credit card payments from residents seeking to make water, time and gather with their families as well. sewer or other payments to the village. It was noted that a To help, there will be no homework given on this service charge of 3% would be added to help defray the cost evening, no projects or tests due the next day and our of administering the program. coaches will cancel practices, unless they are competing Lastly, Mayor Clark asked Council to consider whether in state tournaments. There will be no evening activities to pursue a potential OPWC grant, using matching funds at the school on November 8th. We also ask that our local saved when the water plant is paid off at the end of 2017. She youth organizations join us and cancel their activities this reasoned that if matching funds could be accrued in order to evening. potentially win the grant, the village could potentially replace Plan to eat dinner together, play a board game or take water lines and add new valves prior to ODOT’s 2019 Main a walk as a family. Family is something to be treasured Street paving project, which will encompass the south end and celebrated. of Main Street to the north end of the village limits. Thank you for your continued support of the James The next regularly scheduled Village Council meeting A. Garfield Schools. Take advantage of this evening and will take place on Tuesday, September 19th at 7 pm; residents celebrate your family. Go G-Men are encouraged to attend.

“Mourning After” Interprets Buckeye Block Fire in International Art Show ESTELLE R. BROWN | CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

GARRETTSVILLE - Anyone who witnessed the Buckeye Block fire of 2014 cannot shake the images of billowing black smoke, raging flames and catastrophic collapse from their mind’s eye. One Garrettsville artist translated those searing images into a quilt created from layered digital photographs of that historic moment. Now, “Mourning After” by Karen Hinkle is on display at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. As part of the “Quilts=Art=Quilts 2017” exhibit, it will remain on display from October 28, 2017-January 7, 2018. “Mourning After” — which took form as a five-by-seven-foot, digitally-printed, three-layer machine quilted work featuring colored threads and unique fiber technique — is one of 326 entries that were entered for consideration to the international show. It endures as one of 74 entries by 65 artists accepted for display in the juried exhibition, under the subject, “No one wants this to happen.” Free-hanging in front of the quilt is a billowing panel of organdy, reminiscent of the angry plume of smoke that overtook Hinkle’s view as she approached Garrettsville from south of town on March 22, 2014. That day remains as a scar in collective memory, when the Great Garrettsville Fire ripped through the Buckeye Block on Main Street, taking with it 14 businesses, a once-familiar skyline, and 160 years of history. More than three years later, all that occupies that space now is a grassy lawn. While a replacement building has been

Newton Falls Police Department Receives Grant NEWTON FALLS - Newton Falls Police Dept received a grant, in the amount of $50,000 from the office of Mike DeWine, State Attorney General, to better address the opioid crisis plaguing our area. Proudly, of the $3 million dollars in grants throughout the state given to 40 Law Enforcement Agencies, Newton Falls was one of 19 agencies in Northern Ohio to be approved. Chief Gene Fixler, who attended the news conference in Strongsville stated that his department will work vigorously to assist those who have overdosed, to try to get them help towards recovery, in a program that is locally called H A L O, Helping Addicted Loved Ones, which was actually coined by a well-known city employee. Chief Fixler has also recently teamed up with PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative), a nationwide group, for guidance in piloting our own program, and a local Cuyahoga County group, Safe Passages Initiative. Money from this grant will be used “strategically” for both covert operations and to help in recovery. The covert operation will be to vigorously work to identify drug dealers and put them in prison, while working in cooperation with civic organizations, churches, and recovery centers to assist those addicted to get and stay clean. Newton Falls Police is also active with T.A.G., the county drug enforcement group.

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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

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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.

Firedevils Seeking Vendors

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@

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.

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.

Crafters Needed

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.

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

Families Anonymous Meeting Mondays 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.

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TOPS Meetings Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

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!

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

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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 B a r. D i n n e r. D a n c i n g . Donation: $100 per couple. GRAND PRIZE: $2,000. Contact Hiram’s Station for more info (330) 569-9826. Money raised helps towards additional training for the fire department

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!

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 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.

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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.

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 440503-8414. Groups and buses 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!

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If you are interested in marching the homecoming half time show on Friday, September 29th, with the Marching Pride please email Kim at Please include your name, grad year, instrument - if you own or need to borrow an instrument, if you need music, and do you need alumni shirt and, if so, what size ($12.00/each). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 330-527-0278 (h), 330-260-9153 (cell).

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. For more information, please contact Bill Custer (440-343-4579) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

Shalersville Annual Community Potluck Dinner Sept 17 September 17, at the 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.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meeting Sept 18 The Portage County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, Sept 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Howard Hanna Building, 195 Barrington Sq., Aurora, OH 44202 (Next to Wendy’s and in the Heinen’s parking lot). This will be a potluck dinner meeting. Please bring a dish to share. Meeting will be informal with discussions on the 2018 goals and candidates, the 2017 accomplishments and future 2018 slate of ofďŹ cers for PCRWC. RSVP by calling 330 687-4067 or select attend meeting on Portage County Republican Women Club Facebook page.

Tree City Carvers Meetng Sept 19 Tree City Carvers will hold their monthly meeting on Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd. Kent. The meeting is open to the public and free to all for more info call Larry Hurd at:330-297-7905

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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.

Rummage Sale Sept 20 -21 Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a Rummage sale/Bake Sale on Sept 20th, 9am to 4pm. Bag Day will be held Sept 21st , 9am to 11am. Lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, dessert, and beverage will be available for purchase on the 20th only. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156 for orders & information.

Blue Mass For Safety Forces Sept 24 The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invite all local Law Enforcement,

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.

National Public Lands Day Bog Tours 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, 1010:45am, 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. For more info contact Adam Wohlever at (330)527-5118 or adam.wohlever@dnr.state.

3rd Annual Harvest Festival Oct 7 Join us for the 3rd Annual Harvest Festival at the Historic John Johnson Home. Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10 am - 2 pm. 6203 Pioneer Trail, Hiram, OH. FREE, fun activities for the whole family - Hay rack rides, lots of games, you can feed baby animals and have free tours of the Historic


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Turkey Dinner In Huntsburg Oct 7 Annual turkey dinner with all the ďŹ xings at Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road on Sat. Oct 7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Adults $11, Seniors $9, Children 5-10 $6, preschool free. Carry out available. Chinese auction tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. Come to the Pumpkin Festival and stay for dinner. Phone 440-636-5504.

Vintage Book and Various Sundry Items Sale 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.

Rivers Casino Bus Trip Oct 21 Rivers Casino Bus Trip, $40 per person due by Oct. 14th. Contact Paul or Bob Todor at 330-326-3188 for more info or at the American Legion Post 674, 9960 E. Center St., Windham.

Sewing For Support Deadline Oct 31 14 year old Bethany Mason, is working on a project called “Sewing For Support.� She is appealing to quilters, quilt guilds and quilt shops for any size quilt donation. These quilts will be given to breast cancer patients undergoing chemo at the Cleveland Clinic. The deadline for collecting the quilts will be Oct 31st. This project also counts toward Bethany’s gold award for Girl Scouts! For anyone wishing to donate a quilt, you can contact Marian Stryczny at 330-979-8517.

The GCRTA members have scheduled a luncheon outing for Tuesday October 3, 2017 at Grand River Cellars, 5750 Madison Road, Madison, Ohio 44057. (See map at for directions.) Gathering time is 11:15, business meeting begins at 11:30 and lunch is served at noon. The menu consists of marinated half-chicken, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable, mixed greens salad with balsamic dressing, warm bread, NY cheesecake with iced wine topping, and choice of water, iced tea, tea and coffee. The program is entitled ‘Is Abe Lincoln Smart Enough for Mary Todd?’ This is an entertaining theatrical presentation of a re-enactment conversation between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd. Lunch reservations are $19.50 per guest which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aid Program. Please write your check to GCRTA, and mail to Judy Miller GCRTA treasurer, at 17130 Kinsman Rd, MiddleďŹ eld, Ohio 44062. The check must arrive no later than Sunday, September 24, 2017. Be sure to notify Judy if you have any dietary restrictions. She can be reached by phone 440-487-4324, or email at Consider bringing a newly retired teacher or school personnel, or guest to the meeting. Also, remember to donate paper products or canned goods to the Geauga County Hunger Task Force. If you are in need of transportation, contact Geauga Transit a week in advance to schedule a ride. Reach them at 440-285-2222, or 440-564-7131 ext .5160.

Town Trotters, Ohio State Fair QualiďŹ ers SUBMITTED BY RYLEIGH GOUGH Congratulations to the following Town Trotter State QualiďŹ ers: Andrew Pemberton, Darla Derthick, Emma Evitts, Isabelle Puleo, Kayla Gough, Alyssa Kleinhen and Kasey Fyffe On July 8th, seven of our Town Trotter club members participated in the PAS Show (Performance Against Standards) all seven qualiďŹ ed for the Ohio State Fair. Traveling to Columbus the last week of July were our Pleasure riders -- Andrew Pemberton as he qualiďŹ ed in Western Horsemanship and Ranch Horse Pleasure and Emma Evitts as she qualiďŹ ed in both English and Western Showmanship, English Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle and Western Horsemanship. Isabelle Puleo as she qualiďŹ ed in Draft Horse Pleasure Driving, Hunter Under Saddle (Pony), Hunt Seat Equitation (13 years under) and Ranch Pony Pleasure and placed 6th in Draft Horse Pleasure Driving. We also had two of our contesting riders go down to State. Those riders were Kayla Gough and Alyssa Kleinhen. Kayla qualiďŹ ed in Barrels (Pony), Pole Bending (Pony), Stakes Race (Pony), and Keyhole (Pony) and placed 5th in Barrels, 2nd in Pole Bending, 2nd in Stakes Race and 2nd in Keyhole. As well as Alyssa, she qualiďŹ ed in Barrels, Pole Bending and Keyhole and placed in the top half of all three classes. We also had two riders who qualiďŹ ed for State but did not go. Those riders were our Pleasure rider Darla Derthick and our Contesting rider, Kasey Fyffe. Darla qualiďŹ ed in Showmanship. English Equitation and Western Pleasure. Kasey qualiďŹ ed in Barrels, Pole Bending, Stakes Race, and Keyhole.



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Sept 19 The James A GarďŹ eld 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 GarďŹ eld Historical Society’s building on the corner of Main and High at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 19th. Be sure to roll into town for this very interesting presentation!! Light refreshments will be served.



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Ohio EPA Assists Portage County Community with Drinking Water Improvements Ohio EPA is providing a $553,850 loan to the village of Garrettsville for Phase 2 of its North Street (SR 88) water main improvement project. Garrettsville will replace an aged and undersized water main with 1,800 feet of new 8-inch pipe, along with hydrants, valves and connections. When complete, the project will improve water pressure and minimize water main breaks that cause depressurization and result in boil advisories. The 20-year, low-interest loan through Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) will save the village $115,000 compared to a marketrate loan. Created in 1998, the WSRLA provides belowmarket interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements to community water systems and nonprofit, non-community public water systems. Eligible projects include design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components. In addition, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public drinking water systems in a variety of areas from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems. Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal grants and designed to last indefinitely through repayment of loans and

investments in bonds. The loan program is managed by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with help from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental and other technical reviews/approvals of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.

Mantua Village Garden Club News SUBMITTED BY LEA LAZAR

The Mantua Village Garden Club will meet, this month, on Sept. 11th, at the home of Debbie Haylett. The meeting will start at noon, with a light lunch and short business meeting. At this meeting, Debbie will prepare a couple of surprise craft projects, which will be revealed after lunch. As always, we invite anyone interested, to come and join in the fun with us. Call Paula Tubalkain for more information: 440-785-3728 (c), or 330-274-2890 (h). If you haven’t heard, the Quilts in the Village, on Sept. 16th, has been canceled. The DMRC will be considering changing the time frame, and possibly making it a bi-annual event. The Elegant English Tea, which was to be provided by the MVGC, has also been canceled.

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The Windham Bombers officially started a win streak in week 3 by overcoming Jackson-Milton. The Bombers were able to score 34 points on the JacksonMilton’s defense. While holding Jackson-Milton to 14 points. Both teams played a very physical hard hitting game. The Bombers with their big plays on 4th downs. The Garfield G-Men travelled to Burton to take on the Berkshire Badgers last Friday night. The G-Men beat the Badgers 48-0 and are now 2-1 on the season!



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MANTUA - Congratulations to Mantua Potato Festival organizer Brian Perkins and Pierogi Chairman Dean Olsen for not only meeting, but exceeding their goal of creating a World Record pierogi at this year’s Festival. The 200-pound, potato-filled dumpling was made from scratch at the Festival last Saturday by a team led by Jodie Fiala, owner of Jake’s Market in Mantua, and Jen Hirsch from Crestwood Food Services. Earlier, a 90-pound test pierogi was created, allowing the team to practice perfecting their pierogi-making prowess prior to the big day. The former record-holder, a casino in Pittsburgh, created a 123-pound pierogi in 2014. Mantua’s Prince of Pierogis, Dean Olson, figured, “If Pittsburgh can do it, we can do it better.” And as it turns out, Olsen was right, at least where pierogis are concerned. Beginning early in the day, the team set to work creating the pierogi dough, led by Fiala. The filling was created by a team of Crestwood Food Service employees. According to Perkins, the entire pierogi-making process was documented -- from the start of the day through the official weigh-in by Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito around 6 pm. The film will be submitted to Guinness officials, where the event will be verified, and eventually listed in the esteemed record book. It took a team of 10 people to lift the lid from a custom-made pan in which the giant dumpling Flower & Gift Shop boiled. After dousing the delicacy with a bucket of melted butter, a propane torch was used to ‘cook’ Let our staff with over 30 years of experience the top after the rest of help create what you are trying to say! the pierogi cooked on 240 Fragrances of The Month: Apple Pumpkin, Honey Crisp Apple Cider, Kitchen Spice BTU gas-burners. When cooking was complete, the 330-527-5666 • 8331 Windham St. • Garrettsville

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Dwayne H. Liezert passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Bayhealth, Kent General, Dover, at the age of 77. He was born June 21, 1940, to the late Cecil and Delsie (nee Schrock) Liezert. Mr. Liezer t was a traveling carpenter foreman for many years prior to becoming a chicken farmer. He was a hard worker who always wanted to take care of his family. He was a former councilman for the City of Twinsburg and the co-founder of the original Twins Days Festival. Mr. Liezert enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns, hunting when younger, spending time at his cabin and fishing. “Pap” or “Pappy” as he was called, always wanted to teach all the grandkids how to fish. Mr. Liezert was one of the most honest people you could ever meet with a great sense of humor. If he gave his word, it would happen. He often would help others without looking for credit. In addition to his parents, Mr. Liezert is preceded in death by his step-daughter, Billie Ann Palapay and brother, Donald Liezert. Mr. Liezert is survived by his loving wife, Jerilyn Leizert; son, Michael (Tracy) Liezert; daughters, Kimberly (Frank) Hegedus, Tammy Paquette; stepdaughters, Tammy (George) Gibson, Kelly Ann (Jerry) Koether, Sandra Souva; brother, Gordon Liezert; 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, as well as his former spouse Sheila (Cooper). Friends and family were received Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Wood-KortrightBorkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, with funeral services at 1:00 PM. Interment followed at the Aurora Mennonite Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www. Arrangements are by the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc., Harrington. Visit us at www. to sign condolence book.

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 6 Something I would like others to know about me... is that i am very creative and really enjoy playing with Legos!

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is being in the band because I love playing the clarinet. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The awesome teachers and staff make James A. Garfield a great district. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Creativity. It is the most important to me because I have a very creative mind to build things. What is your college or career focus? I want to be an inventor when I grow up because I like coming up with ideas. Planning ideas will help me prepare for this career.


Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... I have always loved space.

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is SSR….that means sustained silent reading. What is your college or career focus? I would like to be a an astronaut when I grow up and going to college for 8 years will help prepare me. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important core value. It is like all the others together and makes you a kinder person. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? I think James A. Garfield is a great school district because of the teachers. They teach very well.


Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I really do enjoy reading, and constantly find myself adding books to my unending list. I also want to make the most of my last year through hard work and some fun as well. What is your favorite school activity? Being a part of the marching band has given me many life long friends which I am grateful for. In my senior year I find myself looking back at how much fun and character development I have been given.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Responsibility. It is important to take responsibility for your actions, both good and bad. If you cannot be responsible other important qualities would be neglected. What is your college or career focus? I would like to go to college and major in Human Services. From there I would like to be employed as a social worker or in therapy What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The great connection students and teachers make with one another. The ability to speak to any staff member and receive a pleasant interaction in return is very memorable.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Grades 8-12 French Teacher 17 Years at Garfield

What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy hiking, sewing, drawing, singing, playing flute, caring for animals, gardening, writing poetry, watching the sunrise, fly fishing, kayaking, etcetera. The most interesting thing about me is… ...yet to be discovered. Garfield is the best place to work because… our whole community is so open-minded and accepting of a variety of viewpoints. No matter the subject, there is always someone who will listen and share ideas. I help make Garfield the best place for kids by… making our students my first priority in every aspect of school life. They come first. Period.

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Oh Slobberknocker And Snollygoster! IVA WALKER | COLUMNIST

I don’t wish to seem obsessed or anything but what’s all this about everyone thinking that they’ve got to get nekkid to make a point of some kind? Just spotted a brief piece in the AB-J about an event in Philadelphia where thousands of nude cyclist went off trekking around the City of Brotherly Love last Saturday. It was the annual (They do this every year? Where have I been?) Philly Naked Bike Ride—pretty explanatory title, I’d say, no beating around the bush. Bouncing painfully on the seat is another story. Some three thousand or so wheelmen—or women, as the case might be—followed a ten-mile course around the city, taking in the sights…and being some too, I’ll bet. The participants were allowed to go as bare as they’d dare. Some wore only the suits that they got for their birthdays; some sported underwear or body paint with glitter. The AB-J item started out, “And they’re off—the cyclists and their clothes”. That about says it. The purported reason for the ride was to protest dependence on fossil fuels, advocate for the safety of cyclists (Give ‘em three feet.) and promote positive body image. Well, I, for one am positive that I’m not going to catch the next one of these. The body is holding up pretty well but I’m not taking any chances. Those seats are instruments of torture when fully clothed—not going there in “the altogether”—or as I once told the seventh grade, when we were learning about the missionary presence coming to Hawai’i, “au naturel”. I wouldn’t make it to the end of the block, certainly not to the Liberty Bell. And while I’m at it…. I’ve been noticing new—or at least interesting—words to add to my vocabulary— one of my favorite pastimes. The one that really set me off recently was also found in the AB-J, sports section this time. The word was “slobberknocker”. Isn’t that a descriptive to beat all descriptives? Makes one think of those photos in Sports Illustrated where some boxer got punched in the face and spit, sweat, possibly a tooth or two, go flying all over the place. Apparently, it’s a term much more often used now to describe a hit in football, or even the whole game when hits of this sort are being expected. Something to be looked forward to on weekends. And “slobberk nocker” made me thin k of “snollygoster” (Doesn’t that sound like something that Mark Twain would have coined?). Turns out that it’s a nineteenth century American expression that refers to an unprincipled person—especially a politician— who operates for his own self-interest rather than the public good. (Is this ringing any bells out there?). One description of such an individual said that the position would have been reached by “monumental talknophical assumancy.” Got that? Experts who study such things believe that the term may have originated as “snally gaster”, from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geester, “quick spirit”, a fearsome combination bird and reptile which preyed on poultry and children (They’re so much alike!) and tales of these were told to recently-freed slaves to frighten them away from polling places in Maryland. President Harry Truman even used the term in 1952 when saying that he thought President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been snookered by some less-thanpatriotic persons, quite possibly in regards to the National Defense Interstate Highway System which was getting organized about that time and surely presented plenty of opportunities for self-interest to get tangled up in all sorts of big projects. Surely no echoes of such hankypanky are to be heard today! Oh, and there are lots more. I’ve been doing this collection for ages. I lay it at the feet of my maternal grandparents. They always gave the grandchildren books for Christmas. I still remember the names of the Bobbsey Twins—Flossie and Freddie were the blonde ones, Nan and Bert were the brunettes. Anyway, the

year that I was in the sixth grade, we took our one and only family vacation. We went to Florida, where my other grandparents had a place in Eustis (Not far from Orlando, which was nothing like its current incarnation). It turned out to be plenty cold; we had pictures of us four kids wading into the Atlantic Ocean…wearing our winter coats. Anyway, the books appeared at Christmas, as usual, and I got—I thought it was great—a MerriamWebster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Neat-O! So then, of course, all of the drive back—no sissy interstates for us (Or anybody, really), I sat in the back seat reading my way through the dictionary. It was neat! Not much of a plot but immense vocabulary. Word definitions, word derivations, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms, a gazetteer( That’s another whole story in itself), the works! I even remember one of the words which caught my fancy back then. It was “hubble-bubble”. Which, of course you know, is a variety of water pipe also sometimes called a hookah (The Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland, I never can remember which, has one.) Its first appearance in printed material occurred in 1634. It also can mean uproar or commotion…OR…some abstruse theory in astronomy. Same guy as is the namesake of the humongous Hubble telescope. You’ll have to look that up for yourself. The whole concept that words can have more than one meaning was on full display. Great stuff! There were just lots of cool words and I’ve never recovered from that ride. Of course, my sisters and I got mumps when we arrived home. Payback of some sort, I suppose, for having that much fun. More words to come. I’ll try to keep them inoffensive, but you never can tell what’s taken a turn for the worse lately. Remember, the word “gay” skated along for years meaning “ bright and cheerful and carefree”. So much for that. And euphemisms! I found a whole book on those. More fun. Stay tuned.


“What makes tomatoes go from green to red?” We checked several of our gardening and food science books to no avail, although we did learn from Lynn Coulter’s “Gardening with Heirloom Seeds” that tomatoes, native to South America and members of the nightshade family, took a while to catch on among Europeans. However, Brian McMahon at MentalFloss, Mandy Kendrick at Scientific American, and the University of Cambridge’s IntoBiology website all had the answer to our question. Chlorophyll makes the tomatoes green and, as they ripen, the chlorophyll begins to dissolve. Lycopene, a chemical in the tomato that has a red color, shows through as the chlorophyll dissolves. As this happens, the tomato will also become sweeter, softer, less acidic, and ready to eat. Fruits produce a chemical called ethylene in certain conditions, including as they ripen, and other fruit will respond to it. According to Jeremy Dore at GrowVeg and McMahon at Mental Floss, a green tomato in a paper bag with a ripe banana will respond to the ethylene given off by the banana, and it will begin to ripen itself. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www. or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.





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PROVIDED BY CHRIS PERME | COLUMNIST Directly & indirectly, you might be able to save more per month than you think. Hidden paths to greater savings can be found at home and at work, and their potential might surprise you. Little everyday things may be costing you dollars you could keep. Simply paying cash instead of using a credit card could save you four ďŹ gures annually. An average U.S. household carries $9,000 in revolving debt; as credit cards currently have a 13% average annual interest rate, that average household pays more than $1,000 in ďŹ nance charges a year.1 The typical bank customer makes four $60 withdrawals from ATMs a month – given that two or three are probably away from the host bank, that means $5-12 a month lost to ATM fees, or about $60-100 a year. A common household gets about 15 hard-copy bills a month and spends roughly $80 a year on stamps to mail them – why not pay bills online? Automating payments also rescues you from late fees.1 A household that runs full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, washes cars primarily with water from a bucket, and turns off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth may save $100 (or more) in annual water costs.1 Then, there are the big things you could do. If you are saving and investing for the future in a regular, taxable brokerage account, that account has a drawback: you must pay taxes on your investment income in the year it is received. So, you are really losing X% of your return to the tax man (the percentage will reect your income tax rate).2 In traditional IRAs and many workplace retirement plans, you save for retirement using pre-tax dollars. None of the dollars you invest in those plans count in your taxable income, and the invested assets can grow and compound in the account without being taxed. This year and in years to follow, this means signiďŹ cant tax savings for you. The earnings of these accounts are only taxed when withdrawn.2,3 How would you like to save hundreds of dollars per month in retirement? By saving and investing for retirement using a Roth IRA, that is essentially the potential you give yourself. Roth IRAs are the inverse of traditional IRAs: the dollars you direct into them are not tax deductible, but the withdrawals are tax free in retirement (assuming you abide by I.R.S. rules). Imagine being able to receive retirement income for 20 or 30 years without paying a penny of federal income taxes on it in the years you receive it. Now imagine how sizable that income stream might be after decades of compounding and equity investment for that IRA.4 Many of us can ďŹ nd more money to save, today & tomorrow. Sometimes the saving possibilities are right in front of us. Other times, they may come to us in the future because of present-day ďŹ nancial decisions. We can potentially realize some savings by changes in our ďŹ nancial behavior or our choice of investing vehicles, without resorting to austerity. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or cperme@ďŹ www.permeďŹ nancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and ďŹ nancial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory OfďŹ ce: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or afďŹ liate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its afďŹ liated companies.


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Notes from the vineyard AMANDA CONKOL | COLUMNIST

Boy did this weekend really make us start thinking about Fall. The cooler nights, sipping our Caramel Apple Sangria and hanging out by the bonďŹ res was a great way to enjoy the weekend! While we were enjoying the weather, my kids and I started talking about what activities we wanted to do this Fall and memories of apple picking, carving pumpkins and chasing leaves have me excited for the season. To ease into the Fall season, we are planning a number of great events at the winery as well! We are excited to announce that we are going to host our 5th Annual Shrimp Boil. Our gourmet food truck, starsTRUCK, will be serving up some southern hospitality with a spread of shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and more! The ďŹ rst night is sold out so we’ve opened a second evening for you to join us! Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family and join us on Saturday, October 7th from 5pm - 10pm for this great tradition. True to the Shrimp Boil dinner theme – no plates or silverware are needed‌ each table will be covered with a tablecloth and when dinner is ready, our chef will spread the food across your table for you to pick up and eat. It’s a great way to sit back and enjoy a Fall night with friends and family while we do all the cooking. Reservations are required and we recommend you call soon, as we expect this fantastic event to sell out! Dinner tickets are $19.99/person plus tax and gratuity. When making your reservation please select a seating time: 5:30, 6:00, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. So, gather some friends and family and make your reservations now to join us for our annual shrimp boil.

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1. AFTERWARDS - The 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the USA that killed 2,977 people took place 16 years ago. The S&P 500 stock index closed for 6 days following the attacks and then reopened on Monday 9/17/01. In the 1-year following 9/11/01, the S&P 500 lost 15.5% on a total return basis. 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. TEN - The S&P 500 gained just +0.3% (total return) in August 2017, its 10th consecutive “up� month and 17th of its last 18 months that have been positive on a total return basis. The last time the S&P 500 had a streak this long was the 10 consecutive months that ended in September 1995 or 22 years ago (source: BTN Research).


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5. LUMP-SUM NEEDED - A present value (PV) amount of $210,435 is required to fund a $1,000 per month payment for 25 years with a +3% annual increase for maintenance of purchasing power assuming that a +6% annual rate of return is maintained into the future. The PV amount is $280,575 if the required payment period is 40 years. The calculations ignore the impact of taxes and are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to reflect any specific investment alternative (source: BTN Research). 6. BEFORE AND AFTER HARVEY - The national average price of gasoline had increased just 3 ½ cents per gallon YTD through Friday 8/25/17, the day Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. In the 2 weeks since then, average gas prices nationwide have gone up another 32 cents a gallon (source: AAA).

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OIL CHANGE $ Includes Free 30-Point Vehicle Inspection

4. OUT OF BUSINESS - Lehman Brothers, a 158-year old company, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection on 9/15/08 (9 years ago) when no “white knight� emerged to rescue the company from its substantial investment in subprime mortgages. It was (and still is) the largest US bankruptcy ever (source: BTN Research).

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Christopher A. Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services for 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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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 DAY COOK NEEDED, 10-4, Monday thru Friday. Apply at Garrettsville Dairy Queen.

WANTED: FT COOK. Must be able to work weekends. A p p l y i n p e r s o n C a l ’s Restaurant.


FIREWOOD Different Hardwoods By the truckload or a cord. Delivered (330) 274-2516

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

GoldFire Realty

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

411 Columbia Ave, Newton Falls

Charming, move-in-ready colonial w/ many updates! Full bsmnt, 3bd/1.5ba, 3 large park-like lots, detached garage and shed! MLS 39927298 $94,900

Heather Lutz Neal

MOVING, GARAGE & TAG SALE Snow blower, dolls, housewares, too much to list. Sept. 15 & 16. 9 am - ? 8031 Zupancic, Garrettsville. T H R E E D AY U N I Q U E SALE at 11801 Kenyon Dr. Hiram. Holiday items, school supplies, toys, books and much more on 30+ tables. September 14 - 16 10 am - 5 pm. Saturday - Bag Day from 2-5.

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 6 MONTH OLD KITTENS. White with gray patches. Spayed and neutered. Had rabies vaccine. $20 each. 330296-5803 or 234-738-5468.

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

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

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

Fun By The Numbers

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

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


1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 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

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 9/15

Classifieds $10 for up to 20 words .20 ea additional word Deadlines are 5 pm Friday

Math Corner


HEY KIDS! Here’s how the Math Corner works: Work the questions below and fill in the answers. Then clip and send before the deadline to: MATH CORNER, c/o The Weekly Villager, 8088 Main Street, Garrettsville OH 44231. Three winners will be drawn from all correct entries received. Prizes are courtesy of Garrettsville McDonald’s. Good luck. length and segment AB is 38mm. The length 1. The and segment of AC is 92mm. What is the length and segment of BC?






Maggie and Kay share a square room with side length 12 feet. If they want to divide the room equally, what is the area in square feet of Maggie’s share of the room’s floor space?


*** REDUCED *** 9870 Belden Dr., Windham

Qualifies for USDA 0% down. 3bd/1ba Ranch * Fenced-in Yard * 15x10 deck Stone patio * Storage shed * Move-in ready MLS 3884759 $54,900

Ryan Neal


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The school’s ratio of boys to girls is 4:5. If there are 125 3. girls, what is the total number of students at the school?

10495 Holcomb Rd.,Newton Falls

3 bd/1.5 ba * Split level * 2+ acres * 2 skylights in LR * Slider off DR to 2-tiered deck * Private porch off Master BD * Nature stone floor in basement MLS 3937716 $139,900

330-687-0622 Shauna Bailey


Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.

answer Your school

Your name Grade/Math teacher

Ph one number


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.

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