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Friday, September 22, 2017

Garrettsville Village Council News Benjamin Coll | Staff Reporter

Portage County First Responders To Participate In Disaster Exercises Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

This Saturday, September 23rd, local first responders will participate in a disaster exercise at the Shelly Company Gravel Pit on Price Road in Shalersville Township. The 700-acre property will be the site of a mock-emergency scenario that assumes a tornadic event has traversed through a state park and campground during its peak season. In the scenario, local resources quickly become overwhelmed, and call on multi-agency and multijurisdictional response for assistance. To that end, the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will assist local first responders. The Portage County OHS/EM office will work in conjunction with the Portage County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Big Creek Search and Rescue on this disaster exercise, which will provide local first responders with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies and procedures in response to a disaster scenario, Ryan Shackelford, director of PC OHS/EM explained. While area residents may notice more traffic than usual, according to Shackelford, they aren’t planning any road closures or changes in traffic flow. But higher levels of traffic will be beneficial, since the expected outcome of the exercise is to test multi-agency and public-private response to and coordination of a possible disaster incident, Shackelford explained. As a part of the day-long training exercise, between 40 - 60 participants from a variety of local agencies and organizations will simulate a variety of situations, including search and rescue, high rope rescue, water/dive rescue & recovery, and hazardous materials response. According to Shackelford, “One of the main capabilities we are testing in this exercise is the notification of response organizations. The initial 9-1-1 calls to activate teams and dispatch members will occur Friday afternoon. This is what we call an out-of-sequence event. It allows us to evaluate communication and dispatch procedures,” he explained. “Being an exercise and the amount of recruitment and planning that occurs, all assets and teams will arrive Saturday morning with the mindset that we have already been dispatched and we can hit the ground running. It allows us to control the exercise and use resources wisely,” Shackelford stated. The Saturday event will include two platforms: exercise and training. He continued, “the exercise portion for the Local Emergency Planning Committee will be based on a hazardous materials incident in which simulations will be very realistic to a scenario. Due to an exercise environment, the missing stressors are the realistic threats to people, environment and property. Nonetheless, the hazardous materials portion will have realistic simulations occurring.” The rest of the day’s events will be based on a plausible emergency scenario, but taking place in a self-paced and controlled training environment. This will give specialty response teams practice in tactical procedures and capabilities, and help them learn to effectively integrate with private sector teams on a larger scale. “Testing multi-jurisdictional/agency response to disaster scenarios do not occur frequently, so the advantages to do so are tremendous,” Shackelford acknowledged.

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“In an exercise like this,” he explained, “there is a certain amount of information known about the scenario to plan for personnel and equipment to be available in order to test the command structure, special teams and other partners. The simultaneous training that will be happening will also test how these units collaborate in the response.” Shackelford continued, “As for the training portion of the event, they know what actions they will be taking but do not know the number of missing people or where they can be found within the 700-acre site of the mock-incident.” He explained that the Hazmat chemical hazard portion of the exercise will be totally unknown to first responders, who will need to identify the hazard upon arrival, since one of the evaluated portions of the training exercise is incident assessment. While this seems like a very aggressive undertaking, according to Shackelford, his office at the OHS/EM has instituted a very active exercise component at, for example, in 2015, firefighters with the Portage County Urban Search and Rescue Team participated in Guardian Shield ‘15, an interagency, multi-state exercise that brought together local first responders, state and federal agencies and regional National Guard assets to test their capabilities to respond to a simulated complex catastrophe situation. According to Shackelford, the exercise included 1,000 people throughout multiple locations, in which Portage County was included. “Additional disaster exercises and drills occur continuously as we attempt to strengthen our county and municipalities’ ability to respond to and recover from our worst hazards,” he shared. Throughout the exercise, evaluators will be filling out forms or exercise evaluation guides in response to observed actions during this Saturday’s exercise. The forms will be submitted to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Northeast Ohio office, which will submit the evaluation packet to the Ohio State Emergency Response Commission for approval. For both training scenarios of the day, a ‘hot wash’, or debriefing, will follow the exercises in order to identify areas of improvement. The PC OHS/EM will work to develop corrective actions, if necessary, to strengthen response partners. The following agencies and organizations will participate in the exercise: Portage County OHS/EM – LEPC; Portage County Sheriff’s Office; Medical Reserve Corps with the Portage County Health District; fire departments for Charlestown, Edinburgh, GarrettsvilleFreedom-Nelson, Kent, Mantua-Shalersville, Palmyra and Paris; Portage County Hazardous Materials Response Team; Portage County Urban Search and Rescue Team; Portage County Water Rescue Team; Portage County Incident Management Assistance Team; Amateur Radio Operators/PC OHS/EM Communications Unit; and Big Creek Search and Rescue. All teams are comprised of volunteers and members of various fire and police departments in Portage County. “Our office greatly appreciates the efforts and willingness of local first responders to participate in exercises. What we learn strengthens our preparedness and coordinated response and will benefit our residents if we face a disaster,” Shackelford said.

Garrettsville – Village officials present at the September 13th village council meeting, were Village Solicitor Michele Stuck, Linda Hartman, and Council people Steve Hadzinsky; Tom Hardesty; Deb (Glass) Wordell; Sheri Johnson; Jeff Kaiser; and Becky Harrington. The meeting was called to order around 7:30pm by Council President Hardesty. The minutes from the prior meeting were approved in a unanimous vote; as was a motion to pay the bills. Hadzinsky informed the other officials that he believes the village is still on track to finish the year in the black. Resolution 2017-28, a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for, accept and enter into an agreement for a revolving loan account for the GIS mapping and assessment project was approved unanimously. Village Council also expressed support for an upcoming EMS Levy. Kaiser explained that while the new levy would essentially be a replacement of the existing levy it cannot be billed as one in the ballot language. Long story short, if approved by voters, this levy would replace the existing one and generate an additional .8 mils-- allowing Community EMS to undertake some muchneeded expenditures in the next 3-4 years. These projects included replacements to vehicle chassis, purchasing three new heart monitors, and potentially replacing the chase car/SUV which is getting up there in years. Multiple resolutions were passed honoring businesses and individuals, including: Resolution 2017-30 honoring former Police Sergeant Eric Dunn for his service to the Village and its residents Resolution 2017-31 honoring Valerie McCullough for her service in the Income Tax Department Resolution 2017-33 recognizing Charles Auto Family for their 60 years in business Discussion of changes to the village website were tabled until the October meeting. Bids are still being sought for replacement of carpeting and windows at Village Hall. Resolution 2017-32, which was passed unanimously, authorizes the mayor and village to settle an outstanding Ohio Worker’s Comp claim from 2005. Council had their first reading of proposed ordinance 2017-35 which amends the water rates. After studying the water department budget, it was noticed that the ongoing rate increase schedule is insufficient to maintain the planned water line replacement schedule. The current rate increase schedule appears to be hampered by a drop in water consumption – which is likely tied to increased awareness of water usage. This reduction in consumption reduces the department’s projected revenue. Ordinance 2017-35 would add a 2% base rate increase to the already scheduled 5% increase in 2018. We’ll likely hear more details at the second reading of the ordinance at the October meeting. Keith Whan informed council that an insurance settlement of a little over $14,000 was received for the damaged police vehicle. The first of two new police SUVs has been ordered, while a motion from Kaiser to authorize the purchase of a 2018 Chevy Tahoe with Interceptor Package at a price not to exceed $36,000 was made and subsequently withdrawn. This purchase will likely be discussed further at the October meeting. A Garrettsville resident was present at the meeting to find out what information had been found regarding an issue they are having with a storm basin. The resident reported that damage to their drain tile occurred because of work performed by the gas company on the right of way. The residents expressed their disappointment in the council’s unwillingness to help them -- it should be noted that in general, the village does not inspect work performed by utility companies and the resident should contact the PUCO office to register a complaint and to request the gas company look into this problem. Roundtable Tidbits: Hardesty reported that stones for the planters at the recently refurbished municipal lot had been ordered. He also mentioned that there are about < 1000 linear feet of sidewalk to replace. Hadzinsky read from an open letter he wrote to Harrington, an apology for a newspaper article that was, in his opinion, unkind to her. Wordell spoke with Tom Collins and Dolores McCumbers about the new entrance to Headwaters Trail on Windham Street. The Rotary has plans to add a bench, bike rack, and some landscaping to help improve the area. Wordell also asked if the fencing along Windham Street could be removed – some discussion followed about the usefulness of the fence in screening debris during floods. Hardesty shared some photos from past floods in that area. Kaiser inquired about the Liberty Street bridge replacement project which seems to be plagued by constant postponements. He would like to see the project completed this year. Harrington reported that she has not yet heard anything back on the Nature Works grant.


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Portage County Gardeners Need Crafters!

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.

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Crafters needed for 8th Annual Craft Show Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham 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.

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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!

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Spaghetti Dinner Sept 23 The Newton Falls United Methodist church youth group will be having a spaghetti dinner and variety show on September 23, from 5-7:30 pm. The cost is $10 for adults $6 for children under 10 and 5 and under are free. Dinner will be held at the church, 336 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls. There will also be a basket raffle.

Every Thursday Blue Mass For Safety St. Michael’s Church Weekly Forces Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

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

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!

Handbags For A Greyt Cause Sept 23 Freeway’s Greyt Escape still has handbags! Lots of beautiful new and gently used handbags available first come first serve! Saturday September 23rd from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM rain or shine. Most bags $2 - $7. No reasonable offer refused for few remaining designer bags. All proceeds benefit Freeway’s greyhound charity. 10555 South Street, Garrettsville. 239-470-6429

Swiss Steak Dinner Sept 23 First Congregational UCC, 4022 St Rt 44, Rootstown will hold a Swiss Steak Dinner Saturday, September 23 at 4pm to 6:30. The dinner includes potatoes, gravy, assorted salads and vegetables, rolls, dessert selections and

Sept 24 The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invites 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. For more information, please contact Bill Custer (440-343-4579) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

Free Community Dinner Sept 26 There will be a free community dinner on Sept. 26 from 5-6 pm (while supplies last) at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St., Windham. Everyone welcome!

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.

God Provides A Free Meal Sept 29 God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church sept. 29 4 to 6:00 9367 st. Rt.305. Macaroni & meat - salad - dessert.

Pork Chop Dinner Sept 30 On the 30th of September there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4:00 and we serve until 6:30 or when the food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or

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

Sept 21 - Games Sept 28 - Pie is For Breakfast, Too Oct 5 - Bingo & Doughnuts

ALL Area Seniors WELCOME! NEED A RIDE? Call PARTA at 330-678-7745 or 330-672-RIDE. For a nominal fee they can pick you up and get you back home! punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey. Takeouts are available.

Bloomfield Historical Society Dance Sept 30 On September 30, the North Bloomfield Historical Society, will host a Square Dance. This will be held at the Town Hall. At Rt. 45 & Rr. 87. The time is 7:00pm till 9:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The admission is 5.00 per person. For more information call (330)506-3370

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 Johnson Home, constructed in 1829.

Therapy Dog Reading Program Oct 7 Practice your reading skills this fall as we welcome Paws for Reading into our library for some therapy-dog reading fun. Saturday, October 7 at 11 a.m. Registration required. Grades K-5. Burton Public Library, 440.834.4466.

Parents Without Partners Oct 7 Celebrate a County Western theme, Portage county Chapter #600 of International Parents Without partners, will have a sloppy joe supper with side dishes and desserts from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Avenue, Tallmadge. Cost will be $5 per person (members and nonmembers). After supper, the PWP chapter will have its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11pm. Dance is public: $6 members, $8 non-members. Music by disk jockey Mel. PWP is a single parent support group, mainly an educational and family group but active in other endeavors. The members take the time to have fun, not only with other adults but also with their children. For info call Warrine 330-322-9559.

Turkey Dinner In Huntsburg Oct 7 Annual turkey dinner with all the fixings 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.

Fall Bazaar Oct 14 The Burton Congregational Church will hold its Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Delicious, affordable lunch will be served all day. Craft items, baked goods, and candy will be on sale along with a Rummage Sale. Attention Craft Vendors: Call Kathy to reserve table space $20 per table. 440-834-1172.

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R avenna - A Night of Hope to benefit the Haven of Portage County will be held on Sunday September 24 at Portage Community Chapel from 6:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a concert by local Christian musicians, testimonies, a Kids Corner (with face painting, activities and D.A.R.E. participation), local vendors and businesses. Admission is free and doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a candlelight closing at 8:00. The Haven of Portage County is a rescue mission and warming center in Portage County that will address each stage of homelessness and provide holistic healing. Portage Community Chapel is located at 6490 State Rte. 14, Ravenna, Ohio For more information please call 330-238-3669 or visit

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Oct 14 Fun for the whole family. Join us for a hay ride, pumpkin decorating, food, sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores and more Saturday, October 14th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Maplewood Christian Church at 7300 S.R. 88 in Ravenna. For more information call 330297-6424.

Spaghetti Dinner & Chinese Auction Oct 15 The Crestwood High School Boys and Girls Soccer Teams are holding their annual spaghetti dinner/Chinese Auction fundraiser on Sunday, October 15 from 12 - 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church Hall, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. Meal consists of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Tickets for the dinner are $7.00 presale, $8 at the door with Senior citizens and children ages 6-11 are $5.00. Tickets for the auction are $1 each or 6 for $5. If interested in tickets, please contact a soccer player, or Laurel at 216-406-1637.

Pumpkin Painting Oct 18 All ages welcome with caregiver. Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. Registration required. Burton Public Library, 440.834.4466 Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll supply the pumpkins and paint, you supply the creativity!

Deadline Oct 31 14 year old Bethany Mason, is working on a project called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sewing For Support.â&#x20AC;? 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 Bethanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gold award for Girl Scouts! For anyone wishing to donate a quilt, you can contact Marian Stryczny at 330-979-8517.

Cooking Class for Kids Nov 8 B u r t o n P u b l i c L i b r a r y, 440.834.4466. Ages 5+. Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll prepare simple recipes that are hands-on and incorporate fresh and healthy ingredients.

Christmas Boutique Nov 12 St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Club will hold itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 33rd Annual Christmas Boutique on Sunday, November 12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Hughes Hall. Tables are still available for crafters - $30 for an 8 ft. table (2nd table is $25). To reserve a table and/or for more info., Please contact Marlene at 330-274-8145. christmas-boutique

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.

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Warren - Kent State University at Trumbull and Kent State Trumbull Theatre are looking for actors for an upcoming production, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ANOTHER Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? The play will be performed Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. In the theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third joint deaf/hearing play production, deaf and hearing actors (signers and speakers) are encouraged to try out. (Audience members who are signing-impaired will be able to follow the play through the speakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance and those who are hearing-impaired will be able to follow the play through the signersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance.) Auditions will be held Sept. 27 & 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Kent State Trumbull Auditorium. Children over the age of four and adults of any age are encouraged to try out. Kent State Trumbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus is located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren. Participants are asked to complete the audition form at Anyone unable to attend auditions, can complete and submit the above-mentioned form, and include a link to a video in which they audition a monologue in the language of their choice (spoken English or American Sign Language). The theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next production is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Back in Angerâ&#x20AC;?, performed Oct. 13-15 and 20-22. For more information about Kent State Trumbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre programs, visit

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The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will meet on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, at 1pm, at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Twp., Ohio.( Located behind the Fire Station.) Our program will be Eric Noltkamper, a local accordionist, who has performed all over Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is very entertaining. After his performance, we will hold a brief meeting and hear what is coming up next month, and some facts that our government is working on for us seniors. As you know, school is in session now and traffic patterns have changed, so we must be alert. We are still collecting food staples and paper products for theâ&#x20AC;?Food For Friends â&#x20AC;&#x153;food pantry, and items such as dry dog food, canned dog food, blankets, hot dogs, etc., for the Geauga Dog Shelter, and of course, if you forget to bring in any items, we will always collect monetary donations for both. After the meeting, we will enjoy our sweet treats, brought in by the members, and a nice cup of coffee (it is getting cooler out now) and visit with friends. Please come an see what we are all about. Hope to see you there. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767.

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FALL SCOUT DAYS - For that scout in your life, Geauga Park District is proud to announce its Scout Days programs that will help him or her achieve Nature-related scouting goals this fall. Both offerings will be Saturday, September 30, at Frohring Meadowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Katydid Shelter: Boy Scout Insect Study Merit Badge from 9 to 11 a.m., and Brownie Girl Scouts Bugs Badge from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required at www.geauaparkdistrict. org or 440-286-9516. Details and covered requirements for these achievements are listed on the website. For Boy Scouts wishing to complete their merit badges at the program, a certified merit badge counselor will be on site to sign off. Please call ahead with questions. COYOTE CALL - If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever wanted to connect with coyotes, or enjoy hearing their voices at night way off in the distance, this is the program for you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn all about this locally prevalent animal, then hike out to two survey locations to broadcast real recordings into the night with hopes of hearing return calls! Howling with Coyotes! returns to Frohring Meadows on Saturday, September 30, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is required to participate at www.geaugaparkdistrict. org or 440-286-9516, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cost, and all ages are welcome. Please call the number if you have any questions at all. Naturalists have even deemed this program among Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not to Be Missed, meaning that it features a very special seasonal encounter with the Great Outdoors. We hope you can join us! REPTILE DAY - From snakes to lizards, reptiles are amazing, and for awesome face-to-face encounters with them, there will be no place like The West Woods on Sunday, September 24, 12:30 to 4 p.m. All ages are invited to Reptile Day, where members of the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH) will bring a variety of these incredible creatures for live-and-in-person observation and enjoyment. Registration is not required for this event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just show up! The West Woods Nature Center is fully wheelchair/ stroller accessible. Please feel free to call 440-286-9516 with questions. For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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The Lake Milton American Legion Auxiliary installed new officers for the 2017-18 on Monday, September 11. For over 100 years the auxiliary has worked tirelessly to support veterans and their families in peacetime and during conflicts. In addition, the auxiliary supports community efforts to help those in need. New members are always welcome! Pictured above are (seated from left): Mary Ann Hughes- Executive Board, Joyce Patrick - ALA 737 President, Mary Ann Leonard - outgoing President. Standing from left: Kathy Rutushin - Past President, Kaye McLaughlin - Chaplain, Joyce Street - 1st Vice President, Phyllis Nuzzie - Secretary, Tracey Ayers - Sargent at Arms, Janet Batta- Treasurer, Karen Shesko - Historian, Jackie Gardner - 2nd Vice President.

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The Windham Bombers continued their win streak with a crushing 41 - 14 over Matthews. This brings the Bombers to 4-0. The Bombers won with the physical play of their line. Will the Bombers carry their forward momentum into next week? The Bombers play their long time rival the Garfield G-Men Friday night at Garfield. The Garfield G-Men travelled to Pymatuming Valley last Friday night where they boosted their record to 3-1 after a 42-0 win!!!! The G-Men return home for a nonleague match against the Windham Bombers.


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Garrettsville - Angels everywhere! Once inside Angelic Presence, you’ll find home decor, jewelry, ornaments, figurines, tokens, pictures, bereavement items, statues, metalwork, crystals, stones and countless other gift options related to angels, spirituality and healing. This new gift shop of over 1,000 angels — located in Suite 1 of the Farley Building at 8052 State Street— is co-owned and operated by Vicky Kimble and Cheryl Abraham. Both women say this shop is an outgrowth of their involvement and leadership in the Garrettsville Spiritual Gathering group (formerly the Metaphysical Chat Group), which meets the last Wednesday of the month at Village Hall to host authors, speakers and presentations pertaining to the spiritual realm. In addition to their main floor shop, they will host special workshops, classes, presentations and healing work on the upper level. Vicky offers Integrated Energy Therapy, while Cheryl offers Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Intuitive Healing. On October 26 from 6-8pm, Angelic Presence will host Maria Celeste Provenzano Cook, author of What I did to Heal through Cancer, Chemo and Radiation. When asked what motivated her to open this new business, Vicki said, “I have been talking to angels for a long time, so this is a natural next step in my progression.” Cheryl is pleased to bring her healing services to a wider clientele through a dedicated space at the shop, “unleashing pathways of the body’s own healing powers” for troubles including stress, migraines, TMJ, cancer/ chemo side effects, and the lingering pain from previous physical or emotional trauma. Officially opening its doors on September 27, Angelic Presence will hold its Grand Opening on October 7,

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when the first 25 purchasing customers will receive a free gift. There will be finger food and beverages for all, and personalized readings for upstairs visitors. The shop’s regular hours will be 11am-5pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 11am-7pm on Thursdays. The store phone number is (330) 527-8191. Visit the Angelic Presence page on Facebook for further information.

See the Moving Wall This Weekend Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, located on the National Mall in Washington D.C. pays tribute to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War. The Wall is actually comprised of two identical wa l l s c o nt a i n i ng 74 individual granite panels that each stretch 246 feet and 9 inches, etched with more than 58,000 names. At the Wall’s vertex, they reach over 10 feet in height. These names are listed in chronological order based on the date of casualty; within each day, names are shown in alphabetical order. By far, the most defining attribute of the Memorial is the reflective surface, which allows visitors to see their own reflection in the engraved names. According to Statista Research, approximately 5.60 million people visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2015. If you or your family have not been part of the fortunate number who have seen the Wall in D.C., you’ll have a chance to experience it for yourselves, at least in part, at Perry High School this weekend. The exhibit, called the “Moving Wall”, is a half-sized replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It has been touring the country for thirty plus years to share the experience with those who have not had the opportunity to visit Washington. The exhibit will be open to the public from noon on Thursday, September 21st until 6 pm on Sunday, September 24th. On Thursday morning, a funeral procession will depart from LaMalfa on Heisley Road in Mentor. By 9:30 a.m., the procession will arrive at Perry High School where the wall panels will be placed. Beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, a multitude of honorary presentations will be made, featuring Lake County Vietnam veterans, and at 7 pm, an opening ceremony will be held. Various events will take place throughout the weekend; visit www.nbzapparel. com/vietnammovingwall for a detailed schedule. e The Moving Wall will be Th open 24 hours a day until Village Bookstore 6 pm on Sunday. The Moving Wall 8140 Main St. monument will be Garrettsville OH 44231 constructed outside Perry 330-527-3010 High School, at 1 Success

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December 12- Holiday Hair: From pony tails to messy buns that will make all your holiday events fun, we will be discussing the right ponytails holders to use and where you need to secure your hair. Please be sure to bring any tools you use at home so that after the tutorial you are ready to recreate salon-style hair. Samples and discounted products will be available on the night of classes. Facet Salon and Day Spa does have discount and lay away plans available on each tutorial night. To register for classes or for more information call Facet Salon at 330-527-4347.


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JA Garfield Spotlights GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 5 Something I would like others to know about me... I want to help people who are in need and I want everyone to love coming to school. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is science because you get to learn about things like rocks.. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The teachers make James A. Garfield a great place. They do awesome things! What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Kindness and Respect are the most important core values to me. What is your college or career focus? I want to be a policeman because I want to help people who need help or are getting hurt. I want to go to Hiram College.


Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... My name has started to spread to softball teams and everyone is saying, “Watch out she’s good.”

What is your college or career focus? I want to be a professional softball player for Tennessee. If I don’t do that then i want to be a lawyer. I would have to go to law school. For softball I would have to practice day and night. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Creativity is the most important core value to me because I like to think of crafts or basically anything outside the box and do it. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? All the funny teachers we have make James A. Garfield a great place.They teach very well.


Grade: 10 Something I would like others to know about me... I like the outdoors and I like to hunt and play baseball. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activities are baseball and science class.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important core value to be. If we respect each other we will all get along and make our school even better. What is your college or career focus? I want to be a civil engineer when I graduate. I will need to get a bachelors degree in civil engineering technology What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The teachers are what make James A. Garfield a great place. They are really good teachers.

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What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy sewing and camping with my family. The most interesting thing about me is… ... my amazing family! Garfield is the best place to work because… of the caring teachers and staff! I help make Garfield the best place for kids by… being friendly, kind, and making sure their needs are met.


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Nearby Nature The Unappreciated….Mosses and Lichens Joe Malmisur | Columnist

I know several people who work tirelessly in the background doing all the hard and dirty work, making sure the day to day activities get done, and keeping things running; but NEVER GET THE CREDIT! Never get a ‘that a boy” or “great job”. This is the case with two members of the plant kingdom, mosses and lichens. This article is my feeble attempt to give credit where credit is due and thank those unappreciated, hard working members of the plant kingdom. There are about 24,700 species of bryophytes — mosses, liverworts, and hornworts in the world and no one really know how many lichen species there are. However it is estimated that lichens are the dominant vegetation on 8% of the earth’s terrestrial surface. Yes 8% and you probably have never paid much attention to these interesting plants. Both of these groups are highly adapted to a diversity of terrestrial environments, even deserts! In order to begin to understand these two different plant groups we need to start with some basic botany. All living plants can be organized into four distinct groups: NonVascular (no xylem or phloem), Seedless vascular plant (Ferns), Gymnosperms (C o n i f e r s) , a n d Angiosperms (Flowering plant). Both Bryophytes and Lichens fall in the first group. As mentioned earlier, we will focus on one of the bryophytes, the mosses; sorry liverworts and hornworts. Although moss and lichens are both called non-vascular plants, only mosses are plants. Lichens and mosses have a few things in common, size, and habitats. Mosses retain water, which is what lichens use to prolong their growth cycle. That’s why most lichen will have mosses growing along side of them and vice versa. Lichens do not h a ve a n y r o o t s , stems, or leaves. Ever ything in the lichen’s environment is absorbed into the lichen’s str uct ure. Lichens get their water and nutrients from their surrounding environment via air and rain. Lichens are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga; “that took a LIKEN to one another.” Sorry could not resist that naturalist gem! The dominant partner is the fungus, which gives the lichen the majority of its characteristics, from its thallus shape to its fruiting bodies. The alga can be either a green alga or a blue-green alga. Many lichens will have both types of algae. The general structure of lichen is composed of layers of fungus and alga. The cortex is the outer layer of the lichen thallus. These cells are thicker and more closely packed than the other fungal cells in the lichen. Green algae generally give the lichen a bright green color when wet. Cyanobacteria can be a layer under the upper cortex or in tiny pockets on top of the upper cortex if there is a green algal layer already present. Cyanobacteria will give the lichen a dark green, brown, or black color. In many cases lichens are pioneer species. Rhizines are fungal filaments that extend from the medulla and attach the lichen to its substrate. The rhizines of the lichen break down exposed rocks or wood, producing soil particles and releasing nutrients for the use of more complex plants that succeed them. Most mosses are small; few exceed 7 centimeters in height. Mosses have spread all around the world and are found in wet environments such as rainforests, wetlands, and alpine ecosystems. They are also common in urban areas with a wet climate and often establish on driveways, sidewalks, brick walls and other man-made structures. Mosses require water to reproduce which

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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The September 18, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram was held on the patio and the cellar at the Silver Cellar Winery on Brosius Road to hear from proprietors George and Cheryl Macek about their family-operated establishment. There are some fifteen varieties of wine produced; results of wine competitions posted on the wall testify to the quality of that production. Also on the walls are fascinating antique photos of Garrettsville and surrounding areas (courtesy of the James A. Garfield Historical Society) at various stages of local history— street scenes, Nelson Ledges, construction of the millrace for the Garrett’s Mill, etc. Wine racks, tables, chairs, subdued lighting are also featured in the cellar area. The outdoor venue is equally relaxing, with a pool, wicker furniture, plantings, sunshades and a koi pond—with resident bullfrog. The name has recently changed (for trademark reasons involving California) from Silver Creek Winery to Silver Cellar Winery and can be made available for celebrations and simply for a diverting down time. Calling 330-221-0247 can uncover more information about this local amenity. Take note of the small placard which says, “Time to drink wine and dance on the table.” What time is it right now? During the Subway-catered lunch, the Rotarians also discussed the following business: The Reverse Raffle planning proceeds apace. Donors, sponsors, contributors are being sought, as well as ticket buyers. Tickets are currently available; see any Rotarian. The date of the Reverse Raffle is, this year, November 1. Henceforth, to avoid as many regular meeting nights as possible, the established date will be the first Wednesday in November, come hell or highwater. Make plans accordingly. The local Rotary exchange student, Chovvy, has recently been taking part in a district-wide kayaking adventure at Camp Hi in Hiram. G-H Rotary welcomed a prospective new member, Rachel Geissinger, representative of American National Insurance, whose office is on Main Street, with accountant Casey Timmons. Part of the welcome included describing some of the local and international projects in which Rotary is involved, including the eradication of polio, the local Free Library, the Headwaters Trail, numerous Eagle Scout project sponsorships; the outlines of Rotary methods have been copied by organizations throughout the world. The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram meets regularly on Mondays, at noon, in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Check them out.

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Do You Have a Financial Wellness Program? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist What do your retirement plan participants wish you would offer? Besides the chance to save and invest part of their paychecks, that is? The answer could be “a little more help.” Last year, Charles Schwab surveyed workers contributing to the 401(k) programs it provides, and 46% wanted help “calculating how much I need to save for retirement.” Forty-three percent wanted assistance in “determining at what age I can afford to retire,” and 39% listed “figuring out what my expenses will be in retirement” as an item on their financial to-do list. Others wanted help with day-to-day financial matters, such as debt management and budgeting.1 Companies with 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans are starting to respond. At some firms, basic enrollment pep talks on consistent contribution and explanations of asset allocation have been supplemented by degrees of financial coaching. This year, 59% of employers responding to an Aon Hewitt survey on the topic said that they were very likely to offer workers some form of financial wellness program beyond basic retirement saving instruction. This is up from just 30% of employers in 2014.1 Financial wellness programs can promote employee retention. When workers have money issues in their lives, both their health and performance may suffer. They may try to find a higher-paying job, effectively reducing their commitment to their current one. Fundamentally, these programs teach financial literacy. Most people need more of that, including high earners. Corporations such as Activision Blizzard, Havertys Furniture, Home Depot, and Waffle House have installed such programs, and made them free to employees wanting insight on everything from handling student loan debt to college planning to making longterm care insurance choices.1,2 Small businesses are offering these programs, too. Financial services professionals are coming forward to work with established and emerging companies seeking a perk to attract first-rate employees. This financial coaching can take many forms, from group education to highly individualized counseling with the financial consultants assuming a fiduciary duty. Businesses would do well to ask about it, as employee loyalty is priceless. Plan sponsors may also potentially lower their fiduciary risk by putting such programs into place. If employees change their financial behaviors and believe that they are improving their personal finances as an effect of a financial wellness program, they may be less inclined to complain about a company’s retirement plan offering – or worse, initiate legal action on grounds that the plan sponsor failed to meet its fiduciary responsibility. No business wants that. Does your company lack a financial wellness program? Consider establishing one in the near future. If your competitors have not yet taken that step, chances are they soon will. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.


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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, September 22, 2017

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your arthritis, and which joints are involved. It’s best to work with your doctor or a physical therapist to help you develop a personalized exercise program. The different types of exercises that are most often recommended to seniors with arthritis include: · Range-of-motion exercises: These are gentle stretching exercises that can relieve stiffness as well as improve your ability to move your joints through their normal range of motion. These exercises should be done daily. · Strengthening exercise: Calisthenics, weight training and working with resistance bands are recommended (two or more days a week) to maintain and improve your muscle strength, which helps support and protect your joints. · Aerobic exercises: Low-impact activities like walking, cycling, swimming or water aerobics are all recommended three to five times per week to help improve cardiovascular health, control weight, and improve your overall function. It’s also important to keep in mind that when you first start exercising, you need to go slow to give your body time to adjust. If you push yourself too hard you can aggravate your joint pain. However, some muscle soreness or joint achiness in the beginning is normal. To help you manage your pain start by warming up with some simple stretches or range of motion exercises for five to 10 minutes before you move on to strengthening or aerobic exercises. Another tip is to apply heat to the joints you’ll be working before you exercise, and use cold packs after exercising to reduce inflammation. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain while you exercise, you may need to modify the frequency, duration, or intensity of your exercises until the pain improves. Or you may need to try a different activity, for example, switching from walking to water aerobics. But it you’re having severe, sharp or constant pain, or large increases in swelling or your joints feel hot or red, you need to stop and see your doctor. Exercising Aids To help you exercise at home, the Arthritis Foundation offers a variety of free online videos (see Arthritis. org/living-with-arthritis/exercise/videos) to guide you through a variety of exercises. Or there are arthritis exercise DVDs you can purchase for a few dollars through Collage Video (, 800-819-7111) or the Arthritis Foundation Store ( Also see (or call 800-222-2225), a National Institute on Aging resource that offers a free exercise guide that provides illustrated examples of different exercises. If you need some motivation or don’t like exercising alone, ask your doctor about exercise programs in your area for people with arthritis. Hospitals and clinics sometimes offer special programs, as do local health clubs and senior centers. The Arthritis Foundation also conducts exercise and aquatic programs for people with arthritis in many communities throughout the U.S. Contact your local branch (see, or call 800-2837800 for contact information) to find out what may be available near you. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.



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