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JA Garfield Homecoming Court 2018

Just a small portion of the 35 acres of Sunflowers planted along I-90W in Avon. The sunflowers are planted to bring hope, and memorialize those children who have fought or lost the fight of childhood cancer. They also bring awareness to the plight of an underfunded disease. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Inset picture: the marker that honors Garrettsville resident Melana Matson who lost her battle in 2009.

Pictured above is the JA Garfield High School 2018 Homecoming Court. Back Row: Alex Bell, Noah Owens, Zach Gorby, Ryan Brown, Anthony DeNigris,Zayne Veon, and Evan Peters Front Row: Lyndsey Johns, Julia McGrew, Ashlynn Geddes, Corin Ball, Maddie Caldro, Kailyn Woodrum, and Katie Synnestvedt The Homecoming parade will begin at 4:30 pm on Friday.

Sunflower Field Gives Hope Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter

Driving along I-90 W in Avon, Ohio, there is a massive field of gorgeous, golden sunflowers growing along side of the interstate, followed by a sign that says “Plant the Seeds, Grow the Movement” causing one to go, hmmm, what is that all about? It is Maria’s Field of Hope. This field of hope was inspired by seven year old Maria McNamara, who often prayed for her fellow patients at St. Jude while she was there fighting childhood glioma brain cancer, the deadliest of all childhood brain cancers. Her prayers then, inspired the movement today. The flowers are a symbol of hope for all children battling cancer and in memory of those who have died. Their mission statement is “The movement is to honor childhood cancer patients with the attention they deserve by reversing the tragic lack of funding and promoting the most meaningful brain cancer research for kids.” The field of hope is to promote awareness of childhood cancer, along with honoring those who lost the battle, while supporting those who are in the fight. Thirty-four acres of over a million seeds were planted in July, with great expectations of them blooming in September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The field is now in bloom and it is estimated that they will bloom for about two weeks. Besides the sunflowers, there are markers along the paths honoring

those children in Ohio who have lost their battle with the disease. Garrettsville’s own Melana Matson, who lost her battle in 2009, when she was just 8 years old is honored there. Had she not been tragically struck by this disease, Melana would have been a member of J.A. Garfield High School’s Class of 2018. When one arrives, one can stroll the meandering paths through the 35 acres while remembering those who were lost, praying for those in the battle and even snap a few pictures along the way. They will find friendly volunteers at Maria’s Store to help them find a specific marker or tell them more about the field. Maria’s Store sells sunflower inspired t-shirts, merchandise and souvenirs, with all proceeds benefitting childhood cancer research. The store is open daily from 10 am – 8pm. Everyone who stops at the store leaves with a package of sunflowers to plant for next year to help “grow the movement.” Field access is located at 1500 Jaycox Road, off of Chester Road in Avon, Ohio. More information about Maria’s Field of Hope can be found at Prayers from Maria is the “Umbrella” organization that local group Friends of Melana operates under. Both groups hold fundraisers throughout the year to help secure grants for research, with goal of finding a cure.

Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency Celebrates Milestone by Giving Back Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

Garrettsville - A trusted institution since 1915, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency has been a member of the Garrettsville community for over 100 years. With more than a century under its belt, it’s still a milestone when the agency can celebrate 50 years as a continuous representative for Westfield Insurance. That’s why the local insurance company partnered with Westfield to purchase a pig at the Portage County Randolph Fair, then donate the pork back to the community via the NelsonGarrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC). Westfield Insurance provides coverage for home, auto, business and farm/agricultural liabilities. One of the largest insurance providers in the state, Westfield is also an independent carrier, so representatives like Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency have the freedom to customize individualized plans to best suit their clients, agent Mark Russell explains. “It’s not a cookie cutter carrier and we’re not a cookie cutter agency,” he says. Russell took the opportunity to make this 50-year celebration with Westfield a community event. He purchased the 180-pound pig, “Oscar,” during the fair’s annual bidding auction from Hunter Andel, a member of the Steak Makers 4-H Club in Nelson Township. Hunter’s family members are longtime clients of the insurance agency, so Hunter reached out to Russell before the fair with a buyer’s letter. A longtime supporter of 4-H, Russell has happy to oblige. “These 4-H kids bust their butts to do this work,” Russell appreciates. “They run their projects like a small business, monitoring their animals’ diets, maintaining their stalls, taking care of them for nearly a year before the fair. They definitely earn any reward they receive from selling at auction.” Now that the pork has been processed, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency and Westfield Insurance are pleased to donate the pork to Mike and Michelle Elias, who operate the NGCC, which distributes food to needy families throughout the James A. Garfield School

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Pictured (L-R): Mike Elias of the NGCC, Mark Russell and Kim Bell of Ellerhorst Russell Insurance, 4-H member Hunter Andel, Michelle Elias of NGCC, and Caitlin Ellerhorst Lawless of Ellerhorst Russell Insurance. (Not pictured: Nancy Rollin and Emma Urban of Ellerhorst Russell Insurance.)

District. The approximately 90 pounds of frozen pork (pork chops, sausage, bacon and hams) will be made available in coming months, with distribution days the first and second Monday of the month, 2-6pm; and the first and second Wednesday of the month, 9am-1pm. The NGCC is located at 10661 Highland Ave., off of Freedom St. (Behind St. Ambrose Church and next to New Age Hearing and The Barber of G’ville). A member of the Akron/Canton Food Bank, the NGCC typically serves 425 people every month who need help in securing food. “We’re very blessed to have the opportunity to serve this community for the past five years,” said the Eliases. “We’re very grateful to Hunter, Oscar the pig, Westfield and Ellerhorst Insurance for this donation, which will certainly enable us to provide an extra protein source for the community.” Located at 10864 North Street, all five employees at Ellerhorst Russel Insurance Agency live and work in Portage County. With over 65 combined years of insurance experience, they are dedicated to best serving the needs of their clients in Garrettsville, Hiram, Windham, Mantua and throughout the county.

7th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction Fundraiser To Help Mother Of Two

The 7th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction will be held on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Southington High School at 2482 State Route 534 in Southington, Ohio, to raise money for Alexandria Baker, a mother of two young daughters who was diagnosed in March at age 26 with Stage II breast cancer. Baker, who works as a log auditor at Falcon Transport in Youngstown, began facing financial trouble when she missed weeks of work to recover from her aggressive chemotherapy treatments and surgery. She and her fiancé, Michael Morgan, now worry how they will continue to keep up with their monthly mortgage payments for the home they bought in Warren in 2015, as well how they will support daughters Isabella, 7, and Arianna, 5. The Chinese Auction will feature more than 100 quality items including a flat-screen TV, Disney World hopper passes, Kalahari Waterpark tickets, a scratch-off Lottery ticket tree, as well as gift certificates to Mahoning Valley area family fun parks, sporting events and popular restaurants. General item tickets are 2 for $1 and specialty item tickets (for items valued at $100 or more) are $1 each. Winners do not need to be present for the 4:15 p.m. drawing. Admission is free. The double-elimination 3-on-3 basketball tournament will feature up to 50 youth and adult teams competing in age-defined divisions for first-place prizes. Prizes include $300 in cash, $120 in gift cards and trophies, depending on age division. The entry fee is $20 per youth player and $25 per adult player. Prices will increase by $5 per player after Oct. 8. Registration is underway at No game-day registrations will be accepted. Spectators can watch for free. A half-court shot contest to win free steak for a year from Texas Roadhouse in Niles will be held during the intermission of the basketball tournament. Cost is $5 per shot. All participants will receive a free appetizer coupon. The family friendly event, which is sponsored by Great Lakes Cheese/Adams Reserve and The Hope Center for Cancer Care, also will feature face-painting and balloon animals by Bubbles-N-Swirls from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and kid friendly activities throughout the day. The fundraiser, which attracts an average of 350 people primarily from the Mahoning Valley, is organized by This Means War Against Breast Cancer Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization formed to help breast cancer survivors with their lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses related to their diagnosis. The all-volunteer group has raised more than $40,000 for survivors since its inaugural fundraiser in 2011. For more information about the fundraiser, visit

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The front 2 story building with tons of storage is approx. 2450 sq. ft. the back 2 story building has approx. 600 feet on each floor. The back upstairs apartment is rented for $525. The downstairs can be another. The seller is paying $2500 towards closing costs $159,000 Kit Semplak 330-842-2822







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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 especially in need of 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.

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.


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

Families Anonymous Meeting Mondays Do you have a family member addicted to drugs or alcohol? Families Anonymous may help restore your serenity. We meet 7pm every Monday at Coleman Behavioral Services, Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For information call Peggy 330-760-7670.

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

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

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.

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

Sewing For Support Deadline Oct 31 14 year old Bethany Mason, is working on a project called “Sewing For Support.” She

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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.

Dedication of Bennington Flag Sept 30 Girl Scout Gold Award-Take Action Project Dedication of the Bennington Flag to the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St., Newton Falls September 30, 1PM to 2PM (upstairs meeting room) Emalea Moore - Girl Scout Troop 80239

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 punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey. Takeouts are available.

Observatory Open For Public Viewing Sept 30 Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM. Featured that night will be Earth’s Moon, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Perseus Double Cluster. Other objects of interest may also be viewed. Visitors are invited to bring their smart phones and try lunar photography via our grand century-old telescope! The night’s observing depends upon clear skies and those have been in short supply this season! Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the

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

Sept 28 - Pie is For Breakfast, Too Oct 5 - Bingo & Doughnuts Oct 12 - Games Oct 19 - Pumpkins Oct 26 - Games

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! Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

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.

Ladies Night Out Sept 30 Come join us at 9960 E. Center Street, American Legion Post #674. Paint and Sip! Pre Register at post. $35.00 and starts at 7:00. Call 330-3263188 for more info.

Steak Dinner Sept 30 Garrettsville Eagles steak dinner serving steak or chicken breast. Open to the public. Saturday, September 30 from 4-7:30 pm. 8149 Water Street Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 Carryout is available - call 330-527-2330

YMCA Book Review Club Oct 2 MONDAY, October 2nd, 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS in which

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2017 Burton Art Show Oct 3 - 15 The 34th Annual Burton Art Show features the work of artists from Geauga, Lake, and Portage Counties. During the Gallery Hours there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes for the children. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite art piece for the Popular Choice Award. This is a FREE event that is open to the public. Burton Public Library - 2nd Floor, 14588 West Park Street Burton, OH 44021 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 11 am - 2 pm & 4 pm - 7 pm; Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm Sunday Oct. 15th only: 1 pm - 4:30 pm (No Monday Hours) Please call the Burton Public Library at (440) 834-4466 or visit for more information.

Chicken Dinner Oct 4 Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, will be holding a Chicken Dinner, on Oct 4, 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $9.00, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner Children ages 4-10 $4.50, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

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.

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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. 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.

Swiss Steak Dinner Oct 7 A Swiss Steak Dinner will be held on Oct.7, from 4-7 pm.,at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St.,Windham. Funds will go to the Saturday Free Lunch Program. Menu includes Swiss Steak, real mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, Harvard beets, roll, dessert & beverage. $10/adult, $6:00/ child age 6-12, 5 and under will be free. Sponsored by the Congregational United Church of Christ. Call 330-326-3926 for carryouts.

Vendors Wanted For Craft Show Register by Oct 9 Parents of Troop #124 will be holding their 5 th annual Craft/ Vendor show on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm at the United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. Set-up will begin at 8 am. Cost is $25.00 per 8 ft. table with 2 chairs. Each crafter will be required to donate one item for a raffle. If interested please contact Louanne @ 330-872-1353 before Oct. 9.

JAG Volley For The Cure Oct 11 The JAG HS VB team will be hosting a Volley for the Cure event at their home match on

Wednesday, October 11th vs. LaBrae. JV match kicks off at 5:30, followed by the Varsity match at 6:30. Admission is 1/2 price for anyone wearing pink. If you purchase a $10 Volley for a Cure tee (now available for sale at the HS), you will get in for free! Concessions, bake sale, give-a-ways, 50/50 and some exciting volleyball... all proceeds will be donated to local cancer awareness/ research organizations.

Vintage Book and Various Sundry Items Sale Oct 14 The Mantua Historical Society’s “Vintage Book & Various Sundry Items Sale� will be Saturday, Oct 14 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Mantua Township Hall, 4196 St Rt 82, Mantua 44255. Books of all subject matter & atlases from the 1800’s-1900’s, Baccarat paper weights, milk bottles, vintage china & glassware, “Speedometer� yearbooks. The museum will also be open.

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.

Fall Festival Oct 14 Fun for the whole family. Join us for a hay ride, pumpkin decorating, food, s’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.

Honey Extraction Workshop Oct 15 Sunday, October 15, at noon The Portage County Beekeepers Club will be holding a honey extraction workshop. See how honey is extracted from hive frames. We will also be having a picnic and ask that you bring a side

The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Tuesday October 17, 2017, in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler Anne Tyler twists together the stories, secrets, and illnesses of three generations of the Whitshank family of Baltimore MD to form their family thread. Tyler presents the passage of time in the family as their lives and loves are bound in the family business and family home on Bouton Road, from construction to final sale. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available. The Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231 is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, and closed Thursdays and Sundays. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at dish to share. Free and open to the public! This meeting will be at the Portage Soil and Water Office, 6970 State Route 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. For more information, contact Mary Lovin, 330-325-3028.

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; 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.

Home Cooked Supper Oct 18 The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature MEATLOAF, M A S H E D P O TAT O E S , VEGETABLE, SALAD, ROLL, DESSERT AND BEVERAGE. The supper will be held from 5pm to 6:30pm, OCTOBER 18, 2017. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under. Carry-out will be available.



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Welton Cemetery: History Written in Stone Oct 21 Saturday, October 21 from 1 Ë— 2:30 p.m. Burton Public Library, Explore the Welton Cemetery and discover more than cold stones and the dearly departed. This is an outdoor program, so dress appropriately and wear sturdy boots. Presented in conjunction with the Geauga Park District.

Origami Extravaganza Oct 26 Grades 2 – 5 - Burton Public Library, Thursday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required 440.834.4466. Come see what we can make with paper! A few folds and ta-dah!

Microsoft Word for Beginners Oct 26 Burton Public Library, Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. Adults - Learn how to create a simple document, change fonts, add images and save. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Mantua Village Garden Club plans October Wine Social and Swap Party submitted by Lea Lazar

The Mantua Village Garden Club will be celebrating the incoming season of Fall with an afternoon Wine Social, and Swap Party on Monday October 2nd, at the home of Patsi Gast. Please note that this month the meeting is starting at 3:00 p.m., and “We The Members� are the program. If you are interested in a relaxed, fun afternoon, and would like to meet the ladies of the MVGC, please feel free to join us. For more information about the details of the Swap Party, and directions, please contact Patsi Gast @330-274-2124, or Paula Tubalkain @ 330-274-2890.

Become a Member of the Freedom Historical Society It’s an exciting time for the Freedom Historical Society. Monthly programs attract many Freedomites, Freedom Twp Then & Now is viewable on Facebook, an interesting, monthly column about Freedom happenings appears in the Record Courier, Historical Society t-shirts have been designed and are for sale and we presented our first power point program (One Room Schools in Freedom) at our last meeting. Our notebooks of Freedom history are bulging as more residents donate newspaper articles. All of these events precede our 2017-2018 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. Now is the time to show your support by becoming a part of Freedom History. The Society is offering a one-time only CHARTER MEMBERSHIP. Become an original signer of our historic document that will be framed and preserved for future generations. Charter Membership will only be available until Dec 31, 2017, at a cost of $50.00 per person. You will receive a certificate stating your status as a charter member. Your rights and privileges of FTHS membership will extend through Dec 31, 2018 We also offer memberships at many levels: Individual - $15, Family - $25, Student (18 & under) - $5, Corporate - $100, Individual Lifetime - $150, and Family Lifetime - $200. Individual, family, student and corporate memberships are due annually in January. Memberships paid now are effective through Dec 31, 2018. Freedom Township Historical Society is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization. All dues and donations are tax deductible. Membership applications should be mailed to the Society c/o Judy Thornton, 9764 Nichols Rd, Windham, OH 44288. If you don’t have an application, send your name, address with city & zip, phone & email along with your payment to Thornton. For further inquiries, call 330-527-7669 or email

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

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J.A. Garfield Historical Society News Iva Walker | Columnist

The September 18, 2017 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society began with a favorable treasurer’s report and old business concerning exterior painting and removal of unused wires, as well as a look forward to the group’s installation at the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase on October 12. The focus will be on inventions and inventors from Garrettsville and the surrounding community, thanks to secretary Pam Montgomery’s extensive research on U.S. patent filings. A raffle basket for the giveaways will reflect some of these inventions and community resources. Under new business, Sarah Carley will be working on arrangements for the group to tour Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, the site of James A. Garfield’s grave and an architectural treasure. The James A. Garfield Elementary School third grade will be making their annual tour of the Mott Building and they will be followed by the Friday Club, the Girl Scouts, and the volunteer group from Lawnfield, the Garfield Home in Mentor Ohio , part of the National Park System. The Mott Building is also open on the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The JAGHS is still collecting pictures and uniforms of persons from the area who have served in the armed services; this is to furnish the military room which is being organized upstairs. Donations have come in from Will Folger—books, picture; from the estate of Garland Randall—pictures, map; a book by Hazel Davis; some miniature wicker, ladder-back chairs by Charles Ayers. Still being sought, James A. Garfield High School yearbooks from the year 2000 to the present. The JAGHS regularly meets on the third Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville. On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the James A. Garfield Historical Society hosted local history buffs at a program presented by local-boy-made-good, Scott Lawless, who came to speak about his research on “the trolley” which used to connect Hiram and Garrettsville to Chagrin Falls and on to Cleveland. His investigations were illustrated with numerous antique pictures and an authentic trolley sound track. The Q and A period after brought interested inquiries and more information to be pursued. Operating under various names—Cleveland and Eastern Traction Company, Cleveland, Youngstown and Eastern Railway, Chagrin Falls and Eastern Ohio, “the Maple Leaf Route”—this short-lived transportation enterprise had tracks whose remnants may be found in a number of locations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Portage counties; the end of the line, for real, was on State Street in Garrettsville. A fair number of historical societies have pictures and memorabilia connected to its operation, which lasted from 1903 to 1914. This electric-power line eventually fell victim to the more powerful Erie Railroad and the financial vicissitudes of the times. The small generators which made the cars go were probably not up to the challenge of the local hills. Hiram’s James Barrow Field Station has some evidence of its operation, the odd building here and there has a connection all the way up in Newbury or Middlefield. Pictures, antiques and family lore from all around echo the real details of its operation. One brochure for the railroad advertised the Parkland Hotel in Garrettsville (Probably near the present site of Johnson Service or Middlefield Bank) and listed the price of a Sunday dinner as 50 cents. Those were the days! Oct

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Freedom Twp., OH Billy T. Cooper, 81 years of age, passed away Tuesday September 19, 2017 at UHPortage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Born in Bernie, West Virginia on December 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Melvin and Myrtle (Jenkins) Cooper. Formerly of Cleveland, he had been a resident of the Freedom area since 1998. Mr. Cooper had been employed as a press operator at Pettibone in Cleveland from where he retired in 1995. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was not at all shy about going out to eat, or enjoying a good meal at home, especially those fried potatoes. He will forever be remembered for the love he had for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they will always have memories of their grandpa and the love they had for him. Billy’s entire family will also fondly recall in the years ahead, that love, and his friendly way to all with whom he came in contact. On March 17, 1960, he married his beloved wife Betty (Stone) Cooper who survives at their home. Also surviving are his devoted children James T. Cooper, Steven R. Cooper and Beverly A. Girdler all of Freedom, and Karen L. (Edward) DeBolt of Valley View, Ohio; his dear siblings Ernie Adkins, Archie Adkins both of Alkol, West Virginia, Tommy Adkins and Susie Cooper both of Griffithsville, West Virginia, Irene ( Jerry) Coleman of Vermillion, Ohio and Linda Temple of Rock Creek, Ohio; 8 loving grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Billy was preceded in death by his devoted daughter Jeanie L. Cooper in 2002, his dear brothers Charles Cooper, Clydale Cooper, Paris Cooper, Raymond Adkins, Junior Adkins, Edward Adkins; dear sisters Lena Spurlock and Erma Hager; caring son-in-law Larry Girdler, and loving step-father Manvil Adkins. Calling hours were held on September 22 from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service 4668 Pioneer Trail at the corner of St.Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255. Funeral services were held on Saturday September 23, 2017 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church of Garrettsville, where Billy was a member, 7656 St.Rt. 82, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Officiating was Pastor David Gray. Final resting place followed at Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom. His obituary, video tribute, condolences and memories may be viewed at

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Hiram - The annual Family Farm Festival held at the Hiram Farm Living & Learning Community was a great success, with over 150 families turning out to tour the facility and see the farm animals up close. In addition, children enjoyed the face painting and bounce houses, while families enjoyed the hayrides, games, and crafts. Making the community event even more of a celebration, local businessmen Ken Pike and Tyson Vines presented a check for $3,000 on behalf of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation to the Farm’s Executive Director David Lundeen. According to Lundeen, the funds will go toward the construction of a new pole barn, which will enable the Hiram Farm to serve more developmentally disabled adults. After the Million Dollar Round Table presentation, Pike donated a personal check to the Farm in the amount of $1,500. Lundeen, together with several board members thanked the Million Dollar Round Table and Mr. Pike for their generous donations. OnSaturday, September 23rd, the Hiram Farm and Learning Community held their annual Farm to Fork fundraiser dinner. The evening included an amazing hog roast meal that was grown completely on the farm, a completely organic dinner and dessert, and an open bar. The evening’s entertainment included live music, d a nci ng, a nd a bonfire under the stars. Funds will be used to help expand the Farm’s programs. Through fundraising efforts, in 2017 the Farm added 6 new farmers, but currently has a waiting list of 10 more would-be farmers. Hiram Farm is a non-profit program that provides meaningful opportunities for work for adults on the Autism Spectrum and adults with Developmental Obituaries / Memorials in The Villager Disabilities. Find out more at The Villager prints all obituaries at the request of the funeral home or family for a fee. Please notify the funeral home if you would like an obituary to appear in The Villager.


Enjoy watercolor painting and photography View Robert Kolcum’s watercolor and acrylic paintings of Nature and Northeast Ohio wildlife, as well as Wayne Mazorow’s stunning collection of Nature photography, and meet the artists themselves in The West Woods’ serene setting. This display of paintings and photographs will begin Friday, October 13, 7 to 9 p.m. at a public Meet the Artists open house event and last through the end of the year, daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. Meet the Artists are free, wheelchair-accessible events that include refreshments to enjoy. Please feel free to call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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Library’s Crafting with Marian: It’s a Paint Party! Join us at the Garrettsville Library on either Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 pm or Monday, October 16 at 6:00 pm for a Crafting with Marian “Paint Party”, as we’ll be painting a unique fall picture on canvas. A fun yet challenging painting project, bring your love of art and your patience. Supplies and instructions will be provided. This is a free program open to all adults. There’s the customary $5 fee to hold your seat, which is returned the day of the program. Remember- there are two dates to choose from. Seats are limited, so sign up today to reserve yours today. Call 330-527-4378 or register during your next branch library visit. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am– 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, visit

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Pictured above is a group shot of the YMCA’s Fall 5th and 6th grade league. The Garfield G-Men Varsity VB team assisted the Y coaches for 2 weeks by hosting 3 teams (28 players) from Garfield, Crestwood and Southeast Schools. Garfield varsity players, Catherine Brann, MaKenna Lawrence, Lyndsey Johns, Madison VanKirk and Taylor Soltis demonstrated and taught the young players VB skills, to help get the Y season off to a great start!





Hiram Township Trustee News Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram Township - At the last meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Baynes reported that the department’s average response time in Hiram Village and Township was roughly 6 minutes, and that they completed 31 runs during the month. Afterwards, Baynes responded to questions from a citizen about repairs to an emergency siren. It was shared that although the fire department owns the tower, a vendor who is licensed to make the necessary repairs must repair the siren. The signal in Hiram Township is “on the list” to be repaired; Trustees will press the vendor for an estimated completion date on repairs to the siren. Proceeding, Baynes shared that the department had purchased the demo model of an EMS squad and had traded in the older unit. He noted that a BWC grant would be used toward the purchase of an autoload system, which would make it safer and easier for first responders to transport patients. Since the Hiram fire department is funded by both Hiram Village and Township, the Trustees requested an explanation of the disbursements from the village’s Capital Fund, from which the Village pays their portion, which amounts to 40% of the department’s budget. Moving forward, Trustee Steve Pancost expressed concerns over his experience with a 911 call where the call did not connect to emergency assistance. After

several calls didn’t connect, he dialed the direct line to dispatchers, who handled his emergency. Because of the dropped calls to 911, the County Sheriff’s office was also dispatched to the scene. Pancost sought the attention of county officials, who are investigating the problem. As a precaution, he advised residents to keep the direct line to emergency dispatch, (330) 569-7505, available, should they experience similar issues. Lastly, Trustee Jack Groselle provided an update on the Local Government Fund distribution discussions. According to Ohio Revised Code, the 28 cities villages, and townships in Portage County need to agree on the most equitable formula to disperse money from this fund, which is comprised of residents’ tax dollars. The formula would be in effect for 10 years, beginning in 2019. The existing formula, which was devised 20 - 30 years ago, provides the four cities with nearly 40% of the fund, while the seven villages share less than 9% and the 18 townships share less than 15% of the fund. “We need to be fair to the whole county,” explained Trustee Groselle, who has been one of five township trustees participating in these discussions. Representatives for the cities, villages, and townships are meeting with the county budget commission, which includes the Auditor, Treasurer, and Prosecutor, to come to a resultion. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm in the Township Hall.






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Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Mantua - Once again, Crestwood Primary School hosted a weeklong Safety Town program for all 130 kindergarten children at Crestwood School. What began five years ago as a summer program was transformed into one held during the school day in order to provide all students the opportunity to attend and learn valuable lessons at the start of their school year. On Monday, kids met with Crestwood bus drivers to learn how to stay safe while going to and traveling home from school. In addition, they spent extra time on the playground as they learned about avoiding injuries during valuable recess time. They also learned why seat belts are so important, and how to protect their vision with free sunglasses from Real Eyes Ohio. On Tuesday, children learned all about stranger danger from Officer Urso of the Mantua Police Department, and had a special visit from Officer Justus and K-9 Vader. UH Hospitals presented bike safety tips, as well as 130 bike helmets -- enough for every kindergarten student. Lastly, kids petted dogs from the Geauga Humane Society after learning the proper way to approach a dog they don’t know. Wednesday provided kids the chance to practice what to do in case their clothing happens to catch fire -- Stop, Drop, and Roll -- thanks to the Hiram Fire Department. They also talked to a firefighter as he put on all the gear needed in an emergency so that they know what to expect if he visits their home in a real emergency. Portage County Sheriff Officer Amy visited, sharing gun safety rules. And since hunting is a popular pastime, and many homes have guns, the Sheriff’s Department made free gun locks available to families who wanted them, as well. Doctor Drew, a dentist from Garrettsville, provided brushing and flossing tips to helps keep their smiles healthy and bright, Jen Hirsh from Crestwood’s Food Service Department discussed healthy food choices and shared a taste test with kids as they guessed the contents of their healthy fruit smoothies. Kindergarteners even had the chance to escape through the window of the Family Safe House after learning about safety hazards in the simulated kitchen and bedroom areas of the mobile unit. “We practice fire safety drills with kids from kindergarten through the second grade so it becomes second nature to them, “ explained MSFD Assistant Chief Chris Mullins. “We want them to know how to get out, what to do if their clothes catch on fire, and to see us in full gear so they aren’t scared if they need our help in an emergency,� he explained. The successful week of activities was spearheaded by CPS teacher Jolene Reese with the support of the kindergarten teachers and a host of community businesses and organizations, as well as the generous financial support of Sky Lane Bowling in Garrettsville.

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From Hiram to Hollywood: Recent grad pitches toy invention on ABC network’s “The Toy Box,� Oct. 1 Hiram - Twenty-five-year-old Hiram College alumnus Nathaniel Eaton ’17 of South Euclid went from Hiram to Hollywood in recent months with his toy creation, Water Dodger. The original handheld shield fashioned with a net to hold water balloons, which Eaton crafted in 2014 in his second-floor Booth Hall room– caught the attention of ABC television network’s “The Toy Box.� Eaton will show off his creation on the season two premiere of “The Toy Box� airing Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Eaton will compete on the show against other toy inventors for the ultimate chance to have Water Dodger manufactured and marketed by toy giant Mattel and placed on Toys “R� Us shelves nationwide the day after the show’s final episode. Will Eaton dodge past competitors by winning the affections of “The Toy Box’s� panel of fun-loving yet tough child judges? The Hiram College community is invited to join at a campus watch party at Dix Dining Hall, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 1, to find out and cheer on Eaton as he showcases his invention to viewers nationwide. Eaton’s entrepreneurial journey began in spring 2014 when he sketched more than a dozen color Water Dodgers on paper in his Hiram dorm room. From those outlined, Eaton created a cardboard cutout of the shield, which he designed with a net for holding water balloons and decorated with blue water drops and the word “Dodger� in orange. Eaton snipped a plastic handle off of a bathroom caddy and attached it to the cardboard shield with grey duct tape. Eaton stayed at Hiram College during summer 2014 to further develop his invention. The location presented him the opportunity to turn his cardboard toy loose on children who participated in summer music, sports and academic camps held on campus. “The kids always went nuts whenever I showed them the prototypes and explained the different gaming concepts I had in mind for Water Dodger. That’s when I knew I had something,� Eaton says, who majored in business management and minored in marketing. Eaton says he wanted to create a cool and exciting splashing toy that brought fun and laughter to players. “I noticed there was an opportunity in the market because water guns were such a big hit for summer play, but started to fade. I knew I had to create something that delivered a big splash, but wasn’t in the shape of a gun,� he says. “I had a vision of a superhero and the Incredible Hulk throwing and dodging water balls.� By early fall 2014, Eaton pivoted to acrylic shields, which he jigsawed by hand, power-drilled with screws to attach netting and added Velcro straps as handles. Eaton gathered eight friends, four from Hiram’s football team and four from the lacrosse team, to play the first Water Dodger game ever. “They were having a great time,� says Eaton with a chuckle, recalling the fast-dwindling stock of water balloons he supplied for his friends.

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After seeing his vision play out for the first time, Eaton took notice of details: the need for a lighter shield and better-quality pouch. It wasn’t until early 2016 that Eaton introduced his next prototype: a foam shield covered with Coroplast (plastic) as the top layer. The shield was imprinted with a new, but not final, Water Dodger logo designed by Temma Collins of Cleveland Heights and Eaton’s catchy “Can you stay dry?� slogan. “I was able to get to this point by being resourceful,� says Eaton, explaining that he contacted companies in Ohio, Indiana and even Australia for prototype materials. Encouraged by his professor Kay Molkentin, director of Hiram’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, to enter Water Dodger in a product concept competition called Ideabuild, Eaton emerged as the second-place winner of the 2016 contest. He used his $500 winnings to apply for a provisional patent and secure a trademark and copyright. Meanwhile, Molkentin worked to connect Eaton with mentors who had expertise in entrepreneurship, patent law and the like. Eaton went on to represent Hiram at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s regional ideaLabs in which college students from the 11 public and private schools that are members compete. While Eaton didn’t win or even place in the competition, “that didn’t stop him,� says Molkentin. Eaton went on to make 12 more prototypes to which Hiram College dining hall employee Dawn Bene added the final touches: mesh nets she stitched for each shield. Eaton promoted his product relentlessly. He walked the streets of Cleveland holding a Water Dodger, ready to deliver his 10-second pitch to anyone willing to listen “My idea was to try to tell everyone about Water Dodger and the excitement and splash it brings,� he says. Eaton’s persistence paid off. He was invited by the organizers of the Gathering in Glenville festival where Water Dodger made its public debut. Soon after, Eaton showcased his invention in stories and interviews in The Columbus Dispatch, Freshwater Cleveland and Fox 8 News – WJW TV in Cleveland. He also developed a Water Dodger video with support from an entrepreneur mentor and children from the local community. “The continuous strides to bring Water Dodger to the world has been led by small and big accomplishments and always with passion as my fuel,� Eaton says. “When you’re not alone, anything is possible.�

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Historic Aurora Inn to Host Grand Reopening Following 3-Year Renovation Led by Celebrity Designer Aurora – The historic Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, will host a Grand Reopening celebration on October 13th in honor of its completed renovation coupled with its 90year anniversary. Designed and inspired by New-York based designer Genevieve Gorder, of HGTV fame, the 3-year remodeling of the Western Reserve landmark property mixes the beauty, grace and serene dignity of an earlier century with today’s modern finishes. The Inn’s legendary reputation for food, atmosphere and events is reclaimed through its newly-crafted space. “I’m pleased to announce the rebirth of the historic Aurora Inn,” said General Manager Jason Sandoval. “After 90 years, the hotel has been harmoniously restored to its original beauty, designed for the comfort of today’s savvy traveler.” On Friday, October 13th, the public is invited to stop by during the afternoon beginning at 12 pm to join city officials in a Grand Reopening ribboncutting, walk the picturesque grounds and participate in guided tours, enjoy a selection of chef’s menu tastings, or enter in a raffle for the chance to win door prizes. The Open House/Birthday Party will dovetail into an outdoor concert performance to start at 8:30 pm by Heartbreaker, a Heart and Joan Jett tribute band. When it first opened in 1927, The Aurora Inn was a “pleasant pause” for weary travelers in a crossroads town. The intimate refuge became a gathering place for the local community and celebrities, hosting legends like Rosemary Clooney and Paul Newman, before losing its luster over time. Now under new ownership, the revitalized Inn promotes genuine cordiality of yesteryear inside a chic new setting. The charming, 66-room property, owned by Aurora Hotel Partners LLC and managed by Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, pays respect to its celebrated past while providing guests with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.

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The Design: Genevieve, who hosts the “Dear Genevieve” show on the HGTV channel, was the lead designer in The Aurora Inn remodeling. The beloved American designer applied her special talents and skills to update many areas, including the Six Horses Tavern, The Cutting Board Rest au rant, g uest rooms, and event/ banquet facilities. The result is a refreshed space that exudes atmosphere conducive to the same gracious hospitality and friendly encounters that made the Inn renowned nearly a century ago. Genevieve attempted to maintain the richness and history that is still evident throughout the Inn while adding bits of modern flare to make each space relevant. The lobby features the hotel’s original brick flooring and oversized fireplace, while ceiling beams, doors, frames and crown molding uncovered during the renovation have been lovingly restored. The Inn’s design scheme captures shades of white, grey, black and off-black, while providing pops of vibrant color for contrast. Fine craftmanship and creative touches have been incorporated throughout the hotel, such as handmade wooden armoires made by local Amish carpenters and sliding barndoor bathroom partitions. The Food & Beverage: Throughout its 90-year run, The Aurora Inn has always been a popular local destination for quality food and drink. Located off the lobby and considered one of the best restaurants in the area is The Cutting Board Restaurant. Adjacent to The Cutting Board is Six Horses Tavern, named for the type of hitch used to harness the six horses which pulled the busy stage coach from the stop that once occupied this site. The Cutting Board The Cutting Board is an American Contemporary kitchen offering “comfort food with a twist,” incorporating local and seasonal ingredients to fuel its “fresh to your table” concept. The culinary team focuses on creating unique pairings and creative menu options that are “sure to please even the most distinguished palate.” Their specialty is from-scratch recipes that use home-grown herbs and spices, fresh produce, and sustainably-sourced proteins – “like having a gourmet home-cooked meal away from home.” The Cutting Board features tableside cooking, a rotating scratch menu and brunch buffets on Sundays and special holidays. Six Horses Tavern Fond memories of a once vibrant bar scene, where celebs like Ohio native Dean Martin would stop by for

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Grade: 4 Something I would like others to know about me... I am artistic What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is art. I like art because I get to embrace creativity. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? Our school is not one of those schools where there is nothing fun going on. There is always something fun happening here. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Creativity is the most important core value to me. It is important to me because I like to draw and be creative in my free time. What is your college or career focus? I want to be an artist when I graduate. I think attending college will help me become an artist.


Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... lived in North Carolina for a little over 8 years.

What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be a zoologist. I will need at least a bachelor’s degree. It will take me four years to get a bachelor’s degree. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Engagement means the most to me because if you don’t involve yourself in the classroom you might not do as well. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? Our school is great because the teachers are really good at explaining work and understanding if you work at a different pace than other students.


Grade: 11 Something I would like others to know about me... I hold school records in the 5k for cross country as well as in the 1600m in track. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is competing in cross country and track and field. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important core value because I think everybody at JAG has a great deal of respect for each other. What is your college or career focus? Im undecided on a career, but I would like to study either a major in mathematics or physiology in college.

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The Mantua Village Garden Club installed a permanent sign to commemorate the Memorial Walkway established, in 1966, by community members, Mrs. Hammond Crawford and Mrs. James Davis. The walkway trees are planted as a living memorial for deceased Mantua Village Garden Club members. Garden club members, Patsi Gast and Lea Lazar, undertook the responsibility of sign design specifications in addition to working with the Crestwood School Board and local zoning. They would like to acknowledge and give thanks to Tara Reid, secretary to the Superintendent, Mr. David Toth, for her assistance, without which this project would not have been accomplished in a timely manner. Members of the Garden Club worked together to raise the monies for the sign, which was provided by Mr. Dave Brent of Willowleaf Studios in Chardon

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What are your hobbies or interests? Coaching basketball, reading, traveling, and sewing. The most interesting thing about me is… that Chris Schaefer lets me tell people that she’s my best friend. And that I want to visit Egypt someday soon. Garfield is the best place to work because… we have the best students and staff in the area. They care about each other and make this school a special place to be.

Iva Walker | Columnist The September 25, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram was devoted to the following business : Jim Irwin gave a concise run-down of the upcoming AEP—Annual Enrollment Period—for Medicare participation. Much advertising will be seen about various insurance companies’ supplemental plans and about the basic coverages—A,B,C and D-- so the careful client will need to have a trustworthy agent as well as a basic understanding of the situations involved for those over 65 or disabled. Visitors to the meeting were Garfield Local Schools superintendent Ted Lysiak and new Garfield High School principal, Kathleen Kisabeth. They had information about coming school-related events , including : Tickets for the athletic facilities committee annual clambake (October7 ) are now available. New electronic grade books are to be in use; they will enable parents to get notifications on current status of grade components, such as completions and grade status. March 25 is the finish date for an outstanding raffle opportunity being sponsored by a Garfield graduate, Mike Patterson, of Creative Concrete Impressions and Floor Coverings, for a winner to receive a 600 sq. ft. concrete patio, constructed at their residence by his company. Two other Garfield grads, Allie Pietra and Chelsea Moore have joined the faculties at the high school and middle school. Friends of JAG Arts is a newly-formed group which will be advocating for expansion of and increased support for the arts—visual and performing--in the district. The minor damage to the new bleachers is being dealt with. Homecoming activities are on track for this week, with the big game to be on September 29. In addition to all this, Rotary members reviewed some of the activities the club conducts affecting the school district, including the InterAct Club, the semi-annual roadside clean-up, exchange students, the Dictionary Project, the Little Library locations around town, annual scholarships and sponsorships of Eagle Scout projects. Coming events in which Rotary members are involved got mention also. These include the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase on October 12, the Harvest Festival on October 7 at the Historic John Johnson Farm on Pioneer Trail, Hiram—featuring hay-rack rides, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt and other family-friendly events—fun for all, a new digital sign going up in Garrettsville’s downtown, a location being sought for a center-of-town bike rack. Lots of news! Lots of things to see and do. G-H Rotary meets on Monday at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Come see them in action.

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The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on September 21, 2017 at the home of Nasreen Kitko for their annual Fall Gathering to begin the 2017-2018 club year and receive program booklets outlining the planned course of events. The evening began with a lavish meal, opened with squash soup and proceeding through Uncle Nick’s Fabulous Chicken, escalloped potatoes, variegated vegetable salads, deviled eggs, fresh fruits and pastries. The nineteen members in attendance enjoyed the bounty of the table as well as the lively conversation accompanying it. President Leah Schultz conducted the meeting, beginning with the roll call, which was answered by stating why, “Fall is my favorite season because….” Predictably, the answers ranged from color and leaves through temperatures , skies and family events—even comparisons with other seasons. Two sets of minutes, covering the Spring Party and the Summer Get Together, were read by secretary Karen Ziarko,; they were accepted as read. Two letters—one retirement, one resignation—were read, with regret. The treasurers report was accepted. There was some discussion of recent changes in the constitution and by-laws. The group chose to, once again, participate in the NGCC(Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard) Snack Pack program at the Garfield Elementary School through a combination of individual donation and club treasury. Members were urged to invite possible new members to join the group. Program booklets were distributed so that members could get a start on preparing for entertaining and/or presenting their contributions to the group’s motto : “Step by Step Onward.” Program committee chair Nasreen Kitko offered appreciation to her committee members, Connie Crites, Joyce Fashing and Jane Hill for putting the project together and producing the evening’s meal, and great thanks to Lucy Galayde who produced the program booklet, titled “Back to Our Roots”. For an organization begun in 1901, those roots go deep and promise interesting and thoughtful enterprises for yet another year.


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What makes James A. Garfield a great place? Our school is great because the teachers and staff have a great connection with each and every student and care deeply about their successes.

I help make Garfield the best place for kids by… providing them a spot to feel secure enough to make mistakes, learn, and develop into young adults.


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Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist The price of long-term care insurance has really gone up. If you are a baby boomer and you have kept your eye on it for a few years, chances are you have noticed this. Last year, the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) noted that married 60-year-olds would pay between $2,000-3,500 annually in premiums for a standalone LTC policy.1 Changing demographics and low interest rates have prompted major insurers to stop offering LTC coverage. As the AALTCI notes, the number of LTC policies sold in this country fell from 750,000 in 2000 to 105,000 in 2015. Today, only about 15 insurers offer these policies at all. The demand for the coverage remains, however – and in response, insurance providers have introduced new options.1,2 Hybrid LTC products have emerged. Some insurers offer “cash rich” permanent life insurance policies that let you tap part of the death benefit to pay for longterm care. Other insurance products feature similar potential benefits.1,2 As these insurance products are doing “double duty” (i.e., one policy or product offering the potential for two kinds of coverage), their premiums are costlier than that of a standalone LTC policy. On the other hand, you can get what you want from one insurance product, rather than having to pay for two.3 Another nice perk offered by these hybrid LTC products: sometimes, insurers guarantee that the premiums you pay will never rise. (Many retirees wish that were the case with their traditional LTC policies.) Whether the premiums are locked in at the initial level or not, the death benefit, coverage amount, and cash value are all, commonly, guaranteed.3 Hybrid LTC policies provide a death benefit, a percentage of which will go to your heirs. Do traditional LTC policies offer a death benefit? No. If you buy a discrete LTC policy, but die without needing long-term care, all those LTC policy premiums you paid will not return to you.3 The basics of securing LTC coverage applies to these policies. The earlier in life you arrange the coverage, the lower the premiums will likely be. If you are not healthy enough to qualify for a standalone LTC insurance policy, you might qualify for a hybrid policy – sometimes no medical exam is required. The LTC insurance benefit may be used when a doctor certifies that the policyholder is unable to perform two or more of the six activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing, transferring in and out of bed, toileting, and maintaining continence).4,5 These hybrid LTC policies usually require lumpsum funding. A single premium payment of $75,000$100,000 is not unusual. For a high net worth individual or couple, this is no major hurdle, especially since appreciated assets from other life insurance products can be transferred into a hybrid product through a 1035 exchange.2,3,4,6 Are these hybrid policies just mediocre compromises? They have critics as well as fans. Detractors cite their two sets of fees per their two forms of insurance coverage. They also point out that hybrid LTC policies are not inflation protected, so the insurance benefit is worth less with the passage of time. Also, while the premiums paid on conventional LTC policies are tax deductible, premiums paid on these hybrid policies are not.3 Funding the whole policy up front with a single premium payment has both an upside and a downside. You will not contend with potential premium increases over time, as owners of stock LTC policies often do; on the other hand, the return on the insurance product may be locked into today’s low interest rates. Another reality is that many middle-class seniors

have little or no need to buy a life insurance policy. Their heirs will not face inheritance taxes, because their estates will not exceed the federal estate tax exemption. Moreover, their children may be adults and financially stable, themselves; a large death benefit for these heirs is nice, but the opportunity cost of paying the life insurance premiums may be significant. Cash value life insurance can be a crucial element in estate planning for those with large or complex estates, however – and if some of its death benefit can be directed toward long-term care for the policyholder, it may prove even more useful than commonly assumed.

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Fans packed JAG Stadium last Friday for the hotly anticipated matchup between the Garfield G-Men and Windham Bombers. After trailing for most of the game, a touchdown by Devyn Penna followed immediately by Anthony DeNigris’ 2pt conversion secured a G-Men victory with only seconds to spare. Final score: G-Men 29 - Bombers 28. Garfield fans, be sure to catch the Homecoming Spirit at JAG Field this week as the G-Men take on the Valley Christian Eagles Friday at 7pm. A variety of spiritwear items are available at shops in town, and the Booster Booth inside the gate on game day!

A Cheap Death: How to Donate Your Body to Science Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about body donation programs? With little to no savings, I’m looking for a free or cheap way to dispose of my body after I die. Old and Broke Dear Broke, If you’re looking to eliminate your funeral and burial costs, as well as help advance medical research, donating your body to science is a great option to consider. Here’s what you should know. Body Donations It’s estimated that each year, at least 20,000 people donate their whole body, after death, to medical facilities throughout the country to be used in medical research projects, anatomy lessons and surgical practice. After using your body, these facilities will then provide free cremation – which typically costs $600 to $4,000 – and will either bury or scatter your ashes in a local cemetery or return them to your family, usually within a year or two. And, just in case you’re wondering, your family will not be paid for the use of your body. Federal and state laws prohibit it. Here are a few other things you need to know and check into, to help you determine whether whole-body donation is right for you: • Acceptance rules: Most body donation programs will not accept bodies that are extremely obese, or those that have infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, H.I.V. or MRSA. Bodies that suffered extensive trauma won’t be accepted either. • Organ donation: Most programs require that you donate your whole body in its entirety. So if you want to be an organ donor (with the exception of your eyes), you won’t qualify to be a whole body donor too. • Special requests: Most programs will not allow you to donate your body for a specific purpose. You give

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them the body and they decide how to use it. • Memorial options: Most programs require almost immediate transport of the body after death, so there’s no funeral. If your family wants a memorial service they can have one without the body. Or, some programs offer memorial services at their facility at a later date without the remains. • Body transporting: Most programs will cover transporting your body to their facility within a certain distance. However, some may charge. What To Do If you think you want to donate your body, it’s best to make arrangements in advance with a body donation program in your area. Most programs are offered through university-affiliated medical schools. To find one near you, the University of Florida maintains a list of U.S. programs and their contact information at Anatbd.acb. In addition to the medical schools, there are also private organizations like BioGift ( and Science Care ( that accept whole body donations too. Some of these organizations will even allow organ donation because they deal in body parts as well as whole cadavers. If you don’t have Internet access, you can get help by calling the National Family Service Desk, which operates a free body donation referral service during business hours at 800-727-0700. Once you locate a program in your area, call and ask them to mail you an information/registration packet that will explain exactly how their program works. To sign up, you’ll simply need to fill out a couple of forms and return them. But, you can always change your mind by contacting the program and removing your name from their registration list. Some programs may ask that you make your withdrawal in writing. After you’ve made arrangements, you’ll need to tell your family members so they will know what to do and who to contact after your death. It’s also a good idea to tell your doctors, so they know your final wishes too. 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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O.K., O.K., I’m looking at the calendar and—to quote from Cement Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (better known as “The Night Before Christmas”)—“what to my wondering eyes should appear” but some fine print declaring—on September 22—“Autumn Begins.” Who made off with Summer? All of that stuff that I was going to work on/organize/ finish up/clean is still right where it has been all along, only now it’s in the rearview mirror…and looking just as it always has. What’s up with that? The leaves are all beginning to turn, helped out, no doubt, by the fact that it’s been gosh-awful dry around here for quite some time. I have a bunch of supposed-to-begreenery that’s been looking pretty peaked; the landscaper dude came and set up sprinklers in the front and the back, probably will be doing the same for the sides too, since there seems to be little relief in sight for a while, although the Old Farmer warns that T-storms and cooling will be on the menu soon. Ditto for the other Farmer with his own almanac. Likely heralds some very damp football games. Let us hope that they are not Homecoming games, it’s hard watching those charming young ladies, especially, trying to appear as their own lovely selves while splashing across the football field getting soaked up to their knees while their mothers or fathers hold umbrellas over them as best they can. Smiling all the while. Oh, well, ‘tis the season. Speaking of which…. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the Fall events coming up. The Historic Johnson Home on Pioneer Trail has their October Fest coming up on October 7, with all sorts of family-friendly activities available. The Garrettsville Family YMCA will be having a fun run/walk with a Halloween theme, open to all the community for miles around. There are craft shows and vendors of every stripe anxious to help you prepare for the approaching holidays. Orchards and farm markets are filled with fruits and vegetables for your delectation and consumption. Apples, pears, raspberries, tomatoes, corn—you name it, the good stuff is out there. You could try getting back to the roots of the Halloween activities by getting your hands on a big turnip and carving it up sufficiently so that a candle fits inside and you will have an original-style Jack-o-lantern. Or…you could just cut your losses and go for the chocolate. I’m thinking that the “snack size” items will win out in the end. The two kittens on the front porch are not yet ready to be friends but they are not bolting for hiding places quite as rapidly as they once did. They do like kitty treats,

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James A. Garfield Historical Society The Journal published the following article by E.B. Heyd “In Explanation” May 24, 1915. I n vi ndicat ion of three perfectly innocent Garrettsville boys: A young man who was working in the Basket Factory and boarding at Mrs. Alderman’s claimed he had an automobile at his home in Pennsylvania, and that he was going after it so as to have it here for pleasure. Saturday, May22, he left to get his car. He returned in the night with the car and stayed with Mr. Hedger north of town until morning, when he returned to town to show the boys a good time. He took Alderman, Stanley and Heyd for a spin to the County Seat and upon their arrival there about 2:30, they were promptly arrested and locked up, on the charge of stealing the car. They gave their names and addresses to the officers and explained the case exactly as they knew it. The officers made no effort to notify their parents or to verify their statements. They requested to be allowed to communicate with Probate Judge Robison, whom they all knew as their friend and he could and would have obtained their immediate release. But this request was denied them. The officers neither communicated with their parents or friends nor allowed them to do so, but kept them locked up for about forty-eight hours, with the intention of sending them to Warren. Mr. Stanley, on going to Ravenna, accidentally discovered them in time to save them from this trip. Was this a gross injustice to the boys and their parents who were very much worried over their absence or was it a flagrant failure to perform official duty? I call it both. And parents, I wish to advise you, that if your children should ever be so unfortunate as to be invited for an auto ride and should fail to return in forty-eight hours, that should you go to the jail and look around you might discover them before it is too late.


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so I may yet get my hands on them. I’m not sure that domestication is going to be possible but I’m hoping that I can at least snatch them up and make for the veterinary clinic to see that they have at least basic shots and—though they don’t appear to be the least bit broken—get “fixed” before we start all over again. Their IBM (Irresponsibly Bad Mamma) has been doing this for years and will probably be at it until she goes off to that Big Lap in the Sky. They all have heated facilities in the winter on the front porch, so they (That’s IBM and her gentleman callers) are not likely to go off for better pickin’s elsewhere. The caterpillars are currently making their appearances for weather prognosticators to observe the stripes—or lack of same—to forecast the winter weather now approaching. The trouble with all this, of course, is that there is very little agreement concerning just exactly what the various patterns mean. Does a Wooly Bear with one narrow black waistband mean a once-over-lightly winter and a total black critter denote an Eskimo Delight, or is it the reverse? What if there are two black bands and a pale ochre one in the middle? That’s the trouble with folk methods of predicting all sorts of things, what’s the God’s truth in one location may be meteorological blasphemy in another. I always remember “Red at night, sailor’s delight; red in the morning, sailors take warning.” When I walk in the morning, I always look to the east to see what’s on the docket for the day, but as often as not, I forget when I’m sorting out my wardrobe for the day and will wind up in my long woolies as the temperature shoots up in an unseasonable heatwave or dressed for vitamin D exposure when the rain is pelting down. The whole concept of dressing in layers is front and center on my plans for suitable clothing. It’s also why my car frequently looks as though it’s being lived in by a very poor band of gypsies (or Roma, if you will). I want to have a jacket/sweater/raincoat/hat/pair of boots available if I need it. This traveling haberdashery is not nearly so bad now that I don’t attend middle school or high school track meets as I used to (Which also led to my having numerous stop watches, hammers, ropes, clipboards and other such paraphernalia in the back of the car). I’ve managed to fill the empty spaces with all sorts of other necessities, however; I found a pair of flipflops (which I seldom wear) , several bags of books and an emergency flasher on my last look-through. And speaking of Autumn…. There was an expose’ that I caught on the radio the other day. It seems that there is no definitive definition (Think about that for a second) of a pumpkin. When it comes to pumpkin spice, which is everywhere, all of the time now, it’s all about the spice, really. You know, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, that stuff. You can put those in just about anything, really; look on the shelves anywhere in a grocery store—bread, doughnuts, beverages, pumpkin spice toilet tissue, no doubt. You know those spices. But pumpkin, especially pumpkin in cans, could be nearly anything orange. The jack-olantern veggies that we picture when the word “pumpkin” is bandied about (Curcurbita pepo, or Curcurbita maximo for the really big guys)is, basically a squash with attitude and a following. So…what gets into the cans and the various baked, boiled, fricasseed and foraged foods we put on our plates is mostly poor relatives generally thought of as winter squash—C. arg yrosper ma or C . moschata, for example. Not that it makes any difference, tastewise. We’re better off, in any e Th case, than trying to stick with the original Celtic Village Bookstore turnips. Turnip pie? I 8140 Main St. don’t see it. Garrettsville OH 44231

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I love Fall – all the corn mazes, hayrides, apple picking options and pumpkin picking. I also love Fall because there are a few wineries which host other family friendly festivals to celebrate the season! One of my favorite outings is to take the family to Maize Valley Winery and Farm Market in Hartville, Ohio. Only about a 40 minute drive south on Route 44 to Route 619, this winery and market have so much to offer for everyone in the family. If you have a chance, I highly recommend picking out a Saturday in October to stop by and participate in their Fall Family Fun Days celebration. Tickets are only $10 a person and under 2 is FREE, which is a great deal for what they offer. Throughout the day, they fire up an old fire truck fully equipped with an air compressor that helps launch pumpkins at old cars and even can launch pumpkins almost a half mile to the other side of the farm. If that isn’t exciting enough, Maize Valley also offers their own NASHOG races where a number of hogs race to the finish line for a treat. While the kids get a good laugh at watching the hogs run (and in some cases stop to watch the people), I think I had more fun listening to the great hog jokes that were family friendly. After we watched the hog races we hopped on the hayride and went over to the corn maze. Even if you have little kids, there is a smaller maze where kids can easily get through and find extra fun hidden in the corn. While we didn’t get a chance to do the longer maze, I heard it was really challenging and the older kids had a great time trying to figure out where they were. Before we headed back inside to the winery and farm market we stopped over at the pumpkin patch and picked our pumpkins right out of their large pumpkin patch. As we watched another round of the pumpkin cannon, the kids played on a two story hay mound, petted some of the farm animals and enjoyed a snack at the concession stand. Once we made it back into the winery, the adults were able to enjoy a few minutes of the Fall Festival by sampling some of the great wines and beers made by Maize Valley. They have some great wines such as Mad Cow and Secret Stash which made for some good laughs as well. If you get the chance to head down to Maize Valley this fall, be sure to tell the guy launching the pumpkins that the group from Candlelight sent you – they’ll appreciate the feedback. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

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