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Friday, October 6, 2017

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

For Goodnight’s, Business is Family Affair Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Hiram - Embarking on their second year in Hiram, Diane and Jerry Goodnight, proprietors of Goodnight Kitchen & Bath are happy to share that business is going well. Since the majority of their work comes as a result of referrals -- chances are, they may have helped transform that kitchen or bath you’ve admired in your neighbor’s home. Conveniently located on Hayden Street in Hiram, the Goodnight family works in Burton, Garrettsville, Hiram and Mantua. If you’re considering something as simple as refacing kitchen cabinets to give your space a new look at a lower cost, to designing the space of your dreams, consider Goodnight Kitchen & Bath. By choosing a family business, you’ll receive personal attention from this third-generation company. Beginning with your initial conversation with Diane, to the hand-drawn schematics created for you by Jerry, Sr, to the competent and courteous installation in your home by Jerry, Jr. “Customers like that we’re a family business,” Diane explained. “And when my son comes to their home to install the project, he’s very personable -- everybody just loves him. In fact, many want to keep him at the end of the job,” she joked. “Our quality products are American-made, built with wood harvested in the Midwest, with all the ‘bells and whistles’ you could want,” he explained. Features like wooden drawer boxes, dovetail corners, premium glides, as well as options like roll out trays and soft-close drawers. They offer a selection of cabinets and countertops in a variety of materials and price ranges, as well as baths, tubs

and showers to create the kitchen or bath of your dreams. “The kid and I have been working together for almost 30 years,” beams proud dad, Jerry Sr. He and Diane have been married for 47 years, but they’ve worked together for 20 years in this third-generation carpentry company. “This truly is a family business, which gives us the opportunity to be more ‘hands-on’ with our clients,” Diane explained. “And people really appreciate that.” Diane (pictured above) is the ‘face of the company’, who talks to clients to establish the starting point by ascertaining their likes, dislikes, and how they’d like their space to flow. With years of experience, she can offer valuable insight and options for homeowners to consider. “We offer 15 colors and finishes in each line, but can order samples to make sure our customer gets exactly what they want.” They’re proud to install quality American-made products that have been crafted in the Midwest using US materials. They offer mid-range cabinets from Homecrest, semi-custom solutions from Dynasty, and custom Omega products. They feature countertop materials ranging from Wilsonart solid surface counters and sinks, as well as Corian, and Zodiaq quartz products in a variety of styles to suit your décor and your needs. Clients have shared that their pricing is competitive with the big box stores. “Many customers have become friends,” Diane shared. “In fact, many have offered to show potential customers our work in their homes.” To find out more, give Diane a call at (330) 569-3497, or stop by their showroom in Hiram between the USPS and the Hiram College Library.

Christmas in the Woods - Slated for Two Weekends in October This October is Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods’ 23rd year of hosting attendees from across the country at Shaker Woods in Columbiana, Ohio. More than 200 quality craftspeople and artisans will gather at the festival on October 14-15 and 21-22, 2017. In a manicured, wooded setting, juried costumed crafters will have their booths decorated in an old-fashioned holiday theme. The exhibitors will demonstrate their crafts and sell a wide selection of handmade holiday items, as well as traditional crafts. The level grounds feature gravel footpaths for easy walking and access to acres of free parking. “We’re humbled that the festival has become a traditional gathering place for so many families and friends,” said Ken McGaffic, who along with his wife Linda, are promoters of the nationally-recognized event. “The festival attracts attendees from over 30 states who enjoy shopping, entertainment and delicious food in this magical spot in eastern Ohio.” Plenty of favorite craftspeople are returning for the Christmas show. Traditional crafters include candle makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers and doll makers. Hand-thrown pottery and iron and stone work will also be available. Holiday craft items, decorations and handcrafted Christmas ornaments are featured at the festival, as well as holiday clothing, wreaths and floral arrangements. In the September 2017 issue of Sunshine Artist, America’s Premier Arts and Craft Show Magazine,

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Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods was selected as one of the “Top 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows” in the nation. A wide variety of food vendors will serve traditional and holiday favorites. Holiday baked goods and candies will also be available. In 2008, Country Living Magazine featured “Old Fashioned Christmas in the Woods” as one of the premier craft festival destinations in the United States, introducing 11 million readers to this holiday tradition. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Daily general admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. General admission for adults is $8.00 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There’s no additional charge for entertainment. Bus tours are welcome and group rates are available. For more information, go to Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods Festival’s website: www. The site includes a complete program, driving directions and articles, in addition to a layout of the grounds at Shaker Woods. Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods is also on Facebook. The festival has acres of free parking. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on festival grounds. Strollers are not recommended. The festival location is 44337 County Line Road (just off Rt. 7) Columbiana, Ohio 44408, one mile north of the intersection with State Route 14. The location is only minutes from the Ohio Turnpike and the Pennsylvania state line.

It being the first meeting of the month, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram October 2, 2017 meeting was given over to the following business. A donation was received from Brett Pesicek. District 630 is requesting volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at Cleveland Browns games to make a financial contribution to district activities. Tom Collins will be heading up the G-H Rotary table at the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase on October 12 from 5 to 8; the set-up fee is now due. Cathy DeYoung distributed coupons good for big savings at Rite-Aid on Saturday, October 14. Carlson Funeral Homes and Crematory will be holding a memorial gathering on October 5, for those suffering grief related to recent loss of family or friends or other significant figures in their lives. The roadside clean-up will be held on October 21. The public is invited to the Harvest Festival at the Historic John Johnson Home on Pioneer Trail in Hiram from 10 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. There will be free tractor hay rides, feeding of animals, free tours, games, refreshments, fun for the whole family. A more serious note is sounded by the Unveiling of a rare 1837 edition of The Book of Mormon on Tuesday, October10 at 7 p.m. in the LDS Chapel at the Johnson Farm. This discovery and authentication of a keystone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been a special project of a recent G-H Rotary member, Damon Bahr. Then it was on to accelerating arrangements for the upcoming Reverse Raffle, coming up on November 1—a Wednesday, the first Wednesday in the month, as it will be from now on; so there. Several sponsorships were announced, Davey Tree, Ellerhorst-Russel, Kim Kohli, S&K among them—more are expected and still welcome. Workers are needed for set-up, assembling prizes and raffle baskets. More baskets will be gratefully accepted. Anyone making these contributions should bring them to the Middlefield Bank sooner rather than later. The music/sound system is lined up for the listening pleasure of all. The raffle drawing drum is reserved for the big ticket selections. Regular Monday noon meetings will be devoted to small but necessary projects for this vital fund-raising occasion. There will be meetings every Wednesday morning to continue this work. It’s a GO! Interested persons who would like to join or re-join are welcome any and every Monday at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville.

Handmade & Vintage Market - A Day in The Country - Returns to Portage County for 4th Year

A Day in the Country returns to Northeast Ohio at the Portage County Randolph Fairgrounds (4215 Fairground Rd, Atwater, OH 44201) for the 4th year in a row on October 7th - 8th, 2017. Aunt and niece duo, Deb Willhite of Lakes Girl Vintage and Bessie Zinz of Besserina have conceptualized A Day in the Country: a market featuring local artists, craftsmen, and business owners, showcasing handmade and vintage goods. The duo’s concept of bringing 50+ vendors into one authentic space has grown over the past four years and the 2017 event will be back, bigger, and better than ever. Willhite & Zinz are excited to be back at the fairgrounds, and are eager to host vendors from previous years, as well as debuting new shops at the event. Local art, rare handmades, antiques & vintage, specialty foods, repurposed goods, and local small businesses all have a place at A Day in the Country. Guests throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond will not regret the trip. In addition, Willhite and Zinz are huge proponents of giving back to the local community. This year they have selected a local child, Paitynn Tipton to receive a portion of the proceeds from this event. Paitynn was born with Trisonomy 18 and was not expected to live more than a week. She is now 5 years old and has developed cancer in both kidneys. In addition, they will also be holding a raffle with 100% of the proceeds going to Portage Country 4-H Life Skills Committee. The amazing duo encourages attendees to “bring your friends to shop and be inspired!” Admission is $5 and the event will be open from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm on Sunday.

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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 in Garrettsville, located at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley parking lot and also Windham in the Plaza near Dee’s Diner. Open Saturday and Sunday in both locations. Garrettsville open 10am to dark and stand in Windham will be open from 11 – 6pm. Stands will continue through Halloween or as weather permits. For info call Diane Irwin 330-524-0592

Monday Breakfast at American Legion Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast

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from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/326-3188 for info.

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

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


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

Windham Lions Club Oct 6 The Windham Lions Club will be holding their sausage trailer on Friday, October 6 from 10am – 7pm and Saturday, October 7 from 10am to 2pm at Dee’s parking lot.

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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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


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.

Crafters & Vendor Show Oct 7 2nd Annual Crafters & Vendor Show to Benefit APL & Food Cupboards on Oct 7 - 9 am til 3 pm at Lake Hodgson Lodge, 5089 Lakewood Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Chinese Auction – proceeds will go to the APL & Food Cupboards. Also, asking for donations of pet supplies or non-perishable foods or monetary donations to help the charities. We will have a variety of hand-made


items and also Perfectly Posh, Scentsy & 31 Gifts.Check us out for early Christmas shopping and fun items.

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

Oct 5 - Bingo & Doughnuts Oct 12 - Games Oct 19 - Pumpkins Oct 26 - Games

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 @ 330-8721353 before Oct. 9.

Library Closed Columbus Day Oct 9 All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Service hours will resume on Tuesday, October 10. Although branch libraries will be closed for the holiday, the Digital Library is always open. Using your Portage County District Library card, visit www. for a great selection of digital content including movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines- all at your fingertips and all for free.

Mantua Legion Auxiliary Meeting Oct 9 The Legion Auxiliary will meet Monday, October 9 at 1:00pm at the home of its President, Dorothy Brady on Ambler Lane.

Freedom Twp. Historical Society Meeting Oct 10 Barbara Strawman Grafton will share her family’s stories about life in Freedom Township in bygone years at the next meeting of the Freedom Township Historical Society. That meeting will be Tuesday,

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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! Oct 10 at 1 PM at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 St Rt 700. PLEASE NOTE THE AFTERNOON TIME at 1 PM. Our fall/winter meetings start at 1 PM; the spring/summer meetings begin at 7 PM. A short business meeting will precede Mrs. Grafton’s presentation; light refreshments will be served. Everyone interested in Freedom’s rich history is invited to attend and share your memories and pictures. For more information or if you need a ride, please call Judy at 330-527-7669.

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.

Mantua Legion Meeting Oct 12 The Legion will meet Thursday October 12 at 7pm at the Post Home on East Main Street. Looking for a scenic Drive? The Legion suggests visiting the Western Reserve Cemetery on Rowaga Road in Rittman.

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.

Swiss Steak Dinner Oct 14 The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle in Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 on October 14th, 2017. Dinner is served from 4:00- 6:00 PM. The price is $10.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Children age 6-12, Children 5 and under Free. The dinner consists of: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy , green beans, corn casserole, drinks, and dessert. Carry-out is also available at the same location.” While Supplies Last”.

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.

Sauerkraut & Pork Dinner Oct 14 Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner on Oct. 14th from 4 to 6:30 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4920 Fairport Rd., Newton Falls. (Corner of St. Rt. 534 and Fairport Rd.) CARRY OUT AVAILABLE. Adults $9.00-Children 6 to 12 $6.00 - Children under 6 Free.

Benefit Dinner Oct 14 Benefit Dinner given for Lina Coury to support her in an extended mission trip to Peru to work with orphaned children. Oct 14th, 4 to 7 p m at Christ Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, 16406 Route 87, Middlefield, Oh 44062. Adult $12, Youth 5-10 $5, Kids under 5 free.

Trunk Or Treat Oct 14 Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, presents TRUNK OR TREAT on Oct 14 in the church parking lot from 4pm to 6pm.

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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 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.

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.

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!

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Oct 20 Western Reserve Kiwanis & Crestwood’s Kids Weekend Meals will be serving up our All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Oct. 20th 4:307:00pm at the Hiram Christian Church. Dinner includes spaghetti, choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Gluten free available. Carry-out available. Adults $ 7.00, kids 8 & under FREE!

Renewal Evening Services Oct 16 - 18 Everyone is invited for a time of spiritual renewing of our hearts, minds and souls. The speakers will be area pastors. Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsvile, will be hosting the services which will be held on October 16th through the 18th at 6:30 p.m.If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 330.527.4205.


The Newton Falls Firefighters Association will be selling T-shirts for the month of October to benefit breast cancer detection and research. 100% of the profits will be donated to local breast cancer research. T - shirts are being sold October 13th at Tiger Stadium for the Homecoming Football Game vs. Girard. You can also inquire about shirts at NF Joint Fire District Station #2 at 45 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, Ohio 44444. Prices are S-XL=$15.00 2XL-3XL=$17.00 4XL=$18.00. PLEASE CASH ONLY. After t-shirts are sold out, orders will be accepted for a second printing at NFJFDAssociation@ There are also dates being planned for a fill the boot drive at intersections in Newton Falls, also with 100% of the proceeds going to local breast cancer research. Please come to help your local firefighters EXTINGUISH BREAST CANCER!

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Oct 20 & 21 The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church , located at 10692 Freedom St. in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Fall Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Friday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday is bag day. The Rummage Sale will take place in the church hall..

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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.

Welton Cemetery: History Written in Stone Oct 21 Saturday, October 21 from 1 ˗ 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.

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.


Catherine “Cathy” Ann Angel

Garrettsville, OH Catherine “Cathy” Ann Angel, 68, passed away on September 26, 2017. She died peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. Her beloved family was able to spend time with her prior to passing. Her family takes ease in knowing she is free of pain now. Cathy was born in Parsons, WV. During her childhood, her family moved to Ohio where Cathy graduated from Windham High School, Class of 1967. Cathy married Larry J. Angel in 1968. They lived together for almost 49 years in Garrettsville, Ohio. Cathy was very proud of her two children Amy M. Angel, daughter who resides in Virginia and Larry S. Angel “Shawn”, son who resides in Florida. Although Cathy had a variety of employers during her life, two the are most special to her were home babysitting as she raise her family and as a Pharmacy Technician for Garrettsville Family Pharmacy. She loved to help everyone who came into the pharmacy. Cathy was a generous and loving person who always put others first. An angel on earth and now in heaven with her wings. Consistent with Cathy’s wishes, her family and friends will have a celebration of her life event on October 21st from 1 to 5 pm at the Garrettsville-Nelson-Freedom Fire Station. Cremation will be completed by Cleveland Cremation. Interment of her ashes will follow at a location chosen by her immediate family.

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Oct 26 & 30 The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will hold auditions for “The Beverly Hillbillies” on October 26 and Oct 30 at 7 pm in the James A Garfield High School. Please have a monologue memorized for this audition. This is not a musical. We are looking for males and females for this production. There are many adult rolls. We can use children in the cast, but only over the age of 9, please. They will have to audition. For more information contact the Director at rinearson05@

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MSFD Board News

“Open Arms Adoptions” 2nd Annual Wine Pull is Set

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At the last meeting, Fire Chief Matt Roosa informed the board that a department in Indiana purchased the 2006 wheeled coach vehicle offered for sale at a price of $9,000. The new squad has been ordered and is in production; it should be delivered by the end of November. In other news, he shared that the department is currently reviewing health insurance providers; coverage for Shalersville and Mantua Township employees will also be included in the quotations. In other news, Assistant Chief Mullins presented the board with a proposed contract for part-time employees. Among some of the changes from previous contracts are that the starting wage was moved from $12 per hour to $15 per hour to stay competitive with surrounding communities and that employees would receive a clothing allowance in order for the department to realize more savings in purchases and consistency in clothing items. The board approved the contract as presented to them. In September, the department participated in Safety Town at Crestwood Primary School. During the weeklong program, volunteers met with kindergarteners to share fire prevention and safety tips. Both the MSFD and the Hiram Fire Department spent time with students, giving them the opportunity to ask questions, see firefighters in full turn-out gear, and to view emergency response vehicles up close. “It’s important for us to give


Firefighters talk with CPS kindergarteners on the playground during CPS’s Safety Town program. kids the chance to see us in our face masks and full gear, which can sometimes make us look big and scary, “ shared Assistant Chief Mullins. “That way, if they encounter us in an emergency situation, they won’t be afraid when we come to help.” The department will return to CPS in October to share fire safety tips with first and second graders during Fire Safety Month. The next regularly scheduled Fire Board meeting will be held at the station on Monday, October 9th at 6 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Portage County - Open Arms Adoptions’ is currently selling tickets for the “2nd Annual Wine Pull”, set for Friday, November 10th at Roses Run Country Club, located at 2636 N. River Rd. in Stow, OH. The event will kick-off at 6:00 pm and feature dinner, raffles, a silent auction and the drawing for an extensive variety of wine. The Wine Pull is a fundraiser that will benefit Open Arms Adoptions, an organization whose mission is to provide a loving, stable home to every child in need. The agency works tirelessly to create an environment that embraces the unique set of circumstances each of our birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and children bring to us. Tickets for the Wine Pull are $45.00 per person, or $80.00 per couple, which includes dinner, drinks and a chance to win fabulous prizes and the opportunity to walk away with a top quality bottle of wine at a low price. In 2016, the event was a great success as over 170 people attended and enjoyed friendly competition with silent auction baskets, opportunities to win various raffles and the surprise of the evening was just what type of wine a person would receive when purchasing a cork for a secret bottle. To reserve your seat at this unique event, or to become an event sponsor, please visit or call 330-697-4751. This event is open to the public, all are welcome.







Congratulations to J.A. Garfield Homecoming Queen Katie Synnestvedt and King Zayne Veon.

Congratulations to the Garfield Boy’s Golf Team who are the 2017 PTC County Division Champs and to Derek Miller for qualifying for the District Golf Tournament. Derek had the top score among individual qualifiers and was named PTC Golfer of the Year. Tom Bartz was named PTC Coach of the Year!!! Congratulations to Lady G-Men, Chloe Pfile and Grace Mills for qualifying for next week’s District Golf Tournament!

Bombers Entertain At Halftime With Black Light Show

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After a heartbreaking week 5 for the Bombers they rebound with a massive 63 to 14 victory over Sts. John and Paul High School. The Bombers came out hot and made big plays every snaps. However, the real show of this game was the dazzling “Black Light Show” after the game performed by the Windham Bomber Marching band.

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Mantua - At the last Board meeting, School Board President Todd Monroe implored residents to support the District’s issue to build a new 7-12 building on the November ballot. He argued that Crestwood has been losing kids to surrounding schools including Streetsboro, Garfield, and BioMed, and that enrollment at the High School currently hovers slightly over 400 pupils. “This is a do or die situation,” he acknowledged, explaining that if voters don’t support the issue, then $8.6 million -money paid to the State by Crestwood taxpayers -- would be given to schools in Warrensville Heights instead. He explained that maintenance costs on the district’s older buildings continue to rise, and that the estimated $23 million needed to renovate the structures, in addition to the additional costs to relocate classes while the older structures are overhauled would rest solely on taxpayers. He reminded voters of the smart financial decisions made by the district, which enabled them to refinance the elementary buildings and pay off the debt six years ahead of schedule. Mr. Monroe added that a new facility would be ADA compliant, provide modern security features, and be more energy-efficient. Given the increased maintenance costs of the older structures, he admonished, “we can pay it now, or we can pay it later.” Later, Crestwood Athletic Director Bob Dean delivered a presentation on revisions to the district’s Student-Athlete Handbook. The revisions include placing more emphasis on building the character of studentathletes versus placing the effort on winning at all cost. Changes to the code of conduct and expectations for athletes, as well as the inclusion of random drug testing as a deterrent, aim to help Crestwood athletics develop better athletes while encouraging them to be better people. In other news, it was recently announced that the Crestwood Local School District has suspended all High School football operations, effective immediately until such time as the superintendent announces otherwise. The district recently contacted the Mantua Police Department to investigate an incident regarding the Crestwood Football team that was brought to their attention. According to Chief Harry Buchert, “The department at this time has opened a fact- finding investigation looking into the allegations made to determine if criminal acts had occurred, to what level and to whom. This investigation is ongoing and the school district has been cooperating completely.” According to Superintendent David Toth, “We have privacy constraints dictated to us by state and federal laws when in comes to discussing students and personnel, but we can let you know that everyone associated with our football program will be interviewed by school administration and we hope that everyone will cooperate throughout this process.” He continued, “We are committed to a complete and thorough investigation and will do so with diligence and we will complete the process as quickly as possible. Our number one priority is, and always will be, the safety and security of our kids.” Lastly, the district recently shared financial information showing how the district compares to the rest of Portage County in regards to tax rates. The information was derived from records of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Taxation, and compiled with data filed by county auditors with the Ohio Department of Taxation. The data ranked the Crestwood District as having the lowest amount of property taxes charged based on property value, as compared to the eleven school districts in Portage County. That information can be found at The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Crestwood School Board will take place on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm in the High School library. The community is encouraged to attend. 

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Freedom Township Historical Society Selling T-Shirts

Show off your Freedom pride with T-shirts from the Freedom Township Historical Society. The shirts have a picture of Freedom School on the front and “There’s no place like Freedom Twp.” on the back. The shirts come in a dark green style for men and women or a light green V-neck style for women. Contact FTHS Historian and Treasurer Judy Thornton at (330) 527-7669 or contact Secretary Amanda Garrett at to get the order form via e-mail. The sizes and prices are: $12 from small-XL, $13 for 2XL, $14 for 3XL and $15 for 4XL. Note: the crew neck shirt sizes run small so you might want to order a size or two bigger than what your regularly wear. If you don’t live in the Freedom area, the cost is $5 for shipping and handling.

Women’s Council of Hiram College presents their Encore Series

Women’s Council of Hiram College recently held a wine-tasting event at the Hiram College Bio Station., with Celeste Richards providing her award-winning wines. Some of the attendees were: Jackie Krabill, Pat Fitzgerald, Nancy Einheit, Dot Bailey, (back) Jan West, and Sally Adams. Now we would like to invite ladies and gentlemen to our Encore Series entertainment, which is a series of three gourmet luncheons/programs: October 14th – Television Favorites with Mike Olszewski, who will relive the Golden Age of TV / Ghoulardi, Barnaby, Captain Penny, etc.; December 2, 2017 – Holiday Favorites with Greg Piscura, who will sing the hit Christmas songs of Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, etc. and May 5th, 2018 – Our Favorite Naturalist with John Kolar, Geauga Park District’s Chief Naturalist, who will bring John Muir, the famous naturalist, to life. Please come and join us at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn (rear entrance), located at the intersection of I 480 and SR 82; punch at 11:30, lunch at noon, and program at 1:20. All three programs are available for $115.00 ($50.00 is tax-deductible); one program is $40.00 ($17.00 is tax-deductible). Reservations with payment should be made out and sent to Women’s Council for Hiram College, c/o J. Noall, P. O. Box 67, Hiram, Ohio 44234 by October 10th, with any dietary needs. Your support goes to fund Hiram College scholarships and other needs. Oct


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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

The cooler temperatures have found their way into Garrettsville and after seeing our first frost this week, it’s time to pull out the fleece blankets, fire up the fireplace and bring out our favorite board games. Our family loves game night in our house so I am always looking for new games to play as the kids get older. But there are times when the kids are gone that we are looking for a game that our friends can play. So with the help of winefolly. com, I have some new games to add to my list. We have a game similar to this but I love how broad it is – any wine lover will learn something new in each game. “Wine Wars� runs the gamut, with categories including, “Vine to Vino�, the “Wine Cellar� and Cork Culture (wineries, business and art). Game night isn’t game night if there isn’t Bingo! Thankfully this twist on Bingo is a great hit at the party. “Wine-O� is Bingo for oenophiles and features grape varietals in place of numbers and wine corks to mark your wooden scorecard. We are quite competitive when it comes to board games in our house and will spent hours strategizing on how to win the game. When I heard about this game I knew it was a must have in our house! “Grand Cru� challenges you to manage the economic process of making wine. You must first buy the right grapes for the best wines for your own vineyard. Next you are tasked with navigating all aspects from harvest to vinification to the selling of the final product to pay off your business loans, all the while competing with your opponents who must do the same. The player who is left with the most money after their wine is sold and loans paid off is the winner. So if you are considering becoming a winemaker, this game is a great way to gain some insight before jumping into the business. Finally, for those of you that want to host game night but not have to put your thinking caps on, this is my favorite game! “Read Between the Wines!� is not necessarily a blind tasting, but will help you connect your senses of smell and taste to descriptive vocabulary, albeit in comical ways. The idea is to creatively describe the various wines you’re sampling according to one of 54 themes such as, “Compare This Wine to a Celebrity [or friend],� To which you might respond, “This rose is pink, fruity, high in alcohol, pleasantly dry and faintly bitter, like Madeline after a day of too much fun in the sun.� Looks like it will be a great winter while we play all of these new games! 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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Nearby Nature Most Misunderstood Animals

Joe Malmisur | Columnist “Flicking tongues, unblinking stares, incredible agility--but no visible arms or legs, these must be the planet’s most intriguing, most misunderstood animals.� Of course we are talking about snakes. Snakes are as much a part, and an important part, of Northeast Ohio’s ecosystem as salamanders, bears, bobcats, bees, and butterflies. But to some people, snakes can elicit feelings of anxiety and fear. Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular type of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. I must admit that I fall into this category. To me it is not knowing if the snake is venomous or not. In order to alleviate this fear, education, and familiarity are key. Statistically, the chances of a risky encounter with a snake are slight. So let the educating begin! Let’s begin with the term “poisonous� snakes. Snakes are NOT POISONOUS, they are VENOMOUS. In order for poison to kill you, you must ingest it or absorb it through your skin. Snakes inject venom with their fangs directly into your body. Because the fluid is injected and not ingested or absorbed, technically, snakes are venomous. Now let’s turn our attention to what a venomous snake looks like. There are three key features to look for when you come upon a snake and you don’t know automatically what it is. The majority of venomous snakes in North America will follow these classic depictions: First, pit vipers have heat-sensing pits on their snouts

just in front and under their eye. These nodules allow the snake to stalk prey without actually seeing it. A snake with heat-sensing pits is venomous. Triangular heads are another commonality in most venomous snakes. The rattlesnake, copperhead, and water moccasin all have arrowhead faces. If you can get close enough to see, pit vipers also have pupils that are oblong, like a slit. Finally, the scales on the underside of the tail are arranged differently. Now with the last two characteristics, I don’t think I will get THAT close to tell!!! As a general rule, there is only one venomous snake in northeast Ohio, the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake. However this is a very reclusive and shy snake. You might have a better chance to be struck by lightning than run across one of these. There are 25 types of snakes native to Ohio. Only three are venomous - the Northern Copperhead, Timber Rattlesnake and Eastern Massasauga (the only one that has been found in Northeast Ohio). Two of the state’s venomous snakes, the Eastern Massasauga and Timber Rattlesnake, are endangered species. Additionally, the Copper-bellied Watersnake, Plains Gartersnake and Smooth Greensnake also are endangered. Two species of snake in Ohio are classified by the state as threatened, Kirtland’s Snake and Lake Erie Water snake. Eight types of snakes are listed under the category of “species of concern�. Black Kingsnake, Eastern Gartersnake, Northern Rough Greensnake, Eastern Foxsnake, Queensnake, Smooth Earthsnake, Shortheaded Gartersnake, and Eastern Hognose snake. That makes 16 of Ohio’s 25 snake species in peril! This is due mainly to two things, habitat destruction, and fear. The old adage “the only good snake is a dead snake� has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately that could not be further from the truth. Snakes make up a significant proportion of the middle-order predators that keep our natural ecosystems working. Without them the numbers of prey species would increase to unnatural levels and the predators that eat snakes struggle to find food. Snakes are predators and feed on a variety of creatures. Small snakes feed on many harmful bugs and insects. Larger ones eat mice, rats, and other small mammals that can destroy crops or damage personal property. Without snakes, we

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would be completely overrun by these nuisance rodents. Snakes serve as a food source for larger predators such as hawks, owls, herons, and carnivorous mammals such as bobcats. Some snakes consume other snakes if given the opportunity. Immune to the poisonous venom, king snakes will readily make a meal of a rattlesnake that they might encounter. Snakes are a key component in the balance of nature. Their presence or removal from an area directly impacts the health of an ecosystem. Now let’s take a look at a few of the non-venomous snakes you might find as you enjoy Nearby Nature. The Eastern Garter Snake: Found in Semiopen lowlands, especially stream banks and ditches, bottomland forests. Length between 18�-36�. Eat frogs, toads, fish, earthworms, minnows, mice. Usually three yellow stripes. Northern Wat er Sna ke: Found in Lakes, p o n d s , r ive r s , streams, marshes. Length is between 2 2 � -53 �. E a t s frogs, small fish, salamanders, crustaceans, and small mammals. Can be aggressive but it is NOT VENOMOUS. Large bodied, Banded coloration of grays and black. Sometimes appears all black. Northern Brown Snake or Dek ay Brow n snake: Fou nd i n Wo o d l a n d s , r ipa r ia n a re a s. Need rocks or leaf litter for cover for cover. Eat slugs, or earthworms, caterpillars, and small invertebrartes. Length is 10� – 14�. Dorsolateral color is brown with the veterbral stripe being lighter, usually tan with two rows of black dots on either side. Very gentle snake. Eastern M i l k Snake: This snake is commonly killed for fear it is a copperhead due to its coloration. It has a rounded h e a d w it h a light “Y� or “V� pattern on top of its head. Please, please, don’t kill it! It lives in woods, meadows, river bottoms, farms and cities. Length is between 24�-36�. It eats small rodents, birds, lizards, and other snakes. Large dorsal blotches alternating with lateral blotches varying from reddish orange to grey. Black Rat Snake: T h is is my absolute favorite snake! It lives in forests, farmlands, and old fields. Its leng th is between 42�-72“. Yes six feet! It eats small rodents, bird, and eggs. Black with faint grey or brown checkerboard pattern and white in between its scales. Largest snake in Ohio! Excellent climber, often takes refuge in woodpecker holes and basks high in tree branches.




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Iva Walker | Columnist A surfeit of riches to write about when it comes to food…foodie…food-ish topics lately. They’re even in the funny papers. B.C. comic strip the other day had one of the Neanderthals peering at an open Wiley’s dictionary (O.K., it’s a cartoon, not a history lesson) looking at a definition of a Brazil nut. And what IS a Brazil nut? A walnut with a thong. Any devotee of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue would get that one. Cookbook writer? Not so much. The “cool things that are happening” section of the AB-J the other day had a piece on a new hot spot in Canton (The Martini Lounge—who knew Canton had hot spots)and described some items available there, including a dish of grape leaves, olives and tofu—as an appetizer, I presume—and a Dirty Banana dessert martini; there was also a shot of one of the mixologists pouring a Tiramisu martini. I’m having trouble getting my head around the concept of a glass of gin—or vodka, if you prefer—slathered with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, in the case of the Dirty Banana creation, or combined with mascarpone custard, rum and coffee in the case of the Tiramisu number. Does not compute. What does compute is the $12 price tag. The article did say that this was not a “Crafted” cocktail bar, which is, apparently, one where there is dry ice –for the smokin’ effect, dontcha know, flaming orange peels (To go with the smoke?) or pouring drinks with a waterfall effect. Ho Hum. Just your standard Sean’s Pub vibe, right? Then there was also an article about a new book on Ohio craft beers. Not being much of a beer drinker, having not really had a beer in many moons(Maybe since the last eclipse), except a tasting at the NGCC Farm-to-Table night, I cannot actually judge the tasteworthiness (I made that up) of these beverages, but the names of some of them are a hoot; the descriptions and stories behind them are pretty funny too. Take, for instance, Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite (description: imperial stout, made with black walnuts, looks and pours like motor oil). Then go on to Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA (big award winner) or Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Turns out Great Lakes Brewing Co. essentially invented Christmas beer, which is all the rage from October on, if you’re keeping score. It’s made with honey, ginger and cinnamon. Sounds tempting. Then there’s MadTree PsycHOPathy IPA (a play on the effect of the hops that are key to its flavor); it’s from the first modern brewery in Ohio to can its product. And—this name cracks me up—there’s Elevator Ghost Scorpion Lager. This one is from Elevator Brewing Company in Columbus.




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They created it for the Fiery Foods Festival (Don’t get me started on foods that are so hot that they’re practically lethal.). Don’t know what kind of hot peppers they brewed it with but some of the first persons to drink it immediately hit the vomitorium. What kind of fun is that? The book is The 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio (Ohio University Swallow {Ha!} Press) and it also lists names such as Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, Urban Artifact Pickle Gose (?). Yellow Springs Smokn’ Handsome, Columbus Bodhi, Brew Kettle’s White Rajah (explanation: It was originally to compete with the Head Hunter—White Rajahs wiped out the headhunters in Borneo, right?), and Shroominous, made by a now-defunct brewery in Cincinnati with shiitake mushrooms. Additionally, did you know that some dude named Ermal Fraze invented the pull-top can and that there are more than 200 craft breweries in Ohio? Some of the brewery names mentioned include Rhinegeist— Cincinnati, and Toxic Brew Co. Too bad we lost our local entry at the Main Street Grille and Brewing Company. The dude who wrote the article reviews all of this kind of stuff for the AB-J and took up the burden of tasting these brews and pairing them up with Ohio-branded foods such as pierogies, sauerkraut balls and goetta (a meat-and-grain sausage, similar to scrapple, only made with steel-cut oats rather than cornmeal, served at breakfast, with apple butter, in the Greater Cincinnati area). A tough job but somebody’s got to do it. I’ll be looking for a new restaurant named Fritter, featuring southern-style food; nowhere in our neighborhood, I’m afraid. Another short piece listed some of the 250-or-so new food-related words to be included in the online MerriamWebster Dictionary. These included: Bimbimbap—a Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetable, usually meat, sometimes egg—raw or fried. California roll—sushi with avocado, cucumber, crabmeat (cooked), wrapped in seaweed and rice. Choux pastry—very light, egg-based dough used to make pastries such as cream puffs or eclairs. Froyo—frozen yogurt. IPA (India Pale Ale)—pale ale made with extra hops (Quite a history with this one) Saigon cinnamon—dried aromatic bark of a Vietnamese tree (Cinnamomum loureirii) And unfortunately…Cross contamination—inadvertent transfer of bacteria or other contaminants from one surface to another, especially because of unsanitary handling procedures. Eat up!

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Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist A successful retirement is not merely measured in financial terms. Even those who retire with small fortunes can face boredom or depression and the fear of drawing down their savings too fast. How can new retirees try to calm these worries? Two factors may help: a gradual retirement transition and some guidance from a financial professional. An abrupt break from the workplace may be unsettling. As a hypothetical example, imagine a wellpaid finance manager at an auto dealership whose personal identity is closely tied to his job. His best friends are all at the dealership. He retires, and suddenly his friends and sense of purpose are absent. He finds that he has no compelling reason to leave the house, nothing to look forward to when he gets up in the morning. Guess what? He hates being retired. On the other hand, if he prepares for retirement years in advance of his farewell party by exploring an encore career, engaging in varieties of self-employment, or volunteering, he can retire with something promising ahead of him. If he broadens the scope of his social life, so that he can see friends and family regularly and interact with both older and younger people in different settings, his retirement may also become more enjoyable. The interests and needs of a retiree can change with age or as he or she disengages from the working world. Retired households may need to adjust their lifestyles in response to this evolution. Practically all retirees have some financial anxiety. It relates to the fact of no longer earning a conventional paycheck. You see it in couples who have $60,000 saved for retirement; you see it in couples who have $6 million saved for retirement. Their retirement strategies are about to be tested, in real time. All that careful planning is ready to come to fruition, but there are always unknowns. Some retirees are afraid to spend. They fear spending too much too soon. With help from a financial professional, they can thoughtfully plan a withdrawal rate. While no retiree wants to squander money, all retirees should realize that their retirement savings were accumulated to be spent. Being miserly with retirement money contradicts its purpose. The average 65-yearold who retires in 2017 will have a retirement lasting approximately 20 years, by the estimation of the Social Security Administration. So, why not spend some money now and enjoy retired life?1 Broadly speaking, our spending declines as we age. The average U.S. household headed by an 80-year-old spends 43% less money than one headed by a 50-year-old.1 Retirement challenges people in two ways. The obvious challenge is financial; the less obvious challenge is mental. Both tests may be met with sufficient foresight and dedication. 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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Getting a Handle on Prescription Medications Dear Savvy Senior, I’m concerned that my 80-year-old mother is taking too many medications. She currently takes 10 different drugs prescribed by three different doctors, which I think is causing her some problems. She also struggles to keep up with all the drug costs. Any suggestions? Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, There’s no doubt that older Americans are taking more prescription medications than ever before. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 40 percent of seniors, age 65 and older, take five or more medications. And the more drugs a person takes, the higher their risk for medication problems, and the more likely they are to take something they don’t need. Brown Bag Review - To help you get a better handle on the medications your mom is taking, gather up all her pill bottles – include all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements – and put them in a bag and take them to her primary doctor or pharmacist for a thorough drug checkup. This “brownbag review’ will give you a chance to check for duplicate meds, excessive doses, and dangerous interactions, and for you to ask questions. Medicare Part B covers free yearly medication reviews with a doctor through their annual wellness visits, and many Medicare Part D plans cover medication reviews with a pharmacist too. You should also note that October 21, is “National Check Your Meds Day.” A number of pharmacies – Albertsons, Costco, CVS, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart and many independents – have agreed to support the effort. Some may even have extra staff on hand to help you review your meds. Ask your local pharmacy whether it is participating. When you get your mom’s review, go over the basics for each medication or supplement, such as what it’s for, how long she should take it, what it costs, and any side effects and potential interactions. Also ask if there are any meds she can stop taking, and find out if there are any nondrug options that might be safer, and whether she can switch to a lower dose. To help your mom avoid future medication problems, make sure her primary doctor is aware of all the medications, over-the-counter drugs and supplements she takes. You should also keep an up-dated list of everything she takes and share it with every doctor she sees. And, be sure that your mom fills all her prescriptions at the same pharmacy and informs her pharmacist of any over-the counter, herbal


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