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Dream for Coffee Shop Fulfilled at Historic Garrettsville Mill Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - This dream has been brewing for years. Finally, its time has nearly come. Coffee will soon be served at Garrettsville’s new local coffee shop! Owners Whitney and Derek Podboy invite the community to their grand opening for The Cellar Door Coffee Company, Saturday, November 26, 2-8pm at 8138 Water Street. This open house falls on Small Business Saturday, the local merchants’ response to big box stores’ Black Friday holiday promotions the day before. Samples, give-aways, music, candlelight and hospitality will all contribute to the festive environment at Cellar Door. Serving specialty brews from coffee beans roasted by Youngstown’s Stone Fruit Roaster, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and delectable pastries supplied daily by a local baker, The Cellar Door Coffee Company now occupies the historic feed mill at the apex of Garrettsville’s Main Street (formerly Rosie Jean’s Winery). Cellar Door offers comfortable spaces to gather with friends, enjoy free wi-fi, or host a private business meeting or celebratory event. Customers are encouraged to soak in the classic ambience of the main floor, then spread out and find a quiet nook on the cellar level, or enjoy some fresh air by Eagle Creek on the outdoor patio. Even the kids have their own tuckedaway space with a couch and a Lego bar on the lower level. “We had always thought we’d do this as a retirement plan, but my dream just wouldn’t wait!” explains Whitney, whose career background includes marketing and event planning. She and Derek — a mechanical engineer at NASA — have had their eye on this historic building ever since the dilapidated structure was restored by builder Mick Mascheck. As a child whose parents hail from Garrettsville and Hiram, and whose grandmother served as a school principal in Windham, Whitney used to pass by the old mill and be dismayed by the deserted eyesore. Now, to be a part of its revival, Whitney says that leasing the 164-year-old structure is an honor. “We love the history of this building and we want it to be a warm, inviting gathering place for members of the community to meet up with old friends, discover new friends, and consider it as their cozy second home.” Paying tribute to the rich history of Garrettsville and

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surrounding communities, the building itself is a monument to 1850s-era construction materials and methods, including giant rough-hewn structural beams and immense stone blocks comprising the exposed cellar walls. The Podboys reflect that rustic aesthetic in the shop’s furnishings and decor: The coffee bar was built from reclaimed wood, and its countertop features sheet metal and copper. Derek has built the tables from heavy planks of distressed wood mounted on legs fashioned from pipe fittings. Vintage wooden chairs are assembled around each table. The main floor picture window offers vaulted views of Main Street while its interior walls are adorned with old maps, photos and news clipping found in the basement of Whitney’s grandmother, Margaret (Howdy) Miller. Inspiration for the shop name came from Neil Young’s 1974 Live at the Cellar Door album, Derek says. The Podboys grew up in Burton and now reside in Auburn. High school sweethearts, the couple has enduring ties to this region, its history and its sense of community. This is why they are dedicated to sourcing their coffees and baked goods locally, and dedicating their coffee shop to the good of the neighborhood. The Cellar Door will be open 7am-8pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays), and 10am-4pm Sundays. Keep up with the latest developments via their Facebook page: Cellar Door Coffee Co., the company website, (also, or by calling the shop at (330) 357-5013.

G-Men Football Head To Playoffs

Jason Adkins | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - The Garfield football team backed into the playoffs this past weekend, and backed in may be an understatement. After starting off the season 6-0 and running up gaudy offensive numbers that were recognized statewide, the G-Men managed to lose three of their last four games and had to wait until about 4:30 Saturday afternoon when Elyria Catholic upset Gilmour to knock them out and the G-Men were in. In contrasting schedules, Garfield’s opponent, South Range, played a 10-game schedule; seven of the teams ended their season with a winning record, four made the playoffs. Garfield’s 10-game schedule included two teams with a winning record and those same two teams are the only playoff teams on the G-Men’s schedule. However they do share a common opponent, Crestview. Garfield beat up on the Rebels 41-14 in the height of their successful s campaign. Three weeks later South Range beat Crestview 49-0. This is Garfield’s first playoff appearance since 2010 and fifth in school history. South Range has been in the state tournament 15 times now, their last in 2013, and even had a stretch from 1999-2010 only missing the playoffs twice. Making the playoffs is a great feat and is not to be diminished in any way. Only eight teams per region make the playoffs and four regions per division in the state. However there are seven divisions meaning 224 teams make the playoffs. Saturday night the G-Men will head 50-plus minute drive, depending on who is driving the buses, south of Canfield to take on the Raiders from South Range. Kickoff is at 7pm.




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Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Hiram - At the last Village Council meeting, Ms. Lori Calcei and Ms. Tia Paoloni spoke to the group. Ms. Calcei, who has experience as a Fiscal Officer in Suffield Township and as Deputy Fiscal Officer for the Portage County District Library, is running for the position of County Recorder in this month’s election. Currently the Assignment Commissioner for Judge Becky Doherty, Ms. Paoloni is a former Probate Court Deputy Clerk for Portage County, and is running for the position of County Clerk of Courts. Next, Director of Regional Planning Todd Peetz spoke to Council. He introduced Ms. Tia Rutledge, Planning Manager from Portage Water Resources in Ravenna. Ms. Rutledge is charged with identifying problem areas within the county, and helping to craft the plans to make improved water systems more economically feasible in the future, through locating grant opportunities and helping to coordinate county-wide water projects. An example project Ms. Rutledge provided was that to address septic tank failures in Brimfield, they’ll investigate extending water and sewer lines to previously unserved areas. Mayor Bertrand showed enthusiasm for projects of this scope; he shared his thoughts on creating water and sewer districts among local communities in an effort to share costs and provide better services to residents. In his police report, Sergeant Brian Gregory welcomed Patrolman Emily Ahrens (pictured above) who was sworn in by Mayor Louis Bertrand at the beginning of October. He noted that Patrolman Ahrens is a great addition not only to the department, but to the Hiram community, as well. Sgt. Gregory also shared the results of the Department’s Hot Rod car show, which benefits the Hiram and Garrettsville Shop with a Cop program. “Thank you to the car owners who braved the weather and brought their fantastic classic cars and trucks out for our event,” Sgt. Gregory beamed. “I was astounded by the turnout for the event. It’s so nice to see many folks from all around come out and support the Hiram and Garrettsville Police Departments and our community programs,” he added. Sargeant Gregory thanked the event’s sponsors, which included Kepich Ford, Maggie’s Doughnuts, Hiram Gionino’s, Skylane Bowling, NAPA Auto, Village Bookstore, and many more. “Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t have been able to make it a success.” In addition, he added that several officers had attended training programs on topics ranging from human trafficking, crime scene investigations, Narcan learning, and procedural justice. The department also welcomed Patrolman Devin Brown as a full time officer in September. In other news, Village Administrator James McGee shared his plans to attend a meeting with the Hiram Township trustees to investigate the potential purchase of the township’s garage, which is located on Ryder Road near the Fairview Cemetery. In other news, Mr. McGee asked for council’s direction on where to place the trailhead for the Hike and Bike Trail spur. He shared that his preference was to have the trailhead placed on Winrock Road, but the plan from the Ohio Department of Transportation notes that the trailhead is to be located on State Route 305. After much discussion regarding safety concerns, Council passed a motion directing Mr. McGee to appeal ODOT’s planned placement of the trailhead at State Route 305. They agreed with Mr. McGee’s suggestion to forgo installation of a trailhead, if ODOT was not able to relocate it to a safer site. In related news, resident Tim Kasper thanked Council for the new sidewalks, which were installed along State Route 700 into the Village. He asked the Village to consider extending them to Cheryl Drive, as well. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hiram Village Council will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.



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Vendors Needed

Call Today Parents of Troop #124 will be sponsoring their 4th annual Craft/Vendor Show on Nov. 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The show will be held at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $25 and includes an 8 ft. table and 2 chairs. Limited electric available. Each crafter will be asked to donate one item for a raffle. Those wishing to setup should contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330503-9388.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis

Parkway in Ravenna. For more information call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330760-7670.

Community Center Open!

Tuesdays You are invited to attend the Community Center which meets every Tuesday in the historic Mantua Center School, just north of SR 82 on Mantua Center Road. It’s free, and the cafeteria wing, where we meet, is fully accessible. Free coffee and tea are ready soon after 9. Painting group gathers at 9:30. Potluck lunch is at noon; bring a dish for the buffet. (Tableware provided.) We usually close about two, but could stay open later if there were demand.


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JAG HS Conferences

Schedule Today! James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 10th and 15th. Appointments can be scheduled through Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341 or We look forward to seeing you!

Chevy Equinox Raffle

Through Dec 3 Thanks to Chevy All Stars and Cole Valley Chevrolet, Newton Falls, for donating a 2017 Chevy Equinox to Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools. We will be raffling off the Equinox on Dec 3, at the high school. Tickets are $10.00 each and first draw is the Equinox; second draw is $1,000.00 in cash, and third draw will be a new iPad. Tickets are available at all Newton Falls Schools’ respective offices, including the Board of Education’s office. Get your tickets now before they are gone!

2nd Thursday Storytime

through May 11 2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 - 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed.

Vendors Needed for JAG PTO Craft Show

Call Today! The JAG Elementary School PTO is sponsoring a craft show on Nov 12 from 10 am - 3 pm. The show is open to JAG families and public vendors. Contact Diane Irwin at 330524-0592 if you are interested in being a vendor. Tables are reserved on a first come basis. We are accepting hand craft vendors and company vendors. Premium tables are

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Schedule of Events

JAG Elementary PTO Turkey Sale!

The JAG Elementary PTO is teaming up with Eagle Creek Growers and selling farm-raised turkeys. 13lb.17lb. turkeys $45; 18lb.-21lb. turkeys $55. Pick up will be Nov. 19 from 9a.m.-12p.m. at the Elementary School. Turkeys can be purchased by individuals or business owners who are looking to purchase turkeys as a gift to their employees for the holidays! Please contact Holly Gedeon, 330-842-0622, to order.

Fall Rummage Sale

Nov 3 - 5 Fall Rummage Sale to benefit Charity Children’s Ministry will be held at Christ Covenant Church, 16406 Kinsman Rd. (Route 87) in Middlefield. Lots of great items to benefit all ages. Bake Sale. Chance to win Thanksgiving Gift Basket and Turkey. Nov 3 & 4 from 9 till 3. Nov 5 from 9 til Noon. Donations welcome, call 440-858-7481

Village Piecemakers Quilt Raffle

On Sale Now Tickets will be sold at the “Night Before Christmas” home on the Garrettsville Christmas Walk for the 2016 raffle quilt, “Our Town”. The Christmas Walk will be held November 4,5,6, and November 11,12, and 13, Fridays and Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12:30- 5. Tickets are also available by contacting Linnette, 330-671-3720.

Holiday Boutique

Nov 4 & 5 The Bainbridge Women’s Clubs’ 39th Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Nov 4 from 4-8 pm and Nov 5 from 9 3. Free admission. Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Rd. (RT 306) Crafts, baked goods, light lunch and raffle.

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Nov 4 & 5 St. Joseph’s Appalachian Experience group is hosting

Nov. 3 - Bingo & Doughnuts Nov. 10 - Fall Play at the High School

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a Huge Rummage Sale at St. Joseph’s Pavilion (11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua) on Nov 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Nov 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations of clean, usable items are appreciated and may be dropped off at the Pavilion on Nov 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment (no TV’s). Saturday is fill-a-bag day for $3 and fill-a-trunk for $10 (starting at Noon). For further information or to volunteer, please contact Dan & Sean Fejes (330-2742481 or sfejes24@gmail. com), Margery Cleary (330274-7274), or the Parish Office (330-274-2253). Funds raised will go towards next summer’s trip to participate in the Housing Repair Program at Binns-Counts Community Center in McClure, VA.

Agape Autumn Auction

Nov 5 Choose from hundreds of items in the Live, Silent and Chinese Auctions to be held on Nov at the Mespo Expo Center. Doors open at 4:00; pasta dinner served at 5:30.Tickets are $12.50 which includes dinner and entrance for all three auctions. Proceeds benefit Agape Christian Academy in Burton. For tickets email: agapeacademy@sbcglobal. net or call 440.834.8022.

Feather & Oink Bingo

Nov 5 Community EMS Association is holding a Feather & Oink Bingo Fundraiser on Saturday Nov 5, at the Community EMS District Station located at 10804 Forest Street, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. There will be both traditional sit-down and instant Bingo games with chance to win turkeys, hams and other great

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Nov 5 November 5 th, 9-3 atAmerican Legion, 9960 E. Center ST. Windham. Indoor Flea Market and Bake Sale. Come see what we have. Reasonable pricing. All proceeds for children’s Christmas Party.

St. Lucy Craft Show

Nov 5 Christmas Extravaganza, November 5th. St Lucy, 16280 E. High St., Middlefield, Ohio. Unique Vendors and Crafters. Bake Sale, Chinese Auction, Free Photos with Santa, Bring your camera. All Proceeds from this event support the Women’s Renewal of 2017. Sponsored by SS Edward & Lucy Parish. Any questions call; Marge 1-440-279-7574.

Team Rae Craft Show

Nov 5 The 5th Annual Team Rae Craft Show will have a new location and purpose this year. This year we will be at the Opera House, 152 Park Ave. Cortland, OH 44410, on Nov. 5, 2015 from 11-4. The past 3 years we have donated our proceeds to The Sarcoma Foundation of America in memory of Rachael Wiltrout-Felton. This year we have decided to donate to a local family. So while we remember Rachael, we will be helping Miss Hannah Tringhese, a 6 year old from Struthers Elementary with an inoperable brain tumor. Her kind spirit shines through her encouraging smile; her love for Jesus is inspiring! Please join us!!

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Indoor Flea Market

Nov 5 The ladies at Portage Faith United Methodist Church at 9922 SR 44, Mantua, invite you to their Annual Bazaar and Country Store on Nov 5 from 9 am to 2 pm. In addition to our frozen vegetable beef soup, we will have a wide selection of other fresh homemade soups for only $5 per quart. Please come check out our crafts, jewelery, wood products, baked and canned goods, and so much more. Admission is free. Continental

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Annual Turkey Dinner

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Nov 5 Pricetown United Methodist Church will be holding their annual turkey dinner and basket auction on Nov 5 from 4-7 pm at Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd S. Adults - $10; Children (5-10) $5; 4 & Under - FREE

Labrae Craft Show

Nov 5 On Nov 5th, the Twenty Third Annual Labrae Craft show will be held at the Labrae High School Complex. The location address is 1001 North Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. The show begins at 10 a.m.and ends at 4 p.m. The admission and parking are free. There will be over 120 vendors and homemade food served all day. Food will be served and sold by Boy Scout Troop 4008. For additional information please contact

Benefit For Kelli Stefansic

Nov 5 Benefit for Kelli Stefansic at Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 (formerly Holiday Sands) 5727 St. Rt. 14, Ravenna, Nov. 5 from 3pm to 7pm. Spaghetti Dinner - $10.00/ person. Chinese Auction / 50/50 Raffle / Cash Bar / Face Painting $5.00 Come join us to help Kelli!

Eagles Chicken Dinner

Nov 5 Worn out from the Christmas Walk? We are open to the public for our annual Chicken Dinner on Nov 5 from 4-7:30 pm. Garrettsville Eagles, 8149 Water St, Garrettsville. Adults $9.00; Children 12 & under $6.00; chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, green beans or corn, homemade bread and desert There is a “Wine and Roses” basket that is being raffled and a 50/50.

Chinese Auction

Nov 6 Windham Athletic Boosters annual Chinese Auction will be held on Sunday, Nov 6, in Windham High School gymnasium, doors open at 12 auction begins at 2pm.

Quail Hollow Herb Society Meeting

Nov 6 On November 6 at 2pm Lynn Vogel, Portage Soil and Water Conservation District Storm Water Educator, will talk about the importance of soil health. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Quail

Holiday Craft Show

Hollow State Park Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH For more information, please contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

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Nov 11 & 12 Portage County Gardeners and the Portage County Herb Society are sponsoring a Holiday Craft Show on Nov. 11, 4-8 p.m and Nov. 12, 10-3 p.m. We need crafters! Please call Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 if you would like an 8’ table for a onetime fee of $35. We have enough jewelry, knit and crocheted scarves and hats, floral wreaths, and homemade candy. Other type hand-crafted items are welcome.

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Nov 8 On Tuesday, November 8th, get out and vote and then head to Parkman Congregational Church (18265 Madison Road -1/4 mile north of St. Rt. 422 in Parkman) for a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. We will be serving turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, green beans, slaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverages and pie for dessert. Adult dinners are $12.00; children (ages 5-11) are $6.00; pre-schoolers are free. Takeouts are available (adult-size only). Prepared and served by the Women’s Fellowship of Parkman Congregational Church. We look forward to seeing you on Election Day!

Election Day Soup and Bread Meal

Nov 8 Hiram Christian Church will host a soup, bread and dessert meal on Nov. 8. The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. It is free, with donations accepted. All members of the community are welcome. Please join us for a delicious meal, along with a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors.

Mantua American Legion Meeting

Nov 10 Legion Post 193 will hold its monthly meeting at the post home on Nov. 10 at 7 pm.

Library Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11 All offices and branches of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Branch service hours will resume on Saturday, November 12 (except for Windham, which will resume service hours on Monday, November 14).

GMS To Host Veterans Day Ceremony

Nov 11 The James A. Garfield Middle School would like to invite our local veterans to a ceremony to honor their service to our country on Friday, November 11th at 1:45 in the Iva Walker Auditorium. Please call the middle school office to RSVP 330-527-2151

Nov 12 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026 on Nov.12 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Cost: $10 for ages 11 through Adult; $5 for ages 5 through 10; Tickets available at the door. Takeout Order are Welcome.

Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 12 Veterans get $1 off your meal with ID at the all-you-can eat spaghetti and meatball dinner on Nov 12 from 4-6 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507, 216 E. Main St., West Farmington. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, bread, pie, coffee and lemonade. Donation $7 Adults; $4.50 kids 5-12; Under 5 are free.

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Nelson Literary Music Craft Show

Nov 12 & 13 Nelson Literary Music Club announces its 7th Annual Christmas Craft Show November 12th and 13th from 10:00 am, to 5:00pm both days. The show will be at the Nelson Community House, 11642 Parkman Road Garrettsville,Ohio 44231 Food,handmade items, a few vendors and baked items. Come join us.


Nov 13 Mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual Garden Club Christmas Boutique to be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. held in Hughes Hall at the parish (11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua), the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items. Be sure to stop by the Boy Scouts’ table for their wreaths & bakery and the Appalachian Experience group’s bake sale table.

Crescent Chapter Meeting

Nov 14 G arretts v ille Crescent Chapter No 7 OES will meet at the Masonic Temple on Nov 14 with a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm followed by the regular meeting at 7 pm

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Introducing Co-Ed (recreational) Volleyball at the Garrettsville YMCA No experience needed! It’s exercise and fun wrapped into one! This 3 week promo program will run on the following weeks from 6pm - 8pm: Nov 6th | Nov 13th | Nov 20th Members: Free

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Non-Members: $5.00 each Garrettsville YMCA 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville, OH 44231 Make a holiday decoration that will turn heads. Your pine cone wreath will look as if it came from a designer shop. You’ll fill a frame with a few basic pine cones before adding your choice of unusual cones, interesting seed pods and patches of unique mosses. Also consider raffia, ribbons, feathers, berries, bark or driftwood. For fragrance add cinnamon or bayberry. All of these wonderful materials will be provided for your creative use. Prepayment required, $35 Class is Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am Noon at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road. Call Call 440-834-4656 to register.

Suicide Survivors Event

Nov 19 The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Portage County is holding an event for survivors of suicide loss on Saturday, Nov.19 from 1-3pm. The event will include a screening of the new documentary, “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss.” The film traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide

loss over time. The Survivor Day event will be held at the Coleman Professional Services Sue Hetrick Building located at 3922 Lovers Lane in Ravenna. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred. Contact Laura at 330.673.1756x201orlaurab@ for more information or to pre-register.

Manuta Village Food Drive

Nov 19 Please help others to be thankful this holiday season!! Village of Mantua’s 1st Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Food & Toiletry Donation Drive will take place on Saturday Nov. 19 from 10AM-3PM at 4808 E. High St., Buchert Park Lodge. All food donations will be given to the Mantua 4 C’s food cupboard which will benefit the entire Crestwood School District!! Donations will also be accepted at the Mantua Village Hall Mon thru Fri 8AM-4PM Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits.

Nov 18-20 Crestwood High Drama Club presents “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” at Crestwood High School. Tickets are $6 presale; $8 at door. The play will be Nov 18 & 19 at 7 pm; Nov 20 at 2 pm.

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JAG PTO Craft Show

Nov 12 The JAG Elementary School PTO is sponsoring a craft show on Nov 12 from 10 am - 3 pm. The show is open to JAG families and public vendors.

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Nov 12 6th annual Texas Hold’em tournament will be held on Nov 12 from 3 pm - ?? at the Kent Elks Lodge, 2265 E. Erie St., Ravenna. Food and beverage provided. Seating limited to the first 150 registered players. Contact Jennifer 330-360-3869; Alan 330360-2242; Joe 330-442-3155. Proceeds benefit JDRF.

Nov 12 The Mantua Council Knights of Columbus will host their 1st annual Texas Holdem Tournament, Nov 12. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged with bonus available to those who register before Nov. 5. Location is the Sentinel (K of C) Party Center at 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Contact Dan Baumbick for details and registration at (330) 274-2589. Proceeds will benefit local charities.


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Nov 17 FREE “Winter Event” at the Renaissance Family Center. Local crafters are invited to place a table in our facility from 2:00 pm till 7:00 pm. on Nov.17 during our Community Dinner at no charge, first come first served. Call the Center for details, 330-326-3003. Due to Thanksgiving, our monthly dinner will be held Nov. 17th from 5-6:30 All welcome to shop and eat

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Windham Township, OH Dann S. Timmons, 63, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on October 25, 2016 at home in Windham Township. Dann was born on November 17, 1952 to Sterling and Jean (Miller) Timmons. Growing up in Auburn Township he developed a love for agriculture. Dann soon became an important member of the family farm and had an amazing ability to recall every cow and their records. Active in 4-H, Dann served on the state dairy judging team and was the first president of the Junior Ohio Holstein Association. In 1971, Dann graduated from Kenston High School where he was involved in National Honor Society, the marching band, and the wrestling team. In 1974, he graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Dairy Science. While attending college, he worked in the dairy barn, proudly calling himself a “farmer.� Dann married his college sweetheart Cathy Jones on June 8, 1974. Together they built Rocky Maple Farm in Garrettsville, working side by side while starting their family. In 1986, he received his law degree from Akron University and was admitted to practice in 1987. Having a true love for helping others, he approached his law practice the way he did everything in life, with a special compassionate sense of fairness. Dann proudly called himself a “country lawyer� and continued to farm while practicing law. In addition, he served on the Windham District Fire Board and after serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals, was elected Windham Township Trustee in 2001. He was dedicated to serving as trustee and enjoyed every meeting. Dann was also a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Windham. Dann was a mentor to many. He was always willing to give legal and agricultural advice to his clients, friends, and family. He loved to carry on these conversations to include his favorite topics of farming, politics, his children and grandchildren, and sports. Dann was an avid sports fan. He loved the Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians, but his favorite sporting events were high school games. Until recently, he was a staple at Windham High School basketball games referring to them as his “beloved Bombers.� Dann’s greatest joy in life was truly his family. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Cathy and their children: Casey (Ben) Blewitt of Garrettsville, Jason (Jess) Timmons of Lewis Center, Adam (Maggie) Timmons of


Garrettsville, Bailey (Clinton) Watters of Garrettsville and his nine grandchildren: Andrew, Nathan, Danniel, Matthew, Hannah, Jack, Juliette, Price, and Hannah Blewitt. Dann will also be greatly missed by his brother Terrell (Sue) Timmons and sister Polly (Bob) Fenton, both of Loudonville, along with his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Sterling and Jean Timmons, his in-laws Clifford and Ellen Jones, and his brother Tommy. Until the end, Dann continued to farm on evenings and weekends, always maintaining his special sense of humor and passion for life. Memorial Visitation was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 3-5 PM and 7-9 PM at Mallory-DeHavenCarlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsvile, Ohio and Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10-11 AM at Windham Congregational United Church of Christ, 9029 North Main St., Windham, Ohio. Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11 AM at the church with Pastor Connie McCambridge officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dann’s name to the Windham Schools Brick by Brick Scholarship Fund, C/O Superintendent, 9530 Bauer Avenue, Windham, Ohio 44288 and Great Lakes Caring, 1530 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44313. “May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung.�

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William Anderson Cookeville, TN William Anderson 87 of Cookeville, TN formerly of Garrettsville, OH passed away on July 30, 2016. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Bill served honorably in World War II and the Korean War for the United States Marine Corps. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean (Morgan) Anderson of Cookeville; TN, two daughters, Diane and Daniel Mast of Newborn, GA., and Donna and Bob Anderson of Miami, FL; four sons, Mark and Joyce Anderson of Adena, OH, and Craig Anderson of Adena, OH, Bill and Anne Anderson of Parkman ,OH and Trent and Barbara Anderson of Middlefield, OH; 20 grandchildren; 16 great -grandchildren; a sister Marilyn Hess of Perrysburg, OH; Two brothers, Carl Anderson of The Villages, FL, and Ronald Anderson of Sparta, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Mandi Mast and Sarah Anderson. Services will be 11 am on Saturday Nov. 5th at 11 am at Overlook Cemetery, Parkman OH.

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St. Anselm Christmas Boutique

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping by stopping at St. Anselm’s Women’s Guild Annual Christmas Boutique on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland (Rt. 306, 1/2 mile south of Rt. 322). Admission is $1.00 Shop for all kinds of items from over 80 vendors from the area. You can take a break from shopping by stopping at the snack bar. There will also be a bake sale with delicious homemade bakery. There will be a Prize Raffle with many great prizes including a $100 gift certificate from Great Day Tours. Winners need not be present. Join the Boutique Bounce by also stopping at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Rd. in Kirtland and St. Mark Lutheran Church at 11900 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland on the same day. (St. Mark’s is also on Friday evening.) Pick up a card at your first stop and have it stamped at each show for a chance to win one of three gift baskets. Drawing will be held on November 13. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.

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Lake Milton – Join fellow geocachers and short film enthusiasts at Myrddin Winery (3020 Scenic Dr., Lake Milton, Ohio 44401) on Sunday, November 6, 6:45 - 9 p.m. for a local viewing of the 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival reel. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are more than 1.4 million geocaches hidden worldwide with more than 4 million players. The event is free. Donations will be accepted to support the event. Myrddin Winery will have wine available for purchase. Popcorn and other refreshments will be offered free of charge. The showing will be outside on the patio, with rain location indoors. Bring a blanket in case it’s chilly. Myrddin Winery is always kid friendly. Please park in the parking area off of Scenic Drive. Handicap parking is available down by the main building.


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At their last meeting, the Crestwood School Board recognized two special employees of the month. First up, Crestwood Primary Principal Cindy Ducca honored first grade teacher Sara Picone, thanking her for her special ability to “make learning fun.” As an example, she cited Mrs. Picone’s summer ice cream party, where 24 of 28 of Picone’s first grade graduates came out to help Mrs. Picone celebrate summer and spend time with their beloved teacher. Mrs. Ducca also applauded Mrs. Picone for her and her family’s involvement in the community, sharing, “I’m honored and blessed that she’s in my building.” Next, CPS Food Services employee Robin Herbold was honored for serving as an advocate for children and healthy eating. Food Service Director Jennifer BujakHi rsch called M rs. Herbold “an excellent employee who remains calm, cool, and collected in stressful circumstances.” Next up, Superintendent David Toth gave the floor to High School teachers Kristy Jones and Amy McMahon to share details of the Freshman Mentoring program. Both teachers shared basic information on the effort, including improved graduation rates that are attributed to such programs. They deferred to students Taylor Lowe and Cameron Crabtree, student-mentors, to explain the inner workings of Crestwood’s program in greater detail. The two students explained how the program was created to

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help new students quickly become acclimated to high school life. Mentors are assigned to groups of freshmen; they then hold orientation activities, team-building exercises, and generally help new students get comfortable with the facility and teachers at CHS. Throughout the year, they also share guidance about building healthy relationships, fostering better communication skills, and conflict resolution -- skills the mentors learn at annual Leadership retreats. Moving forward, Mantua Mayor Linda Clark and Village Engineer Rich Iafelice from CT Consultants came forward to share the village’s proposed easements to the village’s water lines near and around Crestwood School District’s properties. Citing infrastructure issues with the village’s water system, which is estimated to be between 80 and 90 years old, the proposed easements will be necessary when the village begins the necessary improvements to water lines, pumps, and the booster station in the coming years. According to Mr. Iafelice, the district will have at least a year to consider how the easements fit in with potential construction or renovation plans while the village undertakes the often-lengthy grantwriting process to help fund the water system updates. He anticipates that construction would take place in July 2017 at the earliest. Regarding potential building or renovation plans, Mr. Toth shared preliminary results from the facility phone survey conducted on behalf of the district. He shared that the majority of the survey’s 273 respondents were in favor of building an new facility that would house grades seven through twelve. Mr. Toth shared that he would be following up with each board member in order to review final survey results and gather board member feedback prior to incorporating these findings into the District’s Master Plan, which is soon due to the state. Lastly, District Treasurer Jill Rowe reviewed the district’s Five-Year Plan. She cited the district’s loss of over 600 students in the last 10 years, as well as lower property values, and median incomes as issues of concern relating to future funding. Ms. Rowe cautioned that while the district’s ‘guaranteed’ state funds were not cut for the current year, next year’s much-needed funds won’t be certain until the state budget is set in Spring of 2017. The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm in the high school library. As always, the community is encouraged to attend.

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The big day is coming. The Big Night is coming with it. The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Reverse Raffle is coming down the track, NOVEMBER 10 @ Sugar Bush Golf Club. This is what the club was doing at the October 31st meeting to get ready and conduct its other community-focused activities as well : The recruitment of event sponsors closed with a gratifying surge, with many local businesses and groups getting on board to support the good works of Rotary. There was a tally of sold and unsold tickets, sorting attendees and tickets still available; any Rotarian will be happy to supply tickets to persons wishing to come and participate. The auction prizes and baskets are being gathered. A meeting on Thursday will be establishing the evening’s order of events, including the new games and opportunities to win. A Darlene Jackson painting, one of the more coveted contributions for many years, will be on display at the Middlefield Bank prior to the auction, where it will go to a lucky high bidder. Auctioneer for the event will be Crist Miller of McCumbers-Brady Realty, who has expertise in these affairs; he will also be auctioning off one of his wife’s famous pies. On November 23 the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary will be continuing of the annual Dictionary Project. Dictionaries will be given to all of the students in the third grade at Garfield Elementary School. Rotarians will also be awarding prizes to the winners of the last Fit-n-Fun program. President Delores McCumbers also reminded the club that the Christmas Walk begins on Thursday evening, with the CandleLight Tour, featuring a glowing introduction to the event, with tickets and refreshments available at the historic Mott Building in downtown Garrettsville. The Walk, proper, will be on November 4, 5 & 6 and 11, 12 & 13. It includes a look at four local homes, including the Johnson Home—a historic site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Pioneer Trail—and refreshments available at the Garrettsvill United Methodist Church. Exchange students of Rotary District 6630 have been invited to attend the event on November 13 for a taste of an American holiday celebration. Plans for the South Park Walking Loop are on hold until next year and a clearer vision. This may be a possible involvement for the school of architecture at Kent State University. Great things could happen!

The Garrettsville branch of the PCDL was keeping “a weather eye” out for the folks in the audience who came to see WKYC Channel 3 TV weatherman Greg Dee recently as part of the continuing series of programs being presented for the general public. The weather guy pointed out that Channel 3 weather information is not only available on TV but also on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat...all kinds No Shave November Competition at the of electronic media on all kinds of devices. The well-travelled meteorologist pointed out that ev- Garrettsville Library ery location thinks that it has the worst, most changeable It’s a No Shave November competition at the weather—Arkansas is quite amazing(Northeast Ohio is Garrettsville Library. Designed to bring attention Nelson Literary Musical Club actually kind of boring)—meteorology is really all about to cancer awareness and other men’s health issues, physics and math, not clouds and rainbows, baseball play- No Shave November runs throughout the month of ers are “weather whiners”, the sun is the basis of all of November. The Garrettsville Library’s “beard growing” our weather, everywhere. Sun and wind together act to competition will run from November 1 until November Handmade Crafts, Baked Goods, Food for Sale move air around and make things happen, for good or ill. 30. Any man who checks out a book (or books) related And don’t forget about the effects of water. to men’s health issues of any kind during this time will Modern observational technology such as radar, com- be eligible to enter the competition. Participants will be 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Both Days puter models, satellite images and movies have made the judged in four categories, and there’ll be a winner in In the Nelson Community Center science of weather prediction much more accurate but it each category. Categories include length, fullness, fancy, Located at the corner of SR 305 & Windham Parkman Road will never be as precise as we might wish. Information, and grooming. Men, join the competition -- become a from top to bottom, makes it easier to predict powerful part of this great national events but there will hardly ever be a guarantee that it awareness campaign. Call won’t “rain on your parade”. 330-527-4378 for additional He spoke of wild weather events like thunderstorms, information. Flower wer er & Gift ift Shop hail(the most expensive weather event), tornados & waterspouts, lightning and the e Th EF—Enhanced Fujita scale. Fulgurites—fused sand forVillage Bookstore Ticket sales began October 22, 2016 mations where lightning has 8140 Main St. at the following locations: struck, clockwise rotation of Yankee Candle Fragrances of The Month: Cranberry Chutney, Mistletoe, Red Apple Wreath Garrettsville OH 44231 tornados, fire tornados, torSaturdays – 7am to 7pm Sundays – 7am-9pm 330-527-3010 nado chasers(Texas Tech lab 330-527-5666 • 8331 Windham St. • Garrettsville SugarBush Golf Course SkyLane Bowling Alley folk on the scientific part) 11186 State Rte 88 8311 Windham St. all made the screen in some Garrettsville 44231 Garrettsville 44231 amazing videos. His final Tickets are only being sold at SkyLane’s on Sundays. advice—before the group Drawings will be still be held at selfie—was to DUCK...get SkyLanes on the following Sundays: Down, get Under, get in the Center, Keep in shelter. Get to the next program November 6th offering –check the website, December 4th check the Villager and the January 8th Record-Courier, check the February 12th bulletin boards. All free, all for you. Find the complete rules and drawing information at Facebook – Skylane Bowling

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Students at the James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a fascinating program featuring Brother Olugbala Manns, teacher of African drumming at Hiram College and Kent State University. He taught the assembled crowd the expression “On the One” (ready, set to go, focused) and got their attention—not always an easy task—by calling out “Ah-go” and requiring the response, “Ah-may”, which got everyone in synch so that the program could go on. He told of his group “Heartbeat of Afrika” and showed the drums which he had brought with him—the Papa drum, the Mama drum and the Baby drum and explained about the 3 tones(strike, tone, slap)—djembe—used in the very rhythmic music. He also got volunteers to come up to play on still more of the handmade drums and participate in music-making, using the phrase “I like to be good” to establish the pattern... and everybody was good, that is. There was a music test, there was a little dancing, there was interest; it was a good time. Leaving the students with the mantra, “Peace, Love, Respect for Everyone” and signing autographs and answering question from the group, he signed off and left with the audience still wanting more, the sign of a fine, informative performance.





Mantua Township News

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Mantua Twp. - At a recent meeting, Ms. Lori Calcei and Ms. Tia Paoloni spoke to the group. Ms. Calcei, who has experience as a Fiscal Officer in Suffield Township and as Deputy Fiscal Officer for the Portage County District Library, is running for the position of County Recorder. Currently the Assignment Commissioner for Judge Becky Doherty, Ms. Paoloni is a former Probate Court Deputy Clerk for Portage County, and is running for the position of County Clerk of Courts. Next, State Farm insurance representative Shannan Jursa from Garrettsville shared information about the major grant which State Farm awarded to the Crestwood High School. Ms. Jursa shared that State Farm is currently holding an open enrollment period for grants to local communities; she encouraged the trustees and interested community-minded residents to visit the State Farm website for more information on how to apply. Trustee John Festa brought up the topic of investigating an alarm system for the Township Hall building. In previous meetings, it was announced that before the year ends, the township will need to have a system in place, since the MSFD will no longer be

offering this service. Ms. Linda Ehlert represented the Mantua Township Historical Society, who has been asked to cover a portion of the costs for a new system, since the Society’s artifacts are housed at the Hall. After some discussion, Mr. Festa and Ms. Elhert have agreed to investigate fire and theft monitoring options; they’ll review their findings at a future meeting so that the group may come to a decision on how to proceed in the matter. On a similar note, Trustee Jason Carlton suggested that once the elevator project is complete (at the Center School), the Historical Society consider moving to that location, which will provide better accessibility for township residents interested in seeing the Historical archives and artifacts. Moving forward, the trustees will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm in the Civic Center to discuss the latest developments in the Administration/Center School renovation project. Mr. Todd Peetz, Director of Regional Planning, will facilitate this meeting; the community is encouraged to attend.





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University Hospitals Portage Medical Center Expands Medical Staff To Better Serve the Community Ravenna - University Hospitals Portage Medical Center has expanded its medical staff to better serve the community with the addition of specialists in cardiology, cancer, digestive diseases and pediatrics. Anjan Gupta, MD, is a cardiologist with the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Portage Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive (non-surgical) procedures for the treatment of heart and vascular disease, i ncludi ng treatment of peripheral artery disease, blocked blood vessels in the legs and arms. Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree from the University of Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India. He served his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Milwaukee, Wis. Dr. Gupta is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology, echocardiography and endovascular medicine. David Ly, MD, is a radiation oncologist with UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Portage Medical Center. His special interests are breast cancer, cancer of the brain and spinal cord and complex radiation therapy procedures, including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Ly received his medical degree from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He served a residency in radiation oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by a clinical research fellowship in radiation oncology with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Ly is board certified in radiation oncology. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Vietnamese. Emmanuel C. Okafor, MD, MPH, is a specialist in digestive diseases with UH Portage Gastroenterology. His special interests are colon cancer prevention and treatment and management of chronic hepatitis. Dr. Okafor earned his medical degree from the University of Nigeria College of Medicine, Nsukka, Nigeria, and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. He completed a residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn., and a fellowship in gastroenterology at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Okafor is board certified in gastroenterology and hepatology. Jason Tatka, D.O., is a pediatrician with UH Portage Pediatrics. He practices general pediatrics and has special interest in the care of newborn infants, behavioral medicine in children (psychology), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, concussions in children and adolescents and sports medicine. Dr. Tatka received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Downer’s Grove, Ill. He served a residency in pediatrics at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill., and completed his training with a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal (newborn) medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill. He is board certified in pediatrics. New patients may make appointments by calling 330-297-6110 (Dr. Gupta), 330-235-7081 (Dr. Ly), 330297-6060 (Dr. Okafor), or 330-297-5777 (Dr. Tatka). The doctors’ offices are located at UH Portage Medical Center, 6847 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna.


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Welcome to Destination Aurora. News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio. Turkey Trot: The annual 4 mile Turkey Trot and Mashed Potato Mile will be held on Thanksgiving morning. Both courses begin and end at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Registration begins at 7:00am with the Mashed Potato Mile beginning at 8:00am and the Turkey Trot beginning at 8:30am. Call HMA Promotions at 216-752-5151 or the Aurora Parks Dept. at 330-5624333 for more info and to register. You can also register in person at the Aurora Parks & Rec Dept. located at 129 Pioneer Trail. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets: November is a busy month at The Farms as they gear up for the busy holiday shopping season. Deer Widows Weekend: Please visit Aurora Farms for their Deer Widows Weekend November 11th through November 13th. While the men are away (hunting), Aurora Farms’ favorite “Deer Widows” come out to play (…er shop!) This fun shopping event features food, prizes, entertainment and more. Enjoyed in packs and herds, this event marks “Open Season” for our favorite Deer Widows. Thanksgiving Weekend: Don’t forget to visit Aurora Farms during the Thanksgiving Weekend for shopping and savings galore! Most stores will have extended hours for the weekend: Thanksgiving, Nov. 24th 8:00pm until 2:00am Black Friday, Nov. 25th 6:00am until 10:00pm Saturday, Nov. 26th 8:00am until 10:00pm Sunday, Nov. 27th 9:00am until 8:00pm Business Spotlight: Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub I had the pleasure of visiting Mad Jack’s in October for dinner. Mad Jack’s is located in a renovated colonial home that is cozy and warm. They feature craft beers, fine wines, and comfort food with a twist. From slow braised short ribs, crispy chicken marsala (which I highly recommend), to cedar plank salmon-they serve tasty and creative entrees. Plus, they also serve pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and daily specials. Wednesday features meatloaf, and it is delicious. They are open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. They are located at 204 South Chillicothe Road. Please visit for more info. We hope you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! If you have a submission for our Destination Aurora column please send via email to barryv@weeklyvillager. com

The Senior Citizens Harvest Ball took place Wednesday, Oct. 19, at St. Joan of Arc Church Hall in Streetsboro. Organized by the Portage Senior Services Network (PSSN), the Harvest Ball has been a popular annual tradition for more than 15 years. Seniors from across the county were in attendance at the gala event this year. “The mission of the Portage Senior Services Network is to help fill in the gaps where services and support for seniors are lacking in Portage County,” explained Stephanie Yeaglin, Hospice of the Western Reserve, and President of PSSN since 2015. “The Harvest Ball celebrates seniors in the county and shows them how valued they are by bringing the community together for this amazing social event.” Seniors dined on a hearty luncheon of pot roast, potatoes and salad prepared and served by Barbara George and Geoff Crump of B & G Catering, St. Joan of Arc. Harvest Ball attendees were entertained by popular Frank Sinatra tribute artist Mike Sonata of Canton. Sonata’s repertoire features more than 100 songs recorded and performed by Old Blue Eyes, allowing him to include special requests from the audience. A vintage-style photo booth proved that a picture is worth a thousand words. It generated plenty of mixing, mingling and fun. The booth allowed guests to take, print and share instant Harvest Ball photos of themselves with others at the event, and to take them home as souvenirs. Several lucky attendees were the recipients of door prizes donated by PSSN members serving the community.

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Grade: 12 - SENIOR!! Something I would like others to know about me... Something others should know about me is that I have been accepted at Kent State University into the pre-nursing program.

Grade: 5 Something I would like others to know about me... Something others should know about me is that I played softball.

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What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect is the most important Core Value to me. It is important because if you have respect for others then you would never have bullying.

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The most interesting thing about me is... that I have always said, “Perfection is an illusion.”

What makes J.A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield is a great school district because there are a lot of friendly people here.

Garfield is the best place to work because... everyone works so hard to help each student achieve.

What is your college or career focus? My career focus is that I would like to be a mechanic. I could Go to Maplewood for some training on how to be a mechanic.

I help make Garfield the best place for kids by... treating every one of them like they are my own children.

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Lady G-Men Dethrone Badgers

Jason Adkins | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men volleyball team was successful in dethroning the reigning district champion Berkshire Badgers, last week in Leavittsburg. The red hot G-Men blazed the Badgers in four games to make their first Regional appearance since 1995. That’s right, the names of Thompson, Paul, Roach, Hamilton and Chambers have been replaced by Lawrence, Jones, Rose and Jurcevic but their names will now be forever synonymous with district champions. Game one saw the Badgers jump out to a 12-6 advantage led by their senior Katie Dingman who served four straight points before Garfield head coach Dave Opfer called a timeout to regroup. The G-Men quickly got a side out and went to work, going on a 10-2 run, most of the damage coming on unforced errors from the Badgers. Badgers head coach Joni Prots quickly called a timeout to stop the bleeding. While her talk did end some Badger miscues, it didn’t stop the G-Men from scoring. Lead by Garfield’s 6’1” middle hitter Grayson Rose, who will be taking her basketball talents to Northern Kentucky on a full scholarship, dominating both sides of the net for Garfield on their way to a 27-25 game one victory. Game two was a mirror reflection of game one, Garfield battled with the Badgers early and was able to put some distance between themselves and the Badgers. Garfield was able to take a 6-6 game and quickly raced out to a 15-8 lead before Berkshire started their rally. Berkshire took a 19-18 lead, their first lead since 1-0, before Garfield called a timeout to slow the momentum. Whatever coach Opfer said worked because Garfield even trailed, 22-20 late in the game, and was still able to rattle off the last five points to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. While I call it commanding, Berkshire junior McKenna Tucek called it a time to regroup, “We had been down in previous matches 2-0 and came back to win, so we weren’t out, but we knew what we had to do.” What the Badgers had to do was win three straight games in consecutive matches to become back-to-back district champs. Tucek also added “After we won the championship last year, this year you could tell teams were gunning for us.” While it seemed Garfield had all the momentum the Badgers calmly took the court and dominated the G-Men; after going back and forth for the first three points, the Badgers exherted their dominance and in no time held a 15-5 advantage over the G-Men on their way to a 25-14 third set victory. The fourth set saw the Badgers pick up right where they left off, cruising to an 8-3 lead. Garfield would regroup and find a way to battle back and tie it up at 12. Berkshire would finally take a 15-14 lead but it was not to be for the Badgers as the G-Men put some distance between themselves and the Badgers with six straight points.Eventually they fell to the talented Garfield G-Men, 25-23. While the Badgers lose four seniors to graduation, Tucek is optimistic for the future of Berkshire volleyball, “We lose two great seniors, but were a pretty close-knit group and and we have some underclassmen coming up that should help, I play a lot of volleyball, year round as does my sister who will be a freshman next year.” The Badgers finish their season 18-7 while the G-Men improve to 20-5 and had a date at Barberton High School on Thursday, November 3rd at 6pm against the Red Raiders from Orrvile.

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The cat came back! Isn’t that Dr. Seuss or something? Anyway, the cat did not come back—it never left. The cat/kitten is still here and in fine fettle, as they used to say in British horsey circles. This is the sole survivor of a litter that was left on my back doorstep and, in the manner of kittens in general, is cuter than all get out. She seems to be getting along with, if not actually gladly welcomed by, the guy cats in the house. There has been considerable hissing and growling but no physical damage. Heck, we had that when it was just the guys on their own. Fuego, the oldest resident now, learned from Shaver, his dearly departed Aunty-cat (or was she the anticat?), how to leap from the kitchen counter to the space above the cupboards(they could both make themselves comfortable among the light bulbs in that space—not my idea of comfort but, hey, I can’t get up there either), so when things don’t go his way, he’s liable to tear through the house, get to the counter and—Whoops!—fly up to his favorite vantage point to observe us all below. The reason he’s tearing through the house is usually Bob, he of the abbreviated tail, and the stitched-together backside (which seems to be bothering him lately; I see a visit to the vet in our future), who doesn’t put up with much bossiness from anybody, even me, I fear. He often takes off into the dark when I go out to bring him in; he’ll show up in his own good time but it’s not always safe for a critter his size when there are bigger ones on the prowl at night. Anyway, Bob is apparently resigned to the fact that we’ve got a new boarder. It doesn’t hurt that she seems properly subservient when trying to make up to him—backs off when he expresses displeasure. The youngest of the clowder(defined as a group of cats—Felis Catus, Felis domesticus, related to the word clutter, not the same as a bunch of kittens—that’s a kindle) of felines in my house, Champ, has acted about half scared; he climbed up onto the shelf in the bathroom to peer down at her, which was pretty funny, seeing as how he’s about three times her height and probably four times her weight. Sometimes he follows her around as if she were some kind of specimen that he’s observing for scientific purposes. This may, indeed, be the case but he’ll have a heckuva time trying to type up his findings; an opposable thumb would come in handy for a project like that.

Anyway, it’s not as if I NEEDED a replacement cat after the last of the Three Sisters of Dramatic Cat-dom left us for that Big Lap in the Sky, but there she is and unless I get a really good offer, or she and I cannot resolve our differences over the desirability of using the litter box (I even bought some high-class litter called “Cat Attract”, with special herbs...and magic spells, for all I know. So far, it hasn’t proved to be exactly irresistible but things are starting to look up) she’s looking more and more like a fixture. If this Port-a-potty issue is not settled to my satisfaction, she’s likely to find herself as an ersatz “barn cat” and roughing it on the porch with her semi-neglectful mamma. I’m afraid that I may have succumbed to the “kiss of death” when it comes to NOT adopting new animals; I gave her a name and got her a collar (Well, how else can I have clue where she’s disappeared to?). The collar is pink—not my favorite color but it was the only one they had in kitten size—and the name is “Butterscotch”, because she has tiger-ish markings but rather than the usual black on gray, she seems to be more dark brown on lighter brown or butterscotch/orange, with one orange/ butterscotch toe and some light patches, mostly around the face, which, like most kittens, renders her more or less adorable. She more or less comes when I call her “Scotchie”. I fear that I am doomed. We’ll have to be off to the vet soon to get all of the vital statistics recorded and the vital shots and an appointment for “the operation” somewhere down the line; I’m sure we’ll all be looking forward to that. I’d take her feckless mamma, if she could be enticed into the carrier, but all efforts so far have been for naught and taking her loose in the car is not even to be thought of...disaster! ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** Nothing else new to report. Christmas Walk is next up on the menu and I’ve just made a new batch of pastry dough so that pies can be made with my usual efficiency and dispatch...that means at the last minute and “winging it”. I’ve got a bunch of pecans and walnuts to use up and frozen fruits of several kinds, not to mention apples from Monroe’s Orchard and Farm Market. Once the oven is fired up, you might as well just get on a roll and keep turning ‘em out, I say. Makes the house smell great too. Tips from real estate people always say you should bake something either yeasty or cinnamon-y when showing a house. I couldn’t afford my own place, based on the aromas; good thing I’m not looking to sell.

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Skip Schweitzer | Columnist At 67 years of age I found myself single and alone. Too many of us unfortunately have found ourselves in this same circumstance. We find ourselves alone again, or essentially so during our retirement years due to the death of a spouse, divorce, or a terrible disease like Alzheimer’s that renders our mate all but unrecognizable to us. The end result is……we are alone again. The most frequently asked question is, “How do you keep going? What has sustained you these past two and a half years?” Music is one answer! I have kept enormously busy despite my walking problems. It has been a combination of family, my dog Gus, fishing, old cars, slowly developing new significant relationships both male and female, and banjo. It is true that I have changed my focus on major parts of my life. I no longer do taxidermy. I fish, involve myself with old car groups, and play music—yes, you can change your focus when you retire! Because of my walking problems I initially felt sure, (erroneously it turns out) that most people would steer clear of me, find me unacceptable to get close to. One lady has been persistent though, and over the past year we find ourselves doing more and more together, including fishing, traveling, cooking, and playing music. She is a survivor like me. She likes to fish. She helps me handle the boat. I have had to rethink the boat situation. I now have a bigger boat that handles Lake Erie since I have help again. She likes to cook. She wants to play music too. Music--I have only alluded to music a couple times so far but I will tell you that playing music has become very important to sustaining me. Though most people didn’t know it, music has been a significant part of my life. When I was 17 my mother got me a $15 guitar in a pawn shop. It was one of her off the wall, out of nowhere impulses she was famous for—like getting me ice skates and a basketball for Christmas, things I never wanted. So I found myself with a country western guitar that I knew absolutely nothing about. But I was intrigued. I loved folk music and would listen to it on the car radio each night. I thought, I don’t know if I can sing but maybe I could learn to play this thing. So I bought a couple books and in a short time learned to chord the guitar. I also quickly learned that this $15 bargain was hard to play and tended to shred my fingers. I traded up to a much better, softer playing and sounding folk guitar and learned to play, at least to accompany myself. In short order I also bought my first banjo. Listening to the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Gordon Lightfoot and John Hartford on the Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour drew me to the banjo. John Hartford’s style was very unique. I loved the way he played, which was not bluegrass or country western but a very different mixture of modern lyrics, old timey banjo licks, Bo Jangles dancing, and riverboat music. I learned to Scruggs roll the banjo—three finger picking--, that requires great dexterity and practice. I never took lessons. But once you learn it, it is like riding a bicycle; you don’t forget how to do it and

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you can go a long way with it. Back then playing like John Hartford was a far off, unattainable dream. Life goes on—grad school and the work-a-day world. I got married, we started a family; money was tight. Most of my friends were in the same boat. So we never got together and tried to play but I did play publicly a few times while in grad school. “Don’t quit your day job” was heard a few times. Music took a back seat. More than occasionally I would resurrect my banjo. Things would wax and wane. My wife died after 45 years of marriage—most of my adult life--and, after much soul searching and reorganizing, I decided that it was now or never to learn to play well. Learning to play an instrument is a great diversion and tends to consume much time that could be spent worrying, reminiscing, getting depressed. Music is also very selffulfilling because you do recognize that you are getting better at it. I saw an ad for a beginning banjo class at Maplewood education. I signed up. Why not? I’m not a beginner but I never had any formal training. It turned out that there weren’t enough people enrolled for the class so they cancelled it. I called the instructor and so began a very good and important relationship with Cal Craig, of Stow. At our first meeting Cal said, “Yep, you can roll the banjo, you are much more than a beginner, lots of potential here. Now we need to spend the next few months unlearning all those bad habits you have taught yourself.” Cal has infinite patience, unlimited encouragement, and great knowledge of the banjo, guitar, and mandolin which he can readily teach to others, having played in, and started, several bands. There are people in this world who you immediately “click” with, find a lot of common ground with beyond the task at hand. Such is our relationship. Initially I began playing backup for a Baptist Gospel group—me the religious heretic. This was the first time I ever played together with other people. I was nervous but it went very well. I did not know the songs but I discovered I could spontaneously and easily figure out the accompanying music. Cal encouraged me to go to the Friday night old time music jam at Scribbles coffee house in Kent. This is a collection of five to 15 musicians who play old time music. There are a couple hammered dulcimers, always several guitars, usually a couple banjos, two to four fiddles, a rhythm guy who plays an assortment of wooden blocks, metal things, washboard and drums, Jim, the flute man, and Jim Francis who plays the wash tub base fiddle among other things. Oftentimes others show up playing lap dulcimers, ukuleles, and you name it. Dancers sometimes come in and clog. The songs are public domain tunes from the Civil War on up into the 1920s. When you play well at performances or practice, there is a definite rush of….I don’t know what, but you are aware that you’ve just shifted into another gear, playing at a higher level. This phenomenon is peculiar to musicians and is so addicting! Playing music is very rewarding to me. At this point, a year after beginning with Cal, I am now branching into playing with other musicians, students of Cal’s who are similarly interested in playing 1960s folk music. If you have an interest in playing folk guitar, give me a call. Some of us would like to form a group. So, yes, I am alone again but I have found some new and important relationships and pursuits that minimize the aloneness. Does it Help? Absolutely. This ongoing column is dedicated to those of us post 60’ers alone again, not by choice. If you identify, please step into the lifeboat and take a seat. We’re going to make it! I am open to ideas, feedback, and information that maybe helpful to all of us. You can reach me at tel: 330562-9801 or e-mail me at

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While Fall is not my favorite time of year I sure do enjoy watching the leaves change colors. Since Fall usually keeps me hopping around the vineyard and cellar, I don’t really get the chance to enjoy the season so when I finally do have a few minutes to relax I just love to see what Mother Nature has painted in the trees each year. Sure most people are not happy about raking the leaves every year but they are so important to the winery that I don’t mind the clean up. Leaves from the grapevine are very important to a great harvest. As with most leaves, grape leaves go through the photosynthesis process but what’s unique about this process is it also helps convert the starches in the vine to sugar which help ripen the grapes. If grape vines did not have leaves the grapes would never ripen. Another important reason for the leaves on a grapevine is to help viticulturists identify the grape variety. Just as an oak leaf is different than a maple leaf, the leaves you see on a Cabernet Sauvignon vine look different than the leaf from a Concord vine. Viticulturists can study a leaf to determine the health of the vine, the amount of water a vine is getting and how well the grape clusters are doing. Finally, one of my favorite reasons for grape leaves is of course serving stuffed grape leaves. Usually I make stuffed grape leaves early in the season so the leaves are tenderer but there have been times that I’ll have stuffed grape leaves later in the season. This Lebanese recipe is perfect treat after putting in a good day’s work in the vineyard. 1 pound ground beef 3/4 cup uncooked white rice 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons allspice 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, cinnamon 50 fresh grape leaves 1/4 cup olive oil 1 pound pork or lamb chops 1 tomato, sliced 1/2 cup lemon juice 40 garlic cloves In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, rice, garlic powder, allspice, salt, pepper, and cinnamon, and set aside. Rinse grape leaves several times. If the leaves are small, leave them intact, but cut out the large center vein. If the leaves are large, cut them in half vertically, cutting out the large vein in the process. Place a small amount of the ground meat mixture at the end of each leaf. Roll up egg-roll style. Pour the oil into the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Lay the chops over the oil. Lay the tomato slices over the chops. Place the stuffed grape leaves seam-side down on top of the chops. Pack the leaves tightly and begin a second layer when necessary. Place whole garlic cloves randomly between the rolled leaves; plenty of garlic on each layer. When you are done stacking, pour the lemon juice over the leaves, and add water to the pot to about 2-inches above the rolled leaves. To prevent the leaves from unrolling during cooking, place a plate on top of the stack of leaves and place a heavy object on top of the plate. Simmer the leaves over low heat for about 2 hours. Remove the leaves from the pot with tongs and serve! 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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