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Veterans Day Thoughts Iva Walker | Columnist

More and more lately, as I approach Veterans’ Day, I think of my Uncle Roy. Strictly speaking, he was Great Uncle Roy, my paternal grandmother’s brother, but we did not stand on ceremony about such niceties. He was the last of his generation on that branch of the family tree and he was a lovely man. His wife, Aunt Grace, was a heckuva cook and going to their house for dinner was always an occasion. At some point during the visit we would usually get to go see his sheep and hear about the farm. The farm and the house in which they lived was the last remnant of the ancestral Cahoon place in Avon, both probably engulfed by McMansions or fast food emporiums by now. All of which has very little to do with why I think of Uncle Roy on Veterans’ Day. I think of him then because he was a “Doughboy”, a member of the A.E.F.—the American Expeditionary Force—that went with General “Black Jack” Pershing to France, marking the entry of the United States into World War I, the first direct entry of the United States into a European conflict. It was a pivotal point in the evolution of the United States as a world power. He never spoke of it that I know of, though Mom has the letter that he wrote home to his father about the goings-on in Paris at the close of the conflict. Was he in the filthy trenches? Was he touched by the poison mustard gas? Did he know about another Ohio boy, Eddie Rickenbacker in the air battles which were a new feature of warfare in that terrible “War to End All Wars”? This tall, gangly (I remember him that way even at age eighty or ninety) young man from the farms and garden plots of Avon, Ohio, did he see the adventure or the heartbreak of being transported “Over There”? He was one of the Yanks that were coming to save Europe from itself. He certainly was not one being sung about in a popular song of the time, “How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?” He, indeed, went back to the farm, to the family home where I remember him, growing corn, growing celery, raising sheep, never speaking of his experiences, at least not to us. What spoke to me was his uniform. All wool, it hung up in the attic with other remnants of past lives—a spinning wheel, trunks and boxes, a parlor organ—no doubt being devoured by moths through the years—so many years since marching away, and coming home. Home, of course, was changed by his going away and by his coming back. It is always so for the veterans… and for those who care for them. Honor is the deserved response to their service; that does not change. Sometimes a life well-lived and thoughtful remembrance of sacrifice is a nation’s best recognition of all its “Doughboys” in whatever conflict we have engaged. Every uniform speaks. We must listen.

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Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11. Its inception began when fighting ceased on the eleventh hour of November 11, 1918, of World War I, known as the “Great War” and regaled as the war to end all wars. Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on 11/11/19. He stated, “...the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. President Dwight Eisenhower issued on 11/8/54 the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated “ order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, veteran organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose -- a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve at home and abroad and sacrifice so much for the common good...”

America has seen many challenges of war since 1918. Defeating the Nazi’s and Japanese in World War II, sending troops to protect democracy in Korea, VietNam and throughout the world to give a voice to the voiceless and persecuted. Our brave men and women, along with their families, have stationed both within and outside the American borders serving heroically and helping others, often giving the ultimate sacrifice. On this Veterans Day, please honor these sacrifices by extending your heart and hand and thanking a veteran and their family for all their efforts to keep us all safe. Freedom is a full time job and our service members never get a day off, even on Veterans Day. To all our veterans, please join me to say, “Thank you for your service, you are so appreciated”.

Avenue of 444 Flags and the War on Terror Veterans Memorial Honors Veterans in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Veterans Day, November 11, provides a special day to reflect upon the sacrifices of military veterans. The Avenue of 444 Flags and War on Terror Veterans Memorial is proud to welcome visitors to their location this Veterans Day and year round. This outstanding tribute includes an amazing display of 444 flags flying in the wind and 12-foot tall monuments listing military personnel who have died in the war on terror. It is located at 2619 East State Street, Hermitage, PA. The creation of the Avenue of 444 Flags began in 1979 when America was dealing with the Iranian Hostage Crisis. For the first time in U.S. history, an American Embassy was overrun and 53 American hostages taken. As the days, weeks, and months of the crisis dragged on, Americans began to protest. The owner of Hillcrest Memorial Park, Tom Flynn, tired of seeing the American flag burned in the streets by Iranians, and he decided to respond. On day 100 of the ordeal, with the help of unemployed steel workers in the valley, Flynn erected 100 American flags. One flag was raised for each day of the hostage crisis to date. He made a commitment to continue to raise one flag a day until the hostages were released. The flag count rose to 444 as the last flag was raised on January 20, 1981 – 444 days after the embassy had been surrendered. Now, 36 years later, the flags still fly as a symbol of the freedoms made possible by the sacrifices of United States veterans. Flynn continued his dedication to honoring veterans with the addition of the War on Terror Veterans Memorial in the center of the Avenue of 444 Flags. The Memorial lists the names of every American service man and woman

who has given their life in the War on Terror from 1975 to present. The Memorial is a series of steel and glass monuments, 12 feet tall by 4 feet wide, in a circle around a water fountain. The names of the fallen are etched in chronological order of death, in dark glass, within five panels on each of the stainless steel towers. New names are added after confirmation from the Department of Defense. The latest effort started by Flynn is an affiliation with Operation Toy Soldier, a nationwide non-profit program that helps local military families. From this Veterans Day on November 11 and through December 18, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Avenue of 444 Flags office for distribution to children of local military families.



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On Sale Now Get your tickets now for the JAG All Sports Booster PATIO RAFFLE! A 600 sq. ft. decorative concrete patio with fire pit, decorative seating and steps is being donated by Creative Concrete Impressions. Install will take place at the winner’s home in the spring of 2018 and winner will be drawn at the Spring JAG Night at the Races. Proceeds benefit JAG Athletic Facilities Committee. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Please contact Ted Lysiak (216.534.7413) for tickets or stop into the JAG Athletic or Board office (330.527.4336).

Windham Lions Club Gun Raffle

The Windham Lions Club is selling Gun/Cash raffle tickets. Win your choice of: S&W M&P Shield 9mm, Mossberg 500 12Ga 28” VR/24”RS, PSE Fang LT Crossbow, $400 Cash. Anyone interested in supporting the Lions Club can purchase tickets by calling Harry Skiles 330-326-3387.

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Donate to the art students at James A. Garfield High School!!! Donations can be dropped off during school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) M-F at the front office. Thank you so much!

Monday Breakfast at American Legion

Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/3263188 for info.

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.


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!

Start Talking ! Portage Stop Addiction

Tuesday & Saturday Start Talking! Portage has been able to schedule two NEW NA meetings in Portage County on Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St., Kent, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. the second one is on Saturday’s at Mantua Christian church 4118 S. R. 82, Mantua, Ohio 44255

Story Time At Mantua Center Church

Thursday Children ages 2-5 are invited along with their accompanying adult (siblings are welcome too) every Thursday to STORY TIME, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Mantua Center

Christian Church, 4118 St.Rt. 82. Volunteers, with backgrounds in education, host an hour of stories, crafts, music and movement. This is a wonderful early childhood group experience at no cost to families and fun for all! No need to sign up, simply drop in any Thursday. This program follows the Crestwood School schedule and meets every Thursday that Crestwood is in session.

BINGO At St Michael’s

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

TOPS Meetings

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

2nd Thursday Storytime

through May 10 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. Email or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

Veteran’s Day Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 9 We would like to honor our local Veterans by providing a free spaghetti dinner at the Buchert Park Lodge on Nov 9 from 5-7 pm. Family, friends and military supporters are all welcomed to attend. Dinner, dessert, water and coffee will be provided. Please let us

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JAGHS Conferences

Nov 9 & 14 James A. Garfield High School Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 9th and 14th. Parents can call Mrs. Fisher at the high school at 330-527-4341. We look forward to seeing you!

Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary Meetings

Nov 9 & 13 The Legion will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, November 9 at 7pm at the Post on East High Street. The Auxiliary will meet on Monday November 13 at 1pm.

Circus Costumes Exhibit

Nov. 10-26 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only, 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Middlefield Historical Society, 14979 South State Ave. (Rt. 608), Middlefield. Authentic circus costumes, circus-theme setting, circustheme raffle. Handicapped accessible. Free admission - please make a donation. Info at 440-632-0400 (leave message) or 440-241-2192.

Eagles Fish Fry

Nov 10 Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held on Nov 10, from 4 to 7:30 pm. 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Open to the Public. Fish Dinner serving fish, shrimp or chicken tenders. Cost is $9.00 for all dinners. Carryout is Available. Call 330-527-2330. There will be no fish fry in December.

Veterans Day Observance Mantua Legion

Nov 10 The public is invited to the annual Veterans Day Observance at the Crestwood schools on Friday, November 10. The flag raising will be at 9am under the supervision of the Elementary School. The program at 9:30am is with the Primary School. All veterans will be honored.

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

Nov 9 - Good Day for Chili

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!

Neil Simon’s “Rumors”, a hysterically funny play about married couples and how little white lies can get us into big trouble. Shows are Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th at 7 pm and a Sunday Matinee on November 12th at 2 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door and $6 pre-sale available starting 11/6/17.

PTO Craft Show

Nov 11 The James A Garfield Elementary School PTO in Garrettsville will be sponsoring a Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, November 11 from 10am – 3pm at the Elementary School. A great opportunity to shop for the holiday season while supporting the school. Over 50 handcrafted and company vendors, bake sale, food, basket and gift auction. Santa from 1:30 – 2:30. For info call Diane Irwin 330-5240592

Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast

Nov 11 The Eagle Creek Conservation Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, to show our gratitude and appreciation for veterans’ service. The breakfast will run from 7:30am to 11am at our clubhouse located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. The breakfast is FREE and open to all Veterans, Active Duty Personnel, their spouses and minor children. There will also be free giveaways and raffles for all of our Service Members. You must be present to register but not to win. For questions call Chris Cummings at (330) 283-5209 or email us info@ eaglecreekconservationclub. com.

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Nov 11 Mark your calendars for this year’s 4C’s Craft Show hosted by the Crestwood Lions Club.

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Country Gospel Music

Nov 11 Saturday November 11 Come enjoy some good Country Gospel music 7-9 p.m. The Way Cafe welcomes Singer, Song Writer, and Recording Artist Russ Nottingham for an evening of music and refreshments. Hosted by New Hope Baptist Church and The Way Chapel, 8924 E Center St Windham (behind Circle K).

JA Garfield Historical Society Open House

Nov 11 Everyone is invited to the James A. Garfield Historical Society’s special OPEN HOUSE to be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Take this opportunity to observe our freshly revised displays and observe Veteran’s Day by bringing pictures of local veterans in uniform to have them copied, scanned, and preserved in our archives and displayed in our Military Room. The James A. Garfield Historical Society is located at the corner of Main and High St. in Garrettsville and our focus of interest encompasses the area of the James A. Garfield School District.

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique

Nov 11 St. Anselm Christmas Boutique: Nov 11, 9:00 to 4:00 at St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. Admission is $1.00. There will be over 80 craft vendors from the area. There will also be a bake sale, a snack bar, and a prize raffle with many great prizes. 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. 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 12.

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Library Closed

Nov 11 All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on Saturday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Service hours will resume on Monday, Nov 13.

Pancakes at the Grange

Nov 12 Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, November 12th from 8:00 am to 1:00pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

Christmas Boutique

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

PCDL Book Discussion Club

Nov 14 The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Nov 14, in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein This is a story of family, loyalty, hope, and unconditional love as seen through a dog’s eyes. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available.

Community Dinner

Nov 16 The Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh will celebrate Thanksgiving Nov. 16th with a Community Dinner with very special friends. You can have a meet and greet with the Faithful Care Servant who will open the Clinic at the Renaissance Family Center now slated for January. Please come meet, greet and enjoy Thanksgiving with some great people. Nov. 16th 5-6:30

Rummage Sale

Nov 17 Christ Covenant Church, 16406 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062 will be hosting a rummage sale on Nov. 17 from 9 am to 3 pm; Nov 18 from 9 am to noon. Something for everyone. All proceeds benefit Children’s Charity Ministry. Bake Sale Donations Welcome (440) 632-9510

God Provides A Free Meal

Nov 17 God provides a free thanksgiving meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 on Nov. 17 from 4 to 6:00. Turkey & dressing sweet potatoes - green beans - roll - pumpkin pie.

CCATA Awards Banquet

Nov 18 Saturday, November 18, 6:30pm, the Columbiana County Antique Tractor Association, is having their Awards Banquet for the 2017 antique tractor pull season. The banquet will be held at the Mile Branch Grange Hall, 495 Knox School Road, Alliance, Ohio. Awards will be presented to the top three pullers in each class. A meal will be served to those in attendance at the cost of $15. per meal. There will be door prizes and a raffle also. Please call George 330-3562020 or John 330-814-7245 by November 10 to make reservations.

Author Molly McGee to Visit Village Bookstore

Nov 18 Author, Molly McGee will be visiting The Village Bookstore located at 8140 Main Street in Garrettsville on Nov 18, from noon to 2:00 pm. She will be available to sign copies of her newest book - Saving Tuma. Molly will read a chapter from her book and talk about the next book in the series coming out soon. Saving Tuma is a great book for children ages 9-14. But don’t limit yourself, adults have found the book fascinating and are anticipating her next release. Saving Tuma will make a great stocking stuffer for your hard to shop for teenager.

Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov 18 Christ Episcopal Church 2017 Annual Holiday Bazaar will take place Saturday November 18th from 9-2 at the church, 2627 Atlantic St. SE, Warren. Come shop for homemade baked goods and soup; handcrafted holiday items for teachers, secret Santas, stocking stuffers, and more; holiday decor items- wreaths, table top decorations, and ornaments; our famous handmade church mice; unique handcrafted wooden items and framed artwork on glass and mirrors! Food will be available for purchase. Chinese auction will present an assortment of custom-made themed baskets. Drawings will be held at 1:30 and winner need not be present.



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Freedom Twp. Historical Society News

Freedom Township Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 14 at 1PM at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 St Rt 700. Vice President Claudia Garrett will share a power point presentation on the history of Thanksgiving. Please join us for this entertaining and informative program. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Freedom’s rich history and our location is completely handicapped accessible. An election of officers will be held for the positions of treasurer and vice president. Refreshments will be provided. For a ride or more information, call Judy at 330-527-7669. Donation Drive will be held on Saturday November 18, 10AM-2PM at 4808 E. High St. in the Buchert Park Lodge. Please help others to feel thankful this holiday season!! Thank you cupcakes & coffee will be provided as our way to say “Thanks!!”

Craft Show

Nov 18 Craft Show- Parents of Troop 124 will be holding their fifth annual craft/vendor show 10 am - 3 pm on Nov. 18 at the United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. The show will feature homemade wreaths, jewelry, greeting cards, hair bows, knitted/crochet items, wood crafts, and holiday items. Vendors will be there from Scentsy, Snap Jewelry, Tastefully Simple. Perfectly Post, Paparazzi, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, La La Roe, and Premier. Also a Girl Scout Bake sale and basket raffle will be held at the show.

‘His Music Fest’

Nov 19 ‘His Music Fest’ a Mexico Earthquake Relief Free Concert will be held on Sunday November 19. Doors open 2:30pm. Join us for an afternoon of music and celebration. A freewill offering will be taken. Donations for Mike Hadinger Missionary to Mexico. Refreshments available for purchase. 2017 Performers will be Mike Gardener, Mary Jane Jones, Russ Nottingham, Not Ashamed, Matthias Hoefler, Wayne Fincher, Apostolic Choir, Apostolic Children’s Choir, Jeff Sanders. *Performaers subject to change. Christian Life Center 1972 East Summit Road Kent, OH 44240 PH: 330-678-9234

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 23 There will be a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday November 23rd


at Newton Falls American Legion 2025 East River Rd. Newton Falls. Serving from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Take outs available after 12:30 pm. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio in Co-operation with Newton Falls American Legion Post #236

Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 23 No where to spend Thanksgiving Day? Come enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, family style, at the Way Chapel. We will be having lots of food, games, and fellowship. We will start at 1:00. 8924 E Center St Windham (Behind Circle K)

5th Annual Model Train Display

Wed & Sat in Dec The N Bloomfield Historical Society is presenting its 5th holiday model train event on every Saturday afternoon in December from 2-5pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm in the 1893 Town Hall. The address is 8830 Park Drive. Each year the layout has grown with new items added each year and now exceeds 500 square feet. This year new scale model buildings will feature Lockwood, OH. Lockwood was the train station where several commercial enterprises were located. The layouts now exceed 500 square feet distributed between a summer setup and a winter landscape. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Popcorn, cookies, punch and coffee are served and there will be a scavenger hunt for items in the displays and a coloring contest. It’s a great way to take a trip down memory lane. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440685-4410.



Betty M. Harvey

Garrettsville, OH Betty M. Harvey, 88, of Garrettsville, joined her Lord and Saviour on Sunday November 5, 2017. She was born February 16, 1929 in Montville, Ohio to William and Elsie (Toussaint) Mausling. She met the love of her life Don Harvey, they were married October 18, 1952 and were blessed with four daughters. She was proud to be a member of t he Ga r ret t sv ille United Methodist Church where she was Treasurer of the United Methodist Women for 20 years. Betty loved to read and work in her garden. Her biggest passion was being a big supporter of her children and grandchildren, they were her world. Betty is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Bob) Lunceford; Linda Prusha; Amy (Craig) Alderman; Becky (Bill) MacWhade; Grandchildren: Samantha and Maggie Lunceford; Emma and Connor Prusha; Trent, Wes (Leah), and Claire Alderman; Hayley and Taylor MacWhade; great-grandchildren Oliviana and Troy Alderman; Brothers-in-law Ralph (Linda) Dennis and Matt Kohler and Sister-in-law Louise Mausling. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband Don (to whom she was married faithfully for 62 years); her brothers and sisters, William (Leona) Mausling, Stuart (Ruth) Mausling, Kenneth (Louise) Mausling, Eleanor (Barney)Morehouse, Charlotte (Al) Mansfield, Ralph (Carol) Mausling; Sister-in-law Pat Kohler; Brothers and Sisters-in-law Maxwell and Gordon Harvey, Gladys Mahan and Leah Richmond, Shirley (Don) Ross. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services 8382 Center St. Garrettsville, OH 44231. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with visitation 1 hour prior, at Garrettsville United Methodist Church 8223 Park Avenue, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery. Online condolences at www.

Warm Hearts - Warm Kids Coat Drive

The Portage County Insurance Association is pleased to announce the kick-off of our 2017 Warm Hearts – Warm Kids coat drive. Started in 2013, this annual event aims to collect new and gently worn winter outerwear for local school children. Now in its fifth year, WHWK has already donated over 800 winter coats and thousands of accessories – including hats, mittens, snow pants and boots. The items are distributed to local elementary schools, who are then able to keep a supply on hand to distribute to children as needed. Anyone interested in donating items is encouraged to contact collection coordinator Laura Otrusina from ServPro (laura@servproRRI. com), or the PCIA ( Additionally, collection boxes can be found at the following locations: Lauren Talion State Farm Insurance, Shannan Jursa State Farm Insurance, DeVaul-Buntain Insurance, RC Cook Insurance, and Brimfield Insurance.

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Aspire Program Earn your GED & More The Aspire Program (formerly Adult Basic & Literacy Education) provides classes all year-round, which include: • Work Ready - Prepare for the local workforce. Earn three credentials proving you are work ready, which can be included on your resume. The class also includes streamlining your resume, creating a cover letter, soft skills, mock interviewing and more. Organize yourself to walk into an interview prepared. This is a six session class, which is held in the morning or evening. • GED classes – Earn your GED/HSE at your own pace. We have free GED pre-testing and you have the possibility of earning your GED for free! • Distance Education - Work on your GED from home on your own computer or tablet. You can also stop in and visit an instructor as needed. • If you already have your high school diploma and want to refresh skills in English, reading or math, we can help! • Test Prep for RN, LPN, electrician, and other professional/career exams. • Medical Readiness - Prepare for the medical classroom with medical math, medical vocabulary, and soft skills. Research your area of interest in the medical field, and learn about all the various jobs available. Classes are held for 10 weeks in the evening at Maplewood Career Center every Tuesday and Thursday. The next classes begins Tuesday, January 16, 2018. • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Learn basic English with our skilled instructors. Classes in Kent and Streetsboro. All of our classes and materials are free-of-charge and held throughout Portage County. We have classes available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, which are on the bus line. For information on how to register for one or more of these classes, please call (330) 235-0020.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Monthly Meeting On November 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Republican Party Headquarters, 249 W. Main Street, Ravenna, OH 44266. Our speaker will be Sarah Fowler, State Board of Education - District 7, will be giving updates on what is happening in Columbus regarding our schools and education legislation. We will order pizza, salad, desserts; soda/water will be furnished at the cost of $5.00. Reservation are required ASAP, no later than November 16. Please call Bev Kibler at 330 697-8826 or 330 207-0020 and leave a message or select “attend meeting” on Portage County Republican Women’s Club Facebook page. The club meets the third Monday of each month. It is an opportunity to meet other Republican women and officials to find out what’s happening in the Republican Party. Bring a friend and just have fun getting together. There are plenty of opportunities for involvement. For more information call Bev at 330 697-8826 or 330 2970020 and leave message or Like Us on Facebook at www. and select “attend meeting”.


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Windham Township Trustee News

Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter Windham Twp. - The Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on November 2, 2017 with all members in attendance. The meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited before getting down to business. The minutes and expenditures were approved as presented. In roads, Brian Miller said he had researched the cost for a culvert to be placed near the Barker residence. The cost will be less than $500, so it was voted to proceed with the purchase and installation of the culvert. A resident on Horn Road has purchased two culverts and needs the township to install them. The township will coordinate their schedule with the landowner and get them installed. Miller also reported that the salt and grit for the roads are in the shed. In cemetery news, the board looked at several samples of neighboring township’s cemetery rules and regulations. After looking them over, it was decided that they need more information before establishing any new rules. Items they need more clarity on were how to enforce the rules, stone size and type, graveside decorations, etc. It was also recommended that the cemetery workers write the name of the person in the grave on the foundations, so headstones get placed on the right grave. The fiscal officer asked what electricity the township was using at the cemetery, since the bill has increased significantly. Danny Burns will check with the power company and see why it has gone up so much, since they are only running two lights and a refrigerator there. In zoning, the inspector, Joe Pinti, wrote zero permits for the month of October. He reported that the 9088 Horn Road property will be demolished in the four to six weeks. NDS will hold the land for four years and they will also maintain it during that time. Pinti reported that he needs to visit the Gotham Road property and will need a trustee to go with him. Burns said he would be available this weekend to do that. The property owner on Silica Sand Road that received a violation notice has notified Pinti that he has completed the requirements. Pinti will do a follow-up on it. A complaint about a gas well being too close to the property line and out-buildings was received. After contacting the townships legal counsel on the issue, it was determined that currently the trustees have no control over where gas wells are located. Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handles that. A zoning violation letter will be sent to a landowner about the noisy dirt bikes, citing the nuisance clause in the zoning code as the reason. When something infringes on a neighboring property owner’s ability to enjoy their property, it is considered a nuisance. In the fire report, Rich Gano reported that there were some plumbing issues at the fire station that needed addressing. The water heater needed replacement, new commercial faucet was ordered (old one leaked) and clogged drains needed opening. All issues were resolved. The community message board was progressing. Maplewood did a lot of the work saving a significant amount of money. The cost of the board is being divided up among the school, fire district, township and village. A discussion was held on whether to tape minutes for the meetings. No decision was made on the issue. New business, Brian Miller reported that the 2004 Ford truck will need to be replaced soon. Miller suggested that they start looking for one now. The fiscal officer reminded them that if they decided to purchase a truck, some of the roads they want to do next year won’t be financially possible. With that in mind, they will price out a truck before making a decision. They will also look into whether to sell the old truck or just trade it in. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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International Suicide Loss Day Event on Nov 18 K aryn Hall | Contributing Reporter

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Portage County is holding an event for survivors of suicide loss on Saturday, November 18 from 1-3pm. The event will include a screening of the new documentary, “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope.” The film traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss through the eyes of a diverse group of loss survivors. The film shows how those left behind navigate the aftermath of their loved one’s suicide to find meaning and even joy, and takes an intimate look at how their healing journey evolves over time. A group discussion led by Joel Mowrey, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and local resident Deirdre Svab will follow the screening. 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 330.673.1756 x201 or laurab@mental-health-recovery. org for more information or to pre-register.

Reverse Raffle A Success

Iva Walker | Columnist Going once…going twice…going—to five people?! That was the story of the big finish for the Rotary Reverse Raffle on November 1 at SugarBush Golf Club. The two thousand dollar jackpot finale went to five different ticket holders, each taking home four hundred dollars. Not bad for an evening out! It was an evening of good times, good friends, good food and fun in combining them all. A vast collection of baskets and goods of all sorts, mostly locally-sourced, including a tree and a chain saw and a pecan pie—talk about variety!—was lined up for inspection and ticket-dropping. Virtually every business in town made contributions and many representatives of those businesses were in attendance. Sponsors included: Gold - Middlefield Banking Company Silver - S & K Sales & Service, Mark Brady of McCumbers Brady Realty Group, Superior Insulation Bronze - Ryser Insurance, Sky Plaza IGA, Carlson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Garrettsville Save 4 Store, Diskin Enterprises, Inc., Huntington Bank, LTD Electric, In The Woods Medallion - S.Kim Kohli, Sky Lanes, EllerhorstRussell Insurance, Charles Auto Family, Edward Jones Financial, Ohio Health Benefits The Middlefield Bank also contributed a cadre of smiling volunteers who assisted in keeping events moving along and participators happy with their chances to win. Chuck and Connie Evans managed the ticket table. Tom Collins made like a Wal-Mart greeter at the door. John Crawford employed his outstanding wingspan in measuring out lengths of tickets for the “barrow o’ bottles” available to consumers of adult beverages. GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary president, Amy Crawford took the opportunity to thank local businessmen Pete Kepich, Roger Angel and Mike Payne for their outstanding support of the event and Rotary projects in general across the years (Pete even bought the last ticket to the event to make it a sell-out.). She also described some of the projects—both local and international ( bike racks, roadside clean-up, polio eradication, exchange students, water projects, for example)—which the GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary Club has supported. There was a District 6630 assistant governor in attendance. There were movers and shakers (No Shakers, but one fine Amish couple). Mayor Rick Patrick and his lovely wife, Linette were accompanied by Shelli and Brian Buchanan, new owners of “The Mill”; they were warmly welcomed. Eisle Catering did themselves proud in providing the meal and Hermann’s Pickles were on all of the tables, showcasing another local business. The winner of the pie gets another bonus pie after the calories in the first one have worn off…if they ever do. Make plans for next year’s Reverse Raffle—same time (first Wednesday in November), same place. Better yet, check out Rotary and be part of the whole thing next year.

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Hiram Village News

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Hiram - At the last Village Council meeting, Park Board Chairman Chris Szell reported that construction was taking place at the Hiram School Park. He noted that a foundation was in process and that electrical work was scheduled. He also noted that excavation for playground structures was also taking place. In addition, he noted that the park board had received potential names for the park space, which they had previously requested from residents. Based on that feedback, the Park Board recommended Council adopt the name ‘Reign Hadsell Hiram School Park’, which Council unanimously approved. The newly established park is posthumously named for its major benefactor, Reign Hadsell, a 1926 graduate of Hiram College. Mr. Hadsell was a long-time Hiram resident and a former principal of Hiram Public School, which was located at the site of the new park. In addition, Mr. Hadsell’s generosity and civic-mindedness prompted him to create an endowment called the Hiram Community Trust to fund projects that benefit the residents of Hiram Village and Township, as well as students in Crestwood and Garfield School Districts, and the surrounding community through cultural events at Hiram College. In his Fire Report, Chief Bill Byers shared that call volume to his department was up slightly from the previous month. He also noted that the new squad has arrived, and was having radios installed as well as the new load system, which would allow EMTs to quickly, efficiently, and safely load and unload patients from the vehicle. He noted that the department responded to a fire recently on Wheeler Road. He reported that the two-car garage was lost, and that while the fire had moved to the home, the crew arrived in time to save the majority of the home, although the fire got into the attic. He also thanked council for the village’s assistance in the development of the heliport, which was a joint venture between the village, township, fire department, Whiting Trucking and Ronyak Paving. Thanks to that partnership, the helipad was “mission critical” in giving a recent accident victim, a 17-year-old female, to a local trauma center. “The helipad enabled the team to quickly transport her, providing every chance we could give her,” the Chief


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Streetsboro Fire Department Collaborates with MyChoice® to Host Health & Wellness Clinic Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Streetsboro - During a time of upheaval and uncertainty regarding health care, local communities are cutting through the confusion to bring health services to their local constituents. On Tuesday, November 7, a Health & Wellness Clinic was held at the Streetsboro Senior Center (9184 OH-43 behind Streetsboro City Hall) for residents 55 and older. This effort represents a collaboration among the senior center, the Streetsboro Fire Department and local mobile health clinic MyChoice®, a multi-specialty medical group practice. In addition to the Health and Wellness Clinic, participants will receive Advance Care Education and Advance Care Planning services. Lieutenant Jim Bucks of the Streetsboro Fire Department says, “The fire department is making strides to give the best care to our citizens in our community. One of the ways we are reaching out is by putting a network of local and county resources together to assist those in need. Like the saying goes, It’s always better to be proactive instead of reactive. Our hope is to reach out to those in need and create an overall ongoing care plan. That’s why we are happy to partner with MyChoice® to help fill the gap between someone’s primary care physician and a medical event that requires an emergency response.” According to Mandy Picone, Certified Nurse Practitioner and MyChoice® Director of Provider Services, during a MyChoice® health and wellness visit, a health care provider checks each individual’s blood pressure, heart rate, weight and more, including a physical assessment and a personalized preventative care plan. MyChoice® representatives will also educate and assist seniors regarding Advance Care Planning. This includes a Living Will, a Healthcare Power of Attorney, a Do Not Resuscitate Order and a Do Not Resuscitate Order Comfort Care. Case Manager Evan Skocic will help facilitate patient care. Picone says, “Our goal is to provide patient-centered care that helps patients achieve


shared. Unfortunately, the young women passed away from the injuries she sustained just a few days later. In his Police Report, Chief Brian Gregory reported that the Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas for Crestwood and Garfield students and their families, will take place on Saturday, December 16th. The new location is Target in Streetsboro; the event begins at 10 am. He encouraged the Mayor and Council that if they’d like to help that day, they should plan to arrive around 9:30 am. In other news, the chief noted that his department would be patrolling in the township a total of 64 hours per month, which was slightly more hours than originally contracted. He also noted that the Department is reviewing new camera systems, since the current, antiquated system is auto-erasing files daily in error. He also noted that the older system’s limited memory capacity offers considerably less storage capacity than newer systems offer as standard. Next, Assistant Village Administrator Steve Schuller reported that they are still waiting for ODOT to provide a completion date for paving of the Hike and Bike Trail project. The original date was moved due to unanticipated delays on the project. In similar news, talks are progressing between the village, AppleJack Developers and Mantaline Corporation regarding improvements to Constance Drive. The village administrator and mayor will keep council apprised of the situation. Lastly, Mr. Schuller shared the plan for road improvements on eight of the village’s 10 roads, which is proposed to take place during July or August 2018. The next Hiram Village Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm, immediately following a records meeting which takes place promptly at 6:30 pm.



Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

A victory lap was the event of the GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary meeting on November 6, 2017, following the successful completion of the annual Reverse Raffle on November 1 at SugarBush Golf Club. The group reviewed comments on the more efficient set-up and procedure situation, the catering, the funds raised to pursue established and new community projects, made additions and corrections to assist in planning for next year—which will be held on the first Wednesday in November, the newly established date for the affair. Group thanks go out to the very helpful volunteers from the Middlefield Banking Company Garrettsville office, also to Chuck and Connie Evans handling admissions at the door…ditto for Ed Perdian who furnished the sound system. Other business discussed included renewing the arrangements with the ODOT for the semi-annual roadside clean-up project, which presents InterAct students opportunities for community service. Lunch arrangements with McDonalds and Dairy Queen will be explored. Rounding out the session was a presentation by Delores Brady about her recent trip to El Salvador in regard to a solar-powered water system. She returned with a renewed appreciation for all that Americans enjoy that others do not. She stayed in hotels and with indigenous hosts, suffered a brief illness, took many pictures, met new friends, visited a historic site, and brought back souvenirs of appreciation to Amy Crawford, Trish Danku and Lisa Muldowney for successfully managing the Reverse Raffle in her absence. She warned about the consumption of refried beans and gave a thumbs up to fried bananas. Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets at noon on Monday in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Inquiring visitors and prospective new members are always welcome.

Hiram College Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00pm in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, on the campus of Hiram College. The orchestra will present a variety composers and styles and feature two soloists. Kent community musician John Reynolds, mandolin, will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor, “Summer from The Seasons”, originally written for violin. Hiram College freshman violist Dion Thornton accompanied by Randall Fusco, Professor of Piano, will perform Max Bruch’s prayerful “Kol Nidrei”. The program will open with the newly revised “Unexpected Fanfare and March” by Eric Hall, a native of Hiram and current member of Capital City Symphony, Washington, D.C. The orchestra will also present “Siegfried Stays at Home”, an adaptation of themes from Wagner’s famous “Siegfried Idyll” by arranger Steve Jones. The Renaissance dance inspired “Capriol Suite for String Orchestra” by Peter Warlock will conclude the concert. The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tim Staron, has members drawn from the Hiram College student body, faculty, community players and talented area high school students. High schools represented over the years include Garfield, Waterloo, Kent, Ravenna, Field, Stow-Monroe Falls, Aurora, and home-schooled students. String players interested in joining the orchestra can contact the Hiram Department of Music at 330-5695294 or email

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Thank You From The Garrettsville YMCA Thank you to the Garrettsville Com mu nit y for suppor ting the Garrettsville YMCA’s 1st Annual Halloween 5k and fun walk! We had fun and even Mother Nature couldn’t stop us! Without your donations, we couldn’t have done it ! A big thank you to our main sponsors: My Choice, The Villager, and The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce! You made our day possible and memorable. Also, thanks goes to Kris Gilmer the great hand painted halloween inspired cut out’s for the kids photo op are awesome and they had a great time with them. To Chris Sanchez for volunteering your time to make sure all of our runners and walkers were safe and to Rite Aid for providing the opportunity to get your Flu Shot and the goody bags for all participants! Thank you to the following for donations: Dairy Queen, Black Sheep Tattoo, Gallagher’s, The Brick, Art N Flowers, Fresh Start, Miller’s Restaurant,

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State Audit Shows Garfield Running “Bare Bones”

Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent Garrettsville - Over the summer the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office conducted a Performance Audit on our district. While we will get into the details in this article, there were two main points we gleaned from the audit. First, our district is running at an extremely lean level. There were no findings of frivolous spending or areas where we were staffed outside of comparable districts. Second, while the Auditor’s Office cannot recommend a levy, it is clear that the James A. Garfield Schools will be on the ballot in 2018, which is the first time the district has had to ask for more money since 2004. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with former Superintendent Mr. Klamer for a number of days before transitioning into the new position. In these meetings Mr. Klamer shared the 2013 forecast with me and stressed that one area of focus would be going to the public for new money the following year. Now it is nearly 2018, five years later, and we have stretched our funds. By writing grants and organizing fundraising efforts we have been able to make our district a better place without asking the taxpayers to vote on a new levy since 2004. In just five years the district has made advancements in teaching and learning as well as updating our facilities for students. Straight A Grant In the fall of 2013 we received a grant from the Straight A Fund titled, “Campus of Excellence” to consolidate our students to one campus, update our technology and bring a community partner to the area (YMCA). A Building Oversight Committee met each month to help design the new wing. The $5 million dollar grant saved Garfield enough money to stay off the ballot by consolidating staff and operations to one campus. It also brought us the new wing at the elementary and a community space called the Professional Development Center that is used by dozens of community groups for functions at no charge. Technology Upgrades With the savings from the consolidation and funds from the Straight A Grant we have become one of the technology leaders in Portage County. Every student in grades 6-12 has their own laptop for learning and teachers have access to a number of tools that allow for learning anywhere, anytime. Stadium Committee In the spring of 2014 the Stadium Committee was formed to utilize

fundraising to update our athletic facilities. In just three years the committee was able to raise funds that would significantly improve our stadium. New goal posts, updated visitor seating, new fencing, handicap accessible home bleachers and a press box were installed. Our community can be proud of these facilities and they were updated because of donations at great events such as the annual Night at the Races, Fall Clambake and help from the Queen of Hearts 50/50 drawing. Lowering Taxes In the fall of 2016 the district explored a refinance option for the bond issue that was passed to complete construction/ renovations in 2000. With a very strong credit review we were able to secure a much lower rate and pass this savings along to taxpayers, lowering the taxes of each taxpayer in the district through the year 2024. Energy Efficiencies One way we have been able to stretch your tax dollars is by investing in energy efficiencies. LED lighting, water saving fixtures and motion sensors for lights in high use areas should allow us to save funds on our energy bills. High efficiency windows replaced the original windows from 1956 on the front of our high school to make classrooms more comfortable while lowering our heating bills. In closing, the audit told us what we would need to do if we don’t find additional revenue. The cuts the audit suggested are draconian at best. If we implemented these recommendations we would be taking a giant step backwards, resulting in a place that we do not feel our community, staff or kids would accept. We have worked hard to create a district of excellence, and we want to keep it that way. We have not asked for new money since 2004 and amazing things have happened and continue to happen at James A Garfield because of our kids, staff and community. If we want that to continue it does NOT happen by going to larger class sizes or state minimum course offerings for our kids. In the coming months we will be exploring ways to get others involved in the efforts to pass a levy in 2018. James A. Garfield is a district of excellence, and we look forward to continuing on that journey. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly at the office (330.527.4336) on my cell (216.534.7413) or by email ( ).

Vintage News

James A. Garfield Historical Society “Victory Celebration at Garrettsville” was the title of the November 14, 1918 Garrettsville Journal article. Garrettsville went “over the top” Monday when she celebrated the signing of the armistice, bringing to a close the great war. The recent authentic news of Germany’s surrender was joyfully received early in the day. The church and school bells rang out the tidings of victory on the morning air. At three o’clock the school children under the direction of Supt. McDowell, formed in parade and marched thro’ the main streets of town. Some were mounted on ponies, and were pretty and appropriate costumes. Old Glory was conspicuous. The English and French flags also occupied prominent places in the parade. Banners, drums, horns and numerous other instruments were features of this impromptu but very creditable display of patriotism. Under the direction of Mrs. Young the children sang patriotic selections on Main Street.


At 7:30 p.m. the older folks took a hand. The parade formed near the depot and traversed the main streets of the town. A big crowd witnessed the march. The cortege was headed by band from the Student Army Training Corps of Hiram College, followed by the school children carrying banners, flags, etc. The hearse drawn by Edick’s black team, and bearing the body of the Kaiser, attracted much attention and elicited comment. Six tall men acted as pall bearers. Many autos followed in the procession which wended its way to the old ball park where the form of the ex-kaiser was burned in effigy. As the flames died down the band played several selections and the crowd sang America. Enthusiastic cheers greeted our returned soldier boy, Corporal Griffin, as he was escorted around the big crowd by J.W. Root and C.O. Judd. After the funeral dirge was played by the band, all dispersed leaving the ashes of the hated Kaiser on the field of victory.





Pigskin Review, the Grand Finale` of Marching Season

Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - Last Friday night the Marching Pride put the exclamation point on their season with the Annual Pigskin Review. The Pigskin Review is a performance done in the auditorium, where the band plays the sounds from marching season. The band played all the songs they played during what would have been considered the pre-game show at the home games: The “fight song”, the “National Anthem”, the “Alma Mater”, “Hang on Sloopy” and the battle cry “War”. Oh and of course, the Script of G-H-S without the actual marching They then performed what would have been considered the first show. They played each number as they would have if on the field. All were announced by the band announcer Iva Walker. The flag line did their dance and flag routines in a less dramatic scale due to space. The band dance was performed by two of the members for show one and two, along with the senior show. In the end, the seniors were recognized and the senior night show was played. It was a loud affair with drums rat-a-tat-tatting, tuba oompaing, cymbals clanging and the trumpets blasting but it was a great way to close out the marching season. The evening was capped off by announcing the top sellers in the fruit sale and the winner of the band’s Disney Raffle. The raffle was a $1000 to the winner and a free trip to Disney for the seller. Congratulations to Sarah Kent for selling the winning ticket to Dee Synestvedt.

Bio-Med Academy Gives Back

Bio-Med Academy’s National Honor Society has scheduled four volunteer dates over the next several months with the Portage Park District to assist our Natural Areas Steward with invasive plant control. On October 26, ten students volunteered and helped to remove a dense stand of glossy buckthorn seedlings that had begun to creep into our mature woodlands at Shaw Woods Park. This work is part of our ongoing effort to prevent invasive plants from degrading Portage Park District’s highest quality habitats. A big thank you to the members of Bio-Med Science Academy’s National Honor Society!




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Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - Schools across the nation are looking to provide more STEAM opportunities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathmatics) to their children. “America is turning to innovation to ensure a prosperous future, and it’s important for us to expose our students to these types of opportunities”, acknowledged CIS Principal Michelle Gerbrick. Spurred on by a desire to give Crestwood kids that advantage, as well as an inspirational summer read entitled, ‘Renegade Leadership,” Gerbrick and her leadership team, got to work amidst their regular responsibilities and in spite of budget cuts, to determine the ideal tools needed and identifying potential grants to make those dreams a reality. Called the Educational Opportunities team, this group is comprised of Gerbrick, Jo Walsh-Cobb, Patty Timbrook, Kristen Patton, Monica Lazanich, Jen Wilson, Jade Giglio, Tyler Best, Lindsey Skonieczny, Sam Leonino, and community members Gregg Calhoun and Eric Hankinson. “If we didn’t have these teachers and volunteers doing this, there’s no way this awesome program could happen,” Gerbrick beamed. The team got to work visiting local MakerSpace labs at nearby universities to select the ideal programs and tools to benefit CIS students, then set about finding ways to finance these resources. Several teachers, including Monica Lazanich and Jade Giglio, set up gofundme and donorschoose projects, while others, including Principal Gerbrick, searched potential grant opportunities. And all their hard work paid off -- to date, they have received over $7,000, allowing them to purchase tools and equipment and get them in the hands of students starting this fall. Recently Crestwood Intermediate School has launched a new, high-tech MakerSpace program. For those unfamiliar with the term, a MakerSpace is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. At CIS, those interests include circuitry, innovations in

Circus Costumes on Display in Middlefield The Barnum & Bailey Circus may be history, but circus excitement is still alive and well in Middlefield! For three weekends only, the public is invited to view a display of authentic circus costumes from Barnum & Bailey and other circus troupes. To set the stage, the hosts have conjured up a circus-theme setting, and there’s a rumor that a live clown may visit during open hours. A circus-theme raffle will help defray expenses. The event is hosted by Middlefield Historical Society at the Century Inn Underloft, located at 14979 South State Ave. (Rt. 608 just south of the caboose) in Middlefield Village. The entire exhibit is on one level and handicapped accessible. This exciting special exhibit will be open for public viewing from Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends (Fridays, Satur-days and Sundays) only. Admission is free; please make a donation to this non-profit organization. The magnificent display costumes are on loan to Middlefield Historical Society courtesy of Mark and Debra Miller of Perfect Occasion Costumes and Magic, recently moved into their new location on North State Avenue in Middlefield Village. This one-time-only event will be fun for all ages, so please stop by for a visit!

engineering, drone navigation, 3-D printing, MakerBot development, as well as art and design. Through the after school program and during indoor recess and classroom enrichment times, students will have access to 3-D printers, drones, writable circuitry boards, Makey Makey Invention kits, Little Bits circuitry materials, Edison Robots, and a fully furnished broadcasting studio with iPad Pro and Green Screen for video production, as well knit and crochet tools and materials to explore textile arts. “Our future generation of entrepreneurs and engineers will have the opportunity to learn the many facets of technology and art,” Principal Gerbrick marveled, “helping prepare them for productive and prosperous futures.” She notes CIS staff and student appreciation for the newly designed and built shelves that house the new tools, as well as the Rural Technology Fund, PPG, and the Giving Well Family Fund who provided grant funding to give Crestwood students the opportunity to access these new tools.

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The Bombers playoff run isn’t over yet. Windham was victorious over Lisbon David Anderson in the Divison VII Regional Quarterfinal. The Bomber offense was able to make big plays when it counted most; putting up 32 points on the Blue Devils that night. The Bomber’s gritty defensive line absolutely suffocated Lisbon’s offensive drives. The Bombers will look to sharpen their game to keep their playoff run alive.

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Newton Falls Elementary School Honor Roll Windham Jr / Sr High School Honor Roll First Grading Period 2017-18 * denotes All A’s Sophia Ginter FIRST GRADE Aiven Hickman* Kya Alford-Towns* Alaric Howard* Bently Allen Wyatt Hoy* Landon Bryant* Michenzie Hrusovsky* Branden Cadle* Evan Jenkins* Elizabeth Cole* Quinn Jones Charlie Colon Peyton Kasbee* Leyla Dangerfield* Sophie Kendall Phaizon Davis Preston Kline* McKayla DeBolt Aiden Knoske Mason Dillon Keaten Kovach* Jacob Dowling* Carley Kwiecinski Austynn Drake* Aleigha Lade Landon English* Alexander Lunt Zander Fitzgibbon* Aiden McCausland Kaitlyn Ford* Dannika Pigg* Mason Gant* Nick Reynolds* Alexander Garro* Richard Sevier* Vivian Gensburg Alyssa Sevy* Gavin Grunder Joslin Showers* Landyn Hall Adrianna Silvis David Harley* Landon Smith* Kylee Herald Jaden Stimpert Taren Hillegas* Dylan Valot* Michael Holesko* Cameron Villwock Kailynn Hopkins-Mayle Rain Whitmore Neeley Howard* Emma Wiley* Xavier Huckoby Hadley Winkleman* Addison Irwin* THIRD GRADE Kinsley Kendall* Natalya Adams-Romero Caelyn Kingery* Brynlee Blevins Ashlynn Lance* Jada Blutcher Ella Marquette* Wesley Bodnar* Grace McConahy* Kiana Carlisle Drayson Moore* Jacob Coleman Carissa Muncy* Jaelin Collins Karlie Murphy* Charlie Culver Alexandrea Pellin* Dylan Davis* Luke Rapczak Phillip Davis* Leah Sait* Mia DeCesare* Annabelle Schrock* Brooklyn Dickriede* Kayleah Shaulis* Rayna Duffy Ethan Sine* Connor Dunlap* Brady Smith* Izaya Edwards Anthony Spencer* Peyton Estes Jayden Stanley* Kendle Ford Gavin Stutzman Sophia Gearhart Melody Tello Mikalexa Glenn Chase Thompson Gracie Haines* Brenden Tresino* Kara Heckathron SECOND GRADE Jayden Johnson Gracie Andrukat Danica Koehrsen Julia Arthur Kalem Lambert Nathan Augusta Kylee Lance Samantha Axiotis Noah Lane R.J. Baker* Troy Lawson Alisha Ball* Derek Montgomery Michael Bennett* Kade Morgan Noah Brower* Ty Muncy* Madelyn Bryner Hunter Persin BaileyAnn Bussey* Alexis Reynolds Clara Cahalin Alyia Slovinsky* Carter Drake* Payton Starkey Mason Duffy Tyler Stinson Brooklynn Dugic Adam Swiger Colton Eckenrode Calleigh Swiger* Mya Espersen* Autumn Willaman Melody Ford Jakob Zimmermann*


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Newton Falls Kiwanis’ 92nd Annual Cakewalk Newton Falls Kiwanis Club was delighted with everyone’s support and attendance at its 92nd annual cakewalk. We enjoyed the performance of the Newton Falls Tiger Marching Band with director Mark Semrau, and welcomed the help of new friends, volunteers, and new members of Kiwanis Club. Roving ticket sellers helped lessen the lines…and the weather cooperated— cold but clear! Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would first like to thank George and Mary Koutsounadis of Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant for the use of their banquet room on Broad Street which enabled us to have a warm place to receive the donated cakes all day long. We thank the school district for bringing us once again the very welcome, dressed-up band. Thank you to Bob Burke at the P.A. system, City Manager Jack Haney, and the Newton Falls city workers for help and set-up. Costumes: Thank you, businesses and friends, who contributed the many prizes in the costume contest. There were some ver y creat ive costumes— did you see the little fireman in the homemade firetruck? We encourage donors to go to the next cakewalk to see the interesting costumes. Cash and gift certificate prize donors: VFW Post 3332, VFW Post 3332 Auxiliary, Pizza Hut, The Shop, Subway, Mayflower/Wollam Insurance, Ron Platt CPA, Faces Lounge, Ohio Tax Lady, Cole Valley Chevrolet, Stow-It Storage, Borowski Memorial Home, Newton Falls IGA, AmVets Post 112, AmVets Post 112 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary Post 236, James Funeral Home, Majcher Insurance Agency, Covered Bridge Inn, Bob & Kathy Wujcik, Cody Zeleny, Dairy Queen, Newton Falls Chiropractic, Phillips Heating, Sam’s Pizza, Tiger Den Pizza, Beta Sigma Phi, Ella Johnson CPA, Judge Vigorito, Art Effects, Dental Associates, Hair Loft, Shop ‘n Save, Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls Printing, Yogurt Creations, Buckeye Welder Sales, Auto Smith, Rood’s Wallpaper & Paint, Mi Amigo, Falls Fitness, Newton Falls Fire Auxiliary, Home Oil Company, Nussle Florist, Mike G, Weezie G., and Pancho G., Rita S., Big D’s, I-76 Antique Mall in Rootstown, Zip Lube, RS Imprints, Texas Roadhouse, Donna Ball, Mike Keriotis. Thank you.

We thank the prize patrol: Sue Davis, Nancy Hatcher, Charlotte Perry, Yesi Galicia, and MaryAnn Williamson. Cakes: We thank Sweets by Christine, Big D’s Newton Grill, Rev. Steve Spurlock’s First Baptist Church, and many friends of Kiwanis, who donated cakes in Kiwanis’s name. All groups who donate cakes make money for their own projects, based on ticket sales at the event. There was a huge show of support for the Tiger Marching Band, who received the largest check for the most cakes donated this year! After them, in order of most cakes listed first, eleven other groups helped make 2017 a success: NF United Methodist Church Youth Group, Girl Scout Troop #80329, NF Ladies Fire Auxiliary, Girl Scout Troop #124, Fix a Kitty, Girl Scout Troop #80239, NF Key Club, NFHS Art Club, NFHS football, VFW Post 3332 Ladies Auxiliary, and Platinum Dance Company. Kiwanis, a small group, always needs extra volunteers. We thank our new helpers: NF Key Club, Mike Harnichar, Kathy Rapczak, Amy Brazin, Donna Himes, Debbie Zampino, Donna Cowie, Ron & Kristy Orr, Art & Peggy Dunn, Vincent Bailey. Returning helpers: Joe & Mary Lou O’Lear, Wayne Richards & Nancy Myers, Ted Kolacz, LueAnn Palmer, Pat Nutter, and Mike Gilligan. Thank you, everyone, and see you at the 2018 Cakewalk!



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What makes James A. Garfield a great place? I think all of the teachers are nice, especially Mrs. Schario.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Integrity is the most important JAG Core Value to me because it is important that if you say you are going to do something you need to stick to your word and follow through with it.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Kindness is the most important Core Value to me. I like it when people are nice.

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What is your college or career focus? I want to go to college to be a teacher. I also want to be a mom when I grow up.

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Sponsor A Family Holiday Program “Sponsor-a-Family” is the holiday program that provides food and gifts to low income families, Geauga County foster children and seniors in Geauga County. Geauga County Job and Family Services has coordinated the Sponsor-a-Family Program during the holiday season for 45 years. Low income families with children, Geauga County foster children, and low income seniors are given first priority. Churches, civic groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals participate by choosing to either “sponsor” a family for the holidays, or they can help us collect needed items which we pack and deliver to families not matched with a community sponsor. Last year, the program served 1,716 people in Geauga County. Sponsor-a-Family is a unique program supported solely through donations and would not be possible without the generosity of community members. Volunteers are essential to the success of the program and spend time sorting food and gifts. Once the sorting is completed, bags of food for the families and gifts for the children are packed and delivered. Deliver day this year is December 19, 2017. If you wonder whether the Sponsor a Family Program makes a difference, this is one of many thank you notes received last Christmas, “Words cannot express our sincere gratitude for your generosity of gifts for our children. Your gifts helped put a big smile on our children’s faces as they opened them Christmas morning. Thank you for supporting our family after a difficult year. Without your help, we would not have been able to provide them with Christmas. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and hope we can one day do the same for someone else.” If you would like to make a donation, sponsor a family, volunteer time, or if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 440-285-9141, ext. 1263. Monetary donations are accepted. Checks must be made payable to Special Services of Geauga County and may be mailed to P.O. Box 309, Chardon, Ohio 44024. Please indicate Sponsor a Family in the memo portion of the check.

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Several members of the James A. Garfield Historical Society ventured off into the wider world in a visit to the Garfield Memorial in the Lake View Cemetery at the confluence of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. It was well worth the time and effort. James A. Garfield was greatly mourned following his assassination in 1881, nearly as deeply as President Lincoln who had been assassinated 16 years before. The memorial was paid for entirely through donations, many of them pennies contributed by schoolchildren. It was designed in the manner of a European-style rotunda, featuring Corinthian columns, with interior mosaics and stained glass depictions of the original 13 states, plus Ohio. Carrera marble is the material of the statue of Garfield, with the outer walls made of Ohio sandstone, which has darkened somewhat over the years from city air pollution. Spiral staircases (64 steps) lead down to the crypt below containing James A. Garfield, his wife, Lucretia, and their daughter Mary “Mollie� Garfield Stanley-Brown and son-in-law, Joseph Stanley-Brown, and up to the observation balcony where the visitor may see downtown Cleveland, much of the campus of Case-Western Reserve University, a University Hospitals campus, University Circle glimpses, and, of course, Lake Erie. Since the inception and building of the memorial, trees have grown and flourished—Cleveland is the Forest City—so the outlook is more green and less detailed than it was in 1890 at its dedication. Still, it is quite a view. The entire cemetery contains over 200 A and many significant persons from Cleveland’s and the nation’s history, such as John D. Rockefeller (the first billionaire in the U.S.), Garretts Morgan (inventor of the traffic light), Jeptha Wade (a founder of Western Union, industrialist, philanthropist, great benefactor of Cleveland), Elliot Ness, of Prohibition fame, and Charles Brush (inventor of the arc light) to name a few. Other notable sights include the Wade Chapel, with work by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the “Moses Cleaveland trees�—ones old enough to have been growing there since Moses Cleaveland arrived in 1796, and the gargoyle on the Garfield Memorial with a face like the family dog. This is a so-called “garden cemetery� and thousands of people come from around the world and nearby counties to see all of the historical, horticultural, architectural and geological features here. It is a gem. It became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Then, of course, there was lunch. The history mavens headed off for a down-home meal at the Mongolian Barbeque on Coventry. It was a hoot. Six guys with five -foot spatulas and a giant circular grill with a hole in the center free-lancing individual bowls of meats, noodles, vegetables, garnishes, sauces, and whatever (Watching them add the eggs was a show in itself.). They’re talking to each other, they’re talking to the customers whose bowls of what-nots they have tossed on the grill and are attacking with their spatulas, they’re emptying the stir-fried meals onto plates and passing them over to customers who head off to their tables. Great show. Fun meal. Try the Yum-Yum sauce.

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Dear Savvy Senior, What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? Caregiving Daughter Dear Caregiving, The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are complicated and will vary according to the state where your parent lives. With that said, here’s a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify. Medicaid Eligibility Medicaid, the joint federal and state program that covers health care for the poor, is also the largest single payer of America’s nursing home bills for seniors who don’t have the resources to pay for their own care. Most people who enter nursing homes don’t qualify for Medicaid at first, but pay for care either through longterm care insurance or out-of-pocket until they deplete their savings and become eligible for Medicaid. To qualify for Medicaid, your parent’s income and assets will need to be under a certain level that’s determined by their state. Most states require that a person have no more than about $2,000 in countable assets that includes cash, savings, investments or other financial resources that can be turned into cash. Assets that aren’t counted for eligibility include their home if it’s valued under $560,000 (this limit is higher – up to $840,000 – in some states), their personal possessions and household goods, one vehicle, prepaid funeral plans and a small amount of life insurance. But be aware that while your parent’s home is not considered a countable asset to determine their eligibility, if he or she can’t return home, Medicaid can go after the proceeds of their house to help reimburse their nursing home costs, unless a spouse or other dependent relative lives there. (There are some other exceptions to this rule.) After qualifying, all sources of your parent’s income such as Social Security and pension checks must be turned over to Medicaid to pay for their care, except for a small personal needs allowance – usually between $30 and $90.

5. AT RISK - 15 state governments are not financially prepared for the next US recession. The modeling that was used in this study assumed that a state would need 10% of its annual budget set aside in cash to weather a “moderate� recession. The 15 states include North Dakota, Illinois and New Jersey (source: Moody’s Analytics).

You also need to be aware that your parent can’t give away their assets to qualify for Medicaid faster. Medicaid officials will look at their financial records going back five years to root out suspicious asset transfers. If they find one, their Medicaid coverage will be delayed a certain length of time, according to a formula that divides the transfer amount by the average monthly cost of nursing home care in their state. So if, for example, your parent lives in a state where the average monthly nursing home cost is $5,000 and they gave away cash or other assets worth $50,000, they would be ineligible for benefits for 10 months ($50,000 divided by $5,000 = 10). Spousal Protection Medicaid also has special rules for married couples when one spouse enters a nursing home and the other spouse remains at home. In these cases, the healthy spouse can keep one half of the couple’s assets up to $120,900 (this amount varies by state), the family home, all the furniture and household goods and one automobile. The healthy spouse is also entitled to keep a portion of the couple’s monthly income – between $2,030 and $3,022. Any income above that goes toward the cost of the nursing home recipient’s care. What about Medicare? Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors 65 and older, and some younger people with disabilities, does not pay for long-term care. It only helps pay up to 100 days of rehabilitative nursing home care, which must occur after a hospital stay. Find Help For more detailed information, contact your state Medicaid office (see for contact information). You can also get help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see ShiptaCenter. org), which provides free counseling on all Medicare and Medicaid issues.. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

An Estate Plan or a Wealth Transfer Strategy? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist There are three degrees of estate planning: advanced, basic, and none at all. Basic is better than none, but elementary estate planning can still leave something to be desired. While appropriate documents may be in place, they may not be able to fully convey what you really want to do with your estate. Have you communicated your wishes to your heirs, in writing? Cut-and-dried, boilerplate legal forms will hardly do this for you. In a wealth transfer strategy (as opposed to a basic, generic estate plan), you share your values and goals in addition to your assets. You hand down your wealth with purpose, noting to your beneficiaries and heirs what should be done with it. You also let them know how long the transfer of assets may take. This way, expectations are set, and you reduce the risk of your beneficiaries and heirs being unpleasantly surprised. Are your heirs prepared to inherit your wealth? Prepare them as best you can during your lifetime. Introduce them to the financial, tax, and insurance professionals who have helped you through the years; they should know how to contact these professionals, and they should value their wisdom. Explain the “why� of your estate planning decisions. For example, if you intend to transfer assets to heirs or charity through a living trust, a charitable remainder trust, or a qualified charitable distribution from an IRA, share the logic behind the move. New Clients Welcome!

2. TAXES PAID - Federal estate and gift taxes collected during fiscal year 2017 (i.e., the 12 months that ended 9/30/17) were just $22.8 billion, less than twothirds of 1% of the $3.315 trillion of tax receipts collected during the period. Total individual income taxes collected (1040s) were $1.587 trillion, its largest total ever and more than 5 times the size of the $297 billion of corporate taxes that was collected (source: Treasury Department).

4. DOUBLE-DOUBLE - From total government spending of $246 billion during fiscal year 1973, total government outlays doubled over 6 years (to $504 billion in fiscal year 1979), doubled again over 8 years (to $1.004 trillion in fiscal year 1987), doubled again over 15 years (to $2.011 trillion in fiscal year 2002), and then finally doubled once again over the next 15 years (to $3.980 trillion in fiscal year 2017) (source: OMB).


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1. LITTLE EXPERIENCE - Just 3 members of Congress, i.e., 3 out of 535 House and Senate members, had securities licenses (selling stock and bonds) before their election to Congress (source: CRS).

3. DEFICITS OVER TIME - Aggregate budget deficits for the US government over the last 10 fiscal years (i.e., 2008-2017) are $8.4 trillion, including $666 billion during fiscal year 2017. Aggregate budget deficits for the US government over the 80 fiscal years from 1928-2007 are $4.8 trillion (source: OMB).


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I am so glad that all of the political ads are over and we can go back to normal commercials and focusing on the great holidays coming up. But before we let this election come to a close I came across an interesting study discussing how your wine tastes usually reflect which party you are going to vote for. How did you celebrate your presidential candidate winning the election or if the reverse happens, how did you handle your sorrow if your guy lost? In a recent poll sponsored by CNN, experts evaluated the wine preferences between Democratic and Republicans. Surprisingly, this poll identified that more beer drinkers were leaning to a Republican candidate while more wine drinkers were going to vote Democratic. Within wine drinkers however, Republican voters seem to prefer white wine over red and tended to lean more to a sweeter wine. Democratic voters voted for dry reds as their preference. Unfortunately the poll did not take into consideration hard liquor drinkers or non-drinkers so that is something the candidates can focus on in the next couple of days. Could part of this poll be swayed by more women drink wine and more men drink beer, or maybe the younger voters are mainly beer drinkers while the older generation tends to choose wine? Did your wine preference accurately reflect your cote? Regardless of your choice, we will be proud to have all of our wines available during this election week – just in time to celebrate or be remorseful. 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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“When did scarecrows first come about?” According to Thom Sokoloski and Jenny McCowan at, Cindy Murphy’s article for Grit and Lori Rotenberk’s article for Modern Farmer, scarecrows have been around as long as people have grown crops, but they haven’t always looked like the ones you might be familiar with. The early Egyptian scarecrows, constructed along the Nile River, didn’t look like people at all. Egyptian farmers had a problem with wild quail, so they built wooden frames with nets and had people herd the quail into them. Famers in pre-feudal Japan sometimes used a scarecrow called a kakashi. A kakashi consists of old rags and other bad-smelling items mounted on a pole with bells and other noisemakers and set afire. The smell and smoke would keep birds away. Ancient Greek and Roman scarecrows were more humanoid. They built statues of their fertility god in their gardens and fields to protect against birds and other thieves. In Britain during the Middle Ages, actual children would work in the fields as “crow-scarers,” knocking together blocks of wood to scare away the birds. Some Native American tribes and early settlers also employed the human bird-scarer technique. With population fluctuations and a need for more farmers to be working the field, this job was passed on from actual people to stuffed sacks gourds for heads, the precursors to scarecrows as we know them today. Today, farmers can use high-tech gadgets to scare away birds, such as chemicals or ultrasonic waves, but the old-fashioned scarecrow is iconic. In America it is used as a symbol of the autumn, particularly of Halloween, and many towns have festivals celebrating scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. Scarecrows can be used to frighten and to entertain, but they will always be associated with the harvest. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www. or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.




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Nearby Nature Joe Malmisur | Columnist

Thanksgiving…the real story

The original Thanksgiving was truly a way of giving thanks. The Pilgrims were thankful for the Indians who showed them how to grow crops, thankful for surviving a long voyage from England, and thankful for a new start in a new land. But thanks to the mass marketing machines of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Green Giant, Butter Ball, and other giants of the agri-business food industry, what we commonly think of as Thanksgiving dinner today is not even close to what the first Thanksgiving dinner had to offer. There were no supermarkets, turkey farms, or mega fruit and vegetable farms. In reality, the first Thanksgiving was organically grown. See, history really does repeat itself. Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, was a leading voice in establishing Thanksgiving as an annual event. By 1850 most states and territories were celebrating Thanksgiving. Hale had been petitioning everyone she could to get Thanksgiving recognized as a national holiday. Finally she pitched her idea to President Lincoln as a way to unite the country in the midst of the Civil War, and, in 1863, he made Thanksgiving a national holiday. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three whole days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Indians. In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited their new found friends, the Wampanoag Indians. There are only two historical accounts detailing what the fare was at the first Thanksgiving table. Edward Winslow and William Bradford talked of killing five deer, fish (cod, bass, eel, mussels, and lobster), fowl, and Indian corn. Through other historical accounts it is assumed that vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, beetroot, and beans were eaten. Fruits such as currants, grapes, and red plums were common and on the table as well. Cranberries were not

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The October 19, 2017 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville was held at the warmlydecorated residence of Joyce Fashing, with Karen Zizrko as co-hostess. Roll call was answered with thoughts on scaring and being scared—this ranged from swinging brothers, Grandpa-induced haunts and Halloween events, through mice and roller coasters, police and clowns. BOO! The program committee chairperson announced a change in venue for the Christmas party (to the home of Mary Furillo) and the March 15 meeting (Leah Schultz). A letter of thanks from the Friends of Melana for the recent donation was read. Connie Crate, suitably attired, then presented her program on the Haunted History of Halloween. This included original Celtic origins before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, the custom of having bonfires, faeries, door-to-door travels with lanterns carved from pumpkins and the mingling of the living and the dead. When the church did arrive, attempts were made to get all of this tomfoolery under control and relate the interest to All Saints (Hallows) Day; this was only partially successful. Horrid persecutions of anyone the least bit out of the ordinary (and some who were perfectly ordinary) as witches and practitioners of black magic followed in the 1400’s. Black cats had a particularly bad time, being thought of as “familiars” (associated creatures) of witches. This was brought to the New World, where Salem is still infamous for its witch trials during the 1600’s. Irish immigration in the 1800’s brought a cessation of the trials but revived other observances, such as going door-to-door seeking treats, which all too often devolved into vandalism of varied seriousness. Modern observance tends to be more lighthearted and focused on faux-scary haunted houses, costumes parades… and chocolate. “Taming through fun” was one way it was expressed. All of this information was followed by not-at-all scary word games, delicious refreshments and treat bags. Next meeting will be on November 9 at the Crate residence.

mentioned in the historical records for another 50 years. Due to the diminishing supply of flour there was no bread of any kind, so no stuffing. There was cornbread of course. Sugar stocks were almost non-existent and used primarily to sweeten the corn mush and boiled pumpkin. Due to the fact that they had no ovens for baking, there was no pumpkin or pecan pie. Potatoes weren’t part of the feast, either. White potatoes, originating in South America, and sweet potatoes, from the Caribbean, had yet to infiltrate North America. Remember, the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621. The term “turkey” was any type of fowl that the pilgrims hunted such as ducks, geese, pheasant, grouse, and of course, the wild turkey. Turkey was not the centerpiece of the meal, goose or duck was the wildfowl of choice. Historical records also find that swan and passenger pigeons would have been available as well. Passenger pigeons however, extinct for over a century now, were so thick in the 1620s, they said you could hear them a quarter-hour before you saw them. “They say a man could shoot at the birds in flight and bring down 200.” Small birds were often spit-roasted, while larger birds were boiled. It is possible that the birds were stuffed, though probably not with bread. The Pilgrims instead stuffed birds with chunks of onion and herbs. There is a recipe that states “There is a wonderful stuffing for goose that is just shelled chestnuts” The Indians showed the colonists how to plant native crops and developed the concept of the “Three Sisters” from a common practice found in the Native America by planting maize, squash, and climbing beans together in a mound. The three crops benefit from each other. The maize provides a structure for the beans to climb, eliminating the need for poles. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil that the other plants utilize, and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight helping prevent establishment of weeds. This was one of the most important agriculture practices passed from the Indians to the Pilgrims. The difference between the wild turkey you see in the woods today and the farm-raised bronze-breasted turkey is striking. Not only is there a greater percentage of white meat on the farm raised turkey, they are unable to fly, cannot mate naturally (must be artificially inseminated) and have a faster weight gain, getting to market weight in four to five months. As you enjoy this Thanksgiving season full of fellowship and feasting, it is only appropriate that we stop for a second and appreciate our natural surroundings and give thanks for the glory and splendor Mother Nature has to offer. From my family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy Nearby Nature!

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