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Garfield G-Men Capture Play-Off Victory Next up - LaBrae Vikings Schools To Honor Veterans Please join the Windham Junior and Senior High School students and staff in honoring our military men and women on Veterans Day. The school will be hosting a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 11th at 8:30 AM in the high school gymnasium. The program will run for 45 minutes and will feature a veteran as a guest speaker. There will be a light breakfast for military men and women at 7:45 AM in the board conference room. If you are able to wear your military uniform, we encourage you to do so. If you can’t wear your uniform, please feel free to wear any military memorabilia that identifies your branch of service. If you are planning to attend the ceremony and/ or the breakfast, please contact Kathy Gutherie at 330-326-2711. vv vv vv vv vv vv vv 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

Community Pep Rally

The entire Garfield Community is invited downtown this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a Community Pep Rally to support our G-Men Football Team, who will play in their first second round play-off game in school history on Saturday at Niles McKinley Stadium at 7pm. Come support our boys as they prepare to take on LaBrae in week 2 of the state football playoffs. There will be music and a chance to hear from head coach Mike Moser and the leaders of the Mighty G-Men! The players will be led down Main Street by the JAG Marching Pride beginning at 7:40 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be available outside The Villager for Saturday’s game. Our goal is to crowd Main Street to show our kids how proud we are of their historic accomplishments this year!

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Jason Adkins | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - What a difference a week makes. Last week the Garfield G-Men were on the brink of turning in their jerseys at the end of the regular season. Instead, the same Garfield squad donned their jersey with pride and a chip on their shoulder. In what one coach described as “Their best effort ever!” When asked to clarify, “ever”, emphatically, he responded, “EVER!” The G-Men offense and defense showed heart, grit, toughness and, most importantly, pride when they arrived at South Range Memorial Field last Saturday. After a scoreless opening quarter, the Raiders punched it in from a yard out on a fourth and goal in the first minute and 17 seconds of the second quarter to take an early 7-0 lead. After a stalled Garfield drive, the Raiders were on the march again and on a third and one from the Garfield 31 a South Range pass was intercepted by Seth Morgan. The pick six covered 73 yards and, more importantly, tied it up at seven/seven going into halftime. The G-Men kicked off to start the second half and held South Range. Garfield’s first possession of the second half culminated in a punishing Kyle Borrelli first down, 10-yard run off left tackle to take a 14-7 lead. South Range would answer, and with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter; in third and goal South Range punched it in from the one to tie it up at 14. That score would open a Pandora’s box of scoring because over the span of 1:14 of game time there would be three touchdowns scored. Following the one yard plunge by South Range, Garfield’s Morgan took the chest high kickoff at the 10, dropped it and picked it up at the 12,

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ran up the middle until he was first touched at the 30 yard line when he veered to the left and was never touched again except by his teammates congratulating him on his 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving the G-Men a 20-14 lead. The lead would be short lived, 33 seconds later South Range scored from 35 yards out on a run up the middle and South Range took a 21-20 lead. Garfield promptly drove down the field and answered. The big play was Dalton Michael on a first and 10 from their own 27, racing up the middle and then down the left side all the way to the one yard line. On the very next play Michael was rewarded with a one-yard TD run up the middle and the two-point conversion by Borrelli made it 28-21 with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was dominated by defense and bending but not breaking. With just under six minutes in the contest, Garfield’s Zach Gorby booted a 22-yard field goal to to make it 31-21. That would be the final score and the first Garfield playoff win ever. Garfield clearly stuck to their game plan. For a team that averaged 22.7 pass attempts per game throughout the season, last Saturday the Garfield signal caller, Dalton Fall, attempted a mere eight passes. Garfield outgained the Raider 370-320 on 20 fewer plays. Garfield rushed the ball 35 of their 43 plays to the tune of 340 yards. Leading the ground attack were Dalton Michael’s 161 yards in 11 carries, Kyle Borrelli had 20 touches for 99 yards while Anthony DeNigris picked up 80 yards on three carries. Next up for Garfield are the LaBrae Vikings, Saturday at 7pm at Niles McKinley High School.

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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

Fridays American Legion Post 674, 9960 E. Center Street in Windham will be hosting Friday Fish Dinners from 4-7 pm. Cost is $8. Carryouts available.

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. 2nd

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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.

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.

Kolache Sale

Order Today! St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking kolache for theChristmas holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10 each. Kolache will be offered in the following fillings: apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order call Barbara at 330-872-1951 or Patti at 330-980-5860. Pick up days will be Dec 13 - 15.

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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).

Eagles Fish Fry

Nov 11 Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry Open to Public. Friday, Nov. 11 8149 Water Street, Garrettsville. Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders From 4 - 7:30pm To Go Orders Available Call 330-527-2330

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Nov 11 Kiwanis of the Western Reserve & Kids Weekend Meals will be hosting the next All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner Friday, Nov 11 4:307:00 at the Hiram Christian Church. Adults $ 7.00, kids 8 and under are FREE! Spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Gluten free spaghetti upon request. Carry-out available.

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

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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.

Mantua Texas Hold’em Tournament

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) 2742589. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

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.

JAG PTO Craft Show

Nov 12 The JAG Elementary School PTO is sponsoring a craft show on Nov 12 from 10 am - 3 pm.This will be a great time to shop for the holiday season while supporting our school. Over 40 handcrafted and company vendors, bake

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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.

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.

Pancakes at Hambden Grange

Nov 13 Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday November 13th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

St. Joseph Garden Club Craft Show

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

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Nov 14 Garrettsville Cres cent 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

When, Why, and How to Sell Timber!

Nov 15 A Timber Harvesting Course will be conducted by ODNR Service Foresters John Kehn and Aaron Kash (covering Ashta b u la , C u ya ho g a , Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull Counties) on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the OSU Extension Geauga County office in the Patterson Center, 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd in Burton. This program will cover how to successfully execute a timber harvest in NE Ohio. Consulting foresters and experienced landowners will also be present to help lead this classroom discussion on all aspects of sustainable timber harvesting. Don’t miss out! Space is limited to the first 65 participants who register. This event is FREE but you must register by calling 440564-5883.

Mrs. Claus’ Closet

Nov 17 On Nov. 17th at 6:00 p.m. the UMW of West Farmington will host “MRS. CLAUS’ CLOSET” Silent Auction, food, demonstrations and fun. $3.00 admission. everyone welcome. 220 College st. West Farmington, Ohio questions? call 330-889-2146

Winter Event

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

Nov 18 Portage Park District offers Meteor Shower viewing with our Sky Ranger, Guy Gillespie. Join us to view the annual Leonids Meteor Shower.We will get to see the remnants of the shower’s peak, producing perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour. Bring a blanket or chair to lie back on, get comfortable and watch the show. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 7:00-9:00pm Shaw Woods, 7075 Beery Rd. Ravenna Township

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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.

Making A Pine Cone Wreath

Nov 19 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.

4th Annual Craft Show

Nov 19 Parents of Troop #124 will be holding their 4 th annual Craft/ Vendor show on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 10 am - 3 pm at the United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. The show will feature homemade wreathes, jewelry,

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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@ mental-health-recovery.org for more information or to pre-register.

Annual Feather Party

Nov 19 The Parkman Fire and Rescue Association announce their Annual Feather Party at the Community House in Parkman next to the fire station on Saturday, November 19th. Doors open at 6pm. Games, Games, Games. Play for turkeys, hams and stuffed animals. Food and drinks available. Hope to see you there. Any questions call 440548-2515.

Mantua 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

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Off To Never, Never Land

Nov 30 Historical actor Damaris Peters-Pike will present “Off to Never Never Land with Mary Martin” Sunday, November 30, at 7:00 PM in the Recital Hall of Frohring Music Building (the address is on the poster). Since 1988 Peters-Pike has brought to life women of achievement in music through her Women of Note presentations in 14 states and France. The program is open to the public free of charge and is sponsored by the Hiram Community Trust and the Hiram College Music Department. Retired as Professor of Music at Hiram College, Peters-Pike continues to teach two courses each year and direct the Hiram Community Chorus.

Live Nativity in Mantua

The Queen Is Back! Ticket sales are Saturday & Sunday 7 am - 10 pm Sky Lanes Bowling Alley 8311 Windham Street Garrettsville, OH 44231 Drawings will be still be held at SkyLanes on the following Sundays:

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Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meets

Dec 16 - 18 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drivethrough Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. Come join us in caroling. For a monetary donation of $5.00 per carload, you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Nonperishable food items are also appreciated. This event will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs.

The November 21st monthly meeting will be held at the Republican HQ, 249 W. Main Street, Ravenna. Dinner will be pizza, salad, and drinks. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to pass. Cost - donation. We will recap the 2016 elections. The speaker will be our own, Dr. Ramona Ortega-Liston, author of Betrayal & Conquer An American Story: Over-Coming Hardship & Adversity. Dr. Ramona will give insight into writing her book and she will also have a book signing. This 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 Jeneen at 330-687-4067 or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/portagecountyrepublicanwomenclub and select attend meeting. RSVP to 330 687-4067 for the pizza dinner.

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R avenna – A Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP) Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Portage County Office of Homeland Security, 8240 Infirmary Rd., Ravenna, Ohio 44266 (Shalersville Township) from 6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M. The office is located in the Portage County Justice Center/ Sheriff’s Office. Please pull around to the rear and enter the office from the back entrance. You will not be permitted to enter from the front of the Sheriff’s office. Agenda Items: · Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Activities Update · Culvert and Bank Stabilization at ODA2 · Identification of Solid Waste Sites

Dec 31 Looking for a New Year’s Eve party! The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is planning to have a New Year’s Eve/ Reverse Raffle party on Saturday, December 31, 2016. If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join us at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, available through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156), cost $65/couple, $50/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. All proceeds go towards a new roof for St. Joseph Church.

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Grade: 4 Something I would like others to know about me...I play softball andI go on vacation every year.

Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... I enjoy learning and reading about history.

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity reading. I like reading because I get to learn about other people’s stories

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activities are physical education and social studies What is your college or career focus? After I graduate I want to work with animals in some way. I would like to be either a veterinarian or zoologist. Going to college would be very important in either working field.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Kindness and teamwork are the most important core values to me. What is your college or career focus? After I graduate high school I want to be a teacher. I will need to go to college to learn to do that.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Responsibility is something that means a lot to me. I have always disliked in the old school that we couldn’t have a lot of responsibility.

GARFIELD EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT High School Secretary 10 years at Garfield

What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy camping with family and friends and visiting historic places in our great country! I also love to play piano and teach, sing in the church choir, and work with the youth program.

What makes J.A. Garfield a great place? James A. Garfield is a great school district because the students and staff make it great. We all get along well and make the atmosphere better. What is your college or career focus? After I graduate high school I want to become a nurse. I will go to college after high school and then eventually medical school.

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“We’re from Toledo. How does this work?â€? “I’ve lived here all my life and never came to this before. It’s so cool.â€? Those of us in Kiwanis were delighted with comments like this from the crowd, since this was the 91st year for the cakewalk. Everyone enjoyed the performance of the Newton Falls Tiger Marching Band, who seemed to play more songs than ever. Many were dressed in costumes, too. Kiwanis welcomed the help of long-time and new friends and volunteers, new members of Kiwanis Club, and new lights for our ticket sales area at Lori Rankin’s Flower Shoppe. We also had roving ticket sellers who helped lessen the lines‌and the weather cooperated, at least with no rain, wind, or snow! Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would like to thank all of the businesses and groups who donate their services, prizes, facilities and the cakes. In addition a great big thank you to all of the helpers!

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Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Mantua - At a recent meeting, Firefighter Mike Pender shared that the draft contract for fulltime firefighters was close to complete, and would be presented to the Fire Board for review at their final meeting in October. Moving forward, the Board regretfully accepted several resignations for a variety of reasons. Jeff Barker resigned, effective immediately, due to limited availability given his full-time employment elsewhere in addition to starting his own business. Lynn Scott has also resigned a part time position due to time constraints, and Scott Tinlin was granted a six-month leave of absence for the same reasons. In other news, Fire Chief Matt Roosa shared that the dispatch contract with Mantua Village has been settled, with the Fire District agreeing to a three-year contract. The rate for dispatch services in 2017 and 2018 will $42,000 per year, while the rate in year three will increase by 3%. Service agencies currently contracted through the village include Mantua Police, MSFD, and Garrettsville Police. The Fire Board unanimously approved the contract. Lastly, Chief Roosa shared that the Fire Association donated a Polaris sideby-side utility task vehicle (UTV) to the MSFD. The vehicle will be used where a four wheel drive truck can’t go, for local fairs, field fires, rescues on the Hike & Bike Trail or in the woods. The vehicle will be fitted with a skid unit and Stokes basket for rescues, as well as a small tank, pump and hoses, and a trailer to haul it. “It will surely be put to good use,� beamed the Chief. The next MSFD Board meeting will be held on November 14th at 6 pm at the station.

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Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I am caring and would do anything to make someone happy. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is theatre and participating in the flag line.

The most interesting thing about me is...I am proud to be a Garfield alumni and an Ohio University bobcat! I am also proud to be a 38 year cancer survivor and plan to make it at least 38 more! also received the spirit award at GHS when I was a senior!

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A newspaper article titled “He delivered 1,800 babies in town with nice cemetery.� Dr. and Mrs. Myron W. Thomas, who came to Garrettsville in 1935, retired in 1963 after 28 years of dedication to Gar rettsville and Windham, then conducted Bixler tours before they moved to Cape Coral, Florida. In an interview with Mary O’Neil they told her about their coming to Garrettsville and their life here. “We first came to Garrettsville during the Depression.� Dr. Thomas said “In those days patients weren’t waiting for doctors—doctors were waiting for patients.� Mrs. Thomas had said they selected the community because of the condition of the cemetery. “Myron had a medical text which gave hints about how to choose a town in which to set up a practice,� Mrs. Thomas said. “The book said that any town which had a wellkept cemetery wasa good place because it showed that people cared about one another. Garrettsville had a lovely cemetery way back then and it has a lovely one today.� Dr. Thomas said “There just isn’t the doctor-patient relationship that there once was. It was a lot harder that way – night calls and home visits but the cup of coffee or breakfast they’d offer you for your journey was well worth it. Dr. Thomas told about times he walked through heavy snowstorms for miles to deliver a baby, riding on the back of tractor axle to get to a home, and delivering a baby in an ambulance caught in a snowstorm. A train wreck near the Ravenna Arsenal in Windham saw Dr. Thomas arrive by railway pump car. He was the first on the scene. Dr. Thomas said “We’ve loved every minute; we’ve gone through hell and high water for it, too.� Dr. and Mrs. Thomas were also very active in United Methodist Church and the community.

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Drug Task Force To Speak At Mantua Rotary Meeting

Mantua - Rotary Club of Mantua invites the public to join us on Tuesday November 15 at 12:00 noon for a luncheon meeting at Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua. The very important topic will be Drug Activity in Portage County. We are very fortunate to have as our speaker,Larry Limbert, the Commander of the Portage County Drug Task Force. The drug problem surrounds us & continues to evolve in unbelievable ways. We are very fortunate to have active law enforcement professionals working consistently to control & eradicate. Good information is our primary tool. We hope you will make time in your busy schedule to attend this meeting. Lunch will be provided by Jake’s Market. Cost is $8.00. Reservations by Friday Nov 11 if possible. Helen Hazlett 330-274-2231

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

This being the first meeting of the month, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary got right down to business…that business being the grand Reverse Raffle being produced on Thursday, November 10 at SugarBush Golf Club. But first they welcomed Elder Damon and Sister Kim Bahr, from Provo, Utah, who had sojourned with the local group as representatives of the Historic Johnson Home, Pioneer Trail, Hiram, a historical site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They related a significant event which took place during their earlier stay here. It seems that after a presentation at the library, a local woman who had been in attendance came to them with a book, part of her late mother’s estate, which turned out to be an 1837 copy of the Book of Mormon, the founding document of the Mormon Church. This amazing artifact will be on display at the Johnson Inn, Kirtland, Ohio, which has facilities designed to preserve and protect such valuable documents and visitors will be able to view it there. THEN it was down to business. Trail Boss Lisa Muldowney got down to brass tacks with a quick check of the tickets sold and the list of ticketholders; a limited number can still be snapped up. Then it was a rules review with changes and explanations of the events to be taking place. Prizes and donations and patrons were accounted for, timetables set. Battle stations were outlined. A meeting on Wednesday noon will be the final push. All systems are GO! Be there or be square. Tom Collins reported that our local Rotary Exchange Student, Louis Nonte, had been chosen as a member of the all league (Portage Trail League) soccer team. Congrats! Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club meets at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. You’re invited to come check out Rotary For Humanity… and for the local community.

Free Lecture on Men’s Health Issues at the Garrettsville Library Did you know that November is Men’s Health Awareness Month? Join us at the Garrettsville Library on Monday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. to hear Edie Benner, Ph.D., P.T., O.C.S. of Advanced Rehabilitation in Mantua discuss various men’s health issues. Benner will also offer tips on how to better care for yourself or a loved one. This program is free and open to the public. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for additional information. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00pm; Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For information about other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www. portagelibrary.org.

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What You Need to Know About Veterans’ Burial Benefits Trish Danku | Columinst There seems to be a lot of confusion about what burial benefits veterans and their families can actually expect to receive at the time of death. Some assume that the entire funeral for a veteran is paid for by the VA; others assume that all cemetery costs are covered. In fact, neither assumption is correct. As funeral service providers, we at Carlson Funeral Homes run across a lot of misconceptions about what kind of burial benefits veterans receive, and what they don’t receive. There are also a lot of misconceptions about what the spouse and dependents receive. We would like to bring some clarity to this issue. While the government does offer some nice benefits that are helpful to families at the time of death, it does not cover all funeral costs by a long shot. So, here’s what you need to know about veterans’ burial benefits: 1. Discharge papers are important. The number one thing you need to know about veterans’ benefits is that your family won’t receive any benefits whatsoever if they cannot locate your discharge papers. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urges veterans to advise their families of their burial wishes and where to find their discharge papers. The VA states on their website: “These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility. You may wish to make preneed arrangements with a funeral home.” That is because a funeral plan will help you get organized and put all your important documents in one place so that your family can actually claim the benefits that they are entitled to. 2. Burial allowance depends on how the veteran died. As it should be, the largest burial benefit is given to members of the military who die as a result of service to their country. A burial allowance of “up to” $2,000 is given for a service-related death on or after September 11, 2001. Some or all of transportation costs “may be” reimbursed if the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery. As you can probably guess, there are certain qualifications that must be met in order to receive this benefit. The VA’s website states that the VA is not responsible for making funeral arrangements or performing cremations. These arrangements should be made with a funeral or cremation provider. Furthermore, any items or services purchased from a funeral home or cremation facility are at the family’s expense. The average funeral runs over $6,000 or $7,000 depending on the merchandise and services selected. So, even if the entire $2,000 sum is given to the family as a burial allowance, the cost of the entire funeral will not be covered by the VA, even when the deceased has died in action. For most veterans, the death will be nonservicerelated. In this case, the VA will still offer a benefit to certain qualifying individuals: “up to” $300 will go toward burial and funeral expenses and $300 toward plotinterment. If the veteran happened to be in a VA hospital or at a VA nursing home at the time of death, a portion or all of the transportation costs could be reimbursed. Of course, certain specific requirements must be met in order to receive this benefit. It is not automatically given to every veteran.

Freedom Township Historical Society To Meet November 15 The Freedom Township Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 15 at 1 PM at the Freedom Community Center (former Methodist Church). Our meeting date was moved back a week because it conflicted with the elections. We will be holding an election of officers and continuing with our Native Americans topic. Mr. George Cantor will be sharing his knowledge and artifacts. For additional information or if you need a ride call Judy Thornton at 330.527.7669. Be sure to check out our Facebook page: Freedom Township Then and Now. Amanda & Claudia Garrett do a wonderful job posting interesting pictures and stories.

3. Burial benefits depend on where the veteran will be buried. An honorably discharged veteran is eligible to be buried in one of 131 national cemeteries (as space allows) at no cost to the family. A headstone or marker is also provided by the government, as well as a U.S. flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and military honors. Spouses and dependents may also be buried in a national cemetery along with the veteran or even before if they predecease the veteran. In our area the closest national cemetery is Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Rd. Rittman, OH 44270. http://www.cem. va.gov/cems/nchp/ohiowesternreserve.asp If a private cemetery is used, burial benefits remain the same, other than the burial space: the headstone or marker, a U.S. flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and military honors are provided at no cost to the family. The burial space in a private cemetery is at the family’s expense. Certain costs may also apply to setting the headstone or marker in place. No benefits are available to spouses or dependents buried in a private cemetery. Please note that eligibility for benefits must be established on an individual basis and certain requirements or qualifications may apply. A lot of veterans and their families don’t realize that they will be responsible for funeral costs not covered. That includes the casket or urn, services of the funeral director, embalming, cremation, flowers, obituaries, police escort, and more. The VA makes it clear that these and other costs associated with the funeral home and/or crematory are not covered by the government. While veterans’ benefits can be a complicated issue especially during a time of grief, we are always available to answer questions or help families make pre-arranged funeral plans. In fact, any community member may come into the funeral home to receive a free planning guide that helps organize all personal information. We will also help fill out the planning guide at the funeral home or in the comfort of your own home if you desire. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Trish Danku is the Family Services Administrator for Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 8382 Center St., Garrettsville. For more information on what we do please visit www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com or give us a call 330.527.2188.

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Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter Mantua - In legislation, Council unanimously approved the dispatch contract (Resolution 2016-20) with amendments, including limiting the contract to three years, with charges in years one and two to remain the same and an increase of 3% in the third year of the agreement. In his police report, Chief Harry Buchert shared that Heather Holovach joined the Department as a part-time officer. According to Chief Buchert, Officer Holovach has already proved to be an asset, having donated nearly 800 hours of service to the Village Police Department. Lastly, Chief Buchert presented a letter to Council noting his request to present a letter to resident Jennifer Sobczak; the letter served as Persona non Grata Notification. The letter cited, “recent destructive and disruptive behavior” at the Village Government Center and Police Department. The letter stipulated that Ms. Sobczak is not permitted on any Village-owned property, including Buchert Park, the Service facility, Water & Sewer plants, Village Hall, and the Police Department without an advance appointment. Any violation of the terms put forth in the letter will result in arrest, with

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charges of criminal trespass. Council unanimously approved the Chief’s letter, a copy of which was handed to Ms. Sobczak, in attendance at the evening’s meeting. In other news, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger reported that the recent work on State Route 44 and Prospect has been completed and paved, and the culvert on High Street by Oak Street will soon be completed as well. Next, Village Engineer Rich Iafelice reported that CT Consulting has completed that water/sewer system rate analysis and will be submitting a summary report by month end. He suggested council hold a committee meeting to review and discuss the findings. In addition, he shared the Village Park Master Plan, which was reviewed by both the village and the DMRC, who funded the work. The plan included improvements to the park’s baseball facilities, improved parking and storage facilities, as well as Trailhead and River access. Casual recreation opportunities include improvements to the playground, and a proposed spray park, as well as fishing and river viewing areas. The plan also identified proposed expansion areas for the Park, as well. In similar news, Breakaway Excursions contacted the Village, expressing a desire to rent space at Village Park to provide kayak and canoe rental for a fee. Although

Part of the proposed Park Master Plan for Village Park.

they didn’t provide a written proposal, they would like the ability to store company-owned canoes and kayaks on site, as well. After some discussion, council directed the Parks Committee to invite them to a future Parks meeting to discuss the matter in more detail. The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend.

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More Than Flowers Await You At Art~n~Flowers

Barry Vancura | Columnist Garrettsville - A major gem in Garrettsville’s crown! Art N Flowers has been serving and supporting Garrettsville and the surrounding community for over 30 years with over 75 years of combined talent and artistry. Owners Debbie and John Kostrub, with the help of their reliable and committed staff have been creating beautiful flower arrangements and gifts perfect for any occasion for many years. As a trusted local florist, home town locals, they offer flower delivery throughout Garrettsville and surrounding areas, as well as nationwide delivery through their network of reliable florists. Art N Flowers also offers convenient same-day floral delivery, giftware, cards and candy for all of your last minute gift needs the perfect place to shop for that one of a kind memorable arrangement or gift that will show the recipient that you do care enough to send or give the very best ! Fresh flowers can represent friendship, sympathy, or love. From birthday flowers to Mother’s Day flowers to get well flowers, nothing will show your host and hostess how much you appreciate their invite than a bouquet of fresh flowers or that perfect gift and card that will show how much you appreciate them. This year they are stocked and ready for the ever popular bi-annual Christmas Walk, Debbie searches far and wide to bring us the most desirable selection of gifts. Be sure to make them a must stop on your Christmas Walk tour this year. Debbie, John and Pam are the right people to trust. Art N Flowers will have just the right bouquet or gift that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face, from holiday events, proms, wedding, anniversary flowers and Valentine’s Day flowers or show your sentiments with sympathy funeral flowers, or a “just because you matter to me� day or treat and indulge yourself. After all don’t you too deserve it? In the world now with commercial gift items and large corporations, remember what makes this small town great! Privately, locally own businesses. With 30 plus years of service to this community, exquisitely designed arrangements, perfect one of a kind gifts and the friendly help and attitude, what more could we as consumers ask for? Here’s to 30 plus more! Thanks Debbie, John, Samantha, Pam, Tom, Carolyn and Brianna for all you do!

Community Service Volunteers Needed The Salvation Army serving Portage County needs volunteers to ring the Red Kettle Bells starting November 25th thru December 24th. “Two hours at a kettle will feed a family of four for a week�. To volunteer please call the Salvation Army office at 330 296-7371. You can sign up for the store, location, date and time convenient for you. Please help the Salvation Army help our neighbors in need.

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10,060 Miles of Smiles! Scott & Trish Snyder Mantua - We set out on a clear mission! Deliver 18 custom memorial Patriotic Pony rocking horses to Fisher Houses across 21 states in 60 days! We knew the path, we knew where we were supposed to be and when. Years of preparation and planning finally coming together, all we had to do was make it happen! As I type these words, I have to chuckle to myself! What is that old adage‌the best laid plans????? From the wonderful send off, we were convinced we were invincible! With thousands of supporters and a message of love‌how could we fail???? Only hours into our trip we were slapped with our first wakeup call! You can plan all you want, but being human‌ something WILL go wrong! All the checks and double checks, we still left without the key to all the contacts and information‌.the laptop! We had to turn back! Loss of time, frustrating and embarrassing, this minor setback would only be the first of many mishaps, missteps -- mechanical and natural. Our journey was full of problems, or as we choose to call them‌adventures! Although it took us a while to figure out..this first setback was actually a learning opportunity! Family and friends came to our rescue and met us half way, saving valuable time-which in the end, we desperately needed! What was truly amazing about this journey was the fact that the message we were so desperately trying to spread was going on around us THE ENTIRE TIME!!!! For every mishap or missed turn, whatever the setback was, it ended up putting us where we were meant to be! They put us in position to meet such amazing people that we would have otherwise missed. There were so many that wanted to be a part of the presentations, but for whatever reason were unable. They may not have been available for the presentations, but they were along our path, so with some deviations and lucky timing, we met where we could! These side adventures were some of the most rewarding. From the family who had planned to attend, but an unexpected illness sidelined them, to the stories of the survivors who, still recovering from their own wounds, wanted nothing more than to celebrate the memory of their dear, lost friend. We were where we were supposed to be! We often say that we have guardian angels guiding us, but we don’t stress enough that not angels are in heaven.. there are many on earth! And they were making magic happen! It didn’t matter how loud we were screaming the message -- what mattered was who we were sharing it with! We met retired generals,colonels, commanders, enlisted, Gold Star families, friends, co-workers, injured, and ill. Their titles didn’t matter, their stories did! We met burn victims, amputees, cancer fighters, cancer survivors. From Paul & Rebecca who had 9 beautiful children, to the family keeping watch over a premature baby. Every story was compelling, heartbreaking and yet so inspiring! From tears, to hugs to smiles‌10,060 miles of magnificent, radiant smiles! Everything happened for a reason, right down to the last presentation. When the road had been

too long, exhaustion had set in and money had run out, we contemplated skipping the last presentation. Just call it quits and go home! Ironically, all those emotions helped us understand a glimpse of the anguish and pain the family of the last hero honored endured in the 26 years it took to bring him home. The last presentation turned out to be one of our best! And like so many other adventures, there was a reason we needed to be there. Again, we were where we were meant to be! This amazing journey was an embodiment of the message we were trying to deliver! Just like the journey the families will travel in their visits to a Fisher House as their loved one recovers. There will be trips and falls, there will be hills to climb and hurdles to leap. Sometimes we can overcome them on our own, sometimes we need to lean on others! Sometimes we are strong and sometimes weak, the side step may seem like a step backward, but in reality it is an angel holding you steady! Your path may not take you where you want or think it will go, but it will deliver you where you were meant to be! It may come from a stranger, it may come from family or a friend, but there is always love extending a hand if we only accept it! On behalf of the thousands we represent‌Whether it is screamed from a roof top or whispered in a sigh‌ May we all feel the love!

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Crossword Puzzle: November 11th CLUES DOWN

1. John __, Pilgrim settler 1. Adenosine triphosphate You’ve heard of a “war of words”? Well, I am 2. Drink table on wheels 4. Plane engaging in just such a conflict with my computer, If I 3. A canoe 7. Plant cultivated for its hadn’t a back-up battalion of electrical expertise in the tubers 4. Ba seball player person of the inimitable Ben Coll (and other security 10. Wreath nicknamed “Kitty” forces working under cover), I’d have surrendered long 11. Equal, prefix 5. Midway between east ago. Every time that I think that I’m getting the hang 12. Type of fish and southeast of it, something new comes up and I’m driven close to 6. Direction of attention 13. Measuring instrument some kind of “Long March” like Chairman Mao Tse7. Egg-shaped wind 15. High-pitched crying tung slogging through the mountains. And I’ll bet he instrument didn’t have some cat trying to sit on his keyboard. Bet noise 8. Cadavers 16. Chilean seaport he didn’t even have a keyboard. 9. Farewell 19. Make in advance And speaking of cats…. Butterscotch is still in residence. She’s figured out the daily schedule are 21. Where planes land and 13. Revolutions per minute 14. Small constellation around here, when the lights come on, when the meals take off 17. Vineyard 23. Nicaraguan capital are served, who’s got a lap and is willing to share it, 18. Consumed 24. Reprint who still hisses and snarls, where the toys with bells 20. Pitchers need to get them are likely to get stuck. Most importantly, she’s figured 25. Evergreen genus out the litterbox concept and seems to be utilizing it 26. Vale 22. Educational assn. (abbr.) on a regular basis. The “guys” are accepting her a bit 27. Not the most dry 27. No longer is reluctantly but she’s apparently surviving O.K., even 30. There are four of them 28. Peyton’s little brother though a couple of them are finding Kitten Chow to be 34. Pie _ _ mode 29. Small amount an acceptable snack on occasions. 31. An awkward stupid 35. At or near the stern And speaking of occasions, the Christmas Walk got 36. Attached to the side of person off to a pretty good start, what with the terrific weather a motorcycle 32. Popular pro sports over the week end. The Garrettsville United Methodist 41. Soft-bodied beetle league Church was serving up a whole tableful of darn good 45. “Rule, Britannia” com- 33. Pigpen eats and I got to check them out on Sunday. The kids of 37. Type of head pain poser the Garfield InterAct Club were helping out for service 38. “Jiminy” is one 46. __ of March: rough day hours and doing a fine job of it, ladling out soup, filling up 39. Diarist Frank for Julius Caesar the pie table, scooping out BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and so on. One young entrepreneur was hawking the 47. A way of changing taste 40. Boat race 41. Can be split varieties of mini fruit & nut breads, and doing pretty well 50. Bubbled up 42. Thought 54. Remedy at it; he also moved some pies to good homes. 43. Staggering This weekend could be a good time to stock up 55. Barrooms on sandwiches and dessert when the kitchen closes on 56. Henry Clay __, indus- 44. Baltic country 47. Sunscreen rating Sunday; the stuff is really good—trust me on this. I trialist was forced to check out several items—quality control, 57. A citizen of Thailand 48. Paddle you know. More berry pies are coming up. I found 59. Cove 49. Togetherness an interesting recipe calling for black raspberries and 60. One and only 51. Beat-influenced poet pineapple--never heard of that combo before. One that 61. ‘__ death do us part Anselm I made was a variation on something called an English 62. Zero 52. Midway bet ween pie—I made up the variation myself—containing walnuts 63. Thus far northeast and east and cranberries…not bad, if I do say so myself. We’ll 64. Brew 53. Fall back, spring forward see what we can come up with this time. Upstairs in the 65. Crunches federal num- 58. Afflict sanctuary, the display of quilts belonging to the members bers of the Garrettsville Piecemakers quilting group was nothing short of impressive, a tribute to patience and MATH CORNER WINNERS imagination. They complemented the theme of the church Puzzle #17-4 decorations which were focused on the mission outreaches 1. Rachel Evans Extra Value Meal of the local congregation and the denomination a whole. 1. 22 Sides The whole Walk was interesting, as a matter of fact. 2. Montana 2. 24 It used to be called getting to know “how the other half McGranaham 3. $1,200 lives”, I think. Just walking through somebody else’s Cheeseburger, fries, drink house and looking around gives one something to think Winners Garrettsville McDonald’s about for ages, whether it’s to plan how to emulate some 3. Logan Shukys Claim your prize by bringing detail or wonder how on earth that got dreamed up. McDonald’s Dessert this box to McDonald’s Tickets are still available for this weekend. Stop in at the James A. Garfield Historical Society headquarters on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to get yours. Gee-Ville Auto Parts And it would be nice if we could have the same kind 8015 State St Ste A, Garrettsville • 330-527-4311 of football topper to the weekend. Heckuva game on Friday. No score on either side for the first quarter, then back and forth, back and forth…great stuff…always great when you’re on the high side of the scoreboard when the last whistle blows or the last knee is taken. Onward and upward! TWO CONVIENENT Then I picked up a new book at the library—yes, LOCATIONS FOR ALL the PCDL does still have books, in addition to the great YOUR PART NEEDS programs like the weather guy and the fossil guy—but I’m not sure whether it was under mystery(my usual light reading), fantasy or science fiction. The title is The Trainable Cat. I wonder if I can get the PCDL for false advertising? 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As the days get shorter, leaves are falling from the trees, and the cold winter winds begin to blow we are reminded that we live in an area where we experience the seasons. Unlike Miami beach or the Arctic Circle where there is the same climate year around, we who live in Ohio experience the beauty and grandeur of the changing seasons. We look forward to the magnificence of the fall colors, the eternal hope and beauty of the spring wildflowers, the heat of summer and of course the enjoyment of playing in fresh winter snow. But why is this possible in Ohio and not Miami or the Artic? Well, read on and I will try to explain why we are so lucky to be “Stuck in Ohio�! The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours. This motion gives us our daily cycle of light and darkness, but it does not explain why we have seasons. Rather, we have to explore the orbit of the Earth around the sun and go back in time, say about 4.5 billion years ago, to begin to explore the reasons for seasons. Every 365 days, the Earth makes one complete revolution around the sun. This is Earth’s orbit. Approximately every three months our calendars suggest we have are in a new season. However, seasonal changes are gradual. You may have noticed lately that it is harder to accomplish much after work and supper before it gets dark. That is because the amount of daylight we have is less today than it was yesterday, by 2-3 minutes. Actually, our days have been getting shorter since the 21st of June. The Summer Solstice, and first official day of summer, was June 20 this year. On that day, the sun rose at 5:50am and set at 8:58pm, providing 15 hours and 08 minutes of daylight. Each day since the Summer Solstice has been shorter and by September, you are racing to walk the dogs before it gets dark at 8:00pm. Our daylight continues to decrease through December 21, the Winter Solstice. On the Winter Solstice, the sun rises at 7:45am and sets at 4:57pm, a mere 9 hours 12 minutes of daylight. This is the shortest day of the year. Beginning December 22, each day gets longer by a couple of minutes until we arrive back at the next Summer Solstice. Keep in mind that this holds true for the northern hemisphere. The southern hemisphere is experiencing the exact opposite of us. As our days are getting shorter and we are approaching winter, folks in Australia, South Africa and southern South America are preparing for longer days and summer weather. As it turns out, the length of daylight is only part of the explanation for seasons. The other part is direct sunlight hitting the Earth. The reason each day from the Summer Solstice to the Winter Solstice is shorter is a result of the sun not rising as high in the sky each day. On June 20 at noon, the sun was nearly 720 high in the sky while December 21 will only see the sun rise 250 high at noon. The easiest way to observe this is to compare the length

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of your shadow in summer and winter. When the sun is high in the sky (summer), shadows are shorter and the opposite is true for winter. The difference in height of the sun in the sky results in much more direct sunlight reaching the Earth in the summer and indirect sunlight in the winter. Direct sunlight is able to transfer more of the sun’s energy to the Earth, thus warming it up and providing summer. Indirect sunlight transfers very little of the sun’s heat energy to the Earth, resulting in colder weather. To find the final piece of the puzzle for the reason for seasons, we must go way back in time to learn about the tilt of the Earth. The Earth is 4.6 billion years old - give or take. About 4.5 billion years ago, while Earth was still a steaming mass of congealed cosmic matter, a large object from space smashed into Earth and broke off a piece of the molten rock. The molten rock that was ejected cooled, hardened and was grabbed by Earth’s gravitational pull to form the Moon. During the massive collision, the axis of the Earth was knocked off-kilter and has stayed tilted (23 ½ degrees from vertical). It is the tilt that causes the sun to rise higher in the sky (direct sunlight and summer) during certain times of the year and lower in the sky (indirect sunlight and winter) during other times of the year as the Earth orbits the sun. So, we have discussed the solstices, what is this equinox thing that happens each spring and fall. On this day, the sun will rise and fall with nearly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, give or take a few minutes. It turns out this is true for the entire Earth. During an equinox, the sun shines directly over Earth’s equator. The result is that both hemispheres receive the sun’s rays equally and night and day are approximately equal in length. The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). There are two equinoxes each year. The spring, or Vernal Equinox, will occur March 20, 2017. Even though the solstices and equinoxes mark the first days of each season, that doesn’t mean our weather follows suit. We will have beautiful autumn days throughout October and perhaps even into November. Likewise, winter often doesn’t rear its ugly head until well into January. Why then, doesn’t the weather follow these important dates on our calendar? Simply, there is a lag time that exists in order for the sun to warm up in the summer and the Earth to cool down in the winter. Therefore, we experience summer weather after the Summer Solstice and winter weather after the Winter Solstice. Hopefully this has shed some light on the reasons behind the seasons.

Fall into Savings Passport Winners Collect Cash

L-R Destination Geauga Executive Director Lynda Nemeth awards Linda Gustafson of Chardon- $100, and Marcy Keifer (& daughter Allie) of Auburn Twp- $500

Submitted by Lynda Nemeth While November celebrates one day of shopping local with Small Business Saturday, Destination Geauga’s Fall into Savings Passport offers two full months of local deals! The goal of the program was to visit at least 12 of the 25 participating businesses offering a deal featured in the Passport. Each location would stamp visitor’s passports and anyone collecting at least 12 stamps was eligible for the cash drawing. “This idea is loosely based on our successful Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour but this gives participants two months as opposed to one day to explore local businesses and take advantage of the offers.� explains Lynda Nemeth, Executive Director of Destination Geauga. All eligible passports were put into the drawing which took place October 31 at Middlefield Market, and winners were drawn by Destination Geauga Board President Tina Mooney. Winners will receive cash prizes; Marcy Kiefer of Auburn Twp $500; Greg Marous of Bainbridge Twp $250 and Linda Gustafson of Chardon $100. Kiefer and Gustafson met at the Burton Log Cabin, which was one of the participating businesses to claim their winnings, Marous was not available at that time. “My daughter purchased Passports for family members to use and enjoy area businesses� said Gustafson as she claimed her prize, “We really enjoyed the hayride at Ridgeview Farm and went to many places we had never been.� Keeping dollars local is a large part of what the program is all about. Keifer agreed, “My kids loved the alpaca farm (Silver Rose Alpaca Farm & Gift Shop,) we had a great time exploring new places!� Keifer’s daughter, Allie confirmed she liked her Passport adventure and seemed to really like all the money her mom won for their next adventure! Thank you to D & S Farm and Garden Supply who was the presenting sponsor of the program. If you enjoyed the Passport Tour, be sure to save May 13th on your calendar for the Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour. For more information contact Destination Geauga 440-632-1538.

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Did you know that all five of your senses play a part in wine tasting? The easiest sense to explain during a wine tasting is taste of course; however the other four senses (smell, sight, hearing and touch) play a major role in wine tasting too. Over the next few weeks we will be visiting the impact and importance of each of these senses. Why start with the easiest when we can go with my favorite sense first – sight. In terms of wine tasting, sight is usually used to determine if a wine is red, white or a blush. What you may not realize is your sight is playing many more tricks on you as you taste a wine. If a wine is cloudy or seems to be off color your sight had a tendency to send a signal back to you that the wine may be bad. Or if the wine is light in color you may start to think that it is a sweeter wine. While those sight tendencies seem pretty obvious let me share one of my favorite studies that I was able to participate in. The study was the study on how light in a room impacts your perception of wine. We started out in almost a cafeteria setting where there were florescent lights everywhere, cafeteria style benches and large windows. We tried three wines there (white, red and a blush). The wine was okay. Many of us were intent on looking at the wine for clarity, color and to see if there was any sediment in the wine. At the end of the tasting we were asked to rate the wines and the blush wine seemed to be a popular one. While we mingled outside, the cafeteria was transformed into someone’s living room. The lighting was a little dimmer, the benches were replaced with folding chairs and the blinds were drawn half way on the windows. Again, we were given three wines to taste. The white wine was the favorite because of the vanilla overtones we tasted. Again we were taken outside of the room and brought back into a completely transformed room. This time there were fluffy couches, comfortable chairs, a faux fireplace and the room was darker with many candles lit around the room. We were given three wines to try again but this time the red wine was very full bodied and heavy. It was my kind of wine and many others in the study agreed. At the end of the day the researchers told us the results, and to many of us, we were shocked. In each “room” we were given the same three wines each time. The researchers explained to us that as the room gets darker people tend to drink drier wine. The lighting in the room gives the perception that the darker wine is the better wine compared to drinking a lighter or blush wine. Also, the room setting plays a part in your perception of how good the wine is too. If you are in a cafeteria for a wine tasting your sight sends a signal that the wine must not be that great, however as you move into a more comfortable or home setting, the wine is perceived to be of better quality so therefore it must be good. So while sight plays the basic part of telling you what color the wine is, your eyes are also scoping out the entire experience and is sending you signals as to how good you should think the wine is. If you get the chance to hold a wine tasting at your house, try this study on your friends – set up a couple of rooms with the same wines and watch to see which wine is the favorite in each room. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www. candlelightwinery.com.

Professor Emeritus, John Gwinn, to Speak to Portage County Gardeners John Gwinn of Kent will present a Power Point program on weeds on Nov. 15, 2016 at 1p.m. at The Portage County Center 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh. Lunch is available to members at no cost, but nonmembers who want lunch at noon are asked to make reservations with Marilyn Tyger by calling 330-3486089. The cost for non-member’s lunch is $7.00. The 1p.m. program is free and open to the public. You will not want to miss this interesting and informative program!

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When Is Social Security Income Taxable?

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Your Social Security income could be taxed. That may seem unfair, or unfathomable. Regardless of how you feel about it, it is a possibility. Seniors have had to contend with this possibility since 1984. Social Security benefits became taxable above certain yearly income thresholds in that year. Frustratingly for retirees, these income thresholds have been left at the same levels for 32 years.1 Those frozen income limits have exposed many more people to the tax over time. In 1984, just 8% of Social Security recipients had total incomes high enough to trigger the tax. In contrast, the Social Security Administration estimates that 52% of households receiving benefits in 2015 had to claim some of those benefits as taxable income.1 Only part of your Social Security income may be taxable, not all of it. Two factors come into play here: your filing status and your combined income. Social Security defines your combined income as the sum of your adjusted gross income, any non-taxable interest earned, and 50% of your Social Security benefit income. (Your combined income is actually a form of modified adjusted gross income, or MAGI.)2 Single filers with a combined income from $25,000$34,000 and joint filers with combined incomes from $32,000-$44,000 may have up to 50% of their Social Security benefits taxed.2 Single filers whose combined income tops $34,000 and joint filers with combined incomes above $44,000

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“Whatever happened to colored toilet paper?” One of our patrons remembered the days when toilet paper came in pastel shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue to match the bathroom décor. One day, though, he noticed that it had disappeared from the shelves. According to the blog on ToiletPaperWorld.com, Scott was one of the last holdouts, and it produced its last beige, blue, and pink rolls in 2004. People have a few different explanations for why companies stopped making the pastel paper. Jenny Achiam on the style blog “Into the Gloss” remembers her doctor telling her that some of the cheaper dyes caused allergic reactions. Larry Waldbillig on the blog “History’s Dumpster” remembers hearing that the dyes were harming the environment, though he never heard of any proof. (Indeed, in the question-and-answer column “The Last Word” in a 2004 issue of New Scientist, someone wrote in to ask if colored toilet paper was less environmentally-friendly than the white. The answer was no, because such small amounts of dye were used, and because the dye bonded to the paper, preventing it from accumulating in the environment and from rubbing off on people’s skin.) Finally, it may simply have gone out of style. The color-matched bathroom was trendiest from the 1950’s to the 1970s, which was also when the pastel paper was most popular. Don’t despair, though, because colored toilet paper is still around! Though it may not be on supermarket shelves, it can be ordered from several places online. Cabela’s offers toilet paper in camo patterns, and Mill’s Fleet Farm has it in hunter’s orange. Renova produces colored toilet paper favored by exclusive night clubs, upscale boutiques, and, according to gossip magazines and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, celebrities like Beyonce and Kris Jenner. Its black roll even received a write-up in the New York Times in 2006. On a final note, we found an article in a 2012 issue of Library Journal about a New York library that was using toilet paper with advertisements printed on it. Unfortunately, Star Toilet Paper, the company that provided the paper, is now closed down. 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. newtonfalls.org or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.

may see up to 85% of their Social Security benefits taxed.2 What if you are married and file separately? No income threshold applies. Your benefits will likely be taxed no matter how much you earn or how much Social Security you receive.2 You may be able to estimate these taxes in advance. You can use an online calculator (a Google search will lead you to a few such tools), or the worksheet in IRS Publication 915.2 You can even have these taxes withheld from your Social Security income. You can choose either 7%, 10%, 15%, or 25% withholding per payment. Another alternative is to make estimated tax payments per quarter, like a business owner does.2 Did you know that 13 states also tax Social Security payments? North Dakota, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Vermont use the exact same formula as the federal government to calculate the degree to which your Social Security benefits may be taxable. Nine other states use more lenient formulas: Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Utah.2 What can you do if it appears your benefits will be taxed? You could explore a few options to try and lessen or avoid the tax hit, but keep in mind that if your combined income is far greater than the $34,000 single filer and $44,000 joint filer thresholds, your chances of averting tax on Social Security income are slim. If your combined income is reasonably near the respective upper threshold, though, some moves might help. If you have a number of income-generating investments, you could opt to try and revise your portfolio, so that less income and tax-exempt interest are produced annually. A charitable IRA gift may be a good idea. You can make one if you are 70½ or older in the year of the donation. You can endow a qualified charity with as much as $100,000 in a single year this way. The amount of the gift may be used to fully or partly satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), and the amount will not be counted in your adjusted gross income.3 You could withdraw more retirement income from Roth accounts. Distributions from Roth IRAs and Roth workplace retirement plan accounts are tax-exempt as long as you are age 59½ or older and have held the account for at least five tax years.4 Will the income limits linked to taxation of Social Security benefits ever be raised? Retirees can only hope so, but with more baby boomers becoming eligible for Social Security, the IRS and the Treasury stand to receive greater tax revenue with the current limits in place. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or cperme@financialguide.com www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. (www.SIPC.org) Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies. Citations 1 - ssa.gov/policy/docs/issuepapers/ip2015-02.html [12/15] 2 - fool.com/retirement/general/2016/04/30/is-social-security-taxable.aspx [4/30/16] 3 - kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T051-C001-S003-how-to-limit-taxes-on-social-securitybenefits.html [7/16] 4 - irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-on-designated-roth-accounts [1/26/16]

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1. HOW ABOUT THIS TIME? - Just 46% of eligible “Millennials” voted in the November 2012 election, compared with 69% of “Baby Boomers” that cast a vote. “Millennials” were adults aged 15-31 in 2012, i.e., individuals born from 1981-1997. “Baby Boomers” are defined as adults born from 1946-1964 (source: AP). 2. DOWN AT THE STATE LEVEL - In 23 states, Republicans control the governor’s office and the state legislature. In 7 states, Democrats control the governor’s office and the state legislature (source: National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association). 3. HOW THEY VOTED - In the last 6 presidential elections (i.e., 1992-2012), 18 states have gone for the Democratic candidate each time, 13 states have gone for the Republican candidate each time, and the remaining 19 states have gone “blue” some years and “red” in other years (source: BTN Research). 4. BUCKEYE BRAINS - The state of Ohio has correctly backed the winner of the US presidential election in the last 13 races, i.e., 1964-2012. The presidents selected by our nation over that entire 48-year period resulted in Republicans winning 7 times and Democrats winning 6 times (source: PresidentElect.org). 5. APATHY - In the 2012 US presidential election, just 57.5% of eligible voters cast a vote (down from 62.3% in 2008), equal to 126 million voters. Thus, the 42.5% of eligible American voters that did not cast a vote for president in 2012 represents 93 million non-voters (source: Bipartisan Policy Commission). 6. NO MAS - Mitt Romney (R-UT) won just 27% of the Latino vote in the 2012 general election race vs. Barack Obama (D-IL) (source: USA Today). 7. SHE DIDN’T SING - Then First Lady Hillary Clinton won a Grammy in 1997 for “Best Spoken Word Album” for the audio version of her book “It Takes a Village” (source: HillaryClinton.com).

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