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Local Gallery Pops Up For the Holidays Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Geauga Growth Partnership Youth Programs Continue to Expand The 2017-18 schoolyear is well underway, and Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) youth career readiness programs are in high gear. Since this academic year began, GGP has held training experiences for 1,062 students from Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon, Newbury, Hershey Montessori and Agape Christian Academy. Many more will be conducted for these and other schools before the end of school sessions in 2018. In the interest of preparing the workforce pipeline for businesses, GGP has made it an important part of its mission to “prepare tomorrow’s workforce today” through the diverse training experiences that fall under the umbrella of “GGP Youth Workforce Development Program.” These programs were developed in answer to business feedback that they have trouble finding candidates with the hard and soft skills needed to fill open positions. GGP’s Youth Workforce training experiences have been developed through collaborations with businesses and educators, and are designed for cumulative learning. The key components of the program are 8th Grade Career Awareness events, High School Career Readiness training for grades 10th-12th; the Ignite Your Career event designed for students in grades 7th-12th with their caregivers, and the High School Summer Internship Program, which is offered to high school junior and seniors. “These programs began with a pilot program for nine (9) interns in 2012,” says GGP President Tracy Jemison. “Each year we added new program elements that are helping schools meet academic standards and helping businesses build their pipeline to a future workforce, along with introducing students to rewarding and enriching careers.” Eighth Grade Career Awareness events take students for day-long field trips to visit a minimum of three businesses each, where they learn about the many and diverse job opportunities that exist in their own backyards. Students have opportunities to interact with professionals in different fields, learn about what types of jobs may interest them, and the schooling or training they would need for those careers. The trips typically include exposure to the fields of manufacturing, service, and healthcare. They could learn about professions in engineering, the trades, medicine, customer service, and more. The businesses enjoy introducing their industries, and many get very creative about how they engage the students. High School Career Readiness is a training continuum that progresses with each grade level. Day-long workshops are tailored for each age group each year, and include hands-on activities, educational games, and motivational guest speakers. Students are coached in appropriate use of social media and how to resolve conflicts. They learn resume writing, practice interviewing, and complete activities that provide cumulative soft skills training needed in the workplace, such as teamwork, communications, conflict resolution, and problem solving. Seniors complete a personality assessment and learn how all styles contribute strengths. The experience guides students in how to engage and work with all personality types. Ignite Your Career event was added in 2017. This evening symposium/job fair connects students and their

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caregivers to career pathways presented by guest business professionals. Families then have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a broad spectrum of businesses to talk about careers options. Businesses are able to promote jobs to their future workforce. The Internship Program was developed as a means of building connections between businesses and their future workforce. Students apply, as they would for any job. Successful applicants are awarded 6-8 week, paid summer internships with area businesses. Some are given opportunities to be rehired as part-time or full time employees in the future. GGP staff coaches students through the interview process and students attend two summer workshops conducted by GGP for additional training in soft skills, workplace behavior, team-building and financial management. The program is yielding results. Now in its fifth year of growth, the GGP Youth Workforce Development Program is showing real results. Surveys show on average that of students completing a Career Awareness training event, 90% report feeling more confident and prepared to enter the workforce. GGP gathers some data through student and employer surveys, but the best outcomes arrive through personal success stories the students share: confidence gained, doors opened, and internships, fellowships and co-ops earned as the result of their experiences in the program. Employers are also seeing results. A growing number of companies who sponsor interns report that they are retaining their student interns beyond their summer internship. 42% of the companies participating offer positons to their interns to continue to work during vacations or breaks. Barbara Titus, V.P. of Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling says, “The intern program has been great for our company. We hired a young man for our sales department who completed the internship program several years ago. We were so impressed with his professionalism. One of our former interns comes back to work for us during every summer and spring break.” The GGP Youth Workforce Development Program since inception has provided training experiences for 3,580 students from 14 public, private and parochial schools. Three professional part time staff members coordinate these programs, along with support from hundreds of volunteers from businesses and education fields. The program is supported through the annual HomeGrown Geauga event, sponsorships, donations and grant support from The Cleveland Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, Fairmount Santrol Foundation and the United Way Youth Fund Distribution Committee. Additionally, GGP has created the Frank Samuel Workforce Development Endowment in memory of GGP founding President Frank Samuel. Proceeds from the endowment as it grows will help sustain the program. Geauga Growth Partnership is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization created in 2010, which works to retain and grow jobs, contribute to business growth and strengthen the local economy. Geauga Growth Partnership’s mission is to enhance the business climate, encourage job creation, to strengthen economic prosperity and to improve the quality of life for all Geauga County residents. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n v i s i t w w w. geaugag row thpar t, contact info@ or call 440-564-1060.


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Mantua - Pop-Up galleries are popping up in major cities across the country. And this holiday season, thanks to the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation, Mantua will have one, as well. The non-profit venture resulted from a collaboration among several business owners from Mantua Village, Downtown Mantua Revitalization and local artists. Featuring a wide range of art from local and regional artists, all will be available for purchase in time for Christmas. So this holiday season, you won’t need to search high and low to find unique, one-of-a-kind treasures for your friends and loved ones. According to Sue Steinberg of the DMRC, the plan for the unique store came to fruition when Renee Siperke decided to close her Renee’s Reloved Furniture storefront to return to her home-based studio. The DMRC became concerned to have an empty storefront in the village, especially given the increased traffic that results from the Christmas Tour of Homes. Last Friday, they held a Grand Opening Reception, complete with an opportunity to meet local artists whose work is featured. “The event was very successful,” Steinberg beamed, “which both pleased and amazed us.” From paintings, phot og r aphy, a nd postcards to jewelry, ceramics, art glass, hooked rugs, and handcrafted wood items, there are items to satisfy every taste and price range. Several of Renee’s customfinished pieces are also available for sale. “Through events like Art on the Hill and Art & Ales, the DMRC is on a mission to make Mantua an art town,” shared one of the event’s organizers, Marion Phillips. “Three-fourths of the items in this space come from local artists. There’s so much local talent in Portage County,” she marveled, “this gallery gives local folks the chance to see what they do.” Pat and Carrie Frost from Mantua’s Frost Glass and local artist Kate Cunningham designed the gallery space. The pop-up store will be open now through the end of December. Open hours are planned for Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, Saturdays from noon to 5 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open from 10 am to 6 pm on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Proceeds from the venture will be used to support the Downtown Mantua Revitalization efforts to spur the Arts Initiative in Mantua. In addition to art sales, art and craft classes will also be offered in facility’s workroom. Plans are also underway to create an art co-operative to continue at this location for local artists to market their creations and to provide a creative space for public art programs, as well. The store is located at 10676 Main Street in the Village of Mantua. For more information on the Pop-Up gallery store, contact Marian Phillips at creatingwithmarian@gmail. com or (330) 283-3264. For those interested in Annie Sloan chalk paint products and classes, Renee can be reached at (440) 227-0634 or photos by Zoe Turner

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Patio Raffle

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!

Bell Ringers Needed

Call Today! The Salvation Army serving Portage County needs volunteers to ring the Red Kettle Bells starting November 24 thru December 23. There are locations throughout Portage County to volunteer call the Salvation Army office

at 330 296-7371. Two hours at a kettle will feed a family of four (4) for a week.

Grief Support Group

Sundays Grief Group meets every Sunday at 3 pm. The meetings are held at Garrettsville United Methodist Church and last about an 1 – 1 ½ hours. Everyone is welcome. For questions you can call the church at 330-527-2055.

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.

Men on Mondays

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

Families Anonymous Meeting

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

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

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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.

Free Clothing Give Away

Nov 18 Free clothing giveaway on Nov 18 at Blackhorse Baptist Church, 6360 Bridge St. Noon - 4. All are welcome.

Quilt Show

Nov 18 Quilt Show will be held at All Saints Community Church, 4530 St Route 46, Cortland, Ohio on Nov 18th 10:00-3:00 $2.00 Admission Donation Light Lunch will be available Quilts from the 1800’s thru present will be on display.

Food & Toiletry Drive

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Craft Show

Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 18 Mantua Village’s 2nd Annual “National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week” Food & Toiletry 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!!” 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. Christian Life Center 1972 East Summit Road Kent, OH 44240 PH: 330-678-9234

Free Food Give-Away For Thanksgiving

Nov 21 The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd, Windham is having a free food give-away for anyone needing help with their Thanksgiving meal. Food will be given away from 3-5 pm at the Fellowship Hall at the church. Everyone is welcome. There are no income requirements.


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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

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)

Japanese “Radio Exercise” Program at Garrettsville Library

Nov 27 Guest speaker Hurahide Osugi, a visiting professor at Kent State University from Japan, will be at Garrettsville Library on November 27 at 6:00 pm. Osugi will be speaking about and leading us in Rajio Taiso. Also known as “Radio Exercise”, it’s practiced by all age groups in Japan, and is used as a warm up for physical education classes as well. He’ll also discuss sports in Japan and how it differs from United States’ sports. Join us for a healthy, informative presentation. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve your seat or for more information. The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville.

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. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440685-4410.

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Pictures With Santa

Dec 2 Shannan Jursa - State Farm 4th Annual Pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville, OH 44231. Join us for cookies and refreshments. Donate a canned good for the Community Cupboard to receive a FREE Professional digital image of your child or family with our Jolly Elf. For questions please call our office at 330-527-2001.

Craft Bazaar

Dec 2 Ohio Women’s Ministeries of Mantua Center Christian Church is holding a craft bazaar on Saturday, December 2,2017 8am-4pmAt Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd. Mantua. There will be food & beverage available, 50/50 Raffle FREE PARKING... Contact Carolin 330-60607125

Christmas Craft Connection

Dec 2 The Christmas Craft Connection will be held at Aurora Mennonite Church on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and will feature vendors, crafts and food. The church is located at 59 East Mennonite Rd. in Aurora. For more information please call the church at 330562-8011 or visit the website at www.auroramennonite. com

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 9 All are invited for a pancake breakfast, fun activities and of course, Santa will be there making his list and checking it twice! Sponsored by the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus on Sat., Dec 9th at 10am in the St. Ambrose Church hall 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Admission is only a can of food for the Food Pantry. Please join us in sharing food and fun during the season!

Drive Thru Nativity

Dec 9 & 10 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus

#3766 is presenting their second drive-through Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, 6:008:00 p.m. Come join us in caroling. A free will donation of cash or non-perishable food items will help you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Proceeds from this event will help St. Joseph Church in Mantua with interior repairs and food items will be donated to 4C’s.

Pizza With Santa

Dec 9 Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invite you and your family to our annual Pizza with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 9th 10:00am - 12:30pm in the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram 44234. $3.00 per person, naughty & nice kids 3 & under FREE! There will be face painting, cookie decorating, elf crafts, Secret Santa Shop with gifts $1.00-$5.00 and of course, pizza and SANTA! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and don’t forget your list!

Morning Retreat With Mary

Dec 9 St. Joseph Parish, Mantua invites you to a Morning Retreat With Mary - Mary, Woman of Hope, presented by Sr. Mary Dion Horrigan, SND, on Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. All adults are welcome to come join us for a morning of reflection on the Virgin Mary in the Season of Advent. The day begins with coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by welcome and introduction at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Dion will guide us through Mary’s Annunciation and My Life, Mary: Hope and Advent Light, and Being HOPE in our world. Cost is $10.00 (payable at the door). Registration is required by Monday, December 6 (330274-2253 or jschreiber@ Inviteds are a free service for non-profit organizations and will run as space permits.





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Hiram Twp., OH Wendell P. Schulda, 75, of Hiram Township passed away on November 10, 2017 at his home. Wendell was born December 17, 1941 in Cleveland. He earned a BA in accounting from Ohio University, graduating in 1966. Wendell had a successful career of 30 years at General Electric Lighting, retiring in 1998. Wendell is survived by his cherished wife Kathy (Sheridan) Schulda, daughter Valerie (Stefan) Scruggs, daughter Ginger Martin, daughter Shawna Martin (Brett Foy), son Frank (Stephanie) Schulda, mother-in-law Esther Sheridan, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, brothers- in- law, sisters- in- law, nieces and nephews and many close friends. He was preceded in death by first wife Sally Ann (West) Schulda and his parents Wendell and Elizabeth Schulda. There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Seidman Cancer Center. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Barbara Ann Angel Garrettsville, OH Barbara Ann Angel, 80 of Garrettsville, passed on to eternal life November 3, 2017 at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna, OH. She was born in Nelson Township. on August 19, 1937, to Lloyd K. and Lena M. (Engel) Angel. She worked in Food Service for Hiram College for more than 40 years and was proud to teach religion at Covenant Bible Fellowship Church in Garrettsville. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert Lee, Glenn K. and Doug, nephew Jerry Kurtzman, niece Patty Angel and sister-in-law Barbara Jean Angel. Surviving are brother Roger (Connie) Angel of Garrettsville and sister Beverly (Edward) Kurtzman; 12 nieces and nephews; 27 great nieces and nephews and 11 great-great nieces and nephews. Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 3:00 -5:00 PM at Covenant Bible Fellowship 8146 High St., Garrettsville, OH. 44231. Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 PM. Private Family burial at a later date. On-line condolences at www.

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Portage Park District hosts NASA Solar System Ambassador for Cassini mission presentation R avenna – On November 18 at 5 p.m., Portage Park District is partnering with NASA Solar System Ambassador, David Dailey, to offer a short presentation on the Cassini mission to Saturn. The presentation is free and will take place at Morgan Park, 8828 State Route 44, Ravenna, OH 44266. If you are planning to attend, please call 330.297.7728 to reserve your spot. This event will be held outdoors with benches available for seating. There are no restrooms on site. If there is inclement weather, the presentation will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Portage County Genealogical Society The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School. The topic of the program will be Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate Packets, presented by Chris Staats. Staats is a Cleveland, Ohio-based genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. Chris has given presentations covering methodology, resources, technology, and other topics. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG chapter, and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. A fourteen page newsletter is published bimonthly for members. It contains an assortment of genealogy and historical material relating to Portage County. The genealogy chapter meets the first Saturday of the month at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. from September through May, with no meeting in January,

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Windham High School Honors Veterans

Honoring Our Own Garrettsville - James A. Garfield High School teacher, Chris Forgacs, has been working tirelessly to find a way to honor the veterans who have attended James A. Garfield High School. On Friday, November 10th, in honor of Veterans Day, Mr. Forgacs unveiled a new “We Honor Our Own” wall, in tribute to the Garfield graduates that have served or are serving in the military. Mr. Forgacs started collecting photos earlier this year and currently has nearly 50 individuals, with more coming every day. To view the ceremony on-line, visit the Weekly Villager’s Facebook page.

Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter Windham - Approximately 50 veterans and their families attended the Third Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Program held at Windham High School (WHS) last Friday. The breakfast was catered by Fresh Start of Garrettsville and was scrumptious. Following the breakfast, the student volunteers helped shuttle everyone from the breakfast room to the gymnasium for a short program. The stage was set. To the left of the speaker’s platform was the Fallen Comrade Memorial, the boots, rifle holding the helmet on top of it, honoring those one who had given the ultimate sacrifice. On the right of the speaker, they had the POW-MIA Table, AKA as the Remembrance Table. This honored those who have been lost and not returned. Toward the left center was the flag stands so the Tri-State Marine Detachment 494 could present the colors and leave them displayed until the end of the ceremony. Everything was in place, waiting for the honored guests, the veterans, to arrive. The Veterans were escorted into the gymnasium by the student volunteers and seated. Then the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, the “National Anthem” was sung by the choir, and the band played “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The band also played homage to each military branch by playing their theme song. Staff, students and guests learned about the Fallen Comrade Statue and the POW-MIA Table before turning the microphone over to the special guest Major Shaun T Robinson, Garrison Commander for Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center. Major Robinson spoke briefly on the history of Camp Ravenna. He also emphasized that being a part of a military branch requires ser vice and sacrifice. According to Maj. Robinson, when one sacrifices time, resources and talents, they fill a void in their own lives as much as they fill one in others. He stated, “When much is given, much is required.” Everyone can do something to help out by using the resources they have, their talents or their time. “Those wounded in life must not be left on the battle field,” said Robinson. He then went on and talked about how selfishness blocks happiness. When one serves others, they receive the ultimate satisfaction in knowing they have helped

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Standing behind the Fallen Comrade Statue are active duty military members. those “wounded in life.” Whether it is poverty, opioid abuse or someone just down on their luck, whatever the reason is, folks need to be a hand-up to others in order to be truly happy. Major Robinson closed with this, “You are the reason we serve!” The service was closed with the symbolic placing of the wreath, “Taps,” and the Retiring of the Colors. Thank you goes out to Principal Laura Amero, who organized the breakfast, students, Tim Murton, Adam Thomas, Gina Brown, and Zowie Hood for performing “Taps,” Student helpers, Kodi Hanshaw, Morgan Lovett, Kayla Ladd, Karlee Fall, Alex Chambers and Chason Hoskins. The district also thanks Windham American Legion Post 674 which provided the Fallen Soldier Statute, and the Remembrance Table. An extra special thank you goes out to all the Veterans. Thank you for your service!!

Community EMS District Voters, Thank you for your overwhelming support of Issue 36, a five year 3.5 mil levy, on November7th. Your YES vote ensures a continuous source of funding through 2022. This, in turn, keeps our charge for billed services low. the 8/10 mil increase over our previous levy will allow for the replacement of three of our vehicles during this five year period. In addition, we will be able to replace three heart monitors (circa 1999) and other obsolete equipment. As in the past, Community EMS is committed to providing outstanding service to everyone in our three communities 24/7. Passage of Issue 36 also serves as a vote of confidence for the excellent service our staff provides when a medical emergency occurs. We’ve responded to almost 800 calls for help this year already, with a month and a half left in 2017. We will do everything possible to be there for YOU too, should the need arise! As promised, the Community EMS District Board of Trustees took action to rescind the 2.7 mil levy that was previously in effect. Again, on behalf of the Community EMS District Board Members, Officers and Staff, a very sincere THANK YOU for your vote of support and confidence! John C. Zizka, Chairman Community EMS District


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For the third consecutive year, the National Benevolence Association, through the Disciples of Christ Churches across the country, will host several young adults at area service organizations. Entitled the XPLOR program, it’s a 10-month residency program designed for 21- to 30-year-olds looking to explore lives of care and service. During that time, participants have the opportunity positively impact the local community while they unleash their own potential. Locally, residents are based at Hiram Christian, Mantua Center, and Hilltop Christian Churches. “This program helps XPLOR residents explore simple living, get hands-on service experience, and helps provide discernment on potential future vocations,” shared spiritual companion Linda Idoine. This year, the program brings three young adults to the local community, where they will learn and serve until June of 2018. The first XPLOR resident is twenty-six-year-old Ian Pollard from Redlands, California; his home church is in San Bernardino. Ian has been very active in regional youth ministry, and has been a part of many church camps and committees. Ian is a recent graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in teacher education with a math concentration. His goal is to become a middle school math teacher. Ian is a self-described nerd who loves to play video games

Members of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met at the home of Connie Crate on November 9 to indulge in thankfulness and positivity. The roll call began this with answers reflecting on health situations and healing, helpfulness and humor, a sense of service and parental influences in shaping lives—a whole litany of memories in general and how the past has shaped the present. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted, as was the treasurer’s report. A letter of thanks from Friends of Melana, from Joyce Fashing , was deferred for reading until the next meeting, when additional information on research into childhood brain cancer will be included. A telephone number in the directory was corrected. A decision was made concerning the Christmas party, to be held at the home of Mary Furillo; members will exchange cards and bring donations of socks and mittens to be given to the homeless and others in need at this time, women’s shelters or the People Tree, for instance. Karen Miller then took the stage to give a brief presentation on Thanksgiving Traditions, in keeping with the year’s theme, which is “Back to Our Roots”. These touchstones included hymns associated with the holiday, such as , “Now Thank We All Our God(1621),” “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing” (1789— George Washington’s favorite), “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty,” (1863—Abraham Lincoln’s favorite) and “We Plow the Fields and Scatter” (1941). These originated in as many countries as the settlers themselves and many reflected the relief many felt at having escaped the debilitating conflicts of Europe, such as the Thirty Years’ War. Th Pilgrims themselves were not much for singing, other than the Psalms. Popular music stepped in with tunes such as “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Lydia M. Childe, in 1844. Food at the original feast would not necessarily be recognized on today’s tables, consisting very heavily of wild game, seafoods, fish and hard-won crops. Turkey, maple syrup, honey, corn and, perhaps, cranberries were there but not as the culinary centerpieces we see now. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade arrived in 1924, originally with live animals from the zoo, now with inflated fantasies viewed by some 3.5 million people— live. Football—Detroit vs. Chicago- came along in 1934 and is, in some communities, a local tradition as well. The program came to an end with the distribution of themed puzzles and moved to the consumption of light refreshments provided by the hostess, Connie Crate and co-hostess Jane Hill.

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Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter Windham - The WVFD met for their regularly scheduled meeting on November 9, 2017 with all board members in attendance. The board approved the September minutes, October minutes, expenditures and the October bank reconciliation. In the chief’s report, Rich Gano reported there had been 482 calls years to date. They break down as follows, 33 EMS calls, three fire responses, one service call, two false alarms, one accident, 28 patients transported by EMS and two overdoses for the month of October. The garage door opener for bay #4 was replaced. They also replaced the water heater, and fixed a faucet. The community sign is in and the installation is progressing. Maplewood Career Center’s carpentry and electricity students are doing some of the work. They also did safety inspections at the high school and at Katherine Thomas Elementary and are working with the schools to get things in order. The turkey raffle is November 20, 2017 at 7pm. due to the costs of hams and turkeys the cost per ticket has gone up to $1. The district will checking to see if they can get a break on costs for the hams and turkeys. The board accepted two resignations, both cited distance as the reason. They also accepted two applications. Lawrence Bennett and Kyle Muir both were approved pending BCI background checks and references. Both will be on probation for 90 days which is the WVFD standard operating procedure. A question was asked if the WVFD gave out free smoke detectors and installed them. Chief Gano said, No, but “he would look into seeing if there were any grants out there to defray the cost of providing that service.” Chief Gano stated that they have missed out on donations because the district doesn’t have a current 501c3 nonprofit certificate. The fiscal officer will look into what it will take to file for another one and begin the process. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

(left to right): Meet the local XPLOR residents Ian Pollard, spiritual companion Linda Idoine, Melissa Peralez, and Mary Taylor.

and board games with his friends. While based at Hilltop Church, Ian works with Family and Community Services in Kent working to improve services to young people through tutoring and homework help programs, as well as self-care workshops like art, journaling, and yoga. Next is Mary Taylor, who hails from eastern North Carolina, where she serves as the youth minister. During the summer, Mary can be found in the mountains of North Carolina, either working on camp staff or volunteering at Christmount, a Disciples of Christ Retreat Camp and Conference Center. She is a proud graduate of Barton College, where she majored in religion and mathematics, and where she discovered her unique talent for interpreting songs into American Sign Language. Locally, she is based at the Hiram Christian Church and works in Service Leadership at Hiram College, where she directs community service and leadership opportunities for students. She’s especially proud of one of her first projects on campus, to help organize a recent program to bring awareness of the plight of the homeless. As a result of the program, students will collect and assemble items like socks, non-perishable food items, Bibles and dog treats, since many homeless individuals feed their dogs before they care for their own needs. Assembled kits will be delivered to area shelters. She’ll also be working with students to find opportunities to help out during upcoming Service Days, Super Service Saturdays, and Sugar Days in the spring. Lastly is Melissa Peralez from San Benito, in the deep south of Texas. Her mother is a pastor, and Melissa serves as the director of children’s church. She also regularly travels to Mexico to do missionary work at a church there, as well. As a recent graduate of culinary school, she loves to cook and bake, especially for other people. “I’m a huge introvert, and I am extremely close to my mom and the rest of my family. So leaving for 10 months sounded like a great way of growing up!” Melissa is based at Mantua Center Church, where among other things, she helps with the Kids Weekend Meal and Loaves and Fishes programs. Within the community, she works with autistic adults who work as farmers at the Hiram Farm. Although the Farm’s produce stand is closed for the season, the Farm still has fresh eggs for sale, and will host its annual holiday craft sale on December 8 through 10th to showcase her farmers woodworking, painting, weaving, and crafting efforts. For more information on the program, visit www.









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Big weekend , out on the town, sight-seeing. Here are the sights I saw. First...times 4…was the Rotary Club of Mantua Christmas Tour of Homes. Four homes, two weekends, great stories at each stop. The really impressive thing about these homes, in my humble opinion (Beware of anyone saying, “In my humble opinion.” It’s not about being humble at all.), was the family narrations about how they got there and how the houses themselves had come to be as they were. These tales ranged from serendipitous real estate searches online to parents and grandparents’ enterprises, to a grand retirement location on twenty wooded acres, from Estonian heritage and culture to an 1830 log cabin conjoined with a Greek Revival home (1847) in a remarkable concert of original materials and modern comfort. The fantastic collection of quilts on display, hand-crafted by the distaff side of the family (one following a pattern first seen on a Japanese manhole cover) or antique bedcoverings inherited from family members whose skills certainly deserve remembrance, was echoed across the tour. There were displays of barn wood and arrowheads found on the property, a stained glass hobby, handmade grandfather clocks, wonderful hand-knit mittens, trunks of yesteryear and welcoming kitchens. There was a baby grand piano, two, actually, one by a fireplace—perfect for gathering around to sing—and one on a second floor overlook of the woods outside which would be likely to make one sing for the sheer loveliness of it. Frost Glass, Haylett dolls, an apple-picking ladder, a family of stonemasons who created a retreat in the woods using the arts at their command, a green tractor tire wreath, a sub-floor heating system, historic buildings, immigrant experiences, an abundance of wood, of many varieties and crafted over many years, by necessity or design—all these made the 2017 Tour of Homes an icon of its community and a pleasure to participate in. Many thanks to the Blaess, Krushinski, Monroe and Tubalkain families for sharing. If “Home is where the heart is”, you have warmed hearts indeed. Then I went off on my yearly safari to the Amish craft sale. New location this year, last year it was at Joe’s Window Shop but, apparently, Joe has gone on his last buggy ride, so the whole thing was moved to Buster Miller’s Sale Barn on Nash Road. Buster must do most of his sales during the daylight hours because finding Nash Rd. at night, in Geauga County, where the street lights—or lights of any kind—are nearly nonexistent and the road signs about the same after dark, finding the sale barn is highly dependent on dumb luck or having a horse that knows the way.

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The holiday season is quickly approaching whether we’re ready or not. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time for family, backyard football games, eating too much and of course taking a moment to be thankful for another festive season. If you’re like many of our friends, you have a houseful of guests for the weekend and need to plan some activities to keep everyone busy! Many of you will be partaking in annual traditions for Black Friday shopping, while others may have to head back to work and some of you just may stay in and enjoy the time with family. Whatever your plans include for the day after Thanksgiving, I invite you and your guests to join us for our second annual Frozen Turkey Bowling on Friday, November 24th from 7-9pm at Candlelight Winery. Enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday twist by striking up some fun for your chance to win raffle prizes. We have set up our own lane at the winery and have two very frozen turkeys for you to attempt your best bowling style to knock down pins. (The turkeys are around 5-7 pounds so don’t worry about trying to roll a 20 pound turkey!) Each person will bowl 2 frames and you will receive a raffle ticket for each pin you knock down. So the more pins you knock down, the more raffle tickets you will win for your chance at some incredible prizes. Tickets: $9.99/person (plus tax) and includes 2 frames of bowling - additional frames $5 each. Reservations and pre-payment required, call the winery at 330.527.4118 or visit our website at to purchase tickets online. Tickets are non-refundable. Adults 21 and over. 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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Middlefield - On Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 10 am and 4 pm Grinch and his dog Max will arrive in Middlefield to steal gifts donated by the community. Businesses that are members of the Middlefield Chamber are involved for this first annual “Merry Middlefield – A Grinch Steals Christmas”. Look for posters and signs when visiting local merchants in Middlefield, they will have a decorated box or cart for collecting unwrapped toys that will be donated to Santa’s Hideaway Hollow in Middlefield. Grinch and Max will appear at these various locations to steal gifts; photographer Shelby Smith will be following through the day for pictures that will posted on the Chamber website for free downloading. Middlefield Library will host the Grinch reading his story to the children at noon and give an autographed book to the children, courtesy of Friends of the Library. 6:00 pm; Grinch at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield to give his dramatic speech inside from the balcony, bring chairs and dress warm to go outside for the

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Good Financial Steps to Take When You Get Married Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Are you marrying soon? Have you recently married? As you begin your life together, it is important for you to start planning your financial future together and putting your finances on the same page. Here are some priorities you might want to write down on your financial to-do list. Plan for retirement. There is a chance that decades from now, many of us who are currently saving and investing for the future might end up millionaires. Actually, we may need to become millionaires. Why? Well, according to current Social Security Administration projections, today’s 65-year-old retiree is looking at a retirement of approximately 20 years. The average 65-year-old man is projected to live until age 84, and the average 65-year-old woman, to age 87. Some of these people will live past 100 – many more than in previous generations.1 Given ongoing advances in health care, how long might you live? Living to be 90 or 100 might be commonplace for members of Gen X and Gen Y. Factor in inflation’s effect on the cost of goods and services, and you can see a possible scenario ahead where you might need, say, $100,000 or more a year for 30 years to have a nice retirement without outliving your money. This (strong) possibility means you may want to make saving for retirement now a higher priority. Often, one spouse is more risk averse than the other. So, you need to agree on the investment approach you take, preferably with the help of a financial professional who can help you determine how much money you might need for certain life goals or financial objectives. Manage debt. Many of us go through life shouldering five-figure or even six-figure debts. When couples marry, the danger is that one spouse’s debt will be viewed as “his debt” or “her debt.” Arguments may start because “your debt” is hurting “us.” Debt management should be a priority for any newly married couple. There are debts, which we assume on the way to a positive result (such as a mortgage), but there are also those we assume through our credit cards and other channels, which may not benefit us in the long term. Live within your means. An established, mutuallyagreed-upon budget can be very helpful in this regard. Different people have different levels of thrift and different perceptions of what a “bargain” looks like. This perception gap can result in some interesting financial moments in your life – your spouse may pick up a

“bargain” that you would call an extravagance. Save for college. If you plan to raise children, it is never too soon to start. You can do it a little at a time, a little per month. You can open a college savings account with equity investment options or investment options that pose lower risks. A 529 plan may offer some fine tax breaks. Insure yourself. If you are under 40, you may not have any kind of disability or life insurance. Now may be the right time to buy some. Getting a policy early can be cost efficient: if you buy a term life policy (or even a permanent life policy) when you are young and healthy, chances are you will pay less expensive premiums than people over age 40 who may be obese, diabetic, or heavy smokers or drinkers. Communicate to avoid surprises. No matter how much of a “we” a couple becomes, there is always the need for some private space, some individual pursuits and “me time.” Regarding your shared financial life, however, this is probably not the best approach. When a spouse starts to hide a money-related matter or omit it from conversations, it may open the door to troubles. Open, frank conversations about money may be the best way to avoid problems in your finances (as well as your relationship). Build an emergency fund. Too many couples live on margin. Consider building up a cash reserve (gradually, if necessary) that you could tap into should things get rough. You will not regret having it around Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies.


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1. WASHINGTON AND WALL STREET - 2017 has had a Republican in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate. Over the last 80 years, the S&P 500 has gained +10.7% per year (total return) when the White House and Congress were controlled by the same political party. With only 7 trading weeks remaining in 2017, the S&P 500 is up +17.3% YTD (total return). The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research). 2. SINCE THE 2016 ELECTION - Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States on 11/08/16. In the 12 months since the 2016 election, i.e., 11/08/16 to 11/08/17, the S&P 500 gained +23.7% (total return), more than twice the average annual +10.2% gain that the index has achieved over the last half century, i.e., 1967-2016 (source: BTN Research).

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3. DID I SAY THAT? - University of Pennsylvania finance professor Jeremy Siegel said he “wouldn’t be surprised to see a 1,000 point drop on the Dow” following Donald Trump’s victory on 11/08/16. The Dow gained +5,231 points in the 1 year since the election through the close of trading on 11/08/17 (source: BTN Research). 4. NEW PAPER - The US issued $15 billion of new 30-year debt last week. The bond carries a 2.75% coupon with an 11/15/2047 maturity date. 30-year Treasury debt has been traded since 1977 (source: Treasury Department). 5. INCREASE EVERYONE - Individual income taxes paid by American taxpayers would have to increase by +42% in order to eliminate our $666 billion deficit from fiscal year 2017 (source: Treasury Department). 6. COMPLETE CYCLE - The jobless rate in the United States was 5.0% in October 2005, then doubled to 10.0% by October 2009, and now has come full circle to 4.1% in October 2017. The last time we had an unemployment rate that was lower than 4.1% was in December 2000 or almost 17 years ago (source: Department of Labor).

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