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Friday, November 24, 2017

Don’t miss Garrettsville’s Annual Clock Tower Lighting on Saturday, November 25th. The fun starts at 5:30 PM, Santa arrives by fire truck at 6:00 PM.

Savoring the Sweet Life Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - It’s been a sweet way to make a living for Roger Angel and his wife, Connie. But after nearly 42 years of serving up Dilly Bars, swirl cones, Blizzards, Peanut Buster Parfaits, ice cream cakes, burgers, chili dogs and fries, it’s time for the Angels leave Garrettsville’s Dairy Queen in new hands. As of November 1, 2017, the Angels have officially retired. “It’s been a great life and a great living,” Roger and Connie say. “Four of our six kids worked with us over the years. We’ve been very fortunate to have a business and for the community to be so supportive. We miss our customers and the kids who worked for us. They kept us on our toes! There are things we could have done differently and better… but we did the best we could. We want to thank the public for 42 great years.” The DQ Grill & Chill at 8013 State Street in the Garfield Plaza has been sold to Gulnaz “Wally” Kaur and wife “Bunny” from Pittsburgh, who own four

Garfield School District Recieves State’s Momentum Award

Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent

Garrettsville - On November 3, 2017, the James A. Garfield Local School District was recognized by the State Board of Education for an excellent academic accomplishment. The Momentum Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. To earn this distinct honor, schools must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities. Garfield was one of only 65 districts in the entire state of Ohio to receive these exemplary scores. This award is affirmation of the outstanding work done by the staff and students at JAG. It is proof that an education at James A. Garfield is customized to meet the learning needs of all students. It certainly means that students at James A. Garfield enjoy greater than expected growth in reading and mathematics. A rich tradition of academic excellence has become a standard of the Garfield community. The district is proud to accept this award from the State Board of Education. Today and everyday we are proud to be G-Men!

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~Roger & Connie Angel Retire after Owning the Garrettsville DQ for 42 years~ additional restaurants in the DQ franchise. Zach Good from North Lima is manager of day-to-day operations. Quick to say the new management “wants to keep our traditions going while providing a consistent DQ product line,” Roger says he and Connie still own the DQ building along with the Domino’s (which Roger built in 2000) and NAPA G’ville Auto Parts buildings. Roger also co-owns Garfield Plaza with his sons. “I may be retired but I am still here and I’m still involved on the Chamber of Commerce board,” he adds. Born and raised in Garrettsville, Roger left only for four years to serve in the Coast Guard during Vietnam (stationed on Nantucket Island). He then worked for his brother at Glenn’s Angel Construction Company. Later, Roger attended Bohecker’s Business College, where he learned accounting/bookkeeping. In pursuit of the American Dream and being his own boss, in 1973 Roger built the building that Dairy Queen and NAPA now occupy in Garfield Plaza. At that time, Sam and Laurabell Christopher of Windham operated the Garrettsville DQ, paying Roger rent for the building. Eventually, the Christophers were ready to sell. 28-year-old Roger Angel purchased Garrettsville’s Dairy Queen franchise from the Christophers in January 1976, right after his first son was born. He also bought the Windham DQ and operated it for eight years before selling it back. The Angels have had a hands-on, communityfocused approach to business from the very beginning, maintaining a DQ staff of 30-40 local teens and adults every year. Roger wanted DQ to be a hotspot for families, regulars, and ball teams to gather for a birthday party, come eat or celebrate after a ball game. Soon Roger became a backbone sponsor for Little League and Girls’ Softball teams, with the added benefit of discounts for coaches who brought their teams for DQ treats after their games. The Angels also started hosting the classic Car Cruises that have since become a summertime tradition in Garrettsville; organizing bi-weekly cruise nights at Dairy Queen for 15 years. The Car Cruises now are operated by the Chamber, with Mayor Rick Patrick the organizational leader. When Connie joined DQ as the official ice cream cake decorator in 1983, the Angels started giving away free cakes as part of a customer-reward punch card program. With an eye on catering to customers’ increasing appetite for convenience, the Angels added the drive-thru in 1984 and the solarium for double the indoor seating in 1986. Indoor restrooms were added in 1997. In 2006, the DQ became a Grill & Chill with an expanded menu. In 2012, the solarium was replaced with the warm ambiance of the indoor fireplace and big screen TV.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of “Angel atmosphere” was the incorporation of thousands of nostalgic antique collectibles lining the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Wonderful multi-generational memories and conversations were stirred up at the sight of antique, vintage gas pumps, old timey porcelain signs, nostalgic pedal tractors and cars, and other nearlyforgotten toys and collectibles from times gone by. Originally, the antiques had been accumulated as Roger’s personal hobby, but his treasures soon outgrew the Angel home, so the DQ became the chosen showroom. Now corporate headquarters won’t permit the collectibles to stay at DQ. The Angels held a huge auction of their antiques collection in October at Sugar Bush Golf Club. It was so well-attended, there was no room left in the parking lot and there was standing room only. Now that the Angels are shedding the trappings of their former life, they’re ready to embrace the new opportunities they can now enjoy with extra time on their hands… like actually attending family functions with their 14 grandchildren, lingering over lunch with friends, taking trips, and spending months at a time at their Florida condo. It’s a sweet life.

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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, November 24, 2017

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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.

Have Extra Yarn To Spare?

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

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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.

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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.

Kolache Sale For Holidays

Order deadline Dec 8 St. Mary & St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Christmas Holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. The Ladies offer the following fillings: Apricot, Nut and Poppy Seed. To order your taste of Europe, contact Patti Kinel at 330-980-8560. Pick up times and days will be Tuesday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brighten you Christmas Holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Order deadline is Friday, December 8.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 23 There will be a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday November 23rd at Newton Falls American Legion 2025 East River Rd. Newton Falls. Serving from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Take outs available after 12:30 pm. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio in Co-operation with Newton Falls American Legion Post #236

Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 23 Nowhere 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)

Library’s Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Nov 23 All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain being closed on Thursday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Service hours will resume on Friday, November 24.

Observatory Open

Nov 25 Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, November 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Given good skies, visitors will see the stars of the Pleiades and Hyades clusters. Other objects of interest will also be viewed. Cloudy skies at the scheduled starting time cancel the event and in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

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 they differ from United States’ sports. Join us for a healthy, informative presentation. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve your

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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.

Annual Christmas Sale

Dec 1 At the First United Methodist Church, located at 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield. Come and shop on Friday, Dec. 1 and Sat. Dec. 2 from 9 am - 2 pm.

Free Christmas Decoration Giveaway

Dec 2 The Back Door Free Store of Hilltop Christian Church is having a FREE CHRISTMAS DECORATION GIVEAWAYon Sat., Dec 2nd. 10am - 4:30pm. We have many beautiful Christmas decorations and a few Christmas trees to give away at: Hilltop Christian Church...4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua, The giveaway is located in the Church fellowship hall. Everything is FREE!!!!

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.

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 2 Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422). Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus. You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes. Kids eat for only $3.00 each and $5.00 each for accompanying adults. Call to make your reservation – Sandy @ (440)

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

Dec. 7 - Bingo & Doughnuts Dec. 13 - Is It Christmas Yet? Dec. 20 - Games Dec. 27 - Fried Bologna Sandwiches Jan. 4 - Bingo & Doughnuts

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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

Portage County Genealogical Society Meeting

Dec 2

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. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. 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.

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

Tuba Christmas & Craft Show

Dec 3 Back by popular demand! Start the holidays with a family sing-a-long tradition as “tubists” perform at the 19th Annual TubaChristmas on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Stambaugh

Auditorium. This year a Holiday Craft Show will take place in conjunction with the event from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come early or stay after to do some shopping and food and drink concessions! Admission to TubaChristmas concert is by donation to cover costs associated with in kind use of Stambaugh Auditorium and event.

Book Review Club

Dec 4 MONDAY, December 4th, 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS in which every chapter tells it’s own story. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st (non-holiday) Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Holiday Celebration Dinner

Dec 9 The Geauga County Democratic Party will host a “Holiday Celebration” Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury. The event is 6 pm to 9 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a local food pantry. Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza. RSVP: on the website www. or call Janet Carson 440-836-4060


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The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association has scheduled a Holiday Brunch at The Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, in Chagrin Falls on Tuesday December 5th. (See the GCRTA website for a map. The guests should gather at 9:30, a business meeting will be conducted at 10:00, and the brunch will follow at 10:30. The menu consists of a traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, home fries, applewood smoked bacon, sausage links, fruit salad, and assorted fresh baked pastries along with juices, coffee and assorted teas. Be sure to enter the 50/50 Raffle and the Free Lunch raffle. ORTA President, Dr. Randy Overbeck, will be the guest speaker. He will present an overview of current issues, and lobbying efforts. He will also provide information on STRS, COLA and healthcare. Reservations for the event need to be placed no later than Sunday November 26th. Please send your check for $16.95 (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant In Aide program) to Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. You may contact Judy at 440487-4324 or at Please inform Judy of any dietary requirements (gluten free and vegan can be provided). The Geauga County Job and Family Services will again be seeking holiday season volunteers to ‘Sponsor a Family’ and provide food and gifts to some low income families in our county. The delivery date for this project is December 19th. Please contact Sara Shininger, program director, if you would like more information, or if you wish to volunteer. Reach her at440-285-9141 ext. 1263. Also, Tom Stalzer will be collecting canned goods and paper products for the Geauga Hunger Task Force.

Shalersville Historical Society Calendars

The 2018 Shalersville Historical Society barn silo calendars have been printed and are for sale. They feature different types of barn silos in Shalersville and would make excellent Christmas gifts at the nominal price of $10.00. They can be mailed to your address for an additional $3.00 or they may also be purchased at the December 7 Christmas Potluck at 6 PM at the society’s museum on Rt 44 near Shalersville Center. If you prefer to order by phone, call Judy Thornton at 330-527-7669 & I’ll make arrangements for delivery. It’s OK to leave a message on my machine if I’m not in the house.

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Garrettsville - As a veteran-owned company on Industrial Drive, Diskin Enterprises will double every donation to Semper Fi before it gets doubled again on its way to support U.S. veterans this Christmas. Diskin Enterprises (parent company to Modern Store Fixtures, Durajoint Concrete Accessories and Four Seasons Industries), is taking part in a special “Double Down for Veterans” fundraiser to help the Semper Fi Fund. Michael E. Diskin, Sr., President & CEO at Diskin Enterprises, served as a corporal in the U.S. Marines from 1966-68 in active duty. Now he wants to give back to veterans of all armed forces by matching all local donations en route to Semper Fi. All donations raised by December 21 by company employees and the community will be matched (up to $10,000) by Diskin Enterprises. In turn, all donations collected for the Semper Fi Fund will be matched by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, established in 2012 with the hope of changing the lives of critically wounded American veterans and to improve outcomes for those living in poverty. As an example of how these matching donations work: the community of Garrettsville donates $10K– then Diskin Enterprises donates $10K (totaling $20K) and in turn The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matches that $20K for a total donation of $40K. At Diskin Enterprises it is our goal, with the help of the community, to reach that $40K The Semper Fi fund is a charitable organization that Diskin Enterprises as well as some of their vendors support. Semper Fi Fund runs with an extremely low overhead, and provides rapid assistance to wounded Veterans. Semper Fi Fund provides, immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Semper Fi delivers the resources they need during recovery and transition back to their communities, working to ensure no one is left behind. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, they’ve issued 149,000 grants, totaling more than $158 million in assistance to over 19,500 of our heroes and their families This year U.S. veteran and founder of Go Daddy, Bob Parson, has once again vowed to match dollar for dollar any donations made to the Semper Fi fund (up to 10 million dollars). Checks can be made out to “Semper Fi Fund” Community donations are due in by December 21 and can be dropped off at Diskin Enterprises, 10421 Industrial Dr., Garrettsville or The Villager, 8088 Main St., Garrettsville. You can also mail checks made out to “Semper Fi Fund”, Attention: Erin Corley, 10421 Industrial Drive, Garrettsville, OH 44231 “We Challenge everyone to join us in support of Semper Fi Fund to help create a better world for Veterans by providing the resources they need to rebuild their lives” -Bob & Renee Parsons For any questions please contact Erin Corley (Diskin Enterprises) 330-527-0623 Ext 307.

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Event Begins at 5:30 PM Santa Arrives at 6:00 PM

Visit with Santa Claus! Caroling & Hot Chocolate Storytime w/ Mrs. Claus & Carriage Rides

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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, November 24, 2017

River Run Tree Farm Opens for the 2017 Christmas Season Mantua – River Run Tree Farm is excited to announce the grand opening for the Christmas season on November 24th, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is the inaugural season for trees at the property, located at 5620 Streeter Road, Mantua, Ohio. Owners Karl and Mary Rinas have a large variety of farm-fresh trees available. Come to the farm to cut your own or choose a fresh cut tree and take in the farm experience. A holiday shop filled with hand-crafted gifts is available on site as well. The farm will be open for tree selection from November 24th until mid-December. Customers are welcome weekdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram hit the books at their meeting on November 20, 2017 at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. The program was presented by Greg Trask of the Portage County District Library Garrettsville branch who gave an outline of the e-services available to library patrons in the interest of allowing more people to be connected, whether for business, schoolwork or personal interests. This also promotes savings on facilities and use of resources. Among these services are (*) mobile internet hotspots available for two weeks at a time, providing reliable access from Verizon and Sprint from any location. This service came about courtesy of the monies received from Garrettsville’s Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle. (*) online resources, with an emphasis on business needs, supplying data bases, technical support and expertise (*) education, providing cutting edge information from multiple data bases and instant, tailored citation formats at great cost savings (*) personal interests and entertainment services. These can be in-library-only, such as, or available from home, such as Rosetta Stone, for learning a language. Interests in medical information, personal reading, how-to videos, legal information can be sourced through such programs as HOOPLA, ABCMouse, Overdrive or Flipster. Help is available, at the library or online. Crack a book, punch a key, the information is there. Go for it. Additionally, the club heard about preparation work being done by InterAct members, supervised by John Crawford, getting Santa Claus’ sleigh ready to roll…er… fly. Various refurbishments have taken place, the paint is drying, the wheels are rolling, there are new lights. Christmas Eve eve it will be set to go, delivering local gifts to children and adults. Cell phones have been a boon to this tradition and homes to be visited can getup-dates on the progress of delivery. Arrangements can be made through any Rotary member or by stopping in at The Business Works to get on the Jolly Old Elf’s schedule. There is no charge for this delivery but donations are encouraged to The People Tree. Delores McCumbers spoke about her recent trip to El Salvador and of an upcoming—November 28, 2017— Foundation Dinner fundraiser. Rotary International Foundation is the source of funding for projects large and small across the world.




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Garrettsville, OH Dorothy Jane Bailey, 92, of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2017. She was born on October 22, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio to William and Eleanor (Hudgeon) Chevin. Dorothy married the love of her life, Charles Bailey, on March 8, 1946. She worked for Johnson Rubber in Middlefield and retired from Don Pikes Turkey Farm in Sales. Dorothy was very active in Garrettsville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Dorothy is survived by her son, Douglas Bailey of Ravenna; grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher and Kathleen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents and sister, Eleanor Miefert. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 10-11AM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Graveside services followed, 11 AM at Park Cemetery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Online condolences at

Healthy Treasures in Newton Falls’ Anniversary Open House

Newton Falls - Healthy Treasures Health Food Store and Cafe, 40 W. Broad Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a holiday open house on December 2nd from 9am to 2pm to celebrate their anniversary. The event will feature mini educational seminars on a variety of health and seasonal topics. “We are encouraging the community to shop healthy and local this holiday season with us and other great Trumbull County retailers”, said Synthia Suzelis, owner of Healthy Treasures. “Join us for free organic coffee and free gifts during our anniversary and holiday open house”, she added. Free mini educational seminar schedule: 9:30am – Immune System with Dr. Ian Suzelis, DO 10am – Healthy Gifts with Synthia Suzelis, owner, natural health practitioner 10:30am – Combatting Stress and Fatigue during the Holiday Season with Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND 11am – Becoming Your Own Healer with Ashley Suzelis, holistic esthetician 11:30am – Organic Coffee Sampling & Benefits with Doug Cole, Acoustic Coffee Roasters For more information on the event email Healthy Treasures at or call the store or cafe at (330)872-1119.

Garrettsville, OH Delma J. Mishler, 84, of Garrettsville, passed away Friday November 17, 2017. She was born to Howard and Ernestine (Strader) Walker in Suffield Ohio. She loved searching for and refinishing antiques, flower gardening, reading (especially history) and collecting sheep and Santa Clauses. Delma was proud to be a member of United Methodist Women and the Garrettsville Historical Society, which she founded, and she served as President for 8 years. She was a driving force behind Garrettsvillle’s “Christmas Walk” which raised funds for Historical Society projects. Spending time working and antiquing with her beloved Bob, and her time with her family were her true joys. Delma will be dearly missed by her husband Bob with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; her children Adele (Drew) Markert, Howard (Cindy) Mishler and Allison (Brian) Moore; grandchildren Jean (Robb) Layton, Susan (Steve) Markert, Katie Markert, Becky Markert, Shannon (Mike) Post, Heather (Kevin) Kubatka, Ben (Melissa) Baughman, Ben Moore and Luke Moore; Great grandchildren Leah Layton, Sean Layton, Draven Post, Isis Post, Isabelle Baughman, Eric Baughman, Evelyn Baughman, Findlay Baughman, Lilly Kubatka; sister Imogene (Bob) Tayerle. Friends will be welcomed for a Memorial Visitation on Saturday November 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 with the Funeral Service at 12 at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church 8223 Park Avenue, Garrettsville, OH 44231. In lieu of flowers, donations would graciously be accepted by Garrettsville United Methodist Church – Music Department, American Cancer Society or the JAG Historical society in Delma’s name. Online condolences at

Barbara L. Callaway Ravenna, OH Barbara L. Callaway, 75 years of age, passed away Saturday November 11, 2017 in Ravenna, Ohio. Born in Ravenna, Ohio on September 2, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Evelyn (Thomas) Callaway. A lifetime resident of the Garrettsville and Freedom areas, she was a 1960 graduate of James A. Garfield High School. Barbara was employed as a press operator at Packard Electric from where she retired in 1992. She enjoyed gardening and yard work, and loved having all of her animals with her. Survivors include her sister Bertene Goff of Freedom Twp., brother Thomas (Nancy) Callaway of Fayetteville, N.C.; sister-in-law Sandy Callaway, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Donald and Dale Callaway, sister Beverly Gray, brotherin-law Thomas Goff, and nieces Michelle Gray, Becky Stone, Geneva Johnson and nephew Aaron Callaway. No calling hours or services. Cremation has been held. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, where condolences and memories may be shared at www.

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American Legion Donates to the Community

Newton Falls American Legion Post 236 donated over $55,000.00 this year to area causes. Pictured (L-R) Russ Mason, Charities Committee Chairman, Dominic Mararri, Warren Family Mission, Kerry Reed, Newton Falls Public Library, Becky Miller, Second Harvest Food Bank, Julie Smiles, Newton Falls Senior Citizens Van Fund, Sherry Davis, Church Mouse Food Bank, Doug Theobald and Michael Novotny, Newton Falls Joint Fire District and EMS. Other recipients included the VA Food Voucher Fund, St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach, Newton Falls High School Scholarships, Hospice of the Valley, Akron Children’s Hospital, Gifts for Yanks and 19 other organizations.





Selanders Celebrate Golden Anniversary Mary Lou (Murphy) and Richard (Dick) Selander celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their son (Chris) and daughterin-law’s (Jaime) home in Louisville on their anniversary, September 23rd; the picnic was cohosted by their other son (Michael) and his fiancé (Ann). In attendance were family and close friends: Roger and Linda Hammel, Bob and Marlene Hornyak, Maxie Selander, Dan and Cathy Bowman, and Denny and Jean Towne. Dick and Mary Lou graduated together from Streetsboro High School in 1965. They have always said that the success to their marriage was their love and continued FRIENDSHIP through the years. Dick was a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, stationed in Topeka, Kansas, where they resided for one year after their marriage and a remote base in Turkey, fifteen months. His career over the years was in the trucking industry as an outbound foreman/ supervisor, retiring from FedEx National LTL in 2010. Mary Lou’s career started in the banking business (City Bank, Kent and Commerce State Bank, Topeka) until she switched to a successful library career, St. Joseph School, Mantua and Hiram College Libra r y ( per iod icals manager and acquisitions officer), which she retired from in 2012. T hey have seven grandchildren: Hunter, Michael II, Alivia, Tom, Katie, Nikolus, and Ava, plus An n’s children: Gabrielle, Dylan, Ryan and Tyler, and Tyler’s son, Benjamin. On October 22nd, the couple renewed their wedding vows at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Currently they reside in Mantua and volunteer at the Mantua Historical Society; Mary Lou also is involved with the Hiram College Women’s Council and volunteering at the Hiram College Library.

New Pastor at Hiram Christian Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Pastor Chris McCreight has been at Hiram Christian Church for roughly a month now, although he’s no stranger to the village. He and his wife, Jen, who is an Associate Professor at Hiram College, both g r a du at e d f rom t he institution in 2003. The couple have lived in the village since 2011, with their daughter, Linden. Returning to Hiram gave us a sense of coming home,” McCreight shared. “Working in the community and at the College is very rewarding and life giving,” he explained. McCreight grew up in Tallmadge, attending Stow Christian Church and Hiram College with Pastor Chad Delaney at the Mantua Center Christian Church. McCreight earned his Master of Divinity degree at Emory University in 2006. Before serving at Hiram Christian Church, he served at Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon. Today, he also serves as chaplain at Hiram College. What attracted him to Hiram Christian other than the short commute -- the church sits a few minute walk from his home -- is the collaboration among the other Disciples churches in the area. That’s because the Hiram congregation works together with Mantua’s Hilltop and Mantua Center Christian churches on mission projects, youth programs, and generally share what McCreight contends, “good communication where each church lifts the others up.” In Chardon, as his last position, he noted that while it was common for the area ministers to get together in support of common missions like the local food pantry or women’s shelter, the efforts didn’t filter down to the congregants of those churches. He noted the rarity of finding that unique community relationship, and that if collaboration of that sort hasn’t already begun, it takes a lot of effort to build it. This month is the start of his first year at Hiram, and he plans to take time to familiarize himself with the church’s vision and how it operates. He shared that in a former position, he followed a minister who had been advised to make immediate changes. Those changes were not well-received, and as a result, neither the congregation or the previous pastor were pleased with the outcome. McCreight’s goal is to take time to get to know the hopes and visions of the congregation in order to determine how best to serve them. The question of coming to Hiram originally surfaced when long-standing Hiram Christian Pastor Roger McKinney resigned several years ago. As is often the practice, an interim minister, Dr. Irvin Green, served the needs of the congregation while a search committee determined the church’s wishes moving forward. Dr. Green served for roughly two years, smoothing the road for a new pastor. McCreight shared that the interim period allowed the congregation time to come to a “graceful, gracious conclusion” of McKinney’s tenure. He noted that by the time he came to Hiram, “issues that could have been an obstacle were not.” He’s happy to live in the community he serves. He’s looking forward to working together with Disciples congregations to serve the local community. According to Mantua Center Pastor Chad Delaney, “Chris and I have been friends for a long time. We grew up together; today we read each other’s sermons and offer feedback and suggestions. He’s my friend, colleague, and brother in Christ.” Delaney continued, “we have a ‘board’ that includes representatives from all three churches. This group helps run the Xplor resident program, and is a mechanism to share joint ministry ideas and projects. We hope to work together more as we move forward.” Sunday worship at Hiram Christian Church takes place at 11 am; all are welcome to attend.






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A group gathered on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day to view and discuss a film about grief recovery. The event was sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Portage County with partners from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Coleman Professional Services, Townhall II, and Children’s Advantage. The Suicide Loss Support Group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Children’s Advantage, 520 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna. Call 330.673.1756 for more information. Pictured above are: Joel Mowrey, PhD, Mental Health & Recovery Board; Michelle Furbee, Coleman Professional Services; Kristen Carmen, Children’s Advantage; Deidre Svab, community member & speaker; Paul Dages, Townhall II.

Young Hiram Alum Nathaniel Eaton Invents Hit Toy: ABC’s “The Toy Box” Winner

Hiram – From Hiram College to Hollywood to the hands of children across the nation, the toy Hiram alumnus Nathaniel Eaton ’17 invented in his college dorm room won ABC network’s “The Toy Box” season two series. As millions of viewers witnessed the moment Eaton’s life changed profoundly, he shared it personally with the Hiram community during a campus watch party for the November 19 series finale. Eaton’s Water Dodger now sports a Mattel label and new name, Hydroshield. When Toys “R” Us stores open tomorrow morning, Eaton’s invention will fill the chain stores’ shelves nationwide. With accolades streaming, his phone ringing, and $100,000 in grand prize winnings arriving soon, Eaton’s enthusiastic yet reflective and pragmatic demeanor hints that the life-changing moment is merely a turning point for the 25-year-old entrepreneur. Rising to the top from an initial pool of hundreds of contestants, Eaton says he’s been smiling ever since he was invited to appear on the “Shark Tank”-like show, which discovered him and his invention on Kickstarter. “I was nervous on the way to the show (in Hollywood), but my confidence grew remembering the last four or five years I had worked on this. I believed I had a product that was fun, cool and exciting,” says Eaton, who majored in business management and minored in entrepreneurship. Inspired by superheroes the Hulk and Captain America, Eaton put his imagination and business knowhow to work to develop the toy. A shield, which includes a handle and net affixed to the back, can hold water balloons, foam and water balls, snowballs and even socks, as child judge Joachim pointed out when he first tried out the toy on the show’s Oct. 1 season premiere episode. “Nate has come a long way in refining his first concept of Water Dodger to get it to where it is today. Along the way, he learned the skills of getting in touch with his customers, testing the market, revising and improving early ideas, and pivoting, when necessary, to find a clearer route forward,” says Kay Molkentin, Eaton’s former professor, mentor and director of Hiram’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship. Looking ahead, Eaton says he will stay the entrepreneurial course. “I plan to continue as a serial entrepreneur, investing in business and working with a professional team,” he says. At this very moment, however, Eaton is pinching himself. “It’s an amazing dream come true,” he says.

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Mantua - This year, CPS has won a 2017 Gold Award from the Ohio PBIS Network and the State Support Team for implementation of a schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). Last year, that same organization bestowed both a Bronze and a Silver Award for the Special CPS program. This special effort has been developed and refined by the teachers and staff members of the CPS PBIS Incentives Committee. This group, lead by CPS Art teacher Mikayla McCall, put a plan in place that incorporates 100% staff participation, is adapted based on the data compiled, and provides students with some pretty cool rewards for their positive behavior. Through the program, students are encouraged to model the school motto that “Crestwood Cares” in three major areas: for others, self, and school. Throughout the week, teachers are encouraged to nominate students who are caught doing something good. Nominations are tabulated and each Monday begins by celebrating the students, what they did, and how they were chosen from the previous week. For example, in Mrs. Picone’s class, Sterling was selected as that week’s Caring Kid for always holding the door open for others. He was rewarded the honor of wearing a medal that day, as well as a certificate to take home to share with his family. Every time a student is nominated, their name is entered into a drawing to be the CPS Kiddo of the Month. In addition to a cool certificate and bragging rights, that student also receives some sweet Crestwood swag, like a hat, bag, and more. But the PBIS program doesn’t just reward students. On Terrific Tuesday, staff members are encouraged to exchange notes of appreciation. Lots of situations arise during a typical school week that may warrant a genuine thank you. By sitting down and writing an old-school note about it, that same thank you can mean so much more to busy, stressed teachers and staff. On Wonderful Wednesday, teachers can select a student’s family member to receive a special phone call.

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This special call is to let that student’s family member know something specific their child did well that day. For instance, Ms. Viers called her student Gabriella’s mom to let her know what a great job her child did at problem solving during math class that day. Each month, CPS students are encouraged during their morning announcements to focus on a specific behavior trait. For instance, in November, kids were asked to focus on gratitude. On each Thoughtful Thursday, students hear a message of the week that reinforces that month’s message. For example, “Just one moment of gratitude can make a big difference in your attitude.” Each Thursday’s morning tip reinforces the monthly message, putting a positive spin on the school day. On Fantastic Friday, collaborative class rewards are given. Each week, three special awards are bestowed -- the golden sneaker, golden ruler, golden spork, and golden vacuum. The golden sneaker is awarded to the class with the best behavior on the playground. Specifically, staff looks for classes using the playground equipment appropriately, being kind to everyone, and lining up quietly when the whistle is blown. The golden ruler is given to the class who best represents CPS hallway rules, like walking quietly, with hands to themselves, in a nice straight line, and being good citizens. The golden spork is earned by the best-behaved class in the cafeteria, as evidenced by using good manners, cleaning up after themselves, and quietly lining up. The golden vacuum is chosen by custodians and given to the class who keeps their homeroom neat and tidy. Staff members monitor these particular areas and tally behavior on a matrix of expectations. Classroom charts are displayed in the cafeteria so that students may track their progress. During Friday’s announcements, students eagerly wait to hear if they’ve won -- and winning classrooms joyous cheers can be heard from the hallways. Also, if a class wins all four awards, they received a special privilege from a list of prizes, as well as a brag tag to take home and share with their familiy. Due to the success of this program at CPS, the entire Crestwood School District has implemented Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in all of our buildings. As you would expect, the incentives and rewards vary from building to building. Regardless, the PBIS system is used to improve school climate and culture in order to increase learning for all students. The program is tailored to help teachers and staff use positive strategies to teach and reinforce appropriate, desired behaviors. For more information on the PBIS program, contact Mikayla McCall at

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All A Honor Roll (4.0) 7th Grade: Madeline Shirkey 8th Grade: Sophia Cihan, Ethan Cmunt, Alyssa Conkol, Isabella Folio, Ketley Fresch, Cody Justice, Caitlin Lutz, Alice Marderwald, Cass Swenson and Sophia Walz Honor Roll (3.9-3.5) 7th Grade: Hunter Andel, Amy Auth, Alivia Babuka, Gabrielle Barnard, Emma Bass, Carter Bates, Marissa Bazil, Natalie Beal, Tyler Bortz, Camryn Brainard, Isabella Caldro, Kristopher Carson, Abby Collopy, Alex Cooper, Katarina Crawley, Karissa Eaton, Cameron Edwards, Daniel Ensinger, Rachel Evans, Anna Fashing, Maggie Fogel, Hayley Gadowski, Tyler Goodrich, Vincent Grandizio, Thomas Gushura, Jeffrey Hatfield, Blake Horvath, Taylor Hrabak, Ian Hunt, Haley Ihrig, Dylan Justice, MaryBeth Kindlesparker, Faith Knispel, Kloe Kristoff, Becca Lawrence, Kesley Massey, Max May, Molly Morrissey, Becca Nottingham, Natalina Porter, Jack Rado, Cheyenne Recklaw, Rebecca Riebe, Amanda Riffle, Matthew Robinson, Allie Runewicz, Kayla Sabatino, Kyle Schaefer, Megan Schaefer, Maggie Shafer, Sofia Sheer, Keyaira Sly, Jackson Sommer, Christian Stanley, Cloui Stepp, Aubrey Stonestreet, Madelyn Stonestreet, Nora Trent, Daniel Valdman, Senoa Wagner, Hannah Warren, Andrew Wem, Lauren Whan, Dominic White, Marissa White 8th Grade: Alexandria Ataman, Anthony Augaitis, Amy Balzer, Lenci Blohm, Danielle Brady, Ella Brann, Kodiak Brogan, Catherine Cisney, Elizabeth Cline, Alexis Conkol, Addrianna Conway, Carson Covey, Logan Davis, Anthony Demma, Austin Dieringer, Emilea DiGrino, Keaton Eberly, Morgan Eskridge, David Evans, Katelyn Fogleman, Carter Frato-Sweeney, Derek Goff, Morgan Harris, Brianna Hite, Jonathon Hundzsa, Emma Huter, Dean Koleszar, Olivia Loucks, Emma Lunardi, Colin Lysiak, Mia McCumbers, Aidan McDougall, Caydence McGranahan, Arianna McGregor, Alison McHenry, Annabelle Moore, Cyrus Morrison, Molly Ohlrich, Amy O’Malley, Jordan Perme, Bryce Peska, Jacob Peters, Rebecca Potter, Jaiden Proctor, Cole Reedy, Cameron Reighard, Austin Roman, Kenton Romecki, Sarah Seaman, Sydney Seaman, Alivia Selander, Jenna Smith, Troy Smith, Grace Spreitzer, Brody Swigonski, Emma Thornton, Keeley Varner, Leonard Veccia, Bailey Walstad, Kinidi Wheeler, Ethan Wilde, Kierstin Williams, Hannah Wooten, Olivia Wooten and Ava Zicari Merit Roll (3.4-3.0) 7th Grade: Alexandra Blohm, Josph Brys, Mia Cain, Joseph Chartier, Ashley Corning, Valerie Doumanian, Rene Fenshaw, Benjamin Garlich, Jesse Grace, Emily Hall, Grayson Hoover, Ciera Hoy, Neveah Kempf, Liberty Klatik, Noah Krimmer, Sean Loucks, Kadence Ludwig, Morgan Martin, Shawna McGregor, Dezaray McIe, Liam Mielcarek, Madison Moncoveish, Sierra Nerby, Trenton Noland, Cierra Porter, Maddie Rushnok,. Gary Stefko, Riley Swigonski, Robert Torres, Nathaniel Veccia, Alyssa Welch, Daisy Yearyean 8th Grade: Orion Babuka, Joseph Chinn, Andrew Crawford, Noah Eggert, Nathan Gibson, Sabrina Hite, Evan Janic, Matthew Khairallah, Evan Lopez, Hannah Madden, Joseph Perrine, Hayden Peska, Kaitlyn Popella, Nicholas Schneider, Blake Sindledecker, Ryan Stoller, Julie Walls, Brooke White, Travis Witchey, Payton Yancey


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GES Students of The Month - November

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Crestwood Intermediate School Students of the Month

Pre-K - Dylan Kurtzman, Ava Whelan Kindergarten - Noah Bright, Piper Hrubik, Joanna Miller, Knox Paul, Maxx Tharpe 1st Grade- Patrick McCon, Reese Hill, Victoria Leonard, Becky Miller 2nd Grade - Olivia Beal, Mason Bockmuller,Evan Carter, Nora Yukich 3rd Grade - Chloie Girt, Ryland Hodge, Avery Lake, Madison Sterrett, Abraham Wohlever 4th Grade - Seth Runewicz, Brock Pesicek 5th Grade - Chelsea Lemons, Daniel Kepich 6th Grade - Sean Shea, Evan Ridenbaugh

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HONOR ROLL Xavier Pinson, Emily Mangeri, Logan Sell, Avery Lake, Isabella Blohm, Gavin Barnard, Rebecca Evans, Luke Kaufman, Colin Cupples, Chloe Heasley, Devin Bates, Landon Andel, Charlee Hill, Quinn Roborecki, Eva VonBergen, Hannah Timmons, Madison Sterrett, Parker Broadwater, Emily Fonseca, Aidan McCon, Aaron Evans, Devin Kurtzman, Delilah Reeder, Lindsey Rabatin, Madelyn Smerkar, Joy Justice, Kelley Bowers, Griffin Kline, Heather Umbel, Lillie Fynes, Olivia Seaborn, Collin McGranahan, Abraham Wohlever, Chelsea Bierer, Emma Marshall, Caden Roman MERIT ROLL Addison Lipply, Abigail Kolar, Ryland Hodge, Riley Eisenmann, Kennedy Dawson, Keaton Ellison, Sierra Foy, Madisyn Seiler, Alexander White, Nathaniel Armstrong, Alexandra Garlich, Chase Lohr, Olivia Zicari, SadieMae Ewell, Preslie Ewing, Ava Carloni, Nicholas Carter, Harper Graf, Cole Porter, Amaya Basinger, Sanura Oliver, Victoria Stepic, Ryan Stonestreet, Cale Mayle, Sofia Caldro, Nathan Baczkowski, Andrew Mosier-Kassander, Cairo Svonavec, Cheyenne Jeffries, Chloe Girt, Keatan Conway, Brayden Hobbs, Wyatt Manista

4th Grade

HONOR ROLL Riley Grace, Seth Runewicz, Kourtney Thompson, Holden Kissell, Camille Arana, Preston Hatcher, Addison Truce, Holly Warren, Grant Fogel, Jack Neikirk, Reese Shirkey, Derik Stanley, Evan Wensel, Mason Andrikanich, Lillian Kercher, Brandyn Bogucki, Dakota Stanley, Jocelynn Hopper, Kaelyn Tasker, Cole Hornbeck, Ella Kissell, Kimberly Bowers, Jocelyn Sommer, Owen Herron, Mandy Cardinal, Elise Edwards, Finn Frato-Sweeney, Makenna Guyette, Lilian Shay, Victoria White, Lukas Workman, Ben Lang, Riley Carson, Jack Badovick, Brock Pesicek, Jaelyn Brown, Madison Vincent, Alexis Phillips, Cooper Albert, Jesse Campbell, Brendan Fashing, Rori Fields, Emmalee Ritondaro, Jonah Menough, Grace Derecskey, Katelyn Evans, Samantha Whitlow, Carson Norton, Chrysten Prinkey, Carley Brainard, Poppy Graf, Colton Miller, Elizabeth Proya, Ali Puruczky MERIT ROLL Summer Hlavaty, Lucas Neiheisel, Ella Garretson, Phillip Moore, Addison Sterpka, Katelynne Holliday, Karleigh Clelland, Wyatt Nottingham, Makayla Lemons, Isayah Green, Janna Clelland, Michael Khairallah, Heidi Auth, Gavin Mason, Charles Ursitti, Kellyn Bartlett-Haberger River Gum, Joseph Peebles, Dorsey Williams, Annie Rado, Caleb Sheer, Samantha LeBrun, Maya Strok, Evan Martin, Clinton Steerman, Jeremy Stevens, Savannah Vilk, Jaxen Cushing, Hayley Umble, Olivia Rowe, Avery Trudick, Gabriel Sharpnack, Garet Warnick, Noah Henderson

5th Grade

HONOR ROLL Hallie Cebulla, Max Paul, Kyla Grace, Simon Fergis, Abigail Kaufman, Nicholas Edic, Kolby Fresch, Savannah Gibson, Oliver May, Zachary Bierer, McKenna Alai, Hannah Kernig, Jesse Neu, Dillan Paul, Loreal Puleo, Tessa Burnworth, Daniel Kepich, Tyler Lutz, Harper Troyer, Preston Gedeon, Kameron Harvey, Milee Moncoveish, Abygail Seiler, Serena Blohm, Moriah Hatfield, Chelsea Lemons MERIT ROLL Thomas Wem, Bradley Witchey, Body Justice, Jacob Cody, Kaelynn Brewster, Parker Nelson, Hallie Spreitzer, Hannah Stepic, Damian Tourville, Kade Borrelli, Lydia Cain, Brennen Goodwin, Brooklyn Saylor, Brian Boggs, Madison Ahrens, Savannah Stevens, Nicholas Hopper, Hunter Claar, Alana Martin, Jayden Saylor, Grace Farkas, Juliana Genovese, Whinrey Brown, Kaylee Ellison, Erin Fresch


Grade: 5 Something I would like others to know about me... I am great at dancing and I love singing and reading in my tree.


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Grade: 3 What is your favorite food? Apples

What activities and hobbies do you participate in? Ride my bike and watch YouTube

What is your favorite school activity? I love the whole school day but reading is my favorite activity.

What is your favorite thing about school? Writing in my journal.

What makes James A. Garfield a great place? I love how nice the staff are.

If you could be an animal what would you be? A cat because they are so cute.


What do you do in your spare time? Play with toys

Grade: 7 Something I would like others to know about me... When I grow up I want to be a disability teacher/healper. I’m a good listener and I like meeting new people.

Anna Bove

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Grade: 4

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti and Meatballs

What is your favorite school activity? I’m in choir and I like to sing, my favorite subject is social studies.

Do you have any pets? A dog named Bella

What Gar field Core Value means the most to you? My favorite core value is teamwork,kindness,and respect. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? Everyone is nice and there are people who can help you when you are sad. The teachers are nice and the people that work in the office.


Jenna Montez

What is your favorite movie or TV program? Liv & Maddie What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Visit my grandparents next door on my bike. What do you want to be when you grow up? A popstar

Julius Hrubik

Grade: 12 Something I would like others to know about me... I like writing science fiction and petting dogs.

Grade: 5

What is your favorite subject at school? Science

What is your favorite school activity? JAG Marching Pride

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? To the Bahamas, because it is cool.

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Reponsibility. One’s own responsibility and the responsibility to others can lead to all the other JAG Core Values.

What activities do you participate in? Dirtbike riding.

What is your college or career focus? I want to be an author when I grow up. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? Though not everybody gets along, the school community is one big family.

What is your favorite movie or TV program? Transformers What do you want to be when you grow up? A reptile biologist.


Joseph Chinn

Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I have this really bizarre sensitivity to sounds What is your favorite school activity? Gym is really fun, and art, which i don’t have yet, has great potential. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Responsibility is a necessary here. If you don’t have that, you’re gonna fail. Responsibility will help you succeed. What is your college or career focus? I’ve gotten into the video game region in business, so i’m thinking to test them. I’m a big gamer myself, owning around five consoles.


Ciara Beatty

Grade: 4 Something I would like others to know about me... I am 8 years old with an artists talent. What is your favorite school activity? Art and science because I love to do crafts and experiements.

Windham Students of The Month

What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I think creativity is important becasue kids and adults need to express their creativity to think outside the box. What is your college or career focus? I think I want to be a great art teacher and Mr. Caldro can prepare me.

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The Windham Junior and Senior High School staff has voted on the students of the month for November. These students show their Bomber Pride and represent Windham Schools in a respectful, positive way. We are proud of our students at Windham! Pictured Above: Row One (sitting) Mariah Woods, (Grade 6), Zack Turk (Grade 7), Landen Stanley (Grade 8). Row Two (standing-left to right): Phillip Maiorca (Grade 11), Sam Speicher (Grade 12), Ty’Shaun Caples (Grade 10), Thomas Fowler (Grade 9). Not Pictured: Athena Madgett (Grade 5).

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Ain’t that just the way…. There I am, driving home from a place that I’ve never been before, after dark, with directions quite different from the ones that got me there, those, thankfully, having been researched by an usher at church (during the service?); Divine Providence all the way, considering the amount of construction going on in the neighborhood—potholes anyone? AND it’s the first real snow of the season—not that I’m complaining about the delay—meaning that every bloomin’ street sign, road sign, stop sign and billboard in the tri-county (Portage, Geauga, Summit…can I count Cuyahoga too?) area is obscured by sticking snow. The effect of street lights was reduced too. It was nearly as hard as finding Buster Miller’s Sale Barn up off of Nash Rd, more house lights and no buggies though. Luckily, the directions were pretty straightforward and I returned from the radically-transformed municipality of Reminderville with nothing more dangerous than a dirty car and vicious taco breath from partaking of the Mexican viands at the Garfield volleyball end-of-season festivities. Getting there was worse, in the end, than coming home, what with the blowing snow and the roads that might, at any time, be way more slippery than expected. Sitting out in the parking lot, the car windshield acquired its first smattering of ice; ditto for the rear window. Seems like every year we—or I, at least—must relearn the whole winter driving routine. I mean, it’s not as though we’ve all just returned from an extended South Seas vacation or anything. It’s SNOW, right? Been there, done that. A shine on the roadway may very well be ICE, right? Can’t see more than ten feet in front of your hood ornament? SLOW DOWN! Right? My goal this week is to remember to put the snow brush/scraper in the car before I actually need it. Ice on the windshield was dealt with in a timely manner by the defroster this time but another outing into the teeth of a storm might have a different result. I can recall a harrowing experience in my misspent youth when I had to periodically pull the car off to the berm and clear the glass with my sleeve. Not a good experience. Luckily, it was only on the short jaunt between Hiram and Garrettsville. Carlisle Hill is still fixed in my memory on that one. Same for a night returning from a football game in Newbury, somewhere in the late seventies, I think. (I’ve told this story before; somebody check me on particulars.) Anyway, we—band, cheerleaders and I—went up to Newbury—Snow Belt Territory—for the ball game… slowly, we went slowly…but by the time we got there, the field was under six to ten inches of snow (As I recall, the linesmen were trying to shovel snow off of the lines) and a state highway patrolman approached the bus driver to tell us to turn around and go home before it got any worse. So we left. Going home wasn’t any faster. Visibility was very poor, what with the swirling and all. The bus driver was a new guy, never had done this before. Very quiet. Wore a cowboy hat. Coming up the hill into Hiram was a little suspenseful, but the big test was coming up and we all knew it. We took the curve out of Hiram at a very stately pace then straightened up for the climb up Carlisle’s Hill. The snow was still blowing; the lights had minimal penetration. We started up. Ever been on a bus full of cheerleaders, band members, assorted teenagers going to or from an athletic event? It’s not an atmosphere suitable for meditation or contemplation. This bus was approaching such a level of silence. Everybody on the vehicle—with the possible exception

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Dear Savvy Senior, As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works. Happily Divorced Dear Divorced, Yes, you may very well be eligible for divorced spouses Social Security benefits if you meet certain criteria. Here’s how it works. A divorced spouse can collect a Social Security retirement benefit on the earnings record of their exhusband (or ex-wife) if you are at least age 62, were married for at least 10 years, are unmarried, and are not eligible for a higher benefit based on your own earnings record. In order to collect, your former spouse must also be at least 62 and eligible for Social Security benefits. But, he doesn’t have to be receiving them in order for you to collect divorced spouse’s benefits, as long as you’ve been divorced for at least two years. Even if your ex is remarried, it won’t affect your right to divorcee benefits, nor will it affect your ex’s retirement benefits or his current spouse’s benefits. Benefit Amount A divorced spouse can receive up to 50 percent of their ex’s full Social Security benefit, or less if they take benefits before their full retirement age – which is 66 if you were born between 1943 and 1954. To find out your full retirement age and see how much your benefits will be reduced by taking them early see retire/retirechart.html. Keep in mind though, that if you qualify for benefits based on your own work history, you’ll receive the larger of the two benefits. You cannot receive benefits on both your record, and your ex’s work record too. To find out how much your retirement benefits will be, see your Social Security statement at And to get an estimate of your ex’s benefits, call Social Security at 800-772-1213. You’ll need his Social Security Number to get it. Divorced Survivor You also need to know that if your ex-spouse dies, and you were married for 10 or more years, you become eligible for divorced survivor benefits, which is worth up to 100 percent of what your ex-spouse was due. Survivor’s benefits are available to divorced spouses as early as age 60 (50 if you’re disabled). But, if you remarry before 60 you become ineligible unless the marriage ends. Remarrying after age 60 will not affect your eligibility. Also note that if you are receiving divorced spouses benefits when you ex-spouse dies, you will automatically be switched over to the higher paying survivor benefit. Switching Strategies Being divorced also offers a switching strategy that can help boost your benefits if you were born on or before Jan. 1, 1954. Here’s how it works. If you worked and are eligible for benefits on your own earnings record, you could file a “restricted application” with Social Security at age 66 to collect a divorced spousal benefit, which is half of what your ex gets. Then, once you reach 70, you stop receiving the ex-spousal benefit and switch to your own benefit, which will be 32 percent higher than it would have been at your full retirement age. Unfortunately, as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, this option is not available if your birthday is Jan. 2, 1954 or later. Divorced widows (and widowers) also have switching options regardless of your birthday. If, for example, you are currently collecting Social Security retirement benefits on your own record, and your ex-spouse dies, you can switch to survivor’s benefits if the payment is larger. Or, if you’re collecting survivor’s benefits, you can switch to your own retirement benefits – between 62 and 70 – if it offers a larger payment. For more information visit divspouse.html, or call 800-772-1213.

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For those of you who are old enough to remember the cartoon, “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, they were a trio of brothers who got into all sorts of mischief; the cartoon characters were not too far off from the real thing. Chipmunks are known for eating flower bulbs, getting into bird feeders, and making holes all over your yard, these little fellows can be real rascals. The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus), is the smallest member of the squirrel family and the order Rodentia, or rodent. It is believed that the word “chipmunk” is derived from the word chetamnon, the name given to it by the Chippewa Indians. Eastern chipmunks are found in the United States east of the Great Plains, north to Maine, and south to parts of Florida. There are 25 species of chipmunks in the world; North America is home to 24 chipmunk species. Only the Siberian chipmunk lives outside North America. Of the 24 North American species, 23 live west of the Great Plains. Researchers are still puzzled as to why there is only one species in the East. The biggest species of chipmunk is the Eastern Chipmunk. Chipmunks have short, dense fur that has a reddish appearance on top. There are five black stripes on the back, one down the center, and two on each flank outlining a white stripe. There is a white eyeline above and below each eye, separated by a slash of black. It grows to 11 inches and weighs up to 4.4 ounces. Their tails can grow as long as 3 to 5 inches. Eastern chipmunks usually mate twice a year, once in the early spring from March to early April and again from early June to mid-July. The female rebuffs the male after mating and he does not share in the rearing of the young. A litter of 2-5 tiny, 2.5 inch, hairless, and blind young are born after a 31 day gestation period. The first litter is generally born in April and May, and the second in July and August. At 6 weeks, under their mother’s watchful eye, they begin to take short trips out of the burrow. At week 7 or 8, the mother becomes more aggressive toward her offspring to prepare them for their independence. Two weeks later, the mother denies them access to the burrow; the young are forced to disperse and find or dig their own home. When the young disperse in the spring and fall, adults occupying nearby burrows give loud “chip-chip-chip” calls outside the burrow entrance, presumably to notify the young of occupied territory. Humm.. I wonder if that works for humans. Probably not! Chipmunks prefer forested areas and can climb trees, shrubs, and…birdfeeders. Chipmunks are omnivores and they aren’t picky about what they eat. They consume various types of seeds as well as fungus, helping to spread the mycorrhizal fungi that live around tree roots and are critical to tree survival. They also eat fruit, nuts, insects, worms, bird eggs and even nestling birds and baby mice. They probably don’t actively hunt for eggs and hatchlings; just eat them when they find them. They are most active at dusk and dawn. Chipmunks spend most of their days foraging. Chipmunks help disperse the seeds of trees and other plants. A single chipmunk can gather up to 165 acorns in a day. Chipmunks make homes for themselves by creating burrows that consist of an underground tunnel system or by making nests in logs or bushes. Their tunnel systems can be 10 to 30 feet long. Though you may see chipmunks around each other, they are not social animals. They like to keep to themselves and only interact during mating season. During the warm months, chipmunks will stuff extra food into their cheek pouches. These cheeks are massive grocery bags. They can stretch to be three times larger than the chipmunk’s head. When they have a full load, they carry the food to their home and store it. One of the true hibernators, chipmunks hibernates throughout the winter. But they don’t sleep all the way through the season. They retreat to their burrows and awake every few days, raise their body temperatures to normal, feed on stored food rather than fat reserves, and urinate and defecate; then depending on the weather go back to sleep or leave the burrow to investigate. When chipmunks are in the deep sleep phase of hibernation, they may be very difficult to arouse. Their heart rate declines from about 350 beats per minute to perhaps 4. Body temperature may drop from 94 degrees F to whatever the temperature of the burrow—as cold as 40 degrees F.


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Retiring Before 60

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist How could you retire in your fifties by choice? You will need abundant retirement savings and ways to access your retirement assets that lessen or avoid early withdrawal penalties. You may also need to have other, sometimes overlooked, components of retirement planning in place. There are ways to tap retirement savings accounts before 60. True, the I.R.S. discourages this with 10% penalties on traditional IRA withdrawals prior to age 59½ and withdrawals from many employee retirement plans before age 55½ – but those penalties may be skirted.1 An IRA or workplace retirement account funded with pre-tax dollars can be converted to a Roth IRA funded with post-tax dollars. While the conversion is a taxable event, it allows a pre-retiree more potential to

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“Is there a difference between seltzer, sparkling water, mineral water, club soda, and tonic water?” One of our patrons bought club soda instead of seltzer and they wanted to know what the difference was. It turned out that they all taste about the same, except for tonic water, even though they come from slightly different sources. We found the answer in several sources, including Epicurious,, and Kitchn. Sparkling water seems to be an umbrella term that encompasses any kind of carbonated water, but it’s usually used in reference to seltzer or mineral water. Seltzer is plain water that’s been carbonated to give it fizz. It may also be flavored. LaCroix, Scweppe’s, and Canada Dry all sell seltzers. (On their website, LaCroix maintains that they’re a sparkling water and not a seltzer, alleging that sparkling water is sodium free and does not contain artificial flavor, but other sources did not note a difference.) The word “seltzer” comes from “Selters,” a German brand of mineral water that’s been around since the 17th century at least. Sparkling mineral water, such as Perrier or San Pellegrino, comes from underground springs and contains naturally occurring minerals. It may be naturally carbonated by gases in the spring or carbon dioxide may have been added. Since it’s typically imported from Europe, it’s more expensive than seltzer, club soda, or tonic water. Club soda is seltzer with added ingredients that make it taste more like a mineral water. It usually includes sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), sodium citrate, and potassium sulfate. Tonic water is the most dissimilar. (It’s also the only one that glows under a blacklight!) While other sparkling waters may or may not be flavored, tonic water is always flavored with quinine, a bitter-tasting compound found in the bark of the cinchona tree, and typically sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. Quinine was once used to treat and prevent malaria; the gin and tonic cocktail originated when British soldiers in India were attempting to make their anti-malarial more palatable. For more interesting uses for sparkling water, Anton Nocito provides recipes for homemade soda and cocktails made with syrup and sparkling water in Make Your Own Soda, available for borrowing at the Newton Falls Public Library. 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.


retrieve retirement savings early. Before age 59½, you are permitted to make tax-free, penalty-free withdrawals of the amount you have contributed to a Roth IRA (as opposed to the Roth IRA’s earnings). After age 59½, you can withdraw contributions and earnings tax free provided you have owned the Roth IRA for five years. For Roth IRA conversions, the 5-year period begins on January 1 of the year in which the conversion happens. Roth conversions may be a good move for some, but a bad move for those who live in high-tax states with plans to retire to a state with lower income taxes.1,2 Under I.R.S. Rule 72(t), you have the option of taking “substantially equal periodic payments” (SEPPs) for five years from an IRA in your fifties. The schedule of payments must end after five years or when you turn 59½, whichever is later. Such withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income, and the distribution schedule cannot be altered once distributions have begun.1 A life insurance policy could assist you. For most pre-retirees, buying life insurance comes down to the pursuit of the largest death benefit for the lowest cost. If you have enough net worth to potentially retire before 60, you may have additional objectives. A sizable death benefit could help your heirs pay estate taxes. A whole life policy might provide a consistent return akin to a fixed-income investment in retirement, but without the usual interest rate risk.3 An HSA might help with upcoming health care expenses. If you retire prior to 60, you must acknowledge that you could live another 35-40 years. Fidelity believes that a retiring 65-year-old couple will need $275,000 for future health care costs. It bases its forecast on Social Security life expectancy projections, which have the average 65-year-old retiree living to about age 85. If your retirement turns out to be twice that long, you could need to set aside much more.4,5 A Health Savings Account offers a potential triple tax advantage. Your contributions are exempt from tax, the money saved or invested within the account benefits from tax-free growth, and withdrawals are untaxed if the money pays for health care costs. This is why many people are looking at the combination of HSA-plusHDHCP (that last acronym stands for high-deductible health care plan).6 Retiring in your fifties may present you with greater financial challenges than if you retire later. While you may retire in better health, you will have to wait to collect Social Security and Medicare coverage. If early retirement is on your mind, consult a financial professional to see if your savings, your potential income streams, your insurance situation, and your ability to work part time correspond to your objective. 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. ONE YEAR - As of the end of October 2016, the USA was domestically producing 8.5 million barrels of crude oil per day while we were importing 9.0 million barrels. As of the end of October 2017, the USA was domestically producing 9.6 million barrels of crude oil per day while we were importing 7.6 million barrels. Thus, in the last year, our nation’s production of crude oil has increased +1.1 million barrels a day while our importing of crude oil has declined by 1.4 million barrels a day (source: Department of Energy). 2. SUPPLY AND DEMAND - The price of oil closed at $57.35 a barrel on Monday 11/06/17, its highest close since oil finished at $59.01 a barrel on 6/30/15 or more than 28 months ago (source: NYMEX). 3. A LOT TO MEXICO - American exports of natural gas will exceed its imports of natural gas in 2017, the first year in which that has happened since 1958 or 59 years ago (source: Energy Information Administration). 4. HIGH-TAX STATES – The House’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” retains the deductibility of property taxes up to a maximum of $10,000 per year. Of the 10 states with the highest average property taxes, President Trump carried none of the 10 states in the 2016 presidential election (source: Internal Revenue Service). 5. LOOMING DEADLINE - Congress must pass a fiscal year 2018 budget by midnight on Friday 12/08/17, a deadline that is now less than 4 weeks away. If Congress does not agree on a 2018 budget by that date and if they do not extend the “continuing funding resolution” that expires on 12/08/17, a shutdown of our government will occur. Our nation’s last shutdown took place in early October 2013 when the government stopped business for 16 days (source: BTN Research). 6. STANDARD OF LIVING - China’s economy is the 2nd largest in the world behind the United States, but China’s “GDP per person” is only $9,377 while the USA’s “GDP per person” is $61,687 (source: IMF).

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7. ON THE SAME PAGE - Janet Yellen took over as Fed Chair on 2/03/14, running the central bank for 30 meetings since then. 8 different Board of Governor members have cast 20 dissenting votes to Yellen’s interest rate recommendation made at the 30 meetings. None of 20 dissenting votes were cast by Jerome Powell, a Board of Governors member since 5/25/12, and Yellen’s successor as of 2/03/18 (source: Federal Reserve).

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