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You know how down in NC, they often say that God must be a Tarheel because the sky is Carolina Blue? Well, locally, we can rest assured that Santa Claus is a Buckeye, because before the jolly old elf climbed down from his fire truck delivery vehicle on Saturday night, the crowd was treated to an enthusiastic O-H-I-O...which many joined in. Santa gets T.V. at the North Pole! The happy crowd at the annual treelighting got chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate from McDonald’s, a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for relating wish lists and having photo opportunities. The new coffee shop, The Cellar Door, at the other end of the business district beckoned to other strollers with an open house, getting acquainted with shoppers. It was cold but dry, festive, not frantic, community, not commercial—a good time for all, a great kick-off for the season of giving. Stop downtown to see more.

Gingerbread Houses On Display In Burton

Burton - The Gingerbread houses are on display throughout the main floor of the Burton Public Library through December 16. We wish to thank the 19 groups & individuals responsible for making this year’s event a success! Our winners are: ADULTS: 1st Place: Katherine Kendall & Ellen Strand TEEN: 1st Place: Geauga Youth Center School 2nd: Candice Rader 3rd: Zack McWilliams CHILD: 1st Place: Camden Hedrick 2nd: Christina Shively 3rd: Noelle Rudersdorf Honorable Mention: Ben McWilliams GROUP/FAMILY: 1st Place: Nelson Family (pictured) 2nd: Ethan and Karen Rader 3rd: Brooks House Assisted Living, The Pines #1 3rd: Girl Scout Troop 70603: Camden Hedrick, Sophia Young, Isabella Clark, Mira Johnson, Skyler Scott, India Martin, Elise Tiber Honorable Mention: Brooks House Assisted Living, Pines #2

Portage Park District Foundation Holiday Art Sale

Windham JR/SR High School Receives Momentum Award Windham - The Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted Windham Junior and Senior High School the 2016 Momentum Award. The Momentum Award recognizes schools who have received A’s on every value-added measure included on the 2016 Ohio School Report Card. The report card indicated that the pupils at Windham High School made greater than expected progress in reading and mathematics.

The Windham administration is extremely proud of the teachers and students who have proven that their hard work has truly paid off. The Windham School District believes that every student can be academically successful and this award is another way to prove the great strides our students and staff have accomplished.

Hiram Community Chorus Presents “Sounds of the Season” Concert

Hiram - On Friday, December 9 at 7:30 pm, the Hiram Community Chorus will present their traditional “Sounds of the Season” Concert in the Hiram Christian Church. The chorus is directed by Damaris Peters Pike and accompanied by pianist Professor Randall Fusco of Hiram College. Featured in the program of traditional Christmas songs will be Kimberly Miraschocchi, flute, Jane Moody and Kristen Kercher, hand bells, and

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Jan Moody, hand drum. The Concert will close with a Community Chorus traditions: Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Hiram Christian Church is located at 6868 Wakefield Road, at the intersection of Routes 82, 305, and 700. The program, presented by the Hiram Community Trust & the Hiram College Music Department, is open to the public free of charge, and all are invited to come share “The Sounds of the Season.”

K ent - The Portage Park District Foundation is pleased to present an art sale featuring the work of over 30 artists. The “Nature’s Store Holiday Art Sale” will run from December 9-11 at the Downtown Gallery at 141 East Main Street, Kent. The opening reception will be held on December 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Other times for the show are December 10 from 10 am to 5 pm and December 11 from Noon to 5 pm. All the pieces in the show have been inspired by nature and include acrylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture and other mediums. “We are very happy with the work the artists submitted for our first show. The pieces are beautiful and capture the beauty and power of nature,” said Sally Kandel, vice president of the Portage Park District Foundation. “They are simply inspiring.” The art show will raise money for the Portage Park District Foundation, which supports the Portage Park District. “This is a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping. The majority of our artists are local and are sharing their talents for the benefit of the parks,” said Beth Buchanan, Portage Park Foundation Board Member. The Kent State School of Art provided help and support for this program. For more information please visit the Portage Park District website at or contact Sally Kandel at






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CALL TODAY!! Santa will again be making early deliveries to children in the Garrettsville-Hiram area courtesy of the GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary Club. Gifts will delivered the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 23rd. There is no cost for this service, but all donations received are given to the People Tree to help others in our area. Please drop your gifts at either The Business Works or MB Realty on Main Street in Garrettsville by Dec. 21st. Call 330-5274415 for more information.


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

Kindergarten Registration Time!

James A. Garfield Elementary School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will be 5 years of age by AUGUST 1, 2017. Registration and full screenings will take place on Friday, March 24th, Monday, March 27th, and Tuesday, March 28th. These are the only dates we will do complete screenings. Please call the Elementary office at 330527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Screenings for Fall 2017

Preschool screenings will take place at James A. Garfield elementary on Friday, March 17th for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call Kristine at 330527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Families Anonymous

meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For more information call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330760-7670.

Community Center Open!

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

Trains In The Town Hall

Wednesdays in Dec The 4th Annual Trains in the Town Hall will be held every Wednesday in December from 5pm-8pm. The trains will also be running on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve. The display covers 448 square feet of space and features summer and winter layouts. New this year is Area 55 with a flying saucer and alien invaders. New rolling stock and engines will be circling the towns and the countryside. Admission is free. The 1893 Town Hall is on the east side of the Bloomfield square.

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.

Kolache Sale

Order Today! St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking kolache for theChristmas holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10 each. Kolache will be offered in the following fillings: apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order call Barbara at 330-872-1951 or Patti at 330-980-8560. Pick up days will be Dec 13 - 15.

Zucchini Cookbooks

Are you looking for a nice Christmas Gift for your loved one? Then this is the gift for you. Southington Garden Club has for sale a cookbook of 500 recipes using zucchini. The cookbook has recipes from appetizers to desserts all using zucchini. The cookbook is $13.00 which includes postage. Send the check to Southington Garden Club @ Evelyn Wibert 2959 Leiby Osbourne Road, Southington, Ohio 44470.

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

2nd Thursday Storytime

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Call Today! Looking for 8 to 9 seniors,age 55 and up for a weekly 1 hour volleyball team.It will be on Wednesday at 11 am for 1 hour at the Garrettsville YMCA located on Park Ave. .It is about having fun,social outlet,It is 50% exercise,30%volleyball,and 20% Fun! Contact Linda 440-548-5347 for more information. If a different time would work better for you, please let me know - our goal is to have a convenient time for everyone!

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Dec 1-3 Community Indoor Festive Flea Market, December 1st, 2nd & 3rd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Newton Manor Apts, 571 Ridge Rd, Newton Falls, OH 44444, 3rd Floor, Community Room

Festival of Trees

Dec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 Visit an enchanted forest inside Middlefield Historical

Society’s Century Inn. Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Free admission! Free ice cream treat at The Depot! 14979 South State Ave (Rt. 608) in Middlefield Village. For more information, please call Sue at 440-479-4867 or Diana at 440-241-2192.

Pizza With Santa

Dec 3 The Western Reserve Kiwanis invite you and your family to Pizza with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3 10 am - 12:30pm at the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Cost is $3 per person, kids 3 and under FREE! There will be a Secret Santa Shop, cookie decorating, face painting, elf crafts and of course, Santa!

GPD Fill-A-Cruiser

Dec 3 The Garrettsville Police Department will be hosting a Fill A Cruiser Event on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 9am to 2pm at the Garrettsville Save A Lot. We will be collecting nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. We will also be accepting donations that will go to the Garrettsville Hiram Shop With A Cop Program.

Tigers 44444 For The Holidays

Dec 3 There will be a craft show held at the high school, Tigers 44444 for the Holidays, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Dec 3. There will be over 100 vendors, student musical selections, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus and more!! Help us fill a bus that day with non-perishable food items. All will be going to help the children of Newton Falls. For each item you bring, you will receive a ticket to be entered to win door prizes.

Pictures With Santa

Dec 3 Shannan Jursa - State Farm presents the 3rd Annual Pictures with Santa on December 3, 2016 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

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

Schedule of Events

Dec. 1 - Bingo & Doughnuts Dec. 8 – Games Dec. 15 – Christmas Souper Bowl Dec. 22 – Dear Santa Dec. 29 - We Love Left Overs

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Dec 3 P ark man Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd 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 – Lucinda @ (440) 221-0577; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939; or Sandy @ (440) 548-5740

TCTC Craft Show

Dec 3 On Dec. 3, Trumbull Career and Technical Center will host the TCTC Relay for Life Team 1st Annual “Santa’s Family Craft and Vendor Show.” The Craft Show is scheduled from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free and open to the public. TCTC is located at 528 Educational Highway Warren, Ohio 44483

Quarter Auction

Dec 3 A Quarter Auction will be held, December 3 at the Newton Falls High School commons beginning at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The cost of tickets is $5. You may also have a chance to get 1 free extra paddle with the purchase of an admission and your first paddle.

Hilltop Church Christmas Decoration Giveaway

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Dec 5 On Dec 5, at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville for a free Monthly Book Review and Discussion group.Presented by Dr J Patella the group will be discussing author Annie Kagan’s The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. One of the most detailed afterdeath communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death.Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Santa On The Fire Truck

Dec 10 Please feel free to drop presents off at the fire station, 11617 Garfield Rd. Hiram, through Dec 9 at 6 pm. Please make sure each gift is labeled wiht your child’s name and address where you would like us to bring that gift. Remember we are limited to Hiram Village and Township. Santa will begin delivering on Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm. Questions? Call the station at 330-569-9826.

“Follow the Star to Jesus”

Dec 10 Come and take a walkthrough of the stages of Jesus’ life, his miracles and birth on Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls. Free and open to the public.

Santa’s Visit To Kinsman

Dec 10 Santa’s Annual Visit To Kinsman will be held Saturday December 10th. Santa will be at the Kinsman Library from 10 am to 12 noon. Then at 6 pm Santa will arrive at the Kinsman Square, escorted by local fire departments. He will be there until 8 pm. There will be free horse drawn wagon rides, music, refreshments and gifts for the children.

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

Dec 11 There will be a spaghetti benefit dinner on Dec 11 from 1-4 pm in the Bristol High School cafeteria, SR 88, Bristol. All proceeds will benefit Marvin Perrine who has been diagnosed with

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Tickets available at the door Pre-sale Tickets At: The Bay Window, 8331 Windham St. Garrettsville Bontrager Grocery, 151 College St. W. Farmington Sweets & Eats, 163 Folsom St. Champion Or Contact Janet Hart (330) 647-2553 Facebook Marvin Perrine Benefit

Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon

Dec 13 The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon is December 13 at Noon at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, 14743 N. State St. Middlefield. $20 a person, space is limited. The Annual Event is sponsored by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by Dec 7th to 440-632-5705 or mccinfo@ If prepaying: checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield 44062 or by pre-pay on line at Doors open at 11:45 a.m. This concert will be canceled if Cardinal Local Schools are canceled that day. Call the Middlefield Chamber with any questions 440-632-5705.

Second Winter Event

Dec 15 Support local artists during the “Second Winter Event” at the Renaissance Family Center of Windham, Dec. 15th, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.. Start or finish your Christmas shopping with one-of-a-kind products. Local vendors welcome free of charge. Then stay to share a turkey dinner from 5-6:30 pm. Everyone welcome


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to keep warm. Nonperishable food items are also appreciated. This event will be held December 16, 17 and 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs.

St. Ambrose Christmas Concert

Dec 18 Christmas concert at St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville, Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm. Y’all deserve THIS Christmas Gift. Take a pause from all your frantic and hectic Christmas preparations and join us. It will refuel you, refocus you, & restore your joy of Christmas.

Film Discussion Group

Dec 19 Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us December 19th, at 10:30am, at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, as Dr J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: “The Preacher’s Wife” is a 1996 American romantic comedy family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is set around the time of the Christmas season and is a remake of the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us.

Portage APL’s Paws to Taste Event Gets a New Location & Menu! Don’t Miss it.

R avenna - Portage APL invites you to attend PAWS TO TASTE 2016! We are excited to announce a new location and menu! The event will be held at the Aurora Inn on December 10, 2016 from 6-9. This annual wine and beer tasting to benefit Portage Animal Protective League promises to be the best yet. The evening will include wine pairings with select wines and delicious hors d’ oeuvres, as well as some Great Lakes beer. A silent auction, live music, wine pull, lottery tree raffle and 50/50 raffle will add to the fun. Valet parking is also available. Some wonderful APL animals will also be in attendance to say hello. Reservations are $55 per person. For more information or to make reservations please call the Portage APL at 330-296-4022 by December 3rd. You can also register online at The Aurora Inn is a petfriendly establishment, so if you decide to stay overnight, you could even bring your pet! They have rooms available the evening of Paws to Taste. What a great way to enjoy a night out and also help animals in need. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time you went out for drinks or food, it made a positive impact on your community? Well, rest assured, Paws to Taste will meet that requirement! Have fun = help homeless animals. Portage APL is also looking for donated auction items like gift baskets, sports items, jewelry, spa items, gift certificates and more. Event sponsorships are also available. The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals, who have no voice. We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant. The Portage APL mission: To shelter and find safe homes for injured, abused and abandoned animals. To uphold and enforce all animal cruelty laws. To reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs. To educate the community on the social responsibility associated with pet ownership. The Portage APL is a “limited access, unlimited stay” shelter. This means that adoptable animals remain at the shelter until they find the right home.

Congratulations to Sherry DiBacco of Newbury, OH who was the winner of the Village Piecemakers quilt titled “Our Town”.

Take your photo with Santa and then watch him conquer Mars Warren - Just in time for the holidays, Kent State University at Trumbull is pleased to announce a production of Mark Landon Smith’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”. The play follows the children of Mars as too much Earth television has made them distracted and withdrawn. Martian leaders have had enough and consult with an ancient sage for the answer: kidnap Santa Claus and force him to set up a toy factory on Mars. It’s up to young Betty and Billy to help Santa escape back to Earth in time to save Christmas. But first they must bring laughter, joy, and the Christmas spirit to the children of Mars. Attendees are invited to take pictures with Santa at each show beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance. Kent State University at Trumbull’s Jim Canacci, Associate Lecturer, directs the play. Performance dates are December 2-4 and 9-11. Friday & Saturday shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 3:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and local students and $6 for children under the age of 12. Kent State students are invited to attend for free.





Live Nativity in Mantua

Dec 16 - 18 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drivethrough Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. Come join us in caroling. For a monetary donation of $5 per carload, you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate


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G-Plex Hosts One-Day Winter Soccer Camp

Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - If you’re looking for a serious indoor soccer camp for your kids, look no further than your hometown G-Plex, where Columbus Crew SC Camps are hosting their first annual indoor camp on December 10th for boys and girls, ages 5 to 14. This one-day winter camp will take place at ‘The G’ from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, at 10340 Industrial Drive. Geared for all ages and ability levels, the camp format will feature different stations, where coaches will teach a variety of skills. The camp will focus on player development through a core foundation of soccer skills and a challenging learning environment. A wide range of technical training will be included, such as dribbling, passing, controlling and finishing, as well as small sided games. Based out of Columbus, Columbus Crew SC Camp Coordinator Ryan Brooks explains that “We conduct over 100 camps throughout the state of Ohio and identified the area near Cleveland as a high level of soccer interest. I reached out the G-Plex indoor facility and they’ve been wonderful to work with.” Brooks says that Columbus Crew SC works with indoor facilities, parks and recreation, townships, soccer clubs, religious groups, and many other community locations throughout the state of Ohio. They also conduct camps in Tennessee and Indiana. Brooks expects around 35 campers for this first camp. “Our goal is to build a long-lasting relationship with G-Plex and teach youth soccer in the community.” The one-day camp fee is $75. Anyone with questions about the camp can contact Ryan Brooks at rbrooks@ . Online registration is available through December 9, the day before camp. Online registration is also available on the G-Plex website. The G-Plex Training Facility can be reached at (330) 527-9000 or . The G was designed in consultation with MLB players, managers, trainers and video analysts, resulting in a state-of-theart facility — featuring a 16,200 square-foot indoor, all turf field — built for softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse players alike.




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Cuyahoga’s Child: Growing Up in the Valley of the Crooked River Author Jeff Knowles well remembers a latesummer Hiram ritual his family indulged when he was a boy growing up in Northfield. The annual jaunt to the Cleveland Browns’ training facility on the college campus was a highlight in a day when the team’s bad seasons started the record log with “9 and . . .”, not “0 and . . .” Knowles’s wide-eyed wonder seared images of his suddenly very small dad almost getting run over by the huge herd heading off the practice field, and a sweating and slightly irritated (but still accommodating) Jimmy Brown stopping to sign a pre-shower autograph with the unclicked pen Knowles had handed him (“Get the pen ready, boy”), and mammoth Bob Gain (probably no more than 250, and also still uniformed in the August sauna) wondering aloud to the boy if he was getting all of him in the picture the Kodak was aiming at the navel of the great defensive tackle. Pure joy, all! Many years later Knowles’s memories would return to Hiram College as he considered the deeper personal meaning contained in the fact that his grandfather and grandmother had met there, and that the Disciples of Christ college anchored one of the original “wild west” religions in the Western Reserve (Mormons and Shakers). Hiram alum and instructor James Garfield had served as the minister of the boy’s home church a century before in 1859, a fact he did not come to appreciate until much later. In fact, there was much Knowles did not fully appreciate about his boyhood surroundings until much later in life, a late realization that drove his recent memoir/history, Cuyahoga’s Child: Growing Up in the Valley of the Crooked River (2015, Orange Frazer Press). Cuyahoga’s Child is the reflections, memories and historical gratitude of an older man who needed half a century to fully appreciate the Cuyahoga River valley of his youth. Even undergraduate and graduate degrees in history failed to arouse his suspicion that the land he so obliviously roamed as a boy might have been a cultural and historical gold mine. Midlife and the aging process proved a better teacher. This book is history broadly defined in that it attempts to connect a personal history, measured in years and from an individual perspective, with a place history, measured in centuries and reflecting the full northeastern Ohio cultural context. The method for doing so rides on the elements common to both, such as the land, the canal, the buildings, among others, and provides a single stage for these widely diverse characters. Two stories, two voices, one home. Knowles and his fellow Baby-boomers of the ‘50s and ‘60s simply assumed that this chunk of American real estate was just an unremarkable backdrop to an ordinary existence. Instead, says

Knowles, “observers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson saw the outline of its destiny immediately” for the very ground where “the boy” grew up. The boy lived on a plot of ground that had been trampled by some of the greatest military figures in the history of the continent: Iroquois and Ottawas and a wandering Shawnee chief, Indians who held the land for what is still more than half of the white man’s time in the “new world.” The boy’s home overlooked the magnificent river valley (were the thick trees to have permitted such a look), and at the base of the valley wall, the foot of his hill, stood the overgrown ruins of a lock on the Ohio-Erie Canal. A few feet west of Old Red Lock flowed the waters that once marked the western boundary of the United States. That canal lock and its flow of slack water was the internal lynch pin that united the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and made the young United States an economic whole. And all of it had happened right under the boy’s feet. The chapters of Cuyahoga’s Child are essentially nouns, probing the fascinating history and development of the area. But the larger, yet more subtle, theme is the ancient business of a man recognizing his roots, of better understanding who he is by reflecting on the “where” question among the five essential “W” identifiers in life. So, Cuyahoga’s Child emerges as a dance, of sorts, choreographed for two unlikely partners: one a sleep-walking youth, the other a vast and rich cultural legacy that was leaving the trails he would mindlessly walk, and sharpen the rocks that would edge—and sometimes direct--his life course. Jeff Knowles is inviting us to the same dance.

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Mantua - Lynne Morrison of Crestwood Middle School has received both The Ohio School Counselor Association Middle School Counselor of the Year and the Ohio School Counselor of the Year Awards. Mrs. Morrison has been with the District for 10 years, and has brought some key programs to the District. Among them are developing middle school transition programming; leading academic interventions; organizing a clothing closet for students and families in need; and implementing holiday support programming for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. She also coordinates and collaborates with school staff and outside agencies to provide services to ensure the wellbeing of CMS students. Additionally, Mrs. Morrison serves as an adjunct professor at Kent State University. “Lynne is an asset to our school and district,” said CMS Principal Julie Schmidt. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of these awards.” In related news, CHS Principal David McMahon shared that Melina Edic has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Throughout the country, roughly 34,000 are recognized as Commended for their exceptional academic promise



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through the National Merit Scholarship program. Although Ms. Edic will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, she placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT). In his Academic Report, Todd Monroe shared an article stressing the importance of meeting the physical education needs of students, and asked Board members to take this into consideration when looking into the District’s future facility needs. In related news, Debbie Soltisz publically thanked the Boosters for their tireless efforts in support of Crestwood athletes. Those efforts provide for equipment and resources that would otherwise be unavailable for red devil athletic teams. In addition, she called attention to the new graphics on display at the High School gymnasium, Field House, and stadiums, asking folks to take a look. In addition, she urged red devil sports fans to keep up with their favorite sports scores at the Districts athletic site: Next, Board member Bonnie Lovejoy shared an article stressing the importance of trade and technical training, not just college readiness skills for today’s students.

Mr. Toth agreed, “today’s students need well-rounded skills.” He shared the challenges the District faces in putting time and resources toward trade and technical opportunities while continuing to improve the District’s college readiness scores. In similar news, Mr. Toth shared that the State has put forth new graduation requirements that will affect current CHS Juniors. He, along with other superintendents, are urging a review at the State level, since the new requirements are such that an average of 40% of Ohio’s students will not graduate. CHS Principal Mr. McMahon noted that 4% of Crestwood students would be affected by the new requirement. Lastly, Mr. Toth and the Board recognized the District’s employees of the month for October. Mr. Steve Kerst was recognized for his professionalism and optimism in his role as a CMS science teacher. Mr. Kerst also coaches boys track and field. In addition, CMS custodian Doyle Hogue was also honored. According to Operations Manager Geoff Bronder, “I’ve heard only compliments about Doyle’s work; the teachers are happy to have him.” Congratulations! The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be held on Monday, December 5th at 7 pm in the High School Library.





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Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Hiram - Sergeant Brian Gregory shared that the Hiram Police Department received the AAA Platinum award for Community Traffic Safety for the fifth consecutive year. The AAA Platinum level is the highest level of recognition from AAA. “We have dedicated much emphasis and attention toward the area of traffic and community safety, and implemented programs that educate, demonstrate, and enforce traffic and pedestrian safety issues,” shared Sgt. Gregory. In addition, Patrolman Anthony Yoder was the recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) award. Sgt. Gregory noted while law enforcement works to keep intoxicated drivers off of the road, motorists should be vigilant too, especially during the busy holiday season. To help protect your family from drunk drivers, he recommends being aware of the following signs of intoxication of other holiday drivers, including quick acceleration or deceleration; tailgating; stopping without cause or erratic braking; drifting in and out of traffic lanes; or signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions. Sgt. Gregory remarked, “Drunk drivers get on the roads, endangering our friends and loved ones. Sometimes, we witness these drivers on the road, weaving in and out of lanes or traveling down a highway going the wrong direction. People often wonder what to do.” He advises that If you spot a driver you feel may be intoxicated, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Drivers should not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over, as these actions could cause a collision. They should, however, take notice of the license plate number, as well as the vehicle make, model and color, without compromising their own safety. Then, drivers should pull over and call 911, providing the exact location of that vehicle in question; including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. In other news, Sgt. Gregory shared that the department’s Shop With A Cop program will take place on Saturday, December 17th at Kmart in Streetsboro. The joint program with Garrettsville will support six Crestwood families and six Garfield families, providing these less fortunate neighbors with a brighter holiday season. On behalf of the Parks Board, Chris Szell shared that two bids had been received for work at Bancroft Park. The Board will review the information, and will be sharing the next steps with the Finance Committee. The next Parks Board meeting will take place on December 9th at 8:30 am, and the Beautification Commission will meet on January 26th at 8:30 am. In similar news, Doug McGee was present to discuss details of the planned trail project. He’s working through State and local legislators to iron out funding details, and anticipates groundbreaking on the project to take place in April 2017. Village Administrator James McGee shared that resurfacing work is complete on Hayden Road. He commented on receiving “mixed reviews” from residents. He remarked that the work was done with ODOT-approved materials, and that he’s happy with the results. He shared that his crew has picked up leaves in record time with the aid of a new-to-the-village, used leaf collection machine bought at auction. The village’s old leaf blower and wagon will be sold at auction. Lastly, Mr. McGee shared that the sidewalk project is complete. Mayor Bertrand asked Mr. McGee to contact the Hiram Farm trustees to inquire about installing a path through their property to provide easier pedestrian access to the Village for residents on Cheryl Drive. Mr. McGee will follow up and report to Council on the feasibility of this project. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm.




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Are You A Chickadee Magnet?

Winter is a great time to observe birds, and what better place to observe them than the comfortable, serene wildlife feeding station at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. But what if we told you that YOU could be the bird feeder? Following the saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” Geauga Park District’s Bird in the Hand Project allows you to feed the wild birds by hand! This project debuted in the winter of 2014 to great success, and the Black-capped Chickadees immediately warmed up when the feeder went back out this fall. This year we’ve had incredible success with Red-breasted Nuthatches, as well. To try your hand at feeding the birds, time up your visit for daylight hours and dress warmly - extra layers, hat and gloves - since you will be standing still. If it’s between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., stop into the nature center to collect some black oil sunflower seed; otherwise, use a little from the feeder already placed on site. Hand-feeding works best with just one or two people or a small group, like three or four. Follow the Trout Lily Trail, then hang a right at the fork after the boardwalk across the wetlands, following the

Destination Aurora Jane Ulmer | Columnist

News you can use about what’s happening in beautiful Aurora, Ohio Holiday Show and Tree Lighting: On December 3rd at 4:00pm, the Aurora Community Theatre will be presenting a holiday show. Then, at 5:00pm, the celebration continues outside at the Gazebo with a lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, and refreshments. For more info, please call 330-562-4333. All events are free and open to the public. Breakfast with Santa: On December 3rd and December 10th, Doogans in Aurora will host a Breakfast with Santa. Doogans is located in the Barrington Town Square Shopping Center. Seating will be at 9:00am and 11:00am both days. Cost is $13.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Aurora Parks & Rec Dept at 129 W. Pioneer Trail. Aurora School of Music: ASM will be offering a Chamber Music Recital on December 11th from 7:00pm till 8:00pm and a Rock Concert on December 10th from 7:00pm till 8:00pm. All concerts are free and are held at the school in the HW Concert Hall. The ASM is located at 211 S. Chillicothe Rd. Please call 330-954-0211 or visit Aurora Farms Premium Outlets: In December, the outlets will launch a series of three four day long promotional events which will feature a specific category: Give Sparkle: December 1-4 will feature accessories, jewelry, watches, and special gifting items. Give Fun: December 8-11 will feature special seasonal promotions that are all about the joy of giving for the entire family. Give Warmth: December 15-18 will feature winter apparel, outerwear, and seasonal active wear. Please visit for more info. Even though it’s a little colder out, it is still a great time to enjoy the great outdoors. Remember that Aurora has some wonderful parks where you can enjoy some great outdoor activities. Be sure to check out the former Aurora Country Club. The city has purchased the former club and golf course and have installed paved walking trails, a parking lot, and restrooms. It’s a great place to take a leisurely walk on a cold day. So, bundle up, grab the dog and take a walk. Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays! If you have a submission for our Destination Aurora column please send via email to barryv@weeklyvillager. com

sign. Soon you’ll come upon the feeding station marked by a feeder and a mannequin, “Parker,” who keeps the birds familiar with a human presence. (Parker is pretty realistic; then again, the birds are fairly easy to fool.) Take down the feeder, hide it under the bucket that’s there, extend your hand with some seed in your palm, then wait. Odds are good you’ll have a taker if you’re patient, enjoying the peace and quite a handful of minutes or so, maybe less. Why was the Bird in the Hand Project established anyway? Well...’cause it’s cool! And it gives people an up-close look at these amazing little beauties. Led by naturalists Dottie Drockton and Linda Gilbert and a few dedicated volunteers, this project is one that you won’t want to miss - starting now and lasting all winter long. Watch Chief Naturalist John Kolar feed the birds at

J.A. Garfield Historical Society News Iva Walker | Columnist

The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on Monday, November 21, 2016 in the historic Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville. The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and accepted. Old business included discussion and reiteration of the recently-completed Christmas Walk, which was deemed a success; though the counts for the Candlelight Tour and the Walk proper were down slightly, the price change maintained a positive fiscal outcome. Members told of events and occurrences, friends and freeloaders which were part of the event. There was also discussion about other aspects, such as the rotation of the churches which participate each biennium, participation remuneration, the craft show, even the possibility of a name change or additional features involving more members of the community. Under new business was a request from the James A. Garfield Historical group of Mentor/Lawnfield (the Garfield Home, part of the National Park System) requesting the loan of a dress belonging to Lucretia Garfield which is owned by the Garrettsville James A. Garfield Historical Society. The Mentor group is mounting a display/presentation in April through July, 2017.The locally-owned dress has been well-preserved in acid-free wrappings in an acid-free box, per preservation instructions taken some time ago at KSU. The annual Christmas party will be in Cal’s II on December 19 at 6:00 p.m. The awning for the Bonnet Shoppe is ready for installation. A new executive board member and vice presidential nominee are needed by the January meeting ( third Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m.). Correspondence from the Portage County Historical Society took note of the fact that following the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the first woman to vote in Portage County(1920) was Mrs. Nellie Thayer of Garrettsville. There were snacks.

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3rd Grade Honor Roll - Mandy Cardinal, Elise Edwards, Grant Fogel, Poppy Graf, MaKenna Guyette, Preston Hatcher, Jack Neikirk, Elizabeth Proya, Ali Puruczky, Seth Runewicz, Richard Shackelford, Lillain Shay, Reese Shirkey, Jocelyn Sommer, Derik Stanley, Kaelyn Tasker, Addison Truce, Holly Warren, Evan Wensel, Lukas Workman, Ben Lang, Mason Andrikanich, Jack Badovick, Lillian Kercher, Brandyn Bogucki, Madison Vincent, Joseph Peebles, Maya Strok, Brendan Fashing, Finn Frato-Sweeney, Riley Grace, Summer Hlavaty, Cole Hornbeck, Evan Martin, Victoria White, Samantha Whitlow, Samantha LeBrun, Katelynne Holliday, Jaelyn Brown, River Gum, Owen Heron Merit Roll - Jonah Menough, Karleigh Clelland, Michael Khairallah, Kourtney Thompson, Camden Chapman, Rori Fields, Emily Hostetler, Holden Kissell, Gavin Mason, Colton Miller, Lucas Neiheisel, Brock Pesiceck, Dakota Stanley, Clinton Steerman, Avery Trudick, Savannah Vilk, Riley Carson, Brooklyn Armontrout, Emmalee Ritondaro, Carley Brainerd, Chrysten Prinkey, Calvin Godfrey, Kimberly Bowers, Hayley Umble, Heidi Auth, Grace Derecskey, Katelyn Evans, Ella Kissell, Garet Warnick, Leah Thomas, Carson Norton, Christopher Ihrig, Isayah Green, Janna Lynn Clelland, Makayla Lemons


Geddes, Zoey May, Owen Norris, Landon Norton, Taylor Perry, Aaron Rodhe, Keegan Sell, Elizabeth Shay, Morgan Soltis, Layla Strok, Lola Zicari, Angel Justham, Emily Dykes, Charity Bartlam, Kourtney Brahler, Austin Zarrelli, Deacon Sommer, Emerine Landon, Estes Hines, Leo Grandizio, Christian Owens, Madeline Wilson, Madison Woconish, Christian Gallagher, Matteo DiSanza, Shyann Gale, Christopher Claar, Lucas Whelchel, Maria D’Ambrosia Merit Roll - Sean Shea, Alex DelTorto, Hannah Thompson, Owen Bass, Sophia Butto, Phoenix Cline, Sophia Scott, Lille Shackelford ,Aiden Kissell, Adriana McDonald, Abigail Ritondaro, Cara Stefan, Alex Carter, Julie Kurtz, Kadin Hunter, Justice Craver, Vincent D’Amico, Aaron Gissinger, Wyatt Jones, Shane Ohlrich, Thomas Proya, Thomas Sheller, Daniel Stiles, Jordan Williams, Alexander Silver, Jacob Holliday, Bryce Prunty, Amelia Bayus, Hailey Smith, Kamryn Wheeler, Cyrus Romecki, Onid Rinladi

6th Grade Honor Roll - Alexander Cooper, Hunter Andel, Marissa Bazil, Abby Collopy, Karissa Eaton, Cameron Edwards, Daniel Ensinger, Maggie Fogel, Jesse Grace, Vincent Grandizio, Becca Lawrence, Kesley Massey, Max May, Molly Morrissey, Trenton Noland, Becca Nottingham, Natalina Porter, Jack Rado, Allie Runewicz, Megan Schaefer, Madeline Shirkey, Jackson Sommer, Daniel Valdman, Dominic White, Dezaray McIe, Kristopher Carson, Hayley Gadowski, Kloe Kristoff, Alivia Babuka, Lauren Whan, Aubrey Stonestreet, Madelyn Stonestreet, Haley Ihrig, Senoa Wagner, Christian Stanley, Amy Auth, Alyssa Colvin, Taylor Hrabak, Riley Swigonski, Andrew Wem, Marissa White, Kaitlyn Godfrey, Dylan Justice, Charles Snyder, Kyle Schaefer, Elijah Voshel, Joseph Chartier, Anna Fashing, Blake Horvath, MaryBeth Kindlesparker, Brian Stavis, Hannah Warren, Daisy Yearyean, Neveah Kempf, Samantha Godfrey, Keyaira Sly, Ashley Corning, Camryn Brainard, Alyssa Welch, Jeffrey Hatfield, Cora Lawrence, Rene Fenshaw Merit Roll - Gabrielle Barnard, Cameron Clemons, Rebecca Riebe, Thomas Gushura, Emma Bass, Brendan Beatty, Alexandra Blohm, Tyler Bortz, Mia Cain, Isabella Caldro, Valerie Doumanian, Rachel Evans, Emily Hall, Ciera Hoy, Allison Kinght, Shawna McGregor, Liam Mielcarek, Matthew Robinson, Amanda Riffle, Sierra Nerby, Benjamin Garlich, Noah Krimmer, Isaac Prunty, Ian Hunt, Tyler Goodrich, Madison Rushnok, Raymond Hannan, Carter Bates, Katarina Crawley, Liberty Klatik, Morgan Martin, Sofia Sheer, Gary Stefko, Nora Trent, Kayla Sabatino

Newton Falls Middle School Honor Roll 1st Grading Period

4th Grade Haley Albert, Riley Amspaugh,*Annabelle Andrukat, Brian Axiotis, Bailey Bigelow, Angelina Boone,*Isabella Bryant, Cameron Brown, Bayleigh Cumberledge, Noah DeCesare, Logan Elliott, Preston Ganoe, Addison Garro, Aiden Gavin, Dean Goncz,*Caitlynn Grimm, Phoenix Hammond,*Frank Hanzes,*Veronica Hanzes, Carson Howard, Keegan Howard, Kennedy Howard, Claire Howdershelt,*Cameron Huff, Grace Hufford, Mason Jarvis, Patience Jenkins, David Johnson, Kennedy King, Jada Kwiecinski, Aubrey Lampman, Ryley Lampman, Timothy Mayle, Eric McCombs, Landon McGregor, Wyatt McGregor, William Medved, Mauricio Miller,*Payton Murphy, Okey Nelson,*Summer Oakes, Addison Pellin,*Harley Pendleton,*Gage Phares,*Ethan Powell,*Trevor Ruiz,*Trevor Ruscoe, Lillian Sait, Ashlynn Shanes,*Raygen Sidwell, Brooke Stiffler, Quintin Sutter, Travis Tursack, Kennedy Weeks 5th Grade Sarah Almashy, Emma Baker,*Christopher Baryak, Lauryn Bervish,*Katrina Braun, Robert Brode, Braelyn Bussey, Chloe Butler,*Jadyn Byrd, Aubrey Cadle, Brooklyn Cieszenski,*Emilia Colosimo, Kolin Davis,*Jason Decker, Isaiah DiGrino,*Ella Downing,*Danielle Drake, Alysa Foley, Hailey Greathouse, Hailey Higinbotham, Ivy Huang, Nolan Kaehne, Johnny Kendall, Kenzie Lago, Nicholas Lampman,*Jacob Maas,*Jared Machi,*Amia Maffitt,*Zander Miller,*Syxx Moore,*Gigi Morgan, Nicholas Moss,*Bailey Musser, Sidney Orlandi,*Abigail Prusky, Sarah Reakes, Breyahna Rodhe, Danika Rogers, Aleah Scialdone,*Caden Short,*Desiray Smith, Chad Stiffler,*Alexander Stinson,*Zachary Stinson, Antonio Sutter, Rylei White,*Dylan Wyant, Alivia Young, Kimberly Young, Melanie Zimmermann 6th Grade Genevieve Bailey, Madison Baillie,*Bryce Barnhart, Kaylee Blom, Alison Clonch, Justine Coddington,*Lily Derry, Shelby Fowler, Alice Garro, Mackenzie Haidet, Ashlie Harvey, Nicholas Henle, Krystal Hull, Cameron Hunt, Alexander Iammarino, Konner Keas, Clea Kelm,*Jacob Kline, Lydia Koehrsen, Delaney Lampman, Jacob Mays, Dylan McGregor, Merle McVicker, David Medved, Bryan Mekker, Emily Nutter, Alex Pennington, Ewa Persin, Kytt Proctor, Thane Sidwell, Jacob Sipka, Evilynn Vance, Shay Whitacre * Denotes All A’s


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3.2 & Above - Robert Barnett*, Christopher Blewitt, Taylor Brown, Dane Burrows, Emma Chinn, Corin Colton, Courtney Cressman*, Cole Dean, Dalton Fall, Mason Friess*, Ashley Gibson, Travis Gibson, Alexander Good*, Mary Hahn*, Ashley Kaiser, Sarah Kernig, Jessica Lambert, Austin Mangeri, Hannah McBride*, Hope Miller, Seth Morgan, Zachary Ober, Haley Overdorf, Michaela Paroff, Angelina Penna, Trevor Putney*, Michael Quesenberry, Brianna Royston, Georgia Slaughter, Stella Stevens, Danielle Tuttle*, Clare Workman

11th Grade 4.0 & Above - William Criblez, Samantha Guyette*, Cassandra Hightower, Kylie Hoover, Carley Kerkhoven*, Daniel Klein hen*, Maken na Lawrence, John Lininger,Ethan Marek*, Julia McGrew, Abbigail Metz*, Derek Miller, Jenna Montez, Andrew Morrissey, Jackson Neer, Theresa Paroff, Jason Riebe, Isaac Russell*, Kevin Splinter, Simon Varner, Angel Williamson* 3.2 & Above - Chelsea Bates, Jordan Bayus*, Lauren Beckwith, Justin Bloom*, Austin Boggs*, Catherine Brann, Ryan Brown, Madeline Caldro, Kiley Carey, Samantha Fair, Zachary Fergis, Ashlyn Geddes, Makayla Gough, Casey Johnson, Haley Kern*, Logan Kissell, Kyle Lambert, Jack Lawrence, Tyler Lippert*, John Lorinchack, Deborah Lough*, Jacey Luzny, Mason Mayoros, Thomas McHenry, Isabella Obreza, Keenan Rankin, Natasha Rantilla*, Seth Rinearson, Helen Roth, Madeline Scott, Courtney Siracki, Zackary Smith, Travis Sommers, Katherine Synnestvedt, Mikayla Thornton, Emma Trent, Kyle Turrentine, Zayne Veon*, Carissa White, Shannon Williams, Tiffany Yeager, Alyssa Zupancic

10th Grade 4.0 & Above - Chad Angermeier, Jason Conley, Caillean Galayde, Matthew Glinski, Robert Haney, Eric Jackson, Lyndsey Johns, Max Kane, Tyler Klouda, Racquel Koleszar, Sarah Miller, Adam Norris, Evan Pawlus, Andrew Pemberton, Rachel Rader, Hunter Sopher, Zoe Swenson, Lauren Walz, Lucas Wordell 3.2 & Above - Christopher Beasley, Karyssa Becker, Alexander Bell, Samuel Biltz, Audrey Bowden, Olivia Brann, Madisan Brown, Samantha Brys, Travis Criblez, Robert Del Torto, Daniel Demma, Sarah Desalvo, Samantha Ensinger, Alexis Evans, Amanda Fisher, Joshua Forsythe, Abigayle Gembicki, Natalie Hall, Elizabeth Hilverding, Jessica Huebner, Nicole Kerschner, Clint Kindlesparker, Serafina Kohler, Ryan Lance, Kassidy Leach, Megan Ledlow, Caitlyn Minor, Brooke Morgan, Erika Musgrove, Madison Neer, Nicole Ober, Devyn Penna, Chad Ramsell, Sebastian Shafer, Hannah Smith, Brianna Stanley, Travis Synnestvedt, Katelin Tuttle, Addison Varner, Dylan Wilson, Austin Wise, Kaitlyn Workman

9th Grade 4.0 & Above - Lillian Oles, Phillip West 3.2 & Above - Mandolin Arnett, Ethan Baker, Joseph Ball, Hannah Bittence, Maya Brown, Kage Callahan, Mason Cebulla, Hannah Chartier, Talon Cline, Owen Cmunt, Brooke-Lyn Collin, Jenna Conley, Gianna D’Amico, Cassandra Finney, Ilene Flaherty, Abigail Forsythe, Kya Fresch, Laina Galayde, Aryanna Gentles, Samantha Gilbert, Joe Golgosky, Ralph Grandizio, Kyleigh Grandon, Andreya Grunder, Connor Hrubik, Karlee Huter, Mark Jones, Joshua Kent, Cameron King, Sara Kittle, Colton Klatik, Madison Knispel, Alexandria Konecek, Emma Lawrence, Michael Martin, Zoe Masga, Ryan Matulewicz, Courtney Maur, Meghan McDougall, Jilleena Moore, Anna Morrissey, Jacob Nottingham, Chloe Pfile, Nathan Phillips, Gracie Pignaloso, Nathan Pitsinger, Eric Schaefer, Madelyn Scirocco, Sarah Shearer, Hannah Smith, Taylor Soltis, Bradley Valdman, Madison Van Kirk, John Zieleniewski * Maplewood Career Student


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J.A. Garfield High School Honor Roll Holiday Cheer, Naturally 1st Grading Period No one will say there’s nothing to do in Geauga

12th Grade 4.0 & Above - Marcus Arnett*, Thomas Bissler, Elisha Bly, Hayley Bolton*, Francesca Bowman, Alexis Brooks, Christian Crawford, Marissa Cremers, Joseph Emrick, Rose Englert, Nicholas Ensinger, Brittany Gallagher, Kelly Hartman, Nicole Hood*, Lauren Jones, Nina Jurcevic, Courtney Lytle*, Emily Masters*, Cassidie Maur, Janis Nystrom, Guy Peart, Callie Pfile, Grayson Rose, Savanna Sheer, Larra Shreve, Chandler Stefanek, Brenna Tabor, Riley Van Kirk, Mikhala West, Heidi Wickli


Park District the first weekend of December – not with our annual Holiday Greens Workshop, two Timbertots-style versions, and an opportunity to build greenery pieces for local seniors! From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, visit The West Woods Nature Center to “makeand-GIVE” as we create 250 evergreen decorations to accompany home-delivered meals for seniors through the Geauga County Department on Aging! “This third annual event is great for families and friends to do together – it’s always a very nice, heart-warming afternoon,” said Holly Sauder, outreach coordinator for the Park District. “This year we’ll also have holiday cards to sign for the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky and the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, so we’re reaching out to not only Geauga County seniors, but the veteran community as well.” All supplies will be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring additional decorative items to add to the centerpieces, all the while enjoying live holiday music by the West Geauga Class Act acapella group! Registration is not required – just drop in and get on board. Meanwhile at Swine Creek Reservation, Geauga Park District’s popular Holiday Greens Workshop will guide adults and those ages 12 and up to arrange fresh evergreens into one of four holiday arrangements. This year’s annual workshop is Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation’s lodge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

Registration is required – and already limited! – at or 440-286-9516. While registering, participants will be asked to select one of four projects: centerpiece with bird, mantelpiece, outdoor swag with ornaments or wreath with berries. Illustrations of all four options can be seen on the Bulletin Board at http:// An $18 fee will be charged upon registration, and $7 will be due to the instructor at the program. Various evergreens, pine cones and ribbons will be provided, but you may also bring your own accents – after all, this is your project to keep – as well as pruners and a plastic bag to protect your car seat from water. For younger artists ages 3 to 5, a naturalist will also host Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! at The West Woods Nature Center on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 3 p.m., or Monday, December 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Accompanied by an adult, these kids will discover what’s cool about pine trees and other evergreens, venture outside a little while, then make their own fun centerpiece to take home. Registration is required for the Timbertots program at or 440-2869516. Again, bows and pine cones will be provided, but kids may bring small decorations if they’d like. All opportunities are fully wheelchair / stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions. Geauga Park District is online at http://, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Windham Jr & Sr High School Honor Roll - 1st Grading Period

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Should I start a line of cookware like Paula Deen and make millions? I am, after all, a true believer in butter. That way, one would think, I would always have a full set available...just wander off to the warehouse and get as many sets as I like. Perhaps I could also have signing events where I put my name on cookbooks or baking pans or sheets of baking parchment paper. The garbage disposal is always a suspect in the disappearance of kitchen items but I don’t think that is the culprit here. Wouldn’t I have heard a hunk of plastic being devoured? I have a couple of regular spoons that suffered grievous wounds in there and I sure heard them. Baking pans of various sorts have also disappeared over the years but I blame a lot of that on church dinners; not that anyone deliberately had taken any of those, it’s that I’ve gone off and left them there for extended periods of time and things drift away. I really miss a couple of those pie pans, if, indeed, that’s where they went. They were of a type that I cannot seem to find anywhere these days. They were the standard pie pan size—nine inches—but with a sort of trough or gutter (not a word one wishes to use in connection with food, unfortunately) around the outside edge to catch any—God forbid—overflow from over-enthusiastic filling, especially fruit fillings like blackberry. The bottom of my oven is a testimonial to the necessity of accounting for this, self-cleaning oven notwithstanding. Cake pans don’t seem to disappear nearly as often as pie pans. Why’s that? It’s not as though I don’t have plenty of other kitchen schedule changes or grocery lists that must be acted upon gadgets in other drawers. Most kitchens have a “junk if anyone wants to eat dinner tonight. Does this stuff fall drawer”, as I’ve said before, that’s what all of mine are. into some kind of time warp, only to be discovered when Many of the items in there are only used “once in a blue the Last Trump (not this one, he’s liable to be around moon”, but when the moon is shining and I want to use ‘way past his “best by” date) sounds, or is it the ultimate the micro grater or the corn silk brush or the two-and- in recycle, turning up just where we thought we’d left it a-half inch biscuit cutter, I want to use it right NOW and long after we’re all naught but fading memories. Think not have to root around in some distant storage depot to about that for awhile. A N D . . .y o u c o u l d c h e c k o u t t h e find it. Which is why there’s a bunch of silicone basting brushes in there, and a couple of plastic pot scrapers (the on Facebook for the straightedge ones work nicely at cleaning off my wooden Pet of the Day—the day being November 25—to see a bread/pastry board as well), not to mention the whisks of snap of the latest addition to the Feline Follies currently various sizes. But can I find a teaspoon measure when showing at this residence. The new kitten got to go for her first check-up—weigh-in, invasive examinations, I want one? Ha! The idea of some miscreant lurking around and shots, wormer-to-go, a “Kitten Kit”--all of that. She sneaking in here to make off with the vintage cookware got the de-flea treatment at home; didn’t like it any more doesn’t really fly either. I do have an heirloom mixing than the big guys do. 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HEY KIDS! Here’s how the Math Corner works: Work the questions below and fill in the answers. Then clip and send before the deadline to: MATH CORNER, c/o The Weekly Villager, 8088 Main Street, Garrettsville OH 44231. Three winners will be drawn from all correct entries received. Prizes are courtesy of Garrettsville McDonald’s. Good luck. A set of ten consecutive whole numbers has a 1. product of 0. Determine the sum of the least and greatest numbers in this set.



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is locked our of her house and can only remember 3. Susie a few numbers of the combination to the hidden lockbox containing a key. She knows that it follows a certain mathematical pattern. There are 7 numbers in the code, and she knows that the first 4 numbers are 2,5,11 and 23. She can also remember the last number, which is 191. What is the sum of x and y? 2, 5, 11, 23, X, Y, 191

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