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Friday, December 8, 2017

Merry Middlefield This Saturday

Middlefield - Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 10 am and 4 pm Grinch and his dog Max will arrive in Middlefield to steal gifts donated by the community. Businesses that are members of the Middlefield Chamber are involved in this first annual “Merry Middlefield – A Grinch Steals Christmas”. Look for posters and signs when visiting local merchants in Middlefield, they will have a decorated box or shopping carts for collecting unwrapped toys that will be donated to Santa’s Hideaway Hollow in Middlefield. The Grinch will appear at these various locations to steal gifts, photographer Shelby Smith will be following through the day for pictures that will posted on the Chamber website for free downloading. The Middlefield Library will host the Grinch reading his story to the children at noon and give an autographed book to the children, courtesy of Friends of the Library. At 6:00 pm, the Grinch will be at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield to give his dramatic speech inside from the balcony. You will want to bring chairs and dress warmly to go outside for the fireworks at the end of the event. Fireworks courtesy of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply and Village of Middlefield. For more information, contact Lynnette at the Middlefield Chamber Office 440-632-5705 mccinfo@

Area Holiday Happenings

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate the season while staying close to home with your family there are a variety of options to consider. If you need a reminder of the reason for the season, why not check out the drive-through nativity this weekend at St. Joseph’s church in Mantua? This second annual event takes place on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday December 10th from 6 –8 pm each evening. Parish volunteers invite you and your family to join in the caroling and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, as well. Note that a freewill donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the 4C’s will be accepted. Any proceeds from this event will be used for church repairs; the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 sponsors the event. For more details contact Kathy at (616) 723-3091. If you’re looking for unique holiday gifts for those special people on your list, why not check out Mantua’s Pop-Up Art Gallery, which features a variety of items from local and regional artists at a wide range of prices. From note cards to jewelry; glass pieces, photography and paintings, to carved wood, you’re sure to find a new treasure. The store is located at 10676 Main Street in Mantua and is open through the end of December on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, Saturdays from noon to 5 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. Proceeds from the venture will be used to support the Downtown Mantua Revitalization efforts to spur the Arts Initiative in Mantua. For more information, contact Marian Phillips at (330) 283-3264. Another great venue for gift-giving options is the

Annual Hiram Farm Holiday Open House this weekend. On Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th from 10 am until 2 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to support a worthy endeavor while finding a variety of gifts for your family and friends. The event is not-to-bemissed, offering a plethora of handmade items, including one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, food items that are perfect for gift-giving, natural body products and soaps, blankets, and more. Hiram Farm is an independent, nonprofit social service organization with the mission to provide inspiration and meaningful work for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders; these ‘farmers’ have created the items offered for sale. The farm is located at 11485 Garfield Road in Hiram. Call (330) 569-3441 for more information, or simply stop by during sale hours. Looking ahead to next weekend, you’ll have another opportunity to experience a living nativity. That’s because on Saturday, December 16th, the Portage Faith United Methodist Church will be hosting a live nativity at Mantua’s Mini-Park on Main Street. The seasonal event will take place from 6 until 9 pm that evening; everyone is welcome to stop by to check it out. For more information, contact Chris at for more info. Lastly, local residents are cordially invited to attend the swearing in of newly elected officials to various local government positions on Friday, December 22nd at 7 pm. The event will take place at Hiram College’s Koritansky Hall, presided over by Congressman David Joyce. Newly elected or re-elected officials from Hiram, Mantua, and Garrettsville have been invited to participate, and the public is encouraged to attend, as well.

Japanese Sports And Exercise Iva L. Walker | Columnist

Take a chance. Try something new. Learn something interesting. Where? At the Portage County District Library, Garrettsville branch…or any branch. There are programs of all sorts going on, usually free and open to virtually anyone who wants to come in. For example…. On November 27, 2017 Haruhide Osugi, co-ordinator of the Japan Outreach Initiative from the Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies, K.S.U. presented an overview of Japanese sports and exercise, in current practice and from as far back as the 1600’s. ( He also brought some current magazines; one of the food publications showed mac & cheese.) He also reminded everyone that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo; this is the first time since 1964 that the summer games will be in Japan. (Winter Games were there in 1972 and 1998) This will, undoubtedly, have an enormous impact, particularly on infrastructure. Plans are in the works for a 300 mph train called the Linear Motor Car, a new National Stadium, a fuel cell bus for moving the crowds about, a National Gymnasium and redevelopment of the Tokyo Bay area. Millions and billions will be spent to make the event a showcase for a modern and

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significant Asian nation. As for national sports, the first to come to many minds would be Sumo wrestling. This particular competition evolved from the training of Samurai warriors, beginning in the 17th century. For many years none but Japanese competitors reached the top ranks but now many come from other nations—Brazil, Mongolia, Russia, China, Bulgaria—there have even been two Americans who have held the top title of Yokozuno—champion. On retiring from the ring, many become commentators, celebrities or coaches. They probably lose weight and change their hairstyles too. Other traditional sports of historical interest include Kendo, involving particular footwork and a sword-like staff, Kyudo, a very ascetic sort of archery as a branch of martial arts, as well as Karate and Judo, which are the better-known martial arts associated with Japan. Other popular sports include ones which might be seen in any Western country—baseball, soccer, boxing, volleyball, ice skating, table tennis, golf, tennis. Many students in middle schools and high schools participate in sports clubs, which are very focused and do not encourage participating in more than one sport. Finally, there is Razio-Taisu, Radio Exercise, which had its origin in America, being broadcast in Boston in 1922 under the sponsorship of an insurance company. Someone in Japan apparently thought it was a fine idea and the whole country took it up. Many still practice its simple moves—which the group in attendance at the program did as well—as a way to start the day limbered up, breathing and moving healthfully, and awake to the possibilities of the day. Not a bad way to go. Watch for more topics and activities at all of the local branches of the PCDL; they’re open to all.


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A Walk Through Bethlehem

Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter Nelson Township - Imagine a time when a city is extremely lively, to the point of almost being chaotic, as Roman soldiers were every where trying to control the people and animals running to and fro, a city that had Jews living in fear as they knew they were the target of hatred from the Romans. It was a time, when everything was coming to a head as many were anxiously waiting for the promised Messiah to set them free. The city is Bethlehem. It was a lively town, where caravans would stop by and get their provisions before heading on to Hebron and Jerusalem. The market place of the city is the hub, where one could find out the latest news, gossip and to learn about the lifestyles of the people. Imagine the crowds, as citizens return to the city of their birth to register for the census, as ordered by Emperor Augustus. Not a room in the city could be found. Travelers were scrambling to find lodging, and animals, such as camels, cattle, goats, sheep etc were running free in the streets; it was what we might call organized chaos; the city was bursting at the seams. That was the way of life back then and you’re about to take a journey back in time to experience life in Bethlehem. It’s an interactive, live drama that has each person/ family entering “the city”, registering for the census as was decreed by Augustus. Once registered, you will travel through the “streets” of Bethlehem getting to know the people, the merchants, catch up on the latest news and celebrate the glad tidings of the birth of the Christ Child. One will be given tokens to use to pay taxes, purchase goods in the bakery and a meal to take home at the end. The journey should take about a half an hour to go through, ending at the Nativity. It is a free event and is open to the public. It will be held inside, allowing one to escape the fickle December weather in Ohio. There will be a parking tram and security on site as well. The event will be this Saturday, December 9, 2017 starting at 5pm and will be open until 8pm. You can come and go at your leisure, as the walk will take about a half an hour. The walk is located at The Fountain Church at 12888 State Route 88 in Nelson Township, donations are accepted but not required. For more information one can contact the church at (330) 219-0205 or (330) 219- 0795. The church is under the leadership of Pastors Kevin and Lynne Crouch.


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

Fitness Challenge

Register Today! Join the Crestwood Band Members and Boosters in the March to Good Health Fitness Challenge. Participants can walk, run, bike, ski, swim or exercise their way to the finish line goal of 100 points by March 30th. All 100 point finishers receive a Fitness Challenge T-Shirt and free ticket for the raffle baskets at the All District Band Concert on April 13th! Funds raised go towards band student supplies and band travel. To register please log onto

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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.

Men on Mondays

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

Families Anonymous Meeting

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

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

Start Talking ! Portage Stop Addiction

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

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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.

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.

Historical Society Gifts

On Sale Now! Freedom Township Historical Society is trying to simplify your holiday shopping this year. In addition to our T-shirts, we are now offering SWEATSHIRTS to keep your loved ones warm during the winter months. These come in a forest green with lettering and our logo in white; a donation of $20.00 will secure your sweatshirt in adult sizes S-XL. 2XL – 4XL are also available for a slightly higher donation. To place an order, call Judy at 330-527-7669 or Amanda at 330-842-4374. We can email you a form or you can simply place an order by phone. We deliver too! What a deal!

Movie Night With Santa

Dec 8 The Portage Faith United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Movie Night With Santa on Dec 8 at 6:30 pm at Portage Faith Church,



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Hiram Community Chorus

Dec 8 Hiram Community Chorus presents an evening of music for the season and beyond, old favorites, new melodies, a stirring end-off for holiday activities. This will take place in the Hiram Christian Church on December 8 at 7:00. Come one, come all. Free festivities to cheer your hearts and lighten your load,

Hiram Farm Annual Craft & Gift Sale

Dec 8 & 9 Hiram Farm Annual Craft and Gift Sale will be held on Dec.8th and 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hiram Farm, 11543 Garfield Rd., Hiram. Handcrafted items made by our farmers including holiday decorations, soaps, culinary delights, pet gifts and much more !

Gingerbread Display

Dec 8 & 15 Gingerbread Display at the Historic Johnson Farm, 6203 Pioneer Trail, Hiram Ohio. Opening Celebration -- Dec 8th and 15th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Refreshment served. Display open daily Dec 8-30, 9 a.m. - 4. P.m. Sundays 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

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

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

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 9 Santa comes to Newton Falls to invite you to a free breakfast. Bring the whole family to the First Congregational Church, 612 W. Broad Street on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 am.

Drive Thru Nativity

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

Silent Auction

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Treats & Treasures Sale

Dec 9 Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Road Lake Milton, will be holding a Treats and Treasures sale on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. New and like new items will be for sale including a selection of baked goods. Prices range from .50 cents to $5.00. Nothing over $5.00. Great for teachers’s gifts, exchanges etc. We will also have free soup and sandwiches.

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 9 The Palmyra Fire Department and the Fireflies will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 9th, 2017 at the Palmyra fire station. The breakfast will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am . Santa will arrive at 8:30. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and a beverage. The cost is as follows; adult cost is $7.00, children age 4-10 is $4.00 and children age 3 and under is free! A photo will be included for each family with breakfast.

Pizza With Santa

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

Community Church Christmas Service

Dec 10 Windham Community Church Christmas Service will be held on Dec 10 at 4:00 pm at Community Center. All invited. Light Parade to follow the Service.

Freedom Township Historical Society Meeting

Dec 12 Freedom Township Historical Society’s monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 1 PM at the Freedom Community Center located at 8940 S R 700 – the former Methodist Church. Our meeting will be a Christmas get-together with a sharing of Christmas cookies, snacks, memories and stories of growing up in Freedom. Everyone interested in Freedom’s history is invited to attend. If you need a ride, call Judy at 330-527-7669.

Astronomy Adventures at Hiram College

Dec 15 Celebrate the upcoming shortest day of the year by exploring the night sky. Bring the entire family for an opportunity to crawl inside the StarLab Portable Planetarium to view stars, constellations and learn about star legends. If the sky is clear, visit the Hiram College Stephens Memorial Observatory too. Stop in anytime from 7:009:00pm. Location: Gerstacker Science Hall, Hiram College (on Hayden St. north of SR 82 just west of SR 700). Parking available on Hayden, Dean and Bancroft Streets. Contact Matt Sorrick at (330) 569-6003 or for information.

Christmas is only a few weeks away and although it should be a time of joy, for many families in Geauga County, it is a time of worry. Geauga County Job and Family Service’s SPONSOR A FAMILY PROGRAM can help. The program assists low income families with toys, food, and gifts for the holidays. The program is open to Geauga County families with minor children who are receiving assistance such as food stamps. If you are interested applying for help or have questions, please contact Sara Shininger at 440285-9141, ext. 1263 for more information. Presents for delivery can be dropped off at the fire station beginning on Monday, Nov 27 through 6 pm. Questions - call 330-569-9826.

Crestwood Cookie Walk

Dec 16 Crestwood Cookie Walk will be held on Dec 16th from 9am-1pm (while supplies last) Crestwood Middle School, 10880 John Edwards Drive in the large cafeteria. $8 per pound. Buy dozens of holiday cookies for your family, friends, neighbors and teachers. Buy now…freeze for later. Trays for sale or free boxes provided

Garrettsville UMC Christmas Concert

Dec 17 The Chancel Choir of Garrettsville United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM. Joined by students from KSU’s School of Music, the choir will perform music both familiar and new. You will recognize traditional carols such as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” choral masterworks like Vivaldi’s beloved “Gloria in excelsis,” and old hymns presented in a new light with Daniel Hughes’s “Creator, Emmanuel.” New works by American composers Daniel Gawthrop, Nathan Jones, and Eric Whitacre will be just as fulfilling. There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering will be taken at the concert’s conclusion.

Book Discussion Club

Dec 19 The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Dec 19 in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is: A View from the Buggy by Jerry S. Eicher and Nathan Miller. In this compilation by Eicher and Miller, more than thirty Amish men and women present life stories within Amish families and Amish society. It contains tales of happiness, loss, hope, and work. The buggy both slows and limits mobility creating close-knit communities. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available. The Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231

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Suzanne Clark Viebranz Windham, OH Suzanne Clark Viebranz, 84, passed away peacefully Monday, November 27, surrounded by her loving children and several grandchildren at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born September 14, 1933, to Ray W. and Florence Simons Clark, and was a descendant of one of the original settlers of Windham Township. Su z g r a du at e d f rom Windham High School in 1950, then graduated from Bohecker’s Business College before going to work at the Ravenna Arsenal as secretary to the employment and services manager. She stayed with the Arsenal until her marriage to Richard D. Viebranz, Sr. on November 14, 1953. She was a proud lifelong Democrat who served 44 years on the local Democratic Central Committee, and spent four decades as a poll worker in Windham for more elections than she could count. Suz was very proud she exercised her right to vote and never missed a primary or general election in 63 years. Suz served as the Windham Township Clerk for more than 24 years and greatly enjoyed working with the “boys.” She also worked as a legal secretary for various law firms - including Kane & Bangas, James G. Ulrich and the city of Kent’s law director - and held numerous other secretarial positions. She loved her family dearly. Among her greatest joys were summers serving as scorekeeper for nearly two decades while her children and husband, “Dick,” were involved in Ohio Hot Stove baseball and softball leagues. Suz fondly recalled those busy days, when baseball and softball took over much of her and Dick’s free time. Looking back with a smile, she remembered “living many summers in a row on carryout chicken from a local bar” after spending after noons and evenings on ball fields throughout Portage County. Suz was an avid

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Cleveland sports’ fan who loved her “Bron-Bron,” and the Cavaliers while she also cheered on the Indians and the Browns. Suz’s many hobbies included reading, sewing, making crafts, playing cards and playing the slot machines - much to the dismay of her husband. She is survived by her husband; their four children – Kimberly S. (Jerry) Kiser, Richard D. (Judy) Viebranz Jr., Laura J Stanley (David) Samaniego, and Melissa R. (David) Roubic; 15 grandchildren - Amy Kiser Dickey, Scott Kiser, Paul Hedge, Tracy Viebranz, John Viebranz, Ricky Viebranz, Megan Viebranz Fisher, Jacob Viebranz, Adam Stanley, Bryan Stanley, Kyle Stanley, Jodi Stanley, Alexandra Roubic, Toren Roubic, and Kennedy Roubic; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, and her son-in-law, Jeffrey L. Stanley. Visitation was held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1-3:30 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Funeral Services followed at 3:30 PM with Father Lang officiating. Burial to be held in Windham Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Suz’s name to the Windham Historical Society, 9612 Parkman Road, Windham, Ohio 44288, as she was one of the founding members. Online condolences at

Richard “Dick” Lawless Garrettsville, OH Richard “Dick” Lawless, 88, of Garrettsville passed away Friday December 1st. He was born Monday November 11, 1929 to Harold and Clella (Spencer) Lawless in Garrettsville, Ohio. He worked at Polson Rubber, Ravenna Arsenal, Container Corp., and Porters IGA. D ick se r ve d t he Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District for 51 years. He joined the department in January 1951 and went on honorary status in December 2002, and he will be greatly missed. Dick was proud to have served in the US Air Force, receiving the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the Berlin Airlift Device. Dick enjoyed coaching Little League when Jeff was young and often went to the Canfield and Sharon Stock Car Races. Some of his favorite times were spent travelling all around the country with his family when they were young and in later years watching his sons and grandsons in their sporting events. Dick will be missed by his sons Jeffrey (Jodie) Lawless and Gary (Terri) Lawless; grandchildren Jacob (Caitlin)

Lawless, Jeremy (Dezaree) Lawless and Eric Lawless; great-grandchild Makenna Lawless; brothers Charles Lawless and Melvin (Carol) Lawless. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Harriett (Knowlton) Lawless, siblings Harold Lawless Jr., Stanley “Hank” Lawless and Marlene Fairbee. Friends will be welcomed for visitation on Thursday December 7, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at MalloryDeHaven-Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, OH 44231. Funeral Service will be Friday December 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Family suggests contributions be made in Dick’s name to; Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District 8035 Elm St., Garrettsville, OH 44231 or Community Ambulance 10804 Forest St., Garrettsville, OH 44231. Online condolences at

In Memory of Vern Ziska Vern Ziska, Age 76, of Redlands, CA passed away on Wednesday November 1, 2017. Vern was born December 28, 1940 in Ravenna, Ohio to his parents, Edward and Edith Ziska. Vern was a 1958 graduate of James A. Garfield High School. He will be remembered as a talented basketball player who helped the G-Men win the Portage County League Championship in 1958. As a junior he was named to the Record Courier All-County Team, and in his senior year he was chosen for their All-Star Team. Vern was a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for 47 years. He is survived by his wife Antonia “Toni” Ziska, son Alexios “Alex” Ziska, daughter Christen Ziska, son Shayne Ziska, son Chad Ziska (Amelia), son Wade Ziska (Tracy); brother Robert “Bob” Ziska (Luana); brothers-in-law David Silvia, Joseph Silvia and Freddy Bojorquez; sisters-in-law Nichole Silvia and Betty Ziska; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Vern and Antonia were married for 26 years. Vern was preceded in death by his two brothers, Edward Ziska and Ronald Ziska and nephew Richard Ziska. Trisagion service was held November 14, 2017 and Funeral Service November 15, 2017 both at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church with burial at Montecito Memorial Park, Colton, California.

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The Garrettsville Journal article on December 25, 1935 was titled “Former Local Woman’s Song on Christmas Broadcast, Dec. 25. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. Theodore Lind will be interested to know that one of Mrs. Lind’s songs will be on the air—sung and played—in a coast-to-coast broadcast from Hollywood, Calif. on Christmas Day. Devoting all her time for the past year to composing and studio teaching. Mrs. Lind has composed and completed or has in “motif” ready to finish, over 100 art songs, sacred songs, home songs, Mother’s Day songs, Father’s Day songs, popular, patriotic, sacred and secular choruses; organ solos, chants, responses, piano suites (with words) for children, educational suites for piano, piano solos, waltzes and marches. Recently she began composing popular songs and a light opera. She is also composing a Christmas cantata. The song to be broadcast on Christmas is one of her popular songs “To You. My Paradise.” One of Mrs. Lind’s art songs will be purchased by the Theodore Presser Co. early in the new year. She writes the song poems for all of her songs. The works will be published under the name of Lucile Snow Lind. Mrs. Lind was organist and her husband choir director in St. John’s Methodist Church until last Christmas. Mrs. Lind was formerly Miss Lucile Snow and resided in Garrettsville many years. She now lives at Cornwellon-Hudson.

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Mantua - Recently, the Mantua Garden Club hosted a swap party, and the results were wonderful, Garden Club President Paula Tubalkain explained. If you’ve never hosted a swap party, you’re in for a real treat! For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, it’s simply a gathering of friends, where each person brings in items to share, or swap, with others. The items offered or swapped could range from crafted or homegrown items, designer clothes or accessories, books, Christmas cookies -- basically anything your heart desires. To make it easier, the host or hostess determines the type of swap and the number of those invited. The number of guests can help determine the way the swap will be organized. For example, if ten guests have been invited, then each person attending should bring ten items to swap, one for the host and each guest at the event. Items from previous parties have included homemade pasta, local honey, eggs from backyard chickens, jams and jellies, art photographs, and painted mason jars filled with fresh flowers. If the number of guests is larger or attendance is uncertain, the host may suggest that each guest bring a set number, like five items, that they may choose to swap based on what other guests have brought. This year’s Garden Club gathering was an afternoon gathering held at a club member’s home. Each member was instructed to bring five items, wrapped so that the contents would be indistinguishable. While enjoying refreshments, guests were invited to take turns circling the table and selecting one item, then returning to their seats. “We opened them one at a time, like Christmas,” explained Tubalkain. Guests were thrilled with the unique

The December 4, 2017 meeting of the GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary Club took place, as usual, at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. The first meeting of the month is customarily devoted to business items but this Exciting developments are happening thanks to is what went down : support from the State of Ohio Trails Programs! Representatives of the Garfield Elementary School Our partners in Mantua Village recently completed program, The Leader in Me (Great Happens Here) construction of the ‘missing link’ within the Village, presented an outline created by Zoey, Caleb,Layla,Finn, between the Cuyahoga River and the Mill St. trailhead Max, Mandy, Kali, Joy, Rebecca, Hallie and SadieMae of west of SR 44 thanks to a $114,000 Recreational Trails the 7 Habits of Successful People/7 Habits of Happy Kids grant. program being pursued from kindergarten through 6th Portage Park District received a $137,000 Recreational grade. The seven habits are : Be proactive, Begin with Trails grant from the State of Ohio to resurface and the end in mind, Put first things first (There was a video), upgrade the existing 8-mile Headwaters Trail between Think : Win—Win, Seek first to understand then to be Garrettsville and Mantua, with work expected to start understood, Synergize, Sharpen the Saw—take care of at the beginning of January. The improvements include yourself, seek balance. The presenters—Hallie Cebulla a new limestone surface and upgraded access gates and and Finn Frato-Sweeny—did an outstanding job, giving signage. Two small parking areas have been established examples of the various habits and answering questions at Vaughn and Asbury Roads, and a new trailhead from their audience. They distributed information on parking lot and access are planned for Freedom St. in the 7 Habits Tree and left each of their listeners with Garrettsville at the site of the former depot, thanks to a rock for remembrance painted with “Leader in Me”. S&K Sales and Service’s agreement to sell a portion of This is the inaugural year for the program and aims their property to the District. Improvements are expected to invest the students with valuable life skills, using to be completed by spring 2018. classroom exercises and workbooks as well as parent The District was also awarded a $60,000 grant as involvement to promote their success. reimbursement for the acquisition of 1.2 miles of corridor Accompanying the presenters were faculty members between Frost and Chamberlain Roads in Mantua and enablers Kristina Cupples and Jen Ring who Township, though trail development will hinge upon explained the program further. Sounded like a Win-Win. the acquisition of additional right of way. Business for the day included Tom Collins requesting Finally, an opportunity has opened up with the purchase of another sign for the Headwaters Trail and Norfolk Southern Railroad’s announcement that they Delores McCumbers reporting on a recent meeting of have filed for abandonment of 5.5 miles of out-of-service the District Rotary grants committee, a reminder of the corridor from Mantua Township through Aurora. The Christmas party on December 19… Park District is coordinating with the City of Aurora to ALSO - Santa Delivery on December 23 can be hopefully acquire the rights to develop a hike and bike arranged by contacting any Rotary member or stopping trail -- stay tuned! in at the Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty. Gifts in a range of sizes can be delivered to excited recipients by the Jolly Old Elf, sleigh and all. This is a free service but 10682 Main Street (Rt 44) • Mantua, 44255 donations to The People 330-274-5322 Tree are encouraged. Stop in today. In some families, USDA CHOICE LEAN & MEATY it’s become a tradition; make it one of yours. IN THE BAG PORK TENDERLOIN

Mantua Village Garden Club Swap Party. (Left to Right): Patsi Gast, Paula Tubalkain, Evelyn Park, and Jane Stamm

items that were swapped. Some notable items included coasters made from ceramic tiles, baked goods, herbal mixes, and handmade wallets that included lottery tickets or homemade gift certificates for unique experiences like a free game night, complete with snacks and drinks. “It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon,” Tubalkain explained. “In fact, it’s definitely something we’d like to do again!” she exclaimed. If you happen to know makers, canners, or growers, then organizing a swap party should be on your to-do list for the coming year. It’s a great way to get those creative juices flowing and share your gifts with others, while getting to spend some quality time with like-minded people in a unique new way. And if you’re interested in more information on the Mantua Garden Club, and their upcoming adventures, contact Paula at for more information.

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Since my venture into the wilds of Reminderville, I have been thinking about being “on the road again” and the others who are there as well. I am going to –really— put a brush/scraper into the car. I must own at least four of them and they’re perfectly capable of removing ice and snow from the windows but this will not come to pass unless I actually get at least one of them IN the car. Saw a product in a catalog the other day designed to go in the car trunk, which consisted of two foldable strips with gripper studs to be put under a car’s wheels, should they be stuck somewhere. Seemed like a fine idea but the place that I usually get stuck is my own driveway and usually somebody shows up to help me get out before the Spring Thaw…which, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2018 edition, is likely to be warmer and earlier than usual, as has been the case for quite some time now and may very well continue to be, across the board. Winter, as I was saying before being so rudely interrupted, could be colder than last year, though still above normal. Hope we don’t have any more of those balmy get-out-your-flip-flops days followed by crop-killer hard freezes. Those make the maple syrup people crazy, not to mention the orchard and fruit folks. So…about transportation in winter…. Please, folks, if you have or know of young ones walking or riding bikes, or even four-wheelers on the streets and/or roads, please be sure to make sure that they are aware of the fact that there are rules about which side of said highways they are supposed to be on. Walkers—that would be me too—should walk on the left-hand side of the pavement, facing traffic so that they can see the vehicles coming toward them. Bicyclers should, like other vehicles, be on the right side of the road, as close to the berm as is practicable. All of them should be wearing light-colored clothing, reflective or fluorescent, if possible; lighted is even better. (There are some amazing outfits online) Speaking from a driver’s point-of-view, there are few things scarier than driving along in the dusk or dark and suddenly seeing—almost—a figure on foot or on a bike that wasn’t visible before, right in front of you. Even more terrifying is when the figure cuts across the road in front of the car or changes sides of the road to get to a driveway or other exit. Wowzah! That’ll take years off a life, and we’re just talking about the driver here. The misplaced biker or pedestrian could suffer even worse. It’s winter. It’s dark out. Anyone close to the road should be in apparel that increases their visibility. To be sure, there are times when minutes slip away and it’s later than anyone intended to be walking home but lend out a white shirt or a flashlight or some means of preventing a short trip from becoming one with a final destination or a stay in rehab. I’m sure that in some quarters there will be complaints and excuse: It’s only a couple of minutes away. It’s light enough to see. What difference does it make what side of the road I’m on? I left my other coat at home. There’s nobody on the road now anyway. Don’t fall for any of that stuff. Dark is dark and rain or snow don’t help the situation. Give ‘em a ride or make a call; anything’s better than having to dial 9-1-1 some night. And, by the bye, did I miss a change in regulations somehow? Back in the day when I took drivers’ education classes (with Mr. Shellhouse, which was a trip all by itself. He made us look at the engine and change a tire, which came in handy on other occasions.) we were taught that at an intersection with no light, the driver going straight through or turning right should do that, after having checked cross traffic; left-turning vehicles were to wait until the coast was clear, so to speak, and all other



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Mantua - At their last meeting, Village Council, along with Mayor Linda Clark, issued a proclamation in honor of retiring Chief of Police Harry Buchert. Mayor Clark thanked the Chief for his countless years of service to the Village and its residents. Chief Buchert retires at the end of this month; Chief Joe Urso, who was sworn in that night, will succeed him. In addition, that evening, part-time officer Jeff Koehn, a village resident, was sworn in as well. Next up, council heard from the ODNR’s Jeff Westerfield on the topic of the ODNR-owned March Wetlands property that is located within the village limits. Mr. Westerfield requested that council entertain the notion of allowing limited hunting in this area, which covers an estimated 150 acres. According to Westerfield, “We want to make it a usable property for both the village and the ODNR.” He noted that the ODNR is a self-funded agency, supported by revenue from the sale of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses. He notes that the number and type of hunters could be limited, per council’s wishes, and noted that the program could be used as a maintenance tool to maintain a healthy deer population in the area. In response to council’s questions, he noted that yellow


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‘Public Hunting’ signs would be posted to delineate the hunting area, and that Wildlife Officers would be patrolling the area in season, as well. He explained that the ODNR could designate hunter-use areas to determine what types of hunting and/or trapping are allowed. He noted that the parcel could accommodate roughly two to three hunters per day, with parking permitted off Peck Road on a proposed gravel lot that could also be used by walkers and bicyclists who use Headwaters Trail. He noted that archery season runs from the last Saturday in September through the first Sunday in February. The area in question is located east of State Route 44, west of Peck Road, and south of the Headwaters Trail. Council unanimously passed a motion to discuss the matter in greater detail at the next safety committee meeting. In other news, due to Councilman John Clark’s resignation from council, effective December 31st, Village Council is accepting letters for interest to fulfill the remainder of Mr. Clark’s term. Letters may be mailed or hand-delivered to the village offices no later than Friday, December 15th for consideration. The next Mantua Village Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.

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Gingerbread Display The Burton Library had a record number of 32 Gingerbread house entries this year which will be on display through Dec. 21 on the main floor of the library. 2017 Gingerbread House Winners! Child 1st Place: Allie Wiseman 2nd Place: Jared Arnold 3rd Place: Camden Hedrick Honorable Mention (Tie): Maliah Iadimarco, Adam Gibbons Teen 1st Place: Mekaylie Iadimarco & Macie Donaldson 2nd Place: Geauga Youth Center 3rd Place Shannon Huffman Honorable Mention: Lindsey & Matt Hissa Adult 1st Place: Kelly & Erin Strand 2nd Place: Brooke Arnold Family/Group 1st Place: Nelson Family 2nd Place: Kilmer Family 3rd Place: Arnold Family Honorable Mention: Ava, Edit, and Joy Monroe


Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist It’s that time of year again for lots of entertaining and hopefully serving a lot of wine. But why serve just regular wine when this is the perfect time to serve some mulled or spiced wine? If you are hosting a party this year, I am sure you are going to get at least one bottle of wine as a gift – so what do you do? Hopefully the recipes below will give you a quick way to serve a great mulled wine. For red wine drinkers, I really like this recipe that was on Cooking with Sandra Lee on Food TV a couple of years ago. Most of the time we have the ingredients at home so it makes the prep work a little easier. • 2 bottles dry red wine (preferably Cabernet or Shiraz) • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie seasoning • 2 oranges, sliced • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1/4 cup raisins Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Serve hot or keep in a crock pot to enjoy all evening. If you like a sweeter wine, especially something as sweet as a dessert wine, I found a great recipe for a mulled wine from cranberry wine. • 1 1/2 cups of cranberry wine • 1 1/2 cups of dry red wine • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer sauce to bowl. Cool to room temperature. Finally, one of my favorite mulled wine recipes for the winter is a mulled white wine with raspberries in it. Something about the presentation of this wine just makes it seem like a holiday. • 1 bottle (750ml) semi-dry white wine, (preferably Riesling or Pinot Gris) • 1/2 cup sugar • 4 3/4 x 2-inch orange peel strips (orange part only) • 3 cinnamon sticks • 2 1/2-pint baskets raspberries Combine 1 cup wine, sugar, orange peel and cinnamon in small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; add remaining wine. Transfer to bowl of cold water, using slotted spoon. Drain. Add raspberries and wine mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. I am always looking for new recipes so if you have a favorite recipe, please feel free to send them to us.

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