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Friday, December 9, 2016

Crestwood Middle School Builds Hope One Tree at a Time

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - Ohio has seen a record increase in deaths in 2015 due to fentanyl, a synthetic opiate analgesic often mixed with heroin, according to a report by the Ohio Department of Health. With substance abuse at an all-time high, Hudson science teacher Joan Knapp and her daughter Anna came to Crestwood Middle School to share the story and their personal fight against substance abuse disorder. As an educator, Joan understands the science behind substance abuse addiction. But as a parent, addiction has become painfully personal. Joan’s son Jonathan is a recovering heroin addict who began his path of addition by using tobacco and alcohol at the age of 15. His use escalated to prescription drugs, and eventually heroin. Today, Jonathan has been clean for two years. Joan explained that with the added independence middle schoolers experience, comes weightier choices. The science teacher shared that choices students make today regarding drugs and alcohol may have lasting impact on their lives for years to come. Joan went on to explain how alcohol and drug usage adversely affects teens’ cognitive development, and that the earlier a teen uses these substances, the worse their addiction can become, and the harder it is to battle. That’s because it’s very easy to become addicted to heroin. In fact, even after receiving treatment, it’s hard for former users to stay away from the drug, since people who stop using heroin can still feel strong cravings for the drug for years after they stop. There’s a high incidence of accidental overdoses after rehab; inversely, it’s not uncommon for first-time users to die while using this powerful opiate. By far, the best way to remain clean is to stay away from these substances altogether. The good news is that statistics show that 73% of

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kids aren’t using. Anna shared that while her brother continued to battle addiction, “I had to keep my life going.” She remained active in sports, dance, and community activities; something her older brother encouraged her to do. She shared that as a younger sibling, she didn’t know her drug-free brother; she’s getting that chance now that he’s clean. She underlined her mother’s message of hope,” You’re not alone,” she implored. “If you or someone close to you battles addition; things can get better.” “Addiction is a disease, and it can effect anyone,” her mother explained. “There aren’t certain stereotypes that become addicted. It can happen to anyone and everyone. It’s not based on your character, it’s chemical,” Ms. Knapp advised. The three major criteria that can lead to adiction are hereditary factors, mental health conditions like depression, and poor choice of peers. “Ultimately,” Joan shared, “addiction is a choice. Your friends are your first line of defense.” She relayed a conversation she had with her son prior to rehab. Jonathan asked her, bewildered, “How did I get here?” We talked about how it started out slowly,” Ms. Knapp shared, “one bad choice at a time.” To get better, they surmised, he needed to continue, slowly making one good choice after another. She’s happy to share that Jonathan has been clean for two years, after having spent eight years trapped in addiction. “He’s got hopes and dreams again,” she beamed. To help support the Ohio House, an organization that has made such an impact on her family, Joan started the Hope Tree Project. As a science teacher, Knapp was captivated by the rocks and minerals she saw at a local gem show that took place when her son first went for rehab. She purchased materials to hold an after school program with her middle school students in Hudson. The Hope Tree project stemmed from that experience. To date, the sale of hand-crafted Hope Trees have raised thousands of dollars to help support the recovery work at the Ohio House, a home for 98 men, including Jonathan, who battle addition. They have shared their story and the Hope Tree Project with students at Hudson, Kent, Rootstown, and Kent State University. This month, Joan and Anna brought their project to CMS, where thirty students from sixth, seventh, and eight grade created trees made from gems, jewelry wire, and polished stones to support the cause. The trees will be sold; proceeds will benefit the Ohio House. For more information on the program, or to find out how you can purchase a CMS Hope Tree, contact Lynne Morrison at 330-357-8204.

James A. Garfield Local School District Gives $642,119 Back to Taxpayers

Ted Lysiak | J.A. Garfield Superintendent Garrettsville - James A. Garfield Local School District is in the process of refinancing $3.165 Million of outstanding School Improvement Bonds. These bonds were approved by voters in 1998 to construct the middle school and add on to the elementary school. Similar to refinancing a home mortgage, the district was able to refinance the outstanding loan for a total of $326,701 in interest savings. “Refinancing makes sense with the low rates available to us today. Just like a home owner, we had to decide where to direct the savings. We will not receive any of the interest cost savings. The district has made the decision to have 100% of the savings flow back to the taxpayers in the form of a reduced millage rate”, said Tracy Knauer, Treasurer. The $326,701 in total cash savings over the remaining life of the bonds translates to an average possible millage reduction of approximately .24 Mills beginning in 2017 for the taxpayers, but the actual millage reduction will be determined by the County Auditor’s office and will be based upon current taxable assessed values within the district. This is not the first time that the district’s administration refinanced these bonds. The original 1999 bonds were first refinanced back in 2007 for a savings of $315,418 in interest, so the total interest savings given back to taxpayers over the term of the bonds is $642,119. Refinancing bonds is not easy, it takes a lot of work by the district’s administration and especially the treasurer. From analyzing the amount of potential interest savings and from talking to the district’s administration, we determined that it was in the tax payer’s best financial interest to refinance the bonds. This one of many innovative examples of how the James A. Garfield School District is able to provide an excellent education at such a tremendous value. The refinancing of bonds ($642,119), Straight A Grant ($5M), Lowes Security Grant ($5,000), Clean Diesel Retrofit Bus Grant ($14,155), Watershed Conservation Grant ($23,955) and strong fiscal management have allowed our community to expect excellent levels of programming at a very low cost to taxpayers. For additional information and questions, please contact Tracy Knauer at (330) 527-4336 ext. 602.






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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 Friday, 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.


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Registering Now For 4-H

Call Today 4-H All Stars are accepting new members ages 5-19 as of January 1, 2017. We meet Saturday mornings and offer foods, sewing, photography and many other life skills. We also offer small animal projects including rabbits, market and fancy poultry, hamsters, and cavies. It is important to join soon if you are interested in market poultry as there is a mandatory meeting in January. We are working on crafts and gifts for area senior citizens. If you are interested in learning

more about our club, call Scott at 330-931-2839 or Janet at 440-548-5142. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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Tuesdays Relocated, but Staying Open thru the Winter. The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open on Tuesdays thru the winter, but has temporarily relocated to the Civic Center during construction at the historic school. The Civic Center is the on the sw corner of the township green, beside Center Road, just across SR82 from the school. Restrooms there are downstairs, so not handicapped accessible. Stove and refrigerator are available. Painting group at 9:30 and potluck lunch at noon are the main activities, other than just getting together to socialize. Hours are 9:00 to 1:30 or 2:00.

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.

Friday Fish Dinner

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

through May 11 2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 - 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed.

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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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.

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Dec 10 Free clothing giveaway at Blackhorse Baptist Church, 6960 Bridge Street, Ravenna on Saturday, December 10 - 9:00 PM. - 12:00 PM. All clothing is new or gently used. Bedding, toys, books, shoes, and coats also in giveaway.

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.

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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 cancer. Adults $10, Children & Seniors $6. There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

Freedom Twp. Historical Society Meeting

Dec 13 The Christmas season is upon us and so is Freedom Township Historical Society’s next meeting. A short business meeting will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to visit with our friends and neighbors. Our meeting date is Tuesday, Dec 13 at 1 PM at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 St Rt 700. All are welcome; we hope to see you there. If you need a ride or for more information call Judy Thornton at 330.527.7669.

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.

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Dec 16 - 18 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drivethrough Live Nativity. Come help us celebrate the true meaning of Christmas; view the manger, enjoy some hot chocolate and join in our caroling. Freewill donations and non-perishable food items are appreciated. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs and non-perishable items will be donated to 4C’s. Participants include members of Women’s Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766, PSR students, Scouts, and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish. This event will take place on St. Joseph Church grounds, located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255 on Friday, Dec 16th through Sunday Dec18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Santa’s Little Helpers Craft & Vendor Show

Dec 17 On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11am-5pm at Freedom Town Hall Santa’s Little Helpers Craft and Vendor Show will be held. Profits from Chinese Auction, 50/50,& Concessions will be donated to 7 year old Donovan Stringer who has been diagnosed with (UELS) Liver Cancer. All vendors will have cash & carry items on hand.

UMC Christmas Concert

Dec 17 The United Methodist Church of Garrettsville invites friends old and new to its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. The program will feature traditional Christmas carols and hymns, early American music, modern anthems, as well as works for bell choir. Director of Music Max Jackson conducts the Chancel Choir (accompanied by Barbara Hill), and the Chancel I Bell Choir is directed by Jeanette Poole. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church’s music ministry.

St. Ambrose Christmas Concert

Dec 18 Christmas concert at St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville, Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm.

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.

Free Turkey Dinner at CBF!

Dec 20 Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville, is inviting everyone to a FREE turkey dinner with all the fixings on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. There will be no income restriction. Join us for this dinner. It will be a great homemade meal and lots of fellowship to enjoy! If you should have any questions, please feel free to call us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to seeing you!!

New Year’s Eve Reverse Raffle Party

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

Crescent Chapter to Meet

Jan 9 Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No 7 OES will meet Monday, January 9 with a 6:30 pm pot luck supper followed by the 7:30 meeting.




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Shalersville Historical Society 2017 Barn Calendars Available

Looking for an interesting Christmas gift to give. Look no further! Shalersville Historical Society has 2017 barn calendars for sale at the very affordable price of $ 10.00. Calendars can be purchased by calling Judy Thornton at 330-527-7669; they will also be available at our January 5th meeting at 7 PM at the museum house on Rt 44.

Observatory Park to Host Second Winter of Snowmobiling, By Permit Only As part of its mission statement to provide outdoor recreational experiences to residents of every age, every ability and at all times of the year, Geauga Park District is excited to be accepting applications to enjoy snowmobiling this winter at Observatory Park. Snowmobiling will be allowed this winter only in Observatory Park, which is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., by permit only, on trails marked with snowmobiling signage. As part of a new partnership with Geauga Park District, the Ohio State Snowmobiling Association (OSSA) will also be tracking park trails with their snowmobiles and grooming equipment. The presence of these tracks will let park patrons know conditions are right for snowmobiling. To ensure safety for all, other activities will be excluded on these trails. However, with 19 open parks and 77 trails totaling more than 64 miles, Geauga Park District still offers something for everyone in terms of winter activities, including free snowshoe borrowing at The West Woods, cross country skiing, winter hiking and The West Woods’ Bird in the Hand Feeding Station. Forty snowmobiling permits were issued last winter at Observatory Park, which was the first year for this activity in the parks, Executive Director John Oros said. “At a recent meeting with the members of the OSSA, I noticed a bumper sticker which read ‘Snowmobilers are Environmentalists, Too,’” he said. “When I inquired with the snowmobiling community as to what they meant by that, they explained their passion for protecting the rural landscape. “Without parks and rural areas, we don’t have trails. The OSSA is thankful to Geauga Park District for starting a snowmobile program in 2016, and we are grateful to be able to bring a new audience of people out this winter to enjoy Observatory Park.” To obtain an application for a snowmobiling permit, please visit and scroll down to the yellow Bulletin Board. For those interested, ages 10 and older, the OSSA will also hold a free snowmobile safety class on Sunday, January 8, 2017, from noon to 4 p.m. at Observatory Park’s Robert McCullough Science Center. Visit the OSSA online at www.snowmobileohio. com for information on how to register.

Consider Becoming A Foster / Adoptive Parent

Geauga County has been experiencing an increase in the needs of families and children in the past several years. This has caused the demand for certified foster and adoptive parents to increase as well. There are many families in crisis in our own neighborhoods that require the supportive services of our agency. You and your family could be part of the support. Children need a nurturing family that can provide them with stability, love, and guidance, while their own family works on making positive changes, so they can be reunified. Consider becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for the Geauga County children who need and deserve your support. The agency will walk you through the process of becoming certified, providing support along the way. Geauga County Job and Family Services will be holding a public information meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:00pm at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, Ohio. Please contact Jodi Miller to RSVP for the meeting, or to schedule a private information session. Jodi Miller 440-285-1125 or email at jodi.miller01@

Christmas Help For Geauga County Families Forty five years ago, Geauga Co. Job and Family Services (known as the Welfare Department at that time) reached out to those in need and helped 12 families with food baskets for Christmas. Last year, the program served over 1,600 low income people in Geauga Co. Geauga County Job and Family Service’s SPONSOR A FAMILY PROGRAM can help low income families in Geauga Co. with food, toys, and gifts for Christmas. 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 440-285-9141, ext. 1263 for more information.

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Garrettsville, OH Vicky M. Menough, 62, of Garrettsville, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday December 2, 2016. She was born to Vernon and Marie (Nee Rahir) Richardson in Bedford Ohio on February 7, 1954. She loved to bake, sew and do puzzles. Vicky was a former member of the Red Hats Society, LMC and Nelson United Methodist Church. She graduated from Solon High School in 1972. Vicky was the Nelson Township Clerk from 1987 – 1999. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family who were her world. Vicky is survived by her loving husband Jerry; children Tami (Sean) Borawiec of Hubbard, Adam (Althea) Menough of Garrettsville, Laurie (Beau) Norton of Garrettsville, Bronwyn (Nick) Carr of Houston, Marie-Claire (Mike) McLaughlin of North Royalton, Catie (Chris) Asher of Medina; siblings Vernon (Kathy) Richardson, Vincent (Sharon) Richardson, Vaughn (Connie) Richardson, Vance (Diana) Richardson, Virginia Hydo, Valerie (Don) Berry, Viviane Richardson, and Vanessa (Mike) Courie; 22 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Beth Menough and sister Veronique. A Memorial Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday December 8th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM with a Memorial Service at 4:00 at Mallory-DeHavenCarlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services 8382 Center St. Garrettsville, OH 44231. Online Condolences at

Mark Edward Rahz North Royalton, OH Mark Edward Rahz passed away on November 27, in North Royalton. Mark was born in Euclid, Ohio, on February 21, 1953, to Walter and Althea (Mullett) Rahz, both deceased. He leaves behind brothers Duane T. Rahz, James L. Rahz, and sister, Sally Rahz Donald, all of Wooster. On Friday, December 9th, the family will receive friends at the Carlson Funeral Home (8382 Center Street, Garrettsville) beginning at 10:00 am. Memorial service will start at 11:00, and the burial will take place immediately after at Windham Cemetery. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at North East Care Center (now NCC Solutions), Alpha 3, for their loving care of Mark. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to: NCC Solutions, Inc. Alpha 3 12627 York Rd. North Royalton, OH 44133

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Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter Garrettsville - SkyLane Bowling’s recordbreaking Queen of Hearts game and 50/50 raffle drawing made for an exciting time in Garrettsville‌ with more than 10,000 people in attendance on September 18 and 25, and the $3.4 million jackpot almost doubling the previous world record. But the excitement is far from over. During this holiday season, the charities which benefitted from the 50/50 drawing are in a position to make Christmas merrier for those in the community who need it most. More than $503,000 in total donations were allocated to 25 different local charities. Two of those non-profit organizations — The People Tree and Garrettsville/ Hiram’s Shop with a Cop program — focus their philanthropic efforts during the Christmas season. According to Aaron King of SkyLane, coordinator Holly Higgins said that the $7,612 donation to the People Tree was “more than their yearly budget to provide many families a nice Christmas.â€? The People Tree has provided assistance to residents in Garrettsville, Hiram, Windham, Nelson, and Freedom for about 35 years. People Donations of winter coats, boots, warm clothing, bedding, toys for all ages, gifts for teens, personal care items (soap, toiletries, etc.), household items, and non-perishable food items are all provided to help extend gift-giving even further this year. King also reports that Garrettsville/Hiram Police Departments’ Shop with a Cop program received $23,700. This program is designed for less fortunate children in the Hiram/Garrettsville area to go Christmas shopping for themselves and their families with a police officer and mayors from both Hiram and Garrettsville. Last year’s program provided 12 families and 42 children from the Crestwood and Garfield school districts with resources needed to bring Christmas to their homes. This year’s Christmas joy is expected to reach far more local families than ever before. The total list of charities benefitting from the 50/50 drawing (some allocations are shared by two or more organizations): * Operation Restoration – Housing for Homeless Veterans - $6,432 * PC District Libraries/Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce - $156,032 * PC Animal Protective League - $45,000;

Garrettsville/Freedom/Nelson/Joint Fire District $91,977 * Wags 4 Warriors Service Dogs - $73,380 * J.A.G. All-Sports Boosters Stadium Fund - $54,433 * Windham Renaissance Center/Garrettsville Historical Society - $34,685 * Community Ems /Hiram-Garrettsville Police $23,700 * Garfield/Windham Athletics - $17,630 * Hattie Larlham - $12,720 * Hero’s Rock - $8,844 * People Tree - $7,612 * Curtains Up Theatre - $5,975 * Garrettsville YMCA - $5,852 * SummerFest - $4,724 * Garrettsville Lions - $3,869 * Windham VJFD - $3,742 * Friends of Melana $3,489 * G-Ville Police K-9 - $3,212 * G-Ville –Hiram Rotary - $2,739 * G-Ville-Nelson Community Food Cupboard $1,888 Overall, King said the impact of the Queen of Hearts game on the community as a whole has been unprecedented. The original concept was simply to create a great venue and fun atmosphere so that people could get together and talk, listen to good music, and have a great time while buying food and beverages. Thanks to the elusive Queen of Hearts, the game extended for weeks on end, with a record-breaking jackpot and out-of-state PR exposure for Garrettsville. “It was truly amazing that one little playing card in a deck of cards could cause such a stir,� Kind said. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have believed what happened.� King pointed out that the impact on the local economy was tremendous, especially for local restaurants, bars and gas stations; ATMs ran out of money; local businesses and surrounding residents profited from charging for parking spots. Recognizing the crowds sometimes caused problems, King said, “I just hope people realize that for some of the parking and traffic jams it caused, it helped create over $500,000 for our local charities.� A second wave of the Queen of Hearts game is quietly under way again at SkyLanes. “We are easing back into the game with one drawing monthly until the weather breaks,� said King

Mantua Sailor Continues 74 Years Of Seabee Tradition GULFPORT, Miss.- “We Build, We Fight� has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees�, for the past 74 years. Today, Mantua, Ohio native and a 2012 Ravenna High School graduate Seaman Alexandria Armstrong builds and fights with the Navy on the Gulf Coast and around the world as a member of the Navy, serving at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. Gulfport is the command headquarters that oversees all naval construction forces based in the eastern half of the U.S. Land for the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Gulfport was acquired in April 1942, the same year the “Seabee� name was adopted for members of the Construction Battalions, a clever play on the CB initials. Armstrong is responsible for naval construction. “I like that my job is a hands-on job,� said Armstrong. “It’s fun, it’s something that I enjoy and am interested in.� “Seabees are some of the hardest working sailors in the Navy,� said Captain Cheryl M. Hansen, NCBC commanding officer. “They are tough, bold, and ready, and they get the job done. They build and fight in some of the harshest and most hostile environments in the world.� For the past 74 years Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts, using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes,

hurricanes and other natural disasters. “I like that being a Seabee allows you to go to other countries and help them out,� said Armstrong. “You construct all different kinds of structures depending on their needs.� Seabees around the world will take part in a year-long celebration in 2017 to commemorate the group’s 75-year an niversar y. The theme of the celebration is “Built on History, Constructing the Future.� Today, Seabees continue their innovative traditions ensuring they always meet fast-paced challenges, according to Hansen. Working with the Seabees and serving in the U.S. Navy has allowed Armstrong to continue learning about the legacy she wants to leave to future sailors. “The Navy has taught me patience,� said Armstrong. “People come from all over and you have to learn to come together and become a team.�

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E&H Hardware Group to Purchase Newton Falls Ace Hardware

Newton Falls - The family-owned E&H Hardware Group is in the process of purchasing the Newton Falls Ace Hardware located at 165 East Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. E&H Hardware will continue to operate the store as an Ace Hardware, serving the Newton Falls community and surrounding areas. The Newton Falls Ace Hardware was founded in 1973 by brothers John, Eugene, and Richard Kolovich. Originally named ‘Fair Price Center’, the business was purchased outright by Richard in 1977. After 43 successful years, Richard is looking forward to enjoying more time with his family and new puppy. He will also have more time to focus on his other two businesses, Falls Car Wash and RLK Enterprises. “I sincerely appreciate the many years of support from the countless customers of Newton Falls and its surrounding area. The store’s success would not have been possible without the loyal employees that stood by my side”, stated Richard. The employees of Newton Falls Ace Hardware will be offered the opportunity to work for E&H Hardware Group in the current location when the name changes to E&H Ace Hardware. Additional

employees may be hired to fill the void created by the current owner, as well. Job postings may be found on by searching Ace Hardware. E&H Ace Hardware will continue to offer a wide selection of lumber products, screen repair, a full line of Craftsman tools, Clark+Kensington and Valspar paints, and propane. Many departments will also be refreshed with updated product selections and brighter lighting for a better shopping experience. Ace Hardware’s free “Ace Rewards” loyalty program will bring expanded savings to customers. Additionally, in-store pick-up will be offered for those customers that prefer the convenience of shopping online. The hardware will close at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 6th, and reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, January 9th in order to complete the transfer. Existing “house accounts” are encouraged to complete a new application between now and January 6th in order to be entered into the new computer system and facilitate a smooth transition to E&H Ace Hardware. Scott Buehler, President & COO of E&H Hardware Group, stated, “We are excited to be

entering the Newton Falls community in early 2017 and look forward to providing a hardware destination where customers can count on receiving trusted advice from our knowledgeable employees.” E&H Family Group, parent company of E&H Hardware Group and Buehler’s Fresh Foods, is wholly owned by the Buehler family of Wooster, Ohio. The organization operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets in northern Ohio and nineteen hardware stores under the E&H Ace Hardware name. Hardware locations include Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corners (Cleveland), Mansfield, Hilliard, and Piketon, Ohio. E&H Fam ily G roup is com m it ted to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product, and supporting the communities in which they operate. For more information visit:





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Mantua Village News

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter

At their last meeting, Mayor Linda Clark shared the recent news that while First Energy will terminate their agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) as of January 1st, 2017, this will have no impact on the village’s electrical needs. Ms. Clark noted that due to the change, other energy aggregate companies seeking to sign them up for their services could contact residents. Mayor Clark noted, “ You can change if you want to, but you don’t need to.” Next, Dean Olson from the Portage County Soap Box Derby thanked the mayor and council members for their long-time support. Mr. Olson asked Council’s approval for his group to make repairs and modifications to the building his group uses during their annual race near Village Park. In particular, the group would like to make some necessary repairs to the building’s roof, and to repair holes in the building’s fascia and soffit to prevent birds from entering the building. In addition, the group would like to purchase and install a larger, four-foot-wide door and make minor electrical changes to improve the functionality of the structure. Council unanimously approved a motion allowing the Soap Box Derby volunteers to move forward with the projects. In addition, Mr. Olson spoke on behalf of the Mantua Potato Festival, which he co-Chairs with Brian Perkins. The pair hopes to reinvigorate the festival, which will celebrate its 44th year in 2017. They shared their memories of Potato Festivals of the 1980s, where folks participated in mashed potato wrestling contests and created a massive amount of mashed potatoes with the use of a cement mixer. They hope to generate more interest and festival-goers from near and far by attempting to create a Guinness World-Record winning potato and cheese pierogi. They noted that the current record-holder was created by chefs at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA, according to Guinness World Records; the pierogi. weighed in at 135 pounds. The Potato Festival Committee is seeking volunteers and donations in order to make their vision a reality. Mr. Olson noted that the 2017 festival will be a week-long event that will take place September 4th through 11th. For more information, visit the Mantua Potato Festival’s Facebook page. In other news, the Mayor thanked residents for their donations to the village’s fall food drive, which was deemed a success. Mayor Clark congratulated Chelsea Gregor for coordinating the effort, which helped support the 4Cs local food cupboard. In other news, Village Administrator Bruce Rininger reported that his crew has been busy preparing plowing equipment and winterizing the Village in preparation for the first of the season’s snow. He reported that the paving is complete on High Street, but that the road striping is temporary. Permanent epoxy will be used in the roadway in spring. In other news, Mr. Rininger requested council’s permission to reduce the proposed tap-in fee for Stamm’s from $7,460 to $2,000. Council approved this, as he noted that Stamm’s will purchase the meter and necessary back-flow equipment. In other news, it was noted that Breakaway Excursions presented their services to the Parks Committee. The canoe and kayak outfitter hopes to make an agreement with the village to offer their services at a fixed location within Mantua Village Park. Discussions on this matter will continue at future meetings. The next regularly scheduled village council meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.


Newton Falls – Since his retirement nine years ago, former truck driver Larry Greathouse has had more time for himself, but wished he could afford to visit his two sons in Texas and Tennessee more often. Today Larry and his wife are planning a trip to see both children, after he was named a grand prize winner in Sunoco’s annual Free Fuel 5000 contest. Sunoco held a celebration this morning in honor of Larry, one of 14 national Grand Prize Winners. Larry accepted the $5,000 worth of fuel at the Newton Falls Sunoco station on Milton Boulevard, where he first was spotted sporting a Sunoco decal on the back of his Chevy pickup. “Sunoco is the only fuel I have ever used,” said Greathouse. “My father was a Sunoco loyalist and he passed that along to me. Winning any prize is special, but this means more. This prize is going to allow me to travel down south to see my boys and I can’t tell you how excited I am to make that trip.” Sunoco fuel isn’t the only thing Larry is loyal to. “I watch the NASCAR races every weekend and rooton Dale Jr.,” he said. “I have never actually been to a race but I’m hoping to go one day and see Dale race in person.” Larry won’t have to wait much longer. In addition to the $5,000 in free Sunoco fuel, Sunoco, the official fuel of NASCAR, presented Larry with two tickets to a 2017 NASCAR race near his Ohio home for him and his wife. “We love the Free Fuel 5000 contest because we get to meet and reward Sunoco’s most dedicated customers,” said Mark Burford, Sunoco marketing director. “Giving Larry the chance to visit his sons is what the contest is all about.” About Free Fuel 5000 The Free Fuel 5000 rewards Sunoco’s most loyal customers, who proudly display on their vehicle the same Sunoco decal found on their favorite NASCAR racecars. Now in its 12th year, Free Fuel 5000 this year is awarding $5,000 in Sunoco fuel to each of 14 Grand Prize winners nationwide. In addition, 2,000 Instant Winners earned a $10 Sunoco gas card this year when they were spotted at their local Sunoco station with the special Sunoco decal on their vehicle. Sunoco is giving out cash and prizes worth more than $120,000 to loyal Sunoco customers in 2016.

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Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, on November 28, 2016, with the following items discussed : Support for an InterAct project recognizing seniors at James A. Garfield High School with lawn signs. The InterAct club has raised money for the enterprise and Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, the sponsoring group, will participate as well. A check will be going to the Garfield H.S. InterAct club for their senior sign project. The local Rotary Student Exchange student, Louis Nonte, is doing well and participating in many activities, after being a strong figure in the soccer season. The 4-Way Speech Contest is coming up. Materials and information are going out to prospective participants and their teachers. The recent Dictionary Project presentation went well and was well-received by students and parents. Thank you letters will be going out to donors, sponsors and contributors who made the Reverse Raffle a success. Program sign-up for the 2017-18 club year are in progress. Any individuals, businesses or groups who would like to present a program or introduce themselves to the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary should contact any member to be a part of the schedule. Come to a meeting to meet the Rotarians; that’s at noon on Mondays in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Other conversation centered around changing society and our roles in it, funerals as parting gifts from life and to the living, and the concern over the “active shooter” situation at OSU in Columbus The first Monday of the month is designated to cover regular business, the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met, despite being down in number, on December 5, 2016 to discuss the following topics : What else? The Christmas party. ‘twill be on December 19 at the home of Carol and Al Donley in Hiram. The club will provide main course, members will be responsible for appetizers, salads and desserts. Everyone brings a “white elephant” gift to exchange, the exchange student, Louis, will also be invited. The checking account is healthy. The Free Library will be installed soon in Garfield Plaza. Still seeking Santas. Check in with Delores at MB Realty, Amy at The Business Works or any Rotary member if you’ve got a North Pole address and would be willing to relocate, temporarily. The Walking Loop for the South Street Park is still simmering. The possibility of enlisting KSU students in creating a planning vision has come up for consideration. More on that as the winter continues. The G-H Rotary meets on Mondays at noon at Cal’s II in the Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Visitors welcome, community action a given.


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Florist, Mr. Samuel Curtis Templin was one of Garrettsville’s most respected businessmen. He was often called Mr. Temp and some called him Mr. G’Ville. This was the man who was a friend to everyone and was well known for his friendly cheery hellos and waves from his green panel truck. Mr. Templin and his family first came to Garrettsville in 1902. He established his business and home on what was then the old Garrett farm, on Liberty Street. The first greenhouses were built in 1905, with more additions later. His son Lewis joined him in the business. In 1910 Mr. Templin and Mr. J.J. Jackson planted 1,000 bulbs in flowerbeds. Garrettsville became the first town in the county to encourage and adopt public flower beds on street corners and along the public highway. In 1945 Mr. Templin was believed to be the oldest practicing florist in the country and was well known nationally for his work in plant propagation. Mr. Templin also was very interested in community affairs. He was one of the original organizers of the School Band and was secretary of the Board of Education. He was a member and Past Patron of Crescent Chapter, O.E.S., and for over forty-five years a member of the Masonic Lodge. He traveled extensively and at the age of 80 took a trip around the world with his daughter, Ruth.

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R avenna - Portage County Commissioners and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are encouraging residents to prepare now for the snowy winter that meteorologists are predicting for Northeast Ohio. “Commissioners and EMA understand no one wants to hear that bad weather is coming. But there are steps that you, your family and your business can take to meet the challenge head on,” said Maureen T. Frederick, president of the Board of Portage County Commissioners. “Knowing where to go for information, having a plan and building an emergency kit are important first steps. We urge you to take time to learn about preparing,” Frederick added. Frederick, along with Commissioners Kathleen Chandler and Vicki A. Kline and Ryan Shackelford, director of Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, have planned a month-long education campaign in December to provide residents with winter weather preparedness information through the agency website, social media and other media. PC OHS/EM suggests several ways for residents to stay updated on weather information, according to Shackelford. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, local radio and television stations will share the latest reports. NOAA information is also available at PC OHS/EM developed a comprehensive free emergency management app for smart phones that residents can download to their iPhones and Android devices at “Portage County Emergency Management App.” EMA also has its own social media on Facebook and Twitter at Portage Prepares providing current emergency information. A web page will also have emergency information at http:// Portage County Engineer Mickey Marozzi weighed in about getting the right mind set for driving in winter weather. “Every year for the first and sometimes second snowfall, we have accidents due to the change in the weather. Roads are snow-covered and slippery. Very simply put, we ask drivers to slow down,” Marozzi cautioned. Marozzi also warned that county snow plow drivers will be out clearing roads. “Give them room to do their job. They will be going slower than the average traffic. Please stay back a reasonable distance. We will all be safer because of it,” he added. Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane or slow down if it is not possible to change lanes when driving by any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road. To read more about the law, go to Portage County Sheriff David Doak advises that residents stay aware of changing weather and road conditions by monitoring local media. When a winter storm blows in, consider driving only when necessary, he stressed. “As always, be extremely cautious and safe on the roads this winter. The time to prepare is now,” Doak said, “Please do not tail another vehicle in adverse conditions and no texting and driving. Set your phone to automatic text replies when you are in a vehicle” Shackelford said his office recognizes that some residents have limited or no access to the internet but need preparedness information. He encouraged residents to call his office for pamphlets at 330-297-3607 or stop by the PC

OHS/EM office, 8240 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, at the east entrance to the Portage County Corrections Center. The next step in preparing is to sit down with your household or co-workers to make a plan, said Shackelford. Creating and discussing a plan with family members should make each person aware of local warning systems, how to get to safe locations, how to communicate with each other and where to meet after an emergency. For more information, visit the Portage Prepares web page at and click on “Make a Plan.” Businesses should also have a plan that helps employees stay safe and start the recovery process. Information is available at https://www.ready. gov/workplace-plans. Shackelford urged residents to start collecting items for a household emergency kit and think about a kit for their workplace. “You might have many of these items but just need to organize them in one place,” Shackelford emphasized. He wanted to especially point out that residents need to think about how to power their communication devices by having extra batteries on hand or hand-crank devices if the power goes out. For more information about building a kit, visit the Portage Prepares web page at http://www. and click on “Build a Kit.” In our commuter society, it is also important to fit out your vehicle in case you are stranded during a snow storm, Shackelford said. “There’s a great list that’s put out by the Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Committee. Tops on the list is some way to keep yourself warm with extra clothes or blankets and a car cell phone charger,” he detailed. For that list, visit the Portage Prepares web page at and click on “Winter Safety Tips for the Vehicle.” “We are especially concerned about residents’ safety when using other types of heating appliances or equipment. Inexperience by an operator or faulty equipment can result in injury or death,” Shackelford warned. He advised that residents follow manufacturers’ directives when using heating equipment such as generators. For more information go to the Portage Prepares website at and click on “Fire Safety in the Home.” Shackelford is also concerned that residents think about the possibility of winter storm flooding. “Our winter weather can be unpredictable. While it doesn’t happen often, we can have snow and freezing. Then comes rain and it rolls off the frozen snow to produce flooding conditions. The cold temperature makes the problem devastating for residents,” Shackelford explained. He advised persons in low-lying areas and those areas that experience occasional flooding to be prepared. Information is available at The Portage Prepares web page has additional resources that visitors can link to for information including personal safety during winter storms, especially for older adults; issues of extreme cold; fire safety; and winter weather terminology such a warnings and watches. Residents can also access a comprehensive booklet from at: “Residents are welcome to call our office at 330-2973607 if we can assist them in preparing for winter weather. We’re here to help,” Shackelford said.

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Crestwood Middle School November Easter Seals Drive A Success Students of the Month

Grade: 1 Something I would like others to know about me... I am a very nice and smart boy and I am very caring. I love to play with cars and to play Minecraft. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is math. I like math because I like to count the pictures and make patterns. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? I think the most important core value is Teamwork. I think teamwork helps get things done faster. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I want to be a music teacher because I love music. I will have to go to college to get a degree to be a music teacher.


Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I love to bake. It’s more of a stress reliever for me than just to eat cake. I honestly don’t even like cake.

6TH GRADE Kyrstin Reid, Jonas Honeycutt, Aimee Barnauskas, James Rutherford 7TH GRADE Daniel Masiello, Adelaine Oliphant, Elizabeth Albrecht, Evan Daniels 8TH GRADE Alexis Wilson, Kenyth McCreery, Michaela Graves, Dylan Velek

What is your favorite school activity? I think Beta club is a great activity to be in because of all the things you can do, painting, gardening, and so much more.. What is your college or career focus? I would like to become a pastry chef. I think a lot of hard work, practice, and determination will help me reach my goals in life. What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Engagement. I think being engaged in school activities will help us with all of these values because if you don’t engage with your teachers then what will you learn?…nothing.


Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I enjoy spending time with my family. They mean a lot to me.

Friends & Neighbors

Garrettsville - The Garfield Middle School MVPs would like to thank the community for making the Easter Seals truck drive a great success! The driver told us, for a one day event, it was one of the fullest trucks he has seen. Our community not only supported the seventh and eighth grade students and teachers, but also helped fund programs for many disabled citizens. We appreciate everyone’s contributions!

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor, The Garrettsville Police Department would like to thank everyone for their support of the “fill a cruiser” event held Saturday December 3rd, 2016. With your help we filled the Garrettsville Police Department’s Tahoe four and a half times and the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard greatly appreciates your donations. We are pleased to announce that $1,020.00 in donations were made for the Hiram/Garrettsville Shop with a Cop program. This will go to the start of the 2017 program and the members of both agencies thank you for your support.

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activities are varsity sports. I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball and softball. What makes J.A. Garfield a great place? I think the thing that makes our school a great school district is how close everyone is with one another. The teachers are able to interact with their students as teachers but many are also coaches. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I will be attending the University of Toledo and majoring in nursing.

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Town Trotters 4H Club’s Halloween Party Submitted by Ryleigh Gough The Town Trotters 4-H club’s Halloween party was held on October 29, 2016. The party was at the Gough’s barn in Parkman, Ohio. The members and their families dressed in costumes, played games, shared their favorite treats and enjoyed each other’s company.

What are your hobbies or interests? My husband and I have recently purchased a camper and have had fun taking our 6 and 4 year olds camping across Ohio. The most interesting thing about me is...I have been able to work at every building and grade level here at JAG. I graduated from JAG in 1997 and have been able to teach with numerous teachers who taught me as a child.

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“Why did we domesticate ferrets? What are they for?� It’s generally believed that humans domesticated cats to help us with pest control and dogs to provide protection and help with hunting and herding. One of our patrons has two pet ferrets, and he wanted to know when people began bringing ferrets into their homes, and what purpose they originally served. We found some information in “Ferrets for Dummies� by Kim Schilling and Susan A. Brown’s article “History of the Ferret� on Today’s pet ferret is assumed to be a domesticated form of either the Western or Eastern European polecat, and they have been in our lives for about 2,500 years. It’s not certain who first tamed them. While some sources say Egypt, citing hieroglyphs depicting weasel-like creatures, Schilling believes that the hieroglyphs were probably depicting native mongooses, which were kept as pets to kill snakes and small rodents. While mongooses look similar to ferrets and weasels, they are not part of the same family. Ferrets, weasels, otters, wolverines, badgers, martens, stoats, and minks are all Mustelids. Ferrets seem to have been first domesticated for hunting and pest control. Between 63 BC and 24 AD, Caesar Augustus was requested to sail ferrets out to the Balearic Islands where an overpopulation of rabbits was causing a famine. They assisted hunters in catching the rabbits. (The practice of hunting with ferrets, called “ferreting,� involves releasing the ferrets near a burrow. The ferret is not meant to catch the game, just drive it out of its burrow to where the hunter is waiting. The ferrets would often have bells on their collars so that the hunters could keep track of them, and sometimes they would also be tethered.) Like cats, ferrets were considered very useful on ships for the ability to keep the rodent population down. The Colonial Navy of Massachusetts named the ferret their official mascot in 1986, saying that, in the days of wooden ships, ferrets were even better than cats, as they could fit into all the tiny nooks and crannies where mice tried to hide. Ferrets were once even used to transport wires and cables through narrow pipes. According to Brown and Schilling, oilmen, telephone companies, camera crews, and sailors have used them in this way. People would tie the wire or cable to the ferret or its harness and the ferret would run through the pipe on its own. They are still raised for their fur, although this is less common than it once was, and they’re often used in biomedical research. However, most people today know them as companion animals. For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www. or our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary.

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I have received a good deal of feedback, letters and e-mails from readers about the last series of columns where I basically brought everyone up to date about my life’s journey after my wife passed away. Actually, many readers have admonished me for not writing the column more often. I would tell you though that sometimes I need to get away from the “elephant in the roomâ€? and write about old cars, news events and such. I have also gotten “Ann Landersâ€? style letters asking “what do I do‌‌â€? It seems that finding one’s self alone and single again not by choice is an all too common predicament we older people face. Obviously I have an obligation to address this very big need in our community. Here is a sampling of letters I have received. Reader “SCâ€? wrote: I read your second of three articles‌‌. What is wrong with the men my age??? I’m 73. And been widowed 4 years. I can’t seem to find a fellow to hang out with. I make little comments to men in the stores as a conversation beginning. They will usually laugh or make a comment and then finish shopping. As I live in the country and I don’t drive I have no chance of meeting anyone. All the guys in this age group are looking for a twenty something model. After your article (on internet dating) I want to stay away from lonely hearts clubs... sounds like they are too bothersome. What do I need to do next? I like to read and love to pass my books around. I love a casino but haven’t been to one for over 5 or 6 years, garage sales, yard sales, yes!!! And fishing: I clean my own fish too. Rodeos, Powwows. I get nostalgic when I watch Native Americans dance, day trips, jigsaw puzzles, cooking (maybe with somebody?), Changing of the leaves, Christmas. And looking at Christmas lights, stock car races, ferries, baseball, football, and holding someone’s hand. I’m looking for someone who is comfortable as an old sweater !!!!! I haven’t hunted in years, gave my gun away. But I can help process the game you bag! Sooo, what do ya think Skip?? Any hope for me??? Here is what I wrote back. Dear “SCâ€?, Thank you for reading my article and your very poignant letter. This time in our lives certainly presents some curious dilemmas, doesn’t it? You sound like a very motivated and energetic person with a great many interests, any, and all of which can be quite attractive to other people. Let me dispel the myth that everybody is out there looking for a 20-year-old bathing beauty, starlet, or Adonis. For most of us, all it takes is a comparative look in the mirror to dismiss that fantasy, that is, unless you are a very wealthy movie star or politician. Don’t believe all the hoopla on television. I believe it is fair to say that we older people tend to see, and be seen as, grandpa and grandma figures, and younger 20 somethings as kids. Romantic qualities don’t often enter the mix. Fantasy does, of course—but reality, rarely. Yes, there is a great deal of hope for you/us, but to actualize it you need to get out of your house and join some local organizations. As you and I have found out the internet dating services have distinct problems and limitations. They’re much more geared to a younger population. Rather, focus on local events, groups and offerings. You seriously need to consider paying for a cab, asking a friend or acquaintance, or family member, for a ride. You need to get TO places where people congregate. The Villager is filled with community meetings and such. Pick a couple and get involved. Volunteer somewhere. For example, I know that there are local food banks that always need volunteers. Many men are involved in the food banks. You just need to get to a meeting. Many of the people there are there for the same reasons you are-- to fight loneliness and make some friends. Often, after becoming involved, someone will be glad to take you home. There are ongoing efforts like the Save the Mantua Center School coalition that meet regularly and work toward specifics outcomes. Men and women are involved. There are old car clubs, Antique Automobile Associations, in the area. In the Antique Auto clubs that I am involved with we relish female involvement because men are the predominant participants. Owning an Antique auto is not required,

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

Have you ever wondered why wineries have live music during the week? Many people assume wineries do it to bring in more money (which of course plays a part in the decision) but many wineries bring in live music because it plays into the ambiance of wine. As we discussed last week, sight is a key piece to wine tasting but have you ever noticed how what you hear around you plays into how you taste? The best way to describe how much sound plays into something is to give you a baseball analogy. When you hear the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame� your mind starts to wander to days of hot dogs, hot pretzels and of course, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Well, sounds around a winery can cause similar triggers. If you walk into a winery and there is loud rowdy music usually two things can happen – 1) you will leave or 2) you ended up drinking too much because you get caught up in the atmosphere. Now on the opposite side, if you walk into a winery and there is complete silence you usually feel intimidated or uncomfortable. I have mentioned a number of times that there is nothing better than sitting down and listening to music by Frank Sinatra or George Gershwin. Of course I think their music is the best, but when I get the chance to sit down with some wine, the music allows me to relax and not worry about drinking too much or feeling intimidated by the surroundings. I even love listening to “background� music where someone is at the winery just to play and not really to keep the crowd entertained. Don’t get me wrong, I love to listen to a good band every now and then, but if you turn on jazz, blues, Big Band or even soft rock, wine tastes so much different than if you were to drink it in a noisy bar or in complete silence. Next time you are at home enjoying a bottle of your favorite wine, try listening to different types of music and see how the wine “tastes� different at each song. Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.

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Just got the Special Anniversary (225 years!) Issue of The Original Old Farmer’s Almanac, the old farmer in question being Robert B. Thomas, sharing the cover with Benjamin Franklin for some reason, featuring astronomical table, tides, holidays, eclipses, etc. Quite a publication. I always turn first to the weather section. It starts with November and December this year then goes on to 2017. I wasn’t real impressed with the forecasts through the last part of the year so far but the little tidbits of history are always interesting. We haven’t reached the severity of temperature commented upon by Thomas Jefferson in one of his diary entries, “...the freezing of the ink on the point of my pen renders it difficult to write.” Think we’ve got it tough, do we? My computer misbehaves but it seldom freezes. And a commentary of sorts on modern art : December 4—Matisse’s painting, “Le Bateau” was rehung in the New York Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, after having been viewed for 47 days upside down...and nobody noticed! Do you suppose it was some critic who was suddenly appalled at the sacrilege that was not apparent to the eye of such peasants as had put the thing up wrong or the custodian who says to his buddy, “Hey, the hook’s down here, Fred,” and got the thing right-side up? Shook up the art world in 1961, I’ll bet. Probably raised the price by a couple of hundred thou as well. St. Nicholas’ Day is on December 6. His is the origin story for the Santa Claus figure who is so entwined with our Christmas celebrations but he was certainly not the “jolly old elf” who appears in “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known to us as, “’T’was the Night before Christmas.” Nope. He was a revered holy man, bishop of Myra, who spent time in prison during the Roman Empire’s persecution of Christians and was credited with great generosity, with saving sailors in a storm, with protecting children—all sorts of good works. He’s said to be the patron saint of (it’s a long list) children, mariners, bankers, pawn-brokers (Would he have a TV show if he lived today?), scholars, orphans, laborers, travelers, merchants, judges, paupers, marriageable maidens, students, victims of judicial mistakes, captives, and perfumers (?). How’s that for a list? No mention of Rudolph or reindeers of any sort. The closest we get to that is the custom in some cultures of leaving hay or straw in children’s shoes for the horse of St. Nicholas. No mention of how he migrated to December 25. Santa Claus got a sandwich or maybe cookies and a Coke at our house, I think. The hay was in the barn. December 7 is the feast day of St. Ambrose, one of the early Latin Doctors of the Church, namesake of our local parish of the Roman Catholic Church. But his popular recognition has been overwhelmed by events. December 7 is also, of course, Pearl Harbor Day,”...a day that will live in infamy.” The speech using that wellremembered phrase was delivered before a joint session of Congress on December 8 and marked the entry of the United States into war with the Empire of Japan. We know how that turned out. December 9 hasn’t got much to brag about, unless you’re a follower of Kirk Douglas; it’s his birthday. December 10 is the feast day of St. Eulalia. I never heard of her either. Several saints left in December—St. Lucia (full cold moon, December13), St. Thomas (Winter Solstice, December 21), St. Stephen (if you’re of an Anglophile persuasion, Boxing Day, December 26), St. John’s Day December 27 (That’s John the Evangelist, not John the Baptist, if you must know), and finishing up with St. Sylvester ( the papal protagonist in some 8th century fables about the emperor Constantine and how he made Sylvester—and therefore all Popes to follow him, superior to all earthly rulers; it was a handy reference for some later popes who just happened to have expanded papal lands and armed forces and didn’t want to stop there). Did you know that Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians first played “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight, December 31 at some ballroom in 1929? This was before Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. It was also the year that the stock market crashed, beginning the Great Depression. Not a lot to celebrate for quite a number of years after that. Interesting little snippet about the star-nosed mole too. After that the general tone of the weather forecast is : rain, snow—snow to rain, repeat. Not as though we haven’t had this stuff before. Batten down the hatches, it’s Ohio once again. Deal with it.




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Could Insurance Save Your Retirement? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist Most people begin insuring themselves when they marry or start a family. They buy coverage in response to two potential calamities – disability during their working years, and death. Somewhere between youth and death comes retirement, and in retirement, the role of insurance is often downplayed. Does a retired multimillionaire really need a life insurance policy? Now that he or she is not working, what is the point of having disability coverage? Make no mistake, insurance can play a vital role in retirement planning. It may help to keep a retiree household financially afloat in a money crisis. It can also be used creatively to address other financial concerns. What can life insurance do for a retiree before he or she dies? Many permanent life insurance policies accumulate

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By Bryan Golden Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, “what did you get?” Much less frequently asked is, “what did you give?” Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts. Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially when it’s backed up by your actions. However, the most valuable presents are those that aren’t sold in stores. When you give your love, your time, help someone in need, aid another in solving a problem or overcoming an obstacle, you give something priceless. The true spirit of the holidays is giving. When you give, you receive. You can get anything in life you want by helping enough others get what they want. But only if you give without expecting anything in return. The impact of giving isn’t limited to just the holiday season, it’s something that has value all year. The power of giving is often underestimated. When you give unconditionally, you don’t just impact the recipient; you start a chain reaction. By brightening the life of one person you also affect all those who they then touch. No gesture of giving or kindness is too small. Holding the door open at a store, helping someone carry groceries to their car, letting another car in front of you, saying please and thank you, and saying hello to a stranger you pass on the sidewalk, are some of the many things you can do daily. For family and friends, your time is one of the most precious gifts you can offer. Are you there for others when they need you? Do you offer a hand without being asked? Do you help out when asked? Too often, people get caught up in their own desires, thus losing sight of the needs of others. A person who tries to get through life by looking out for himself or herself first is invariably frustrated. Often this person views life as a competition to determine who can accumulate more. On the other hand, those who are concerned for the well being of others are happier, more content, and more satisfied. By giving without expecting, they in turn receive the things they need. Giving is a simple concept that works every time it is applied. There will be people who don’t appreciate what you do, but it doesn’t matter. You are giving without anticipating anything in return. Besides, there will be many more who are thankful for your efforts. If you don’t treat others well, buying a gift won’t compensate for your behavior. The recipient might like what you give them but it won’t make up for your actions. You can’t bribe someone to forgive the way you treat them on a daily basis with a present. The best gift you can receive is the joy of making someone else happy. Being unselfish is a wonderful way to live. When you give with no ulterior motives, your actions are seen as genuine. Should you expect something in return, your behavior is always suspect. We all know people who do nice things only when they want something in return. Make giving a daily routine. Don’t start and end with the holiday season. Every day is a good day to do something nice. When people feel good due to your actions, you can’t help but feel happy yourself. And that is priceless. The most significant action you can take is having a positive impact on the lives of others.


cash value over time. Potentially, that cash value could be tapped to pay off medical expenses, education debt, mortgage debt, or debts owed by a business. It could fund a buy-sell agreement. It could go into an investment vehicle that could later pay out income. While the death benefit of a policy may be reduced as a consequence, the trade-off may be worth it for the policyholder.1 What else can life insurance do for a retiree household? It can help the kids. Sometimes a retired dad or mom is 20-30 years older than his or her spouse, and the kids are minors. If the older spouse dies, the death benefit can help to provide for these minor children, who could have special needs.1 There is also the matter of income replacement, even in retirement. When a retiree receiving a pension dies, the surviving spouse may subsequently get far less pension income. A life insurance death benefit may help to make up for it. In another scenario, a widowed spouse may elect to live on a life insurance policy’s lump sum death benefit for a year or two, as an alternative to drawing down tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts.1,2 How about disability insurance? In some households, one spouse retires, but another spouse keeps working well into his or her sixties and earns a large income. A couple or family would definitely miss that income if it went away. Keeping disability insurance coverage may be very wise in such instances.2 Long-term care coverage is expensive, but not compared to the cost of eldercare. Imagine paying $6,235 a month for a semi-private room in a nursing home. Outrageous? No. Merely average. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, that is the average monthly cost for such care today. That comes to $74,820 annually.2 Financially speaking, that kind of expense could break the back of a retiree household. Medicare and disability insurance will not absorb the cost – one that could deplete a retiree’s entire savings, with the next step being Medicaid or turning to adult children (who will be retired or approaching retirement themselves). When eldercare is needed, the daily benefit from longterm care coverage can feel invaluable. That benefit can also fund home health care and assisted living services.2 Liability insurance may come in handy. In certain states (such as California), retirement accounts are not protected against creditor lawsuits. So if a judgment against a retiree in one of those states is large enough, retirement account assets may be seized to satisfy it if liability limits on an auto or homeowner policy are too low. This is why an umbrella liability policy may have merit for some retirees.2 Insurance should not be a “missing piece” in your retirement plan. You may need life, disability, long-term care, or liability coverage more than you think. Chris Perme may be reached at 330-527-9301 or www.permefinancialgroup. com. Christopher Perme is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. ( Supervisory Office: 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 900 Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-621-5680. Perme Financial Group is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies. Citations 1 - [1/7/16] 2 - [9/13/16]


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1. NOVEMBER IS DONE - The S&P 500 gained +3.7% (total return) in November 2016, its 2nd best monthly performance this year (behind only March) and the best November result since 2009. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research). 2. LOSERS LAST YEAR - An equal investment at the end of 2015 into the 13 stocks in the S&P 500 that lost at least 50% last year is up a collective +60.4% YTD as of Wednesday 11/30/16 (source: BTN Research). 3. WINNERS LAST YEAR - An equal investment at the end of 2015 into the 7 stocks in the S&P 500 that gained at least +50% last year is up a collective +25.0% YTD as of Wednesday 11/30/16 (source: BTN Research). 4. RISK/REWARD - 134 individual stocks in the S&P 500 (i.e., 134 of 500 stocks or 27% of the stocks in the index) gained at least +20% during the first 11 months of 2016 (change of the stock price without including the impact of reinvested dividends) including 23 stocks that are up at least +50% YTD through 11/30/16. 144 stocks (29% of the stocks in the index) have dropped in value since the end of 2015 (source: BTN Research). 5. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME - The 6 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 index YTD through 11/30/16 are in the semiconductor industry or are in the “basic materials” business, i.e., gold, copper, or oil & gas. Each of these 6 stocks is up at least +70% YTD (source: BTN Research). 6. THE SAME NUMBER - The size of the national debt as of 11/30/16 was $19.948 trillion. The market capitalization of the S&P 500 as of 11/30/16 was $19.931 trillion (source: BTN Research). 7. EMPLOYMENT SITUATION - US employers added +178,000 new net jobs during the month of November 2016, making it +1.982 million new net jobs that have been created YTD during 2016, an average of +180,000 per month. Our country’s 145.1 million employees nationwide are split 85/15 between the private sector (i.e., non-government workers) and the public sector (i.e., government workers) (source: Department of Labor).

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The Hiram Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a Public Hearing regarding an Application for Variance filed by Lester Yoder for his property located at 12623 Mumford Road, Hiram. The Hearing will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm The hearing will be held at the Hiram Township Hall (located at 11616 Garfield Road, Hiram, Ohio 44234). Contact Secretary, Kellie Durr at (330) 357-2625 with any questions. PUBLIC NOTICE The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the Intermediate School, 11260 Bowen Road, Mantua. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss future policies. PUBLIC NOTICE The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding its regular board on December 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 1/2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, OH 44444

$167,900 330-687-5900

answer to last week’s puzzle

3 Bedroom / 1 bath Colonial, Covered deck, Porch, Newer carpet, windows & doors, Waterproof basement w/ lifetime warranty, Built-in bookshelves

$74,900 MLS 3777997 330-687-4496 Lisa DiGirolamo

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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. 1. What is the fifth multiplier of 6?



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4 Bedroom / 2 bath Duplex, Detached 3 Bedroom / 1 bath Bungalow, Gas garage, $350-$375 rental income per FP, Fully remodeled bath, Newer hot water tank,furn.,windows, roof & unit, Tenant pays utilities siding, Partially fin. basement

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WANTED TO BUY Cash paid for old metal signs, 45 records, comic books, old toys, antique guns, etc. (330) 678-0863

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Fun By The Numbers


A field trip begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1:20 p.m. How long is the field trip?

answer apples cost the same as 3 bananas, and 4 bananas cost 3. Ifthe6 same as 5 melons, how many melons can Jane buy for the price of 32 apples?

answer Your name Grade/Math teacher

Your school Ph one number

Budder is looking for some Loving This handsome and very sweet boy showed up at my friend’s home. He is about 2 years old, neutered and has tested negative for leukemia/FIV. Budder isn’t shy at all and just loves people. He would be happiest as the only cat, because he wants all the loving. To meet Budder, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 or kdanimalrescue@

Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.





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