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Friday, December 16, 2016

Living Nativity Comes to Mantua This Weekend

Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - According to Wikipedia, Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar events throughout the ages. For the first time ever, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 will present a live nativity on the grounds of Saint Joseph Church in Mantua. The event will take place this weekend, Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th from 6 to 8 pm each evening. “We wanted to host an event that would help our

parish kids connect with the community,” shared Linda Litz, one of the event’s organizers. “We’ve never done a living nativity before, but are thrilled to be able to bring this experience to St. Joseph’s for the community to experience this holiday season,” she beamed. If you’ve never seen a living nativity, the scene at St. Joseph’s will feature people representing Mary, Joseph, shepherds and the three wise men. Participants include local scout troops, 4H members, parish school of religion (PSR) students, and St. Joe’s parish members showcasing this real-life Christmas drama. Due to the cold weather, a doll will represent the infant Jesus. The event will also feature an assortment of live animals, including cows,

sheep, a donkey, and a miniature horse to round out the stable scene. In lieu of an admission charge, non-perishable food items will be accepted on behalf of the 4Cs food cupboard. Free will donations will also be accepted, with proceeds from the event helping to fund much-needed repairs to St. Joseph’s church. Families are welcome to view the scene from the warmth of their cars as they driving through the holiday display. Or instead, plan to dress for the weather and join the joyful noise of the choir as they celebrate the reason for the season. The holiday event will also feature hot cocoa and warming stations.

Penney’s Auto Body Consolidates at Ravenna Shop Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter

R avenna - A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, effective January 1, 2017. Penney’s Auto & Truck Body Inc. has provided collision repair at 11878 Mills Rd. in Garrettsville since it was established in 1978. Now, according to co-owner Matt Penney — who operates the business with his brother Mark, sister Nancy Roharik, nephew Scott Ashburn and additional loyal employees — “New car technology requires more equipment and extensive technician training to ensure proper repairs for our customers. Our shops have been so busy and it’s hard to find qualified help. So moving our resources to a single location was the logical step to take.” Consequently, the Garrettsville operation will move to Penney’s 9,000-square-foot Ravenna location, which has operated from 3486 OH-59 since 1989.

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Penney expressed appreciation for the trust Garrettsville customers have shown over the past 38 years for repairing their vehicles to pre-accident condition and OEM safety standards. He added that Garrettsville customers may lose some convenience but will benefit from a better-equipped workshop at the Ravenna location, which translates to faster repair times. “Our philosophy always has been to do a quality repair,” Penney said. “That’s our utmost priority. We don’t just do a nice paint job everyone can see, but we repair the stuff underneath that you can’t see, to make sure it’s safe when you get your car back from the shop.” Penney’s technicians are trained and certified by the ASE, I-Car, and PPG Industries to provide exceptional service. Penney’s also is active in the community, supporting various organizations, such as local fairs and fundraisers, children’s athletics, school dances and athletics, police and firefighters, Center of Hope, Ravenna Salvation Army, Big Brothers & Sisters, and Special Olympics. Penney wanted to credit his parents, Robert and Nancy, who helped him get started in the family business. The strengths of the family-owned and-operated business are exemplified in the company’s high rate of customer satisfaction, excellent relationships with local

insurance companies, and collision service to the fleet of Portage County vehicles as authorized by the Board of Commissioners. As the company website explains, “It is a direct result of the integrity and quality of service Penney’s has adhered to over the years.” In addition to collision repair (realignment, body work and paint finish), Penney’s offers general automotive repair (wheel alignment, exhaust system and glass repair and replacement). Penney’s Auto Body, Inc. is open for service in Ravenna on Mondays through Fridays, 8 am-5pm; and Saturdays, 9am-noon. It can be reached by phone at (330) 297-5791or online at






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CALL TODAY!! Santa will again be making early deliveries to children in the Garrettsville-Hiram area courtesy of the GarrettsvilleHiram Rotary Club. Gifts will delivered the evening of 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.

Relocated, But Open!

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

The First Congregational Church of Freedom’s Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will be held at the church on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to join the congregation for this service. Christmas is on Sunday and Pastors Jim and Janie Melick encourage everyone in Freedom Township and the surrounding communities to join them as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. They will be sharing the Christmas story from the scriptures with hymns and special music. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. The historic First Congregational Church is located at the corners of State Routes 88 and 303 in Freedom Township.

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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.

PCDL Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays! All offices and branch libraries of the Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates for the holiday season: Saturday, December 24; Monday, December 26; Saturday, December 31; and Monday, January 2, 2017. Our branch libraries may be closed for the holidays, but the Digital Library is always open- 24/7. Use your Portage County District Library card to enjoy free access to a huge assortment of digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines. For more information about our digital services, visit Portage County District Library online at and look for the Digital Library.

Bristol Public Library Holiday Closings

The Bristol Public Library will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th. The library will also be closed Friday, December 30th for the New Year’s holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd. The staff of the Bristol Public Library would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and a safe new year. Visit us at 1855 Greenville Road in Bristolville or contact us at 330-889-3651.

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.

In Search Of Seniors For Volleyball Team!

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

Live Nativity in Mantua

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

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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.

Kid’s Christmas Party & Pictures With Santa

Dec 17 You are invited to attend our annual Kids Christmas Party, and pictures with Santa on Dec 17 from 3-5 pm at the Windham Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 9837 Wolf Rd, Windham. We will make chocolate Christmas candy, decorate Christmas cookies, and make an ornament. Refreshments will be served at 4:30. Join us for the fun! Everyone is welcome!

St. Ambrose Christmas Concert

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

Film Discussion Group

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

Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting

Dec 20 Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club will meet on Tuesday, December 20 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm in the meeting room. This month’s selection is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s the story of Oskar’s father who died in the

9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. After he finds a key in an envelope labeled “Black” in his father’s closet, Oskar embarks on a quest through New York’s five boroughs to find the lock that fits this key. While on this journey, Oskar has hopes of learning more about his father’s last days. Interested patrons may sign up at the Reference Desk (where copies of the book are available). The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville.

Tree City Carvers Monthly Meeting

Dec 20 Tree City Carvers will meet on Dec 10 at Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd. in Kent. The annual Christmas Part begins at 6 pm. All are asked to bring a covered dish to share or contribute to the collection jar. Every year we celebrate another great season of fun and friendship in the name of woodcarving. The meeting is free and all are welcome. for more info call Larry Hurd at 330-297-7905

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


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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.

Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 27 Please mark your calendars for Parkman Cub Scout Pack 4076 BSA Annual Spaghetti Dinner/Auction. The date

is January 27th, 2017 and will be held at Parkman Community House. Time: 4:30-7:30. Tickets are $8.00 advance/$9.00 at door. Kids are $5.00 advance/$6.00 at door. Under 5 free. Carry outs available. Tickets can be purchased at Parkman Church on Tuesdays 7-8 pm or call Monique 216-337-2104. Credit cards accepted at event. 100% proceeds benefit Parkman Pack 4076 BSA.


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Adult Basic & Literacy Education Program Receives United Way Community Grant The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program received a grant from United Way of Portage County in the amount of $1,350. ABLE applied for a grant project entitled “United Way’s Adult Ride, Learn & Succeed.� The grant is being used to purchase PARTA bus passes for those that have transportation barriers. United Way’s generous donation will help Portage County residents eliminate transportation barriers so they can earn their GED. The Adult Basic & Literacy Education classes have sites conveniently located on the bus line throughout Portage County in the morning, afternoon, or evening to fit your schedule. We have classes in: Brimfield, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham. The ABLE program provides all classes and materials free-of-charge for those 16+ in a non-traditional classroom setting with certified instructors. If you feel transportation is a barrier and want to earn your GED, take advantage of “United Way’s Adult Ride, Learn & Succeed� program by calling (330) 235-0020 or e-mail

TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna celebrated its 20th birthday December 6th. The chapter, part of TOPS, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) was formed in 1996 by Cherryl Duffield who is the current leader. Just two years later the chapter was recognized by TOPS Clubs, Inc. for best average weight loss and has won other spirit awards since. This year it was recognized for perfect records and members received personal honors. Currently the chapter has thirty-four members who support each other in their endeavors to lead healthy lifestyles. Three of those members joined the honored ranks of KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) as they met their doctor’s weight goal this year! This brings the chapter’s KOPS membership to seven. The KOPS continue to attend meetings to help maintain their status and encourage others. TOPS Club, Inc. has been in exsistence since 1948. As stated on the website (, the organization does not pay celebrities to endorse it and it doesn’t promote quick fixes or promote unrealistic images of the “perfect� body. Instead, it focuses on health, offering support on the journey at an affordable rate. TOPS OH#1941 meets Thursday mornings at the Maplewood Christian Church located at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. Members arrive between 9 and 9:45 a.m. for weighin and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. adjourning at 11 a.m. New members are always welcome. Whether it’s 1020 pounds you haven’t been able to shed or 50 or 100+, we are here to support you on your journey to a healthier you! Please visit us and consider joining!


Burton Public Library Events For more information & registration call the Burton Public Library at (440) 834-4466, or visit burtonlibrary. org. For The Kids: Storytimes begin the week of January 10 and are available for babies through 5 year olds. Check our website for days/times. Insect Extravaganza Thurs., Jan. 26, from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. For Grades K - 3. Brought to you by the Geauga Park District. Registration is required. For The Adults: Become a Google Guru! Tues., Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. We will teach you the search skills necessary to find whatever it is you are looking for. Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one - we will have a few laptops available for sharing. FOX8 Sports Guy, Dan Coughlin Thurs., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. Join us as local author and TV sports personality talks Cleveland sports! Books will be available for purchase & signing, $15.

Obituaries Bonnie L. Engberg Dunedin, FL Bonnie L. Enberg, 81, of Dunedin, Florida, passed Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was a Life Deacon at the First Congregational Church, and she was a member of the Mayflower Guild and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, mother/daughter trips, family gatherings, crafting, and playing cards and games. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Chester and Ruth Hawkins; her brothers, Wayne and Ron Hawkins; her sisters, Eileen Hewitt and Shirley Hawkins; and her daughter, Cheryl Lynn Enberg Peace. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackâ&#x20AC;? Enberg; her daughters, Kim Nye (Steve Kohler), Rhonda (Derrick) Johnson, and Susan (Frank) Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Masta; her son, Alan (Terry) Enberg; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as her two brothers, Harlan H Hawkins and Jerry L Hawkins and her stepsister, Roslyn Puderbaugh. Bonnie was a kind and gentle person who loved her family and friends. It was her loving spirit and kind acts that came through in everything she did. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to<><http://www.aha. org<>>American Heart Association., the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (http://www.jdrf. org<>) or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund<> .

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3.5+ SENIORS Katie Amport, Dayne Bates*, Melody Bencie, Madisyn Benoit, Karli Bigler, Alyssa Blake, Maria Blasiole, Lauren Bodenschatz, Dakota Boyd, Haley Brady, Olivia Brady, Matthew Budner, Gabrielle Campana, Aaron Cox, Nathaniel Crew, Derek Crislip, Megan Cymanski, Emma Dockery, Francis Joey Donat, Brittany Douglas, Allison Durham, Melina Edic, Brooke Ferry*, Alexandrea Geraci, Emily Graves, Morgan Grubaugh, Christopher Hausch, Jessica Hayes*, Bethany Head*, Evelyn Head, Russell Hilverding, Nicholas Jenkins, Alexander Kachenko, Jacob Kollman, Emma Kotkowski, Jacob Krupp, Robert Leanza, Collin Manners, Mia Miller, Nolan Morgenstern, Kylee Myers, Benjamin Pearce, Marissa Perry, Michael Picone, Ashley Prater, Katelyn Riley, Amber Schauer, Blaine Sorrick, Justin Stanley, Curtis Stephens, Logan Thut, Sophia Torres-Sabik, Madeline Turner, Cydney Tyrpak, Nicholas Vespucci, Emily Walker, Christian Workman, Noah Worron, Vanessa Wright*, Angel Zeigler* 3.0-3.49 SENIORS Paul Brannon*, Morgan Chesla, Cameron Crabtree, Amber Davis, Haley Davis*, Jacquelynne Deuley, Brandon Douglas, Jacob Duncan, Jordan Fabry, Tanner Fisher, Adam Fitzgerald, Kassandra Gregoire, Jessica Hand*, Matthew Harris, Kenneth Haynie, Lilly Hoffman, Michael Ihrig, Cole Kramer, Sydney Kulla, Bradley Leventry*, Darin McCreery, Hunter Osborne, Faith Pietrocini*, Mitchell Scofield, James Spencer, Jakeb Tekavec, Robert Testa, Alexis Ule*, Jonathon Vandercook, Krystal Willett*, 3.5 + JUNIORS Celestial Abee*, Elizabeth Adkins, Maddison Beatty*, Lillian Bissell, Emma Blake, Mary Bowers, Hannah Boyer, Jade Bretz, Ryan Britt, Adam Brooks, Matthew Bruyere, Megan Buchert, Zoe Catcott, Taylor Cochrane, Matthew Davis, Marybeth Duke, Heavenly Duley, Teagan FerrabyAlexander Forristal, Katherine Fosnight,Olivia Fowler, Frank Fugman, Gage Garner*, Evelyn Geib, Sierra Gregel, Lauren Grove, Emily Hawkins, Hannah Hetman-Maiden, Madalynn Huntington, Lynzie Jeffrey, Brantson Jessel, Michael Knipper*, Hannah Kuivila, Lauren Lerchbacher, Kenzie Lohr, Taylor Lough, Ava Manners, Nathan McBride, Sara Miller, Brent Monroe, Shannia Moore*, Ephraim Oliphant, Daniel Oswald, Daniel Painley, Baylee Reid, Anastasia Sampson, Austin Shaffer, Peyton Smith, Andrew Sorboro, Dominic Szuhay, Mackenzie Tayerle, Ashley Wieclaw, Taylor Yoder

Christmas Eve Comes Early This Year! The United Methodist Church of Garrettsville will be offering full Christmas Eve services on December 23 and 24 at 7 PM at our church at 8223 Park Avenue. Child care will be provided both nights, as well as goodies after the service on the 23rd, and before the service on the 24th. Bring a friend! All are welcome. We are doing the service on Friday December 23rd because so many people are often away on actual Christmas Eve. Go to Gramma’s house on the 24th, but you can still have a Christmas Eve service with us on the 23rd.

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Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter Mantua - At the last board meeting, the school board unanimously approved the placement on the May 2017 ballot $23,000,000 improvement bonds and the levy of an additional tax of .5 mills to provide funds to the School District. The proposed resolution, if passed by voters, would fund the renovation and construction of a grade 7-through-12 school campus. If voters agree to proceed in May, the district will receive an estimated 30% of State funding for the project. Later, Superintendent David Toth recognized Deborah Wesley and Jacob Page as employees of the month. Middle School Principal Julie Schmidt credited Mrs. Wesley for working well with students, both as school librarian and in her role heading up the CICU program. “She is thorough, patient and kind,” Mrs. Schmidt shared. She continued, “Debbie goes out of her way to get requested books in the hands of students. We’re lucky to have her as a part of our team.” Next, High School Principal David McMahon credited Band Director Jacob Page with empowering students to be the best they can be. Mr. McMahon continued, “Jacob surrounds himself with great people; the passion he shows is contagious.” McMahon credited Page with creating a collaborative environment where students help lead each other, creating a pillar of what you want to see in a classroom.” Next, the board approved the sale of the former Board of Education building located on West Prospect Street in Mantua to Willis Carlton Properties LLC in the amount of $11,500. The building, which is in need of renovation, cost the District an average of $1,000 per month to maintain. In the fall, the building was vacated, with board offices moving to the Intermediate School. In the Academic Report, Principal McMahon shared that students have undergone pre-assessments to define subject areas where improvements are needed. Based on students’ results, personalized study guides have been created, providing students with a time line of materials to review, based on their re-testing dates. According to McMahon, 100 students are participating in this program. Moving forward, McMahon shared that at the start of the new year, they’ll begin the scheduling process for grades 8 through 11 for the 2017-2018 school year. At the Middle School, Principal Schmidt shared that her students are preparing for assessments as well. She also commended students for their charitable activities this year, which included food drives, the Giving Tree, and the Hope Tree project. She also commended a student who raised money and awareness for Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder that afflicts this student’s sibling. At the Intermediate School, Principal Michelle Gerbrick shared details of the MakerSpace after school program where fifth graders will have the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) projects, including Little Bits electronics, simple machine design, Lego® construction and clay exploration. The program takes place from January through March. At the Primary School, Principal Cindy Ducca thanked her entire team, congratulating them on being one of six schools in the state to earn bronze and silver status at the 2016 Ohio PBIS Award ceremony in Columbus for the school’s positive behavior ‘Crestwood Cares’ program. In addition, Mrs. Ducca applauded Beth Marlow for helping the Crestwood preschool program achieve a Five-Star rating from the state. In his Permanent Improvement update, Geoff Bronder reported that the new storage sheds have been completed and occupancy permits issued. He shared details of the work recently completed at the Red Devil baseball field, where improvements were made to the field and the walkway by the dugout area. In addition, he shared that he’s currently reviewing the security contract. T he next School Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 2nd in the CHS library. The 2017 Organizational meeting will begin at 6:30 pm; the regular January Board meeting will begin at 7 pm. The community is encouraged to attend.

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GARFIELD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Grade: 12 - SENIOR! Something I would like others to know about me... I enjoy watching TV shows, eating too much, and spending time with my friends and family. What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is performing in flag line. What makes J.A. Garfield a great place? J.A Garfield is a great school district because of the excellent teachers and staff in our schools. What is your college or career focus? When I graduate I would like to go to college to get a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and then become a pediatric nurse.

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Daniel Swartz What is your favorite subject at school? Reading What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Learn new things. If you could be principal for a day, what would you do? I would make a school fun day. If you could give advice to your future self what would it be? Be yourself and be calm.

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Iva Walker | Columnist The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on December 12, 2016 with a good turn-out of members to hear from three representatives of the James A. Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team...and their coach, language arts teacher Jackie Lovelace. The students— Grace Edwards, Isabella Folio and Jacob Fergis read from their recent compositions (“Unicorns and Horses”, “Secret Symbols”, and “The Pit”, respectively) and showed just how valuable the program is in developing good writers. The local Rotary club sponsors the district competition held at James A. Garfield Middle School—coming up next year on January well-spent. Impressive work. Also on the docket was the finalization of plans for the Christmas party coming up on December 19 at the home of Carol and Al Donley. White elephant gifts to go! Speaking of which—any gifts to be delivered by the Rotary’s special friend, Santa Claus, on December 23, should be dropped off and arrangements made at The Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty, Main St., Garrettsville. The service is free but any donations for the effort will go to support the People Tree, which operates all year ’round. Guest at the meeting was Steve Zabor of the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary Club, who, with G-H Rotary president, Delores McCumbers, will be traveling to India next year to mark National Immunization Day, as part of the major role played by Rotary clubs worldwide in the campaign to eliminate polio. The goal is in sight; many nations have recorded no cases for extended periods. This is one more step on the way. Pictures will surely be coming. Closing the meeting with good thoughts and events in the community were mentions of the undefeated record of the Garfield girls basketball team, the excellent showing of the Quiz Bowl team at the recent TRASH Tournament, and an invitation to travel to Kirtland (after the snow gets plowed a little) to view the annual presentation of over 1000 Nativity scenes by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at their cultural/historical/community center in the village of Kirtland. It is an amazing and inspiring sight.

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New Year - New Career (It’s Not Too Late!)

Estelle R. Brown | Contributing Reporter It’s that time of year again for making bold New Year’s Resolutions and setting your sights on fresh, new goals. If you’ve been itching to make a career change but have found it easier to stick with the status quo, stop wasting your time. Examples abound of people who have made the break, even late in life. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a dramatic model of successful goal-setting and achievement later in life. At 70, he becomes the oldest incoming president in American history. This improbable achievement is due — in large part — to his dogged determination and laser focus on attaining a time-specific goal. Most of us can leverage those attributes in real life according to the SMART approach: Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Donald Trump turned 70 on June 14, 2016. When he won the November election, he became the oldest newly elected president in U.S. history, putting him ahead of Ronald Reagan, who was just shy of 70 on Inauguration Day 1981. Thanks to modern life expectancy rates in the U.S., Trump can expect to live beyond even what could be two terms in office. Today, the life expectancy at birth for a white man is 76.6 (for a white woman, it’s 81.3). According



to the Center for Disease Control, a 65-year-old man can expect to live 18 additional years. For a woman, it’s more than 20 years. Consequently, anyone tempted to believe they’re over the hill or too old to learn new tricks should seriously reconsider. Don’t fall for the misconception that after a certain age, it’s too late to make a career change. With the average age of retirement rising, many people over 50 may have 15, 20, or even 30 years of working life left in them. With that in mind, maybe it’s not too late to spend the remainder of your working years in a new career that’s more satisfying than simply sticking it out in your current lackluster job until retirement. You could be one of the 80% of people over 45 years of age who consider changing their careers, but not one of the only 6% who actually do. It’s intimidating to step out and take those risks. But consider this: The “New Careers for Older Workers” study by the American Institute for Economic Research finds that 82% of survey respondents reported making a successful transition to a new career after age 45. Retirement from one 30-year career can come as early as age 50; but that’s no time to settle for a slow glide into the golden years. “Retirement is not the absence of work,

but the opportunity to have freedom and control over the type of work you do, on your own schedule,” says Paul Magnus, Vice President for Workforce Development at Mature Services in Akron. “You can re-invent yourself. There’s not one way to retire any more. In years past, retirement was stepping aside for an upcoming worker to take your place. Now, it’s a time for developing your second half of life career. Middle age has expanded. Older workers can be ‘repurposed’ to work as part of an army of retired professionals with more than 20 years of experience to offer, meeting community needs.” Experience has power. Older workers tend to have good leadership skills and a strong work ethic, are focused and loyal, and have strong networks, according to Employers seek people who can do the best job; age is less a factor than one’s abilities. In May 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for people over 55 was 3.7%; lower than the overall rate of 5.5%. The most common reasons people change careers after midlife include seeking to reduce work-related stress, to learn something new, to follow a passion, and to achieve work-life balance. Whatever your reason, now is the time to get SMART and achieve your goals. Happy New Year!





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Dear Editor Lost Dog “Pepper” is safe with Golden Treasurers Rescue. Pepper was located in Burton on an Amish farm on Thanksgiving Day. No surprise there since he was initially adopted from an Amish farm. He has checked out fine health-wise, heart worm negative and has been neutered. He has a family waiting to adopt him where he will share life with a Golden Retriever and a couple of teenagers. During his month on the run, Pepper was seen at Monroe’s Orchard, Johnson Historical Home and by numerous residents and drivers up and down Pioneer Trail. It is still a mystery how he managed to end up in Burton from Hiram! I would like to express my gratitude and say thank you to all the wonderful people in Garrettsville, along with those in Hiram, Mantua and Burton, for taking time from their busy schedules and personal lives to help look for Pepper, who managed to evade everyone for well over month. Special thanks to Jack, Barb, Jeff and Vicki, Sue and Roger, Don, Debbie and the many folks who called to tell us they spotted Pepper running the countryside. Special thanks to Michelle and The Villager for printing Pepper in the Lost Dog section of the Weekly Villager and printing our “Slow Down” road signs that were placed on Pioneer Trail. Thank you Hiram College for printing Pepper’s flyers. And a big thank you to Sandy of Golden Treasures Rescue from Bath, Ohio, who was in constant contact with volunteers, coordinating search efforts in hopes to capture our escaped canine. Diana DiLoreto

Newton Falls - City Council met on Monday December 5 with two members absent. The Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Silent Prayer and Roll Call started the meeting. During Public Comments a motion was made and passed to register the city seal and limit its use to the approval of council. This is to safeguard against the unauthorized use of the seal. Mayor Waddell said that a committee was formed to update the policies regarding rental properties. The updating of policies would help track whether taxes on the properties were paid or delinquent. It would also be helpful in monitoring safety issues such as the proper use and upkeep of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. A motion was made and passed to look into the relationship between the Village and Township of Newton Falls. There was discussion regarding the future working relationship and what would be a good business arrangement for both groups and the citizens. During Council Reports Mayor Waddell expressed his excitement about the future opportunities he sees coming for Newton Falls. He sees opportunity for economic development and improvements to the infrastructure of the city. He has also made contact with some newly elected officials and looks forward to working with local and state leaders. Councilman Alberini informed council that two Ford Explorers would be leased for the Police Department to use. They would be replacing two cruisers with approximately 215, 000 miles on them. The graphics on them will reflect community pride. Chief Fixler expressed appreciation for the new cruisers. These vehicles will help the police protect and serve the citizens. City Manager Jack Haney expressed thanks to the Key Club for decorating the Christmas tree. He said the snow band is in effect and signs would be put up for this. The new Taco Bell is open and seems to be having a good start. During Public Hearings a motion was made concerning Ordinance 2016-10, Allocation of Income Tax Money. This concerns the use of moneys collected by the city. It was expressed that no one will be paying any more money to the city because of this ordinance. Ordinance 2016-11, Establishing Additional Funds and their Titles was brought forth. A motion was made, seconded and this passed. New Business concerned the 2017 Budget and accepting the Finance Directors monthly report. One of the changes to the night’s agenda was a discussion to add “In God We Trust” to the back of each new Police cruiser. A decision was tabled at this time for the Law Director to find out if it is legal. The motto received verbal support from council



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A Portable Planetarium? Cool!! Watch for this mobile unit coming soon to a school or group near you! A new portable planetarium has arrived at Geauga Park District – an amazing piece of equipment that will most definitely increase astronomy outreach in the community! This mobile unit is equipped with the exact same software found in the grounded planetarium located at Observatory Park in Montville Township, said Chief Naturalist John Kolar. “The advantage of this portable version is that we can take it to area schools and other groups as requested to offer them the same caliber planetarium shows,” he said. “ We w i l l also utilize it for public programs located at various parks throughout the year.” Geauga Park District naturalists had previously created a homemade planetarium – think: holes representing constellations poked in plastic – to teach the incredible lessons of outer space. This is a real improvement to the product and should breathe new life into mobile astronomy education countywide. Best of all, as are most Park District programs, the naturalist program utilizing this new tool is absolutely FREE for Geauga County schools and groups to request.

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members Stimpert, Beer and Alberini. Then council discussed utility fees. The village wants to be sure rates covers costs. The current rates are average compared to other communities. Many options are being looked into and this was the first discussion of this issue. During closing comments Councilman Baryak discussed the importance of public safety. He invited Chief Fixler to approach council and describe two incidents that involved threats to the safety of police officers while on duty. The incidents showed what can happen without warning at any time. The officers are to be commended for their response in these situations. Councilman Beer expressed a desire for the township and village to work together as a team. He thought better teamwork would help Newton Falls offer more goods and services to their citizens. Councilman Stimpert agreed and would like to see improved teamwork as well. Councilman Alberini expressed his thanks to council and the community for the show of sympathy to him and his family at the loss of his father. He gave a vivid description of the burial his father received as a veteran who served in the Marines. He was moved by the military honors which included the playing of Taps and his older brother receiving the American flag. Mayor Waddell’s closing remarks expressed support for the council members. He thinks it is time to move forward with a council that is pro development. He looks forward to working with this council to bring positive changes to the community. In closing we should all be grateful for the many men and women who serve our country in one of the branches of the military. We should also be grateful for the men and women who serve our communities in the Police and Fire Departments. Too many times we do not think about them until we need them. The next time you see one of these public servants let them know you appreciate what they are doing.

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Hiram Twp. - At their last meeting, township trustees discussed changes to the zoning fee schedule. One fee subject to this increase is the permit to erect a cell tower, which will increase to $1,000. This and other changes will take effect on January 1, 2017. In other news, Road Services Manager Tom Matota reported his findings on an office trailer. He sent financial information to Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe. In similar news, Mr. Matota shared details on the proposed cold storage facility to be built at the township’s new property on State Route 82. He estimates work on the structure to begin in spring, unless weather allows his team to start the project earlier. According to Trustee Kathy Schulda, the building will be 42 feet by 60 feet, and used to store Township equipment not in service during the winter months. Last weekend, the Hiram Fire Fighters Association transported Santa Claus on a fire truck. Mr. Claus visited children of all ages throughout the village and township, delivering gifts and spreading good cheer. On a similar note, the Association shared special safety tips for residents to safely enjoy Christmas trees. They suggest making sure the tree your family chooses has green needles that don’t fall out. Once indoors, they advise watering the tree daily to prevent it from drying out. In addition, they advise people to trim trees with lights and decorations that are flame-retardant, certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek or the Canadian Standards Association. In addition, check holiday lights for frayed wires or excessive wear, and don’t connect more than three strands of mini-string sets or a maximum of 50 screw-in bulbs together. Lastly, they advise families to place the tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source, and always unplug the lights before going to bed or leaving your home.Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season! The trustees will hold their first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7 pm in the Township Hall; residents are encouraged to attend.



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Skip Schweitzer | Columnist Some of us head south around the holidays. For me, that means a trip to Sarasota, Florida. Besides visiting my relatives, I always look forward to a day trip on the Flying Fish to catch whatever might be biting. It costs about $75 for a 6 hour trip. The Flying Fish is an 80-ft. head boat that can take out up to 40 or more fishermen into the Gulf and drift for fish. What exactly are ocean pan fish, you ask? Well, just like our Great Lakes fishery the ocean fishery consists of a wide range of sizes of fish. Of course, the serious fishermen often target the top of the food chain predatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;king mackerel, tuna. But many more of us also relish catching the much more abundant, smaller fish such as sand perch and snappersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fish that fill the frying pan so to speak. Hence the name panfish. Since we are not often as successful as the professional fishermen, pan fish often fill our freezers. We line up on the Flying Fish pier at Marina Jacks right in the center of Sarasota. It is 8 AM This is a 6 hour trip. We leave by 9 and are back promptly at 3 PM. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the fishing grounds so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fishing by 10:30. We board the boat and pick a seat and tie up our rod to that spot. There is a lore as to where to fish on the boat, embraced by my dad who would take us out on these boats when we were kids. He liked to position himself on the bow. You had a lot more room to move around and catch fish he reasoned and if you were the first man on the bow, that would be the bait that the fish would first see. I always liked the bow; some prefer the stern for other reasons. I position us near the bow but at the end of the forward cabin so that I have a place to sit. The rocking and rolling is hard on my legs and feet. Also, the cabin provides a bit of shadeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not too important this time of year but very important in the warmer months. On this November day I never take my jacket off. It is not cold, but the wind off the ocean is cool enough to require a jacketâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least for us northern pansies! The captain cuts the engines and we know to drop our lines with a very big hook the size of my thumb and a 4 oz. egg sinker to get it to the bottom. Some of us bring our own rods and gear, but the ship provides very stout and substantial rods and a big Penn reel with 25 lb. test line as part of the trip. If you want a rod with two or three hooks attached, it will cost you an extra dollar per hook. We bait the hooks with cut up fish pieces from

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It’s All About The Home Jane Ulmer | Columnist

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from It’s All About the Home and Grandma Tr’ybl’s Table. This month, Barry and I decided to combine our columns into one mega holiday column. I have some stress free holiday entertaining and decorating tips that we will incorporate with some of Barry’s best holiday recipes. A holiday party is a great way to celebrate the season with family and friends. With a few tips and ideas, you can easily host an impressive party without a lot of stress. How ‘bout a potluck? There’s nothing more stress free than hosting a potluck dinner. You provide the appetizers and main course and have your guests bring over their favorite holiday side dishes and desserts. Make sure you know what everyone is bringing so you have a nice compatible selection of food. Here’s a tasty side dish that will definitely be a crowd pleaser: Ulmer Family Corn Casserole ¼ lb. butter 1 large onion chopped 2 eggs beaten 1 lb. can whole kernel corn with juice 1 lb. can cream style corn 1 pkg. Jiffy corn muffin mix Grated cheddar cheese Sauté onion in butter. Set aside. Mix eggs, both cans of corn and muffin mix in a large bowl. Pour into greased 13x9 pan. Spoon sautéed onions over mixture in pan. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Looking for a great dessert for your next pot luck? Try this, oh so delicious, cherry cheesecake: Grandma Vancura’s Cherry Cheesecake 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup Sour Cream 2 tsp. almond extract 3 eggs ½ cup sliced almonds 1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling Heat oven to 350°F. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and 1/3 cup sugar. Save ½ cup of the mixture for the topping. Press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust. Spoon cherry pie filling on top then take the remaining crust mixture and mix with the sliced almonds and sprinkle on top of cake. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until top is browned. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours. Amazing Appetizers Sometimes it’s just easier to serve appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You don’t want your guests to go hungry, so make sure you have a nice hearty selection including hot and cold items. Shrimp cocktail and a veggie platter are a must. And, to save more time, you can even buy both of these already made up at your local grocery store. While you’re at the store, grab a nice selection from their olive bar. You’ll find tasty treats like stuffed olives, marinated artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, and more. Also consider some mini slider sandwiches which you can make yourself, or again, buy at your local grocery


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Frightful Weather Iva Walker | Columnist

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful....” That’s our theme song for this week. And beyond. Holy cow! Out there on the farms the shivering bovines are giving ice milk, I’ll bet (Some chocolate from the brown cows, nothing but vanilla from the boring black and whites.).The doggerel found in the Old Farmer’s Almanac for this last week and into the next reads : “Frosty’s freezing! No relief to be seen—is that Santa riding on a snow machine?” Previous to that, of course, the lines were, “Snow, then rain, then temps easing. Déjà vu : one dump or two?” Not too far off the mark, I’d say. So then I looked up the Accuweather forecast for this week and it was sort of doubling down on the Old Farmer, with some mid-thirties temperatures decorated with showers and snow showers—nothing like a little rain on top of snow to make for an exciting ride to work—then things fall off a cliff and stay there for awhile. Excuse me, but I just don’t recognize thirteen degrees...or eighteen degrees, for that a “HIGH” for the day, any day. Then it’s back to the low to mid-thirties—chance of rain—followed by a mid-to-upper forties spell, ditto on rain, then low forties. White Christmas? Looks more like sleet and rain. Are we cheerful yet? Keep your AAA membership paid up and kitty litter in the back of your car for help in extricating yourself from a snowdrift somewhere. Still, I suppose that we shouldn’t complain. We had more warmer weather than we had any right to expect, autumn through early winter (Actually, WINTER doesn’t begin, astronomically speaking, until the 21st, with the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.). January looks like more of the same wild weather—warmer, colder, warming, frigid, rain, lake snows—crazy stuff. That earlier warm made Lake Erie hold onto the heat for longer than usual and when the cold wind sweeps across it from the north and west, that cold wind just takes the opportunity to to suck up the rising moisture and carry it to the shore ...and beyond, as everybody in the SnowBelt—Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties—knows perfectly well. That moisture is getting colder as it gets blown uphill; colder is heavier, so down it comes, as rain or snow. Secondary SnowBelt counties—eastern Cuyahoga, northern Portage,



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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

To say that 2016 has been interesting is an understatement. Personally we had a lot of experiences this year which I would like to forget but we learned something from each moment and made our lives better from it! On the other hand the winery had an amazing year, experiencing fantastic weather, hosting many amazing fundraisers and making a lot of progress on moving our animated light show into the cellar area where we can run the show next year at any time! With so many events this year we are pleased to say we will be celebrating with one last special dinner on New Year’s Eve with our “early” New Year’s Eve Celebration. Not sure what to do before the parties begin at 10pm? Or do you prefer to be back in the comfort of your own home before the ball drops? Our night of dinner and dancing starts at 6pm and safely has you on your way by 9pm! For $34.99 per person (not including tax and gratuity) we are offering a fully-catered, 4-course family style dinner. Plus musical entertainment by Steve Vanderink! As we change our music agenda for 2017, this unfortunately will be Steve’s last performance with us so you don’t want to miss it!! Upon arriving at the winery, sit back and relax at your table while we bring out the first course of cranberry glazed meatballs and a selection of canapés. Then as Steve gets the night going, enjoy some salad and rolls before dinner is served. This year we will be preparing a glazed ham with cranberry chutney, chicken marsala, shrimp gumbo and a baked potato bar. And no family style meal would be complete without a great selection of desserts! A full menu is available on our website ( to drool over. This package would make a fantastic holiday gift for someone special on your list and as reservations are required – be sure to buy this package today! Just stop by or call the winery at 330.527.4118 to make reservations. Even if your New Year’s plans take you somewhere else, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a safe New Years! 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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Crossword Puzzle: December 16th


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1. Large primate 4. Annualized percentage rate 7. Frictional horsepower 8. Alternate name 10. Incursion 12. Metrical feet 13. Musician Ingram 14. Swiss river 16. Text speak for annoying 17. Squelch 19. Will Ferrell played one 20. Close violently 21. Arrogant 25. Goddess of the dawn 26. Today (Spanish) 27. Ethiopian town 29. Speed 30. Kids take it to school 31. Bowling ball’s adversary 32. 1988 NFL MVP 39. Volcanic crater 41. Curved shape 42. Discover by investigation 43. Up in the air (abbr.) 44. A son who shares his dad’s name 45. Assist in wrongdoing 46. Actress Lathan 48. Nonsense (slang) 49. Sharp and forthright 50. Midway between northeast and east 51. NAACP cofounder Wells 52. Soviet Socialist Republic

1. Again 2. Erectile organs 3. Concluding speech 4. Pie _ __ mode 5. With pustules 6. Muslim calendar month 8. Need it to live 9. Thailand 11. Container to serve food 14. Boxing great 15. Woolen blankets 18. Expresses surprise 19. Emergency medical services 20. Inflamed swelling of the eyelid 22. Reporter 23. Arrived extinct 24. Ad __ 27. Academic bill of rights 28. A pair 29. Pumpkin and apple are examples 31. China 32. Made illegal 33. Be mistaken 3 4 . S t e p h e n K i n g ’s “Pennywise” 35. Semite 36. Martens with short tails 37. Large bodies of water 38. Lower in position 39. Dough used in Latin American cuisine 40. Calculating tools 44. Boxers do this 47. Macaw

Math Corner


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?


Seeking adults 18 or older with high school diploma or GED and reliable transportation to work with adults with developmental disabilities in their homes. Must have a good driving record, insurance and a clean background check. Clean drug test mandatory. Experience with persons with developmental disabilities or mental health issues a bonus, but not required. Training provided. Looking for part time, subs and drivers, but full time may open up. Company is based in Garrettsville, Ohio, but also need people to work in Aurora, Ravenna, Middlefield, Streetsboro. Job duties include transporting individuals to appointments, work or social activities, assistance with ADLs, minor home cleaning/ maintenance and general supervision. Please call for further information and to set up an interview at 330-527-5918 Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 12/16

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 WINDHAM FOR RENT - 3 bedroom ranch. $675/month + utilities & sec. deposit. Available now. Call 330-3263708 12/23 GARRETTSVILLE - 1 bedroom apartment. Stove, refrigerator, $500/month & security deposit. Water & heat included. No pets, no section 8. (330) 274-8861 1/13

McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000

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



BLUE MOON KENNEL: Modern, clean pet boarding & grooming facility. Heated/airconditioned. Indoor/Outdoor runs. We are on premises 24 hrs a day. Veterinarian recommended. (330) 8982208. RUFN

ESTATE SALE 7993 Elm St., Garrettsville. Furniture, appliances, tools, rooster/hen and basket collection and more! Priced to sell! 10 am - 6 pm. December 8,9,10, 11 and 16, 17 & 18. 12/16




FIREWOOD LOGS 8 months old. 12”-24” diameter. Approx 75 cords. 234-600-7769 2/10

BROAD STREET VINTAGE 32 West Broad Street, Newton Falls “Antiques to Retro” SALE!! 10% - 50% OFF ENTIRE STORE Now through Dec 31st Tues 12 -4 pm Weds-Friday 11am-6pm Saturday 10am-3pm

WE SHIP UPS VILLAGER 8088 Main Street Garrettsville


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MLS 3864039 Kathie Lutz

the price of 32 apples?




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


GARRETTSVILLE Upstairs apartment for rent. 1 bedroom, 1 bath. 814-8609499 1/6

NEW LISTING • 3 BD/1.5 BA Ranch • Appliances stay • Near a park • Trex decking • Wood floors • 2 car attached garage • Well maintained

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

Professional Installation

Leaf Guards • Clean-outs & repairs • Friendly Service FREE Estimates

8028 State Street, Garrettsville. TOLL FREE 888-258-4845 / 330-527-2221 161 PENN AVE., WARREN


3 BD/2.5 BA 2 story home • Fixer upper • New carpet downstairs • New roof / gutters in 2015 • Walk-up attic • Huge deck • 2 car garage with 111 Acres Standing Timber concrete floor

$95,500 MLS 3853021 330-687-5900 Shauna Bailey

$32,900 330-527-2221

MLS 3821722 Ryan Neal

$376,500 330-687-0622



3 BD/1 BA Split Level • On a cul-desac • Fenced back yard • Grapevine arbor • Large foyer • Newer roof & windows • Newer laminate wood floor in LR • Oversized 2 car garage

REDUCED 4 BD/2 BA Cape Cod • Refinished hardwood floors • New roof in 2014 • Private backyard • Wood patio • Fenced in yard • 2 car detached garage • Paved driveway

330-274-5520 SHARPENING & GRINDING SERVICE Eastwood Sharp Shop Knives • Blades • Chains Scissors and More (330) 527-7103 8060 Elm St, Garrettsville

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Over 40 years in the building trades in Portage County. Very reasonable rates for seniors. 330-606-1216 or 330-2975749 2/24 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR All makes & models. E. James (330) 296-8545 RUFN

SEWING MACHINES Repaired. 40-years experience. Pick-up and delivery. Hundreds for sale, electric & treadle. $60-$270 new. Rich (330) 527-5195. 2/3


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 their Organizational and Regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the High School Library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. The Organizational meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and the Regular meeting will follow at approximatley 7 pm.

The Villager... Your Weekly Source For Community News & Events For Over 40 Years! answer to last week’s puzzle

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3 BD/1.5 BA Colonial • Immaculate home • Meticulously maintained • Gas FP • Sun Room • Remodeled kitchen 2013 • Stainless steel appliances • Waterproofed basement

MLS 3853364 $85,000 MLS 3830007 Heather Lutz Neal 330-687-6967 Shauna Bailey

$99,900 330-527-2221

MLS 387767 Shauna Bailey

$68,900 330-527-2221

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Budder is looking for some Loving

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.

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@





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