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Tyler Murphy, 7 years old, visits with Santa at the United Methodist Church’s Annual Breakfast with Santa which was hosted by th Renaissance Family Center in Windham.

Crestwood Middle School Students Give Back Stacy Turner Contributing Reporter

Mantua - In a time when many around the community and around the country are focused on what others can do for them, eighth graders at Crestwood Middle School learned a valuable lesson in service from an unlikely source. While it’s not unusual for students to take field trips throughout the school year, CMS eighth graders went on a very special trip last week. Instead of the usual cultural or learning experience typically expected, this year, the day was devoted to serving others. Because in the rush to prepare students for the latest versions of Federal and State-mandated testing, some crucial lessons can often be missed. Like Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” This winter day of service began as a conversation that CMS’s Kim Marfy, Jen Westbrook, and Lynn Morrisson had while volunteering during the summer at the AkronCanton Foodbank. They marveled, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this with the kids?!” Low and behold, by the time school resumed in the fall, Mrs. Marfy and Ms. Westbrook had worked out a plan for a new kind of field trip. Eight volunteer sites were established to give students their choice in how to make their community better. And last Monday morning, students, staff, and parent volunteers lined up with their packed lunches, eager to board school buses for a day of service. Students chose ways to serve -- from performing holiday music, organizing, making beds, or working in the great outdoors -- there truly was something for everyone. A large group headed to the Akron Canton Foodbank in the mission to provide food and other essential items to 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties. The group from CMS spent their time sorting, measuring, and checking expiration dates on food items that had been collected for distribution. Another group of hard-working volunteers headed to the Haven of Rest in Akron, an organization that has provided emergency and residential care since 1943. The Haven of Rest provides food, emergency shelter, housing, resident rehabilitation programs, educational classes, career development assistance, an after-care program, counseling, advocacy, clothing, and limited dental/medical care for over 500 men, women, and children daily. The CMS group assisted this worthy organization by making beds and folding laundered bedding to help prepare for that

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evening’s residents. The next work site was nearby, at Hattie Larlham, where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are provided medical, residential, recreational and work training services. CMS students had the opportunity to help clients with crafts, reading, and other activities. In addition, some students helped by cleaning the vans that are used to transport some of the 1,800 clients. Similarly, another group headed to Akron to United Disability Services, an organization that serves individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities. CMS students focused their efforts on the organization’s toy resource center, where they cleaned toys and re-organized shelves in that high-traffic area. Still another group, filled with student musicians and singers, used their gifts to brighten the holidays for residents of a local nursing home and the Portage Play and Learn preschool. Another group headed to the Downtown Akron Partnership to help that organization prepare for its largest community event -- First Night Akron. This annual New Year’s Eve celebration hosts hundreds of attendees each year simultaneously at sites across the downtown area. CMS volunteers organized mask-making supplies and created sample masks, assembled temporary lighting, and assembled tickets and promotional materials for the organization’s celebration. The final group headed to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help park staff organize, clean and transport winter sporting gear from storage to rental areas located throughout the park. And as these young adults continue to high school and beyond, they take with them the lesson they learned that day, that even small acts can transform the world. Interested in a chance to win free tickets to ring in the New Year at First Night Akron on December 31st? Be sure to check out The Weekly Villager on Facebook to find out how!

Hiram College’s Bold Plan for the Future

Hiram – With a commitment to its liberal arts foundation and to preparing 21st century students for the ever-changing world and workforce, Hiram College moves boldly forward in implementing its most recent strategic plan (Hiram College’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020). The plan is ambitious: aiming to position Hiram as a national model for the New Liberal Arts. The strategic plan was finalized in July after a yearlong process of inquiry, input, and vetting. The college started positioning itself as the New Liberal Arts last spring when it announced Tech and Trek, Ohio’s first campus-wide 1:1 mobile technology program at a four-year institution. Thanks to Tech and Trek, Hiram College is the place where mobile technologies meets mindful technology. Tech and Trek is just one of several new programs the college has added in the last year. Adding programs is the “easy and fun part,” says Dr. Lori Varlotta, president of Hiram College. “But like most tuition-driven liberal arts colleges, we don’t have unlimited resources. To be financially strong, sustainable, and future-focused, this strategic redesign prompts us to add in some areas and reduce or shrink in others,” she states. The redesign will be informed by an analysis of all academic programs. Like just about every process Varlotta launches, this one will be inclusive, data-driven, and transparent. Early stages of the process are now underway. The Interim Dean of the College, Dr. Judy Muyskens, has been charged to work with faculty to formulate an academic prioritization process. Muyskens has recently constituted a faculty committee called the Strategic Academic Team (SAT) which, in turn, has created three faculty subgroups. The subgroups are examining the core curriculum, academic majors, and short-term cost savings to ensure programs are mission-driven and market wise. Their work will feed into the prioritization of academic programs. “The end goal,” says Dr. Muyskens, “is to achieve a curriculum redesign that is simultaneously true to our history and mission, and aligned with the emerging and future workforce demands projected by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.” Hiram is on solid ground as it strives to fuel its forward progress. The college celebrated a sizable increase in new student enrollment this fall and two record-breaking fundraising years in 2016 and 2017. “It truly takes a village,” Varlotta says, “I think our village here at Hiram can once again do the good, but hard work that needs to be done.

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

Fitness Challenge

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

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Donate to the art students at James A. Garfield High School!!! Donations can be dropped off during school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) M-F at the front office. Thank you so much!

Grief Support Group

Sundays Grief Group meets every Sunday at 3 pm. The meetings are held at Garrettsville United Methodist Church and last about an 1 – 1 ½ hours. Everyone is welcome. For questions you can call the church at 330-527-2055.

Men on Mondays

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

Monday Breakfast at American Legion

Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/3263188 for info.


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

Start Talking ! Portage Stop Addiction

Tuesday & Saturday Start Talking! Portage has been able to schedule two NEW NA meetings in Portage County on Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St., Kent, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. the second one is on Saturdays at Mantua Christian Church 4118 S. R. 82, Mantua, Ohio 44255

Story Time At Mantua Center Church

Thursday Children ages 2-5 are invited along with their accompanying adult (siblings are welcome too) every Thursday to STORY TIME, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 St.Rt. 82. No need to sign up, simply drop in any Thursday. This program follows the Crestwood School schedule and meets every



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BINGO At St Michael’s

Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

TOPS Meetings

Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/ program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weightloss support and wellness education organization.

2nd Thursday Storytime

through May 10 2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 - 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed. Email or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

5th Annual Model Train Display

Wed & Sat in Dec The N. Bloomfield Historical Society is presenting its 5th holiday model train event on every Saturday afternoon in December from 2-5pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm in the 1893 Town Hall. The address is 8830 Park Drive. Each year the layout has grown, with new items added each year and now exceeds 500 square feet. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440685-4410.

Historical Society Gifts

On Sale Now! Freedom Township Historical Society is trying to simplify your holiday shopping this year. In addition to our T-shirts, we are now offering SWEATSHIRTS to keep your loved ones warm during the winter months. These come in a forest green with lettering and our logo in white; a donation of $20.00 will secure your sweatshirt in adult sizes S-XL. 2XL – 4XL are also available for a slightly higher


donation. To place an order call Judy at 330-527-7669 or Amanda at 330-842-4374. We can email you a form or you can simply place an order by phone. We deliver too! What a deal.

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

Dec. 21 - Games Dec. 28 - Fried Bologna Sandwiches Jan. 4 - Bingo & Doughnuts

Kindergarten Registration

Call Today! The James A. Garfield School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will turn age 5 before August 1, 2018. Registration will take place on, Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23 and Monday, March 26, 20128 Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

Newton Falls School Board Meeting

Dec 21 The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding a regular board meeting on December 21, 2017 at 6:00pm in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 Milton Blvd, Newton Falls.

Lets Go To Bethlehem

Dec 21 Children’s Christmas play: “Lets go to Bethlehem” All are welcome!!! Thursday; Dec. 21st. 7:00pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231

Blue Christmas Service

Dec 22 You’re invited to attend a Blue Christmas Service at the Windham United Methodist Church, 9051 N. Main St., Windham, OH on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.. The holidays can be a sad time for those who have experienced loss. We invite you to worship with those who mourn at our Blue Christmas Service. A service of comfort and inspiration this Christmas Season. All are welcome!

Rotary Santa To Deliver Presents

Dec 23 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 Saturday, 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



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

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Christmas Eve Services!

Dec 23 & 24 The United Methodist Church of Garrettsville, 8223 Park Avenue, will be hosting two Christmas Eve services this season, one on December 24 at 7 PM, but also one on December 23 at 7 PM. Both services will be the same. Since so many people go to be with family on actual Christmas Eve, we thought we would offer a complete service the night before Christmas Eve! This way you can enjoy a candlelight service and still be at Gramma’s house on Christmas Eve! Bring a friend!

Library Holiday Schedule

Dec 23, 25, 30 & Jan 1 In observance of the holidays, all Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on the following dates: Saturday, December 23; Monday, December 25; Saturday, December 30; and Monday, January 1 of 2018. May all your holidays be bright and have a pleasant journey into the New Year.

Christmas Eve Service

Dec 24 First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls, will host a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24th beginning at 5:00 PM. The service will include traditional Christmas hymns and carols and a congregational candle lighting.

Holiday Services

Dec 24 All are welcome to Christmas Eve services, Sunday, December 24, at Burton Congregational Church and Newbury United Community Church. Morning Worship: 9:15 a.m. at Newbury United Community Church 11:15 a.m. at Burton Congregational Church. Family Worship at Burton Congregational Church at 6 p.m. Join us for an interactive telling of the Nativity Story for the whole family. It will be noisy, chaotic, fun and holy.

Traditional Lessons, Carols and Candelight Service: 8:00 p.m. at Newbury United Community Church 11:00 p.m. at Burton Congregational Church. For more information, please visit

God Provides A Free Meal

Dec 29 God provides a free Cristmas meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305 on Dec. 29 from 4 to 6:00. Ham - potatoes - Cole slaw - dessert

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 Dec 31. It’s a Roaring 20’s theme this year! If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join us at the Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $65.00/ couple, $50.00/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast. Purchase your tickets through Jay D’Aurelio (330569-8156).

Pancake Breakfast

Jan 7 The Windham Lions Club will be hosting their first pancake breakfast for the season on Sunday, January 7th. from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the Brick Chapel on N. Main Street.

Alyssa Marie Honsaker Benefit

Jan 7 Please come to the Alyssa Marie Honsaker Benefit at Faces Lounge on Sunday January 7th from 1-4pm. Event will include pasta or meatball sandwich dinner. Adults $6, ages 10 and under $4. Music by Crash and The Salty Dawgs. Chinese Auction, 50/50 Drawing and ‘Live Auction’. Contact Vonda for Auction Donations 330984-3521. Basket can be dropped off at Faces Lounge.

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Burton Public Library Upcoming Programs & Events

The Burton Public Library invites you to take advantage of the upcoming programs and events. For programs that require registration call: (440) 834-4466, or register online at

K ids: Storytime for babies-5 years of age The Winter Session begins the week of January 8. Check the website for more details. Scottish Highland Dance with Ms. Christina Wednesdays in January at 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 7+. Mark the Magician’s Magic Class! Tuesday, January 9 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required. Grades 2 - 5.

Adults: Burrrr-ton Adult Winter Reading BINGO January 3 through February 28 Stop in to sign-up and to pick up a BINGO card, get 5 in a row, and enter to be included in the drawing for fabulous prizes! Vision Board Saturday, January 6 at 1 p.m. Weight loss, a new career, or a more positive outlook? Visualize your 2018 resolutions by creating a vision board! We will provide all of the supplies needed to create an inspirational plan to keep you on track. Registration begins Dec. 6th. NAMI Information Night Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Find out what services and support this organization offers and who they serve. No registration.


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The Hiram Police Department is warning the public about another attempt by scammers purporting to represent the Hiram Police Department. Someone has been soliciting area homes looking for donations for a Teddy Bear program, which gives stuffed animals to sick and needy children. The scammer then requests people’s credit card numbers. Hiram Police stresses that we never solicit donations by telephone for the Teddy Bear or any other charitable programs. Residents are urged to contact charities directly, either by phone or via their websites to verify their validity. Anyone contacted by such a caller is asked to call the Hiram Police 330-569-3236.

Board Members Needed for NAMI Portage County The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Portage County is looking for qualified and interested people to serve on their Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position with a two-year term. The board usually meets once a month on the fourth Thursday at 6pm at the Mental Health and Recovery Board’s office in Kent. The qualified volunteer will have an interest in reducing the stigma of mental illness, assist with adults that are caring for others with a mental-health issue, and work with other Portage County agencies trying to improve mental health services. Contact Roger Cram at 330-569-4912 or

ASPIRE Classes Begin January 2018 The ASPIRE Program classes are held year-round providing classes and materials free-of-charge. Classes are held throughout Portage County with certified instructors at various locations conveniently located on the bus line. Sites include: Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham. Don’t miss out on the following opportunities ASPIRE provides: • HSE/GED classes - Free GED/HSE pre-test • Distance Education - Earn your GED/HSE from home. • Basic refresher skills in English, reading or math. • Work Ready – Prepare yourself to walk into that job interview organized, with a great-looking resume and cover letter 6 session classes in the afternoon or evening. • Medical Readiness - Begins: January 16, 2018. Prepare for the medical classroom with medical math, vocabulary and soft skills, research your area of interest on the computer. Job shadowing possibilities at UH. • Test Prep for RN, LPN, electrician, and other exams. • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Start the New Year off right and sign-up for classes today by calling (330) 235-0020 or e-mail gauntnerla@

EXPRESS AUTO SERVICE & TIRE offers live online homework help, as well as essay reviews, resume reviews, test prep, and more. Tuesdays at 4:30 PM, we’ll be providing computer access upstairs and a quiet place to work for students of all ages who want to take advantage of this new service. The Winter Reading Olympics, for ages 3-12, starts December 1. Pick up your reading record anytime after the 1st and earn prizes for reading in December and January. On Thursday, December 28, take a walk through our giant Candyland, collecting treats as you go. For children ages 3 and up. Game play takes 15 to 30 minutes. Players are welcome anytime between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. No shoes will be worn on our board. Visit the library to pick up a schedule of activities and events. More information about free library programs and hours is available at the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, phone 330872-1282, and on the library’s online calendar at www. To get updates and reminders about programs, consider Liking our page at www.facebook. com/NewtonFallsLibrary. Newton Falls Public Library hours are Monday–Thursday 9 am–8 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am-5 pm, and closed Sunday.

Mantua Pop-Up Art Gallery Open For Christmas Gifts

Mantua - The Mantua Pop-up Art Gallery located at 10676 Main Street in Mantua Village will be open this weekend for Christmas shopping. Thursday and Friday the gallery will be open from 3:00 to 6:00, Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 and Christmas Eve from 10:00 to 2:00. The Gallery displays beautiful hand works by local artisans which would make perfect gifts for Christmas giving. Customers may choose from a variety of mediums such as glass, ceramics, jewelry, prints, stonework, fabric and woodworking—all available in a wide range of prices. Downtown Mantua Revitalization 2018 Calendars can also be purchased at the gallery. The Mantua Pop-up gallery will also be open December 28, 29 and 30 and then will close forever. Downtown Mantua Revitalization, sponsor of the gallery, would like to encourage all to stop by to see the beautiful works that are created in our community and support our local artisans.

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Chinese New Year Festival with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 1 pm 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Wear red and join us for a program of graceful and festive music played on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments. Audience members will be invited for a hands-on opportunity. Enjoy a sampling of tasty Chinese treats. Bring the whole family to this memorable event! No registration.

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Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on December 7, 2017 with all trustees and fiscal officer in attendance. The meeting was called to order and moment of silence was held for the late township clerk Suzanne Viebranz who passed away earlier this week. The pledge was recited before moving on to business. The tr ustees approved the minutes and expenditures. The also approved the appropriations of $707,856 for next year. They opened up the floor to any guest who wanted to address the board. One guest thanked the trustees for solving a nuisance issue on Gotham and Stanley Roads. He also stated that he was experienced in negotiating oil/ and gas leases, if the township ever needed that service, he would do that with them for free. Another resident asked about cable companies. They were tired of poor service and asked what company the township has contracted with and if they had any recourse. The trustees stated they don’t have a contract with anyone and residents can use whomever they wish. The trustees said they could write a letter to Suddenlink and let them know of their displeasure with the service the community receives. In zoning news, 8653 Werger Road has a trailer and a small garage being used as a house. It is not compliant with current or past zoning. Inspector Joe Pinti has tried to make contact with them numerous times but they don’t answer the door. Without a formal complaint the trustees can’t enter premises without being invited. The prosecutor suggested using the health department or health department as alternative avenues. The demolition of 9888 Horn Road is complete. Pinti sent the prosecutor information on 8394 Gotham Road on November 15, 2017, which will be scheduled for demolition. Township will get a 30 days notice to have a culvert installed to access the property. The property next to the trailer park on S.R. 82 is abandoned Pinti will try to find a phone number for the owner, who is living in Las Vegas. Property is in disrepair and will be demolished once it goes thru the proper channels. In roads, Brian Miller reported that the culverts on Horn Road and Bryant Road were installed. The trustees determined that the catch basin at the end of Bryant Road was not needed after consulting with the county engineer. The trustees were able to return the basin. Cemetery news, the trustees believe they have solved the electrical problem. They will know for sure when they get their next reading. Fire district report, they have a few new applicants to review at the next meeting. The plumbing issues are fixed and the community board is up and soon to be running. The turkey raffle was a success. The district needs to have GFI outlets installed in the kitchen to be compliant with current codes. The firefighters and medics will have their annual baseline vital taken soon. Old Business, discussion on the results of curb side recycling was held. No decision yet as they are still waiting on the final tally of survey. Quotes were discussed on the purchase of a new dump/plow truck. After some discussion, they decided to go local with Kepich Ford at a purchase price of $52,283. They have estimated a delivery time of about 3-4 weeks. New business, the trustees voted to contribute $500 to help pay for the “Polar Express” train for the community event on December 10, 2017 that includes a lighted parade and a visit with Santa. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

The Newton Falls Preservation Foundation is hosting a guided and narrated tour of Camp Ravenna. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. Formerly known as the Ravenna Ordnance Plant or Ravenna Arsenal, this facility began production of shells and bombs in 1941 and eventually included 1,371 buildings encompassed on 21,418 acres. “Illustrating Ohio’s important contributions to winning World War II (from 1942 to 1945), civilian defense workers at the Ravenna Arsenal produced more weapons for the war effort than at any other plant in the United States.” After gathering for a brief overview of this military complex, a guided bus tour will be available. DATE: Saturday, January 27, 2018 TIME: 10:30 am LOCATION: Ohio Army National Guard Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center 1438 State Route 534 SW Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 PARKING: ENTER through the East Gate on the corner of Rt. 5 and 534 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. CALL: 330980-1115 or email:

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Happy New Year! The Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter #4527 will start out the New Year a day AFTER the holiday, on January 2nd, 2018. Please make a note of that. We meet at the Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306), Bainbridge Township, Ohio, at 1 pm. (Behind the Fire Station) We will start out the new year with a little fun playing bingo. Please be aware that if the Kenston school system is cancelled due to weather, our meeting will be cancelled also. Please check your local television stations for school closings. We are still collecting food, staples,,etc. for our Food For Friends food pantry, and dog food, dog treats, etc., for the Geauga Dog Shelter. As you can imagine, all the cupboards are bare and with the cold weather, much is needed. We also take monetary donations for the above. Come and have a nice warm cup of coffee and a sweet treat and visit with your friends after the meeting. For further information, please call Betty Franek at 440-543-4767.

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Does your Private Pesticide Applicator’s License expire on March 31, 2018? If so, the Portage County Extension office will be hosting a re-certification session for private pesticide applicators on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District Office from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This session will offer 3 credits for pesticide re-certification for CORE and All Categories (1-7). The cost of this session is $35 per registrant. Does your Fertilizer Certification expire on March 31, 2018? If so, a fertilizer certification session will be held following the pesticide re-certification session from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This session will allow farmers to renew their fertilizer certification (for farmers who apply commercial fertilizer to 50 or more acres). The cost of this session is $10 per registrant. Pre-registration is required by February 1, 2018. A late fee of $25 will be added for any registrations made after this time (so make sure to register on time!). Registration includes refreshments, speaker travel expenses, and program handouts. New in 2018, all registrations have to be made on-line. The registration link for this program is: http://www. The on-line registration procedure does allow for payment via a credit card or by mailing a check. If you are unable to register on-line or need additional information about the registration process, please call the Portage County Extension office at 330-296-6432. Can’t attend on February 9, 2018? If you cannot attend on February 9, three other re-certification sessions will be held in northeast Ohio. These will be in Ashtabula County: Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Geauga County: Friday, February 2, 2018; and Trumbull County: Friday, March 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration links and flyers can be obtained at:

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January 18th & 25, 2-3 pm. THE ART OF NEGOTIATING: GETTING WHAT YOU NEED. Negotiation is an essential business strategy. Whether you are negotiating a land rental contract, an employee’s salary or want to clarify a delivery schedule, negotiation is part of every business owner’s toolkit. But women frequently feel unprepared and unskilled in this form of communication. Join Women’s Agricultural Network Director Mary Peabody for a two-part virtual series on negotiation. This session will meet twice in an online classroom. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. Learn more at January 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. NORTHEAST OHIO SMALL FARMER WORKSHOP. This workshop in Jefferson, OH is designed to help landowners increase profits from their small acreage. This program is open to all new or aspiring farmers, new rural landowners, small farmers, and farm families looking for new ideas. Participants will learn how to develop a business plan for their operation. During the workshop, participants will learn more about the current opportunities in small-scale farming; how to identify the strengths & weaknesses of your farm; how to keep records and develop budgets; and how to effectively price & market your products to consumers. Learn more about farm insurance, governmental assistance, farm taxes, and ways to mitigate risk. This workshop will provide the road map for small producers to move their hobby to a viable farm business. Make connections to resources, information and people that will help your farm business grow! Pre-registration is required by January 12, 2018. Registration fee is $25/ per person. Make checks payable to OSU Extension, and mail to Ashtabula County Extension office, 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047. If you have any questions please call 440-576-9008. January 29. 10:00 am – noon. FARMER/LANDOWNER INCOME TAX ISSUES WEBINAR. Join OSU Extension’s Barry Ward, David Marrison, and Chris Bruynis for this webinar to learn about new and proposed tax legislation, ag income and expenses, net operating losses, buying and selling farmlands, rental property, and demolition of structures. Registration opens Dec. 1, 2017. $35/Participant. Learn more at: http://go.osu. edu/taxschools SAVE THE DATE: February 15th- 17th. Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association- 39th Annual Conference: A Taste for Change at Dayton Convention Center. Registration is now open and scholarship are available for new small farmers. Learn more at March 21st, 5:30-7:00pm. OSU Extension Portage County will be hosting a shitake mushroom growing workshop. All registrants will take home their own mushroom log. More information on registration to follow.

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WVFD Joint Fire District News Hiram Township Trustee News Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter

Stacy Turner | Contributing Reporter

Windham - WVFD Fire Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on December 14, 2017 with all board members and fiscal officer in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Ron Kilgore. The minutes, bank reconciliation and expenditures were approved. They next approved the appropriations of $400,000 for 2018. In the chief’s report, Chief Rich Gano questioned the fiscal officer on how the tuition reimbursement collection was going. Jayme Neikirk stated that one was paid and one was billed, she is waiting for a response on the billed one. A discussion was held on a medic that had a baby recently, on how long they will wait for her to return to service or start billing her for the tuition. Currently, the district has a policy that if the district pays for your tuition, minus a $200 deposit, you have to give the district two years of service. Being on the roster is not enough; one needs to work at least 12 hours a month. When a year of service is completed, the $200 deposit will be refunded. Those who fail to fulfill the commitment are to reimburse the district for their tuition. The district will actively pursue those who fail to meet the obligation. Gano reported that truck 2812 has had a few running issues and it will be going in for repairs this week. A blood drive is scheduled for Friday December 15, 2017 at the fire station. Gano asked if the district could give those fire fighters, EMT’s and medics that are not on probation a fuel gift card for a holiday gift. A vote was taken and all voted yes. The chief said they had experienced their own Christmas miracle of sorts recently, when they arrived on the scene and a victim was in full cardiac arrest. The medics were able to bring the victim back and after some time in the hospital, he is expected to go home soon. In a discussion pertaining to response time, it was noted that the department continues to have radio issues, causing false slow times as the radio on one truck is slow to key up, giving a false time of responding. That being said, the average response time in November was 6 minutes 35 seconds. The goal is to get response times down to under 6 minutes. The chief presented two candidates for the roster. They are Nakishia Jones and Halli West. Nakishia is a medical assistant and phlebotomist and is ready to start school for EMT. Halli is already in school for EMT and will finish in January. Both candidates were accepted by the board. The board adjourned and went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. They returned from executive session and discussed placing a levy on the May ballot. After some discussion, it was determined to place an additional 2 millage levy on the ballot. The need for a levy is to have the means to pay their EMTs and Medics when they are on call. A levy committee will be formed in to explain to the community why a levy is needed. Gano stated that the old equipment which was collecting dust in the back of the station was donated to Craig Beach Fire Department. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Hiram Twp. - At a recent Trustee meeting, Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe provided Trustees with an update on the audit. She noted that the auditors were working on the payroll portion of the audit, and asked that a current resolution be passed regarding the employee pay rate schedule. Since the Township’s practice has been to adopt and follow the Portage County Engineer’s Office Bargaining Unit Agreement, the auditor’s recommendation is that the Township records reflect this. The Trustees unanimously passed a motion stating the same. In New Business, it was noted that a new building has been ordered from Old Hickory with a 10% down payment. The building will be installed at the Township’s State Route 82 location, to serve Township employees and officials until such time that the historic Township building can be relocated there. Once that takes place, the Township’s Parks Board will use the Old Hickory building. In his Fire Report, Assistant Chief Baynes reported that the new squad, complete with automated loading

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December 17, 1925 title for The Journal was “Christmas Program Tuesday Eve, Dec. 22”. The Community Christmas will be held in the opera house Tuesday evening, Dec. 22, at 8 o’clock P.M. under auspices of the Community Council. The program is free to all and it, is hoped that there will be a large number in attendance. A pageant will be presented by high school pupils in which will be portrayed, in six scenes, the birth and adoration of Christ. Accompanying music will be Christmas carols sung by grade children. The program is in charge of a committee composed of Miss Derry, Mrs. Everett, Mrs. Ryder, Primary children will present a scene incorporating the idea of the White Gift Christmas, thus paving the way for gifts from the community which are to follow. The giving of white gifts has its origin in a lovely old legend. In faraway Cathay, long years ago, there lived a mighty king, much beloved by his subjects. As an expression of their love and respect for their ruler, the people always celebrated his birthday anniversary. On this day the king of Old China sat in a white room, upon a white throne and dressed in robes of purest white. His presents were always white too. The poor brought white pigeons, a lovely white blossom or a white lamb. The rich gave glittering white stones, rich velvets and costly ivory. Nor did the king regard one gift above another, but loved each for the giver. So we too can celebrate our King’s natal day by giving gifts to those less fortunate than we. They need not be white, they need not be costly, for the King of All Times will not regard one gift above another. The gifts which are donated by the community of Garrettsville will be presented to the County Detention Home and the Child Welfare League. It is urgently requested that all come and that all bring some gift.

unit, has been purchased. He shared year-end budget information, and highlighted some possible equipment purchases to take place by the end of 2017. Trustee Jack Groselle asked whether the Fire Budget is usually spent before the end of the year, and if the EMS Funds carry over from year-to-year. This question is prompted by the fact that the Village and Township share services and each pay a portion of the Fire and EMS budget annually. Ms. Rodhe reported on her meeting with Hiram Village Clerk, Susan Skrovan, and noted that it had been productive, but there were still two open questions. She noted that the Village’s Capital Fund receives a $16,000 payment annually from the Township for Fire and EMS contracted services. Ms. Rodhe noted that the Village contributes $26,000 and adds 50% of the unencumbered EMS Fund. Trustee Groselle requested that Ms. Rodhe meet again with the Village Clerk and Chief Byers to get further clarification on the total Fire/EMS budget and expenses. In addition, he requested that the Village deposit all Fire revenue into a special fund instead of going into the Village General Fund. Lastly, he requested that the Township receive reports that substantiate the Village’s contribution of funds in the amount of 40% of the total Fire and EMS total annual budget. Moving forward, Trustee Groselle provided an update on the Local Government Fund disbursement. He noted that discussions among the Townships, Villages, and Cities did not reach an equitable conclusion. As such, the Townships have deemed it necessary to pass a resolution asking the Portage County Budget Commission to distribute the funds based on population. This proposed change would take effect for ten years, beginning in 2019 and remain in effect until 2023. Hiram Township passed this resolution; they will send the signed resolution to Janet Esposito, Victor Vigluicci, and Brad Cromes, who comprise the Budget Commission. Portage County EMA Director, Ryan Shackleford requested a record of the damage sustained in Hiram Township after the recent storm; this was provided by Mr. Groselle. In addition, it was noted that Groselle Farms donated $500 to the Parks account in the Township’s General Fund. In his Zoning Report, Inspector Rich Gano reported that he has received applications for two new houses, an accessory building, two agricultural buildings, and two mylar signs. He also noted his observation of a construction project that has not applied for a permit, and will be making contact with the property owner. Trustee Groselle suggested that Mr. Gano use Google Earth to observe sites in the Township that cannot be seen from the road. In his Road Report, Road Supervisor Tom Matota has contacted Ohio Edison/First Energy for a quote to run electric to the new property on State Route 82. Per previous discussion, the cost of installing the electric service is eligible for reimbursement from the NOPEC Grant. In addition, he shared that 180 tons of road salt have been delivered. Lastly, due to the untimely passing of Wendell Schulda, Judy Zidonis was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Her term will extend through July 31st, 2019. We wish to extend condolences to Kathy and the Schulda family on their loss. The year-end meeting will be held on Thursday, December 28th at 7 pm; the next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 pm.







THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, December 22 & 29, 2017


Something I would like others to know about me... I collect Pokeman cards What is your favorite school activity? Play on the playground because I like to play basketball and catch..


Ryan Michael Stoller

What is your favorite school activity? My favorite school activity is probably P.E because Mrs.Rossi makes it fun and I love her as a teacher and since I am athletic it is pretty obvious.

What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The centers in the class are fun What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Teamwork, because it is great when there is a lot of people helping each other.


What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Respect. Respect means alot to me because if you respect me i’m going to respect you back and it shows that you have manners and are a great person.


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Grade: 9 Something I would like others to know about me... I have two brothers

George A. Cervenka, Sr.

What is your favorite school activity? Basketball What Garfield Core Value means the most to you? Teamwork makes the dream work. What is your college or career focus? I want to be a doctor. This will require six years of med school. What makes James A. Garfield a great place? The teachers

Changes Proposed to Local Funding The Local Government Fund (LGF) has been an ongoing topic of often-heated discussion since May among the 28 communities in Portage County who each receive a share of this State government fund. According to the Ohio Division of Taxation, the most recent iteration of the LGF was formed when the original LGF, which was formed in 1935, was merged with the Local Government Revenue Assistance Fund (LGRAF) in 2008. The original LGF dates back to the 1935 birth of the state sales tax. The fund has undergone many changes in ensuing decades, but the basic elements remain: a designated portion of state revenues is deposited into the LGF, a statutory formula is used to allocate revenue monthly to the undivided LGFs of each of Ohio’s 88 counties, and County Budget Commissions determine the distribution of the undivided fund moneys to local subdivisions. Portage County’s Budget Commission consists of Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes, Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito, and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci. Currently, the LGF is dispersed to Portage County communities according to a formula previously agreed to by all the communities, and set in place by Ohio Revised Code for a period of 10 years. Since 2018 begins a new 10-year cycle for the Fund, local communities have had many discussions on the most fair and equitable way to share those funds. Mr. Cromes noted that in the past the County has used what’s called the “alternative formula” for making LGF allocations (found in ORC 5747.53). Under that process, cities, villages, and townships can negotiate their own distributions, provided that the County Commissioners, the largest city in the County (Kent), and a majority of all other subdivisions agree to the allocation. He noted that Kent’s allocation in past formulas was agreed to by a majority of the other subdivisions and the County Commissioners, and generates in large part from the additional challenges population concentration presents; among them, increased police and fire presence, and road traffic. According to Hiram Township Trustee Jack Groselle, The existing formula provides the four cities with nearly 40% of the fund, while the seven Villages share less than 9% and the 18 Townships share less than 15% of the fund. “We need to be fair to the whole county,” explained


Grade: 8 Something I would like others to know about me... I love animals and i also love playing sports. My favorite sport would have to be baseball.

Grade: Kindergarten

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James A Garfield Student Spolights

Cheryl H Is Piece Of The Pie Winner

Area resident Cheryl H. has proven her love for Domino’s by entering the Piece of the Pie Rewards Photo Contest. Her passion for pie has earned her $10,000 in store profits as well as this custom por t rait which is on display in the Garrettsville Domi no’s rest au rant. Congratulations Cheryl!


Trustee Groselle, who has been one of five Township Trustees participating in these discussions. According to Ms. Esposito, the process won’t move forward until the Budget Commission receives a Resolution from each of the 28 communities that receive funds from the LGF; each community must define which of three funding proposals (as of late September) it supports. In the Township’s proposal, they suggest that most communities receive a guaranteed minimum of $15,000, with additional funds based on population at a rate of $12.09 per person. In the Villages’ proposal, they’d like the Townships to share 14.22% of the fund, or .79% per Township. They propose that six Villages share 7%, while the four cities split 35% of the LGF. The Cities’ proposal would divide 16.63% among 18 Townships, 40.6% among four Cities, and 7.77% among six Villages. If a majority of the entities cannot reach an agreement by December 31st, the decision will reside with the County Budget Commission. The funding formula, according to Mr. Cromes, would set the allocations on the basis of a statutory formula, which the Commission can then adjust to account for the ‘total relative need’ of the community. He explained that ‘total relative need’ is a term that encompasses a number of factors, including population, but that the full process is noted in Ohio Revised Code 5747.51-.52. Mr. Cromes noted that if the Commission must invoke that process, each entity would have an opportunity to be heard at a public hearing to justify their need to increase or decrease their allocation. The Commission must make a final decision by July of 2018. It’s important to note that the LGF receives a 3.68 percent share of all general revenue tax collections. During the 2009 calendar year, approximately $654.6 million was distributed to local governments from the state LGF. This amount includes $13.2 million distributed to county undivided LGFs from the tax on dealers in intangibles. Furthermore, the State’s 2018-2019 Operating Budget, passed in July 2017, made additional changes to the LGF. Among them, it noted that “$35.3 million should be redirected from the Municipal LGF Supplement Distribution Fund to support statewide programs to address the opioid crisis.”

Bedford Heights, OH George A. Cervenka, Sr., 76, of Bedford Heights, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was born on December 27, 1940 in Garrettsville, Ohio to George and Mary (Banko) Cervenka. George married the love of his life, Marilyn (Krauss), on June 3, 1961. He graduated from Cardinal High School in 1958. George played football, basketball and baseball. He led Geauga County in scoring in 1957 from the fullback position. George was a 1962 graduate from Hiram College where he played football. He was a biology, health and physical education teacher for Newbury High School from 1963 to 1992. While teaching at Newbury, he was a football coach for 20 years. During those years he had 7 straight league championships from 1963 – 1969. George was also the head track, baseball and wrestling coach. He was also the Athletic Director for 23 years. George was inducted into the Newbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and inducted into the Ohio Athletic Administrator Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He was very proud of his time spent at Camp Ho-Mita-Koda, as the Camp Director from 1969-1989. George loved his family and especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. George is survived by his devoted wife, Marilyn; son, George, Jr. (Kelly) Cervenka of Reminderville; daughters, Ann (David) Clingerman of Willoughby and Susan Cervenka of Bedford Heights; grandchildren, Eve and Mia Cervenka; sister, Mary McLean. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 2-5 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Services to follow at 5PM at the funeral home. Burial to be held at a later date. Online condolences at

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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, December 22 & 29, 2017

Nearby Nature Joe Malmisur | Columnist

The majestic American Snowy Owl, Nyctea scandiaca is one of the few birds that can get even non-birders to come out for a look; especially since they are here only during the winter. The largest by weight of any owl in North America, it stands a little over two feet tall and has a wing span of over five feet. Like all owls, these owls can see exceptionally well at night, but this owl has an added advantage. It can see just as well during the day when it is most active, an advantage when they live far north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight of the arctic. Reclusive, patient, and extremely ferocious are some of the characteristics that describe this stealthy creature, but the owl’s most fearsome feature are its eyes. The dark yellow eyes with black pupils along with its white plumage give this owl a menacing appearance. It is as if the owl is looking right through you sending chills down an already cold body. Adult Snowy Owls have no natural enemies but their eggs are subject to predation by arctic foxes and unprotected young can become prey to other arctic birds. Living in a treeless environment, snowy owls spend most of their time on the ground or perched on mounds known as pingaluks scanning the horizon for food. These mounds are the products of frost heaves that lift fairly large sections of the ground. Pingaluks can be as much as two or three feet above the surrounding area and are often drier, making them ideal for nesting sites. Researchers believe Snowy Owls mate for life and breeding occurs in mid May. Nests are lined with bits of moss but more often than not there is no defined nest and eggs are laid in a depression on the pingaluk. However living and breeding in the arctic can have its disadvantages because it gets really, really cold. Not to fear, these birds thrive in the cold and have adapted to the harsh arctic conditions. They have thick down that allows them to maintain a body temperature of 104oF when it’s -70oF. Snowy owls are highly nomadic and their movements are tied to the abundance of their primary prey species, lemmings. Every winter in Northern Ohio there are reports of Snowy Owl sightings. No, it’s not because they are tired of the cold weather and wanting to vacation in balmy Northern Ohio. No it’s not climate change. It is because of the small furry creature called a lemming, the Snowy Owl’s primary food source. After all, an owl has got to eat, and eat a lot in order to maintain its body temperature in the harsh arctic environment. But every so often something dramatic happens. Lemmings live in the





An “Irruption” of White A snowy owl lands in a field in Holmes County on December 16, 2017.

same geographic area the Snowy Owl calls home. It is thought that the migration south or an “irruption” of Snowy Owls is linked to lemming populations. Lemmings have a boom and bust cycle from year to year. During the boom cycle, when lemming population’s peak in the summer, owls will fledge several chicks instead of just one or two. This was the case this past summer. It was a boom year. This increase in population pushes younger birds south into Northeastern Ohio. However, during the bust cycle, when the lemming population crashes, adult Snowy Owl have to migrate south as well to find enough food to survive the winter months, but not in the numbers seen during a boom year. Some scientists have recently suggested there is more to the story, since Christmas Bird Counts show that the numbers fluctuate irregularly from year to year, and lemming crashes are often more regional than the large-scale geographically synchronous owl migrations. Other factors such as snowfall and extreme temperature conditions may play a role. Keep a sharp eye; there have been reports as recently as last week of several adult Snowy Owls in our area. Sightings at Burke Lakefront airport, Edgewater Marina, Fairport Harbor, and Holmes County have been reported. The bird in flight is the one currently in Holmes County. If you hope to spy this magnificent bird, now is the time to start looking. Look in wideopen areas such as corn and soybean fields for owls hunting for rats, mice, or voles. Scan snow covered areas and be on the lookout for any irregularities in the snow. A lump or dirty patch could be a Snowy Owl facing away from you. Snowy Owls like to perch in conspicuous areas, so be sure to check high points like round hay bales, fence posts, telephone poles, buildings, or grain elevators. Hopefully, you will be rewarded and see the magnificent bird. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one you won’t soon forget. What a great Christmas present!

Twentieth Century Club News Iva Walker | Columnist

Weather somewhat curtailed attendance at the annual Christmas party of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville, held at the home of Mary Furillo, on December 14, 2017, with Bonnie Oliver as co-hostess, but nothing could dampen the enjoyment of the evening among friends. Roll call was answered with descriptions of members’ coping mechanisms for various holiday tangles, tinsel-centered and otherwise, frequently those dealing with cooking, travel, family situations, decorating,, traditions and, of course, children. Nods of recognition, empathetic smiles and an occasional lump in the throat as well as laughter went around the gathering. Minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were foregone until the next meeting, to be held on January 4, 2018 at the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library, when it is hoped that the weather and other circumstances will bring more members out. And, in aid of that, a new member, Anne Rubin, was voted into the group. In lieu of a gift exchange, members came with Christmas cards of many varieties to extend season’s greetings to each other, as well as gloves, mittens, socks and hats to be contributed to the People Tree. The program was presented by Iva Walker, who outlined some of the history of Christmas observances in America, from the Spanish and French explorers, through the distinctly noncelebratory attitudes of the Pilgrims and Puritans. The upper crust cavaliers of the South and the sturdy merchant Dutch began to soften the attitudes to be found in the expanding settlements. St. Nicholas makes his first appearance, though not in a form— or at a time—recognizable today. Building of the nation following the Revolutionary War brought an influx of very varied new groups with old-world traditions to match: Germans, Irish, Scandinavians, segueing into Eastern European refugees fleeing all sorts of wars and oppressions. This trend continued as industrialization demanded more laborers and they came in their thousands and millions to build industries from agriculture to transportation, steel and communication to merchandising and an aspiring middle class. There were songs to be sung images to be created. Borrowing from everywhere—Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” crossed the Atlantic—became part of “the American Way”. The twentieth century was all about image: ”A Visit from St. Nicholas”, ”How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Charlie Brown Christmas”, radio and television specials, commercials, movies, CocaCola ads, novelty songs (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Chipmunks”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”), goods to sell, time to fill. What we all choose to fill the time with is, ultimately, up to us. The conclusion of the meeting was filled with an array of wonderful foodstuffs and pleasant conversation among friends, the gift of a good time had by all.



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THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, December 22 & 29, 2017



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So…what are we this week? A North Pole wannabe? Complete with frozen tundra and snowcovered figures on the landscape? Or are we to bea n ersatz Caribbean hideaway, with cool rum drinks, drums in the background and the more adventurous trotting around in flip-flops? So far, as we approach winter, the whole atmosphere thing is really kind of schizophrenic. Both farmers’ almanacs have been only “sorta” correct in their predictions for this area, mostly as regards the sequencing. We’ll see for the new year. Having rain on top of snow is an invitation to adventure, either walking or driving. When the temperature drops, as it often does, the ice-slick is mean…and deceptive. Take a flyer on one of those shiny spots and it’s “hip city” for a lengthy recuperation. And the salt! I finally took my poor little car (Honda Fit, Aegean Blue) to a car wash because it was getting pretty crusty (like the decorative touches sprayed on store windows) and hard to recognize in a parking lot. I’m aware that the newer cars all have handy-dandy, super-duper coatings and finishes that are supposed to resist the corrosive effects of our attempts to deal with local weather conditions (sand & gravel, cupric sulfate, beet juice, plain ol’ salt, whatever), but just the look of a vehicle that’s totally crusted over is not real reassuring. If there’s a flaw of any kind—a scratch, a dent, a chip—visions of instant rustbucket may dance in the owner’s sleepy head like toxic little sugarplums. Buying a “southern” car only lasts so long. Shall we think on windshield wipers? Those suckers are toiling away trying to keep the glass clear and--WHOOSH—along comes a semi or highway department truck, or even a Volkswagen hitting a half-frozen puddle, and it’s all for naught for a few seconds. Depending upon how fast you’re all going, this could quickly become a nasty situation. Whew! I think that I need to chug on down to the NAPA folks for my free installation. It’s one of those things that I’m sure that I can/could do myself but the reality of it is, in this kind of weather I want to know that it’s done right and not be having that niggling feeling in the back of my mind that I might not have fastened something right or put something in upside-down. These things are never discovered until something goes bad. Isn’t there one of the Peter Principle things that states that “Anything that can go wrong, will…and at the worst possible time.” Sounds right to me. Somewhere in here—after the windshield wipers—things will have to slow down. It’s been pretty brisk around here. There’s a temptation to call it “the fortnight from hell”, but it IS Christmas and we don’t want to go that direction. Holy Schmoley! We started out with a Quiz Bowl tournament, then a dental appointment (I really don’t mind going to the dentist—which is good because I have another one to fasten something down.), then a reception at Hiram College and the Community Chorus program—way to start off the season! Then there was the JAGHS (James A. Garfield Historical Society) Christmas party at Slim & Jumbo’s, then league competition in Quiz Bowl, another Christmas party with my money man and a “fetch-and-carry” mission to St. Vincent’s Charity Hospital in the bowels of Cleveland (Interesting to stand on the 6th floor and watch the fog and the snow roll into the city from across the lake), then the snow day. Haircut, appointment at the vet—Butterscotch is officially a year old and has all of her shots, also worms, but no more—then another Christmas party. Quiz Bowlers went off to the TRASH tournament at Olmsted Falls, where we became—in the words of one of my brainiacs—the “fourth-trashiest” team out of sixty in attendance (We got to the semifinals, defeated by University School). Sunday was full, with the celebration of Rev. Rich Thewlis’ thirty years in ministry, the Garfield High School Band


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“What is Christmas like in Sweden?” One of the library’s book clubs was reading A Man Called Ove by Swedish author Fredrick Backman. Since it’s close to the holiday season, they were wondering how Ove and the other characters would be celebrating. We found the answer on Sweden’s official tourism website and in The Folklore of World Holidays by Margaret Read MacDonald, The World Encyclopedia of Christmas by Gerry Bowler, the Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations by Tanya Gulevich, and a tonguein-cheek article about Swedish Christmas traditions by Emma Löfgren for The Local. The Christmas season begins with St. Lucia’s day on December 13. Families may celebrate by having one of their daughters get up early and serve coffee and baked goods while dressed in the traditional St. Lucia costume of a white dress, red sash, and a wreath on her head with seven lit candles. Towns and schools elect their own Lucias, and a national Lucia is chosen and announced on television. Swedes celebrate many customs that Americans would be familiar with, such as setting up a Christmas tree and exchanging gifts. It used to be that the gift-giver would write a short verse about what the present contained, but this doesn’t seem to still be widely done. A tradition that has held is the Disney Christmas special, broadcast at 3:00 PM nationwide every year since 1959. As everywhere, food is an important part of celebrations. A classic Christmas smorgasbord (or julbord) includes herring, sausage, ham, meatballs, rice pudding, and lutfisk, a dish made of lye-soaked dried fish. Decorations vary from family to family, but often involve candles, Advent calendars, fresh flowers such as hyacinths, and the Christmas goat, or julbock, often made of straw. The julbock is thought to have originated with the goats that drew the Norse god Thor’s chariot. At one point, it was the julbock and not Santa Claus that delivered the gifts. Though Santa has taken over, the goat remains a part of the season. Since 1966, the town of Gävle has built an enormous straw goat at the beginning of Advent, but it’s an irresistible target for vandals and has been burned down nearly every year. The Christmas season doesn’t officially end until St. Knut’s Day on January 13, at which point the tree is taken down and everything is put away until next year. Our patrons can see Frederick Backman’s own take on the holidays in his recently published novella, The Deal of a Lifetime. 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. concert and the Christmas concert at St. Ambrose Church, marking the rebirth of the handbell choir. Then there was the choir program presented at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church; attendance was good; the addition of a select few students from KSU—volunteers, all—added body and brightness to the voices of the stalwart regulars. Positions are still open; come to choir practice any Wednesday evening at 7:30. Make it your New Years’ Resolution. There is still a cookie exchange on the calendar, a party with those wild-n-crazy Rotarians a meeting at the Y, a party with the abovementioned choristers, a meeting of the Garfield arts council, another trip to the dentist—just in time for the family Christmas gathering at my mom’s (Desserts are my speciality at these things)—and two—count ‘em, two— Christmas Eve services( one on the 23rd, one on the 24th), not to mention the holiday brunch after church on the 23rd. Santa will find me, on the day, not on Santa Claus Lane as the song goes, but reclining somewhere with the cats, who know a sucker when they see one. They always get a treat on special days. I’m thinking that St. Simon Stylites, an anchorite who spent years out in the desert on top of a pillar, praying for who-knows-what should be my own personal saint. Bet he never kept a datebook.

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Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist Well, 2017 is almost in the history books and 2018 is about to jump on in here. Between holiday parties, making holiday treats and of course, buying and wrapping gifts, I recommend taking this week to pick up your champagne for New Year’s Eve. But how do you know which champagne should you buy? And what if you don’t like champagne but still want to celebrate with everyone else? Here is a rundown of the different kinds of champagne as well as some sparkling wines. First, did you know that 50% of champagne sales are made between New Years Day and Thanksgiving. 15% of the sales are made between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and a 35% of champagne sales are made just in the week between Christmas and New Years Eve. Now you see why I recommend buying the champagne soon – the demand for champagne will be high in the next few days. When you go to select the champagne, know that there are four main types of Champagne – Brut, Extra Dry, Dec and SemiDec. How much sugar is added before the second fermentation determines how sweet the champagne, thus determining the type of champagne. Brut champagne is the most popular type. This is the driest of the champagnes and goes well with most foods served during the holidays. Extra Dry champagne is a little bit sweeter than the brut and tends to have more of a floral flavor to the taste. Dec and Semi-Dec champagnes become much sweeter and usually are best served as an after dessert drink. If you are a fan of sweet wines, I recommend having a bottle of a Semi-Dec champagne on hand. However, if you are not a fan of champagne, you may want to look into a sparkling wine. I have mentioned sparkling wines, in a couple of articles and really like sparkling wines as they tend to have a wider range of flavors and sweetness. Plus the different colors from sparkling wines really make for a festive table centerpiece. If you have some champagne left over, make sure you have either orange juice or fruit punch to make your own mimosas to ring in the new year. Happy holidays to you and yours, The Candlelight Winery Family

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Provided By Lisa Eberly | Columnist Why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today? It seems that they need to know everything about you and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago. There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous for today’s buyer than perhaps any time in history. 1. The government has set new guidelines that now demand that the bank proves beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of paying the mortgage. During the run-up to the housing crisis, many people ‘qualified’ for mortgages that they could never pay back. This led to millions of families losing their home. The government wants to make sure this can’t happen again. 2. The banks don’t want to be in the real estate business. Over the last seven years, banks were forced to take on the responsibility of liquidating millions of foreclosures and also negotiating another million plus short sales. Just like the government, they don’t want more foreclosures. For that reason, they need to double (maybe even triple) check everything on the application. However, there is some good news in the situation. The housing crash that mandated that banks be extremely strict on paperwork requirements also allowed you to get a mortgage interest rate around 4%. The friends and family who bought homes ten or twenty years ago experienced a simpler mortgage application process, but also paid a higher interest rate (the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 8.12% in the 1990s and 6.29% in the 2000s). If you went to the bank and offered to pay 7% instead of around 4%, they would probably bend over backward to make the process much easier. Bottom Line Instead of concentrating on the additional paperwork required, let’s be thankful that we are able to buy a home at historically low rates.



THE VILLAGER | FRIDAY, December 22 & 29, 2017


End-of-the-Year Money Moves

Here are some things you might want to do before saying goodbye to 2017.

Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist

What has changed for you in 2017? Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? Did you retire? Did you start a family? If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you will want to review your finances before this year ends and 2018 begins. Even if your 2017 has been relatively uneventful, the end of the year is still a good time to get cracking and see where you can plan to save some taxes and/or build a little more wealth. Do you practice tax-loss harvesting? That is the art of taking capital losses (selling securities worth less than what you first paid for them) to offset your shortterm capital gains. If you fall into one of the upper tax brackets, you might want to consider this move, which directly lowers your taxable income. It should be made with the guidance of a financial professional you trust.1 In fact, you could even take it a step further. Consider that up to $3,000 of capital losses in excess of capital gains can be deducted from ordinary income, and any remaining capital losses above that can be carried forward to offset capital gains in upcoming years.1 Do you itemize deductions? If you do, great. Now would be a good time to get the receipts and assorted paperwork together. Besides a possible mortgage interest deduction, you might be able to take a state sales tax deduction, a student loan interest deduction, a militaryrelated deduction, a deduction for the amount of estate tax paid on inherited IRA assets, an energy-saving deduction – there are so many deductions you can potentially claim, and now is the time to meet with your tax professional to strategize how to claim as many as you can. Could you ramp up 401(k) or 403(b) contributions? Contribution to these retirement plans lower your yearly gross income. If you lower your gross income enough, you might be able to qualify for other tax credits or breaks available to those under certain income limits. Note that contributions to Roth 401(k)s and Roth 403(b)s are made with after-tax rather than pre-tax dollars, so contributions to those accounts are not deductible and will not lower your taxable income for the year. They will, however, help to strengthen your retirement savings.2 Are you thinking of gifting? How about donating to a charity or some other kind of 501(c)(3) non-profit organization before 2017 ends? In most cases, these gifts are partly tax deductible. You must itemize deductions

using Schedule A to claim a deduction for a charitable gift.3 If you donate appreciated securities you have owned for at least a year, you can take a charitable deduction for their fair market value and forgo the capital gains tax hit that would result from their sale. If you pour some money into a 529 college savings plan on behalf of a child in 2017, you may be able to claim a partial state income tax deduction (depending on the state).4,5 Of course, you can also reduce the value of your taxable estate with a gift or two. The federal gift tax exclusion is $14,000 for 2017. So, as an individual, you can gift up to $14,000 to as many people as you wish this year. A married couple can gift up to $28,000 to as many people as they desire in 2017. Unfortunately, the I.R.S. prohibits a current-year income tax deduction for the value of a non-charitable gift. (Note that the gift tax exclusion rises to $15,000 in 2018.)6 While we’re on the topic of estate planning, why not take a moment to review the beneficiary designations for your IRA, your life insurance policy, and workplace retirement plan? If you haven’t reviewed them for a decade or more (which is all too common), double-check to see that these assets will go where you want them to go should you pass away. Lastly, look at your will to see that it remains valid and up-to-date. Should you convert all or part of a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA? You will be withdrawing money from that traditional IRA someday, and those withdrawals will equal taxable income. Withdrawals from a Roth IRA you own are not taxed during your lifetime, assuming you follow the rules. Translation: tax savings tomorrow. Before you go Roth, you do need to make sure you have the money to pay taxes on the conversion amount. If you go Roth this year and change your mind, the I.R.S. gives you until October 15, 2018 to undo the conversion.7 Can you take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit? The AOTC allows individuals whose modified adjusted gross income is $80,000 or less (and joint filers with MAGI of $160,000 or less) a chance to claim a credit of up to $2,500 for qualified college expenses. Phase-outs kick in above those MAGI levels.4 What can you do before they ring in the New Year? Talk with a financial or tax professional now rather than in February or March. Little year-end moves might help you improve your short-term and long-term financial situation.

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Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Divvying up personal possessions among adult children or other loved ones can often be a difficult task. Deciding who should get what without showing favoritism, hurting someone’s feeling or causing a feud can be difficult, even for close-knit families who enter the process with the best of intentions. Here are a few tips to consider that can help you divide your stuff with minimal conflict. Problem Areas - For starters, you need to be aware that it’s usually the small, simple items of little monetary value that cause the most conflicts. This is because the value we attach to the small personal possessions is usually sentimental or emotional, and because the simple items are the things that most families fail to talk about. Family battles can also escalate over whether things are being divided fairly by monetary value. So for items of higher value like your jewelry, antiques and art, consider getting an appraisal to assure fair distribution. To locate an appraiser, see or AppraisersAssociation. org. Ways to Divvy - The best solution for passing along your personal possessions is for you to go through your house with your kids or other heirs either separately or all at once. Open up cabinets, drawers and closets, and go through boxes in the attic and/or basement to find out which items they would like to inherit and why. They may have some emotional attachment to something you’re not aware of. If more than one child wants the same thing, you will have the ultimate say. Then you need to sit down and make a list of who gets what on paper, signed, dated and referenced in your will. You can revise it anytime you want. You may also want to consider writing an additional letter or create an audio or video recording that further explains your intentions. You can also specify a strategy for divvying up the rest of your property. Here are some methods that are fair and reasonable:

¡ Take turns choosing: Use a round-robin process where your kids take turns choosing the items they would like to have. If who goes first becomes an issue, they can always flip a coin, draw straws or roll dice. Also, to help simplify things, break down the dividing process roomby-room, versus tackling the entire house. To keep track of who gets what, either make a list or use adhesive dots with a color assigned to each person to tag the item. ¡ Have a family auction: Give each person involved the same amount of play money, or use virtual points or poker chips to bid on the items they want. For more ideas, see “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?â€? at This is a resource created by the University of Minnesota Extension Service that offers a detailed workbook or interactive CD for $12.50, and DVD for $30 that gives pointers to help families discuss property distribution and lists important factors to keep in mind that can help avoid conflict. It’s also very important that you discuss your plans in advance with your kids so they can know ahead what to expect. Or, you may even want to start distributing some of your items now, while you can still alive.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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1. THE FOUR LARGEST - 1 out of every 3 Americans (33%) lives in just 4 US states – California, Texas, Florida and New York. These 4 states were home to 107.5 million citizens at the end of 2016 out of our nation’s population of 323.1 million (source: Census Bureau). 1/30/17 #10 2. TAKES TIME - From President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union challenge on 1/25/84 “to simplify the entire tax code so all taxpayers are treated more fairly,� it took 2 ž years until the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed into law by Reagan on 10/22/86 (source: New York Times). 2/13/17 #5

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3. DO I REALLY NEED IT? - Only 36% of all jobs in the United States require education beyond high school, i.e., 64% of American jobs require a high school diploma or less. 27% of jobs do not require any formal educational credential (source: Department of Labor). 2/27/17 #8 4. DEFERRED PAYMENTS - Instead of paying professional baseball player Bobby Bonilla $5.9 million (as owed) in 1999, the New York Mets negotiated to pay Bonilla $1,193,248.20 every July from 2011 through 2035, a total of $29.8 million over 25 years (source: New York Mets). 4/03/17 #15

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5. PERSONALIZED MEDICINE – 10 years ago, it cost $10 million and took several weeks to “sequence a genome,� i.e., mapping out a person’s entire genetic code. Today, the work can be completed for $1,000 in just a few hours (source: Financial Times). 4/10/17 #14 6. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS - Each one-tenth of one percentage point increase in our GDP (e.g., 2% growth to 2.1%) due to a rise in manufactured goods translates into +80,000 new American jobs (source: Commerce Department). 4/17/17 #7 7. BUILDING NEW HOMES - Permits for the construction of 6.14 million single family homes were issued during the 4 years of 2003-2006. Permits for the construction of 6.08 million single family homes were issued during the 10 years of 2007-2016 (source: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University). 7/10/17 #14 8. WHO PAYS? - A 1986 federal law (“Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act�) requires hospitals to provide emergency services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Every uninsured person costs a hospital an average of $900 per year in uncompensated care (source: Craig Garthwaite, Northwestern University). 7/17/17 #11

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2508 Warren Burton Rd., Southington

Ranch * 3bd/1ba * Large, 2 car garage * Dishwasher & water softener stay * Full basement MLS 3918768

Kathie Lutz


Split Level * 4bd/2.5ba * FP * All-glass sunroom * 2-car attached garage * newer windows * Large, concrete drive MLS 3913742 $219,900

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10095 Windham-Parkman, Garrettsville

6bd/3ba * 2 homes * 144.49 acres * 3 acre stocked pond * 25+ acres tillable land * main home renovated in 2012

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170 Devorah, Aurora


8165 Maple St, Garrettsville

Genuine Queen Anne Painted Lady Victorian * 4bd/2ba * stained glass & leaded windows * carved woodwork MLS 3918638 $349,900

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VACANT LAND Slagle Rd, Garrettsville – 1.77 acres MLS 3951417 $33,500 Lisa Irwin 330-389-5472

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SECRETARY POSITION. Hiram Christian Church, 15 hours per week - flexible. Paid vacation. $11/hour. Computer skills and background check needed. Please send resume to Hiram Christian Church, PO Box 937, Hiram, OH 44234 or to 12/22 LOOKING TO HIRE 2-3 skilled laborers or skilled tradesman that can handle residential remodeling. I have work in Geauga/ Portage County area. At a minimum, please have some skills in drywall repair, basic plumbing/basic electrical, painting, carpentry. This is a full time employment opportunity. Please have a license and dependable vehicle. I am also looking for hard working laborers interested in learning a trade. Please contact me at to set up an interview and get information. 12/23


11351 Nicholson Rd, Garrettsville – 6.21 acres MLS 3950533 $89,900 Kathie Lutz 330-687-5900

FIREWOOD Different Hardwoods By the truckload or a cord. Delivered (330) 274-2516

7399 Smalley Rd, Windham – 2.99 acres MLS 3950242 $42,000 Lisa Irwin 330-389-5472

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BUYING STERLING SILVER flatware sets and dinner forks. 330-760-4188





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

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom & Furnished Efficiencies Starting at $360 Newton Falls & Lake Milton. Call For Details 330-872-7100 HOUSE FOR RENT Windham 3 bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bath, full basement, large fenced yard. $700/month plus utilities. For more information call Patty at 330-326-3708. FOR RENT: Country Living, Small 2 Bd, 1 Ba. apartment, in Newton Township Free Gas, Water, Sewerage, Landry Room on site. Sits on a 150 Acre Farm, No Pets $600 Ph: 330-872-7046 1/5


McCumbers Brady Realty Group LLC (330) 527-3000 FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 bedroom ranch, 2 bath, 3 car garage, basement, approx. 1700 sq. ft., large yard in Newton Falls. $150,000. Call 330-502-3330 12/22


OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE on Main St in Garrettsville. Approx 970 sq ft + large basement. Bathroom, beautiful woodwork, built-in shelves. $650/mo + utilities. Call 330-212-0941.


CLUES ACROSS 1. Sharp pain 5. Military hats 11. Software app on a network (abbr.) 14. Genus of freshwater mussels 15. Continent 16. Afghani monetary unit 17. Recovered 19. Ribonucleic acid 20. Refers to end of small intestine 21. Ethiopia’s largest lake 22. Hostelry 23. Defunct American automaker 25. Denotes origin by birth or descent 27. Part of a watch 31. Stare with mouth open wide 34. Found in granite 35. Competing 38. Stone film “__ Given Sunday” 39. Junction between two nerve cells 41. Greek goddess of the dawn 42. Fight 44. Thin, narrow piece of wood or metal 45. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid 46. Type of kitchenware 49. Specialty of The Onion 51. Major Mexican river 55. Kilometers per hour 56. Species of mackerel 60. Bones 61. Interest rate 62. New York Mets legend 64. 19th letter of Greek alphabet 65. Shawl 66. Gracefully thin 67. Type of deciduous tree 68. Not classy 69. Taro corm or plant

CLUES DOWN 1. Jewish festival

2. Anoint 3. More pleasant 4. Type pf painting 5. Witness 6. Harm 7. Builder of Arantea (Greek myth.) 8. City in India 9. Used to unlock cans 10. Induces sleep 11. More bouncy 12. A branch of Islam 13. White (French) 18. Legal term 24. Covered with frost 26. Hengyang Nany ue Airport 28. Wash 29. Disorder of the scalp 30. North American tree 31. Helps cars run 32. Mandela’s party 33. Aromatic plant of the daisy family 36. Negative 37. College student educator (abbr.) 39. Most rare 40. Harm with a knife 43. Folk singer DiFranco 45. Return to 47. One who repairs 48. Eastern England river 49. Hockey players need two 50. Dismay 52. Rebuke 53. Plant of the arum family 54. Fish genus 57. Plant of the mallow family 58. Amounts of time 59. 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet 63. One of Napoleon’s generals

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LOST neutered male black and white tuxedo cat with four white paws. Last seen at Hiram Great Northern Apts. Is microchipped, needs medical care. Please call 330-569-3267.


PUBLIC NOTICE T h e N e w t o n To w n s h i p Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for the following positions: member of Zoning Commission and township representative on the NF Joint Fire District Board. All applicants must reside in the unincorporated area of Newton Township. Visit or email sdmontgomery78@gmail. com for further information. Letters of interest including a background summary should be sent to Newton Township, PO BOX 298, Newton Falls, OH 44444. All letters should be received by December 26, 2017 for consideration of appointments in January.

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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 12/23 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. 2/2

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PUBLIC NOTICE Hiram Township Trustee End of Year Meeting will be held December 28th at the Hiram Township Townhall at 7:00 PM.

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Fun By The Numbers

These two brothers we’re rescued by a Good Samaritan and are now awaiting a forever home for Christmas. They are quite attached so we would like to find them a home “together”. Both boys are about 6 months old, neutered, vaccinated and have tested negative for leukemia/FIV. Monkey and Orange Crush got their names from the small children in their foster home. So yes, they are kid friendly. To meet these sweet boys, please contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440 862 0610 or kdanimalrescue@gmail. com

MATH CORNER WINNERS Puzzle #18-7 1. 25 or 25 cm2 2. 1/16 3. 6, 11 and 16 yrs old Winners

Garrettsville McDonald’s Claim your prize by bringing this box to McDonald’s

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Weekly Villager - 2017 Holiday Edition  
Weekly Villager - 2017 Holiday Edition