Garrettsville Library Events

Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting
The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday May 16 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the meeting room. Title to be discussed will be Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. This is Perry’s sincere and often humorous memoir that takes a look at his life in Wisconsin as a fledgling farmer, husband, father, and writer in a run-down farmhouse on 37 acres. Patrons may register and pick up a copy of this title at the Reference Desk.

Ohio’s Scenic Rivers at Garrettsville Library
Join us at the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm as Matthew Smith, North East Regional Scenic Rivers Manager, will present an Ohio Scenic Rivers Program, which protects Ohio’s remaining high quality rivers and creeks. The Scenic Rivers Program has 14 state-designated Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers, and Ohio was the first to pass a Scenic Rivers law in 1968. In 2018, Ohio will be celebrating 50 years of Scenic River protection. Learn more about Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program and about how you can help conservation efforts on these beautiful riverine systems. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve a seat today, as seating is limited.
The Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville, is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For information about other library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at

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Backwards Days

Sunday mornings are my favorite part of the week. After a busy Saturday night at the winery, Sundays are reserved for relaxing, reading and having brunch. On busy evenings, I let my girls have a “backwards day” for dinner so we get a moment to relax. Instead of your typical dinner, we’ll usually make pancakes, oatmeal, crepes, French toast or omelets so our meals can be quite interesting. Even though I can enjoy breakfast for dinner, I cannot get past drinking orange juice at night, so it’s been a challenge to find the right wine to pair with breakfast foods.
Thankfully after attending a recent brunch event, my challenge of pairing wine with my backwards day dinner has been solved. I always worried that by pairing a wine with any sort of egg dish (omelets, scrambled, etc) the egg would taste spoiled. However, at the brunch we were served a Pinot Grigio with the eggs and the pairing was amazing. We had a basic ham and cheese omelet so the Pinot had a little bit of a nutty flavor that brought out the flavor of the ham but didn’t overpower the eggs.

When they started serving the pancakes and French toast, our guests had paired a Tempranillo wine with the course. This red wine, Tempranillo, is the name of the grape and has an earthy, almost musty flavor if you drink it alone. However, when pairing it with a food the wine becomes very mellow. Of course, we covered our pancakes in maple syrup and it almost seemed to compliment the wine.

Finally, we finished with a fruit salad. There are so many options with pairing wine with fruit. There were two kinds of wine placed on our table. One was a late harvest Riesling and the other was a concord grape wine. As both wines are on the sweeter side it blended very well with the fruit selection.

Of course, if all else fails in pairing wine with breakfast, you can always make a mimosa – orange juice and champagne. To me that is the perfect pairing with any breakfast. So, next time you want to have a backwards day, don’t be afraid to try your own pairing and see what new dinner menus you can put together.

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit

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Hiram Farm Holding Spring Sale Next Weekend

Hiram – This coming weekend, May 5th through 7th, the farmers at Hiram Farm will once again be hosting their spring sale. This special event will feature unique items made throughout the winter, offered just in time for Mother’s Day.
Hand-woven items, including potholders, placemats, and rugs will be offered, as well as a collection of hand-crafted soaps and body products. A variety of soups and bread mixes offer easy meal solutions, and make wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts. The one-of-a-kind recycled slate cheese trays will keep cheese cold for hours at spring and summer gatherings.

Be sure to check out the impressive collection of handmade wooden items, including a unique puzzle-piece wooden cocktail plate and rustic wooden shelves made by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. And, just in time for planting, they’ll also have organic seed-starts, flowers and hanging baskets to help you celebrate spring this season.
“The Hiram Farm is a community project born out of the desire to provide inspiration and meaningful work for the individual growth of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” shared Executive Director David Lundeen. “Whether you stop to buy eggs or meat, attend a seasonal sale, or make a donation,” he continued, “as a small organization with a big mission, we are forever grateful for our community of supporters.”

The program began in 2009 serving six adults with autism. By 2011, that number had increased to twenty participants, and in 2016 they grew to serving 26 individuals who find meaningful work serving as farmers and craftspeople on Hiram Farm’s 120-acre organic farm. Pasture-raised beef and pork are seasonally available, as are farm-fresh eggs, lettuce, and other produce.

The spring sale will take place Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (May 5th – 7th) from 10 am until noon each day. The farmhouse is located at 11543 Garfield Road, on the southwest corner of Rt. 82 and Rt. 700 in Hiram, Ohio. For more information, call (330) 569-3441.

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Garrettsville Village Council Report

Garrettsville – The Village of Garrettsville Council met on Wednesday April 19 at 7:30pm starting with a public hearing on Ordinance 2017-02. This ordinance enacts chapter 1199 of the codified ordinances of the Village of Garrettsville in order to enact an exterior maintenance code for the Village of Garrettsville.

There was public discussion between council members and residents in attendance. The Planning Commission will oversee and enforce the code but council can take action as well. After the public hearing ended everyone in attendance participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Regular business minutes from the previous meeting were accepted. Minutes from a special business meeting were accepted as amended. Ordinance 2017-02 had its third public reading. A motion was made, seconded and passed to enact this ordinance. It will go into effect in thirty days.

There was a special presentation made to build a new website for the village. The fee to build it includes back up, monitoring and security. Council will take the time to look at some other websites this company has made. They will make a decision about a new website in the future.

Resolution 2017-07 was accepted with changes. The changes made were to take out the name of the village clerk-treasurer and insert Garrettsville CFO instead. This ordinance has to do with training relating to the administration of the village’s public records policy.

Ordinance 2017-08 was enacted to come into line with the state of Ohio decision. This ordinance amends the Garrettsville Employee Handbook relating to weapons possession on village property and declaring an emergency.

Resolution 2017-09 authorizing participation in the ODOT Winter Contract (018-18) for road salt was enacted. This will help the village purchase salt at a better price for next year.

Council took care of a lot of business before the roundtable discussion. Part of the discussion focused on involvement in RCAP GPS collection. Involvement in this program will help the Maintenance Department know where shut off valves are for water lines, sanitary sewers and storm sewers. The Board of Public Affairs funds the bulk of this program. This program passed and the village will move forward on this.

There was some discussion about the policy regarding holiday pay and floating holidays for village employees. Then Ordinance 2017-10 was amended and accepted. This has to do with making appropriations for current expenses and expenditures for the village in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017.

The meeting then turned to residents from Wheeler Road who had concerns about the sidewalks that have been put in. One resident brought pictures to show council members what they were talking about. It seems that residents have been billed for their share of the work but the work has not been completed satisfactorily. The pictures made a significant point. Council assured the residents that the lawns around the sidewalks will be backfilled and seeded. They said the work would be completed but could not give them a time table.

The council meeting ended with general discussion about water bills arriving late, after due dates for some residents. This issue needs to be taken up with the Post Office, not the village. There was some interaction about plans for paving roads and repairing existing sidewalks and about getting Kar-A-Bru Road dedicated.

This was a long council meeting and a lot of business was taken care of. A number of residents were heard and their concerns were discussed openly. Council took the time to interact with each resident that spoke. Sometimes people do not realize all of the business that goes on to run a village.

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Wild Mushrooom, A World of Wonder at Our Feet

The Silver Creek Garden Club will be hosting a lecture, “Wild Mushrooms, A World of Wonder at Our Feet”, on Wednesday, April 26 at noon at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The program will be presented by Walt Sturgeon, a field mycologist with over forty years experience studying and identifying mushrooms. He is past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society, as well as a co-author and contributor of award winning photos to various field guides.

Any questions to Barbara Walker 330.527.4964

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Local Business Spotlight: “Windham Kitchen”

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Lamtman the founder of Windham Kitchen to discuss his business. We met at the Cellar Door Coffee shop to talk about how his business got started, how it is going and what plans he has. It’s funny how conversations get started because before we got started on the business side we spent about half an hour talking about a common interest we have.

Windham Kitchen grew out of one of Jason’s hobbies. He and his family grow a garden every year and they can and preserve their harvest. He started making salsa and tweaked the recipe until he got what he really liked. He would share it with family and friends and got some feedback about how good it was. Jason credits his wife and children with being a big support to him in the whole process of starting the business.

The salsa recipe grew into six different kinds and people kept telling him he should sell it. He started attending trade shows and offering samples of the salsa. The sales improved and he had a hard time keeping up with orders. He was growing in a way that was outgrowing his ability to produce the salsa out of his home kitchen.

There were some other obstacles in the way and decisions he had to make. He has a family that he cares about and he works full time. He needed to learn more about starting and running a business. He made the decision to learn more about the business side and partnered with a company to produce and pack the salsa. So the Windham Kitchen officially started in December 2016. The co-packer uses his salsa recipes to insure the quality and consistency in the product.

Of the six salsas he started making he chose two to produce and start selling. He has a Mango Habanero and a Mild available to purchase. Sales have been good and he plans to add a Raspberry Salsa or a Hot variety to the group. The salsa is sold in about twenty locations including all Fin, Feather, and Fur stores, the Villager Emporium and the Windham, Ravenna and Streetsboro American Legion posts.

Being a veteran of the Navy and Air Force reserves Jason has plans to donate a portion of his profits to help veterans and military charities. He would like to partner with non-profits to assist them in fundraising. He has a lot of creative ideas for growing his business.
Last weekend my extended family tried the two salsas and the reactions were pretty good. The hands down favorite was the Mango Habanero. Some of the comments were, “not too hot, enjoyably hot; naturally sweet; perfect ratio of mango to habanero; not too salty and I like the spiciness!” Not a panel of experts but people who buy and eat salsa.
So the next time you want some good salsa think about buying Windham Kitchen ( You will be helping a local small business too!

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April’s Programs at Garrettsville Library

Garrettsville Library’s “Cookin’ up a Storm” program will meet on Monday, April 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Led by Marian Phillips, this month’s theme will be appetizers, and cookbooks from the collection will be used to discover new appetizer recipes. Participants are asked to bring along with your appetite enough appetizers to share with the others and a copy of the recipe. This monthly program is free and open to the public. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for additional information.

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On Tuesday, April 18 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club will meet to discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s the story of a young German girl who learns to read from The Gravedigger’s Handbook, the first book that she takes after seeing it in the snow at her brother’s grave. Living in Hitler’s Germany during World War II, she discovers the power of words for both good or evil. Copies of this title are available at the Reference Desk. Call 330-527-4378 for additional information.

On Monday, April 24 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Viktoria Jurkovic of the Ohio Department of Insurance’s OSHIIP division will provide an overview of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance. Whether you are new or currently on Medicare, attendees can learn more about recent Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which may help pay prescription drug costs and Part B premiums. Please note, OSHIIP representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents. Call 330-527-4378 to register for this free and informative program. Seating is limited, so register early.

Garrettsville Library’s next “Crafting with Marian” program will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Learn how to make a no-sew bag, a bag big enough to carry all your books. Bags are vinyl-lined and easy to make. Choose from a variety of fabric designs. This program is free and open to all adults. As always, there’s a $5 deposit fee to hold your seat that’s refunded the day of the program. Call 330-527-4378 for registration or for any additional information.

The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For more information about library programs and services, visit the Portage County District Library online at

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Five high school students win Hiram College Terrier Scholarships

Hiram – Hiram College selected five incoming students as recipients of one-time $1,000 Terrier Scholarships. Scholarship winners Katie Whisler of Southington, Ohio, Maxwell Hendrix of Delaware, Ohio, Charlie Lichtenwalter of Erie, Pa., Kelsey Morgan of Jeannette, Pa., and Abby Howard of Broadview Heights, Ohio will enter Hiram College as students this fall.

Scholarship applicants were challenged to submit a creatively shot photograph or 15-second video that pays tribute to the Terrier, Hiram College’s mascot. Entry subjects included dogs sporting Hiram College T-shirts, a pair of identical pups, and even a Hiram alumnus.

“We’re excited to reward these students for their exquisite and creative pictures, ” says Vice President of Enrollment Lindajean Heller Western, “It’s so encouraging to see prospective students embracing the Hiram community, and we’re proud to have them as part of the Terrier family.”

Scholarship recipients were selected by a scholarship review board of Hiram College media and photography specialists based on the creativity and originality of submissions.

To view the winning Terrier Scholarship submissions, visit

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Big News! Library Increases Digital Content Limits

Want more free digital content from us every month or for your lending period? Well, Portage County District Library is extremely excited to tell library patrons about increases in the number of allowed checkouts for two of its most popular digital services- Hoopla and OverDrive. Hoopla’s monthly limit has increased from its current 10 to now 20 items every calendar month while OverDrive’s checkout limit has increased to 20 items for your selected lending period. If you haven’t begun to use these digital services yet, the only requirements are a Portage County District Library card and an internet connection.

This is an excellent opportunity to remind library users that Mobile Hotspots are available for borrowing – and they’re available to borrow for free from the Portage County District Library. They’ll give you the internet connection required to take advantage of these great services. Loan period for the device is 2 weeks. Although Mobile Hotspots cannot be renewed, users may again place another hold for the next available device.

Using your Portage County District Library card, enjoy free access to digital movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. For more information on digital services or about other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at

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Well, Y Not?

The Family YMCA located in Garrettsville (Remember, it’s for the entire community and welcomes members from all over the area—Freedom, Nelson, Mantua, Windham, Middlefield, Hiram, Newton Falls, all of you—if you can get here, you can join) is a part of the Greater Cleveland YMCA annual campaign. The Annual Campaign provides funding for the financial assistance program, which ensures that no one is turned away due to inability to pay to participate. In 2016 it distributed over $1.3 million in support so that everyone who desires can have a Y experience. In Garrettsville alone, some $2,928 in financial assistance was distributed to those in need. Visits by 1,276 members, participation of 514 kids in youth sports programs, services to 443 men in transitional housing and treatment are all part of what is provided by the funds collected. So too, are programs aimed at after-school care, youth sports teams to build confidence, teamwork and healthy habits, LIVESTRONG programs supporting strength and well-being for cancer survivors, children’s summer camps, even swimming lessons to promote fun and safety in the water.

Pledge forms are available at the Y or at if you’d like to step up to support our local programs currently in place, such as Silver Sneakers, our newly certified personal trainer, the Amish basketball tournament…or new programs in the works, added fans, TV, possible expanded (or changed) hours…all of the good stuff that the Y does. The slogan for this year’s Annual Campaign is “Give For A Better Us.” The kids on the brochure are adorable and the “US” includes everybody in the community. You can be a part of it. You can be a better You.

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