Garrettsville Tractor Parade

Have you attended the Tractor Parade in the past ten years? Don’t miss your chance this year! BIG AND SMALL TRACTORS WANTED. The parade is Saturday, June 24. Sign your tractor up from 9AM – 11:30AM at James A. Garfield High School. Parade kicks-off at noon. We will drive downtown and do a loop back to the high school. Feel free to bring a trailer loaded with your family and friends to throw candy to the crowd. There is a $6 registration fee that includes a commemorative Tractor Parade t-shirt. Vets receive free registration with military ID.
After the parade, enjoy all Summerfest has to offer with lots of entertainment for kids and adults. Great food, rides, games, contests, live performances and much, much more! Stay until dark and watch the fireworks show. St Ambrose will be serving their famous chicken again! Check out the car show on Saturday and don’t miss the grand parade on Sunday!

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Garrettsville Summerfest Schedule of Events

Friday, June 23rd
6:30 p.m. Festival Commencement (Main)
Grand Marshall Award to Roger Angel
6:40 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab (Main)
6:45 p.m. Invincible – Pat Benatar Tribute (Main)
7:00 p.m. Boys Are Back (Classic Rock) (North)
9:00 p.m. Family Movie Night “Sing” (West)
Presented by Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary
9:00 p.m. Moving in Stereo – Cars Tribute (Main)
Presented by Sky Plaza IGA

Saturday, June 24th
10:00 a.m. Punt, Pass & Kick Contest
Presented by Garrettsville Lions Club
10:00 a.m. Pie Drop-off at Slim & Jumbo’s for
Huntington Bank Pie Baking Contest
11:00 a.m. Church Service (North)
12:00 p.m. Ohio’s Largest Tractor Parade
Presented by Century 21 Goldfire Realty
12:00 p.m. Cornhole Tournament – Pro & Social Located behind Slim & Jumbo’s
Presented by State Farm & All American Gutter Protection
12:00 p.m. Solo Society (Acoustic) (Main)
12:30 p.m. Gospel Music (North)
2:00 p.m. Ice Cream Eating Contest (West)
Presented by Dairy Queen
2:00 p.m. Take 2 (60’s, 70’s, and 80’s) (North)
2:30 p.m. Arrowhead (Classic Rock) (Main)
3:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab (Main)
3:30 p.m. Superhero Spectaclular (West)
5:00 p.m. 8th Count Dance Studio Recital (West)
5:00 p.m. The amazing Aaron Bonk Show (Main)
5:00 p.m. Lion’s Club Rubber Duck Race (Boardwalk)
5:00 p.m. Russ Nottingham (Christian) (North)
5:00 p.m. Chamber Car Cruise in Garfield Plaza
Featuring music by Dennis Chandler
6:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab
6:00 p.m. Hamburger Eating Contest (Main)
Presented by State Farm & Cal’s Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Jungle Terry Kids Animal Show (North)
6:45p.m Southern Detour (Country Rock) (Main)
6:45 p.m. Been a Long Time Band (Classic Rock) (West)
7:00 p.m. The Fort Huntsburg Band (Country) (North)
8:45 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab
9:00 p.m. Chris Higbee (Country) (Main)
Presented by Perme Financial Group
& Ellerhorst-Russell Insurance Agency
9:00 p.m. “10 from 6” (Bad Company Tribute) (West)
Presented by McDonald’s
10:00 p.m. Gigantic Fireworks Display
Presented by the Garrettsville Area Chamber

Sunday, June 25th
9:00 a.m. Friends of Melana 5K & One Mile Fun
Walk to benefit Children’s Glioma Cancer
12:30 p.m 13th Annual Summerfest Grand Parade
1:30 p.m. The Gospel Wonders (North)
1:45 p.m. Walnut Hills Cloggers (West)
2:00 p.m. Garrettsville Police K-9 demonstration
2:30 p.m. The Hoo-Haa’s (80’s Pop Rock)
3:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Contest *Live Stream Available*
at GHS Auditorium by J.A.G. Cheerleading
3:30p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab
3:30p.m John Boston & Johnny Wallace (North)
4:30pm Frog Jumping Contest (Main)
Presented by Geauga Vision & State Farm
5:00pm The amazing Aaron Bonk Show (Main)
5:00 p.m. Lion’s Club Rubber Duck Race (Boardwalk)
5:30p.m Lake Erie Brass Ensemble (West)
6:45 p.m. Garrettsville Police “Tase-a-cop” (Main)
Raffle Winner Demonstration
7:00 p.m. Summerfest Cash Grab
7:00 p.m. Garrettsville Idol Finals Show *Live Stream Available*
w/ Mayor Patrick & Fox 8’s Big Chuck & Lil’ John
Presented by Middlefield Banking Co.
8:30 p.m. Summerfest Queen of Hearts Raffle
10:00p.m Huge 50/50 Drawing

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Garrettsville Skatepark Relocated & Upgraded

The Garrettsville Skate Park is no passing fancy. The skateboard course was established 12 years ago on the site of the tennis courts at Village Park across from the library, giving young skate boarders a safe place off the streets to practice their moves. Over the years, the equipment became worn out from use and weathering, so the village recently locked up the skate park for safety’s sake. Just when it seemed the park had run its course, interest in renovating the equipment has been revived, but in a new location. In order to accommodate Garfield High School’s new tennis program, the skate park has been moved to the Park Avenue park across from the YMCA, and the former tennis courts at Village Park will be restored.

According to Garrettsville Mayor Rick Patrick, “The skateboard park will be a better fit on Park Avenue, where it’s up front and visible from the street. It was too secluded at the South Street location. Neighbors should give it a chance and hopefully it will work out.”

Patrick admits there have been a few concerns raised already, with some Park Street residents worried about the amount of noise, littering, loitering and smoking that may accompany the skate park. The mayor encourages neighbors to assume the best, but call the police if there’s a problem. “If you bought a house next to the park, you need to expect some noise,” he said.

Existing equipment was moved to the Park Street location earlier this month, but a timeline on installing new equipment depends on funding. In May, Village Council member Becky Harrington reported that the total park improvements project would cost $42,946, with the village portion being approximately $10,440. The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary has offered to contribute $7,000 toward the project, which should, in effect, reduce the village’s total contribution. The project includes restoring the four tennis courts and the basketball court across from the library, and establishing the skate park on Park Avenue (costs for new equipment not included).

According to meeting minutes, village council also approved a resolution requesting additional funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Grant Program. This program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Grant approvals will be made in September.

Danny Lassiter, who helped establish the original skate park in 2005, is also a driving force behind the upgraded skate park plan. He has established a GoFundMe page to generate $10,000 for rebuilding and upgrading the Garrettsville Skate Park. According to the GoFundMe page, “The original park lasted over 12 years with no maintenance and is in need of repair and upgrade. We took a poll at James A. Garfield grades 7 thru 12, over 180 kids participated with over 60% saying they used or would use the park. The park will be relocated from original site and moved to tennis court in front of YMCA. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.”

Harrington says that Lassiter, along with Greg Gotthardt, is donating all of the labor necessary to relocate and rebuild the skate park. They spent a lot of time growing up at the park and value its positive impact on their lives. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating toward this project, call Danny Lassiter at (330) 671-4482.

Harrington is an enthusiastic booster of the skate park, saying, ““There’s nothing bad about it. It’s all good! At this point, we’re doing everything we can with what we’ve got. It may not be beautiful yet, but it will be usable at Park Avenue this summer.”

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Technology Updates At Garfield Schools

This summer, the James A. Garfield Local Schools will be updating three areas of technology in an effort to make communicating with our parents and community easier and more efficient.

We are very excited to announce that the James A. Garfield Local Schools has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign enrollment, back-to-school, athletic and activity participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify that it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update. We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms.
On July 1, 2017 we will be importing information from our current system. This will trigger an email sent to the email addresses we have on file. This email will have a link with instructions on how to access your forms and review/complete your information.

Opportunities will be available for parents to come in and complete their forms with assistance upon request. Kiosks will also be available in each of the school offices.
If you do not receive an email by July 4, you may directly register at: and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms. If you need assistance, you can call the district office at 330.527.4336.

Note: If your student is NEW to the district (kindergarteners and transfers), please be sure to click the “New to District” checkbox when registering your student.


On July 1st we will also be releasing our new website and mobile app. The new site provides easier navigation, integration with our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a much-needed facelift! This website will integrate all of our communication. Information will follow soon on how to sign up for new phone calls, texts and emails through the new website as it will be replacing our Edline notifications. The new website will be located at

The JAG Mobile App will allow you to receive push notifications regarding school emergencies, messages or news. You can download the mobile app in the iTunes App or Google Play Stores by searching for JAG Mobile. In the settings you will be able to customize who you receive notifications from.


Finally, we are pleased to announce that we are moving to a new online gradebook called ProgressBook.
This new gradebook allows for real-time viewing of your child’s academic progress online. Information on how to access this new program will come home with your child as we start the school year.

Our community takes great pride in having an excellent school system. We want to take full advantage of all the opportunities technology affords us to communicate all of the excellent accomplishments of our students and staff. We know you will enjoy JAG 2.0!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly in my office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413).

Go Gmen!
Ted A. Lysiak

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Get Involved in the Fun at Garrettsville Summerfest

Garrettsville Summerfest is right around the corner and you’re all invited to jump in on all of the fun by signing up for one of our events.

One of the earliest deadlines is the wine making contest. All wines must be delivered to Skylanes Bowling Alley by June 22, 2017 by 6 pm. Categories for wine are as follows:

  • White grape, dry or semi-dry
  • White grape, sweet
  • Red Grape, dry or semi-dry
  • Red Grape sweet
  • Rose dry/sweet
  • White or red non-grape, sweet
  • White or red dessert wine, sweet

Back by popular demand is our Frog Jumping Contest. Bring your own frog or use one of ours and see how far it goes in three jumps. This contest is in its second year and will be on Sunday at 4 pm. It is a hoppin’ good time.

Boys and girls, who are 4 years old to 14 years old, will want to try their football skills at the Pass, Punt and Kick Contest that begins Saturday morning at 10am behind the fire station. Girls, don’t be shy, there are plenty of opportunities for you to shine here.

Bakers, get your rolling pins ready as the Annual Garrettsville Summerfest Pie Baking Contest starts at 10 am Saturday June 24th. Pie can be either fruit or cream with a special category for
most original pie. Let’s see who the best baker in the area is.

Are you super hungry? I mean really hungry. You will want to enter the Hamburger Eating Contest. Eat three burgers from area restaurants the fastest and you will be named king (or queen) of the burgers. Sign up on the website as there are only 10 slots available. This contest is Saturday 6pm, just in time for dinner!

Kids cool off with the Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by DQ Grill and Chill. Eat an ice cream cone the fastest and be declared the ice cream eating king or queen. The contest is divided up into age brackets and there is a category for adults too. This contest takes place Saturday at 2pm.

Cornhole contest is still on and will be held at Slim and Jumbos’ patio. Bring your lucky cornhole bags and get your team assembled and show us what you’ve got. There are two categories, professional and social. This event starts at noon on Saturday.

Can you dance? Then, we have a contest for you, the So You Think You Can Dance Contest held at James A. Garfield High School on Sunday at 3pm.
Registration can be done for all contests on line at

Don’t forget the parades. Enter your tractor in Saturday’s Tractor Parade. Line- up starts at J.A. Garfield High School at 10 am and the parade is at noon. If that’s not your thing, enter a float or march in the Grand Parade on Sunday. Line-up for the Grand Parade is at 11:30 and the parade steps off at 12:30 from the high school.

Runners and walkers can lace up their sneakers and come out Sunday morning between 8am and 9 am and Run the 5K for children’s cancer. They also have a one mile walk/fun run for those who don’t want to tackle the 5K. All proceeds will benefit Children’s glioma cancer in memory of Garrettsville’s own Melana Matson who lost her battle when she was just nine years old.

If you still want to be involved and not sure you want to enter a contest, how about volunteering some time in the information booth. Just a few hours helping folks find their way around, understanding the schedule, selling Summerfest T’s and 50/50 raffle tickets. If that’s not your thing, then maybe help with clean-up or set-up, we always need extra hands for that. If you have the time, we will find something for you to do. Contact Aaron King for volunteer opportunities at 330-524-2646.

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Got Painted Wine Bottle? Next “Crafting with Marian” at Garrettsville Library

Crafting enthusiasts are invited to the Garrettsville Library for its next “Crafting with Marian” program on either Monday, June 12 or Monday, June 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn how to make your own painted wine bottle. All supplies provided. This is a free program and open to all adults. However, there is the customary $5 registration deposit fee which is refunded the day of the program. Call 330-527-4378 to register for either session. Seats are limited and fill up quickly, so call today.
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 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and closed Thursday and Sunday. For additional information about library programs and services, please visit the Portage County District Library online at

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Click-it Or Ticket At JAGHS

On Thursday, May 25th, members of the Garrettsville Police Department visited the James A. Garfield Local Schools’ campus in an effort to keep kids safe as a part of the “Click it or Ticket” program. With the help of free Dairy Queen ice cream certificates donated by Roger and Connie Angel, the officers set up in the high school parking lot just before dismissal. They formed two lines and checked each vehicle leaving the campus to ensure all riders had their seatbelt buckled. Of the 132 cars checked, 115 had their seatbelt buckled! This equated to 87% which is above the national average of 85%.

The James A. Garfield Local Schools would like to thank all the members of the Garrettsville Police Department who participated. We are fortunate to have such a strong relationship with our local law enforcement.

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Super Heroes, Helicopter rides, Cash Grab and More Coming to Garrettsville Summerfest

It’s official — summer is coming, and on the heels of it is Garrettsville Summerfest, June 23-25th. While we’ve all been waiting for it to get warmer out, the Garrettsville Summerfest Committee has been hard at work to bring the best Summerfest ever. That being said, we’ve added new events and have some that are being retired, at least for now.

New this year, is the retirement of the car/cash raffle. It will be replaced by the successful Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle. The Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will be a $1 per ticket. Anyone who purchases $20 tickets at one time, the week leading up to Summerfest and that weekend will be put in a drawing for a chance to be in the cash grab machine. The cash grab machine will be used six times during Summerfest weekend. The first one will be Opening ceremonies Friday night, approximately 6:40pm. The other chances for cash grab will be at 3pm, 6pm, and 8:45pm Saturday and 3:30pm and 7 pm Sunday. Proceeds from the raffle will be the main support of the festival.

The regular Queen of Hearts drawing will take place at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Main Stage during Summerfest and the 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the end of Garrettsville Idol approximately 10 pm.

Kids will not want to miss the Super Heroes Spectacular. The Super Heroes will perform an interactive skit with the audience. The synopsis of the show is that the super heroes will “train” the kids in their superpowers so when the villain arrives and steals the superhero’s powers, the kids can save the day. Following the show, the Superheroes will be available for autographs and pictures with kids.

Get a bird’s eye view of the area, literally. New this year is helicopter rides for $20. The helicopter rides will be located at the high school ball diamond.

Garrettsville Police Department will have a K-9 demonstration Sunday at 2:00pm. Come see the dogs work. Speaking of the police, they are also giving folks an opportunity to Tase-a-Cop. Yes, you read it right, the roles are reversed and one of our finest in blue has volunteered to be tased. Tickets for the Tase-a-Cop are $10 each or 3 tickets for $20. The drawing for Tase-a-Cop will be held prior to Garrettsville Idol at approximately 6:45pm.

He’s back! Yes, Aaron Bonk returns with his juggling skills using knives and even a chain saw. He also does some mighty fine tricks with whips as well. Kids love him and so does Summerfest. A show one will not want to miss. He is on the schedule at 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday night is Family Night with our night at the movies. This year the movie will be “Sing” so grab your lawn chair, pick up some fair food and a drink and settle in to watch “Sing” under the stars. The movie will be at the west stage starting at 9pm. This event is sponsored by The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.

Summerfest also welcomes Chris Higbee. He will be the Headlining Act Saturday night at 9pm. He does a good mix of Country Music, Contemporary Country, Alternative Country, Contemporary Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Urban Cowboy, Contemporary Blues, and Country Blues. Higbee is an expert fiddler, singer, song writer and plays a multitude of other instruments. He will put on a performance you will not want to miss.

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Are You Up For A Triple Threat?

Garrettsville – Meet Edie. She works at the Garrettsville division of the Y, and while you may never have taken a class with her, you might still remember her from somewhere. That’s because before she ever considered helping with a spin class, Edie was a star track and field athlete at James A. Garfield High School. Having made it to state all four years of her high school career, and having been named a high school All-American athlete for three in her event, shotput, Edie has gotten her fair share of publicity.

Triple Threat Instructor/Personal Trainer Garrettsville YMCA
Edie Svonavec, Personal Trainer at Garrettsville Family YMCA

After her illustrious high school career, Edie was offered a veritable pick of the crop with her scholarship options; everywhere from University of Miami to Kent State wanted Edie on their track and field team. However, as with everything else in life, family comes first, and Edie decided that she needed to stay and focus on hers, rather than attending college. Edie told me “I never liked high school; I didn’t like learning about things which didn’t interest me. And even though there’s stuff like Kinesiology or Physical Education, there isn’t a class to be a Personal Trainer.”

After working some odd jobs around town, Edie was turned on to a job by her old coach, Jim Pfleger, one that might appeal to her superstar skills. That job was as a member services representative at the Y, and for Edie, this position was only the beginning.

Not long after interviewing at the Y, she was brought on to help with various classes, ranging from line dancing to basketball, immediately enjoying the benefits she brought others, and the benefits teaching others brought her. “Helping out with the older members taught me a lot too [..] It showed me a different side to working out.”
Edie quickly realized that she truly enjoyed helping these people find their fitness potential, no matter the age or physical capabilities. This led Edie to start pursuing her physical trainer certification outside of her work at the Y.

Triple Threat is as close as you can get to a personal trainer routine in a group setting.

Since obtaining her official physical trainer license, Edie has been working on more and more activities within the Y’s walls. Though she “enjoys helping out with other classes”, as her manager and the operations director Kim Curry puts it, Edie’s focus is on one important aspect of her employment: her brand new class, which she calls “Triple Threat”.

“The ‘triple’ part kind of scares people”, Edie says with a laugh about some of the things she has heard of her new class. She explains that the name comes from the important aspects of the workout routine: strength, cardio, and core. “I’ll start with a few laps to get that out of the way”, says Edie, “then we’ll head to the tires which works everything, then we’ll hit the weights, and finish off with core.” Kim adds that it’s basically as close as you can get to a personal trainer routine, but in a group setting. “The hardest part is pushing yourself.” says Edie, citing that as a key reason to bring a friend.

At the Y, your first class with Edie is free, meaning that you can always bring a friend in to try things out. “When I was in high school, I would love working out with a friend because we’d push each other… It’s always more fun” she says, adding that most of her workouts do best in pairs. Plus, with the small group atmosphere, each exercise can be scaled up or down, meaning every person can attend and get a killer workout at the same time.

From teaching tire-flipping techniques to how to turn on the treadmill, Kim and Edie are perfect examples of the type of experience you can expect from the Y: welcoming, flexible, and compassionate. These women are determined to help you get the best workout possible, as inexpensively as possible. “That’s the ‘wellness’ end of our business”, says Kim, after telling me the price of admission and membership—$25 a month, which includes use of any and every machine, numerous group classes, along with visits to the pool in Geauga.
As for Edie, going from a star athlete to floating around until finding her place at the Y, to realizing her potential as a personal trainer, she feels she is right at home. With her experience in weight lifting and working in a team—not to mention her connections throughout both the weightlifting community and the community at home—Edie offers an invaluable resource to those looking for just a bit more out of their weekly exercise routine. As Edie puts it, “I really feel like I’ve found my niche.”

Edie runs “Triple Threat” every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. and it is FREE for first timers! Bring all the friends you can!

Edie is available for private personal training consultations and routines year-round. The YMCA is located at 8233 Park Ave and is open Monday-Thursday from 7am-12pm & 5pm-9pm, Friday from 7am-12pm, and Saturday 8am-12pm, with numerous classes available for members of all ages. The party room and gym are also available for rent, for $15/hr and $40/hr, respectively.

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Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Idol Contestants

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Garrettsville – This past Sunday was the second round for Garrettsville Idol. The finalists from this round will compete on the Garrettsville Summerfest Stage June 25, 2017 starting at 7pm. Youth and teens are competing for $500 for each division, while the adults are competing for $1000.

Sunday’s competition was stiff and the judges had the difficult job of choosing who would have a chance to be the next Garrettsville Idol.

The youth division was narrowed down to three from five, while the teen division went from 12 to eight competitors. In the adult division, we saw some of the most talented singers we have seen in a while, making the judges’ decision a tough one. In the end, 12 adults dream of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol were still alive and will perform at Garrettsville Summerfest this summer.

Singing on stage in the youth division will be Madi Seiler, Aby Seiler and Sophia Scarvelli. The teens performing will be Cheyenne Head, Madi Scarvelli, Cali Apthorpe, Joy Carpenter, Sierra Kitchen, Makenzie Fink, Elizabeth O’Bryant, and Olivia Sheer. Those competing in the adult category are Diana Macek, Kristina Rossi, Eric Juzkiw, Faith Carpenter, Tiffany Bolton, Elisha Bly, Aimee Beelen, Tony Kitchen, Raelynn Debevits, Sara Apthorpe, Michael Jajcinovic and Jon Crane.

Congratulations to all the competitors!

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