Family First Night

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 we will celebrate something very dear to us…our families. Our second “Family First Night” will be held in our community. Throughout the school year our lives become extremely hectic, which often causes us to sacrifice our family time in order to accomplish everything in our busy schedules.

We all know strong families make the Garfield community, schools and, most importantly, our students more successful. For this reason we want to set aside the time to honor our families. Please join us in celebrating the family by taking time to clear your schedules and spend an evening together as a family.

We have instructed our staff to take advantage of this time and gather with their families as well.

To help, there will be no homework given for this evening, no projects or tests due the next day and our coaches will cancel practices, unless they are competing in state tournaments. There will be no evening activities at the school on November 8th. We also ask that our local youth organizations join us and cancel their activities this evening.

Plan to eat dinner together, play a board game or take a walk as a family. Family is something to be treasured and celebrated.

Thank you for your continued support of the James A. Garfield Schools. Take advantage of this evening and celebrate your family. Go G-Men

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Garfield Alumni News

The recent gathering of the James A. Garfield Alumni attracted some 126 alumni and guests for an evening of memories, reconnections and entertainment, with delicious catering by Guido’s of Ravenna and a presentation of social and economic points to ponder by Superintendent Ted Lysiak and board vice president David Vincent (Class of ’70).

Jeanette Wilson Hall took the honors for having the most distant graduation date (1947). Recognition for being the most distant in sheer mileage traveled to attend went to Victor Oros, class of ‘57. Youngest alumnus in attendance was Adam Gilmer (’11). All of the honored year alumni (’47, ’57, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97) were prompted to recall the prices of common purchases such as gasoline, stamps and houses. Those were the days!

Kristine Gilmer, Garfield art teacher, and Garfield art students were responsible for the decorative placemats at each diner’s place. The mums in the hall were donated by Debbie Kostrub ‘82, of Art-N-Flowers, Garrettsville. The abundance of food allowed the surplus meals to be donated to Center of Hope in Ravenna.

All Garfield alumni are on notice to save the date for next year’s banquet—the third Saturday in September—September 14, 2018. Postcard reminders will be mailed by May 31. Plan ahead.

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Gelbke Exhibition To Showcase Photographs Redeveloped In Volcanic Environments

Hiram – From film to digital, photography as an art form has been evolving for more than a century. Some artists prefer digital and the ability to edit and manipulate images with technology. Others enjoy working with film and the hands-on approach of developing photographs in a classic dark room.
Artist Jon Verney sees photography from an unconventional perspective. In his ongoing project “Thermophile” he finds new ways to manipulate and develop images. Works from this collection will be on display at the Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Center in an exhibition, “Mantle: Photographs as Material,” from November 3-December 13, 2017.
Verney takes silver-based photographs and redevelops them in volcanic environments, such as, geothermal springs and mud pots. The process, intertwining manufactured chemicals and the forces of nature, leaves a lot to chance. No two redeveloped photographs look the same.
“I approach photography as a raw substance that can be mined, dissected, sculpted, and dissolved, revealing through its dissolution processes of transformation that act as microcosmic foils for larger forces of flux and change,” Verney writes in his artist’s statement.
The finished prints are haunting and surreal. Their metallic colors are reminiscent of x-rays. They reflect transformations of the self and question the idea of permanence.
By approaching his photographs with the haptic sensibilities of a painter, Verney’s experiments dissolve and morph the supposed reliability and integrity produced by photographic processes, creating painterly effects that seem to flow from paint bottles as well as photochemical reactions, says Christopher Ryan, associate professor of art and director of the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Verney earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He was recently a visiting artist at Adrian College in Michigan and is preparing to be an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in December 2018.
The “Mantle: Photographs as Material” exhibition will kick off on November 3 with a reception from 5-7 p.m., including a talk by the artist at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.
The Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery is located on 1200 Winrock Road in Ohio. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. (The gallery will be closed November 21-28 during Hiram College’s term break.)

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Harmonia At Hiram College

The renowned folk ensemble Harmonia will present a free concert at Hiram College on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m. Location is Frohring Recital Hall, 11746 Dean Street, Hiram. Harmonia plays the traditional music of Eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of the region: Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian, and Gypsy. The ensemble’s performances on authentic folk instruments evoke the full range of human emotions, interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning.
The ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, panflute, and cimbalom (the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer). The musicans come from varied backgrounds, finding a common musical language in Harmonia. SingOut! Magazine called their performance “Brilliant. Lush. Dazzling.” National Public Radio declared the group “a musical gem.” The group is based in Cleveland but appears widely throughout the U.S. and beyond.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Hiram College Music Department and the Hiram Community Trust. Further information: or 330-569-5294.

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No School Means Corn Maze on Friday!

Mantua – If you’re looking for a fun way to spend this Friday’s NEOEA Day with your kids, why not celebrate the season by spending the afternoon at the Derthick’s Corn Maze? Corn maze admission includes the 60s-themed maze, which features likenesses of the Beatles, a VW bus, and other groovy 60s-era icons, gives you and your family acres of fun. April shared, “This was our first time visiting the farm and corn maze, and we had a blast! My son is 4 and there were endless things for him to do. He loved the Corn Cannon.”

Enter the large maze and follow clues on the treasure hunt, or enjoy the smaller maze with younger kids and solve Farmer Joe’s clue game. Karen added, “It’s a great place for family fun and lots of things for little ones — plus the maze is just so much fun.”

You’ll find farm animals, including pigs, goats, and horses, as well as loads of fun in the round bale play area. Katie shared, “This is the best fall farm I’ve been to! I’ve gone 3 years in a row and tell everyone about it. So many activities for the kids and fun for adults too! I will forever bring my family and friends here.”

Amanda remarked, “We had so much fun today. All the staff was so nice. The older man giving pony rides was awesome. The kids also enjoyed the corn boxes, hay bales and sand mound. My 10-year-old loved the zip line too. The one thing my 3-year-old wanted to go on was the cow ride but we didn’t have enough time,” she added. “All in all, we made some great memories today!”
Nora remarked, “The folks who run it continue to add new things to do and have worked hard to make it a place where people of all ages can have a safe, fun, yet educational, family time.” Since school is out this Friday for NEOEA Day, why not sneak in some education? That day, Derthick’s will open at 1 pm, with the last ticket sold at 9:30 pm. Natalie agreed, adding, “Amazing — we will definitely be returning next year! So much to do, great prices and just a nice place to make family memories.”

Jamie Lyn shared, “First time I had been there with my family, and the maze was amazing. Food, games, and community…it was good old fashion family entertainment. I loved it and I will definitely be back next year!” For an additional charge, visit the pumpkin patch to select your own Great Pumpkin, or take a trip on the hillbilly zip line.

Derthick’s corm maze is open now and every weekend in October. An adult must accompany children under the age of 14. Visit or check them out on Facebook to learn more.

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Union at HarbisonWalker International on Strike

Windham – A press release received by the Weekly Villager from HarbisonWalker International (HWI) states that “The United Steelworkers International Union 8565-03 has rejected the most recent contract offer and commenced an economic strike at the Windham facility effective at midnight on September 30, 2017.”

According to the press release, the collective bargaining agreement expired on September 15, 2017. HWI stated that “It has been and will continue to operate under the terms and conditions of the expired collective bargaining agreement while continuing to bargain in good faith towards a new contract. The company’s objective is to keep workers employed and customers’ needs met.”
The press release goes on to explain that they are disappointed that since the contract negotiations began the union has voted down two comprehensive proposals that included wage increases and a highly market-competitive benefits package. The offer is intended to continue to providing secure and attractive jobs for more than 90 folks in the Windham community and surrounding area, while allowing the company to remain competitive in the global market. HWI is committed to reaching a new contract with the union. Although they are committed, to do that they must meet customer’s needs as well. The plant is continuing to operate under a contingency plan in full compliance of the labor laws to fulfill current orders.

Union members on the picket lines say they have made concessions for the last 13 years. First it was 10 years to help HWI when they were in bankruptcy and the three years after coming out of bankruptcy to allow HWI to get stabilized.

Strike Captain Wayne Brown said the union offered a proposal last week and it was rejected by the company. According to Brown and Matt McManus, the company wants them to keep making concessions but they claim HWI is continuing to give salary employees bonuses. The workers just want what is fair. They believe the package that was offered, which would freeze pensions, raise the match on their 401K and increase wages, but also increases their cost for insurance while increasing deductibles and out of pocket expenses isn’t fair. McManus said, “The freezing of pension is costing him a lot of money for his retirement.” Employed at HWI for 17 years McManus believes the company should unfreeze the pensions and live up to the promise they gave their prospective employees when they were hired. He said the pension plan was one of the reasons he left a good job and came to HWI.

Both gentlemen also stated that the jobs they hold at HWI require skill. An average Joe off the street just can’t come in and start working. They claim it takes time to train them properly so they can develop the skills needed to run the kilns and other machines in the facility.

The strikers are afraid if they accept the concessions, they are setting a precedent that could affect future employees and the current younger ones from having decent employment with a competitive benefit package. They claim the company just keeps taking away more and more and soon they will have just another job, not the great job it had been.

Like HWI Management, the union would like to see the strike end quickly, as they all want to get back to work. The strikers just want to continue to have a great job with a benefit package that won’t jeopardize the future of quality employment in the area.

Many of HWI employees live in Windham and the surrounding area and are active in the community. The strike not only affects their families, it also affects the local economy.
Currently there are not any offers on the table and there are not any new contract talks scheduled. So for now they are at an impasse.

* Calls to the HWI to comment further on the press release or to refute the strikers’ claims were unreturned by press time.

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Next Cooking up a Storm Club Meeting at Library

With the cooler weather coming in October, our theme for Monday, October 23rd’s meeting at 6:00 pm will be comfort foods. Get ready to break out your sweaters, hot cocoa, and yummy comfort foods. Make any comfort food of your choice.

Participants are asked to bring enough food to share with approximately 8-9 others, and a copy of your recipe. This is a free program, but a reservation is required for a seat at the table. Making a reservation? Interested in joining? Want to learn more? Call 330-527-4378.

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 additional information about library programs and services, visit

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Take Advantage of Offerings at PCDL Branches

Take advantage of the many programs offered—FREE!—at your local branch of the Portage County District Library. There are all kinds of them, something for nearly everybody . Cooks and bakers, craftspersons and sporting types, book discussion aficionados, artist of all sorts, teens, seniors, little ones…keep an eye out for what will be offered at your particular branch and all of them in the county—Aurora, Garrettsville, Streetsboro, Windham, affiliated Reed in Ravenna and Kent Free—for an activity that appeals to you, sign up and go; most are free or low-cost. They’re all interesting in one way or another.

For example, recently at the Garrettsville branch Haruhide Osugi (not an Irish guy, right?), Japanese Outreach Co-ordinator from KSU, presented a beginner’s project on Japanese calligraphy which was presented to a packed house of brave souls willing to wield a brush in pursuit of a broadened cultural horizon. He briefly told of the development of Japanese script—Sho-do (from Sho—writing, and Dou—path), from its arrival from China, accompanying Buddhism in the 7th century, through the creation of three separate forms (Hiragana—sound-based, Katakana—for foreign words, and Kanji—ideographic, symbol-for-idea) and instruction in modern Japanese schools. It is used in many art forms as well as everyday writing.

He brought with him explanation of the writing tools sufficient for all of the would-be artists. These included the fude—brush, the mizu-sashi—charcoal, suzuri—ink stone, shitajaki—underlay, hanshi—paper and bunchin—weight (to hold the paper down), accompanying demonstrations and explanations of how they all were to be employed.

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Women’s Council of Hiram College presents their Encore Series

Women’s Council of Hiram College recently held a wine-tasting event at the Hiram College Bio Station., with Celeste Richards providing her award winning wines. Some of the attendees were: Jackie Krabill, Pat Fitzgerald, Nancy Einheit, Dot Bailey, (back =) Jan West, and Sally Adams.

Now we would like to invite ladies and gentlemen to our Encore Series entertainment, which is a series of three gourmet luncheons/programs: October 14th – Television Favorites with Mike Olszewski, who will relive the Golden Age of TV / Ghoulardi, Barnaby, Captain Penny, etc.; December 2, 2017 – Holiday Favorites with Greg Piscura, who will sing the hit Christmas songs of Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, etc. and May 5th, 2018 – Our Favorite Naturalist with John Kolar, Geauga Park District’s Chief Naturalist, who will bring John Muir, the famous naturalist, to life.

Please come and join us at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn (rear entrance), located at the intersection of I 480 and SR 82; punch at 11:30, lunch at noon, and program at 1:20. All three programs are available for $115.00 ($50.00 is tax-deductible); one program is $40.00 ($17.00 is tax-deductible). Reservations with payment should be made out and sent to Women’s Council for Hiram College, c/o J. Noall, P. O. Box 67, Hiram, Ohio 44234 by October 10th, with any dietary needs. Your support goes to fund Hiram College scholarships and special needs.

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For Goodnight’s, Business is Family Affair

Hiram – Embarking on their second year in Hiram, Diane and Jerry Goodnight, proprietors of Goodnight Kitchen & Bath are happy to share that business is going well. Since the majority of their work comes as a result of referrals — chances are, they may have helped transform that kitchen or bath you’ve admired in your neighbor’s home.

Conveniently located on Hayden Street in Hiram, the Goodnight family works in Burton, Garrettsville, Hiram and Mantua. If you’re considering something as simple as refacing kitchen cabinets to give your space a new look at a lower cost, to designing the space of your dreams, consider Goodnight Kitchen & Bath. By choosing a family business, you’ll receive personal attention from this third-generation company.

Beginning with your initial conversation with Diane, to the hand-drawn schematics created for you by Jerry, Sr, to the competent and courteous installation in your home by Jerry, Jr. “Customers like that we’re a family business,” Diane explained. “And when my son comes to their home to install the project, he’s very personable — everybody just loves him. In fact, many want to keep him at the end of the job,” she joked.

“Our quality products are American-made, built with wood harvested in the Midwest, with all the ‘bells and whistles’ you could want,” he explained. Features like wooden drawer boxes, dovetail corners, premium glides, as well as options like roll out trays and soft-close drawers. They offer a selection of cabinets and countertops in a variety of materials and price ranges, as well as baths, tubs and showers to create the kitchen or bath of your dreams.

“The kid and I have been working together for almost 30 years,” beams proud dad, Jerry Sr. He and Diane have been married for 47 years, but they’ve worked together for 20 years in this third-generation carpentry company. “This truly is a family business, which gives us the opportunity to be more ‘hands-on’ with our clients,” Diane explained. “And people really appreciate that.”

Diane is the ‘face of the company’, who talks to clients to establish the starting point by ascertaining their likes, dislikes, and how they’d like their space to flow. With years of experience, she can offer valuable insight and options for homeowners to consider. “We offer 15 colors and finishes in each line, but can order samples to make sure our customer gets exactly what they want.”
They’re proud to install quality American-made products that have been crafted in the Midwest using US materials. They offer mid-range cabinets from Homecrest, semi-custom solutions from Dynasty, and custom Omega products. They feature countertop materials ranging from Wilsonart solid surface counters and sinks, as well as Corian, and Zodiaq quartz products in a variety of styles to suit your décor and your needs. Clients have shared that our pricing is competitive with the big box stores.

“Many customers have become friends,” Diane shared. “In fact, many have offered to show potential customers our work in their homes.” To find out more, give Diane a call at (330) 569-3497, or stop by their showroom in Hiram between the USPS and the Hiram College Library.

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