Celebrating 60 Years of SkyLane Bowling

Garrettsville – The year was 1957 when a state-of-the-art bowling alley was constructed at the crest of the hill along Windham Street (Rt. 82) in Garrettsville, aptly named SkyLane Bowling. Sixty years later, it’s time for “Garrettsville’s Family Entertainment Center” to celebrate with a free concert by Chris Higbee, starting at 8pm Thursday, July 27.

Co-owner and manager Aaron King invites the community to SkyLane for a fun evening of celebration at one of the village’s most enduring gathering places for all ages. “We have something for everybody,” King says. “We’re Garrettsville’s number one family fun center; a great place to get some exercise, build camaraderie and hang out with friends.”

Whether you’re a regular at the coffee club which meets at SkyLane Cafe every morning at 6am, league bowlers who make the lanes their second home during competition season, a kid gaining skills in the sport during a field trip or birthday party, someone participating in the Queen of Hearts/50-50 Raffle, an adult relaxing in SkyLane Lounge after work, a participant in a community fundraiser or reunion celebration, or someone picking their favorite beverage at SkyLane Drive-Thru… after 60 years this is a well-established hub of community activity.

To gauge just how much things have changed since SkyLane opened its doors, consider these fun facts from 1957:
• Average yearly wages: $4,550
• Avg cost of new house: $12,220/Avg monthly rent: $90
• Average cost of a car: $2,749
• Cost of a gallon of gas: 24 cents
• Cost of bacon per pound: 60 cents
• Cost of eggs per dozen: 28 cents
• Popular toys: Slinkys and Hula Hoops
Meanwhile, plans were afoot to bring the game of bowling to the sleepy village of Garrettsville. Over time, SkyLane changed hands, developed new strategies, and adapted to changing times, as seen in the timeline of highlights below:
• 1956 – Roy, Maurice and Murray Paul decide to build SkyLane with the agreement that Huber King operate it. Huber operates the alley with his wife Lois and sons until 1968.
• 1957 – SkyLane makes history by having the first ever 5-7-10 Split (Sour Apple) sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress.
• Early 1960s… Murray “RED” Paul showcases his three antique cars inside the building (currently lanes 13-16).
• 1962 – Culligan’s water softener store is built and opened where the Drive-Thru currently operates.
• June 1969 – SkyLane is sold to Bill White, who hires Sue Wensel to manage.
• 1970 – AMF 81/70 Pinsetters are installed.
• Late 1970 – Don Laubert is brought in as a partner.
• Early 70s… After Culligan moves to Kent… the SkyLane Drive-Thru is opened.
• 1974 – Don Laubert becomes sole owner of SkyLane and Bill White moves on to TwinStar Lanes. Don would serve as owner for nine years and general manager for over 30 years. In this time, Don established many leagues, invented the Scotch Doubles Fundraiser, and was influential in the forming of high school bowling in this area.
• 1983 – The ownership group of Cal King and the Paul Family own SkyLane until the mid 2000s.
• 2001 – Automatic scoring is installed.
• 2007 – A new ownership group consisting of Aaron King, Matt and Brittan Paul, and Rob and Tracy Murray take over.
• October 2016 – SkyLane breaks the world record for having a $3.4 million Queen of Hearts Jackpot.

King looks forward to league season starting up at the end of August and the return of the Queen of Hearts game and 50-50 drawing on September 17. Amidst that excitement, he places long-range focus on developing a new generation of skilled bowlers among the region’s youth. “We work to make every bowler better, because the better their score, the more they enjoy the game and the more often they’ll return to SkyLane,” he says.
Acknowledging he loves being the King behind the Queen of Hearts, he is proud to carry forward the tradition begun by his grandfather, Huber. King says, “I always wanted this job, and finally was given the chance in 2007. I hope to keep things rolling around for many more years.”

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St. Ambrose Chicken Dinner Festival Winners

Garrettsville – Everyone who attended St. Ambrose’s Chicken Dinner Festival went home a winner (or at least with the satisfaction of having a delicious meal). However, there are some who went home with a little bit more. Congratulations to all the following winners:
$1,500 cash First Prize Mary Ann Nitsky
$200 cash Second Prize Lenny Barcikoski
$100 cash Third Prize Grace Stegall
$100 cash Fourth Prize Laurie Bedio
$100 cash Fifth Prize Casey Mayer
Flat Screen TV Joyce Lucas
Gas Grill Donny Hope
Quilt Kathryn Trzeciak
Afghan #1 Claire Esposito
Afghan #2 Brian Gorby
Afghan #3 Brian Gorby
Baby Blanket & Clothes Allison White
Auto Care Pkg Terry McConnell
Shopping Bonanza Jenelyn Barcikoski
Family Fun Pkg Phyllis Evans
Dining Out Pkg #1 Linda Proctor
Dining Out Pkg #2 John Larlham
Relax Basket Joyce Whitefield
Eat Basket Betsy Dunn
Have Fun Basket Shannon Metheny
Even if you did not win anything at the festival, we sure hope you had a great time. If so, then we all went home winners!


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Community EMS Receives Grants and Donations

Garrettsville – Community EMS District has been awarded grants recently. These grants include:
• $40,000 from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Intervention Grant Program. These funds were used to purchase two Stryker Power-Load Systems with Power-Cots. The new cots can handle patients weighing up to 700 pounds.
• $500 from the Public Entities Pool of Ohio – “PEP+ Grant”. These funds were used to purchase 4 sets of collapsible cones. The 28” cones feature LED lighting and are collapsible for easy storage.
• $4,150 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. These funds will be used to purchase approved equipment and provide training to the EMS District.
Community EMS District was also the benefactor of a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, donated by University Hospitals. The LUCAS 3 is valued at $15,000.

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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: https://garfield-oh.finalforms.com 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 http://jagschools.org

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 www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 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 www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com.

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 www.portagelibrary.org.

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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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