Safety Forces 2nd Annual Crafters/Vendors Fundraiser

Garrettsville – A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!”

Having both a fireman and police officer in my family helps us enjoy that joke. But being involved in either profession is not a joke. Police, fire fighters and EMS crews are a very valuable part of any community. They work hard, lay their lives on the line and are usually underappreciated.

On Saturday April 1 from 1pm – 4pm the 2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser will be held at the Garrettsville Fire Station. This fundraiser will benefit the Community EMS Association, Fire Department (Garrettsville Fireman’s Association) and the Garrettsville Police K-9 unit. These safety forces serve the Garrettsville, Freedom and Nelson communities.

Tax dollars only go so far and do not usually cover all the equipment or training needs a department may have. Sometimes communities have to be creative in raising funds for different needs. This fundraiser is designed to do that. Money raised will benefit each department.

There will be crafters and vendors located both inside and outside the Fire Station. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and refreshments available to purchase. Currently there are about forty items for the silent auction. Garrettsville PD K-9 t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Members of each Safety Force will be on site to talk about their displays and answer questions. The public has the opportunity to see the equipment up close. This will be a good learning experience for everyone.

Last year’s event was a success and this year will be even bigger. There is something for everyone and every family here to enjoy. Let’s come out and support our Safety Forces and show them we appreciate them. You can help too, by spreading the word about this event and inviting someone!

The Fire Station is located at 8035 Elm Street in Garrettsville. Parking for the event will be at the Ambulance Company near the Fire Station. When you attend, enter through the parking lot and exit through the front door. Or just follow the signs.

The fundraiser will take place regardless of the weather. There is no cost for admission. It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there! Let’s show these men and women we appreciate their service to our communities!

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Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76.

Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50.

Garfield opened up a 5-0 lead over Ursuline before the quickness of the guards really started showing and the Irish ended the first quarter on a 17-10 run to take a 17-15 advantage after eight minutes.

Neither team could open up a safe lead over the other but Ursuline opened up its largest lead of the game (15-21) when Ashlyn Geddes stepped up to the wing and drilled the biggest shot of her young career with a 3-pointer that ignited a 9-0 run putting the Lady G-Men up 24-21 with 5:07 remaining in the half. That lead was also short lived as Ursuline ended the half on a 9-4 run to take a 30-28 half time lead.

The second half was all Lady G-Men from beginning to end. 1:30 into the second half, neither team has scored and Ursuline was looking to build on their first half momentum senior guard Callie Pfile stepped in front of a an Irish guard to take a charge and get the ball back. The next possession fellow senior Lauren Jones drains a 3-pointer, 41 seconds later Senior Grayson Rose gets a basket, and the 7-0 run ended with a Pfile jumper giving the Lady G-Men a lead they would not give up.

Garfield outscored the Irish 16-7 in the decisive third quarter and 14-13 in the final quarter. Rose ended the evening with a team high 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Lauren Jones followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The regional championship game did not go in Garfield’s favor. It was a 30-point loss to a superior Gilmour team. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men had to stop one of the best young guards in the state on the Ursuline team, on this day they had to try to contain one of the best centers in the state.

Before the popcorn was completed in the first quarter the Lady G-Men was looking at an 8-0 deficit, and quickly it grew to 17-3 but Garfield ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run to trail by nine. From then on it was just making sure it didn’t get out of hand, as the 46 points given up by the Lancers were the most points they have given up since January.

Despite the loss, senior Lauren Jones topped the 1,000 point mark for her career during this game.

Congrats, Lady G-Men, on another fantastic season and thank you, seniors for an unbelievable career.

In Pictures: Lady G-Men vs. Gilmour Academy

In Pictures: Lady G-Men vs. Ursuline

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Garfield G-Men Take District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

“Nothing is given; everything is earned.” stated Coach Andy Olesky last Friday night and no words could ever ring truer.

The No.2-seeded G-Men made their way to the Warren Division III District championship where they beat out the No.1-seeded, and previously unbeaten, Leavittsburg LaBrae, 58-56 in a game that at times stopped the hearts of many G-Men fans — fans that spent most of the fourth quarter on their feet.

The G-Men didn’t let a previous meeting with the Vikings set the tone for the evening — the G-Men came to play and play they did! They came in mentally and physically strong – unwilling to let this game end their season.

Tied at the end of the first half, the resilient G-Men pulled ahead in the third quarter and fought hard to keep the lead until the final buzzer – making them District Champions for the first time in school history.

Garfield senior Tommy Bissler finished the night with 22 points and Dalton Fall with 15 points, however it was an entire team effort that won this game.
The G-Men (18-8) advanced to the state Regional Tournament on Wednesday night (after press time) where they faced No. 8 Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (19-6) at the Canton Fieldhouse.

Look for more about the G-Men in next week’s Villager.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Garrettsville

O’Henry, O’Malley, O’My! Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville on March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t soon forget. And that’s no blarney!

The historic village of Garrettsville knows how to celebrate, and they are starting first thing in the morn’. Start off with a hearty breakfast, and a beer if you are so inclined. Sean’s Pub, Miller’s Restaurant, SkyLane Lounge to name a few are serving up morn’ meals that will help get you started for the daylong celebration.

If you can’t start out celebrating with breakfast, how about the mid day meal or evenin’ sup. The area restaurants just keep cooking up the specials all day long. The best melt-in-your mouth corned beef can be found right here in Garrettsville. The Brick, Cal’s, SkyLanes, Sean’s Pub, and Miller’s Restaurant will be serving up all your favorites. For those seeking less Irish-fare, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, are also great options.

The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open for visitors to stop in for a wee bit ‘o the local history. After stopping in for some local lore, head back out on the street and visit the stores, where you’re sure to find something to add to your treasures.

What celebration would be complete without entertainment? In addition to the great entertainment at many of Garrettsville’s restaurants; March 17th will be jam-packed with family friendly entertainment everyone will enjoy:

• Face Painting at Villager Emporium…..4:00-6:00 PM

• Ponytails Peting Zoo* (Weather Permitting) @ Windham St. Bridge…..5:00 PM
• Horse & Wagon Rides Around Town* (Weather Permitting) …..5:00 PM

• Balloon Art at Dairy Queen 4:00pm–4:30pm
• Balloon Art at McDonalds 4:30pm–5:00pm
• Balloon Art at Garrettsville Eagles Club 5:30pm-6:00pm


Bagpiper Jeff Gaynor at Slim & Jumbo’s – 4:00 PM

DJ Inman Johnson at Sky Lounge – 8:00pm

This St. Patrick’s Day come down to Garrettsville to experience great food, entertainment, and shopping; and discover why Garrettsville is a great place to live, work and visit!

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How ‘bout Them Apples: 3rd Annual Road Apple Roubaix A Success

The third annual Road Apple Roubaix was a smashing success. That’s what you call it when you run out of almost everything but good times at an event.

The bike riders began coming into town and parking everywhere there was a (not two-hour) space, with bikes on racks in back, perched on the top, loaded in the cargo space, in the truck bed, tucked in the van…everyplace you can imagine. Some two hundred fourteen preregistered and others appeared. The snow (Surprise! Surprise!) upped the challenge rating but the hardy pedalers were up to it; Spandex helped, the brighter the color, the more warmth, right? What with the bundling and the helmets and goggles, sometimes it was hard to tell who was who but it did not matter; it was a good crowd. It included locals and welcome visitors from out of town, first-timers and returning wheelers. The age range was broad, as well, from Pete Collins and Rowan Collins, aged 6 and 9, respectively, to Jeff Collins (aged “Dad”), to some superannuated individuals in my own age cohort (Looking pretty good, considering). There were fat tires, skinny tires, the National Anthem sung by Lisa Plisko, an escort out of town up State Street by Garrettsville’s Finest, a brief welcome from Mayor Rick Patrick, a presence by Portage County Sheriff, David Doak, Doug Shepard, head ranger with the Portage County Park District ( a local dude who knows the Headwaters Trail well).

When the whole crowd got back to the finish line—this was not a race, officially, but there are always competitors, and this year a STRAVA Go Fast Challenge, sponsored by Charles Auto Family, for bragging rights only—there were adult beverages and hot chili available at Slim & Jumbo’s, where the registration took place and the event started. The raffle tickets that came with registration were put to use at the raffle which went off at 2:00 p.m. The items on display included helmets, water bottles, earphones, lights, gloves, socks, cups, shirts, memberships, gift certificates, goodie baskets and bags, free passes, two mystery prize boxes. Three young ladies, Kate Lisachenko, Alyssa Hallis and Erin Hallis, assisted in setting up all of this, as well as stuffing the various registration bags; they were a big help.

And there was more! This included push-up contests for women and men—top guy, 44, top gal, 28—arm wrestling for men and women (The two Evans sisters wound up the finishers, wearing shirts that read “Hey Ho. Let’s Go”. The two fellows who were the finishers were a hoot).

All of this fun and frivolity had an array of sponsors, including Double Wing Brewing Co., the bicycle hub, Reed Financial Services, Charles Auto, Mountain Road Cycles, Cleveland Velodrome, Golden Road Brewing, Velofix, Slim & Jumbo’s and Road ID. The James A. Garfield Cross Country team took care of the aid station and received the profits from the raffle; maybe they’ll be bikers next year—good training.

Keep an eye out for a competition in July, July 8, to be exact, when the Headwaters Adventure Race invites all to run, pedal and paddle for trails and watershed conservation. Start and end at Buchert Park, Mantua. More info later

Hoping to see even more for the Road Apple Roubaix next year.

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Garrettsville Library’s New LED Sign

Garrettsville – One of the newest features of the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County Library District—there are several—is the LED sign installed in front of the building. It’s being used to better communicate with the community about the services and programs now available at the library. This includes open hours, holiday closings, speakers, meetings, special event—all of the things that are going on that the public is interested in and encouraged to participate in.

Donations for the LED sign came mostly from the Garrettsville Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #2705, which was given over the course of two years. The remainder of the funds came from the Friends of the Garrettsville Library and various community members.

The installation of the sign was also a donation, via the Eagle Scout project of Isaac Russell (pictured above), who handled the organization of materials, equipment, skilled labor contributed by various companies in the area. These companies included Scotchman Electric ( labor and materials), Charles Burrows and Sons Well Drilling (labor and equipment used in excavation); Stamm’s Concrete (labor, equipment, materials). All local, professional, respected in their fields and community-minded. Thank you’s are in order all around.

Stop by, check out the new sign, check out the library and all of its activities. You’ll be able to see all about it on the sign.

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In Pictures: Lady G-Men Advance to OHSAA Regional Finals

After a hard-fought battle on Wednesday the Lady G-Men emerged victorious over the Ursuline Lady Irish. Final Score for the game Lady G-Men 60, Ursuline 50

The Lady G-Men will advance to play Gilmour Academy this Saturday in the Regional Final at 1 PM.

Order your 2017 GHS Yearbook today to gain access to photos from this game and many more. Visit to place your order.

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Lady G-Men Win District Title – Advance To Regional Semi-Finals

With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years.

With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history.

Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over Brookfield. Leading wire-to-wire, Garfield never gave the Warriors a chance, with smothering defense and sharp shooting. After a Grayson Rose free throw early in the game the Lady G-Men took a 3-0 lead. Brookfield would make a basket to cut it to a single point and that’s as close as the Warriors would come. Garfield would score the next six points on back-to-backTaylor Brown layups and a Rose basket before Brookfield called a timeout to draw up a play, stop the bleeding and cut the deficit to 9-4 which was immediately answered by a Callie Pfile 3-pointer to start another run. Garfield scored 26 unanswered points before Brookfield made a jumper as time expired in the first half. When asked before the game on his team’s focus, head coach Aaron Gilbert said, “I haven’t had to say anything, these girls know what happened last year they’re the ones that wanted this rematch.” 371 days earlier the Brookfield Warriors upset Garfield in the same setting, Rose and company was not about to let that happen again. The numbers don’t lie and a 64-22 victory in a game, wasn’t even that close. It was a total team effort as the Lady G-Men racked up 19 assists, led by Lauren Jones with seven and Nina Jurcevic with five. Garfield also tallied 11 steals, led by Jones’ four; Ashlyn Geddes and Pfile added three steals each. Of the 43 rebounds, Rose grabbed 14 while junior Makenna Lawrence hauled in 10. Rose and Jones led the scoring with 21 and 13, but Brown’s 10 points were instrumental in the Lady G-Men getting off to a quick start.

The win propelled Garfield to a district championship match up with the Champion Golden Flashes on a bright Saturday afternoon. Garfield uncharacteristically fell behind and fell behind fast. After the Lady G-Men took a 5-0 lead, it was all Golden Flashes the rest of the first half. Garfield was outscored 6-0 to end the first quarter, and midway through the second quarter Garfield trailed 21-7 but “The Rose Show” was just about to begin. After getting just two points in the first quarter the senior scored five of her team’s last six points in the second quarter to close the gap to 21-15.

Champion didn’t hesitate to start the second half with a layup and a free throw. Now trailing 24-15 the Lady G-Men made their run, and didn’t stop. Garfield got to within one, 24-23, on a Jones 3-pointer from the top of the key, and then took the lead for good on another Jones 3-pointer 28-27. When the smoke had cleared, the Lady G-Men were leading 35-29 after a 20-point burst in the third quarter. Far from done, the Lady G-Men played like champions in the fourth quarter, out scoring the Golden Flashes 20-10 on their way to cutting down the nets with a 55-39 romp over Champion. No question as to Rose leading the way with her game high 23 points and 23 rebounds while adding three assists and a steal. Jones added a great performance of her own, with 19 points, six boards, two assists and a pair of steals.

Garfield will travel to Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday to play Youngstown Ursuline in the regional semifinal. Ursuline knocked off the third ranked team in the state to advance.
This year’s Lady G-Men squad has now set the school mark for single season wins (22) and wins in a four year span with 66. They’re not done yet.

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Garrettsville Idol 2017 Open Call Auditions

Garrettsville – Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, “I can do that!” Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show but we can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash.

If you are available April 23rd, May 21st and June 25th, you need to consider auditioning for this year’s Garrettsville Idol.

Adults will compete for a $1,000 cash prize awarded to the winner at the finals held during Summerfest, while the youth and teens will each compete for $500.

The open-call auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Iva Walker Auditorium in James A. Garfield High School at 1p.m. (Use event entrance) Contestants are asked to come prepared to sing an entire song without musical accompaniment.

The closed audition, with no audience has been broken down into the following three age brackets:

Youth 8– 12 years – 1 p.m.

Teen 13-17 years – 1 p.m.

Adults 18 years and up – 2 p.m.

* Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a biography sheet for our program.

Registration can be done at the door on April 23rd, or you may register by mail: label the top of a piece of paper with “Garrettsville Idol”; include name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth and send it to Garrettsville Summerfest at 8311 Windham Street Garrettsville, Oh 44231. Idol registration can also be dropped off at Skylanes Bowling Alley.

Please note: Contestants must be available all three dates to be eligible to audition.

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Wine Tastings

Last week we had a guest stop in the winery who said his wife and he had been invited to a horizontal wine tasting party. He was nervous about attending because he didn’t know what to expect and was told which wine he had to bring. After reassuring him that a horizontal wine tasting did not include tasting wine while lying down he seemed a little more relaxed but still didn’t understand why the host was telling him which wine to bring.

There are numerous ways to host a wine tasting – a blind tasting where all of the bottles are covered up and guests have to decide what is in the bottle, regional tasting where a variety of wines are sampled from a particular area, a vintage tasting where a variety of wines are sampled from a particular vintage year, or a vertical or horizontal wine tasting.

A vertical wine tasting is one of my favorites, but also one of the hardest tastings to pull together. A vertical tasting is a selection of a particular wine from a particular winery across a number of vintages. For example when we first opened in 2004 we saved a couple of bottles from our 2004 Chambourcin. In 2005 we decided to save a couple of bottles from our 2005 Chambourcin. As the years went on we saved bottles from 2006, 2007 and 2008. To celebrate we hosted a vertical wine tasting that allowed our guests to sample each vintage of Chambourcin. While each wine was made from the same grapes and in the same process the color, flavor and bouquets were quite different based on how wet or sunny the growing season was that year.

A horizontal tasting is a little easier to put together. Each guest is given a grape varietal and a region where they have to purchase that wine. Our winery guest was told to bring a 2014 Riesling from any winery that was within an hour of Lake Erie to the tasting. I walked him through the process where each guest at the party will also have a Riesling that was made close to Lake Erie and he should look for differences between each wine. Some Rieslings will be sweet as areas closer to the lake may have had a longer growing season than wineries farther south since the lake protected the grapes longer. Some Rieslings may have a yellowish color to them based on how the wine was stored and some Rieslings may have a different bouquet depending on the soil where the vines were grown.
Next time you’re getting together with friends I highly suggest doing a horizontal wine tasting – you may be surprised in the differences!

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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