County roundup: Community support to Windham, plus news from Freedom, Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua and Nelson

Windham Township

Regarding the recent tornado in Windham Township, there have been a lot of community efforts to help with the damage.

There have also been several companies from outside the township donating their time and equipment: MAK donated several dumpsters, J. Allen Excavating donated many days’ worth of dump trucks and mini excavators, and Hickman Contracting and United Home Maintenance donated their equipment and time. Several donors have also paid for rented woodchippers.

The EF-1 tornado that struck the township April 17 damaged numerous homes and displaced families.


The annual Garrettsville Summerfest golf outing fundraiser will be Saturday, May 25 at Riverview Golf Course at 3903 state Route 82 in Newton Falls. It will be a four-person, 18-hole scramble. There will be a $360 cash prize for lowest score. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin and skins. The entrance fee is $80 per person and $320 per team (includes beverages, lunch and dinner). You can sponsor a hole for $50. For more information and to register, call or text Summerfest Director Aaron King at (330) 524-2646. You can also register through the mail by sending a check payable to: Garrettsville Summerfest, 8311 Windham St., Garrettsville, OH 44231.

The annual community garage sale will be all day from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19.

“There are generally about 150 garage sales going on village-wide,” Mayor Rick Patrick said.

Garrettsville’s first car cruise of the season will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25 downtown on Main Street. People from all over Northeast Ohio bring their classic cars. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. Disc jockey Crazy Dave will provide music, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. The rain date is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

Owner Dan Reichelderfer is selling The Brick because he wants to retire. “The restaurant has been in the family for a long time,” Mayor Patrick said.

Village of Mantua

The second annual Triple Trail Fest will be Saturday, June 1 at Buchert Memorial Park on High Street. The main event is a challenge course that includes biking on the Headwaters Trail and Buckeye Trail and paddling on the Cuyahoga River. However, there will be other activities all day long, including children’s activities like a rubber duck race, bike rides and hikes. Food trucks will be available, and there will be a craft beer festival from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information and to register for the main event, go to

Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists will have its annual Cinco de Mayo 5K run at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 5. The race will start and end at Advanced Rehab at 4707 Mill St. The entrance fee is $30. To register, go to

The Downtown Mantua Revitalization Committee held its Downtown Mantua Reverse Raffle and Dinner fundraiser April 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

“It was well attended,” Mayor Tammy Meyer said.

Meyer recently submitted a 10-year plan to village council and reviewed it with council.
“It’s a master plan of things we want to do in the next 10 years,” she said.

The village is looking for a new solicitor. Michele Stuck will retire from the position effective June 30.

Kira’s Bakery will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The bakery is located at 10698 Main St.

Restoration 44 Coffee Company at 10675 Main St. will host a five-year anniversary celebration Friday, May 3. There will be coffee and food specials.

Mantua Township

Memorial Day events will be held Monday, May 27 at West Lawn Cemetery starting at 10 a.m. The cemetery is located at 3199 state Route 82. There will be guest speakers, the Crestwood High School marching band, an American Legion salute and more.

The Mantua Township Veterans Memorial is scheduled for a complete spruce-up in May. Power washing, landscaping, new armed forces flags, flagpole ropes and upgraded benches are in the works.

Renovations continue at West Lawn Cemetery. Included are the main flagpole area being completely restructured and updated to include a new stamped concrete platform, a war memorial tribute, flower planters, refurbished park benches, cemetery signs and landscaping.

The Town Hall Renovation project is kicking off. Plans are being made to prepare the 1840s Town Hall building for upgrades, including siding and window repairs as well as priming and painting of the entire building. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Village of Hiram

The motion picture “Barbie” will be shown Friday, May 3 as part of the Village of Hiram’s first annual Movie Night at Charles A. Henry Field inside Malmisur Stadium on the Hiram College campus. It will celebrate the end of the academic year and serve as the kickoff to summer events at Haslam Park. The Terriers women’s volleyball team will handle concessions. Moviegoers, who are not permitted to bring their own alcohol, will sit on the field.

“You can bring your own picnic, chairs and blankets,” Mayor Anne Haynam said.
Gates will open at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at approximately 8:15 p.m. The event is free of charge, but donations to the Village of Hiram Parks and Recreation Board will be accepted.

Hiram Township

An Amish community is looking to put a school on Mumford Road.

“They recently had a zoning meeting about it,” township Chair Jack Groselle said.

Hiram Township recently purchased its salt for next winter.


The annual Nelson Township cleanup days will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 in the parking lot of the Nelson Township Community House at 11642 Windham Parkman Rd. There will be dumpsters. Items that will not be accepted are hazardous waste, paint, oil and construction debris. Six tires per household will be accepted. You must have proper identification as a Nelson resident.

The township road department will chip-and-seal some seven miles of roads sometime this year.


The annual Freedom Township cleanup days will be from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at the Freedom Township Garage at 9302 state Route 700. There will be dumpsters. Items that will not be accepted are construction materials, paint and tires. Details are posted at Freedom Town Hall at 8966 state Route 700.

The township trustees approved the purchase of a brand-new mini excavator for the road department, its first one.

Roger Gordon
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